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Stranger Things Season 2 (Trailer)

First off, Thank you Netflix.

The first trailer for Stranger Things 2 is here. It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still in shock from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Set to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the trailer shows a handful of supernatural events that are still causing havoc all over the town of Hawkins, Indiana, despite the group already taking down the Demogorgon at the end of season 1. With the trailer not giving away too much information, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of surprises the squad is in for.

Check out the trailer down below and let us know what you think of the trailer.

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Still KD: Through the Noise

First of all I wanna say that this is an amazing thing to watch.  Being a huge fan of basketball, I just love seeing a good person win.  With all the backlash Durant got, he still went out and worked.  Can’t help but appreciate a person that puts in the work and gets the award.  He deserved the finals MVP and the “chip”.  So check out this documentary about KD working “Through the Noise”.

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The Story of O.J.

JAY-Z has let loose once a Tidal exclusive for everyone to enjoy.  Check out the video below.

“‘The Story of OJ’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward,” JAY-Z says of the song during his track-by-track break down of the album. “We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger.”

The video is a  animated clip revolving around the character of Jaybo (a flip on “Sambo” from the racist children’s book The Story of Little Black Sambo from the 20th century) as he navigates through a landscape of cotton fields, slave ships, burning crosses, and lynchings.

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Cavalier Kingdom

In this episode of the Musecage Basketball Network (MBN), Kobe explains the Cleveland Cavalier’s offense and how it caused them to lose the Golden State Warriors.  In my opinion there was just way to much iso, and a lot of everyone else just standing around.  There was no flow to there offense, but hey I’m no coach (I would make a great one though lol).  Check out the episode down below and let us know what you think about Cleveland’s offense.

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Congrats to the 2017 NBA Champs….The Golden State Warriors

Its still Laker Nation till the end, just paying respect where respect is due.  2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant & 2X NBA Champion Stephen Curry lead the Golden State Warriors over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Finals. Watch this mini movie and relive some of the moments of the 2017 NBA Finals.

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The Golden Democracy

This took a lot for me to put this up.  Me being a huge Laker fan, it was only right that I would put something involving the great Kobe Bryant.  His Canvas series is really great for the game of basketball.  I like how Bryant puts his twist and his view on how he sees the game as it is today.

In this episode he talks about the Golden State Warriors.  With there rare style of the game with all the passing, screening, and defense.  Also there speed and how they wear out there opponents. Take a look at the Golden Democracy down below and let us know what you guys think in the comment section.

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Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”

“Be Humble” – Kendrick Lamar

King Kendrick is back again with his new song, Humble.  Produced by no other than Mike Will Made It, the song was released with a matching video directed by no other than Dave Meyers.  With some help from The Little Homies.  Check out the video down below.

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Doc Support w/ Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong uses the power of Twitter to answer some common medical questions. Actor/comedian Ken Jeong is famously known for his roles in The Hangover franchise which also stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifanakis. However, many are unaware that Jeong is actually a real-life physician. Thanks to this hilarious video from Wired, we get to see Jeong’s MD skills put to the test as he answers some of today’s most-asked medical questions from random users on Twitter.

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15 Years of SB DUNK: Stories from the Inside Out

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Nike SB Dunk, VICE Magazine recently released a documentary which explores the unique intersection of sneakerheads and the skate community brought on by Nike Skateboarding’s shoe line. The video looks back at when Nike SBs weren’t “grailed” items, examining the conception of Nike SBs and the internet subculture that progressed as the “hype” grew. Talking to shop owners, collaborators and skateboarders who helped make the SB Dunk become legend the documentary displays the importance of Nike SBs for the worlds of skateboarding and sneaker culture.

Check out HYPEBEAST illustrated list of the most iconic Nike SB models here

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Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like” (Video)

With his album, 24K Magic, almost reaching platinum status,  Bruno Mars drops the visuals for “That’s What I Like”.

Directed by both Mars and Jonathan Lia, the video is a blend of choreography with stop-motion cinematography and a bit of animation. Watch Bruno get down to what he likes in the video below.

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Jam Master Jay Tribute

January 20th would have been the 52nd birthday of Jason William Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay of  the legendary group Run DMC.  His memory lives on thanks to his son TJ Mizell.  Check out the tribute TJ and Skratch Bastid display down below.

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Viceland’s Noisey: Bay Area

Police brutality and gentrification mean Black Lives Matter plays a big role in Bay Area rap culture. G-Eazy, E-40, Nef the Pharoah and more explore these topics.  Watch the full episode below.

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What is Your Most Memorable President Obama Moment?

With his time in the White House coming to an end, I had the idea of what was a memorable moment that I could share.  I can remember like it was yesterday.  It was November 4th, 2008, my 27th birthday.  It was me, my mom(Rest in Peace mom), my dad, and my brother from another mother chuck p.  We were at Applebees and we were eating and waiting for the results.  Mind you this was my first time ever really voting.  You can feel the energy in the place.  Everyones eyes glued to the tv’s that were all around the place.  Then the final votes came in and the anchor says, Barack Obama is the 44th president.  Everyone one is standing and clapping.  There were some older people crying tears of joy, it was amazing.  I remember the text I got from one of my friends saying, you got a black president for your birthday.  That being said he will be missed and that is my President Obama moment.

Check out this video of others speaking on there most memorable Obama moment.

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Black America Again

Common has released a short film called “Black America Again” produced by Ava Duvernay.  The same person the produced Selma and The 13th.

With the film reaching a bit over 21 minutes, the film offers what Common says is “a meditation” on the album’s content, stitching together a set of  black-and-white visual poems. Intermittently, Common pops up, rapping stripped down verses from the album on abandoned streets, accompanied by a beatboxing drummer.  Check out the short film below and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Adult Rappers

This documentary  pulls back the curtain on the world of ‘working class’ rappers. The film spotlights independent artists struggling to find a balance between making a living and pursuing their art and dreams, alongside the never-ending saga of age and relevance.  Put together through a series of 30 plus interviews that shake off the ego thats so common in the business of music, especially hip-hop. The film travels the country (USA) to explore the myths and misconceptions of life as a full-time rapper.

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A Stranger Things Christmas?

In this Peanuts/Stranger Things mash-up, Will Byers returns home from the upside down, but can’t seem to shake off that traumatic experience.  Created by Leigh Lahav and Oren Mendez, our favorite group of youngsters get reimagined into the world of Peanuts. “Merry Christmas Will Byers”.   Fan favorite Eleven is also featured along with a monster who plays Snoopy. And as you can guess, Barb didn’t fare so well in animated form either. Awwww Barb.  Check out the clip below.

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President Obama on Sway In The Morning

This morning, the POTUS spoke to Sway and chimed in on the future NBA Champions — agreeing with Sway on the Warriors — and giving his Super Bowl picks.
They also asked the President who are his top MCs in the game? No surprise when he mentions Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West.
Diving into Politics, President Barack Obama stresses why your vote matters.
“If you don’t vote, you got no right to complain… you’ve given away your power. You have the chance to have influence, to make a difference… your vote matters.”  So watch the video below and lets us know what you think in the comments below.

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I’m A Black 1 Percenter

In the U.S. today, the average African-American household owns just 6 cents for every $1 of wealth held by the typical white household, and blacks make up just 1.7% of the top 1% of wealthy Americans. But there are black members of the 1% who are working to change that. Tanzina Vega investigates the historical and contemporary racial barriers to wealth creation in the U.S.  Check out the CNN money clip down below.

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Borrowed Time

This is not your typical Pixar film.  A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

“Borrowed Time” is an animated short film, directed by Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and produced by Amanda Deering Jones. Music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla.

Borrowed Time from Borrowed Time on Vimeo.

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B is for Book

Because I’m a Pharrell N.E.R.D. (get it), also because my son loves elmo and cookie monster.  The hip guy Pharrell stops by Sesame Street to drop a tune about books.

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Watch Alicia Keys’ Short Film, Let Me In

What would you do? Where would you go? Watch LET ME IN starring Alicia Keys.
There are more refugees in the world today than at any point in history, and half  are children. LET ME IN is a cinematic experience which reimagines the refugee crisis as if it was happening on America’s shores. Written and directed by Jonathan Olinger, this short film shows the  survival and the remarkable power of the human spirit is inspired by the stories of real refugees. Starring Alicia Keys, the film follows her and her family’s quest to survive after they experience unimaginable violence and go on a journey that will forever change them. Along with thousands of Americans fleeing the conflict in Los Angeles, they must seek safety by attempting to cross the border into Mexico. Guided by their  love for each other and  determination, the refugee family must navigate oceans and desserts in their unrelenting pursuit to find refuge and reunite.

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Work, Work, Work….In The NYC Subway

Dope Drummer Started A Dance Party In The NYC Subway To Rihanna’s Work.  This is just fantastic, the way he put this together I would have loved to been there to experience that energy.  Watch how this guys remixes Rihanna’s hit.

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Pixar – What Makes a Story Relatable

This is a quick look at Pixar’s approach to storytelling and character development.  A video put together by kaptainkristian, who’s real name Kristan Williams, talks about how Pixar puts together great movies.  Not just kid or family movies, but movies that not only tell a story but teaches you. Check out the video below.

Also where is Cars 2?

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Rhythm Roulette w/ Hi-Tek

After showing J Dilla some love on the the series with Bink! and Nottz, Mass Appeal returns to the regular format with the great Hi-Tek.  Tek picked up three random records and began the process.  The record he used to make the beat was Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.  The sample was in my opinion was right up Hi-Tek’s alley, bass heavy with his hard drums.  Check out the segment below.

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Rhythm Roulette w/ BINK!

To me BINK! is up there as being on of my all time favorite producers.  The way he brings records together with that hard, grittiness, smoothness is just remarkable.  His drums are also out of this world, I really enjoy the records he produces.

In this episode of Rhythm Roulette, BINK! heads to the record shop , The Groove, in Norfolk, VA.  He does what most all the producers that are featured on the show.  Blindfolded as he picks three records from the Dilla section.  Side note: You know that you are a influential producer when record stores have a section of records that you used to make your music.  Anyway watch how he uses the records he picked to create in my eye a wonderful banger.

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Young Piano – The History of Kanye West

7 Albums, 21 Songs, One Take.  The 22 year old, Young Piano, performs Kanye West songs by ear in one take.

COLLEGE DROPOUT: 00:04
– Through the Wire, Jesus Walks, Family Business

LATE REGISTRATION: 01:20
Hey Mama, Diamonds from Sierra Leone, Gold Digger

GRADUATION: 02:28
Stronger, Homecoming, Can’t Tell Me Nothing

808’S AND HEARTBREAK: 03:52
Amazing, Love Lockdown, Robocop

MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY: 05:30
Power, Runaway, All of the Lights

YEEZUS: 08:13
New Slaves, Bound 2, Blood on the Leaves

THE LIFE OF PABLO: 10:22
FML, Wolves, Famous

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I want this game to be real!

One of the best scenes from the Star Wars prequel “The Phantom Menace” was without a doubt the pod race. One of the best combat-oriented racing games ever made was Super Mario Kart.

When you put the two together you know what happens?

Amazing happens.

This is a really well done video made by the folks over at Dark Pixel. You can tell a lot of love was put into the vid, as the CGI is incredibly well done, and they nailed the whimsical nature of the Mario Kart series.

This reminds me of all those times I would play this game at my cousins house. It also reminds me of how much I could hate those godddamn blue shells!!!!

Enjoy.

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Remembering Kobe’s All-Star Moments

The bittersweet feeling has arrived and we can only imagine what’s going on in the head of the Black Mamba. One last All-Star game and the location is in Toronto, away from his home crowd back in LA. After unveiling in November that the current season would be Bryant’s last in the league, a trend of goodbyes has been set for the man with 5 championship rings along with an endless list of accolades. Receiving the highest amount of All-Star votes among this year’s elite class of NBA players with 1,891,614, you can expect Toronto’s crowd to be on the edge of their seat as they anticipate one final turnaround jump-shot from number 24.

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What if the God awful Super Mario Bros. movie was directed by Martin Scorsese?

I was but a young lad when I first played the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES. Like most gamers my age, Super Mario Bros. was the quintessential “gateway drug” to home video game consoles. Yeah, I know there was the Atari and the Commodore 64 ( which has nothing to do with Lionel Richie ) that came before, but for me the OG video game will always be the one about the two Italian plumbers trying to save a princess from a dragon. I want you to take that in for a sec. One of the worlds most popular pop culture icons (seriously, at one point Mario was more recognizable than Micky Mouse!) is a plumber. That saves a princess. Who was kidnapped by a dragon. TOTALLY sounds like a bad acid trip right? Well, yeah, but for an 80’s video game, we didn’t need shit to make sense! Which makes it all the more astounding that, in 1993, a FEATURE LENGTH MOVIE about the game was produced. It was bad. Like, REALLY bad. To start, the two Italian Bros were played by Englishman Bob Hoskins, and Puerto Rican John Leguizamo, and the villanous dragon known as King Koopa was played by…Dennis
Hopper. Pretty much every actor involved in the film was there for the check. The film bombed, and it quickly became the template for what NOT to do when trying to make a video game into a movie.

When things fail, it’s only natural to think about the “what ifs.”

Well, somebody, somewhere had a hilarious thought.

WHAT IF MARTIN SCORSESE GOT A CRACK AT TELLING THIS EPIC TALE?!?!?

This vid is great, as it combines one of my fondest childhood things with one of my FAVORITE movie directors of all time. Well, not really. Someone just thought it would be funny if the Mario Bros. tale was told in a gritty, Goodfellas-like fashion. That person was dead damn right.

After watching this I want, no NEED to see Joe Pesci as Mario and Robert De Niro as Luigi.

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The Legacy of Dr. King

I don’t like to get political on here but i just had to put this up.  Killer Mike, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Dr. Cornel West, and former Ohio state senator Nina Turner team up for a discussion on the legacy of the Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.  They talk about a variety of topics about his work and his relevance in todays society.  Watch the interview and let us know what you think.

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Like movies? Like Linkin Park? Have I got a treat for you!

This is, without question, the funniest thing I have seen in a while.

Back in the early 2000’s, a deluge of “Rap/Metal” bands hit the airwaves with thunderous guitars, pulsing drums, and turntable-twisting DJs. One of the more well known (and respected) groups was Linkin Park. Rapper Mike Shinoda’s flowing delivery coupled with singer Chester Bennington’s soulful screeching in front of a concrete-busting band was enough to give my Rage Against the Machine CD a break when I was in high school. Linkin Park’s first album, “Hybrid Theory” was a massive hit, with several top singles. One of those chart toppers was called “In The End” and some crazy bastard remade the ENTIRE SONG using clips from 183 different movies. One hundred eighty three.

I can not imagine the work that went into this video. The clips he chose and the timing of the words to the song are just hilarious, especially when you get to the song’s bridge that was originally sung by Bennington. If you have heard the original, this part will have you laughing! Check it out!

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Jerry Seinfeld Has Coffee With The President

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: “Just Tell Him You’re The President” (Season 7, Episode 1).

This seems like a great show and it fits this website.  You ask why?  Because it has something to do about nothing, perfect right?  Seinfeld shows off his cool car collection and gets coffee with random people and basically talk about nothing.  In this episode he is headed to the White House to hang out with President Barack Obama.  Check out the episode down below and enjoy.

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Catch up on Star Wars…in 8-bits!!!

Well, it’s finally come. Star Wars is back! And believe it or not, I’m actually NOT that big a fan. I know, I might as well hand over my nerd card. I mean, what self respecting Sci Fi nut (which I TOTALLY am) doesn’t dig the epic space opera about dudes with 4 foot laser swords with psycic powers? I mean that sounds legitimately badass right? Well lots and lots of people sure think so! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t HATE these movies. I’ve seen the original trilogy and while I did enjoy those films, they never quite got me to LOVE them. Can’t really explain it. So, the hype over The Force Awakens has not really given me the “Star Wars fever” that has run rampant. With that being said, I came across this video and immediately LOVED IT!!! Not because it’s Star Wars, but because it’s a brief retelling of the first three movies using old school Nintendo “8-bit” graphics. Not only that, but each “movie” uses a different 8-bit NES game to tell its story. “A New Hope” seems to be a modification of the classic The Legend Of Zelda. The other two movies use the perennial thumb-busters Mega Man and Golden Axe. Definitely worth a watch if you’re into some old childhood nostalgia around this crazy time of year!!!

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Questions With Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu, better known as the Analog Girl in a Digital World, opens herself up to the social media powers-that-be in the newest installment of “The Questions” on OKP TV.

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J. Cole: Road to Homecoming (Episode 1)

A few weeks back Cole announced that his Forest Hill Drive homecoming concert would come to HBO in a documentary special.  The documentary is set to air on January 9th, but before the premiere, HBO is releasing four half-hour episodes documenting the whole experience.  J. Cole unveiled a letter explaining the documentary series: cole-letter

Check out the first episode, “F@*k Money, Spread Love.

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Inspiration/Motivation

I can remember watching this “Fade to Black” documentary for the first time.  I was in my apartment,just ripped off the packaging of the dvd.  Just recently purchased what was supposed to be Jay’s last album and I was geeked.  Ive been a fan of his since “Vol 2… Hard Knock Life”, had to go back and listen to the albums before to get some more history on Jay but that is for another post.  Back to this clip, at the time I was just starting to make music myself and also djing at the time.  Timbaland has always been at the top of my list of favorite producers right behind the great Dr. Dre.  Think I washed this portion of the video maybe 50 times back to back and was totally inspired to hit the keyboards, drum machine, and computer to get started.  The video gave me so much inspiration that I wanted to just be in the studio all the time and create music on the regular.  Watch the video clip above and I promise you if making music is what you love to do this will give a needed push to make you never wanna quit on that dream.

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J. Cole Forrest Hills Drive: Homecoming (HBO Trailer)

Part concert film, part backstage pass, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming tells J. Cole’s compelling life story through his own words and music, and through the observations of those who know him best.  

The 90 minute special airs Saturday, January 9th at 10 on HBO.  Watch it!!

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Brand new video for Run The Jewels’ song “Rubble Kings Theme.”

This is some very cool animation and an amazing track. It follows a young woman named “Little Nina” as she walks the streets of New York and gets brutally attacked by a rival street gang. She goes to her own gang for protection and the result is animated warfare inspired by the pulp fun of movies like “The Warriors.”

Kinda heavy stuff in here. But like the song, the visuals go hard and without mercy. Nothing too crazy, so I hope y’all check it out and enjoy.

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