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NPR Tiny Desk: DJ Premier

NPR Tiny Desk concerts are typically made for people who sing or rap. Sometimes, though, instrumentalists make their way through the Washington D.C. offices, and now DJ Premier has his own set.

Backed by a live band, Preemo and friends performed a few of the songs he’s produced, including, in order:

  • KRS-One — “KRS-One Attacks”
  • KRS-One –MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know”
  • Das EFX — “Real Hip-Hop”
  • Nas — “Nas Is Like”
  • Jeru The Damaja — “Da Bichez”
  • Gang Starr — “Step In the Arena”
  • Gang Starr Feat. M.O.P. — “1/2 & 1/2″
  • Royce Da 5’9″ — “Boom”
  • Gang Starr — “Moment of Truth”

For me, I’m not a huge fan of his production, but still love some of the stuff he does.  So it was only right that I pay respect where respect is do.  Watch the performance below.

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Raising Bertie Documentary

Raising Bertie, a  POV (point-of-view) documentary by filmmaker Margaret Byrne. The film will follow three Black youths — Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell — growing up in Bertie County, a small North Carolina town with a population of just over 20,000 people. Filmed over the course of six years, Raising Bertie follows the lives of Askew, Perry and Harrell and their families. Executive produced by J. Cole.

Set to premier on PBS on August 28th, the trailer to Raising Bertie can be watched below.

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JAY-Z Parodies “Friends” for “Moonlight” Video

Directed by Alan Yang, the video is a parody of the 90’s sitcom Friends with an all-black cast of Jerrod Carmichael (Ross), Issa Rae (Rachael), Tiffany Haddish (Phoebe), Tessa Thompson (Monica), Lakeith Stanfield (Chandler), Lil Rel Howery (Joey) and Hannibal Buress as himself.  Why not?

Check out the video below.

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9th Wonder on “The Open Mind”

Man o man have I been sleeping on PBS.

Although the Public Broadcasting Station(PBS) is known for such shows as, Sesame Street and Downtown Abbey, they have had plenty of amazing quality content.  For example 2015’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and many many more.

Being the longest running PBS show, The Open Mind, has had hundreds of guest.  With the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Aloe Blacc and JB Smoove.  Hosted by Alexander Heffner, grandson of the creator of the show Richard Heffner, 9th Wonder was recently a guest on the show.

During 9th’s time on the show he spoke of many topics.  He talks about History in Hip Hop, Harvard archive, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and more.  The entire show runs for about a good 30 minutes, but is worth the time.  You guys should really watch.  Check it out and let us know what you guys think in the comment section below.

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“To The Beat”: Anderson .Paak X Kurt Hugo Schneider

What happens when you make music with random things you can find?  I tell you, you get an amazing rendition of “Come Down” by Anderson .Paak.  The company go90 got together with .Paak and Kurt Hugo Schneider and made a nice remix of Anderson’s hit “Come Down” using random things they could find.  Scissors, hands, and a flashlight just to name a few, are some of the “instruments” that are used in the making of the song.  Of course there is a bass and a kick drum, but the duo also used a zipper on a sweatshirt.  Just plain genius.

Check out the video below.  Enjoy how the song is remixed and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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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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Bruno Mars’s GRAMMY Prince Tribute Rehearsal

With the 33rd anniversary of Princes’s album Purple Rain this Sunday(June 25th), Bruno has shared the rehearsal footage for his amazing set for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.  In Prince inspired purple lighting, the video footage can be seen below.  Looks like this performance is going to be epic.

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The Shop

Ok so we all know that the Warriors didn’t sweep the Cavs, and I know people are a bit sad.  At the end of the day its just a game.  Look at me, I am a huge Laker fan and I know its going to be a good long while before we are back in the conversation for the finals, better yet the playoffs.  This is a great video by Uninterrupted about what happens at the barbershop.  The conversations that went on were from various topics such as, the NBA, Olympics, music, football and more.  Featuring Lebron James, Draymond Green and many more.  Check out the video down below and get your mind off a game 4.  Game 5 is Monday.

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Rhythm Roulette w/ Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)

Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne form like Voltron to become production duo Tuxedo.  The pair stopped by Good Records—the shop, not the label. With tied bandanas over their eyes, they grabbed up three random records to sample.

Although the soundtrack to Blue Thunder had them somewhat thrown off, they also came up with a 12-inch single by Logg, and the Gamble & Huff sure shot, MFSB’s Love is the Message.

You already know Jake One’s style: from Chance the Rapper to 50 Cent, Drake, and Fun, the versatile Seattle beat smith gets it in wherever he feels. Hawthorne’s light-hearted brand of blue-eyed soul has won him fans since his 2009 Stones Throw debut. Tuxedo’s danceable tracks have an undeniable pop sensibility, they also show a heavy G-Funk and 80s electro influence, which shines through on the beat they built for us.

“We got the disco kick offa Log, the rest of the drums from MFSB, and kind of a dramatic sound offa the Blue Thunder soundtrack,” said Hawthorne, who also added his soulful crooning to the sonic stew. “And that’s how you craft a whompin’-ass banger, Tuxedo style.”

So check out the creation of the record in the video down below.  Also go check out there new album Tuxedo II now on iTunes.

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Michael Jordan vs. LaVar Ball

This man LaVar Ball is all over sports tv talking a lot of this and that and never played in the NBA.  He say’s  1-on-1  he would beat The Goat, Michael Jordan, because he is to little.  Has he ever watched the Goat  play basketball before?  So Sports Illustrated put together a NBA 2k17 simulation game between Michael Jordan and LaVar Ball.  Check out the video below and let us know what you guys think in the comment section.

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Monday Night Jam Session

Started out with just some playing around on the turntables.   All of a sudden someone walks thru the door, my mini me.  He says to me ,I like that song play it again I wanna dance.​  So this is the result of it.

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Marshawn Lynch Visits Scotland

With all eyes focused on Houston, Texas the site of Super Bowl LI this week, Skittles sent former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to “Houston, Scotland” to chop it up with the locals and see if they were as excited about the big game as people are here in the United States.

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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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David Blaine Beyond Magic

This guy is not human.

David Blaine’s latest tv special, Beyond Magic, aired on November 15th on ABC.  Its what you can expect from David, crazy and utterly terrorizing.  He does some crazy things with frogs and mind blowing things with rings and reading peoples thoughts.

Oh then he decided he wanted to catch a bullet with his teeth like he was Bruce Leroy from The Last Dragon.

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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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First Lady Carpool Karaoke

James Corden’s White House tour takes an unthinkable turn when First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce. Surprise guest Missy Elliott drops in and joins in on the fun.

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Narcos Season 2 (Trailer)

In the second season, notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is on the run, with the Colombian authorities.  They are determined to put an end to his illegal activities.  Watch the trailer below and be ready to watch on Netflix September 2nd.

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Gotta Grove Records

Gotta Groove Records is a manufacturer of high quality vinyl records, located in Cleveland, Ohio.  This short documentary shows the company’s love and passion not just for vinyl but for music.

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Why Him? (Trailer)

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry—and Ned’s panic level—escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston

This looks hilarious.  Can’t wait to go see this.  Who wants to go with?

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What is Rio hiding?

The 2016 Olympics are set to begin in just over a month in Rio de Janeiro. As the city prepares to receive an a bunch of international visitors, it is building new infrastructure and transportation systems to accommodate the new visitors. But the city is also undergoing another major project: hiding and removing poor people from view of foreign onlookers.

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Steph Curry Mural

Everyone’s talking about the back-to-back MVP, but no one has spoken on their admiration for Curry like Bay Area street art collective, the Illuminaries. Painted on the back of an indoor basketball gym, JamTown, and overlooking interstate 880 in Oakland, the monster of a art piece shows Steph mid-crossover with his Under Armour Curry 2.5s on and a pop of electricity shooting out from the ball. In the video the artists talk about their inspiration for the mural, location scouting and what Stephen Curry means to the Bay Area.

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Lebron One of One?

LeBron James finally brought a championship back to Cleveland after 52 years. Bill breaks down why LeBron James is truly “one of one”.

Let me be honest, if you know me I’m not the biggest Lebron fan period.  I bleed purple and gold til the day I die.  Kobe will be one of the greatest to ever lace up and play the game of basketball in my opinion.  Had to throw Kobe in this (lol).  Bill Simmons breaks down how Lebron is “great”.  Check out the video below.  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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Yoshi is sick and tired of your abuse.

Poor, poor, Yoshi. No one ever really stops and thinks about the abuse that poor little guy takes.

I mean he’s made to eat all kinds of things against his will and is basically getting donkey punched as soon as the poor guy cracks out of his egg! Not only that, but the Murderous Mario doesn’t even flinch at sacrificing his green pal just to get to that otherwise unreachable platform.

Well, one day he got sick of it, and now the tables have been turned.

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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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The Internet Covers N.E.R.D.’S “Tape You”

Ive been a fan of N.E.R.D. since they first came on the scene.  There first album, In Search Of…, was when we first got a taste of this awesome group.  I feel in love with them with this album.  A little bit of history on the album is that they first recorded it without any instruments, all digital music.  Then they switched it all up and rerecorded the album using all live instruments.  “Tape You”  happens to be one of my favorite songs on that album.  Check out The Internets cover of “Tape You” below.

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Dissertation: A Kanye West Story

This is a mini documentary by Armani Ortiz.  Its actually not bad, its short and sweet.  Say what you want about Kanye, love him or hate him but the guy says what he feels and I can respect that.  Check out the video below.

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Take A Journey Through the Tham Khoun River Cave in Laos

Shadowing the mighty Xe Bang Fai River, the Tham Khoun Xe cave in Laos is located in the Hin Nam No National Protected Area and extends for 7 kilometers with an average width and height of approximately 76 and 56 meters respectively. Shot by Ryan Deboodt during a two day kayaking trip, the production expresses the sheer expanse and wonder of such natural formations as we are treated to a series of panoramic views of the crew floating over an eerie green light 

I really need to get out more, because this looks beautiful.  Would love to take a trip and check this out.  Might have to add this to my bucket list.  Who is down to go with me?

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Environmental Racism

I know I said I wasn’t going to get to political on here but this needed to addressed.  Racism isn’t just about police brutality or the criminal justice system. It’s in the air and water. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is a prime example of environmental racism. Check out this video explaining  how it’s playing out across the country.

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81 Remembered

“I thought I was dreaming the whole game to be honest with you.” – Kobe Bryant

Seems like yesterday Kobe served up a massive 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, becoming second the the great Wilt Chamberlin’s 100 point single game record.  It’s 10 years later and were gearing up to see the Black Mamba’s last NBA All Star Game, which happens to be in Toronto.  Seems like the perfect farewell right?  Watch the 5 part video from ESPN and like me be in awww of the amazing night Kobe had.

Kobe Bryant: I didn’t really pay attention to anything that was said. I was just in my own head and in my own zone. I wasn’t high-fiving anybody. I wasn’t talking to anybody. I just felt like I was in a different dimension. Nothing else mattered. Everything was irrelevant. I really wasn’t thinking about the scoring. I was trying to get us back in the game. We were down by 18 points in the third quarter. I remember at the end of the third quarter I had a steal and I had to hustle to keep the ball in bounds, and then I had a dunk and I said, “We’re in this game and we’re going to win this game.” That was the real turning point. Those are the plays that really change momentum — hustle plays. That’s when I knew we’re going to win this damn game.

Mitch Kupchak: Kobe was more than willing to have Phil back on board, and he worked incredibly hard preparing for that season. We had traded Shaquille the previous year, and Kobe had a chance to spread his wings and really just find out in his mind, and our minds, too, where historically he was going to end up. He could have been happy averaging 22 points per game, but this was an opportunity for him to blossom. He wanted to show the world how great he was.

Phil Jackson: I know people in [Los Angeles], particularly, like to see Kobe have a game like that; we all do. Kobe could have attacked if it was a game that was meaningful, flawless and had some competitive zest to it, but that 30-plus [lead] at that time, it wasn’t meaningful.

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Questlove vs. Prince

Questlove, you may have heard, tells the best stories. Prince, in our experience, IS the best stories. Watch as Okayplayer animates Questo’s tale, a story filled with the magic powers of The Purple One, Nigerian Afrobeat god Fela Kuti, Finding Nemo, and a hot pink stretch Hummer.  This is hilarious, I could not stop laughing.  Check it out below.

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Watch This: Kendrick Lamar’s Austin City Limits Performance

Last night PBS aired Kendrick’s Austin City Limits performance.  This was from the looks of it was a great show, would have loved to been there.  Check out the playlist and also watch the performance video below.

“For Free?”
“Institutionalized (Interlude)”
“Backseat Freestyle”
“Swimming Pools”
“These Walls”
“Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
“Money Trees”
“M.A.A.D. City”
“U”
“King Kunta”
“i”
“Blacker the Berry”
“Alright”

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Deadpool Trailer 2

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Watch the trailer below.

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Enter the World of Killer Mike’s Barbershop

Killer Mike’s established himself as a vocal member of the music community—not just with his politically-charged lyrics, but with his fearlessness to step out from behind the microphone and make statements about culture. And one of the ways he’s done that is taken a staple of his community—the barbershop—and figured out how to use it to create a successful franchise.

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T-Pain’s NPR Front Row Concert

To mark the one-year anniversary of the most popular Tiny Desk Concert ever and the 10th anniversary of his debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, we hosted T-Pain at our Washington, D.C. headquarters. The inimitable Floridian performed a short set of classics, both his own and others’, and a brand new, never before heard song from his forthcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix.

SET LIST

“Tipsy” — 0:42
“Officially Yours” * — 3:26
“Can’t Believe It” — 8:41
“A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover)” — 13:25
“Bartender” — 18:34
“Need To Be Smokin” — 20:59

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Watch This

Professional shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player Yuko Watanabe and a backup duo of koto players put a Japanese twist on Michael Jackson‘s classic song: Smooth Criminal.

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