Ice-T premieres The Art Of Rap at Sundance 2012

The Art of Rap screened Saturday afternoon at the MARC to a more bumpin' crowd than Sundance usually sees. Stocked with rap artists and hip-hop fans, the audience spent much of the documentary head bobbing and breaking into applause whenever another rap icon threw down a bit of freestyle verse on screen. The ringmaster, of course, was Ice-T, who conceived of the project and directed it, a first for the music, film and TV star. He made sure to bring several of the producers and subjects of the film to Park City for the premiere - Grandmaster Caz, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Ice's longtime partner Evil E, associate producer Seane Sean, wife Coco and son Little Ice. When the screening was over, Ice seemed genuinely pleased, having seen the film on the big screen with an audience for the first

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Speech of Arrested Development featured on MTV's Made

Speech was recently asked to be coach for a new episode of the hit reality show “Made” (Airs January 24th 7pm EST). The MTV “Made” staff announced Speech as their best “Made” coach ever! ”Made” is a hit reality series that asks: Why stand on the sidelines watching others live your dream? Are you too shy or think you’re not “cool” enough to get in on the action? Or do you simply lack the self-confidence and motivation? Well, maybe it’s time to stand up and get “Made“. Speech’s episode is unique in that it involves two people that want to be made, both being coached by Speech & stoked to rap over 1 beat produced by Speech and another beat produced by Jahi (Speech’s son). Speech ultimately chooses only one to win the grand prize of opening for 2x Gram

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KRS-One breaks down 2012, Mayans and Aztec history

Message from KRS-One "Peace. This is KRS-One! I'd like to personally thank everyone for their show of support toward the release of the "Just Like That" video. I'm not really a big Internet guy myself, but I had to respond to the enormous amount of love we've experienced since the release of the "Just Like That" video. MAD LION ROCKED IT! However, the best is still yet to come. As you may know, I often use my talents to edutain my listeners and inspire the international Hip Hop community. 2012 will be no different. I feel sorry for those who already think that I preach too much in rhyme, or that I need to retire. On the contrary, I'm just getting started. Turning the flame up a little more, my next video presentation "Aztechnical" will deal with the myths of 2012, particularly the

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DJ Lord Jazz releases new solo album

Lord Jazz, the legendary DJ for Lords Of The Underground, has just released his brand new solo album entitled, The Plain Dealer. 13 tracks strong, the album features guest appearances from some of the greats, including Mr Funke and Doitall from Lords Of The Underground, J-Ro and Tash from Tha Alkaholiks, Sticky Fingaz from Onyx, The Cella Dwellas and Treach from Naughty By Nature. Support DJ Lord Jazz and his brand new release now by downloading from iTunes here http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dj-lordjazz/id495652129?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 and you can check out the official track list for The Plain Dealer below: 01 Intro 02 Plain Dealer (feat. Nick Javas) 03 I Am (feat. Beez Potiya) 04 Royalty (feat. Doitall, Mr Funke, J-Ro, Tash, Sticky Fingaz) 05 Eagle Eye (feat.

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Label Conscious: The Ghosts of Def Jams Past

Label Conscious: The Ghosts of Def Jam's Past By Dave Tompkins In 1995, the head-trauma wing at a nursing home in Bensonhurst began acquiring the lost memories of Def Jam's first rapper. Terry Keaton, a new patient at Haym Salomon hospital, had emerged from a coma unaware that he was T La Rock. Or that T La Rock had a hit in 1984 called "It's Yours." All of this was news to Keaton, as it was to neurologists. What was known is that the history of T La Rock — and perhaps the time of his life — had been purged from Terry Keaton's mind with a blunt instrument. The assailant was never caught, and Keaton spent much of his rehab listening to "It's Yours," recollecting lines that the rest of the hip-hop world had been quoting for the past decade. Residents at Haym Salomon — many suf

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Hip Hop vets taking part in Red Bull Skooled Tour

Red Bull recently announced that some Texas’ finest will take part in Red Bull’s Skooled Tour, a music mentorship program geared towards teaching young artists how to succeed in the music business. Bun B, Mannie Fresh, Paul Wall, Cold Cris, Michael 5000 Watts, Chingo Bling, and Hip-Hop PR guru Nancy Byron have been selected as mentors throughout the tour, which aims to “skool” some of Texas’ top indie rap groups. Artists slated to represent Texas’ independent movement are A.Dd+ (Dallas), The Niceguys (Houston), Worldwide (San Antonio), Kydd Jones (Austin) and DJ Sober (Dallas). The groups will hit the road on a six-city promotional tour through Texas, starting February 1st in Houston. The up-and-comers will be mentored on how to succeed in the music business by some

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