Black Thought has shared a heartfelt tribute to founding member of The Roots Malik B. News of his passing started making the rounds on social media after his cousin Don Champion confirmed his death.
In an Instagram post, The Roots' frontman penned a lengthy eulogy for his late friend.
"We made a name and carved a lane together where there was none," he wrote. "We resurrected a city from the ashes, put it on our backs and called it Illadelph. In friendly competition with you from day one, I always felt as if I possessed only a mere fraction of your true gift and potential. Your steel sharpened my steel as I watched you create cadences from the ether and set them free into the universe to become poetic law, making the English language your bitch.Read more
Nas, Rapsody, The Roots' Questlove, Enemy Radio's Jahi, YG and Black Thought joined Public Enemy for an updated version of the pioneering group's iconic anthem "Fight The Power" to open up the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday night (June 28).
Chuck D, Flavor Flav and DJ Lord were in top form as they ripped through the song in a virtual performance video. The visual begins with 12-year-old "Little Big Shots" breakout star Keedron Bryant singing his viral song "I Just Want To Live" before the famous Bomb Squad beat takes over.
Visually, footage of the Los Angeles protests are sprinkled in throughout the video as Chuck raps, “The year is 2020/The number, another summer.
Public Enemy returned earlier this month with a video for the DJ Premier-assisted “State Of TheRead more
The Spike Jonze-directed "Beastie Boys Story" was released on Friday (April 24). The nearly two-hour film stars the surviving members of the New York City-bred trio — Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz — looking back on their roughly 40-year career.
From their early punk rock days and "Licensed To Ill" superstardom to the sobering commercial failure of 1989's "Paul's Boutique" and triumphant reinvention, they touch on all formidable moments on their journey.
The most emotional moment came as they were talking about Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away from cancer in 2012. Ad-Rock is unable to finish his thought as tears well up in hisRead more
Legendary producer Prince Paul has once again linked up with fellow BROOKZILL! member Don Newkirk to score the soundtrack for the new Abdul-Rahman Muhammad-directed Netflix documentary "Who Killed Malcom X?"
He shared the news in a Facebook post on Thursday (February 6), promising a limited vinyl run in the coming months.
“If you wondered Where I was all last summer, I was in the studio scoring this powerful documentary with @donnewkirk,” he wrote. “I am proud to say that it will be premiering on Netflix tomorrow. There will be a VERY VERY limited vinyl press this summer! So make sure you stay tuned and cop one.”
"Who Killed Malcolm X?" premiered on Friday (February 7).
Check out the trailer below.Read more
Lords Of The Underground burst onto the scene in 1993 with their "Here Come The Lords" album, which featured songs such as "Chief Rocka" and "Funky Child." The trio — comprised of DoItAll, Mr. Funke and Lord Jazz — released three more albums, culminating with 2007's "House Of Lords."
Now, the Newark-bred hip-hop vets are back with a new video for "Insomniac," the inaugural single from their first album in 13 years, "So Legendary."
Produced by Snowgoons, the track is reminiscent of the Lords Of The Underground's traditional '90s boom bap style and finds all three members back in top form.
Check out the video below.
Outkast luminary André 3000 recently sat down with Def Jam Recordings co-founder Rick Rubin for an episode of the Broken Record podcast. During their conversation, the two industry heavyweights talked about 3 Stacks' long-awaited solo album, which evidently isn't coming anytime soon. The ATLien admitted his confidence isn't necessarily there when it comes to crafting new music.
“I haven’t been making much music, man,” he said. “My focus is not there. My confidence is not there. I tinker — I tinker a lot. Like I’ll just go to a piano and I’ll set my iPhone down and just record what I’m doing, move my fingers and whatever happens, but I haven’t been motivated to do a serious project. I’d like to, but it’s just not coming.”
He also explained his oRead more