#HipHop History Lesson…

Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey

This weekend don’t miss out on something mayjah!!!!. The opening of,  “Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey” exhibit at The Grammy Museum. Named and fashioned after the book (dropping 2/8/11) bearing the same title, this is one of the first exhibits ever of its kind. The exhibit takes us back in the day (4 DECADES to be exact) and pays homage to the pioneers of  Hip-Hop. On display-LL Cool J’s kangol, Grandmaster Flash’s turntables, original handwritten rhymes by Tupac, and many other artifacts.  This is something that all the youngins need to visit for a rich history lesson.  The exhibit will run until May 5th and sure to make an unprecedented impact on the music community and others. This is such a great reward and compliment, considering that this genre of music was just a passing fad…suckas!!!

All true Hip-Hop heads are sure to represent…I’ll be there in my fat laces and a fuzzy kangol!

*Sidenote: Keep DJ Kool Herc in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Check The Rhyme Ya’ll

I love Hip-Hop!  how it has grown and where it is going. Dj’s fly around the world rocking international crowds, artist are turning into actors and becoming household names, and groups are being documented. I remember when documentaries were only for those people, places, events, and times in world  history. Michael Rapport has taken on the mammoth job of producing a documentary on one of the most relevant groups of the late 80’s and 90’s…A Tribe Called Quest called Beats, Rhymes, and Life. Check out the Hollywood Reporter article of the nerve-racking adventure he had at The Sundance Film Fest here. Make sure to come back for a peek at the trailer.

ATCQ

#MOOZ-LUM w/@realevanross and @nialong

No need to write much on this movie, the trailer speaks for itself…this is gonna be a monster and sure to stir up some controversy.

It’s good to see Nia Long’s face again and Evan Ross keeps getting better and better; love him.

Make sure you support independent films and DEMAND for this movie in your city!!

Celebrate #MLK Jr.

The graphics on this  poster are so fly, I  had to post it. If you happen to be in NYC make sure to drop in on Giant Step’s night with Questlove on the 1’s and 2’s and Yameen Allworld on the mic ..skills!!

ReCap

I was perusing my blog and realized that it was a little…sterile. A little detached from who I am. I want to approach my blog a little different this year, I feel it can be more personal, more tangible, and  A LOT more updated. I was going through my film from 2010 and snagged some of my most memorable moments of the year and wanted to share them with you all. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and being in the moment.  So, bear with me as I make changes here and allow me to expose to you more of what I do.

Hope to see some of you tonight at Eso Won Books for a night with the great Ms. Nikki Giovanni…

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@rayraysaadiq Says Turn Up Your RADIO…

I was so excited when I read the press release today about Raphael Saadiq releasing another album!! I truly believe he is one of the music industry’s most talented, relevant, but underrated artist out.  Maybe I’m just biased because I was lucky enough to work with Saadiq on the Lucy Pearl and Instant Vintage albums back in the day. Both, classic albums which were heavily slept on but that hasn’t and won’t stop Lil Ray Ray. He’s droppin’ his 5th studio album, Stone Rollin’ 3/22/11 and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy but until then, y’all check out the video for his new single “Radio” here.

Check out my “Captured on Film” gallery for pix of Mr. Saadiq performing live at the Wiltern ’09.

Raphael Saadiq