A collaboration between Jay-Z and Daft Punk called “Computerized” surfaced today. The song seems dated since Jay mentions a Blackberry but no more information is available about it. Some people say that Kanye West helped make the song a reality and it’s available for download.
Michelle Obama hosted a workshop on The History Of Soul music and had Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae and Patti Labelle as her panelist. After answering questions from the student audience all three of the artists performed a song.
Kevin Saunderson is assisted by his son Dantiez during his Boiler Room set in Chicago.
South Carolina rapper Amiri is paying tribute to hip-hop’s Golden Era with “Still” from his This Is Part Time album.
9th Wonder is interviewed by The Melissa Harris-Perry show regarding his film, The Hip-Hop Fellow. The documentary is about 9th Wonder’s time teaching at Harvard and Duke last year. He taught The Standards Of Hip-Hop, worked on his thesis and the hip-hop archive at Harvard. The film will debut this year at the Full Frame Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
Oddisee shares the dark thoughts he has in “Back Of My Mind” in a car ride late at night.
Marsha Ambrosius has a 6-song EP called F*ck & Love that she is giving to the fans ahead of her Friends & Lovers album release. Download here.
David Banner fearlessly delivers a poem about white supremacy and Black assimilation on The Arsenio Hall Show.
Throwback: Smiley-But I’m Not Friendly
Smiley became the first female rapper from Detroit to have a national presence in 1989 with her single “But I’m Not Friendly.” The video showed Smiley and her crew in doorknocker earrings rapping around Detroit before the days of The Rhythm Kitchen and the Hip-Hop Shop. The song earned Smiley a gold record and the video was seen on BET’s Rap City andYo! MTV Raps. The video was so popular on the video jukebox show The Box, that many fans mailed her their phone bill after getting into trouble with their parents for requesting the video numerous times. Smiley recorded three albums for Bryant Records before leaving the rap scene to work as a model for Chrysler and a commentator for Ebony Fashion Fair. She launched and ran The Smiley Show on cable for 7 years before entering the radio industry where she worked as a program director for Radio One stations in the 2000s.
1. What other TV host besides Arsenio Hall would let Prince take over the entire show with his crew including 3RDEYEGIRL, Liv Warfield and The New Power Generation?
2. Is Vanessa Williams dismissing lighter-skinned privilege that she may have benefitted from in her career?
3. Is Chadwick Boseman bringing justice to James Brown’s stage presence?