Pharrell was another performer to make the Made In America Festival Sunday night in Philadelphia.
Kanye West closed out the Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia last night. And his performance was considered to be the highlight of an otherwise dull festival.
Mother’s Finest soulful rock sound coming from a mostly Black band made them an anomaly in the commercial rock world. Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy, Glenn “Doc” Murdock, Gary “Moses Mo” Moore and bassist Jerry “Wyzard” Seay formed the original 1970 lineup. “Love Changes” was their highest charting song and most popular straight ahead R&B tune which came from their fourth album, Mother Factor. The song endeared them to Black audiences who had no idea they also played rock. As a live act they were impressive and well-received by audiences when they opened for mainstream bands like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Who and Aerosmith. But their numerous albums didn’t sell well and their singles, “Baby Love,” “Don’t Wanna Come Back” and “Fire” missed industry expectations. They summed up their feelings about being a Black rock band with the 1976 song, “Niggizz Can’t Sang Rock’n’Roll.” Criticism of the segregated rock industry was only one half of their perspective as they titled their 1993 album, Black Radio Won’t Play This Record. Joyce Kennedy released a solo album in 1984 on A&M records titled, Lookin’ For Trouble and it has the R&B hit, “The Last Time I Made Love” with Jeffrey Osborne. Mother’s Finest started recording again in the 2000′s and released Meta-Funk’n Physical. Kennedy also toured with the Daughters Of Soul throughout Europe. The band still tours and completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 for their next untitled project.
This is the official trailer for Nas: Time Is Illmatic. The One9 directed film explores the moment in hip-hop when Nas’s Illmatic debuted and bridged the gap between the days of Big Daddy Kane and the new guard of which Nas was a leader. The film will be available in theaters, on iTunes and video on Demand October 1st and the 3rd.
What kind of social commentary is Snoop Dogg making by donning whiteface and referring to himself as a “White guy named Todd?”
Will Mike Epps and Lee Daniels be able to bring the complexity of Richard Pryor’s life to the silver screen?
Mayer Hawthorne’s “Robot Love” video is a cartoon with a boy meets female robot storyline. And the adventure takes place around a variety of Americana pop culture items like Spam, Volkswagon Beetles and Schlitz beer.
Jermaine Jackson and Treach remember Michael Jackson on what would’ve been his 56th birthday today.
Souls Of Mischief member, A-Plus remixes “Melding Of The Minds” from Deltron 3030′s sophomore album, Event 2. The sci-fi oriented single with Zach De La Rocha is the third in a remix series started by A-Plus earlier this year with Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson” and Meek Mill’s “I Don’t Know.” The Souls Of Mischief are touring their Adrian Younge collaboration project, There Is Only Now.
Van Hunt is embarking on his next album after being inspired by the re-discovery of music from the past like Parliament Funkadelic and The Delfonics. The project is untitled as yet and he’s keeping most of the details secret for now but fans can pre-order the album and various collectables via his Pledgemusic page.
Georgia Anne Muldrow and her partner Dudley Perkins take up the frame for the “Pop Iconz” visual from Muldrow’s Ms. One album. The rapper/singer/poet is critical of white supremacy-loving pop stars obsessed with materialism who influence young people to seek shallow Hollywood dreams.