Hip Hop artist Q-Tip attends Tribeca Talks: Music And Film during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2013 in New York City
*Q-Tip is teaming up with “The Wolf Of Wall Street” co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill to develop a new television series loosely based on his music career.
The show will focus on the rapper’s time with A Tribe Called Quest and feature his experiences as part of the Native Tongues, a group formed with fellow hip-hop acts the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul.
A writer for the series has yet to be hired, but it will be produced through DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way.
They’re looking to start shopping the project to networks later this month, according to Deadline.com.
*It’s been just about six months since Kanye West’s latest album “Yeezus” has been in the streets, and already he’s preparing for next studio release, reports Billboard.
During an interview with Elliott Wilson for Life + Times, Q-Tip, who is working on a solo album of his own, “The Last Zulu,” shared that he and Rick Rubin will be behind the boards for Ye’s follow-up: “I’m producing Kanye’s new album with Rick Rubin, I’m doing that, so that’s coming up.”
Ye’ told Philly’s Power 99 that he’s currently recording and hopes to release the album in the summer of 2014.
“I haven’t named my next album but I have started on it,” he said. “I write down philosophies all the time. I have some thoughts and I just constantly… everytime I think of it I write it. I’m working on it.”
“I’d like to have another album out by next summer,” he continued.
West also confirmed that he has a remix with Miley Cyrus coming up. Rumors of her involvement in a remix for his “Black Skinhead” track started in August, shortly after Cyrus’ 2013 MTV VMA performance.
*Kanye West has been a hot topic since adorning himself in the Confederate flag, warranting responses from folk like Al Sharpton and the national Action Network.
Shortly after announcing his line of tour merchandise blanketed with a symbol that carries a dark history, the civil rights leader called for the boycott of Kanye’s apparel.
When asked about his motives, in classic Kanye banter, he explained that like the forever long battle with the “n” word, he’s taking the Confederate flag back … when have Black people every “had” the flag?
“React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?
“I just think people look cool in it. They look nice. And it’s colorless also. It’s super hood and super white boy approved at the same time. That’s really what my style has always been.”
And let the proliferation of ignorance begin.
Fellow rapper and G.O.O.D. Music signee, Q-Tip was not going to sit idly by and let the ridiculousness commence without a word from the wise.
His words: “F**k the confederate flag”
“I love Kanye no shots, but my people continue to suffer psychologically from hardships that happened under that banner.”
Enslavement was an extremely dark time in the history of American-born African people. Though Kanye has his ideals about art and repurposing messages to move forward from the past, the fact is it can’t be changed. The flag continues to work out it’s symbolic dark presence today, menacing as it waves from the porch posts of American white families. Many places in the South some people of color will still avoid because of the lingering spirit of racism highly regarded with waving Confederate flags.
Is Kanye wrong? Can the Confederate flag be “repurposed?” And can fashion save Kanye’s message?
Singer-producer Babyface is 55 today
*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou
April 10: Reggae artist Bunny Wailer is 66. Singer-producer Babyface is 55. Rapper Afrika Bambaataa is 53. Comedian Orlando Jones is 45. Singer Kenny Lattimore is 43. Rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is 43. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is 34.
Apr. 10, 1968: U.S. Congress passes Civil Rights Bill banning racial discrimination in sale or rental of approximately 80 per cent of the nation’s housing. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*“LAHH 3” star Consequence has a lot of beef with folks. He stopped by 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” to discuss his issues with Kanye West, his baby’s mother Jen The Pen, and why he’s upset with cousin Q-Tip.
“Basically, this is what happened. Q-Tip talks like a girl. Listen, he goes and he tells Kanye behind my back about the baby,” Consequence explained. After the rapper and his girl Jen the Pen had their baby, the couple didn’t receive a gift or a card. “I didn’t want Kanye to know because we were still going through money things and it was nasty. It was a lot of things that was involved. A lot of people who was involved with me and Kanye not bumping no more. When I did the Sway interview, I had flew out to London. We was really trying to make it not go past ‘Man Purses.’”
Back to Kanye, Consequence recalls being tight with him back when he and Kim were allegedly having an affair while she was with Reggie Bush.
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*There appears to be a name for Kanye West’s next “G.O.O.D. Music” album.
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On Sept. 18, the rapper’s label released “Cruel Summer,” featuring tracks from his G.O.O.D. Music collective and appearances from Jay-Z, R. Kelly and 2 Chainz.
*In an interview with MTV News, rapper G.O.O.D. Music artist Q-Tip teased, “If there’s a Cruel Summer then there’s got to be a Cruel Winter right? … That’s all I’m saying.”
West formed his G.O.O.D. label in 2004, producing albums for John Legend, Common and Big Sean, in addition to focusing on his solo rap career.
“Cruel Summer,” which has Kanye referencing girlfriend Kim Kardashian (and former CIA director George Tenet) in his Jay-Z collaboration “Clique,” hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 205,000 copies sold in week one.