Well, the President didn’t actually rap, although he started things off by telling the drummer to “drop the beat.” The president then holds up cue cards with certain words and “Hamilton” star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped the freestyle.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 15, 2016
I don’t think the next First Lady of the United States is going to outdo Michelle Obama. I mean, can bill Clinton even rap?
Racist police acting as judge and prosecution? What else is new?
A Brooklyn man claims that “vicious, wicked and cold-hearted” cops forced him to rap an entire song in exchange for his freedom – but only if the rhymes were up to their discriminating standards.
The 28-year-old aspiring hip-hopper “was thus compelled to perform a rap song for his freedom,” the complaint states.
Shingles was at the Brooklyn home of a pal when a crew of cops – including at least one officer under investigation for other illegal entries – demanded access to perform a search, the suit states.
Homeowner Donyale Kitchens refused to allow them in until they produced a warrant. The cops agreed to come back later with the paperwork and Kitchens left, the suit states.
But the plainclothes crew eventually convinced a building super to give them keys to her pad, according to the suit.
Once inside, the officers handcuffed Shingles and two other men while they searched the apartment, the suit states.
But the cops abruptly decided to break for a musical interlude after learning that Shingles was an aspiring rapper.
“The defendant officers then told the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles to show them some “spits and bars,” specifically to perform a rap song, and that if he was ‘hot’ they would let him go,’ the suit states.
With his freedom on the line, Shingles burst into his verses – and passed the test.
“Apparently satisfied with the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles rap performance, the defendant officers indeed released him and allowed him to leave the subject premises,’ the suit states.
The search did not turn up any illegal items, the suit states.
Kitchens and Shingles are suing the NYPD for illegal search and false imprisonment for an undisclosed sum
I’m not much of a fan of Jay Z so I didn’t start listening to his newest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, with some sky-high expectations but, I know what he’s capable with his music so I expected something that I’d love to put on my iPod. I was quickly reminded why I’m not much of a fan.
The first song Holy Grail pretty much sets the bar for this album, songs with sick beats, good intros, and good/decent hooks. Jay Z’s lyrics are another story; his lyrics seem uninspired, his flow seems off, and no matter who he has with him in his songs (Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, Beyonce, or Frank Ocean) the songs just fail to want me hit replay. The entire album seems less of a big money album and more like a quickly done mixtape.
It seems as if Jay Z, who can surround him with the best in the music industry, just sat down and said “this is good enough”. Perhaps Jay Z should really retire from music and focus fully on his business ventures, those seem like something he won’t be happy just at “good enough”
The Weather Channel has pissed off practically the entire meteorologist community by their decisions to begin to start naming ordinary here-today-gone-tomorrow winter storms like the one that’s presently surging over the northeast side of the country day rather than reserving to tag more severe weather anomalies like the tropical storm Sandy that hit last year. And what’s worse is that the execs at the station made this decision without any confirmation from the rest of the more, shall we say professional, forecasting community. “The idea,” according to Bryan Norcross, senior executive director of weather content for the company, “was to draw more attention to storms and get people to prepare.” But irate meteorologists across the land, who are lamenting publicly on what they think is just a publicity stunt for the station, say that the potential danger of making a big whoopdedoo about every seasonable winter storm could eventually numb the public to responding appropriately to more dangerous weather. Aaah! The old Boy-Who-Cried-Wolf syndrome…
A spokeswoman for the National Weather Service, which names tropical storms like hurricanes, said the agency has no position on the Weather Channel’s decision to name winter storms. Also no word on which Nemo the brain trust at TWC had in mind when naming this present storm. Was it the cute little clown fish from the Disney Pixar movie or the ancient mariner, Captain Nemo from the literary works of science fiction writer Jules Verne?…I’m guessing the clown fish.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Nemo also means “The Man” in the African Oromo language, which would also be another silly name for a storm.
The Golden Age of Hip-Hop: Radio Station 107.5 WBLS spins “Golden Era Radio” every Friday night from 8pm to 10pm, featuring the best of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s hip-hop music with the legendary MarleyMarl and RoxanneShante. Damn, there are times when living in the past could be a good thing. I would love for these so called present day rap artists to assimilate just one iota of what the old crew used to throw down in the day. You would think that rapping about Bitches, Money & Hoes would have played itself out by now, wouldn’t it?
Actor Will Smith‘s daughter, Willow, turned turned down the role to play the little orphan girl Annie in her father’s remake of “Annie”. Will’s production company Overbrook Entertainment recently hired “Easy A” director Will Gluck to guide the production to the big screen, as well as Willow in the lead role. Speaking at Temple University in Philadelphia this week, Smith said that Willow herself ask to not be put in the film:
“Willow was supposed to be doing ‘Annie,’ we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with ‘Whip my Hair’ and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so, I said, ‘Baby, hold up!’ I said, ‘No, no, no, listen; you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.”
How about I just be 12? Whippin’ my hair back n’ forth with mad respect for this little girl : )
And take heart–Will and his boychild Jaden Smith will be appearing together again in the scifi thriller “After Earth” directed by that weird guy, M. Night Shyamalan and produced, once again by Overbrook. The plot? After crash landing on a planet abandoned for thousands of years, father and son astronauts are left to explore and survive on the planet. Scheduled film release is June. I’ll be there.
Halle Berry, Lisa Leslie, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Clarence Avant and my Girl Chaka Khan will be honored at the BET Awards televised this coming Monday the 11th. Hosted once again by the beautiful Gabrielle Union the show will celebrate Chaka and her fellow nominees for their outstanding achievements in their respective careers. I’ve been rockin’ with the legendary Ms. Khan from day one of her Rufus days all the way up to the multi-Grammy Award winning solo career she enjoys today. And I’ve prided myself on introducing other fans to some of her least known songs. Ill taking you out with my personal favorite, “Roll Me Through The Rushes”… N’joy!
THANK GOD WE MADE IT THROUGH “NEMO” IN ONE PIECE! (or whatever you wanna call it.)