In 2010, I got the pleasure of interviewing the 5 mic MC Bun B aka Professor Trill (Check out the video below). In my short time speaking to him it becomes evident that he is a very articulate person almost immediately. These days that isn’t something that is expected due to the rappers that are constantly thrown in our face that have set bad examples like Waka Flaka Flame and many more. On January 11, 2011 Professor Trill taught his first class at Rice University in the “Hip Hop and Religion” course ! Truly Hip Hop History and a major accomplishment for Professor Trill aka Bernard Freeman both as an MC and more importantly a man. As a Hip Hop artist becoming a teacher at a prestigous university like Rice, Bun B definitely deserves a spotlight in the #MYOL News spotlight!
Monday, February 7, 2011
As the Grammys are approaching, The Grammy Museum will open up the first ever interactive exhibit all for Hip-Hop this weekend. The Grammy Museum’s “Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey” will debut this Saturday (February 5th) on the Museum’s second floor, where it will be on display until May 4th. The exhibit, which is based on ARIA Multimedia Entertainment’s book of the same name, takes users on a interactive, visual and audio journey through four-decades of Hip-Hop music. On display are LL Cool J’s Troop jacket and Kangol hat, Grandmaster Flash’s turntables, Run-DMC’s leather pants and jackets from the “Walk This Way” performance with Aerosmith and many other artifacts from various Hip-Hop legends. The Grammy Museum is located at L.A. Live at 800 W. Olympic Blvd, on block form the Staples Center, where the 53rd Annual Grammys will be held on Sunday (February 13th).
Hip Hop History: National Museum of Hip-Hop Launches Campaign To Build 1st NYC Hip-Hop Museum! (January 30th-February 5th)
The National Museum of Hip-Hop has launched a campaign to raise money to build the first NMoH facility in NYC. It is being built with two purposes in mind: to establish a world-renowned cultural institution that preserves the four original elements of Hip-Hop (Rap, DJing, B-Boying and Graffiti), and to spearhead positive change within the hip-hop community.
- @iBLONDEgenius, inflexwetrust.com
- @iBLONDEgenius, inflexwetrust.com
The National Museum of Hip-Hop (NMoH) announced this week the launch of their “Donate-A-Dollah” (DAD) campaign, designed to raise awareness and raise funds to build the first NMoH facility within New York City, among other things. The precise location/borough of the Museum will be determined based on the results of the DAD Campaign. So, the borough with the largest population of official hip-hop citizens will be where the museum is built, which will be — according to the NMoH — the first museum for Hip-Hop, built for the people and literally by the people. The NMoH was conceived with a dual purpose: the first being to establish a world-renowned cultural institution that preserves the four original elements of hip-hop — Rap, DJing, B-Boying and Graffiti. Each element will have its own department within the museum to honor its contribution to the expansion of the hip-hop culture from a Bronx-originated art form to the global phenomenon it is today. The second purpose is to spearhead positive change within the hip-hop community by “galvanizing its human and financial resources to address issues such as drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, degradation of women, and school dropout rates, to name a few,” according to a press release. The organization’s overall goal is to “globally educate, celebrate, commemorate, and perpetuate the diverse positive social achievements of the hip-hop culture”. “If we are ever going to create positive change within our inner-city communities, we must stop depending on out-of-area government officials and corrupt politicians; true changes begins and ends with the PEOPLE,” said Craig Wilson, creator of DAD & President of NMoH. “But before the people (Hip-Hop culture) can exact change, they must first be unified; this, unification, is the underlying focus of the DAD Campaign.” The “Donate-A-Dollah” campaign asks that all fans of the genre donate a dollar to its movement. The donation is a one-time only contribute, it says, capping at one dollar by each individual. “By limiting each donor’s contribution, the National Museum of Hip-Hop is able to utilize the campaign as the first official ‘Hip-Hop Census’, which will demonstrate the global size and power of the ‘Hip-Hop Planet.’ There are millions, if not billions, of Hip-Hop fans worldwide. Just imagine what can be accomplished within our communities when ALL Hip-Hop fans unite,” said the NMoH.
-Ronnie Gamble, ballerstatus.com
For more info and/or to donate, visit NMOH.org.
In the days of these days of the instant internet uploads and easily accessible superior video equipment, music videos have become so monotonous. Every one has all of a sudden become a video director and music videos have been dumbed down to rappers standing in front of cameras and rapping. You might have 3 or 4 different shots in the video but the imagery, storytelling and creativity of music videos online are almost non-existent. This is why I posted this video as Cyhi matches his lyrical wizardry with the visuals in this video. I’m not going to say anything about it, watch it for yourself and let me know what you think. Just know that these are the type of videos I co-sign and plan on producing very, very soon!
Formerly signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management label, Wale is one of the best upcoming MCs in the game. This summer he dropped what I believe was the #1 mixtape album of 2010 titled “More About Nothing”. After the release of the mixtape and the major buzz that it created, Wale really began to get recognized by some of the biggest names in the game, one of those being Rick Ross. Wale was a part of the Roc Nation label before the lyrical heavyweights and thrown inheritors, J.Cole and Jay Electronica came along. During the 3rd quarter of the year, Electronica was welcomed onto the Roc Nation roster and almost less than a month later was on a Mountain Dew commercial. During that time Wale began to be seen with Meek Millz, Rozay and his Maybach Music Group. This past week Wale officially signed and is a part of MMG. As a fan of both Wale and Ross I think that it is a perfect fit for Wale as he balances out the gangster roster with a super-lyrical and intelligent MC. With Ross currently on fire, Masspike Miles doing his thing and Wale officially signed, MMG is starting to build a roster to compete with Shady (Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf), G.O.O.D Music (Big Sean, Cyhi) and Roc Nation when it comes to Real Hip Hop.
Every week the bar gets pushed higher and higher! First it was the unanimous rookie of the year selection Blake Griffin setting the NBA season-high in January with 47 points and he added 18 rebounds too! The next week another young superstar Kevin Durant comes along and matches Griffin’s 47 points and also added 18 rebounds to match the season-high. You might know this young superstar’s name. Um, Lebron James? All the other young superstars are very very good players but this guy is clearly the best player in the NBA. He proves it again as he drops in 51 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals against a possible championship contender and in-state rivals Orlando Magic. I actually had the pleasure of watching this game and it was nothing less than pure domination from Lebron. There is no question that he is the best player on the Miami Heat and even though it may be D.Wade’s team because he was there first, it is clearly Lebron’s when he is on the floor.
To all my fellow Celtics fans, this was a great win and a prime example to what would have happened in game 7 of last years finals if Kendrick Perkins was healthy. Lets not take this game too seriously, even though it is a good sign for what may come in this years finals, both teams still have to make it there. It is no secret that the L.A. Lakers haven’t been playing championship basketball all season as they’ve lost to losing teams like Kings, Clippers and been blown out by the Heat on Christmas Day. When Kobe today has to play like the Kobe of the old days, that is not a good thing for the repeat champion Lakers. With Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum having sub-par seasons and Matt Barnes out with injury the Lakers are currently 3rd in the Western Conference and 5th in the NBA. Even with an “average” season for the world champions they have managed to be in the running for home court advantage throughout the playoffs but it doesn’t look too promising as the Spurs, Heat and Celtics are playing great basketball. The Celtics are looking as strong as the 2007-2008 season when they were able to sustain injuries and utilize their bench to win key games throughout the season. KG, Rondo, Marquis Daniels, Semi, Delonte West, Kendrick Perkins and Shaq have all had injury troubles and have missed games this season. When the Lakers have to face a bigger, tougher interior they do not do well as they rely on Kobe’s jumpers. That is when the Celtic’s defense is at their best and they capitalize off of the best defense in the league. This years playoffs are going to be crazy! I’m taking the Celtics, who do you have winning it all?