The N.F.L will now fine players who kneel during the singing of the national anthem before the start of football games. The other option is to stay in the locker room during the tribute.
We are witnessing an aggressive stance against those who wish to exercise their freedom. To participate in anything N.F.L. at this point is to look away while this passive aggressive micro aggression spits in the face of our ancestors and denies a human the right to protest in the space they are in.
No. I won’t be watching football. If you have any pigmentation or the slightest amount of common sense you wouldn’t either. This is a moment. A bunch of millionaire ‘good ol’boys’ basically told roughly 80% of their employees to “Stand Up Nigger”.
Andre 3000 blesses the Internet with new music to celebrate Mother’s day. Andre took to SoundCloud in the middle of the night to bless the world with his talents. He release 2 new songs “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents) and “Look Ma No Hands”.
The first of the two surprise releases is an emotional trip down memory lane as 3000 laments over memories he had with his mom when he was growing up. The second song is a somber jazz instrumental filled with melancholy and moodiness. A horn blares in every direction as a piano provides the solid foundation to the expression.
Andre 3000 has been pretty quiet as it relates to music lately. He resurfaced in 2017 to announce his partnership with Tretorn shoes. The always eclectic and artistic 3000 lent his artistic vision to the designer and added some of his sketch work to the brands shoes. Lets see if this art wave flows more into the music in 2018.
Drake pretty much Kanye’d Cardi B ala Taylor Swift at the VMA’s with the surprise release of his song and video “Nice For What’. It’s like he said “Yo Cardi, I’m really happy for you Imma let you finish but right now I’m dropping one of the best videos of all time.” I have no idea who is on the OVO marketing team but they deserve a raise. Just one month ago Drake was lamenting “God’s Plan” and passing out One million Dollars. Today he did what he does best. He cakes for the ladies and they love him for it.
The video for “Nice For What” directed by Karena Evans is star studded and a nod to the #MeToo movement showcasing powerful women in the entertainment industry. Olivia Wilde, Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, Jourdan Dunn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Yara Shahidi, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Lejonhjärta, Victoria Lejonhjärta, Letitia Wright, Bria Vinaite, Emma Roberts, Syd and Michelle Rodriguez all make cameos. The most visible woman in the video is Lauryn Hill who doesn’t make a cameo but is the voice you hear consistently during the song.
So Drake breaks the internet once again. Check out the video below. Tell us what you think.
Take a listen to “A Killer Joe” by Precise produced by Mulatto Patriot
Happy Birthday, Harriet Tubman. Thank you for your courage for your boldness and for your determination. You risked your life to free thousands many times over. Today we honor you and your legacy and hope that we continue to move with the wind at our backs with freedom as the destination.
Watch Joelle Lamarre as Harriet Tubman singing “I Am Moses” from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom an opera in two acts by Nkeiru Okoye (composer/librettist)
Chance The Rapper recently appeared at the MCA in Chicago to take part in a discussion series called “In Sight Out”. It’s an in depth dive into the artist and has featured other artists like Solange Knowles and Mick Jenkins.
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs conducted the interview and dove right into the convo. The discussion meandered from topics such as Art collection, God, Kanye and SNL.
Chance spoke passionately about his SNL experience because of what it meant to him as a child. He was so involved in the process and takes pride in what he was able to bring to the table with the help of his friends.
We were able to ask Chance about an extremely poignant and emotional moment in his career. The 3 time Grammy award winner was unboxing his awards with his family present. His daughter helped him unpack the awards and in a highly touching moment she hugged her dad and Chance began to cry.
We asked Chance why he was so emotional in that moment. “It was such a big moment for me, I purposely didn’t sign (a record deal) and kept saying no to amounts of money that I knew I wouldn’t see for a long time because I just thought it would be cool for somebody to say I got the Grammy without a label. I got them and I’m holding the Grammy that weighs around seven to ten pounds in one hand and my daughter who is about thirty pounds and I stood there as a scale for a moment and feel the weight of my daughter and how much more important she is. It broke me down. I think it was meant for me to get three Grammys at one time, because if I had one, I’d probably be too thirsty for more. I got them in abundance so that I could see that there were many of them but there is only one Kensli.” said Chance
When asked about the recent school closings in Chicago and the new $95 million dollar Police Academy that is being built, Chance had this to say
“I feel cheated, I feel angry. I feel vengeful. There are people who are not nameless. You grow up feeling like you are fighting against “the man” or faceless entity of people who are out to get you. But these people have names. Rahm is on that (closing schools) Thats just what it is and their is no way to hide it. This is the third group closing of schools since 2013. We don’t have to dance around it. I see the inequality, I see the unfairness, I see the violation of our city, I see the sscathing department of justice review from our police department. The same one that murdered Fred Hampton. I’m seeing that this a fucked up system and this is me entering myself into it to change it all. I’m here. I’m posted. I am not going anywhere. I’m going to live in Chicago till the day I die. I’m going to travel, I’m going to do some tours so I can get that bag and then Imma lobby for y’all.”
Chicago Artist United the brainchild of Mbombock “Lambe” Songo came together to produce this inspiring and motivational project called “I Dream. I Manifest!” The song features Precise, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, John The Author, Black Ice, Asielah, B1 Black Swagga, Limitless Soundz, Bambaye, Toiné, Bakar, and Lambe.
The message of the video is to bring your dreams to life. The music video/documentary speaks to creating this reality. Check it out below.
When I was growing up I would hear the name Malcolm X and immediately think radical revolutionary, “By any means necessary” and that he was the total opposite of Dr. King. What many of us fail to see is that Malcolm X is an example of growth and spiritual awareness. His journey was public and he was brave enough to share it with the world.
We do a disservice to the legacy of Malcolm when we liken what he has done or his stance to fictional characters. In the spotlight of the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther there are those who liken the anti-hero Killmonger portrayed by Michael B. Jordan as a representation of Malcolm. Killmonger may have a passion for his people but he is fueled by vengeance and is a murderer. That was not Malcolm.
Upon his return from Mecca, Malcolm became enlightened and recognized that spiritually we are one under the umbrella of the creator. This did not make him less adamant about fighting for freedom for our people, it provided insight and made him aware that this fight for freedom is for ALL people.
50 years ago Malcolm X was murdered in Harlem. We remember this day with reverence and insight. Physically he is not with us but the spirit of his enlightenment, his courage to challenge the status quo and stand by his ideals will always be with us. We honor him for this. Thank you Malcolm.
Drake irks the hell out of me, but right now I can say he’s my favorite rapper. A few weeks ago the rap crooner dropped a 2 song EP called Scary Hours The song ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ broke streaming records but in my opinion, the song ‘God’s Plan’ is the standout single.
Drake recently dropped the video for God’s Plan. The video opens with a statement “ The Budget for this video was $996,631.90. WE GAVE IT ALL AWAY. Don’t tell the label.” Therein lies the beauty of this video. Drake spends his time blessing residents of Miami with money. He bought groceries for a supermarket full of people, blessed a high-school student with a 50k scholarship to high school and a few other super generous and amazing things.
Drake has been relatively quiet since July of last year but 2018 has proven to be quite different. He’s dropped a guest verse on ‘Walk it Like I Talk It’ off the Migos’ latest release Culture II. “Look Alive’ by BlocBoy JB and Drake is currently streaming everywhere and the people are anticipating the new album.
The video was filmed in Miami over a course of three days. Drake had this to say via Instagram “Last 3 days were the best I have had in a very long time…there’s nothing like seeing people experience a joyful moment when you can tell they need it the most.”
Say what you want about this Canadian child star turned American rap star, one thing you can say is that his heart is in the right place.
Miami came up on this one let’s pray these good vibes spread across the nation.
Peep the video below. Get your tissues out for this one cause it’s a tear jerker.
On top of being a dope MC, Precise is also into acting. Tune in Friday night for a special Friday Night Mixtape as we have him on the show. We go live at 8pm Eastern. Download the DJ Kawon App and tune in.
About 2 months ago Jaden Smith son of mega-stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith released the visual for his song “Icon” off of his latest release Syre.The song is high energy and a gold-clad, gold tooth Jaden stands in front of a Tesla Model X with the back doors up as he does his best Micheal Jackson impersonation. Being the son of one of the most beloved men in the world can’t be easy. Being able to carve out a niche for yourself has to be harder. Jaden has managed to grow into a legitimate star on his own merits and by the looks of it, he is not the fresh prince. Jaden is using his stardom and star power to change the world. He started an environmentally conscious water company and just like the video for “Icon” his flows are on point. Check it out below.
It is no secret where Jaden’s well of talent is derived from. His father Will won the first Hip-Hop Grammy with his partner Jazzy Jeff and blossomed into a bonafide megastar. Not to be outdone Will did a cover of his son’s video. Let’s just say it’s exactly what you expect from him. Of course it’s hilarious and in the end, it turns out that it’s just a dad being proud of his son. “Hey Diggy 100 million streams, congratulations man 100 million, congrats, I love you,” says Will Smith as he gushes with pride. Smith surfaced on Instagram in December of last year and already has some legendary posts for the gram. Will has been making a resurgence of sorts since the release of the Netflix movie “Bright” that received scathing reviews from the press and mixed reviews from the public. One thing for sure Will has not lost it, his parody of Jaden’s song has over 2 million views. Check it out below.