Tag Archives: News Exclusives

Lauryn Hill Announces a Performance This Fall With H.E.R.

When it comes to rapping, singing and just being iconic, Lauryn Hill stands heads and shoulders above most. While only delivering a small body of original work throughout her career, she proves the old saying, “Quality is always better than quantity.” From her unique vocal styling, she has birthed a generation of singers and emcees (both male and female).

One of her spirit daughters is the gifted, Gabby Wilson aka H.E.R.

Just listen to any of her projects, and that sentiment echoes true. There is a spirit of L Boogie threaded all the way through each track. The Grammy award-winning H.E.R. is talented in her own right. One of the top voices in her generation, she brings heart to each note and bends them with passion.

Now the world will be blessed by a performance with both queens.

Lauryn announced a performance with H.E.R. live in Los Angeles, CA on October 16th at the Hollywood Bowl.

This is going to be some type of awesome.

Check out some of the Lauryn that we love… Here is her performance at The Source Awards in 1999.

 

The post Lauryn Hill Announces a Performance This Fall With H.E.R. appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Exclusive: Here’s Your First Look at the Cover For Rakim’s New Memoir ‘Sweat The Technique’

When anyone who respects and understands the culture of Hip-Hop refers to Rakim as “The God MC,” there’s never any real debate to challenge that bestowment. The reason? He literally is the greatest lyricist of all time and would have no problem proving that today in or out the booth, on or off the stage, at the wise age of 51 years old.

However, if you still need a crash course on his legendary stature in the rap game, all you have to do is read his new memoir, Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius, which The Source is exclusively unveiling the cover for today.

Amistad Press / HarperCollins Publishers

As the official description states, Sweat the Technique is a “part memoir, part writing guide” penned by the rap pioneer alongside seasoned journalist Touré. The book details how Rakim influenced and even changed the way rappers actually rhymed, his intrinsic skills that helped make a certified classic debut album alongside Eric B. with their 1987 magnum opus Paid in Full and ultimately his journey from a young Black man hailing from Long Island with nothing but a dream and talent into the most respected MC of his era.

So, why now? Sure there’s a market for rap memoirs at the moment — JAY-Z’s classic Decoded, Common’s eye-opening Let Love Have the Last Word and My Famous Life by the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep are all gems — but what makes this moment so special for Rakim? We’ll leave it to the man himself to tell it via this exclusive quote he gave us to go with the cover reveal:

“Why now for ‘Sweat The Technique‘? There’s been a lot of points of reflection in my life over the last couple of years. I turned 50; my first album turned 30. I’ve welcomed some new editions to my family and lost some beloved ones. I got back together with my partner Eric to tour and release a box set and, while we were doing interviews, the same questions all seemed to come up. A lot of those questions were rehashes of some issues that I wanted to finally speak about and, more importantly, almost none of them covered what my fans and supporters are always asking….which is pretty much ‘How do you do it?’ It made sense to put a little focus on the craft and where I, and hopefully the readers, can search for inspiration. After over three decades of being an artist who mostly speaks through his music, the time felt right to pull back the curtain.”

Rakim, The God MC

Get your reading glasses out — this one definitely sounds like it will make for a good read! Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius, the prolific new memoir by Rakim, goes on sale starting September 24.

Take a #ThrowbackThursday moment with us by watching our Source TV interview with The God MC from 2010 below:

The post Exclusive: Here’s Your First Look at the Cover For Rakim’s New Memoir ‘Sweat The Technique’ appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Exclusive: The Cast of Netflix’s ‘See You Yesterday’ Break Down How They Intertwined Black Culture Into a Sci-Fi Flick

Spike Lee has another joint for us, and this one takes us into the world of sci-fi with a cast of strong Black leads and a setting that takes place in the heart of Brooklyn. Starting today, we urge you all to expand your minds, explore the impossible and get into Netflix’s newest time traveling epic that is See You Yesterday.



Directed by rising filmmaker Stefon Bristol and starring Eden Duncan-Smith, Danté Crichlow and rapper Stro — all four of them young and ready to take Hollywood by storm — See You Yesterday centers around a plot that’ll make you laugh, cry and probably want to go study quantum physics. The film takes us into the lives of two Black teens from Brooklyn that discover time travel and use it to reverse the outcome of police brutality stemming from the death of a family member. However, they soon find out that going back in time to change the past can cause some serious problems in present time, which creates an even bigger dilemma overall. The entire story arc is told with great detail that proves this film wasn’t pulled off overnight; actually, it originally started as a short film released in 2017 before Spike linked with Stefon to give it a big-budget makeover under his legendary production company 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. Outside of a charming cast, great storytelling and even a meta cameo by Back To The Future star Michael J. Fox, the film tackles many issues that affect the Black community on all levels.

We wanted to dig deeper to get a breakdown of how it all comes together straight from the stars themselves, and thankfully The Source got to see an early screening of See You Yesterday during Tribeca Film Festival in New York City earlier this month. We spoke with Stefon, Eden, Danté and Stro to see how each of them viewed the topics and themes depicted in the film.

Keep scrolling to see what the stars of See You Yesterday had to say about making a sci-fi film that puts Black culture at the forefront of the future on multiple levels:


“I love Black people — that’s all I can say honestly [Laughs]. When I was working on making the film, I’d never seen young Black kids do STEM [Education] before onscreen. It’s funny, because I was trying to figure out how to do the time travel — should they go through a portal? Should someone else build the machine for them? — and it happened to where it just made sense for them to be the ones who invented it; you’ve never seen brilliant kids like this before. Often in movies Black children are always [depicted as] in a gang, selling drugs, being rappers or being ball players, and I felt there was more to us than that. I needed to see that onscreen, but I didn’t know there was such a need when writing [See You Yesterday]. I was seeing comments like, “This is a need!” and “I’m so glad this came out!” [The absence] was very bothersome, so I was happy to make it.

[Making See You Yesterday] required a lot of tone balance plus trial and error. I really needed to create a story about a family, and people love this family so much that you hope to see them win. When the inevitable happens, you just want to feel sorry for them and love them. Often when we see Black people being killed by police, the media will try to find blemishes in the wrongful killing with stuff like, “He was smoking weed in his apartment” or “He robbed a store before” to warrant his or her death. I made sure there weren’t any blemishes on these kids besides their own flaws in personality. That’s a very strong component in screenwriting — Make sure your characters have flaws, please! [Laughs] I wanted to make sure that when the inevitable happens, you ultimately love them for them.”

— Stefon Bristol, director



“When we started the short in 2015, I think the most important thing was to show police brutality in a very upfront way. I think the film does a really great job at showing the spectrum of police brutality, from harassing kids on the street who are just talking to their little sisters to literally killing them in cold blood. I think that’s a very important aspect of the movie that people should take from it. Other than that, there’s the aspect of Black teenage scientists. It’s something you don’t see often. The teenagers in this film go to The Bronx High School of Science, which is a crazy hard school to get into [Laughs]! People like Neil deGrasse Tyson went there, and it’s just a really great school. It’s so important to show Black teens doing really great things like inventing time travel. I think it’s definitely time to show these two aspects in the same light so we can see the fullness of Black life. We see a lot of movies of Black life at home or just socially, but we’re showing how we have to handle ourselves around the police and also us doing more than music, sports or any of the occupations apposed on us daily. We strip away at those stereotypes and it’s just important to be showing that, especially now at this time in life.

I think Stefon’s goal with [my character] CJ was that not all female Black nerds are quiet; they can be outspoken and bold. From the colors she was wearing down to the braids, it was very important to show Black culture in that way. It’s not just curly hair or a weave, because we have so many different hairstyles that we go in and out of on a daily basis. Even the variations of the way I wore my braids in the film was conscious as well. With how loud she might be or even “rough” as Eduardo’s grandmother puts it [Laughs], CJ is still very smart. It’s never a question of whether or not she is, and I hope I brought that to the character of CJ. I hope people take away that you can be big and bold yet very focused on the things you want to do in life.”

— Eden Duncan-Smith, Claudette ‘CJ’ Walker



“For this movie in general, we were trying to tackle stereotypes of African Americans in our society and the way they’re perceived due to the lifestyles they live. Having [the lead characters] be teenagers at a predominately scientific institution, being STEM students, and being sophomores in high school wasn’t a mistake; that was intentional. It was so important to have representation for younger kids to look at this movie and feel like they could aspire to be that. For adults who have been living this life already, they now have something to relate to. For me, what I wanted to bring to [my character] Sebastian was this sense of being three-dimensional in a human sense. He’s not just a Black scientist; he’s a human being trying to get into college, he’s someone who gets frustrated with his best friend and he’s just someone trying to stop bad things from happening. I wanted all those different dynamics to be there so that when you look at Sebastian Thomas, you don’t just look at him as a Black face or a number on a screen. You ultimately see him as a human being.

[Working on set] honestly felt like I was working from home [Laughs]! The first scene that has the police encounter with Calvin, his friend, CJ and Sebastian, and the guy walks by and he’s like, “Bun a fyah! BUN A FYAH!” is so accurate! I feel like I see that everyday [Laughs]. I thought those little instances and moments that aren’t necessarily dialogue are what make Stefon a genius as a director. For me, one aspect was loving feeling at home on set and the other was being part of a great piece of art. While this has aspects of police brutality, keeping the childlike relationship between CJ and Sebastian was so important. We really wanted to show that these are children and teenagers going through something they shouldn’t have to. They’re just trying to live their lives and get into college, yet there’s something in society that isn’t allowing that. Regardless of if it’s sci-fi, fantasy or fan fiction, keeping that element of reality in there shows their drive to keep pushing back. That undertone message of keep pushing back, no matter how hard the fight gets, is integral to this movie.”

— Danté Crichlow, Sebastian J. Thomas



“Making this film was surreal for me because I’m from East Flatbush. Just watching it from an outside perspective was dope because it felt like I was home onscreen. We don’t see a lot of films being shot in those parts of Brooklyn either, especially right now. They’d prefer to go to the parts everybody frequents, or just go for the brownstone aesthetic. For Stefon to take East Flatbush and show the humanity and the everyday vibe was amazing to me. As far as what we’re trying to achieve with [See You Yesterday], we wanted to spark the conversation around police brutality and the idea of a Black sci-fi film. Someone said they hadn’t seen something like this in their generation, and to be part of this is a blessing and very special to me.

My family is West Indian, so growing up in East Flatbush you see a lot of the stuff depicted in this film. It has a very homely vibe too, because even the guy with the cart in the alley gives off a vibe like that’s his spot. There’s a lot of that in Flatbush — those characters really exist there and will not be moved. Seeing it onscreen was dope, but I witnessed that regularly in real-life growing up. That’s what you get when you go over there; that whole area is just Jamaicans [Laughs].”

When I first tried acting, the role I read for I got on my first shot. That was a blessing because I never took acting classes. I’ve sat down with an acting coach maybe once or twice, but other than that it’s been me going over roles with my management, building in the living room for the most part and sending in my audition tape. People would say things like, “You have a natural, real vibe onscreen,” and I just continued to tap into that. It was never my goal to be an actor, but after seeing this film I will say that it makes me feel like I want to pursue it further. After everyone telling me they liked what I did in this film and me watching it myself, I can see why they would say the positive things. It’s making me appreciate the art of acting way more. The difference between the film world and the music industry is a matter of weird versus fake. In Hollywood, you hear stories and it’s just like, “That’s what they do; they weird!” The music industry has a lot of people smiling but it’s hard to know who’s genuine. I’m not a big actor, but I believe that whoever sees this film will open doors up for not just me, but also for Eden and Dante. The talent always comes first.”

— Stro, Calvin Walker


You can watch See You Yesterday right now by streaming it on Netflix.

Images: Netflix

The post Exclusive: The Cast of Netflix’s ‘See You Yesterday’ Break Down How They Intertwined Black Culture Into a Sci-Fi Flick appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Somar Jafari, Kayla Irizarry Take Titles in Red Bull’s BC One Cypher Orlando

With breaking as arguably one of the most competitive pillars of Hip Hop culture, it’s not surprising that Red Bull’s BC One Cypher Tournament in Orlando, Florida was the location of one of the culture’s fiercest b-boy battles this weekend.

Powered by the energy drink’s b-boy/b-girl initiative to inspire and motivate a new generation to embrace the original dance aspect of Hip Hop culture, the BC One Cypher’s Orlando stop was packed with informative workshops, a couch session with b-boy and Hip Hop living legend Crazy Legs and ultra-competitive battles in which the winners will move on to the finals, which is slated for May 17-19 in Houston, Texas at Camp BC One.

Judged by Red Bull breakers Roxrite, Ronnie, Crazy Legs and others, top contenders that were invited from past events competed alongside breakers who walked in off the street and wowed the crowd in the initial qualifying rounds. After a challenging qualifying round for the b-boys and the b-girls as well as a three-round elimination tournament for the top 16 breakers.

When the smoke cleared, Kayla Irizarry took the title to represent for the ladies in Houston while Somar Jafari came through with no invitation and shut it down, taking his win to H-Town to rep for the b-boys.

Next stop for the BC One Tourney will be in the City of Brotherly Love scheduled for May 9-11. Stay tuned to TheSource.com for more info about the BC One Tournament and its initiative.

The post Somar Jafari, Kayla Irizarry Take Titles in Red Bull’s BC One Cypher Orlando appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Afropunk Announces 2019 Brooklyn Festival Lineup Including Jill Scott, Santigold, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown And More

AFROPUNK, the world-renowned festival and movement, has announced the lineup for its critically acclaimed, weekend-long, annual celebration, AFROPUNK BROOKLYN, which will take place on August 24 and 25 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. AFROPUNK BROOKLYN’s 2019 edition continues to display one of the most exciting and inclusive festival lineups in the world. Headlining the festival this year are Jill Scott, FKA Twigs and Kamasi Washington; with additional performances by Gary Clark Jr. Santigold, Lianne La Havas, Danny Brown. Toro Y Moi, Death Grips, J.I.D, Leikeli47, Rico Nasty, Tierra Whack, IMDDB and many others (full lineup below).

The festival has expanded around the world in five cities, Paris, Johannesburg, London and Atlanta, with additional cities on the horizon. Beyond the constellation of large-scale, live-music events, AFROPUNK is a world-wide community that is the engine of the global Black experience. AFROPUNK festivals are gathering places to experience art, food and craft-makers and vendors. AFROPUNK is where the global majority comes to see and be seen, to speak loudly and proudly, to resist and party – but most of all, to make the future.

As has become custom, AFROPUNK has created an annual theme for the festivals: this year, it’s WE SEE YOU, a message that brings together AFROPUNK ideology and the people who support it, under the banner of acknowledgement, in resistance to those who strive to oppress.

The post Afropunk Announces 2019 Brooklyn Festival Lineup Including Jill Scott, Santigold, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown And More appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

SWAT Raids Home of ‘Love And Hip Hop’ Star Mally Mall for Human Trafficking and Exotic Pet Violations

It has been reported that the home of Bay Area rapper Mally Mall was raided by SWAT officials today on suspicion of human trafficking and exotic pet violations, according to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Police surrounded the home of the Love And Hip Hop star early today before serving a search warrant of the rapper’s premises.

The department claims to have seized a rare Cotton-Top Tamarin monkey from the Brazilian-Egyptian emcee. Mally, whose real name is Jamal Rashid, posted a video of the monkey last January when he was hanging out with Rae Sremmurd and Swae Lee.

Also, there have been allegations that the Bay Area rapper was involved in an escort service business in Nevada. There were allegations against Rashid similar to this in the past, with the FBI raiding his Las Vegas home as a part of a human trafficking investigation back in 2014.

The post SWAT Raids Home of ‘Love And Hip Hop’ Star Mally Mall for Human Trafficking and Exotic Pet Violations appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Battle Rapper Tech 9 Faced Child Porn And Sexual Assault Charges Before His Death

After passing away last month to much fanfare, it has now been revealed that late battle rapper Tech 9 was facing some really serious charges at the time of his death.

According to court documents from the Court of Common Pleas in City of Philadelphia, Tech was arrested on January 5 in Philadelphia and charged with possession of child pornography, indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors.

Tech, whose given name is Akhiym Mickens, was due in court for arraignment on the date of his death. The court docket below shows the complete list of charges against the late battle rapper.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, Mickens’ cause death is undetermined and is
still under investigation.

The post Battle Rapper Tech 9 Faced Child Porn And Sexual Assault Charges Before His Death appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Machine Gun Kelly Announces ‘Hotel Diablo’ World Tour

Rebellious rapper and rising actor, Machine Gun Kelly (EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records) will continue to blaze through 2019 as he prepares to embark on The Hotel Diablo World Tour, in support of his duly titled forthcoming album.

The Cleveland artist will travel through the States, beginning in Cincinnati, OH on May 31st before concluding in Los Angeles, CA on June 30th. MGK will break for his annual EST Fest on August 2nd and 3rd in Butler, OH before traveling overseas for the tour’s European leg. Sure to be incorporated into his set are tracks from his fall EP, Binge. The eight-track project featured the tracks “Lately” and “LOCO” and spawned a pair of haunting visuals. Tickets for The Hotel Diablo Tour will go on sale April 5th, with local and Citi pre-sales available on April 4th.

The tour announcement comes at an exciting time for MGK, who recently made headlines for his appearance as Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic, The Dirt. The rapper also collaborated with the Motley Crue for the soundtrack’s title track, “The Dirt (Est. 1981).” Continuing to establish his presence as a bona fide actor, MGK appeared as part of the ensemble cast for Netflix’s 2018 hit, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock.

The Hotel Diablo World Tour

May 10, 2019 Rockingham, NC

May 31, 2019 Cincinnati, OH

June 1, 2019 Detroit, MI

June 2, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA

June 4, 2019 Philadelphia, PA

June 6, 2019 Washington, DC

June 7, 2019 Worcester, MA

June 8, 2019 New York, NY

June 9, 2019 Sayreville, NJ

June 11, 2019 Chicago, IL

June 12, 2019 St. Paul, MN

June 14, 2019 Kansas City, MO

June 15, 2019 Dallas, TX

June 16, 2019 Houston, TX

June 18, 2019 Phoenix, AZ

June 19, 2019 Anaheim, CA

June 21, 2019 Heber City, UT

June 22, 2019 Denver, CO

June 24, 2019 Boise, ID

June 25, 2019 Seattle, WA

June 26, 2019 Portland, OR

June 28, 2019 San Francisco, CA

June 29, 2019 Las Vegas, NV

June 30, 2019 Los Angeles, CA

Aug 2, 2019 Butler, OH – EST FEST

Aug 3, 2019 Butler, OH – EST FEST

Aug 16, 2019 Osaka, JP

Aug 17, 2019 Tokyo, JP

Aug 23, 2019 Leeds, UK

Aug 25, 2019 Reading, UK

Aug 26, 2019 Glasgow, UK

Aug 27, 2019 Manchester, UK

Aug 28, 2019 Bristol, UK

Aug 30, 2019 Birmingham, UK

Aug 31, 2019 London, UK

Sept 1, 2019 Paris, FR

Sept 3, 2019 Brussels, BE

Sept 4, 2019 Amsterdam, NL

Sept 5, 2019 Cologne, DE

Sept 7, 2019 Zurich, CH

Sept 8, 2019 Milan, IT

Sept 9, 2019 Prague, CZ

Sept 11, 2019 Warsaw, PL

Sept 12, 2019 Berlin, DE

Sept 13, 2019 Hamburg, DE

Sept 15, 2019 Copenhagen, DK

Sept 16, 2019 Oslo, NO

Sept 17, 2019 Stockholm, SE

Sept 19, 2019 Helsinki, FI

Sept 21, 2019 St. Petersburg, RU

Sept 22, 2019 Moscow, RU

The post Machine Gun Kelly Announces ‘Hotel Diablo’ World Tour appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

BREAKING: Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect Captured

According to recent confirmed reports, a person matching the description of Eric Holder, the suspect in the assassination-style murder of Nipsey Hussle, was recently apprehended in Los Angeles.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. confirmed that they arrested the individual in the 9000 block of Artesia Blvd in the L.A. suburb of Bellflower.

As it has been revealed, the beef between Holder and Hussle is larger that what some have chalked up L.A. gang rivalry, but those close to Hussle camp say that it’s so deep, Holder was even aimed at on Hussle’s Blue Laces 2 mixtape.

Eric Holder aka “Shitty”, was immediatley named as a suspect in the murder when surveillance footage became readily available to authorities.

Holder is currently being detained and is awaiting a positive ID from the LAPD.

The post BREAKING: Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect Captured appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

BREAKING: Getaway Driver In Nipsey Hussle Murder Confesses

The woman who was identified as the getaway driver in the white four-door Chevy has admitted via phone to the LAPD that she was indeed the driver who aided the shooter make his exit from the brutal broad daylight killing of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Media giant TMZ were able to track down the woman through a vehicle repair invoice for the white, 2016 Chevy Cruze from last year. Representatives said that they called the number and the woman answered. She confessed to driving Eric Holder to the scene and waiting in an alley as he went over to the Marathon clothing store.

She claims she did not know he was going to kill Hussle.

TheSource.com will update this story as it develops.

The post BREAKING: Getaway Driver In Nipsey Hussle Murder Confesses appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •