Lupe continues to break ground with his new joint, "Bitch Bad". Essentially with stereotypical portrayals of the players in African-American urban life, the clever use of minstrel iconography, and lyrics that are more like a cultural commentary than a song, he cleverly makes the industry and some of us who use the word "bitch" to describe our women freely hold a mirror up to themselves so they can see the cause and effect, and the cycle of destruction around the mentality. Please watch closely:
SEXYBLACK FIRST LOOK: 10 Years Trailer starring Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rosario Dawson and many more.
I've been waiting a while for this one. It looks SO good. Channing Tatum is continuing to make some serious power plays.
Don't look now, but I think Brandy may have a smash album on her hands. Here is her second single, "Wildest Dreams"
SEXYBLACK FIRST LISTEN (LADIES ONLY EDITION): Faith Evans, Keke Wyatt, Syleena Johnson, Monifah, Nicci Gilbert, Tamia
Faith Evans -- Tears of Joy
R&B Divas (Faith Evans, Keke Wyatt, Syleena Johnson, Monifah & Nicci Gilbert) -- Lovin Me
Tamia -- Still (Country Version) [SEXYBLACK PICK!!!]
This is apparently based on a true story, and will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year and opening in select cities on December 21. There are, apparently, some phenomenal scenes that put you right in the centre of the tsunami.
Ladies and Gentlemen, over the years, I have been blogging about one of my best friends, Nasri, who has achieved great things over the last few years. After helping to revive New Kids On The Block, he has won Grammys writing and producing for Chris Brown and Justin Bieber (along with his partner in crime, Adam Messinger). Not only is he responsible for Justin Bieber's current single, "As Long As You Love Me", and Chris Brown's new single, "Don't Judge Me", Nasri has finally blessed us with his own single, "You Deserve Better".
I know music. It's been my life. It always will be. When I met Nasri, 12 years ago, he was a crazy, young dude. We became fast friends with our common love of music, Monopoly, and the ladies, among other things. He is a genuine soul, a brilliant writer, and one of the best, most unique voices I've heard in years. Anyone who knows me, knows I have an extensive music collection, and lots of favourites. Not many people know that Nasri has at least two songs that are in my top 10 of lyrical masterpieces. If you think you know him from listening to his work with Bieber or Brown, please know that that work is the tip of a VERY deep iceberg. I've heard amazing songs that he's written for himself and others (like Jojo) over the years that were potent enough to evoke the deepest emotions on first listen.
That being said, I've had my hands on this for a few weeks, and have been dying to show you, but he told me I had to wait for the official release. Well that is today!!!! Everyone, I am so proud to present the first video release (since Nasri has gone stateside -- anyway) from Nasri's upcoming EP. Please enjoy "You Deserve Better".
Also, check out Nasri's new website: http://nasrionline.com/
Support Nasri by buying the new single on iTunes!
So, Nas also shot the video for "Smooth" last week, so look out for that. Thanks to everyone for checking this out.
My boy, Quddus, has evolved his ever-impressive blog into a weekly web show, and it is EXCELLENT!!!! In the premiere ep, check out interviews with Mateo, DA from Chester French, and Janina Gavankar from True Blood!
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SEXYBLACK FIRST LISTEN: Anita Baker, Meelah, Robin Thicke, Vivian Green, Mariah Carey, Rick Ross, Meek Mill
Anita Baker -- Lately (Cover)
Meelah -- I Should Let You Go (Hot)
Robin Thicke -- Another Life (Hot!!) [SEXYBLACK PICK]
Vivian Green -- Anything Out There
Mariah Carey -- Triumphant (Get 'Em) w/ Meek Mill & Rick Ross (HOT!!!!)
Nikki Flores has struck lightning by perfecting perfection. Check out her unofficial Duet version of Frank Ocean's "Back To You"
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg star in this great new film that opens in limited screens in Toronto tomorrow.