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The Legendary: A Film About The Roots. (Video:)

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Taken from My Potholes, it appears as if two very smart people (Cam Be; Jeff Baraka) managed to get a Camera Backstage at critically awesome times in Live Roots Show History. The movie short you see below is the end result. You should watch it right quick while I finish some more writings.

Lord Jebus of Great Reviews, help me break this evil Writers Block that does not alloweth me to properly scribe on the epic events that transpiredth on the evening of The Yearly Roots Grammy Jam, so that my friends may enjoy the glory. Aaaaahmen.

(no blaspheme-o.)

First came the "A Tribe Called Quest" Documentary. Now Q-Tip doesnt approve. Let the Drama and Bullsh*t begin.

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Left to right: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Jarobi White & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Imagine my excitement when I heard that the legendary ATCQ were reuniting for a couple of shows a year back. Anytime a relevant band reunites, there’s always spark of hope in the deepest part of a music nerds soul that something long-term/music will come of said reunion.  Then add-on the excitement of hearing that someone was attempting to document their reunion as well as their Overall Story and amazing contribution to Hip Hop. From there, I didn’t hear much on said Documentary until seeing a preview for it on YouTube (that you can watch below). Even though its out of sync, it gives a nice glimpse inside the project… and the overall theme of the Documentary. I was nerding out. The nerding compounded itself when I found out that Michael Rapaport had the film had to Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.

Until… (because there’s always an until/but) it came out that Q-Tip has a problem with the film. Everything about the film apparently. I mean, you do see that there is still obvious tension inside the ATCQ camp in the preview of the documentary… as would be expected. But it looks like Tip has nothing to do with the documentary at this point, and wants the same of you as well. From Tip’s Twitter and RapRadar:

I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary. The filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests that’s was made about the piece. The filmmaker should respect the band enough to honor our request regarding the film.

So here goes this. And I have no ideal what “this” is. I do suggest and implore Q-Tip clarify WTF is going on, so that everyone knows. For now, you can sit back, watch the Preview… and figure it out yourself.

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December 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

First came the “A Tribe Called Quest” Documentary. Now Q-Tip doesnt approve. Let the Drama and Bullsh*t begin.

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Left to right: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Jarobi White & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Imagine my excitement when I heard that the legendary ATCQ were reuniting for a couple of shows a year back. Anytime a relevant band reunites, there’s always spark of hope in the deepest part of a music nerds soul that something long-term/music will come of said reunion.  Then add-on the excitement of hearing that someone was attempting to document their reunion as well as their Overall Story and amazing contribution to Hip Hop. From there, I didn’t hear much on said Documentary until seeing a preview for it on YouTube (that you can watch below). Even though its out of sync, it gives a nice glimpse inside the project… and the overall theme of the Documentary. I was nerding out. The nerding compounded itself when I found out that Michael Rapaport had the film had to Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.

Until… (because there’s always an until/but) it came out that Q-Tip has a problem with the film. Everything about the film apparently. I mean, you do see that there is still obvious tension inside the ATCQ camp in the preview of the documentary… as would be expected. But it looks like Tip has nothing to do with the documentary at this point, and wants the same of you as well. From Tip’s Twitter and RapRadar:

I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary. The filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests that’s was made about the piece. The filmmaker should respect the band enough to honor our request regarding the film.

So here goes this. And I have no ideal what “this” is. I do suggest and implore Q-Tip clarify WTF is going on, so that everyone knows. For now, you can sit back, watch the Preview… and figure it out yourself.

Written by E

December 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Blood Red Shoes new video for Heartsink. This is the kind of Rock I Like:

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Nice.

So after falling in love with their album “Fire Like This,” I was kinda eager to see what else these two crazy kids could come up with.  Sure enough, they team up with Director Steve Glashier and make an interesting video for the song “Heartsink.” The theme for this video? They had their fans come in with objects that hold meaning from relationships past that they are (obviously) dying to get rid of, one way or the other. After getting their cue, they proceed to get rid of said object… however they see fit. Shot in a well done greyish color tone (and at times slow motion action), if the song doesn’t get your attention… the video probably will.

Even cooler is the behind the scenes footage, where not only do you get a peek at production, you get to learn who brought what for destruction, and why they wanted to get rid of it.

Boy, this is a Music Video I wish I was in. LOL.
Enjoy.

Confession: I am Unnaturally Obsessed with Soul Train Lines.

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That is a beautiful shade of Purple.

No. Seriously.
No human being should be spending an hour and a half on YouTube, searching and watching Original Soul Train lines, specifically from 1970 to 1982.

But you already know I do. Or else I wouldn’t be writing this sh*t.

Starting somewhere back in February, I was watching an in depth documentary on Soul Train on VH1, filled with tons of music nerdy goodness. It gave me insight on how Soul Train was started and Don Cornelius’ amazing business tactics and strategic moves to get it off the ground. It also touched on several important moments for soul train… its survival through disco and the start of hip hop, maintaining its brand when American Bandstand came through with the copycats (Soul Unlimited, ect), its survival through disco and hip hop, its indelible contribution to black culture and history… and so on.

But one of the biggest things for soul train (and some of you already know what it is) were the dancers who occupied your eyes and entertained your brain while some of the funkiest cuts (of the time) were playing in the background. You were watching their moves, trying to steal their style… watching the hair and fashion to see what was hot, and a way to stay up on the hottest music out. And while all Soul Train (up to 1993) is good Soul Train, nothing will  be that early 1970s/1980s era of shows.

Now I’m not really sure what it is about old Soul Train lines that has me geeked. It could be the nostalgia factor to it… taking me back to a happy place in childhood when you looked forward to 1pm on Saturday afternoon. Maybe is watching historic black culture and the powerful influence its had on everything you see around you today… and that sense of pride it invokes in me by default. I don’t know.

What I do know is that Soul Train lines are the greatest thing ever… even 40 years after it was introduced on television. Hugely popular in Japanese Culture (hey Daisuke!), they haven taken VHS recordings of original Soul Train lines and slowly but surely started to put them on YouTube for your entertainment/my obsession. And with a comprehensive Soul train DVD collection supposedly in the works… its set to be great times.

For now, I go to YouTube and veg out on clips like these. You should too.

You can just start there and have fun on your own later.

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