Q-Tip Disapproves Of New Tribe Called Quest Documentary

Q-Tip took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that is not standing behind the film

For a few years now, New York-based actor Michael Rapaport has been hard at work on his documentary dedicated to legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest. To the delight of ATCQ fans, this week Rapaport finally released a trailer of the film, titled ‘Beats Rhymes & Fights,’ but apparently Q-Tip is not too thrilled about what he saw.

Q-Tip took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that is not standing behind the film, although it is finally set to premier at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. “I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary,” he wrote. “The filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests that’s was made abt the piece.”

The Queens MC chose not to reveal any further details about his discontent with the film, which will air out several personal moments with his former band mates Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi. The footage follows the foursome through the highs and lows of their careers, and it will detail some of the issues that eventually caused them to part ways.

Popular artists like Questlove, Kanye West, Mos Def, the Roots and Nas – who had a hand in creating the documentary — will also make cameos to discuss A Tribe Called Quest’s influence on hip-hop, and their personal work.

Do you think that it’s “right” for filmmakers to make movies and documentaries about artists and groups that are still living without consulting them first?  If they do consult them is it wrong to overlook  or disregard the suggestions of the artists, or does it all fall under Freedom Of Press?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Source: The Boombox

Chad Lamont Butler – Salute A Legend, A King

Rapper. Pimp C was born Chad Butler on December 29, 1973, in Port Arthur, Texas

Rapper. Pimp C was born Chad Butler on December 29, 1973, in Port Arthur, Texas. He formed UGK (short for Underground Kingz) with long-time friend Bernard “Bun B” Freeman in 1987. They released their first album Southern Way in 1988, on cassette only. Their rise to prominance in the early to mid 1990s led to many prominent guest appearances including Jay-Z’s Big Pimpin’ and Three 6 Mafia’s Sippin On Some Sizzurp in 2000 and on the Outkast song International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You) 2007. Pimp C released his debut solo album The Sweet James Jones Stories in March 2005.

Pimp C also had his share of brushes with the law. In January 2002, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for failing to complete a community service requirement stemming from an aggravated assault charge. He was released in December 2005 from the Terrell Prison Unit in Rosharon, Texas.

Pimp C was treated for minor injuries in April 2006 after he was involved in a car accident in Port Arthur. He had just left a video shoot for his single Pouring Up when a vehicle being chased by pursuing gunmen ran a red light and crashed into the rapper’s Bentley.

In August 2007, UGK released Underground Kingz its first studio album in five years.

Pimp C, one-half of the southern hip hop duo UGK, died on December 4, 2007. Emergency responders found him dead on a bed in a sixth floor room at the Mondrian Hotel on trendy Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Two days after his death, UGK was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for International. Pimp C was in Los Angeles to work on his next solo album for Rap-A-Lot Records when he died, according to the label’s CEO James Prince.

Butler was survived by a wife and three children.

Salute a true legend; a true KING!

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Clear your mind and your heart before you play this. Then, be sure to turn your speakers up, turn your headphones up, turn your ears up and respect a KING.

Blast It Or Trash It – Lite 1 Witcha Boi

Redman’s new album REGGIE is due out December 7th

Redman’s new album REGGIE is due out December 7th.   He just released a mixtape Pancake & Syrup (download it here) to get you ready for it.  What we want to know is, for this one, do we Blast It Or Trash It?

Redman – Lite 1 Witcha Boi (feat. Method Man & Bun B)

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Hip-Hop Breakfast – Good Music Runs On Dope

ThroatChopU brings some good breakfast food for a good Friday to set

Hip-Hop Breakfast Cover Art

ThroatChopU brings some good breakfast food for a good Friday to set off a good weekend.  Notice a theme?

Posting a little late but it’s here. Enjoy. And Have a great weekend.

01. The Teenage Love – AUTOMatic
02. What You’re Missing (Feat. Claire Morifee) – e.d.g.e.
03. Can’t Be All – Big K.R.I.T.
04. Tears of Joy (Feat Cee-Lo) – Rick Ross
05. Blame Game (Feat. John Legend) – Kanye West

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It Seems Like It’s Workin’ Don’t It – IMAKEMADBEATS & Butta Verses

He connected with a great producer IMAKEMADBEATS to drop a true gem

We had the fortune of meeting up with Butta Verses a little over a year and a half ago.  He was going through the struggle that most good emcees go through [still is].   He has true skills and much more than just basic talent, but because he wasn’t drinking cris, spinnin’ big wheels, or mad iced out, he wasn’t picked up an pushed like he should have been because the “machine” said he didn’t fit the mold.

He did a short stint with Maseo’s (De La Soul) label and showed and proved on No, a track on the 2004 De La Soul release The Grind Date.  This should have been the starting point for a GREAT career [see Mos Def] but it didn’t turn out that way.  Instead of giving up like most others would have,  he took it all in to add more fuel to the fire.  He’s since worked on a few projects (including some unreleased tracks with LexZyne Productions) and continued to build his fan base.

His latest link has proven to be a phenomenal one.  He connected with a great producer (this is the opinion of a great production team), IMAKEMADBEATS, to drop a true gem on everybody’s head.

IMAKEMADBEATS presents Daylight, one half of a dual EP featuring Butta Verses.  This is the first half.  The second half, Nightlight, featuring Midaz The Beast will be coming soon.  Listen to the whole joint, download it, and leave a comment to let us know what you think.

1.IMAKEMADBEATS and Butta Verses – 01 Daylight Sunrise    01:23
2.IMAKEMADBEATS and Butta Verses – 02 Awake f. Mylodic and J Freedome    03:57
3.IMAKEMADBEATS and Butta Verses – 03 Join Me f. D. Schwartz    03:49
4.IMAKEMADBEATS and Butta Verses – 04 How Is Your Soul f. Reverend TZ    04:17
5.IMAKEMADBEATS and Butta Verses – 05 Hopeless f. Isabella Du Graf    05:03
6.IMAKEMADBEATS and Butta Verses – 06 Healing Factor    03:34

Blast It Or Trash It? – Watch Me Hustle

Blast It Or Trash It? Bucc$ & Broadway dropped Watch Me Hustle. What do you think about it

Blast It Or Trash It? Bucc$ & Broadway dropped Watch Me Hustle.  What do you think about it?

Press play: [wpaudio url="http://www.hosted4cheap.com/images/lexzyne/artist/watchmehustle.mp3" text="Watch Me Hustle - Bucc$ & Broadway" dl="0"]

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Pancake & Syrup – Redman’s Latest Mixtape [Download Now]

Redman’s new mixtape Pancake & Syrup drops today. Download it here and let us know what you think

New Redman Pancake & Syrup Mixtape Dropping Dec. 2nd!

Download: Redman – Pancake & Syrup (Mixtape)

1. Pancake & Syrup Intro
2. Soopaman Syrup
3. Eastcoast
4. I’m Sick (Lite Up The Disco) feat. Saukrates
5. Def Jammable
6. Redman vs. Reggie Noble
7. Pancake & Syrup feat. Runt Dawg & Ready Roc
8. M.O.M.M. (Mind On My Money)
9. Feel So Good
10. Dwele feat. Redman – Feel So Good
11. Big Spendaz feat. Ready Roc
12. Haterz feat. Runt Dawg
13. I’m Straight
14. F.L.Y. (Prod. by !llmind)
15. Keep It Real
16. Lookin’ Fly
17. Mr. Jigsaw

Download: Redman – Pancake & Syrup (Mixtape)

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Blast It Or Trash It – King Sh!t – Tha Centop

Blast It Or Trash It? This is a leaked track from Tha Centop brought to you EXCLUSIVELY by LexZyne Productions

Blast It Or Trash It?  This is a leaked track from Tha Centop brought to you EXCLUSIVELY by LexZyne Productions.

Press play: [wpaudio url="http://www.hosted4cheap.com/images/lexzyne/beats/kingshit.mp3" text="King Shit - Tha Centop (Leak)" dl="0"]

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Would The Rich & Wealthy Do It For You?

More people of sound mind, good hearts and political conscious are needed this holiday season to…

As the holidays loom closer it seems less likely that unemployment benefits will be extended to the 2 million families that are desperately dependent up on them. The main stumbling block is that GOP leaders John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell are demanding that tax cuts be extended to millionaires. Until then any attempt to give to the unemployed will be blocked. Today Congress will debate extending the tax cuts for millionaires with President Obama stating he hopes a compromise will be reached. Will that compromise extend job benefits?

Yes we all heard ‘noble’ sounding stories from these so-called leaders about how we all need to sacrifice and reign in the deficit. We all heard them express grave concern about how we all need to tighten our belts and lay down the ground work for our children to have brighter futures. Others like conservative media personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Ben Stein have been pretty crass by stating those on unemployment are ‘too lazy to find work

This is all coming at a time where in many places where the unemployment rate is 20%. This is coming at a time when there are a reported 5-6 applications for every measly job available.  It was just yesterday that the local NBC affiliate here in the Bay Area ran a story called ‘economic migration‘ where they reported how thousands of people who’ve had homes foreclosed are living in cars, campers and RVs and have driven from state to state looking for work. The story showed a long line of people waiting to get minimum wage jobs at a Christmas Tree lot

Republican leader John Boehner wants tax cuts for millionaires or no unemployment benefits for the poor.

A couple of months back McDonalds held a job fair here in the Bay and thousand showed up, all hoping for a chance to land a spot as a cashiers and french fry cookers. There’s no doubt times are definitely hard, but as long as millionaires don’t get  a tax cut millions will suffer.

In listening to Boehner and Cantor speak on behalf of millionaires, one has to wonder are they really representing their interests? Where are the millionaires, especially those who come from humble beginnings and poor backgrounds to speak on behalf of the poor, many of whom have spent their last dimes helping their millionaire brethren to fame, fortune and stardom?

It was just a few months ago the world was made to stand still as basketball star Lebron James, after weeks of intense speculation held a press conference to announce his ‘decision’. He unveiled to the world his new multi-million dollar deal and the team he would be playing for… the Miami Heat. Left behind and understandably angry were legions of fans in his home state of Ohio which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

Imagine if Lebron James held a press conference demanding an extension to unemployment benefits?

Tonight King James is headed back to Cleveland to face off against his old team for the first time since he left. There’s no doubt there are throngs of basketball fans who can no longer afford to go to Cavalier games. Many more probably can’t afford a cable system to watch them on TV. Again its the times we’re in. But imagine if upon his return, Lebron James used his massive star power and took advantage of all the media covering him to stand up and say; ‘As a multi-millionaire he would like to see unemployment benefits extended. Do not hold up their checks on my behalf-I can wait for a tax cut’.. Could you imagine if James did that?

Wouldn’t it be great if an Oprah, DiddyJay-Z, 50 Cent, Lady Gaga and other multi-millionaires, many who are entertainers who we’re frequently exposed to held a press conference to announce, that the people in Washington do not speak for them and to please extend unemployment benefits? Is that too far-fetched? Unrealistic? Is it out of line to put that sort of weight on them?

After all, many of the aforementioned millionaires have come from poor backgrounds and had humble beginnings. Many obtained their financial status because poor people have admired them, spent their last dime on records, t-shirts, sneakers, concert tickets and any other thing being offered. And this spending is not limited to athletes and entertainers. Many who are poor have paid cable bills, cell phone bills and other now seemingly  necessary items resulting in quite a folks becoming uber rich.

Russell Simmons

I recall when then President George Bush first proposed those tax cuts several years ago I did an interview with music mogul Russell Simmons and he straight up said, while a tax cut would be great for him he honestly doesn’t need one. He said he makes more than enough money to pay his taxes  and that the people who need the breaks the most are poor people. If Russell is reading this, perhaps he can gather up some of his millionaire friends and hold such a press conference. Perhaps he can get them to speak on behalf of those who are dire straits.

Recently investor Warren Buffet one of the richest men in the world bluntly stated that taxes needed to be raised on the wealthy. Why aren’t we hearing more people who have means listening to Buffet? Why the silence from our millionaire friends?  More people of sound mind, good hearts and political conscious are needed this holiday season to counter the claims that the world will fall apart if millionaires don’t get tax cuts.

Something to ponder

-Davey D-

Source:  Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner

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LexZyne Productions – Post 16 Text Style Session

It’s time to show your quick writing ability. We want to start a segment on our site where you just go IN on the beat.

It’s time to show your quick writing ability.  We want to start a segment on our site where you just go IN on the beat.   All beats included can be found here.

The rules are simple:

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  • Press play
  • Leave your bars in the comment field
  • GO!!

Here’s today’s beat:

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Who can really shine?