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Nas and Damian Marley: Distant Relatives



Whether it was divine intervention, commercial interest or something else entirely that brought them together, God’s son and the son of a musical god have joined forces for their new collaborative album Distant Relatives and the results are nothing short of a revelation. With Marley tampering down Nas’ tendency towards self-obsession, and Nas giving Marley’s island-tinged sound a hip-hop edge, Distant Relatives proves that great music can still be made about important issues. Distant Relatives isn’t afraid to think big. The album’s overarching theme is the global connection of black people, and by extension, all people. Admirably, part of the proceeds will go towards building a school in Africa, and the other part of the proceeds will go towards buying Kelis new shoes. Sorry, was that an inappropriate time for a child support joke?

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Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-hop Culture

As a teenager in suburban New Jersey with a black father and white mother, Thomas Chatterton Williams, who was named after an 18th-century English poet, thugged up and dumbed down his speech. He was “keeping it real,” as he saw it, in the hip-hop era. But thanks to his scholarly father, Williams, now 29, came to see hip-hop as self-destructive: “petty, limited, money-hoes-and-clothes obsessed.” Losing My Cool is a provocative, intellectual memoir. It ends with a plea “to stop confusing the shoes on our feet or the songs in our ears for ourselves.” — Bob Minzesheimer of USA Today

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Justin Bieber nominated for “Best New Artist” BET Award

Justin Bieber, age 16, will compete in the best new artist category and was nominated for the awards alongside such prominent black performers as rapper Jay-Z, who led the field with five nominations, and his wife Beyonce, who scored four.

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Hip Hop will be the voice of the 2010 World Cup

K’naan , the Somalian-born, Canadian-based hip-hop artist speaks out whenever he can about the “unity and celebration” that will connect with his song “Wavin’ Flag,” after it had been chosen as the official anthem of Coca-Cola’s 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa program.

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The ALT: Janelle Monae and Big Boi’s “Tightrope” single

Janelle Monae - Tight Rope w/Big Boi
Janelle Monae - Tight Rope w/Big Boi

@MiyaBailey tweeted: …the music Industry died and the whole “black Hollywood” scene I’m not inspired here [Atlanta]. But it’s good for MONEY but no SOUL

But I dont believe it. Good stuff is still coming out of ATL. As long as people are trying and doing and living and failing and still trying and loving… well then there is always hope. Listen and enjoy!

DOWNLOAD: Janelle Monáe – Tight Rope [ft. Big Boi]


01 Tightrope _featuring Big Boi_

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The ALT: FKi Mixtape Blue Steel Mixtape

The Snow Bukkake of 2010 has been an unexpected hiatus from my button-down corporate life into a much-needed creative-crazy-cool cocoon. In this time I’ve been designing, coding, plotting and doing. I’ve also been discovering what other like-minds have been doing. A once native of Atlanta, I’m now sort of missing the hot city after becoming a fan of the Greedmont Park blog. With topics ranging from art history, music, career sex/love and fashion, the Greedmont community has different and refreshing perspective on these usually rote topics. This morning, they have offered a mixtape I’ll be listening to while I pixel push and code matrix-mathematics. Listen. Let me know what you think of the mix.

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THE ALT: Sex On A Sunday

Mach 5 Sex On A Sunday
Mach 5 Sex On A Sunday

Is my favorite thing to do. Aside from my love of breathing and eating chocolate, Sunday sex is probably one of the most consistent and honest desires I’ve had in my adult life. So on this Super Bowl Sunday I am happier than usual to come upon Greedmont Park’s blog and find and advert for Mach 5’s “Sex On A Sunday” LP. Immediate download. Listen to sampler here.

Track “Rebecca”
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