PR: Wu-Tang Clan Celebrated the Legacy of Ol' Dirty Bastard On Nov 15
Matt: Members of the Wu-Tang Clan, featuring Young Dirty Bastard, and other hip hop acts headlined an event celebrating the life and legacy of hip-hop icon Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Legendary Wu-Tang Clan on Thursday, November 15, at 7 pm, at The Roulette, located at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.
Ol' Dirty Bastard or O. D. B., was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan and had hit singles such as "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," "Brooklyn Zoo," and "Got Your Money" in addition to hit songs with performers such as Mariah Carey and Pras ["The Fugees"].
O.D.B.'s wife Icelene Jones and children Taniqua Jones, Shaquita Jones, and Bar-sun Jones, who performs as Young Dirty Bastard, imagine that this event, held on what would have been the rapper's 50th birthday, was a reminder of his enduring commitment to his family and his community.
"We want people to remember that his family and community were always at the forefront of his work as an artist," said Icelene Jones, his wife of 13th years. "For him, his music was never about the cars or the trappings that some artists sang about. He was truly and authentically in love with the art form of hip hop and when he was not recording or performing, he was with his family."
Son Young Dirty Bastard, whose recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE with the Wu-Tang Clan received rave reviews, values the impact his father has had on the contemporary hip hop industry. "My Dad's work is iconic and so many performers today speak of the influence that his work has had on them," he said. "Their respect and regard for his contribution to hip hop music are what will keep his legend alive."
Earlier this year, Variety magazine reported that Sony Pictures is in the early development of a biopic about the late rapper. It is rumored that his cousin, Wu-Tang leader RZA, has been tapped to produce the film.
"My father was REAL and he never changed for anyone," remarked daughter Taniqua Jones, who also serves as manager for brother Young Dirty Bastard. "He did and said what was on his mind. He was a free spirit and a genius. I love you, Daddy."
The November 15th event was hosted by nonprofits EGL P.U.D., Inc and Hip Hop 4 Foundation, and the sponsors believe that this celebration will be remembered for all of the legendary performers as well as the fans who will mark the impact that he had on their lives and experiences with hip hop culture. The concert also featured surprise appearances by nationally known artists.
National community organizer and head of the Hip Hop 4 Foundation YoNasDa Lonewolf has toured with the Wu-Tang Clan. "I'm truly excited to team up with Icelene, Taniqua, Shaquita, and Young Dirty Bastard for this event," she said. "I know first hand that building is a part of the Wu-Tang family and one thing they have built is legacy. Hip Hop 4 Foundation also believes in legacy and it is an honor to celebrate the legacy of ODB. He was a great curator of the daily life and struggles of hip hop."
"When you begin with the Wu-Tang Clan and Young Dirty Bastard, and then you add artists such as GK Leonitis, Ky'Lee, Hakim Green, Blahzay Blahzay, and Buddha Monk, you have an event that will blow up the internet," host Yandy Smith, one of the stars of Love and Hip-Hop added. "We believe that this will be the type of celebration worthy of an artist whose collaborations and contributions transformed contemporary hip hop as we know it."
B Blunt: Refreshing and potent grime mixtape from Gloucester's Griz-O who is 'Out of Bounds' on 13 track project with producer OH91
'Out of Bounds' is the collaborative project from lyrical master Griz-O and prominent grime producer OH91, set for release on 26th October 2018.
Both deriving from the south-west of England, it became inevitable that their collaborations needed to be unleashed to the public.
Only a few songs were originally created by Griz-O and OH91, but as time went on that small assortment slowly grew into a huge collection, which eventually was whittled down to thirteen tracks for the 'Out of Bounds' project. The project's first video 'Ninja' was released with the most recent 'The One' following.
Griz-O has already performed at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios as part of DJ Target's 'Homegrown' show, while his single 'Crazy' was play listed as the BBC Introducing track of the week on BBC 1xtra. He made it to the final 5 as part of huge Redbull's 'Raise The Bar' contest and also recorded a video for the renowned director Risky Roadz.
Receiving daily airplay, his mixtape was supported by the likes of MTV, MOBO Awards, RWD Magazine, iluvlive, BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra.
At the forefront of the UK's next generation of grime producers, OH91 has brushed shoulders with heavyweights Kahn & Neek, Joker and Royal-T and more. His work has appeared on five releases across Coyote Records, Trapped Audio, Banana Stand Sound and White Peach.
His trap-influenced stormer 'Goon Mode' has received support from grime sensation Stormzy, featuring on his Beats 1 playlist, while his visionary rework of classic Ruff Sqwad instrumental “Xtra” sold out vinyl copies in under 10 days. His latest production, for grime heavyweight Hitman is doing the rounds and has confirmed OH91 as one of the most exciting producers in the scene right now.
2R: “The creative process started with my homie, Track Savage. He sent the idea of the track over and Tha Hitbangaz made it a hit. I then put my sauce on the production and lyrics and within minutes, “You Like It” was fresh out the oven," chuckles Sean 2 Miles.
L.A.: Memphis, Tennessee's own, Young Trap, has returned with his hot new single, “Too Much Sauce!” With already around half a million combined streams across all his singles on Spotify, Young Trap’s “Too Much Sauce” marks a brilliant showcase of the rappers raw talent and hit making expertise.
Godfrey and DJ Vlad Debate on Geoffrey Owens Being a Failure for Trader Joe's Job
Vlad: Godfrey debated with DJ Vlad on whether Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens failed as an adult for working at Trader Joe's. Godfrey explained that he doesn't think Owens failed as an adult for getting a job to support his family when he wasn't getting acting gigs.
PR: SAINt JHN - Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs for Christians
K.S.: The buzzing Brooklyn artist has had an illustrious year selling out shows all over the world in support of his first project, Collection One. While racking up over 100M streams and shooting cinematic music videos throughout Croatia he was also able to perform alongside some of the biggest names in hip hop at both Made In America & Posty Fest. SAINt's silent growth has been proven he's one to watch as he's also become well known for his head banging music, insane live performances, and eclectic style on and off the stage.
SAINt JHN recently released the first single to Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs for Christians, titled "Mcdonalds Rich." The track’s thunderous production delivered by his long time collaborator f a l l e n, is propelled by SAINt JHN’s commanding flow — a signature sound that the young Brooklyn artist has come to stamp over the years.
GHETTO LENNY'S LOVE SONGS FOR CHRISTIANS TRACK LISTING:
1. McDonalds Rich
2. WHITE PARENTS ARE GONNA HATE THIS
3. Gangbangers Anonymous
4. Billy Jean
8. Princess Diana Freestyle
10. Highschool Reunion Altmix
Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs for Christian's is a 10-track project laced with infectious melodies and head banging rhythms all anchored by SAINt's raw and raspy flow.
Ryan: Check out the new video for Anderson .Paak's "Tints" ft. Kendrick Lamar. Directed by Colin Tilley, the five-minute film features Kendrick Lamar with surprise cameos from Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole Young.