Video: Clinton Sparks - "Where Are You Running to Next?"
Courtesy DJ Mars.
Earlier this summer New Balance and I released a docu-series entitled "Where are you running to next". The first three releases featured myself, Don Cannon, and Rich Medina. The number one question that has been asked since then is "who is running next"? Well video number 4 is here along with your answer...Boston's own Clinton Sparks!
Mr. Get Familiar himself has given www.NewBalance.com exclusive access to what his daily grind is like. From producing hit records, to smashing concert halls, to being a tv personality, there isn't much that Clinton hasn't done.
Ladies and gentleman, please enjoy the awesome ride and "Get Familiar" with Boston's own Clinton Sparks. Do your self a favor though, make sure your New Balance's are tied up. If you don't pay attention Clinton may leave you in the dust!
Video: Andre Nickatina - "Still Gon Ball" f/ Messy Marv & J. Valentine
Courtesy Audible Treats.
When you think of Andre Nickatina, a few things come to mind: Bay Area icon, Fillmore District native, and award-winning rapper (2005 Bay Area Artist of The Year / Album of The Year for Bullets), to name a few. Since bursting onto the scene in 1992, the artist formerly known as Dre Dog has not only remained relevant through two decades with his music, but has also transcended that world with forays into film, including credits as a director, producer, and actor. Above all, Nickatina has proven, again and again, to be one of the most innovative rappers pioneering the worlds of Bay Area and independent hip-hop as one of the foremost spokesman for the city of San Francisco.
And with the video for his latest single, "Still Gon' Ball," Nickatina is putting both his rapping and acting skills on front street, taking on the role of a catch-me-if-you-can car heist mastermind. Along with featured artists Messy Marv and J. Valentine, Andre plays the part of a high-profile car jacker to perfection, complete with funny-face masks and elaborate schemes, in a visual that draws its inspiration from one of the most fun action movies of the '90s. "The video is inspired by the movie Gone in 60 Seconds," says Andre. "We wanted to break away from the traditional rap video and give the fans a storyline to follow." Director Derek Jones tracks Andre and company through the streets of San Francisco as they swipe candy painted Mercedes and Porches, quickly amassing a tricked-out collection that would quickly turn the eyes green of even the most accomplished car aficionado.
15 Years After Death, Tupac's Papers at Robert W. Woodruff Library
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The Collected works of Rap's Most Successful & Prolific Icon Includes 11 Linear Feet with 30 Boxes of Materials Housing Manuscripts, Poems, Video Treatments, Memorabilia and Personal Correspondence with Family and Fans
Following two years of extensive collection and categorization, the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library announces the opening of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection on the fifteenth anniversary of the death of the platinum recording artist, actor and poet who remains one of the most influential writers and performers in the hip hop/rap genre.
Spanning a period from 1969 to 2008, this remarkable collection includes poems, track lists and video treatments, as well as manuscripts by Shakur family members and members of the rap groups Dramacydal and the Outlawz. Memorabilia, correspondence to and from Shakur, fan mail, media clippings and publicity materials are also included. Particularly noteworthy items within the collection are a handwritten video treatment for "Dear Mama," his song that was inducted into the Library of Congress collection; a notebook of songs eventually recorded for Shakur's immensely successful 2Pacalypse Now album; and handwritten drafts of poems included in The Rose That Grew from Concrete.
The Shakur Collection represents a partnership between the AUC Woodruff Library and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to make available for scholarly research the manuscript writings and other papers of Shakur. The collection is extensive and comprises approximately 11 linear feet, with 30 boxes of materials, and has the distinction of being one of the few publicly available research collections of an individual hip hop artist.
Born in East Harlem, New York, Shakur first came to prominence in the early 1990s as a featured rapper for the vocal group Digital Underground and went on to become one of the most significant cultural icons of the hip hop generation. Prior to his untimely death at the age of 25, Shakur released five record albums and appeared in four motion pictures.
Ten albums, numerous compilations and four feature films have been released posthumously, including Tupac: Resurrection, which received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Documentary (Feature)" in 2005.
"We're honored to have partnered with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to preserve the artistic legacy of Tupac Shakur through this collection," said Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director. "He transformed the landscape of hip hop culture and was one of the most compelling voices and talents of his generation. As an academic library, we feel privileged to be the stewards of the Shakur Collection and to promote for scholarly research."
Vernal Cambridge, Executive Director of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation adds, "We are excited about the centralization of Tupac's massive body of work and materials. The Tupac estate has done a great job at preserving his history. Similar to his albums, and documentary film, Tupac: Resurrection, this unique collection gives Tupac another opportunity to tell his story in his own words. The lessons that students, researchers, and fans can learn from this close and personal look at his writings are invaluable."
The collection is available for research in digital and original formats in the AUC Woodruff Library's Archives Research Center Reading Room. For inquiries about researching the collection, e-mail the Archives Research Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-978-2052.
Audio: S-Dub a/k/a Shabaam Sahdeeq - "Something About You"
S-Dub a/k/a Shabaam Sahdeeq is pleased to release the M-Phazes produced single "Something About You", off his forthcoming album Keepers of the Lost Art, which is set to drop later this year. The single, which you can stream here, boasts the talents of the Cuban born singer/songwriter Ces, is produced by blap specialist M-Phazes. As former label-mates with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Company Flow & Pharoahe Monch, S-Dub has been tied to a long history of independent success both as a solo artist and through his membership with the late nineties hip-hop collective, Polyrhythm Addicts. His effort on this single is consistent with the quality music that we've come to expect from S-Dub over the years, from classic's like "Arabian Nights" to bangers like the Nick Wiz produced "Freaky Flow".
Fellow Juice Crew member and Hip-Hop icon, Tragedy Khadafi is set to release a new Street-LP, Thug Matrix 3, on September 20th, 2011. Thug Matrix 3 features production by: araabMUZIK, Shroom, Audible Doctor, Now & Laterz, and Ayatollah.
Here is the latest leak, "Best of Both Coast" from Tragedy Khadafi's Thug Matrix 3 featuring the late Killa Sha, Planet Asia & King David.
Video: Dru Ha (Duck Down) Training With Mark Jenkins
Courtesy Matt B.
Part 1 of the two part training series as Dru Ha readies himself for 2011's ING: New York City Marathon on November 6th. In this clip, Dru Ha explains why he is running, about "Run 2 Remember" NYC Alzheimers Association chapter team, and his experience training with celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins. Unfortunately due to Mark's busy schedule training celebrities such as Diddy, D'Angelo, & Mary J. Blige, he has to defer the training sessions with another "celebrity trainer" which was documented in Part 2 of this series.
For more information on Mark Jenkins, visit www.infitness.com or follow him on Twitter @TheMarkJenkins