Video: Missy Elliott Surprises Crowd at Hennessy Event
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Erykah Badu joined Missy Elliott, Timbaland and more celebs on the red carpet at the Hennessy "White Rabbit" event in New York, where she spoke on current projects and her state of mind, while Missy and Timbo premiered their new track.
Beastie Boys Featured at Rush Arts Gallery on April 12th
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“Kings of Rock” Photo Show At Rush Arts Gallery on April 12 Three-Part Event Marks Beastie Boys’ Induction to Rock Hall of Fame
Just two days before the Beastie Boys are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, New York’s Rush Arts Gallery is marking the occasion with a special photo exhibition and book event. The opening reception will be held at Rush, 526 W.26th Street, Suite 311, on the evening of Thursday, April 12. The show will stay up through Saturday, April 14.
Entitled “Kings of Rock,” the show will feature a dozen of Sunny Bak’s iconic mid-80s photos of the Beastie Boys, and a complementary selection of photos entitled “Wadeva Images Present Rush Artist Management, 1981 To the Present,” featuring the photos of Talib Haqq.
The reception will be preceded from five until seven o’clock with a presentation and book-signing devoted to “Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label,” featuring Bill Adler and Dan Charnas -- the book’s authors -- and Cey Adams, the book’s designer. (The Beastie Boys recorded their first album, Licensed to Ill, for Def Jam.) The reception itself will run from seven until nine o’clock.
Sunny Bak, a student of Phillipe Halsman, was shooting the downtown scene for Details magazine when she was introduced to the Beastie Boys in the early 80s. Her best-known photo of them graces the centerfold of Licensed to Ill.
Talib Haqq, like Russell Simmons, came of age in Hollis, Queens. One of the earliest documentary photographers to set his sights on hip-hop, he began shooting many of Russell Simmons’s management clients in 1981, starting with Kurtis Blow. He may be best known for the cover of Run-DMC, the debut album by the legendary trio, which features his stark black & white photos.
“Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label” was published by Rizzoli in October of last year. It was praised in Library Journal as “an extremely readable and browsable book, with glorious photos.”
New Music from Serchlite to Raise Money for Trayvon Martin
Hope all is well. There have been a few artist to raise awareness about the Trayvon Martin situation but Serchlite is taking it one step further. Serchlite recording artist Sneakas recently linked up with Carson, CA rapper Bishop Lamont to record "Neighborhood Watch," produced by De Notes.
For every FREE download of this song from Complex, Serchlite MultiMedia is going to donate 5 cents per download to the Trayvon Martin fund being set up in Sanford, Florida by his parents. Donation will be capped at $10,000 for the first 200,000 downloads. Matching contributions can be made by contacting info@Serchlite.com.
"I didn't make this record for press purposes or for hype cuz that's not my thing. I got wind of various artists referencin me in a negative fashion. They poked fun at me I'm just pokin back. Its all sport to me. I wish em all the best, they just need to understand who is off limits. MC Lyte is off limits. Rah Digga is off limits. Respect those who kept hip hop raw so that we could still have a culture or get a first hand lesson in a lyrical ass whoopin. Love is love." - Rah Digga