During the last Radio Rehab we asked a simple qustion “Which rappers do you think would do good on Jeopardy”. You can get in on the fun too. The next Radio Rehab is Thursday July 19 at the Neighborhood Theater. Check the Radio Rehab Charlotte website here for more info
Hot 5: Rappers Who Sound Like Superheroes
One of the best things about getting into the rap game is picking a name. Only rappers, Muslim converts and people going into Witness Protection get to choose the name the world will know them by, and the name an artist chooses says a lot about them. Trugoy, we can only assume, loves yogurt. But some artists we think have a secret fantasy of going back to their old stomping grounds, this time in a mask and tights, and taking back the streets they had to run down last time. Word to Spiderman.
Black Thought (telekinesis, mind reading)
Now, depending on your perspective, Black Thought can be either a
good guy or a bad guy. If you’re part of the community, you might figure black thoughts are probably a good thing. If you’re from a different community you might say “Look, Black Thought–RUN!!” Since we reside in the ‘hood (or close to it), bring him on.
Stetsasonic (techie crew)
Most definitely a super group of gadgeted-up, secret weapon carrying, GI Joe-like soldiers each with their own specialty, ready to bring supersonic justice to that black azz.
Fearless Four (super strength, super speed, flying, etc all those traditional super powers)
It’s kinda obvious, but they have an old-old school-sounding name for crime fighters, like they were formed way back in the forties or fifties.
Positive K (the power of positive thinking)
Positive K? Yeah, ya man Pos K. We figure him to be one of those happy go lucky super heros who were created by Sesame Street or Electric Company. You know, running around telling kids to play fair and saying no to drugs. All good things to tell the children, mind you. But he ain’t the hero to call when it’s really going down.
Newcleus (space-age powers and abilities)
Jam On It was THE jam back in the day. They were on some kinda P-Funk thing with the voices and coming from outer space deal. But with a name like Newcleus, they COULD have been some atomic powered super team that fought the big stuff like Godzilla or King Kong with their nuclear powers.
Honorable Mentions: Just-Ice (you know justice), Supernatural (kinda obvious), Super Lover Cee (for the true headz that remember “Doin the James”)
It’s been nearly 20 years since I’ve seen quality hip-hop consistently beamed into homes across the U.S. on the proletariat waves of mainstream networks, so I’ve been overjoyed the past couple weeks to have caught PE, Luda, and Santigold on TV.
Jimmy Fallon has been bringing the pain, hardcore to the brains of his Late Show audience, with The Roots smoking all other late night bands and funking up the musical guests. Back in the day, Arsenio had that game sewn up. His stage saw more hip-hop acts than the Apollo. It was worth it to sit through the brother’s softball intros, excruciating interviews, and near-Fetchit clowning for the three minutes of astounding brilliance that was the musical set.
Today is much the same. Fallon is painful to watch; he’s not funny, gratingly ingratiating and looks constricted in his fashionably tight suit. The Roots as house band is the lone shot of hip that may save the host, and Fallon’s not stupid in booking musical acts that play well with them—though their decade plus of touring has helped hone their act, I’m sure.
In fact, Jimmy’s biggest danger is being upstaged. Black Thought and ?uestlove aren’t second stringers. If they ever get some lines written into the show, or the chance to just kick it casually on-air and display some of their natural charisma, forget about slow-jamming the news—Fallon might be singing the blues.
Why the Conscious Hip-Hop community needs a DJ Khaled
By Jasiri X fo Davey D’s Hip-Hop News
By now we all know DJ Khaled, and his incessant yelling out of whatever is his new catch phrase of the year, which also of course just happens to be the name of his latest album (marketing majors pay attention). But what has made DJ Khaled truly successful is his ability to bring together many of the top artists in the game, on song after song, throughout his entire projects.
This rap unity has enabled not only DJ Khaled to become rich and famous (or infamous if you will), but has also propelled lesser known artists from his region IE: Plies and Rick Ross into Hip-Hop stardom.
This made me wonder, how come the conscious Hip-Hop community, which always talks unity, community, and cooperation, doesn’t have a DJ Khaled? Rarely do you see conscious artists coming together on high profile collaborations. The last one I can remember off top was the Hip-Hop for Respect project which was in 2000!
Imagine how dope a project would be that had KRS-ONE, Chuck D, Lupe, Mos Def, Kanye, Dead Prez and NYOIL with Erika Badu on one song and the very next track featuring Immortal Technique, Black Thought, Brother J, Common, Wise Intelligent, Pharaoh Monch and Lyfe Jennings on the hook. This would be a real Hip-Hop fans dream come true!
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We here at Grownheadz decided to modify our late night viewing a little bit. Last night was the premiere of Jimmy Fallon as the NEW host of Late Night. Everyone it seems is moving on up. Jay Leno gets a new primetime show, Conan gets his spot, and Jimmy Fallon gets to try out the 2nd biggest chair on late night talk.
I don’t know if one day we’ll be telling the grandkids “Ya know I watched the first show when it came on back in the day” but it was aight. You could tell Jimmy was definately a little nervous and its going to take minute for him to find his midnight grrove. But if history is any indication one of two things might happen.
-He’ll suck and die. See Magic Johnson, Chevy Chase, Whoopi Goldberg, and a cast of dozens with “former talk show host” on their resume.
-He’ll suck, but get better. Conan was universally panned when he took over the spot for David Letterman. Everybody was taking bets on when would get the ole heeve hoe. But alas it was not to be. NBC stuck by him and the loyalty payed off.
Anyhoo in a aight debut we found this little tidbit to be amusing.
NOTE: Questlove has said that Black Thought actually has a pretty good singing voice and has actually hinted that they might really do an all singing album. Could this be the beginning of the Roots road to becoming the Black Eyed Peas?
The Roots Take Manhatten
by Roy Harvilla for the Village Voice
The Roots, perhaps hip-hop’s most deified live act—and an increasingly rare sure-thing concert draw for a desperately flailing music industry—have now largely confined their tour bus route to the lonely 100 miles or so between Philly and New York City, there and back again four or five times a week, having tied their future success and viability to Jimmy Fallon’s decidedly unproven skills as a late-night talk-show host.
This is a time of great possibility and profound terror.
Late Monday/early Tuesday, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will premiere on NBC: The Saturday Night Live alum is replacing Conan O’Brien, who is replacing Jay Leno, who is jumping to an unprecedented prime-time slot as part of a bizarre internal fiasco you’re better off avoiding entirely—except the Roots did not, as they have agreed to be Fallon’s house band. Doc Severinsen begot Paul Shaffer begot Max Weinberg begot ?uestlove (a/k/a Ahmir Thompson), the Roots’ drummer and bandleader, who now sits with rapper Black Thought (a/k/a Tariq Trotter) in a Manhattan recording/rehearsal studio, a scene from the imminent Fame remake being shot right outside, acknowledging the fact that Jimmy’s quest for greatness and longevity is far from assured.
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