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Kanye West Joins Russell Simmons For Occupy Wall Street Campaign

October 11th, 2011 8:43am EDT
Kanye West
Outspoken rapper Kanye West became the latest celebrity to show support to activists protesting against big business at New York's Occupy Wall Street initiative by joining hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on the front line on Monday.

West briefly joined the protest in Zucotti Park alongside Simmons, who has made regular appearances among the demonstrators.

The rap mogul later tweeted, "I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd."

But West could not stay long - he was forced to leave when a mob of fans surrounded him.

Fellow rapper...
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Rapper Talib Kweli Joins Occupy Wall Street, Feels 'Responsible' For Spreading Information

October 8th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Talib Kweli
Rapper Talib Kweli joined campaigners in New York on Thursday night to lend his support to the ongoing social equality protests and help "spread the information" about the cause.

The star joined hundreds of activists in downtown Manhattan for the Occupy Wall Street march to speak out against corporate greed, and he entertained protesters by taking control of a microphone to spit a new track called "Distractions," about social issues currently facing America.

And Kweli is proud to be associated with such a movement in his native Big Apple.

He tells MTV News, "There's no other place in New...
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RIP Soul Icon Gil Scott-Heron

May 28th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Gil Scot Heron
Legendary jazz and soul musician Gil Scott-Heron has died at the age of 62.

The iconic artist, poet and activist passed away in New York on Friday afternoon after falling sick following a trip to Europe.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to Jamaican soccer player Gilbert Heron and singer Bobbie Scott, the star spent his early years in Jackson, Tennessee before moving to the Big Apple with his mother following his parents' divorce.

He began his recording career in 1970 with his debut album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, a disc containing songs about social and political topics of the time, includ...
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What's Happening Around The Country This Weekend, Courtesy Of Going.com

August 28th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Sonic Youth
If you're someone who loves to go out then Going.com is the place for you! Find the hottest events, parties, concerts, places of interest and more! There's always something going on!

Here's a sampling of some of the great things that are happening around the good 'ol U.S. of A. this weekend, Labor Day weekend, August 29-September 1, 2008:

New York City:

Sonic Youth, Last Concert At The Pool

Rooftop Films: Looking For Love

N.E.G. Anniversary, Art Event

Midwestern Goodness

Los Angeles:

F Yeah Fest!

Filter Mag Sunset Series: Sunset Social

The Heist

Cinefamily L...
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Check Out Papoose's Latest, "Bang It Out," Featuring Snoop

July 30th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Papoose
Born and raised in the notorious Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Papoose took his first jabs at being a rapper at the young age of 11. Given the name by his grandmother meaning "Indian baby", whom he resembled as a child, Papoose is the true definition of a real MC. Inspired by rap legends Rakim, Kool-G-Rap and Big Daddy Kane, he has been well respected in the underground street circuit for a long period of time now. Papoose has survived the trappings and politics of the rap industry, which uses gimmicks as well as fake street and jail images to sell records and destroy the essenc...
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Talib Kweli Releases Sixth Album, 'Eardrum,' On Warner Bros. Records/Blacksmith Music; Aug. 21

July 18th, 2007 4:56pm EDT
Talib Kweli
New York, NY (July 2007) – Talib Kweli, the Brooklyn wordsmith, returns with his eagerly awaited sixth album Eardrum, in stores on August 21 on Kweli's own label, Blacksmith Music and Warner Bros. Records. With this career defining new album, Kweli mixes hard hitting beats with inventive rhymes that serve to not only entertain, but also to educate.

Hailed by USA Today as "Hip-Hops most inventive lyricist" the MC's penchant for being a lyrical mastermind is reflected in his album title, aptly called Eardrum. Talib explains, "The image of the ear and of the drum are powerful enough by t...
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Talib Kweli To Release 'Ear Drum' July 24th

May 3rd, 2007 12:10pm EDT
Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli will release his eagerly awaited new album -- "Ear Drum" -- on July 24th. A career-defining work that showcases the Brooklyn rapper's advanced lyricism and faultless musical taste, "Ear Drum" is Kweli's first album released on his own label, Blacksmith Music and Warner Bros. Records.

Kweli says the album's title comes from "the image of the ear and of the drum, which are powerful enough by themselves, but put them together and it's an instrument in your body that helps you hear. They're also two very simple, yet powerful words. I wanted to focus on finding a sound that make...
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Somali MC K'Naan Joins The 'Mind Control North America Tour' With Stephen And Damian Marley

April 24th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Marley,_Stephen/
Somali-born MC and singer K'Naan has joined Stephen Marley on his Mind Control North America Tour. The two will be joined by Jr. Gong himself, Damian Marley. K'naan will be performing in support of his upcoming debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher due out later this year. The album features tracks with Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Mos Def as well as production by Track and Field (Nelly Furtado), Minnesota, and Preservation.

K'naan (Somalian for "the traveler") fled his native country as a refugee at 14 to escape civil war, making his new home in Toronto. But he hasn't forgotten his ...
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Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

April 12th, 2007 3:21pm EDT
Soulive
Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band’s Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label’s trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of Toussaint, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the ban...
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Rage Against The Machine Add Shows With Wu-Tang Clan

February 26th, 2007 4:37pm EST
Rage Against The Machine
First it was the reunion of the Wu-Tang Clan in 2004. Then it was A Tribe Called Quest later that year. Now, Rock The Bells will make history again as Rage Against The Machine announces their plans to perform three exclusive engagements with the critically acclaimed world-class hip-hop festival this summer. The epic line-up will see Rage Against The Machine join Wu-Tang Clan for two dates on the west coast (August 11--NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, CA, August 18--venue TBA, San Francisco) and for Rock The Bells’ inaugural venture into New York City (July 28-- Randall’s Island) for their...
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Consequence's Debut Album, "Don't Quit Your Day Job," Out March 6; Check Out The First Single

February 14th, 2007 3:08pm EST
Consequence
Consequence was born in Queens at the dawn of the hip-hop era, when all rap was East Coast rap and all of rap's influential early artists were based in the New York City area. Throughout his career, Consequence gained credibility not only on the streets with his peers but with the critics as well. A gifted storyteller, he has a keen and unwavering sense of what he is all about. His objective realizm provides a clear alternative not only to gangsta rap but also to the watered-down and overly calculated pop-rap. "What I rhyme about is what I see around me, I'm a result of the hood, my rhymes ...
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John Legend Returns With "Once Again" Oct. 24; Listen to "Save Room" Here

September 24th, 2006 7:30pm EDT
John Legend
In 2004, John Legend (then known primarily as an in-demand all-star studio session man) stepped into the solo spotlight as a premier singer-songwriter-pianist-performer in his own right with his debut album Get Lifted. Driven in part by the hit singles "Ordinary People" and "Used To Love U," Get Lifted was a critical and commercial triumph, earning John an astounding eight Grammy nominations -- he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album -- and selling more than three million copies worldwide.

For most performers, achievements of that ...
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VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" & Ice-T's "Rap School" Premiere Oct. 17

September 14th, 2006 3:46pm EDT
Hip Hop Honors Hosted By Ice T
-VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" Airs Oct. 17 at 9pm (EST)

VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the third annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Ice-T, this year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," will pay tribute to Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, and Eazy E. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances...
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Check Out 'Dave Chappelle's Block Party' On-Demand July 13

July 4th, 2006 8:10am EDT
Summer is off to a great start with Dave Chappelle's Block Party premiering on demand and pay-per-view July 13. A genuine crowd-pleaser, the film spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party.

The unprecedented combination of comedy and music was shot on location. In addition to Chappelle performing all-new material, the stellar roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and - reunited for thei...
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Nick Cannon Signs Deal With Motown; New Album In Spring

February 3rd, 2006 1:27pm EST
Nick Cannon
Motown Records has signed celebrated, one-man entertainment arsenal, Nick Cannon, in a venture with the actor/musician, to be called Can I Ball/Motown Records. Cannon's debut for the new label, Stages, featuring the first single "Dimepiece," and guest appearance by the first artist signed to his label, Izzy, is slated to be released in spring 2006. The new disc is executive produced by Cannon and Michael "Blue" Williams, and features a host of top notch producers including Kanye West and artists such as Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton and 112.

"I'm thrilled to be able to work with such ...
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Black Eyed Peas Tour Dates; Pussycat Dolls To Open

February 1st, 2006 12:44pm EST
Black Eyed Peas
In celebration of its 6th anniversary, The Black Eyed Peas will kick off the enormously popular Honda Civic Tour on March 23rd at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. This will be their first headlining North American tour to promote their multi-platinum album, Monkey Business. The Black Eyed Peas will be hitting the stage in more than 35 cities nationwide.

Opening for The Black Eyed Peas will be The Pussycat Dolls, accompanied by additional support acts to be announced.

"We are excited to be going out on the Honda Civic Tour because it allows us to keep the ticket at a l...
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Mos Def, Common & Talib Kweli Featured On Rawkus Records Set

December 9th, 2005 1:44pm EST
Mos Def
Hip-Hop always had an underground, a minor league, if you will. It was a place that artists kicked around, cutting their teeth, sharpening their lyrical swords while they awaited their chance to shine. But in the mid-'90s, as mainstream Hip-Hop embraced its pop potential, the nature of the underground changed. Rather than serve as a batters box, it became a movement unto itself. Subterranean rappers no longer pleaded for love from the majors, instead, stridently moving against the grain in a form of non-violent protest to what they saw as the exploitation of their art. As a result, mai...
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Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

November 15th, 2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...
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Talib Kweli Drops New CD 'Right About Now...'

November 3rd, 2005 8:36am EST
Talib Kweli
Rapper Talib Kweli is set to release "Right About Now...," his new album with 12 all new tracks and featuring guests Mos Def, Jean Grae, Planet Asia and more. The set drops November 22nd, 2005 and the first singles "Who Got It," and "Fly That Knot" are out now. Kweli states, "'Right About Now' sums up this project. Usually when my music comes out, the people hear where I was a year ago. This project represents where I am right now."

Talib Kweli is currently co-headlining The Breed Love Odyssey Tour (sponsored by PlayStation and House of Blues) with Mos Def. The national tour continues ...
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Mos Def Headlines Sony's Breed Love Odyssey Tour

October 31st, 2005 8:19am EST
Mos Def
Sony Computer Entertainment America, in conjunction with House of Blues, today announced the show dates and routing of the PlayStation Presents Breed Love Odyssey tour. Co-headliners hip-hop artists Mos Def and Talib Kweli will perform across the country at intimate club settings accompanied by an eclectic line-up of up-and-coming hip-hop artists including Pharoahe Monch, K’Naan and Jean Grae. The tour will make its first stop in Sacramento on October 28 and will conclude in New York City in December.

At each stop of the Breed Love Odyssey tour, PlayStation will give concertgoers an op...
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Next Week's Jimmy Kimmel Live Guests

October 28th, 2005 9:20am EDT
Jimmy Kimmel
Upcoming guests for Jimmy Kimmel Live Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 are:

Oct. 31: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and recording artist Bobby Brown

Nov. 1: Actress Molly Sims (Las Vegas) and actor/comedian Harland Williams

Nov. 2: Recording artist Ozzy Osbourne, actor Josh Hutcherson (Zathura), and musical guest Black Starr (Mos Def and Talib Kweli)

Nov. 3: Actor/comedian Dane Cook (Waiting…)

Nov. 4: Actress Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives) and musical guest Raul Midon
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