TLC BIOPIC – Who should play T-Boz, Left Eye And Chilli?

A scripted biopic about TLC is being created, to air on VH1. I often get my hopes up about these things and then remember that it’s not fantasy land, and the film’s probably going to be awful. Speculations about who’s going to play who have begun.

VIH’s speculation are here

Who are you thinking?

BONUS! A favourite:



Rap City 1988 documentary on Philly’s Hip Hop Scene

over at troyblog:

(TRAILER) Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

“hip hop didn’t invent anything, hip hop reinvented everything?”

Directed by Ice-T and featuring the cream of the crop, from KRS-One to Q-Tip to Doug E. Fresh, to Yasiin Bey, to Nas, to… you name it. Wonder if we’ll catch a glimpse of some female emcees?

Sartorial Sounds (on Street Etiquette TV)

Video moving in and out of the recording of ‘Take off your cool’ (Andre 3000/Norah Jones cover) and other jams, and interviews with the members of Sartorial Sounds. They are so inspiring and beautiful. Worth every second of your time.

Sartorial Sounds integrates both music and style, two elements embedded in every culture past and present. We think it’s important to remember that everyone is an artist in their own right. And it’s the life experiences we encounter that provoke what we splash on our own blank canvas. We assembled seven individuals to partake in this editorial. The finished product incorporates their individual talents such as spoken word, rapping, singing and tap.

Artist included: Jesse Boykins III, Joekenneth Museau, Theo Martins, Joshua Bennett, Melo-X, Mara Hruby, Rinaldy Alvarez
Shot and directed by @DrWooArt

Here’s the final version of ‘Take off your cool’ woven all together:

Nomadic Wax Radio – Thawra: Youth & Hip Hop in the Arab World [Special News Piece]

This radio special features these individuals (listed in order of appearance): 
1) Mohamad Ismail 
2) Omar GeOman Xtrazick 
3) Rah Zemos 
4) Medusa 
5) Yassir Laghdas 
6) Hagage 'AJ' Masaed 
7) Omar Offendum 
8) Michael Ibrahim

1. Intro by Krs One* 
2. 25 January by Ali-Loka (Tunisia) * 
3. Démoralisé by G.O. Man XtraZik (Tunisia)* 
4. Prisoner by Arabian Knightz (Egypt) (Prod. by DJ Caz) 
5. Head of State by El General (Tunisia) 
6. #Jan25 by Various Artists. Featuring Omar Offendum (Syria/USA), The Narcicyst (Iraq/Canada), Ayah, Sami Mater, and Others.* 
7. Rebel by Arabian Knightz (Egypt) (Prod. by Iron Curtain) 
8. On Vise Plus Haut by Mr. T & Limbra (Tunisia)* 
9. Ego Trip J Represente by Mr. Mustapha & G.O. Man XtraZik (Tunisia)* 
10. Egypt 25 by El Far3i (Jordan) 
11. Revolution by Rah Zemos (Lebanon/Canada) 
12. Where I’m from by Nomadic Massive (Canada/Algeria) ft. The Narcicyst (Iraq/Canada) 
13. (Background Instrumental) Shukran by Dj Nio (Italy) 
14. Rasallah by Hagage ‘AJ’ Masaed (Yemen) 
15. (Background Instrumental) From Rebel to Basement Sad Ins Demoralize pt. 2 by Dj Killa (Tunisia)* 
16. Superhero by Omar Offendum (Syria/USA) 
17. I am Searching by Alfaress (Morocco) ft. Tameeka Jones 

Extra Instrumental Track: 
“Africans Don’t Wanna Understand” – Ben Herson and Dan Cantor (Originally part of African Underground Vol.) 

R.I.P. Gerard Smith (TV on the Radio)

TV on the Radio’s bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer recently, very shortly after the release of the band’s new album and film ‘Nine Shades of Light’. The film is an ode to the album, a visual reflection of each song and thoughts by random people on various topics like dreams, love, the future. The music videos were co-directed with friends and family of the band apparently.

You can watch the whole 1 hour long film (and stream the album all at once) right here:

May you rest in Peace, Gerard Smith (1974-2011)