Nas has been known to be an advocate for black youth and has supported many social issues in the political climate we’re currently in, and he’s just released a clothing line to help support and donate money to the National Black Child Development Institute. Using his HSTRY brand to release the new line of clothing, the line includes dashikis, dad hats, graphic tees, and more. Including classic cartoon characters turned into pro-black versions of them, some of the graphic tees have Bart Simpson, Charlie Brown and The Pink Panther. Check out the amazing line and Nas’ previous lines through his HSTRY brand here.
With a video shared via TMZ, looks like a family member of late comedian Ricky Harris wanted to get in a fight with Snoop Dogg in the middle of the funeral service. Actually. Right in the middle of a church. According to actress Sherri Shepherd, who was also there to pay her respects, she says, “Somebody came in the funeral home and went towards Snoop and Snoop’s bodyguard tackled him… and then it was just a big fight, it is so disrespectful to Ricky Harris. I can’t believe this… This is ridiculous.” Although, Snoop didn’t let it bother him too much at least. He posted a video on Instagram to share his respect and condolences to the late comedian. He says, “Beautiful service today. The devil is a motherfucking lie, yeah he is. We had a great time, great service. Rick, your spirit lives on… Ricky Harris, rest in paradise.”
What was supposed to be a scheduled performance by Pharrell Williams and Kim Burrell on The Ellen Show took a very disappointing turn when Burrell spoke negatively about homosexuals in a Facebook Live video causing Ellen Degeneres to cancel her appearance on the show. Burrell and Williams both were supposed to perform the “I See A Victory” from the movie Hidden Figures. When Ellen addressed the issue during the interview with Williams, he had a very respectful and beautiful answer that he shared with her viewers. “There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. There’s no room, she’s a fantastic singer, I love her, just like I love everybody else and we all got to get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way.”, Williams stated. Watch the interview with Pharrell and Ellen below:
2016 was an extreme emotional rollercoaster for ATCQ from losing a brother to releasing an album that made #1 on Billboard 200, the group really have been through a lot this past year. But for the new year, they’re ready to go out with a bang. With previous statements of continuing to make music, Tribe fans can definitely look forward to a little more activity from them this year. Doing a podcast/interview with Drink Champs, Jarobi White and Q-Tip joined by Busta Rhymes and Consequence plan to get their fans and followers more involved with future releases and content they’re ready to share. The interview is set to release January 12 at 11PM EST on Revolt TV.
Run-DMC is suing Walmart and Amazon and I’m sure we all know exactly for what reason. If you’ve walked around a Walmart or shopped around on Amazon, I’m sure you’ve at least once encountered a Run-DMC logo on a t-shirt. The group is suing both companies for trademark infringement on selling bootleg merchandise with their logo on it. With their logo being seen on multiple items like t-shirts, sweaters, wallets, hats, and more, they filed a lawsuit this Thursday in New York planning on getting their money back. CNN says, “Run-DMC says in the suit that it has made $100 million on trademarked products over the years.” The group is expected to release new merchandise coming in 2017.
Former N.W.A artist and legendary rapper Ice Cube is about to add a notable occupation to his list of accomplishments and this time it’s all about a summer basketball league. With Cube being a big fan of the L.A Lakers, he’s planning on creating a 3-on-3 basketball league and has already named a few legends he wants on the team. The league is set to be called BIG3 and according to Yahoo!, “Plans include eight teams of five players – including an ex-player as coach, as well as a team captain – that’ll tour together from city to city starting in late June. So far, retired NBA players Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams are some of the players committed to play on teams, league officials said.”
Recently in an interview, Nas sat down with Revolt TV’s Andre Harrell to talk about music, and his favorite emcee’s of the new generation of hip-hop. In the interview he talks about serious topics like politics and the reverse racism made towards the presidency of Barack Obama, and the history of hip-hop in Queens, NY. But as for his favorite rappers, he names J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross. Watch the videos below to watch this interview!
Nas recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary to his controversially-titled LP Hip-Hop is Dead. But as the legendary poet will tell you today, the culture is alive and well. He recently sat down with REVOLT TV to discuss the state of the music and when asked who his favorite MCs of the newer eras were, five immediately came to mind.
“J. Cole, Kendrick, Drake, Wayne, Rick Ross,” he told REVOLT’s Vice Chairman Andre Harrell during a recent sit-down where the two talked politics, racism, and Nas’ music among other topics.
Socially conscious and socially active. Nas has always been one to not just educate and analyze on what’s going on in society in his music, but he’s also been known to get out of the studio and get into the community and speak out against what he feels are wrongdoings.
50 Cent has just joined the cast of Gerard Butler’s upcoming action movie, Den of Thieves! The rapper (and actor!) recently signed up to be cast as the role of a bank robber, with Butler himself playing as a crooked cop. The film is set to follow the story of a gang who plans to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in Downtown L.A. 50 plays one of the bank robbers a part of the gang, and Gerard as one of the cops they’re up against. With recent news of 50’s anger about a Golden Globes snub from his show Power, it’s good to see him continuing his acting career and giving himself a boost to further his skills! The movie is set to be in production on January 30th, 2017 with Christian Gudegast as the director and co-writer.
Michael ‘Killer Mike’ Render just got real as hell and penned an Op-Ed for Rolling Stones about the involvement of African American men in the marijuana industry and how lawmakers are making it impossible for these men to enter the very profitable industry. With marijuana being recently legalized, Render recited an article from BuzzFeed about how only one percent of marijuana dispensaries in the country are black-owned. Mike writes, “The current movement to legalize marijuana offers a small but important opportunity to dismantle these inequalities, and yet the people most likely to be victims of marijuana prohibition are the least likely to profit in its aftermath.” You can read the rest of his piece here.