10 items from 2013
The Producers Guild of America has a pretty good track record presaging the Best Picture winner at the Oscars. Since it began handiing out prizes in 1989, It first feted 16 of the 23 Oscar champs, including the last six in a row. But how does it do when it comes to forecasting which Documentary Feature will win the Academy Award? Since the PGA began giving out this award in 2007, it has honored three of the six films that went on to win the Oscar while two of its champs were snubbed by the academy and one contended there but was defeated. 2007: "Sicko" (lost Oscar to "Taxi to the Dark Side") 2008: "Man on Wire" 2009: "The Cove" 2010: "Waiting for 'Superman'" (not nominated at Oscars) 2011: "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" (not nominated at Oscars) 2012: "Searching for Sugar Man" And just how many of the PG. »
Thank Yeezus! Kanye West may be busy with touring, planning a wedding, fathering an infant, being a fashion icon, and making insane music videos with Kim Kardashian, but the outspoken rapper told Philly’s Power 99 that he’s already working on his next album, which he hopes to release next summer.
Kanye West, 36, is never one to sit pretty. Even though he’s currently headlining a world tour and planning a wedding to his baby mama and “Bound 2″ co-star Kim Kardashian, 33, he’s still planning to drop his next album next summer. Read on for more details!
You can’t earn the title of “Yeezus” without working your butt off, and Kanye has certainly proved that with the whirlwind year (or five) that he’s had. With a new baby and »
- HL Intern
Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label and Lil Wayne's Young Money/Cash Money crew combine efforts on Busta Rhymes' new track "Thank You," a funky, old-school song that also features Q-Tip. Listen to the song below. Warning: "Thank You" might be best heard on headphones, since the track opens with the flick of a lighter and sound of someone toking. Busta's flow is quick and calm while Tribe Called Quest founder Q-Tip sounds soulful. Both rapper spit over a sampled hook of “I Want To Thank You” by Eighties funk singer Alicia Myers. Yeezy and Weezy only serve as hype men on the track (you can »
- Whitney Phaneuf
Just yesterday, A Tribe Called Quest announced it would be opening for Kanye West at two upcoming Yeezus shows in New York. While the match-up makes those shows sound extra awesome, it turns out that they might be monumental for more than just being a killer lineup. That's because, according to Q-Tip, those two shows could be the group’s final two shows ever. The band played an August date in California, and has now decided to end its 28-year run where it began: New York City. A Tribe Called Quest formed in 1985 and quickly established itself as »
The Act Of Killing: Directors Tour | East End film festival | All The Right Notes 2 | Avengers marathon
The Act Of Killing: Directors Tour, Nationwide
Co-produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, no less, The Act Of Killing establishes Joshua Oppenheimer as a significant force in documentary, if that's what you can call it. Oppenheimer's movie tracks down the perpetrators of Indonesia's state-sanctioned 60s genocide and encourages them to recreate their crimes as scenarios from Hollywood movies, a project they embrace all too readily. By turns, shocking, surreal and revelatory, this innovative film blurs fact and fiction and leaves you with many questions. To answer some of those, the UK-based American director talks to John Pilger at Brixton's Ritzy on Friday, and Q&As at 10 other venues.
Various venues, Fri to 7 Jul
East End film festival London
Making the colloquialisms of Albert Square look like a far-off universe, or at least a far-off postcode, »
- Steve Rose
This year promises a bumper crop of hip-hop films – here's how to get up to speed with the genre
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I was never sold on The Kids Are Alright and I never got the joke about Spinal Tap – but I understand the power of a good hip-hop documentary. For hip-hop fans who weren't around to witness battle raps in the Bronx or block parties in downtown NY, hip-hop docs are a valuable commodity. This year will see two new additions to the genre: Can't Forget New Jersey looks at the migration of hip-hop out of NY and there's also For The Record: The Story of Latin Hip Hop. If the hip-hop forums are to be believed, there is also a film in the pipeline about Eazy-e's life. Those of you lucky enough to be within striking distance of New York can get »
- Kieran Yates
Austin -- It's not abnormal to see music fans lined up for various venues around Austin for South By Southwest, but a very special appearance by Prince and a temporarily reunited A Tribe Called Quest had people lined up in the thousands, and for around six or seven hours, for a show that went into deep into the night. Prince ended up playing for fewer than 2,000 fans at La Zona Rosa last night (March 16) in a set that went for 2-and-a-half hours, during which he hit on his chart-toppers like "Purple Rain" and "1999," bits and jams on well-known »
- Katie Hasty
Music News - Jay-z and Justin Timberlake will head across the Atlantic to the UK to perform together at a newly announced third day of the Yahoo! Wireless festival. The singer and the rapper will preview their Legends of the Summer Us tour at a special one-off date in the UK, which will become the third day of the festival. Previously it has been announced Justin will headline the first night of the event - to be held at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - on July 12, while Jay-z will headline the next evening. The announcement of the extra date fuels rumours both artists - who teamed up for Justin's recent comeback single 'Suit and Tie' - will appear in some capacity on all three nights. The third day of Wireless is also shaping up to be hip-hop heavy as joining the line up are A Tribe Called Quest - »
Donald Byrd, a renowned jazz trumpeter known for his innovative style, died February 4, at 80-years-old, the Associated Press reports. He got his start at Detroit's Cass Technical High School, before playing in military bands in the Air Force.
Byrd signed to Blue Note Records in 1958, teaming with saxophonist Pepper Adams to release their label debut, "Off to the Races," in 1959. He was also a noted jazz educator, receiving a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and being the first person to teach jazz at Rutgers University.
When Byrd released "Black Byrd," a mix of jazz, R&B and funk, critics panned him for not going the traditional jazz route that had been followed in the past. "I'm creative; I'm not re-creative," he said, "I don't follow what everybody else does."
In 1982, Byrd moved from performing to teaching, creating a curriculum called Math + Music (equals) Art. It allowed him »
Classic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest is responsible for several beloved and influential albums, anthems ranging from "Can I Kick It" to "Scenario," and, most recently, Lil Jon's return to "Celebrity Apprentice." The 41-year-old, self-described "purveyor of krunk" said he elected to return for another season to Donald Trump's reality competition in part because his mother and Tribe rapper Phife were battling diabetes. Jon (pictured) decided to use his latest turn on the show to raise awareness of the disease, he said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour »
- Tim Molloy
10 items from 2013
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