After a lot of speculation, a trailer has been released for “Too Honorable”, the Kanye West and Dame Dash produced film. We haven’t seen a film from Dame Dash in awhile but you can expect a classic gangsta flick similar to the “State Property” era. “Too Honorable” is said to be a “mixtape movie” due to the cast; which features Cam’ron, Smoke DZA, Murda Mook, and more. Look out for the film when it releases digitally on May 25th.
Harlem is known as one of the most creative and vibrant boroughs. Well, just in time for warm weather, FLUX Art Fair is coming. With the theme “The 21st Century As A Nomad” 50 emerging local and international artists will be showing their work. The FLUX Art Fair will be held at the legendary Corn Exchange building on 125th street and Park Ave. Come meet with some rising artists May 14-17.
One of the most influential producers of the last two decades will be releasing a biography right before the holidays. Although Timbaland gave us Tim’s Bio back in ’98, The Emperor Of Sound will give us a confidential look into his massive career and artistry. Being a very private man over the years, this book has been well awaited. Timbaland offers an unprecedented look into his extraordinarily creative mind and life. The Emperor of Sound is imprinted by the infamous HarperCollins book publishing company and here’s what they said about Timbo’s biography:
“Completely uncensored and totally honest, he reveals the magic behind the music, sharing the various creative impulses that arise while he’s producing, and the layering of sounds that have created dozens of number one hits. Cinematically written, full of revealing anecdotes and reflections from today’s most popular music icons…”
You can pre-order The Emperor of Sound now in preparation for its November 17th release date. Timbaland will also be having a book launch, live interview event at The Highline Ballroom the following day. The intimate BackStory event will be filmed live by AOL and include a copy of The Emperor of Sound. Legendary music journalist Brad Tolinski will interview Timbaland about The Emperor of Sound and more. Get your tickets here.
An old South Los Angeles movie theater turned into a pop-up art show the first week of May for “Manifest Justice”. The show included 275 pieces of politically minded artists….and area exclusively blocked off for people convicted of felonies. The organizers hosted a one-day event for people convicted of nonviolent felonies could meet with volunteer attorneys and start a process to reclassify their felonies to misdemeanors. Artists pushed Proposition 47 to make sure people know about the reclassification process. Check out more about “Manifest Justice” and Proposition 47 here.
Lauryn Hill is back after her hiatus since 2013. Lauryn reveals that she will be doing just a few intimate shows in Washington, D.C. & New York. The tour, entitled “SMALL AXE: Acoustic Performance Series”, will begin in February at the Howard Theatre in D.C.
Check out the dates:
Feb. 13: Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
Feb. 14: Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
Feb. 17: Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Feb. 20: New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb. 23: New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb. 25: New York, NY – Blue Note (early and late show)
Solange’s team, Saint Heron, comes together to give us their Artist to Watch in 2015 list. I must say the Saint Heron team just gets it musically. Many of us thought music took a horrible turn in 2014 but these artists were the ones who kept me going. Featured on this playlist is Philly’s rap princess Chynna, Atlanta’s Key!, the awesome duo out of NYC Lion Babe, BJ The Chicago Kid, and many more new artists! Well, these artists aren’t necessarily “new” but they’re finally getting well-deserved recognition. Check out more of the artists on Saint Heron & watch them blossom in 2015!
The highly anticipated release of the Tupac biopic is finally on it’s way. Despite your fears….Lifetime will not be producing this one. Producer Randall Emmett spoke with The Collider about the untitled film and says they’re set to begin filming in June. He went on to explain how the biopic will “tease the beginning of his life”, address the East/West Coast beef, and the rise of his career. But more importantly, Emmett wants to focus on how Tupac genuinely felt beyond the strong image we all know. Morgan Creek bought the rights to Tupac’s music when they partnered with Executive Producer Afeni Shakur. John Singleton is said to be directing the film which ties the bow for me. Sounds like Tupac’s legacy will be done justice. Check out what producer Randall Emmett has to say about the biopic here: