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ARTICLE: Nas To Drop New Album “Life Is Good”

“Life is also good; the moment you think it ain’t good, it’s over,” Nas said.

With his 1994 debut album, titled Illmatic, Nas introduced new slang; he sparked debate with his 2006 album title, Hip Hop Is Dead; and then he started a whirlwind of controversy when he first proposed to name his 2008 LP N—–. And for this upcoming project, Nas said the title has meaning too, a reflection of his positive outlook on life.

“Look at the life we’re in, look at the world we’re in — I just think people need to realize the blessings. Let’s stop worrying about the dark side,” he said. “The end result is life is good, and it’s crazy how a phrase like that can change somebody’s mentality.”

Nas even revealed the name of the album’s first single, “Nasty,” which is a play on his original moniker, Nasty Nas. Still, even though he’s giving a nod to his lyrical beginnings, the rapper promises that the track will fit the times. “We ain’t going backwards, we’re staying forward though,” he said.

Life Is Good isn’t finished (Nas said it’s “almost there”), but it will be a very personal work. Nas insisted he won’t shy away from addressing what he’s been through in the past few years, including his divorce from singer Kelis.

“This album is just a piece of my blood, flesh and bones. This album right here is like — this is the one. They all are the ones, I love all my joints, but this one right here is, ‘Life is good.’ I’m letting a lot go on this. I’m happy that I’m here, man. I’m just a survivor and I look at a lot of us as survivors,” he said. “Everything is addressed; it’s all life. No matter what, at the end of the day, everything is a blessing. I’m a learner, I learn from my experiences.”

And it’s all good. MTVNEWS


ARTICLE: RhymeFest Hospitalized

Rhymefest has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after checking himself into the emergency room at the risk of going into a diabetic coma. According to posts on his Twitter account from an unnamed source, the former mayoral candidate has had the disease for years and was unaware of it.

Fest entered the hospital on June 2nd, with his sugar levels reaching 739 mg/dL, while normal levels would be around 80 mg/dL. After his diagnosis, he is currently awaiting to be released from the ER. HipHopDX.com will keep you updated.-HIPHOPDX


ARTICLE: Kid Cudi Ending Marijuana Career…

The lonely stoner may have quit smoking herb, but Kid Cudi’s latest video, “Marijuana,” will always serve as a reminder of his high times. The clip, which was shot and directed by Cudder’s actor pal Shia LaBeouf, was filmed in Amsterdam back in 2010 when Cudi served as a judge for the Cannabis Cup.

LaBeouf originally reached out to Cudi through their mutual friend Cage because he wanted to shoot a short film centered around “MANIAC,” a song on Cudi’s second album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.

“While we were brainstorming that, I had the gig to perform in Amsterdam. I was thinking about ways to do a video for ‘Marijuana’ because I knew I wanted to do something and I wanted to do the right thing,” Cudi told MTV News from the set of his HBO series “How to Make It in America.” “And it just hit me one day, like, ‘Yo, I can have Shia come with me and film the whole trip and we could do it like a real vintage documentary style of the entire trip.’ What could be iller than that?”

The video shows Cudi and Cage arriving in Amsterdam, moving through a restaurant, their hotel and the famed red-light district smoking exotic strains of weed. Aesthetically, the “Marijuana” video comes off like old home footage thanks to LaBeouf’s 8 mm and 16 mm cameras. “That’s why it looks real vintage; that’s not an effect,” Cudi said.

Some fans were confused by the video, however, given that on April 1, Kid Cudi announced on his Tumblr page that he had given up smoking weed. The singer/actor assures us that nothing has changed.

“It’s something I did before I decided to quit smoking marijuana,” Cudders explained of the video. “However, I didn’t want to deprive people of the footage, deprive people of the video because of my personal decisions. It was almost like an R.I.P. video to my whole smoking career.”

For Mr. Solo Dolo, there is no turning back; he insists that he is done with herb. “That was a big, big, memorable moment for me and watching it reminds me of those good times we had,” he said. “It’s kinda like the last hoorah, the last time you will ever see me smoking.” mtvnews


ARTICLE: Director A. “Rokafella” Garcia Brings You Into The World Of A B-Girl With Her Documentary “ALL THE LADIES SAY”

“All The Ladies Say” is a film that highlights the lives of six iconic female street dancers from San Jose, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago, who have carved a niche in the physically challenging, male dominated breakdance world. Discussions about motherhood, sexual tension, femininity versus masculinity and the rap industry/mainstream images are a few of the themes explored by the documentary’s main characters. International dancers not only make appearances but also add their two cents about life as a B Girl in the Hip-hop world.

The director is a veteran female breakdancer, (B Girl Rokafella), who co-founded Full Circle Producutions, Inc. in 1996 with her husband Kwikstep. For over a decade, their mission has been to present uplifting Hip Hop dance performances and provide educational Hip Hop dance programming through out NYC. In 2005, Rokafella felt the timing was perfect to introduce a national introspective discussion series, bringing the community together to address issues on personal and professional levels that can be resolved with sensitive and open dialogue.

She wrote a grant proposal to the Ford Foundation to fund this series of discussions called “The B Girl Sitdowns”. In 2006 she curated a six city series of discussions and activities that would be organized and hosted by female street dancers in their respective cities, extending an invitation to all Hip Hop artists, male and female alike. The archival footage began to develop a story of its own and so began the quest to produce a documentary about the journey of B Girls. Full Circle has recently received a film production grant from Bronx Council on the Arts, which adds to Rokafella’s continuous fund raising efforts.

On June 3, 2009, Full Circle brought the main characters of “All The Ladies Say” to the Bronx Museum to partake in a film screening, Q & A, dance classes and dance demonstration, as part of local teen council party and film fund raising activity. The website for the film has been recently launched, http://www.alltheladiessay.com, and more information can be also seen at http://www.fullcirclesoul.com. SUPPORT ALL ELEMENTS OF HIP-HOP!!!!!

“All the Ladies Say”, a Documentary Film
Directed by A. “Rokafella” Garcia
Directors of Photography – Jaquita Ta’le, Nadia Hallgren
Editors – Footnote Media Group & Melissa Ulto, Multo.com/1LineMedia.com