Xscape Takes Over Detroit[VIDEO]


Kinfolks! Xscape is back with a vengeance! Fresh off performances at the this year’s BET Awards and Essence Festival, the ladies have converged upon my hometown of Detroit, Michigan. The ladies don’t seem like they missed a beat during their long hiatus. They’ve essentially picked up where they left off. I am HERE for it! I can not wait until the Atlanta show because that is sure to be LIT.

Check out some videos from tonight’s show. Although I couldn’t be in the house it’s always good to have a friend in the house with their trusty iPhone.

Xscape Getting Ready To Hit The Stage

My Little Secret

Who Can I Run To

Whut say you?

Understanding

Do Me Baby

Is My Living In Vein

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From The Mouth of HOV: Jay-Z Explains Every Song On ‘4:44’

Kinfolks! Jay-Z set “The Internets” ablaze when he dropped ‘4:44’ at 12:01 a.m. EST time exclusively on Tidal. Ever since then there have been quotes, memes, and think pieces on who & what exactly Jay is talking about on each of the 10 songs on the album. I am a proponent of going straight to the source so without further ado Jay-Z breaks down each song on ‘4:44’:

“Kill Jay Z”

“The first song is called ‘Kill Jay Z’ and obviously, it’s not to be taken literal. It’s really about the ego. It’s about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty.”

“The Story of O.J.”
“‘The Story of O.J.’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward. We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger.”

“Smile”
“‘Smile’ is just what it is. There are gonna be bad times, and those bad times can do two things: they can get you in a place where you’re stuck in a rut, or it can make your future that much better because you’ve experienced these things.”

“Caught Their Eyes”
“‘Caught Their Eyes’ is a song that’s dealing with just being aware of your surroundings. There’s a line in it, and it says, ‘Your body language is all remedial, how could you see the difference between you and I?’ Just being so sharp about your surroundings.”

“4:44”
“‘4:44’ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

“Family Feud”
“‘Family Feud’ is about separation within the culture. Like, new rappers fighting with old rappers, saying all these things. So, the line is, ‘Nobody wins when the family feuds.’”

“Bam”
“The song ‘Bam’ with Damian Marley, it’s just jammin’, it’s just like the song. But it’s secretly Shawn Carter saying, ‘Man, you need a bit of ego.’ It was because of me and the things that I’ve done, this is JAY-Z saying you needed a bit of ego for us to arrive at this point.”

“Moonlight”
“The hook is ‘We stuck in La La Land/Even if we win, we gonna lose.’ It’s like a subtle nod to La La Land winning the Oscar, and then having to give it to Moonlight. It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going.”

“Marcy Me”
“‘Marcy Me’ is a nostalgic walk through Marcy, and it’s about that hopefulness, that feeling of, ‘Man, can I really do this? Can I really be one of the biggest artists in the world?’ You have these dreams, ‘Can I be one of the biggest basketball players?’ We have these dreams.”

“Legacy”
“The song is just about what it is, it’s like a verbal will. Just a song about speaking to my daughter. She starts the song off, and she says ‘Daddy, what’s a will?’”

Whut say you?

Here Are The Songs Sampled On Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’

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Kinfolks! At 12:00 a.m. EST time my favorite rapper Jay-Z dropped his highly-anticipated 13th album, 4:44, exclusively on Tidal. I am still unpacking it all, but I am here to provide you with the samples that were used in the production of the album. One thing I miss about my childhood is being able to go the corner record store and purchase cassettes and cd’s. This allowed me to read the linear notes for every album that I purchased. I always wanted to know what songs my favorite artists sampled, and I enjoyed running to my mom’s vast collection of vinyl album to hear the songs sampled. That’s kind of nerdy, but hey it is what it is! I love music! Continue reading

[WATCH]Tamar Braxton Sing New Single ‘My Man’ at Revel’s Rhythm & Chew In Atlanta 

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She! Me! Her! AKA Slaymar AKA Tamar Braxton was in town last night singing her throat out at Revel’s Rhythm & Chew event last night, and although I couldn’t be there it’s always good to have a good friend in the building to send you some footage!

Estine ran through a few songs, but the highlight according to those in the audience was the new single ‘My Man’ which is based on her parents divorce and also from her soon to released 4th album. I can’t wait to see what she has to offer this time around. But until then check her out singing her throat out and not being bothered by #paperbacktoya 


​Whut say you?

5 GIFs You Need To Have In Your #CLAPBACK Arsenal

Kinfolks! Group chat is the way of the world. It’s the way we communicate with friends and family. Inevitably someone in the chat is going to come for you, when of course you didn’t call them! But fret not kinfolks I am here with 5 gifs that you must have in your arsenal to combat habitual line steppers and triers of your life!

  1. When you’re minding your business in the group chat and going about your day and one of the members of the chat calls you out for no reason:

This pretty much let’s everyone know that you are not for the BS!

2. When someone in the chat says something to get a rise out of you, but you give zero f*cks!:

This one pretty much let’s all concerned parties know that you are unbothered!

3.  When you’ve said what you said! And you’re done talking! Use this one:

Then follow up with this one:

They’ll catch your drift.

4. When a member of the group chat is being read for filth, and you’re trying to keep from laughing:

Just sip your drink and mind your business, so that you don’t get pulled into the fray.

5. When you’ve had enough of the shenanigans and you want to get straight to the point!:

This one is necessary and self explanatory.

Add these to your gifs to your arsenal and you should be ready to fight off that inevitable group chat attack with no problem!

You’re welcome!

Whut say you?

ICE CUBE CODDLES BILL MAHR AFTER HE USES THE N-WORD ON REAL TIME

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Kinfolks! If you didn’t know already on last week’s broadcast of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Mahr(RTWBM), the host used the N-word while interviewing a Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. When I first heard him say the word while watching the live broadcast, I had to run it back just to make sure I heard him correctly. Now I wasn’t surprised or upset for that matter, because I am not that naive to think that white people never say the word in private. What surprised me is the fact that he let it slip on live television. Mahr is known for being an asshole and saying sensational things to get a rise, but this time he really stepped in it.

Of course he got on the “internets” to make an apology, most likely after the brass at HBO called him and forced him to do so.

“Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show,” Maher said in a statement. “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive, and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”

Do I really care about his apology? No. Was it genuine? No. Do I feel like Bill Mahr is a racist? No. Do I feel like he should be fired? No, because we have a man(imbecile) running the country who has said far worst. Do we have to forgive Bill Mahr? No. Are black people allowed to be upset with Mahr? Yes. Can white people put a time limit on the outrage black people feel from Mahr using the word? No. The bottom line is Bill Mahr got too familiar, and has most likely been around black people who have allowed him to use this word. They have done him a great disservice, by not informing him “that shit” ain’t cool outside of our company, and you might get f*cked up for using that word.

So after the backlash Mahr continued his apology tour on this week’s episode RTWBM. He brought Dr. Micheal Eric Dyson on to co-sign his bullshit, and the whole exchange seemed disingenuous.

Ice Cube was also on the show and he “chastised(coddled)” Mahr. While I respect Ice Cube and everything he has accomplished in his career, I don’t look to him to be able dissect race issues in America. There were so many other people Mahr could have brought on to really discuss this issue, but clearly that was not the goal of this broadcast. Mahr seemed somewhat annoyed with Ice Cube that he was being taken to task for his use of the N-word, because “He apologized!” for God’s sake!

Symone Sanders however better articulated the problem with Bill Mahr’s use of the N-word. We needed more people like her to really drive the point home for Mahr and his white viewers. At the end of the day this whole episode was the song and dance the corporate machine behind RTWBM made Bill Mahr participate in. If he had a choice I honestly don’t think he would have addressed it at all. It would have been business as usual on RTWBM.

Whut say you?

Reginae Carter: Spoiled Brat? Or Just Defending Her Parents?

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Kinfolks! So if you didn’t know already I am reality show addict. My newest addiction is Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta(GUHHATL) on WeTv. The shows features Shad Moss(Lil Bow Wow),Zonique Pullins(T.I. and Tiny),Shaniah Mauldin(Jermaine Dupri), Ayana Fite(DJ Hurricane), Brandon Barnes(Debra Antney), and Reginae Carter(Lil Wayne & #paperbacktoya). Continue reading

Sad News: Body of Former NFL Player James Hardy Found In Indiana River

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Kinfolks! I have sad news to report, the body of former NFL Player James Hardy was found in an Indiana River according to News-Sentinel

The athletes cause of death has not been determined and is under investigation by the Allen County coroner’s office.

According to TMZ, his family reported him missing May 30.  The Fort Wayne, Indiana native played for the Buffalo Bills for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Bill’s sent their condolences via Twitter

Hardy was only 31-years old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

BLACK EXCELLENCE: CHOKWE ANTAR LUMUMBA BECOMES MAYOR-ELECT OF JACKSON, MISS.

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Chokwe Antar Lumumba is now mayor-elect of Jackson, Miss., beating Republican opponent Jason Wells with 98 percent of the vote. He won in a landslide victory. Lumumba ran on a progressive platform that included creating a civilian law enforcement review board, reforming public school education pedagogy and prioritizing businesses owned by people of color for city contracts. Continue reading