Watch Backpack Kanye West Featuring a Younger John Legend Perform “18 Years” aka “Gold Digger” in 2002

How soon some forget that as much as Kanye West has been on his grind as a producer from the late ’90s to early ’00s mirrors his vocal journey as a rapper and even his venture into the world of fashion. One thing that has always undeniably remained consistent is his work — whether it be his work in production, emceeing, or designing — is his passion. The same could be said for John Legend (seemingly right after he was given the name “Legend” from J. Ivy), who’s also featured in the 2002 video from the 2nd Annual Dynamic Producer Conference in New York City.

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The two are performing “18 Years,” a demo of what would become “Gold Digger” from Yeezy’s sophomore album, Late Registration. Just in case you were unaware, “Gold Digger” was 2005’s second-longest running number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Grammy winner for Best Solo Performance (2006), listed at number 49 on Billboard magazine’s All Time Top 100 and at 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.

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Nonetheless, the duo put on a remarkable performance of the track — with John Legend on sound (the piano) and Kanye West on the mic. Surely the crowd could feel the potential of the performers. That, or they could relate to having illegitimate illegitimate children and finding out “18 years” later. Either way, enjoy the show.

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Sneaker Deal Turns Into Robbery, Victim Tells Thieves ‘You’ll have to shoot me”

“That’s twenty years, I told Pooh in ninety-five, I’ll kill you if you try me for my Air Max 95’s” – Game.

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Here’s What You Need To Know About The Supreme x New York Yankees x ’47 Brand Collection

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Draymond Green Sends Post-Game Shot To The Clippers’ Dahntay Jones

You didn’t even need cable to watch the beating that the Golden State Warriors put on the Los Angeles Clippers. It was so bad, it reminded viewers of the Clippers from yesteryear. Especially after Deandre Jordan‘s failed — well, nonexistent — game winning shot against the Trailblazers a few nights back.

Adding salt to their troubled wounds was Los Angeles’ Dahntay Jones. During a nationally televised post-game interview with ABC, while Draymond Green was speaking on his impressive stat line (23 points shooting 8-15 from the field, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists) Jones was seen on camera glancing at Green before — seemingly on purpose — brushing him as he walked into the locker room.

Later, media caught up with Draymond to discuss what occurred. Green held no punches back with his response:

“If [Dahntay Jones] gets suspended, they may not even notice. So I guess good bump-by, but I definitely expect to be reviewed by the NBA. You know, for him to look at me and look at me again, and bump me, when I’m doing a postgame interview, that’s really smart too, when it’s on ABC. And obviously the postgame interview is the highlight of that segment, and you bump somebody? He got some camera time, which he needed because there wasn’t much celebration from their bench today, so you didn’t see him much. So he got the camera time that he was looking for…He served his purpose in today’s game.”

 

It’s not uncommon for players to be upset after a loss. Especially with Steph Curry running around doing things like this:

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Lee Daniels to Mo’Nique on lack of roles since Oscar win: “You’ve been blackballed”

“What I understood was that when I won that Oscar, things would change in all the ways you’re saying: It should come with more respect, more choices and more money. It should, and it normally does,” said comedian and award-winning actress Mo’Nique to Seth Abramovitch for The Hollywood Reporter. The two connected to recognize the 75th anniversary of Hattie McDaniel’s historic Oscar win in 1940.

Conveniently while it is the 75th year that Ms. McDaniel won the 1940 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress becoming the first Black actress to win an Oscar, just 5 years ago, Mo’Nique took home the very same award for her role as Mary Lee Johnston in Lee Daniels’ Precious. For context regarding the racial climate that McDaniel had to face, here’s an excerpt from THR’s Oscar’s First Black Winner Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated ‘No Blacks’ Hotel in L.A.:

The 12th Academy Awards were held at the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub in The Ambassador Hotel. McDaniel arrived in a rhinestone-studded turquoise gown with white gardenias in her hair. (Seventy years later in 2010, a blue-gown– and white-gardenia–clad Mo’Nique, one of 11 black actors to win Academy Awards since, was the only one to pay homage to McDaniel while accepting her best supporting actress Oscar for Lee Daniels‘ Precious.) McDaniel then was escorted, not to the Gone With the Wind table — where Selznick sat with de Havilland and his two Oscar-nominated leads, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable — but to a small table set against a far wall, where she took a seat with her escort, F.P. Yober, and her white agent, William Meiklejohn. With the hotel’s strict no-blacks policy, Selznick had to call in a special favor just to have McDaniel allowed into the building (it was officially integrated by 1959, when the Unruh Civil Rights Act outlawed racial discrimination in California).

After McDaniel’s role as Mammy, the head slave in Tara — the fictional Southern plantation where the bulk of Gone With the Wind took place — she was continuously typecast as a maid. In fact, as per her IMDB list, 74 out of 94 roles that she had until her death were maid roles. Making her response, “I’d rather play a maid than be a maid.” Because of this, along with the thought that she was an agent of black oppression, not a neutral force, when portraying Black stereotypes as perceived my members of the NAACP — Walter Francis White in particular.

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Now, let’s come back to the future. While speaking with Time, Mo’Nique reveals that she too has felt outcasted in response to her winning an Academy Award despite thanking Hattie McDaniel “for enduring all that she had to, so that I would not have to.”

When asked if and how wining the Oscar changed her life, Mo’Nique responded: “How did the Oscar change my life? What it did was that it gave me a new reality. And it let me know that an award wasn’t going to change my life — that I had to be in control of changing my life. I’ll ask you: How do you think the Oscar was supposed to change my life?”

As stated in the opening quote “more respect, more choices and more money” is what was expected by the comedian. “Hattie said, ‘After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong.’ It was the same with me. I thought, once you won the award, that’s the top prize — and so you’re supposed to be treated as if you got the top prize.”

Unfortunately, Mo’Nique was not treated as such.

I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, “Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.” And I said, “I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?” And he said, “Because you didn’t play the game.” And I said, “Well, what game is that?”

After reaching out to Lee Daniels for a comment on his discussion with Mo’Nique, he replied:

“Mo’nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”

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Event Recap: Verizon Wireless x REVOLT TV’s “Above the Rim” Concert During NBA All Star Weekend

 

To assist in the many events that took place in New York City for All-Star Weekend 2015, REVOLT TV joined forces with Verizon for “Above the Rim.” Taking place at Stage 48, the event was hosted by The Breakfast Club’s very own Angela Yee.

There’s a common underlying factor between the aforementioned. Back in October it was announced that REVOLT TV would be added to Verizon Fios accounts, making it available in 46 of the top 50 U.S. markets on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Centurylink and SuddenLink, according to a statement from Diddy. Also, it was revealed by Angela Yee and the rest of her “Breakfast Club” crew that the group would be making it’s way to cable by way of REVOLT.

Not to digress, “Above the Rim” featured performances from hip-hop heavyweight Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, Elle Varner, Justine Skye, Bridget Kelly and soul-singer Timothy Bloom. Between performances, DJ Skee, Mick and Questlove provided the night’s soundtrack.

Verizon Wireless x REVOLT TV’s “Above the Rim” included just the right mix of the industry’s veterans and up-and-comers. In addition, it also made a great intro to not only All-Star weekend, but also Valentine’s Day.

Oh, also, afterwards… it was a Diddy party!

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Roc Nation’s Radar: Goldie Presents “Dirty Diana Ross”

With Roc Nation making major moves in Sports management and now more recently Film and TV management, it’s pretty safe to say that when it comes to the music, their artists are chosen wisely. With that being said, here’s the introduction of Goldie.

Currently on Roc Nation’s radar comes Goldie from Philadelphia — both Southwest and North. While coming up, he played played ball, until he was dropped from the team in 11th grade.  “So I just had to turn up with the music.  Those were my two hobbies writing and playing ball.” Around that very same time, one of Goldie’s friends from the neighborhood, Meek Mill, began to start seeing the traction of the music grind, giving Goldie added inspiration.

Along the way, Goldie met another influential figure, industry veteran Lenny S. — who would get Goldie’s foot in the door. “I have a deal on the table with [Roc Nation], thanks to Lenny S. He’s like my mentor/big brother,” Goldie says.  “He’s given me the game. I would want to be under him anyway, because of the impact he has on the game.”

Before the connection with Lenny S., Goldie was able to ride out with Jadakiss. “I was working with Jada since I was young,” he says. “He came to my graduation. Told me he wasn’t even going to sign me until I graduated. He showed me the ropes; I got a lot being around him and in the cyphers. Just him, Styles, Sheek – you know, being around him, he’s gonna have you around a lot of heavyweights. It was legendary.”

The third key figure in Goldie’s story was Jay Z. “It was the Magna Carter tour. Lenny S. was able to get me backstage. Like, I wasn’t even supposed to perform for him, but he put me on the spot. They put a beat on and I spit for like 15 minutes. Kept it going — Emory [Jones] was there, everybody loved it. A couple months later, we were working on a project- the demo deal.”

In his own words, Goldie defines his style as “polished and lyrical, but can still go there.” And as for now, he’s currently working on a mixtape. “Might name it the Purge. We about to release all of the demons, let everything go. No more holding back.”

Here’s one below, titled, “Dirty Diana Ross.” Check it out:

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