After maintaining a steady upward trajectory within the underground rap sect, Def Jam‘s best kept secret, Vince Staples dropped a scorcher of a debut album with Summertime ’06. With ubiquitous high praise pouring in across the blogosphere, Staples took some time out to provide a first-hand break down of the album’s lyrics and concepts with the folks over at Genius. In his annotations, he provides some insight into his rhymes, his neighborhood of Long Beach, California and even his hilarious (but understandable) obsession with Fetty Wap:
This guy is Luther Vandross! I’m a fan, bro. When I say I like Fetty Wap, people think I’m trying to be funny…My feelings be so hurt, bro. Fetty Wap is damn near Santa Claus!
He also had a interesting stance on the world’s perception of Long Beach inhabitants as well as prejudice in general:
Everyone thinks we drive low riders and wear Dickies. Not to hit on Dickies ‘cause they got some shit, but I’m not putting that fucking suit on. That’s what they think this community is, bro. That shit sucks. I’ve never seen that shit before!
Until people really see themselves within other people, they can’t genuinely care for their betterment. It’s hard to understand and respect things that are different than us. We need to start looking at each other eye-to-eye.
Head here to read all of Vince Staples colorful commentary and purchase Summertime ’06 here.
Netflix’s Daredevil series managed to accomplish what the 2003 film, in which Ben Affleck portrayed the blind superhero, couldn‘t — getting the character right. The series’ first season was lauded by critics and fans-alike, so much so that the show was renewed for another seasonin April, only weeks after it premiered. Now, news that Marvel fan-favorite, Frank Castle A.K.A. “The Punisher”, will star in the next season has surfaced, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Jon Bernthal, who most notably played “Shane” in The Walking Dead, will portray the vigilante anti-hero in the forthcoming season, which is a pretty spot on choice. “Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences,” Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television explained and anyone familiar with his work on TWD can attest to this claim. “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock [A.K.A. Daredevil] and nothing will be the same.”
Those familiar with the comic book series know that Daredevil and The Punisher have quite a volatile, violent relationship, as the two differ on their means of cleaning up the streets. While Daredevil seeks “justice”, The Punisher is known for his more extreme measures of “punishment”.
Charlie Cox is returning to play the lawyer-by-day-crimefighter-by-night, Matt Murdock, and word has it that along with The Punisher, his archenemy, Bullseye and eventual love interest Elektra could also debut next season. In fact, Bullseye might’ve already been casted and you won’t believe who may be playing him (per Latino Review).
According to a trusted source at Marvel’s new TV production offices, Jason Statham is being pursued to play Bullseye in season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series.
It is not yet confirmed as reps would not give me a call back.
Our spies spotted him meeting with Marvel personnel earlier this week while taking a break from the press tour for Spy. Aside from Bullseye, other villainous characters who are said to appear in Daredevil‘s highly-anticipated second season include Mr. Fear, Mysterio (one of Spider-Man’s iconic rogues), and Elektra – Daredevil’s eventual love interest.
This of course is merely hearsay at this point, but imagine that!
Be sure to check back with The Source as more information becomes available.
One thing can be said about the newly released video “Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj featuring Queen Bey; it’s taking the internet by storm. The newly released Nicki Minaj video is only the second of its kind featuring Beyonce and Vevo is not too happy about it. With the recent launch of Jay Z’s streaming music platform the only place you can see the video is, you guessed it, TIDAL.
Of course there is also the talk of Tyga and Nicki’s jab to the Young Money artist. Who’s making assumptions? Nicki Minaj rocks a number 17 jersey labeled “PERVERT”, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put together Tyga’s recent feud with other Young Money artists Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki. Throw in that he’s dating 17 year old Kylie Jenner and you have a recipe for one subtle yet blatant diss.
Lets back up to October of 2014 when Tyga had this to say:
“I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together. It is what it is. But I been friends with Chris [Brown] for like six years. That’s my real genuine friend. We hang out all the time. He lives up the street from me, so we don’t just do music we hang. I think being signed to Young Money, everybody felt like they had to force a relationship ‘cause Wayne put us together. At the end of the day the reason why I signed to Young Money is because of Wayne. Not because of Drake, not because of Nicki. It was because of Wayne and my relationship with him. I try to be cool with everybody, but sometimes, everybody just has different personalities, motives, and different characters. When you realize that, you realize that’s not a place where you want to continue to grow. ”
Now to a topic that most people are not talking about. Yes we get it, cheeseburgers, twerking, Beyonce is banging, Nicki got Tyga, the video is dope. But the hook? We’ve heard this before, 11 years ago when then not so famous bay area rapper Mac Dre aka Andre Hicks released his album “Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics“.
“Feeling Myself” was the first song on the album! Who is Mac Dre you may ask? Mac Dre was before his time and was one of few artists who prospered after his demise shortly after the release of his album. He was a legendary bay area rapper from the streets of Oakland and Vallejo, often collaborating with artists such as Coolio, Spice 1, E-40, B-Legit and Warren G. Hicks was killed 4 months after the release of the album while driving along the interstate when unknown assailants began shooting at the vehicle he was riding in. Hicks was the only passenger killed in the assault. The murder to this day has still not been solved. While its a big accusation, if it is the case that the hook was hijacked, who is to blame? In a recent interview with Sways Universe, 24 year old singer and songwriter SZA states: “she wrote “a nice chunk” of the track and spoke about meeting Queen Bey herself.” The direct quote from the interview says: “It was dope meeting Beyoncé, she’s tight, she’s perfect actually,” said the “Warm Winds” singer. “The call just got put in and then I arrived [laughs], I have no idea. Hit-Boy produced and I wrote the lyrics so Nicki and Beyoncé are singing some of the things that I wrote to it.”
Now we can’t be certain who wrote what, and we can’t even say for certain that any of the artists have heard the song by Mac Dre, and for all we know it could be a tribute. Take a listen to the first “Feeling Myself” song below and we’ll leave that decision to you.
“Whats going on here? It’s almost like someone put random artists names in a hat and picked four to go on tour with each other.” We don’t know whose idea it was to put this odd combo together, but whoever it was, needs a damn raise.
Strange Music’s Stevie Stone from the midwest city of St. Louis, Missouri. Cool Nuts hailing from the largest city in Oregon; Portland. Bay Area legend E-40 and NessaSary, a female rapper you’ve probably never heard of from the opposite side of the country coming in from Vero Beach, Florida. Sounds like quite the mix, so we took a peak of the show at the beginning leg of their tour in Bend, Oregon last night at the Midtown Music Hall hosted by f5 Concerts and to say it was the exact opposite of what was expected, is an understatement.
In most cases when you go to a show you want the artists to sound different in their own respects. Although each artist had their own sound, these four artists meshed so well together you would have assumed they were all on the same label, touring together for years. The biggest difference between this show and others, I actually felt like I was at a real hip-hop concert.
Of course music has changed over the years, we all know that, but this show will bring you back to the 90’s with modern day beats (and some classics too) with a mix of OG’s and some newer faces. It will launch you into a almost simpler time in music when the goal was to share your message and everyone was there to party and have a good time. Skip the million dollar stage setups, the extravagant light shows and the 100,000 person capacity venues and you’ll find yourself having a personal connection with the artist 10 feet away from you or shaking hands with them at the merch booth. Not only did these four artists put on one of the most personable shows I have seen in years, they interact with their crowd as if its filled with nothing but their closet friends.
NessaSary took the stage over with a fury getting the crowd pumped up with her first song chanting “This is for you”. Wildly dancing all over the stage not missing a beat, she displayed small similarities to Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliot, but kept it unique in a way that will make you think “who the hell is this” and not in a bad way. To say the least, she was all over the place and knows how to rock a mic. Follow this girl, mark my words she’s a rising star whose fan base is only going to grow. This is her first national tour and she puts some of the best to shame with her lyrics, moves and speed.
Cool Nutz kept it old school and brings the 90’s Bay Area back to modern day hip-hop. This guy works his crowd, owns his own label, keeps it local and is managing the tour. You can tell by his style, moves and lyrics that he is no novice to the stage and cares more about putting on a good show his fans will enjoy then flashy lights, fireworks and diamond chains, not to say he doesn’t enjoy any of those, but his music is more than that and it shows. Cool Nuts has been in the game for just as long as 40 and has been working with Luni Coleone, Yukmouth and 40 since the beginning, co-founding his own label “Jus Family Records” in 1995. I know I for one am hoping this tour sheds even more light on this guys career, he puts in work and his performance leaves you wanting more.
Stevie Stone. Where do you even begin with this guy? Stevie is part of the ever expanding Strange Music label, partially owned by independent underground giant Tech N9ne. Not seeing Stevie Stone on the Tech N9ne tour this spring was a bit of a let down, but now I see why it happened. Stevie Stone blends in with Bay Area rap better than most Bay Area rappers do and thats not even his style. The guy doesn’t just know how to rap, he knows how to perform and better yet he knows how to entertain. The charismatic St. Louis native bounces from side to side of the stage belting his lyrics into the mic as if he is never going to have the opportunity to do it again, and the crowd goes insane for him. Tech N9ne and Strange Music are lucky to have this future powerhouse on their big wig independent label, and if they don’t hold onto him, someone is going to swoop this guy up for the majors.
Everyone knows E-40 is the legend of the Bay. Thats a crown not going to anyone else anytime soon as 40 launches into his 25th year of his hip-hop career. With that many years behind your belt in any game, you better be damn good at it, and obviously E-40 is. There’s no question he was the highlight of the night as 40 reminisced on old times about other Bay legends Mac Dre, Mistah F.A.B. and Too Short while pumping bangers from the 90’s to today, of course including his latest hit “Choices (Yup)”. 40’s crowd connection was unlike any other, with everyone singing along, taking breaks to just let them chant, calming the crowd at times when they got to hyphy and telling stories in between songs.
So when it comes down to it, the show was way better than expected. Not because any of these artists lack talent, but because it was as OG as it gets, and you just don’t get that in shows anymore. Is this a show you should go see? Yes, its not only a show you should go see, its a show you should hitch hike 200 miles and leave your wife and kids to go see if you have to. The lineup was incredible and I don’t expect to see another one like this anytime soon. Catch this act while you still can, as this lineup is unlike any other. Check out some of their music below. You’ll also find some tour dates below their videos.
Mark A. Macpherson
For tour dates visit http://www.strangemusicinc.com/tour/#t_69
Is there a harder working man in independent Hip-Hop than Tech N9ne? For over a decade the Kansas City native has been in a perpetual cycle of dropping albums, touring and growing his Strange Music label from an indy label to a powerhouse of rap. In that time Tech N9ne has built one of the most loyal and passionate fan bases in music. The Technicians and Strangers, as he calls his adoring fans, fill up hometown venues across the country to see their hero rock the mic in a way all his own. The Special Effects Tour, named after his next album which drops May 4, features Strange Music favorites like Krizz Kaliko and Murs as well as fresh faces like King 810, Chris Webby and Jamaica’s Zuse.
We stopped in to check out Tech N9ne’s latest tour in Bend, Oregon hosted by Central Oregon promoters “Random Presents” to get a better idea of how Strange Music planned on keeping there show just that, strange. Tech might be the pinnacle of the show but the all the acts in the lineup gave great performances. King 810’s sound came as surprise for the Hip-Hop heads in the crowd but they did their thing and if scaring people is proof of a rockin metal set, these guys killed it. When front man David Gunn told the audience “Tech N9ne asked us to go on tour with him and we thought he was fucking crazy” we couldn’t have agreed more, but somehow the metal/hip-hop transfusion works, and fans loved it. Murs, an independent legend in his own right, took to the stage with no hype man, no band, no jewelry, not even a dj. This minimalist approach would bomb for most MCs but Murs has proven over the years he’s not most MCs. The LA native got heads bobbin and hands waving with his collection of old pre Strange classics and his latest contributions to the ever expanding label.
Then came the headliner. Once again Tech N9ne proved why his show has become one of the best in Hip-Hop history. Over the years the venues have gotten a little bigger, the lights more colorful and the stage more intricate but the man still rocks that stage like he’s a starving artist. With Krizz Kaliko by his side, Tech performs his classic slumpers like “I’m a Playa” and “Einstein”. But not the type to stay stagnant, Tech has introduced a new dynamic to his shows lately. The Band Of Psychos are the latest wrinkle to the show and they change the dynamic of his whole set. Just as Tech spews his lyrics as hard and fast as possible, his live band smashes those drums and picks those strings with a ferocity to match. Of course Tech also performed jams off is upcoming release like “Hood Go Crazy”. To whet the appetite of his adoring fans, Tech also performed a shortened version of his hit “Fragile” with Krizz Kaliko replacing the hook of Kendell Morgan, while the crowd sang along. No matter how old or new the songs were, Tech didn’t miss a line and delivered each tongue-twisting line with absolute clarity. All while he danced and controlled the stage like a true master of the craft.
For the old school Tech N9ne fan, the Special Effects tour is filled with the energy, attention to detail, Caribou Lou chugging and TITTIES (yes Krizz, we love that album too) that we’ve all grown to love. After 16 years grinding away Tech hasn’t lost a step. His latest album has an unprecedented number of the industry heavy hitters on it and it seems the mainstream has indeed “Gone Tech’. This could be the last time we get Tech in the intimate venues, with a room full of Strangers. No doubt he’ll rock massive arenas with the same mastery he always does but this could be the last call for a vintage Tech show and if you’ve missed that decade of tours it’s time to go see what all the fuss is about.
Words: Rodolfo Arias @FiroTheBoss
Photos: Mark A. Macpherson @the541guy
Heath Ledger was the best “Joker” — let’s just get that out the way first. With the majority of the public’s opinion sharing a similar sentiment, it would seem revisiting that role would be no easy feat. It should come as no surprise though, that the über-talented Jared Leto — who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a transgender woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club — has been tasked with portraying Batman’s arch-nemesis in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.
After months of teasing, director David Ayer took to Twitter to show the world Leto as The Joker for the 75th anniversary of the classic comic book villain, and well… it wasn’t anything any of us could’ve predicted.
Gone is the purple three-piece suit, long, shaggy green hair, and uhhh.. eyebrows, seen in the villain’s last on-screen incarnation in 2008’s The Dark Knight. Leto’s Joker has short, neon green hair, with tattoos covering his chalky white skin and what seems to be silver grills on his teeth; suffice it to say Mr. J looks as manic as ever.
Leto joins Will Smith as “Deadshot”, Margot Robbie as “Harley Quinn”, Common (in a yet-to-be announced role) and more as a collective of supervillains recruited for dangerous, covert missions by the government. The film has commenced production in Toronto and slated for theatrical release on August 5, 2016.
It’s that time again. Netflix‘s extensive catalog shall undergo its monthly refinement come April, and it’s giving us a lot to look forward to. Noah, Hot Fuzz, Sons of Anarchy (Season 7), and Netflix’s upcoming Daredevilseries (inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name) are all weighty additions to the streaming service’s catalog. However if you’re a fan of films such as Guess Who, any of the Friday the 13th and Good Morning Vietnam, you might want to watch this weekend as those and many more will be expiring come next month.
These are the titles coming to Netflix next month:
And Now … Ladies and Gentlemen.. (2002) Bandolero (2000) Barnyard (2006) Bound (1996) Buffalo Soldiers (2001) Down to Earth (2001) Leprechaun 3 (1995) The Beautician and the Beast (1997) The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) Suicide Kings (1997) Sunset Strip (2000) Underworld (2003) Whiteboyz (1999) Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)
Life Partners (2014) Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014)
All Hail King Julien, Season 1 (5 New Episodes) Derek: Special Starry Eyes (2014) The Quiet Ones (2014)
Preservation (2014) Wilfred, Season 4
Halt and Catch Fire, Season 1(2014)
Broken (2013) Burning Bridges (2014) Confusion Na Wa (2013) Finding Mercy (2012) Finding Mercy 2 (2014) Flower Girl (2013) Forgetting June (2013) Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014) Lagos Cougars (2013) Lies Men Tell (2013) Mad Couple (2014) Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 1 Mad Couple 2 (2014) Matters Arising (2014) October 1* (2014) Onye Ozi (2013) The Awakening (2013) Ties That Bind (2011)
The Identical (2014)
Video Game High School, Season 3
The Babadook (2014) Goodbye to Language (2014) Kink (2013)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Baby Daddy, Season 4 Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible They Came Together (2014)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Sons of Anarchy, Season 7
The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear (2008)
National Treasure (2004)
These are the titles leaving Netflix next month:
28 Hotel Rooms (2012) Annie (1982) Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous Astonishing X-Men: Torn Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable Baby Genius: A Trip to the San Diego Zoo Baby Genius: Animal Adventures Chalet Girl (2011) Clue (1985) Color Splash Collection: Collection 1 Coneheads (1993) Friday the 13th (1980) Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981) Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982) Friday the 13th: Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984) Friday the 13th: Part 6: Jason Lives (1986) Friday the 13th: Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Get Shorty (1995) Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Guess Who (2005) Inventing the Abbotts (1997) Jane Eyre (1944) Jeepers Creepers (2001) Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) Les Miserables (1935) Madeline (1989) Miral (2011) Murder by Numbers (2002) Mystic Pizza (1988) Mystic River (2003) Peewee’s Big Adventure (1985) Philadelphia (1993) Reindeer Games (2000) Sense and Sensibility (1995) Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Taking Lives (2004) The Amityville Horror (1979) The Cable Guy (1996) The Karate Kid (1984) The Karate Kid: Part II (1986) The Karate Kid: Part III (1989) The Quick and the Dead (1995) The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Paranormal Activity 4: Unrated Edition (2012)
The Woman Who Wasn’t There (2012)
You can find Khari Clarke at your local pizza shop and on Twitter (@KINGCLARKEIII).