R.I.P. Chuck Brown: Honoring His Influence On Hip-Hop

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Chuck Brown, godfather of Go-Go, passed away Wednesday (May 16) from multiple organ failure after a struggle with pneumonia. He was 75 and performed up until just a few months before his death.

A guitar player and vocalist with a unique rasp, the musical pioneer is credited with creating the percussion-heavy, funk, soul and dance genre that has become a culture in its native city of the nation’s capital, has garnered an audience worldwide, and has been may times sampled by Hip-Hop artists.

His first recorded album was delivered in 1972 with the group The Soul Searchers. In 1972, their sophomore effort, Salt of the Earth yielded “Blow Your Whistle,” which was later sampled by Eve for her song “Tambourine;” and “Ashley’s Roachclip,” which was sampled by a myriad of Hip-Hop artists including 2 Live Crew (“Ghetto Bass II”), Eazy-E (“Gimme That Nut”), Erik B & Rakim (“I Know You Got Soul” and “Paid In Full”), Geto Boys (“Scarface”), Ice Cube (“Jackin’ For Beats”), LL Cool J (“Jack the Riper”), Kris Kross (“Methods of Dropping Mental”), Run DMC (“Run’s House”), Lloyd (Girls Around the World” featuring Lil’ Wayne), Nice & Smooth (“Down the Line”) and Scarface (Mr. Scarface Pt. 3”).

In 1978, The Soul Searchers became Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers and the title track from their next album, Bustin’ Loose became #1 on the Billboard chart. It was later sampled by Nelly for his “Hot in Herre.”

Indirectly, his legacy has also influenced songs like Jay-Z’s “Do It Again” (sampling Go-Go band Rare Essence’s “Overnight Scenario,” and who were also featured on the remix of Ludacris’s “Pimpin’ All Over”); Wale’s “Pretty Girls (sampling Backyard Band’s “Girls”); and the appearance of Go-Go band E.U. in Spike Lee’s “School Daze” movie (their song, “Da Butt” topped Billboard’s R&B chart).

However, the union between Hip-Hop and Go-Go was not just about sampling (Go-go bands also famously sample Hip-Hop). Brown’s 2007 song, “Block Party” featured DJ Kool.

In 2010, his single “Love” featuring Jill Scott and Marcus Miller, earned him his first Grammy Award nomination (for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals).

An impromptu vigil was held in Washington, DC Wednesday night on a street recently renamed “Chuck Brown Way.”

–Written By Sia Barnes

 

Nicki Minaj Returns To Ellen

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“When you see me on Ellen just admit that I’m winning” says rapper Nicki Minaj as she returns to the Ellen DeGeneres show yesterday to follow up on her promotion for her sophmore release Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Minaj talk to ellen about everything from her explict lyrics, her daring looks, her wigs and voices, even her youthful fans. Ellen surprised Minaj with two of her biggest child fans 8-year-old Sophia Grace and her 5-year-old cousin Rosie. Whom which Nicki surprised the last time she was on the show it was only right that Ellen brought them out. Minaj then performed a medley of her hits “Right By My Side” and “Starships” check out the videos below.

 

 

 

 

 

– Pompay Garrett, @Loud_Pay

 

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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For 2013, Hyundai is releasing their redesigned Genesis Coupe with a brand new face lift and a larger output in the engine bay. The revamped 3.8 liter V6 engine is putting out about 350hp compared to its predecessor which put out barely over 300hp. The lower base model still packs a punch with a inline-4 cylinder turbocharged engine putting out about 280hp to the crank. The car will either come with a beefy 6-speed manual transmission, or an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifting. The 8-speed will come standard on the Grand Touring option which also is accompanied by leather interior and a sunroof. The top model, which is called the Track package, includes a better suspension, Brembo brake kit, and larger 19-inch wheels. This new Genesis is sure to help Hyundai out in its competion against the rear wheel drive coupes.  

 

By Ant Simeone@ant_sims

Google’s New Eyewear Project

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Google recently released its information on their new project, “Project Glass.” This new type of technology is Google’s attempt into wearable technology and the break into the barrier of augmented reality. These glasses seem to look sleek but also look pretty bulky on your face if you’re going to be walking around with them all day. They have a really good concept coming up with this, and have begun testing the glasses in the public. Here’s a promo video of the glasses that Google put together and what they posted on their main article on Google Plus.  Google does plan on releasing these in the future. 

 

Ant Simeone  –@ant_sims