James Brown is music period,” says DJ Scratch, award winning turntablist and deejay for EPMD. “He spawned other genres of music. He was Rock-n-Roll, he was the Funk and the best live performer in the history of performance period. This genre that we are a part of is all based on James Brown. So if it wasn’t for James there would be no me, there would be no Hip-Hop.” As part of our tribute to the Godfather Of Soul for the upcoming biopic, “Get On Up,” we asked two of hip-hop’s premier producers and DJs, Pete Rock and DJ Scratch to talk about 5 of the most sampled James Brown songs of all time.
Comedy musician “Weird Al” Yankovic has carved out a unique niche in the world of music. As the progenitor of the music parody, at least in the form we know it today, Yankovic has made a living using popular (and not so popular) music to address or poke fun at aspects of life and pop culture, ranging from waiting in line for the drive-thru to bad grammar to Jerry Springer and everything in between. He has a fine eye for musical detail, matching the singer’s cadence and even mimicking details from their original music videos in some cases. Many of his most famous songs are parodies of songs by black artists, both old and new. ........................SOURCE http://theurbandaily.com//
The news hit the airwaves last night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” with Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada explaining the new shift. Essentially, Steve Rogers, the current Captain America, has been severely aged and lost his powers in a battle with a powerful foe. Falcon, a longtime partner of his, will take over the role in an upcoming book title this fall, “All-New Captain America.” But Wilson’s turn with the shield isn’t the first time a Black man has held the role of America’s top soldier. In 2003, Marvel released the comic mini-series “Truth: Red, White & Black,” which featured Black super soldier Isiah Bailey and super-powered son, Josiah X. With overtones of the Tuskegee Experiments and the like, the book touched on the dicey racial politics of the mid-20th century. Marvel’s push for diversity isn’t a new thing for the company, as the character of Nick Fury, popularized by Samuel L. Jackson‘s portrayal in The Avengers film franchise, was formerly a White man. Reboots of “universes” in the world of comics is not new, which adds to the longevity of characters like Captain America who first debuted in 1941. While fans are welcoming the changes, some readers wonder if this is a cheap ploy by Marvel to sell titles. Greater still, there are other Black characters in the vast Marvel comics universe that have yet to get recent top billing, such as Black Panther, the X-Men’s Storm, Monica Rambeau a.k.a. Spectrum, and a host of others. ..........................read more