This weekend the 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival took place, looks like it was an amazing time, you can watch all the performances HERE
Photos courtesy of Steven Lau @SLphotographies
Tonight by sheer coincidence(fate) I happen to be visiting my family in the Bay Area. When I realized that Fruitvale Station, the new movie by first time director and Bay Area native Ryan Coogler, which is based on the last 24 hrs of Oscar Grants life was premiering tonight, I realized I HAD TO go see it. If your not familiar with the events that transpired at the Fruitvale station BART stop on January 1st 2009, please do yourself and society a favor by reading up on it. Here is one of many videos taken from a bystander on the platform the night Grant was killed.
I’ve been to many film openings but I must say I’ve never quite felt like this standing in line waiting to see a movie. Maybe it’s because I’m less than 10 miles from where this young man tragically lost his life, or maybe it’s the flyers for police brutality marches and social injustice rally’s that are being passed around as I stand here. Needless to say its an experience.
I’ll have a slight review up soon.
Highlights of the interview
Jay-Z says he’s “obviously” proud of Cole and Wale, he’d be fine if Cole were to outsell him (#mylaugh)
When asked how he/ if he feel guilty about Dame Dash he said he’s still got love for Dame, thinks hell eventually find his way out but he can’t control what happens in life.
Thinks “Holy Grail” is one of Justin Timberlake’s best vocal performances.
Says he has legitimately had txts with Obama. Obama during Election Day said to him “4th qtr, just give me the ball”. Jay responded with “Word”
Beyonce’s HBO special gave him some anxiety. Because he reveals so much in his music, “anymore ima feel naked out here”
He’s watching the [Zimmerman]Trial heavy, otherwise stuff is bs, back to sports
He wants more kids
Ebro was indeed “you got scannas” guy on “Open Letter”
BBC in studio video with Nas, Timbaland, Beyonce, Swizz, Pharell and Justin Timberlake is amazing has footage of it hell release, wouldn’t be shocked if that serves as the video.
Had to shut down some instagram/vine action from a friend/hangeron in the studio
Lenny S. has ACCESS doe
Hov not regularly , but once in a while reads blogs, no gossip, no reality tv, seen love and hip hop (and everything) at least once
Does Jay ever get involved with Rhianna and some of her “situations “? -“only when asked ”
Gets into a weird thing where he talks about not needing money, but more in the way that he doesn’t care about it, not that hes earned so much he doesn’t need more.
Says Wale J.COlE Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail is all he really listens to now “not alot of room in the changer”
Says he doesn’t do backflips on stage anymore.
Won’t do a best of both worlds thing with Beyonce. “You see how that worked out
Jay unintentionally makes nas sound a bit extra “comfortable” saying he was impressed another man would say “Pharells a Pharoh, peep the features ”
Tells Angie “he’s busy”, TOUR TOUR TOUR, they’re a 2 income family. Maybe euro tour. Baby Blue’s passport game is already proper.
She’s musically inclined already, but sounds like jay in no rush for her to be in the game
Feels vulnerable having a child. Paparazzi are understandable, but take it too far
Today Jay-Z is holding and unofficail Twitter Q&A (4:55 pm est still going on)
Twitter user @brianfagiolo tweeted this to Jay-Z @S_C_ ,
@S_C_ Why do I care that you wear Tom Ford? I wear Hanes pocket t-shirts…should I write a song about it?
— Brian Fagioli (@brianfagioli) July 8, 2013
Jay responded with “YES. *my laugh” and it was on
Here are some other highlights of was a mostly playful chat
When asked if there are visuasl for the project he said “yes 6 pieces of art”
Hints that Reasonable Doubt is his “best work”
“Oceans” (which is currently his favorite song) is two years old, but we kind of already knew that I think
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
All you've heard of DP3 is all that exists.
— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) July 8, 2013
Admits MCGH is not as good or classic as Reasonable Doubt, Blue Print and The Black Album “they can fight it out for 4th”
Working with Nas: “we had a great time in the studio ILL RELEASE THE FOOTAGE”
Loves that the critics aren’t really feeling the album
When asked what hes listening to he said, James Blake and Gonjasufi but in typical Hov form he wrote “Gonj i cant spell it, so”
Says in response to is it his last album? “tried that once, didnt work so well”
He continued the “My Laugh” thing, something I dont think any other entity could do without coming off EXTREMELY arrogant, but not the Almighty Hovito
Jay-Z pal Aziz Ansari has joined in on asking questions lets see if Jay responds
.@S_C_ Are we really pushing our Illuminati lunch meeting for you to do this Twitter Q and A?
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) July 8, 2013
.@S_C_ Was it true the original title of Tom Ford was Izod?
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) July 8, 2013
He responded to 1st and 2nd question: “Linqunie and Clams”, and “Yes”, both ending with “but you knew that”
Saturday night (7/6) @ 8pm the new project from Gorillaz creators Damon Albarn & Jamie Hewlett as well as director Chen Shi-Zheng , Monkey: Journey To The West debuts at New Yorks Lincoln Center. The show which had previousley only played in London and Paris, looks like a way cooler Cirque du Soleil with music and imagery from some of the most innovative minds of our generation, Gorillaz. I’ll be checking it out Sunday and will update this post with some pics and maybe video.
just for S&G