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Obama “Troubled” Over Some Rap Lyrics, Says “Yes We Can”

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, is a fan of some rap music but he recently voiced a concern many hip-hop lovers have been discussing for years.

“I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics,” the Democratic presidential contender said in an interview with Rolling Stone, “but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music.”

He also gave a shout out to Russell Simmons and Jay-Z as “great talents and great businessmen.”

“It would be nice if I could have my daughters listen to their music without me worrying that they were getting bad images of themselves,” he added.

The interview, in this week’s magazine, also sees him discuss the artists found on his iPod which include Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and more.

In related news, Black Eyed Peas member recently said in a separate Rolling Stone interview he created “Yes We Can,” the award-winning, star-studded video ode to Obama, for the sake of the kiddies.

“Children say, ‘I wanna be like 50 Cent, I wanna be like Kanye West,’” he opined. “Shouldn’t they say, ‘I wanna be like Barack Obama?’”

More with on the story behind the creation of the “Yes We Can” video


Slick Rick Finally Gets Governor’s Pardon… No More Deportation Threats (We Hope)

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After years of deportation woes, hip-hop legend Slick Rick has finally been pardoned by New York’s Governor and will be allowed to stay in the Bronx where he has been a resident since the age of 11.

“My family and I are eternally thankful to Governor Paterson, my attorneys Michael Krinsky and Craig Kaplan at Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman and to all of the people who have supported me throughout the past seventeen years,” Slick said in a statement. “This has been a long and difficult road and I am happy for this to be settled once and for all. I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life.”

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Jay-Z Song Reference Mistaken By Geraldine Ferraro As “Sexist”

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A day after saying she wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama if he becomes the Democratic nominee, Geraldine Ferraro (a Democrat ) criticized him for what she thought was a sexist gesture, which in actuality was a cultural reference to a Jay-Z song.

Months ago, when Hillary Clinton threw every dirty political trick at Obama, he delivered a speech where he calmly brushed “the dirt” off his shoulder as a reference to Jay-Z’s massive hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.”

Obama Brushes Dirt Off His Shoulder

Ferraro, seemingly out of touch with modern-day music, criticized this cultural reference as a diss to all women.

“And when something else was said about the campaign, this thing, flicking it off, diminishing her,” she complained. “Sorry. That’s not done. Women don’t like that.”


Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Got Tatoos Before Wedding

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon confirmed to People magazine that they tied the knot at Carey’s Bahamas spread on April 30. The two had been dating for a few weeks since late March.

Before trading rings, however, the couple traded tats.

“To me rings are special and exciting, but tattoos mean more than anything,” Cannon gushed. “They’re forever and ever. They professed our love.”

Today’s People mag sports pics of the wedding that had only a dozen guests. Carey wore a Nile Cmylo gown that faded from off-white to pale pink. Held at sunset, the reception offered Maine lobster and Dom Perignon champagne.

Cannon said it was love at first sight when Carey cast him as the lover in the video for her new track, “Bye Bye.”

“From the first time we sat down to discuss the video at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we connected,” Cannon said. “We had so much in common spiritually, and we laugh at the same things. I didn’t have to put on my Mac Daddy suave mode. I was able to be myself with her. We are both eternally 12 years old.”


Judge Reinstates Notorious B.I.G.’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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A Los Angeles judge has reinstated a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of rap legend Notorious B.I.G.

The lawsuit was thrown out March 21 by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper who determined the family missed a state deadline. The family appealed, and Judge Cooper reversed her decision Thursday after finding federal claims in the case can proceed.

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David Banner Speaks On Race In America, Preps New Album

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David Banner is gearing up to drop his upcoming Motown release The Greatest Story Ever Told (due June 3) in the Summer, but in the meantime he’s been as outspoken on social issues as usual. This time he catches up with Styles P and DJ Premier to discuss being Black in America while behind the scenes at DJ Green Lantern’s radio show.

Also check out his single “Get Like Me” featuring Chris Brown. Windows|Real


New Audio: Big Boi – “Royal Flush” feat. Andre 3000 and Raekwon

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Big Boi drops heat with Andre 3000 and Raekwon. What else is there to say?… except the track is from Big Boi’s upcoming solo album Sir Luscious Leftfoot… Son of Chico Dusty. If you haven’t heard it yet, listen now.

AUDIO: Big Boi – “Royal Flush” feat. Andre 3000 and Raekwon Link 1|Link 2

08, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Doug E. Fresh And More To Take A Bite Of The Apple Festival

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Earth Day Network & Green Apple Festival have added a bevy of genre-crossing top names to its Earth Day celebrations on Sunday, Apr. 20th, including, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh and Jordin Sparks.

The festival will take the form of eight free simultaneous Earth Day celebrations in landmark parks across the country in cities: New York City (Central Park), Chicago IL (Lincoln Park Zoo), Miami FL (Bicentennial Park), Denver CO (City Park), Dallas TX (Fair Park), San Francisco CA (Golden Gate Park), Los Angeles CA (Santa Monica Pier) and Washington DC on the National Mall.
Interspersed with the live music will be environmental addresses by prominent speakers, green-minded business and educational displays on ways to combat the climate crisis.

Green Apple Festival Schedule:

WASHINGTON DC “Earth Day on the National Mall”
The Roots & Friends (, Ne-Yo, Doug E. Fresh, Talib Kweli, Chrisette Michele)
Gov’t Mule
Toots and the Maytals
Thievery Corp – DJ set
Warren Haynes – solo acoustic set
Umphrey’s McGee
DC Boys Choir
City Dance
*The National Anthem with Jordin Sparks
*Acoustic performance with O.A.R.

NEW YORK (Central Park)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
The Bacon Brothers
Vusi Mahlasela
Vienna Teng

SAN FRANCISCO (Golden Gate Park)
Mickey Hart’s Mass Drums (with Jon Fishman of Phish and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue)
Yonder Mountain String Band
Brett Dennen

MIAMI (Bicentennial Park)
Arrested Development
Baby Loves Salsa
Caravan of Thieves

CHICAGO (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Derek Trucks Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Meshell Ndegeocello
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Miss Lori Holton Nash
The Gwalla Gwallas
Event MC- Kyle Orton – Chicago Bears

DALLAS (Fair Park)

Los Lonely Boys
Martin Sexton
Junior Brown
Cas Haley
The Steps
George Stanford

LOS ANGELES (Santa Monica Pier)
Taj Mahal
Ziggy Marley solo acoustic
Escalera (with pro-skaters Danny Way and Bob Burnquist)
Juliette and the Licks
School of Rock Hollywood Allstars
The Frequency
Coby Brown

DENVER (City Park)
The Neville Brothers
The Benevento/Russo Duo
Rose Hill Drive


Jermaine Dupri Launches New Hip-hop Record Label

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Jermaine Dupri has teamed up with Island Def Jam Music Group, and Procter & Gamble’s TAG Body Sprays to launch the hip-hop oriented TAG Records. Dupri will be the president of the New York-based venture.

Aimed at the teen boy market, TAG deodorant body sprays feature titles like “After Hours,” “First Move” and “Lucky Day,” while warning its users they might be attacked by hot babes.

“Today, we make history in the music industry with TAG Records,” said Dupri. “This label is going to provide new artists with a chance of a lifetime. New artists will receive ten times the typical marketing support – a first in the industry. I’m hand selecting and molding these artists to make history in hip hop.”

TAG Record’s first artist will be officially announced in May.


Artists Team Up With mtvU For Darfur

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Through April and into May, more than a dozen artists – including Kidz In The Hall, Dizzee Rascal, and former Sudanese child soldier Emmanuel Jal – will offer exclusive “pre-release” albums on, along with exclusive videos.

The news comes as partners with STAND, a Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, to kick off “Turn it Up”: a month of exclusive album leaks and video premieres to bring attention to the Darfur crises.

STAND’s efforts call on George W. Bush to take immediate action to protect the people of Darfur during his last year in office. The organization also encourages students to petition local congresspersons, via the ENOUGH Project, to do more to end the genocide.

“Turn it Up” is the result of a four-year long, student-driven, Emmy-winning Sudan campaign which includes the online viral videogame “Darfur is Dying.”

Every “Turn it Up” album will be dropped free on for an entire week before its official release date. Here’s the list of participating artists and featured albums:

April 1st

  • Tapes ‘n Tapes – Walk It Off
  • The Long Blondes – Couples

April 8th

  • Gossip – Live in Liverpool

April 15th

  • Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell
  • Kid Sister – EP
  • The Fashion – The Fashion
  • El Perro Del Mar – From The Valley To The Stars

April 22nd

  • Dizzee Rascal – Maths+English
  • Santogold – Santogold
  • Blue Scholars – BUTTER&GUN$
  • Jamie Lidell – JIM

May 6th