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VIDEO: Aloe Blacc — "I Need A Dollar"

I just like the split-screen situation of this video.  We canceled our HBO a while ago, but I understand this is the theme for the series How to Make It In America. Additional link: Aloe Blacc on Stones Throw

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VIDEO: Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley — "Distant Relatives"

From the Distant Relatives' MySpace page: Distant Relatives is an album created by two great artists to explore and celebrate the correlations and deep-rooted connections between reggae and hip hop, tracing both sounds back to the African motherland that is both the cradle of humanity and the wellspring of mankindʼs music.  Unlike all previous collaborations [...]

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VIDEO: J*Davey — "Outta The Window"

The duo known as J*Davey–Miss Jack Davey and Brook D'Leau–will be dropping their new album, New Designer Drug, later this year on Warner Bros. H/T to Concrete Loop for the heads up.

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VIDEO: Derek Sivers–"How to start a movement"

In this three (3) minute video, Derek Sivers (founder of CD Baby) dissects some important lessons on what it takes to start a movement. More on Derek here.

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VIDEO: Radiohead — "Just"

Posting this at the recommendation of @Stevewnyc who, in a comment to my Badu post, suggested that we look at this video as another example of how art can challenge societal conventions just by taking over spaces that are considered public. If you look at this video, Matt and Kim's, or the work of Spencer [...]

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VIDEO: Janelle Monae feat. Big Boi — "Tightrope"

So Janelle and the Wondaland team went with this song, not “Cold War,” for the first video.  Cool. And the May 18 release of The ArchAndroid is closer than you think. Hat tip to for the heads up on the video.

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Erykah's inspiration: Matt and Kim — "Lessons Learned"

Notice the nod to Matt and Kim at the beginning of Erkyah's video?  This is the video that kicked her idea off.  Times Square and it's cold outside. Check it.

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VIDEO: Erykah Badu — "Window Seat"

Erykah’s new video. Brave? Gimmick-y? Thought-provoking? Self-indulgent? Brilliant? Discuss.

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VIDEO: Massive Attack — "Paradise Circus"

Just 'cause I'm feeling this new album.  Dubby goodness.  Just wallow in all that low end! UPDATE: My former colleague, Paul James, hipped me to the fact that the video is a recut/mashup of the Massive Attack song and the trailer for the movie The Fall by Tarsem Singh (REM's Losing My Religion and the [...]

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John Mayer apology video

Great to see The Smyrk's Doron Flake in this comedic skit.  Jambo, indeed! Also via Additional link: Listening Post: The Smyrk — "Whenever You Call"

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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