Video: A$AP Rocky – SVDDXNLY – Part 1/5

Written by Nigel D. / 08.06.14

“SVDDXNLY” chronicles the ascension of one of raps brightest young stars, A$AP Rocky. From home videos and interviews with friends and family, to the very first seminal moments of his career caught on tape, Rocky takes viewers behind the scenes into his life as he takes A$AP from Harlem, to the world.

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Video: Empowerment (Documentary On Rhymefest Helping Youths In Chicago)

Written by Nigel D. / 07.07.14

“Empowerment” focuses on one of Chicago’s great contemporary leaders in Che Rhymefest Smith. It shows how he uses his knowledge and unique talents to positively influence not only the city of Chicago, but also other communities around the nation. Through the Donda’s House Organization, Rhymefest has literally made building other people his business. REVIVE had the amazing opportunity to experience some of these things first hand and hope that viewers will get at least a taste of who Che Smith is, and how he is impacting the Chicago community.

Check below for Rhymefest’s, “4th Of July,” video.
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Documentary: The Police vs Grime Music

Written by Nigel D. / 05.29.14

Noisey presents a new documentary about London’s grime scene and its relationship with the police hosted by JME and featuring Meridian Dan, Jammer and Big Narstie.

In February, Just Jam’s event at The Barbican was cancelled at the last minute. It was an event that seemed to be yet another victim of the London authorities now notorious risk assessment procedure, Form 696.

Told through the eyes of Jamie Adenuga—grime outfit Boy Better Know’s tee-total, vegan frontman who was booked to perform at the Barbican—Noisey investigates what the reasons behind the sudden cancellation were. He speaks to lawyers, journalists and fellow artists like Jammer, Meridian Dan and Big Narstie to find out whether the prohibiting of grime music events by London police is a cause for concern, rather than a solution to crime in the capital.

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Documentary: Corruption, Cocaine And Murder In Trinidad

Written by Nigel D. / 05.20.14

Around midnight on May 3, Dana Seetahal, a prominent attorney and senator in Trinidad and Tobago, had just left a casino in the capital of Port of Spain when her vehicle was stopped by another car blocking the road. A van pulled up alongside and let loose a burst of gunfire, killing her in a well orchestrated hit.

Her murder was one of approximately 170 that have occurred in the Caribbean nation so far this year, putting it on course for one of the highest murder rates in the world. The country saw only 93 murders in 1999. Last year, there were 407.

VICE News visited the slums of Port of Spain and spoke with police, activists, community leaders, and gangsters to understand the country’s decade-plus spike in killings. Many of the murders are attributed to ruthless and politically connected street gangs who control territories that are sometimes no larger than a city block. The gangs fight over lucrative government contracts meant to provide social services and combat unemployment.

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Video: Erykah Badu Discovers Her African Ancestry

Written by Nigel D. / 05.20.14

The Roots Of…Erykah Badu discovers her African Ancestry for Okayafrica TV.

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Video: Corruption, Cocaine And Murder in Trinidad

Written by Nigel D. / 05.20.14

Around midnight on May 3, Dana Seetahal, a prominent attorney and senator in Trinidad and Tobago, had just left a casino in the capital of Port of Spain when her vehicle was stopped by another car blocking the road. A van pulled up alongside and let loose a burst of gunfire, killing her in a well orchestrated hit.

Her murder was one of approximately 170 that have occurred in the Caribbean nation so far this year, putting it on course for one of the highest murder rates in the world. The country saw only 93 murders in 1999. Last year, there were 407.

VICE News visited the slums of Port of Spain and spoke with police, activists, community leaders, and gangsters to understand the country’s decade-plus spike in killings. Many of the murders are attributed to ruthless and politically connected street gangs who control territories that are sometimes no larger than a city block. The gangs fight over lucrative government contracts meant to provide social services and combat unemployment.

But gang violence is merely a symptom of a bigger problem. Trinidad has become an important stop for drugs headed to West Africa and the United States. Many observers point to “the big fish” — the nameless political and business elites who are behind drug trafficking and the culture of endemic corruption and murder that come with it. They are accused of turning a country rich in oil and gas deposits into their own personal narco-state, fostering impunity through a web of bribes and murders. Unlike the profits from the energy industry, however, this phenomenon trickles all the way down to the street level.

via Vice News

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Video: Nas Reflects On His Debut Album On Fuse’s “Illmatic At 20″

Written by Nigel D. / 04.16.14

Nas and several others from music industry reflect on, “Illmmatic.” Check part two and three below.

via Fuse
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