Anthony David at The Shrine (Chicago) – 3/19

On Saturday, March 19th, iNSPiRE, in association with Giant Step and Dusty Groove America, bring soul to The Shrine in Chicago. Singer-songwriter Anthony David will be backed by Verzatile, with special guest Marz G and DJ Mark Fullaflava.

Atlanta-based Anthony David is best known for his hit 2008 single “Words,” [Youtube] a duet with India.Arie, but his career started long before then. An accomplished songwriter, his working relationship with Arie began in 2001 when he contributed the song “Part of My Life” to her 7x Grammy nominated album Acoustic Soul. Since then, he has released 4 albums and toured extensively. His latest album As Above So Below (3/22) shows him teaming up with Nashville’s Shannon Sanders, and features guest artists such as upcoming Atlanta songstress Algebra, rapper Phonte of Little Brother, and Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men. So if you’ll be in Chi-town this weekend, mark your calendars for Saturday and get tickets!

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A Tribe Called Quest – The Documentary & the MTV Interviews

Let’s discuss this snowballing Tribe documentary situation… The Sundance Film Festival premiered the documentary Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Fans wondered why the group wasn’t promoting the film and it became controversial; they seemed to be disassociated from the project. Phife attended the Sundance festival, but he was not happy and openly expressed regret that his bandmates were not there to share the moment. More internet rumors and rumblings suggested that Tribe was not happy with their producers, or the end result. But differences of opinion are hardly unique obstacles in film production. So the extent of Tribe’s participation was called into question because the group was practically silent about it.

Finally, this week, MTV’s news reporter Sway interviewed Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed (with Jarobi on speaker phone) to “Break the Silence” about the documentary. The video above was released today – it’s only Part Two of the interview. The real shocking statements came in Part I of the interview, confirming rumors that it was a clusterf#ck of a project. [Watch Part 1] In Part I, Q-Tip shares some internal dialogue from the producers of the film, mainly Michael Rapaport, who has been very outspoken about the documentary since the Sundance Film Festival. It revolved around an email which was mistakenly sent to the group by one of the film’s producers (probably on autocopy, thank you technology!) Even though the entertainment industry has never been known for tact, honesty or good business, the email #fail was inflammatory and upsetting to the group and its real fans.

We have some Tribe action to look forward to now, including the rest of this MTV interview, the documentary (which will be featured soon at Tribeca Film Festival) plus a new album from Q-Tip, and a “director’s cut” from Michael Rapaport.

Update 3/18 – MTV has posted the full 7-part interview here.

Mary Mary Announces New Release, Something Big

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Mary Mary has announced the release of a groundbreaking new album to be released on March 29th, Something Big. Throughout their career, Mary Mary has earned 3 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, and they sound just as fresh and innovative on their sixth album: Something Big. This vibrant outing, once again produced by longtime collaborator Warryn Campbell, picks up where the group’s most recent mainstream success story, 2008’s The Sound left off.

Paving the way for Something Big is the lively lead single “Walking.” After only nine weeks at radio, the single has already marched its way into the top 10 at Urban AC and is steadily growing. “Walking” bounces along with synthesizer-accented, percolating rhythms while delivering its uplifting message. “Some say walking takes too long/I say with walking you can’t go wrong/I rock with the greatest,” proclaim Tina and Erica. Like Mary Mary’s previous albums, Something Big resonates with a fusion of sound (R&B, hip-hop, dance, pop, gospel and jazz) and empowering messages. But unlike earlier efforts, this album also features more collaborations with several talented new writers.

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New Jay Electronica – Freestyle + ‘Making Of’ Video

prelude to a freestyle. from Jay Electronica on Vimeo.

Jay Electronica is one of those artists who got himself a sweet deal (Roc Nation) from blowing up online. He’s released freestyles that were blogged and hyped up around the world, in particular the famous “Exhibit A.” His Roc Nation album will be coming out later this year, but for now we get this live video – “Prelude to a Freestyle”. After the jump, watch the Making of Act II, his upcoming album.

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