I’m convinced that Erykah Badu has mystical magical powers. She has an undeniable aura that sucks you in like a magnet. If you ask any of her three children’s fathers, they all may be inclined to say the same. Here she is with The D.O.C. – well known for his work with super group N.W.A., with their beautiful daughter Puma. The D.O.C is a hip hop staple as one of the founding members and writers of N.W.A. material, having worked on the legendary Dr. Dre “The Chronic” album – and putting out 2 solo albums, any real rap head knows his work.
After a bad car accident that crushed his vocal cords, it took nearly 7 years before he would record again, and after rehabilitation and surgery, he’s regained full use of his voice. He’s currently working on an album yo be released and possibly a biopic.
Outside of that, he speaks of Erykah being one of his best friends. In a recent interview with VLAD TV titled “How Three Legendary MC’s co-parent with Erykah Badu” He’s actively involved in his daughter’s life…even though he lives in L.A. and Erykah resides in Georgia.
D.O.C. says they all get along well, and he’s good friends with both Jay and Dre. I’m sure Ms. Badu has some voodoo in her brew some way some how with all this harmony. I’m kidding, but it seriously makes one go hmmmmmmmm….lol.
I think it’s awesome the way her blended family works, and I nothing but love and respect for her as a mother, and as a artist. She’s the definition of DOPE.
Anywho, check out this video below of The D.O.C. from VLAD TV to get the scoop from him directly….
It’s all in those genes. This amazing 5 year boy, Egypt Dean, produced a track on Kendrick Lamar’s new album “Untitled- Unmastered” that dropped yesterday for the masses. Swizz Beatz (Kaseem Dean) is a well known producer in the rap industry, having made hits for EVE, Jay-Z, DMX, and many more, has his son with songstress Alicia Keys, following in his footsteps.
He posted the following proud papa message on Instagram last night, praising his son and thanking Kendrick Lamar for allowing his son “the youth” to produce the track- which he did with no help from anyone.
What a special gifted young man, who has made history I’m sure as the youngest producer with major industry credit. These other young celebrity kids need to step their game up quick…lol. Congrats to young Egypt making history and headlines at 5.
All hail Kendrick Lamar 🙌🏿 the voice of revolutionary hip hop for this day and time. The rapper with substance and content driven lyrics who has come into the game and demanded attention. The Compton bred rapper is giving us a inside view of where he comes from and how he came up in this rap industry. Watch his story and journey below.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 4 Grammy awards out of 11 nominations tonight. Absolutely deserving of each award. The recognition for his album “To Pimp A Butterfly” (which I purchased) is a clear sign of the awakening happening across Amerikkka.
The White House even acknowledged his achievements tonight. Most important and empowering was his phenomenal performance. If you couldn’t decipher his lyrics, it’s okay- it’s melanin morse code. He gave us visuals symbolic of the epidemic of mass incarceration black people face in Amerikkka. He then switched to tribal Afrikan artistry and dancers from the motherland. While they censored his lyrics “and we hate PoPo” and looked shocked and disturbed in the audience, he ended it with a bang…a huge projection of the Mother Africa with Compton centered in the middle.
That silhouette was the catalyst of his performance tonight. The performances I’ve seen over the last week, first Beyoncé with her pro black homage to the Black Panther Party – now Kendrick Lamar’s epic performance of the black plight and strife in America has made me proud.
It’s long overdue for our artist to stand up and stand for something greater and more important than their fame. Our voices need to be heard, and their platform is the perfect setting to get the message across. Yes, we will be Alright…as Kendrick shouts. We will be heard, and most importantly, we will overcome the injustice in this country.
Congrats to Kendrick on his awards tonight
Beyoncé has become publicly in tune with her blackness, and has been giving us the audio and visual display to prove it. On the heel of the SUPERBOWL 50 controversy, she has put out a 8 minute mini documentary of her “Precious Lord” performance that was oddly somewhat stolen from Ledisi, as she was the singer in the Film “Selma”. The jury is still out on the Ledisi shade 😒 but Beyoncé highjacked the song and sang it, and tells us the song has special meaning to her and her family as she recalls her mother singing the Mahalia Jackson version when she was a young girl.
I’m a bit undecided as to why she chose the most softest spoken men for this documentary. Perhaps with the intent to give off the black men are non threatening and vulnerable vibe, which of course many are, but a good mix of that along with some deep strong voices, and bold masculinity wouldn’t have hurt either. I’m just saying. We are a wide range of people, all experiencing injustices and discrimination on various levels.
Give it a watch as she sings the old negro spiritual with an all male choir, giving us the back story and meaning of this song and how it still resonates today.
Count Nasir Jones, the multiplatinum-selling rapper better known by his stage moniker “Nas,” among thee elite group. The Queens, New York-bred artist who first hit the charts more than 20 years ago has quietly metamorphosed into a prolific angel investor — founding the venture capital firm QueensBridge Venture Partners. The firm (not to be confused with the hip-hop supergroup Jones fronted back in the ’90s) funnels cash into start-ups as varied as health care, financial technology and Bitcoin.
QueensBridge, based in Los Angeles, invests in more than 40 start-ups across a range of sectors like financial technology, health care and music production. That has helped put Jones in the same strata as Ashton Kutcher and U2 frontman Bono as the tech world’s most influential celebrity investors.
So in a complex sector where billions are harvested — and cash hungry start-ups are born and buried in the blink of an eye — how does one of rap’s living legends define his investment philosophy? Jones’ answer is surprisingly simple.
“People. That is the absolute No. 1,” Jones told CNBC via email. “I love to bet on great people that inspire me and make me think or see things differently.”
A big part of that has to do with the management team, Jones added, which “makes a huge difference in the kinds of companies that will stick out to me.”
Some of the companies that have grabbed the artist’s attention include Silicon Valley darlings like Lyft, Dropbox, Coinbase and Tradesy, all of which are part of QueensBridge’s investment bailiwick.
The ride-sharing service and online storage provider are among technology’s biggest “unicorns” — private startups valued at least $1 billion — and are poised to become publicly-traded companies once the current downturn subsides. One of QueensBridge’s latest investments is LANDR, a start-up that uses big data and artificial intelligence to produce music. LANDR has raised more than $8 million from various sources in the last few years, including Jones’ firm.
Silicon Valley is a long way from the rough and tumble world of the New York City neighborhood that’s interwoven in the lore of Jones’ musical mythology. The 42-year-old artist, an autodidact who dropped out of school after the eighth grade, told CNBC his affinity for learning led him to technology investing.
“I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by the smartest people in the world, and didn’t want to limit that to just music,” he wrote to CNBC.
“I want to meet the people who are innovating in all different fields, and investing lets me do that,” Jones said. “I meet the people that are changing the game across all different industries, and I get to be there first at the ground level. It’s helped me to progress tremendously in my business.”
Despite the recent downturn in the market, it’s been a lucrative time to be a technology investor. Last year was a record for venture capital, with more than $128 billion finding their way to a range of companies worldwide, according to data from KPMG Enterprise and CB Insights. Funds for small start-ups, otherwise known as angel investments, have boomed into a $24 billion market by itself, the Center for Venture Research says.
QueensBridge is pitched by more than 100 companies per month, and invests in only a small fraction of them. Anthony Saleh, Jones’ manager and partner at QueensBridge, told CNBC in a recent interview that the firm invests from $100,000 to $500,000 in a company, and has done more than 100 deals in the last six years.
Overall, QueensBridge invests in about 20 per year, Saleh said, adding that the firm is “much more top-down than bottom-up as investors. We concentrate on idea or the product, how big the market is and how the founding team is.”
The due diligence process, Saleh told CNBC, can be at least as qualitative as quantitative. Investing in a potential company can include intangibles like “experience, grit, life motivation … those are keys to what we look at. Then we look at how those things kind of mesh.”
Even in the freewheeling world of tech companies, corporate governance is a critical ingredient, he added.
“Nas’ biggest fear is investing in a company” where the leadership may be unethical, Saleh told CNBC. “He tends to ask more questions about that.”
QueensBridge, along with a clutch of other firms such as Warner Music Group, Real Ventures and YUL Ventures, recently invested in LANDR, where CEO Pascal Pilon fused his training in software engineering with business.
LANDR is Pilon’s second start-up, and the post music-production service helps master music for more than 300,000 musicians. Mastering is the final step in music production that happens after you record all of the parts and mix them together.
“We felt there was lots of room for musicians to embrace this thing,” Pilon told CNBC in a recent interview.
Given the expense and cumbersome effort involved in creating music masters, “Some musicians have never felt the instant gratification of completing a song, and don’t have the money to release more songs,” and LANDR helps them get there.
That argument cuts to the heart of the notion embraced by Jones and his team at QueensBridge: that a start-up investment is more than just about financial gain.
“I think anyone can be involved with investing if they have the means, but I’d advise anyone who wants to invest to be careful. You have to study it,” Jones said. “It’s not easy to find the projects that are going to generate a return, and you have to invest your time and energy — not just your money — into researching the companies that are going to do big things.”