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Album Stream: Solange – A Seat at the Table

Solange‘s latest, A Seat at the Table, is already drawing whispers as a potential top 10 album contender.  With its quality R&B production and intention to provoke joy and healing while taking the listener on a “journey of self-empowerment,” the project is not one to be missed.  Lil’ Wayne, Sampha, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Q-Tip and Kelly Rowland also offer incentive to listen below via Spotify.

Random Hip Hop Facts Pt 3

Did you know?…
30.  All of the skits on Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.D. city were inspired by real life events.  K Dot explains, “All of those were real scenarios. The fact that I took my mother’s car, that was real life. Being in a situation where you’re young and a teenager and you don’t really have respect for authority. You respect them as your mother and father, but sometimes when they lay some rules down, you break them. And that was one of those situations. Taking that car got me in a whole lot of different situations as a teen, that I tell in the stories. That’s what that concept really represents: abusing the authority of losing his Domino’s, losing his jewelry, anything else that he possessed that I felt like taking at the time.” 1
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29.  Before he was famous, Kanye West was embarrassed to have a 36 inch TV in the living room of his New Jersey apartment. 2
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28.  “Hands on the Wheel” by Schoolboy Q samples Lissie’s cover of  “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi.

Schoolboy Q feat. A$AP Rocky – “Hands on the Wheel”
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Lissie – “Pursuit of Happiness”
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27.  The Dream wrote Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies. 3
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26.  Beyonce made a cameo as Case’s main girl in his “Happily Ever After” video.
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25.  Kid Cudi enjoys watching AMC’s The Walking Dead.4
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24.  A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Scenario” was not featured in their documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life because of clearance issues. 5
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23.  Lauryn Hill played Rita Watson in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.  Jennifer Love Hewitt also plays one of her classmates. 6
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22.  Queen Latifah appeared on Fresh Prince twice.  Once as Hilary’s demanding boss, Marissa Redman and second as Will’s friend, Dee Dee. 7 8
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21.  Before The Roots, the first popular rap group to use live instrumentation was Stetsasonic9
Stetsasonic – “Talkin’ All That Jazz”

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References:

1. [GQ Magazine http://www.gq.com/entertainment/tv/blogs/the-stream/2012/12/the-gqa-kendrick-lamar.html]

2. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1703156/kanye-west-sway-first-tv-hottest-mcs-in-the-game.jhtml]

3. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The-Dream]

4. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2013/01/kid-cudi-february-march-2013-cover-story]

5. [http://origin.avclub.com/article/michael-rapaport-58864]

6. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108147/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast]

7. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0583075/]

8. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0583023/]

9. [http://www.answers.com/topic/stetsasonic]