As promised, The Game continues his victory lap with a video for his Meek Mill and Beanie Sigel diss “Pest Control.” The clip was shot in Baltimore and Brooklyn by Hoso Films and DerekDidIt Visuals.
Bill Nunn, known for his portrayals of Radio Raheem (Do the Right Thing) and the Duh Duh Duh Man (New Jack City), has died. He was 62.
Director Spike Lee, who collaborated with Nunnin several films, broke the news Saturday afternoon on social media.
“My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse brother – Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown of Pittsburgh (sic),” said Lee on Instagram. “Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.”
Nunn made his film debut in Spike Lee’s acclaimed 1988 drama School Daze. He would star in three more Lee films: Do the Right Thing, Mo Better Blues and He Got Game. His performance in the former as the stoic Radio Raheem, who was killed in a confrontation with police, resonated with film goers and remains an iconic character in black cinema.
Do the Right Thing and New Jack City would influence a generation of new rappers and entrepreneurs. Cash Money Records founders Bryan “Birdman” and Ronald “Slim”Williams named their label after the Cash Money Brothers (CMB) drug cartel in New Jack City. Lil Wayne would name his Carter series after Nino Brown’s apartment complex turned crackhouse.
“I take it as very complimentary that these guys still care about us,” Nunn told Eurweb in April. “It’s great to see people still enjoying your stuff that you did. We put a lot into it years ago and I’m glad that people still get some enjoyment out of it.”
Nunn’s other film credits include the The Last Seduction, Sister Act, Candyman, and the Spiderman trilogy.
At press time, a cause of death has not been released.
I wrote this piece because I don’t like the tumultuous air surrounding Black People. Someone had to speak up for the African American community on this Black Friday and I elect Me to do so. – DJ QUIK
DJ Quik weighs in on the recent social unrest concerning black people and police brutality on the soulful “Black Friday.” As the song progresses, Quik also touches on internal struggles in the black community, self-determination, and even name-drops legends Eazy-E and Tupac. This is an excellent way to close your Friday on a high note.
The Rae Sremmurd kids are in rock star mode in their latest visuals for “Black Beatles.”The duo’s new album, SremmLife 2, is in stores now.
Photo Credit: HBO/Jordin Althaus
Last night, Nas and Kevin Durant were the guests on Bill Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday. The pair discussed a myriad of topics including Tupac and Biggie, Donald Trump, their favorite athlete turned rapper, Steph Curry’s sneakers, and the upcoming NBA season. One question Bill Simmons missed — when is the new Nas album coming?
Watch the clips below.
The group known as Mandrill is no stranger the sampling. The multi-faceted band, formed in 1968, have seen their work utilized from dozens of Hip-Hop artists dating back to the artform’s inception in the late 70s. With their combination of funk, salsa, blues and soul, Mandrill’s sound is equally at home with conscious and street emcees.
The late Shawty Lo, who tragically passed away yesterday in a car accident, had his biggest commercial hit when producer Balis Beats sampled Mandrill’s “Children of the Sun,” off their sophomore 1972 album Mandrill Is.
SAMPLE AT 3:16 MARK
Atlanta rapper Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker has been confirmed dead after a fatal single vehicle accident Wednesday morning.
The incident took place in Atlanta on I-285 southbound at Cascade Road.
Walker’s vehicle, a 2016 Audi, crashed through the highway guardrail and hit two trees before catching fire. Walker was ejected from the vehicle while two other passengers were transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
At press time, authorities have not determined the reason for the crash.
As Shawty Lo, Walker first reached national prominence as the lead member of the group D4L with members Fabo, Mook-b and Stoney. Their debut album, Down 4 Life, went gold via the hit singles “Betcha Can’t Do It Like” and “Laffy Taffy,” the latter being recognized as the most downloaded song in history by the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.
His biggest solo record would be 2007’s “Dey Know,” which charted Top 40 on Billboard’s Top 100.
Walker was 40 years old and is survived by 11 children.
— Mike Nicolas (@11AliveMike) September 21, 2016