Friday, July 29, 2011

'An Angel's Redemption' Movie Trailer

I caught wind of this trailer from Biggs' twitter account. I love films based on true stories and this trailer is intriguing to say the least. I remember some of this news when it broke but I had no idea how much politics played a role in the events. I've always heard that Jamaica is a very rough place. This film apparently aims to clarify the circumstances that create the tension and drama on the island.  Here is a quote from the creators:

"Jamaica, Friday the 13th, 2010 a hot August day. Two stories hit headlines, which consequently shook the moral fabric of this small island of two million.

During the morning of August 13th, 2010, police gunned down Cedric 'Doggie' Murray one of Jamaica's most notorious gangsters to present day. He is allegedly responsible for over thirty murders. Police took possession of the diary he carried with him. This diary contains a detailed account of his life--his darkest thoughts and his conflicted moral belief in God, love of his family, and his strong alliance to Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

"I fired my AK-47 until my fingers were numb. I ate gunpowder until my throat was sore. Babylon feel seh man a fool like dem and dem can jus come and kill me. Them betta know seh gangsta fi life. All out when me get drawn out, straight bullet fi dem. My gun is my best friend, we are always together."

News quickly spread through the island about his death and the contents of the dairy.

Later that day, another story hit the headlines; a Friday the 13th that would never be forgotten. Fifteen heavily armed men dressed in dark clothes terrorized the small community of Tredegar Park; breaking into random houses and shooting at will. The men took the lives of eight people, brutally slaying sixteen-year-old Kimani Anderson, and his sister, eleven-year-old Angel Anderson. Over thirty rounds were fired; one of the bullets ripping through Angel's schoolbook as she held it up to shield herself from the five bullets that killed her. The killers fled the house, leaving three young children who witnessed the horrific murders. One of the children found was still suckling the dead mother's breast for milk."

Click to watch. Would you go see this film?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ciph Boogie - "Never Waste Your Time" Music Video

It will be one year exactly on the 29th since the first time I heard Ciph Boogie. I still have the original e-mail somewhere with the 3 tracks he sent me; "Solemnly", "Rush" and "It's On". Fast forward 363 days and he's now teamed up with Brooklyn Bodega and just released this video for "Never Waste Your Time" featuring singer Phil Geston.

This is definitive old school meets new school. Ciph lays down some words of self motivation over a smooth David E. Beats track and Phil ties it together on the hook. Click. Enjoy.

Ciph Boogie | Never Waste Your Time f/Phil Geston from Noisemaker Media on Vimeo.

2011 QN5 Megashow Mega Giveaway! is going to hook one of you up with some sick QN5 swag! Whether you're a long standing Baby Blue Schooler or just discovering the audible goodness of QN5 music, you are in the for the show of a lifetime. The entire QN5 roster is coming out to perform and YOU can be there courtesy of QN5 and!

The Megashow is called such for a reason and this year the megashow should be called the Ultramegashow. Fans new and old will be treated to a near complete history of QN5 music. That's 11 years of music specially selected and put together for your enjoyment at one of NYC's finest venues. I'm most definitely going to be there and I wanted to bring some more Hip-Hop fans into the fold.

Here's what you'll win:

1. 2 Tickets to the QN5 Megashow


3. Kokayi - "Robots & Dinosaurs" CD 



5. A QN5 T-Shirt in your size

Here's HOW to win:

- Leave a message in the comments. 

That's it!

Apparently twitter follows are worth more than gold, so in the interest of getting this out to the most people possible I've simplified the rules.

The winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday August 15th, 2011.

(Failure to adhere to these SIMPLE contest rules will result in a disqualification. Should you be disqualified for any reason, another winner will be randomly selected. You are responsible for your own travel to and from the venue.)

Afrikan Boy - "What Took You So Long" Mixtape

I'm a big fan of M.I.A. and almost anything she touches. I discovered Afrikan Boy listening to her KALA album. I remember first listening to "Hussel" and hearing Afrikan Boy's verse and thinking, "Damn, he might work." His style is quirky and definitely not easy to adjust to, but he makes good music.

After years of features here and there, he's finally dropped a full project. Take a trip to the UK by way of Nigeria and see how it works out for you. Certainly works for me! Free download and stream below.