As the New York Police Department contends with an explosive trial regarding its “stop-and-frisk” policy, a Hip-Hop legend joins in to call out the controversial practice. Yasiin Bey released a PSA yesterday (May 21) addressing the NYPD and its allegedly racist policy.
Working with two non-profits, Center For Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Communities United For Police Reform (CPR), the artist formerly known as Mos Def offers a sparse, musically-enhanced video PSA. The clip blends in footage from the 2012 documentary film, The Hunted And Hated: An Inside Look At The NYPD’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy from director Ross Tuttle.
Titled “Don’t Tread On Me,” the PSA shows Bey in various shots in the studio working on the backing track, which he produced himself. According to reports from CCR and CPR, over 5 million New Yorkers have been stopped and frisked by police officers. The groups say many of the individuals included community leaders who worked to stamp out crime and other issues in their respective areas. 533,042 stops occurred in 2012 alone, with over 85 percent of those individuals listed as Black or Latino
The PSA also serves as a call to action from citizens, with CCR and CPR asking the public to join in their efforts to eradicate a practice they seen as intrusive and a violation of their civil rights.
Watch Yasiin Bey’s PSA in the video below.
Sometimes, things with overtly logical titles turn out to be the greatest. Take, for example, ‘Radiohead’ or ‘The Beatles’. With the first trailer for Blind Skateboards’ “DAMN…” making waves upon its release, the company has released a second, more in-depth preview of their upcoming video. With the legendary Mike Manzoori as chief filmer behind the lens, Blind has seen several improvements to its aesthetic that make the full-length seem a sleeper hit – especially in a summer that also anticipates the Plan B video. Here we find the likes of Kevin Romar, late-flipper Sewa Kroetkov, and a post-Think Skateboards Cody McEntire, all raring to unveil new hammers to the public. The video is set for a May 27 release, and is available for pre-order on iTunes now.
Get ready for Ratchetville, USA, brought to you by Rihanna‘s "Pour It Up" video. The singer and her friends have been Instagram’ing flicks from the set before the video wrapped today. And a few hours ago, Rihanna’s last self-proclaimed ratchet-pic got yanked!
Check the pics inside, and the one that was removed (NSFW)…
We all know Rih Rih is a true bad gal at heart. And she has no problems with showing her ass, literally, to the world. So that’s exactly what she did a few hours ago with THIS pic:
We feel like we’ve seen worse on Instagram, but either Rihanna or the Instagram god themselves snatched this pic down after a couple hours and over 38,000 likes.
Rih also posted a pic of stripper shoes and money from the set…with her face on it of course. So obviously, we’re going with a stripper theme (in one way or another) for this video.
Her bestie Melissa was on the set scraping up the money in a pail:
And this pic was posted a few days ago of Rih Rih with Melissa asking ‘if this was ratchet enough’ for us.
This shall be interesting…
Photos: Rihanna’s Instagram/Melissa’s Instagram
Judge ”Needs Proof” That Rapper Died
It looks like the authorities aren’t so sure about rapper Tim Dog’s death. Despite reports that the Bronx native died from complications from diabetes back in February, a warrant has been issued for his arrest in Mississippi.
Born Timothy Blair, the rapper was convicted of swindling a Southhaven women in 2011.
Prosecutor Steven Jubera says that if he’s alive, he’s going to jail.
“I need proof,” said Jubera.
His family is being asked to present proof that the hip-hop star is indeed dead.
LeBron James is a once in a lifetime athlete. His combination of size, speed, and grace is one not seen on a regular basis. The LeBron James brand is as notable as the man himself. One of the minds behind that brand is designer Darrin Crascenzi, which crafted the latest LeBron James logo, as seen on the Nike LeBron X. Crazscenzi was named to Fast Company’s List of Most Creative People. See more of his sketches, and who else made the list, over on Fast Company’s website.
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If our preview of the Solebox X Saucony Shadow 5000 has left you in a tizzy as you await release info, boy, do we have good news for you. The result of the third collaboration between Solebox and Saucony on the Shadow 5000, dubbed “The Lucanid” is all prepped and set for a June 15 release date. As a refresher on this stag beetle-inspired shoe’s styling, the two options include a predominantly black color scheme, each with hits of white above the toe box, around the heel, and wrapping around the midsole. One, however, dons a bright green accent around the collar and for the top eyelet while the other uses a bright orange for the same effect. Both colorways will be available in limited quantities, so make sure to lock down your plans to pick-up a pair of these fresh kicks now.
Release Date: June 15, 2012 (Saturday)
Machine Gun Kelly puts on for his city on his hustler’s anthem “Peso,” a collaboration with Pusha T and Meek Mill. The Cleveland rapper goes hard over a sped-up sample of Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar.”
MGK originally announced that the song would serve as the first single off his mixtape Black Flag.
“It’s a joint that makes you want to get up and go to work,” he told Rap-Up.com.
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This can’t be life, or death. Rapper Tim Dog, who reportedly passed away in February of this year, is now wanted for a crime he supposedly committed in 2011 involving a Mississippi woman. While the world was under the assumption that Tim Dog is no longer with us, a Miss. judge says, “We don’t believe you, you need more people.”
News 3 In Memphis reports that the Prosecutor on the case in Hernando, Miss., Steven Jubera, is demanding proof of the death of Tim Dog, as neither he nor the victim Esther Pilgrim believe he is really dead. “I need a death certificate showing that’s he’s dead because as far as I’m concerned, he’s alive,” Jubera says.
Pilgrim met Tim Dog (born Timothy Blair) back in 2011 on an online dating site and was allegedly swindled out of ,000. This was typical of Tim Dog, as the Bronx rapper owed around million at the time of his “death.”
Jubera has convinced the court judge to issue a warrant for Tim Dog’s arrest, stemming from his inability to locate Tim Dog’s death certificate. Even a hired private investigator couldn’t locate it. Jubera advised that if Tim Dog’s family can supply this proof, the warrant will be dropped. News 3 also reported that one of his closest friends Ced Gee didn’t speak at Tim Dog’s funeral because there was no death certificate presented to prove Tim Dog was gone.
If Tim Dog is actually alive, then he’s pulled the greatest Hip-Hop stunt in history by faking his own death. This will surely resurrect the “Tupac is alive” rumors.
R&B newcomer BOY/FRIEND makes his proper introduction to the world with his free album, Leather Weather. The 8 track project consists of elegant soul wrapped in the production of MNTN and Sweater Beats. If you enjoyed the bonus track, which was remixed by Kuhrye-OO, you’ll be pleased to know that BOY/FRIEND will be releasing a full remix EP in the near future. Click here to download Leather Weather and you can also see his latest music video here.
Footage from XXL’s 2013 Freshman class show has surfaced and here’s a clip of Joey Bada$$ performing a new track from his upcoming B4DA$$ album. Joey also brought out DC’s own Fat Trel and Chiraq’s Fredo Santana on stage with him.
Previously: Video: Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era – Beast Coastal Tour (Ep. 3)