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Check Out the Video for “Afeni,” Rapsody and PJ Morton’s Tribute to Black Love
The 9th Wonder-produced track appears on Rapsody’s album Eve.
The fourth single from Rapsody‘s latest is finally here. On Friday afternoon, she released the video for “Afeni,” featuring PJ Morton. The album is a tribute to both Tupac Shakur and his mother.
“Afeni” follows the theme of the Eve album. In 2018, an interviewer asked if she was a successor to Nina Simone and Roberta Flack. Subsequently, Rapsody decided to pay tribute to her Black female heroes. Previously, she released videos for “Nina,” “Oprah,” and “Ibtihaj.” The latter features GZA and D’Angelo. The tracks pay homage to their namesake.
For this track, 9th Wonder sampled an early recording of what eventually became Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up.” Rapsody both praises and bemoans the state of modern Black America, urging Black men and women to realize they aren’t each other’s enemy.
The video follows a Black couple through the rise and fall of their relationship. The opening shots show the leading woman stands on the shores of a beach. In subsequent scenes, she discovers she’s expecting a child. Rapsody and PJ join each other in an idyllic field between the overarching events.
Unfortunately, the relationship deteriorates shortly afterward. However, the video ends on a bittersweet note, with the new mother and her son holding hands on the beach from previous scenes,
Eve is available on major streaming platforms.
Watch Nas Take On Police Brutality In New “Cops Shot The Kid” Video
Nas has released the standalone music video for his song “Cops Shot the Kid” from last year’s Nasir. The almost three-minute long video is centered around a young black man running from the cops along with scenes of Nas rapping verses from the song. The video also includes a cameo from Slick Rick, whose “Children’s Story” is sampled on the track.
Last year, Nas released a short film named after his 11th album. The 16-minute video is soundtracked by different tracks from the album, with the film tackling everything from Nas’ legacy and upbringing in Queensbridge to racism and police brutality.
The film was written and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat. Blair-Mangat also worked on JAY-Z‘s video for the 4:44 track “Bam.”
Shortly after the release of Nasir, Nas announced that he was working on another album.
“It’s another album that I already had been working on before [NASIR]…Since I did this, I gotta do something that, you know, goes in another direction a little bit. So I’m finishing up the next one,” he said previously.
He also said that the wait for the album wouldn’t be long, adding: “No, it’s not gonna be that long because half of it was already there, yeah. I did do something with Swizz, I did stuff with RZA. I’m a big Wu-Tang fan. RZA’s real.”
Nas & Swizz Beatz Are in a Living Painting in the Visually Stunning “Echo” Video
Times Square pioneers.
The standout track from Swizz Beatz compilation album, Poison, is the DJ Scratch-produced “Echo:” an epic track in which hip-hop legend Nas reflects on everything from growing up in New York City in the ’80s to the United States being at war with ISIS. (There’s a lot in this verse.)
t’s the finest Nas performance of the year. Swizz Beatz has just released the video for the track. It’s well known that Swizz is an art aficionado, and that is reflected in this video, which is, at times, visually stunning, and features numerous breathtaking set pieces.
Watch Swizz Beatz and Nas’ “Echo” video below.
Watch Anderson .Paak Make His ‘SNL’ Debut with Kendrick Lamar
Last night, Anderson .Paak was the musical guest on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by actress Claire Foy, who stars in the 2018 film, The Girl in The Spider’s Web.
Oxnard invades Studio 8H
LISTEN: Anderson .Paak Pays Homage to His Friend Mac Miller on the Celebratory Track “Cheers”
Nicki Minaj Links Up w/ Lil Wayne for the “Good Form” Video
Nicki and Tunechi reunite.
Nicki Minaj has released the video for “Good Form,” the latest single from her Queen album. Instead of making a video for the album version, Nicki decided to recruit Lil Wayne for a remix to the song.
The “Good Form” video looks like most Nicki videos: bright colors, beautiful women shaking their ass, Nicki running through a plethora of different outfit changes.
The slight difference is that this one is a little more sexed up. (Espically Nicki, who is a lot more risque here.) The video was directed by Colin Tilley.
You can check it out below.