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Talib Kweli Labels Hermain Cain the 'Bizarro Obama'

Talib Kweli has been the face of “real hip-hop” for quite some time. While his fans are treated to a new project from his genre-spanning group Idle Warship called Habits of the Heart, most of them are wondering if a reunion of Black Star will ever come into fruition. At the same time, the outspoken rapper has been known to voice his opinions about the current political landscape.

In an interview with MTV Hive, Talib sits down with Jason Newman to speak about these topics. From releasing his Habits of the Heart project  weeks before its release date on Spotify to visiting Occupy Wall Street. He also addresses whether or not President Barack Obama has helped the United States flourish. He even shares his thoughts on Republican candidate Herman Cain being a contender in the 2012 presidential race. Needless to say, his feelings on Obama haven’t changed. However, at least there’s a higher possibly of a new Black Star album, setting out for release sometime next year.

An Update on Black Star:

“Me and Mos are focused on independence and quality of sound. We’re really into a Madlib/Dilla thing right now. Anything you hear from us is probably going to be that type of sound. And it’s about independence, so we are trying to find out the right mediums to get the songs out. When you heard “Fix Up” on Colbert, it wasn’t even mixed; it was something we recorded a week before. Now we’re at the mixing stage of the song and we are going to put that out ourselves. We have a bunch of songs recorded. We are just trying to figure out the best way to release them, whether it’s going to be one by one, EP or album. Right now, the plan is to release “Fix Up” and then Yaasin is working on a Yaasin Bey Presents project and then we’ll see how it goes.”

On posting a open letter supporting Barrack Obama in 2008, but condemning the two-party system and the electoral college.

“My feelings toward Obama remain exactly the same. My position hasn’t changed on electoral politics in this country; I still don’t agree with the system or how it’s ran. Anyone who expected Obama to get into office and then: Utopia! .Clearly, if anyone has seen what happened to Bill Clinton with Ken Starr, we were in a time of prosperity and they did everything they could to bring that man down. So I know how dirty and crazy politics work and Republicans made it very clear that they weren’t going to let Obama accomplish shit. So the idea that he’s not been able to deliver on some things, of course he wasn’t able to deliver! I would’ve been surprised if he delivered on anything. With that said, he’s actually doing a better job than I thought he was going to do.”

Thoughts on Herman Cain:

“Herman Cain is Bizarro Obama. He’s the flip side; he lives in an alternate universe. The thing about Cain — it’s what Touré said — he’s just not a serious thinker. When he’s saying “If you are not rich, it’s your fault,” you’re not a serious thinker. I don’t think being prosperous in America or material gain has anything to do with your level of intellect. But I think Cain is a hard worker and a decent man. I think he’s doing this because he really believes it in his heart, but he’s not a smart man. And that has nothing to do with color or race. I don’t care who [Republicans] pick. Anyone in this country who really thinks Obama is going to lose is crazy.

I like the shit Ron Paul be saying. He’s fucking crazy, but he’s without a doubt the smartest of that group and that’s why they don’t even talk about him.”

--Eric Diep

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Black Eyed Peas And Nas Release Animated Music Video For "BACK 2 HIPHOP"

On Monday (Dec. 17), the Black Eyed Peas released their music video for the '90s- throwback- influenced record "BACK 2 HIPHOP" featuring Nas, off their latest album Masters of the Sun Vol. 1.

The cinematic-like, five-minute visual features each member of the 'Peas with their own scene, where  they spit bar after bar. The colorful video is part-animated and part live-action, and incorporates inspiration from of the golden age of hip-hop as Ancient Egypt meets the Sci-Fi genre.

All three members wear red and black through the first part of the video, while Nas appears as the Great Sphinx of Giza, reminiscent of the look fans may recall from the cover of his album I Am. A young woman lip-syncs the song's hook, which samples Soul II Soul's 1989 classic hit "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)."

While Pasha Shapiro directed the video, will.i.am reportedly came up with the concept. The hip-hop group was ecstatic to be able to work with the legendary Queens rapper, revealing, "It was 'iLLMatic,' such an honor to rock with NAS. He is such a huge inspiration to our crew!"

 

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On Wednesday (Dec. 19), the group will be performing the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Their seventh album, Masters of the Sun Vol. 1, was released in October and saw the group going back to their old-school roots with political themes.

What are your thoughts on their new music video? Sound off in the comments.

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Blueface Freestyles On Beat Thanks To A Ukulele

Blueface's rising career has been shaded with doubt from the naysayers about his subject content and cadence, but, in the interest of showing versatility, the 21-year-old gave an acoustic set on Twitter.

Joined only by a man holding a ukulele, the "Respect My Cryp’n" rapper sat ontop a silver car delivering some bars. The short video captioned "Famous Cyrp" takes inspiration from the 886011 Records DK affiliate's debut album barring the same name.

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— blueface (@bluefacebleedem) December 15, 2018

Unlike the bulk of the Los Angeles rapper's previous work, this is the first time fans have heard the budding emcee on beat. The new lyricist is usually seconds behind, delivering an off-beat flow, but he has managed to get cosigns from rappers like Drake, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert and surprisingly, Ice Cube.

"They're not ready for it," Blueface said in an interview with Power106 at Rolling Loud. He also shared his excitement over his new found fame. "[I'm on] top of the world."  The former football player has created a cult following. With the up-and-coming rapper's start similar to Tekashi 6ix9ine there have been many comparisons between the red and blue rappers and their lasting impressions on hip-hop.

Watch Blueface hold a beat above.

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Viral Stars Daddy Long Neck And Wide Neck Release Single Accurately Titled "Neckst Up"

These days, it pays to have a viral moment. Charles Dion McDowell, known as wide neck after several of his mugshots (and neck jokes) went viral, has teamed up with another unique fellow to make some kind of music together.

On Sunday (Dec. 16), Wide Neck along with Daddy Long Neck, a social media personality with more 1.4 million followers on Instagram, released a music video for the comedy rap song "Neckst Up."

In a nervous soft relaxed tone, McDowell raps, "Shawty lick me up call me up neeeckst Shawty wanna f**k call me up neeeckst / Shawty suck me up call me up neeeckst / Shawty make it clap call me up neckst."

In the video, Long Neck and Wide Neck stroll through the mall wearing t-shirts that read "All Necks Matter," while taking pictures with fans and having an attractive lady entertain them while sitting down on the bench. The leading lady in the video even goes as far as licking the two internet stars with her long tongue.

Since the release of the video, "Neckst Up" has reached over a million views on YouTube. After McDowell went viral, he connected with Daddy Long Neck, whom he shares a similar abnormal body condition.

Check out the video above.

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