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Common faces Fatherhood in ‘Show Me That You Love’ video featuring Jill Scott

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Common’s resume is that of a 21st-century renaissance man: GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, renowned activist, recipient of an Academy Award for his song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma and a key influence in the emergence of a movement of thoughtful black culture spanning from Dave Chappelle to Ta-Nehisi Coates. However, in spite of all of this success, one phone call from his daughter Omoye — in which she told him that he was falling short as a father — caused his world to crumble. He had to reevaluate fatherhood, love, faith — everything.

The emcee now debuts the video for “Show Me That You Love,” which depicts this big bang moment that sparked a period of therapy and self-examination that led to the writing of his New York Times best-seller Let Love Have The Last Word and the creation of his new album, Let Love (out August 30th on Loma Vista Recordings).

Let Love finds Common sounding as vital as ever, with a soul-forward sound that delves into issues of fatherhood, masculinity, self-care and more. With contributions from A-Trak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Leon Bridges, Daniel Caesar, Dwele, Leikeli47, Jill Scott and more, it’s a radical statement that is among hip-hop’s most incisive, insightful albums this year.

Watch the video for “Show Me That You Love,” directed by Sadé Clacken Joseph.

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Pinky Pinky debuts ‘All the Birds’ visual amid North American Tour

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 LA-based music duo Pinky Pinky just dropped a new video from their debut album, Turkey Dinner. “All The Birds,” directed by Ryan Daniel Browne, is a whimsical and surrealist visual. The pair dips their hands into all sorts of hijinx including performing for a life-size bird, eating bite-size whole turkeys, and starring in a kawaii-style ramen commercial. 

Vocalist/drummer Anastasia Sanchez shares about making the video, “The video’s director, Ryan Browne, had the idea of making a video inspired by a series of bizarre Japanese food commercials that he had seen. The song is more or less about losing touch with reality and we very much thought that his video premise and the song married perfectly. We had a blast shooting it (part in our parents’ backyard), but in the LA summer, our friends just about got heat stroke while dressed in the mascot costumes.”

The video arrives in the midst of Pinky Pinky’s lengthy North American tour in support of The Growlers. They’re still set to play Chicago, Detroit, and Washington before heading off to Europe with BRONCHO in October. 

Produced by Hanni El Khatib and Jonny Bell, Turkey Dinner finds the band maturing sonically as the two, while maintaining the rambunctious energy that fuels their experiences as LA youths. The album includes previous releases “Loose Change,” “Mr. Sunday,” “My Friend Sean” and “Do Me Dirty (Charlie),” and follows last year’s Hot Tears EP.  

Watch “All The Birds” and see full dates and tickets details here

Upcoming Tour Dates:

9/5 – East Moline, IL @ Rust Belt+

9/6 – Chicago, IL @ Metro+

9/7 – Chicago, IL @ Metro+

9/8 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre+

9/10 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall+

9/11 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street+

9/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer+

9/13 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat+

10/1 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie^

10/2 – Opwijk, Belgium @ Nosta^

10/3 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow Sky Bar^

10/4 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik + Frieden^

10/5 – Mainz, Germany @ Kulturclub schon schön^

10/6 – Dordrecht, NL @ Bibelot^

10/9 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs^

10/10 – Eindhoven @ Stroomhuis^

10/11 – London, UK @ The Dome^

10/12 – Manchester, UK @ Fairfield Social Club^

10/13 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall^

10/15 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert^

+ = w/ The Growlers

^ = w/ BRONCHO

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Netflix releases first-look Teaser for ‘Rhythm + Flow’, Hip-Hop Competition Series

Netflix just dropped the teaser for Rhythm + Flow, a new, original series searching for and showcasing budding hip-hop talent – making the competition show the first of its kind.

Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have joined forces with high hopes of discovering hip-hop’s best, underground talent from Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

Rhythm + Flow is slated to debut Saturday, Oct. 9 with new episodes available every Wednesday.

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BBC Documentary ‘A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy’ headed US this Fall

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Hip-hop pioneer Fred Brathwaite AKA Fab 5 Freddy has announced that his acclaimed BBC documentary — A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy, which debuted in the UK this past weekend — will be coming to the US this fall. The documentary follows Fab 5 Freddy as he embarks on a quest to uncover the hidden black figures of Italian Renaissance art.

“Not only were Renaissance artists making art that defined high aesthetic ideals but they were also groundbreaking in showing an ethnically diverse, racially mixed Italy in the 15th and 16th century. You just have to look at the art,” he said in a statement.”

A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy

"You need to see this, baby!" Hip hop legend and art lover Fab 5 Freddy explores 15th-century Italian renaissance art. 🎨

Posted by BBC Arts on Thursday, July 25, 2019

The documentary centers the hip hop legend and art lover as he examines the 15th and 16th century Italian Renaissance art in 15th-century style – on horseback. Amidst superstar artists such as Michelangelo and powerful patrons such as the Medicis, Fab discovers ground-breaking images of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society that have slipped through the cracks of art history. In a 5-star review, The Financial Times says Fab “visits Florence to insouciantly blow the dust off art history” and The Guardian says that he is “on terrific form.”

A Fresh Guide is just another chapter in the incredible year for Fab 5 Freddy. He released the highly praised 4/20 Netflix documentary Grass Is Greener, which traces the history of cannabis in America and its relationship to people of color. The film takes an unparalleled look at the history of cannabis usage in America through the lens of popular forms of music — jazz, reggae, and hip hop — while also examining the racial disparities and injustices within that world. The film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and just was named to the UK-based Grierson Awards shortlist for Best Single Documentary (International).

A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy will come to US homes this fall, date and other details to be announced later this year.

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