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Vic Mensa joins protest against Chicago police over Laquan McDonald shooting
Nov 24, 2015 9:03pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Today, Chicago police released video showing a white officer shooting and killing Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old teenager. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, has been charged with 1st degree murder, but the graphic video has understandably sparked protests across the city.

Among those protesting is Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, who posted the below photo to Snapchat.

.@VicMensa out in the streets protesting, via his Snapchat #LaquanMcDonald

— Paul Biasco (@Paul_Biasco) November 25, 2015

A search on Twitter yields more photos and video of Mensa marching on the streets.

my brother @VicMensa out here for #LaquanMcDonald #stopthecops #16at17

— BLACK POWER ranger (@MalcolmLondon) November 25, 2015

I spy @VicMensa outchea protesting! Salute g!

— DJ MoonDawg (@DJMoonDawg) November 25, 2015

We see you @VicMensa

— Sheila Rashid (@iMAKEclothes) November 25, 2015

Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper has showed his support on Twitter, adding that he’ll be returning to Chicago in two days.<...

Sly and the Family Stone co-founder Cynthia Robinson dies aged 69
Nov 24, 2015 8:22pm | Fact Magazine

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trumpeter Cynthia Robinson has died.

Robinson was a founding member of Sly and the Family Stone and played trumpet in the iconic funk band. She died on Monday aged 69 following a battle with cancer, Billboard reports.

Born in Sacramento, California, Robinson was one of the first female black trumpeters to gain notoriety in a major recording act. Robinson was a member of Sly Stone’s first band, The Stoners, in the mid-1960s. Later, she became a founding member of Sly and the Family Stone, with Robinson’s voice appearing on every album the band recorded from 1967s A Whole New Thing to 1974s Small Talk.

Following the band’s break-up in 1975, Robinson continued to work with Stone as well as bassist Larry Grahams funk outfit, Graham Central Station. During her long and illustrious career, Robinson also played alongside George Clinton and Prince.

Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside her Sly and the Family Stone colleagues in 1993, becoming the first first female and first African-American trumpet player to be inducted into the Hall.

Below, you can read a tribute to Robinson from The Roots’ Questlove. [via Billboard]

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Ryan Gosling eyed for Neil Armstrong in biopic from Damien Chazelle
Nov 24, 2015 7:58pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Ryan Gosling must be having a good time with Damien Chazelle over in La La Land, because he’s already eyeing another flick with the director. Deadline is reporting that Gosling is orbiting the role of Neil Armstrong in Universal’s forthcoming biopic, First Man.

The folks behind the film, which is still being scripted by Josh Singer (Spotlight), are apparently keen on getting Gosling to take the lead. Chazelle, who gained notoriety following Whiplash, is currently working with the actor on the jazz musical La La Land, so the courtship may be taking place right on set.

First Man, based on James Hansens biography First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong, would recount the 1969 Apollo 11 mission which put man on the moon for the first time. With the 50th anniversary of the landmark event fast approaching, it would make sense that a film studio would like to get a related movie prepped for landing.

Gosling, meanwhile, recently confirmed his involvement in the Blade Runner sequel, saying it would likely be his next project. With that film set to go into production next summer, First Man could conceivably be Gosling’s follow-up and Universal could still have it out in time for the anniversary.

Ciara shares new tracks Oh Baby and Special Edition
Nov 24, 2015 6:27pm | Fact Magazine

R&B star releases a pair of subdued singles.

Ciara’s sixth studio album, Jackie, was released back in May. To thank fans for supporting her first full-length since 2013’s eponymous effort, the Atlanta singer has shared a pair of new tracks.

‘Oh Baby’ is a lovelorn slow jam produced by Dr. Luke. ‘Special Edition’ is one for the late night house party, with Ciara repping her ATL roots over a downtempo A.C. beat. Stream both cuts below and revisit our interview with Ciara.

Ciara – ‘Oh Baby’

Ciara – ‘Special Edition’

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Revisit David Lynchs Twin Peaks-themed Japanese coffee ads from the 90s
Nov 24, 2015 5:31pm | Fact Magazine

Damn fine coffee commercials.

If you’re disappointed that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival has been delayed until 2017, these commercials might cheer you up.

As i-D point out, you can watch the series of commercials Lynch was commissioned by Japanese drink company Georgia Coffee to make in 1991 featuring several cast members of Twin Peaks including Agent Cooper and the Log Lady. You can watch them all below for an alternate-take on the world where no Lynchian puzzle is unsolvable with a sweet can of Georgia in your hands.

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Wu-Tang Clan's million-something dollar album has been sold
Nov 24, 2015 5:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan


Remember that Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin that they were only pressing one copy of and selling it for a price "in the millions"? Well, Forbes reports that it's been sold:

The saga continues: Wu-Tang Clan's secret album, whose existence was first revealed by FORBES nearly two years ago, has been sold by online auction house Paddle8. The identity of the buyer, however, remains unknown.

...Paddle8 representatives confirmed the sale of Wu-Tang's to FORBES during interviews for a magazine story on the auction house. When contacted for comment, Azzougarh referred FORBES to Paddle8; a company representative reached by email today would not offer any details on the album's buyer or when it was sold.

Part of the mystery of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin's sale may have to do with the elaborate restrictions around its release. At the time Paddle8 was announced as Wu-Tang's chosen auction house, Azzougarh said legal language around the album would prevent a buyer from releasing it commercially for nearly a century.

"After 88 years the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work," he explained. "However, it will still be his or her choice at that [point] to release it or not release it."

At the very least, we can safely say it's currently our most...

Justin Biebers Stylist Explains His Controversial Nirvana T-Shirts
Nov 24, 2015 5:12pm | StereoGum
Justin BieberIt's 2015. Wearing a Nirvana shirt is like wearing a Beatles shirt: no one should take it as a personal affront. Everyone knows a Nirvana song, no one is special or alternative or whatever for liking a band that was literally the biggest in the world in the early '90s. Sorry! Some people were More »

Pacha closing in January (oh no!!!!)
Nov 24, 2015 5:03pm | Brooklyn Vegan


For 10 years, it was the home of the New York-style 24-plus-hour marathon; where EDM tested its chops and earned its stripes; where stars were born and fans were converted. It gave legendary promoter Rob Fernandez a room to transform, weekend in and weekend out. It cooled you off with nitrogen and heated you up with shower dancers. It was the only reason you went West of 11th Avenue (unless your car got towed).

This January, Pacha New York - lauded as one of the top nightclubs in the world by DJ Mag magazine, and "Best Superclub" at the Club World Awards for 5 years - is closing its doors for good. But not until after a month of unforgettable, need-to-be-there, best-parties-of-your-life, culminating in a marathon classics set with 46th Street staple, Jonathan Peters.

Pacha, the EDM club you've been avoiding at all costs for the past decade, will close this January. If for any reason you'd like to see them off, they've at least got a couple not-horrible rap shows coming up: Fabolous on 11/25 and Puff Daddy on 12/4. (They're also presenting the Future, Travi$ Scott and Fetty Wap NYE-week pier shows.)

Peace out, Pacha.

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R.I.P. Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter, has died at the age of 69
Nov 24, 2015 4:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo from Cynthia Robinson’s Facebook

Cynthia Robinson, a co-founding member and trumpeter for Sly and the Family Stone, has died. After being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, the 69-year-old lost her battle with the disease on Monday.

Born in Sacramento, California, Robinson joined Sly Stone’s first band, The Stoners, in the mid-1960s, and later became a member of Sly and the Family Stone. Her voice and horn can be heard on every album recorded from 1967’s A Whole New Thing to 1974’s Small Talk. After the band broke up in 1975, she continued recording with Stone as well as bassist Larry Graham’s Graham Central Station. At various points in her career, Robinson also played with Prince and George Clinton. Along with Jerry Martini and Greg Errico, as well as her daughter with Sly, Sylvette Phunne Stone, she would later perform under the name The Family Stone.

Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside the other members of Sly and the Family Stone in 1993, becoming the first first female and first African-American trumpet player ever inducted into the Hall.

Below, read the homage Questlove recently posted to Instagram, followed by some of Robinson’s classic performances with the The Family Stone.


Somebody Paid Millions For That Secret Wu-Tang Album
Nov 24, 2015 4:36pm | StereoGum
Somebody Paid Millions For That Secret Wu-Tang AlbumBack in March of 2014, Forbes reported that Wu-Tang Clan would sell their unheard album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, for millions of dollars to one lucky fan. We heard a small snippet of the LP, which went on a museum tour before going up for auction, and unsurprisingly, some really fucking … More »

Tom Hanks Is A Better Rapper Than His Son
Nov 24, 2015 4:25pm | StereoGum
Tom Hanks Is A Better Rapper Than His SonDuring his appearance on The Graham Norton Show this week, Tom Hanks was asked about the 1987 Dragnet promotional single he recorded with Dan Aykroyd or, as he calls it, the "rap hit that haunts me for the rest of my days." As Vulture points out, he then proceeded to rap the first verse … More »

Wu-Tang Clan sold Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for millions
Nov 24, 2015 4:18pm | Fact Magazine

The one-of-a-kind album-art piece ended up with a “private American collector.”

Wu-Tang Clan have sold Once Upon A Time in Shaolin to a “private American collector” for a price “in the millions.” The buyer will receive the album, described as “a retrospective soundscape that threads 31 songs, skits, and stories into a 128-minute-long aural screenplay,” along with its nickel-silver box, assorted artifacts and a pair of $55,000 speakers.

As reported earlier, the album has an 88-year “non commercialization” clause, which prevents a corporation from buying and mass producing it for sale. Still, it’s unclear if anyone living will ever hear the album, so we still agree with Method Man. [via Pigeons & Planes]

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Cynthia Robinson (of Sly & the Family Stone), RIP
Nov 24, 2015 3:55pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Sly and the Family Stone

She was the voice that commanded us to "get up and dance to the music," and the woman who Sly Stone put "on the throne" in the Family Stone hit "Dance to the Music."

But that voice has been quieted with the death of Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter, vocalist and co-founder Cynthia Robinson on Monday (Nov. 23) at the age of 69, according to her Facebook page.

...Robinson joined Stone -- who dubbed her "one of the best trumpeters in the world" -- in his Sly and the Stoners band in 1966 and stayed on board as he crafted the pop/rock/R&B synthesis that became the Family Stone. After the group's dissolution in 1975 she went on to play with bassist Larry Graham's Graham Central Station and also worked with George Clinton, Prince and as part of Sinbad's Aruba Summer Soul Festival. Since 2006 she's been part of the Family Stone with Martini and drummer Gregg Errico. The group also features her daughter with Sly Stone, Sylvette Phunne Stone, a singer and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. (Robinson had one other daughter, Laura Marie). [Billboard]

Sad news today: Cynthia Robinson of legendary soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone has passed away. She was 69, and the cause was cancer.

Rest in peace Cynthia. You'll be missed.

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Sarah Silverman playing BAM in January (a make-up date from postponed NYCF show)
Nov 24, 2015 3:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman was to have played the NY Comedy Festival earlier this month with a show at BAM but got sick and had to postpone. She's just announced the makeup date: January 22 at BAM's Peter Jay Sharp Building. The show is titled "Sarah Silverman and Friends" and they haven't announced who those friends will be but tickets are on sale.

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Damon Albarn Discovers The Comments Section
Nov 24, 2015 3:36pm | StereoGum
Damon AlbarnAdele and Damon Albarn attempted to collaborate on music for Adele's 25, but the aborted sessions left Albarn calling Adele "very insecure" and dismissing her music as "very middle of the road." Adele responded by saying she regretted working with and even meeting Albarn, who had been a hero of hers. As … More »

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