Morning Music Notes – The History of Rap, As Interpreted by White Folks
The album has a tracklisting, a cover, and everything but a release date. Now we know, thanks to NME, that Kanye West and Jay-Z’s album, Watch the Throne, will be out August 5. Jay-Z and Kanye collaborations have mainly been brilliant over the years, apart from a few duds (Run This Town anyone?). Here’s hoping for a great album, that inspires Kanye to push Taylor Swift from the mic to accept an award that is deservedly his.
Paul McCartney 9/11 Documentary to Air in September
As we fast approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (wow, 10 years?!), the tributes and commemorative events are kicking into high gear. As the Telegraph reminds us, Paul McCartney was on the tarmac of a New York City airport when the terrorist attacks went down. Paul McCartney was then a key figure in the Concert for New York City fundraising event.
“Shot in black and white, the film features footage of McCartney rehearsing for the concert, clips of him talking with New Yorkers on the city streets and backstage film featuring David Bowie, Mick Jagger, former President Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Buscemi, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stella McCartney, Governor George Pataki and Keith Richards.”
“There was so much suffering as a result of 9/11 it’s hard to imagine how one might bring relief to those who were impacted by the attacks, and honor those firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who lost their lives in their heroic attempt to help others. But Paul had the answer: music and a film that would tell the full story,” the documentary’s director Albert Maysles said.
The show will air on September 10 on Showtime. Check your local listings to be safe – do not trust me!
Noel Gallagher’s First Single – The Death of You and Me
Noel Gallagher has announced the first single off of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be The Death of You and Me, reports Gigwise. The track is due to be released on August 21. You can see a trailer for the video, where Noel proclaims how awesome the song is, below.
The History of Rap – White Man’s Edition
Several months ago, Justin Timberlake went on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show, and they performed a rather impressive History of Rap medley of songs. Last night was the sequel. Like most sequels
unlike the Dark Knight, was it worse than the original? Judge for yourself below. Raps included Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It, Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby, Hey Ya! by Outkast, 50 Cent’s In Da Club, Nelly’s Hot in Herre, plus closer Biz Markie – Just a Friend.
History of Rap – Part 2