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QUEST FOR CUBA: QUESTLOVE BRINGS THE FUNK TO HAVANA (MINI-DOCUMENTARY)

In April of this year, Questlove took advantage of President Obama lifting some travel restrictions with Cuba and made a trip down to the island. Okayplayer documents his journey.

In addition to two nights of DJing, Questlove made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most–if not all–of those classic sessions were recorded.

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DAVE EAST – THE OFFERING

Harlem’s Dave East dropped a music video for the track “The Offering.” The track finds Dave giving his interpolation of Nas’ jawn “Book of Rhymes,” and the music video features him going through his own rhyme book. He details the stories of a dark life on the street, and his transition to become a talked-about artist.

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SELMA DIRECTOR AVA DUVERNAY REVEALS HIP HOP ROOTS IN CONVERSATION WITH Q-TIP AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

For those that still think Hip Hop is just music, this Q-Tip interview with Selma director Ava DuVernay at the Tribeca Film Festival should help alter your perspective. The one hour discussion is extremely informative but you may get a kick out of DuVernay discussing her roots as an emcee and a poet. The duo also discuss being Black in America, Hollywood’s perceptions of Black entertainers, and more.

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WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY ON THE PRODUCERS BEHIND KENDRICK LAMAR’S TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

REVOLT has put together a intriguing documentary on the making of Kendrick Lamar’s album as told by the producers who created the sound. Entering The Cocoon grabs Terrace Martin, Digi+Phonics’ Tae Beast, Sounwave and engineer MixedByAli to give insight on how the album’s soundscape was crafted. Definitely something you must watch if you enjoyed the album.