LeVar Burton (Roots Theory)

Levar Burton is an extremely talented brother and will always hold a special place with me for his role as Kunta in Alex Haley’s ROOTS. I wanted to highlight a few of Levar’s roles after ROOTS and the impact the movie had upon his career. Playing a slave is not always the most glamorous of roles and sometimes can have a lasting effect which was clearly evident w/ Levar.

 Reading Rainbow (The Glory)One of his most popular roles as the host of the award-winning Reading Rainbow, teaching little black boys and little black girls how to read. He did amazing in this role which ROOTS obviously helped him with because we all know when he got off the ship he had great difficulty reading and writing. Levar learned secretly to read and write while on Roots but hell would be to pay once Massa found out later in his career.

Star Trek (The Tragedy)After coming off a highly successful stint w/ Reading Rainbow the world was shocked when we discovered his role on Star Trek. I remember like it was the other day seeing my nigga Levar with them fucked up shades on, blinded by Massa! At first I thought it was cool, you know just having a brother on star trek and all but then I realized the everlasting effects ROOTS had on my brother. It was like some cosmic karma b, he was teaching kids to read a few years back now he on star trek BLIND (well not full blind but he had that low res security camera vision like Robocop, looked blocky like he dream of Lego’s) This just goes to show you, don’t think you gonna disobey Massa and live fruitful b, won’t happen.

Just like I remember street fighter soundtrack and all b

How I Got Over – The Roots

The Roots recently released their first single How I Got Over for their upcoming 11th(wow) album of the same title, expect How I Got Over to drop this fall on Def Jam.

Download/Stream–>http://www.zshare.net/audio/629461818e06e9e0/

Hip-Hop Honors

The Hip-Hop Honors aired last night (10/6/08) and on a scale of 1-10 we gave it about a 7.  Honorees included Cypress Hill, Too Short, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature, Isaac Hayes and De La Soul

Slick Rick’s segment was off the hook, MC Lyte did over the Ruler’s Back Ghostface and Biz Markie connected for La di Da Di  Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes rocking an eye patch covered The Show  Dana Dane and Fabolous performed  Hey Young World.  The Ruler even found time to perform his classic Children’s Story equipped with back up dancers toting pajama’s and even a bed.  (Ya’ll tucked in?)

De La Soul’s ceremony was equally dope, the introduction was provided by actors Joy Bryant and Michael Rappaport who even admitted that he named his son after Maceo.  Q-tip set it off performing his verse on Roller Skating Jam Saturday, and Estelle singing the hook, next up was Cee-Lo with his rendition of Potholes on My Lawn followed by the Mighty Mos Def and Chuck D of Public Enemy with Stakes Is High. Prince Paul kept it moving behind the wheels,  while EPMD finished up the dedication with Ego Trip and then to cap it off De La performed Me, Myself, and I & Buddy with another appearence from Q-tip to recite his verse from Buddy.

Isaac Hayes was honored by Scarface performing the Geto Boys Classic Minds Playing Tricks on Me which borrowed from Hung Up on My Baby.  Estelle sang the Mary J. Blige classic I Love You which samples Ikes Mood, then Cee-lo came out to perform Isaac’s own Look of Love and Mos Def capped it off performing Warning by The Notorious B.I.G. which sampled Walk on By off of Isaac’s Hot Buttered Soul.

Too Short’s dedication began with Luke Campbell proclaiming how good Short Dawg said the word bitch, Beeyaatch!  Lil’ John, Kid Rock and Bun B went over a few Too Short Tracks, then Scarface came out and performed The Ghetto.  The Pimp himself came out to the beat of Gettin It and with Face they finished Too Shorts dedication off right.

Naughty By Nature was the Final dedication of the evening.  Eve and Tracy Morgan did their Introduction with New Jersey’s own Queen Latifah on the help out.  Wyclef  began it by playing No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley which transitioned smoothly into Ghetto Bastard, here Juelz Santana got twisted up in Treach‘s tricky wordplay and couldn’t keep up with the flow but still did his thing no doubt.  “Arm me with Harmony” was uttered by Big Boi from Outkast then it was on, Sir Luscious Leftfoot recovered Naughty’s dedication nicely and capped it off with a nice lil’ freestyle with Fatha Clef on the Geetar at the end.  Naughty By Nature shut it down coming out to Uptown Anthem and Hip-Hop Hooray to close the show off nicely and leave me wanting a Naughty by Nature T-shirt.