pitchfork.com: The Land is an independent film featuring Erykah Badu, Michael K. Williams ("The Wire," "Boardwalk Empire"), and Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly. It's directed by Steven Caple Jr. and executive produced by Nas, and premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Music Festival. Today, Nas and Badu have shared their collaboration for the film's soundtrack, which is out July 29 via Mass Appeal Records. It's called “This Bitter Land.” You can listen to the song below via Rolling Stone. The soundtrack will also feature French Montana’s collaboration with Nas and Kanye West, “Figure It Out,” as well as new tracks from Pusha T, Jeremih, and Nosaj Thing.
theroot.com: Funds from the singer’s upcoming concert will go to the African-American 490 Challenge, a partner of Enough SAID, the Michigan Women’s Foundation campaign to raise money to test more than 10,000 rape kits found abandoned in Detroit Police Department storage. Read more.
stereogum.com: Robert Glasper released the wonderful collection of reimagined Miles Davis tunes Everything’s Beautiful a little less than a month ago. It had a host of notable features from Bilal, Illa J, KING, Stevie Wonder, Hiatus Kaiyote, and many others. One of the standout tracks was the third single “Maiysha (So Long)” featuring Erykah Badu, and today a visual accompaniment has been unveiled.
Ms. Badulah Oblangata herself gives a great acting performance in a clip that registers more like a filmed musical than a traditional music video. The clip opens with an accented monologue from Badu, interrupted by Glasper and a couple of his players. Glasper and Badu argue backstage about the show they’re about to put on before giving a stunning retro performance of the song with a full band. After the song concludes the lights go out on the stage and the producer and singer continue to argue as she storms off stage. Badu is proving to be quite the versatile entertainer. Watch.
e 7th annual ONE MusicFest is set to go down on September 10th at the Atlanta-area Lakewood Amphitheater.
Erykah Badu and Ice Cube will headline the Southeast’s premiere fall music festival; Busta Rhymes, Gary Clark Jr., A$AP Ferg, Andra Day, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Jazmine Sullivan and BJ The Chicago Kid are also part of 2016 lineup.
The festival will also feature the long-awaited reunion of Atlanta’s own Dungeon Family and Organized Noize, with Big Boi, CeeLo Green, Rico Wade, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Killer Mike, Cool Breeze, Witchdoctor, Backbone, Big Rube, Sleepy Brown, Ray Murray, and Slimm Calhoun all set to take the stage along with several special guests.
"I think Miles would've loved Erykah," pianist and producer Robert Glasper told Rolling Stone recently, during a conversation about Everything's Beautiful, an upcoming album on which he reworked snippets of Miles Davis' studio recordings to create entirely new tracks. One of the highlights of the release, which stemmed from Glasper's soundtrack work for Don Cheadle's audacious Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, is a simmering bossa nova version of "Maiysha" – a song originally released on 1974's Get Up With It – featuring lead vocals from Erykah Badu. Hear an exclusive premiere of the track here.