Loose Links: Andre LeRoy Davis's "The Last Word," Pusha T Recalls "Lord Willin,"' KDAY's West Coast Impact
Andre LeRoy Davis debut his latest cartoon, Pusha T recalls "Lord Willin'" and Los Angeles's KDAY discusses their old school format.
Last month, famed illustrator and writer for The Source Andre LeRoy Davis, a/k/a A.L. Dre, reintroduced his famed cartoon series "The Last Word." Now, in light of the surmounting recent events surrounding issues of gun violence, Davis comes through with his latest cartoon.
This past Tuesday, Davis took to Facebook to reveal his latest iteration of "The Last Word." He explained that the recent surge in deadly gun-related issues like last month's massacre at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises inspired his latest sketch.
"We are loosing far to many innocent kids and just innocent folks in general," he wrote.
In other news, this August marks the tenth anniversary of the Clipse's seminal major label debut Lord Willin'. Although the album failed to make an impact upon its release, Life+Times spoke to Pusha T to discuss the album's later life legacy.
Pusha Ton broke down the creation of the Virginia duo's landmark effort, from its iconic cover art to its unique sound, courtesy of Pharrell. The G.O.O.D. Music emcee also discussed the LP's hit single "Grindin'" and how the beat almost ended up with Jay-Z.
"I was actually home and Pharrell was in the studio and he called me and he was like, 'Listen. Get up here right now. Get up here right now—I’ve got this record and if you’re not up here in 15 minutes I’m just giving it to Jay-Z. I am. I’m giving it to him. If you’re not here in 15 minutes'…I couldn’t really deal with that. And I was there, needless to say, in 13 minutes."
Finally, with the entertainment industry steadily shifting its focus towards the Internet, an increasing number of listeners are turning off their radio dials in favor of the computer. Now, however, California-based station KDAY is finding success in rehashing the classics.
In a recent article with LA Weekly, KDAY's staff discussed the success they've found in sticking to a predominantly old school west coast Hip Hop playlist. KDAY's program director Adrian Scott explained that he feels major radio stations have sacrficed quality for corporate interests, and that they want to bring it back to the base root of the music.
"I always used to say, 'Whatever happened to that music when I was growing up, where did it go?'" said Scott. "A lot of the artists are from here, so their fan base is from here...I think we're the mother ship for more of these [classic-rap stations] to come. Once they see the level of success we've seen here, more stations will pop up."