News Bits: Black Thought & J. Period, Waka Flocka Flame, Respect My Vote
Complex previews Waka’s album featuring Uncle Murda, Wale and Pastor Troy, and “Respect My Vote!” returns for an encore, while a live mixtape goes to T-Dot.
Planned for October 5, 2010 release, Waka Flocka Flame’s Flockaveli has been playing for media listening sessions. Complex.com recently attended, and previewed the Warner Brothers/Asylum/1017 Brick Squad artist’s debut. Although the album does not presently feature an appearances from onetime mentor Gucci Mane, the work does carry guests ranging from Northeast sensations Uncle Murda and French Montana, to DXnext alum Wale and Atlanta Rap veteran Pastor Troy.
Complex breaks the album down track by track, which features extensive production from Waka’s in-house collaborator Lex Luger, who’s scored a hit in Rick Ross’ “B.M.F.” earlier this year.
The preview of Flockaveli can be found at Complex.com here.
In other news, the Hip Hop Caucus has relaunched the “Respect My Vote!” campaign. In 2008, the movement joined Radio One in registering over 32,000 voters in one day. This election season, Respect My Vote! will use Rap legend Special Ed and a number of TBA Hip Hop personalities to encourage voting and an increased voice in politics from the Hip Hop community.
“The Respect My Vote! campaign is designed to educate the Hip Hop community on the importance of voting in every election to help shape public policies for our communities,” stated Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus. “We had a great turnout for this past Presidential election, but it’s important to understand how vital it is to vote in the mid-term elections so Congress and state and local legislators continue to recognize our voice.”
Lastly, The Roots vocalist Black Thought and deejay J. Period will be performing September 26 in Toronto, Canada as headliners for the fourth annual Manifesto Festival. The duo will perform a “Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” at Yonge-Dundas Square. The event is free and 40,000 are expected to attend.
J. Period will also deejay the after-party at the nearby Hard Rock Cafe.
Excerpt from HipHopDx.com