The legendary Roots crew has had precious few hip hop beefs, but during a recent appearance on The Combat Jack Show, frontman Black Thought revealed that he had a brief falling out with rapper Nas. Thought says that the Queensbridge rhymer dissed his crew during an interview. “In some interview he made a comment about how wack it was for us to do the movie Bamboozled with Spike Lee and ‘How you gonna call yourself The Roots and Black Thought or something and you’re portraying a group called The Alabama Porch Monkeys in Spike Lee’s movie with the ball and chain and all,’” said Black Thought. “Nas was spazzing out on a lot of people during that point in time because he was losing his mom. He had actual beef during that time and this was just a comment he made about The Roots.”
“I hadn’t really interacted with him at all up until that point. And then there was a show one night with Talib Kweli and I think he invited Nas, and he invited me. And we were all there in the building together. I had a chance to meet Nas and he explained to me that it wasn’t coming from a personal place and he basically apologized,” Black Thought explained. “He told me he was going through it. He lost his mom. I totally relate to that, I lost my mom when I was 17. She’s a murder victim. Both my parents are murder victims, got killed in Philly.”
Even though Michael Jordan has been retired from the NBA for nearly 10 years the demand for his legendary shoes still hit a fever pitch every time a new pair is released. Not to mention that these are shoes that were originally released before many of the recipients were born or were in diapers. For some folks in Alabama, even getting pepper sprayed wasn’t enough to make them get off line to purchase a pair of Air Jordan XI a.k.a “Space Jams”. Those came out in 1996. I’m not taking pepper spray in the face for some 16 year old kicks. But that’s just me. via:hiphopdx
Authorities in Hunstville, Alabama used pepper spray on an “unruly” crowd gathered at the Madison Square Mall since it closed the previous day. The police only sprayed the general area, not a specific person, since those who were fighting had dispersed by the time of their arrival on the scene. Ironically, reportedly those lined up weren’t even waiting for the kicks. They were waiting for 36 wristbands that allowed them to cop the shoes.
Although medical assistance was being offered to those affected by the pepper spray, everyone refused treatment for fear of losing their place in line. The Air Jordan XI costs $185. Despite Jordan Brand reportedly making 500,000 pairs of the shoes available worldwide, that significant supply is still not enough to meet the shoe’s high demand.