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.”
Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and boxing icon Mike Tyson (pictured) have just announced their upcoming cable series “Being.” It will feature the famed sports figure in an all-access way, pulling no punches when it comes to letting viewers see who the man behind the tribal facial tattoo really is. It will be shot documentary style. The Tyson segment will spearhead a slew of programs on the network. It is rumored to be an ESPN rival, according to Fox Sports.
Already being touted as a “not your typical 24-hour sports network,” the “Being” series, which is in production now, will spotlight Tyson as not only a boxing legend; it will show him as a family man, husband and dad who is trying to maintain the life that he has established in Nevada. The “Being” series comes on the heels of the autobiographical one-man Spike Lee-directed Broadway show that Tyson appeared in last year. The former heavyweight champ has also appeared in multiple movies and has done TV guest spots.
On Thanksgiving (November 22) evening, the Spike Lee‘sMichael Jackson: Bad 25 documentary aired. The documentary, which focuses on Michael Jackson’s record-breaking album Bad, features commentary fromKanye West, ?uestlove, Cee Lo Green, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, and others. West referred to Jackson’s influence on the rapper’s style. “I think the ‘Bad’ moment outfit-wise was far more influential than the ‘Thriller‘ moment. The ‘Thriller’ moment might have been more iconic, but the ‘Bad’ moment was more influential. I almost dress like that today.” Watch the full documentary below: