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Best Of Both Offices Presents Q Da Kid Appears on BET’s “The Deal”

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2008 BET Awards Weekend

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Behind the Scenes at the On a Mission Video Shoot with Q da Kid and DJ Envy

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The Best of Both Offices completes their video diary, Livin the Dream, with TAG Record’s Q da Kid.

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XXL Mag recently interviewed TAG Records’ Q da Kid.

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“Q Da Kid may be a relatively new of name to some, but expect that to soon change. The Brooklyn bred rapper has been working closely with producer/entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri for the last couple years and is now ready to let his voice be heard.

A former member of the group Da Franchise (with Gravy and Red Café), Q signed to thexxlmag-logo newly launched TAG Records this past summer as their first artist. Backed by the support of JD and a strong marketing campaign, he is preparing to release his debut, It Was All A Dream, in the first quarter of 2009.”

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Can female rappers make a comeback?

In the early days of hip-hop, female emcees rocked the mic with their male counterparts. Roxanne Shante, The Real Roxanne, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah were just some of the few fem-cees who managed to hang with the boys and also flip their own styles. Then in the 90’s female rap splintered off, creating two separate but distinct factions. On the one hand, there were the Foxy Brown’s and Lil’ Kim’s of the world, who expressed more sexuality in their rhymes than most had been used to and then there was Lauryn Hill who paired hip-hop and R&B like a fine white wine and seared salmon. But then, like a scene out of a bad Sci-Fi channel movie, all of the fem-cees disappeared.


Recently, famed underground lyricist Jean Grae posted her verses for sale on Craigslist. For $800, Jean Grae would spit a hot 16 on a beat CD, tape, MP3 or what ever form of media you’d like to have her rap on. Foxy Brown, who was supposed to be welcomed back into the rap game after serving a bid, reportedly missed her show date and effectively canned her own career. It’s been more than five years since Foxy dropped her last album and in that time a lot about rap music and the music biz have changed significantly. Competition not only surrounds artists on release day, but blogs and fan sites can make, break or resurrect careers.

Given these facts, does it make sense for the female wordsmiths of yesteryear to keep on spitting? We all saw what happened to Amil. One day she was there, the next day there’s rumors that she’s flipping burgers at Burger King. According to the Internet, Lauryn Hill is stark raving mad and her live shows vary from her channeling spirits to slaughtered versions of her own songs. Of course, all these things have to be taken with a grain of salt, because the blogging media loves to throw salt wherever it can. After all, that’s part of the fun.

But just as the fem-cee world splintered off into two parts with Lil’Kim, Foxy and Lauryn, it’s split again, this time creating a new section of artists like Kid Sister, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. While some of these artists, particularly Kid Sister and M.I.A. skew more to the hipster side of things, Nicki Minaj, is resurrecting that style of hardcore fem-cee rap that has made artists from the mid-90’s so popular. Even though these rappers are relatively untested, it’s going to be interesting to see whether or not they can make it at a time where the female rap voice is so quiet.

The trailer for the Christopher Wallace a.k.a. Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G. biopic, “Notorious” just hit the Internets. By all accounts, it looks interesting. Interesting in the way that when you saw The Dark Knight over the summer, they showed the trailer for Christian Bale’s other soon to be hit franchise “Terminator Salvation,” and rather than featuring robots doing amazing robot things, it was just some grainy and scratch footage of some power lines and the sound of people yelling.

The point is that when it comes to making a movie about one of hip-hop’s most revered figures, everything needs to be as tight as Biggie’s flow. Hip-hop films often times get clowned for coming out half assed, full of plot holes, and relying on one or two big name stars to carry the film. Anyone who had the patience to sit through Belly 2 (the film that had nothing to do with the original Belly) starring The Game knows what I’m talking about.

In the case of the “Notorious” flick, there is the possibility of the film being the best representation of the late, great rapper’s life which will not only captivate audiences who are already familiar with his work and make his rhymes the soundtrack their day, but also open it up to people who think Biggie was just a rapper who died. Or it could just plain suck. This is why the trailer for the flick makes me so skeptical. There are more photos in the trailer than actual clips from the flick, which any kid with a decent amount of time on a computer can figure out.

Does that mean this film will be Biggie’s story told in clip art? If it is, I may have to wait for it to hit the bootleg circuit to see it. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume there’s real acting in the film, despite the fact that it’s Gravy who’s taking on the role of B.I.G. Sure more rappers are actors by trade, (CB4 told that story well) but in the case of Gravy, when few people are familiar with your work as a rapper they may actually think that you’re a good actor.

Who knows, maybe Gravy will score some major Hollywood points and land a guest spot on an episode of Law and Order, the way Ludacris and Anthony Anderson did. Not that Anthony Anderson is a rapper or anything, but if he wanted to, he could probably have a hit single.

The biggest upside for the “Notorious” flick is that it opens the gates for other rapper based movies to hit theaters. Just off the top, there could be films about the life and times of Tupac, Big L, Soulja Slim…. you get the picture.

Ultimately, let’s hope that this flick is actually good and pays proper homage to Big Poppa. Going by the trailer, it looks like they’ve taken their cues at doing better than 50 Cent attempting what he couldn’t pull off in his own flick. Plus, I can’t imagine that there will be any room for a sequel (although Puffy could probably figure out an angle) so this is the one shot deal for Notorious to be truly glorious.

First Ice-T, then Ludacris and now Nelly. No, I’m not talking about rappers who have beef with the cops or the media. I’m talking about rappers popping up on prime time television dramas. Last week, Nelly made an appearance on the network drama CSI New York. And while you’d think that Cornell just showed up to help the series get a ratings boost for its season premiere, it’s been reported that the St. Lunatic will be making regular appearances on the series. I smell a trend, and a bad one at that. Don’t tell me that this is going to go the way of rappers with clothing lines and energy drinks. Last thing I want to see is Lil’ Wayne being called in as a forensics expert on the next episode of Cold Case.

See what happens when you cancel Rap City? Rappers have to resort to prime time dramas.

This has to be some sort of hip-hop conspiracy. There’s no way that it’s a good idea for any rapper to end up on a cop-drama show. It’s a complete lose/lose situation. If they’re on the cop side like Ice-T on Law & Order: SVU, they’re automatically labeled a snitch and thrown in the same circles as Officer Rawse and who in the hip-hop world wants that association? Then if they’re on the criminal side, people are going to argue that they’re just perpetuating the stereotype that all rappers are violent and that they can only play criminals. And the third, most limited situation is that the said rapper just makes a cameo (like 50 Cent did in that one episode of The Simpsons). That’s probably the most fatal mistake that they can make as giving a brief cameo appearance, fans will tune into a show that they never watch to see their favorite artist, only to be disappointed that they made a :30 cameo.

And if rappers are going to be infiltrating your favorite prime time shows, then what’s to stop them from invading daytime? Trust me, the last thing I want to do is wake up, turn on the TV and see that Webbie has replaced Maury Povich on his own show. Next time one of those 150lbs babies waddles across the stage, he may just spell out their entire names.

In any event, I can see that this trend isn’t going anywhere soon. But given the fact that there are so many crime dramas that can feature rappers without looking like the coach from 106th & Park, I’m willing to bet fifty cents that Dancing with the Stars will be the next stop for your favorite emcees. Which if you think about it isn’t a bad place for them to end up. Given the amount of music video experience, even the most hardcore rappers can two-step on cue and if you add one more step, you’ve pretty much got a routine. Plus, it’s not like anyone’s checking out that show to watch the talent.

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