WATCH IT: Action Bronson "The Symbol" (Rik Cordero, dir.) NSFW

Since it's well past Midnight for Charles Bronson, why not got with the unlikely, yet totally kick-ass hero Action Bronson?

Rik Cordero, director:  The blaxploitation genre has been parodied relentlessly over the decades so it was important for me to not only watch key films (Superfly, Black Ceasar, Bucktown, Hell Up In Harlem, Velvet Smooth) but also to create a narrative script treatment that followed a traditional three act structure. I felt it would make it easier to create an actual movie trailer and we would be able take snippets from those acts to show the progression of the character and make it feel like a legit attempt at a low budget movie rather than just a parody.

NEW RELEASE: The Roots "Rising Down"

Hip Hop group The Roots sample the sounds of go-go on "Rising Up," the new single from their tenth album, Rising Down. The percussive-heavy sound commonly associated with the go-go genre  is smoothed out with synths and the voice of R&B chanteuse Chrisette Michele, while Black Thought and Washington, D.C.-based rapper Wale keep it authentic with focused performances. The somewhat voyeuristic video appears to have been shot in a hair salon, an unlikely, but intimate setting for what seems to be a mix of lively