Saturday, January 31, 2015
The megafight that the boxing world has been clamoring for between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. should be finalized in "the next couple days," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post.
The sides have been negotiating what will certainly be the richest fight in boxing history, but no deal has been struck yet. The two fighters met privately for more than an hour on Tuesday in Miami.
"Everybody is doing the right thing," Arum told the Post on Friday. "We're looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done."
One of the issues is that Time Warner/HBO, which has a contract with Pacquiao, and CBS/Showtime, which has Mayweather under contract, need to hammer out terms for a joint pay-per-view telecast, which they did once before for the 2002 fight between then-heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis and former champ Mike Tyson. They have been negotiating the terms.
"I think it helped a lot because we were all putting papers together, and there was still a question as to whether Floyd really wanted to do the fight or not," Arum told the Post of the Miami meeting. "Based on the meeting with Pacquiao in the hotel suite, Manny and [Pacquiao adviser] Michael Koncz were convinced Floyd absolutely wants to do the fight."
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), the 36-year-old Filipino legend, and Arum have repeatedly said they have agreed to all of the terms outlined by Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs), who turns 38 in February, during talks with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, who has served as the go-between on behalf of Mayweather and his adviser, Al Haymon.
Mayweather has said he intends to fight May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, be it against Pacquiao or somebody else.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Just as he has in his creative work, Jay Z has made every effort to stay ahead of the curve in business. Today, Reuters reports, the 45-year-old rapper-slash-business, man purchased a Scandinavian must streaming company called Aspiro. The deal is worth a reported 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million USD) and has been endorsed unilaterally by Aspiro’s board. Schibsted, the Norwegian company that holds the majority of Aspiro shares at the present time, also said that they had accepted the offer.
Aspiro is best known for maintaining a streaming service called WiMP, which is currently only available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Germany. Localized editorial teams work to provide users with recommendations of songs, artists and playlists for specific moods or occasions, or based on a user’s previous listening history. WiMP provides in-interface links to purchase copies of songs; subscription fees allow the service to be free of ads. WiMP is currently available in the US and UK under the name Tidal. Aspiro claims to have a database of over 25 million songs.
Jay Z, who purchased the company through his Project Panther Bidco, Ltd, was last year estimated by Forbes to be worth some $520 million. He famously ushered a new wave of entrepreneurship among major-label rappers; where regional stalwarts like Master P built empires from the ground up, Jay parlayed his Def Jam distribution into clothing lines and sports bars, diversifying as furiously as he could. There has been speculation that this purchase could signal an alignment with Taylor Swift against streaming giant Spotify. At press time, there had been no indication that Hov’s extensive catalog would be pulled from any digital platform. Of today’s deal, Jay called Aspiro “an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential.”
We’re all going to have to start taking Big Sean a whole lot more seriously. A few hours after he stole Meek Mill’s “B Boy” away from Meek and A$AP Ferg, Kanye’s Detroit progeny has thrown an absolute monster of a new song onto Soundcloud in the middle of the night. That song is called “Blessings,” and it features Drake and Kanye West rapping on the same track for the first time in what feels like forever. Even better: Everyone absolutely goes in over a Vinylz beat that sounds like an 808 eating itself. And Sean, incredibly enough, might overshadow everything else. Sean’s new album Dark Sky Paradise is out next month, and I’m suddenly very excited for it. At the very least, he seems determined not to let anyone else overshadow him the way Kendrick Lamar did on “Control.” Listen below
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
For three weeks now I’ve been pouring over this concept, trying to clearly define my stance. I’ve spent hours writing, elaborating, dissecting and then spiraling way off topic. It's complicated for me to write this, and it should be - I'm a non-black artist who actively participates in black music. I’ve sat and stared blankly at my laptop screen searching for the right words to delicately touch on the subject of white cultural appropriation while at the same time separating myself from any possible criticism I may face as a result of my perspective.
But if you’ve read any of my previous articles, or listened to any of my songs, you know I don’t do well walking on eggshells. I’m more of a ride the nuclear bomb all the way to the ground while wearing nothing but a tinfoil helmet kind of guy.
So I’m going to avoid going back over the conversation that occurred some four weeks ago as a tearful Azalea Banks expressed her frustration in regards to being a black female artist in a genre currently dominated by a white female artists, that grounds now well tread, and cut right to the heart of the issue; is hip-hop being whitewashed?
Of course, by this time everybody from Lord Jamar to Rittz has weighed in on the issue and all have made some great points. Surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly depending on your daily media intake, Charlamagne Tha God has stepped forward and, in my opinion, made the best argument (my favorite clips can be viewed here and here).
Whenever the topic of white appropriation of black culture comes up, there are two examples that everybody references: Rock and roll and the connections between Eminem and Elvis Presley.
In regards to rock and roll, what a lot of those who draw the comparison fail to understand or convey is that rock and roll was absorbed into popular culture a lot faster than hip-hop was. The time period between the emergence of Chuck Berry and subsequent success of Elvis Presley was very short. Yes, Elvis Presley was an exact, white replica of his predecessors, but rock and roll was created and ruled popular culture while it was still in its infant stages at a time when racial segregation was still very prominent in the United States. If anything, it should be considered a massive feat that Chuck Berry’s music even reached a white audience in the first place, let alone become the standard art form that would represent American culture for the next 50 years, and arguably even to this day. While rock and roll should be considered a black creation with its roots firmly planted in blues, boogie woogie, jazz and gospel, it was the addition of western swing and country music that ultimately rounded out the modern sound of the genre, making it a black and white collaboration.
So what happened to the black artists? Where did they all go?
Considering the racial climate in the United States at the time and the evolution of rock and roll, I would have to conclude that black artists were traded for their white counterparts in favor of “universal appeal” and profitability (more on this later).
When drawing the comparison between Eminem and Elvis Presley, there are a lot of commonalities between the two. Both artists absolutely dominated their respective genres almost immediately and were the highest selling solo acts of their time. But while Elvis Presley more blatantly stole from black artists, Eminem was the opposite - he worked within a genre that was predominantly black and carved his own path. The glaring difference between the two is that by the time Elvis Presley arrived in popular culture the complexion of rock and roll was already changing, whereas Eminem was a rare anomaly for his time.
If there were a true comparison in regards to white artists finding success within black music, I believe that Eminem and Eric Clapton share more cultural parallels. Both artists were lone figures who worked with and helped to evolve other genres, the blues and hip-hop respectively. They were the white boys who got a pass and were respected by their black peers for their mastery of the craft itself. In short, they were so good at what they did they were undeniable. Did they benefit from white privilege? Absolutely. But they were both very careful of how much they took from the culture and were active participants in its evolution, while at the same time sharing their platform with black artists rather than pushing them out of sight.
So when drawing comparisons, I completely understand how the common thread between hip-hop and rock and roll can stand as an example of how black music has been appropriated and subsequently commanded by white artists in the past. But I also find more cultural commonalities between the essence of hip-hop and blues, which upon deeper analysis further proves that hip-hop music could never be whitewashed.
Both genres rely very heavily on a specific level of authenticity and credibility that comes out of poverty and struggle. Because of this, the core of the music itself will always be, and most certainly has to be, predominantly black in order for it to maintain its heart. Unfortunately, a disproportionate amount of America’s inner city populations are black and hip-hop and blues (and jazz for that matter) are the voices of this struggle. These genres of music and the cultures they’ve created require a particular type of pain and angst, one often rooted in the pain of disenfranchisement. Once you remove the essence of these genres, they become something else altogether.
The truth is, artists like Iggy Azalea, Mac Miller and G-Eazy will always be considered novelties within hip-hop music and culture. They may sell millions of records, but they can never be the face of the genre because they lack the authenticity required. Macklemore will never replace Mos Def and Machine Gun Kelly could never be Chance The Rapper. White artists like Iggy Azalea find success in the mainstream because they are “safe” versions of their black influences, but they aren’t viewed by the community at large as being an accurate representation of it. In Iggy’s case, she's a pop artist with hip-hop elements. Nobody within even the outer circles of hip-hop culture even remotely consider her an emcee, and rightly so.
My answer to those who are sincerely concerned about the complexion of hip-hop music as it is portrayed in the mainstream, is to look further up the ladder beyond the artists. Hip-hop is a multi-billion dollar industry controlled mostly by white executives. These are the people who determine the culture’s mainstream direction and they could care less about race, except to the extent that race relates to the size checks they're recieving. White artists are more relatable to the larger white audience, therefore an Iggy Azalea will generate more money than an Azalea Banks. Cultural preservation is not on their list of priorities. At the end of the day, the bottom line is what counts and if singing Japanese clowns become the next trend, then buckle up and get ready for a bizarre ride.
The closest I’ve ever seen to a black owned record label come to true independence was in the early 2000s, when Dame Dash was attempting to jumpstart his own distribution company. Dame, being the brilliant mind that he is, knew that despite the power that Roc-A-Fella Records yielded, they would always be reliant on much larger companies to market, manufacture and distribute their albums, and as long as they were still tied to those larger compaies, Roc-A-Fella would always be beholden to them.
Although Dame never did succeed in achieving his goal, this was the first step towards creating an industry that very well could one day be completely black owned and controlled.
My message to the young black entrepreneurs of the world is this: think like Dame Dash. As long as companies like Universal, Sony and Warner control the hip-hop industry, the idea of black music will be a façade. Sure, black artists will remain the face of hip-hop, but the industry that surrounds it will be white owned and operated. Independence is key. The distribution channels are there now (something that Dame Dash never had access to during the Roc-A-Fella era) so use them. While having the power of a big major label behind you may seem appealing, the future of hip-hop music is completely reliant on young visionaries who can steer and guide the culture with care while ensuring that the genre itself stays black. We don’t need more rappers, we need more leaders.
I'm sure it’s kind of weird hearing this from a half-white, half-Native American underground rapper, but it’s the truth. The future of black music is happening now, and as it stands it’s only black on the surface. You have the opportunity to take control of the industry that surrounds it, you just have to go out there and take it.
J. Cole stopped by “The Combat Jack Show” for in-depth interview this week. During the two-hour conversation, the North Carolina MC spoke at length about the inspiration behind his new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, staying out of Drake’s lane, protesting in Ferguson, and wanting to sign Kendrick Lamar.
Cole was introduced to the Compton MC in 2010 before either rapper had released their debut albums. “I met Kendrick at a time when all I had out was The Warm Up, nobody knew who he was, he didn’t have a deal,” he said. “He was signed to Top [Dawg]—I didn’t know he was signed to Top.”
But he immediately knew that K-Dot was a star. “I actually wanted to sign him, but I didn’t have my business right. I didn’t know he was with Top [Dawg],” explained Cole. “But in my mind, he was the first person I ever found. … I remember tellin’ everybody like, ‘Yo, I’m tryna sign this kid. Like yo, this ni**a’s nasty!'”
“I ACTUALLY WANTED TO SIGN HIM, BUT I DIDN’T HAVE MY BUSINESS RIGHT.”
He went to a release party for an L.A. group named UNI and saw Kendrick perform for the first time. “I’m lookin at this short, dark-skinned kid like, ‘Yo, who is this kid?’ and then he gets on the mic and murders. I’m a rapper’s rapper and I’m not easily impressed, and when I heard him I was instantly [impressed].”
He approached Kendrick to give him props, and K-Dot reminded him that they had met before at the 2010 XXL Freshmen shoot with Jay Rock. “He was like, ‘I was asking [the editors] to give me your spot.’ But they didn’t know who he was.”
Later that night, Kendrick emailed him two songs, “Pussy and Patron” and “Cut You Off.” “I was like, ‘Yo, I’m fuckin’ with this ni**a. I wanna sign this ni**a!’ From there, I felt compelled to always give him any jewels I could.”
He even helped put Dr. Dre on to him. “When I was in the studio with Dre I had to tell Dre like, ‘Yo, you ain’t never heard of Kendrick?’ And he was like, ‘Oh, Kendrick? Yeah, I’m supposed to be meeting with him soon.’ And I was giving him the crazy co-sign like, ‘You gotta fuck with Kendrick.'”
“I DIDN’T KNOW THE NI**A WOULD GO PLATINUM BEFORE ME, BUT I DEFINITELY SAW IT FOR HIM.”
And the rest is history. “This ni**a blew the f**k up and reached levels that I hadn’t reached. … I didn’t know the ni**a would go platinum before me, but I definitely saw it for him. I believed and believe.”
During the interview, Cole also touched on his infamous run-in with Diddy at a VMA after-party in August 2013. “It was just a quick disagreement that turned into something,” said Cole. “Never been a beef, never is a beef. … It was too quick to really be considered a fight.”
Listen to the full two-hour interview below.
Word out of Canada is that Drake's anticipated next album, Views From the 6, will come complete with a collection of game-changing freebies.
According to OVO signee P. Reign, who's often seen on the scene toasting it up with the Young Money shooting guard, “Drake’s dropping a mixtape that I’ve already heard a lot of and it’s crazy ... it's some of the best I’ve heard from him in my life ... the world is going to shake."
Late last year, Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan let it leak that Drake had something in the works, and the 'Net has been salivating ever since. "I talked to him the other night," DeRozan said in November. "He said he wants to give me his mixtape that comes out in January.”
That means Drake's got four more days to keep the player from looking like a liar.
UPDATE 1/28/15: TMZ has obtained Wayne's lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money, in which Wayne is asking a judge to end his contract with the label. Additionally, Wayne is suing Birdman for a total of $51 million, as well as the rights to take Drake and Nicki Minaj with him.
UPDATE 1/26/15: According to TMZ, if Lil Wayne does indeed leave Cash Money, he wants to bring the entire Young Money Entertainment roster with him, which includes Drake and Nicki Minaj. The entire roster features the likes
of Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Mack Maine, Lil Twist, Tyga, and more, though Cash Money handles distribution for all of the artists.
Even though he dropped Sorry 4 the Wait 2 earlier this week, Lil Wayne wants Tha Carter V out as soon as possible and he's still anxiously trying to get off Cash Money, as well. TMZ is reporting that Wayne is taking Birdman to court and will sue him for $8 million in advances. Wayne claims that Birdman is violating their contract by withholding the release of Tha Carter V but, as we've reported earlier, Birdman claims he'll release the album "in due time."
CV has faced countless delays, and was supposed to drop on Oct. 28, until it was pushed back the day before. He's been associated with Cash Money Records since the early '90s, and has always maintained an extremely close relationship with Birdman over the years. His own label, Young Money Entertainment, is an imprint of Cash Money and back in April 2012, Wayne signed an additional four album deal with Cash Money, as well.
After scoring a huge buzz from his music late last decade, Charles Hamilton has earned more notoriety for surprising Internet moments in recent years. There was that time he got punched in the face by a female during a rap battle; a and his “supernatural” explanation to MTV News of his J. Cole diss track; and, more recently, claims that “Drake is an alien.”
But it looks like he’s now intent on changing that, and getting people’s focus back to his music.
On Monday, the Harlem-raised MC dropped “Correct,” a brief yet thoughtful song on his newly-launched Soundcloud page, which comes just days after his return to social media following a disappearance last year, as well as relaunched official site. In addition, he has signed with Turn First Records, the same management company that works with Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, as pointed out by Vibe.
Monday, January 26, 2015
A man who roams Times Square in a Winnie the Pooh costume has been arrested for the stabbing death of a man in a Midtown deli last week. Luis Martinez was stabbed at the New Star Cafe, which is apparently a hangout for costumed characters (seriously). The manager identified the assailant as Winnie the Pooh to police, and the suspect was taken into custody in Connecticut last night.
The Times also reports that "A man in Times Square dressed as Batman said on Friday that an Elmo had told him that the argument was over whose turn it was to buy beer."
Friday, January 23, 2015
Willow Smith, no stranger to age-based concern trolling, is finding herself at the center of another controversy. It's due to the photo you see here, which depicts the 14 year-old wearing a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt. That features naked breasts. Cue the pearl-clutching and think-piecing!
Smith posted the photo to her Instagram yesterday, but has since deleted it, no doubt due to said pearl-clutchy comments. The pic lives on V Files' Instagram (the tee in question was a part of its Gabriel Held vintage collection) and the popular @willowsmithfan account.
Media outlets are speculating that the pic is meant as a #FreeTheNipple statement, but we're going to go ahead and say that the only statement being made here is, "Hi, I'm 14, and I like to do provocative shit." Sure, it's a little naughty, but that's the point.
And, let's not forget that Smith is drawing on a rich tradition of subversive fashion here. Case in point: Vivienne Westwood's infamous trompe l'oeil T-shirt from the '70s — most notably worn by Siouxsie Sioux when she was young and snotty. You can bet when this author saw that T-shirt at age 15, she wanted one more than most other things in the world.
So, stroll on, Willow. We're not mad about this look. We just hope Jada and Will feel the same way.
Over the past year, the beef between Kid Cudi and Lupe Fiasco has lived on Twitter, but Lupe is ready to throw hands at Cudi if he sees him in the streets. If you recall, Cudi threw shots at Fiasco back in August when Lupe was giving out verses for $500 and the two went at it again earlier this month when Lupe told Kid Cudi to stop shitting on people who have helped his career.
During an interview with Sway, the radio host bluntly asked if Lupe if he and Cudi had buried the hatchet to which Fiasco quickly responded, “Fuck him!” He then went on to explain that he was a big fan of Cudi and has known him since he worked at the BAPE store before he blew up. Lupe then went on to tell listeners why the relationship broke down and threatened Cudi with physical violence.
“I told my fans, ‘Yo, if you want a Lupe verse, I’ll write it for you for $500. It’ll be yours; you can’t put it on Twitter — it’s yours. Don’t leak the sh-t or do whatever; it’s yours.’ And Cudi went on Twitter and was like, ‘Yo, Lupe, what you gonna do with that money?’…I’m thinking he joking.”
“I said, ‘Yo, gimme this bitch ass nigga Cudi’s number, if I see him, I’m knockin’ him the fuck out,” Lupe continued. “‘Cause I wanna get to the bottom of what the fuck you talkin’ about. Because it’s me. The same nigga you went in Complex and was like, one of the only niggas who reached out to me genuinely and had love for me was Lupe. But now I’m some fuckin’ thief? Now I can’t find you? Nobody knows where you are?”
Lupe ended the interview with a direct threat: “Cudi, let’s settle this,” he said. “Talk to me, before I fuck you up.”
Two years ago, A$AP Rocky hinted during an interview with Angie Martinez that Hollywood was calling and he may begin venturing into the movie business sooner rather than later. This week, he'll make his acting debut in director Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope, which premieres at Sundance. The coming-of-age drama is produced by Sean Combs, Forest Whitaker, Pharrell, and more.
“The main character, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a Nineties hip-hop geek,” Famuyiwa told Entertainment Weekly. “He isn’t a drug dealer or a gang banger. He’s into all types of music, and video games and computers. We’ve seen a lot of films about everything else in these neighborhoods—the crime, the athletes, the gangs—but you don’t see films about the regular kids who have to survive in these streets.”
Dope is set in Inglewood, CA and according to Famuyiwa, Rocky snagged a supporting role after helping his ex-girlfriend Chanel Iman practice her role in the film. Zoe Kravitz, Tyga, Vince Staples, and more will star in the film, as well.
Page Six is reporting that the premiere and party will go down on Saturday at Acura Studio. Hopefully we'll see his cameo on the big screen soon.
Rihanna collaboration among previewed songs during surprise appearance at Wednesday's iHeartMedia Music Summit.
People are sleeping with one eye open in case Kanye West releases new music, and that moment seems to be fast approaching. On Wednesday, West previewed new music from his seventh studio album at the iHeartMedia Music Summit at Burbank, Calif.'s iHeartRadio Theatre, according to a source at the event.
After Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels started his scheduled presentation -- talking about upcoming records from Big Sean, Alesso and Axwell /\ Ingrosso -- he suddenly announced: "I wanna stop this and turn it over to one of the great iconic rock stars of our time: Kanye West."
Kanye walked out with his laptop to a stunned room and picked up the mic -- then, noting the size of the room, put it down and asked if everyone could hear him and proceeded to speak for around 45 minutes without a mic.
A theme of his talk, which was a bit stream-of-consciousness and included a lot of joking around, was innovation -- what he called his "responsibility to innovate" and not repeat what he'd done before. He spoke of bringing in soul beats on his early records at a time when gangsta rap was prevalent, and the dichotomy of being signed to Roc-a-Fella and wearing a backpack in 2004. Because he was addressing radio programmers, he spoke at length about how he'd brought unlikely songs and topics to urban radio with "Jesus Walks" and "Through the Wire" from his first album, and then later in his career discovered Daft Punk and EDM and brought those influences into his music with "Stronger" and again with 808s and Heartbreak and how he hears that album's influence on a lot of urban radio today, even though it wasn't his biggest-selling album.
"This little talk I'm giving is going good so far," he said at one point, "so I have to risk being Kanye" -- meaning he'd have to mess it up.
He also doubled back on a statement he made onstage at Governors Ball in 2013: that he didn't want to be on the radio. "I was joking!" he laughed. "Of course I want to be on the radio!" He said "Black Skinhead" was another innovative record that he wished radio had embraced, and sang some of it a cappella.
He talked at length about his experience of working with Paul McCartney on "Only One." The song came together with McCartney jamming and Kanye freestyling, and West said he only realized when he heard the song played back that "my only one" was the meaning behind his first name.
He discussed what a sexy song the Beatles' "Come Together" is, and how he was in complete disbelief when Paul stood across from him and played the bassline. He also recalled jokingly asking the Beatle, "What was pussy like in the '60s?"
He then sang some of "Only One" a cappella, and you could hear a pin drop in the room.
He finished by playing one new song: a duet with Rihanna (title unknown) that featured acoustic guitar and a big, soaring chorus and melody with a massive hook. He then slammed his laptop shut and walked offstage to a standing ovation.
Perhaps the Rihanna song is the collaboration that also features Ty Dolla $ign and McCartney that Ty mentioned to Billboard in early January. "Me, Rihanna, 'Ye and Paul [Mc Cartney] got a song about to drop as well," Ty Dolla $ign said. "It's gonna drop soon. I heard they shot the video recently. I don't know what the final title is, but I know it's crazy, so just be looking out for [it]."
Yesterday, at the iHeart Media summit in Los Angeles, producer Ray Angry posted a photo to Instagram backstage with Hamilton and Rita Ora, and according to the caption, the two have collaborated on a song possibly called "NY Raining." Hamilton, who recently joined Instagram, posted a photo of him performing on stage with Ora—and some footage of him rehearsing on the piano. (No, this is not a new song, it's "Moonlight Sonata.")
A few weeks back, Thompson Studios tweeted a photo of Hamilton alongside The Invisible Men, the masterminds behind Iggy Azalea's hit, "Fancy." The trio previously worked with Ora on DJ Fresh's hit "Hot Right Now." Forums also picked up that multiple employees at Turn First Artists, the London-based music and branding company, who work with Ora, Azalea and The Invisible Men, listed Hamilton as an artist that will be big in 2015. Looks like Hamilton may make a comeback this year.
I Think its safe to say
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I'm that Big Handsome Daddy... and the lady above has a 100 percent chance of being my wife...crazy right, anyway to dismiss my man whorish ways i'm dropping a EP called PIMPS NEVER DIE...loosely inspired by a track me and my boy Rome is supposed to do called Hero's Never Die but that's neither here or there anyway listen to the intro to the first track entitled Grande Papi Chulo which is Spanish for
"big handsome daddy"
Jay Z is reportedly part of a group in negotiations to purchase New York radio station Hot 97, according to MediaTakeOut.com.
The website cites an unnamed "rock solid source" as saying the hip-hop mogul is part of a consortium that's in discussions to buy the legacy radio station. New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is also reportedly also part of the group involved in the negotiations.
WQHT Hot 97 is currently owned by Emmis Communications and is one of its flagship radio properties. Its DJ personalities include Ebro, Peter Rosenberg, Miss Info and Funkmaster Flex.
Lets follow the timeline of SUS behavior from JAY courtesy of the big homie Fedel BD
- 2 years ago flex does an interview with life and times (jays website).
- the interview is supposed to be about flex's legacy. However the interviewed asked a lot of questions about Flex's digital app and it's technology (the one that allows u to download album links straight to ur phone and listen). The interviewer also does not work for life and times but is a "tech freelancer" (suspect).
- months later the article drops and none of the questions about the app are in the article when published.
- few months after that, MCHG is released via the life and times app and samsung using the same technology that the flex app uses. Flex knows he was bit, but he lets it rock...says nothing.
- for years he's told to not play any Dipset music at events (more sus behavior and hating honestly). He obliges and stays quiet. But now around New Years he gets an email from life and times asking what's his involvement with the dips and how did they pull the shows together??? Flex is not stupid. He realizes this is another attempt at Jay and his team to probe flex's marketing/tech plans and see what they can get from it. Logically speaking it makes sense because if u have banned me from playing dips for years, why would u care about what I'm doing with them? Also there's no interview being set up to support the reunion. On ur site...so why are u asking me about dips?
- flex has had enough and airs it out. He then gets a text saying "This Is Hov" after Jay attempted to send messengers over to hot to give him a messge. U might say it doesn't matter that it was in all caps, but to a OG like flex it does. End of the day remember this...juicy (biggie Song) came out in 1994...2 years before reasonable doubt...years before Jay was even thought about. And on THAT song biggie is saying he grew up listening to flex. That shows u how long flex been in the game and running things are far as NYC radio. He respects him of course but he said it perfect "there's more than one boss in this city, we don't all work for u".
There's a few ppl who can pull Jay card (Russell, Puff, Flex) like dudes that was that nigga before Jay was anyone...so I guess ya man basically saying don't send for me like I'm some lil dude. I respect it man. Be the best rapper (which he WITHOUT A DOUBT IS) but u still a man at the end of the day, so another man can let u know when u disrespected him, ESEPCAILLY when he's let it slide mad times before.
Charles Hamilton has had a rough road in the rap game, but it would appear that the Harlem-bred rapper is on the road back.
He recently joined Instagram and made an interesting proclamation.
“The hype is real. Hello again. #rapgame #letsdothis #hiphop,” the rapper stated.
Nothing more was said and a website listed had no further information.
A few days ago, Hamilton jump started his Twitter again. He also appears as an signed artist under Universal Music Group website and has been making some waves recording with a rising star Y. Rome in Daddy's House Recording Studio. Check out the the track below entitled "Oh My Oh My'
With the success of Empire, actor, Taraji P. Henson, seems to be back on the top of the game in Hollywood. Taraji is one of the only black actors in Hollywood that started from the bottom as a single mother, and one of the black actors who didn’t sleep around to make it. If it is anyone who knows Taraji struggles, actor Tyrese knows best. Taraji child’s father passed away years ago leaving her a single mother and Tyrese was on the actors who stood by her side when she first enter the showbiz. So it was no surprise when Tyrese penned a sweet message to Taraji who he has confessed his love for in the past. Tyrese wrote:
“We started our journey together – I got my ears to the streets – she’s winning…. She’s being celebrated in a new capacity, and there’s no one in the WORLD more proud….. It’s good to see GOOD people who haven’t slept around to get there MAKE IT in this town called Hollywood…. If you ladies need someone to look up to……. Single mother from DC college graduate paid her dues did it the RIGHT WAY….. Now she’s killing….. Shout to my better half… My ride or die…:: Oscar nominated @TarajiPHenson aka Yvette make sure yall tune in on Wed to watch her new #1 show #EMPIRE my proudest post of #2015″
#tyrese #TarajiPHenson #Empire
Thursday, January 15, 2015
UMMMM 2015 all those upcoming artist of 2014 are here and there kicking ass...like Madara vs the shinobi alliance ass...Nas is a legend and i love him but he def was wrong about HIP HOP BEING DEAD...here's a couple words from one of the featured artist of 2014 Faze AKA Tavon Rowe then peep the heat...if you don't listen to this you a lame and you aint real cause them bars will ressurect and change whatever mood you in...
words from FAZE
"First off, happy new year peeps. I wish all of you, whether you've left the group or nah (yeah, I said it) nothing but peace, good health, and prosperity this 2015. I would like to finally, after years of getting my shit together, present you with a track that I recorded a couple months back. I have always been writing and will never stop writing. Hope you guys enjoy it, and please share it with someone if you can. Whether on your own timelines or just referring someone to it, I will forever be in your debt. #FizzleFridays is back with a vengeance baby!! Enjoy, and as awlays, comments and thoughts are very much welcome. Mad love"
Tay Beats on the production he's definitely getting a shout out this year...he forever been slacking though. I've been trying to get a beat for years but that's another story for another day
Music’s biggest stars are aligning for Fifty Shades of Grey. Beyoncé and The Weeknd are among the featured artists on the soundtrack to the erotic thriller.
Queen Bey contributes a remix of her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love” as well as the Michael Diamond Remix of “Haunted,” which can both be heard in the film’s trailer.
The Weeknd pens two original tracks including “Where You Belong” and the single “Earned It.” The 16 tracks also include music from The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, and Annie Lennox as well as new and previously unreleased material from Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey, Sia, and Jessie Ware.
The soundtrack arrives on Feb. 10, three days before the film hits theaters. The movie, based off E. L. James’ erotic romance novel, stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and Rita Ora, who plays Christian Grey’s sister.
See the tracklisting below.
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRACKLISTING
1. “I Put a Spell on You (Fifty Shades of Grey)” – Annie Lennox
2. “Undiscovered” – Laura Welsh
3. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” – The Weeknd
4. “Meet Me in the Middle” – Jessie Ware
5. “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
6. “Haunted (Michael Diamond Remix)” – Beyoncé
7. “Salted Wound” – Sia
8. “Beast of Burden” – The Rolling Stones
9. “I’m on Fire” – AWOLNATION
10. “Crazy in Love (2014 Remix)” – Beyoncé
11. “Witchcraft” – Frank Sinatra
12. “One Last Night” – Vaults
13. “Where You Belong” – The Weeknd
14. “I Know You” – Skylar Grey
15. “Ana and Christian” – Danny Elfman
16. “Did That Hurt?” – Danny Elfman
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
It's no secret Childish Gambino is probably one of my favorite artist at this point in time because he's not only talented he's also very intelligent, and this shows in the way he expresses his talents. I've enjoyed watching his maturation as an artist and how he has continued to grow progressively which has widened his audience and gained him the respect of the gate keepers of the hip hop industry. He was met with a lot of criticism early on in his career transitioning from actor, to rapper, to artist, to musician, to entertainer, but now he's NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY. Now if that's not the definition of Pain To Progression then i don't know what is.
My Fascination with Gambino doesn't end with his eccentric fashion, and witty bars we also have a religious connection.... We both have been raised as Jehovah's Witnesses and that in itself can put a weird strain on one's mental fortitude, mainly because it's the most factual and truest religion i've seen and I've studied them all and kept an open mind on some FreeMason flow and its ingrained and taught with such efficiency from infancy up lol
Deut.6:6-7 "And these words that I am commanding you today must prove to be on your heart; 7 and you must inculcate them in your son and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. "
With the truth you can only except or reject it. This is something my high school teacher Mr. Robinson explained to me in 12th grade. He said one thing he observed from people that he knew where witnesses growing up was that they either turned out really well or they completely rebelled and eventually self destructed their was no in between, He theorized that those who stuck with it turned out to be decent people but those who didn't rejected it and in went 0-100 real quick but it was because of the rigidness of the training and the practice or exiling ones who do not follow the sometimes strict biblical principle. On a side not i think JW's make the best music why im not sure but i mean:
(JAY Z, Biggie, Micheal Jackson, Prince,Xzhibit, Larry Graham (drakes Uncle) Ja Rule, Childish Gambino, George Benson, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Krazy Bone, Me,Omarion)
I can keep going but that's another blog for another day...anyway I'm interested in how he turns out...songs like Zealots of Stockholm show that he's struggling with the two masters. This connection though gave us common ground to work with and I look forward to making a mixtape with my big bro...its gonna be lit 2015...you heard it here first
Here's the audio as promised
Surfing YouTube for some footage to rip and i stumbled upon this song by the eccentric and wise CHarles Hamilton...the production is tight and the voice mails remind me of the good ol' Binge Vol .1 days...example: "She Hates Me"...The Girl in question on the voice mail might be famous PornStar Lacey Duvalle not 100% sure about it so don't take my word for it but check it out and tell me what you think...
What's up guys? This is a Public Service Announcement for everybody that's been rocking with me and the blog. First things first Thank You and I love everyone that visits this page and I promise to continue bringing you some really dope content now and forever. The content doesn't just have to be just music, fashion, and entertainment related, we at thisisblaine.blogspot.com will be expanding more into the social and political world. Pretty much anything that matters and effect us as a people we'll probably talk about.
First things first though I need everyone to go check out my new youtube channel. I'll leave the link below. You can subscribe and like the videos as much as you want.
This specific channel is going to focus less on general entertainment but more exclusive content from Fire First Music Group, Limitless Entertainment, and hopefully Splitzville Entertainment. So definitely be on the look out for that in fact my first video entitled RiriBadu (Rihanna-Eryka Badu) is up and its pretty much a NSFW (NotSafeForWork) video shout out to two of the sexiest women on the planet...so check that out
With the new year no doubt means new music. This year im dropping two projects one indie one and probably one major one so ummm yea....
The Indie Project is called Grande Papi Chulo which is Spanish for "Big Handsome Daddy" and the full tape will drop for free around the end of March but peep the artwork....
and the Second project is called KZBG (King Zeus BLVKK GOD) and that album is gonna hit like 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Trying or like Biggie Smalls Ready To Die....thats definitely the game changer peep the unofficial artwork...
Last but least tonight the label will be dropping one of my songs "All My Love" Featuring Childish Gambino so yea I'm excited for that....check the blog about 9 pm it should be up....and that's about it.....
Signing Out King Blaine King Zeus
Monday, January 12, 2015
Drake 0-100/ The Catch Up Track when released was a bonafide Hit. The catchy production and the Drake rant style lyrics with many quotable lyrics had the stations and the clubs jumping.
Now we have the official unofficial video directed and edited by Vxery. The video has just under a million views and has been edited with precision and humor...thank Kevin Hart for providing the "She wasn't ready" and check the video below...
Saturday, January 10, 2015
NICKI MINAJ ADMITTED TO HOOKING UP WITH MEEK MILL WHILE SHE WAS DATING SAFAREE – RECEIPTS ON DECK (PICS, SCREENSHOTS, AND MORE)
We posted this story 3 times and deleted it. But it’s back and here to stay.
You know, real TEA is always hard to believe…haven’t you heard the saying, “The truth is stranger than fiction?” The TEA is especially hard to swallow when your fave artist is involved in the scandal. Recently, the streets have been talking and saying that Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are currently dating. We never reported the story because all we heard was hearsay and you know that we need our receipts (pics/screenshots, sources, and confirmation).
Well, we confirm they are currently dating now and (allegedly – we will just throw that in there) Nicki Minaj admitted in a text exchange with her Ex of twelve years, Safaree, that she cheated on him with Meek Mill in the live room 9 months ago.
When our source revealed the screenshots of the text messages we doubted that it was true. However, our source (who was snooping through Safaree’s old emails on his phone) provided proof that we couldn’t deny. While we won’t divulge all of the confirmation that we received, we still have enough receipts to make this TEA nice and sweet.
See texts below:
Nicki Minaj and Safaree had been having issues in their relationship for awhile. Nicki was feeling like she would do everything for Safaree, but he would barely do anything for her in return. This is something she has admitted in recent interviews. On this particular day, Nicki, Safaree, and Chiraq rapper Lil Herb were all in the studio. Nicki Minaj was angry because she felt Safaree was showing out and basically ignoring her. She would ask him for assistance and he completely ignored her and treated her like ish. Throughout the time that they were in the studio they were arguing via text back and forth over the issue. At one point, Nicki Minaj asked Safaree to help her with her bags down the stairs and to the car and he ignored her and said no. Instead, he brought guns to the studio to show off for Lil herb (he was very excited about working with him). Nicki Minaj didn’t appreciate the fact that he was of little to no help and spent his time bragging in the studio for an 18 year old. In the text messages, she threatened to get Safaree beat up and she hit him where it hurts by admitting that she had intimate relations with Meek Mill that same day in the live room. Now, Nicki could have been trying to make him jealous but this is what she told him.
So what do the receipts prove?
Well, first we have a photo of Safaree straight from his email that you won’t be able to find on the internet as of now. I mean, we had to get this photo from somewhere. In this photo it shows his receding hairline and you can bet this photo is a bit embarrassing for Safaree. It seems he’s fixed this issue since then.
Secondly, we can confirm that 9 months ago (36 weeks ago) Nicki Minaj, Lil Herb, and Safaree were all in the studio together. Nicki Minaj and Safaree both posted pics posing with Lil Herb in the studio exactly 36 weeks ago.
(pic of Nicki Minaj and Lil herb in the studio)
Thirdly, we can confirm that Safaree did bring guns to the studio to show off for Lil Herb by his own admission in the hashtag under his picture that read:
“I really gave him the 9 tho with the green beam (gun emojis).”
We can also confirm that Lil Herb was in fact 18 years old at the time this occurred. In the text messages from 9 months ago (36 weeks ago), Nicki Minaj mentioned that Safaree was showing off for an 18 year old. Lil Herb recently turned 19 in October.
We can basically confirm that everything said in the text messages were true except for when Nicki claimed she messed with Meek in the live room and that he came by the studio earlier that day.
Well, we went back to find out where Meek Mill was 36 weeks ago and…..well, what do you know? He was in the studio too.
We even went through Nicki’s tweets and her abbreviations are definitely consistent with the ones in the screenshots. Of course, all of this is on top of the extra confirmation we already have…that we can’t divulge to you all.
Now let us know if the TEA was as sweet as promised below!
As entrepreneurs we know life is often a roller coaster with lots of uncertainty and chaos. When you’re in the struggle, it’s tough to see a clear path to success, but it’s crucial to let your vision guide you, not your current circumstances. You must embrace those challenges, because that’s where your hunger for a better life is developed.
Nobody wants to be broke, and nobody wants to struggle, but it’s part of the process. It’s asking the right questions, and taking the right action while in the struggle, that can change everything. When I was in my toughest spot I was dead broke but six months later I was earning a six figure income. What it took to make the change is available to everyone.
It's easy to make decisions once you determine what your real values are.
Reflecting back on the lowest points of my life, I’ve realized I didn’t take responsibility for anything. I was playing the victim role. I was blaming the economy, my company, lack of resources and my location. I soon realized my focus was jaded and what I needed to change was myself. The moment I got clear on that, my life shifted from complexity to simplicity.
Clarity is the ultimate power, and if you want results you’ve never had you need to get 100 percent clear on what you want. Only when you take full responsibility for your current reality can you change it. Minimalism is a great way to run your business, and a great way to run your life. Get rid of the messes and noise in your head and figure out who you are, what you want and what you must give up to get there.
Your Confidence Account.
Insecurities will destroy you, while real confidence will take you to a level very few attain.
An interesting thing happens when you start to gain clarity. Your confidence follows. If you don’t have confidence, you will always find a way to lose. Everything you accomplish is based on the confidence you have in yourself and your ability to “make it happen.” The bigger the goals, the bigger the challenges.
You must realize the moment you go after your biggest goals, obstacles will show up. They are there to test your character and faith, and to see if you are serious about your goals. The person with the most confidence always wins. When I got clear on the actions needed to start thriving, I felt my motivation and energy elevate. These days, the only security you have is the confidence in yourself and your ability to make things happen.
Shifting your circle of influence.
There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did and who always will.
Once you get clear on who you are and what you want, you must re-evaluate your Circle of Influence. Who you associate with is who you become. The term "role model'' is not used enough in our society. It’s extremely important to have role models. A role model will raise your standards. A role model will not let you get complacent. Finding a role model or mentor will spark your mind because they are playing the game at a higher level than you are.
If you hang around five confident people, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five intelligent people, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five millionaires, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five idiots, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five broke people, you will be the sixth.
Such a simple concept, but what a difference it can make on your performance and business. There’s no faster way to advance into the top 5 percent of your industry than this. Yet, most people don’t do it. I challenge you to find those people, because you’ll become a lot like the people you spend the most time with. Their belief systems, their ways of being and their attitudes are contagious. Once you elevate your peer group, your standards will follow.
Crafting your ideal result rituals.
The amount of stress you have in your life is in direct correlation to the lack of rituals you have in place!
Without the right rituals and habits, your long-term growth will be stunted. Once I learned where my results were coming from, I created "result rituals'' that moved my business forward. Intentional action is the only thing that will get you out of the struggle. I had been working 60 to 70 hours a week, but nothing seemed to change until I started asking myself what the 20 percent of activities I needed to focus on that created 80 percent of my results. Then I organized my schedule around those priorities.
The greatest wisdom of all time is in astutely choosing what not to do with your time. Say "no'' more than you say ''yes''. Don’t be a slave to your phone. Design everything around the lifestyle you want, not for the convenience of other people.
There has never been a better time in the history of our economy to create your ideal life. Whether you're in the midst of struggle or thriving, I encourage you to continue challenging yourself. When you make a definite decision on what kind of person you will be, on an everyday basis, you start to gain control of your financial destiny. If you continue to choose growth in the moment, and show up better than you were yesterday, you will astound yourself at what you can accomplish. You're a lot closer to six figures than you think