Monday, August 7, 2017

Coolin Cam Amsterdam Feat Vado Hits The Streets Hard



Whoah

Hot off the presses Coolin Cam a Harlem artist from 145th and Amsterdam/Broadway has just dropped another banger feat a cosign from New York Legend Vado. Amsterdam is heavy on the punchlines and melodic morphine on the beat check out this video below and also his cosign from The Weeknd



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Beats By Dre: How They Came To Be | K Zeus Speaks




Jimmy Iovine, speaking in New York at the University of Southern California's Global Conversation, told the complete story of how he founded Beats with Dr. Dre nearly 10 years ago.

As excitement around CDs was starting to wane — and Apple's iPod was surging in popularity — Iovine, a record producer, said he was frustrated.

He mentioned approaching Doug Morris, then the CEO of Universal Music Group, about his desire to move onto something hardware-related. He was fascinated that Apple's Steve Jobs was "making hardware and selling it through software."

"I went to him and I said, 'Doug, I can’t sell CDs anymore, I’m not going to be the guy who sold the last CD, I’m just not that guy.'"

Morris, who wanted Iovine to stay within the industry, eventually negotiated a new contract for Iovine, so that he could pursue new ideas.

"Doug got them to give me my new contract where I could actually innovate and start a business within the company," Iovine said. "It was an incredible thing, it was a very bold thing, and then I went on a mission."

Iovine then set out to find a new project, constantly reminded of Jobs' success with the pocket-size music player that could hold 1,000 songs.
"That thing that Steve Jobs was doing with these shiny white objects was always in my mind, and how he was using our stuff to push it out," Iovine said. "And everyone is saying, 'Wow this is the coolest thing in the world.' I said, 'Yeah, but part of what’s making it cool is what we’re doing for him at Apple with iTunes.'"

A short time later, Iovine, who was already friends with the rapper Dr. Dre, bumped into him by chance, and the idea for Beats began.

"I was walking down the beach one day and I ran into Andre Young, Dr. Dre," Iovine said. "I was exercising, and I said, 'How’re you doing?' And Dre is very soft-spoken, doesn’t talk much, he just said to me, 'Yo, my lawyer, he wants me to sell sneakers — what do you think?'

"I said, 'Dre, nobody in the world cares about how you dress or will care about your sneakers. What you should sell is speakers.' At that moment, he said to me, 'We can do that?' And I said, 'F--- yeah.'"

For Iovine, it was exactly the opportunity he had been searching for.

"It all hit me at once: Steve Jobs, the record business, the iPod, Dre, 'cool' ... it all hit me at once, and I said, 'Let's do this.'"

The two then had to figure out a name for the business.

"[Dre] said, 'You know I use this word ‘beats,'" Iovine said. "'You know, I make beats, right, so 'Beats by Dr. Dre.''

"I said, 'OK, headphones ... beats ... by Dr. Dre — headphones and speakers.'

"He said, 'I’m in,' and that was the beginning of the company, and that’s exactly how it happened."
As excitement around CDs was starting to wane — and Apple's iPod was surging in popularity — Iovine, a record producer, said he was frustrated.

He mentioned approaching Doug Morris, then the CEO of Universal Music Group, about his desire to move onto something hardware-related. He was fascinated that Apple's Steve Jobs was "making hardware and selling it through software."

"I went to him and I said, 'Doug, I can’t sell CDs anymore, I’m not going to be the guy who sold the last CD, I’m just not that guy.'"

Morris, who wanted Iovine to stay within the industry, eventually negotiated a new contract for Iovine, so that he could pursue new ideas.

"Doug got them to give me my new contract where I could actually innovate and start a business within the company," Iovine said. "It was an incredible thing, it was a very bold thing, and then I went on a mission."

Iovine then set out to find a new project, constantly reminded of Jobs' success with the pocket-size music player that could hold 1,000 songs.
"That thing that Steve Jobs was doing with these shiny white objects was always in my mind, and how he was using our stuff to push it out," Iovine said. "And everyone is saying, 'Wow this is the coolest thing in the world.' I said, 'Yeah, but part of what’s making it cool is what we’re doing for him at Apple with iTunes.'"

A short time later, Iovine, who was already friends with the rapper Dr. Dre, bumped into him by chance, and the idea for Beats began.

"I was walking down the beach one day and I ran into Andre Young, Dr. Dre," Iovine said. "I was exercising, and I said, 'How’re you doing?' And Dre is very soft-spoken, doesn’t talk much, he just said to me, 'Yo, my lawyer, he wants me to sell sneakers — what do you think?'

"I said, 'Dre, nobody in the world cares about how you dress or will care about your sneakers. What you should sell is speakers.' At that moment, he said to me, 'We can do that?' And I said, 'F--- yeah.'"

For Iovine, it was exactly the opportunity he had been searching for.

"It all hit me at once: Steve Jobs, the record business, the iPod, Dre, 'cool' ... it all hit me at once, and I said, 'Let's do this.'"

The two then had to figure out a name for the business.

"[Dre] said, 'You know I use this word ‘beats,'" Iovine said. "'You know, I make beats, right, so 'Beats by Dr. Dre.''

"I said, 'OK, headphones ... beats ... by Dr. Dre — headphones and speakers.'

"He said, 'I’m in,' and that was the beginning of the company, and that’s exactly how it happened."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Master P & A Thug Do A Prodigy Tribute



When The Love Is Genuine It Shows



 A Thug would like to take a moment out right now to give a major shout out to one of my favorite artist that I feel was true in the spirit ,true to hip hop and just truly living. My stone Prodigy from Mobb Deep I could really sincerely say that ever since I was young a teenager I used to listen to Mobb Deep and I really could say that these dudes was real. They was the definition of NYC rap, Grimy rap that kept it real and wasn't trying to be flashy or talk about s*** that they didn't have they was talking about the pain, the struggle and trill life. To see that the stone passed away is definitely something that f****** me up because I always wanted to do a song with Prodigy he was definitely a real one.



Rap Moguls Master P & A Thug show love to the late rapper Prodigy by showing genuine love for him and calling out all the fake love everybody and theyre momma has been showing for the sake or publicity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rijGsF58l9M&list=LLb8IJ1QLlbcabIwAcXN44Qw&index=1

During the BET Awards on Sunday night (June 25), the network paid tribute to Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who died on June 20 , a mere five days before the show. On Monday (June 25), rap mogul Master P took to Instagram to slam the network for their tribute he deemed insincere.

The Instagram video shows the Ice Cream Man standing outside of a BET Experience event in Los Angeles and talking to the camera. “Prodigy, last week, couldn’t even get in here. Couldn’t get backstage, couldn’t have a pass,” he said to the lens. “All of a sudden, when you die, you this big superstar. Why couldn’t we give the man his flowers while he here?”


The rant, which lasts a full minute, talks about how other fallen entertainers have received similar treatment. He ended the rant with: “It’s sad. They did the same thing with Prince and Whitney Houston. C’mon, man. Give the people they flowers while they still here.”




He continued with a lengthy caption that read: “The Truth Hurts…BET Would Have Never Changed Their Show For Prodigy If He Was Still Alive!! It was a great thing acknowledging and celebrating the life of Prodigy and all of his accomplishments. But It’s a shame that none of these artists are told how great they are while they’re alive. Why can’t they get their flowers and tokens of appreciation while they’re still living? I know the truth hurts. I just have one serious question… Was Prodigy or Mobb Deep on BET’s radar last week… were they invited to the red carpet event, offered guest passes or an invite to perform at the awards show in the last 10 years?


“I’m willing to bet the answer is NO,” he continued. “I came to support my daughter today on the BET Experience stage but I decided that my family and I will not participate in the red carpet or awards events this year. I love my people and I support them but we really need to do better by each other. We lost a very talented brother, Prodigy. I send my condolences to his family. Hopefully, one day we can start appreciating the talented sisters and brothers while they are still alive. I know that what I am saying may ruffle a few feathers but the truth needed to be heard.”


The tribute to Prodigy ended up being a smaller spectacle than what viewers likely expected. Havoc, the other half of Mobb Deep, and Lil Kim both paid their respect prior to presenting the Kendrick Lamar with the award for Best Male Hip Hop Artist.


“His pen painted vivid pictures of street life,” Kim said. “He made what was ugly sound beautiful.”


“I’m going to miss my dude,” Havoc added. “This loss is painful. But the lyrical legacy he left us will impact the culture forever. Rest in peace, Prodigy. My brother.”


Reports obtained by TMZ say the tribute was originally supposed to involve performances, but was changed at the last minute to avoid interfering with performance contracts already signed.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Can Somebody On the Cavs Please Help LeBron



OAKLAND — Life finally isn’t fair for LeBron James. 




The greatest player in the world, authoring one of the greatest postseasons of all-time, is going to have nothing to show for it. In the NBA Finals, putting up triple-doubles doesn’t even come close to getting the job done against the Warriors. And in this bizzaro world, an effort like that doesn’t even make the Cavs competitive.

Such is the sad state of the Cavs these days after they wasted another brilliant performance from LeBron in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday. He finished with a superb 29 points, 11 boards, and 14 assists and all the Cavaliers got for that genius work was a 19-point spanking and an 0-2 hole in the series. If LeBron doesn’t get some legit help STAT, basketball’s going to be done as soon as Friday night.

"He's one of the great players of all time, we all know that," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "I think he's playing better than he's ever played and you just do your best."

The Cavaliers, who had a pretty easy time of it in the East on their march to the Finals, have collectively been anything but their best these last two games. They've looked thoroughly outclassed and overmatched against the Warriors through eight quarters of the Finals. While LeBron has been pulling his weight and doing everything humanly possibly except ordering Nancy Kerrigan clubbings on the Warriors, the same can’t be said for his supporting cast that desperately needed to play above their weight if the Cavs were going to have a chance in this series.

Instead, LeBron has been blessed with no-show performance from his running mates and Sunday the main culprit was Kyrie Irving. But he wasn't the only one. Tristan Thompson again had a brutal game and the 3-point shot that was the Cavs’ calling card all season failed them. Yeah, Irving scored 19, but needed 23 shots to get there. Thompson only managed 8 points and was a -18 while on the court. The team finished shooting 27.6 percent from three, easily their worst mark of the postseason.

But it was Irving’s poor play that hurt the most. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue chalked some of that up to Irving’s defensive assignments.

“Running around with Steph and chasing Klay and chasing Steph and constantly having to be on alert, it takes a lot out of you offensively,” said Lue.

So there was LeBron Sunday night, putting on a brave face after another bitterly disappointing performance from his Cavs and doing his best not to throw his teammates under the bus. He balled. Other than Kevin Love, who finished with 27 points, nobody else joined him.

“I don’t want to get into what we need to do better. We need to do better right now,” James said. “Do things—I don’t want to say differently because you work so hard to get to this point—but make a couple of changes to see if we can be a lot better defensively.”

Once again, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry had themselves a night. Curry matched LeBron’s triple-double with one of this own—his first in the postseason—finishing with 32 points, 10 boards, and 11 assists. Durant ended the night with 33 points and 13 boards. The revelation was Klay Thompson who had been AWOL for the Warriors recently. Thompson busted out for 22, hitting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Every Warrior saw some action and they combined to shoot 51.7 percent from the field. The win had added meaning since Kerr made a triumphant return to the sidelines for the first time since Golden State's first round series with the Trailblazers. The good vibes were flowing throughout Oracle Arena for anyone who bleeds blue and gold. The Cavs, on the other hand, probably endured the quietest plane ride back to Cleveland this season.
Looking ahead to Games 3 and 4, what can the Cavs do that’s going to stop a Golden State squad that still hasn’t played their A game and still has cruised to victories in the Finals? Three nights after the Cavs turned the ball over 20 times, the Warriors did the same. And despite all those extra possessions, the Cavs watched a close game in the first half balloon into a blowout after halftime. You can chalk that up to an NBA Finals record 18 3-pointers from the Warriors.

“The game changed quite a bit tonight from Game 1,” Kerr said. “They made a lot of adjustments. They put us on our heels and we were able to respond.”

In the locker room, James, who tied Magic Johnson’s record for most career triple-doubles in the NBA Finals with eight, not surprisingly wasn’t in a particularly great mood. For reasons he refused to reveal, he wasn’t paraded up to the podium to meet the media like normal and gave it right back to a reporter who asked him if Games 3 and 4 were just about defending home court.

“Are you a smart guy?” James asked. “Think so right? So if we don’t defend home court what happens?”

The season ends, basketball’s over until October, and LeBron and Cavs have to go back to the drawing board and maybe completely revamp things. After two games in the NBA Finals, he’s got no answers for how to stop the Warriors from raining on his repeat parade. If only he could get a little help from his friends. 

Donald Glover Reveals Why He’s Retiring Childish Gambino




“Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things...”



Over the weekend, Donald Glover hopped on the Governors Ball stage to perform what he said was his only Childish Gambino performance of 2017. During said performance, Glover made mention of seeing us "for the last Gambino album."

For anyone doubting that Glover would indeed be hanging up his career as Childish Gambino, he's doubling down on his claims that Childish Gambino isn't "necessary" anymore. In some comments to Huff Po during a promo event for his hit FX series Atlanta, he compared his time as a musician to the stale state of movies. "There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’" he told Huff Po. "I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that."

Glover also spoke on "Redbone" being "a punk song" in the sense that, as he describes it, "Redbone" is "a gospel song on the radio," but it sounds like he doesn't want to pigeonhole himself, saying "there's only so far you can go before you just are the radio."

"I feel like there's gotta be a reason to do things," Glover said.

Even with "Redbone" peaking at No. 17 this week, Glover's Hollywood plate is super full. He's set to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming this July, is going to be in the live-action adaptation of The Lion King voicing Simba, and will be developing an animated Deadpool series for FXX, as well as finding time to mold season 2 of Atlanta. Maybe there's just not enough hours in his days to churn out another Childish Gambino project, especially when Hollywood's hitting his line now more than ever.

Nicki Minaj Say her next album will be A Hip Hop Classic



At this point, a lot of folks would probably consider Nicki Minaj more of a pop artist than anything else, but that’s not changing the way she’s approaching her next album.

In an interview with DJ Whoo Kidd, Nicki said her next project will be a classic Hip Hop album.

“My goal right now is just releasing this fourth album and watching my fans react to it,” she said. “Because I know it’s going to be my best body of work  … Obviously, I’m not telling them when my album is coming out, but I just know that it’s going to be amazing because I want to thank the people who rocked with me all these years … I gotta impress them … So that’s next on my bucket list. To deliver my fourth album and make sure it’s a classic Hip Hop album that people will never forget.”

So does that mean Nicki’s next album will be void of big sweeping pop hooks, and she’ll be spitting more bars instead of singing? Furthermore, do you think she should make a harder edged Hip Hop album or stay in her pop lane?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

5 Reason why A-Thug is winning in Hip Hop and Business



1)MEGASTAR MONEY VIDEO +A-THUG (IM A MEGASTAR !) 



MEGASTAR MONEY+A-THUG (IM A MEGASTAR !) BEST OF THE BEST VOL 2 +https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/meg...
https://www.audiomack.com/album/a-thu..."
FILM BY MEGASTAR TV / SHOT IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Best of The Best Volume 2" is a guaranteed Smash Compliation mixtape of the year.brought to you by the good folks of A-Thug's Black Rolling Stones Inc., The MegaStar Brand & Vinylpopnation. "Best of The Best" features the hottest independent artists Out Of New York City His Catchy Hook & Bossed up lyrics Show us why his Megastar Brand continues to grow and thrive from Megastar Custom Clothing, Megastar TV & Films as well as The Megastar Studios. Recording Artist from the borough of Manhattan and beyond flock to Megastar studios for that professional polished sound


2)A-THUG RADIO TAKEOVER (BLACK POWER) @ DSN Radio (DAMATRIX RADIO)


THIS IS WAVIEST SONG OUT RIGHT NOW ! MILKY WAY IS A SONG FOR FREAKS THAT HANDLE THEY BUSINESS AND MAKE HER MILKY WAY IN OTHER WORDS CLIMAX AND LOVE IT WHEN IM IN IT .. GOT HER SCREAMING ..LAY HER BODY DOWN ...BEAT THAT PU$$Y UP THUGGA!
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/athug132

3)GOODBYE OFFICIAL VIDEO+BY "A-thug 'The best new year song of all time"




http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/athug115 

IT COMES TIME IN LIFE YOU GOTTA SAY GOODBYE TO THE FAKE, THE WACK AND UNWANTED THINGS YOU FED UP WITH . THIS IS THE SONG THAT GIVE THAT ENERGY TO LOOK WITHIN AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS TO TAKE YOUR LIFE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.#GOODBYE ONE OF THE REALIST SONGS 
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/athug115

. Every hustle needs someone like A Thugga one who doesn't have their hand out and is willing to do whatever it takes to make ends meet. From Harlem to Brooklyn, representing for the Big Apple, A Thugga takes a moment to speak to the realest and trillest as he proclaims being the Greatest.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/athug115



4)Black power official video -A-THUG (FOR THE MELANIN ) STAND UP RISE ABOVE LIKE (MEGASTAR TV)




Blackpower by A-Thug +https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/athug126
© Copyright - Aaron Mcbride / Blackrollingstones (638037740684)
Download $0.99 +https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bla...

BLACK POWER - SONG THAT WILL RAISE A NATION !!!THE ALMIGHTY :BLACK ROLLING STONES 4 EVER!!!! MUTIPLE!! A-THUG ... NAME DEFINE AMBITION ..THREW ..HARDWORK ..U ..GO GETTER! HE IS A REAL STAND UP ARTIST IN THIS DAY IN TIME WHERE THE RAPPERS OUT HERE IT NOT SPEACKING ON ISSUES THAT MATTER AND BRINGING A CERTAIN CONSIOUNESS TO HIS MUSIC THAT IS VERY RARE. HE WROTE #BLACKPOWER AND #BLACKLIVESMATTER. .#IMABALCKROLLINGSTONEVOL2 IS COMING SOON FOR NOW
TS NOT EVERYDAY A ARTIST AND LABEL THAT BRING POWERFUL MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE TO THE TABLE??????TAKE ADVANTAGE ORDER RIGHT NOW! 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bla... #Athug #Label :#BlackRollingstones
Its official #blackpower on iTunes support the real #BlackPowersinglehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bla... (Knowlegde of self is the first step towards sucess)

5)Drill on that is the number one club banger of 2017!!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBJwxtRul0A

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Y.Rome's Retired but his hits aint


Y. ROME Drops RETIRED

Y.Rome's new single Retired is kicking summer 2017 off right...With a mixtape and an album dropping in 2017 "Days Before 4Eva" &;"" YR4Eva" respectively. Y.Rome leaves a mark wherever he goes usually chilling with your favorite industry artist.The grind pays off and their are rumors that major labels like Warner Music Group might be interested in his talents.Y.Rome has been taking his time to hone and perfect his craft with his Splitzville label mates and  has put the business of music first leaving some of the ladies wanting more of his free time...

Y.Rome is temporarily retired from pimping but he definitely hasn't retired from blazing the studios across the world...Peep the single below as the ladies hope his retirement last as long As Jordan in his prime or HOV when he transitioned from The Black Album to Kingdome Come...P.S There's a rumor floating around that Y.Rome might do a remix of Retired with local heat maker K Zeus....more info on that as it comes...

-- Blaine




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The LEGEND OF K ZEUS HIP HOPS SAVIOR



K ZEUS IN THE HOUSE WATCH YOUR MOUTH


Anointed as the savior of rap and the next big artist out of New York K Zeus is officially in the house, watch your mouth. Currently in talks to sign a major deal with Warner Music Group K Zeus has just released two dope tracks featuring former mentor and friend Charles Hamilton entitled I Don't Care  produced by Eminem and another Track All My Love Feat Childish Gambino produced by Donald Glover. Check out the songs below.













Friday, April 21, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s track list is out, listen to the soundtrack now







Funky Sounds From The Past

Marvel has released the official track listing for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and even though it’s not officially out until Friday, you can stream it right now.

The funk tracks that often dominated the first film's soundtrack have been supplanted by more emotional songs to pull at your heart strings. For example, songs like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” have been replaced with Cat Stevens’ “Father And Son” and George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” The full list can be seen below.



The change in direction for the soundtrack does make a lot of sense. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will follow Star-Lord as he meets his father for the first time and is dealing with those complex, emotional feelings.

Again, the official soundtrack isn’t out until Friday, but you can listen to the entire album via the Spotfiy embed below.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released on May 5.


https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/hollywdrecrds/playlist/1xY6msLHX1W34EzB0UkkbU

Saturday, April 8, 2017

KING T THE WONDARHYMA Presents The Best Smoke




ALWAYS ON THE GRIND

Hard work and dedication creates its own luck. When the opportunity arises you are ready to seize the moment. King T The Wonda Rhyma seizes the moment by dropping his single The Best Smoke. Engaging the stoners and the lovers of hip hop King T has been representing for all the rappers in Harlem New York where he's from. 


Making appearance with DJ Superstar J, Fred the Godson,Chief Keef, Young Jeezy ,& Funk Master Flex, King T has been networking with the greats to promote his latest project Heavens Suffers Violence and his King T clothing brand. Currently KING T is on the Blaze The Mic Tour making fans at every stop Peep the single The Best Smoke and tell us what you think.




Y. Rome has a new single Thinking Too Much


I know I said this bout a million Times

Y. Rome is a beast and him and his Splitzville team keep rolling with another strong single Thinking Too Much Feat Meech Guevara & produced by Kal El Beats. Thinking Too Much boast strong lyrics, melodic tones, and a bomb hook. If your not ready to love are you ready to F*ck...

Listen to the hot fire below and feel free to stream it on spotify @ 
https://play.spotify.com/artist/5ihWIy9VgQguJu8O7umkUG?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open



Friday, March 24, 2017

Kal El Beats back at it again with Hot Fire


The Superman of Producers

Super Producer Kal El Beats is in his bag right now. Producing for some of the harderst artist in harlem and in the game right now (Y.Rome/Meech Guevara/K Zeus/ & Charles Hamilton) he has found some time to share his shine with the mortals in the form of a hybrid album called

808'$ + Love & Hate : Doom$Day.


A mix between melodic and haunting singles and booming instrumentals Kal El shows why he's that guy when it comes to music productions. Some of the standouts on the tape include Y.Rome's Thinking Too Much Feat Meech Guevara, K Zeus Girls (The Internet Sample), Tee Monnee's Hate You, Love You, Miss You/Mixed Feelings (feat. TeeMonee), & Y.Rome's Free Love. Check the tape out and some of the singles below.

Coolin Cam Major Key alert



Coolin Cam the man with the plan



Harlem artist Coolin Cam has had a major breakthrough in his music career. Signing to Key Records as their flagship artist Coolin Cam has taken advanatage of this opprotunity by hitting the ground running and producing hit after hit. This drive has culminated into a mixtape  called NDO (No Days Off) and a couple music videos for his latest singles Pedal Bikes & a bonus track The Mob Feat A Thug. Check out his mixtape and the videos below.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Warriors' latest beatdown of Thunder proves this isn't the playoff series you want


A feud just doesn't add up to a rivalry if it isn't competitive

The Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t win a single game this season against the Golden State Warriors. Even the absence of Kevin Durant didn’t make a difference in the final matchup between the two Western Conference finalists from last season. Golden State won the season series 4-0 after the Warriors’ 111-95 victory Monday night.

These teams hate one another. There is genuine dislike. The cupcake memes were out again, with OKC fans mocking Kevin Durant’s injury. Stephen Curry and Semaj Christon scrapped (with Russell Westbrook in there, too). These teams hate each other and want to show one another up. Only, the Thunder do not have the weapons yet to compete.

This is a feud. 

It’s not a rivalry. 



There’s a difference there. We love sports rivalries because they combine competitiveness and emotions. The drama is built on the personal feelings, but the suspense is drawn on the unknown outcome. That is not the case with the Warriors and Thunder. We know the outcome. The Warriors have won by double digits in every contest. Monday night’s beatdown without Durant was just the extra kick. The Warriors made their point, because that’s what they live to do. It’s why they snore through close wins against the Pelicans and then tear the doors off the Clippers’ house like a twister coming through. The punch Ali never gave Foreman when he was going down? The Warriors live to throw that. 

That’s not good, or bad, or wrong, or right. It’s sports. It’s just how it is. And how you feel about that depends on your fandom. 

But the Thunder and Warriors share none of the competitive characteristics that bring real drama. We tune in to see if Durant and Westbrook will shake hands, or look at each other, or if they’ll try and dunk on each other. We tune in for the trash talk and the kerfuffles and the glares and antics. But without that competitive element, games between these two teams, especially in Oklahoma City, take on a tone that’s just uncomfortable. It doesn’t feel like Heat-Knicks in the 1990s. It feels like a really awkward social situation where a fight could break out at any time. 

A first-round series between the Thunder and Warriors is what the TV networks and columnists want. It’s all narrative. The problem is, that’s all it is. And when all you have is storyline, without the supporting backbone of sports, you don’t have entertainment and distraction, you just have hatred and frustration. The Thunder would likely be swept in a first-round series, which would diminish the incredible season Westbrook has had, and unfairly so. There’s drama in that, but it’s mostly just a tragedy of the team spurned by its best player in franchise history, only to see him dominate them with the squad they nearly toppled last year. 

Much will be made of the Thunder’s shortcomings, and their offense has many. For all of Westbrook’s brilliance, Monday’s game showcases how limited he really is against a great defensive team like Golden State. They could send four defenders at him, all of them capable, keep him from the rim, and if his mid-range jumper isn’t falling, which is always a coin flip, there’s not much to be done. OKC doesn’t deserve credit for having not rebuilt immediately after Durant, but it has to be part of the analysis. 

They built this team specifically around Westbrook and Durant. When Durant left, they did not have a Plan B. That will come in time, as they move forward and make moves. They will have more firepower in the future, and hey, maybe they’ll find a combination that can really keep pace with Golden State. 

But for now, the only thing they bring to a matchup with the Warriors is good effort and bad blood. They don’t have enough, not yet. And the Warriors have just about everything, even when they don’t have Durant. 

(Also, you can count on a lot of “See how dumb the talk about the Warriors struggling was?” takes. Except they did struggle. The Warriors can struggle, and show weaknesses in some games that don’t appear in others. The bad games don’t magically disappear because of a stretch of great ones, and the great games don’t get overshadowed by their rare bad games. Context.)
Thunder-Warriors seems like a first-round series you want. You don’t. It’ll be mean and ugly and physical, the things fans love, but without any of the thrilling moments to make it worth it. 
(Unless you’re a Warriors fan, then you’ll love it. )

Regular-season meetings don’t always foreshadow postseason results. The Thunder went oh-fer vs. the Warriors last season, too, but those games were wildly different. These games seem like proof of result, though. There will be plenty of time in the future, when the wound in OKC isn’t so fresh, when the Thunder have added some firepower. For now, though? Let’s close the book on Warriors-Thunder until such a time as this feud becomes a rivalry again. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

DRAKE BECOMES SPOTIFY’S FIRST 10 BILLION STREAMS ARTIST



Even before More Life dropped on Saturday (March 18), Spotify revealed that Drake had become the first act to hit 10 billion streams on the platform.

Much of that success came through Views, his massively popular 2016 album that spawned a series of hits, including “One Dance,” which garnered 1.15 billion streams, according to Forbes.

Other Views smashes have also helped Drizzy attain his new accolade. “Hotline Bling” was played 600 million times. “Too Good” was played 520 million times. Meanwhile, “Controlla” garnered 340 million streams.

As a whole, Views tracks have earned two billion streams in less than a year with Drake’s back catalog making up the rest of his total, but none of these figures reflect Saturday’s More Life release.

Those numbers are particularly impressive given Drake’s Apple Music ties. Not only has he released temporarily exclusive material through a reported $19 million Apple deal, but he’s also premiered much of his new material through his Beats 1 program OVOSOUND Radio. That exclusivity has likely helped Apple — Views was its first album to reach one billion streams — but it clearly hasn’t significantly hindered his Spotify prominence.

The 6 God’s streaming stats are likely to get a boost this week across all platforms, thanks to the release of More Life. Premiered Saturday on OVOSOUND, the playlist project features collaborations with Kanye West, Travis Scott, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and more.



Monday, March 6, 2017

Life & Times | Tidal B Sides - H O V Performed By JAY Z & K Zeus - JAY Z inducted to the song writers Hall Of Fame


Life & Times VOL III

K Zeus is back at it again with another single entitled H O V a nod to the great rapper and Brooklyn native Jay Z. The song is Produced by the legendary producer Mr. Monroe and starts off with a quote from the hip hop mogul Jay Z himself stating that hip hop artist and writers  like Biggie Smalls deserved to be admired and revered in the same way  as critics admire writers like Bob Dylan.



That statement holds more weight now that Jay Z has been inducted into the song writers Hall of Fame. He is  the first rap artist to receive entry into that prestigious class of writers.

Peep the song below and the lyrics at the songs rapgenius HERE