Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Wanna hear an odd combination? How about Kanye, Justin Bieber and Raekwon...
Ye announced he'd be doing this along with Raekwon and Justo, but who thought they were serious? Guess they are...(insert staleface here). Peep the Wu Tang sample from 'Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothin To Fuck With'.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

T.I. On Why He Enjoyed Being 'Takers' Ghost

Every action movie needs a wild card, and in Takers, that would be Ghost, played by Tip T.I. Harris. Ghost is one part sinister, one part loyal and one part comic relief. And Harris said he was immediately drawn to the role because of the complexities of the character.

“On paper he was villainous and I tried to find ways to make him likeable, to make him and his circumstances more relatable. I see Ghost more as misunderstood,” says T.I., who also served as a producer on the film. “Because above all he’s a loyal character. He put the crew before himself. To find ways to convey that to the audience was a challenge.”

Harris also shared some real-life things in common with his alter ego as well. When we meet Ghost he’s leaving prison, and T.I.’s recent stint in jail ended up affecting the Takers set behind the scenes. According to the L.A. Times, the shooting schedule had to be adjusted to fit T.I.’s daily 1am curfew, he wasn’t allowed to hold any guns that fired blanks—all of his faux guns were made of rubber and one night scene had to be reshot, because Harris' ankle monitoring bracelet went off during filming.

But with his jail stint behind him, plus having put in solid movie performances in his 2006 debut ATL, and alongside Denzel Washington in 2007’s American Gangster, T.I. has set his future gaze firmly set on Hollywood.

“I want to do comedy, drama and mysteries. Any type of film that strikes my interest,” says T.I. who is currently enjoying a three-picture deal with Screen Gems (Takers was the first movie in the agreement.) “I’d love to continue to be able to work alongside prestigious actors that I can learn and grow from—as long as I can take something away from the experience.”—Ronke Idowu Reeves

Choklate – Overdose (feat. Drake)

Previously leaked as a Drake track called “Love & Gunz” we finally hear the final product as Seattle singer Choklate has an “Overdose” with Drake.

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Sean Walker - The Truth (Motivational Speech)

Making of "I'm Goin' In" produced by Needlz (Studio Sessions: Episode 1)

Making of "I'm Goin' In" produced by Needlz (Studio Sessions: Episode 1) from Zingari Studio Sessions on Vimeo.

Zingari Entertainment presents STUDIO SESSIONS.

Making of "I'm Goin' In" by Drake ft. Jeezy and Lil Wayne" produced by Multi-Platinum Producer Needlz.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

J.Cole Cole Sits Down With Center Magazine

J.Cole sat down and ran through the usual topics when he sat down with Center Magazine a couple days ago. Jermaine talks about the pressures coming from his debut album, working with Jay-Z, comparisons between him and Drake, who he would like to work with and a little message to the haters.

Tupac Shakur -- The Lost Footage, Pt. I

It's almost been 14 years since 2Pac died on the 13th day of September 1996, yet the void he left in hip-hop—let alone black culture—is gaping, For his anniversary, VIBE revives the fallen icon, if just for a couple minutes, with the first in a series of previously unreleased interview footage from May '96. As he discusses a unified rap nation and where he'd be in 2016, 'Pac is everything we remember: Candid, passionate, prophetic. Rest in peace, Tupac Amaru Shakur.

Raekwon Confirms Collabo With Kanye West & Justin Bieber

Fans can thank Twitter for bringing together the unlikely pairing of Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Raekwon.

It all started earlier this week when Ye and the Canadian pop singer went back and forth over the social networking site about how much they love each other’s music. Seemingly, out of nowhere, the Louis Vuitton Don asked Bieber if he would be interested in doing a song with him and the Wu-Tang spitter. “I’m honored that you like my Music @JustinBieber!!!” he wrote. “You gotta hear the album. Maybe we can do something together. Me, You and Raekwon.”

“Me, u, and the chef 2gether on a song = EPIC,” Bieber responded. “Might sound crazy 2 u but even having this convo is living the dream. Thanks.”

Well, XXLMag.com just got off the phone with Rae, and he says the song is already in the works. “It’s definitely gonna happen,” he said over the phone. “When you got these kinda talents merging together to do something exciting, I think it’s something that’s gonna make the fans check it out. I’m big fans of both of these guys. I think, at the end of the day, shorty is a sensation. And [for him] to acknowledge me it makes me feel good that the young generation is checkin’ me out like that. And at the same time it gives me a position to play a big brother in the game. He wants my assistance or whatever he can get it. I respect him, I like his style.”

“Yeezy called me and we gon’ make it pop,” he continued.. “At the end of the day we’re all doing our thing in the game and for them to even just have a conversation and just put my name in it it feels good…And we gon’ make a hit. Justin got his own fan base and Me and Yeezy got our own fan base and we gon’ make it happen. We gon’ make a good record.”

Rae’s OB4CL…Pt. II: The Gold Deluxe Edition is currently available on iTunes. —Jesse Gissen

Tiara Thomas Performs Her Version of Wale's "The Cloud"

Tiara Thomas does her version of her and Wale's "The Cloud" off Wale's "More About Nothing" Mixtape.

Melanie Fiona on The Evolution Of Soul Music

The Voices. The Melodies. The Stories. Melanie Fiona talks about what made her fall in love with Soul music - and how it is evolving today.


Trey Songz On The Secrets Of His Success

Trey Songz talks to SoulCulture in London about some of the secrets to his success: such as keeping his fans constantly satisfied with mixtapes, his wide use of social networking and, on manager Kevin Liles' advice, continuing to "act like it's 2005 - act like I Just Gotta Make It" - when many would say he already has.

"The day I don't have my game face on is the day I might lose... I know what I want from this and I know what it takes to get there. Hard work ain't never scared me."

More interviews, news & great music at http://www.soulculture.co.uk

Kevin Liles on Def Jam, 360 Deals, Trey Songz and Mentoring Young America

"I wanna build a entertainment company - not because I need to build it but because I have a lot of people that I wanna make rich. I have a lot of people that I wanna change their lives and I want to give them an opportunity that was given to me by Russell [Simmons] and Lyor - and build something special. So I have to go back in to do it...

"I'm gonna go back in for young America because I think it's needed, I think it's missing and the mentorship needs to be there."

Kevin Liles talks to SoulCulture TV about the ventures he's currently pursuing and reflects on his Def Jam days.

"I don't now how not to be everything to everybody" he says of his thorough involvement in artists' careers, before making a case for 360 deals as a reasonable return on record companies' extensive investment of time and money.

He also talks about how he became Trey Songz' manager and his plans for the future.


"I'm New Here" instrumental by Black Einstein.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ALBUM REVIEW: Snoop Dogg Presents... My #1 Priority

As an artist, Snoop Dogg has proven to be one of the most creative minds in Hip Hop. As an executive, Snoop's authenticity soars above his ingenuity.

In 2010, Snoop Dogg is Priority Records’ #1 priority. The Long Beach superstar joins Cypress Hill as the revival acts to a legendary ‘80s and ‘90s Rap imprint that turned from cool to corporate – thanks in large part to a Ras Kass petition. After spring's West Coast Blueprint, Snoop returns with another helping of Priority catalog songs and a token remix update to a classic. Snoop Dogg Presents My #1 Priority is a formulaic approach that has been the label’s modus operandi for the last decade.

After Ruthless and Rap-A-Lot Records found new distribution channels in the mid ‘90s, Priority Records’ bread and butter was Ice Cube and Master P. The No Limit tenure for the label is heavily chronicled here. Songs like Young Bleed’s “How Ya Do Dat” sit in the cheap seats of No Limit’s history, while Master P, Silkk The Shocker and Mystikal garner the crossover fanfare. Snoop’s inclusion of the 1997 I'm 'Bout It soundtrack sleeper give this compilation a lot of authenticity. The same can be said of Fiend’s “Walk Like A ‘G’,” which sheds light on the lost talent of New Orleans’ Soulja Slim. With nine No Limit songs in all, it’s impressive to see Snoop go back and acknowledge a time in his life that confused many fans, and led to one of the most disappointing Rap albums of all time in Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told. Hearing C-Murder with UGK, and the raw talent of a Mac gives context of how dynamic Master P’s label really was – something that’s gone forgotten 12 years later.

Although Master P’s influences were Eazy E and Ice Cube, the No Limit music paired alongside west coast classics makes this compilation a bumpy ride. N.W.A.’s “8 Ball” undoubtedly influenced Beats By The Pound, but there appears no rhyme or reason to Snoop’s sequencing of this compilation. Moreover, EPMD’s “So Wat Cha Sayin’” sticks out boldly in an album that feels devoted more to the mid-‘90s than anything else. The album closes with Snoop covering Low Profile’s charged 1989 single “Pay Ya Dues.” 1500 Or Nothin’ keeps the rhythm of DJ Aladdin’s original masterpiece with a stripped-down, sample-free twist. Just as he’s done covering classics from Slick Rick and Dana Dane, Snoop Dogg’s charisma makes the 21 year-old track his own. The message is more topical than ever, and Low Profile is honored.

As an artist, Snoop Dogg has proven to be one of the most creative minds in Hip Hop. As an executive, Snoop’s authenticity soars above his ingenuity. At its core, My #1 Priority is a disjointed refresher on No Limit’s range, and an opportunity for Snoop to pay homage to WC. Fans have previously called for re-released albums that are deep within the Priority catalog above packaged play-lists. Perhaps something more tangible is called for if the Los Angeles label wants its past to be part of its future.

-by Jake Paine

Shyne Responds To 50 Cents Interruption Of Conference Call With Def Jam

The Belize born MC, who recently signed with Def Jam, was having a conference call with execs and the label a few days ago, when 50 Cent called in using another persons name and proceeding to terrorize the event. This is Shyne's rebuttal. Courtesy of MTV News

VIDEO: 50 Cent Calls In On Shynes Conference Call [Hilarious]

So while you were paying attention to Hot97 earlier today, Shyne had a conference call with some media types, bloggers, and other industry cats. Fif decided to chime in and ask Shyne what his beef is with him…

Brand New: Freeway – Rock Star

Freeway has been m.i.a. since the release of his collaborative project with Jake One, The Stimulus Package. Here is a new track from the duo called “Rock Star” hopefully it brings him ou tof hiding.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Video: Wale – Number Won (Live) at Commonwealth

Wale - More About Nothing Mixtape Release @ Commonwealth DC from 1st Impressions Studio on Vimeo.

I was actually trying to catch this mixtape release last week, but I missed it. The homie Wale came through Commonwealth and showed some love to his fans by giving out hardcopies of “More About Nothing.” 1st Impressions Studio and No Hypebeast did their thing with this dope video showcasing the event and recording a performance of “Number Won.”

Rising Young Icon: Neal McDonald Audition for MTV

Up & coming actor Neal McDonald also known as Neal Jr, introduces himself to the world in this latest audition for MTV. Be sure to tune into his talk show for teens "Da Place To Be" every Monday's at 9:30

Drake Talks R&B Mixtape, Second Album

Drake speaks about his upcoming R&B mixtape and sophomore album and performs "Over" at the BlackBerry Torch launch party in Los Angeles on August 11, 2010.

T.I. Explains "King Uncaged" Album Delay

T.I. tells Rap-Up TV why he decided to push back his new album "King Uncaged."

Artist Spotlight: Range

R&B crooners tend to portray a classically handsome look—well-groomed in suits and ties—but Range puts a bit of a twist on his outer appearance. See, the Connecticut native sports a fully-inked arm under his T-shirt, yet exudes a gentlemanly vibe as magnetic as a fully-suited Ne-Yo.

Range, the newest balladeer from Jay-Z’s Roc Nation camp, will be melting hearts with his smooth crooning when his debut album, No Strings, releases next year. But before the romance, the 24-year-old singer introduces listeners to “Ghetto Dance” featuring Rick Ross—a song he co-produced alongside Stargate and wrote to describe the mesmerizing movements of a female on the dance floor.

Not long after shooting the song’s video in Miami, Range relaxes in a chair at the Sony artist lounge in a high-rise towering over midtown Manhattan. He’s not the typical singer-songwriter—this dude can also produce. Find out which Southern rapper he’s written a hit for, who he’s been taking notes from in the studio, and where he heads when the music is done (and it’s not the strip club).

10 Questions

1. What’s it like to have access to someone like Jay-Z?
We’ve talked about what I need to do in this game to make it where I need to be. He gave me some top-secret information, just personal stuff which I appreciate. He is like a mentor to me. It’s priceless to have access to someone like Jay-Z because that’s someone who I listen to, my favorite rapper of all time, and what he’s doing in business now is crazy—the moves he makes and everything. My favorite Jay-Z album is Reasonable Doubt.

2. What is the most appropriate time for someone to break into a “Ghetto Dance” and what does it look like?
At home in your mirror getting ready to go to the club. The dance? It’s nothing for me to do. But it’s something you can do. You gotta wind your hips a little bit and the guy [dance] is just a real simple swag.

3. How did you learn about production?
I was always learning music and just making beats and making music throughout school, mostly R&B and hip-hop. I just had a Triton keyboard, Mbox, and a PC.

4. Which song have you written for another artist that you’re most proud of?
“One More Drink” for Ludacris and T-Pain because it’s the most successful. I wrote the hook in that song; I’m proud of that one.

5. What’s the most important thing to remember when you’re writing for other artists?
Personally, I try to study their music and understand where they’re coming from with certain topics so I don’t say certain words or approach something in a way that’s not real to them. I try to make it as real and honest to them as I can.

6. What is it like to be in the studio with other artists in terms of production?
Sometimes we start from scratch or co-write, then we just bounce ideas back and forth like the Ryan Leslie session I had. He did the track and while he’s doing the track he’s doing melodies and concepts. I’m feeding off that. I’m throwing words and ideas back at him and that’s kind of what I try to incorporate. Ryan Leslie’s session is one-of-a-kind.

7. Were there any surprises working with Rick Ross? And what do you think of him as a rapper?
I think he’s one of the top rappers out right now and it was fun working with him. I was surprised to learn that he knew my music and that he’s heard of me before. Being new and having somebody like that—I listen to his music—know my music felt good.

8. Which female artists would you like to collaborate with?
I would like to work with my labelmates—Alexis Jordan, Rita Ora, and Bridget Kelly.

9. What was it like to be onstage for the first time?
The first time, we had a big show in Albany. It’s a nervous but anxious feeling. I’m eager to get on stage. I like to be myself so I’ll sit alone and listen to some Jay-Z on my headphones, then I talk to my manager before I go on stage. He’ll tell me something good. Then I start running around, then I’m off to the stage.

10. How do you spend your spare time?
I love New York City. My favorite hotspot is Roc the Mic Studios; you can catch me there. I like playing video games in my free time, Call of Duty for PS3. I also like picking up books, but I just skim through them a lot and then pick up something else. I’m better off sitting at a bookstore and reading the backs of books.

Visit Range’s official site to download his Gangsta Grillz mixtape hosted by DJ Drama.

–Evelyn Kim

Producer Spotlight: Judah Interview on MTV UK

Not familiar with the name? Don't feel out of the loop. Washington born and bred, Judah is one of the best kept secret in the music industries. Not at all flashy, you will not find this producer bragging or name dropping (but he does have some of hip-hop's finest as Blackberry messenger buddies). Influenced by an original Washington genre of music called 'go-go' (which heavily concentrates on live percussion and has tones of jazz, Brazilian and African sounding beats), Judah still keeps his music soulful. Having worked with artists such as Wale and having featured in big ad campaigns for brands such as Levi et al, how did this DC producer start in the game? Back in the day, having gate crashed his friend’s studio, through curiosity; he discovered his talent for production. With a smile Judah explains, “I went up to the drum machine and just started tapping away. I guess it just sort of came naturally, I felt at home in the studio, which was back when I was just 19. I gradually realised this could actually be a career choice, not only did I love it, but I could make money from it, so I thought why not.”

Now in 2010, Judah has blown his low-key cover with a high profile new project entitled, 'The Amber Rose Instrumentals’. This album is filled with experimental abstract purely instrumental music. So why the title? ''Over in America, Amber Rose is actually quite a controversial character,” says Judah. “Some people think she is just famous because of Kanye, but some others, like myself believe that in fact she is the reason for Kanye's recent international fame. I mean, he was famous before, but since he's been going with Amber, his fame and rep has gone from here to here,” he said whilst motioning his hand from the ground to the sky. “She is a real unusual beauty and has such a strange sexuality and independent strength about her and I guess the title of my album has a double meaning, because I’m also looking in an abstract way, at how men use women as trophies, you know, to heighten their attractiveness, popularity and power. But sometimes your girl can become bigger than you are and I don't need to tell you the story about Frankenstein right? Point proven.”

Judah has been influenced by many types of music as he explains. “I grew up listening to old skool hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, go-go, pocket beats and artists like Dr. Dre, Run DMC, Rakim, Erick b etc, but now, I’m actually interested by a lot of a UK joints. I really like Tinie Tempah’s track, 'Pass Out'. That beat is seriously heavy and very well produced. I’m also into the funkier vibes, like Gracious K's 'Migraine Skank'. I really think UK music is big right now. I actually think now in 2010, the UK hip-hop stuff is becoming better than the U.S; our hip-hop scene is getting generic. It’s all about just making hit after hit, same melodies, same beats, same rhymes, but the UK’s on the other hand is interesting, because I think you have more to prove, therefore it has a more authentic edge. Basically you guys have more artistic integrity when it comes to these genres of music. I reckon UK grime is gonna be big over here, give it 6 months or so.”

So what does the future hold for Judah? Well, he’s is planning a trip over to the UK this summer and expects to make some tracks and a mixtape as well as record some music videos with some high profile DJs and MCs and can't wait to collaborate with some of the UK urban music scene's finest (Wiley and J2K, especially you). As chat came to a close, Judah explained what his ultimate creative vision was. “I’m not a rapper, I’m not a singer, I’m not a performer, so I speak through my beats, music is my form of communication and sometimes communication isn't always straight forward, that’s why I like to switch it up and surprise people with abstract and uncategorized music and projects like 'The Amber Rose Instrumentals'. This kind of stuff from people like me isn’t done often. I'm just looking forward to coming to London and getting stuck into some creative projects and I want to expand my music vision and knowledge.”

Stay up to date with Judah on Twitter – www.twitter.com/Judahonthebeat

Words: Sarah Young

Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson

Brand New: Perajok & Kanye West Presents: G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape

Kanye may have changed his album title, but it’s spirit lives on thanks to our favorite Russian blogger Perajok. This may or may not be her full time gig, but when you have a G.O.O.D. Ass source everything else kinda falls into place. The gangs all here as many of the camp’s tracks that were floating around the blogosphere last week finally have a place to call home. And seeing how seeing how Sept. 14th went the way of the dodo birds, this is the only way everyone will be releasing anything on the same day.

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Exclusive Video: T.I. Brings Out Mary J. Blige, B.o.B. for Secret NYC Show

T.I. may be from Atlanta, but he certainly knows how to throw a New York party. On Monday night (Aug. 16), the rapper performed his first full live show since his release from prison at New York's glamorous Capitale, to launch AXE Music's "One Night Only" concert series.

For nearly two hours, the "King of the South" treated the small crowd to a slew of hits and brought out fellow hip-hop and R&B stars Mary J. Blige, Cam'ron, Keri Hilson, B.o.B. and Swizz Beatz, among others.

Flanked by a five-piece backing band, T.I. exploded onstage in a dark-blue hoodie near 11 P.M. and knocked out furious renditions of "I'm Back," "Top Back" and "Rubberband Man." "I don't care where you're from -- North, South, East, West. You gotta be real if you wanna ride with me," T.I. snarled before running through "Ride Wit Me."

The rapper brought out "the king of Harlem," Cam'ron, who was quickly joined by Vado and Maino onstage. B.o.B. soon followed to sing the hook on Tip's "On Top Of The World" and roll out the raucous "Bet I," while T.I. removed his wife beater and showed off his abs.

As the music died down for a few minutes, T.I. thanked the fans in the New York area who wrote him letters while he was serving a prison sentence for gun charges last year. "I appreciate all the love y'all showed me," said T.I., "but there's still people behind that wall, with the same struggles every day. Give it up one time for my n***a Lil Wayne."

After showing his gratitude to sponsor AXE body spray ("All the ladies out there liking their men looking good and smelling better, make some noise," T.I. said with a smile), the rapper introduced Mary J. Blige as "the queen of R&B, the queen of hip-hop, the queen of New York." The two only shared the stage for two songs, including the R&B-pop jam "Good Love," but the pairing seemed to illicit the strongest cheers from the show's audience.

Swizz Beatz burst onstage afterward to deliver wall-rattling performances of "Fancy," "Bring 'Em Out" and "Swing Ya Rag," while Keri Hilson stopped by for two songs, including her new duet with T.I., "Got Your Back."

Sporting his second different polo T-shirt of the night, T.I. finished the show by tackling his two Hot 100 chart-toppers, "Whatever U Like" and "Live Your Life." Although he reminded the crowd that his crime drama "Takers" will be released Aug. 27, T.I. only vaguely alluded to his much-anticipated seventh album, saying that "King Uncaged" was simply "coming soon."

T.I.'s next scheduled performance is at Baltimore's Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 on Sept. 25.

Brand New: J. Cole- It Wont Be Long

J. Cole’s unnamed album is easily one of the top 3 heavily anticipated albums, and perhaps first because it will be his debut studio album off of the highly-touted Roc Nation label. This song which may be on the album, in true J. Cole fashion, reflects his struggles and his confidence that his escape “won’t be long” from now.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Kanye West, Kobe Bryant, Swizz Beatz and Mos Def vibing in the studio

Powerful Picture!

Brand New: K-OS -Faith feat Drake

Everyone needs a comedic savior, someone whose DVDs you can count on for a laugh, even if your day ended with your boss handing you a pink slip. In that sense, Steve Carell is my personal Superman. Canadian emcee/singer/producer etc. k-os, making his DJBooth debut today after a long and storied career (our bad), might pick Will Ferrell though, and after you hear Faith you’ll hear why. Produced by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Faith is a smoothly chaotic (Get it? His name is k-os! Anyway…), that sounds like a Yamaha piano – understated, dark, and polished. Love him or hate him, guest star Drake can’t be faulted here; with an almost whispery aggression, he delivers his high-syllable verse immediately after a fitting sample from Will Ferrell’s The Anchorman flick. It’s k-os’ playground, though, and his equally clean verse and soul-soothing power on the hook remind us that this party was his idea – Drake just happened to receive an invitation. Many other great artists received an invite to jump on k-os’ newly released The Anchorman mixtape too, so be sure to check it out (Faith included).

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Justin Bieber - Heartless / Successful

You can't say that JB isnt talented. Backstage at a show, Justin Bieber breaks out his guitar and has a little fun with Kanye West "Heartless" and Drake's "Successful" - One of the fastest growing artists in the world make sure to check out Justin's other videos and his chart rising single ONE TIME. Signed to both superstar Usher and Scooter Braun at Island Def Jam be on the lookout for Justin's debut album "My World" this fall.

Exclusive Video: Swizz Beatz Previews New Tracks

While in the lab, @therealSwizzz decided to share some of his new ultra tunes with us in a video.

Brand New: Twista – The Heat feat. Raekwon (prod. No I.D. & The Legendary Traxster)

Off Twista’s upcoming album, The Perfect Storm, dropping October 26th.
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Exclusive Interview: Goapele & Drumma Boy - Interview on FOX Good Day Atlanta

Goapele talks about her next single, the producers that are involved in her upcoming project and much more!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Brand New: Dondria - No More

Dondria‘s mad as hell and she’s not gonna take it No More! What precisely is she fed up with, you ask? Well, as you may have surmised from the fact that this is an R&B joint, it has to do with a fella. Here frequent production collaborator Jermaine Dupri mans the boards, serving up a bell/piano groove borrowed from Barry White’s It’s Only Love Doing Its Thing (also sampled in 50 Cent‘s 21 Questions) as the singer lets her soon-to-be ex know exactly why things ain’t gonna work out. Chief among her complaints is that her man just won’t listen: “I told you I was lonely, told you what I needed, but you don’t wanna heed it…” Guys, guys, guys… when will you ever learn? Oh, right, I’m one of them. Regardless, if this assertive single is working for you, you won’t have to wait much longer to hear more: the singer’s long-delayed debut full-length, Dondria vs. Phatfffat, is scheduled to hit store shelves and online retailers (finally!) on August 17, via So So Def.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

J. Cole – “Blow Up” (Produced By J. Cole)

With the job market in the shape it’s in, dreams of a bright and successful future can sometimes get placed on the backburner for present-day solutions. Degrees don’t seem to hold the same value they used to and chasing dreams often seems like the most logical thing for a person to do at times. That’s what J. Cole is doing. That’s probably what he’s always going to do.

His debut album is scheduled hit shelves late October and promises to be one entrenched in struggle, progress, dreams and reality. The track “Blow Up” features all that and one in which Cole reflects on his rise to his present day status and what the future holds for his career. It’s a must listen because of the content of the song. Plenty of people should find common ground to some of the lyrics especially if you’re working a job or in school with bigger dreams than the four walls you’re currently sitting in can confine.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jay-Z’s All Black Everything Air Force 1

Inspired by the World Basketball Festival, Jay and Nike introduces the Air Force One All Black Everything collection. This is one of the five designs created to represent each of the particpating countries and only two pairs of each design have been made. One for Hov and the other will be auctioned tomorrow on eBay to help benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Big money, good cause. Mo’ flicks after the jump.

Brand New: Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson & Beyonce – See Me Now (Prod. Kanye West x NO I.D. x Lex Luger)

@KanyeWest just premiered the song that he spoke of on twitter last night produced by himself on No I.D. and Lex Luger. Featuring Charlie Wilson and Beyonce.
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Spotlight Feature: D.C. Don Juan - Juanted (Destroy & Rebuild)

DMV up-and-comer D.C. Don Juan has teamed up with DJBooth.net to bring fans his second street release of 2010, Juanted (Destroy & Rebuild).

The follow-up to March’s ConGraduation mixtape, the project features 20 brand new tracks, including reader-acclaimed, Booth-premiered leaks “Hands Up,” “Rock With You,” and “Get Like Me.”

The Battery/Jive Records signee’s first project to feature all-original production, Juanted comes backed by the boardwork of such heavyweight beatsmiths as Best Kept Secret (”Pretty Girls”) and KE on the Track (“Swag Surfin’,” “All the Way Turnt Up”). Guest collaborators include Bei Maejor, Kevin Ross, Kyonte’ and D.C. Don Juan’s mother, Sheila “Ma” Campbell.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

DOWNLOAD: The Grand Cinema LP Album- Executive Produced By. JS aka The Best

The Highly Anticpated Debut Album titled "The Grand Cinema" by DMV Producer JS aka The Best is finally released today August 3rd along with DMV Artist Wale's Mixtape "More About Nothing". The concept of this LP album is JS aka The Best remaking some of entertainment's most popular movie themes into a brand new Hip-Hop sound that has never been done before by any artist. He will also be holding a contest for artist to record over these tracks and the best tracks will be on the re-released version of The Grand Cinema. All artist can send in their tracks to jsakathebest@gmail.com before November 30th.  JS aka The Best has produced for artist such as Roc Nation artist Young Chris and remixes for Xzibit, Raheem DeVaughn, Busta Rhymes and many more. He is now Executive Producer of Diamond In The Rough Music Group. Autographed Hard Copies of "The Grand Cinema" will be distributed along with a special behind-the-scenes DVD and never before seen footage of JS aka The Best

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Music from "The Grand Cinema" used in the upcoming Tekken Movie

We are only 2 days away from The Highly Anticipated Album titled "The Grand Cinema" by DMV Producer JS aka The Best will be released August 3rd along with DMV Artist Wale's Mixtape "More About Nothing". One of the songs is used in the Tekken trailer. The concept of this LP album is JS aka The Best remaking some of entertainment's most popular movie themes into a brand new Hip-Hop sound that has never been done before by any artist. He will also be holding a contest for artist to record over these tracks and the best tracks will be on the re-released version of The Grand Cinema. JS aka The Best has produced for artist such as Roc Nation artist Young Chris and remixes for Xzibit, Raheem DeVaughn, Busta Rhymes and many more. He is now Executive Producer of Diamond In The Rough Music Group. Autographed Hard Copies of "The Grand Cinema" will be distributed along with a special behind-the-scenes DVD and never before seen footage of JS aka The Best