Thursday, October 31, 2013

Time Warp (Halloween Edition) ... 1999. Ryde or Die | Ruff Ryders

Circa 1999.
14 years later.. I can spit every bar of this like it just dropped. EVERY one came hard on this track. Everybody. That’s appreciated because it’s so rare nowadays. The “glowing” eyes in the vid was enough to convince me I could use this for the Halloween edition of today’s time warp lol. Jam out to this one. Enjoy :-): …

Dru Hill Forever | ForteBowie

I knew you were sad in relationships
I told you to leave him
And come back to take the dxck...

ForteBowie took a stab at revamping Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever" track into his own with a Dru Hill focus. This joint cranks and will have you wishing Dru Hill would make a come back in heart beat. I'm glad I came across this cut.
Check it out below:

s.o. to Ash O.

Pod Post Thursdays (Halloween Edition) : 3AM | Eminem

This video didn’t get much play on the waves {If you’ve never seen the video before, you’ll see why below}. However, although, it didn’t get much play… this one of my top fave Em cuts. The icing on the cake is the way this beat flows with a nice pair of subs in the trunk. It's crazy. I think I played this song at least 100 times the summer it dropped (2009). Throw it on your pod if you don’t have it already. Happy Halloween folks :-) “Yooooo…… yooooooooooo……”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mixtape : The Stage | Currensy x Smoke DZA x Harry Fraud

Way different from them
Mama, who let em in?...

Spitta and DZA team up with the kid Harry Fraud to release 4 brand new songs on their latest EP entitled 'The Stage'. Perfect riding music for this gloomy day. Check it out:

Related Post: Mixtape - Cigarette Boats | Currensy x Harry Fraud

Listen : Fly Union Releases 4 New Tracks ...

If you could 'huh?'
You could listen...

Jay Swifa. Jerreau. Iyeball.
Folks have been waiting for some new Union tunes... patiently waiting.. and to our surprise.. they arrived today! The Ohio trio released 4 new songs earlier as they gear up for their release of Small Victories, which drops later this year. Back with the word play game like they never left. It's The Greater Than Club...

Previous Post: Mixtape- Zenith | Fly Union

Love and Other Drugs | Omarion

What's the difference between love and other drugs?
Cause in the end it all comes crashing down...

New tune from Maybach O.
This track will be featured on his upcoming “Care Package 2” mixtape, which hits the waves Nov. 5th.

Previous Post: Video - Know You Better | Omarion x Pusha T x Fabolous

Video : August Alsina hits the Breakfast Club...

”[Thoughts on Chris Brown's fighting incident over the weekend]...We men. I know me.. I'm not gonna tolerate a nxgga talking to me any type of way...”

He's very aesthetically pleasing. He's tall. He's talented. And has the number one record in the country. August Alsina's buzz is growing stronger and stronger by the days; heading straight to the top. This time around, the Hot R&B sensation sits down with the Breakfast Club discussing his current success with single "I Luv This Shit", Life growing up in New Orleans, originally wanting to sign with YMCMB, "Eating the box" and more. Check him and his distinct accent out below:…

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Word of the Week... VACUOUS.

Nothing wrong with expanding your vocabulary and knowledge of words.  Who knows when you may encounter or need to use them..    Here’s the word of this week:

Vacuous .
1. Without contents; empty
2. Lacking in ideas or intelligence
3. Purposeless


Try using it in a sentence.  

Time Warp... 1997. Imaginary Player | Jay-Z

Circa 1997.
This track hails from one of my top 3 favorite Hov albums, In My Lifetime Vol.1. You can't deny the flawless flow over this smooth sample.... ever.
This song is so fitting nowadays with all these 'imaginary players' I've noticed running around on these social networks lol; definitely fitting the descriptors Hov mentions throughout the track. I know a few...
Tell em Jay.

Video : TKO | Justin Timberlake

She killed me with that cooch….

Justin releases his second visual from his latest, 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
. This sort of channeling Kanye's ‘Flashing Lights’ video theme in a way. What do you think?
Check it out:

Related Post: Video - Holy Grail | Jay-Z x Justin Timberlake

Monday, October 28, 2013

Watch : Wolf Haley (Tyler, the Creator) directs new video... "Glowing"

Once they find us..
A thousand years from now..
We'll still be right here holding hands...

"This was a song I heard nine months ago and couldn't get out of my head.  We thought it would be a cool opportunity for Tyler to show another side of himself.  I played the song for him on a plane, not knowing whether he would like it (he's a tough audience), and he did.  What people take from it is up to the viewer I suppose.  Controlling the narrative seems contradictive to the point.  For me it's a challenge to the assumption that ignorance is bliss, and that challenge is as timely as it's ever been.."- Christian Clancy, Odd Future Manager.  

Wolf Haley, Tyler the Creator's film alter ego, directs a new music video for an anonymous band's track called "Glowing".  The visual follows a couple from childhood through their journey of growing together in a world full of chaos.  It's pretty deep.  Tyler will not release the information of who wrote the song or who the artist/band is.   I really hope Tyler changes his mind and releases the information on this track.  Not only is this video/song beautiful... but the lyrics are truly captivating.  Those three components balance out the intensity of each other.  This vid is an alternate from Tyler's usual without losing the depth of his creativity. 
 Watch below:

***UPDATE.. The artist name was released :-)

Related Post:  Movie Trailer - WOLF by. Wolf Haley (Tyler, the Creator)

Previous Post: Video - Tamale | Tyler, the Creator x Tallulah 

s.o. to NPR 

The Monster | Eminem x Rihanna

You think I'm crazy
Well that's not fair...

The bad asses of Rap and Pop have united once again.
Take a listen to one of the highly anticipated collabs from the Marshall Mathers LP 2, which hits the waves next week (Nov. 5th).

Previous Post: Rap God | Eminem

Video : Bed Peace | Jhene Aiko x Childish Gambino

Gotta act like I care about this fake stuff
Straight up...what a waste of my day...

With her new Sail Out EP set for release tomorrow, Ms. Aiko releases the visual for the lead single featuring Childish Gambino.

Related Post: Comfort Inn Ending (Cont'd) | Jhene Aiko

Video : The Way We Ride | T.I.

What she do for you, you pay her
But she do for me, for free...

Tip releases a new visual from his latest album, "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head". Take a trip with the King as he rides clean through the city night lights over this killer bassline.

Related Post: Rick James | Nelly x T.I.

Video : Banger (Moshpit) | Schoolboy Q

You a pxssy ass nxgga
You be hoping for a cop out...

Figg side's Q releases a simplistic black on white colored theme visual for his latest single, Banger (Moshpit). Oxymoron is pushed back until early 2014. Check out the vid below.
Boom Shaka Laka...

Related Post: Video - Collard Greens | Schoolboy Q x Kendrick Lamar

Video : Killer Tofu | OverDoz

I been had hoes
Since I been had hoes...

After previewing the trailer for their new tune last week, the OverDoz camp releases the vid in full featuring a brief cameo from Childish Gambino.
Keep a lookout for their new EP 'BOOM', coming soon.

Previous Post: FSWSAD | OverDoz x Problem

"I Control the Media"... Starring Kanye West


More footage has surfaced from the Yeezus tour. This time around.. Kanye "rants" to the crowd, in only his type fashion, about today's media. This tour is definitely going to be epic.
"I'm feeling so blessed... Cause I did it by being myself..."

Previous Post: Video - Kanye West Explains Bringing "Jesus" on His Tour

Recovery | Justin Bieber

First I'll acknowledge
Our trust has been broken...

Keeping up with his latest Music Monday ritual, The Biebs' releases another smooth R&B heartbreak track to the masses. Check it out:

Previous Post: Hold You Tight | Justin Bieber + All That Matters

Numb (Remix) | August Alsina x B.O.B. x Yo Gotti

I don't care what's on your mind
I just want your cerebellum...

Alsina drops a remix for his DJ Mustard produced track this time featuring B.O.B and Yo Gotti. Nice lil touch. I had the ultimate pleasure of seeing Mr. Alsina over the weekend at Park (Wash DC). I have quite a few things to say about him (all positive) including his ability to sing live. I'll save that for another post coming soon. In the meantime, check out the new additions to this track below:

Original Track: Numb | August Alsina x IAMSU! x Problem
Previous Post: Video - Ghetto | August Alsina x Rich Homie Quan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Womens Empowerment Wednesdays...

Keep this in mind ladies. Take self responsibilty.... You hold the cards.
Enjoy the rest of your week loves. Xoxo.

My Kind of Love (Remix) | Emeli Sande x Ab-Soul

Sometimes the truth won't make you happy
Still I'm not gonna lie...

The Scottish songstress links up with the ‘Black Lip Bastard’ to spice up an original track found on her 2012 album, Our Version of Events.
These lyrics are niice. Check it out:

Related Post: Video - Come Thru/Easily | Chuck Inglish x Ab-Soul x Mac Miller

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Video : Kanye West explains bringing "Jesus" on his Tour

”We do plays all the time where people play Jesus..."

Mr. 'Yeezus Just Rose Again' has ruffled some feathers once more. Earlier this week, a video leaked from Kanye's performance in Seattle on his 'Yeezus' Tour of him bringing out an individual playing the role of "Jesus". Many were confused about what was going on and viewed the action totally negative. I, personally, was unsure of how to feel when I heard about it. 1. I wish it wouldn't have leaked because the shock value I would have at the actual show next month would be so much greater. 2. I praised the idea of not only the track "Jesus Walks", but the Part 3 version that's rarely seen where someone (again) portraying Jesus is following his every move. I thought that was GENIUS and the message alone was so empowering. However, when I heard about this .. I was a little on the fence. Why was it accepted then and shunned now I thought? So, I really started thinking about why people react to him differently now than they have before? {"As soon as they like you, make them unlike you".}. I came to a few conclusions but I'll save that for another post.
In this brief interview segment, Kanye explains how and WHY he came up with the idea. To be perfectly honest, I'm so glad he voiced this. It changes the uncertainty outlook and directs it more to his true intentions. After explaining, it makes perfect sense and in a form... inspirational if you will. Watch below as the folks from WiLD 94.9 (in San Fran) obtain the real reason behind the addition to his tour + the meaning of the 'Yeezus' album below:

For those who haven't seen the leaked footage, take a look at the vid below to see what caused all the commotion.
LOL @ the guy randomly commentating "Way too far bruh" lol.

Word of the Week... AU COURANT.

Nothing wrong with expanding your vocabulary and knowledge of words.  Who knows when you may encounter or need to use them..    Here’s the word of this week:

Au Courant .
Adjective- 1. Up to date.
2. fully aware or familiar; cognizant


Try using it in a sentence.  

Video : Youforia | Mac Miller

And when you look in my eyes...
The pain goes away...

For the visual off another track from Mac's latest "Watching Movies with the Sound Off", he takes footage from his Space Migration tour (I was there it was awesome) this summer and compiles it all into one while reverting back to him performing the song straight Larry Lovestein style. How fitting to dedicate a intimate song like this, with such a title, back to the fans. Humbleness goes a long way. Check it out:

Related Post: Video - I Am Who Am (Killin' Time) | Mac Miller x Niki Randa

Time Warp... 2001 : I'm A Thug | Trick Daddy

Circa 2001.
One of the funniest dudes on twitter lol. Any who, Trick Daddy had some of the best videos back in the day.
Let's not forget the hits...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Diddy Launches Music Television Network "REVOLT TV" Today

”We don't have new rules. We have NO rules..."

After Sean "Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy" Combs announced the venture months ago, I am pleased to say...

”...Having enough fearlessness to play.. what isn’t.. what doesn’t usually normally get played. All the different alternative artists we gonna be multi genre. Especially in hip hop you know like Travis Scott. or say back in the days.. you know 2 years ago.. ASAP Rocky. When people were just discovering them on you tube.
We’re gonna really kinda curate and be a platform for new aspiring artists to grow for graphic designers, for shooters, really for the culture. But we’re gonna raise the bar.. from a performance level and from a video level to make sure that we have a bar of excellence that you have to achieve in order to get played on REVOLT.
Our focus for the first I would say 6 to 12 months is to be the number one destination for music.. for people that want to see music.."
”There was no CNN of music. There was no one trusted destination...."

REVOLT TV launches tonight @ 8pm EST for Comcast and TimeWarner cable customers in the cities of Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. While it has started off small, the channel locations will expand as the station progresses. If you need to find out the channel for your city, visit Revolt.Tv. For those who do not live in either of the three cities listed, you can watch the launch via live stream on the website as well.

As an avid music lover, I am extremely excited about the network station and what it WILL do for our culture. While Diddy explains that the network will show music videos about 80% of the time (of different genres), it's clear REVOLT will concentrate more on the culture compared to the typical (no shade) MTV, BET,

Motivation Mondays...

Feeling defeated or discouraged? I think we often pay more attention to things we have not accomplished or achieved rather than what we actually have. For every step you’ve taken towards your goal, even if it’s just a simple brainstorm on how to achieve it, be proud of yourself. Be proud that you just took a step of initiative in attempts to reach it. Sometimes all we need is the support from ourselves rather than waiting for the approval of others. Hold your head up and keep striving folks. While you’re on your journey, keep in mind to give yourself a little credit on the way.
Have a great week. Xoxo. …

Hold You Tight | Justin Bieber + All That Matters ...

Here's Justin's third installment to #MusicMondays. The Biebs is on a roll with this new R & B tip; a different direction from his Pop tunes in the past. I smell a new Justin Timberlake arising. Not mad at that at all. Check out his latest: …

Listen to the last week's installment below:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Video : Hot Sugar | Tamar Braxton

I'll be his sweet little mama all the time...

Anyone who's watched Tamar's reality show knows she pushed and pushed to Vince that she wanted this to be a single immediately in which he ignored. After three singles, it seems he's finally budged. Tamar took it to instagram last night to announce to fans the completed visual has arrived. Check it out:

Previous Post: All the Way Home | Tamar Braxton

Thursday, October 17, 2013

442 | Currensy x Lil Wayne x Birdman (Prod. by. Monsta Beatz)

Got the money
We kept on runnin...

Radio rip for now. I'll update with a better version when the CDQ is released (#TGOD).
Until then…
***UPDATE CDQ added

Related Post: Mixtape - Bales | Currensy x Young Roddy

Video - Ghetto | August Alsina x Rich Homie Quan

Cause you the fxckin best
Just in case you didn't know...

Nothing like some serious eye candy from Alsina in the morning :-). The kid August drops a new visual for one of his hot tracks off Downtown: Life Under the Gun. Ladies, if you are in the DMV area, August will be here performing live on Oct. 20th at LOVE nightclub. Doors open at 8pm. #ThankMeLater. Check out his new vid below:

*sings… my lil buddy.. my lil hoeeee

Related Post: Rain Down (Remix) | Kirko Bangz x August Alsina

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cassie covers VIBE Vixen; talks signing with Drake's OVO label, new DJ venture, standing ground in the industry + more ...

As a woman in the industry, there are so many things you're up against..."

The latest issue- VIBE Vixen writer, Adelle Platon, phoned in the ever so lovely Casandra Ventura to get the scoop for her cover story: "Breaking Bad"....

How do you stand your ground as a woman in a male-dominated industry?

As a woman in the industry, there are so many things you’re up against. If you’re pretty, you’re too pretty. If you’re talented, you’re too talented to the point where people don’t want to listen to your music. And I’m not talking about BeyoncĂ©, who is way up there. I’m just talking about people who are making the music that they love. It’s a confidence thing. It doesn’t matter what you bring out as long as you believe in it and back it up. That’s something that took time to learn. I would second guess myself a lot.
The first time I stepped out of the zone of standing behind somebody and being worried about giving my opinion was when I did “The Boys” video with Nicki Minaj. It was a trying experience, putting looks together with my team and being very, very involved and saying, “No, I’m not wearing that. This is not happening. This is how I want my hair and make-up.” That was the first time I really stood my ground and when everyone looked up, it was like “Girl, you really killed it.” It’s knowing what I want, being aware and sure of it. And not being phased by all the other bull that goes down.

There’s a level of confidence that’s so evident in the way you present yourself these days. You aren’t hesitant to talk that shit on RockaByeBaby. What caused the transformation?

Most of the things that have happened to me have been very organic. The first thing that I actually put out was the “All Gold, All Girls (Remix)” with Trina and Lola Monroe. That was where the sound kind of started. The first song I recorded for the actual mixtape was “Numb” and then I added Rick Ross to it. It was a vibe that I was creating and the story came to be from the attitude of the songs. Like you said, I was talking a lot of shit. I was really putting myself out there but I love the fact that I finally got the chance to do something with the attitude that I have. You hold back to a certain extent when everybody is saying, “This needs to go to a chart and that’s the only way it can be successful.” But no, you can be successful by making music that people love. We got over 2 million downloads on this mixtape that I never ever imagined at all....."

I'm Still | DJ Khaled x Chris Brown x Wiz Khalifa x Ace Hood x Wale

They phony, I hate em...

Back to back leaks from Khaled's "Suffering from Success". After listening, check out Chris Brown's 'lost' verse from the track below the stream.
Do you think they should have kept it on there?

You Don't Want These Problems | DJ Khaled x Big Sean x Rick Ross x French Montana x 2 Chainz x Meek Mill x Ace Hood x Timbaland

I'm who these nxggas pretending to be...

Honestly... I'm not a fan of many Khaled songs. However, with a line up like this over a co-produced Tim track, there was little room for error. This one cranks.
Listen below:

Previous Post: I feel like Pac, I feel like Biggie | DJ Khaled x Rick Ross x Meek Mill x T.I. x Puff Daddy x Swizz Beatz

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Video: Came Thru/Easily | Chuck Inglish x Ab-Soul x Mac Miller

Coldest Cat...

Hotness from Chuck's new EP, Easily . Soul is a problem mannn…
Watch below:

2morrow (We Ain't Worried) | Dom Kennedy x Ty Dolla $ign

Girls ain't groupies
Most of these nxggas are...

Here's a bonus cut from Dom's latest, Get Home Safely

s.o. to AshO.
Previous Post:  Dominic | Dom Kennedy

Video : Hipster Girls | Iamsu!

You swear to stay far from the stagnant...

New visual from IAMSU! I like the track and the vid; filled with a mellow beat and real lyrics, attractive women, and nice weather. It’s pretty dope. You can find this on KILT II , available on iTunes.…

Related Post: Numb | August Alsina x IAMSU! x Problem (Prod. by. DJ Mustard)

Time Warp... 1998 : Grand Finale | Nas x DMX x Method Man x Ja Rule

Circa 1998.
They killed this track. I still don't know which one is my fav verse...

Word of the Week... PLACIDITY.

Nothing wrong with expanding your vocabulary and knowledge of words.  Who knows when you may encounter or need to use them..    Here’s the word of this week:

Placidity .
Adjective- pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed.


Try using it in a sentence.