Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Video :: Loner | Kali Uchis

No, I don't want to be your cigarette...
Use me up, then toss me, step on me...

One of my favorite tracks on 'Por Vida' for obvious reasons for those who know me. If you follow her on social media, you're already aware of her love for the color pink. It flourishes throughout the self directed visual which was assisted by Andy Hines. Uchis says this was inspired by mermaids, call-girls, Mia Farrow, "Scarface" the movie, and Quentin Tarantino. You can most certainly tell once you press play. Dope. Watch below::

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Wonderful | Casey Veggies x Ty Dolla $ign (Produced by. Hit-Boy and 1500 or Nothin)

And the way that we ballin
you know that we blessed...

Here's the latest release from Vegs upcoming debut album, Live & Grow, which drops September 25th. Listen to the ladies geared single featuring Ty Dolla $ign below::
"Girl... you wonderful.."

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Mixtape :: The Cassette Tape 1994 | Teyana Taylor

The project was supposed to release weeks ago, but oddly was pushed back by the label.  I think it may have benefited Teyana, because the anticipation increased.  The dope behind the scenes footage she posted on Instagram here and there, also, helped.  Five tracks total in with a 90s R & B type feel. 
Listen below::

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{Personal Post} PHOTOS/VIDEO :: Pancakes x Booze x Art Show | Washington, DC | Aug 20th

Pancakes and Booze held an art show last week- Free Pancakes.  Beer.  Dope Art. and More.  I ran into many familiar faces.  A night full of entertainment and laughter.  My girlfriend decided to put her pieces in a show again.  Support all while enjoying the event.  Take a glimpse...


Monday, August 24, 2015

STANCE socks x Action Bronson collaboration

  Another day... A new collab.  STANCE hasn't showed any signs of slowing down with the collaborations- Rihanna, Allen Iverson, Santigold and more.  Their latest features Action Bronson .. related to his Mr. Wonderful album.  Purchase here.

Related Post :: STANCE socks Announces New Endorsement deal with Allen Iverson

s.o. to Hypebeast

Dates/Locations - Mac Miller announces "The GO:OD AM Tour" featuring Tory Lanez x Goldlink x Domo Genesis

Related Post ::  Break the Law | Mac Miller

Mixtape :: The Laughing Introvert | Stalley

New music for the fans.  Although, this is a short project containing only 7 tracks, it's welcomed. 
You can tell he's back in his element. 
Listen below:: 


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Video :: Where Ya At | Future x Drake

Where were you??
When all the dogs needed help?...

Future releases his latest visual "Where Ya At" featuring Drake.  The video premiered simultaneously in New York's Times Square and online via VEVO.  This falls on Future's boomin album, Dirty Sprite 2... available now.  Watch below::

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

(Video) Comedy :: This is what it would be like if Cam'ron was your HR Director...

Killa Cam made a return to Comedy Central's The Nightly Show w/ Larry Wilmore last night.  In all good fun, the network teased at Amazon's work environment after several reports surfaced over the past couple years of the company having unhappy workers.  If you ever have these random thoughts... this is what it would be like if Mr. Cam'ron Giles was your HR Director...

Muy Caliente ! :: Watch Rita Ora x Chris Brown's steamy video, "Body on Me"

I'm not asking for too much
put your fingertips on me...
...I just wanna feel your body on me

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Time Warp... 1995: Sittin' on Chrome | Masta Ace

Circa 1995.
This song is undeniably one of the hardest to grace hip-hop. No debate.
Sidebar: This vid has mad cameos from folks. Play a game of #iSpy.

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Video :: TiRon x Ayomari's "Journey to the New Wonderful"

These brothers are always spitting some knowledge. Self- empowerment .. betterment.. love.. life gems and truths. In this short doc, the duo share their inspiration, promo interviews, and personal moments behind the project 'The Great New Wonderful' (which is out now). They, also, receive unexpected personal recognition from Q-tip. That’s DOPE. Watch below::  "like a Marvin Gaye what’s going on.. like a Bob Marley.. like where is that music for people!?"

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Monday, August 17, 2015

First Look :: [Watch] Master P's "Ice Cream Man : King of the South" biopic Trailer

I am SO here for this.

With several films, entrepreneur ventures, millions of albums sold, and a independent record label under his belt, Master P is now releasing his own biopic, Ice Cream Man : King of the South. The film is said to hit theaters in Spring 2016. Watch the trailer below::

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Giving Back :: LeBron James will send mentored students to college for FREE

”College isn’t a realistic future for many, kids need to see a finish line… It means so much because, as a kid growing up in the inner city and a lot of African-American kids, you don’t really think past high school. You don’t really know your future. You hear high school all the time, and you graduate high school and then you never think past that because either it’s not possible or your family’s not financially stable to even be able to support a kid going to college”

I love hearing news about someone who has made it big, giving back to their community. Recently, LeBron announced that his LeBron James Family Foundation will partner with the University of Akron to send students of his "I Promise" mentoring program to college for FREE. Akron, Ohio is LeBron's hometown. Four-year scholarships will be awarded to those who complete the mentoring program, however, eligibility rules are currently still being drafted. Keep a lookout for this. Salute.

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Video :: 90059 | Jay Rock (featuring SZA)

Concrete jungle
Beware of different challengers... 

Jay Rock snags his labelmate SZA for a significant role in his latest visual, 90059 - the title track of his forthcoming album.  This PanamÆra and Little Homies directed video is wicked.  Nice touch.  Watch below::

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Locked Away | N.E.R.D

You make. love worth.
You make. time worth.

Over the weekend while Pharrell hosted his own Beats 1 radio show on apple music, he shared a never released N.E.R.D track.... until now.  I had the song on repeat while typing this, trying to figure out which one of their previous albums this would have fit perfect on.  I went with Fly or Die
Come to find out, it was actually meant for their debut album In Search Of...
 This song is great.  Thanks for dropping this P.  Listen below::

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Motivation Mondays :: Be thankful for what you got | William DeVaughn

To Keep the LiGhts On. (Sex Sells) | Phony Ppl

You can't get caught slippin'
if you ain't slippin'...

Phony ppl brings forth a new track, "To Keep the LiGhts On. (Sex Sells)". Rhymes about the adversities of trying to make it in this world while trying to remain positive. Truth poured all over this groove. Listen below::

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Protest Anthem :: Hell You Talmbout | Janelle Monae x Jidenna x The Wondaland Family #BlackLivesMatter

"This song is a vessel.  It carries the unbearable anguish of millions.  We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters.  We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue.  Silence is our enemy.  Sound is our weapon.  They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves... Won't you say their names?"- Wondaland. 

Janelle Monae, Jidenna, and the Wondaland Family release a POWERFUL track raising awareness to those in headlines for police brutality and racism.  To hear a band playing this while we march.  Man... only one can dream.  If you're not familiar with each name on the list.  Google them.  They all share a similar story. 

Walter Scott
Jerame Reid
Philip White
Eric Garner
Trayvon Martin
Sean Bell 
Freddie Gray
Aiyana Jones
Sandra Bland
Kimani Gray
John Crawford
Michael Brown
Miriam Carey
Sharonda Singleton
Emmitt Till
Tommy Yancy
Jordan Baker
Amadou Diallo 
Previous Post - Work it Out :: Watch Janelle Monae's new video, 'Yoga', featuring Jidenna  

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{Personal Post} PHOTOS :: REDDS x Afropunk "Wicked Party " DC

Afropunk did a 'Wicked Party' run on the East coast to kick off the upcoming Afropunk NYC festival.  Powered by REDDS ale, each city had a different artist performing.  Here's a cap of the DC party @ Howard Theatre...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Video :: Laybach | Drique London x Carrington (Produced by. Majestic)

I don't know my friends no more
All them stand up guys
turned to Rupaul...

Drique London drops the official visual for his addictive Carrington assisted track, "LayBach". The visual, which is quite fitting for the mesmerizing smooth production, displays real life situations- trying to be successful with your dream career, regular 9 to 5, and a healthy relationship all at once. Unfortunately, one has to give. See which one fell short of the battle, in Drique's case, below. 
 Sounds of the Rising Sun out now.
"Trust... what I do's for me and you.."

s.o. to Majestic. Keep rising homie!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ASAP Ferg hosts 1st Annual Ferg Health Fair in Harlem, NY

Giving back to the community. ASAP Ferg showed love to his hometown, Harlem, over the past weekend by hosting the 1st annual Ferg Health Fair for the youth- in conjunction with Children's Village and People of Peace. Aimed to assist underprivileged kids, each child received a health voucher towards a physical and mental self check up. Aside from the seriousness, there were fun activities for the kids to participate in such as one-on-one DJ lessons from the Jam Master Jay Foundation and Scratch Academy, Q & A with ASAP Ferg, Basketball games and more.
Ferg takes a deep interest in health as his father passed away due to kidney failure.

"Growing up, my Dad always emphasized the vitality of giving back to the community and making sure we never gave up on our dreams. His encouragement motivated me to never settle and he’s the reason I am where I am today, but I’m not the only one. My dad spent his life helping kids in the community stay off the streets and make something of themselves. He may be gone but his legacy lives on through the people of our neighborhood and all the lives he touched…"

s.o. to MissInfo

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Meet Andrea & Robin McBride :: The 1st Black sisters to launch their own Wine company

Andrea and Robin McBride have made headlines as they are noted as the first black sisters to own their own wine company. The duo launched Truvée (premium) Wines at The Manor (1327 Connecticut Avenue NW), here in Washington D.C. (Sidebar: This place has really stepped up since our last visit, I hope Shana is reading...) While the two share the same father, they did not know each other as they lived on opposite sides of the world- One in New Zealand and one in California. Under bittersweet circumstances, the sisters met in 1999 when their father passed. Andrea was 16 and Robin was 25. Sharing a common bond of both growing up around vineyards is what brings us to the start of their company today.

It all started really from growing up in the wine industry as two little brown girls and incubating these ideas that maybe one day we wanted to make wine and in all honesty, we probably wouldn’t have done it by ourselves if we hadn’t met. We felt that we were kind of powerful — the world had brought us together in a very serendipitous moment and we wanted to take it on. We want to do it.”

In 2010, they launched the first winery in the world certified for zero carbon emissions. They, rightfully, named it "McBride Sisters". Today in 2015, their first brand “Truvée” is launched- a twist for the French verb Trouver which means "to find".

To read more on the Sistas, check their article out and watch their brief interview with Roland Martin on NewsOne here

Israel (Sparring) | Chance the Rapper x Noname Gypsy

I don’t need to see a Sphinx
To know they noses was black…

Chance is keeping the new music coming and without a heads up. SURF released earlier this year, along with his joint "freestyle mixtape" with Lil B last week. Now, we have a brand new cut with a frequent collaborator- Noname Gypsy. Poems are recited; traded back and forth throughout the track, hence the title. A chill jawn to nod to. Listen below::
sparring is training without the training wheels...

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Dates/Locations :: The Internet announces US/Canada/UK Tour

Sept 8 | EL Rey Theatre | Los Angeles
Sept 12 | One Music Fest 2015 | Atlanta, GA
Sept 14 | The NorVA | Norfolk, VA
Sept 15 | Mr. Smalls Fun House | Millvale, PA
Sept 16 | Baltimore Soudnstage | Baltimore, MD
Sept 18 | Howard Theatre | Washington, DC
Sept 19 | Cosmic Charlie’s | Lexington, KY

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Time Warp... 1998 :: Love for Free | Rell x Jay-Z

Circa 1998.
Rell's voice always prevailed on any track he touched (*thinks of Beans' "Look at Me Now"). This song was so smooth man... I mean seriously.. what more can I say. 
 *continues to hum words and groove out

Previous Post - Time Warp... 2004 :: Life We Chose | Young Gunz + original Isaac Hayes sample

Monday, August 10, 2015

"Juice" revamped :: Watch Fabolous channel Bishop in his new video 'Gone for the Winter' feat. Velous

 They always talk shit
and then ask for a peppermints...

A 90s classic film revamped.
Fab channels his inner 'Bishop', Pac's infamous role in the movie 'Juice', for the storyline focus in his latest visual, Gone for the Winter.   Young OG in stores now.  Watch below::
"I tried to be a friend muthafxcka, you under handed me..."

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Video :: Like it or Not | CyHi the Prynce

Feel like I'm writing for Pac...

 First the Elephant.  Now the LION.  #waitforit.   
In a Hiphop Raiden style sprinkled with a little Maco sound 'Oooh!', the Prynce has more to say.  Listen/watch below:: 

Video :: Jukebox Joints | ASAP Rocky

That touch your soul music
I get you higher
grab your lighting fluid...

One of the tightest tracks on At Long Last A$AP.  Unfortunately, no Kanye like the album version.  A quick psychedelic trip.  Check it out:: 
"Ain't nothing better than a pretty big forehead bish."  You already... ;-)

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New Music/Video :: 100 Grandkids | Mac Miller

Made a promise to my mama
That I'd bless her with some grandkids
She can spoil em
But til then... I'm getting dollars.

Mac is back with new music, upcoming album- GO:OD AM, and a upcoming promo tour.  For the visual of his lead single, 100 Grandkids, Mac serves the role as the moon in the school play... while heading straight to a jam session alongside a lowrider after.  Floats.  Watch below::

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Animated Reality :: Watch Earl Sweatshirt's new metaphoric video "Off Top"

Tryna pay my momma rent
Figured that's just what I owe her
I been trouble
since I tumbled out that stroller...

Present days current situation flipped into animation.  Directed by Taylor Johnson, the visual is one minute and forty seven seconds of emotions and metaphors.  From the photo above, it should be a given what issue it tackles.  From Earl's current I don't like shit, I don't go outside album ... watch the video below::

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Elephant in the Room | CyHi the Prynce

***UPDATE 8/10/15-  At some point within a 5 day span, somehow someway, this song is magically removed from the internet.  Youtube included.  What's that about? :-/

Sit the fxck down Mr. West
I ain't done yet...

*Sigh.  There comes a day when you're FED UP.  Today is CyHi's day.
I've mentioned, along with countless others, how talented CyHi is and how much he is slept on.  The hope for more exposure of his music to the world and all that good stuff.  To no avail, it's been the same ride for the Prynce.  As a result, it seems he has reached his breaking point with the frustration of the whole ordeal.  In 'Elephant in the Room', he addresses .. and/or disses, whichever you want to call it, Def Jam and G.O.O.D Music label mates including the boss himself... Mr. Kanye West.  Sometimes you just have to get it off your chest right??  While I don't agree with disputes openly of anyone (celeb or not), i TOTALLY understand why he fired off.  You can't blame him not. one. bit.  I'll cut the commentary short so you can listen for yourself.  
"Ok, my nigga Pusha shit snap, Nah I'm man that shit's crap"....

Previous Post ::CyHi the Prynce releases 2 new tracks :: I've been Waiting x Flower in the Addict