We first heard of Kap G during the AC3 Hip Hop Music Festival. He performed the infectious “Jose’ Got Them Tacos” and suddenly a fan was born. It’s something about witnessing an authentic Latino rapping about Migos stuff. Not taking away from any other rapper who uses the Spanish language. But, the lingo just comes off with more integrity if a REAL Hispanic uses the native language.
Anyway, Kap G has a new mixtape out. Like A Mexican gets the “thumbs up” from DJ Drama‘s The Academy. Hosted by DJ Blu and DJ Ray G, the project features quite a few heavy-hitters, which seems to have the possibility to be very beneficial for the rapper. On the mixtape, production credits are earned by Bangladesh, Drumma Boy, Pharrell Williams, Fat Boi, Squat Beats, Durdy Beats and Kid Cray. Fellow rappers featured on the project are Jeezy, Chingo Bling, Young Dolph, Wiz Khalifa, Kirko Bangz, and Spenzo.
Listen to the streaming audio below and download Like A Mexican now on Livemixtapes.com!
The Atlanta Hawks played their first season in Atlanta in 1968. They played the inaugural season in the NBA as the Buffalo Bisons in 1946. The Hawks played in three different cities before finding a permanent home here in Atlanta. The Hawks have worn at least 10 different jerseys since moving to the ATL and I will discuss the top three they worn.
The Hawks blue and neon green jerseys I would rank third. These jerseys were worn from 1970-72. “Pistol” Pete Maravich was drafted by the Hawks with the third pick in the 1970 NBA Draft and the Hawks started wearing these jerseys Maravich’s Rookie season. Walt Bellamy and Lou Hudson also wore these jerseys during that era. Hudson number 23 jersey is retired by the Hawks now. Lou Hudson was a NBA All-Star for both years these jerseys were worn and the Hawks did reach the playoffs each year in these jerseys.
The Hawks red and yellow jerseys I would rank as their second best jersey. These jerseys were worn from 1982-1992. These jerseys featured the “Pacman” logo which was one of the Hawks most famous logos. The Hawks debuted these jerseys during Dominique Wilkins Rookie year and Wilkins won two Slam-Dunk Contest in these jerseys. Dominique was known as “The Human Highlight Film”, in this jersey Wilkins was a Seven-Time NBA All-Star and lead the league in scoring the 1985-86 season. Wilkins number 21 jersey is retired by Atlanta now. The Hawks only missed the playoffs three seasons in these jerseys and some consider these the best throwback jerseys in Atlanta history.
In my opinion, I would rank the black and red jersey as the Hawks best throwback jersey. These were worn by the Hawks from 1995-99. The Hawks logo was big on the front, the number was at the top left and the logo was actually scary to some people. The Hawks actually won 50 or more games twice in these jerseys and Dikembo Mutombo won back to back NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. Steve Smith and Dikembo Mutombo were the face of the Hawks during this era of the black jerseys and Smith made his only appearance in the NBA All-Star Game in 1998.
The Hawks made the playoffs every year in these jerseys and were defeated by the Chicago Bulls, who went on to the win the NBA Finals and the Knicks another year who lost in the NBA Finals. The Hawks still wear these jerseys as throwbacks and eventually the current jersey will become a throwback. The current navy road jersey and the red ATL jersey could eventually become the Hawks best throwback jersey. They definitely should rank in the top three in Hawks history.
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EXCLUSIVE: Alabama Rapper, JABO, Breaks Down the ‘Anatomy of a Street Genius’, Sidechick Issues, & Impact of Doe B’s Death
There always seem to be some concern when a college educated artist talk about street life in their songs. We’ve heard the whispers when 2 Chainz starting making real moves. Before him, Florida rapper Plies received backlash from various critics. Eventually, however, the hate faded away from both artists. They went on to build very successful music careers. So, does having an education REALLY disqualify a person’s “street cred”? It should’t.
Artist such as Birmingham, AL’s Javan Micah Ishman a.k.a. Jabo, is an example of how both worlds can intertwine with one another. His latest mixtape, Anatomy of a Street Genius, is described as a musical “collection of street and the intellectual combined together.” And what’s wrong with that if you grew up in that environment? Nothing. Jabo, like many others, didn’t allow the hardships (and the temporary luxuries) of the street life persuade him to go all-in. Although he could have easily gone that route, he decided to head to Alabama State University to further his education. But, while in college, Jabo painstakingly endured the same struggles that plague many of our neighborhoods…gun violence. He was shot twice during an attempted robbery. Then later, lost his catalog of music when a friends’ studio was robbed.
If you had to sum up Jabo’s 26 years of life, you can almost relate it to the parents and great-grandparents who survived Alabama’s civil rights movement. Growing up in one of the main focal areas of the Black struggle, Jabo embodies the spirit of perseverance and strength. And his personal testimony reads as such. After the loss of his music and being a victim to gun violence, he made the choice to continue pursuing a rap career. In an exclusive interview with STACKS Magazine, Jabo attributed his passion in life and music to his humble upbringings.
“We come from a place where, you know, people were raised by their grandparents. We had older people in the community that looked out for each other. It really ain’t like that no more. These days you got young people who’s parent that really ain’t caring what they kids do. They ripping and running. We knew Ms. Such-n-such will get you. Or Ms. Such-n-such will get you and you can’t go outside or you will get whooped the whole way down the block until you get home. You know what I mean. So its like, that’s where the soulfulness comes from. That sense of just being…feeling like we had to stick together to survive. Like when they say “it take a village..” In a way, yes it kinda do. The whole civil rights thing. That bring alot into it. That soulfulness. It’s just a real passion from where I come from.”
As an artist-on-the-rise, Jabo understands that the business of music can be as hateful as well. Sharing a little advice to other aspiring artists, the West Side Birmingham-native believes that conducting research can solve a lot of problems. Also, he insists that you have to be smart in where you spend your money and be willing to take risks.
“For somebody that’s coming out of high school, I would say at least give college a try. Go to college, give that a shot. You learn so many basic tools that you’ll need in this industry in college. Like how to deal with people in the corporate world. Most college professors will deal with you corporately. They are not your friends. They deal with you on a corporate level and that’s how the industry deal with you too. As far as the money aspect, I think you need to be smart on how you spend your money. Spend it in the right spots and you’ll be very successful. A lot of people have the money, but they just spend it in the wrong places. By the time they look around they’ve kind of blew through their budget. Nothing really happens for them. But, if you are spending that money in the right spots – and I’m not saying I know where all the right spots are – you got to get out there and shake the tree a little bit. You are going to make mistakes. You can’t be scared to take risks, can’t be scared to lose either. It is all a gamble. Once other people see that you are not afraid to lose (and you’ll gamble with your own money), they have more confidence in you. They see that this young man ain’t scared to lick the bottom of the barrel to come back up. So, I know if I put a little push behind him, he can stay up and he won’t fall.
It’s all about being smart and doing your research. A lot of people get into this without even Google’n “How to get your music on the radio”. It might be right there. But, we don’t even do the research. Researching, being smart with your money, spending it in the right places, and building relationships with people. So many people burn bridges at the early stages of their career because they think they’re “here” when they are really “here”. And when they burn the bridge, it’s like they go to try and…[move back up]. You can’t burn a bridge with people. Relationships last for a lifetime.”
Jabo’s viewpoint of “needing” college – or some form of education – to help an artist understand the business was perfect. Oftentimes we hear that school isn’t needed and that there are self-made millionaires who’ve never attended college. Although that may be true, at some point that millionaire had to read a book or ask questions to find out what next steps to take. So, Jabo should be applauded for understanding its [education's] importance.
On his latest project Anatomy of a Street Genius, listeners will hear a mixture of a lot of things. Jabo’s content mixes the negative with the positive, but maintains its local integrity with the production choices. He also features industry allies, Slim Thug and the late Doe B, on a couple joints. New York rapper Jadakiss is also featured on Jabo’s breakout hit “What I’m About”. During our discussion, he opens up about his relationships with Slim Thug and Jadakiss. He also explains the impact of Doe B’s death on the state of Alabama.
Jabo’s humble spirit and educated know-how has the potential to make him the next big thing. So many artists lose their way while reaching for success. After several unfortunate setbacks, Jabo’s still standing but is grateful for each step of his journey. If he continues to embody the spirit of his local civil rights heroes, Jabo has a great chance at becoming the star Alabama has long awaited for.
To stay updated on Jabo’s upcoming tour schedule and latest news, visit www.JaboEnt.com or follow him via Twitter/Instagram/Facebook @JaboEnt !
The Ratchet Report: Draya & Sundy’s Oscar Party Fight, LHHNY’s Rashidah Ali Back in Court, & Lamar’s Pushers Stole $250K in Jewels from Khloe??
Brawl In Beverly Hills between LA Basketball Wives Stars
Basketball Wives of LA get into a heated confrontation…. Draya Michele and Sunday Carter of the new season of Basketballs wives of LA get into a verbal confrontation at an Oscar Party. The reality stars kept the drama going even off camera at the Uptown Magazine event during Oscar weekend. Shows from this season have only appeared a few times, but I conclude that there is going to be tons of drama. Reports from several press outlets stated that the two women yelled and argued at a civilized crowded venue while co-star Malaysia Pargo stood close. Apparently the women had been arguing about issues they are having on the show as well as comments Sunday Carter allegedly had been making about Draya during press interviews.
Well, if anything, they have definitely boosted ratings by acting like two High School children with nothing else better to do but hey it gives me something ratchet to write about…. Thanks Ladies!
Love and Hip Hop NY Rashidah Ali Back in Court
Reality-star Rashidah Ali facing parole violation…. Back in 2011 the infamous, unapologetic, no holds bars boss chick Rashidah Ali was arrested for fraud. Ali was convicted on charges of stealing and using a credit card from a professional athlete that she had known. Court reports that Ali didn’t get any jail time, but was put on parole for the conviction. A judge violated Ali’s parole after missing several scheduled parole meetings and never paid restitution per order of the court.
I’m sure Ali has the money especially after all the guest appearances she has made on the show. On top of that, she is planning a lavish wedding on the show that she kicked her former BFF Tahiry Jose out of, I must add. Ali was spared by the judge and was not in violation this time. Hopefully, she has learned her lesson.
Lamar Odom Drug Dealers Possible Suspects of Home Robbery
Odom dealers may have stolen wife Khole Kardashian’s jewelry…. After further investigation and several testimonies about Odom’s drug debt, police think his pushers could have been the perp’s in the burglary of his home. Whoever robbed the home took a reported $250,000 worth of jewlrey from Khole Kardashian. Several sources say that Odom owed the dealers several thousands of dollars and would always blow them off when they contacted him to recoup whatever he owed. Cops say because there were no signs of forced entry, they think it was an inside job by one of their staff members that may have been working with the dealers.
Lamar Odom’s has a net worth of $50 million. I have no clue of why he would be in debt with anybody. I just hope that for his sake, his gorgeous wife Khole Kardashian, and the kids, that he seeks the help he needs.
This week “Really Award” goes to Rashidah Ali. How can you skip out on parole meetings and appear on several episodes of one of the highest rated shows in America?
Parole + Restitution – Non Reporting – Non Payment of Restitution = Not a Good Move #THINK
Allen Iverson recently had his Number 3 jersey retired by the Philadelphia 76ers on March 1, 2014. Iverson was the number one overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the 76ers after a stellar two-year career at Georgetown University. The 96 NBA Draft may be the best draft in NBA history, top three at least that included two MVP’s Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, All-Stars Ray Allen, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O’Neal, Antoine Walker, Ben Wallace, Peja Stojakovic and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Iverson was named the Big East Rookie of the Year and was also a First-Team All-American at Georgetown. Iverson became the shortest number one pick in NBA history listed at 6’0 and Iverson went on to win the Rookie Challenge MVP (changed to Rookie/Sophomore game), 1996-97 NBA Rookie of the Year and made the 1996-97 All-Rookie First Team in his Rookie year. Iverson averaged 23. 5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals as a rookie. He ranked 7th in the NBA in scoring and steals.
Iverson went on to lead the 76ers to the playoffs during the 1998-99 season; his third year in the league and he led the NBA in scoring with 26.8 points a game. Iverson and the six seed 76ers upset the number three seed Orlando Magic 3-1 in the first round and lost to the Indiana Pacers 4-2 in the conference semifinals. Iverson averaged a career-high 4.9 rebounds that season to go along with 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals. In the 1999-00 season Iverson averaged 28.4 points, 4.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals and the 76ers made the playoffs and was eliminated by the Pacers again in the conference semifinals. Iverson made his first All-Star Game appearance in 2000 and was voted in by fans as a starter.
In the 2000-01 season which was Iverson best season, he was selected as a All-Star starter again, won his first All-Star Game MVP and Iverson was named the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player. Iverson led the league in scoring with 31.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and led the league with 2.5 steals a game. Iverson led the 76ers to their first NBA Finals since they won their last championship in 1983, the 76ers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. The Lakers team featured Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe and the Lakers went undefeated in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Iverson scored 48 points in game one of the Finals in 107-101 victory and the 76ers was the only team that handed the Lakers a playoff loss that season.
Iverson never made it to the NBA Finals again and won his last playoff series in the 2003 playoffs. After that win in the first round and loss in conference semifinals, Iverson never made it past the first round for the rest of his NBA career. Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets in December of 2006 where he teamed up with rising star Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets made the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round by San Antonio Spurs who went on to become the 2007 NBA Champions. The Nuggets made it to the playoffs again the next year and were swept in the first round by Lakers who went on to become Western Conference Champions.
Iverson was traded to the Detroit Pistons in November of 2008 and Iverson only played one season with the Pistons. In 2009, Iverson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent, Iverson had his shortest NBA tenure with Memphis only playing in three games after his contract was terminated with a mutual agreement. Two weeks after that, Iverson returned to play for Philadelphia and left the 76ers for personal reasons in February 2010. Iverson also didn’t play in the All-Star game after being voted in. Iverson never returned to the NBA and officially announced his retirement from the NBA on October 30, 2013.
Allen Iverson definitely changed the culture of the NBA and started trends during his tenure in the NBA. Iverson made cornrows popular, he was the first player to wear the arm sleeve, him and Shaq made tattoos famous. Iverson should be one of the top five shooting guards in NBA history, in my opinion behind Michel Jordan, Kobe, and Jerry West. Iverson had heart, he gave 110% every night on the court and rarely missed games due to injury. He did take a lot of shots and his field goal % wasn’t always good but he could take over a game at any time by himself.
Iverson Reebok “The Question” shoes he wore his Rookie year made a big impact in the shoe game and some of his other signature shoes. Reebok is still releasing his shoes today and Iverson was the face of Reebok shoes that were cool to wear. Iverson made 10 straight All-Star Game appearances; on the All-NBA First Team and Second Team three times each; a Four-time NBA Scoring Champion and led the league in steals three times. Iverson was a icon that brought hip-hop to the NBA, and definitely will become a future Hall of Famer.
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On Thursday, Feb. 27th, Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou welcomed a sold out (and diverse) crowd to the first ‘InterSessions: Art x Hip Hop Dialogue‘ event held at the High Museum of Arts. The sit-down conversation about the ways in which hip-hop and art intertwines included Atlanta rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr and High Museum’s curator, Michael Rooks. The ArtxHip Hop series kick-off was created to coincide with Art Papers Magazine’s “Art x Hip Hop” issue, in which Pecou was its guest editor.
The candid conversation between the three gentlemen began with the acknowledgement of arts close relationship with hip hop. Since hip hop’s inception, from graffiti to fashion, art has had an undeniable impact on the culture. Pecou navigated the evening by asking his guests questions regarding their entry into their perspective industries, how art transcends into their world, the future of artxhiphop and society’s acceptance, and other insightful things. Both Pecou and T.I. shared a similar story on how they both made the decision to pursue art and rap as a career. T.I. explained how it was LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad” that intrigued him enough to want to learn to rap. Pecou, on the other hand, mentioned Goodie Mob’s first album Soul Food as his inspiration to want to learn more about hip hop. Their love of the music is what both pinpointed as the common factor for which they owe their appreciation.
Michael Rooks, the official curator for the museum, understands too the relation of both worlds. The audience members learned more about his position within ArtxHipHop. And that is, the next piece of the puzzle that holds the two together. Rooks job is to manage and maintain the integrity and authenticity of historical artifacts.
Throughout the evening, Pecou, T.I., and Rooks opened the minds of most of the audience members who may not have known anything about their lives and careers. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to see the three worlds collide, understand one another, and accept each of their individual existences.
Here are a few photos from the ArtxHipHop event:
To find out when is the next ArtxHipHop event, follow the series on Instagram @ArtxHipHop!
Rapper YG hit the ATL on Tuesday (Mar. 4) to promote his upcoming project MY KRAZY LIFE. It was apparent that there was a full day planned out for the west coast emcee.
First, YG stopped through the West End Mall area to meet-and-greet the locals. The Athlete’s Foot sports store was packed with fans eager to snap a photo and obtain an autograph. Check out a few photos from the in-store:
Recently, the RIAA announced that YG’s single “My Ni$$a” sold a million copies, certifying its platinum-selling status. The single, which featured Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, originally appeared on a CTE compilation mixtape and soon after became a radio and club favorite. The song has a remix version as well and it features Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj. Many people wonder, however, will YG be able to produce another platinum-selling single or a platinum album. We’ll have to wait and see. But, he did host a listening session later in the evening over at Patchwerk Studios.
YG’s listening session for MY KRAZY LIFE, brought out several artists and local industry cats. Jeezy, Don Cannon, Slick Pulla, DJ Aaries, A1 Super Group, Que, and many others showed up to support.
Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will also receive three tracks (“Who Do You Love” feat. Drake, “Left Right” feat. DJ Mustard, and “My Ni$$a” Remix).
MY KRAZY LIFE hits stores on March 18th!
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Photo Credits: STACKS Magazine & Desmick Perkins
@TheKelseyNykole, of VH1′s ‘Couples Therapy’, Shares Her Plans as an Urban/Pop Artist & Being a Positive Role Model [EXCLUSIVE]
Rising starlet Kelsey Nicole Byers, better known to many as Kelsey Nykole, is setting her footprints in the entertainment industry. Kelsey Nykole is currently a cast member of VH1’s “Couples Therapy” Season 4, alongside rapper Ghostface Killah from the Wu Tang Clan.
Kelsey got her start in the entertainment business as a model. Kelsey is currently pursuing her music career and plans on taking her career to new heights. Kelsey has been nominated for music awards at the ‘Atlanta Underground Music Awards’ in 2012, as NYKKY B, and nominated for the 2012 ‘Indy Urban Music Awards’ winning ”Mixtape of the Year” & “Best Female R&B Artist” under the name Kelsey Nykole. She was a chosen artist to open for the ”Paradise Tour” at the Indianapolis Tour Stop and also called to Louisville, KY to open up for rapper Trina. The Indiana native known as “The Midwest Princess” discussed her accomplishments, her future plans, artists, and what she does in her free time during a recent interview.
How did you come up with the name Midwest Princess?
I didn’t come up with the name because of my swag. It was because of my passion and my drive behind my music. I actually got proclaimed that by a few producers I was in a session with. I was really getting around the Midwest and I was running it, building a name and they said you were the Midwest Princess and it kind of stuck from there.
How has your life changed since you appeared on VH1’s Couple Therapy?
My life has changed definitely in a great way. It is changed in a sense that when I walk the streets and when I go places, I get asked by fans running up for photos and things of that nature. It has brought a new platform for me to express my musical passion. I been building a lot more of a fan base when it comes to the music and I get a lot more support when it comes to my music. Which is amazing and beautiful, because you know you work so hard for so long. It comes a time when things start to pay off and that’s how it feels at this point. It’s all good. My life has changed socially because I interact with my fans a lot more on social networks than I used to. I interact with them definitely when I’m out and about. They notice me ’cause of my hair. It is my style and I can’t hide it. I can’t go incognito cause the hair it right there and it’s very noticeable. It’s all good. My life has definitely changed for the better and I’m excited.
Tell us about your singing career as pop/r&b singer, songwriter and are you currently working on anything in the studio?
My career as an artist, as a pop artist is my life, it’s my everything. I have been pursuing this dream professionally for almost five years. It’s been going wonderful. I jumped out there. It’s been my passion since I was a little girl. I knew this is what I wanted to do. Life hits and, in the teenage years, everything kind of blossoms out. I had a tragic incident that happened in my family that really woke me up and made me realize life is short. I have people depending on me and I want to set a great example out here for the person that the tragedy happened to. I really started to go very hard (that can’t stop won’t stop attitude towards pursuing my dreams) and something in my spirit really helps me with it. This is my purpose and what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s been amazing and over the years it’s been great growth, prosperity and blessings. Keeping my name good and respectable, definitely networking and showing my face in the right places and to the right people. Getting results, working hard, growing, developing as a artist and up to the point where it’s go time now. It’s time to take it to another level. As soon as I was done in the studio working on a lot of great music, I flew to Atlanta then to L.A., in the studio building a catalogue, writing and recording great music for my own project; be able to shop it to different artist out here. I’m definitely working on music and got a lot of great things lined up (a few music videos). Everything is all coming in due time. I’m very excited for everybody to hear it. Right now, there is a leak of a song, kind of a viral song – a song I did with super-producer/Grammy-award winning producer, Looney Tunez, called “Can’t Feel My Legs”. My actual single will be released in the spring and we are super-duper geeked about the world hearing the new sound and the music. So yeah, I’m working.
When you’re not in the studio, on TV or modeling, what do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I am working out, rehearsing, talking to family definitely, cuddling and loving on my child. It’s never a dull moment with me. I don’t like sitting around doing a lot of nothing. Sometimes, I will pray. I’m always using my energy and time wisely to ensure continuous prosperity in my career.
Any artists’ music you listen to often on your iPod? And, if you could collaborate with any, who would you choose and why?
I am a hardcore Beyonce fan, definitely blasting her music. I listen to Ghostface music. I listen to Amy Winehouse. I listen to Jazmine Sullivan. If I could collab with anyone right now, it would be super-duper dope to collab with August Alsina. I think we could definitely make great melodic-hypnotizing-sexy music together.
Would you ever do a collaboration with Ghostface?
Yes, absolutely. That’s definitely in the making, so keep it locked. Stay tuned.
What is your biggest accomplishment in this field of work?
I think my biggest accomplishment in my field of work thus far, is being a role model, being inspiring to younger girls. When I get tweets and get comments from younger girls when they want to be beautiful like me or they love my spirit – you know you such a good role model, such a good person. Just that love from these girls. Knowing I’m that somebody they can look up to, to set a new standard, that’s what I think is great for me over everything. I love entertaining crowds. I love the love I’m receiving and the support; getting that kind of response from the youth and from the next generation; being a new person to catch their eye and for them to pay attention to. Knowing that I have to set a great example, gives me life. I love it. That’s definitely what I plan to do. I have a vision board and one of the quotes I cut out says, “Pop stars stop saying you don’t want to be a role model because you’re”. We have a platform, there are people and kids looking at us all the time. They need something positive to look up to. I definitely want to be that. Not saying there aren’t any positive role models out there, there just aren’t enough. I definitely want to be that. That’s huge for me.
What else can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect everything from Kelsey Nykole. You can expect greatness, uncommon success from Kelsey Nykole, movies…the sky is not the limit. I’m reaching for the stars and beyond. You can expect great fashion from Kelsey Nykole, trend setting from Kelsey Nykole. You can expect great things from Kelsey Nykole, please believe that. So keep it locked and stay tuned.
Do you think the Indiana Pacers are going to win the championship this year?
I think they have a strong possibility of winning. They are an amazing team and I’m rooting for them 100%.
So, you think they can beat the Miami Heat this year?
Oh yeah, definitely. They beat them before and they can do it again.
How can fans keep in contact with you with social networks?
You can keep in touch with Kelsey Nykole at HeyKelsey.com, I’m on the web on Instagram and Twitter @TheKelseyNykole. On Facebook and YouTube, you can search me at Kelsey Nykole. When searching for the kid, make sure you spell the Nykole (N Y K O L E). I spell it a little different. You can hit me up on heykelsey.com and find the links for the social networks under Connect tab. Hit me up y’all. Google me. It’s music, news, and interviews. Everything is there for you at your fingertips.
TM103 is scheduled to drop December 20. Young Jeezy and labels decision to push back the release date several times should insinuate that there’s some heat coming our way. Can’t wait to hear it!
To hold the fans over in the meantime, check out his new video for F.A.M.E featuring Tip:
The good folks over in the B.o.B camp sent over this hot new track, 5 on The Kush. As if it was on cue, this track was leaked on B.o.B’s birthday Nov 15. Last night, the 23 yr old celebrated his birthday big willie style at Wild Bills in Atlanta. We wonder if he was on that kush last night. lol
Regardless, birthdays are always worth it! Check out the hot new single which features Big K.R.I.T and Bun-B:
Source: TJ Chapman
The jean market is taking things to the next level…and we like it! As mentioned in our last post Fashion Trend: Foil Jeans, designers are being very creative with fabrics nowadays. Women who don’t mind creating their own look and dare to be different, here’s a new look you may want to try…animal prints. Here are a few options:
NEW YORK – November 2011 – DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch Whisky, the number one-selling premium blended Scotch whisky in the United States , proudly announced the launch of DEWAR’S MasterBlenders, a unique program featuring Latin music’s hottest DJs. The program was launched in New York at an invitation-only soiree at club PHUKET, located in Washington Heights on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.
DEWAR’S has enlisted renowned DJs Small, San One, Anthony Rey and Shadee for the event, which also featured signature DEWAR’S cocktails – all perfectly mixed to emulate each DJs own taste and style. More details about DEWAR’s Master Blenders are available at www.facebook.com/dewarsmasterblenders.
“The marrying process of our blended scotch whisky is what gives DEWAR’S its signature flavor, much like each of these amazing DJs marries Latin rhythms to create their own signature sound,” said Fannie Young, vice president, brand managing director, DEWAR’S Blended Scotch Whisky.
“The DEWAR’S Master Blenders event combined our unique heritage and tradition with modern music. It’s a celebration of sounds, style and taste.”
Celebrities, tastemakers and whisky aficionados were in attendance at this epic affair dressed in upscale attire for an evening of masterfully mixed DEWAR’s cocktails and one of a kind sounds by the DEWAR’s MasterBlenders.
“We are excited to be working with DEWAR’S Blended Scotch Whisky,” says DJ Smalls. “As a Dominican DJ, I can speak for myself and the other Latino DJs when I say how excited we are at the opportunity to represent the Latino music industry and showcase our talents.”
More info on the honored MasterBlender DJs…
The New York bred music spinster put his career into high gear when his growing popularity caught the attention of the City’s most celebrated Spanish-Language Radio DJ and personality DJ Alex Sensation. Since then he has spun for La Mega Mezcla del Mediodia, along-side Alex Sensation, in several different venues where the dynamic duos mixing and record selection continued to impact the Big Apple’s nightlife scene. He recently joined the cable television network MUSIC CHOICE as a programmer and personality for their Musica Urbana & Music Choice Mixtape Channels.
DJ San One
Inspired by hip-hop legends Kid Capri, Funk Flex and Tony Touch and New York heroes Preci$e and Danny S, DJ San-One laid the foundation for his career at as a teen. Bedroom practice led to family get-togethers and eventually into the hottest clubs in New York City. The Harlem born DJ travels to mix for the finest venues in the United States. His mixed CDs has more than 15,000 downloads on his website. In only eight years, DJ San-One has become one of the leading DJs in the music industry.
DJ Anthony Rey
Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Anthony Rey aka “El Chico Mezcla,” immigrated to the United States at the age of 18. He mixes with the hottest Latino disc jockeys known in the tri-state area that host the infamous radio stations “X96.3″ and “La Mega 97.9.” Currently he is known as one of the best DJs of the New York and New Jersey club scenes, local radios stations, and Internet shows. DJ Anthony Rey is currently working on a project to give back to the community all the support they give him by sponsoring young deejays in his native Santo Domingo.
DJ Smalls is one of the top artists in the music industry and New York City club scene. Born in East Harlem, New York City, DJ Smalls (Kenneth Salcedo) started his career in the music industry in 1994. Currently a Radio DJ for the most listened to Spanish radio station in NYC, Mega 97.9 FM, he has gained an incredible following.
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It’s been a minute since we’ve heard T-Pain grace the airwaves. The multi-platinum producer/artist who just a few years ago was the number one go-to guy for a “hit”, is plotting a big return with his new album, rEVOLVEr. The new album which features Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo, hopefully will give listeners more classic T-Pain ish.
Here’s the track listing…
1. Bang Bang Pow Pow – feat. Lil Wayne
2. Bottlez – feat. Detail
3. It’s Not You (It’s Me) T-Pain vs. Chuckie – feat. Pitbull
4. Default Picture
5. 5 O’clock – feat. Lily Allen & Wiz Khalifa
6. Sho-Time (Pleasure Thang)
7. Rock Bottom
8. Look At Her Go – feat. Chris Brown
9. Mix’d Girl
10. I Don’t Give A F*ck
11. Drowning Again – feat. One Chance
12. When I Come Home
13. Best Love Song – feat. Chris Brown
14. Turn All The Lights On – feat. Ne-Yo
T-Pain’s fourth studio album is scheduled to be released on December 6.
As we mentioned last earlier, here, MTV2 will premier its new show “Guy Code” tomorrow at 11PM EST. Check out the trailer below:
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A true professor of acting, a legend in his own right and already having set an iconic trail, actor Morgan Freeman is set to be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.
Freeman who jumpstarted his career back in 1965 as an extra in “The Pawnbroker” has now worked his way to being a five-time Oscar nominee, an Oscar winner, a Screen Actors Guild awardee and a Golden Globe great for best actor. Over the years, his magnitude of talent has landed him in box office hits galore such as Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Glory, Seven, The Bucket List, Unforgiven, Invictus, and Million Dollar Baby.
Being honored with this award puts Freeman among the likes of other industry greats such as Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand and Stephen Spielberg.
LL Cool J and his wife Simone Smith recently hosted a charity event in an effort to raise money to support the ongoing war against cancer. The event, “Why Fashion Matters” brought in over $100k which will be used to help fund cancer research and the efforts of the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Smith who happens to be a cancer survivor herself says about the event, “I knew I wanted to do something to help. Cancer affects too many people and so many families.” The Mrs. also auctioned off items from her recently launched jewelry line SIS raising more than an additional $100K.
2 Chainz (Tity Boi or Teta Chico) has been on a tear as of late. For anyone that has been paying attention, he has been garnering a lot of attention. Being such a polarizing figure, many celebrated while others sighed and grunted in disgust. Plenty of people send him praise for his tangible lyrics and accessible style. Others, however, think of him to be a 3rd tier rhymer that has over-extended his stay in the game. Regardless of how anyone feels, T.R.U. Realigion is out for mass consumption.
To be frank about 2 Chainz, he isn’t going to win many hip hop enthusiasts/purists over. He isn’t going to be using a bunch of flows and cadences no one cares about. Nor is he going to try and construct choruses aligned with poet laureates. Hip hop quotables isn’t even on 2 Chainz’s mind. In the end, the man has little care for being looked at as a “savior of hip hop”.
2 Chainz is here to make typical street music in a grand and notable fashion. If that is his goal, he is effective to say the least; hilariously remarkable to say the most.
Throughout the mixtape, Teta Chico gives you nothing short of relished street lore. ”Addicted To Rubberbands” rides thumping bass, synths and piano keys that allows Chainz to spit his version of comeuppance/luxury rap. “Stunt” catches Chainz, with Meek Mill in tow, going in about showing off what they got. Hysterically, on “Viagra” Chainz keeps it moving with references to his Polo addiction, Jodeci and Floetry. Even if street music isn’t the choice of champions, 2 Chainz still entertains.
Do not be fooled, though; 2 Chainz does take the time to get introspective and/or tell a story. “Letter to the Rap Game” uses a M-16 produced sample molester to give hip hop an open view of his approach and mentality. It does help that he is assisted by Dolla Boy and Raekwon to round out this song. “Kesha” is the common hood love song done the 2Chainz way: big song, big sample, simple and catchy lyrics. Even through the grimey hood songs come certain aspects that allow people to see some sort of “vulnerability”.
2 Chainz feels he went from “the hottest artist in the streets without a Gangsta Grillz” to “the hottest artist in the streets”. With this mixtape, he gets to flex his muscle. For the most part, it stays consistent and entertaining. This won’t be world changing material. However, if you are looking for some street music to nourish your faith in the conviction of the streets, then this is the mixtape for you. Conclusively, keeping it real for the hood is the T.R.U. Realigion for 2 Chainz.
Article written by Mark A. Harris, contributing writer for STACKS Magazine