Future has finally let it be known that his long-awaited album, Honest, will be released on April 22. In addition, Future offered up the official tracklist for the album. Interestingly, he’s pairing up with a lot of heavy-hitters on this sophomore project: Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Pusha T, and even Andre 3000. Young Scooter and Casino will also make an appearance on the album.
Check out the tracklist after the jump…
1. Look Ahead
3. Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino)
4. My Momma (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
6. I Won (Feat. Kanye West)
7. Never Satisfied (Feat. Drake)
8. I Be U
9. Covered N Money
10. Special (Feat. Young Scooter)
11. Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) (Feat. Andre 3000)
12. Blood, Sweat, Tears
13. Big Rube Speaks
14. Side Effects
15. I’ll Be Yours
16. How Can I Not (Feat. Young Scooter)
18. Karate Chop (Remix) (Feat. Lil Wayne)
Check out his latest video for “Move That Dope” featuring Pharrell and Pusha T:
With her distinctive voice, Elle Varner may have another hit on her hand, with her latest single “Cold Case“. This is an awesome introduction to her sophomore album Four Letter Word. Her fans are sure to love this album, just as they did the first. Listen to the song for yourself, and be the judge. Is it another hit?
By: LaQuesha Williams, contributing intern for STACKS Magazine
VIDEO: #BoosieSpeaks Press Conference; He Talks His Kids, New Album, Webbie & Jeezy Holding Him Down, & More
On Monday, Trill Entertainment/Atlantic Records held a post-prison press conference for rapper Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch. Hosted by Angela Yee (Power 105.1FM “The Breakfast Club”), the conference started with kind words from Bun B, Jeezy, Webbie, and Boosie’s mother, Connie Hatch. His team of attorney’s took the floor to speak on time served and any lingering legal matters. Afterwards, Lil Boosie sat in his King’s chair and discussed a few pertinent questions fans have waited to hear.
Boosie’s release from serving 52-months was immediately celebrating by driving to Baton Rouge to pick up his kids. He is the father of 7 kids. He said they all played in the hotel all night. Pressing forward with the sit-down interview, Boosie spoke on his time served. Some key takeaways were…
- His collaboration with C-Murder: “I got bigger business to take care of first. But, I want to help him. He’s a real dude.”
- He wrote 1,018 songs in prison.
- When asked if he had any conjugal visits during his five-year stint, Boosie said no. But added that he “visited” himself many times.
- He’s been in the studio every night since being released; will release a new album once contract is reconstructed with Trill Ent and Atlantic.
- “I got a hit for Justin Bieber.”
- Working with the courts on his traveling stipulations.
- He feels like he’s a better artist. He has more stories to tell. And he’s “a better person”.
- Jeezy and Webbie held him down while he was incarcerated.
- Webbie took Boosie’s son fishing while he was locked up. Boosie really appreciated that because he was never able to.
- He appreciated Plies shouting him out.
- “The rap game wide open for me to takeover. The music I’ve heard from in the past 3-4 days, it’s different from my music. Difference brings greatness.”
- “I got a lot of stuff I’ve never performed. I’m ready to perform.”
- “I went through a lot in prison. You’ll hear about that in the music.”
- He was on 23 hour and 45 minute lockdown for 20 months.
- He wrote a movie in prison. It’s called Boosie: The Movie.
Watch press conference below:
via press release…
The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) presented its annual “Untold Stories Awards” and Scholarship Luncheon yesterday (March 7) at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta
This year’s honorees included actress Katerina Graham, “The Vampire Diaries;” wellness/life coach to the stars – Gabrielle Union, Lindsay Lohan, Anne Hathaway – A. J. Johnson; actress Crystal Fox (OWN/Tyler Perry’s “The Have and the Have Nots;”); Bernard Bronner, film investor, founder of UPSCALE Magazine and CEO of Bronner Brothers Inc.; Kashira Alexander (executive producer, The Weather Channel); Jocelyn Dorsey (editorial director of WSB TV2); Deidre McDonald (artistic director, BronzeLens Film Festival) and Evelyn Mims (community relations director, WXIA-TV).
Egypt Sherrod from HGTV’s “Property Virgins” and 11Alive News anchor Karyn Greer co-hosted the event. Music was provided by DJ Salah Ananse.
A scholarship was presented to Temple University film student Gabriela Watson Aurazo. Additional attendees included Ebony Steele (Dish Nation/Rickey Smiley Morning Show), Traci Blackwell (VP Programming, The CW) , Kysha Cameron (CEO, Ryan Cameron Foundation), Sheila Bronner (Publisher, UPSCALE) and Adrene Ashford (owner, House of Adrene).
Special thanks to our sponsors: BET, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Publix, UPSCALE, Einstein Bros. Bagels, LAMIK Beauty, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Spelman College.
Established in 1997, the Black Women Film Network is a 501©3 non-profit with the mission of increasing the numbers of women of all cultures in the film industry and related areas. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of Black women, and unheard part of Black History, through programs that empower and educate.
Photos: Chris Mitchell
Ashanti hosted her Braveheart album release party on March 7th at Prive Atlanta. She was joined by family, close friends, and celebrities such as Big Tigger, Lil Scrappy and actor/comedian Alex Thomas.
Braveheart is Ashanti’s fifth studio album. Her first album since The Declaration that was released in 2008. Ashanti has already released two singles off Braveheart, “I Got It” featuring Rick Ross and “Never Should Have”. Ashanti starts off the intro for the title track “Braveheart” the way a album should be started and she keeps your attention for the whole album. Ashanti haven’t missed a beat since her last album and she still has a voice and songs with memorable beats.
“Early in the Morning” featuring French Montana or “Love Games” featuring Jeremih in my opinion should be the next single Ashanti releases. French Montana is actually singing and using auto-tune on “Early in the Morning”. It’s definitely a song you can cruise to and it has a lot of bass in it if you like that. Beenie Man makes an appearance on “First Real Love” adding a touch of island music to the album. “3 Words”, “She Can’t”, and “Scars” are some of the other songs worth checking out on her album.
Overall, Braveheart is a album that should be added to your collection and an album that is good from start to finish. Like Ashanti says on “No Where”, “I ain’t going nowhere, you ain’t gotta worry.” She is still one of the best females in the R&B game and won’t be going anywhere for a while.
You can purchase Braveheart NOW in-stores and on iTunes!
When word got out that rapper Lil Boosie was finally released from prison, the social networks exploded. As Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others do any other time when a popular celebrity’s life make interesting news, members share their excitement through 140 characters or pictures/memes. In this case, Lil Boosie’s welcome home was exaggerated with memes saying #BoosieFree #BoosieBack etc. Even video grams were created to show love to the emcee. While many people cared, some could care less though about Boosie’s return to civilization.
One person in particular who was a little “put off” by the celebration was actor Jason Weaver. You may remember him from the “Michael Jackson Story”, “ATL”, and countless other films and television shows. Weaver took to his page to verbalize his frustration with people not celebrating the positive accomplishments of Black brothers. Here’s what he said…
“Ok so…. I see a lot ppl on IG posting stuff about Lil Boosie gettin out of prison, talmbout ‘Welcome Home’ ‘Boosie Back’ and all kinds of other coon shit. Listen man, no disrespect to Boosie or anyone else for that matter who has ever been incarcerated, but the problem I have with the IG posts regarding him gettin out is it’s being displayed like it’s some kind of thing to celebrate. I’m sorry man, but why can’t we celebrate young black men who have stayed OUT of prison? I’m not judging Boosie or any other individual who may have faced similar circumstances. It would sure be cool though if we posted more pics of our young brothas receiving high school diplomas, college degrees, and cool shit like that instead of a playa gettin out of prison mane. I’m about celebrating milestones in young black men’s lives that we can REALLY be proud of! Like for real… C’mon son!! Sorry for the rant, but I just had to say it.#KanyeShrug”
DO YOU AGREE WITH JASON’S COMMENT?
While Weaver’s comment was from a “concerned” place, some people look at Black men being released from serving time as a “positive” thing. We are not sure if Weaver has had family members or friends that have been in this same situation. But, we are sure that if he has, in some form or fashion, Weaver himself probably celebrated their return home. If so, why is this any different? Was the IG uproar different because it’s on a grander scale?
Regardless, however, Weaver did make a point. There should be some balance. Depending on who Weaver follows on IG, there are young men being celebrated for graduating college, opening a new business, etc. It’s just a matter of that person’s level of popularity. Not many who accomplish these things are as popular of a star as Lil Boosie. So, by it being Boosie, the celebration was bigger visually.
We hope Lil Boosie and/or his camp don’t take Weaver’s comment out of context. This is just a great start for dialogues regarding changes needed in our society as a whole.
Yes, the city backdrop is the same as the former reality show “Sister Wives”, but the characters and approach is a bit different on their new series that aired Sunday night.
TLC’s new reality show “My Five Wives” battles the subject of polygamy through the lifestyle of the Williams household. Brady Williams , 43, has five wives and 24 children. They all live in a small community not far from Salt Lake City, Utah. Unlike “Sister Wives”, the Williams family doesn’t practice polygamy because of religious beliefs. Instead, they simply prefer the lifestyle. Also, using the reality show platform to showcase their family life is not a big deal to them. In fact, the experience has become very liberating for them.
“It really is like coming out of the closet,” said Brady Williams, 43. “It’s very liberating.”
His wives feel the same way, including his second, Robyn Williams, 40, who said: “I feel more free to just be who I am and not be so afraid.”
The Williams family owe a sigh of relief to Kody Brown of “Sister Wives”. Brown and his four wives’ show forced the state of Utah to do-away with a few of their laws against polygamy. Many lawmakers believed that polygamy was a breeding ground for child predators. But, reality shows like “Sister Wives” allowed lawmakers to take another look at the lifestyle and see that these are normal non-voilent, molestation-free households that are capable of rendering loving relationships.
The family that brought that lawsuit against the state of Utah, Kody Brown and his four wives from TLC’s “Sister Wives,” is credited with helping create greater acceptance for plural families. Their show, which debuted in 2010 with footage of the family at their house in northern Utah, was ground-breaking in demonstrating to viewers across the country that not all polygamists are child predators like Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect on the Utah -Arizona border.
Brady Williams and his family is willing to put their lifestyles on television for millions to see as well. There are various parent-parent, parent-child, child-child situations that go on this season on “My Five Wives”. TLC insists that there are dynamics within the family that should keep viewers interested.
TLC is banking on viewers being fascinated by the unique dynamics of a plural family: regular family sit-down meetings among the adults where Brady Williams follows an agenda written on a notepad; side-by-side multiplexes where they live; and nightly family dinners where the children line up like kids in a school cafeteria to get their food.
Then there’s the always-intriguing dynamic among the wives who share a husband. In the first episode, Brady Williams suggests the women work out their issues directly with one another rather than always coming to him, only to see it lead to hurt feelings and shouting.
Among the topics discussed by the family during the season is a possible move out of Utah, maybe even to Washington state.
Meet the family…
“My Five Wives” airs Sunday’s at 10PM Est on TLC.
When Walter West (The Genius) and Samuel London (The Gentlemen) released their mixtape, which is titled The Genius & The Gentlemen on Valentine’s Day for all the lovers, it was an instant hit. The mixtape includes 15 tracks with these guys singing, rapping and story-telling. For everyone who enjoys music which is a bit explicit and puts them in mind of R. Kelly and Pleasure P or even H-Town and Silk lyrics, then this mixtape was made for them.
After wheeling in their audience for two week, the artists spent their weekend hand delivering their CDs to fans and even signing autographs. If that isn’t dedication then what is? The mixtape is available on Datpiff, and if you enjoy this, then you’ll be excited to know that this is just the beginning of a long musical career for both of these young men.
By: LaQuesha Williams, contributing intern for STACKS Magazine
@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.
Source: Janice Torres PR
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:
Source: Annick Muller/ID-PR
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