Talib Kweli is gearing up for the release of Gravitas, a digital online album. The latest song “Violations” features fellow NY emcee Raekwon. Check it out:
After a few minor setbacks, YG has finally locked down the date to his first studio album release. ‘My Krazy Life’ is set to drop on March 18, 2014 on Def Jam/CTE/Pu$haz Ink. The project will be executive produced by Young Jeezy and, of course, will feature his smash hit “My N***a” with Rich Homie Quan.
YG’s entered in to the rap game just five years ago. While in high school, the Los Angeles rapper released numerous mixtapes that garnered him much respect from the community. He eventually linked up with producer DJ Mustard and the rest is history. Prophesized as the the “new Snoop and Dre”, YG and DJ Mustard’s collaborative efforts has help create the new West Coast rap movement.
YG’s next single “Left Right” is accompanied by his right hand man, DJ Mustard. This song may very well become the next big strip club anthem.
Take a listen:
“Left Right” is now on iTunes!
For the latest on YG, follow him online:
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Within the last few years, rapper 2 Chainz has been critiqued and/or congratulated for his fashion choices. Not to be just another artist with a Versace shirt and leather pants, however, 2 Chainz always take style a step further. What inspires his swag? Has he always been this flashy? Some of us need answers.
Well, he’s released a short film that gives a little more insight on what he believes style is. In the video, you get a chance to see him in various outfits worn while out on tour. Even Harlem’s fashionisto A$AP Rocky makes a cameo appearance. During a moment backstage, Rocky he gives Chainz’s props on a black jacket with tassels. Also, 2 Chainz is a feeling a bit like Rick James. He strike a few poses reminiscent of James’ iconic player stance in the 70′s.
If you’re wondering where his love for fashion all started, watch “Too Damn Rick James” below:
Marsha Ambrosius battles child molestation in her powerful new video for “Without You. The song (and visual) features R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. He is having difficulty loving a scorned woman (Marsha).
Marsha’s sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, arrives in 2014.
December 6th, 2013
As I strolled into the venue extra early (before most people), I peeped the inside of the venue. Rose Bar is big enough to have a chill event like this. With enough space to fit a few people, but not too big so the situation becomes overwhelming. The bar is for events. Comfy seating and serene candles lit up the place to make it seem subdued. I must say that Rose Bar can feel relaxed when necessary.
Once the people started coming through, I began to notice familiar ATL musical players and mainstays. Gorilla Zoe rolled through in his black attire and iced out chain. TJ of TJ’s DJs made his rounds. And we would all expect Playboy Tre and Scotty ATL to show up on the scene. As time progressed, it was sizing up to be a noble night for ATL hip hop.
Even more interesting is how people presented themselves. Many of the patrons were smartphone/camera ready for the sake of social media patronizing. Between the plethora of Lebrons, Oreo Jordans, meggings (men leggings) and sagging pants with name brand belt buckles, you had people actually enjoying themselves. Then again, it would be pretty hard to not have at least a decent night when there was an open bar. Eventually, the marijuana smoke hit the air and it was going to be a musical night. This all made way for the grand entrance of B.O.B himself.
As soon as B.O.B stepped into the place, there was no time wasted on greeting the man of the hour. As I took pictures for people, spilling some of my cranberry-and-vodka down my sleeve in the process, I noticed that most people showed nothing but love. Even the scantly clad-body-paint women were in great spirits. After working the rounds in the bar, B.O.B began announcing his assortment of songs for his upcoming album (Underground Luxury).
From what was given, many will see that B.O.B is more concerned about “making good music”:
- “All I Want” – this track seemed to have plenty of integrity to it. Yet, it is meant to be a “true to materialism” type of song. More than anything, you will get to hear his voice recorded.
- “One Day” – with B.O.B behind the boards and DJ Toomp providing the drums, the man formally known as Bobby Ray reminisces on his days of being raised. Candler Road has helped make his personality. Now, he just needs to find that balance.
- The Future assisted “Ready” smells like a club banger.
- “Back Me Up” – pretty hard track. That is all I need to say about it.
- “Wide Open” – This track is something for the ladies. And if anyone wonders anything, they should rest assured that the ladies love this particular song.
- “Cranberry Mohawk” – as dreamy as the soundscapes became on this song, they lyrics by Bobby were still raw.
Regardless of the amazement of people seeing Wiz Khalifa in his Pyrex gear, it can be said that B.O.B wants to show the world his efficiency. Many times in the past, B.O.B had to worry about making a “balanced album” still close to his mixtape roots. After the first two major releases, there has been an industry concern of Bobby keeping it “Decatur” and not being so “pop friendly”. What B.O.B worked to do was have an album that is honest, street wise, and hard hitting all in one. For the most part, Underground Luxury will be just fine.
More photos can be found on STACKS Magazine’s Facebook page!
Special thanks to TJ Chapman’s team for the invite!
Babyface & L.A. Reid Signs New Artist KES to First Joint Deal In 25 Years [EP Stream + Free Download]
They made history with LaFace Records. Now, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and L.A. Reid are coming together again to create the next singing superstar.
The talented artist is name Kesington Kross (b.k.a. KES). He’s was born in Orange County, California, but later moved to Compton. Babyface discovered KES during a writing session and instantly knew there was something nostalgically unique about the singer/songwriter. Therefore, he introduced KES to L.A. Reid and the two immediately signed him to Epic Records as a joint venture. This is the first time in 25 years that L.A. and Babyface has done a record deal together.
For those of you music lovers who are fans of David Bowie, Rick James, and Phil Collins, will enjoy KES’s sound. He brings a modern approach to 80′s music in which he fuses rock-n-roll, R&B, and rave music together subtley, but with noticible impact.
Download here: http://www.audiomack.com/album/kes/audio-justice-ep .
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Tamar Braxton is living out her dreams. Despite the setbacks and meaningless feud with another R&B singer, Tamar continues to overcome the obstacles by making sure her voice is heard.
This week, her fans were treated to two new video releases from her Love and War and Winter Loversland albums. Both videos are touching in that they talk about issues that can occur within a relationship. We’ve all been there before. So, it’s refreshing that Tamar reflects on experiences that we all can relate to.
Check out “All The Way Home” and “She Can Have You” below:
Both albums are in stores and on iTunes now!
Jay Z celebrated his 44th birthday yesterday (Dec. 4). Sadly enough though, the day is the same day UGK member Pimp C passed away. So, in a nice commemoration of the Texas legend, Jigga released a new version of his Magna Carta, Holy Grail hit “Tom Ford”. The remix contains unreleased bars from the great Pimp C aka Sweet Jones.
Check out the remix that premiered on Funk Flex’s radio show in NY:
Mike Will Made-It Put On for ATL w/ T.I., Jeezy, Project Pat, 2 Chainz, Trinidad & More [PHOTOS & VIDEO]
The city of Atlanta was in for a treat on Monday night. Local producer extrodanaire Mike Will Made-It, held a live concert boasting some of the biggest names in rap music. The event was held at Terminal West and we heard the place was packed out. For the past week or so, the event was being marketed without listing Mike Will’s “special guests”. With the laundry list of hits the young producer has, it was no surprised when certain celebrities hit the stage.
Performances were given by T.I., Jeezy, Project Pat, 2 Chainz, Trinidad James, Migos, Johnny Cinco, Pastor Troy, Cyhi The Prynce, Been Trill Boyz, and Two 9. Also, Mike Will introduced the brain behind the Pyrex and Been Trill clothing lines, Virgil Abloh.
For more photos and concert footage, visit ATLNightSpots.com!
Some people are just blessed with certain talents. On Worldstar Hip Hop site, we came across 12-year old Anthony. His voice is amazing! He’s definitely on his way to becoming a star.
Check him out singing Lorde’s “Royals”…
Black Friday has came and went with no release of Hardcore 2K13. But, Lil Kim ensures fans that she’s making it perfect before putting it out. In addition to 3 bonus tracks that will accompany the mixtape, the Brooklyn rapper let loose one of the songs off the project “I AM Kimmy Blanco”.
The song, of course, maintains its street edge as Kim spits a little ether into the mic. It’s good to hear that she isn’t venturing off too much into new sounds and new flows. Instead, she’s sticking to the hardcore script. This is something her millions of fans will definitely appreciate.
Take a listen to her new joint below:
Underground Luxury hit the streets on December 17. Until then, B.O.B. and his camp is flooding the streets with new music from the album.
This new joint “Throwback” features Chris Brown and has a great groove to it. The ladies are going to love shaking their tailfeathers to it . Check it out now below and let us know what you think:
Pre-Order “Underground Luxury” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/undergroundluxury .
What would you call an awesome three-some? Eve, Lil Kim, and Tiffany Foxx.
The three rap goddesses hit the stage on November 22, in London, to give the English fans some of that American flavor. The trio showcased their talents and old and new material. As you know, Eve dropped her long-awaited album Lip Lock. She’s been on the road ever since in order to promo the project alot of her American fans overlooked. The pitbull in a skirt definitely still have skills. So, you’ll need to go cop that.
The Queen B, Lil Kim has been hyping up her upcoming mixtape Hardcore 2.0. It is supposed to be released today. We can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us ride or die chicks who’s been holding it down for the New York native since Junior Mafia.
Tiffany Foxx, a protege’ to Lil Kim, is a St. Louis native but has enough sophistication and street to rock with two legends. Foxx’s blond bombshell and thick stature immediately grabs your attention. But, when she spits, it’s like a whole other wave of shock takes over. We’re sure it was a pleasure to grace the stage wit these two rap veterans. Fans are anticipating what Tiffany Foxx has up next.
Today, Foxx is celebrating her birthday in St. Louis with an old school 90′s party. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you may not want to miss this!
Here are a few performances from the London show:
Exclusive: Michelle Williams Gives Riveting Performance in Decatur, GA & Reveals Plenty During Press Meet-n-Greet
Michelle Williams, one-third member of the popular girls group Destiny’s Child gave an incredible performance at the Atrium House of Hope in Decatur, GA. Michelle performed two songs from her new highly anticipated 2014 gospel album Journey to Freedom. Not only did Michelle perform her first single “If We Had Your Eyes” and “Fire” but she also shared her story and appreciation for everything God has blessed her with.
Michelle Williams, a native of Rockford, Illinois, began her journey in the church. She jokingly shared with the audience that she attended services at minimum 3 to 4 times a week. She gives credit to her humble beginnings because it made her the humble and ambitious woman she is today.
Her professional musical career started after she left college to pursue her dream and was offered to tour and sing background with R&B vocalist Monica. She later auditioned for the group Destiny’s Child in 2009 and the rest was history. Being a “church girl”, Michelle stated that she was criticized by many but she understood that her gift was from God and as long as he understood she would continue to persevere. She stated that she became happier and more content in her life after she realized that she couldn’t make everybody happy.
Michelle also stated that she has a solid foundation which has allowed her to stay humble and grounded even with all the fame. In addition to her music, she has had the opportunity to star in TV and Broadway in such plays “Aida” and “The Color Purple” just to name a few. When asked would she ever pursue film, she stated that she wanted to be able to focus on one thing at a time and take all of it in before she decided to jump into other ventures.
Michelle is most thankful for having the opportunity to share her gift and talent with the world and the people she loves and adores such as members of the Destiny’s Child and family. She is super excited about the holidays and most of all the good food that comes along with it – she made special reference to the candy yams minus the marshmallow’s. (laughs)
Exclusive press meet-and-greet with Michelle Williams:
“When Jesus Says Yes”
“If I Had Your Eyes”
Journey To Freedom will be in-stores early 2014.
Special thanks to Majesty! Public Relations for the invite!
Article written by Dameon Daniels, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The 2013 American Music Awards aired last night live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. One of the biggest nights in music captures many great moments as your favorite artists were awarded top honors. From the bunch, Taylor Swift came out a big winner along with Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and One Direction.
Our girl Rihanna took home Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock, while newbie Ariana Grande was awarded New Artists of the Year. Several hot performances also took place at the AMA’s. Lady Gaga and R. Kelly hit the stage together and Katy Perry, Pitbull, Miley Cyrus and more kept the show well worth the watch.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock
WINNER: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B
Favorite Album, Country
Luke Bryan/Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line/Here’s To The Good Times
WINNER: Taylor Swift/Red
Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop
Jay Z/Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar/good kid, m.A.A.d city
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/The Heist
Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock
WINNER: Imagine Dragons
Mumford & Sons
Favorite Artist, Latin
WINNER: Marc Anthony
Favorite Album, Pop/Rock
WINNER: One Direction/Take Me Home
Justin Timberlake/The 20/20 Experience
New Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
WINNER: Ariana Grande
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B
WINNER: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist, Country
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Single of the Year
WINNER: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell and T.I.
Favorite Album, Soul/R&B
Robin Thicke/Blurred Lines
WINNER: Justin Timberlake/The 20/20 Experience
Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music
Favorite Male Artist, Country
WINNER: Luke Bryan
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop/Rock
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
WINNER: One Direction
Artist of the Year
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Favorite Female Artist, Pop or Rock
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country
The Band Perry
Florida Georgia Line
WINNER: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary
WINNER: Maroon 5
Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational
WINNER: Matthew West
The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film
WINNER: Pitch Perfect
Before the show, there’s always the infamous red carpet where celebrities get to show off their bods in the latest fashions. Peep a few of their looks below:
Photo Credit: Getty Images
So, who do you think rocked the red carpet?!!!
Chox-Mak is not your everyday artist he knows how to work the media and push his music all at the same time. Chox-Mak recently said in a interview that connecting with DJ YRS Jerzy is the best thing that happen for his music career. Now with these two dropping projects almost every week now it just shows how serious they are about their careers and where they see themselves being in the next couple of months. These two bring you another classic called “Jax The Ripper” which is a track with a old school meets new school type of vibe to it. They rarely disappoint the people that follow their movement so “Jax The Ripper” should be another dope track from Chox-Mak. This track was also produced by Pepsi Kalisz.
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/iamdjyrsjerzy/chox-mak-ft-dj-yrs-jerzy-jax
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9FeDLJjixY
Twitter: @Chox_Mak910 @IAMDJYRSJERZY
R. Kelly was serious when he said this was going to be a modern version of 12 Play. His upcoming album Black Panties is full of sexual heat and is press play ready for any romantic night with a significant other.
Over the past month or so, R. Kelly has releases a few songs from the album. Also, he’s let go a few snippets via his Instagram page. This week, however, he’s released a new song called “Lights On”. The song features lyrics confirming that there’s no need to turn the light off during a session of steamy lovemaking. Take a listen to the song below:
Black Panties drops December 10. The 13-track album will feature Ludacris, Jeezy, Kelly Rowland, and 2 Chainz. Fans will also have the option to buy the deluxe version, which includes four additional songs featuring Future, Migos, and Juicy J. Check out the full tracklisting:
1. Legs Shakin’ (Featuring Ludacris)
3. Throw This Money on You
5. Marry the Pussy
6. You Deserve Better
8. All the Way (Featuring Kelly Rowland)
9. My Story (Featuring 2 Chainz)
10. RiGht Back
11. Spend That (Featuring Jeezy)
12. Crazy Sex
13. Shut Up
Tear It Up (Featuring Future)
Show Ya Pussy (Featuring Migos & Juicy J)
The holiday is here and what better way to get into the spirit than through music. Two good Christmas albums were dropped recently by two of our favorite R&B artists, Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton.
Mary J. Blige’s “A Mary Christmas” was released on October 15. The 12-track boasts a few notable features from The Clark Sisters (“The First Noel”), Marc Anthony (“Silent Night”), and Jesse J (“Do You Hear What I Hear”). One surprising duet on the album is with the legendary Barbara Streisand and Chris Botti on “When You Wish Upon A Star”. Included with the bonus edition of the album is a 64-page booklet of exclusive photos of Mary J’s family and favorite holiday memories.
Watch a video of the Queen of Hip Hop and R&B’s rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” below:
The youngest sibling in the Braxton clan, Tamar, also blessed her fans with a holiday album. “Winters Loversland” includes 10 tracks which showcases the singing sensations modern take on some old classics. The album only offers up one feature and that is from her sister Trina Braxton on “The Chipmunk Song”.
1. “Sleigh Ride”
2. “Santa Baby”
3. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
4. “No Gift”
5. “Away in a Manger”/”Little Drummer Boy”
6. “Merry Christmas Darling”
7. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” feat. Trina Braxton
8. “She Can Have You”
9. “Silent Night”
10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Both albums can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and other music outlets.
On another note…
Over the years, many artists have released Christmas albums. It has become one of those things to do in addition to the normal albums that are released. Consumers have became accustomed to the offerings of their favorite artists take on various holiday-inspired songs. And as such, have proven that Christmas albums do indeed sell.
Take a look at Nielsen Soundscan’s “American” list of the Top 10 Best-Selling Christmas/Holiday Albums…
- Miracles: The Holiday Album / Kenny G ~ 7,277,000 sold
- Noël / Josh Groban ~ 5,550,000 sold
- Merry Christmas / Mariah Carey ~ 5,261,000 sold
- These Are Special Times / Celine Dion ~ 5,257,000 sold
- Christmas in the Aire / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 3,735,000 sold
- A Fresh Aire Christmas / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 3,645,000 sold
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 3,493,000 sold
- Now That’s What I Call Christmas! / various artists ~ 3,443,000 sold
- Christmas Eve and Other Stories / Trans-Siberian Orchestra ~ 3,347,000 sold
- A Charlie Brown Christmas / Vince Guaraldi Trio ~ 3,226,000 sold
What is your favorite Christmas album? What are you’re thoughts on holiday albums, in general?
Gucci Mane Files Lawsuit Against Waka Flocka, Deb Antney, Zaytoven & Others for Fraud & Racketeering
Radric Davis also known as “Gucci Mane” has filed a lawsuit against his former manager and artist. Besides Jaquin “Waka Flocka Flame” Malphurs and Debra Antney, the lawsuit also names other talents associated with his 1017 Records, LLC. His longtime producer pal Xavier “Zaytoven” Dodson, Otis “OJ da Juiceman” Jones, Jr., and Khia Stone are the other defendants named in the lawsuit.
The news comes a month or so after being jailed for violation of probation. The incident that landed him in jail occurred shortly after a public out-lash against several of his music peers on Twitter. He later blamed the outburst on his drug addiction and a former manager for the not-so -politically correct tweets.
The feud between Gucci Mane and his artist Waka Flocka has been ongoing for quite some time. He announced that he was dropping Waka from his label and that any other label can buy him for $1 million. So, this new lawsuit isn’t really a surprise.
According to AJC…
The lawsuit claims that Antney took control of the company and along with Malphurs and Stone spawned at least three separate companies without Davis’ consent and, for Malphurs, in direct violation of his artist’s contract.
The complaint claims that Antney stole a ring and necklace from Davis, failed to report tax information on her income, and seized control of his money and assets and used them for herself.
The lawsuit also accuses her of fraudulently inflating the costs of certain record label expenses and using the excess for personal gain.
The group withheld payments and royalties from Davis and Armour as well as records and information about the business of the company, the lawsuit alleges.
“Defendants’ misrepresentations and omissions were made with the intent that plaintiffs rely upon them,” the lawsuit reads. “The plaintiffs relied on the representations and would not have entrusted (the) defendants with their careers and livelihoods otherwise.”
Story still developing…
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Congratulations to singer/actress, Jennifer Hudson, on her induction to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Today, she received her Hollywood star alongside many legendary entertainers. The 32-year old singer looked stunningly beautiful in a short white dress and white pumps and recently funky crop hairdo. Her husband and son were in attendance along with Raphael Saddiq and her mentor Clive Davis. Clive Davis presented Jennifer with her star and acknowledged her fast rise to fame and undeniable talent.
“I didn’t sign her to a recording contract at the very beginning,” he recalled. “But when I saw her, I saw her screen test for Dreamgirls, I knew that she was truly a unique, original artist whose career would be nothing short of spectacular so I did sign her, then…I was stunned by her acting range, she was the real deal…and that voice. I had been privileged over the years to work with two of the greatest voices of all time: Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I never thought I’d hear another voice to compare and yet staring me in the face was a new voice that did compare. It literally sent shivers up my spine.”
In Jennifer’s acceptance speech she shed a few tears as she spoke about her mom that passed away.
“I knew I would get emotional and I’m sure my mom is in heaven like ‘Jenny stop crying’ but now’s the time to cry mama, it is,” she said with a smile, looking up to the sky. “This is an amazing honor as we all know and I did not see this coming. I’m so honored to be here with so many that I love and I feel as though we’re all a family.”
Take a look at a few pics from the event:
The heartfelt speech showcased Jennifer’s sincerity and sense of gratitude. However, many people wonder why she was awarded a star over so many other great African-American entertainers who’s talent speaks for itself, but also has been in the game for much longer than her. For instance, the “Queen B” Beyonce has yet to receive her own personal star on the famous Walk of Fame. The Houston-born singer did receive one with her group Destiny’s Child. Also, her hubby Jay-Z hasn’t received his own star as well. Considering the two have became moguls in music and business, has won numerous awards, and are two of the richest entertainers in the business, you would think they’d have stars by now.
So what’s really going on in Hollywood?? Well, apparently, there are certain criteria an entertainer mus meet in order to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In case you don’t know what those requirements are, STACKS Magazine did a little research and we’ve found them. Check out the full list of requirements below:
Symbols on the Stars
Each star has a different brass symbol representing the category in which the celebrity received his or her star. The symbols are:
1. Movie Camera – for contributions to the motion picture industry
2. Record – for contributions to the recording industry
3. Microphone – for contributions to the radio broadcast industry
4. Television – for contributions to the television broadcast industry
5. Theater Masks – for contributions to theater
Criteria for Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame
The criteria for getting a star on the Walk of Fame are fairly simple. For consideration, a nominee must:
1. Have a record of professional achievement within the nominated field.
2. Have worked in the entertainment industry for a minimum of five years.
3. Have made contributions to the community, typically through charitable activities.
The recipient must also agree to attend the dedication ceremony. In addition, a sponsorship fee of $25,000 must be paid. Non-human and fictional characters are also eligible for stars on the Walk of Fame. Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie all have stars.
Process for Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame
Nominations for getting a star on the Walk of Fame are announced in the entertainment trades. The nominations must be submitted by May 31 to the Walk of Fame Committee, which is division of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Although the deadline is May 31, applications are accepted year round.
Sponsors of the nominees must fill out a very simple nomination form listing the nominee’s qualifications for inclusion in the Walk of Fame. Chances are your very first job application was more complicated than this form, which you can download in PDF format HERE. Sponsors can also submit non-returnable samples of the nominee’s work.
The committee receives a few hundred nominations a year and out of these typically chooses a couple dozen inductees. Once the Walk of Fame Committee has selected a nominee, the celebrity must be approved by the Board of Directors for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works and finally the Los Angeles City Council.
The induction ceremony is presided over by honorary Hollywood mayor, Johnny Grant, and is open to the public.
HISTORICAL FACTS: The Walk of Fame began as a beautification project for the city of Hollywood in 1958. It was created by artist, Oliver Weismuller as a tribute to honor celebrities in the fields of motion pictures, television, radio, theater and music. The Walk of Fame originated with 2,500 blank stars made of pink and charcoal terrazzo. As stars were inducted into the Walk of Fame, the blank stars are removed and replaced with a star bearing the celebrities name and area of show business. The stars run down Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and LaBrea Avenue. They also run up Vine Street between Sunset Boulevard and Yucca Street.
DO YOU THINK JENNIFER HUDSON DESERVED A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME? WHO ELSE IN THE INDUSTRY IS LONG OVERDUE FOR ONE?
Lately, I’ve been jotting down a few one word ideas for various topics to cover on this website. While exploring how-to’s and feedback generating topics, I began to reminisce on the journey I’ve been on thus far and the people I’ve come in contact with through STACKS Magazine. The journey itself has been an uphill and downhill battle. Some of the difficulties I’ve experienced are due to day-to-day operational issues. But, I’m coming to realize that other headaches are from people, in general.
Of the many types of individuals I’ve met while in entertainment media, the “opportunist” is the one that seems to get me the most riled up. If you aren’t familiar with the term or its meaning, an opportunist is an individual who selfishly takes advantage of certain circumstances and/or people. As defined on Wikipedia (but paraphrased), an opportunist disregards any principles or consequences. They move swiftly with established motives and the intent to grab hold of a certain opportunity. The act of practicing opportunism relies heavily on consciousness. People who are opportunist are aware of what it is they want. They will, most times, do whatever it takes to get it. Meaning, they will lie, manipulate, steal, cheat, degrade, and conduct other heinous acts in order to secure the opportunity.
But, should an opportunist be crucified for their actions? This is a question, even I, still have a hard time answering.
In order to make it to a certain level in this world, there are steps you MUST take in order to get in the game. Careers in entertainment, for instance, people are known to end lifelong relationships just to become apart of the “in-crowd”. The bright lights of the paparazzi, exclusivity of the “in-crowd”, and the assumption that with notoriety comes wealth is enough to seduce anyone into this life. It is these things and others that attract opportunist. And no,they aren’t wrong for wanting the glamorous life. However, it is the steps that they take to become successful are what rubs me the wrong way. So, let’s break this down a bit…
BAD OPPORTUNIST (scenario)
Larry has spent the last 20 years as a producer and engineer in the music industry. He has finally realized his dream of opening his own state-of-the-art studio. The studio has been opened now for about a year and through his connections with various record labels, he’s been able to secure a steady clientele. Some of the biggest artists spend days and nights recording songs there. With a fully booked studio, Larry has hired some additional interns to manage the day-to-day.
Recently, Larry hires a kid name Mike. Mike is a recent graduate of the local audio engineering college and is excited to have the opportunity to work at a reputable studio. On Mike’s off days, he’s been perfecting his craft as a producer/beat-maker. He has a few local rappers that he works with and have produced several songs for. He’s eager to make that “real” producer money he knows can be made. So, he sees working in Larry’s studio as a potential cash cow once he get in and begin establishing relationships with more well-known artists.
On Mike’s 3rd month on the job, he now knows every rapper that comes through the building. Instead of making sure the studio is clean and/or artists have the tools they need, Mike is enjoying spending downtime in the studio. While he’s accumulating hours in various sessions, Mike has been keeping a close eye on the recording process (i.e. laying vocals, mixing, creating melodies). This is the “big time” and he knows how valuable it is to see how the professionals get the job done. So, he’s soaking up all the inside information and techniques he can from the big name artists, producers, and engineers. He is so eager to become “the man” that he has forgotten what he’s there to do as an intern. Also, during this time, Mike has been passing out his business cards and beat CDs to clients in hopes that one of them will reach out to him for a track.
Eventually, Larry gets word from clients and other interns of what’s going on. Mike is fired soon after.
Whether Mike received any big requests from rappers once he was gone, who knows. That is neither here nor there. The way Mike handled his internship was all wrong. Instead of being eager to get to know people and learn techniques, Mike should have continued to do his job while minding his own business. Larry was once an intern. So, he knows the importance of being in that environment. But, most importantly, Larry understands that you have to put in work, rough it out, and do what you’re asked so that you’re reputation of professionalism can carry you. Unfortunately, Mike is now labeled as an opportunist. What Mike didn’t realize is that the music industry is small. Everyone knows everyone. Since the word has spread of how unprofessional Mike’s actions were, it may be a long time before he see any real work as a producer…if ever.
As an opportunist, a person has to be aware of the consequences. Mike was so eager to get in the studio and rub elbows, that he forgot what impact his actions would have on his reputation. Also, he didn’t think about what impact this would have on his ability to earn money as a producer. Oftentimes, income is earned because of great relationships you’ve built with others. The key to being a “good” opportunist is making sure the steps you take aren’t done with malicious intent. Remember the saying “cheaters never win.” Well, in my opinion, they don’t. Life has a way of ruining situations right when you are in the height of your career or on your way. Some people have memories like Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind”. They don’t forget anything and they remember every life occurrence. Therefore, any opportunist that took advantage of them back in the day, oh they will remember. Larry will remember Mike. Mike could one day reach a pivotal spot in his career where he’s working with one of music’s biggest stars. Larry has so many connections in the business that he could stop Mike’s record from being released or tell the artist that the young man isn’t a cool cat to work with. This may block Mike’s money. But, it is what it is. The music business, as a whole, is shady.
If you are an opportunist, take a second and think about how you plan to reach your goal. Instead of thinking of the present day, focus on how your actions could impact your life 5, 10, or 15 years from now. One bad move could be the worst move to make. Try being an overall good person so that you wouldn’t have to lie, steal, cheat, or manipulate your way to success. Be good…and good things will eventually happen for you.
Solange Knowles has truly grown into her own. She’s beautiful and she has a soulful voice to match. From her choice of fashions to blunt statements on Twitter, she’s her own woman. She’s a boss…and I like that.
Now through her Saint Records label, she’s released a new compilation project, the Saint Heron LP. The LP features other talented artists like Cassie, Jade De La Fluer, Starchild, Jhene’ Aiko, Kelela, Sampha, Petite Noir, Iman Omari, and India Shawn.
You can listen to the project for free via Spotify’s streaming app below.
Holla back and let us know what you think!
Guess Lil Terrio and his family going to milk the crap out of his 15 minutes for as long as they can…
Terrio’s “Oooh Kill Em” dance first caught steam on Vine and rapidly became a household sensation. The Youtube videos of him doing his Oooh Kill Em dance is making millions laugh hysterically and mocking the moves on random neighborhood corners. The fame surrounding the kid has even spread to the households of entertainers and athletes. He was recently spotted at a Miami Heat game “on Instagram straight flexin’” with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. Terrio’s celebrity has garnered a lot of attention, but luckily his using the fame for some good. It is reported that he travels across the U.S. to various schools to talk about the importance of an education.
And that’s not all…Terrio has now enlisted a few friends to put the catchy phrase to song. “Oooh Kill Em” features Polo, Kidd Willie, & Kay Luv.
Take a listen and tell us what you think:
In case you haven’t seen Terrio in action, check out this compilation on Youtube:
Is there trouble at Def Jam? From the looks of an angry tweet blasted out Tuesday, some sh-t going on in corporate that’s not setting too well the Snowman. Are they holding up his album? Are they pressuring him to release the music when it’s not ready? Jeezy is known to take his precious time when constructing classic albums. So, the two-year hold up on his fifth studio album doesn’t surprise many. But apparently there’s some friction between Jeezy and the label and it’s not looking good.
To hold us over until the album is released, Jeezy has released some new music, “Foul Play.” The Drumma Boy-produced track is dark in emotion, but still is heavy on the 808s and capable of satisfying his loyal fan base. A couple months ago, however, he released “In My Head” (produced Childish Major). It was welcomed with mediocore reviews, which is strange because “In My Head” is more club-worthy than this new joint.
Anyway, CTE will be releasing another mixtape #ItsThaWorld Vol. 2 on November 27th. We can assume that these songs will be featured on the project. As to when we will get his fifith album, who knows. This will just have to suffice until that time comes.
Listen to “Foul Play” below:
In more CTE news, YG release a new joint called “Birfday” a few days ago. His first studio album My Krazy Life was expected to come this month. But, the label has decided to push it back to 2014. YG enlists the help of his boss Jeezy on this new track. “Birfday” play up the notion of living everyday like its your birthday. The beat was produced by Tony Rey. The trippy part of song is YG’s “Migos-style” flow as he spits, “Giuseppe, Giuseppe, Giuseppe, Giuseppe, Giuseppe,” in his last verse.
Listen to “Birfday” below:
In case you missed this years Black Girls Rock show on BET, we’ve got you covered. From the beautiful faces and fabulous attire to grace the red carpet and stage, Black Girls Rock once again proved why African-American women should be celebrated.
Check out our choices for the hottest “all-black everythang” looks from the BGR red carpet:
Also, the performances were outstanding. Most talked about were performances by Janelle Monet, Kelly Rowland, Sevyn Streeter, Eve, and the tribute to Patti Labelle. Check out the full episode below:
Eminem and his lyrical bandits, Slaughterhouse, took over BET’s “Rap City” with conversations and freestyles. For one night only, Big Tigger returned to his roots as he hosted this special freestyle session in “The Backroom” (formerly called “The Basement”). The radio/television host sat down with Eminem for a one-on-one discussion. Eminem just dropped his Marshall Mathers 2 album and is making his press rounds to discuss the new project. The album is expected to debut at 750,000 copies sold the first week. As always, Slim Shady still remains one of the best emcees with the ability to sell records despite industry ups and downs.
During the “Rap City” episode, the rest of the crew joined in on some microphone fun in “The Backroom”. Slaughterhouse gang’s Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9′, Crooked I, and Eminem spit a hot 16 for the viewers. Even Big Tigger took to the mic to show he still got a few bars left.
Check out their freestyle session below:
Tracy T & Fat Trel Announced As Newest Members of MMG + Tracy T’s ‘Same B*tch’ Video & A3C Festival Photos
Rick Ross is building a strong team over at Maybach Music Group. The best way to stay relevant and keep the streets flooded is to have some of raps hottest artists part of the camp. We’ll we guess that’s exactly what Ross believes too.
Wednesday, Rick Ross took to Twitter to announce two new additions that will accompany Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, Rockie Fresh, Omarion, and Gunplay. First off, the bawse shouted out Fat Trel from D.C. Secondly, Atlanta rapper Tracy T received his acknowledgement. From the looks of it, Ross is strategically pulling artists from different regions of the country. Again, what better way to cover the market.
STACKS Magazine recently got the chance to see Tracy T, in particular, perform during the annual A3C Hip Hop Music Festival in Atlanta. He has the looks and swag to definitely get the ladies talking. His song with Que “Same B-tch” had the streets talking this past summer. Although, he may not be as lyrical as MMG’s other artist, we’re assuming Ross knows he can fill a certain void for the fans that enjoy that type of music.
Congrats to both fellas!
Here a couple pictures from Tracy T’s performance at A3C and the official video for “Same B-tch”:
What do you think? Are Tracy T and Fat Trel good additions to MMG?
The Recording Academy and Hyundai Motors Corp are partnering again this year to honor unknown artists. The award is part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy U program, a college-oriented program that is implemented on campuses across the U.S. This is the fifth year of Grammy U and this year it’s getting a boost by awarding talented students on a grand scale.
Through the GrammyUAmplifier.com website, artists can submit their music for a chance to win a recording session and spot on an popular music tour or music festival. The contestants music will be judge by some of the today’s talented new stars. Judges confirmed are Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Robert Glasper, and Hunter Hayes. The panel will sort through all of the submissions and choose their top three contestants basing their decision on various criteria like quality of music and social media popularity.
Anyone over 13 years of age can enter into the contest. But, since this is an initiative to get students and universities to push for more music majors, Grammy and Hyundai prefer college students to apply.
In 2012, Grammy U awarded three talented artist/groups. Each where given three separate awards. Gentlemen Hall (major live performance opening spot), Phillip Magnus Hartley (studio session w/Grammy producer), and Barneby Saints (music video by a noted director). To view each of their projects, go to www.grammyuamplifier.com/app/winners .
The sad part is that the winner is not presented the awards during the actual Grammys show. However, the winner is televised several days before the awards show on January 26.
No matter what this is still a good look!
The Brooklyn Don Diva, Lil Kim is on fire. She’s been popping up everywhere, touring heavily from city to city and making appearances. According to reports, Kimmie Blanco is preparing for war with her upcoming mixtape Hard Core 2K13. Originally planned to hit the streets on Halloween, the mixtape will now be released on Black Friday.
No word yet on who we can expect to hear on the mixtape. But, we’re sure she’s coming with some heat…considering she hasn’t released a full project in quite some time.
Are we ready for a Lil Kim return? YES! We can’t wait to hear what she has to say. But until November 29th, Worldstar Hip Hop premiered a new video from the Queen B called “Look Like Money.” Check out the visuals below:
In more Lil Kim news, a new track from the Hard Core 2K13 mixtape features the rap star vibing out Jamaican-style. The tune is the first official single from the new project. Take a listen to “Dead Gal Walking” and let us know what you think.