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!
Tiffany Foxx celebrated her birthday recently in her hometown of St. Louis. She did it big with celebrity friends and family. Alongside her, of course, was her boss lady Lil Kim. In honor of her birthday, Lil Kim presented Tiffany with a chic powder blue mink coat. Check out the coat’s fabolous-ness below in these exclusive photos:
Source: Arenia “ReinChild” Plowden, ReinChild PR
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!
Here’s a new mixtape from rapper K Camp, In Due Time. If you’re down south, you may be familiar with the club hit “Money Baby”. Well, he’s let loose 11-tracks so us rap lovers can get to know him and what he stands for.
From first listen, the stand out tracks are “Turn Up For A Check”, “Make A Wish”, “Turn Up The Night”, and a motivational song “Think About It” featuring Cyhi Tha Prynce. But, the other 7 tracks are worth listening to. K Camp definitely has some club bangers. But the question is will he be able to expand into more creative projects. Time will tell…
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”…
Strangely, rapper The Game’s name has been brought up in a copyright infringement lawsuit between Sony/ATV and a 1970′s/1980′s rock group.
Donnie Iris and two others associated with the rock group, The Jaggerz, have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Pittsburgh. The lawsuit claims that their song “Memoirs of a Traveler” was sampled in the song “Letter to the King”, which was included on The Game’s 2008 album LAX. Iris, his co-writer Eugene “Benny” Faiella, and the estate of their former manager Joseph V. Rock are claiming that there are a substantial amount of unpaid royalties not accounted for. Thus, they are suing Sony/ATV.
But why if The Game is signed to a different label?
The Game is signed to Geffen/Universal. However, the label says that the royalties from the song were paid to EMI Publishing Company. Unfortunately, the lawsuit states that EMI never passed the money on to the plaintiffs. Plus, Sony bought out EMI in June 2012. This is why Sony is being sued.
The plaintiffs also claim that they have tried several times to settle this issue out of court. But, since January 2013, they believe Sony hasn’t made any real effort to pay them, even after being sent several correspondences throughout the year.
The guys are simply tired of waiting. Therefore, a lawsuit was filed last Wednesday. The amount the songwriters are suing for are unknown.
Over the weekend, rapper Yo Gotti stopped through Atlanta for an album signing and club appearance. As you know, his first studio album “I AM” is currently in-stores and Yo Gotti has been on the road for months promoting the project.
This Saturday, November 29, he stopped through DBS Sounds (in Riverdale) to greet the fans and show love. STACKS Magazine was onsite to capture the moment as the Memphis-native autographed copies of the album and took pictures with his supporters. Here’s a few pics from the in-store:
The in-store was hosted by Streetz 94.5FM.
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 .
It is always a pleasure to see people, especially young Black men, doing their part in the community. We often times hear about their shortcomings or issues in the media. But, we hardly ever see any press announcements about the good that they do.
This Thanksgiving, several of our favorite rappers went back to where it all started to show a little gratitude. In Atlanta, T.I. handed out turkeys (and other food items) to the city’s Westside community. The “give back” event was held at the Adamsville Recreation Center. Not too far from the Harris clan, Jeezy took a different approach this year for Thanksgiving. Normally he would load a truck up full of turkeys and head over to the 4th ward area to hand them out to the less fortunate. But, this year he teamed up with Shanti Das over at the Atlanta Mission, and prepared meals for the people at the shelter.
Meek Mill took the opportunity to show his homeland of Philadelphia some major love. This was his first annual ‘Dreamchaser’s Thanksgiving’. The event turn out was great and Meek was elated to know that he could do a small part for one of Philly’s areas (North Philly).
“I show love back for the support they’ve given me, but you know this is like one of the easiest things we do during the day like turkeys and food and nothing involved. When it’s big, it’s about showing the kids you can come from nothing and become something, they can be in my position and help give back to the community anytime,” Mill said.
Big Sean and Mike Epps joined forces to give their hometown citizens. Since Big Sean’s start in the rap game, he’s always shown his appreciation to Detriot with free concerts, holiday give-backs, etc. So, he’s no stranger to it. The essence of being a stand-up guy lies definitely inside of Big Sean.
Countless other celebrities made the most of their holiday time this year. Kudos to everyone that acted unselfishly by supporting a cause or being the driving force behind your own “give-back” initiative.
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:
The Game Kicks Off His Birthday Week w/ Suge Knight, Kid Redd, DeRay Davis, Jordin Sparks & More [PHOTOS]
Hip-Hop superstar The Game launched his Birthday Tour at his weekly Monday night hotspot located at Tru Hollywood. The VH1 “Marrying the Game” star was joined by a slew of his celebrity friends including the real Grand Theft Auto V Star Franklin (Shawn Solo Fonteno), Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks, Deray Davis, Kid Red and even Suge Knight who showed up to blow a few candles out with The Game.
World-renown DJ Mark Da Spot kept the at-capacity party rockers going into the wee hours of the morning. The biggest problem of the night is getting people to leave even when all the lights are turned on, music is off and no more liquor is being served, people love Dream At Tru. The Game and his team No Other Events and Echoing Soundz have officially made “Dream at Tru” the #1 hottest urban nightlife spot in Hollywood on Monday nights.
Is Suge smoking that “loud”??
Photo Credit: Cassy Athena
Source: Echoing Soundz
There are albums that actually know how to stick to the theme/storyline given. When this happens, we usually are blessed with music that can actually either reach many or can be known as one of those great moments. It has happened before. Recent albums by Kendrick Lamar (Good Kid, M.a.a.d City) to even Kool Keith and Dan the Automator’s classic (Dr. Octagon) reminds us of when this works wonders. Thus, having a theme, or storyline, that guides the entire album assists in the quality of the overall project.
Throughout the album (not that sorry E.P. mess), we have Add-2 synonymously spitting some of his most introspective rhymes and the toughest flows he could ever approach. If you take a good listen to “Runnin’”, he uses his mastery of breath-control and the English language to explain how people run away from their issues (until they catch up). “The Death of Chicago” allows Add-2 to delve into the “sweet smell of corruption” in a city that constantly “sleepin’ with Sleep’s cousin”. Even on “The Ugly Side of Beautiful”, he laments over his grandmother’s dementia, the death of his people, and finding beauty through it all. Throughout the entire album, Add-2 works to “show the stuff that they don’t show like a black light”.
It is the duality of his messages that attains the ears by exhibiting the best, and the worst, of the human condition.
The production, however, will probably get as much props as the rhymes on this effort. Khrysis shows us why 9th Wonder holds him to such high esteem. On “Club Heaven/Club Hell”, the beat changes between the “heavenly sounds” and “hedonistic rhythms” to show where Add-2’s story switches up. The ethereal beauty in Khrysis’s production can easily be heard during the end of “The Ugly Side of Beautiful” with its extended break. However, that doesn’t explain the simplicity of what makes the production such an audible treat. Khrysis uses the basis of soul samples and boom bap to craft a sound-bed for Add-2 to rhyme over. With this sound-bed, Add-2 can move minds, and sometimes bodies, with ease.
Being his second mixtape, and one of the better releases of 2013, makes Between Heaven & Hell necessary listening. Add-2 was recently added to the Jamla roster. This being his “coming out party” doesn’t make that much difference in the end result. The end result comes from the culmination of great rhymes and enthralling production. At the end of the day, Earth is between heaven and hell; it is the inhabitants of said planet that need to hear this EP.
via press release…
With over 120 million views to his YouTube channel, and the recent explosive success of labelmates Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton, Funk Volume label co-founder Hopsin adds fuel to his already game-changing firestorm with the release of his long awaited sophomore album Knock Madness. Known for explicitly detailing his struggle toward success as an independent artist, as well as scorching critiques of the current state of hip-hop music and its effects on youth culture, the new album finds Hopsin conveying various emotional states. From delving into sorrow and grief in “Old Friend” to the witty, abrasive and blunt “Hop is Back,” which featured widely discussed jabs at Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, Hopsin provides conceptual versatility with Knock Madness. The album features a guest appearance from Tech N9ne as well as appearances from Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, SwizZz and more.
Hopsin is heavily involved in every step of the production of his music as co-founder of his indie label Funk Volume as well as his videos in which he acts, directs and edits. His multitude of talents have gained him over 647,000 YouTube subscribers and the video for KM’s second single “Hop Is Back” has over 2 million YouTube views since its debut. Hopsin and Funk Volume have also recently released their documentary, Independent Living, available for streaming or purchase here. After being available for only a day, Knock Madness has already received a warm response from HipHopDX, who deemed it, “a perfect album for die-hard fans & his bar-for-bar execution and self-awareness yield a solid listen.” The album has hit the #2 spot on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and #4 on the overall charts.
Knock Madness Track Listing:
1. The Fiends Are Knocking
2. Hop Is Back
3. Who’s There (ft. Jarren Benton & Dizzy Wright)
4. Tears to Snow
5. Rip Your Heart Out (ft. Tech N9ne)
6. Nollie Tre Flip
7. Gimme That Money
8. I Need Help
9. Hip-Hop Sinister
10. Good Guys Get Left Behind
11. Bad Manners Freestyle
12. Old Friend
13. Still Got Love For You
14. Jungle Bash (ft. SwizZz)
15. Lunch Time Cypher (ft. Passionate MC & G-Mo Skee)
16. Dream Forever
17. What’s My Purpose
18. Caught In The Rain
1/18/14 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
1/19/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
1/21/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
1/22/14 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
1/23/14 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
1/24/14 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
1/25/14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
1/26/14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
1/28/14 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
1/29/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
1/30/14 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
1/31/14 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/01/14 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
2/04/14 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
2/05/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2/06/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
2/07/14 – Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose
2/08/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s Nightclub
2/09/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
2/11/14 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
2/12/14 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
2/13/14 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
2/14/14 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
2/15/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
2/16/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
2/17/14 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
2/18/14 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
2/19/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Theater
2/21/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
2/22/14 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/23/14 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
2/25/14 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
2/26/14 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
2/27/14 – Washington, DC @ Howard Theater
2/28/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
3/01/14 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene St.
3/05/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
3/06/14 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
3/07/14 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theater
3/12/14 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
3/13/14 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
3/16/14 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
3/19/14 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
3/21/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Yost Theater
3/22/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Glasgow Cathouse
Hopsin – “The Fiends Are Knocking”
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Jhene Aiko has been by the sea for quite a while now. Sailing Souls, her premiere mixtape, made some noise for those seeking some good R&B in their lives. From there, it seemed as if nothing could disrupt her flow as she navigated herself into features with Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and Drake. Now, the tide has turned. Sailed Out, her premier EP with Def Jam Recordings, is showcasing just where she plans on planting her anchor in the treacherous musical waters.
The album rides the tides out within its moody zone from the start. “Vapors” gets into the infatuation with a lover. Right after that comes the ethereal and cuddle-inciting jam “Bed Peace” with features Childish Gambino with a calm flow. “Stay Ready [What A Life]” has Jhene going into the ebb and flow of relationships, going from pure sexual gratification to the hardships of relationships. From the first three songs, the EP knows how to ride the tides and give an introspective look at it all.
After that, however, the water currents are enhanced by the influence of altered states and reality crashes. “WTF” gets into the confusion and reconfirmation of feelings once one has “gotten way too high” to tell reality from facsimile. “The Worst” deals with a lover that makes all the wrong decisions and hurts her in the process. “3:16 a.m.” is a song that deals with Jhene in her darkest hour, with no “papers” to smoke with and no “fear of flying” either. Consequently, “Comfort Inn Freestyle” rounds out the EP that washed many bare feelings up on the shore.
With concepts of love, broken-hearts, infidelity, death, and suicidal thoughts, Sail Out delves into the possibilities of life and love. As short as the span is, it really didn’t need to be any longer than it is. The emotion and range is actually concentrated. Any more of it would cause contamination. Albeit somber and at times monotonous, Sail Out is highly consistent and realistic. My suggestion: just ride the tidal waves and sail on out.
A very progressive move was made today with the release of One Direction’s new album, Midnight Memories. The Sony/Columbia label partnered up with one of the tech world’s most popular social media apps, Kik. With Kik’s ability to reach over 95 million users, One Direction’s new project was able to reach new plateaus in global marketing abilities.
Fans across the globe was introduced to a 1D Kik Card, chat with friends, and unlock exclusive content from an unique “unlocking” program designed for the music group. The card has the ability to let fans share videos, photos, news and their own exclusive One Direction content.
“We believe that messaging tools will be dominant in millennial communication, and that music will be a prominent vertical in that space. We’re excited to help Columbia get out there early to take advantage of this growing marketplace, and we’re confident other labels and brands will follow their lead.” said David Rosenberg, managing director, IPG Media Lab.
he IPG Media Lab connected Kik with Columbia Records and designed an exclusive community-driven opportunity for fans to get first looks, and connect to each other and the band. The card also gives One Direction a 24/7/365 presence on Kik and a new channel to drive engagement, making it a strong indicator of where music and brand marketing are heading in the space.
“We’re excited to provide One Direction with a fun, authentic new way to reach millions of their fans,” said Kik CEO Ted Livingston. “Brands and marketers are beginning to realize that messaging is the killer app in mobile, and we’re looking forward to working with IPG Media Lab to help more incredible brands like One Direction connect with their audiences.”
To access the 1D Kik card: Download and install Kik, available at Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Kik, go to www.1dkikcard.com on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
One Direction- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe. With two albums to date, UP ALL NIGHT and TAKE ME HOME, they have impressively sold over 36 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 67 number ones. It’s been an incredible year for One Direction as they took home a BRIT Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 Teen Choice Awards and received a moonman for Best Song Of The Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. This summer, One Direction made their movie debut with their massive hit 3D concert movie and documentary One Direction: This Is Us. The film has been a phenomenal success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing an incredible $67 Million worldwide. The band will release their third studio album MIDNIGHT MEMORIES on November 25th which includes the worldwide smash hit “Best Song Ever” and the current single “Story Of My Life.”
Rihanna Stuns Audience w/ Wrapped Hair & Bobby Pins, Wins AMA’s ‘ICON’ Award & Rocks “Diamonds” [Video]
Rihanna stole the show last night at the 2013 American Music Awards. From her banging body in that little two-piece black ensemble to her facial beauty, the Barbados-bombshell couldn’t be denied among her peers in the Nokia Theater. The audience and the television viewers were in awe as Ri Ri stunned everyone by rocking a half-done do. In what has to be a “first”, Rihanna strutted her stuff while in a wrap hairstyle adorned with embellished Bobby pins. LOL.
Only Rihanna could have pulled this off…and she did! She still looked stunning without having to wear the latest hair trend. She definitely made a statement last night that she is bold, beautiful, and could care less what we think!
In addition, yesterday evening was an pivotal moment in Rihanna’s career as she was awarded the AMA’s “Icon” Award. The Icon Award is given to artists who has transcended way beyond the norm for most. An icon is an individual who’s name, prescence, spirit, and influence is undeniable and has impacted millions of fans throughout the world. Although some people believe it may be too early for her to receive it, the AMA team of board members apparently didn’t think so. And Rihanna didn’t mind receiving it as she graciously accepted the award.
“I’m so nervous right now. I’m terrible at giving speeches. I’ll just start by saying, twenty years ago is when I really started to make your life a living hell with my annoying little husky man voice you called it. I mean, just disrupting the entire neighborhood…I annoyed every one of my neighbors and ten years later I was blessed enough to meet Evan and Carl and I was working with them.
I auditioned for them at fifteen — my mom came and she was looking at us like, ‘You’re in school uniform and you still have some stuff to finish before you can think about doing this’ and I literally begged and pleaded and she finally said ‘yes’ and I thank you for that yes because that was the beginning of it all.
Shortly after that, my demo was done and I met Jay Z and Jay Brown and those are the guys who really believed in me, L.A. Reid. So many people I have to thank for the success of keeping me sane, my friends, my family, my brothers, my glam team for making me look cute all the time!
My fans I love you so much, you have no idea. You keep me driven. You keep this thing special. I can’t believe I’m 25 years old and I’m holding an icon award. That is weird to even say out loud. I thank you and I’m grateful. You all play such an important part. I’m only as good as my team so I love you guys so much. Thank you!”
After receiving her prestigious award, she took to the stage to perform her hit “Diamonds” off of her Unapologetic album. The song was certified as one of Rihanna’s best songs to-date. The song, written by Sia Furler, has went on to sell 7.5 million copies worldwide.
What Do You Think Of Rihanna’s AMA look? Did She Deserve the Icon Award?
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:
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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
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It’s been 20 years since “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” was released by one of hip hop’s most influential rap groups. Wu-Tang’s affect on the culture made labels, music lovers, and corporations realize the potential rap had from a production, lyrical, and merchandising standpoint. In the mist of their 20 year anniversary comeback, their highly anticipated new album (unfortunately) hangs in a balance.
See, the group’s head RZA recently revealed that the process in making their new album “A Better Tomorrow” has been difficult. He told the Associated Press…
“When you’re a young man, you’re hustling and you’ve got 12 hours a day to dedicate to music. It might be more than that,” said the rapper, whose real name is Robert Diggs, in a phone interview. “The energy that’s important is constantly pouring out. But when you’ve got to go seek for the energy, it becomes a little more difficult. Wu-Tang is forever, I’ll never take back that statement. But we haven’t recorded a lot of studio albums. This is the first album we’ve recorded in seven years, actually. And we can’t wait seven years for another album.”
RZA foresees a future where the spirit of the Wu-Tang Clan lives on in the children of the original nine members of the New York-based collective and in the untold scores of rappers, producers and entrepreneurs influenced by the group – folks like Drake, whose “Wu-Tang Forever” drew a lot of attention earlier this year. He’s had trouble wrapping up the collective’s plans in the now, though.
Although RZA estimates the album will be finished by the top of the 2014, the recording process has also been a drag because of the lack of participation by Raekwon. The riff between the two has been made public, but many fans are confused as to why Raekwon isn’t so enthused by the new project.
In an interview with RapFix, Raekwon expressed that there’s a disconnect with the group’s individual opinions about the album and their approach at this historical reunion.
“The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn’t? I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony. You cannot put guys together if there is no harmony, and on top of it, we’re doing business. As a man with children, I have to always look at that. It’s bigger than sometimes just the thought of it, the fact of it, it just gotta make sense.”
Is there money issues still brewing between the members? In the past, there were rumors that the dismantle of the group was due to RZA’s control over the business. We wonder if Raekwon still feel some type of way about it. Regardless, the fans are waiting patiently on “A Better Tomorrow”. Wu-Tang, as an entire unit, would give her legacy another great look if they can come together on this project. If the album is released without Raekwon, it just wouldn’t be right.
Hopefully, the guys will iron out their differences soon.
This week, we updated you all on information regarding a lawsuit involving Gucci Mane and his 1017 record label. The Atlanta rapper filed paperwork accusing his former manager, Debra Antney and son/rapper Waka Flocka Flame of racketeering, fraud, and theft. Additional associates of the label were also named in the lawsuit.
Specifically Debra Antney, who was there from the beginning and has held Gucci down for many years, was shocked by the allegations. Thus, she wasted no time in releasing an official statement. Spotted at StraightFromTheA.com, Debra’s statement does not touch on the accusations of theft and fraud. But, her letter does however talk about their complex relationship and why she’ll always have love for Gucci.
“I’ve done a lot for the artists that I’ve represented, both past and present. I’ve not only helped and encouraged them in their professional lives, but in their personal lives as well. What people only hear is the negative. People love and feed off of drama. That’s nothing new, and unfortunately, I’m used to it. What no one talks about is how I was there for them, often times when no one else was.
I refuse to use any platform to address negative issues. Let it be known, that I will never speak bad about any artist I’ve worked with. When I work with someone, I really throw myself into their success. They are never clients to me, they are family. Everyone who works for me only works for me on paper. In my office, it’s a family affair. And that goes deeper than rap…deeper than music…deeper than business. Employees and artists know that.
So it confuses me how someone can attack me or come for me when I’ve done so much for them. But that’s the nature of this business. That’s why some people say don’t mix business with pleasure. Unfortunately for me, I never mastered that concept. I’m personable with everyone and my loyalty is to a fault. I won’t apologize for that; it’s who I am and it’s what allows me to be passionate about the projects I pursue.
This situation with Gucci is hard for me to accept. I have a history with him that only he and I can truly know the value of, and I have a love for him that money can’t buy. Gucci and I have been through it all together. Our struggle gave us a relationship that is unbreakable. Even through this, I stand by him. Our history is a strong one, so this is very tough. That’s all I think I’ll say on Gucci, specifically, because I still hold him close to my heart, I’m still rooting for him, and I still value our bond. If he called me today and he needed me, I’d be there. I’d cuss him out, but I’d be there. Because that’s family, and that’s what family does.
A lot of the people in my circle started from the bottom. We’ve all come a very long way. Some have left, and some are still here. We’ve fought, and we’ve celebrated. We’ve messed up, and we’ve learned. I’m still learning and I’m still building my empire. In whatever people want to do in their life, I wish everyone success, personal joy and fulfillment. I hope they wish the same for me. I won’t concern myself with those who don’t.”
It’s unfortunate that the label and relationships are being destroyed by this. When people who’s invested blood, sweat, and tears into building a company and a brand, there’s always a finger pointed at someone when they start to collapse. From a business perspective, at this time, the only thing all parties can do is lawyer up and hope for the best.
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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?
Mario Mims b.k.a Yo Gotti‘s long-awaited studio album is finally here. The 15-year independent grind for the Memphis native has paid off in an unique way. Known as a true advocate of the dope boy/street rap, Gotti has always maintained street credibility in and out the music game. But he’s signed to EPIC Records and now his music has the ability to reach broader audiences. So, does this mean he must change his tune? Does he need clean up his content? Uh…nope. He’s still Yo Gotti.
There’s something to be said about a man that has waited this long to sign to a major label. He’s his own man. And that’s why many of his peers respect him.
On his new project I AM, gives his core fan base just what they wanted. That real sh-t. Although, Yo Gotti ventured out a little with the production, he’s done a good job at maintaining the integrity of his sound, his story, and what he stands for. Features on the album includes T.I., Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Wale, Kendall Morgan, and Canei Finch. Production credits includes Metro Boomin, Honorable C-Note, The Youngstars, P-Lo, and others.
1. I Am
2. Don’t Come Around (Feat. Kendall Morgan)
3. I Know (Feat. Rich Homie Quan)
5. F-U (Feat. Meek Mill)
6. Pride to the Side
7. Cold Blood (Feat. J. Cole and Canei Finch)
8. LeBron James
9. Die a Real Ni**a
10. King Sh*t (Feat. T.I.)
11. Respect That You Earn (Feat. Ne-Yo and Wale)
12. ION Want It
13. Act Right (Feat. Jeezy and YG)
Go cop that “I AM” now on iTunes!
In case you missed his latest video featuring T.I., check out “King Sh-t” below:
Damn Lady GaGa…
The fashionably courageous and talented Lady GaGa couldn’t use her best costume to save her this time. According to the charts, her latest album release ArtPop only secured 260,000 copies sold in its first week. Although fans and other alternative music lovers say her album is good, to her record label the project was a major #FAIL.
Lady GaGa’s last album Born This Way sold over $1 million copies in one week, due largely to a great marketing strategy of selling it on Amazon for just .99 cent. In addition, since her first release in 2008, GaGa has sold over 24 million albums and 125 million singles worldwide. So, what the hell happened this time around?
Some blame the lack of promotion behind ArtPop. But, insiders say that Interscope Records set aside $25 million to help push the project. With hardly any records sold, the record label is being forced to take a loss. When that happens, most companies have no choice but to lay off employees. Because of Lady GaGa’s flop, it is expected that up to 50 or so employees will be let go before the holidays.
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Okay, here’s a nice groove by Busta Rhymes. Accompanied by Q-Tip, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, Busta take us back to the days when music felt good and everyone at the party had a grand time.
Take a listen to “Thank You” below: