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:
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.
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
We first heard of Kap G during the AC3 Hip Hop Music Festival. He performed the infectious “Jose’ Got Them Tacos” and suddenly a fan was born. It’s something about witnessing an authentic Latino rapping about Migos stuff. Not taking away from any other rapper who uses the Spanish language. But, the lingo just comes off with more integrity if a REAL Hispanic uses the native language.
Anyway, Kap G has a new mixtape out. Like A Mexican gets the “thumbs up” from DJ Drama‘s The Academy. Hosted by DJ Blu and DJ Ray G, the project features quite a few heavy-hitters, which seems to have the possibility to be very beneficial for the rapper. On the mixtape, production credits are earned by Bangladesh, Drumma Boy, Pharrell Williams, Fat Boi, Squat Beats, Durdy Beats and Kid Cray. Fellow rappers featured on the project are Jeezy, Chingo Bling, Young Dolph, Wiz Khalifa, Kirko Bangz, and Spenzo.
Listen to the streaming audio below and download Like A Mexican now on Livemixtapes.com!
EXCLUSIVE: Alabama Rapper, JABO, Breaks Down the ‘Anatomy of a Street Genius’, Sidechick Issues, & Impact of Doe B’s Death
There always seem to be some concern when a college educated artist talk about street life in their songs. We’ve heard the whispers when 2 Chainz starting making real moves. Before him, Florida rapper Plies received backlash from various critics. Eventually, however, the hate faded away from both artists. They went on to build very successful music careers. So, does having an education REALLY disqualify a person’s “street cred”? It should’t.
Artist such as Birmingham, AL’s Javan Micah Ishman a.k.a. Jabo, is an example of how both worlds can intertwine with one another. His latest mixtape, Anatomy of a Street Genius, is described as a musical “collection of street and the intellectual combined together.” And what’s wrong with that if you grew up in that environment? Nothing. Jabo, like many others, didn’t allow the hardships (and the temporary luxuries) of the street life persuade him to go all-in. Although he could have easily gone that route, he decided to head to Alabama State University to further his education. But, while in college, Jabo painstakingly endured the same struggles that plague many of our neighborhoods…gun violence. He was shot twice during an attempted robbery. Then later, lost his catalog of music when a friends’ studio was robbed.
If you had to sum up Jabo’s 26 years of life, you can almost relate it to the parents and great-grandparents who survived Alabama’s civil rights movement. Growing up in one of the main focal areas of the Black struggle, Jabo embodies the spirit of perseverance and strength. And his personal testimony reads as such. After the loss of his music and being a victim to gun violence, he made the choice to continue pursuing a rap career. In an exclusive interview with STACKS Magazine, Jabo attributed his passion in life and music to his humble upbringings.
“We come from a place where, you know, people were raised by their grandparents. We had older people in the community that looked out for each other. It really ain’t like that no more. These days you got young people who’s parent that really ain’t caring what they kids do. They ripping and running. We knew Ms. Such-n-such will get you. Or Ms. Such-n-such will get you and you can’t go outside or you will get whooped the whole way down the block until you get home. You know what I mean. So its like, that’s where the soulfulness comes from. That sense of just being…feeling like we had to stick together to survive. Like when they say “it take a village..” In a way, yes it kinda do. The whole civil rights thing. That bring alot into it. That soulfulness. It’s just a real passion from where I come from.”
As an artist-on-the-rise, Jabo understands that the business of music can be as hateful as well. Sharing a little advice to other aspiring artists, the West Side Birmingham-native believes that conducting research can solve a lot of problems. Also, he insists that you have to be smart in where you spend your money and be willing to take risks.
“For somebody that’s coming out of high school, I would say at least give college a try. Go to college, give that a shot. You learn so many basic tools that you’ll need in this industry in college. Like how to deal with people in the corporate world. Most college professors will deal with you corporately. They are not your friends. They deal with you on a corporate level and that’s how the industry deal with you too. As far as the money aspect, I think you need to be smart on how you spend your money. Spend it in the right spots and you’ll be very successful. A lot of people have the money, but they just spend it in the wrong places. By the time they look around they’ve kind of blew through their budget. Nothing really happens for them. But, if you are spending that money in the right spots – and I’m not saying I know where all the right spots are – you got to get out there and shake the tree a little bit. You are going to make mistakes. You can’t be scared to take risks, can’t be scared to lose either. It is all a gamble. Once other people see that you are not afraid to lose (and you’ll gamble with your own money), they have more confidence in you. They see that this young man ain’t scared to lick the bottom of the barrel to come back up. So, I know if I put a little push behind him, he can stay up and he won’t fall.
It’s all about being smart and doing your research. A lot of people get into this without even Google’n “How to get your music on the radio”. It might be right there. But, we don’t even do the research. Researching, being smart with your money, spending it in the right places, and building relationships with people. So many people burn bridges at the early stages of their career because they think they’re “here” when they are really “here”. And when they burn the bridge, it’s like they go to try and…[move back up]. You can’t burn a bridge with people. Relationships last for a lifetime.”
Jabo’s viewpoint of “needing” college – or some form of education – to help an artist understand the business was perfect. Oftentimes we hear that school isn’t needed and that there are self-made millionaires who’ve never attended college. Although that may be true, at some point that millionaire had to read a book or ask questions to find out what next steps to take. So, Jabo should be applauded for understanding its [education's] importance.
On his latest project Anatomy of a Street Genius, listeners will hear a mixture of a lot of things. Jabo’s content mixes the negative with the positive, but maintains its local integrity with the production choices. He also features industry allies, Slim Thug and the late Doe B, on a couple joints. New York rapper Jadakiss is also featured on Jabo’s breakout hit “What I’m About”. During our discussion, he opens up about his relationships with Slim Thug and Jadakiss. He also explains the impact of Doe B’s death on the state of Alabama.
Jabo’s humble spirit and educated know-how has the potential to make him the next big thing. So many artists lose their way while reaching for success. After several unfortunate setbacks, Jabo’s still standing but is grateful for each step of his journey. If he continues to embody the spirit of his local civil rights heroes, Jabo has a great chance at becoming the star Alabama has long awaited for.
To stay updated on Jabo’s upcoming tour schedule and latest news, visit www.JaboEnt.com or follow him via Twitter/Instagram/Facebook @JaboEnt !
On Thursday, Feb. 27th, Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou welcomed a sold out (and diverse) crowd to the first ‘InterSessions: Art x Hip Hop Dialogue‘ event held at the High Museum of Arts. The sit-down conversation about the ways in which hip-hop and art intertwines included Atlanta rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr and High Museum’s curator, Michael Rooks. The ArtxHip Hop series kick-off was created to coincide with Art Papers Magazine’s “Art x Hip Hop” issue, in which Pecou was its guest editor.
The candid conversation between the three gentlemen began with the acknowledgement of arts close relationship with hip hop. Since hip hop’s inception, from graffiti to fashion, art has had an undeniable impact on the culture. Pecou navigated the evening by asking his guests questions regarding their entry into their perspective industries, how art transcends into their world, the future of artxhiphop and society’s acceptance, and other insightful things. Both Pecou and T.I. shared a similar story on how they both made the decision to pursue art and rap as a career. T.I. explained how it was LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad” that intrigued him enough to want to learn to rap. Pecou, on the other hand, mentioned Goodie Mob’s first album Soul Food as his inspiration to want to learn more about hip hop. Their love of the music is what both pinpointed as the common factor for which they owe their appreciation.
Michael Rooks, the official curator for the museum, understands too the relation of both worlds. The audience members learned more about his position within ArtxHipHop. And that is, the next piece of the puzzle that holds the two together. Rooks job is to manage and maintain the integrity and authenticity of historical artifacts.
Throughout the evening, Pecou, T.I., and Rooks opened the minds of most of the audience members who may not have known anything about their lives and careers. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to see the three worlds collide, understand one another, and accept each of their individual existences.
Here are a few photos from the ArtxHipHop event:
To find out when is the next ArtxHipHop event, follow the series on Instagram @ArtxHipHop!
Rapper YG hit the ATL on Tuesday (Mar. 4) to promote his upcoming project MY KRAZY LIFE. It was apparent that there was a full day planned out for the west coast emcee.
First, YG stopped through the West End Mall area to meet-and-greet the locals. The Athlete’s Foot sports store was packed with fans eager to snap a photo and obtain an autograph. Check out a few photos from the in-store:
Recently, the RIAA announced that YG’s single “My Ni$$a” sold a million copies, certifying its platinum-selling status. The single, which featured Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, originally appeared on a CTE compilation mixtape and soon after became a radio and club favorite. The song has a remix version as well and it features Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj. Many people wonder, however, will YG be able to produce another platinum-selling single or a platinum album. We’ll have to wait and see. But, he did host a listening session later in the evening over at Patchwerk Studios.
YG’s listening session for MY KRAZY LIFE, brought out several artists and local industry cats. Jeezy, Don Cannon, Slick Pulla, DJ Aaries, A1 Super Group, Que, and many others showed up to support.
Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will also receive three tracks (“Who Do You Love” feat. Drake, “Left Right” feat. DJ Mustard, and “My Ni$$a” Remix).
MY KRAZY LIFE hits stores on March 18th!
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE!
Photo Credits: STACKS Magazine & Desmick Perkins
Who knew that musical talent runs in the Minaj household. Apparently, Nicki Minaj isn’t the only one than belt out a note or two.
Carol Minaj recently posted a brief audio of her new song “God’s Been Good”. The gospel song is reported to be included on a full album project, stated to be released sometime this year.
If you want to check out Ms. Minaj’s songbird abilities, listen to the snippet below:
What do you think? Does Carol Minaj have a shot at musical stardom?
VIDEO: Fans Show Major Love During HBK Day + @Iamsu feat. @2Chainz & @SagetheGemini – “Only That Real”
via press release…
Last weekend Iamsu! and his HBK Gang brethren threw a series of events to celebrate HBK Day, including an in-store event to launch his limited-edition capsule collection release with Pink Dolphin, followed by a free secret show that night. Last Saturday, over a thousand fans rushed to Pink Dolphin’s flagship store in San Francisco, waiting in a line that wrapped around the block, to meet Iamsu! and get first dibs on the release of his 8-piece capsule collection.
Fans also received an exclusive CD and a wristband granting free entry to a secret show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall later that night. The CD, Su’s Camo EP, includes several previously unreleased songs in addition to “I Love My Squad,” which was featured on the L.A. Leakers’ latest mixtape and his latest single “Only That Real,” featuring 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini, which the trio recently shot a video for. The energy at the Pink Dolphin store translated to a high-octane concert, as the jam-packed audience waved their hands and rapped along with Iamsu, P-Lo, Skipper, Kool John, CJ, Rossi, and Jay Ant throughout the HBK Gang’s performance.
Iamsu! is gearing up for the release of his upcoming debut album Sincerely Yours and will soon begin his Only That Real Tour, stopping by for a few shows at SXSW 2014. Tour dates here: http://tinyurl.com/OnlyThatRealTour .
Other forthcoming HBK Gang releases include Sage the Gemini’s debut album Remember Me on March 25th and Kool John’s mixtape Shmop Life on April 7th.
HBK DAY Recap:
In case you missed Iamsu’s joint with 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini, take a listen below:
Source: Audible Treats
If you are a veteran artist, you should know a thing or two about copyrights. If you are a newbie to the music industry, then here is the perfect opportunity for you to learn. But regardless of the time frame in which you as an artist have been affiliated with the business, many of you still misunderstand the specifics regarding copyrights. Thus, we hear of copyright infringement lawsuits and wonder how did the artist get himself or herself in such a financial mess.
Well, copyrights are tricky. When the concept of copyrights was first outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, Congress later established specific ground rules regarding infringing upon those rights (i.e. 1909 U.S. Copyright Law, 1976 Copyright Revision Act, and the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act). These laws helped artists understand the various types of “works” that are protected.
Types of “Works” Protected By Copyright Laws
- Musical works (words included)
- Dramatic works (musical compositions included)
- Motion pictures
- Other Audiovisual works
- Sound Recordings
These “works” are not protected, however, if they do not contain these statutes: an original work of authorship and a tangible medium of expression that is now known and later developed. In other words, you must prove that you are the ORIGINAL OWNER/AUTHOR of the work. Secondly, the work must be solid and/or material enough that it is recognized and can be proven to have been later developed.
Your exclusive rights are spelled out in the laws. Exclusive rights apply to each individual work created by the author. Although this may seem a bit confusing, Brabec’s ‘Music Money And Success’ book does a great job at clearly defining each law:
1. “The right to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords.” – This right includes the ability to authorize copies of a work that are fixed in practically any form, including tapes, records, CDs, and sheet music.
2. “The right to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work.” – This very important right allows a copyright owner to authorize arrangements, motion picture adaptations, abridgements, translations, sound recordings and so on the that are based on the copyrighted work.
3. “The right to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work on the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease or lending. ” – This right gives the copyright owner initial control over the first authorized record or copy of the work. After the first “copy” is authorized, all others may record the work simply by complying with the compulsory licensing provisions of the act.
4. “The right to perform the copyrighted work publicly. ” – Financially, this is one of copyright’s most important rights, as it forms the basis of all ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC licensing, as well as the direct and source licensing of music users.
5. “The right to display the copyrighted work publicly.” This right authorizes individual images of a wok such as projecting an image of the copyrighted work on a screen.
6. “In the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.”
BUT…with most laws, there are provisions or ways to maneuver around the laws. Exclusive rights can be exempt is the artists’ work is reproduced under the “fair use” rule. “Fair Use” exemptions include reproductions used by educational facilities/programs, religious performances, charity or non-profit performances, and even home-based performances can be used without the authorization of the copyright owner.
One last factor to note…copyrights can be and are oftentimes transferred to another party. The creator of the work MUST authorize the copyright transfer through written agreement…signed (and sometimes notarized).
The music scene, especially in Atlanta, is never a dull moment. With the city claiming home-base to many of the industry’s top songwriters and producers, you are always running into a hungry young artist ready to make his or her mark in music.
One of those new artists is Devin Michael.
Last Thursday (Feb. 27), he hosted an album release/listening party at Nancy’s Pizza-Buckhead. The event was well-attended with his industry peers and local socialites. STACKS Magazine was on the scene as well to show support, although we had the pleasure of meeting Devin a while ago. During our initial conversation, Devin Michael seemed very genuine. You don’t meet many aspiring (or veteran) artists who are naturally sincere. So, it was refreshing to speak with Devin as we got a chance to get to know more about him. At that time, he spoke of the new project, which he premiered on Thursday night called L.O.V.E..
The acronym L.O.V. E. is defined as “Letting Out Various Emotions”. Devin said that, “each song is going to touch on a different emotion that you feel while you’re in love. Be it “jealousy”…sometimes you be in love and you get jealous. Or “happiness” because love is happy. But you know, just different emotions is going to be on it [the album].” The free album encompasses the emotions indeed, which may attest to his fondness of R&B singer Brandy. As his all-time favorite artist, Devin is highly inspired by Brandy’s vocal sincerity and technique.
The Portland, Oregon native has big plans for his future, which is also a surprise. Some indie artist have a difficult time planning for the next day, let alone 5 to 10 years down the road. When we spoke, Devin assured us he has goals and a 5 year plan mapped out.
In 5 years, I want to be on album number 2 or 3. Album 1 will be a couple songs platinum. I’m on the road and writing a song for Beyonce’s new album. Working on my first movie. And I have 3 songs on the Top 10 on the charts (one of mine, one is a duet, and the other is one of me singing and rapping).
And I want to have writing credits on every song.
I feel like a lot of male artists just want women; you got to be beyond that. It’s only going to last for so long if you are just thinking about that aspect. I got goals. So, I want to get to those goals. And the women will come.
Devin Michael has his career well-planned. With the assistance of a great team, we are sure all of his musical dreams will come alive.
Here are few photos from his L.O.V.E. release party:
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE! Follow Devin Michael at @IAmDevin on Twitter.
Special thanks to Devin Michael & Jakeem Smith for the invite!
Pharrell’s new joint featuring Justin Timberlake, “Brand New“, puts me in mind of Michael Jackson. The tone of their voices and the beat they’re singing on has MJ inspiration written all over it. This song is on G I R L, Pharrell’s new album, which was just released.
It’s about time these two finally reunite and remind the audience what they can do as a team. Check the song out; let us know what you think of it.
By: LaQuesha Williams, contributing intern for STACKS Magazine
NEW MIXTAPE: @SnoopDogg x @DJDrama – ‘That’s My Work Vol. 3′ + VIDEO: “What’s Your Pleasure” feat. @DazDillinger
Snoop D-O-G-G…sure knows how to maintain his place in the game. This time he shows us that the love for the music will never cease with the release of “That’s My Work Vol. 3″. The third installment to his TMW series continues with DJ Drama and features from several of his peers: Kurupt, Daz, Warren G just to name a few.
If you were a letting put off by Uncle Snoop’s reggae-inspired album, hopefully this new mixtape can regain your faith in one of rap’s beloved emcees.
Jermaine Dupri is in the news again. To no surprise, however, it is due to another financial mishap. This time with one of his ex-business partners.
In January, Eddie Weathers filed a $1 million civil lawsuit against Jermaine Dupri for unpaid profits earned from a business they both owned. According to the court documents retained by RadarOnline, both men established Dieniahmar Music LLC in 2005. The name derived from the names of Dupri and Weather’s first born children. A year after the business was established, Dupri entered a co-publishing deal with EMI Music. Weathers says that Dupri told EMI, “he was the sole owner of Dieniahmar Music, when in fact he was not.”
Therefore, from 2006 to 2013, royalties were paid to Dupri and his business manager directly from EMI.
“On April 11, 2008, Weathers received a check from Mauldin’s new business manager…in the amount of $275,752.97 which represented two years of back pay royalties due Weathers,” the civil suit states.
Weathers claims that when Dupri hired a new business manager in 2011, Willie Carter, his payments ceased, or came late, or were just a fraction of what he was owed.
And when Dupri told Weathers he planned to sell Dieniahmar Music to EMI in April 2013, he claims he was promised a $238,000 cut — which he never got.
Weathers is suing Dieniahmar Music, Jermaine Mauldin, and Willie Carter for $250, 000 plus any other royalties owed. He is seeking $1 million.
R&B singer, Ashanti, has partnered up with Pandora to stream her upcoming studio album in its entirety. Due on March 4, Braveheart LP will include 13-tracks which features the Rick Ross-assisted “I Got It, “Love Games” featuring Jeremih, and “First Real Love” with Beenie Man. The only other feature on the album comes from rapper French Montana.
Ashanti – Braveheart (Tracklisting):
5. “Early in the Morning” (Feat. French Montana)
6. “3 Words”
7. “Love Games” (Feat. Jeremih)
9. “Never Should Have”
10. “She Can’t”
11. “Don’t Tell Me No”
12. “I Got It” (Feat. Rick Ross)
13. “First Real Love/Outro” (Feat. Beenie Man)
Click her for album stream: Ashanti – Braveheart
A snippet of this track actually premiered in January on ATL’s Streetz 94.5 Morning Grind show. But, the full version was never released. Somehow, a full version made it to our mailbox last night. Was it leaked??!!
Back in January, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” co-stars Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez visited the show to discuss their lives and relationship. During their visit, the city of Atlanta were the first ones to hear a snippet of the new song, which was recorded with singer/songwriter, Kandi Burruss.
Although the sound was a bit faint, the song is called “Goin Down” and features Stevie singing the panties off of the ladies. True to the R&B flavor of the 90′s, Kandi and Stevie’s collaboration may surprise fans.
Listen and/or download the leak by clicking HERE!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF “GOIN DOWB”? IS IT A HIT OR NAH?
Chicago-born rap artist/actor/author, Common, recently spoke on why he refuses to stop using the word “n*gga”. Over the years, well-respected individuals has spoken out against the word like Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Maya Angelou, and many others. Although some believe the word should not be brushed off as a form of slang and granted usage by our Black society, there are quite a few people that embraces it as part of the culture’s vocabulary and shouldn’t be taken so serious.
As this back-and-forth dialogue continues in our society, here’s what Common had to say about it:
“At one point, my mother asked me not to use it, at one point Dr. Maya Angelou said she didn’t support it and you know, I love her. I told mom, ‘This is the way we talk. This is part of the language and when I’m speaking to the people that need to receive the word, I’m speaking in the language that we do talk and if I talk over those people’s heads or I don’t use language that I naturally would speak in my raps, they may not get the message and that’s what I think our attention behind the usage of the word has to be understood.
I won’t stop communicating like that but I will make people aware that it’s certain people who shouldn’t use this word because of the root of the word. Yeah we took it inside our house and made it our own and now we brought it out to the world. Fortunately hip-hop is at the level it is but unfortunately some people don’t understand that they shouldn’t use it so we gotta make them aware. ‘No, you can’t use this word. This is something that’s off limits to you.’”
What do you think? Is Common reasoning okay? Or should he consider not using the “N” word anymore?
Source: Diary of Hollywood Street King
OK so…if you purchased Beyonce’s self-titled album, then you’ve been privy to the accompanying visuals she included in the iTunes purchase. Videos for all of the tracks were included, which gave fans an opportunity to see first hand a birds eye understanding of what each song meant to Beyonce. Well, one of those highly sexual tracks has been officially released as a new single. And guess what? The clean version of the song has been released in video format as well.
“Partition”, which happens to be a fan favorite, shows Beyonce in all her glory as she seduces her husband Jay-Z throughout a dreamy night in Paris. Jay-Z rightfully appears in the video and can be seen fully enjoying himself as he wife seduces him with strip tease acts and back-seat love shots. These two personifies what a marriage should ALSO entail…love, seduction, and sex sex sex!
Watch video below and let us know what you think.
With the success of his highly successful, “Happy”, Skateboard P aka Pharrell is moving forward with the release of his next solo project. the new album titled, G I R L, will hit stores on March 3rd. The album features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jo Jo, and others.
Fans can now stream the album for FREE now on iTunes…CLICK HERE!
YG dropped the visuals for his chart-topping hit”My N*gga“. The video features Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan, and MMG’s Meek Mill.
Check it out below:
YG’s long anticipated My Krazy Life drops March 18. Pre-order the album now on iTunes!
50 Cent has verbally made it known on MANY occasions that he was fed up with Interscope and was ready to leave. Well, he’s finally got his wish.
Last week, he announced that him and his label, G-Unit, were no longer on Interscope’s roster. In fact, he has inked a lucrative indie deal with Capitol’s independent services division, Caroline. The new deal will give 50 Cent worldwide distribution and services rights.
This move, however, didn’t damper the relationship he has with Eminem and Dr. Dre. He spoke about them in high regards during a recent press conference.
“I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision,” 50 Cent says via press release.
Eminem even shared his appreciation for 50 Cent and what his career has meant for Shady Records. 50 was signed to Shady/Aftermath/Interscope.
“Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.”
Under this new agreement, 50 Cent will debut his new album “Animal Ambition” on June 3. Fans will be able to receive two new songs from the project instantly when they pre-order the album. Starting March 18, 50 Cent will release a new song and video each week leading up to its release.
On Thursday night (Feb. 20), Def Jam, Maybach Music Group, and Tree Sound Studios (in Atlanta) hosted a private listening session for Mastermind. As expected, Rick Ross was in the building to present the album, which is less than 11 days away from its official release date (March 4). The place was packed with industry veterans, DJs, media, and tastemakers all under one roof to listen to Mastermind in its entirety before it goes public.
Celebrities and socialites including Trae the Truth, Lil Wayne, Tracy T, T-Pain, Terri Vaughn, Traci Braxton and her hubby Gabe, Big Tigger, DJ Drama, R.L. from Next, Mr. Ruggs, Blue Davinci and many others were also there in support of Ross’s new project.
Mali Hunter, a very well-respected industry vet and official hostess for the evening, and her Tree Sounds family laid out the red carpet for all of the guests. A delicious southern meal was prepared for everyone, which included fried chicken, green beans, collards, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork/chicken, and much more. Bellaire Rose, Ciroc, and Hennessey flowed through out the evening as well. As always, everyone felt comforted and excited about the new music that was coming.
As for Mastermind, let’s just say…Rick Ross may surprise a few with this new album. The level of continuity, concept, production and lyricism has remained the same, yet it has upgraded possibly due to his maturity in the game and as a man. The album, as a whole, is one that will be well-liked by hip hop heads. It is well-thought out. Tracks aren’t obviously thrown together, as many rap albums we’ve heard in the last 10 years. Mastermind stays true to Ross’s ability to bring imagination and truth together and make us all concisely visualize (and sonically hear) every aspect of his album.
To start, we all were greeted by Rick Ross and given a brief acknowledgement of gratitude for being in attendance to listen to his project. He gave the city of Atlanta and its industry experts major props, which was only right given the fact that he recently purchased Evander Holyfield’s sprawling estate and is now a local resident.
Within seconds, a video montage of photos (vintage to more recent) began to transition alongside each track off the album. The photos chosen were spot-on in that they helped all of us put each song into perspective. There are 12-tracks on Mastermind, including two bonus tracks. The entire album is one for your CD player or iPod. It is definitely “riding” music that you can play non-stop without getting frustrated by wack tracks or corny interludes.
But, based on the tracklist and my listening ear, below are my thoughts on a few stand-outs:
Track 1: Intro
Track 2: Rich Is Gangasta
Track 3: Drug Dealers Dream – takes you back to the 1980s/90′s drug wars; lyrically making us aware of the luxuries (and pitfalls) of being in the game.
Track 4: Shots Fired
Track 5: Nobody – the song pays homage to the late Notorious B.I.G., which many says Ross personifies in his swag and effortlessly rap style. The production goes as far as to sample B.I.G’s original recording and words “You’re nobody until somebody kills you”. This was definitely one that many fans will gravitate to.
Track 6: The Devil Is A Lie feat. Jay Z
Track 7: Mafia Music III feat. Sizzla & Mavado – Ross’s Miami roots, I’m sure, paid a part in his decision to record this joint. Sizzla and Mavado both do their part for that Jamican/Caribbean authenticity. I loved it. But, many people aren’t fans of reggae music. So, this may only be on the tracklist for diversity purposes.
Track 8: War Ready feat. Jeezy – We all know Jeezy murked this track. #Facts
Track 9: What A Shame
Track 10: Supreme
Track 11: Blk & Wht – This will be one of those joints that the D-Boys will gravitate to, for sure.
Track 12: Dope Bitch Skit – My initial thought about the skit was that it would have been funnier – or more impactful – if it wasn’t so long. It took up too much time for no reason at all.
Track 13: In Vein feat. The Weeknd – Decent song for the ladies.
Track 14: Sanctified feat. Kanye West & Big Sean- Kanye West went IN on this track! The production is absolutely crazy. Big Sean added a little extra flavor to it as well.
Track 15: Walkin On Air feat. Meek Mill
Track 16: Thug Cry feat. Lil Wayne
Bonus Tracks: The room did not get to hear the bonus tracks. Bummer… :-(
Track 17: Blessing In Disguise feat. Scarface & Z-Ro
Track 18: Paradise Lost
Track 19: You Know I Got It (Reprise)
My concern with the album is its ability to produce radio singles. I didn’t hear any except “Devil Is A Lie”, which has hit radio already. The only other joint that has any “single” potential is the Kanye West joint, “Sanctified”. But that’s only because of Kanye’s crossover status and Big Sean’s commercial-friendly voice. However, who knows. We’ve seen wilder things happen in music.
The other issue with Mastermind is Ross’s lyrical content. Of course, it’s a great business move to shout out your Wing Stop favorites (lemon-pepper wings) and alcohol brand. But, we heard it way too many times in the same context. Maybe if Ross figured out another catchy way to plug his brands, then it won’t seem over-done.
Lastly, he’s built this persona around himself as a BOSS – acknowledging the drug game, the “rich ni**a lifestyle, etc. However, it’s his sixth album and the perfect time to start talking about other things – more meaningful topics. Ross is a veteran at this point. It’s time to mature up – not only through his ability to produce a solid album – but mature through discussion topics as well. Although, he does deserve credit for telling the kids to “get an education” at the end of track 11, “Blk & Wht”. I appreciate Ross for that.
Mastermind drops March 4.
Estelle dropped a new EP, Love & Happiness, Vol. 3: How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The EP boasts 4 tracks and an intro, which includes a provocative tune, “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)”. Estelle is scheduled to also release her fourth album this year.
1. “Stella Intro”
2. “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)”
3. “Drunk & High Convo”
4. “Drunk and High”
To download a copy of her latest EP, visit www.EstelleDarlings.com.
Alfa Mist and Emmavie is a duo hailing from overseas. With that understood, it should be noted that the tag team have been putting in work. So much of the duo’s music has been listened to and posted over the last year that this EP has been long awaited. However, I never knew anything of Emmavie’s vocals or Alfa Mist’s production until now. Epoch is the culmination of those efforts that I knew nothing about prior.
Naming this EP, Epoch, is quite interesting since an epoch is “an event or a time marked by an event that begins a new period or development” or “an extended period of time usually characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events”. I guess, from the overflowing of sexy, yet subtle and somber selections, this EP centralizes around a time of lost love.
I could be wrong, though. Then again, if you heard this EP then the theme wouldn’t matter that much anyway. This is some good music.
Listening to this EP thoroughly, you can hear the troubled serenity within Emmavie’s delivery and vocal fluctuations. “Stay Here” gets into walking away from trying circumstances. With “Easily, I Forget”, Emmavie notes how she is losing the memory of a situation she once longed for. Meanwhile, “Fly Away” brings up the feeling of falling in love with someone. So, with all that is given, Emmavie works to bring delicate emotion to her work.
Likewise, Alfa Mist brings in production that easily matches the mood that Emmavie’s vocals set up. Take “Insomnia” for example. On there, there are mostly rhymes by Alfa with Emmavie on the chorus. However, the mood set by the production only enhances the feeling the lyrics bring. The same can be said for each and every track on the EP. Alfa Mist, with no doubt, concocted production that brought out a solemn feeling of love.
Bringing things to a close, this is a beautifully solemn album that will either cause people to love it or not want to deal with it. Some can feel it and rock with it; others will find it slightly depression due to its strong emotional aura. Regardless, the music is intricate. That intricacy makes for an encompassing listen. With that said, Alfa Mist and Emmavie won with an EP about a period of “losing”.
Gabe Lustman, better known as GABE, born originally from New Orleans, LA, the birthplace of Jazz and a great mixture of music, but currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Humming and singing melodies before he could talk, a sure indication of the direction his life was headed for.
Traveling around the world with his family gave GABE a great perspective to different cultures, rhythms and styles. The more he travel the more he learned. His late father was a career Navy man who loved the sounds of The Temptations, The Who and The Beatles, to name a few. GABE says, “Listening to the pioneers of Pop/ R&B/ Rock influences was captivating, uplifting and gave me a desire for expression.”
During his elementary years, GABE was so intrigued with music that he joined the school choir to pursue further vocal training.
After performing in a 9th grade talent show, GABE decided to pursue a career in singing. He spent 6 hours a day in the bathroom with cassette tapes dubbed from his Dads CD’s and Radio listening to The Temptations, The Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Michael Jackson, Prince, 98 degrees and Usher.
During high school sporting events, GABE sang The National Anthem in front of student faculty and peers. In 2006 he had his first collaboration with Minneapolis Producer Ricky Oyaro and was introduced to studio recording.
GABE has been tagged as a genius at work. While pursuing his career he met Minneapolis Pop Group LS3. While rehearsing with GABE singing lead to one of LS3 songs acapella on the rooftop set of MTV’s Top Pop Group, Craig Ferguson overheard them singing and sent his Executive Producer “Cole” out to ask them if they would be the musical guest to the Craig Ferguson Late Late Show on CBS.
From there this fantastic ride took him to collaborate with J.R. Rotem (Beluga Heights), Kay Gee (Divine Mill), Jai (Nextwun) at this point it was felt that GABE should be a solo artist, that’s when the persona of GABE really appeared.
As a solo artist, GABE had gained a wide audience of listeners, spectators and attendees to attend his live shows and global appeal worldwide. This prolific artist has been on tour with Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Cherish.
GABE songs have been aired on radio in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Michigan.
GABE has appeared on internet radio stations here in America as well as France, London, Australia and many others stations.
GABE has performed at Georgia State University, First Ave (Minneapolis), Café 290 (Atlanta) and released a mix tape with the help of production team JDP Productions, recorded “The Take Off,” (2010) selling 2000 copies independently in the first week and shortly after following up with “State Of Emergency” (2011) accumulating over 100,000 downloads in the first month of release. His most recent mix tape “The Memoirs” (2012) is currently circulating the web on varies Music Blogs & Youtube.
GABE brands all of his songs by writing all of his own lyrics and melodies. Working with him is a musicians dream.
Watch “Changed” below:
Tiffany Foxx dropped a video for “Renegade“, which is a familiar tune originally recorded by Jay-Z on his sixth album, The Blueprint. However, the St. Louis femcee puts her twist on the Eminem-produced track and does a great job at maintaining its integrity.
Check it out below:
“Renegade” will more than likely be featured on her upcoming mixtape, King Foxx. Its release date was originally on Valentine’s Day. No word yet on the new release date.
Dag Savage is the combination of Exile on the beats and Johaz on the rhymes. I named Exile first because it seems as if he has mastered the “one producer/one emcee” format. With a classic (Below the Heavens with Blu) and other exemplary albums (Blu’s GMFWICSST and Fashawn’s Boy Meets World) in his catalog, Exile has shown that he has what it takes to put out a great project. Now, we have to see if he can give Johaz what he needs to have a complete project.
Within a few listens of E&J, it can be said that Exile provides the proper backdrops for Johaz to flex over.
If one is paying attention, Johaz actually gives a lot of himself within the first few tracks. At the very beginning of the album, “The Beginning” allows him to express his thoughts on Trayvon Martin, religious beliefs, and his disbelief in the use of mollies as the drug of choice. The very next song, “For Oldtimes Sake”, gives him some room to touch on personal issues like being molested as a youngster, having relationship issues, and being arrested at 14 years old. Many artists don’t take the time to express WHO they are. With Johaz, however, he wanted to get that part out of the way.
That doesn’t mean that Johaz won’t flex his lyrical skills throughout the album. “Drugs” equates his lyrical prowess to crack rock, while the production is “that Coltrane”. In contrast, he shows how extra romantic he can be with “Wine and Cheese”. “Van Gogh” gets into his spiritual beliefs and idealistic views about life. It may not go over as swiftly as Exile’s previous rap partners, but Johaz has enough panache and skill to keep a listener’s attention.
Exile, being the producer that he is, actually flexes even more production muscle than usual. It is a good thing that he kept close to his roots with production like the extra soulful-yet-somber “Cali Dreamin”. Meanwhile, he gets extra funky-wormy with the heavy synths and cosmic slop of “Bad Trip”. Yet, Exile feels most at home when he uses the smooth soul samples and vocal wails that are highlighted on tracks like “Twilight” and “When It Rains”. Keeping things at home, yet diverse, allows Exile to provide the right backdrops for Johaz to rhyme over.
By the time “The Finish” comes to a close, we can see that Johaz and Exile put together a project that demonstrated their camaraderie over hip hop tracks. Johaz put a lot of himself, and his own personal beliefs, within all of the tracks offered. Exile kept things diverse enough so that the album doesn’t become totally mundane. It is hard to say whether or not people will laud this album years from now. Still, it can be easily said that E&J is an album that puts a lot of promise into fruition.