One of the greatest lyricists of our generation turned 40 today…super dope, super fresh…ANDRE 3000! His contribution to Hip Hop is immeasurable … Everytime he spits, it demands intricate attention by the listener. And what I’m posting today could possibly be the greatest song that Hip Hop has to offer! There are many good songs now, won’t ever forget that, but “A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre” is better then all of them (well, to me it is). Andre’s story-telling ability is par none! Even Eminem, who is master lyrical story-teller, is surpassed here (to me, anyway). And, 3000 keeps you so engrossed into the story that even when there’s a change in the it, he doesn’t lose you. The beat is hypnotic and Andre 3000 is a living Rap God.
ROSA REGALE, the latest sensation of sparkling red wines, kicked off the start of a sizzling HOT Summer in Miami with a SCANDALICIOUS finale watch party last week. Featured at the beautiful Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami was Olivia Pope on a big screen for ABC’s SCANDAL grand finale and the line was long to get into what would be one great party full of beautiful people networking and sipping on Rosa Regale. The #ScandalWatchParty event was hosted by famous author, blogger, and reality TV star, DEMETRIA LUCAS, who graced us with copies of her new book, “A Belle In Brooklyn”. And last, but certainly not least, we were all served the most delicious mixed cocktails ever from ROSA REGALE throughout the night! Talk about a Triple Threat!
As a Hip Hop head, I know you already have BIGGIE’s ‘Party & Bullshit’ in your music catalog. In my opinion, this is Biggie’s best song. It epitomizes delivery, BIG’s deadly flow, and flawless timing. Believe it or not, this was his first track ever which was released as the fourth promotional single for the soundtrack to the 1993 film ‘Who’s the Man?’. The irony? … The best way to describe most of today’s music is this song’s title. R.I.P B.I.G. He would have turned 43 today.
MEEK MILL’s “Ooh Kill Em” was the only Kdot diss record that was any good (out of several), and it captured the “playing the dozens” element deeply rooted on Hip Hop elegantly. Meek Mill remixed Terio’s “Ooh Kill Em” with a Dr. Dre beat, as a platform to respond to Kendrick Lamar’s “I’m the King of NY” diss line in his infamous “Control” battle rap song where Lamar called out major rappers by name, giving them a warning that he was taking over as rap king.
East Coast rapper, Meek Mill, wasn’t having that, so he responded with an epic and hardcore WEST COAST track laced with a gangster ass ‘Nate Dogg’ chorus and pimp flow. Modern diss tracks don’t get any bolder than this unless you want to take it back to the old-school days with the diss records that NWA and Tupac wrote. Great job Meek Mill for creatively venturing over to Kendrick’s own west coast roots to to battle him. “Ooh Kill Em” is an older cut, but I still bump it in my iPod everyday.
P REIGN’s “Realest In The City” is my IPOD Pick today for one main reason: that beautiful ass beat. The beat is a guitar sample on two different tracks that are looped. They are offset to harmonize with one another and one has a flanger on it. They are panned left and right. The bass line is what brings it all together and its just some synth. The strings sound like mono orchestra in omnisphere. And the drums are just basic trap drums. DOPE.
If you haven’t copped DENZEL CURRY’s “Nostalgic 64″ album already, the you’re missing out. One of my favorite cuts off the album is “Zone 3″, a record about police brutality. Not only do I love the concept of this song and the fact that Curry reps my city – Miami, but I find it fitting to post this cut now because of all of the madness involving the recent murders of unarmed black men by over zealous police in this country.
What do I like about KENDRICK LAMAR’s “Cartoons & Cereal”? … Everything! Watch this this fan video I’m posting. It’s simply incredible and wildly creative. The subtle touches like Tupac on the news screen etc, just brilliant. And this song is different from the majority of rap that’s currently out. You feel the up & down struggle in the lyrics and in the harmony in the music. Signature Kendrick Lamar. There’s no debating that this man is a genius. Lamar is taking Hip Hop to new heights.
Hello! Today May 10th, is the start of LISA FORD’s IPOD Picks. Everyday this week, I’ll be posting the songs I’ve been vibing to recently because at the end of the day, it’s all about the music. The IPOD picks will be in no particular order, some are new, some are a little older, but all are hot! I’m kicking things off with DJ SNAKE’s & ALUNA GEORGE’s – “You Know You Like It”. It’s an all-around sexy summer hit and this beat is a force! I’m so obsessed with this song right now. Snake, you’re doing something right!
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” starring Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o will be the blockbusters of ALL blockbusters!! Driver plays the role of Kylo Ren, a Snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order. Nyong’o is playing the role of Maz Kanata, a pirate who houses “galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff” in her castle. Check out the new photo shoot within this blog post.
This ain’t so bad, but damn I miss the style of Documentary and Doctor’s Advocate. I want the Game from The Documentary back…his style back then was way better. Check out the video and tell me what you think.
FreeOnSmash writes, “Since its premiere last month from producer DJ Skee, Los Angeles rapper The Game has officially dated his long-awaited sequel for The Documentary to drop this summer. Serving as the first single for the project, Chuck Taylor called up Detroit rapper DeJ Loaf to channel their love for Makaveli’s critically-acclaimed classic All Eyez On Me, with “Ambitionz of a Rida.” Also using influences from his “Me and My Girlfriend” classic, the Bompton rapper invites DeJ out to the West for the heist of her lifetime, but whether or not she’s ready to prove she can be his ’15 Bonnie remains to be seen. After you watch the visual above, look for The Documentary 2 arriving this June 30th.”
Ambrosia For Heads writes, “Yelawolf has released the official video for “Best Friend,” his mournful prayer with Eminem. The song is part sorrowful reflection and part vengeful sermon about past transgressions each has suffered the forthcoming consequences for their enemies–a one way trip for a meeting with the Maker.
Staying with the theme of the song, the visuals find Yelawolf reflecting on life in a field, interspersed with cuts to an actual wolf running through the same location. Verse 2 finds Yela and the wolf alternately in a cathedral and a cemetary, as the song continues. Just as with the song, Eminem ramps up the energy level exponentially, as he unleashes his vitriolic verse in the same chapel. For all who grew up being told not to curse in church, those rules clearly do not apply…Take a look.”
J. Cole returns with yet another visual from his album ’2014 Forest Hills Drive’. This time he shoots one for the self produced track ‘Wet Dreamz’. J Cole gets really creative in this video and brings you something that you definitely don’t expect. I expected a soft porno but this is so much better.
Gangsta Gibbs at it again! Gibbs been the voice of gangsta rap for a few years now. Dude is a beast. He posted a new and pretty bizarre video in support of the title track off of his recent EP, Pronto. The video shows Gibbs, sans shirt, in a bathtub that’s loaded with snakes.
I’ve been posting a few movie trailers on the blog lately and here’s one more that looks scary as hell!
Here’s the official synopsis for THE VISIT:
“Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.”
JOHNNY DEPP is that one actor who inspires the hell out of me. Retrospectively, he is a genius considering his ability to completely transform himself, like a chameleon, for any role and deliver like no other. Case in point…his role in Director Scott Cooper’s (Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart) third feature-length film, BLACK MASS, where Depp plays Whitey Bulger, one of the most violent criminals in US history turned FBI information. Check out the trailer. You’re not going to recognize Depp.