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What do I like about T-Pain’s new single, “Drinkin Patna”? Everything. You can chill to it. You can drink to it. You can dance to it. You can make love to it. Just when you thought that T-Pain couldn’t do it again, he does. This song reminds me of 2007 when all of his BEST songs came out. Love it.

JAMES FOLEY

“On Tuesday August 19, the Islamic State released a video in which James Wright Foley, 40-year-old American freelance journalist and nearly two-year captive of the radical group once known as ISIS, read a largely prepared speech and then was beheaded.” According to boingboing.net, James Foley’s last letter to his loved ones was dictated to a fellow detainee, who memorized it and read it to Foley’s mother over the phone when he was released.

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I was reading Pitchfork.com looking for underground music that I haven’t heard yet and I stumble upon a prolific article about the legendary LAURYN HILL and her stance of oppression in America. Of course, I have to post conscious rapper, Lauryn Hill, on the blog because she is female MC that I look up to, one who teaches me and makes me think, one who never needed to show her bare ass in her music videos, because her lyrics and poeticism spoke and still speaks for itself.

Case in point, “Black Rage (Sketch)”, a deep and politically charge song recorded live in her living room. Pitchfork writes, “”Black Rage” is a key record for this moment because it recognizes our problems are deeply entrenched, and that postmodern detachment or cynical capitalism are poorly formed tools for people hoping to make a sustained attack on widespread systemic violence. Lauryn Hill celebrates black rage not as a raw expression of pain, nor as an irrational behavior that must be reigned in. Like Maria Rainer, it’s a coping mechanism, but for Lauryn Hill, it’s also something more: a practical strategy.”

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“The world of Hannah Horvath may no longer be within the streets of Manhattan in GIRLS, but drama is never far behind the aspiring journalist-writer. Without spoiling too much if you still haven’t caught up through season 3, Hannah returns to her mid-west roots taking a break from her inner-circle to focus on a career. With Marnie continuing to be wreck, Jessa struggling with her on-and-off sobriety and our girl Shoshanna looking to finally graduate from NYC, Hannah takes a brief bike ride around the University of Iowa in some rare leisure time.

The brief 30-second clip you can view after the jump, is a tease for fans that are waiting for the official season premiere 4 months away on HBO we can expect in early 2015.” – freeonsmash.com

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It’s being reported that Death Row Records founder, SUGE KNIGHT, was shot 6 times during a MTV VMA Awards party hosted by Chris Brown at LA club 1 OAK last night.

“Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a shooting occurred at 1OAK nightclub in the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood where two men and a woman were wounded, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a statement provided to the Daily News.

The suspect remains unknown, but the victims include a 49-year-old male, widely reported as music producer Marion (Suge) Knight, as well as two unnamed victims, a 32-year-old male and a 19-year-old female. All the victims were transported to local hospitals and are expected to recover.

While the 25-year-old R&B singer is said to have been the intended target, it was Knight who took the heat along with the two other victims, reports TMZ.”

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TALIB KWELI delivered one of the most powerful interviews I’ve seen in the news recently. He stood up to CNN and its anchor, Don Lemon, who appears disconnected with what’s really going on on the ground in Ferguson, with his attempt to debunk Kweli’s eyewitness account.

Kweli schooled them on what he thought was bad media coverage. The death of unarmed teen, Mike Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, has brought race relations in America back to the forefront in the media and social media alike. In regards to social media coverage, Kweli expressed that it was more important to physically show up to Ferguson versus tweeting and protesting online. In regards to media coverage, he expressed that the quality and accuracy of news outlets such as CNN wasn’t up to par.

Talib Kweli spoke very truthful when he stated the media depicted protesters as criminals or thugs and omitted the fact that women and children were protesting as well. Lemon tried to interrupt Kweli from speaking which turned into a heated argument and with Kweli almost walking out of the interview. This would have been a disservice because Kweli spoke the truth and didn’t care about being politically correct…something most of these news outlets are gulity of.

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I bought KENDRICK LAMAR’s “Good Kid m.a.a.d City” the first day it was released in Oct. 2012. I played it until it got to Track #5 and kept it on rewind over and over before I had a chance to listen to the rest of the album. By far, “Money Trees” is my favorite song on one of Hip Hop’s most critically-acclaimed CDs. The beat is soulful, almost haunting, and the record took me back to my childhood.

It brought back memories of my spending time on an army base in Kansas City when I was just three years old. It took me back to my hometown of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. It reminded me of my ole’ Atlanta days when all I did was listen to Southern and West Coast Hip Hop at least 20 hours a day. And listening to “Money Trees” has gotten me through my hard working days in Miami.

Bottom line… “Money Trees” is timeless, regionless, and classic. Kendrick Lamar is one of the best rappers of our generation and a superb storyteller and poet. This video was filmed when Kendrick Lamar held his second album signing in a Best Buy at Union Square, NYC, alongside his TDE mate, Jay Rock.

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Teyana Taylor’s “Maybe” is off of her upcoming album, “VII”, which drops October 21st on Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music. It’s a cool dope song that reminds me a little of Aaliyah’s slow rhythmic flow from back in the day.

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“New Flame” features a powerful duet with R&B giants CHRIS BROWN & USHER, laced with a flow from RICKY ROZAY. This song, alongside mega hit, “Loyal”, is featured on Brown’s new album, X, which will be released on Sept.15. A source told Hollywood Life that Brown wanted X to be perfect before the world hears it…

“The people behind him who are working on this are straight professionals who have been doing this before Chris was even born,” the source said. “They know what they’re doing and Chris is letting them do their jobs. That’s what they get paid to do.”

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I can’t write about somebody else’s dead child as if I knew him, and as if my words are going to make a difference in the turmoil that MIKE BROWN’s family is going through right now. So I’m posting this video, a first hand account, told by his friend, who witnessed Brown being gunned down for no reason by a Police officer. Mike Brown was eighteen years old, walking down a street in Ferguson, Missouri, from his apartment to his grandmother’s, at 2:15 on a bright Saturday afternoon. But a racist cop has an issue with that and killed him.

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DOM KENNEDY is ‘so West Coast’ and his laid back flow on this laid back beat proves it. ‘After School’ is classic Hip Hop and it’s one of those songs that make you feel high without smoking a pound of weed. This has been my cruising song since I first listened to the album because it’s so hardcore. “After School’ is off of Dom’s “Get Home Safely” album, which dropped a while ago, so these new visuals for is a special treat for us hip hop heads.

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The main thing I love about “Am I Wrong” by the Norwegian duo, NICO & VINZ, is that it was created for Dreamers. The message in this song, ‘to believe in yourself’, is so strong, it makes the hairs on my arms rise and sends chills down my spine. ‘Am I Wrong’ has inspired me all year long, when it broke out as a huge success last summer in Norway and the rest of Scandinavia…and when the duo went by the name, ‘Envy’. ‘Am I Wrong’ is by far the song of the year and reminds me of why I love music so much. NICO & VINZ’s international success is a pretty meteoric rise.

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“Young Jeezy is gearing up to release his sixth Def Jam project called “Seen It All: The Autobiography” on September 2nd and with a little less than a month to go, Jeezy has delivered the visuals for the first single “Me Ok.” – Urban Daily

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If you’ve watched the last episode of “Suits” (USA Network), then I’m sure you recognized a sultry version of Gnarles Barkley’s “Crazy” playing in the background of a steamy scene. That was actually singer, Daniela Andrade’s, cover of the song, but a lot of people are getting that version mixed up Katie Noonan’s cover.

Noonan’s (the one I posted) is better because she threw a jazzy spin on the hit record, and the blend between her voice and the background music is simply superb. If you’re wondering what instrument is playing at the beginning. I’m pretty sure it’s a Wurlitzer electric piano. Unless I’m wrong, in which case, it could be a Rhodes. Noonan’s version of “Crazy” is fantastic, amazing, beautiful and stunning, and makes me fall in love with the song every time I hear her sing it. Take a listen.

Common

“Common’s 10th album, Nobody’s Smiling, is a dark and stark portrait of the streets of his own Chi City. With emerging talent pitching in alongside the 42-year-old lyricist’s always sharp lyrics, Nobody’s Smiling is a sparkling release in what’s been a tepid year for rap releases (so far).” – Vibe