Taylor Swift on a Hip Hop Blog? Yep. Not too often we get to see collaborations between country and rap artists, but B.O.B and Taylor Swift delivers a well-fused together hit single, “Both Of Us”. And the title is fitting and demonstrated well in the visuals of the video as you see the similarities of the two worlds (hip hop & country). The music video was filmed in several locations in Nashville under the direction of Jake Nava. B.o.B. (Bobby Ray’s) “Both of Us” is off of his “Strange Clouds” LP which is in stores now.
Michael Jackson’s death 3 years ago (June 25, 2009) shocked the entire world like a massive tsunami. Here was a man whose mind was so brilliant musically, that his abilities and gifts could only be explained with him as a being not of this world. The music Michael Jackson produced, wrote, or performed was decades ahead of this time. To say ‘futuristic’ would be an understatement. Included in this blog post is an “epic psychedelic” video for The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It?” from their 1980 album “Triumph”. This wildly creative video (conceived by Michael Jackson) demonstrates how everything he did will resonate and be relevant for centuries to come. RIP
Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, kept their promise to Miami when the Miami Heat hand-delivered the fans, the 2012 NBA Championship. The whole city is in great spirits now that the team is world champions. Tens of thousands of people lined up today on the streets of downtown Miami to cheer and celebrate the Heat’s victory. “I appreciate all our fans for sticking with us,” said the now two-time NBA champion Wade, who cradled the trophy in his arms most of the ride, adding, “Best fans in the world.” (cbsnews) Check out the photos of the celebration. A ton of people all happy at the same damn time!
KELIS (Nas’ former wife) hasn’t really spoke up much since their highly publicized divorce and financial issues. As we have seen in the media, this couple has been through alot and a great number of people in the Hip Hop community has sympathized with NAS in lieu of all the money he had to pay out to Kelis. Most found it no bit of a surprise when Nas graced his new album cover, “Life Is Good”, holding Kelis’ green wedding dress on his lap. Nas is clearly making a statement about his ex. Kelis finally speaks up about that and gives us an update on her own career.
Lebron, Dwayne Wade, and the others from the Miami Heat wasted no time and started celebrating immediately after their championship game! Of course, South Beach was the place to be for endless partying. First, it was Club Liv on Thursday, where the Heat celebrated with DJ Irie and rap group LMFAO. Next, Friday, it was an exclusive star-studded celebration at the notorious Club Play.,, And this is just the beginning!! As we still have tonight (Saturday), and Sunday (which everyone will probably be at Club Liv again), ending with the Parade Monday morning on Biscayne Blvd in downtown Miami, then the party continues at the King of Diamonds Monday Night. Miami is a magical city and everyone is on cloud 9 right now. The party will no doubt, probably last all year long. Congratulations MIAMI HEAT! WORLD NBA CHAMPIONS! And thanks for keeping our city on top!
MIAMI, FL – JUNE 21: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat acknowledges the crowd after receiving the Bill Russell Trophy for being named the MVP of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Arena on June 21, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Miami Heat) PHOTOS of the BEST Highlights from last night’s NBA Championship Game 5.
Doesn’t seem like this tug-of-war between Hot 97 and Young Money’S (Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj) is ending anytime soon. It all began when Lil Wayne instructed Nicki to pull out from her performance at New York’s Hot 97 Summer Jam in lieu of a comment their DJ, Peter Rosenberg, made about one of Nicki’s songs. He felt that her music selection was alittle too ‘pop’ for their hardcore Hip Hop crowd. Young Money felt that Rosenberg disrespected Nicki by criticizing her song before she was set to perform. Nicki and Wayne also added that Rosenberg’s comments were disrespectful to women in general. This is Rosenberg’s response. Take a listen….
“Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” is a new Broadway play (directed by Spike Lee) that will officially debut this summer. Tyson first brought this ‘biographical’ act to Las Vegas stunning the audience with his shocking confessions concerning his wild past and risky lifestyle during the height of his fame. MIKE TYSON, who says that NOW he’s a ‘clean-living’ wimp, made an appearance this morning alongside Spike Lee on the TODAY show to promote the new production. What shocked everybody the most was Tyson’s admission to being a ‘prostitute hunter’ among other things. Take a look…
On this day, June 16, 2012, Pac would have been 41 years old. This video (interview) of Pac explaining the ‘sagging pants’ epidemic is from 1993, but was leaked in 2011. Although Pac is still my favorite rapper of all time and in my mind, completely unmatched by any other, I’m not sure if I agree with his argument or ‘justification’ of the whole sagging pants syndrome. The Hip Hop community has always had their own style, and I definitely get how we need to keep our own flavor, but men showing their drawers in public is a little suspect to me. There’s got to be a way where we can ‘rebel’ against societal norms, yet look good at the same time. Nevertheless, Tupac was an intelligent brother who influenced millions in his short life. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAC!!
Ok, so umm Rick Ross goes topless in an Usher video? LOL yeah umm ok. If anything, you gotta admire his confidence. Somebody on youtube said Usher licked his lips too much in this video, and looks like LL Cool J. LOL! I think Usher and Rick Ross are just having a little fun and enjoying their moment with a hit record. Usher premiered the music video for his song “Lemme See” yesterday on the BET’s 106 & Park. The song is the third single from Usher’s new album, “Looking 4 Myself”.
This is how the story started….A bunch of rappers were partying at a plush nightclub in Manhattan called “WIP”. Chris Brown spotted Drake at a VIP table nearby with his entourage. Chris Brown sent a complimentary bottle of champagne to Drake’s table. Drake sent that bottle back with a note that read, “I’m f*ckng the love of your life [Rihanna], deal with it.”…Allegedly. Chris Brown took Drake’s message to heart, and went over to confront him. Drake got mad and punched Chris Brown in the face. Then someone smashed Chris Brown’s face with a bottle before he had a chance to retaliate. Blood went gushing everywhere. Allegedly. See photos and videos in this blog post…
“Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…
Well believe it or not there was a time when “Black Art-House” was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn’t before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can’t do it without you!”
The Eastern Conference Champions let loose in the locker room after an incredible Game 7 against formidable opponents, Boston Celtics, laughing, kicking back, and dancing. All hope was lost when the Miami Heat lost game 5 at home. Not many believed Miami could beat the Cetics in Boston for Game 6. But these champions rose to the challenge and ultimately brought the trophy home for the East. Miami now faces NBA favorites, the Oklahoma City Thunders. The first two games will take place in Oklahoma City beginning Tuesday, June 12th. The excitement continues as the world waits and see if Lebron will finally get a championship ring. The battle forges on for NBA world domination.
Robin Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton (pic posted), would have been a much better model and fit in this video for his new erotic song, “All Tied Up”. Thicke stuck to his old hit-making formula, making songs for love-making, and this song (and video) is as steamy and hot as ever. What can I say? Robin Thicke and all his sex appeal can do no wrong, especially with one of the smoothest R&B voices in the genre. “All Tied Up” is the third single off of Robin Thicke’s 5th album, “Love After War”. In stores now.
I’ve been listening to a ton of music the past couple weeks. Of course old-school all day long because it’s simply the best. However, I’m listening to new-school too. As long as it is the dopest out there, I can handle it. So far I like that new Kanye’s, “Mercy” and his remix on Chief Keef’s, “I Don’t Like”. On the old-school tip, I’m listening to cats like Tribe Called Quest’s, “Get A Hold” and rewinding Too Short albums over and over again. After years of bathing in Hip Hop, and the last 2 weeks of Hip Hop bliss, I am still crowning COMMON with the dopest rap song of all time. The concept of personification (and in Common’s case, he personifies Hip Hop music itself) can only be matched by Tupac’s, “Me & My Girlfriend”. But Common’s song reigns #1 because it predicted the future. The lyrics (included in this blog post) describes TODAY’s music even though it was written in 1994 and recorded on Common’s “Ressurection” album. Common wasn’t rapping about a girl, but about rap itself. Unbeatable.