TIARA THOMAS’ “One Night” is super HOT! She’s schooling these dudes letting them know that ‘all girls ain’t after your money’ and ‘all girls ain’t even lookin’ for love’, that sometimes we just want ONE NIGHT…(and I’m adding)…so GET OVER YOURSELF! Lol! In my opinion Tiara Thomas is the new IT girl, and this beat is like the new school version of a Bell Biv Devoe track. Another thing I like about Ms. Thomas is that she plays the guitar. Seeing an artist hold and play an instrument is music to my ears.

Ok, so LL Cool J is on my blog twice in a week’s period. What’s going on here? Not saying that I’m mad. lol This dude is the King of longevity and the epitome of how a rap career should be…consistently releasing quality music that relates to the current times, and LL has done that for nearly 3 decades (I think I mentioned “3 decades” in the last article), not including his successful TV and film career. “The Hustler” featuring Mavado is off of LL’s “G.O.A.T. 2 ” album which drops later this year.

Just hours after TMZ sports released the elevator footage of Ray Rice punching his wife, the Baltimore Ravens changed its 2-day suspension punishment into a full blown termination. Last winter in Atlantic City, Rice was involved in a domestic dispute with his then girlfriend, now wife, Janay Palmer, which lead to her being punched into unconsciousness. Rice stated in May in a joint press conference with Palmer, that him and his wife are now undergoing counseling. But the out pour of outrage on social media from players, fans, reporters, etc., alongside Rice’s actions, ultimately lead to his dismissal from the Baltimore Ravens.

We’re starting off the New Year at one of my favorite places on planet Earth and my secret hideaway. It’s a magical place, similar to the fictional land of Oz, with vivid imagery and colors. Every inch of the walls at the abandoned Swim Gym Aquatic Sports Park in Key Biscayne (Miami) is covered with psychedelic street art that will blow your mind. There’s a fence that closes off the park stating, “NO TRESPASSING. This area is a designated construction site. Anyone who trespasses on this property, commits a FELONY…Posted by the City of Miami.” So these photos may be the last pics anyone sees.

For a rapper to stay relevant in the game for over 3 decades, LL COOL J can be considered the real RAP GOD. There’s not an artist in the industry who’s been able to stay consistent for as long as he has.

FJ Music writes, “LL Cool J reinvents Tinashe’s “2 On”. We’ve heard a artists take on Tinashe’s hit single “2 On” over the last little while, most recently the Drake and O.B. mix, which certainly brought a lot more attention to the already buzzing single. The latest rapper to try his hand at the DJ Mustard-produced number is LL Cool J, who decided to bring an entirely new vibe to the remix, a refreshing take considering most freestyles these days borrow not only the instrumental, but the entire flow of the original.

Cool J injects some new life into the remix with as he changes up the beat, sampling Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” in the process.”

West Palm Beach, FL is following in Miami’s footsteps as the next emerging music mecca in South Florida. There is so much talent bundled in Palm Beach County, ZEAL ENTERTAINMENT seized a perfect opportunity to hold the International Music Showcase and Networking Event October 24th, 2014, which will bring important people together.

HUGHSTON WILLIAMS, the founder of Zeal Entertainment states, “The event will give artist exposure, a chance to get their music heard by a live audience. This event will also provide a platform for any one in the industry to network with each other. We know this is the age of independence so you could meet your next team member either musically or music business partner. It’s for everyone even for those who just love music this is a opportunity to hear new music live and enjoy the environment!.”

“I would consider myself a lyricist before anything,” says Jhené Aiko. “The Pressure” is off of Aiko’s ‘Souled Out’ album.

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.

“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.

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.”

“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

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.”

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.

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.

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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