Google and the legendary Hip Hop artist, FAB 5 FREDDY, partnered up for an awesome Google Doodle experience. The "44th" birth date of of Hip-Hop stems from a fateful Bronx back-to-school party in August 1973. I'm happy to see that the genre and culture is celebrated by an American conglomerate such as Google and that video contains a small history lesson of how this internationally influential artform was conceived from "scratch".
"I want to live forever or die trying" is the motto I live by everyday, and in every step I take, I'm constantly reminding myself to live life to the fullest. This is what attracts me to travel blog, LivingLifeCrazy.com, a very elegant presentation of what life is really about when you travel the world and live without limits. LivingLifeCrazy.com features page-turning stories, beautiful up close and personal photography, and an adventurous spirit that encourages travelers of all experience levels to get out there and explore our amazing planet. Travel writer, PAIGE FORD, takes you deep exclusive territories in China, England, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and here in the great USA, just to name a few. Check out Paige's travel vlog of her most recent trip to Bali which includes stunning imagery of the landscapes and lifestyles.
Pitchfork: "Calvin Harris has shared a colorful music video for “Feels,” his latest single featuring Katy Perry, Pharrell, and Big Sean. All three appear in the clip, which was directed by Emil Nava. In the video, they lounge around on a desert island. The collaboration marks yet another star-studded release off Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. Harris has so far dropped three other tracks, including “Slide” (with Frank Ocean and Migos), “Heatstroke” (with Young Thug, Pharrell, and Ariana Grande), and “Rollin” (with Future and Khalid). His follow-up to 2014’s Motion arrives June 30."
In the spirit of the first annual NBA Awards show on Monday night in Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York, a 'Get Out' parody featuring DRAKE as Steph Curry was dropped to promote the highly anticipated event. SBnation writes, "While awards had been previously released at the end of the season, this is the first time it’s happening in an award show setting. The NBA will be handing out awards for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Defensive Player of the Year, plus much more."
SNOOP DOGG and producer Rick Rock released the visuals for Snoop's new single, "Moment I Feared”, which is featured on Snoop's fifteenth studio album, "Neva Left” (released May 19th). “The Dah Dah-directed clip plays out like an extended episode of Snoop's GGN Hood News web series and features a fake young rapper named Fonz D-lo, who seems to be a parody of Young Thug.”
Spin: "After releasing the video for Boomiverse’s lead single “Mic Jack” last month, Big Boi returns with a new flick for the album’s second single, “Kill Jill.” Killer Mike shows up in a red room and amongst smoke clouds, while Jeezy does his hook from a darkly lit room. Big Boi, the star of this Japan-influenced setup, cooly performs with a lion nearby. Watch it below. Boomiverse was released June 16."
"To all the killers and the hundred dolla billers" Hip Hop lost a legend today… RIP PRODIGY, the infamous lyricist from Iconic rap duo, MOBB DEEP. Songs like “Survival of the Fittest” inspired me and increased my undying love for Hip Hop, and "The Infamous", album was one of the best Hip Hop projects of all time. I keep the "Shook Ones Part 2" playing in regular rotation DAILY, as this is one of the few songs that captivate my ears. And Mobb Deep’s influential music has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as a "raw, vivid, and vicious distillation of East Coast gangsta rap". The cause of PRODIGY’s death is yet to be determined, but the “Poetical Prophet” has long been battling with sickle cell disease, where the life expectancy is only about 40 years old. Seems like every other day the world shows you that we’re not immortal. Hip Hop lost another G.O.A.T.
The Tupac biopic, "All Eyez On Me", directed by Benny Boom, dropped today to commensurate the legacy the iconic rapper. The filma also served as birthday gift to his fans as Pac's birthday is today, June 16th (Pac would have been 46 years old). I'm a die-hard fan and I'm personally nervous about watching the film because I hold a very nostalgic view of Pac that I don't want ruined (even though I don't think that's possible). In previous blog posts, I did publish the trailer video, so I won't go that route today. Instead I'm posting something light-hearted, a little insight on Pac's humorous personality, that I thought you would enjoy. Rest in Paradise Pac.
Famed Cocaine Cowboy about to get out of prison — but now faces deportation ride to Cuba. Miami Herald: Willie Falcon, who together with high school pal Sal Magluta, helped turn Miami into the country's cocaine capital in the 1970s and '80s, is scheduled to be released from prison on Saturday after serving most of a 20-year prison sentence for money laundering. But Falcon, 61, won't become a free man and won't be coming home to Miami. As soon as he leaves the custody of a Kentucky federal prison, Falcon will be detained by immigration authorities and transferred to a detention facility in Louisiana or Alabama.
Forbes: The indirect spoils of streaming can be even greater. Abel "the Weeknd" Tesfaye parlayed his play count--5.5 billion streams in the past two years--into an estimated $75 million touring advance. To him it's all part of the model he's been following throughout his rapid rise, one that applies to all sorts of businesses: Create an excellent product, make it widely available and flip the monetization switch when the timing is right.