I’m reporting on one of the best interviews and chronicles in Hip Hop history. It’s an incredible tale on how producer extraordinaire, J DILLA, comes back from the grave, to release some of the world’s most beautiful music. This mesmerizing story begins with the narrative of vintage album shop owner, Jeff Blue Back, of UHF Records in Detroit, an avid vinyl record collector since early childhood. As you will hear in this Podcast, via today’s segment of NPR’s Snap Judgement, Jeff’s passion for music transforms into an astonishing twist of fate…

JHENE AIKO is my favorite artist right now, in part because we both are heavily inspired by the music and poetry of Tupac Shakur. Aiko states, “He’s (Pac) like an icon for speaking your mind and being you, even if it’s controversial. He’s been a big inspiration for me just to stick to who I am and to actually stand for something through music.” And this is partly why her music resonates with so many people.

Aiko also has a musical gene, and an incredible silky voice that lends an alternative to that traditional heavy R&B sound. She writes all of her own songs, such as this sweet and haunting lullaby, “Bed Peace”, that will appear on her upcoming EP “Sail Out.” The video displays Aiko’s acoustic version and live performance on ‘Rap-Up Sessions’.

Trayvon Martin’s murder has gripped the nation since the fatal shooting on the night of February 26, 2012. The case against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, has sparked fiery debates on an array of social issues including; a violation of a child’s civil rights, race relations in America, the justice system as a whole, and on Florida’s very vague, ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

MOMENTS GO, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WAS HANDED A *NOT GUILTY* VERDICT FOR THE DEATH OF THE UNARMED. TEENAGER. After nearly 16 hours of jury deliberations, Zimmerman is able to walk free. Here is the video of the verdict being handed to him and his attorneys. I’m lost for words.

Johnny To’s international crime thriller, ‘DRUG WAR’, is finally set to be released (limited) in the United States, July 26th (New York and Los Angeles on August 2nd). This hardcore film boasts lots of stylized Chinese action, incredible cinematography, and popular action figures. The movie stars Chinese actor, Louis Koo, as drug lord, Timmy Choi, who is a known manufacturer of meth. In order to avoid the death penalty, Choi agrees to become an informant, which places him up against the world’s most notorious and ruthless gangsters, aka, the powerful cartel he’s been cooking for.

‘Drug War’ or ‘Du Zhan’, co-stars Sun Honglei, Huang Yi, and Wallace Chung. It was released last year overseas, and is sure to be an instant cult favorite here in the States.

TITO LOPEZ brings you that new level hip hop. ‘Back & Forth’ is dope, to the point..No Gimmicks or f*ckery..! Lopez wants to show and prove that there are lyrically dope southern emcees still in existence. Included in this blog post his latest – ‘Y.O.U’, the mixtape for your downloading pleasure.

‘Gangsta Walk’ by two West Coast legends, is as dope as underated. Coolio and Snoop Dogg dropped this hit for real ones that appreciate the good old school stuff, and for new schoolers that go beyond what “radio plays-cus-paid”. This joint sounds brand new, but was ironically released in 06′ on Coolio’s, “Return Of The Gangsta” album. Hope you feel it as much as I do.
I love it. It’s fresh as hell.

Jay Z has put out an extremely dope album. “Magna Carta Holy Grail” is “The Black Album” on steroids. This sh*t is so hot, til I don’t even have words for it. The production is sick.. every track. I’m having multiple eargasms right now listening to it. “Magna Carta Holy Grail” is what hip hop is all about. Damn! I SALUTE YOU HOVA!! F8cking hot!!!!

‘Ali Bomaye’ is by far the hardest track off of THE GAME’s “Jesus Piece” album. The Game is known for releasing some of the best gangster rap songs in hip hop. ‘Ali Bomaye’ is no different. I think the video could have been more reflective on how hard the song actually goes. I was expecting those grimey hardcore Compton visuals we’re used to seeing from West Coast artists, just on an elevated level. Truth be told, The Game should have dropped this song solo. The neon colors and cameos by ‘pop’ artists in the video caught me off guard.

A lot of the hip hop experts are claiming ‘Jesus Piece’ to be an underrated album. I believe one reason for this is the numerous features from other artists The Game has on multiple records. He is one of those few rappers that don’t ‘need assistance’ to produce a dope album. If he would have removed some of the people featured on his cuts, ‘Jesus Piece’ would be far from underrated. Nevertheless, you can’t take anything from ‘Ali Bomaye’. Especially The Game’s versus. This is another classic record that will go down in Hip Hop history. The Game was in a zone.

Just like the song, the video for ‘Without Me’ is HOT! Fantasia and Kelly Rowland are mesmerizing in this vivid portrait of a mixture between a ballad and slow burning hip hop track. Missy Elliot, the iconic rapper who balances out the song, also makes an appearance to drop her hardcore lyrics. And peep that bottle of Hennessy…lol! Fantasia is showing off her gangsta side. Hands Down! Tasia is BACK and going hard!!!!!

The new sexy romantic-comedy, “Baggage Claim”, looks like it’s going to be an amazing flick! It features an all-star lineup including; Paula Patton, Lauren London, Adam Brody, Trey Songz, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, LaLa Anthony, & Tia Mowry. With a cast like this, this film is sure to be a blockbuster! “Baggage Claim” hits theaters on September 27, 2013.

Plot Line: “Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) finds herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right. Using her airline connections to “accidentally” meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates, she racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy.”

The iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party was crazy fun on Miami Beach! We partied are asses off Saturday night, at the star-studded event held at the world famous Fountainbleau Hilton hotel. The A-list of celebrities included Miley Cyrus, Enrique Igelsias, Ke$ha, LL Cool J, Pitbull, Afrojack & More! They all ripped up the stage with mindblowing and memorable performances! Check out the photos!!

“My organs were shutting down. My liver, my kidneys, everything (during an overdose). They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I was going to make it. My (rock) bottom was going to be death…

Within a month, I had relapsed, and started taking the same amount of pills again. I remember walking around my house, thinking every single day that, ‘I’m going to f*cking die’. I’m looking at my kids and I’m like, ‘(But) I need to be here for this’. Coming off of everything, I literally was up 24 hours a day, for three weeks straight. And I mean not sleeping, not even nodding off, for a f*cking minute. I had to regain motor skills. I had to regain talking skills. It’s been a learning process. I’m growing. I just couldn’t believe that anyone could be naturally happy, and naturally functioning, or enjoying life in general, without being (high) on something.” – EMINEM

SCARFACE, the REAL King of the South, dropped a bonafide classic album that remains in heavy rotation on my Ipod. He’s certainly one of my top 10 rappers of all time. Lyrically, Scarface sets the bar that is rarely matched. Case in point, this ‘2 The Beat’ joint. It’s raw unadulterated hip hop…no autotunes or studio tricks, just a classic flow embedded in classic storytelling. I hope everyone had a chance to download the ‘Dopeman Music’ album because Face brutally murders this beat and all the other tracks. It’s definitely a real street album. I love every cut. No doubt.

This is just a quick post sharing that new NAS & J. COLE joint. Nas is the Rapper of Rappers, and he always surprises me with how lyrically nice he’s getting with age. Relevance, intelligence, elegance, Nas embodies what Hip Hop should be appreciated for. The original version of this song sent a chill up my spine due to the honesty. This version warmed my heart. Glad Nas received it well and threw a verse on it of reassurance. This is great stuff. Props

The MIAMI HEAT win two NBA World Championship Titles in a row!! Congratulations!! The entire team pulled together to clutch this series, and we couldn’t be more proud. Once again, Lebron James was named the 2013 NBA Finals MVP! He was nothing short of a beast out on that court. Dr. Dre, Drake, Bill Russel, Spike Lee, and more left Lebron messages on an old-fashioned answering machine, complete with the “beep” and all. LOL! And you can too by calling (305) 767-2226.

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