So, for the past few days, we haven’t been able to get away from all the news and buzz that has surrounded the Beyonce project that was seemingly shrouded in an impenetrable cloak of secrecy and was released to the world like a bat out of hell, much to the delight of her legions of fans, and probably her haters too. I’ve been getting a ton of feedback saying that the album is amazing, though it’s still pretty early to tell honestly. But, there are a few things that Bey has to be commended for: hear realization of her power and influence, her knowledge of her fans, and the impact that this project is sure to have culturally and musically. I even saw a report on the Melissa Harris Perry show talking distinctly about how this was such a power move and how Beyonce has used this visual album as a platform to talk about social issues pertaining to feminism, the idea of beauty and much more. I gotta say…overall, well played, Bey. Well played.
Originally posted on Urban Stylz's Blog:
Like a thief in the night, Beyonce comes out of nowhere and drops a new self titled album exclusively on iTunes. The project features 14 tracks as well as 17 videos and is described as a visual album with features coming from Drake, Justin Timberlake, Sampha, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell, Timbaland, Jay Z, and even her daughter Blue Ivy makes an appearance on the aptly titled track ‘Blue’. Peep after the jump for the full track list and 30 second previews of all 17 videos!
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HAD to reblog this joint…because it’s about my city!! Loved seeing Danny Brown take Huang on a tour and expose him to some of the best spots. And the fact that it didn’t take a rosy, liberal approach is even better. Great job!
Originally posted on RIVALS:
Eddie links with Detroit’s own Danny Brown to continue his Fresh of the Boat series. In this episode, Eddie visits some of Detroit’s finest offerings, the local barber shop and Big Babys Burgers where they both share an authentic lunch. Watch the short and stay tune for part 2, as Eddie plans to visits the rest Michigan.
Just two days ago was the 11th Anniversary of the murder of one of the greatest and most respected figures in all of Hip Hop throughout all time: Jam Master Jay of the Legendary Run DMC. A recent video courtesy of Revolt TV got me to thinking about JMJ, as well as many other prominent figures throughout Hip Hop who we’ve lost senselessly. But more than reflecting on their lives and what they did for the music and the culture, the question for me that comes to mind is: Why are the murders, shootings and killings of so many of our Hip Hop heroes still unsolved to this day? There are tons of answers to this question: we all know the stigma attached to being an African American man in the United States, and the fact that Hip Hop, though it’s a globally dominant force, is still viewed by many as less than worthy of attention, praise or even respect. Does that have to do with why the killings of so many black men and women that have been part of Hip Hop music and culture still sit in the unsolved pile? Are their lives no less worthy than any one else that have gone on into the next lifetime at the hands of whatever gunman or assailant? The murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace are the two biggest unsolved mysteries in all of Hip Hop history, but there are so many more that don’t have the mainstream folklore attention attached to them, from Jam Master Jay and even Chris Lighty. And in Lighty’s case, there is yet even more uncertainty and confusion, because there are theories abound, and we’re not even truthfully sure if his was a homicide or a suicide. The honest truth is that we have to CONTINUE to ask these questions about these folks. And it goes beyond just the music…it’s about the fact that they were PEOPLE, and their families deserve at least some semblance of the truth. I’m reminded of the Bob Marley tune “Redemption Song” and one of the most poignant lines in it: “How long shall they kill our prophets, while we stand aside and look?”
I never thought that I would say this, but music superstars seem to have it kinda hard these days. What with the ability of fans to be able to connect with them so intimately now through technology and social media and already constantly being under the guise of the 24-hour TMZ news cycle, everything that they do seems to be scrutinized and and dissected to the Nth degree. Take Chris Brown: besides Kanye West, C.B. seems to be Urban entertainment’s poster boy for not be able to get a moment’s rest these days, ever since his domestic abuse debacle with one Rihanna, which now seems like it was a decade ago.
Don’t get me wrong, I can’t defend Breezy’s actions and I won’t attempt to. Being the youngest of three children with two older sisters and two nieces, I could NEVER condone putting my hands on a woman in a way that’s malicious or meant to do her harm. I don’t roll like that. But even with all of the messed up and at times just plain dumb things that Brown has done in the last few years, from Rihanna to trashing dressing rooms to the Frank Ocean spat to the war of words and fists (well, maybe not fists) with Drake in the club, he’s dug quite a hole for himself, and even reveled in the image of being the bad boy.
But the public eye can also be the eye of the storm for many a celebrity to deal with, and the latest incident involving Chris Brown has seemed to not only be blown out of proportion by music and entertainment media outlets, but also one where all of the facts haven’t come out. Then again, the facts aren’t always what matters when it comes to today’s media, especially when there’s a potential juicy story involving a major international music star. There are questions all around: who threw the first punch outside the hotel? Was it Brown or his bodyguard? Did he utter another slur against gay people? Has he or will he spend time in jail…again? Is he really going to rehab for anger management?
The whole point is this: it’s not really a matter of answering the questions truthfully. Instead, it’s a matter of presenting a certain version of what is deemed to be the truth to sway public opinion in a certain way. Like it or not, that’s the game. Personally, I think Brown does need to watch his actions, who he has around him and what those folks intentions are. But maybe the general population and the media itself need to start taking a closer look at the way stories and news items are presented, and if they are done in a way that actually IS fair and balanced, or if it’s all just about ratings, sweeps weeks and what the best story is, even if it’s not one that’s accurate.
Check out a story on the SPIN.com website that gives the latest on Chris Brown’s most recent ups and downs.
It’s official! Revolt TV is here, alive and kicking. I found it interesting in an interview that Diddy did with The Breakfast Club that he admitted in the first few months to a year, the channel will definitely have growing pains, make mistakes, and learn the rules by action. Not what you would usually expect to hear from the one formerly known as Puff. But it just goes to show how much things can change. The way music is distributed and consumed changes almost from week to week, and it would seem that Diddy is going back to an older model that’s been abandoned by the likes of BET, MTV and VH1. But if we know Diddy, we know he’s never one to have the cards stacked to heavily against him. Revolt could have the potential to be on every TV screen the world over in the next year or so, if he has his way. And that’s the direction that Diddy is truly headed in: being a controller and owner of media. The launch of Revolt is just one more example of his savvy and ability to work across platforms, and be successful at doing to.
I just took a listen to the latest joint from Janelle featuring Miguel and I must say I’m impressed! Very slow burning, sensual record with two of the most gifted performers int he game right now, clearly inspired in some measure by Prince (as both artists already are). Definitely makes me anticipate “The Electric Lady” even more.
With the resurrection of Battle Rap into a marketable and viable commercial commodity, I’d honestly like to see this one go down.
Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:
(AllHipHop News) Loaded Lux is one of the most respected battle rappers in the game today, and the SMACK/URL veteran recently told VladTV the one high-profile emcee that he wants to see get that work is Eminem.
“If one day I could get that bout, that would be something,” said Lux. “I’m letting the brother know, if he’s willingly to oblige, respectfully, that’ll be the pinnacle. I have a lot of respect for Eminem as a battle emcee.”
Lux named Eminem vs Juice as one of his all-time favorite face-to-face rap battles along with the legendary Kool Moe Dee vs Busy Bee, Murda Mook vs Jae Millz, the rumored Jay Z vs DMX, and his own classic bout against Calicoe.
[ALSO CHECK OUT: Math Hoffa vs T-Rex Rap Battle]
Watch Loaded Lux call out Eminem and explain his choices for the greatest in-person rap battles in the video…
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