Jay-Z set Twitter on fire when he decided to send five tweets in a matter of four minutes Monday afternoon. Not one for social media, Jay-Z has only composed 46 tweets since November 2008 when he initially joined Twitter.
Everyone from Complex Magazine to Diddy are calling these series of tweets a "rant." Compared to Kanye West's outbursts, I'm not sure if Jay's five tweets are worthy of such a distinction.
Signed with hashtags of the Holy Grail and New Rules, the five tweets signify his union with Samsung that was officially introduced Sunday night during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Not to ever be outdone, Jay-Z - styled by June Ambrose, of course - debuted a Samsung Galaxy commercial with the legendary Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, Timabaland and Pharrell confined to one studio room producing beats to be heard on his new album. The new album Magna Carta Holy Grail will be available first to a million Samsung Galaxy users. Albeit as iconic as the gathering was, and as ingenious as the marketing scheme is, I only have one question: Where is Kanye West?
Setting personal friendships aside, Kanye West seems to be responsible for Jay-Z's resurgence and new sound on Blueprint. Of all of the things that Kanye West self-admittingly fights for, according to his recent NY Times interview, this should have been a priority. Was he asked and declined or was an invitation never sent his way? In any case, it leaves a looming question about the validity of Kanye's legacy as a producer which is often overshadowed by his career as a rapper.
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Bobby Capri releases his new FreEP #InstantGratification, which includes guest appearances from Sean Price, Troy Ave, Jon Connor, Apollo The Great & more. Executive produced by Octavius "Doc-Ock" Crouch & Charles "Dean Page" Perez, the EP also includes production from DJ Stylez, True 2 Life Music, Linz Prag, J-Mac, & more.
Suffice it to say, Yasiin is a fan of his tour DJ Preservation. Evidence of Bey's trust in his DJ: their remix to the album "Ecstatic" - entitled "REcstatic" - has Preservation all over it (with the only exception being Yasiin's rapping over a Minnesota production for "Black Fantastic," which replaced "Casa Bey" on the original project). You can download the entire "REcstatic" project for FREE from the Mon Dieu Music site. Just join the e-list, and the zip is all yours!
Growing up, I used Hip Hop as a way to learn about the world around me. From politics, to culture, language, geography, history, all this could be heard in your rap record of the late 80′sa and early 90′s. Then something changed in the late 90′s. Rap records talking about something other than partying and using drugs, became "underground" and labeled conscience. There was a shift, that continues to live on today. Listening to your radio or reading your popular Hip Hop zine all you hear and see is the same stories of niggativity.
With that said. Salute to emcee and homie Homeboy Sandman for taking the time to put this great piece together addressing the connection between Hip Hop and the prison for profit system. HS wrote this article for Huffington Post who refused to post it recently. No worries... It's right here for you to digest. It's a great read I definitely suggest checking it out. Thanks to Homeboy Sandman, and make sure you check out this new LP "First Of A Living Breed" out now via Stones Throw Records.
GoldenUndergroundTV recently released an interview I did with them late last year. I got a bit animated at the end. Only so many interviews in a row I could handle being asked about Chief Keef.
My tirade wasn't really about Chief Keef. It wasn't about Gucci Mane or Wocka Flocka or any of the acts spontaneously catapulted into stardom by synchronized mass media coverage despite seemingly universal indifference (at the very best) regarding their talent. Whose arrests, involvement in underaged pregnancies, concert shootouts, and facial tattoos, dominate conversation for weeks at a time, with their actual music a mere afterthought, if thought of at all.
My tirade was about marketing. It was about media powers seeking out the biggest pretend criminal kingpins they can find, (many of whom who shamelessly adopt the names of actual real life criminal kingpins like 50 Cent and Rick Ross), and exalting them as the poster children for a culture. It was about an art form reduced to product placement, the selling of a lifestyle, and ultimately, a huge ad for imprisonment.
This is not my opinion.
Last year Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the biggest name in the private prison industry, contacted 48 states offering to buy their prisons. One stipulation of eligibility for the deal was particularly bizarre: "an assurance by the agency partner that the agency has sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90% occupancy rate over the term of the contract.
What kind of legitimate and ethical measures could possibly be taken to ensure the maintenance of a 90% prison occupancy rate?
Two months later an anonymous email was sent out to various members of the music and publishing industries giving an account of a meeting where it was determined that hip-hop music would be manipulated to drive up privatized prison profits. Its author, despite claiming to be a former industry insider, did not provide the names of anyone involved in the plot, nor did he specify by which company he himself was employed. As such, the letter was largely regarded as a fraud for lack of facts.
Keep an eye out for this guy... because he's on the rise (and because he's bouncing around so much nowadays he'll likely be in your city soon)! It's like he took the T.I. vibe to the Jersey Shore with this one.
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So what is "TANO" ? Well it is an collaborative EP from producer King I Divine and Poet/Vocalist LD Henriquez and TANO translates to the number 5 in Swahili. So they play on the number 5 highlighting the five senses this is something you can groove to.