Best Rap Album is a fierce category this year and the conversations are being had, as the 58th Grammy Award approach on February 15, 2016. J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Nicki Minaj will all try to take home the gold. The question is: who deserves it? A special video was shot at "In The Cut" barbershop in North Hollywood and the gentlemen get groomed as they ponder who the winner should be.
2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole Label: Roc Nation/Columbia Records
Compton Dr. Dre Label: Aftermath/Interscope
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late Drake Label: Cash Money/Young Money
To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj Label: Young Money/Cash Money
Claudio Marques shocks his music supporters once again by releasing a teaser to what seems to be an exceptional music video. After releasing the outstanding 13 track music project 'Overthinking', Claudio decides to tease fans with a 50 second trailer of his up and coming music video to new track 'Kamikaze'. The track produced by Lory Beatz & DatBoyRM, gained thousands of plays within a week of it being premiered before the actual release of Overthinking. READ MORE AT MTV: http://goo.gl/7SFIP7
(AllHipHop News) On February 15 Kendrick Lamar will have the opportunity to join Lauryn Hill and OutKast as the only Hip Hop acts to ever win the coveted Grammy award for Album Of The Year. Kendrick's To Pimp A Butterfly is competing against The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness, Taylor Swift's 1989, Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color, and Chris Stapleton's Traveller.
Grammy.com spoke with several of the people that worked on To Pimp A Butterfly for an extensive oral history of the LP. Read some of the quotes from the article below.
The title grasped the entire concept of the record. [I wanted to] break down the idea of being pimped in the industry, in the community and out of all the knowledge that you thought you had known, then discovering new life and wanting to share it.
["Wesley's Theory"] started with Flying Lotus and I sitting on the couch in front of the computer analyzing George Clinton. He became the fuel for creating. I was really blown away that Kendrick was so into that song.
When we first did "King Kunta," the beat was the jazziest thing ever with pretty flutes. Kendrick said he liked it but to "make it nasty." He referenced a DJ Quik record with Mausberg ["Get Nekkid"] and he told me what to do with it. I added different drums to it, simplified it, got Thundercat on the bass, and it was a wrap.
Terrace Martin (co-producer):
If you dig deeper you hear the lineage of James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Mahalia Jackson, the sounds of Africa, and our people when they started over here. I hear something different every time. I heard Cuban elements in it the other day.
I was in New York the first time I got the call. [It was] the day after [Lamar's] "Control" verse dropped. Everybody was talking about the verse and Kendrick was in Africa. I went about a year before him so I knew what that trip does to you, especially as a black person.
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali (engineer):
[The] session [for "U"] was very uncomfortable. [Lamar] wrote it in the booth. The mic was on and I could hear him walking back and forth and having these super angry vocals. Then he'd start recording with the lights off and it was super emotional. I never asked what got into him that day.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast is scheduled to air on Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.Read the entire "The Oral History Of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly" at grammy.com.
(AllHipHop News) The back-and-forth between Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah and indicted pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli is not over. Ghostface dropped a response to Shkreli's previous video demanding an apology from the "All That I Got Is You" performer, and Shkreli has now fired back at Ghost on Twitter.
Ghostface's nearly 12 minute video included him bringing out his "goons" which were three older women. One lady even threatened to put Shkreli over her knee for a spanking. Another woman called on Shkreli's mother to reprimand her son for raising the price of an HIV drug by 5000%.
Apparently Ray J allegedly has a secret child and a secret marriage. We guess Princess Love is okay with it. Apparently the reason Ray is not solely with his wife is because he was after new p**sy! Plus Ray says he's on his Hugh Hefner, and all of his girls know what time it is. In a confession styled interview, Ray J says,
"Listen ... I'm on some Hugh Hefner sh*t, all these b*tches know what's up. I got some bread. I got a wife at home. All I wanna do is buss a nut. And something else? Of course. I don't wanna buss a nut in my wife. I seen my wife have a baby, a baby came out of her p*ssy. I don't wanna that p*ssy no more. I seen a whole human being come out of that p*ssy ... water, and all kind of sh*t followed ... all kind of weird sh*t followed out of that p*ssy. I'm not eating that pussy no more. Of course I love my girl. That's my pillowcase. I can't wait to get home, watch TV, watch CNN, talk sh*t with my wife ... be raggedy and fart ... just be her husband ... Yeah. I don't want to get wild and freaky n shyt ... where we turn on a porno and get loose ... no, I'm not feeling you like that. You're my wife!"
Brandy's brother is something else yo! What are your thoughts?
(AllHipHop News) Today (Feb. 9), lyrical legend, Ghostface Killah, issued a video response to Martin Shkreli's series of idle threats. While looking into the camera, Wu-Tang Clan wordsmith stated, "you acting like I'm a washed up rapper." Last year, Shkreli purchased the only copy of the Wu's $2 M album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
[ALSO READ: Martin Shkreli Continues To Taunt Ghostface: I'll Smack Him On Sight] Since then, a delusional Shkreli has made several statements about what he'd like to do to Ghostface. The pharmaceutical exec believes that Ghost knowingly disrespected him. Martin has been working to engage Pretty Tony into a Wifi-Beef. "I don't even know how it came to this," quips an exasperated Ghost. "Like this, it's Ghost versus Peter Pan in 2016."
Before completely dismissing Shkreli, Ghostface, probed deeper into his perceived-character. Pee-wee Herman, fake Batman villians, and Peter Pan were the fanciful people to which Ghost compared Shkreli. "I don't care how much money you got. Money don't make you a man, bro," said Ghost.
As opposed to goons, Ghostdini, taps these unexpected people to put Martin Shkreli into his place.
It looks like Iggy Azalea may have slipped up and revealed to TMZ that her and Swaggy P aka Nick Young may have already gotten married. TMZ asked Iggy if she would raise her future kids in Australia or in the United States, and Iggy replied saying that she would like them to spend time in both. They also asked Iggy if she thinks Nick wants kids with an Australian twinge. Iggy said,
"He better; he has a wife with one."
Hmmmm maybe the two jumped the broom, or maybe Iggy is speaking it all into existence.
When you bring you the goons, you gotta do it with authority. Martin Shkreli, didn't do that and now, Ghostface is firing back with his own viral video that is going to take the internet by storm. Just watch. With his goons at his side, and his Wu-Goo CBD oil in hand Ghostface sons Martin in ultimate fashion calling him Peter Pan and man with a 12 year old body. He even photoshops Shkreli's body onto a Pee Wee Herman image. This is CLASSIC!
(AllHipHop News) Beyoncé has tapped her socially conscious side. Yesterday (Feb. 7), Bey delivered a politically charged performance during her set at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. It culminated with her new track "Formation."
[ALSO READ: Beyonce Announces #Formation World Tour] During the iconic delivery, Queen B, paid homage to a list of people and causes. The humble artist donned a costume that was inspired by the one that Michael Jackson wore back in 1993. The enlightened chanteuse also included a nod to the Black Panther Party. In October of this year, the Panthers will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Choreographed beret-wearing dancers demonstrated their solidarity. With unity their powerful fists made a statement. Later in the routine, Beyoncé and her dancers emphatically spelled out "X." The slain Civil Rights leader, Malcolm X, was murdered on Feb. 21, 1965. This month will mark the 51st anniversary of his assassination.
Tina Lawson, Bey's mother, also snapped a photo with several dancers dressed as Black Panthers. Some actual passionate Panthers used to the spotlight to help bring more awareness to the death of Mario Woods. In December of 2015, Mr. Woods was killed at the hands of the San Francisco Police department.
Below, check out the performance and the Instagram pictures.
When I was a child, I really wanted a slinky. Not the plastic two toned neon slinky, I wanted the metal one. In the red brick row home that I grew up in, we had a huge wooden staircase that (in my mind) was built for a slinky to "walk" down.
Money was tight, so I knew it was pointless to ask for a toy outside of my birthday or Christmas. But as fate would have it, my school was having a candy sale fundraiser. I ran to my mother for permission to sign up and she happily agreed.
I came home with the order form and within two days, my mother Edythe had gotten enough candy orders to earn my slinky. I was overjoyed. My mother ran the biggest salon in Philadelphia called Glemby inside of a department store in downtown Philadelphia called John Wannamaker's. I know she got all of her stylists and customers to order candy. After all, my mom was and is a hustler. With minimal effort, I had my slinky in record time! Truth be told, the school got over on us kids because for the amount of candy you had to sell, you could have purchased 20 slinkys.
That was the only time I depended on my mother for sales. I was all of 4 years old. As an adult, I've come to realize that as a business owner, it's extremely foolish to rely on your friends and family members to make sales.
The average person has about 25-30 relatives. The earth has over 7.4 Billion people who inhabit it. Which group do you think is more likely to get you to the success you're looking for?
Don't be frustrated, upset or disappointed with friends and family for not buying your product or service. Most people mean well but they know too much about you. Sometimes that stops them, even if only on a subconscious level from putting funds toward your dreams.
I consider myself lucky that my mother still supports my endeavors. Though long retired, she makes sure her book club buys each one of my books when they're published. Though I'm grateful, I'd be an idiot to think that 30 sales would make me a #1 best selling author. I still have to promote and campaign and tour. Don't even get me started on advertising costs!
The work should go beyond your home, your mother's house and your Facebook friends. If you want to succeed in business, you have to put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11).
My goals are much bigger now than walking a slinky down the steps. Yours should be too!
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CONGRATS to the BRONCOS for the Super Bowl win (24-10)
Is Beyonce anti-police? Well the National Sherriffs' Association seem to think so! Coldplay and Bruno Mars performed at this years Super Bowl however it was ALL about Beyonces' Black Lives Matter message!! Read WHY the police are upset with Queen Bee HERE
Beyonce is accused of jacking a video documentary WITHOUT permission.
NFL Carolina Panther player Cam Newton came off as a sore loser during his Super Bowl loss however former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski came out of his face calling Newton a BOY! Ummmmm EXCUSE ME?!? See comment BELOW.
Blogger Fameolous reports:
K.Michelle (allegedly) asked Monica to do a tour with her for this upcoming 3rd album but Monica declined because she knows that K. Michelle is dating her ex-fiancé and children's father Rocko He is part of the reason she moved to Atlanta. He may also be in her latest music video that she is shooting today in Atlanta. Her video is set at a trailer park, she has a pink trailer, copying Beyonce's video for 'We like to Party!'??
Lamar Odom Hiking with the Kardashians!! Road to recovery! God is GOOD! Oh and Khloe's new 'Kocktails with Khloe' show takes a DIP in ratings.
Love and Hip Hop LA Amber got the AX from the show. Good luck Amber! Oh and Miles and Milan are BACK together. #FakeStoryline
It will be 6 years of probation for Meek Mill. He will also serve 90 days under house arrest and six months parole beginning March 1st. He will be unable to work during the time he is on house arrest. Don't mess this up Meek!!
TIDAL Donates $1.5 MILLION to Black Lives Matter!!
The Shade Room reports: Jay-Z's music company, Tidal, has been on the come up lately. From "dropping" Rihanna's album, to Queen Bey releasing her new single 'Formation' via the music service. You could probably say that the streaming service is making a statement for themselves and is here to stay! Read the rest HERE
The Shade Room reports: No, no say it isn't so! Jay Electronica laid it all out on Periscope last night and got a bit...animated when a fan asked whether or not he felt Fitty was still a good rapper. "50 Cent at once, he was a good rapper," he answered. "Right now he got the potential to be a rapper, but he's on some sucker s***...and we will slap 50 Cent's eyeballs loose out his scalp." Read what he had to say about Kendrick Lamar HERE
Former Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Althea was shopping at Nordstrom and her clothing budget was $90 however her bill ran up to $300 and her card was DECLINED! All alleged tea. Ummm at Benzinos SAD message below!