The kids will really like this updated musical using most of the original songs as well as a couple new ones Pop star Sia and Greg Kurstin who has written hits for Kelly Clarkson, Lily Allen, and P!nk. Produced by Jay-Z, Jada Pinkett- Smith and Will Smith you get the feeling that while they may have given input, for the most part they sat back and let the movie take shape. Which was wise, I don't know how I would have felt if it included a rap version of one the original songs. It honestly would have drawn focus away from the new story and characters we are being re introduced to. With the musical's original setting being 1933, the upgrades were very necessary and went over well. There are critics that say it didn't include much music for a musical. Many of the songs had to be dropped because they were no longer relevant. For anyone criticizing the "look" of this new Annie, you have to remember that this was originally supposed to be the star vehicle for Will and Jada's daughter Willow, just as The Karate Kid was for their son but she had outgrown the role. And come on, were we really going to still call him 'Daddy Warbucks'?
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Jay-Z been called out numerous of times for not being vocal about social issues affecting the community that gave him his start. But, behind the scenes Hov is not letting his voice be absent from the...
Check out our one on one interview with South East Hip Hop Magazine featured artist MIKE COBAIN!
South East Hip Hop Magazine: How are you Mike Cobain? Mike Cobain: I'm good working on my project like always.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Why do you call yourself Mike Cobain? Mike Cobain: Because of Kurt Cobain. One day I was listening to Nirvana because my brother listens to all ties of genre, happened to play a song and said I should call my self Mike Cobain as a joke and we laughed then thought that sounded good.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Were you ever a fan of Nirvana? Mike Cobain: Yea not really a say "fan", but I'm familiar with they music.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: How would you describe yourself as an artist? Mike Cobain: As a artist I'm a perfectionist because I will record a song 3 or 5 times different ways to see which one sounds better to different people but I'm humble and still i have that self confidence to.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What inspired you to want to become a rapper? Mike Cobain: I started rapping after I heard Get Rich or Dye Trying by 50 cent when I was 'lil but really didn't want to be a rapper till i heard The Black Album & Villmatic.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who were some of your influences coming up? Mike Cobain: Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye, Pusha-T, Pac and Biggie.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who do you listen to right now? What's in your iPod? Mike Cobain: I don't listen to other artists because I don't want to sound similar to anyone because when you hear something a lot over and over in your mind you think this is hot so you start to sound and mimic that so i listen to myself.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who are some of the people you've worked with? Mike Cobain: I work with a few people, Gave an artist out of Macon, Raw Rome and Taye Teezy. My engineer, but that's it really I don't really pay other artist attention.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who are some of the artists you would like to work with in the future?Mike Cobain: I'd like to work with Kanye and hopefully Jay-Z. O.G's like that no new artist really catch me.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Speaking of future, what projects do you have coming out in the near future if any?Mike Cobain: I'm working on one now trying to get it all together with my manager but i don't have a date or name but expect it next year soon.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next five years? Mike Cobain: Next five years I see God willing, Grammy or something in that nature couple number 1's singles and album.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What are your plans for the rest of this year? Mike Cobain: Plan for this year promote myself as a artist and person.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Is there anything else you would like to plug? Mike Cobain: Any shout outs shout out gave Taye Teezy and the whole OTM.
The Queen Latifah Show welcomes Academy Award-winning all-around Hollywood cool Denzel Washington. A little sit, chit and chat to promote his new movie "The Equalizer." But that's not all that came of the visit. Denzel revealed that he grew up with Wayne Bridges, father of Chris Bridges pka Ludacris; saying they won a talent show together at the Boys & Girls Club!
Oh... and he does a damn good Jigga impression. Yeah. Watch!
Power couple Jay Z and Beyonce can't seem to stay out the media these days. According to sources a woman by the name of Tina Seals is claiming to be Blue Ivy's biological mother. Tina said when paternity is proven in court that she is indeed Blue Ivy's mother she will sue Bey and Jay for full custody of the 2 year old. For those of you waiting for all of this to play out, I wouldn't put any bets on Tina just yet because she is no stranger to causing drama in the industry. REPNVA iRadio will keep you updated as this story unfolds.
On July 7, 2014 Mr. and Mrs. Carter's "On The Run Tour" came to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. My fiancé and I had been anticipating this show since the tour dates were announced back in the spring. Although we had seen Beyonce and Jay-Z perform live on many occasions this would be our first time seeing them share the same stage as co-headliners.
Ashley (fiancé) and I arrived at the venue around 6:30 PM. The show was scheduled to kick off around 8:00 PM so we had plenty of time to drink and socialize with fellow concert attendees. However, maneuvering through the crowd in the general concession area was quite challenging. It was extremely congested with inappropriately dressed ratchets and scrubs alike. Although we had hoped to purchase some tour paraphernalia from one of the many souvenir booths, neither Ashley nor myself had the patience to wait in any line unless it was for snacks or alcohol.
After we purchased our concessions, we headed down to our seat assignments. I was fortunate enough to find field seats, section C-3 during the exclusive pre-sale. This concert was one of a few Mother's Day gifts for my lady. Like so many others, I felt that the ticket pricing for this tour was a bit ridiculous and unfair. In fact, our presence at this show can be attributed to my 2013 tax return. Had I not received it, we may not have been able to attend.
From 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM, I was getting faded off Miller Lites while listening to Ashley ridicule the many audacious females walking around the field. Let's be clear: I am lifetime supporter of voluptuous and curvaceous women but ya'll shouldn't wear mid-drifts if your mid-section is hanging over your waistline (not in public anyway). It was beyond obvious this was a Beyonce crowd. Although I'm supposed to be a "hip hop head", I'm not too proud to admit that she's clearly the bigger draw in this scenario.
Around 8:50 PM, the lights went out and the crowd screamed. There is black and white footage of Beyonce & Jay-Z depicting them as "The Queen" and "The Gangster". A narrative accompanied the footage but it was hard to decipher through the roaring audience. Anyway, the film clips continued with many scenes of Mr. & Mrs. Carter firing automatic weapons, hiding out in diners, and running from the law. Needless to say, this intro was quite entertaining and made for a perfect transition into the show opener, "'03 Bonnie and Clyde".
It was a very exciting show with high production value. Most of the show consisted of Beyonce and Jay-Z alternating stage time every two songs, only appearing together on stage 4 or 5 times during the 2 hour performance. Jay-Z performed many of his hits including "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", "U Don't Know" "99 Problems" "Big Pimpin'", "Tom Ford", "Uknowigotit", "On To The Next One", "Song Cry" and "Hard Knock Life".
Although Jay rocked the crowd all night, it was Beyonce who stole the show. She is an incredible performer. In fact she had more stage time than her husband which, quite honestly, was expected. She performed many of her hits including "Run The World (Girls)", "Love On Top", "If I Were A Boy", "Single Ladies", "Crazy In Love", and "Flawless". Unfortunately, she didn't perform "Get Me Bodied" or "Freekum Dress" which are my personal favorites.
Overall, Beyonce and Jay-Z gave a fantastic performance. If you have a chance to catch the On The Run Tour this Summer, I highly recommend it. If the excessive pricing is turning you off, keep searching for deals online. Although I bought my tickets well in advance, my fiancé found tickets literally the night before in better sections.
Beyonce is pregnant! Jay Z is cheating! Beyonce is cheating! Solange, Beyonce's sister, is fighting with Jay! The headlines are all over the internet and splashed on the supermarket rag racks.
Is any of it true? No, none of it. Here's what is true: tickets are selling slow as molasses for the Jay Z-Beyonce "On the Run" tour of stadiums that's set to start in 10 days. Right now, there are over 11,000 tickets in motion on StubHub for the couple's July 11th show at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. Several more thousand are available for the second show, on July 12th.
Even on Ticketmaster.com's own system, a quick check shows a very bald stadium, with lots of tickets for sale and official resale. Right now, getting to see the first couple of modern R&B is pretty simple. And relatively inexpensive. All told, Beyonce and Jay Z are going to play 17 stadium dates in the US and two in Canada beginning June 25 in Miami. But right now, tickets are available in every city and at every price.
What's happening? Over saturation. Jay Z played a year long tour with Justin Timberlake, for an album- "Magna Carta Holy Grail"- that was given away for free by Samsung. Beyonce already toured. She just finished the worldwide "Mrs. Carter" tour in March 2014. It took in over $229 million.
Even with her "Visual" album scoring a big first month last December, Beyonce just hasn't had a breakout single like "Single Ladies" or "Crazy in Love." The album is off the top 200 for a while now. Jay Z's is long gone.
Maybe this would have worked at smaller venues. And the gossip? With no denials, but lots of "unnamed sources," my guess it's mostly made up to keep some interest in the couple while they're on tour. Just wait for some "staged" episodes to lure in passive ticketholders
Dame Dash speaks to Hip-Hop Motivation. Still tongue in cheek comical while sharing street-level wisdom. Check out his commentary above about how to handle the Jigga-Solange elevator incident and fallout. Back in the day, Dash and The Roc fam would have laughed the whole incident off (or laughed at Jay if he couldn't find humor in how silly the whole thing was).
"If he was still hung out with us, we would've been roasting him."
- Dame Dash
Kind of brings the phrase, "Small things to a giant," to mind, doesn't it? More after the jump, as Dame speaks on 'the trouble with Black folk.'
Damn. Think he is kinda down on Steve Stoute, huh?