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by Jay Alexander posted Aug 29 2013 11:44AM


Kendrick Lamar caused a firestorm with his verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” but he hasn’t been heard from until now. In an interview with “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” on Power 106, the Compton rapper finally addressed the explosive track.
Kendrick called out his peers including J. Cole, Wale, Drake, Meek Mill, and Mac Miller on the Hall of Fame leftover. Thesong spawned several fiery responses from MCs including Joell Ortiz, Papoose, B.o.B, and Cassidy.
But he was surprised by the reaction. “Honestly I didn’t know there would be so much speculation behind it,” said Kendrick. “I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap.”
He also proclaimed himself the “king of New York,” which rubbed some rappers the wrong way. “I think that’s the case right there of maybe I just dumbed down my lyrics just a little bit,” he said.
But he didn’t mean it literally. He had a conversation with some of hip-hop’s elite, who weren’t offended by his verse. “The irony of that line is the people that actually understood it and got it, was the actual kings of New York,” explained K-Dot. “You know, me sitting down with them this past week and them understanding that it’s not about actually being the king of whatever coast. It’s about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as ‘Pac.”
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by Jay Alexander posted Aug 29 2013 11:39AM


Recently, Juicy J made a stream of Stay Trippy available to fans who could successfully throw bands at strippers (in a video game.)   Now Juicy is continuing to promote his upcoming album by using girls that can dance. 
On his Twitter account last night, the Memphis rapper sent out a tweet saying he is giving a scholarship to the girl that can twerk the best, “im giving out a 50k scholarships to the best chik that can twerk.” 
No more details have been released, and for all we know this was just a Twitter joke by the man renowned for creating strip club anthems, but don’t be surprised if in promotion of his new album, Juicy holds some sort of contest involving twerking ladies.   
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by Jay Alexander posted Aug 23 2013 12:23PM
Birdman, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine

Past and present Cash Money Records stars reunited in celebration of label founders Brian "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams at this year's Broadcast Music, Inc.'s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held in New York City's Manhattan Center Thursday (Aug. 22).  

Ray J split hosting duties with BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and vice president Catherine Brewton, while Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Turk, Mack Maine, and Mannie Fresh were all on hand to salute Birdman and Slim's coveted BMI Icon honor, spotlighting their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."

The duo was also treated to a star-studded music tribute featuring performances from DJ Khaled, Mystikal, Future, Curren$y, Ace Hood, Busta Rhymes, and more. Each rapper did their interpretation of a Cash Money classic, leading up to a Hot Boys reunion set of "Bling Bling" performed by Juve, Fresh and Turk.

Cash Money also grabbed many of the night's other big wins. Minaj earned the Songwriter of the Year award for "Starships" and features on "Make Me Proud," "Girl on Fire,"  and "Dance (A$$)." She shared the title with producer/songwriter Benny Blanco, recognized for "Diamonds," Payphone," "Heart Attack," and "Work Hard Play Hard." And her "Starships" snagged Song of the Year.

by Jay Alexander posted Aug 23 2013 11:45AM

Reflection is the name of the game on Drake's Nothing Was the Same album covers. Last night, Drake Instagrammed the original and deluxe edition album artwork illustrating him in present day, and as an afro-rocking baby, reminiscent of Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die cover. 

The artwork is courtesy of San Diego-based artist Kadir Nelson.

Since the album was pushed back a week (from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24), the double covers may be just what fans needed to tide them over until the release and his MTV Video Music Awards performance this Sunday (Aug. 25).  

In further promotion of Nothing Was the Same, the "All Me" rapper will head out on a nationwide tour with Miguel and Future starting late September. Confirmed features on the album include Jay Z and Lil Wayne with production from Hudson Mohawke, Noah "40" Shebib, Hit-Boy and 16-year-old Canadian beatmaker Wondagurl.

Want more Drizzy? He also covers the latest issues of XXL magazine's 150th issue, on stands now.

by Jay Alexander posted Aug 23 2013 11:38AM
Kendrick LamarEnough with all the Twitter chatter and social media banter. Rappers are taking Kendrick Lamar's words to heart and jumping at the challenge to compete with the Compton, Calif., wordsmith. A day after Lamar snatched the hip hop headlines and put rappers on the defensive with his scathing verse on Big Sean's "Control," a number of rhyme spitters have issued lyrical rebuttals. While none of the rappers Lamar name checked in the song have sent a response yet, big names like Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B are among the lyricists who have issued their comebacks. The flood gates are now open, so see who said what

    Joe Budden
If only Lamar had paid proper homage before his snatch at the crown, says Joe in this "Lost Control" freestyle. "You're the king of New York, you might as well spit on Biggie grave," he suggested, adding later, "Outrhyming A$AP ain't showing me where your weight at."
Lupe Faisco - "SLR2"
Before Lupe Fiasco's "SLR 3," there was "SLR 2." He never names the Compton-born MC on this one either, but there's no denying his target with a line like this: "Look at the little baby/ N---- you ain't Nas, n---- you ain't Jay Z."

B.o.B - "How 2 Rap"
Though he went unmentioned in Kendrick’s “Control” verse, B.o.B figured his voice should still be heard. The multi-talented Hustle Gang rapper takes an unorthodox approach on his response record "How 2 Rap," where he raps at the beginning, even mimicking Kendrick’s voice, then breaks out into a guitar solo. It's different

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by Jay Alexander posted Aug 23 2013 11:20AM
2 Chainz

2 Chainz was one of 11 men arrested after his tour bus was pulled over in Oklahoma early this morning, KOKH-TV confirms. Cops were locked out of the tour bus and had it towed to a police training facility, where they waited nine hours for a search warrant.

All 11 men ranging from ages 21 to 52 were booked into the Oklahoma City jail on a misdemeanor obstruction of a public officer charge for locking authorities out of the bus.

The driver was suspected of using drugs which, judging by his tweets, Chainz doesn't believe. "Don't ask me ask OKC police department what they found on the bus,,,,u won't get an answer because nuthn was found," he wrote this afternoon, apparently tired of being singled out. "This s-- will make u go crazy our bus gets pulled 1 a week and they always say I smell weed I need to search ur bus. S--- gets tiring."

Contrary to that, police officer, Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said that narcotics were found onboard, but didn't know who they belonged to. She also said other charges may be filed later.

Chainz, birth name Tauheed Epps, was in town for a stop on the America's Most Wanted tour with Lil Wayne and T.I. According to TMZ, Tip and Weezy traveled to the next location via private plane.

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by Jay Alexander posted Aug 23 2013 11:16AM

When asked who in the world has influenced him most, Rep. John Lewis, a national treasure in his own right, states the obvious.

"Dr. King had such an influence in molding and shaping my life," he told "I heard of him when I was 15 and met him when I was 18, and it changed me forever."

Lewis is not alone. During one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation's history, King inspired both Blacks and whites to put on the line their freedom, and in some cases albeit unintentionally, their lives, to ensure equal rights and opportunity for all Americans.

Despite many significant gains as a result of the civil rights era, today, much like then, Black America is adrift.

Persistently high levels of unemployment, a renewed voting rights battle, despair over the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial and deepening fissures in race relations have caused small movements to sprout around the nation.

Passions are high for now. Civil rights leaders are hoping that the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington will be a springboard for a level of activism not seen since the 1960s.

But who would keep it going? Does the nation, and African-Americans in particular, need a modern-day leader like King, Medgar Evers and other icons to keep a new movement in motion?

San Francisco State University professor Robert Smith believes the answer is yes.

"The kind of bureaucratic, institutional leadership that we have today for the most part cannot fill that role and speak to the deep disenchantment and anger of African-Americans," he said. "If you're part of the established order, then you have to play by the establishment's rules. Someone not bound by those rules [is freer to] express the sentiments of ordinary people."

Who might fill that role, however, is a mystery. Those who dare to employ the kind of soaring rhetoric King used to deliver his message tend to go too far, discrediting themselves in the process. Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Princeton professor Cornel West are two prime examples.

But in their day, as Smith noted, both King and Evers were considered controversial by some rabble-rousers whose activism risked the safety of others.

University of Louisville political scientist Dewey Clayton believes African-Americans must take responsibility for bringing the change and progress they're looking for.

"We cannot and should not sit around waiting for someone like a King to come along," Clayton said.

Heartened by North Carolina's Moral Mondays, boycotts in Florida in response to the Zimmerman verdict and other protests, Clayton says that African-Americans are realizing how effective political mobilization among themselves and in partnership with whites and other racial ethnic groups can be.

"That's what it took in the '60s; a lot of people aren't aware of that," he said. "It's not any one person; everyone collectively needs to realize that there is strength in numbers, not just in voting but getting out to actively lobby local, state and national governments."

James Braxton Peterson, a professor at Lehigh University, MSNBC contributor and former columnist, shares that sentiment.

Citing a scholarly tome by author Erica Edwards titled Charisma, he says the notion of "the exceptional, charismatic, rhetorically gifted leader is one we've had for a long time, but it's time to move beyond that."

A key factor will be women leading the current movement as was the case during the original civil rights movement.

"We want to bring women out of the shadows of Black leadership and the collaborative model makes more sense for the level of complexity and issues we have to deal with in these times," Peterson said. "I hope we're already on our way."

Both Clayton and Peterson cited a growing need for African-Americans to become more civically involved at all levels, from supporting Black political candidates to running for office and jury duty.

"If we can learn anything from President Obama's campaigns it's that when we create a coalition we can make a lot of difference. The demographics are on our side," Clayton said. "I'm hoping that during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that people recognize a renewed demand for us to become politically active because if we don't we're going to lose this country."

Lewis agrees that everyone has a role to play in what has turned out to be an ongoing civil rights struggle. Still, he would like to see another great leader who, like King, can embody "our hopes, dreams and aspirations."

"Some people would say we don't need that but I am one of these individuals who believes that in every age you need someone or some group that is the personification of the best of us," King said. "Every period demands some strong person or persons to get out there. I don't know whether we'll be so lucky or blessed to see that type of leader again, but you have to continue to believe and have hope."

by Jay Alexander posted Aug 14 2013 12:46PM
Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo in a scene from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

*“The Butler” is ultimately the story of one man’s experience in America through his unique perspective as a White House employee. But director Lee Daniels says another dimension of the story is of equal importance – the relationship between the butler and his son.

“It was a father and son love affair, which transcends race,” Daniels said of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), an African-American who served eight presidents during his 34-year run as a White House butler, and Louis Gaines (David Oyelowo), Cecil’s son.

The two men found themselves at opposite ends of the political and social struggle for black equality during the sixties and early 70s, with the younger Gaines eventually becoming a black nationalist and expressing shame over his father’s perceived complacency.

by Jay Alexander posted Aug 14 2013 12:41PM


After invading America earlier this year, Emeli Sandé is taking her show on the road. The Scottish singer will launch a U.S. headline tour this fall.
The 12-date trek kicks off on October 11 at The Fillmore Miami Beach and wraps at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on October 26. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, August 10.
Following her stops at Lollapalooza and the ESSENCE Music Festival, she will play the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on August 11, New York’s Central Park on August 28, and Jay Z’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on August 31.
Sandé will perform “My Kind of Love,” the new single from her acclaimed debut Our Version of Events, on “Good Morning America” on August 27.
See an itinerary below.
Emeli Sandé U.S. Fall Tour Dates
Oct. 11 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach @ Jackie Gleason Theatre
Oct. 12 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
Oct. 14 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City Birmingham
Oct. 15 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Oct. 17 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Oct. 18 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
Oct. 19 – Baltimore, MD – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Oct. 21 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Oct. 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 23 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room – Old NationalCentre
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
by Jay Alexander posted Aug 14 2013 12:40PM


Yeezus will rise in Brooklyn. Kanye West has been added to the lineup for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
The G.O.O.D. Music rapper will perform “Black Skinhead” off his album Yeezus at the 30th annual show, which airs live on August 25 at 9 p.m. EST from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
MTV made the announcement on Instagram, writing, “BREAKING! Kanye West to perform at the 2013 #VMAs 8/25 at @barclayscenter! Don’t worry Ye, we got your damn croissants.”
This will mark Kanye’s seventh time performing at the VMAs,tying Madonna for the most performances. He last performed “Otis” with his Throne partner Jay Z in 2011.
Lady Gaga has been previously announced as a performer. The pop superstar will debut her new single “Applause” from her upcoming album ARTPOP, due November 11.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead thenominations for this year’s awards with six apiece.
Kanye West Moonman
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