Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
LOL DUDE WAS GOIN IN.. PROBABLY FAKE THO
Audio: Max B Speaks On Contract Release From Jim Jones, His Protégé Young Riot & Max’s Vigilante Season Debut LP
Max b calls up Amalgam digital to speak on his new mixtape "a wave called yes" an also to talk about his appeal an finally being released from bird gang records.. shoutout to Max.. hold ya head homey
Lil wayne an Scoob doo link up to drop this mixtape full of brand new music.. Lil wayne is actually doing the hosting from Rikers island.. good way to keep yaself in the loop.
Raekwon links up with XXL to bring us another Brinks Boyz mixtape. This one is titled “Cocainism.” Featuring new exclusive production from Alchemist, Dj Scratch and EZ Elpee. Also featuring guest verses from Mobb Deep, and N.O.R.E. The mixtape is dope, Raekwon has been on his grind lately and keeping the Wu-Tang name and legacy still alive. Cocainism is the prelude to Rae’s next official studio release Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, which he says is coming this September. Not much more else to say here. New music from the chef Raekwon. Tracklist, stream and downloads below. Props. Get Right…
Royce’s mixtape leaked, which is kind of disappointing because on the holiday weekend and nobody is around to listen and download. The official release was supposed to be on June 1st. Get Right Music is currently not in the offices this weekend, but here’s the tape if you are around and want to download it. Otherwise, we will have the audio player up and an official review on the original date it was meant to drop, June 1st. Tracklist and downloads below. Get Right…
02 The Most Interesting Man
03 Go Hard pt.1 f. Kid Vishis
04 On Fire f. Crooked I
06 Real Hip Hop f. Black Milk & Elzhi
07 A capella
08 It’s Over
09 Nobody Fucking With Us f. Bun B, Crooked I & Joe Budden
11 Skit 2
12 Beamer, Benz Or Bentley (Shady Mega Mix)
13 I Hate Your Pants
15 In the Club
16 Skit 3
17 Go Hard pt.2 f. Kid Vishis
19 Psycho (Skit)
21 Drama f. Trick Trick & Junes Flow
22 I’m Not Slaughterhouse (Interview)
23 187 (Saigon Response)
24 Skit 4
25 Taxi Driver
26 Iceman (Skit)
27 Lyrical Hitman f. MarvWon
28 Skit 5
29 Spark Yo Brain
If you’ve been following GetRightMusic.com for a while now, you’ve probably noticed that we fully support Nobi and his Gritty Lyf movement. Over the years Nobi has released excellent mixtapes and has made some great music. Now, with this mixtape, which is hosted by Dj On Point, Nobi wants to introduce the world to some of the newcomers to the Gritty Lyf family. Featuring new music from Nobi as well as others. This is a real NY street tape. Tracklist, stream and downloads below. Get Right…
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Twenty years ago, seeing two homosexual men walking down the street holding hands or kissing in the park sent heterosexual males into a frenzy. Today it’s like, “Hey man, we’re all the same. Don’t be homophobic.”
Ten years ago, it was unacceptable for rappers to sing on their own track. Today, in order to be commercially successful, the singer-rapper hybrid is damn near mandatory.
Five years ago, black women openly shunned and condemned black men seen walking with a white woman. Well, some things just don’t change.
What is this secret war between black and white women over who gets the black athlete, actor or businessman? I understand that 50 percent of all U.S. prisoners are black males, and a lot of those who have escaped prison find themselves unemployed (especially in this economy) or bogged down with one or two baby mothers. It seems like the few fully viable black men who’ve managed to gain success, education and wealth are African lions: visible but endangered of extinction. Some black women are increasingly frustrated that they are passed over for white women who they don’t feel can culturally relate, nurture, or respect their partner’s position in society. On the other hand, some white women candidly reveal that they feel like black women are bitter, selfish and socially defiant. And while all of these are stereotypes, whether true or false, they are still common ideas held by each side.
I once heard a black woman say that the relationship between black men and women in America is a very sick one that needs to be quarantined and healed before we expose the virus to others. So for a brief second, let’s explore this alleged sickness between black men and women.
1. Not knowing how to talk to each other respectfully.
2. At the bottom of the social ladder, competing with one another rather than collaborating (eager to prove the other wrong).
3. Historic collective low self-esteem and self-hatred breeding contempt in our familiarity with each other. On the other hand, I once heard a black man say he grew up in the suburbs around nothing but white people and as he got older and attempted to communicate with black women he was shunned and white women seemed to be the only ones who responded to him. Let’s face it, if Tiger Woods wasn’t a billion-dollar golf player, how many black women would give him a second look?
I recently spoke with an Irish girl who asked “why can’t people just love each other and move on the basis of love and not what society thinks?” I agree with her that if two people are genuinely in love, that is the feeling that has to be gone with. The question is are most interracial relationships between black and white genuine love or exotic adventurism?
What are your thoughts?
Maybe next week we’ll consider a few rare combinations to ponder:
1. Black women and Asian men (unicorn because it doesn’t exist)
2. Indian women and Black American males (definite disowning – the family will not approve),
3. Palestine male and Jewish woman (uh oh, which side of the border do they live on)
4. Afro Cuban and White Cuban (although they’re from the same country – the White Cuban caste system can be pretty hard to break)
For more information about Rhymefest visit El Che Movement and Twitter.
Yesterday, The New York Times published an in-depth profile of M.I.A. written by Times staffer Lynn Hirschberg. The lengthy read followed M.I.A. through the making and promoting of her new album / \ / \ / \ Y / \. In examining many of the contradictions that make up M.I.A.'s persona, it wasn't totally complimentary, and contained un-flattering quotes from several people in M.I.A.'s camp (including Diplo and "Born Free" director Romain Gavras), not to mention M.I.A. herself.
Well, it seems that M.I.A. wasn't too happy with the piece. She just tweeted "CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day bitches ;)", accompanied by a phone number. We just called the phone number... and it seems to be Lynn Hirschberg's. And now her voicemail is full.
UPDATE: M.I.A. tweets: NEWS IS AN OPINION! UNEDITED VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW WILL BE ON neetrecordings THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND!!! >>>>
UPDATE: Hirschberg has responded to the incident in The New York Observer, calling it "infuriating and not surprising." "It's a fairly unethical thing to do," she said, "but I don't think it's surprising. She's a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative." She adds, "The messages have mostly been from people trying to hook up with M.I.A.," she said. "If she wants to get together with John at Bard next week, I have his number."
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam doesn't trust Google. Sure, the company's motto is "Don't be evil," but she's not fooled. He who controls information controls power, and she's never been one to relinquish control easily. After a childhood spent missing an activist father who was on the lam from the Sri Lankan government, she came to music after touring with a band as a videographer—and then created a global fanbase before she'd ever done a live show. This isn't some doe-eyed ingenue who caught a producer's eye; this is the first true success story of Internet DIY music (sorry, Drake).¶ Even now, on the verge of her third album, the globe-trotting MC/producer/Oscar nominee/tastemaker is as restless as ever. She spoke to us from the U.K., nestled in her mum's home with her 1-year-old son, Ikhyd. Ikhyd's grandpa may be a billionaire (Maya's man Ben Bronfman is the son of Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr.), but M.I.A. is determined for her child to grow up outside a life of easy comfort. He might not be lacking, but he damn sure won't be slacking.
As a mom, do you hope for struggles for your son in his lifetime?
M.I.A.: I don't hope for them, but he's probably going to have them. I think their generation is probably going to have the craziest, you know?
In what respect?
M.I.A.: Any kid being born in these times is gonna have to be resilient to a million and one things. We thought we'd seen it all, and our parents thought that they'd seen it, but every generation it gets more and more intense.
Do you think our grandparents would think we have it harder than they did?
M.I.A.: Yeah, I think so. When I look back on my grandparents' time, there was no rush in their lifestyles. More family values, better food—I'm assuming everything they ate was organic because it was grown really locally—local culture, and all of that is gone now. My baby's generation, in his lifetime everything is gonna be a struggle to gain all the things they took for granted: privacy, good food, and time to spend with family. It's gonna become more isolated and more technology-based.
As painful and tough as those times are, I hope my kids have tough times to learn and grow from.
M.I.A.: I have those thoughts about my son, but I think his adversities are going to be on a different scale. I had to spend ages on stupid shit, like getting to know about racism on a really street level, growing up in the projects. I think he's gonna have it in a different way.
M.I.A.: At the moment, he's staying with me at my mum's—her house is in the projects, so the house is like the size of somebody's closet in California. But at the same time, he's got his grandpa on the other side, Ben's dad, who is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I think as long as he has both extremes, that's where his lessons are gonna be learned. I want him to grow up here and spend as much time as possible with his grandma to learn the things I learned growing up in this house. He needs to hang with everybody and meet people and find out what they need and find out what the problems are and what the solutions are. I can't explain it.
No, you have.
M.I.A.: Good—I've made it clear to Ben that Ikhyd will be working in a sweatshop at age 4. [Laughs.] But sometimes I do get caught up. I always say I'm gonna send him off to China and I want him to learn Chinese, because the next hundred years is about China being a superpower and he should know how to speak it. So maybe he'll go there.
Did you see much violence growing up?
M.I.A.: Yeah, all the time. My kid's gonna see it, but he's gonna see it in computer games. I don't know which is worse. The fact that I saw it in my life has maybe given me lots of issues, but there's a whole generation of American kids seeing violence on their computer screens and then getting shipped off to Afghanistan.
What's the link there?
M.I.A.: They feel like they know the violence when they don't. Not having a proper understanding of violence, especially what it's like on the receiving end of it, just makes you interpret it wrong and makes inflicting violence easier. When I put on the History Channel or Discovery Channel in America, there's this insane fascination with the end of the world. Every program on television was, "The end of the world! Armageddon! 2012! 2016! Unlocking the theory to when it's gonna end!" And supersonic intercontinental ballistic missiles and nanotechnology that's gonna end the world. Everyone's so obsessed with Armageddon, the dates they're talking about is Ikhyd's generation.
But that's been an obsession since the beginning of time. Every civilization has had its own ideas about when and how the world will end.
M.I.A.: That's true, and they thought Y2K was gonna be the end of it. But 10 years ago, they weren't making 24 hours' worth of content on Armageddon.
At every turn of the century there's a section of society that thinks the end is near. But there's more access to media now, so it's more in our faces.
M.I.A.: I just wonder if it's to create so much fear that people will start buying loads of stuff and enjoying themselves now. And everyone starts developing an attitude like, "Yeah, whatever, the world's gonna end."
I wonder about that too, but I don't think people, the world, or even government is that organized.
M.I.A.: Yeah, I mean, this is the first time in our lifetime that we've seen conspiracy theories on mainstream television. They've got a show called Conspiracy Theory! That used to be an underground thing for people who smoked lots of weed. [Laughs.] Now it's on the news and it's kinda weird. Maybe there's something to be said about the fact that everything's owned by corporations and corporations have more say than ever before.
Sure. Hey, did you see many animals growing up?
M.I.A.: Yeah. Elephants, lizards. I ate an iguana once.
M.I.A.: I know. My grandpa had a farm and on the farm was all kinds of wildlife. He got his shoulder dislocated by a wild elephant.
M.I.A.: I know. It was just part of the culture, I suppose. We had goats, you saw snakes there. It's cool.
Are there animals you liked to ride?
M.I.A.: When I was a little kid I used to ride the goats like they were horses. I'm just waiting for Ikhyd to get old enough to do that. I definitely want to go to the desert and ride a camel.
What was your impression of America when you were little?
M.I.A.: The first place I came to was L.A., and I just loved it. From the airplane looking out the window, the landscape just shines—all the lights are twinkling, all the cars are reflecting the sun. It was very Tinseltown. If you're coming from Sri Lanka and you want to experience the West, that was the extreme end of Western civilization to me—the vastness of L.A. was truly different. I wasn't impressed with New York, 'cause it's a bigger version of London. But L.A. was kinda cool. Has your idea of America changed as you've grown up?
M.I.A.: When I first came in the mid-'90s, I was listening to loads of hip-hop, and the gangsta-rap era completely engulfed me. There's where I spent my time. Those were the clubs I went to, and those were the people I was hanging out with, so I had a weird understanding of it. But now I get to see a bigger picture of America. It's different.
M.I.A.: The thing that I enjoyed about it when I came to L.A. was that it was just people doing whatever they liked. It was your life and you could do things and you were in charge. There were barbecues all the time in every park, house parties. Just so much more joy. And now it doesn't seem like that. And it's because it's so expensive there. By the time you've got to doing your house, insurance, your car, and paid a bill for your baby, it's just too hard for you to have any fun, you know?
I don't think it's that dismal...
M.I.A.: It's not that dismal, but if you go to South Central now, there's not speakers on every side of the corner and people hanging out. Maybe culture has changed, but I also feel like the hustle's changed. It's come into this corporate hustle world. That's the times we're living in.
When you're making art—whether it's visual, music, or fashion—does it all feel the same? 'Cause your visual stuff looks the way your songs sound to me.
M.I.A.: Yeah. I think so.
Do you have a process, or do you create when you feel like it?
M.I.A.: I'm really into some sort of digital ruckus and that's kind of what it is in the sound and imagery. I don't wanna say it's chaotic, but if we're being given certain tools, it's rediscovering and reassembling, I suppose. The bottom line is: Sometimes my work is really uncomfortable and doesn't sit well, but that's the point. It's OK to push it out this far—someone's gonna be like, "But I like it over here." But at least the door's open and you've pushed it that far, so the possibility of a range can exist.
Are you conscious of trying to make art to live up to your reputation, or do you start clean every time?
M.I.A.: It really depends on what you're going through at the time. The last album I was making was really chaotic. I was traveling all the time and was just mad, angry, pissed off. I threw the hard drive out the window with "Paper Planes" on it and was like, "Fuck this song." Luckily, it didn't smash. But the world has changed since I worked on the last album. I started with writing an intro for it, the intro was, "Connected to the Google/connected to the government." That was like 10 months ago, and every day I felt more and more like I was tuned into whatever was going on.
What was it that was going on?
M.I.A.: Google is the most powerful corporation in the world, and why do you think that is? It's 'cause they log the most data and they collect the most information and that's the thing that everyone's gonna want and that's the thing that no one's gonna have. That's what it's about and it's important to tell people in the street or poor people to arm themselves with knowledge 'cause that shit's a commodity.
But hasn't knowledge always been the most important currency? Information is more accessible now than ever.
M.I.A.: Yeah, but America's not raising its generations saying, "Knowledge is currency." Corporations are raising themselves saying, "Knowledge is currency, and we're gonna collect it all." And the people are not being told that. Do you get that from watching My Super Sweet 16 or reality TV, that they're trying to tell the masses that it's about knowledge? No. But there's always been self-indulgence.On the other side, I've never seen so many educational shows—those are popular, but they're not sensational so they're not covered the same way. I think both have evolved.
M.I.A.: Maybe. When I read papers in America and I read newspapers anywhere else, I definitely see a big difference in the way shit is covered.
Papers I've read in England are different, they're more like what I expect from the Wall Street Journal.
M.I.A.: That's kinda what I'm talking about, just the quality of it. So many corporations are merging, I don't even know who's telling the truth anymore. If TIME is bought by CNN, am I gonna get a different opinion in TIME than from CNN? I don't think so. Corporations mold politics, and if the agenda of a corporation is to make money, then surely the information that we're gonna get is edited so it makes you think a certain thing at the end of the day.
But that's also an argument for why the Internet is great—you can go to another news source and get another perspective.
M.I.A.: But you have to tell people to do that. Critical thinking, that's called. That's what my album's about. Making it so uncomfortably weird and wrong that people begin to exercise their critical-thinking muscles. Apparently, America is the place that has the lowest critical-thinking percentage in schools or whatever.
What's that based on?
M.I.A.: A journalist I spoke to who wrote an article about it said something like 11% of schools in America practice critical thinking, and the rest just want it simple, plain, in-your-face. And you believe what you read. You eat up what you get taught. You can Google the words "Sri Lanka" and it doesn't come up that all these people have been murdered or bombed, it's pages of: "Come to Sri Lanka on vacation, there are beautiful beaches." You're not gonna get the truth 'til you hit like page 56, you know what I mean? When Ikhyd goes on the Internet and taps in some words, he's gonna get exactly what they want him to get.
Don't we have a responsibility to be smarter and go to the 56th page and get the real information?
M.I.A.: That's true, but that's my and your responsibility to pass the information on that it's not easy anymore. When I came out in 2005, I felt like the Internet was a place where interesting new ideas and people could find new ways to coexist and ideas could be shared. But now corporations have gotten a hold of it and governments have gotten a hold of it. Everything we started, they've learned it, and now they use it for themselves.
So far, I think we're staying a few steps ahead of those corporations.
M.I.A.: Yeah, to me that's one of the most important things, to always stay creative on the Internet and not get bogged down by it. Every day someone is saying, "Oh my god, she has a tiger on her T-shirt, that must make her a Tamil Tiger." You have to constantly dumb shit down. You have to constantly liberate yourself.
What do you like about hip-hop today?
M.I.A.: I think Kanye is trying to take it into a new realm and he's sort of putting the artistry back into it and sort of taking it in that direction. I was having a conversation about Jay-Z and Nas and how it was really crazy how they were having this Nas vs. Jay-Z moment 10 years ago and no one really talks about it now. You clearly haven't been to complex.com!
M.I.A.: Jay became the biggest representation of rap music who's still alive, started dating Beyoncé—everything was so much bigger and better with Jay-Z. I hope people don't think that that wins. The fact that Nas didn't become all this sort of stuff changes people's perception about the music and the work he achieved in his lifetime. I don't wanna say Jay-Z sold out, but I just feel like we have to wait another 10 years to see what happens. Jay-Z's ambition was to become like Frank Sinatra, a household name all over the planet, and own a casino in Vegas and stuff like that. And I think Nas was really sticking to knowledge. I still think the biggest point about hip-hop is in there somewhere, what happens to those two artists.
Did you decline a tour with Kanye?
M.I.A.: Because I was pregnant. I know Kanye makes it out to be this big thing, like, "She dissed me when I asked her to do a song." Then he was like, "Then you said no to me and my tour." I was about to have a baby! But I love Kanye, I think he's been super-consistent, everything he's done has been good. I like his interaction with the media, too—he's just him, and he's living it.
How did you meet Ben?
M.I.A.: I'd been touring the whole year and I was as fried as you can get. I thought I was just going to go and die. I was gonna do a song with the Beastie Boys as my last song and then go and completely change my life. So I walked in and Ben was there. I kind of spent the whole night bitching about the music industry, and he was a really good listener. And that's what happened!
Was it uncomfortable with him coming from money and you not?
M.I.A.: Yeah. I think it's still sort of weird, but Ben is different from anyone I know, including his own family. He's really odd, and that's what I like about him. I think he's a little bit uncomfortable, and as long as it doesn't stop me being who I am, it doesn't affect me.
Are you worried about it changing you?
M.I.A.: No, 'cause it's not like I've changed my lifestyle. It's more about Ikhyd; I don't want him to be comfortable. I'm always going to travel and be open to the world and people, and I want Ikhyd to have a firsthand experience of it all and not just go to a really amazing posh school and learn it. And Ben lets me do it how I want to do it.
Sounds like a good match.
M.I.A.: When I first met him, I was like, "Oh my god, I don't think I can go out on a date with this person." A friend of mine was like, "Look, you being judgmental about him and his family is the same as someone being judgmental about yours." And that's probably the truth.
Diving into the seemingly never-ending files of music, The Wu-Tang Clan just announced that they will be releasing yet another Wu project entitled Pollen: The Swarm 3. Gaining inspiration from the fakes, posers, and wannabes capitalizing on the Wu name and legacy, Pollen is the real deal featuring new music from Rza, Method Man, Ghostfast, Solomon Childs, and others. This announcement follows the news that the Wu will headline the Rock The Bells tour and perform their 1993 debut album Enter The 36 Chambers in its entirety. The crew wrote a letter explaining the new album and also provided a teaser of the song "Dirts The Boogie" featuring ODB and YDB. See both after the jump.
From the Wu:
In the uncertainty of the new age industry and wake of new media one thing is for sure and that being there’s never a shortage of WUTANG WANNA BEEZ, imposters, opportunists, posers and fakes rushing in to imitate, cash in and lay claim to the “WUTANG” name. WARNING: don't be fooled or duped! There is only one WUTANG CLAN AND BRAND. With the surge of official authentically branded Wutang products, projects and a wave of critically acclaimed album releases in the last year such as Raekwon’s Only Built for Cuban Links franchise and the follow up of “Wu Massacre “ featuring the Wutang Clan’s Method Man , Raekwon and Ghostface, The Wu Music Group in following and furthering WUTANG tradition in its truest and purest form will release the 3rd installment of the official swarm franchise dubbed POLLEN: THE SWARM PART 3 due this SUMMER JUNE 22, 2010. Why Pollen? Because it’s WUTANG authentic! Word to Shaolin!! This installment is complete with new songs from the RZA as Bobby Digital, MEF MAN himself Johnny Blazing a track with the GZA, GHOSTFACE “Smooth Sailing” on the remix featuring Trife and Solomon Childs, and unlocked from the Wutang vault, the late great ODB with a fresh splash from his son and new comer BOY JONES on “Dirt’s the Boogie”. The SWARM represents the Wutang Killer Beez on the move. The first album in the trilogy introduced fans to other emcees in the Wu empire from east to west coast and across the seas. In true killer bee fashion, this album wouldn't be complete with out new music from the Killer Beez themselves 12 o clock, Prodigal Sun, Killer Priest, Street Life, Remedy, JoJo Pelligrino, the Rev Burke, and others. This is history once again in the making with the Wutang massive disciples and its affiliates aligning to swarm, bringing the ruckus and creating a frenzy to massacre the masses across the globe. This album will effectively pollinate and enter your senses and is guaranteed to inspire and buzz the ears of any true Wu fan looking for that real WUTANG indulgence and experience without leaving out the this generation’s expressions of hip hop and those still to come. At press time the RZA of the Clan says “Wutang is forever and we will continue to shine light and spread music to the world.” The Swarm executive producer Power adds “As for anyone and anything else you may need to refer back to the WUTANG’S first suggestion which is to certainly ‘PROTECT YA NECK ”. Wutang Killers Bees and Yellow Jackets are on the Swarm part 3 and in full effect!!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I recently attended a meeting at east ramapo high school about working to get more people to vote on the things that go on locally in our communities. Alotta people think since we got Obama in that, that is where it stops but he's busy wit the world so we need to be involved somewhat with whats going on locally because those are the decissions that directly affect us.. So i interviewed Ms Cass about what it is she's trying to accomplish in the east ramapo district.. we also met the president of the NAACP That night an he's very much involved... shout out Emparah chi an my brotha AB... for more info go here:
Time Magazine’s May 31 issue will hit newsstands with a cover and feature story dedicated to the “scary” side of Facebook.
The cover art pays homage to the Facebook generation with a mosaic of 1,295 Facebook profile photos, accompanied by a blurb from the feature article: “Facebook …and how it’s redefining privacy. With nearly 500 million users, Facebook is connecting us in new (and scary) ways.”
The feature article by Dan Fletcher delves inside Facebook () and its methodologies for hooking new users and explores the historical events leading up to present-day privacy concerns around Open Graph and instant personalization.
After speaking with Peedi Crakk and Just Blaze about whether or not Jay-Z stole Young Chris’ whisper flow, it was only right that XXLMag.com reached out to the man in question. Yesterday (May 19) we spoke to the Philly spitter, who offered up a surprising response.
When asked his opinion on Peedi’s claims, the former Roc-A-Fella rapper was quick to comment by saying, “Steel sharpens steel.”
“It’s family, we all in the family,” he elaborated. “We work off each other’s vibes. That’s how some of our best, best records came out. You gotta think when we was in the studio at the time it’s pressure. Everybody that’s in there gets busy, from me to Peedi to muthafuckin’ Beans to Jay, Freeway, and it was like really a lyrical war in there. So when I say steel sharpens steel, I just mean we all fed off each other.”
Chris said this isn’t the first time he’s heard the potential swagger jackin’. “Everybody got their own opinions and all that shit,” he shared. “You know I can’t get around it evidently right. I just tell people, quality and quantity, as long as I keep delivering, I’ma get past the comparisons. I think I’ll be alright out here.”
The State Property rep recently dropped his new mixtape, The Network 2, hosted by DJ Don Cannon. The disc was a way for Chris to get his name back out there after a deal with Mark Ronson’s Allido label fell though and to tell folks he’s still a free agent. “The deal is in the air,” he said. “I came back to the drawing board to get The Network out, to get that awareness that I need again. “
The Network 2, which is available now on iTunes, features beats by Sean C and LV, Chad West, Streetrunner and Dame Grease, as well as appearances by Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Memphis Bleek and Bobby Valentino. —Jesse Gissenxxl
The official line-up to the seventh annual Rock the Bells tour was announced yesterday (May 24) at the Key Club in West Hollywood and for the first time ever, the festival will include several hip-hop legends performing their classic albums in full.
Among the acts to bring to seminal debut albums to life are hip-hop pioneers Wu-Tang Clan (1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chanbers), Rakim (1987’s Paid in Full), KRS-One (1987’s Criminal Minded) and Slick Rick (1988’s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick).
Also on the bill are Clipse, Murs and 9th Wonder, Immortal Technique, Brother Ali, Jedi Mind Tricks, DJ Muggs and Ill Bill, Street Sweeper Social Club, Yelawolf and XXL Freshmen Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean.
Urb.com reported that Lauryn Hill will be a part of the tour, but it is unknown if she will be bringing her Grammy-award winning first disc, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, to life as expected. Show promoters Guerilla Union only list her as a special guest.
Rock the Bells, hosted by Supernatural and DJ Rocky Rock, will kick off on August 21 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. The festival will continue to the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco on August 22, Governor’s Island in New York on August 28, and will conclude at the Merriweather Pavilion in Washington D.C. on August 29.
A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Haitian Relief organization, Hip Hop and Hope for Haiti.
Fans can visit rockthebells.net for more info on each show and to purchase tickets. —Elan Mancinixxlmag
The rap industry has long been dominated by males, with only a handful of female acts crossing over into the mainstream. However, in the past few years, Young Money affiliate Nicki Minaj has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, and is quickly becoming hip hop’s hottest female goofy face maker.
“I just want to be the best at making goofy faces,” says Nicki. “Making goofy faces is my passion. I feel blessed to have so many fans of my goofy faces, and I plan to make even goofier faces in the future.”
To date, Nicki Minaj has made goofy faces in several high profile music videos, including Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad,” Mariah Carey’s “Up Out My Face (Remix),” Young Money’s “Bedrock,” and her own “Massive Attack” and “Itty Bitty Piggy.” Yet the multiracial, openly bisexual goofy face maker says her talent goes all the way back to childhood. “I grew up watching a lot of In Living Color,” says Nicki. “Fire Marshall Bill was like a hero to me. I wanted to make goofy faces just like Jim Carrey, and I would practice in front of the mirror for hours. My dream was to be the Fire Marshall Bill of hip hop.”
This dream came true when Dirty Money CEO Fendi discovered pictures of Nicki Minaj’s goofy faces on MySpace. He quickly signed the aspiring goofy face maker to his label, where she made goofy faces on “The Carter Edition” of Young Money’s The Come Up DVD series. Shortly thereafter, she was contacted by Lil’ Wayne, who asked her to make goofy faces on a variety of projects.
Three years later, Nicki Minaj is the most successful and sought-after goofy face maker in hip hop. Her Twitter account has over 750,000 followers, her music videos receive millions of views online, and she has inspired young women everywhere to start making goofy faces. Yet the New York City native still finds ways to stay humble. “I try to remember my roots,” says Nicki. “I remember when I was a kid, playing Super Mario 64…you know the title screen? Where you could stretch Mario’s face out? I used to play that for hours. I never even played the rest of the game. I would just make a goofy face on Mario, and try to make my face look like that. I just did it because it was fun. I had no idea that when I grew up, that’s how I’d make my living.”
In 2010, Nicki Minaj is slated to make goofy faces in several high-profile projects, such as the music video for Lil’ Wayne’s “Knockout,” the music video for her own “Your Love,” and a sex tape. But when asked if she will ever branch out as a musical artist, the 26-year-old goofy face maker laughs it off.
“No, I don’t think anyone wants to hear me rap!” says Nicki. “Trust me.”
"Freeway" Ricky Ross, the drug kingpin who was recently released from prison, is wasting no time shutting down rappers who have been unofficially borrowing from him. Rick Ross, the Miami rapper signed to Def Jam, is Freeway Ricky Ross' target. Below is the press release, which makes no official mention of a lawsuit:
Since his release from a life sentence in federal prison May 4, 2009, Ricky D. Ross a/k/a “Rick Ross”, the ex-drug kingpin from LA, has been preparing to go to war against all parties who profited off of his name unlawfully while he was in jail, without his consent, particularly William L. Roberts II, Def Jam, Universal and others. As the above-named parties gear up to release the 4th “Roberts as RICK ROSS” album titled “Teflon Don”, a storm is brewing in the real “Rick Ross” camp against the anticipated album imminent summer release. It’s no secret that the Boss at FreewayEnterprise.com is unhappy with how his name has been exploited and misused since he went to prison in 1995, and in 2006, the above-named parties signed Roberts to a big record deal and then spent, and made, millions off Ross’ name. Rick Ross protested the exploitation and misuse of his name from prison in 2006, by having a lawyer send letters to Def Jam to cease use, which they ignored.
The above-named parties branded Roberts as “RICK ROSS” and dominated use of the real Rick Ross’ name, created Roberts' false drug dealer image and based it on Rick Ross’ real drug dealer image, in the Black, urban crime, and rap community. Roberts’ breakout hit (Everyday I’m) Hustlin was about him falsely being this rapper and drug dealer named “RICK ROSS”, and with the financial backing of the above-named parties, Roberts became a rap star, and Rick Ross got nothing. If Rick Ross was still in jail, the story would be over! However Rick Ross is out of prison, and he’s ready to stand up for his rights.
Billed by Rick Ross’ camp and legal team as “The War
Against the 4” (Def Jam, Universal, Roberts and more), “The Thriller of the Dealers”, “The ‘Real’ vs. the ‘Rap’ Deal”, this summer promises to give us exciting times in the rap music business as Rick Ross ‘fights the power” for control of his name in commerce “by any means necessary”! Stay tuned to freewayenterprise.com for the latest developments in this ongoing battle for RESPECT, REDEMPTION, and RESTITUTION.
The real “Rick Ross” has been actively touring urban America spreading his message, and motivational speaking to at-risk youth, the hood, ex-offenders, and recovering addicts, about the powers of redemption, and he spoke at the annual Savior’s Day as a guest of Minister Louis Farrakhan. A movie about his life, written by producer Nick Cassavettes, is slated for release next year. Don’t miss it when the BOMBdrops! Stay tuned to freewayenterprise.com for updates and ensure that you sign up and leave comments.
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MAE SOT, Thailand — Behind the rusty prison bars, two men lie on the floor in light blue fatigues. A stream of light pours in through a small window near the top of their cell. All is still.
Suddenly, loud music begins to blare. The men leap up and clang their iron shackles as smoke drifts into their cell. They start singing against a heavy beat: “Never turn back, never give up.”
Despite appearances, these men are not criminals and they are not in prison — at least not in a literal sense.
9KT and MK are famous Myanmar hip-hop artists on the set of their latest music video, "Never Give Up." Donning black masks and using pseudonyms, these musicians aim to keep their political tunes under the radar of a dictatorship as oppressive as Myanmar, formerly called Burma.
“We wanted to film in a prison cell in order to represent for all our members and friends who are now behind bars,” said 9KT, arranging his mask on the set of the music video. “We are trying to tell the government, even if they imprison us they cannot stop us fighting for freedom; we will always carry on.”
“We are telling the people that they shouldn’t give up,” he said. “Burmese youth can’t be afraid of the Burmese junta, they need to fight for freedom in our country.”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A minivan packed with explosives blew up at a crowded market in Iraq's troubled northern Diyala province on Friday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 80 others, police and officials said.
The attack took place near a crowded cafe just steps from the headquarters of a police rapid-response unit in the town of Khalis, about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
The bomb exploded around sunset when the area was filled with shoppers.
"The blast was severe. Many shops were destroyed and the roofs collapsed," police lieutenant Abdul Jabar Ihmoid said. "The roof of the coffee shop, which was full of people, also collapsed. We believe there are people still under the debris."
Sadeq al-Hussaini, a member of the Diyala provincial council, said the bomb had killed at least 30 people and wounded 80.
Overall violence in Iraq has dropped sharply since the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07 but bombings are still a regular occurrence and the insurgency unleashed by the 2003 U.S. invasion remains entrenched in mainly Sunni Diyala and other parts of northern Iraq.
Khalis was the scene of a market bombing in March that killed nearly 60 people.
On Monday gunmen wearing Iraqi military uniforms beheaded an imam who had recently criticized al Qaeda and hung his head on an electricity pole in the Diyala village of Saadiya.
Police said they wanted to know how attackers had managed to get the minivan into the Khalis market area, where vehicles need special permits to travel.
"We are doing an investigation. We want to know how that vehicle reached this place," said a police official who asked to remain anonymous. "Not all vehicles are allowed in this area."
Another car bombing on Friday in the town of Nimrud, just south of the northern city of Mosul, wounded seven people, police said.
Tensions have been running high in Iraq since an inconclusive March 7 parliamentary election left a power vacuum and raised concerns about a renewal of sectarian violence.
A cross-sectarian coalition led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and supported heavily by minority Sunnis won a two-seat victory over a mostly Shi'ite bloc headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Iraq's minority Sunnis feel they have been marginalized by the political ascent of the Shi'ite majority since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.
The election has yet to be certified and talks to form a new government could take weeks.
Attacks that have killed hundreds of people in recent weeks were seen as al Qaeda in Iraq's response to the deaths in an April raid of its leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the purported head of an affiliate known as the Islamic State of Iraq.
A tough talking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today warned North Korea, accused of torpedoing a South Korean warship in March, that "provocative actions have consequences." Clinton did not elaborate on what kind of options are on the table saying it was "premature" at the moment. But it could no longer be "business as usual," she said at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan earlier today.
Pyongyang swiftly responded by denying that North Korea had "nothing to do with the sunken ship" and criticized the Obama administration for "endorsing, protecting, and fabricating" the report.
In a Foreign Ministry statement through its state-run Central News Agency, North Korea also warned that they will not "allow any actions" by the international community. On Wednesday, it had threatened it will go in an all-out war if countermeasures are enforced. Following a two-month long investigation, a team of multinational experts had concluded on Wednesday that it was an explosion from a North Korean torpedo, likely from a submarine, that split the South Korea patrol boat in half, killing 46 sailors near the disputed maritime border between the two countries. Pyongyang has threatened a military response to any harsh South Korean or international response to the incident. A senior U.S. official, however, downplayed the statements saying, "I don't see those statements as threatening a preemptive strike by North Korea. They were authoritative but they did not make that threat."
Senior American officials said the U.S. forces have stepped up vigilance in the region since the South Korean ship was sunk, but they added that they have not seen any evidence that this is the first step towards war from either side. Standing between both sides are 28,500 American troops.
South Korea and Japan are considering tougher sanctions through the U.N. Security Council, but Clinton will face a reluctant Chinese government in the U.N. Security Council, the last remaining ally and a major donating country to the impoverished North. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called the torpedo attack a violation of the U.N. Charter and truce that ended in 1953. At an emergency national security meeting today in Seoul, Lee said his people were attacked in "a military ambush" and his government's countermeasure will be "systematic and firm" towards the North. Washington wants Seoul to take the lead, but all nations involved, including South Korea, are cautious over fear that harsh actions could provoke another form of North Korean hostility and escalate tensions in the region.
Clinton, who is traveling on to Shanghai, China, will visit the U.S. pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo on Saturday, then head to Beijing for two days of talks on a wide range of issues including trade, the value of the yuan and the international standoff on Iran.
While in Tokyo, Clinton also discussed the issue of relocating a key U.S. Marine base on the southern island of Okinawa where half the 47,000 U.S. soldiers in Japan are stationed. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama had set a deadline to move out by the end of May, but the two countries have not come to an agreement as to where the new location should be.
In a 2006 agreement, the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was to move to a less crowded part of Okinawa, but the Japanese government as well as the local population prefers the air station to move off the island.
"We both seek an arrangement that is operationally viable and politically sustainable," Clinton said at the Tokyo conference with her counterpart Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. "We have committed to redoubling our efforts to meet the deadline."
ABC News' Kirit Radia contributed to this report
Thursday, May 20, 2010
WASHINGTON - Who's discriminated against in America? More people say Hispanics than blacks or women — and it's far from just Hispanics who feel that way.
An Associated Press-Univision Poll found that 61 percent of people overall said Hispanics face significant discrimination, compared with 52 percent who said blacks do and 50 percent who said women.
The survey also underscored how perceptions of prejudice can vary by ethnicity. While 81 percent of Latinos said Hispanics confront a lot or some discrimination, a smaller but still substantial 59 percent of non-Hispanics said so. It is not unusual for members of a group to feel they face more prejudice. In this survey, that was especially true when people were asked about "a lot" of discrimination. Fifty-five percent of Hispanics but only 24 percent of non-Hispanics said Hispanics encounter that.
"I see it in people's faces, in the way they react," said Raymond Angulo, 66, a Mexican-born U.S. citizen and retiree from Pico Rivera, Calif. "It's gotten somewhat better, but it's still there. I feel like it's never going away."
However, Jason Welty, a lawn care specialist in Indianapolis who is not Hispanic, said he has seen little evidence of the problem despite working frequently with Hispanics.
"They're treated by most of our clients and the people we work with just like anybody else," said Welty, 30.
The AP-Univision Poll compiled the views of 901 Hispanics, which were compared with the results of a separate AP-GfK survey of the general population.
Attention on whether Latinos face unfair treatment has intensified since last month, when Arizona enacted a law requiring local police to ascertain the citizenship of people they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally.
President Barack Obama called the statute "misdirected" Wednesday at a joint news conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and he said the Justice Department will soon complete a review of whether it violates civil rights laws. But others have rallied behind the statute as a needed step with an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.
Lisa Navarrete, vice president of the National Council of La Raza, the Latino advocacy organization, said the poll's findings suggest a silver lining in the country's often bitter debate over immigration.
"For a lot of people, regardless of how they feel about what we should do about immigration, they're recognizing that this community has been singled out and targeted," Navarrete said.
About 40 percent of the Hispanics in the survey said they had experienced much discrimination personally — including just 13 percent who said they had dealt with it a lot.
'I was discriminated against'
"I was discriminated against, 'You're just a dumb Mexican,'" said Ric J. Romero, 56, a retiree in Albuquerque, N.M., who said he traces his family's origins to Spain, not Mexico. "Yes, there is still very heavy discrimination."
But Sabino Infante, 62, a college admissions counselor from Hesperia, Calif., said he has never experienced the problem. Infante, who is originally from Mexico, attributed the higher perceptions of prejudice by Hispanics than non-Hispanics to some people having "a chip on their shoulder, an attitude."
Among Hispanics, women are more likely than men to say Latinos suffer discrimination. In addition, Hispanics from cities and rural areas are more likely than those from the suburbs to say Latinos face a lot of prejudice.
Matilde Martinez, 59, a Puerto Rican-born New Yorker, said she believes Mexican immigrants face much mistreatment.
"It causes me a lot of pain," she said in an interview conducted in Spanish. "These people come to work and they do work that the Americans won't do for the little pay they get."
There also are partisan differences. Fifty-five percent of Hispanic Democrats and 38 percent of Hispanic Republicans say there is a lot of discrimination against Hispanics, and Hispanic Democrats are more likely than those in the GOP to say they have personally been affected.
Hispanics in the poll perceived discrimination against other groups a bit more often than non-Hispanics did. Fifty-seven percent of Latinos and 50 percent of non-Hispanics said blacks are discriminated against. Fifty-eight percent of Hispanics and 48 percent of others said they had observed discrimination against women.
The AP-Univision Poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media from May 7-12. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 901 Hispanic adults and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.
The findings were compared to a separate AP-GfK poll of 1,002 adults from the general population, also by GfK Roper. It involved cell and landline interviews conducted from May 7-11, and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
WASHINGTON - That 5,000 barrels a day estimate for the BP spill? It went out the window on Thursday after both BP and the federal government came under fire for having stuck to it for nearly a month. BP also took some blows from the Obama administration, which demanded it put more data online and use less toxic dispersants.
A task force of scientists is now reviewing video and reassessing the earlier 5,000 barrels per day estimate, Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told reporters.
Earlier Thursday, BP appeared to concede a higher number when it said that while its tube system was now bringing up 5,000 barrels a day of oil and natural gas from the larger of two leaks, that was not the entire flow still spewing out. "We're not claiming that we stopped it — although that is our final objective," said BP spokesman Mark Proegler. "We're saying that this is what we're capturing now."
Proegler also said that "the oil plume escaping from the riser pipe has visibly declined today."
However, a live video feed of the leak provided by BP to lawmakers showed a black plume still billowing out into the deep waters.
"It's just not working," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told CNN as she watched the live video.
Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, cited estimates by scientists who believe the leak is much larger — 70,000 barrels per day or even more.
"The truth needs to be told ... At some point we need to stop all this cover-up," Boxer said.
Steve Wereley, associate mechanical engineering professor at Purdue University, said most independent estimates of the spill flow were "considerably higher than BP's."
"This is not rocket science," Wereley told a House committee hearing on Wednesday.
Lubchenco acknowledged that established techniques exist to estimate oil flow. But using them properly would have required better video and/or more robotic submarines around the blown-out well at a time when efforts have been on trying to stop the leaks, she said.
BP 'must' make more data public
BP also came under fire Thursday from the Obama administration.
In a letter, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward was asked to create a website within 24 hours and post detailed environmental and analytical data within 48 hours.
"BP must update this data and information daily," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson wrote.
"It is critical that all actions be conducted in a transparent manner, with all data and information related to the spill readily available to the United States Government and the American people," they added. "Those efforts, to date, have fallen short in both their scope and effectiveness."
BP was also instructed by the EPA to look for less toxic chemicals to disperse oil from the spill.
BP Managing Director Bob Dudley told msnbc on Thursday that the company is testing four possible alternatives. BP hopes to go with one but constraints include getting enough quantity quickly, he said. The EPA "is well aware of our operational constraints," Dudley said on "Andrea Mitchell Reports".
"If available and with their approval we'll make those modifications," he added.
If the EPA asks that BP stop using dispersants until it's happy with the mix, he said, "we will certainly do that."
The Washington Post earlier reported that the EPA informed BP late Wednesday that it has 24 hours to choose less toxic chemicals and must apply the new form of dispersants within 72 hours of submitting the list of alternatives.
BP has used two dispersants, Corexit 9500A and Corexit 9527A, so far applying 600,000 gallons on the surface and 55,000 gallons below the sea.
"While the dispersant BP has been using is on the Agency's approved list, BP is using this dispersant in unprecedented volumes and, last week, began using it underwater at the source of the leak — a procedure that has never been tried before," the EPA said in a statement Thursday. "Because of its use in unprecedented volumes and because much is unknown about the underwater use of dispersants, EPA wants to ensure BP is using the least toxic product authorized for use."
In a statement, BP noted that Corexit "is a bio-degradable surface-washing agent that has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Coast Guard."
"Corexit was readily available in the quantities required by the spill response plan which was pre-approved by the government for use in spill response," BP added. "It has been very effective in causing the oil to form into small, isolated droplets that remain suspended until they’re either eaten by naturally occurring microbes, evaporate, are picked up, or dissolve."
The confusion over the flow size and steps to clean up the mess fueled frustration.
Commercial fisherman Pete Gerica of New Orleans, a member of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, said the oil industry "needed to have a better tool box." As for the government, he said, "The watchdog people failed us miserably."
Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said the government — not BP — should be directing the response to the oil spill, including attempts to cap the gushing well.
"The Gulf of Mexico is a crime scene and BP cannot be left in charge of assessing the damage or controlling the data from their spill. The public deserves sound science, not sound bites from BP's CEO," Schweiger said. Marshes hit
In Louisiana, heavy, sticky oil from the massive monthlong spill was starting to clog marshes as another edge of the partly submerged crude reached a powerful current that could take it to Florida and beyond. A young brown pelican, one wing and its neck matted with oil, was found dead Thursday morning on a sand spit in the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, a renowned bird sanctuary eight miles off Louisiana's coast that had so far been shielded from the worst of the spill. Scientists said it's likely oil killed it.
Brown ooze that coated marsh grasses and hung in the shallow water of a wetland at Louisiana's southeastern tip was the first heavy oil seen on shore since a BP seafloor well blew out following an April 20 rig explosion.
Gov. Bobby Jindal declared Wednesday it was just the outer edge of the real spill, much heavier than the oily sheen seen before.
"The day that we have all been fearing is upon us today," Jindal said after a boat tour to the southernmost point of the Mississippi River estuary. "This wasn't tar balls. This wasn't sheen. This is heavy oil in our wetlands. It's already here but we know more is coming."
The wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi are home to rare birds, mammals and a wide variety of marine life.