Tuesday, January 31, 2012
His name is fitting, considering that Gunz is the latest New York rapper to be popped on firearm charges.
When will rappers learn that when it comes to the ratchets, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD don’t play?
If convicted, the 24-year-old father of two daughters could face a mandatory minimum sentence of three and a half years in jail, stalling his promising career.
Didn’t Cory learn from his boss and labelmate Lil Wayne, who was sentenced to a year at New York's notorious Rikers Island after a gun was found on his tour bus in July of 2007?
Or what about Queens, NY rapper Ja Rule, who is currently serving a two-year prison sentence stemming from a July 2007 arrest? NYPD officers found a loaded semi-automatic firearm with the serial number scratched off, hidden in the backseat of Ja's luxury Maybach.
Then there’s Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who was busted after police found a small pistol in his car. The courts sentenced him to three and half years in prison.
Lengthy sentencing is the result of getting popped in New York City with a gun. In NYC, if you are a convicted felon, you cannot carry a firearm. The best thing to do, if you really need to carry a gun, is get a permit. The fees to obtain a handgun license in New York City total about $500.
Rappers need to put the guns down and get bodyguards; the days of Ice Cube rapping about his 9 double M are long gone.
Jay-Z and Kanye West aren’t rapping about shooting and killing people, they rhyme about “N*ggas In Paris” and “Murder To Excellence," the latter being a song about black-on-black gun violence and murder.
50 Cent put the guns down and now he’s rapping about feeding 1 billion famine-stricken children in Africa with his Street King energy drink.
I’m no gun czar and this isn’t the Wild Wild West. If you want to carry a gun go ahead, just remember the ramifications.
Does anyone remember Plaxico Burress? The New York Jets Wide Receiver spent 18 months in the slammer for criminal possession of a handgun after he shot himself in the right thigh at a New York City nightclub.
Burress’ Glock pistol was tucked in the waistband of his sweatpants and began sliding down his leg; apparently in reaching for the gun he inadvertently pulled the trigger, causing the gun to fire.
New York’s gun laws aren’t limited to rappers either. Meredith Graves, a 39-year-old nurse and medical student from Tennessee, visited the 9/11 Memorial last December to pay her respects to those who were killed.
Seeing signs banning firearms at the memorial, Graves, who has a Tennessee-issued concealed weapons permit, realized she had a loaded .32 caliber pistol in her purse.
She asked a police officer where she could check her pistol and was immediately arrested and now faces a gun possession charge that carries a mandatory minimum of three-and-a-half years in prison.
So for anyone out there thinking about bringing their guns to New York City, be assured that if you’re caught, a mandatory three a half years will be aimed at your head.
Read more: http://globalgrind.com/node/825158#ixzz1l3QA69X1
Aldayne Fearon, 18, and Francis Mutemwa, 17 were arrested around 3:30 a.m. Friday on the fifth floor of CNN Center, where they were found checking their Facebook pages.
Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said CNN security contacted officers from Zone 5, which is also headquartered in CNN Center, to report that there was “someone in their secure area newsroom.”
The two bumbling teens climbed over a ledge from the Omni Hotel to gain access to the CNN newsroom “and started working on two computers,” Jones said. “At the time of their arrest, they were checking their Facebook pages on those computers.”
The pair was charged with criminal trespass.
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. released a statement Friday afternoon to the AJC regarding the incident.
"A security incident occurred at CNN Center on Friday morning and was resolved," the statement read. "It is being handled by the Atlanta Police Department."
What are these kids thinking nowadays?
Read more: http://globalgrind.com/node/825206#ixzz1l3PMU5dn
Looks like X-Factor is doing a little Spring cleaning! Not only have judges Paula and Nicole been given the ax, but host Steve Jones has as well! I guess they’re going to be bringing in a whole cast of new people. Question is…why? Ratings I’m assuming, but it sucks when they have to be delivered the news via a lawyer and the show couldn’t even tell them themselves. Ouch! Are you sad to see them go?
Monday, January 30, 2012
Cory Gunz was arrested the other day on a charge of gun possession, which he says is was all a big mistake.
He was released after his father, Peter Gunz, posted his bail for $30,000.
"This was a big mistake on my part," Gunz told The Daily News early Monday morning after getting out of jail. "I didn't have any intentions of harming anyone or committing a criminal activity. So many young people look up to me and I need to fight though this."
The 24-year-old Young Money talent was nabbed around 2:30 p.m. at the corner of Westchester Ave. and Ward Ave. in Soundview, according to cops.
"He just got out of a cab and police ran up on him and they were in plainclothes," Peter Gunz said. "He didn't know they were cops - he thought he was getting robbed."
Police searched his knapsack and found the loaded weapon, his father said.
"I was pretty sad seeing my son in handcuffs and sitting in a cell," Peter Gunz said. "Never in a million years would I think that he would have a gun," he said.
Cory Gunz and his dad recently started a campaign called "Gunz Against Guns" where they speak at schools across the Bronx to steer kids away from the deadly weapons, Peter Gunz said.
"It's heartbreaking," Peter Gunz said. "Now I know how my father felt when I had the exact situation."
Peter was referring to a gun possession arrest he faced - also when he was 24 years old. "It's like deja vu all over again and now I got a taste of the same medicine that I gave my dad when he was sitting in the court."
Earlier this week, 50 Cent announced on Twitter that he would place a million dollar bet that the New York Giants would come out victorious at the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots in response to Birdman’s claim that he had placed $5 million on the Patriots taking the prize. But now, the G-Unit leader is backing out of the deal. He took to Twitter recently to reveal his plans to maintain focus on his Street King brand.
“I change my mind. I’m not betting on the Super Bowl. I’m gonna promote #SK Street King and focus on making a difference 4 the less fortunate,” wrote the rapper Thursday (January 26) evening. “SK Street King energy support the movement. Put SK in your tweets.”
Fif already made $500,000 after betting that the New York Giants would defeat the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend during the NFC championship match-up. “I love New York. See this is life baby.,” tweeted Fif after his hometown football team’s victory. “Just watched a 500,000 dollar football game. Get on my level.”
In other news, Fif recently announced plans to expand his Street King brand to include a clothing line. “Street King clothes coming soon all I do is grind I got a habit,” he wrote.
“No. Because despite how its been worded by him that situation is not a “hip hop moment” or a “battle for the sake of musical integrity”…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.”
I don’t think it’s a secret that in the last five to 10 years, social media has opened up access to celebrities and media personalities like never before. MySpace allowed us the amazing ability to “speak” to our favorites and actually get replies back! How gratifying it was the first time you sent someone that you truly enjoyed a message, and they responded!
The trend continued on through Facebook to a degree, but especially through Twitter. Twitter has allowed for celebs to be open and vulnerable with their fans in a way that they have never been previously. This should be a great thing for us all right? I thought so, too, but not so fast.
Apparently, there is a price that celebs are paying for this access. I’m not talking about the clowns who tattoo food on their faces after a drunken weekend binge, or who marry hookers from an after party only to get it annulled two weeks later. They kind of have what they get coming to them for living foolishly in the public eye. I mean people that are not guilty of doing anything more than living their lives and minding their own business, only to find this new access to them a problem.
There is a phenomenon going on in social media and it needs to be addressed. This practice of calling legends within Hip-Hop/R&B out and berating them publicly, in order to gain some type of notoriety for one’s own self is beyond disrespectful…it is, in fact, foolish.
If you are on Twitter, and you start tweeting foul names and terms to someone who has actually done something to earn respect among their followers, just to gain more followers for yourself, then you should probably spend some quality time on a couch with a therapist, figuring out where you are going wrong in life.
Class is something that a lot of people think they have, but sadly, they do not. Attacking people and calling them a “has been” or “irrelevant” only proves to those who encounter the ”social media thugs” that they are classless, tacky, and flat-out thirsty for attention. If these people want “fame,” they should do something worthy of applause. Maliciously ambushing someone who has already done something to make people cheer for them, does not qualify anyone for a virtual pat on the back. Actually, it deserves the opposite. With that said, people need to quit rewarding these cowardly idiots with their follows, cyber friendships, or whatever else you are able to give a total stranger that is “thuggin” from behind a computer screen. This makes you complicit in the act, and possibly just as corny in the end. There should be no reward for going out of your way to make someone else feel bad about being themselves. Giving those people your vote of confidence won’t make you any more popular or desirable. It just means you co-sign trashy behavior.
And while we are on the subject of popularity, let me be clear about one thing. If you are out of high school, and you are maligning someone with a famous name in order to fix that thing within you that is still sad because you were not a “cool kid” in school, again, I recommend calling a great therapist or Maury because there is help out there for folks like you.
However, dissing someone who has contributed to society in some way, will not and does not make you cool. It won’t take you back to try outs and make you quarterback or head cheerleader. All it does is make you look like a virtual cornball that is dying for someone, anyone to notice your existence. I implore you, find something else to get attention, and leave those who have done something positive alone to enjoy the praise they have actually earned.
I normally wouldn’t call out names, but I have recently seen someone who I find to be one of the kindest souls I have ever had the blessing of knowing being called out in this horrifying way, and it was simply the last straw for me, as it upsets me to no end. Anyone who has seen the A Tribe Called Quest documentary, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest, has had the distinct pleasure of getting to know more about ATCQ member, Jarobi White, via the film.
In the documentary, the viewer is able to see what kind of genuine person Jarobi is. This is observed through his friendships he has maintained for over 20 years within his group. I can honestly say that Jarobi is that same kind of person off the big screen. He makes me laugh harder than my asthma can stand on most occasions, and is so humble that he will probably kill me for writing his name in this editorial in the first place!
But that aside, I think it’s time to stand up to the grown up versions of cyber bullying. I realize that people give up certain rights to their anonymity when they are in the public eye, but sometimes enough is enough. And, when people target personalities for their own selfish gain, it needs to be called out. No one should be penalized for trying to keep us all entertained! Show people the respect they deserve and have earned.
Good manners are free, and being polite costs you nothing. It’s something we need a lot more of.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
02. Young Buck – Shit Head [Prod. By Celsizzle] (4:30)
03. Young Buck – Somethings Got Me On It [Prod. By Jussi Jaakola] (4:30)
04. Young Buck – Go Loco (Feat. Tha City Paper) [Prod. By Freeway TJay] (3:48)
05. Young Buck – No Place For Me [Prod. By Celsizzle] (2:43)
06. Young Buck – Money In The Walls [Prod. By 3Fifty7] (3:24)
07. Young Buck – Drug Related [Prod. By A One] (3:22)
08. Young Buck – Death Of Me [Prod. By Celsizzle] (3:07)
09. Young Buck – Touch The Ceilings (Feat. Starlito) [Prod. By Lil Lody] (4:28)
10. Young Buck – Personal (Feat. Cruna) [Prod. By DJ Pain] (3:24)
11. Young Buck – Car Clowdy (Feat. The Outlawz) [Prod. By Freeway TJay] (4:42)
12. Young Buck – Think They Know [Prod. By Drumma Boy] (3:39)
13. Young Buck – Closer (Feat. Goapele & Hambino) [Prod. By Hitmaka] (4:18)
14. Young Buck – Hate On Me [Prod. By Celsizzle] (3:32)
15. Young Buck – No Smiles [Prod. By Drumma Drama] (3:42)
16. Young Buck – Touchdown (Feat. CTN) [Prod. By Celsizzle] (4:41)
17. Young Buck – 21 & Up [Prod. By J-Mac & 4th Quarter] (3:14)
18. Young Buck – Get It All [Prod. By Lil Lody] (3:20)
19. Young Buck – Dusted (Feat. Bezzled Gang) [Prod. By Syksense] (4:31)
20. Young Buck – I’m Ready [Prod. By Boss Devito] (4:39)
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
VIA: TOOSICKMUZIK.COM 2011 was not the greatest for Nobi. Musically he did his usual but his personal life was tough on him. Not only did he have several issues he encountered with people on his own label, but he lost two close friends in Jason Black and Dawn.
InteGRITTY is easily his best work in a long time. The songs are constructed a lot more precisely and the lyrics are well thought out. For those reasons I completely can see why Nobi's calling this a free album rather than a mixtape.
Too Sick: "4Eva Missed" | "Damn" | "Best I Can" | "Deep Impact"
So Sick: "Remember My Name" | "When I'm Done Here" | "The Realest" | "Never Look Back" | "Captain Save A Hoe"
Sick: "On and On" | "Keep Pushin" | "Built Like That" | "Money Don't Lie" | "Things I Didnt Say"
A few words on my top songs...
"4Eva Missed (Dedication to Jason Black & Dawn)": "...this ain't a song, this my mutha fuckin heart..." You think back to some of the special tracks artist have made like this. I automatically think stuff like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Crossroads", DMX's "I Miss You (Grandma), and several 2Pac joints. Making music like this isn't easy and Nobi pours a lot of his heart out on this. Sick beat and quality production. R.I.P. Jason Black and Dawn.
"Damn" (ft. Chris Rock): #OpeningSkitSoDamnTrue. A little short but sweet. Definitely one of my favorites.
"Best I Can" (ft. King Jay & DNA): Nobi's always debuting guys I've never heard of on his records. This is one of the best produced tracks. Has that album feel.
"Deep Impact": As he says "...Nobi bringing that street shit back..." This has a battle street anthem sound.
"Remember My Name" (ft. Avery Storm): With all the 2012 predictions, this year will only get crazier as we go on. This almost feels like a glimpse into the future as Nobi discusses social issues and Hurricane Irene. However, all of these things have already occured in the past.
The past year for me wasn't the best either, so hopefully we all have a better 2012. Give it a listen below and get the free download.
Monday, January 23, 2012
42. Jason Black - Transformation
"R.I.P.. The Grittylyf member will no longer be with us, but his music will forever live on. This is a very consistent play, from start to finish type mixtape. It has a wide variety of tracks from deeply lyrical pieces to more fun party types." via:TOOSICK
25. Nobi - White Noise
"A veteran to the mixtape game, White Noise is possibly his best ever. Tracks ranging from deep storytelling to boom bap to just about everything else." via:TOOSICK