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New Tunes: Janet Jackson - 'Unbreakable'

Posted On: September 08, 2015

The legendary Janet Jackson is back and kicked off her "Unbreakable World Tour."

Miss Jackson is a making full comeback along with her tour, she is releasing a new album with the same title as the tour, and liberated a new track also called 'Unbreakable' as an open letter to her fans.

The new album is produced by Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam with 17 tracks and features from J Cole and Missy Elliot.

The album is scheduled to be released on October 2nd via Janet Jackson's own record label, Rhythm Nation Records, in association with BMG. Her new track is also produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song reminds listeners of Janet's sultry yet angelic voice over the instrumentals, you can hear Michael Jackson in Janet's voice and flow as well. 

Plug to the new song below.

 

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New Mixtape: Rick Ross - 'Black Dollar'

Posted On: September 08, 2015

Rick Ross unleashed a new mixtape called "Black Dollar" and lets somethings off his chest.

On the mixtape, Maybach Music's general addresses racism when it comes to intelligence, the ignorance of racist people's perception that African-American men are dumb and how it insults their intelligence; because of the misconception of their struggles and the investments they make. Ross speaks about the good and bad of success, rising above the bad and enjoying the jewels of success.

The mixtape features: Meek Mill, Wale, Future, The Dream, and more. With several different producers and plugs listeners to 17 tracks of raw creativity from the boss himself.

The mixtape is getting some rave reviews and heavy streams in the matrix.

Check it out below via Datpiff.

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New Music Video: Wale feat. Stokley Williams - 'The Bloom'

Posted On: September 08, 2015

Wale liberates the visuals for his feel good and soulful track, 'The Bloom' featuring Stokley Williams.

The video was premiered via WorldStar and displays visuals of Wale and Stokley on top of the world, enjoying the blessing of the sun and performing their song together. The visuals also showcase the beauty of Mother Nature with shots of the ocean, garden of flowers and the masterpiece of God's art amongst the clouds.

The track is off Wale's recent album titled "Album About Nothing and you can check out the video to it below.

 

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Summer Review: Meek Mill - 'Dreams Worth More Than Money' and Recap Of His Hip Hop Beef With Drake

Posted On: September 08, 2015

This summer was a comeback for Meek Mill, from his jail stint due to violating his parole and his season to plug fans with new music. Meek went to work and released his album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money," with several features: Maybach Music Group's (MMG), Rick Ross, Young Money's Drake, Chris Brown, Swizz Beatz and more.

Meek encountered some controversy over the summer as well, in a Hip Hop beef with Drake who is featured on the album as mentioned above. It started from Meek Mill venting on Twitter. There were some backlashes from the beef towards Meek and several memes made about his beef with Drake. Controversy sells and the beef not only elevated Drake who calls himself a Six God, it also will cause Meek to rise to a new level in his career.

Meek and Drake both bring different elements of creativity to the Hip Hop game. Meek's energy is fascinating and amazing as an MC who truly moves the crowd. Meek has performed on stages by himself without any hype men, entourage and intensified the crowd with the power of his energy. Meek is also great when it comes to battle rap. Drake is unique in his own right as well, he has this flow about him where he can basically maneuver and shift on any instrumentals, and remains in his own element. If you ever seen a lava lamp and the thick parts of it maneuvering but yet remains in its own element, that's how Drake flows on instrumentals. Meek and Drake are both great artists and admired by fans across the nation.

Beenie Sigel made a statement about the beef Meek encountered during the summer with Drake and advised Meek Mill to reflect on the professionalism of his circle (you're only as great as the people you surround yourself with and those who care enough to point out your mistakes, flaws without you being offended, in order for you to learn, grow and become better), when it comes to offering constructive criticism, so he can elevate and grow in his creativity in Hip Hop; and other endeavors.

Meek's album Dreams Worth More Than Money got some great reviews, despite the beef. Hopefully, Meek Mill finds inspiration in the what took place over the summer and apply the motivation towards his continued journey in Hip Hop creating music, his vision towards entreprenuership, and more. Meek Mill transcends as a Hip Hop artist, who utilized the stage to launch himself as a business man, releasing his own sneaker line via Puma, his own video game which he released in an app form for iPhone and Android phone users. And who knows what other business endeavors Meek Mill might plug himself into, since he already applied the vision of entrepreneurship and towards becoming a business man.

Dreams Worth More Than Money  can be purchased on iTunes. And streamed below via Spotify.

 

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New Heat: Scarface feat. Nas, Rick Ross and Z-Ro - 'Do What I Do'

Posted On: September 08, 2015

Scarface is back with another track featuring Nas, Rick Ross and Z-Ro titled, 'Do What I Do.'

The track is off Scarface's new album, "Deeply Rooted."

Scarface starts off with his legendary flow over the mellow instrumentals, Ross comes through with his low baritone voice, Nas keeps it poetic and drops some gems on the track. Nas speaks about the prison system and calls for unity amongst cultural differences, gang members and more. Nas get his professor on and schools on the track, about the Mayan calendar, the foundation of Africa and more.

"The past the past, yo, to my vatos out in the East Los
Nietas on the east coast, shouts to Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic people, rep I
Brown and black, we must get it together
The prison industrial complex a f**king set up

The Aztec, almac, African settled on this land from the get up
I changed my aim, who I’m gon wet up
When violence is resorted, knowledge is distorted
Unless it’s payback for brutality
I’m more or less with that, get back."

-- Nas

Blaze it below.

 

 

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New Remix: Drake - 'Tell Your Friends'

Posted On: September 08, 2015

Over the weekend, Drake premiered the remix to The Weeknd's 'Tell Your Friends' off the album "Beauty Behind The Madness."

The remix was released on OVO Sound Radio via Beats 1.

Drake gets soulful and deep on the track, serenading with his bars and flow. Drake progresses on the mic about the evolution of a woman and the evolution she is birthing for him, because he finds purpose in her. At the same time, he's unsure and doesn't know what he has anymore.

Plug to the remix below.

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Jadakiss and Styles P Starts A Movement To Make The Hood Healthy With Their Own Establishments of Juice Bars

Posted On: September 08, 2015

Jadakiss and Styles P are venturing as business men, who are also into philanthropy and humanitarianism. They are innovators because Kiss and Styles are doing something that has not been done in Hip Hop, by launching their own establishments of juice bars called Juices For Life in Yonkers, N.Y and New York City, N.Y.; with the potential to go nationwide and even global.

Jadakiss and Styles P has a great purpose to spread the message of incorporating and educating the masses, especially in the hood about being healthy and adapting to a more nutritious eating routine for vital and active living. With school cut backs and the elimination of certain programs, the education is not available in certain areas. Some people don't know fruits and vegetables are good for them. Especially with heavy advertisement for fast food and junk food, fruits and vegetables don't get the shine that they should.

Kiss and Styles are also providing an alternative in healing the body, including the mind and soul. The ingredients in some of the juices assist with certain ailments such as allergies to help people heal naturally. Jadakiss and Styles P, the doctors of Hip Hop are definitely stepping into a new level and helping people rise along the way.

In an interview with Elite Daily, Jada and Styles expressed the inspiration and motivation for Juices For Life, the lack of education pertaining to health and nutrition; and the fast food epidemic on every street corners in certain communities.

Check it out below.

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All Hail The Queen: Beyonce Shuts It Down For 'Made In America' 2015

Posted On: September 08, 2015

The Queen Bee had Philly buzzing this past Labor Day weekend, when she took to the stage for "Made In America 2015" and gave a star studded performance. Beyonce never disappoints, she is one of the greatest entertainer of all time.

Performing her greatest hits, Beyonce was the highlight for Made In America for 2015, opening up with her song 'Crazy In Love.' Bey was dressed in several designed outfits for the show, from wearing sequined beige leotard, to a bling out Philadelphia Sixers red jersey saluting the city she was performing at, spreading love to her hometown Houston in a sequined red inspired Rockets jersey leotard, to a classy black ensemble and more.

Bey continued on with the show perfoming 'Flawless,' 'Bow Down,' '1+1,' and 'Bootylicious.' Beyonce added some Hip Hop bangers into show: Future's “F**k Some Commas' and Fetty Wap's 'Trap Queen.'

 

Check out Bey's opening performance below.

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Steve Harvey and Essence Collaborates With Disney For Their 2016 'Disney Dreamers Academy'

Posted On: September 02, 2015

Disney opened up applications for hgh school students to apply for their 2016 "Disney Dreamers Academy," in collaboration with Steve Harvey and Essence to inspire and motivate diversity for the program. The academy is in its ninth class of Dreamers who will participate in Disney's educational resources to fuel their dreams, discover their passions and career paths, the purpose of their passions, to explore their creativities and apply them towards inventions, innovations; and more.

Disney Dreamers Academy consist of many worshops, where students from across the nation will obtain knowledge in different skills of leadership, interpersonal and communication, skills in professionalism and applying it to succeed in careers and entreprenuership; the strategies of networking and more. The Dreamers will also be educated in learning skills of different careers such as: digital artistry and animation, engineering, different feilds of science, mathematics, technology and STEM as a whole; robotics, aspects of medicine, law and government, zoology and more.

Steve Harvey and Essence will be hosting the Disney Dreamers Academy, which is scheduled to take place at Walt Disney World Resort. The program will select 100 student to participate in the academy. Steve Harvey made a statement about his excitment and the importance of high school students' dreams and the discovery of them.

"We’ve seen 800 students come through the program, and I’m excited to find the next 100. I encourage all high school students to take the time to apply for Disney Dreamers Academy because I truly believe that a young person’s dream is more important than anything."

Essence Communication President, Michelle Ebanks also added, the empowerment Disney Dreamers Academy will instill in the students.

"Each year, ESSENCE is honored to seek out the next generation of big dreamers and welcome them to Walt Disney World Resort for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is our privilege to take part in such an empowering youth platform that enables us to impact the leaders of tomorrow."

High School students can apply at Disney Dreamers Academy, get more information on their Facebook and Twitter social media pages. Students will be required to answer essay questions about their testimonies and what they've learned in life so far, their dreams and aspirations. The students are encourage to exemplify attributes of characters, leadership in their schools and the determination for their dreams, when they answer those questions.

Godspeed to all the applicants!

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Boss Babes: Rihanna Launches New Fragrance Called "RiRi"

Posted On: September 01, 2015

Reigning R&B and Pop Queen, Rihanna launched her new fragrance nicknamed after herself called "RiRi." 

The event took place at Macy's in Brooklyn, New York. Rihanna was greeted by the professionals of Macy's and her fans called The Navy to honor her new business endeavor. This is not the first time Rihanna has launched her own perfumes and cologne for men. She has a list of them from: Rogue that is available for ladies and men, Nude, Rebelle, Reb'l Fleur, 777 Nude and Rogue Love. And she has done it again. Rihanna truly utilized the stage as an entertainer to become one of the most prominent women, in branding herself as a business entity of her own. She's a role model for women to become their own bosses, create, launch and develop their own businesses, to step up on a stage that resonates their passion and what they truly love to do; in order to elevate themselves of becoming better women and being their all. Round of applause to RiRi for shinning her light so others can shine too!

 

Rihanna was dressed like the Princess that she is yesterday at Macy's, adorned in pink attire with flowing curls in an updo, with a bright smile and her alluring eyes; Riri glowed with the aura of ambiance as she presented her new fragrance to the world.

Congratulations and Godspeed!

 

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"Straight Outta Compton" Makes History As The Highest Music Grossing Film of All Time

Posted On: September 01, 2015

Talk about levels, yes they did that! Bang!

Let's get to it.

Congratulations to F. Gary Gray and his vision, the writers, producers, directors, the characters who played Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren and the late great Eazy E for their contributions and innovations to Hip Hop; and everybody involved in bringing the biography of the legendary N.W.A. to the big screen. They have all made history and will be documented as the biggest and most successful music biopic film of all time.

This is the third week "Straight Outta Compton" continues on top at the box office and makes history as the highest grossing musical biopic movie ever. According to USA Today, Straight Outta Compton broke barriers in cinematography raking in $134.1 million in less than a month and became the king of all music movies.

The film also launched its campaign called 'Straight Outta,' for all genre of producers and directors, entertainers, Hip Hop artists, creatives and the masses to rep where they are from; applying the Straight Outta Compton design to their pictures for display. The campaign tremendously marketed the film because it inspired people to create t-shirts, hats, paintings and graffiti in art and expressed their individuality towards the movie.

Straight Outta Compton featured the controversial Hip Hop group N.W.A who brought a new culture from the streets to the art of Hip Hop. N.W.A took the street lifestyle and applied it towards music to make statements about police brutality, politics, the drug wars on every block in America, the issues of fatherless children in the African-American communities, the affect the projects had on African-Americans, the will to survive and come out of them in America; the culture of Hip Hop, the lifestyle and more.

Also, N.W.A was not afraid to confront the elephant in the room, especially police brutality and their injustice and violence towards African-American men. N.W.A was controversial with their music where it made people think and raise an eyebrow about the issues of racism affecting African-American. You could bop your head to a track from N.W.A. and take a track as well, to apply it towards a learning tool about the social issues in America. 

Straight Outta Compton illustrated all of that in the movie and took Hip Hop, the culture, the music and the marketing aspect of it to a new level.

Salute to one of Hip Hop's generals on their success and continued innnovations!

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