I made it 2 years in a row. I must be doing something right. Peep the full list here.
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1. We don’t believe you, you need more people. 2. That rong rocks.
You down for some rap trivia? According to Digital Music News, the late, great Tupac Shakur has released 3 times more albums dead than he did when he was still breathing.
Prior to his tragic passing in 1996, the rapper had released 5 albums. After his death, Tupac released 15 albums and counting, a number that doesn’t count the endless compilations, remixes, singles, and other releases. Even beyond this, we’ve seen other albums – including Pac’s Life in 2006 – floating around.
With Hologram ‘Pac fresh on the scene, I’m sure that figure is going to multiply.
Jeremy Lin’s story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He’s dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn’t hack it in the NBA — and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court.
Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation. In fact, he achieved success the old-fashioned way: he earned it. He worked hard and stayed humble. He lives the right way; he plays the right way.
It’s great to see good values rewarded in professional sports because that’s not always the case. Often it’s the bling, the glam, the individual that gets celebrated — not the team and working together to advance a goal bigger than oneself. Jeremy cares only about one thing — winning. And I don’t care whether you are an Asian-American kid, white, black or Hispanic, Jeremy’s story tells you that if you show grit, discipline and integrity, you too can get an opportunity to overcome the odds.
Good shit Jeremy. Let’s go #Knicks!
TIME has named soul singer Raphael Saadiq to the 2012 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the April 30 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Thursday, April 19, and now at Time.com.
The honor caps off Saadiq’s whirlwind year, in which his latest album, Stone Rollin’, received widespread critical acclaim and debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B charts. Raphael was honored as Best Male R&B/Soul Artist at the 2011 Centric Soul Train Awards and received a Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy nomination for his song “Good Man.” Before joining Lenny Kravitz on his European and North American Tours, Saadiq headline a tour that boasted performances at Austin’s SXSW Music + Film Interactive Festival and Coachella Music and Arts Festival. The inclusion on the TIME 100 list solidifies Saadiq’s place as one of music’s most highly regarded recording artists.
Since Raphael Saadiq’s early days with the groundbreaking 80’s soul trio Tony! Toni! Tone! he has carried the torch for old school R&B. In addition to releasing a series of critically acclaimed solo albums that have garnered multiple awards and nominations, Saadiq has also worked behind the scenes as an award winning producer, collaborator and sideman for some of music’s biggest acts including Mick Jagger, Elton John, Joe Perry, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Joss Stone, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Stevie Wonder, the Bee Gees, The Isley Brothers, Mary J. Blige, TLC, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, Earth, Wind and Fire and more. Now, at the peak of his creativity, Saadiq is finally ready to soak up the spotlight alone.
The TIME 100 list, now in its ninth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. As TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel has said of the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.
Go here to see the entire Time 100 list.
I was hoping I’d get this interview first. In which Prodigy shares his side of the horrendous events which took place last week via Twitter and the future of Mobb Deep. Illuminati want my mind, soul and body.
via Rap Radar
Shit is depressing.
Authorities have released Bad Boy and Harlem rapper Trevell Coleman’s video confession taken on December 16, 2010 regarding events which took place back in 1993. Earlier today, Coleman was convicted of killing John Henkel and faces sentencing on May 8th.
via Good Fella Media
Smh. Fox’s Bill O’Reilly has no shame. He had Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton and her attorney Benjamin Crump on The O’Reilly Factor and attempted to manipulate Fulton into throwing Reverend Al Sharpton under the bus for allegedly stirring the media into an anti George Zimmerman frenzy.
How low can you go Billy?
According to Billboard Magazine and The Wall Street Journal,
dead Hologram Tupac may possibly be going on tour.
As per Billboard:
Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the two performers and the virtual Tupac, according to a person familiar with the discussions. One option would be a tour in stadiums, involving other hip-hop stars, including Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. Alternately, they could stage a more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and the virtual Tupac, in smaller arenas.
What’s really eerie is the fact that the performance created via technology is not based on archival footage, they’re original.
“This is not found footage. This is not archival footage,” Digital Domain’s chief creative officer Ed Ulbrich told the Wall Street Journal. “This is an illusion.”
Infamous writer and
my blog mentor notorious blogger Byron Crawford announced earlier today, via his site that he just penned the first draft to his first book. There’s no details as to its title, but Crawford states the book will be uploaded to Amazon in “about a month from now, give or take.”
I’m looking forward to this as Crawford, in my opinion, is one of the best writers in this generation’s urban blogosphere. Being the target of some of his writings myself, I shudder to think who else will be targeted. Crawford promises:
I’ll be posting more info, including its name, what it’s about and members of the Illuminati who are likely to be offended, in the coming days and weeks.”
via Byron Crawford
Set your dvr’s for Thursday, April 18th at 9pm EST as VH1 airs the premiere of ‘Behind The Music – NaS’.
“Behind The Music: Nas” tells the story of one of hip hop’s most daring and prolific icons. Raised in the gritty Queensbridge projects of New York City, Nas narrowly escaped his violent surroundings. He later channeled his experiences into a lyrical style that would revolutionize hip hop. A musical legend by the age of 20, Nas’ passion for music has carried him through a tumultuous career. Despite very public distractions including multiple feuds with hip hop’s biggest names, political controversy, a highly publicized divorce with R&B star Kelis, as well as the devastating loss of his mother, Nas’ seven consecutive platinum albums have cemented him as one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time. The special features candid interviews with Nas, members of his family, friends and hip hop luminaries including Russell Simmons, Q-Tip and Common. “Behind the Music: Nas” is the truly unfiltered story of Nasir Jones as it’s never been told before.
Nasir Jones most certainly has a story to tell.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg set the world ablaze as they rocked the Coachella stage with a life like hologram of the late, great Tupac Shakur. “Performing” “Gangsta Party, “Hail Mary” and “Amerikaz Most Wanted”, the holographic presentation reportedly cost $10 million dollars to produce.
Tupac never performed “Hail Mary” on stage when he was alive. Contrary to the rumor floating around, fellow deceased Death Row member Nate Dogg did not appear via hologram.
Ciroc boy numero uno takes Paris by storm in this upcoming short directed by Julien Bachlet. The film documents this nigga in Paris’ Fashion Week experience. I’m wondering does he really have a joint tucked behind his ear.
Right before New York washed the Washington Wizards, and P and Havoc got to make all nice for the camberas, Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, older brother Jahvaris Fulton, and a younger sibling got the opportunity to meet with the Knickerbockers.
According to Hip Hop Wired:
Before Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks stepped on the court to give the Washington Wizards a 103-65 drumming Friday night, the star forward extended an invitation to the family of Trayvon Martin, who was tragically shot and killed by “Neighborhood volunteer” George Zimmerman. Trayvon’s family was in New York for an interview with CNN to speak on the tragic loss of the young man, but were treated to a private meeting with Carmelo and the rest of the Knicks players before Friday night’s game.
Good job Carmelo.
via Hip Hop Wired
Last week on The Combat Jack Show feat. Dallas Penn, Just Blaze broke the story of William Todd’s 11 hour Grand Theft Auto like crime spree that occured in Nashville, Tenn.
According to The Huffington Post:
3:05 a.m.: Todd burglarizes a business, stealing a Taser, a revolver and a shotgun. He fires shots, steals a T-shirt and then lights the place on fire.
3:30 a.m.: Todd finds four people at a local watering hole, holds them at gunpoint, Tases one, pistol whips another and steals everyone’s cash.
3:40 a.m.: He carjacks a cab and heads to Walmart to spend $200 on supplies.
5 a.m. to 6 a.m.: Todd breaks into a law office, defecates on a desk and smears poo all over some framed law degrees.
6 a.m.: Todd hits Hotel Indigo nearby, where he impersonates a female housekeeper and then steals $600 from a Canadian couple at gunpoint. He was crying the whole time.
Some time later: He shaves his head and leaves.
9 a.m.: Todd crashes his stolen cab into a parking garage.
11:30 a.m.: He hails a new cab, holds the driver at knifepoint, and takes his new ride to Opry Mills shopping mall. He submerges himself in a vat of water until cops find and arrest him.
Sounds like dude is the official Curious George of crime.
73 year old Darlene Mayes was arrested last Monday after authorities stormed her Oklahoma home finding 4 pounds of marijuana, $276,000 in cash, a semiautomatic pistol and a revolver. Although police had her down as a suspect in connection with the sale of the illegal substance, it wasn’t until said arrest that they discovered she was a boss bitch as she is now suspected of supplying about 40 percent of the marijuana circulating in the vicinity, which includes Tulsa and parts of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
Mayes is also suspected of having a gang of workers which include her son Jerry, who was also arrested Monday, “accused of carrying thousands of dollars in cash and nearly 2 pounds of pot that he intended to sell.”
When initially encountering the cops, Mayes allegedly told them “the money was for her retirement fund.” That’s a nice retirement fund.
Mayes is “charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are kept or sold, and firearm possession in commission of a felony.”
Don’t sleep on the elderly.
Brandon was in New York last week to deliver a speech at NYU. I’m just catching up on the contents of this now. Dude is…. an interesting speaker. Fader captured his words here in print.
Baseball season is officially upon us. Friday, Chicago’s first
rap son was given the honors of throwing the inaugural first pitch for the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day. His throw was suspect. But who am I kidding, my throw might could look worse. #NoShots to girls.
via Rap Radar
When flying the friendly skies, I always carry my trusty iPad on board with me. As you should. Down in Fort Worth Texas, a TSA baggage inspector, 36 year old Clayton Keith Dovel, has been charged with theft by a public servant. Now, on top of worrying about taking my shoes off and having some white man grope all upon my knuttsacks, I gotta worry about them jacking my shit too? [||]. The fuck?!?
Eight iPads turned up missing within an 8 month period at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. If you do the math, that’s one iPad a month.
“University of Texas at Arlington student Borna Maira said his iPad disappeared from his bag while he was traveling to Iran in May 2011. “I noticed my iPad was not in my luggage, and I thought, ‘Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe I left it at my apartment,'” he said. Police contacted him nine months later and told him that his device and seven others had been found at Dovel’s Bedford home.”
If convicted, Dovel could face 10 years in prison. What I’m also concerned about is why the fuck is dude travelling to and from Iran so freely for?