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Monthly Archives: August 2012

NEW MUSIC: Bridget Kelly “Special Delivery” + Live Performance

Anyone that knows me personally knows that I’m a fan of Bridget Kelly. I’ve done a re-post of her Honey Magazine interview. I’ve mentioned her original release of Frank Ocean‘s “Thinking About You.” I’ve applauded her EP Every Girl. Well, now she’s back with a new song titled “Special Delivery.” No tweets, to nexts, she’s writing letters to make sure her man understands she’s done. Check the track below.

In a rare move, you can download this track, for free, directly from her website. You can do that HERE.

If I had to choose between her and Rita Ora coming out of the Roc Nation camp, she’s definitely my preference. She’s also performed the track live at the Essence Music Festival this year. Check a video of that below plus a few photos for those that don’t know what she looks like.

                                                                                         

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Nas “Bye Baby”

There’s a new music video dropping every other day, I swear. But, only one can serve as “Video of the Week.” This week’s standout is Nas‘ “Bye Baby.” Easily one of my favorite tracks from his Life is Good album, the video features Aaron Hall (original member of Guy who provided the sample) and Lance Gross. Check it.

Nas is one sexy man, I tell ya. Loved the video, too. Where the eff did he find Aaron Hall though?

VIDEO WORLD: 2 Chainz x Kanye West “Birthday Song”

All he wants for his birthday is a big booty ho! And at this birthday party, there’s plenty of those to go around. Eff the clowns, big booty chicks only. Check the funny ass video for the 2 Chainz and Kanye West song “Birthday Song.”

I hated this song when I first heard it, but it’s definitely been growing on me. Thoughts on this crazy ass video?

 

MUSIC WORLD: Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! + Spotify Playlist

What could be said about Michael Jackson that hasn’t been said already? Today would’ve been The King of Pop’s 54th birthday. Unfortunately, we lost him 3 years ago. In celebration of his life, I’ve decided to share my “King of Pop” Spotify playlist. It includes solo hit and songs with The Jackson 5. Enjoy some old favorites and maybe you’ll even discover some new ones.

Some of my favorite tracks aren’t available on Spotify for some reason (Dirty Diana, Bad, Leave Me Alone, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal... to name a few), but enjoy what I was able to compile.


Happy Birthday Michael!

TAKE IT BACK TUESDAY: Outkast “Elevators (Me & You) + ATLiens Album Stream

Yesterday was the ten year anniversary of the release of ATLiens, Outkast‘s second album. In celebration, I dedicate this week’s TAKE IT BACK TUESDAY to the first single from the album, “Elevators (Me &You).” Check the video below.

ATLiens when double platinum and was listed as one of the 100 Best Rap Albums by Source Magazine back in 1998. Listen to the full album, via Spotify, below.

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MUSIC WORLD: The Black Hippy Movement… Kendrick Lamar x ScHoolBoy Q x Ab-Soul x Jay Rock

Who the fuck are The Black Hippies? I was asking that question, I swear, no less than 3 months ago. Now, their identities are known by most people that follow the new hip-hop scene. But in case you still aren’t sure. Check out a profile of the group and it’s members below. Get in tune!

Black Hippy

The supergroup consists of four rappers: Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and ScHoolboy Q. Each member hails from the west coast, specifically, California. As a collective and group, they are signed to Top Dawg Entertainment with Aftermath and Interscope acting as major label affiliations. They haven’t dropped an entire project together as they are opting to get the solo efforts underway first. They have collaborated on a number of tracks though, including the remix to Ab-Soul‘s “Black Lip Bastard.”

Ab-Soul

Herbert Stevens IV grew up in the suburbs of California with entrepreneurial parents. He was exposed to music at an early age because his parents owned a local record store. After releasing two mixtapes and his first independent album, Longterm Mentality, Ab-Soul released the straight-to-iTunes album Control System. From his current contributions, it’s clear that Ab-Soul isn’t longing for that radio play that his other cohorts may be seeking.  Ab-Soul suffers from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome which causes him to have sensitivity to light and is why you’ll frequently see him in sunglasses. Check his video for “Terrorist Threats” featuring Danny Brown‘s weird ass and the angelic Jhene Aiko.

Jay Rock

Jay Rock, born Johnny McKinzie, Jr. could be considered the rap vet out of the entire group. He’s already been signed and released an album before becoming affiliated with Top Dawg Entertainment. I’ve heard that he’s considered the most “classic” rapper of The Black Hippy collective. One of the more “street” members of the group, his upbringing in the projects and subsequent gang affiliation are common themes in his music. Listen to his first full length album, Follow Me Home, below.

ScHoolBoy Q

Before Quincy Hanely released the critically-acclaimed Habits & Contradictions, ScHoolBoy Q was a member of the Hoover Crips. He has cited Jay-Z as an influence on his rapping style and freequently collaborates with other member of the “new rap class” including Curren$y and A$AP Rocky. He has also received much praise for his lyrical ability and features. After catching a few video interviews with him, he seems like a pretty funny guy. Check out his “Back & Forth” with A$AP Rocky below.

Kendrick Lamar

What could be said about Kendrick that hasn’t been said already? Arguably, he is the most interesting of the clique. He received a cosign from Dr. Dre and is even reportedly working on the (mythical) Detox. After dropping Section.80 to much critical acclaim, Kendrick has seen his star rise far beyond his Compton roots. There are rumors of a joint album with J. Cole, his new album good kid. m A.A.D city is set to drop before the end of the year, and his single “Swimming Pools (Drank)” is becoming everyone’s favorite weekend anthem. The year of 2012 belongs to Kendrick Lamar. Check this video of Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q performing “H.O.C.” and discussing The Black Hippy Movement from 2011.

It will be interesting to see if the group lives up to the hype or if one star will overshadow the others. What do you think?

VIDEO WORLD: Nicki Minaj x Rick Ross x Cam’ron “I Am Your Leader”

For every “Starships” track, Nicki Minaj reminds us why she can spit. She quietly released the colorful video for her new single “I Am Your Leader” featuring Killa Cam and Ricky Rozay. Check it below.

Was this supposed to be a fun house? Seeing Rick Ross at a table with no food on it was probably not that much fun for him. I wonder if she kept this lowkey since her newest video with B.o.B. just dropped too. Either way, watch both and enjoy the rapping Nicki.