Categories
Music Video

Meek Mill Sits Down with Elliott Wilson for TidalXCRWN

Last night was one of the best nights I’ve ever had as a music journalist. Tidal hosted an in depth conversation with one of the most influential artists of our generation, Meek Mill.

He has come a tremendously long way from the streets of Philadelphia. In more ways than one, Mill has successfully beat the odds. That’s something to really take into account. When a black man, or someone from an impoverished neighborhood beats the odds they’re catapulted into a spotlight. They become everyone’s “example” of what to be. But as Meek explained, not all people who defeat adversity want to be an activist. He shared that he wants to keep being a role model for the youth and continue helping neighborhoods just like his own. And he also wants to enjoy his success like any regular person would.
I was able to attend Tidal’s live event. It was held at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. The crowd was vibrating with great energy. All music lovers gathered to listen to Meek speak. He provides motivation and inspiration for the many people he represents; People who have been counted out by society.  Meek spoke about Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, the time he spent in prison away from his son, Beyoncé shouting him out and more.

When Meek entered the stage everyone stood and applauded and cheered. The crowd was very open and accepting. It seemed as though each person in the audience genuinely cared for the artist they had become a fan of. He shared some funny moments: like when Kevin Hart and Michael Rubin came to visit him on his block* in prison or that awkward moment where he and Nicki Minaj are at dinner with Jay Z and Beyoncé and Jay decided to “accidentally” play Back to Back.
I even got to join in on the chat. Being from Philly I was able to watch Meek rise to fame, from the very beginning. I watched him take five steps forward in the music industry only to be knocked back ten, more than once. He remained determined. Each time an entry was blocked he made sure to have another way to get in the door. That is why he is so inspirational to our city. The Philadelphia Eagles fka “the underdogs” coming out to his monstrous hit “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” during their 2017 Superbowl win is a testament to that.
Before then the song had already stood as an anthem for anyone who was enduring hard times and planning on coming out on top. And past our city limits Meek is garnering a diehard fan base. I ran into a singer from New York, Nadia, with a cool DC tattoo. DC stands for “Dream Chasers,” a group and mantra initiated by Mill to push everyone forward.

[I remember when I first heard the Intro. There were three of my friends and I in our dorm. We all anticipated Meek Mill releasing his debut studio album, Dreams and Nightmares. The city was ON FIRE waiting for it and we brought that fire with us to college. When the beat started to play we all looked at each other. That’s the exact moment I realized that you cannot count this man out. We had to run the song back at least 20 times. It filled us with so much energy and we learned all the lyrics that night.]
As a music journalist my goal for all artists is to let them know how they have impacted millions of people. I want them to know that the consumers of their art appreciate them sharing so much of themselves with us. I wanted artists to know that they truly do resonate with a vast variety of people for a multitude of reasons. And that, when they experience adversity their supporters are along for the ride.
Check out my question below and make sure to stream the full Conversation with Elliott Wilson & Meek Mill on Tidal.

%CODE1%
 

Categories
Art Entertainment Music

Pusha T Drops a Bomb on the 6 God

GOOD Music’s President and front runner Pusha T, released his third studio album, DAYTONA, May 25, 2018.

The album’s first song, Inafred, took direct shots at the Young Money camp. More specifically, Drake and Bryan “Birdman” Williams. The long standing feud between the camps was refueled with DAYTONA’s release.

Push revisits Drake’s writing companion Quentin Miller, Birdman’s draining of artists, and his responsibility to rebirth rap. Drizzy didn’t take too kindly to the shots. In response, he released “Duppy Freestyle” and “I’m Upset.”  In the response records Drake attacks Pusha’s career, Kanye West, mentions his fiancé, and refutes his claims of kingpin level drug dealing.
Drake urges “Don’t push me when I’m in album mode,” and Push does just that. After letting the 6 God’s tracks linger, he drops “The Story of Adidon.” Pandora’s box is opened as Pusha T airs sketchy business over Jay Z’s “The Story of OJ.” Alledging that Drake has a secret child by an Adult film star. He also shreds his character and drags Dennis Graham (Drake’s father) into the beef.
%CODE29%
Listen to “The Story of Adidon” above and let me know your favorite bars in the comments!

Categories
Entertainment Music

Dave East Releases Paranoia 2

East is baaaacckk, not that he ever left.

After releasing the precursor to P2 in August 17′,  Karma in November 17′ and crushing multiple features, Paranoia 2 is here.

Giving us classic Dave East flows, with a touch of something new. He brought G-Unit front runner Lloyd Banks back from his hiatus on Violent. East speaks on the highs and lows of success on Thank You and Corey. One of my favorites from P2 is What Made Me. This is the Harlem representer’s ode to Hip-Hop. He pays homage to Nas of course, Biggie, Hov, Tupac, DJ Whoo Kid, Irv Gotti, Fabolous, Noreaga, The Lox, 50 Cent, Too Short, and Pharrell. Philly friendly, East mentions Beanie Sigel and says #FreeMeek. East even collabs with Torey Lanez, Marsha Ambrosius, and Bino Rideux.
Another exigent feature is Mase’s influence. East says “When Big died Harlem World dropped and I swear I ain’t listen to nothin but Mase.” He even questions his exit from Hip-Hop on What Made Me. 
 
The P2 tour, yes the tour, kicks off Jan 18, 2018, get your tickets asap. They’re sure to sell out quickly.
P2 is available for streaming on iTunes and Spotify.
%CODE37%

Categories
Music

Why do WE Care so Much About the Grammys?

After major backlash from the 59th Grammy awards, it seems as if the Academy has had a change of heart in just a year’s time. The Nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy awards have surfaced and artists are finally in the categories they belong in. But why? Why did it take the complaints of millions of viewers for the Academy to correctly place artists where they deserve to be.
More importantly, why do we equate the Grammys to a musical pinnacle? Why don’t people who feel they are left out create a lane of their own? One notion that I cannot understand is why a BET award is not as deeply revered as a Grammy.  Artists usually use the BET awards as a stepping stone and then move on to the MTV and VH1 awards and subsequently the Grammys. This is the ladder of importance to artists.  One that doesn’t make much sense. We care too much about being accepted by people that can hardly understand our art.
 

J. Cole said it best in Fire Squad:
“History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes
Same way that these rappers always bite each others flows
Same thing that my n*gga Elvis did with Rock n Roll
Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore
While silly n*ggas argue over who gon’ snatch the crown
Look around, my n*gga, white people have snatched the sound This year I’ll prolly go to the awards dappered down
Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.
Pictured above, some of Hip-Hop’s most influential artists decided not to attend the 1989 Grammy Awards. In 1988 Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance. However, the win was not televised. We can only imagine why. No matter the reason, these instances of unfair treatment continue to transform and resurface. So now the question is no longer, “Why are we not included?” It has become “Why do we want to be included?”
 
Stop seeking acceptance and stop accepting marginalization.

Categories
Music

Wu-Tang Clan STILL Ain't Nuthing ta F*ck Wit!


The illustrious members of The Wu-Tang Clan have reunited to release their latest album produced by Mathematics, The Saga Continues. The year is 2017 and Hip-Hop is in an unrecognizable state. The Rap legends haven’t lost any fervor as they deliver gritty streets bars, talk politics, kick game, and encourage change. Sometimes a reminder is necessary. A presentation of Rap has been given by The Masters.
Although The Wu, have not collectively released music in 3 years, the members played very intricate parts in the Hip-Hop industry. Many members have collaborated and lent their pen and production game to some of the most popular rappers and movie soundtracks to-date. From Biggie Smalls, to Kendrick Lamar, Slick Rick, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Game, A$AP Mob, Jon B, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, Jim Jones, N.O.R.E, Kid Cudi, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Toni Braxton, Teddy Riley, Mobb Deep, Dru Hill, DMX… I can go on for days.
All of these artists are listed to show, these men are seasoned veterans of the music world. Over the course of their careers, they have gone from emerging artists to sought after teachers of a precious craft. The Saga Continues brings that authentic Hip-Hop energy I don’t feel too often anymore. Check out one of the hottest rap albums to drop below!
%CODE15%

  1. 0:00 Wu-Tang The Saga Continues Intro (feat. RZA)
  2. 1:30 Lesson Learn’d (feat. Inspektah Deck & Redman)
  3. 4:39 Fast and Furious (feat. Hue Hef & Raekwon)
  4. 8:35 Famous Fighters (Skit)
  5. 9:55 If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation) (feat. Method Man)
  6. 13:50 Frozen (feat. Method Man, Killa Priest & Chris Rivers)
  7. 17:59 Berto And The Fiend (Skit) (feat. Ghostface Killah)
  8. 18:45 Pearl Harbor (feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA & Sean Price)
  9. 23:44 People Say Wu-Tang Clan (feat. Redman)
  10. 28:09 Family (Skit)
  11. 29:15 Why Why Why (feat. RZA & Swnkah)
  12. 33:16 G’d Up (feat. Method Man, R-Mean & Mzee Jones)
  13. 37:40 If What You Say Is True Wu-Tang Clan (feat. Streelife)
  14. 41:35 Saga (Skit) (feat. RZA)
  15. 42:34 Hood Go Bang! (feat. Redman & Method Man)
  16. 44:06 My Only One (feat. Ghostface Killah, RZA, Cappadonna & Steve Latorre)
  17. 48:50 Message
  18. 50:55 The Sage Continues Outro (feat. RZA)
Categories
Music

Wu-Tang Clan STILL Ain’t Nuthing ta F*ck Wit!

The illustrious members of The Wu-Tang Clan have reunited to release their latest album produced by Mathematics, The Saga Continues. The year is 2017 and Hip-Hop is in an unrecognizable state. The Rap legends haven’t lost any fervor as they deliver gritty streets bars, talk politics, kick game, and encourage change. Sometimes a reminder is necessary. A presentation of Rap has been given by The Masters.

Although The Wu, have not collectively released music in 3 years, the members played very intricate parts in the Hip-Hop industry. Many members have collaborated and lent their pen and production game to some of the most popular rappers and movie soundtracks to-date. From Biggie Smalls, to Kendrick Lamar, Slick Rick, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Game, A$AP Mob, Jon B, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, Jim Jones, N.O.R.E, Kid Cudi, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Toni Braxton, Teddy Riley, Mobb Deep, Dru Hill, DMX… I can go on for days.

All of these artists are listed to show, these men are seasoned veterans of the music world. Over the course of their careers, they have gone from emerging artists to sought after teachers of a precious craft. The Saga Continues brings that authentic Hip-Hop energy I don’t feel too often anymore. Check out one of the hottest rap albums to drop below!

%CODE15%

  1. 0:00 Wu-Tang The Saga Continues Intro (feat. RZA)
  2. 1:30 Lesson Learn’d (feat. Inspektah Deck & Redman)
  3. 4:39 Fast and Furious (feat. Hue Hef & Raekwon)
  4. 8:35 Famous Fighters (Skit)
  5. 9:55 If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation) (feat. Method Man)
  6. 13:50 Frozen (feat. Method Man, Killa Priest & Chris Rivers)
  7. 17:59 Berto And The Fiend (Skit) (feat. Ghostface Killah)
  8. 18:45 Pearl Harbor (feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA & Sean Price)
  9. 23:44 People Say Wu-Tang Clan (feat. Redman)
  10. 28:09 Family (Skit)
  11. 29:15 Why Why Why (feat. RZA & Swnkah)
  12. 33:16 G’d Up (feat. Method Man, R-Mean & Mzee Jones)
  13. 37:40 If What You Say Is True Wu-Tang Clan (feat. Streelife)
  14. 41:35 Saga (Skit) (feat. RZA)
  15. 42:34 Hood Go Bang! (feat. Redman & Method Man)
  16. 44:06 My Only One (feat. Ghostface Killah, RZA, Cappadonna & Steve Latorre)
  17. 48:50 Message
  18. 50:55 The Sage Continues Outro (feat. RZA)
Categories
Music

"Reasonable Doubt" Turns 20!

Jay Z’s album Reasonable Doubt turns 20 this year, and to celebrate the milestone Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is opening a pop-up shop at APT 4B in Los Angeles. The space will be a replica of Jay Z’s apartment in Brooklyn from the 1990s. In a recent interview with BillboardBurke spills that the shop will sell Reasonable Doubt t-shirts, cassettes, and other nostalgic memorabilia. Some of the merchandise will even be continued into its own Reasonable Doubt line afterwards. The shop will open this Saturday June 25, the 20th anniversary of the album, and will remain open through July.

%CODE1%

Hypefresh Mag and Ubiq apparel teamed up to host the 20th Anniversary pop-up shop at their store in Center City, Philadelphia. I had the opportunity to help power the event and be apart of Hip-Hop history.

Biggs also sat down with the hosts of the popular podcast, RapRadar, to talk about his latest ventures.

DJ Matman, Wax Poetics and WhoSampled teamed up to celebrate Jay Z‘s seminal Reasonable Doubt with a 20th anniversary mix. A combination of expert blending and exhaustive research, the 50 minute mixtape combines tracks from Hov’s 1996 full-length debut with alternate takes, interview snippets and original samples. Mixing to this degree is a talent! Check out the tracks below.

Happy Reasonable Doubt Weekend!

%CODE10%
Tracklist:
1. Isaac Hayes – ‘The Look Of Love’ (sampled in Jay- Z – ‘Can I Live’)
2. Jay-Z – ‘Can I Live’
3. The Stylistics – ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Politics as Usual’)
4. Jay-Z – ‘Politics As Usual‘
5. Hamilton Bohannon – ‘Save Their Souls’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’)
6. Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’
7. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Pastures’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’)
8. Jay-Z feat. Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’
9. Hubert Laws & Earl Kugh – ‘It’s So Easy Loving You’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’)
10. Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’
11. Nas – The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix) (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
12. Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents II’
13. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
14. Snoop Dogg feat Daz Dillinger -‘Murder Was The Case’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
15. Jay-Z – ‘D’evils’
16. Allen Toussaint – ‘Go Back Home’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
17. John Kaizan Neptune – ‘Blue Wind’ (sampled in Jay-Z ’22 Twos’)
18. Jay-Z – ’22 Two’s’
19. Brother Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z ‘Friend or Foe’)
20. Jay-Z – ‘Friend Or Foe’
21. Eddie Henderson – ‘Inside You’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming of Age’)
22. Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming Of Age’
23. Ohio Players – Ecstasy (sampled in Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’)
24. Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’
25. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
26. Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’
27. The Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
28. Marcus Miller – ‘Much Too Much’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’)
29. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’
30. Meli’sa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’)
31. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Fool’s Paradise Remix)
32. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Live at Madison Square Garden)

Categories
Music

“Reasonable Doubt” Turns 20!

Jay Z’s album Reasonable Doubt turns 20 this year, and to celebrate the milestone Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is opening a pop-up shop at APT 4B in Los Angeles. The space will be a replica of Jay Z’s apartment in Brooklyn from the 1990s. In a recent interview with BillboardBurke spills that the shop will sell Reasonable Doubt t-shirts, cassettes, and other nostalgic memorabilia. Some of the merchandise will even be continued into its own Reasonable Doubt line afterwards. The shop will open this Saturday June 25, the 20th anniversary of the album, and will remain open through July.

%CODE1%

Hypefresh Mag and Ubiq apparel teamed up to host the 20th Anniversary pop-up shop at their store in Center City, Philadelphia. I had the opportunity to help power the event and be apart of Hip-Hop history.

Biggs also sat down with the hosts of the popular podcast, RapRadar, to talk about his latest ventures.

DJ Matman, Wax Poetics and WhoSampled teamed up to celebrate Jay Z‘s seminal Reasonable Doubt with a 20th anniversary mix. A combination of expert blending and exhaustive research, the 50 minute mixtape combines tracks from Hov’s 1996 full-length debut with alternate takes, interview snippets and original samples. Mixing to this degree is a talent! Check out the tracks below.

Happy Reasonable Doubt Weekend!

%CODE10%

Tracklist:
1. Isaac Hayes – ‘The Look Of Love’ (sampled in Jay- Z – ‘Can I Live’)
2. Jay-Z – ‘Can I Live’
3. The Stylistics – ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Politics as Usual’)
4. Jay-Z – ‘Politics As Usual‘
5. Hamilton Bohannon – ‘Save Their Souls’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’)
6. Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’
7. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Pastures’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’)
8. Jay-Z feat. Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’
9. Hubert Laws & Earl Kugh – ‘It’s So Easy Loving You’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’)
10. Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’
11. Nas – The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix) (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
12. Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents II’
13. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
14. Snoop Dogg feat Daz Dillinger -‘Murder Was The Case’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
15. Jay-Z – ‘D’evils’
16. Allen Toussaint – ‘Go Back Home’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
17. John Kaizan Neptune – ‘Blue Wind’ (sampled in Jay-Z ’22 Twos’)
18. Jay-Z – ’22 Two’s’
19. Brother Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z ‘Friend or Foe’)
20. Jay-Z – ‘Friend Or Foe’
21. Eddie Henderson – ‘Inside You’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming of Age’)
22. Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming Of Age’
23. Ohio Players – Ecstasy (sampled in Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’)
24. Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’
25. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
26. Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’
27. The Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
28. Marcus Miller – ‘Much Too Much’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’)
29. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’
30. Meli’sa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’)
31. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Fool’s Paradise Remix)
32. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Live at Madison Square Garden)