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[Then & Now] Demi & Selena

I can openly admit that although I’m not officially a teenager any longer, I am still a fan of the teeny booper/pop tunes. Whether it’s One Direction, Miley Cyrus, or Justin Bieber— I love it all. These two young women are no exception.

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez both got their early rise to stardom along some of my old time best friends Barney, BJ and Baby Bop. We probably didn’t know it was them because we were all the same age at that time but here’s a quick flashback:

Weren’t they just the cutest? Well, both girls will be turning 21 this year and definitely have their sexy, grown woman swag turned up to the MAX.

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Demi Lovato will be releasing her fourth studio album, Demi on May 14th, 2013. She  released it on iTUNES for her die hard fans a week early. This album includes her smash first single, “Heart Attack.” The song has already debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Heart Attack” currently holds the third-highest opening week sales of 2013 (selling over 215,000 units in the first week.) Number one was Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” and Ariana Grande’s “The Way.” Here’s a look of the video where Demi gets down and dirty…literally.

Between acting in roles such as Faith in the independent film, Spring Breaker and returning as Alex to the show-turned-movie that made her famous, Wizards of Waverly Place, and publicly dealing with her on-and-off again relationship with the famous pop singer, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez is a busy girl. Selena dropped the video for her latest single, “Come and Get It” off her first solo album titled Stars Dance.  There is no release date yet for this album but it be hit stores Summer 2013, just in time for her “Stars Dance” world tour that kicks off in Washington DC October 10th.

Who knew Barney and Friends would produce such megastars?

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[New Tunes] K+ x Kilo Kish

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Kay.

If you couldn’t tell by my scream, I’m a big fan of the curly haired cutie. Today Kilo Kish drops the anticipated mixtape, K+. More conversation/sung songs on eclectic, smooth  beats continues from her first release, HomeSchool EP. She brought a couple of guests along including Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush Zombies, A$AP Ferg, Chidish Gambino and others. I met her late last year at a Flatbush Zombies show and she’s really a sweet talent. It’s only right I tell you guys about this Brooklyn girl. (If you didn’t know)

Download link after the jump.

Kilo Kish | K+ Download

 

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[Visual] MRAZ x Flatbush Zombies

Produced by Erick Arc Elliott (duh), Flatbush Zombies release the video for MRAZ. Directed by Phillip T. Annand, the visual embodies the nature of the psychedelic trippies.  It’s looking like a good year for the Zombies especially since Meech believes they “entered the game at re-mark-a-ble tiiiimin'”. I love Juice’s hair right now and though we know Erick is dope on production, I’d appreciate if he’d spit more. He’s nice. Hopefully I’ll get my wish on their upcoming mixtape, Better off DEAD. 

If you’ve never seen Flatbush Zombies live… I’d recommend it.

“Trippy is as trippy does.”

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[Bars of the Day] More Gangsta Music] Cam x Juelz

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Now… You can neeeeeeeeeeever pull Dipset music out the Barney bag without taking a piece of one of my favorite albums EVER, Purple Haze. We were already fiended for the drop for a full year  before it was actually released. Today’s tune is More Gangsta Music ft. Juelz. I remember hearing the ” up down left right chea! chea! chea! chea!” on a Hot 97 Freestyle with Juelz and JR ’03 over Youngbloodz “Damn!”. Maaaannnnnnn if you have never heard it, I’d advise you to. Ennywehdoe, I had to pull from Juelz and Cam for bars for today because the song is just too great to leave one out. Biggggg shouts to HeatMakerz, bruh.

Julez:

I go dough let around, my hoe slow head around
They DTP’s deep throat professionals/
My D.I.P.’s we so professional
Got weed, coke, and ecstacy, lean, dope, and wet to sale/
We blow jars of the dank, like Bob Marley was wake
Real shot-ta!, fuck ya foreign exchange
I’m movin movin movin (jeah!)
Y’all losin losin losin (aye!)

Killa:

I chill though, pippin in the Range
All this ice an’ I’m ashamed, look like lightnin’ in the chain/
Who was first that moved wit they fam? (who)
Ask you, tattoos on they hand? (who)
Slang all the white? (who) cruise wit the tan? (who)
Pink on they back? (who) blue in they van? (who)
Yellow on his ear? (who) steam on the rock ?(who)
Purple in the air?(who) green in his pocket?

 Cam had a whole different take on Coke Rap and was one of the best to break down his trendsetting ways, lawsuits, and all competitors into a complete word web. To understand Cam, is to understand the movement. lol They all rapped similar.

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[iTunes Snatch] Ryan Leslie x Carnival of Venice

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The wonderful Ryan Leslie is back for his fourth studio album/documentary,  Black Mozart and from the sounds of the first single,  “Carnival of Venice,” I’m pretty excited to hear what R. Les has in store for 2013. The track is pretty dope; produced by !llmind, the black & white visual of Ryan Leslie’s lifestyle (shot in Vegas) matches perfectly with the record and flow. That lawsuit had to  put a little more pep in homie’s step.

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[Verse of the Day] One Minute Man Remix x Jay-Z

Today I had to change the bars to a verse for Hov’s Day. The early 2000’s was live for hip-hop and Jay was jumpin on tracks and murdering them (Supa Ugly dropped the end of 2001.. ughh!) Missy was holding it down heavy and when One Minute Man dropped, it was spinning nonstop. Jay came *pause* on the remix and switched the whole connotation of a “one minute man” and how smooth was that?! Shouts to my sweets Zack (cant think of your twitter name -_-) for him putting this tune in my ear.

Fifty grand I get this on one take…
Look, I’m not tryin to give you love and affection (uh-huh)
I’m tryin to give you sixty seconds of perfection (uh-huh)/
I’m tryin to give you cabfare and directions
Get ya Independent ass out of here – QUESTION?/
I’m not your man, not Ralph Tresvant
Not Ronnie Romance.. no ma/
I’m tryin to hit you then put you in the middle of the round
like I’m Roberto Duran.. no mas/
Six A.M. another chick in the house (put your hands up)
6:15 another chick kicked you out (put your hands up)/
Spend one minute tryin to dig her out
The other fourteen tryin to “put it in her mouth”/
The dick too chubby, too much’ll make you love me
Now be a nice wifey and run home to your hubby/
Cause we, both knowin what we doin is wrong
Don’t forget to put your ring back on/

 

 

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Happy Birthday, J-Hova!

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Shawn Carter was born December 4th/weighing in at 10 pounds 8 ounces. He was the last of my 4 children/The only one who didn’t give me any pain when i gave birth to him/And that’s how i knew that he was a special child

Miss. Gloria was dead on. I don’t know how many years it has been that I have held high loyalty to Jigga man, but it will not go away. People confuse my birthday for Jay’s (I dead used to ask my mom why she didn’t have me earlier) because my appreciation is that real. I thank you, Jay. You have always had a flow that was interesting to listen to and easy to recite that I can answer all to life with lyrics from your records. The power and creativity to make me feel like I was the one on corners late night hustling with ashy knuckles remains the reason I stay loyal to your craft. Folding the street mentality smoothly into the corporate world is inspiring and you have done this so well. From Roc-A-Fella to Roc Nation, from Obama on the text to Brooklyn Nets at Barclay’s, thank you for being an idol for so many and having a talent your fans will forever appreciate. It’s your 43rd year and I’m sure you are mighty thankful for what this year has brought you. God bless you, Bey, and Blue Ivy.

 We loooove you, Jigga. 

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French Montana, Lola Monroe, Wiz, and B.O.B. contributes more bands to this track. New verse from Juicy.

Shouts to French for letting us know what shorty will do for x amount of dollars.
Lola Monroe.. eh.
B.O.B.’s verse  was nice and I agree Bobby Ray, I can’t save ’em either.

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[Bars of the Day] My President is Black x Jay-Z

It is only necessary that today’s Bars of the Day reflect the most important time of this year. I first would like to thank everyone for voting today and if you haven’t yet (in NYC) you have until 9 PM! I love the excitement from the first time voters who have possibly been waiting for this moment since last election. I can relate because I was able to vote my first year of college and I felt empowered. I remember the voting process and the anticipation I felt while watching the votes tally up and literally crying tears of joy seeing Obama gunning for the win. That night, my campus went bizzerk as did the whole nation.  In the words of the Snowman, I was finally able to say, “My President is black.” 

Now today is the day to put forth the civil responsibility of voting to keep it that way! There has already been so much commotion about the poll sites and machines. Recently a voter videotaped how a poll machine was selecting Mitt Romney instead of Barack Obama (link after the jump). That’s some different type of sketchy, but don’t let that and long lines deter you from voting. As a culture, we are always going to be the odd ones out; the masses do not want to see our culture act together and for  a cause. Whatever happens, do not let any of this discourage you from voting. If you can stand/wait in lines for kicks, tickets, and video games, you should have no problem with awaiting your chance to vote for this election. Don’t give up; if anything that is what everyone against us is praying for.  Your vote does count. Confused about the electoral college? Blaming it on your reason to not vote? You’re on the internet for Twitter 24/7, go research the election process. Do not watch this election in ignorance. If you voted and felt like it didn’t count, at least feel like you did it for those who do not have the opportunity to vote. Have a purpose. Things will get better, once we do better.

Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney

Moving along:

My president is black
In fact, he’s half white/
So even in a racist mind he’s half right
So if u have a racist mind you be ‘aight/
My president is black
But his house is all white/
Rosa Parks sat
So Martin Luther could walk/
Martin Luther walked
So Barack Obama could run/
Barack Obama ran
So all the children could fly/
So I’ma spread my wings
So you could meet me in the sky/

What’s so crazy about these lyrics is the majority of our culture does not recognize the trials and tribulations the Black community has gone through. Some are so quick to pull it as evidence of what someone did back back in the day instead of honoring and carrying out the messages and the respect those great African-Americans wholeheartedly fought for. It’s time to stop blaming when you haven’t put the necessary work in. It’s time to stop letting the media persuade our culture into feeling as if multiple partners/babymommas, all gold everything, and making it rain is the one life to live by any means necessary and in the same breathe, please stop spending like you never had a dollar. Stop beating your own people down and having a pride that is destroying the community everyday. Help out. Stop killing each other. Stop complaining. My mother told me some years ago that I am a black, woman in this world; two handicaps I was just born with. However, I am educated and knowing all three, I can succeed in anything. She always tells me, “don’t give up until you have exhausted every possibility.” Our culture is so quick to give up, say “fuck everything”, and not practice what we preach. Please understand, we are always watched. Yes, we all were raised differently as a culture. Some people come from generations of hard working generations that only wanted the best of the best for their kids; culture, morals, values, knowing the way of the world as early as possible. Then there are some who come from generations of struggle in every sense of the word and have no positivity around them. WE know the difference between the “coons’ and the “blacks’ (whatever you’d like to call it), but the world views us all the same.  One color. Waiting for us to be angry, rude, and ignorant. Stop giving society what they want and do betterrrr. Everyone wants to scream, “My president is black,” but doesn’t want to emulate what he represents as a black man. I guess Rick Ross is more matched for your living standards. Ehh. Learn the difference. Just know, these n*ggas won’t hold me back. Trust.

Respect our women. Support our men. Take care of our children. Go vote.

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[Bars of the Day] Money Trees x K. Dot xx Jay Rock

I’ve been waking to this song for some days now and it’s so necessary to be today’s pick. Last night during the last Presidential debate, one of my followers mentioned Mitt Romney saying “you just lost another debate, ya bish” so it was only right I quoted Kendrick ,“A silver spoon I know you come from, ya biishh.” (BTW Please vote, don’t fall into the art of peer pressure when it comes to “not caring” about your future in this country/world because you do count and WILL be affected.) With that being said, here’s los bars:

Hot sauce all in our Top Ramen, ya biiishh (ya biiish)
Parked the car then we start rhymin’, ya biiishh (ya biiish)/
The only thing we had to free our mind (free our mind)
Then freeze that verse when we see dolla signs (see dolla signs)/
You looking like an easy come up, ya biiishh (ya biiish)
A silver spoon I know you come from, ya biiishh (ya biiish)/
And that’s a lifestyle that we never knew
Go at a reverend for the revenue/

Besides me loving every song in the movie, this one gets a lot of repeats. This record is one that screams relative situations in our culture. Hustle by any means necessary. Jay said, “if I need it, imma get it however, God help me.” Banks shouted, “I die for a bill, believe in the dolla’, for the chips, anyone gets it, even Estrada.”  And K. Dot explains it in a song with the most nonchalant, but straight-forward attitude with a hook letting us know a dollar can easily influence a decision.

It go Halle Berry or hallelujah
Pick your poison tell me what you doin?/
Everybody gon’ respect the shooter,
But the one in front of the gun lives forever/
And I been hustlin’ all day, this a way, that a way
Through canals and alleyways, just to say/
Money trees is the perfect place for shade and tha’s just how I feel
A dollar might, just fuck your main bitch that’s just how I feel/
A dollar might, say fuck them niggas that you came with tha’s just how I feel
A dollar might, just make that lane switch tha’s just how I feel/
A dollar might, turn to a million and we all rich tha’s just how I feel

Shouts to DJ Dahi on the beat and Jay Rock‘s verse was cool. Gotta appreciate the way Money Trees explains the motive of the situation in “Art of Peer Pressure.” I am grateful for artist who make all of their music connect and Kendrick is so amazing at telling his story in a way that you must listen to it all to circle back to the connections so it can hit you like, “ohhhhhhh.” (Not saying other artist don’t; if you listen to Kendrick like I do, you know what I mean)  But I mean what do I know? I just live this hip-hop/music shit.

tha’s jus’ how I feel.

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