Archive for November 8, 2011

Music News: DMX Is a Guest On Dr. Drew’s LifeChangers Show. Airs November 9th.

DMX is being more open to the world on his struggles and mistakes with unfournate scenarios that lead him to jail with a torn career.

DMX will be on celebrity Dr. Drew’s new show called “Lifechangers”. The rapper will be opeing up about his past mistakes in order to save the life of a young male heading towards the same path. Dr. Drew has another show called “Celebrity Rehab” where he helps patients with their journey towards being sober and healthy. The show will air November 9th “Lifechangers” at 3 p.m. EST with DMX as their special guest.
source: collegedj.net

Article: Asap Rocky Signs a 3 Million Dollar Deal.

Just when you think NO New York rappers are getting record deals any more, at least not without being in a popular camp or click, here comes Harlem newcomer A$AP Rocky who has a  with over 1 million views and has just been signed to a unheard of in 2011 record deal with a 3 million dollar budget.

Honestly i can’t even remember who was the last rapper to get a budget on that level…. that type of budget is literally unheard of now days. The 3 million will include 2 projects… Rocky’s solo album and his ASAP Wordwide compilation with artist signed to him.

A executive from RCA made a statement that one of the reasons they signed Rocky was because he doesn’t sound New York, he has a Houston Texas vibe…. What kinda statement is that??? I have a problem with that statement, but i’ll address that in another blog… smh at these music exec’s!!!

After seeing , i couldn’t help but respect him and his movement. He wants to promote “Life”… He seems very laid back, humble and unphased by the hype (i like that). He also speaks AGAINST selling drugs, he says he use to sell drugs because he had to, but no longer does it… he admits it’s wrong and wack and he’s against it. I respect his honesty and i also respect that he’s not following the “Drug Dealer Rapper” trend that’s going on. Congrats Rocky! Best of luck to you and your crew and your movement to promote life.

“I don’t have a $3 million dollar balance in my account but the record deal was $3 million though,” A$AP tells Billboard. “I got a deal with RCA/Polo Grounds for A$AP Worldwide and I got a deal with them for my solo project, my solo deal; if you combine both deals it amounts to a three million dollar deal.” In fact, A$AP is in the studio working on a compilation mixtape, “Long Live A$AP,” which will feature his newly signed A$AP Worldwide artists A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy and Space Ghost Purrp. Before dropping his yet-to-be-titled debut set, A$AP plans to release a deluxe edition of his current mixtape that will be marketed and sold commercially similar to Drake’s “So Far Gone.” After all, A$AP says, “My mixtape is a classic. It’s only right to put it out at retail.” (Billboard)

ASAP Rocky talks having a buzz:

“People tend to make a big deal out of everything. I’m gonna be perfectly honest: I been ‘hearing’ that I’m pretty big. I can go on Twitter and stuff and see that I’m pretty big, but truthfully, I don’t know how big I really am yet. You know? Because it’s happening to me, I can’t really see it like everyone else does. But [being big] is not the most important thing to me at this moment, so I don’t stress that. I’d a dope feeling, but I don’t know if I’m bigger than I was a week ago.” (SOHH)

ASAP Rocky talks not being down with a camp:

“When people used to ask us who we f*ck with and who we had songs with, we’d be like, ‘Us’. That’s who we roll with, us.” That’s who we rap with. So, I guess that sh*t worked out for the better because we don’t have to perpetrate and fraud like we know [astists] that we don’t really know and sh*t. All we got is us, and if you f*ck with us, then we got love for you.” (SOHH)

source: iamcocoa.com

Music News: Rihanna Reveals Lone Featured On Her Album.

The mystery of who the lone feature on Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” has been solved. Producer Stargate revealed to Norwegian website 730.no that Jay-Z appears on the title track to Rihanna’s sixth album.

“This is the first time we do a song with Jay-Z and Rihanna together. Actually it’s the first time Jay does anything on our beats,” said Tor Erik Hermansen, one half of the hitmaking duo. “It was about time.”

He described the Roc Nation affiliates’ latest record. “‘Talk That Talk’ is a mid-tempo banger with hard drums, dirty synths, and Rihanna and Jay at their best. We are very happy with the song and Jay’s verse is crazy—same with Rihanna’s part.”
Source: xclusiveszone.net

Rihanna’s album “Talk That Talk” hits stores November 21st. Hit the jump for a look at the tentative tracklist.

Industry Tips & Advice: What Artists Should Know About Their Business

Syd Butler, founder of French Kiss Records, shares his thoughts on why any artist who is serious about success needs to be acquainted with the business and financial aspects of their career.

Music News: Unity Charity Debuts New Educational HipHop Documentary.

These days it seems like everyone is trying to infuse hip-hop and education to provide a way to reach young adults. The problem is that most of these programs aren’t truly representative of the culture and neither educate nor entertain their target audience. Luckily every now and then there’s a program that not only does these things but is also delivered by people who are truly connected to the culture. UNITY Charity is one of those organizations. Through school assemblies, after school programs and drop-in centres, UNITY teaches the basics of hip-hop culture to students in the hopes of providing an alternative education outlet across Canada.
Founder Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez” has been spreading UNITY’s message since 2006. The b-boy and social activist started off as a volunteer and never lost sight of his vision of an organization that could use the four elements of hip-hop — breaking, spoken word, graffiti and DJing — as a way to put an end to violence for students. This past weekend Prosserman invited a select bunch to view UNITY’s latest endeavour — a documentary covering the group’s journey over the last three years entitled UNITY: Hip Hop’s Next Chapter. The 44-minute documentary is all about “the progression and where UNITY’s gone,” according to Prosserman.

“Honestly we didn’t have charitable status. We were all volunteers when the documentary was made and now it’s crazy to see [the response],” he explains. “We couldn’t get three kids in the program at that time; now we have to close the doors because we have over 40 kids trying to join in nine different after-school programs in various cities.”
The evening started off with a spoken word performance by a member of UNITY’s Unieffect Team, Roseanna. Entitled “Timeless”, the performance was delivered with an expert’s cadence, a true testament to what UNITY embodies. A short behind the scenes look at the UNITY Charity 2011 retreat followed. The candid film was all about showing the connection that the instructors built as they were being groomed to take UNITY’s teaching across the country. The short was something Prosserman called personal, something, “You will not see on YouTube.” The retreat was a gathering of minds and an opportunity to train the next wave of UNITY instructors as they prepared to go out and spread the gospel to schools across the country.

After a brief intermission it was time for the feature presentation. The documentary was a candid look at the struggles encountered by the team when starting the program and some of the motivations that inspired the venture. Interviews from former educational board members, current principles and participants from the program expressed their devotion and support for a unique approach that aims to change the way the older generation interacts with today’s youth.
True to UNITY Charity’s mandate the night couldn’t end without some b-boying. Prosserman cleared the floor and got members of UNI-team, a group of young breakers and dancers who teach the b-boy workshop across Toronto, to do what they do best and showcase their skills. After four years of struggle and perseverance the UNITY Charity is now officially partnering with the Toronto District School Board to integrate their programs into schools with the assistance and support of the Board. It seems that UNITY’s next chapter will be a bright one.

Words by. Sean Watson + Photos by. Noel Ransome
source: Urbanology.com

Quote Of The Day

The thing about hip-hop is that it’s from the underground, ideas from the underbelly, from people who have mostly been locked out, who have not been recognized.
Russell Simmons

Breaking News: R.I.P Joe Frazier Dead At 67

  • Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion whose furious and intensely personal fights with a taunting Muhammad Ali endure as an epic rivalry in boxing history, died Monday night. He was 67.


An Appraisal: A Champion Who Won Inside the Ring and Out (November 8, 2011)
Times Topic: Joe Frazier
His business representative, Leslie Wolff, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Frazier had liver cancer and that he had entered hospice care.

Known as Smokin’ Joe, Frazier stalked his opponents around the ring with a crouching, relentless attack — his head low and bobbing, his broad, powerful shoulders hunched — as he bore down on them with an onslaught of withering jabs and crushing body blows, setting them up for his devastating left hook.

It was an overpowering modus operandi that led to versions of the heavyweight crown from 1968 to 1973. Frazier won 32 fights in all, 27 by knockouts, losing four times — twice to Ali in furious bouts and twice to George Foreman. He also recorded one draw.

A slugger who weathered repeated blows to the head while he delivered punishment, Frazier proved a formidable figure. But his career was defined by his rivalry with Ali, who ridiculed him as a black man in the guise of a Great White Hope. Frazier detested him.

Ali vs. Frazier was a study in contrasts. Ali: tall and handsome, a wit given to spouting poetry, a magnetic figure who drew adulation and denigration alike, the one for his prowess and outsize personality, the other for his antiwar views and Black Power embrace of Islam. Frazier: a bull-like man of few words with a blue-collar image and a glowering visage who in so many ways could be on an equal footing with his rival only in the ring.

Frazier won the undisputed heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971, in an extravaganza known as the Fight of the Century. Ali scored a 12-round decision over Frazier at the Garden in a non-title bout in January 1974. Then came the Thrilla in Manila championship bout, in October 1975, regarded as one of the greatest fights in boxing history. It ended when a battered Frazier, one eye swollen shut, did not come out to face Ali for the 15th round.

The Ali-Frazier battles played out at a time when the heavyweight boxing champion was far more celebrated than he is today, a figure who could stand alone in the spotlight a decade before an alphabet soup of boxing sanctioning bodies arose, making it difficult for the average fan to figure out just who held what title.

The rivalry was also given a political and social cast. Many viewed the Ali-Frazier matches as a snapshot of the struggles of the 1960s. Ali, an adherent of the Nation of Islam, came to represent rising black anger in America and opposition to the Vietnam War. Frazier voiced no political views, but he was nonetheless depicted, to his consternation, as the favorite of the establishment. Ali called him “ignorant,” likened him to a gorilla and said his black supporters were Uncle Toms.

“Frazier had become the white man’s fighter, Mr. Charley was rooting for Frazier, and that meant blacks were boycotting him in their heart,” Norman Mailer wrote in Life magazine following the first Ali-Frazier bout.

Frazier, wrote Mailer, was “twice as black as Clay and half as handsome,” with “the rugged decent life-worked face of a man who had labored in the pits all his life.”

Frazier could never match Ali’s charisma or his gift for the provocative quote. He was essentially a man devoted to a brutal craft, willing to give countless hours to his spartan training-camp routine and unsparing of his body inside the ring.

“The way I fight, it’s not me beatin’ the man: I make the man whip himself,” Frazier told Playboy in 1973. “Because I stay close to him. He can’t get out the way.” He added: “Before he knows it — whew! — he’s tired. And he can’t pick up his second wind because I’m right back on him again.”

In his autobiography, “Smokin’ Joe,” written with Phil Berger, Frazier said his first trainer, Yank Durham, had given him his nickname. It was, he said, “a name that had come from what Yank used to say in the dressing room before sending me out to fight: ‘Go out there, goddammit, and make smoke come from those gloves.’ “ source: NYTimes

In memory of Smokin’ Joe Frazier


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