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Drake just dumped a portion of his hard drive onto the internet
The internet breaks when Drake releases a single, a la “Started From The Bottom”, “We Made It”, or even DJ Khaled’s “No New Friends”. So when the guy Kanye West calls the “rap god” drops multiple records, much like he did last summer a couple months prior to the release of Nothing Was The Same, the frenzy that ensues is understandable.
Well, that’s what’s happening right now, since Drizzy–with warning this time–just released three new records to his OVO website, and you can stream them all here. We’ve listened to them and have our own opinions, but what do you think? His new album, Views From The 6, is expected to be out this spring, does Drizzy sound tuned up?
The MVP is taking his talents to the small screen
Kevin Durant will be sidelined with a foot fracture at least for the first full month of the season, but #35 won’t be out of the spotlight. On November 4th, an HBO special will air, The Off-Season, and the few months Kevin Durant’s had to mull over being eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals will be shown off in documentary form. You can watch the trailer above.
“Almost done with my debut album”
Casey Veggies has been pretty absent from the music scene, save a couple features here and there, but ever since the release of his last album, Life Changes, he’s been widely regarded as one of the most thorough young talents in the industry. Sylvia Rhone seems to think so, because she signed Veggies to her Vested In Culture imprint almost two years ago, and now young CV is prepping his return. According to him (on this song) his proper debut album is just about here, and this new record serves as a reminder for fans of Life Changes, and an introduction for those just getting on board.
Guess which one of your favorite reality-tv stars turned 34 yesterday?
The whole Kardashian Klan and Kanye West came together to help celebrate Kim’s special day. Following Yeezy’s performance at the Life is Beautiful music festival, they all headed over to TAO. Dressed in a plunging white Alexandre Vauthier dress, accessorized with Givenchy shoes, Kim killed the red carpet as fans sang her happy birthday and it wouldn’t be a Kardashian party without a little, or a lot of extravagance. Their VIP table and the entire club were decorated with paper fans featuring Kim’s face. Kim also got a surprise visit from TAO’s mirror man and a custom four-tier cake from Gimme Some Sugar. DJ Eric D-Lux kept the club lit with Ye tracks as Kim and Khloe sang along all night. Kim also received a birthday wish from LA Dodger Matt Kemp who happened to be at TAO last night.
photo credit: Denise Truscello, WireImage
The second McCARREN LOVES ART! party titled “Spotlit Shadows” by Mikel Glass took place in the hotel’s rooftop lounge, Sheltering Sky, on Thursday, October 23.
In the video projects by Kurt Ritta, natural human beauty and fluid movement is highly evident in his work. In the projections on view the focus was on human beauty and subtle humor. The projections featured a stark black background and dancers moving slowly and with a curious accuracy. Some dancers wore fancy outfits, donning masks or a patent red mini-skirt. It never felt tacky. In fact, as the party DJ’d by Rob Sperte progressed, the dancing projections became even more profound and curious. Unlike the current moment, which naturally ebbed and flowed from a very crowded dance floor to a nearly empty one, the projections were always there to fill the void, always dancing, never concerned with the naturally social nature of humans. Despite the projections being at true 1:1 human scale, they become otherworldly: who are these dancers with an impossible wellspring of energy? Why won’t they stop? In this way, Glass entered a new level of human beauty: being so dead-set on a passion for something, in this case, dancing.
Beyond this, a model in a projection over the bar stared admirably and positioned herself carefully and suggestively, resetting herself every few minutes. With her projection above everyone’s eye level, it seemed as if this was her party since her projection was above the rest, and from anywhere in the room one could see her rolling around, posing, smiling, occasionally giving a wink, all at a pace of her own. In a way, if she were to speak, with each change of position, she might ask, “how’s this?”, “Are you enjoying this?” Or, “Is this sexy?”
The pieces of performance art by by Ellen Turrietta and Gage Cass Woodle were particularly fantastic as well, that felt very improvised and magical. The environment was suitable, too, with Persian rugs, Moroccan table lamps paired with a backlit box in which guests could dance as a silhouette.
After boldly announcing that he’s leaving Cash Money Records, Jay Sean drops a new song and music video.
Jay Sean premiered “Tears in the Ocean” yesterday on Billboard.com, a track from his upcoming independent mixtape “The Mistress II” dropping in November. Jay Sean has a history of leaving labels; some of you might recall he was briefly signed to Virgin Records in the early 2000s. However, Sean says he ended things with Cash Money amicably and is still on good terms with CEOs Slim and Baby. Sean said, “They believed in me and my talent and our partnership obviously garnered a lot of pop success,” but that he lost sight of his musical goal. Sean said, “It got to the point where I was chasing pop success and ‘the smash’ when really my heart wasn’t in it anymore.” This realization prompted Sean to return to his R&B roots and remember why he got into the game. ”Tears in the Ocean” was a collaborative effort co-written by Jared Cotter and Negin Djafari, filmed by his brother and co-produced by his wife. Checkout the video below.
Watch how one man’s leadership changed our nation.
In theaters December 25, “Selma” centers around the pivotal 3-month period in 1965 during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. faced violent opposition while attempting to secure equal voting rights. Presented by Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films, “Selma’s” A-list cast includes: Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr, Common and many more. Common takes on the role of playing James Bevel, an instrumental leader of the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement. Directed by Ava DuVernay, “Selma” depicts how the pivotal march from Selma to Montgomery prompted President Johnson to finally sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “Selma” reminds us of all that Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. and his fellow activists accomplished and the many obstacles they overcame to achieve some equality.
In the image above, we see Common marching with actress Tessa Thompson, whose film “Dear White People,” is now playing.
Actress Teyonah Parris plays Colandrea ‘Coco’ Conners in Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” which is now playing. She also stars in the new Starz network show “Survivor’s Remorse.”Read our exclusive interview with Teyonah below:
What attracted you to the project?
I saw the teaser trailer that Justin released. Then I found out he used his tax return money to put the teaser together, so he could have means of showing people what he was trying to do and how it would look. I saw it on the internet and immediately fell in love with it, but I thought it had already been made. When I found out it hadn’t, I said somebody get me in to a room with these folks.
Speak about working with Justin Simien.
Justin is so smart and open and willing to hear your ideas. It was so amazing to watch him knowing he is a first time director/writer on a big film like this. Watching him stand his ground and keep his vision even when there was so much pressure around him to keep moving or sacrifice things for the sake of time. When you have different people breathing down your neck and to watch him always be open to other people’s suggestions but ultimately see him get exactly the shot he wanted the way he wanted. His vision was so amazing to watch. We shot this film in like 19 or 21 days or something like that. On average there is about 3 months given to a feature film and we did it in 21 days!
The film tackles some controversial issues, what was it like for you to play them out?
I think that the film is really about identity. Like what it means to be a black face in a white place and how sometimes as a minority, you sometimes walk into peoples assumptions of who you should be. So I think that being able to share the stories of four different African American students who are also so rich and complex and multi dimensional and being able to do that on the big screen was really amazing to be apart of. I don’t feel like it is done enough.
Do you feel racism still exist in this magnitude on college campuses?
Absolutely did you see the end of the movie! Those were real life pictures from different campuses across the country! People are still dealing with those things and more so – like the president says in the film to Sam White … but there are tons of micro aggressions that happen everyday like someone saying “you’re really pretty for a black girl.” That’s kind of racist and that’s not ok. Because what you are really saying is that black girls are not pretty. I think that yeah we deal with different forms of racism everyday still.
What would you like viewers to take from this film?
I want them to see that yes this story is being told from the lens of 4 African American students but it’s truly about identity and finding your identity in a place that may not be home to you so to speak. And really figuring out who you are as a person and how you fit in maybe how you fit into your family, with your peers or whatever the case might be. It’s about finding or who you are and sometimes you may put on a certain attitude or persona because you feel that’s what’s called of you. Or sometimes you walk into somebody else’s assumptions of who you are and you just go with it because that’s what’s easier. The film really deals with identity and that’s a universal thing that anybody can relate to.
We see your character grow from the beginning of the film to the end, how was it for you getting in to Coco’s mindset?
What I liked about Coco is that I was digging and trying to explore, which is what excites me about her because we don’t have all the same views. I wouldn’t necessarily go about achieving my life ambitions the same ways she did. But at the end of the day she is human and these are someones feelings and I’m sure there are a lot of people in the world who agree with Coco and her stance on the whole race and why do we have to blame white people for everything. There are people who really connect with her and finding that humanity and having to take her side was a journey; but one that I welcomed.
What was your favorite scene to film and why?
The election scene was mine because we were all in the room together and got to watch each other work. Having Tessa and Brandon up there and teasing them was fun.
How did you enjoy working with the cast?
We absolutely had a good time. I could not have been luckier than to have the cast that we had! Because we shot that movie in lightening speed we really had to lean on each other for support and encouragement because you’re just moving so fast. Then you start to second guess yourself and some days you can barely keep your eyes open because you’re just so tired from being on the fifteenth hour. We really had to lean on each other through those moments. They had stuck us all in a hotel which was kind of like a college dorm, we were living out that whole college life off the set as well. It was really us enjoying each other.
If you could describe the film in three words what would it be?
Fresh, fighting and I want to say no no-nsense but I’ll go with hilarious.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Right now I am on a show on Starz called ‘Survivors Remorse’ that airs every Saturday at 9 p.m., so definitely check that out. It is executive produced by Lebron James. It’s politically incorrect and gives you a peek of a huge basketball star’s life off the court and all of the things he has to deal with when the game is over. It has some good people in it and you should watch it! I just filmed a movie called “5 Nights in Maine” with David Oyelowo, directed by Maris Curran. It’s really a beautiful quiet film about a man who deals with the recent loss of his wife. I play David’s sister in that movie.
- Toyibat Oridami
IHeartMedia presented an exclusive performance with T.I. Live on the Honda Stage on October 23. The intimate event will also included a Q&A discussing the making of his new album Paperwork.
He released his first studio album entitled, “I’m Serious” in 2001. Now 13 years later, it’s the rapper’s charming yet gangster side that has garnered his biggest success.
The bass heavy sounds of “Bring Em Out” blared through the speakers of the Honda Stage as T.I. warmed up the crowd. Long time friend and veteran radio DJ, Angie Martinez was the host for the night; asking the rapper interesting questions so the fans in the audience and those watching via live stream could get to know T.I. better.
When asked if he feels uncomfortable at all on stage he stated at this in his career it’s second nature, “It’s more like a habitat.” He also stated that it’s a transference of energy when the crowd is dancing and waving their hands because it gets him going.
T.I. performed various hits such as “About The Money,” “The King,” and title track “Paperwork” in which he said “It’s the story he knows best, the story of his life.” A fan in the crowd yelled out “Welcome to LA” and T.I. jokingly replied back “Thanks but I’ve been here quite a while now.”
Before performing “No Mediocre,” Angie Martinez let everyone know that T.I. was one of the first to spot the super star talent in Iggy Azalea and signed her to his label, Grand Hustle, in 2012. Although he loved having Iggy on the track, T.I. stated one of his dream collaborations would be with Stevie Wonder or Outkast. “This is what we dreamed of doing all these days of our lives. Now that we’re here, we’re gonna make sure that we justify the dream.”
Pharrell Williams played a major role in executive producing “Paperwork.” “It’s never a boring session with Pharrell.” T.I. joked that he wanted to manage the career of the now famous hat Pharrell has been seen in since the Grammys. Angie Martinez replied “and get 10 percent of the hat,” in which T.I. joked “No, 15.”
Before the night was over, T.I. performed other hits that many have forgotten about in his 10 year plus career: “Rubberband Man,” “Top Back,” “U Don’t Know Me,” and “24′s.”
Die hard fans who have known about T.I. since, “Trap Muzik,” recited lyric after lyric while new generation fans really got excited for hits like: “Why You Wanna,” “Live Your Life,” and the extremely catchy “Whatever You Like.”
As T.I. left the stage, he yelled out “I’m the King b***h!”
After baring witness to his performance, I completely agree. His new album, “Paperwork,” is out now. Go Get It!
NBA basketball is back Tuesday October 28 and the league and its partners are celebrating with the biggest names in TV and music.
Look out for Kevin Hart, T.I., Aloe Blacc, Kendrick Lamar, Common and more to make appearance in a city near you!
With the 2014-15 season tipping off on Tuesday, what better way to escort the season right than in New York City? TNT has planned a Times Square Takeover and they’ll be building a half court. Additionally, they have plans of also taking over Times Square video screens.
Don’t feel excluded Los Angeles, on Wednesday, ESPN will build a set for Countdown with a basketball court and concert stage at AEG Plaza. Pop star Aloe Black is slated to perform three songs that evening.
Hey Cleveland! Guess what? On Thursday, TNT will host a pregame concert in the parking lot of Quicken Loans Arena. Kendrick Lamar will perform as part of the pregame festivities and Kevin Hart will co-host with NBA TV’s Kristen Ludlow.
All of this will lead up to the LeBron James’ first regular season game back home as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs take on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Atlanta, the NBA didn’t forget you shawty! ATL native and Grammy Award-winning Tip “T.I.” Harris teamed up with the league to make Opening Night against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Nov. 1st the hottest ticket in town.
Last week the NBA launched their “Everybody Up” Campaign. This week they launched the Spanish version of the spot.
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