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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Did Jay-Z Violate NBA Rules By Visiting Wildcats?


Jay-Z’s visit to Kentucky’s locker room may violate NBA rules

When Jay-Z dropped by the Kentucky locker room on Sunday after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth with a victory over North Carolina, the rap mogul shook hands with the players, signed autographs and posed for pictures.

It was an innocent moment in everyone's eyes except perhaps the NBA's.

According to CBSSports.com, the NBA is investigating whether Jay-Z's presence in the Kentucky locker room is a violation of league rules prohibiting team personnel from having contact with college players before they declare for the draft. In addition to his rap career, Jay-Z is also the part owner of the New Jersey Nets.

The advantage Jay-Z could gain by mingling with Kentucky would be the chance to spend time around potential draft picks in order to make a better informed decision on whether to invest in them or not. The Wildcats have several potential lottery picks, including guard Brandon Knight and forward Terrence Jones.

The situation is reminiscent of one that occurred four years ago involving Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and then-Texas prospect Kevin Durant. Ainge was fined $30,000 for sitting with Durant's mother during a Big 12 tournament game before the freshman forward had declared his intent to enter the NBA draft.

In that case, Ainge's intent was fairly obvious considering the Celtics were certain to have one of the top picks in the draft and Durant was a potential target.

It's harder to envision Jay-Z gaining much inside information from a few minutes inside the victorious Kentucky locker room, but it's also understandable that the NBA doesn't want to set a precedent by letting this slide.

Rebecca Black's Not To Blame: “Friday”


Rebecca Black's omnipresent "Friday" has been dubbed "The Worst Song Ever" by many and is officially the most "disliked" video on YouTube. (With 1.2 million "dislikes," it beats Justin Bieber's "Baby" by almost 80,000.) But all this isn't stopping the man behind the song from speaking out. You see, little 13-year-old Rebecca actually had very little to do with the notorious song or video.

Patrice Wilson, the founder of Ark Music Factory and seemingly random rapper in Rebecca's video, is taking responsibility for this dubious phenomenon in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. While previously depicted as being "a kind of Suge Knight of the preteen schoolyard" and accused of using young girls' dreams for his own financial advantage, in the L.A. Times article he's described as a "sad-eyed babyface" and "well-mannered, well-traveled, and well-educated."
"Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards.' I mean, everybody knows that, obviously, but I wanted the song to be simple and kind of sweet," Wilson says in the interview. "People talk so much about how silly or stupid the lyrics are, but pop songs, they're meant to be catchy and to tell things in a simple kind of way. I feel bad that Rebecca has been getting so many people criticizing the song. Because it was me that wrote it.”

Born in Africa to a chemical-engineer father and minister mother, Wilson grew up singing in his mom's church. After attending medical school in Europe and even training in track-and-field events for the 2000 Olympics, he decided to pursue music instead. He toured as a backup singer with Eastern European pop singer Ibrahim Maiga and studied "the business side of entertainment" at Whitman College in Washington state (which actually doesn't have a business department listed on its website), before, of course, moving to Hollywood.
Now Wilson heads up the Ark Music Factory, which charges kids a mere $2,000 to $4,000 to help them fulfill their pop-star dreams. Ark's kids get an original song, studio time, a photo shoot, image consulting, a music video, and promotion. Considering that major labels drop $10,000 to $15,000 on lower-end videos, Ark Music Factory's fees are kind of a bargain. But the children and their parents have to be dedicated to music, not the pursuit of fame, emphasizes Wilson. "I don't promise anyone fame. In fact, if someone approaches me with their only goal to 'get famous,' I tell them they're not in this for the right reasons."
However, it is infamy that Rebecca Black and her parents got for their money, although that's probably not what they ever expected. Since "Friday" went viral, even celebrities have been commenting on the online phenomenon; while Miley Cyrus told an Australian newspaper, "It should be harder to be an artist," Lady Gaga called Rebecca "a genius" while defending the tween singer during a Q&A last week. Conan O'Brien made his own parody video claiming "Friday" was a rip-off of his song "Thursday," and now Stephen Colbert is slated to perform the song this Friday on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

Despite the enormous amount of negative feedback surroundng "Friday," Rebecca has undeniably received amazing exposure from the video. She performed her song on "The Tonight Show," was interviewed on "Good Morning America," peaked at number 19 on the iTunes charts, and is estimated to have made at least $20,000 from YouTube ad revenue and tens of thousands more from digital song sales.
Initially when "Friday" began to spike in views, Wilson actually asked Rebecca and her mother if they wanted him to take the video down, he tells the L.A. Times.

"But they said 'no,' even though we knew it might mean a lot of attention and a lot of criticism online," he reveals. "And in the end, there was criticism, but Rebecca has been great in handling it...And the truth is, if you look at the numbers...even though people say they hate the song...really, they love it."

Lil Wayne On Twitter Strike


''I Just Shut It Down...''
6:00AM ET March 29th, 2011
Contributor : Chris G.
A Rocky Williform Company
Lil Wayne Done With Twitter

Lil Wayne is done with Twitter...
...for now.
The rap superstar was interviewed by Paris Hilton for Interview magazine and shared that he became fed up with the popular social networking site after his account was hacked numerous times.
"I just shut my Twitter account down because it got hacked," Wayne said. "Once it got hacked I had Twitter fix it. They changed it. And then it got hacked again so I just shut it down. As of right now, I'm on Twitter strike."

Angie Stone Arrested in GA!


Soul Singer Busted In Georgia
4:00PM ET March 28th, 2011
Contributor : Erica Moore
A Rocky Williform Company
Angie Stone Arrested

Famed soul singer Angie Stone was arrested in Georgia yesterday (March 27) after she was reportedly caught speeding on a suspended license.
According to TMZ, Angie was booked on both the speeding charge and the suspended license charge last night. She was released an hour later. The singer hasn't issued any statement on the incident.

Lil Wayne Don't Even Jam Nicki or Drake!


''Don't Take That No Kinda Way''
6:00AM ET March 31st, 2011
Contributor : Erica Moore
A Rocky Williform Company
Lil Wayne Doesn't Bump Drake/Nicki MInaj

Lil Wayne made a surprising revelation in a recent interview with Hot 97s Angie Martinez. The rap superstar revealed that he hasn't heard the platinum-selling debut albums of his two biggest proteges, Drake and Nicki Minaj. He says he's just too busy to listen to the work of his Young Money cohorts.
"I never heard Drake's album. I never heard Nicki's album," he said. "I swear to God. I work too hard. They would probably guess it. I'm always focused on something and it captures my whole attention, I can't do nothing else. Drake and Nick, don't take that no kinda way."

Lil Wayne Talks Retirement, Sobriety


''This Is My Life...''

6:00AM ET March 30th, 2011
Contributor : Hip Hop Blog Staff
A Rocky Williform Company
Lil Wayne Talks Retirement, Sobriety

For years, Lil Wayne has rarely been seen without a cup filled with 'Purple Drank,' a mix of codeine, fruit punch and promethazine that is both popular and notorious for being linked to several prominent hip hop deaths. But following his release from prison in November 2010, Wayne was put on probation and prohibited from consuming any substances that contain alcohol. Weezy admits that this has been a difficult adjustment, but acknowledged that prison was a much harder transition to make.
“The hardest part about it was just coming from the life we live…coming from having a chauffer, masseuse, this that and the third. That’s why it’s different for everybody that goes,” Wayne told Hot 97s Angie Martinez [video here]. He also alluded to the success that his proteges Drake and Nicki Minaj attained while he was away. “People think when you say work hard it’s just, ‘Okay let me put two extra hours in.' No, this is my life. That’s why retiring at 35 would be a life lived, because this music thing is my life. I want their singles to be hotter than mine. That’s why Nicki comes out after me. It’s all part of a plan.”

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sade to collaborate with Jay-Z in 2011!


Rapper Becomes First Hip Hop Artist To Work With Singer
3:00PM ET March 24th, 2011
Contributor : Martin James
A Rocky Williform Company
Jay-Z Lands Sade

Despite the fact that she had previously shrugged off attempts to collaborate, Sade has finally relented and will be appearing on a track with none other than Jay-Z. Sade has been notoriously evasive about guest appearances, despite the fact that she has been wooed by several of the top artists in music.
Sade will be collaborating with Jay-Z on a track called "Moon & the Sky," which is to be released on Jay-Z's Ultimate Collection slated for release later this year. Jay will be the first hip hop artist to work with the "Sweetest Taboo" singer.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

[Featured Model] Saceria


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Throwed - Bungee Jumpin prod by Phunk Dawg



HOT new Single produced by
Multi-Platinum Producer PHUNK DAWG
(producer of several mega-hit singles including
'Ay Bay Bay' and 'Hand Clap' by Hurricane Chris)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Top 10 Untouchable Songs


Many artists make a name for themselves by attempting to recreate, reinterpret or copy someone else's work and somehow make it their own. Some achieve success using this method but there are certain songs and or versions of songs that just cannot be recreated or outdone. The bar has been set too high. Few things in life are perfect but we have compiled 10 masterpieces that are untouchable.

1. Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come 

It is Cooke's perfect pitch and the strain  in his voice that, in your darkest times, keeps you from giving up. The song has the ability to automatically create a memory; attaching it to something meaningful in your life. It's not a song that cheers you up but a song that enables you to get up. This song has been replicated but never duplicated. Cooke's voice is the description of soul, a voice so clear that you could tune your instrument to it.

2. Etta James - At Last

Etta James' delicate delivery of such sweet notions juxtaposed with her otherwise brash personal demeanor make for a classic tune to which remains unparalleled. James' ability to boisterously exclaim her new found love while still remaining in complete control of pitch and cadence allows the listener a vignette into the tragic soul singer's personal life, which was wrought with loneliness and sorrow. The song must have caught her at the perfect time in her career.

3. Bob Marley - Redemption Song

None other that Bob Marley could combine a portion of a Marcus Garvey speech with simple instrumentation to produce an anthem that gives a true sense of history. "Redemption Song" is a strong reminder of what we should aspire to be and the clear connection that our actions, goals, privileges and purpose are not just our own but belong to our ancestors for their struggles.

4. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

This is the most disturbing song Billie Holiday ever recorded. Written after a trip to the deep South, Billie was inspired to write the first song speaking out against racism. The chilling imagery delivered through Holiday's haunting vocal styling brings the listener back to a time that was not long ago but is conveniently forgotten.

5. Patsy Cline - Crazy

This song was written by Willie Nelson specifically for Patsy Cline to sing. She conveyed to him stories of past relationships and magic happened in the studio. Stylistically, Cline's pitch and timbre is unmatched as she effortlessly cruised through this classic tune.

6. Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime 

Originally an operatic piece composed by George Gershwin but sung to me as a lullaby before bed; Ella's performance of this smooth aria is rich enough to captivate the attention of adults but sweet enough to calm a small child and lull them back to sleep.

7. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain

Leave it to Prince to turn a love song into one of the greatest rock n' roll songs ever. After 100 million records sold worldwide, "Purple Rain" remains Prince's signature song. It has been covered countless times but none come close to the original.

8. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

"I Will Always Love You" is an extremely personal record originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton, which actually charted 3 separate times for Ms. Parton herself. In 1992, Whitney Houston covered  this country classic and blew it out of the water, selling 12 million copies, and turning it into the signature song of its decade! Whitney infused stratospheric notes, elements of gospel, and powerful emotion with crystal clear technical precision to deliver the greatest performance of her epic career.

9. Louie Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

 Louis Armstrong's raspy vocals transform simple, and somewhat sappy lyrics into a touching song about the simple beauty the world has to offer. Armstrong's gravely touch lends a greater appreciation of pleasures that most of us take for granted. This song is more about Armstrong's vocal performance than the lyrics or music themselves. He makes this song which is why his version can never be outdone.

10. John Lennon - Imagine

This song wasn't truly appreciated until years after it was released. Lennon proclaimed that "Imagine" was as good as any record that he had written for The Beatles. This anthem for peace, love, and humanity has been covered by dozens of platinum recording artists but given Lennon's iconic status at his death, his original version stands alone.

Honorable Mention:

Otis Redding - Sittin' One The Dock Of The Bay

Co-Authored by Queen Vance

Thursday, March 3, 2011

15 Year Old Producing Phenom - Kenny J


Kenny Johnson is a 15 year old music producer out of Dallas TX. 
Ever since he was a little kid he loved to make music.

"I would bang on my mom's pot and pans to come up with my beats, 
and that when my fascination with music got started."

Just a sophomore in high school, he is ready to take his music production to the next level. 
After years of wondering what he wanted to do with his life, he finally found music and 
making beats was a wonderful place to start.
A couple of producers that inspire him are, Ninth Wonder, Bei Maejor, Kanye West, 
and Timbaland to name a few.

His style of production is something way before his time, 
with his creative mind and expertise on the piano,
greatness is always expected from this kid.

Skype: Kennyjbeatz

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bouncer punks drug dealer and robs him!



Jay-Z speaks on the evolution of his style