Thursday, May 19, 2011

Drake Working With the Weeknd

Drake has been working with some pretty cool collaborators lately. We've learned that he's been working with Jamie xx on Take Care, the follow-up to his blockbuster 2010 debut Thank Me Later, and that he could appear on the next Florence and the Machine album. And as the Daily Swarm points out, last night Drake Tweeted that he's in the studio with a fellow Toronto-based musical entity, mysterious indie-R&B force the Weeknd.

Drake's esteem for the Weeknd is nothing new. Below, we've got a video (also via the Daily Swarm) of Drake onstage at a show back in March. In the clip, Drake heartily endorses the Weeknd, calls singer Abel Tesfaye "somebody I love with all my heart," and recommends that the entire crowd go home and download the Weeknd's BNM'ed mixtape House of Balloons if they aren't too drunk after the show. He then invites Tesfaye onstage, and the two spend a few seconds dancing lustily to "What You Need".

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lloyd - Private Dancer

New Music From Lloyd

The Weeknd On MTV News [Video]

I Dig the Weeknd...Caseclosed...

MTV News’ Aliya Jasmine recently took it upon herself to discuss the enormous hype and intrigue surrounding Canadian sensation The Weeknd and his House Of Balloons mixtape. In the above video, she attempts to explain the unique sound of The Weeknd, while summarizing some of the knee-jerk reactions to the R&B artist that has seemingly come out of no where. In related news, The Weeknd recently revealed that the second part of his three part trilogy of release is on the way and is called Thursday. Stay tuned..

J. Cole Responds to Rumors of Jay-Z Being Angry

In a recent interview, J. Cole responds to the rumors that Jay-Z is mad at him.

J. Cole recently caught up with Hot 93.7's On-Air Idiot Show following a performance at Central Connecticut State University. During the interview, the Roc Nation signee responded to rumors that Jay-Z is upset with him for taking as long as he has to release his debut album. Cole said that while he finds it funny that the rumor actually exists, it's absolutely false.

"Y'all believe that?" he joked. "That's not true. That's so not true. It was a cool rumor, I guess. It didn't really get too big, but I've seen. It's just funny to see how rumors work, like, they don't even have sources. But it's the furtherest thing from the truth."

J. Cole also discussed how signing with Jay has affected his work ethic. He said that while some artists may feel secure about joining forces with such an established artist, Cole says that it has only pushed him to work even harder on his debut project.

"My attitude has actually been the opposite [of many of my peers]," he said. "Even though I've with Jay[-Z]...from the minute I signed, I didn't feel like, 'Oh, I'm on now, I'm good. I'm with Jay.' If anything, I've felt at a disadvantage because that's a big shadow to live under...When you've got the type of goals that I've got and you want to be where I am, you've got to understand, there's going to be a long journey and no man can get you there. I just realized, Jay-Z's not going to be the one to get me there. It's gotta be me, it's got to come from me."

Monday, May 16, 2011

Crooks & Castles 2011 Catalog Photoshoot w/ N.O. CAPO

For you fashion junkies....=/

Wale, Meek Mill & Rick Ross ft. J. Cole – Fitted Cap

New The Dream Song "Hello, Hi, Goodbye."

M-Bone was a promising rapper with the up-and-coming SoCal outfit Cali Swag District before he was tragically gunned down Sunday night in a drive-by shooting.
He'll be sorely missed by hip-hop fans, not only because the community lost a great talent, but because of a life barely lived.
Here are five things to know about the late M-Bone (please note, the above video contains graphic language):
His Personal Stats: M-Bone was born Montae Talbert on Sept. 17, 1988. He grew up in Inglewood, Calif., and joined Cali Swag fresh out of his teens. According to his bio listed on Cali Swag's website, his dream date was Alicia Keys; his favorite video game was Madden Football; favorite clothing brand was Misfits; favorite place to visit was Europe; his favorite movie (sadly enough) was Boyz n the Hood, "because it reminds him of when he grew up in L.A."
Always the Joker: M-Bone frequently thought of himself as the wild man of the quartet. He liked to crack wise, had a lot of tattoos and often bragged that he was going to out-ink his fellow MCs and, per his bio, "probably be the one to end up with the most."  He also loved Twitter: "When I'm bored, I can just hop on Twitter and find a funny Trending topic...and we just go in and make it fun...every time we perform they always make us a trending topic." As for his favorite artists, M liked Eminem and Ludacris especially, but also didn't mind slow jams by Jamie FoxxR. Kelly and Justin Timberlake.
Success in CSD: Cali Swag District, which also includes C-Smoove, aka Smoove Da GeneralYung and JayAre, signed to Capitol Records' Checkmate Entertainment imprint last year, where they released the infectious club hit "Teach Me How to Dougie," a tune that paid tribute to the dance craze hatched by '80s hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh ("Pop tha collar! Now Walk It Like a Dog!!!"). "Dougie" sold over a million copies and peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard charts in 2010. It was so successful that it spawned two remixes, one featuring Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri, B.O.B. and Red Cafe, and another with Sean Kingston and B.O.B.  It also led to a record deal. Their second single, "Where You Are," followed up by sampling Michael Jackson's 1972 gem, "I Wanna Be Where You Are," and reached 22 on the Billboard rap chart.
The Future Looked Bright: Just before his death, M-Bone and his mates were getting ready to hype Cali Swag District's debut album, The Kickback, set to drop on Oct. 12. On their website, the rising hip-hop stars let it be known that they're "not dance rappers" but rather "lyrical artists" who are "Pro Propostion [sic] 420" and "don't wear skinny jeans!!!"
Reaction to His Death: In the aftermath of last night's shooting, Smoove Da General took to Twitter to mourn the loss of his brotha. "Ma life changed drasticall in the. Blink of an eye. Rip mbone," he tweeted. "I'm crushed. . .jus seen Ma N---a on the news. . .idk wat to think or say. . .I'm hurting man real talk." Smoove added "thanx to everybody who had sumthin positive to say to me and for Montae."
Cali Swag District's publicist also issued the following statement today on Talbert's death:
"Cali Swag District member Mante "M-Bone" Talbert was the victim of a random act of violence last night, Sunday, May 15th in his hometown of Inglewood, CA. As police are still investigating the shooting and untimely death we ask that anyone with information contact the Inglewood Police Department. Mante, aged 22, was the comedic entertainer of Cali Swag District (who helped launch "The Dougie" to mainstream audiences) and was an inspiration to his family, friends and fans. He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed."

Sunday, May 15, 2011

DJ Khaled ft. Lil Wayne, Drake and Rick Ross – I’m On One


Young Money's Drake and Lil Wayne have confirmed their upcoming appearances at New York City radio station Hot 97's Summer Jam next month and what type of impact the annual event has on them

Josh Turner

Josh Turner Surprises Scotty McCreery During Hometown Concert
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An emotional day became unforgettable for Scotty McCreery on Saturday, May 14. The 17 year old kept his cool while fans screamed, cried and even proposed marriage during a media tour and promotional stops at local Garner, N.C. businesses. Taste of Country was there as the love shown by friends and family began to peel away the layers of his usually steady demeanor. The afternoon reached a fever pitch when McCreery’s hero Josh Turner walked out singing his hit song ‘Your Man.’

McCreery had just begun his “theme song” when Turner strutted out and picked up the next verse. “Oh my goodness!” McCreery shouted while waving off his band. It was the only time all afternoon he struggled to find the perfect thing to say.

“All these people are here for you,” Turner told McCreery. “I had heard you never sang this song with a band before and were a little bit nervous, so I decided I would bring a few of my guys in.” The duo picked up the song from the start, and traded verses and praise before going into Turner’s first radio hit, ‘Long Black Train.’

The high school junior showed incredible stage presence for someone who’s experience is limited at best. He was charismatic and funny, worked both sides of the audience, and even remembered to wave to the special fans in the first few rows. He hammed it up a little with Josh Turner, but never came off cornier than one would want. Amongst the songs he recreated for his fans was ‘Gone,’ ‘Letters From Home,’ and ‘The River,’ all tracks that were essential to his success thus far in the competition.

Hours earlier, during the parade leading up to the concert at Lake Benson park, fans watched as their native son buried his head in his hands and came up with rosy cheeks and watery eyes. Organizers expected 30,000 people despite the threat of storms. Fortunately, the only thing that got wet before McCreery finished was his sleeves, as he dabbed his teary eyes. Expect that scene to make the cut during this Wednesday’s episode of ‘American Idol.”

Watch Josh Turner Surprise Scotty McCreery

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