Wale – The Cloud feat. Tiara Thomas (Video)

Wale’s More About Nothing mixtape from 2010 received a lot of critical acclaim and solidified the strong list of mixtape releases from the DMV rapper.  One of the standouts on the mixtape was this track featuring Tiara Thomas and titled “The Cloud.”  Now the track has a video and it features a house party theme.   The track also alludes to another seminal recreational activity which we will not mention here.  The track features an acoustic backdrop which is something not very common in hip hop.

Also make sure you check out Wale’s latest work on the Self Made album.

 

 

 

J.Cole – How High

Another release from J. Cole and this time its for the track “How High.”  We are going to assume that this track is from the upcoming mixtape We Got A Buzz Now. No word on a release date yet even though J. Cole did allude to the impending release of a new mixtape really shortly in his UStream from May 28th.  Also make sure you check out J. Cole’s remix of the ESPN Baseball Tonight intro which was released earlier today.  That was pretty dope as well.

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DOWNLOAD: J.Cole – How HighMediafire

Just Blaze & Alchemist Soundclash 2011

Just Blaze and the Alchemist returned to the United Kingdom to reprise their successful Soundclash battle.  Once again the two respected producers and dj’s played their best beats back after back to a very interactive and hyped London Crowd.

Just Blaze is best known for his work with Jay-z, Cam’ron, Kanye West, Freeway, T.I. and Usher. Alchemist has crafted hits for Mobb Deep, Nas, Jadakiss, Lil Wayne, Big Pun and Raekwon.

“How To Make it In America” returns in September for Season 2

There was news earlier this year that “How to Make it in America” was filming for Season 2.  Thanks to HBO to renewing the show since the end of season 1 brought some uncertainty as to the direction of the show.  Now it looks like the show will be back this fall in September according to the tweets of Ian Edelman (@getpaidelman) & Bryn Greenberg (@bryangreenberg).  This is what Bryan Greenberg had to say on Twitter:

Nothing official yet but the rumor is #HowToMakeIt season 2 will premiere in mid September on @HBO. But you didn’t hear it from me.

Speaking to MTV, Greenberg (Ben) was asked what was in store for season 2:

“Oh man! Everything gets amped up! We figured out what works with the show, and the first season of a TV show everyone’s trying to figure it out, but it’s just more comedy. There’s a lot more stuff going on, the stakes are higher. It’s sexier; it’s edgier. This is a tighter show. I’m really excited to see it cut together.”

Also, we should mention that Clipse member and G.O.O.D. Music artist Pusha-T is joining the cast for a 4 episode arc as a drug dealer.

Sounds like the 8 episodes for this season will be just as entertaining as Season 1 was.

 

J. Cole remakes ESPN’s Baseball Tonight theme

Roc Nation recording artist J. Cole shows off his production skills once again in this short video where he plays his remix of the ESPN Baseball Tonight intro. ESPN commissioned the North Carolinian and he delivered a remake which in his own words “more like Lil Jon.”  I don’t I have ever seen J. Cole that animated, not even during his performances.

In other J. Cole news, check out his UStream where he confirmed a special guest on his upcoming début album and the announcement of an upcoming mixtape. He also announced that he sampled a Kanye West track for the album which should be released really soon. It can all be seen here.

Mickey Factz featuring Marsha Ambrosius – For The Culture

Mickey Factz and Marsha Ambrosius get together to release a video for their song “For the Culture.”  This is the same track that was featured on the re-release of his 2007 breakthrough mixtape, Heaven’s Fallout. The Bronx rapper decided to honor the four year anniversary of the tape with a remastered version with four new exclusive tracks to coincide with the commemoration.  I like the video above but never paid any attention to the re release of the mixtape because frankly, it didn’t deserve another release. I almost find it ludicrous when record labels re release albums.  It always appears to be a “we have to make more money” of this album play.  Re-releasing a mixtape? Why? Anyway, Checkout the video above courtesy of mtvU.

 

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Saturn Never Sleeps “Tory”

Saturn Never Sleeps

Check out the latest from Saturn Never Sleeps! Its the single “Tory” which is the first single from their upcoming first full length album Yesterday’s Machine. Yesterday’s Machine is slated for a Summer 2011 release. Yesterday’s Machine, combines an experimental create-in-the-moment vibe with inspirational lyrics and vocal sonics that range from Sade tones to Flora Purim’s ethereal layers. The result is well-crafted, intelligent, genre-pushing, electronic soul rooted in the duo’s collective years of experience and musical expanse. To be released in July 2011 on their label, SNS.

Saturn Never Sleeps came about when music producer King Britt and singer/artist Rucyl collaborated in 2009 for two improvisational performances specifically dedicated to the music and sound of fellow Philadelphian Sun-Ra. Carrying on in the tradition of Sun Ra’s vision of process as art, they decided to continue their project, which led to a year of amazing opportunities, performing at Moogfest (USA), Stadtmusik Festival (Basel, Switzerland), Art Basel (Miami), Micro-cosmos (Tokyo) and residencies in Philadelphia/NYC.

The duo have been inspired by the works of classic electronic innovators like Herbie Hancock, Raymond Scott, Delia Derbyshire, the present day forward-thinking electronic scene as well as experimental composers, dub and rocksteady.  These inspirations have transpired in a solid stage show combining laptop/electronics with heart melting vocals and improvised electronic instrumentation, heavy bass vibrations and sonic ambience.The live two person show consists of King Britt on samples, beats, and textures with Rucyl layering vocals and added electronics. Often both performers vary their live rigs with home-brew music applications and experimental noise makers. Their sound resonates with fans of artists like Massive Attack, Little Dragon, Sun Ra and Philip Glass. Recently opening for TV on the Radio and Sun Ra Arkestra, music collectors and young audiences alike are taking notice of their unique approach to songs.

 

Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton – So In Love (Official Video)

 

Take a look at the latest from Jill Scott which is the video for her track “So In Love” featuring soul crooner Anthony Hamilton.  “So In Love” – is the the first single off of the upcoming Jill Scott record The Light of the Sun.   The video features Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton playing love interests at what looks like a great house party.   The Light of the Sun will be released June 21st.  This will be Jill Scott’s fourth studio album and it follows the tremendous success of her Real Thing album.  Pre Order “The Light of the Sun” on iTunes: http://wbr.fm/JillScottLOTS

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Diddy – Come To Me (Remix) feat. Notorious B.I.G. & The Voice of Harlem

 

Remember Diddy’s “Come to Me” from his Press Play album? Well the track featured a not released remixed version which featured the late great Notorious B.I.G. and the Voice of Harlem.  This version of the song was Remixed by Geno Sims and the legendary / underrated K-Def.  Apparently the story behind this remix was that the samples could never get cleared to allow for a release.   The track features the Notorious B.I.G.’s acclaimed verse from “Party and Bullshit” which was featured as the fourth promotional single for the soundtrack to the 1993 film Who’s the Man? This track could certainly be a nice summer bbq anthem. What are your thoughts on the song? Was it a good use of Biggie’s classic verse?

DOWNLOAD: Diddy – Come To Me (rmx) f. Biggie & The Voice of Harlem

Sports Zone Gossip: South beach is Hollywood

I laugh every time I see this post-game interview with Joakim Noah. First the gay slur comment to a fan and now this. I really wanted him to elaborate on the “Hollywood” concept. Sorry, let me quote him correctly “They’re Hollywood as hell.” I guess that’s an incomparable level of Hollywood. I wonder if he meant bougie. Ultimately, rather than competing for the NBA Finals, Noah will watch the Miami “Hollywood” Heat represent the Eastern Conference. What Noah needs to do is go to the gym and work on his offensive game. Instead of trying to help lead his team to victory in the closing minutes of several games in conference finals, Noah found himself on the bench in the cheerleader role. Need I say more…

 

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J. Cole Goes on UStream

J. Cole went on UStream and had some great news for the viewers of the live show.  During the UStream, J. Cole discussed the progress of his upcoming album.  He  also confirmed that Jay-z would be a guest on that album and that there would a mixtape coming out soon.  I think the most notable news was that he sampled a Kanye West track for a single.

#CantWait

While we wait for the latest from the album, check out the recently released “Simba” track that we heard earlier this week.  This should be able to hold us over until the album and mixtape get released.

 

Cool Cats for Sebago: The “Club 75” Docksides

Cool Cats follows up their first Sebago collaboration with a second pair of Docksides which might be much more impressive than the first.  This one is even cooler than the first collabo and its nicknamed the “Club 75″ Docksides. The name shoes comes from theParisian supergroup who delivered an outstanding performance at last year’s Coachella (If you haven’t seen the footage of the performance, watch it below”.  The shoes come in a white nubuck upper with red and blue detailing on the eyelets and insole. Limited to a run of only 300 pair, the shoe is available exclusively through Cool Cats and colette.

Buy now! Cool Cats Store

 

Check out More about Club 75 Here:
Five years ago, the CLUB 75 was born. Zdar, Busy Pedro, Xavier and DJ Mehdi, at the mighty REX CLUB in Paris, inventing without knowing it what would become Ed Banger’s way of rocking the decks. He, who has the best idea for the next track, gets on the mixer. No order, just disorder – backstage on stage. And the flyer said ”FROM HIP-HOP TO ROCK TO HOUSE TO TECHNO TO ROCK” and “WHERE THE COOL CATS GO!” I could go on and on about the whole history of the CLUB, the importance of 75, the who clogs the decks, and the who’s hardest to play after. But next month we’re giving it a whole new meaning – so you might as well book your tickets, pack your toothbrush, and come to the SOCIAL on October 8th. The CLUB hasn’t gone anywhere: we’re right here, where we belong.

Chiddy Bang – Peanut Butter & Swelly (Mixtape)

Check out the latest from Chiddy Bang. Its a fifteen track tape intended for the official start of summer, Memorial Day, and the weeks afterwards.  Take a listen to this phenomenal project, Peanut Butter & Swelly. The mixtape is presented by illRoots,  and features production by Xaphoon Jones, the non-rapping half of the Philadelphia-based duo. Enjoy this tape as Chiddy Bang has another project, Breakfast, on the way. For now, check out Peanut Butter & Swelly here.

 

Sports Zone Gossip: 2012 > 2006

They play no defense. They’re too old. They only have one good player. They’ll never make it past the Los Angeles Lakers. They’re going to play rusty with so much time off. Oklahoma is too fast for them. Say what you want, but the Dallas Mavericks are playing for the 2011 NBA Championship. The energy and style of play that this team has displayed throughout these playoffs is the epitome of the NBA promo, “The NBA, where amazing happens.”
There’s no doubt in my mind that no player deserves more credit on this team for Mavericks success than Dirk Nowitzki. It has been a privilege to witness his performances in these playoffs. Is there a defender that can actually prevent this 7-footer from doing what he wants? Dirk isn’t unstoppable, but sure is playing like he is. The trajectory of his shot is beautiful. His humbleness and unselfishness aura is even more striking to watch. Nowitzki is a man on a mission and is four games away from accomplishing his goal. Failures only make an individual stronger and this is not the same Nowitzki nor is it the same Dallas Mavericks team from 2006 that lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA Championship.
Dirk isn’t the only member of this team that has improved his game, so has veteran Jason Kidd. Despite his age, Kidd still fills up the box score in several categories. This is the same Jason Kidd that got abused in 2008 first round playoffs against the New Orleans Hornets. I’m not sure if any of you remember this series, but to sum up in one word what Chris Paul did to one the greatest point guards ever, disrespectful. It was like Paul was playing the XBOX video game, NBA 2k, on Hall of Fame while Kidd was playing on Rookie. I actually vividly remember Paul saying during the series, “He [Kidd] can’t D me!”
Kidd may have seemed too old and not deserving to be on the court in ‘08, but like fine wine, Kidd gets better with age. J.Kidd’s contribution to the team is more than just being the point guard and directing traffic. Kidd has been a mentor to many of these players and using his years of experience to play a different way that is still contributive. Maybe not as essential as the German slinger, but this future Hall of Famer will be needed to win a championship.
Same teams, but different faces. The 2011 Championship may be a rematch of 2006, but it will be a completely different series. Nowitzki doesn’t need to dominate every game for his team to win. If you disagree, just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder. Though the Mavericks only took five games to defeat the swift and electric Thunder, it wasn’t the easiest series for Dallas. Unfortunately for the Mavs, next round will consist of an even faster and more explosive team.
Though there may be an advantage for the Dallas on whoever defends Dirk, there will be several other advantages in favor of the Miami Heat like who will attempt to stop the dynamic backcourt of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. Because Dirk is such a greater shooter and will attract double teams, the easiest way the Mavericks can make the Heat suffer is outside shooting. This is the Dallas’ forte; the only question is if and when they’ll fall down on the big stage. In addition to the deadly perimeter shooting that the Mavs possess, they also have a very deep and talented bench. Jason Terry, JJ Barea, Peja Stojakovic, Corey Brewer, and Brendan Haywood will need to step up when their numbers are called. This is one area where the Mavericks truly outnumber the Miami.
The Mavericks have seen it all. Most members of this organization have been criticized in some aspect and still they stand. This makes the Mavericks even more dangerous. Dirk and his team aren’t going home without a fight. Their resilience has led them to reach the center plateau of bright lights against the Miami Heat. Their redemption path started with an early exit in the first round to the No. 8 Golden State Warriors to being bounced out the playoffs by the lower seeded San Antonio last year. Time has passed and the Mavericks now have a chance to win their 1st NBA title in the franchise’s second trip to the finals.
Brandon Roy is gone. They defeated Kobe Bryant and the defending champions. They eliminated Kevin Durant and the young Thunder. Next up is the three headed monster. Tune in to ABC next Tuesday at 9 p.m. to watch the rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals.

 

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