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Month: January, 2013

New Music: Cocaine 80s – The Flower of Life – EP

For starters, Cocaine 80s have been blowing up as of recent. From features on Common’s The Dreamer, The Believer album to assisted vocals on the latest Kanye West and company release, Cruel Summer, lead singer James Fauntleroy and his team of musicians have put forth their long awaited free EP, The Flower of Life. If you’re looking for essentially the male version of wavvy group, The Internet, then this is for you! Read the rest of this entry »

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New Music: Justin Timberlake (feat. JAY Z) – Suit & Tie

Well the time has arrived. Well it arrived yesterday, but you catch my drift. After a long ass hiatus, give or take 6 years and more, Justin Timberlake has arrived to deliver that soothing croonery that we all came to love. The former N’SYNC front runner taps on none other than Roc-A-Fella’s JAY Z for a nice verse on the Suit & Tie blues reminiscent. I have to say, I’m quite pleased!  Read the rest of this entry »

Kid Culluminati

Let me first begin by saying that anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid fan of Scott Mescudi’s work. Always have been, always will be. To further demonstrate, this is not a conspiracist blog (although I do believe in most). Never has been, never will be. However, I do think that education of topics is necessary. Having predisposed information at one’s fingertips allows, at least, for a better idea of what you get yourself into.

Also, let me be the first to say.. musicians aren’t MEMBERS of the Illuminati, but are instead used to promote their agenda you dumb fucks. The Illuminati is tied to multiple bloodlines, not because you worship the Devil or because you make millions. Shit.

With that being said, I feel that I’ve always bashed many other artistes for their occult affiliation from the likes of popular names such as Kanye West to lesser extents like Florence + the Machine, so I thought it only fair to share my feelings about artists I actually love. Yes, to those of you who have heard these rants before (library talks), this is one of them. Let’s begin..

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Rick Ross Announces New Album, Mastermind

As if enough wasn’t done last year with two mixtape releases, the sequel Maybach Music Group compilation album and his fifth studio debut, God Forgives I Don’t, Rick Ross is wasting no time for 2013. Officer Ricky posted a trailer to the upcoming sixth album, titled Mastermind, teasing the summer release project. Check the album artwork and trailer below.

For those who don’t know, the song playing in the background is none other than Curtis Mayfield with Give Me Your Love (Love Song) and if we can expect Mastermind to sound anything like Mayfield’s third studio album, Super Fly, then we’re in for a treat. A return to Deeper Than Rap/Teflon Don Officer Ricky will be dope.. especially since God Forgives, I Don’t, was an overall disappointment in my opinion.

Here’s to the summer!

– Ike

M.I.A. Readies April Release

When you think of M.I.A. you think of controversy. You think of her acclaimed third album, /\/\/\Y/\, which featured a barrage of counter culture songs such as Meds and Feds only to be partnered up with controversial visuals such as Born Free. Or recently you think of the “f-you” gesture she displayed during her featured performance of Madonna during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. So, after building a “bad girl”/Public Enemy No.1 image, why is M.I.A. set to release an album that strictly follows positive overtones?

M.I.A. is set to release her fourth studio album, Matangi, in April. She noted this release date (more specifically: April 15th), because the month is the Tamil new year. M.I.A. has always found relevance and evoked meaning within each of her albums. For example, each album title is linked to someone personally, or self-personally, to M.I.A.’s life. Her debut, Arular, was named from the political code name employed by M.I.A.’s father, Arul Pragasam, during his involvement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Her sophomore effort, Kala, was named after her mother and, in contrast, the struggles that she endured were used as major themes in the recording. Finally her third, and now fourth efforts, /\/\/\Y/\ and Matangi are both M.I.A.’s middle and first names respectively.

Okay, enough background. The album was due out last year, but faced opposition from her label, Interscope Records. M.I.A. explained in an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin in Australia:

At the moment, I’ve been told it’s too positive. So we’re having a bit of an issue at the label. They’re like, “You need to darken it up a bit.” I don’t know what it is but as soon as I work that out.

Cue all necessary and plausible Illuminati references now. All in all, the label, to make light of this shit, just wants M.I.A. to remain true to her fanbase and not disappoint by attempting something new that will receive mixed reviews. Basically: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, I noticed in her last album, that she does have positive things to say and I think she would rather share that part of her with the world instead of being the hardass we’ve come to love. Either way, Matangi is sure to be a good listen and contender when everyone begins their albums of the year countdowns in December.

– Ike

Cruel… SUMMERS’

Okay, no this has nothing to do with Kanye West or any G.O.O.D. Music affiliate. This has to deal with a rhythm and blues novelty that is better known as Maxwell. 2013 looks to be promising for a new album from the R&B crooner. Ladies, please contain yourselves and dry your undergarments.  Read the rest of this entry »

Ocean + 3000 + Boi = Pink Matter

Well this isn’t exactly the biggest piece of news, but for it being only the fourth day of the new year, it’s pretty plausible. For those who don’t already know, the headline is self-explanatory: Big Boi will be featured on the upcoming (remix, maybe?) to Frank Ocean’s Pink Matter off his solo debut channel ORANGE. Seeing as this will be the first track OutKast has performed together in, oh I don’t know, 6 YEARS, this is pretty awesome!
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