Album Review: KiD CuDi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

16 09 2009

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Last year a new Hip Hop artist emerged with his breakthrough single “Day N Nite”. The sound of the track was innovative and unique, and it eventually got swagger jacked by the likes of Jim Jones and Jermaine Dupri. Listeners wanted to hear more of what Cudi has to offer besides his debut single. Then we were hit with his first mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi (click here to check it out). In traditional mixtape fashion, Cudi provided original material, and of course his rendition of popular songs like Gnarls Barkley’s “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”, and “Spaz” by N.E.R.D.. The mixtape showed Cudi’s various musical aspects and summed up his lyrical style with this line “All I do is try to make it simple, the ones that make it complicated/Never get congratulated”
The mixtape caught the ear of Kanye West, which landed Cudi a deal on Ye’s GOOD Music imprint, and Universal/Motown Records. After working on album’s like 808’s & Heartbreak, acheiving popularity with his single “Day N Nite”, and being featured on many publications, Kid Cudi releases his debut album; Man on the Moon: The End of Day
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Seeing is Beliving 9/15 – New Ghostface Video

15 09 2009

Ghostface Killah – Stapleton Sex (NSFW)
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Ghostface drops a video/teaser for “Stapleton Sex” appearing on his upcoming Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City album. Wondering why it got the NSFW tag? Try bondange, gags, and other kinky things.
If you haven’t heard, Ghost is switching things up a bit for his next album and making it all about the ladies. Relationships, sex, and other things dealing with the opposite sex will be the subject for the Wizard of Poetry album. Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City will be in stores September 29th.





Girls, Girls, Girls: Chick of the Week 9/14 – Alicia Keys

15 09 2009

*Alicia Keys – Doesn’t Mean Anything (Download link inside)
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I’m a little late with this one, but I’ve been busy handlin biz.
Since Sunday everyone’s been talking about the madness that is the MTV VMA’s. The topic of discussion has been Kanye’s rant against Taylor Swift, Lil Mama sneaking up onto Jay-z’s performance, and the bizarre Lady GaGa. Of course there were some pretty ladies in the building like Beyonce and the sexy Amber Rose, but who stood out the most to me was Alicia Keys.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Alicia Keys, but she appeared at the VMA’s looking sexy as ever. She also ended the show performing her collaboration with Jay-z, “Empire State of Mind” which was rudely interrupted by Lil Mama. The beautiful singer-songwriter/actress/humanitarian is working on her fourth album, and I’m also posting her new joint with this blog. Alicia Keys is currently dating Swizz Beatz.
Continue reading to download Alicia Keys new joint “Doesn’t Mean Anything” and peep more pics.
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2009 MTV VMA Live Stream!

13 09 2009

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For those of you who want to check out the MTV VMA’s tonite, I got you covered. You can view the MTV VMA’s live from New York here are Spaz Appeal. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this years event (feel free to check out my blog on last years VMA’s), but who knows what next year will bring.
Performances include Jay-z with Alicia Keys, KiD CuDi, Wale, Pitbull, Beyonce, a special tribute to Michael Jackson, and others. With appearances from 50 Cent, Eminem, Ne-Yo, and more.

Enjoy!





Takin’ Em Back – 9/11

11 09 2009

Jay-z – H to the Izzo
Today’s throwback joint is in honor of Jay’s third installment in the Blueprint series. Originally, The Blueprint 3 was supposed to be released on this day, but the release date was pushed up due to early album leaks. Eight years ago from today we experienced the tragic and unfortunate 9/11 attacks, and also the release of what’s arguably Jay-z’s best album, The Blueprint. “H to the Izzo” was the first single off the album, which later help put Kanye West on the map. Ladies and gentlemen, “H to the Izzo, V to the Izza”.





Dope or Nope 9/9 – New 50 Cent & Ne-Yo

9 09 2009

50 Cent feat. Ne-Yo – Baby By Me (Radio Rip CDQ) (Updated)
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50 Cent comes through with his fourth attempt at a first single off his upcoming Before I Self Destruct album titled “Baby By Me” with Ne-Yo. Based off the tracks title and feature, it’s obvious this is a mainstream single that is aimed at the ladies. The track samples 50’s line from “I Get Money” when he says “Have a baby by me, I be a millionaire…” and of course has Ne-Yo doing the hook.

Thoughts?

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Album Review: Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II

9 09 2009

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In the 90’s the Wu-Tang Clan were an elite rap group from Staten Island made up of nine unique, hard body MC’s. Throughout their reign, they released group albums and a long list of solo albums. Some of the most known solo albums from Wu-Tang members are Method Man’s Tical, Ghostface Killah’s Ironman, and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Any fan of Hip Hop can easily identify Only Built 4 Cuban Linx as arguably the best album from a Wu-Tang member and it still receives positive recognition from Hip Hop fans till this day. OB4CL pioneered the “Mafioso” rap style in ’95, and since then Raekwon has released solo albums and group albums which didn’t come near the caliber of his debut album. Ten years later, it was announced that Raekwon was going to make a sequel to the classic album, but after a number of changes and push backs, it didn’t hit the stores until 2009. Does Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 live up to it’s predecessor, or is it another Immobilarity?
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Album Review: Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

8 09 2009

Blueprint3 Album Cover
It’s been eight years since Jay-z released his classic Blueprint album. The album featured some of Jay’s best verses, limited guest appearances, and unforgettable soulful production. The following year the sequel was released, and instead of being a thirteen (fifteen if you include the bonus tracks) track LP, Jay decided to make the second album of the series his first double album. The album featured numerous tracks which helped it live up to it’s title “The Gift and the Curse”. Fans agreed it didn’t live up to it’s predecessor, but still managed to enjoy songs spread out through both disks. Jay decided not to add on to the Blueprint series with his next few albums but in 2009, he revisits the Blueprint series to drop his most anticipated album since The Black Album.
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Seeing is Believing 9/8 – New Raekwon & Diddy Videos!

8 09 2009

On today’s videos…

Raekwon walks you to “Walk With Me”

Dirty Money are Diddy’s “Angels”

Continue reading to peep the vids…

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Dope or Nope 9/6 – New Drake Joint!

6 09 2009

Drake – Fear (Produced by Dj Khalil)
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Drake drops this new DJ Khalil produced banger that will appear on the So Far Gone EP dropping September 15th. The EP will also feature “I’m Goin In” and other notable joints off his So Far Gone joint.

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