Turn Your Speakers Way Up – New Heat [Video]

Curtis Cross, (born August 14, 1983) better known as Black Milk, is a hip hop producer and MC from Detroit, Michigan.

In 2004, he formed B.R. Gunna, with Young RJ, and Fat Ray, and together they released Dirty District: Vol. 2, a follow up to a compilation released in 2001 by Slum Village, which he had contributed production to. Black Milk released a solo album, Sound of the City, Vol. 1, the following year and in 2006 he signed a record contract with Fat Beats Records (Fat Beats is currently distributed by Koch Entertainment, the largest independent distributor in the U.S.). In the fall of 2006, he released an EP, entitled Broken Wax. March 13, 2007 he released a second album, Popular Demand.

In addition to Slum Village, Black Milk has worked with the likes of J Dilla, Elzhi, Phat Kat, Frank-N-Dank, Lloyd Banks, Canibus, and Pharoahe Monch, and handled most of the production on T3’s Olio mixtape of 2006.

Album Of The Year will be released on September 14th 2010 through Fat Beats and Decon. It will be made available through www.fatbeats.com www.blackmilk.biz www.amazon.com Best Buy and other stores.

Most recently, Black Milk has been praised by the likes of Rah Digga and Bun B.

Black Milk – Warning (Keep Bouncing)

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/12/2010

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/12/2010

Eminem’s “Recovery” officially out-sells “Relapse,” while Atmosphere, Young Buck, Fabolous and Dorrough all crack the charts.

Eminem’s Recovery officially outsold Relapse this week. Although Recovery‘s critical response and awards have far exceded the emcee/producer’s 2009 return album, the numbers now suggest the same. Earlier this week, Eminem spoke to The New York Post about the two releases, noting his own disapproval of some of Relapse‘s deliveries. Recovery came in at #2 this week, behind singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ Kaleidoscope Heart. The Aftermath/Interscope release has now cleared 2.5 million units.

Drake’s Thank Me Later sat at #13 last week, three units higher than the previous. The Toronto emcee, along with Eminem, B.o.B. and Kanye West was among Rap’s performers at Sunday night’s MTV 2010 Video Music Awards. TML‘s “Fancy,” featuring Mary J Blige and Swizz Beatz was Drake’s song of choice.

Usher’s EP, Versus held the #15 spot. The supplementary release to this year’s Raymond v. Raymond fell just two spots. Drumma Boy, Polow Da Don and Jim Jonsin are amoung the producers on the EP, which cleared 85,000 units. Another R&B star, Lyfe Jennings has released his final album in I Still Believe. The Toledo, Ohio singer’s latest release from Warner Brothers/Asylum Records features Anthony Hamilton. Jennings has previously indicated he will leave music after this year, after a meaningful-yet-short six-year career.

Rick Ross approaches 400,000 units sold with Teflon Don. The Def Jam rapper’s fourth official album features work from veterans such as No I.D., DJ Clark Kent and Cee-Lo. The Miami, Florida rapper also made a brief cameo at the MTV VMA’s this past week, in a sketch with host Chelsea Handler.


* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
2 Eminem Recovery
81,000 2,501,000
13 Drake Thank Me Later
18,000 1,051,000
15 Usher Versus 17,000 85,000
22 Lyfe Jennings I Still Believe
14,000 50,000
24 Rick Ross Teflon Don
13,000 382,000

New releases dominated the 35-100 place of the charts.

Veteran Minneapolis, Minnesota duo Atmosphere released a digital-exclusive 12-track collection called To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy. Released on their own Rhymesayers Entertainment imprint, the work is billed as a double EP. The work sold nearly 10,000 first week units, despite little marketing, further solidifying the RSE strength with fans.

New material from Young Buck surfaced in Rehab. Released on Real Talk Entertainment, and distributed my Fontana, the collection of songs have been officially licensed by the onetime G-Unit member, however sources close to the Nashville, Tennessee star assert that this is not to be considered his third album, after two previous big budget releases through Interscope. Veteran Bad Azz and Bizzy Bone producer Big Hollis handled a bulk of the beats for this collection of songs that sold over 6,000 first week units.

The latest in the retail mixtape movement, Brooklyn, New York star Fabolous released There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Mixtape through Def Jam Records. The Street Fam head’s EP release features Cam’ron, Red Cafe, Vado and production from Ryan Leslie. After two weeks on the charts, the sequel to Fab’s acclaimed No Competition installement has sold nearly 20,000 units.

Dallas, Texas rapper Durrough sold over 5,000 units of his sophomore album, Get Big. The E1 Entertainment homegrown sensation featured label-mates on his release such as Juvenile, Slim Thug and Jim Jones.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
37 Atmosphere To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy
9,400 9,400
55 Young Buck The Rehab 6,400 6,400
61 Fabolous There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Mixtape
5,700 18,000
67 Durrough Get Big
5,500 5,500
86 Eminem Relapse
4,600 2,049,k

Can Black Milk’s Album of the Year get some evidence of being so from the charts? Will Trey Songz get a shot at that #1 spot? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

Source: HipHopDX

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Turn Your Speakers Way Up – Smoke-a-lympics Rollers Theme [Video]

Strong Arm Steady, often referred to as SAS, is a rap/hip hop group in California’s underground hip hop scene. As of December 2009, the act consists of members Mitchy Slick of San Diego, California, and (both of Los Angeles) Phil Da Agony and probably the most visually distinct member, Krondon, who is albinistic. Originally an amorphous collective of at least eight, formed as an alternative to the gang-focused productions of West Coast rap’s then-dominant Death Row Records, SAS pared down to four members for recording in the studio and performing live, with Xzibit as the frontman. Since he left the group in 2006, the three remaining members have been a stable trio.

Strong Arm Steady – Cheeba Cheeba

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Salute 2Pac – 14 Years A.D.

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli, was an American rapper. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide,[1] making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world and the second highest selling rap artist behind Eminem. Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

In addition to his career as a top-selling rap artist, he was a promising actor and a social activist. Most of Shakur’s songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur began his career as a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.

Violence was a theme not only in his art, but in his life. In November 1993 he was indicted, and later convicted, for sexual assault; he was sentenced to 1½–4½ years in prison.  In September 1996, Shakur was shot in the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada. He was taken to the University Medical Center, where he died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.

This is an EP Release is the RIAA Gold certified second Digital Underground release, from which two songs were featured in the film Nothing But Trouble starring Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Demi Moore, and John Candy. Both songs could be considered hip hop hybrids; “Tie The Knot,” for its loose jazzy piano tracks and comedic interpretation of “Bridal Chorus;” and “Same Song” for its extensive organ solo and improvised organ bits throughout the song, making it one of hip hop’s first singles to successfully integrate live instrumentation with music samples. This is also a hip hop landmark for rap star, Tupac Shakur, who made his debut on the latter song, and who fatefully portrayed an African king in the video. Tupac also can be heard on “The Way We Swing”( Remix) as a background vocalist, adding humorous ad-libs between the verses.

If My Homie Calls”  is the second single by 2Pac from his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now. A music video was also made for this single. He performed this song in the early 1990s on the famed MTV show Yo! MTV Raps.

Holler If Ya Hear Me” is a song by 2Pac, from his second solo album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.. It was the first single released from this album in 1993. The track, which uses a sample from Public Enemy’s “Rebel Without a Pause”, is an anthem of resistance. Frustrations with black poverty, police injustice, and Tupac’s perceived persecution from political figure Dan Quayle fuel the majority of the track. Hustling, bearing arms, and refusal to conform are the key methods of combating said issues, and the chorus leads those listeners in agreement to join in the movement. The song is autobiographical in nature, referring to various traumas experienced by Tupac himself,[2] and the editor of Vibe was quoted in TIME magazine as stating that the song struck a chord with a large section of disaffected youth. The song was used by Michael Eric Dyson as the title of his book about the life of Tupac Shakur.

Cradle to the Grave” (referred as: Cradle 2 the Grave) is a song on Thug Life (the first group of 2Pac) album, Thug Life Volume 1. It is the only song from the album to hit the singles charts, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart and #91 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart

Dear Mama” is a rap song by American hip hop artist 2Pac. The track was produced by Tony Pizarro for 2Pac’s third solo album Me Against the World, released in 1995. “Dear Mama” was written by 2Pac as an ode to his own mother, Afeni Shakur.

“Dear Mama” was released on February 21, 1995 as the first single for the album. The single was the most successful of all the singles released from the album. The song is considered by critics, fans, and purists as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time, and one of 2Pac’s best songs in particular, being ranked number four on About.com’s “Top 100 Rap Songs” list. It was announced on June 23, 2010 that the Library of Congress is preserving Dear Mama, along with 24 other songs, in the National Recording Registry for their cultural significance.

I Ain’t Mad at Cha” is the name of a song by rapper 2Pac released as the sixth single from his album All Eyez on Me. Although the album was released exactly 7 months before his death, the single was released shortly after his death. The song is a heartfelt tribute to his friends he knew before he was famous. The song features contemporary African American soul singer Danny Boy who provided the vocals for the song’s hook. The song did well in the United Kingdom, reaching the number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. It was not released as a single in the United States, thus making it ineligible to chart on the Billboard singles charts (due to chart rules at the time), but reached numbers 18 and 58 in the R&B and Pop Airplay charts, respectively. It also reached number two on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

Hail Mary” is 2Pac’s last single from his final album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. A music video was shot for the song.

On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson – Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After leaving the match, one of Suge’s associates spotted 21-year-old Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips, in the MGM Grand lobby and informed Shakur, who then attacked Anderson. Shakur’s entourage, as well as Suge and his followers, assisted in assaulting Anderson. The fight was captured on the hotel’s video surveillance. Earlier that year, Anderson and a group of Crips had robbed a member of Death Row’s entourage in a Foot Locker store, precipitating Shakur’s attack. After the brawl, Shakur went to rendezvous with Suge to go to Death Row-owned Club 662 (now known as restaurant/club Seven). He rode in Suge’s 1996 black BMW 750iL sedan as part of a larger convoy including many in Shakur’s entourage.

At 10:55 p.m., while paused at a red light, Shakur rolled down his window and a photographer took his photograph. At around 11:00–11:05 p.m., they were halted on Las Vegas Blvd. by Metro bicycle police for playing the car stereo too loud and not having license plates. The plates were then found in the trunk of Suge’s car; they were released without being fined a few minutes later. At about 11:10 p.m., while stopped at a red light at Flamingo Road near the intersection of Koval Lane in front of the Maxim Hotel, a vehicle occupied by two women pulled up on their right side. Shakur, who was standing up through the sunroof, exchanged words with the two women, and invited them to go to Club 662. At approximately 11:15 p.m., a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac with an unknown number of occupants pulled up to the sedan’s right side, rolled down one of the windows, and rapidly fired a surfeit of gunshots at Shakur; bullets hit him in the chest, pelvis, and his right hand and thigh. One of the rounds apparently ricocheted into Shakur’s right lung. Suge was hit in the head by fragmentation, though it is thought that a bullet grazed him. According to Suge, a bullet from the gunfire had been lodged in his skull, but medical reports later contradicted this statement.

At the time of the drive-by Shakur’s bodyguard was following behind in a vehicle belonging to Kidada Jones, Shakur’s then-fiancée. The bodyguard, Frank Alexander, stated that when he was about to ride along with the rapper in Suge’s car, Shakur asked him to drive Kidada Jones’ car instead just in case they were too drunk and needed additional vehicles from Club 662 back to the hotel. Shortly after the assault, the bodyguard reported in his documentary, Before I Wake, that one of the convoy’s cars drove off after the assailant but he never heard back from the occupants.

After arriving on the scene, police and paramedics took Suge and a mortally wounded Shakur to the University Medical Center. According to an interview with one of Shakur’s closest friends the music video director Gobi, while at the hospital, he received news from a Death Row marketing employee that the shooters had called the record label and were sending death threats aimed at Shakur, claiming that they were going there to “finish him off”. Upon hearing this, Gobi immediately alerted the Las Vegas police, but the police claimed they were understaffed and no one could be sent. Nonetheless, the shooters never arrived. At the hospital, Shakur was in and out of consciousness, was heavily sedated, breathed through a ventilator and respirator, was placed on life support machines, and was ultimately put under a barbiturate-induced coma after repeatedly trying to get out of the bed.

Despite having been resuscitated in a trauma center and surviving a multitude of surgeries (as well as the removal of a failed right lung), Shakur had gotten through the critical phase of the medical therapy and was given a 50% chance of pulling through. Gobi left the medical center after being informed that Shakur made a 13% recovery on the sixth night. While in the critical care unit on the afternoon of September 13, 1996, Shakur died of internal bleeding; doctors attempted to revive him but could not impede his hemorrhaging. His mother, Afeni, made the decision to tell the doctors to stop. He was pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m. (PDT) The official cause of death was noted as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds. Shakur’s body was cremated and some of his ashes were later mixed with marijuana and smoked by members of Outlawz.

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PG&E Gas Line Blows Up City Block – Some Dead

With a thunderous roar heard for miles, a natural gas line explosion ripped through a San Bruno neighborhood Thursday evening, sending up a geyser of fire that killed at least one person and injured more than 20 others, and igniting a blaze that destroyed 53 homes and damaged 120 more, authorities said.

The wind-whipped blaze leaped from structure to structure in the neighborhood near Skyline Boulevard and Sneath Lane, west of Interstate 280, raging unabated for almost an hour as emergency crews rushed in and residents streamed out.

The central ball of fire, fed by the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas line, raged past nightfall before abating. By then, houses on several blocks and thick stands of trees were engulfed in flames.

Power was cut off to the area, and the only light came from emergency vehicles and the smoldering houses. Firefighting planes roared overhead, dumping retardant onto the blazes, and the scene took on a chaotic tone as neighbors desperately searched for help and for each other.

San Bruno officials said the explosion happened near or in Glenview Park, just east of Skyline and north of San Bruno Avenue. A huge crater was left in the street at the heart of the explosion.

“A terrible, terrible tragedy has fallen on our city,” Mayor Jim Ruane said.

“Say a special prayer for those people,” Ruane said. “This is going to be a long haul for this city.”

Millbrae Fire Chief Dennis Haag said more than 100 people were in evacuation centers. Firefighters had not been able to get into the area to search for people, he said.

“We could not get close to the line,” Haag said late Thursday night. “We are still not able to access the area fully.”

The heaviest damage was on the fire’s western flank, he said.

Omar Naber and his mother, Lana Naber, were in their home on Vermont Way, a couple of blocks north, when the house shook violently about 6:15 p.m.

“I thought it was the biggest earthquake ever,” he said.
Injured in hospitals

Deputy San Mateo County Coroner April Florent said “there are deaths, but we do not have a number right now.” She said it would take awhile to compile a count because investigators must go from house to house.

Fifteen people were being treated at Kaiser Medical Center in South San Francisco for burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries, spokeswoman Stacey Wagner said. Some critically burned patients had been transferred earlier to St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, she said. Three patients went to Seton Medical Center in Daly City.

Five injured people were taken to San Francisco General Hospital. Spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said three were in critical condition – a man in his fifties and a woman in her eighties, both suffering from burn injuries, and a woman in her eighties being treated for smoke inhalation.

A woman in her sixties was in serious condition with smoke inhalation, and the fifth victim was in good condition, Kagan said.

PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith said one of the utility’s natural gas transmission lines ruptured. The reason for the rupture is unknown, he said.

“If it is ultimately determined that we were responsible for the cause of this incident, we will take accountability,” Smith said. “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this terrible situation.”

Abelardo Vega, 34, of Daly City was at a church service nearby and came to check on a friend in the neighborhood when the blast happened. He couldn’t reach the friend but got his cell phone’s voice-mail message.

“Thanks for your concern,” the message said. “My house did catch on f- fire. Luckily, none of my family got hurt. They’re all OK. … I lost my house.”
Flames up to 300 feet high

Joe Simpson, who lives a half-mile from the explosion, said the blast had shaken his house like an earthquake. “I felt it as much as I heard it,” he said.

As night fell, Simpson said he had a startling view of the fire geyser from his backyard, estimating the flames were shooting 200 to 300 feet high.

California Emergency Management Agency spokesman Kelly Huston said the official count by about 10 p.m. was 120 homes damaged and 53 structures destroyed. The fire was 50 percent contained, he said, and it consumed a 10-acre area. Mutual aid came from many agencies throughout the Bay Area.
‘It was so loud’

“Apparently the explosion was so catastrophic it knocked out power and water lines, which complicated the firefighting effort,” he said. “Some units are having to shuttle water into the area.”

David Pinochi, who lives on Crestmoor Drive a quarter-mile away from the explosion, was evacuated as large bits of ash rained down. Firefighters marked houses with a large “X” after they evacuated families.

“I’ve loaded up my dogs, and I’m getting ready to go,” said Pinochi, who ran to get home to check on his children, ages 10, 12 and 16. All were safe. “I took my Niner autographed stuff and packed it up. I’m hoping for the best.”

Ed Hornung, who also was evacuating, said, “It was so loud, it could have been a nuclear explosion.”
Emergency shelter set up

A shelter for residents was established at a San Bruno Parks and Recreation Department center.

Sheriff’s deputies and police began evacuating residents near the fireball within minutes, pounding on doors as the flames raged nearby. They went door to door, ordering people out of their houses as their colleagues set up equipment mere feet away to battle the flames.

Naber and his mother, in their house on Vermont Avenue, rushed for the front door after they heard the explosion and tried to open it, but the door handle was too hot. He ran to his room, grabbed his car keys and fled the house with his mother through another exit.
Running out of the heat

As they ran to the car, which was parked on the street, they could see a fireball. The heat was so intense, it burned the hair off his arms, he said as he stood in shock with his mother on Skyline.

“It’s really sad for all those residents, for all the people who were on top of the explosion,” Naber said.

Leigh Bishop, staff pastor at Church of the Highlands in San Bruno, was standing in the parking lot preparing for a night meeting when the blast ripped into the sky.

“It was absolutely frightening,” Bishop said. “A huge yellowing billow of flame. I thought it was right behind our church building and ran in to pull the fire alarm and get everyone out of the church.”

He realized it was about three-fourths of a mile away.

“The initial explosion was just deafening,” Bishop said.

City Manager Connie Jackson asked all residents of the area to call a hot line at (650) 616-7180. Authorities are trying to account for all residents.

Source: SFGate

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Turn Your Speakers Way Up [Video]

Joell Ortiz is an American rapper, born to a Afro-American father and Puerto Rican mother, he is from the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York formerly signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment record label. He was featured in the Unsigned Hype column of the March 2004 issue of The Source Magazine and was also selected as Chairman’s Choice in XXL Magazine. During the same time Joell also went on to win the 2004 EA Sports Battle which earned his song Mean Business a spot on the NBA Live 2005 soundtrack. The same year he was offered a contract to Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label. The deal quickly went sour which caused Joell to start a beef with Jermaine. Joell has since collaborated with KRS-One and Kool G. Rap as well as working on his first album on Aftermath.

Joell Ortiz – A One Two

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Turn Your Speakers Way Up – West Coast Classic [Video]

Life Is…Too Short is the fifth studio album by Too Short. It was released in 1988 on Jive/RCA Records, although it appeared as a Dangerous Music/RCA Records release until Jive Records logos appeared on the release on October 25, 1990, after it became successful. It is currently his highest-selling album to date, being certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 2 million copies.

Life Is… – Too $hort

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Jay-Z Now Runs B.E.T. As Well

Hov receives 11 nods from the network, while Drake, Nicki Minaj, and B.o.B trail close behind.

Jay-Z scored 11 nominations for the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards, which will be held in Atlanta next month. Hov is in the running for several awards, including Lyricist of the Year, Track of the Year, CD of the Year, and the Made-You-Look Award among others. The Hip Hop mogul also appears three times in the Best Hip Hop Video category for “Run This Town,” “Empire State of Mind,” and “On to the Next One.”

Young Money is nominated for a combined 18 awards: Drake with 8, Nicki Minaj with 7, and Lil Wayne with 3. Trailing behind them are B.o.B. with 7 nods and Rick Ross with 6.

The BET Hip Hop Awards are scheduled for Oct. 12.

Below is the list of nominees:

BEST LIVE PERFORMER
Busta Rhymes
Drake
Jay-Z
Kanye West
Lil Wayne

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
Drake
Eminem
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj

CD OF THE YEAR
B.o.B. presents The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
Eminem – Recovery
Drake – Thank Me Later
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
Rick Ross – Teflon Don

TRACK OF THE YEAR
“Airplanes”, B.o.B f. Hayley Williams, Produced by Alex Da Kid and DJ Frankie
“All I Do Is Win”, DJ Khaled f. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg, Produced by DJ Nasty and LVM
“Bedrock”, Young Money f. Lloyd, Produced by Kane Beatz
“BMF”, Rick Ross f. Styles P, Produced by Lex Luger
“Empire State of Mind”, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, Produced by Alexander Shuckburgh

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chiddy Bang
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Roscoe Dash
Waka Flocka Flame

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
Diddy
Drake
Jay-Z
Nicki Minaj
T.I.

MADE-YOU-LOOK AWARD
B.o.B.
Jay-Z
Nicki Minaj
T.I.
Kanye West

BEST CLUB BANGER
“Hello Good Morning”, Diddy-Dirty Money f. T.I. and Rick Ross (Produced by Dania and Timbaland)
“All I Do Is Win”, DJ Khaled f. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg (Produced by DJ Nasty and LVM)
“BMF”, Rick Ross f. Styles P (Produced by Lex Luger)
“Lose My Mind”, Young Jeezy f. Plies (Produced by Drumma Boy)
“O Let’s Do It”, Waka Flocka Flame (Produced by L-Don Beatz)

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ On You”
Drake – “Find Your Love”
Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West – “Run This Town”
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
Jay-Z feat Swizz Beatz – “On To The Next One”

MVP OF THE YEAR
B.o.B.
Drake
Eminem
Jay-Z
Rick Ross

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson
Gil Green
Hype Williams
Mr. Boomtown

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Boy-1da
Drumma Boy
Lex Luger
Polow Da Don
Swizz Beatz

DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Drama
Funkmaster Flex
DJ Holliday
DJ Khaled
DJ Tony Neal

BEST HIP-HOP BLOG SITE
AllHipHop.com
NahRight.com
RapRadar.com
ThisIs50.com
WorldStarHipHop.com

VERIZON PEOPLE’S CHAMP AWARD
B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ On You”
Nicki Minaj – “Your Love”
Eminem – “Not Afraid”
Gucci Mane – “Lemonade”
Cali Swag District – “Teach Me How To Dougie”
Drake – “Over”

REESE’S PERFECT COMBO AWARD
B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ On You”
Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj – “Hello Good Morning” Remix
DJ Khaled feat. Rick Ross, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jadakiss & Nicki Minaj – “All I Do Is Win”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem – “Forever”
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

Source: HipHopDX

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Blame One: Underground Overstood [LexZyne Exclusive]

Blame One has done just that. His lyrical content, skills…

We grew up in the so-called “Golden Era” of Hip Hop so what we judge music on may differ a bit from some.  That being said, we are definitely more critical of emcees.  Way more critical than the average fan so it means a lot when there is actually an emcee that captures our ear and holds our interest for an extended period of time.

Blame One has done just that.  His lyrical content, skills, and assertive delivery have managed to keep me looking for the next release, checking for the newest song, and going back to listen to things already done.  So when the chance came to talk to him we jumped on it.  We figured that we should let people who may not know him have a chance to get familiar.

Lex: Where are you originally from?

Blame One: I was born in Toledo ohio and lived there as an infant. Moved to Baltimore as an infant to age 11 and then from age 11 on to Cali. I usually say Baltimore and Cali .

Lex: Having roots in graffiti myself, I noticed your name has writers feel to it. Were you once and are you still a writer?

Blame One: I was once a heavy graff writer. Was actually arrested 9 times for graff as a juvenile. I still paint pieces legally once or twice a year usually at writerz blok here in SD and catch a tag once in a blue moon.

Lex: Which came first, BlameOne the writer, or BlameOne the emcee?

Blame One: What came first was Fresh J and paperthin the emcee and then various graff names and finally Blame One the writer and emcee. Eventually all my focus went to the emcee aspect.

Lex: We know that a lot of your fans know the answers to some of these questions, but this is also for the people that read this that may not know much about you and your craft. We feel it’s up to us to further the education of those that are curious. That being said, how long have you been emceeing?

Blame One: I started writing rhymes when I was about 8 years old. It came very natural to me and in my environment in Maryland, I was surrounded by hip hop in all aspects. I started recorded low budget style shortly after. Still have most of my early recordings. All the interludes you hear on Days chasing days of the young kid rhyming are actually me.

Lex: When did you decide that being an artist was something you really wanted to pursue and why did you make that choice?

Blame One: I had done it for fun for over 10 years and then I finally got serious. I just hit a point in my life where I felt like I had some aspects of hip hop embedded in me that I wanted to uphold. Aspects that not many were familiar with and I wanted to portray them in the correct light so I needed to step my game up.

Lex: Would you recommend it to today’s budding artist?

Blame One: I mean if you truly have a passion for it and you know in your heart that you have something significant to offer, who I am to say don’t do it? Do that shit!!

Lex: I’ve been to San Diego quite a few times. It’s a very beautiful place to be, but on the surface it seems like a hard place for an artist to really thrive. Am I way off or would you say it seemed a lot harder than most places to actually get heard?

Blame One: Yeah its definitely quite a bit harder to be heard. In LA you can just hop in one of the many popular circles that are already recognized and someone with a widely recognized name is backing you up, your in there. Being from SD and not being visibly seen the way much of the LA nightlife is, its definitely a challenge.

Lex: Your sound is not “regional” [you don’t sound like a “West Coast Rapper] or do sound like anyone else. How important is it to you to maintain individuality in music and in life?

Blame One: It took me a long time to develop what I consider my personal style. Its definitely a combo of new and old and personal experience. Its very important for me to maintain that individuality.

Lex: If you had to pick ONE song [just one] out of your large catalog of tracks to give a first impression of you to a new listener and potential fan, which one would it be and why?

Blame One: At this particular moment in time I would say “street astrologist” its just some straight forward emcee ish. I have plenty of content to examine but I would like to start listeners off knowing that the skill is there. Now you can dig more into the philosophical side.

Blame One – Street Astrologist (Prod. by Exile)


Lex:
Do you have any new projects in the works?


Blame One:
I have a new album that is done and Due for Digital release Nov 9th called “endurance”.

Lex: What can we expect from it?


Blame One:
You can expect some good old fashioned straight up hip hop. Great content and overblown with guest features. Just a very solid piece of art.

Lex: I just wanted to wet the pallet of these new artists, casual listeners, and most of all the fans. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions. Is there’s anything that I missed that you want the people reading this to know?

Blame One: The main cats I would like to address is the new listeners, because the ones who have been down from the get go already know what im about. To the new ones, give my album days chasing days a thoro listen as a reference. Then get ready for endurance nov 9th.

Lex: One last question. What does hip hop mean to you?

Blame One: EVERYTHING!! Its pretty much all I have known and learned from my entire life to a major degree until my children were born. Now I learn from them and teach them what I know. Lets keep the culture thriving and alive!! Thanks for having me!!

Blame One, thank you for taking the time out to talk to us and giving the new fans a chance to get to know you.

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