Turn Your Speakers Way Up – Be With You

Be With You off of Death Of A Pop Star marks another great project by both 9th Wonder and David Banner. I strongly suggest using your credit card, your debit card, your dollar bills, your quarters, or even all the pennies in the pickle jar to go and pick this CD up from the store or ordering it online.

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The Nightlight EP Starring Midaz The Beast & IMAKEMADBEATS [Download]

The second half of the double EP Daylight EP/Nightlight EP is finally here

The Nightlight EP Cover Art

The second half of the double EP Daylight EP/Nightlight EP is finally here; brought to you by IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ The Beast  The Nightlight EP proves to hold its on against the first half of this new Hip Hop cult classic.

The “twisted” intro sets the tone to the entire project.  Again, on this second half of the entire project, IMAKEMADBEATS / Hip Hop does it again!  I don’t want to review the whole thing because we feel that you should listen to it and formulate your own opinion.  But don’t get it twisted…. It’s black and white stripe official.

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1. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast – Nightlight Sunset     01:30
2. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast- Flyers     04:09
3. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast- Freedom ft. TzariZM     03:03
4. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast- Subliminal Diss     03:08
5. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast- Word of Mouth ft. TzariZM and MURDOC     03:48
6. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast- The Response     04:21
7. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast- 7 Years     06:04
8. IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ the Beast- Nightlight Sunrise     00:21

Turn Your Speakers Way Up – Get Back To It

One of the illest acappellas in Hip Hop related media isn’t even a Hip Hop track

One of the illest acappellas in Hip Hop related media isn’t even a Hip Hop track.  How crazy is that?  If you are 18 or older, thanks to Hype Williams,  this track sparks a certain feeling that will make you feel like you can take over the world.

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A Pimpin’ Ass Business Plan – This Is Real & Funny

Youth Radio managed to get its hands on a handwritten business plan from a pimp…

They say that you need to have a good business plan to start a good business. But never did we ever, in our wildest imagination, think a pimp would have a handwritten business plan.Every good businessman needs a better business plan. But this right here? Just wowed us.

Youth Radio managed to get its hands on a handwritten business plan from a pimp during an investigation for ‘Trafficked.’ Yes, you read that right. A pimp has a business plan. But the plan isn’t the thing that makes us SMH; it is the contents of the plan that truly blew us away.

The pimp — who shall remain nameless for the sake of embarrassment — penned a plan to make sure that his business would continue to thrive. His appropriately titled “Keep It Pimpin” plan was written (I suppose pimps don’t have access to computers these days) to keep him on the right track. With bullet points such as “Take Care of My B-tches More Better” and “Stack Money to The Ceiling,” you can hardly hold in your laughter because you know that this guy is for real.

But wait, it gets worse (or better if you are looking for a good chuckle).

The pimp has a sense of fiscal responsibility as well. One of his bullet points say to “Minimumize [sic] My Budget (Cash, Cars, Houses, Etc),” which is a written reminder that he shouldn’t blow his stack on material items. But notice he doesn’t put down clothes. He even plans to go overseas with his business as he jots down “Set Up a International Operation (Have Five Hoes on Every Corner and Make Every Hoe Take a Vow to Hoeing!).” But in order to do that, he must “Attend the Players Ball In Vegas (Cross Country Pimpin! Establish My Name International!).”

Last, but certainly not least, the pimp knows that his image means everything. Which is why he writes “Keep A Good Photographer (Split Second Video Kings Flea Market)” because what good is a pimp if he doesn’t look the part?

We couldn’t make this up, people.

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Source: The BVX

Appreciate Aretha Franklin Now – Trust Me, Don’t Wait

Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music and indeed of American pop

Singer Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, it was revealed Wednesday, has pancreatic cancer. And though few details of Franklin’s disease are known at this time, the cure rate for this cancer isn’t good.

Two in 10 people with pancreatic cancer live at least one year after diagnosis, and fewer than 4% will be alive after five years, the American Cancer Society says.

Still, little is known about Franklin’s condition, with media reports saying she had undergone surgery and was recovering at home. The three main types of treatment for pancreatic cancer are surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, according to the Cancer Society.

Actor Patrick Swayze died from pancreatic cancer last year. His public battle created awareness of the fatal disease that has no early warning signs. That’s not to say there’s no hope or that the prognosis is fated to be grim.

Researchers are working, some might say scrambling, to improve diagnoses, treatments — and outcomes. Here are the latest findings and research on potential treatments and a guide to the basics of this disease.

Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-’60s hits with Atlantic Records–“Respect,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Chain of Fools,” “Baby I Love You,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Think,” “The House That Jack Built,” and several others–earned her the title “Lady Soul,” which she has worn uncontested ever since. Yet as much of an international institution as she’s become, much of her work–outside of her recordings for Atlantic in the late ’60s and early ’70s–is erratic and only fitfully inspired, making discretion a necessity when collecting her records.

Franklin’s roots in gospel ran extremely deep. With her sisters Carolyn and Erma (both of whom would also have recording careers), she sang at the Detroit church of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, while growing up in the 1950s. In fact, she made her first recordings as a gospel artist at the age of 14. It has also been reported that Motown was interested in signing Aretha back in the days when it was a tiny start-up. Ultimately, however, Franklin ended up with Columbia, to which she was signed by the renowned talent scout John Hammond.

Franklin would record for Columbia constantly throughout the first half of the ’60s, notching occasional R&B hits (and one Top Forty single, “Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody”), but never truly breaking out as a star. The Columbia period continues to generate considerable controversy among critics, many of whom feel that Aretha’s true aspirations were being blunted by pop-oriented material and production. In fact there’s a reasonable amount of fine items to be found on the Columbia sides, including the occasional song (“Lee Cross,” “Soulville”) where she belts out soul with real gusto. It’s undeniably true, though, that her work at Columbia was considerably tamer than what was to follow, and suffered in general from a lack of direction and an apparent emphasis on trying to develop her as an all-around entertainer, rather than as an R&B/soul singer.

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Some Of Her Awards & Accomplishments

  • On June 28, 1968 she became the second African-American woman to appear on the cover of Time magazine
  • In 1985, then-Gov. James Blanchard of Michigan declared her voice “a natural resource” during a ceremony that marked her 25 years in show business.
  • Aretha Franklin is one of three musicians, along with Madonna & Marvin Gaye, to achieve each of the top 10 positions on the US Billboard Hot 100.
  • On January 20, 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • On March 29, 1987, Franklin sang “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania III.
  • In 1987, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Musicology degree from the University of Detroit.
  • In 1994 she became the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.
  • In September, 1999, she was awarded The National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked her No. 9 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  • In 2005, she was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
  • In 2005, she became the second woman (Madonna being the first, a founding member) to be inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
  • In 2005, Franklin was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.
  • On February 6, 2006, she performed, along with Aaron Neville, “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XL.
  • On May 13, 2006, she was presented with an honorary Doctor of Music degree by the Berklee College of Music.
  • On April 1, 2007 Aretha sang “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania 23.
  • On May 14, 2007, she was presented with an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • In 2007, Aretha Franklin’s recording of “Respect” was voted a Legendary Michigan Song.
  • Is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • On February 8, 2008, Franklin was honored as MusiCares “Person of the Year.”
  • On February 14, 2008, Franklin was given the Vanguard award at the NAACP Image awards.
  • On May 4, 2008, Franklin was given the Key to the City of Memphis at the 2008 “Memphis in May International Music Festival” by Mayor Dr. Willie Herenton during her performance onstage.
  • On September 13, 2008, Franklin was ranked No .19 on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists list by Billboard.
  • November 2008, Franklin was named by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 all-time best singer of the rock era, according to the magazine’s survey of 179 musicians, producers, Rolling Stone editors, and other music industry insiders.
  • On January 20, 2009, Franklin performed “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” during the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama. The distinctive hat she wore during that performance is displayed at the Smithsonian.
  • On December 4, 2009, Aretha Franklin performed in EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to celebrate RPI’s President Shirley Ann Jackson’s 10th year of being tenured.
  • On May 23, 2010, Franklin received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Yale University.

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In the late ’60s, Franklin became one of the biggest international recording stars in all of pop. Many also saw Franklin as a symbol of Black America itself, reflecting the increased confidence and pride of African-Americans in the decade of the civil rights movements and other triumphs for he Black community. The chart statistics are impressive in and of themselves: ten Top Ten hits in a roughly 18-month span between early 1967 and late 1968, for instance, and a steady stream of solid mid-to-large-size hits for the next five years after that. Her Atlantic albums were also huge sellers, and far more consistent artistically than those of most soul stars of the era. Franklin was able to maintain creative momentum, in part, because of her eclectic choice of material, which encompassed first-class originals and gospel, blues, pop, and rock covers, from the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel to Sam Cooke and the Drifters. She was also a fine, forceful, and somewhat underrated keyboardist.

Franklin’s commercial and artistic success was unabated in the early ’70s, during which she landed more huge hits with “Spanish Harlem,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “Day Dreaming.” She also produced two of her most respected, and earthiest, album releases with Live at Fillmore West and Amazing Grace. The latter, a 1972 double LP, was a reinvestigation of her gospel roots, recorded with James Cleveland & the Southern California Community Choir. Remarkably, it made the Top Ten, counting as one of the greatest gospel-pop crossover smashes of all time.

Critically, as is the case with many ’60s rock legends, there have been mixed responses to her later work. Some view it as little more than a magnificent voice wasted on mediocre material and production. Others seem to grasp for any excuse they can to praise her whenever there seems to be some kind of resurgence of her soul leanings. Most would agree that her post-mid-’70s recordings are fairly inconsequential when judged against her prime Atlantic era. The blame is often laid at the hands of unsuitable material, but it should also be remembered that — like Elvis Presley and Ray Charles — Franklin never thought of herself as confined to one genre. She always loved to sing straight pop songs, even if her early Atlantic records gave one the impression that her true home was earthy soul music. If for some reason she returned to straight soul shouting in the future, it’s doubtful that the phase would last for more than an album or two. In the meantime she’s an institution, assured of the ability to draw live audiences and immense respect for the rest of her lifetime, regardless of whether there are any more triumphs on record in store.

If you were in front of her right now, what would you say to her?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Source: Aretha-Franklin.com, Wikipedia

Turn Your Speakers Way Up – Me And My Nukkas Ain’t Playin’

Reginald “Reggie” Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam label. He is also well known for his collaborations with Method Man

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Return Of The B-Girl Is Here

Presented by Its a Wonderful World Music Group, the project features 20 brand new cuts from

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North Carolina emcee Rapsody has hooked up with DJBooth.net to bring fans her brand new street album, Return of the B-Girl.

Presented by Its a Wonderful World Music Group, the project features 20 brand new cuts from the Kooley High member,  including reader-approved leak “U Sparklin’.”

Joining Rapsody on the guest tip are such collaborators as Rah Digga, Big Daddy Kane, Phil Adé, Thee Tom Hardy, Mac Miller, King Mez, Laws, and Skyzoo.  Production comes courtesy of 9th Wonder, E. Jones, AMP, Ka$h, Khrysis, and Eric. G.

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01. Intro [prod. 9th Wonder]
02. 1983 [prod. Kash]
03. Win (ft. Rah Digga) [prod. Amp]
04. I’m Ready (ft. Heather Victoria) [prod. DJ Premier]
05. Blankin’ Out (ft. Mac Miller) [prod. 9th Wonder]
06. Cherry On Top [prod. 9th Wonder]
07. Little Things (ft. Phil Ade) [prod. 9th Wonder]
08. Return of the B-Girl (Mara Jade) [prod. Khrysis]
09. Love Tonight (ft. Sundown) [prod. Eric G]
10. U Sparklin’ [prod. 9th Wonder]
11. Make It After All [prod. 9th Wonder]
12. U Make Me Say (ft. Heather Victoria) [prod. 9th Wonder]
13. Hoop Dreams to Rap Dreams (ft. King Mez & Skyzoo) [prod. E. Jones]
14. No More Trouble (ft. Enigma, Halo & Sean Boog) [prod. 9th Wonder]
15. Cipher Kid (ft. Big Remo) [prod. 9th Wonder]
16. Angel (ft. Laws) [prod. 9th Wonder]
17. Young Black With A Gift (ft. Big Daddy Kane) [prod. 9th Wonder]
18. Little Things (Remix) (ft. Thee Tom Hardy & Heather Victoria) [prod. 9th Wonder]
19. Honda Accord (Remix) (ft. Skyzoo & Thee Tom Hardy) [prod. 9th Wonder]
20. My Melo My Man (Melo Anthony) (ft. TP) [prod. 9th Wonder]

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Remember Pearl Harbor? Could The U.S. Be Responding The Same Way Now?

Today December 7th is the 69th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attacks

Today December 7th is the 69th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attacks. As was said back in 1941 by then President Franklin D Roosevelt it was ‘a day that will live in infamy‘. What also will live in infamy is the often overlooked plight that fell upon American citizens of Japanese decent. President Roosevelt fearing espionage issued executive order Executive Order 9066, in February of 1942 which led to the FBI and other government agencies rounding-up Japanese Americans, seizing their property  and locked them up what was called War Relocation Camps.  These internment camps which were essentially prisons became home to over 120 thousand Japanese American citizens many who had served our country, were productive citizens and pillars in the community. Sadly in our collective hysteria and us being in the midst of extra-ordinary times and feeling a need to take extra-ordinary measures.  we saw fit to lock up ( the word used back in 1941 was ‘evacuate) American citizens who fit a certain ethnic profile wholesale. It was a shameful moment for our country.

Could such a thing happen today in 2010? There were laws passed to supposedly prevent such things from re-occurring, but it sure seemed like that after the dreadful 9-11 attacks. If you recall there were all sorts of violent attacks against fellow citizens perceived as being Muslim. Some said the threats of another terrorist attack was so grave that ‘extra-ordinary measures needed to be taken including profiling, spying, indefinite detaining  and even confinement.

Periodically in the years that followed where hatred toward fellow American citizens who practice Islam have taken some nasty turns including a few months ago around the proposed building of an Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero. We had TV pundits and elected officials including a sitting congressman Louie Gohmert trying to scare the public about the imminent threats of Terror Babies’ being unleashed. These terror babies were the American born children of Muslims who were taken out the country shortly after birth, trained to be terrorists and sent back to the US  when they turned 18 to destroy our way of life. Hence it was strongly urged that we pass laws, change our constitution and take ‘extra-ordinary‘ steps do whatever it takes to protect ourselves.

Could internment camps happen today in 2010? Well many argue you see that’s what’s been happening now with undocumented people here in the states. There are numerous detention centers all over the country, that have held entire families including small children, the most notable was the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Texas which was closed down sometime last year.

Now many would argue in 2010 with the same black and white vehemence expressed back in 1941, that our country is at risk and folks who don’t belong here or haven’t gotten their paper work straight need to be locked up-end of story.

Hopefully we remember the shame and harm done to fellow Americans after Pearl Harbor  and never travel down that path again no matter how big the crises.

Below is a song from Mike Shinoda of Linkin park and his other group Fort Minor. The song Kenji addresses this important issue

Mike Shinoda and his group Fort Minor did a song paying tribute to those Japanese -Americans interned at War Re-Location Camps Fort Minor – Kenji

Lyrics
My father came from Japan in 1905
He was 15 when he immigrated from Japan
He worked until he was able to buy to actually build a store

Let me tell you the story in the form of a dream,
I don’t know why I have to tell it but I know what it means,
Close your eyes, just picture the scene,
As I paint it for you, it was World War II,
When this man named Kenji woke up,
Ken was not a soldier,
He was just a man with a family who owned a store in LA,
That day, he crawled out of bed like he always did,
Bacon and eggs with wife and kids,
He lived on the second floor of a little store he ran,
He moved to LA from Japan,
They called him ‘Immigrant,’
In Japanese, he’d say he was called “Issei,”
That meant ‘First Generation In The United States,’
When everybody was afraid of the Germans, afraid of the Japs,
But most of all afraid of a homeland attack,
And that morning when Ken went out on the doormat,
His world went black ’cause,
Right there; front page news,
Three weeks before 1942,
“Pearl Harbour’s Been Bombed And The Japs Are Comin’,”
Pictures of soldiers dyin’ and runnin’,
Ken knew what it would lead to,
Just like he guessed, the President said,
“The evil Japanese in our home country will be locked away,”
They gave Ken, a couple of days,
To get his whole life packed in two bags,
Just two bags, couldn’t even pack his clothes,
Some folks didn’t even have a suitcase, to pack anything in,
So two trash bags is all they gave them,
When the kids asked mom “Where are we goin’?”
Nobody even knew what to say to them,
Ken didn’t wanna lie, he said “The US is lookin’ for spies,
So we have to live in a place called Manzanar,
Where a lot of Japanese people are,”
Stop it don’t look at the gunmen,
You don’t wanna get the soldiers wonderin’,
If you gonna run or not,
‘Cause if you run then you might get shot,
Other than that try not to think about it,
Try not to worry ’bout it; bein’ so crowded,
Someday we’ll get out, someday, someday.

As soon as war broke out
The F.B.I. came and they just come to the house and
“You have to come”
“All the Japanese have to go”
They took Mr. Ni
People didn’t understand
Why did they have to take him?
Because he’s an innocent laborer

So now they’re in a town with soldiers surroundin’ them,
Every day, every night look down at them,
From watch towers up on the wall,
Ken couldn’t really hate them at all;
They were just doin’ their job and,
He wasn’t gonna make any problems,
He had a little garden with vegetables and fruits that,
He gave to the troops in a basket his wife made,
But in the back of his mind, he wanted his families life saved,
Prisoners of war in their own damn country,
What for?
Time passed in the prison town,
He wanted them to live it down when they were free,
The only way out was joinin’ the army,
And supposedly, some men went out for the army, signed on,
And ended up flyin to Japan with a bomb,
That 15 kiloton blast, put an end to the war pretty fast,
Two cities were blown to bits; the end of the war came quick,
Ken got out, big hopes of a normal life, with his kids and his wife,
But, when they got back to their home,
What they saw made them feel so alone,
These people had trashed every room,
Smashed in the windows and bashed in the doors,
Written on the walls and the floor,
“Japs not welcome anymore.”
And Kenji dropped both of his bags at his sides and just stood outside,
He, looked at his wife without words to say,
She looked back at him wiping tears away,
And, said “Someday we’ll be ok, someday,”
Now the names have been changed, but the story’s true,
My family was locked up back in ’42,
My family was there it was dark and damp,
And they called it an internment camp

When we first got back from camp
It was pretty pretty bad

I I remember my husband

Source: Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner