Video: Lupe Fiasco Releases “WORDS I NEVER SAID” Featuring Skylar Grey

Today Lupe Fiasco premiered his new video for “Words I Never Said” on MTV. The song features Skylar Grey and is off his upcoming release, Lasers . Check the video out below:


 

Talib Kweli shows Milwaukee what a True MC is

Talib Kweli
The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
4/21/2011

Talib Kalib at the Rave 4-21-2011 # 6

Talib Kweli is known for his socio-political lyrics since the days of being in Black Star with Mos Def, and DJ HI-TEK and throughout his career as a solo artist. Most rappers nowadays have no clue how to put on a true hip-hop show. They come out bragging, talking about bitches, weed, and money… Ok now what? Grab me a pillow so I can sleep this set off from the kush haze in the air, and then comes along a true MC like Talib Kweli, as well as one of the most respected rappers of our times.

As with most hip-hop shows, most people come when the headliner is about hit the stage and that was the case here. The doors opened at 7pm and there was about 50 to 75 people and by the time Kweli came on, the place was filling up.  It wasn’t a sellout audience, but still a nice crowd for a cold Thursday night.

The backing band included his DJ, Drummer, Bass, and keyboard player – for me, being a fan of live music; this is how all big name rappers should perform a show. The DJ warmed up the crowd with a few spins on the turntables before Kweli stepped onstage to get the crowd going. The first part of the set featured tracks off his newest album, Gutter Rainbows, and as the night rolled on, he dipped into the past with “Definition,” “I Try,” “Get ‘Em High,” as well as one of the highlights, “Lonely People,” that samples from the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby.”

While Kweli is not all about club bangers, ass-shaking, hits while onstage, you can’t help but nod your head as he raps and his razor sharp flow is always on-point and will paint pictures in your head.

With close to a 1 1/2hr set that include a break for the band and left just Kweli and his DJ, you could not ask for anymore if you’re an old school hip-hop fan.  As the night closed, the show ended with a free flowing version of “Get By” that showcased the talents of all the members in the band. As I walked out the venue, I could hear the fans talking about how great the show was and one fan who I spoke with mentioned, “This is what hip-hop is – the struggles of everyday life, not the drinking or smoking, but keeping it real so we can get by in this metaphoric Gutter Rainbows we live in.”

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written by Peter Lizano

written by Peter Lizano

GAME RELEASES ‘THE HANGOVER’ MIXTAPE HOSTED BY DJ SKEE

THE HANGOVER DOWNLOAD LINK

TRACKLIST:
01. The Hangover (Prod. By Mars of 1500 Or Nuthin’)
02. California
03. Yung Stunna Feat. Birdman
04. Violin
05. Sex
06. White Soft Porn Feat. Mars (Prod. By Marz & Renz 1500 Or Nuthin’)
07. Get Familiar Feat. Timbaland (Prod. By Timbaland)
08. Lost
09. I’m Home Feat. Kurupt
10. This Way Feat. JoiStaRR (Prod. By Mars of 1500 Or Nuthin’)
11. 3D Feat. David Banner (Prod. By Mars of 1500 Or Nuthin’)
12. Drama Feat. Ghostface & Joell Ortiz (Prod. By Sean C and LV for Grind Music)
13. Lovebirds
14. Philly (Mega Mix) (Young Chris Feat. Eve, Black Thought, Money Malc, Fat Joe, Fred the Godson, Diggy Simmons & Jermaine Dupri)
15. Undefeated Feat. Busta Rhymes & Marsha Ambrosius

Free Music Download: GAME’s “Purp & Patron” Mixtape

It’s an insane (I mean insanely large) mixtape from an artist. You can download the massive mixtape here.

Disc 1

L.A Times – produced by Ervin “EP” Pope
In My ’64 f. Pharrell & Snoop Dogg – produced by The Neptunes
Soo Woo f. Lil Wayne – produced by Bink
Living Better Now d. Detail & Tools – produced by DJ Shake
R.I.P Story – produced by Nottz
Purp & Patron Sam Hook & Menance & TD – produced by DJ Shake
I’m the King (remix) f. Mistah FAB & The Jacka – produced by 1500 Or Nothin’

Taylor Made f. Wiz Khalifa – produced by Che Vicious

Children’s Story - produced by Ervin “EP” Pope
Dead – produced by 1500 Or Nothin’
Ferrari Lifestyle f. Fabolous – Produced by D.A Dorman

The Kill – produced by Cool & Dre
Heart Breaker f. Rev Burke – produced by RZA
Purp & Yellow SKEETOX remix f. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa

DISC 2

Burn NY f. Mysonne – produced by City Mike
Bad Intentions – produced by DJ Shake
Khaki Suit – produced by T-Pain
Wonderful World – produced by DJ Shake
Ashed to Ashes f. Rick Ross
Dedicated f. Pharrell – produced by the Neptunes
Soft Rhodes f. Ashanti – produced by Dr. Dre
I Just Want to Fuck – produced by Denaun Porter
187 f. Lil Boosie
Whip It d. Fabulous – produced by DJ Haze
Favorite DJ remix f. Clinton Sparks, Jim Jones – produced by Green Lantern
Supastar f. Ashley Cole & Mike Epps – produced by Evin “EP” Pope
Can A Drummer Get Some f. Travis Barker, Swizz Beats, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross
History f. Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, KRS One – produced by “EP”
The Ocean f. Dr. Dre – produced by Dr Dre and Che Vicious

Free Download: SigNif’s ‘The Transition’

This  Milwaukee-bred, NYC-based rapper SigNif dropped her new album, The Transition, as a free download for fans.  Haven’t heard of SigNif? This would be the time to check this rapper out! Download the album here. You have many audio options!

SigNif on Twitter
SigNif interview on Express Milwaukee

1Fifty1 Opens for Wu-Tang at The Rave this Friday January 7th

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1Fifty1 announces opening for Wu-Tang at The Rave in Milwaukee this Friday night! Lots of exciting things are happening for 1Fifty1 this year. 1Fifty1 has hooked up with KGB Production to release a digital EP with Distro from Island/Def Jam. The “Build At Will” EP will be produced by Sen Dog of Cypress Hill and is scheduled to drop next month. 1Fifty1 is currently in the studio working on a full length album that will be out in 2012. But for now keep a look out for 1Fifty1 hitting the road in March promoting their new EP. They will be touring all over the midwest and hitting up every major city from Chicago to Tampa! The DRP and Mic Lords and Sauce Funky will be opening on this tour.

Tickets to Friday’s show are $25 & $30 (plus fees). Get tickets at www.TheRave.com, Ticketmaster.com, or at The Rave box office at 414-342-7283. This is an all ages event.

Jamie Foxx is back with “Fall for Your Type” with Drake

Photo by Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup

Jamie Foxx is back with a new video. I really thought Jamie was done with his singing career after his collaboration with Kanye West on “Gold Digger.” I guess I was wrong. Jamie Foxx premiered “Fall for Your Type” on BET on the 10th, but you can watch the behind the scene video and the official video below. “Fall for Your Type” is the first single from Foxx’s new album Best Night Of My Life, set for release on December 21st on J Records.

Watch the video after the jump…

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VIDEO: Last Tweet and Testament from Celebrities in Coffins for World AIDS Day

Today is Worlds AIDS Day. A group of celebrities are raising awareness for the AIDS epidemic by taking pictures in coffins thanks to Alicia Keys. The goal is to raise $1 million for Alicia Key’s foundation A Keep a Child Alive that she started with Leigh Blake. None of the celebrities involved in the campaign will log into their  online social media accounts until the $1 million goal is reached.

The Only Way to Bring Celebrities Back to Life on Twitter and Facebook is to Donate Online at www.buylife.com or by Texting 90999

Here are the “Last Tweet & video Testaments” from BRONSON PELLETIER, ELIJAH WOOD, JANELLE MONAE, JAY SEAN, JENNIFER HUDSON, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, KHLOE KARDASHIAN, KIM KARDASHIAN, KIMBERLY COLE, RYAN SEACREST, SERENA WILLIAMS, SWIZZ BEATZ, THE BURIED LIFE, and USHER.

Videos of last Tweet and Testament after the jump…
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Celebrities in coffins to Raise Money and Awareness for World AIDS Day

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It’s a bit morbid but Alicia Keys knows how to strike a chord with people. She gathered a plethora of celebrities to help raise awareness and money for World AIDS Day on Wednesday, December 1st. Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Khloe Karshasian, Jay Sean, Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams, The Buried Life, Elijah Wood, Janelle Monae, Kimberly Cole, David LaChapelle, Daphne Guinness and Bronson Pelletier will end their digital lives and sign off from all social networking platforms including Twitter and Facebook in solidarity for those in Africa & India affected by HIV/AIDS. None of the participating celebrities will log back onto any of the online social lives until $1 million has been collectively raised for Keep a Child Alive (KCA), which was co-founded by Alicia Keys and Leigh Blake.

The Only Way to Bring Celebrities Back to Life on Twitter and Facebook is to Donate Online at www.buylife.com* or by Texting 90999

*website to go live TONIGHT (Tuesday, November30th) at 10pm EST

Check out the new creepy photos of your favorite celebrities taking part on World AIDS Day:

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Soulja Boy Premieres “Blowing Me Kisses” Music Video

Soulja Boy has walked onto BET’s 106 & Park to premiere the official music video for “Blowing Me Kisses,” the second single off the rappers forthcoming record, The DeAndre Way. The Gil Green directed music video was shot in Southern California and is reminiscent of the Soulja’s childhood when he had a crush on a cutie across the street. “Blowing Me Kisses” can now be seen at TheDeAndreWay.comwith a behind the scenes video available to view at Vevo!

The DeAndre Way is Soulja Boy’s third studio album and will hit stores everywhere on November 16!

Is M.I.A. Missing In Action?, or, How 2 Make A Gun W/ UR Hand

M.I.A.
The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
9/29 & 9/30 – /\/\/\Y/\, out now!

Whether she wants to admit it or not, M.I.A. is a celebrity. Since the (commercial) success of “Paper Planes,” the performance artist turned electro-banger sailed on to create an album which spawns controversy wherever it lands. One of Maya Arulpragasm’s recent music videos (directed by Romain Gavras) caused quite the anger-gasm as the majority of the viewing public failed to understand just exactly what the artist was trying to say. [Read more...]

Insane Clown Posse release video for “Juggalo Island”

NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER



The duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, otherwise known as Insane Clown Posse, have recently unveiled a new video for the song “Juggalo Island.” The song comes off of the bands 2009 album Bang Pow Boom. The video features footage from this years recent Gathering Of The Juggalos as well as a special guest appearance from none other than Ron Jeremy. [Read more...]

Even a Dirtball can be King for a Day

Kottonmouth Kings
Long Live the Kings
Suburban Noize
www.kottonmouthkings.com

If someone would have approached me in June and said that I would a. listen to a Kottonmouth Kings album and b. like it; I would have laughed out loud. I appreciate what they do and am amazed that they have had this longevity. Their success is undeniable – if only within a devoted niche of fans who know good music when they hear it. [Read more...]

Three 6 Mafia, Gorilla Zoe and others perform during Bud Light 21 Tour with Koa-Boi

“BUD LIGHT 21 TOUR with KOA-BOI”
WITH GUESTS THREE 6 MAFIA, GORILLA ZOE, YA BOY AND SPLITBREED
Friday, August 13, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets are $40 and $65 with Gold Circle seating at $150 plus any additional service fees

Please visit any Ticketmaster location, call 1-800-745-3000, visit www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets

LAS VEGAS – July 6, 2010 – The Bud Light 21 Tour in celebration of pro surfer Kekoa “Koa-Boi” Cazimero, rides the big wave into Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood The Theatre for The Performing Arts on Friday, August 13, 2010. The show, in support of Cazimero going out on tour, will feature artists Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia, Boyz N Da Hood’s Gorilla Zoe, Ya Boy and local group Splitbreed. Additional guest will be announced soon. [Read more...]

Pharrell’s new way to tell an old story

Despicable Me
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Featuring Pharrell and Robin Thicke
Star Trak/ Interscope

When “Despicable Me” is released in the theaters, every squeak, nudge, and burp will be copied by children in every day camp, swimming pool, and sandlot baseball game.

All of the necessary archetypes are in place; lovable villain, understanding children, and some terrible act averted in the name of love or something like it. With a stellar cast lead by Steve Carell – there is almost no way this film can fail.

The soundtrack – featuring “songs and themes” by Pharrell (among others) is going to bump dat phat beat out of Mom’s SUV all the way to soccer practice and all the way home. [Read more...]

LMFAO. 16 SHOTS. 5 BLACKHAWKS. 1 EVERYBODY.

LMFAO
The Bamboozle Roadshow
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
June 12, 2010

LMFAO Chicago

LMFAO (Interscope Records) generated a buzz around their show hours before they even performed as their tour crew strutted around Soldier Field all day in loud zebra striped pants and vividly colorful tees at The Bamboozle Roadshow in Chicago. Since LMFAO was the second to last act to perform, the audience was forced to wait in anticipation for LMFAO (composed of Sky Blu and Redfoo) to rock the stage and engage the crowd.

Read more of our live review of LMFAO and see the set list from The Bamboozle Roadshow after the jump…

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Ludacris Hits & Guest Raps Keep Fans In The House

Ludacris
103.5 KISS FM Fantabuloso
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
May 21, 2010

Ludacris Chicago

More photos of Ludacris after the jump…

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KOTTONMOUTH KINGS: “Long Live The Kings” Out Today, Stream The Album On AOL Music

THE KOTTONMOUTH KINGS CELEBRATE 4.20 WITH THE RELEASE OF LONG LIVE THE KINGS
Listen To The Album Now On AOL Music
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The Kottonmouth Kings are celebrating this year’s 4.20 stoner holiday by releasing their highly anticipated album, Long Live The Kings. The group spent eight months in the studio producing over 45 songs to create the next chapter in the ongoing legacy of the Kottonmouth Kings. The end result is the next dimension in the group’s ongoing reign as kings of the underground. Long Live The Kings is propelled by the bounce of the album’s lead single “Stomp,” while “Rampage” runs sonic destruction with the Kings’ trademark rip-hop sound. As always, the Kottonmouth Kings are on the frontlines in the fight for legalization and have recorded two new stoner anthems in “Reefer Madness” and “Let’s Do Drugs.”

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In Photos: 1Fifty1

1Fifty1
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/26/10

1Fifty1 is Big Herc (Juan Hernandez) and Fresco (Ian Mathias).

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1Fifty1 opened up for Bone Thugs and Harmony Thursday night at the Rave in Milwaukee.  Their next show is, again, at the Rave opening for Lupe Fiasco on April 16th!

More photos after the jump!

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Featured Artist: Cypress Hill

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The legendary hip hop group, Cypress Hill, is set to release their first album in 6 years. Yes, it’s been a very long wait for Cypress fans, but the wait is almost over!

Rise Up is set to release April 20th on Priority Records/EMI! The guys are releasing their first single “Rise Up” with Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morrello.

Keep your eyes peeled right here for “Rise Up” the video!

Appearances:

Apr 19 2010 8:00P Jimmy Kimmel Los Angeles, California
Apr 20 2010 8:00P The Warfield San Francisco, California

Follow Cypress Hill on Twitter: twitter.com/Cypress_Hill

MALICE ‘N WONDERLAND TRAILER DEBUT on MYSPACE


Today MySpace debuts the brand new trailer for MALICE 'N WONDERLAND, an original short film inspired by the new album from Snoop Dogg. The film stars Snoop, Jamie Foxx, Xzibit, Soulja Boy, Murs, Diplo, Mayer Hawthorne, MC Lyte, among many others. The movie will be released simultaneously on March 23rd with the More Malice CD including "I Wanna Rock" (The Kings G-Mix featuring Jay Z) and "That Tree" (featuring Kid Cudi).

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Black Eyed Peas Present ‘The E.N.D World Tour’

Black Eyed Peas
Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
March 11, 2010

Black Eyed Peas Bradley Center

“Boom Boom Pow is my freakin’ style,” rapped will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas last Thursday night in Milwaukee. “What up Lexie? I know you’re lookin’ sexy.” The mastermind songwriter and producer behind the Black Eyed Peas spent a good five minutes freestyling alone on stage while reading off of the two jumbotron video screens hanging down on either side of the stage. The Black Eyed Peas vocalist/rapper was getting his ideas and cues from various BlackBerry Messenger texts rolling up the screens sent in from BBM-using fans in the audience. Putting aside the obvious fact that BlackBerry is the official sponsor of the BEP’s The E.N.D World Tour, it was pretty amazing to witness will.i.am coming up with rap verses on the spot while a steady beat played through the Bradley Center’s PA system. That man has some serious skills. This awesome display of talent was only the beginning of what would become an almost two-hour long outrageously entertaining concert from the Black Eyed Peas.

More photos of the Black Eyed Peas after the jump…

Black Eyed Peas Bradley Centerwill.i.am (vocals, dj, keytar, harmonica, producer, writer)

Black Eyed Peas Bradley CenterFergie (vocals)

Black Eyed Peas Bradley Centerapl.de.ap (vocals, clavinet, strings, programming)

Black Eyed Peas Bradley CenterTaboo (vocals)

Set List / Milwaukee

Let’s Get It Started

Rock That Body

Meet Me Halfway

Don’t Phunk With My Heart

Imma Be

My Humps

Missing You

Bebot

Fergalicious

Glamorous

Big Girls Don’t Cry

Now Generation

Pump It

Where Is The Love?

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Boom Boom Pow

I Gotta Feeling

With Or Without You (U2 cover)

Black Eyed Peas Bradley CenterTo kick off the night’s festivities, all four of the Black Eyed Peas slowly and enticingly appeared one by one amid smoke and green lasers via lifts located under the stage. First to come into view was apl.de.ap on the far left. Then came Taboo on the far right. Fergie was next, back next to apl.de.ap. Finally, will.i.am appeared in between Taboo and Fergie. The lineup was now complete. Green lasers were beamed in every direction. Time for the show to begin. And begin it did, with the foursome launching into “Let’s Get It Started” from 2003’s Elephunk record.

“Thanks for making this song #1 two weeks in a row!” exclaimed a grateful visor-wearing Fergie seconds before the group performed their latest hit “Imma Be.” The song is the group’s fourth single off of The E.N.D (The Energy Never Dies). “Wisconsin! How many cheeseheads do we have in the house?” Fergie asked the nearly sold out crowd, clearly attempting to appeal to the locals. “I know, I know, I should keep my day job, right?” That’s right, Fergie Ferg. Don’t leave the Black Eyed Peas anytime soon to try your luck in stand-up comedy. We love you and your lovely lady lumps! Speaking of lady lumps and humps…

You guessed it. “My Humps” was up next on the group’s set list with Fergie displaying her perfectly toned curves in a skintight bedazzled bodysuit. Throughout the song, Fergie (real name: Stacy Ferguson) gyrated her lower half while, doing her best to rival Shakira’s hip and waist twisting skills, while balancing one hand on the shoulder of band leader will.i.am. Simultaneously with the ending lyric “Imma make make make you work, make you work work, make you work,” Fergie showed off some impressive flexing of her pectoral muscles, much to the crowd’s delight. “What you gonna do with all that breast, all that breast, inside that shirt?” Make you work, indeed.

Black Eyed Peas Bradley CenterWith crystal clear vocals piercing through the airwaves, Fergie sang the introduction to “Missing You.” This track was immediately my favorite upon buying the BEP’s new album. It’s safe to say that I was very happy “Missing You” was included in the group’s set. Having Fergie sing her part totally on pitch was icing on the cake. When not belting out her notes, Fergie could be seen performing robot-like dance moves in her platform wedge heels. Oddly enough, her shoes actually had no heel to them at all. Heelless heels, I suppose. Not sure how else to describe them. You will have to catch her on the BEP’s current tour to get what I’m saying. Whatever they are, I give Fergie made props for being able to dance in those futuristic contraptions, let alone walk in them!

If you have never seen the Black Eyed Peas in concert, you may not be aware that each group member gets their own chance to shine alone on stage at some point halfway through the set. First off on The E.N.D World Tour is a performance of “Bebot” by apl.de.ap. The Philippino (real name: Allan Pineda Lindo) finished off his solo act with admirable breakdancing, proving that he could easily be a professional b-boy (break-boy) if the Black Eyed Peas ever decide to call it quits. Hopefully, that will never come to fruition. A world without the Black Eyed Peas? Absolutely ludicrous.

Next up is Taboo (real name: Jaime Luis Gomez). Rising from below the stage, Taboo appears on top of a black and white motorcycle. Instead of stopping when the lift reaches stage level, the vehicle continues to rise up into the air. To the awe of the thousands of fans, Taboo proceeded to be carried over the audience below him on the main floor. Once he is stationed above the front of house (soundboard/mix), Taboo’s ride is turned around and begins to return to the stage. “I keep it short and simple,” states Taboo once he is safely back on solid ground.

Black Eyed Peas Bradley Center“Are you all ready to get glamorous?” asks Fergie, who is now in her prime after kicking off a three-song solo set with “Fergalicious.” The second song is “Glamorous,” which just happens to be my favorite track off of the singer’s solo debut album Fergie As The Dutchess. How convenient is it that Ludacris is one of the opening acts (along with LMFAO) for this tour? As I had expected, Luda reappears (new outfit, of course) on stage with Fergie for his guest appearance rap on “Glamorous.” Before completing her solo halftime show with the third and final song, Fergie admits that “I go on the Internet and see that people are talking mad shit about me!”

Backed by two acoustic guitarists, The Dutchess leads the crowd in a girly-girl sing along of her hit “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” The only disappointment of the whole concert came when Fergie chose to belt out a high note during the final few seconds of “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” While attempting to hold the note out for as long as possible, Fergie’s pitch audibly wavered back and forth between flat and sharp, causing me to wince with physical pain at hearing her voice falter. Next time around, skip the vocal gymnastics, Fergie Ferg. We like the song’s original ending just fine, thanks.

The final soloist of the evening was the Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am (real name: William James Adams, Jr.). Accompanied by a remix of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” will.i.am appeared center stage in a robot costume and introduced himself using Auto-Tune to its full effect. The man casually made his way down the catwalk where a DJ booth was waiting for him. As the booth gradually worked its way up about twenty feet in the air, will.i.am took to the controls of his makeshift turntable (with requisite laptop) and “American Boy” blasted from the house speakers.

Having written and produced the hit single by Estelle featuring Kanye West, I thought it quite appropriate of will.i.am to start off a 15-minute DJ set with “American Boy.” As “Pretty Young Thing” got everybody singing and dancing along, Will told the crowd, “If you love Michael Jackson, make some noise!” A cone of rotating green lasers encircled Will’s DJ booth for his entire set before he was lowered back down to the catwalk and disappeared for another costume change.

Black Eyed Peas Bradley CenterFor the return of the Black Eyed Peas as a whole, four podiums were lined up across the end stage. With will.i.am rocking the harmonica, and Fergie in thigh-high-tight boots with an equally high on-top-of-the-head ponytail, the group performed another new song, “Now Generation.” Fergie continued to amaze me (and the crowd, I hope) when she busted out two one-handed cartwheels (mic in other hand) in a row while making her way down the catwalk to join the rest of her bandmates. “We’ve been so familiar with opening for other people that it’s crazy to think that all of you people are here to see us,” will.i.am confessed before introducing his “favorite Black Eyed Peas song.” What is Will’s favorite BEP song? Hint: there is a silver trumpet involved, just like the one I played throughout all four years of high school…”Pump It” duh!

“We have been the Black Eyed Peas since 1995. We’ve been putting out records since 1998. Fergie joined the band in 2002. We’ve sold an accumulated 28 million records worldwide to date,” said a grateful and thankful will.i.am to his band’s Milwaukee fans. The hit song that catapulted the Black Eyed Peas into mainstream pop music followed Will’s speech: “Where Is The Love?” The show’s encore had my jaw dropping toward the floor as apl.de.ap, Taboo, Fergie, and will.i.am were propelled one at a time with unbelievable force from under the stage up into the air. My body was physically tensed as I secretly was wishing each member landed safely on two feet when free falling about eight feet from their launch.

“Boom Boom Pow” was followed by the band’s biggest hit single of their career “I Gotta Feeling.” As Fergie sang the lyric “Just take it off” for the first time (the line is repeated again and again), the group’s only female member ripped off the top of her outfit in a move reminiscent of Justin and Janet at the Super Bowl halftime show fiasco all those years ago. “What the fuck is she wearing?” was my immediate thought. I cannot even begin to describe it…

As the Black Eyed Peas’ touring band continued to play the instrumental version of “I Gotta Feeling” up on their own stage (elevated in the middle), will.i.am took the time to give thanks to everybody who makes their show possible every night on the tour. “I want to give thanks to our stage crew, musical director and keyboard player, DJ, band, and dancers,” said Will. “And I want to thank Keith Harris, our drummer and the producer of our songs “Imma Be” and “Boom Boom Pow.” Then the Black Eyed Peas held hands, took their final bow perfectly in sync with each other, and proceeded to disappear out of sight as a lift lowered them from stage level and out of the crowd’s sight. The END.

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BROTHER ALI ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR DATES

BROTHER ALI ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR DATES
OVER 75 NORTH AMERICAN CITIES VISITED IN SUPPORT OF “US”

This spring, acclaimed Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali will set out on his second extensive North American tour in support of his latest album, Us. The tour, called the “Breakin’ Dawn Tour”, also features one of the biggest new hip-hop acts to break in 2009, California-based MC, Fashawn. The trek starts on March 29th in Fargo, winding its way through Canada and hits new cities in the southern and eastern regions of America. An ambitious task yes but nothing new for the dedicated and laborious Rhymesayers wordsmith – a true testament to the dedication and reach of his fans who cannot get enough. His heavy sound and thought-provoking rhymes have created a high demand by listeners from the farthest reaches of the continent. Now even more fans will have a chance to see this legend live. Upon completion of these dates, Brother Ali will have played a total of 77 North American cities in support of Us, which Pitchfork called “the most deeply thought-provoking work of Brother Ali’s career”.

Brother Ali’s last North American tour, where he hit over 51 cities, gave him the opportunity to perform in New York with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, sell out two hometown shows at First Ave in Minneapolis, and share a stage with Justin Timberlake! You never know who will turn up at a Brother Ali show -it’s one not to miss!

WATCH BROTHER ALI AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ON PEREZ HILTON
“one of independent Rap’s strongest voices” – HIPHOPDX
“Brother Ali is everything an underground rapper ought to be.” – SPIN
“Ali’s voice and flow carry the weight of automatic authority.” – FILTER
“2009’s best hip-hop release.” – ALARM

TOUR DATES
March 29th The Aquarium Fargo, ND
March 31st Zebra Cocktail Lounge Bozeman, MT
April 1st Republik Calgary, AB
April 2nd The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB
April 3rd Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, SK
April 5th Pyramid Cabaret Winnipeg, MB
April 8th The Shelter Detroit, MI
April 9th The Mod Club Toronto, ON
April 10th Ritual Nightclub Ottawa, ON
April 11th Foufoune Electriques Montreal, QC
April 13th Jerky’s Live Music Hall Providence, RI
April 14th Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
April 15th Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
April 16th Diesel Pittsburgh, PA
April 17th Horn Gallery Gambler, OH
April 20th Soapbox Laundrolounge Wilmington, NC
April 21ist The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
April 22nd The Music Farm Charleston, SC
April 23rd Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
April 24th BottleTree Birmingham, AL
April 26th Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA
April 28th Exit/In Nashville, TN
April 29th Mojo’s Columbia, MO
April 30th Otto’s Nightclub DeKalb, IL
May 1st Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
May 2nd Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA

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Cypress Hill Unveil “It Ain’t Nothin'” Video Trailer

Cypress Hill Unveil “It Ain’t Nothin'” Video Trailer


Legendary west coast rappers Cypress Hill have unveiled a preview clip of their upcoming music video for “It Ain’t Nothin.” The short clip that launched today features the members of the iconic group returning to the hip-hop game to bring real rap music to the forefront. Check out the video here and get a sneak peek at what is to come. The full length video for “It Ain’t Nothin’,” will make its premiere soon. Rise Up, featuring a guest appearance from Tom Morrello, will be available everywhere on April 6th!

Jay-Z to perform at The Pearl with guests Young Jeezy and Trey Songz

JAY-Z TO PERFORM AT THE PEARL AT THE PALMS
WITH GUESTS YOUNG JEEZY AND TREY SONGZ

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets On-Sale – Saturday, January 30 at noon
Tickets are $159, $194 & $234, plus any additional service fees

Please visit any Ticketmaster location, call 1-800-745-3000, visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.livenation.com to purchase tickets

LAS VEGAS – January 25, 2010 – After a stellar 2009, surpassing Elvis as the solo artist with the most #1 albums, scoring a #1 single with the anthemic “Empire State Of Mind” and a list of other accolades and performances, Jay-Z launches his BP3 2010 North American tour which will now conclude with a stop at The Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Special guests Young Jeezy and Trey Songz join Jay-Z on the tour.

Born Shawn Carter, Jay-Z has solidified himself as an entrepreneur, performer, trendsetter, spokesman and philanthropist. Throughout his career, Jay-Z has opened doors for anyone with talent and determination, all while setting the pace in the world of music and fashion.

In the past seven years Jay-Z has released eight consecutive multi-platinum albums. Since 1996, Jay-Z has earned multiple Grammy, American Music, MTV Music Video, Soul Train and Billboard Awards. He is the first hip-hop artist to release an MTV unplugged album, to appear on 60 Minutes or to have a live Showtime televised concert. Jay-Z released American Gangster in 2007 titled after the movie of the same name. This marked Jay-Z’s second album release after coming out of retirement in 2005. His latest effort The Blueprint III was released in September 2009 featuring hit singles “Empire State of Mind” and “Run This Town.” Recently he was nominated for Best Male Solo Artist and Best International Album for the 2010 Brit Awards. The hip-hop mogul is also slated to perform at the ceremony before kicking of his tour.

This event is presented by Andrew Hewitt and Live Nation. The Pearl Box Office is open from noon – 7:00 p.m. daily. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and show time is 8:00 p.m. The Pearl is home to Miller Lite Live, sponsored by Citi; for more information on upcoming concerts, please call 702-942-6888.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE PEARL:

February 13 – Lisa Lampanelli; $49.75

March 27 – Jay-Z; $159, $194 & $234

About The Pearl:

The Pearl is Las Vegas’ premier concert theater boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders. Featuring a stage just four feet from the floor and the farthest seating area being a mere 120 feet from the stage, The Pearl offers the utmost in intimate viewing of your favorite acts. Private and semi-private skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges and restrooms. The Pearl is a marvel of modern technology using only top quality sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to The Studio at The Palms, The Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency and without additional venue set-up. For more information, please visit www.palms.com.

Deconstruction A List-Rap Duo Das Racist Shatters Stereotypes of Stoner-Rap With Hard WORK! 2010 Brings on EP, Mixtape, Video and Touring for Rap Duo

Deconstruction A List-Rap Duo Das Racist Shatters Stereotypes of Stoner-Rap With Hard WORK

2010 Brings on EP, Mixtape, Video and Touring for Rap Duo

Them boys are up to something again! This past month Das Racist organized the New York Times-approved MinorityFest in their hometown of Brooklyn. The night consisted of a panel discussion on race moderated by Das Racist, comedy sets from six up-and-coming comedians including Ali Wong and Kumail Nanjiani, and performances by the boys themselves amongst others. Earfarm.com called the night “a good time – and different. Think college dorm party meets intellectual salon.”

Fresh off the heels of that project Das Racist is putting the immigrant work ethic they’ve inherited to good use and pressing onward with a busy winter. This past week they premiered their video for “Rainbow in the Dark,” directed by frequent collaborator Jordan Fish (http://www.jordan-fish.com/), on Pitchfork Media. They also recently launched their website, http://www.dasracist.net, which was designed by Fish.

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Das Racist: New Video, New EP, Shows

Deconstruction A List-Rap Duo Das Racist Shatters Stereotypes of Stoner-Rap With Hard WORK
2010 Brings on EP, Mixtape, Video and Touring for Rap Duo

Them boys are up to something again! This past month Das Racist organized the New York Times-approved MinorityFest in their hometown of Brooklyn. The night consisted of a panel discussion on race moderated by Das Racist, comedy sets from six up-and-coming comedians including Ali Wong and Kumail Nanjiani, and performances by the boys themselves amongst others. Earfarm.com called the night “a good time – and different. Think college dorm party meets intellectual salon.”

Fresh off the heels of that project Das Racist is putting the immigrant work ethic they’ve inherited to good use and pressing onward with a busy winter. This past week they premiered their video for “Rainbow in the Dark,” directed by frequent collaborator Jordan Fish (http://www.jordan-fish.com/), on Pitchfork Media. They also recently launched their website, http://www.dasracist.net, which was designed by Fish.

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Amanda Blank Dry Humps Chicago

Amanda Blank
The Metro – Chicago, IL
11/20/2009

Amanda Black The MetroAmanda Blank is awesome! Many are familiar with Amanda as the fiery vixen appearing alongside crowd and critical darlings Spankrock, and as part of the Philly-based pop group Sweatheart. Enlisting the help of uber-produers Diplo, Switch and XXXChange, Amanda Blank has made a record that is light years ahead of what anyone could’ve expected based on her guest appearances thus far. Balancing a razor-sharp wit & vocal dexterity with an unmatched stage presence, this is a woman to watch. Her record includes other such as Spank Rock, Santigold, Lykke Li and the Cool Kids.

Amanda Black The MetroAmanda came to Chicago Friday night (November 20) and had everyone at the Metro rocking out to her live and eccentric sounds. I love her style, her dancing and her energy. The girl is just plain awesome! She is out of the ordinary and extremely talented.

Many people have good albums but can’t deliver a good show, yet hands down Amanda Blank delivered! She is so exhilarating live, she dances and gets the audience hyped up and even shows some skin. She can sing, rap, and write and did I mention she can dance? She humps quite a lot, but that’s cool we all seemed to enjoy it, well, I did.

I didn’t catch all the songs she preformed from her set, but she did play “Gimmie What You Got”, “A Love Song”, “DJ”, “Might like You Better” and “Make it Take it” She didn’t give a full show because she was opening for Peaches, thus, it was a really short set. We only had a taste of her on Friday night and I think she definitely made the entire audience crave more of her.
If you don’t know who Amanda Blank is… I suggest you look her up. You are missing out on life! I give the show 4 stars, only complaint being it was too short.

http://www.myspace.com/amandablank

Tour Dates:

Nov 20 2009   8:00P     Metro w/ Peaches Chicago, Illinois
Nov 20 2009   8:00P     Metro – Amanda Blank Chicago, Illinois
Nov 21 2009   8:00P     Turner Hall Ballroom w/ Peaches Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 21 2009   8:00P     Turner Hall Ballroom – Amanda Blank Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 24 2009   8:00P     Showbox Sodo w/ Peaches Seattle, Washington
Nov 24 2009   8:00P    The Showbox – Showbox Sodo Seattle, Washington
Nov 25 2009   8:00P    Commodore Ballroom w/ Peaches Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 25 2009   8:00P     Commodore Ballroom – Amanda Black Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 26 2009   8:00P     Wonder Ballroom w/ Peaches Portland, Oregon
Nov 26 2009   8:00P     Wonder Ballroom – Amanda Blank Portland, Oregon
Nov 27 2009   8:00P     The Grand Ballroom @ The Regency Center w/ Peaches San Francisco, California
Nov 27 2009   8:00P     The Grand Ballroom @ Regency San Francisco, California
Nov 28 2009   8:00P     Wiltern w/ Peaches Los Angeles, California
Nov 28 2009   8:00P     Wiltern Theatre – Amanda Blank Los Angeles, California
Dec 30 2009   8:00P      Falls Festival Lorene
Jan 1 2010   8:00P         Field Day Festival Sydney
Jan 7 2010    8:00P        Corner Hotel W/ Major Lazer Melbourne
Jan 9 2010   8:00P        Southbound Festival Perth
Jan 11 2010    8:00P      Sydney Festival Sydney

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Lil Wayne: The Best Rapper Alive

Lil Wayne
Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago IL
8/29/2009

Lil Wayne First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Being a huge fan of Lil Wayne, I was quite excited upon finding out that I had the opportunity to cover his show. Lil Wayne is headlining the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival this summer, a tour put on by Young Money Entertainment featuring Jeremih, Pleasure P, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Young Jeezy and other artists directly under the label, including Tyga, Nicki, Gudda Gudda, Young Twists, Lil Chuckee, and T-Streets. The tour hit Chicago on August 29th at the Midwest Amphitheatre, and with over 20,000 fans in attendance it was evident that the recession is having no affect on the on Young Money Entertainment. The arena was filled from the front of the stage all the way back to the lawn with fans of all ethnicities, ages, and social classes, demonstrating that Lil Wayne is breaking cultural barriers through his rhyme. To me, Lil Wayne is an incredibly talented, hard working, humble artist and he deserves all the wealth he has acquired.

Lil Wayne First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreThe show he put on was as amazing as the crowd was diverse. The moment he hit the stage the energy and screams all around the arena exploded from everyone attending. The sound was perfect, being loud without losing clarity. Lil Wayne’s performance was absolutely incredible. He brought high energy to every song and it carried into every word he spoke. He was full of passion and sincerity, at one point stopped and said to the audience “I have three things I need to say: 1) I believe in God, 2) I am nothing with out you (the fans), and 3) I ain’t shit without YOU!” Everything about Lil Wayne’s near two-hour performance indicated that much planning and hard work had gone into this show. The crowd got so into it that everyone that had seats had gotten up to stand on their seats.

The visuals were fantastic, including talented backup dancers, a stunning light show, and a well-designed stage production, massive projector screens, pyrotechnic eruptions of smoke and fire, and a live band with drums, guitars, a small horn section, and a DJ. And to top this show off, Lil Wayne ended it with a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, having the audience sing a few of the King of Pop’s greatest hits. With all that being said, I give the show my highest rating to date, 4.5 stars out of 5. The only reason I won’t give this show a 5 is because I honestly was not a big fan of all of the other Young Money artists. I would much rather have heard more of Lil Wayne during the 20 minutes of listening to all of them rap in between his set. But that’s just me.

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