Check out the official video for the promo joint World of Fantasy produced by Heavy Weight Beats. This song was originally recorded back in 2009, but director Peter Johnson loved it so much he offered his services to shoot a video to help promote the soon to be released mixtape "Late Nights on Mars".
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Check out this interview Kanye West did a few days ago to promote his upcoming album and set all dirty laundry straight. Kanye touches up on his thought process for snatching the mic from Taylor Swift, disrespecting George Bush on national television, and how technology has let him elevate his music and bring more of it to the masses. Def set the record straight, and is eye opening.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Check out the second installment of Rihanna and Eminem's Love The Way You Lie being released on Rihanna's newest CD Loud coming this November. For those who think this will be some big follow up, sorry to dissapoint. The hook remains the same, and Em's mic time was cut. It's clear RiRi took the reigns on this one since it was her album but it definitely has a more upbeat sound. If there was a shining light on this track it would be that Em is absolutely bananas with his wordplay and follows up the first even harder. Download the joint right here:
RIHANNA FEAT. EMINEM- LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE PART 2:
Lupe swung by the Shade45 studios to visit DJ Tony Touch for an interview and dropped a freestyle for the people. I got to give it to Lupe because most emcees come on and do these radio interviews and always have a 16 (verse) prepared for a live "freestyle". This is obviously off the top. So hats off to Lupe who is dropping his Lasers album very soon. Check out the free right here:
Monday, November 1, 2010
In the spirit of Halloween, I'm releasing my second single off of my upcoming mixtape Late Nights on Mars. In Miami Horror (Produced by Killabits & Love Thy Brother) expect a lyrical nightmare combined with a hard dubstep beat. This ish will rage hard on the electronic scene and is definitely unlike anything I've done before. Always love jumping into a new sound, and this will be a great bang on this heavy loaded mixtape coming soon.
DOWNLOAD BY CLICKING ON THE DOWN ARROW
Miami Horror (Produced by Killabits & Love Thy Brother) by planetdutch
One of the newest up and comers this year is J. Cole. This young emcee hailing from North Carolina has been rising on the hip hop scene this passed year and have even raised the head of Jay-Z who featured him on the Blueprint III (A Star is Born). Hov also had J.Cole open for him at Yankee Stadium during his joint concert with Eminem earlier this past September. Here's his latest joint "I'm Coming Home". Definitely hop out of bed and keep ya ear to the ground for this kid.
DOWNLOAD: J.Cole- I'm Coming Home
The latest GOOD Friday release features Curtis Mayfield, Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi & Charlie Wilson. A smooth-vibed cool joint. I might be more impressed with Ye's weekly drops than the efforts i hear for his upcoming album "My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy". My input on the matter is this, Kanye has a true love for hip hop, the classic old school flavor that crafts him as a lyricist. Then there is the artsy side to Kanye, where he may not be the most lyrical but he packs so much emotional passion in what he is saying, it doesnt matter. Expect his new album to be more indie sounding than ever before. Personally he should release a second album titled "Good Friday" to come along free with the purchase of his CD, but hey what do i know...im just a dope emcee, with a bachelor degree with more opinions than a jewish mother.
DOWNLOAD: Kanye West- The Joy Feat. Jay-Z, Curtis Mayfield, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson & Pete Rock
Well, the talks of this collabo happened only a few days ago and the internet buzz has been increasing by the hour. Nicki Minaj, who is all set to release her debut album Pink Friday has received one of the biggest honors in hip hop...an Eminem feature. Although this collab is one of the more stranger mixes of talent, both artists tend to have an alter-ego wild side and both of them are expressed here. In the single "Roman's Revenge" expect some crazy word play from both emcees, with a back and forth approach similar to Em & Dre in "Guilty Conscience" (Slim Shady LP). The song is good, not great...but they both did their thing. The hook actual channels some inner "scenario" paying homage to Busta (Rhymes) for his classic verse on the Tribe Called Quest smash. Pink Friday is set to be released on Nov 22nd along with heavyweights Kanye, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, among others.
DOWNLOAD: Nicki Minaj - Roman's Revenger Feat. Eminem
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Well, here it is...the very anticipated Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager has finally been released on the net and you can be one of the firsts to get a listen. In Cudder's sophomore release expect the same melodic tone as his first but with some more credible features, a little darker creative input and drug-filled story line. Sadly, Common does not narrate the tale as he does in Cudi's previous effort.
DOWNLOAD IT EXCLUSIVELY RIGHT HERE: Kid Cudi- Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Instruction: Click download/ select free download/ and select download file
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Alright now I'm not a big fan of posting ridiculous videos but i couldnt resist this one. Hollywoods newest rising singer, Willow Smith's (9 Year old daughter of Will & Jada) joint Whip My Hair is an absolute banger but combined with the dance skills of this parrot, make it all the more reason to watch it again and again...
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Check out the cover for Kid Cudi's upcoming sophomore album "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" The album is set to drop November 9th.
G.O.O.D. Friday has arrived and this weeks team consists of Kanye, Keri Hilson, Pusha T, and Cyhi the Prince. "Take One for the Team" available for download right here...
Kanye x Pusha T x Keri Hilson x Cyhi the Prince :
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ever since Eminem dropped Recovery everybody has been dying to get a piece of him, including Anderson Cooper. Tomorrow night (Sun, Oct 10th) at 7pm, Shady sits down with the 60 Minutes host to tackle the differences between his public image and actual self. Below is a clip where he is attempting to teach Anderson the proper ways to stretch words in order to expand creativity in ones attempt of rapping. Make sure to tune in to
CBS tomorrow to see the complete interview.
Friday, October 8, 2010
If you been living under a rock lately you should be informed that kanye has been releasing a free joint every Friday for the past month or so (find them @ http://kanyewest.com/). Here is the latest titled "Don't Stop" featuring his CRS (Child Rebel Soldiers) castmates Pharell & Lupe Fiasco. This group surfaced about two years ago with their joint "US Placers" but faded away soon after while chasing solo careers. It was very dope to catch them on this weeks G.O.O.D. Friday.
Listen & Downlod: http://kanyewest.com/2010/10/dont-stop/
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Nas is planning for a new release but Def Jam on the other hand...is not. Nas, who will go down in hip hop history as one of the greatest to ever graze a mic, is not feeling the love from his Def Jam label and released a letter to them earlier today. Nas had this to say:
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY S*** OUT!
Peace to all,
With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.
I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty f***** up situation
This isn’t the 90′s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a f*** about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.
Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog s*** on a MAGICAL moment.
You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your b******* $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have s*** coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!
First Lupe, now NAS. What is hip hop coming to when the successful dope artists can't even get the support of the people who believe in them from the start. Hopefully they will submit to Nas's demands like Atlantic did with Lupe.
A few days ago I posted about how Lupe Fiasco's latest CD Lasers has been on tight lock from his label Atlantic Records. Lupe took to his twitter and it seems they have finally reached agreement just days before a Pro-Lupe protest was set to bombard entrance of Atlantic Records in NYC. The release date for Lasers will be delivered prior to the October 15th deadline. Justice has been served for Lupe, but if he does plan on a forth quarter drop, he'll be competing with the likes of Kanye, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, Lloyd Banks, Ne-Yo, Akon & Flo Rida.
Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland) did a phenominal job recreating Mark Zuckerberg's vision in which changed not only our generation but how people interact indefinitely. I do feel the movie could have been a little longer, but I guess a movie does its job when it leaves you wanting more. The script was sophisticated, which at times could be intimidating to your intelligence. Regardless it is an obvious candidate for oscar gold. If you still haven't checked out this film, definitely make the investment.
Check out the latest single "Start it Up" off Lloyd Bank's upcoming Hunger for More 2 featuring Fabolos, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz & Ryan Leslie.
Listen & Download: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/en/play/s/0db84e0-92459/
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Ya know it is a sad business we are apart of... The music business is ugly, and regardless of how intelligent or talented you may be, they will always look to chew you up and spit you out. Lupe Fiasco, is one of these gentleman in the game who I consider a top 10 artist (lyrically). Atlantic has done nothing but hold him back as an artist ever since he sprung on the scene. I guess getting co-signed by Kanye is not enough anymore. But check out Lupe as he tries to explain to his fans the problems he is having with his label, and why his latest album is being held back harder than the NY Giants offensive line.
Check out the first release off of "Late NIghts on Mars" featuring one of the dopest emcees ive had the pleasure of recording with, Res. Produced by Sean Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra. The track is simple people, sometimes in life we feel maybe all the hard work we put into something is just never enough. This track comes to terms with that but still finds a way to fight for what they love. Listen & Download right here:
Dutch-Too Late (Feat. Res) Produced by Sean Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra by planetdutch
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Eminem and Jay-Z have collaborated to launch two huge performances to rep their city and love for the game of baseball. On September 2nd the two will perform at Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers home stadium) for a Yankee-Tiger bout, then following that on September 13th they will return to New York for another performance during the Yanks & Tigers next meeting. This is definitely something that has never been done before. Personally I have a tremendous love for hip hop and a traditional love for baseball and the fact that two of my favorite artists will be assisting in merging the two categories is nothing short of amazing. Check out the video below of how they came about the idea.
Sept. 2- Comerica Park- Headlines Eminem with Jay-Z
Sept. 13- Yankee Stadium- Headlines Jay-Z with Eminem
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Check out Drake's new single "Find Your Love" produced by none other than Mr. Kanye West. This is his second single off his debut album Thank Me Later (first was "Over") and just like the first, will take a little bit to catch on. Drizzy is always doing his thing and is definitely a breath of fresh air in todays hip hop scene. Check it out right here...
Drake- Find Your Love (Produced by Kanye West):
Eminem has released his first single titled "Not Afraid" produced by Boi-1Da (Over, Forever, etc.) where he basically lets the people know his last LP, 'The Relapse was ehhh'. Check out the new single right here...
Eminem- Not Afraid:
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Check out the full length feature of "Alone" right here. The film just premiered in L.A. this passed week and is already generating some buzz to the Hollywood scene. Although Peter Johnson did not take the lead in the movie, his supporting role shines brighter than his other cast mates. "Alone" is a sexy thriller about three young people devising the perfect scam to make themselves a small fortune, but their plot quickly unravels. Definitely a must watch, give it a look right here...
Watch ALONE: http://projections2010.com/watch/alone/
Friday, February 19, 2010
Check out the exclusive video by from Timbaland's smash album "Shock Value 2" for his single "Carry Out" featuring Justin Timberlake. This song was also featured on the Dope Culture Vol.2 Mixtape series released by myself and DJ Billy Gotti on New Years day 2010. Check it out below:
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Here's the newest video off of his debut album "Deal or No Deal" for the song "This Plane" Check it out, this Pittsburgh emcee is on my top list of dope newcomers to make an impact on the new age industry...
Check out the Official Video for "This Plane" right here by Wiz Khalifa:
Check out the Official Video for "This Plane" right here by Wiz Khalifa:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Due to a cracked tooth, Lil Wayne still has to go through some extensive dental surgery which is now postponing his incarceration until March 2 of this year. Wonder how many more bangers Weezy could spit out before heading away for a hot minute...Check out the footage below of Wayne walking out of court earlier this afternoon.
So far the annual Bonnaroo Festival which takes place in the beautiful 700 Acre Farmland in Manchester, TN is turning out to be one of the dopest years in existence. The dates for the event fall between the days of June 10-13. This morning, it has been confirmed who will hit the stage and the list as follows:
Dave Matthews Band
Kings of Leon
Flaming Lips covering Dark Side of the Moon
The Dead Weather
Zac Brown Band
Damian Marley & Nas
Medeski Martin & Wood
She & Him
Chromeo w/ guest Daryl Hall
The Avett Brothers
She & Him
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Mayer Hawthorne and the County
The Gaslight Anthem
Tokyo Police Club
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
They Might Be Giants
Dave Rawlings Machine
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Entrance Band
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
If you are jumping on the Drake train, make sure you check him out at a University near you. Drizzy has released his first few tour dates that will be taking place in 2010. "The Away From Home" tour lacked a theme, and when asked Drake explained that the theme of the tour was college. He wanted to thank and show support for all the college students who helped escalate him to his immediate success. Here are the dates, mark your calendars people...
4/06/2010 Charleston, IL Eastern Illinois University
4/07/2010 Columbus, OH Private Location
4/09/2010 State College, PA Penn State University
4/10/2010 Boston, MA Private Location
4/11/2010 Lock Haven, PA Private Location
4/14/2010 East Lansing, MI Michigan State University
4/15/2010 Rochester Hills, MI Oakland University
4/16//2010 Morgantown, WV West Virginia University
4/21/2010 Orlando, FL University Central Florida
4/22/2010 Greenville, SC Furman University
4/24/2010 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
4/26/2010 Kansas City, MO University of Missouri – Kansas City
4/27/2010 Lexington, KY University of Kentucky
4/29/2010 Lowell, MA University Mass Lowell
4/30/2010 Syracuse, NY Private Location
5/01/2010 Boston, MA Private Location
5/01/2010 East Rutherford, NJ Bamboozle Festival
5/04/2010 Worcester, MA Holy Cross
5/05/2010 Towson, MD Towson University
5/06/2010 Cheyney, PA Cheyney University
5/07/2010 Ithaca, NY Private Location
5/08/2010 Plymouth, NH Private Locati
Check out a sneak preview of the new series by HBO "How to Make it in America". Basically the gist is a pre-Entourage like attempt about a group of friends who reside in NYC. The show expresses the grind of these boys trying to come into their own and be successful by the likes of their own creativity and hustle. Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi ("Domingo") has a recurring role and is a buddy to the two main characters. Check out the pilot exclusively provided by HBO right here:
A few weeks back a friend of mine Nicole Zerra (http://www.nicolemariephotos.blogspot.com) invited me out to Miami Beach where there was an open invitation to be in the new David Guetta/Cudder music video for their smash "Memories" at Nocturnal nightclub. Sadly due to a previous engagement I was unable to be involved but finally got a chance to see the finished product. The video seems slightly budgeted and inexpensive. Nevertheless Guetta is always doing his thing.
Check out the official video for Memories right here:
Check out the official video for Memories right here:
Lil Wayne took the time out of saying goodbye to family and friends to speak to his fans on his final night before heading to incarceration. Fat Joe stops by to make an appearance. Lil Wayne will be serving his time in Rikers Island, NY for a span of one year (8 months if well behaved). Check out his final ustream video for a hot minute right here:
Monday, February 8, 2010
Check out Duke's newest rising star Mike Posner. The guy who brought you Evil Woman, Drug Dealer Girl & Smoke and Drive is back releasing his first mixtape One Foot In The Door off J Records. This young 21 year old is not only a hit maker but is an excellent producer/ song writer. If you haven't checked out Mike Posner before, I suggest you give him a listen. With the sounds of a new age Justin Timberlake, this rising star should be overlooked.
Download his newest mixtape One Foot in The Door exclusively from his websit right here:
Tomorrow, February 9, Lil Wayne will begin his one year sentence (8 months with good behavior) from his gun possession charge back in 2007. Upon further belief, Wayne will not have to cut his hair for his jail term, also he will not be allowed to have an ipod in his cell. Check out MTV's Sway going over the specifics with the Lil Wayne case, plus Nicki Minaj's thoughts on the charge.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Drake caught up with MTV's Sway at the Grammy's and gave us a little insight on how his debut album "Thank Me Later" is coming. Although there is no actual date on when Young Money's cash cow (other than Weezy of course) is dropping, he did reveal that the first single should be released within the next few weeks. We already know Jay-Z is appearing on the album but it appears that Eminem has sparked interest as well, and is a definite possibility for a collaboration.
Check out the interview right here:
This video is really dope, I posted the link for download last week for this song, and the video was just released. Definitely unique and hella creative.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Congrats to all the winners last night...
Record Of The Year: "Use Somebody," Kings Of Leon
Album Of The Year: "Fearless," Taylor Swift
Song Of The Year: "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
Best New Artist: Zac Brown Band
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Halo," Beyonce
Best Rock Album: "21st Century Breakdown," Green Day
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:"Run This Town," Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
Best Country Album: "Fearless," Taylor Swift
Best Comedy Album: "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!," Stephen Colbert
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Make It Mine," Jason Mraz
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Lucky," Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: "Throw Down Your Heart," Bela Fleck
Best Pop Instrumental Album: "Potato Hole," Booker T. Jones
Best Pop Vocal Album: "The E.N.D.," The Black Eyed Peas
Best Dance Recording: "Poker Face," Lady Gaga
Best Electronic/Dance Album: "The Fame," Lady Gaga
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden," Michael Buble
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: "Working On A Dream," Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: "Use Somebody," Kings Of Leon
Best Hard Rock Performance: "War Machine," AC/DC
Best Metal Performance: "Dissident Aggressor," Judas Priest
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: "A Day In The Life," Jeff Beck
Best Rock Song: "Use Somebody," Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
Best Alternative Music Album: "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," Phoenix
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," Beyonce
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: "Pretty Wings," Maxwell
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: "Blame It," Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "At Last," Beyonce
Best Urban/Alternative Performance: "Pearls," India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore
Best R&B Song: "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
Best R&B Album: "Blacksummers' Night," Maxwell
Best Contemporary R&B Album: "I Am… Sasha Fierce," Beyonce
Best Rap Solo Performance: "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)," Jay-Z
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: "Crack A Bottle," Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
Best Rap Song: "Run This Town," Shawn Carter, R. Fenty, M. Riddick, Kanye West & E. Wilson, songwriters (Athanasios Alatas, songwriter) (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)
Best Rap Album: "Relapse," Eminem
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: "White Horse," Taylor Swift
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: "Sweet Thing," Keith Urban
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: "I Run To You," Lady Antebellum
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: "I Told You So," Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
Best Country Instrumental Performance: "Producer's Medley," Steve Wariner
Best Country Song: "White Horse," Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Best New Age Album: "Prayer For Compassion," David Darling
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: "75," Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
Best Jazz Vocal Album: "Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman," Kurt Elling
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: "Dancin' 4 Chicken," Terence Blanchard, soloist
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: "Five Peace Band - Live," Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: "Book One," New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Best Latin Jazz Album: "Juntos Para Siempre," Bebo Valdes And Chucho Valdes
Best Gospel Performance: "Wait On The Lord," Donnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark Sheard
Best Gospel Song: "God In Me," Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary Featuring Kierra "KiKi" Sheard)
Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album: "Live Revelations," Third Day
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: "The Power Of One," Israel Houghton
Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album: "Jason Crabb," Jason Crabb
Best Traditional Gospel Album: "Oh Happy Day," (Various Artists)
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: "Audience Of One," Heather Headley
Best Latin Pop Album: "Sin Frenos," La Quinta Estacion
Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album: "Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo," Calle 13
Best Tropical Latin Album: "Ciclos," Luis Enrique
Best Regional Mexican Album: "Necesito De Ti," Vicente Fernandez
Best Tejano Album: "BordersZZTO Y Bailes," Los Texmaniacs
Best Norteno Album: "Tu Noche Con…Los Tigres Del Norte," Los Tigres Del Norte
Best Banda Album: "Tu Esclavo Y Amo," Lupillo Rivera
Best Americana Album: "Electric Dirt," Levon Helm
Best Bluegrass Album: "The Crow/New Songs For The Five-String Banjo," Steve Martin
Best Traditional Blues Album: "A Stranger Here," Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Best Contemporary Blues Album: "Already Free," The Derek Trucks Band
Best Traditional Folk Album: "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," Loudon Wainwright III
Best Contemporary Folk Album: "Townes," Steve Earle
Best Hawaiian Music Album: "Masters Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2," (Various Artists)
Best Native American Music Album: "Spirit Wind North," Bill Miller
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album: "Lay Your Burden Down," Buckwheat Zydeco
Best Reggae Album: "Mind Control - Acoustic," Stephen Marley
Best Traditional World Music Album: "Douga Mansa," Mamadou Diabate
Best Contemporary World Music Album: "Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 - Africa Sessions," Bela Fleck
Best Musical Album For Children: "Family Time," Ziggy Marley
Best Spoken Word Album For Children: "Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Songs," Buck Howdy
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling): "Always Looking Up," Michael J. Fox
Best Musical Show Album: "West Side Story," David Caddick & David Lai, producers (Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione & Others)
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: "Slumdog Millionaire," (Various Artists)
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: "Up," Michael Giacchino, composer
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: "Jai Ho" (From "Slumdog Millionaire"), Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters (A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash)
Best Instrumental Composition: "Married Life (From "Up"), Michael GiacchinoZZSB, composer (Michael GiacchinoZZSB)
Best Instrumental Arrangement: "West Side Story Medley," Bill Cunliffe, arranger (Resonance Big Band)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "Quiet Nights," Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)
Best Recording Package: "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today," Stefan Sagmeister, art director (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: "Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972)," Gary Burden, Jenice Heo & Neil Young, art directors (Neil Young)
Best Album Notes: "The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946)," Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)
Best Historical Album: "The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967)," Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Little Walter)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: "Ellipse," Imogen Heap, engineer (Imogen Heap)
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Brendan O'Brien
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: "When Love Takes Over (Electro Extended Remix)," David Guetta, remixer (David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland)
Best Surround Sound Album: "Transmigration," Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses)
Best Engineered Album, Classical: "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10," Peter Laenger, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony)
Producer Of The Year, Classical: Steven Epstein
Best Classical Album: "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10," Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors; Andreas Neubronner, producer; Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer; Andreas Neubronner, mastering engineer (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Katarina Karneus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef, Elza van den Heever & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Chorus)
Best Orchestral Performance: "Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe," James Levine, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
Best Opera Recording: "Britten: Billy Budd," Daniel Harding, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose & Gidon Saks; John Fraser, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; Gentlemen Of The London Symphony Chorus)
Best Choral Performance: "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10," Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karneus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus & San Francisco Girls Chorus)
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra): "Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3," Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Evgeny Kissin (Philharmonia Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra): " Journey To The New World," Sharon Isbin (Joan Baez & Mark O'Connor)
Best Chamber Music Performance: "Intimate Letters," Emerson String Quartet
Best Small Ensemble Performance: "Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion," Paul Hillier, conductor; Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre Of Voices
Best Classical Vocal Performance: "Verismo Arias," Renee Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition: "Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto," Jennifer Higdon (Marin Alsop)
Best Classical Crossover Album: "Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace," Yo-Yo Ma (Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Matt Brubeck, John Clayton, Paquito d'Rivera, Renee Fleming, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, Edgar Meyer, Cristina Pato, Joshua Redman, Jake Shimabukuro, Silk Road Ensemble, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Wu Tong, Alon Yavnai & Amelia Zirin-Brown)
Best Short Form Music Video: "Boom Boom Pow," The Black Eyed Peas
Best Long Form Music Video: "The Beatles Love - All Together Now," (Various Artists)
Friend, and fellow Dope Culture co-creator, Dj Billy Gotti has been highlighted not only for his creative ink but his talented skills behind the turntables. Make sure you check out his interview and show support for the SoFla DJ circuit. Congrats Bill.
Check out the interview hosted by So Tattooed Magazine right here:
With the 2010 Grammy Awards in the books, it is safe to say each performer(s) did phenomenal. Despite going goose-egg with the awards, Lady Gaga kicked off the night with a dope performance along side legend Elton John. Pink had a memorable performance with a skin-colored spandex outfit and wow'd the audience with some cirque du soleil theatrics. Beyonce showed why she is the queen of R&B. The Fail performance of the night had to be Jamie Foxx/T-Pain/Slash/Doug E. Fresh. Although I'm a fan of all their work, the auto-tuned mics sounded as though they were lip syncing and their mash of "Blame It" just didn't seem to work. The breakout performance of the night had to be all stars Lil' Wayne, Eminem, & Drake along side drummer Travis Barker. Check out the video of their memorable collaboration...
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It has just been confirmed that this Sunday at the Grammy's Eminem, Lil' Wayne, Drake & Travis Barker will be hitting the stage to perform there smash single and all-star collaboration "Forever". Kanye West also features in the song but has yet to accept the invitation. Wonder if Ye' will show up fashionably late.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Courtesy of Daily News:
After much industry and consumer anticipation, Apple introduced the iPad on Wednesday, a tablet-style device designed for browsing the web, reading and sending email, viewing photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, and reading e-books.
The device, which will be available in late March starting at U.S. $499, is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. A 9.7-inch, LED-backlit Multi-Touch display features an almost full-screen “soft keyboard” and allows users applications work in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad in any direction.
Users can access 12 apps designed especially for the iPad as well as almost all of the 140,000 apps in the App Store, including for those available for the iPhone or iPod touch.
“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”
As part of the product launch, Apple announced the new iBooks app for iPad, which allows users to read e-books directly from the unit. The company also introduced a new version of iWork for iPad, a desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. The suite allows to create formatted documents, presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions, and formulas. The unit also connects to the a iPad Keyboard Dock with a full-size traditional keyboard.
Powered by Apple’s A4 system-on-a-chip, the iPad comes in two versions—one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. The company stuck with its iPhone partner, AT&T, which will offer both limited and unlimited monthly data plans.
Apple also released a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for iPad, so developers can create new applications for the device. The SDK includes a simulator that lets developers test and debug their iPad apps on a Mac, and also lets developers create Universal Applications that run on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Courtesy of HHG:
Lupe Fiasco is ready to release his next solo album, Lasers. Appearing on Green Lantern's Invasion Radio, the Chicago MC revealed he just turned over the finished product to Atlantic Records. No release date has been set yet, it's his first release since 2007.
He also talked about the much anticipated project, CRS, featuring himself, Kanye West and PharrellWilliams.
"Pharrell hit me the other day, and he was like, 'Yo, we really need to do this Child Rebel Soldiers project,' " the rapper said during his Shade 45 interview. "We did, like, four songs [so far]. So that's four songs of Lupe Fiasco that your punk ass don't got. Hopefully, it's coming soon. But I'm not gonna stray anybody off [their own projects] like that. Pharrell hit me the other day and said we need to go back into the studio and do some more songs. I don't know what Kanye's doing, but we'll figure it out."
"Pharrell came up with the idea — 'Let's do a group, Child Rebel Soldiers,' " Fiasco told MTV News in April 2008. "So I did a song. Took Thom Yorke's 'Eraser,' cut it up, put 'Us Placers' on it, because I was going to do a mixtape called Us Placers and remake Thom Yorke's album [The Eraser] and Radiohead's stuff. I sent the record out, and it was initially supposed to have Kanye, and I wanted the Streets. The Streets, I got no response. He asked me to do the song for one of his artists. Then Kanye jumped on it and was like, 'I'm going to send it to P.' Then P sent it back, and it was like, 'This is the first song right here. Let's do it.' That was, like, a year and a half ago, and the whole time we've been figuring out what to do."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Check out the new video/documentary for kid cudi's recent single "cudderisback". Cudder definitely shows off his comedic skills in this one, not to mention his love for the ganja. Dope track and funny video, check it out.
Kid Cudi- Cudderisback (Video)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The list of performers for the Hop for Haiti telethon was quite extensive but one of the most memorable performances of the night was "Stranded" by Jay-Z, Rihanna, and U2's Bono. The song was written and dedicated specifically for the tragedy that happened in Port Au Prince early last week. My prayers go out to the families affected, and the people who have suffered.
Check out the performance of "Stranded" right here:
Friday, January 22, 2010
Here is a remix of Dan Black's "Symphonies" Featuring Kid Cudi. The beat takes a sample of Rihanna's hit "Umbrella" and puts a cool twist on the song. Download it for free right here:
Dan Black Feat. Kid Cudi- Symphonies (Remix)
ALSO CHECK OUT KID CUDI LIVE AT MINXX NIGHTCLUB IN ATLANTIC CITY, PERFORMING MEMORIES, DAY-N-NITE, & HIS NEWEST SINGLE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS FEAT. MGMT RIGHT HERE:
Download & Check out the new joint from Lupe Fiasco & Kenna produced by Linkin Park's front man Mike Shinoda. This track was meant as a dedication to Haiti Relief from the terrible earthquake that occurred a little over a week ago in Port Au Prince.
Lupe Fiasco Feat. Kenna- Resurrection
Are you a fan of Parks & Recreation? Well comedian new comer Aziz Ansari is certainly turning heads out there in Hollywood. He's already featured in movies such as I Love You Man & Funny People. Here is a clip from his long-awaited standup about the first time he met and chilled with hip hop star Kanye West. Definitely check this out to get in your daily laugh.
Aziz Ansari meets Kanye West:
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Check out the last 24 hours of 2009 for DJ Billy Gotti, and myself. The video covers everything from our arrival at the W, soundcheck, and of course the nights festivities. Not only do we highlight Billy's dope video mixing skills, but we also cover performances by Wally and myself. Check it out...
The Making of NYE at the W Hotel:
Friday, January 1, 2010
In LA at Club Nokia Robin Thicke brought out Kid Cudi to perform the song "Elevatas" off Robin's newly released "Sex Therapy". Check out the first time they ever collabed to do it LIVE.
Robin Thicke Feat. Kid Cudi - Elevatas (Live from Club Nokia)
Check out this new joint by the boys who brought you "Sexy Bitch". Akon and David Guetta teamed up again to give you "Nosy Neighbor". Pretty dope joint, check it out and DOWNLOAD it right here:
Akon & David Guetta- Nosy Neighbor
Last night we celebrated the end of a decade. I was fortunate enough to land a performance spot at the New Years Eve bash hosted by the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Wally was also in the house performing, and DJ Billy Gotti was mixing video all night long. When the ball dropped at midnight DJ Billy Gotti & I dropped the 2nd Volume of our mixtape "Dope Culture". All in all it was a great experience and an awesome way to kick off the new year. Check out the video of my performance right here...
Dutch Live NYE Performance from the W Hotel:
Jay has been pumpin out videos for his successful Blueprint 3 album. He has now released the official video with Swizz Beatz for his single "On To The Next One". This is just over a week after releasing the video for "Young Forever" which featured Mr. Hudson. Check out the video with Swizzy right here....
Jay-Z- On to the Next One Feat. Swizz Beatz