Dave East Borrows More Classic Production on His EastMix of “Air it Out” #HMN Coming Soon!

With his anticipated Hate Me Now mixtape coming sooner than later, Dave East hops on another Jadakiss classic, “Air it Out” and customarily spits notable sh*t on his rendition of the track.  At last weekend’s intimate, mini HMN listening party, East let us hear several cuts off the project and they were all impressive as expected.

Let’s just hope the game is fully prepared when this drops. I suggest emcees focus on their pens, delivery, as well as production, which categorically stands out on the upcoming project.  With several powerful features from very credible artists in the hip-hop and r&b genres, Hate Me Now will exhibit the growth and potential in the Harlem dweller’s career.

Click the headphones, light up, and listen.

Jadakiss Rebrands His SoRaspy Movement

These days you can’t consider yourself a Hip Hop star with by just releasing music and touring. You have to have to venture out and expand your brand. That’s exactly what Jadakiss has done by rebranding his SoRaspy movement. SoRaspy is a multi-media creative collective that includes apparel, an online lifestyle publication, and a record label. It was founded in 2010 by Kiss and his longtime friend and business partner Jay “Icepick” Jackson.

SoRaspy has recently rebrand its website with a sleek and clean design as well as focusing on lifestyle overall. With SoRaspy as well as Juice For Life, his juice bar with Styles P, Kiss is positioning himself as businessman to be reckoned with.

Check out SoRaspy.com

The Rapfest Takes it to Yonkers with the LOX on Series 9 (Produced by DJ Uneek)

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Listen ton Jadakiss & Styles P’s “Block Work”

Quiet as its kept, Jadakiss and Styles P have separately been ravaging your favorite beats as of late.

Today the duo come together to tackle Cam’ron and Prodigy’s “Losin’ Weight,” taking time to pay homage to those have fallen to police brutality as of late. Take a listen to the track below, and give us your thoughts in the c-section.  #FreddieGray

 

– Def Soul (@DefSoulNJ)

Listen to Jadakiss’ “Young, Gifted & Black” Freestyle

Kiss sounds…ready

Jadakiss has always kept busy, be it feature verses, mixtapes, freestyles or radio appearances, so the fact that he hasn’t released an album since 2009’s The Last Kiss isn’t as glaring as one would imagine. However, for whatever reason, the New York native has been absent from the shelves for 6 years, and many have lost faith in his forthcoming album, Top 5 Dead Or Alive, ever seeing the light of day.

Still, Kiss remains sharp, and he served up a reminder of that today with a freebie over a classic Big Daddy Kane instrumental, with some pretty ominous artwork. Listen below.

Rap City: Tha Basement Memorable Freestyles

Back in the early 2000’s when BET actually had hourly music television shows, one of the more popular show’s was “Rap City Tha Basement“. Rap City’s host Big Tigger would interview the artist that would appear on the show that day, then later on go in the booth with them and spit a freestyle. To one’s surprise, Tigger wasn’t bad at all. He often made rappers step their bars up in the booth, because nobody wanted to be shown up in a freestyle by the host. Tigger rapping in the booth with your favorite rapper was by far the most exciting part of the show. In the booth on Rap City it was either put up or shut up. Many have stopped by to kick a freestyle with Tigger, we’ve compiled a list of the most memorable freestyles on Rap City.

 

-Darius Hawkins (@Dee_Hawkie)

Roc Nation’s Radar: Goldie Presents “Dirty Diana Ross”

With Roc Nation making major moves in Sports management and now more recently Film and TV management, it’s pretty safe to say that when it comes to the music, their artists are chosen wisely. With that being said, here’s the introduction of Goldie.

Currently on Roc Nation’s radar comes Goldie from Philadelphia — both Southwest and North. While coming up, he played played ball, until he was dropped from the team in 11th grade.  “So I just had to turn up with the music.  Those were my two hobbies writing and playing ball.” Around that very same time, one of Goldie’s friends from the neighborhood, Meek Mill, began to start seeing the traction of the music grind, giving Goldie added inspiration.

Along the way, Goldie met another influential figure, industry veteran Lenny S. — who would get Goldie’s foot in the door. “I have a deal on the table with [Roc Nation], thanks to Lenny S. He’s like my mentor/big brother,” Goldie says.  “He’s given me the game. I would want to be under him anyway, because of the impact he has on the game.”

Before the connection with Lenny S., Goldie was able to ride out with Jadakiss. “I was working with Jada since I was young,” he says. “He came to my graduation. Told me he wasn’t even going to sign me until I graduated. He showed me the ropes; I got a lot being around him and in the cyphers. Just him, Styles, Sheek – you know, being around him, he’s gonna have you around a lot of heavyweights. It was legendary.”

The third key figure in Goldie’s story was Jay Z. “It was the Magna Carter tour. Lenny S. was able to get me backstage. Like, I wasn’t even supposed to perform for him, but he put me on the spot. They put a beat on and I spit for like 15 minutes. Kept it going — Emory [Jones] was there, everybody loved it. A couple months later, we were working on a project- the demo deal.”

In his own words, Goldie defines his style as “polished and lyrical, but can still go there.” And as for now, he’s currently working on a mixtape. “Might name it the Purge. We about to release all of the demons, let everything go. No more holding back.”

Here’s one below, titled, “Dirty Diana Ross.” Check it out:

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Jamaal Fisher (@jamaalfisher)

Recap Of The 1st Annual Hard2Guard Celebrity Charity All Star Basketball Game

A stellar mixture of the who’s who in the rap and sports industry brought the crowd out in Baruch College in lower Manhattan
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Jadakiss revisits his Reebok/Allen Iverson commercials and dishes on rappers playing basketball

Adam Figman, senior editor at SLAM, sat down with Jadakiss to revisit the classic Allen Iverson Reebok commercials, which rappers can actually hoop, and how AI infused hip-hop with sports.

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Beat By Alexis Marie

Born and raised in New Jersey, Alexis Marie chose a path that would land her in the entertainment industry as a makeup artist and clothing stylist. Since then, her artistry has led her to work with numerous recording artists and celebrities as they were featured in music videos, red carpet appearances, editorial and ad campaigns. Lex, as she is also known as, has collaborated with brand giants such as Sony and known for her understanding of beauty, trends and a passion for symmetry and colors, which appealed to the likes of NeYo, Dutchess, Jadakiss, Kaylin Garcia, A$Ap Ferg, and more.

Check out as Lex gives insight into what inspires her, what she loves most about her career and what her typical day in her life looks like.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
I like to think that I get my inspiration from just being the type of individual that loves to express themselves; so I can simply say that life and art inspires me.

WHO ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER?
Some people that have inspired me are celebrity MUA, Tatiana Ward (BeatFaceHoney, and Ty Hunter. Both their journeys are truly inspirational.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MAKEUP ARTIST/STYLIST AND HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE INDUSTRY?
I’ve been a makeup artist and wardrobe stylist for 2 years. I got my start by being tired of working retail. I realized I have talents that I had to put to use and take full advantage of.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER?
I love being able to express myself without having to worry about my hair color, covering up my tattoos and being able to do things and get opportunities that most people wouldn’t even think were possible. I also love when I’m working on set of a photoshoot and I finish doing a model’s makeup or getting someone styled and the way their face lights up when they look in the mirror. The options are endless. I get transform people, changing their image to suit the required environment. That excites me. Then seeing my work published reassures me that my hard work is paying off. It gives me that push to keep working hard and to stay focused.

IF YOU WEREN’T A MAKEUP ARTIST/STYLIST, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU DO?
If I wasn’t a makeup artist or stylist, I think I would be a photographer. Being able to capture a dope picture that tells a story, that’s something I would love to try.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SIGNATURE LOOK?
My signature look I would have to describe it as different, or as some people would say, a bit weird. I definitely consider myself a weirdo because I wear clothes that normally wouldn’t be worn together but that what sets me aside from everyone else. The way I dress is also how I like express myself.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR STYLE THAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS?
I love old school cartoon characters and I love hand painted clothing. The thrift store is one of my favorites places to shop. They have a lot of different clothing and I never have to worry about anyone else having on what I have on.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY ADVICE THAT YOU CAN GIVE TO WOMEN?
The most important beauty advice I can give a woman is to always be themselves no matter what. Invest in your mind, body and soul. The material things won’t last. Take care of the things that make you, you.

WHAT DO THINK ARE SOME COMMON BEAUTY MISTAKES THAT WOMEN MAKE?
I think the most common beauty mistakes women make is plastic surgery makes them look better than the way God made them. Now I’m not knocking anyone who choose to go that route I just think everyone is beautiful in their own way and shouldn’t change because what they see on television or what they think will make them be “accepted”. Features should be enhanced, not changed.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE A STAPLE IN EVERY WOMAN’S LIFE?
Forget a the product, I feel a good beauty routine is key. Yes, as females we all like to wear makeup but good skincare is very important. I for one am guilty for falling asleep with my makeup on all the time and that just makes it harder to keep your skin clear.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TOOL?
My favorite tool is my hands. Yes, the key to flawless makeup application is good brushes and blending but nothing tops me using my hands for certain things.