Presha J Announces ‘Traveller’s Guide’ EP & Debuts ‘Live For You’ Visual

It’s been two long years since British Hip Hop artist Presha J released his last single ‘Throw It In The Air’, and nearly a decade since his debut EP, Changes, was released in 2008. After taking time away from music for life and to start a family, the London native is proud to be back, with the announcement of his sophomore EP, Traveller’s Guide, which is to be released on October 23 via Writeway Music.

Leading Presha J’s triumphant, no holds barred, return to the music landscape is new single ‘Live For You’ featuring emerging singer-songwriter Leke, and produced by Smylee (Victizzle, Faith Child). Accompanied by thematic and abstract visuals directed by Dvisionaiir, ‘Live For You’ is an upbeat, inspiration and life-affirming opus, backed by thumping drums, an infectious bassline and heavy synths, over which Presha J waxes lyrical about standing firm in his faith.

Speaking about his departure from music, Presha J confesses, “I never meant for there to be such a gap in between my work. I was still creating music while I was planning to get married but I felt that God had other plans and I quickly learned that something had to give”, adding about his new EP that, “I’ve grown up a lot since ‘Changes’, which was more about my testimony. I wanted this new project to take my listeners on a trip from a more mature viewpoint”.

With support from Channel AKA, Capital Xtra, Bang Radio, Kiss TV and Smash Hits TV, early in his career, plus rave reviews and critical acclaim for his Changes EP, Presha J had been hailed as one of the finest and most promising Hip Hop artists in the UK. This comeback record Traveller’s Guide is poised to solidify that early promise and acclaim from years ago, starting with the exciting new offering ‘Live For You’.

Connect With Presha J

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/preshaj

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/presha_j

Website: http://www.writeway-music.com

Jay Electronica Takes Shots At Drake & J. Cole

While performing in London at XOYO, Jay Electronica took the time out to remind the crowd who he is: “Jay Electronica is the God of Hip-Hop. You might be the 6 God, but I am the God.” It didn’t just stop there.

He interrupted Skepta’s “Shutdown” and said, “I’m sorry but J. Cole ain’t got bars like this. I’m sorry, whoever your favorite rapper is, they all know that I’m the God.”sips tea. 

He went on Twitter saying rap was a “clown circus” when Drake and Meek Mill had their duel. So what is he trying to pull here? Hopefully this will get all 3 emcees in the studio real soon.

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adidas Yeezy Boost 350 London Launch Recap

Yeezy Yeezy Season! 

 

Majority of all the sneakerheads were so excited for the release of the Yeezy 350 Boost low that they stood outside 48 hours before the shoe released at Fouberts Place in London. Yeezy’s second installation panned out awesome as the shoe sold out nationwide. All the excited fans and sneakerheads who showed up to Fouberts Place got more than they expected when Yeezy surprised them by showing up to the store giving out autographs and sneakers. Yeezy will most definitely be around at other adidas original stores to help promote the release of the Yeezy 350 Boost Low. You can check out images from the Yeezy 350 Boost Low London recap in the gallery below.

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Listen To Lola Godheld’s Latest Effort Titled ‘Words’

London based singer-songwriter Lola Godheld has been making her bones on the music scene for quite some time now. Her talents have even migrated over to the US, where she has collaborated with several acts, including Grammy Award winner Fantasia Barrino. Since releasing her previous offering “Crazy Black Woman,” her stock began to rise as major publications such as BET, Capital Xtra and others have supported Godheld’s artistry. Today, with the help of producer Sampl, Lola unveils her brand new single titled “Words.” The track, which was recently premiered by Complex UK, will appear on her forthcoming debut EP “Shades Of Me.”

A$AP Rocky Is Trained To Go, Hurls Threats At London Heckler

Rocky really doesn’t like when people throw things at him

A few years ago, at SxSW in Austin, A$AP Rocky and the rest of his A$AP Mob crew were involved in a brawl at a show after a fan threw water bottles at the Mob while they performed on stage. Three years later, Rocky’s tolerance for people throwing things at him hasn’t heightened a smidge.

In a video clip that has quickly gone viral, Rocky can be seen screaming at a man who apparently threw something at Rocky’s car. The insults are as profuse and profane, and you can see Pretty Flacko pretty much lose it in the clip above.

According to KTT, Rocky was driving London and had “something” thrown at his car, after which he confronted the thrower in a nearby bagel shop.

Carmelo Anthony Hooks Prince Harry Up With Special Edition ‘Knicks’ Melo M11

Carmelo Anthony off the court handing out kicks! 

 

Carmelo hooked Mr. Prince Harry up with a special “New York Knicks’ edition of his Jordan Melo M11 during the Knicks’ trip to London. There are no word on whether the kicks will actually hit retailers or if they are an exclusive edition just for Prince Harry. Check out more images of the kicks below.

 

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Bill Cosby Jokes “You Have To Be Careful About Drinking Around Me”

In the midst of one of the biggest sex scandals in American history, Bill Cosby tries to turn the recent rape allegations into part of his stand up routine in Canada

The firestorm has yet to cease in the media with legendary entertainment mogul Bill Cosby and Mr. Pudding Pops is doing very little to extinguish it.

Cosby insinuated that he’s drugged several woman at a stand-up show at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. According to eyewitnesses, Cosby cynically suggested to a woman in the front row,

You have to be careful about drinking around me.

According to those in attendance, the joke received a mixed response, with some fans laughing, while others heckled and even protested outside of the venue.

After the show, Cosby released a statement through his publicist, which read: “Dear Fans: One outburst but over 2600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed the most wonderful medicine that exist for human-kind. Laughter. I thank you, the theatre staff (Budweiser Gardens), the event organizers and the London, ON Community for your continued honor and support. I’m Far From Finished.”

Over 30 women have have came forward with claims that the comedian sexually assaulted them including models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.

Cosby has another show in Ontario on Friday right before he returns to the U.S. for his Denver, Colorado show on the 17th.

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The Night I Interviewed Talib Kweli

London is a great city filled with beautiful opportunities, but interviewing one of your most listened to hip hop artists isn’t an everyday occurrence. A couple of weeks back I got to sit down with Talib Kweli.

Exiting Highbury & Islington station with a swarm of Arsenal supporters, I could just about see the beginning of a line forming outside The Garage in North London. Crossing the road we were immediately approached by two eager enthusiasts trying to sell us their mixtape. Showcasing the tracklist on the back of a sleeved CD, the two friends gave us a pitch so perfect I wanted to ask for a freestyle.

Inside, in a more relaxed setting, we were among the first to arrive. Knowing it would be a while before Talib Kweli would actually grace the stage we decided to quench our thirst and headed straight for the bar, ordering two (overpriced) rum and cokes. Behind us, the DJ was keeping our stomachs full with tracks from Lauryn Hill, Slum Village and Mos Def, which made the wait a welcome one.

Over the next 20 minutes the intimate surroundings began to fill up as the DJ continued to play classic after classic. Coats and jackets were removed as some people started to dance while others were tapping their feet or nodding their heads to the soul healing sounds of 90’s hip hop. A couple stood face-to-face, noses almost touching, rapped along to Snoop. Whilst another couple close by got lost in the music, and seemingly in each other, as they kissed passionately for an entire Erykah Badu track. Others had already cemented their spot at the front to secure the most up-close and personal viewing experience, while two friends next to me were speculating what track Kweli would come out to.

It started to feel like a secret hideout for hip hop heads to come together and just enjoy some good music. No thrills, no glorified props or theatrics just one man, one mic and good music. Soaking up the atmosphere, I looked out towards the rest of the crowd. There were men and women of all ages and races, couples that appeared to be as in love with each other as they were with hip hop. Groups of friends were laughing together and drinks were flowing, the tone was perfect. It felt like the night was a chance to silence the outside world, forget any troubles and just let the next few hours become our escape. We all connected through one thing that night: hip hop.

All of us gathered together to hear Talib kweli tell his stories for another time. It seemed fitting for him to emerge to the classical ‘‘O Fortuna’’ piece by Carl Orff. The sound from the speakers filling every inch of the room, eyes transfixed to the silhouette of an iconic figure in hip hop hitting the stage.

‘‘Before you claim that there is no good music, why don’t you try and look a little harder’’ he later asked his audience.

Talib Kweli has an undeniable impressive body of work. Not only that, but this is an artist that is actively aware of the world around him. The hip-hop artist and activist has addressed political and current affairs in and out of his music; most recently the sorrowing case of Mike Brown and so many other victims of an unjust. Standing up for something he believes in, however, is not new knowledge. In 2000 Talib Kweli and the other half of Black Star, Mos Def organised  Hip Hop for Respect after unarmed Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by the NYPD. These beliefs were later brought alive and recognised as a mass of us repeated ‘‘DONT SHOOT!’’ after he spoke on the matter in between songs.

Kweli gave us a night to remember; laced in nostalgia he took us back to earlier days and then brought us right back to the present moment, from ‘‘The Blast’’ to ‘‘Come Here.’’ We put up our hands and swayed to some Bob Marley, jumped around, sang the hooks and protested for an encore.

A few minutes after the final song he came back out to sign some CDs and have some pictures taken with fans. ‘‘Come through,’’ he said so pleasantly that I thought I now wanted to caption the picture we had just taken with ‘‘BFF.’’  Shit, this is the part where I actually have to ask the questions, I thought. For so long I have been a fan of Talib Kweli, but to actually interview him was something else all together. Kweli had just given us a show that made falling in love with hip hop feel brand new again, but now it was my turn to do something, brand new.

Walking through the fire exit we were lead to a small room with a couple of sofas taking up most of the floor space. Talib sat back comfortably, signalling he was ready for the first question:

So do you listen to any UK artists?

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I don’t know too much about UK artists. No, it’s tough, UK artists – it’s weird in the states, we only listen to the stuff that’s in the states. You know, I’ve done songs with TY and that old school shit, like Kano and Estelle and stuff, but I don’t know any of the new artists.

What are some of the biggest differences when touring Europe and the US?

Well in London it is very much like New York. It’s very similar to the vibe of the audience, but Europe in general, you know, hip hop is an import culture, so people appreciate it on a different level. In the states we are a bit spoilt by it because we get hit with it all the time and in every situation, but it’s good to come out to Europe to remind yourself that there’s still people who are just here for the visceral experience of just being at a hip hop show and not caught up in what the blogs are saying, or the trends.

I think that’s what we sensed here tonight.

Yeah, definitely.

So, in terms of touring, what are some of your most memorable moments, or highlights?

Ah man, I mean I do 200 to 250 shows a year for the last 12 years, so I mean the highlight is just this career. You know, I mean, I’m sure there have been certain highlights. I had a girl steal my cologne out my room once – that was a highlight.

How did that happen?

I let the wrong girl in my room [laughs] I had a girl tell me once, she was backstage saying a bunch of racist shit, we said, ‘‘you’re a racist,’’ she said, ‘‘I’m not racist, I got a colour TV.’’ That was a highlight.

You are proof that you can have longevity, be relevant and not compromise your art. It can’t be easy, what is the recipe for that?

No it’s not easy!  I pay attention to the artists that come after me and I give respect to the artists that come before me. And I take the lessons from everywhere.

So is this the advice you give your artists?

Yeah. Is that the advice I give you, NIKO? Are you my artist, NIKO [laughs]? The term ‘‘my artist’’ is troubling. I know why people say it and I get it, but it’s hard for me to say, ‘‘that’s my artist’’ because I wouldn’t be working with him if he wasn’t his own man.

How valued do you think the lyricist is in hip hop today?

You know, to be honest, lyricism is a bit over rated when it comes to song writing. You don’t need great lyrics to have a great song. Sometimes a great song could just be like, ‘‘Barbra Streisand’’ and those are the only lyrics and it’s a great song. Sometimes a great song could be, ‘‘TURN DOWN FOR WHAT’’ and those are the only lyrics and it’s still a great song, but however, what I do is I write very lyrical songs, you know what I’m saying? That’s what I do for a living, that’s what I love to do.

It’s a misunderstanding that you need great lyrics to have a great song – you don’t – but songs that have great lyrics often stand the test of time. So the songs that I mentioned are great songs, but they may or may not stand the test of time. Whereas artists with great lyrics, whether it’s Bob Dylan or KRS-One, those songs are gonna stand the test of time. People are gonna listen to those songs, forever.

I still think we need the lyricist, though.

And that’s your personal preference and I I’m glad, because if it wasn’t for people like you I’d have no career. So I mean I personally prefer songs with great lyrics, however, I do appreciate just great songs in general. I remind my audience because sometimes my audience tends to get caught – not all my audience, but some people in my audience – tend to get caught up in hating or disrespecting artists that are not lyrical and it’s like, there’s room for that too.

You need balance

Yeah, it’s just what I do is lyrical. Some people are not so lyrical.

There is a symbolic meaning behind your name, isn’t there?

The name ‘‘Talib’’ is a Muslim name – it means ‘‘a seeker’’ and ‘‘Kweli’’ is a name from the people of Ghana and it means ‘‘of truth and knowledge.’’ I’m glad that I have a name to live up to.

With a name like that do you feel like this is your purpose, like you were always destined to do this?

Yes I truly do. I definitely do, I feel like my parents gave me the name they gave me for a reason.

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@NatashaArtwell