Black Friday

I didn’t go shopping today, but that’s okay because J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar gave me the best gifts of all – two remixes to one another’s songs.

First, J.Cole rapped over Kendrick’s “Alright” and then K.Dot blessed us with some bars over J.Cole’s “Tale of 2 Citiez.”

Again, I’m not home right now so the SoundCloud embedding is sort of annoying on a phone, so you’ll just have to click below to listen. ūüôā

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

J.Cole – “Black Friday”

Kendrick Lamar – “Black Friday”

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Weekly Wrap-Up 7.24.15

TWITTER FEUDS

While yes, these online fights are quite ridiculous, especially when it’s between two grown men, I find them fascinating. ¬†I was literally watching Meek Mill Tweet live calling out Drake and the same with Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. ¬†Now that is reality TV.

The first Twitter feud of the week was between Nicki Minaj and my favorite (jokes) Taylor Swift. ¬†The feud started when music video nominations were announced for the MTV Video Music Awards and Nicki wasn’t nominated for anything. ¬†She began ranting on the social media platform but never directed a Tweet toward¬†anyone in particular. ¬†Cut to Taylor Swift. ¬†Catching wind of Nicki’s Tweets, Taylor responded. ¬†More confusion took place. ¬†Well, we can all sleep now because Taylor issued an apology of misunderstanding to Nicki via Twitter.

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Nicki thanked Taylor and shared her appreciation.  All is right in the Twitterspehere.

False.

Nicki’s beau Meek Mill decided to take shots at my boy Drake. ¬†You know I got defensive about this. ¬†He called out Drake for not writing his own raps. ¬†I chuckled at this.

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And today we received confirmation from Drake’s supposed “ghostwriter” Quentin Miller saying that he is not and never will be a ghostwriter for Drake. ¬†The two have definitely collaborated but Q said he would never take credit for anything other than that. ¬†Drake’s producer, Noah Shebib, known as 40, also took to Twitter to defend the rapper. ¬†Drake stayed silent on the platform.

Do I think he has a ghostwriter? ¬†No. ¬†And I’m not just saying that because I have a healthy obsession with him. ¬†Someone who raps¬†and¬†sings with such emotion and passion can’t do that through¬†someone else’s words. ¬†Yes, I believe he has probably had help or inspiration from others, as most artists do, but that’s part of the creativity and creation process. ¬†At the end of the day, Drake will continue making music the people love, and I will continue figuring out ways of how I can meet him.


THE WEEKND DEBUTS NEW SONG

Earlier this week the Toronto native teased a brand new song during a performance on a private island near London.  Like most Weeknd songs, it was a melodic and moody cut.

His sophomore LP, Beauty Behind the Madness, drops on August 28, and I cannot freakin’ wait.

Listen to the untitled track below.


J.COLE ON REMIX TO JANET JACKSON’S ‘NO SLEEEP’

A few weeks ago Janet Jackson made a musical comeback with her song ‘No Sleeep.’ ¬†And no I’m not spelling ‘sleep’ wrong. ¬†The song’s title uses three e’s. ¬†I love the addition of having Cole on the remix – his voice contributes to the cool vibe of the song in a chill way. ¬†While this seems like a random pairing of artists to collaborate on a track, they clearly support each other. ¬†Janet was seen at J.Cole’s LA show on Sunday, July 19 at Staples Center. ¬†Love it! ¬†The visuals for the song are out too.

Watch and enjoy below!


jlo bdayOh, and happy birthday to the girl, J. Lo! ¬†I mean… she’s a smoke show at 46!

Happy National Tequila Day – have a great weekend, yinz. ¬†Hopefully my next post will be about the release of Frank Ocean’s new album…

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Sorry for the wait…

Okay, so so many things to talk to yinz about! ¬†I’m going to (try and) make it quick though since I know most of our attention spans are quite small these days.

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The graduation party of the year was a great success due to my mom’s very hard party planning work (starting over a year ago) and the help of her wonderful friends! ¬†From the¬†fancy foods to the delicious donuts to my fun-loving family and friends, it was the perfect way to celebrate Anth’s accomplishments and wish him well on his next journey… college! ¬†#wishicouldgoback ¬†There was LOTS of dancing,¬†shots of Limoncello, and laughter. ¬†It was also great seeing so many people who I haven’t seen in forever and probably won’t know the next time I’ll see them – lots of fun! ¬†Proud of ya, Anth!

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SMWLA#SMWLA (Social Media Week Los Angeles)
On June 4, I entered a Twitter contest (go figure) for the chance to win a free pass to attend SMWLA¬†– you should really check it out to see if they’ll be stopping in your city if you’re passionate or want to learn more about social media trends and technologies.¬† Passes normally range from $250-$350 for the whole week, allowing you to attend a multitude of panels featuring many different social media topics. ¬†After a simple retweet and positive vibes, I was notified by the PRSA-LA (Public Relations Society of America – LA Chapter) that I, among others, won – thank you, PRSA-LA! ¬†I want to say this was my first Twitter contest I won that wasn’t tickets for a rap/hip-hop concert. ¬†Being very fortunate in my current job position, I was allowed to attend as many¬†panels as I wanted that would be of interest to me and also benefit my current role. ¬†I met some great people, learned a lot, and could envision myself being in a true social media work¬†environment. ¬†Hope to attend next year!

MUSIC NEWS РToo many tours! 
In honor of the fifth year anniversary of his Friday Night Lights mixtape,¬†J.Cole announced his third annual ‘Dollar & A¬†Dream Tour.’ ¬†The concert actually costs¬†ONE DOLLAR to attend but is on a first-come, first-served basis. ¬†I can only imagine the line! ¬†He will perform the mixtape in¬†its entirety, which is dope. ¬†Cole is only stopping in four cities, one being Los Angeles. ¬†Unfortunately, I cannot attend since I already have tickets to see Nicki Minaj perform at the BET Experience that evening – #concertgoerprobz.

Earlier this week, Miguel announced his¬†North American summer tour. ¬†THIS I plan on going to. ¬†Stopping at over 25 cities, he will be wrapping up the tour in LA on Friday, September 4 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. ¬†Yes, it is an actual cemetery. ¬†I saw The Weeknd perform at this venue in May 2011, and it was epic! ¬†Not to mention he brought out Drake as a surprise guest for ‘Crew Love,’ and I nearly fell over. ¬†Tickets are general admission, and you are free to pillows, blankets, and picnics. ¬†It’s a really cool venue, so I recommend you check it out if you ever get the chance! ¬†They also host movie nights there, I want to say in the fall around Halloween time. ¬†Get it…. spooky setting for spooky movies.

Holy heck, and how could I forget. ¬†The BET Awards! ¬†That is like the ultimate concert on steroids, next to the GRAMMYs, that is. ¬†On Sunday, June 28, I will be attending the award show in my usual spot – the mosh pit. ¬†Unfortunately, I cannot bring in my cell phone, so 1. I will make sure I’m getting some camera time and 2. You will just have to tune in to see if I made it on TV. ¬†Sorry mom and other family members that will be watching this – you’ll¬†probably completely disapprove of the music I’m listening to on the reg.

I do have more music news to write about, but I will save that for the ‘Weekly Wrap-Up.’ ¬†Lots of things I love¬†happening in the music world this week!

Stay tuned…

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