Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Emerging Star: Frank Ocean Talks His Def Jam Debut Dropping This Spring, Working With Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West & Odd Future

Music artist Frank Ocean, who was also one of the music industry’s breakthrough artists of 2011, claims the runner-up spot on the BBC Sound of 2012 list of emerging stars, which includes Azealia Banks and A$AP Rocky. During an interview in Los Angeles where he resides, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter spoke about Odd Future’s impact, working with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, his upcoming Def Jam debut, which is dropping this spring and his goals. Below are some excerpts:

On Odd Future’s influence: “They’ve liberated my thinking in some ways—creatively in a sense of knowing that you can do a lot of it by yourself, not just the songs, but taking control of your whole movement.”

On his debut Nostalgia, Ultra: “Making that was a labor of love. It was difficult to piece together all the resources at the quality of record I wanted to make. It’s a process I appreciate so much in retrospect.”

On working with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West: “It’s pretty rad to hear Beyoncé sing a song of yours or to hear Jigga, ‘Ye rhyme over and be on a song that you’re on. These are some of the heroes of my generation, so even being called out to be on those projects… It wasn’t like I was shopping a song for these projects. They called me to come to the studio and that’s pretty rad.”

On his new album, due this spring: “It succinctly defines me as an artist for where I am right now and that was the aim, just to make something that represents where you are at that time. It’s about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness—sonic goodies.”

On his goals: “I’ve been feeling really mortal lately. If I could do anything from today on, it would be doing whatever it is that I do at a level of excellence. That’s all I’m really trying to do while I’m here.”

Source: Rap-Up

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Love & R&B: Teairra Mari Talks Getting Dropped From Roc-A-Fella, Signing To Rico Love’s Imprint & Having A Girl Crush On Lauren London

Singer Teairra Mari was just 16-year-old when she came into the music industry, after being co-signed by Jay-Z, Roc-A-Fella & Def Jam. After releasing her debut album, Roc-A-Fella Presents: Teairra Mari, she was dropped from the label. Over the past few years, this Detroit native, with a sassy attitude have been taking the indie route as a way to keep pursuing her music dreams. The indie route actually paid-off for Mari because she recently inked a deal with Rico Love’s Division 1 imprint. Necole BITCHIE recently caught up with the singer/reality star, who resurface on Love & Hip-Hop.  Mari talked about getting dropped from Roc-A-Fella, signing to Rico Love’s Division 1 imprint, having a girl crush on Lauren London and much more. Below are some excerpts:

On her big break with Roc-a-fella.

It was amazing. I was sixteen, coming from Detroit, I was SO green and I just remember feeling like a deer in headlights…this little girl in this big city and getting all my prayers answered and my dreams come true. I just remember everybody on that label being so kind and easy to work with. Jay was a mentor and father figure. Beyoncé is very very nice, actually one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. So it was amazing and I think God put that whole time frame and situation in my life for a reason.

What did you learn from it?
Definitely at the end of the day I learned to be resilient. Coming from a big situation like that, anybody would want to go hide under a rock. I was signed to Roc-a-fella and got dropped. And being that I was so young girl and so green it would’ve been so easy to hide under a rock but I chose differently and chose to hold the rock under my head. And I’m here now. It takes time, it takes patience and all of that to succeed in this business.

Source: Necole BITCHIEJas Fly

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Rich Forever: Rick Ross’ Mixtape Official Tracklisting Revealed

Some rappers are in trouble because Rick Ross’ Rich Forever mixtape drops tomorrow and it is better than some people albums. The disc will be dropping Friday (January 6), at 3:05 p.m. EST. On the official cover, Ross is doing it like a boss should. He is smoking a blunt and flashes his yellow diamond pinky ring. The disc is hosted by DJ Scream and journalist Shaheem Reid. The mixtape features collaborations with Diddy, Nas, Kelly Rowland, Style P, Meek Mill, Birdman, John Legend, Future, 2 Chainz and more. This is only a mixtape, imagine what the album is going to be like.

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Stadium Music Overseas: Lil Wayne Performs At The Sydney Football Stadium In Australia

Platinum-selling international Hip-Rock star Lil Wayne took his talents overseas. Last month, Weezy performed in Sydney, Birdman, Mack Maine and Shanell at the Sydney Football Stadium. Weezy and his outrageous outfits. Lol. Me personally, I think the outfit looks good on Weezy. It’s an outfit just for him. “Sydney Football Stadium is located in Moore Park, in Sydney, New South Wales. It was built-in 1988, to be the city’s premier “rectangular field” for rugby league, rugby union and football for major matches and domestic competition. The Sydney Football Stadium usually hosts both NRL semi finals and one preliminary final, and also held the annual pre-season Charity Shield rugby league match between South Sydney and St George Illawarra for a number of years.”-Source. Peep the pictures below, courtesy of Capo!

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The Sequel Is Coming Soon: Fabolous Says ‘Loso’s Way 2’ Will Be Dropping Spring/Summer

We all have been patiently waiting for Fabolous’ new album, entitled Loso’s Way 2: The Rise To Power, which is the follow-up/sequel to his last album Loso’s Way. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling over 99,000 copies in its first week. In an exclusive interview in New York City, with Vibe, Loso revealed that he been laying the groundwork for the project.

“Loso’s Way 2 is slated for a 2012 release. I’m lookin close to Spring… early Summer,”  said Fab. “This mixtape [TINC3] is going to coast us into that, bring some energy. I’m very premature with the album as of now. Just grabbing up the beats, putting some ideas down. I haven’t put my complete focus on it yet because I wanted to do a couple of things to set up going into it,” he continued. Then I would have all the ingredients sitting by the stove and just start cutting the potatoes and making the beef stew as I got it there. All of the stuff is sitting right there on the cutting board. It’s just gotta be cut and put in the pot.”

Fab mentioned that he didn’t want too many features on the album but he did named a few producers he’s working with.

I went in with Hit-Boy. I went in with NO I.D. I went in with Pharrell. I went in with a lot of guys that didn’t have to have that big name either. It’s just about the energy.I love the new young guys’ energy,” explained Fabolous.

Source: Vibe

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Dope Or Nope? Drake Wearing A Royal Blue Down Coat Repertoire & Black Timberland Boots

Over this past weekend, YMCMB rapper Drake was spotted walking the red carpet in Las Vegas. Drizzy performed at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He popped bottles with his OVO crew at Vanity Nightclub inside the hotel. Drizzy was wearing a royal blue down coat repertoire, denim blue jeans with a pair of black swamp Timberland boots. Next month, Drizzy will kick off  “Club Paradise” tour, onFebruary 14, in Miami. Are you feeling Drizzy’s outfit?

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2012 Fall/Winter Style: Givenchy’s Collection

In 1952, French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy founded Givenchy. The brand which is now owned by luxury goods behemoth LVMH consist of clothing, accessories, footwear, perfumes and cosmetics. Over the past few years, the upscale brand made its way to the Hip-Hop community. I came across a preview of the Fall/Winter 2012 runway collection. Fashion designer Riccardo Tisci was inspired from the sea and used sharks for this collection. Are you feeling these pieces?

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Sneaker Me Dope: Fat Joe Rocking Doernbecher Air Jordan 4 Sneakers

Earlier in the week, New York’s rapper Fat Joe was spotted on the set of 106 & Park. He talked about his weight loss, being healthy, new music, and premiered his new video to his song “Another Round” Ft. Chris Brown. The Colin Tilley-directed video was filmed in Southern California. In the video, Joey and Breezy were surrounded by pyramids, beaches and sand. The video has a Egyptian theme to it. Joey is in the studio working in his new album. On the set, Fat Joe was rocking a pair of Doernbecher Air Jordan 4 sneakers. These are the same exact sneakers that rapper Fabolous was rocking at Compound nightclub in Atlanta.

This sneaker features a black nubuck base, with lasered arrow print running along the base through the toebox. Green accents the shoe on the wings and plastic lace tabs, while a neon variation works the laces, midsole and Jumpman branding on the heel. Royal blue takes care of mesh paneling on the quarter panels and tongue, as well as a contrast stitch, Superman patch on the tongue. White pops up on the inner lining and midsole, which sits atop a graphic-revealing translucent outsole below.”-Sole Collector

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The Amount Of Power He Has Over People Is Astonishing: Kanye West Wants To Change The World, Launches New Company & Revamped Education

The brilliant and talented Kanye West took to his official Twitter account @KanyeWest, late last night to announce how he is about to change the world. The rant of tweets came after his dreams woke him up in London, to reveal his new company named after his late mother, how the billionaires need to re-shape the world, and how he wants to reform education to heighten our senses.  He wants to pick up where Alexander McQueen and Steve Jobs left off. West also got inspired during his “Watch The Throne” tour with his big brother Jay-Z. West said he was impressed with how many different walks of life were impacted by music. So he wants to revamp the world through a new creative company that heightens our music. Peep West’s rants of tweets below:

I have started a new company and I’m so excited about the name…. it’s got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!” he wrote. “The name of the company is DONDA.

DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce their dreams and ideas,” West explained.

I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts, app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist, doctors, scientist, teachers.”

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Spring / Summer 2012 Footwear: Adidas Originals By Jeremy Scott

While web-surfing, I came across some images from adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2012 collection. What I like best about this line is that Jeremy Scott always pushes the boundaries and uses his creativity to design some really dope sneakers. I have pictures of the JS Leopard models, in addition to new versions of the JS Wings.

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