Daily Archives: April 29, 2012

Celebs Hit The Red Carpet: Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz, Mary J Blige, Kerry Washington & More Attend The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Last night Saturday (April 28), it was a star-studded event at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington D.C. for our President  Barack Obama & his lovely wife/First Lady Michelle Obama. Special invited journalists, media entities, politicians, and celebs gathered at the Washington Hilton ballroom. Celebs including Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige & Kendu, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Kimmel, Viola Davis, Holly Robinson Peete, John Legend & Christine Tiegen, Attorney General Eric Holder & his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone were all in attendance and partied it up with the Obamas. Peep the pictures below:

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Hottest In The Streets: Chi-Town Rapper Chief Keef Talks Visiting NYC, Meeting With Atlantic Records, Offer From Birdman, Collabs & More

Over this weekend, Kyle Kramer of the RedEye interviewed up & coming Chicago rapper Chief Keef. This 16-year-old emcee has become one of the hottest unsigned artists in the streets. His buzz is crazy! Keef “I Don’t Like” visual has almost two-million views on YouTube. The song became so popular, that Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music family are putting out an official remix. During his interview with RedEye, Keef talks about his trip to New York City, meeting with Atlantic Records, offer from Birdman and YMCMB, Chicago’s Hip-Hop scene, his upcoming collaborations, being on house arrest and much more. Below are some excerpts:

What was that trip to New York like? It was cool.

Did you meet Kanye? Nope.

Who did you meet with out there? We met with everyone: Mark Ecko, Complex Magazine, Shade 45 or something [Manager: “Atlantic Records, Bad Boy Records, Fader”], XXL.

Did you meet with Cash Money? No, I talked to Birdman. We’re going to Miami, though.

That’s pretty cool. So you still haven’t signed a deal or anything yet? Nope. Just have labels talking.

A lot of other people I’ve talked to in Chicago have said “Chief Keef, his realness, that’s what makes people like him so much.” And you’re saying kind of the same thing. What do you think it is about you that’s so real that people see? Like I said, I say what’s real. I say what’s going on right now. What we doing. I just say what’s going on with the girls, what they doing, and the n****, and everybody, the people, just people period. What’s going on. What we doing, what my guys doing, what I’m doing and what’s happening right now. So that’s what I do. People like that. And they like my squad. They like how we be rocking to the music.

Do you think videos have helped? Yeah, videos have helped. Visuals are going to always help. ‘Cause like [someone] hearing a song, like if you always look, Gucci [Mane] songs or somebody’s songs, their visuals always be more than the songs. The songs be at like, 50,000 [views on YouTube] or something like that; the visuals – like 5 million [views] or something like that. ‘Cause [audiences] like seeing, they like looking at videos. Like, who wouldn’t like – people like watching movies and all that. Especially videos – music videos.

Are you at all worried about jumping into this industry at age 16? Nah. I’m ready to rock.

You kind of brought the spotlight to Chicago. Do you think there’s something special about Chicago right now? Yeah. This is New Chicago, new era. We got our own little flow. East Side. Like the West Side got their look, Houston, Texas got their look, now we got our look on, that we created, the new generation, the new era. We created the New Chicago thing now that’ll probably have everybody from Chicago rapping like this in the future. Rapping like – we set that trend and everybody rap like that now. Rap how they rap now. Everybody in Chicago starting to rap like, you know what I’m saying. Starting to use [Chicago producer Young] Chop beats too. So you starting to hear a lot of ‘Young Chop on the beat.’ Everybody in Chicago starting to have a Young Chop beat now.

As far as the collaborations you’ve got coming up – Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy, Waka Flocka, my guys, Soulja Boy. I’ll probably do something with Wiz. Rich Kidz. Something with DJ Drama – he ain’t an artist but he’s a DJ.

What do you think it’s gonna be like when the Kanye remix drops? Are you excited? Have you heard what he’s going to do with it yet? No, and that’s crazy that I couldn’t hear my own song yet. I don’t like that.

Source: Red Eye

Picture via Lenny Gilmore

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Artist Spotlight: Spenzo Ft. Carmen “Converse,” Plus Download His ‘Ain’t U Spenzo’ Mixtape

Rising Chi-Town rapper Spenzo recently released the official visual to his single “Converse” Ft. Carmen. D Gainz Beats and Elevator handled the productions for the visual which was filmed at a skate park. Reppin fashion brand Chuck Taylor, Spenzo and his crew were rocking Converse sneakers, riding bikes and skate boarding in the visual. After releasing numerous single, Spenzo recently dropped his Ain’t U Spenzo mixtape. The disc is hosted by DJ Hustlenomics. Watch “Converse” visual below:

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Styling On Them Lames: Victor Cruz In A $410 Comme des Garcons Play Cardigan & Air Jordan Retro 4 Sneakers

NFL player Victor Cruz of the New York Giants made an appearance at the Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day in New York City. The Patterson, NJ native who also won a championship game last season was wearing a $410 red Comme des Garcons play cardigan, cargo pants, and Air Jordan 4 Retro sneakers. This is a cool look for spring. The cardigan is super dope! Are you feeling his look?

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New Visual: Kirko Bangz Ft. Juelz Santana & 2 Chainz “Drank In My Cup”

Southern rapper Kirko Bangz recently released the official visual to his “Drank In My Cup (Remix)” Ft. 2 Chainz & Juelz Santana. In the Mr. Boomtown directed-visual, the Houston native invites a lot of sexy females over to his house party. The original song is doing pretty well so far, currently at number 3 on Rhythmic radio across the country. The 22-year-old rapper attends Prairie A&M University and is majoring in communications. He is also signed to Warner Bros. Records. Watch the visual below:

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