Saturday, August 1, 2015


Saturday, July 18, 2015


Continuing their Made In USA “Distinct Collection” with themes inspired by distinctly American subjects, New Balance presents the Mid-Century Modern pack this fall. After coloring up their classic runners with colors inspired by other American themes like authors and guitars, now the brand turns their attention to the Mid-Century Modern architecture and interior design movement of the 1950’s and ’60’s. The four-shoe collection presents the 990996997998 in the premium materials you expect from the Made In USA collection with color cues taken from the color palettes of Mid-Century Modern design. Each favorite silhouette also comes constructed with woven textile and Horween leather detailing for one of the most refined offerings from the brand ever. Along with the four shoes, limited edition posters were created by hand at Repeat Press in Somerville, MA on a vintage 1960’s Vandercook SP-20 letterpress. Each poster for the corresponding shoe is individually numbered and limited to 1,000 prints. The New Balance Mid-Century Modern pack and posters will be available at finer retailers globally beginning August 1st.

C Venus x VonteOfNewEra - Hood of Enoch Promo Vid

229 Takeover C.Venus x VonteofNewEra Hook of Enoch from Way of Transcendence album

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fetty Wap - Rewind ft. Monty

fetty wap drops a smooth one for the ladies.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Brandon Hines - The Lost Files

Real, raw & quality R&B. The King of R&B Young Marv aka Brandon Hines left the music scene with a couple of unheard gems. Download The Lost Files hosted by CAQ Records.

Friday, July 10, 2015

A$AP Rocky Says Atlanta Rappers Sound the Same

A$AP Rocky sat down for a lengthy interview as part of the Red Bull Academy back in May, but it was not until today full video of the lecture made it to the web. During the hour and a half discussion, he touched on dozens of topics, but one of the most controversial si his take on the rap scene in Atlanta
"Rakim admitted he feels like the dopest music right now is coming out of the A, but didn’t hesitate to share his opinion most of the rappers there sound the same, unlike the variety of artists and styles from NYC. If we’re gonna be honest, some of the dopest music is coming out of Atlanta right now, but all them n****s sound the same,” he said. “Here [New York City] there’s not as much dope s*** – well it is, but a lot of people don’t see it the way I see it. [New York rappers] don’t sound alike. Everybody got their own different thing going on… Them Atlanta dudes – it’s a few dudes that’s doing their own thing that’s killing it. I’m not saying all Atlanta rappers sound the same, but for the most part, majority. They all kind of have similar cadences, flows and delivery. They even recycle the same lyrics from each other.” Rocky then claimed he is not trying to diss the scene, but doesn’t understand why some Atlanta artists are interested in copying others. The At.Long.Last.A$AP rapper then compared Future’s “S***” to Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson.” I gotta just say it. This ain’t dissing nobody, but I don’t understand how Future can make a song like “S***.” Then this n****, I forget his name… You make “OG Bobby Johnson” and it’s like, “head shot, head shot, hit them with the…” It’s the same thing Future’s saying. And we allowed that… Not taking nothing away from Que – I know his name – I just feel like, come on. I like the song. If you ask me if I like the song – yes, it’s a dope song… and this sounds like I’m downplaying this guy. I don’t even know him, so I don’t got nothing against him. I’m just telling the situation. I feel like it’s okay to be inspired, but you can’t bite off contemporary artists that’s in your same league.”


Drake makes his return with the first official video for Energy directed by Fleur & Manu. Drake decided to premiere the visual through Apple Music, who he recently partnered with for their new streaming service.

J.Cole - Too Deep For The Intro

Omen x J.Cole "Enchanted" [Dollar And A Dream Tour 3]

brandon hines

Monday, July 6, 2015

Miguel: "I Make Better Music Than Frank Ocean"

In a conversation with the U.K.’s Sunday Times, he spoke out about comparisons to his peers including Frank Ocean, who he ran into at a London hotel bar during the interview.

“We’re, er, cordial. I wouldn’t say we were friends,” says Miguel, who lost the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album to Ocean’s Channel ORANGE in February 2013. While the rest of the crowd at Staples Center stood for Ocean, Miguel remained seated.

To be completely honest—and no disrespect to anyone—I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around,” declares Miguel, whose third album Wildheart dropped last month.

When asked about other R&B singers like Ocean and The Weeknd, Miguel suggests that he will outlast them. “It’s interesting,” he explains, “but we’ll see who’s in it for the long haul. It’s like a marathon, you know.”



Friday, July 3, 2015

Kendrick Lamar Responds to Geraldo Rivera: 'Hip-Hop Is Not the Problem, Our Reality Is'

Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 
Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET

"How can you take a song that's about hope and turn it into hatred?" asked Kendrick Lamar in a response to Geraldo Rivera's criticisms of his BET performance and hip-hop in general. "The overall message is 'We gonna be alright.' It's not the message of I want to kill people."
The Compton rapper spoke to TMZ Thursday after Rivera and other Fox News anchors slammed his powerful performance of "Alright" at the 2015 BET Awards
"This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message," Rivera said, specifically pointing to the "Alright" line: "And we hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street, fo sho."
But Lamar called this sort or rhetoric an attempt to delude the real problem: "the senseless acts of killings of these young boys out there."
"For the most part it's avoiding the truth," he said in the video interview. "This is reality, this is my world, this is what I talk about in my music. You can't delude that. Me being on a cop car, that's a performance piece after these senseless acts."
Lamar continued, "Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation. This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ‘em inside the studio."
Watch the full interview here

The Best Singer In The World (Amazing Vocal Range)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Necole Kane aka NecoleBitchie ends Celebrity Gossip Site To Advanced to Other Endeavors

One of my favorite bloggers of all time Necole Bitchie wrote a long post today on her site  about her ending her celebrity gossip site in order for her to advance to new heights in her career and to embark on a new journey, which I commend her for. I remember back in the day I used to check on everyday when I was in high school and college, her site was always on point  each day and she hit you with them exclusive stories real quick! As of late I find myself not frequenting the site as I usually do because of my busy schedule but today out of all days when I go looking for updates, I see a long letter from Necole :-( I'm gonna miss this site, can't even lie about it, and Necole ran the gossip blog game forreal! I can't see any other celebrity blogger taking her reign even if she's not prevelant in that field anymore. Necole Bitchie put black girls on the map in a positive way and I really know in my heart that whatever route she chooses, she will excel! - Joycelynn Okezie

Read Below For Personal Excerpt from Necole:

This is probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do…
And I will cry after I write this.
I’m am very sadden to announce that today is my last day as a ‘celebrity gossip blogger.’ It’s also my last day running the site as you know it,
Back in 2008, while people were celebrating the New Year with their loved ones, I was on the phone with my good friend Lamar (most of you know him as ‘Blogxilla’) and I told him my plans for growing the traffic on this tiny blog I had just started. I researched HTML codes for hours in an attempt to create a readable layout with red, black and white colors, and he offered to help me with a header image. Although I was living with my aunt at the time, I was somewhat homeless and reminded every day that if I didn’t get a real job soon, I’d have to find somewhere else to go. Over the next six months, I found myself hopping from couch to couch as I moved to Atlanta, and worked hard to grow my following. My friend Lauren tells the story of one day waking up to me laying on her floor with my head resting on my computer. I had fell asleep while blogging!!!!! And that was the reality of my life at the time, I couldn’t really afford to log off my computer, unless it was to attend an event. I refused to send out any more resumes and work at a job I hated.  Plan B? Forget about it, this was my only option, and I had to make it work.
My breakthrough finally came when Munson Steed of Rolling Out invited me to speak on the Female Success Factor tour, alongside Chilli. It was my first public speaking engagement and I cried as I told the story of how losing my parents, moving to New York to pursue a job in entertainment, and feeling a since of failure after I was forced to move back to the hometown I grew up in with no money to my name, inspired me to launch my own website.  I was tired of sending out resumes and looking for a job — so I had created one.
Although I was still broke and living on couches, the perception was that my site was huge, was enough for those young women to find inspiration in my story. I found power in that. I also realized that speaking to young women gave me more fulfillment then those blogs I was posting every day.
But still, I kept posting. I had a vision of how big my site could be…but what I didn’t know was that God’s plan for me was bigger than my vision. Over the next seven years, I won awards, was featured in magazines that I grew up on, including Ebony and Cosmopolitan, I was on TV, I went on tour with a pop star (Hi Rihanna!), was offered television shows and acting roles (most of which I questioned if I deserved), and I was able to upgrade from those couches I was sleeping on to my own bed.
And the best part of it all was that it happened to a small town girl, who’s vision was greater than the amount of money she had to make it happen. Won’t he do it!
If I could do it, anyone can!
Despite all of those things, I continued to notice that I was experiencing more fulfillment and success from women coming to me on the street and saying, ‘Your story inspires me so much!!’ than I did the ‘you got all the tea, I love your celebrity blog!!!’ I was getting more fulfillment out of speaking engagements, panels and inspirational interviews than I was flying to a luxurious location, given freebies and standing next to someone famous. I began measuring my success not by the amount of people who read my blog, or the money I made, but by the number of people I was able to touch, motivate and inspire.
I also started to realize what purpose was – and I knew to be happy, I had to start living a purpose-driven life. I had to start thinking about what I wanted my legacy to be, and what steps I’d have to take to start living in it.
I think about how I want to be remembered all the time and one thing I know for sure is that I never wanted to be known for being JUST ‘a celebrity gossip blogger.’
I’ve asked myself time and time again – When all is said and done, what will people say about you?  How are you elevating your audience? What are you doing to contribute to your culture in a positive way? Are you doing a good job of pushing the culture forward? How are you touching people and changing their lives? 
The fact that I can’t answer that right now is problematic for me.  I always felt that no matter how much positivity we promoted on the site, the salacious stories were always going to overshadow them.  The ‘Bitchie’ in the website name was always going to be counterproductive to the mission I had of being a source of inspiration, and launching a platform for women to tell their stories.
There is a constant internal struggle between being a character –Necole Bitchie—when I walk out in public, and being the women I know I was meant to be. Eventually, I began feeling like I wasn’t doing enough and I would never reach my goals. I felt stuck! I felt boxed in! No matter how much success people thought I had, or how many pageviews our stories generated, I felt as though I was regressing. There was also a constant struggle of what I thought my audience wanted to see (salacious tea), and what I wanted to post (Inspirational women interest stories.’) I was so exhausted from fighting that battle, that I literally felt defeated and I mentally gave up.
Over the last few years, people have sent me emails and asked, ‘Why don’t you post on your personal blog site anymore, that’s where I receive my inspiration.’  Honestly,  it was hard for me to be a source of inspiration when I’m enslaved in my own struggle.  I had to go back to fixing me first.
The other day, I read an article in the Harvard Business Review titled, ‘Stop Worrying About How Much You Matter‘ and I had to wonder if my refusal to throw in the towel was because I was afraid of irrelevancy. Most people go through a stage where they fear that people won’t care anymore — but that wasn’t really my issue.  Honestly, if I’m not relevant for the right reasons, I’d rather not be relevant at all.
I realized it was taking me awhile to get the guts to walk away and pursue my true life passion because 1) I felt as though I was being ungrateful to walk away from what has proven to be successful  and 2) I began living my life in fear.
That fear was not just because I was scared to fail – but I was also scared of how great I really could be.
To many people are not living their dreams because of fear.  I DO NOT want to become one of those people.
I had to destroy it, before it destroyed me.
For seven years, I’ve given this platform everything in me. Now, it’s time to refocus that energy into something that I truly believe in.
I hope that one day my story will inspire young women across the globe to pursue their heart’s desires, but I also want them to know that when their passion turns into a project, and it’s no longer fun anymore, that it’s okay to move on. It’s okay to evolve, and it’s definitely okay to reinvent. My favorite quote by Steve Harvey is ‘You have to give up something to get something.’ He always tells the story that after he gave up stand up comedy, he was given his own TV show, became an Emmy-nominated host on Family Feud, released books which were turned into movies and the list goes on. He now uses his gifts to grow a brand focused on empowerment and inspiration.
Standing at the top of a mountain, feeling accomplished and at the top of your game is cool, but in order to climb another mountain and start a new journey, you eventually have to climb down.  And you’ll never know how great you can be until you take that risk.
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I would like to thank everyone for your continuous support over the years. It’s so hard to grow an audience on the web and I don’t take anything for granted. It means so much to me. I’d especially like to thank the writers who contributed to this site over the years (D. Joseph, Soraya Joseph, Erika Marie, Dwayne Yates, Tai Gooden, Kimmy Cason) , my videographers (Patrick Neree, Uniiqe and HD) and my friends who served as correspondents (Lauren Turner and Fallon Mercedes) for being amazing and assisting me in keeping this site running over the years. Also my sister Ma-Shyrra who learned how to sell ads and managed my social media when I was burned out. And I can’t forget my amazing publicist Christina Rice who has become an incredible friend and helped me get my story out there.
Lastly, thank you Bevy Smith.  Last year, I attended her ‘Life With Vision’ event in New York City as a guest and her story of leaving her full-time job and six figure salary as a rockstar sales exec at a well-known publication to pursue her dreams of one day being on television (even when no one believed in her) really inspired me.  I remember she brought me to the front of the room, to share my story of success with the attendees and I just stood there and cried while telling them that I knew it was time to move on.  That the number 7 meant completion.  It has taken me almost a year, but I’m doing it. That event changed me.
Also a word about my grandmother:  I used to sit and always wonder how she would feel about me and what I’ve accomplished if she was still alive.  She passed away when I was 15, was the only entrepreneur I knew at the time, and she continued to stress education and business ownership to me.  I am at peace today knowing that she would be smiling at me right now and be cheering me on as I step into the next part of my journey.
Although it is the end of Necole Bitchie – it’s not the end of my life journey. I’ve only scratched the surface of my true potential.
As I transition into my next chapter over the next few months, and hopefully launch something new and positive, I can only hope for your continued support.
It’s not a ‘good bye!’ per say. It’s a ‘See you soon!’
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Read more: It's Time For Me To Move On | Necole

adidas Yeezy 950 Boot and Yeezy 350 Colorways

While the adidas Yeezy 350 Boost already made its official debut this past weekend, many wonder if the silhouette will receive additional colorways, especially since Diddy’s recent custom in Red.
Sources suggest that indeed more will be on the horizon, such as Pirate Black, Beluga Blue/Black and Silver Grey/Black, alongside the adidas Yeezy 950 Boot — all of which are reportedly arriving sometime this Fall 2015, or leaning towards October. Thanks to SneakerheadUK and the sneakerilluminati, the adidas Yeezy 950 Boot defined by its duckboot toe and hiking sole unit, will be offered in shades of Peyote, Pirate Black, Moon Rock and Chocolate.
Official pricing for the adidas Yeezy 950 Boot has yet to be determined, while the adidas Yeezy 350 Boost will most likely land at $200 again. Stay tuned in to KicksOnFire for further updates.
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Fool’s Gold.
In case you missed it, last week, Tyga went the Beyonce route and released his third LP, The Gold Album: The 18th Dynasty . No, seriously. According to Soundscan, the project tallied 2,200 units digitally. After Complex reported on the figures, Tyga responded to the backlash via his Twitter handle.

Phil Knight Steps Down From Nike Position

Co-founder of then Blue Ribbon Sports in 1968 and now known as Nike, Phil Knight has decided to resign as Chairman. That’s a tough thing to come to terms with if you’re the top dog at the world’s largest athletic shoe and clothing maker.
Under Knight’s direction, Nike has become a $12 billion global business, selling apparel and equipment with an ever wider range of shoes.
“I am confident that as CEO of Nike Inc., Bill will lead Nike’s extraordinary team of people to create an even bigger and better global company,” Knight said in a prepared statement.
He did not give a reason for relinquishing the titles. His resignation is effective Dec. 28.
Darren Rovell reports Mark Parker has been recommended for the position, while the Seattle Times suggests Phil Knight will be succeeded by William Perez, head of S.C. Johnson & Son, maker of Glade air fresheners and Drano drain cleaner. Stick with TSG as this story develops.

Chris O'Bannon - Know Yo Worth

Compton native Chris O'Bannon drops a new track "Know Yo Worth" from his new EP "Inertia"

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JXXIII x TG "GIFT RAP" (Prod RightBeatRadio) with Lyrics