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The Game appeared on Skee Live the other day and briefly discussed working with his former boss, 50 Cent again. We all know the nonsense 50 & The Game went through years back so to see Game express interest in working with 50 again? Pret...
The Game appeared on Skee Live the other day and briefly discussed working with his former boss, 50 Cent again. We all know the nonsense 50 & The Game went through years back so to see Game express interest in working with 50 again? Pretty impressive. Download The Game’s OKE tape, here!  RESPECT: Skee TV
about 3 hours ago
I've always enjoyed keeping track of music in sports and movies. Walk-up music in baseball is super fun, and so is warm-up music in the NHL. The differences in music style from team to team and year to year - you likely won't hear songs...
I've always enjoyed keeping track of music in sports and movies. Walk-up music in baseball is super fun, and so is warm-up music in the NHL. The differences in music style from team to team and year to year - you likely won't hear songs like "State of Massachusetts" in, say, Nashville, nor will you hear ridiculous country in Boston - and the Bruins have taken an odd turn with theirs in the last year or so. Gone are all the arena-rock selections - gone even are the few terribad rap songs from last season (in last year's playoffs they used Dropkick Murphys, 50 Cent, Kanye West, etc). So, ok. What are the Bruins using this year instead? Song 1: Onerepublic Feat. Alesso - If I Lose Myself (Pump it Up Edit) Okay, when the team came out to a not-Dropkicks song it was pretty great, but this seemed like a...not very pump-up-esque song Song 2: Empire of the Sun - Alive (Zedd Remix) Sticking with the rave theme, this song actually sounds super cool when blasted at the highest volume - or with all the bass weirdly echoing around a building with as much open space as the Garden. Where are my glowsticks. Song 3. Showtek & Justin Prime - Cannonball (Original Mix) Oh god I TAKE IT ALL BACK about the first two songs. This one doesn't even have words! It's just all noises and bass and I feel like I should be at Axis in 2003 with about 1000 other people and a lot of strobe lights. Song 4. Showtek & Justin Prime - Cannonball (Original Mix) This song is fun. Like, too fun for serious-business hockey warmups, one would think. With lyrics like "Hey now, I haven't had a good laugh for a day now...." well, I guess the fact that it was played before the Bruins walloped the Red Wings in hilarious fashion is pretty appropriate. What do you think of the Bruins' shift in song-selection? Anyone planning on bringing glow-sticks to the next game?
about 4 hours ago
It’s getting old now. That feeling of listening to an album you’ve been looking forward to for a long time only to feel the tight pang of disappointment, knowing your favorite artist just dropped a dud. The idea of our heroes...
It’s getting old now. That feeling of listening to an album you’ve been looking forward to for a long time only to feel the tight pang of disappointment, knowing your favorite artist just dropped a dud. The idea of our heroes putting out crap is unfathomable before it actually happens. But, be not surprised any longer: I’ve figured out a few signs to help you pinpoint a sh*tty album before it hits the Internet. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Photos: Getty Step 1. The Album Being Done To Being Released Ratio Or The Deadline Issue A bad album usually starts one of two ways. First, up-and-coming artist gets buzz and starts working on his album. After a while, as the buzz reaches a fever pitch, people ask “what happened to the album?” Then, we all hear the dreaded “the label is just looking for a single” which is code for “we’re going to throw a bunch of sh*tty beats and Kelly Rowland features on it. Sure, the original album that was turned into the label was probably a classic, but what we’ll get is a manufactured clusterf*ck of radio attempts that fail to reach Billboard charts while also alienating diehard fans. I still want to overcharge Interscope for what they did to Yelawolf. Part two of this scenario is the other side of the spectrum. After artists get to a certain lucrative value for labels, the people in charge start demanding albums on a schedule. So what happens? The rappers put out a rushed project. You can always tell this is the case when rappers all of sudden give us release dates too far ahead of time. Remember Kanye giving us the ever-important June 18th for Yeezus, then the rumor that he had to rush it? It’s much better when an artist finishes an album then decides the roll out and release. Next on the list is Eminem’s Marshall Mathers 2, which looks like it might be one of those label obligation projects. Whatever the case, after the album is done, there are still telltale signs we’re in for a crap fest. Step 2. The Artist Starts Talking About His NEXT Album Remember when Common was doing his press runs for Universal Mind Control and all he could talk about was his album after that which would be totally produced by NO I.D.? It’s a definite sign that “Hey, you don’t want to listen to this album I’m about to release.” We should have known then that UMC would usher in a new music genre dubbed electrosodomy. Generally, when rappers spend their press runs for an album talking about things other than that album, then we’re looking at disaster. Step 3. Manufactured Beef Hey, what happens when you can’t generate a buzz on, oh, I don’t know, music quality? You start some sort of attention-whoring media blitz. That usually means a feud with some or anyone. Doesn’t Gucci Mane have an album coming out? Right. See also: every time 50 Cent drops an album ever. Step 4. The Dope Mixtape You know how I knew the Slaughterhouse album would be the steaming pile of dog dingleberries? They released an incredible mixtape just a week prior. These are basically preemtive apology tapes that say, “Hey, we’re actually still good at making music, but our album is going to be trash.” In my mind, the Slaughterhouse mixtape is their album and the four-person suckakke which was their album never existed. See also: Sorry 4 The Wait. Step 5. “It’s Got…um…” Pay attention to this part. When rappers talk about their albums and the first thing they talk about is the features, it’s not a good sign. I see this on 106 & Park a lot when a rapper is asked about his next album. The first thing he’ll say is, “well, it’s got Keri Hilson and Weird Al Yankovich and Fat Pat on it.” Thanks, now we know you didn’t do sh*t worth talking about. Step 6. It Comes Out On Atlantic Or Interscope You can pretty m
about 5 hours ago
The Jah-worshipping Snoop Lion isn’t the only transformation Snoop Dogg’s making this year. Teaming up with fellow California native and modern-funk pioneer Dam-Funk, the pair become 7 Days of Funk, which is also the title of...
The Jah-worshipping Snoop Lion isn’t the only transformation Snoop Dogg’s making this year. Teaming up with fellow California native and modern-funk pioneer Dam-Funk, the pair become 7 Days of Funk, which is also the title of their upcoming full-length collaboration. If Lion’s Reincarnated album didn’t quite float your boat, you can put your concerns about Uncle Snoop’s latest experiment to bed. On the first single, “Faden Away,” it becomes evidently clear that Tha Doggfather’s OG rhymes and Dam’s bass-churning funk are a match made in nostalgic West Coast heaven. Stay tuned for the album coming soon via Stones Throw. Stream “Faden Away” after the jump… Related: New Music: Tha Dogg Pound Feat. Snoop Dogg “Nice & Slow” ScHoolboy Q Talks 50 Cent Influence, Gang History & More on Snoop Dogg’s ‘GGN’ The Ultimate Pothead Fantasy: Hot Pockets, Kate Upton and Snoop Dogg in a Music Video
about 6 hours ago
Game may be a free agent but that is not stopping his productivity. Today (October 9th) Game releases 19 new tracks on his mixtape O.K.E. (Operation Kill Everything).  The mixtape features songs with past collaborators (Lil Wayne, Chris ...
Game may be a free agent but that is not stopping his productivity. Today (October 9th) Game releases 19 new tracks on his mixtape O.K.E. (Operation Kill Everything).  The mixtape features songs with past collaborators (Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Nipsey Hussle) as well as new cohorts (Schoolboy Q, Juicy J, Fred the Godson). One song in particular is the Chris Brown and Lil Wayne-assited “F.I.V.E.”. The title draws from the original title of his Jesus Piece album, F.I.V.E. (Fear Is Victory’s Evolution) which Game changed due to 50 Cent and Trey Songz both releasing projects with five in the titles. Stream/Downlaod the new 19-track O.K.E. mixtape at DatPiff below: Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by DatPiff.com Filed under: Headlines, MOBILE, MUSIC Tagged: 50 Cent, Chris Brown, f.i.v.e., Fred The Godson, game, Juicy J, lil wayne, Nipsey Hussle, OKE, Schoolboy Q
about 6 hours ago
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Free image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net Liquor is a staple in the hip hop world. Flashy cars, hot girls, stacks of money, and of course … the partying. Rappers like Eminem, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and many others...
Free image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net Liquor is a staple in the hip hop world. Flashy cars, hot girls, stacks of money, and of course … the partying. Rappers like Eminem, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and many others get behind their brands. There is no shortage of the hard stuff whenever you catch one of their videos and if you happen to catch them in a club you’ll quickly see them poppin’ bottles at a table. This love for the booze has even gone as far as to catch the attention of researchers which found that out of 700 top billboard hits almost 23% of them had some mention of alcohol. The question becomes … which ones and what kind of drinks can you make with ‘em? 1. Wild Turkey Whiskey and bourbon are two fine choices you’ll often hear mentioned in videos. These are the drinks of gangsters – to whom many rappers try to replicate at least in image. The aged drink shows sophistication and says that you’re not just there to chug down grain alcohol. Of these brands, the Island of Kentucky has been putting out some of the best. At around 86 proof (43% alcohol) you can expect to get turned up on one of these bottles. If you want to drink with sophistication than consider the Sazerac: • 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey • 1 tsp Ricard Pastis • 1 tsp Water • 2 dashes Peychaud Bitters • 1/2 tsp Superfine Sugar • 1 twist of Lemon Peel Preparation Chill an old-fashioned glass. In a separate mixing glass, muddle the sugar and Peychaud bitters together. Add the whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir. Rinse the chilled glass with Ricard Pastis by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Recipe courtesy of Snooth.com. 2. Patron Ah, Patron. The tequila that doesn’t taste like the devil and a favorite among rappers. Patron is going to set you back a bit of money depending on the size of the bottle (expect to pay about $45 and up for a decent size) but it’s worth it once you taste the difference. You ain’t going bottom-shelf on this one. This legendary alcohol has been a favorite among rappers for decades. Tequila is usually one of those drinks that completely floors you but everyone has seemed to take a liking to Patron (probably because it doesn’t give you the rot gut, massive hangover the next day, as easily). Drink with style via Patron Diablo: • 1 1/2 oz Patron Silver Tequila • 3/4 oz Creme de Cassis • 1/2 oz Lime Juice (fresh) • 1 splash(es) Ginger Ale Preparation Fill cocktail glass with ice then add the Patron Silver Tequila, Creme de Cassis, and fresh Lime Juice. Top off with Ginger Ale. Garnish with a lime wedge. Recipe courtesy of BartendingMadeEasyandFun. 3. Hennessy Cognac. Now there’s a drink for the ages. Hennessy go real popular once the hip hop crowd found it with big mentions by the likes of Tupac, Biggie, Drake, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang, and a bunch of others. The reason why you’ve probably heard of the name is most likely because of a hip hop song. Drinking it straight is always choice but if you want to be adventurous then try a Tap that Ass: • 1 oz Hennessy® cognac • 1 oz Alize® Red Passion liqueur • 1 oz Alize® Gold Passion liqueur • 1 splash cranberry juice • Top with soda water Preparation Fill the hurricane glass with ice. Pour the Hennessy, Red Alize, and Yellow Alize. Splash in some Cranberry Juice and top it off with soda. For garnish you can add a slice of pineapple and cherries. Recipe courtesy of Drinksmixer. Conclusion If you’re thinking about stocking up one some booze for your next party or if you just want to have some around the house than these three choices are great for building up that stock. You don’t have to party as hard as the hip hop heads but you can certainly drink like ‘em. Try out some of the mixes, too. Remember: you don’t always have to drink it straight from the bottle.
about 9 hours ago
50 Cent said he's excited to be part of the new Sundance series "Dream School" because the reality show focuses on uplifting people. "Dream School,"...
50 Cent said he's excited to be part of the new Sundance series "Dream School" because the reality show focuses on uplifting people. "Dream School,"...
about 13 hours ago
50 Cent is back to putting his entrepreneurship skills to a noble cause. Dreamschool is a new reality show on Sundance channel, executive produced by Jamie Oliver and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson which aims to encourage High School dropouts ...
50 Cent is back to putting his entrepreneurship skills to a noble cause. Dreamschool is a new reality show on Sundance channel, executive produced by Jamie Oliver and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson which aims to encourage High School dropouts to get them to graduate from a real, accredited high school by reigniting their passions towards […]
about 18 hours ago
*Born in Hollis, Queens on February 29, 1976, Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins began rapping professionally while still in his teens, although he really made a big splash in 1999 with the release of “Venni Vetti Vecci.” That solo album went plat...
*Born in Hollis, Queens on February 29, 1976, Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins began rapping professionally while still in his teens, although he really made a big splash in 1999 with the release of “Venni Vetti Vecci.” That solo album went platinum on the strength of the single “Holla Holla,” thereby kickstarting an enviable musical career which has produced a half-dozen more studio lps while netting the popular hip-hop artist four Grammy nominations and counting. He also collaborated on hit songs with everybody from J-Lo (“I’m Real”) to Christina Milian (“Between Me and You”) to Ashanti (“Always on Time”) to R. Kelly (“Wonderful”). Meanwhile, he expanded his repertoire to include acting, appearing in such films as The Fast and the Furious, Scary Movie 3, Assault on Precinct 13 and Shall we Dance, to name a few. No stranger to controversy, Ja also became embroiled in some famous feuds, most notably, with rival rapper 50 Cent. He was recently been released from prison after spending a couple of years behind bars for tax evasion and gun possession. Here, Ja talks about his new film, I’m in Love with a Church Girl, a faith-based tale of redemption chronicling the real-life reformation of drug dealer-turned-pastor Galley Molina. Ja Rule and Adrienne Bailon in scene from’I'm in Love with a Church Girl’ Kam Williams: Hey Ja, thanks for the interview. Ja Rule: What’s happening, killer?   KW: I appreciate the opportunity. JR: Me too, Kam. Thanks for having me. KW: I’m originally from your neck of the woods, St. Albans. JR: [Laughs] No doubt, no doubt! Queens in the building!   KW: I told my readers I’d be interviewing you, and they sent in a lot of questions. Reverend Florine Thompson, who is also from Queens, asks: What interested you in I’m in Love with a Church Girl? JR: First of all, I just enjoyed reading the script. Second, I also liked a lot of the parallels between me and the character Miles Montego. Those similarities convinced me that I would like to be a part of the project.   KW: Florine would also like to know whether making this film has influenced your spiritual relationship with your Higher Power? JR: Absolutely! I’ve always been a spiritual person who believed in a Higher Power. So, I’ve always had my 1-on-1 with God, even if I wasn’t much of a religious person. But I would definitely have to say that this movie brought me even a little closer to God. KW: Lester Chisholm asks: Has the experience of working with Pastor Molina on this production enhanced your life? JR: Definitely! The movie is Galley’s life story. Galley Molina’s a great inspiration and role model for a lot of young kids out there.   KW: Documentary director Kevin Williams asks: How did you prepare for the role? JR: One of the things I did was I went to church with Galley to study him, because I thought I’d be doing more preaching in the film.   KW: Was it weird playing him with him right there on the set? JR: No, that’s part of the beauty of doing a true story, having the person that the picture’s about there. I felt fortunate to be able to get his advice about how to approach the character and his input about how this or that scene should play out. So, it was great to have Galley there.  KW: What was it like working with this cast, Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Baldwin, Vincent Pastore, etcetera? JR: Adrienne and I have known each other for a long time. Me and Stephen, too! And Vincent and I worked on two films together prior to this one. So, it was great just being around everybody again and spending time together on the set!  KW: What message do you think people will take away from the film? JR: This is really an inspirational film which is all about connecting with people who aren’t that much into church, although it’s for church people, too. That’s the beauty of the film.     KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: Do you think if gangsta rappers really fell in love with ‘Church Girls’ they might stop saying horrible and abusive things abo
about 22 hours ago
Devin The Dude has been in hip-hop for over two decades, starting off as one-third of the Rap-A-Lot Records group, The Odd Squad, along with Jugg Mugg and Rob Quest. Scarface saw talent in him, and persuaded him to become a solo act, lea...
Devin The Dude has been in hip-hop for over two decades, starting off as one-third of the Rap-A-Lot Records group, The Odd Squad, along with Jugg Mugg and Rob Quest. Scarface saw talent in him, and persuaded him to become a solo act, leading to Dev’s first solo album, The Dude, back in 1998. Since then, Devin has worked with a slew of the top rappers in the game, from Snoop Dogg to André 3000 to Lil Wayne, to just name a few. For a man who has been in the game longer than some rappers have lived, the Houston native has consistently put in quality work, and is now on his 8th album, One For The Road (which you can stream today), after taking a three-year hiatus from hip-hop. From The Dude to One For The Road, the number of rappers he’s worked with over his solo career is staggering, despite not receiving the name recognition that others have gotten. “A lot of people come up to me like, ‘Man, you’ve been doing this stuff for so long, why are you not as successful as all these big name people?’” says Devin. “And I think I am. Not with money or material stuff, but being able to be in the presence of so many people I admire as far as rappers and musicians and people in the business. I’ve been on so many features. I would never imagine I would be doing features with the likes of Jay Z and R. Kelly and 50 Cent and Snoop and Dré and all these cats.” A week before the release of his new album, Devin stopped by the XXL offices to dish out the story behind ten of his finest collaborations over the years, and what he’s learned along the way. —Emmanuel C.M. (@ECM_LP) Follow XXL on Facebook
1 day ago