Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Phillies Ship Victorino to L.A. Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded 2-time All-Star center fielder, Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.

Philadelphia also gets a player to be named or cash for the 31-year-old Victorino, who can become a free agent after the season. Victorino is batting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 24 steals. He helped the Phillies win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series championship. Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 relief appearances for Los Angeles. The 25-year-old righty has a 2.91 ERA in 75 career games.

Martin, a 23-year-old righty, was the Dodgers' first round selection (15th overall) in the 2008 amateur draft. He's 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 starts this season with Double-A Chattanooga. Victorino returns to the team that selected in the sixth round of the 1999 draft. He was a Rule 5 selection by the Phillies in 2004 from the San Diego Padres.

The switch-hitting Victorino batted .279 with 181 doubles, 63 triples, 88 home runs, 390 RBIs and 179 stolen bases in eight years with the Phillies. In 46 postseason games, Victorino hit .269 with six homers and 30 RBIs. He was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Trading the popular Victorino could be the first of several cost-cutting moves the last-place Phillies make before the 4 p.m. deadline for trades without waivers. Under baseball's new labor contract, the Dodgers will not receive a draft selection as compensation if Victorino signs elsewhere during the offseason.


New Video: Nicki Minaj - "Pound The Alarm"

Hi Nicki.

Benny Boom helps out Team Minaj with the follow up visuals for "Pound The Alarm"

Directed by Benny Boom


New Video: Rick Ross - "3 Kings" (Feat. Dr. Dre x Jay-Z)

I only love 'er if her eyes brown.

So, I've done videos like this before...and they were pretty dope. Dre, sign me up. LOL!

Grab your copy of God Forgives, I Don't.

Directed By DRE Films


Newer Video: Future - "Turn On The Lights"

Future keeps the Pluto movement going with the visual for the album's following single, "Turn On The Lights"

Press Play.

Directed by Bryan Barber


@XXL Question Of The Day: Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t Outsell Jeezy’s TM103?


XXL thought it would be a good idea to wander the streets of New York City and ask the locals their opinion on the matter. Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't debuted today, and is available HERE, despite a detrimental leak, some may believe he'll outsell Young Jeezy's TM 103 (available HERE... I'm going to go ahead and assume it is all about preference and what you can more or less "relate" to...

Word to the Caucasian girl at the 1:02 mark. Ha!


Nike Hyperdunk+ & LunarGlide+ 4 "Special Edition"

The Nike Hyperdunk buzz is growing rapidly. With LeBron sporting them as he jumps across our TV screens in the commercial, and our favorite stars of Team USA wearing them in London, the popularity is increasing. Also, special edition colorways have been made for International teams such as China, Brazil, Spain, and Puerto Rico. These special colorways have been made available to consumers as well.

Nike's innovative NIKE PLUS technology is now available in the 2012 Hyperdunk. The shoes digitally keep track of your movement, and performance on the court via Apple devices such as iPhone, and iPod.

The latest colorway seen here is a special edition, metallic silver colorway. The upper is silver, with a speckled midsole, along with pink, and blue accents. They will release at select Nike Retailers.

Release: 08/04/12

Retail: $250 (with Nike+) Not sure if the $140 general release is available in this colorway

Seen here is the LunarGlide+ 4 Running Shoe in the same special edition colorway, featuring the Nike Plus.

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Music: @YoungChris - "K.I.N.G."

So, that's what the throne looks like...

Young C is back like a spine with the latest release. "K.I.N.G." produced by Navegante. The record is dope. Time for some moves to be made though. Turn them lights on!


#HelloBrooklyn Michael Jordan Announces NBA 2k13 To Be Executive Produced By Jay-Z

Over here at 2K Sports, we have a BIG announcement coming up this week. So big that Michael Jordan wanted to help us make it. What could it be? SHARE this image and spread the word to all NBA 2K fans!
- Team 2K (just over 3 hours ago)

Then there was this...

Executive produced by Jay-Z, huh? And then you get Michael Jordan to make the annoucement? What you're budget like 2k??? It's only right since there will be a newer team in the lineup...hailing from Brooklyn.

Hits shelves, October 2nd.


New Music: Hit-Boy "Old School Caddy" (Feat. Kid CuDi) [Audio]

Everybody's new favorite producer-turned-MC, Hit-Boy rolls on this new track featuring Kid CuDi himself. They both roll on this old school caddy, new school beat.


@DjCosmicKev Interviews @Nas [Video]

Nas chops it up with Dj Cosmic Kev about his Life Is Good single, "Daughters" They discuss how the new digital age has changed parenting and affected the new childhood practices.


Asher Roth | Backstage at "A Night of Real Hip-Hop" [BTS Video]

Asher Roth
Live Show Footage & Exclusive Backstage Interview at "A Night of Real Hip-Hop"
Presented by Peter Rosenberg
Best Buy Theater New York, NY
7.26.12 Shot & Edited by J.D. Aronson
A By Any Means production.



No More Hard Copies: Spin Cancels Print Issues

You read that right.

SPIN Magazine, the bimonthly music magazine was more recently acquired by Buzzmedia, the online music network and the good folks at SPIN magazine have announced that the publication will be canceling its November/December issue entirely.

Because there's no way to stream a song from paper, print might be dying in music journalism more rapidly than in any other niche media. Services that allow embedded media streams, like Soundcloud, YouTube, and Bandcamp, have done as much to kill the music magazine as any tablet computer or mobile operating system. The Spin brand still means plenty to any music fan who remembers picking up mags from their local Borders back in the day, but it seems unlikely that a bimonthly print subscription will mean much to music fans who have access to a wealth of quality, constantly-updated music journalism across the web every day.

Of course, no print edition means a diminished need for editors and designers, so Spin has also announced a heap of layoffs to accompany their shift into the digital sphere. Buzzmedia's cutting the publication down and tuning it up, hoping to secure a firmer hold on the online public. The question remains how they'll differentiate their new acquisition from fellow properties like Stereogum that serve the same interest group. How do you take an established publication and reinvent it in a way that preserves its historical brand while still appealing to blog readers? Buzzmedia's got some interesting problems ahead of them.

SPIN, it's been real.



Newer Video: Ludacris - "Jingalin"

Project X / Hangover much????

Luda breaks the gang off with some visual behind the lead single, "Jingalin" of off his upcoming Ludaversal project.

Directed by Aristotle


Newer Video: Rick Ross - "Hold Me Back"

Rick Ross won't let nan ni**a hold him back... God Forgives, I Don't, hit shelves tomorrow.

Directed by TAJ

The director for Rick Ross' "Hold Me Back" video says that BET has banned the clip. BET has reportedly banned the upcoming video for Rick Ross' "Hold Me Back."

According to the video's director TAJ, the network has refused to air the video, though there was no reason given for the ban. TAJ took to Twitter to explain his dissatisfaction with BET's decision, but has since deleted the tweets.

"So BET rejected Ross’ 'Hold Me Back' video. It’s incredibly sad, because the video is incredibly special & real," he wrote. "You’re killing US BET. Smh. Everybody ask BET why it’s ok for them to play 'Boyz N the Hood', 'Menace to Society', and 'South Central', but not Ross’ video. What does BET stand for? You should have two answers for that question."

He later addressed BET's President Stephen Hill with a tweet, asking him to support the honesty in the video.


Newer Video: Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT) - "What You Mean" (Feat. Ludacris)

K.R.I.T. with Decatur Dan and some help from Ludacris, provides some visual for my favorite track off of K.R.I.T.'s debut, Live From The Underground ...out now.

Directed by Decatur Dan


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kamar Jorden Prepares for Minnesota Vikings Training Camp

Moments after the 2012 NFL draft concluded, Wide Receiver Kamar Jorden received a phone call from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings offered the Philadelphia local a contract, and chance to play for their ball club.

Following a rookie camp, and mini camp, KJ is now beginning Training Camp for the upcoming NFL Season. Rookie hazing may be in his near future, but hopefully bright spots in the preseason are sure to follow.

Jorden has been catching the eyes of local reporters in the Minnesota area, and has made appearances in articles on the teams official web blog.

Follow the local standout as he fights for a spot on the team. Show love and support, and keep your eye out for him. Also remember where u heard it first.... S@M.com

Some of you may remember previous posts over the last year or so about Philadelphia/Delaware County local football stand out Kamar Jorden. If not, KJ played 2 seasons at Hudson Valley Community College, where he earned a scholarship to play his final 2 seasons at Bowling Green State University.

Jorden stayed among the top receivers in the Nation while at BGSU. For weeks he lead the nation in receptions and yards as he rounded out a successful college football career.

Follow him on twitter: @justcallmeKJ_
Follow him on Instagram: @_justcallmeKJ

Team USA Defeats France to Begin Quest For Gold

Team USA never trailed in the game, although it was very close in the first half. They defeated France 98-71

Kevin Durant lead the team in scoring with 22 points. Kevin Love added 14, and Kobe dropped 10 to round out the team's top three scorers.

LeBron facilitated most of the attack as he racked up 8 assists to go along with his 9 points. Carmelo, Durant, and Tyson Chandler added 9 rebounds a piece.

France' scoring leaders were Ali Traore with 12, Tony Parker with 10, and Boris Diaw with 9.

Zoom Kobe VII "Gold Medal"

Sometimes small tweaks can make a major difference. That seems to be the stand Nike is taking with the Kobe 7 "gold medal" colorway. The "USA" colorway, which Kobe has been wearing in all the Team USA exhibition games, has added some minor changes to the version recently released.

The Swoosh has been changed to gold, and the heel cup has been changed to a Gold/Obsidian gradient design. Also the outsole is now red, instead of white.

This updated version is expected to be worn by the Black Mamba when (if) the USA team advances to the gold medal game. This shows major confidence in TEAM USA by Nike.

No release date is scheduled, stay tunes with us, as we will give the info when we receive it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

@2Chainz Releases Based On A T.R.U. Story Tracklist

As our main man, 2 Chainz preps for his solo debut 'Based On A T.R.U. Story' set to hit shelves on August 14, 2012... We get an inside look at the tracklist. It's looking up for the project, with "No Lie" featuring Drake, more recently acquiring GOLD status, and "Birthday Song" featuring Kanye West, going viral a few days ago, the album seems to be rather anticipated. That list below...

1. Yuck!(4:48)
2. Crack(4:32)
3. Dope Peddler(3:28)
4. No Lie (Feat. Drake) (3:59)
5. Birthday Song (Feat. Kanye West) (5:10)
6. I’m Different(3:27)
7. Extremely Blessed(4:06)
8. I Luv Dem Strippers (Feat. Nicki Minaj) (4:00)
9. Stop Me Now(4:37)
10. Money Machine(4:43)
11. In Town(3:27)
12. Ghetto Dreams(3:44)
13. Wut We Doin?(4:26)

Deluxe Edition:

14. Countdown(3:52)
15. Like Me(3:50)
16. I Feel Good(2:22)
17. Riot(2:47)

Word to HHNM.

Retail and Deluxe Edition album covers below...


TechPost: Just Blaze Chops It Up With BGR [Video]

Just Blaze sits down with BGR‘s Jonathan Geller to talk about his catalog of hits, his creative process, and his studio equipment on the latest webisode of The BGR Show.



Bobby V - "Mirror" (Feat. Lil Wayne) [Video]

Bobby V. pulled in the help of Lil Wayne for his lead single, "Mirror," off of his new album Dusk Til Dawn, October 2.

Directed by RobDade


Trey Songz “Heart Attack” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! [Video]

Tremaine Songz performed his upcoming album's (Chapter V, 08.21.2012) lead single “Heart Attack” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Lupe Fiasco Sheds Thug Tears On MTV's RapFix Live [Video]

Sway messed around and put Lupe in a time capsule, and triggered some real life emotion. After reviewing a 2006 Clip of MTV's My Block Special, he realizes the ongoing cycle of inner city violence. Sucks man...

UPDATE: Lupe Sits Downs With The Breakfast Club
Lupe discusses the state of hip-hop, the difference between being a rapper and a lyricist, and leaving Atlantic for the independent route with Power 105.1's Breakfast Club. SCREAM @ ME!!!

Newer Music: Fabolous - "Dope Bit*h (Freestyle)" [Audio]

A whole two verse to The-Dream's joint with Pusha-T. Of course, Fabolous rolls over it. Prepare your ears. Press play. And prepare your ears again...for this Terius track to get whored out. I hate rappers sometimes.


Newer Music: Slaughterhouse - "Weight Scale" [Audio]

Prepare yourself for another lyrical assassination from the HOUSE that Shady built. Dj Drama x Slaughterhouse Gangsta Grillz coming, very soon. Welcome To Our House, out 08.28.2012


Kobe Makes More Adjustments To His Game

Kobe is at it again. Making adjustments to improve his game. To begin his career, Kobe was a flashy, high flyer, and amazing lock down defender. With age he began to extend his game, adding the deep three pointer, and fade away jump shot to his arsenal of moves. Even adding post play as a lethal weapon.

Kobe has now lost 16 pounds to elevate his performance for the London games, and upcoming NBA Season. He says he plans to play until June and needed to take some weight off his knees. The weight lose was not something necessary because Kobe is in great shape, and one of the most conditioned athletes especially at his age. But it was more or less a minor adjustment that may have a long and positive impact.

Kobe also participated In an experimental procedure last year that was only available overseas. He said the procedure definitely added years on to his career. He can train and play without limping, and swelling in his knees.

The added weight loss appears to be another adjustment that will benefit his knees, and Kobe's body to grind through the summer games, an 82 game season, and a long playoff run.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SHDY Sports: Slaughterhouse Post Game [BTS Pts. 1 & 2]

Shady's Slaughterhouse composite is uh...something else. *in my Kevin Hart voice* This is a unique way to put a spin on a behind-the-scenes clip.

Welcome To Our House, 08.28.2012



AlLindstrom.com's Q&A With Swizz Beatz [Video]

Al Linstrom sits down with Swizz Beatz. They discuss Megaupload, Reebok, Allen Iverson, future business ventures? Swizz keeps winning.


Jay-Z The Powermat by Duracell [Commercial]

Jay-Z is a boss. And bosses have to stay charged, to make their Power Moves. Check him as he endorses the new Powermat by Duracell...


Doug E. Fresh Stops By Sway In The Morning [Video]

A few days ago, Rap legend Doug E. Fresh invaded Shade 45's Sway In The Morning. He introduced the world to his sons, Squareoff and his nephew Mansone Batez. They discussed the current state of Hip-Hop, Rap and reminisces about his days in the game with Slick Rick and the Get Fresh Crew.

Ludacris - “Jingalin” [BTS Video]

Ludacris' summer hit, "Jingalin" WILL have some visual presentation. I think. Well, at least this clip hints at some promise.

To Be Directed by By.Any.Means



New Music: Lloyd Banks (@LloydBanks) - V6: The Gift [Mixtape Download]

Lloyd Banks dropped V6: The Gift earlier TODAY. It happens just like that now. Download via Datpiff. Thank SCREAMATME.com later...

Datpiff.com Mixtape Stream


TRU Enough: @2Chainz Hits The Road [Tour Info]

So, your favorite blogger's favorite rapper is going on tour. 2 Chainz has performed beside the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Kanye West, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Pusha T... That list goes on. But this go 'round, it's going down. Solo.

Based On A TRU Story, August 14, 2012

August 30 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
August 31 – Richmond, VA – The National
September 2 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
September 5 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s
September 7 – Chicago, IL – Metro
September 9 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
September 10 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
September 27 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa

“One of the things I enjoy the most about being an artist is the opportunity to get on the stage and give the fans everything they deserve. Everything they’ve come to expect from me. I’ve performed along side some of the best in this business, but this time will be something special. This time it’s all me.”

How can you NOT be excited?



Numbers In: Nas Life Is Good

Very honorable debut for Nas' TENTH studio album, Life Is Good. Our good friends at HitsDailyDouble predict dude has sold damn near 140k copies. He's looking at 5, number ones in his lifetime.

Did y'all peep what I just did there?

If that ain't good, I'm not sure what is. Go get it!


UPDATE: Final Total: 148, 716


Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground Tour Vlog [Pt. 1]

K.R.I.T. is on board with the visual presentation...we go behind the scenes with the young king as he goes Live From The Underground....


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Music: 2 Chainz – "Birthday Song" Feat. Kanye West [Audio]

Second single off Based on a T.R.U. Story arriving August 14.

"Birthday Song" feat. Kanye West (CLEAN VERSION)
Produced By Sonny Digital & Kanye West


New Video: Trey Songz - "Simply Amazing"

If you ever wanted to know just how amazing you were, trigga Trey Songz has the answer for you...  

Chapter V, August 21st.

Directed by Justin Francis


Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't Vlog Series Pt. 2

Rick Ross hits Philly and the 302? LOL... God Forgives, I Don't a week from tomorrow...

The Pre-Order, FTW...

Directed by Dre Films ... who else?

Part 1