Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Congrats In Order: Kendrick Lamar

The good kid in the m.A.A.d. city won this week. He managed to move 242k+ units according to GREAT numbers for a debut album in this digital day and age.

Shout out to Taylor Swift. Her numbers ain't nothin to eff wit...


LeBron James Samsung Galaxy Note II [Commercial]

Samsung NAILED this LeBron James commercial. I think what makes it really cool is...

  1. LeBron James
  2. They seem to be marketing the lifestyle, not the product...that's always a winning formula.
  3. You could literally stick any logo at the end of the clip. Take your pick, Nike, New Era, NBA, Miami Heat...Samsung.
Anyway, if you haven't seen it already, is the place....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Road To Brooklyn: The Rivalry [Video]

With the arrival of the Nets in Brooklyn an uncivil war is now raging in NYC between diehard Knicks fans and newborn Nets fans. Which team best represents the city? Who will bring home the first NBA championship for NY in this new era of two New York-based basketball teams? It's the beginning of a beautiful rivalry as the opinions -- and profanity -- fly fast and furious.

Producer/Director -- Danny Lee, CALICOWORKS

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Truth With Elliott Wilson: What Makes A Classic Rap Album? (@ElliotWilson) [Video]

Elliott Wilson, of, breaks down the word classic for you. The term itself is becoming both overused and taboo at the same damn time in the Hip-Hop community. We take a look at Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Nas' Life Is Good. Compare and contrast. Think about other classic albums.

My personal lineup...

The Blueprint
Reasonable Doubt
TM 101
Enter The Wu
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Tha Carter
Ready To Die
College Dropout
Late Registration
Lord Willin'
Get Rich, Or Die Trying
The Marshall Mathers LP
The Documentary
Thank Me Later
(yup, I said it...)

Of course there are more, I could probably go for days...but how does Kendrick Lamar's DEBUT fair? What about Nas' Life Is Good?

Do these recent releases deserve Classic status? #BlameKendrick

Take us away YN...

Have You Heard: Big Sean (@BigSean) - "GUAP" [Audio]

This banger produced by Key Wayne and Young Chop is a definite GO! Big Sean delivers per usual in the flow category and the hook is for the win...look for this to be smashing airwaves and 106th & Park stages in NO time. All G.O.O.D.

Rappers, stay away from the covers...please.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fabolous - So NY: Sons Of Essex [Video]

Loso is "So NY" that he has decided to share just how about this life he is. Let's follow him to "Sons of Essex," a restaurant located in Lower East Side.

Way to stay relevant Fab. #100

MTV's This Is How I Made It: Gabby Douglas + Mac Miller [FULL Episode 2]

MTV continues to push forward with their This Is How I Made It series. This second episode features Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabrielle Douglas and Independent Mega Artist, Mac Miller. Dope back stories. But that's usually true of winners, right?

New Music: Chrisette Michele (@ChrisetteM) - "Charades" (Feat. @2Chainz)

Chrisette, where have you been all my life? Should I blame Def Jam? Ok, we'll blame Def Jam.

She brings to us her latest, "Charades," after a prolonged break from the game. I like the track, but (and get your recorders out) I'm not feeling the two verse from our favorite playa pahtnah 2 Chainz. I know, I know.  I'm surprised too. I usually like everything from dude, but this doesn't fit. I'd like to hear a Wale (obvious pick) or if we're going to stay in-house maybe a Jeezy or Big Sean... It just feels a little forced. We'll blame Def Jam for this too.

Overall, JP gives it a 5/10. Either way, I'm glad to see Chrisette Michele is back in the booth. Elle Varner was about to start stealing her fans something serious. What do YOU all think of the song?

Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: Maino + Black Mafia [Video]

Brooklyn's own Maino stopped by The Breakfast Club yesterday. I will say this, it seems dude really has matured. By leaps and bounds though. Good stuff, let's get these records poppin.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Truth With Elliott Wilson: Kendrick Lamar (@ElliotWilson) [Video]

Elliott Wilson, of, pretty much summarizes Kendrick Lamar's tender career. And poses a few discussion questions about his latest project, released just yesterday. Damn, Hip-Hop does move fast.

In Case You Missed It: Final 2012 Presidential Debate [10.22.2012 Full Video]

Live from the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, the golden men of the 2012 United States Presidential election met face-to-face for the final time to debate foreign policy. The exchanges were smooth, overall. But you be the judge.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, November 6th! Visit's VOTE With Page for more information!

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Truth With Elliott Wilson: Are Public Feuds Hurting Hip-Hop? (@ElliotWilson) [Video]

Check out the latest segment of The Truth With Elliott Wilson... In this bit, the focus is public Hip-Hop feuds. Can't we all just get along?

Road To Brooklyn: Ball So Hard [Video]

Taken With JP's iPhone
How excited are the Brooklyn Born and Raised? Excited enough. Ball Hard with the streets.

Let's talk Net's Basketball.

Newz Music: Newz Huddle (@NewzHuddle) - "Shooter" [Audio + Download]

No, that wasn't a typo.

Newz Huddle is back on your favorite blog with "the flow of the century." Big Sean's "Mula" serves as the backdrop, as Newz paints us a very vivid picture. Let's just say this, he'll never make the newz again...

All pun everything.

Free Pills 2 is on its way. You ready?

Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: Wyclef Jean [Video]

Everybody's favorite Haitian, Wyclef Jean sat down with the world's most infamous morning crew. Gotta give 'Clef his props. After the past few weeks he's been having, I would've never showed my face at the Breakfast Club. He has guts.

They discuss Wyclef's picture, his book, the Fugees of course, and uh everything else he has going on.

Sheesh Wyclef.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Food for Thought: Whitney Houston’s Family

When Whitney Houston died earlier this year, her family and fans alike were devastated. After the singer’s untimely death, word spread that Houston’s family would do a reality show. Many people were not supportive of their decision including myself. What good could come from a show centering on Houston’s family? After all, the media and the public built up Houston’s image and then ridiculed her once she went through her troubled times. The same should be expected once Houston’s relatives appear on television. Once they invite those camera crews into their homes, they cannot control what will be filmed. My suggestion is that they should remember Houston as the gifted singer and beautiful sister, mother and daughter she was instead of proving to the public that her flawed character was a thing of the past. 

Rihanna & Chris Brown Saga Continues…..

We have all heard about Rihanna and Chris Brown getting back together. Is anyone really surprised by the news? Although Rihanna has been dated multiple celebrities, the public consensus was that her heart still pined for Brown. Chris also seemed to be in a serious relationship with his former girlfriend Karrueche but he released a public statement indicating that they were no longer together. What is the fascination with the two singers? Is it because their relationship could be considered toxic and harmful? Is it because the two stars are young and popular singers that love being in the spotlight? Rihanna’s talent is mediocre at best. Her career is made off of reinventing herself and singing catchy pop tunes while acting out in a bizarre manner. Her association with Chris Brown may be the most fascinating thing about her. On the other hand, Brown has a substantial talent but many people still seem him as an individual who is really violent and has a really bad temper. Only time will tell if the two of the together does more harm than good or vice versa. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Critical Pedagogy from Nas to Kendrick Lamar [By @NegreauxProblem]

I'm trying to keep it alive and not compromise thefeeling we love
You trying to keep it deprived and only co-sign what radio does – Kendrick Lamar

Comparing the two may seem blasphemous to many but it has never been so appropriate until now. The narrative painted from Queen Bridge (Illmatic) to Compton is almost in sync with “good kid, m.A.A.d. city”. Illmatic is a classic and nobody can debate that, so don’t try, albeit, it is Hip-Hop’s artifact. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nicki Minaj - "The Boys" (Feat. Cassie) [Video]

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa Holiday...

This video will be easy to watch for both men and women. Press play. Let us know what you think. Feel free to watch it a few times. I did.

Judge your next door neighbor's brother's cousin's second niece's grandmother.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The ABSTRACT THOUGHT (@alwaysABSTRACT) Fall/Winter 2012 [Video LookBook]

Check out some of our early looks as we celebrate the change in seasons!!!

- Pen vs Sword - Cookie Jar - Pocket T - Love is Underrated

Special Thanks:
DXXD, Johnny Mitchell, Cherese The Magnificent (Videographer), Kush Shalimar (Producer of the Background Music)


Visit Tha Clouds today!


New Music: Dana Black (@DanaBlack55St) - "Brand New (PLU$ Mix)" (feat. @IamBayDollar @PhillySK @Produkt215 @_CDiddy) #1ThingWednesday

People Like Us' 1 Thing Wednesdays Back.

Like Tupac.

Press play.


Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: Marcus "Pleasure P" Cooper [Video]

Former Pretty Ricky front man, Marcus "Pleasure P" Cooper sat down with The Breakfast Club this morning. They discussed past relationship with Bria (Eddie Murphy's daughter), new music, past allegations, and upcoming project, Marcus Cooper...


NYU Professor ?uestlove

?uestlove of legendary, Philly-grown Hip-Hop band, The Roots, has been offered an adjunct professor position at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts next semester. He is scheduled to, with Universal Music Enterprises vice president of A&R and Grammy winning reissues producer Harry Weinger, co-teach a course titled 'Classic Albums'.

The two credit class will focus on the concept of what it means for something to be called classic or seminal, as well as take a close look at the music, lyrics, production, business aspects -- such as promotion and marketing -- that informed the release and reception of the album, and try to provide a context as to why these albums have stood the test of time, according to Jason King, associate professor of recorded music and head of history and criticism at the Institute, who confirmed the course.

The class is expected to look at albums by Sly & The Family Stone ( Stand!, There's A Riot Goin' On), Aretha Franklin ( Lady Soul), Led Zeppelin ( IV), Prince ( Dirty Mind), Michael Jackson ( Off The Wall), and the Beastie Boys ( Paul's Boutique), among others.

Definitely a good look for all parties involved. Sidebar: what is NYU's budget like? I need parts!



In Case You Missed It: Second 2012 Presidential Debate [10.16.2012 Full Video]

President Obama and Governor Romney went toe-to-toe again last night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Curated by Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent), there were moments when the Town Meeting format discussion on domestic and foreign policy got a little tense.

Watch now, as the candidates touch on topics that undoubtedly affect you...and they prep for their next public bout, scheduled for Monday October 22, 2012 from 9:00-10:30pm EST at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:00pm–10:30pm ET
President Barack Obama
Governor Mitt Romney


First 2012 Presidential Debate || Vice Presidential Debate


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: Bobby Valentino [Video]

So, Bobby V showed up to Power 105's Breakfast Club looking like a damn fool, and sounding sus. Smh. He got fried by the most dangerous morning crew and discussed his personal and professional future.

Wait... Hol' up. Never mind. You just have to watch the video yourself.


BREAKING: Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles Fire Juan Castillo

Bye Juan.

Andy Reid promised that changes were coming for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he didn't wait long to back up those claims.

The Eagles announced Tuesday that they have dismissed defensive coordinator Juan Castillo from his duties and have named secondary coach Todd Bowles as their new defensive coordinator.

"I want to make it clear that I have nothing but the ultimate respect for Juan Castillo as a coach and as a person," Reid said in a statement released by the team. "He's one of the finest football coaches that I have ever worked with. He has served this organization extremely well for 18 years and letting him go was a difficult decision. I know he will continue to be a successful coach in this league and wish he and his family nothing but the best.

"We're six games into the season and average isn't good enough. I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it."

My take: If anything, our defense has been keeping us in games. We've played exceptional on that side of the ball this year.

Andy, I've always been a fan. But your clock is ticking my friend. You cannot continue to place the blame on everyone and everything else. Your words aren't matching your actions.



Monday, October 15, 2012

Jay-Z: The Power of Our Voice [Video]

Jay-Z shares why it is important to exercise your right to vote and how President Obama represents the power of our voice.

As Jay-Z shares:

"For so long, there was this voice that was silenced out there as far as exercising your right to vote. I think it was a voice that was silent because people had lost hope. They didn't believe that their voice mattered or counted."

"Now people are exercising their right, and you are starting to see the power of our vote. He made it mean something for the first time for a lot of people."



The Truth With Elliott Wilson: Are Vet MC's Trying Too Hard? (@ElliotWilson) [Video]

Jay-Z's Life + Times Youtube Channel staff is working harder than yours...and ours! Check out the latest segment they've developed with the help from the OG Elliott Wilson of In this episode, the Hip-Hop journalist GOAT discusses reaching MCs.

LL, take cover.


Jay-Z D'USSE Commercial [Video]

Photo Courtesy Of
The boss stepped in front of the camera. Watch as Jay-Z endorses YOUR favorite new cognac. Wrap for Henny? It's quite possible.


MTV x 2 Chainz: This Is How I Made It [FULL]

The hottest on the streets right now. We told you 2 Chainz would be featured on MTV's How I Made It segment this past weekend. Did you miss it?

No play.

Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: Brandy [Video]

Brandy's sixth studio album. Two Eleven is set and ready for retail tomorrow, Tuesday, October 16, 2012. She stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss it's release, inspiration and a few other very personal things!

These interviews are wild aren't they?


In Case You Missed It: 2012 Vice Presidential Debate [Full Video]

Vice President Joe Biden toe-to-toe with Congressman Paul Ryan, running mate to Money Mitt Romney.

Joe was impressive, but polls nation-wide declared Ryan as the winner. o_O

Press play, and you be the judge.

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 9:00pm – 10:30pm ET
Vice President Joe Biden
Congressman Paul Ryan


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rihanna Covers Vogue Magazine

The November 2012 issue of Vogue Magazine features the sexy ass Rihanna on its cover. I'm buying a copy ... And I don't read Vogue.


Road To Brooklyn: Down By The Yards [Video]

Taken With JP's iPhone
Jay-Z's Life+Times YouTube channel officially launched off on Friday with a look into the process of making the Barclay's Center happen. less than 7 minutes.

Press Play.




Friday, October 12, 2012

Newer Music: Kanye West - "White Dress" [Audio]

I know this is just a song...but Ye, I'd recommend talking to Kris Humphries, before you make any decisions. You might have way more to lose than dude.

Just sayin...


MTV x 2 Chainz: Sneak A Peek At This Is How I Made It [Video]

Ever wonder how your favorite entertainers MADE it? I do. No lie.

Catch your favorite player pahtnah, 2 Chainz, on MTV's new special, This Is How I Made It, set to air TOMORROW, Saturday, October 13th at 12pm EST.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Usher - "Numb" [Video]

As if you didn't know Usher had a lot of stuff going on in his personal life, he "opens up" with his new video, "Numb." Directed by BB Gun.

Looking 4 Myself is out. You got that?

Directed By BB Gun


New Music: Young Jeezy - "Get Right"

Perfect timing Jeezy.

Younger emcees, take note: You're in the news, drop a hot record. And that's exactly what this is.

How's that for some motivation?

Track produced by Black Metaphor. Album coming soon?


Lincoln University "Clash Of The Titans" Step Show [Video Spot - Dir. by @CameraManReece]

It's Homecoming season. And as a product of Lincoln University (PA) and a member of KAPPA ALPHA PSI Fraternity, Incorporated, I have to do this...

Bare with me here people.

LU, turn up! Ha!

*moment of silence for Epsilon Chapter*

HomeComing 2012 Greek & Social Fellowship Directed & Edited By @CameraManReece

Tyreece Powell

Assistant Director
Marshayla Kinsel



Henry Alston
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Nu Chapter

Brittney Waters
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Zeta Omega Chapter

Joe Monroe
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Mu Chapter

Anthony Ray
Kappa Kappa Psi
National Honorary Band Fraternity
Mu Sigma Chapter

Marissa Moore
Tau Beta Sigma
National Honorary Band Sorority
Iota Pi Chapter

Roy Burke
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
Epsilon Epsilon Chapter

Yasmin Ismail
Swing Phi Swing
Social Fellowship Inc.
Tabu Chapter


NBC NiteCap: Big Sean [Video]

Photo Courtesy of
Big Sean sat down with NBC NiteCap's Peter Bailey...again. The young player from the D discusses spending money, saving it, President Obama, clothing, his former personal relationship, saying no in a room full of yes men and Hall Of Fame: Memoirs Of A Detroit Player.

Have You Seen: @MeekMill - "Burn" (Feat. @BIGSEAN) [Video]

Chain all V-S.

Meek Mill and Big Sean set a few innocent items on fire in the latest presentation from Maybach Music Films, courtesy of Dre Films. Just when you thought the song was hard, the video...that much harder. Pause.

Dreams and Nightmares, October 30th. PRE-ORDER HERE.

Meek Mill performs at Lincoln University on October 27th.

It's getting hotter by the day outchea...

Directed by Dre Films


Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: MGK (@machinegunkelly) [Video]

The Wild Boy himself, Bad Boy Record's Machine Gun Kelly ROLLED UP to Power 105.1's Breakfast Club. They discuss his antics, Molly, Ciroc and the music of course.

Oh, and by the way, MGK literally ROLLED UP and lit that ish...AT THE STATION...they cut that part out. LOL!

LACE UP on iTunes shelves RIGHT NOW. Go and get it.


Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: Mel Carter (@KidCart3r) [Video]

New to, Mel Carter is on the radar now, thanks to Power 105.1's Breakfast Club. More Brooklyn. More BedStuy. More Marcy.

Press play and check the mixtape below.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 MTV EMA FULL Nominations List for your complete list of nominees for the 2012 MTV EMAs.

I've highlighted my picks. Feel free to share yours.

2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Moments [Video]

This post was inspired by Omarion also known as Maybach O.

May he continue to be ONE with the dance floor.

All the special moments from the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. AFTER THE JUMP!

2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers [FULL 1 - 6]

So, every blog in the Hip-Hop world is posting the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers. What makes different here?

Not a damn thing.

Watch. Enjoy. Discuss.

Wake Up With The Breakfast Club: Gucci Mane [Video]

Gucci Mane LaFlare came through The Breakfast Club. Some interviews with The Breakfast Club go well, some not so much. Awkward moments with Gucci here, but nonetheless the group discusses music. And that's that.

Press play to understand. Leave those comments in the C-Section.



Rick Ross - "Diced Pineapples" (Feat. Wale x Drake) [Video]

The Untouchable Maybach Empire dropped this jewel yesterday. Clearly one of the best tracks on Ricky Rozay's God Forgives, I Don't. Wale and Drake both made physical appearances in the clip directed by Director X.

Press Play and let us know what you think...

Directed by Director X


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Slander, Marginalization, and the Politics of Homophobia [by @NegreauxProblem]

The Black community lost its way. I said it. The Game was once so eloquently quoted saying, "faggots are not real men".  This is the culture that has defined masculinity and now it's up to us to redefine the norm and inspire an alternate reality.  How dare an entire generation of African Americans disenfranchise another minority group for being different.  Just 45+ years ago, that would have been us fighting for equality.

This post comes as a response to a video that emerged of two kappas getting married.

Black twitter, without missing a beat, imploded.

Why is homophobia such a taboo topic that inspires such negative emotion and attracts slander like no other within our community?

At the root of the Black community was the church.  Nowadays, it seems the church is less and less important to hold our community together so why are we still using biblical allegory to support rhetorical contradictions?   Today, Black men and women act as a catalyst to slander each other in a form of cultural cannibalism.  Dream Hampton says it best, "as a community, we must continue to press for a culture free of hypocrisy and condemnation".  Homophobia is a malignant cancer that can destroy an entire culture seeking to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and marginalize. Black men get married everyday.  This caught so much heat because of their Greek affiliation.  As a direct result, non-Greeks jumped into the slander pool with a skewed perception of Greek life.  Greek organizations are still community based and don't conduct intake based on a HATE for any group of people.  In that regard it seems we have all lost our way. In an effort to change our mantra, hopefully this post will incite a new trajectory in the discourse regarding homophobia, paraphobia, and xenophobia.

Promotion: The-Dream Named VP of A&R at Def Jam

It's been reported The-Dream has been appointed the VP of A&R at Def Jam. How major is that?

And here's what Mr. Terius Nash had to say about that...

“I am committed as I have been previously to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront. I share a unique view of an artist and as well as the business of music. I, with the help of many others, have ran a successful business for the last five years in the midst of the “Digital Change.”

My concentration and effort will be to the artist to succeed in their dreams and goals. I’ve been a part of watching and participating in the success of many great women and men including Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion to name a few. Music means more than just a download, it’s life to the culture and also the people who listen. This is a new exciting yet critical time for music – ‘You Meet Change with Change!’”

"As long as you have the hottest acts, you'll be the hottest label." - the next up.



Newer Music: Pusha T - "Pain"

New music from G.O.O.D. Music's Pusha T, "Pain" features a hook from Future. Produced by Yeezy. 1/2 of the hardest duo ever ... no shots ... should be looking forward to that Def Jam solo, debut pretty soon, right?

Time is ticking. And it hurts.


Ben Baller (@BENBALLER) Insane Bling Web Series [Intro, Ep. 1 & 2]


Ben Baller customizes jewelry and he's damn good at it. Watch him do his thing in the first few episodes for Pusha T and Q from Worldstar. Big Money.

Show Intro

Episodes 1 & 2 AFTER THE JUMP!