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Sean Price, Brooklyn rapper and member of the hip-hop groups Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe, died Continue reading
Set in the 1970’s, 21 year old Bobby Mayhill struggles to find guidance as his older brother Tommy serves a six year sentence for assault on a police officer. Abandoned during pivotal years of his youth, Bobby becomes troubled and is following in the footsteps of his older brother. Upon Tommy’s release, he finds out about Bobby’s involvement with Jason, an old friend, and must now give Bobby a way out of the crime surrounding the streets of Brooklyn, New York. However, it becomes unclear who the real enemy is as Tommy’s past with the law catches up with him.
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Freestyle from up and coming Trump Tight Recording Artist B-Sqaure.
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Rapper Bobby Shmurda doesn’t just rap about guns, he’s got ’em in real life … and got busted for one in NYC recently.
According to court documents, Shmurda was arrested in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn on June 3. The doc says Continue reading
“The Best of Notorious B.I.G. Mixtape” by DJ M-Rock (free listen/download)
Born as Christopher Wallace on May 21, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York, Biggie Smalls, also known as Notorious B.I.G., became a drug dealer at a young age. He started experimenting with music as a teenager and, not long after, befriended Sean “Puffy” Combs. His 1994 debut album, Ready to Die, was a smash hit, and his long-running feud with fellow rapper, Tupac Shakur, helped to shape his career. His second and final studio album was “Life After Death”, which went on to become a diamond 10+ million sold classic. Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.
Did new agent Jay Z of Roc Nation recently commit his first misstep with star MLB client Robinson Cano? According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the answer to that question is yes, as he’s being investigated by the Major League Baseball Players Association for a possible rules violation.
Per the report, Jay Z gave Cano a watch valued at $33,900 as a gift. To confirm, let’s look at Cano’s instagram picture, posted two weeks ago:
Um, yeah, that’s a gift from his agent. He even thanked the agency on his page, saying, “thanks to the ROC NATION my birthday gift.”
And now the MLBPA rule:
Section 5(B)(5)(a): “No Player Agent or Applicant shall provide, cause to be provided or promise to provide, any money or any other thing of value to any player, or any person related to or associated with such player, the purpose of which is to induce or encourage such player to use or continue to use any person’s or firm’s services as a Player Agent, Representative, or Draft Advisor.”
The rule is there to prevent agents from retaining players simply by showering them with gifts.
If Jay Z is found in violation of the rule — and, really, after that Cano photo posted to instagram by Cano himself and specifically said it’s a gift, it’s hard to see how he won’t — he faces “unspecified discipline,” according to Crasnick.
I guess they could technically argue it was a gift from a friend to a friend, and not with the purpose of encouraging Cano to stay with Jay Z, but that’s a slippery slope.
Cano, 31, is the rockstar of this free agent class, definitely due to grab a nine-figure, long-term deal. He was quite a grab for Jay Z’s first MLB client.
After retiring earlier this month after 19 years in the NBA, Jason Kidd found a new gig pretty quickly.
The Brooklyn Nets hired the soon-to-be Hall of Famer as its new head coach, announcing the decision Wednesday night. Sources say the retired point guard signed a three-year deal, with a salary yet to be determined. The press conference is set for 2 p.m. ET on Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kidd led the New Jersey Nets to two Eastern Conference championships, in 2002 and 2003. Kidd’s competitive spirit and proven track record — he’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2011 NBA Champion — is sure to help a franchise in dire need of a new identity and fresh start, even after a successful 49-33 season.
Various NBA players expressed their opinions after the official announcement. The Nets’ starting point guard, Deron Williams, is a close friend of Kidd and his family. He shared some kind words for the new coach on Twitter:
Do you think this a good or bad move for the Nets? Let us know in the comments below.
Game, set, match. A very pregnant Kim Kardashian looked triumphant as she left a Los Angeles courthouse on Friday, April 19, after the judge officially announced that her year-and-a-half divorce battle with ex Kris Humphries had come to an end.
“Yes, it’s done,” a source tells Us Weekly. “They realized there was no fraud and the judge urged Kris to settle. Finally it’s over!”
Kardashian, 32, and Humphries officially announced their split after just 72 days of marriage in October 2011, and have been in a bitter court battle ever since. While Kardashian sought a clean divorce from the NBA player, Humphries instead filed for an annulment, claiming that Kardashian had committed fraud when she said “I do.”
According to TMZ, Humphries, 28, dropped his demand for an annulment, and will not get a single penny from Kardashian, despite his previous request for $7 million from his estranged wife. Both parties will also pay for their own attorney’s fees, squashing reports that Kardashian might require Humphries to pony up for hers.
The Kourtney & Kim Take Miami star showed up on time for the proceedings Friday morning, and answered a few short questions from the judge, an eyewitness tells Us.
When asked if irreconcilable differences led to the breakdown of the marriage, Kardashian responded yes. She denied that counseling would have helped the marriage.
Save for the court’s final sign-off on the judgment — which will need to happen before June 19 — Kardashian and Humphries are now officially divorced, just in time for the July arrival of Kardashian’s baby with boyfriend Kanye West.
Humphries was not present for Friday’s hearing, despite court orders. He was also absent from an Apr. 12 settlement hearing that was meant to keep the case from going to trial.
“[Kris is] just wasting everyone’s time at this point … The judge is furious. So disrespectful,” a source told Us Weekly of Humphries’ previous absence. “Kim showed up pregnant!”
And there are other things that haven’t quite worked out in Humphries’ favor either. Earlier this month, the Brooklyn Nets player demanded that he have access to several emails his estranged wife had sent him from closed accounts. The judge denied his request on Apr. 15, just days after he was a no-show in court.
Luckily for Humphries, however, the judge has ruled his failure to appear in court “irrelevant” now that the case is settled. The athlete was previously set to be hit with fines for failing to show up to several court-ordered appearances.
(Us Weekly, TMZ)
Apparently certain types of business can’t mix! Recently Jay-Z expanded his Roc Nation management company from just artists to athletes by launching Roc Nation Sports. This doesn’t sit well with the NBA. Jay-Z released this statement via his official website.
“Being a member of the Nets organization surpassed some of my greatest ambitions. It was never about an investment; it was about the NETS and Brooklyn. My job as an owner is over but as a fan it has just begun. I’m a Brooklyn Net forever. It’s been an honor to work with Mikhail Prokhorov, Dmitry Razumov, Christophe Charlier, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, Brett Yormark and all the wonderful people involved in making the Nets first class. My sincerest thanks goes to Bruce Ratner, who first introduced the idea of moving the Nets to Brooklyn. A thank you and deepest appreciation goes to the fans. You are the lifeblood of any team.
The Nets have made their mark on the NBA and as they enter a new era, Roc Nation does as well; as we embark on Roc Nation Sports. Our newest endeavor is committed to building the brands of professional athletes as we have done for some of today’s top music artists. For Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets. It was a tough decision but as I stated earlier, it’s not about ownership.
Congratulations to The Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net.”
The Queen Bee put her stinger in motion this week as she filed a big money lawsuit against her former lawyers and went on defense towards social media outlets she claims have been posting distorted pics of her image.
This week, Lil’ Kim filed a lawsuit against her former attorney Sunny Barkats and his partner, Andrew Ro, claiming the pair swindled her out of “valuable trademark and branding rights” related to liquor, makeup, and fashion endorsements.
The $1 Million lawsuit claims Sunny and Andrew tricked her into transactions that gave them a 44% stake in a corporation formed to license her brand names. For his part, Sunny claims the lawsuit is a “frivolous” attempt for her to break their contract. We’re impressed that the Lil’ Kim brand is still valued in the millions (according to her lawsuit).
Sting ’em Queen! And Sunny and Andrew weren’t the only folks who were on the receiving end of a sting this week.. Lil’ Kim and her camp are blasting the media for “distorting” pics of her face. She claims that the photo above, and others we showed you as she left MTV’s studios this past week, don’t reflect how she really looks.
And her rep, CJ Carter released a statement saying, “We would like to inform fans, the media, and the general public that this is nothing more than the blog site doing its best to conjure up much needed publicity and what better way to do so, than to take an American music icon and create a fictitious platform in which to disrespect and humiliate. We at Team Lil Kim are not taking this lying down and are taking this matter very seriously.” We understand that Lil’ Kim isn’t comfortable with the way she looks, but, she should know there is not a national conspiracy to distort her image. For that…we’d blame her surgeon….or doctor.
Those pics, as with all candids we post, are real, actual untouched raw images taken by paparazzi. The images are purchased from photo agencies by television stations, publications and websites, including us.
The particular agency for the pics in question is Splash Picture Agency, and the raw pics can be seen in their database as well as on many credible websites. The pics were not photoshopped.
In this short documentary, JAY Z’s Life+Times takes an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the creation of JAY Z’s Barclays Center opening concerts.
Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known by his stage name AZ is a Grammy-nominated American rapper. Born in Brooklyn, he currently resides in Englewood, New Jersey. He is known for being a long time and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm alongside Nas, Foxy Brown, Cormega and Nature.
In a countdown of the 10 Most Underappreciated Rappers—Most Underrated Rappers of All Time, the editors of About.com listed AZ as #1 on the list. He was also included on About.com’s list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), where he was described as “arguably the most underrated lyricist ever”.
This Classic, Remixed by Erick Sermon was from the LP “Doe or Die”
HIP HOP CLASSIC VIDEO: Junior M.A.F.I.A. Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. – “Get Money” (1995) [TekniqueTheKingpin*com]
Junior M.A.F.I.A. was an American hip hop group from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. The acronym M.A.F.I.A. stands for Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes. They were formed and mentored by New York rapper The Notorious B.I.G. in the early 1990s and released their debut album, Conspiracy in 1995. The success of the group’s singles, “Player’s Anthem” (US #13) and “Get Money” (US #17) helped launch the career of Lil’ Kim as a solo artist. The group became defunct in 1997 following the death of The Notorious B.I.G. In 2005 and 2006, three of the original members released the album Riot Musik and two DVDs under the Junior M.A.F.I.A. name.
“Get Money” became the group’s biggest hit, peaking at 17 on the Billboard 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 9, 1996 for sales of over 1 million copies. It ranked 89th in Billboard’s Top Hot 100 Hits of 1996, reached 17th in the Hot 100 and number 1 for Hot Rap Singles
HIP HOP CLASSIC VIDEO x 2: Crooklyn Dodgers – “Crooklyn & Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers” (1994 & 1995) [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]
The Crooklyn Dodgers are a hip-hop supergroup based in Brooklyn, New York City, consisting of rotating members.
They appeared in three separate incarnations since 1994. This post focuses on the the first two. These two classic joints were recorded for the soundtracks for Spike Lee films, Crooklyn and Clockers, respectively. The theme connecting The Crooklyn Dodgers songs, aside from the Spike Lee films for which they were made, is their topical concerns, which comment on the state of affairs in and around urban New York, as well as other issues affecting everyday life.
The first group was composed of Buckshot, Masta Ace and Special Ed. Their one and only record was “Crooklyn,” produced by Q-Tip, and was featured in the 1994 film Crooklyn. It contains scratch samples from “Who Got Da Props?” by Black Moon and “The Place Where We Dwell” by Gang Starr. It also features samples of a radio broadcast of a Brooklyn Dodgers game. The music video featured appearances by Brooklyn-born athletes Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson.
The second group was composed of Chubb Rock, Jeru the Damaja and O.C. Their one and only record was “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers,” produced by DJ Premier, and featured in the 1995 film Clockers. This incarnation was credited as Crooklyn Dodgers ’95. This version is also the most acclaimed out of the three incarnations.
Appearance number 2 for this Brooklyn duo in the “Classics” section. This track was released in 1994 and made it all the way to number 8 on the billboard U.S. Rap charts. Ill Al Skratch illustrated a melody and dynamics that made them shine. “Where My Homiez” was a catchy party anthem. Although the group were never really lyrical masterminds, they really complemented each other’s style as evidenced on this classic
HIP HOP CLASSIC VIDEO: ILL & AL Skratch – “I’ll Take Her ft. Brian McKnight” (1994) [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]
Ill Al Skratch is a hip hop duo consisting of Big Ill and Al Skratch based from Brooklyn. They have collaborated with various artists including Michael Jackson, Gina Thompson and Shaquille O’Neal from 1995 to 1996. Their works also appeared on the soundtracks of movies including New Jersey Drive and Panther. In 1997, they released Keep It Movin’, an album that received little commercial success and critical attention. They have not recorded any music since their 1997 album, but their songs have appeared on compilations including 1998’s Hip Hop with R&B Flava.
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02. HARD KNOCK LIFE
03. FEELIN’ IT
04. WHERE I’M FROM
05. JIGGA MY NIGGA
06. RENEGADE ft. Eminem
08. DEAD PRESIDENTS II
Jay-Z gives an introspective look into his “style”, based on his upbringing and growing as a man. Pretty interesting…