Former NFL running back Rashaan Salaam found dead at 42

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-4-33-29-pm

Rashaan Salaam – Photo Source: Screenshot Twitter: @Broncos

Former NFL running back Rashaan Salaam was found dead at a park in Boulder Colorado. He was 42.  Salaam won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1994. He was a first round draft pick in 1995. Salaam was the 21st pick overall by the Bears. In his rookie year, Salaam rushed for 1,074 yards, becoming the youngest player in league history to rush for over 1,000 yards.

A police spokeswoman said the cause of death is still under investigation. Police have mentioned that there is no indication of foul play. Salaams mother Khalada told USA Today sports that they suspected suicide.

“They said they found a note and would share that with is when we get there.” Said Salaams mother.

Salaam was well loved in Colorado. Matt Russell who is currently the director of personnel for the Denver Broncos and a former teammate of Salaam at The University Of Colorado shared some of his thoughts.

“Rashaan was as dynamic off the field as he was on the field as a player. He was a fiercely loyal friend, someone who was always in your corner and had your back. He was the ultimate teammate and supportive of everyone in his locker room. If there was ever a guy who was going to get a personal foul for protecting someone on his team, Rashaan was that guy.

“Rashaan was the ultimate Buffalo and was so proud to be called a ‘Colorado Buffalo.’ We were part of the same recruiting class, what we called ‘nine deuce,’ the Class of 1992. On the field, Rashaan was the definition of a winner. It was important to him. He practiced hard, he played hard and he made our teams better. Rashaan and I laughed a lot after practices because we had so many battles and fights. Even when we last saw each other a few years ago at the CU Hall of Fame induction, we still shared those great memories and had a lot of laughs from our time together at Colorado.

“My heart goes out to Rashaan’s mother and his family. They have a lot to be proud of with the person that Rashaan was, the way he treated people and the friend he was to everyone he came across. He will be missed by so many, and I extend my deepest sympathies to Rashaan’s many friends and family.”

Buy/Listen to Connection by Precise

Chance the Rapper gets 7 Grammy nominations

grammynewartist

The 2017 Grammy nominations are here and for the first time in history, the Recording Academy have made streaming only recordings eligible for Grammy consideration. This bodes well for many independent artists across the globe. Chance the Rapper is one of the first to benefit from this with a host of nominations. Chance has been nominated for Best New Artist and six other categories.

Chicago has major representation. Kanye West has 8 nominations and BJ the Chicago Kid has 3.

Needless to say Feb 12th at The Staples Center is going to be a big night for Chicago.

Check out the full list of this year’s Grammy nominees below.

Record of the Year

  • Adele – “Hello”
  • Beyoncé  – “Formation”
  • Lukas Graham – “7 Years”
  • Rihanna – “Work”
  • Twenty One Pilots – “Stressed Out”

Song of the Year

  • Beyoncé  – “Formation”
  • Adele – “Hello”
  • Mike Posner – “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
  • Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
  • Lukas Graham – “7 Years”

Best New Artist

  • Chance the Rapper
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Anderson .Paak
  • Maren Morris
  • Kelsea Ballerini

Album of the Year

  • Beyoncé – Lemonade
  • Justin Bieber – Purpose
  • Drake – Views
  • Adele – 25
  • Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Best Rap Performance

  • Chance the Rapper – “No Problem”
  • Desiigner – “Panda”
  • Drake f/ The Throne – “Pop Style”
  • Fat Joe & Remy Ma f/ French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
  • ScHoolboy Q f/ Kanye West – “That Part”

Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • Beyoncé  f/ Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
  • Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  • D.R.A.M. f/ Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
  • Kanye West f/ Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, The Dream – “Ultralight Beam”
  • Kanye West f/ Rihanna – “Famous”

Best Rap Song

  • Fat Joe & Remy Ma f/ French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
  • Kanye West – “Famous”
  • Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  • Chance the Rapper – “No Problem”
  • Kanye West – “Ultralight Beam”

Best Rap Album

  • Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  • De La Soul – And the Anonymous Nobody
  • DJ Khaled – Major Key
  • Drake – Views
  • ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  • Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Best R&B Performance

  • BJ the Chicago Kid – “Turnin Me Up”
  • Ro James – “Permission”
  • Musiq Soulchild – “I Do”
  • Rihanna – “Needed Me”
  • Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

Best R&B Song

  • PartyNextDoor f/ Drake – “Come See Me”
  • Bryson Tiller – “Exchange”
  • Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”
  • Maxwell – “Lake by the Ocean”
  • Tory Lanez – “Luv”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Beyoncé – Lemonade
  • Gallant – Ology
  • KING – We Are King
  • Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  • Rihanna – Anti

Best R&B Album

  • BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind
  • Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
  • Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits
  • Mint Condition – Healing Season
  • Mya – Smoove Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Adele – 25
  • Justin Bieber – Purpose
  • Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  • Demi Lovato – Confident
  • Sia – This Is Acting

 (NEW VIDEO) – ‘That Ol Boom Bap’ ft Precise produced by Dj Tekwun

Video

“That Ol’ Boom Bap” is track number 13 on Dj Tekwun’s release The Boom Bap Project Vol 1.

Precise provides an even handed reflection on where Hip Hop is and why the roots of this culture should be respected. “I ain’t tripping on the golden age music changes all the time in a growing stage, and I ain’t hating on the drill and trap but it wouldn’t be here without that Ol boom bap.”  -Precise

Precise provides a clear and concise viewpoint that does not isolate perspectives.

Subscribe – Like – Share

Buy/Listen to “That Ol’Boom Bap’ ft Precise produced by Dj Tekwun

Chicago R&B singer Johhny P has died at 44

img_8896

Johnny P – Photo source: Twitter @johnnyPmusic

Chicago R&B singer Johhny P has died at 44. The legendary singer has been featured on many of hip hops most memorable songs. Do or Die and Twistas, “Po Pimp” and “Smile” by Tupac and Scarface are two of the most popular songs that Johnny was featured on.

 

Reports of Johnny P passing away surfaced online a few weeks ago. However it was determined that he was hospitalized and the family asked for prayers.

We spoke with NewSense of the rap group Psychodrama. We asked her what she Johnny P means to her and to Chicago music. “For me. He was the only artist in the past 3 generations who could capture the true soul of Chicago in his voice. It was like music rose up through his feet from the Chicago pavements, up through his belly, and out from his mouth in a way we’ll never ever be able to experience again. I’m really really going to miss my dear friend.”

At some point Johnny P had fallen on hard times as witnessed by videos that were surfacing online. However; whenever he was asked to sing the power and beauty of his voice always resonated. This speaks volumes to why he was internationally known and sought after by some of the industries greatest.

The Legendary Traxster shared “We all made rap songs, Johnny made them hits!”

In 2015 Johnny P released his project “Sing You My Story” The city mourns this great talent and his contributions will not be forgotten. Details of funeral arrangements have yet to be released. You can expect the city to show up in big numbers to pay respect to such a unique spirit and amazing voice.

Take a look and see what the twitter verse is saying.

Buy/Listen to “It’s On Me” by Precise

Is Assata Shakur safe now that Fidel has died?

screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-1-24-12-am

Assata Shakur – Photo Source: instagram @haliesalassie96

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur may be adversely affected by the recent death of Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro.

Assata explains in her own words what happened and why she currently has political asylum in Cuba.

“My name is Assata (“she who struggles”) Olugbala ( “for the people” ) Shakur (“the thankful one”), and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of  government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an ex political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984. I have been a political activist most of my life, and although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been one. In the 1960s, I participated in various struggles: the black liberation movement, the student rights movement, and the movement to end the war in Vietnam. I  joined the Black Panther Party. By 1969 the Black Panther Party had become the number one organization targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program. because the Black Panther Party demanded the total liberation of black people, J. Edgar  Hoover called it “greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and  vowed to destroy it and its leaders and activists.”

The lines of communication have opened between Cuba and the United States after a vote by the United Nations urged the United States to lift the economic embargo in 2015. As a result of this vote both countries are now on speaking terms and travel restrictions are being lifted.

The FBI is currently offering a reward of up to 1,000,000 for the apprehension of Assata. She was charged with a murder in 1973. She was found guilty of first degree murder in 1977 and was sentenced to life in prison. She escaped and now lives in Cuba.

Now that the two countries are communicating, what will they be willing to do to sweeten any deals that may be in the works. Will Assata be used as a pawn. Their is a cry for President Obama to grant her a pardon before he leave office. Twitter is talking.

Buy/Listen to “It’s On Me” by Precise

BREAKING: Cuba’s polarizing former leader Fidel Castro dead at 90

screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-12-10-59-am

Fidel Castro – Photo Source: instagram @kwetutanzania

Cuba’s state television has confirmed the death of their former leader Fidel Castro. This happens at a historic time in this country when relations with Cuba are on the mend and travel between the United States and Cuba is now allowed. Castro’s career as a politician came to prominence when he planned to overthrow Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. He did not succeed. He regrouped after serving a year in prison joined forces with his brother and the beloved revolutionary Che Guevara. The next attempt to overthrow Batista was successful. Castro rose to power and ultimately became Prime Minister of Cuba.

Castro was a thorn in the side of the United States because of his relation with the Soviet Union. This relationship lead to the Bay Of Pigs invasion in 1961 the invasion was an attempt to overthrow Castro. It failed. The relationship forged with the Soviet Union grew stronger as a result of the United States actions. Castro allowed the Soviet Union to place nuclear weapons on the island. This prompted the Cuban Missile Crisis and was a turning point in the Cold War of 1962.

In February of 1962 President Kennedy established an embargo against Cuba to reduce “the threat posed by its alignment with communist powers” The embargo included almost all imports from Cuba. This embargo helped to cripple the countries economy and caused many of the countries elite to flee the country for resettlement in the United States. The large concentration of Cubans in Miami is a direct reflection of this mass flight.

A vote by the United Nation in 2015 urged the United States to lift the economic embargo against Cuba. Last December, President Obama ordered full restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Travel restrictions have been eased. The 56-year-old embargo is only allowed to be lifted by congress.

In 2008 Fidel stepped down as president of Cuba after falling ill. He handed over power to his brother Raul Castro who currently holds the position.

Buy/Listen to “Speak Life” by Precise

‘Brady Bunch’ Mom Florence Henderson dead at 82

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson – Photo Source: Twitter @itsflohenderson

Americas most beloved step-mom Florence Henderson has died at the age of 82 according to various news sources. Henderson is best known for her role as Carol Brady in the hit show The Brady Bunch that premiered in 1969. It originally ran from 1969 to 1974. This show about a blended family was a mainstay on American television sets for at least three decades in the form of television shows/specials and reruns. Millions watched the Brady’s and helped it become the iconic television show that it is.

Kayla Pressman, Henderson’s manger said she  died surrounded by family and friends, in a statement late Thursday.

Henderson started her career on the stage, and grew into a seasoned Broadway actress. In 2010 she was a contestant on the ABC show Dancing with the Stars.

Barry Williams who played the eldest son Greg on the Brady Bunch wrote a book in 1992 called Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg. He mentions going out on a date with his TV mother Henderson. He was 16 and Henderson was 39 at the time. This date grew into an urban legend that they had an actual relationship while on the show.

This kind of story growing into some type of television folklore shows the lasting impression Henderson and the Brady Buch has on its millions of fans.

Maureen McCormick who played her eldest daughter Marsha on The Brady Bunch honored her TV mom with a tweet.

Her manager Kayla Pressman said she is survived by her children; Barbara, Joseph, Robert and Lizzie, their respective spouses, and five grandchildren.

Buy/Listen to Ladies Love Mixtapes by Precise

Ginuwine brings his ‘Pony’ to City Winery

 

img_9494

Ginuwine Wine – Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

Ginuwine showed up to the City Winery in Chicago to have an amazing set. He did just that. It’s been an interesting week for Ginuwine after certain pictures leaked on the internet and provided great entertainment for his throngs of fans. So, it was no surprise to see a packed house of Chicago’s most beautiful dressed in their night club best waiting to see Mr. “Pony” himself.

Ginuwine did not shy away from the situation. He mentioned that he is not shy or ashamed. The only thing he had issue with is that he has daughters and he does not want them to remember him like that. All you heard after that was “YOUR DAUGHTERS NOT HERE!!” From the audience. It was a funny moment and added to the electricity of the evening.

Ginuwine went through all of his hits over a 20 year span. The most notable moment was when he shared the challenges he was going through in his life. “My life has been going through a lot of turmoil. My father committed suicide, shot himself in the head. The next year my mom died from cancer, so needless to say I went through my time of turmoil tragedy, hurt and pain.You will never get over it, but you will be able to continue. But guess what, after 20 years I’m still here.” Right after sharing that he performed his song “My Whole Life has Changed”.

He closed out the set with “Pony” and the City Winery was rocking when he decided go into the crowd. After 20 years Ginuwine has not missed a step.

Check out a few pics below.

 

Listen/Buy Ladies Love Mixtapes by Precise