The journey began for Eddy Lamarre, the lyricist who would become Precise. Chicago native Precise developed his skills from his experiences as a child attending his father’s band rehearsals. His father was guitarist and saxophonist in a local band. “Growing up in a Haitian household, music was always prevalent,” Precise recalls.
He started off as a DJ but always knew he wanted to rap. After competing in a talent show at Olive Harvey College in Chicago, the judges Producer/DJ Terry Hunter and Armando gave him great feedback. These comments gave Precise the encouragement and confidence to pursue his dream. Upon meeting aspiring artists Chris Rice a.k.a. “Ideal” and Victor Moore a.k.a. "Creole", they formed the group Nubearth. As a group, Nubearth toured in Chicago and regionally. They had the opportunity and memorable experience of opening for Common at Northern Illinois University.
This preparation was building Precise the ability to express himself musically, lyrically and command the stage. The stage is a natural setting for him to entertain and perform, the messages through all of these experiences. Precise’s influences range from hip-hop legends KRS-One, Rakim, Slick Rick, Black thought of The Roots, Guru of Gangstar and Mos Def were instrumental in shaping Precise’s style as a lyricist. “I would describe my rap style lyrical substance drawing from the original blueprint of the hip-hop culture,” Precise states.
Besides, hip-hop Precise also attributes musical greats as Sting, George Benson, U2 and Gangstar. Precise selected his name from Gangstar's single “Precisely The Right Rhyme”.
After being featured on a children’s educational CD “Mind Games”. He completed his first solo project titled My Life. The lead single “It’s On Me” off of the upcoming release of the same name, has an uptempo old-school feel that has become popular among DJ’s domestically and internationally.
“My belief in God and knowing that he has given me a gift to share with the world has helped to overcome that doubt. I have no fear.” - Precise
Women around the world are currently up in arms because their collective boyfriend Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus.
Elba made his announcement on Monday.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he wrote. “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.” wrote Elba
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has ordered that all restaurants and bars be closed to dine in patrons by end of day March 16th thru March 30, 2020. Coronavirus continues to rear it ugly head and if affecting the world. The state of Illinois has been staggering closings during the course of last week and this is the latest announcement. This will affect affect election day this Tuesday. Early voting is still an option and voters are still able to send mail in ballots.
“I cannot let the gravity of the choices prevent us from taking the actions that the science and the experts say will keep people safe,” Pritzker said.
Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor Prtiztker have been working in concert to assure the safety of their citizens
Mayor Lightfoot said the city would be looking after hospitality workers amid the closure. She also mentioned that these establishments need to follow suit.
“Our restaurants and bars need to comply with this guidance, because we will enforce it at the city level,” Lightfoot said.
Illinois Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Toia said the safety and health of customers and team members is at top of mind.
“The Illinois Restaurant Association will continue to act on behalf of economic relief for our employees and our small businesses,” Toia said. “It is the number one concern of the restaurateur to make sure his or her team members get their paychecks.”
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Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka the guy who acts, sing, writes, and raps just surprised the world with some new music. The 12 song project is untitled with no tracklist. The project was launched at Donald Glover Presents.
“Feels Like Summer” from his film Guava Island featuring Rihanna reappears on this release. Glover also partners up with 21 Savage and Arianna Grande on some solid collaborations. We have yet to see what else come from this. This is perfect quarantine music and we appreciate Donald Glover for breaking the monotony if just for a day or two.
After 10 years of anticipation Jay Electronica has finally released his debut album, A Written Testimony. The project is touted as his first solo effort, however rap icon JAY-Z joins Electronica on nearly every song. Having your label boss who happens to be one of the worlds best rappers on your album has to be a cheat code. It really doesn’t matter because the chemistry between Electronica and Jay is unforced and natural.
The bulk of the album was produced by Electronica. The minimalist approach Electronica takes fits his delivery and allows his poetic cadence to shine. The other producers included on the release are No I.D., Alchemist, Swizz Beatz, AraabMUZIK, Alchemist, Khruangbin, G. Ry and Hit-Boy
Electronica went into seclusion after signing with Roc Nation in 2010. The anticipation for his album was high but soon took the road of Dr. Dre’s Detox, meaning it probably was never coming. On February 7, 2020 Electronica announced on twitter that his album was finally coming and it would be out “in 40 days”. The anticipation was reset and Jay Electronica’s legend was resurrected.
Lyrically Electronica is as sharp as ever. He explains why it took so long for his debut to come on “Ezekiel’s Wheel” “Sometimes I was held down by the gravity of my pen/Sometimes I was held down by the gravity of my sin/Sometimes like Santiago, in crucial parts of my novel/The only logical option was to transform into the wind”
His verses serves as a look inside the mind of a recluse. The words appear as the spirit of an author who has penned a memoir sharing his most personal thoughts.
The JAY-Z we hear on this album is the one who once rapped on his album Kingdom Come “Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense (But I did five Mil)I ain’t been rhyming like Common since”
JAY-Z is a certified billionaire and we get revolutionary JAY on this project. On “The Ghost Of Soulja Slim” JAY-Z raps “Now here’s some jewelry/No civilization is conquered from the outside/Until it destroys itself from within, pen/Put a pin in that/We’ll come back when I fin/You can’t talk how I talk/‘Cause you ain’t been where I been,Young”
A Written Testimony comes to us as the world struggles with the corona virus pandemic and the United States in the grips of a national emergency. Electronica encapsulates the moment perfectly in one line. “What a time we living in/Just like the scripture says/Earthquakes, fires and plagues, the resurrection of the dead” he raps.
Stand out tracks are “Ghost of Soulja Slim”, “The Neverending Story”, “Ezekiel’s Wheel (feat The Dream) and “A.P.I.D.T.A.”
A Written Testimony is clearly classic material. The only thing that would have added to this project is more Jay electronica. For that reason it gets 4 and a half stars.
What do you think of A Written Testimony? Was it worth the wait. Share in the comments. Listen to A Written Testimony below.
NCAA president Mark Emmert issued an official statement Wednesday regarding fan participation at this year’s tournament. Essential personnel and limited family members are the only ones allowed at the games.
In effect the tournament will not consist of any fans. This is the first time in the tournaments 81 year history that something like this has happened.
“ we recommend against sporting events open to the public. We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects the players, employees, and fans.” said Emmert.
Will you watch the tournament this year? Are you concerned? Please share in the comments below.
The disgraced Hollywood producer and mogul has been sentenced to 23 years in a New York state prison after being convicted on felony sex crimes.
The #Metoo movement has proven itself extremely effective as Weinstein is the latest in the string of sex offenders in powerful positions who have had their feet held to the fire and have been held accountable.
Two of Weinstiens accusers gave statements before the sentencing.
“He violated my trust and my body and my personal right to deny sexual advances,” said Miriam Haley
Haley testified that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2006.
Weinstein also gave a statement.
“I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart. I’m really trying, I’m really trying to be a better person.” he said.
Weinstein, 67-years-old will be spending the rest of his life in prison.
Do you agree with this sentencing? Who is next? Share in the comments below.
Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union shared a big reveal of sorts.. Dwayne Wades 12-year-old daughter Zaya made her first appearance on the red carpet since coming out as transgender in February of this year. The big reveal was held on March 8, 2020 at Truth Awards in Los Angeles.
Retired NBA star Dwayne Wade shared his daughters gender identity during an interview on The Ellen Show this past February. Wade explained how his then son Zion came home and wanted to talk to his family. “Zion, born as a boy, came home and said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I am ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as ‘she’ and ‘her.’ I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.'”
Since that announcement many have come forward with their opinions. Rapper Lil Boosie was one of the most vocal making the error in thinking Zaya was having gender reassignment surgery “Don’t cut his d–k off bru. If he gone be gay let him be gay, but don’t cut his dick off bruh and don’t address him as a woman dawg” said Boosie
Gabrielle Union shared a video on instagram with a heartfelt caption. “”We keep moving forward. We keep leading with love, light, and hope for a better more inclusive world. Stay put and stay mad if you want. We keep it pushing. Always.”
The Better Brothers Truth Awards ceremony is an opportunity for the Black LGBTQ+ community to be highlighted for the work they are doing in the community.
How do you feel about this? Should Wade be encouraging this? Would you? Please share in the comments.