What do Kanye and Wyoming have in common?

After the all the rants, drama, racial tension and MAGA hats dozens of influencers and media have descended upon Wyoming to listen to Kanye’s newest project. The release is also being streamed on an app called WAV. The stream started at 9pm CST. If you were expecting music you were disappointed. The stream focused on the Wyoming landscape with horses in the background while you listened to crackiling a campfire.

Chris Rock introduced Kanye with a few jokes and mentioned that hip-hop is the first art form created by free black men. He also said that Kanye has taken full advantage of his freedom and to listen to the project without prejudice.

The name of the project is Ye and the first lyric you hear behind a brooding vamp is “The most beautiful thoughts are beside the darkest. Today I seriously thought about killing you. Premeditated murder.” The production is classic Kanye and lyrically it plays like a journal he has been keeping for the past few months. A few well placed lines speaking on current issues lace the project. “Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too. But imma pray for him cause he got #metoo I wonder what if that happened to #metoo”

The inspirational Kanye that we all know and love enters with a Slick Rick sample assisted by the unmistakable vocals of Charlie Wilson. The campfire is LIT literally and figuratively and all of the people who flew out to hear the project seem pleased and content under the Wyoming sky.

Considering that Kanye has spent the last year in Utah and Wyoming it makes more sense why he has been espousing these middle America sentiments. He doesn’t get a pass for it, it just makes sense. When it all comes down to it when it comes to Kanye its all about the music and always has been.

After two listens it is safe to say Kanye delivered once again. He has captured the attention of the world and given an insightful heartfelt and honest project. Fresh off of Pusha T destroying Drake the G.O.O.D music wave continues rise with the release of Ye. Cudi and Kanye are up next. Lets see how he will top this release.

-Precise

Why is Rhymefest mad? What did Kanye say about the youth?

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Photo source: instagram @rhymefest

The internet is a blaze once again. Per usual Kanye West finds himself in the middle of the heat. His Good Music CEO and artist Pusha T recently dropped his 7 track album Daytona. The project is a solid effort, but just like anything else these days a few lines are chosen and become the focal point of the project. Pusha takes a jab at the streaming king Drake on his song “Infared” “Niggas beats is bangin’, nigga, ya hooks did it The lyric pennin’ equal the Trumps winnin’ The bigger question is how the Russians did it It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin”

That specific lyric alludes to the fact that Drake has a few hired pens out here helping him write his verses. Drake in true champagne papi fashion responds with “Duppy Freestyle” where he goes in on Push and Kanye equally. “Must’ve had your Infrared wrong, now your head in the beam Y’all are the spitting image of whatever jealousy breeds Don’t push me when I’m in album mode You not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes You send shots, well, I got to challenge those But I bring Calicos to the Alamo I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back ’cause he makes me nervous I wanna see my brothers flourish to their higher purpose”

Drake managed to become the newest trending topic on twitter and all of his loyal fans have claimed victory. This is great for hip-hop, but something else has arisen from this battle.

Rhymefest, Kanye’s estranged friend and co-writer of “Jesus Walks” from Ye’s college drop out chimed in to the battle because he feels that Kanye has abandoned Chicago and the not-for-profit created in the name of Kanye’s late mother Donda’s House.

In response to Drake saying in his battle that he will send Kanye and invoice. He actually did send him an invoice by the way. Rhymefest had this to say.

Then in a tweet that has since been deleted Rhymefest shares what Kanye thinks about Chicago youth.

This has definitely opened up some doors and is shining the light on a foundation that was created to showcase the best of Chicago and add value to the lives of the youth. Donda’s recently put out a statement asking for people to not confuse Kanye’s statements with the mission of the foundation.

-Precise

Andre 3000 remembers his mom with new music on soundcloud

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Andre 3000 blesses the Internet with new music to celebrate Mother’s day. Andre took to SoundCloud in the middle of the night to bless the world with his talents. He release 2 new songs “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents) and “Look Ma No Hands”.

The first of the two surprise releases is an emotional trip down memory lane as 3000 laments over memories he had with his mom when he was growing up. The second song is a somber jazz instrumental filled with melancholy and moodiness. A horn blares in every direction as a piano provides the solid foundation to the expression.

Andre 3000 has been pretty quiet as it relates to music lately. He resurfaced in 2017 to announce his partnership with Tretorn shoes. The always eclectic and artistic 3000 lent his artistic vision to the designer and added some of his sketch work to the brands shoes. Lets see if this art wave flows more into the music in 2018.

 

Take a listen to both of the songs below

(Video) Drake shows us ‘God’s Plan’

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Drake irks the hell out of me, but right now I can say he’s my favorite rapper. A few weeks ago the rap crooner dropped a 2 song EP called Scary Hours The song ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ broke streaming records but in my opinion, the song ‘God’s Plan’ is the standout single.

Drake recently dropped the video for God’s Plan. The video opens with a statement “ The Budget for this video was $996,631.90. WE GAVE IT ALL AWAY. Don’t tell the label.” Therein lies the beauty of this video. Drake spends his time blessing residents of Miami with money. He bought groceries for a supermarket full of people, blessed a high-school student with a 50k scholarship to high school and a few other super generous and amazing things.

Drake has been relatively quiet since July of last year but 2018 has proven to be quite different. He’s dropped a guest verse on ‘Walk it Like I Talk It’ off the Migos’ latest release Culture II. “Look Alive’ by BlocBoy JB and Drake is currently streaming everywhere and the people are anticipating the new album.

The video was filmed in Miami over a course of three days. Drake had this to say via Instagram “Last 3 days were the best I have had in a very long time…there’s nothing like seeing people experience a joyful moment when you can tell they need it the most.”

Say what you want about this Canadian child star turned American rap star, one thing you can say is that his heart is in the right place.

Miami came up on this one let’s pray these good vibes spread across the nation.

Peep the video below. Get your tissues out for this one cause it’s a tear jerker.

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Will Smith has something to say about his son Jaden being an ‘Icon’

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About 2 months ago Jaden Smith son of mega-stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith released the visual for his song “Icon” off of his latest release Syre.The song is high energy and a gold-clad, gold tooth Jaden stands in front of a Tesla Model X with the back doors up as he does his best Micheal Jackson impersonation. Being the son of one of the most beloved men in the world can’t be easy. Being able to carve out a niche for yourself has to be harder. Jaden has managed to grow into a legitimate star on his own merits and by the looks of it, he is not the fresh prince. Jaden is using his stardom and star power to change the world. He started an environmentally conscious water company and just like the video for “Icon” his flows are on point. Check it out below.

It is no secret where Jaden’s well of talent is derived from. His father Will won the first Hip-Hop Grammy with his partner Jazzy Jeff and blossomed into a bonafide megastar. Not to be outdone Will did a cover of his son’s video. Let’s just say it’s exactly what you expect from him. Of course it’s hilarious and in the end, it turns out that it’s just a dad being proud of his son. “Hey Diggy 100 million streams, congratulations man 100 million, congrats, I love you,” says Will Smith as he gushes with pride. Smith surfaced on Instagram in December of last year and already has some legendary posts for the gram. Will has been making a resurgence of sorts since the release of the Netflix movie “Bright” that received scathing reviews from the press and mixed reviews from the public.  One thing for sure Will has not lost it, his parody of Jaden’s song has over 2 million views. Check it out below.

-Precise

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My Top 5 Rap Albums of 2017

This year was great for the culture of hip-hop via rap music. We witnessed the emergence of women who rap, an increase in social commentary and an all-out assault on depression with an emphasis on living your best life. The five projects that made the top 5 best rap album list for 2017 encompass all of that and more. Check out the list. Let me know what you think.

1. Jay-Z – 4:44

Jay-Z continues to hold the torch and consistently moves into space where it can be argued that he is the best to ever do this rap thing. 4:44 is viewed by many as Jay’s response to his wife Beyoncé’s telling release Lemonade. Jay mentioned in an interview with Elliot Wilson on Tidal that they were working on both projects at the same time and Beyoncé’s took precedent. Regardless of how it happened, 4:44, in this writer’s humble opinion, is Jay-Z’s best work. He speaks clearly to his peers. He challenges his own sensibilities and is as vulnerable as a bragging rapper can be. The production provided by Chicago native NO ID provides a bed of lush samples and rhythms that pull the listener into the insightful bars. The most ingenious aspect of the project was the rollout. Every week a new visual was attached to one of the songs on the album tackling racism “The Story of Oj” and Black men’s mental health witnessed in the title track “4:44.”

2. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom

Rapsody is nobody’s female rapper. She an emcee’s emcee and her project Laila’s Wisdom forces you to take notice. The 9th Wonder produced project is a Golden Age nod with a millennial vision. Her project has been nominated for “Best Rap Album Of The Year” at the 2018 Grammys and she has a legitimate chance at winning. Rapsody does everything right. She can be miss rappity rap, give you a love song and a complete story filled with irony and metaphors. Her song “Ridin” featuring GQ feels like a ride through your nearest hood on a beautiful day. As the song rides along, Busta Rhymes comes out of nowhere to continue with the feel-good vibe. The Jamla artist has been prevalent in recent years on many of her peers’ releases and she always represents solidly. Her wordplay and the way she can stretch out a metaphor is uncanny.

3. Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy

Odd Future impresario Tyler the Creator delivered a project in Flower Boy that is sonically above his peers and musically continues to stretch the boundaries. This is not new to Tyler; however, this project feels like a culmination into what could possibly be his magnum opus. The gritty song “Pothole” featuring Jaden Smith on the chorus harkens back to the original odd futuresque style that is irreverent and bold. The song “Boredom” that was featured on Issa Rae’s hit show Insecure opened a door into Tyler’s production skill. The track takes its time and allows Tyler’s gravely deep voice to live between the sounds. The song itself is inspirational in that it compels the listener to get off their ass and get busy doing something. Live your life.

4. Kendrick Lamar – Damn 

Kendrick followed up his undeniable revolutionary classic with an introspective, honest and highly personal release in Damn. He has firmly held his ground as the thought leader of his generation. He boldly tells his peers to be humble and gives insight into his deepest thoughts when it comes to religion and love. “Element” stands out as a song where he just let’s loose and makes it clear who he is and where he comes from. “DUCKWORTH” is the most telling song on the project, as it basically tells the story of Kendrick’s life before his conception. It speaks to how life can conspire in your favor when you pay attention.

5. Big Sean – I Decided

Big Sean has been able to deliver witty bars since his emergence in rap. His project I Decided is a spiritual experience. The album starts off with an elderly man lamenting on his life and feeling like he should have taken another direction in his life. Big Sean open on “The Light” saying, “I spent my whole life trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel / I should have realized that it was inside.” Chicago crooner Jeremih fills up the space of the sparse track with a falsetto soul reminding all that no one can stop your shine. Out of all the projects that made this list, this is probably the one (with the exception of 4:44) that spoke to me the most. The Metro Boomin produced “Bounce Back” is a reminder to keep pushing even after taking a loss. Big Sean is about shining that light and spreading that positivity, and that’s what’s up.

That’s my list. It’s dope, right? What are your top 5 for 2017? Share in the comments

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Tyler The Creator performs for NPR’s Tiny Desk series and its DOPE

Tyler The Creator has been having a stellar year. His Grammy-nominated Album Flower Boy has launched him into a new space. The always eccentric and creative Tyler approached this Tiny Desk with a bit more creativity than most. Pun intended.

-Precise

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Jaz O and Jay Z dead their beef

Jay Z and his mentor Jaz O have reunited after years of feuding. Jay Z’s 4:44 tour made its way to Chicago’s United Center and the historic moment was captured backstage. Jaz O, NO ID and Jay Z stand side by side fully aware of the moment that they were creating.

Jaz O rose to prominence in the 90’s when he released a song called “The Originators” featuring a young Jay Z. Both artists collaborated on early Jay Z releases.

The legendary feud between them started when Jaz O decided not to sign with Roc-A –Fella. Rumors of Jaz O assisting Nas during the battle he had with Jay Z swirled around for a bit and added to the bad blood between mentor and protégée. After many years of back and forth diss songs and their careers going in different directions it would make sense that this beef would continue way into the future. However; as with most things in life time heals all wounds.

This reunion is significant because of what it means for the culture. Arguably we can say without Jaz O there would be no Jay Z. If this was the case hip hop and rap music would not be what we know today.

-Precise

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Jay Z leads 2018 Grammy nominations SZA shines

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The 2018 Grammy Nominees have been revealed. Jay Z has 8 nominations and leads the pack. Jay Z has been nominated for record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best rap album. NO ID producer of Jay z’s album 4:44 received 5 nominations. R&B phenom SZA is the most nominated woman this year with 5 nominations.  Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino also has five nominations, all of these nominations come from an album that was released in late 2016. The Cardi B campaign continues to blaze a trail as she caps off the year with receiving a “Best Rap Song” nomination for “Bodak Yellow” 2017 has proven to be an exceptional year for music and this years nominations are diverse. Check out a portion of the list below.

Record Of The Year

• Redbone

     Childish Gambino

• Despacito

• The Story Of O.J.

     JAY-Z

• HUMBLE.

     Kendrick Lamar

• 24K Magic

     Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year

• “Awaken, My Love!”

     Childish Gambino

• 4:44

     JAY-Z

    • DAMN.

     Kendrick Lamar

  • Melodrama

     Lorde

• 24K Magic

     Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year

• Despacito

    • 4:44

JAY-Z

• Issues

   Julia Michaels

• 1-800-273-8255

Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid

• That’s What I Like

Bruno Mars

Best New Artist

• Alessia Cara

• Khalid

• Lil Uzi Vert

• Julia Michaels

• SZA

Best R&B Performance

• Get You

     Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis

• Distraction

     Kehlani

• High

     Ledisi

• That’s What I Like

     Bruno Mars

• The Weekend

     SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance

• Laugh And Move On

     The Baylor Project

• Redbone

     Childish Gambino

• What I’m Feelin’

     Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones

• All The Way

     Ledisi

• Still

     Mali Music

Best R&B Song

• First Began

     PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

• Location

     Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

• Redbone

     Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

• Supermodel

     Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)

• That’s What I Like

     Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

• Free 6LACK

     6LACK

• “Awaken, My Love!”

     Childish Gambino

• American Teen

     Khalid

• Ctrl

     SZA

• Starboy

     The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

• Freudian

     Daniel Caesar

• Let Love Rule

     Ledisi

• 24K Magic

     Bruno Mars

• Gumbo

     PJ Morton

• Feel The Real

     Musiq Soulchild

Best Rap Performance

• Bounce Back

     Big Sean

• Bodak Yellow

     Cardi B

• 4:44

     JAY-Z

• HUMBLE.

     Kendrick Lamar

• Bad And Boujee

     Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance

• PRBLMS

     6LACK

• Crew

     Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

• Family Feud

     JAY-Z Featuring Beyoncé

• LOYALTY.

     Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

• Love Galore

     SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

• Bodak Yellow

     Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)

• Chase Me

     Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)

• HUMBLE.

     K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

• Sassy

     E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)

• The Story Of O.J.

     Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

Best Rap Album

• 4:44

     JAY-Z

• DAMN.

     Kendrick Lamar

• Culture

     Migos

• Laila’s Wisdom

     Rapsody

• Flower Boy

     Tyler, The Creator

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Janet Jackson shares thoughts while visiting Gary Indiana

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Janet Jackson in her hometown Gary Indiana visiting her brothers old High-School – (Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

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Janet Jackson was in town recently for her ‘State Of The World tour’. The tour has been selling out across the country and the reviews have been stellar. The recent Chicago stop brought her closer to her hometown of Gary Indiana. As a result, she decided to make a visit to Gary, a place she had not been since she was eight years old.

Her first stop was the famous 2300 Jackson St. An extremely humble home that produced two of the biggest superstars the world has ever known. Then Janet and Randy Jackson made their way to the high-school her brothers attended, The Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy. Legend has it that the auditorium at the school is the first place the Jackson Five ever performed.
The students were beyond excited to see Janet and asked her a few questions during her visit. When asked what she thought her biggest accomplishment was Janet said having her son at 51 was her biggest accomplishment. She was told by many doctors that it couldn’t happen. She was also asked who her favorite artists were now and she mentioned Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.

“For the students, it was definitely an opportunity of a lifetime. They attend school every day passing the Jackson family home and to see Janet and Randy Jackson in front of their very eyes, showing a genuine interest in them, wanting to hear from them. It reminds them that anything is possible,” said the school’s principal Donna Henry. “Millions of people love Janet Jackson, the Jackson family, but I think the outpouring of love from these young people, from her hometown, was emotional and fulfilling [for Janet].”

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