Kanye West and Gang Starr honor Black fathers in new videos

Rap music has been the voice of hip-hop culture. Ideas, concepts and ways of thinking have been sculpted from the litany of verses that have flooded the airwaves. 

Biggie and Tupac are always at the top of the list when we discuss the culture. Both of them are the product of single parent homes. We laud their greatness and honor their contributions. When they met their demise their mothers stood for them. Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace kept the memory of their sons alive.“Dear Mama” is arguably one of Tupac’s most impactful songs and is an anthem for single mothers around the world.. 

The story seems all to familiar. Rapper grows up in a single parent home without a father and everything they do is to support the family and honor their mother. This is not a bad thing however; where are the fathers? 

In 2013 The Centers for Disease Control reported that 72 percent of births were to unmarried non-hispanic Black women. This statistic lacks nuance and does not tackle the effects of mass incarceration and poverty in Black communities.This same study shows that Black men who live with their children or not living with their children are still more active participants in the lives of their children than any other race overall.

Kanye West recently released the video for his song “Follow God” from his most recent release Jesus is King. The voice of Pastor Dr. Kerwin B. Lee opens the video as we watch Kanye and his father Ray West make their way to an ATV in the snow. Pastor Lee explains how fearful his children were the first time they encountered snow and how he instructed them to walk in the footprints he made in order not to have any fear. The video closes with note from Kanye “My dad came to visit me at one of our ranches in Cody, Wyoming,” it reads. “He talked about his love for fishing, and how he would come here in the summers. It took me 42 years to realize that my dad was my best friend. He asked me, ‘how many acres is this?’ I told him 4000. He replied with these three words: ‘A black man?’”

 

The narrative is changing. Legendary rap group Gang Starr just released the video for their song “Bad Name” off of the latest project One of the Best Yet. In the video we watch Guru’s son Keith Casim shave off his hair in order to play the part of his father who has since passed on. 

The importance of Black fathers can’t be overstated and let’s hope this trend of honoring Black Fathers continues.

 

Kanye is flying high, does ‘Jesus Walks’ on a plane

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Kanye has been flying high as of late since the release of Jesus is King. He recently appeared on a plane with that one guy who does karaoke in cars (James Corden) and his full choir and performed “Jesus Walks”. Ye really rode a plane and kick his raps for the lord!

Depending on who you ask and what blog or podcast you listen to the reviews are mixed with regards to Jesus is King. So, allow me to be the definitive voice and say IT’s DOPE AF! See review here

Check out the vid.

Chance the Rapper gets 7 Grammy nominations

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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

Kanye West hospitalized in L.A.

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Kanye West – Photo Credit: Instagram @kanyewestdaily

Kanye West has been hospitalized in L. A. following a series of incidents, that lead to him cancelling his Saint Pablo Tour.

TMZ provided more information below.

Kanye West has been taken to UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.

According to law enforcement sources … cops responded to a call for a welfare check on Kanye around 1:20 PM PT. He wasn’t at his home at the time. We’re told paramedics also responded and ended up transporting Kanye to the hospital by ambulance.

Sources connected to Kanye tell us he was getting checked out by one of his doctors for severe sleep deprivation when someone — possibly the physician — decided he needed to be admitted.

Law enforcement sources tell us Kanye did not want to go, and was restrained when he was transported.”

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Kanye ain’t been the same since ……

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Kanye West – Photo source: instagram @kanyewestdaily

It continues. Kanye has yet unleashed another one of his legendary rants to the displeasure of his fans. Following his rant on November 17th in San Jose, he goes in on yet another one last night  November 19th in Sacramento. This rant was more specific to Jay Z and Beyonce and some industry information many of us may not be privy to. I will go out on a limb and say these attention grabbing rants have nothing to do with the November 23rd release of his Yeezy Boost 750s. I mean that would be to on the nose…right? Well lets say that this is true, why is Kanye seemingly having meltdowns on stage and leaving shows early infuriating his fans?

In the past few days Kanye has voiced his support of President-elect Trump, addressed the importance of collaboration and ideas. He asked Jay Z not to send killers after him and to call him like a man, then he said he was hurt by Beyonce because of a rumor he heard about her and MTV. He started the most recent rant by saying “Fuck You” to the radio.

So at this point the general consensus is that Kanye is crazy. I have even been told by someone close to his camp that he is suffering from mental retardation and that everybody know this. Well I didn’t know. No one can explain why Kanye has been going down this road for sometime now. Some people blame the Kardashians, others blame his friends or lack thereof. Others say Kanye has not been the same since his mother died. To be honest I don’t know if anyone would be the same after their mom dies, plus I’m not a therapist. What I do know is that in the midst of Kanye’s stream of consciousness (rants) he drops a jewel here and there. So, I have not totally written the brother of yet. He is from my city and I support him. I wont buy a ticket to his show (because I actually like to hear music at concerts) and I don’t necessarily agree with his political views, but I do think ideas are important, radio is being bought, political parties suck and collaboration is a good thing. Does that make me crazy? Who are you to say Kanye is? When did the internet become therapists?

I want to know what you think. Take a moment and share in the comments below.

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Malik Yusef – Pave Settings Entertainment – The Music Industry – Precise

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I have been involved in the music industry over a decade, consistently pursuing my dream and most recently understanding what my purpose is as an artist. I am here to uplift the mass and be a reminder of the greatness that all of us possess. I do this through my gift of music.

I am extremely encouraged in recent times because of how the face of the music industry is changing. It allows access to areas that may not have been accessible ten years ago. The advent of blogs and social media has enabled me to provide insight into who I am as an artist and a person to the entire world. I am grateful for that.

This is a different time. It is easier to maneuver through some areas, however other areas remain a mystery. Most times the information needed to gain access to these areas will not be available on-line. Nothing substitutes the relationship.

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Last week 5-15-2013 courtesy of Pave Settings Entertainment I took part in a Teleconference called Breaking into the Music Industry Ft Malik Yusef of Good Music.  Malik’s resume is loaded with experience in the industry that is invaluable. His accolades range from Tony Awards to Grammys. The relationships he has fostered are golden.

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During my time in this industry I have spent A LOT of money for situations that I assumed would help me along my road to success. I have paid to perform at conferences. I have sold tickets for shows. I have spent money for promotions. Sometimes I would benefit. Sometimes I did not benefit. I always chalked it up to paying my dues.

My experiences in terms of the money I have shelled out paying my dues were valuable, however the 2 hours we spent on the phone with Malik during the teleconference was eye opening. There were tips that were given that I moved on right away and garnered immediate results. This teleconference was definitely worth the money and I am recommending it to ALL of my friends and peers in this industry.

Explaining what I learned during the teleconference in this blog would not do it any justice. I am inviting you as my personal guest to take part in the teleconference portion of this event on May 22, 2013. As a result of joining last weeks call I have been given this ability to invite those of you who I know will find value in this conversation.

There will also be a Live Group Session with Malik on the Chicago leg of the tour on June 8th. If you are truly serious about your career in this industry I should see you there. Click The links below.

Link to Teleconference for May 22, 2013 Click Here

Link for Live Group Session June 8, 2013 Click Here

Email me at precisemuzic@gmail.com for questions and discount codes.

-Precise

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