Lookout, Dre– Ja Rule is on his way.

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Ja Rule hasn’t been in the main spotlight in a while. Many people assumed he was done, but actually he has been planning bigger things. He wants to cement himself into the ranks of the stupidly wealthy. Following the success of Dre’s new movie, Ja Rule has decided to make a drama series about his record label, Murder Inc. Paramount is already providing the funding for the series although they have yet to pick a network to air the show on. Ja is hoping to make a deal with Showtime or HBO in order to make the series more “raw and uncut.”

White Rapper Takes Risk (with a Hard “R”)

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In the hip-hop industry, artists have to market themselves carefully. Basically, they must build a brand around themselves. Young Money’s newly signed artist decided to break into the game with a bang. We have seen a lot of careful branding from Young Money over the years. They are responsible for the careers of Tyga, Drake, and Nicki Minaj.

The newest addition to their roster is Caskey. He is an interesting rapper with decent lyrics and a unique voice.

In one of his videos, he drops the N-bomb… He is a white rapper. The point of the song is that words are meaningless and not powerful. However, I feel that movie ratings, bleeped words on tv, and the general public feels otherwise.

The effects of this are honestly very interesting. What do you think?

The video has a million and a half views. Do you think that this helped or hurt his image?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBfWapATFjk

Next Big Thing?—Bam!

ohana-bamOne of my favorite things about social media is that you can track a musician’s career from the very beginning. I have begun to pick up patterns in the components of a successful rapper. I believe I have found the next one.

Ohana Bam is a new rapper to just peak his head into the industry. He is very interesting both in appearance and sound. furthermore, his ability to both sing and rap will help his career as well. We have all seen that with Drake. He’s unique enough to build a brand around and not to mention talented (for a change).  I personally am excited to see what comes of this guy’s career.

Here is a song off his upcoming album, ‘Tree Up’ – Available October 23.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SvEQxdSJgo

T.I. Gives His Opinion

The 2015 Triumph Awards has many famous award presenters. T.I. was among them. He used his speaking time to share his view on social media activism. He believes it is a waste of time. He stated that it is more narcissistic than productive. “Chained by a man-made device small enough to fit into the palm of our hand”

Do you believe he is correct or do you feel that social media activism is a useful tool in social change?

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/ti-speaks-on-social-media-activism-at-2015-triumph-awards-news.17969.html

Meek Mill is in my video games now

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Meek Mill recently released an album titled, Dreams Worth More than Money. The same week, he released a game on the Apple iTunes store. Obviously, it is an interesting concept to create more hype for your project and I tip my hat to him for that. However, I had trouble finding the purpose of the game.

In the game titled, Bike Life, you are supposed to be Meek Mill on a 4-wheeler being chased by the cops. The objective is to avoid the oncoming traffic.

First of all, the character looks nothing like Meek Mill. I know it is a game but really, it is pretty ridiculous. Second, I find it interesting that the premise of the game is being a rapper being chased by the Po-Po. I feel that the game stereotypes rappers just a bit- but what do I know. Far be it for me to question Meek Mill’s logic. By the way, why would you be riding a 4-wheeler in a city? They could have gone with any vehicle and that’s what they went with? I don’t remember him rapping about riding a dirt bike with the Monster logo all over it.

On the whole, I feel it was a good idea but terribly executed. Props for the effort though. The album was good.

Here is a link to the app- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meek-mill-presents-bike-life/id988315912?mt=8

I’d love to hear what the readers thought.

Kanye and Jay Z picture book

It has been a while since the release of “watch the throne” but it is bringing up a lot of attention recently.

Bianca Bosso has written a pg rated picture book titled “Friends in Paris” based on the song “Niggas in Paris.” There are thirty two pages and it is for sure going to happen. It was all funded by a kickstarter campaign.

Read the book here: http://theinterns.net/2015/09/16/friends-in-paris-an-illustrated-interpretation-of-kanye-jay-zs-niggas-in-paris/

Or own your own copy: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1687372641/friends-in-paris

Dre’s New Protege

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Mixtapes have become a necessity in hiphop music, in order to build fan bases, get discovered, and also to promote upcoming projects. Mixtape are essentially albums that are released for free online and often highlight the uniqueness of the artists more than their albums.

Jon Connor is not only showing his unique qualities but he is showcasing his versatility. Many of you probably don’t know Jon Connor. He is soon to be a household name as Dr. Dre’s new protégé.

In 2012, he released two mixtapes. The first titled “The Blue Album” and consisted of almost all remixes of famous Jay-Z songs. Connor then released “The People’s Rapper LP” in the same year, composed entirely of remixes of classic Eminem songs.

These mixtapes gained the attention of Dre who then signed him in 2014. Soon after, Connor created the “BestInTheWorld:” series of mixtapes in which Jon continued the pattern of tribunes.

BestInTheWorld: The Late Registration of a College Dropout Who Had a Dark Twisted Fantasy of 808s and Heartbreak” consists of Kanye West songs while the most recent “BestInTheWorld: A Tribute To The Notorious B.I.G. Vol. 1” remixes the famed Biggie Smalls. … Hopefully the next mixtape in the “BestInTheWorld:” will be remixing 2pac!

http://www.datpiff.com/Jon-Connor-The-Blue-Album-mixtape.313463.html

http://www.datpiff.com/Jon-Connor-The-Peoples-Rapper-LP-mixtape.336146.html

http://www.datpiff.com/Jon-Connor-The-Late-Registration-of-a-College-Dropout-Who-Had-mixtape.592179.html

http://www.datpiff.com/Jon-Connor-BestInTheWorld-A-Tribute-To-The-Notorious-BIG-mixtape.601392.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2EER7K9Xbc