Thursday, December 31, 2015

***IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR*** #CelebNews Kendrick Lamar Drops 2 Videos With “God Is Gangsta”

Kendrick Lamar drops a 2 for 1 special with “God Is Gangsta,” which is comprised of the videos for “u” and “For Sale?.” 

Both are off the critically acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly, but you should have known that. “u” is directed by Jack Begert & the little homies while “For Sale?” is lensed by PANAMÆRA & the little homies. 

Kendrick Lamar steady makes Hip-Hop as high art; salute that man. 

***Watch “God Is Gangsta” below.*** 

#OfficialNewVideo David Banner - "The Cross"

***BRAND SPANKING NEW*** #NewListen Timbaland - "Shakin" ft. Aaliyah

#OfficialNewVideo Post Malone - "Boy Bandz"

#NewListen Faith Evans - "Fallin' In Love" (2015 REMAKE)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

#CelebNews Meek Mill Disses Drake In Dreamchasers 4 Song, Don’t Tell The Judge!

Call him valiant or tone deaf, Meek Mill is still aiming (lyrical) shots at Drake. The Philly rapper has some diss bars for Drizzy heard in a snippet of song due to appear on his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape. 

“When I was saying sh*t about the rhymes you ain’t wrote/I can’t wait ’til we run in ya / I’ma put a gun in ya,” spits Meek on the track, which was first posted on his Snapchat before being placed on YouTube. 

Seriously, is anyone advising Meek? Considering a judge put his career on ice due to a parole violation, threatening a rapper—even if it’s just “entertainment”—won’t help his cause when it comes time for his sentencing in February. Clearly, the prosecution is going to use every against him—like when he dissed the District Attorney in song and apologized to her for it in court. 

Listen to the snippet below.

Meek Mill - New DreamChasers 4 Snippet (Drake Diss)

#OfficialNewVideo Wiz Khalifa - "King of Everything"

#NewListen The Weeknd & Future - "Low Life" [Prod. By Metro Boomin & Ben Billions]

#NewListen Jeremih & The Weeknd - 'Pass Dat (Remix)'

#OfficialNewVideo Curren$y - "All Wit My Hands"

#NewListen Snoop Dogg - "I’m From Long Beach"

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

***GET MONEY*** #CelebNews 2 Chainz Made $2M Selling Dabbin’ Santa Sweaters!

There’s a good chance 2 Chainz won’t be one of those rappers that goes broke, ever. The Hair Weave Killer claims he made a cool $2M selling those Dabbin’ Santa ugly Christmas sweaters

The “Spend It” rapper discussed his success with Forbes:
Shawn Setaro: How did the whole 2 Chainz ugly Christmas sweater thing come about?
2 Chainz: Me and my team were trying to come up with some successful designs to get our merch moving. We took the dab, which is a trend, and we just turned it into a business. We played around with a few designs. We realized what my fanbase wants to see.
I don’t want people to think this was an overnight success. We’ve been trying with a bunch of designs for a couple years now. This is just timing meets opportunity. There’s the whole dab thing, and Atlanta’s always been somewhere that actually moves the culture a little bit. We have been the backbone of hip-hop for the past couple years. So with dabbing coming out of Atlanta, it just began to grow legs and start moving on its own. 
Forbes: Can you tell me a little bit about the charitable side of this? Is it all through your T.R.U. Foundation?
2 Chainz: Yeah. I’ve had a foundation for some time. My girl and I, we’ve been trying to figure out a way to be active within the community. This was a great way to do it.
We made close to $2 million in revenue. I had a numerous amount of celebrities helping with the shirt. It was on the NFL, it was on TNT, it was on Good Morning America, it’s on ESPN . So I could not continue receiving those blessings without giving back at the end of the day.

So 2 Chainz made bank, and used those same funds for his charitable causes, like paying a veteran’s rent for a year. Salute that man. 

***STRAIGHT HEAT*** #OfficialNewVideo Fabolous - "She Wildin" ft. Chris Brown

#OfficialNewVideo Busta Rhymes - "God's Plan" Feat. O.T. Genasis & J Doe

***BANGER*** #NewListen BJ The Chicago Kid - Church (REMIX) ft. Jeremih & Lil Durk

#OfficialNewVideo Kid Ink - "Blowin' Swishers" Pt. 2

#NewListen K Camp - "2Crazy"

Monday, December 28, 2015

**QUEEN LAURYN GIVES MUSIC LOVERS A GIFT*** #CelebNews Ms. Lauryn Hill Drops “A Cradle In Bethlehem” [LISTEN]

The legendary Lauryn Hill is back with a new song in time for the holidays. HipHopWired Reported: Ms. Lauryn Hill drops an unfinished version “A Cradle in Bethlehem” for Christmas. 

Hill will kick off 2016 with a pair of intimate performances at the the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on Jan. 1 and at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY on Jan. 4. 

Listen to “A Cradle in Bethlehem” below.

#OfficialNewVideo ILOVEMAKONNEN - "Leave U 4 Myself"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen T. Free (@T_Free336) - "Dont "Matter" [Prod. by Dr. Vades x Dopeboi]

North Carolina artist T. Free continues his #TFreeWednesdays this week with a remake of Bryson Tiller's hit song "Don't. "Don't Matter" be on his new project set to drop the beginning of 2016.

#OfficialNewVideo Pusha T - "M.F.T.R." ft. The-Dream

#NewListen Busta Rhymes - "God's Plan" ft. OT Genasis & J-Doe

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

#OfficialNewVideo Majid Jordan - "Something About You"

#CelebNews Snoop Dogg & adidas Team Up For Sports Talk Show #TurfdUp [VIDEO]

Snoop Dogg uses his football expertise throughout his every step of life (he recently gave Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly an explicit earful that may align with diehard fans) and he’s using that carnal sports knowledge to launch a new talk show alongside the powerhouses of adidas and branding ideas of Cashmere Agency. 

The upcoming show Turf’d Up will showcase “Coach Snoop” interviewing former NFL players, celebrities and sports personalities including Terrell Owens, Tony Gonzales, Robert Horry, George Lopez and more. 

The eight-episode series will air Snoop’s YouTube Channel WestFestTV, starting on December 30 and will release new episodes each Wednesday afterwards. 

“We have a long-standing relationship with Coach Snoop, which includes everything from working with him to design signature footwear, apparel and uniforms, to the sponsoring the SYFL—his grassroots football program,” Mark Daniels, vp of team sports for Adidas, told AdWeek. “Turf’d Up is the natural extension of our partnership and provides the perfect platform to showcase Coach Snoop’s talent, his knowledge of the game and how Adidas Football is the only brand that fuses sports and culture.” 

Watch the trailer for the first season of Turf’d Up down below and subscribe to WestFestTV so you won’t miss a second of the postgame action. 

Coach Snoop Presents: Turf'd Up - Season 1 Trailer

#OfficialNewVideo Future - "Moments"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Boa Banxs (@Boa_BanXs) - "8004" Ft. Mike Jones ( @Mr_Mike_Jones) [Prod. by Corbin Butler & AygsB]

North Carolina's fastest emerging acts teams up with one of the largest artist of the early 2000's for a smooth track to ride the year out, Mike Jones. Who? Yes, Mr. Still Tippin, the H Town star whose cell phone number was as household as his hits 10 years ago. In "8004" Banxs successfully reaches back a decade to present a legendary voice of the time with a current wave to mesh for something fresh.

#NewListen A$AP Ferg Ft. Future - "New Level" [Prod. By Honorable C-Note]

#OfficialNewVideo Young Thug Ft. Lil Uzi - "Big Racks"

#NewListen Maino & Uncle Murda - "Thugz Cry" ft. Manolo Rose

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

#CelebNews Lil Wayne & Boxer Andre Berto Spread Xmas Cheer In Haiti!

Lil Wayne and boxer Andre Berto gave up their valuable time in order to visit a school in Haiti to spread a bit of holiday cheer. Berto, who is Haitian-American, donned as Santa Claus while Wayne donated hundreds of pieces from his Trukfit line. 

TMZ writes:

Berto, a Haitian-American boxing superstar dropped his gloves for a Santa suit and toys for the kids. That’s not all, Wayne chipped in a bunch of clothing from his Trukfit line … enough shirts, shorts and hats for 500 students in need. Scholastic Corporation stepped up too … donating 500 books to the kids, the whole thing was brought together by Karen Civil whose parents grew up in the country.

Berto was also in Haiti working with the Starkey Hearing Foundation and witnessed over 100 deaf children and adults receive the gift of hearing for the first time. Pretty amazing stuff, Berto! 

We suppose the adlib is going to be “It’s Young Santa, baby!” for the season. 

Kudos to Lil Wayne, Andre Berto and Karen Civil for giving back to those who need it most.

***BANGER*** #OfficialNewVideo Chris Brown - "Picture Me Rollin'

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Ausar (@Acetheengineer) - Go To The River ft. Josi Green (@Nobodyknowsjosi) & @Plainro [Prod. by Ausar]

Three Chicago artists Ausar, Josi Green, & Plainro team up to touch on some serious everyday issues on the new song "Go To The River" 

#NewListen Migos & Young Thug Ft. Skippa Da Flippa - "Crime Stoppers" [Prod. London On Da Track]

#OfficialNewVideo Kevin Gates - "Luca Brasi 2 Intro"

#NewListen Wale - "Legit Boss (Freestyle)"

Monday, December 21, 2015

#CelebNews Lupe Fiasco Is Dropping 3 Albums In 2016, Announces Tour!

Lupe Fiasco is going to have a busy 2016. The Chicago rapper revealed that he will be dropping three full albums next year, and first up is Drogas. 

Fiasco also announced, via Twitter, that he’s going on tour—dubbed the Tour For The Fans. The first date is in Seattle on Jan. 13 and it will hit cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Boston before coming to a close on February 13 in Indianapolis. 

Peep the full schedule right here. Fiasco’s last album, Tetsuo & Youth, was released in January 2015.

#OfficialNewVideo Remy Ma - "Hands Down" Feat. Rick Ross & Yo Gotti

*PLAY REVIEW* #iGrindSpotlight Writer-Director Rapheal Hayden (@Rapheal_Deangelo) Puts On "Only If You Knew" Play That Impresses Chicago!

Writer-Director and Actor Rapheal D. Hayden put on a play production for Chicago that has the city talking! Teaming up with many of his peers, Rapheal D. Hayden creates and emotional filled play about a riveting drama connecting multiple stories of class, judgement, drugs, violence, and education in the city of Chicago.

In this play several student’s lives interweave during 2 weeks in the city of Chicago. It all begins when the English teacher (Ms. Jackson) at George Elliot High School assigns partners for the last group project of the semester. Each of these students are socially segregated into stereotypical titles: a drug dealer (Rico); his best friend the class clown (Jimmy); the promiscuous girl (Sondra); the emotional girl (Stacey) and criminal, gang affiliate, ex-boyfriend (Allen); the golden boy (Justin); the weird kid (Mike); and the rich, snob girl (Julia). As they start immersing into each other’s lives their beliefs begin to shift, bonds are formed, secrets become exposed, rivalries are created, and blood is spilled. 

While sitting in the audience we at iGrind were extremely impressed by the wiriting, acting and professionalism this production held. Based on the laughter, cheers and standing ovation there is certainty this grinder should continue to create eye opening productions for his community and many others to come.

***CONNECT WITH Rapheal D. Hayden***For any questions or interests in sponsoring “Only If You Knew” the play please contact:C.E.O. & Director: Rapheal Hayden (618) 434-0350Assistant Director: Joycie Brantley (219) 814-6207Email: Hbcreations12@gmail.comInstagram: @Rapheal_Deangelo***CHECK OUT PICTURE OF AMAZING CAST BELOW SINGLE***  

#NewListen A$AP Ferg - “New Level” ft. Future

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Joel Quentez (@_JoelQ) - "Be You" | Dir. @DineroFilms

***COOL VISUAL*** #OfficialNewVideo Rotimi - Potential (Short Film)

#NewListen Fetty Wap Ft Monty - "Merry Xmas" [Produced By AceSwagBeatz]

Friday, December 18, 2015

***MIRICAL BABY*** #CelebNews Teyana Taylor Gives Birth In Bathroom, Iman Shumpert Tied Umbilical Cord With Headphones!

Miricals happen when you least expect it! Reports state: Congratulations are in order as Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor gave birth to a baby daughter. Turns out the little one’s arrival was a bit of a surprise. 

Taylor detailed the delivery on Instagram, with drama that including Shumpert cutting the baby’s umbilical cord with headphone wires. 

She wrote:
“On Dec 16th at 6:42am in our bathroom Junie decided she wanted to take her first breath into this world. She came out as a wonderful surprise to everyone! Not knowing I was in labor until I felt her head…it took two ten count pushes with my fiancé playing Dr and she entered this world into his bare hands! Eyes full of tears
and barely able to speak to the emergency operator @imanshumpert tied a pair of red headphones around the umbilical cord and the ambulance made there grand entrance 5 min later. She opened her eyes right away, gazed into mine and never cried! He handed her to me wrapped in our bath towel and wiped her face for me to see what LOVE really is. She has blown Christmas away! Our family is complete. Her blueprint will be unmatched. Welcome Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. Mommy carried you. Daddy delivered you. #MeetTheParents we love you baby girl.”
***Check out the first public picture of their mirical baby girl!*** 

#OfficialVideo Chris Brown Ft Tayla Parx – "Anyway"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Swagga - "Dontcha Know" [Prod By. @ChasenDough] @TalkOfChicago

#NewListen Wale - 'MVP (Bryce Harper)"

#OfficialNewVideo Project Pat - "Everywhere I Go"

#NewListen YG - ‘Goapele Freestyle’ ft. Slim400 + ‘City Mad’ ft. Mozzy & Slim400

Thursday, December 17, 2015

#CelebNews Chadwick Boseman To Play Thurgood Marshall In Reginald Hudlin-Directed Biopic

Chadwick Boseman, the actor who has already portrayed Jackie Robinson and James Brown in critically acclaimed biopics, will next play Thurgood Marshall. The Reginald Hudlin-directed biopic about the first Black U.S. Supreme Court judge is set to start filming this month.

Reports Deadline:

The film focuses on an important case in Marshall’s early career: a true incident in the young lawyer life — long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Described like this: “As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.”
It was Marshall who argued the landmark Brown vs. The Board of Education case which still probably has Justice Antonin Scalia upset, and won.
Boseman will next be seen portraying Black Panther
in Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.

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#OfficialNewVideo Juicy J "O's To Oscars Intro" Feat. Dj Blak

#NewListen Ty Dolla $ign - Blasé (Remixes) ft. Jeezy, Juicy J, Diddy, T.I., French Montana & A$AP Ferg

#OfficialNewVideo Chris Brown - Wrist ft. Solo Lucci (Explicit Version)

***NEW HEAT*** #NewListen Trouble - Back After Back

#OfficialNewVideo Fredo Santana Ft. Gino Marley - Go Crazy

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

*** “A Lil Positivity” *** #CelebNews Lebron James Gives His Shoes To Disabled Teenage Celtics Fan

You can say what you want about Lebron James, but he’s a top-notch human being when it comes to certain issues. According to NY Daily News Lebron gave his shoes to a disabled teenage at the Boston vs. Cavs game the over night and showed some major generosity
During the second quarter of the Cavaliers-Celtics game in Boston on Tuesday, the Celtics honored Aaron Miller, 16, a local high school student who was born with severe brain damage and was told by doctors he would be physically and mentally paralyzed for life.
But after “thousands of hours” of surgery and physical therapy, he competes on his school’s golf and basketball teams.
James came over and patted Miller on the head, bringing a huge smile to his face.
“I wasn’t able to hear the whole story because I was in the game and coach was drawing up the play,” James said. “But I looked up by the JumboTron and I saw what he been through and where he is now. I think the doctor said he would never walk again or talk again… I looked up there and right from there, it became so much more than basketball.”
“He also had my shoes on,” James said. “I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they can’t tie their own shoestrings, and he had a pair on. Those shoes that he had on are made for kids that can’t tie their own shoes, and it’s just one strap. When I saw his story, it was just like, I don’t know, I felt like I was a part of him. Just showing my respect, gave him my shoes. It was well received by him. It was not for you guys or the fans.

iGrind Salutes Lebron James for his kind heart and generosity. Keep up the good work. 

#NewListen R. Kelly | Put The Guns Down

***STRAIGHT UP HEAT*** #OfficialNewVideo 1:53 / 3:45 Chris Brown - Back To Sleep (Explicit Version)

#NewListen Freeway - Wasted

***STREET BANGER*** #OfficialNewVideo Pusha T - Crutches, Crosses, Caskets (Explicit)

Morning LOL! #OfficialNewVideo 2 Chainz Ft. Dabbin Santa - Watch Out

#NewListen Troy Ave - Restore The Feeling/NYC (Prod. By Yankee)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

***MAKING HISTORY*** #CelebNews Prince Taps Rita Ora For 39th Album, 'HITnRUN phase two'!

The ICON and musical genius is going down in history yet again. Reports state: Prince is really going the distance with this whole digital music thing at the benefit of Jay Z’s TIDAL

The legendary musician just released the second installment to his September 2015 album, HITnRUN phase one with the arrival of HITnRUN phase two. 

Fans will recognize the leadoff off track, “Baltimore” as the Purple One’s audio band-aid for the city in the wake of the riots spawned over the death of Freddie Gray. The album also features appearances from Rita Ora, Judith Hill, Curly Fryz and Lianne La Havas. Buyers don’t have to subscribe to TIDAL to purchase HITnRUN phase two but you will have to be onboard to stream it.

Click here to start a free trial. Click here to stream the album.

***BANGER*** #OfficialNewVideo August Alsina - "Song Cry"

***iGRIND SHINES LIGHT ON @YoungSmoothYS*** #iGrindSpotlight YS Networking And Talents Wins The Respect Of Many!

Rapper/ RnB artist YS is on the grind showcasing his skills in and out the booth. Coming straight from Chicago's NorthWest side Humboldt Park & Logan Square area this artist has been on the music scene seriously for close to 4years.  YS has features with Joell Ortiz (of the group Slaughter House), Bo Deal (of BSM), Johnny May Cash (of ChopSquad), King100James (of ChopSquad), Rico Recklezz and more... Connect and check out his new music below! 

***CONNECT WITH YS***Twitter: @YoungSmoothYSInstagram: @YoungSmoothYSSnapChat: @YoungSmoothYS***CHECK OUT NEW SINGLE 'Aint The Same' ***    YS ft Black & Logan - 'Aint The Same' |Shot by @Chosen1Films

#NewListen Black Thought & Statik Selektah - "Couldn't Tell"

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Lil Money (@LilMoney_18) - "Who Said That"

#OfficialNewVideo G Herbo aka Lil Herb - "Retro Flow"

#NewListen YG - "I Wanna Benz" ft. Nipsey Hussle & 50 Cent

Monday, December 14, 2015

#CelebNews Serena Williams Is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson Of The Year!

Sports Illustrated’s sportsman of the year for 2015 is actually a woman. Congratulations are in order for Serena Williams, who wins the honor because, duh.  

Says Sports Illustrated:

Real life? For Serena Williams that’s the easy part now. That’s how it works when you zoom—beyond tennis, beyond $74 million in prize money, beyond one of the greatest late-career runs in sports history—into celebrity hyperspace. That’s how it is when each “Come on!” is taken as a war cry by everyone from “Lean in” women to age-defying codgers to body-shamed kids to #BlackLivesMatter protesters to, yes, the voices of racial conciliation. The outside world accommodates. Real life does you favors.

Indeed, in 2015 Williams hit this rare sweet spot, a pinch-me patch where the exotic became the norm. She danced with Donald Trump on New Year’s Eve. She spent a night telling bedtime stories to the children of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Growing up, Williams had devoured every Harry Potter book, marveled at the business empires of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. Now J.K. Rowling was tweeting against a critic of Williams’s body, now Oprah was hustling to watch her at the U.S. Open, now Stewart was calling Williams “the most powerful woman I know.” President Barack Obama, the most scrutinized man alive, told her how great it was to watch her.

Many still think that damn Drake cost her the US Open, though. Read the the Sportsperson of the Year feature right here.