Monday, February 29, 2016

***#iGrindExclusive*** #PennyUp (@CentsOfChange) And Chicago Excel Academy Puts Together IMPACTFUL Visual #SpittinCents

Dope things happen when you gather positive emcees/poets to do something powerful for Black History Month and beyond! 

Colby Chapman of #PennyUP
That's exactly what happened after executive director of#PennyUp Colby Chapman managed to orchestrate a black history visual titled "$pittin' Cent$". In the visual the emcees/poets were given 16-32 bars to touch on topics such as Police Brutality, Black Power, Racial Injustice, and Education. Each DJ selected an instrumental selection befitting the topic. The project included hand selected respected names from the Chicagoland area as well as students of Chicago Excel Academy! 
#PennyUP presents #SpittinCents: Through this project they revitalized, re-engaged, and reinforced Black history through rhymes, beats, photography, and videography.
Emcees:                                        Disc Jockey:     
Unos Remy (student)                        DJ Jon Doh
Preci$eLe$$ (Excel Grad)      Ydot Gdot of #AntiChiraq
JoSoul (Excel Grad)
Phrezh Girl (student)
Kwabenafoli aka Bryant Cross
                          MonicaP Productions 

                          Khemistry Productions
              Derrick Charles and Dennis Thompson


#CelebNews Chris Rock Slays POWERFUL Oscars Monologue [WATCH VIDEO]

Chris Rock made a lot of people proud and some uncomfortable last night at the Oscars while addressing the oh so white awards. 

HipHopWired reports: Despite a stunning lack of diversity, Chris Rock still went ahead and hosted the Academy Awards. Great choice, because the comedian and actor slayed. 

No doubt Rock had jokes—”Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties, I wasn’t invited.”—but he also have pointed political commentary. From Black being shot on the way to the movies to not protesting in the past due to bigger problems (like lynchings—(we would have loved to see who was laughing)) to the new for Black categories at the Oscars. 

“We want opportunity,” said Chris Rock near the end of his opening. 



#OfficialNewListen Chief Keef ft. A$AP Rocky - "Superheroes"

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Alexander Blane (@IAMLYRIQ) Drops New Video "Comfortable"!

Alexander Blane formerly "LyriQ" of B.X.C BlocXchange DTP group  is back with a new video to song "Comfortable". This video displays having to do what you have to do to get "comfortable" in life! The edgy vocalist is no stranger to the grind and continues to prove why he deserves to be in the forefront! Check out "Comfortable" below!

***STRAIGHT HEAT*** #NewListen Lil Wayne - "Trouble"

#OfficialNewVideo Yo Gotti - "The Art Of Hustle"

#NewListen Monty & Vado - "Fine" #1738

Friday, February 26, 2016

#CelebNews Diddy Launches Girls Clothing Collection Inspired By Daughters!

Sean “Diddy” Combs is launching a clothing collection for young girls inspired by his three daughters; Jessie, D’Lila and Chance. The girls clothing, SJGirls, is part of his award-winning Sean John line. 
Reports the New York Daily News:
The “I’ll Be Missing You” rapper says he’ll work alongside the three girls on the new clothing line — which serves as the first-ever girls collection in his popular Sean John clothing brand’s history.
“I am beyond thrilled to work with my girls on this new endeavor and I look forward in watching them grow with this project,” Diddy said in a statement. “They are young dreamers and will serve as an inspiration to girls everywhere.”
The new Sean John Girls collection, which is slated to arrive in Macy’s department stores and online later this month, will feature a wide variety of vibrant shirts, shorts, dresses and jackets, ranging from $35 to $100.
Pieces in the upcoming line include rocker moto jackets, pastel skirts and lively colored dresses. The young girls’ apparel will be offered in sizes 7-16.
No surprise, daddy Diddy can be be seen in promo images of the line modeling with his trio of daughters.
See the photos below. The collection was made available Feb 25th.

#OfficialNewVideo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -"Kevin" (Feat. Leon Bridges)

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Lil Homie (@LilHomie_Doe) Drops New Visual "Tumblr $wag"

Coming straight outta the Westside of Chicago there's a young talented rapper name Lil Homie who has dreams of changing the industry. This FYI  (Fly Young Individuals)  affiliate is back with a new visual titled  Tumblr $wag. It is a warm up track for my upcoming EP While You Were Sleep which will be dropping soon. Check out Tumblr $wag below!

#NewListen Lil Bibby - "Steph" [Prod. By Ryan Ryu]

#OfficialNewVideo Freddie Gibbs - "Freddie Gordy"

#NewListen Joey Bada$$ - "Ready" [Prod. By Statik Selektah]

Thursday, February 25, 2016

#CelebNews Hot 97’s Ebro Says Future Has 3 R&B Albums Ready To Go!

After dropping three separate music releases in less than a year, Future apparently has more heat in the chamber ready to unload. According to Hot 97’s Ebro Darden, the Atlanta rapper has three full projects on the way.
The release are actually chocked with R&B records, per Darden’s tweet on Monday (Feb. 22).
The most recent of Future’s flood of new projects is EVOL, a digital album that dropped in the first week of February. EVOL sold 100,000 copies to debut atop Billboard’s Hot 100, giving Future his third consecutive No. 1 release in seven months.
With 2016 just really getting rolling, it’s obvious that Future takes no days off. The Future Hive is probably really happy about that

***#iGrindExclusive*** #TCOFest Brought Out Chicago's Top Indie Stars And Music Heads During Snow Storm! @TCOWORLD

Despite the record snow fall Chicago and Northwest Indiana received this last night (Wednesday 2/24), the #TCOfest brought out some of Chi-town's top indie artist and music lovers at Subterranean Bar 2011 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL.
The #TCOfest which was brought to the city by TCO (The Chosen Ones) managed to still put on an amazing production full of performances despite many other venues shutting down due to weather conditions.
The night included great performances by A-Way, Chin Chilla Meek, Lucci Vee, Ray Illa, Spud Cotton, Alexander Blane, Ashlee Bankz, Bred Doe, Chad London, i.D the G and Don Perrion.  #AntiChiraq creator Ydot Gdot hosted the nights festivities. Dj Gemini Jones and Dj Young Shadow provided the tunes that kept the party going!
Media outlets such as Smash Cash Radio, This Is 50, #Only4TheReal, FamousNJapan, #UpAndComers and were all in the building to celebrate and document the moments!
Special thanks to i.D. The G, JB The Bimp God, and the whole TCO family for inviting us. Follow @TCOWORLD on twitter and instagram  to keep up with their up coming event for we 're sure these certified grinders will put on more.
Check out some pictures and clips we captured below of the event!

#OfficialNewVideo Project Pat - "Beef On The Low"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen i.D. the G ( @iDtheG) Drops Gems In NewSingle 'Black Amerika"!

Chi-Town's own spitta i.D. the G is back with a powerful track. The timing & content of this release was apparently influenced by and in celebration of Black History Month. Felt the need to drop a few jewels on my people who may be led astray in this wilderness we call Amerika. Check out Blcak Amerika below!

#NewListen French Montana - "Figure It Out" ft. Kanye West & Nas

#OfficialNewVideo ILOVEMAKONNEN - "Where Your Girl At"

#NewListen Max B - "Silver Surfer" ft. Wiz Khalifa, Joe Young & Alpac

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#CelebNews Kendrick Lamar Will Induct N.W.A Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame!

This spring, N.W.A will receive a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction by an artist seen as an extensions of the movement started by the World’s Most Dangerous Rap Group. Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar has been tapped to lead N.W.A’s induction ceremony ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Arena April 8. 

N.W.A joins Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, and Steve Miller as the 2016 list of honorees. Besides, Lamar, Kid Rock has been named a presenter (he will inducted Cheap Trick into the Hall of Fame), as well as Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas. 

The ceremony will air on HBO sometime this spring. 

***BANGER*** #OfficialNewVideo Puff Daddy - Auction ft. Lil' Kim, Styles P, King Los

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Young Roy (@_YoungRoy) Drops Bars In "Enemies" Produced by: D Wilder

Rap artist Young Roy teams up with producer D. Wilder for a dope track called "Enemies".  Enemies is the latest single from west coast artist Young Roy's upcoming project titled "Ghostbusters". The song features a guest verse from Fresno, CA rapper Keeqs. "Enemies" was inspired by a string of wild events that happened during a night out. Check out the heat below!

#NewListen Azealia Banks - "The Big Big Beat" [Prod. By An Expresso]

#OfficialNewVideo Juicy J - "Durdy "

#NewListen Chief Keef - "Freak"

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#CelebNews T.I. Announces Deal With Roc Nation, Becomes TIDAL Artist Owner!

T.I. has aligned with Roc Nation and TIDAL. Today (Feb. 22), Tip announced that his new album, Dime Trap, will be released on his Grand Hustle label with distribution via Roc Nation. 

The album’s first single, “Money Talk,”produced by C4 and Kip, is available on TIDAL right now. 

Also announced today is that Tip is the 19th artist owner of TIDAL, joining the ranks of Jay Z, Beyonce, Lil Wayne and J. Cole.

The TIDAL X: TIP is going down right now at the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta, Georgia is streaming on TIDAL, and you can watch it right here.

***STRAIGHT UP HEAT*** #OfficialNewVideo Rihanna - "Work" ft. Drake

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Trey Billz (@TreyBillz_SOS) Brings The Heat In Video "FIRE"

Chicago music artist "Trey Billz" is back with a new video directed by Steveo Stoner of "Inkredible Filmz". The 23 yr old Artist/Producer has been producing and recording for about 5 years.  Now Trey Billz has a very long catalog of songs and production, producing for over 50 artists in Chicago alone. Check out his latest visual "FIRE" below!

***SHE'S BAAACCCCKKKKK*** #NewListen Lil Kim - "#Mine" ft. Kevin Gates

#NewListen Funkadelic Ft. Kendrick Lamar & Ice Cube - "Ain't That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?" (Remix)

Monday, February 22, 2016

#CelebNews Lauryn Hill Performs With The Weeknd On The Tonight Show [VIDEO]

It's always amazing when legends collaborate with this generations top stars. That is exactly what musical icon Lauryn Hill did recently. 

HipHopWired reports: Is this what the world was supposed (hoping) to see at the Grammys? Lauryn Hill was The Weeknd‘s surprise guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday night (Feb. 19). 

The Weeknd performed “In The Night” off his Beauty Behind the Madness album and Ms. Hill joined him on stage for a duet. We guess she made it to the studio on time. 

Watch below!

#OfficialNewVideo Miguel - "WAVES" ft. Travis Scott

#OfficialNewVideo Troy Ave - "Prime Time"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Producer Novacane (@Novacane_Muzik) Releases Powerful "City Of GHOD" Instrumental!

Giving credit when credit it due... Producer Novacane goes beyond just putting good sounds together and uses gift/knowledge to send a message. Inspired by the shift of political structures and the wave of society's higher thinking, Producer Novacane paints a few "audio pictures" of these expressions. Novacane releases new instrumental exclusively on his Soundcloud titled "City of Ghod". Take a listen below!

#NewListen Pitbull Ft. Robin Thicke, Joe Perry, Travis Barker - Bad Man (Will RMX)

Friday, February 19, 2016

***RIP BIG ANG*** #CelebNews Mob Wives Star Big Ang Dead At 55!

Mob Wives star Big Ang aka Angela Raiola died early Feb. 18. She was 55. 
Reported the New York Daily News:
Family and friends of the 55-year-old “Mob Wives” matriarch streamed into a local hospital to be by the Brooklyn-born bar owner’s side after she stopped receiving cancer treatments. A source said she was suffering from pneumonia.
Loved ones denied earlier reports of her death., but her Twitter account later confirmed that she died at 3:01 a.m.
“She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends,” a statement from her friend Vinnie Medugno said on the account.
A source told the Daily News earlier that she had been given last rites and that her family was holding vigil by her side late Wednesday.
Rest in power Big Ang.

#OfficialNewVideo Young Dolph - "Get Paid"

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Greggo (@officialgreggo) Releases A Powerful Visual "No Where" ft. Sennia

Greggo releases a powerful visual with the content to march. Not only with the song but with the video, Greggo wanted to take his audience to this place of No Where, a place that is familiar to and relatable to everyone in someway. Everyone has experienced a time of feeling or being alone. Check out "No Where" below!

#NewListen King Mez - "Changed"

#OfficialNewVIdeo Trae Tha Truth Ft. Jay’ton - "Spray"

#NewListen Rockie Fresh - "I Just Might Freestyle"

Thursday, February 18, 2016

#CelebNews Sage The Gemini Begs Jordin Sparks To Take Him Back On Song & Instagram!

Sage the Gemini hasn’t been broken up with Jordin Sparks for very long but he’s already doing whatever it takes to get his girl back. The Bay Area rapper posted a love letter on Instagram today (Feb. 17) basically begging for her to give him another chance.

In the deleted post, Sage confirms that he’s been keeping an eye on Sparks, even though she’s curving his phone calls and text messages. Per XXL, the letter reads in part:
“I miss you too much to watch you look so amazing at the [Clive] Davis party and not be able to call you and express how much I appreciated the look because you won’t answer nor text back the feeling is horrible.”
He also wants her to know that he’s “being a good boy,” in case she “comes to her senses” and unbreaks his heart:
“Valentine’s Day was supposed to be a special day I wanted that to be our anniversary because it’s your grandparents and maybe we could’ve double dated remember?”
Sage, 23, doesn’t seem to take break ups well, as seen his situation with Kaylin Garcia. He and 26-year-old Sparks dated for 10 months. Rumor has it that they split over trust issues.
If the written word wasn’t enough to win her over, Sage also dropped a new record called “I’ll Keep Loving You.”

Listen below!

#OfficialNewVideo Ghostface KIllah "Starry Winters" ft. Killah Priest [Dir. by Zodiak n Solo]

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo A-Way (A_WayOfficial) Drops "RealOne" ft.Deje' Kelly [Prod. by META4]

Rapper A-Way has many music lovers jamming to his track "Real One" which has a feel good 90's R&B sample. With the video in high demand, the Chi-Town MC released the visual just in time for Valentine's Day. Check out the video below  which was shot by videographer Phil Jordan!

#NewListen French Montana - "Wave Gods Intro" [Prod. By Harry Fraud & The Mekanics]

#OfficialNewVideo Kirko Bangz - "Ain't A Pimp"

#NewListen Beanie Sigel - "Top Shotta" [Prod. By Jahlil Beats]

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#CelebNews Original Good Times Cast Launch Kickstarter For Film Project!

When news that original cast of the hit 70s series Good Times was gearing up to film an original movie featuring the original cast, some might of thought it was part of some elaborate joke. However, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched by the surviving cast members in support of a movie based on the show.

The show, which ran on CBS between 1974 and 1979, was a spin-off of the show, Maude, which was also a spin-off from All In The Family. Featuring the exploits of the Evans family in an unnamed housing project in Chicago, Ill. thought to be fashioned after the infamous Cabrini-Green projects, John Amos and the late Esther Rolle played James and Florida Evans. The breakout star of the show, Jimmie Walker, shined in his role as J.J. Evans. 

In the four decades since the show has been off the air, it has lived on via syndication since. Deadline reports that the cast is putting the film together without the help or cosign ofr the original owner of the series. 

The original cast of Norman Lear’s groundbreaking 1970s sitcom Good Times has taken to Kickstarter to fund an original movie the includes the same characters. The Original Good Times Cast Movie brings together all the original stars (sans Esther Rolle, who died in 1998). The project, which Jimmie “Dyn-o-mite” Walker calls a docu-drama-comedy, is being done to give fans closure on what happened to Lear’s fictional Chicago family. The cast is doing this together outside of rights owner Sony, saying that they are not infringing on the copyright or trademark.
“In the case of Good Times there is going to be a comparison, but it’s not an infringement of copyright,” said Shaun Weiss, who is the attorney for both BernNadette Stanis (who played Thelma in the TV show) and the project. Kevin Fontana is her manager. “What we are doing is bringing a new era into the cast. The characters have never been copyrighted or trademarked,” said Weiss.

A quick look at the Kickstarter reveals that the cast has raised over $4,000 of its $1 million goal. Check out the clip below that explains the campaign in full.

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Jay Sean Releases "Make My Love Go" ft. Sean Paul

British singer and song writer Jay Sean is making a lot of noise with his new single "Make My Love Go" featuring industry heavy weight Sean Paul. Although Jay Sean has been around for some time now, it seems he has a whole new wave. Check out his latest visual "Make My Love Go" below!

#NewListen Slim Thug - We Ain't Done Ft. Dj Xo & Propain

#OfficialNewVideo Lil Bibby - Ridah

#NewListen Yo Gotti - My City ft. K. Michelle

#OfficialNewVideo Boosie Badazz & Webbie - Problem

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#CelebNews Mayor Aja Brown Gives Kendrick Lamar Key To Compton, Throws Funny Shot At Drake!

Compton, Calif. Mayor Aja Brown handed over the key to the city to native son and Hip-Hop superstar, Kendrick Lamar over the weekend. While the moment was clearly made to celebrate K-Dot’s achievements, Mayor Brown took a swipe at Drake during the ceremony.

TMZ reports:

The sun was shining bright in LA Saturday, but it was decidedly shade in Compton as Mayor Aja Brown presented Kendrick Lamar with the keys to her city … at Drake’s expense.
The Mayor made it clear … a key from Compton is way better than one from Toronto, which Drake received Friday.

Drake might have been too busy playing host in his native Toronto to respond as the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities don’t wrap up until later Sunday night with the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference basketball showdown. 

While Drizzy didn’t respond to Mayor Brown’s quip, he did so when.President Barack Obama said that Kendrick could defeat the Canadian artist in a battle. Drake dropped a quick line in his “Summer Sixteen” single that dropped earlier this year. 

#OfficialNewVideo Lil Durk - "Believe It Or Not"

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Vince Mici (@Vincemici) Drops Man Of The Year Visual!

Vince Mici releases his first visual from his upcoming EP "Mind of Mici".  The Chicago native, Mici is currently a Junior at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His lightning paced lyrical acrobatics prove that he is much more than meets the eye. Check out "Man Of The Year" video below directed and shot by Phantom Optics!