Friday, November 4
A mixtape history of K.E.'s most notable production work. Songs from Lil Wayne, 2 Chaunz, T.I., & more, all produced by K.E. On The Track.Tracklist and DL after the cut.
“That shit cray!”. Fans from the Verizon Center who were in attendance at the Watch the Throne tour on Thursday night are probably still hearing this phrase play over in their head. The duo did something few artists could get away with—playing their most recent single, “Niggas in Paris” a total of three times. Performing any song three times sounds like a stretch, but for two superpowers like Jay and Kanye, it was just their form of subtle braggadocio as the LED light system behind them showed “That shit cray!” everytime the phrase was uttered in the song.
After the third performance of “Niggas in Paris”, the duo closed their 30-something song set with a very predictable performance of “Encore”. For most fans who have seen Jay live before, it was refreshing to see Kanye get to perform his part of the song. By the time the last chant of “Hova! Hova!” finally ended from the crowd and the duo had left the stage for good, it was hard to believe that this two hour and fifteen minute opus was actually over.
Kanye and Jay-Z came out to a blaring rendition of “H.A.M.,” which sounds ten times better live than on CD, and then proceeded to tear through a lengthy set that included numerous tracks from Watch the Throne as well as tracks from each artist’s solo collection.
From the moment they came on stage, the entire crowd stood for nearly 90% of the show. The amount of energy on stage almost matched the energy from the crowd. Jay-Z seemed to be enjoying the show a lot more with his smiles and acknowledgements of the crowd during his on and off set, which included a fan favorite “Where I’m From” as well as many other Top 40 hits including “Give It 2 Me” and “Hard Knock Life”.
“Hard Knock Life” was preceded by two tracks off the Watch the Throne album, “New Day” and “Made in America”, which gave the fans an opportunity to sit down and enjoy as Kanye and Jay sat side by side on the stage going back and forth with their rhymes. As the beat to “Hard Knock Life” dropped, Jay and Kanye stayed seated on the edge of the stage, almost as if on a Brooklyn porch stoop, but the crowd jumped right back up to sing along.
Kanye West performed a bit more of a serious set including songs from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (“Monster”, “Runaway”) and 808s and Heartbreaks (“Heartless”). The highlight of his set was obviously his most recent smash single, “All of the Lights” which had to be started over twice due to lighting difficulties. However, once the issues were fixed, it was an absolute sight to see. The amount of pyrotechnics and lights on stage made the Verizon Center brighter than it normally is with the house lights on.
For some reason when everything was over and the superstars were on their way to Friday night’s show in New Jersey, the concert felt very much like the first listen to the Watch the Throne album. It was obviously of high caliber, but did we expect anything else?
pics spotted @ thefabempire.com
Tracklist and DL after the cut.
Dear Music Industry, I respectfully bow out.
Apparently the talented artist who has managed to generate quite a buzz this year has found the music industry none to her liking. Her Twitter followers won't be too surprised at this, she's often voiced her displeasure, and despite beginning to receive national interest, she hasn't really been visible the last few months. Well Ms. Haze, thanks for the memories, & the great music. If you ever change your mind, we'll be right here waiting. See why this is disappointing, and peep her D & D interview, which is our all time highest viewed post.
From her Tumbler:
Damn, I woke up this morning…
and my head was so insanely cluttered, yet clear simultaneously. It’s crazy, how in an instant, you can make a decision that will change the rest of your life. A decision that is so completely sporadic, but so timely in the same sense. Still, my mind is made up, and both my head and heart are in the same place.
I’ve decided, I no longer want music. I believe it is only half of my calling, and I appreciate the inclination, but I don’t want it. I don’t want fame, I want obscurity. I don’t want uncertainty, I want to constantly feel sure of myself without the manipulation and insecurities that world can place upon a person. I don’t want to be in that world at all, nor end up becoming a slave to it. I will, as much as I can, try to continue to make things for my fans to listen to.. but I’m certainly done with it (the world of music, that is).
I love music, but I hate the music industry/business.
I live by the words of a very inspirational man, they are.. “If, in any relationship, you are suddenly disabled the ability and/or freedom to be yourself, to express yourself freely, you must leave it. Regardless of who or what it is. If you cannot be you, it is not for you.”
I do have other plans, though. Other talents, other callings, other ways to go. You’ll see me through them, lovelies, I promise.
But other than that, thank you all for being so wonderfully supportive and dangerously in love with all that I do. It has meant and will always mean the world to me.
Termanology is releasing a free album for the fans S.T.R.E.E.T. November 21st along with his partner in rhyme Ea$y Money produced entirely by Lee Bannon. Here's the 1st single "Compared To You." The group S.T.R.E.E.T. first came on the scene in 2001 while both Term & Ea$y were still in High School and a well received single introduced the duo to the masses and led to the two forming ST. Da Squad. Now 10 years later Term & Ea$y have joined forces to release this new project.
Tracklist and DL after the cut.
He is the voice of people who have an informed perspective. The Grammy Nominated self proclaimed neo soul r&b hippie rockstar, Raheem Devaughn, understands that progress requires the ability to be fearless. On October 15, 2011 alongside colleague/friend/America's profound thinkers, Dr. Cornell West, and 18 other participants, he was arrested on the steps of the United States Supreme Court for protesting with Occupy DC. As he described his experience as one of the most enlightening moments of his life, it fueled a fire that's been brewing to be a catalyst for social change. Often compared to Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, Raheem has always included a socially concious message in all of his music. To bring awareness to be the change one wants to see, Raheem Devaughn and DJ Money presents "The Freedom Fighter" featuring all of his socially concious B-Sides with appearances from : Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Min. Louis Farrakhan, Dr. Cornell West, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, and others.