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Wale & Jerry Seinfeld Cover Complex [Video]

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   Maybach music's own Wale is truly starting to stand out among all these other rappers in the rap game. Maybe it was how he was raised out in the DMV [DC, Maryland, Virginia], maybe its how he has evolved as an artist and brand from rapping about Nike Boots to getting exclusive Nikes that nobody else will/ever have. Well I can't point out just what it is but I do know that it just ain't 'Nothing'

   Last year Wale didn't take kind towards Complex leaving his hard worked 'The Gifted' off of their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list. He detested their disapproval so much that Wale decided to give their headquarters a call and express just about everything that was on his mind about the entire misunderstanding. But the best part about it all was how Complex was hip enough to recorded the entire conversation [or rant, if you will] and released it to the world wide web. And although I try/tried to down play it, trust me when I say it was a rant worth your attention.

   Now fast forward to present day and the whole Wale and Complex ordeal seems like a joke and/or water under the bridge as some would say. So much so that I'm starting to really believe Wale when he tells us via his lyrics that he is a genius.

   Maybach music's own [had to say it again] plays things off so unbelievably by landing on the December/January issue with The Jerry Seinfeld. They also do a 4 part short clips of a basic conversation between the elites that in a way points out the yin and the yang at the table. The way the two "play things off" is by making it seem like just before the Wale and Complex phone call took place it was actually premeditated by Jerry Seinfeld while they were talking at the diner in New York City. Along with some random yet entertaining convos throughout the whole piece.

   But not to overshadow the dope Complex cover showcasing the two, I look at all this as a crazy preview to the long awaited and talked about "More About Nothing" album! Wale set up his entire The Gifted album to have the end of every song lead into the next at the end and decided to end it with the last track being 'Outro About Nothing' Basically then leading into the More About Nothing album a dope collaborative project with Jerry Seinfeld. A project that based on Complex's cover story maybe literally is WAY more than nothing. Even with no info of a release date this kind of reminds me of Wale's old touring buddy J.Cole's surprise new album video... minus the major cover story and the smooth play off of his rant. Dope  


J.Cole Surprise New Album, 2014 Forest Hillls Drive [Video]

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J.Cole is back at it once again to remind us that it still is a Cole World. But rather speak on what he has learned since his last project or rap about how much he has grown, instead Jermaine Cole does the complete opposite by taking us back to his old stomping grounds. J.Cole takes his fans and listeners to the place that made him the man he is today, Fayetteville North Carolina

   Cole releases a short video clip, 7 minutes long, of him and his Dreamville entourage going to all the old spots throughout his hometown. From the skating rink to a local chicken spot J.Cole captures the perfect moments that truly express his childhood. Even with it being a quick 45 sec shot of the Dreamville gang rolling around on skates. I can completely feel the message that Cole is trying to get across. There is even several places throughout the video of old footage of J.Cole skating and even talking about Hip Hop at a very young age.

   The only catch about this album is that you basically, some what, don't know what your paying for. It would seem that J.Cole has decided to take this album down the new Beyonce release route, no singles just a title and date. Well actually Beyonce didn't even tell us of the title or release date, she just put it all out on iTunes then told the world. Really I would have say J.Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive is more like Jay Z's MCHG promo wise. When Jay Z announced Manga Carter Holy Grail it was just about only a few weeks away from the release and, minus the two singles dropped for the album. But hey I'm sure J.Cole, Jay Z and Beyonce all have the same management in some type of form.

   Random but, after hearing the concept behind J.Cole's 3rd album I wonder if him and Drake shared any ideas while working on their two projects. I say that because Drake's newxt album is entitled "View From The 6", and is all about his hometown Toronto. Maybe with the two of them being the front runners for the kings of Hip Hop of the newest generation this was premeditated? Aye, but what do I know 

   "What up? New Album is finished. It's called 2014 Forest Hills Drive and it's very special to me. It's available everywhere on 12/9. This time I'm releasing no singles, just album. See you in 3 weeks. Thank you for the love and support" - Jermaine Cole


Jay Z Buys Armand de Brignac

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   World famous emcee Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter has once again shown why he has the crown and once again reminds us to watch the throne. But this time around Jay Z isn't making this about Hip Hop or his sports agency RocNation Sports but of course just yet another powerful business venture.

   The name 'de Brignac' was registered in the late 40's by the Cattier family via Jean-Jacques Cattier. It was even said the name had originally came from came from a book that Jean-Jacques' mother was reading where the main charater was named de Brignac. Several decades of no prodression followed, but the brand was then brought back to life in 2006 as a new Champagne by the Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne [CIVIC]. In othe words, the old wine became a new champagne in 2006. Which also was the year, 2006 [late october], that Jay Z had the 'Ace of Spades' featured heavily throughout his 'Show Me What You Got' music video So it could be safe to say Jay Z had his eyes on Armand de Brignac for a while now.

   Nowadays it seems that it is a must for someone to own a liquor brand int process of becoming a powerful Hip Hop entrepreneur. Like P.Diddy and his unbelievable nationwide Ciroc takeover followed by his assist to Rick Ross and the black bottle boys sticking to the blueprint. And most recently Young Jeezy doing the same with his paternship with Avion Tequila as the multicultural Advisor. Although P.Diddy and Young Jeezy's deals are set up kind of like Jay Z's paternership with D'usse; Sean Combs [Diddy] and Jay Jenkins [Jeezy] don't out right own the companies they are working with.

   All-in-All just a few days after Sovereign Brands took control of the Don Julio tequila brand from Jose Cuervo a new company owned by Jay Z has bought Armand de Brignac from Sovereign.

   "We are proud to annouce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company owned by the Berish family has sold it's interest in the Armand de Brignac ("Ace of Spades") Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally renowned 'Jay Z' Carter," - Sovereign Brands


Fearless [Prod. Maino Gates]

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Maino Gates blesses us again with another dope batch of free bangers, but this time around it's a little something something for just about every body. The free beat tape entitled 'Fearless' coexist of a mixture of seven different type of instrumentals. From trap to R&B and of course a little Hip-Hop mixed in there should be at least one that you would like. If for some odd reason those aren't getting the job done you could check out Maino Gates' Sound Cloud psge, just about all of the beats are free. Regardless, the tape is dope and you should pass them along to any artist you may know in need of them.


J. L. Bentley - Everyday is Halloween [Prod. Maino Gates]

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   "I'm a monster everyday is Halloween", is the message throughout J. L. Bentley's newest single. In honor of the annual dress up as whatever and go around to get free candy from strangers holiday Mr. Bentley decides to put it all to wax.

   After recently dropping "Hottest In The City", the single for Bentley's project, on Itunes, Amazon, Google Play etc. J.L. Bentley gives us a freebie to put us all in holiday spirit. Take a listen below to just why Bentley is a monster.


Rel - Before My Eyes Get Low [Video]

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  The 412's very own Rel releases the visual for the track 'Before My Eyes Get Low' off of his 2014 LP entitled 'Shot of Rel'. Shot of Rel features eight well put together tracks which also includes 'Quarterbackin' [in which you can preview the last 20 seconds of the video]

   Rel has been putting in a lot of hard work in over these past few years rep'n The Burgh and putting his KOK movement on the map. Just peep the location and appearel throughout his video. But for the ladies [aka Oakley lovers]  just peep Rel's lyrics and try to get the job done before my eyes get low. Dope production from GA and clean shots directed by Edge Media, check out Rel - Before My Eyes Get Low [Video]


J. L. Bentley - Hottest in the City

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   From Philly to Washington DC, although he may not be to well known, J. L. Bentley is trying to make it well known that he is the hottest in the city.

   "Farewell to the winter now that the summer is here", is how the hottest in city sets the tone from the jump while over a Maino Gates production. And with this being the first single from Bentley's upcoming untitled project either the entire body of work is up to par or we could all find out that this is one of them 'tough acts to follow'

   J [Dot] L [Dot] first came into your music library August of 2013 with his mixtape entitled "Plastic Cups & Paper Cups". A 13 track project where Bentley showcased his witty yet unique flow all while delivering it all within his athletic bars. With production Conscious Beats, The Unbeatables & Maino Gates the tape is a must have [ my personal favorite was the tape's first single 'Bull Dog', featuring up coming artist Fuze B over another Maino Gates production]

   All in all the single 'Hottest in the City' reminds of a boxer training on a speed bag due to the endless/countless rolling punches [lines] being said in a 4 minute window. I'm sure it's safe to say that you'll run this track back after trying to decode one line just to be distracted by the next 50 to follow. But hey, ain't nothing wrong with that. Just take the time out of your day and give J. L. Bentley's debut single 'Hottest in the City' a listen, or two. For all you know you just might catch yourself asking yourself "is he the hottest in the city?"


Nelson Mandela Passes at the Age of 95

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela left this world on December 5 2013 at the age of 95 due to multiple hospitalization for treatment of a recurring lung infection. It all started back in 1998 when Mandela was first hospitalized, while serving a life sentence, for tuberculosis. After successful overcoming of the disease Mandela was left with a ensuing lung infection in which will be the legend's greatest challenge throughout the next few decades . A challenge that the world will always look back on as one of the most disappointing complications of the 21st century.

After studying law at Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand Nelson Mandela came into the public's eye a few years after 1948 when the South African National Congress's 1952 Defiance Campaign Mandela was appointed superintendent of the organization's Transvaal chapter and presided over the 1955 Congress of the People. Followed by Mandela being repeatedly arrested for several revolutions but was never prosecuted thanks to the help of the ANC's [African National Congress] leadership. Not to mention Nelson Mandela's years of experience of being a lawyer. But after co-founding  the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe with some assistance from the South African Communist Party in 1961 Mandela got caught up leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government. Which all resulted in Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela being arrested in 1962, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government and then sentenced to a life imprisonment.

Legendary: of, described in, or based on legends. Role Model: a person looked to by others as an example to be. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will always, through my eyes, be viewed as a legendary role model just from his will and passion alone. After being serving 27 years in prison and being released at the age of 71 Mandela still pushed himself to continue his drive to break the practice of racial segregation and do away with the white minority rule. "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I know if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind I'd still be in prison", Mandela said. Four years after being released from prison he went on to be the first black president of South African, from May 10 1994 to June 14 1999. Mandela also went on to obtain the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin.

"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity"

Grossing Samples Vol. 1 [Prod. Maino Gates]

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Most FL Studio producers are well aware of the special effect known as 'gross beat', I myself have grown fond of it. Which is why I started this slight series of chopping random samples and adding on the special effect to take them to a whole another level. Please take the time to check the first installment where I've sampled Katy Perry, James Blunt & Ariana Grande


Drake - Worst Behavior [Video]

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Now maybe it's because I don't know the true concept behind the song but for this being Drake's most ignorant track made to date the video actually doesn't reflect it. This 10 minute long short film comes across as Drake paying homage to his Dad and I'm guessing his old stomping grounds back in his youthful days. the funniest part of the whole video though has to be when the service clerks from the 'Started From The Bottom' video are chilling with Juicy J and Project Pat and he is just going on about nothing and keeps fucking up people's name. All-in-All this visual just showcases and stamps that Drake is the new menace II society. 

Kendrick Lamar is GQ's Men of the Year

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 I've had this unanswered question in my head for awhile now nobody I've brought it up to can give me a decent answer. So with that being said I'll just ask you'll and hopefully some one could enlighten me. Besides Kendrick Lamar, what rapper you know has gotten this much free promo for a verse that was done months, that wasn't even that rapper's song [featured on it] and that song didn't even make the album it was just released to the public for free? I'll wait. But don't get me wrong I'm not trying to take anything away from Kendrick, I just never seen anything like it before. Like Kanye said when asked about Kendrick, "That boy good!".

   Which brings us to this: GQ has just named Kendrick Lamar one of their 'Man of the Year' and has been named their 'Rapper of the Year'. And of course in the Q&A for the magazine he was asked about his 'Control' verse and his relationship with Drake

  Is this the first photo of K Dot in a suit? 

Jhene Aiko ft Kendrick Lamar - Stay Ready (What A Life?)

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   It seems to me that Jhene Aiko has been on the come up for a while now, but I think that her time has finally came. Which is great because someone with the amount of talent she has shouldn't be looked over for to long.

   With her latest project set to drop tomorrow Nov 12 with features from the likes of Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Childish Gambino Jhene's hype couldn't be any higher! Especially with her last minute single being released today 'Stay Ready(What A Life)' featuring TDE's Kendrick Lamar. The song touches on the 'what if' theory of relationships. Lie 'what a life' a couple could have if they were a couple, something that I know a lot you'll have done before. Towards the end though Jhene decides to put a slight twist on the topic by going from a 'what a life we could have' mindset to a 'my life is crazy as is' sort of switch up. Basically, with her thinking about the life she would like to have or the one she is living now she can still ask herself, "What a life?". Peep it below:


Deron X Rex Riot - James Brown [Remix]

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   Soul, hip hop, and dance music collide in this collaborative effort between two of the DMV's rising stars. EDM DJ and producer Rex Riot remixes Deron's hit song "James Brown". He taps into the EDM sound with captivating electronic strings and a beat with global bass and Baltimore club music elements.

The Revolution Will Be Televised!

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P.Diddy has taken it back to his Puff Daddy days for this one. If you haven't heard of Revolt TV by now then you truly say that you've been living under a rack. Revolt is aiming to become the new #1 name in music dedicated to the creatures of this generation. Revolt represents the architects who define culture and influence society all while building an empowering platform for artists and our culture with all that being said it is finally here!

   This isn't a revolution stuck online being streamed and promoted just to get some page views, it is way more digital than that. Revolt TV has teamed up with Time Warner Cable and Xfinity to bring the noise right to your face while your chilling in your living room, or any other place you might have a TV posted up

   The best thing about airing of this dope new powerful movement is even if you don't have the tools needed to watch the new network you can just catch it online. Over at Revolt TV for the first three days in celebration of the release they are streaming it all for free right now. So go get hip 

No More Nintendo?

All good things come to an end, even if that 'thing' just happens to be the highlight of your childhood. Well maybe not THE highlight of your childhood but I'm sure the Nintendo brand has left some type of powerful memories for you to look back on. I say all of this because I truly believe this might be the end of Nintendo as we know.

   Early October on Nintendo's official Japanese webpage they released a short message that translated to "manufacturing is schedule to end soon" [referring to Nintendo Wii's production]. A few days later that message now reads "manufacturing has ended". With no big announcements of their next generation gaming console [***since the Wii U is already out and not doing so godd***] and now stopping production of their most recent all I can predict is this is the beginning of the end for the power house Nintendo  as we know it.

   The crazy/sad part about it all is Nintendo is one of the oldest running video games creatures still in business nowadays. With their first release dating back to 1985 Nintendo has had a great run. I just want to know who will be the first video game company to make to 50 years, and it's looking like it's going to be between PlayStation and Xbox.


Stacy Adams - Step Your Game Up

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stacy Adams for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thanks to the founders William H. Stacy and Henry L Adams is one of those rare house hold name fashion lines that have been around for years. From my generation to the one before to the one before that, and it's looking like even for the generations after this one Stacy Adams will still be around. Found back in 1875 in Brockton, Massachusetts the Stacy Adams shoe company has become the soul [sole] of America's culture and has helped a lot of people get where they need to be literally. From the roaring 20's to prohibition to the jazz era to the post war boom to nowadays I can't even think of another classic shoe company that has grown with America like Stacy Adams has. Like Stacy Adams on Facebook

With all that being said once again Stacy Adams is back with another collection from their shoe collection. And after looking through everything that they have to offer, I'm going to have to go with the Dumont. With the combination of suede and leather not only does the Stacy Adams Dumont give you that modern yet vintage look to any outfit it is perfect for any occasion too. Personally I would rock them to dinner, slight get - together or just about any late night moves to the city. Follow Stacy Adams on Twitter

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There is just something about Stacy Adams that pushes ones fashions level into that upper echelon. Maybe it's thanks to their century of experience, but hey who am I?

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Kazzy Chase ft Twinnzel Washington & Royalty - Workin [Prod. Maino Gates]

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Produced by Maino Gates. Kazzy Chase drops his first single from off of his upcoming mixtape "I Ain't Shit Yet" featuring Twinnzel Washington & Royalty entitled 'Workin'. From The Bay to Vegas, from New Orleans to Atlanta peep the clash of styles spitting about that real ignorant shit you like. "I Ain't Shit Yet" set to drop Sept 13th:


Heineken's Voyage

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Heineken for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

   Everybody has their comfort zone, including you.  For some it could be the shower, some their bedroom others even their work place. But what would you do if you were put in a completely new and unknown area where your only objective is survival and the only thing keeping you going is to make it back to your 'comfort zone'. Crazy right. Now I know some of you maybe sitting there thinking you have read something like this out of a Suzanne Collins novel when really this is my interpretation of Heineken's new global campaign known as 'Voyage'.

   Voyage is a new campaign from preium beer brand Heineken that takes different men from across the world and drops them in remote global locations with nothing but the most basic of supplies and directions. the result is 'Dropped' - a series of episodic adventures following our intrepid explorers on their legendary travel experience

   For those of you who need to follow the yellow brick road to obtain some heart/courage before your able to partake in any adventure like this, don't worry you have not been forgotten. When ever you buy a special pack of Heineken's you will be able to redeem a code and play an online game that tests your own navigation skills. So while your keeping up with the actual voyagers you can go on your own digital trek.

   All of you who may seemed instrested in either the actual Voyage or the digital one be sure to check out Heineken's go to site for the event. And while you at it check out episodes one, two and three  of the Heineken Dropped series. After you check 'em out and get an idea of everything, I recommand you ask yourself , " Do I want to be on the outside looking in or the inside looking out?". Do you want to be sitting on your computer watching videos of somebody have the time of their life or be that somebody having the time of their life? If you won't do it then who will?

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Sony HMZ - T3W Head Display [Video]

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Sony has changing the world as we know it, again. I'm sure there are similar gadgets out on the market that do the same sort function but can't nobody do it like Sony [I'm a PlayStation type of guy]. Sony plans on releasing a new head mounted display that brings wireless TV to your face. Not only does it bring TV to face but it also works with gaming and 3D displays. If you ask me I think this the perfect time to release this with PlayStation 4 coming out later on this year. Retailed at $2,022.

Wale ft Nicki Minaj & Juicy J - Clappers [Video]

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Directed by Benny Boom. Wale gets the clappers to clap like it's an encore in this video for his new single 'Clappers' featuring Juicy J and Nicki Minaj. Although this video doesn't really have a story line to it, it just jumps from scene to scene, I'm still sure that it'll keep your attention for the entire 5 mins. Wale's The Gifted in stores now.