June 25, 2009

R.I.P. MICHAEL JACKSON

THE KING OF POP



DEAR MIKE,
I THANK YOU FOR RAISING THE BAR TO THE SKY AND SHOWING THE WORLD THE DEFINITION OF "MEGASTAR." FANS CRIED, SCREAMED, EVEN FAINTED IN YOUR PRESENCE. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE YOU. YOU ARE THE BAR WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC. YOU ARE THE JFK, MLK, MALCOM X OF MUSIC. YOU'VE HAD THAT KIND OF IMPACT ON THE WORLD. WE MOURN YOUR DEATH BUT WE CELEBRATE THE MARK THAT YOU LEFT ON THIS EARTH. YOU'VE INSPIRED SO MANY GREAT ARTISTS (USHER, BEYONCE, KANYE WEST, CHRIS BROWN, NE-YO, ETC....)TO REACH COMMERCIAL SUCCESS. YOU ARE A GENIUS AND THE EPITOMY OF AN "ENTERTAINER." YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. YOU WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN OUR MEMORIES. THANK YOU MICHAEL JACKSON. I LOVE AND APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE DONE FOR MUSIC. YOU ARE THE KING AND WE WERE WITNESSES TO THE GREATEST SHOW EVER. REST IN PEACE!!!!!


HUMAN NATURE: I LOVE THIS RECORD!!!


LYRICS
Looking out
Across the night-time
The city winks a sleepless eye
Hear her voice
Shake my window
Sweet seducing sighs
Get me out
Into the night-time
Four walls won't hold me tonight
If this town
Is just an apple
Then let me take a bite

Chorus

If they say -
Why, why, tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
If they say -
Why, why, tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
Reaching out
To touch a stranger
Electric eyes are ev'rywhere
See that girl
She knows I'm watching
She likes the way I stare
If they say -
Why, why, tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
If they say -
Why, why, tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
I like livin' this way
I like lovin' this way
(instrumental section)

Looking out
Across the morning
The city's heart begins to beat
Reaching out
I touch her shoulder
I'm dreaming of the street

Chorus

If they say -
Why, why, tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
If they say -
Why, why, tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
I like livin' this way





MAN IN THE MIRROR: PERFECT SONG!!!!


LYRICS

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favorite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer's Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man's Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya' Know
Cause They Got Nowhere
To Go
That's Why I Want You To
Know


I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)


I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They're Not
Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody's Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
(Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya' See
Cause They Got No Place
To Be
That's Why I'm Starting With
Me
(Starting With Me!)


I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Ooh!)
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change His
Ways
(Change His Ways-Ooh!)
And No Message Could've
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .)
Change!

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror,
(Man In The Mirror-Oh
Yeah!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make The Change)
(You Gotta Get It Right, While
You Got The Time)
('Cause When You Close Your
Heart)
You Can't Close Your . . .Your
Mind!
(Then You Close Your . . .
Mind!)
That Man, That Man, That
Man, That Man
With That Man In The Mirror
(Man In The Mirror, Oh Yeah!)
That Man, That Man, That Man
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
You Know . . .That Man
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Oh Yeah!)
Gonna Feel Real Good Now!
Yeah Yeah! Yeah Yeah!
Yeah Yeah!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Ooooh . . .)
Oh No, No No . . .
I'm Gonna Make A Change
It's Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
(Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself
You Know
You've Got To Stop It.
Yourself!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
I've Got To Make That Change,
Today!
Hoo!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
Brother . . .
Hoo!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
You Know-I've Got To Get
That Man, That Man . . .
(Man In The Mirror)
You've Got To
You've Got To Move! Come
On! Come On!
You Got To . . .
Stand Up! Stand Up!
Stand Up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand Up And Lift
Yourself, Now!
(Man In The Mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Aaow!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Gonna Make That Change . . .
Come On!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know . . .
(Change . . .)
Make That Change.



BILLIE JEAN PERFORMANCE: WHO DID IT LIKE HIM YA'LL??? NO ONE THAT'S WHO

Allhiphop Interviews No ID: The Producer of "Autotune's Death"


By Kiko Michaels

In the music business few are able to have careers that span 2 years, let alone 20 years. Super producer NO ID is a rarity in the music industry. With a career that has outlasted many of the different phases of hip hop, this Chicago bred music crafter’s contribution to music is hard to describe with just words. Aside from mentoring a young Kanye West, he has produced hits for such mega-stars as Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Janet Jackson.

Several weeks ago a new Jay-Z record surfaced on internet blog sites everywhere. The title of this record was “Death of The Autotune” and it was produced by none other than No ID himself, a longtime collaborator of Jay-Z’s. The title alone had people everywhere curious and after listening to the record, one could not help but ask questions. Fortunately NO ID has answers.


AllHipHop.com: Let’s talk about the D.O.A record, the Jay-Z record that everyone is talking about. What was the thought process behind the record? How did it come together?

NO ID: Actually we were all in Hawaii. It’s actually a pretty good story. There was a debate going on in the studio and some of the main components were Timbaland, Kanye, Jay, Guru, Don Chi, I was in there, and some others and there was a Dj in there. And we were just going over all the records and talking about the sonic direction of the project. And somehow it got to one of the Dj’s saying that Jay needed a record that can hit the kids like Soulja Boy does. And the conversation went a little further and then Don Chi was like..I don’t know about that. And Jay was even like he didn’t know about that. And in that climate I had that beat in my computer unfinished. So I just put my headphones on during the conversation and I finished making it. Then after awhile Kanye was like play what you got in your computer right there. So I played it and then he immediately walked over to Jay and gave him the concept and the chorus. And that’s pretty much exactly how it came about. He was like this song right here should be like dissing everything that is not real. Then Jay took it home that night and the next morning he had the song laid.


AllHipHop.com: It seems everyone has their own opinion about who they think he is going at or if he going at anybody. What do you think?

NO ID: I don’t think he’s going at anybody. I feel like when you really listen to the whole song, there are a lot of things he talks about in the song that don’t have nothing to do with autotune but its just themed “Death of the Autotune”. I would more so look at it as if he’s just taking a position that comes up every so often. The same position that maybe 50 Cent took when Ja Rule was making a lot of commercial music or throughout history its been times where certain aspects get attacked but it really just represents getting back in control and making music and trying to be dope and not just trying to sell records and be popular by imitating what’s selling. That’s my opinion of the record. Everyone else can take the “autotune” theme and run with it, but I look at hip-hop as the pursuit of dopeness. And when you get outside of trying to be dope and you are trying to make money only…that’s the thing he attacks in this whole song. Dealing with the way you dress, the way you act, and the final blow is to the autotune. I don’t really look at it like its coming at one person. I see it as him coming at all the things that he feels like are not pursuing dopeness.


AllHipHop.com: So you see the record as more of a general statement? Kind of like how Nas came out with Hip-Hop Is Dead?

NO ID: Exactly. Same exact underlying point. Except Jay honed in on something that everybody is doing. Hip Hop Is Dead was like a broad statement that didn’t exactly hone in on what people were doing at that time. That’s not an attack on individuals per say in my eyes. Its an attack on the idea of “Is it cool to just do anything if it sells?”. Is it cool to just say anything if it sells? Is it free reign to just say anything and nobody’s supposed to say nothing because it works? I think he was just like I don’t care if it works, this needs to stop.


AllHipHop.com: This record really kick started the anticipation for Jay’s next album. Do you feel like this record represents where Jay is as an artist right now?

NO ID: I think at this moment. That’s where he is,but I also think he’s in a lot of places. And I feel like even up to this every minute he’s still recording and getting everything out of his mind. To try to box Jay into just one record is hard because he has way more depth to him as a person and as an artist. But I know he definitely felt like he had some things he needed to get off his chest. Even with the Soulja Boy thing. He was like “Yo What’s going on?” Why are you mentioning Jay in that light? “Like if BIG was here do you think he’d be cool with me trying to make a record for that crowd? Not to diss Soulja Boy or nothing because personally I like Soulja Boy. But I don’t want to see Jay do a record to try to get his crowd.


AllHipHop.com: You’ve been around for a minute and seen the different phases in rap kind of come and go.What do you think about the state of Hip-Hop right now and some of the things jay touched on in the record?

NO ID:
I like it because for me rap is a contact sport. This is what it needs. It needs different opinions and different views. Like if I was an autotune rapper right now, I would jut go and try to kill the game with autotune. There’s no era or theory that embodies hip-hop more than another. Its about whoever wants to be dope and take it there. I like Hip-Hop right now because its wide open. Its a lot of space with the internet and dwindling amounts of record deals. Its getting back to where it was when I came in and it was like special to have a record deal. If you come out now its like you are doing something right. It got to a point where anybody could get a record deal and anybody could put a record out and move some units. I love whats going on right now because even the stuff I personally don’t like, it motivates me. I’m a fan of the music. I have 60,000 songs in my itunes and I’ve seen all of this happen before. My first record was in 92. I’ve seen these cycles occur in different ways. I’ve seen Big Daddy Kane dancing and being tough and dropping knowledge and I feel like we are putting the cap on this too much. I’ve seen Big Daddy Kane singing but still murdering people on the mic. It really just needs to get back to people being as dope as they can be without caring what people say.


AllHipHop.com: A little while ago Soulja Boy came under fire from Ice-T because he felt as though Soulja Boy was not living up to what Hip-Hop was “mean to be”. And other rappers have also been attacked by some of the older figures in hip hop for pretty much the same thing. What are your thoughts on that?

NO ID: I feel like I understand both sides. You can’t make somebody who wasn’t even born in that era stand up for what we know from being there. I’m sure Kurtis Blow and Melle Mel felt like people in the 80’s weren’t keeping it real because they weren’t in the park. Then people in the 80’s felt like people in the 90’s who were sampling weren’t keeping it real. Its always been this way. So when older cats say what they say, its valid. But younger cats only know what they come up in. So if you come up in something and this is what you’ve embraced and you don’t necessary know the full history, there’s really no way to learn without somebody putting you up on it. There’s a lot of people from my era who are stuck in what they did that they can’t make relevant records now.


AllHipHop.com: Musically what artists excite you right now? Or does anything excite you?

NO ID: In Hip-Hop I like what Drake is doing. But I really listen to a lot of old music because I really don’t like the way people put their albums together anymore. They put so many different producers on it that it just sounds like compilations to me. I like albums that really have one sound and one sonic direction and one purpose that why I really like most of the Kanye albums because they make sense when I play them all the way through.


AllHipHop.com: Where do you see music going from here in terms of the sound and the business end of it?

NO ID: It will probably just follow the cycle. It will eventually leave out of the dance music and pop/rock sound and head back in a soulful direction. And then go right back through the stages. Even in the 70’s it went from Soul to disco to pop/rock in the 80’s then it went through those cycles in hip-hop. It was soulful then Puff came. And honestly one of the reasons I started working heavily with Kanye on production is because I had a vision to put together like a real good team affect where music is going to go rather than predicting or watching. So we are in the final stages of finalizing me playing a heavier role in GOOD MUSIC to take some of the pressure off of him and also helping him develop a good sound and a label from what he already had. Going back in with Common and maybe John Legend and all the other artists and just get some new energy and hopefully that will be apart of where it goes. But music is really just going to go wherever the leaders take it. And right now I think the DOA record has some of the leaders re-thinking where they want to take it. Or maybe not. Maybe they just want to keep taking it where it’s going. I mean, I like what T-Pain did. But the question is after he heard DOA what does he want to do now?


AllHipHop.com: So 30 or 40 years from now if someone had to come up with one word to describe your body of work and your contribution to music, what would you want that one word to be?

NO ID:
Consistency.

Rick Ross - Yacht Club (Remix) (feat. Triple C's & Magazeen)


THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RECORDS ON THE ALBUM...."HE NOT BIGGER THAN BIGGIE, BITCH I'M BIGGER THAN YOU!!!!!" LOL!!

Kristinia DeBarge - Goodbye

June 24, 2009

Jimmy Iovine (CEO Of Interscope) Interview On How To Get A Record Deal, Sales Decline, & The Industry [Gives Advice]

GREAT INTERVIEW!!!

Clipse (feat. Kanye West)- Kinda Like A Big Deal


This beat is BANGING!!!! WOW!!! I Love this record!!!

Ace Hood ft. Jazmine Sullivan and Rick Ross-Champion


I have to admit...Ace Hood is 2 for 2 right now...I'm feeling his inspirational music...I'm going to add this along with "Overtime" and Drake's "Successful" to my morning meditation music.

June 21, 2009

IS HIP HOP CASKET BOUND???


After hearing Lil Flip's new song "Do the Kim Kardashian", I threw my hands in the air and said, "What the fuck is going in Rap these days??? First Halle Berry, now Kim Kardashian???" Have we run out of things to rap about??? So we choose celebrities and make dances after them??? I'm sorry guys, but I'm confused. So I did some research on the demise of Rock and Roll. I came across this great piece and after reading it, it seems that Hip Hop is heading in the same direction. I want to hear your thoughts, leave comments.

THE DEMISE OF ROCK AND ROLL

WRITTEN BY: DEREK DRAVEN

The reason for the demise of rock and roll is a pretty simple one. When a certain musical style reaches its peak of popularity, it begins to settle in, become the norm, and (with regret) suddenly become too commonplace for most folk. Record companies realize that to continue reaping billions of dollars, they must come up with "the next new thing." In the early 90s, this meant introducing music that went into a completely opposite direction as traditional party-hard rock n' roll

The result? A musical Pandora's box was opened, and has spawned artistic evils on a multitude of levels.

Almost overnight, we went from grunge music (which barely lasted 3 years), to alternative music. While everyone tried their mightiest to sit and figure out exactly what this moronic term meant, record companies were already planning to unleash the NEXT big thing: the new pop movement. How do you define today's pop music, besides being "popular?" It's quite simple, really. Take a real large pot, then gather a whole bunch of musical genres together. Water down each musical genre to the point where all merit, talent, and skill is gone, then toss them all into the same pot. The result was dance music, boy bands, rock, punk, ska, and hip hop all rolled into one. All image, no substance, with zero talent.

Where did it leave us? These days, the popular music world has become a sound wave wasteland, with each sickly, struggling band re-starting the vicious cycle of copying their predecessor's material. All popular music sounds precisely the same these days, period. I can no longer tell one rock band from the other, nor one rap group from the other, nor one female singer from another. To further layer on the hilarity of the situation, the record companies have the nerve to blame illegal music downloading as the cause for dropping musical sales! It must be VERY convenient to pollute an entire industry to the point where it has become stagnant, then turn around and blame your target audience!

So who is to blame for all of this? I hate to say it, but it's the people buying the albums. Yes, you heard me right! Rather than speak up and have their say regarding their own individuality, they fell prey to the timeless trap of wanting to fit in by liking the same things as their peers. The music industry is fully aware that teenagers are self-conscious and desperate to fit in, and it didn't take them long to realize that cheap marketing campaigns and a quick buzz can stimulate a teenager's need to have the "next big thing," in hopes of looking cool.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself how a band such as Nickelback could attain such wealth and fortune, with almost no musical skill or talent to back them up? Nickelback has been called out countless times for blatantly ripping off their OWN songs, purely because the original song did so well on the musical charts.

To make matters worse, the other low-grade bands at the bottom of the talent pool have resorted to copying each other's songs almost bar for bar. What we have, essentially, is one really large band, where different musicians guest on each album. Gone are the days of a popular music band actually sounding DIFFERENT than their peers. These days all it takes is a ridiculous hairstyle, a garage-band musical skill level, and songs aimed towards the preteen audience to assert their fame and fortune.

There is one shining light at the end of this deep, dark tunnel. Ironically, it lies underground. The underground music scene is where the REAL rock and roll has fled, and it's quite willing to sit back and laugh while waiting for the surface-dwellers to rip themselves apart. All you need do is look for yourself. The Internet is a POWERFUL search tool, and real hard rock fans craving that feel-good sound won't have to look far. In fact, rock n' roll has branched out into so many different forms of fun music, that it's impossible not to at least take a look

THE END


June 17, 2009

Louis Vuitton Damier Azure (Women's)


These are hot!!! Retail @ $560

June 16, 2009

Rick Ross - Mafia Music (Remix)


WHY PEOPLE ACT LIKE DUDE CAN'T RAP...HE KILLED THIS!!!

Slaughterhouse "D.O.A." Freestyle Video


JOE BUDDEN WENT IN IN!!!! SORRY METH I WOULD PUT MY MONEY ON JOE ANY DAY!!!

June 14, 2009

Birdman feat. Lil Wayne & Mack Maine- Always Strapped (Remix)

Cassie feat. Diddy- Must Be Love


I LIKE THIS RECORD!!! WHAT YA'LL THINK?

June 11, 2009

Jordin Sparks - Battlefield

WOWWWWW!!!!! THIS IS A GREAT SONG!!!! ARTISTS, PRODUCERS, AND SONGWRITERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE..LET'S STEP OUR GAME UP AND LET'S COMPARE OUR RECORDS TO THIS RATHER THAN A CASSIE OR CIARA RECORD (NO PUN INTENDED) BATTLEFIELD!!! BATTLEFIELD!!!!

Young Jeezy - Dead Or Alive


YOUNG JEEZY IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RAPPERS RIGHT NOW...HE'S CONSISTENT AND HE CLEARLY KNOWS WHO HIS TARGET AUDIENCE IS...

Pharrell’s Advice For Today’s Artist


WORDS FROM THE WISE!!! SINGERS TAKE NOTE...GET YOU A COACH AND EXERCISE...PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE...AUTO TUNE CAN'T SAVE YOU ANYMORE...LMAO!!! JUST KIDDING BUT ON A SERIOUS NOTE THOUGH, SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE OTHERS BY PERFECTING YOUR CRAFT AND THEN PRESENTING IT. RATHER THAN TRYING TO TOP THE GARBAGE THAT'S OUT THERE ALL READY.

LL Cool J Speaks about The State of New York Hip Hop


I FEEL LIKE HE JUST BROKE DOWN WHAT HIP HOP IS REALLY ABOUT IN A NY MINUTE...HIP HOP WAS ORIGINALLY ABOUT HOW DOPE YOU WERE ON THE MIC AND HOW DOPE YOUR STYLE (FASHION, CLOTHES, ETC...)WAS AND SETTING YOUR OWN TREND...SOMEWHERE (I SAY MID 90s), IT NO LONGER MATTERED IF YOU CAN RAP GOOD OR IF YOU RAPPED ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL, AS LONG AS THE BEAT WAS BANGING WITH A CATCHY HOOK. THE ESSENCE GOT LOST AND IT TURNED INTO WHO HAS THE MOST MONEY AND PEOPLE JUST STARTING JUMPING ON WHATEVER TREND WAS HOT TO GET IN THE GAME...I FEEL LIKE THE "DOA" RECORD ADDRESSED THAT!!! WHAT YA'LL THINK?

DJ Webstar, Ron Browz, and No ID Discuss Death Of Auto-tune with Joy Daily & Nigel D

PART 1

PART 2

NO ID SPEAKS ON PART 2 ONLY...LEAVE COMMENTS...I WANT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS MATTER...IS RON BROWZ AND DJ WEBSTAR AFRAID THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE MIGHT LISTEN TO JAY-Z AND THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PRODUCE A RECORD THAT'S ACCEPTED ANYMORE??? TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK JUDGING FROM THEIR COMMENTS ON THE WHOLE SITUATION

Yung LA featuring Ricco Barrino - Futuristic Love


Is this who Jay-Z was really talking about??? "You niggas jeans too tight, your colors too bright, your voice too light!!!! All of the above...What ya'll think???

Jadakiss ft. Swizz Beatz & OJ Da Juiceman - Who’s Real

June 4, 2009

OCEAN'S SEVEN- VEGAS BABY!!!!

Vegas Baby from Todd 1 on Vimeo.


THIS VIDEO IS HOT!!!! MAKES ME WANNA BOOK A TRIP TO VEGAS RIGHT NOW...WISH I COULD OF MADE IT TO THE VIDEO SHOOT...LOOKS LIKE THEY HAD A BALL!!! VEGAS BABY!!!!

June 3, 2009