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  1. JumpinJack AJ

    Will Smith Announces New Book

    I must say, I'm really excited about this. I hope he records the audio book, too.
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    What Are You Listening To? XXII

    FIFTH HARMONY - Messy (self-titled) 2017
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    Pusha T mentions Will on new album.

    I previewed the new Pusha T album and liked a lot of what I heard, but didn't feel compelled to buy it yet.
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    The Fresh Prince Returns in 2018 with a Lethal Freestyle

    Nice break down....but it doesn't compare to the way the Prince just kicked down the door and made the entire rap game (old and new) snap their heads in his direction. He must be putting the finishing touches on the album if he's bold enough to drop this.
  5. Please, no. The sequel album concept is usually a disappointment or misused.
  6. I was at work yesterday when he posted this. I had to leave the office and give it a listen. I love it. He left the beat smokin' . Like the songs on Lost + Found, he doesn't waste a single lyric. Everything he spits, he spits for a reason. No filler lyrics. With mainstream music being nothing but paid commercial time, this is the perfect way for him to re-introduce himself musically and get attention without being a partly under-the-radar independent artist or a record label pawn. I will say I'm not a fan of hearing FP cuss on a song, but he's not overdoing it, or for the sake of getting a PA sticker. I just hope it's not prominent in the new music. He built his career on being selective for what he says, so it's going to disappoint a few people.
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    Magnificent 3

    I have been enjoying M3, but it's not the kind of album that I listen to non-stop for days. The musicians that make up The Playlist are incredibly talented. I think Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan, and Uhmeer are crazy talented, though I do wish there was more variety when it comes to the emcees on the album. 2 Step, Child of God, Stronger Than Me, Wide Awake, Skater's Paradise, and the Outro are my personal favorites. THE ALBUM IS GETTING A PHYSICAL RELEASE. I had a feeling it would. You can pre-order on Jeff's website: http://www.djjazzyjeff.com/shop/. I really wanted it on CD, which they don't sell separately, so I ended up getting the package with the Deluxe 12″ 2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Edition (signed), the #M3 T-Shirt, the USB, and the CD, plus the Chasing Goosebumps double vinyl. I actually already have Chasing Goosebumps. I kinda wish they'd let me trade that for ANY other vinyl in his store because I don't think I have any of it, other that The Magnificent Instrumental, but the copy I have skips. I was also kind of bummed because I had a 15% off coupon code from a previous purchase that didn't work.
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    What Are You Listening To? XXII

    ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT - Warm Sentiments Zingalamaduni (1994)
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    Here's their interview and performance on Wendy Williams' show: http://www.wendyshow.com/2018/04/05/en-vogue-talks-new-album-performs/#.WslIlTMh2M9
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    Terry, Cindy, and (now with) Rhona are back! En Vogue Is Back with a New Album & Sound The award-winning R&B group on their decades-long career, the one ’90s trend they’ll never wear again, and their upcoming tour. By: Noah Lehava Photography: Tristan Kallas “Oh my gosh, we’ve been making music from analog to digital recording,” Cindy Herron giggles as I ask her how things have changed for her and fellow En Vogue-ers Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett over their 27-year-long career. We’re in the penthouse suite at The Jeremy in West Hollywood, the sun is setting, and the “Don’t Let Go” vocalists are wrapping up a day of back-to-back press. With 20 million records sold to date under their belts, En Vogue is about to release their seventh studio album, Electric Café—their first in 14 years—on April 6th, and are embarking on a European tour early next month. You would never know they’ve been up since dawn by the way they work the camera. But, then again, with a thriving career that spans over two decades and one that’s racked up countless accolades, they quite literally are the ~definition~ of pros. As the golden hour faded and we snapped our final shots, I sat down with the R&B group to talk about their new sound, how they’re prepping for their international tour, and their personal style. On their new evolved sound: Terry Ellis: “Initially our album was going to be EDM-inspired. But as we got into the studio [and] we started to create, the sounds just started to evolve. We started with Denzel Foster and Thomas McElroy—the original founders and producers of the group. The through line is definitely the En Vogue signature sound, but you’ve got some punk soul now. We’ve got regular straight up and down R&B, we’ve got some EDM twinges. There’s an eclectic blend of sound right now. Each time we went into the studio we’d say, ‘One more song.’ Finally landed on a ‘Rocket’—we were like, ‘It’s time to take off.’” What it was like creating the “Rocket” video: Rhona Bennett: “It was really great. We worked with the director Damien Sandoval. And we were out in El Mirage dry-lake desert.” CH: “We got there just before sun-up. It was freezing [Laughs]. We got into hair and makeup, and then we got out there, and the sun was hot. It was a really great experience and something new for us. Damien, the director, used a drone. He was just standing there playing with it like a kid, but he was getting these amazing shots. We’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, video-making has changed [Laughter].’” How the industry has changed over the years: CH: “Oh my gosh, we’ve been making music from analog to digital recording. There weren’t that many record companies [in the ’90s]. TE: “Of course cassettes are out of the door [Laughs].” RB: “Vinyl is coming back.” TE: “There are no record stores anymore. The tools: auto-tune, the way you record, the sounds that you can put on your recording while you record, sending it to Melodyne—it can sing for you now, it can change your vibrato. It can straighten your note…” RB: “Although we don’t use those.” [Laughter] CH: “Thank goodness we all came up old-school, so if you need to go in there and earn a note, we can go in there and earn a note.” TE: “Also social media—it allows you to stay directly in touch with your fans and be more accessible, which is really cool.” Their tour essentials: [in unison] “Alkaline water [Laughter].” CH: “Veggies; having a veggie plate.” TE: “Makeup remover towelettes.” RB: “Workout clothes, so that we can work out. And that’s pretty much it. And trying to get some sleep—it’s a luxury.” Favorite way to chill out and unwind: RB: “I’m going to take myself to dinner. I love taking myself out to a nice dinner when I’ve been working. There’s a bomb sushi spot near my house. I have my palate worked up for it.” Their pre-show rituals: TE: “We pray and we vocalize. Before we go onstage, we tell each other to go out and have fun with your friends.” How would you describe your style: RB: “I wear a lot of black. I wear jeans and combat boots and my jewelry. I wear my gemstones—I love what they represent. Whatever I see in them, that’s what they remind me of. And so that’s what inspires in me.” TE: “I’m a moody dresser. It fluctuates. But my general attire usually is a baseball cap, blue jeans, white t-shirt, and some Converse tennis shoes.” CH: “When I’m at home and in town, you can catch me on almost any day in workout clothes. Because I’ll go to the gym in the morning, and then I kind of just stay in those clothes all day, just running errands and doing stuff. I stay in them all day [Laughs].” The look from their past they are retiring for good: TE: “Yes. Biker shorts. [Laughter]. There is a video of us when we performed at Oprah Winfrey’s show, and the style at that time was very tailored fitted jackets and biker shorts. I don’t even know how, to this day, that was in style, but we have this look, and it’s on video. And I would never, ever do that again.” http://coveteur.com/2018/03/29/en-vogue-new-album-personal-style-profile/
  11. Toni Braxton has a new album on the way called Sex & Cigarettes. Check out the new single, "Deadwood." I don't know you guys feels, but I LOVE THIS SONG.
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    Ahhh, this is a sound I've missed.
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    The latest single...
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    Here's an excellent interview.
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    Original Album Classics - Box Set

    I posted about this awhile back: I haven't gotten it yet strictly because I wanted to put it as birthday suggestion for nostalgia's sake. lol I want to be in my 30's and opening a JJ+FP present from my parents.
  17. Thanks for sharing this! A lot of this is mentioned in the interview that's in the remastered 2-CD version of He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper.
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    Driving me NUTS: Mike Tyson v Sugar Ray

    When I saw the title of this topic, I knew what it was going to be about before I even opened it. LOL!
  19. Dang, Nat dropped a post. She's going to disappear for another decade after this. :) ...but let's hope not.
  20. When I heard this on his Instagram, I just listened to it looping. It's lyrically sharp while being classic Fresh Prince. The beat is dope too. The vocals on the hook are the perfect touch. I feel that the St. Patrick's Day theme kind of distracts from from the song, but it hooked a lot of people who were trying to see what he was doing in the video. From the lyrics we've heard, it reminds me a lot of the songs on Lost + Found. Not a single lyric is wasted. Each one adds to the story.
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    Will Smith to record new music for 'Aladdin'!

    Anything is possible. They put new songs in the live action Beauty & The Beast. They had Lin Manuel Miranda do music for Moana. I must say that it's hard to process exactly what this news means for him as a lyricist, emcee, and producer working under the unbrella of Disney.
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    rest in peace craig mack

    This is an excellent documentary on Craig Mack's career.
  23. I'm glad to see someone standing up for classic Hip-Hop. Hopefully it does well. Classic Hip-Hop and R&B stations are becoming more common since commercial urban music that occupies former Hip-Hop/R&B stations is mostly garbage.
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    rest in peace craig mack

    That last time Craig hit the mainstream...