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  1. The Fresh Prince is back! Lost and Found dropped in 2005 but 13 years later the Fresh Prince - let's not forget Will is always an emcee at heart, has returned. Will had recorded this freestyle over the clique beat a couple of years ago. Jazzy Jeff had encouraged him to put it out there - Just drop it on YouTube Jeff said but Will was still too sensitive about his music and unsure of the response - so it remained in the vaults - until today. With Will's new found love of social media - he is now blazing trails across Instagram, Facebook and YouTube - he has dropped the killer freestyle and the world stood up and noticed. Will was trending on Twitter hours after it's release and was even getting love from the crowd that often clowned him - power97, worldstarhiphop, hiphopdx, and black radio - were all giving him his props. On Instagram celebrities and rappers such as Jermaine Dupri, Marlon Wayans, Wale, Martin Lawrence and more recognised the fire Will just dropped. Let's have a look at the rhymes and just see how dope Will's return was. That line right there was getting the most props. It's cold - and if you are talking about money - Will even has a billion dollar "Just Water" business now - there is no comparison to other rappers. The line is the cold hard truth. This is a great shoutout to James Avery from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He was an incredible actor and is still sorely missed and yes God is on Will's side. I don't think any movie stars ever had 7 100 million dollar blockbuster movies in a row. Every July 4th, every summer Will dropped a box office hit and it will provably never be repeated. This is important that he references the Fresh Prince. many kids today that were born post 2000 wouldn't know that Will was dropping rhymes in 1985 or sharing the stage with rap legends such as LL Cool J, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Whodini and EPMD. He rocked shows with Jazzy Jeff a good 30 plus years ago and that emcee - the fresh prince - has never left him - no matter how big he made it in the movies or with a classic TV sitcom. I think this was a perfect opportunity for him to address the divorce rumours on the mic. I'm sure he was sick of the constant tabloid reporting saying Jada and himself were divorced or divorcing when they wern't and here he has cold called them out. This is one of Will's best lines using the double meaning of the word features. Social Media loves taking a quote from Will and posting it on all these inspirational pages and blogs - Will recognised this and called it out. And Will caps it off with the recognition of his multi-talented family which as had a string of success in music, movies and television. The key take away from this rap from Will is that it shines a light on him as a legendary emcee and really is a stark contrast to modern rap and what is considered rap today. The mumble rappers are getting away with straight garbage but Will here has highlighted the importance of rapping clearly, using pauses and breaks to emphasise punch lines, injecting personality and inflections into his rhyming to give it character, and dropping bars that are both clever, thoughtful and sound great. The Fresh Prince is a true emcee - anyone who owns any of the Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince records knows this and his return to rap in 2018 couldn't have been at a better time. He just showed all the younguns how it's done.
  2. In-demand hip-hop producer, Mars from 1500 Or Nothin, reveals to XXLMag.com that Will Smith is working on a new rap album… La Mar “Mars” Edwards is one of the busiest producers in the game right now. He had a hand in most of the tracks for Game’s new LP, The R.E.D. Album, and he’s gearing up for the late September return to music by his close compatriots, T.I. “Definitely, that’s my brother, we got a company together,” Mars said on the phone form his home in LA about whether he has tracks already waiting for Tip once he gets out of prison next month. “He’ll always be my brother, he’ll always be a friend and production partner. I’ll always be working with Tip. He’s been sitting for a year. So I’ve been thinking about my brother. I have all different types of directions, all types of different stuff.” Mars and 1500 Or Nothin, his collective of producers/musicians, certainly have enough to stay busy in the interim. “We’re working on Tip, we’re working on the High School movie with Snoop and Wiz Khalifa. We’re working on Will Smith, bringing him back. That’s actually him on the other line right now. Snoop’s daughter, we just put out her first single. We’re doing the whole album. Mario wants me to d a mixtape with him, we’re working on that. I’m working on Ashanti. We’re just working on as much as possible.” Besides producing songs such as “Martians Vs Goblins” (featuring Tyler The Creator) and “Speakers on Blast” (with Big Boi and E-40) for Game, Mars is also one of the co-executive producers on The R.E.D. Album which drops on August 23. —Shaheem Reid http://www.xxlmag.co...omeback-albums/ :clap:
  3. Arsenio Hall says 'there's a space' for his new late-night show Arsenio Hall, who will return as a late-night host, discusses coming back on 'Celebrity Apprentice' and starting a new show. Can he regain the woof woof woof? By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times June 19, 2012 The Dog Pound will woof again: Arsenio Hall is returning to late-night TV. Two decades after his self-titled show rebuilt the talk genre for a new generation, the 56-year-old comic and recent"Celebrity Apprentice"winner will attempt a major comeback with a nightly syndicated offering starting in September 2013. Hall is partnering with syndicator CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Co., which will broadcast the 11 p.m. show on 17 of its TV stations, including WGN-TV in Chicago and KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Those stations, plus six major-market CBS-owned outlets and seven from station group Local TV LLC, will give Hall instant access to more than half the country. Tribune — which hopes to emerge from 31/2-year bankruptcy proceedings later this year — also owns or is a partner in scores of websites and operates eight daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. "In the end I'm a comic, and nothing fits the talk-show mode like a stand-up comic," Hall said in an interview Monday. Referring to the crowded field in late-night TV — which includes "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" as well as traditional venues such as "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" — he added: "I know there are a lot of shows, but I think there's a space for my show." Hall's earlier show was a surprise smash when it premiered in 1989, bringing a youthful energy and diversity to a format that had been dominated by Johnny Carson on NBC's "Tonight" for nearly 30 years. His studio audience greeted the host by pumping their fists and barking, with the most devoted among them coming to be known as "The Dog Pound." Hall dispensed with the formidable desks that had been staples of talk shows everywhere and amiably chatted knee-to-knee with his guests as they relaxed in easy chairs. His status as the only black host in the regular late-night TV wars gave him special access to a burgeoning supply of African American rappers (then just crossing over into the mainstream), comics and other entertainers, including Eddie Murphy, his costar in the hit comedy film "Coming to America." The show reached a peak 20 years ago this month, when sunglasses-wearing presidential candidate Bill Clinton famously blended retail politics and pop culture with a saxophone rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel." But the program suffered after CBS in 1993 hired David Letterman to host an 11:35 p.m. show that kicked Hall to an even later hour on many local stations. Hall also caught flak for booking controversial guests such as Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan. "Arsenio Hall" went off the air in 1994. The explosion of cable programming — not to mention tablets, smartphones and DVRs — has upended the TV business since that era. And the talk arena is filled to bursting: Chris Rock is executive producing a new show, and Russell Brand is set to joinConan O'Brien, Letterman, Leno and many others. But CBS and Tribune are hoping that Hall can recapture his earlier magic. "Can you duplicate that again? I don't know anyone who knows that answer," said Bill Carroll, vice president at New York-based Katz Television Group, which helps advise local TV stations on programming and other issues. But he added that Hall's appeal has recently proved to be intact: "People were reminded how engaging a personality Arsenio Hall was and is when he was on 'Celebrity Apprentice.'" Hall won Donald Trump's reality competition last month, besting other contestants including ex-"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and '70s supermodel Cheryl Tiegs. The host will oversee the show with his longtime manager, John Ferriter, and a search is underway to find an executive producer who can manage the production on a day-to-day basis. Hall — who'd started a family and mostly faded from public view since his show was canceled — decided months ago he wanted another shot at late-night TV. But he realized that to sell studio and station executives on the idea, he would have to reintroduce himself to the public and especially to viewers under 30 who had little idea who he was. The obvious solution was a network reality show such as "Celebrity Apprentice" or"Dancing With the Stars." "This could have backfired," Hall acknowledged. "I could have been on the plane with Cheryl Tiegs saying, 'Why did I do this? I should have danced.'" Now, executives have come to see him as a means for reaching viewers ages 35 to 54 — precisely the same folks who fell in love with his show 20 years ago. It just so happens that this demographic also consumes a lot of late-night TV, in contrast to younger adults, who are increasingly bypassing TV altogether in favor of their laptops or tablets. John Nagowski, president of CBS Television Distribution, which syndicates hits such as "Judge Judy," "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune," conceded that Hall will be re-entering a teeming marketplace. But he added: "No one's doing anything like what we did before" with Hall's show. "The advertiser wants 25 to 54. He's dead-on." "It's risky, but we're going back to the guy who had the healthiest demos in late-night TV," said Sean Compton, president of programming and entertainment for Tribune Broadcasting. "This is the only guy who ever gave Johnny Carson a run for his money." As for Hall, he says he's already brimming with plans for the new show, even though it won't premiere for another 15 months. Some ideas will be new; others will be updates of standbys from the old show. Take, for example, the Dog Pound, which was a pop-culture signpost of the early 1990s. Hall would like to revive it — with a twist. "I might," he said, "come up with another animal noise."