Monthly Archives: November 2013

Snoop Dogg On ‘Doggystyle’ 20 Years Later

Snoop Dogg sat down with Vibe to talk about his debut album Doggystyle on its twenty year anniversary. Released via Suge Knight’s now-defunct Death Row Records, the record boasts such street anthems as “Gin and Juice” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”. Snoop says he never considered his 13-track offering, which has sold up to 5.5 million copies to date, a classic in-the-making.

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Should LeBron James Return To Play In Cleveland?

ESPN NBA Analyst Tim Legler joins the desk with ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless to discuss the chances of LeBron returning to play for Cleveland Cavailers.

Kanye West & Sway Talk Without Boundaries: Raw And Real On Sway In The Morning

Earlier this year, Kanye West and Sway made headlines when Ye proclaimed that he gave Sway his first TV. For the first time since the incident in March, the two hip hop heads talk in person.

Their interview began with Sway expressing his appreciation for Kanye’s Yeezus tour.

“My demo is the Yeezus tour.” Says Ye. “Pure creativity… The Yeezus tour is more of a film, or broadway or play idea, Watch the Throne is more of a Rap idea.”

Ye then began to discuss his production inspiration from greats like Diamond D & Showbiz.

From discussions of DONDA, to fashion, to the status of his Red Octobers, West passionately says…

“I am the #1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney. Nike. Google… Do you want to marginalize me until I am out my moment?”

Sway’s next question sparked excitement and passion from Kanye.

“Why don’t you empower yourself, and don’t need them, & do it yourself?” Asked Sway.

“You ain’t got the answers Sway!” Shouts Ye. “You ain’t spent 13 million dollars of your own money trying to empower yourself!”

After the quick heated conversation, they both brought their talk back to music. Why was Pusha T & Big Sean not on the tour? Why did he mention that Nicki Minaj had the best verse on Monster?

Plus enjoy the “first freestyle that had absolutely no rhymes.”

Documentary: Joey Bada$$ – Gone Home (Trip To St. Lucia)

PRO ERA, Cinematic Music Group & Lifted Research Group present a unique inside look at Joey Bada$$’s journey to St. Lucia where he meets his Grandfather for the first time. The short documentary captures Joey as he explores this new, yet familiar world, and discovers that his music has created an even deeper connection between the island, its people and himself.

Jay Williams Chimes In On Future Of Derrick Rose

Former Chicago Bulls G Jason “Jay” Williams joins the desk with ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless to discuss the future of Derrick Rose.

Kobe Worth 2-year/$48.5M Contract Extension With Lakers?

ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Kobe Bryant’s 2-year/$48.5 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mack Wilds + Salaam Remi And The NY Sound Revival – The Truth With Elliott Wilson

Elliott Wilson catches up with actor-turned- artist Tristan “Mack” Wilds and super producer/record label executive, Salaam Remi, to find out if the EP New York: A Love Story is bringing back the NY sound through R&B.

Derrick Rose Out For Season

Derrick Rose out for the season after undergoing surgery on torn medial meniscus in right knee.

LeBron James In Talks With David Beckham Over Possible Miami MLS Team

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

Basketball superstar LeBron James has confirmed that he is in talks with David Beckham about investing in the former England captain’s planned Miami MLS franchise. James, 28, won back-to-back NBA titles in Miami with the Heat and his consideration comes from the belief that a football team would be very popular in the city.

“David has become a good friend of mine. There’s interest on both sides” he told South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Beckham, 38, has the right to buy an expansion MLS team for a discounted price of just $25 million as part of his previous contract to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. An investment in a Miami expansion team at a $25 million valuation would mean James is getting a huge discount. Also, all three MLS television deals expire at the end of 2014 and given the competition for live sports programming the league will reap considerably more than the $28 million a year it currently averages from the three networks.

It’s no surprise LeBron James and Jay Z are such good friends because as influential an entrepreneur Jay is to his Hip-Hop peers, LeBron is as much the equivalent in the NBA. Aside from his lucrative sponsorship deals, such as Nike, LeBron is quite the businessman.

Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League

New information for me was the revelation that this wouldn’t be his first dabble into sports investment. LeBron already has a minority stake in the Premier League at Liverpool Football Club as part of a partnership with the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group. FSG paid $476 million for Liverpool in 2010 and this April Forbes valued them at $651 million.

“I think this is a great town for soccer,” James said of Beckham’s preferred base for his team. “There’s a lot of soccer players, there’s great youth soccer players here and people love the city as well. That definitely would help.” James added that he had learned more about football since becoming associated with Liverpool. “I’ve grown to the point where I know exactly what’s going on when I’m watching the game,” he said.

Although the MLS has previously failed with Florida based franchises, with the assistance of star power like LeBron and Beckham, coupled with the league’s next television deal, the next incarnation in Miami should make a winning investment, especially given the discounted expansion fee!

Lakeem Greaves (@iamLAKZ)

T.I. & Grand Hustle Relocate To Columbia Records

Columbia Records is proud to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Multi-Platinum GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist T.I. and his label Grand Hustle to release his highly anticipated new studio album. The signing adds to an already incredible year for T.I. This past summer, T.I. was featured on Robin Thicke’s #1 record breaking global smash “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell Williams, who was also instrumental in bringing T.I. to Columbia and will executive produce his upcoming LP.

T.I. is currently in the studio recording his 9th album with mega producer Timbaland and longtime collaborator DJ Toomp. The album will be released early 2014 via GrandHustle/Columbia Records, ensuring that 2014 will be another phenomenal year for T.I.

“We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive US success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.”
– Rob Stringer (Chairman/CEO Columbia Records)”

“I’m honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners. Nothing but love, respect & appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”
– T.I.

“We’re excited to be in business with Columbia Records and it’s team of leadership. I’m now looking forward to spreading our music on a global level.”
– Jason Geter, Grand Hustle