Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wretch 32 Interview

Wretch 32 talks MTV Brand New 2014 and gives insight into the upcoming album.

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Keef in NYC / Chiraq’s New Kids – Chiraq – Ep 2

In the second episode of Noisey’s Chiraq, Chief Keef and his crew head to New York while we catch up with MGS and Global Gangstas Entertainment, two other rap collectives in Chicago. They, along with the Chicago Police Department, speak extensively on the social and cultural challenges faced by the community. Near the end, we’re introduced to Yung Trell, a 14-year-old rapper from Englewood who’s looking for his break.

Heat-Thunder: Will LeBron James Outdo Kevin Durant?

ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss who will win the NBA game between Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

J. Cole Announces Dreamville Deal

Dreamville

Yesterday J. Cole celebrated his 29th birthday in style performing at Madison Square Garden. Not only did he perform but he made the surprise announcement of his new Dreamville deal with Interscope Records. To commemorate the big news he released a free mixtape, Revenge Of The Dreamers.

“We provide the artist, the direction, the guidance, the music, the new ideas, and they provide muscle and years of experience of really giving artists the proper push,” J. Cole told FORBES in an exclusive interview explaining the deal following his sold out show in New York last night. “We hope to add to the list of legendary albums that were made over in that building.”

“As an executive it gives me the opportunity to sign acts and break them, but as a producer it allows me to produce someone’s entire album and put it out – that’s what I really look forward to,” said the Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree from his dressing room backstage.

Will LeBron End Up With More Rings Than Kobe?

ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the possibility of LeBron James ending up with more NBA Championship rings than Kobe Bryant.

Stephen A: Carmelo Needs To Mandate Help In New York

Rapper Fabolous joins the desk with ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless to discuss Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.

Macklemore Texts Kendrick Lamar After The Grammy Awards

Kdot Text

My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that’s taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it’s proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. You’re the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That’s what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys
– Macklemore

In Arsene We Trust?

Wenger Watches On

I remember when I wrote ‘Arsène’s Wish List‘ at the end of last season praying that someone on the Arsenal board would adhere to the requests of a begging fan. Who would of known that Arsenal’s fortunes would have improved so greatly by taking NONE of my advice.

When Arsène Wenger brought back Mathieu Flamini I was concerned, it made no sense to me at all. He was a free agent being thrown out by AC Milan – “why must we take the sloppy seconds?” – were my initial thoughts but he has since become the steel in midfield that Arsenal have been longing for since 2004. Building a long-lost resilience, keeping the team together at crucial moments this season.

On the opening day of the season Arsenal lost 3-1 at the Emirates to Aston Villa, at that point I instantly counted Arsenal out of any title race. Arsène Wenger was under intense pressure but it seems the team have just gone from strength to strength since that day. Going on to break the bank in the record signing of Mesut Özil and a 12 game unbeaten run in all competitions to say the least.

Almost everything this season conspired against my hopes and plans. Not that I didn’t want Arsenal to be in the position they are now but it just didn’t happen how I initially envisioned it. I had high expectations of the low performers and low expectations for those playing at the highest level.

I was hoping to see a big season for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the Ox has been laid off through injury and has yet to produce the big performances that lands him his ticket to Brazil. Aaron Ramsey’s improvement has been a major shock for me, has been by far – until injury – Arsenal’s brightest star in a congested midfield and Per Mertesacker is finally proving his worth. Oh yeah, I forgot Bendtner is back in the squad as well.

The cohesion in the defensive partnership Mertesacker and Koscielny have established has given the team an assurance they haven’t had in years. Wojciech Szczesny, benefitting from the defensive solidarity, has matured a lot this season with the fewest goals conceded (19) and most clean sheets (10) in the league.

All of this has contributed to Arsenal’s consistency as Premier League leaders. This has been an absolutely amazing season for the Gunners. Aside from the slip up at the Etihad, they have dealt with all obstacles much better than in past seasons. The confidence in the team has set up one of the best January’s I can remember.

People argued about the games leading up to Christmas but January is generally the more shaky period. There’s been no League Cup distraction this year which is almost always our achilles heel and with a comfortable 4-0 victory over League One opposition Coventry City in the FA Cup, this is setting up to be a very exciting period.

This is usually the point when I’d cry out for some additional signings during this January transfer period but from what I’m currently seeing of the team, we probably don’t need any. There’s been plenty of speculation but as of right now I’m convinced it’s not a necessity. I’d love to see Yaya Sanogo come back from injury and be another person to prove me wrong.

Lakeem Greaves (@iamLAKZ)

Juan Mata Now Officially A Manchester United Player

Manchester United have completed the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £37.1million.

The transfer, which far exceeds United’s £30.75m deal for Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008, represents a real coup for David Moyes following a summer of frustration in the market and a faltering defence of United’s Premier League title in his first season at the club.

This transfer came as a shock between the two Premier League rivals but it shows clear intent from the United manager not just a “panic buy” as many pundits labelled Marouane Fellaini.

Moyes had nothing but praise for Mata saying: “Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and it’s a real pleasure to have secured his signature.

“He’s been instrumental in Chelsea’s recent success, with a notable 28 assists and 32 goals in his last two Premier League seasons.”

Mata was Chelsea’s player of the season in each of the past two years but had been reduced to a bit-part role under Jose Mourinho.

His departure has not gone down well with some Chelsea supporters, but the deal represents a hefty profit on a player they signed for £23.5m from Valencia in 2011.

Mourinho, who has lined up Basel’s Mohamed Salah as a replacement, said on Saturday: “We want him to be successful in his career and as well as that, this transfer makes huge financial sense to us at Chelsea.

“We are pleased Juan will stay in England – even with a rival club. He is happy in this country and it is good the Premier League retains such a talented player.”

Jay Z & Beyonce Top Billboard’s 2014 Power 100

Jay Z & Beyonce Billboard

Leveraging their star power to release new albums in unprecedented ways—Jay Z through Samsung and Beyoncé through iTunes—they instantly changed how the industry and fans thought about interacting with music. He gave his album away; she charged a premium price for hers. But they both used the element of surprise to restore the excitement that used to accompany a new release, before that impact was dulled by the endless thunder of carefully plotted promotion.

In short, they proved that content truly is king. Or, in this case, king and queen.

“Artists have always had the power but courage is in short supply. It’s just that the hip-hop generation believes in the possibilities,” says Lyor Cohen (No. 74), a longtime associate of Jay Z’s from his days running Def Jam in the mid-’90s, and founder of new music venture 300. “Jay and Beyoncé don’t listen to the noise—they make the noise.”