What do you get when you put Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dave Chappelle & Spike Lee in a blender…? You unknowingly get 4-IZE new video “What I Smell Like”. The self proclaimed professional ignorant, intelligent idiot has returned. In his directorial debut, 4-IZE teams up w/ Brandon Womack to record the 1st “One Man Cypher” where 4-IZE rolls a blunt, smokes a blunt & passes a blunt to… Himself! From the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta type hot girls, to the Flava Flav choreographed dance moves, this intentionally...read more
Looks like things are starting to catch up with Meek
27 year-old Robert Williams who is known as Meek Mill just recently got arrested for violating his parole. According to NBC 10, the North Philly rapper was convicted in August 2008 on multiple gun and drug charges. He served eight months behind bars for those charges and was set to complete his 5-year probation in 2015.
Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis voiced concerns over Meek’s behavior over the past few years:
His twitter accounts being derogatory to the probation department and this DA and others in the court system.
Meek also missed meetings with his parole officer.
However according to Karin Civil, she says Meek Mill will be released from jail in three to four weeks rather than serving the full three to six months sentence.
Meek Mill will be released in 3/4 weeks.. Not months per his team.
— Karεn Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) July 11, 2014
Sherley Boursiquot—@sherleybee_read more
Hey remember when NFL owners were crying about revenue and there was a lockout? Well those days are over because for the first time, last season, NFL teams equally divided more than $6 billion in revenue.
Since the Green Bay Packers are the only public team, they were required to reveal their financial records.
Darren Rovell of ESPN.com did some backwards math to determine that the $187.7 million received by the Packers in national revenue means that the league divided a whopping $6 billion among the 32 teams from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.
That cash comes largely from the national TV contracts with NBC, ESPN, FOX, CBS, and DirecTV. The wireless deal with Verizon also pumps up the number, as does the 34-percent chunk of ticket sales that go to the visiting team in name, but that as a practical matter are pooled for revenue sharing.
The national revenue dollars each team received continues to climb dramatically increasing up 56 percent, factoring for inflation, since 2006.
The most significant jump will happen next season, as new television deals with each of the league’s partners, along with the new CBS Thursday Night package, pushes the league’s media revenue from the networks alone to an average of more than $5 billion a season.
That doesn’t include the league’s $1 billion a year contract with DirecTV, which expires at the end of the 2014 season and is currently being renegotiated.
- Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)read more
This is unfortunate, and untimely
Fox 29 Philadelphia is reporting that Meek Mill has just been sentenced to 3-6 months in county jail. Details on the developing story were scarce, but in a short phone conversation with their news team, we’ve learned that they are in the court room right now, and the jail sentence is due to Meek violating his probation. Earlier this year, Meek visited an inmate in prison, which was a violation of the probation handed down to him following a 2009 drug and gun case, and his Grammy Awards weekend party was so wild it had to be shut down by police, also something frowned upon by the judge, according to a report from Philly.com.
Meek’s new album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, is due out on September 2nd. More updates from this story as they become available.read more
Basketball fans are probably still reeling from LeBron James decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers but this dunk definitely made everyone pause for a second.
The Knicks are playing the Mavericks in a Summer League game in Las Vegas when Eric Griffin put Shane Larkin on the poster of all posters.
- Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)read more
The proof is in the numbers if she builds it they will come The Hottest Live Photos of 2014 Perfor[...]read more
A few moments ago, Iggy Azalea posted the above single cover artwork for her “Fancy” follow-up “Black Widow” on Instagram. The New Classic cut is a “Dark Horse”-like jam that features Rita Ora and was co-produced by Stargate, and from the look of things, this time around I-G-G-Y has taken a thematic cue from Quentin … More »
Has Miley Cyrus finally tired of carting her boobs out for all to see on Instagram (and elsewhere)? Goddamn, we hope not. Over the past week, the Bangerz pop stripper has posted some truly bizarre snaps on the photo-sharing social site — ones which have her lovely mug covered (or partially-covered) by everything from bath … More »
Sahara Soul returns to the Barbican this September with the next generation of North African nomadic musicians
Last year, Bassekou Kouyaté, Tamikrest and Sidi Touré performed a sell-out show at the Barbican for Sahara Soul: this year’s guests look set to do the same. Having just released her international debut album Tzenni, Mauritanian Noura Mint Seymali is known for her commanding vocals set to the Moorish griot music of her ancestors. Fellow female headliner Aziza Brahim (pictured) is another talented singer, dedicating her music to the Saharawi cause and fusing Saharan traditional music with blues, folk and Spanish rhythms she has encountered as a refugee. Also performing will be Nabil Baly Othmani, bringing both Touareg and Algerian styles to the table.
Amid this next generation of Saharan music, however, there will also be a performance from trailblazers Tartit – the Malian group from Timbuktu who formed in an Algerian refugee camp in 1992 and gained fame in the mid-90s, which paved the way for fusion bands like Tinariwen. Touareg desert music at its most traditional, it has much in common with Friday’s concert as a whole – led, as is customary, by women.
Tickets are now available on the Barbican website.read more
Malian singer Naba TT is the winner of the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands with ‘Talibé’ from her debut album Dounia
After six years as a backing singer for her elder sister Rokia Traoré, Nabba TT has steadily been carving out a place on the world music stage as a talented vocalist in her own right, culminating in the release of her debut album, Dounia. Unsurprisingly given her background as co-founder of the artist-activist group Les Sofas de la République, Naba’s winning track ‘Talibé’ is part social commentary – named after the Malian children sent to receive an Islamic education from marabouts, who often force them to beg or work instead – as well as a song of maternal love. She might well be working from a foundation laid by her elder sister, but Naba brings her own style and message to the non-griot music Rokia pioneered.
From a shortlist taken from world music fans’ most popular artists, Naba was awarded the top spot by a panel of judges, with Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble and Griselda Sanderson as runners-up.
Charismatic singer and accordion player Natalie Tena chats to Alexandra Petropoulos about her band’s musical inspirations
You might recognise her as a wilding from Game of Thrones or Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter, but actress Natalia Tena has another persona that you may not have stumbled across – the fiery lead singer and accordionist for the London-based band Molotov Jukebox.
Through their explosive festival appearances, two EPs and a quickly growing fan base, the six-piece have finally arrived at their debut album, Carnival Flower, five years after Tena began cultivating this side project with co-founder Sam Apley. The success of their steamy, racy fusion can be attributed to each member’s own influences, a vibrant cocktail of all the feel-good genres – Latin, Gypsy punk, swing, calypso and dubstep.
“Each of us brought something,” Tena says. “Sam brought the Balkan side of it and I come from a Latin vibe.” Born in London to Spanish immigrants Tena was constantly surrounded by music as a child. “In my house everyone always played guitar and sang. It was part of my life. They didn’t do it professionally, they’d just sing and play like most Spanish people.”
She eventually started learning the piano but found that classical training just wasn’t going to cut it. “The reason I started was to play rock’n’roll, but I ended up having to learn all this classical stuff. And after I did the grades, I was like, that’s it. Then I did loads of theatre, which involved a lot of music. One of them made all the actors go into this mad attic and pick an instrument. There was this battered, tiny accordion, and it was love at first sight.”
Molotov Jukebox – ‘Give It a Go’
Blending with the seductive horns, Tena’s sultry voice and a city vibe that only London can produce, the accordion has become just one of the USPs of Molotov Jukebox. But it is their sexy, summery mix of sounds, which Tena describes as “tropical urban Gypsy,” that makes Carnival Flower so irresistibly danceable.
The album is peppered with Gypsy swing, scandalous urban beats and even some of the album’s namesake carnival flavour. But there are a few deeper notes hidden among the feel-good vibe. Opener ‘Tread Softly’ is about altruistic suicide, based on the story of Antarctic explorer Lawrence Oates; while ‘Neon Lights’ is their ode to London, or as Tena puts it ‘Mistress London, who is a massive bitch but our best friend.’
“We always wanted to do something about London, and I wanted to put in something about how London is built on the work and sacrifice of immigrants, like my parents, and that’s what makes London amazing.”
Carnival Flower captures the vibrancy of their live shows, showcasing their penchant for experimenting with various styles while at the same time retaining a sense of cohesiveness and a consistent sound that can only be described as Molotov Jukebox’s own brand of ‘tropical urban Gypsy.’