Monday, July 21, 2014

Shawn Carter Foundation Teams With Project Gravitas to Celebrate Roc Nation Executives

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Jay Z might be the face of Roc Nation, but there are a few people behind the scenes of his organization that deserve recognition, too. When online clothing retailer Project Gravitas decided to recognize leading career individuals for their “Women of Gravitas” series, Roc Nation executives Jana Fleishman and Jennifer Justice were easy choices.

Fleishman and Justice, both executive vice presidents of strategic marketing and business development, have both worked with Hov for over a decade and have been at Roc Nation since its inception in 2008. Together, they’ve helped the careers of Rihanna, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Skylar Diggins and Rita Ora, among others, reach remarkable heights.

Aside from being honored as “Women of Gravitas,” Projcet Gravitas will donate 10 percent of every Audrey dress sold in July to the Shawn Carter Foundation, the Jay-Z-founded charity centered on providing scholarships to students facing socioeconomic difficulties. The sheath dress, which has built-in shapewear, comes in three colors and retails for $395.

Fleishman, who admitted she recently losing weight, finds the Gravitas dresses to be a perfect fit for her slimmer frame. “Project Gravitas dresses are amazing because they show off my new figure,” she said. “They slim the waist and hug in the right way. Every single one I tried just works.”

But that’s not the only way Roc Nation has teamed up with the Project Gravitas. Customers can enter to win VIP tickets to one of the Made in America music fests in Philadelphia and Los Angeles next month.

Pusha T Declares Himself the 'New Hov' on 'No Flex Zone (Remix)'

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Rae Sremmurd‘s official ‘No Flex Zone’ remix is here. Kinda. Just three days after Nicki Minaj shared her scorching verse, Pusha T has debuted his own contribution to the Mike WiLL Made It-produced banger.

Taking cues from Young Money’s First Lady, Pyrex P silences his critics with chest-pounding boasts, which are, naturally, bagged up in drug references and a sharp lyrical wit. “Who ain’t waiting on King Push? / Got n—-s checking for them new flows / Sold more dope than the old Jigga / Now n—-s calling me the new Hov,” he opens.

After making reference to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Clipse MC reminds us that he’s not just making a killing in the rap world: “Bought dope with my album budget, Play Cloths was the blueprint / Four million in four seasons, f— who cares for my fashion sense.”

Be warned: it’s a no flex zone for the haters. Let’s hope the finished version of the remix, featuring both Nicki and Pusha’s verses, surfaces soon.

Listen to Pusha T’s ‘No Flex Zone (Remix)’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Claims to Have Slept with T.I.'s Wife [VIDEO]

Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t know when to let things go. During a press conference for his upcoming fight with Marcos Maidana, the champion boxer claimed that he had sexual relations with T.I.‘s wife Tiny.

If you recall, Tip and Mayweather got into a crazy brawl at a Fatburger restaurant in Las Vegas back in May. The boxing legend said the fight was over his close relationship with Tiny.

At the press conference, when someone asked Mayweather about Tiny, he allegedly responded, “F— the bitch. He just mad I was f—ing his bitch.”

However, Mayweather went on Instagram today (July 19) to clarify his remarks at the press conference.

At the press conference, I said, “…he thinks I was f—ing his bitch.” I DID NOT say “…I was f—ing his bitch,” he wrote. “I’ve never been with Tiny sexually. I respect her situation and I thinks she’s a good person. I would never disrespect a marriage. #Mayhem on September 13th.”

We hope this KO’s all of the rumors and gossip about Mayweather and Tiny.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Mayweather is creeping on another man’s wife? Tell us in the comments below.

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Watch 19-Year-old Kanye West Rap at Fat Beats Record Store [VIDEO]

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Before Kanye West became today’s most polarizing figure in hip-hop, he was a hungry teen from Chicago who wanted to showcase his lyrical skills on the mic.

DJ Eclipse, the former manager of the now-defunct Fat Beats record store in New York, recently unearthed an 18-year-old video of a young ‘Ye in a freestyle cipher at the opening of the store in 1996.

Complex posted the video, which has since gone viral on the Internet. Here’s what DJ Eclipse said about this fun clip:

The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it’s small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before.

Yesterday [July 17] I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”

That kid would be Kanye West. And everybody knows him now. Check out the footage above.

'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Agency Causes Racial Stir

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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ the N.W.A biopic, hasn’t even been released yet and it’s already causing quite a stir.

According to TMZ, the company responsible for casting the forthcoming film, Sande Allesi Casting, put out an ad seeking talent and the results are offensive and even racist to say the least.

Here’s how the ad reads:

SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80's. Shoots on “Straight Outta Compton”. Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras. VERY IMPORTANT – You MUST live in the Los Angeles area (Orange County is fine too) to work on this show. DO NOT SUBMIT if you live out of the area. Nobody is going to be flying into LA to do extra work on this show – and don’t tell me you are willing to fly in.

A GIRLS: These are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair – no extensions, very classy looking, great bodies. You can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: subject line should read: A GIRLS

B GIRLS: These are fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. You should be light-skinned. Beyonce is a prototype here. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: subject line should read: B GIRLS

C GIRLS: These are African American girls, medium to light skinned with a weave. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: subject line should read: C GIRLS

D GIRLS: These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: subject line should read: D GIRLS

Clearly, many found it appalling that Sande Alessi Casting would associate low-income women with being dark-skinned and overweight. Also, the company suggest in the ad that being of a darker complexion and being of a larger size is the reason women live below the poverty level.

However, a representative for the company has revealed that the ad was a mistake and it was improperly worded. The agency i actually looking for women of all colors and sizes. Additionally, the rep said using terms like “light-skinned” and “dark-skinned” are common in casting ads, but it’s just to secure the right people for the right roles, and nothing else.

The movie’s theatrical release will be Aug. 15, 2015.

Drake Snaps Back at Nick Kyrgios' for Blame on Poor Wimbledon Game

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When Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios blamed his near-loss to Czech Republic’s JirĂ­ VeselĂ˝ at Wimbledon on Drake, the ’0 to 100' rapper didn’t take the low blow sitting down and threw down a strong comeback.

“Today was a bit of rap, actually,” Kyrgious told reporters at Wimbledon regarding his slow start in the match. “I came out really flat, so hopefully I won’t listen to that again. It was actually Drake. Yeah. Didn’t do the job for me.”

Drake snapped back during a press call this week. “I also want to meet this guy that says that he lost because he listened to my music,” he said. “I also want to meet that guy and look him in the eye and see exactly who he is as a man and size him up and then chop him right down. Nick whatever-his-name-is — ’cause he didn’t win, so that’s how he’s going to be remembered: ‘Nick whatever-his-name-is.’”

While we give the ‘Views From the 6' creator props for standing his ground, he did get one thing wrong. Kyrgios did win the match as well as one against tennis big shot Rafael Nadal before being knocked out in the quarterfinals. A week-and-half after the mini feud, the 19-year-old tennis prodigy tweeted “Own it- Drake,” referring to the track off Drake’s ‘Nothing Was the Same.’

Kyrgios also cleared the air about his comments, stating he’s actually a Drizzy fan and wasn’t playing the blame game.

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Common Partners With Jhene Aiko for 'Blak Majik'

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It looks like Common‘s new album, ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ has sprung a leak ahead of it’s release on Tuesday (July 22). The latest LP track getting buzz on the Internet is his duet with Jhene Aiko called ‘Blak Majik.’

Over a looping “black magic” vocal sample, the Chicago rhymer dos what he does best — spit bars. Com boasts about his lyrical skills, name-checks his ex-girlfriend Erykah Badu and salutes his beloved hometown.

“Who in the game had the baddest hoes / ?N—-s seen Badu’s ass and say, ‘I seen what you was on’ / ?Homegrown with no home phone? / From the city of wind / N—- win or go home? / It’s the Chi bulls— I’m on / Make a dome from a brick and a pocket full of stones,” he raps.

Aiko is regulated to chorus duties, much to our chagrin. We wanted the singer to have a more prominent role on the song than just singing on the hook. Nevertheless, it’s nice to hear her angelic voice on a hard-edged track.

“I called it ‘Blak Majik’ because I say we make something out of nothing,” he told Rap-Up about the song. “It’s also a feel-good, fun song, but it’s hard, it’s rough.”

“Jhene Aiko is an artist that I truly respect,” he added. “I think she has a unique voice in music, in culture.”

Check out Common’s previously released singles, ‘Diamonds‘ featuring Big Sean and the hard-hitting ‘Speak My Piece.’

Listen to Common’s ‘Blak Majik’ Feat. Jhene Aiko

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