Monday, March 24, 2008

"Straight (record cut) Jackinnn''

instead of writin all this shit myself.. I'd rather just copy and paste from already respectable blogs

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Don’t know where this came from but hopefully it’s on L.A.X. cause its fyah. Download my Dukes!

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TI easter 2

SandraRose has some exclusive photos of T.I., wifey Tiny (who is 6 months pregnant) and the rest of the clan, during the brief time TI was allowed out of his house arrest to attend Easter church services this past Sunday…

According to Atlanta news, , during the service, T.I. addressed the congregation himself….

“[T.I.] drew applause and some friendly laughter when he spoke about his purpose for observing Easter. “We’re here to celebrate the death of our Lord and Savior,” Harris said, “he was willing to give his life for us so that we may ask for forgiveness for our sins and be forgiven and saved…no matter how many times we have to ask…or how long it takes to get it right.”"

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A Review Of The Heart Of The City Tour In MiamiMarch 24th, 2008 by Nigel Degraff

Last Night: Jay-Z and Friends at the American Airlines Arena
Mon Mar 24, 2008 at 11:53:30 AM
Jay-Z, Mary J Blige and Crew
March, 22, 2008
American Airlines Arena

Better Than: All of his competitors, hands down.

Hip-hop impresario Jay-Z spent his second night of performing in Miami in top form once again as the Heart of the City tour got it's official start at the American Airlines Arena.
The night before, Jay-Z played a much more cozy gig at the Fillmore Miami Beach and it was interesting to see what type of vibe he'd be on when he played a large arena a day later.

The answer came in waves but where intimacy equaled Jay-Z and his nine person band rocking an hour long set by themselves on Friday, grandiose equaled the Dream, Mary J Blige, Kanye West, Timbaland, Young Jeezy and a basketball stadium full of fans screaming until their lungs went soft.

Here's the breakdown. Don't expect Jay-Z's concert to start late two nights in a row. Friday night he was scheduled to play at 10 p.m. and didn't get started until 11:40 p.m. But Saturday was an arena show and everything started on time. So I don't have much to say about the Dream, cause I missed him, which must be fate, because he's got a new album out and everybody's talking about his music yet I couldn't care less.


But Mary J. Blige went next and the queen of R&B definitely put on a good show. Dressed to the nines and sporting her trademark blond hair, Mary put on a solid hour long set and had die hard fans singing along to all of her hits. Jay-Z came out briefly and the two performed as a duo (which was a good teaser to all the folks in the house dying to see Jay-Z rap) but that part of the show was relatively short lived.

In typical Miami form, the venue didn't really fill-up until half way through Mary's set (which makes me feel better) but it was good to see that when she sang "Just Fine" and "Work That" from her latest album, the response for her new material was just as strong as it was for older songs like "Not Gon Cry" and "You Bring Me Joy." She definitely still looks sexy and at the age of 37, she must be doing something right as she easily looks 3-4 years younger than that.

By the time Jigga hit the stage, AAA was at capacity and full of New Yorkers that were representing like the show was at Madison Square Gardens. He started his set with "Say Hello" and then jumped into "Roc Boys" which was a nice way to keep things amped up. While Mary J Blige had an impressive band behind her that was somewhere between 15-20 strong, Hova's band was still a tight nine-piece that included two trumpets, a trombone, and sax man in the horn section, two guitarists, two percussionist, and a dj, all of which were brought their A-game. It was the type of show that makes you wonder why more rappers don't use full bands at their performances.

Where Jay-Z has sort of made his trademark in the concert business is by bringing along special guests. When Memphis Bleek hit the stage followed by Young Jeezy a few songs later, there was a definite rise of energy in the building. It's not like Jay doesn't keep people excited but his show is more along the lines of a Vegas style revue and with ticket prices for his concert higher than what some people pay on a mortgage, well, people wanted to be entertained.
He knew this, and at one point, he chided with the audience and said, "I know you all paid a lot of money for those tickets... but we've got a lot of hits."

Dude had so many hits he couldn't even play half of them. But the ones he did were well received for the most part. "Excuse me Miss" "Izzo (H.O.V.A.) "Can I Live" "Show Me What You Got" Can I Get A..." and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" were some of the bigger one's.
When the chorus to "Diamond From Sierra Leone" started up, you couldn't help but wonder if Kanye was going to come out. The song, after all, is a Kanye track, but Jay-Z was smart enough to just do his verse from that song and let the tension build.

But then the beat to "Can't Tell Me Nothing" came on and there was no denying that in seconds, Kanye would hit the stage and turn the crowd into mush. Folks sitting around me lost it.
It was a great surprise and thankfully, Kanye stayed on to do "Good Life" as well.

And one day, Kanye will probaly have his own concert of this magnitude but Saturday was all about Jay-Z and proved it with his smorgasbord of hits. He mocked flipping through and iPod at one point playing beats from his biggest jams for 10 seconds at a time as if it was the next song he would perform. Just as the crowd started to wild out, Jay-Z would cut it and say, "fuck that" and then move on to the next track. 10 songs in it was clear that the joke was on us. But he kept going.

By the time "Big Pimpin" started, I half expected to see Bun B hit the stage but I guess he's saving that trick for when the tour hits Houston next month.
I must say there were some obvious guests that were not at the venue to perform. There was no Rick Ross or Lil Wayne which would have made sense as they both live here but the show was fine without them.

Timbaland made an apperance and when Jay-Z wanted him to rap or spit a verse, Timbo's response said it all..."You're killing em man. You don't need me."

Critics Notebook:

Personal Bias: I actually would have liked to see Rick Ross come out as his thuggy bear ass would have put a smile on everyone's face.

Random Detail: New Yorkers have a lot of pride. It was like the entire lower east side of Manhattan was at this show.

By The Way: Catch Kanye West on May 6th at the same venue trying to prove me wrong with N.E.R.D., Rihanna, and Lupe Fiasco.

Full Review


Los Angeles rapper The Game is set to release Los Angeles Times on June 24th.  Fresh out of jail Game released his street single Big Dreams, a track produced by Miami’s Cool and Dre, to radio.  During his performance last Saturday, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Game announced to the crowd that his third and possibly final album will be released on June 24th the first day of summer.

"I have a highly controversial album coming this summer," states The Game, "and not the typical controversy you are used to in rap.  On LAX I’m addressing real issues that other artists might be scared to talk about on record; issues that need to be heard."

The Game’s possible last album now has a set release date. Check out his first street single, "Big Dreams."