With Wale’s much-anticipated album on the horizon, a tracklisting has recently surfaced breaking down the expected features and production credits. The project seems to mirror that of an industry veteran rather than a relative newcomer, boasting high-profile features from Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Gucci Mane, Bun B and Chrisette Michele. Attention Deficit will also feature production from the likes of Cool & Dre, Mark Ronson, 9th Wonder and The Neptunes
02. Mamma Told Me
03. Mirrors (feat. Bun B)
04. Pretty Girls (feat. Gucci Mane & Weensey of Backyard Band)
05. World Tour (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
06. Let It Loose (Inhibitions) (feat. Pharrell Williams)
08. Shades (feat. Chrisette Michele)
09. Chillin’ (feat. Lady Gaga)
10. TV In The Radio (feat. K’Naan)
12. Diary (feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
13. Beautiful Bliss (feat. Melanie Fiona & J.Cole)
Attention Deficit is scheduled to hit shelves on November 10 2009.
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On August 29th 2005 Hurricane Katrina shook New Orleans to its very core, leaving only a trail of death and destruction. Over 1,800 people tragically lost their lives during or after the storm and thousands more were displaced from their homes. Discontent with the government’s response was widespread and many were left feeling as if the administration had failed them completely. At times it seemed as if it was only the representatives of the Hip-Hop community that were willing to stand up and provide a voice for the victims of Katrina.
Juvenile, a former Cash Money Millionaire, was one of the artists in question and, who even decided to film the satirical video for his post-Katrina political critique Get Ya Hustle On in the hurricane-torn Ninth Ward.
He lost both his houses and all of his possessions during the floods, Juvenile’s last album expressed the pain felt by his whole community following the disaster. “When I did Reality Check, it was at a point in my life where I was kind of mourning Katrina, being that I am from New Orleans,” he recalls emotionally. “We went through so much down there in our city.” He explained that the whole experience left a dark shadow over his life and his work but that the project provided exactly what he promised on the cover, “a reality check not only for [him] but for everybody else in [his] city.” Although he is quick to point out that, like the people of New Orleans, he is hoping to move forward, stating “I’m not saying that my album was a mistake and it didn’t do good, I just don’t want to mourn anymore.”
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Rival Hip Hop news site SOHH even chose to quote from my interview in a recent article:
Congratulations to Allhiphop.com on winning the Best Hip Hop website at the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards! I am so proud to be a part of the AHH team. So without further ado, here is a full list of the BET Hip Hop Award Winners:
People’s Award – Fabolous ft. The Dream (Throw It In The Bag)
Best Collabo – TI ft. Rihanna (Live Your Life)
Best Live Performer – Jay-Z
Lyricist of the Year – Jay-Z
Video Director – Hype Williams
Best Producer – Kanye West
Best Track – Young Money (Every Girl)
CD of the Year – TI (Paper Trail)
Rookie of the Year – Drake
Best Video – TI ft. Rihanna (Live Your Life)
MVP – Jay-Z
DJ of the Year – DJ AM
Hustler of the Year – Jay-Z
Made-You-Look Award – Kanye West
Best Site – Allhiphop.com
Nine talented female emcees, one extremely worthy cause and a damn good song…surely Hip Hop doesn’t get much better than that!
The first single from the We Are The Girl movement, founded by female Hip Hop legend Lin Que, provides an insight into the unity and self-confidence that women in this industry should aspire to. Versatile, diverse and very gifted, this vibrant cocktail of femcees serves up a delightful range of lyrical techniques laced with attitude.
Suga-Coated is available for download NOW and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness, so please go to http://www.wearethegirl.com and support this wonderful movement and a great cause.
Look out for my interview with Lin Que coming soon to Tapwire Magazine!
Having stepped out from the studio and into the spotlight, successful producer Tah Mac is beginning to make waves on a worldwide scale as an artist in his own right. Weaving an intricate blend of musical styles, inspired by a number of international sounds, he is crafting his own signature sound that the worldwide hip hop community can appreciate.
Having already worked with some of the biggest names in the modern music world, Tah Mac is ready to take over the urban music world and explore its unchartered teritorries with his forthcoming tour.
His reflective yet radio-friendly new single Give Back, featuring Mutya Buena, is out on November 1st 2009.
Tah also recently released the new video for his single Let Loose from his well-received album Welcome 2 Tahland, which is available from iTunes. For more information on Tah Mac and his music, go to http://www.myspace.com/tahmac.
Look out for my Tah Mac interview COMING SOON to Tapwire Magazine.
Whether or not you are a fan of Alicia Keys or her music, it must be said that her Keep A Child Alive deserves a huge amount of credit. By raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which is particularly devasting in Africa, the Grammy-winning singer is proving that it is possible to directly make a difference to people’s lives.
Hopefully other urban artists will follow her example and help raise awareness about the disease not only abroad but also closer to home. As long as it is caught in enough time and treated properly, HIV does not have to be a death sentence. THINK….Don’t become another AIDS statistic.
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On September 19th 2009 Hip Hop lost a great, pioneering DJ and on October 3rd it gained another. DJ Mr. President is a veteran turntablist and has been perfecting his craft for years but upon hearing of Roc Raida’s passing, he decided to lead an absolutely groundbreaking tribute.
Displaying a total disregard for his own health and well-being, Prez decided to DJ for 24 hours straight in honor of Roc Raida’s legacy. He even streamed the entire tribute live to ensure that people all over the world could join him in remembering a hip hop legend. Many people followed the tribute worldwide and spread the word about this totally selfless act of respect.
After a great mix and a fantastic display of turntablism, Prez’s emotional tribute to a true legend should certainly be remembered as one of the purest ever contributions to hip hop. Many young hip hop DJs and artists could stand to learn an awful lot from DJ Mr. President, especially his passion and respect for our culture. It is through DJs like Prez that Roc Raida’s legacy will continue to thrive and live on for many years to come.
In Memory of DJ Roc Raida 1972-2009
Oct. 3 2009 Roc Raida Tribute; Post Recap Video from LA FAMILIA ENTERTAINMENT on Vimeo.
“IT WAS TRULY AN HONOR TO TAKE ON THIS CHALLENGE IN HIS NAME. I FELT LIKE I HAD TO DO THIS AS A WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU TO THE LEGEND. I THANK HIM FOR CONTINUOUSLY INSPIRING ME THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, BY ALWAYS SETTING THE BAR HIGH, THROUGH HIS OWN DEVOTION TO OUR CRAFT.” – DJ MR. President