Jaden Smith channels his emotions in the video for “The Passion” off his debut album SYRE.
While the sun sets in the pink-hued sky, the young “Icon” comes through drippin’ in his signature jean jacket with gold chains wrapped around his neck and a grill in his mouth. Overlooking the majestic hills, he flexes on his haters. But the mood turns somber at the end as Jaden sits in a tree and tears roll down his face.
“Talking to you / Selfish / I do not want to die,” he sings.
“The Passion” video is the latest release from Jaden’s debut SYRE, which dropped in November. The 20-year-old rapper is currently on J. Cole’s “KOD Tour,” which runs through Oct. 10 in Boston.
The rapper just got a sign-off from a judge in his divorce case. He was the one who filed, citing “irreconcilable differences” in his marriage to Jessica Andrea. They tied the knot in Oct 2015, when Logic was just 25.
As we reported, Logic became “very distant” from Jessica after the success of his track, “1-800-273-8255,” which dropped late last year.
Shortly after the 2 appeared at the Grammys together in January, he dropped the news to her he wanted a divorce. He told her he wanted to be single again … news that was not received well by her.
Damn, that’s cold.
Also, seems like Logic had the gift of foresight since the couple reportedly had a prenuptial agreement that kept things from getting messy.
Producer and DJ, J. Period has a track record that can’t be denied. He knows what joints are Party starters. He has the vernacular of musicology that in both inter generational, transcends race/ social class and sonically verbose. Alas he is the last of a dying breed of musician (yes, this writer believes djs are musicians) that can rock any crowd, but has chosen to be faithful to the cultural roots that wooed him into the soil of Hip-Hop. Without a doubt, he is unapologetically down with the classics and clearly effing with true spitkickers.
So when the announcement was made he was doing a mixtape with three of rap musical giants, Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought and Rakim, fans were certain that history was gonna be made.
And it was…
Black Moon’s dj, Evil Dee warmed the crowd up with classics during his super energized set. People from every walk of life danced and sang/rapped to the 80’s and 90’s hits as each breakbeat took you back to The Tunnel, Red Zone or the Limelight.
When the Voice of God assured the restlessly anxious audience that the show would start in 10 minutes, folk got giddy. Edging their way to the front, their faces anticipated the magic that these three emcees on one stage promised. And then it happened…. Right before our eyes the whole energy shifted (which is what concerts are supposed to do… shifted the energy of the fan).
Pharoahe Monch hopped on the stage spitting hits from his Organized Konfusion days, as well as his Rawkus tenure. Monch is one of the most underrated emcees around (people get caught in his lyricism to give him the props for being so explosive on stage). In his set, he introduced a talented goddess of a sister named Maimouna Youssef (aka MuMu Fresh) who remained on and off set all night lending her majestic vocals and rhyme styling to the magic of the evening.
As his set ended, Smif-N-Wessun took center stage. Scratch that, they took the stage and shot up the place with a furry of hits that made The Cocoa Brovaz the jewel of the Duck Down massive. Bombastic describes their performance. Bold and blatantly Brooklyn rude boy. Steele with his playful showmanship and. Tek with his rugged grasp of wordplay kept cheers intermixing w J. Period’s clever reconstruction of these classic jams.
But despite how mega Smif-N-Wessun’s set was, their moment was topped by Dres from Black Sheep who single handedly mesmerized The crowd with only two joints. Did you hear me… only two joints.
From the time that “For a second, I reckon, I got ya double checking… Then again when to your needs did I beckon?” the people lost their minds. It had been so long since anyone has seen Dres rock the mic and he did not disappoint. The sing songy verses in “Flavor Of The Month” of this 90s joint did not lose any of the razzle dazzle after 20 years. Dres also has not rusted (though noticeably grey). By the time he got to “The Choice is Yours,” the audience became orgasmic. But like a teasing lover…. he was not satisfied with how the crowd held back on their climax.
In disbelief the shouted out that the crowd was missing what was really happening… that this was history… and gave some an out for being too young to appreciate the mandatory choreography that goes with the chorus and pulled Chi Ali out to do a complete rewind. After rewinding, the start up was the blast that he was itching to get. “Engine. Engine. Number 9. On the New York transit line. If my train goes off the track… pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!” The place went crazy. The show could have ended there and we would have been happy… especially since he had a special guest hype man, an adult Chi Ali.
Sensory overload started to set in. Thank God for artist Peekaso, who right before our eyes, painted a portrait of Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought and Rakim. His gifts allowed us an organic alternative that help folk catch their breaths and collect their minds after being so caught up in the ecstatic cornucopia curated by J. Period.
Black Thought was next up on the live mixtape experience. Sans the Roots crew, he pushed out joints after joints. But what made him knock heavy was his tribute to old school forefathers that influenced. A true emcee knows when to pull those kinds of tricks out the bag to give his fans something new and innovative. There must be something in the Schuylkill Punch, because each word had the same intensity as his legendary freestyle on Flex. Plus… he was fly… them boots my “g.” Out of his performance his imitation of the late great Guru’s voice was breathtaking. As an engaged Yasiin Bey watch from behind J. Period who was getting busy on the tables and beat machines, Tariq gave a performance that displayed lyricism, showmanship and crowd control. It was so good, it should have solidified him in your top 5 greatest rappers ever.
By this time, the artist Peekaso’s masterpiece was almost complete.
This meant only one thing: Rakim is about to have church. Dressed in the most buttered blinged-out Pelle Pelle, he epitomized what we believe is 1980’s street hustle. Performing (what could be said is) the diamond dusted soundtrack of a certain segment of Hip-Hop, the venue quaked with headnodding, neck-wopping GenXers. The crowd erupted when he brought out his partner in crime, Eric B. Rakim really didn’t have to do that much work because the audience showed so much love, recited his rhymes for it. For many, just having him there was enough. People wanted to give back the love that he has give through lyric and rhyme for so many years. Rakim is said to be on everyone’s rap Mt. Rushmore. Nas has said that he influenced him. Few people will say that his rhyme pattern did not influence them. J. Period’s live mixtape showcased why. Rakim is simply the greatest rapper to ever touch the mic.
When the live mixtape drops fans who weren’t there, will experience much more than a good album. They will feel what it felt like to live through 1988 – 1999, during an era of rap when giants where born. J. Period, you did it again.
Source: 2016 LACMA Art + Film Gala held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Featuring: ASAP Rocky Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 30 Oct 2016 Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com
When Under Armour and A$AP Rocky revealed their upcoming collaboration SRLo sneakers last month everyone immediately noticed that the kicks were dead ringers for the skater classics Osiris D3‘s. But since the creators of the originals didn’t make a fuss about it everyone went about their business.
However, things changed this past weekend and for whatever reason Osiris decided to call out Pretty Flacko and UA for biting their silhouette and took to the ‘Gram to remind everyone “who dropped it first.”
The Osiris D3’s originally dropped in the early 2000’s and became a sneaker staple for skaters all across the board. When commenters tried to imply that the Rocky had worked with skater Dave Mayhew, whom many say originally designed the D3’s, Osiris quickly shot that down saying, “nope he didn’t. Brian Reid is the designer of the D3.”
So much for that theory.
Regardless of who A$AP Rocky worked with or who actually designed the sneaker, Osiris isn’t happy with the A$AP and Under Armour collaboration nor should they be. The SRLo is basically the Osiris D3‘s and if Osiris isn’t getting a piece of the pie for something they cooked up a decade and change ago, that’s going to rub them the wrong way.
This must be how Gucci felt when Jay-Z and Reebok dropped the S. Carter‘s in 2003.
The comedic duo’s brand is strong as ever after saying deuces to Viceland subsequently inking a deal with Showtime and taking their hilarious podcast to MSG for a live show this November. They linked up with Complex’s Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods in NYC for their hilarious takes on Air Jordans, Kanye West’s kicks and of course they had to speak on Bronx-centric footwear such Air Force 1s, Timbaland Boots and Foamposites.
In the 13 minute clip, Mero kicked things off explaining his love for the Concord Air Jodan XI’s despite his public hate for Jordan and how himself and his father went on a mission uptown to acquire a pair but were unsuccessful. Mero would later cop his grails when they were re-released to the world.
In classic Bodega Boys fashion, Desus followed his co-host by breaking down hilariously how people got exposed wearing fake Jordan’s due to poorly constructed Jumpman logo. He also expressed his love for the Air Jordan 12, “The Master” and breaking down the ridiculous Twitter conspiracy theory that accompanied them.
Other highlights from the episode include Desus admitting to never repeating a pair of sneakers or t-shirts on their Viceland show and how the Bronx made the Foamposite an all-purpose sneaker and proclaiming the Kanye’s swan song with Nike the Air Yeezy II “Red Octobers,” his best sneaker. When it was all said and done, the duo concluded the interview by racking up a $4,000 bill in sneakers.
You can watch the very entertaining episode of Complex Sneaker Shopping featuring Desus and Mero below.
Source: Celebrities attend iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum. Featuring: Iggy Azalea Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 04 Apr 2016 Credit: Brian To/WENN.com
Last Friday Eminem finally responded to MGK’s “Rap Devil” diss record with his own, “Killshot,” and while everyone was talking about the Puff Daddy having Pac killed rhyme (Jay Electronica was particularly upset with that line), we kinda forgot about how Machine Gun Kelly was going to respond to the song. Well, MGK took to IG to give his two cents on Slim Shady’s response and apparently he wasn’t impressed.
Standing on stage draped in a shirt with the artwork for Eminem’s “Killshot,” Machine Gun Kelly defiantly smiles for the camera with middle fingers in the air and a caption that read, “he missed.” Did he though? We thought it was a pretty good response but of course the subject of said diss would vehemently disagree.
But MGK wasn’t the only person who had some words for the Shady Records rapper, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea took to Twitter to criticize Eminem for including her name on Kamikaze and accused Marshall Mathers of having “lazy bars.”
Diss songs shouldn’t be filled with celebrity name drops to pad out lazy bars.
Also let’s talk about why it’s lazy now; but wasn’t in the earlier work. The earlier stuff was crazy, twisted and creative. This stuff feels more like picking names that fit easily into a rhyme scheme.
The rapper’s smash “In My Feelings” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week and breaks another record in the process. The 6 God now leads the Hot 100 for a 29th week in 2018, the most time atop the chart in a single year, thanks to his three Scorpion singles–“Feelings,” “Nice for What,” and “God’s Plan.” The previous record holder was Usher, who totaled 28 weeks at No. 1 in 2004.
Drake also becomes the first soloist with three songs that have topped the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks each. They include “In My Feelings,” “God’s Plan,” and 2016’s “One Dance” featuring WizKid and Kyla.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Kanye West and Lil Pump’s “I Love It” debuts at No. 6. The song tops the Streaming Songs chart with 46.6 million first-week U.S. streams, thanks in part to the viral “I Love It” Challenge.
Cardi B’s Maroon 5 collaboration “Girls Like You” holds at No. 2 for a sixth week, followed by the Bad Bunny and J Balvin-assisted “I Like It” at No. 3. 6ix9ine’s “FEFE” featuring Nicki Minaj drops 4-7, and Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” sits at No. 8. Khalid and Normani’s “Love Lies” rounds out the top 10.
True Thompson is such a cute baby, and still, miserable folks can’t help but leave negative comments on her photos. Now fans are coming to Khloe Kardashian‘s defense after people bashed her daughter’s skin color, called her ugly, and more.
According to a screenshot posted on Buzzfeed, @deweesey23 wrote via Instagram “I hate that True is so dark, the other two are a nice mix….she’s a cute kid just too dark.”
Another IG user, @dorianfiasco, reportedly commented, “Not to be a conspiracy theorist but all the sisters have black baby fathers… why is True the only one that looks to take more of her black genes… now I don’t know how baby making works, or that Khloe might be black (oj daughter) but makes ya wonder.” Tons of folks made similar comments.
I'm worried about True Thompson. People are already comparing her to Dream, Chicago and Stormi. I hope she doesn't grow up with self esteem issues because she's more melanated. Khloe has her work cut out. Social media is brutal
Last night I showed my mom the cute picture of the Kardashian babies and started to read the comments…wow. People were being so nasty about True and her skin color. Your life really is pathetic if you go online to hate, especially a little baby.
Meek Mill has emerged as an unlikely high-profile figure for the criminal justice reform movement, using his own trials and recent incarceration as fuel to somewhat shift his tough-guy image into activism circles. The Philadelphia rapper was in Washington, D.C. over the weekend for the annual Congressional Black Caucus gathering where he shared details of a new track devoted to Colin Kaepernick.
“They won’t lynch him by hanging from a tree. They lynch his bank account,” Meek said, riffing a few bars and then explaining the takeaway.
The song includes lyrics such as, “They told Kap to stand up if you want to play for a team, and most of his teammates said the same thing,” as well as, “Back in the ’30s you would be killed if you kneeled. They won’t kill you now, they just take you out of the deal.”
The rapper told The Post that the Kaepernick song will appear on his next album.
“I’m not actually giving out a release date, it’s a surprise album,” he said.
Meek was present at a Friday (Sept. 15) CBC meeting regarding criminal justice reform where he made the comments about the track.