2015 ONE MusicFest (Photography)

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This year’s ONE MusicFest was a blast! The day was jam packed with great live performances, food and awesome weather. The festival included three stages this year, which catered to both the old and new school crowds, but choosing which performances to catch was a tough decision. The headliner, Lauryn Hill, along with The Roots, Janelle Monae and Wondaland, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Raury plus more put on a stellar show. View some of the photo’s below and more via Respect-Mag.com.

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Build A Partnership Like Bally & J.Cole (5 Branding Tips)

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: J. Cole attends BALLY's 'Off the Grid' New York Premiere on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BALLY)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 05: J. Cole attends BALLY’s ‘Off the Grid’ New York Premiere on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BALLY)

THE BALLY / COLE PARTNERSHIP

As an up and coming artist in today’s social media realm, it’s increasingly becoming more difficult to distinguish one’s artistic talents in an overly saturated market.¬†Luckily, there are ways¬†that can enhance an artists’ brand in a sea of contenders. One brand in particular,¬†who¬†has also utilized unique marketing to their advantage is Dreamville Records.¬† Continue reading

A Review of Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’

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In 1995, I stood in the rap section of Blockbuster Music observing the cover contents of NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, completely oblivious to the impact that this album had on hip hop culture and the mass media. While watching movies like Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society, my thoughts could only process the fact that these were fictitious characters placed in a¬†storyline¬†that someone created, not events that mimicked real life. What I do remember hearing, though, were cuts from Dr. Dre’s¬†The Chronic.¬†Songs like “Let Me Ride” and “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” infiltrated the radio waves and music television, bringing¬†the West Coast vibe to the South. Continue reading

{SE.}: What Would Hov’s Greatest Album Sound Like?


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Every now and again I like to get with my friends and discuss some of¬†hip hops greatest songs and¬†of course, Jay Z is always apart of the conversation.¬†We thought it would be neat to put together a track list of ¬†potential¬†songs that¬†would make up¬†Jay Z’ s greatest album. This was not an easy task as Hov has a lot of great songs to choose from. ¬†It took us almost a week to sift through Jay Z’s ¬†discography¬†and nail down what we thought were his greatest songs to date.¬†Check out what my¬†Hov’s Greatest Album track list¬†would look like and enjoy the playlist below

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{Editorial}: Why Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry” Matters

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“The Blacker the Berry” has the juice and as Kendrick Lamar prepares to release his new album,¬†¬†‘[Untitled]’ on March 23rd, I’d like to backtrack and share how much I appreciate it.¬†I really took some time to dissect the lyrics via Genius.com and realized the depth that Kendrick goes into to describe his feelings of racism and black on black crime. This song matters especially in leu of recent race crimes and protests.¬†Kendrick ties the song into the¬†theme that is¬†described on “i”, in which he magnifies the need for self love. The Atlantic wrote a great review and synopsis of the possible intentions behind Kendrick’s track. Read it here and listen to Kendrick’s single¬†“The Blacker the Berry” below.

Pre-order the ‘[Untitled]’ album via itunes¬†and get ready for more knowledge on March 23rd.