Taste Of Music

Justin Timberlake Admits to Stalking Al Green

April 30th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Justin Timberlake can do it all—singing, acting, dancing. But did you know he was also a stalker? Don’t worry, JT is pretty harmless. He was just a star struck fan who really wanted to meet “Let’s Stay Together” hitmaker Al Green while growing up in Tennessee. “I found out that the Reverend Al Green lived down the street from me,” Timberlake told guests at the White House’s “Soulsville, USA: The History Of Memphis Soul” event. “I drove out – 7 to 8 minutes from my house. Some might call that stalking; I just call it driving by to see where he lived.” The “Suit & Tie” singer even used to hang out at his local market in case the legendary soul singer would come by. “You used to go down the store just to see if the Reverend Al Green would drive by.” After all that work, JT did finally get to meet his idol in 2009 when the two performed together on the Grammy’s. Nice to see this tale of super fandom has a happy ending.
Article by:
Michelle Loeb

Bieber’s Behaving Like a Baby

March 11th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »


It seems fame might have finally gotten to Justin Bieber’s head as the 19-year-old singer left fans waiting more than two hours at his recent London gig. Sources told Britain’s Daily Mail that the pop star was in a particularly bad mood after a long night of partying and “locked himself in his dressing room to play computer games,” refusing to come out and perform. Other sources claim Bieber threw a temper tantrum at the venue, arguing with his management, who begged him to go out and perform. Allegedly, the singer refused to do so before showering, even though he was already late. Of course he denies all this. Bieber claims he was only 40 minutes late to the stage, tweeting, “Last night i was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 935 not 830 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10..so…” Whatever you say, Biebs. We hear there are plenty of angry teens over in London who say otherwise.

Article by:
Michelle Loeb

Young Rapper Commits Suicide

January 11th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Seattle rapper and internet comedian, Freddy E, committed suicide last weekend after posting a series of chilling tweets via his Twitter account. Reports have claimed that Freddy E, real name Frederick Eugene Buhl, was distraught about a recent breakup with girlfriend “Honey Cocaine,” also a rapper (real name Solchitta Sal). “If there’s a God then He’s calling me back home,” tweets the young star. “This barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It’s cold & I’d rather die than live alone.” Seattle police have confirmed his death but have yet to release any additional information. The 22-year-old was said to be affiliated with rapper Tyga of the famed YMCMB group. Fans have expressed their shock and confusion over the incident, some even blaming Cocaine for what happened. She has taken to Twitter to defend herself. “To say I caused what happened is ignorance. You know nothing about our friendship or the story, hate me if you feel. We loved each other.” The entire situation is sad, in my opinion, especially since it involves young, talented individuals with their whole lives ahead of them. We, as fans, should respect his family and wait until more details emerge before we jump to conclusions. We should also be more proactive in preventing more tragedies like this.

Article by:
Daneisha Mobley

Ne-Yo Wants To Slow It Down In 2013

January 4th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Will 2013 be the year we take a break from fist-pumping, head knocking, hard rock, and raunchy rap music? According to Ne-Yo, it should be! The R&B hit maker rang in the New Year with MTV’s Club NYE 2013 celebration, sporting a sharp red suit and fedora, and performing his smash dance record “Let Me Love You.” After the festivities, he relayed his hopeful vision for R&B in the New Year. “You know what?” Ne-Yo said, “R&B music. Y’all remember slow jams? I want R&B to make a comeback in 2013 and I’m gonna try and have something to do with that.” Being vice president of A&R at Motown, the smoothest R&B record label out, should help him with his goal. Others contributing to the return of R&B – Tamar Braxton, Ashanti, Akon, Kelly Rowland, and of course Beyonce! Posthumous albums slated for release include Michael Jackson’s “Bad 25,” Teena Marie’s “Beautiful,” and even one from R&B princess, Aaliyah. Sounds like this could be the year of the slow jam!

Article by:
‘Daneisha Mobley’

Is Ke$ha too Reckless?

December 21st, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Infamous party girl Ke$ha has found herself with her foot in her mouth, probably among other things. Recently, after the tragic and horrifying shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary, Ke$ha’s song ‘Die Young’ has been criticized for being inappropriate. In response, Ke$ha absolved herself from all responsibility and tweeted that, not only did she not like the lyrics of the song, but she was FORCED to sing them. The pop star even added that the message behind “Die Young” is not what she had intended. It is no surprise that this tweet has since been deleted. Now, Ke$ha’s Twitter page reads as an apology to those who have been affected by this tragedy, and that she now knows how inappropriate her lyrics were. The song in question, which has the lyrics “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young. We’re gonna die young,” has been pulled from radio stations across the country after shooter a deranged shooter killed 20 children and 6 adults at the elementary school. Interestingly, now Ke$ha rescinded her “FORCED” comment completely on her official site, saying that she made the comment in a moment of “emotion and sadness,” and still stands behind the message of “Die Young.” She maintains that the point of the song is to stress the importance of living life each day to the fullest and staying young at heart. Hopefully, this experience has served Ke$ha as a reminder of the influence she has on her young fans. Maybe “dying young” isn’t the perfect message to be sending out to our youth.

Article by:
Gabby Kalika

Lil Wayne’s Next Album His Last as he Moves on to Sports

December 7th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The infamous rapper Lil Wayne has announced that his 11th and last album, “The Carter V”, will be out next year to mark his retirement from the rap game. The rapper, who has another release called “I Am Not A Human II” slated for release in February, reportedly sat down with MTV recently to discuss his aspirations of becoming a sports analyst and even starting a new sports show with fellow rapper Nelly.
“The Carter V is my last album. I’ve been rapping since I was 8 years old; I’m 30 now. That’s a long time, and I like to do so many more things, and when I like to do something, I end up loving to do it real quickly. And, when I love to do something, I’m fully focused on it and it only, and music sometimes is not that ‘it.'”
Lil Wayne made a name for himself as a teenager in the New Orleans rap group known as the Hot Boys. Since then, he has reached impressive heights in the rap world with a record label (Young Money Records) and platinum album sales under his belt. Having conquered all of his goals, Lil Wayne is moving on to new endeavors in the sports world. Plus, this also gives him time to be a father to his little ones with less time in the studio. Regardless of how you feel about Lil Wayne, there is no denying that he has worked to his full potential here and is setting a great example for his fans by not stopping here but moving on to bigger and better things. Besides, we have a feeling this “retirement” means nothing close to the end for Lil Wayne.
Article By:
Naa-Shorme Aidoo

Dreaming into the Kaleidoscope

October 5th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The Upcoming of Calicoe

September 26th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

 

August 18th marks the day when perhaps the most legendary rap battle went down. URLTV.TV, formally known as smack hosted their marquee event, “Summer Madness 2.” The first act of the night, Loaded Lux got into a lyrical bout with Calicoe. Loaded Lux is a Manhattan native male, born and raised in Harlem. Calicoe is a male from Detroit. Being that both of them had their own styles of verbal warfare, their stage presence attracted a different crowd.

Calicoe represented the younger fans, with his lyrics being “gangster-driven” and hardcore. Loaded Lux, who is a seasoned veteran in the battle rap world, represented the older fans, with his lyrics being poetic and conscious.

This dichotomy was blatant in the way that each rapper received each other. As Calicoe performed his verse, Lux was calm standing silently listening to his foe speak. Having a suit on in an informal event, Loaded Lux controlled the crowd with his word play and blatant intelligence. He says, “I KILL, you can read, everything in my bio has it (Biohazard).” He continues, “Do you see the difference between metaphors and real rap, how a brother with metaphors can really rap?”

The round that truly distinguishes this battle from all others was the third. Calicoe’s father was a very famous drug lord. Because of this, Calicoe gained his “street cred.” Understanding the deficiency in this kind of thinking, loaded lux played the role of a mentor/father figure speaking to Calicoe, “Young boy I’m trying to save you from your demise. You said it yourself, my father was a real n***a. Youngin that aint no lie, he was in the business perpetuated aside, to keep us in the condition where we aint made to survive, but you think he a god?”

The crowd was fired up and inspired, Lux capitalized off of that and continued, “You think its gangster for a mother to love that dope more than her daughter, have a father get shot from his son and turn around and point that boy on the corner, leaving him out here to fend for himself knowing he need order, is your money being long worth your life span being shorter, huh?”

There were points in time where the crowd was so excited, Lux couldn’t finish his verse. During these times, he would say, “You gon get this work!” Spawning a trending topic on twitter and countless of memes, Lux escalated from a Harlem battle rapper to a commercial sensation.

According to Loaded Lux, you can’t, “beat the mind as deep as a mine in Africa digging passages
Halfway into China to reap a diamond!”

 

Article By:
Reginald Amedee

Alicia’s Hot Return to the Stage

September 4th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

During this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Alicia Keys is expected to deliver a performance that will blow our minds. However, the beautiful singer decided to release her new single “Girl on Fire”, before she even got the chance to really shine at the Staples Center. The single features Nicki Minaj.

The track was released on Monday, September 3, and is the title track of Alicia’s new studio album. There will be two versions of this track: “Girl on Fire (Blue Light)”, and “Girl on Fire (Inferno)”.

Alicia’s song begins with lines from Nicki: “Spirit of Marilyn callin’ me, audibly/ Ballin’ she/ Said that she would never leave/ Continue to torture me,” in which Nicki refers to Hollywood’s bombshell Marilyn Monroe.

The song continues with Alicia’s powerful voice in a ballad-like style. Nicki Minaj comes back for the second verse, but Alicia is the one who closes the song. What can we expect from Alicia’s performance at the 2012 VMAs? All we know now is that the artist promised to debut her new song, which she also did five years ago with her hit “No One”.

Alicia announced: “Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted  ‘No One’ at the VMAs — it was the first time anyone in the world heard ‘No One’. It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!”

If the singer can’t wait, then what are we supposed to say? The audience loves surprises, and this one sounds like a good one.

 

Article by:
Anna Smyczynska

Rave with Integrity

August 29th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

MIX:

INTERVIEW:

*Who inspired you and why?

I’ve had many inspirations over the last decade, but I’ve been most inspired by some of the original New York City rave DJs which include DJ Gonzo, X-Dream, and The Dever, to name a few. They introduced me to music that I never heard before. As someone who always gravitated to hard and aggressive sounds, for me, these guys showed me another level of sound that spoke to the mind, body, and soul.

*How did you start out?

After a period of time as a fan of rave culture, I decided to get involved. I considered the culture to be in turmoil after increased negative media coverage and infighting between different groups. Turned off, I purchased a pair of turntables and planned to keep the music in my home because, at the time, I didn’t have a lot of motivation to go out.

*What made you choose the name integrity?

I chose the name “Integrity” because I wanted to bring integrity back to rave culture through quality music and positive influence. I wanted to showcase the positive attributes of rave culture and lead by example.

*Is there a favorite dj you like battling and why if so?

I prefer to perform alone primarily because it allows me to express myself as an individual. However, I enjoy battling with DJs who are close friends and have a similar vision for music. They include The Mannchild from New York, Artemis from New England, and Rextc from Delaware.

*How long have you been in the music business?

I’ve been actively involved for about twelve years now.

*Do you have a full time job on the side and if so how hard is it to keep up with being a dj and holding a full time job?

I maintain a full time job in healthcare and, yes, maintaining a balance between the two is difficult. In order to stay relevant, I must find time to both acquire new music and develop myself as a DJ and producer.

*Do you ever think you will stop spinning?

Considering rave and DJ culture have been a part of my life everyday for all of my adult life, it’s difficult to think of my life without it. I plan to continue to be involved until I feel the journey is complete.

*Do you travel often and if so do you enjoy playing in other states?

I travel fairly regularly. I very much enjoy playing in other states because it allows me the opportunity to reach new demographics and have new experiences.

*Are the crowds in the other state different then the crowds in N.Y.?

Yes. People from different parts of the country generally have their own unique set of characteristics. Same goes for the rave crowds. However, all share the same love for rave culture. Though, perhaps the rest of the country is a bit friendlier than New York City.

*what are your  plans for the future, upcoming events,  do you have any advice to those trying to make it spinning. would you like to make shout out/words to fans out there.

 

My plans for the future primarily include original music production and expanding my reach throughout the country.

My advice to upcoming DJs is to remain humble, learn about the history of rave culture, and put in the work to master your craft. Be a good representative of rave culture and electronic dance music. I want to say thank you to Hardmind Productions, the original crew that gave me my start, Drumasheenz who have supported and guided me along the way, and Groove Therapy Artist Management who supports me today and pushes me to become a better DJ and artist.

 

Interviewed by:
TJ Amatulli