Saturday, December 17, 2011

Adele Made Strides In 2011

   This powerhouse from the UK blazed onto the music scene in 2008 with her hit single Chasing Pavement. She became an American superstar, gaining noteriety the world over. Fast forward three and a half years and Adele is still making chart topping hits. From her catchy Rolling In The Deep number to her newest hit Someone Like You, this artist seems to have the success formula down. At the same time, she comes across as a real person and. Not a figment of Hollywood's imagination. She has been quoted as being shy on stage, so much so in fact that during some performances, she has been known to have the lights not facing the crowd. This is due to the rumored fact that large crowd's intimidate her. While some might find this to be a character vice, I'm sure the vast majority of us find it a way to humanize a character some might find larger than life.Recent reports indicate that Adele is highly favored by fans and critics alike. She is a very soulful singer and besides her insecurities manages to have a unique and powerful stage presence. I see nothing but greatness on the horizon for this young singer and look forward to her future success and achievements.

TI Is Finally Out Of Jail...Again

I'm not quite sure how I feel about tje self proclaimed "king of the south" doing a family based reality show. I appears that everyo e is feeling the effects of the downed economy. It might have more to do with his continuing legal woes that render him incarcerated for long stretches of time and unable to market his brand. TI was, and still is one of my favorite rappers but I am not too interested in the domestic aspect of his life. That being said, I can't knock the hustle. A mans gotta eat somehow and no matter how degrading it is, I guess its still better han having to do a stint on Celebrity Fear Factor. I have heard one relatively decent song from him since his most recent release. The name of the song is 'Im Flexin". He also apparently did a song with the very wholesome Taylor Swift at one if her concerts and it was featured on his reality show. TI is not the first rapper to use a reality show to promote hisself. Other rappers include Snoop Dogg, Flava Flave, and Vanilla Ice. It seems to be a long running fad that shows no sign of ending. For me, it is simply a situation where I would rather see the artist in their natural element rather than a low cost mtv or vh1 reality series yet at the same time I wish these artists the best of luck and hope that they accomplish whatever it is that they set out to do.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lady Gaga Set To Take Over In 2012

If you arent a fan of Lady Gagas music, you still have to respect her hustle. It seems that Forbes has named her number 1 on their list of the top 100 celebrities. That is quite an impressive feat, especially due to the fact that there are many high profile figures that are all well established. Lady Gaga torpedoed into the music scene in 2008 with her hit debut single 'Just Dance' and has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In my personal opinion she is a very business saavy individual with very covert and clever tactics for drawing attention to herself. Wether it be an outrageous wardrobe or a proclamation of posessing the male reproductive organ, There is definiteley a method to Gaga's madness and all I can say is kudos. L

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jay Electronica...Best Rapper Alive?

Jay Electronica, born Timothy Elpadaro Thedfor, is a highly talented hip hop emcee from New Orleans. He was born on September 19, 1976.  "Perhaps one of the most highly acclaimed rappers of the 2000s, Jay Electronica first gained significant attention after the release of the musical composition Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), made available on a MySpace page in 2007. It is nine continuous minutes of music, without drums, built from Jon Brion's soundtrack to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In late 2009 he released two songs, both produced by Just Blaze, "Exhibit A (Transformations)" and "Exhibit C" the latter of which won won a Sucker Free Summit Award for Instant Classic. On November 12, 2010, it was announced Jay Electronica had become an official member of Jay-Z's Roc Nation record
  A lot of his fans (me included) have been wondering when Jay will be dropping an entire album considering the fact that he has
such a strong internet presence. I haven't heard any recent new about an album release date, although in his highly acclaimed Just Blaze produced single, he mentioned that a number of high profile rappers and producers were waiting for him to drop his verses for the anticipated album. I am almost literally chomping at the bit waiting for this sure to be masterpiece and I will keep you posted on any upcoming news.