Archive for August, 2013

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city Officially Platinum

While some took offense, many others defended Kendrick Lamar‘s “Control (HOF)” verse because the MC can actually back up his claims with lyrics and accolades. Today, he can officially add a platinum album to his growing list of accomplishments.

The Compton native’s critically acclaimed debut good kid, m.A.A.d city sold 9,000 units during the week his call-to-arms on Big Sean’s track caused a stir on the Internets. Coincidence? Probably not. The LP jumped from 52 to 36 on the charts over the last seven days and brought Lamar’s total records sold to over one million.

Congratulations to the TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) camp.

The clique’s next in line, ScHoolboy Q, will deliver his first major label project, Oxymoron, sometime this year. Kendrick Lamar appears on his partner in rhyme’s single “Collard Greens.”

Photo: Sharone Poole

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Jaymes Young – Dark Star (Mixtape)

One of the faster artists to rise this summer was Jaymes Young. The Cali-based artist only started releasing music under the moniker two months ago, but quickly caught the attention of the blogosphere with his cover of Haddaway’s “What Is Love.” Since then, his fan base has only grown. Today sees the release of his debut mixtape Dark Star, which is sure to keep his buzz’s snowball effect rolling. Young utilizes elements of R&B and dark pop to transport listeners to another world. That world is the Dark Star. Stream/download the project below.

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Video: Rick Ross in Cannes

Ross just landed in Europe nigga! Rozay does Cannes in this new vlog/ad for Belaire Rose champagne.

Previously: Gunplay ft. Rick Ross & Yo Gotti – Gallardo (Trailer) | Gunplay ft. Rick Ross & Yo Gotti – Gallardo (CDQ)

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Shyne – “King Of NYS” [VIDEO]

Shyne aka “The Real Larry Hoover” (his words) drops a video for “King Of NYS.” It’s not technically a response to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse since it was part of the former Bad Boy rapper’s Gangland mixtape, which dropped last September.

Nevertheless, Shyne Po’s bars still apply and he sends a message to the Compton rapper at the start of the viral video that finds him rocking a crown and sitting on a gold thrown, with Air Jordan 5s.

“Yeah I said it! Ill set it! Lamar or Kendrick all new rappers perish! Blow yah brains on the wall! Oh G*d I’m a menace! Bow down say your prayers this the G*d in your presence!

Are these words from a forthcoming proper response? Who knows.

Check the video for “King Of NYS” yourself below. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Under Armour “ELITE 24″ Anatomix Spawn PE

Every year, Under Armour hosts the ELITE 24 game, a showcase for the nation’s top 24 high school basketball recruits. This year, the top 24 recruits will playing in special “ELITE 24″ PEs of the Anatomix Spawn, Under Armour’s newest performance basketball silhouette. Team Bed Stuy will be hitting the court in a flashy hypergreen/navy colorway that also features hits of pink for an unexpected combination of colors. Team Coney Island will be will be taking to the court in a bold blaze orange/gravel colorway with hits of crimson. Unfortunately these will probably remain PEs so to get a closer look be sure to check out the ELITE 24 game on August 24.

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OH REALLY? MATERIAL: Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” Album Covers + Mariah Shuts Down Nick Cannon On His Own Show + Wentworth Miller Comes Out As Gay

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Drake just released the….interesting…covers for his upcoming Nothing Was The Same album.  And they’re interesting to say the least.  Plus other ish that had us saying Oh Really?  Mariah shuts down her husband on his own show and Wentworth Miller comes out as gay….

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With one album featuring grown-up Drake with a fresh shape up and gold chains, and the other a pictue of a cutesy baby Drake with a ‘fro and an afro pick, folks have been talking about Drizzy’s NWTS album covers all evening.

The cartoonesque pics were created by the same designer who did MJ’s Michael album, Kadir Nelson.  The album drops September 24th (a week later than scheduled) and the Toronto MC will feature Hov, Lil Wayne and more on his third studio album.


In case you need to be reminded who wears the pants in the Carey-Cannon household, Mariah just sashayed her divaness onto Nick Cannon’s MTV2 "Wild N Out" stage. And shut him down on his own show.

During the improv-style show, Nick and his co-stars were playing a game called "Let Me Holla".  And as Nick got his flirt on with the ladies, MiMi popped her leather-clad ass up from backstage with two big bodyguards in tow.  And told Nick, “I will shut all this shit down!”

Yasssss MiMi.  Nick’s only reply?  “I know, I’m sorry.” Ha.  Gotta love them.


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And for the shocker of the day….Former "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller came out as gay.  Yep, the man we’ve had a crush on for eons and who is actually half black.  Well, who the F knew this?

Apparently, no one.  Beause Wentworth surprised most when he refused to travel to Russia due to their government’s recent horrific actons and attitude toward gay citizens.

"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," Miller continued. "The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systemically denied their basic right to live and love openly."

Even the GLAAD spokesperson, Wilson Cruz. applauded Miller’s stance saying:

"Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution," he said. "As people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russia’s horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia’s anti-LGBT law."

Do you boo.  And fab job taking a stand.

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Air Jordan 4 “Fear” Detailed Images

Living in the moment, the Air Jordan 4 “Fear” takes on perhaps the most topical color palette in today’s runway/street fashion scene. Black and white tones mix with shades of grey on the upper, playing neutral tones boldly against each other. Super soft suede stars on the middle grey panel, contrasted by similar styling above and below for a gradient effect. Black wings juxtapose that of white eyelets, with an Oreo speckled midsole providing the finishing flavor. Get a detailed look at the Air Jordan 4 “Fear” below and look for this colorway to release on August 24 at select Jordan Brand accounts, including the Nice Kicks Shop.

Air Jordan 4 “Fear”

Black/White-Cool Grey-Pure Platinum
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Air Jordan 1 Retro ’89 – “White Cement” & “Green Glow” | Release Info

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Also known as the Air Jordan 1 ’89, the updated Air Jordan 1 Retro ’89 will be available this coming Saturday, August 24th, in not one but two delectable colorways. To match-up with the just release Air Jordan 4 “White Cement” and “Green Glow,” Jordan Brand re-appointed the two popular colorways onto the Air Jordan 1 ’89, making the two pairs the perfect stand-in when you don’t want to get your AJ4s dirty… Available this weekend at a Jordan Brand retailer near you or online through

Air Jordan 1 ’89
Style: 599873-104
Color: White/Cement Grey-Fire Red-Black

Style: 599873-033
Color: Black/White/Green Glow-Cement Grey

Release Date: August 24th, 2013 (Saturday)

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VIBE Celebrates 20th Anniversary In Las Vegas [PHOTOS]

Twenty years is a crowning achievement for any publication. That’s why VIBE magazine is celebrating their two decades and counting tenure for the entire year. Las Vegas served as the locale for their most recent soiree yesterday, August 20.

The mag invaded the popular spot TAO Beach for a daytime pool party hosted by La La Anthony. Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran was among attendees at the festive event.

There was also an after party at the House of Blues, which was a Malibu Red-sponsored concert headlined by the trippy king Juicy J and Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli.

Prior to the show, Malibu Red held a cocktail reception where they showed an exclusive documentary commemorating the partnership between Ne-Yo and their brand. VIP party guests were given Sprayground back packs contained with Sol Republic headphones, custom VIBE 20th New Era hats and Civil apparel.

Hit the jump to see photos on the following pages.


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Tokyo Shawn – I Know You

Over the past few months, Savemoney members Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper have become regulars on the pages of Hypetrak. Today, we have the opportunity to introduce you to another member of the Chicago-based collective, Tokyo Shawn, who premiered the music video to his new single, “I Know You,” today on MTV Hive. The track may catch those familiar with his older material off guard, but that’s likely what Shawn was going for, being that he’s one who takes pride in his versatility. Enjoy the Peter Campbell-directed visuals above, and keep an eye out for Tokyo Shawn’s upcoming project, The Wave Theory, which is set to impact later this year.

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