Craig David [Live Performance]

Legendary UK artist Craig David recently performs his own spin on a cover of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself as well as his new hit single When The Bassline Drops (ft. Big Narstie) on BBC Radio Live Lounge. Watch them below. Giving fans a reason to fall in love with him all over again.

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Kedrick Lamar [Live Performance]

K. Dot just had to go and do it again didn’t he? Man I love this guy. If you weren’t diggin’ To Pimp A Butterfly when it released earlier this year then I feel bad for you son, you got 99 problems and bad taste is one. That sophomore album was straight fire.

Here’s his most recent performance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert – a medley of tracks including U, Momma and Wesley’s Theory. He put so much energy into it.

Body On Me [Live Performance]

LOOOORD can we take a step back please.

YouTube were practically begging me to click on this video, all up on my homepage. Rita Ora holds back zero composure during this performance of Body On Me with Chris Brown on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She’s always been a good performer, I remember because I went to one of her gigs a few years ago (I’m also quite enjoying her as one of the judges on X-Factor UK this year). She seems to everywhere – you gotta rate her hustle.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I swear she was more into the sexiness than Chris? Or maybe I’m blind because I wish it was me that close to him. I’d be surprised if they haven’t smashed behind closed doors.

Straight Outta Compton – Movie Review

So last night I finally went to see Straight Outta Compton which I’ve been super excited to watch since it was announced. As a massive fan of Hip-Hop, finding the inside stories of artists through biopics have always interested me, I’ve seen it with B.I.G’s Notorious, TLC’s CrazySexyCool, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and of course Eminem’s 8 Mile. Now they can either be terrible like Aaliyah’s or a true reflection on how one became to be who they are today which is respectfully portrayed in this new N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton.

I was born in 1993 so N.W.A were around even before I was born, yet their music influenced some of my favourite rappers of today and boy am I thankful (e.g. Kendrick Lamar). It makes you realise why you fell in love with Hip-Hop in the first place, a catalyst of a raw art form that manages to translate how we feel – for example FUCK THE POLICE.

Their notable song was highlighted in the movie allowing us as viewers to understand what exactly they went through at the time and the struggles in which inspired the specific tune. A political issue that unfortunately still has not be tackled in America, even after all these years.

The film has received positive reviews and rightfully so. It demonstrates the group’s rise to rap fame revolutionizing hip-hop culture and music having come from one of the most dangerous cities in the West Coast – Compton, California. First up, let me give credit to the casting, the choice of actors were incredible. The actors playing each member of the group were exceptionally convincing that you almost felt it was actually the real people taking you back into history (does help that Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr portrayed him – they look exactly alike!).

It’s one of those films that will go down as a ‘classic’ and I say this because it exceeded expectations. Although it lacked in-depth character analysis – it’s difficult to fit everything in a couple hours I guess but it focused on N.W.A as a whole, as a collective which I think fans will appreciate more.

It allows us to witness how Dr. Dre emerged from his talent as a DJ to now becoming one of the greatest producers (and businessmen) alive. Cube’s poetry turning into legendary rap bars/verses as well as his reasoning departure from the group and the late Eazy-E’s transition from selling drugs, being a rapper and consequently diagnosed with HIV Aids. You get to also see MC Ren, DJ Yella, Suge Knight and Jerry Heller who all contributed to N.W.A’s road to success and downfall.

It’s a gangster lifestyle in the hood; so yes there’s definitely sex and violence but more importantly a lot of drama with elements of comedy and real emotion. I’d advice you to see it in the cinema, very entertaining and a nice tribute to E’s legacy.

Alfred Responds

You’re probably thinking.. who’s Alfred? But Meek looks like one to me and I was really trying to avoid mentioning his name AGAIN, but a few people have asked me what I think about “Wanna Know” his weak attempt at dissing Drake. Took long enough.

Tbh I’m real mad because not long ago I was biggin’ up his album. Excuse my french but WHAT IS THIS SHIT?! I can’t even dignify how wack his response is; I think everyone is a little bit disappointed. I won’t spend too much time on it, just read all the comments on Rap Genius, they’ll tickle you.

It’s also rumoured that Nicki has dumped his ass and WWE are suing him for using the Undertaker’s theme tune, if that’s the case then all I can say is – this man needs Jesus right about now.drake

Beef – Drake vs. Meek

Never did I think Mr Mill would be mentioned on my blog twice already but of course I have to address this Meek and Drake beef! I mean, if you can call it that lol. It’s definitely not on the scale of Nas & Jay or Kendrick saying he was the king of NY but any rap conflict is interesting af. I may be bias because I’m a much bigger Drake fan so my loyalty lies with him, although even with that being said – he is killing Meek right now!

So let’s start from the beginning, Meek had the audacity to say Drake doesn’t write his own lyrics or that he supposedly raps over ghost-written verses (I can’t confirm if it’s true or not but I rather not speculate and have faith in the guy – if he does I’m sure they’re credited).

Drake did respond but in a less invasive way and using a regular flow with Charged Up, his approach wasn’t rude at all, he just took a couple shots but Meek decided to take to twitter and call it “Baby lotion soft” yeah that wasn’t smart at all. Four days later Drake fires up and releases Back to Back Freestyle which comes with vengeance!

Social media was blowing up; my Twitter and Instagram feed were full of hilarious memes dissing Meek and rating Drake. He must feel like a complete fool right now, I don’t even think Nicki can back him up on this. Worst thing is, he didn’t respond! He basically dug his own grave with the silent treatment.

Let me just pull out this one verse for you guys..

“You love her, then you gotta give the world to her, Is that a world tour or your girls tour? I know that you gotta be a thug for her, this aint what she meant when she told you open up more. Yeah, trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers, yeah you gettin’ bodied by a singin’ nigga. I’m not the type of nigga that’ll type to niggas, and shout-out to all my boss bitches wife-in niggas. Make sure you hit him with the prenup, then tell that man to ease up”

This is only a fraction, ouch.

Anyways, Drake really did buy bottles for CharIamagne but I guess we’ll never hear another R.IC.O.

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BET Awards 2015

I want to keep this post short and snappy just highlighting some of my favourite moments from the night.

Kendrick Lamar performance of Alright – DOPE
Alicia Keys performing The Weeknd’s Earned It – TERRIBLE
Bad Boy Reunion – AMAZING! Diddy dropping – HILARIOUS
Chris Brown & Tyga – SO LIT!
Janet Jackson dance tribute – SPECTACULAR
Smokey Robinson ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ – CUTE
Big Sean performance – IDFWU lol joke I really do
Fetty Wap – PERFECT ENDING

Why did Rihanna duct tape Floyd Mayweather though? Nicki’s speech where she forgets what award she’s accepting was too funny.

I was overall pretty disappointed with some of the decisions made in regards to who won some of the awards but I won’t get into all that right now. There were more deserving winners amongst the nominees; I’ll just put that out there.