I hope everyone has fully recovered from whatever Cinco de Mayo revelry they got themselves into over the weekend. I had a little fun, which was nice after yet another week of waiting for one specific interview to be set up. Thankfully I've managed to arrange and do five other interviews in the time it's taken this label to (not) set up one, so I still have plenty of content for you. Leading things off this week is my interview with Tough Love New Orleans' Miss Awkward, who talks about her early experiences on the show and some embarassing real life moments. I also have an explosive interview with David Banner where he dives deep into race in America and the value of urban music. Pop Shots is all new this week (and I hope you've been enjoying the new, more graphic heavy, format), and this week's Vid Pick is a great clip from one of Cali's finest, CookBook.
Miss Awkward Talks About Getting Some Tough Love
Of all the women on this season’s edition of VH1’s Tough Love, Melissa Schultz, aka Miss Awkward, seems to have struck a chord with the most people. The announcement to a boat full of men about her virginity, albeit an announcement not made by her, and her penchant for making the occasional goofy face, makes her a bit of a reality show anomaly - she’s unabashedly herself. While others routinely choose to try to present one aspect of themselves, whether that aspect is based in reality or not, Melissa let us know right off the bat that she’s a virgin, she’s quirky, and she knows she needs some help in the dating department.
This week, with Tough Love New Orleans hitting its stride, I caught up with Melissa to find out about some of her initial impressions when she arrived at the house, which cast member raided her closet, and the always important vaginal acoustics. Yes, I said vaginal acoustics. You must read on now.
David Banner just wants to borrow a dollar. OK, he doesn’t want to borrow it, he wants you to donate it to his latest project. He isn’t just asking for a handout, though, he’s hoping to create a new way of doing business, and in the process show the world that urban music, and the urban community, are valuable resources.
Banner is looking for two million people to donate one dollar, or more, so he can put out his next album Sex, Drugs & Video Games, on May 22nd, and the new business venture comes with a new look and a new attitude. Gone are a whole lot of pounds and the normal accessories sported by prototypical hip-hop artists. Instead Banner is being seen far more often in suits and ties. Although he’s always had intellectual endeavors, Banner is now putting his brainy side front and center, even speaking at Harvard University as a part of their LA Riots symposium.
This week, I caught up with Banner to find out more about how his project is about more than just music, why it’s still so hard to talk about race in America, and how he feels even comic book characters have played into all of this. First, however, Banner wanted to discuss a certain part of the female anatomy, and we would have been rude not to oblige.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from the latest insane protest against Lady Gaga, to my own protest of who’s currently topping the Billboard album chart, to a way to get people to not protest Rolling Stone’s recent top albums list, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
CTE and Anwhat Entertainment present the hot new street album "In 45 Dayz"!!! JW (CTE) and A Bay Bay deliver banging music and a powerful message to the industry that you will not want to miss. The album features 4 brand new tracks with production from Rico Love, Phat Boy Beatz, Billy Syn of VK Studios and S.Y.R.A.Q.U.S.E just to name a few.
01 Gotta See This (Young Jeezy ft. Freddie Gibbs & JW) [Prod. by Lil Lody] 02 JW - We Ready 03 JW - Like Me 04 JW - What You Gon Do (Ft. Trae Tha Truth) 05 JW - Do It Do It 06 JW - I Got A Bitch 07 JW - Hold Me Down (Ft. Mike Bless) 08 JW - Stars Are Out 09 JW - I'm The Shit 10 JW - We Taking Over 11 JW - So Amazing 12 JW - Turnt Up 13 JW - Vibin 14 JW - In Da Streetz 15 JW - Up (Freestyle)
Erick Sermon & DJ Case - Intro Erick Sermon feat. Mone, Fred Da Godson & Swizz Beats - Set It Off Warren G, Nate Dogg & Game - Party We Will Throw Now Glasses Malone - Rihanna Jan Delay & D Flame - Air Max Bow Wow - In The Club Young Tyme, Luv B & Big Bone - I'm Flexin rmx DJ Rapture ft. LA Da Boomman & Rikk Reighn - Fuckshit Cam'ron feat. Vado - Where The Mali At Monstahh aka Master P - B.N. Purple Cypher - Space Drop Undisputed - Rockstar 2 Face, Crise P. & SpazzOne - Face Off MC EVL & Taeboi - Swag On Diddy Fat Joe feat. 2 Chainz & French Montana - No Country Jadakiss feat. Meek Mill & Yung Joc - By The Bar Waka Flocka Flame & Trey Songz - I Don't Really Care Jamie Marsh - Make It Mine Rhyme Scheme - It's Goin Down Kartell The Phenomenal feat. Boss Blacc - Mr. Phenomenal D-Sypha - No Grind, No Glory Colton Brown feat. EP & SassyTee - Chevy Boyz DJ Blackskin feat. Gemeni - Like Damn Wale, French Montana, Diddy & Mase - Slight Work rmx T-Zank - Real School The Out Crowd feat. Hard Target - Gimme What I Want Boxah A.K.A Eternal - Shinin Smooth - Girls, Sex And Being Fresh Erick Sermon feat. Jimi Hendrix - A Way Out Erick Sermon Outro
After moving from San Diego, California as a teenager; L PRO entered the music scene with his first record "Uncharted Regions" produced by D-Wyze in 1996. This album featured guest appearances by the Lifesavas, Cool Nutz, Destro Destructo of Oldominion and others. Ultimately, this album proved to be a well rounded album and received accolades from XXL magazines Adisa Banjoko who noted, "These cats are nice, real nice; from the opening track Navigation to Four O’clock in the morning and No Matter, you can tell that D-Wyze and L Profound ain’t new to this." Banjoko continues with... "They have true skills and lace the album with a tone of positivity that doesn’t come off as corny or condescending."
Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Distribution Jay-O - On The Come Up Mixtape (Mixtape)
1- JAY-O LEMME SEE IT FEAT YOUNG SYM 2- JAY-O HOUSTON GIRL 3- JAY-O GOOD THANG FEAT YOUNG SYM 4- JAY-O MY PLACE FEAT SHERRO 5- JAY-O TRICK YOU DO FEAT ENO & THA NO 6- JAY-O WE FEAT K.T 7- JAY-O HOUSTON'S HOTTEST 8- JAY-O STAY SCHEMIN 9- JAY-O TWIT PIC FEAT K.T 10-JAY-O LIKE A BOSS FEAT SLIM THUG(EXTENDED) 11- JAY-O BEAUTIFUL FEAT YOUNG SYM 12- JAY-O SUICIDE 13- JAY-O GOOGLE ME IM FAMOUS FEAT GUDDA GUDDA & THA NO *BONUS* NO BEEF FEAT MARCUS MANCHILD