Report: J. Cole to play for Rwandan basketball team

Report: J. Cole to play for Rwandan basketball team
Cole has signed with the Rwanda Patriots BBC and may take to the court this Sunday.

By Jordan Darville

May 10, 2021

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J. Cole is dropping his new album The Off-Season on Friday, but that’s not all the North Carolina rapper is up to this week. According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, Cole has signed with the Rwanda Patriots Basketball Club, the African country’s national team. The signing is expected to be announced on Thursday, a few days before the team plays the Nigeria River Hoopers on Sunday at 7 am. EST.

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Sources confirm @NewTimesRwanda report @JColeNC expected to play for Rwanda Patriots BBC in @theBAL. The rap star is in the four-day quarantine and the signing is expected to be official Thursday. Patriots open BAL action Sunday vs Nigeria River Hoopers 7 am EST live on ESPNews. https://t.co/QorCELnX96

— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 10, 2021

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Before he became a rap star, Cole had NBA dreams. He hooped for the Fayetteville Bulldogs during high school and considered pursuing basketball at St. John’s University in New York before deciding on a career in music. Cole outlined his decision in an editorial titled “The Audacity,” published last year: “As I envisioned this future for myself, there was a truth that I couldn’t escape… I came to New York to be a rap legend.”

Skepta – Eyes On Me Lyrics

[Chorus]
How they gonna lift my skirt? (How?)
When I never wear no dress
Eyes on me ’cause the way this designer looking on me got your girl impressed (Sexy)
Stylish G, I make one phone call and the gang turn up like it’s merky’s vest
They can’t diss us boy, they get crushed in a rizla
Strap it and burn it, yes
They got the eyes on me but my eyes on the girl with the tight up skirt (Hmm-hmm)
Bare songs about ice and racks
Them boy there live out their wifey’s purse (Brr)
You don’t wanna see the gang pull up
The cars dem pull up, your guys disperse (Bow-bow)
And we ain’t tryna take no L’s
Any funny business and we raise up first (Ice)

[Verse 1]
Came with the what? Came with the who?
Came with the hood like a Canada Goose (Gang)
I dunno who gassed them youts, I stay in the boy’s T like cranberry juice
Big man you don’t wanna get murked in your beamer
Meet the grime reaper
It’s 38° outside but the streets still cold like a freezer
Gotta stay close to the heater (Ice)
Ex-girl found out that I slept with it in her bed
But she can’t call me a cheater
Gotta stay with it
The streets hear that you’re getting money, they will spread news like the cleaner (Brr)
Try slander my name in the paper (Huh?)
Now I’m on the front cover in the fader
It’s an oxymoron how I speak so bluntly
Still I’m as sharp as a razor (High)
Who’s that boy in the new Bottega?
Sipping out a [?], no chaser (Sex)
Bought a new crib and I got no neighbours
Independent, but I’m still so major
I was in New York tryna make ends meet outside the bodega (Get me?)
I went from trap boy to wholesaler
Tables turned and I’m the rotator (High)

[Chorus]
How they gonna lift my skirt? (How?)
When I never wear no dress
Eyes on me ’cause the way this designer looking on me got your girl impressed (Sexy)
Stylish G, I make one phone call and the gang turn up like it’s merky’s vest
They can’t diss us boy, they get crushed in a rizla
Strap it and burn it, yes
They got the eyes on me but my eyes on the girl with the tight up skirt (Hmm-hmm)
Bare songs about ice and racks
Them boy there live out their wifey’s purse (Brr)
You don’t wanna see the gang pull up
The cars dem pull up, your guys disperse (Bow-bow)
And we ain’t tryna take no L’s
Any funny business and we raise up first (Ice)

[Verse 2]
What you telling me?
I made it so easy to like me
Still they wanna be my enemy (Huh?)
You know the fame comes with the jealousy (Trust)
I’m an African giant, course she fucks with me, that’s simple science
One night with me and she feeling the chemistry
She love the way I move especially
No competition, ain’t no one ahead of me (Greaze)
Stop the comparison, shit’s embarrassing
I’m a top soldier in the garrison (Bow-bow)
Room full of gold like the Vatican
Diamond chain, rosy like a mannequin (Ice)
I could put ’em in a hearse with a verse before they know what’s happening
Or we could do magic sticks, my guy wave the sticks
Watch them boy start vanishing (Brr)

[Chorus]
How they gonna lift my skirt? (How?)
When I never wear no dress
Eyes on me ’cause the way this designer looking on me got your girl impressed (Sexy)
Stylish G, I make one phone call and the gang turn up like it’s merky’s vest
They can’t diss us boy, they get crushed in a rizla
Strap it and burn it, yes
They got the eyes on me but my eyes on the girl with the tight up skirt (Hmm-hmm)
Bare songs about ice and racks
Them boy there live out their wifey’s purse (Brr)
You don’t wanna see the gang pull up
The cars dem pull up, your guys disperse (Bow-bow)
And we ain’t tryna take no L’s
Any funny business and we raise up first (Ice)

Listen to nasimiYu’s P O T I O N S, her first album in seven years

Listen to nasimiYu’s P O T I O N S, her first album in seven years
The activist, dancer, and one-woman band found strength in adversity while creating amid a summer of protest.

By David Renshaw

May 06, 2021

nasimiYu. Photo by Amanda Picotte.

 

Dancer and musician Nasimiyu Murumba has spent her life immersed in music. Splitting her time between New York and New Orleans she has fronted trap-pop group Baeb Rxxth and played drums for acts like glam rockers Sharkmuffin and synth-pop group Kalbells. In addition to playing in various bands, she has also danced her way across the world and formed what she describes as “conscious dance” communities during her time in New York.

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It was this love of dance that helped, in part, break a lengthy spell of writers block and finally create new album P O T I O N S, streaming below ahead of its official release on May 7. The album, released under the name nasimiYu, melds pop and R&B textures to channel themes of witchcraft, heartbreak, psychedelic medicine, and striving for personal expression above all else.

Finally coming together during summer of 2020, nasimiYu would dance meditatively for hours before picking up any of her instruments to write or record. At the same time she was organizing BLM protests an activity in her home city. These two elements combined to help her break out of a creatively quiet period and embrace making music as an act of both healing and resistance.

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This feeling is evident in the minimalistic “Watercolor,” written about a psychedelic awakening. The song marries rich melodies with watery synths as she celebrates shedding a protective layer and choosing, instead, to live in a radical softness. Holding your emotions close and refusing to dull their power is central to P O T I O N S and runs through many of the album’s highlights. “secretsecret,” for example, catches her owning up to letting a bad relationship take control of her life and examining those confusing, contradictory periods of heartbreak.

Speaking about the album in a statement, nasimiYu said: “This album was being made while the world was on fire in all the ways, and some of the most loving ways found their way into these songs because that’s what I was overflowing with throughout the experience. I just wanted to make the ‘me-est’ thing possible, undiluted, and to find my own healing in the process.”

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Shenseea’s Manager Romeich Mourns Death Of Brother Steve Major

Romeich Major is mourning the loss of his older brother.

More than anything these days, ill-health and death seems not just inevitable but abrupt. Unfortunately, many people have been suffering major losses in their families and among their friends. In the entertainment world, we have said goodbye to a long list of local and international stars as well and some are grieving the passing of their loved ones also. Head of Romeich Entertainment, Romeich Major recently took to social media to pay tribute to his brother, Steve Major who unfortunately passed away.

The artiste manager, who manages Shenseea, Ding Dong, and Teejay, revealed that Steve was one of his eight siblings. He says his big brother who was living in New York at the time of his death was one of the closest ones to him. While Romeich did not mention a cause of death in his posts, he mentioned how we should all treasure life while we have it. “Life is a rear Gem have to protect it and treat it good for it to last as Long as possible,” he wrote on Instagram Stories. “(R.I.P) to my big brother STEVE MAJOR you will be missed bro real general.”

Romeich also posted a reel of photos on Instagram along with a heartfelt caption lamenting his older brother’s passing and the impact he had on his life. “It’s never easy [losing] a love one,” he began. “No matter how strong you feel you are when they are gone all emotions in your body start to over work.”

The Romeich Entertainment boss went on to say his big brother taught him a lot about life and family and always took great care of him when he visited New York. “R.I.P my big brother you will forever be missed by all #SteveMajor,” he added. In the comments, Romeich received condolences from friends like Shaggy, Shenseea, Teejay, Ding Dong, and more. Former Miss World and Jamaica MP Lisa Hanna also wrote, “So sorry for your loss. Stay strong my brother and take the time to grieve in your own way.”

Our condolences to Romeich Major and his family.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Honors XXXTentacion And Ski Mask the Slump God Reacts

Tekashi 6ix9ine pays homage to XXXTentacion at his concert last weekend but Ski Mask The Slump God isn’t impressed.

The self-proclaimed King of New York, Daniel Hernandez, better known as Tekashi 6ix9ine is not well-liked in many rap circles. However, he still has many supporters. The rapper is currently in Florida at a music festival where he performed in front of a whopping 15,000 fans. While this concert defied the usual social distancing guidelines, this is not what is most surprising.

It was 6ix9ine’s tribute to fellow rapper XXXTentacion that caught everyone off guard. This is not the first time 6ix9ine has done a tribute for X as he memorialized him right after his passing in 2018.

The late alternative rapper Jahseh Onfroy, more popularly known as XXXTentacion and typically referred to as X, was from Miami-Dade County. He had a massive cult following which he built from his SoundCloud and his social media accounts. Millions of fans around the world mourned his untimely passing back in June 2018.

At this recent festival, 6ix9ine referred to X as the King of Florida and played X’s “Look At Me!”. He did not perform the song in its entirety but rather recited some of the lyrics while moshing on stage.

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This was typically well-received by his fans, who thought the tribute was heartfelt. Even those who were not fans of the New York rapper lauded him for the tribute on social media. However, one rapper was not impressed. X’s best friend Ski Mask The Slump God made his displeasure known on Twitter.

“Random N****s That Perform Take A Step Back Or Look At Me But Only Know The First Three Lines,” The Slump God tweeted.

Random Niggas That Perform Take A Step Back Or Look At Me But Only Know The First Three Lines ???

— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) May 2, 2021

It is unclear whether the “Catch Me Outside” rapper’s tweet was intended for Tekashi 6ix9ine, as he did not directly call him out. If this tweet is for 6ix9ine, it is obvious that Ski Mask views this performance as being disrespectful. Regardless, this tribute seems to have gotten him in the good graces of many who were not fond of him before.

As fans sings him high praises, many of them are also highlighting how petty 6ix9ine is and are anxious to see his response to Ski Mask. Tekashi is known for his legendary trolling skills, and the rapper consistently stays embroiled in endless beefs.

Following his release from prison last year, 6ix9ine shared a screenshot of some DMs XXXTentacion sent him before his death the year before.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Returning To The Stage After Almost Losing Millions In Jewelry

Tekashi 6ix9ine is ready to retake the stage after he almost had his chain snatched during his last performance.

Since becoming a free man again, Tekashi 6ix9ine has been keeping it high-key on the gram though perhaps low-key in real life. This weekend, things changed when he made his grand return to the stage in Orlando, Florida for his first live performance since his release. Prior to this, the rapper who has earned a reputation in hip-hop for being a rat was often threatened and intimidated about making certain appearances.

6ix9ine scoffed at his opps this weekend in Orlando when he not only put on a high-energy performance in the club but also decided to crowd-surf. During the time that he was at the mercy of his screaming fans when he dived recklessly into the audience, the rapper had his hat knocked off, and his $2 million chains were next. Lucky for 6ix9ine after his jewelry was yanked by fans, a member of his security team retrieved it from the ground.

Amidst the close-call performance, the New York rapper took to Instagram in true gang culture fashion to boast that he still has his chain. “He NoT GonNa bE Able tO cOmE ouTsiDE,” 6ix9ine captioned a video of the incident on the gram. “JUMPED IN THE CROWD WITH ALL MY JEWELRY 2,000,000 WORTH. REAL LIFE > THE INTERNET If you mad just say that don’t @ me.”

Many would think the rapper would consider taking a short hiatus from the stage after this incident, but instead, he continued to taunt his opps on social media, promoting yet another upcoming show in Miami. “THEY SAID HE CANT DO NO SHOWS IN AMERICA,” 6ix9ine wrote. “THIS SATURDAY MIAMI. MIAMI MARINE STADIUM. THE BEST PERFORMANCE YOU HAVE EVER SEEN !! SEE YOU THERE.”

While the rapper can simply opt to stay on the stage this time, some still question whether his live performances are a good idea right now. Do you think Tekashi 6ix9ine is taking a huge risk with this next show in Miami?

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New York State Honors DMX With “Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons” Day On December 18th

DMX gets his own day in New York.

The former Ruff Ryders rapper will be remembered by many worldwide as a Hip Hop legend. Even as the rapper was laid to rest on Saturday, April 24, many fans found it hard to believe that DMX was no longer alive. Still, the memory of the rapper and his many contributions to Hip Hop stands as evidence of a life well-lived.

To commemorate this life, the state of New York is declaring the late rapper’s birthday, December 18, as “Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons Day.” Erica Ford made the announcement at the rapper’s funeral. The New York state flag that was flying on the day of X’s death was also presented to the family of the rapper by Ford, who said, “his lyrics were also rapped on the Senate floor by Senator Jamal Bailey who introduced a legislative resolution alongside Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in his honor.”

Friends and family gathered on Saturday to pay their last respects to DMX, who died on April 9 after suffering a heart attack. The heart attack reportedly came after a drug overdose, the effects of which left the rapper in a vegetative state for the duration of a week leading up to his death.

The 50-year-old rap icon was open about his struggle with drug addiction. Nevertheless, his family and friends prioritized his legacy and contributions rather than his struggles.

The rapper’s 9-year-old daughter, Aaliyah expressed this during the memorial, “It makes me sad that my dad will never be able to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ ever to me again…..I know my dad is in heaven. Even though he can’t talk back, I know I can still talk to him. I think it’s good that I get to call my dad a legend. Rest easy, dad.”

There were similar tributes from several of his 15 children. Fellow celebrities also poured out tributes at the rapper’s memorial service held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While the Ruff Ryders gathered on the stage for an emotional tribute, Kanye West and his choir basically brought the house down.

In addition, rapper Jadakiss reflected on DMX’s legacy in an emotional tribute. “Y’all know this is a big hit for us. The world know the Dog but we know a different Dog. When he comes to the town, he’s much different than the one they see on TV. It’s hurts anytime you lose a soldier but this one hurts different because he was the main piece on the board,” he said.

Other tributes came from Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Russell Simmons, DMX’s ex-wife Tashera Simmons.

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Lil Mosey – BB Saggin Lyrics

[Intro]
Ooh, ooh
Yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah

[Chorus]
That my little brother Midget and he hold the clip for me
30 and an FN and we sprayin’ for a week
I was in Seattle, cause I missed the fucking streets
In the city, with my shooter, and we geekin’ on a beat
Flying to New York, I got my B.B. Saggin
Bitch, she think she special but I know she average
Thirty in my teeth, she think it’s so fantastic
Hundred for the whip, nigga swervin’ in the traffic

[Verse 1]
Hop in my whip across the border, and they didn’t stop me
And my nigga on probation and I have my glocky
I miss my brother Kari, he said don’t let no one stop me
I just met your bitch, and she said she wanna top me
I just one four six, and I’m coolin
Nigga you are lame, what you doin’?
With a bad bitch, and she movin’
We got pleasant club, that’s for shootin’

[Chorus]
That my little brother Midget and he hold the clip for me
30 and an FN and we sprayin’ for a week
I was in Seattle, cause I missed the fucking streets
In the city, with my shooter, and we geekin’ on a beat
Flying to New York, I got my B.B. Saggin
Bitch, she think she special but I know she average
Thirty in my teeth, she think it’s so fantastic
Hundred for the whip, nigga swervin’ in the traffic

[Verse 2]
I just hit a lick, my bank maxed out, oh
Tossin’ and the city got packed out, uh
I just faced three woods, I might pass out
And that bitch she want me ’cause she seen I brought my racks out, uh
I just seen a thot, she in my hotel lobby
Ask me why I’m here, I say, “money is my hobby”
She don’t ask no questions, she goes straight to some sloppy
Pulled off in the beamer, and I met another thottie

[Chorus]
That my little brother Midget and he hold the clip for me
30 and an FN and we sprayin’ for a week
I was in Seattle, cause I missed the fucking streets
In the city, with my shooter, and we geekin’ on a beat
Flying to New York, I got my B.B. Saggin
Bitch, she think she special but I know she average
Thirty in my teeth, she think it’s so fantastic
Hundred for the whip, nigga swervin’ in the traffic

[Outro]
(Skrrt, skrrt)

R. Kelly Associate Michael Williams admits He Set Azriel Clary Car On Fire

Michael Williams, one of R. Kelly’s associates who was charged with arson after he set fire to a car belonging to Kelly’s ex-girlfriend who is testifying in the case, pleaded guilty when he appeared in court on Monday.

Williams, who is said to be a relative of Kelly’s former publicist, is facing a minimum of five years imprisonment when his sentencing comes up in October. In June 2020, the car of Kelly’s ex-girlfriend Azriel Clary was torched and badly burnt. Nobody was in the car or hurt from the incident. Clary claims that it was all an intimidation tactic for being an accuser in the rape trial of R. Kelly.

Clary, who went to live with the singer when she was 17 years old, says that she was sexually and physically abused by the R&B singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly. On social media, Clary had posted a photo of the badly burnt car and said that she was lucky to be alive since she believed that Williams intended to kill her and her family.

“So this is me at my lowest…someone not only set my car on fire at 3 am but they also made a gas line around my entire house, with intentions to burn my entire home down,” she said. “it was something that was premeditated, but the fact that someone would go to that extreme to harm me is sickening,” she said.

Williams, who took a plea deal for a reduced sentence, was charged with one count of arson. A witness tampering charge was dropped as part of the deal.

Williams was arrested as a suspect after police found records from Google that he had looked up Clary’s address in Florida using a Google search right before the arson attack. On Monday, at a court hearing in New York before pleading guilty, he said, “I drove from my house in Kissimee, Florida and deliberately set a car on fire in someone’s driveway.”

Police say along with the Google data, they also found surveillance footage of his car without license plates driving from the area as well as found cell phone records of his phone connecting to cell towers around Clary’s home location. They also found searches asking, “can you drive in Florida without a tag” and later his YouTube history, which included videos on witness intimidation and a website, “How Do Fertilizer Bombs Work,” all being the key pieces of evidence against Williams, 38.

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Lbs Kee’vin – Run Wit It Lyrics

[Intro]
(Neilaworld)

[Chorus]
All these niggas in my business, all these bitches on my dick (Yeah)
Mix that Gucci and Dior, I spent your mortgage on this fit (Yeah)
You would think I'm from New York how I was sellin' dimes and nicks (Yeah)
I'm the same nigga, don't matter if I'm broke or if I'm rich (Yeah)
And this the story of a nigga who would stand down
No security with me, I know my way around
I got a bitch that'll get any nigga whereabouts
I drop that bag and I can make a nigga air it out

[Verse 1]
I ain't clearin' shit, if you heard a rumor, then run with it
I don't want your love, I just wanna f*ck and I'm done with it
I can't do the show, the promoter won't let my gun in it
If you lookin' for love in the streets, it ain't none in it
I ain't showin' favoritism, love my bitches all the same
Like Money Making Mitch, I love the hustle, love the game
I'll overkill a nigga if he reachin' for this chain
Speak on all the times I fed you if you speakin' on my name
And that's facts, nigga
I can't be around you if you clubbin' with a rat, nigga
Conversin' with the bosses at the table when I sat with 'em
I never lose my focus, stay on track and overlap niggas
You gotta have a solid resume to give me dap, nigga
[Chorus]
All these niggas in my business, all these bitches on my dick (Yeah)
Mix that Gucci and Dior, I spent your mortgage on this fit (Yeah)

You would think I'm from New York how I was sellin' dimes and nicks (Yeah)
I'm the same nigga, don't matter if I'm broke or if I'm rich (Yeah)
And this the story of a nigga who would stand down
No security with me, I know my way around
I got a bitch that'll get any nigga whereabouts
I drop that bag and I can make a nigga air it out

[Verse 2]
Can't look at him the same, my nigga Iverson, he crossed me
I'll rock your ass to sleep, I strapped the pistol to the carseat
You deep up in that street life, one mistake'll be costly
Killers catchin' bodies, I'll never let 'em Moss me
I never been the cheap type, all my fabric expensive
Johnny for the win, I spent a dub to see the dentist
I'm ballin' and they broke, walk in the room and feel the tension
I used to be like them, but I just got up off the benches

[Chorus]
All these niggas in my business, all these bitches on my dick (Yeah)
Mix that Gucci and Dior, I spent your mortgage on this fit (Yeah)
You would think I'm from New York how I was sellin' dimes and nicks (Yeah)
I'm the same nigga, don't matter if I'm broke or if I'm rich (Yeah)
And this the story of a nigga who would stand down
No security with me, I know my way around
I got a bitch that'll get any nigga whereabouts
I drop that bag and I can make a nigga air it out
[Outro]
I ain't clearin' shit, if you heard a rumor, then run with it

Kevin Gates – Beat Box (Freestyle)

Shit. Yeah, I’m feelin’ like that
I’m in New York right now, you heard?
I’m a different kinda animal when I’m up here (I’m a silverback)
D-D-Daytrip took it to ten (Hey)

[Chorus:]
Takin’ these journeys where I’ma need an interpreter
Haven’t had a problem I couldn’t solve with the murderers
Forced entry, home invasion, I know the burglars
Pardon my thoughts, I had to put up the burglar bars
People done hurt us all
Icebox where my heart was, it don’t hurt at all
She got a murder charge
People done hurt us all
Icebox where my heart was, it don’t hurt at all
She got a murder charge
And he got a murder charge

A’ight, I’ma get it all out right here, you heard me?
This my healing process, you know what I’m sayin’?
I’m pressured

First time I ever been disappointed, think it came from my mother
I subconsciously engage in things that’s makin’ me suffer
And this in turn has an effect on how I deal with a woman
I try to turn ’em against their family just to prove that they love me
I put that iron on your cousin, I put that iron on your brother
And when they draw the chalk line, pretend that I don’t know nothin’
I’m not the one to cross now, I ain’t retire from thuggin’
Observe that I’m a boss now, I mail it out and say, “Fuck it”
Then slim, you won’t get walked down, if you survivin’, you lucky
You survivin’, you lucky, you survivin’, you lucky

[Chorus:]
Takin’ these journeys where I’ma need an interpreter
Haven’t had a problem I couldn’t solve with the murderers
Forced entry, home invasion, I know the burglars
Pardon my thoughts, I had to put up the burglar bars
People done hurt us all
Icebox where my heart was, it don’t hurt at all
She got a murder charge
People done hurt us all
Icebox where my heart was, it don’t hurt at all
She got a murder charge
And he got a murder charge

Why I’m supposed to be givin’ a fuck, lil’ bitch? Uh, let me calm down
Heard your opinion and I’m not givin’ a shit, I’m really up now
In the H I went to Emit and got the pendant bust down
Talkin’ ’bout what you gon’ do to the kid, I’m out here shinin’, what now?
Applyin’ the pressure, she beggin’ to get my attention, but ain’t no love now
Say you fuckin’ with someone that fit my description, but it ain’t workin’ out
Personal trainin’ when I used to hit it, whip up and work it out
I’m really for certain now, I’m knowin’ my purpose now (I am)
My insecurity wiped out, I’m knowin’ my purpose now (I know)

When you find someone seekin’ acceptance, that’s dangerous
‘Cause they’re not just seekin’ acceptance from you, they seek acceptance wherever they can get it from
Even the opposition, yes, Lord

[Chorus:]
Takin’ these journeys where I’ma need an interpreter
Haven’t had a problem I couldn’t solve with the murderers
Forced entry, home invasion, I know the burglars
Pardon my thoughts, I had to put up the burglar bars
People done hurt us all
Icebox where my heart was, it don’t hurt at all
She got a murder charge
People done hurt us all
Icebox where my heart was, it don’t hurt at all
She got a murder charge
And he got a murder charge

D-D-Daytrip took it to ten (Hey)

DMX In Vegetative State After Overdosing On Drugs

DMX is in a vegetative state at a New York hospital following a drug overdose.

The New York rap legend reportedly overdosed on drugs at his home on Friday night at approximately 11 pm. TMZ reported that he was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York, where he is currently admitted to the critical care unit. While some sources are saying he has some level of brain activity, doctors are cautioning that he might not make it as he remains in a vegetative state.

DMX drug overdose also reportedly triggered a heart attack. The former Ruff Ryders frontman has battled drug abuse for many years and has even opened up about how he believed he became addicted to drugs as early as age 14.

“I didn’t smoke cigarettes, I didn’t smoke weed, I didn’t do anything, I’m 14-years-old,” DMX recalls in an interview. The rap icon revealed that he was at a birthday party when his close friend tried to pass him a blunt which he refused because he didn’t smoke.

“He came back with a blunt rolled up. And as I’m counting the money, he passed the blunt,” X said while adding that it was Ready Ron who passed him the blunt that time, and he obliged and took it. “I was no longer focused on the money. I’ve never felt like this. It just f***ed me up,” he said.

DMX questioned why his close friend would do something like that to someone he looked up to and revealed that a monster was born that day, something he called a blessing and a curse. The blessing be it likely helped him to become one of the most successful and recognized names in hip hop of all time, and the curse being his lifelong battle with substance abuse.

In February 2016, DMX overdosed on drugs where he became unconscious and was rushed to a hospital. In that incident, police officers had to administer CPR because the rapper had no pulse when they arrived on the scene. DMX associates denied that the incident was too placed.

In October 2019, DMX checked himself into rehab following another relapse. He had been doing good since that rehab stint but has apparently relapse once again.

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Desiigner – I Get That Lyrics

[Intro]
Woah, you dig
(Ayo Razy, this shit crazy)

[Chorus]
I get that—, get that loaf (Loaf)
I get that—, you want smoke (Smoke)
I get your—, I’m a ho’
She want a nigga from New York
Hold it, huh
I’m ridin’ through the block in a Phantom, hold (Oh)
She diggin’ on me ’cause I’m handsome
I get that—, get that loaf (Loaf)
I get that—, you want smoke (Smoke)
I get your—, I’m a ho’
She want a nigga from New York
Hold it, huh
I’m ridin’ through the block in a Phantom, hold
She diggin’ on me ’cause I’m handsome, ayy

[Verse 1]
Nigga, I’m lit
I come from the bottom, I come with the shit
Remember the days when I had to go in
Now I got bitches, they come on the ship, hey, ayy
Paid 45 for the Phantom, woah, huh
Holdin’ up a lick for the ransom

[Chorus]
I get that for the low (Low)
I get that, you want smoke (Smoke)
I get your— she a ho’
She want a nigga who gon’ tote
She want a— who get money
I wanna— in her tummy
I made this sh—, keep one-hundred
I let her— when she want it

[Verse 2]
Shooters they in the V
Put ’em all on a tee
May the dead rest in peace
Make the opps go to sleep
Let you know I’m a G
Pay the field with the heat
Louis kicks, Louis V
Make it bounce just for me

[Chorus]
I get that—, get that loaf (Loaf)
I get that—, you want smoke (Smoke)
I get your—, I’m a ho’
She want a nigga from New York
Hold it, huh
I’m ridin’ through the block in a Phantom, hold (Oh)
She diggin’ on me ’cause I’m handsome
I get that—, get that loaf (Loaf)
I get that—, you want smoke (Smoke)
I get your—, I’m a ho’
She want a nigga from New York
Hold it, huh
I’m ridin’ through the block in a Phantom, hold
She diggin’ on me ’cause I’m handsome, ayy

Lil’ Candy Paint – 24 Lyrics

[Chorus]
How the f*ck you broke? We get the same 24
Got a lil' change then you changed on your bros
Give me an M right now, I wouldn't change on my hoes
You got fool in your body and the fake get exposed
Can't trust nobody, these lame niggas hoes
Finna lay down a bitch with the playing with her nose
I done met a couple bitches in the past, sometimes my bros
All my idols, my opps, they think I took they ho
Let me let them niggas know

[Verse]
Niggas wanna play this shit cordial and they was backstabbing me
Try to get my bitch, couldn't have that thing
I was out in New York with your bitch on my D
I said send the bag then she CashApp me
If you see, lil' nigga, throw a bag at me
I'm a handsome nigga, bitch, and he mad at me
I'ma [?] that lil' bitch, get him mad at me
Just to show them lil' niggas that the bag on me
I'm just mad that I call you my partner
I'm just mad that these bitches my problem

I just took another thotty out the product
I just took another thotty off the ballot
[?] went straight to Cali
Hellcat coming roaring, you can hear it down the allies
Drop the oxy my dreams just to make a nigga happy
You'd do anything just to make a thot happy
E or the Perc', having choices
Popped one now I'm hearing voices
You must ain't have heard what lil' Lee said
Can't fear no nigga who bleed red
[Chorus]
How the f*ck you broke? We get the same 24
Got a lil' change then you changed on your bros
Give me an M right now, I wouldn't change on my hoes
You got fool in your body and the fake get exposed
Can't trust nobody, these lame niggas hoes
Finna lay down a bitch with the playing with her nose
I done met a couple bitches in the past, sometimes my bros
All my idols, my opps, they think I took they ho
Let me let them niggas know

Justin Bieber – Love You Different Lyrics (feat. Beam)

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
I will love you different
Just the way you are
And I will love you different

[Verse 1: Justin Bieber]
You pull up in a foreign
You that New York time, easy Sunday morning (Front seat)
When we touch I think we skip a beat (Beep, beep, beep)
It's a movie with you, got me at the edge (Let me see)

[Pre-Chorus: Justin Bieber]
There’s a beauty on your lips
I drown with every kiss
I'm not used to this
There's nothing I won’t give
Don't like making promises
Just remember this

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
I will love you different
Just the way you arе
And I will love you different
That's what you been looking for
You'rе the fruit of my life
That patient kind
That tongue got me tongue-tied
And that's why
I will love you different
Just the way you are
[Verse 2: Justin Bieber]
No matter how different
You're beautiful
I can't make this up, no, baby
Ain't no need to beat your face in Fenty
Want you on the cover, under the covers
Ain’t no rubbers on this planet
I’ll treat you like a mother (Let's make babies)

[Pre-Chorus: Justin Bieber]
There’s beauty on your lips
I drown with every kiss
I'm not used to this
There's nothing I won't give
Don’t like making promises
Just remember this

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
I will love you different
Just the way you are
And I will love you different
That's what you been looking for
You're the fruit of my life
That patient kind
That tongue got me tongue-tied
And that's why
I will love you different
Just the way you are
[Verse 3: Beam]
I and I
Need you in my life
Even when the fire burning I need you find the light
It's a different night
With you right by my side
You mix the color, color, color, color, see the future bright
This here mutual, it's not usual
When I'm around you I-I-I (Ooh)
Dem goose bumps, dem goose bumps
The truth hurt and you know
A real ting we feel this time (Ooh)
You gimme goose bumps yeah, yeah

[Chorus Justin Bieber]
I will love you different
Just the way you are
And I will love you different
That's what you been looking for

Fettes Brot – Prolog Lyrics

[Strophe:][Boris]
Das muss auch König Boris erkennen, der vor den Schatten seiner Vergangenheit nach Amerika floh, um dort den Frieden zu finden nach dem er sich so sehnt. Davon ist er allerdings noch weit entfernt. Das wird ihm richtig bewusst, als ihn die vier Banden des „Weißen Drachen“ aufgespürt haben. Der „Weiße Drache“ ist kein geringer als der geheimnisvolle Verbrecherfürst, der New York ihn seinem schmutzigen Griff bekommen möchte. Dafür braucht er jeden Mann, der der uralten Kampfkünste mächtig ist. Auch König Boris. Es sieht beinahe hoffenungslos für ihn aus, denn der junge Mann hat keine Freunde. Keine? Falsch. Da ist einer, ein gewisser Spiderman

Freddie Gibbs – Stripes Lyrics

Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Got dmc, run dmc, run dmc, run dmc
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…

Yeah, stay on the cruise so… stick up to stick man
357 to the… bitch I hope you picked up a dinner plan
Got that out your… 250 grand
Don’t let hair… straight from new york in my nigger minivan
Scuze me mister officer I been thinking about popping you
So you better not search this car I’m so high I’m off… I promise you
I won’t go back to jail, seem like every time nigger try to make a sell
These bitches go back and tell
This shit here fresh off the scale, white bitch 10 bricks and a m3
When I’m done bring down let’s go, I’ma beat that shit like a mp
Say they murk me for 10 g,… shit don’t offend me
The hair strike… rap shit, I run d and I mc

Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me

And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…

I don’t even use the door, I just pull another round
Only… shit, look like a…
… about to give it a massage,
I whip them bitches 2 at time, yeah, I’ménage
Car full of bags looking I’ve been shopping
… across the street, I think the motherf*cker’s watching
Oh well, gotta it, this why I cook it
This the cooking channel get a nigger some to looking
We’ve been riding all day, that’s why my name is just tommy
Save for the night cause my neighbors might own me
Riding so dirty, made the birds take a bath
When it dried off, it was a bird in the hatch

Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…

Governor Cuomo is permitting New York music venues to open at 33% capacity in April

Governor Cuomo is permitting New York music venues to open at 33% capacity in April
The gig is back on — so long as no more than 100 audience members are in attendance.

By Salvatore Maicki

March 03, 2021

Ryan Muir for The FADER

With summer on the horizon, and President Biden claiming there will be enough COVID vaccine doses to supply the American population by the end of May, now comes the ambiguous part: scrambling to restore public spaces to their former glory. The newest development in New York’s turbulent race to reopen arrived on Wednesday, when governor Cuomo announced that music venues will finally be allowed to open their doors come April 2.

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The news arrives with the stipulation that venues will only be allowed to operate at 33% capacity. Additionally, no more than 100 attendees will be permitted at indoor gigs. Outdoor gigs have more leniency, with a maximum capacity of 200 attendees. If a venue has the capability to administer COVID tests to all attendees, those caps increase to 150 and 500 guests, respectively.

Later this week, on March 5, movie theaters in New York will be permitted to open again at 25% capacity, albeit without concessions. Indoor dining, still a controversial topic, remains at 35% capacity for the time being.

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Cardi B Says She Plans To Tell Her Side Of Assault Story  

Cardi B says she wants to tell her side of the story as soon as her New York assault case is over.

Cardi B was charged with assault back in 2019 stemming from an alleged fight at a Queen’s strip club. According to reports, she allegedly ordered attacks on two bartenders, Jade, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s current girlfriend, and Baddie G. The attack was allegedly triggered following accusations that Jade was sleeping with Offset. Both bartenders claim they got injured during the brawl when Cardi B’s entourage threw bottles and chairs.

For this incident, Cardi B was indicted on 14 charges, which included two counts of assault. She later rejected a plea deal. Since this incident and the following court appearance and charges, many individuals have had a lot to say, especially those who do not support the rapper. On Wednesday, Cardi tweeted, ” I can’t wait till sh*t is over so I can tell my part of sh*t. Motherf****rs really ran with the I send Nikkas to touch b**ches sh*t for too long.”

One user responded to her tweet writing, “NAH FR BECAUSE THEY BEEN LYING ON YOUR NAME FOR SO LONG CLEAR IT BAE.” Cardi B quickly jumped on the opportunity to double down on her previous statement, directly retweeting the fan and adding, “Super clear it ….with Receipts and all!”

The Bronx rapper was, of course, referring to the narrative that many have voiced over the years that she allegedly sent men to assault the strippers in the club as she believes Offset was cheating with her.

Offset and Cardi B got married secretly back in 2017 and shared a daughter named Kulture together. They have had a rocky relationship with the “WAP” rapper, even filing for divorce last year. She later had the case dismissed “without prejudice.” They later rekindled their romance to the disbelief of fans. Cardi B notoriously then went on Instagram and told her fans she was “crazy” and admitted Offset was her “best friend.” Cardi also infamously released an album, Invasion Of Privacy, which detailed Offset’s infidelities and her own threats as a response.

We will watch to see how this plays out!

Keyshia Cole Explains Why Ashanti Verzuz Was Again Canceled

Keyshia Cole offered concerned fans an explanation why her Verzuz battle with Ashanti didn’t happen.

Fans of Ashanti and Keyshia Cole will have to wait even longer for their Verzuz showdown. COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of dozens of concerts over the past year, and it seems that even virtual Verzuz battles are not immune. An announcement on the official Instagram account confirmed that the upcoming match-up between the two R&B stars that was set to take place on Saturday but has now been postponed.

“I’m so sorry the @verzuztv event didn’t happen!” Keyshia Cole wrote on Instagram. “I want you guys to kno, I really think @applemusic didn’t want to put staff/Production in danger along with @ashanti and myself. Due to the recent spike with the Corona virus …. I kno you all had get togethers and parties planned in states that were open. I’m so sorry! I love you guys, and thank you for the continued love and support over all these years!!! I BEEN READY! And I STAY READY.”

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“This has been an emotional week. In addition, as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, safety is a top priority for us,” read the statement from the Verzuz team. “As much as we enjoy having everyone together in the same room, to protect the artists and everyone who works with us in putting the shows together, we’ll be going back to separate locations for a bit.”

Unfortunately for lovers of Keyshia and Ashanti, this is not the first time that their hopes have been put on hold. The original duel between the pair was scheduled for December 12th but had to be put on ice as the “Foolish” singer tested positive for coronavirus. Although she has recovered, it is understandable that the Verzuz organizers want to take every precaution with COVID-19 cases climbing by more than 200,000 per day.

The news of the postponement was met with much disappointment, with many on Twitter saying they no longer cared about the battle between the New York artist and the “Heaven Sent” singer. “If Ashanti and Keyshia scared to battle Verzuz just say that,” read one tweet.

Although organizers have not revealed a new date for the face-off, let’s hope that the third time’s the charm.

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Royal Flush – Rotten Apple Lyrics

Dwellin’ in the Rotten Apple, you get tackled
Or caught by the devil’s lasso, shit is a hassle

Hook (2x):
Dwellin’ in the Rotten Apple, you get tackled
Dwellin, dwellin’ in the Rotten Apple, you get tackled
Dwellin’ in the Rotten Apple, you get tackled
Or caught by the devil’s lasso, shit is a hassle

Verse 1:
As a young men, walking in these streets where my gun clean
To sell grams to chop chop make the extra ends
The ??? to make me inhale within
All the reefa that I choke don’t provoke get smoked
Half your team left buddy problem solve with coke
Treats is no joke in traces with cancer from gun smoke
Open up your eyes and realize at time fly by
What up with chulas I didn’t leave myself sometime
Staying laced up chasing absolute with crime
These streets is mine I guess I’m black and strapping by nine
Although I’m going through a lot busting cops for props
Keeping loose rocks for every fiend
I didn’t sweat to death thinking bout the seed I got to bless
Although I rest god leave some money in his chest
God bless all my people’s lying up state to death
Street stress I try to see a billion nothing less

Hook (2x):

Verse 2:
My life’s a struggle the preachers in the church know how they thug you
First they mug you by telling God that they love you
Son f*ck that, staying in the street packing heat

f*ck a TNT sweet my people’s we got to eat
Moving on a creep trying stack a million in a week
Wisely can’t even trust my man down with deep
Niggas saying showing mad love but I act like them
Not in my team we trying see nothing else but cream
Coming for Queens peace to whole boroughs doing their thing
However you last long cause you don’t go while getting blast
Never ??? shooting at these niggas getting cash
??? f*cking with this like that’s going bad
Do I live a last but my first extortion from a Arab
I got bag for all these f*cking warrants I had
Drinking Remy fast with lieutenant criminal business
Exchange coke for spinach by false move you finish

Hook (2x):

Verse 3:
For the love, money, murder and sex I push a Lex
To my death don’t sweat load down niggas holding a tech
Diamond flooded next condos top notch connect
Plush we stack cream for fiends that you never seen
Living killer queens base land niggas do their thing
Let the money built money holding on my gun keep it real
Thugs in New York talking slick talk holding your fort
While I’m throwing judges in court maintain in sport
Showing all support catching cases running through current
I stay blunted cause in these streets flush is warning

Hook (2x):

New York’s Health Commissioner is not happy about the recent Chainsmokers concert

New York’s Health Commissioner is not happy about the recent Chainsmokers concert
Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “months-long work to flatten the curve and contain the virus” could be at risk thanks to the crowded outdoor show.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2020

Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine

 

Last weekend, The Chainsmokers headlined an outdoor concert in Southampton, New York called “Safe & Sound.” The event quickly became infamous after footage emerged of the audience packed in close together during the EDM duo’s set, a huge faux-pas during a global pandemic (the notoriety wasn’t helped by the exorbitant ticket prices, or the fact that the opening act was the Goldman Sachs CEO David Soloman a.k.a. DJ D-Sol).

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Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was “appalled” by the concert, and the state’s Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a letter that “Safe & Sound” was “an obvious public health threat.” Today, Zucker expounded on his thoughts in a letter published by Rolling Stone. “[T]he recent “Safe & Sound” Chainsmokers charity concert in Southampton mocks New Yorkers’ months-long work to flatten the curve and contain the virus,” Zucker wrote.

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After calling the event “an illegal and reckless endangerment of public health,” Zucker reiterated New State’s promise to investigate the “Safe & Sound” concert, and chastized its organizers and wealthy attendees for their perceived selfishness: “[W]hen this disease spreads, it is more devastating to people who are not young and healthy. It is more devastating to people who cannot afford $850 tickets to a charity event — namely, working minority populations in underserved communities whom we have seen to be at heightened risk for infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.”

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Despite the threat that the event poses of undoing New York’s “months-long work to flatten the curve and contain the virus,” Zucker concluded his letter on an optimistic note: “We are now ahead of the virus rather than catching up behind it, and we are determined not to lose this advantage as we work to keep all New Yorkers safe.”

The organizers of “Safe & Sound,” In the Know Experiences and Invisible Noise, said in a statement to Billboard that proper safety precautions were taken. “We did everything in our power to enforce New York’s social distancing guidelines and collaborated with all state and local health officials to keep everyone safe,” they wrote, pointing to the event’s sanitization stations, mandatory temperature checks for all attendees, and more.

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New York indie supergroup Muzz talk us through their family tree

New York indie supergroup Muzz talk us through their family tree

Following the release of their debut album as Muzz, Interpol’s Paul Banks, Walkmen drummer Matt Barrick, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman discuss their back catalogs and collaborations.

By David Renshaw

July 01, 2020

Driely S.
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Muzz may well be one of the most unassuming supergroups in the world. For a start, this is not a group of musicians coming together, Avengers-style, to combine their individual powers. Interpol frontman Paul Banks and Josh Kaufman, who has worked extensively with The National and The Hold Steady, first met while at school in Madrid, Spain as teenagers. In the early 2000s they both moved to New York to study and became friends with drummer Matt Barrick, once of influential rockers Jonathan Fire*Eater and then a member of The Walkmen, as they all enjoyed the spoils of a golden era in the city’s musical history. With a relationship that dates back two decades it is perhaps surprising to learn that they only decided to start working together officially in 2015. That Muzz’s debut album has only just dropped five years later is testament to three friends who know that life-long bonds bring with them the gift of time.

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Muzz is an album that bears the tide marks of its creators — Barrick’s jazzy swing, multi-instrumentalist Kaufman’s soft warmth, Banks’s instantly identifiable baritone — but it defies easy categorization. The album lolls at a leisurely pace, never too rushed to stop and take in the view. Songs like “Bad Feeling” and “Knuckleduster” will feel familiar to those who devoured Lizzy Goodman’s NYC rock bible Meet Me In The Bathroom, slipping on easily like an old leather jacket. Elsewhere, however, washes of slide guitar, piano, and horns call to mind the roots-era sounds of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. It feels less like Muzz came together to remind their respective fans of what they already knew they could do, but rather step into their third decade as friends by melding their respective pallets into one expansive breeze.

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Collaboration is not out of the ordinary for any of Muzz’s three members. As you would expect from three guys who have spent twenty years playing in bands, Banks, Kaufman, and Barrick boast a rolodex of credits that encompasses many of the major tentpoles of the past 20 years of indie rock. The family tree they put together below clearly illustrates that, while Muzz might be the first time they’ve worked as a trio, they’ve often had each other’s backs on past projects. When Banks recorded his 2009 solo album (released under the moniker Julian Plenti) he turned to Kaufman to join his live band. Similarly, when he and Wu Tang Clan’s RZA needed a drummer for their unlikely collaborative project, Barrick was the first choice. Kaufman and Barrick, meanwhile, have worked together on solo albums by Walter Martin and Craig Finn. The tree shows a group who have been together in spirit for many years, even if it’s only just becoming something with a name attached to it.

Read on to hear from all three members of Muzz as they go through the family tree and discuss their favorite songs from their many, many projects.

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Paul Banks

Muzz, “Bad Feeling” (2020)

Paul Banks: This one goes down real easy. When you’re introducing a new band you can do yourself a mischief by using the wrong order of songs. If you hit people with the most experimental thing you did and hold off on the more accessible songs then people might never get to them. We put this out first so people could be like, “I get that song.” It goes off like a shot.

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Josh and Matt had put that instrumental together one day after I left the studio. I first heard it at a session at Isokon Studios in Woodstock and it really jumped out at me. Something about it made me want to put it in my pocket and carry it around with me. There’s something very minimal and beautiful about it. I started writing some lyrics that weren’t super inspired so I took a step away to avoid getting greasy fingers on the track and smudging it. Later I was in a remote part of central America where I like to go spend time and surf. I had a friend of mine out there who was taking his family into the wilderness, this totally untouched spot of paradise that takes two miles of unpaved road to get to. The guy was in such a place of elation that I was inspired by his joy at going off the grid and into nature. It struck me as an antidote to a lot of the urban feelings that characterize my life when I’m on tour and the joy was contagious. I sat down by the beach and wrote the lyrics in one take. The vocals were recorded in one take.

The FADER: Does that idea of going off-grid appeal to you?

I think there’s a yin and yang to it. My life is very different, I’m all up in the grid. It’s a bold move to just follow your heart like that. The positivity of this guy was just contagious, I guess. I don’t need to go off-grid but I like being in the middle of fucking nowhere. I just need my phone.

There’s a line in that song which stands out: “Iʼm still selling someone I forgot at 17.” What were you trying to say there?

The song has a couple of different frequencies. The beginning of the song and the chorus is dead on the frequency of that adventure and then there’s other parts where it’s like a peripheral take, almost like a film jumping from one narrative to another. This song and [Muzz track] “Don’t Call Me Stupid” have some invasive thoughts in them. Leaving them in there is fun.

Julian Plenti, “On The Esplanade” (2009)

This is one of my favorite tracks on my debut solo record. There’s a lot of sound effects that I use that I was really chuffed with at the time. I remember kind of feeling like the internet was like an incredible sample bank, basically. So I believe in that song there’s some kind of Indian wedding singer that I found on YouTube and then there’s female tennis players. You get the percussive sound of the ball hitting the racket and then the tennis players grunting. Female grunting tennis players are kind of like the additional rhythm section in the choruses to this song, as well as this random dude singing a wedding tune. I really like the idea of found sounds in music, and I was really doing a lot of it at that time.

I’d seen Lost Highway by David Lynch and there’s these amazing scenes where it cuts to a kind of VHS footage. It wasn’t just the fact that it was like super eerie that someone’s in this person’s house, it’s the way that the VHS took on this really ominous sort of quality, and I remember kind of thinking it’s like a degraded form within a higher form, and by doing that, you get all the dimensions of that other form. A similar thing kind of applied to sampling, where you sort of get all the history of that sound that you’re appropriating, whether it be hip-hop production or in the case of like found sounds, you get the whole world that it’s from in some other format.

Interpol, “Leif Erikson”(2002)

I remember crossing Houston in Lower Manhattan on the way home from an Interpol rehearsal listening back to a tape and just kind of feeling super stoked about the trail that I was on. I also remember that Carlos [Dengler, former Interpol bassist] had played a keyboard part before we had the lyrics to that song that just really evoked like an old galleon kind of triumphantly appearing on the horizon, visible from Nova Scotia or whatever. So that’s how it got the name “Leif Erikson.” I remember being in the terribly vulnerable position of about to release your debut record. As a very self critical person I remember kind of thinking like, well, at least Leif Erikson’s on it, because that one I know I like, that one I know is good.

How soon after finishing the Muzz album do you start thinking about Interpol again?

We’re actually tossing around some ideas now. I’m never not working. I was working on Muzz when I was on tour with Interpol and I’ll be working on, well, I’m working on Interpol now, while promoting Muzz. So yeah, definitely there’ll be more from that band.

Josh Kaufman

Bob Weir, “Only A River” (2016)

Josh Kaufman: Josh Ritter is an amazing songwriter that I’ve been playing and producing for a long time. “Only a River” was a song that Josh wrote when he was a young guy based on an old folk song called “Oh Shenandoah.” When I first started working with Weir we were discussing images of the Old West. He had spent some time on a cattle ranch as a teenager after getting kicked out of a bunch of prep schools. He ended up on a ranch with an old friend of his named John Barlow where he started hanging out with all these cowpokes, and that’s some of the first music that he learned.

The objective with this record was to make this modern cowboy music, basically. And so “Only a River” was brought in to serve as one of those. It was a really emotional time for Bob. His dad was sick at the time. And for me, getting to be with one of my childhood heroes, legend of American music and founding member of The Grateful Dead. When I hear that music back, I’m flooded with a lot of emotions and memories from that time. It was an amazing learning experience, and he was super generous creatively with his time and just being a cool guy. A lot of people tell you not to meet the legends, that they’ll disappoint you, but I found the opposite to be true

How did you come to be involved with Weir?

I got a call to be a music director back in 2012 for a project for The National. We were going to be backing up Bob Weir for a concert in the Bay Area that was put on through [voter registration organization] Head Count. So I got to meet Bob then, and we weirdly hit it off. I was really nervous to meet him, and then once I met him, we started talking about music and those nerves very quickly flew away. It just felt like I’d made a fast friend. Which was really cool. I hadn’t had that many experiences with other musicians that were the age of my parents and was able to just speak this language with them and feel connected.

Muzz, “Patchouli” (2020)

“‘Patchouli’ was an intensely collaborative song that I don’t even think we were aware of while we were writing it. We were hanging out in the studio and came back into the live room and just sat down at instruments and started jamming. Our engineer and co-producer Dan Goodman was recording it but I don’t think we realized. We went back into the control room, took a listen to what we had done and thought that it was going to be a pretty amorphous sort of blob. Paul heard what we had just done and said, “I think I have an idea for a lyric.” We left him alone for a half hour and came back, and that was it. That track was done just very quickly. And it was created out of our subconscious. That was the first time that we harnessed that power, the three of us improvising together and just vibing off each other in a room and believing in it. I feel like it brought the three of us even closer together, musically.

Bonny Light Horseman, “Mountain Rain” (2020)

Bonny Light Horseman is a band I have with two close friends, Anaïs Mitchell and Eric T. Johnson from Fruit Bats. The deal with this project was us trying to define these sort of transcontinental folk songs, songs that started in Africa and made their way to the U.K. and Ireland and mingled with American songs.

There was a lot of talk about different characters and finding new narratives for a lot of these old folk figures. John Henry was a big folk figure for us but I always felt the music that went along with this heroic tragedy never quite fit the lyrics. The mournful music that we came up with fit the story I wanted to tell but I could never find the right opening into the lyric to get the story right.

Anaïs and I had been searching through a bunch of old versions of “John Henry” and had found a cobbled together version of the story that we wanted to tell, but we still didn’t find that first verse. At the time I was on tour with Hiss Golden Messenger. I was telling MC Taylor about this song, and I played him a little bit of it. He said, ‘I hear what you’re saying, and I hear the sadness and the truth of the story. I think I have something, but give me a minute.’ He walked into his hotel room, and I walked into mine. Literally five minutes later my phone pinged. When I looked at it and he sent me the first verse. “All the miles stack, like a millionaire’s money. I can’t get them back and I’m starved for that honey.” And I was like, ‘That’s it.’ It was a long search and it came out of this circuitous path I could have never have foreseen.

The song is about this failed idea of a capitalist structure, which I think a lot of folk music tries to get at. It still resonates because, obviously, the structure that’s in place in society that is meant to work against particularly people of color and working people, hasn’t gone away. I think it’s just, unfortunately, a very relevant story. It’s important to say “Hang on, how come this hasn’t changed? Maybe we need to think about this again.”

Matt Barrick

Jonathan Fire*Eater, “Search For Cherry Red” (1996)

Matt Barrick: I was probably about 20 years old [when this came out], it felt like a breakthrough for me personally, just in terms of my drumming style. In terms of the song, it all kind of started with that beat and we built a groove around it. In general, I think the song is probably a bit long – we weren’t editing much at that point so a lot of it hinges on Stuart’s lyrics and just giving him a musical bed to weave an interesting tale.

How do you feel Jonathan Fire*Eater’s reputation has changed over the years? It feels like you got a bit more recognition following the publication of Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathroom

I definitely feel like that book brought us a little more back into the spotlight. I feel like for the majority, most people don’t know who we are. But we may have had an influence on a lot of people who went onto larger success in the New York music scene. I still think most people don’t know who we are, aside from maybe music journalists.

Fleet Foxes, “Third of May” (2017)

That’s definitely at the other end of my life. The Walkmen broke up and we had toured with Fleet Foxes and became friends with them. They were taking a break around the same time and [one-time Fleet Foxes drummer] Father John Misty had gone on to do his thing. I always thought they were the one band that I would absolutely love to play drums with. It didn’t happen right away but eventually it started happening in a natural way. Robin [Pecknold] had sent me this song, it was the first one of his I played on and he sent me. It was just an incredible nine minutes of music so I went up to New York’s to record with them. Initially I misunderstood and thought I was only supposed to play on this one small section on the song, but then I got there and realized he wanted me to play on the entire thing. It’s such a cool track and was so memorable to play on. I know Robin’s working on new music, [so I’m] kind of just waiting to hear what happens.

Muzz, “All Is Dead To Me” (2020)

We recorded most of Muzz at Isokon Studios, which is run by Dan Goodwin up in Woodstock and he co-produced the record. We recorded this song at my studio Silent Partner that I’ve started with some friends, including Paul, in Philly. We bought it as a shell and did all the renovation ourselves. A lot of that was happening while I was on tour so I’d come back and hang up with some drywall. It took a little over a year to build and opened about a little more than a year ago. It’s been my dream for years before Muzz. I’ve been moving around horrible spaces my whole life. I think a lot of bands can relate, you’re always playing at a place that has no heat or it’s just in a garage somewhere and you’re bothering all the neighbors. So it started as, “I need a space where I can work,” but it definitely grew from there into a full blown studio and along the way, I picked up some partners here and there, people who wanted space to work in as well. It’s a place where I can record, collaborate with other people, produce music and produce records and just work.

Watch the trailer for Spike Lee’s new Vietnam War film Da 5 Bloods

Watch the trailer for Spike Lee’s new Vietnam War film Da 5 Bloods
It’s set to premiere on Netflix on June 12.

By Alex Robert Ross

May 18, 2020

Netflix has shared the trailer for Spike Lee’s Vietnam War film Da 5 Bloods, in advance of it’s full premiere on June 12.

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Da 5 Bloods follows four Vietnam War veterans (played by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) as they return to Vietnam searching for the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the gold he helped them bury. Jonathan Majors stars as one of the veterans’ sons, with Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Johnny Trí Nguyễn, Van Veronica Ngo, and Jean Reno in supporting roles.

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Watch New York, New York, Spike Lee’s new “love letter” to his home city

Watch New York, New York, Spike Lee’s new “love letter” to his home city
The short film, shot entirely on Super 8, captures a deserted NYC in the middle of lockdown.

By Alex Robert Ross

May 08, 2020

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Plain And Simple. Special Love Shout To Ms. TINA SINATRA,SONY/ATV,KERWIN DEVONISH (Camera),ADAM GOODE (Editor),TIM STACKER And KODAK For The Super 8 Film And Cameras.

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Spike Lee has released a new short film. New York, New York is a three-and-a-half-minute clip that’s available to stream on Instagram. Soundtracked by Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” the short film travels around the city in the midst of lockdown, from a deserted Rockaway beach to an empty Yankee Stadium via Wall Street and Grand Central Station.

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“My short film New York, New York is a love letter to its people. Plain and simple,” Lee wrote on Instagram. The surprise short comes a day after Lee announced that his next film, Da 5 Bloods starring Chadwick Boseman, is set to be released via Netflix on June 12.

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US oil rebounds, back in positive territory

US oil prices rebounded back above zero Tuesday, a day after futures ended in negative territory for the first time as a coronavirus-triggered collapse in demand leaves the world awash in crude. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for May delivery was changing hands at $0.56 a barrel after closing at -$37.63 in New York.

Quando Rondo – Who Died Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro: Quando Rondo & Officer Coffey]
What set you from?
You look like one of them Crenshaw Mafia motherfuckers
No, you prolly one of them Rollin 60’s, huh
(Dubba-AA flex)
Huh, huh
I’m this bitch with Dubba A
Nigga, we be steady flexin’, yeah
Don’t know me
Oh, no, no

[Chorus]
Stick with the dick that’s steady ringin’
Oh so often murder went through my mind
Turned around the corner, took all of the tab, pussy boy you gon’ die
I’m quick to send him for the spin with .45s
Any time they asked ’bout my lil’ soldiers this what I’m gon’ reply (This is the sound)
That lil’ nigga throwin’ six-o, he been slanging iron
We ain’t ’bout no code though, just stop on the opps
We could jump out the car, them bullets flyin’
Lil’ Pooda quick to pull up, kick door, had to rock out wit’ his nine
Timmy rocked out on a opp, if you worried ’bout a Glock, hit in his spine
He made a diss ’bout my big brother
He made a diss like “Damn, who died?”
Been down the block was me and Leaky screaming Crip life ’til we die
They told lil’ nigga leave him lone, but I can’t let the shit slide
Seein’ his brains all on the cement gon’ leave his mama traumatized

[Verse]
They gon’ call the homicide
On a whole another level that I ain’t supposed to
How the fuck we beefing and the whole city know we got smoke?
Timmy say don’t talk on them phones
I’ma put three holes on yo’ dome
Timmy run down the street wit’ a Glock in his hand
Like lil’ kid this is what I’m on
I was up in New York at the top of the bands
I was out, zipped up wit’ that chrome
Swing the stick on they block, then watch them dance
I’m steady tryna rip up the corner
Because they shot at yo’ lil’ brother
After that he went and posted a photo
And you don’t get no straight about it
Nigga told me you called his phone
Big 33 that Timmy covered, let’s go post up by the store
I call up Zack off 37 like meet me at Julio’s
Late nights you know we let it fly right back to back you hit a pole
My stick was talkin’ on the ‘Gram, you let off shots then make a post

[Chorus]
Stick with the dick that’s steady ringin’
Oh so often murder went through my mind
Turned around the corner, took all of the tab, pussy boy you gon’ die
I’m quick to send him for the spin with .45s
Any time they asked ’bout my lil’ soldiers this what I’m gon’ reply (This is the sound)
That lil’ nigga throwin’ six-o, he been slanging iron
We ain’t ’bout no code though, just stop on the opps
We could jump out the car, them bullets flyin’
Lil’ Pooda quick to pull up, kick door, had to rock out wit’ his nine
Timmy rocked out on a opp, if you worried ’bout a Glock, hit in his spine
He made a diss ’bout my big brother
He made a diss like “Damn, who died?”
Been down the block was me and Leaky screaming Crip life ’til we die
They told lil’ nigga leave him lone, but I can’t let the shit slide
Seein’ his brains all on the cement gon’ leave his mama traumatized

[Outro]
If you love me or you love me not, I’ma be me
He known for gangsta shit, and even bangs in the streets
(This is the sound) Woah
Pussy ass nigga, hahaha
Tell that nigga, spin
I’m tryna send a pussy boy to talk to God about her
Haha, nigga I’m a savage
Broke ass nigga

Indian American co donates 3.4m HCQ tablets

An Indian American-owned pharma firm has pledged to donate 3.4 million Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate tablets to some of the key COVID-19 battleground states, including New York and Louisiana, joining the war against the dreaded coronavirus which by Tuesday had taken lives of more than 12,800 people in the US alone.

Vistara asks staff to self-quarantine as Goan passenger on March 22 flight tests Covid-19 positive

Vistara on Monday asked crew members of its Mumbai-Goa flight on March 22 to self-quarantine after a passenger flying with it was tested positive for Covid-19. The airline issued the direction soon after the Goa govt announced that one person, who tested positive, had travel history from New York. He took Vistara domestic flight UK861 Mumbai-Goa on March 22.