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Beyonce Releases “Lemonade”

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Beyonce released her newest album, “Lemonade,” in a very personal, deep and unprecedented way.

Her HBO special Saturday night also turned out to be a visual album for “Lemonade,” where she shared intimate details about her life and every woman’s journey of self-healing. The message of the conceptual project was clear, she is not the one to be trifled with.

The series of formalized videos displayed what she does best: spread woman self-empowerment, shed light on civil issues and slay of course.

Yonce set a new precedent with the visual album being released in a way the music industry had never seen. It shows the innovative thinking by the people at Roc Nation.

It’s really refreshing just like a cold glass of “Lemonade” on a warm summer day.

Listen to the full 12-track “Lemonade” album available on TIDAL now.

She couldn’t have planned the release any better with her Formation world tour kicking off on April 27th.

WRTTEN BY: BRYAN MELARA – @IamBNyce

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PRINCE DEAD AT 57
It was a sad week for fans of music with the news of Prince’s death after reports circulated that his body was found inside his Minnesota compound Thursday.

As of now it is unclear if his death is related to the same illness that required an emergency landing in Illinois while he was touring in April.

One thing that is for certain is the “Purple Rain” singer left behind an amazing catalog that few artists past or present could match.

In the hip-hop world his presence was heavy and many shared reactions to the icon’s death via Twitter:

We know Prince was a music genius, check out a few songs that featured Prince samples:
’03 Bonnie & Clyde – Jay-Z & Beyonce
2 Live & Die In LA – 2-Pac
Heartz of Men – 2-Pac
Big Brother – Kanye West
Diamonds & Girls – Lil Wayne & Curren$y

Rest easy.

CHYNA PASSES AWAY
Former pro-wrestler Joan Laurer also known as Chyna, was found dead at her Redondo Beach apartment Wednesday. She was 45.

Chyna graduated from the University of Tampa before joining the WWF (World Wrestling Federation), where she became the only undefeated female fighter in WWF history.

Growing up watching the WWF I remember watching her go heads up with anybody that stepped to her.

R.I.P.

NICKI MINAJ COVERS TIME MAGAZINE

This past week TIME magazine rolled out their yearly 100 most influential people covers. Nicki Minaj was honored with being on one of the covers.

Lil Weezy wrote the introduction for Nicki’s cover with reflections of all her accomplishments and recounted his first impression of the diva.

Read what he said below:

You know, in New York they used to have these street DVDs. It just so happened that I appeared in one, and when I looked at the finished product, Nicki Minaj was on a part of the DVD. I was like, “Woooooow!” She was just being Nicki without the glitz and glamour. When I heard the first two and four bars, it wasn’t even about her rapping better than any female rapper. It was about, man, she’s rapping better than other rappers—period.

I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her. She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.

Congrats, Ms. Minaj.

KHALED JOINS FORMATION WORLD TOUR

Major tour ALERT! The SnapChat Don Dada, Dj Khaled, announced that he is going on tour with Beyonce for her Formation world tour this summer as the opening act.

We already know how BIG Beyonce is worldwide! Going on the biggest tour of the summer will give Khaled a major boost, as he is getting ready to release his ninth studio album titled ‘Major Key.’

He took to his Instagram to show his appreciation and gratitude:

Today I proudly announce a major milestone in my career. Today’s announcement is a major accomplishment in my life. In other words it’s a major achievement alert!!!! I am proud to announce that I, DJ Khaled will be on tour with the icon, Beyoncé!!!!! Fan luv, when I tell you that prayer is the so powerful, please believe me. I want to thank the incomparable icon Beyoncé for this tremendous opportunity of a lifetime. Your music is the soundtrack to so many people’s lives across the globe. Your legacy is a blueprint for the young generation to follow and strive to be. You are the true definition of a superstar. Thank you so much for inviting me on your stage. I promise you this! I’m gonna rip it down so legendary!!!!!! When I was a kid THEY told me no when I wanted to DJ and perform in the club! So guess what, I did!!! OPEN FOR BEYONCÉ!!!!!! Fan luv we did it! We made on the stage with the Queen. Get ready to feel passion pain success and tears of joy in a STADIUM NEAR YOU!!!!! Miami, see you soon!!! I’ll be on stage with Beyoncé on April 27th and then I’ll be on the road to more success. Thank you again Beyoncé for making this dream come true for me. I will never stop fan luv. Bless up!! @wethebestmusic @epicrecords @rocnation #djkhaled #MAJOR-My album soon come!

https://twitter.com/djkhaled/status/723963365127802880

The Formation world tour will kick off in Khaled’s hometown of Miami on April 27.

YG & DJ MUSTARD SQUASH BEEF

It’s nice to see that YG and DJ Mustard are back to playing nice with eachother.

These two came in the game together and are like brothers, so naturally they will always have their ups and downs.

DJ Mustard brought out YG at Coachella week 1 to perform his new single “Fuck Donald Trump,” in addition to other hits.

Check out the video:

Let’s hope they can stay cool and keep blessing the people with those hits they’re known to make together!

WRITTEN BY: BRYAN MELARA – @IamBNyce

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It was on Fox’s ‘X Factor’ in front of high-profile judges: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Brittany Spears and Demi Lovato where this week’s Indie Pick, Johnny Maxwell, first received high praise for his musical artistry.

A couple of words the judges used to describe the young 16-year-old Maxwell were; “passionate”, “energetic”, “driven” and “fun.” That was back in 2012 during the inception of Johnny’s musical career.

Today, a more developed Johnny Maxwell can still be described with those words, although he credits the whole experience of being on the show as a very humbling one, that served as an eye opener and set the bar for the things he could accomplish.

“That kinda showed me I had a little bit of talent, being I was blessed enough to be able to be aired on the show,” he said. “From there I was like I wonder what I can do if I just keep this going.”

His curiosity kept him focused and motivated him to continue working on perfecting his art. The ambition he carries can be heard in every note he hits as the energy he brings thunders over the 808 drum-lines.

Being from Castro Valley in the Bay Area, 808s were instilled in his head at a young age, with his father taking him to watch shows of local artists during the Hyphy-era.

The added bass on his songs stimulate his vocals on tracks that make his music enticing. That sound is what he considers to be the bridge between R&B coupled with Pop music and what he describes as “RnBass.”

“RnBass isn’t only a genre it’s like it’s own culture,” he explained. “It’s like modern day R&B, this is essentially the evolution of R&B that ties our generation together and gives us something to look forward to in the future.”

His close friend J. Maine, who he met through his manager introduced him to the “RnBass” genre of music.

Johnny credits his manager, Anthony Lovaglia with introducing him to many musical individuals as well as teaching him about the music industry and how it works.

The two met at Lovaglia’s Redwall Studio in San Jose, CA. where Johnny was working on a video for one of his songs. 

“I was just a customer at first,” he jokingly said. “He liked what I was doing, he liked what he saw.”

Lovaglia took notice of the hustle and talent Johnny possessed and kept in contact with him as a mentor. Over time their bond grew so strong, that the relationship became deeper than just music.

“I just started hitting him up for a lot of advice and stuff for things I was going through that left me in a rough spot and he helped me get through it,” he said. “From there something amazing started to form and it’s been working ever since.”

Working doesn’t stop at the Redwall Studio, where Johnny has composed many of his hits, including his most recent “Got It.” Listen to the single below:

“Got It” is slated to be featured on his upcoming album dropping May 6th.

“The music will be different and it will be more of that RnBass,” he exclaimed. “Essentially it’s gonna be sending a message out to people about what you can expect in the time to come with Johnny Maxwell.”

The future for Johnny is shaping up to be very bright. I’m excited to see the direction his career will take him.

His following is already pretty potent in the Bay Area, but he won’t stop there. He also feels he can add to the current talent in his region.

The one major influencer and motivator for making music and somebody he hopes to one day work with is, Marc E. Bassy, who like Maxwell has a Bay Area background.

Follow this kid on the socials @JohnnyMaxwell and as always, don’t forget who put you on!

WRITTEN BY: BRYAN MELARA – @IamBNyce

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Major tour ALERT! The SnapChat Don Dada, Dj Khaled, announced that he is going on tour with Beyonce for her Formation world tour this summer as the opening act.

We already know how BIG Beyonce is worldwide! Going on the biggest tour of the summer will give Khaled a major boost, as he is getting ready to release his ninth studio album titled ‘Major Key.’

He took to his Instagram to show his appreciation and gratitude:

Today I proudly announce a major milestone in my career. Today’s announcement is a major accomplishment in my life. In other words it’s a major achievement alert!!!! I am proud to announce that I, DJ Khaled will be on tour with the icon, Beyoncé!!!!! Fan luv, when I tell you that prayer is the so powerful, please believe me. I want to thank the incomparable icon Beyoncé for this tremendous opportunity of a lifetime. Your music is the soundtrack to so many people’s lives across the globe. Your legacy is a blueprint for the young generation to follow and strive to be. You are the true definition of a superstar. Thank you so much for inviting me on your stage. I promise you this! I’m gonna rip it down so legendary!!!!!! When I was a kid THEY told me no when I wanted to DJ and perform in the club! So guess what, I did!!! OPEN FOR BEYONCÉ!!!!!! Fan luv we did it! We made on the stage with the Queen. Get ready to feel passion pain success and tears of joy in a STADIUM NEAR YOU!!!!! Miami, see you soon!!! I’ll be on stage with Beyoncé on April 27th and then I’ll be on the road to more success. Thank you again Beyoncé for making this dream come true for me. I will never stop fan luv. Bless up!! @wethebestmusic @epicrecords @rocnation #djkhaled #MAJOR-My album soon come!

The Formation world tour will kick off in Khaled’s hometown of Miami on April 27.

WRITTEN BY: BRYAN MELARA – @IamBNyce

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YG Hootie – How You Buzzin (Audio)

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We got our hands on new music from Bompton representer, YG Hootie, off his upcoming mixtape, My Ryda. The mixtape will be dropping VERY soon, keep your eyes peeled to laleakers.com for more info!

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LNDN DRGS – CHOOSE UP (Video)

LNDN DRGS had without a doubt one of our favorite albums last year with Aktive. Feel like it got left out of a lot of rap album of the year discussions because it came out so late in the year and they were fairly unknown when it released, but that’s changed. They’re on a lot of people’s radars and are working on a new album. In the meantime, they’ve been holding us over with visuals off their debut. Here’s the latest for “CHOOSE UP,” with cameos from Wacko and Rabby Rich. If you haven’t downloaded their album yet, download for FREE by clicking the link below. You’re welcome in advance.

New visuals for the homie Bas for “Matches”, off his latest offering ‘Too High To Riot.’

YG links with Nipsey for his new visuals for “FDT.”

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MAMBA OUT!
Kobe went out with a bang in his last game! The Black Mamba ended his illustrious career in the best way he possibly could by scoring 60 points with four boards and four dimes.

His 60 point performance made it the most exciting game the Lakers played all season and brought an electrifying energy to the Staples Center, which wasn’t there all year long.

Of course the stars were in attendance to catch the ending of an era in LA. Everybody from Kanye West to Jay-Z to Kendrick Lamar to G-Eazy to George Lopez, the list goes on.

Ticket prices for the once-in-lifetime event were outrageous but anybody that experienced the moment can tell you every dollar was worth it.

Genuine basketball fans anticipated Kobe’s final game would be a very special one. However, nobody expected it to be as epic as the 60 point performance the Black Mamba had. Mamba out!

WARRIORS SURPASS BULLS
The Golden State Warriors entered the season with one goal, that goal was simply to repeat as champions. As the season progressed, they continued to consistently win games and on Wednesday night they got their biggest win of the year, 73.

Their 73rd win of the season broke the ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls’ record for most wins in a single-season.

That Bulls team is viewed today as one of the best teams in history, so that is saying something about this year’s Warriors.

Although it’s been a record-breaking season for the Warriors, they have a long road in the playoffs and will focus on the goal they came into the season with, to repeat.

N.W.A. INDUCTED TO ROCK & ROLL HOF
One of the biggest outlaw groups in the history of hip-hop and also the pioneers of gangsta rap, N.W.A., were one of the biggest names in this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.

Although there have been other hip-hop names notably Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys, N.W.A. are the first west coasters to get such honors.

It’s been long overdue for N.W.A. to get such honors as they were insturmental in inflating very controversial subjects and became villains for doing so.

Thru time the vindication they faced made them in some ways heroic figures and a voice for the “hood.”

Of course when you’re winning there’s always somebody trying to hate on your victory. Gene Simmons came out to say the rap group shouldn’t have been inducted because they aren’t “rock & roll.”

One thing is for certain, they did live like rock stars.

KHALED SIGNS ANOTHER ONE
DJ Khaled has had a very good year to say the least and it’s not even summer yet.

From signing to Roc Nation to getting a deal with Apple Music and earning a show, it’s been a very successful year.

The DJ goes on snap everyday and emphasizes that he is “up to something” on the daily. Those words have proved to be very factual as he has signed yet another contract, this time with L.A. Reid’s Epic Music.

https://twitter.com/Epic_Records/status/720341500026982400

Keep winning, Khaled.

WRITTEN BY: BRYAN MELARA – @IamBNyce

If it’s hot you know I’m on it!

For this weeks #LeaksOfTheWeek I had to go with the new verse from Drake on “Pop Style” that was released last week with the greats Jay Z and Kanye West, the new one from A$AP Ferg feat. SchoolBoy Q “Let It Bang”, Yo Gotti feat. E40 “Law”, Domo Genesis feat. Anderson .Paak “Dapper” and DVSN “With Me”.