Thursday, July 16, 2009

Michael Jackson Unreleased song



"A Place With No Name" 25 sec snippet.

Interesting lyrics ...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Flyy Fashion News

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Fashion In Detroit Debuts This October With a Star-Studded, Premier Designer, Two-Day Style Spectacular!

This October 1 & 2, 2009, the Motor City will transform into Fashion City, as Fashion In Detroit - a two-day fashion show extravaganza to rival other Fashion Weeks around the U.S. - makes its debut in a tented, high-end setting at the Detroit Zoo, in Royal Oak, Michigan.


Created by Project Runway's Joe Faris, of Birmingham, the Fashion In Detroit executive committee is made up of Detroit's heaviest hitters in fashion, beauty and event management: Leslie Ann Pilling, nationally renowned designer and president of Presence II Productions and Leslie Ann Pilling Design, Rino, owner of FIGO salon, Karen Buscemi, editor of StyleLine magazine, Lians, international fashion photographer and co-owner of LM Studios, and K'Kio Hardin, international designer/art director. See Details: Full Press Release | EPK

Monday, July 13, 2009

New mixtape Heartbreak Drake Pt. 2

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Drake – New mixtape Heartbreak Drake Pt. 2 Download here

Upcoming Live Shows in The Bay

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Here is a list of upcoming live shows coming to the bay … all ticket info can be found @ www.ticketmaster.com or www.livenation.com

Budweiser Concert: Eric Benet, Mint Condition, Ledisi
Fox Theater - Oakland
Oakland, CA
Sun, Jul 26, 2009 07:00 PM

Leela James
The Regency Ballroom
San Francisco, CA
Sat, Aug 8, 2009 08:00 PM

John Legend with Very Special Guest India.arie
Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Sun, Sep 6, 2009 07:30 PM


De La Soul Concert Tickets
All Ages
Thursday 07/23/09
at 9:00 PM
The Fillmore San Francisco, CA

Olifant Vodka Presents Blazed and Confused Tour Featuring Slightly Stoopid & Snoop Dogg
Friday 07/24/09
at 6:00 PM
Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Mountain View, CA

N*E*R*D
The Warfield
San Francisco, CA
Thu, Jul 30, 2009 09:00 PM

Friday, July 10, 2009

Torrid, Plus-Size Fashion, New Spokesmodel, Artist Jordin Sparks

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Fashion retailer Torrid has partnered with Jive Records and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks for a special in store event at all Torrid stores on Saturday, July 18th. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to preview Jordin's new album, Battlefield which goes on sale Tuesday, July 21st.

Torrid 2009 National Model Search, please click here: http://community.torrid.com/divaspirit/hod_2009.asp
http://www.torrid.com

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Forbes: Hip-Hop's Cash Kings 2009

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"Rap's richest aren't immune to the worldwide downturn, but top stars still find ways to rake in millions." Read Forbes Review

1. Jay-Z - 35 Million
2. Diddy - 30 Million
3. Kanye West - 25 Million

4. 50 Cent - 20 Million
5. Akon - 20 Million
6. Lil Wayne - 18 Million
7. Timbaland - 17 Million
8. Pharrell - 16 Million
9. T-Pain - 15 Million
10. Eminem - 14 Million
11. Dr.Dre - 13 Million
12. Snoop Dogg - 11 Million
13. Ludacris - 10 Million
14. Common - 8 Million
15. Will.I.Am - 8 Million
16. T.I. - 8 Million
17. Swizz Beatz - 8 Million
18. Andre 3000 - 7 Million
19. Big Boi- 7 Million
20. Flo-Rida - 6 Million
21. Rick Ross - 6 Million
22. The Game - 6 Million
23. Young Jeezy- 6 Million

Flyy Quote of the Week: IOBK

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Lion says: "They kicked me out on IOBK", Tinman says: "What is IOBK?", Lion replies: "Incapable of being King." --- Quote from movie, The WIZ, 1978

Diddy & Ciroc Encourage Corporate America to provide employees Summer Fridays

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He just keeps on keepin on.

CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka, the "Official Vodka of Summer," and Sean "Diddy" Combs today challenged Corporate America to give its hard-working employees what it believes everyone deserves this year: Summer Fridays off. CIROC has even vowed to help consumers celebrate their days off in sophisticated style with the creation of the CIROC Summer Fridays Facebook page, which will serve as a guide to the ultimate day off and feature content from Diddy and the CIROC Celebration Society, an elite entourage of lifestyle experts, throughout the entire summer. Read Full Press Release

To enter The CIROC Sophisticated Getaway Contest, consumers should upload a photo of themselves celebrating Summer Fridays responsibly at www.mysummerfridays.com

Nine West Launches the Vintage America Voices Contest & Vintage America Collection.



http://www.youtube.com/ninewestfashion
http://www.ninewest.com/vintageamericacollection
http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/ninewest/39069/

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

So-Flyy's Record Breaking-Wednesdays!

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Honestly... Im not committing to breaking records every wednesday... I just liked the tagline! haha. But hey, since its Wednesday... Im gonna share the latest & greatest music I've rec'd with you!

Enjoy this weeks selection:

Gucci Mane – “My Plug

Rick Ross “Skyline

JY feat. Young Chris & Freeway “All or Nothing

Absent feat. Royce da 5'9" – “History

Eniqo – “Somewhere In The Sky” <=== Flyy Song of the Day!

Ne-Yo – “Hello My Name Is Revenge

50 Cent – “Get Up” (Remixed by Bruce Wane)<=== This slaps soo hard!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Flyy Quote of the Day

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A few can touch the magic string, And noisy Fame is proud to win them;
Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)) from 'The Voiceless' 1858 ~

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Drake "Best I Ever Had" Official Music Video



Ok, its not what I had envisioned this video to be like... but Drake can do no wrong in my eyes! LOL

"When you're out there & they put that "D" on you... Take That "D" like the Champions you are!" haha I cant believe he says that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Beyoncé brings alter-ego 'Sasha Fierce' to the clothing racks with new House of Dereon fashion line





The "Sasha Fierce" line channels Beyoncé's alter-ego and features a range of edgy items, adding to her House of Deréon brand. Read more

Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death Of Autotune) Official Video



U already know!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Election Night Flashback

video

Featuring My Presidents... Pimpin K9, Beat Roc, Traxamillion!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

PPR 101 CONFERENCE RECAP!

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This past weekend I attended the PPR 101 Conference in Berkeley Ca. The conference was created by Chiq Simms the “Goddess of PR” and Louis Anthony of Divadend Entertainment (http://divadendentertainment.com/).

The PPR 101 Conference is social networking to inform and motivate local artist, management, labels etc. on the most effective ways to receive maximum exposure and visibility in the media. The conference consisted of panel discussions and an artist showcase, which select individuals were chosen to go on to perform on BET, 106 and Park.

Attendees had the opportunity to network & inter act with some of the top entertainment journalists, editors, critics, publicists, marketers and television show hosts in the game.

Now, I’ll be first to admit… When I first heard about the conference coming to town, I was a little apprehensive of the whole format. Because we’ve seen so many similar events before that didn’t produce any results. But, I did my research and read the testimonials of the event in other cities and I was convinced it was worth checking out for myself. And I’m glad I did. Because Chiq Simms delivered on everything outlined in the event. I met some of the coolest Tastemakers in the game, networked with other prominent individuals in our local artisan community, and got to reconnect with other industry professionals and artists who I already know, but never get the chance to sit down with face to face & see what type of synergy we can make together.

The topics that were touched on in the panel discussions are:
What is public relations?
What are a publicist’s duties?
How to hire a publicist?
What to expect from a good publicist?
Learn what makes an artist newsworthy?
How to do you approach editors?
Reinventing and diversifying yourself and your brand
WHAT'S BEEF? ARE YOU INDUSTRY OR IN THE STREETS.

All the following topics were informative. I now have a better understanding of the Public Relations R&R and how vital it is to an artist upward mobility..

We also got to touch on a more personal and definitely touchy subject… Bay Area Music Politics.

Originally had planned on detailing this heated debate, how it escalated in the conference, who said what, and all that good drama you would love to hear about… But I don’t think it’s necessary to go into it, if you work in the local music industry, then its nothing you haven’t heard before. And I don’t want that drama to over cloud the main purpose of the event. Bottom line: You should’ve been there like the other tastemakers were to witness what went down.

But for the record: Big Rich’s comment that sparked the fire in the debate about Bay Area Music & media was misinterpreted. But, Mistah FAB re-iterated on the subject and eventually cleared up the matter.

What I will say on the issue is… We (The Bay) need to get out the box… remove the box… Stop blaming certain individuals in the local industry for the un-success of your career! At the end of the day your career is what you make of it. If you’re not receiving the support you feel you are deserving of from local media, radio etc. Then you need to get out there, make the moves you need to make for yourself and Expand your Market! Read a book or two on new techniques to maximizing your marketing potential in your market. There are plenty of successful artists in the industry who do not have singles rotating on the radio… but are making $$$, have a solid fan base and selling out shows.

Along those lines, I also think we need to have more industry dialogues/discussions like the ones we had on Saturday… The Lyricist Lounge Mixers was built on this format. We need some kind of platform once a month or quarter, where our local industry leaders, movers and shakers come together to discuss the issues that be. Maybe if we were able to air it out every once and while we wouldn’t have so much built up frustration, that escalates into the type of scene that went down on Saturday, which defeated the point.

The artists showcase…

I was more than impressed by the really good talent whom performed. And I was definitely unimpressed by the ones who weren’t talented. No need in mentioning the whack artists names… The ones who got it will be seen on 106 and Park very soon! Haha.

However, the showcase brings me to my next point… Etiquette: Something more than a few people were lacking in the conference. A “certain rapper” whose name shall remain anonymous, definitely needs to take an Etiquette 101 class! This I need to talk about!

So the story goes like this… A particular rapper had the opportunity to perform in front of the panelists and attendees. At the end of the showcase, the panelists then gave all the artists professional – constructive criticism on their performance, image, music etc. All the other artists LISTENED to the feedback of the judges, even if they disagreed with the comment’s, they were still respectable and took it like pro’s…. But OH NO!!!! This one particular rapper (not artist – just a rapper) couldn’t except that he wasn’t “the best thing since slice bread”… So he had to be the one to get ignorant and say some beligerant and so unprofessional things to the panelists.

In my opinion, he proved he is obviously too sensitive for this music industry. If you cant take criticism from professionals who have been in this game long enough to know who’s got it and who don’t… you need to re-evaluate your rap career. That blow up may have just cost him what little bit of 15 minutes he may have had one day… Not only did he blow up in front of members of the media; local industry cats seen it too. Not a good look! Even if, by some Miracle he steps his music game up and makes some tight music one day (probably not) his rep will always have that red mark on it…. Ok, I’m over him. Lets Move on!


Some of my favorite quotes of the day…

“There’s too many rappers out here and not enough fans” ---Big Rich

“These artists are so into themselves, they act like they can’t be fans of other artist’s music” --- Mistah FAB

"Hip Hop artists need to take a self esteem course". --- Chiq Simms

“Peers shouldn't be running your co... A manager is supposed to MANAGE your career!” --- Chiq Simms

“You got 3 Minutes to get noticed or get black balled” --- Chiq Simms

“Promoting your label is just as important as promoting your artists.” --- Chiq Simms

Summary:

Overall the PPR 101 Conference was both fun and productive. Chiq Simms is the Truth. She speaks the Brutally Honest Truth to be exact! And she produces results! She’s is the definition of a Tastemaker.

It was unfortunate that more artists/labels/management from the Bay Area didn’t take advantage of this conference, but the most influential voices of our artisan community were there to represent us and they can vouch for the results of the PPR 101 Conference outcome.

Mistah FAB is an excellent public speaker (& comedian lol). He definitely represented for the SF Bay Area in the highest regards. Big Rich is also a very intelligent and insightful person, his presence and insight was also essential to the success that resulted from the conference. We need to see you all on more dialogues like this!

To the Artists and Tastemakers who did attend – Erk Tha Jerk, Portia of Midnight PR, Netta B., PK of GMM, Dr. Post A lot, Queen B Chronicles, Carl Vincin, DJ Maniakal, Danielle Banks… Even Jacka, JC of M1Promo, Cellski showed up later in the evening… Umm I know I’m missing some names. But, to all the Tastemakers who took the time out their day to come through, it was a pleasure seeing you!

The artists you need to be worried about this year… Erk Tha Jerk, Big Rich, Jacka and NIO Tha Gift… Their names were mentioned at the conference and they are definitely being recognized… so you should pay attention too! The Bay is getting ready to be a Problem! Hahaha!

To the Chiq, Louis and all the panelists … Thank you for gracing the Bay Area with your presence and knowledge. We look forward to your return next year!

Here is some Flyy links for you... Give Support to gain Support!

www.queenbchronicles.com

http://divadendentertainment.com/

The Jacka: www.myspace.com/thejackamobfigaz
www.TearGas61609.com New Single “Glamorous Lifestlye” feat. Andre Nickatina (produced by Traxamillion) Download here: www.smcrecordings.com/GlamorousLifestyle.zip


Erk Tha Jerk: erkthajerk.blogspot.com --Official Trailer for "Plane in The Air" Video Here! http://bit.ly/UOeld

Netta B: http://myspace.com/nettabmusic ---Fresh New Video - "Dirty Boyz" http://tinyurl.com/dirtyboyz

Mistah FAB Download the new single "Hit me On Twitter" http://mistahfab.bandcamp.com/album/hit-me-on-twitter
(Produced by @robeyee)


Big Rich: www.myspace.com/bigrich ---Pre order Your Copy of "Heart Of The City" today!! http://tinyurl.com/d5wf4g

And I am that Tastemaker --- Socially Flyy! Get to know me.

Thank you reading!

LEFT COAST LIVE RECAP!

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Friday May 15th I had the honor of hosting the 1st Annual Left Coast Live Festival in Downtown San Jose. Blessing the Socially Flyy stage was the Bay Area’s own, Martin Luther and Kev Choice Ensemble.

The festival was a great success and the show’s were absolutely amazing, to say the least. The synergy was overflowing (so were the drinks) & the crowd’s response to the music was abso-freakin-lutely crazy! I met some of the most eclectic urban music lovers I’ve seen in my life, all come together in support of the Left Coast.

This was my first show of the summer and boy what motivation it was! It was definitely a re assurance, to me, as to why I love music and being in the music business. And most importantly, why the game needs me! Haha. I am looking forward to seeing what the Bay Area music brings about by the end of this year!

Martin Luther and Kev Choice are the truth! There can never be another Kev or Martin in this world, so make their music apart of yours and it will be a much happier world to live in! LOL. Luv U both!

Much Appreciation to the organizers of the LCL and Tommy Aguilar of Ungrammer, for putting me on. I love the South Bay’s unified forefront we have built in support of the local artists and music community. 2010 is gonna be… well you just wait and see. :o)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Flyy Music of the Week: Kissey Asplund

Classified: Soul / Electro / Funk

Swedish singer Kissey Asplund is a musical collage of Neo Soul, Abstract Broken Beat, Jazz and Deep House … All of which makes up the Kissey style.


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If you need something new and distinctively different to bump in you iPods or car this week… Add Kissey to the playlist! And she's coming to town THIS WEEK! I gotta check out the show...


Get Nike's podcast featuring Kissey Asplund here! download here"



Upcoming Show: 4.17.09 The Clearing @ Citizen Space, SF


Kool Kissey Links:

http://www.imeem.com/kisseyasplund
http://somewhatstrangelife.blogspot.com
www.myspace.com/kisseyasplund

Kanye Helping Pay For Esthero Album

The name Esthero, pronounced [ɛsˈtɛroʊ] es-TAIR-oh…

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Esthero's sound characteristically features her voice over a mix of mellow bass lines, jazzy trumpets, Spanish guitar and hip-hop. She is sometimes compared to artists Björk, Portishead and Sade. Later artists who count Esthero among their influences include Res, Fergie and fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado.

After riding high and rolling in royalties by co-writing the hit "Love Lockdown" and "RoboCop" for Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak and the title track of Brandy's Human last year, Esthero is working on a new record of her own. Read Full Article


Esthero Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esthero
www.myspace.com/pinkpirate1
http://www.imeem.com/tag/Esthero/

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Keisha Chante: Set To Play Aaliyah In An Upcoming Biopic



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It has been reported that Warner Brother Films will be creating the motion picture of the late singer and actress Aaliyah who died in a plane crash in 2001. Aaliyah sold more than 32 million albums worldwide before her career was cut short. The film will be a biopic of the singers life. Bill Condon, director of “DreamGirls” will be directing the film.

A source for the film reveals that they “will be going very deep into Aaliyah’s life” and will allow fans to see the “most intimate side of Aaliyah’s legacy.” Sources say the script for the film ‘holds no bars’ and will go as far as touching on the subject of Aaliyah’s highly debated and publicized marriage and annulment to producer R.Kelly. --- (Read Full Article)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Flyy Music of the Week: Tabi Bonney "Rich Kids"


rich kids from tabi Bonney on Vimeo.


This week Okay Player released the world premiere of D.C. emcee Tabi Bonney's new video (Dir. Tabi & E. Decena) for "Rich Kids." The track (prod. Ski & Apple Juice Kid) is the first single off of Tabi's recently released EP, Dope. This EP is the first of a 3 part series, all to be released this year.

Tabi Bonney is Jet Setter Music… Get it in!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thought of the Day: LOVE IS GOOD MEDICINE

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“Love and intimacy are at a root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. If a new drug had the same impact, virtually every doctor in the country would be recommending it for their patients. It would be malpractice not to prescribe it.” -- Dr. Dean Ornish

Flyy Fashion Tip of the Week:

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“Just because it comes in your size… Doesn’t mean you should wear it”--- Me!

World's Best Dressed Man

Prince Charles named world's best dressed man

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LONDON (AFP) – Prince Charles has beaten off competition from US President Barack Obama to be named the world's best dressed man by Esquire magazine.

"He is perfectly turned out in a double-breasted suit. Admirably, the prince keeps his wardrobe in appropriate style: we're told he has a room laid out like a tailor's shop," the men's magazine said. Read Full Article

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Book of the Month: Making a Living in Your Local Music Market

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Making a Living in Your Local Music Market, shows you how to expand and develop your skills as a musician and a composer, right in your own backyard. It explores topics relevant to musicians of every level. There is detailed coverage and success stories of regional music markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon etc.

I am a book worm, I read all types of books... And this month I am reading this book. I am giving my review prior to finishing because I’ve already found so much lucrative information in this book that I had to share. This is a good book for artists, artist management and any music professionals to read. Contrary to the belief of most local artists, it is possible to survive happily in your local music market. There are a lot of good resources, right here in the Bay Area, who offer support to aspiring artists & musicians, from legal to grants for your entertainment companies… You just need to know where to look and most importantly --learn how to develop and package your artistic skills in your marketplace. Then and only then, will you gain enough momentum and exposure, to be successful in bigger markets like LA or NYC. This book is a good guide in helping you accomplish that.

So, Read the book. Educate yourself. If you do and still haven’t “realized your marketing potential” then ... umm ... maybe it’s more of a personal issue, then geography limiting your upward mobility. No offense.

Available at your local book stores … Or check your local library.

Remember Presidents, “A Mind is a terrible thing to waste”.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Flyy Indie Film: Black August

Black August, based on the true story of George Jackson, revolutionary prison activist, Field Marshall General of The Black Panther Party, and founder of the infamous Black Guerilla Family.





I’ll be attending the film screening of Black August @ the UNS on March 11th. But it is available on DVD. So add this to your movie list next time you make it a blockbuster night.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Senior Hip Hop Choir



This is funny... watch it all the way through.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

News Clip: President replaces the "N" Word



My President! You have to watch this...lol

Forget Netflix… It’s Redbox on mines!

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Have you been passing this big red machine in your local grocery stores lately thinking “hmmm... naw”? Let me put you on to game. $1 a movie! Need I say more?

I get the Netflix convenience of ordering from home, but I say, unless you’re too blind, cripple or crazy to leave the house… $1 compared to $8.99 is a better deal (depending on how many movies you watch a month). They have new & old releases just like Netflix or your local video store. And, with the $$ you save, now you can slide through Mc Dowell’s drive thru, pick up a few items off the $1 menu, call over some friends and have a great (low budget) movie party! Another good thing about Redbox is you can return the movies to any Redbox location. So say you got the movie over here… but you’re waaaaayyyy over there; no worries, just slide in to your nearest Redbox location, hit the “Return DVD” button … Poof! Magic! You’re done!

Yes, this was random… But hey, it’s a recession, every little bit helps! Lol.

Flyy New Music: PPP "Abundance"

Wajeed is in town this week for two appearances in SF & SJ to promote the new album “Abundance” the 1st PPP LP in 3 years. PPP defines their music as Electro / Experimental / Ghettotech … However you want to categorize it, their music is off the hook! Their Live Performance… Crazy! Abundance is what you need to have in heavy rotation so pick it up and check out one the local shows if you can. You wont be disappointed.



Pick up the latest FREE DOWNLOAD: PPP - The Official Abundance Mixtape (contains snippets from the album)


Tracklisting:
1. Abundance Intro
2. Angel (feat. Coultrain) (Waajeed Remix)
3. Shotgun (feat. J Dilla) (Waajeed’s Plinky Remix)
4. Your Day Is Done (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow) (DJ Topspin vs. Waajeed Remix) **
5. Deep Inside (feat. SA-RA & Rozzi Daime) (Waajeed Remix) %
6. Stay With Me (feat. Tiombe Lockhart) (DJ Topspin vs. Waajeed Remix)
7. Fever (feat. Zeno) (DJ Topspin vs. Waajeed Remix) **
8. Goodbye (feat. Jamila Raegan) (PPP EXCLUSIVE) ++
9. Stand For Something (feat. Coultrain & Jamila Raegan) (PPP EXCLUSIVE)
10. Detroit Winter (feat. Invincible) (Waajeed Remix)
11. Act Like You Know (feat. J Dilla) (Waajeed vs. DJ Topspin Remix)
12. 1 Luv 2 U (feat. Neco Redd) (Waajeed vs. DJ Topspin Remix)
13. Can’t You Feel It (feat. Coultrain & Jamila Raegan) (PPP EXCLUSIVE)
14. Now Or Never (feat. Tiombe Lockhart) (Waajeed Remix)
15. No Worries (feat. Steve Spacek) (Waajeed Remix)
16. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (feat. Raheem DeVaughn) (EXCLUSIVE ORIGINAL VERSION)
17. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (feat. Rogiers) (Waajeed vs. DJ Topspin Remix)
18. Synchronicity (feat. Coultrain & Jamila Raegan) (PPP EXCLUSIVE)

Click here for a list of other FREE PPP Mixtapes




Tuesday February 24th
10pm
330 Ritch Nightclub
San Francisco, CA





Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
doors are at 8pm | $5 dollar after 10:30pm
@ Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge | 99 East San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA 95113 | 408.998.9998
or for updates go to: theloungesj.com

Monday, February 23, 2009

Flyy *Bay Area* Indie Film: The Black Rock

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Playing Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2009
Theatrical Premiere!
The Black Rock: The Untold Story of the Black Experience on Alcatraz
Run time: 60 mins

Red Vic Movie House
1727 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117
Show times: Nightly: 7:15, 9:15 | Additional shows: Sat & Sun: 2:00, 4:00, Wed: 2:00


The Black Rock Trailer from Intern Mastermind on Vimeo.

Dir. Kevin Epps US 2008
The Black Rock chronicles the role of African-Americans at Alcatraz, the first super-maximum security prison, and examines the lives of a few African-American prisoners who were important figures in the history of "The Rock" from the 1930s to the 1960s. The film highlights the truth about the perseverance, sufferings, and resilience of the African-Americans who experienced Alcatraz during this time of racial prejudice and discrimination. Interviews with historians, archival footage, photographs and re-enactments are used to present an entirely new perspective on the most feared prison of its time. Speakers present opening night include director Kevin Epps, historian and author John Templeton, and executive director of the Ella Baker Center Jakada Imani. (60m)

Synopsis
“The Black Rock” aka Black Alcatraz: The Darkside of Alcatraz, is a sixty-minute documentary that presents a new vision of feared federal penitentiary Alcatraz and the untold story of the black experience, as seen through the eyes of infamous black godfather and gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, William “Ty” Martin, post office robber who was part of a planned escaped from the confines of Alcatraz and Robert Lipscomb, convicted counterfeiter turned prison activist of mixed ethnicity who fought against racism and segregation at Alcatraz.

Socially Flyy says: “SUPPORT BAY AREA F.A.M.E.!”

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Flyy Indie Films: Wendy And Lucy

Now Playing
Camera 3 Theatre
288 S. 2nd Street, San Jose CA 95113

MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Advance Showtimes
Camera 3 Downtown Buy Tickets

Daily at 7:25, 9:30; plus Sat-Sun at 1:00, 3:05, 5:15




Reviews:

Wendy and Lucy' is eerily timely

Mick LaSalle, Chronicle Movie Critic

Movies have a funny way sometimes of knowing the future. The latest example is "Wendy and Lucy," which tells the story of a struggling young woman trying to make it to Alaska, so she can reach her idea of employment nirvana: a job in a fish-canning factory. This tale of poverty American-style was conceived and filmed when the Dow Jones was up around 11,000 and when the idea of going broke was, for most people, an abstract concept.

Going broke. Being poor. Getting down to your last buck. "Wendy and Lucy" may focus on one person, but its ambition is to make a larger point about what it's like to lose everything. Lack of means might be the easiest part. There's also the isolating loneliness of poverty, as well as the danger of it. There's that way poverty has of perverting relationships, inspiring disdain and eating into self-esteem. "Wendy and Lucy" shows all this and, with an uncanny prescience, presents it at precisely the moment when audiences are capable of receiving it, not with distance, but with empathy. And some real fear.Click here to read more

Director: Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy)

Cast: Michelle Williams, Will Patton, Larry Fessenden and Will Oldham

Synopsis: "Deftly and delicately directed, with a deeply moving performance from Williams and an extraordinarily powerful and most unexpected conclusion."--Toronto Eye Weekly

Official Web Site:
http://www.shortsinternational.com


Flyy Indie Films: The Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2009

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Opens 2/20/2009
Camera 3 Theatre
288 S. 2nd Street, San Jose CA 95113

MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Advance Showtimes
Camera 3 Downtown Buy Tickets
Daily at 9:20; plus Sat-Sun at 12:45pm, 5:00

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Reviews:
Oscar Shorts, Low-Hype and Sweet
By A. O. SCOTT

With the Academy Awards a little more than two weeks away, it’s just possible that your breathless anticipation may be edged with fatigue. Since the beginning of the year, a small number of Very Important, Very Worthy films have vacuumed up all the oxygen in the movie universe. You may find yourself in need of a break from the manufactured hysteria surrounding The Curious Reader of Slumdog Milk/Nixon.

A perfect antidote to this white-elephant parade can be found, paradoxically enough, in the program of Oscar-nominated short films that opens on Friday in a few dozen theaters nationwide. It may seem odd to propose one batch of Oscar bait as the answer to another, but the 10 contending short films — five animated, five live-action — exhibit some virtues that their feature-length counterparts lack. Click here to read more


Synopsis: Catch all of the Oscar-nominated Animated short films in one feature-length program click here



Official Web Site:
http://www.shortsinternational.com

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A.I. says Bye Bye to Cornrows!

In this clip A.I. showed up to the EAST's practice without his signature cornrows....watch how the players react.






Damn, after 13 years of rockin the signature cornrow braids, A.I. has cut it all off! This is gonna take some getting used to for me. Not that he doesn’t clean up well, but I am partial to his look in the braids… maybe it’s just the “thug passion” that made me love it more Lol… So Im curious, is Mama Iverson gonna get rid of her cornrows too?

So Flyy Fashion Tip of the day

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“It doesn’t always have to match, it just has to Go” --- Tim Dunn of Project Runway

Kelis pregnant: Late but Great news!

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Kelis, 29, and Nas, 35, are expecting their first child together and sources say: "It's all they are talking about. She is carrying hip-hop royalty! They are so excited."

I meant to put this up a month ago when the news was 1st released. Anything about my girl KELIS, Im always on it… So you know I must’ve slipped and bumped my head, to forget to post this.

All good, great news is never old news. Sending my “Congrats to the Hardest – Sexiest – couple in the Hip-Hop Industry”… “Sex, Thugs and Rock & Roll” It’s all you really need! Lol.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Snapple Music Fact:



This is not a Jackson 5 song… In case you were sadly mistaken. I had a debate with someone on the issue recently and of course I was right because I know my * ish!

The aforementioned song “Misdemeanor” was originally recorded by The Foster Sylvers, 1973. The Sylvers were a popular R&B/soul and disco family group in the 1970s from Memphis, Tennessee. Rapper, D.O.C. sampled this song on his 1989 hit, “Its Funky Enough”. (Do you know who produced this remake?)

Just a little Soul Classic 101 for you all… If you know who the Foster Sylvers aka The Sylvers are then you’ve already got an A on this assignment. Class dismissed!

P.S. Listen to their other hits, “Fools Paradise” & “Cry of a Dreamer”. Those would be some good samples to use, for producers tired of hearing and remixing the same old ones. **Just a thought** :o)

Public Enemy's thought on NY Post "Partial" apology




“The meaning of all of that, Some media is the whack
You believe its true, it blows me through the roof
Suckers, liars get me a shovel,
Some writers I know are damn devils
For them I say DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE!”
--- Public Enemy



Thursday, February 19, 2009

David after going to the dentist




This has been circulating for a while. But since my boy showed me this, I can’t stop watching it! Its disturbingly funny. I try not to laugh… I swear I do.

Spring/Summer 09: Colour Forecast

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Every year Pantone, a company that makes color-related products for graphic designers, publishers, and other design-y people, forecasts each season’s color trends by talking to fashion designers about their collections. Here are some of the colors you can expect to see this Spring/Summer 09 season.

Below are some of my season inspired choices...

Spring/Summer 09: Flyy Season Picks

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JIMMY CHOO / RAMONA BIKER LEATHER AND ELAPHE SNAKE HANDBAG

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JIMMY CHOO/ CORSICA

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2009 Chevy Camaro

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Gucci sunglasses

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Samsonite “Spectrum Concertine” Black Label Handbag

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24k Mac Book Pro

Flyy Kicks: Supra Must Have's

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Man, recession or not Im gonna stay Flyy! Lol. I definitely have a shoe problem but I’ve learned to except what is … Which is why these are coming home with me in a few days. I originally had planned on buying the blue Skytop’s. Then I came across the yellow Vaiders & Im stuck! Unfortunately I don’t have it like that, right now, to buy both… I don’t know which ones to choose from. The Blue were my first love, but I’ve never had a pair of yellow sneakers. What do you think? Should I stick to my 1st choice? Or take a chance on the yellow? Either way Im gonna be flyy in which ever ones I choice… please believe it!

Flyy Fashion: Imaginary Foundation

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Infinite: The power of the imagination makes us infinite.


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Live out of your imagination: Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.



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No Limits: It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.


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Create Beauty: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.


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Bolt of Inspiration: Charged by Imagination


Now that Im older I can't just walk around with big logos or meaningless taglines on my clothing because #1. Im not getting paid to be a walking billboard #2. My chess already draws enough attention, so if I am going to display anything in that area, there has to be a good reason to look. Lol.


I like the philosophy of the Imaginary Foundation line; "ecology" of being. Imagination, intuition, inspiration are basic to psyche. . . The aesthetics of the art work and the message each piece conveys, reveals my personal fashion statement.


These were a few of my personal Flyy Fav’s for tee's and the meaning of each one. You can find your own personal inspiration in fashion

Click here to view full Imaginary Collection

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

For the Artsy Fartsy like me: Warhol Live Exhibit in SF!

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In case you didnt know, I am a Artsy Fartsy (with a socially flyy swag appeal)… Andy Warhol is one of my favorite artists. So I am Uber excited about this new exhibition opening in the Bay Area. I am so going to this! Would you like to join me?

Warhol Live, at the de Young from February 14 to May 17, 2009, presents the first comprehensive exploration of Andy Warhol’s work as seen through the lens of music. This exhibition brings together a wide variety of works depicting pop music royalty, including Elvis Presley, the Velvet Underground, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones, Deborah Harry of Blondie, and Michael Jackson. Major Warhol silkscreen paintings, films and sound recordings, album covers, illustrations, and photographs inspired by music and the performing arts will provide a visual and aural score to Warhol’s extraordinary work and life… read more


SAVE THE DATE: WARHOL LIVE POP PARTY
REVEL IN YOUR OWN 15 MINUTES OF FAME
AT THE WARHOL LIVE POP PARTY AT THE DE YOUNG

Saturday, February 21, ArtPoint VIP Pre-party 8–9 pm, POP PARTY 9 pm–midnight

Join us to celebrate the opening of Warhol Live at the POP PARTY with specialty cocktails like the Nico-tini, Warhol Sour and Velvet Underground Punch, treats, exhibition viewing, go-go dancers, paparazzi and dancing to The Unauthorized Rolling Stones. Dress: Studio or Factory fabulous!

For the exhibit and party info click on: http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/

Rev Run's W.O.W. of the day...

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He's alway's on time and on point with my thougts...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Good morning. Do you desire to be happy? (Remember this!) The proof of desire is pursuit.... You must go to happy places. Pursue happy people. Create happy days. If you reeeally desire happiness in your life, you must be willing to reach for it! Never blame anyone or anything for your unhappiness. Life rewards reachers.... Happiness is NEVER placed in your life, happiness is simply placed within your reach! Now go out there and have a happy day.... :-) :-)

God is Love
Rev Run

Monday, February 16, 2009

CITY OF GOD'S SON: HIP-HOP OPERA

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I’ve been on this for a minute now …A few weeks back I was at a friends house and they told me about this … I watched the trailer and downloaded the music project from the site and was instantly hooked. Not only because it features my favorite artists and songs but the aesthetics, creator Kenzo Digital, is bringing in this project is just phenomenal. I cant wait to see the Art Installation. Check it out for yourself:



“City of God’s Son” is an experimental hip-hop opera starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden mythical city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster in modern media, and weaves musical history and gangster film history into an operatic music based story of brotherhood and survival. An homage to 90’s New York hip-hop, “City of God’s Son” is the redefinition of the remix. Featuring legendary soul singer Joe Bataan. A sound film/hip hop opera by Kenzo Digital. To download the entire project for FREE and for more info please visit:

http://www.CityofGodSon.com
Join the Facebook group


COMING THIS SUMMER: City of God’s Son art installation: This summer I will be creating a new form of Cinema, Theater, and Opera in an outside gallery space in NY's Chelsea art district. There, the listener will be able to experience COGS in the form it was initially intended, as a psychedelic abstract combination of visual and audio sensory over stimulation and deprivation in a unique outdoor setting. The installation is not a literal interpretation of the narrative, but rather a space that will help drive the listeners own visualization of the story through a mix of color, live action movement and gesture, sound, and space.

Get on my Hype! Hypetunes.com that is...

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Ladies and Gents, Tastemakers, Movers and Shakers! Please give a round of applause to my boy Spor1 on the launch of this long awaited, highly-anticipated site Hypetunes.com! I’ve witnessed my boy hard at work getting this up and going for a long time. So I am very proud to see how the fruits of his labor have manifest. This is gonna be the next big thing to help artists get their music promoted to the masses. So to all my aspiring artists, trust me when I say, Get Hype with your music!

Hypetunes.com is a new digital servicing radio program. Hypetunes enables audiences to interact digitally with artist, consumers, label executives, and music enthusiast from all types of genres of music. The website features customized radio stations, audio interviews, photos, and video footage, is user-friendly, and contains an activated interface to guide its users through the Hypetunes experience. The product line is beginning with the social network in the form of a desktop/online application, but will soon be extended to ticket sales, live & prerecorded events, and entertainment news and other features will be added to the site such as, advertising spots, customized sponsorships, advertorials, hyperlinks, banners, member only rewards and more.

Check out the new Hypetunes homepage featuring some of your favorite artists

RYAN LESLIE: Album In Stores Now!

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This probably comes as no surprise to some, that I am a big Ryan Leslie fan… I have been waiting for this album to drop since the single “Diamond Girl” came out a year ago. Finally the long awaited full length album is here! And, I’ve been playing it everyday since its release on the 10th. Tracks #5, 9 and 10 are my personal favorites.

For those who don’t know who Ryan Leslie is … you must be living under a rock! Ryan Leslie is a music producer and singer. Founder of the marketing and media company NextSelection, Leslie is best known for his production work with NextSelection/Bad Boy/Atlantic Records recording artist Cassie and her single "Me & U”. But, his resume is way more extensive then that, he has worked with the best in the business such as Beyonce, Brittney Spears, Snoop Dogg… the list is too long to name everyone. Hands down he is one of the hottest Tastemakers in the game... and has been long before dropping before dropping his own album.

Here is his latest music videos to the song “How is was supposed to be” off the LP

How It Was Supposed To Be (Video 2)

How It Was Supposed To Be (Military Version) from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.

How It Was Supposed To Be (Video 1)


See more of this Musical Tastemaker @ Ryan Leslie T.V. on You Tube – this is his official YouTube channel. Or at www.ryanleslie.com where you can watch video journals on the artists including studio sessions, music videos, short films and blogs from R-Les.

JIMMIE REIGN: Different Person

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I love Ms. Jimmie Reign! What more can I say? She is so talented and has really been doing her thing over the past few years. I met her back in 06 when she performed in San Jose, I knew then that she was headed for the top. Im a big supporter of her musical career, so I have to put her at the top of my Tastemaker list.

Jimmie Reign recently released her new single “Different Person” off the highly anticipated album “Pretty Girl” dropping soon. The song is Fresh-2-Def and the album will be too.


JIMMIE REIGN "DIFFERENT PERSON" from TEKTONIC on Vimeo.

Here is the video to “Different Person” filmed at our favorite spot AIR Lounge… Peep the celebrity cameo appearances by some of my local tastemakers – DJ D Sharp, J.E. of J.E. Media, I.V.A.N Da Terrible and more…

Tabi Bonney: DOPE!

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Ok. So since Im just now back on the blogging, I am retracting to the beginning of the year and bringing you up to date with whats hot. Starting with TABI Bonney!

By far, my favorite MC of the year. This D.C. Tastemaker is not only a tight lyricist, he’s also a film director and got his own clothing line Bonney Runway. I was put on to Tabi Bonney when his last album “A Fly Guy's Theme” dropped. I heard the single “Syce It” on MTV Jams as became a instant fan. Turns out we are connected through a mutual Tastemaker … Small world isn’t it? Anyways, Tabi Bonney dropped a new LP on Inauguration Day titled “DOPE”


So, Im digging it hopefully you will too. Check him out @ www.bonneyrunway.com and on facebook. He’s definitely making moves so YOU should definitely pay attention to what he’s got going on cuz he’s coming up in the world.

Check out some various links. Video for Rich Kids coming soon. Enjoy..

Hot 97 interview with Peter Rosenberg last night
http://www.zshare.net/audio/5501224827589d56/

tabi Cab Confessions: Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGfwlo1cHgI&feature=channel_page

tabi Cab Confessions: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGfwlo1cHgI&feature=channel_page


MTV2 DC Week - How D.C.'s Changed
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/333387/how-dcs-changed.jhtml#id=1603079

MTV2 DC Week - Tabi Bonney & Beat Ya Feet Kings Get Down In D.C
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/333393/tabi-bonney-beat-ya-feet-kings-get-down-in-dc.jhtml#id=1603079

MTV2 DC Week - The Pocket Performance
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/333394/tabi-bonney-perfroms-the-pocket.jhtml#id=1603079

MTV2 DC Week - Rich Kids Performance
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/333395/tabi-bonney-perfroms-rich-kids.jhtml#id=1603079


Washington Post Review
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012602109.html?hpid=artsliving

3.5/5 Review on DJ Booth.net
http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/tabi-bonney-dope-0127091/

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kisses unleash chemicals that ease stress levels

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I found this article interesting... I've always been told my kisses were like Kryptonite. Now I know why! lol

CHICAGO – "Chemistry look what you've done to me," Donna Summer crooned in Science of Love, and so, it seems, she was right. Just in time for Valentine's Day, a panel of scientists examined the mystery of what happens when hearts throb and lips lock. Kissing, it turns out, unleashes chemicals that ease stress hormones in both sexes and encourage bonding in men, though not so much in women.

Chemicals in the saliva may be a way to assess a mate, Wendy Hill, dean of the faculty and a professor of neuroscience at Lafayette College, told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday.

Fisher noted that more than 90 percent of human societies practice kissing, which she believes has three components — the sex drive, romantic love and attachment.

The sex drive pushes individuals to assess a variety of partners, then romantic love causes them to focus on an individual, she said. Attachment then allows them to tolerate this person long enough to raise a child.

Men tend to think of kissing as a prelude to copulation, Fisher said. She noted that men prefer "sloppy" kisses, in which chemicals including testosterone can be passed on to the women in saliva. Testosterone increases the sex drive in both males and females.

"When you kiss an enormous part of your brain becomes active," she added. Romantic love can last a long time, "if you kiss the right person."

Read full article http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090213/ap_on_sc/sci_romance_unraveled