IAA NEW MUSIC VIDEO:  TRINIDAD JAMES – “FEMALE$ WELCOMED”
Mar 2013 28

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Following the release of his hit “All Gold Everything,” Trinidad James returns to his hometown of Trinidad in the vibrant video for “Female$ Welcomed,” the latest single off his mixtape Don’t Be S.A.F.E.

Check out the video below!

WAKA FLOCKA SAYS HE WILL NEVER WORK WITH GUCCI MANE AGAIN
Mar 2013 28

waka-flocka-gucci-mane-rapradarGucci Mane shocked fans when he dropped Waka Flocka Flame from his Brick Squad 1017 label. But while some fans had hoped that the twosome would reunite, its seems like a reconciliation isn’t going to happen .

“Waka flacka flames officially dropped off brick squad 1017. Big Guwop say give me a offer fa this disloyal lil nigga,” tweeted Gucci earlier this month.

Gucci’s reps claimed he was hacked, but Waka isn’t buying it. “Nah, that Twitter wasn’t hacked because we had a conversation before that. Real aggressive words like, ‘Ni**a let’s get up, let’s do this,’” Waka said during an appearance on MTV’s “RapFix Live”

Waka has been accused of being disloyal, but denies those accusations. “Honest to God truth, I don’t know because I’m the loyalist person you could ever see. I took on a man’s beef, risked my life, hung out the window, risked my freedom. I never backed in a corner,” he said, referring to Gucci’s beef with Young Jeezy. “To my knowledge, it can’t be nothing but jealously or something because there is nothing I did disloyal.”

While they’re both managed by Waka’s mother Deb Antney, Waka plans to stay clear of all dealings with Gucci. “It ain’t gonna never be no business, ever in life. No music or nothing,” he declared. “I don’t feel nothing he say out his mouth. It ain’t real.”

Gucci’s threat to drop Waka is easier said than done because of Waka’s investment in Brick Squad. “I own a percentage of Brick Squad 1017 and I own 100% of Brick Squad Monopoly, so you can’t kick the boss out,” said Waka.

Gucci went to jail this week for assaulting a soldier. “He ain’t it, he’s bad vibes around me,” said Waka. “I greet fans; he punches fans. It’s a difference.”

Despite their beef, he doesn’t wish him harm. “That’s foul, I don’t wish jail or death on nobody.”

XXL REVEALS 2013 FRESHMAN CLASS
Mar 2013 27

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The hip hop lovers are weighing in on the annual Freshman Class issue of XXL. XXL magazine has released their 2013 Freshman Class issue, and they want to know if the list is the best ever.

Some artist who have made their way onto the list include  Schoolboy Q (A$AP Rocky’s homeboy) and Kirko Bangz (“Drank In My Cup”), and Trinidad James (“All Gold Everything)

The only female on the list is Angel Haze,

Here’s the full list:

Schoolboy Q
Trinidad Jame$
Joey Bada$$
Ab-Soul
Logic
Action Bronson
Kirko Bangz
Travi$ Scott
Dizzy Wright – 10 Spot People’s Champion Winner
Angel Haze
Chief Keef – “The 11th Freshman”

What do you think? Is this the best list ever?

IAA NEW MUSIC VIDEO: ROBIN THICKE F/ T.I. AND PHARRELL – “BLURRED LINES”
Mar 2013 21

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Robin Thicke ozes sex appeal alongside  T.I. and Pharrell in his video for “Blurred Lines”. The track, produced by Pharrell will appear on Robin Thicke’s upcoming sixth album. Check out the video below!

JADA PINKETT: WILL BLACK MAGAZINES EVER SHARE THE COVERS WITH WHITE WOMEN
Mar 2013 19

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Jada Pinkett-Smith posted these mock magazine issues to make a point about women of all cultures building a sisterhood where we see behind color. On her Facebook, Jada asked whether or not it’s fair for us as black women to ask to be considered for the cover of mainstream magazines like Cosmo, Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, if we aren’t willing to share our covers with them in return.  She says that with the discussion,  she hopes to spread love and unity for all women regardless of their background by fusing our media as one.

Will there ever be a day in which women will be able to see each other beyond race, class, and culture?

There is a question I want to ask today. I’m asking this question in the spirit of thinking outside of the box in order to open doors to new possibilities. These possibilities may be realistic or unrealistic. I also want to make it clear that there is no finger pointing here. I pose this question with the hope that it opens a discussion about how we can build a community for women based upon us all taking a deeper interest in one another. An interest where skin color, culture, and social class does not create barriers in sharing the commonality of being… women. With love and respect to all parties involved, my question is this…if we ask our white sisters, who tend to be the guardians of the covers of mainstream magazines, to consider women of color to grace these covers, should we not offer the same consideration to white women to grace our covers? Should women extend their power to other women simply because they are women? To my women of color, I am clear we must have something of our own, but is it possible to share in the spirit in which we ask our white sisters to share with us? I don’t know the answer and would love to hear your thoughts.

Jada Pinkett-Smith isn’t the only one who is attempting to erase color lines.  In a message to Rap Radar last month, Jay-Z talked about his desire to be a part of more concerts that featured acts of different races while declaring:

There is NO such thing as BLACK music or WHITE music only GOOD or BAD music..It’s stupid cool to like things that are not like you, and that goes for outside of music..

What are your thoughts?

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