Tyga performs at Westfield State University

On Friday, April 20th to Saturday, April 21st WSU hosted a slew of events on campus for residents and one guest each. The final event of the evening (unless your counting the dance party) was Tyga’s performance with Moufy as opener.

Let’s skip past Moufy and Tyga’s songs up until “Make It Nasty”. My best friend and I made made our way inside the gymnasium and to the front of the stage just as the cut was ending. To be honest, I’m not a Tyga fan and it’s a shame I don’t really remember the songs I did get to hear except “Rack City” and “Far Away.” Tyga performed both after calling up 10+ girls on stage (my best friend one of them woop! woop!)

One thing I can say for sure, the crowd was hype and Tyga is actually a great performer. But one can only imagine how much experience he has gotten since being a party of YMCMB for at least the past two years.

Now fast forward to the end of my night, even if I can’t say I met Tyga I did get to talk to his brother Nino post-concert and we shook hands… yeah, yeah I know.

(Sorry to break it to you ladies, both Tyga & Nino are in committed relationships.)


Tupac at Coachella 2012

On Sunday April 15, 2012 Tupac either *rose from the dead* or *came out of his hiding spot* and performed a set with Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Not really, but on the third day of Coachella 2012 Tupac’s hologram was introduced to the world. It’s amazing. Five days later and people are still talking about it. Watching the video on YouTube (which I’ll post after the jump) was eerie. Just imagine, now that the whole world saw this, how likely it will be that by next year or maybe within the next few years we will see more holograms of dead artists. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

It’s hard to think of the above scenario without kind of knowing that eventually (probably decades from now) the music industry will be using such technology in place of live performing artists. Just imagine, Beyonce is sick. The show’s producers wont panic. No, instead they’ll just project her 3D hologram on stage. The scary thing is that by then, the technology will probably be so advanced, we wouldn’t even know the difference.

Honestly, I still wish I was at Coachella 2012 to see Tupac perform “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” The feeling I felt seeing Holo-pac for the first time on video, would have been magnified 10 times more watching him so amped on stage with his chain swinging and the replication of his tattoos and swag. The hologram was great quality, so I’m kind of torn. I did like the hologram but I don’t want this to be the impending future for the music world, or any world for that matter.

Where Are They Now???

Or rather, where is she going?

If you haven’t heard or seen your tumblr dashboard filled with photos (like the one below) of seemingly fashion icon Rita Ora, now you have!

Ora is the newest Roc Nation buzz from London and under Jay-Z’s management she’s sure to make a splash on U.S. charts.The official music video for her 1st U.S. single “How We Do (Party)” is already out. Ora has also released the video for her debut U.K. single “R.I.P” featuring Tinie Tempah, penned by Drake, and produced by Stargate and Chase & Status. Yea, that’s a lot of high profile names. Click on the links then let me know what you think!

VaVa Voom

What the heck does ‘Va Va Voom’ mean??

Here are two different and recent songs: Bassnectar’s “Vava Voom” with lyrical assistance from Lupe Fiasco and Nicki Minaj’s “Va Va Voom” produced by Dr. Luke, Kool Kojak, and Cirkut.

After listening to both tracks, I still have no remote idea as to what Va Va Voom means. So leave comments below letting me know what it means or what you think.

Delilah ft. Liam Bailey – Breathe

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Premiered on Mistajam’s show on Radio 1xtra last night, this is a beautiful track, courtesy of Delilah along with Liam Bailey. Have a listen to this, and try not to get taken away by it! Such a soulful track which needs to be heard by all of you. Obviously, both featured on Chase & Status’ ‘No More Idols’ massive album, on two of the singles actually. Liam on ‘Blind Faith’, and Delilah on ‘Time’ – both two of the stand out tracks of one of the best albums of 2011. Both look set to have big 2012’s!

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Taylor Allderdice

Mixtape Review

Taylor Allderdice Cover

Hey bloggers! Giving you a chance too take a listen for yourself if you are Wiz Khalifa fans or just curious about the up-and-comer, here is a track-by-tack review of Taylor Allderdice. On March 13th, Wiz let out a slew a tweets alerting his fans to download a copy of his 8th solo mixtape.

  1. “Amber Ice” – starts of the smooth stoner vibe ever present in his tape. As the first song on the tape, “Amber Ice” serves as his dedication to fiancee Amber Rose and the strain of weed he created
  2. “California” – Although Wiz Khalifa hails from Pittsburgh, he is always California Dreaming. A nice song to ride to about relaxing with the people you’re cool with.
  3. “Mia Wallace” – has a jazz feel to it and showcases Wiz’s different influences. One of those songs that are very relatable to any stoner.
  4. “Guilty Conscience” – definitely has some down south undertones to it. Reminds me of “Taylor Gang” off of his third album, Rolling Papers.
  5. “Mary 3x” – Although Wiz is a stoner rapper, and every song at least talks about Mary Jane, he always has one track on every mixtape completely devoted to the drug.
  6. “O.N.I.F.C.” – Wiz plans on naming his next album O.N.I.F.C. so hopefully we see this track on there as well.
  7. “Nameless” a pretty low key song with a repetitive hook (“Lifestyle of the rich and famous”) that’s sure to get stuck in your head if you listen to it a few times
  8. “Never Been Pt. 2” – very “space-poppy”. Hopefully, you catch my meaning. Less mainstream-poppish then music previously heard on Rolling Papers but it fits considering Amber Rose is featured on the rack.
  9. “The Cruise” – Wiz starts off by asking if anyone out there has regular or king-sized papers on this Frank Ocean-assisted track. This track might be a favorite for fans of Deal or No Deal, yet its sure to appeal to his new fans. Kind of a perfect song for that only blunt-ride.
  10. “Rowland” – “My first thought at seeing the title… an ode to Kelly Rowland? Not quite. Rowland definitely serves as a pun for “rollin'”. There has to be more to it. Of course, I’d need to do more research to find out. Take a listen and share your thoughts on the comments below.
  11. My Favorite Song” -this is definitely not a new song by oft collaborators Wiz & Juicy J but I’m glad it made it onto the mixtape. This song is very much Wiz Khalifa’s standard flow. And here he follows the rule: If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It. The formula definitely marks this track as a hit.
  12. “T.A.P.” – “Lets Take A Plane”.  Just your usual standard stoner song. Juicy J’s verse brings some variation to the song and keeps it from sounding monotonous that and the eerie tune.
  13. “The Code” – is pretty much everything that’s taylor. And what better way to represent Taylor Gang then to introduce Taylor Gang’s first lady Lola Monroe on the track.
  14. “The Grinder” – is a track produced by the legendary Jake One (he’s produced for Freeway, G-Unit, De La Soul, & E-40 just to name a few) showing that Wiz is now in the big leagues of the rap game.
  15. “Brainstorm” – Personally, not much to say about this one. Seemed just as the title suggests, a brainstorm he probably wrote on paper then decided to rap over a cool Santana-style instrumental.
  16. “Number 16” – Whether he couldn’t think of a title or it was meant to be the 16th track its definitely a nice song to just bump too. Minus the expletives, this is also a song I could see playing on the radios since it exhibits a lot of his auto-tuned singing on the hook.
  17. “Blindfolds” – Of course, Wiz, end your mixtape flaunting your lifestyle… reminding everyone how big your ballin’ and how much dough your rollin’ in.

Blessing’s Favorite Tracks: “My Favorite Song” is one of my favorites because its the Wiz Khalifa flow I fell in love with since B.A.R.S. and “Guilty Conscience”, I’m a sucker for catchy songs with a dirty south sound.

Support for Justice: Trayvon Martin

Unless you live under a rock,you have heard about the tragedy in the past few months where a Florida neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on his way back home. This tragedy has broken the nation almost significantly as the lack of bipartisanship in this country.  My main objective in writing this post is to shed light on the reactions that are leading to events in my community.

  • On March 21, 2012 a “Million Hoodies” March was held in Union Square, NYC. Both Trayvon’s parents were in attendance and shared how heartfelt they were with the crowd. Over a million people have petitioned for the arrest of Zimmerman. Hundreds up to thousands of outraged citizens came out to protest on the streets of New York.
  • There will be an 1,000 Hoodie March in Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 31st. The event is sponsored by the Springfield Youth Network and the Alliance for Black Professionals. Protestors will gather at 10 AM in front of Springfield’s City Hall. Two buses will be leaving that morning from Westfield State University, so that Owl students can readily attend.
  • One of Westfield State’s newest club/organizations, the Hip Hop Congress, is inviting everyone to its first ever discussion panel in the Campus Center starting at 7:30pm. At 8:00 there will be a moment of silence for Trayvon and they are asking you to bring your hoodies. If you support the case for Trayvon or Hip Hop in general I urge you to come out to this event. It will not be a waste of time!!!

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