Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Music: Jeezy Feat. Jay-Z "Seen It All"

Jay-Z is featured on Jeezy's new joint "Seen It All." The aged Rapper tells MTV how tears came to his eyes as he wrote the verse for this song. He raps about his past days in the drug game with Emory Jones the former King-Pin who runs much of Jay-Z's 'Dusse' marketing now. he take sit back to his days in Marcy Projects. With bars like:
“Uncle died on the spot/ Pop killed the family with heroin shots,” as well as, “I got ‘em 5 grand a pop/ I had a plug in Saint Thomas on a trillion watts/ Flew him back to the States, park 92 bricks in front of 560 State/ Now the Nets a stone throw where I used to throw bricks.”
Listen to the song below:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Mixtape: Blaze (Da Block Burnaz) - "No Reservations"













 If ever there were a veteran in the rap game, it is BlockBurNa Blaze. Blaze started rapping at a very young age & by the time he was a young teen, he had a deal from New Orleans based powerhouse, Big Boy Records. Blaze was one-half of the popular BlockBurNaz, a rap group that put the term “Work That Thang” on the map.

Blaze combines his crystal clear style of uber swift rapping with a crooning R&B, funky type of singing. No Reservations has been described as one of those albums you can put on and play all the way through – it’s just that good! Follow @blockburnablaze on Instagram & Twitter.

http://www.datpiff.com/Blaze-dablockburnaz-No-Reservations-mixtape.618386.html

Tracklisting:

1. Intro- BeYaself
2.Trophies- Remix
3.GrownSimba- Freestyle
4.OnEveryThang- ft JayJ0nes WallaceWalker3rd( WW3)
5.BlewDatShit- ft Jaze' (thesongbird)
6.Houston- Ft Militia KO
7.Versace -Freestyle
8.WinterScheme
9.Fkk What U Heard- ft JayJ0nes Mally Gambino
10.Summer Breeze- ft 3dNatee
11.Soo Faded
12.PlainToSee ft JayDaMenace
13.YoungKing ft LoKey
14.Cum Over ft Sty Amber Lashae
15.Venting ft Meana STY
16.A1sinceDay1- ft Kris Shelby
17.Great ft WallaceWalker3rd (WW3)
18.LuvinOnYa- ft JayDaMenace
19.UBaby ft KrisShelby KevinStyles
20.BreakUp2MakeUp
21.Cant Let Down- FreeStyle
22.Outro- ExtraHard


"No Reservations" is also available for download/streaming on all major mixtape sites, including Top Mixtapes, Audiomack, Mix Connect, Mixtape Factory, On The Ave, and many more, including international torrent sites!

For interviews, booking, features, etc., contact Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamzPR at 504.233.3410.




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Video: King Joker "Proud Father"

King Joker hails from the 9th ward, CTC neighborhood. The Rapper got his first buzz on KUSH DVD vol. 2 when he was filmed by T.Hilly rapping outside of his "The Joker" themed car. After his first project, "Jokes On You," his 2nd daughter was diagnosed with leukemia making it hard for the rapper to focus on his rap career. After his 3rd daughter was born prematurely and deemed not to live, King Joker realized he needed to make a change. His daughter survived, although living with a permanent breathing tube. His first daughter began to win her fight with leukemia and King Joker began to write again. His newly released single, from his latest mixtape "All Jokes Aside," ( available on itunes and amazon.com) just in time for Father’s Day, “Proud Father” entails his struggle as a Father who had to deal with a cancer diagnosed daughter. Proud Father depicts Joker as the loving, caring Father he is, who stood by his fiancĂ© through their struggle and watched his young daughter overcome. This story is going to impact the life of every father and the video is sure to touch your heart. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

New Video: U Boy Rock Ft. B'Eric da Kidd & Keem "O.G. Status/Full Effect"

Rock of the U boys is branching out into artist management and he's found two young, talented individuals in B'Eric da Kidd and Keem. Check out his latest release as he introduces the world to his newly found talent. They hail straight from New Orleans Hollygrove 17th ward neighborhood and they are spitting nothing but fire.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rest On Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)



A Poet. A Dancer. A Grammy Winner. A Teacher. A Writer. Actress. Hollywood's First Female Black Director. A Best Selling Author. A phenomenal woman who said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 

Dr. Maya Angelou had indeed gone through some changes. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, she was raised in Stamps, Arkansas and later sent to live with her Grandmother in California. In her first autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," a memoir about the first 17 years of her life, Maya wrote about her rape by her Mother's boyfriend. The man was sentenced after 7 year old Maya testified against him, but was murdered (probably by her Uncles) before he could serve his time. The murder caused Maya to become a mute for 5 years. She thought because she had opened her mouth the man was murdered. It was because of a caring teacher that Maya found her voice again. At 17 Maya found herself a single mother. She did whatever she had to do to take care of her child. She was a fry cook, dancer, night club-Manager, prostitute, performer, etc. STILL SHE ROSE.

She started out as a Singer. In the 1950's, she toured Europe with the production of the Opera, "Porgy and Bess." She recorded her first album, "Miss Claypso." In the 1960’s she moved to Cairo and became a newspaper editor. Then to Ghana where she met Malcolm X. Her friendship with Malcolm would cause her to come back to the U.S. to help him start ‘The Organization of African American Unity.’ I’ll quote Maya, “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within you.” She met Billy Holiday on her singing journey and was told, “You’re going to be famous. But not for singing.”
In 1970, she published her first book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” This book is how I learned of her. It is used in schools across the United States. This book led to her publishing more than 30 best-selling fiction and non-fiction stories, books and poetry. With friends like Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. SHE ROSE.

She wrote her first screenplay, “Georgia” in 1972, the first play written by a Black woman to ever be filmed and it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She played in several movies, opened the inaugural address for President Bill Clinton and was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey whom she met as a young television anchor. Her story can be found in her 7 memoirs. She was always enlightening, encouraging and sharing her life’s wisdom. She has been honored several times with Doctoral degrees and recently received the Highest honor a U.S. citizen can receive, The Presidential Medal of FREEDOM.  
“Still I Rise” is one of her poems I learned as a kid and is still relevant to this day.
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. 
Maya Angelou
“Phenominal Woman” was another one that stuck with me over the years.
Phenomenal Woman
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Indeed Dr. Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman. A lover of music, art, poetry, hip hop, a writer who wasn’t afraid to tell her story. A bird, unafraid to sing her song. “A bird doesn’t sing, because it has an answer. A bird sings, because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou. She also said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” Dr. Maya Angelou is an example of a woman of POWER. She went through and overcame. She should be inspiration to all women. Maya's life story is a mere indication that no matter what you go through, you too can STILL RISE. Brave, beautiful and bold Maya Angelou even days before her passing was sharing wisdom. Her last tweet:
  

Rest in Peace QUEEN. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Video: Codac Ft. Ceddy B "N.O. Nigga"

Codac Back!


R.I.P. Cash Money VAMP

In what was a violent Sunday in the city of New Orleans with at least 5 people shot, Cash Money Vamp was called home to rest after being shot in the neck on America St. in New Orleans East. Vamp has been on the New Orleans rap scene for a long time. Hailing form Uptown, he's had ties to many of New Orleans greats, including Cash Money Records. Vamp was currently throwing hip hop shows in and around the city as well as concerts. Check Back for more info on this story.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

T. I. and Floyd Mayweather Fight....

Tameka "Tiny" Harris, formerly of Escape R&B Group and now reality star was spotted hanging out with Floyd Mayweather's "The Money Team" last night is Las Vegas, while her husband Rapper and Reality Star T.I. hosted a party. She posted pictures with Floyd's daughter on her Instagram page. Tiny has been rumored over the years as to been having an on and off affair with Mayweather. Apparently, T.I. got word that his Wife was hanging out with her old dip. Sources say, He approached Mayweather in a famous burger joint "Fat Burger" and began swinging punches. Floyd who cannot use his hands as weapons, did not swing back as his body guards and T.I.'s entourage quickly intervened. Chairs were thrown and Rapper Young Dro, a friend of T.I. was spotted fighting with someone from The Money Team. See video footage below: 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friends.... How Many of Us Have Them?

In a generation where nothing is of meaning to people anymore, I often times have to sit back and evaluate my friendships. The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be deceived; "Bad company ruins good morals." Proverbs 13:20 "Whoever walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." About 4 years ago, God told me to change the way I was living. This change would require me to sever some friendships. One of the friendships happened to be my very best friend since the 8th grade. We were just on two different paths in life. She was becoming bad company. I dreaded this decision. So for years I avoided making it. It wasn't until last year when a misunderstanding occurred between us that we decided to part ways. I must be honest, it felt like I had broken up with a boyfriend. This was someone I talked to all of the time, about almost everything. Now she was gone. Proverbs 17:17 states, "A Friend LOVES at ALL times..." I find this to be true. Although I have severed certain friendships, I still have a place in my heart for those friends. I still pray for them. I still love them.

But what about the ones who are still around? Are they really my friends? How do I know? It was far easier to tell when I was younger. Now everyone wears a mask. Growing up in the 7th ward area of New Orleans, Louisiana, you had your friends. You also had the girls you didn't hang out with, the ones who didn't like you. You knew the difference between the two. It's quite different as adults though. The Bible says even Satan disguises himself as an angel of the light. This is how many people take on friendships...in disguise. They connect to you with ulterior motives, instead of understanding the benefits of having someone like you for a REAL friend.

The dynamics of friendships have changed. Proverbs 27:17 states, "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." As grown ups, we don't want to hang out with kids. But as women, should we hang out with men? Should male and female hold platonic friendships? I mean is that an example of iron sharpening iron? Furthermore, can an attractive male and female be friends with each other without compromising? I find it extremely hard myself. A few years ago, I befriended this guy via Twitter and we became very close. While nothing ever happened between us, I discovered that he had developed real feelings for me. Of course, I backed off from him, because he's my friend and I would never want to hurt or wrong my friend. I knew that I didn't feel those type of feelings for him and I didn't want to lead him on. While I may have done the RIGHT thing, I'm sure it may have still hurt him a little. Proverbs 26:7 states, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy." I didn't intend to hurt him, but because I am his friend I had to be truthful with him. To this day, we remain good friends. We're just not a close as we once were.

So what is a friend? I looked it up. Friend, according to Merriem-Webster is one who is attached to another by affection of esteem, a person you enjoy being with, someone who supports you, a favored companion and someone who is not hostile. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 states, Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. A friend is someone who loves you at all times, who supports you. A friend sharpens you, encourages you, lifts you up. Again a friend SUPPORTS you. A friend might tell you something that hurts, but faithful are the wounds of a friend. Friends are not hostile, they're people you enjoy being around. I don't know about you guys, but I don't enjoy being around messy people. Most importantly, a friend is your back up. 2 is better than 1. A friend is someone you know that if you fall, they've got you and vice versa. Examine your "friends" today. Are they really playing the part? Hope this helped. 


Lyiena McMillan 


A Little Music - Whodini "Friends"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Relationships: Use Me...Until You Use Me Up?

With the craze of reality television shows, I can't help but to notice the fact that many women are allowing men to USE them. This is happening at an alarming rate in the African American community. So when I see an African American male extremely handicapped, I can't help, but to wonder, "Who spoiled him?" Was it his Mother, his girlfriend or both?

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

In the African American community there is an extreme absence of Fathers. So sons are ultimately being raised by their Mothers and for some Grandmothers. Unintentionally single Mothers raise their sons to be spoiled. A Mother will go to the ends of the earth for her child and back. When a man comes from a household where he is used to everything being done for him by his Mother, he sometimes grows up with a handicap. These kind of men expect their women to treat them as their Mother did. But we must understand, in a relationship, we're not trying to date our Mothers and Fathers. We are trying to find our soul mate. As women, we must understand that we are not that man's Mother. We did not give birth to him and unless we are his WIFE, we are not obligated to do certain things for him.

Oh how so many of us get that twisted though. We go above and beyond to please the man that we think is the one for us. This is how many women get manipulated or USED. This is why so many men in the African American community STAY handicapped.

Let's talk about manipulation. Manipulate according to Webster's Dictionary means  to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage. 

If you follow my Twitter feed, you know that I watch a few reality shows. I do this merely to interact with my followers. One show playing right now is "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta." While many reality television shows are scripted, most have an underlying message within the script. I couldn't help but notice this season how Mimi Faust was coerced into signing a deal with a porn company after a sex tape that she made with her lover was leaked to a popular blog site. Her lover Niko denied having anything to do with the leak, but he encouraged her to go along with selling it to major porn company. Some might say, "Well they were in on it together." That might be so, but understand that Niko had more to gain from the situation than Mimi did.

This is how you determine whether you are working together or if you're being used. Reciprocation. Are you doing everything for him, but what he does in return is little to none compared to what you do? If so, you might be a product of manipulation. You're always there when he needs you, but he is never around when you need him.  He is always asking you to do things for him or for money, but you get the cold shoulder when you ask. That's a sign of manipulation. Women are far more vulnerable to this, because we are emotional beings. Plus as single women, we long for that love in a relationship. So we're willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to get the guy we think we deserve. Some times we don't even notice that he doesn't deserve us.

Women I want to say to you this: If he is not your husband draw a line. Single women give men their all before the marriage and wonder why they can't get a ring. Girlfriends performing Wife duties. You let him live with you. You're shopping for him. You're giving him money. You're cosigning things for him. You're running his business. You're his lover, his secretary and everything in between, but you aren't his WIFE. STOP! You are not his Mother! Again, you are not his Wife! You are not only playing yourself, but you are handicapping him or allowing him to remain handicapped. If you keep getting a thing for free, you won't ever feel the need to work for it. This is how men become handicapped. They don't feel the need to WORK for YOU or anybody. Like his Mother, you've spoiled him. Then you get upset when he walks away with all that you poured into him, leaving you feeling lifeless. You put that on yourself. LOVE is patient. SLOW DOWN. Stop rushing to offer your services in an attempt to make a man love you. The man who loves you will realize all that you have to offer and won't ask you for it.

I watch these men on these reality shows constantly manipulate these women. These women are women who although experiencing a level of fame, still don't understand their POWER. Ladies you have the POWER to not let anyone manipulate you. Make sure that what you are doing for a mate is being reciprocated. If not, you may just be another one that they're USING..... but hey some women LIKE that kind of stuff.

-Lyiena McMillan
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