The Fugees burst on the scene in 1994. Came out with a classic album in 1996. And like that, they were gone. It’s 21 years later, and some fans are still holding out hope that the gang might get back together. That definitely doesn’t seem like it will be the case, but we do have something like the next best thing. Yesterday (July 15), Funkmaster Flex flexed a little by pulling an unreleased song from the trio out of the stash and playing it during his show.
The song sounds like it could have been originally released yesterday, with no real glaring aspects that date the busy production. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras are spitting just like old times.
It is unclear exactly when the song was made. But according to Lauryn Hill, it is official. The former Fugees front woman hopped on Twitter to co-sign the authenticity of the record. “The ‘new’ Fugees song is indeed an old track played around with back in the day in the lab,” she announced. “Not sure who leaked it, but I have my suspicions.”
As for Ms. Hill, she will be heading out on tour with Nas in September. Starting on Sept. 7 in Chicago, the jaunt will hit up 17 cities including Toronto, Boston, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles and more before closing out on Oct. 10 in Vancouver. Special guests at selected dates will be comedian Hannibal Buress and reggae artist Chronic.
“I just want to apologize to di fans who came from all over di world to see Mavado. This has hurt our brand,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
According to Jabba, Dexta Daps was not at the venue at 10:50 pm when he was scheduled to go on stage. He said the artiste was at his hotel and refused to budge until certain demands were met.“He said he wouldn’t come to the park unless he was paid his back-end (rest of his show fee), he wanted 10 extra passes, an’ US$1,000 we owed him for travelling expenses from the Love And Harmony Cruise,” Jabba explained. Promoters agreed, but when Dexta Daps finally arrived and began his set, it was 11:15. He performed for just over 30 minutes. By the time Mavado’s band finished setting up, the police called time on the show. Jabba, who was part of the team that promoted the inaugural Love And Harmony Cruise in March, said the unceremonious end to Best Of The Best gave the show a black eye.“We’ve never had any money issue with artistes. We’ve shown them nothing but love.”
The Observer contacted Dexta Daps’s management for comment. They said a response will be issued soon.
Let me explain something that most people may not understand. Remy and Nicki have two different fan bases, which means Nicki has crossed over into a Mega Pop Superstar, selling out arenas worldwide; which also means she has major endorsement deals and she also mentors young girls. That is bigger than just rap. Do you think she can just get on a record and spazz out like Remy? I think not. Remy is a great artist, but she is not at that level in her career yet.
This is why I say it was a terrible Marketing & Promotional idea to go after Nicki. If Nicki decides to put out an album the same day as Remy, do you think any investors are going get behind Remy Ma? I think not. It would be a bad business move because the odds are stacked against Remy.
Nicki and her Marketing/Promotion team have a proven success rate by consistently selling Multi-Platinum Records and having the most Top 100 hits on Billboard for a woman. Not to mention she has the corporate power structure behind her to shut down Remy Ma’s career. Let’s be honest if the BET Awards had to choose between Nickior Remy to perform on the show at this moment in both of their careers, who do you think they are going to choose? It’s all about ratings and corporate sponsors that fund these events and labels that these artists are signed to. If I just spent a million in marketing dollars on Nicki’s career such as Young Money/Cash Money Records did and its corporate associates which are basically controlling the airwaves, i.e Young Thug, Drake & more, of course they’re going to shut down Remy, i.e Black Ball her whether Nicki responds or not. Those corporate investors are not going to let their money go to waste, period. So all those radio hosts, Dj’s and program directors can say what they want about Nicki, but they are still gonna play Nicki records 10 times a day and that is why Remy Ma is back tracking. And really I’m upset that nobody on Remy team saw this coming or thought about the consequences ahead of time. The lesson to be learned from this for Remy is not to go after the person you want to surpass but instead befriend them and learn from they’re success and figure out how to incorporate it into yours. Be Blessed On Your Journey To Success!!!
March 9, 2017: Nicki Minaj has finally SPOKEN . . . and she spilled some TEA on how Remy Ma’s diss track “ShETHER” got taken down off of Soundcloud.
It was rapper NAS that shut it down.
According to MediaTakeOut.com’s EXTREMELY RELIABLE snitches, Nicki called NAS – and Nas got it SHUT DOWN. Here’s what MediaTakeOut.com snitch explained:
Nicki called up Nas, and Nas shut it down. He controls all the publishing for Ether.
Nas ain’t dumb, he left the song up on iTunes so that he can make a BAG off of it. But he’s basically banned Remy from performing the song live.
That’s why you don’t see her doing it at concerts, and why she didn’t do it on Wendy. Nas shut it down.
Look at how Remy is trying to back track and apologize for making the song. That’s not out of the goodness of her heart. It’s because legally she can never sing the song again.
Nicki definitely lost the battle but with Remy backtracking she gone win the war. The thing with a diss track like Shether is that it’s so raw she’ll never have to hear it when she’s out and about because no DJ would be that disrespectful toward her to play that record. However if Nicki drops a hit that bangs in the club that just happens to have one or two lines about Remy she’ll hear it everywhere she goes.
Tom Cruise, an unreleased track by the United Kingdom-based deejay Don Andre, is currently making the rounds in local dancehall circles.
The track first surfaced just over a year ago, and the underground scene in the UK showed an early interest. But it was not until the track was uploaded to the Internet that the song and ensuing dance move really grew legs and began gaining traction.Speaking with
Splash yesterday, Don Andre said he always had high hopes for the single, even before it was completed.
“I knew it was going to be a hit because the sound was so different. Whatever I do, I always have the highest expectations for it and
Tom Cruise was no different. It was fresh and new and people like change. It is a fun song that is really different. The strangest thing about this song is that it wasn’t planned for. We were just vibing in the studios and upon listening the beat, I knew I had to do something different,” he said.
Produced by his own label, Kingston Music Group, the song, which has a strong electronic dance music influence and catchy dance moves, has caught the interest of the local scene.
He further noted that the
Tom Cruise effect is being felt across the globe, judging from what he explained are videos surfacing daily from fans who are based in Argentina, Poland, Chile, Russia, Lithuania, Africa, Amsterdam, Italy, Ukraine, Finland and other territories, performing the dance.
Currently in Jamaica, Don Andre is also promoting
Jog, his latest single which was released earlier this month, and boasts a similar concept to
“It’s another song that gets you physically involved, however it has more lyrics than
Tom Cruise. This song promotes a healthy lifestyle as it has a dance that goes along with it. In England I often have to jog in order to keep warm, so that is one of the inspiration behind the song,” he said.
Carlos Don Andre, 25, spent his earlier years on Thirty-five Lane, off Waltham Park Road in St Andrew. During his teenage years, while attending Jamaica College, he penned his first song, Auntie Gloria.
“That song was a dedication to my Aunt Gloria who nurtured and grew me after my mother passed away when I was a baby,” he said.
In 2003, he migrated to the United Kingdom where his passion for music developed even further. Among his first set of recordings were
Oh Girl, Hennessy, Imagine This, Rave all Night and
Roll Wi A Roll.
In addition to promoting his single, Don Andre is prepping for upcoming performances in the USA and Canada in 2016 and 2017
BATTERING DOWN THE FLU – Fort Lauderdale/Atlanta Concerts Rescheduled Late Summer!
To My Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta Fans, I have been unable to fulfill the last two dates of my 40th Anniversary Blackheart Man Tour in your area yesterday/Ft. Lauderdale, and tomorrow/Atlanta due to a viral flu that has been affecting my band since we hit Austin Texas.
I give thanks and utmost praise unto my musicians who despite the uphill battle and toll that this challenged us that we were able to deliver one of my most successful tours until yesterday when I was told under routine consultations that we have been having that it would be harmful for me to continue under these conditions.
The Solomonic Reggaestra are all at various stages of recuperation and I have advised my agents that these shows should be rescheduled for the latter part of the Summer when I will be performing at several Festivals in the USA.
I thank my many old and new fans from Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland Oregon, Austin Texas, Alberquerque NM, Denver Colorado, New Orleans, Washington DC, Connectictut, Boston, New York, North Carolina & Pensacola for the warm and lively reception that you gave us. And I look forward to returning later this summer to many of your area Festivals.
Bunny Wailer (foreground) leads a group of Rastafarians on a peaceful humanitarian march in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the April 21, 1966 visit of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. The group, which marched from Mandela Park to Jamaica House in St Andrew, also met with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and urged the Government to sign on to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Members of the Rastafari, Kumina, Revivalist and Maroon communities in Jamaica yesterday conducted a peaceful, humanitarian march from Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree to Jamaica House in St Andrew, seeking to have the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) ratified by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
The march was also held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ethiopian Emperor His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I’s visit to Jamaica on April 21, 1966.
The UNDRIP, which was brought before the UN’s General Assembly on September 13, 2007, sets out the rights of indigenous peoples and encourages countries to work alongside them to resolve global issues.
Specific groups from Jamaica, including Rastafari, are recognised by the treaty.
Attorney representing the group involved in the march, Empress Nannah Harris-Barrington, and a delegation including reggae legend Bunny Wailer and consultant from the Rastafari Millennium Council, Maxine Stowe, were given an audience with Holness and Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.
“We were very well received by the prime minister and his delegation,” Harris-Barrington told The Gleaner after the meeting.
“The culture that we have is an indigenous category recognised by the United Nations. The Rastafari that carry on their African tradition, the Maroons, the Kumina and the Revivalists – they are the four groups recognised by the United Nations as indigenous cultures being carried on in Jamaica.”
She added: “We had a very successful meeting with the prime minister and his delegation, who have agreed to ratify the treaty. There are many areas that will have to be looked into – intellectual property and the (general) rights of Rastafari worldwide. This is about increasing the rights that are available under Jamaican statutes and to bring it under the umbrella of the international treaty,” she said.
Lee Danja Worldwide Presents: “The Passin The Torch” USA Tour Featuring International Recording Artist Laza Morgan Live In Concert..
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!!!
Lee Danja Worldwide In association with Morgan Family Presents the Summer Concert & Tour Series – The Passin’ The Torch Edition. This is the 4th year we are presenting live performances featuring the best international artists. This year, we are happy to partner with the Morgan Family Promotions to present to you the international recording artist, LAZA MORGAN, son of music veteran, Denroy Morgan, and the next generation to the Morgan Heritage legacy as headliner. He will be performing his hit singles such as “This Girl,” which was featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture Step It Up 3D, and “One By One” featuring Reggae / Dancehall Superstar, Mavado, of We The Best Recording. We are currently accepting dates now for Festivals, Night Clubs, etc. Promoters link up!
Laza Morgan (born December 13, 1983 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is a Jamaican American reggae singer and rapper. Son of the reggae musician and artist Denroy Morgan, he started as a member of the Jamaican dancehall / hip hop trio formation LMS, alongside his siblings trio Noshayah Morgan and Miriam Morgan. Then Otiya “Laza” he engaged in a solo singing career.
He is best known for his single “This Girl” which was featured on Disney’s Step Up 3D. Laza was also a featured artist on Alexandra Burke’s hit single “Start Without You” in 2010 and appeared in the music video for the song. Laza is also featured in Kristina Maria’s new single “Co-Pilot”. He later released his mixed tape on June 7, 2011, after releasing his new hit single “One by One” featuring Jamaican singer Mavado, which topped the Jamaican Reggae Singles Chart. More recently Laza had launched two viral music videos on YouTube for his singles “Ballerina” and “Ya Sey Mi” with his production team Family Affair Productions..
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The Yo Gotti signee was briefly detained outside a Wells Fargo bank last week.
Wells Fargo released a statement Monday (January 11) regarding Blac Youngsta’s run-in with police Friday January 8, 2016 outside one of its banks in Atlanta, NBC 11Alive reports. Blac Youngsta’s real name is Sam Benson.
“Mr. Benson is not an account holder with us,” the statement from Wells Fargo Southest Communication Manger Crystal Drake says. “He did not enter our store nor did he make any withdrawals.
“A fraudulent incident did occur in the store so in the best interest of our customer, we reported it to law enforcement right away and as a result, a suspect was apprehended and the customer was not the victim of fraud. Mr. Benson was not a party to the fraudulent incident.
“We’re confident that our description of the suspect was appropriate. It is documented in the police report. We encourage you to review it.”
The Yo Gotti signee was confronted by police while holding a large amount of cash outside a Peachtree location. Law enforcement was called by the bank when a man tried to cash a forged check for $24,000. The rapper was not arrested or charged with a crime when police realized he was not the person they were looking for. Blac Youngsta told news outlets afterwards that he withdrew money from his own account.
Police reported after the incident that the bank provided the wrong identification of the suspect upon calling 911.
Authorities, with the help of a witness, later identified Charles Darnell Edward as the suspect and he was arrested and charged with first-degree forgery.
Wu-Tang Clan’s ambitious, one-of-a-kind secret album “Once Upon A Time in Shaolin” — of which only a single copy was produced — has been sold to an American buyer for an undisclosed figure that was in the millions, private auction house Paddle8 announced on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, the group announced that the 31-track double album, recorded in secret over a six-year period, would be sold privately rather than through an auction, as widely reported.
Paddle8 discretely vetted offers for the album, and over the past six months worked with representatives of the group to evaluate them. The buyer and sellers agreed to the sale in May and spent months finalizing contracts and devising new legal protections for the work, whose value depends on its singularity.
When the album was first announced more than a year ago, Wu-Tang’s de facto leader, RZA, said the vision for “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” was a simple one: crafting a singular music experience.
Intrigue and speculation around the project (at one point RZA said the group received a $5-million offer for the work) overshadowed the release of the band’s anniversary album, “A Better Tomorrow,” which was surrounded with internal discord.
Stored in a vault at the Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, since its completion in 2013, the album has been shrouded in secrecy since its inception.
RZA confirmed that the album features the group’s surviving members, and a guest appearance from Cher, but little else is known about the music.
The sole copy is housed in an engraved silver-and-nickel box crafted by British Moroccan artist Yahya. It is accompanied by a 174-page manuscript containing lyrics, credits and anecdotes on the production of each song, printed on gilded Fedrigoni Marina parchment and encased in leather by a master bookbinder.
The goal behind the unique approach in releasing “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” RZA maintained, was to spark a debate about how music is appreciated in the era of mass production and market saturation.
Even the buyer, despite spending millions to purchase the work, is contractually bound to a great deal of secrecy.
When Paddle8 announced that it would be overseeing the sale, it was revealed that the purchaser would have to agree not to release it commercially for 88 years.
The condition of the sale means Wu-Tang will never release any of the content in any form to the public, and neither can the buyer — at least not commercially.
Wu-Tang’s extensive contractual restriction voids previously reported plans for the album, which would have allowed the highest bidder to do whatever he or she wanted with the album.
“When I think of who will come to own ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,’ I want them to recognize the historical value of what they’re collecting,” RZA wrote on the Paddle8 website.
“I’m not one for hoping as a rule, but I really hope its guardian is the kind of person who finds appreciation and value in every artistic expression,” RZA continued. “Because this work was made to be appreciated.”
So why 88 years?
The time frame is, naturally, derived from Wu-Tang’s love of numbers. There were eight original members of the collective, for instance, and the auctioneer has the number in its name. Eight turned sideways is also the infinity symbol.
“For us it also addresses the issue of music’s longevity in a time of mass production and short attention spans,” RZA said on the site. “Nothing about this record revolves around short-term gains, but rather around the legacy of the music and the statement we’re making.”
Originally RZA said he hoped the buyer would display the album at museums and galleries, or take it on a “tour” where listeners pay a premium to hear the project.
Considering that the artwork is sold without copyright, broadcast rights, performers’ consents and other reproduction rights, one workaround for any buyer could be to release the project to the public for free.
“When you buy a painting or a sculpture, you’re buying that piece rather than the right to replicate it. Owning a Picasso doesn’t mean you can sell prints or reproductions, but that you’re the sole owner of a unique original. And that’s what ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ is. It’s a unique original rather than a master copy of an album,” RZA added.