It’s The Grammys Baeby!

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The prestigious 55th annual grammy awards in recap, and no I wasn’t there yet again. *puppy-face*

The highlights of the night anchored by LL Cool J, for me are

-Seeing Jay and Bey together; always a sight to see.

-Beyonce and Ellen introducing Justin Timberlake; Beyonce was just so sweet and Ellen was just ridiculously funny.

-Seeing Chris Brown back at the grammy; even though he didn’t get an award, it was just a special moment and he was of course looking dapper in a white suit, and cheering his boo Rihanna away.

-Rihanna did her thing by performing Stay and left everyone guessing if she’s infact now rocking an engagement ring!

-The tribute performance to Bob Marley; after bruno mars and sting wowed us, rihanna flanked by the marley brothers joined the stage to take us back to jamaica with Could you be loved.

-Also the Tribute to Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen

-The red carpet was just as always full of grandeur, interesting people in everything avante-garde and the best of designers. What’s not to love to keep the dream alive? lol

-Nasty Nas looking classy but still didn’t clinch a grammy yet again. Can you believe Mr Illmatic has never won a grammy?

-Top winner of the night is Black Keys with 4 grammies. Jay Z and Kanye got 3 apiece.

Album of the year
El Camino,The Black Keys
Some Nights, fun.
WINNER: Babel, Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss, Jack White

Record of the year
Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young, fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
WINNER: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra
Thinkin Bout You, Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift

Song of the year (goes to writer)
The A Team (performed by Ed Sheeran)
Adorn (Miguel)
Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)
Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)
WINNER: We Are Young (fun.)

Best new artist
Alabama Shakes
WINNER: fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Pop vocal album
WINNER: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
Ceremonials, Florence + The Machine
Some Nights, fun.
Overexposed, Maroon 5
The Truth About Love, Pink

Dance/electronica album
Wonderland, Steve Aoki
Don’t Think, The Chemical Brothers
> Album Title Goes Here <, Deadmau5
Fire & Ice, Kaskade
WINNER: Bangarang, Skrillex

Rock album
WINNER: El Camino, The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay
The 2nd Law, Muse
Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss, Jack White

Alternative album
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser …, Fiona Apple
Biophilia, Björk
WINNER: Making Mirrors, Gotye
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, M83
Bad As Me, Tom Waits

R&B album
WINNER: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
Back to Love, Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back, R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise, Tamia
Open Invitation, Tyrese

Rap album  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
WINNER: Take Care, Drake
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco
Life Is Good, Nas
Undun, The Roots
God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross
Based On A T.r.u. Story, 2 Chainz

Country album
WINNER: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes
Living for A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson
Four the Record, Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

Americana album
The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers
From the Ground Up, John Fullbright
The Lumineers, The Lumineers
Babel, Mumford & Sons
WINNER: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Pop solo performance
WINNER: Set Fire to the Rain (Live), Adele
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson
Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
Wide Awake, Katy Perry
Where Have You Been, Rihanna

Pop duo/group performance
Shake It Out, Florence & The Machine
We Are Young, fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
WINNER: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra
Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO
Payphone, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa

Dance recording
Let’s Go, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
WINNER: Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah
Don’t You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
I Can’t Live Without You, Al Walser

Traditional pop vocal album
Christmas, Michael Bublé
A Holiday Carole, Carole King
WINNER: Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

Rock performance
Hold On, Alabama Shakes
WINNER: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Charlie Brown, Coldplay
I Will Wait, Mumford & Sons
We Take Care of Our Own, Bruce Springsteen

Hard rock/metal performance
I’m Alive, Anthrax
WINNER: Love Bites (So Do I), Halestorm
Blood Brothers, Iron Maiden
Ghost Walking, Lamb of God
No Reflection, Marilyn Manson
Whose Life (Is It Anyways?), Megadeth

Rock song (goes to writer)
Freedom at 21 (performed by Jack White)
I Will Wait (performed by Mumford & Sons)
WINNER: Lonely Boy (performed by the Black Keys)
Madness (performed by Muse)
We Take Care of Our Own (performed by Bruce Springsteen)

R&B song (goes to writer)      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
WINNER: Adorn (performed by Miguel)
Beautiful Surprise (performed by Tamia)
Heart Attack (performed by Trey Songz)
Pray for Me (performed by Anthony Hamilton)
Refill (performed by Elle Varner)

Traditional R&B performance    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Lately, Anita Baker
WINNER: Love on Top, Beyoncé
Wrong Side of a Love Song, Melanie Fiona
Real Good Hands, Gregory Porter
If Only You Knew, SWV

R&B performance  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Thank You, Estelle
Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.), Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Ledisi
I Want You, Luke James
Adorn, Miguel
WINNER: Climax, Usher

Urban contemporary album  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Fortune, Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel
WINNER: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Rap performance  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
HYFR, Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne
WINNER: N—– In Paris, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Daughters, Nas
Mercy, Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz
I Do, Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z and André 3000

Rap/sung collaboration  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Wild Ones, Flo Rida featuring Sia
WINNER: No Church in the Wild, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream
Tonight (Best You Ever Had), John Legend featuring Ludacris
Cherry Wine, Nas featuring Amy Winehouse
Talk That Talk, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Rap song (goes to writer)  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Daughters (performed by Nas)
Lotus Flower Bomb (performed by Wale featuring Miguel)
Mercy (performed by Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
The Motto (performed by Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne)
WINNER: N—– In Paris (performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Young, Wild & Free (performed by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)

Country solo performance
Home, Dierks Bentley
Springsteen, Eric Church
Cost of Livin’, Ronnie Dunn
Wanted, Hunter Hayes
Over, Blake Shelton
WINNER: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood

Country duo/group performance
Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Eli Young Band
WINNER: Pontoon, Little Big Town
Safe & Sound, Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
On the Outskirts of Town, The Time Jumpers
I Just Come Here for the Music, Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss

Country song (goes to writer)
WINNER: Blown Away (performed Carrie Underwood)
Cost Of Livin’ (performed by Ronnie Dunn)
Even If It Breaks Your Heart (performed by Eli Young Band)
So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore (performed by Alan Jackson)
Springsteen (performed by Eric Church)

Producer (non-classical)
WINNER: Dan Auerbach
Jeff Bhasker
Diplo
Markus Dravs
Salaam Remi

The Illuminati Blog By Russell Simmons

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Beyonce “Illuminati” rumors again? C’mon son, I thought we were done with that.

Everyone that’s been accused of being in the Illuminati: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye, even President Obama – they all have one thing in common, they work hard.

It’s not a secret society, it’s what we do. The status that comes with working hard and using your god-given talent is what leads to success. These “Illuminati” members are all focused and dedicated, and have been using their god-given talent since the moment they realized what was inside of them – what they were capable of and what they realized was worth working for.

After Beyonce’s performance last night, all the “Illuminati” accusations came rolling in because of how incredible her performance was. But, to reach her level of talent, she’s put in hours of hard work and practice.

What Beyonce’s done since childhood is no miracle. It may appear to be a miracle to someone who doesn’t put their head down and do the work, but if you work hard, the results are extremely real. Look inside at your inner strength and give everything you’ve got to your own work.

I know I’m doing well when I’m questioned about being in the Illuminati. If you want to know the truth, I’ve got my eye on Illuminati status, that’s how I know I’m on top of my game. And now that I’m out here in Hollywood, I’m ready to do it all over again.

~Russell Simmons
Culled from globalgrind.com
Read more: http://globalgrind.com/entertainment/illuminati-beyonce-super-bowl-performance-2013-blog-russell-simmons#ixzz2KCVltP4N

WANDE COAL (M2M) FLASHBACK

WANDE COAL

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I recently ran into Wande Coal’s Mushin to Mohits debut and just had to cop it again. If only I knew I wasn’t prepared for what was in store for me. This album I have to certify my official best 9ja album.
It provides everything you want in an album and is fit for all seasons.

From the Intro track- I Know You Like It, he serenades with a story line that captures, in a playful way a rendition of what usually happens in a lot of dating relationships.

You Bad– takes you back to the beginning of an era itself. No doubt Wande Coal paved the way for a lot of 9ja artists today, even Wizkid and Tiwa Savage have both creditted him for being an inspiration. This song is graced and accentuated by the KokoMaster himself.

Listening through the album, I dare anyone to skip any track. Well arranged, the progression is like watching a Montage, every track complements the previous and sets the stage for the next. Don Jazzy’s productive dexterity is seen in its full glory on this album.

Se Ope– So you want to take it to the church, Voila! This primary school rhymes inspired song is just for everybody- Mommy, daddy, children, students, graduates, workers, everyOne.

Bumper to Bumper leaves any club scene out of control. If you wonna dance like a burning candle, this is the wax you’re looking for. Even on this dance song, Wande’s command of lyrics and rhymes comes out just beautiful and effortless. Too bad he didn’t cement it’s video with a signature dance though.

Who Born The Maga– My personal favorite, don’t ask why. This synergy of monster beat, impossible lyrics and bestial hook combines together to produce Frankenstein’s genius. Love it, Love it!

That’s Wots Up– Another dope beat that only leaves one fiending for more. This track talks about a journey to fame and now living the life. Who doesn’t like that!

The rest of the tracks leave a progressive crescendo of pleasurable sounds with support from his team. There’s- Kiss Your Hands, Confused, Now It’s All Gone, Bananas, Taboo, Jehovah, TenT en, My Grind.

Not forgetting the track that introduced this black diamond to us all

Ololufe– If ever a song ever told the story of love, this does. Purity in voice, unadulterated innocence and full of passion, this song makes you either remember a lost love or crave your future love to walk down the aisle, raise a family, grow old and even die with. This song reminds us the true essence of love. Little wonder ladies love the black one.

With these said. I certify this album 5 Full Stars!

Don’t Touch My Radio!

Don’t Touch My Radio.

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Really I aint playin, don’t touch my radio main. There’s certain hours of the day you can’t tell me nothing- when I’m listening to Kanye or when I’m listening to my favorite OAPs on the radio. Even my momma knows that.

Call me boring, call me whatever but the radio is my favorite get-away. Where I listen to my favorite songs, hear the latest scoop on my favorite artists, call in to contribute on my favorite topical issues. The radio is my 411 box, nuff said.

I remember I couldn’t dare miss Wild Child (now IK) on Rhythm FM and Kemistry always had the juice. For the rap heads, JAJ kept it thorough on Top 7 Jamz. Dan Foster was just phenomenal and Olisa too on Cool FM. So many radio stations with their different flavours, some times I would think I needed more than one transistor radio or deck.

Beat FM and Wazobia FM came along and now the radio has never been more interesting. I never hide my feelings for Toolz (Beat FM OAP, Most Endowed, MEGN), I embrace it. Not like it’s a grammy or something but she did wave at me once at MMR so I’m not just your average fan or groupie… Yes I am shameless about my love for her (sigh).
Ok swiftly moving on, you just have to listen in to the now famous Handing-over on TheBeat to get the drift.

The radio is where you can always find me (listening i.e.) and I want to appreciate every presenter that has made it fun so far. Y’all have kept so many out of trouble, brought hearts together and saved lives, ok maybe i just over-did it but the radio for me is probably the best place to be.
…Well If you don’t know, now you know.

Your favorite radio kiddo sorry, boy next door… It’s Pressplay baeby!

On The Edge

On the Edge

Last year no doubt brought along with it a lot of interesting drama waiting to unfurl and has left us all hanging on the edge of our seats…hence the title. (yea whatever)
Even Nollywood aint got nothing on the music industry drama right now!

So many questions begging to be answered leaving every media puppy with their tails wagging.

When will Dbanj ever feature officially on the Good Music catalog?

Is Kanye going to drop the KokoMaster because he is missing the Jazzy touch?

Will DonJazzy really ever get over his KokoMaster loss and spring back even bigger and badder?

What’s so AMAVING?

Who’s going to be next? Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, D’Prince or Dr Sid?

Who’s winning better TeamDonJazzy or TeamDBanj?

Will Davido ever find a fresher girlfriend?

Will Wizkid do a collabo track with Chris Brown?

Will Tiwa savage reveal the Man in her life?

Will the Sisters diva-sify the industry and dominate this year?

MI, where are you hiding? Are you now a full-time evangelist? (You’ll get this later, don’t worry)

Is BankyW trying to replace Wizkid?

When you go Marry, Mr Wellington?

Is May-D back with P-square?

Which rapper is gonna claim the coveted rap throne this year?

Iyanya, whose waist has the best flavour? (Yvonne, Tontolet or Tiwa maybe?)

Will Tonto dikeh really release an album, I mean reeally?

Which other Nollywood cross-overs should we be expecting? (Mercy Johnson please DO NOT raise your hands)

It might be too early to have all the answers yet but we just can’t wait. In the meantime let the arguments keep flying.

It’s still your boy Pressplay baeby!

The Up-coming Artist, The Talent and The Hustle: Part 2

Ok. Now that we got all that out of the way, I guess it now begs the question, how can you get It right, right? I aint gonna lie, I don’t hold all the chips, and nothing worthwhile comes cheap.

Like every business, you need to understand that your a brand or one in the making. A lot of effort should be put in making yourself look the part. You don’t see your pastor wearing timberland boots to church, it don’t go with the territory. Same way you gotta know what works for you and your hustle. It’s all about packaging.

No expense is spared in making quality music. You can record the verse of the year. On the wrong beat and poor studio production, it’s not gonna go far coz no one’s gonna play that shit.

You might not be ready for this but soon as you start gettin some money coming μ̥я̥ way, it’s time to get yourself some good manager. Coz that’s gonna be what separates you from every other cat out there and get you and μ̥я̥ music out where it should be heard.

This next one might seem to go against μ̥я̥ hip-hop “nigga with attitude” swag but to go far in this music business or any other business at that, you gotta be humble. Definitely not to everyone in the industry but there’s a few stake-holders that have been there, done that and can be the right platform to get you up the ladder. Name any of the biggest acts in the industry right now that didn’t pay their dues before they became relevant and consistent at the top. MI’s humility once made me change my specs. 2face probably never saw himself being as big as he turned out but we all saw how he slaved it for Kennis Music back in the day. That’s what we talking about people. You just gotta know when to drop the damn attitude.

Master your art and craft. In the classic words of DPrince, “identify your selling point!” You must know what’s in your goody bag coz you just have to know your selling point. You gotta bring something different on the table. You gotta have a story line about you, what defines your persona or act, something that’s gonna leave a memory of you and your music and get peepz talking about you. Good or bad. Bad always works better but that’s just keeping it real.

Practise. Rehearse. Perform.
And keep doing these over and over again.
You’ll find what works and what’s gotta go. Always be open to feedback from your team and listen to critics, especially from random people. But that don’t mean losing your own stand. A constructive criticism would only help you get better.
Get out there, push μ̥я̥ music and look for gigs, even free shows at schools and open mic sessions.
Never lose your self-confidence and as cocky as it sounds you have to believe it balls through bone that your the best and the next best thing that’s about to happen to the industry yo!

Another word that gets me all the time is Authenticity or Originality. I’m all about supporting that, but let’s face it nothing is 100% original. So don’t burden yourself trying to be so different and risk alienating everyone. One thing I found, people react to what they can relate to. A beat that sounds familiar, a story line they can easily sing along to. Ask P-square, they know all about this. Nobody in the end cares if you sampled someone as long as you do it right and you aint crossing the lines of copyright infringement. Subtlety is the key.

I think that’s pretty much all you should work with for now, any further development would have to be paid for, let’s face it you learnt a thing or two.
If after putting all these to work, your ish still don’t add up, please read between the lines and see that tiny little font that says “bros abeg go change your career.”

Now… Get off μ̥я̥ butts and say No+More+Buts!

Still your favorite kid on tha block, it’s pressplay baeby!

The Up-coming Artist, The Talent and The Hustle

The Up-coming Artist, The Talent and The Hustle:

Music is all fun and games till you start taking it seriously, as a means to an end, or maybe even a full-time job. It’s a known fact that 9ja is blessed with talent, lots of of it. It’s also an undisputed fact that not up to 1% of these talents ever taste the lime-light. While it’s obvious that a lot of these cats got what it takes, you wonder why they not making it. Leaving us to question, what didn’t they get right?

The industry seems crowded, no doubt about it. In the famous words of Terry tha Rapman, “…every body and him papa wan rap.” But like they say, the ocean is big enough for all fish, the sky is big enough for the birds to fly. Coz every year sees some other artists rising from obscurity to basking in fame.

Music like every other art is subjective. What works for Tom might not work for Dick and might just be all Harry needs. I see a lot of dope rappers everyday with more swag than jay z and more punchlines than modenine, yet they remain either unrecognised or getting ripped off one way or the other. In short they just not making it happen like they should. The reason isn’t far-fetched.

Let’s face it, rappers are either lazy or broke. You claim music is μ̥я̥ hustle yet you aint ready to put your money where your mouth is. If you don’t put in the extra work why should any one be ready to put they money on you, yet niggas be like “mehn this industry is messed up, only wack niggas be making it.” Nigga please! We all know excuses are for losers.
It’s especially sad when I see rappers that actually put in work but getting no result coz they doing it wrong and hustling backwards.

I’ve studied the business side of the music, and what i found- the problem is not the industry. If you go to MTN’s office and scream GLO with pride! You just might get the same treatment you getting right now. Coz you doing it wrong.

Watch out for my next post for the part 2.