Happy 20th Birthday to the undisputed classic Hip-Hop album 'ILLMATIC'! If you’re a true fan of rap/hip-hop then you already have this album in your arsenal. If you don’t, be sure to head over to iTunes to purchase the re-release ‘Illmatic XX’ NOW! Nas is such a great street poet and he showcases it most on this album. With production from Q-Tip, Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Large Professor your ears are taken on a fantastic voyage through Queens … painting a picture of the ghetto life and how he maneuvered through it. I love that the picture isn’t completely dark, Nasir gives you a brighter side as well and motivates you with lyrics such as "I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death" on ‘N.Y. State of Mind’. To this day, that bar excites me & motivates me to be relentless in my field of Music. Another favorite is "I’m out for dead presidents to represent me"from “The World Is Yours” track.
Bottomline, this was one of the best 90’s rap albums; one of the best rap albums period, in my opinion!
What a huge opening weekend for Lionsgate! They now ‘have a trio of young-adult franchises.’ The others being ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Hunger Games’.
Teen science-fiction thrillers seem to be dominating the box office and ‘Divergent’ proved that. The reign won’t let up! The film, starring Shailene Woodley, did bring in a little less than anticipated, but to say that it’s Lionsgates third franchise offering a huge success is nothing to frown at!
Be sure to check the film out if you haven’t already and visit the source for more stats!
Get it Jhene! She looks amazing! Be sure to check out the April/May issue of Complex magazine to see & hear the SINGLE Aiko speak! The cover girl speaks about working in a Vegan Cafe while writing through all her frustrations, heartache and pain for The Sailing Souls mixtape. I actually love this little songbird and I’m looking forward to witnessing the mark she makes in the Entertainment Industry. On another note, how cute is her little girl! Life! OK, check out a few excerpts below and head over to Complex for more!
Jhene speaks on her relationship with Drake:
"I look up to Drake. Everything in his whole career is commendable. He can act, he can rap, he can sing. I can relate to him .. Everything he does, I take note because I feel like he’s doing a really good job of being, like, well-rounded. And not only that, he’s really talented. I’m always asking him for advice with stuff and trying to figure out how he deals with being such a celebrity."
Aiko speaks on her relationship with Childish Gambino:
"We’re both creative people. We are friends and we hang out. We’re just friends, but I’m also single, so you never know what friendships can develop into. We like each other as people, so you know. Who knows?"
Ha! Let the rumor mill keep spinning! lol xo ROZ-O!
I LOVE when real talent links up! Are you guys ready for a song written by Skateboard P, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer? Well, one has made it’s way on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2” soundtrack.
Pharrell produced “It’s On Again” and it will be one of the star tracks on the “Spider-Man 2” soundtrack. A. Keys and K. Dot provide the vocals which close out the film! It’s an upbeat song & Pharrell says that the artists “take the song to a whole new level.”
"I’m very excited to be a part of such a powerful collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer," Keys said in a release. "This is the next chapter in the ‘Spider-Man’ legacy and we really feel ‘It’s On Again’ captures the experience, the story — and most importantly — the meaning behind the film, which is that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. There’s a little bit of a super hero in all of us.”
The soundtrack is scheduled for an April 22nd release date and the film hits U.S. theaters May 2nd.
“Good Evening my loves! I know that I have regular visitors (thank you bunches), so I wanted to let you know that I will NOT be updating this personal blog over the next few weeks! I have SO much to accomplish in SO little time (OMG) & I’m ready to bring you the official blog site & to stop talking about it! So, feel free to browse my archives & follow me on twitter & instagram where I’ll still be during this little hiatus! I mean, I’m a Brand, so I have to keep my presence on some social networks :)! I truly do LOVE you all & I appreciate your AH-MAZING support! Now, stop reading this & go BE GREAT!”—xo ROZ-O!
I tuned into the BET HONORS late, but I was able to catch the tribute to the legendary BERRY GORDY JR.! This man is such a visionary! This man brought Us Motown Records! This man introduced Us to Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, the Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye and SO many more! Throughout my career in the Music Industry I’ve met & had the pleasure to work with & for some pretty amazing people, but meeting & speaking to Mr. Gordy is by far my favorite! I booked LMFAO to perform at the Playboy Mansion during the ESPY’s and their special guest was Berry Gordy and I not only chilled with him in VIP, but I was able to pick his brain & he happily shared knowledge with little ole me! Yeeee! Know your history people! Like Russell Simmons said, without Berry Gordy there would be no him, no Diddy, no Jay-Z and so on! So, I salute him & all those who blazed the trail that we still follow today! xoROZ-O!
I’m not old enough to have worked at the old Motown, but I was talented enough to work at the new Motown! #grateful