Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from E-SUN and the Martacard.com team. We hope you and your family enjoy this special day and many more. While looking for a good hip-hop song about food, I stumbled across this live performance on Sirius XM of the 90′s hit “Soul Food” by Atlanta’s own and fellow Mays High Alumni Goodie Mob. If you rocking with the “A”, you definitely need to see this.
Around the time this video by Ice Cube was released, I was convinced that Cube was my favorite rapper. He was the best story teller during late 80′s – early 90′s era. After he left N.W.A., instead of falling off, he spreaded his wings. “It Was A Good Day” was my favorite song too. When I decide to work on my mix tape, I gotta use this instrumental. Shout-Out to Ice Cube!!!!!
Old School classic: Ice Cube “It Was A Good Day”
Hop on the time machine with me as we travel back 24 years ago and jam with the homie Biz Markie. This song was on heavy rotation back in the 80′s when hip hop was still considered underground music. According to Wikipedia, In 2008, “Just a Friend” made #100 on VH1′s list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.
Happy Mothers Day – Dear Mama – by 2Pac
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, cherish this special day and acknowledge the person that brought you into this world. Put aside the anger (if there’s any) and replace it with love. If there is nothing but love for her, make sure you express it today with at least simple phone call or visit. Sometimes the smallest things mean so much. Happy Mothers Day to all of the lovely, caring mothers living and dead.
Check out one of my favorite mother songs by the late 2Pac Shakir entitled “Dear Moma”.
It’s been 25 years since the making of the one of the greatest pop albums of all time (Bad) and perhaps 25 years later, it would still be considered as one of the ultimate classic albums. To many, Thriller may have been Michael Jackson’s best selling album; however, it was Bad that gave MJ the King of Pop title. Michael Jackson was not only a musical influence to many; furthermore. he influenced choreography, dance, fashion, etc.
In this short documentary, Bad 25, directed by the great Spike Lee, fans get to witness unseen footage of Michael’s recording process for his 1987 iconic Bad album as well as be surprised to which songs nearly didn’t make the final cut for the album. Guest appearances includes people who Michael worked with as well as admired, from Martin Scorsese, who directed the Bad video, Siedah Garrett (Man In The Mirror, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You), Quincy Jones (executive producer for Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad), Cee-lo Green, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Questlove, Sheryl Crow (actress and former background vocalist for Michael Jackson), Greg Phillinganes (Michael’s keyboardist), Tatiana Thumbtzen and a list of others.
See the full-length Bad 25th Anniversary documentary below.
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Game’s upcoming Jesus Piece album may be one of the greatest hip hop albums of 2012. He compares Jesus Piece to the iconic Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ album. Is that fair game? Maybe so, maybe not; however, Game got a hell of a lot of collaborations on the album, minus Game’s good friend, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion. In my opinion, that’s the only collaboration missing, because when those two blue and red rappers (Crip & Blood) rappers get together, they MURDER tracks. Yet certain collaborations will indeed stand out, such as “HVN4AGNGSTA,” to which Game called on No Limit Forever Record’s founder and CEO, Master P. to do his infamous Uhhhhh crooning as well as drop a verse on the joint. But get this, the original track is entitled ‘Heaven For a Gangster’, which surfaced on P’s 1997 album entitled Tru Da 2 Game.
“The thing about Game is he’s a hard worker and redoing ‘Heaven for a Gangster’ is magical,” explained P to AllHipHop.com. “He’s from the streets and rededicated his life and I definitely love working with him.”
Below, check out both versions of Heaven for a Gangster (HVN4AGANGSTA).
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Rapper Shyne should have thought twice before going on a twitter rant about Kendrick Lamar’s g.o.o.d. kid, m.A.A.d city album, calling it trash because now, them boys in killa Cali got their eye on him saying that he better not step foot on California soil. The first to speak was Nipsey Hussle. Hussle via twitter had these words to say to the now Orthodox Jewish, former Bad Boy Records (Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs) eMcee.
“If Shyne ever make it bac to the states…somebody tell cuz his west coast pass is revoked.,” he tweeted. (Nipsey Hussle’s Twitter)
And if that wasn’t enough, Curren$y of New Orleans jumped in to spit his piece by saying these words: “What did shyne do? I was Watching American dad …. Missed errthang,” Spitta tweeted.
“F*ck no man….. Kendrick sh*t is slappin….”
“Definitely gonna think about that when I ride to those old shyne albums… Bummer man … I like all music that jams” (Curren$y’s Twitter)
Lamar’s homeboy and fellow rapper, Schoolboy Q finished him off by saying: “We all know @OriginalSHyne AIN’T EATIN!!!!! N*ggaH ain’t Had a Hot verse since 01,” Schoolboy tweeted.
“Surprise He got INTERNET”
“@OriginalSHyne ok mobster/jewisH man ima b quite” (Schoolboy Q’s Twitter)
Will Shyne go silent or will he water down his rant?
More about the break. But in the meantime, kick it about enjoy this 2012 throwback CLASSIC by Snoop Dogg, ‘West Side Riding’, ft. Bad Lucc, Problem, & Daz Dillinger. Also check out The Twinz, E-White, Nipsey Hussle & Kurupt ‘Young Gotti’ in the video.
VH1 preparing for the airing of their Behind The Music with Lil Kim aka Queen Bee. The Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, New York feMcee is ready to drop the scoop on her run with plastic surgery that had many fans like WT@#$%. Guessing Behind The Music wouldn’t be worth watching if this matter wasn’t the center of the show, as the world has heard about other things before, such as her relationship with the late Notorious B.I.G., whom was leader of their Junior Mafia crew until Biggie’s March 9, 1997 demise.
See Lil Kim ft. Lil Cease before the plastic surgery make-over in her Crush On You video.
Hot 107.9 birthday bash is today!!!! Also, the Dixon’s family reunion is going down today. This is a family and friends event, so call me for details. Have a safe weekend!!!!!! Shout-Out to DTP And So So Def…
A-Town 12 O’Clock Classic: Ludacris & Jermaine Dupri: “Welcome To Atlanta”
Maybe the trend for 2012 is for rappers to sign LEGENDS to their labels, as Baby & Slim signed Busta Rhymes and Mystikal to their Cash Money Records label and now, Kanye West has signed A Tribe Called Quest’s, Q-Tip. Q-Tip did some production on both Ye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Family’ album as well as the ‘Watch The Throne’ album to which Ye collaborated with Jay Z.
Tip broke the unexpected announcement Wednesday (April 11) morning via a statement.
“I’m excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label,” said Q-Tip. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a storied history. To reconnect with Barry Weiss is a great thing. As far as G.O.O.D. Music, I’m excited to solidify my working relationship with Kanye, and I look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead in our partnership. I will do my best to present the most cutting edge music I can.” (Statement)
Check out Q-Tip and Kanye West performing the classic ‘Award Tour’ by A Tribe Called Quest at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in Brooklyn New York, Summer 2012.
R.I.P TO TWO LEGENDS!!
YOU BOTH WILL BE AND ARE TRULY MISSED!
The economy is jacked up for millions all across America, as many have lost jobs, houses, and even marriages have been destroyed. Particularly African Americans are sufffering the most due to the growing recession of this economy. Yet this doesn’t seems to be the case of funk legend, Sly Slone who is living in a van.
Stone’s matter is possibly due to a state of mind, as he last lost so much money from ‘lavish’ living and not managering his dollars. He also has a history of drug problems.
Despite his housing situation, Stone is still recording music in his van via laptop.
“My music is a format that will encourage you to have a song you won’t forget. That’s why I got so much money, that there are so many people around, and that’s why I am in court. Millions of dollars!” Stone told the Post.
Lets be in prayer for Stone. In the meantime, check out one of Stone’s greatest classic, which was also redid by famous hip hop/neo-soul group, Arrested Development (People Everyday), which version will also appear below.
Do Yu see the braids they had in this video? Can we say, THROWBACK! R.I.P Shakur