Issue # 707
February 16, 2016
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The 2016 NBA ALL STAR GAME - WEST: 196 EAST: 173
Kanye West-The Life of Pablo/Yeezy Season 3 Live Stream Review
by: Imperial Arman
Watching the live stream at a movie theater was interesting. When you walked into the theater, on the screen you saw people walking around and finding their seats at Madison Square Garden. The majority of Yeezy fans were wearing Yeezus Tour t-shirts or his shoe line, either Red October’s or his latest Yeezy Boost 350. In the middle of the court, you see the stage being covered with a huge grey sheet. As the seats inside the theater fill up, the album listening party/fashion trend ‘show’ begins.
Let me start off with T.L.O.P. I enjoyed what I was hearing. The album is like a sequel to Yeezus, meaning it’s more of a lighter album and not as dark. There were two songs I personally liked — “Ultra Light Beam” and “Fade.” With ULB, I liked what I was hearing. Done in gospel-like style and featuring Chance the Rapper, The-Dream and Kelly Price, this sets the bar to finding faith and asking for peace with a simple kick, powerful choirs and church organ. “Fade” is a house-like track with Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone contributing vocals. I feel that song is a single. Sadly, the song was cut short because Young Thug wanted to play one of his latest singles, whose name I don’t know, to the audience at MSG. After that, Vic Mensa comes around asking to play one of his new singles, and he was the only person feeling the song.
In two songs Kanye took shots at Taylor Swift and Ray J. Starting off with “Highlight” featuring Young Thug, Ye takes a shot at Ray J: “I bet me and Ray J would be friends/If we ain’t love the same bitch/Yeah, he may had hit it first/only problem is I’m rich.” Everyone inside the theater was laughing hysterically. “Famous” has stirred a lot of talk because of a line in which he took a shot at Swift: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/I made that bitch famous.” Still a good track, with Rihanna and Swizz with the adlib with a sample of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” single. This shows Kanye is not afraid to shake up controversies.
“I Love Kanye” is the funniest track on the album. The title is self-explanatory. A 45 second a cappella interlude where Kanye is just . . . well, Kanye-ing himself. He is not ashamed to show his ego to the public and he stays true in the end showing Ye meme, “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye.”
As for his fashion show, it was VERY boring. I almost fell asleep inside the theater, but was kept awake by the music. All the models were standing in one spot looking depressed and bored while others held a straight face throughout the event. As minutes passed, a few models decided to sit on the stage to rest their legs. Honestly, I was expecting maybe a runway where models can walk and women can strut to the public. I was wrong. Was I digging the clothes? No. Footwear? Only the Yeezy Boost 350.
I thought the live stream experience was good. It was something different that nobody has thought of doing and I’m sure we’ll see more live streams at movie theaters soon. Overall, I really enjoyed what I’ve heard from the album. Again, it felt like a sequel to Yeezus and is very much a gospel-like album. Kanye never fails me and every album he drops will always be different. T.L.O.P. is an album worth buying or stream to listen, depending on your interest.
I give the album an 8 outta 10.
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GRAMMY WEEK 2016
The LA Film School/Musicology kicked off Grammy week with a showcase paying tribute to Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston with artists Nathan Davis Jr., Ava Pearl, Britt Flatmo, Jasmine Kara & Cam3O ending with a panel discussion with (see photo): DJ Nasty-Nes, Jean Marie Hovart (Produced & Mixed Michael Jackson's tracks with Teddy Riley), Jonathan Clardy (Whitney Houston's personal publicist) & Brittney Boston (LA Film School/Musicology).
The city of New York has officially made plans to honor Hip Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc's 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, which will now be co-named "Hip Hop Boulevard" in celebration of
the Bronx's musical contributions &
the "first Hip Hop party" on August 11, 1973.
President Rocky Bucano, Senior Advisor,
Ed Young (co-founder of The Source Magazine) and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela meeting together for the development of the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
DJ Luvva J's (KAOS-WA) “7th Annual 25360 Awards 2016” is now history.
A huge CONGRATS! goes out to DJ Iceman on winning again,
“The Nasty-Nes Rodriguez DJ of the Year” award.
KCMU RAP ATTACK #FBF 1988: I found this on You Tube — a rare recording of two of my very first RAP ATTACK radio shows aired in 1988. The first link is about 37 min long & you can hear my MasterMix around 10min 30 sec into it. Both aired on 90.3FM KCMU, 28 years ago.
I was fired from KFOX in April of 1988 as the station was sold & they made it clear to me that the new KFOX would NOT play RAP/Hip Hop anymore.
KCMU, based on the UW campus, offered me a Sunday night slot around July of 1988 to keep KFOX FRESHTRACKS on the air. I accepted the offer, went from AM to FM in 3 months & renamed my show KCMU RAP ATTACK.
I wanted this show to sound just as good as if you're listening to a Casey Kasem American Top 40 show or any professional sounding show you'd hear on commercial radio. I didn't want to just yell on a mic & say my name in a mix or during the show so I invested $$$ in getting Professional Custom Voice Over Drops. I also made my own Drops & the rest is Seattle Hip Hop HISTORY!
Here it is from 1988 (28 years ago) yours truly, NASTY-NES on KCMU RAP ATTACK!
SHOUT OUT TIZIME
to Hard Knock's own Nick Huff celebrating this Wednesday, Feb 17th
to DJ Jason-D (KRBX/KHDC) celebrating on Sunday, Feb 21ssssssssssssth!
RAP ATTACK REMEMBERS BIG L (2/15/1999) (R.I.P.)