WEM – Unexpected

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Being an indie artist can’t be an easy job in today’s society. You can’t go more than 2 feet without meeting someone who’s a rapper and has a mixtape to hand you. The overflow of talentless emcees makes it that harder to see the few who have potential. Trying to standout about the crowd of mediocrity is Wem. His DJ Ill Will assisted mixtape Unexpected sets out to show that Wem is something different for what you’ve heard already.

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REVIEW: JILL SCOTT – The Light of The Sun

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Jill Scott’s latest album, The Light Of The Sun, is a refreshing and introspective volume of work that ultimately encourages listeners to let their inner light shine through. This fourth studio album of the Neo-Soul songstress is a follow up to her Gold certified and 2007 Grammy nominated album The Real Thing.

The Light Of The Sun provides us with Scott’s own perspective on aspects of love and self worth in a positive light. On the track Blessed, Jill reveals to listeners that her son is her world and that her music career comes secondary. She exhibits to us to her lyrical flow as she raps with gratitude about the joyous blessings she’s received in her life. Alternatively, she croons with sincerity about an indecisive heart undergoing emotional turmoil on the sultry track So Gone. The song alludes to her trying to escape from an unhealthy relationship, but a strong physical attraction makes it a difficult task.

On the ballad Hear My Call, Jill Scott pleads for her broken heart to be mended and for the strength to overcome fears of being hurt in love and to trust again. The acoustic piano and almost theatrical like deliverance makes this a powerful and moving song. Scott remains to be the positive and empowering woman that we all know and admire. This is apparent on the track Rolling Hills, where she addresses female listeners in a collective manner. The importance of women knowing their worth and embracing their power is the key message conveyed on this jazzy, soulful tune.

Throughout the album, Jill Scott remains consistent with engaging listeners with her seemingly effortless, stunning vocals and her eloquent spoken words. Wholeheartedly, Jill Scott’s The Light Of The Sun is an expression of herself, her vulnerabilities, triumphs and lessons learned.

Standout Tracks: “Blessed”, “So Gone”, “Hear My Call”

Tracklisting:

1. Blessed
2. So In Love ft. Anthony Hamilton
3. Shame ft. Eve & The A Group
4. All Cried Out ft. Doug E. Fresh
5. Le BOOM Vent Suite
6. So Gone (What My Mind Says) ft. Paul Wall
7. Hear My Call
8. Some Other Time
9. Quick
10. Making You Wait
11. Until Then (I Imagine)
12. Missing You
13. When I Wake Up
14. Womanifesto
15. Rolling Hills

REVIEW: JAGGED EDGE – The Remedy

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It’s been over 3 years since we heard anything from these guys but time seemed to give way to an album that will make you fall in love with them all over again. Jagged Edge or affectionately know as J.E. is back with their new album The Remedy, which will help you fix all of your needs. The group’s smooth voices give way to an album full of songs that almost tell a love story from beginning to end.

The album begins with a sweet prelude simply titled Intro. It’s seems to give you a sneak peak as what’s to come and leads right to the next single Love On You, which has almost the exact same melody. On the song Baby, Jagged Edge samples the song Happy by Surface, but replace the word with baby. It is a clever way to make the song their own and keep the beat almost exactly the same as the original track. Flow Through My Veins is the latest single from the album and is one of the tracks that reminds you of the first time you heard a Jagged Edge song. It’s a true love song.

The only up-tempo track, Lipstick, features a verse from Rick Ross, which is a fun track that is the only break from the slow jams that are on the rest of the album. The next couple of songs, Space Ships, Let’s Make Love, and When The Bed Shakes, are more of the same love songs. They do a good job here with keeping you in the mood and keep those slow jams coming.


Although we all know that singing about love is Jagged Edge’s specialty — it could have been nice to have a couple of those dance tracks in the album just to break up some of those love songs. It would have given the album a well-rounded feel. The guys do a good job with harmonizing and blending theirs voices together, which is why we love these guys so much.

All in all, I think Jagged Edge has a hit on their hands and most certainly need more credit than they are given. The Remedy is something to throw on, on the late night tip to set things off or cool things down.

Standout Tracks: “Flow Through My Veins”, “Lipstick”, “When The Bed Shakes”

Tracklisting:

1. Intro
2. Love On You
3. Baby
4. Flow Through My Veins
5. My Girl
6. I Need A Woman
7. Lipstick ft Rick Ross
8. Space Ship
9. Lay You Down
10. Let’s Make Love
11. When The Bed Shakes
12. Mr. Wrong

Lil Boosie Charged With Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

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Maybe you’ve only heard of Lil Boosie in passing, or perhaps you’ve never heard of him at all. His songs have never earned regular local radio play, and his influence west of the Rockies is usually relegated to street rap diehards and those who read their RSS feed intravenously.

But in the South, his influence is omnipresent, crossing racial and class divides. He’s a cult figure with a mass following, a high-top faded and ferocious performer perennially enduring some sort of struggle (whether it’s women, diabetes or triumphing over illegal downloading to buy a candy-painted car).

From his first days as a member of C-Loc’s Concentration Camp clique to being promoted as the next Trill star by Pimp C, to his classic mixtapes, to a trio of solo albums released on Asylum Records, Boosie has earned a reputation as one of the rawest rappers in the South, a region known for unfiltered flamboyant personas.

Alas, it’s also a region known for the frequency with which its most popular artists are incarcerated. Over the last few years, T.I., Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Mystikal and Lil Boosie have been incarcerated for various indiscretions. Yet Boosie’s charges trump them all.

While it’s dificult to parse his current legal woes, at the moment he is facing charges ranging from ordering the murder of rivals (a charge that could get him the death penalty) to various conspiracy charges to distribute and smuggle narcotics into a federal penitiary. And on Monday, he was indicted on charges of trying to smuggle codeine into a second state prison. The indictment comes from a May 25 charge that Boosie and two local men had been attempting to smuggle in the banned substance. If convicted, it could lead to two to four years being tacked onto Boosie’s prison time.

Ignoring speculation about his guilt or innocence, it’s sad to watch one of the most singular voices of his generation get shut down. With his sinister amphibian croak, Boosie rapped about many of the same tropes as his peers, but he always conveyed greater anguish, sincerity and unfiltered passion. He created music to triumph over adversity, which resonated with anyone going through any sort of woe. He also stole the show on “Wipe Me Down,” which remains one of the funnest songs of all time.

Recently, a bootleg mixtape compilation of his most recent work has cropped up. Downloading it is recommended. Of local interest is “California,” a paean to the streets of L.A. and its most famous cash crop.

DMX Released From Prison

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Rap star DMX has been released from an Arizona state prison after serving an extra week behind bars for failing a drug test while incarcerated.

Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says family members were at the facility in Yuma to pick up the multi-platinum selling recording artist Tuesday.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was given a year in prison in December after his probation was revoked for failing to submit to drug testing and driving on a suspended license.

The 40-year-old Simmons was credited with 117 days he had already served.

Simmons had been earning 20 cents an hour as a porter.

Foxy Brown Suing New York City For $100 Millon

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A couple days after having a restraining order violation charge dropped against her, Foxy Brown is now seeking legal retribution of her own.

The restraining order was originally filed due to an earlier charge, initiated by Arlene Raymond, Foxy Brown’s neighbor, in 2007. Brown allegedly threw and hit Ms. Raymond with a Blackberry. The artist was arrested and released on $50,000 bail.

Now, the plaintiff, Raymond, claims Brown became very agitated towards her for staring in her direction. Brown proceeded to walk up to her and begin yelling. Ms. Raymond then claims that Brown “bent over and thrust her buttocks, and said, ‘kiss my ass’”. Brown’s manager on the other hand claims Brown was making her way to her car, when the neighbor initiated an altercation.

Regardless of what happened, the ‘mooning’ case was later dismissed when Ms. Raymond refused to testify. On July 12th, Justice John Walsh cleared Foxy Brown of the misdemeanor charge of violating an order of protection.

The legal battle may now switch sides, this time with Brown in the plaintiff’s seat. Her lawyer, Salvatore Strazullo, told the New York Post that his client, Brown, plans to sue the ADA, Assistant District Attorney’s office, for $100 million in damages.

Strazullo said the initial charges were “malicious”, and the ADA should never have gone after his client, Brown, in the first place. “Do we want our tax dollars going for this?” Strazullo commented.

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