One of the Bay area’s biggest names in Hip-Hop is set to return to music with the release of two albums on the same day.
E-40 is announcing plans to release his two new projects, Revenue Retrievin’ The Day Shift and Revenue Retrievin’ The Night Shift March 30.
Featured on the albums are fellow West Coast representatives Snoop Dogg and Too Short as well as Gucci Mane, Mistah Fab, Bobby Valentino, Jazze Pha, YV and J. Valentine with production from B-Legit, Messy Marv and Clyde Carson.
Speaking on his two latest installments, E-40 says he’s taking it back to the basics.
“I’m excited about this album; it’s been a year since I dropped “The Ball Street Journal.” It marks an important independent business venture for me. This way, I am able to go back to the basics and run my own campaign.”
As the clock ticks closer to March 30, EMI Records will utilize a high-level security team to protect both projects after last year’s leak of nine tracks from 40′s “The Ball Street Journal.”
In the meantime the ambassador of the Bay will kick his promotional efforts into high gear, debuting tracks online via UStream and YouTube so that fans can hear a preview of what’s to come.
It’s funny how perception does a full tailspin as a person becomes progressively famous. As an artist continues to get the embrace of the mainstream, especially those in Hip Hop , questions begin to arise as to how they were able to claim that success and there is even speculation that is business being dealt with evils.
Since “D’Evils,” Jay-Z has been heavily scrutinized by many that feel as though he looks at himself as God and as a member of a secret society that is trying to usher in a new world order.
Churches have been the venue for preachers to find “hidden message” within his music such as “Luficer” where he allegedly proclaims, ‘Murder, murder, Jesus, Jesus.
The most recent attack is from a young youth pastor that made the claim that “Empire State of Mind” was telling people that they cannot depend on Jesus to save them.
Even the visual for “Run This Town” was interpreted by some as his imagery for the world once a new order is finally established, if it’s not already in the process.
50 Cent recently spoke with Rolling Stone and made the statement that Jay-Z only looks for his own best interests and has a mentality as though he’s above everyone else.
“He has a king complex, he thinks he’s fucking Jesus, you know what I mean? This J-Hova shit.”
Usually known for his subliminal shots instead of attacking a problem head on, the rapper has finally taken the direct approach to the latest to make the statement that he goes against God.
Back in 2006, hoping to finally dead the allegation, the rapper conducted an interview with radio host Egypt on New York’s Power 105.1 to address the allegations that have been made against him.
At the time, a man known as Craig Lewis of EX Ministries developed a DVD titled, The Truth Behind Hip Hop, labeling Jay as a culprit in working with the devil.
“He should be arrested, seriously. My position is not unlike anyone else who ascends to the top of their field. That comes with the game. But that’s crazy. That might be the craziest one I’ve had.”
Although not a man to find his way into the church to praise, he adds that he still maintains a relationship with God no matter what his particular opinion is on religion.
“Nah, I’m more spiritual that [having] organized religion. I have a personal relationship with God…I believe in karma, I believe in cause and effect…but religion, I have my opinions about religion.”
From throwing up the diamond signs, “symbolizing” pyramids to secret handshakes between himself and Nas to rumors of him being a Freemason, the rapper has been the poster child to what some would perceive as being a hidden evil consuming the Hip Hop world.
People feeling that he has the ability to fire Charlamagne Tha God and keep Chris Brown from performing are all indications of the fact that some look at Hov as having the power to have complete control over what goes on in music.
Jay-Z doesn’t stand alone as being under fire of devil worship as rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs and DMX have allegedly negotiated with the force of darkness in order to make it in the music world.
Religion, an aspect of life meant to instill some sense of hope and a desire for a better life has been heavily misconstrued as time had progressed. How can a person find belief in something when others are so quick to shun the idea of individual beliefs and opinions?
Condemning an artist’s success to embracing evil is what causes such a separation throughout the country and the world.
Lack of understanding and an unwillingness to comprehend difference is a weak trait to have an feed to others
“Me personally, I feel like if you banging outside of California, stay there cause if you come back to California where it originated at, we have different sets of rules and regulations that don’t apply to you n*ggas and you will become victim of circumstances.”
Gang life used to be a means to bring together Black men and form a type of Brotherhood. Although prejudged as something negative and only bringing trouble, the origination of the Bloods and the Crips wasn’t based around violence, but more of an outlet to build family relations.
These days, gangs have been a catalyst to crime and increased violence within the community as the youth, whether due to ignorance or immaturity, have used their affiliations as a way to intimidate those that are outside of the set. Gangs have sporadically popped up across the country leaving chaos at their footprints.
As a Crip of the old school, Snoop Dogg caught up with DJ Green Lantern to speak on the current status of gang life and how it has transitioned drastically from what it was initially.
“I’m proud, but at the same time, I’m disappointed because there’s no understanding. It’s cool to be in a gang, it’s cool because gangs breed love and family and friendship. A lot of people don’t understand the positives of being in a gang. If there’s no understanding or explanation of why this gang was created, what’s the origins of this gang, the rules and regulations, then it becomes a disappointment.”
Feeling as though many are heavily influenced by the media, many are feeding into the visuals portrayed on the television or movies and are allowing others to infiltrate their thought process to give them false representation of being in a gang.
“I feel like a lot of these guys watch TV and they see it, then a couple of guys come from out of town and they brainwash them and they get em and they just gangbangin’ for no reason. When we was doing it, we was brought up in it. We understood the rules and regulations. We were there for the foundation. We knew why we were getting involved and knew the consequences. These youngsta’s that’s in it right now don’t understand the consequences. They don’t realize that their life is on the line every five minute.”
The rapper also spoke on reppin’ sets in Hip Hop and how some artists may need to watch how much they expose themselves when they are on music videos and on the Internet.
“Then, when you find a young rapper who takes on the gangbang mode, who ain’t from California, and he goes to California, and some real n*ggas ride up on him from the other side, it’s like ‘N*gga, what you was claiming? We done already did our YouTube research on you and all that. You flaggin that sh*t and you ain’t really a real one?’”
Without naming particular rappers, Snoop stated that there are certain rapper flaggin sets in different areas of the country, but will be quickly approached when they arrive in California. Without particular badges and documentation from people on the West Coast, some of these rappers have landed themselves in hot water once they touched down into the state.
“I’ve always expressed on songs that if you come to L.A., you need to come get at a couple of people, I’m one of them. If you don’t get at me, you’re in trouble.”
The Obama administration has stepped up and decided not to chase people for bud:
In a policy shift, the Obama administration told federal prosecutors not to go after patients who use medical marijuana
or dispensaries in states where it has been legalized, as long as they comply with state and federal laws. A Justice Department official said the formal guidelines were sent on Monday in a policy change reflecting President Barack Obama’s views. The Bush administration had said…… it could enforce the federal law against marijuana and that the administration trumped state laws.
As a candidate during his presidential bid last year, Obama said that he intended to halt raids of medical marijuana facilities operating legally under state laws. After Obama took office in January, a Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Lake Tahoe, California, raised questions about whether he would follow that pledge. A White House spokesman repeated Obama’s view that “federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws.” Attorney General Eric Holder said he would follow Obama’s position.
California became the first state to allow medical marijuana in 1996. About a dozen states have adopted similar laws. In a statement, Holder said the Justice Department will continue to prosecute people who claim to comply with state or local law, but really are concealing illegal operations. “It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana,” Holder said.
“But we will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal,” he said. A Justice Department official said federal prosecutors will not hesitate to prosecute medical marijuana cases that involve unlawful use of firearms, violence, illegal sales to minors, money laundering or other violations of the law. The guidelines announced on Monday make clear the policy the Justice Department has been following since January. The official said federal resources would be better spent by focusing on major drug traffickers.
In Cali, people have been purchasing medical cards and legally smoking for years and rather cheaply. All it takes is the “right sympoms,” and you can partake in medicinal marijuana… like Snoop shows below.
Quick Question: What effect will this have on the people already locked up for minor marijuana charges?
Like Marvin Gaye and Al Green, the legendary lovermen whose songs set the mood before he took the stage, R. Kelly has a potent sway over women. He inspires them to do all kinds of things, from scribbling their phone numbers on pieces of paper tossed onstage, to dabbing his sweaty brow, to hurling their pink panties in his direction. And that’s just the stuff we can mention in a family newspaper.
When the R&B superstar took the stage at the Citi Wang Theatre Friday night, playing to a glaringly small crowd that filled maybe a third of the 3,600 seats, it was clear this was an evening for the fairer sex. Hence his new tour’s title: “Ladies Make Some Noise.’’
And they certainly did during the uneven but wildly enjoyable show that momentarily transcended all the scandals that have kept R. Kelly in the public eye more than his music has in recent years.
True to his theatrics, he strutted onstage with a hype man amid two roped-off sections of female fans and launched into a mashup of hits, including Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights’’ and Snoop Dogg’s “That’s That.’’
Kelly acted shocked to tell the crowd he’s been at this for 20 years, but he’s well aware of his legacy. “Have you ever made love to my music? Make some noise,’’ he crooned in all earnestness. (Survey says: A lot of people at the Wang had.)
When Kelly wasn’t in slow-jam mode with his band and backup singers, he tended to breeze through his songs in a start-stop sequence that diluted their original glory. Still, the parade of hits was impressive: “Bump ’n’ Grind,’’ “Ignition,’’ “I’m a Flirt,’’ “12 Play,’’ and current single “Number One.’’
But Kelly essentially upended his performance down the stretch, suddenly making the earlier portions feel hurried and inconsequential. Until then, he had been establishing an intimate groove, but the last few songs found a focus and clarity that shot the entire concert to another, and exhilarating, level.
After a touching video homage to his mentor, Michael Jackson (including private footage of the late icon dancing to “Ignition’’), Kelly returned in a charcoal suit and red suspenders. Unleashing his inner soul singer, Kelly scored with a pair of Sam Cooke hits (“Bring It on Home to Me,’’ “A Change Is Gonna Come’’). They were the perfect setup to two of Kelly’s own R&B classics, “Step in the Name of Love’’ and “Happy People.’’
By the time the final spray of confetti wafted down, the ladies had held up their end of the bargain. They had spent an hour and a half making some noise for a man who, in typical fashion, had just loved them and left them.
Snoop Dogg has signed on to help raise money for a $140 million dollar youth center in one of Long Beach’s poorest neighborhoods.
Snoop, a native of Long Beach, is recording a song to donate proceeds to The Kroc Center, a new facility run by The Salvation Army.
The Kroc will sit on 19 acres of land and will include a two-story, 84,000 square-foot recreation center with a gymnasium, a fitness center, gardening areas, walking trails, pools and other facilities to train future athletes and Olympians.
Snoop Dogg will record a track with all of the proceeds – an estimated $5 million dollars – going towards the facility.
Professional football player Willie McGinest has also signed on to promote the center’s endeavors and recently made a sizeable donation.