Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rapper Prodigy of NYC Rap Duo Mobb Deep Dies

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New York rapper Prodigy, one half of the influential rap duo Mobb Deep, has died at 42 years old.
The cause of death has not yet been released, but the Queens rapper has been long suffering from sickle cell anemia.
Prodigy was in Las Vegas for a Mob Deep show.

According to CNN, Prodigy was born Albert Johnson, the rapper's family had a storied history.
His great-great-great-grandfather, William Jefferson White, founded Georgia's Morehouse College in the basement of his Baptist church.
His grandfather, Albert "Budd" Johnson, was a saxophonist and clarinetist for Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.
Johnson met fellow Queens, New York native Kejuan Muchita when they were both freshman at Manhattan's High School of Art and Design.
The pair bonded over their shared love of hip hop and formed Mobb Deep. Johnson took the moniker Prodigy, while Muchita chose the performance name Havoc.
They scored a record deal as teens and released the album "Juvenile Hell" in 1993.
The project didn't generate much buzz, but the duo found more success with their sophomore album "The Infamous."
With its gritty rhymes and contributions by the artists Nas and Raekwon, the album helped launch Mobb Deep to the top of the hardcore, hip hop ladder.

Mobb Deep was famously involved in the mid-90s East Coast/ West Coast beef. Tupac mentions them in Hit Em Up even addressing Prodigy's illness.
Rappers from all walks of life took to social media to express their condolences to the artist who paved the way for many.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Hire Surrogate

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If you all saw the last season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you remember Kim was adamant about having a third child.
However, due to complications from her previous pregnancies, having a child herself would be too dangerous.
Scared to hire a surrogate, Kim even ran the idea past her little sis, Khloe.
In the end, Kim wasn't sure if she wanted to hire one and Khloe told us she'd want kids with boo Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers but not lend her womb to Kimye. Turns out, even Chrissy Teigen offered to be a surrogate for the reality star.
Thus, here we are....the Kards set the scene for today's news confirmed by People magazine that Kim and Kanye have hired a surrogate.
The price? $114,000 roughly.
According to TMZ, this is the breakdown:
o Kim and Kanye have found a surrogate through an agency and agreed to pay the following:
-- $45,000 in 10, $4,500 monthly installments
-- If there are multiples, the surrogate gets $5k for each additional kid
-- If the surrogate loses reproductive organs, she gets $4,000
Kim and Kanye are also required to deposit $68,850 with the agency.

Not junk change, but is it enough to hold a well-known couple's baby for 9+ months?
It's still unclear if the surrogate is pregnant right now and if she hasn't started....when's her first day of work?
The couple already has 4 year-old North and 18 month old Saint.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kim Kardashian to Debut Contour Kit

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Kim Kardashian and beauty go hand in hand.
Since Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted in 2007, we've all wanted to emulate her look. Everything from the cascading long-black locks blown out to perfection, her perfectly arched brows and her contour.
Whether you like her or not, her makeup has inspired looks for the past decade and who can blame her? She's gorgeous and she's constantly killing the makeup game and it's no secret that she's finally taking the reigns and coming out with her own beauty line, KKW beauty.
We've seen her build her fragrance empire, then collaborate with her sisters for Kardashian Beauty (previously known as Kardashian Khroma). Then baby sister, Kylie, burst on the scene with her lipkits, eye kits, highlighters, etc.

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Well, now it's Kimmy's turn.
We got a hint of this with her collab with Kylie for a lipkit back in April.
Kim's debut product? A contour and hilight kit, of course!
On June 21st, Kim will launch 4 creme contour and hilight kits in light, medium, dark and deep dark. Every kit comes with a dual end blending brush and sponge. Each kit will set you back about $48.
According to the LA Times, "Industry sources expect that KKW will blow through the reported 300,000 units that were produced of her $48 Creme Contour & Highlight Kit in less than five minutes, amassing $14.4 million in sales."

No bad, not bad at all.
Are you going to cop the new kit?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Throwback Monday

                                One of my favorite Jay Z songs. This week's throwback is in honor of the Carter twins being born and the upcoming release of 4:44.

Beyonce and Jay Z's Twins are Here!

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Like many of us Beyhive members, we've been scouring through Beyonce, Miss Tina and Solange's social media accounts for SOME photos or some confirmation from the family of the long-awaited arrival of the Carter twins.
Are they fraternal?
Identical?
WHAT!?

Various media reports confirmed the birth via sources and visitors to the Los Angeles hospital with pink and blue balloons and presents....then grandpa Mathew Knowles finally confirmed.
I'm sure Bey loved that *insert eyeroll*
Instagram: @mrmathewknowles

TMZ reports that the twins were actually born on Monday, however the news was leaked on Saturday. TMZ says a " "minor issue' surfaced, and as a result..doctors do not feel comfortable releasing them." Sources say that Bey is okay, but no word on what the issue is and when she will be released.

Fans have been waiting on these widdles ones since Beyonce's Instagram announcement in February. Since then she's been killing the fashion game, rescheduled her Coachella appearance to 2018 and almost made us faint at the Grammys.

Here's hoping Bey and les twins have a speedy and safe recovery.
Can't wait to see the photos!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Throwback Monday

                                               I felt this song was fitting tonight, since the Dubs have a chance to win it all! #GoWarriors

Friday, June 9, 2017

Jay Z and 4:44

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We're all wondering what this 4:44 business is that Hov has been promoting lately online and on billboards on the West and East Coasts.
All it shows is 4:44 and Tidal in online code.
Conversations on Twitter went through all the possibilities.
Is this a visual album?
An actual album?
An album coming out on 4/44? As in April, 2044?
Well, we finally have our answers!
During the NBA Finals, we all got our answer.
Turns out it's possibly a movie starring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyon'go and Danny Glover.
It's looks like some boxing movie.

Sprint's CEO posted this tweet to let people in on the secret. 
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The trailer shows Mahershala boxing in the gym with Danny Glover as his trainer.
At the end, the clip tells viewers to head to  https://sprint.tidal.com/us. Which now shows 



So, basically TIDAL and Sprint have a partnership and it looks like so many cool exclusives are to come! Hov isn't a stranger to collaborating with other companies. Back in 2013 he partnered with Samsung to release his Magna Carta  album. The first million Samsung users to download a "Jay Z Magna Carta" app got a free digital copy of that album.
Earlier this year, Sprint announced they acquired a 33% stake in the music sharing site.

Here's to Bey and Jay continuing to make their dolla dolla bills.