Monday, July 29, 2013

DOCUMENTARY: Ryan Leslie presents "BLACK MOZART" (Full 25 Minute Documentary)




As both an artist and a producer, I've always appreciated the fact Ryan Leslie always finds new ways to brings you to his world whether through his studio vlogs or his daily life vlogs. So I think this documentary was the only natural next step for me. And as a fan, I enjoyed every minute. From the team staff meetings, to the nights out in Vienna, To those magic moments in the studio, and the overall satisfaction on everyones faces. "Black Mozart" might be Ryan's biggest album yet, and so far from what I heard, its really really good. I'm definitely putting it on "to watch" list ~alx.O

NEW MIXTAPE: "About That Time" by JulianKane


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MIXTAPE: "The Dream Mixtape" by alx.O


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A bit of a throw back for me but I figured I'd load it up again while I'm finishing up the new project. Hope you guys enjoy. ~alx.O

Sunday, July 28, 2013

NEW MUSIC: MADH- "Madness"


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Whoooo, this go hard!!!! Like I said this guy is the truth. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: MAHD- "Woah"


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I have no idea who this Detroit rapper is but he got bars, this shit was dope. I feel like this guy could be that next nigga to really do big things, he has a crazy energy. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Sango – Affection ft. JMSN


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I've never heard of this Michigan based producer, Sango but this song is really good. I enjoyed this very much. It has great feel to it. ~alx.O


NEW VIDEO: Stalley "Honest Cowboy" Trailer


NEW MUSIC: Stalley – A-Wax (prod. by Block Beataz)


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I really feel like Stalley is starting to really find himself with this new project "Honest Cowboy". "A-Wax" is definitely a win. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: HOLLYWOOD JB – “GAME 7″


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First time I hear anything from this dude, but he's pretty dope. This track has an incredibly entrancing feel to it, I really like. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: AUDIO PUSH – “SHINE”


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Wow, I really really love everything about this song, from the verses, the hook, and the samples. This shit hot as hell. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Ransom “Man Alone”


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This track is dope on so many levels. ~alx.O

MUSIC NEWS: Kanye West Providing Chicago With “Got Bars” Music Program

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Kanye West’s nonprofit organization Donda’s House will launch a 10-week program for youth in Chicago between the ages of 15-24. The music production and writing program titled Got Bars will occur on the South side of the city this Fall. The Got Bars program is to serve as another resource to keep the youth in the community from the spreading violence in the city. Donnie Smith, the wife of Assistant Director and rapper Che Rhymefest Smith, will oversee the program. Rhymefest will assist his wife in the programs development Rhymefest who recently ran for Alderman in the city stated, “I am so happy to launch “Got Bars” to honor Kanye West’s mother’s memory and to fulfill one of my aldermanic campaign goals”. The program will be held at the ARK of St. Sabina, which is located at 7800 South Racine Avenue in Chicago.  ~DeShawnWoodards for KarenCivil.com

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

NEW MUSIC: Skyzoo – All Black Walls


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I been hearing this cat for a minute now and he's definitely underrated. I can see this guy doing big thangs. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Stalley “Raise Your Weapons”


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I really liked this one. I've been on the fence with Stalley for lil while now but if this is where his new project is heading, I'm very interested. This shit is dope. ~alx.O

“We recorded the song a year ago. We had a conversation about what’s going on in our lives and the lack of substance and activism in our community.” ~Stalley
 ”They say I’m the last of a dying breed.”Someone who embodies the glories of success, but also embraces the failings of my path. This song is inspired by my own personal push forward, how it now parallels with larger societal trends, and a desire to want more for the people of this country.” ~Stalley


NEW MUSIC: Joey Bada$$ “Alowha”




Thursday, July 18, 2013

INTERVIEW: Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Part 4: Magna Carta Holy Grail



NEW MUSIC: Julian Kane ft Legacy & alx.O "5am"


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

NEW MUSIC: Nipsey Hussle – Blessings (prod. by 1500 Or Nothin & The Futuristiks)


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I can't say that I've been a big Nipsey Hustle fan but this track right here is definitely one that'll probably turn me into one. This shit is hard and that beat is nuts. ~alx.O

INTERVIEW: Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Part 1: Magna Carta Holy Grail




I don't think that I've ever seen a JayZ interview were I didn't come out a little bit more smarter by the end of it. Beyond being an incredible artist, JayZ's businesses sense as well as his personality make him a very powerful figure for inspiration in our society. I enjoyed every minute of this interview. ~alx.O

INTERVIEW: Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 2: Fame


INTERVIEW: Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 3: Business & Politics


MUSIC NEWS: MTV releases their list all the nominees for this years VMA's at Barclays (Take a look)


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When JayZ said he'd bring the world to brooklyn, I think its safe to say that he definitely meant it. For those who didn't already know, Mtv will be holding their annual award show in Brooklyn at the Barclays arena this year. And as per usual they've released their list of nominees for each category, which you can just below here. Idk, I have a feeling that this years show might be a special one. For one, we all get to see the Barclays in that light and two, celebrities from all over the world will be in brooklyn, thats kinda dope on many levels. ~alx.O

Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “Fuckin Problems”
J. Cole feat. Miguel – “Power Trip”

Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran – “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”

Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mickey Ekko – “Stay”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”
Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
fun. – “Carry On”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”

Artist to Watch
Twenty One Pilots – “Holding on to You”
Zedd feat. Foxes – “Clarity”
Austin Mahone – “What About Love”
The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
Iggy Azalea – “Work”

Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z – ”Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”

Best Video with a Social Message
Kelly Clarkson – “People Like Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
Snoop Lion – “No Guns Allowed”
Miguel – “Candles in the Sun”
BeyoncĂ© – “I Was Here”

Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
30 Seconds to Mars – “Up in the Air”
Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”

Best Art Direction
Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
30 Seconds To Mars – “Up in the Air”
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N”
Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem”
alt-J – “Tesselate”

Best Choreography
Chris Brown – “Fine China”
Ciara – “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – “Live It Up”
will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

Best Cinematography
30 Seconds to Mars – “Up in the Air”
Lana Del Rey – “Ride”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
A-Trak & Tommy Trash – “Tuna Melt”

Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z – “Suit & Tie”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
fun. – “Carry On”
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”

Best Editing
Pink feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”

Best Visual Effects
Flying Lotus – “Tiny Tortures”
Skrillex feat. The Door – “Breakin’ a Sweat”
The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
Duck Sauce – “It’s You”
Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

NEW VIDEO: Lil Wayne “God Bless Amerika”



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For those that say Lil Wayne has lost it, you need to hear this one. Beyond having a very strong message, this song is filled with some of the best wordplay that I've heard from Weezy in a while. Great song, great message, great video. ~alx.O

NEW VIDEO: Ace Hood “Trials & Tribulations”




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NEW VIDEO: Is Mac Miller Being Slept On? - The Truth With Elliott Wilson


NEW MIXTAPE: Cory Gunz Datz WTF I’m Talkin Bout


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This shit is really dope, a lot doper than what I expected from him. Definitely a great download. ~alx.O

NEW VIDEO: Fabolous “Money Talks”




Not that I don't enjoy tracks like "When I feel Like" but this one here is the kinda shit I've always known and appreciated Fabo for. Dope track. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: New Music: Robin Thicke “The Good Life”


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NEW VIDEO: Machine Gun Kelly x Tezo “All Black Tuxedos”


NEW MUSIC: Bow Wow “Thirsty


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I thought this was pretty dope. ~alx.O

NEW VIDEO: Timbaland On Fallout With Jay-Z


NEW MUSIC: Robin Thicke “No Hat 4 That”


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Unlocking The Holy Grail: The Dream





NEW MUSIC: Martin $ky – Pearl Gawd


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I just got put on to this Chicago native and for the most I can fuck with this. It's not to complex and pretty straight forward, I can appreciate that. ~alx.O


NEW MUSIC: Brianna Perry x T-Pain “Mascara Tears”




I been hearing about Brianna Perry for a little while now and to be honest I've just never really been a fan. With that said however, after hearing "Mascara Tears" I think I'm starting to come around. I think she's finally finding herself in the music. Of course, adding T-pain to the mix is always a plus but I think that aside she definitely held her own weight. I won't declare my fan-ship just yet but she does have my attention. ~alx.O

Friday, July 12, 2013

NEW MUSIC: Justin Timberlake - Take Back The Night (Audio)




I really enjoyed the feel of this one. It was very reminiscent of the late great Michael Jackson, but still very much Justin Timberlake. I wonder how the rest of the 20/20 Part 2 album sounds like, hmm I guess we'll know soon enough. ~alx.O

Thursday, July 11, 2013

NEW MUSIC: Julian Kane "Hopeless"


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Saturday, July 6, 2013

NEW MUSIC: Julian Kane "Find The Answer"


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NEW MUSIC: Miley Cyrus ft Khia "We Can't Stop" (REMIX)


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I never thought I'd ever say this about a Miley Cyrus track, but what can I say It's pretty good. That hook is catchy as shit..lol ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Bow Wow “New York New York (Freestyle)”


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Friday, July 5, 2013

NEW MUSIC: AMess - When It Rains




NEW MUSIC: Julian Kane "The Cure" #JulianKane #NewMusic #AboutThatTime


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NEW SHORT FILM: J Littles in Respect The Grind- Part 1




I been following JLittles for a minute now and this man is definitely about his grind. I'm really curious to see how this story line plays out. Imma be sure to keep ya'll posted as well. ~alx.O


Respect The Grind is a short film presented by Grind City Productions and About That Life Films...What was suppose to be a typical day on the grind, takes a turn when a rival enemy attempts to target an innocent person for the wrong doings of his associations...

NEW MUSIC: King Los “Versace (Freestyle)”




I haven't really been following KingLos but he did his thang on this, them verses are dope. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: A$AP Ferg – Shabba ft. A$AP Rocky


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Another artist that I have conflicted opinions on. I hate how Ferg be freestyling like a beast and then eases up when it comes to recorded music. His freestyle lines be crazy while his song lines be 50/50. But with that said I still ain't counting him out yet. It's A$AP all day. A$AP Rocky killed his verse. ~alx.O



NEW MUSIC: Emilio Rojas – City On Fire ft. Aaron LaCrate


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This shit is hard as hell, Emilio killed this shit. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Trey Songz – Sensational


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Enjoy ladies. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Ellie Goulding – Burn (prod. Ryan Tedder)


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In recent years I've found myself really becoming a fan of Ellie Goulding. Her voice just has a very unique and haunting elegance to it. "Burn" carries well and is easy to listen to. I like it. I think it'll do well. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Torch – Malaria f. Fred the Godson & Styles P (prod. Scram Jones)


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Although I'm not to keen of the whole spitting on folk, but this track is a solid street record. Fred The Godson really did his thang on this one. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Ludacris “Type Of Way (Remix)”


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I like the bounce on this one. It ain't the illest shit I've ever heard but I give it a pass of having a good feel to it. ~alx.O

NEW VIDEO: Lupe Fiasco “Lamborghini Angels”, “ITAL (Roses)” & “Audubon Ballroom”




For the past couple of years I've had this love/hate relationship with Lupe's music. In my opinion, he just hasn't been able to surpass what he already did with "The Cool" album. However, there have been these jewels of songs that have slipped through cracks and I greatly applaud him for them. Really great songs and really great messages. Of those jewels, a few are actually in this video. And now after watching it, I applaud him once again for the video. It has a powerful message and is very purposeful in its use of perspective. I think videos like these plant the seeds we need for a better future. ~alx.O

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

NEW MUSIC: Julian Kane "My Last Breath" #JulianKane #NewMusic #AboutThatTime


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NEW MUSIC: Jay-Z – Crown f. Travi$ Scott (prod. Mike Dean & WondaGurl) Off MagnaCartaHolyGrail #JayZ #TravisScott #Crown #MagnaCartaHolyGrail


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Holy shit this is dope, WOW!!!! ~alx.O

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NEW MUSIC: Jay-Z ft Justin Timberlake "Holy Grail" Off MagnaCartaHolyGrail #JayZ #JustinTimberlake #HolyGrail #MagnaCartaHolyGrail


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Finally the time has come, Magna Carta Holy Grail is now available to samsung Galaxy users."HolyGrail" ft Justin Timberlake. ~alx.O

NEW VIDEO: Rick Ross Speaks On Jay-Z Magna Carta Collaboration #RickRoss #JayZ #MagnaCartaHolyGrail #Mastermind





NEW VIDEO: Justin Timberlake – Tunnel Vision WARNING NSFW #JustinTimberlake #Timbaland #TunnelVision #The2020Experience




I already loved this song but now accompanied by video, I've found myself loving it even more. I mean beyond the wonderful eye candy, I thought the video was very well done. It was entrancing. ~alx.O

VIDEO: Timbaland Talks Magna Carta Holy Grail #JayZ #MagnaCartaHolygrail #Timbaland #Revolt




As both a producer and an artist, Timbaland is one the ones at the very top of the list. In my opinion, he's changed the game more times than he's ever been giving credit for. The fact that him and Jay are back together on this album only further proves to me that this gonna be a great album. Them two in the studio only equals to great music. ~alx.O

NEW VIDEO: The Truth with Elliot Wilson: What To Expect From Magna Carta Holy Grail




NEW MUSIC: Elijah Blake x J.Cole “Vendetta”


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I'll admit I only checked this out because J.Cole's on it but to my surprise Elijah Blake is pretty dope. Another great example of what can happen if you just try something new. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Julian Kane ft Idania "Tell Me Why"


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NEW MUSIC: Joey Bada$$ "Summer Knights LP" (Available For Download Here)


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The time has come for Joey to finally show us what he's been working on. This Shit is dope. ~alx.O

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NEW MUSIC: Omarion "Bumping & Grinding"


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NEW MUSIC: Talib Kweli “Hamster Wheel”



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NEW MUSIC: KiD CuDi “Going To The Ceremony”


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I've always felt that KidCudi was the music industry's special misunderstood step child, in that it can never really decide how it feels about him. Is he great? Is he out of his mind? Who knows? But what I do know is that he makes great music. “Going To The Ceremony” is a winner in my book. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Game Ft. 2 Chainz x Rick Ross “Ali Bomaye”




This go hard, really dope driving music. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks x Pharrell #ATMJAM


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I thought this was pretty cool. ~alx.O

NEW MUSIC: Julian Kane "Such A Lovely Day"


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