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Tag Archives: Jay-Z

Rainbow Arabia – Without You

Man I tell you, once you find yourself you realize there’s no going back things get weird… Odd times took your mind And I’m still here by your side…” The crazy thing about it, the thing that all your friends, loved ones and family will have a hard time dealing with is letting go of who […]

EMPT Classics: Say Goodbye to Hollywood

No I’m not leaving LA but I was curating the music for a latin restaurant called Paladar Latin Kitchen this morning and I came across one of my al time favorite songs – La Fama by Hector Lavoe. The song is about Fame and all it’s complexities, a salsa classic. In this world, when you chase something […]

RRod – With The Suit & Tie On (Marvin Gaye vs. Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z)

Here’s the thing. Both Marvin Gaye and Justin Timberlake are two of my favorite musicians in the whole world. I stand by that statement for. Ever. JT’s debut album was one of the first CDs I owned. It wasn’t the first one, okay? Shakira holds that spot, but only because I found that CD first. I’m an honest and loyal supporter of Mr. […]

Jay-Z — Open Letter

The game controls you. Every choice you make, every corner you try to hide in, and every possible outcome of your life, but not in the way you think. High level control is deep rooted, it comes in the form of values, norms, culture, institution and the perception of need. It takes hundreds of years to fully […]

Big Sean feat. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Clique

Big Sean is on total fire these days and I for one am a complete fan.  He has managed to come from the bottom ranks of the music business to the top in what has surely not been the smoothest of rides.  Signed to Kanye‘s GOOD Music label in 2007, and then Def Jam Recordings […]

Bag Raiders – Not Over

Last weekend I was at what was probably the best club in NYC, or LA for that matter, on a Saturday night. I’m saying so because the crowd of girls that existed in that space was just phenomenal. If you’re anything like me and love tall chicks with pretty faces and beautiful smiles that remind […]

Treat My First Like My Last & My Last Like My First

I’m just, tryin to stay above water y’know Just stay busy, stay workin Puff told me like, the key to this joint The key to staying on top of things is treat everything like it’s your first project, know what I’m saying? Like it’s your first day like back when you was an intern Like, that’s […]

Sample Saturday – Isaac Hayes et Jay-Z: Can I Live?

We invite you to, somethin epic y’all know? Where we hustle out of a sense of hopelessness Sort of a desperation Through that desperation, we ‘come addicted Sorta like the fiends we accustomed to servin But we feel we have nothin to lose (everything to gain) So we offer you, well, we offer our lives […]

Ghostface Killah: “Watch The Throne” (Album Review)

With the exception of the Q-Tip produced That’s My Bitch we posted a while back, you may be wondering why we haven’t even mentioned Kanye & Jay-Z’s self-proclaimed “sophisticated ignorance,” and well the reasons are just to vast to get into. However, my boy Nate sent me an hilarious/amazing review by one of “Wu-Tangs elite” […]

Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes et Jay-Z

One of my good friends Pete Walsh, who has assisted me in many-a-Sample-Saturdays, hit me up late Thursday night with this entire entry written out in a BBM msg.  One of me and Pete’s all-time favorite verses, Scarface/3rd verse/”This Can’t Be Life”, was the perfect representation to real life for him, so this week is […]