2 Chainz is back as he unleashes one for the DJ Spinz produced track called Road Dawg. The record serves as the intro to his recent mixtape T.R.U. Jack City, which is still available right now.
Next month Nike will be celebrating again its Nike Air Max range and you can look out for a multitude of great releases. Nike Air Max 1 V SP “Monotone” Pack. Consisting of three tonal versions of the Nike Air Max 1, the seamless upper consists of mostly premium canvas, resulting in a clean and minimal look. We especially love the color range that Nike chose to use on this new pack. The soft beige, light grey and black make the Nike Air Max 1 V SP “Monotone” the perfect fashion sneaker. Expect these to release some time in March at NikeLab stores around the globe.
That total is nearly three times their goal of $150,000 — a point they passed in just three days – thanks to the help of Katy Perry, New Kids on the Block and other excited fans. In all, 4,201 funders helped support this project.
The group’s T-Boz and Chilli thanked its fans on Kickstarter in the campaigns final hours Wednesday night, saying, “Thank you to everyone who has donated to our final album!! The amount doesn’t matter but the fact that you donated means the world to us.”
The duo told fans last month after passing their fundraising goal that every dollar raised will go into the album. They wrote on Kickstarter, “The more funds that we raise means more access to the best producers, writers and talent in the business!!!”
Later, it was announced veteran producer/label executive Ron Fair — most recently Virgin’s chief creative officer — had signed on as executive producer for the project, suggesting some high-profile collaborations may be in the cards.
“The return of TLC is surrounded by incredible positivity,” Fair told Billboard. “The entire creative community of artists, producers and songwriters is invited to the celebration.”
Chilli also told Billboard that longtime collaborator Dallas Austin (who co-wrote the act’s breakthrough “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” as well as later hits “Creep” and “Unpretty”) will be involved. She said Ne-Yo – who penned its 2013 reunion track “Meant to Be” — will work with them if his schedule permits.
TLC will join New Kids on the Block and Nelly on the two month long “The Main Event” tour this spring, kicking it off at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Yesterday (Feb. 18), Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera made the controversial claim that hip-hop has been more destructive to “Black and Brown people” than racism has, over the past 10 years. Lamenting that hip-hop culture dulls the prospects of “youngsters”–Rivera used the archetypes of “a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx” and “a Black kid from Harlem”–the talking head insisted that rap was insidious, painting minorities as less than professional. He believes that those who participated in hip-hop would be relegated to working at “you know, the racks in the garment center.”
Not only did Rivera’s comments raise eyebrows (and maybe mustaches), but Rivera brought one of hip-hop’s founding fathers into the mix. “I love Russell Simmons, he’s a dear friend of mine,” he said of the Def Jam co-founder. “I admire his business acumen. [But] at some point, those guys have to cop to the fact that by encouraging this distinctive culture that is removed from the mainstream, they have encouraged people to be so different from the mainstream that they can’t participate.”
Today, TMZ published comments from Simmons that make he and Rivera seem decidedly less close. Saying that Rivera–whose first name he mispronounced–”never did shit to help nobody, not in a very long time,” Simmons seemed less than pleased with the implication that hip-hop was a destructive social force. Instead, he shifted the focus onto the real problem: “The prison industrial complex got people so twisted,” he offered. “For 40 years, they’ve been locking up diseased drug addicts, educating them on criminal behavior and dumping them back in the hood. The poetry and the reflection [in hip-hop] are what come from that jail culture.” Simmons and Rivera had previously sparred over the latter’s suggestion that Trayvon Martin brought his murder upon himself by wearing a hoodie.