Naughty by Nature is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a tour and the making of a new EP. They’re seeking funding via Kickstarter for the recording, mixing, and mastering of their new record.
Incentives for backing their Kickstarter include autographed memorabilia, dinner with the band, a private concert, appearances on the album and in their video, and partying onstage with the trio during select dates of the tour. Or you can go with Treach to get tattoos together, shoot pool with Vin Rock, or play basketball with Kay Gee.
It’s half way though the competition and things are starting to heat up. I can definitely see that everyone is starting to bring their A-game.
This week was all about collaborating. Jermaine split the rappers into two groups and had them write and perform a song for, both, him and some local high schoolers at a pep rally. Not only did they have to collaborate with this song, he also gave the parents/managers the opportunity to assist in creating the song. I knew from the start that that was going to cause drama, but I was more than happy to watch it all unravel.
I won’t tell you who was in which group, but I will tell you what I thought about each group’s performances and chemistry.
From the moment Group 1 was announced, I knew that the whole group was a ticking time bomb. A couple of the people in the group don’t get along, so I knew it was only a matter of time before their egos got the best of them. Group 2 was okay. I saw them as the underdogs, so I knew that they would have much drama. I was worried about one member in that group, but that person behaved, so everything was smooth sailing, mostly.
As I said earlier, first both groups had to perform for Jermaine, his friend, Bryan Michael-Cox, and his assistant. Overall, I thought both groups did a good job. Of course, there were a couple minor (or major) things that each group needed to fix, but, besides that, they all did okay. My main focus was on the pep rally performance. I was anxious to see how they would do.
When they arrived at the high school, Jermaine had one of the school’s students waiting to give them a tour of the school. Now, this wasn’t just some random student. This student is a hot, new rapper in the hip hop industry. After the introduction and tour, they got the opportunity to pick his brain about what is was like to be a successful rapper who is still in high school. They got some good advice and from there it was time for that pep rally performance.
I won’t say much about what happened, but I will say that I was shocked by each performance. Things didn’t go the way I thought they would, but I was pleasantly surprised and kind of proud of a couple of the kids.
Remember when I said that drama was going to unfold between one group earlier in this post? Well, I was right. Two of the managers got into it and Jermaine had to step in and punish them for not being able to behave as they should. The drama was ridiculous and I think Jermaine did the right thing. I hope they learned their lesson because if not they will definitely make it harder for their kids to break into the industry.
This was a good episode. I liked seeing the kids perform in front of a live audience. It was good to see how the crowd received them and to see how they interacted with a live audience of that size (900 students). I thought they did a good job, but it’s clear that there are still some things that they need to learn. They have the perfect teacher, so I hope they’re paying attention.
The Rap Game airs on Fridays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
After unleashing her long-awaited eighth studio effort Anti on Samsung and Tidal, Rihanna has already racked up a million downloads in less than 14 hours since its release.
“1 MILLION in under 15 hrs!!!! NAVY R die!!!! Thank u to all my fans and @samsungmobileus,” she tweeted in celebration.
1 MILLION in under 15 hrs!!!! NAVY R die!!!! Thank u to all my fans and @samsungmobileus Listen to ANTI now: https://t.co/0FRaUXR8bk
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 28, 2016
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The pop star’s Anti rollout included ANTIdiaRy, a Samsung partnership that offered download codes for fans to venture through different rooms on the road to the LP’s release. The same day she debuted her Drake-assisted single “Work,” she released the set on the Jay Z-powered streaming service Tidal, dishing out a limited number of complimentary download codes that were instantly redeemed.
You guys legit made me the happiest girl in the world!! I’m so grateful that you appreciate the #ANTI album! It’s the most rewarding feeling
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 28, 2016
No stranger to breaking records, Rihanna was named the top-selling digital artist of all time after selling 54 million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide.
Instead of a Kiss Cam, the Memphis Grizzlies brought out a Dab Cam during Thursday night’s game against the Bucks. And it wasn’t just any ordinary Dam Cam, it was a Cam Newton Dab Cam.
Saturday Night Live recently announced Kanye West will be returning to the show as the musical guest for February 13, alongside guest host Melissa McCarthy.