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Piers Morgan Calls Kanye West ‘the Muhammad Ali of Show Business’

DO YOU AGREE  ?

Two days ago(Feb. 23), Kanye West gave a riveting speech while accepting his Visionary Award at the 2015 BET Honors. Speaking on love, happiness and race relations within the entertainment industry, Yeezy’s words were compelling and moving. Piers Morgan took a second to reflect on Kanye’s most popular “rants” throughout the years and wrote a passionate article on Mail Online admiring ”the way Kanye fights his corner like a wounded bull careering around a china shop” as he brings to light important issues in America.

“I’ve come to realize that [Kanye West is] the Muhammad Ali of show business: The single most fascinating, compelling, unpredictable, dangerous and uniquely talented star in the world,” said Morgan.

The British journalist, acknowledges that sometimes ‘Ye doesn’t always take the best approach. For example, the 2009 VMAs stint where he interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted her award. However, according to Morgan, you can’t help but think that Kanye has a point after he does these things.  ”It was Taylor’s moment, and of course he should have let her enjoy it,” said Piers. “And yet, any dispassionate observer would have to agree he was also completely right; Beyonce’s sensational video for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring It)” blew Taylor’s “You Belong With Me” to smithereens,” he added. Similarly, Morgan believes Kanye had a point with his recent comments about Beck’s Grammy win for Best Album of the Year. ”And, frankly, if Beck did have an ounce of self-awareness about the cheesy guff he churns out, that’s exactly what he should have done,” said the former CNN news host.

As he continued, Morgan touched on some of Yeezy’s other infamous rants, including ‘Ye’s comments about President Bush not carrying about Black people post Hurricane Katrina, and his fight against homophobia within hip-hop.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Just as the saying goes… Only Iron Can Sharpen Iron, you must understand that Only Chances Make Champions! You can analyze and dissect the game all you want but if you never suit up and play you will never win! 
-Ash’Cash (@IamAshCash)

Drake’s Entire Album Is on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Seven more songs debut from surprise album, giving Drake a record-breaking 21 entries.

Drake rules 42 percent of the 50-position Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated March 7), as the hip-hop star has 21 concurrent songs on the tally — breaking his own record for the most simultaneously charting hits in the history of the chart. (The new chart will be refreshed on Billboard‘s websites on Thursday, Feb. 26.)

Seven more tracks from his surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Latedebut on the newest chart, joining the 10 already-charting cuts from the set. Thus, all 17 tracks from Drake’s album are charting on the tally.

Drake Becomes First Rapper to Top Artist 100

His grand total climbs to 21 charting tracks, as he’s also a featured act on four additional songs.

Drake surpasses his previous record for the most concurrently-charting songs — 14 – which he matched a week ago (on the chart dated Feb. 25) following the debut of his album.

The new songs enter off the strength of downloads and streaming, with every track from the set logging no less than 1.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. Of the album’s tracks, “Energy” leads the pack, taking Streaming Gainer honors and increasing by 201 percent (to 4.6 million clicks), with 82 percent stemming from Spotify plays. Sales of the cut also rise (up 21 percent to 77,000 downloads), driving it 4-1 on Rap Digital Songs — his first No. 1 as a lead act (and fourth overall) on the still-young chart.

Drake Decoded: 10 Subliminal Shots on ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

Of his latest arrivals on the chart, “Know Yourself” earns the Hot Shot Debut at No. 23, owed in part to a 13 percent spike in downloads (to 15,000).

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late remains at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 129,000 copies in its second week (down 74 percent). The momentum of the new project secures a second week atop the Billboard Artist 100, where Drake became the first rapper to earn a No. 1 spot.

Here are Drake’s 21 titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (dated March 7, 2015):
No. 4 – “Only,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 5 – “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 9 – “Energy”
No. 16 – “Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen, featuring Drake
No. 17 – “Legend”
No. 19 – “10 Bands”
No. 22 – “Blessings,” Big Sean, featuring Drake
No. 23 – “Know Yourself” (Debut)
No. 26 – “No Tellin’”
No. 27 – “Preach,” featuring PartyNextDoor
No. 28 – “6 God” (Debut)
No. 29 – “Used To,” featuring Lil Wayne
No. 32 – “Now & Forever”
No. 34 – “6 Man”
No. 38 – “Jungle”
No. 39 – “Star67″ (Debut)
No. 40 – “Madonna” (Debut)
No. 42 – “Company” Featuring Travis Scott” (Debut)
No. 43 – “Wednesday Night Interlude” featuring PartyNextDoor (Debut)
No. 45 – “6PM In New York”
No. 49 – “You & The 6″ (Debut)

The New Razer Blade Is The Gaming Laptop To Beat

Earlier this month, Razer launched the second generation of its ultra-high-resolution gaming laptop, the Blade. I’ve since gotten a few weeks to play with it and can confirm that its hardware lives up to the crazy QHD+ screen.

Like its predecessor, this year’s Razer Blade packs in a 14-inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel screen. It looks pretty from most angles and can get quite bright, and has a touch screen if you’re one of the Windows 8 users who actually takes advantage of touch-friendly menus. Photos and video really pop on the display — it’s not quite 4K, but considering it’s already past the point of not being able to discern pixels at reasonable distances, that’s not something anyone is going to miss.

Of course, what really matters is whether or not the new Blade can actually handle gaming at decent settings at the panel’s native resolution. The jump up to the Geforce 970M chipset has served the Blade well — I was able to crank graphics up to Ultra on a number of games and maintain 45-60 frames per second, only dipping into settings to turn off anti-aliasing or the highest motion blur settings.

Between the new GPU and a mobile Core i7 typically reserved for larger laptops, the Blade is more than just a good gaming machine. If you’re the creative type, it’s also a great device for photo and video editing. Again, that screen really rounds out the package if you’re going to use it for either of these.

With the exception of the screen, you could say the same thing about the performance of most gaming laptops, as high-end hardware is a prerequisite for the category. So it’s worth talking about how the Blade manages to stand out in a space where most competitors share the same specs.

The case’s aluminum body is aggressive on the outside and classy on the inside. The keyboard, trackpad and speakers are laid out similarly to a MacBook Pro. There’s a comfortable amount of space between keys, and you won’t accidentally hit the power button when you were going for delete. The trackpad is exceptional for a Windows laptop, with gesture support that doesn’t lag or mistake down for up. The left and right mouse buttons below the trackpad don’t provide a very satisfying click, but if you’re gaming on this thing you’ll probably use a separate mouse anyway.

While the black aluminum looks great when you take it out of the box, oil from your hands really stands out across the Blade’s surface. It took us a few minutes to scrub down the laptop each time we wanted to take pristine photos, so some may find this annoying.

On the part of the outer shell that most people will see, you find two bumps and a bright green Razer logo. If you’re incredibly self-conscious, be aware that it’s going to draw attention among a see of flat surfaces and Apple logos. As with the interior of the laptop, be prepared to see fingerprints on the outside of the Blade in most lighting conditions.

On the bottom of the laptop, there are long rubber strips keeping the Blade slightly elevated. That leaves room for the two fans to get hot air away from the hardware. During regular use, the Blade is essentially silent — but crank up the graphics on a game from the last few years, and they can get rather loud. As with the “meh” speakers, I don’t expect many gamers to notice, since the kind of people who buy a $2,200 gaming laptop probably have decent headphones for 3D audio or multiplayer communication.

Gaming on a laptop has always involved a trade-off between performance and convenience. You could pick up a desktop PC that absolutely crushes the Blade in gaming performance for less, and among laptops, you could get a heavier, uglier beast with better specs and save a few hundred dollars. But some people care about performance and aesthetics. For those gamers, the Blade is the best compromise available.

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