Anthony Danza is a Seattle based emcee who’s throwback style pays tribute to the 80s and 90s. Danza has a tenure of over 10 years in the rap game as an independent artist. He’s collaborated with the likes of the late great Nipsey Hussle, Big K.R.I.T., Tory Lanez, Larry June, Jay Worhty, Kevin Gates and more. The hustler tales in his music explain that Danza came from humble beginnings. He also launched a coffee and donut shop in early 2020 before the pandemic hit. His new album Armorall just dropped on April 3rd so we had a lot to talk about.
“Armorall was just some leather protector I remember my dad using on his old BMW when I was a little kid. It was a nostalgic memory that I could stand on for this collection of songs.”
Will.i.am wants to make face masks a high-end, high-tech statement.
The Black Eyed Peas member announced this week he is teaming up with Honeywell to launch XUPERMASK, a $299 mask with a ton of bells and whistles.
In addition to dual three-speed fans and HEPA filters, a type of mechanical air filter, it features Bluetooth connectivity, LED day glow lights, noise canceling audio and microphone capabilities, seven hours of battery life and a magnetic earbud docking system. It also comes with adjustable straps.
Richmond, CA rapper CYBERJERM has once again teamed up with producer Grinding Spree for a seven track project Coalition 2. It’s the follow up to their 2019 project Creative Coalition. In true hustler spirit, Coalition 2 is only available for purchase via digital download.
There’s nothing like Bay Area homegrown hip-hop, and it’s bittersweet that Coalition 2 marks the end of an era. Grinding Spree has relocated from the Bay Area to Atlanta, so this is the last time in the foreseen future the two will be close partners creating music together. For the true album fan, it’s always a plus to see a rapper’s work with just one producer. The overall vibe of these songs provoke nostalgia of the early 2000s but still qualify as Bay Area slappers.
But on July 30, “Welcome 2 America,” a 12-track album recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in 2010, will finally see the light of day.
In its announcement, the estate called “Welcome 2 America” a document of “Prince’s concerns, hopes and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.” The album touches on “golden parachutes, the superficial nature of social media, reality TV-fueled celebrity culture, and corporate monopolies in the music industry, ultimately concluding that America is the ‘Land of the free/home of the slave,’” the estate said.
The estate has since faced tax problems with the I.R.S., which said that the estate is worth $163.2 million — nearly double the $82.3 million claimed by the estate’s administrator, Comerica Bank & Trust. (A judge overseeing the estate has referred to a state of “personal and corporate mayhem.”)
Prince’s vault at Paisley Park, his studio complex outside of Minneapolis, is thought to contain hundreds — or potentially thousands — of unreleased songs.
DMX, one of the most popular and successful rappers to emerge in the 1990s, died Friday, April 9 at the age of 50. He had been hospitalized in a coma and on life support for the past week after suffering a heart attack. Initial reports said DMX suffered the heart attack after an overdose, but his reps have not confirmed that information.
As reported by Variety, a statement released by his family reads, “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”
Stevie Wonder owned KJLH-Los Angeles has named Jamal McCoy, professionally known as, DJ MaL-Ski as Music Director. Mal Ski is a popular mixed-music curator in LA as he works for the LA Rams, LA Sparks and USC Athletics. Congratulations! We have no idea who made the announcement as the station has no Program Director and Stevie Wonder recently announced he was moving to Ghana.
NBA heads know all about the infamous Banana Boat Crew, which consists of BFFs LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Each has staked their claim on the basketball court, while also expanding their respective brands to include ventures into fashion, social justice, entertainment, philanthropy and even team ownership.
Anthony, in particular, has lucrative partnerships with companies like Nike and Nickelodeon, and at one point even signed rapper Cassidy to his record label, Krossover Entertainment. So with his career winding down and his eyes on establishing his legacy outside of basketball, on Tuesday, the 10-time All-Star announced his latest venture: Creative 7.
Launched with his longtime business partner and co-founder Asani Swann, Creative 7 is a global, multi-platform company that will develop and produce original, premium content that includes documentaries, scripted television, feature film, animation, podcasts and more. Additionally, the company was established in order to “champion the narratives and voices that for too long have gone unheard.”
Beasley Media Group has flipped WUKS-Fayetteville’s JAMZ 107.7 from Urban Oldies to an Urban AC (R&B) format.
PD Kenny J said, “We’re extremely excited to be able to bring an Urban AC format to Fayetteville, North Carolina. The New Smooth R&B & OLD SCHOOL 107.7 JAMZ will super-serve listeners looking for a real Urban AC station.”
“It has always been a dream of mine to direct films and telling this story has truly been an amazing experience. I am overwhelmed and honored by the reception the film is receiving,” Questlove expressed in a statement.
Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February. The film chronicles both the artists who performed at the festival and the music fans who attended. It features never-before-seen footage from sets performed by B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder, and more.
Questlove’s Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) documentary will be arriving in theaters and the streaming service Hulu on July 2.
The film, which marks the drummer’s directorial debut, explores the Harlem Cultural Festival, a 1969 six-week festival dubbed “the Black Woodstock” the history of which little is known.
The performances took place at Harlem’s Mount Morris Park, now known as Marcus Garvey Park, during the same summer of Woodstock in 1969. While much is know about the latter, the former has yet to be documented in the way Questlove has with Summer of Soul.
The film has already received critical praise, receiving the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for an American documentary at Sundance.
“I personally live a life where musical gatherings and musical moments define my life. Being 12 years old at the height of ‘Thriller’ defined my life. Being six years old when ‘Saturday Night Fever’ was at its apex, that defined my life,” Questlove said in an interview at Sundance Studios.
“What would have happened if this was allowed a seat at the table? How much of a difference would that have made in my life? That was the moment that extinguished any doubt I had that I could do this.”
Republic Records has promoted Xiarra-Diamond Nimrod to Vice President of Marketing Strategy. The announcement was made jointly by Republic EVP/GM Jim Roppo and SVP of Marketing Marleny Reyes. Roppo commented, “We’ve been lucky to have a front row seat to Xiarra’s evolution into a world-class marketing executive. I’ll never forget hiring her as a temp to be my assistant. Her knowledge, acumen, and passion floored our entire team from day one. She worked her way through the ranks from an assistant to running point on historic album releases. I’m honored to congratulate her on this well-earned promotion.”
Reyes remarked, “Xiarra’s level of determination and creativity have positioned her as not only one of Republic’s future leaders, but also one of the music industry’s future leaders as well. She has consistently raised the bar with each and every campaign. It’s inspiring and an honor to work alongside of her and to share the news of her promotion.