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Rihanna and Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards

Say what you will, but Eminem and Rihanna have great sonic chemistry. And to add to that, the musical pair decided to wear matching bomber jackets during their ‘Monster’ performance.  

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Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

It is astounding to see how far ‘Illmatic’ has come twenty years later. I would have never thought it would have prospered into a documentary that would premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, but without a doubt Nas’ album and the makings of it are something for the Rap music history books…

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De La Soul + Smell the DA.I.S.Y PT. I

This rap trio has been without musical content for years, but that makes their comeback mixtape that much sweeter. [[MORE]] Smell the DA.I.S.Y is an album that finds satisfaction in its brevity. And each track packs a punch that is a treat to listen to. Stay tuned for a track by track rundown along with my mixtape favorites.

De La Soul + Smell the DA.I.S.Y PT. I

This rap trio has been without musical content for years, but that makes their comeback mixtape that much sweeter.

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Normal is not something to aspire to; it’s something to get away from.

Jodie Foster | Actor, Producer, Director

I love this quote. Since I reblogged that set of GIFs from Liv Warfield’s latest music video, I’ve been reading up on her a lot. During my internet-y meanderings I stumbled on Liv’s Facebook page where she posted the above quote said by Jodie Foster. And what Jodie said rings so true with me and basically anyone who has grown up feeling just a bit off the beaten path. Who wants to aspire be normal anyway?

My March Music Favorites!

Recently, I did a post on my favorite acts of the moment. For those of you who prefer watching videos, I did a YouTube video compiling all of these artists using the hashtag #MarchMusicFavs. What are your recent music favorites? Tell me in the comments section !

De La Soul Review Coming Soon
The triple emcees are fresh on the scene with their new EP, Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. Keep on the lookout for my take on their album.
Photo Courtesy Of: MTV

De La Soul Review Coming Soon

The triple emcees are fresh on the scene with their new EP, Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. Keep on the lookout for my take on their album.

Photo Courtesy Of: MTV

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Haute Hijab - Dubai, U.A.E.
By: Langston Hues
#modeststreetfashion

Yass! Everything here is life. I really like the bottom of her outfit..how the skirt bellows out and then is fitted around her legs. It gives a really dope multi dimensional feel to the whole outfit.

modeststreetfashion:

Haute Hijab - Dubai, U.A.E.

By: Langston Hues

#modeststreetfashion

Yass! Everything here is life. I really like the bottom of her outfit..how the skirt bellows out and then is fitted around her legs. It gives a really dope multi dimensional feel to the whole outfit.

Banks, Banks, Banks
The LA native is blowing smoke in the water with her mesmerizing, yet eery R&B vocals. [[MORE]]She lays them over synth pop/electro pop tunes, which seems in a way similar to music duo, Denitia and Sene. Yet, Jillian Banks, better known as Banks, does it so differently; her music engulfs you in a sea of soft melodies or sometimes a beat that is almost like pumped up adrenaline as found in her song, ‘Waiting Game.’
The track begins with Banks talking. Then, she raises her voice slightly and continues, “Don’t tell me listen to your song because it isn’t the same / I don’t wanna say your love is a waiting game” She is not done, however. Her emotions rise with the beat. There is a sound that is similar to a cyclone that comes in and whirls you into a pounding electronic rhythm soon after. 
'Waiting Game' is not even the best of Banks. Her SoundCloud is filled with track after track that could be played on repeat for hours. Or is that just me? I do have this tendency to play songs 90 times over and just kill them. I’m worse than your worst radio station. Cliche, no? Nevermind that. The real story here is Banks. Give her a listen if you haven’t already. She is on fire. Even Ellie Goulding admits to being a fan of Banks. And with Banks’ appearance in the Divergent movie soundtrack, it will only be a matter of time before she reaches cataclysmic recognition for her songwriting abilities. Banks will be an artist who will blow up in 2014 and I want all you out there to be ready when she does. 
Photo Courtesy Of: Glamour

Banks, Banks, Banks

The LA native is blowing smoke in the water with her mesmerizing, yet eery R&B vocals.

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