Thursday, June 22, 2017

Atlanta WSBTV News Anchors Pay Tribute to Prodigy

Atlanta's own WSBTV Channel 2's Mark Arum and Fred Blankenship are back at it again with an incredible tribute to the late rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep. As we say "back" this isn't the first phenomenal tribute the two anchormen have done together including ones for Biggie and Phife Dawg.

Albert Johnson  better known by his stage name Prodigy, was a legendary rapper and one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep with Havoc.

In an interview with Vibe in November 2000, Prodigy spoke about what inspired him to directly address his battle with sickle-cell anemia on the song "You Can Never Feel My Pain" from his debut studio album H.N.I.C. He attributes his nihilism to the "permanent physical suffering" caused by his lifelong battle with the condition.

On June 20, 2017, it was reported that Prodigy died in Las Vegas, Nevada after having been hospitalized a few days earlier for complications related to his sickle-cell anemia. He was performing in the Art of Rap Tour in Las Vegas with Havoc, Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One and Ice-T when he was hospitalized. The exact cause of his death is yet to be determined.

Game of Thrones Season 7: #WinterIsHere Trailer

The seventh season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones is set to premiere on HBO on July 16, 2017, and conclude six weeks later on August 27, 2017.Unlike previous seasons that all consisted of ten episodes, the seventh season will consist of only seven episodes. Like the previous season, it will largely consist of original content currently not found in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, but also adapts material from the upcoming sixth and seventh novels The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The series is adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.

HBO ordered the seventh season on April 21, 2016, three days before the premiere of the show's sixth season, and began filming on August 31, 2016. The season was filmed primarily in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland.

Game of Thrones features a large ensemble cast, including Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. The season will introduce several new cast members, including Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper.

Quake Matthews - "Confessions" (feat. Neon Dreams) | @QuakeMatthews @OurNeonDreams |


Rising rapper Quake Matthews has released the first single "Confessions" featuring Neon Dreams from his forthcoming album Celebrate The Struggle, which artfully blends the wide array of rap styles and sounds he's increasingly becoming known for. Name checked as one of Canada's top up-and-coming rappers, on "Confessions", Quake's raspy voice and raw emotion takes you inside his mind as he copes with his inner demons. The catchy single is aided by chart topping collaborators Neon Dreams whose last single "Marching Bands" received five (5) million streams on Spotify. This lead single from his much anticipated album was also co-written by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Gordie Sampson. Quake's forthcoming album Celebrate The Struggle features him teaming up with a handful of heavyweight producers including two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Street Runner (Eminem, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross), 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red and multiple Juno Award-winning rapper Classified.

Philando Castile Shooting Dashcam Video Released

The police dashcam video of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile has been released after St. Anthony, Minn. police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter.

Officer Yanez’s squad camera picks up Philando Castile’s vehicle just after 9:04 p.m. on Larpenteur Avenue in Falcon Heights. The officer notices some brake lights out and initiates what appears to be a routine traffic stop.

“Uh, reason I pulled you over do you, your brake lights are out,” Yanez said. “So you only have one activated, active brake light and that's gonna be your passenger side one. Your third brake light which is up here on top and then this one back here is gonna be out.”

Officer Yanez asks for license and insurance and Philando Castile complies. He hands over his insurance card and then tells the officer he has a firearm. Within seconds, Yanez opens fire murdering Philando Castile.

A jury had to decide whether it was a case of manslaughter or an act of self-defense.

He was acquitted Friday of one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety. Yanez testified he feared for his life because he believed Castile was pulling his own gun from his pocket. But prosecutors said Yanez was too quick to pull the trigger.

Pinqy Ring Releases Fiery Visual for "Phoenix" | @Pinqy Ring |

After a fiery car accident in 2004 left her in a coma, Pinqy Ring set her heart and head on sharing her story through Hip Hop. Since then, this Phoenix has risen over and over again and is ready to take on the music industry. "Phoenix" was written, recorded and shot during Pinqy's artist residency at Ragdale. She was the first rapper to reside and make music on the prestigious organization's grounds. Her bars pay homage to her re-birth, and the visuals represent her rise in rap. A proud Puerto Rican MC, Pinqy spits in both Spanish and English giving the vocal proof that she is ready to spar - bar for bar - for the crown.

Shot & Edited By: Definite Sound Media
Produced By: Serdna

THQ Premiere: Blake Banks - "Last Week" | @blakexbanks |


Blake Banks kicks off the summer with his latest release, "Last Week". While painting a picture of his own fear and loathing in Los Angeles, Blake gives us the sarcastic lyricism and innovative flows he is known for. The trap-pop style banger is accompanied by an up-beat, feel good atmosphere by Blake's in-house production team, The Ambulance Factory. The track is also co-produced by Grammy award winning producer CB MIX, who is most noted for his recent work with Chance The Rapper and Chief Keef. 

Be on the lookout for Blake's album "The Bachelor Vol. 2" featuring the likes of YSL Duke and DrugRixh Peso set to be released in July.

Deal The Villain "Beards, Beats & Kicks" (EP Stream) | @Deal_TheVillain |

Having earlier this year and last released a succession of singles / visuals, New Jersey lyricist Deal The Villain finally unveils his latest studio extended play [EP] titled 'Beards, Beats & Kicks' which is a trinity of subjects that combine to form a small part of his personal identity. 9 tracks deep, this project is 100% unadulterated Hip-Hop music, if your a fan of pure lyricism, raw production, and real life subject matter, this EP seamlessly showcases them all top to bottom. From his perspective, the NJ MC covers a multitude of experiences, anecdotes and as well as the "title" he addresses a full spectrum of topics from Death, Narcotics, Relationships, Hip-Hop, and Politics.

'Beards, Beats & Kicks' also plays host to an unbelievable soundscape which includes beats by Knxwledge, Flying Lotus, S1ncereDeal The Villain, plus executive production duties handled by Michael Cadigan, Lyriq2Go and Myk Dyaleks. When you see names like that you should automatically know what to expect before even listening to a single drum sequence. In his own words, Deal speaks on the project: "This EP is a gourmet tasting menu of things to come, an introduction to the evolution of DTV and the universe I inhabit." ...Sidenote:'Try' [Bonus Track] is ONLY available after you download exclusively on Bandcamp. #dealthevillain #beatsbeardsandkicks #ep

01.) Legend Blue (Intro) [Prod. Deal The Villain]
02.) Retro (feat. Michael Cardigan) [Prod. S1ncere]
03.) Sweet Chin Music [Beat by Knxwledge]
04.) Autumn Fables [Beat by Flying Lotus]
05.) Crooked Tongues [Beat by Knxwledge]
06.) Feel Yaself (Interlude)
07.) Emerald Preference [Prod. Deal The Villain]
08.) Entrada [Beat by Knxwledge]
09.) Try (Bonus Track) [Prod. Deal The Villain]

• Written, Arranged & Performed by Deal The Villain

• Mixed & Mastered by Deal The Villain