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The #1 songs of this week were:

2009 – Flo Rida – Right Round (5 years ago)

2004 – Usher ft. Lil Jon and Ludacris – Yeah! (10 years ago)

1999 – Cher – Believe (15 years ago)

 

March 30th

 In 1989, Gladys Knight performed without The Pips for the first time since she was a child.

In 2010, Usher released his album “Raymond v. Raymond” in the United States and Canada. His first single off the album was “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” but the most popular song off the album was the International Hit “OMG”.

March 31st

 In 2005, Suge Knight was ordered to pay Lydia Harris $107 Million. Lydia Harris claimed that she helped found Death Row Records.

 April 1st

In 1984, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father at the age of 44.

In 1989, N.W.A. made their debut on the Billboard Rap/Hip-Hop chart, where “Gangsta Gangsta” debuted at #91.

 

The Rolling Stones released two albums on this day, “Flashpoint” in 1991 and “Shine A Light” in 2008.

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April 2nd

In 1995, Tupac hit #1 and stayed there for four weeks with his album “Me Against The World”. His first single off the album was “Dear Mama” which featured “Old School” as the B-Side. “Dear Mama” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2006, Gnarles Barkley hit #1 in the UK with their single “Crazy”, where it stayed for eight weeks. Gnarles Barkley, featuring Cee Lo Green, became the first musical act to ever reach #1 through downloads only.

Tupac Me Against the World

April 3rd

In 2008, Mariah Carey broke Elvis Presley’s record by reaching #1 for the 18th time with her single “Touch My Body”. She became the musical act with the second most #1’s, right behind The Beatles.

 

April 4nd

In 2000, P!nk released her debut album “Can’t Take Me Home”.  Most people remember her song “Let It Go” from this album.

In 2003, 50 Cent was named the best selling artist of the year, at this point anyway, when he sold over 4 million copies of “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”. His first single, “In Da Club” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for 9 weeks. “In Da Club” was the #1 song for this week in 2003.

In 2008, Beyoncé and Jay-Z got married in New York.

Pink Can't Take Me Home

April 5th

 In 1994, Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, killed himself.

In 1998, the Spice Girls performed their first ever show in the U.K!

 

The nominees have been announced for The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees include N.W.A, LL Cool J, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and Deep Purple. All great artists in their own right. However, one nominee garnered the most attention this past week: Nirvana. The grunge-rock band from the 90s are attempting to breakthrough into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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seeds of hip hop

I normally don’t cover TV, but this one was too good to pass up. Apparently the kids of some very famous rappers are shopping a new reality show dubbed “Seeds of Hip Hop. These are nod ordinary kids though as they are the sons of some of the members of N.W.A. and Run DMC.

According to the folks over at TMZ Seeds of Hip Hop will star E-40’s son Droop-E, Jam Master Jay’s son Jason Mizell, Eazy E’s son Eric Lynn Wright Jr., MC Ren’s son Anthony Dunbar, and Dr. Dre’s son Curtis Young. The show follows the guys as they attempt to live their lives and escape the shadow of their famous fathers. Not to be left out, D’Extra Wiley has created the show… he was a member of the R&B group II D Extreme in the 90s.

The show is being shopped around to different networks at the moment including VH1, FUSE TV, BET, and TV-One. The people behind Seeds of Hip Hop are reportedly very confident it will get the greenlight and are planning to start shooting in a month. As someone who has seen their fair share of reality television I’m not quite sure what to make of this, but it sounds like we’ll probably find out sometime next year.

Source Cited – TMZ

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Ever since the release of his critically acclaimed mixtape/indie album Section.80 in 2011, Kendrick Lamar has been well on his way to being the next Hip Hop “It” artist to emerge from indie success to mainstream prominence. Pretty much the poster child for both the Black Hippy movement and for Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar is leading a charge of artists that include Jay Rock and Ab Soul that are continuously making strong name brands steeped in intricate lyricism and sincere yet diversified wordplay in new millennium Hip Hop.

Even though he had already recorded and released material through T.D.E., Section.80 was his coming out party to heads across the country. Now, having been blessed as the next big thing in Hip Hop by everyone from Dr. Dre to BET, Lamar just released his proper album debut with Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City.

Kendrick Lamar is the personification of Hip Hop in the post-Hip Hop generation: not confined by generational, cultural or regional boundaries yet still maintaining a brazen arrogance and pride that can only be a product of Compton, and a flow style that combines a plethora of different kinds of Hip Hop music from the last 10-plus years. From the sprinklets of social consciousness peppered throughout his rhymes that pays homage to old school East and West coast artists like Public Enemy and N.W.A., to the rapid-fire linguistics that remind listeners of Midwest rap heroes like Twista and Bone Thugs and Harmony, to the screwed and chopped voice manipulations that are a clear ode to the South. Kendrick refuses to have himself of his music marginalized into a box, and that desire to break away from the mold is constantly on display throughout Good Kid… .

Undoubtedly one of the best tracks on the album has to be “M.A.A.D. City” featuring West Coast O.G. MC. Eiht. Kendrick’s jittery, quivering yet focused flow about a day in the life in the Cali streets paired with a beat that starts out simplistically enough, then rolls into a vintage low-rider banger that harkens back to the heyday the West’s sometimes forgotten heroes Spice 1, Mack 10 and Eiht himself, will be enough to get even the most staunch Kendrick Lamar hater to nod their head. Also effective is “The Art of Peer Pressure”, a standard romp-through-Compton adventure that quickly evolves into Kendrick detailing the elements of drugs, violence and theft that gets him engulfed in the street life, and how both sides of his guilty conscience try to pull him in conflicting directions as he struggles with both his own inner demons and the desire to impress his homies.

On Good Kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick does better than many of his peers at finding that ever-elusive balance between radio jams and introspective songs that are heavy on reality. The current radio favorite “Swimming Pools”, along with “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake and “The Recipe” with Dr. Dre, will all bring the emcee more casual fans that may not have been following his career progress until now, while “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” finds Kendrick contemplating the questionable choices he’s made and their impact on those around him, with his own brand of gut-wrenching self-deprecation and pity fully on display, and might just make believers out of those same casual fans.

Simultaneously, Kendrick pays more than enough homage to some of the West Coast’s most well-loved Hip Hop institutions, from sampling Janet Jackson on “Poetic Justice”, to the shades of 2Pac heard on “Sing About Me…”.

The greatest thing about Good Kid, m.A.A.d city is not only that it’s refreshingly cohesive and simultaneously multi-layered, but that it displays so many of the contradictions that Hip Hop too many times doesn’t want to admit that it has. True, other artists like Drake, Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco and others have been effective at doing this as well, but many times they seem to revel in them. Kendrick realizes and embraces those contradictions, but he doesn’t glorify them. He simply puts them on display as real as he knows how, and the end result is this body of work. While it’s very much a departure from Section.80, Good Kid… stands on it’s own as arguably the best concept album of 2012.


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Another week goes by, and we get another great sale from the Music section of the Google Play store. Google has really been pushing the music end of their online service lately, and they’ve certainly gotten my attention with their weekly $3.99 album sales.

This week’s sale has a lot of classic rap albums so we’re going to start with that genre. If you dig the rap game you can pick up Classics like Snoop Dogs Doggystyle, Dr. Dre’s 2001, Makaveli – The 7 Day Theory, N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton, E-40 Federal, 2Pac & the Outlawz – Still I Rise, Erik B & Rakim – Follow the Leader, and DMX’s It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. If you’re looking for something a “little” more current you can pick up Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter II or The Game’s Doctors Advocate.

In the mood for some 80’s classics? Google has you covered there as well with Duran Duran’s Greatest Hits, and the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. If retro isn’t your thing and you’d rather get a little country with it you can snag Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream, Dolly Parton’s Hungry Again or Raising Sand by Allison Krause. If you’re still not happy, no worries as they’ve got even more albums up for grabs from Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, She & Him, Esperanza Spalding, Digital Underground, Corinne Bailey Rae, Feist, Diana Ross, and Smokey Robinson.

That’s a whole lotta’ music folks, and any of the albums we’ve mentioned can be all yours for only $3.99 a piece. It’s a great deal, and it’s something Google seems to be doing on a regular basis now. Actually, Google has been having a lot of music sales lately and over the weekend they even had some great cover songs for free. They may still be a newcomer on the musical front, but it looks like Google Play Music is here to stay and so far they’ve done an excellent job of putting “relevant” music in their sales. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed of Google’s next music sale or any other musical themed promotions they throw our way.

Google Play Music Sale