Wow, I mean seriously wow. I know many musicians (especially when they start out) rap about how great they are but T.I is like 50 in Hip-Hop years and he is STILL trying to tell me about how cool he is with tired Gucci, money and “bitches” references and Rick Ross sounds like he just climbed 800 flights of stairs. The beat I liked though, it sounds like a gothic church choir/Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”. Then to top off this thing, the n-word is repeated for like an entire minute. This whole track is a hot mess, an insult, uninspired and way too long. [Stream Via Nah Right]:http://www.urb.com/files/2010/09/T.I.-feat.-Rick-Ross-Pledge-Allegiance-To-The-Swag-Prod.-by-J.U.S.T.I.C.E.-League-Mastered.mp3|titles=T.I.
Everyone knows that music festivals are big business, with tens of millions made (ticket sales, beer vending, corporate sponsorship) and lost (artist fees, production costs) every summer. But what happens when big business decides to throw it’s own festival? You get Virgin Free Fest. Run as a multi-city paid festival in 2006 and 2007, the mobile phone company’s attempt at playing with big dogs like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonarroo never seemed to hit it’s stride—perhaps due to it’s location in Maryland. Then last year, super rich bad-ass mofo Richard Branson decided to make the whole shebang free, and called upon Blink-182, Weezer and Jet to bring in the masses. This year, he’s banking on a cooler selection, including Thievery Corporation, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem and Temper Trap to do the same. …MORE
It’s been a rough couple of months for M.I.A. with the difficult launch of her third album, Maya. Some call it classic media backlash, while others will insist that the album’s challenging sound fails to live up to her previous efforts. But M.I.A. has always had her ups and downs. Here’s some of the most significant ones in her career.
Right in sync with it’s release date, Atlantic drops a CGI-laced video from The Adventures of Bobby Ray. They pulled out all the stops on this one. I’ve been happy to see that within the past few months, the label has finally opened up their wallets and started shelling out a surprising amount of marketing dollars. It looked like Bob was sitting there stranded for a minute. They’ve finally realized his potential and he’s done nothing but live up to it. If you haven’t already, go cop the album immediately.