Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson star in No Good Deed, the tale of what happens when a criminal escapes from prison and finds his way into an unsuspecting woman's home. We've seen this story before but with a full African-American cast, and no Tyler Perry involvement, it feels like a fresh idea and a worthy watch. Plus the stars make for pretty great eye candy, which I think the production team knew would be good for the big screen.


I was first introduced to Jhené Aiko on Kendrick Lamar's "Growing Apart." Her voice is gentle and somewhat tinged with a sultriness that often encroaches on cutting aggression. Aiko understands where to emphasize her voice, wrapping it around the lyrics to achieve a hypnotic mix of hip hop and R&B. Souled Out, the debut from the singer is made up of mid-temp melodies that emerge as freestyles, rather than songs. This is not a bad thing because Aiko has stated that her process of recording music is one of letting it unfold rather than rushing.

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Originality is such a hard thing to come by these days that it’s no wonder you’ll see so many movies, TV shows and music that look and sound the same.
 When is the last time you heard a song or movie that you couldn’t compare to something else prior? Probably never. That doesn’t mean that originality or creativity has died, but just means that people have a brand new way of seeing things. One of the greatest movies of all times, Star Wars is often compared to Star Trek. They have forums of geeks and nerds sighting the familiarities between these two, I’ll save you the time and say that I’ve seen all the Star Wars series and none of the Star Trek franchise despite their many TV shows and spin-off movies but I'm aware of how they tend to overlap each other in some aspects.


Blacc Hollywood is the fifth studio album from Wiz Khalifa - the rapper known for creating chill songs about getting high and living the high life. Being more of a fan of his mixtapes because he seems to offer more impactful, heavy-hitting rhymes on those, listening to Blacc Hollywood solidified my opinion even further.


Fresh off the stage of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, performing alongside Beyoncé, Alvester Martin—dancer, singer, and songwriter has been accustomed to a dim limelight for many years as a back up dancer for several top celebrities.  But it’s the bright spotlight he better get ready for!


Being born in the 90’s certainly touched the new up and coming triple-threat artist Jo’zzy aka @dopebyaccident in a special way. She’s the protégé’ of super producer Timbaland and a talented singer/songwriter/rapper. Not only is the 90’s an inspiration and influence, but a way of life for this 24 year old; whose real name is Jocelyn Donald. She says of new single “Tryna Wife”, “It’s just nostalgic music and only the beginning. Some of today’s R&B and Hip-Hop can be so watered down and cookie-cutter, but my style of music makes you think of the 90’s.”


 
 

 

 

Egos should be checked right before the arrogant thoughts leave their heads. Unity within the music business isn’t really prominent. Everyone has their cliques and entourages but there is no affiliation with other successful musicians. Respect is hardly given. Of course music is ego-driven; ego is shown through award shows and the artist themselves. But the egos have lead to the greatest collaborations and the nastiest rivalries! The most recent rivalry is between new school rappers Wale and Kid Cudi.

 

Who knows where this beef stems from but it seems as if arrogance is a major part of it. On one side there is Wale, a D.C. native, whom through tweets complains about not getting enough recognition in the radio market and through his mixtapes brags about being the best new school rapper out there. On the other side is Kid Cudi hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, whose style is totally different from Wale but seems to hold his own. In a recent interview he egotistically confronts and disses Wale by calling him a "simple a** rapper." This beef was bought to the forefront by Wale but it seemed to fly under the radar. Off Wale’s mixtape, More About Nothing the first verse of the song, "Numbers Won" talks about the strained relationship between him and Cudi. He raps, "I lost my connection with a brethren/athlete mentality said f**k my competition/me and him was homies/maybe we still cool/but every time we book/we stay in our green room." This makes you think can rappers or other genre musicians really be friends or are they bred to be enemies.

 

There are so many failed relationships whether business or personal in the music business. A prime example is G-Unit, the group consisted of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and The Game. Through riffs and differences the latter two have since been disassociated from the group. This exemplifies the term frienemies, friends one moment becoming bitter enemies the next. R. Kelly and Jay-Z went through a similar disagreement. We had two musical geniuses collaborating on albums to them not being able to share the same stage.

 

The ego, according to psychologist Sigmund Freud, represents what may be called reason and common sense. Implementing the ego into music has been going on for the longest time but in the last decade, arrogance has become synonymous. Combining the ego with arrogance has formed a super-ego. The new definition of the super-ego differs from Freud’s. His definition says that the super-ego is the police of the personality whereas the new definition takes that of Freud defining the id. According to Freud, the id is the pleasure principle, it is selfish and "doesn't care about reality, about the needs of anyone else, only its own satisfaction." So these new school rappers are obviously driven by their pleasure principle. And the fact that most of them are super sensitive.

 

The introduction to Jim Jones’ song with the similar title pretty much sums up what a frenemy is. Talking over the instrumental he says, "This sh** is f**ked up cause/some n--- call it tough love/it's crazy cause/you might know a n--- all your life/and he got a twisted ulterior motive/and he just want to see you do bad/see a smile on your face all day/so he just acting like your friend/when he is really your enemy/or your best friend can become your enemy/through the jealousy/so we call those frienemies."

 

Who can you trust? Is the person that you’re the most closest to, going to betray you? Can there really be friendly competition? Decide who you’re going to allow in your circle and who is going to be loyal. The point is business and pleasure do not always mix and the outcome is unstable. Only the strongest relationships will survive the bumps and bruises. Betrayal is not an option in a loyal friendship.

"Friend or foe/who you with?"

 

Also Check Out:

Wale - More About Nothing mixtape Download

The Impending Death of the Battle Rapper

A.D.'s Soapbox - The Rap Game 101

Who Is William Roberts? - Rick Ross

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About The Author
Alaina Latham
Author: Alaina LathamWebsite: http://www.lainalain3.tumblr.com/
Alaina grew up in “the thoroughest borough, BK.” A proud Brooklynite and a destined writer, for as long as she's been able to write, she wanted to use the pen to craft stories. Graduating from St. John’s University in Queens with a Bachelor’s in Journalism, she began her life goal to become the world’s greatest. She started writing for Parlé in 2010 and will continue to pursue the craft as long as possible. Known for her wit, thinking quick on her toes and her constant use of the exclamation mark, anything is possible!

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