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.”


 
 

 

 


Rich Homie drops the remix to his certified hit, "Type of Way."  Not surprisingly Jeezy makes an appearance, but Meek Mill also tears down the track.  Check it out here... 

Read more: Rich Homie Quan ft. Meek Mill & Young Jeezy - "Some Type of Way" Remix


Hip-Hop newcomer, Troy Ave has constructed a New York anthem with his latest single, "New York City."  The track features Raekwon, Noreaga & Prodigy, all NY veterans.  Check out the track here...

Read more: Troy Ave ft. Raekwon, Noreaga & Prodigy - "New York City"


New music from Bun B and friends.  This one has a bit of a reggae feel thanks to some help from Serani.  The track is called, "Fire."  Check it out here...

Read more: Bun B ft. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & Serani - Fire


New music from Yo Gotti. Get the feeling this one's going to catch on.  With a quick verse from Meek Mill the song has just about everything it needs to be a success as Gotti prepares for the release of his sophomore album.  Oh, and the track is called, "F*ck You."  Check it out here...

Read more: Yo Gotti ft. Meek Mill - "F*ck You"


Swizz Beatz drops a new single featuring some of the hottest acts currently in the game.  Pulling a DJ Khaled move, the single, titled "Hands Up," features Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Lil' Wayne and 2 Chainz.  It's a decent track too.  Check it out here...

Read more: Swizz Beatz ft. Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne - "Hands Up"


Joell Ortiz fires off a quick reply to the Kendrick Lamar verse.  He's obviously not happy with the young emcee.  Cleverly titled, "Outta Control," Ortiz goes in.  Check out the track here...

Read more: Joell Ortiz - "Outta Control" freestyle


The Internet went crazy over the last 24 hours when this Big Sean released his latest record, a possible bonus record on the upcoming Hall of Fame album.  Unfortunately for Sean this isn't providing much needed buzz about his album, its just helping overload the Kendrick Lamar bandwagon.  Make your own opinions.  Check out the record here... 

Read more: Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica - "Control"

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