On last evening, I was fortunate enough to have been the special guest on internet radio show Hip-Hop is For Lovers, hosted by two lovely, intelligent hosts, Uche and Lenee. The aim of HH4L is to create a dialog about sexuality, intimacy, and relationships in hip-hop culture.
Last night, the topic was slut shaming, defined as “the deliberate act of calling a woman a slut, a whore or impugning her character in sexual terms in order to embarrass, humiliate, intimidate, degrade or shame her for actions or behaviors that are a normal part of female sexuality.” I chimed in here and there, but it was certainly interesting to hear the dialogue that was being had between the two hosts and their legion of followers, who responded mostly via Twitter and email.
Uche and Lenee invited me to speak about GUESTLIST, and afterward held a book giveaway. (Congrats to the winner, @SnakesOnABoat!). All in all, it was a great time and I am super grateful to the ladies of Hip-Hop is For Lovers for having me on the show. You can check out the show in its entirety here.
Posted in Books, Life, Music, New York City, Politics, Random, Random Cool, Video, Writers, writing
Tagged GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, HH4L, Hip-Hop is For Lovers, Lady, Slut Shaming, Spreaker, Twitter, Yankin'
It’s no secret that I adore Nicki Minaj. I think she’s super talented, and those who disagree are simply blinded by a baseless, unreasonable hatred for her. It’s one thing to not be a fan of her music; it’s another to outright deny Nicki’s talent.
In any case, the NY Times recently ran a piece written by Jon Caramanica that discussed Nicki’s place in hip-hop and pop culture, positing that she is the most influential female hip-hop artist of all time. It’s an assessment with which I’d agree.
Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, drops tomorrow. You better goddamn believe I’m copping it right away. The tracklisting to PF:RR is below.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Music, Random, Random Cool, Ratchet, WTF
Tagged 2 Chainz, Beenie Man, Bobby V, Cam'ron, chris brown, Drake, Jon Caramanica, lil wayne, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Onika Maraj, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded, Rick Ross, YMCMB, Young Jeezy
Awww yeeeaaaahhh! The long awaited GUESTLIST Official Mixtape is finally here! From the official press release:
Be Cool Entertainment Holdings, in association with AEIOU Records and Vagabonds Music Group, is proud to present the highly anticipated GUESTLIST Official Mixtape, available for free download at www.becoolent.com. The collection is meant to serve as an audio companion for the upcoming novel GUESTLIST from author Jay Fingers.
Miami’s DJ Sage mixed the entire project, which features songs curated by Jay Fingers. The mixtape offers an eclectic collection of party-rocking songs across a variety of genres, including hip-hop, rock, and pop. Featured artists include The Vagabonds, Brian Grosz, W-I-Z, Mala Reignz, Beejus, Alex Walker, The MC Faceman, Lil Heat, G. Brown, and more.
Tracklisting and download links below. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Miami, Music, New York City, Nightlife
Tagged AEIOU Records, Alex Walker, Beejus, Brian Grosz, G. Brown, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Jay Fingers, Lil Heat, Mala Reignz, The MC Faceman, The Vagabonds, Vagabonds Music Group, W-I-Z
On Saturday, January 28, Miami nightspot Eve plays host to the listening party for #FML, the latest project from hip-hop duo The Vagabonds. The event is hosted by the duo of Baysiqly and E.R. as well as Vice City Cypher.
There will be live performances by The Vagabonds, plus School Bus, Dashius Clay, Shottie (of IDEE4), Vurn, and Serum & Manifesto. The side stage will host an open mic competition, plus have additional performances by Rolls Royce, Yung Spec, Tay G, Lil Gunna, Roc Sol & DJ Cheo, Straight No Chase, and Blokaholics. DJ Twin will be holding it down on the 1s & 2s.
Posted in Event, Miami, Music
Tagged #FML, Baysiqly, Blokaholics, Dashious Clas, Dashius Clay, DJ Twin, E.R., Eve Miami, hip-hop, Lil Gunna, Miami, Roc Sol & DJ Cheo, Rolls Royce, School Bus, Serum & Manifesto, Shottie (of IDEE4), Straight No Chase, Tay G, The Vagabonds, Vice City Cypher, Vurn, Yung Spec
Late last night, The Vagabonds dropped “Invisible,” the first video from their upcoming EP entitled #FML. The song, produced by E.R., is a Baysiqly solo track, detailing the struggles of those who are ignored and overlooked. With everything going on in the world these days, especially with regard to the Occupy movement, this song is particularly timely and relevant. From VMG:
“Invisible” mashes up E.R.’s bouncy, psychedelic board work with cinematics from Mr. Visual, showing a first-person view of an individual being ignored by everyone who passes him by. That, along with flashes of current world events, is a deadly mixture that can drive anybody to insanity and irrational choices, as depicted by the ending of this video.
Featuring an impressive roster of guest artists, including Stevie Wonder, Andre 3000, Rihanna, Rick Ross, The Weeknd, and labelmates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and boasting production from Just Blaze, Boi-1da, and long-time collaborator Noah “40” Shebib for production, Take Care is Drake’s attempt at giving listeners the classic album they’d expected with his debut.
Posted in Music, Op-Ed
Tagged Andre 3000, Boi-1da, cash money, Drake, hip-hop, Just Blaze, lil wayne, Nicki Minaj, Noah "40" Shebib, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Take Care, The Weeknd, Young Money
This actually dropped a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t blogging at the time so I missed the opportunity to let y’all know about the latest collaboration between my buddy E.R. (of The Vagabonds) and Dominican MC Mago.
“Best of Both Worlds” showcases the rhyme skills of the two Miami-based lyricists, the concept being that Mago (who also produced the track) spits in Spanish while E.R. raps in English. The song has no hook—it’s just the two MCs going back and forth, tag team-style. “Although Latinos have been well represented in hip-hop in the past,” E.R. writes on the VMG blog, “it’s rare to see both sides of the spectrum being showcased alongside each other.”
Posted in entertainment, Miami, Music, Video
Tagged #FML, Baysiqly, Best of Both World, E.R., hip-hop, Mago, Make Me Famous, Miami, The Vagabonds