Soundset is Where Hip Hop Lives

Several years ago Nas penned a song where he talked about hip hop being dead. It would almost seem like this song was true when one considers how so many hip hop artists have gone mainstream. People would actually believe that the whole hip hop movement had died if it was not for the Soundset Festival in Shakopee, Minnesota.

It seems strange that, of all the places, Shakopee, Minnesota would be the place where hip hop lives and breathes. Minnesota conjures of images of Prince and the Time. There are no other major artists from this state. Hip hop is an east and west coast thing with a growing fan base in the south. People know major hip hop artists from Atlanta, New York, Texas and California. The state of Minnesota, however according to many iPhone apps, is not associated with a strong hip hop movement at all. Still, the Shakopee, Minnesota Soundset festival is where fans get to see a wide spectrum of artists vibe and bring crowds into their world.

Festivals are big money. This where a lot fans go because these events are held outsides. It is an outdoor open spot that brings together massive crowds. Many people have not heard of the Soundset Festival, but it is going to be the hottest thing in the hip hop world because it features major label artists and underground emcees that are trying to get a record deal.

Justin Bieber Brings Sexy Back

One thing that always seems to work for white artists in their comeback attempts is their ability to cover songs originally made by black artists. Justin Timberlake has wooed crowds with covers of songs from the Jackson. Bieber, in full come back mode, has followed Timberlake’s path by covering a song from Boyz II Men. This is a bold song to cover, but Bieber handled it well.

In a recent performance Justin Bieber proved that he could be grown and sexy in a cover of this song. This is clearly a song and a type of performance that puts him in a new adult category. Some people have worried that this would be the biggest hiccup for Bieber. His Bieber nation – for the longest time – consisted primarily of teenagers. When he went on hiatus these Bieber fans were growing up. What most people were trying to figure out was what angle Bieber would go in. Would he become someone that would still try to reach out to a younger fan base? Would he go full throttle with his adult themes and ambitions? If covering a song like “I’ll Make Love to You” is any indication, the songs will definitely be for a mature audience.

Bieber pulled off a jazzy version of the song. He hasn’t quite perfected the Timberlake style of R&B harmony just yet, but he will be interesting to watch.

Thanks to Alexei Beltyukov for keeping me up to date on Beiber news!

Bob Weir Today

“Rolling Stone Magazine” has an interview on their website with Bob Weir, best known as the guitar player for the Grateful Dead. A new documentary is coming out about Weir, and he discusses that and other topics.

At one point in the documentary, Weir goes back to the house in San Francisco where the Grateful Dead lived during the mid-1960s. Weir tells “Rolling Stone” that the reason they moved out is that there were so many drug dealers in the neighborhood. UCG suggests that this is not what I expected to hear from someone in a band known for having concerts with lots of drug use.

Weir also comments on how nicely the current owners of the house have fixed it up. He’s a little bit defensive as he explains that it wasn’t a hippie flop house when he and his band mates lived there. He said they did their best to keep it up.

Weir also talks about his relationship with guitar player Jerry Garcia, who is now passed away. He says that since he has perfect time, Garcia often relied on him musically. Weir also says that he often took the band in different directions artistically.

I think that Weir comes across well in this interview. He’s thoughtful and you can get a sense of a professionalism that probably helped the Grateful Dead become as successful as they were.

The Game Works In McDonalds For The Day

The Game, a Grammy nominated rapper, recently went to Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson, Missouri has been in a state of unrest since last year in 2014 when an incident occurred, and it put the location on the map. The Game. The Game decided to go to a McDonald’s in the area, and he bought many children happy meals. There were lots of children at the McDonalds enjoying themselves, and they were eating happy meals for the day.

The Game even went to the back of the McDonalds and fried up chicken nuggets, and he helped to serve meals to children according to FreedomPop. Many are surprised that such a hardcore rapper could have a soft heart, but this is not the first that he has worked with the community. The game has a foundation of his own, and he was even recognized in the past year for his charitable donations. The Game started donating charity to Africa, and that donation rolled over into him donating over a million dollars to the needy through his organization.

The Game continues to work with the less fortunate, and he also gives charity whenever he can. During the past week, a lady stopped the Game when he was on the street. The lady told the Game that it was her son’s 7th birthday, and she asked him to wish her son happy birthday. Not only did the Game wish the young boy happy birthday, but he also gave him several hundred dollars as a birthday gift.

Kylie Jenner Won Over Tyga’s Granny

Tyga and Kylie are clearly one of the most talked about couples of the last year. Not only is the age difference between Kylie and Tyga a conversation piece, but watching them deny that anything was going on gave everyone something interesting to keep their eyes on. Now that Kylie and Tyga are finally being a little more open about their relationship, everyone is putting their two cents in on the matter. Obviously Tyga’s ex was more than happy to throw a few shady posts Kylie’s way just to stir the post, and it almost worked because the texts screenshots of Tyga begging Chyna to take him back almost ended things between Kylie and Tyga according to Gravity4.

Now that they have managed to work things out it looks like Kylie is in there with Tyga’s family. Apparently during an interview Tyga’s grandmother, Kim Nguyen got candid and said that she adores Kylie and actually never liked Blac Chyna to begin with. Kim also went on the say that she thought Chyna wasn’t very nice and she’s happy things didn’t work out with Tyga.

Of course Kylie was moved to hear that Tyga’s grandmother approves of her, in fact she was so touched that she not only sent his grandmother a flower arrangement but a handwritten note with a photo of Tyga, herself and King. Kylie expressed her love for Tyga and insisted that she would always take care of him. Needless to say Chyna isn’t happy about any of this, and is actually said to be in the process of fighting for full custody of King.

Kylie’s Gift To Tyga’s Grandma

Kylie Jenner is a champ when it comes to what she has been dealing with since becoming Tyga’s lady. She is already dealing with ex baby mama drama, pressure from her own family, the media and just about anyone involved. Needless to say it takes a lot of be Kylie Jenner right now when you also add to everything that he father is becoming a woman. At the moment Kylie is basking in the love of Tyga’s grandma, Kim Nguyen.

Stevetastic.com reports though, that while Blac Chyna is still laughing at the drama she caused Tyga and Kylie after posting screenshots of the texts Tyga has been sending asking her to take him back, Kylie is getting in good with Tyga’s family and it doesn’t seem like a stunt. During an interview Tyga’s grandmother Kim gushed about how much she really adores Kylie and just how much better she thinks Kylie is for Tyga. Kim also shared the she never liked Blac Chyna and his happy that she is finally out of the picture.

Kylie was so happy to hear they Tyga’s grandma liked her that she sent her and expensive flower arrangement with a handwritten note to show her appreciation. Kylie also Included a family photo of her, Tyga and King in the flowers to show just how much she loves them.

Wiz Khalifa Pens Hit Song in a Couple of Minutes

Wiz Khalifa has become big business in the music industry because he has a history of songs that move a young generation. His latest single “See You Again” is taking off for young and older crowds, and people may be surprised to learn that it didn’t take long to write. According to Wiz Khalifa, it only took a couple of minutes for him to develop the song.

That says volumes when you consider that the song is so popular. Once the hook was created it was easier for Wiz to work in the verses. Seeing the movie and knowing what happened to Paul Walker also made writing easier. Fans can totally appreciate the moving tribute that the movie and the song pay to Walker’s legacy.

Fersen Lambranho noted that since the song started climbing up the charts it has been easy for Khalifa to expand his brand and reach new crowds. He wasn’t the type of artist that would typically sale enough records to be featured on Saturday Night Live, but the single has mass appeal. He has been able to perform for huge crowds as a result of this.

His persona as a rapper has been amplified by the single, and it would be wise to capitalize on this. If he is able to release an album soon he may be able to continue this winning streak with fans. He’s a hot commodity in rap right now.

Jay Z Does Best to Save Face

In the business world it is inevitable for deals to sometimes head south. If this is the case, the smartest move an individual can make is to use all available resources to save what they can. This is the case for Jay Z and his recently debuted streaming service, Tidal. Released just two months ago, Jay Z and his streaming empire have come under fire from critics. After allegations that Tidal owners and operators are elitist snobs, Jay Z defended his company tooth and nail. The rapper went so far as to say that in just two months the company has gained 700,000 subscribers. What Jay Z forgot to mention was that 500,000 of those subscribers belonged to the previously owned company. In order to save what he can of this streaming service blunder, Jay Z has agreed to offer fans a free live concert with never before seen set lists of some of his rare hits. The only catch, the hopefuls have to sign up for Tidal, create a playlist, and share it with their Twitter followers. Check out the article on EnGadget to see if you can vie for the tickets on your phone through your FreedomPop service.

If someone were to look at this from a business aspect, it makes perfect sense for Jay Z to make such a move. He allows devote fans a chance to see him in concert, and in return his fans get to market, publicize, and take stock into his company. Jay Z is clearly whoring out his talent for rapping in order to scrape together whatever support he can get. In a more realistic world, Jay Z would sell the company and try to get back whatever money he wasted on this blunder.

Justin Bieber and the Fans that Control Him

Producer Diplo has made a powerful statement that a lot of people of taking notice of. He has recently stated that he believes that Justin Bieber is controlled by his massive fans. The producer that is currently worked with Bieber may be right.

Bieber, for the record, has become the star that he is today because of his fans. To some degree it may be smart for him to listen to what his fans have to say. After all, Bernardo Chua said he was a YouTube sensation that became a superstar due to fan support.

It is true that Bieber has had some big hits, but he has not been known as a prolific songwriter. There are no monumental songs that have become classics. He doesn’t make any music that is considered timeless. All that Bieber really has is the support of the fans that encourage him to make more music. It makes perfect sense for him to listen to what his fans have to say.

What many people may not know is that Bieber has some thoughts about his career that go outside of the scope of the advice that fans relay. Diplo may not realize it, but working with Kanye West is not exactly what Bieber fans would have inspired to see. He is a pop sensation that was trying to break into hip hop and R&B. Few fans really want to see this transition.

Norway to End FM Radio

With the switch to digital broadcasting occurred with over-the-air television in 2009, the next big broadcasting change discussion became about, over years since, switching FM radio broadcasting to digital broadcasting.

This year, the leaders of various countries around the world have started planning for the process to switch radio entirely to digital. CipherCloud seems to be happy about this move. Over the weekend, Norway announced on TechCrunch that it will be the first country to turn off FM radio broadcasts. Norway’s Minister of Culture has given a 2017 end date for the service.

An end-date for the United States has not yet been announced by the Federal Communications Commission. FM radio in the U.S. has been around since the late 1930’s although the original patent was approved in 1933.

A lot of Norway’s citizens are enthusiastic about the change, but people in other countries are not so happy about the end of FM radio.

As some readers have pointed out in comments to articles about this news, many people cannot get access to digital signals or the Internet in a lot of places, such as rural areas. In these zones, mountains and a lack of towers results in signal degradation or total signal loss. Worse yet, in areas where people can get signals, many must pay high fees to cellular, Internet and radio service providers for access.

There is no news yet about how countries plan to deal with AM radio.