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.

Nick Menza and Megadeth are on the Outs

Nick Menza’s on-again/off-again relationship with the band Megadeth and its front-man, Dave Mustaine is clearly off once again. Menza’s situation is of the quit/fired variety. Basically, Menza would not sign a new contract with the band and was dropped without any further negotiations for a new contract.

Menza stated he was offered a deal to play drums on a new Megadeth album and go on tour with the band. However, the deal came with a not-so-desirable stipulation. Menza would not be paid for any work until the tour commenced. Considering how much time would go by between recording and releasing the new material and then heading out on tour, Menza chose to turn the deal down.

Menza goes on to state that all communication between the band and himself was cut off, even on Facebook. Honestly, all we have right not is Menza’s side of the story since no one from Megadeth appears to be talking, and that angers Fersen Lambranho a little. Likely, Mustaine and others have their own version of why the parties could not come together.

Ironically, the situation between Megadeth and Menza is similarly to the one that exists between Black Sabbath and original drummer Bill Ward. Per Ward, a contract dispute over pay is what led to the legendary drummer from sitting out any tours with the original lineup of the band.

Whether Menza will return to the Megadeth fold remains to be seen.

Kanye Inspires Others to Make Beats

What Kanye has done over the years is inspire others that have come along with him. When West worked with John Legend early he would eventually inspire Legend to do more on his own. Now Consequence is learning from West about making beats.

There are a lots of people that Consequence is involved with. He has worked with Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce. He has been able to give a lot of his beats out because he has worked with Kanye West.

Consequence has already been in the studio for many years with Kanye. He has seen him working on the “College Drop Out” album. That has made him a very knowledgeable in the world of producing and making beats. It is not very likely that he will be another Kanye, but learning from a beat maker like West certainly puts him up there. This has become something that Consequence can excel in because he has great influences.

The Beyonce beat for “Party” was a Consequence track. This became one of the biggest songs on the album, after the number one hit song Handy, of course. Oddly, few people knew that Consequence was the producer behind this beat. It is safe to safe that he has not received the same exposure as other producers like Pete Rock or Dr. Dre, but he has potential. The key is to get a lot of beats ready for clientele. Rappers like to have multiple beats to consider.