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Whitney Houston has died. The cause of death and location are unknown. She was born on Aug. 9, 1963 and lived to be 48. TMZ is reporting Houston died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The cause of death is still unknown. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. TMZ is also reporting that Houston was found underwater in the bathtub. The singer had been taking Xanax, which were subscribed to her, and drinking heavily before her untimely death. The Los Angeles County Coroner will perform an autopsy today to determine whether or not she died of overdose, drowning, or other causes. The last footage we have of the legendary Whitney Houston doing what we remember her best is said to be this clip of her and singer Kelly Price on stage while she sings “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” during a pre-Grammy party on Thursday night.
Quite possibly, the most illusive rapper to walk the face of the planet in the past decade has arisen from the depths of the abyss. At first glance, Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt looks like your average LA hip hop, skater grom, but don’t be fooled, because there’s one thing that separates him from the rest … his insane ability to spit cryptic flows with ease. However, during Odd Future’s rapid rise to hip hop prominence, which took place in the matter of a year or so, Earl was nowhere to be found. While his video to “Earl,” off his mixtape Earl went viral on YouTube, Odd Future fans were left scratching their heads as to his whereabouts. But thanks to the hard work of stalkers worldwide, Complex was able to track him down in Somoa, where he was said to be attending Coral Reef Academy, which is a program for “at risk teenage males.” Fast forward to Wednesday night, Odd Future’s overlord Tyler, The Creator tweeted “Oh. Thebe Has….I Mean Earl Has A Twitter. @earxsweat.” On Earl’s new Twitter account, a link led followers to a YouTube clip containing a snippet of a new song simply titled, “Home,” with Earl saying “If you want the whole thing, get me 50,000 by today!” Low and behold, his Twitter account got 50,000 followers and we’re left with a new track, and a rejuvenated sense of hope that the sought-after Odd Future spitter will now be blessing our ear drums for some time to come. Earl Sweatshirt “Home” Download
Damn everyone’s going to the upper room. According to TMZ, Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75. He helped change black television when he launched Soul Train in 1971. He will be missed.
Artist: Gangrene (The Alchemist + Oh No) Album: Vodka & Ayahuasca Label: Decon Date: 1/24/2012 Never in my entire career as a music reviewer have I come across an album title more intriguing and more esoteric than Vodka & Ayahuasca. For those who have little to no clue what the hell ayahuasca is, no worries. As far as the album is concern, all you need to know is that The Alchemist and Oh No mysteriously conjured up this ancient brew from South America, combined it into a powerful cocktail with vodka, and dumped it into your phonographs to create a psychedelic, spiritual journey for listening pleasure. Whether that makes sense to you or whether you’re convinced vodka and spirituality belongs in the same sentence, again, no worries. All will be explained. In comparison to their last album Gutter Water, the production is grittier, grimier, and trippier than ever. Although the album begins with the very forgettable cut “Gladiator Music,” which sounds more like a throwaway G. Rap cut than a Gangrene jam, Alchemist and Oh No amplify the heat until thermostats melt with their next track, “Flame Thrower.” The instrumental, ironically, is icier and groovier in its tone than the title suggests, but in culmination with Al’s and Oh No’s poignant, plasma radiant verses, the track is a certified banger. An obvious album highlight is their lead single “Vodka and Ayahuasca.” Rumbling bass lines, dizzying scratches, and undulating guitar strings make this cut a head knocking sensation. When the lead guitar crescendos into psychotropic madness, so too, does Gangrene when hammering the nail on the head with their “acid trip” rap lyrics. Other stand outs from the album include “Drink It Up” featuring Roc Marciano and “Dump Truck” featuring Prodigy. The real standout on this album, however, is “The Groove,” and Gangrene couldn’t have picked a better name for the record. The production is thick with booming bass, cascading piano patterns, and hallucinogenic, chopped samples, and it is arguably the most leading instrumentation that Oh No produced for the album. To no surprise, the rap duo lyrically ups the ante with perhaps some of the sharpest lyricism fans may have heard yet from either two. Oh No swan dives first into the maelstrom he created throwing a few darts at the critics with lyrics like “hypnotize, criticize, but we get paper, critics lie, no surprise, they get no favors, it’s no surprise, we can rise major majority rules in the game, they cannot fade us!” Afterward, The Alchemist closes the track with lyrical jujitsu and folds his adversaries into “spar submission.” Although minuscule, there are a few cuts that slow the pace of the album. In “Livers for Sale,” for example, Alchemist flies solo but unfortunately his verse fails to soar. Fortunately for listeners the track is brief, and while Al isn’t spewing garbage, hearing him tackle an entire track sounds awkward. “Dark Shades” featuring Evidence also scores points in the uninspired category, and while many probably would have expected a riveting verse from Evidence, he fails to live up to the expectation. Probably the most disappointing track on the album, however, is “Top Instructors.” In terms of production, it’s by far the most monotonous and most trite track on the entire album. Even Gangrene’s live wire flow couldn’t jump this dronish and boring track back to life. Despite these blunders, Vodka & Ayahuasca is still a solid project that’ll probably end up being championed by die hard fans. After listening to the entire album, you’ll realize that the album couldn’t have been more appropriately titled considering the chemistry between Oh No and The Alchemist. The combined forces of the deadly duo will definitely have you laying in fetal position next to your speakers, and if the vibrant rumblings start sounding like a mystical shaman humming, you’re headed in the right direction. For Gangrene die hards, this is definitely an album worth adding to the collection and it will probably end up being celebrated in a majority of underground circles. However, due to the lack of promotion (they only have one official music video) and their heavy footing in the indie circuit, Gangrene surely won’t be making a dent on mainstream audiences anytime soon, and they likely wouldn’t have it any other way. Needless to say, Vodka & Ayahuasca is a joy ride that continues to get better from start to finish, especially while under the influence. Purchase Vodka & Ayahuasca on iTunes
Cory Gunz was arrested Saturday afternoon for possession of a firearm in The Bronx. Under New York law, the charge carries a mandatory three-years in prison. His father Peter Gunz spoke to MTV about the arrest: The details are still sketchy, but I can confirm that he was arrested with a firearm yesterday in the Bronx. They caught him around 2p.m. in the afternoon with a loaded gun in his knapsack. It was definitely an illegal search. I spoke to the arresting officer, and so far, what I’m hearing from him is that they got a phone call at the station saying they should ‘look out”. According to [the officer], they didn’t know he was Cory Gunz. They just saw a bunch of kids following him around. What I will say is that the officer that arrested Cory, actually happened to be a cool dude. After arresting Cory, sitting down with him and talking, he felt bad about the situation. At the end of the day, there’s a reason for everything, but at the same time, in New York, it’s mandatory jail time. To go to a precinct and see your son, your junior, in handcuffs, it’s heartbreaking. Anytime you see your child in jail, in the cell, in handcuffs, it’s very hard. He’s walked down some of the same paths that I walked down, but you never want to see your kids go through what you went through. This is Cory’s first offense, but sometimes they like to make an example out of rappers and people with any kind of celebrity to them. Since his arrest, Cory Gunz has been released on bail. This morning, the Young Money member spoke with the NY Daily News on his arrest: “This was a big mistake on my part. I didn’t have any intentions of harming anyone or committing a criminal activity. So many young people look up to me and I need to fight though this. It’s been really hard, really stressful. When the smoke finally clears people will understand what was going on.” If convicted, he can face up to fifteen years in prison.
Bow Wow was interviewed by The Breakfast Club this morning. During the interview, Bow Wow touched on what famous girls he’s been linked to and also which ones he smashed. On Dolicia Bryant: “She’s ummm every man’s dream (ha ha)” On Superhead: “She’s a G…. she’s 100″ On Kim Kardashian: “We were cool… cool peoples”
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