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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Above the Paak: An introduction to Anderson Paak (@breezylovehat)

His real name is Brandon Anderson Paak. Born into a Black/Korean family in Oxnard, California in 1986. Anderson Paak is a singer, rapper & producer who recently this year performed six songs on Dr. Dre's Compton album and two songs on the Game's Documentary 2 album. He started in his teeens producing music from his bedroom. His first solo album was released in 2010 called Violets Are Blue. In 2011, prior to being a successful working musician, Paak was working at a marijuana growing farm in Santa Barbara. He was let go without warning, becoming homeless together with his wife and infant son. In that same year, Paak had started earning acceptance in the Los Angeles music world, and had begun working on his debut album. Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra helped Paak recover financially from losing his job in Santa Barbara by employing him as an assistant, videographer, editor, writer, and producer.

In 2012, Paak put out his second album Lovejoy and later that year he completed O.B.E. Vol.1 (his third album) in this time period, and released the album in mid-2012. At this time, he became the drummer for American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart, and was able to further grow as a musician and performer.

In November 27, 2013, Paak produced and recorded Cover Art, an all-covers EP. Paak was inspired by the white artists of the 1950s who achieved commercial success by remaking songs written by black Blues and R&B singers while hardly ever compensating the original artists. Cover Art reversed the process and transformed folk and rock classics from white musicians into a mold of Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B. The album was released by the independent Hellfyre Club, and OBE labels.

Paak produced 14 of the 16 Tracks from George Watsky's album All You Can Do which released in August 2014.

On October 28, 2014, Paak released Venice, his debut album as Anderson Paak, on OBE and Steel Wool. In October 2015, he announced that he has recorded material with TED rapper ScHoolboy Q and legendary producer 9th Wonder. Paak plans to release his next album, Malibu before the end of this year

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New collaboration with two of Dr. Dre's most successful protege's @thegame & @kendricklamar get very lyrical for a new song!

The Game released a new album the Documentary 2 which is proving just as with his first album that he still has it as his mentor Dr. Dre a few months prior to release a classic album, Compton is showing the world that The Game is definitely indeed the Doctor's advocate. Hearing the song from streaming the Documentary 2, one of the most memorable tracks is The Game featuring Kendrick Lamar for "On Me" as both the TDE champion & the West Coast Black Wall Street founder go hard over a looped sample of Erykah Badu's "On & On".

Beginning the song with: "Back when Dot was hangin' at Top's in the Benzo Freestylin' to them Chronic instrumentals, no pens and pencils I was out there Bloodin' like a menstrual With a Backwood clinched between my dentals, way back when When we was outside with the indo Hotboxin' rentals in front of Centennial, remedial thoughts"

This isn't the first collaboration as the Game and Kendrick Lamar have worked together for songs such as “Murder” and “See No Evil”. For Hip-Hop fans who crave real lyricism this song is definitely one of the highlights of the album along with several other songs. Don't want to ruin it for you but if you haven't then check out the whole album via Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music or etc.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

New @Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer Causes Excitement to Most & Dismay to some

This past Monday evening during NFL Monday night football, Disney & Lucasfilms released their third trailer for their heavily anticipated and upcoming sequel to Star Wars Return of the Jedi directed by J.J Abrams to Star Wars The Force Awakens movie which will be the first of an new episode of a new trilogy of movies starring John Boyega (please check out Attack the Block if you haven't), Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Cary Fisher, Harrison Ford, Oscar Issacs, Adam Driver, Gwendolyn Christie (Game of Thrones), Andy Serkis, and more.

Fans were happy to see more of the film in which the first two trailers for Star Wars were mostly teasers. While most fans were happy to see the trailers, ready to buy expensively marked up tickets on eBay, and start pre-ordering tickets on Fandango also it seems that other fans were upset at the fact this new Star Wars film would feature a Black and a female lead character.

Despite that the original Star Wars trilogy in fact did have Black & other ethnicity actors playing storm troopers, legendary actor James Earl Jones voicing the main villain Darth Vader, Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu in the 2000 prequel trilogy and Billy Dee Williams playing smooth talking smuggler and Han Solo's friend Lando Calrisian. Those who were outraged over all the film press and media went as far as to spearhead movements to boycott the newest Star Wars entry. And let's not forget the creator of the Star Wars film franchise that I doubt had one group of people in mind when he created the movie franchise is also married to a Black woman.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

To Strike a powerful blow, a part of history, One Man Crosses unimaginable Barriers for 10 seconds of freedom | @RACEMovie

Track and field star Jesse Owens overcomes adversity to win four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

The #Launch #Trend of #Selfie #MusicVideos will be a time to remember in #History | @GwenStefani

Pop - Rocks superstar Gwen Stefani is just that a superstar in many forms than a little, with her debut new single "Used to Love You", she has captured the natural craft of talent with the Revolutionary #Selfie video and a great Ballad #Song. Capturing simplicity and the beauty of Great music and how talent can still capture the moment in just that! Gwen is a remarkable and very talented woman in the Entertainment - Music & Fashion industry today, delivering her trendy style to all her fans through music and her fashion Brand #GXStyle Hand bags & shoes, you are sure to s in love with especially if you already love her Sexy Diva Pop Style. Check out a few of the many talents of Gwen Stephani below!
Contrasting Colors, textures and layers, a Gwen Stefani Signature bag & shoe style inspiration behind her brand GX Style. Attention fashionistas get Pop trendy and welcome the inspirational looks to your Pop fashion everyday trend, a definite show stopper! #gxstyle on Instagram
Hang with Gwen Stefani amongst other great Song Writers and Producers on Americas Singers Chanel portal for chance to vote on Great talent, week nights on the Voice Season 9 on NBC

Thursday, October 15, 2015

7 Things That Nobody Told You About @NY_Comic_Con

1. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media and licensing capital of the world

2. NYCC is the east coast's largest pop culture event going on in the second week of October of every year at the Javits Center

3. Their Show Floor displays the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television.

4. NYCC's panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators

5. Their screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens

6. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry

7. New York Comic Con is another killer event by ReedPOP. ReedPOP also runs the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East, South and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con, BookCon, Emerald City Comicon and Comic Con India.


This years noteworthy announcements Warner Brothers & DC's Batman Vs Superman viral Lexcorp video is released and Comic Con free wifi provided by Lexcorp and also providing free portable phone chargers to those attending NYCC. They also tease a new Lex/OS operating system, which may be tied to the plot of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Jared Leto Crashes New York Comic Con, Snapchats Batman & The Joker...READ MORE

Check out 10 must see panels from NY Comic Con READ MORE HERE

Mark Ruffalo's Incredible Hulk may return to the MCU during Thor: Ragnorok...GET THE SCOOP HERE


Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Hailing from Manchester’s UK Grime artist Bugzy Malone drops a banger with his new tune ‘Watch Your Mouth’, which is also his debut  track taken from his brand new E.P ‘Walk With Me’ This track has a hot beat and some serious lyrics that will have you play the track back over and over.  He's no newcomer and been killing it on the grime scene for a while and have been lacing the booths with dope freestyles on Charlie Sloths show and other hot radio programming check out this track and his follow up #PAIN which is a more serious heart filled tune that showcases his skills as a well rounded artist meanwhile download this single now – Available on  ITunes now

This track produced by @RudeKidMusic (Follow Him) 

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Bugzy Malone drops another track from his new E.P ‘Walk With Me’

Track produced by @thomasmelloruk
Video directed by @Jayvertex

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Its been a few years since the passing of house legend #FRANKIEKNUCKLES passed away which had djs, househeads and dancefloors morning his lost.   He was one of my favorite djs that helped me fall in love with house music besides Larry Levann and Larry Heard,  Pal Joey,  Lil Louis etc his career was legendary and his sound put Chicago on the map and gave birth to a sound that would soon captivate the world.  I still remember clubbing to the #WHISTLESONG LISTEN HERE  now if his untimely death wasn't enough Chicago has gotten rid of his mural ( NOOOOOOOO) read the story below.

A wall dedicated to the late Chicago house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles lasted 415 days in Logan Square. The tribute wall was easily seen from the Blue Line between the California and Logan Square stations—until last night, when half of Knuckles’s spray painted face was covered."They came around with buffs and buffed the Frankie Knuckles wall," said longtime Logan Square graffiti artist FLASH ABC of the Artistic Bombing Crew, whose Project Logan site chronicles graffiti projects in the neighborhood. "I saw brown [paint] on the wall . . . . It was city brown."

The Knuckles mural, which went up three months after the Chicago DJ died at the age of 59 in March 2014, is set to be completely covered by Saturday. But FLASH was only half right—the wall is being covered not with paint but with a nearly inch-thick layer of brown cement.  There wasn't any way around covering the mural, according to Eric Merlos, owner of X-it European Clothing, the shop that occupies the building where the permission wall is located. "If it weren’t for the water damage, I'd have no problem keeping it up for a longer period of time," Merlos said. "But the intent was never to have it up for a long period of time." "READ FULL STORY HERE".

"This to me was more about Frankie Knuckles, but the wall had its 15 minutes of fame," said Merlos, a longtime neighborhood shop owner and an early Logan Square Mega Mall vendors. People from as far away as Europe came to have their photos taken with the mural, he said. It also kept taggers from targeting the building; the wall hasn’t been hit with graffiti since the Knuckles tribute went up, Merlos said.

The local street artists behind the Knuckles tribute have launched aGoFundMe to recreate the mural. 

Please show your love and support I know I will also check out the official remix of The Whistle Song on my boy #DJPLASTICVIBEZ @PLASTICVIBEZ official FB page see HERE

Sunday, October 11, 2015


What's Crack'n People!

I always drop some serious heat when discovering and bringing you those dope B-LIST movies slept on cult and hood classics like Shattas, Attack The Block, Evelyn, Dancehall Queen, My Name Is Khan etc.. This time I bring you another exciting movie coming from London based on a true story. A real smash and grab type of flick ....LITTERALLY!!!  But this one seems pretty cool plus it has my boy UK famed MC @Skeptagram #Skepta who plays a excellent role in this film.

Based on the real-life events of London’s smash-and-grab-gangs and the new generation of organised criminals, the story follows two brothers; Dee, an anarchic street-artist who confronts the establishment, and, Marcus an armed-robber with big aspirations. As Dee finds acceptance among London’s art-elite, Marcus soars through the echelons of the underworld with one audacious heist after another. But when a savage gangland war erupts, Dee is faced with his family allegiance and the new life he has built. This is a must see movie if you love action, a dope movie sountrack and a good bad guy story! #UHEARDTHEWHISTLE I cosign this one #Official!!!!!

ANTI-SOCIAL directed by Reg Traviss, starring Gregg Sulkin, Josh Myers, Meghan Markle, Andrew Shim, Skepta and Devlin – with a soundtrack by Drew McConnell (Babyshambles), Itch (The King Blues) and Giggs. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Musician who funded herself through KickStarter: Everything You Need To Know About @IAmKawehi

On YouTube, Hawaiian singer & songwriter Kawehi can be seen on her bed with her dogs holding a mic, with an MPC and a mixer performing a cover of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel". At first she might look like someone who's recording a video singing a MJ song for fun but seeing her not only sing but beatbox and proficiently use the MPC and the mixer let's the viewer know she's passionate and also how she pours her voice into the song. Hopefully we here at Rated Next will get an opportunity to have own Q&A with her.





Friday, October 9, 2015

#NewMusic behind the scenes of All people in Our communities to #LiveTogether | @JordanJameslife @AJMcLean Its somewhat of a cliche, of course, as everyone wants to change the world and make it a better, a safer place. - #LiveTogetherFoundation
Scene from the New Music Video #LiveTogether by AJ McLean and Jordan James Pop - Rock Star AJ McLean of the Back Street boys teams up with Jordan James Songwriter in creating a global movement to speak up, Reach out, Raise Money, and Make a Difference regardless of ethnicity, race, color, or gender to all people across the globe. Today they are doing just that through out and with the New Hot Music Video single: #LiveTogether - Officially launched Thursday October 7th, 2015. The powerful video depicts a young beautiful innocent African - American girl walking through world street war turmoil within riots of people vs. police - the views of what we witness today in so many communities across the states, nations, world. The girl speaks loud of peace and the innocence and love of humanity wearing a red dress holding a Yellow daisy flower. The message across the globe is basic, we have tried war, lets try #LOVE! Behind the Scenes People like you and me, Fans gather from across the globe of all ethnicity, color, race, in contribution to the movement and play extras in the music video with the Songwriter star Jordan James & Backstreet Boy's - AJ McLean

McLean and Omley committed to creating something that could stretch across the world, something that could inspire people to get involved, something that stood for the most simple and pure ideal: helping people. Lets #LiveTogether and Support eachother -

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#PutOn in Cali w/ @Compton.menace & @ChrisbrownOfficial #NewMusic Video Release @Beslasco | @banccalif @Revolt #RichandFamous #TPE

Going up this Friday night at 40k s.f - Los Angeles sexiest Night Life venue @Belasco! Don't miss the epic West Coast night to remember with R&B's Global artist #YoungBreezy +Chris Brown Official & LA's very own +Compton Menace OG brought to you by Cali's #UrbanArtist +Banc Calif +TP Entertainment and Productions !! Ladies you don't to miss this event, get your tickets now! DOORS OPEN @9pm
B E L A S C O 1050 S. Hill St. Los Angeles, CA Door Sales Tickets Available! or Get your Tickets NOW:

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