When early December descends upon us, yes we remember that the holidays are just around the corner, but music and art lovers alike have their own little holiday to anticipate: Miami Art Basel. In 2011, there was a record attendance of 50,000 (up from 40,000 just one year earlier) so it's clear that the annual exhibition is flourishing. The roster of music fueled events that hit Miami each year are adding up and it's no surprise that a new music festival is in the works to correspond with Art Basel. Alex Omes and Emi Guerra of GO BIG Productions are adding yet another musical force to their agenda with the introduction of the first annual UR1 Music Festival in Miami.
Last week, JoonBug reported that Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label signed with Def Jam, and thereafter rap veteran Common left Ye’s roster and inked a new recording deal with Warner Bros. This past weekend a new single from Common’s forthcoming LP (The Dreamer, the Believer) called ‘Ghetto Dreams,” featuring Nas hit the web and naturally dominated blogospheres and social media outlets throughout the world.
Kim Kardashian has reportedly been working in the studio with producer The Dream, with a lot of additional time spent with Kanye West. Thoughts are that the two are planning a collaboration, and so far all we know is that Kim would be a honored to collaborate with him!
Seems the Kardashians also see more in Kanye than just his musical masterpieces. By blessing their New York Dash store, Kanye became somewhat of a fashion muse to the television personalities.
Whatever the case may be, Kim's still single right? So is this a collaboration or her next chance at love?
How surprised can we be, though? This is Kanye West, the most radically media-conscious celebrity we’ve ever met! Let’s face it, the man knows how to drum up publicity- good or bad (but then again, there’s no such thing as bad publicity). So it should come as no surprise that after his still untitled album drops on November 16, he and Bieber the Boy Wonder will lay down some tracks with The Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon. Do you think West and Bieber decided this backstage at a concert? Shook hands at a press conference? Bumped into each other at a club? No, the partnership was formed on Twitter. They tweeted (twote?) each other expressing mutual admiration, and here we are.
The details as to what the three artists will come up with are still murky, but it is clear that it’s going to happen. Justin Bieber feat. Kanye West feat. Raekwon. What do you think?
It’s 8:02pm, I’m walking into the grand and beautiful entrance of Salon Millesime as my phone starts to ring (I have an oldschool Jay-Z track as my ringer btw). I pick it up and it’s the manager at Millesime and he is wondering where I am. Hmm, I told him I was walking in as we speak. I’m a pretty punctual person and I was quite surprised that he was concerned about two minutes. It’s all good, however, because this manager happens to be very hot, and he can scold me for as long as he wants.
Carnival always stays true to its name: Fun, Festive and Freaky. It was the usual Friday night: a packed house and a hot-n-sweaty dance floor. There was a point however when I thought I lost my 'mojo'
Once the room was full, I scanned the area and observed the crowd. Early to mid 20s, 50/50 male female, an ethnically mixed group, but it appeared that there was a large birthday party with a predominantly Latin American crowd. I mapped out the next hour in my head with Hip-hop, Pop back to Hip-Hop and then I was going to hit them with a few super hot and sexy Reggaeton tracks. A deadly, combo with a booty shaking guarantee!
SO….everything was building just how I had planned it. They were predictably goo goo for GaGa, Jay 'kept them real', the peas got them giddy and then I thought I was going to hit the ‘G-spot’ with Daddy Yankee, but I when I dropped "Gasolina" I did not get the screams and cheers that I had highly anticipated. It wasn't like the song killed the dance floor, people were into it, but they seemed to be indifferent.
There was no time to sweat it, but I did think it was strange. It wasn't until about 20mins later when I realized where I went wrong. I started to play Punjabi MC's 'Boys and Girls' feat Jay-z and the crowd went BALLISTIC. I was surprised bc it's a re-current track that I don't play often. I squinted my eyes and watched as the bday party group went absolutely NUTS . It finally dawned on me that the 'Latin American' group was NOT Latin American, they were Middle Eastern. Oops, but hey it was really dark inside.
I followed Punjabi MC with MIA's Paper Planes and then shifted to T.I. into Kanye into Shakira and I before I knew it, I was rocking one hot ass party. Everything and everyone was Gucci!
To say mainstream Hip-Hop has become
redundant is more than an understatement. At a time when one-hit wonders, dance
crazes and predictable lyrics monopolize the Hip-Hop scene, finding a rapper
like Khayree Kushington is not unlike finding a needle in a haystack.
"There's a lot of watered down nonsense out there. However there's still
plenty of artists preserving what's real. Anyone who says Hip-Hop is dead,
isn't listening to the right music".
I normally wouldn't take serious music advice from someone younger than
me, but at the age of 21, Khayree already has nine years of professional
experience under his belt. At the tender age of 13, Khayree received court
approval to sign with Jive Records, making history in Washington D.C.
as the first minor permitted to sign to a major Label.
We here at joonbug have a deep appreciation for musicians who play at our parties. If it wasn’t for them, our parties would just be a bunch of people standing around staring at each other like a bad high school reunion. Who wants to party like that?
Nevertheless, we hold a special place on our website for people like O’neal Mcknight. Musician, stylist, and overall great person, O’neal is always ready to bring a positive attitude to everything he puts his mind to. His career is quickly rising to an astronomical level and I was privileged to conduct a follow-up to his Halloween interview to ask him questions about his thoughts on where he’s come from and what to expect for the coming year.
The highly anticipated “Fame Kills” tour featuring Kanye West and Lady Gaga has been cancelled. Live Nation, who had been promoting the tour, have provided refunds to all ticket sales and have offered no explanation as to why the tour has been dumped before it had even begun. People are already speculating as to why the tour was called off so early and sources at TMZ have already claimed that the tour was called off due to ticket presale totals that “sucked.” TMZ even went so far as to say that, “’sucked’ happens to be a nicer version of the word we were told.”