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Raw Entertainment Music Review Compton

Raw Entertainment Music Review Compton


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The way we listen to music is vastly different than at any time in our history.  We are a singles culture.  We listen to the latest single from the artist that is in vogue.  If they have a follow up single, we will jump on that also.  That is ok, don’t get me wrong, but that is not how we listened to music ten, fifteen, twenty years ago.  We bought albums on vinyl, tape, and it you are old enough you bought 8-track tapes.  Many of the albums were listened in their entirety, as there was a story and a message in the music for those who took the time to listen.

“Compton,” the new release by Dr. Dre, brings us back to that.  It is an album from start to finish, with a distinct beginning, middle, and end.  You are encouraged to listen to the entire album to understand the story.

The story is a day in the life in the city of Compton, California.  The artists each bring their own reality to the table, and together it paints portrait of this city in which many individuals will never experience.

I have often called Dr. Dre the Quincy Jones of Hip Hip, because the production skills are impeccable, and once again he has assembled a cast of rappers and singers that blend well together to tell the Compton story.  Some of the artists are well-known, while others are not.  The end result, in my opinion, is a masterpiece that has staying power.

If you do not know Quincy Jones, Google him and check out “Back On The Block,” and “Q’s Jook Joint.”

The stand out tracks for me include, “Talk About it,” which is a great beginning to the trip you are about to take. “Issues,” has that great West Coast flow with a great R & B hook, resulting in a wave type sensation, rolling up-and-down and back up again.  Normally a smooth R & B hook in a Hip Hop track will feature a smoothed out rhyme.

“One Shot One Kill,” features Snoop Dogg, and if you did not read the credits, you would never know it was him.  Stylistically, this is a departure, but true artists are able to make this transition from time to time.

My favorite track is “For The Love Of Money.”

Go listen to the album, from start to finish.  When the film is released on August 14, go see it, then come back and listen to the album again.  I guarantee it will be a different experience.

Timbaland Is Sitting On Unreleased Aaliyah Music, Promises “Sneak Peek”

Timbaland Is Sitting On Unreleased Aaliyah Music, Promises “Sneak Peek”

In the late 1990’s, Aaliyah and Timbaland had a good thing going, with his beats, and her vocals.  With hits like “If Your Girl Only Knew,” “Are You That Somebody,” and “Try Again,” they had that perfect blend of raw Hip Hop with the R & B flavor that eventually started a movement.  Soon thereafter, Hip Hop beats featuring female singers became very popular on the airwaves.
Aaliyah’s tragic death in 2001 saw the end of the music released by these two.Raw Entertainment Magazine Aaliyah-Timbaland

Or was it?

Timbaland often gets asked if he still has any unreleased material from late R&B singer Aaliyah.

“Well the answer is YES!!!!!!!!” the famed producer and rapper confirmed on Instagram Saturday, Aug. 8. He added that a “sneak peak” of new music is on the way. His post included a photo of Aaliyah’s face surrounded by clouds.
I love the work that Timbaland & Justin Timberlake put out there, but I would love to het a hold of some of those unreleased tracks featuring Aaliyah’s voice once again.  I know this will never happen, but what would a collaboration between Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Aaliyah sound like?
I guess I can always dream, right?

Raw Entertainment Magazine Dr. Dre’s “Compton”

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Dr. Dre’s “Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre” First Week Sales Projections

Dr. Dre’s Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre is expected to sell between 260,000 and 275,000 units in its first week, according to Hits Daily Double.Raw Entertainment Magazine Dr Dre
The Sales Plus Streaming sales figure is expected to be between 290,000 and 305,000.
Both figures are expected to make Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre the #2 album in the country when the sales figures are released next week. Country album Kill The Lights by Luke Bryan is expected to take the top spot.
Dr. Dre’s previous album, 2001, debuted at #2 in 1999 with 516,000 copies sold.
Compton’s sales could be affected by how well Dre plays to the TV market, which is promoting the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton he produced and is slated to arrive in theaters Friday (August 14).
“Dre owns ESPN radio and TV as well as Twitter,” Hits Daily Double reports. “Traditional and nontraditional word of mouth could keep it stronger than the usual trends. That’s something we should know on Monday after seeing the weekend sales. Will the TV ad blitz for the movie give Dre a strong late-week finishing kick?”
The digital nature of the release will affect the numbers.
Dr. Dre says the royalties he earns from the album release will go toward building an arts center in Compton.

Raw Entertainment Music News Smooth Jazz In The Mix

Raw Entertainment Music News Smooth Jazz In The Mix

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 8 The Beat Mixes Continue

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 8 The Beat Goes On

August 1, 2015 – Exotic DJ has just released the anticipated follow up in the smooth jazz mix series.  Smooth Jazz In The mix 8, is the latest in the best beat mixed smooth jazz.  Artists in this edition include; Candy Dulfer, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, The Rippingtons, and more!
Exotic DJ has been mixing smooth jazz since 2001, and he has received acclaim for the ability to keep that groove movin’ and those heads bobbin’.  “I love the challenge of finding just the right point to beat mix smooth jazz.  This is not like pop or club music, where the intros and outros are there for you.  You really have to know the music, the artists, and the instrumentation in order to put this together,” Exotic said in a recent interview.  “Many of the Jazz artists have reached out to thank me for keeping them in the mix.  It is good to know they aware of the work I am doing.”
Click the link for the mix, and as always……Enjoy!!

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 8 The Beat Goes On

Has Tammy Rivera Had Enough of Waka Flocka’s Infidelity?

Has Tammy Rivera Had Enough of Waka Flocka’s Infidelity?

Nothing ever lasts. At least, that’s what Tammy Rivera seems to be saying about her marriage to rapper Waka Flocka Flame (real name Juaquin Malphurs). Flocka and the Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta Star are rumored to be on the rocks since allegations of the Brick Squad Monopoly founder stepping out surfaced earlier this year. Sources have reported that Rivera uploaded a now-deleted Instagram post in which she said, “Even forever don’t last forever. Walking away…..”. This, of course, has fans speculating as to what exactly it is Rivera is walking away from, along with what it means for the future of the couple’s proposed reality series.

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There have been whispers that the two were having problems for months and now it seems the relationship may have run its course. The “Game On” rapper was supposedly caught red-handed in a video that surfaced back in March. Although, the rapper’s partner claimed that the whole thing was an April Fool’s joke. Very funny.

Given the timeline of events and the fact that this isn’t the first time Malphurs has been accused of adultery, we definitely have our own suspicions. A study on cheating habits shows that the first year of marriage is one of the four most common times for infidelity to occur. Sure enough, the two recently celebrated their first anniversary this May. For reference, other times cheating is likely to happen include five years into a marriage and after the birth of a first child. Looking at you, Future.

Flocka and Rivera were married on May 25, 2014 in a quiet courthouse ceremony and both were featured prominently in season there of VH1’s popular reality series. There were talks that the couple was planning a spin-off reality series to Love and Hip Hop Atlanta titled Meet the Flockas, which would also air on VH1. The series was originally announced in September 2014, but as of yet there’s no news on an air date.

Raw Entertainment Music News The Takeover

Raw Entertainment Music News The Takeover

Raw Entertainment The Takeover





Film’s Soundtrack Executive Produced and Scored by Multi-platinum Music Producer Drumma Boy


ATLANTA, GA (July 25, 2015) – Frost Vision Films in association with eOne Distribution and N.S.U.C. Entertainment Group present the groundbreaking documentary The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South? The highly anticipated film follows the significant rise of southern Hip-Hop music, featuring some of the industry’s biggest stars including Rick Ross, Scarface, Rich Homie Quan, Gucci Mane, Trick Daddy, Mannie Fresh, Lil Jon, Master P, Killer Mike, DJ Drama and more. The project will unveil candid, never-before-seen interviews with some of the most prominent names in Southern rap.

The 90-minute documentary is co-produced, directed and written by entertainment industry heavyweight Andre “Jack Frost” Stephens, who played a major role in the southern Hip-Hop movement and also helped cultivate the careers of Yo Gotti and Kia Shine as well as veteran Hip-Hop journalist Carlton Wade, who’s work is featured in the film.

“This project was a labor of love, but ultimately, it was a story that really needed to be told,” Frost notes.” Wade co-signs by pointing out, “The hardest part was trying to compress almost 50 years of history in two hours. We want to educate and entertain at the same time.”

Memphis-based DJ Jus Borne scored the film and fellow Memphis native and multi-platinum music producer, Drumma Boy, scored and executive produced the accompanying soundtrack. “Without sounding overtly cocky, I feel like I’ve contributed a great deal to the sound and shape of southern music,” the Atlanta resident says. “My work has broken records, dominated national attention, and paved the way for all these new southern producers and rappers coming up in the game now. I am a proud southern child of God from Memphis and support all of our accomplishments wholeheartedly!”

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The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South? will be released over a series of dates and will be available via the following formats:

Now: Digital – Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, XBOX

Sept. 1: DVD – Target, Best Buy, Walmart

Sept. 4: 2 Singles – iTunes

Oct. 1: Deluxe iTunes version of the DOCUMENTARY AND SOUNDTRACK available only on iTunes with bonus footage and exclusive interviews.

For more information about the film, please visit

For more information please contact Echoing Soundz:

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Raw Entertainment Music News Melo Kan

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The socially conscious rapper releases a feel good song for the summertime

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 24, 2015)  — L.A. rap artist Melo KAN releases his third single in the “Melo KAN Lounge.” The feel good record features vocalists Annyette RoyaleT Tru and K.D. Brosia for a beautiful listening experience from start to finish. The L.A. native follows up his first two singles “Bluez Man” and “Push Thru” with this upbeat song guaranteed to make his fans feel good about themselves and ready to “Sho Out!”


Known for his outspoken approach and socially conscious lyrics that uplift women, Melo KAN is currently in the studio working on his next project.


Keep up with Melo KAN on Twitter and Instagram: @MeloKAN

Available on iTunes

Raw Entertainment Music News Joyner Lucas

Raw Entertainment Music News Joyner Lucas

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(Los Angeles, CA) July 23, 2015 – Fresh off the viral success of his last single “Backwords,” Hip-Hop’s newest favorite storyteller, Joyner Lucas is back with a compelling new video for “The Long Way,” from his latest mixtape  Along Came Joyner.

The East Coast rapper is best known for his gritty song “Ross Cappichioni” and accompanying disturbing visual that graphically reenacts the grisly true story of Capicchioni’s near fatal shooting that provided a riveting look at both the shooter and the victim perspective. Although this may be the beginning for the lyrical emcee, we are betting Joyner Lucas is here to stay! Check out the official video premiere below.

Keep up with Joyner Lucas below:

Raw Entertainment Music News Laroo The Hard Hitta

Raw Entertainment Music News Laroo The Hard Hitta


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RICHMOND, CA (July 21, 2015) – Sick Wid It Records artist, Laroo “The Hard Hitta,” releases a riveting visual to well acclaimed street record “U Know I Do.” The Bay Area Hip-Hop Rapper continues to reign supreme through the streets of the Bay along side Scrapp Deleon and Jack Tradez. They said the West Coast is back, so Press Play and Turn it Up!

Follow Laroo on Twitter & Instagram: @LarooThh
Get all of your hoping news like Raw Entertainment Music News Laroo The Hard Hitta, right here!

Raw Entertainment Music Isaun

Raw Entertainment Music Isaun


This is the 8th track in Isaun’s #FreshWaterFridays series that started in May. It’s a comical smooth flowing slow jam that showcases his wordplay and delivery. It’s an ode to beautiful frames on women everywhere.

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Raw Entertainment Music News XXL Magazine

Raw Entertainment Music News XXL Magazine


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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 14, 2015) – Members of XXL Magazine’s famously touted Freshman Class of 2015 put on an unforgettable show in L.A. Monday night at Club Nokia hosted by DJ Skee. Fetty Wap, Shy Glizzy, OG Maco, K Camp and Kidd Kidd performed their hit singles to a sold out crowd and were joined on stage by surprise guest and Hip-Hop superstar 50 Cent. Trinidad James, Masika Kalysha, Yesi Ortiz, and Curren$y joined the Freshman backstage as they celebrated yet another successful XXL Freshman LIVE show.

 The L.A. show was the second appearance for this year’s XXL Magazine Freshman Class, much to the delight of their West Coast fans.

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Raw Entertainment Magazine Artist Profile Willy G

Raw Entertainment Magazine Artist Profile Willy G

Willy G, an indie rapper from Ewa Beach, HI.

Check out the just released a video for his newest song titled, “Closer (the Remix)!”

Willy G grew up in one of the many struggling families in poverty in Hawaii. “Film and television portray the Hawaiian Islands as paradise, but once you leave the tourist areas, the scene is far from it, but this is what we call home,” Willy G said in a recent interview.  Not only did he grow up struggling, but many of the people in this music video have passed, or ended up as lost souls strung out on drugs. “I wanted to make a video not only for my family but also for my people (in Hawaii and not) to let them know it’s never too late to improve your life. You’re never too old, you’re never too poor- it takes one chance, one positive move to change your life around.. just like I did mine.”


This is “All I Know,” featuring Moani Hara

Raw Entertainment Magazine XXL’s 2015 Freshmen Class lit up the stage

Raw Entertainment Magazine XXL’s 2015 Freshmen Class lit up the stage


XXL Freshman LIVE NY


NEW YORK, NY (July 1, 2015) – XXL Magazine’s Freshmen Class of 2015 left their mark on New York with super-charged performances at Best Buy Theatre Tuesday night. Fetty WapDej LoafVince StaplesTink, Shy Glizzy, and K Camp lit the stage on fire with live renditions of their hit singles to a sold out crowd of screaming fans. To top it off, the up and coming artists were joined on stage by the one and only King of New York, 50 Cent, for an unforgettable night.


Next up, the XXL Freshmen will perform live in Los Angeles at Club Nokia on Monday, July 13, 2015. Tickets are available at

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Raw Entertainment Magazine Music News Kenneth Whalum




The multi-talented musician goes back to his Memphis roots for a stunning black and white visual story


VIDEO: “Away” – Kenneth Whalum featuring Big K.R.I.T.

MEMPHIS, TN (June 15, 2015) – Musician, singer and saxophonist Kenneth Whalum unveils a captivating new video for his inspiring single titled “Away” featuring Def Jam Hip-Hop star Big K.R.I.T. The compelling, black and white visual, shot entirely in Whalum’s hometown of Memphis, creatively encapsulates the lyrical inspiration of hope heard on the track. Both known for their social consciousness and love for real music, Whalum and K.R.I.T. are back with a perfect pairing following their collaboration on K.R.I.T.’s masterpiece of an album titled “Cadillactica” on the song “Stand By.”


“When I first heard this song from Kenneth, I thought it was amazing. It sounded like something I hadn’t been apart of yet. It’s all live instrumentation and it has so much soul and passion in it. It made it easier to write my verse and I felt I could express myself in a way I’ve always wanted to,” notes Big K.R.I.T. “It’s always dope to work with the homie. It’s a blessing to be apart of this. I’m proud of what Ken is putting out right now. He’s making music that artists in the future can sample instead of what we sample now.”


Whalum says, “I always want to make music that I would want to hear and being from Memphis has played a huge part. They’ve always supported me since the beginning and I was happy to bring an artist like K.R.I.T. to shoot the video there. He’s one of my favorite artists and he possesses a sense of awareness and sensitivity. We both have a mutual respect for each other’s approach to music and what we stand for,” the inspirational artist says. “I just want people to listen. We all have similar struggles emotionally – good or bad – and this song is a quick reminder that it’s all good…everything is going to be ok,” Whalum assures.


Away” is the first official single from Whalum’s highly anticipated upcoming album titled “Through Hell and High Water,” slated for an August release. The multi-faceted artist is currently on a nationwide tour with D’Angelo and his Vanguard band, while Big K.R.I.T. is keeping busy in the studio recording his top secret new project, and working behind the scenes producing and writing for other creative artists as well.


Follow Kenneth Whalum on Twitter and Instagram: @kennethwhalum

Follow Big K.R.I.T. on Twitter: @BIGKRIT and Instagram: @youngkrizzle