Beyonce’ releases “Lemonade” her new album and HBO special.

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Not many artist can do an hour long HBO special to market their new album, and convince HBO to offer a free preview for cable subscribers who don’t have HBO, the same weekend Game of Thrones new season returns. But then again, Beyonce isn’t just any artist. The Queen of the beehive, returns with an incredible visual piece (that HBO has since submitted for an Emmy) to accompany her 6th solo album. Lemonade the visual album is an artsy, think piece, cut and sliced from snippets from album songs, with intertwining spoken word poetry by Warsan Shire (google her) tying each song together to emotional rollercoaster of a relationship. Beyonce’s relationship? Maybe. Maybe not.

Musically Beyonce’ has her best album here from a creative and cohesive standpoint. I was thoroughly impressed. Lemonade is a genre jumping, sonic hybrid, showcasing the musical evolution of one of the game’s most talented individuals. If you’ve been listening this evolution began a few albums back with “4”. What we are hearing now is an artist that’s completely confident in themselves, an artist that doesn’t have to follow formulas or marketplace trends. Beyoncé, quite frankly, is at a level where she defines what the marketplace is… Lemonade does just that.

“Pray You Catch Me”  The album opens with lines “You can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breathe”. This is a sonic sculpture of voice, strings, and piano, with Beyoncé weaving a wrenching melody as she describes feelings of mistrust.

“Hold up”- a midtempo, reggae-influenced gem displaying Beyonce’s intuition that something just isn’t right. Even includes quick nod to Soulja Boy. “I hop up out the bed and get my swag on”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”(featuring Jack White) – Swag on a trillion here. “Who the f*ck do you think I is, you aint married to no average b*tch boy”. Nothing else to say…

“Sorry”  The playful melody that accompanies her call to flip the bird has the makings of a top-40 record. Clearly all the ladies will love this song.

“6 Inch” (featuring The Weekend) – From her entrance into the music industry, she came she saw, she conquered, all the while wearing 6 inch heels. Beyonce’

“Daddy Lessons”  this southern get-down, with a country guitar riff and jazz horns, she spins the tale about a father who raised his daughter to be tough—and warned her to avoid men like him.

“Love Drought”  this spacey, airy, number shows Beyonce at her most vulnerable and is a portrait of tentative reconciliation. Clearly showing someone torn between leaving or staying to make it work in their relationship.

“Sandcastles”  piano driven, raw ballad… in the film it shows Jay & Bey consoling each other here… For everyone who thought the film was her announcing her divorce. -_-

“Forward” (featuring James Blake) this dope interlude features the indie, uber talented James Blake.

“Freedom” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) Just Blaze supplies superb production here, easily my favorite song on the album. Beyonce sings the gospel, displaying her superior vocal ability effortlessly. Kendrick Lamar raps about the turbulent social backdrop against which the album’s story has unfolded. This record is PERFECTION.

“All Night” the jazzy OutKast sample from “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” jumps out here. This record is like a celebration of making it through eye of the storm of a relationship and coming out on the other side, stronger, better, and confident in the process of Love. The Climax.

“Formation”  Not much to say here. She slays, as the ladies say.

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The album’s film, more explicitly than the album itself, digs deeper to the roots this idea of emotional inheritance in black identity, especially for black women. The songs themselves for the most part foreshadow a narrative about a personal struggle mastered through willpower, forgiveness, and discussion between wife and husband. The piece references Malcolm X quotes, detailing the disrespect paid to black women, mothers show photos of sons killed by police, and Beyoncé vows that “the curse will be broken.” The imagery and message on display is profound. Beyonce’ is saying progress will come from black women drawing strength from one another and more black men being made to feel themselves capable of living the kinds of lives that society has told them they can’t live. Factual to Beyonce’s own life or not… throughout Lemonade the art is relatable, raw and epic. The message is loud and clear that Beyonce, just like every other woman, has gone through an emotional roller coaster in her relationship. She too deals with hurt/brokenness at times, she focuses on self improvement & empowerment through spiritually to get to a place of restoration, healing and happiness. She too has made lemonade from lemons.

Donte’ Grant is the editor in chief of TheOrganizedGrind.com and also a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com. Grant, a 10 year Music industry veteran, a former A&R at Atlantic Records, Jeezy’s CTE label, and founder of TheOrganizedGrind. Follow him on IG @MuchoDineros and Twitter @dinerojones.

#MambaDay. 4-13-16

KOBE by Kendrick.

Kobe Bryant

1996 NBA Draft.

20 seasons.

Selected 13th by the Charlotte Hornets and traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divac on draft night. Salute to the Logo (Jerry West) for making that happen.

A draft that included Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Ray Allen and Steve Nash. Who would’ve guessed the skinny high schooler from Lower Merion High school, just outside of Philly would go down as not only the best player of that draft, but also end up being one of the greatest players to EVER lace em up??? Kobe thats who.

He strived for greatness. He wanted it. He out worked everyone. He claimed it.

Salute to one of the games greatest today. 4/13/16. #MambaDay

Below is Kobe’s career high vs EVERY team…. IN THE LEAGUE.

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Equal opportunity work… Everyone could get it.

Farewell to the Greatest since MJ…

The 2nd GOAT. 🐐

Kobe Bean Bryant. 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

Heroes come and go, but LEGENDS are FOREVER. 🙌🏾

Categories: Legends, News, Sports

Hip Hops best, Kendrick Lamar, steals the night at the 2016 Grammys.

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The 2016 Grammy Awards was an unforgettable one for Kendrick Lamar and all Hip Hop fans. The TDE MC, who won five GRAMMYs including Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly on Monday night, delivered a powerful eye-opening performance of “The Blacker The Berry,” “Alright” and a preview of an unreleased song at the 58th annual show that featured lyrics about Trayvon Martins murder from February 26, 2012. “On February 26th, I lost my life too”.

The internet is still talking about the performance that will indeed go down in the history books as one of the greatest and most powerful GRAMMY performances ever. Shout out to K.Dot, as long as Hip Hop has thought provoking artist like him, “We gon’ be alright”. See the full performance below.

 

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Donte’ Grant is the editor in chief of TheOrganizedGrind.com and also a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com. Grant, a 10 year Music industry veteran, a former A&R at Atlantic Records, Jeezy’s CTE label, and founder of TheOrganizedGrind. Follow him on IG @MuchoDineros and Twitter @dinerojones.

Categories: News

Watch Beyonce’s Surprise New Video ‘Formation’

Let me say this first — THIS VIDEO IS INCREDIBLE.

The imbedded message. The imagery. Wow.

Props to the director.

Ok, we got that outta the way.

The day before Super Bowl 50 halftime appearance, Queen Bey debuts first new song in over a year. 2015 was fairly quiet for Beyonce’, but clearly she’s been working on new music with the release of “Formation” and it’s accompaning video. The song and visual opens up with scenes of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina with Beyonce’ standing on top of a police car in flood waters. As the song begins Beyonce’ addresses her critics/haters with all the illuminati talk — “Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess”. The highlight for me was Blue Ivey’s guest appearance in the video.

Now, I’ll explain more about why this video is incredible. The overall message of Black perseverance, with images of MLK, moving on to the compare and contrast the director uses with the slave era in the south (The reoccurring shot of Beyonce on the porch in from of the 4 black servants) and New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina alone is amazing. The imagery is next level for a music video. The VMA’s should get her moon-man ready.

In addition to the new Mike Will Made It-produced single, co Beyoncé also updated her online store with clothing and merchandise donning many of the instantly quotable lyrics from “Formation,” from a hat that says “Hot Sauce” to a cellphone case sporting “You that bitch when you cause all this conversation” to a sweatshirt reading “I twirl on them haters.” There is also a handbag with the words – naturally – “I got hot sauce in my bag”.

Check out “Formation” single artwork below.

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Categories: Music News, New Music, Video

Nate Parker makes history at Sundance Film Festival with his film titled The Birth of a Nation— which Parker wrote, directed and starred in. Talk about a career triumph.

The cast of 2016’s The Birth of a Nation—a movie written and directed by, and starring, Nate Parker (center)—which tells the story of slave-rebellion leader Nat Turner  – IMDB

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On January 25th the film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and those in attendance left the theater singing the film’s praises on social media.

Afterwards the news broke that Fox Searchlight had purchased worldwide rights to the film for a whopping $17.5 million—which, as Deadlie explains, is the biggest film sale a Sundance premiere has ever seen.

Congrats to Nate Parker, the cast, crew and staff. I can’t wait to see this film. Hopefully #OscarsSoWhite won’t be relevant next year, as this critically acclaimed film is primed to be a mega hit.

 

 

Categories: Film, Movie News, News

Meek Mill drops 4-4 Part 2, “War pain” (Drake diss)

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Meek Mill is finally playing chess… He made a nice play this weekend releasing his second installment of songs off DC4 the same day Drake released “Summer Sixteen”. Coincidence? Of course not, clearly he got wind of Drake’s move in advance. Just a matter of minutes after Drake debuted his Views From the 6 single on OVO radio Meek Mill dropped a new collection of four songs.

Dreamchasers 4 is on the way, the MMG rapper gives fans a taste, with guest appearances by Future, Dave East, Omelly, and TDot Illdude. The standout is “War Pain” where Meek shoots at Drake, even referencing lines off Summer Sixteen. Does Drake have a mole in his camp?

See an OVO chain, probably take that sh*t,” raps Meek.

You ain’t write it ni**a we caught ya/ Can’t erase that sh*t and you claiming you Hov now why you state that shit?,” he later continues.

I’m sure this record will take off in the streets and at radio. Stream 4-4 Part 2 below.

 

Donte’ Grant is the editor in chief of TheOrganizedGrind.com and also a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com. Grant, a 10 year Music industry veteran, a former A&R Consultant at Atlantic Records, Jeezy’s CTE label, and founder of TheOrganizedGrind. Follow him on IG @MuchoDineros and Twitter @dinerojones.

Categories: Music News, New Music

Drake Announces ‘Views From the 6′ LP Coming In April, Releases “Summer Sixteen”

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Drake is claiming 2016 as his year as his next album will be released in April. The Canadian artist, who is featured on Rihanna’s new single Work is getting into album mode, announcing his long-awaited fourth solo LP Views From the 6 is on the way.

Expected to arrive later this year, Drizzy gives fans a preview of what to expect on Views, premiering a new street single, “Summer Sixteen” on OVO Sound Radio on Beats 1.  Slide over to iTunes/Apple Music to purchase or stream “Summer Sixteen” which is produced by OVO in house beat monsters Boi-1da, 40, and CuBeatz.

Listen to Drizzy’s announcement on OVO Sound from Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music below.

 

Donte’ Grant is the editor in chief of TheOrganizedGrind.com and also a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com. Grant, a 10 year Music industry veteran, a former A&R Consultant at Atlantic Records, Jeezy’s CTE label, and founder of TheOrganizedGrind. Follow him on IG @MuchoDineros and Twitter @dinerojones.

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