Gucci Mane, Back on His Grind

Last Updated March 10th, 2014

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Even though Radric Davis aka Gucci Mane had a rough time last year, he’s focused on making more  music and a substantial industry comeback.  Reports say, Gucci’s releasing new work coming this April 1st; and most recently, the rapper took to Twitter announce Singles from Young Thugga Mane LaFlare and The Brick Factory Vol 1.

Check out the tweet below:

New (R&B) Artist Alert: Eric Bellinger

Last Updated March 7th, 2014

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New Artist Eric Bellinger has potential to become a big-time R&B artist, according to DJ Cruze.  He says, “Bellinger’s been in the scene for quite sometime, but doesn’t have enough shine yet.”  All that is about to change.  We got hold of his latest record, “I Don’t Want Her” which seems to be blasting on the west coast and quickly taking over the mainstream.

DJ Cruze says, “what makes like this record so much is he samples groups such as The Jackson 5, Kriss Kross.”  Reminding him of Marques Houston, but with a “pop feel,” DJ Cruze says this record will be huge for the spring season!


Video Courtesy of VIBE Magazine via YouTube.

Check out New Artist Eric Bellinger in DJ Cruze’s Radio Mix below (15:55):

Tweet Us @DJ_Cruze and let DJ Cruze know what you think.  Will Eric Bellinger be the Top, Breakout R&B Artist for Spring 2014?

Lil Boosie is FREE from Prison; his daughter says she “Told Ya’ll”

Last Updated March 6th, 2014

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Last night around 7pm, the internet went crazy with the news that Rapper Lil’ Boosie was released from his stint in Angola penitentiary.  Since, responses have been rampant as the hip-hop community learned of this feat; after all, we’ve been asking to “Free Boosie” for a while now.

Here’s a message from his daughter that’s going to make you chuckle!

Welcome home Boosie; we’re getting goosebumps for what’s to come from his camp.  Every rapper is about to hold Boosie down; just watch!

Update: 50 Cent has finally found his match – Snoop Dogg (Lion)

Last Updated March 6th, 2014

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Just yesterday, we reported on 50 Cent’s internet bullying, most particularly towards his music industry peers who happen to be performing at their best and at the height of their careers.  Well, it looks like 50 Cent messed with the wrong one yesterday, as Snoop Dogg (Lion), unlike Diddy and Rick Ross, had a mouth full to kindly remind 50 Cent that he isn’t the one to play with.

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You’ll see here, unfiltered 50 Cent cowardly makes his statements via social media again, but this time aimed at Snoop Dogg (Lion).

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 50 Cent is referring to the recent headlines that Snoop Dogg received a french-tip manicure.  Of course, this was the talk of the headlines, but no one would dare question Snoop’s sexuality, we ALL know better than that.  But 50 Cent, being the indestructible madman that he wants to portray himself as, apparently felt comfortable to approach Snoop with 140 characters or less of bullshit.

Now, you see, Diddy and Ross never responded to 50 Cent’s homosexuality allegations; however, Snoop kindly “liked” the photo and a discrete-but-condescending way, put 50 Cent in his place (laid into his ass).  Read his response below:

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We’re shaking in our boats; C’s up!  Fidday better take heed.

Can the West Coast be back?

Last Updated March 5th, 2014

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Shocking discovery this morning as DJ Cruze jumps in the mixing booth:  Lately, most of the top music releases have been from the West Coast; California is coming up!

 

This week, we’re analyzing the shift in the music leader circle and we’re seeing dominance coming from the West Side.  We’ve seen takeovers from New York and the South, but a new wave of entertainment has hit the streets and the best battle rappers and lyricists out right now seem to hail from the “Dub-C.”

 

We’ve seen major producers put on for their cities, such as Jermaine Dupri, Just Blaze and Scott Storch; they’ve fulfilled big roles and worked with the top artists in the industry to date.  Now, we’ll examine and as DJ Cruze suggests, “keep on your radar,” DJ Mustard.


DJ Mustard ROC Nation

 

Los Angeles Native and ROC Nation Artist, DJ Mustard has a handle on the new school of artists; working on club bangers and with rap artists such as 2 Chainz and Tyga, Mustard is changing the current state of hip-hop music composition overnight.
  
According to DJ Cruze, DJ Mustard has “a very distinct sound from other producers.”  DJ Cruze compares his talents on the level of some of the industry greats such as Timbaland, Pharrell and Mike Will Made It; however, most similar to Dr. Dre’s older productions, in the sense that DJ Mustard uses similar melodies as Dre, but with a modern twist.  The difference is that DJ Mustard has his hand on every artist in the industry, from Jay-Z to Chris Brown and even Kendrick Lamar; he holds no barriers as to who he will work with or what limits he’s going to achieve.

 

DJ Mustard is the one to watch for in 2014.  Given his collaboration with artists such as K Dot/Kendrick Lamar, this dynamic duo has the great chance to bring the rap game to a completely different level.  In addition, the fact that DJ Mustard is from L.A., but has taken over the New York market (an over saturated one at that) shows that he is a quickly rising threat.  Let’s watch.

50 Cent, desperate for (any) attention?

Last Updated March 5th, 2014

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The biggest Entertainment News Story since the Oscar’s this past weekend is the latest ‘ish’ out of 50 Cent’s mouth.  For quite a while now, 50 Cent has professed his undying beef with Rick Ross and Diddy, they seem to be the biggest thorn in his side among all the other hip-hop beefs he’s current ensued in, such as one with Ja Rule stemming back to the early 2000s.  Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has donned the label “bully;” at least that’s out perspective from social media.  From beef and assault allegations by his baby’s mom to beef with his “best friend” Floyd Mayweather, we’re not sure why 50 Cent is so miserable, or if he’s simply attempting to be relevant and align his name with the most sought after celebrities for gossip news.


Taken from 50 Cent’s instagram page; his insinuation of homosexuality among rappers has been the talk of the blogs all week.


Fiddy, are you dropping an album soon?  DJ Cruze begs to wonder.
 
It’s safe to say that 50 Cent will never get as much buzz as he did with his “Get Rich or Die Tryin” back in 2003.

Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks are out of the picture and 50 Cent is a one-man army without any support to hold him up, or “down;” however, you want to look at it.  DJ Cruze suggests 50 Cent focus on his career; he was at a high with vitaminwater and various partnership deals at one time and even being considered as a legitimate actor in Hollywood.  Although he got his start by being associated with “beef;” in 2014, “beefing” is played out… no wonder Rick Ross says “he’s irrelevant.”

Rather than feed into the B.S. we see artists such as Ross and Diddy more so feeding their pockets than the rumor mill.


DJ Cruze Reviews: Ashanti’s BRAVEHEART

Last Updated March 4th, 2014

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Guess who’s bizzack?

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Although we’ve seen her on the scene attending events, especially due to her high-profile on-and-off-again relationship with Rapper Nelly, it seems that Ashanti has been doing as best as she can to keep her life private and concentrate on her professional talent.  That we can say, we can respect.  This is a mature artist who simply wants us to know her for her music; however, for once, we truly get to see a more personal side…let’s see if we like it.

Released today, March 4th, Braveheart had music lovers anticipating an album of struggle and an album of growth.  Ashanti has truly witnessed a great deal in her growth to date; from her Murder Inc. past to recent breakup then makeup and finally, coming into her own and laying stake in her career, Ashanti has picked up roles in acting and really attempting to forge herself into a long-lasting, seriously taken performer.  With this album released on March 4th, Ashanti is going up against heavy hitters such as Rick Ross, Black Mill and ASAP Mob for hits.  Although Ashanti is R&B, something must ne said and note must be taken that she is holding her own and competing against the top industry Bullies for buzz.

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The album art of Braveheart symbolizes morning or death as it is shot in a cemetery; however, Ashanti wears the color white.  Let’s see if this imagery plays out into the rest of the album; DJ Cruze says. she does.

“This is my kind of R&B music; it’s soft enough where ladies can vibe to it and gentlemen can enjoy it as well.”  DJ Cruze says that this album is Ashanti at the purest form he’s ever seen her, he adds, I love her development!”

This project has a few up-tempo beats and a few slow R&B beats… like it should.  Ashanti also collaborates with a few rap artists, which gives the listener the best of both worlds; she even raps a bit, but intermingled with her R&B flow.  Although Cruze compares this album to some of Ciara’s earlier work, Ashanti is taking a step in the right direction.

 

With tracks such as “Nowhere,” “Count,” “Early in the Morning,” “Scars,” and “I Got It,” Ashanti is winning!  You see that Ashanti is challenging herself by meshing her style and even trying to mimic artists she’s coupling with to raise the stakes.  She still gets personal and intimate with songs like “Scars;” which DJ Cruze says, “is the most passionate song on this project.”

 

Overall, DJ Cruze states, “I thoroughly enjoyed her music on this album.  I really believe the break she took really helped her get her mind right.”  Adding it to his collection is a given, he says it’s “definitely worth having;” however, DJ Cruze doesn’t want the competition on her release date to under shadow her release or cause it to not sell as much as anticipated, given her competition has more aggressive promotions for their projects.


DJ Cruze rates Braveheart a 7.5 out of 10.


 

Justin Bieber & YMCMB – any relation?

Last Updated March 4th, 2014

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In the video below, you’ll see various celebrities sending a birthday wish to Birdman’s daughter Bria, one of which is Justin Bieber who instead sings his rendition.  Is this a hint of a Justin Bieber/YMCMB alliance?  Granted, if Justin joined the crew, we would have heard an official announcement…all we’re saying is keep a look out; we’re sure it’s on the way real soon!

DJ Cruze Rick Ross Mix

Last Updated March 3rd, 2014

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Enjoy DJ Cruze’s latest mix in honor of Rick Ross and his early released EP “Mastermind.”

SAVE THE DATE – Fashion Week Brooklyn

Last Updated March 3rd, 2014

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DJ Cruze invades Brooklyn to host four days of designer networking, charitable soirees and runway fashion presentations this March 13 through 16.

Fashion Week Brooklyn, most known as a bi-annual event, will showcase emerging and established fashion collections for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2014 season under the theme “BE BOLD, BE STRONG.”

Join DJ Cruze as he spins live at the following events:

Thursday March 13, 2014:  Opening Evening

Collections of Eco-Friendly/Innovative Designers/Ready to Wear

6:30PM – Red Carpet & Opening Night Cocktails
730PM – 9PM – Runway shows

Opening Night Cocktail reception till 11:30PM

Friday March 14, 2014:  Second Evening

Collections of Mens/Womens Wear Designers

7PM Red Carpet
7:30PM – Runway shows

Fundraiser Reception till 11:30PM

Saturday March 15, 2014:  Third Evening

Collections of Mens/Womens Wear Designers

6:30PM Red Carpet & VIP seating
7:00PM – Runway shows

Fundraiser Reception 9PM

Sunday March 16, 2014:  Closing Evening

Collections of Mens/Womens Wear Designers

3:00PM – Red Carpet & VIP seating
4:00PM – Runway shows

Fundraiser Party 8PM till 2AM

 

For more information on FWB and the Brooklyn Style Foundation (BSF), visit Online, Twitter or Facebook!