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.

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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?

Ashanti Braveheart

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.

Ashanti Braveheart

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!

Mz. Sasha, Up-and-Coming Female Rapstress releases debut mixtape “Mz. Sasha and the City”

Last Updated February 26th, 2014

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Mz. Sasha can go toe-to-toe ith the best of the boys club, and after hearing her latest single “No Chase,” featuring Black Cobain, the first lady of the Board of Administration (BOA) is almost comparable to the likes of one of Rap’s greatest female lyricists – Foxy Brown.

Hailing from the DMV (D.C. – Maryland – Virgina Metropolitan Area), Mz. Sasha’s teamed up with and learn a great deal from predessessors on BOA such as Wale, Fat Trel and Black Cobain.  Released a little over a week ago, Mz. Sasha’s debut mixtape “Mz. Sasha and the City,” has been long awaited and from listening to the composition, we see that her time was well spent.

Although Black Cobain is the only other rapper outside of Sasha to appear on the mixtape, fret none, Mz. Sasha has held her own.

Here’s what DJ Cruze had to say about her single:

Her flow is Foxy Brown, but her sound is Nicki Minaj.  If I didn’t know this was Mz. Sasha, just listening organically, I would have easily mistaken her mixtape for unreleased Nicki Minaj material or even Shawnna in a few instances.  She gets much props for her sampling and replicas.  I enjoy listening to her rap; her words are meaningful and catchy, this chick has something to say!

Cruze adds, “Every story is similar, but how it is portrayed is what I look for. I enjoyed her swag on the records; I can feel her persona in the songs and get a complete glimpse of her as the artist.”

On the flip side, he continues, “it’s a little inconsistent.  Taking the beat selection; for example, some just simply weren’t for her.  ‘No Chase’ is the best song on the mixtape, hands down.  But, in order to survive in a male-dominated market and to compete with artists such as Nicki Minaj, she can’t stop short…or better yet, her producers can’t.”

Rather than just working with artists in her camp, DJ Cruze recommends Mz. Sasha team up with artists such as Wale or Rick Ross…featuring a few more well-known artists and producers will allow her to compete for an Atlantic, Def Jam or MMG accrual.

Follow Mz. Sasha and BOA on Twitter:  @ItsMzSasha @ThaBoard

New In Review: DJ Cruze’s First Impression & Critique on New Artist TEFF DEEZY

Last Updated February 26th, 2014

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Black Flag La Familia presents Teff Deezy’s latest single and release “Routine,” produced by iamDutchKane Production

First Impressions
Teff Deezy reminds me of a combination of two rap artists:  Wale & Lil’ Wayne.  In terms of his sound, I can guarantee that many of you may mistake him or think that his flow is similar to that of Lil’ Wayne.  Lyrically, he does sound like he is new to the rap game; his flow and sounds drift off beat until he quicly finds his way back…but maybe, this is his style?
Music Composition
Teff Deezy’s beat production sounds very similar to that of current rap artists such as Future and Rick Ross from their previous works.  It is evident that Teff Deezy listens to a great deal of southern music. Personally speaking, his music has no “wow” factor. He doesn’t have that sound that people are listening to now. In my opinion, listeners that aren’t from where he resides will not be able to relate to him.  He only talks about himself.  Is that “routine?”  In my opinion, “Routine” and “Luv/Hate” aren’t close to radio play.
Teff Deezy is a talented artist and has a lot of potential to grow in this business; but coming from a consumer’s perspective and a person that plays records for a living, he needs a little more sharpening.

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Teedra Moses is Back!

Last Updated February 25th, 2014

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New Orleans R&B/Soul Singer and Songwriter Teedra Moses is back with an upcoming album, since her debut album “Complex Simplicity” in 2004.  Although just releasing her second full body of work, Teedra has been seen on some of the industry’s hottest artists albums such as Trina, Macy Gray, Raphael Saddiq and Mary J. Blige.

“All I Ever Wanted” is the first single released from Moses’ upcoming EP featuring NEYO and Rick Ross, titled “Cognac & Conversation,” and DJ Cruze says “overall, it’s a good song.”



This release took DJ Cruze back, he said, “It almost reminded me of older R&B Music.”  He added, “her voice was perfect for the song.”

Although this isn’t a club banger, DJ Cruze says it’s definitely fit for radio.  “I enjoyed the jazzy feel, with a twist of modern pop; however, I would have liked to hear a little more depth in the beat,” says Cruze.  Regarding the hook, Cruze adds, “she nailed it.  She’s repetitive, but in a good way and it sounds good to the ear.”

It seems that Moses is working closely with Rick Ross and the MMG music label; this is a great move for her comeback and has us anticipating what’s to come.



DJ Cruze Reviews Rick Ross’ “Nobody”

Last Updated February 20th, 2014

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Special release from Interscope Records A&R, DJ Cruze received the first peek at the remake from Rozay, featuring Diddy and French Montana.  Featured on Ross’ upcoming album “Mastermind,” “Nobody” is said to be a remake of the late Notorious B.I.G.’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).”

If you thought “No Game,” featuring Future was a beast track, you’ll think it as just “okay” after hearing Ross’ latest.

As a genuine hip-hop enthusiast, DJ Cruze noticed the New York flavor with the beat selection.  Diddy is pretty much known for remaking beats from other artists and rapping over them; however, DJ Cruze was surprised how Ross took Biggie’s concept (one conceived nearly 15 years ago) and made it his own.

Cruze comments, “Not only does Ross use the same instruments and chorus from the classic, you also hear the same rhythm, but with a modern twist. I got a feel like Biggie was rapping.”   DJ Cruze suggests it may have been Diddy or Rick Ross’ intention, but none-the-less, listeners are going to be wowed.  He continues, “His flow pattern…his story telling was almost similar to Biggie.”

DJ Cruze says he’s “definitely interested in ‘Mastermind’ coming out this March.”  Cop that!