Will Smith – How I Became The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | STORYTIME
You know all about how the fictional Will Smith’s life got flipped, turned upside down in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but it’s easy to forget that real-life Hollywood superstar Will Smith’s life took just as dramatic a turn. Before he became one of the biggest sitcom stars of the ’90s — and shortly after, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood —Will Smith was just one-half of a rap duo who had the biggest flop of their short-lived career. Broke, humiliated, and in trouble with the IRS, Smith didn’t even consider getting into acting. Until he met the real-life Prince of Bel-Air.
It’s easy to forget why we loved Will Smith after a string of box office duds that failed to capitalize on his unending charisma. So it’s amazing that a short video of him recounting how he became the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air could instantly remind us.
“The moral of the story is always say yes and I guess listen to your girlfriend,” Smith joked.
Honestly, it’s an amazing story of sheer luck and gumption on Smith’s part – as well as his natural talent. But it is a great and inspiring story for all you hustlers out there.
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Whitney Houston’s Fame and Struggles in New Doc Trailer
Whitney Houston ruminates on her life struggles in a riveting new trailer for Whitney, an upcoming documentary about the late pop icon. “There were times when I’d look up to God and I’d go, ‘Why is this happening to me?” she recalls in vintage footage.
The clip previews the film’s sweeping structure, touching on her early family life, ascent to fame and ultimate struggle with drug addiction. It also touches on her turbulent relationship with former husband Bobby Brown: “Bobby was jealous,” an interviewee recalls. “He wanted to be on the stage; he wanted to be [at] the forefront. And eventually, she stepped down to lift him up.”
In one intimate backstage scene, Houston vents about the pressures of stardom. “People think it’s so easy, and it’s not,” she says before criticizing a fellow pop artist. “Paula Abdul ain’t shit. That girl is singing off-key on the record.”
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Stream DJ Jazzy Jeff’s New Album ‘M3’
DJ Jazzy Jeff has over 30 years in hip-hop but on May 8, the “Get Lit” artist was able to achieve another first, dropping his first album as an independent artist. Jazzy Jeff’s latest project, M3, serves as the final installment in his Magnificent series and features much of the same sound he has become known for.
On his new jazzy, funky journey, which arrives 11 years after The Return of the Magnificent, the DJ brings along Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan, Masego, Aaron Camper and more, as they rap and harmonize over 15 tracks. The project features the songs “Skaters Paradise,” “Where You At,” “Scars” and “Stronger Than Me.”
Check out the tracklist and listen to M3 below.
DJ Jazzy Jeff’s M3 Album Tracklist
1. “M3… The Beginning” featuring Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan and Uhmeer
2. “Skaters Paradise” featuring Rhymefest and Dayne Jordan
3. “Scars” featuring Rhymefest and Dayne Jordan
4. “Where You At” featuring Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan and Uhmeer
5. “Hi & Hungry Interlude”
6. “2 Step” featuring Rhymefest and Masego
7. “Wide Awake” featuring Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan and Uhmeer
8. “It’s June Already”
9. “Stronger Than Me” featuring Rhymefest and Dayne Jordan
10. “Midnight Escapade” featuring Aaron Camper and Rhymefest
11. “Child of God” featuring Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan and Uhmeer
12. “Ludesfordays Interlude”
13. “The Way We Cool” featuring Aaron Camper
14. “The Government’s Dead” featuring Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan and Uhmeer
15. “M3… The Outro” featuring Rhymefest, Dayne Jordan and Uhmeer
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Rita Ora Apologizes Over Widespread Criticism of New Song ‘Girls’
Rita Ora has apologized over widespread criticism surrounding her recently released song “Girls” and walked back some of the track’s thematic messages.
Ora released “Girls,” which also features Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha and discusses themes of bisexuality, last week to a mixed reception. While some praised the song as a “bisexual anthem,” others pointed out the problematic undertones and queer stereotypes perpetuated by the lyrics. Many of the issues stemmed from the fact that the songwriting team behind a song extolling the queer female experience was primarily male.
While apologizing for the messaging of the song, the singer also came out as bisexual. In a note posted on her Twitter account, Ora wrote that the single “was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life.” She goes on to reveal that she has had “romantic relationships with women and men” and maintains that the perspective of the song was her “personal journey.”
She continued the note by apologizing to anyone hurt by the delivery of the song’s message. “I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone,” she said. “Looking forward, I hope that continuing to express myself through my art will empower my fans to feel as proud of themselves as I’m learning to feel about who I am.”
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Spotify Removes R. Kelly & XXXTentacion From Its Playlists
Spotify unveiled a new hate content and hateful conduct policy today, May 10. Under a new public policy, Spotify will not tolerate content that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”
Included in these sanctions were R. Kelly and XXXTentacion‘s music, which were removed from Spotify’s editorial or algorithmic playlists on its service. XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” was No. 8 on Spotify’s flagship RapCaviar playlist, but Billboard confirmed that the song was removed. However, their music will still be available to stream on the platform.
In a statement released earlier today announcing the new policy and the subsequent removal of R. Kelly’s music, Spotify stressed that although his music will remain on the platform, the streaming company will no longer actively promote it. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values,” the company said. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
Jonathan Prince, Spotify’s VP/Head of Content and Marketplace Policy, told Billboard, “When we look at promotion, we look at issues around hateful conduct, where you have an artist or another creator who has done something off-platform that is so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something that we don’t want to associate ourselves with.” He added, “So we’ve decided that in some circumstances, we may choose to not work with that artist or their content in the same way—to not program it, to not playlist it, to not do artist marketing campaigns with that artist.”
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The Grind Strip by DJ Woody
You only need to watch the video to understand what’s Woody’s Grind Strip is about. For the uninitiated, it sits alongside the platter on your turntable of choice, and when you rub your digits against it while scratching, it enables a signature warbling grind sound. It has but one function, and does it perfectly. And it comes in 7″ and 12″ varieties too.
Having rubbed knuckles raw performing similar manual techniques, my hands welcome this invention. Who’d have thought that smooth nails would cause so much damage? Skin thins as you get old apparently. My days as the DJ industry’s international hand model are no longer in jeopardy, thanks to the Grind Strip.
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Childish Gambino Debuts Politically-Charged New Song “This is America”
Donald Glover was both the host and musical guest of last night’s SNL, and in the midst of a number of sketches on Star Wars, Migos, and Kanye, the rapper and Atlanta star took the opportunity to debut a new Childish Gambino song. Titled “This Is America,” the song features Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, BlocBoy JB, and Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi, and speaks to the current landscape of gun violence in our political world. Directed by Atlanta’s Hiro Murai, the video features a gospel choir, a cast of dancing school children, and a brief cameo from SZA at the end.
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Video: Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”
Nicki Minaj is in full force right now. After taking three months away from being in the public eye, she came through with two new singles that proved exactly why she’s one of the hottest rappers in the game. With the release of “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz,” she gave fans insight to her upcoming album that many have been waiting a long time for. She’s yet to confirm a release date but today, she drops off the video for her single “Chun-Li.”
A few weeks back, Nicki Minaj released the vertical video for “Chun-Li” and today, she comes through with the official version. She previously shared a teaser for the video last week. The video was directed by Steven Klein who has previously worked with Kanye West for the “Wolves” video. Nicki Minaj is dressed up like a dominatrix as she’s surrounded with neon lights shining through the darkness of the video.
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Diplo, Sia Announce New Group With Upbeat New Song, ‘Genius’
Sia, Diplo and British musician Labrinth announced their new group, LSD, with a punchy debut song, “Genius.
The track is centered around staccato strings that swell and burst in a distinctly Diplo synth-pop drop. Labrinth and Sia trade verses that feature cheeky math puns and scientist shout-outs (“Oh you’ll be my Einstein, my Newton, my Galileo, and my Hawking,” Sia sings) before the hook.
“Genius” also arrives with a music video directed by Ben Jones. The psychedelic clip shows animations of Labrinth and Sia running away from a giant, floating Diplo head, as well as famous geniuses (Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci) as mice.
LSD are set to release another new song, “Audio,” next week. The group is also working on an album, though a release date and title have yet to be announced.
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Shure To End Phono Line
Some five years ago, the DJ scene was rife with rumours (which we squashed) about the discontinuation of Shure’s legendary and iconic M44-7 carts and needles. But things have moved on since then, and Shure this morning announced that their entire phono line of products will stop in Summer 2018.
The official word from the Shure site.
May 1, 2018—For more than 90 years, Shure has been committed to manufacturing and delivering products of the highest quality, reliability, and value. This commitment requires consistency in materials, processes, and testing, as well the capacity to react to fluctuations in demand.
In recent years, the ability to maintain our exacting standards in the Phonograph Cartridge product category has been challenged, resulting in cost and delivery impacts that are inconsistent with the Shure brand promise.
In light of these conditions, and after thorough evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Shure Phono products effective Summer 2018.
Given our decades-long history of participation in the Phono category, we recognize that this decision may come as a disappointment to our channel partners and end users.
We are grateful for the support and loyalty demonstrated for Shure Phono products through the years and we are proud of the impact that these products have made on our customers’ lives and the reputation of the Shure brand. We believe that the proud legacy of Shure Phono is best served by exiting the category rather than continuing production under increasingly challenging circumstances.
Shure will continue to bring reputable, high quality products to market and we look forward to meeting and exceeding customer expectations on our current and future offerings. As Shure expands into new markets and product categories for audiophiles, our enduring commitment to premium performance and technological innovation will remain at our core.
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