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Skillz – “Celebrate Life”

Posted by J. Tinsley on October 18, 2010

A lot of cats fell to the game, and we all could’ve been like ‘Dark Skin Jermaine’…

It’s great that many know Skillz for his always anticipated year end lyrical synopsis. They’re dope. But, contrary to popular belief, he also has great songs that have nothing to do with the aforementioned concept. My fellow VA native has a project dropping next week entitled The World Needs More Skillz and “Celebrate Life” is the first look. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lloyd – Lay It Down (Video)

Posted by Mr. Put On on October 18, 2010

Well there’s not much to be said here, Lloyd has been annihilating every instrumental compilation he “lays” his vocals down on (pun intended). Having a December 2010 expected release of his next album King of Hearts Lloyd is already set to produce a spectacular album. With a number of other tracks such as Get It In ft. 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks’ Any Girl sporting Young Goldie’s and looming today’s music waves on permanent cycle. Well here’s the new visual so you can check out his fresh cut as well.

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On My Philly Sh*t x Young Chris – Philly Sh*t

Posted by Mr. Put On on October 18, 2010

It’s no secret that ever since I came back to the tri-state I’ve spent a large majority of time in Philly, partying, promoting, planning, hanging, etc. The culture of Philadelphia, as is the culture of any other major city in the world, has its own flavor and completely different feel. Most people think, “oh yeah, Philly” as though it’s just over there in PA, doing its own thing and when they get to it, they get to it. The important thing is, when they get to it…. Read the rest of this entry »

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Grade A: DJ Marvalous – The Spacepod (Mixtape)

Posted by Mr. Put On on October 18, 2010

It’s coolin’ down outside and DJ Marvalous is still bringin the heat. His latest compilations is called SpacePod and has songs from T.I., Young Dro, Lil Wayne, and Gucci Mane to Big K.R.I.T, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Blake Kelly, and Jo Stunnah.

Continuing his consistency, the Martian Marvalous drops another tape Read the rest of this entry »

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Freeway – ‘Escalators’ (Artwork) x ‘Beautiful Music’ (Video)

Posted by Mr. Put On on October 18, 2010

Philadelphia’s Freeway is definitely back to work. His previous compilation Stimulus Package didn’t get too much of a push, but nonetheless it was still a quality album once I put it in for a spin. With features from artists such as Raekwon, Birdman, Bun B., and the Philly Phamilia Omillio Sparks, Beanie Siegel, and Young Chris the album was definitely worth the listen and you on that “Phila Music”!

Now Freeway is working on his new album which should definitely be getting the attention it deserves. We all know and enjoy Freeway’s music; time and time again his classics bring us back to some memory and he delivers us that feeling. You know the feeling I’m talkin about, Read the rest of this entry »

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Justin Bieber – U Smile (Video)

Posted by Mr. Put On on October 18, 2010

With the emergence of Justin Bieber’s new book this past month and the announcement of his movie set to debut in theaters on February 11th 2011, there seems to be no slowing down for this kid. He is currently embarking on the second leg of his ‘My World’ tour which is set to be even better than the first. (So if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet because you went to the first leg, I suggest you rethink it and hit the box office ASAP.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Alba Lydia – October Featured Model

Posted by Ebony on October 18, 2010

It’s October and yes, the fall season is here, tempting us with that option to go outside looking groggy- but don’t fret! We’re here to show you how to keep it cute all year long.

While fashion trends may change with the seasons, smoking hot models are always in style. With her creativity and outgoing personality to assist her staggering photos, this month’s Grade A model Alba Lydia, is flaunting a bold style. Alba’s diverse portfolio speaks for itself so we had no problem with selecting her and her kick-ass style for this month’s feature.

She’s the model-type chick that can be seen gracing the cover of Maxim magazine or strutting down the Victoria’s Secret runway. This girl can do it all. So watch out Adriana Lima, we got another AL coming for your spot! She’s sultry and she’s fun. She’s definitely Grade A.  Check her out guys. Leave your comments and compliments about Alba Lydia below and be sure to visit her Model Mayhem Port and hit her up on Twitter. I’m warning you though, she’s something like, Amazing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Music Video: KiD Cudi Feat. Kanye & McLovin – “Erase Me”

Posted by T. Adeyemi on October 12, 2010

Jimmy Hendrix reincarnated seems to be the angle KiD Cudi was going for when he created the visual for “Erase Me.” For a song that sounds reminiscent of a previous era with the heavy guitar strings and steady bass line. The video helps to put the listener/viewer in the right mood. Everything from the sparkle drums, to the big hair so eloquently transpose the 60’s onto today’s generation.

Christopher Mintz-Plass aka McLovin’s appearance only helps to add that strangely cool feel to this video. The Miami Vicesque grainy picture adds to the ambiance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Grade A: The News Drop 10.11.10

Posted by T. Adeyemi on October 11, 2010

Is Charlotte's own Tasha Michelle Grade A Material? - Twitter:@_TashaMichelle

Let’s toast to another week of news, information, and shocking events. Watching the news in many ways can be full enough entertainment to satisfy a lot of people’s needs. But nonetheless, we at #GradeA continue to keep you in the know. So click the jumplink to see what you need to know for school, work, or just general convo for the rest of the week.

Top 10 Cities For African-Americans To Live [HipHopWired]

Google is testing cars that drive themselves [Mashable]

Top 25 Smooth Fall Fashion Trends [Complex]

The Mean Girls of Morehouse [VIBE] Read the rest of this entry »

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Marsha Ambrosius And Her Ballad Of Hope

Posted by J. Tinsley on October 11, 2010

Realistically, Late Nights & Early Mornings is looking like it will not see the light of day until early 2011. Not totally surprising given the way projects and release dates very rarely see eye to eye in current times. Still, as long as Marsha continues to release quality music every so often, all is well.

Earlier this summer, Miss Ambrosius liberated her scorned anthem “I Hope She Cheats.” A few eyebrows were raised, some comments were said, yet overall most people consider it another quality notch on her catalog. Pending you follow her on Twitter, then you already know she’s been eagerly alluding to the ballad version of the record. For good reason, too.

I’ve always imagined Marsha as this singer you’d see in a dimly lit jazz lounge entertaining those in attendance who seek refuge from a rainstorm outside. “ Read the rest of this entry »

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