Wednesday night The-Dream had his album release party at Hiro in NYC and Thursday he hit the opposite coast for a special MySpace Music show at LA's Arena Nightclub that included Dwele and Kanye West as guests, but the top story in the media spotlight is still Rihanna, Chris Brown and domestic abuse.
The Dream and Mili-Blonde have been promoting the hell out of his (mighty fantastic) new album LOVE vs. MONEY with folks like Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and Queen Latifah each supporting from their respective coasts (MJB in NYC, Kanye and Queen La in Lalaland). Dream even had rapper Fabolous Twittering from the LA show...
myfabolouslife: @ Dream myspace party in LA.. Did "Rockin that Thang Like".. Kanye came out 4 "Walkin on The Moon"..
But Oprah was pulling our attention elsewhere.
I'm glad that the spotlight is being brought to such an important issue but now that it's been confirmed that Chris and Rihanna will be duetting, I'm really ready to hear some music that addresses the topic.
Fortunately Mya happened to have just the song to fill the void already recorded for her upcoming album. In a recent interview with Honey Magazine R&B songstress Mya talks a little about her "Blackout" track:
"I was inspired by two different incidents involving two of my female friends. I remember being disgusted, angry, outraged, sad, sympathetic, and fearful of what I would've done if I were in their shoes. I'm still pissed from it and even more pissed that they are back with these guys. But those are my girls and I love 'em for life. I just seriously hope there's not a next time."
And on no longer golden couple Chris Brown & Rihanna:
"I honestly didn't believe it when I first heard of the situation. I assumed it was another outrageous, untrue rumor from an illegitimate gossip site...After the incident I had my management contact Rihanna's team about giving her the song. I'm sure it's still a sensitive time for her to address the issue at all. I'm sure some people will think a bunch of nonsense as they always do [about her making this song now]... ...It's about a silent epidemic that affects one in three women in the world. I just happen to be one of the many concerned voices."
Mya's organization The Mya Arts & Tech Foundation also provides counseling for women suffering from domestic violence, rape, abandonment and self esteem. You can hear the track HERE
I actually really really like that one.
Diddy might have tried his best to stay positive about the Chris and Rihanna situation, but he's intent on showing off his woman problem -- namely getting some buzz back on Cassie -- who has her sights set on a
It really "Must Be Love" if he's ready to throw it in the Bad Boy classic category. Hmmm. What do you think about that?
If Bad Boy classics are your thing I got the remedy for you. As you know this Monday marked the Anniversary of Biggie's passing. Monday I gave y'all the DJ Wonder Notorious B.I.G. mix -- it's free mix Friday and I got another mix chock full of Bad Boy classics for you also in honor of Big. This one from DJ Ohsokool, who always delivers with the sugatreats.
MARCH 9 TRACKLISTING
mixed and produced by ohsokool (march 2005)
1. voletta wallace intro
2. canibus interlude
3. james brown - the big payback
4. crooklyn klan- nyc anthem
5. total ft. the notorious b.i.g. - cant you see?
6. jr mafia ft. the notorious b.i.g. - get money
7. the notorious b.i.g. - kick in the door
8. the notorious b.i.g. - i got a story to tell
9. the notorious b.i.g. - deas wrong
10. super cat ft the notorious b.i.g. - dolly my baby (rmx)
11. the notorious b.i.g. - who shot ya?
12. mtume - juicy fruit (edited)
13. the notorious b.i.g. - juicy
14. herb alpert - rise (edited)
15. the notorious b.i.g. - hypnotize
16. 112 ft. the notorious b.i.g. - only you
17. r kelly ft the notorious b.i.g. - be happy
18. the notorious b.i.g. - one more chance (orig + rmx)
19. das efx - breaker 1, 9
20. mary j blige - everyday
21. mary j blige ft the notorious b.i.g. - real love (rmx)
22. the notorious b.i.g. - party & bullshit (dj soul rmx)
23. the notorious b.i.g. & da brat - b side
24. the notorious b.i.g. ft mase - mo money, mo problems
25. tracy lee ft. b.i.g. - keep your hands high
26. the notorious b.i.g. - warning
27. puff daddy ft the lox, lil kim & b.i.g. - the benjamin's
28. the notorious b.i.g. - big poppa
29. jr mafia ft the notorious b.i.g. - players anthem
30. the notorious b.i.g. ft method man - the what
31. r kelly - your body is calling (interlude)
32. the notorious b.i.g. - unbelievable
33. the notorious b.i.g. - 10 crack commandments
34. jay z ft the notorious b.i.g. - brooklyn's finest
35. ohio players - ecstasy
36. 2 pac & big - live performance (OUTRO)
ALL songs re-edited by OH SO KOOL and do NOT appear in their original format.
Download or stream the mix here: http://www.divshare.com/download/6760861-e70
After listening to the mix, feel free to tell me if you think Cassie has a Bad Boy classic on her hands. Talk to me y'all!