Ok, you have to admit that although Whitney Houston was a superstar diva, she fell pretty hard and was almost down for the count but she’s back! The haters said she couldn’t do it (sounds like crabz in a barrel behavior to me), but Whitney proved them wrong packing Central Park yesterday with some 5,000 for a Good Morning America performance (which airs this morning on ABC), and looked FAB! That was the good news. The well, not so good news, is that Whitney couldn’t sing. Her voice was nearly completely gone. She told the crowd that it was because she’d just done Oprah and was talking too much, but it may have something to do with the years of vocal neglect.
Her new single and album are called “I Look to You” (listen to the single here). I really don’t like the single, it’s corny and drawn out. The album would be good for any middle age pop singer, but it’s pretty mediorce for Whitney. The one thing you cannot mistake is she just doesn’t sound the same! I find myself thinking, since when does Whitney sound like a fake Patti LaBelle? The best track is probably the triumphant ballad, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”. So although she looks great, her sound is lacking. It’s not just me either. Other reviews are mixed too, check out NPR’s thoughts here. When the first week sales stats are released, we’ll see if Whitney’s new voice matters to her fans.
On a better note, I was on Twitter yesterday following the the future male version of me, PR superstar, Jonathan Cheban (or Chebs as Kholoe calls him), was front row at the Whitney taping. He was just twitpicing the best pictures of Whit, so I couldn’t help myself. I’m just SO happy to see Whitney looking like her old self again! Fans of Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, will recognize her right hand man, mister BJ Coleman who was there with Chebs too.
All pics via Jonathan Cheban’s Twitter. Follow Chebs on Twitter at twitter.com/jonathancheban
Follow BJ Coleman on Twitter at twitter.com/abjcoleman
So yeah Wale is doing big things now. Can’t call him a crab in a barrel no more. Not when you’re performing on BET and are on 106 and park. But he still gets love from the Crabzinabarrel fam for being one of the few hip hop artists from the DMV to go national! Check out this hot new song from Wale. He samples a classic African song on this track. If you’re African or ever been to an African party you will probably instantly recognize what song it is. Look out for his album coming out in October. I would give you a date but its Wale we all know his album is dropping on Nigerian time.
Also, in cased you missed it, Wale’s Rising Icons aired at 12am this morning. Lucky us, some got that ish and posted it to Daily Motion, which usually takes longer to get shut down than YouTube joints. He puts on the DMV, so eff the hating azz crabz trying to pull him back in the barrel!
The DMV has been dropping some real good music lately. Check out Godsilla EP the Pre-Lease. This EP should go in your collection if you’re from the DMV or if you love real hip hop. This is something for you all until the album drops. Support the DMV and support hip hop!
The Pre-Lease EP – 648934809650fad6
Always fresh and from what i’ve seen the same goes for stupid.. so I can see how they came up with the name Stupid Fresh. Their “Start to the Summer AKA June Giblets” mix is packed full of banging tracks, lets just hope our summer starts soon…
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01. Stupid Fresh & Stellar Mc- Not Gonna Stop (Final Version)
02. Rockwell D – Plain Loco
03. Wongo – Feel Good (Nick Supply & Slidzik Remix)
04. TJR – Good Evening Chicago (Klaus Hill Remix)
05. Boltan – Creepy (Mighty Fools Remix)
06. Aniki – 6.15
07. The Funk Out – Sound Boy Killa (Twisted Bitz Remix)
08. Man Like Me – London Town (Foamo Remix)
09. Scott Cooper – African Drum (Rockwell D Remix)
10. *Artist Unknown (forgotten)* – Get up, Yeah (Stupid Fresh Remix)
11. Shab Ruffcut – Twist (Stupid Fresh Remix)
12. Boltan – Laughing Through My Teeth (Blatta & Inesha Remix)
13. The Funk Out – Big Dick (Bill Eff’s Big Bass Remix)
14. Lovestation – Teardrops (The Funk Out Remix)
I want to introduce you all to Illness. He’s a pretty talented rapper that reps Columbus, Ohio. He’s ready to be taken seriously and wants to put the city of Columbus on his back. Check him out on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/illnessimc. Also, watch out for the interview and freestyle he did for crabzinabarrel.com.
Here’s his boy too , Yung Soja. They both rep the same crew and the same area code. He’s another talented rapper that I had the privilege of hearing for the first time and was highly impressed. Check his myspace page out at http://www.myspace.com/imcishere.
I had this mixtape sitting around for like a couple of weeks now, but I actually had a chance to listen to the mixtape today, while I was on my long bus ride home. I really did enjoy the music. I’m glad to see a lot of women from the area doing their thing when it comes to making music. She reps Bmore and you can check her out on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/millyjuly.
Sneak Chamber – 60596561c12d0db4
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VA Superstar & Sweet N’Sour Diva, Audra Green is back at it with her own version of the Asher Roth’s smash “I ♥ College”, called “I Hate College”.
The lyrics are hilarious, yet relatable for anyone who has been to college. Check it out.
Check for Audra this summer as she goes on tour and works with her Music for A Cause Foundation.
Here’s some new music from Maxwell. He’s back people. His album Blacksummersnight drops July 7th. So, mark that date on your calendar and buy the album.
Bad Habits – y1skj2ics8fa
Check out this video from Phil Ade called “Gimme Dat.” He reps the 368Music group. I didn’t see his performance last week, at the Rock the Vote Concert, but they said he ripped it tho. Shout out to Dre The Mayor and Raheem Devaughn. Keep a look out for 368Music Group and check out Phil Ade’s myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/philade301.
Updated June 11, 2009: Check out Phil Ade’s first leaked track ” Going Off” from his freshman mixtape ” Starting on JV” due July 10:
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