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Aretha Franklin covers “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

I’ve seen this pop up all day long and avoided it, just because when I played it out in my head…it was a BAD idea. But it just KEPT. POPPING. UP. So I caved.

Before I give my thoughts…here…

I went through a mix of emotions while listening to this.

From the very beginning, I was like WHOA! This could actually work! Like, if I don’t think of it as an Adele song but as an Aretha song….this works!

But then at the :30 mark I was like, “uh oh…”

And then I literally laughed out loud at the 1:03 mark (that “deeeEEEEEp” was too much for me to handle)…

By the 1:54 mark my thought was, “dis tew much”….

BUUUUT then the 2:45 mark, I was like YASSS!! I’m sorry. I’m here for this mashup. I liked it.

My overall assessment is that I like it. I really do. It’s not as horrible as I thought it would be, if thought about as an Aretha Franklin song. And again, I REALLY like the mashup!

BUUUUUT no. It doesn’t compare to the original. And just in case you’ve been under a rock, here you go!

What do you guys think?

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New Music: “I” – Kendrick Lamar

Listen:

I’ll admit, my first time listening, I was a little thrown off.  I wasn’t ready. But about two minutes in, I decided I like this.  I really do.  And for the most part, it’s because of the message.  Positive rap music, I’m here for it.

As I’m typing this, I’m listening to it again.  And I’ve actually decided that Kendrick Lamar is a genius. I love the chance he took with this. I love the production. Using a sample that, at first, I thought was a bit too much. But nah. It works.  I was told that if I listened to it only once that I was gonna think it was trash. And that person was right.  Gotta get past the shock of the first hearing and LISTEN to it. So yeah. I like it.

“And if you read between the lines, we’ll learn how to love one another! But you can’t do that, I said you can’t do that without loving yourself first!”

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Bishop T.D. Jakes threatens Young Jeezy with legal action.

And I don’t blame him. Not a single bit.

Let me give you some perspective, lest you decide to go ahead and close this post up.

First, I’m not a Jeezy fan. Well, not to the point of actually purchasing anything he does. If it’s not on the radio, I probably don’t know it.

Secondly, I am SOOOOO sick of these artists using Christianity in their worldly songs, promoting drugs, materialism, violence, sex, and everything else that has nothing to do with ANY god that anybody serves, to be honest. I wasn’t here for Meek Mill’s “Amen.”  Rick Ross has rubbed me the wrong way, The Game’s “Jesus Piece”, subsequent artwork and “Jesus” appearing at his concerts, etc. Nope. Not here for it. However, in all of this, I don’t push that view on others. I simply can’t deal with it. And I only concern myself with Tasha. Nor would I ever support it. And I often ask myself why these rap artists (that’s mostly who I hear it from) must use Christianity in their songs. “Hallelujah?” “Holy Ghost?” For what?

Of course, there are some songs that aren’t “gospel rap” that I feel because they are expressing a realistic view of Christ from the artist’s perspective, i.e. “Jesus Walks” – Kanye West.

ANYWAY. So that’s where I’m coming from.

I peeped this:

> Pastor T.D. Jakes Threatening Legal Action Against Young Jeezy in Holy Ghost Remix - Photo posted in The Hip-Hop Spot | Sign in and leave a comment below!

I checked to make sure it’s authentic, and it is.

Apparently, in the remix, Young Jeezy uses a snippet of a sermon by Bishop T.D. Jakes, and he (obviously) does so without his permission. Some people think it’s petty.  I think he’s responding appropriately. First, the legal aspect (and I’m no expert on this). But then there is the spiritual one.  And I don’t blame him for not wanting his sermon associated with what’s going on in this particular song.

Here is one part of a comment:

I’m talking about how it looks. It’s serious to me, I don’t know what your relationship with God is like but I defend mine. This the problem with Christians today, we sit back idly while crap like this happens and we do nothing and let our God get torn down.

Let this happen with Muhammad or Allah, you’d hear Muslim’s rise up in an instant regarding their faith. YOU can sit back if you want, but I support this. 

ABSOLUTELY.

The bottom line (for me) is that I don’t condone ANY improper use of ANY religious figures.  People’s faith is sacred.  I don’t care what religion/faith you are apart of, you don’t deserve to have it used in a blasphemous/offensive way.

Rap about your drugs, money, women, blah blah blah as you please….but why include anybody’s faith in that? And in THIS case, using a clip of a sermon that you never got permission to use?

Just no.

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Rihanna isn’t very happy with CBS.

On this bright and early Tuesday morning, Rihanna has a message for CBS:

See, Rihanna did a rendition of “Run This Town” for the game on Thursday, but given the controversy surrounding domestic violence, CBS decided to pull it. SMH.

When people figured out that this week’s Thursday night football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers would open with a song from Rihanna, they weren’t pleased, and the NFL gave in to them by agreeing not to play the song. But the reaction says more about how we unfairly treat victims of domestic abuse than it does about the NFL’s sensitivity to violence against women.

CBS Sports and NFL Network plan to open every Thursday night game this season with “Run This Town,” the 2009 collaboration between Jay Z and Rihanna. But, after an especiallycontentious week of controversy over former Ravens running back Ray Rice — who was dropped from the team after a surveillance video depicting him punching his then-fiancee was made public — it seemed like a bad PR move to include Rihanna, who was infamously the victim of domestic abuse in a former relationship with Chris Brown.

After considerable push back for partnering a Ravens game with a Rihanna song, the NFL Network decided to reconsider. “Run This Town” did not play on Thursday night; instead, CBSaired coverage of the domestic violence controversy surrounding Rice. “We thought… we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” a spokesperson for the NFL Networksaid.

{via Think Progress}

Dear CBS,

This is what you’re doing…

Not including a song by Rihanna, because she was a VICTIM of domestic abuse?

Ok.

SMH.

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Iggy Azalea said there is NO sex tape, buuuut now says there is? Maybe?

Ummm. Sooooo…..

Well, just read this (via TMZ):

Iggy Azalea’s legal team now says it may indeed be her in that sex tape … but there’s also a chance she was under 18 when it was shot.

It’s a big change from what her people told TMZ just 2 days ago … that NO Iggy sex tape exists. Now it sounds like it does … but with legal peril.

We broke the story … a video purportedly showing Azalea and an ex-boyfriend is being shopped to porn giant, Vivid Entertainment.

But then Iggy’s lawyers now tell us … any sex video would be the work of a “spurned business suitor” — aka the ex-BF — who’s just trying to damage her image and career out of revenge. They also told us any footage was possibly shot “without her knowledge or consent” … kind of a weird statement — either it was or it wasn’t. The lawyers also say it’s possible it was shot when she was a minor.

So, let’s review Iggy’s sex tape position: It’s NOT me … it MIGHT be me … IF it’s me, an evil ex-business partner is out to get me … and I might be jail bait … so, I dare you to release it.

Now. This is what she posted yesterday.

How are you unclear if you have a sex tape or not?

What do you mean it was “possibly” shot without consent?

You don’t remember if you were a minor or not?

What’s a “spurned business suitor?”

I have questions.

BUT, if all of that (whatever it means) is true, shame on the hurt dude who is behind it. Smh. Grow up.

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