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Rick Ross Hosts Def Jam Album Listening Party For His New Album ‘Mastermind’ At Tree Sound Studios

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Rick Ross and Def Jam Recordings hosted a private album listening session for his upcoming album ‘Mastermind’. The listening was held over at Tree Sound Studios here in Atlanta, GA and was sponsored by Red Bull, Heineken, Dusse, Ciroc and Belaire Champagne.  At the private party Rick Ross previewed the new album in its entirety to a host of DJ’s, Bloggers, Tastemakers and Music Industry Execs. Lyor Cohen, Lil Wayne,  T-Pain, Trae The Truth, Big Tigger and Terri Vaughn, all came out to show their support for the new album which is slated for release on March 4, 2014.  I think that the album sounds dope and there is something on it for everybody. The album is his 6th studio album and features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kayne West, Meek Mill, Big Sean and The Weekend. Make sure yall go out and support the project when it drops.

Check out a few pics from the event:

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Photos Courtesy of FreddyO

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Tracklisting

1.  Intro
2.  Rich Is Gangsta
3.  Drug Dealers Dream
4.  Shots Fired
5.  Nobody (feat. French Montana)
6.  The Devil Is a Lie (feat. JAY Z)
7.  Mafia Music III (feat. Sizzla & Mavado)
8.  War Ready (feat. Jeezy)
9.  What a Shame (feat. French Montana)
10.  Supreme
11.  Blk & Wht
12.  Dope Bitch Skit
13.  In Vein (feat. The Weeknd)
14.  Sanctified (feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)
15.  Walkin’ On Air (feat. Meek Mill)
16.  Thug Cry (feat. Lil Wayne)
17.  Blessing In Disguise (feat. Scarface & Z-Ro)
18.  Paradise Lost
19.  You Know I Got It (Reprise)
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Click Here To Order ‘Mastermind’ by Rick Ross on Itunes

DJ BLAK MAGIC Interview With The RZA

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Founding Wu-Tang Clan member The RZA, will star in the upcoming Fox television series “Gang Related”. The new television series is about the L.A.P.D. Gang Task Force and their efforts to bring down the some of the most notorious gangs in the Los Angeles area. On the show RZA plays Cassius Green, a street smart D.A. agent from N.Y. who specializes in the narcotics division. RZA is no stranger to Hollywood and has landed roles in movies such as American Gangster, Due Date, G.I. Joe Retaliation and Afro Samarai. He also starred, produced and directed the movie The Man With The Iron Fists back in 2012. Recently while RZA was in Atlanta at A TV Fest, I got a chance to sit down and chop it up him. In the interview he talks about how he feels he has grown as an actor and he also discusses how the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan reunion album is coming along.

Check out the interview below:

Check out the trailer for the tv show Gang Related which premieres on Fox on May 20, 2014 immediately following the American Idol finale. Make sure yall tune in!!

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Phife Dawg From A Tribe Called Quest Honors J. Dilla with His #DearDilla Video Premeire In ATL

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Anyone who personally knows me knows that A Tribe Called Quest is my favorite Hip Hop group of all time. With that being said, I was delighted when I got invited out to Phife from A Tribe Called Quest’s exclusive Atlanta video premiere for his new song ‘Dear Dilla’.  The exclusive video screening  was held at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Theater here in Atlanta GA.  At the screening the “5 footer” debuted the visual to his new single which pays homage to legendary Hip Hop producer J. Dilla who passed away from complications from lupus back in 2006. The screening also featured a short Q&A with Phife as well as with the video’s director Konee Rok.  ‘Dear Dilla’ is Phife’s first solo release in 14 years and is the first single off of of his upcoming album “MUTTYmorphosis”.  While at the premiere I got a chance to interview Phife.  In the interview he talks about why made a tribute song for J. Dilla, what artists he’s checking for in 2014 and how he felt about Macklemore winning all those Grammys.  Check out the interview below:

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Pics courtesy of Kat Goduco

Check out the visuals for Phife’s new single #DearDilla:

Click HERE to purchase “Dear Dilla” on Itunes

The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards

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Xernona Clayton created the Trumpet Awards Foundation and International Civil Rights Walk of Fame to honor and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of African Americans who have overcame unconquerable odds.  Every year for the last 22 years the Trumpet Awards has paid homage to various unsung heroes who have made a difference within the African American community.  Yesterday I got a chance to attend the taping of the 22nd annual Trumpet Awards.  The awards were held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and was hosted by Laz Alonzo and Melissa De Sousa. This years honorees were:

DeVon Franklin – Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures
The Honorable Kamala Harris – Attorney Gerneral Of California
Deryl & Cheryl McKissack- President and CEO McKissack & McKissack
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr – Professor, Harvard Law School
Steve Pemberton – Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens
Alfre Woodard – Actress
Bronner Brothers – Entrepreneurs
Williams Sisters – Entrepreneurs
Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff – Award Winning Producers / Songwriters

The highlight of the show for me was seeing Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Chubb Rock and Kid & Play open up the show. The 22nd annual Trumpet Awards will air on TV One on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8PM EST.  Make sure yall tune in!!!

Check out a few pics from The 2014 Trumpet Awards.

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Photo Credit: Rodney Adams

 

The Atlanta Unveiling of The Maserati Ghibli

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On Tuesday December 10, 2013, Maserati Atlanta partnered with Atlanta’s Modern Luxury magazines, Jezebel and Men’s Book to present the Atlanta unveiling of the new Maserati Ghibli. The private unveiling was held at the Maserati Atlanta dealership located in Roswell, Ga.  Over 200 excited individuals packed the Atlanta show room to see the launch of the new highly anticipated sports sedan.  The starting price for the new Maserati Ghibli is $65,000, making it easier for the younger buyer to own a piece of the iconic luxury automobile brand.  The event was sponsored by Grey Goose and was catered by Chef Anthony’s Catering. Big shout out to Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta. I really had a great time at the event!!!

Check out a few pics from The Atlanta Unveiling Of The Maserati Ghibli:

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Check out a few pics from Maserati Atlanta’s Facebook page:

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Neyo and The Compound Foundation Gives Back

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The Giving Tour is an annual partnership between Neyo, his Compound Foundation and The Boys and Girls Club of America.  The tour gives Neyo the opportunity to give back and make the holiday season special for some less fortunate children in foster care and group homes in multiple cities across the country.  This year the tour visited New York, LA, Las Vegas and finished in Atlanta. While in Atlanta Neyo treated over 400 underprivileged children to toys, clothes, shoes, bikes and electronics. The Grammy award winning singer/songwriter also took pics, signed autographs and interacted with all the kids in attendance.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Kandi Burruss, Keyshia Knight-Pulliam, Deon Grant, Toya Wright, Reginae Carter, Nicole Lyons and Bobby V all came out to show support.  While at the event I got a chance to talk to Neyo about his Compound Foundation, The Giving Tour and the importance of giving back.  Check out what he had to say in the interview below:

Check out a few pics from the Atlanta stop of The Giving Tour:

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BET Music Matters Presents The Rebellious Soul Tour With K. Michelle

dj blak magic - bet music matters - rebellious soul tour On Friday, November 22, 2013, The BET Music Matters Rebellious Soul Tour touched down here in Atlanta GA. at Center Stage.  Yours Truly provided the soundtrack for the concert playing music before the show and in between the musical performances.  The Sold Out concert was hosted by R&B singer/songwriter Rico Love, with performances by Tiera Thomas, Sevyn Streeter and headlined by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta/NY star K. Michelle.  All of the artists did there thing on stage and I can tell that the crowd really enjoyed the show. After the concert K. Michelle stuck around and signed autographs and took pics with about 100 of her fans. I had a great time spinning at the show!! Big Shout out to everyone in Atlanta that came out!!

Check out the pics from The BET Music Matters Rebellious Soul Tour with K. Michelle:

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Here is a quick video recap of the BET Music Matters  Rebellious Soul Tour via my Instagram Account (Follow Me):

Juvenile’s Album Listening Dinner Party At Tree Sound Music Studio

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On Thursday November 21, 2013, I got invited to one of the coolest events that I have been to in a while. The good folks over at Tree Sounds Music Studio hosted a private listening dinner party for the one and only Juvenile.  The intimate gathering consisted of  some of Atlanta’s hottest DJ’s, Media and Music Executives. Mali Hunter, the GM of Tree Sounds treated us all to a home made pre thanksgiving dinner with some of the best food that I have had in a long time (that cranberry stuffing was amazing, never had anything like it..lol).  After the dinner Juvenile went thru a lot of the new music that he has been working on for his untitled upcoming album. He explained the concept behind each song and also shouted who produced each single. The song that stood out to me the most was a song called “I Show Love” featuring Drake. That song was the most radio friendly song out of all the songs he previewed to us.  Yall look out for it because it’s definitely going to make an impact when it drops.  The event was sponsored by Heineken, Red Bull, Publik Trust and Dusse. After the listening, I got a chance to sit down and have a conversation with Juvenile about what he’s been up to lately, check out the interview below:

Check out a few pics from Juvenile’s Album Listening Dinner Party At Tree Sounds Music Studio:

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WWE Smackdown / Main Event Invades Philips Arena

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Anybody who knows me know that I am one of the biggest wrestling fans on the face of the earth.  I grew up watching all the great wrestling associations like the WWF, WCW, AWA, Midsouth and NWA.  I came up during the golden era of professional wrestling when we had wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Rick Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Randy Savage and Goldberg. Although the names have changed professional wrestling is still one of the most enjoyable forms of sports entertainment that you can experience. On Tuesday November 19, 2013 the WWE invaded Atlanta for a live taping of  the hit television show WWE Smackdown. The taping featured wrestling matches with Rey Mysterio, Golddust, The Big Show, Ryback, Kofi Kingston, The Fabulous 3 Birds and a heavyweight championship match between John Cena  and Alberto Del Rio.  I had a great time checking out the show from the V.I.P. suite at Philips Arena.  Big shout out to the people at the WWE for such great event.  The show airs on Friday November 22, 2013 on The SyFy Channel…Make sure yall tune in!!!!

Check out a few pics from the V.I.P. suite at Philips Arena:

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#RHOA Cythia Bailey and Peter Thomas Book Signing At Bar One for ‘Carry On Baggage’

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Supermodel Cynthia Bailey and her husband Peter Thomas recently released a book called ’Carry On Baggage – Our Non Stop Flight’.  The book follows the couple’s journey through the ups and downs of their relationship telling how they balance love, family, money and business. On Tuesday November 12, 2013 the Real Housewives of Atlanta couple held an exclusive book signing at Peter’s restaurant Bar-One located in southeast Atlanta.  The couple signed books for their fans and also held a Q&A and posed for pics.

Check out a few Pics from the Book signing below:

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Click HERE to download a copy of the book Carry On Baggage – Our Non Stop Flight by Cynthia Bailey Thomas & Peter Thomas

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