RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Ne-Yo Serves As Principal For A Day At New York City High School

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Ne-Yo stepped out the studio to visit a New York City high school to serve as a principal for the day, VIBE reports. The Non-Fiction crooner stopped by to commend the High School for Fashion Industries, who won the Capital One Bank NYC College challenge by having the most students fill out their FAFSA applications, with 68 percent.

Ne-Yo’s stint as principal for day was in collaboration with GetSchooled, a non-profit organization that encourages college enrollment that has also brought celebs like ScHoolboy Q, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar to different HS classrooms.

“I have a slightly different microphone and I have to make sure people know this is an issue that needs to be reached,” he said about teaming up with GetSchooled.

Edward Montesdeoca, Capital One Bank’s Regional Executive, said that bringing stars into the academic setting helps communicate a valuable message to the students.

“It’s hip and it reaches the students that we want to reach, which are students that may doubt themselves at times because of either their grades, accessibility or affordability,” he said. “So it’s such a great program to reach the students that probably need it the most.”

Ne-Yo also performed “Miss Independent” during his visit.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ Goes Gold

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Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore effort To Pimp A Butterfly has surpassed the 500,000 mark with 513,000 copies sold, according to Billboard. This week alone, the album sold 29,000 more copies. TPAB remains in the top 10 at number seven and is the seventh album to go gold this year.

TPAB hits the gold mark slightly a month after its release date was pushed up without any notice. It arrived to rave reviews and also set the record on Spotify for the most streams in a single day with 9.6 million streams worldwide. It also became the first album to hit no. 1 on the Billboard charts with the word “pimp” in the title.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Jay Z Is Calling Tidal Users To Personally Thank Them

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Jay Z ‘s revamping of the Tidal streaming service put it up against some big competitors, mainly Spotify.  They have been premiering exclusive content to reel in new users and subscribers but Hova has decided to go the extra mile. He has decided to personally call customers and thank them for using the streaming service.

“He called some of his fans and one of them made the funniest comment. He said ‘This is the best customer service call I’ve ever received!’,” Tidal executive Vania Schlogel told Business Insider. She went on to say that Jigga is “very deeply involved” and that “he works every day” on Tidal.

The musicians who have accounts on the site can access the contact information of customers who use the service and contact them personally. Musicians other than Jigga, like Jack White, have also contacted fans to show their appreciation.

Tidal currently services 35 countries with over 500,000 subscribers and has released exclusive music and videos from Rihanna, J. Cole and Jay himself. Nicki Minaj has also teased that she will be premiering something soon as well.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. ASAP Rocky Has Nasty Confrontation In London Bagel Shop

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While in London, A$AP Rocky lost his cool. Apparently, a man threw things at Rocky’s car and he didn’t hesitate to confront him. In the video, Flacko is seen cursing the man out and asking him “Should I snuff you right now?” The Harlemnite didn’t throw any jabs though and walked away before he got violent.

On a brighter note, his sophomore album, At. Long. Last. A$AP drops May 12th.

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RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Suge Knight Hospitalized After Judge Orders Him To Stand Trial For Murder

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The murder case against Marion “Suge” Knight is moving forward. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen rejected Suge’s argument the former Hip Hop mogul was acting in self-defense when he ran down Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan. Carter was killed, and Sloan injured.

“There’s no intent to kill,” Knight’s attorney Matt Fletcher told the court. “There’s an intent to survive.”

Suge has insisted his life was in danger during the encounter which caused him to accidentally hit the two victims with his truck in order to escape the situation. Authorities believe Knight was no longer acting in self-defense when he decided to use his vehicle as a weapon in response to a fist fight.

Witnesses have also stated it appeared Knight purposely struck Carter and Sloan. Video of the incident has leaked online as well.

After the judge gave his ruling, Knight was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital. That makes the fifth time the defendant has been hospitalized since first appearing in court. The reason for the most recent visit to a medical facility was not disclosed.

Suge is facing murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run charges. He has pled not guilty to all counts.

RWS RADIO WORD ON THE STREETS.. RZA Talks 88 Year Ban On Wu-Tang Album, Current Favorite Artists, Alleged Divorce Court Groupie & More

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Wu-Tang Clan member RZA connected with the people yesterday by doing an Ask Me Anything session with Reddit users. Bobby Digital was asked about various topics related to the Wu including the thought process behind blocking commercial use of the group’s one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album.

RZA also answered questions about the woman that was accused of having sex with the entire Wu-Tang Clan on a recent episode ofDivorce Court. His AMA included the music artist/filmmaker discussing some of his personal favorites in music and movies as well.

Check out some of the exchanges from RZA’s Ask Me Anythingsession below.

Why are you releasing an album that no one will ever hear? What’s the motivation behind that when so many people have been waiting so many years for this?

My answer is: I’ve released a lot of music and different albums for people to enjoy, or not enjoy.

And the album you are referring to, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, is a singular, unique piece of art.

And it’s singular.

Just as the Mona Lisa.

Hey RZA. If you had to pick only one hip hop album to listen to for the rest of your life, not including Wu Tang affiliated ones, which album would it be?

Hmmm.

If I had to choose one album, which one would it?

I would go with… Eric B. & Rakim, “Paid in Full.”

What do you think is the most glaring difference between hip hop now and when you first started?

Variety.

Variety and versatility.

RZA. First thank you for the many years of Wu Wisdom. What is your fondest memory Russell Jones – ODB – Baby Jesus?

I have so many fond memories, that I will never say what the fondest is.

But I will share one witchu.

ODB came out of his car to lift a car off a little girl to save her life.

It’s an example of the warmth of his heart that wasn’t showed a lot to the public.

What do you think of the dude on Divorce Court who said his girlfriend had sex with the whole Wu-Tang Clan?

Uh… Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with.

Everyone wants to know if he can confirm this...

Look: this lady, she says clearly, that she did not have sex with the ENTIRE Wu-Tang Clan. I’m not saying that she didn’t dance with somebody!

Who would you say your favorite up and coming artist is currently? What have you been listening to lately?

My favorite at the moment is Kendrick Lamar. I’ve been listening to a lot of Drake, Kanye, Big Sean, as far as hip-hop is concerned. But I also spend a lot of time listening to the Arctic Monkeys.

Who’s your favorite non-Wu artist to work with?

In recent times, I had a lot of fun working with the Black Keys.

If you could have ANY superpower, what would it be and why?

I always thought I’d be something like the Silver Surfer, who’s able to use cosmic energy.

And then of course, I always considered myself to be similar to Professor X. Someone who’s dared to help mutants develop themselves, to help artists find themselves. If you take a look at Wu-Tang history, you will notice in the development stages that I remained way in the back. This was because, as the abbot, I was using my power to increase the power of the Brothers.

What’s the best worst old Kung Fu movie you’ve ever seen? Like, the ones that are so bad they’re awesome.

8 Strikes of the Wildcat.

It starts off with 3 guys, just interruptin’ a guy for no reason, walking through the woods, saying they want the book. And they pull out 3 live rats, and start rubbing the rats, and the 3 of these guys, do the rat style – and the only way to beat these guys is through the cat style. So they have to learn the cat style, to beat the rat style. But what makes it great is the hero is a female.

It actually inspired a scene in IRON FISTS, that movie.

These days, do you think of Wu Tang as much of a group or a unit as it was? Or do you think of yourself or the others as individual artists that work together?

I still think of Wu-Tang as a family.

Wu-Tang is the slang, the sword style, and Clan means family.

What is your favourite Wu Tang track, whether solo or as a group?

It always changes.

I think right now, I just really am into the song “Miracle.”

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Bow Wow Explains Why He & Fiancee Erica Mena Still Live With His Mother

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Bow Wow (aka Shad Moss) is set to marry Love & Hip Hop star Erica Mena in the coming months, but at the moment the couple is still living under the same roof as Bow’s mother at times. The 28-year-old actor CSI: Cyber actor spoke toPeople about their living situation.

“It just makes sense,” said Bow Wow. “First of all the house is too big, but I want to make sure my mom is comfortable forever.”

Bow Wow added that he and Mena reside in the remodeled basement of the Georgia home, and his mom Teresa Caldwell lives on the top two floors. He likens the situation to having his own condo downstairs. The idea came from seeing his mentor’s set up years ago.

“I remember when I first moved to Atlanta and Jermaine Dupri had the same situation,” Bow Wow stated. “He took part of the house and his mom had the whole rest of it. I said then that I wanted to have the same set up.”

In a recent interview with Hot 97, Mena revealed the couple have homes in Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles, and Bow Wow is currently spending a lot of time in L.A. filming his CBS series.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Drake Is Expected To Get “Weird” On “Views From The 6″ Album; LP Described As His “808s & Heartbreak”

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 Toronto rapper Drake is looking to pull off the rare feat of releasing two albums in one year. After dropping If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in January, Drizzy is expected to release his next project Views From The 6 sometime in the next eight months.

Drake has become one of the biggest recording artists in the world, but after a few controversial experiences with the media (see hisRolling Stone interview) the 28-year-old performer has not done much press recently. Ernest Baker was given extensive access to Drake during the run-up to his Coachella performance, and Baker documented his experience in an article for Four Pins.

One of the key sections of Baker’s piece surrounds Drake’s next LP. According to the writer, the “Energy” rhymer is looking to present an entirely new style on Views From The 6 in the way Kanye West shocked listeners with his 2008 R&B album 808s & Heartbreak.

Baker writes:

The topic of our talk switches to Drake’s upcoming fourth album. He only has two songs finished that he likes. One is a collaboration with Beyoncé that he recorded a while ago. The other is a song that he expects to inspire a paradigm shift. His days of releasing lay-up bangers that everyone loves right away are over. For now.

Views From The 6 needs to shock listeners just as much as it needs to impress them. I compare it to what Kanye did on his own fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak. Drake agrees and, as if to reinforce that notion, he tells me that Boi-1da said he needs to listen to the non-Beyoncé song a few more times before he can decide whether it’s good or not. It appears that Drake is ready to deviate from his winning formula and get a little weird.

Drake’s first headlining set at the Coachella Festival was hit with mixed reviews. The show was mostly overshadowed by the media firestorm that surrounded his on-stage kiss from Madonna. Drizzy apparently revealed he saw his Coachella night as a loss.

Three days after Coachella, I’m at a house party in Malibu. It’s a birthday celebration for Drake’s tour manager, Jamil. As fate would have it, I cross paths with Drake in a crowded corridor. We’ve been texting about the performance. Going online must be part of his day because he’s read some of the takedowns. The consensus is his Weekend 2 performance needs to be better.

“I took an L for the first time. I just have to reassess what went wrong with my judgment.”

‘Idol Radio Show’ Podcast (Thursday 4/16/15)

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Artists night with Trevor Douglas on the Idol Radio Show and there were technical issues. We promised a podcast and here it is.

DJSlim & Zip Allen talked with Trevor about American Idol, his career and even played a couple of Trevor Douglas originals. Hit the podcast for the fun!

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