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AIR JORDAN 3 – “SPORT BLUE” FALL 2014

I’ll Take this pair for the fall!

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50 Cent – ‘”SMOKE” Feat. Trey Songz (Produced by DRE)

THIS SONG IS A SMASH!!!!   #AnimalAmbition

50 IS BACK BABY!,,,,PRODUCED BY DRE AND Feat. TREY SONGS

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▶ Top 9 – Jessica Meuse “Rhiannon” – AMERICAN IDOL SEASON XIII

I’m not a huge fan of Amercian Idol, but I’ve been watching this year . Caleb is the man to beat, and Jena is really a contender also. Last night Jessica took on a Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks) on IMO she really Nailed it. It takes real confidence in yourself to make this happen.

There are a few artists out there IMO (Mariah,Whitney,Michael Jackson and maybe Celine Dion) who should never be taken on, especially in a contest as big as this, unless your damn sure you can do it justice or really make it your own. I love Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac . I can listen to her sing for hours and be totally taken by her voice and Presence.

The judges didn’t seem to feel it as much as I’m saying, but I think there is a disconnect sometimes about being there in the audience and how it comes off on TV. She sang Rhiannon, A huge song for Stevie, and Jessica REALLY sounded great. You have to be really unique to sound like Stevie, and Jessica really did the song and Stevie Justice. I hope she goes far in the Competition. If you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac or would like to be I’ve included Access here to Download their Greatest hits CD called the Very Best of.

▶ Top 9 – Jessica Meuse “Rhiannon” – AMERICAN IDOL SEASON XIII – YouTube.

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Baptized – Daughtry | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic

Baptized – Daughtry | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic.

When Chris Daughtry was on American Idol, I was pissed that he didn’t make it to the finals, but I was anxious to see what he did after leaving the show and being offered the gig as the front man for his then favorite band “Fuel”. When he turned that down to form his own band I wondered if his music was going to translate well to mainstream Rock ,  and Post grunge type charts.

His first self entitled Album..was Simply AWESOME!…front to back the album was chock full of hit singles. You have to respect a guy that has a really great talent for writing his own music and lyrics. The Band really  started to develop a STRONG following and huge success  in the world of Hard Rock / Pop music. The music certainly had edge to it, and many songs just simply kicked some serious ass. He wrote songs with Slash, Fuel’s Carl Bell, 3 Doors Down’s Brad Arnold, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, and used Howard Benson as a producer. This formula resulted in the first album selling over 4 million units. The next 2 albums followed the same basic formula, heavy guitar , big hooks, lots of melody, and strong lyrical story like songs. The second album dropped in sales to a 1.3 million and the third album went Gold.  although some of the declining sales can definitely be attributed to the Music Market changing in a major way, to a market much more suited to the single as opposed to album sales. His first 2 albums debuted at number one on the billboard 200 and the third album at number 8. To date he has sold well over 7 million albums combined and 22.6 million digital tracks.

Now…that’s not something just any artist can do. Obviously people loved Chris and the band music. I am included, I’m a huge fan of the first three albums. There was no bullshit on the albums, just straight ahead hard rock / almost metal / Melodic rock tunes that really were easy to relate to. The band kicked ass on all the albums, Musically the band is also very talented as their front man is. The formula worked and I looked forward to each release.

Now he released the fourth album called baptized. They added a synth player, made everything in the background sound like its programmed instead of played. All the drum tracks sound as if they were coming from a drum machine rather then an actual set. IMO the album has no balls, All the songs are almost folk/pop driven instead of rock /Pop. DAUGHTRY definitely purposely decided that he wanted this album to sound softer , and poppier than the previous albums. Now don;t get me wrong, I’m all for trying new things, and even switching directions a little bit to move with market and keep your sound relevant. I had NO problems getting through the first three albums from a listening standpoint any one of the first 3 can be put on and set to play until the album is done because they are that good. Although Chris’s voice can make you have some ear fatigue after a while , it kind of all sounds the same , the songs were still strong. This album is a total cop out. Its like he said hey guys I think I want to take any balls that this album may have and throw them out. I really don’t know how anyone that’s a big Daughtry fan can say they are happy with this release. I was thoroughly disappointed  in everything that this album represents. For a guy that really Prided himself on staying true to who he is from way back to the Idol performances, someone or Something must have really got in your head this time because this is not The Daughtry I know and am a fan of. I am really hoping that this is NOT the direction Daughtry continues to go in and gets back to the winning Formula that had them selling over 7 million albums worldwide. I’ll hang on for another release giving them a chance to Redeem themselves. Read the article above to hear some samples of the new tunes .

Monday Conversation: James Stewart Wins Toronto!

 

Monday Conversation: James Stewart

After tying Ricky Carmichael for second all-time in supercross wins last weekend in Detroit, everyone figured James Stewart was going to get another win and break that tie soon. But after he started 14th in the Monster Energy Supercross main event in Toronto, Saturday night didn’t look like that night. But oh, it was. Here are two conversations with James from what turned out to be a memorable event.

By Chase Stallo and Steve Matthes

Racer X: Where do you think you were making up the most time on the track? What was your best section?
James Stewart: Honestly, I don’t know. The whoops… We had a little issue with the bike in the heat race. Obviously you guys saw that—I almost went over the handlebars first lap. That triple-triple…It was a tough track. Even I felt it. I think I just had a little bit left for the end and I was able to get around those guys and not give it away. Really smooth, just kind of picked my way. I almost went down a couple times first lap, with guys going everywhere. Fourteenth to first, can’t beat that.

You gained some points tonight, too.
The points are one thing. I’ve been trying to race to win races and ride good and to break the record [pass Ricky Carmichael for second all time]. To ride like that, I think that’s one of probably the best rides I had for sure this year; I’ve had probably in the last four years, for a long time. It’s a momentum builder and we’ll see if we can go for more next weekend—just have some fun. Points are points and you’ve got to give Ryan [Villopoto] a lot of credit. He had to qualify for the main event not riding the track. You guys all know I’ve done that a few times and it’s tough. So he’s a champion. That’s why he’s won it three times. You can’t overlook that. But I’m going to celebrate with the family tonight, so it’s nice.

James Stewart (7) had to come through traffic to secure his fourth win of the season. Photo: Simon Cudby
James Stewart (7) had to come through traffic to secure his fourth win of the season. Photo: Simon Cudby

I’ve never seen you speechless on a podium.
I’ve been speechless a couple times but not like that. It hasn’t even sunk in. What I’m thinking about is when I was a kid I used to watch racing and used to watch McGrath, get those old Fox tapes. Then a couple weeks afterwards trying to find old Cycle News’ and all that stuff, to see him winning 13 out of 14 races. To see Ricky come out here and win these things, and to have my chance to get to second all-time, and to not only do it, but do it like I just did it. I’m excited for the record but I’m also excited for how I rode. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my team. We had an issue with the bike in-between the heat race and the main event. They figured out what it was and we got it done.

Yeah, I heard you say “way better” on the podium.
It was. We had a malfunction, but that’s why they get paid the big bucks. They’ll figure it out. I tell them every weekend if we have a bike that’s good, which we do, I feel like I can win races. I feel like I can do it comfortably, smoothly… Tonight was a little more hectic; there was a lot of stuff. But I still got the win and was able to get it done.

When you say you haven’t had a race like that in a few years, is it just the feeling on the bike? Is it how far you came from? What is it?
I think a little bit of everything. To come from that far back… And it wasn’t like those guys were right in front of me; I had to run them down. And to be able to pass them, get a gap and be strong, that’s the whole package. To have that and know I have it and to know I have to work hard to get there and still have enough to keep fighting and go around them and still have enough to pull away, it just means more to myself. Those guys ride great. Maybe they had issues or whatnot. Tonight we came out lucky and it was a good way to cap off the weekend.

It seemed like you were really soaking things in there at the end when you came across the finish. What was going through your mind at that point?
Surreal, I won, I got to second all-time in wins, how I won, fitness, just everything. As I finished racing it kind of just all hit. I’m in the race, I’m focused. I’m looking at a pit board, keeping checks on those guys so I don’t have a lot of time to think of what I just did. When I crossed the finish line and I started thinking, I’m like, dude, I came from way back and won this race. That’s when it sunk in.

James lets it all sink in. Photo: Simon Cudby
James lets it all sink in. Photo: Simon Cudby

Later, our Steve Matthes found James in the pits

There it is. That was a great ride. Terrible start, but from there you really killed it.
I got a horrible start. I got a pretty decent jump but I spun on the plastic. I got pinched off. I think I landed on somebody’s fender. Everybody was going back and forth in that rhythm section. I seriously hate it when they put jumps right out of the first corner. It’s dangerous. We had it this weekend and it’s tough gauging which guy is going to jump which one. But I was so far back I didn’t even think I had a chance to win. All the top guys were in front of me. I just kind of started picking my way up. At that point I saw Ryan and I tried to get some points on him, but I saw Barcia, Ken, and Dungey; I thought they were gone. It kind of clicked, and I won. I got up and then I kind of stalled out for about a lap and then I just started clicking them off. It was a lot of work getting up to them, trying to get around. I was pumped to still have more, have energy to fight with those guys and be able to pull away and get a little gap. So it was special.

You got the three-three before the finish you got the quad in the rhythm section. Clearly you were looking at that stuff all day. I don’t think you did it until the main event. Did you plan on it? Talk about the difficulty of those two jumps.
The three-three I had planned all day. I did it like lap five or something in the main event. The quad actually they were jumping it in practice so I thought everybody would do it, but it got really gnarly. Got a lot of ruts in it. I was seat bouncing it sometimes, standing up, almost landed on lappers. This track for some reason was tough. But I won, I don’t know what else to say.

Stewart is now second all-time in supercross wins.  Photo: Simon Cudby
Stewart is now second all-time in supercross wins.  Photo: Simon Cudby

The rollers, the wheel tap, and then three… Just killing it, old-school James Stewart stuff. Finding ways to make up time.
I guess I was really happy. I don’t know where it happened but I found ways to win. My corner speed was actually really good in certain parts. I was able to cut down. That’s how I passed Justin I believe. I had a couple spots I just kind of chilled. I sucked all day through the whoops and all of a sudden in the main event I got through them. We had a little malfunction with the motorcycle with the forks. Just something went a little wrong in the heat race, almost threw it away. They went back, changed the part out, fixed it, and all of a sudden I was going through the whoops again, so it was good.

One more win than Ricky in one less career start. I guess that’s kind of cool.
It is. I don’t ever take, well, at one point I did, take winning for granted, because it was happening every week. But out of all the races this year that was probably the best one, the toughest one. And to have the speed like that and to be able to pull things out… I rode really good at Anaheim. I rode good at a lot of races, but that particular one was, all right, I’ve got to find speed. I didn’t just get out front, just get set on the pace and make people chase me. I had to chase those guys down and found a way to win.

James shares the moment with his father, Big James.  Photo: Simon Cudby
James shares the moment with his father, Big James.  Photo: Simon Cudby

Great crowd response for you in Toronto. They were really pumped on you in opening ceremonies and very excited for the main.
I don’t know why, they probably knew you were Canadian and know we got a great relationship! But I honestly don’t know why. It felt like a hometown race. I sucked here last year. I think maybe where I would be coming from [come-from-behind] the crowd would be into it, but not like that. They were into it!

▶ Supercross LIVE! 2014 – Toronto 3/22/14 – Monster Energy Supercross Animated Track Map

Track looks really cool, I think its gonna be an awesome race!…Hope JS7 can continue His Winning ways!

▶ Supercross LIVE! 2014 – Toronto 3/22/14 – Monster Energy Supercross Animated Track Map – YouTube.

 

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50 Cent Hits The Studio With Jadakiss & Styles P “It’s Getting Ready To Get Crazy”

50 Cent Hits The Studio With Jadakiss & Styles P “It’s Getting Ready To Get Crazy

We Approve: Eddie Murphy’s Sexy Daughters Bria & Shayne Pose In Lingerie

We Approve: Eddie Murphy’s Sexy Daughters Bria & Shayne Pose In Lingerie [Pics]

▶ 50 Cent on “Animal Ambition” Features & “The Funeral” Video – SXSW 2014 – YouTube

New Album gonna be fire! Its ABOUT TIME FIF!!!

▶ 50 Cent on “Animal Ambition” Features & “The Funeral” Video – SXSW 2014 – YouTube.

Avian Ft. The Diplomats – Billboard Chick

Song Is hot!

Avian Ft. The Diplomats – Billboard Chick

 

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