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Keanu Reeves Talks John Wick With The Fans

On October 13, actors Keanu Reeves & Alfie Allen, directors Chad Stahelski & David Leich and producer Basil Iwanyk sit down at the Apple Store SoHo for a moderated conversation and audience Q&A about their new film, John Wick. The stylized action thriller follows former hit man John Wick (Reeves) as he comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him.

John Wick premieres October 24th in theaters everywhere.

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Young Scooter feat. Future & Casino – “Bag It Up”

It’s no secret that the South reigns supreme in hip hop. With Atlanta as its focal point, the South has given birth to some of hip hop’s major players of the last decade. While many have laid claim to that throne, there are a chosen few who the streets unanimously hail as strong contenders for the crown. East side Atlanta-based heavy spitter and affiliate of fellow Atlanta rapper Future’s Freebandz crew, Young Scooter has risen to be one of that chosen few. And with his latest mixtape 80’s Baby, featuring heavyweights like Waka Flocka, Flame, and 2 Chainz, Young Scooter is poised to take his rightful place as the crowned prince of trap music.

Young Scooter ups the ante with his latest mixtape, 80′s Baby. Paying homage to the era of his birth, Young Scooter enlisted the prowess of producer Zaytoven (Nicki Minaj, Usher, Young Jeezy) and production team Chophouze (Jadakiss, 2 Chainz) to create the sonic bed for the lion’s share of his new offering. 80’s Baby finds him shifting gears on a familiar musical highway. The mixtape also unveils Young Scooter’s new vainglorious concept in trap: count music. Aligning his unique cadence with tailor made trap drums, count music is less of a contrivance and more of a natural progression. “Count music is money making music. You can count money and hustle to it.” The lead single, “Bag It Up” featuring Future and Casino, is a swag injected barrage of drums and synths that succinctly exemplifies his infectious musical invention. “If you’re in the streets, it’s self explanatory,” he says. “But you can bag and tag anything. Even clothes.” The song is already a hit at more than 30 radio stations across the country.

Def Jam recording artist 2 Chainz drops a heavy verse on the dystopic anthem “Life Support.” A first person report on the dire state of affairs in the hood, the song is a testament to the trials of everyday survival. But while the song rings with a sense of defeat, Young Scooter offers a ray of light in the chorus. The head nodding cut “Hector” picks up where “Columbia” left off, while “My Kids” is a bass heavy tribute and testament to his dedication to fatherhood. Waka Flocka Flame makes a special appearance on “Ghetto Gold,” a metaphor with an allusion to Young Scooter’s past street hustles.

After taking on an unexpected life of it’s own, Scooter’s mixtape 80′s Baby will be re-packaged with four bonus tracks featuring Akon, Boosie, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug and others and available for purchase on December 2nd.

These days, Young Scooter’s hustles involve reinforcing his Black Migo Gang brand and working on his highly anticipated debut album, Count Music. “My stock rises every time I drop a mixtape,” he says of his elevating status as a hip hop heavyweight. With his Twitter and Instagram followings at well over 200k each and a major label bidding war on his hands, it’s safe to say that he’s on the right track. Plans for that next level include a project with Future as well as his upcoming Count Up clothing line. And while Young Scooter has his head in the clouds, he’s got his ear to the streets and his mind on his money. For him, haters and detractors are simply part of the game. He remains unshakably confident in his rising stock as a recording artist, his unique gift as a lyricist, and his lofty future in hip hop.

Download Young Scooter’s 80′s Baby Mixtape

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Innocent – Love It Or Hate It

T.H.E.M. Recordings CEO Innocent? is ready to shock the world with his long awaited album, Love It Or Hate It. This vivid, double disc portrait features guest appearances from hip hop heavyweights such as General Steele, Royal Flush, Vvs Verbal, Mic Handz, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Ruste Juxx and includes the hit “Proof In Numbers” featuring Sadat X. Pick up your copy of Love It or Hate It on CDbaby.

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Lil’ Dawg – “Turn Up”

This young new talent has exploded on the Hip Hop scene with his unique vocal styling and charismatic stage presence Lil Dawg has already shared the stage with some big names in the industry and has proven that he CAN run with the big dawgs.

With catchy rhymes and overall highly produced music tracks this performer is sure to capture the attention of everyone around! Entertainment insiders have already been keeping close watch on this young talent as he soars through the hip hop scene holding his own every step of the way. Led by some of the rap community’s best producers and management this hot new superstar will surely be one to contend with.

Twitter: @littledogglds | Facebook: @lildawg | IG: @LILDAWG_LD

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Shabaam Sahdeeq – “Skillet” (Produced by DJ Ready Cee)

“It could be the dead of winter and the streets could be hot as a Skillet”…

Shabaam Sahdeeq, fresh off his critically acclaimed and awarded album, Keepers of the Lost Art (UMA 2014 Album of the Year) returns with a new single, “Skillet”, produced by DJ READY CEE exclusively for his new, In The Cut mixtape.

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Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story

Harold “Noonie G” Ward is outraged at the escalating violence that is plaguing Chicago’s inner city and is asking for all the community leaders to unite and have a sit down to develop a strategy to educate, mentor and employ at-risk youth in an effort to alleviate the rampart violence in Chicago and beyond.  Ward is one man who can intimately relate with the violence at both the cause and effects level. Ward is a former high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, a Chicago area gang reported to be one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States. Once considered a prominent force of terror on the city’s South Side, Ward has been on a mission to change the effects of causes he understands and relates to on a very personal level.

Ward was able to change his life around because of mentors and education and believes other youths can do the same. Ward’s early accomplishments include working with President Barack Obama as an activist in Altgeld Gardens, and organizing Chicago’s first National Gang Summit for Peace attended by Russell Simmons, NFL legend Jim Brown and Minister Louis Farrakhan. Today Ward is now one of Chicago’s entrepreneurial and philanthropic elite with legitimate businesses throughout Chicago.

The devastating rise in violent gun deaths has also prompted Ward to announce the re-release of his DVD titled, Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story.  The DVD is narrated by Chicago natives Grammy Award winner Kanye West and celebrated hip hop artist and actor Common.

Ward is serious about pulling others up with him. Utilizing the hip hop community as his vehicle, he has garnered a list of noteworthy accomplishments to his credit over the years. He actively engages the efforts and support of several hip hop luminaries.  The Voice’s Cee-Lo made a personal appearance at Ward’s Chicago book signing in the past and continues to support him in his new endeavors. Ward partnered with recording artist Trey Songz to create the Songz for Peace Foundation, joined with rapper/actor T.I. to speak to youth in schools and hosted a toy drive for Chicago children with hip hop artist Waka Flocka.

This past summer Ward organized a protest against Walsh Construction for a government contract that would provide jobs in the community. In the end, jobs were rewarded to the community as a result of the protest. Ward was quoted by In These Times regarding the protest. He stated, “We will help stop the violence in our urban communities when we stop the economic violence that causes far too many of our urban residents to be caught up in gang, drug and other illegal economies, when they should be working legal jobs that should come with local development contracts like CHA has. Big businesses and our elected officials for far too long have been allowed to exclude local contractors and workers”.

As a true product of the street life, Ward possesses the unique ability to connect with youth on a genuine level. With contracts granted to him by Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, he regularly visits local high schools speaking to the students and conducting workshops about violence and various life issues. Determined to implement change, he has ran for the political offices of City Alderman, State Representative and Cook County Commissioner in Chicago.

Currently, Ward is running for office November 4th 2014 as the Representative of the 29th District of the Illinois State House, as well as Alderman of the 9th Ward. He is committed to continuing to serve his community for as long as he can. “I’m no angel but I’m a standup guy who really wants to see improvements in my community,” Ward admits.

The “Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G Story” DVD is available here.

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Shameless Plug – “Too Easy”

First single off The New 90s album, a tribute to that boom bap era we all grew to know and love.  Salute to all of the legends that paved the way.

Catch Shameless Plug in action October 19th at the It’s Alive Showcase at Lit Lounge – 93 2nd Ave.

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