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Friday, April 30, 2010

WBM Music Video: Christina Aguilera (Not Myself Tonite)

She's back...

Christina Aguilera has a new single, a new album and a new video called "Not Myself Tonite" check it out and let us know what you think.

Words for the Soul

Today is not a day for regret, but more for success. It is a day to seek the ambition inside of you to complete your goals. The missions you put in front of you to accomplish each day. Walking alone may not always seem lonely if you are the only one does the hard work that comes with your success. To awake each day and eat, bathe, walk, and talk success leads to being successful. You must always believe that somewhere inside of you determination starts with you first. When you give up selfishness and humble yourself for the better, things eventually work out for the better.

Nothing can come easily to you if you do not want it bad enough. Time is always a factor so make each and every minute count. It is so much more in you that drives you to the dreams you want. So don't let anything or anyone stop you. Make your hard work stand out and make it count for not just something, but everything.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

WBM Features: TrustBeatz



A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.
-Dimitri Shostakovich


Regardless of the age, gender, background or upbringing; the mission is still the same-- Success. And to 21 year old, aspiring musicproducer/music engineer, TrustBeatz, success is just what he will get. The mindset is there and the talent is definitely undeniable. See the world through New York's own, TrustBeatz and get a closer look at how he holds it down.



[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




Who is Trust Beatz?

TB: I go by Trust Beatz, my producer name. I am 21-year-old Ecuadorian cat from Queens, NYC who loves to make music. Right now I attend La Guardia Community College then going off to Institute of Audio Research to get a degree and certificate as a Music Engineer. I really like watching videos on interesting topics on Youtube such as science experiments and incredible feats.


How long have you been involved with music?

TB: I have been producing for about 7-8 years now. I would say about 3/4 of my career so far, I use to sample a lot because I looked up to Kanye West, but 2 years ago I decided to start making original compositions using a MIDI controller called Axiom 49. I use to play in the percussion ensemble back in high school for 2-3 years but I backed out of it cause I lost interest as a percussionist. But ironically, I still loved making music. I started from Hip-Hop and then shifted to R&B mixed with a whole bunch of genres. I love the feeling of making a hot track and knowing that I made it without any use of samples. You should see me when I make my tracks. My videos don’t portray it but I get mad hyped, smiling, and just hooting all over my room. It’s a beautiful feeling to make music and letting other people hear it and them loving it!


What does it mean to be a producer in 2010?

TB: Being a producer in 2010 now a days mean you got to bring the heat. Music technology is RIDICULOUS now in the game. So many new ways to get all these programs and plugins and equipment that was never experienced from the older music industry where they had to pay millions to get a setup. Sadly, music now a days is super commercial and artificial and lacks of musicianship. With all this technology, producers should be able to do things on their mix/production that the Analog age musicians wish they could’ve done.


Pro Tools or Logic?

TB: Neither. When fans/producers/musicians ask me what I use, they are always surprised when I tell them I use FL Studio 9. I started producing with Fruityloops 3. You’d be surprised the power FL Studio has. Like what an engineer said at a seminar I attended one day in Harlem, “It’s not about the wand, but it’s about the magician behind the wand that matter.”



How important is innovation to you?

TB: I believe innovation is extremely important, especially in this ever-changing world we live in. Technology that is top of the line today can become obsolete tomorrow. We need to embrace what we have and use it to OUR advantage and not let the technology brain wash us to thinking we don’t have to put in as much work as before. We have to put in the same work, BELIEVE IT, but in a different matter.


What does success mean to you?

TB: Success. Success to me means being happy. If I am happy with what I do and what I did, then I am successful. Being successful isn’t about having the most money or the biggest company.


What inspires and motivates you?

TB: Anything inspires me really. Videos on Youtube of producers making beats to a good song on the radio to a piece of paper on the floor that flies away with the wind. Anything and everything around us can be inspirational. It’s all about how you perceive things.


What's in your iPod?

TB: I just restored my iPod recently so I lost all my music but I usually have my own tracks that I produced along with references the singers I work with send me. I had a lot of Ryan Leslie on my iPod since he is one of my favorite producers. I listen to a lot of underground hip-hop like Little Brother, Murs, 9th Wonder, Exile, etc. I like listening to rap songs that tell a story. You know R&B is a must have on MY iPod so I basically have anything and everything of R&B on my iPod. I also have other artists’ or producers’ mixtapes/albums to see what other people are doing and learning from them.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

TB: Aw man. That is a tough question. I wish I could collab with a bunch of people. I always wanted to collab with Ciara and Keri Hilson. Both talented female singers and I know I could make something special for them.


Current projects?

TB: Right now I am working with my boy Yung Stutz, a singer/rapper/songwriter from Flushing, Queens trying to get reference tracks done and posting them up on the web. I am currently not working on a whole big project but I am dying to!


Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

TB: I see myself 100 times better of a producer that I already am now. I see myself working with a team of singers/songwriters/producers and making GOOD music for the people because without the fans, there wouldn’t be any music.


What type of impact would you like to leave with your music?


TB: The big question of the century: Radio music or music in general needs to be healed and cleansed from so much artificial music that has been circulating for the past several years. Yes, I understand music has to evolve but there is a lot of nonsense music out there. My goal ultimately is to change the music industry as a whole and bring in good music to the public and as well influence other artists/producers to do the same.


Any advice for those looking to pursue their goals and dreams?

TB: Follow your dream, even if it seems impossible or far-fetched. Don’t care about what your parents say, your friends, co-workers, or classmates. Just do what you KNOW is right for YOU. Do music only if you are passionate about music, not if your main goal is to make money to be “pimpin” or “ballin”. And to aspiring producers, brothers and sisters: Study your craft. Don’t just MAKE beats. Study your favorite music or the music you produce. Study the professionals in your field and learn as much as you can. Trust me, there is an unlimited supply of information to learn as a producer/musician.

For More On TrustBeatz:
www.youtube.com/beatz4life1
www.soundcloud.com/user555996
www.twitter.com/trustbeatz

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday May 2nd

1. Usher - Raymond vs. Raymond (SAME)
2. Monica - Still Standing (SAME)
3. Ludacris - Battle Of The Sexes (UP1)
4. Sade - Solider Of Love (DOWN1)
5. Marvin Sapp - Here I Am (UP1)
6. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part2 (DOWN1)
7. Rihanna - Rated R (SAME)
8. Alicia Keys - Element Of Freedom (UP2)
9. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (DOWN1)
10. Trey Songz - Ready (DOWN1)


compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

WBM Features: CASE



A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
-Maya Angelou


Who Remembers "Touch me, Tease me," the smash hit single from THE NUTTY PROFESSOR SOUNDTRACK which featured Mary J Blige, Foxy Brown? If you remember like I do, that was the summer the world was introduced to R&B singer CASE. Case went on to give us some R&B classics; Faded Pictures, Missing U, and Happily Ever After to name a few and still to this day is putting out quality work. We got a chance to get to know him a little better.

Allow CASE introudce himself to his new fans and reintroduce himself to fans he's had all along.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]



So what project are you working on now? What are your goals for 2010?

Case: I'm working on a new album that should be released later this year! And my goals have not changed. Just want to continue doing what I love doing and thats singing. So catch me in your city.


Whats your birth name?
Whats the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

Case: My birth name is Case. There's not a big difference between the two I don't think. I just probably have a lot more fun on stage.


How long have you been in the game?

Case: I've been writing, and doing demos etc. since about 1991.


What's your greatest accomplishment in life so far?

Case: So far it would have to be being a good father to my kids and raising them right.


Tell us a little bit about yourself: Interest(s)?

Case: I like tv, sports, hangin with friends, bowling, video games, hanging out with my kids.


What's your ultimate goal in life?

Case: I guess my ultimate goal would be to have lived a good life, not have too many regrets, and to have done all that I wanted to do and more.


What do you like most about being in the business?

Case: It's what I love to do. my job is to sing, which is something I have done all my life.


What's the thought process behind your works?

Case: It's personal experience or experiences of people close to me.


What inspires and motivates you?

Case: Life inspires me-- just the things I go thru on a daily basis. whether it be somethin I have seen or issues in a relationship I'm in etc.


What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

Case: I have no idea cuz I never wanted to do anything else.


What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

Case: My ipod is real diverse. I listen to anything from Sly and The Family Stone, to The Beatles, Commission, Michael Jackson, NWA, Marvin Gaye, Black Sabbath to NERD, Jay Z and Kanye West. So basically I like a lot of things.


What has been your favorite job you've done so far?

Case: I'm doing it.


What are you currently working on ?
Case: Right now I'm gettin started on a new album, just startin the process of gathering material and getting it recorded.


Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

Case: It used to affect me, but I kind of learned to ignore it. It's pointless to let it get to u too much.


Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

Case: I would say to not let anyone ever tell you that you can't acheive them. Stay focused on them and be willing to work hard to make them happen.


What do you want to be remembered by?
Case: I just wanna be remembered as someone who made good music that stands the test of time


Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

Case: Just that I am far more normal than most people would imagine, and if they meet me they will see that. My current Album entitled The Rose Experience is in stores NOW!! You can also download it on iTunes! And you can follow me on Twitter @ http://Twitter.com/Casesoulmusic1 Or Look me up on Facebook @ http://Facebook.com/CaseBlaxlRose Or Join my FB Fan Page Case Woodard! I'm also on myspace @ http://Myspace.com/Theofficialcasemusic

WBM Music Video: I'm Beaming (Lupe Fiasco)





If inspiration had an anthem, it would be this song. New release folks, "I'm Beaming," the official music video from Atlantic Records Hip Hop Artist, Lupe Fiasco. Recognize the potential that lies within. Be Lazers, Not Losers.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

WBM Inspiration: Desire



When honed, the desire to win is quite amazing. Check out this clip. An incredible feat to say the least.

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WBM Music Video: The Game (Shake)



THE GAME is back with a new video called "SHAKE," co-starring Stacey Dash. Check it out and let us know what you think.

The R.E.D. Album Coming Soon.

WBM Music Video: B.O.B f T.I & Playboy Tre (Bet I Bust)

Check out the latest video from B.O.B featuring T.I. and Playboy Tre "Bet I Bust."

Let us know what you think.

WBM Music: Comander (Kelly Roland)




"Commander"


Looks like the Spring is heating up a little with this new release from Kelly Roland, "Commander." With this her new single, Kelly is sure to make you nod, dance and definitely pop it on the dance floor, lounge or wherever you bust a move. Check it out. Download Here

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WBM Features: SCOOPVISION



"Free Your Mind" - Episode 21


It's not fresh unless it's from Scoop The MC. Here's the latest episode from ScoopVision. Episode 21, "Free Your Mind."

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http://www.ScoopTheMC.com

WBM Inspiration: Backflip Dunk


In an recent NBA Playoff Game, Mascot performs a backflip dunk. Wowzers.

Don't let ever let any thing hold you back. Let go and be free.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WBM Cares: Make Prote-J Central Florida's Next Hot Artist






Recent WBM Feature and stellar Hip Hop artist, Prote-J is at it again! Making quite the buzz for himself both here in the states and abroad, he needs our help with votes. A secured win would mean a cover feature and an interview in Flyer Promo Now Magazine for him.



Please Click Here To Vote For Prote-J As Central Florida's Hottest Artist


WBM Music: Buckle Up (Joella)



"Buckle Up"



Fresh out the studio, Singer/Songerwriter and WBM Feature, Joella has just released a new Techno/Hip-Hop joint "Buckle Up." She definitely has a dope sound and is sure to catch ears with this one.


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TELL HIM HE'S BAD IN BED!!??....

So the time has come, you and your beautiful man are one step away from making ecstasy. The candles are lit, the clothes are off and the heat is turned up. He climbs on top of you and whispers sweet nothings in your ear. Your READY..over the four play. You tell him "baby i'm ready,stick it
in". He breathes deeply and tells you, "its already in baby". Your eyes POP open like your man
just told you he was thinking about a man while he was inside of you!!...what do you do?!?! Do you automatically tell him to stop, get out, or even I don't feel a THING! Do you deal with the absence of his disco stick and perform the greatest FAKE orgasm any man has ever seen? How far are you willing to go to sacrifice your big O's for his EGO? 

Most of my girlfriends talk to me about this, and I tell them every single time to be honest. When your honest you deal with a much clearer conscience. Now don't get me wrong, i'm not saying you should deliberately hurt the man's ego and tell him he's hiding a lipstick case in his pants. I'm telling you to be open and kind, because this kind of information is not something that can be put into words easily.

Things you shouldn't do:
1. Don't blurt it out, I dont believe anyone can be ready for that kind of let down no matter how prepared.
2. Don't play the blame game, tell him whats bothering you, but don't tell him it's all his fault and he needs to fix it or else.
3. Don't lie about the situation, it takes two to tango and if your in the relationship he needs to know how you feel.
If he decides to lash out:
Don't fall to pieces, if he is not excepting what your saying. Let him go, there is plenty more fishes in the sea with bigger hooks. ;)
If he decides to work it out:
Don't put the man down..HELP HIM OUT! Teach him what you like and express to him what turns you on.

Now Ladies, this may not work for everyone, but if you take this advice and add your own little twist. I gaurantee you will be satisfied.



WBM Music Video: Tyga f/ Chris Brown (G S#*!)

Check out TYGA and CHRIS BROWNS new video "G S%#!" and let us know what you think?


WBM Music Video: M.I.A (Born Free)

Check out the most controversial video of the year! M.I.A 's BORN FREE, while you still can before it gets banned.

Let us know what you think.

WBM Music Video: T.I. (I'm Back)

T.I is back with his latest single "I'm Back" check out the video for the hit song off of his highly anticipated new album "King Uncaged" due out on August 17th.


Let us know what you think.

Monday, April 26, 2010

WBM MUSIC VIDEO: Nas & Damian Marley (As We Enter)

Check out the first video from Nas & Damian Marley’s joint effort “As We Enter” from their highly anticipated "Distant Relatives" album due out May 18th. Watch the video and let us know what you think.


WBM Features: The O.G. Mack (Part 2)




WBM Features...The O.G. Mack in part of two of a two part video interview highlighting his life accomplishments and perspective of the world as an entertainer.

Are You The Reason...?
http://www.whybluematters.com

Sunday, April 25, 2010

WBM Movies: Acts Of Violence (Trailer)




Wow.

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WBM Movies: The Last Airbender (Trailer 3)




Looks like it's going to be a billion dollar summer. Here's a sneak peak why. Coming to theaters July 2nd, 2010.

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WBM Movies: Predators (Trailer)




Are they hunters or the hunted? Find out this summer. Coming to theaters, July 9th, 2010.

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WBM News: (Usain) Bolt Strikes Penn Relays




Over the weekend, lightning struck and in a major way at the Penn Relays resulting in Team Jamaica Gold anchored by 23 year world record holder Usain Bolt, capturing gold for early season bragging rights. Check out this vid in expectation of 4x100 USA vs. The World Relay Race and the reaction of the crowd before, during and afterward. Amazing.

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WBM Cares: Vote For Josie La Corte (Young Money Apprentice)



http://hustlegrl.com/blog/2010/04/vote-now-young-money-apprenticeship-contest/


Part of the WBM fam and also aspiring graphic designer, clothing designer and model Josie La Corte is competing in the Young Money apprentice contest. Ending on April 30th, 2010, Josie needs our help.

When asked about herself and her perspective art this is what she had to say:

"Art if not just a definition to me, it defines me. I am Josie La Corte & in the essence, I believe I should Be the Young Money Apprentice Winner because I have an incredible strive for the top. I strive for not only my goals, but to reach out and aid in the making of others. My aspirations huge, between getting accepted to the University of OCAD for graphic design and pursuing my dream, with beginning the process of creating my own clothing line, and juggling my love for modeling, I am convinced that with my attitude anything can be possible. The money will not only let me jump start my life, but it makes me one step closer to reaching yours. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Let's push her all the way to the top.

Vote for her today, we have until April 30th.
http://hustlegrl.com/blog/2010/04/vote-now-young-money-apprenticeship-contest/

WBM Features: The O.G. Mack (Part One)




WBM Features...The O.G. Mack in part of one of a two part video interview highlighting his life accomplishments and perspective of the world as an entertainer.

Are You The Reason...?
http://www.whybluematters.com

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Words For The Soul


There's always a light somewhere for you to shine. You just have to find that light so you can step into it.
Sometimes there are people there to help set up them lights so you can have a stage performance. When you get help its wise to take the chance on it. When you least expect it, it may actually be the push you needed to do something you may be meant for. I've always wanted to work with children with disorders. I met a wonderful friend that helped put up the light for me to step into it. Well because of that push I'm now working with children and adults with disorders. It just goes to show with your own ambition and the belief in you from others great things can happen.
Be Blessed.

What's the reason you do what it is you do?


Signed: Mz. in Love with Me.

Friday, April 23, 2010

WBM Movies: Sex In The City 2 (Extended Trailer)




Here's the extended version of the anticipated release Sex In The City 2. This flick should definitely rule the box office the weekend of May 27th-- just on time for the Memorial Day Holiday.

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WBM Inspiration: Shine Bright



(Photo Credit: NASA)

Above is one of the most recent photos taken of the sun. You too can shine this bright. Belief in yourself and your abiility will not prohibit you from anything. That's Why Blue Matters. Belief is the reason and the catalyst fueling your purpose. Live life on purpose and everything else will fall into place.

Be inspired. Be proactive. Be Why Blue Matters.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WBM: Top 20 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

This week we're spotlighting Waka Flocka Flame's "O lets do it" which has been hanging onto the TOP 20 for weeks now. Here's the remix video featuring Diddy and Rick Ross.



and then check out Waka Flocka Flame perform live at this years B.E.T's "Spring Bling"

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday April 25th

1. Usher - Raymond vs. Raymond (SAME)
2. Monica - Still Standing (SAME)
3. Sade - Solider of Love (UP3)
4. Ludacris - Battle of the Sexes (SAME)
5. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part 2 (DOWN2)
6. Marvin Sapp - Here I Am (DOWN1)
7. Rihanna - Rated R (SAME)
8. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (SAME)
9. Trey Songz - Ready (SAME)
10. Alicia Keys - Element of Freedom (SAME)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

Head of the Class


I've recently had the opportunity to not only interview, but get to know a man by the name Douglas George Jr. The entertainment world has learned to become familiar with him as Skew Beezy. Being a father of five, hes doing what he loves to do what he want to do. however not having a father figure in his life to guide him in the directions he felt he needed, Skew Beezy was determined to be stronger and more independent of himself. He never thought he should have to rely on others to get what he wanted or to get where he wanted to go.

Skew first found his heart for music in junior high school when his best friend at the time approached him with an offer to start a group. Realizing they had what it takes to make it to the next level was just history in the making.

In the current state that music is in Skew feels that being himself; grounded, real and open to the industry will forever change the terms Hip Hop is dead. Skew Beezy states, "today in Hip Hop you see so many clones of other rappers and being himself is what is right." Coming up around music his entire life means everything ti Skew. He believes if he didn't come up around music since he was young, "I probably wouldn't be doing music at all."

Seeing himself as a real artist that speaks about what he sees and what hes been through. If he carries any common traits from any of the greats in Hip Hop he'd like his fans to let him know. He says he "just wants to be me and stay in my own lane." When asked what message would he tell the world? Skew Beezy replied, "stay focused and determined about your dreams. Also keep God first and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to." Those are truly words from a great.

Having the privilege to interview not only a great artist but person as well was a Why Blue Matters honor.

Please be on the look out for Skew Beezy.
Mix tape series Back 2 Skew coming May 2010
Video blog series: Skew Sessions

For more on Skew Beezy:
http://skewhouserock.net
http://skewbeezy.net
http://myspace.com/starhottent
http://reverbnation.com/skewbeezy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WBM Events: Hunter College Annual Fashion/Talent Show




Event: Hunter College Annual Fashion & Talent Show (Spring/Summer Edition)
Date: April 30th, 2010
Location: Hunter College North/Assembly Hall
69th Street Btwn Lexington and Park Ave.
Time: 8pm

Next week Friday, April 30th, 2010, it's going down. Fashion events don't get any better than this. Be prepared to see the latest fashions from some of New York's most amazing designers and models. Many will be in attendance. Hope to see you there.

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WBM Interviews Mike Epps





Why Blue Matters interviews actor and comedian Mike Epps from the red carpet the night of his Mike Epps Comedy Show at Club Nokia in LA.

WBM Music Video: Chris Brown f/ Tyga "Holla At Me"

Check out CHRIS BROWN's latest video "HOLLA AT ME" featuring TYGA
let us know what you think?


WBM Music Video: CIARA f/LUDACRIS (Ride)

CIARA is back in full form with her latest single "Ride" featuring Ludacris from her upcoming album BASIC INSTINCT . Watch the video and let us know what you think?

WBM MUSIC VIDEO: Kelis (Acapella)

Check out Kelis's first single off her album FLESHSTONE "Acapella" let us know what you think?

WBM MUSIC NEWS



Does the name Stefani Germanotta ring a bell? It probably wont, people think Lady Gaga is a new artist, but her first time around in the music business she simply went by Stefani.

Check out a classic live performance from Stefani AKA Lady Gaga


Which do you prefer better? Stefani or Lady Gaga? Let us know what you think?







LADY GAGA's performance at the MTV MUSIC AWARDS



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WBM Music Video: Do My Ladies Run This Party (Cupid)





This just in-- the official video for Cupid's new single Do My Ladies Run This Party released today. Ladies & Gents, this joint is real serious and guaranteed to make you move. Definitely vibe with Cupid on this one and see why the ladies run the party.

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Through the Photographers Lens




Welcome to Through the Photographers Lens,

In this week’s post I thought I would address some questions of my own. Do people know or even understand the differences between Hip-hop and Rap? Do People understand the difference between the culture and art form versus, as many rappers call it “the Hustle?”

As I sat in my study reviewing notes from past interviews with Artists within the hip-hop community, I began to notice subtle differences in the answers to my questions, the passion that drives the writing and even the level of respect in the language used to express thought. I’d come to the conclusion that there are some subtle differences that when looked at as a whole they form a sharp separating line between the two factions of the art form. Differences that are not unlike the differences between “Guy’s” and “Men” or the differences between “Girl’s” and “Women”. One you have respect for and honor in the things you do to recognize each for what they are and one you have to just deal with.

In my conversations with Hip-Hop artists, the conversations are very deep and detailed, delving into politics and the development of the culture. Many want to build whole Hip-Hop communities that are completely self –sufficient and rely strictly on the culture and the craftsmanship of its members to support itself and each other through craft. Purchasing land and building homes and businesses that ultimately help further the cause of the culture. Innovation in mind and thinking to bring about growth and cultural maturity to make Hip-Hop a viable and recognizable nation. Humility, strength, honor (of sorts) and even a belief in one uncreated creator with many different names only separated by language and locality but unified by the common cause. Further the Hip-Hop nation and culture!

In my conversations with some of the rappers I have interviewed the answers because very limited and dare I say repetitive. Diamonds, clothes, cars, sociopathic behavioral patterns, elicit narcotic use and of course misogyny! Lyrical weakness in the craft is what many complain about. A total lack of content. There are many songs to choose from in fact if you are reading this you are more than likely humming the lyrics to one of those songs in your head and nodding knowingly. In a recent tweet I posted the question “If everyone is striving to be individual then what is normal”; well I found they answer in my research. Individuality in Rap music has become the new millennium” Monkey Trap!” Lots of shiny objects to capture the attention and even lure it away from the lack of truth, depth and fact that Rappers seem to be missing today. Where have all the true lyricists gone and why are they not at the forefront of this industry?

I don’t believe Hip-Hop Culture is dead at all but I do believe that it has been overshadowed but the looming, dark marketing campaign that is Rap Music.

What are your thoughts?



Rahim Baskett

Photographer

MindSoulVision Photography

Url:
http://www.mindsoulvision.com/

Email: Rahimb@mindsoulvision.com





Fallen Hero

In Memory of our Fallen Hero

Keith “GURU” Elam

Rest In Peace!

7.17.1966 – 4.19.2010

Why Blue Matters would like to take the time to say a warm and sincere Rest In Peace to Keith “Guru” Elam. Hip-hop has lost a true cultural leader and visionary and indeed a pioneer. The culture will truly miss you !

Guru passed away yesterday after a yearlong battle with cancer. According to sources close to Guru, he suffered in silence and dignity always thinking of his friends, family and fans. Since the onset of illness, Guru tried to live a “normal” life as an influential musician, father, family man, and Hip-hop cultural icon. Always keeping a positive outlook and encouraging those around him, Guru continued to prove his iconic status a leader in the Hip-hop industry.

Guru’s rise to fame came in the 80’s as front man for the group GangStarr. The group produced such memorable hits as “Jazzmatazz” volume 1,2,3 and 4, “Words I Manifest", “Mass Appeal” and “Jazz Thing” from the “Mo Betta Blues” sound track. Known as one of the top lyricists in hip-hop of all time, Guru worked with the some of the greatest artists in the music industry on several projects, proving his musical skill and critically acclaimed style will leave a big lyrical hole in the fabric of Hip-hop to be sure. Guru has a non-profit organization called “Each One Counts” that is dedicated to helping and providing resources for abused and disadvantaged children around the world. Please visit eachonecounts.org for more information and how you can help.

Guru, a TRUE HIP-HOP LEGEND!

Rest in Peace!!!

From the Staff of WhyBlueMatters.com

Monday, April 19, 2010

WBM Features: Hillz Music



Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
-Jules Combarieu


There's something about passion that can't and possibly won't ever stop the mentally and emotionally motivated. Mind you, there may be setbacks, disappointments and hindrances along the way, but for one reason or another these are the catalysts continue to propel us forward toward the very things we want.

Take the man behind Hillz Music for example. Ever since he was young, music, especially hip hop was something that he couldn't help but be drawn to. It was around him, he learned from it, he lived by it and was mentored by some of the best. The culmination of all these experiences coupled with the vision Hillz Music had for himself brings him to where he is today--overcoming adversity and all. There's not a thing he can't nor a thing he won't do for music, better yet for his family.

Get an up close and personal look at the man behind Hillz Music as he shares his beginnings and what the future has in store with Why Blue Matters.



[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




So tell me a little bit about yourself:

Hillz Music: Well I was born and raised in Philly where I really got caught up in hip hop. When I became a teen we ( my mother and I) moved to Orlando Fl. Around 14 I started rappin, hangin out with older dudes that were goin to the studio, By 16, I was cool with one of the original promoters in the city and started going to all the shows coming down. Back then dj nasty, dj kahaled, & dj caesar all dj`d together as a team called hit men dj`s and I got to be around them at a early age. From there my love for the music just took off. By the time I was 19 I moved to Atl to explore my options in music and see what was out there. A few years later I moved back to Orlando and really started hitting the studio heavy. Within a couple years a friend of mine Godzillest became a instructor at Full Sail and by chance met one of Diddy`s Hit Men producers Young Lord, we chopped it up and came to a agreement that I would fly to N.Y. and record 5/6 songs with him...

Realizing that a company deal would bring more control and money to the table I started hustlin so I could take my team with me and invest in them as well. It`s crazy now but around 2grand shy of my goal I got set up, did a little time and came home to a mother that had stage 3 cancer and a family with kids that needed me. I`ve been grinding this music ever since. Through a friend and artist Viper I was re introduced to some industry people and took off.


Who is Hillz Music?


Hillz Music: Hillz is not your average artist, I do this because I have a family's legacy riding on me to make it. Both my brothers died at a early age and I`m whats left to be successful for us all. I am proud to be married and have kids that i love and I see no reason to hide them. I rap about things I really lived, I grind for more then myself, I always have and always will.


Interest(s)?

Hillz Music: Outside of music, I`m a basketball (Cavs) and football (Eagles) nut. I also love history and reading books weather they`re business, black history or whatever...


How long have you been involved with music?

Hillz Music: Over ten years.


Do you play any instruments?

Hillz Music: Nope. lol, When I was yunger I had a drum machine and a keyboard that I used to make beats, then when I met Godzillest I realized he was alot faster then I was so I sold my equipment and focused on business and writing.


How important is innovation to you?


Hillz Music: Innovation whether it`s on the business or artistic side is very much needed. The game has become watered down. Sales are down for a lot of reasons, contracts are either 360 deals or you have to bring a huge projects to the table. So being able to be a forward thinker is needed if your going to set your self up for success.


What does success mean to you?

Hillz Music: Success means the world to me. I`m driven by ghosts and un fulfilled legacies of my brothers, and the expectations of my family to be successful.


What inspires and motivates you?

Hillz Music: The ability to fulfill my mothers dreams for me, the need to provide for more then just my self and the desire to help and lead others.


What's in your iPod?

Hillz Music: Jay Z, Jeezy, T.I., Kanye, Freeway, Ace Hood, Bali, Bun B, Pac, OutKast a lil Wayne & Ross and some R&B.


Who would you like to collaborate with?


Hillz Music: JAY, Jeezy, and T.I. would do it...


Current projects?

Hillz Music: Well we`re working with Konvict now on a couple of their groups, also doing something with one of DTP`s new groups. Also be on the look out for that Dj Elamentz & Dj Drama mixtape coming soon!!


Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Hillz Music: Running a company with my partners Godzillest, Billy D. and our LifeLine fam. Having about 8-10 acts, establishing our producers/Artists The Colleagues, MasterMind Beat Boyz, Hazel, RayJean Grey, Stereo Hogzz and jet setting....


Biggest accomplishment?


Hillz Music: It`s a tie... 1st time a signed artist asked me to jump on a rec. (shout out to Maybach Music & Cash Chris!) and getting my 1st placement for one of my producers.


What type of impact would you like to leave with your music?


Hillz Music: To establish and build a company that can rival the success of early DefJam.


Any advice for those looking to pursue their goals and dreams?

Hillz Music: To never give up, when you hit a wall, stop and analyze the situation. Chances are when you put your self last for a moment you can open doors and create relationships that last a lifetime.


For More On Hillz Music:

HILLZMUSIC ft. BALI "HOOD CERTIFIED" prod by MasterMind Beat Boyz http://www.zshare.net/audio/645516009c4b4b66/

HILLZMUSIC ft. Konvict Muziks RAY LAVENDER "GET MONEY" prod by GodzIllest http://twiturm.com/fy7wa

HILLZMUSIC "WELCOME 2 W.50" prod by DON CHEEGRO & DIRTY HARRY http://twiturm.com/gbbg9

BREAKUP 101: LET'S STEP IT UP LADIES



Well ladies, we all know breakups are tough. Especially when you have shared memories and invested time in building a relationship that came crashing down. Yes, we as women do have an emotional streak in our gene pool where we feel it sometimes. Not saying men don't have emotions or feeling, because they definitely do--they just can hide it better. Woman have also mastered the poker face, but everyone knows what happens behind closed doors is not always told (im just saying lol). Anyway, when you breakup with

someone doesn't it feel like you just lost a little piece of yourself?Well, we feel this way because we do! Walking back and forth, analyzing every little detail, asking friends what to do about the situation a 100 times a day, and stalking his facebook*myspace(and basically everything he has on the internet). The one I see the most is checking his emails and hacking into his personal until he changes his password. RIDICULOUS!..this kind of behavior is not acceptable!..he's not going to want you, he's going to want to run away from you, because you're a STALKER!
Ladies...!!! You must get a hold of yourself, embrace the pain and start working on getting back on your feet. I have concocted a theory in which if done right you will be able to get over that ex in no time!

BREAKUP 101:
RID YOURSELF OF HIS BELONGINGS:
Now ladies, I can't lie, I have a nice collection of all my ex's belongings. I like to call it "garments on memory lane." They vary from jewelry, clothes, and even love notes (and hate notes lol), but you must leave these possesions somewhere you can't see them and look at them every 5 seconds. Give them to someone to hold or put it somewhere that you dont look at everyday. Better yet, throw it out if you can manage it!, but no matter what leave the trash in the past.
DELETE ANY SOURCE OF CONTACT:
Now this rule will only apply and affectively work if you really want to get rid of this guy. In your mind when

you first break up with someone I find it very hard not to want to call and just say hey, or maybe even start an argument just to talk to him, or the "creme de la creme" call and hang up..ugh!! that is the worst. So if he has a facebook, number, aim, bbm, etc; delete it all!!..dont waste another minute, you have to disperse all mental notion of him ever being alive lol.
DO SOMETHING CRAZY!:
Put on that feminine, women = power song and just sing your broken heart out. Cry, yell, and shout, as much as you can, but dont turn that song off. Keep it on repeat and let the emotions run rampid. You have a right to express your feelings. If you want to be even more bold, do it with some trusted girlfriends. not the ones that are going to make you feel like running back to the man that just dumped you, but the ones that are going to hold you down and have your back through the storm. I even have some songs for you that will release the craziness going on:
1. THE LYING MAN- I Just Want It To Be Over: Keysha Cole
2.THE CHEATING MAN- Not Gonna Cry: Mary J Blige
(more than a one time cheating man..i prefer I Hate You So Much Right Now: Kelis)
3. THE UNAPPRECIATIVE MAN- Superwoman: Karen White
4. THE LAZY MAN- Rain On Me: Ashanti
5. HE DUMPED YOU MAN- I Remember: Keysha Cole
(if it was a mega dumping fest,i suggest How To Sleep With a Broken Heart- Alicia Keys)
There are many more songs out there that will help you mend your broken heart, but these are personally my favorite and have helped me through the rough times. Especially Ms. Amy Winehouse!, nobody has had heartbreak like that woman!
GET A NEW ATTITUDE:
At this point you need to regroup. you are all cried out and now your just pissed off. wondering if hes thinking about you? maybe, maybe not, BUT THAT DOESNT MATTER!!. You need to do some

reinvention, go get your hair done, mani's and pedi's, do some shopping, go see a movie, have a nice lunch with a girl friend. Just be easy! You dont need to sit in front of the television watching chick flicks, eating popcorn with hot sauce lol and 13g of fat ice cream. You dont need to get fat and be more depressed. You need to get up and get out of the house. I know you dont want to, but it has to be done for yourself.
MENTAL RENEWAL STAGE:
Ok, so most woman forget this stage, that's why there are so many "MAN HATING WOMAN". You need

this time to clear your mind. Find the lesson and learn from it. Take some time to yourself and reflect on all that has happened. What you can grow from and what you need to leave on that dusty road called the past. Take

a hot bath and relax, get it through your mind that your not alone, plenty woman have gone through it and have bounced back lovely as ever. **Also DRILL into your head, ALL MEN ARE NOT THE SAME**. My mother always used to tell me "baby girl, you have to kiss alot of frog to get to prince charming." Relationships are based on what you can and can not, will and will not except. At this time, find out what you will and can except and what you won't. it will save alot of issue and drama next time.
DONT BE AFRAID TO STEP OUT, BUT TAKE IT SLOW:
As a woman, there are not alot of things you can't have. Living in the times that we do, we are allowed alot more than our parents and grandparents were. So take advantage, go out, do something for yourself, have a date or two, do some soul searching. But PLEASE!!!..GO SLOW!..there is no rush, you dont have to jump into another relationship. Its like having a wound that just healed and then reopening it. Not only does it hurt, but...

it's new again. Similar to your feelings. you don't want to pour your soul to some new douche bag who doesnt even know your last name. You need to give yourself sometimes to be clear minded and drama free. No one likes baggage ladies and no man wants to be put into the category or reminded every ten minutes that your ex did this and that. Its a definite buzz kill and a drag.

So here we are, I have showed you the way ladies, be mindful that it's not the end of the world. Yes he may have been your everything, but you will have others that are your everything as well. I hate these myths that say you only get one or maybe two true loves if your lucky. That's such bullshit!!..I'm sorry,but there are billions of ppl on this planet (maybe more,because you know everybody doesnt do their census lol)..do you really think you'll only have two loves? NO WAY!!...true love will find you, give it time ladies, just give it time.

check out the blog for more interesting thoughts from the MANEATER!
http://nomorewhitegloves.blogspot.com/

WBM Features: Julien Cherrington (National Poetry Month)


With already 19 days into the month of April, Poetry is more alive than ever this month. To breathe more life in the celebration of National Poetry Month we have a new submission from Julien Cherrington, a very talented poet from New Jersey. In his piece "Cheater" he addresses the wayward ways of unintentional promiscuity.

Cheater

Never was it my intention… yet there came an opportunity
In the midst of a relationship with lost interest… I lent myself to promiscuity
In this bedroom buffet of lust, I feed my appetite knowing I’ll pay with gratuity
I become the depiction of a male… siamese twins born with two heads…

so the other makes a fool of me
As I undress, my morality is left naked as I ready myself to engage in sin
I care not of the faithful woman by my side at home for I embrace

these hormones that rage within
The foundation of trust built so thick in an instant will be made so thin
I bid goodbye to caution while the Devil in me displays a grin
Our lips connect… our bodies touch… this sexual stranger creates a rush
I punish her backside… in a response of delight… it shows a blush
This experience of ecstasy outweighs my partner’s heart being crushed
From now on, I’ll be James Bond… she’ll never know of us
All the while deep in physical integration… I view her screw face
Like a character from Batman… I’ll play two roles like Two-face
This experience will change me but I’ll have to hide my new face
If my woman ever gets suspicious, I’ll have to give her the “it’s the truth” face
To get in this situation… an act foolishly brave
On this plantation of fornication… if sex was the master then I would be its slave
Bending my actions in favor of its will in how I’m to behave
My black book of infidelity… taken to the grave
Finished… I now get dressed to play the role that deceives her
She’ll know not of the night where my action did mistreat her
In the gentle appearance of my eyes… the skulls in my closet lie deeper
I’ve made the seemless transition from her man to a cheater


Julien Cherrington

©2010

WBM Events: Mike Epps Presents Event (Shoutouts)





On April 16th, 2010 in Los Angeles, many were in attendance for the Mike Epps Presents... event. Check out what they had to say on the red carpet while showing lots of love to Why Blue Matters.

Videography & Interviews By: WBM West (Dominic C. & Patrick P)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

WBM Music: Colette Mclafferty (Str8 Up Music Video)





Exclusive!!! One of WBM's features, Collette McLafferty has a new music video for your viewing pleasure. With a trippy electronica version of Paula Abdul's Straight Up, Collette gives the world a fresh take on the classic. Enjoy.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

WBM Features: Photography By Newborns In Dreamland





Based out of Nebraska, Photographers Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden with their latest series and book, Sleeping Beauties: Newborns In Dreamland capture the most intriguing and adorable photographs of babies perfectly. Check out some of their work.

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