Blended News

I’ve been nursing  an injury albeit small but hopefully does not require any surgery which is why I won’t be blogging too often until things are settled. I wanted to leave a few thoughts on some news that happened during the month of July:

Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick Welcomes Baby Girl Penelope Scotland

Congratulations to the couple for welcoming their second child to the world.

Kardashian Sisters Want Spin-Off

Kendall and Kylie would like their own spin-off show which is something that I believe will be granted to them in a few years but just not now. As long as there is a demand for the Kardashian/Jenner family, these two will be in the spotlight. With Kourtney having her baby, Kim’s romance with Kanye, and Lamar Odom’s potential resurgence with the Los Angeles Clippers, there will be a ton of ammo for future shows.

Steven Tyler & JLo Leave Idol/ Mariah Carey Joins

Neither of these judges lasted long unlike Randy Jackson who has been a judge since the show’s inception. Though the paychecks were huge, Steven recently said that Idol wasn’t his “cup of tea”. Jennifer Lopez also credited Tyler’s absence as one of the reasons she was leaving the show. Steven Tyler went back to work with his fellow Aerosmith band-mates while JLo is currently on tour. The biggest news is that Mariah Carey has confirmed that she will be a judge on the upcoming season of American Idol. Carey is a legendary vocalist who was showing off her musical talent to the world at a time when Jlo was just a fly girl. Carey is a great choice has a judge and has been around for a little over two decades. She’ll bring something unique to the show.

Frank Ocean

“4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide”. I don’t have any secrets I need to keep anymore. I feel like a free man.”

I want to commend Frank Ocean for doing something that is tough to do in the music industry especially in the hip-hop r&b culture. It took guts to tell this story to his fans and naysayers all over. He now feels free and can focus on the art that people loved him for and not have to feel like he is holding a secret that would have only became a burden for him.

Will There Be A Rush Hour 4?

I was just thinking about Rush Hour 3 and how I felt that movie was a total fail compared to the first two installments. Some on Twitter may think that I was crazy but someone close to the franchise actually agreed with me. Arthur Sarkissian, the producer of all of the Rush Hour films had something to say about the third installment which came out in 2007.

“I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit”.

Though Jackie Chan stated that he was done with the actions movies back in May, I think if he decides to come back for the fourth one it will be the Rush Hour film that we deserve that will officially close Chan and Chris Tucker’s chapter with the franchise. That is only if it is done correctly. Arthur Sarkissian is also in favor of bringing in a few new characters to freshen up the franchise.

Day26 News

To many they are the group that Diddy himself founded, but through everything they had to endure whether it was losing a member or the hassles of changing labels, these guys still toughed it out. Today marks a new chapter for the band as they’ve officially released a statement regarding their immediate future.

 “It is with great sadness and deep pain that we regret to inform you that effective immediately, Atlantic Records Platinum recording group, DAY26 have decided to take a break from the group and focus on their own individual projects.  On behalf of all the members; Willie, Mike, Rob, Brian and even Que, we would like to thank all of the “fams” aka fans, dj’s across the world, promoters, radio programmers, Bad Boy Entertainment, Starstruck Management, BET, VH1 and FUSE and all DAY26 supporters in general, for your unending support throughout these years.”

“We would also like to acknowledge that this journey would have not been made possible without the vision and mastermind of Sean “Diddy” Combs and of course MTV Networks for making a group of unknown men, the stars that they are today.” 

“We simply thank you from the bottom of our hearts and really want you to know that the journey does not end here.  We continue to wish each other the very best and continued success in all of our individual endeavors, and all we ask of you is to please give each member a chance and the opportunity to shine in whatever they do.”

…And as the saying goes, this is not a goodbye, but a simply see you later.

God bless you all,

Much Love, DAY26.

Artist Spotlight: Richie Wess

Welcome again for another artist spotlight. This time let me introduce you to Richie Wess.

Born in QUEENS, NY Richie Wess moved to TAMPA, FL where he would begin starting his young career with his cousin DJ Spinatik. Wess was influenced by Run DMC, at an early age. His father produced many music videos for Russell Simmons Def Jam in the early eighties and Wess took a liking to the music and the business.

At 4 years-old he played in an urban movie as the lead’s son in “The Last Boxer”. At 6, he was performing for his family and friends, and by 10 years-old Richie Wess started to write down his ideas and started rapping to friends and family members, then later entered into rap battles in the streets and school. 

The word was out that he was up next. From March – May 2003 he was performing as the Opening Act with the “Def Jam Vendetta Tour 2003” with Joe Budden, Method Man, Capone & Nore in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. He also was the opening act for Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz and later that year dropped his 1st album at only 15.

Now he’s the CEO of YTC Entertainment Group along with Yung Dred, his younger brother. YTC Entertainment has been independent for the last 3 years releasing such singles as “Shawty Is A Freak” Ft. Sammie & Yung Dred which peaked at #65 on Billboards Urban Top 100 in 2011.

You probably heard Richie Wess in the streets, on one of his many collaborations with Lil Boosie, Gucci Mane, 2 Pistols, Brisco, Smitty and The Game. Richie Wess is heavy in the mixtape circuit  and has dropped 8 mixtapes with DJ Spinatik. He is now ready to take over the airwaves once again with his **New Single** “Put it Down” Ft. Def Jam Recording Artist Verse Simmonds! Put It Down will also be featured on Richie Wess’ upcoming project “Joints Ova Blunts” slated to drop 6.6.2012.

Reality Tv Winners Crowned

This week saw two very popular shows albeit the recent ratings will say differently crown winners. The Dancing With The Stars trophy went to NFL Wide Receiver, Donald Driver. At the very beginning I had picked Roshon Fegan (Disney’s Shake It Up) to win the mirror ball trophy but he didn’t even make it to the finals. The NFL has a good history with the Dancing With The Stars program with previous winners Emmitt Smith and more recently Hines Ward. You never know, we may see a Tim Tebow in the future depending on whether or not his popularity rises or falls in New York. Opera Singer, Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor, William Levy came in second and third respectively which will only help boost their public images.

American Idol saw their finale despite it being the lowest rated one in history. Fox was happy to know that it dominated the social media platform despite the t.v. ratings. In the end it was Phillip Phillips who was declared the winner in an Idol season that I thought was ultimately going to end up with Jessica Sanchez celebrating a victory at the end. I was wrong with both predictions but this is part of the unpredictability of reality television or perhaps the predictability of a popularity contest.