Monthly Archives: April 2017

Calle 13’s Residente Explores DNA with New Album

Coming off of the breakup of hip hop group Calle 13, Residente takes his talent to a new project examining his genealogy through music, a documentary film and a book. After doing a DNA test to discover his ethnic origins, the rapper-producer decided to focus his first solo album on a personal story rather than simply make an attempt at further hit songs.

 

Residente’s DNA shows that his genetic history to a number of different locations around the world. Besides his native Puerto Rico, he can trace ancestry to Armenia, China, Ghana and more, making his exploration of his origins a veritable trip around the world. Each track on his new record is essentially a search for these divergent elements and crafted into a concrete piece of musicianship.

 

The self-titled album explores the conceptual details of his journey, while the documentary explores this investigation. Fusion Media Group, a subsidiary of Univision commissioned a book to further the interest in Residente’s story. He tapped a total of 10 different ethnic groups and nationalities to present the culture with his personal organic sounds rather than the digital production of most modern hip hop.

 

Many different artists lend their musical talents to the album. SoKo, a French indie-pop singer of Russian and Polish descent sings on one of the love songs, bringing a European aspect to the recording. Goran Bregovic delivers a brass band from the Balkans to explore a dystopian future. Bombino, a guitarist from Niger, adds African flavor and funk to a track. Most notably, however, is Residente’s addition of Lin-Manuel Miranda, performer and composer of the Broadway hit Hamilton, on the opening track. In his search, it was found that Miranda is his cousin.

 

Born Rene Perez Joglar, Residente was the frontman for Calle 13. The group, composed of sibling family members, is one of the most successful alternative hip hop acts in recent history. So much so, they set the record for most amount of Latin Grammy Awards ever won, with a total of 21. Their music also garnered them an additional three regular Grammy Awards.

 

Flavio Maluf’s Achievement as the President of Eucatex

Eucatex Group is a production company that was started by the Maluf family in 1951. The company is now one of the leading producers of insulation and liners using eucalyptus as the primary raw material. Where the business was founded in Brazil, there were few regulations concerning the protection of the environment for future use. For this reason, people used to cut down trees without replacing them by planting new ones. However, Eucatex Group worked hard to show other companies and individuals the reason why trees must be kept for the future generations. This is the reason why Eucatex Group is one of the most prominent businesses in Brazil.

 

In the current ordeal, the company has started producing products used by large constructional companies. For this reason, let us look at the two segments run in the company.

 

The Furniture Industry: Eucatex Group is one of the largest producers of wood fiber plates in Brazil. Most of this product is consumed by other companies located outside the country including the United States and Canada. Eucatex Group also produces Tamburato and MDP for home and industrial use. When the company revolutionized their business structure, they went on to develop high-end products using the most advanced technology. For all products made in the company, eucalyptus is the main wood used.

 

The Construction Industry: Eucatex Group has started focusing its business strategies to the construction industry. In the recent past, people work hard to have their business stretched across many paths. For this reason, they end up initiating their acceptability in the company. Eucatex Group has started producing laminate floors that are highly adopted in the overseas market. For the local consumers in Brazil, Eucatex Group produces paints and doors. Modular partitions are becoming increasingly advantageous I the construction industry.

 

Flavio Maluf is the current president of the company. Because of his vast knowledge and business leadership skills, the company is expected to attain more profit in the coming years. When he was appointed as president by the family, he began his leadership through the installation of modernization as the best form of management in a modern company like Eucatex Group. https://br.linkedin.com/in/flavio-maluf-172147b3

 

A Unicorn’s Dream in a Jar by Lime Crime

Lime Crime released 13 shades of Unicorn Hair dye on April 3rd for the wild, fantasy inspired hair lovers for an affordable $16 per jar. Doe Deere, the CEO of Lime Crime, and an avid supporter and wearer of vividly colored hair created the Unicorn Hair dye with the goal of having a professional quality hair color that faded gracefully.

The dyes in this new collection are made from vegan ingredients without any ammonia or bleach. Each whimsical shade provides full coverage for 10-12 washes, while the tints will last 8-10 washes. The semi-permanent, vibrant shades come in creatively named colors such as ‘pony’ (purple), ‘gargoyle’ (gray), ‘leeloo’ (vivid orange), salad (light green), and bunny (pink).

The Full Coverage of Unicorn Hair Dye contains a higher pigment load that provides for a more saturated color, which is ideal for light bleached hair and platinum blondes. The Tints are sheer, which is best for pale blonde hair for a pastel result. Since Unicorn Hair dye is all natural, and only deposits pigment, it does not cause damage to hair. Unicorn Hair is even designed to fade gracefully for its consumers so that is still looks good after multiple washes.

Unicorn Hair dye can even be mixed together to create more colors, allowing for even more creativity. If one wants to keep the color creation longer, dry shampoo and less washing will help extend the colorful lifespan. If imagination demands for new color styles, the dye can be washed out by using a clarifying shampoo and washing it more often, although professional removal of the colors is an option if all the color must go quickly.

Overall, Unicorn Hair dye provides a pure vegan option of hair dye that also helps boost colorful Unicorn dreams in a unique baby pink labeled jar. If one wants to be like the CEO of Lime Crime, her signature shade is Pony, which is described as the “color of blooming artichoke”, a color she is happy to share with her Unicorns. https://www.instagram.com/limecrimemakeup/?hl=en

 

Chance the Rapper Starts New Foundation for Illinois Schools

It was only a month ago that Chance the Rapper was starting to have a negative image with a governor. This rapper had promised that he would do something to help Chicago and hadn’t come through. However, I have to say that this rapper even offering is a cut above what most would do. Chance the Rapper did have a plan and recently he showed everyone what he planned to do.

 

The New Chance Arts and Literature Fund was created by this superstar to help to fund arts programs. This fund will go to the schools that are most in need of an arts department within their schools. In addition, Chance the Rapper has stated he plans on donating one million dollars of his own money to Chicago public schools.

 

The governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, had sent out a tweet congratulating the rapper on his recent Grammy win. Chance the Rapper was the recent winner of the Best New Artist award. The rapper responded with a request to setup a meeting to discuss the state of schools in Illinois. Rauner agreed to the meeting between the two men. However, the meeting did not go as well at all between Rauner and Chance the Rapper.

 

After the meeting was over, Chance stated that he didn’t like the answers he received from the governor. One thing that could have drawn the ire of Chance the Rapper was Rauner vetoing a bill that would have allowed for more money for schools in Illinois. One of the most shocking parts of the meeting was when Chance the Rapper was heard by an NBC reporter telling Rauner to “do your job.”

 

It appears that Chance the Rapper took the negative tone of the meeting in stride with his new plan. It appears that the relationship between Chance the Rapper and Chicago couldn’t be stronger.

 

Rick Ross Album Debuts High

The music industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. While most people are unable to gain the following and fandom necessary to make it big, there are a select few artists that always seem to be at the top of the charts. While it can be a very challenging career to pursue, Rick Ross is one musician that always seems to find himself at the top of the charts.

 

Per a recent news article (http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7743583/rick-ross-top-rb-hip-hop-albums-chart), Rick Ross has a new album out that is already listed among the leaders in the Billboard 100. Rick Ross had a very highly anticipated album called Rather You Than Me, which has jumped out of the gates to make a lot of money in sales. Based on the chart results dated at the end of March, he is currently number two on the Top 100 list.

 

The results of his new album have been very positive overall. The album in the last week sold the equivalent of 106,000 album units, which is one of the highest results of the year so far. Rick Ross is by no means new to the Top 100 list. This is the 12th time that he has been on the top 100 list since he first debuted in 2006. It is also the 10th time that he has appeared in the top 10.

 

While Ross had a very good rating and ranking for his album, some of the individual singles on the album have done well as well. The newest single on the album is Trap Trap Trap, which has been available for more than a week ahead of the rest of the album. This record has individual cracked the Top 100 list and has seen over 7.3 million different streams domestically in the past week, which is a 230 percent increase compared to the prior week. The popularity has also been helped by the release of the music video, which is quickly becoming one of the most watched videos on YouTube today.

 

 

Cafe Dedicated to Tupac Coming to New York

Tupac Shakur was certainly a rapper with a lot of ambition. One of the projects that Tupac wanted to complete, before his tragic death, was opening an eatery. This pop-up cafe will be named Powamekka Cafe and is set to open in New York City. Powamekka cafe is inspired by Tupac’s own personal inspirations, collected from his old writings. This cafe is heading to New York City because of the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. Tupac Shakur will be an inductee this year with Snoop Dogg speaking on his behalf. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

 

The Powamekka cafe will be appearing within Sweet Chick, a restaurant owned by rapper Nas. Visitors to New York City can visit the Tupac-inspired eatery from April 7th-9th. There are many Tupac pictures and memorabilia to be found within the Powamekka Cafe. The New York City arrival of the Powamekka Cafe will be the second time this pop-up cafe has made an appearance. The Powamekka Cafe was originally seen in Los Angeles, California.

 

The original Los Angeles Powamekka Cafe had delicious sounding menu items. I would love to try a California Love Chicken Sandwich or Thug Passion Cake Pops. The previously mentioned items are real items from the Los Angeles Powamekka Cafe. Tupac’s notebooks are where the inspiration for the Powamekka cafe came from. Tupac, in a quote obtained from Rolling Stone, wanted to start an eatery that was “peaceful but lavish and comfortable.” I believe there will be many of Tupac’s fans that will visit the Powamekka Cafe. This cafe will only be open for two days which likely means there will be long lines.

 

It is great to see Tupac finally getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He can now take his place alongside other legends of the world of music. The inclusion of Powamekka Cafe in New York City will be a great stop for Tupac fans this weekend. Tupac is a rapper who continues to innovate his legacy, long after his tragic death.

 

Usher Joins The Roots for Another Charity Concert

The Roots performed with Usher on Friday night for the star-studded Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. The fundraiser streamed live on Facebook and featured comedians and actors such as Tina Fey, Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin as well as musical acts such as Ryan Adams and Norah Jones. Lasting for four hours, the fundraiser was considered a success, raising nearly $150,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

Performing the 1970 protest song “Cherrystones” by Eugene McDaniels, the Roots and Usher recalled the era when many people thought that the time for political activism had passed. Black Thought started the song by altering the lyrics to more modern ones talking about citizens being lazy under the administration. Usher took over after this and took the crowd by storm, singing the lyrics of “Cherrystones” to a roaring applause.

 

This latest show comes on the heels of rumors that the Roots are in the midst of recording an album with Usher. In September, Questlove, the Roots’ drummer, gave an interview with Fuse TV and stated that he had “…major musical projects that I’m working on that I can’t really talk about.”

 

The band has also backed up Usher in many other recent concerts. They played together at Montreal’s Global Citizen Benefit Concert in September. This was followed in October by a gig together at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, the musical concert that closes the Formula One United State Grand Prix. In early March, they played together on the second night of Okeechobee Art and Musical Festival in Florida.

 

Thus far, there has been no official announcement, but since Usher is playing so much with the Roots recently and the band is currently recording, the rumors are most likely going to continue.

 

Both Usher and the Roots are Grammy Award winners with a plethora of album sales. They are widely considered a great combination and both are well-known for working with other artists. With the Roots skill at playing nearly any genre of music and Usher’s great voice and showmanship, the combination has been highly successful in generating press and raising money for charity.

 

Transform Your Dull Boring Color With Lime Crime

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You may be use to their signature line of velvetine matte and super-foil products that give thousands of women vibrant color on their eyelids and lips. You can choose from a remarkable line of one of a kind eyeshadow and lipstick products that are a hit among their loyal 2.4 million Instagram followers. Join thousands of girls and guys around the world that are completely unapologetic about their color choices. Now, Lime Crime is offering their customers the same option with a unique hair dye that is safe for all hair types. Get fantasy-inspired colors that will give confidence about making a bold colors statement.

 

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Key to City of Detroit Presented to Rapper Big Sean

Big Sean is a rapper that certainly knows the importance of giving back. In the beginning of March, Sean started Mogul Prep, a company made to help children. Mogul Prep has been created to help low-income children learn more about the business side of the music world. Currently, more Mogul Prep events are planned to take place in Baltimore, Maryland and Atlanta, Georgia. The first Mogul Prep event happened in Detroit, Michigan.

 

The Flint water crises was another event that Big Sean wanted to help out with. The rapper donated $100,000 of his own money to help the families involved in the current situation in Flint. In addition, Big Sean also had a recording studio constructed within his old school, in Michigan, for everyone to be able to use. Big Sean continues to show the world the importance of giving back with all of his recent charitable actions.

 

The Mayor of Detroit knew how hard Big Sean had been working for his community. Recently, a ceremony was held to present Big Sean with his very own key to Detroit. The creation of Mogul Prep, in addition to his donations, are all reasons behind Big Sean receiving this enormous award. Big Sean was quick to post pictures and his very own statement about this honor on Instagram.

 

Big Sean is only one of three people to receive the key to this legendary city. The other two people who have received this honor in the past were Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy, placing Big Sean alongside legendary peers. Sean’s continuing help for his city of Detroit have earned him the honor of being the youngest person to ever receive the key to Detroit. In addition to thanking Detroit and the mayor, Big Sean also thanked his mother for being a great teacher.

 

Big Sean Awarded Key to Detroit

Big Sean is Awarded Detroit’s Key to the City

 

It’s not uncommon for musical artists to be honored and given awards for their work, especially by members of the government. Rapper Big Sean can now be added to this long list.

 

On this past Saturday afternoon, Big Sean was awarded the key to the city of Detroit, which also happens to be his native city. A huge part of this honor happened to be because of the many contributions he made through the Sean Anderson Foundation.

 

When asked about the dubious honor, Big Sean simply said that he was given one of the highest honors that a person can receive, that being the key to the city. He wrote this on his Instagram account and added that the mayor had only given it to two other people before him, and they were Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy. In fact he was also the youngest person ever to be given this honor.

 

Earlier this past month, Big Sean launched a program called “Mogul Prep,” which was a series of small workshops meant to teach middle and high school students who came from lower-income backgrounds. The lessons taught would be about all of the inner workings and behind the scenes subjects in relation to the business side of the music industry. The first class from Mogul Prep took place on a Saturday afternoon in Detroit not too long before Big Sean was holding a concert at Fox Theatre in the city. Other seminars would take place in other cities such as Miami, Baltimore and Atlanta.

 

Big Sean went on to say about the program, that the mayor honored him for his work in motivating the city through his music and messaging for the program. He added that his work with the program would be applied to the Detroit Public Schools system in the fall and would be expanding into Baltimore. He also took the time to donate $100,000 to the city of Flint for its ongoing poisoned water crisis.