As NYC prepares for this weekend’s KPop invasion, we offer you a closer look into South Korea’s latest cultural sensation!
Introducing … SHINee
Minho, Taemin, Onew, Jonghyun, and Key. I doubt you know the names of these 5 people but by the end of this article you will. These guys are a part of a 5 member South Korean boy group named SHINee (pronounced as shiny) under SM Entertainment in the KPOP industry. KPOPis short for Korean Pop which is taking over the world and converting people into fans daily. If you have ever heard the song Gangnam Style by Psy, then you’ve witnessed a glimpse into KPOP.
SHINee debuted under SM Entertainment in 2008 with their first mini-album and single named ‘Replay’ which charted at #10. Since then they have won awards and started trends. Their early trend called the ‘The SHINee trend’ which consisted of a bright colored Tshirt with a sweater, sneakers, colorful accessories and bright colored skinny jeans. They are not only recognized through the industry for their vocals, but also their energetic, sharp, complex and synchronized dances. The following link is to one of their most complex dances, the dance practice of their song Lucifer:
Not only do they do singing and dancing, they are also actors in TV shows and musicals, radio DJs and MCs on music shows. SHINee have also starred in their own shows such as ‘Hello Baby’, where the boys have to take care of a child together, ‘One Fine Day’, where the boys go travel to a country of their choice without their band mates, and some of the members have also been on the show ‘We Got Married’, a reality show putting two idols together to act as if they’re married.
To this day SHINee has released 6 full albums, in which 3 are in Japanese and the remaining 3 in Korean, 5 mini-albums, 3 live albums and multiple Japanese singles as well as remaking their songs from Korean to Japanese. The members also have written lyrics for some of their songs. Taemin released his first solo EP ‘ACE’ in the end of 2014 while Jonghyun went to release his first solo EP ‘Base’ earlier this year. Since then, the boys have held 7 of their own tours, been a supporting act in 2, and participated in 5 of their company’s tours through the years of 2008present.
In 2013, their music video for their single ‘Everybody’ was named some of
It’s safe to say that they will return to the fans with new music due to a hint the leader Onew said in an interview saying they are currently preparing a new album in Korea. Until then catch up on some of their cherished songs: Everybody, Why So Serious, Sherlock, Fire, Hello, Amigo, Shout Out, Up & Down, The SHINee World (DooBop), Like A Fire, Downtown Baby, Quasimodo, Picasso and Evil. On May 17, 2015 (America’s time) and May 18, 2015 (South Korea’s time), the boys released their 4studio album named ‘Odd’, here is the tracklist to their album:
Here is their official music video to the smash hit ‘View’
Let’s introduce the members of SHINee along with their roles, names, and nicknames given to them starting from oldest to youngest:
● Onew: He was born as Lee Jin Ki on December 14, 1989. He is also the leader and lead vocalist. Due to him being the leader he has earned the nickname of Leader Onew.
● Jonghyun: He was born as Kim Jong Hyun on April 8, 1990. His position of the main vocalist and can be considered the powerhouse of SHINee. His one of many nicknames he has is Dino Jjong due to a joke of him resembling a dinosaur.
● Key: Born as Kim Ki Bum on September 23, 1991. His roles consist of vocalist and lead rapper. He has earned the nickname of Almighty Key and can be considered a triple threat because he is essentially good at everything including singing, dancing, and acting.
● Minho: He was born as Choi Min Ho on December 9, 1991. Minho is in charge of the rapping of the group which can be heard through their songs. Due to his amazing charisma he has the nickname of Flaming Charisma.
● Taemin: Taemin was born as Lee Tae Min on July 18, 1993. He is not only a vocalist but their main dancer which can be seen throughout their dance practice, live performances, and music videos. He is also known as the maknae which is the name to indicate the youngest person in a group.
When 50 Cent first announced his involvement in an upcoming tv series, a lot of people had their doubts and were quick to put the show in a box before it even aired the premiere. But after only one season in, critics have jumped on the other side of the table as fans are now anticipating the start of the second season. This is more than a crime story, it’s much deeper than that.
Deep down inside, everyone respects Ghost (Omari Hardwick). From the outside looking in, he appears to have it all: a beautiful and loving wife, a successful nightclub, lucrative drug empire, and a good heart. But on the other hand, there’s also many people who dislike him for those very same reasons. In fact, they would love to see him fall flat on his face or maybe even… dead. You see, it all comes down to loyalty and the lack thereof. Perfection and efficiency is what keeps Ghost inspired to always rise above the evils that cross his path. What could be worse than that? How about having your livelihood threatened, along with a marriage being strained by a hot and steamy lust (and love) filled affair. Not to mention, a heartless assassin running the streets, ready to take out any member of your crew who slips up.
Season 1 of Power left viewers on the edge of their seats but most importantly the suspense was quite unbearable. But worry no more because season 2 begins on Saturday June 6th.
You think you know what Power is…
but the real question is
do you know how to keep it?
For more on cast members, schedule, behind the scenes, etc, visit the official site for Starz
When we look back at the history of Bad Boy Records, we now have to give Diddy his props once and for all. Even after all of the contract beefs, ‘shiny suits, etc., there’s no mistaking that Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs is on another level when speaking in terms of his vision. Let’s take a look at the recent performance during the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend event. We witnessed another classic moment as Diddy, Lil Kim and The Lox came together on stage for a memorable performance of ‘All About the Benjamins‘. This is definitely a good look for NYC! In all honesty, the beloved east coast city needed this, especially for the realm of hip hop.
Even the Queensbridge legend Nasty Nas put in work for this NYC moment!!!
Determined to make a name for himself in the rap game, Young Blitz strikes again with new heat titled, ‘Again‘. The track features Chicago artist, King Louie, whose name almost always rings synonymous with fellow Windy City rapper Chief Keef. This track will surely delight those who are heavy into street anthems and club bangers.
You may also want to check out this joint as well. The homey Young Blitz gets Sheek Louch of D-Block to assist with the rhyme. Hot!
I love it when I see these type of collabos. One thing that remains apparent is that Latinos stick together and this one is definitely appreciated by many. Two of music’s major bosses join forces to mesh out a banger for the streets and the clubs. JLo and Fat Joe, well-respected in the Latino community and the music industry don’t seem to be ‘Stressin’ about anything these days. This is a good look for both artists who have come back on the scene heavy and it’s always nice to see them return to what they do best!
Before you pass judgment on Uncle L, I’m gonna have to remind you to NOT get it twisted! There are absolutely no signs of LL Cool J going soft even after going at it for over 2 decades now. This is a street banger that features LL paying homage to the NYC streets and the rap game. As for Mavado…. he’s di Gully Gad, nuff said! To make a long story short, you shouldn’t be surprised that this track goes hard. As always, it’s nice to welcome Uncle L back anytime he damn well pleases. He deserved that right… ‘ask them cats up at Def Jam who made ’em major!’
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Sometimes you just know by the first 5 seconds of hearing a record whether or not it’s even going to be worth listening to and that proves to be true in this case.With his debut album, ‘B4DA$$’ set to be released this autumn, Joey BADA$$ comes correct with his first single ‘Big Dusty’. This joint brings out a 90’s era type of vibe and when Joey starts to spit, you have no choice but to nod your head. He’s put in years of work to get to this point in his life and without a doubt he deserves it.
So who is Joey B4DA$$? Get to know the artist, the man behind the music, and discover his remarkable journey, as well as, where he plans to take his career.
Sometimes we tend to forget what goes on behind the scenes, we often overlook certain things that we don’t consider to be a big deal. So we now take a closer look at NY’s Hot 97 and their annual Summer Jam event. Without question we salute the artists for coming through and taking part of such a huge event but we tend to forget the ones who orchestrate the masterpiece. Hot 97’s long-time program director, now an on-air personality, proves that he is no stranger to hard work and he truly believes in doing things the right way.
Watch behind-the-scenes footage of Summer Jam’s 20th Anniversary…
No matter how much time passes by, our love, admiration, and respect for the late Christopher Wallace never subsides. For an artist of this magnitude to be taken away from us after such a short-lived career seems unfair. But it is the memories and timeless classics that we cling onto that always seem to put things into perspective. Biggie was indeed one of the greatest artists of all time, and without his contribution, who knows where hip hop music would be.
It never ceases to amaze how much attention is shown to Biggie in the month of March, which is the month his life was taken many years ago. Not that it’s anything wrong with showing love and acknowledgement, but even with his memory being kept alive, I feel that credit should be given to D Roc for keeping that torch lit. Before B.I.G. was taken from us, he and his best friend D Roc were planning to launch a clothing line which was to be called Brooklyn Mint. Needless to say Biggie would not live to see this vision come alive but on the other hand, D Roc made sure that this very same vision would become a reality. Known now as Invisible Bully, this clothing line was brought to life by D Roc and it is said that Diddy played an intricate part in this as well. Furthermore, much respect should be given to him as he never once sought to exploit BIG’s name for fame or financial gain. It’s all for the ‘Love’ of The Notorious B.I.G.