My name is Devine Carama. I'm an indi hip hop artist from Lexington, KY and I've recently worked with Thee Tom Hardy (9th Wonder's Jamla label), Vito Banga of Nappy Roots, 88 Key's signed Nemo Achida, lengendary battle MC Canibus, & underground hip hop group CunningLynguists. I wanted to submit a visual today from my upcoming Nas tribute project.
Today I'm leaking the fourth (The Message, Soul Dreams, & Verbal Shootouts) and final song from my Nas tribute mixtape, It Was Rewritten, which is available for FREE download October 1st. The song I'm releasing today is entitled, "White Girl Lost", which is a flip of Nas' "Black Girl Lost". The song features Chicago crooner Marcus McClinton and is produced by 2 Mello. This song is deeper than the shock value title insist, so please walk with me.
Devine Carama's Thoughts:
This is a song that deals with racial perception. Racism isn't always based off of hate, but sometimes ignorance. This song tells two stories of a young white girl with misguided perceptions when it comes to their affection for the black male. I'm from Kentucky so I have personally dealt with this situation several times. We as African American men in the south are often viewed in misguided and false perceptions. I wanted to shed light on this particular aspect of racism. At the end of the day don't judge people off their religion, race, gender, etc. Just get to know people and love or hate them for who they are not what they are.
Nas & Lauryn Hill have just announced they will be teaming up this fall for a joint tour. Nas will kick the tour off with a solo show on October 6th in Columbia, Maryland. Ms. Hill will join Nas on October 29th in Dallas, and following that, they will go on to have 9 more shows together, before the tour ends on New Years Eve in NYC. Check out the dates below to see when they will be in a city near you. Tickets will be on sale 9/21.
On Friday, September 7th, legend Mariah Carey was honored with the BMI Icon Award, in recognition of her songwriting talents. For those who don’t know Mariah Carey is not just a vocal gymnast, but she is also a songwriter. Carey has written 99% of her discography and a record breaking 17 out of 18 of her number 1 singles.
During the awards Carey was honored by several of her peers including Eric Benett, Fantasia, Nas, and Karen Clark Sheard leading up to her being present with the Icon Award. One of the highlights of that was Fantasia’s singing one of Carey’s most known sings ‘Hero’, which cased the icon to raise for her seat to praise her.
After the release of the video "Bye Baby" yesterday, Nas wastes no time getting back to work. Here are some visuals off the set of his next video "Cherry Wine" The video also co-stars (my future wife) the gorgeous, Brittany Dailey. Be on the look out for the official video out soon!
Kid Cudi and Ice Cube brought the house down at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The Boost Mobile sponsored event traveled to three cities with the last one on Saturday, August 25th. A line of of 40 artists brought in a mixed bag of legends and rising stars. Both new and seasoned acts were featured.
Saturday's line-up featured performers such as Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, DMX, and tastes of the Wu-Tang Clan. Sunday followed with more legends such as Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Nas, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
New generation artists included Tyga, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and Yelawolf. The time warp line up of artist gave concert go-ers an up front and personal view of where hip hop is going today (hehe pun intended). Two-day passes were the only tickets sold filtering out those not committed to the line up. With a 20,000+ expected audience, 11 hours, and two stages that party was bumping all weekend long.
Veterans stepped up there game. Naughty by Nature performed such hits including the pioneering hit "O.P.P.", while Salt-N-Pepa brought back more hits and kept the cown Push(ing)-it.
However, mixed feelings towards the new comers such as Mac Miller and Yelawolf whose performances left the crowd feeling a bit lack luster. Did they get cold feel amongst their hip hop idols. Do we even dare to compare them to the legends of the art.
The night was topped off by a fantastic performce from Kid Cudi, with a mindblowing sound to seal the deal mixing hip hop and countless other genres. There is hope for more pioneers of the game.
Saturday night, Heineken Red Star Access invaded the end of summertime Chi once again this year - this time upping the ante, so to speak, with Nas & Pusha T performing live at the House of Blues. Above you can peep some official photos of the event, with DJ Green Lantern on the 1s and 2s and Affion Crockett hosting as well. Plus, I upped a few instagrams from Kuda and I (follow us there: KudaGWHH and gowherehiphop).
What I took away from the show: Nas' Chi-Town fans have clearly been loyal since the Illmatic days. He performed many classics from the debut album (and some big singles throughout his career all the way through Life Is Good) and the whole crowd was vehemently rhyming along to every lyric and/or recording the footage on their cell phone. The energy from the crowd was infectious to Nas and contributed his great set. Plus, Pusha T set the tone, as seen in a well-chosen performance of his verse from the "I Don't Like RMX", as you can see from the video we posted earlier today. Enjoy!