Hip Hop legend Ice-T’s west coast based label, Final Level Music, run by his partner in Rhyme, Hen Gee Garcia introduces its first U.S. artist out of the gate in the persona of Detroit native M Dot Taylor. The multi-talented rapper, singer, songwriter, brings a smooth and polished vibe in his first joint Smoke That Good with Final Level Super A&R SPIDER connecting Mexican rap hot shot Pinche Mara whose gravelly timber brings just the right vocal partnership with M-Dots polished flair. M Dot’s mannerism, work ethic, drive, skills, integrity bolstered during his time in the military, a history shared by Ice-T the label’s driving force which is what impressed the team at Final Level.

Source: Ice-T’s Final Level Music introduces US flagship artist M Dot Taylor – HipHopOnDeck.com

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Multi-Platinum producer Caviar enters the 4/20 fray with his new single “Where The Weed At” feat. Mac Lucci and Luv Letters, a unique celebration of the unofficial holiday; Cavie is extending the Cannabis celebration with a 20 song run…in 20 days powered by The Hype Magazine. This run is the precursor to his upcoming full-length project “Blessed and Highly Flavored,” a metaphor for the various strains of the plant.With a catalog that includes credits with Aaliyah, Timbaland & Magoo, Ice Cube, T.I., Cee Lo Green and a plethora of other current household names, this 20 song journey, gives a peek at what’s on this creative’s mind.

Source: Mac Lucci feat. Luv Letters – Where The Weed At #4/20 (Exclusive) – The Hype Magazine

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Source: MARA & M Dot Taylor – Smoke That Good (Lyric Video) – The Hype Magazine

 

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Kind, conscientious, courageous and refreshingly candid, Ms. Vivica A. Fox has proven that as Hollywood careers go, second acts are often the sweetest. The multi-hyphenate actress-director- beauty entrepreneur-author is embracing life and not looking back, except to pull from her well of wisdom for her new memoir, Every Day I’m Hustling. And if you know Vivica like I got to know her during our conversation, you’d think the book’s title quite fitting. She enjoys hard work and has no plans to slow down.Born Vivica Anjanetta Fox on the outskirts of Indianapolis, she went by Angie Fox, one of four siblings being raised by divorced mother who worked overtime to provide for her children. Her childhood home was hectic but loving and provided fertile ground for Vivica to aspire for things grander than her midwestern upbringing.After high school, she made her way to Southern California to attend college, all the while seeking out opportunities in Los Angeles to model and act wherever she could. It was in LA that Angie became Vivica A. Fox. She worked her way through the ranks on sitcoms and daytime soaps, and in 1996 got her breakthrough role opposite Will Smith in the classic blockbuster, Independence Day.  Next came a string of fan favorites including Set It Off, Soul Food, Two Can Play That Game, Kill Bill Volume I and II, and a string of subsequent roles in film and television, including Larry David’s sharp-witted house guest, Loretta Black, on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Skye in the campy Sharknado franchise. Her eclectic career has kept her on the move for nearly three decades.In 2016, Vivica joined the cast of the smash hit television series, Empire, playing conservative suburbanite Candace, Cookie Lyon’s (Taraji P. Henson) older sister and character foil.During our interview we covered everything from movie stardom and maternal instincts to social media drama, setting boundaries and finding love.

Source: Vivica A. Fox is Hotter Than Ever and Disarmingly Real – The Hype Magazine

This week, Music mogul DJ Khaled brings a little piece of home with him on tour: his kitchen!Weight Watchers International announces the launch of Khaled’s Kitchen Tour, a one-of-a-kind, immersive food truck experience, featuring some of DJ Khaled’s favorite recipes on the WW Freestyle program.

Source: Weight Watchers and DJ Khaled Launch ‘Khaled’s Kitchen Tour’ – The Hype Magazine

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RAP LEGEND LIL’ FLIP’S ‘G’ EP DROPS FEBRUARY 16 VIA APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY, TIDAL

“BATTLEFIELD” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES ON CLOVER G TV

ARTWORK AND TRACK LIST RELEASED

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – Multi-platinum rapper and President of Clover G Records & King Life Family, Lil’ Flip, will drop his ‘G’ EP this Friday, February 16, on Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Tidal, Pandora and Spotify. The legendary “Freestyle King” will also premiere the official music video for “Battlefield”from his ‘K’ EP on Clover G TVthe same day. Clover G Records released the cover art and track list for the new ‘G’ EP today.

The G’ EP is the fourth installment in Flip’s K.I.N.G. L.I.F.E. collection, which will culminate in a double album release on March 2, a day before his 37th birthday. Flip is celebrating over 30…

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Why were 600,000 high-paying tech jobs unfilled in 2015 in the United States alone, or is the better question: Is technology developing faster than humans can learn to handle it?According to the White House, by 2018, 51 percent of STEM jobs will be in computer science-related fields. However, the number of tech employees has not increased along with the number of jobs available. Why? The answer is simple: lack of relevant education. The White House maintains that just one quarter of K-12 schools offer high-quality computer science with programming and coding. In addition, in 2016, the PEW Research Center reported that only 17% of adults believed they were “digitally ready.”When we look at diversity, things only get worse. In 2015, 22 percent of students taking the AP Computer Science exam were girls while 13 percent were African-American or Latino. These statistics are not U.S. specific; in 2015, Australia reported that only 28 percent of ICT jobs were held by women.Coding has always been regarded as a mysterious field, something Derek Lo, co-founder of the new application “Py”, wants to change. Launched in 2016, the application offers interactive courses on everything from Python to iOS development. The “unique value proposition,” as Lo puts it, has been a revolutionary success. The fun-oriented application has so far resulted in over 100,000 downloads on both iTunes and Google Play.Most parents frown when kids use their phones at the dinner table, but what if the kids were learning to code over Sunday roast? “Ok, so maybe not the Sunday roast, but seriously, could a more accessible and fun coding application make all the difference?”The Global Search for Education is excited to welcome one of Py’s founders, Derek Lo, to discuss how Py’s revolutionary approach is literally making coding cool.

Source: The Global Search for Education: Hello Coding – When Did You Get So Cool?

Legalized weed is going to give way to a whole bunch of insane innovations, just you wait.

Source: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Adds Closed Captioning For People High On Legal Weed – Digg

Reports surfaced today claiming SoundCloud had “drastically reduced” the overall audio quality of songs posted to its platform from 128kbps (MP3) to 64kbps (Opus). While the bitrate was reportedly decreased, the newly utilized Opus codec has been touted by Opus developers as superior to MP3s at lower bitrates. When contacted for comment, a representative for SoundCloud called claims of decreased quality “inaccurate.” “SoundCloud has not altered its approach to audio quality,” they continued. “We have been using the Opus codec (among others) since 2016, and we regularly test different combinations of encoding and streaming to offer listeners a quality experience on any device.”

Source: SoundCloud Shoots Down Audio Quality Reduction Claims | Pitchfork

A verified G.O.O.D. Music SoundCloud account has recently surfaced, fueling fan anticipation about the next move for Kanye West’s collective. While Travis Scott, Big Sean and Cyhi the Prynce all dropped new projects in 2017, things have been quiet as far as a collective G.O.O.D Music effort is concerned.Much like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram verification, SoundCloud appears to honor live registered trademarks such as the G.O.O.D. Music moniker. At worst, if an imposter is using the G.O.O.D. Music imprint for a fake profile, SoundCloud has pretty clear steps for having it removed.

Source: G.O.O.D. Music’s Soundcloud Pro Page Sparks ‘Cruel Winter’ Speculation | PigeonsandPlanes