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AMG this is not. Rihanna asserts her sexual dominance over trap rhythms for her first official single off the #R8 project. Her limited vocals are strained, but that’s a minor issue considering this is clearly for the strip clubs. Outside of the ending breakdown, this is typical of what the radio has been serving up lately (“trap R&B”). However, the Rihanna brand makes all the difference.

Expect to see title become a popular hashtag for Riri’s legion of devoted followers.

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Photo Credit: Rouse Photography Group

Lamont Peterson greeted the media earlier today for a special public workout at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center. Peterson spoke in-depth about his April 11 Premier Boxing Champions bout with Danny Garcia, airing live on NBC.

The plan might be to just go out there and fight him. Regardless of how I choose to fight, I feel like I can win. I do have quicker feet, but I can use them to do other things too. I can go forward. I don’t always have to be going backwards. I will stick to the game plan, but we don’t know what the game plan is right now.

My mentality always shows in the ring, especially in the late rounds. You ask a lot of your body in that ring and a lot of times it goes to what it knows. So your personality definitely comes out, and I think that’s where I shine more than other fighters. The later rounds are when I normally take over the fight. A lot of the time I wish we could go more rounds.

The fans wanted to see this fight so I wanted to make sure that it happened. I never really call out names or talk about who I want next. I leave it up to the fans and to the media because there are lots of fights that the fans want to see that never happen. At the end of the day, I’m fighting for the fans and the media so why not fight who they want me to fight?

I’m just looking to take the things I do well and execute, and then I’m looking to take away the things Garcia does well and force him to do the things he doesn’t do well more often. I don’t look at any one previous fight of his and think ours is going to go that way.

I’m a better fighter. He’s definitely a counter-puncher and we’re looking to make sure that we don’t get countered the way some others have been.

There have been ups and downs in the camp. Sometimes it’s time to pull back and relax, but sometimes it’s time to work hard. Overall I feel great. A lot of people say this, but this has been my best training camp ever and I’m happy where I’m at right now. I’m ready to fight.

This is the biggest fight for me. After this there’s nothing left to do in the weight class. I’d like to move up after this next fight.

HitBoy

Hit-Boy delivers two videos today to begin the push for a new (and as of today untitled) mixtape. The acclaimed producer and HS87 leader has a more laid-back, underground approach on “Automatically.” With “Show Me Something,” Hit-Boy relies on Drake’s hook formula to drive the radio-ready track.

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Goapele’s new video for “Strong As Glass” explores the disturbing problem of domestic violence. The Bay Area songstress explains the concept further in her own words. The album Strong As Glass is available now.

The images in my new video for “Strong As Glass” will take you on a powerful journey. It was filmed in one of the lowest places on earth, Salton Sea, California. I found the vast expanses of this place both desolate and beautiful…a fitting location for a song that I hope will become an urgent anthem for women and girls who, like me, often feel alone or breakable.

This song is for those times when we feel taken for granted. It’s for those moments when we feel voiceless. It’s for every female out there who fears she’ll become a statistic. I want this song to remind us that we can break the silence that keeps us isolated. We must be our own champions.

Especially now during women’s history month, this song is for the 1 out of every 4, females in this nation who have been abused, or live daily under the threat of abuse.

I want to thank the Oakland School of the Arts, and gifted dancer, Najah Miller, for her choreography which sends you soaring on a journey across land, sky, and sea. Her graceful movements evoke vulnerability and strength as the vocal pour out.

I thank Estelle for lyrics that spoke to my heart. I hope this song speaks to the hearts of every person who understands exactly what it means to be “Strong As Glass”.

[Video] J. Cole – “G.O.M.D.”

Posted: March 23, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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In this striking video for “G.O.M.D.,” J. Cole takes full advantage of his seemingly cozy status as a house slave to plot a mutiny on his gluttonous and depraved Antebellum masters. But every revolt has its price. What are you willing to pay?

The song is off Cole’s latest album Forest Hills Drive.

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With Wale’s new project The Album About Nothing looming  (March 31), Hot 97 premiered a non-album cut featuring Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign. Wise move leaving this one off.

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Tallinn, Estonia — Robert Helenius (20-0, 12 KOs) ended a two-year sabbatical last night with an easy first round stoppage of Andras Csomor (11-5-1, 9 KOs) at the Tondiraba Ice Hall.

A check left hook followed by a right hand put the aggressive Csomor down just 25 seconds in. A brief exchange saw Csomor hurt again by a right hand. Wobbled and trapped on the ropes, a succession of clubbing, unanswered rights forced the referee stoppage with 1:59 remaining.

Once a top European prospect after crushing wins over faded former titlists Sam Peter and Lamon Brewster, and contenders like Dereck Chisora, Helenius was forced to sit out the last two years due to contract issues with promoter Sauerland Event and injuries.

At 31 years old, “The Nordic Nightmare” is expected to be very active in 2015 to make up for lost time.