[Video] Joey Bada$$ – “Christ Conscious”

Posted: September 30, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Joey Bada$$ is at his grimy best for “Christ Conscious.” Lyrical elevation is the theme and this will be included on Joey’s debut B4.Da.$$. Is it me or is Joey’s flow becoming much more polished?

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Social media has been the downfall of many a rapper. For his “Nunya” visuals, Saigon gives nods to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook while emphasizing that people need to mind their business. DJ Premier on the beat. Saigon’s latest, The Greatest Story Never Told 3: The Troubled Times of Brian Carenard, drops tomorrow (September 30).

The Lox – “Try Me (Freestyle)”

Posted: September 28, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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The Lox try their hand at Dej Loaf’s innocent-sounding murder anthem “Try Me.” D-Block is gearing up for the release of their latest project, The Trinity “2nd Sermon,” on October 31.


Sam Peter ended a three-year sabbatical last night with a first round knockout over Ron Aubrey in Oklahoma City.

Peter, grossly out of shape and at least 300 pounds, didn’t need his old fighting form to easily dispose of Aubrey. A clubbing overhand right out a clinch was all that was needed to put Aubrey down. Aubrey beat the count, but was badly dazed and couldn’t continue.

The win snaps a two-fight losing streak for Peter that started with a September 2010 loss to Wladimir Klitscko (KO10) and an April 2011 defeat to Robert Helenius (KO9).


Sam Peter was missing no meals during his three years away from the sport. The American heavyweight scene isn’t exactly a murderer’s row, so Sam Peter could likely secure a TV date in early 2015 assuming he can get his weight under control. As a serious contender, he’s done. But any young guy looking for a name will jump at the opportunity to fight him. Hell, a bout with another aged vet like Shannon Briggs would entertain me (Briggs via early KO, by the way).


MMG and these song titles. Beat Billionaire gives Stalley some sweet and soulful production with his debut under Rozay’s umbrella just weeks away (Ohio, October 27). Per the lyrics, this is supposed to give Stalley some “street momentum.”

The thing is, this track is Rick Ross’s .M.O. Even after all this time, it feels like Stalley still doesn’t have his own identity within MMG yet.


Less than 10 fights into his pro career,  Artur Beterbiev has made a strong statement in the light-heavyweight division by decimating former titlist Tavoris Cloud in two rounds Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Cloud had not been seen since a September 2013, seven-round drubbing at the hands of Adonis Stevenson. He looked no better tonight, sporting a visibly wider mid-section but reduced capacity for taking punches. Beterbiev took charge from the opening bell and put Cloud in retreat with powerful right hook counters.

Cloud’s downfall escalated during the inside exchanges, were Beterbiev battered him with right and left hooks to the tune of three knockdowns in the first round.

Beterbiev wrapped up the second round but cornering Cloud and putting him face-first on the mat with a left hook counter shot.

Beterbiev is now 6-0 (6 KOs). Cloud has lost three consecutive fights with the last two coming by knockout.


My God, this was ugly. This fight is probably the final nail in Cloud’s coffin as a contender. You can make the valid argument that he hasn’t won a fight since his June 2011 KO over Yusef Mack. Since then he’s received a robbery gift over Gabriel Campillo, given a boxing lesson from Bernard Hopkins, battered by Stevenson and now destroyed by Beterbiev. From the way Cloud was reacting to the punches, it was clear those difficult moments were taking him back to the Stevenson beating (and he wanted no parts of that type of fight).

A good team protects their fighter coming off a bad loss. The last thing you do is put him in with another puncher after a year out the ring. That tells me the team that helped guide Cloud to premium HBO dates has jumped ship, or is cashing him out as a gatekeeper.

As for Beterbiev, it looks like we might have another scary Eastern European bruiser in the division to join Kovalev.


MOSCOW, Russia — Former cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev is back in the win column with a second-round KO over Pawel Kolodziej last night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports.

The southpaw Lebedev fought patiently and timed a perfect counter left on the retreating Kolodziej. The shot dropped Kolodziej in the second forced the referee to halt the bout.

Lebedev is coming off a brutal Fight of the Year contender from May 2013 against Guillermo Jones. That bout saw Lebedev battle through grotesque swelling on his right eye before being stopped in the 11th. Jones’s win was later called into question when he tested positive for the banned substance Furosemide. A rematch this year was called off after Jones again tested positive.

Lebedev’s win is his second defense of the WBA World cruiserweight title.