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Def Jam CEO Shakir Stewart commits suicide

breaking news from CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/03/defjam.suicide.ap/index.html

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — The executive who succeeded Jay-Z as the head of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Atlanta, police said Sunday.

Shakir Stewart was named the head of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings in June.

Shakir Stewart was named the head of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings in June.

Executive vice president Shakir Stewart, 34, died on Saturday, his New York-based label said in a statement.

Stewart was found Saturday afternoon in the bathroom of his home in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Cobb County police spokeswoman Cassie Reece said Sunday. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police described the shooting as self-inflicted and would not say who discovered Stewart.

The record label issued a statement Sunday on behalf of Stewart’s fiancee, Michelle Rivers, and his family.

“Over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love,” the statement said. “As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence.”

November 3, 2008 Posted by | def jam, hip hop, jay Z, rap, shakir stewart | Leave a comment

Brown University announces Girl Talk, M.I.A., Lupe, Vampire Weekend


Looks like Brown University will have, once again, the preeminent spring weekend concert series. Oh, if only I were still in school…..um, and like, smart.

Confirmed (well, reported by Pitchfork, anyway) for Friday April 11 will be rapper and Kanye-protege Lupe Fiasco and fellow ivy-leaguers, and indie-band-of-the-moment Vampire Weekend. And for those managing to recover after the mayhem Friday, concertgoers will be treated to Sri-Lankan headline generator and hip hop urbanite M.I.A. , jam-tastic Umphrey’s McGee and cut-and-paste insta-party insaniac Greg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk on Saturday April 12th. I’d go just for him…

Get your own playlist at snapdrive.net!

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Girl Talk – 02 – That’s My DJ.mp3


Girl Talk – 09 – Friday Night.mp3


Girl Talk – 10 – Hand Clap.mp3


Lupe Fiasco – 03 – Go Go Gadget Flow.mp3

Lupe Fiasco – 05 – Superstar (Ft. Matthew Santos).mp3


M.I.A. – 03 Boyz.mp3

M.I.A. – 05 Hussel (Featuring Afrikan Boy).mp3


vampire weekend – [01] mansard roof.mp3

vampire weekend – [04] cape cod kwassa kwassa.mp3

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February 24, 2008 Posted by | brown, brown university, concert, girl talk, greg gillis, hip hop, indie, live music, lupe fiasco, mia, music, rap, umphreys, vampire weekend | Leave a comment

Jacko surfaces, makes his best album in a decade, thanks to RHYMEFEST

Chicago rapper Rhymefest teams up with producers Mark Ronson, Best Kept Secret, and a slew of guests on “Man in the Mirror”. Oh yeah, and a whole heaping pile of unauthorized Michael Jackson samples….

Excerpt from Greg Kot’s Chicago :

The Michael Jackson revival is in full swing. A 25th anniversary edition of “Thriller,” his biggest album, is scheduled for release next month, and Jermaine Jackson says there will be Jackson 5 reunion tour this year that includes his most famous brother. Bottom line is that Jackson is still an icon, despite a litany of tabloid indiscretions that would’ve crushed most careers and reputations.

But Jackson also hasn’t made much in the way of compelling new music in at least decade. And I doubt that any of the Michael-is-back projects will equal the artistic inventiveness (or the affordability) of the latest release from South Side rapper Rhymefest, who just released “Man in the Mirror (The Michael Jackson Dedication Album)” as a free download on his Web site, rhymefest.com.

The release is musical contraband; it flouts copyright law and freely dips into the Jackson back catalog for source material, including a trove of audio interviews. It rearranges this material into a fascinating virtual collaboration between two artists of different generations who have never met. Gimmicky as it sounds, sparks fly. Jackson hasn’t had such a provocative and inspired collaborator since he was working with producer Quincy Jones — back when “Thriller” reigned. [cont.]

http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2008/01/michael-jackson.html#more

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Track # Title
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01 The Cipher (Rhymefest & Michael Jackson)
02 Can’t Make It (Rhymefest) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
03 “Thriller” Skit
04 Get Up (Rhymefest ft Wale)
05 Dancin’ Machine (The Jackson 5 ft Rhymefest)
06 Flip It Skit
07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
09 No Sunshine (Rhymefest) [prod. by Emile]
10 Caught Up Skit
11 Foolin’ Around (Rhymefest ft Dres) [prod. by Mark Ronson]
12 Set The Mood
13 Breakadawn (Rhymefest ft Daniel Merriweather & alpha.)
14 Windbreaker Skit
15 Higher Intro
16 Higher (Rhymefest)
17 Mark vs. Mike
18 All That I’ve Got (Rhymefest ft Ghostface Killah & Mary J. Blige)
19 Maybe Tomorrow (Michael Jackson)
20 Sunshine Skit
21 Coolie High (Camp Lo ft Rhymefest)
22 Family Reunion (ft Tito, Randy, Mike & Rhymefest)
23 Much Love Skit
24 Man In The Mirror (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)

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head over to rhymefest.com to d/l your free copy. or go here:

http://rhymefeststore.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=page&id=1&chapter=0

or here:

http://sharebee.com/7975d7b8

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Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror – 17 Mark vs. Mike
Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror – 08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror -07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
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January 17, 2008 Posted by | best kept secret, bootleg, chicago, hip hop, mark ronson, mashup, michael jackson, mixtape, pop, rap, rhymefest, rock | Leave a comment