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The “King of the Blues”, guitarist , singer , songwriter , producer , BB King, Passes away , he was 89 years old.

B.B. King Biography 

Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer (1925–2015)

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“King of the Blues” B.B. King began as a disc jockey in Memphis before finding fame as a blues and R&B guitarist, with hits like “The Thrill Is Gone.”

Synopsis

After serving in World War II, Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King, became a disc jockey in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was dubbed “the Beale Street Blues Boy.” That nickname was shortened to “B.B.” and the guitarist cut his first record in 1949. He spent the next several decades recording and touring, playing more than 300 shows a year. An artist of international renown, King worked with other musicians from rock, pop and country backgrounds. He won his 15th Grammy Award in 2009. B.B. King died in 2015.

Early Career

A singer and guitarist born into a sharecropping family on September 16, 1925, in Itta Bena, Mississippi, B.B. King—born Riley B. King—became one of the best-known blues performers, an important consolidator of blues styles, and a primary model for rock guitarists. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he began his career as a disc jockey in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was dubbed “the Beale Street Blues Boy.” That nickname was soon shortened to “B.B.”

King made his first recording in 1949, and the next year began a 12-year-long association with Kent/RPM/Modern, for which he recorded a string of rhythm and blues hits, including “You Know I Love You,” “Woke Up This Morning” and “Three O’Clock Blues,” which reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and became his first national hit. He also toured the nightclub circuit continuously, averaging more than 300 shows annually for over 30 years. His style of music earned him the title “King of the Blues.”

Famed Guitar ‘Lucille’

Coincidentally, the year that King made his first recording was also the same year that he named his beloved guitar. King attended a dance in Twist, Arkansas, that had a barrel lit with kerosene in the middle of the dance floor, used to keep the crowd warm late at night. While there, a fight broke out and the barrel was knocked over, causing a fire to spread throughout the venue. Everyone evacuated, including King, but he rushed back inside to retrieve his prized guitar.

Luckily, he managed to escape with his guitar as the building collapsed around him. King later learned that the fight erupted because of a woman who worked at the venue named Lucille. From then on, King named his guitar “Lucille” to remind himself never to do anything so foolish again.

Hit ‘The Thrill Is Gone’

In 1962, King signed with ABC Records, which released Live at the Regal(1965), a benchmark blues concert album. In 1969, he released his biggest hit single, “The Thrill is Gone.” The first bluesman to tour the Soviet Union in 1979, by this time he had also become the first bluesman to enter the pop mainstream, making regular appearances in Las Vegas, Nevada and on network television.

King also found commercial success with the many collaborations he made over the years, including with artists Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sheryl Crow,Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt. In 1987, King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Highly-Acclaimed Musical Artist

One of music’s best-regarded performers, King picked up the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2006 for his duets album 80, having won the award multiple times over the decades. Later that year, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. The legendary singer and guitarist also became the subject of his own museum, which opened its doors in 2008. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi, is dedicated to King’s music, the music which influenced him, and the history of the delta area.

Also in 2008, King released his album One Kind Favor to critical acclaim. He did his own take on songs by John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson, earning yet another Grammy Award for his efforts, marking his 15th win. In February 2012, King played a special gig at the White House withBuddy Guy and others. He and his fellow performers were accompanied by President Barack Obama on the song “Sweet Home Chicago.”

Recent Years and Death

King played more than 250 concerts per year well into his 70s. In his 80s, the number of tour dates the guitarist booked were more limited in number. His health had been deteriorating over the past few years. After a shaky concert in April 2014 at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, fans voiced their concern about King on social media saying he appeared to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. After that show, the blues legend issued a public apology for his erratic performance. In October 2014, the 89-year old fell onstage during a performance at Chicago’s House of Blues and cancelled several upcoming gigs. In a statement issued on his web site after the fall, it said the singer had been “diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion.” But no matter where he was, King had his signature guitar “Lucille” in his hands.

Having been in hospice care, B.B. King died in his sleep on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, leaving behind an enduring, global-spanning musical legacy.

This biographical film takes the viewer behind the scenes and into the heart and soul of musical legend B.B. King… exploring his music, motivation and passion for his art.

 

 

MultiHop highlights MC LYTE new album LEGEND & New Video BALL ft. Lil Mama

MC Lyte is getting ready to drop her first album in over eleven years, and its no surprise she’s doing it in a way that pays homage to her hip hop roots.

The Brooklyn MC, who made history in 1988 when she became the first female rapper to release a full-length album (the critically-acclaimed Lyte as a Rock) will soon treat fans to LEGEND, her latest word.

LEGEND was available for one day in vinyl format only, with an optional digital download for those who purchase the record. The promotion supports independent record stores nationwide for Record Store Day, April 18.

Check out new video below…

Pete Rock Reveals EP Work With De La Soul & “Soul Survivor 3″

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The year 2014 could prove a very nostalgic one for Pete Rock and his fans.

The Mount Vernon, New York native will see the Pete Rock & CL Smooth album, The Main Ingredient, celebrate its 20-year anniversary. Additionally, Nas’ debut album, Illmatic—which boasts the Pete Rock-produced “The World Is Yours”—will also see a twentieth anniversary.

During an recent interview with HipHopDX, Pete Rock explains why he thinks Illmatic has maintained its appeal after almost 20 years.

“At that time and that point in your career, your adrenaline is flowing so much that everything you do comes out great,” Pete Rock says. “You don’t realize it until you come back to the whole thing. When I listened to the whole album, I said, ‘Wow. This kid is definitely the future, and he’s gonna be a force.’”

These days, Pete Rock is keeping busy with a handful of projects. He’s working on an upcoming De La Soul EP and announced new installments of a pair of his earlier solo projects.

“I’m working on my new album, Soul Survivor 3,” Pete Rock said. “I’ve got my new website, PeteRock.com, out there, and I’m pushing merchandise on there. You can buy T-shirts, download free music and so forth. Soul Brother University is coming soon, as well as PeteStrumentals 2. I’m working with Skyzoo and Torae, and I’m also working with De La Soul on an EP. I’m still being me.”

 

Eminem Is Now The Second Highest Selling Male Artist Of The SoundScan Era .. chasing Garth Brooks @ #1

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Eminem becomes second best-selling male artist of all-time

 

DETROIT, MI — Eminem has reportedly earned another honor in the music business that could really help him make a case for being a true “Rap God.”

Slim Shady, creator of a hit song with that holy title, has a cumulative album sales total of 44.91 million and has now overtaken George Strait for second best-selling male artist of all-time in the SoundScan era, according to Billboard.

Billboard added in its report, posted March 21 on its website, that Garth Brooks is remains the No. 1 best-selling artist with a cumulative album sales total of 69.52 million.

SoundScan is the official method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada and has been tracking data since March 1, 1991.

Eminem’s most recent album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” has appeared to get a boost in sales this winter after news was released that he’s going on The Monster Tour with Rihanna in August.

The tour will perform two shows in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York. A Facebook presale for all of the second shows in each city starts at 10 a.m. Monday.

For more information about The Monster Tour, check out MLive.com’s guide to the concerts and all ticket sales.

 

 

 

 

Nas – I’m A Villain (Unreleased) track is from the ILLMATIC XX .. project .. dropping this april .. celebrating 20 year anniversary of the classic album ILLMATIC

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Nas‘s debut album Illmatic, widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year. To commemorate the project Nas will be release Illmatic XX, which will feature both a remastered version of the original album in addition to a collection previously unreleased demo tracks, freestyles and remixes. Today “I’m A Villain,” which is one of those early 90’s demo tracks set to be included on the reissue, has found its way to the surface.

 

https://soundcloud.com/rayest1989/nas-im-a-villian-illmatic-xx

 

MARCH 27TH @ SOB’S .. IN NYC .. THE GOD MC .. RAKIM

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FOR ALL YOU NEW HIP HOP OR RAP ARTIST IF YOUR IN NYC MARCH 27TH  .. CLASS IS IN SESSION LEARN FROM THE BEST !!!

TREAT YOUR SELF TO A LYRICAL MASTERPIECE FROM HIP HOP’S GOD MC .. RAKIM

RAKIM IS A TRUE LEGEND & ICON OF HIP HOP & LYRICALLY IS KNOW AS THE BEST MC TO EVER TOUCH THE MIC.

THE GOD MC WILL PERFORM @ SOB’S MARCH 27TH IN NYC .. SUPPORT REAL HIP HOP SHOWS

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF THE GREAT .. NOTORIOUS B.I.G. 1 OF THE GREATEST RAPPERS OF ALL TIME .. REST IN PEACE

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Today, Biggie is still one of the music industry’s most admired hip-hop artists. Several musicians have paid tribute to Biggie by mentioning him in their songs, and his musical style has been emulated by countless up-and-coming artists. Undoubtedly, Biggie’s talent as a writer and rapper will continue to be acknowledged for decades to come.