Sir and Rumi Carter

beyonce-tour-bb5-topline-2016-billboard-650Beyonce’ has released the names of her twins! To the surprise of many, Mr. and Mrs. Carter have named their twins Sir and Rumi.

Rumi is Japanese for beauty and Sir is just demanding respect at less than a full month of age. HA! People are surprised that the Carters chose these names but I think everyone needs to remember that Beyonce’s name is Beyonce’ and her sister’s name is Solange.

I think the names are perfect! Welcome Rumi and Sir, I’m sure the beehive can’t wait to see you.

Welcome Rumi and Sir, I’m sure the beehive can’t wait to see you.


Jay-Z 4:44 Album Review

jay z sma 1 nov09Alright ya’ll the album has finally dropped and it was so much more than I expected! Jay-Z touched on every aspect of his life. Yes, he’s done that before but this time he’s opening up in a more meaningful, thought provoking way and I appreciate it!

So let’s break this album down…

Kill Jay Z

Jay Z addresses himself, his ego, Kanye, and his infidelity to Beyonce’ in this track. The internet has gone crazy over this track because of the following lyrics: “You egged Solange on – Knowing all along all you had to say was u was wrong – you almost went Eric Benet’ – let the baddest girl in the world get away – I don’t even know what else to say – nigga never go Eric Benet.” In just those few words Jay-Z addressed the infidelity, and the Solange elevator incident and set the internet ablaze!

The Story of OJ

This is my favorite track on the album. Jay-Z touched on so many of the things that plague the black community in this song from how we handle money, to how we represent ourselves and our community. Jay’s lyrics flow effortlessly over a smooth, jazzy NY hip-hop beat as he schools us on investments. He’s challenging our thought processes and motivations behind the choices we make. ” Wanna know what’s more important than throwing away money at a strip club? CREDIT.” -Jay Z


Jay Z shows his mom some major love on this track. He addressed her homosexuality and the pain she went through trying to hide her sexuality during his younger years. In typical Jay Z fashion, he talks about money, friendships, and drops in a bit of shit talking as well but that doesn’t take away from the message. His mother, Gloria Carter, talks about her life hiding her sexuality with a poem at the end of the song.

Caught Their Eyes

in this one, Jay Z talks about the snakes in the industry in this track.  In my opinion, Jay Z is sharing his current life experiences on this one – what it’s like to navigate the music industry. He mentions Prince and the greed that surrounded him in life. He’s sharing this industry through his eyes. So far, every track on the album has had meaning, layers, and depth….I’m impressed!


Jay Z said he woke up at 4:44am to write this song, so I was wrong – I thought the twins were born at 4:44am. Moving on, this track definitely feels like some shit that you’d be thinking about at 4:44am.  We’ve all experienced those nights we’ve sat thinking about all of our past mistakes and the people we’ve caused pain – that’s 4:44. Jay takes us deeper into his relationship and marriage to Beyonce’ and all of his failures as a man, and a husband. It’s touching to hear him express his fear of Blue learning of his dirt and thinking less of him. This is some good shit, partly because we’ve never seen Jay-Z so vulnerable. This is my second favorite track on the album.

Family Feud

This track is definitely old school Jay Z – all about the money, and the competition. He addresses the current state of rap and his place in the tapestry. I enjoyed the flow, the instrumentals, and Beyonce’s vocals. One word for this one….NICE!


Bam with the Damian Marley feature is so LIT! Jay is coming for all the trash that is in the industry. He takes a possible dig at Kanye and keeps it moving. The track is quick, straight to the point, and head bob worthy….BAM!


“I don’t post no threats on the internet – I just pose a threat – I don’t be on the gram going ham giving information to the pork – that’s all spam…..ya’ll stuck in La La Land.” Jay said, “Ya’ll got the same fucking flows – I don’t know who is who.” LOVE IT! Jay is giving us more on the fuckery in the rap industry today. He’s exposing these fake artists that so many put in they top 10. Tracks like this give me hope! Maybe a new era in hip hop is about to be ushered in. Jay is pointing them in the right direction with this one.

Marcy Me

Jay begins the track with a snatch back to hold hip hop. Marcy Me is about where Jay came from but it’s also a nice nod to old school rap and it’s origins. If I may just pause for a minute and mention the artistic zone No ID was in when he did this entire album! Marcy Me is yet another well produced, easy to listen to track, another one of my favorites. As a true hip hop old head, I appreciate this track. XOX-fucking-O!


What’s your legacy? Jay Z provokes thought with the last track on the album. What are we leaving for those who come next? He is promoting black excellence with this one and reminding us that no matter how much or how little we have, we will still leave a legacy. Jay touches on the impact your legacy, good or bad, will have on future generations. We have to make conscious decisions, that’s what Legacy is all about.  At the end of this song all I could say was, “Dag, that was good.”


I’ll be the first to say the 4:44 album is Jay-Z’s best yet; It’s a piece of artistic work with a message. 4:44 shows his age and maturity, it’s thought provoking without being too preachy, it’s 100% Black but still authentic Jay-Z. The album’s sound is unique, and the content is rich and layered. You will be riding to some of these tracks far beyond 2017, don’t doubt it.

If you haven’t heard the album yet you need to stop tripping about Tidal and go check it out.




Remy Ma Won a BET Award

Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma
Where were you when Shether dropped? How long did you wait for Nicki Minaj to respond before you gave up hope?

Remy Ma won a BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop artist and Twitter went crazy! Apparently, people do not think Remy Ma is deserving of this award over Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. Some complained she hasn’t done enough, she doesn’t have enough charted singles or albums sold. So, why did Remy Ma snatch this award from Nicki?


Remy Ma successfully called out the top female artist in hip-hop. That diss track gave Remy Ma immediate publicity and airplay. Nicki’s response was late and lack luster. Record sales are only part of the “Best Female Hip-Hop artist” pie – street cred. matters. Rap is a sport, the artist at the top will always be challenged to prove their right to that spot. If the challenged artist (Nicki) does not rise to the occasion their ranking will be affected. Battle tracks have created and distroyed careers. Shether put Remy in a good position, not because the lyrics were so hard or the track was so banging, but because of Nicki’s watered down response.


Nicki Minaj has rubbed alot of people in the industry the wrong way and many of us are tired of her arrogant behavior. She’s a rapper with a played style, fake body parts, and an even faker personality. At least you’re getting an authentic personality with Remy and she’s not fucking her way to the top. We need someone new in the Female Hip-Hop genre. More than one female rapper can exist in this world and I don’t think Nicki should be considered the Queen of them all. Cardi B has better bars than Nicki, sure, she needs some media training but the skill is there. It’s funny how Nicki will post all manner of social media foolishness to prove she’s the queen of rap when all she really has to do is RAP – grab the mic and hit it hard! Clearly rapping and rapping well isn’t in her bag of tricks. At this point, I’ll take anyone over Nicki and I’m not the only person who feels this way.

Congrats to Remy Ma on her win! Hopefully this will encourage her to get in the studio and write an album that will put her haters to rest. Nas won the battle but Jay-Z won the war and now he owns all of the soldiers. Will the Nicki vs Remy beef end the same way?


Kim Kardashian: KKWBEAUTY

1280_kanye_west_kim_kardashian_north_west_kkw_beauty2_instagramKim Kardashian has officially released her first solo makeup endeavor entitled, KKW Beauty. Honestly, I was down with a Kim K makeup line long before Kylie was King and Bruce was Caitlyn. My only question for Kim is WHAT THE FUCK TOOK SO LONG?! Oh, and will black women be stuck with varying shades of pink?

The initial launch was centered around Creme’ Contour and Highlight Kits, two things Kim is known to excellently execute. I didn’t know what contouring was until Kim K. dropped that knowledge bomb! Now we have women out here contouring their whole damn body. Needless to say, no matter how you feel about Kim K., you can never say her makeup isn’t absolute perfection!

Now, I wasn’t brave enough to jump in and spend my money on anything from the KKWBeauty collection but I was definitely watching the reactions of others on social media. I think I may pass on Kim K’s multiple personality cream lipsticks but the contours deserve a deeper look.

Check out this KKW Beauty contour kit review and tell me what you think….



What Did Beyonce’ Name the Twins?

rs_600x600-170202053928-600.beyonce-4.2217Beyonce’ gave birth a little over a week ago and we’ve heard nothing more since. Sure, there’s been small amounts of info dropped here and there but nothing substantial. We still have no photos, no word from Beyonce’, and no names for the twins…until today.

Word has it Beyonce’ and Jay-Z has named the twins Bea and Shawn. Can you believe that? Let’s be honest, Bea and Shawn are about as unimaginative as it gets. Definitely not what I’d expect from a couple who named their first born Blue Ivy.

Fans have chimed in from all over with their best guess for names. Will Bey and Jay pick Nigerian names? Perhaps the names will pay homage to an ancestor or important family member? Maybe they really did name their children Bea and Shawn? One thing is for sure, we won’t know until we know, right?

For now, those babies remain in the hospital under observation and care for jaundice and for all we know their names could still be Boy Carter and Girl Carter.

If Jay and Bey actually named their babies Bea and Shawn would you be surprised?


Kim and Kanye Prepare for 3rd Child

Looks like Kim and Kanye thought Beyonce’ and Jay-Z were getting too much baby and decided to drop some baby news of their own. It’s been reported that Kim and Kanye have hired a surrogate for the birth of their 3rd child. Kim is unable to carry another child due to placenta accreta – a condition that will make pregnancy life threatening for Kim. But, that’s not stopping the West family expansion; they are willing to drop some major greenbacks to get a number 3.

TMZ reported the payment installment breakdown earlier today:

  • $45,000 in 10, $4,500 monthly installments
  • If there are multiples, the surrogate gets $5k for each additional kid
  • If the surrogate loses reproductive organs, she gets $4,000. Kim and Kanye are also required to deposit $68,850 with the agency.

That’s a total of $113,850.00 for the birth of one child! Some women are willing to pay big bucks for babies, while other women throw them away.

kimandkanye-461086d9-f8e8-4c3c-954e-632a31aafe88Kim and Kanye already have a son Saint West, 18 months, and a daughter North West, 4 but that’s not enough when you come from a large family like the Kardashian-Jenner clan. If you watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians you know Kim has been considering having another child and has completed treatments to possibly help her successfully carry a child. Unfortunately, another pregnancy was not in the cards for Kim.

At one point during the show, Kim toyed with the idea of using Khloe as a surrogate but I guess that wasn’t a real option either. I think the use of a surrogate is great if it allows a woman the opportunity to take part in one of the best jobs she’ll ever have….motherhood.

Congrats Kim and Kanye…congrats!


Prodigy of Mobb Deep has Died

prodigy-6689554f-fc23-4f60-80fc-ff51ecf2606bProdigy – The Infamous One, The H.N.I.C has died at the age of 42!! A large piece of my hip-hop heart just broke. Prodigy was an integral part of my teenage soundtrack! I know he suffered from sickle cell anemia and his life expectancy was lowered but I still cannot understand.

Prodigy died on June 20th in Las Vegas, he was on tour with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, and KRS-One. This is so sad.



JAY Z 4:44 Album

jay z sma 1 nov09Jay-Z is making some major money moves, as usual. There is a reason why this man is the most successful rap artist to ever write a rhyme – let’s follow the dollar signs.

June 12th – Jay-Z and Beyonce’ welcomed the twins and only hours later Jay-Z announced the release of his upcoming album entitled, “4:44”. I’m guessing their beautiful twins were born at or around 4:44? Either way, even the title of the album reeks of an incredibly intelligent marketing strategy.

June 15th – Jay-Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame. Of course, he received this honor because it draws more publicity for the rapper ahead of his June 30th album release. If Jay-Z was honestly receiving this honor for his body of work, he would’ve been inducted a while ago but timing is everything!


jay-zA few months ago, Sprint invested $200 million in Tidal – Jay Z’s music streaming service. Tidal is now worth $600 million dollars, Jay Z bought it for $56 million. (You do the math) Of course, Jay Z’s new album will be a Tidal exclusive, and if you become a Sprint customer you will get 6 months of the Tidal streaming service for free. So, the 4:44 album will be a huge win for Jay Z, Tidal, and Sprint.

I’ve got a strong feeling that the first pictures of those twins will be released on June 30th as a part of his visual album and the names of the twins will be mentioned in a song on the album; if that doesn’t make everyone flock to Tidal nothing will.

Jay Z and Beyonce’ know how to capitalize on public interest and who can blame them? When cameras follow your every move and the public loves everything you do, there’s only two things you can do: 1) Beat the shit out of the cameraman and end up with a misdemeanor battery conviction or 2) Make Lemonade and end up a billionaire.

Jay Z is one hell of a self-made black businessman.

Do that shit Jay, do it!


What’s Wrong with Beyonce’s Babies?

images-1Beyonce’ had her babies a week ago and IT’S A BOY…..and a GIRL!!! I’m sure you’ve heard about the “minor complication” that is keeping those precious little ones in the NICU and out of view of public view. So, what could possibly be wrong with Beyonce’s perfect little ones? Don’t worry, I got the scoop…


Multiple births have a higher incidence of abnormalities, like heart defects. If heart problems are present the problems are usually mild to moderate and can be handled by the skilled hand of a specialist or even a pediatrician.


Single births are considered full-term at 40 weeks but twins are full-term at 37 weeks. Often times, twins are born before 37 weeks and need to spend time in the NICU for observation and special care. Depending on how premature the babies are they could face a variety of different issues, from body temperature regulation, and low birth weight to lung and heart abnormalities.


Some babies have a difficult time feeding and require extra testing and observation to ensure proper nutrition. If a baby is not feeding and maintaining good blood sugar levels the doctor will keep that baby until he/she shows improvement.

imagesBeyonce’s babies may not suffer from any of the above issues but let’s not forget, giving birth to twins is no easy task, even with today’s modern medicine. There are a plethora of things that could go wrong, no matter how much money and excellent prenatal care you have. Everyone wants to know what’s taking Bey and Jay so long to reveal the names and images of the babies, after all, we saw Blue all swaddled in Beyonce’s arms while she was still in the hospital. This birth is different, Beyonce’ actually gave birth to these babies

Everyone wants to know what’s taking Bey and Jay so long to reveal the names and images of the babies, after all, we saw Blue all swaddled in Beyonce’s arms while she was still in the hospital. But, this birth is different, Beyonce’ actually gave birth to these babies (I’m sorry but I had to say it) and she is actually dealing with the after effects of childbirth..multiple child birthsWe haven’t seen Beyonce’ or the babies because she is doing what every mother would do – tend to her little ones. So, send out prayers and positive energy balls for the little ones and everyone will see their precious little faces in due time. Until then, carry on.

No pressure Bey, take all the time you need. Your Beyhive ain’t going nowhere!




bili lights

A source close to Beyonce’ has stated the twins were born premature and are

“under the lights”. What is under the lights and how does this clue us in on the condition of Bey’s Babies?


jaundicePremature babies are placed under lights when they suffer from jaundice. Jaundice occurs when the baby’s liver is unable to break down red blood cells for excretion resulting in a buildup of bilirubin. The babies are placed under bili lights to help with jaundice. If jaundice is left untreated the condition could cause cerebral palsy, and brain damage.  Jaundice is not abnormal for premature babies, my nephew had jaundice and he wasn’t born until he was practically one – literally stepped out of my sister’s belly. I wish those twins and every other baby dealing with difficulties a speedy recovery.


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