August 2013

The King’s Last Words – The Interview

Just Blaze Talks Kendrick Lamar “King of NY” Line

The King’s Last Words – The Interview

Kendrick Lamar’s Verse — You be The Judge


I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved
I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high
Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive
Out the exit window of 5 G5’s with 5 grand
With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as fuck tryna land
With the hand full of arthritis and popping prosthetic leg
Bumpin Pac in the cockpit so the shit that pops in his head
Is an option of violence, someone heard the stewardess said
That your parachute is a latex condom hooked to a dread



Diddy’s REVOLT TV had a quick, smart take on the verse:



RT @RevoltTV: Hip Hop was born out of competition and raised by battles. This is what Music needs. More people who want to be the BEST not …



RT @RevoltTV: If Larry Bird and Magic Never challenged each other – the game wouldn’t have made the strides that it did. Same with Music. G…


Plenty of rappers took immediate notice, too:



I hear u loud and clear my nigga… @kendricklamar


Big Sean@BigSean 
Big Sean

@kendricklamar so mad on that song, ha ha… Sheesh@JayElectronica on there like a scientist! Thanks u rappin ass niggas


Big K.R.I.T.

“This is Gladiator Shit”…Gotta give the people what they want .



If I can’t do no more nouns or verbs ima start comin with the wildest adjective bars that anyone has ever heard.



KENDRICK!!!!! Ohhhh Shiiitttttt @RevoltTV


Joe Budden@JoeBudden 
Joe Budden

A Cali nigga just said he’s the King of NY & u niggas so fucking worried about your relationships, y’all make me sick.


Trinidad Jame$@TrinidadJamesGG 
Trinidad Jame$

I don’t feel like @kendricklamar dissed anybody. He just has moved up to another level. Y’all late overly dedicated nigga! Bruh been fire!!!


Grammys denies Black press credentials … AGAIN

Grammys 2012


The inference here is that Black folks can entertain (sing and dance) but they are not allowed to report Brandon Brooks, Sentinel assistant managing editor.


For the last 53 years, the Grammys have been the premier awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people in the music industry in Los Angeles, where entertainment is the #1 industry.


For most of those years, African Americans have figured prominently in both the nominations and in the win column.

So when Los Angeles’ largest, most revered African American-owned and -operated newspaper – a weekly publication that shines a spotlight on issues of interest to its 150,000 primarily Black readership – received the invitation to apply for Grammy credentials this year, it should have been a shoo-in to cover the industry that not only defines Los Angeles but also defines the music industry.

And yet, this, the standard “Credential Request Decline Letter”:

“The Recording Academy regrets that we are unable to accommodate your media request to cover the 54th Annual GRAMMY(r) Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.

“Due to extremely limited space within the Media Center and Arrivals, we were only able to credential a small fraction of the hundreds of media outlets that applied …”

“Your understanding is very much appreciated … “

That made it official: For now, the second year in a row (yes, we were rejected last year too), the Recording Academy and Rogers& Cowan has denied the request of The Los Angeles Sentinel to cover the music industry’s main event (and even the pre-awards ceremony) – the 54th Grammys – the awards presentation to be held on Sun., Feb. 12.

While we understand that hundreds of media outlets must be denied credentials “because of limited space,” it defies incredulity that our publication would be among those.


There are many reasons we say that; here are just two:

1. In virtually every major Grammy nomination category, there is at least one, and many times, two African American nominees.

2. Traditionally, a great number of Grammy-nominated artists have significant ties to the local African American community, because they live here, they record here, they have close family relatives who live here – and/or they read our paper.

That would include two of the five of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees: Diana Ross and Gil Scott-Heron.

Thus, given the sheer number of African Americans who are nominated, who perform at the Grammys, who work at the Grammy awards show and/or who cheer for the Grammy nominees during their arrival on the red carpet, African Americans in Los Angeles have a vested interest in coverage from their community newspaper.

That is not to say that other media outlets cannot adequately cover the events. But it does mean they are not necessarily equipped to adequately describe the cultural nuances of the Grammy show like that of the local newspaper that is dedicated to, and more capable of, examining how events, broader issues and trends affect the lives of African Americans.

Events like the annual Grammy awards deserve coverage by a representative sampling of all media – including one from a decidedly African American point of view.

No doubt the Los Angeles Times and Billboard will be there. But so should the Los Angeles Sentinel.

Finally, by press time, the Sentinel had spoken to a representative of the Recording Academy by phone, and after a brief conversation, she answered the question as to whether or not the Sentinel, the number one Black newspaper on the West Coast, will be able to report the 2012 Grammy Awards directly to its readers. The Recording Academy’s answer was a resounding “NO.”




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