Beats, Rhymes, Life

1.  UK based youth Charli XCX is following the Jai Paul formula, foregoing an album and releasing just a few singles a year and focusing on marketing them hard. This one gets remixed and features OFWGTA’s The Internet.

2. Ghanaian wonder duo the Fokn Bois have been pinching hearts and minds in Europe as well as their native Ghana. Hopefully the visa issues get resolved and they finally can touch down on US soil. If there are two harder working men in the scene then these two, I am yet to be introduced. The new video continues a rich tradition of shooting unique aesthetics while keeping things lighthearted.

3. Some dogmatic website released their list of The 20 Richest Rappers Alive Today, you may find the results (below) predictable for the most part. Surprises for me included Rick Ross only being worth a quarter, T-Pain being tied with T.I., and that Master P is ranked #3 with a net worth of 350 million, beating out the likes of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. Ice cream sells!

#20 Rick Ross – Net Worth $25 Million
#19 Tie between T-Pain and T.I – Net Worth $30 Million
#18 Nelly – Net Worth $55 Million
#17 Busta Rhymes – Net Worth $60 Million
#16 Ludacris – Net Worth $65 Million
#15 Beastie Boys – Net Worth $75 Million Each
#14 Timbaland – Net Worth $75 Million
#13 Pharrell Williams – Net Worth $77.5 Million
#12 Tie between LL Cool J and Akon – Net Worth $80 Million
#11 Kanye West – Net Worth $90 Million
#10 Lil Wayne – Net Worth $95 Million
#9 Ice Cube – Net Worth $100 Million
#8 Snoop Dogg – Net Worth $110 Million
#7 Birdman – Net Worth $115 Million
#6 Eminem – Net Worth $120 Million
#5 50 Cent – Net Worth $250 Million
#4 Dr. Dre – Net Worth $260 Million
#3 Master P – Net Worth $350 Million
#2 Jay-Z – Net Worth $475 Million
#1 Diddy – Net Worth $500 Million

4. For those wondering how many ways we can connect the Olympic Games to hip hop, here’s a pretty legit bond. Everyone knows about Ryan Lochte right? Anyways, he’s an Olympic swimmer for the US that has already retrieved some gold. Upon being given the chance to show off his medal for photogs, he was sure to include his custom-made grill from hip hop artist and impresario Paul Wall. Wall is famous for his custom grill business and apparently laced Ryan with 4 of them, apparently the one he showed off with the gold medal is worth a cool 25k.

5. The contest that turned into a viral joke finally turned into Pitbull visiting and performing at a Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska. The campaign was originally designed to market an energy strip for Walmart but quickly turned into a wonderfully consolidated effort by “fans” to “exile” him to the farthest Walmart possible. Much to the chagrin of residents of Kodiak, Alaska. Unfortunately there were no messy bear spray incidents.

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The Jacka & Lee Majors ft. Paul Wall – Patty Cake

If you caught our interview with The Jacka from earlier this year, then you know that he and Lee Majors recently released an 80’s themed album called The Gobots 2: D-Boy Era. In the interview he also talked about having a collaboration album with Paul Wall in the works. Well “Patty Cake” ft. Paul Wall, the 2nd and most recent video off The Gobots 2, is probably a good example of what you can expect from both.

If you missed the first video from The Gobots 2, “Female Funk” ft. Shad Gee and Young Loxx,  peep it after the jump. I actually prefer it to Patty Cake. Dope bass line, 80’s gear, and break dancers. Legit.

Friday Free Joints

Free Downloads:

Gon – Peace, Hugs and Harmony Featuring Reef The Lost Cauze & Ed Hooligan

Paul Wall-Live It (Feat. Raekwon, Yelawolf, & Jay Electronica)

Pharaohe Monch-Shine (Feat. Mela Machinko)

Wale – Workin’

Pawn Your Grill

ya grill

The age-old idiom had been that when the dollar is weak, invest in real estate. This idea makes sense, considering that a house is shelter, a human necessity. However, apparently America is in a new gold rush and some are claiming that gold is worth more now than it has been worth in a good long while. Some people are sitting on a gold mine while others may be chewing with one. If you think you may be the latter and need some capitol, head here to pawn your gold dental work.