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shaggfest 2013

Z104 Shagg Fest 2013 – J.Cole| Juicy J| T.Mills| Kid Ink| Pusha T And More

shaggfest 2013

The Shagg Fest 2013 line-up and venue was announced this morning on Z104 and by Farm Bureau Live. If you missed Shagg Fest 2012, you don’t want to miss this one! National headliners for this year include J. Cole, Juicy J, Ashanti, Kat Dahlia, Drop City Yacht Club, T. Mills, Kid Ink, B. Smyth and VA’s own Pusha T. Local acts that have been announced are: @BiggK757@biminird ,@CAMPUSva,@_TheHunts_ and @NottzRaw with DMP, @TheOfficialRio, @IssacGay,@LadderMoves, @KevinMacVA, @MrMathis757,@JacksonLeBeau and @WeNeverSleepXO.

Shagg Fest tickets will go on general sale on Friday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. via the box office amphitheater (no service charge), all Ticketmaster outlets (Buy Shagg Fest tickets online via TicketMaster) and charge by phone (800) 745-3000. Tickets will go on presale to ZVIPS on Thursday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m.  The show is only being sold for the pavilion only, not the lawn.  According to Farm Bureau Live, tickets start at $10.40 up to $39.00.  A  limited number of VIP tickets (200) will also be available for $99*. Tickets can also be purchased at Coastal Edge stores for no service charge. Shagg Fest 2013 will take place Saturday, June 15 at 3:00 p.m.

*VIP tickets include (1) ticket to the general admission dance floor, one (1) VIP club pass, entry to the Hertz preferred parking lot (buy 1-2 pkgs and receive 1 parking pass, buy 3-4 pkgs and receive 2 parking passes), a wristband for the autograph line and a commemorative Z104 Shaggfest t-shirt provided by the station. VIP pkgs can be picked up from the venue Box Office starting 2 hours prior to show time. Parking pass(es) will be mailed.

(via Ticketmaster’s website)

No Malice Releases “June” Music Video

Virginia native Pusha T proudly shared older brother and other half’s new music video on Twitter yesterday with the release of No Malice‘s “June” single, also featuring crooner Eric David. Hip hop heads were in for a surprise and many took to social media with a universal praise: No Malice “is doing him” and “no one can get mad at that.” Co-directed by Shomi Patwary of Karma Loop TV and No Malice himself, the video reveals a look into the high life of clubs, women, cars, and entourages, all the while the rapper appears to put it all in the past.

The video was shot entirely in the 757. Peep the link below for the video and see if you can identify the locations!

FYI: Pause the video a few seconds in and you may see the name of yours truly in the credits!

103 Jamz Announces Return of Jamz Fest – Rick Ross, Wale & Meek Mill Scheduled To Perform

103 Jamz has announced the return of Jamz Fest! (If you are 30 and up then you should definitely remember Jamz Fest from the 90’s.) Jamz Fest 2012 will take place at the Norfolk Scope on July 28th. Confirmed performers so far are Rick Ross, WaleMeek Mill, Travis Porter and Cash Out. Omarion and Pusha T. Tickets are available now via TicketMaster. Ticket prices are as follows:

 

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You can also enter to win tickets via 103’s Will Call Window contest here.

 

 

Future | Pusha T ‘Pluto Tour’ June 7 At The Norva

Atlanta rapper Future will bring his Pluto Tour, along with VA’s own Pusha T, to the Norva on June 7. Pusha recently spoke with MTV news  about embarking on the tour, working with Future,  as well as releasing his debut solo album. When speaking of what to expect for the show, he said “it’s going to be a mix of everything.” Tickets are on sale for $25 via Ticketmaster (plus $6.75 in fees) or via the Norva box office. Showtime is 9:00 p.m.

The official Pluto Tour after party will be at Bentley’s hosted by@Ajizzle757 and music by @DJPunisha. For more info call 757-528-8705.

Hot News: Beyonce’ At Revel, Pusha T New Video, ‘Single Ladies’ Returns

Beyonce’ Is Back!

Beyonce’ made a triumphant return to the stage at Revel Resorts over Memorial Weekend. After a 60-lb weight loss, the new mom was back and better than ever with four high-energy shows at the newly christened Altantic City resort’s Ovation Hall. You can check out pictures and performances from Beyonce’ at Revel here. Bey also updated her website with professional pics from the shows.

Pusha T Releases Visual For Exodus 23:1

Pusha T has released a visual to go along with his newest track, Exodus 23:1. The vid, directed by Samuel Rodgers, was shot here in the 757. Check it out the video for Exodus 23:1 here.

‘Single Ladies’ Returns To VH1

After losing cast member Stacey Dash (Val), VH1’s ‘Single Ladies’ returned last night for Season 2. Denise Vasi‘s character, Raquel, is introduced as a childhood friend of Keisha’s (LisaRaye McCoy) who is nursing a broken heart after catching her fiance’ cheating on her during their engagement party.  You can check out the full episode recap, full episodes (once they are posted) and more via VH1’s official Single Ladies Season 2 webpage.

Pusha T Birthday Celebration With DJ Envy On May 12th At Mansion

Pusha T is keeping the party going this weekend at Mansion Allure in Portsmouth. After the rapper celebrates his 1-year anniversary for Cream on May 10, he will then have a birthday bash as well as celebrate HU’s Graduation’s on May 12. DJ Envy of the world-famous Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 will be the guest DJ. Doors open at 9 p.m. and early arrival is suggested. For more information and to reserve VIP Suites visit Mansion’s website.

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Celebrate Cream’s Anniversary With Pusha T On May 10th At Mansion

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Pusha T will celebrate Cream‘s Anniversary at Mansion  on May 10th. Admission is free all night long but (free) tickets can be picked up at the Cream store in MacArthur Mall. Music will be provided by DJ Punisha, DJ Rick Geez and DJ Kid Icarus. For more information email info@mansionva.com or visit Mansion’s website.

Album (EP) Review: Pusha T – Fear of God II

Pusha T has long been a favorite MC of mine. Not only do I feel like he’s lyrically better than at least 75% of the Hip Hop population but I also feel the he is severely underrated. I’ve been a fan of all his material from the three Clipse albums, the three We Got It For Cheap mixtapes featuring his crew the Re-Up Gang, and now his solo work. When fans received the news that he was signing with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music Group the internet and blogosphere went wild. After the news came a slew of features during Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday music series and then his own solo mixtape Fear of God. Now it seems like Ziploc P has teamed up with Def Jam to release his debut album. But until then he blesses the fans with his EP distributed by Deacon Records, entitled Fear of God II: Let Us Pray. This new project features 12 tracks, which includes five tracks from the original mixtape and seven brand new ones. Looking at the track list I was slightly disappointed that a favorite of mine, Blow, wasn’t featured but was still excited about the EP. Here’s my track-by-track review of Pusha T’s Fear of God.

The Changing Of The Guards featuring Diddy – If you’re like me then you were kind of worried when you saw FEATURING DIDDY but luckily for us Mr. Combs only graces the song for 30 seconds with an introduction that really wasn’t needed. The track is base heavy and sounds excellent through headphones (mine are Beats so it sounds even better). This track sounds like it should be an opening to a gladiator movie, like walking thru the tunnel in the arena for the Super Bowl or Finals. We see Pusha much like we have in the past…no hook…just bars. With lines like “wish I could jailbreak my team like an iphone”, “I gave these lions heart like my name ended in Oz”, and the finisher “got gunshots going off that’ll awake the dead” Push sets the tone for the EP by reminding us of what made us like him to begin with.

Amen featuring Kanye West & Young Jeezy – This track leaked a while ago but I can’t help but think it was re-touched. This track also features a less than necessary spiel at the beginning but eventually leads to Kanye starting the song off with a pre-hook that most listeners (including myself) will probably wish had been the hook the entire time. This is another instrumental that really goes when in headphones. I applaud Pusha’s selection. Surprisingly Kanye, while having a solid verse, may have been out done simply by the energy of Pusha and the great pre-hook he had earlier. ….Oh yeah and Young Jeezy and his adlibs are on this too (I’m sorry I’m just not really a fan and this chorus sucks, IMHO).

Trouble On My Mind featuring Tyler, The Creator – This being one of the most unlikely of collabs fits perfectly and it may be the best track on the tape. The beat is hypnotizing and the hook, while really simple, is amazingly catchy. This is one of P’s less aggressive flows and shows the slightly darker side of his personality. Tyler appears on the second verse and absolutely kills it. He may have out spit Pusha which doesn’t happen all the time….or even most of time for that matter. My favorite lines from Tyler are “I wanna f—k the world but not a fan of using condoms” and “I’m f—king tighter then Chad Hugo’s pupils”. I was also amused at his mention of Mr. Lipshitz, the doctor constantly referenced by Mrs. Pickles on the cartoon Rugrats.

What Dreams Are Made Of – This song ALSO begins with a monologue-like intro this one coming in the form of a sound bite from a very braggadocios Rick Flair. The Nature Boy goes in on how much money he’s made before Pusha’s rough voice commands all fellow hustlers to bow their heads. This song is much more of the Pusha we’re used to seeing. The “Cocaine King” spits lines that are very similar to the white powder punch lines he is known for. His flow over this mixture with strong drums and distorted strings suits the theme of the song as he raps about wishing the government never found Jimmy Henchmen (the former G-Unit executive indicted on charges of heading a drug trafficking ring) and how Ronald Regan gave the streets crack cocaine while Nancy’s efforts to help were in vain. It is this “drug dealer sheik” that Pusha T and Clipse fans are used to and the string section in the background really help makes this song special.

Body Work featuring Juicy J, Meek Mill, & French Montana – This song leaked as well and probably was one of the biggest shocks from this tape. The song begins and the beat immediately gets you into one of those hype, jump up and down, throw up gang signs kind of mood. Juicy J starts off with a very expected verse but a surprisingly nice chorus. This may be because his voice and flow fit the track or more likely because you’re just too excited to care. Pusha is next on the mic and gives us a very solid verse although I’d like it better if he wasn’t constantly rhyming n—a with….n—a (just isn’t very creative). The standout on this track comes from the third verse provided by the Philadelphia spitter and Maybach Music signee Meek Mill. While copying Pusha’s flow and sadly rhyme scheme he manages to rap some very clever lines including a favorite of mine “these goons with me don’t spit no verses, just limo service…they stretch n—as”. French Montana finishes it off but…..yeah.

Everything That’s Glitters featuring French Montana – As with the first track on the tape you all gasping will find comfort in knowing that French is only on the hook. Surprisingly it’s not that bad either, although slightly off beat and auto-tuned it’s a decent hook and actually sounds nice with the background instrumentation. This track also uses strings (which I of course love) and combines it with a solid beat and some piano that helps reflect the message of the song. Pusha shows a little bit of his soft side, or as soft a side as a drug dealing, money spending, gangster can get, as he raps about snitches, losing women, and disloyal friends. This song seems to be Malice-inspired as it focuses deeply on self-reflection.

So Obvious – So Obvious is a song that’s title is a little confusing until you hear the track. After another, rather annoying introduction by the producer Bangladesh we see Pusha take full control over the track speaking of his influence over rappers and how he sees himself above others. He then goes into his chorus that explains that he just wants to “flip it, sell it” and how that fact is so obvious that you can smell the cocaine on him. This track is full of slick, witty lines from T. There is on in particular I like where he says “ [I] move heavy d…I should wop to it” referring to the Hip Hop legend and his famous dance. The “A Milli” sounding drums let you know this is a Bangladesh beat and Pusha absolutely shows out on this.

Feeling Myself featuring Kevin Cossom – This track and all tracks following are now ones chosen from the original mixtape Fear of God. This track is shows the rapper boasting about cliché topics but in a very sophisticated way. Spitting lines like “all this dirty money got me bathing in millions” and “in a perfect world, just my guns and my girl, we shine like diamonds and pearls” Pusha takes us into the life and a successful hustler once he’s out of the life. Kevin Cossom adds even more vanity to this track by singing over a bass heavy beat “I woke up and I might take off” and claiming that he’s “spending money like a rich white girl”. This isn’t one of my favorites (kind of wish he’d have used Blow instead) but I understand why this song is here and it’s still a solid entry.

Raid featuring 50 Cent & Pharrell – Anytime a Hip Hop Head sees “featuring Pharrell” we already know we’ll be hearing some Neptunes production and of course they come correct. The mix of dirty piano cords and heavy drums is mesmerizing, only to be accented by the voice and line of Pusha. This to me is one of the better tracks on the EP in terms of lyrics and wordplay. We hear the VA rapper asserting his dominance by proclaiming that he’s “only in the company of kings” and saying that “before Ye signed me I was getting out my dreams standing on the shoulders of 30,000 fiends” a clever usage of the acronym that is Mr. West’s label G.O.O.D. Music. Pharrell is next to join the track with catchy yet assertive chorus “It’s like Raid, spraying on you roaches. The AK is an animal it is ferocious. A n—a wanna sing, hope he is the dopest. Watch that n—a disappear, hocus pocus.” This track is special to Pusha because he got to work with one of his favorite rappers, 50 Cent. In his verse Fiddy talks about his evolution through what can be assumed as the drug game and has some rather clever lines like “ I’m a magnet to murder when I’m in the mood, get convicted do the forensics when you walk in my shoes” and  “drop Phantom is milky… white on white”. I personally like this song. It fits well with Pusha’s brand of raw yet classy drug talk. This is “tailor-made drug dealer theme music” at its finest.

My God – This served as the first single from the original mixtape and also the cause of major controversy and animosity between himself and former G.O.O.D. Music label mate Consequence. Others may not agree with me but this sounds the most Pusha T of all these songs. The flow, the voice, the power behind the words reminds me of the flows he showcased on his last mixtape with brother Malice as the Clipse entitled Road to Till The Casket Drops more specifically the track Big Dreams. While I wish he had done a little more with the chorus this is without a doubt a standout track. The way he describes his life and ways of thinking really shows when he spits things like “we don’t mourn for the dead n—a, we pop bottles” and “only deal with divas on a need-to-know and what you need to know, is where you need to go”. The is pure, raw rapping from one of the best in my opinion.

I Still Wanna featuring Rick Ross & Ab Liva – I figured the lone track with a Re-Up Gang member would appear on the retail version as Pusha never forgets his team. This song is all about Pusha’s desire to still be a hustler and sell cocaine even though he’s now a successful artist. He claims that “it’s like an itch you can’t scratch”. Rick Ross provides a solid verse full of his, sure to be copyrighted by now, “whoo” adlib. I was very excited to hear what Liva was going to do as I had heard him on the three We Got It For Cheap mixtapes and he again gives us a really nice verse spitting clever lines like “Bell Biv DeVoe, push poison like a copperhead”. His smooth voice and flow goes well with the track. I enjoyed this song very much.

Alone In Vegas – This song was the closing for the mixtape version as well and was accompanied by a video and is probably the most emotional I’ve ever heard from Push. He really seems to be talking to his fans in this one when he raps “I let you into my diary to admire me. The makeup of this man, I let you see the higher me” and “rip me apart and see what’s inside of this piñata”.  This chorus depicts many memories from Pusha’s life, describing a woman leaving him, thoughts of his old crew, and how he is all alone as he writes what we assume was this song “alone in Vegas”.

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This EP is more for new fans than the OG Pusha T, Clipse ones. Though not as raw or aggressive or lyric-heavy as the Pusha we’ve seen in the past it is still a very solid piece of work that only gives fans, both old and new, more anticipation for the upcoming Def Jam debut, and the apparent Re-Up Gang mixtape Long Live The Caine. If I were to judge this I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 (He would have gotten a 4 if Blow had been on it…but again I digress). Very nice Pusha and we look forward do what you got next for us. UGH!

 

Pharell To Host “Qream Night” At Mansion In Portsmouth


Pharell is calling all the sexy ladies in the 757 to come party with him at Mansion in Portsmouth on Thursday (September 29th) and celebrate his new Qream liqueur. Hosted by z104’s Shaggy and Fam-Lay, with special guest Pusha-T, you don’t want to miss this epic event! Music will be provided by DJ Aetgy,DJ Kid Icarus and DJ LP. Doors open at 9 p.m. but early arrival is suggested!

To reserve a VIP Suite you can call 757-447-2847. For more info about Mansion, visit their website.

Hot Tickets: Jim Jones At The Alley| Donnie Wahlberg Birthday Party| Famlay “Beach Cruiser” Party

 

Jim Jones at The Alley August 25th

Rapper Jim Jones will be performing live at The Alley in Newport News on Thursday! Music will be provided by DJ Sleep Ez and Master J 757.  Go ahead and get your partying in before Irene hits! Lol You can call or text 757-771-7469 for VIP and tickets, which are available now for $20. Ages 21 & up.

Donnie Wahlberg’s 40th Birthday 2 year Anniversary,  Guadalajara’s September 3rd

For all my New Kids On The Block fans, (don’t act like you didn’t love them growing up) Donnie Wahlberg will be hosting his “40th birthday 2 year anniversary party” (real cute) at Guadalajara’s in Virginia Beach. The party was scheduled for this weekend but due to Hurricane Irene, Donnie was forced to move it to September 3rd. He says that will give him more time to plan some surprises for the event. *wink* Tickets are $50.  50 General Admission Tickets and 50 VIP access tickets were added on August 22nd. Hurry before they are gone! Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets  21+ event. 10pm-2am

Beach Cruiser Bash at Guadalajara, hosted by Fam-Lay, September 9th

 

The Beach Cruiser Bash, presented by Playcloths, Illusive Media and KarmaloopTV, will be hosted by VA’s own Fam-lay with DJ Kid Icarus and DJ Gabe Niles. Special guest DJ will be Chad Hugo from N.E.R.D. Pusha-T has said he will be in the building as well and I am sure there will be a lot more guests added or who may just pop up  😉 For more info hit up 757-493-8696.