Free At Last!

Freeway’s new album FREE AT LAST in stores November 20th. The new album includes the anthem for big spenders “Rocafella Billionaires” feat. JAY-Z, and guest appearances by
50 Cent, Marsha Ambrosius, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes.

THE NEW ALBUM IS IN STORES NOVEMBER 20TH!

Breaking News – Kanye West’s Mother Dead

kanye & donde west Dr. Donda West, Kanye West’s mother, suddenly died last night, individuals close to the rapper confirmed.

The cause of death was not released immediately, but she was reportedly in the Los Angeles area when she died.

Kanye West chronicled his mother’s death in “Hey Mama,” a song from his album Late Registration.

In the song, Kanye raps, “(Hey Mama), I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I’m so proud of you / Let me tell you what I’m about to do, (Hey Mama) / I know I act a fool but, I promise you I’m goin back to school /I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me (Hey Mama).”

West eventually performed the song in front of his mother and Oprah Winfrey on the TV host’s highly rated show.

Although she was renown as Kanye West’s mother, Donda West had achieved much on her own.

She served as the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, but retired to act as Kanye’s manager. She was an English professor for 31 years.

Earlier this year, she released a book called Raising Kanye, which chronicled her journey of raising her son.

In an interview with AllHipHop, Dr. West said she learned from her son and vice versa.

“Looking at Kanye has made me a more courageous individual, and I already saw myself as being courageous. I believe that Kanye has broken through and gone to levels and done things that I haven’t been able to reach yet,” she told AllHipHop.com. “I have 28 years to his senior so I have a lot of experience. I’ve learned to speak my mind regardless of the consequences. I’ve learned a lot having raised Kanye and being his mother.”

The word of Dr. West’s death has traveled fast through word of mouth, in particular her hometown of Chicago.

“’The city of Chicago is hurting for Kanye West and his family. We know how much he loved and valued his mother and we just ask other cities to join us in pray for Kanye,” said Kendra G, a Morning Show co-host at Power 92 in Chicago

We Make The Crowd Move will provide more information as details a revealed. Our condolences go out to Kanye West and the family of Dr. Donda West.

Courtesty of AllHipHop.com

iLike Billboard

iLike BillboardFor starving artists without major distribution or recording deals, this is a breath of fresh air. Billboard has teamed up with iLike to create Billboard’s first ever social network-based music charts. iLike.com and iLike on Facebook has over 15 million users so this collaboration will give a boost to unsigned artists and the music industry as a whole.

“The popularity of iLike makes this data a compelling tool for music lovers to discover new music,” said Scott McKenzie, vice president and editorial director of the digital division of Nielsen Business Media. “We’re thrilled to be bringing the music and social media industries together in such an innovative way.”

Billboard will syndicate two weekly charts: The top 25 ‘most added’ songs to Facebook user profiles, and the top 25 songs fans are adding to their personal music libraries on desktops and iPods, as tracked by iLike’s popular sidebar plugins for iTunes and Windows Media Player.

In addition, Billboard will provide up-to-the-minute music news to iLike’s rapidly growing community of music lovers. These live newsfeeds will be incorporated throughout contextually relevant locations on iLike.com and iLike on Facebook. Combined with the iCast multimedia blogging tool, iLike is quickly becoming the premier place for fans and artists to connect online.

To learn more, check out this press release.

Jeru The Damaja is Still Rising

Jeru The Damaja-Still RisingThe sun rises in the east and Jeru The Damaja is here to prove that it still does.

Jeru’s latest album, Still Rising is chock full of intelligent lyricism, creative concept tracks, detailed storytelling and that unapologetic Brooklyn swagger. On ‘The Prophet’, Jeru continues where he left off in ‘Can’t Stop the Prophet’ battling evils such as anger, fear, despair, lust and ignorance.

On one of the album’s most prolific tracks, ‘History 101′, Jeru kicks some major knowledge about the infamous slave trade. This track is very deep because Jeru provides dates, names and accounts of Ponce DeLeon, Magellan and Christopher Columbus.

Still Rising is a triumphant return for Jeru. It’s lyrical and creative with beats that will make your head nod. Unfortunately, real hip-hop albums like this are slept on in this day and age of ’106 and Park’ and ‘Crank Dat Soulja Boy’. If you love hip-hop i highly recommend Still Rising. If your new to Jeru The Damaja, check out his previous joints, ‘The Sun Rises in The East’ and ‘Wrath Of The Math’.