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Rapper Actor Common Pens Memoir

He’s  widely respected in the rap game and  has also established credibility as an actor. Now the conscious rapper, Grammy Award winning emcee, known as Common Sense in his early days, has written a book that debuted on the New York Times best-sellers list. “One Day It Will All Make Sense” chronicles the life of Lonnie Rashid Lynn aka Common. The book depicts his life as a boy growing up on the streets of the South Side of Chicago to his journey to  becoming a man.   The book allows readers to explore Common’s life from his perspective. “People who know me as Common might find it hard to believe some of the things that made me Rashid,” the rap star says in a press release. “That’s partly why I’ve written this book, so that I can show myself as a man in full. That means telling some tough truths, revealing my faults and vulnerabilities. But it also means showing the true strength of my character.” It also speaks of the relationship he shared with his mother Dr. Mahalia Hines, who is quoted throughout the book.  It was her guidance that led him to be the man he is today.

“One Day It’ll All Make Sense” was released on Sept. 13, 2011 and debuted at 20th place on the New York Times best-sellers list. Musically, Common is scheduled to drop his ninth studio album, “The Dreamer, The Believer” on Nov. 22, 2011. You can follow Common on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thinkcommon
Twitter @COMMON

 

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The Foreign Exchange Tour….

The Foreign Exchange Tour….

The Neo Soul Cafe absolutely loves +FE, The Foreign Exchange. We simply cannot get enough of them. The Grammy nominated duo +FE is comprised of frontman Phonte and musical genius Nicolay. The band also features a cast of amazing singers and musicians, Yazarah, Darien Brockington, Zo! and Deborah Bond to name a few. They are a phenomenal band and we hope that you would take the time to see them because they’re on tour and coming to a city near you. Please support good music and independent artistry. Here is a listing of +FE’s tour dates.

You can also find more info on their website http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/http://www.facebook.com/theforeignexchange
http://twitter.com/#!/FEofficial

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RCA closes subsidiaries

RCA closes subsidiaries

RCA Music Group is slimming down for the holidays by shuttering its Arista, Jive and J Records subsidiaries, a move by new label execs to strengthen the identity of the RCA brand.

Artists who have been with those three imprints, which have been home to Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Pitbull, Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, Barry Manilow, R. Kelly, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Dido, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis and others, will be shifted to RCA.

Jive produced several of the biggest-selling albums of all time in the midst of the youth pop boom a decade ago, including the multi-platinum hits for ‘N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and Spears.

The changes do not affect the Arista Nashville label, or the other three country music labels that are under the Sony Music Nashville umbrella: RCA, Columbia and BNA.

—Randy Lewis

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Steve Jobs Apple Founder Has Died

Steve Jobs Apple Founder Has Died

SAN FRANCISCO – Steve Jobs, the innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes music store, has died.

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The Mother of Hip-Hop passes

Sylvia Robinson has been featured in commercials, movies and covered by a number of well known singers. She produced the hit “Love On A Two Way Street” by The Moments.

Later, she found success as a solo artist under the name Sylvia. The memorable, sexy and sultry single “Pillow Talk” was a R & B favorite. Robinson went on to form All Platinum Records. with her husband. The record label struggled and faced mounting debts in addition to numerous lawsuits. One night while she was in a club in Harlem, she heard a DJ, Lovebug Starski, rapping over the breaks in the songs he was spinning. She had an epiphany to record what she had heard.  Robinson, with the help of her son Joey, recruited three young rappers, Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee and formed the group known today as the Sugar Hill Gang. The group recorded what is noted as the first rap song, “Rapper’s Delight.”   It was comprised of rhymes over the instrumental of Chic’s hit “Good Times.”sh< Robinson  and her husband Joe chartered Sugarhill Records to release the record.  The song was a huge success.  I sold more than 8 million copies, reached No. 4 on the R&B charts and No. 36 on Billboard’s Hot 100, spawning a movement and opportunities for other hip-hop artists.

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