Artist Spotlight: #RIP Akil Nadir (Claude Lumpkins) DC Hip-Hop Extraordinaire

Unfortunately, on Friday, April 11th, 2014,  a genuine, down to earth, fellow artist, lyricist, MC, Father, and friend departed this earth.   They say the good die young but also the creative geniuses of the world.  His music touched many and inspired a plethora of artists and like minded individuals especially in the Washington, DC area. His kind and humorous demeanor would have you in tears but brought the kind of joy that would make anyone smile. I dedicate this blog post to Claude and to spread his message of peace and consciousness.  We must take the time out to uplift and reach out to our fellow brethren who may or may not be going through the struggle.  It is our duty to lend helping hands when our loved ones are in need and to continue to support them no matter what!!  Sometimes we don’t know the personal battles that people go through, which is why it even more important to wholeheartedly love one another without judgement and pray for one another.  For those who didn’t know Claude, check some of his music and links out below.  REST IN POWER BROTHER!!

Akil Nadir was a Washington, DC native who spent his teenage years immersed in the city’s burgeoning hip hop scene, popping in and out of street corner ciphers and performing in night clubs in the historic U Street neighborhood. He gained a reputation for being fiery and unpredictable with a work ethic that defied his age. After graduating from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, he attended North Carolina Central University in Durham―classmates with Foreign Exchange members Phonte and Yahzarah―and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Soon after graduation he returned to his hometown and discovered his second passion, education. He has been teaching English in DC ever since―eventually earning a Master of Science in Educational Administration―but has never given up on his first love. He has enjoyed some modest popularity over the years as an independent artist, but he remains one of the capital city’s best kept secrets. His style is a healthy combination of bravado, consciousness and humor. It seems like an impossible balancing act, but he pulls it off effortlessly. In the end, it feels like someone crammed all your favorite emcees into one body, taught it to read and then let it loose on the world.

 

 

Support and Download his music HERE!!

Links:

http://www.akilnadir.com/

 

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2012/08/31/download-akil-nadirs-philosopher-king/

 

New Music: Jennifer Hudson – “Walk It Out” F/Timbaland

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J-Hud showcases a different side of her personality with the sassy, sultry “Walk it Out” F/ Timbaland.  She is gearing up to release her third studio album and is reportedly taking a more sensual approach to her recording.  She has been in the lab cooking up music with Pharell, Babyface, and R. Kelly.  Get into the track below:

 

Details from Game and Tiffney Cambridge Altercation

Last week rapper Game was slapped with a restraining order and banned from having any contact or coming within 100 feet of his baby mama Tiffney Cambridge.

Details from their initial confrontation have leaked and they are not pretty.

From TMZ

Cambridge says in her docs the fight turned so violent, a table broke, injuring both kids. She says their 3-year-old daughter yelled for help because her leg was bleeding … and Game got even more ferocious when Cambridge went to help her.

According to the docs, he told Cambridge, “Move the f*** out the way” and called her a bitch while tearing her clothing and repeatedly hitting her torso with his closed fist. She claims he also yelled, “I will end it all.”

Cambridge says after the fight … Game refused to let her leave … telling the children that if Mommy called police, both Mommy and Daddy would go to jail.

She says Game eventually allowed her to take the kids and go. She went to the hospital the next day, where she says she learned her nose was broken.

 

Chris Breezy Diagnosed With Mental Health Disorders

According to TMZ:

Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder … and that’s why he has had such anger issues … this according to new court docs.

Chris was in court today for a progress hearing in the Rihanna beating case. Documents were filed by the facility where Chris just completed 90 days of anger management therapy. In fact, Chris stayed longer, just completing 95 days.

In the legal docs — obtained by TMZ — an official from the rehab facility wrote that … in addition to his diagnosis … Chris was self-medicating inappropriately.

The facility writes, “Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.” They never explain the cause of the PTSD. The letter also says Chris was diagnosed with Bipolar II.

The letter says Chris is on meds for the bipolar and other conditions.

Chris has learned various relaxation exercises, according to the letter, and he’s tested negative for drugs, including sticky icky , during his stay.

The facility says he’s doing really well. It says he gets up at 5 AM and works hard. They say he’s been especially good with community service, saying, “Mr. Brown’s attitude has been beyond exemplary in regard to his community service responsibilities.”

 

Beyonce and Solange Throw Kelly Rowland A “Liquid Gold” B’Day Party

Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Solange

Beyoncé and Solange hosted a “Liquid Gold Fondue Party” for their bestie Kelly Rowland at a private location in New York on Tuesday. The all-gold-themed celebration featured gold balloons, party favors, and lots ofgood food.

Guests dined on chicken, filet mignon, tempura, and crab ravioli in a variety of dipping sauces including teriyaki, creole mustard, and coconut curry.

Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Solange, and Angie Beyince

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland and Solange

Kelly Rowland

 

New Music/Video – Nicki Minaj – “Looking A$$ Ni**a”

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is back and taking no prisoners. The reigning queen of Rap reveals her big surprise, dropping the Nabil-directed video for her new Detail-produced song “Lookin Ass Ni**a.”  On the raw and uncensored record, she takes aim—literally and figuratively—at the fake and phony men with her vicious and violent rhymes.

Lil’ Kim Pregnant!

Lil' Kim

Lil’ Kim is reportedly pregnant with her first child.  Lil’ Kim who is 39, revealed her baby bump while attending The Blonds runway show during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday. A visibly pregnant Kim was seated front row alongside Paris Hilton and posed for photos backstage while holding her stomach. She also performed a medley of her hits at the after-party at Gilded Lily.

Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim