~Mive Content – Just to keep you in the know GoJu Nation.  This is another case of using the reality show vehicle as a platform to jump-start a career.  I’m not knocking the hustle per se but I am letting you know to be aware that the judges are now overshadowing the contestants by promoting their projects when they could/should be helping/encouraging the fledgling new comers. Food for thought.  If there was no “The Voice” would Miss Aguilera be promoting a new project by performing two of her singles on the show.  I’m not sayin, I’m just SAYING.  Now fan favorite Q’ban is here with the review of Christina’s newest album “Lotus”…


Water Music artist, Alus, is unique with her R&B/Pop styling and sound. Blasting off in the industry with her single, “Run”, produced by Shaun Bless. In only one month, this budding songstress has already garnered 25,000 hits on Youtube and features on notable publication like King of A&R and Hits Daily Double to name a few.


SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature-length performance documentary film about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film’s director and interviewer Ice-T. Ice-T takes us on a deeply personal journey to uncover how this music of the street has grown to dominate the world. Along the way Ice-T meets some of the remarkable superstars of Rap, from Eminem to Dr. Dre, to Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. He exposes the roots and history of Rap and then, through meeting most of its most famous protagonists studies the living mechanism of the music to reveal The Art Of Rap.
Courtesy of IMDB


We continue Ras Benzo and his top 5 list of what you shouldn’t be doing as an artist in 2010.
3.  Beefing with your label in public
Even Nas, in his bitter relationship with Def Jam understands that beefing with your record label is so 15 years ago. The artist is responsible in this era of being mindful in negotiating a deal that supports his aspirations and potential. We all know that labels can be shady, unsupportive and down-right nasty, but they can also be the back bone of what holds you together. Rappers beefing with labels is like over-paid athletes complaining about their jobs/teams/salaries. There are so many people who would quickly take their place, who are lined up for the opportunity to be used and “abused” by the system. Being an artist is not a special talent. Working as a professional musician is a job – just like working in a factory. It might seem glorious, but those moments are the grand total years of hard work by tons of OTHER people. When the person with the least amount of sweat equity invested, often the newest person on the team (the artist) has the audacity to start a public beef with a system that has been working just fine for so long without them, The system does just that – it goes on to working just fine without them.


Wax, this is an artist y’all should look out for. This Scrublife/DefJam artist is getting ready to make some serious noise. I find him to be a edgier (I say this lightly) than Slim Shady. He is comical, witty and lyrical… He borders on the line of corny but he pulls it off. At the end of the day, I believe this is who the kid is… And he is the truth. Who knows if he will explode to the stardom of Eminem, but the fact still remains, he is talented. Max, I see you and will be seeing you about this kid. Yo Wax send me some promo piece mannn!


~Qban  – @TheRealQban – 2011’s latest boy band… don’t call it a comeback…they been here for years. lol. Yes, the boy band phenomenon have been with us since the Beatles to The Backstreet Boys to N’Sync to the urban infusions like New Edition to Immature and lets not forget B2K. There have been many, but what is different about Mindless Behavior? Not much. Let’s see if they fit the formula… 1. Cute kids for the girlies… check. 2. Backed by an industry icon, Johnny Wright… check. 3. Catchy, light songs with minimal substance… check. 4. A feature that is very NOW… They got Diggy Simmons, Ciara & Justin Timberlake… check, they’re good. 4. Dancing machines… CHECK! Hell, I wish I found these kids, this is a money-maker. On the “Who Cares Test”, I say they pass. Let check in with J.C.


~Qban – Every few years we are lucky enough to witness those special artists that have the innate ability to pierce our spirits with their vocal ability. More so, we get lucky every now and then than those artists can make the proper songs to make an impact. Jojo, Blackground/Interscope artist is prime to be the next level artist with her new single, “Limbo”, perfectly titled for her journey.


After the success of “Thank Me Later” many hoped but were unsure how the YMCM member would respond to the huge success of his opening release. In true Drizzy style, it seems as if he planned all this out. Moving like a champion chess player Drake has strategically kept himself relevant with featured hits with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross. While being mindful of over saturation, yet understand when to feed the public, Drake is simmering back to the top of the charts. The underground is buzzing about his newest single “Marvin’s Room”, so much so, it has already been remix by Jojo, Sammie and Nextday Entertainment/EMI diva Kim Morrell (S/o to @KimMorrellMusic… my Kimmy Love ya. ) and more… yet Kimmy killed it! Yes, that is fam!
Check the video, so official for Drake… check the @KimMorrellMusic remix… hit the twitter… spread the word. Why? ‘Cause @therealqban said so! #GothamJungle
Qban [@therealqban /@gothamjungle]


GoJuNation time for me to get on a platform, soapbox, whatever and preach for a sec. Now this is not my normal motion, but I have to address the abundance of Beyoncé haters that have been spreading their negative energy. Let it be known, I don’t get paid from the Beyoncé camp… I don’t have ties to the project… and I am not a fan I hers per say. I am a fan of good music and she produces “good” to “great” music.


Week two of the Omarion resurgence… the word on the street & internet has been a lot of hate. Hater-ade has been passed out to the masses on “O’s” indie push. But you know what “they” say it is better to be talked about than to not be talked about at all. So to me he must still be relevant…
Aside from the mis-step on a few songs (remember this is a mixtape), the mixing was not best quality to my ears, as shown most evidently on the Aaliyah cover of “One in A Million”, sadly I think if it was mixed properly people would have had a different opinion. “Come Talk” should have never been f-ed up, COME ON SON! Plus, from my A&R mind, he is missing the WOW factor on the tracks. Where is my “Dueces” song, or something that will propel the mixtape in a “wait until I drop an official joint” moment?
I like Omarion intention to be different but he may have to re-think the approach. I like O as an artist, he got that thing, I just hope he finds it again. Check the latest video release featuring Red Café, “Battle”.
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