.@Al_Patron – Thirds Eye View 2 [Derek Jeter Excerpt]

November 17, 2014 |  by  |  BOOKS, NEWS  |  3 Comments

The 5th book from Al Patron serves as the sequel to the critically acclaimed debut book Thirds Eye View. Part 2 is aptly titled Thirds Eye View 2: Transparency, with the premise of allowing you, the readers, an opportunity to not only read a book but view a conversation between Al & himself. From his much maligned New York Knicks to the city that bears their name to why with tongue in cheek he calls himself Jesus; Al covers all bases as he hits another home run. Be prepared for your thoughts, emotions & your twisted sense of humor to be provoked in this highly anticipated scribe. Available Black Friday 11/28/14. Check out an excerpt from the Defer Jeter chapter, below! Preorder now at AlPatronBooks.Storenvy.com

“Check out my swag yo, I walk like a ballplayer, no matter where you go, you are what you are player & you can try to change but that’s just the top layer, man, you was who you was fore you got here…” – Jay-Z Christ

September 25, 2014 I was inspired to do something special. That is the date of Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium and truth be told I can’t believe I just wrote that. The captain of my beloved Yankees was in the midst of his last hoorah as I sat at home kicking myself with regret because I was not at The Stadium. Notice I said The Stadium because everyone with a pulse understands I meant Yankee Stadium; same way when I say The City, I mean New York City but we’ll address that later. As the camera pans into the stands, I notice everything from flashing lights, smiles and tears of both joy & sadness. And that is what 9/25/14 was, a culmination of the most celebrated and decorated champion of my city in my lifetime.

A little insight as to why I’m a Yankees fan. My grandfather would watch baseball anytime it was on TV; even those rotten ass NY Mess, I mean Mets. My grandparents had this big screen Zenith television in their room (which is why I love the line “like a 27 inch Zenith, believe it) and I’d watch most, if not all Yankee games with my grandfather, while Phil Rizzuto would do color commentary on WPIX 11 with his signature “Holy cow!” call. My love for the Yankees is deeper than the emblem’s ink tatted on my arm; it’s a symbol and bond that started with my grandfather that I hope to share with the youngsters in my family one day.

Even though Bernie Williams was/is my favorite baseball player, Derek Jeter was/is the king of NYC in my eyes. The final game had me going up the wall, standing up, hands on my knees, putting the volume up while I go grab a drink, clapping my hands, cursing the umpires & going apeshit as if I were in the stands myself. Then it happened, the Orioles down 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning, hit a 2 run homer then a solo shot to tie the game. My fucking night is ruined, I feel like vomiting, I want to turn the television off, grab a bottle of liquor & listen to music until I pass out. Then it happened again! All cynical bullshit aside, the Yankees who have given me more sports joy than both my other sports teams combined, the stink ass Jets (sorry Dap) and the fucking Knicks (I’ll get to those jackasses later). Well these beautiful Yankees have a man in scoring position for Derek Jeter; this shit is straight out of a Disney movie, almost as if God (the funniest nigga ever) wrote the script himself & so I thought, “God wouldn’t fuck with me like this, not today, not this way, not with Derek Jeter and then IT HAPPENED AGAIN!

Derek Jeter, the guy who is known as Mr. November, the guy who is known for “the flip” in Oakland, the guy who dove face first into the stands against those asshole Red Sox, was going to go out the only way he should. THAT Jeter, in his final at bat, in his last game ever at The Stadium, the last time anyone would hear Bob Sheppard’s voice announce anyone ever, the last time number 2 would be dawned in pinstripes; got the walk off hit. Again, cynics aside because I will not allow you assholes to take that moment away from me, IT HAPPENED. That moment gave me such a feeling, easily the best moment I’ve enjoyed as a sports fan. How could I dare say that about a regular season game for a team who wasn’t going to the playoffs & a franchise that has won 5 championships in my lifetime? Simple, it was a culmination of all the great moments & feelings that Jeter and the Yankees have given me wrapped in one. Indulge me if you will (as if you have a choice cuz you chose to read this). The person you love the most is moving to another country forever; how would you feel? You’d relive every up & down, every emotion they’ve ever evoked and you’d think with your heart and feel all of this in your mind. Now you see the plane return because of an unforeseen unmitigated disaster, only to have this loved one fix the issue as they always have. Beloved then takes the pilot seat and flies everyone safely to their destination. Get the picture?

What more can I say about Derek Jeter that hasn’t been said? I can only strive for excellence in the manner which he excelled, inspire people the way he inspire me to write this book and ultimately be praised a GOD for the years of pristine brilliance is he has. Until I am this GOD, I’ll accept who I am…

.@Kevin_Gates Announces ‘Luca Brasi 2: A Gangsta Grillz Special Edition’ Mixtape For 12.15

November 17, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Kevin Gates just announced the release for his Luca Brasi 2: A Gangsta Grillz Special Edition mixtape. The tape is slated to drop on December 15th with features from Boobie Black, Rico Love, K Camp, Rich Homie Quan and August Alsina. See tracklisting, below!

1. Luca Brasi Intro
2. I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) feat. August Alsina
3. John Gotti
4. Perfect Imperfection
5. Word Around Town feat. Rich Homie Quan
6. Out The Mud
7. Thugged Out feat. Boobie Black
8. Plug Daughter
9. Complaining feat. Rico Love
10. Talk On Phones
11. Makin Love
12. Don’t Panic
13. Break Her Down feat. K. Camp
14. Pourin The Syrup
15. Sit Down
16. Lean On Me
17. Fast Forward
18. The Game

.@Wale Announces ‘Simply Nothing’ Tour With SIMPLE Mobile Starting January 1st In Maryland

November 17, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  1 Comment

Wale is kicking off 2015 onstage as he’ll be kicking off his ‘Simply Nothing’ Tour presented by SIMPLE Mobile on January 1st in Silver Springs, Maryland at The Filmore. The MMG spitter will embark on a 32-Date excursion that will hit cities such as L.A., Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, Portland, NYC, New Orleans and many more. Fans can expect a preview inside the world of his new album, The Album About Nothing with Jerry Seinfeld.  Tickets for the tour can be purchased on November 21st over at WaleMusic.com!  Tour dates, below!

1/1/15 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
1/9/15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
1/10/15 New York, NY Irving Plaza
1/11/15 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
1/13/15 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
1/14/15 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
1/15/15 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
1/16/15 Chicago, IL House of Blues
1/17/15 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
1/19/15 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
1/22/15 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
1/23/15 Seattle, WA The Showbox
1/24/15 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
1/25/15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
1/27/15 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
1/28/15 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
1/30/15 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium
1/31/15 San Diego, CA North Park Theatre
2/2/15 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
2/4/15 Dallas, TX House of Blues
2/5/15 Houston, TX House of Blues
2/6/15 Austin, TX Emo’s
2/7/15 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
2/8/15 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
2/10/15 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
2/11/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution
2/12/15 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
2/14/15 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
2/15/15 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
2/17/15 Richmond, VA The National
2/19/15 Norfolk, VA The Norva

The Bite Life: @NickLoveATL Launches New Food + Lifestyle Blog

November 12, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

The Bite Life is the brainchild of music marketing exec, Nick Love. Formerly the VP of Marketing for Young Jeezy’s CTE label and currently the manager of Atlanta’s Coalition DJs, Love created #BiteLife as a way to fuse his two loves – music and food. The idea was originally conceived as a local blog and webisode show called ATL Bite Life. Now, it is being relaunched on a national/global level as simply The Bite Life.

Artwork/Tracklist – @YG – Blame It On The Streets

November 11, 2014 |  by  |  Artwork/Tracklist, NEWS  |  No Comments

YG who many consider to have the album of the year with his debut effort “My Krazy Life” will look to close the year out strong with a new film that will come with a brand new project. The project will feature new records and some older updated versions of previous records. “Blame It On The Streets” is set to drop December 15th. Click the jump for the official tracklist. Read More

News: @ChrisBrown & @TreySongz Announce Official Tour Dates

November 10, 2014 |  by  |  EVENTS, NEWS  |  No Comments

Earlier last month, Trey Songz told the people to expect to see the brotherly bond between him and Breezy on their upcoming tour. Finally, they’ve announced the official dates for the Between The Sheets Tour, with special guest Tyga. I might have to definitely cop tickets to hear those Fan Of A Fan tape classics or maybe exclusively hear Fan Of A Fan 2 tracks. Tickets go on sale November 17th!

Jan. 28 Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
Jan. 29 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Jan. 31 Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena (on sale Nov 22)
Feb. 03 Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
Feb. 05 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Arena
Feb. 06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Feb. 07 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Feb. 09 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
Feb. 10 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Feb. 12 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
Feb. 14 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Feb. 15 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
Feb. 18 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Feb. 19 Worcester, MA – DCU Center (on sale Nov 22)
Feb. 21 East Rutherford, – NJ IZOD Center
Feb. 22 Washington, D.C. – Verizon Center (on sale Nov 22)
Feb. 24 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre (on sale Nov 15)
Feb. 25 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Feb. 27 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Feb. 28 Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
March 1 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
March 3 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
March 6 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
March 7 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 8 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

News: @JoeBudden Announces ‘Some Love Lost’ Tour With @TheOnlyEmanny & @EmilioRojas

October 21, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

With the release of his upcoming EP “Some Love Lost” Joe Budden has just announced a tour as well. Joining Joe will be Emilio Rojas and long time collaborator Emanny. Check out the current tour dates to see if they’ll be in your city and also be on the lookout for more dates to come.

YG & A$AP Ferg Set To Hit The Road For ‘BestCoast Connection’ Tour Starting November 11th In Philadelphia!

October 15, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Now see I like this pairing! The youngest in charge from L.A. & NYC are linking together for the BestCoast Connection tour starting this November in Philadelphia. With these two hitting the road together, we can probably expect some fun collaborations from the two energetic and wild MC’s. Maybe towards the latter part of the year, we’ll get a westcoast leg since this route is based solely around eastcoast cities. Tour dates, below!

November 11th: Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
November 14th: Providence, RI – Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
November 16th: Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
November 17th: New York, NYC – Best Buy Theater
November 18th: Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater
November 19th: Toronto, CA – Sound Academy
November 22nd: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
November 25th: Boston, MA – House Of Blues: Boston

News: @GoldLink & @SBTRKT Announce New Tour Dates

October 13, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Rising hip-hop artist GoldLink and producer SBTRKT recently announced that they’ll be embarking on a new tour starting this Wednesday! The tour will end on November 1st in Toronto. Check out all of the dates above.

.@YoungJeezy Embarks On 34 City “Seen It All” Tour Starting In Daytona Beach, FL On 10.9.14

October 7, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

With a #2 album locked in the books and Homecoming season underway, you KNOW Jeezy is hitting the road to support his fifth solo LP, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Jeezy and Team CTE will start up the Seen It All excursion this Thursday in Daytona, Florida at Bethune Cookman Univeristy and will hit cities like Philly, Brooklyn, DC, Providence, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and many more. Hit Ticketmaster for ticket information on the “Seen It All” tour!