[video] Swizz Beatz Talks Attending Harvard Business School

Vlad TV links with the Monsta to talk about his ongoing experience in Harvard.

Swizz Beatz opens up about his decision to take a break from music so he could go to Harvard University Business School. He explains that after having a hand in changing billion dollar companies, it was time to go to college and learn the real language of business.
He admits that his classmates didn’t recognize him as an artist until his wife, Alicia Keys, came in one day toward the end of class. Swizz adds that he was already cool with everyone in his class, so he wasn’t treated any differently.

[video] Sesame Street bans Katy Perry ‘Hot N’ Cold’ video

Katy Perry is too sexy for Sesame Street. Seems that is the way a bunch of parents feel once they saw this video below of her ‘Hot N Cold’ collabo with Elmo. You decide.

via NY Times

In a statement, Sesame Workshop wrote:

“Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists. Sesame Street has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult. We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver.

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The Legend ‘Lena Horne’ Passes Away

The legendary ‘Lena Horne’ has passed away at the age of 92. She deserves to recognized by all you R&B starlets who have benefited from her struggle in this entertainment business, when racism ruled the day and you did not enjoy the smoozing with white audiences that we have today.

You performed back then as strictly entertainment for white crowds and were not treated as a diva in anyway. So as you walk your little dogs, and spend mounds of money and Gucci and Louis Vuitton remember who paved the way. The legend Lena Horne passes away at 92.


How Music Gets Leaked

howarecordgetsleakedJust in case you were wondering, this is a summation of how songs spring a leak

via MakingtheMogul

At The Studio: As soon as a record is finished, anyone from the producer to the engineer to the band members can spoil the fun. (4 months before release)

At The Label: Labels send albums to companies like Sonic Arts to add a digital encryption code that can identify evildoers…but not necessarily stop them. (3 1/2 months before release)

By The Press: Considered to be the most common source of album leakage, watermarks or not. Oops! (3 months before release)

At The Plant: While in the process of being manufactured, a CD is ostensibly secured under lock and key, but sometimes copies fall off the back of trucks. (1 month before release)

At The Warehouse: Once CDs await shipping to retailers, it’s virtually guaranteed that a copy will find its way online. (2 weeks before release)

At Retail: And of course, once an album is for sale online and in stores, all bets are off.

[Spotted at SPIN.com]

New Artist: ATL’s ‘Zay Cash’

We here at Street Knowledge Media are starting to open up our doors and feature newer artists in addition to the already popular artists that we regularly have on the blog. If you are interested in having your artist featured be sure to email us at streetknowledgefilms@gmail.com. Today we are taking it to the dirty dirty with a brief feature on ATL’s Zay Cash.



ZAY CASH, born Exavius Cash, hails from Atlanta, GA’s 4th Ward.  ZAY got started rapping after he was influenced by the film KRUSH GROOVE and since then he never put the mic down.  Discovered by Steve Rollin of Tag Team fame, ZAY has also been signed to Dallas Austin and has worked with almost everyone in the entire ATL hip-hop family.  Now signed to the new, ATOMIC MUSIC GROUP, you should expect big thangs from ZAY CASH and the ATOMIC FAMILY. 




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R.Kelly Jury Views Sex Tape, Lawyers Battle it Out

Prosecutors played the sex tape at the center of R. Kelly\'s child pornography trial in open court Tuesday, just hours after opening statements in which they accused the R&B singer of choreographing and starring in a video featuring \"vile, disturbing and disgusting sex acts\" with an underage girl.

This case right here is a straight toss up. There might be enough holes in this case to have R.Kelly get off scott-free. But jurors were shown the tape and anyone with two eyes can see that this is clearly R.Kelly or his twin brother who is on some mystery island in the Caribbean. Must read below:

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors played the sex tape at the center of R. Kelly’s child pornography trial in open court Tuesday, just hours after opening statements in which they accused the R&B singer of choreographing and starring in a video featuring “vile, disturbing and disgusting sex acts” with an underage girl.

The jurors, who took feverish notes during opening statements, sat motionless while the video played. Their eyes fixed on a 4-by-4-foot monitor just outside the jury box. In the courtroom, the lights were dimmed and blinds drawn across windows. There were several other monitors in the room, including one facing the crowded gallery.

A grim, intent Kelly watched the whole video on a small monitor placed on the defense table, only occasionally averting his eyes. At times, the 41-year-old rocked in his chair or rested his chin in his hand.

Before putting the tape into a videocassette player, a prosecutor walked across the stately courtroom, held it out for the defense team to see and entered it into the record as “People’s Exhibit No. 1.”

The roughly 27-minute homemade video shows a man having sex with a young female, who is naked for most of the recording—except for a necklace with a cross dangling from it.

At the start of the videotape, the man hands the female money and she mouths the words, “Thank you.” She is often blank-faced, impassive. The man speaks to the female in a hushed, monotone voice, and she calls him “Daddy.”

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Reporters Want Access To R.Kelly Trial…+ Weekly Entertainment Wrap Up…

Source: Breibart/AP

It appears reporters are now fighting to gain access to R.Kelly’s pre-trial hearing. They have filed paperwork to lift the ban and a response is expected soon. With Kelly being able to navigate these charges thus far, I will bet that his lawyers vehemently fight to keep his trial from reporters who will pounce on any other freaky details sure to come from this trial that is almost six years in the making. Official report below:

CHICAGO (AP) – entertainmentminute An attorney for two newspapers and The Associated Press says singer R. Kelly’s celebrity status doesn’t justify news media being barred from pretrial hearings in his pornography trial in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and the AP are seeking transcripts of closed pretrial hearings and asking that a gag order on attorneys be lifted.

Kelly’s attorneys want more time to respond.

Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan (GAWN) set another hearing on the motion for May 8, a day before jury selection begins and after any pretrial hearings would be held.

The 41-year-old singer faces charges he videotaped himself having sex with an underage girl. He’s denied the allegations.

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Robin Thicke is back with “Something Else”

Source: Brandi Hopper/SOHH

R&B singer/songwriter Robin Thicke is gearing up for his third solo release, Something Else, this summer.

Unlike 2006’s The Evolution of Robin Thicke, which featured collabo’s with Lil’ Wayne, Pharrell and Faith Evans, Something Else was entirely written and produced by Thicke.

SOHH recently got a chance to listen to the album, which Thicke calls “wine and bubbly music.” The horn laden “Magic” will be the first single off the disc, according to Billboard, with the uptempo “Side Step” possibly being released second. Other tracks on the album include “Harmony,” a feel good song about a girl who discovers her inner-beauty; and “Loverman.”

Evolution peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It has sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S., according to the Nielsen SoundScan.

Something Else hits shelves July 1 via Star Track/Interscope Records

Prince Slowed by Painful Dance Moves..



 To the dismay of millions, Prince needs hip surgery to thwart years of acrobatic and painful dance moves. The iconic singer will clear his schedule for two months to recover fully and  return to the stage. We wish him a full recovery.

                                                                              Full story at News of The World



Click here to download exclusive footage of the memorable Nas concert at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC ft. Busta Rhymes, Chrisette Michele, and The Bravehearts.CLICK HERE TO  DOWNLOAD ( IPOD)CLICK HERE TO  DOWNLOAD  (IPHONE)REVIEW:Street Knowledge/Cheap Thrills Prods. was in the house to capture Nas live and in rare form at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The show was presented by Live Nation and produced a sold-out crowd, eager to see their favorite M.C. God’s Son aka Nas. Continue reading

Rhapsody offers full version songs to Facebook


Rhapsody is making it possible for Facebook users to stream full versions of their favorite songs to their sites.  For non-existing Rhapsody members, they will be limited to 25 streams a month, while existing members will be allowed access to endless streams.  In addition Rhapsody will be including 150,000 artist profiles to Facebook as well.  The beta-app will be upgraded in the very near future.