[pic] Alicia Keys Recreates Iconic Jamaica Tourism Photo

She definitely pulled it off. Here she discusses her early tomboy look.

“You are allowed to be smart,” she affirms. “You are allowed to be tough. You are allowed to be sexy … You are allowed to be yourself!!”

“I don’t have to hide anymore, I don’t have to pretend and hold back, I don’t have to think that my intelligence, beauty and sensuality are intimidating to others,” she said.

[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.

Rapper DMX placed in Mental Ward Unit

Man I was really pulling for DMX, it’s sad that he cannot escape his demons of drug use. He was at the top of the rap world, and was making major strides in Hollywood. Right now he just needs to concentrate on getting better and forget entertainment until he has fully conquered his drug use.

via MY FOX Phoenix

PHOENIX – He was sentenced to a year in jail for violating his probation, and now rapper DMX is staying in a mental health unit.

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Demonic/Satanic Images from Jay Z’s “On To The Next One” Video

There is bound to be alot of controversy about Jay Z’s “On To The Next Video“, because of the imagery below which seems to be the demonic symbols we have seen in movies, books, and from organized religion. The video is a collaboration with super producer Swizz Beatz who is Muslim. There has been alot of talk lately about Jay Z’s possible connection to secret soceities, masons, and the occult. This video seems to definitely be a direct answer to these accusations. I would like to hear from you guys about if you think Jay Z is a satanist. I have added more screenshots and the video after the jump.

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Dynamic Inks Major Deal With Fox Sports Network

Kudos to Felisha and the gang for this new deal with Fox Sports Network. I have seen her take this organization to new heights in the last couple of years. Her persistence with helping to grow and develop producers is unmatched in this industry, where creatives are taken advantage of everyday.

If you are an upcoming producer I suggest that you contact Dynamic Producer and become a member and learn as much as you can about the music industry. Congrats all around and hopefully they make a ton of money with Fox and bring more talented producers to the forefront. Press release below:

Felisha Booker

ATLANTA, GA (11/17/09) — Dynamic Producer has secured a major music licensing agreement for its newly formed division,Dynamic Licensing, to provide music for Fox Sports Network.  Under the agreement, Dynamic Producer will become a main supplier of music synchronized with Fox Sports’ stories, features, and sports clips.  In addition, Dynamic Licensing was tapped to help orchestrate the sonic makeover of FSN’s show, Final Score, a national news sports program that airs nightly.  “We are very pleased with our new found relationship with Dynamic Producer. Their area of expertise is one that we’ve needed to fulfill for sometime.   We look forward to cultivating this relationship,” states Jerry Davis, Music Supervisor, FOX Sports / FSN.  In the fast paced world of sports broadcasting, the demand for exceptionally high quality music is insatiable.  It takes a firm with access to a continuous supply of excellent music to meet that demand.  “This is an exciting moment for us as it puts us one step closer to helping producers realize their potential and monetize their passion for music.  Equally, we look forward to providing FSN with a superior quality of music to accompany their programming,” states Felisha Booker, Founder, Dynamic Producer/Dynamic Licensing.

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[video] Mashonda Confirms One of Blogosphere’s Biggest RUMORS

Its official. Mashonda has spoken on the seperation of herself and Swizz Beatz and laying out thre role that Alicia Keys played in this melodrama. She said she became suspicious after finding receipts and her intuition lead her to the truth. Well, lets hope that for the sake of the beautiful newborn child involved that they reach some common ground on their seperation.

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Swizz Beatz Responds to Alicia Keys ‘Homewrecking’ Rumors

We’ve taken a vow over here at STREET KNOWLEDGE to steer clear of all rumors, but I guess it ain’t a rumor no more once you respond to it, so with no further ado…

via Yahoo

Grammy Award-winning producer and hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz says singer Alicia Keys is not to blame for his marital breakup, he tells Usmagazine.com.

“I can no longer ignore the harmful rumors, that my friend Alicia Keys is in any way linked to my marital circumstances or to the decision that [my wife] Mashonda and I have made to separate,” Beatz tells Us.

“I am disappointed that some have chosen to try and tarnish Alicia’s reputation by irresponsibly implicating her in a situation that she has absolutely nothing to do with,” Beatz, a father of two, says. Continue reading

Hip Hop-Themed Notebooks Hit the Market in Time for School Year

via Woooha

The company Street Science recently went live with an online marketing campaign that includes the support of Swizz Beatz and Yung Berg doing educational PSAs on behalf of Street Science. Check out the videos here. Now that school season is here Street Science also just launched a new line “gold chain” notebooks along with signing on Kidz in the Hall as sponsors. The notebooks are now available at Amazon.

Fab Preps Thanksgiving Release for ‘Loso’s Way’

via Hip Hop DX

Fabolous is back. After a brief hiatus, Loso is ready to go to work. Quietly, he has been gearing up for the next album, one he just explained, will be out by year’s end.

“We’re cookin’ now,”
Fab told MTV while standing alongside Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie. “You might be looking at two of the producers on that ‘Loso’s Way’ coming this Thanksgiving. We’re letting the world know we’re coming now.”

For now, fans can catch him heating up the collaborative world ads he has been featured as a guest on various tracks alongside Red Cafe, Mariah Carey and more.

“Anybody who knows me know I love to step out to the collabo world. Best verse? That’s a hard one. I go in different lanes. I give it my all wherever I step up.”

With all the love he’s getting for verses, you’d think Los wanted to flow from the jump. However, Loso wasn’t always thinking of holding a mic. He was also thinking of holding art supplies.

“I thought I was going to be an artist. I went to art and design high school. I drew cartoon characters. Then I realized I wasn’t very good, so I turned to music,” he told WENN.

Failed cartoon characters aside, Loso‘s next art project will be released in the form of his new LP, Loso’s Way, set for a Thanksgiving release date.

Tax Man Wants Swizzy to Pay Up

Source : The Life Files

It seems that stories like this are definitely the norm with news of tax problems with multi-millionaire Joe Francis(Girls Gone Wild) and Wesley Snipes having used the same attorneys to deal with there tax evasion cases.

Why is it that celebs have such trouble paying taxes? They also have the worst record with picking reputable and honest accountants or are all of them corrupt anyway.

Well mega producer Swizz Beatz has been added to the list and owes a bunch of money to the wrong people.

via TMZ

The IRS records show there’s a tax lien of $842,644.52 against Swizz (real name Kasseem Dean) and his estranged wife, Mashonda. By comparison, former NFL legend Bernie Kosar owes $228K, and Mini-Me has a $300K lien.

We put in a call to Violator Management, but haven’t heard back yet.