Producer & DJ based out of St.Louis, MO, also co founder of Delmar Records.
Welcome to our new weekly segment dedicated to the DJ. Our first feature mix is by Spontaneous Mixx from St. Louis, MO. Learn more about him below and listen this great mix below.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Spontaneous Mixx has always been a music enthusiast. Even as an adolescent, when most his age were just listening to music, Spontaneous was keen on observing production styles and musical influences. He became interested in the art of mixing songs while still in high school and started learning to spin in 2000 when a close friend bought a set of turntables. In the early 2000s, Spontaneous began subcontracting work for a local DJ company, and taking random gigs with other DJ friends until the mid 2000s when he started to venture out on his own.
At the beginning of his mix-show career, Spontaneous was a hip-hop DJ, but has since evolved to appeal to a larger audience. He now spins the hottest top40 hits, mixed with electronic and pop music. He is, as his namesake suggests, a very spontaneous DJ, in that he does not perform pre-practiced, pre-arranged mix sets, and no one night sounds like the other.
(CNN) — Joe Cocker, the British blues-rock singer whose raspy voice brought plaintive soul to such hits as “You Are So Beautiful” and the duet “Up Where We Belong,” died Monday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70.
Cocker’s performing career spanned some 50 years, from Woodstock, where he sang the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” to the digital-music era. He had tour dates scheduled well into 2015.
“Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love,” tweeted Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Cocker began as a singer in England at the same time as the Beatles, with whom he was often linked. He played pubs across the country in a series of rock bands before he and his Grease Band recorded “With a Little Help From My Friends” in 1968 with Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood and others.
Joe Cocker: From Woodstock to digital music
The song became a No. 1 hit in England and propelled him to Woodstock, where his passionate live version was a festival highlight and launched his U.S. career.
Cocker scored another major success in the early 1970s with “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” a live album and concert film.
“Up Where We Belong,” his duet with Jennifer Warnes from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” was Cocker’s biggest U.S. hit, topping the Billboard singles charts in 1982. It also won him a Grammy, and the Oscar for best original song.
Cocker was known for his spasmodic movements on stage, where he often flailed his arms as he sang. His distinctive moves, he said, were almost accidental.
“I never played organ or piano or guitar, so it was more out of frustration and me just trying to impersonate in a way,” Cocker told the Broward-Palm Beach New Times in 2012. “I did it subconsciously. People mistook for me being ill, like I had palsy. I’m not nearly so demonstrative now, but I still have my own way of feeling the rhythm.”
Cocker also had lesser hits with covers of torch classic “Cry Me a River,” Traffic’s “Feeling Alright,” the Boxtops’ “The Letter” and the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.”
In the 1980s his witty cover of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” was featured in the erotic drama “9 1/2 Weeks” and became a strip-tease anthem.
The singer told the Daily Mail in 2013 that by the 1970s his descent into drugs and alcohol had become so severe that he sometimes forgot the lyrics to songs.
“If I’d been stronger mentally, I could have turned away from temptation,” Cocker said. “But there was no rehab back in those days. Drugs were readily available, and I dived in head first. And once you get into that downward spiral, it’s hard to pull out of it. It took me years to get straight.”
He credited his wife, Pam, with helping him get sober.
“It was Pam who helped me get myself back together,” he said. “She made me think positively. I was very down on myself. She made me realize people still wanted to hear me sing, and convinced me I could escape the downward spiral.”
“I embrace the winter these days,” he said in the interview. “The best thing to do is get a big house. If you are going to have cabin fever, have a big cabin. I walk on a regular basis, I have a couple of dogs. The house tucks right into the mountains. I literally feel I have become a mountain man over these past couple of years.”
Musicians of all ages and genres took to Twitter to pay tribute.
“So sad to hear about Joe Cocker. What an entertainer. One of a kind voice. Rock won’t ever sound the same,” tweeted “Glee’s” Kevin McHale.
“We would like to thank Rajon for everything that he has done for the Celtics organization and the success we have experienced during his tenure with us,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations.
The Celtics are sending the All-Star point guard and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and draft picks. Boston will receive a conditional first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in 2016, as well as a $12.9 million trade exception.
“Welcome to Rajon Rondo the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks,” team owner Mark Cuban wrote on the social media application Cyber Dust. Cuban also thanked the three departing players, calling them “Amazing players and better people.”
Parsons addressed the possibility of playing with Rondo earlier Thursday on 103.3 FM ESPN in Dallas.
“To be able to get a guy like Rondo, it’s unbelievable,” he said. “It’s not every day that you can get a point guard of his status, and the way he can pass the ball, he’s a difference-maker. To be able have that, with the combination of what we already have with our system and the players put around him, it’s special. It’s definitely exciting. Like I said, I hope it goes through because he’s a heck of a talent, one of [the] better point guards in the NBA.”
Rondo, who is in the final year of his current contract, has left little doubt in recent months that he intends to test the market as a free agent in July. But sources say Dallas, amid growing concern about its point guard play and sensing the opportunity to acquire a top-flight player it has coveted for some time, is confident it could win over Rondo for the long term.
Boston has the necessary trade exceptions to absorb all the salaries from Dallas while generating the valuable $12.9 million trade exception (Rondo’s 2014-15 salary) to help with future roster construction.
The Celtics now have eight first-round picks in the next four years, picking them up in trades for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and even coach Doc Rivers as they shed the pieces of the new Big Three that earned the franchise its unprecedented 17th NBA title in 2008.
“We would not have won Banner 17 without Rajon and will always consider him one of our most valuable Celtics,” the team’s owners said in a joint statement. “We will always cherish the time he was here.”
The Celtics were at the roster maximum of 15 before the trade. They also waived center Vitor Faverani in order to absorb the three players from Dallas.
The Mavericks were one of several teams to express interest in Rondo. The Celtics also had talked to teams including the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets about a potential deal, according to sources.
Rondo, 28, is averaging 8.3 points and a league-best 10.8 assists per game this season, his ninth in the league. He joined the rebuilding Celtics as the 21st overall pick out of Kentucky in 2006 and became the point guard for an NBA champion in his second year when Boston acquired Ray Allen and Garnett the next summer. They helped the Celtics reach the NBA Finals again two years later.
Rondo has averaged 11 points, 8.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds over his career. He missed the second half of the 2012-13 season and the first half of last season to have reconstructive knee surgery, and then reportedly fell in the shower on the eve of training camp and missed all of the preseason.
Wright has played about 19 minutes a game, averaging 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Crowder has averaged 3.6 points per game for Dallas.
Nelson, who signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal last summer after 10 seasons in Orlando, was starting at point guard for Dallas, averaging 7.3 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 37 percent from the field.
Powell has totaled nine points and nine minutes in five games for Boston this season as the Celtics opened their second season under coach Brad Stevens.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, ESPNBoston.com’s Chris Forsberg and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over drug trafficking.
Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda, was ordered held on $2 million bail at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, failed to convince a judge that his client should be released without bail because he was framed and had no reason to run.
“He is a legitimate entertainer,” Greenberg said. “He is rich. He is busy. He is always on tour.”
The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song “Hot Boy.” He also put out a music video that popularized a dance craze called the “Shmoney dance,” and reportedly signed a lucrative record deal with Epic Records.
Greenberg claimed Epic had agreed to help Pollard make bail. A spokesman for the label declined to comment.
Police arrested Pollard on conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession on Wednesday after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall. Police found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a car in which he was riding, authorities said.
An indictment naming Pollard charges more than 15 defendants with a variety of crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. The gang’s gun play left one rival dead, injured an innocent bystander sitting on folding chair outside a Brooklyn home and caused pandemonium outside a nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida, authorities said.
Police seized 21 guns during the investigation, 10 of them while making arrests on Wednesday.
The case carries some “deeply disturbing themes: The gang members’ enthrallment with guns, and a cavalier disregard for human life,” Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said at a news conference.
The hip-hop artist’s songs and videos were “almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street,” added James Essig, head of a New York Police Department unit that made the arrests.
The court papers allege that Pollard fired a gun toward a crowd of people outside a barbershop in Brooklyn earlier this year. They also say he was present last year during a confrontation between rival drug gangs outside a Brooklyn courthouse where shots were fired.
The evidence includes several recorded phone conversations, including some between Pollard and gang members serving time on Rikers Island, the indictment says. The gang used code words, referring to firearms as “tone,” ”socks” or “CDs,” narcotics as “crills,” and shootings as “sun tans,” it says.
During a conversation on April 28, Pollard bragged, “I am two socks Bobby right now,” the indictment says. Another defendant commented, “Bobby out here with two CDs on him like in the wild wild west or something.”
A “Hot Boy” video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“My music is straight facts,” Pollard recently told New York Magazine. “There are a lot of gangsters in my ‘hood.”
Pollard’s criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said. If convicted of conspiracy, he faces a maximum sentence of 8 to 25 years in prison.
SOURCE: Associated Press
NY Rapper Bobby Shmurda Indicted On Multiple Criminal Charges
By DJ Epic
Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night in New York outside Quad Recording Studios which is the same studio Tupac was robbed and shot at back in 1994. This is the outcome of a long term investigation by police into murder, gun and drug trafficking.
Thirteen people were arrested The rapper is due back in court on January 29th for arraignment. A two million dollar insurance bail has been set. Charges include: conspiracy of second degree murder, assault, weapons and narcotics charges.
Shmurda was born in Florida to a Jamaican Father and Trinidadian Mother. He relocated to Brooklyn New York. This is not Bobby’s first run in with the law. he has spent 14 months in Juvenile Detention and has most recently been charged with criminal possession of a weapon back in June. Bobby became a hit in his rough neighborhood of East Flatbush, NY with his hit single ‘Hot Boy’ along with many other underground songs He has with his GS9 rap crew. Bobby Shmurda grew popularity in New York for his hot beats, abrasive lyrics, and most notably the truth behind many of his rap lyrics. Street credibility has not been an issue with this rapper as this young artist has rapped about the life he has lived, however this may also be his downfall.
12:10 PM PT — Two more major movie chains — Regal Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas — have now decided to drop the film as well.
10:10 AM PT — Bow Tie Cinemas became the second major chain to announce they will not be showing the film on any of their 350 screens. Bow Tie CEO Ben Moss said “the safety and comfort of our patrons is foremost in our minds.”Sony execs think there’s a way to yank “The Interview” and still not give in to the cyber-terrorists.
Industry insiders with direct knowledge tell TMZ … studio heads are now banking on a flurry of cancellations from the various movie distributors across the country … to the point where it would not make economic sense to release it.
We’re told the execs are actually viewing the latest threat as having a silver lining … the threat of a 9/11-type attack will make so many theaters pull the flick themselves — and Sony won’t have to do it. One movie chain has already reportedly folded — the Carmike Cinemas. ArcLight is mulling over what to do.
We’re told Sony execs want the bleeding to stop … especially attacks against mid and low-level employees whose lives, finances and health issues have been exposed.
Surprisingly … there’s talk about the movie getting play on some sort of pay-per-view platform, but that seems odd if they want the hacking to stop
Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz3MBoVIxeq
It’s going to be a merrier Christmas for a Brooklyn man who sued the NYPD for ruining his family’s holiday.
And a Grinch-like cop will be getting a lump of coal in his stocking.
The city Law Department is paying $50,000 to Yahnick Martin to settle his federal lawsuit, according to court papers filed last week.
Martin claimed in the suit that he was hauled off in handcuffs and that his Chrysler van, packed with Christmas gifts, was stolen after cold-hearted cops left the vehicle unattended and with the engine running on a Brooklyn street.
“My family, we have to deal with this the rest of our lives, and there’s no amount of money that can take back what we missed out on that Christmas holiday,Â” Martin told the Daily News.
“I lost two aunts that following year who never got a chance to meet my children because we weren’t there for Christmas . . . It’s a tradition to go to South Carolina, (and) that was the only time I’ve ever missed Christmas at home.”
Officer Roman Goris learned a painful lesson, too: He was forced to kick in $500 toward the settlement and docked eight vacation days by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for improperly searching through Martin’s pockets during the initial stop-and-frisk in Bedford-Stuyvesant, The News has learned.
Martin’s suit reads like a Charles Dickens tale.
He was sitting in a rented van Dec. 23, 2011, while his wife dropped off a Christmas present to a friend.
Martin, a father of three, was smoking a cigar. That apparently aroused the suspicion of Goris and colleagues, who pulled up in a police van and claimed they smelled marijuana, according to the suit.
Goris patted down Martin, an action that was found, after the departmental trial, to be justified.
But after not feeling anything that might be a weapon, he still reached into the man’s pocket and removed his wallet and lighter, which a trial judge found was unjustified.
Martin mouthed off about the treatment and was handcuffed.
As police took Martin away, he implored them to secure the van, which was still running and contained his children’s car seats, clothing, his wife’s pocketbook, two cell phones and the Christmas gifts.
Predictably, someone drove off with the van.
It was recovered later — damaged and stripped of the valuables.
“That’s too bad. You should have thought of that before being a smartass,” a cop retorted, according to the court records.
Police gave Martin summonses for disorderly conduct, which were later dismissed.
Goris’ lawyer declined to comment.
Source:NY DAILY NEWS