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Singer Joe Cocker Passes

(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.

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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.”

In 2012 he released the album, “Hard Knocks.” That year he talked to NPR about the project and his love of his life in Colorado — despite the harsh winters.

“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.

Source:CNN

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Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo To Dallas Mavericks

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced Thursday night.

“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.”

Rondo joins Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons in a high-octane starting five in Dallas.

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.

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Rapper Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty To Charges

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

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Nicki Minaj Has Emotional Interview With Angie Martinez

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THIS WEEK ON THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER BY CC LOVECHILD

Blessha bones cousins!!!!  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood now that spring is showing its warm face.  Now is the time to get them feet worked on, if you neglected them during this brutal winter season…..don’t let ’em catch you with ya work undone. *gigglin*

I wouldn’t be a true BROOKLYNITE if I didn’t pay homage to my good friend, the best herbologist I ever knew, and the man LIL KIM wished was her babydaddy CHRISTOPHER “BIGGIE SMALLS” WALLACE, gone but you will never, never be forgotten…R.I.P. Love you….

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CONGRATULATIONS to my boi Mr. Trafficaaaaaaaaa himself, Mr. Tony J on the 7th Annual Traffic Music Awards held in St. Louis last Sunday.  S/O to all the nominees, & especially the winners and artists that showcased their skills!  Its the Grammys & BET awards all wrapped in 1.  Next year #teamepic will make the nominee’s list fasho!!!

And here is the latest in SPORTS: Iverson is broke…& KOBE still sucks.

Soooo MICHAEL JACKSON and MIKI HOWARD had a son together?  LMAO @ MJ sleeping with a black woman. LMAO @ Blanket got another brother or uncle… LMAO @ them Joe’s lips tho…welp, I guess Billy Jean was his lover, she’s just a girl that claims that he was the one…n DNA says that’s his son *grabs crotch n stands on tippy toes*

I went to see SON OF GOD, no I didn’t fall asleep…but I didn’t get crunk about it till I heard my boo CEELO GREEN as the credits rolled….the scriptures were OFF…and the story improperly told, not to mention they failed to show the GOD in the SON….that grieved my spirit…I hope GOD’S NOT DEAD makes up for it…I’ll keep you posted!!

NEW MUSIC!!!!  From who?  Glad you asked….The Ill side’s greatest TBABY!!!!  OOOhhh Weeee!  I’m still bangin’ my favorite joint from ’08 LIKE A GIANT, now I got another one to add…it’s called Say Sum, check it out and let me know what y’all think…

I used to really be surprised that black women would get on TV and clown the way they do, until I saw the ‘QUEEN OF SOUL’ straight throw shade on PATTI LABELLE *gasp*….now if their old tails are actin’ like this at the WHITE HOUSE  there really might not be any hope for unity amongst the sisters….and did I say at the WHITE HOUSE?! During the WOMEN OF SOUL event….this double chinned heffa had the audacity to sing in a fur coat…WHO IS HER PUBLICIST?   I’m super sick of not being able to tell the difference between her stomach and her breasts….#learnhowtobuyabra

DON’T LET THE HEARSE BEAT YOU TO THE CHURCH!!!: RANCE ALLEN is still touring after 50 years of ministry!  His hair is a ministry all its own, I love it; it always looks so soft, and flows with every note he sings!!!!

Ok, ok, ok….@Mrcoreybarrett has a new joint SAVIOR, that is a EPIC track!  St.Louis has more than hip hop and R&B, I’m super proud of this brother…his live performance is an EPIC move of God….

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I lost my mommy as a teenager, but God never let me go without good sound motherly advice & stern looks during church, thanks to ASSISTANT PASTOR ELAINE “YEYE” JACKSON of A.C.E. Ministries Inc, of Kansas City MO who will be marrying her boo REV. THOMAS RICE!!!  I’m so happy for the both of you.  Yeye you encouraged me when I felt like I was un-encouragable, unlovable, & just down right rebellious.  It was a privilege being groomed for ministry under you and BISHOP L.W & EFFIE BOLTON…you deserve all the happiness and joy marriage will bring you!  Love you both!

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NEXT TIME…New Music coming from TechSupreme, TefPoe, & L7!!!!!!!….

Miracle & Blessings….

CC Lovechild
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SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ SNO

MARCH DJ OF THE MONTH:

DJ SNO

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I had the most wonderful time talking with the legendary DJ SNO at LOLA.  DJ SNO has had a remarkable career that some people only dream about.  For the past two decades, DJ SNO, who is from Madison, Illinois, has worked as a DJ at various places around the St. Louis area.  He’s worked in radio and even had the opportunity to DJ for St. Louis hip hop artist CHINGY.  One interesting fact that I learned while interviewing him was that his maternal grandfather Normen Kramer was one of the organ players for the St. Louis Blues back in the 1960s.

            DJ SNO is a very cool and down to earth person.  I really hate the interview had to end because I could’ve talked with him for hours.  He had so much to talk about regarding his career and upcoming projects.  I also had the opportunity to watch him spin while at LOLA; this man is very talented.  With that being said here is our interview:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I finally get the pleasure of meeting you DJ SNO!  (laughing)

DJ SNO:  WHAT UP!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I see you just got finished setting up your turntables.

DJ SNO: Yup…..I start spinnin’ here at LOLA at 10:00 pm.  Where’s DJ EPIC at?  I thought he would have been here with you.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Naw…..He has a DJ gig tonight.

DJ SNO:  Epic is a real cool person.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Yes he is…and a wonderful boss!

DJ SNO: (Laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay…..Now to the good part (laughing), how did you get started as a DJ?

DJ SNO:  Well back in the early 1980s, I was a break dancer.  I was in a group called MEGATRON BREAKERS.  We were really good.  We competed in a dance competition called RIVER ROADS BREAK 84’ and got 2nd place overall.  I also played the saxophone and drums in high school.  I decided later on I wanted to get into deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How many years have you been deejaying?

DJ SNO:  Since 1984

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s cool….What made you want to be a DJ?

DJ SNO:  I first heard the song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa.  Just hearing that song with the different elements of sound effects made me interested in deejaying.  I also saw the movie BEAT STREET and was intrigued by how scratching was done on the turntables. I also saw another movie called BREAKIN’.  In the movie, I saw ICE-T’s DJ (DJ Glove) and how he was spinnin’ on the turntables.  I said okay so that’s how you move the record away from the needles.  I told my family I wanted to be a DJ.  Most of them was looking at me and saying you really gonna give up playing instruments for deejaying?  My paternal grandfather was the only one that believed in me.  He thought I could go really far with deejaying.  Before he had passed away, he bought me a set of turntables.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Tell me about some places you have been a DJ at?

DJ SNO:  From 1984-1988 I was deejaying at a lot of parties, skating rinks, and bars.  I even was a DJ at some bars that mostly had a white crowd.  During that time a lot of the white crowds at these bars didn’t care for hip hop music.  Me and my crew would be in there and they would call us all types of names.  We definitely weren’t welcome.  So a lot of times we would go to the clubs and bars in the black neighborhoods to DJ.  I got a lot of love down there. I was spinnin’ at PANAMA JAX in Collinsville from 1989-1991.  A guy I was working with in there knew how to do a live feed to where the mix could be broadcasted live on the radio.  It became MIX 97.1; I would spin records for 2 hours on the station.  It eventually closed down.  After that I went to DJ at Rickey’s (Now SOUNDBAR in Florissant, MO) and Rivers (Now Lumiere Place Casino in Downtown St. Louis).  I also was a DJ at Doghouse (formerly located in Ballwin, MO), but it closed down due to a fire.  And Stages (Now Gateway Racing Track in Madison, Illinois) but they got shut down due to a lot of fighting that was going on out there.  I helped open the Monastery in 1997 and was there until 2000.  That’s when the “CRUNK” era pretty much began.  I then went on to work at Q95.5 as a DJ.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You were CHINGY’s DJ at the time he got signed by Ludacris to his record label “Disturbing Tha Peace”.  What was that experience like?

DJ SNO:  I loved it.  I was CHINGY’s DJ from 2003- 2008.  We were on several televisions show: 106 & Park (10 times), MTV (5 times), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tyra Banks Show, MADD TV, and had an interview with VIBE magazine.  I also had the opportunity to go on tour with CHINGY.  We did the ROCK THE MIC tour with 50 cent and the Chicken N Beer tour with Ludacris in the U.S.  We also went on tour overseas in Norway, Germany, New Zealand, China, Japan, Brazil, and New Amsterdam. CHINGY and I started a show called STL Home Jamz on Hot 104.1 in 2006.  I also had another show called The Headliners where I was the co-host with Finsta.  Finsta eventually joined me on the STL Home Jamz show when CHINGY left.   I stayed on with the show until August 2011.  Hot 104.1 was my last stint with radio.  I tell ya, when I was on radio everybody was messin’ wit me.  Now that I’m not in it anymore it seem like don’t nobody wanna f*** with me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?

DJ SNO:  Yes I do. I am only just deejaying on them.  The mixtapes I worked on were by St. Louis local artists.  I was on The Renaissance by DiSkreet, Seek Shelter- LIVE WELL with Finsta, J-Kidd, XO MOB, Phat Pheezy, and Slot-A-Lot presents CHINGY.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What is your favorite piece of DJ Equipment?

DJ SNO:  The Technique 1200s (Turntables)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What do you currently have going on?  Any upcoming projects?

DJ SNO:  Right now I’m a producer.  I have a studio in my house and I go to Phat Buddha Studio in St. Louis.  I am working with several artists: Academy Hill, Block Boyz, Basement Beats, Doorway, Ghetto Children, Kandi Girlz, Malevolent, Nite Owl, North Park Drive, Phat Pheezy, and Scooby.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the people in the St. Louis area see you DJ at?

DJ SNO:  I’m at LOLA in Downtown St. Louis on Saturday nights spinning from 10:00 pm til 2:30 am.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well there you have it.  DJ SNO it was really good talking with you.  You definitely have had a wonderful career!  I’m wishing we could keep talking but I know you getting ready for your gig.

DJ SNO: Yeah I do…..This was a great positive interview.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  It sure was.  I thank you for the interview.

DJ SNO:  You’re welcome.

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Tiffany LaShonda Riley

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