Well, Episode 5 of TUF 17 did not disappoint. Jon Jones training partner Bubba McDaniel was going up against Kelvin Gastelum. McDaniels who is probably the most experienced fighter and talker in the house, had in many people’s minds the easy task of taking on the far less experienced Gastelum. Gastelum had a little extra motivation when Ronda Rousey told him that she would come out to Vegas to teach a lesson if he defeated McDaniel, and that’s exactly what he did. In a back and forth match, McDaniels snagged a rear naked choke and submitted McDaniels for the upset. This episode showed that this seasons TUF is full of entertaining twists, and also is appealing to the mainstream eye by including Ronda Rousey, and Mickey Rourke who showed up to chat with the fighters.
In other MMA News, several fighters were cut from the UFC this week, including Jon Fitch and Vladimir Matyushenko.
In addition, almost every fighter that was a loser at UFC on Fuel TV 7 was let go. Guess they need to make way for the lighter weight classes, and female fighters that will soon be a part of the crop. Anderson Silva has stated that he would be willing to drop to 170 lbs to have a superfight with GSP, and he said making the weight would be no problem. I’m sure Georges St-Pierre is happier than shit about this, yeah right.
Remember Josh Barnett rejected the offer the UFC made him. Well he’s finally come out and said why he rejected the contract, and why he will no longer be facing JDS at UFC 160. Barnett said it had to do with the legal battle between Bellator (Alvarez’ former employer) and the UFC over Eddie Alvarez services, which became public record. The UFC was offering a $250,000 signing bonus and a percentage of pay-per-view earnings if Alvarez fought for the UFC title or captured the belt.
Barnett, speaking via MMAJunkie, said:
“I was excited to fight Junior. I thought he was a favorable match up for me, but Zuffa was unwilling to give me something that they gave Eddie Alvarez. No disrespect to Eddie, but I felt it was fair to give it to me as well. Although things seem to be working out well for me, I feel bad for the fans. They wanted me to fight certain guys in the UFC and I really wanted to give them those fights. Once we get the deal we are working on done, the fight the fans scream for will be lost forever.”
Landon Wordswell’s new album, “The Mourning After Pill”, is releasing March 1st. It will be his first official full length album courtesy of Cult Classic Records (London, UK). The album is very personal. Very intimate. The emcee had a great run touring nationally and internationally successfully in 2010 & 2011, but found that 2012 would be his hardest year yet. 2012 was the year he met death, depression and anxiety all sitting at one crossroad. The album allows the listener the same insight gained from an excruciating year of breaking through to the other side. This year Landon will be touring both the US (March), Europe (April), & Australia (TBD). Things seems to be looking up with the release of “The Mourning After Pill”.
The video is for the track “Crumbs” which is off their debut EP The Out Number and available for free download at www.originaltext.net.
JiXXs’ new mixtape #LOTNS2 “Leader Of The New School” (mixed and hosted by DJ Professor Mele) was released January 2013 and so far has had a good response, and features three hot singles “Got Dat Ft. M Deezy, Hall Of Fame (Produced by T-Major), Winning Ft. Ryda, Spoil You featuring R&B singer Dre Marone. JiXX as well plans to drop his first EP this fall, which will also feature his first single “Spoil You” featuring Dre Marone & produced by Soundsmiths’ Koolaid Tha Rebel and a track titled “Hold On” with female R&B singer/songwriter “Cherise.” Currently JiXX has two mixtapes, one was released early 2011 with Tommy Spitz of GCP titled “Spitz Vs. JiXX” mixed by DJ Law and Host by JJ is Jenni from Flow 93.5 FM and the frist installment of #LOTNS, which is still circulating all across the GTA and also available online as a free download. JiXX is currently working on completing tracks for his next untitled mixtape and an LP Entertainment Compilation which will also feature fellow label members: Ryda, Shay, Desran. Not only that, JiXX recently shot a video for “Coolin’/# (Hashtag) which is also featured on #LOTNS2 and “Spoil You” which was released in the summer of 2012.
The Good Sin links up with Portland’s own star producer Trox (@iamTrox) to vent on all things contradictory, the struggle between doing the right thing, or continuing to feel good doing the wrong things.
If there’s one thing that fans of Toronto-based R&B singer/producer JHYVE are sure of, it’s that he always delivers with his smooth eclectic sounds and witty lyrics. This time around is no different as JHYVE releases a new song titled “Come Back Down”.
Giving his fans a brief look at what he’s got in store for them later this year, JHYVE says this of the new song in his blog (jhyve.com):
This song is for everyone who knows how to find a few moments of bliss with an adult beverage,
some recreational plants, and the one person that they don’t mind being strung out on.
An homage to my three favourite drugs.
Stay tuned as JHYVE prepares to release his first official single and video from his upcoming album, “The Late Bloomer”, slated for release this fall.
High riding dancehall star Khago recently released a cover of R&B superstar John Legend’s Tonight (Best You’ve Ever Had). Khago’s version of Tonight which was produced by Downsound Records is currently blowing up FM radio.
Khago said after listening to Tonight a number of times the lyrics of the song got stuck in his head and he decided to cover it.
“This song is a type of song that once you listen to it; it just sticks in your brain. After listening to it over and over I liked it so much I found myself singing it, the lyrics are awesome, John Legend is a superb vocalist too, everything about the song is just wonderful,” said Khago.
“I couldn’t resist I had to cover Tonight, people who really know Khago know I am not just a deejay, I’m also a very good singer so I did this song to show my versatility as well,” he added.
Khago is also enjoying much attention with hit singles such as Road Dawg and the highly controversial Marina Stretch Out.
Khago officially release his new video for the single Road Dawg.
Sinoptic Iinternational is a collective of beatmakers from all around the world who jus put out their 2nd beat tape. You will hear various styles of beat making, but everything will be raw instrumental underground hip -hop .There are all kind of names from the new underground beat scene like Prozak Morris, Jesus , Pawcut , Lotuz , Radj and many more on this 22 track beat tape.
Lil Wayne has caused many problems over the past few weeks and it is only escalating, especially in Miami. No Jeggings is the motto right now. Check it out yourself. Mr. 305 nor Rick Ross have responded yet.