Yesterday was Labor day but more importantly Beyonce celebrated her 36th birthday!
In normal ‘drop some fly shit quietly’ fashion, Beyonce posted a gallery of her friends and family, each dawning the iconic look from her 2016 “Formation”music video.
Friends from Kelly Rowland to Serena Williams and family alike all posed individually in a series of black and white photos celebrating Beyonce and her contribution to art.
Most notable of the pictures is Mrs. Michelle Obama, whose photo sits smack dab in the middle of the gallery looking as elegant and strong as ever.
We all know the Obamas and Carters have been close for a while now, remember when Jay said he “running through the White House in a mink like that shit was his house going through the halls like a mall”? Yeah, me too.
Blue Ivy Carter
There has always been a lot of respect exchanged between the two power couples and it’s great to see Michelle continue that tradition.
The gallery seemed to serve more of a purpose than just a celebration though as a donation link stood at the top of the page leading to help Beyonce’s hometown of Houston as they continue to recover from the recent impact of Hurricane Harvey.
The city’s favorite daughter has pledged to help as much as possible with her BeyGoodteam and reportedly has already given $7 million.
Ms. Gloria Carter
Her Houston pastor Rev. Rudy Rasmustold TMZ that Beyonce isn’t the flashy type and always shows out for Houston behind the scenes so that $7 million check probably isn’t getting confirmed anytime soon.
Peep the gallery at Beyonce.comand use the donation link at the top if you want to show your support for Houston during these trying times.
Hurricane Harvey devastatingly touched down on the southern coast of Texas Friday at 9:45 am as a Category 4 storm. The storm’s destructive path left many with flooded out homes and no place to go.
At landfall, winds reached up to 130 mph before hitting the shore again at Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 hurricane, according to the New York Times.
Louisiana, which was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, might see flooding along with parts of Mississippi and southern Arkansas.
What was the driving force behind Harvey’s catastrophic destruction? Its heavy rainfall that stretched along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio.
This is not a small storm. Harvey continues to rip through the southern shoreline of Texas. The storm is expected to dump more than 50 inches of rain in some areas.
As for casualties, five have been reported dead and more than a dozen injured. The numbers will continue to rise.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., has been hit the hardest. Magnolia City’s roads are impassable as millions of people are at risk trapped in their homes because of torrential rainfall and flooding.
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Although this might be one of the most historical hurricanes to hit the U.S., the city did not order evacuations before the storm. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 water rescues have taken place in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Officials said about 56,000 911 calls have been made in the wake of the weekend storm. The emergency system is overwhelmed and officials are advising not to call unless it is a dire situation.
As Harvey continues to unleash its wrath our prayers here at Kulture Hub go out to those who are suffering. Artists and celebrities are also taking to social media to express their sympathies for the victims of the wind storm.
Plies sends his prayers and love
Drake whose love for TX is well documented took to Instagram to send his prayers from London. He promises to lend a helping hand.
Everyone knows about the whole Drake/Meek Mill saga when Meek found out Quentin Miller wrote Drake’s verse on Meek’s song “R.I.C.O.” and lost his shit on social media.
A few years ago, Kendrick Lamar spoke to Rolling Stone about the idea of ghostwriting in rap, saying that ghostwriting is fine and all, but it really depends on the art form you’re trying to express.
Kendrick said of ghostwriting:
“It depends on what arena you’re putting yourself in. I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter. If you’re saying you’re a different type of artist and you don’t really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won’t be there.”
I think Kendrick is probably right in this case.
Rap is all about what you say, rappers are judged off the content and quality of their bars. Whereas other genres, like pop music, are mostly defined by who is singing and how they’re saying it.
Huge pop artists are not criticized when they have a song written for them, that’s just part of the business.
It is interesting to see which popular artists write for other artists as a sort of side hustle.
Artists like Ne-Yo, The-Dream, Frank Ocean, and PartyNextDoor just have a particular knack for writing hit songs and that can be one hell of a profitable skill.
Here’s a list of hit songs written by other artists.
PartyNextDoor wrote Rihanna’s “Work”
PND has his own catalog of fire R&B, most of which he produced himself. Dude is a talent.
But the Toronto crooner also has a solid list of songs penned for other artists. Not only did he write “Work,” he also wrote “Sex With Me” for Rihanna, as well as “Preach” and “With You” for Drake, and DJ Khaled’s Jay-Z and Beyonce duet “Shining.”
But as for “Work,” PartyNextDoor didn’t write it as a club song and despite his own moniker, he has trouble writing “party songs.”
PND told Rolling Stone about writing party songs, specifically “Work”:
“I tried this year to make the party songs. It wasn’t in me. People think [“Work” is] a party song. It’s a breakup song. It’s blues. I went from braggadocious to blues.”
Rihanna damn sure turned it into a party song. Peep the reference track for “Work” below, I don’t care what he says, dude knows how to pen a hit.
Kanye West wrote Alicia Keys’ “You Don’t Know My Name”
The lead single off Alicia Keys’ 2003 album The Diary of Alicia Keys was an absolute hit.
I’m sure many of you remember the music video, starring Mos Def as the love interest of Keys’ that doesn’t know her name.
“I’m like, ‘Dog, we got to do that “get in formation” shit.’ That could be a hard song for the ladies. Some woman-empowerment shit. Like, ‘Ladies, let’s get in line, let’s not just fall for anything.’”
The song would become the lead single off Beyonce’s smash album Lemonade.
The-Dream wrote Rihanna’s “Umbrella”
The-Dream is one of those stars of the music world behind many of the hits of other artists.
One of the lead singles off Rihanna’s transformative 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad, “Umbrella” was actually initially written for Britney Spears, but her label wasn’t down.
Shouts out to that label for causing Rihanna to take “Umbrella” instead.
Peep the reference track from The-Dream above.
Otis Redding wrote Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”
The great Otis Redding initially wrote and recorded “Respect” in 1965 with some pretty different instrumentation.
Redding’s version had a very different tone, almost of desperation. When Aretha got her hands on the track, she spun it into a feminist anthem and a much bigger hit.
Both versions have their merits, but Aretha’s takes the cake as one of the greatest soul songs of all time.
Ne-Yo wrote Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”
Ne-Yo is one of the industry’s great pop writers. Ne-Yo gifted Beyonce with one of her biggest hits in “Irreplaceable.”
Just switch around some pronouns and you have a tailor-made hit.
Bruno Mars wrote Cee-Lo Green’s “F*ck You”
While this was a slightly collaborative effort, Mars wrote much of Cee-Lo Green’s 2010 smash-hit “F*ck You.”
Mars, while a massive star in his own right, also has quite the collection of songwriting credits including Adele’s “All I Ask,” Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” and Flo Rida’s “Right Round.”
Alexander said in a news conference of his decision:
“It’s been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years. … I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the fans, partners, city officials and employees who care so deeply for this team. I’ve made this decision after much deliberation with my family and friends, and do so knowing the franchise is in great shape with the players, coaches and management team in place. CEO Tad Brown will oversee the sales process with the league office, supported by my management team.”
Alexander’s decision to sell the team came at an interesting time as the Rockets recently acquired All Star point guard Chris Paul from the Clippers and signed James Harden to the most lucrative contract extension in NBA history.
These recent acquisitions see the Rockets in a prime position in the league from a basketball standpoint. But they also increase their valuation.
Patrick Rishe of Forbes posits that the Houston Rockets’ offseason could see the price of the team skyrocket (excuse the pun) to $2 billion, the same amount Steve Ballmer paid for the Clippers in 2014. Rishe writes,
“Given the current enthusiasm associated with the James Harden extension and the Chris Paul signing, the short-run earnings potential and continued long-run escalation of franchise values (though likely at a slower pace than what we’ve seen in the last 20 years), and with the Rockets unique ties to China, I have every expectation the Houston Rockets bidding process will be quite competitive, thereby driving the sales price to at least $2 billion.”
Leslie Alexander bought the Rockets for just $85 million in 1993 and now looks set to make $2 billion. Now that’s paper.
As for Beyonce’s prospects of buying the Rockets, no one expects her to put up the $2 billion price-tag herself, but she could bring some star power to a group of investors.
Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z was forced to sell his stake in the Brooklyn Nets when he became a certified agent to represent players.
The idea of Beyonce buying a sports team is definitely pretty exciting to music and sports fans alike.