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Miley Cyrus from her Hannah Montana days to the VMA’s New Kid on the Block:
GOOD GIRL GONE BAD
People Hip-Hop Eminem
on Music, Life & his new album ‘Let It Go’
AR Rahman’s candid revelations
“I’m a fakir”
ON RAP, LIFE & PRISON
Lil’ Wayne. on his life after jail & how he’s gonna f*ck his attorney.
GOOD GIRL GONE BAD : MILEY CYRUS TALKS ABOUT VMA’S & MUCH MOREPG8 ROBIN THICKE : BLURRED LINESPG12 BAND-IT SPECIAL : LADY GAGAPG14 LIL WAYNE : EMINEM, DRAKE & PRISON LIFEPG16 BHARAT LEPPARD : EVERYTHING THAT KILLS ME MAKES ME FEEL ALIVEPG22 ALBUM REVIEWSpg26 POSTCARD BAND OF THE MONTHpg27 MUMBAI GIG CALENDARpg30
What does the fox say? The song has garnered insane reviews about itself, its hilarious, delirious & ridiculous. This month’s issue is dedicated to my friend Bharat Leppard, who has hand-picked all the articles you are about to read. I’ve smartly used his music sensibilities to make this magazine overnight, thankyou. The copy contains controversial articles about controversial artists, ranging from Miley Cyrus to Lady Gaga to Lil’ Wayne & infact even Bharat Leppard. After three months of Neil sir persuading us to complete the magazine, I am getting done with it a couple of hours before submission 7:34 AM, 30th Sept, 2013. I hope sir, as well as the external examiner likes the magazine, as it suffices music in totality as well as individually. The artciles are references from the internet, but the designing & formatting has been done entirely by me. The cover story is about my favorite artist Lil’ Wayne, couldnt have let this opportunity go & not cover Weezy baby. I missed going to Borivali National Park for this magazine, it was a very nice experience making it, but I still dont get the hype that has been created around it. The issue is colorful, has good adverts, collectively looks good. Hope that its easy on the eye & smooth to read. FYI, my film ‘Jashn-EDaawat’ is officially selected for the 15th Mumbai Film Festival, hope to see you there. Signing off, Editor-In-Chief. WRAPSTASH CORP. Displaying some snapshots from the magazine:
J o h n M a ye r
M i l ey C y r u s
L i l ’ Way n e
D r i z z y D ra ke
VMAs and Much More
When we hung out with Miley Cyrus for our new cover story, the 20year-old superstar didn't just get Rolling $tone tattooed on her feet and jump out of an airplane. She also said a bunch of smart, funny things! It turns out Miley's mouth isn't just the place her tongue hangs out between posing for photos. The interviews covered way more ground than could fit in the story, so we've gathered some of the best parts. Presenting the Wisdom of Miley.
Miley Cyrus on Why She Loves Weed, Went Wild at the
The outrageous wit and wisdom of pop's wildest child
you're being ratchet." He's like, "Why am I on the come-up if I work with you, but if you work with me, it's like you're trying to be hood?" It's a double-standard. I didn't really realize it, but people are still racist. It's kind of insane. Like if I had come out [at the VMAs] with all white-girl dancers, and done the fucking "Cha Cha Slide" – same outfit, same everything – it wouldn't have been bad. But because of who I came out with, people got upset. Because they were girls from the club. They had thick asses. They were twerking. That's what I want, though – I want real girls up there who can really party. The Baker girls [her backup dance crew, the L.A. Bakers] don't give a fuck about me. They love me, but they're not kissing my ass. They're just excited to not be dancing at the club. ON DRUGS I think weed is the best drug on earth. One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon. Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly, too. Those are happy drugs – social drugs. They make you want to be with friends. You're out in the open. You're not in a bathroom. I really don't like coke. It's so gross and so dark. It's like what are you, from the Nineties? Ew. ON BEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT I said I was going to take a year off before I made this record. But it's hard to take a break. It's almost depressing when you're not working. You're so used to people calling your name, and that energy, and when you don't have it anymore . . . That's why I never complain about people wanting autographs or pictures. Because if there were a few days where no one asked, I'd probably be like, "What the fuck's going on? Do people not like me?" I hate the paparazzi – but when they're not sitting there waiting for you, you're like "Who's bigger news? Who are you trying to get a picture of ?" ON THE "WRECKING BALL" VIDEO It's the opposite of the VMAs. It's like the Sinead O'Connor video [for "Nothing Compares 2 U"], but, like, the most modern version. I wanted it to be tough but really pretty – that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything. The trick is getting the camera up above you, so it almost looks like you're looking up at someone and crying. I think people are going to hate it, they're going to see my ass and be like, "Oh my God, I can't believe she did that" – and then when we get to the bridge, they're gonna have a little tear and be like, "Fuck you!" I think it will be one of those iconic videos, too. I think it's something that people are not gonna forget.
ON HER VMAS PERFORMANCE I know what I'm doing. I know I'm shocking you. When I'm dressed in that teddy bear thing, I think that's funny. I was saying yesterday, I had this obsession about this character that's like an adult baby. Like if you see a baby do something like that it's so warped and weird, but there's something creepily hot about it. So when I'm in that teddy bear suit, I'm like a creepy, sexy baby. But I forget that it's, like, people in Kansas watching the show. That people sit their kid in front of the TV and are like, "Oh, an awards show! Let's watch." Miley Cyrus: Confessions of Pop's Wildest Child ON RACE AND POP MUSIC Me and [producer] Mike WiLL were talking about it. He said, "For me, my biggest achievement has been working with a white girl – but for a white girl to work and associate with black producers,
Hopefully an artist 30 years from now will be like, "Yo, you remember that Miley Cyrus video? We gotta do something like that." That sledgehammer was heavy as shit, though. My arms were so sore the next day. And they didn't tell me it was painted, so I was licking it, and they were like, "Don't lick that!" ON HER FAMOUS TONGUE I just stick my tongue out because I hate smiling in pictures. It's so awkward. It looks so cheesy. Now people expect it, like, "Put your tongue out!" It's just easier that way. Taking pictures is so embarrassing. But there's also something about it that I think is cool. Every other girl is so serious – like, this is my moment on the red carpet, I'm in my ball gown, looking pretty. There's something empowering about what I'm doing right now. Especially having "short hair don't care." I think it's empowering for girls. Because there's not one thing that defines what beauty is. ON LIVING IN LOS ANGELES The thing about L.A. is it's pretty much always nice out here. Even when it was 100 the other day, I loved it. It felt good. I worked on my album in Philly, and I would take the train to New York on the weekends, and I'd get off the train and immediately want to die. I would just hate my life. And I'm from Nashville, which is kind of similar – when it's hot, it's fucking miserable. But Nashville, at least it kind of rains in the summer. I don't even remember the last time it rained out here. I always wondered how those big-ass fires start in L.A., and then I'll throw my cigarette out the window or something, and I'm like "There it is."
ON MEDIA OUTRAGE I think it's all marketing. If a website is like, "We love Miley's performance!" I don't think people are gonna click on it. "Miley's cute performance with teddy bears!" – no one is gonna click on that. So I think it's the media riling up the people, rather than people riling up the media. And what makes me kind of sick is, Trayvon Martin's trial didn't happen more than two months ago. It got talked about a lot – but it still got done being talked about a lot quicker than the VMAs. And that's really sad. For about two days, it was on Twitter and everything, everyone had their pictures as Trayvon – and then two days later, where was it? Who cared anymore? Even I was like, "I want to help his family when it's an appropriate time." But then people just forgot. It slips your mind. We go on to the next thing, our next problem. It's like, "Why are we not still dealing with that? Why are we not still mourning that loss?" ON HER ROLE MODELS I watch people like Dolly [Parton]. Dolly knows what she is. She's smart. She's not just a blonde with big titties – she is a genius under there. She literally came from nothing, and now you go anywhere in the world, and they know Dolly Parton. It's like, don't let people's judgment define who you are. Don't read the comments and get nervous. Know who you are. ON CIVIL RIGHTS When my kids are around, there will be no one on this planet who was alive when there was segregation.. For her, for someone that was born in the Thirties, it's kind of shocking It was like Gone With the Wind. Calling long distance was like the craziest shit ever. Now my grandma's like, "What do you mean you can watch a video on your phone?" It's gonna be the
exact same thing with my kids: "What do you mean gay people couldn't get married?" ON HER HUMANITARIAN WORK I do these hearing aids for deaf kids in Haiti. We go to the schools and fit the kids for hearing aids, and then go back and give them to them. It's the craziest experience, because you go in and it's so quiet, because no one's ever talked. Haitians are awesome. They have no idea who I am. ON HER LOVE OF MUSIC I'm just around music all the time. Even today, I woke up this morning, went in to my jam room, and I just jammed. I'll sit in there and jam all day. My chef loves it, 'cause every morning I'm down there playing the piano. I'm writing pretty much all the time. Sometimes I think other people don't get it – to them, it seems like all I do is work. But you can't shut off from this. ON HER NEW ALBUM, BANGERZ It's coming out soon, so right now I'm listening to it 20,000 times to make sure it's perfect. I have to make sure every detail is perfect. There are albums that people still are listening to, like Michael Jackson's Bad, because it's so fucking dope. I want people to listen to my album like that. There's a line Ludacris says on my album that goes, "If I die before my time, at least I'll still be living through my music." That's something I've said over and over again. Like, I have one Pixies record that is a time for me – from the time I was 16 until I was 18, the Pixies is all I listened to. And I'm going to be that artist to so many people, so I want to make sure my record is the best it can be. I'm trying to set a new standard for pop music. So it has to live up.
ROBIN THICKE : BLURRED LINES
Robin Thicke sings, writes, produces, gentlemanly while also boasting about the size of his rhymes-with-Thicke is nearly a miracle. To sharpen his attack, Thicke brings in an infantry of ride-or-die hitmakers: Will.i.am, Timbaland, Dr. Luke and, on the lewd worldwide smash "Blurred Lines," Pharrell. Each contributes a track, but Thicke never loses control; the album is unified by his relaxed croon and warm merrymaking, which ranges plays keyboards and even raps a little on his excellent sixth album, but his greatest talent is projecting bonhomie. Thicke is the handsome son of a TV star, but he never incites resentment, because he always seems to be an amiable Joe who's in on the joke of stardom – the George Clooney of the club jam. In an era when Chris Brown remains a sex symbol for many people, his ability to be casual and
from 1970s Miami funk ("Ain't No Hat 4
That") to cheeky impersonations of dubstep ("Give It 2 U"). There's only one dud, the happy-anniversary ballad "4 the Rest of My Life," which is also the album's most personal song. Thicke dulled previous LPs with expressions of angst – here, he makes a nearperfect summer record by acting like his life is as perfect as his hair. Maybe his package really is as big as he claims.
“Jail didn't make me find God, He's always been there. They can lock me up, but my spirit and my love can never be confined to prison walls.”
Lil Wayne talks about his time behind bars, hopeful collaborations and his upcoming EP, I'm Not a Human Being, due in September. Wayne started his sentence on gun charges in March and is scheduled for release in November. "I'm calling you from Rikers Island right now, unfortunately," Lil Wayne said.
When asked about the support he's received from fans while in jail, he said, "It's been more than amazing. I promise that I can't explain the love and support I've been getting from my fans. I never knew it was like that, and I've been doing this for, what, 16 years? It's breathtaking." Wayne went on to remind listeners and fans how to reach him while he's locked up. "All you have to do is go on my website WeezyThanxYou.com, and I think all of my information is on there where you can write to me, and I get my mail every day," he said. "I read as much as I can and I respond, and if you want to hear me respond, all you have to do is check back on that same website, and I have a great lady named Karen Civil that puts up my responses, she puts up updates, everything is on there. Some people might faint when they see their name on there, and they be like, 'Oh my God!' It's a great thing." He also shared what he's been listening to — and not listening to — during his jail time. "I'll be very honest, Flex: I don't listen to no music. All I listen to all day, if I am listening to anything, is sports. And that ain't because of nothing, just the simple fact that I've never listened to anyone else's music but my own, and since I'm not able to do that up in here, I don't listen to anything. I don't listen to nothing but my thoughts." Wayne has at least checked out Eminem's latest album, Recovery,which he's featured on. "Em is him, and he's back in a major way," he said. " ... As far as Eminem the dude, he's a great dude. He's been keeping up with me since I've been in here, and I appreciate his support." The rapper later said he's "a sports fanatic" who "played foot-
'Every time I pick up the phone to dial a number, I feel like I'm a bother, because I'm in jail,' he tells BAND-IT! of keeping in touch with friends and family.
Lil Wayne Talks about Eminem, Drake And Prison Life.
ball and baseball, and I played football more than baseball, but I never was any good, so it's nothing to speak about. I just have a great knowledge of the game." Wayne had a few thoughts about dream collaborations upon his release. "I've been saying to myself that I really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or I really like my man Tech N9ne from the West Coast," he said. "Other than that, I've been trying to do a song with this little dude Weezy; he's stupid." Wayne said he stays scarce when it comes to keeping up with Young Money stars Drake and Nicki Minaj. "I call Drake at least once a week, but I actually call three or four times a week, but he only picks up for me once a week," the MC said with a laugh. As for calls to Minaj, he jokingly said, "That being my future wife, we talk every night. Nah, the
“I like people that enjoy life, 'cause I do the same.”
- Lil’ Wayne
same goes for her. I don't like to bother them in the midst of what they're doing, because I know they have a whole lot on their plate every single day. That's my thing with everybody. They be like, 'Why haven't you called me?' But it's because I don't want to bother. Put in this position, I just feel like every time I pick up the phone to dial a number, I feel like I'm a bother, because I'm in jail. I don't have nothing else to do but talk to you, and that might not be what you want to do at the time. I don't know if that's just a conscious thing, but ... I always feel like I'm bothering. I call Mack Maine every single day, and I know I get on his nerves, but he answers every single time." Wayne went on to describe a typical day in Rikers. "I wake up around 12 noon, I jump on the phone, call Mack, call family, call my mother, call my kids — you know I got a lot of kids to call," he said with a dry laugh. "After that, once I start reading that fan mail, literally, I could read it all day, every day because it's so much. That fan mail knocks off like four, five hours of the day. And then I do dinner — whatever that may be in here — I jump on the phone again, and after that, I'm through." As for what he's learned from his stint in prison, the MC said he'll "definitely move more carefully. I'll definitely take heed to my situation and my status. I mean, when I ask myself ... everybody says that you're here for a reason, and I promise you, Flex, I try to find out that reason every day. I search for it. But I think when I get out, that'll be the only time I'll really know the answer. Every day I look for that reason." As for Wayne's upcoming EP, it's on the way. "Yes, it's gonna
drop before Carter IV, only on the Internet," Wayne said. "This is stuff that I recorded right before I came here." As the jail phone beeped its warning that Wayne's interview was coming to a close, the MC thanked all his fans for their support. "I don't want the phone to hang up on us, so I want to say thank you to all my fans, and I love you, Flex, for giving me this opportunity," he said. "I appreciate what you're doing, Flex. Keep doing it." Rapper Lil Wayne famously told Katie Couric, "I'm a gangster, Miss Katie," during a 2009 interview and the two have been good friends ever since, or so she wants us to believe. He was the first guest on today's Season 2 premiere of her daytime talk show, Katie. "Weezy and I look like an odd couple, right?" she asked all the moms who'd come to watch them talk. Lil Wayne Again Hospitalized for Seizure Lil Wayne, who was hospitalized after suffering a series of seizures in March, was back in the hospital last night and early this morning when he had. Wayne discussed his seizures from earlier this year, attributing them to "dehydration, working too much, no sleep." He added, "I’m sorta epileptic," and that he fainted once when he was little. He went out of his way to deny that the drink known as syrup — codeine cough syrup and soda — was the cause of his problems, saying he wasn't drinking a lot of it during the time of his seizures. He offered instead that pain pills may have played a part. Like syrup, the pills, too, had codeine in them and have been championed frequently in Wayne's verses. He says his doctor telling him
to tell his mom to tell him to kill the pills helped him achieve his current codeine-free lifestyle. He also told a story about his mom encouraging him to drop out of school (she saw him packing his gun and thought better of sending him back, telling him to get his GED instead). Wayne listens to his mother. Finally, there was a segment in which Katie got her minivan ride pimped and it seemed really stupid and superfluous and not at all worth running during an interview until they cut back to the "odd couple" ROTFL over all of the enhancements Katie's minivan had received. Weezy wheezing, "You got sheepskins!" deserves meme status. This Monday on September 9th, Lil Wayne will be a special guest on the season 2 premiere of Katie Couric‘s talk show. Weezy F Baby, who has already finished the taping in New York City, will chat about his time in prison, how important us fans are to him, high school, his family, the health scares that he had earlier this year, and more. gun to take to school for protection, and how inmates treated him in jail. If you have not yet seen Tunechi‘s previous interview with Katie Couric, or you feel like watching it again, then you can do so here. None of that mattered, though, on Sunday night at Nassau Coliseum here when Lil Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” tour arrived for the first of two sold-out shows. For almost two hours Lil Wayne was vibrant in a performance that was less a show of progress than a reassertion of primacy. Lil Wayne is the only star of his generation, save Kanye West, who can consistently fill rooms of this size.
I am sure every Wayne fan enjoys this interview, because he opens up about his childhood, Hurricane Katrina, why he dropped the ‘D’ from his real name, syrup, weed, and plenty more. Above, you can watch Weezy discuss with Katie why he stopped drinking syrup in a preview of their interview. After the jump below, you can watch two more previews from the show were Tune discusses why he didn’t finish high school, his mother Jacida Carter buying him his first Lil Wayne has long been one of hip-hop’s loosest cannons, but his narrative changed dramatically in 2010 after his release from Rikers Island jail, where he spent eight months on a weapons charge. For three years at least, sobriety was to be his sidekick. As part of a plea agreement in a separate drug possession case, he consented to regular drug tests. That fate hung over him like a cloud. He spoke about it not as an addict reformed but as someone wrongly separated from his tonic. “I wish I could be back on it,” he told GQ in 2011, when asked about syrup, the promethazinecodeine concoction. “I was on something that the doctor prescribed. I was ill, and that was helping me.” This month, when TMZ reported that Lil Wayne had beenhospitalized for seizures related to excessive syrup consumption, it wasn’t hard to believe. (His team insisted the reports were untrue.) But a few days later, at least, all seemed to be fine. He posted a video in which he seemed lucid and giddy, and invited doubters to “kiss my fist.” That’s an allusion to a lyric on a song — “Beat” for short; the rest is unprintable — on his new
album, “I Am Not a Human Being II” (Cash Money). Art isn’t proof of sobriety, or of anything really, but this album is consistent with the rest of the music from Lil Wayne’s sober period: literal, conventional, spotty. He may or may not be struggling with drugs, but his music sounds almost nothing like drug-era Lil Wayne. It’s less manic, less experimental, less unpredictable and, oddly, less consistent. “I Am Not a Human Being II” is slapdash, a mix of blustering boasts, spiteful sex, warm sex, inside jokes, puerile snickering and flashes of self-realization. At times he is rapping with ferocity; at others, with swing; at others, with just the barest of attention. He still radiates exuberance and ecstasy and rebelliousness, the hallmarks of his rise to hip-hop’s creative and commercial peaks. But the words he puts together don’t shock the way they once did. Lil Wayne’s sober era also coincides with the height of his celebrity. No longer is he a mixtape warrior building a fan base by samizdat flood. He’s now one of the three or four most vivid personalities in the genre. And he’s confident: even though he’s not at his lyrical peak, he collaborates with artists who are. Gunplay, on “Beat,” is sneering and direct, and Gudda Gudda, on “Gunwalk,” sprinkles a little dry, dark wit: “The nose on the pistol ’bout as long as Scottie Pippen’s.” And 2 Chainz is impressive on “Rich” — again, that’s the abbreviated, printable version of the title — hitting hard without being as overt as he typically is. What Lil Wayne has left as a rapper is a fluidity of style, which he changes from song to song, to mixed effect. On “Curtains” he’s merely declaiming clunkily, but
on “Gunwalk” he’s rapping fast and sharp. “No Worries,” the first hit from this album, is almost goofy, but “Rich” is focused and tart. The hit “Love Me” blends all these instincts together; it feels tossed off, but also comfortable. It features Future and Drake, the artists who have done the most remolding of mainstream hiphop in the past couple of years, and Lil Wayne, flexible himself, more or less keeps up. It’s also the most modern song here, not counting the excellent bonus track, “Lay It Down,” basically a remix of “Easy Easy” by TNGHT, the electronic music duo of Lunice and Hudson Mohawke.Shows up, but also how hard they work. It’s a measure of the esteem in which other rappers hold Lil Wayne that nearly everyone else who appears on this album brings their A game. Nas, Bun B, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Jadakiss — they all think that a Lil Wayne album is an event. And as long as they and others continue to believe that, it will be, even if Lil Wayne doesn’t. But modernity has never been a primary concern of Lil Wayne. Even at his peak he felt detached from hip-hop’s sonic center. On his new album he’s still indulging his vestigial rock urges on the thrashing, semi-successful “Hello,” and the surprisingly sprightly pop-punk of “Hot Revolver” (another bonus track), which nods to Green Day’s “Basket Case” and features Lil Wayne at his froggy, cheerful best. These are songs without an obvious home, except in Lil Wayne’s fun house.At one point he boasts, “I graduated to better drugs/My cap and gown on.” So, high on life, then?
“I'm a gangster, and gangsters don't ask questions.”
- Lil Wayne
“Everything that kills me makes me feel alive”
The seventeen year boy wonder who’s become a music producer now after a successful singing & gig stint, on how music got into him & the journey ever since, in a very candid, organic conversation with Karan Asnani.
How did you get into music about versatality in one’s soul, / music get into you? ideas, which reflects in one’s work. My Parents, both mom & dad Talking about versatile, we have been avid listeners of classic hear that your new song ‘Inold school English songs of their days, music subconsciously in- side Me’ is nowhere even near to ‘Cursed’, how do you duced into me. Growing up, I had totally lost get that alteration, that shift track of good English music & within yourself, while comwas swaying to Bollywood posing? songs, luckily I got to change For me, its always about getting schools & then the rest they say is my message across. history The idea behind Inside Me is very powerful, its about the disWhat bands, which artists crimination, inhumane nahave been your influences? ture, which forces crimes like Lyrically, GreenDay is the band domestic violence & ragging. To get that message across, I which changed my life, I’m seventeen & you might not accept it, but knew I had to create something in-the-face I’ve been through a lot of mess in really strong, kinda music, I went to my sir & my personal life, that time GreenDay was my soldier, my sav- told him that I wanted to produce this song, he supported & here we iour. Apart from that, I’m a m u - are today. I got to learn a lot with I n sician & I enjoy all genres of music, everyday I love a new song, side Me, as an independent artist, from Metallica to Opeth, Linkin’ I do my own stuff, I dont want to go to any studio to do my recordPark to Nirvana, Lil Wayne to Eminem, Dis- ings, masterings, I want to try it myself, first hand, that’s turbed, Slayer, Greenday, Alter by Bridge, I love em all, I’m a fan of how I’ll learn, that’s how I’ll understand. music. I didnt know about double track I heard your first single recording until Inside Me(Double ‘Cursed’ it’s an acoustic song Track is used to enhance the about a teenager who is left stereo sound experience) heartbroken by the girl he happened. loved, its very catchy. Also, we’ve shot the video for it, My music is for everyone, I want it’s gonna be out soon. *smiles* everybodies ear’s to hear my music, but because of that I wont make music only for them to enjoy, as a musician I express my emotions through my music. My first song ‘Cursed’, I could have made into a death metal A snapshot from Bharat’s heavy song, same with my second song, ‘Inside Me’, but no, as a mu- latest unreleased video sician, I have to realize the pulse, We’ve seen so many the vibe of the song I compose, getting into ‘Cursed’ had & has a very good musicians vibe to it as a melody, even though wrong-doings & substance its a song about heartbreak. It’s all abuse at the peaks of their
careers’, from Kurt Cobain to Amy Winehouse... There are different kinds of people, they go through a lot of stuff in their lives, some very serious stuff, they keep pushing, keep motivating themselves, but someday they realize they cant go further ahead with the baggage, thats when they take drastic steps like suicide, injections, etc. You’ve been producing songs by yourself, any particular reason? My friend TJ Mehra was the reason I joined a band(his band Absencia) & I loved what we did. We are like brothers composing stuff & we matched with our music sensibilities, making our music really nice & a fun-filled, joyful environment. But again, I produce stuff individually as I am very dedicated & dont see the level or the amount of dedication, passion in anyone else, I dont want to wait for anyone, Opportunity knocks once, right? Tell us about your future projects, collaborations, your aspirations as a singer/musician/composer I’m working on my album right now, it’s gonna have 8 songs & is titled ‘Let It Go’ Again, there’s a music video coming out in October. Collaborations with various bands, recordings with solo artists are pretty frequent now, I make myself available to everyone who’s ready to put in the effort. I aspire to play for a huge crowd, like Bullet in the Bible(GreenDay) & make it big internationally If you’re offered to compose for a typical Bollywood formula film, what would you do? I will obviously take it!
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1 Easy. Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale feat. Norah Jones 2 Titli. Chennai Express 3 Home. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes 4 Sham. Aisha 5 Ambarsariya. Fukrey 6 Damn Damn. Lil Wayne feat. TPain 7 Inside Me. Bharat Leppard 8 Dark Waters & Stars. Jack Johnson 9 Mera Mann. Nautanki Saala 10 Callin’ U. Outlandish 11 Inner Voice.Anthracite 12 Roobaroo. Rang De Basanti 13 Badtameez Dil. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 14 Crank That. Soulja Boy 15 Destiny. 99 16 Kun Faaya Kun. Rockstar 17 Stand By Me. John Lennon 18 Virginia Moon. Foo Foghters 19 I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Beatles 20 Ecstacy. Kresent 21 Jaan. Rang 22 Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Pink Floyd 23 6 Foot 7 Foot. Tha Carter 4 24 Amplifier. Imran Khan 25 She Will. Drake feat Lil’ Wayne 26 Love Me. Lil’ Wayne feat Drake, Future 27 The Lion Sleeps Tonight. The Lion King 28 Khule Da Rabb. Rabbi & Papon 29 Kyun. Barfi! 30 Wonderwall. Oasis 31 Lemon Tree. Oasis(Cover) 32 Hotel California. The Eagles 33 Gal Bangaee. Punjabi Dhol Volume 1 34 Moves Like Jagger. Maroon 5 35 Here Without You. 3 Doors Down 36 Nagina. Saathiya 37 What Does The Fox Say? Ylvis 38 Pareshaan. Ishaqzaade 39 Mercy. Kanye West 40 Hey There Delilah. Plain White T’s 41 Bedrock. Young Money 42 Cameras. Drake 43 Cinema(Skrillex). Benny Benassi 44 I’m On One. Drake feat DJ Khaled, Lil’ Wayne 45 Forever. Drake feat Eminem, Kanye West & Lil’ Wayne 46 Jao Na. What’s Your Raashi? 47 Young, Wild & Free. Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg/Lion 48 YMCA. Anonymous 49 Tanha Dil. Shaan 50 Right Round. Flo Rida
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Earlier this fall, Drake released a moody, downtempo jam called "Wu-Tang Forever," hoping to build anticipation for his third LP. Instead, a sizable contingent of rap traditionalists were outraged. That's because "Wu-Tang Forever," despite featuring a ghostly snippet of the Wu-Tang Clan's 1997 single "It's Yourz," sounds nothing like the Clan – it's a heartfelt requiem for a girl he used to know. "I just love when I'm with you," the Toronto star sighs, in a rueful tone that's hard to imagine coming from Raekwon or ODB, or any other mainstream MC in the past 20 years, for that matter. Drake reveals so much of himself on Nothing Was the Same that it's easy to poke holes in his tortured-player persona: After a while, his confessions start to sound like sneaky boasts about all the beautiful hearts he's broken. And maybe he wants you to see that contradiction. After all, hiding his flaws has never been Drake's style – they're the whole point.
John Mayer has made a career of growing up (or failing to grow up) in public, and Paradise Valley, his sixth studio album, continues that autobiographical journey. As its title (a reference to Mayer's Montana retreat) indicates, this chapter finds him in a relaxed, joyful frame of mind. And why not? After two throat surgeries, his voice is fully restored, and his personal life has ceased to be a tabloid fixture. Mayer can get in trouble when he pushes too hard for effect, so the laid-back vibe here works to his advantage, allowing both his talent and his charm to shine. His boldface love life enters the picture in a lovely duet with his ex Katy Perry. Frank Ocean handles the vocal on a different, soulful version of "Wildfire," the opening track. And Mayer's slow burn on J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze" turned unexpectedly poignant when Cale died shortly before the LP's release. The song's meaning remains true for Paradise Valley, however: Mayer continues to blow down the road, this time carrying far less baggage and all the better for it.
Jordan Michael Houston, better known by his stage name Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, established in 1991. Juicy J Details Involvement In Forthcoming Pimp C Album. Juicy J reveals production.You don't look to Mr. "Slob on My Knob" for deep wisdom. But the Three 6 mafioso does have a way with words, and following last summer's strip-club anthem "Bandz a Make Her Dance" (included here), his majorlabel solo debut is a parade of jams involving weed, drank and sketchy sex, with Cheech & Chong punch lines exhaled over fat stoner beats. Justin Timberlake takes the hook on a rare romantic interlude ("The Woods"), and while there's sound business advice – "Make money/No vacation/Pay cash/Don't make payments," Juicy instructs on "Stop It" – twerkin' remains a dubious career path ("Scholarship"). But no matter; the party rolls on.
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Rang is a versatile six-member Band from Mumbai performing a variety of genres, allowing them to converge into one unique spectrum of sound. Based in Mumbai since late 2008, they can broadly be classified as a Alternative/Mashup band with Progressive undertones. They perform a large number of interpretations and medleys of contemporary, mainstream covers, as well as perform some critically acclaimed original work. Their strength lies in versatility, easily in the running for being one of the Top Hindi bands in the city, but delivering a punch with their English belters as well. Members: Ronit Chaterji, Arjun Nair - Vocals and Gui-
tars, Ajay Menon - Bass, Neil Gomes Wind/Brass/Strings, Shannnon George - Lead Guitar, Paul Paul - Drums and Percussion.
MUMBAI GIG CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 2013
Event: Vans Fresh Off the Wall ft Two's A Crowd, The Vinyl Records and Sky Rabbit Date: October 3rd, 2013 Venue: Club Escape, Mumbai Event: Soulmate, Indus Creed and Spud in the Box Date: October 3rd, 2013 Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Worli, Mumbai Event: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, Menwhopause Date: September 25th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: Blackstratblues Date: September 25th, 2013 Venue: Cheval Bar & Restaurant, Mumbai Event: The Scene ft Tankbund, Something Relevant, Unohu and Nush Lewis Date: September 24th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: Coshish Date: September 24th, 2013 Venue: The Little Door, Mumbai Event: Hardwell Date: September 22nd, 2013 Venue: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai Event: Bacardi Weekender ft Raghu Dixit Project, Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family and Paradigm Shift Date: September 20th, 2013 Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Andheri, Mumbai Event: Acoustic Tuesdays ft Jessica Graham, Nigel Rajaratnam Date: September 17th, 2013 Venue: The Little Door, Mumbai Event: BASSFoundation Date: September 14th, 2013 Venue: Bonobo, Mumbai Event: The Supersonics Date: September 13th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: BOMB Thursdays ft Space Behind the Yellow Room, Until We Last, Kanchan Daniel Band and Filter Coffee Date: September 12th, 2013 Venue: Kino 108, Mumbai Event: Soulbridge Date: September 12th, 2013 Venue: Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai Event: Clayton Hogermeer Date: September 11th, 2013 Venue: Cheval Bar & Restaurant, Mumbai Event: Coshish, Blakc Date: September 11th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: Acoustic Tuesdays ft Prathamesh Tambe Date: September 10th, 2013 Venue: The Little Door, Mumbai Event: Amit Chaudhuri Date: September 10th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: Henry Saiz, Sowmya, Aditya Wanwari, Sandunes Date: September 8th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: Sanjay Divecha Unplugged Date: September 5th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: Lucid Space ft Bakermat, Ox7gen Date: September 5th, 2013 Venue: Big Bang Bar and Cafe, Mumbai Event: Adil & Vasundhara Date: September 4th, 2013 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai Event: Modern Mafia, The F16's Date: September 4th, 2013 Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Andheri, Mumbai Event: Spud In The Box Date: September 4th, 2013 Venue: Cheval Bar & Restaurant, Mumbai
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