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calling all REAL rappers and MC’s….

Are you the truth on the mic? Do you think you’re the next big thing in hip-hop? Do you want your music to be reviewed for thousands to see on the hottest hip-hop and entertainment blog out there? If this is something that you are interested in, and if you really want to start promoting yourself and your music then send your EP’s, demos and cd’s to the Recessinreallife team and get your music reviewed. Send you music to Recessinreallife and we will review all the music and put it up on our blog. This is a great way to get your name out and have thousands of people listen to your music. If you aren’t going to promote yourself then who will want to do it for you?

If you are interested please email for further information and addresses.


Young Money Ent., the new Def Jam?

This is me and Nicki Minaj at one of her shows in Springfield, Ma

So, from what it looks like all my readers love love love Nicki Minaj and Young Money. With over 50,000 hits just on the post I wrote about on Nicki Minaj, I think it’s time for me to write another article on them. Before I do, though, I want to write a disclaimer: I would just like to add that I personally met Nicki and love the fact that I tried to push her music before she was even famous. Back to the article though. So, is Young Money Entertainment the new Def Jam? Or does YME have the potential to become the new Def Jam? I think so. What Lil Wayne is doing within the industry to promote not only himself, but his artists is incredible. It seems that everywhere you look one of his artists or himself is doing a cameo on a song. I mean take Nicki Minaj, last year she was just a speck on the hip-hop radar, and now with the help of Young Money she has become the premier female MC (you may not agree with this, but with the musical downfall of Lil Kim and many of the great female MC’s in Jail, sorry Lumidee and Remy, she is really the only one right now).

Also, have you heard the new Young Money album. Um, hello RIDICULOUS. Lil Wayne CONTINUES to demonstrate is entrepreneurial skills and with this cd continues to amaze me. If you have heard Steady Mobbin‘ you know what I am talking about. I mean Weezy even made Gucci Mane sound good (sorry all GM fans, he just doesn’t do it for me). I mean if you look at it like this Weezy is really the only one out there who is continuing to step his game up and push himself to the limit. How many artists you know are putting out CD’s of their artists consistantly or even of themselves now adays? Just turn on the radio you will understand what I am talking about.

Does Young Money have the potential to surpass Def Jam as THE premier hip-hop label? I think so. Damn, Birdman really is a lucky man. One artist has made him set for life, genius! So, I would like to hear everyone’s opinions on this, but for now go to your local record store and buy the We Are Young Money cd…you be the judge.

Listen to Jay-Z’s “Blueprint 3” before it comes out!

As most of you know who are avid hip-hop followers, Jay-Z’s eleventh studio album “Blueprint 3” will drop in stores September 3. However, has an exclusive look at most of the tracks that will be on the album, courtesy of I came across this mixtape today and had to share it with the rest of you. Of course all of the Jigga man’s songs are exactly what we would expect from him: the perfect mix of his master lyricism and that brooklyn hood swag we all know and love. Jigga never ceases to amaze me and I know this album is gonna be fire, something that he knows we wouldn’t expect any less of on one of his albums. Jigga’s sound demonstrates his maturity and veteran status within the rap game, yet still brings something fresh to the game with his collabo’s with such up and coming stars as Drake, Kid Cudi and veterans like Jeezy and Alicia Keys. One of my favorites is Jay’s hard collabo with Swizzy in “On To the Next One.” Be sure to listen to this, you won’t be disappointed. There is also some ill songs on there that aren’t Jigga’s, like Lloyd’s “Pusha” ft. Juelz Santana (eh hem when’s YOUR album finally gonna drop) and “World Tour” by Wale ft. Jazmine Sullivan (prod. by Cool and Dre). In order to access the mixtape just click the “download mixtape” link below and it will go straight to the mixtape page (don’t worry it’s safe). Hope you like it and leave comments to let me know what you think. Peace for now.

Do you want your music reviewed?

If you are serious about promoting your music and spreading the word about your talent look no further. Recess in Real Life is now going to be reviewing LP’s, demos etc from anybody who really wants to further their career. This is a great way to self-promote as well as network with other musicians. All music is welcome. If you are interested email inquiries to Further instruction on where to send music will follow. Only serious inquiries please, and I look forward to hearing your music!

We’re back!!

School is back in session and that means that we are back to give you all the entertainment news and reviews you need. This time only one of the bloggers (Alyn) will be back to blog. I wanted to add a section in our blog where I review cds and Lp’s from local and independent artists. So if you are interested hit up the email or comment section ofthis post. Peace!

Old Movie Review: Lucky Number Slevin

Although I should have been studying or doing some work before exam week starts I decided to watch a movie yesterday and just relax. My friend Patrick brought over a movie that I remember I had heard about in the past, but I had never actually seen. Lucky Number Slevin (2006), starring an incredible cast including Josh Hartnett, Sir Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis is a two-hour action packed masterpiece. I was so surprised that I had never seen a movie of this caliber. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie because with every minute in the movie a new twist and turn would come about. The movie is a little bit difficult to understand if you do not pay close attention to every scene, so make sure if you watch this that you don’t have people who are constantly talking or distracting you.

The movie follows Slevin (Josh Hartnett), a loner who has recently hit a bit of an unlucky strike in his life. So, he decides to visit his good friend in New York for a couple weeks to get away. Once he gets to New York his problems start. After finding out his friend is nowhere to be found and a mugging incident, a case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city’s most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Kingsley) and The Boss (Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. From this point on Hartnett gets involved with his missing friend’s quirky, yet seductive, neighbor (Lucy Liu) and is assigned to killing the son of The Rabbi as a result of an ongoing feud. All the while he tries to figure out where is friend his, how he is going to get out of this mess, how will he kill the Rabbi’s son and in the end a major twist unfolds which puts everything together for the audience.

I would definitely check out this movie if you have some free time. Yes, it may seem confusing, but I can guarantee you will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. Let me know what you think. Rent the movie at Blockbuster today!

Global Music Sales Continue to Fall


I was looking through an article that was sent to me through The Dean’s List on global music sales decline and thought it was pretty interesting. As a music industry minor, information like this upsets me. I hope that these numbers will open people’s eyes to their impact on the music industry when they illegally download music off the internet or file share.

According to the IFPI, The International Federation of Phonographic Industry, physical CD sales are falling 15.4% globally and by 31.2% in the US. However, digital music sales grew by 24.1% globally to $3.78 billion, including a 16.5% rise in the US. For more information check out the article. What is your opinion on digital downloads?