Larry Wilmore, Harriet Tubman, and Beyoncé’s Missed Opportunity | The TGR Podcast


Happy Monday…Is it safe to talk about Lemonade – the great Jayoncé hoax of 2016 – yet?

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Arizona MC Jake Eff talks Hip Hop in AZ, Big Booties, the Superbowl and Drops New Music


A couple of years ago I stopped looking to websites for new music. Funny. I’d began looking to those same websites because I’d retired my radio listener jersey. That worked for a while, but we all know how that turned out as music websites and blogs eventually rolled over and became the new, “improved” radio stations.

These days I look to Pandora Radio and for all my new shit. Seriously. You can find the rawest, hungriest rap cats creeping the alleys and back streets of Soundcloud, and in most instances, they’re scores better than your favorite MC, whoever he or she may be.

The latest jewel I’ve found is Jake Eff, a young wildcat representing the state of Arizona. I’ve even featured him as a musicsl guest on an episode of my podcast previously. He’s a clean cut straight shooter who doesn’t hesitate to tell you what he’s thinking or how he feels. We slowed Jake’s grind down just long enough for a brief chat with the west coast spitter.


TGDC: State your name, gangsta.
JE: What’s good! Jake Eff is what I go by.

TGDC: What part of the world do you represent?
JE: I’m definitely all about my state Arizona! Tucson and Phoenix reppin, but I’m all about the West Coast and I represent ANY part of the world if I can make an impact elsewhere.

TGDC: How long have you been actively rapping?
JE: I started rapping when I was 8 years old. I was recording acapella tracks on tape recorders with my brothers. When I was about 11 I got a studio plug and started making actual music, then getting into high school was when I decided I was ready to take the challenge of turning this into my actual career. I’m 20 now and I’m doing music full time.

TGDC: How’s the buzz coming along?
JE: It’s great man…definitely everything I’ve been trying for! Not anywhere near where I want to be, but it’s crazy getting love from all over and knowing that I’m actually making some type of noise after trying so many different sounds. I finally feel like I “found my sound” as cliche as that shit sounds, haha.

“5 A.M.”

TGDC News: Floyd Mayweather and Ronda Rousey Fight In The Street!


UFC warrior Ronda Rousey and Trackstar Floyd Mayweather have been throwing verbal jabs at one another for quite some time now. Though America’s lust for blood and spousal abuse may be at an apex, I doubt there will ever be a genuine clash of these sexes. I do predict, though, at some point, we may see Floyd and Rousey throwing hands for charity, but that’s about it.

To hold us over until that frightfully boring event, digital artist Richie Branson has created a match between the fighters in the Street Fighter realm.

Editor’s note: Mayweather isn’t that diesel.

Watch the fight of the century, kinda, occur in the video below. Support Richie Branson by subscribing to his Youtube page as well.

Photo courtesy of businessinsider
Video courtesy of youtube

–Tony Grands

Rapper Appreciation Wednesday: James “LL Cool J” Smith

Ladies Love Cool James, born James Todd Smith in 1968, encountered rap stardom at the age of 17, when he dropped his debut album Radio. Fueled by the album’s most heralded songs, “Radio” and “I Need Love,” Cool J eventually become Hip Hop’s sex symbol and resident tough guy simultaneously. Hes even survived rap beefs with legends like Kool Moe Dee, Ice-T, and, most notably, Canibus.

30 years and 13 albums later, James has a veritable barrage of hit records under his belt, and unlike the majority of his contemporaries, he’s still making music. When he’s not on set or beating down intruders.

Today, we give flowers to LL Cool J for all the hard work he’s done. Thanks, James.

*Editor’s note: I challenge you to find a picture of LL with hair.

I’m Bad

I Need Love


Mama Said Knock You Out

Doin’ It

Big Ole Butt

Jingling Baby

Rock The Bells

Goin Back To Cali

To The Breakdown

— Tony Grands

The Wack Rap Map: America’s Favorite Wack Rappers (According To Facebook)



Let’s be clear; there are a lot of rappers. Judging by my findings, there are literally thousands of dudes (and ladies) on the Internet chasing their dream of becoming a popular, successful rap star. You probably know someone that is currently devoting their energies into tapping into the seemingly endless resource that rap music has become. Hell, it’s like America’s #1 export. In fact, a study recently done shows rap music as the most influential genre of music over the last 40 or so years.

I’ve noticed an influx of sites doing bracket-like competitions to whittle rap artists and albums down to the best ones, respectively. Most recently, Mobb Deep’s The Infamous won as the hardest rap album of all time via PassionOfTheWeiss and I’m totally fine with that.

The task of finding “the best” of anything is undoubtedly arduous, even if it is decided by a voting system. Opinion – which is the narrating factor in considering if something is better than its contemporaries – can vary and sway across a full spectrum of personal taste, and the rap game is so rife with players – both active and on injury reserve – that finding the best rapper or album could be virtually impossible. But it seems like finding the worst should be easier, right?

I asked my Facebook folks to name their favorite wack rappers and below is the regional compilation, give or take. Please feel free to “verbally” fill-in the spots that need names, as well as make it clear who doesn’t belong.


From top l-r: Plies, Biz Markie, Lil B, Drake

MC Brains
Soulja Boy

MC Eiht
Mack 10
MC Ren
Lil B

Puffy Daddy
Memphis Bleek
Nicki Minaj
Talib Kweli
Biz Markie
Greg Nice

Paul Wall
Baby Birdman
Petey Pablo
JT Money
David Banner
Project Pat
Waka Flocka Flame
Vanilla Ice
Juicy J

I didn’t contribute to the list, though I will say I don’t agree with Drake and Nicki being on it.

Now…what say you?

Words by Tony Grands

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