"California Love" is a hip hop song by legendary rapper 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. The song was released as 2Pac's comeback single after his release from prison in 1995 and was his first single as a Death Row Records artist. This is perhaps 2Pac's best-known song and his most successful, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks (as a double A-side single with "How Do U Want It") and 5 weeks at number one in New Zealand. The song was nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award as a Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) in 1997.

A popular remix version of the song appeared on his 1996 double album All Eyez on Me, the first double album in the history of Death Row Records.

R.I.P. Tupac Shakur
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Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game (or simply Game), is a Compton, California rapper and actor. The Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene and for being one of Dr. Dre's proteges under Aftermath Records. Born in Los Angeles, California, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002; shortly after, he was signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his major-label debut album The Documentary and found continued success with the 2006 follow-up Doctor's Advocate. The Recording Industry Association of America certified The Documentary double platinum in March 2005.
 
A rising artist in the 2000s, The Game was considered to be a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop scene into the mainstream and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts. The Game was placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. As a result of his disputes with 50 Cent, Game left Aftermath Entertainment and signed with Geffen Records, another label under Universal Music Group's Interscope-Geffen-A&M division, to terminate his contractual obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006. The Game's second major label album Doctor's Advocate was released on November 14, 2006 and it became his second straight album to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Doctor's Advocate did not feature any production from Dr. Dre. Pitchfork Media placed The Documentary at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005. The Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the smash single "Hate It or Love It". The New York Times named Doctor's Advocate best hip-hop album of 2006.
 
His next album LAX was released in 2008. With his eighth studio album The R.E.D. Album, The Game again debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In addition to music, The Game has starred in motion pictures and founded The Black Wall Street Records. In September 2011, The Game started working on his ninth studio album, Jesus Piece, which was released on December 11, 2012, his final album released by Interscope. After releasing a mixtape OKE, on October 12, 2013, Birdman announced The Game had signed to Cash Money Records, which is distributed by Republic Records. However, The Game later refuted this claim. He released his 6th studio album The Documentary 2 The Game on October 9, 2015, distributed through Blood Money Entertainment and eOne Music. The album serves as a sequel to his Debut album The Documentary (2005), and as the first half of a two-piece project to his seventh album The Documentary 2.5 which receive critical acclaim reviews as a strong independent release. His latest album is 1992 was released on October 14, 2016 and spawned to official singles. 
 
66RAW sends a big birthday shoutout to our homie Chuck Taylor bka The Game!
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808s & Heartbreak is the fourth studio album by Chicago recording artist Kanye West, released on November 24, 2008, by Roc-A-Fella Records. It was recorded during September and October 2008 at Glenwood Studios in Burbank, California and Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the help of producers No I.D., Jeff Bhasker and others.

Conceived in the wake of a series of distressing personal events, 808s & Heartbreak marked a major musical departure for West from his previous rap records, instead featuring a sparse, electronic sound and West singing through an Auto-Tune vocal processor. His lyrics explored themes of loss, alienated fame, and heartache, while the album's production abandoned conventional hip hop sounds in favor of a minimalist sonic palette, which included prominent use of the titular Roland TR-808 drum machine. Despite varying responses from audiences, the album received positive reviews from most critics and was named one of 2008's best records in several year-end lists.

808s & Heartbreak debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 450,145 copies in its first week. By 2013, it had sold 1.7 million copies in the United States. Four singles were released to promote the record, including the hit singles "Love Lockdown" and "Heartless". In the years since its release, 808s & Heartbreak has been cited as a prominent influence on subsequent hip hop, pop, and R&B music, as a new wave of rappers, singers, and producers came to adopt aspects of its style and thematic content. In 2014, Rolling Stone named it one of the 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time

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The legendary God MC Jay-Z Released his 8th solo studio album "The Black Album" which was said and thought to be his retirement album back on November 14th of 2003. Although Hova returned with 4 solo studio albums as well as a 4th collaborative album with long time colaborator Kanye West.  The world was not disapointed with his return after giving us classics on the Black Album like Encore, 99 Problems, Threat, Lucifer, What More Can I Say, Allure and Dirt Off Your Shoulder. This album also marked Jay-Z and the Hip-Hop's transition to maturity from baggy throwback jersey's to the button up shirt with the hit single Change Clothes. Needless to say this was yet another Classic LP for the S. Carter, Keep going Hov!

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Kanye West launched Season 4 of his clothing line yesterday (Sept 8) in New York and aired it live on Tidal. 

The Season 4 fashion show location was a secret until the day of and attendees had to be shuttled there. The secret location was revealed to be Four Freedoms Park an abandoned smallpox hospital on Roosevelt Island.

Many of the people attending expressed their dissatisfaction with the event and how everything worked out. These frustrated attendees vented on Twitter and  took pictures critiquing the fact that the event seemed unorganized and that the models looked miserable and hot. 

"Model passed out in the heat is given water by man in the audience but no one on the #YeezySeason4 team helps," said Stella Bugby, editorial director of The Cut.  

Among the list of complaints is the fact that the show started late and people had to wait in the heat. The show was suppose to start at 3 but didn't actually start until around 5. Not to mention the fact that Kanye West was late to his own fashion show. 

It was reported that Kanye was late because he was involved in a fender bender on his way to the show and he's blaming the sun for the heat seeing as how it's still summer. 

Despite all the complaints there were some that genuinely appreciated this new line created by Kanye. 

“Lots of shoes breaking today at #YEEZYSEASON4 — But the clothes look good!” said fashion writer Zach Weiss in a live tweet during the event.

Watching the show online the event looked really cool. Rows and rows of models in every shade of black that Kanye could find wearing clothes that appear to be a peak into the future of fashion. 

In the model casting call for this fashion show Kanye requested "multiracial women" to come audition with no make up and that explains exactly what we got to witness. 

Some women were sitting and some were standing it looks like it was designed to be that way, but attendees of the event are saying that this was because women were exhausted and one is reported to have fainted because of the heat. 

The event had plenty of celebrity attendees including: Anna Wintour, Pharrel, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Pusha T, and a few members the Kardashian Family. 

Fans of Kanye seemed to have enjoyed the event, accepted it for what it was, and saw this event as another display of Kanye's artsy mind.  

“The thing is, he's an artist. So it's kind of hard to approach it from a fashion perspective … You have to appreciate it as a happening and an experience,” said Paper Magazine editorial director Michael Boardman in an interview with ET. 

Among the models we got to see the star of his recent video "Fade" Teyana Taylor walk the runway in a Kanye West original. 

In other Kanye West news it looks like Adidas will be working with him to open up a new Kanye themed store. Kanye says that he wants 200 stores but the first will definitely be in California close to where he lives so that he can go and visit and check on the store. 

Kanye says that he doesn't consider what he is doing as fashion and sees it more as apparel because it doesn't have the same constraints as fashion. 

“I want to make pieces that can be timeless,” he said. “Pieces that you can pick up out of a vintage store in 20 years and say, ‘Wow, I’m happy I have this.' ” 

One of the major concerns that people have with Kanye's apparel is that the price is too high but Kanye says that he is working to fix this problem.

"I’m very focused on trying to make things far more affordable, far more beautiful, and for far more people," West said.

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