ASAP ROCKY SAYS HE WILL DROP INSTRUMENTAL LP

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A$AP Rocky is no one-trick-pony. The Harlem rapper– still riding high off the success of his 2012 LP, ‘Long.Live.ASAP’ — is planning on revealing yet another skill he’s conquered.
In addition to broadening the mindset of hip-hop heads everywhere with his Houston sound and haute couture, Rocky will be moving into the production side of rap fairly soon. How soon? He recently told Nessa On Air that he won’t reveal those details just yet.
“I am going to put it out—not even gonna announce it. Just drop it,” he shared.
He did say that he would be creating every one of the beats on his own — a feat that’s sure to be intriguing as the RCA/Polo Grounds Records emcee has already proven that he can put numbers on the board, leaked album, questionable wardrobe and all.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how people react [to] my production now,” he said.

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MODEL TO A$AP ROCKY You Hate Red Lipstick ‘Cause You Hate Yourself!

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A$AP Rocky must love white chicks, ’cause he pissed off Black women everywhere — including model Toccara Jones and rapper Trina — by saying dark-skinned girls have no biz wearing red lipstick.

A$AP dished his makeup tips to fashion and beauty blog The Coveteur, saying … “I feel like with the red lipstick thing, it all depends on the pair of complexion. I’m just being for real. You have to be fair skinned to get away with that.”

Jones — a Season 3 vet of “America’s Next Top Model” — tells us, “His comments show he has self-hate. Doesn’t he love himself? How do you make a comment like that when you’re brown yourself?”

Trina agrees … saying A$AP doesn’t know what he’s talking about, because she’s seen women of all shades “look beautiful in red lip wear.”

Rap’s ‘Baddest Bitch’ added A$AP can kiss something that needs no lipstick.

Okay, not really … but that would’ve been awesome. Photo courtesy of Getty

Three Signs the Steve Jobs Era at Apple Is Finally, Definitively Over

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Last December in this space I published a column titled “The Most Damaged Big Brand of The Year Is…” — with the answer being Apple . I dwelled on some of the tech giant’s problems in 2012, including its Apple Maps catastrophe and the growing scandal over the brutal conditions at the factories of its China-based subcontractors.

At the time, I noted that Apple’s stock was trading at around $540 a share, down from a 52-week high of $705.

As of this writing, it’s at $435.

Should we blame Steve Jobs’ successor, CEO Tim Cook? I say no, absolutely not. As I argued in December, a correction in our collective attitude toward high-flying Apple was surely a long time coming, and the reality is that much of the bad karma Apple has been earning payback on was built up during Steve Jobs’ reign.

The thing about Tim Cook is that, while he’s a decisive leader, he’s far from being the charismatic, messianic figure that Jobs was — nobody is — so by contrast he’s seemed almost recessive. It’s a bit of a thankless job following someone of Jobs’ global fame.

But now Cook has had enough time at the helm to make the company truly his own. Nearly a year and a half after Steve Jobs’ death, there are signs that the Jobs Era at Apple is finally, definitively over. To wit:

Starting today, it seems pretty official that we’re allowed to have fun with Steve Jobs’ memory. This morning Funny or Die is releasing its hour-long biopic “iSteve,” starring none other than Justin Long, the “Mac Guy” from the long-running “Get a Mac” commercials, as Jobs. The trailer for the film , which we ran on AdAge.com, suggests that “iSteve” will be everything you’d hope it would be — cheesy, cliched, breathless, overwrought, overheated — and it’s obviously meant to satirize the biopic genre itself. But it also has fun with Jobs’ legend. At one point in a voice-over we hear Long, as Jobs, barking out an order: “Call it the iPod: lowercase “i,’ uppercase “P,’ lowercase “o,’ lowercase “d.’ Write that down .” It’s a subtle dig at the auteur theory attached to Jobs’ legacy — as if he was the only guy who really mattered at a company that employs more than 78,000 people worldwide.

A few weeks back Apple hired Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch as its VP for technology. Late in life, Jobs was notoriously at war with Adobe over its Flash technology, which he despised. At Adobe, Lynch was one of the noisiest Flash evangelists; he even co-starred in a wry 2009 video , created for an Adobe developer conference, in which he and a colleague were shown doing stuff like sticking one iPhone in a blender and flattening another with a steamroller. Lynch is obviously a provocative choice given that bit of history, but his hiring is really about the fact that he’s a software guy who championed the cloud — including the Creative Cloud subscription service — at Adobe. Tim Cook signing off on Kevin Lynch’s hiring suggests a new emphasis on software-as-product and possibly less dependence on end-to-end manufacturing of physical devices.

Last week, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White released a research note saying that, based on a meeting he had with an Apple-supply-chain company, he believes the next iPhone will come in two or even three different screen sizes. If true, it would represent yet another departure from Steve Jobs’ stubborn P.O.V. about offering consumers options.

After the original iPad was released, Jobs famously ridiculed competing manufacturers for making 7-inch tablets, declaring that they offered a dramatically compromised user experience compared to the 10-inch iPad. After his death, of course, Apple introduced a tablet in the 7-inch range — the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which many users now consider to be the ultimate iPad. (It really does make the larger iPad feel like a ridiculously unwieldy slab.)

I’ve been an iPhone user from the get-go, but I increasingly feel envious of all the extra screen real-estate that many of my friends and colleagues get to play with when they pull out Android phones from Samsung and other Apple competitors. I think Tim Cook is smart enough to know that just vertically elongating the iPhone’s screen — as was done with the iPhone 5 — was a not-good-enough half-measure.

The smartphone market is morphing into the mini-tablet market, which is an uncomfortable reality for Apple, but one it absolutely must face.

For a remarkably long time, Apple worked brilliantly as a one-size-fits-Steve company. If a product worked for Steve Jobs, that was good enough; millions upon millions could be expected to reliably line up behind the great man and dutifully validate his exceedingly limited and limiting aesthetic choices.

But with smartphones and tablets destined to become commoditized categories, Apple has no choice but to offer … choice.

Say what you will about Tim Cook, but he’s not running a one-size-fits-Tim company — and that’s really good news for the future of Apple.

Khago Exposed Skatta Burrell, Says Producer Boost Him To Diss “Sizzla”

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Khago and Skatta Burrell have been locked into a bitter feud since his departure from Downsound Records last month.

Last week Skatta Burrell diss the “Nah Sell Out” deejay when he broke one of his CD’s on live TV.

See also: Skatta Burrell Diss Khago On Magnum Kings & Queen, Khago Wants Apology

Khago has since released a statement demanding an apology from the Downsound producer.

During an interview with Sanja over a game of dominoes, Khago says Skatta Burrell likes to fight against other artists.

“People just have to understand that its the same way Skatta fight Aidonia,” Khago said. “Skatta known to fight artists. Skatta use to be a deejay and it never work out for him. He use to be a selector and it never work for him. So he is just using artists to live a artist lifestyle.”

Khago also said Skatta Burrell was the one who boost him last year to diss dancehall veteran Sizzla Kalonji.

“I would never just get up and diss Kalonji on my own,” Khago said. “Kalonji first diss me but I would have just walked away and leave that alone.”

Khago also said Downsound Records head Joe Bogdanovich pay to get his artists on shows.

“I am the only Downsound artists making money, all the others artists Joe paid to get them on shows,” Khago said.