Friday, 25 April 2014

Video: Rap Radar Interviews Mixed by Ali

Rap Radar recently sat down with TDE's in-house engineer Ali ''Mixed by Ali'', to get to know the man behind the boards

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Juicing: week 1

Hi Guys,

I'm one of those people who every so often gets the urge to go on a diet, or start a healthy eating regime that I never end up sticking to. But then I started looking in to juicing, I've seen over the last couple of months floating around the internet, different juice detox's and juice deals and I thought that they looked interesting but the price tag always put me off buying them.

Which brings me onto this post! My mum bought a juicer last year, she probably only used it a couple of times and its been sat in the back of the cupboard ever since. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring the juicer out of hiding and put it to good use! This has been my first week of juicing and I thought I would share the juices I have made with you :) 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Video: SZA Feat. Isaiah Rashad - “Warm Winds”

SZA has released the music video for 'Warm Winds', her mesmerizing collaboration with fellow TDE artist Isaiah Rashad, from her new her new EP 'Z'.

The visuals show the two vibing to the hypnotic production by Antydote, as they saunter through an open field.

You can check out the video below:

The video is produced by SZA and APLUS Filmz.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

NOTD: Pistachio Ice Cream

Hi guys,

I know I've not done a nail post for a while, but seeing as the weather was so nice this weekend (weird I know!) I thought I would do some summery nails!

MUA Pistachio Ice Cream Nails

I bought this beautiful MUA Pistachio Ice Cream and wanted to try it out, I love the cool and vibrant colour which is perfect for Spring/ Summer. On the feature nail I used Collection's 47 Milkshake to make the cone, MUA's Lush Lilac for the ice cream and MUA's Bright Coral for the cherry on top, to highlight the cone and ice cream I used Barry M's black nail art pen.


I hope you all had a great weekend and like this look! Let me know what you think in the comments below :)

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Audio: Wiz Khalifa - Ziplocc

Wiz Khalifa drops a weed mix this week to get you ready for his forthcoming album 'Blacc Hollywood'.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Audio: JAY Z x JAY ELECTRONICA - "We Made It" Freestyle


Yes what you're seeing is right, you're not imagining it! The two Jay's decided to drop a gem on us this Sunday morning by doing a freestyle over Soulja Boy's and Drake's ''We Made It''! 

It does seem mind-boggling that Jay and Hov have come together for a freestyle, but hopefully this means we're in for a treat this year, maybe even an Act II? (wishful thinking maybe). 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Video: Slaughterhouse stops by Sway in the Morning at SXSW!

Slaughterhouse stopped by Sway in the Morning at SXSW to drop a freestyle with no beats. They're definitely showing why lyrically they are the best out!  

Video: Nardwuar Vs. ScHoolboy Q at SXSW

Nardwuar interviews ScHoolboy Q at SXSW. This ought to be good! Doot doo!

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Under £30

Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's coming up to that time of year again, the one day of the year dedicated to making your mother feel special. Industries go wild at this time year with their beautiful gifts sets, feminine colours and products set to steal your mother’s heart.

I for one get extremely confused by all the gifts and deals out there, on finding the perfect gift for my mum. This is a short guide on some of the gifts I have come across that have caught my eye and won't do too much damage to the bank, but they will make your mum feel special!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Video: Snoop Dogg brings out Wiz Khalifa at SXSW

Last night Snoop Dogg performed at the Respect the West showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas. During his set he brought out Wiz Khalifa to perform 'We Dem Boyz'.
If you click the jump you can also see footage of Wiz and Snoop performing 'Young, Wild & Free'.

Video: Juicy J Talkin' Bout ft. Chris Brown and Whiz Khalifa

Juicy J drops the visual for his single 'Talkin' Bout' featuring Chris Brown and Whiz Khalifa, directed by Benny Boom.
'Stay Trippy' is in stores now.

Video: Choo Biggz - Bong

Choo Biggz drops the visuals for his record 'Bong', produced by 2 Deep.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Video: Angel Haze 'Battle Cry' ft. Sia

When the audio version for 'Battle Cry' was first released it hit you hard with its powerful and meaningful lyrics. The visuals to the song amplify and bring the story to life.

You can watch the video after the jump

Video: The Breakfast Club interviews Juicy J

Juicy J recently stopped by the Breakfast club. Watch the interview above as he talks about Lil Boosie, his upcoming album and more.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Video: 50 Cent debuts new song 'Hold On' at SXSW


50 Cent debuts a new song called 'Hold On' at SXSW, which will also be apart of his 'Animal Ambition' project set to release this year. 

Audio: Kid Cudi - Hero ft. Skylar Grey

Kid Cudi and Skylar Grey collaborate on a new song 'Hero'. The track also features in the upcoming movie 'Need For Speed' (out this Friday).

You can listen to the song after the jump

Leibster Blog Award Nomination

Hi guys,

I have been nominated by the lovely Jodie for a Leibster award! If you haven’t already then I would definitely recommend that you go and check out her blog :) The Leibster award is an amazing way for small bloggers (less than 200 followers) to find and support each other. After you are nominated you have to post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you and finish off by setting your owns questions and nominating some more bloggers. So here we go!

11 facts about me...

1. I'm a Northern girl (Blackburn)

2. I love spicy food, like I have a serious obsession with tobasco sauce!

3. My sense of direction is terrible (I will seriously get lost anywhere)

4. I have one sibling (younger brother)

5. My favourite food is probably lasagne, I love it!

6. I am obsessed with nail polish

7. I have a little cat, called April :)

8. I love music (especially Hip Hop and indie rock)

9. I'm in my second year at university

10. I hate fish! Something about them just creep me out

11. I would love to go travelling for a year, especially to Australia

And now on the questions that have been asked...

1. Describe yourself in three words.

Strange, determined and imaginative

2. What is your favourite pastime?

Probably lying in bed listening to music

3. If you could be one age forever, what age would you be and why?

Either 25 or 26, by then I should have a clear idea of what I want and where I am going, so that would be a cool age to stick to.

4. Pick a movie character to describe yourself.

Hmm this is tough one, I’ll have to give this one some thought, sorry!

5. Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?

Either Mila Kunis or Jennifer Lawrence because I love them both

6. Favourite person and why?

My mummy. My favourite celeb person is probably Leonardo Dicaprio, Jhene Aiko and Ab-Soul

7. What can you not leave the house without?

My phone and my headphones, I'm lost without them!

8. What's the one thing to give you a guaranteed pick-me-up?

Coffee or music or both together

9. If you could raid anyone's wardrobe whose would it be?

SZA's I love her quirky tomboyish style.

10. Finish this sentence: If I could be anywhere right now it would be…

In a resort somewhere chilling outside, listening to music and falling asleep.

11. Most importantly, why did you start writing/creating your blog?

I love reading blogs and watching vlogs, and so that inspired me to create my own little space for my ramblings and thoughts.
Thank you Jodie!

So now it's my turn! i'm going to nominate;

Emma - The Ordinary Girls Guide To Mastering Her Make Up
Christina - CLK fashions
Amy - The Perks Of Being Amy
Rose - Manicured and Marvelous
Mary - Another City Urbanite
Natalie - Flocking Owls
Tracey - Tracey's Beauty
Riley - fiveleveninety

 My questions are...

1. Pick three items that best describe you and why
2. What's the best advice you ever received?
3. Tea or coffee?
4. What's your favourite song/ artist?
5. If you could be anywhere right now where would it be? and why.
6. What is your favourite season?
7. A pet peeve
8. If you could live in any decade, which one would it be?
9. What is your favourite past time?
10. Which blogs do you check daily?
11. What is your inspiration for blogging?

Thanks again Jodie for the nomination!
Happy blogging everyone :)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Audio: Miss Bella Gotti (Nolay) - Dirt


Check out Miss Bella Gotti's (Nolay) song 'Dirt', from the EP 'Cuts and Salt'. The visuals to this will be released soon.

You can listen to the song after the jump.

Video: SZA - Babylon

TDE artist SZA releases the visuals to her song 'Babylon' produced by DJ Dahi. The video is produced by both SZA and APLUSFILMZ.

Look at out for her new project, set to release on 8th April.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Video: ScHoolboy Q - What They Want ft. 2 Chainz

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ScHoolboy Q celebrates Oxymoron's chart success (No.1!!) by releasing the visuals to 'What They Want' featuring 2 Chainz. 

You can watch the video after the jump.

Audio: D.King ft. 360 - Never Do


'Never Do' is the first single off D.King's new EP, which is due out this Spring. The single features Queens own 360 and is produced by Squiz.

You can check out the song after the jump.

Audio: BIG K.R.I.T - Wolf On Wall Street


Big KRIT continues with his 'Week of KRIT' music releases, by dropping a new track called 'Wolf on Wall Street'. Produced by himself and Childish Major.

Listen and download the track after the jump.

Audio: Big Sean - Sanctified



After just being on the hook on Ross's original version, Big Sean decides to lay his own bars on the track.

You can listen to Big Sean's version of 'Sanctified' after the jump.

Video: Smoke DZA - City of Dreams


Smoke DZA releases the video for his track 'City of Dreams', which was directed by Damon Dash. Look out for DZA's upcoming LP 'Dream.ZONE.Achieve set to release on April 1.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Album: Sin - The Day After Love 2

Confession time I've only recently found out about this album and artist. But I love the lyrics, flow and style used in this project, also Sin did the Sound Engineering on all of the tracks except for track #5. So it didn't really take too long for me to become a fan!

The Day After Love 2 is follow up from the 2010 release 'The Day After Love' by the South Florida Emcee. The project contains 9 songs and was released on February 15th 2014.

You can listen to one of my favourite songs on the album, called 'The Day after Love ft. Sky Montique and produced by Jove Beats after the jump.

Audio: Smoke DZA Feat. Ab-Soul “Hearses” (Prod. DJ Dahi)

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Smoke DZA debuts his new song ''Hearses'' featuring the lethal bars of Ab-Soul. The smooth and crisp feel of the track is enhanced by DJ Dahi's production. 

DZA also has an album coming out on April 1 called 'Dream.ZONE.Achieve'.

You can listen to the track after the jump.

Audio: Lupe Fiasco & Ab-Soul ''Thorns & Horns''

Lupe Fiasco collaborates with TDE's Ab-Soul for his new song called 'Thorns & Horns'. The Floss and Flame produced track has no specified destination yet so we'll have to keep an eye out!

You can listen to the track after the jump.

Video: CRWN interview with ScHoolboy Q - Part 1 of 2

ScHoolboy Q sits down with Elliot Wilson in New York for the latest CRWN series. The first part of the interview is out now. 

In this Q talks about his new album Oxymoron which is available here, Gangsta rap, the rappers and producers that he worked with, the state of TDE and more.

You can watch the first part of the interview after the jump.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Audio: Keely Ferguson - Eastside feat. Icewear Vezzo

Detroit singer Keely Ferguson releases her first radio single called 'Eastside'. The track differs from her normal style of song writing but creates a nice street anthem feel.  The song also features Detroit rapper Icewear Vezzo.

You can listen to the track after the jump.

Audio: Docman - I Choose You ft. Meetchie

Docman's track 'I Choose You' tells two different stories. The first story is about his cousin and him and the difficulties they had to face growing up. The second part of the song is about the troubled relationship between him and his ex-girlfriend. The raw and moving lyrics of the track are accompanied by the beautiful voice of Meetchie.

You can listen to the track after the jump.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Audio: Mac Miller - Amen (feat. Dash, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples, & Retch)

Mac Miller drops a new track called 'Amen' with his producing alias Larry Fisherman. The track also features Ab-Soul, Vince Staples, Da$h and Retch.

We don't know where this song will end up, but Mac Miller does leave us with a mysterious message “Archived in the Sanctuary Of Narnia’s year 2013″ (we'll have to stay tuned to find out what that means)

Listen to the track below

Video: Beyonce and Jay Z perform 'Drunk in Love' in London


Beyonce's 'The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour' came to the o2 arena in London on Friday. Jay Z was also in the building and came out to perform 'Drunk in Love' with Queen Bey. The hit song currently sits at No.5 on Billboard's Hot 100.

You can watch the power couple perform after the jump

Video: Bow Wow - Nah [Produced By JahLil Beats]

Bow Wow gets back to the music with this new visual for 'Nah'. The video is produced by JahLil Beats and shot by Boy Eazy.

Mixtape: Master P - The Gift Vol 1: Return Of The Ice Cream Man

Master P drops a mixtape called 'The Gift Vol 1: Return Of The Ice Cream Man'. The 21 track tape includes features from E-40, Nipsey Hussle, The Game, Jeremih and more.

You can listen to the full mixtape by clicking on the link below

Master P - The Gift (Return Of The Ice Cream Man) - DJ Swamp Izzo, No Limit Forever

Audio: ASAP Rocky feat. Gesaffelstein - 'In Distress'


ASAP Rocky releases his new song ''In Distress'' featuring Gesaffelstein. The track will also be featured on the upcoming movie 'Divergent'. 

Listen to the track below

Friday, 28 February 2014

New Kendrick Lamar album reportedly set to be released in September 2014

Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q cover Billboards latest issue. In the cover story, both rappers talk about their respective careers and Kendrick's focus is his new album which he hopes will be out this autumn.

TDE President Dave Free also sheds light on the highly anticipated Black Hippy album, saying that he believes the album will surface sometime this year.

read the excerpt below, you can find the full article here.

[In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label's first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy - the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul - is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too.]

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Jhene Aiko & DJ Tedsmooth - The Worst (Remix) ft. Raekwon


DJ Tedsmooth puts a spin on Jhene Aiko's latest single 'The Worst'. The remix samples The Fugees' 90s classic ''Ready Or Not'' making it the perfect track for Wu's Raekwon to jump on.

Listen to the track below.

Spring Wishlist

Hi Lovelies,

Spring is one of my favourite seasons as it means Winter is nearing its end. Florals, monochromes, pastels and neutrals are what this season is all about. The beauty of these colours are that they will fit in perfectly with most pieces that you already own.

Below are some of the items that I have been eyeing up.

Doc Martins - 1460 W 8 Eye Boot Pink - $169.99
Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss - $20.00
Asos - Midi rings - £10.00
River Island - Pink colour block tote bag - £45.00
Asos - Embellished ballerina flats - £30.00

What's on your wishlist at the moment? Have you got your Spring wardrobe ready?

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

New name: Piece of the Net

Hi Peeps,

Just a quick post to let you all know that I have changed the name of the blog from Pretty 'n' Plain to Piece of the Net.

More posts will be up soon! Have a great week :)

Watch: ScHcoolboy Q: The road to Oxymoron

TDE artist ScHoolboy Q's highly anticipated debut album 'Oxymoron' is now available on iTunes and to help fans further understand him ScHoolboy Q released a vlog ''The Road to Oxymoron''. The vlog features tour footage, life in the studio and live performances leading up to his major labour debut. The video can be seen after the jump.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

OPI - Baby please come home

Hi everyone,

Today's post is going to be a swatch of OPI's Liquid Sand polish called Baby Please Come Home. I nabbed this polish in Sally Hansen's sale last month and absolutely fell in love with the colour.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Mini haul from my trip to town

Hi Peeps,

Today's post is going to be about a mini beauty haul (mainly polishes), I will be sharing products that I have recently purchased when I ventured into town last week (never a good thing for my bank balance!). This post is just a quick insight into what I have purchased but I will probably do full posts on most of these products later on!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

All In One BB cream - Review

Hi peeps,

Today's post is something different and my first non-nail related post. I have just recently started using a BB cream so I thought I would write a post about it.

Up until recently I have been using loose face powders to smooth out my skin before I put foundation on (my skins condition is not the greatest). However due to my skin being partially dry in some and oily in other areas the powder dried it up even more and this created cracks (not very attractive!). So I decided to take a trip to my local body shop and the shop assistant recommended this BB cream. 

Friday, 3 January 2014

Gothic Glam meets China Glaze

Hi everyone, Hope you all had a lovely NYE and New Years :)

This is my first post of the New Year! Doesn't that feel strange, it's going to take me a while to get my head around it seeing as sometimes at uni I still write 2012 on my lecture notes! haha. Any hoo about today's post....

I decided to bring the Gothic Glam Dramatic back out again (I may have a slight obsession) and pair it up with the China Glaze Gossip over Gimlets.