my first graphic in over two month

Jay-Z’s Streets is Watching compiles the music videos for tracks from his first two studio albums Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, using them to tell a semi-autobiographical story of Hov’s journey from the drug game to the rap game. “I didn’t live next to doctors and lawyers,” Jay-Z told MTV News at the film’s premiere, “they lived down the block. I lived next to hustlers, that’s the people that I grew up looking up to, that’s the thing that was most attainable to me… It’s material, but it’s the things I grew up seeing.”

Released in the United States on May 12, 1998, the Platinum-selling direct-to-video musical film had a budget of $320,000 and made over $10.7 million in videotape sales. In just over three months it sold over a million copies.

Streets is Watching was written by Hov and Dame Dash, and co-written and directed by frequent early Roc-A-Fella Records collaborator Abdul Malik Abbott. It was filmed over just seven days in Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey in October 1997. The final film also contains Jay’s first two videos, “I Can’t Get Wit That” and “In My Lifetime,” which were both released before he signed a major label contract.

“[Jay-Z] and I got together and decided to put something out that portrayed his most graphic stories,“ Dame Dash said of the hour-long film that details the rapper’s struggle to find his place in the music world. "There is so much censorship in the rap game so, as a storyteller, this provided Jay-Z with an avenue to put out all the stuff that we couldn’t get on the air.” The movie would help to reinstate his street credibility after his shiny suit-influenced second album.

Def Jam Recordings wouldn’t fund the film due to the graphic content, so the Roc-A-Fella Records team came up with the budget themselves. When the label saw how serious the Roc were about the project, and saw how the final product come together successfully, they would later agree to chip in on a distribution deal. 

The film’s corresponding soundtrack complied tracks from artists such as Rell, Ja Rule, DMX, DJ Clue, Sauce Money, Noreaga, Christión and M.O.P., among others. It was released through Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam Recordings and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart.

At the premiere at the Tribeca Screening Room in Manhattan on May 11, one fan’s review was captured by MTV: "Yo, this shit’s gonna get like four stars from the thugs and two from the parents. Yo, it needs to have like five or six warning labels on it!”

Streets is Watching was re-released on DVD on October 5, 2004 with an updated score and “lost video footage.” If you haven’t already, go pick yourself up a copy.

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and pass the horizon, 'til I can't even see you
far from here, where the beaches are wide
just leave me your wake to remember you by

I just hit 500 followers and I wanted to do something for it becuase this has been my first milestone since I got on tumblr so here we go with my first tumblr awards!

☯ Rules 

  • must be following me
  • reblog this post to enter
  • must reach 30 notes (please) 
  • likes can be used but won’t be counted

☯ Categories

  • best URL
  • best theme
  • best sherlock
  • best doctor who
  • best supernatural
  • best multifandom
  • best overall

☯ Winners receive 

  • +follow from me
  • a graphic announcing you’re the winner
  • a link in my updates tab for a month
  • promos whenever you want for 30 days
  • my lurve forever <3

☯ Runners up recieve

  • +follow from me 
  • a post announcing you’re runner up
  • two or three promos over the 30 days
  • my love for an extended perios of time

☯ Other info

  • 1 winner + 4 runners up in each category
  • winners will be picked february 15th (1 month from now) 

Good luck everyone and thanks for entering!! <3 

FIRST OF ALL --

I honestly can’t believe I ever made it this far. I expected, like, 150 followers, tops, on this account. Thank you all so much for deeming me good enough to follow — you are all 100% flawless people and I love every single one of you.

GUIDELINES (EVERY GIVEAWAY NEEDS THEM)
  • mbf me; i will be checking!
  • do not unfollow immediately after the giveaway is over; that is rude and it will invoke my anger
  • likes and reblogs are both allowed, to give yourself more of a winning chance, but only reblog once.
  • winners will be chosen via random.org
  • roleplaying blogs only. sorry, personals!
  • this giveaway will end on the 30th of December. mark it on your calendars!
  • direct queries to my askbox!
PRIZES

There will be ONE FIRST PLACE WINNER who will get 75 GIF ICONS & 50 ICONS OF A FACECLAIM OF THEIR CHOICEA PLACE ON MY SIDEBAR FOR A MONTH, A URL GRAPHIC, A PROMO FOR TWO WEEKS, A FOLLOW IF I HAVEN’T ALREADY, AND MY EVERLASTING LOVE.

There will be ONE SECOND PLACE WINNER who will get 40 GIF ICONS & 20 ICONS OF A FACECLAIM OF THEIR CHOICE, A PROMO FOR A WEEK, A FOLLOW IF I HAVEN’T ALREADY, AND ALSO MY EVERLASTING LOVE.

There will be THREE THIRD PLACE WINNERS who will get 20 GIF ICONS & 10 ICONS OF A FACECLAIM OF THEIR CHOICE, A FOLLOW IF I HAVEN’T ALREADY, AND MY EVERLASTING LOVE (ONCE AGAIN).

Everybody who took part will be part of a GROUP PROMO.

IN CONCLUSION --

My sincerest thanks to all of my followers, good luck, and Merry Christmas!

I just hit 200 followers and I wanted to do something special so here we go with my first tumblr awards!

⚡ Rules 

  • must be following me (i will check)
  • reblog this post to enter
  • must reach 30 notes (please) 
  • you can like this to bookmark it but it won’t be counted

⚡ Categories

  • best URL
  • best theme
  • best sherlock
  • best doctor who
  • best supernatural
  • best multifandom
  • best overall
  • nicest blogger

⚡ Winners receive 

  • +follow from me
  • a graphic announcing you’re the winner
  • a link in my updates tab for a month
  • promos whenever you want for 30 days
  • my love and friendship forever <3

⚡ Runners up recieve

  • +follow from me 
  • a graphic announcing you’re runner up
  • two or three promos over the 30 days
  • also my love and friendship forever

⚡ Other info

  • 1 winner + 1 runner ups in each category
  • +1 runner up added for every 20 notes past 30
  • winners will be picked february 20th (1 month from now) 

Good luck everyone and thanks for entering!!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧*:・゚✧