You’ve asked. We’ve listened. #Yala? Friday, September 20.
English and Arabic mashups by @djgabyghazal
Complimentary beverages for the ladies.
For reservations:+971 55 834 6262
It seems like every week this buzzing nightspot welcomes a genuinely world-renowned music superstar through its doors. The like of Tinie Tempah, The Game and Flo Rida have all made a beeline for MAD this year alone, making it a firmly established capital favorite.
The former champion of this category, this is not to be missed. Make a MAD dash to this super club with your girl pals and enjoy their chic urban beats, great live acts and superb drinks deals. Every Thursday, there are complimentary drinks for ladies from 11pm to 1am, and every Friday there is a complimentary bar for ladies all night.
Thu 11pm-1am, Fri all night. Yas Island (055 834 6262).
ABU DHABI’S BEST CLUB
Live the experience. As well as boasting some of the biggest names in popular music, MAD hosts a variety of entertainment shows and fun themed parties.
MAD on Yas Island features 360 degree projection mapping, huge animated LED screens and four full color crowd scanning lasers. The massive DJ booth provides the latest sound technology and a focal point for the dynamic lighting and video displays that can be seen from all angles of the club. The technology and production installments incorporate the latest and best in video and lighting, including a Martin Audio line array sound system.
MAD has been titled Abu Dhabi’s “Best Club” by the 2016 Time Out Music and Nightlife Awards, and has hosted performances by some of the biggest names in music, including NeYo, Akon, T-Pain, Tinashe, Jeremih and Tinie Tempah.
Nicki steals the show with lyrics that suggest she’s dating Eminem
Four of the biggest names in hip hop have got together to produce a track that’s not only shaping up to be the sound of the summer, but will definitely be on rotation at the MAD Yas Island when our season starts again.
And the Mustard-produced track is already making headlines for Nicki Minaj’s apparent admission that she’s dating Eminem!
“Back to back Maybach, stack the Ms/ Told ’em I met Slim Shady, bag the M/ Once he go black, he’ll be back again/ Tell them hoes that it’s crunch time, abdomen,” raps the Chun-Li star on the track. However, she later insisted there was nothing going on between her and the Detroit rapper.
And following up Nicki’s headline-grabbing lyrics, Big Sean added his own timely message, rapping, “I’m a first generation millionaire/ I broke the curse of my family not having ****… I’m rare as affordable health care or going to wealth from welfare.”
Big Bank is set to appear on YG’s upcoming album Stay Dangerous, due out this summer.
Loud Records founder says Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) will be remade with new MCs
As far as seminal albums go, they don’t come more ground breaking than the 1993 Wu-Tang album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The album not only influenced modern hip hop and returned New York to a place of hip hop prominence, but also went platinum and influenced the likes of
Jay Z and The Notorious B.I.G.
And now it looks like the album could be getting the remake treatment after Loud Records founder, Steve Rifkind revealed on XXL, “We’re gonna make the album with nine MCs from today and each new MC will play a character in the original 36 Chambers.”
And Wu-Tang fans could be in for a treat as Rifkind also hinted that the group could be hitting the road for a “major tour” to mark the album’s 25th anniversary.
And if you’re wondering what happened to the Wu-Tang Clan’s legendary seventh album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, of which there is only one copy in existence; it’s currently in the hands of the US attorney’s office after its owner, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. Both Method Man and Ghostface Killah have made public pleas for the album’s return.
Eminem reunites with his fellow Detroit rapper for new track, Caterpillar
Detroit’s back making hip hop headlines again this week, as Royce Da 5’9” releases his new album, with the first track featuring that other celebrated son of the city, Eminem.
Book Of Ryan, Royce’s seventh album, features Caterpillar, his track with his Bad Meets Evil partner, Eminem, which also guest stars King Green, for a tune that’s focused around butterfly metaphors and the notion of respect.
Rapping, ‘You’re looking at Atilla, the psychopathic killer, the caterpillar/ Don’t tell me when I’m supposed to rap until/ Especially when your favourite rapper ain’t even half as ill/ A savage still’, Eminem has also been back in the news this week after it was revealed that he had teamed up with Jay-Z to sue the beleaguered Weinstein Company for unpaid projects.
And in the video for Caterpillar, directed by James Larese, Royce has some advice for up and coming rappers, rapping, ‘Never let someone who’s not as smart as you/ Gas you up and tell you something you never knew/ Always stay professional/ You always gon’ make revenue/ Don’t let people next to you that don’t want what’s best for you.”
There’s also a bonus track version of the song included with the album, featuring Logic.
The labels behind some of the most iconic hip hop albums of all time
The original hip hop record labels were formed when mainstream labels couldn’t (or wouldn’t!) get their heads around the new emerging music and voice of black America. And as we at Mad on Yas Island are famous for our love of hip hop and R&B, this week we’re paying homage to the legendary labels that launched the sounds you get down to at the best club Abu Dhabi loves.
The label was born in New York and championed hip-hop during the late ’90s. Founded by brothers Darrin ‘Dee’ Dean and Joaquin “Waah” Dean, they managed DMX and The L.O.X and went on to sign a distribution deal with Interscope Records.
Created by Tyrone Williams, Cold Chillin’ released albums by Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap and MC Shan. However, their release of Ice T’s Cop Killer meant Warner Bros. and Time Warner cut ties with the label leaving it to flounder and eventually close in 1998.
Diddy’s label is responsible for some of the most famous albums in hip-hop history, including The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die and Life After Death.
Started by Suge Knight in 1991, Death Row released Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in 1992 and Snoop Dogg’s mega-selling Doggystyle. They also famously signed 2 Pac in 1995. After many legal woes, and Suge’s stint in prison, the label filed for bankruptcy in 2006.
Bryan and Ronald Williams started Cash Money Records in 1991 and released No Limit. They followed up with Juvenile’s 400 Degreez and top selling albums by the Hot Boyz, B.G. and Lil Wayne. The latter’s Tha Carter albums, along with signings Drake and Nicki Minaj has made it one of the most successful independent hip-hop labels of today.
The Young & Getting’ It rapper says he wants to use his experience to help others
Last week, rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on bail after the Philadelphia Supreme Court issued an order overruling a previous decision by Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who had denied Williams’ bail just last week.
The 30-year-old rapper, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, thanked a host of supporters, including Jay Z and his label, Roc Nation, after he was released and revealed it was a “culture shock” to be out.
However, despite his release, the rapper, who used to date Nicki Minaj, told NBC’s Dateline, “No, I don’t feel free. I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now. And me, I pray. I believe God is my first lawyer, I always believed that. And, you know, I got a strong team behind me, I got a lot of support. There’s a lot of light shedded on my situation.”
Mills’ jail time stems from his arrest when he was 18 and for which he was put on probation. He was then arrested on five separate occasions for parole violation in 2008, 2012, 2013. 2015 and 2017.
And the rapper says he hopes to use his experience to help others, saying, “I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those [criminal justice reform] issues.” Adding, “I think God delivered me a job to help people, helping minorities that come from these situations like myself. I say, don’t show me no pity because this is my life. This is what I’ve been going through, and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men.”
The star has been fighting the release of the letter, which will hit the auction block in July
There wasn’t a jaw left undropped when Madonna revealed during an interview with Howard Stern back in 2015 that she and legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur had dated in the nineties. And it seems as if the break-up still haunts the material girl who last week lost her battle to have the letter Tupac wrote her from prison, in which he ended their relationship, be put up for auction.
First put on the auction block last year, bids reached over $100,000 (Dhs360,000) before an emergency court order filed by Madonna stopped the sale held by Gotta Have Rock and Roll, and also prevented a further 22 items of the singer’s being sold by her former personal assistant, Darlene Lutz.
In the letter, written when the California Love rapper was being held at Clinton Correctional Facility, Tupac wrote of the reason for the split, “Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with [an] extremely famous sex symbol.” And he also asked that she come visit him, adding, “I don’t know how you feel about visiting me but if you could find it in your heart, I would love to speak face to face with you. It’s funny but this experience has taught me to not take time 4 granted.”
Last week, judge Justice Gerald Lebovitz allowed the auction to go ahead in July stating that Lutz had the rights to the items, with Madonna saying, “The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items.”