Arriving a year -- almost to the day -- after his superior Listennn: The AlbumDJ Khaled's sophomore effort, We the Best, is a mixed bag. On the plus side there are the singles and highlights, all of them infectious, grand, and inspired. Leadoff single "We Takin' Over" is a star-studded, Akon-anchored anthem with swagger to burn, while "Brown Paper Bag" twists a grand sample of Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" into a soulful tale of fast money. On the latter, JeezyWeezy (Lil Wayne), and Rick Ross add up to that rumored all-star edition of Boyz N da Hood that never happened, and if that isn't enough to draw the hip-hop regulars in, hearing the GameJadakiss, and Trick Daddy all on the same track, "I'm from the Ghetto," certainly will. Last of the must-haves is "B**** I'm from Dade County" with KhaledTrick Daddy, and production team the Diaz Brothers in fine pro-Florida form. Besides the Diaz BrothersCool & Drethe RunnersDanja, and Caine Beats produce tracks while Khaled only helms two: the "Intro" (which barely counts) and "Before the Solution," with Beanie Siegel once again covering his iffy relationships with Jay-Z and Dame DashBeanie has covered this drama much better elsewhere, up to and including his guest shot on Listennn, but the other tracks that miss aren't as disappointing; they're just fair. Khaled doesn't help much by doing his usual "Listennnnnn!" and "I represent the ghetto!" shouts over songs he has little or no connection with, and while the man has said this effort isn't about his production skills but rather music he loves, it seems like all the more reason to stay out of the way. Maybe it's an effort to ease the geographical jumps -- from Florida to the Cleveland-repping Bone Thugs and on to "New York" -- or a way to keep the momentum rolling on this up-and-down effort. Instead, it just points out these shortcomings when they could have been less noticeable. Much more frustrating than a failure, We the Best earns a slight thumbs up if you think of it as a disjointed soundtrack or four-hit mixtape.

Previous events

It's a Happy Hour

East end bar & Grill, 1664 1st Ave , New York

Remember to pack your dancing shoes to work and get hopping with us at the happiest hour at East End Bar & Grill on Friday August 8th, starting at 7pm.

DJ Ray Blizzy will take over the place with the best of 80s, 90s, hip hop and house music!

We also have another very special guest joining us:

Join BCG Records and Burns Consulting for an amazing night of indie Hip-Hop Music.

Hosted by MMG Comedian Marcus Banks Featuring Special Performances by some of the undergrounds' dopest MC's: #SaturnTM, #AudibleChocolate, and more.

Live Break Dancing by NUU K'nynez. Live Graffiti Art, and Body Painting

Guests of honor from Bad Boy Records, Def Jam Recordings, Atlantic Records, Maybach Music Group and G-Unit.

Limited Open Bar, and Food

Couture Fashion Week

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The New Yorker, Grand Ballroom (2nd floor), 481 Eighth Avenue (between 34th/35th Streets), New York, NY

*Broadway Musical Stars in support of Broadway Sings for Pride Scheduled to Perform, 8:00 pm Saturday February 15 (subject to change):

Chondra Profit (Disney's The Lion King on Broadway) Romelda T. Benjamin (Broadway's Brooklyn, Pre-Broadway's Catch Me If You Can) MJ Rodriguez (Rent at New World Stages, 2011 Clive Barnes Award Winner) Adam Shapiro (HBO Film's The Normal Heart, Zorro The Musical International Tour) Rachel Lorin (Pop singer and star of Oxygen Network's The Next Big Thing) Noreen Crayton (Rent National Tour, Award-winning gospel recording artist) Kyle Motsinger (Off Broadway's Fancy Nancy the Musical) Elissa Goldstein (NBC Universal's An Affirmative Act, Lady Peacock, Disney's National Tour of Grease On Ice) Brian Craft (Off-Broadway Revival of Let My People Come) Rachele Rommes (Minnesota Timberwolves dancer/choreographer) Rori Nogee (Off-Broadway's Showgirls! The Musical!, Off-Broadway's Pinkalicious) Christian Dante White (Broadway's The Scottsboro Boys, The Book of Mormon National Tour) Ashley Tobias (American Idiot 2nd National/1st International Tour, Panic! The Musical) Jennifer Fouche (Off Broadway's Sistas: The Musical) Diego Rios (Off-Broadway Revival of Let My People Come) Onyie (Rent National Tour, Cirque Dreams Illumination Tour) Bryan Austermann (Majestic Theater) Alexis Acar (Creator/Director of PANIC! The Musical, Washington National Opera) Matt Corr (Off-Broadway's BARE: A Pop Opera, Panic! The Musical) Andres Pratts (Gay Positive) Haley Selmon (Off-Broadway Revival of Let My People Come, Panic! The Musical) Rachel Sophia (Panic! The Musical) Megan Dorn (Boston Pops, Panic! The Musical) Michael Fernandes (Plays-in-the-Park Production's Hairspray, Panic! The Musical)