Hip hop/electronica artist Lafa Taylor has taken an interesting approach to his newest single, reworking a popular train jingle in Tokyo into its own trap beat for a brand new release. Aptly titled “Tokyo Trap,” the song finds Taylor not only remixing the jingle, but laying down some raps over the newly-created beat.The result is an infectious new groove, which Lafa Taylor released as a single for your listening pleasure, below: There’s also a mini-music video released by Lafa Taylor, shot entirely on his phone! Stream it below: For more Lafa Taylor, be sure to check out our recent interview with the rising star from Envision Festival in Costa Rica. You can watch that here. Lafa Taylor – Tokyo Trap Mini Music VideoLafa takes Tokyo’s most popular train jingle and makes a trap beat out of it, then raps to it, then shoots a video for it with his phone. #Japan #magicmondayPosted by Lafa Taylor on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Gfinity has announced that BT Sport have joined in with broadcasting their Elite Series. This deal comes a few days after BBC Three broadcast the fourth week of competition on their online platform.The partnership will see the remainder of the Elite Series broadcast on the BT Sport platform. The first of which will be the one-hour Street Fighter V show, at 9:30pm on BT Sport 3. Due to it being shown on a non-match day, the programme is most likely a repeat of the episode shown on BBC3 on Friday night. Showings of the CS:GO and Rocket League are set to be similar, with the Counter Strike getting a two-hour showing of their game day. The first showings are up on the BT Sports calendar. Just ignore the spelling…Neville Upton, Chief Executive of Gfinity, said: “We are very pleased to launch this partnership and deliver the Elite Series to our fans on TV, through BT Sport. BT Sport has shown a commitment to be at the forefront of sports broadcasting and this is an amazing opportunity to bring esports to a new audience in the UK, showcasing the incredible engagement and passion of the gamers and fans. We look forward to working with BT Sport to grow esports in the UK through engaging and innovative new content.”Andy Haworth, BT’s managing director of content and strategy, added: “This fantastic tie-up with Gfinity marks our latest move to support and engage with the passionate and extensive gaming community here in the UK. The popularity of competitive gaming is growing rapidly and we are excited to announce that the inaugural season of the Elite Series will be broadcast on BT Sport.”Esports Insider says: Once again, more big and exciting news coming from Gfinity regarding their Elite Series. Now they hit the main TV screens in the UK – how much larger can the project grow?
By Jay Cook |HAZLET – More than 200 incensed residents packed town hall Tuesday night to protest an affordable housing settlement permitting about 480 new total housing units at a former Catholic school and a vacant farm along Route 36.Homeowners battling the plan were so outraged that they shouted at elected officials and pleaded for a better option. One man was even removed by police after an expletive-laden outburst.“The town cannot handle that amount of people,” said Hemlock Street resident Sam Dimartino. “Look at the amount of people we have back here, nobody wants this. Act like it’s in your own backyard and then vote on it.”Committeemembers Barbara Ronchetti, left, and James DiNardo have voiced their opposition to the housing compliance plan. They’re concerned about the greater impact to Hazlet. Photo by Jay CookThe agreement, which is being negotiated by Hazlet and Fair Share Housing Center, sets guidelines to develop the shuttered, 17-acre Holy Family School and the 26-acre vacant property known as the Stone Road Meadow tract on the Union Beach border. Holy Family would be rezoned for 172 units with 26 affordable and the Stone Road Meadow’s new zoning would permit 312 units with 63 affordable.Township officials were expected to vote on approving this compliance plan but it never reached a vote. Committeeman James DiNardo, who opposes the plan, said Tuesday’s meeting would be for residents to ask as many questions as they wanted. The session lasted four-and-a-half-hours until midnight. A final vote is expected to take place Sept. 4.“I want you people to realize the ramifications of what’s all going to happen with this,” he said. “It’s not a pretty picture.”It won’t be easy for Hazlet’s five-member governing body to reach an agreement. Democrats DiNardo and Committeewoman Barbara Ronchetti are against it, yet Republican Committeeman Michael Glackin and Mayor Scott Aagre said it’s the best deal available. They’re stuck in a gridlock.Mayor Scott Aagre said the affordable housing plan is the best deal available to the township.Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley wasn’t present Tuesday and has recused herself from these proceedings. She’s the business administrator for the Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes parish in Highlands which is under the Diocese of Trenton’s umbrella. Holy Family is under the Diocese of Trenton’s direction, as well.Estimates from the state indicate Hazlet is on the hook for 800 affordable units, meaning roughly 3,000 more total units would likely be built by developers to make it profitable.“We have a great deal on the table and we’re basically turning our nose up at it,” township attorney James Gorman said. “There’s blood in the water, developers talk and we’re going to get more and more and more of this.”Gorman said “it’s going to get worse” if the settlement isn’t reached. He warned that Hazlet would go to trial over their lack of an affordable housing plan, would lose control of all zoning to the courts and more properties throughout town could have housing projects built. Of those could be the vacant Bradlee’s, ShopRite and Frank’s Nursey sites on Route 36, as well as another proposed dense project to be located near Costco on Route 35.The Fair Share Housing Act doesn’t recognize the multiple mobile home parks in Hazlet as affordable housing stock, but the township did receive unofficial credit for its existing senior housing options.But neighboring homeowners said the entire process was dysfunctional. Hazlet has gone over 30 years without a submitted affordable housing plan and was slapped with a second Builder’s Remedy lawsuit in November 2015. The lawsuit from Highview Homes, LLC. is for the housing project planned at Holy Family School.A group of about 500 concerned residents have been mobilized in recent months by Jamie Iacouzzi-Capone to form the Hazlet Residents Take Action citizens group. Iacouzzi-Capone said “the minutes have been lost and the trust has been broken” between residents and elected officials.“If the township is truly in favor for working for the people rather than their own personal agendas, there should be no objection,” she added.Iacouzzi-Capone pushed the governing body to leave the Stone Road Meadows property out of the settlement. Resolutions by Hazlet, Keyport, Aberdeen, Keansburg and Union Beach were all passed in recent years supporting that 26-acre property’s future as protected open space.“It would be a punishment to open my front door and see dense apartment housing,” said nearby resident John Wilk. “This development proposed will urbanize the area.”DiNardo and Ronchetti also said they floated a plan in recent years for Hazlet to purchase Holy Family School and turn it into a community center. The necessary votes weren’t there and the plans stalled, they said.Some residents petitioned Hazlet to stand up to the state and seek better options for the ultimate housing developments.“This is a death sentence for the future of this town,” said Gerard Jaume. “This will turn into a Neptune. And it’ll be on all you guys.”This article was first published in the August 9-16, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.