Hot Against Da Grain Entertainment/Columbia Recording Artist Fly Ty Takes The Industry And Community By Storm

Against Da Grain Entertainment/Columbia Recording Artist & Community Activist Fly Ty Has A Master Plan To Top The Charts, Find New Talent And Help End Gun & Gang Violence


As they say “Real Recognizes Real,” and it’s been a while, but we finally caught up with Artist and CEO of Against Da Grain Entertainment, Community Activist Tyshawn “Fly Ty” Johnson, a Real General in the tough game we call life.  After being in the business for 37 years and working with the “Who’s Who” on the streets we can honestly say that Fly Ty is not like some of these “Fake Wannabe Cats” out there fronting about their Street Cred on their songs.  This man was in the “Devil’s Den” and left with respect.  He Earned His Stripes the old fashioned way by helping others who wanted to take their life to next level; standing up tall to protect family & friends against injustices; and keeping his word to help the less fortunate living in poor and disadvantaged communities.

All so often we taste success and forget about those that helped us get to the top, or individuals who are just looking for a little support.  In life you can’t forget about the “Little Man” or the “Big Man” upstairs may forget about you.  So many successful people fall off because they seem to forget the Rules of Engagement.  “To He Whom Much is Given, Much is Required (Luke: 12:47 & 48).”  A smart businessperson has to be intelligent enough to never forget the many prayers that were answered that took them over the top if they want future prayers to be answered.

We are once again looking forward to saving a lot of lives with Fly Ty as we did when he was “Up North.”  You can believe that when this man puts his mind, spirit and talent to work he will make an impact on the entertainment industry and the community that will be heard worldwide.  This brother is on a mission and has the potential to become one of the most Highlighted Success stories ever told coming out of the ‘hood.  America is a forgiving nation.  We root for the underdog and respect those that get back on the horse after falling off to make something of their life.  We will be following Fly Ty’s journey down the Road to Success and this is the first of a series of articles that will keep you informed about his career, personal life and work as an activist in the community.  Now let’s get into the interview.

Fly Ty Question & Answer Interview

Q—Where did you grow up and now reside?

A—I grew up in Queens, NY and now I live in Atlanta, GA.                


Q—Tell me about your school history?

A—I didn’t have much history; I dropped out in the 9th grade.  I actually got my GED and Bachelors while in Prison.


DJ Clue?


Q—How did you get started in the music industry?

A—I always had history in the industry.  I was actually the first person to ever record a song from jail over the phone on a major album, DJ Clue “The Professional (Pt. 2),” when he was signed to Rocafella Records.


Q—Tell us about your relationship with the Desert Storm Crew?

A—That’s my family; we all grew up together and Clue, Envy, Webb, Nitty, Chubby Baby and Skane took care of me my whole time in Prison.


DJ Envy


Q—What projects are you working on now that you feel will take this industry by storm?

A—Right now my Single “Smoking Mirrors” with French Montana is going crazy.  The video is on MTV and Revolt and my new Single “Mexico” with Jazze Pha and Murrille is doing real good so I’m blessed.


Jazze Pha

French Montana

French Montana







Q—Let’s talk about the hot videos you have out.

A—Yes I currently have the “Smoking Mirrors” video with me and French Montana out.  It’s on MTV Jams right now and everywhere else.  I also have the “Usher Raymond” video out with me, Juelz Santana, Lil’ Durk and Cap One and I just shot the video for my new single “Who,” which will be out soon.

Juelz Santana

Juelz Santana


Lil' Durk

Lil’ Durk



Q—What’s coming up in the future?

A—My Album “My Life, Your Entertainment” will be out the first week in April on Against Da Grain/Columbia Records.


Q—What does a normal day in the business entail for you?

A—Soon as I wake up I get myself together, go to the gym, then I’m on the phone with my manager and he usually gives me the schedule for the day.


Q—How hard is it to make it in the music business today and what advice would you have for those looking to land that deal?

A—It’s hard but anything worth getting isn’t gonna come easy.  My advice would be to set your mind on a goal and don’t let nothing stop you until you achieve it.

Jay Z, Aspiro, Tidal, WiMP,

Jay Z


Q—What artists and/or executives inspired you to take your dream to the next level?

A—Definitely Jay Z because he comes from the same walk of life as me and if he could do it I know I could as well.


Drake has entire album on the Hot 100 R&B/Hip Hop



Nicki Minaj







Q—What artists do you like today?

A—I like Drake, Meek Mill, Fab, Nicki Minaj, especially the way she handles herself in a male-dominated industry, and a few others.

Meek Mill

Meek Mill











Q—Let’s talk about the Clubs you are involved with in Atlanta and Miami?

A—I own the “Room Service” clubs; one in Atlanta and one in Miami, so we’re working bro!


Q—What are your goals in the entertainment industry and in your personal life?

A—My goal is to continue to provide a solid foundation for my family and everyone around me while at the same time being a shining example for those looking to break into the industry.


Q—We know your heart is all about giving back to the community so what plans are in the works?

A—I’m looking to do more charitable work and getting more involved in the community.


Q—Do you have a message for our youth?

A—Yes, don’t never let anyone define you by your worse deed, whatever you put your mind to you could do it.


Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence logo

Q—So we understand you will be working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council on two very important initiatives; the “Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence” project and the “End Black on Black Crime Project (EBBCP).”  Why are both of these undertakings important to you?

A—Yes, anything that I could do to deter the youth from making the same poor decisions that I made at 16 years old than that’s what I’m going to do so I’m for anything that’s going to rid our communities of the black on black senseless crimes.  So I’m all for it.

End Black On Black Crime logo

End Black On Black Crime logo

Q—How can anyone get in touch with you?

A—You could follow me on Instagram and Twitter @IAMFLYTYY.  My Instagram and Twitter handles are the same.  Thanks for having me.

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Fred Perry x Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Collection

Championship-winning English tennis player Fred Perry and cult British designer Nigel Cabourn are akin in their love for table tennis. With Fred Perry first becoming World Champion of table tennis in 1929 before pursuing his tennis career and Nigel a self-confessed fan who plays at least five times a week with an ex-England pro.

Fred Perry prides itself on being the first British heritage brand to successfully blend sportswear with streetwear to create some of the most iconic styles of the last century. The brand was born in the late 1940s, when former Austrian footballer Tibby Wegner approached three-time Wimbledon champion Fred Perry with an idea. Their initial venture was the very first sweatband, which was quickly adopted by tennis players across the courts of Britain. In 1952 the pair launched what was to be Fred Perry’s most famous garment: a slim fit cotton pique shirt with Laurel Wreath embroidery. From the beginning, Fred Perry – and the tipped pique shirt in particular – has been associated with a series of subcultures driven by musical affinities. Mods, skinheads, suedeheads, soul boys, rude boys, two tone. The original Fred Perry cotton pique shirt is still made to the same high standards and remains synonymous with underground fashion and British cool.

Meanwhile, Nigel Cabourn has worked in the fashion industry for over 40 years producing collections which are not influenced by “fashion” trends but driven by inspirational stories of real people in history and vintage military, outdoor and workwear pieces. A passionate and avid collector of vintage clothing, he has amassed an archive of over 4,000 pieces – unearthed from all corners of the globe. It is from this ever-increasing archive that Nigel draws inspiration for styles, fabrics and details to ensure that each collection has a real story, sense of history, and integrity. To this day, Nigel remains the hands-on driving force behind the Nigel Cabourn brands – Authentic and Mainline – working closely with his design and production teams and various collaborators to produce around 18 collections each year.

The two iconic British brands have at last come together for a spring/summer collaboration. Styles, fabrics, and trims in the collection are inspired directly by those worn in the 1950s by Fred Perry and five-time World Champion table tennis player Victor Barna.

“Fred Perry is a brand that I think runs in some ways parallel to the Nigel Cabourn brand: both are truly British brands inspired by British heritage and British manufacturing,” says Nigel. “I think a lot of Fred Perry and Nigel Cabourn fans alike will be pleased we have finally come together on this collaboration.”

The Fred Perry x Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2015 capsule collection is now available at select retailers.

We teamed up with Nigel himself to give our readers the very first look at the collaboration, showcasing several standout garments from the collection in the ninth issue of Highsnobiety magazine.

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Noel Gallagher Goes After Taylor Swift For Her Song Writing Skills — Check Out What The Ex-Oasis Member Said HERE!

Noel Gallagher is at it again!

The ex Oasis singer, who is now more well-known for his controversial comments, called out Taylor Swift in Rolling Stone for what he believes to be her lack of song writing skills.

[ Related: Harry And Noel Both Show Up At Pixie Geldof's Karaoke Birthday Party After 1D Diss! ]

Uh-oh, is this going to be another Kid Rock and Beyoncé type feud?! Noel, you might not want to mess with Tay’s millions of loyal fans!!

When Swift’s “knack” for song-writing was brought up, Gallagher fired back:

“Who says that? Her parents.”

Wow, harsh!

After the mag responded that a lot of people would credit Taylor with a talent for penning lyrics, the singer got HEATED.

Noel retorted:

“Who’s ‘people’? Name these people. You’re f–king lying. She seems like a nice girl, but no one has ever said those words, and you f–king know it.”

Umm, maybe the 47-year-old needs to dial it back a bit…

Honestly, we can’t say we’re surprised by Gallagher’s diss — he has called out many other pop musicians in the past, including One Direction and Ed Sheeran.

It’s clear Noel has A LOT of feelings. We just hope he’s prepared to handle the backlash from Swift’s kingdom!

So, do YOU agree with the Wonderwall singer?

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Bob Dylan Has Recorded Another Album of Frank Sinatra Songs

Occasional Bob Dylan collaborator Daniel Lanois has revealed that the singer-songwriter’s venture into standards might not be limited to last month’s Shadows in the Night. “He came to my house eight or six months ago and spent a few hours,” the producer said in a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun. “We listened to 21 songs – because he’s made two records of this [Sinatra project].”

Although the producer, who did not contribute to Shadows but previously worked on Dylan’s Oh Mercy and Time Out of Mind LPs, didn’t offer any other info about the album’s possible sequel, he did give an account of Dylan’s passion for the project. Before the singer-songwriter played any of the music for Lanois, he told him the story of how he’d grown up hearing music but not aware of what the musicians looked like, giving him a sense of mystery about the artist.

“He felt that a lot of that music was written not only by great professional songwriters at the time, but a lot of it was written from the heart, from the wartime and [by] people just pining for a lover,” Lanois relayed. “He felt there was a lot of spirit in that music. He felt there was a kind of beauty, a sacred ground for him. After having said all that, we then listened to the music, and I felt everything that he talked about. For one of America’s great writers to say, ‘I’m not gonna write a song; I’m gonna pay homage to what shook me as young boy,’ I thought was very graceful and dignified.”

A Bob Dylan rep had not returned a request for comment on the status of Dylan’s second record as of press time.

Dylan recently made a video for the Shadows in the Night tune “The Night We Called It a Day.” The clip finds the singer battling actor Robert Davi for the affections of actress Tracy Phillips. Incidentally, Davi recorded his own album of standards, Davi Sings Sinatra – On the Road to Romance, in 2011.

Netanyahu on Iran nuclear deal: ‘We’re better off without it’ – live

Are Iran and ISIS competing for the crown of militant Islam, as Netanyahu said they are? The Guardian’s Middle East editor Ian Black casts some doubt on that assertion.

What Netanyahu said: “Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world.

“The Israeli leader was on firmer ground with his description of the ambitions of Isis (aka the Islamic State) though he appeared to ignore evidence that it is becoming weaker in the face of shrinking revenues and a fightback by the US, Kurdish forces and four Arab states.

“Isis is an extremist Sunni jihadi group which treats Shia Muslims (most Iranians) as apostates who can be killed. Iran seeks political and strategic influence and allies and uses proxies, especially Hizbullah in Lebanon and militias in Iraq.

“But the idea that it is still ‘exporting’ the Islamic Revolution as it pledged to do after 1979, let alone seeking an ‘empire’, is dated and wrong. Iran’s political system is dominated by a theocratic “supreme leader” yet it also has a parliament and regular elections.

It is a repressive country and regularly uses the death penalty. It broadly respects the rights of religious minorities including Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians, though it persecutes the Bahai. Not a convincing argument.”

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has also tweeted his hot take apropos prime minister Netanyahu’s speech.

In the past 50 yrs, how much money and #reputation has it cost US to support #Israel’s crimes? Who other than its nation has paid for it?

Netanyahu’s main opponents have offered their reaction to the prime minister’s speech – and they don’t think much of it, reports the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont (@petersbeaumont) in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu’s main challenger in the Israeli elections on 17 March, Zionist Union Yitzhak Herzog, was quick to play down the impact of the speech to Congress, arguing it would do nothing to interpose Israel in the negotiations.

Speaking at an Israeli community close to the Gaza border, Herzog – who is marginally leading Netnayahu in the polls – said: “There is no doubt that Netanyahu is a good speaker. Let’s be honest, the speech we heard today, as impressive as it was, did not stop the Iranian nuclear program.”

“It’s like David Cameron coming to the Knesset and telling Netanyahu that he is endangering the security of Israel,” she said.

Reaction to Netanyahu’s speech in Israel is much more significant than reaction in US. It may decide if he remains PM & Obama’s bete noir

And another point of claim-checking of Netanyahu’s statements, again from the Guardian’s diplomatic editor Julian Borger (@julianborger).

The claim: “[I]f Iran’s work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that break-out time could still be shorter, a lot shorter.”

President Obama has dismissed Netanyahu’s speech because “as far as I can tell there was nothing new,” Reuters quotes him as saying.

Obama said that a deal with Iran would cut off different pathways for the country to obtain weapons, the agency reports, and the deal would roll back parts of its program.

Some more fact-checking of Netanyahu’s statements regarding the proposed nuclear deal between western nations and Iran, courtesy the Guardian’s diplomatic editor Julian Borger (@julianborger).

The claim: The agreement would leave Iran with a “vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short break-out time to the bomb … [Not] a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed … Iran’s break-out time would be very short – about a year by US assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.”

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was “near tears” throughout the entirety of Netanyahu’s speech, she has said in a statement that awkwardly stretches between President Obama and the Israeli prime minister’s positions.

The statement reads in part:

As one who values the US–Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5+1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.

“Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries. We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons is the bedrock of our foreign policy and national security. As President Obama has said consistently, all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Guardian diplomatic editor Julian Borger (@julianborger) is doing a bit of quick fact-checking of Netanyahu’s assertions regarding the proposed nuclear deal.

The claim: the deal currently on the table “will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.”

“I thought it would be political theatre and it indeed it was worthy of an Oscar,” Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee, says of Netanyahu’s speech.

My colleague Dan Roberts (@robertsdan) is at the press conference being held by members of Congress who boycotted the speech. He characterizes their public remarks as “scathing” – and their private remarks as more than a little concerned:

Privately some Democrats are concerned that the rhetorical punch could complicate the political battle to reach a deal.

“I thought it was a very effective speech as far as appealing to American people and Israeli people and helping moving his position in Congress,” Cohen told the Guardian in an interview.

Some of the members of Congress who skipped Netanyahu’s speech are holding a press conference to explain why they snubbed the prime minister.

Representative Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington state, accuses Netanyahu of scaremongering, in so many words.

"If you can make the people afraid you can make them do anything," Democrat boycotter of Netanyahu speech @RepJimMcDermott tells press conf.

Pelosi: "As one who values the US – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout #Netanyahuspeech"- via @breaking

Netanyahu adopted “a stylised version of the facts” about the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Guardian’s diplomatic editor, Julian Borger (@julianborger) writes.

Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech takes a stylised version of the facts underlying the nuclear negotiations currently underway with Iran, and casts them in a particularly menacing light.

Elements of a potential deal which US and other western negotiators present as selling points – like the year-long breakout time that would be imposed on Iran, and the ten-plus years of the deal’s lifetime – Netanyahu portrays as dangerously short. Some facts and inferences are skewed, but mostly the speech represents a radically different take on the same reality.

The most contentious passage does not involve the deal currently on the table, but its possible alternative. The Israeli prime minister envisages more favourable terms, from a western perspective if greater pressure is applied on Tehran.

Defenders of the current diplomacy argue that ripping up the deal now on the table and ratcheting up sanctions would have the opposite effect – triggering Iranian rejection of the significant constraints on its nuclear work, and an acceleration in the programme. That in turn could trigger an escalation in tensions leading to military action by Israel, the US or both.

Netanyahu likely exaggerated Iran’s malicious aims and recent victories, Ian Black (@ian_black), the Guardian’s Middle East editor, writes in a quick look at how much control Iran really exerts around the region:

Binyamin Netanyahu’s description of Iran’s “voracious appetite for aggression” and the claim that is “gobbling up four countries” were both to be expected in this context, but both are exaggerations that are designed to influence the course of the nuclear talks. The Israeli prime minister was on firmer ground with his attacks on Hizbullah, Tehran’s loyal Lebanese ally and proxy.

The heart of his speech was the statement that Iran is a “genocidal enemy” of Israel.

Iran regularly boasts of these successes. General Qasim Suleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, did just that in a recent speech on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution. But independent analysts say the Islamic Republic inflates its gains for propaganda purposes as well as for domestic consumption. Netanyahu appeared to be doing something similar.

Iran’s role in Bahrain, where the Shia majority remains locked in confrontation with the Saudi-backed Sunni monarchy, is more about scoring propaganda points than material support – despite claims in Manama about Iran’s sinister role.

Senator Dianne Feinstein wonders about Netanyahu’s pointed statement that Israel will “stand alone” if considers it necessary.

Dianne Feinstein tells CNN that what concerns her is what @netanyahu didn’t say: Would Israel strike Iran?

Netanyahu supporters pointing to #Bibispeech and asking voters if they could imagine electing anyone else w/that kind of welcome from DC.

Dear Mr. Netanyahu, "The Road Not Taken" is about the perils of misinterpreting your own history. Just FYI.

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered what he said would be a “historic” speech to Congress today, railing against a proposed deal between the US, Iran and western nations over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

“Not a plan,” is the simple take from David Axelrod, a former advisor to President Obama and a man with extraordinarily close ties to the administration.

Speech broke no new ground nor offered realistic path short of war. But apocalyptic language & GOP cheerleading tailor-made for his base.

A few more quick takes, starting with ABC’s foreign correspondent Alexander Marquardt:

#Netanyahu So much hype, what substance? Iran bad, no proposals for deal. Solid delivery. #NetanyahuSpeech

Shorter #NetanyahuSpeech – Obama’s heart is in the right place but he’s stuck in a genocidal Persian bazaar about to sign a very bad deal.

Israelis watching Netanyahu speech tell me, "He’s much more popular in DC than he is in Jerusalem these days."

The quickest of takes are already coming in, but few seem to agree about whether Netanyahu’s speech was a boom or a bust for President Obama and talks with Iran.

Most simply agree that it sure was noisy. From Richard Haass, president of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Obama administration ought to be relatively pleased w #Netanyahu speech; only fundamental disagreement over whether #Iran pact time-limited

#Bibispeech Big takeout – having threatened to reveal details of the bad deal on Iran. Nothing new, nothing concrete. He bottled it

speech was classic Netanyahu. politics of fear & politics of bravery in adversity. Way more emotional than Obama’s argument for deal.

If the aim of this speech was to split enough of Congress from the White House, it feels like it is well aimed. Obama is in for a bumpy ride

Snap analysis: Rousing speech. Netanyahu alternative: no deal. Keep sanctions. Iran will walk. Iran will come back. Keep oil prices low.

“We are no longer scattered among the nations unable to defend ourselves … and the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. … For the first time in generations, we the Jewish people can defend ourselves.”

“This is why as prime minister of Israel I can promise you one more thing. Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

It’s just not true, he says, that “the only alternative to this deal is war.”

“The alternative to this deal is a much better deal. A better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short breakout point.” A deal, he says, that “won’t give Iran an easy pass to the bomb. A better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we can live, literally. No country has a better stake than Israel in the [path] that peacefully removes this stuff.”

“If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions shuld be lifted. If Iran does not change its behavior, the restrictions should not lifted. If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country!

“My friends, what about the argument that there is no alternative to this deal? That Iran’s nuclear know-how cannot be erased … that the best you can do is delay the inevitable. Well that nuclear know-how without infrastructure doesn’t get you very far.

Netanyahu keeps going, periodically interrupted by applause: “Israel’s neighbors, Iran’s neighbors, know that Iran will become even more aggressive when [it is] unshackled.”

“So this deal won’t change Iran for the better, it will only change the Middle East for the worst. … It will then spark a nuclear arms race … It won’t be a farewell to arms, it will be a farewell to arms control! And the middle east will soon be crisscrossed with nuclear tripwire.”

Netanyau says that Iran’s ballistic missile systems would make it able to target “every part of the United States.”

He says that the proposed deal leaves two major concessions: “one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program; and two, lifting the restrictions on the program in about a decade.”

Netanyahu is now criticizing the nuclear negotiations, saying that the agreement would provide Iran “with a short breakout time for a bomb.”

“According to the deal not a single [facility] would be demolished” he says, and “because Iran’s [facilities] would be left largely intact, Iran’s breakout time would be very short.”

Netanyahu now lists some of the crimes of the Iranian regime, such as persecuting journalists, funding terrorism. executing prisoners.

“Iran’s regime is as radical as ever. It [proclaims] death to America, … now that shouldn’t be surprising, because the ideology of the Iranian regime is rooted in militant Islam … and that’s why … Iran will always be an enemy of America.”

In the Middle East Iran now dominates four Arab capitals … and if Iran’s aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow.

Netanyahu says the hope of bringing Iran into the league of nations has faded, and that “Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.”

“Israel is grateful to you … for supporting us in so many ways, especially in generous military assistance and missile defense, including Iron Dome.

He says that Israelis were saved last summer “because this capitol dome helped build our iron dome.”

“Those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state but not the Jewish people” are wrong, Netanyahu continues.

“If all the Jews gather in Israel it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world. But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was simply a Jewish problem.”

“I know that no matter which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.”

“A remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics and it must always remain above politics. Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny. The destiny of promised lands…”

Netanyahu begins by acknowledging the leaders of Congress, Boehner, Pelosi, etc.

“I also want to acknowledge senator and Democratic leader, Harry Reid. Senator it’s good to see you back on your feet,” he says, to more applause.

“I have the distinct honor of presenting to you the prime minister of Israel, his excellency, Benjamin Netanyahu,” Boehner says, setting off yet another round of enthusiastic applause and cheering.

Netanyahu enters to raucous applause at the introduction of “the prime minister of Israel!” Everyone stands and there’s a fair amount of hollering.

He come walking slowly up the aisle, shaking hands with members of Congress as he approaches the dais.

Speaker of the House John Boehner has just introduced Netanyahu and Congress is getting ready to begin any minute now.

Some anti-deal Iranians are echoing Netanyahu, my colleague Saeed Kamali Dehghan reports, quoting a senior Iranian politician who says that the greatest challenge to a nuclear agreement is not Netanyahu in DC but opponents to a deal in Tehran.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, may be trying his best to sabotage a proposed Iranian nuclear deal with his speech at the US Congress but a greater challenge is coming from inside Iran, according to a senior Iranian politician.

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of Iran’s great political survivors, who is seen as President Hassan Rouhani’s patron, said on Tuesday that internal opponents of Tehran’s nuclear negotiating team were echoing Netanyahu, and putting even more pressure on Iran.

The ultra-conservative newspaper, Kayhan, took a conspiratorial view of Netanyahu’s speech and published a front page article on Tuesday which said the Israeli prime minister is in favour of a nuclear deal but is instead showing opposition in order to trick Tehran to accept it. “Netanyahu’s mission: supporting the Geneva deal under the cover of opposition,” read Kayhan’s headline.

Many in Iran are closely watching Netanyahu’s movements in Washington. Those with access to illegal satellite dishes could watch his speech live but many were following it on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

“We don’t have satellite. The state TV is not showing his speech? It would have been fun to watch,” tweeted one user. Another said: “Netanyahu is mirroring [former president] Ahmadinejad with his radical and illogical views.” Many Iranian users were using hashtag #ShutUpNetanyahu in order to show their opposition to his comments.

Boehner crashes the gavel down and calls the House to order, and the chamber rises to applaud politely as Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumber, Dianne Feinstein and other senators enter.

Then everyone goes back to smalltalk and handshakes.

We’re in the gallery as members of Congress filter in – there are decidedly more Republicans than Democrats in attendance.

Up here in the press gallery it’s standing room only.

A pic from the first day of #NuclearTalks between #Iran & #US in #Montreux, #Switzerland. #NuclearTalks #IranTalks

Fifty-six Democratic lawmakers are expected to boycott Netanyahu’s address to Congress, according to an estimate by the Hill. My colleague Dan Roberts (@robertsdan), DC bureau chief for the Guardian, has more on the otherwise crowded (and partisan) state of affairs:

Demand for attendance elsewhere in Washington remains high, and an overspill room has been set up to accommodate visitors not able to watch the Israeli prime minister from the gallery of the House of Representatives.

Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who has been sponsoring legislation supportive of Netanyahu’s concerns over Iranian nuclear talks, will escort him to the House chamber – despite holding some misgivings:

On the eve of Netanyahu’s speech, Barack Obama revealed key details of an emerging deal that is designed to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons for “a decade or more”.

Obama said the chances of a successful deal remained difficult, but his interview appeared to contradict recent denials by his press secretary that a 10-year option was under consideration. Officials later told the Guardian there was “no discrepancy” because the president also said it could be longer.

Security is tight here at the Capitol and the Israeli press corp have set up shop at one of the main tables of the House gallery press offices. Everybody’s desperate for a plug, especially the Americans who’ve just arrived.

Dan Roberts, Guardian DC bureau chief, sees some protesters on the Hill.

“Netanyahu offers spine-chilling rhetoric but no answers,” says Daniel Levy, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, criticizing the prime minister’s “incoherent” speechifying on Iran.

Netanyahu’s olive branch to Democrats and to the Obama administration will only take him so far. Israel’s most American and most Republican of prime ministers crossed the Rubicon on inappropriate political partisanship long ago. What’s more, Netanyahu’s attempt to reassert the US-Israel relationship based on Israel being a beacon of humanity, hope and shared values will ring hollow to anyone paying attention to Netanyahu’s own brand of narrow chauvinist nationalism, to the democratic recession he is leading in Israel or indeed to anyone who has heard of the Palestinians.

But those are long-term trends, more immediately President Obama is demonstrating his commitment to Israel irrespective, or even in spite, of the shenanigans of its Prime Minister.

Good morning and welcome to our coverage of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, which aims to galvanize popular opinion against nuclear negotiations with Iran but has been described by Democrats as an attempted “sabotage” of American policy, helping widen the largest rift between the allies in decades.

Netanyahu is expected to say that negotiations with Iran endanger Israel’s existence, an argument that flies in the face of President Obama’s renewed efforts to find compromise over its nuclear program. Republicans have embraced Netanyahu’s hardline rhetoric and Democrats have recoiled from it, saying Netanyahu’s criticism of US policy is a “dangerous mistake” and designed to embarrass the president.

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Watch 2 Chainz Smoke the ‘Most Expensivest’ Joint in the World

On the heels of the season 2 trailer, GQ pumps out the first episode of their 2 Chainz-hosted series. Most Expensivest Shit. Aiming to indulge in the most lavish smoker’s ritual possible, the rapper – along with celebrity medical marijuana consultant Dr. Dina – use 24k gold rolling papers and $800 dollar an ounce marijuana (Top Shelf THC and Isla O.G.) to further illustrate that an average experience like “dirt weed” and Papa Johns just won’t cut it. If that wasn’t enough, he also takes on the biggest pipe in the world as well.

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