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Happy Birthday, Hip-Hop: A Meditation On The Birth Of The Culture

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Hip-Hop is, by far, the most influential culture that spans generations while also sparking and reviving trends new to old, and new again. While there remains some debate surrounding the origin of Hip-Hop music and culture, the term itself has many claims on its name and we’ll examine that in full below.

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The most storied example of the origin of Hip-Hop music and culture points to August 11, 1973, where Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc hosted a party for his sister inside a rec room inside 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in The Bronx, New York City. This story has been told and retold countless times and several proponents of the culture recognize Herc’s contribution as the prominent moment it remains.

The disc jockey born Clive Campbell borrowed from the “selectors” (DJs) from sound system performance in his native land, and incorporated “toasting” or talking over the music as a means of keeping the vibe and energy uplifted. As some might know, toasting gave way to “deejaying,” which simply can be described as rapping within the genre of Dancehall Reggae.

Herc’s other notable mark is being known as the inventor of the “break beat,” a portion of a song where the music drops out and only the drums remained. Herc took notices that the dancers preferred to do their dance moves during this portion of the song thus the practice was born. From there, terms like “break boys” and “break girls” were later shortened to the familiar b-boy and b-girl titles and each year, another layer of innovation was added in order to bring us the myriad of styles and subgenres that exist now.

 Nov. 12, 1974: Universal Zulu Nation’s Designation

The Universal Zulu Nation, an organization spearheaded by Afrika Bambaataa, who has since vacated his leadership position due to sexual abuse allegations. However, the organization remains in existence and retains its international presence. Bambaataa has stated in interviews that Nov. 12, 1974, marks the period where Hip-Hop truly began to emerge as both a term and culture.

An excerpt at HipHopElements.com explains more from the UZN’s vantage point:

With consideration to the above mentioned dates, nothing makes more sense than to celebrate Hip Hop culture and it’s history during November, which is exactly what the Universal Zulu Nation has been doing for over 27 + years. November is also significant in the fact that it kicks off the “indoor jam season”. The Hip Hop community jams, enjoyed outdoors in the parks, throughout the Summer, had to move indoors for about 7 months to community centers, gymnasiums, schools etc. for the Fall and Winter seasons. The Hip Hop World should recognize this month and pay tribute to those who laid the foundation and paved the way as well as to those who continue to preserve the rich tradition of the culture.

The Term Hip-Hop

The term Hip-Hop has largely been credited to the late Robert Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fame. Wiggins reportedly teased a friend who just enlisted into the U.S. Army and he began rapping “HipHopHipHop” in a scatting fashion to mimic soldiers marching but it later became the impetus of his musical style. Others lay claim to the term such as the aforementioned Bambaataa and Lovebug Starski among others.

Today, Hip-Hop is intrinsically linked to Black culture and fashion, especially in the United States where it was born nearly 50 years ago. Almost every facet of modern society has borrowed from Hip-Hop much like the producers of the genre have reached back to classic tracks and break beats of the past to rework them for modern ears. The zenith of the art form appears to still far off into the horizon as artists from all over the world continue to find new ways of delivering their creations from lyrics to instrumentation and even in other mediums such as filmmaking.

Hip-Hop Wired compiled a grouping of Hip-Hop Essentials, which will be an evergreen and ever-changing playlist of songs from the genre across the decades and how we should learn to recognize and revere the pioneers of the sound while also look ahead to see what else the culture will inspire in future generations.

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Hip-Hop Wired’s Election Victory Playlist Is The Soundtrack We Need

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Well, folks, it took us long enough but former Vice President Joe Biden is now the President-elect, with Sen. Kamala Harris becoming the first Black and woman Vice President-elect. In our collective wait, we comprised a playlist to go on shuffle at your victory party kickback or gatherings, with the proper social distancing of course.

Instead of droning on about the significance of the songs below, we’ll let you, the savvy reader and listener, determine our angles. Some song choices will be obvious due to the nature of events and the fact Ol’ Boy ain’t gonna leave that post without a fight.

That said, we’re in a good mood and so are millions of others, so hit the playlist below, press play, and let out that tension with some dance moves.

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Bigger Than ‘Love & Hip-Hop’: Olivia Is Back and Taking Charge

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When it comes to breaking barriers, Olivia is no stranger to the task.

The former First Lady of G-Unit has had unprecedented highs on the music front, accompanied by her fair share of lows—but now she’s back with a fierce new sound and a lot of new projects on the way.

After independently releasing two chart-topping hits “December” and “Walk Away” and completing the first three seasons Love & Hip-Hop: New York, Olivia took a hiatus from the industry to pen her first book aptly titled, Release Me, in addition to flexing her acting chops on both BET and more recently Netflix—starring in the film The Man in 3B.

Olivia kicked off 2020, setting the internet ablaze with her bikini pics announcing her return to the Love & Hip-Hop: New York franchise. Recently, the author and actress turned show producer took some time out to discuss with Hip-Hop Wired what fans can expect next musically, onscreen, and why she‘s so low key about giving back.

Hip-Hop Wired: You are making your official return to music with your new album, Pressure, what can fans expect with the new album because from what I heard from your latest singles, your new sound is FIRE?

Olivia: Awe thank you so much. I have so much different music and sounds in my head, that I wanted this album to be a reflection of that. As a black artist, we normally get boxed into R&B or Hip-Hop genre. I have always done all types of music and I want everyone to be able to enjoy what I bring to the table.

Speaking of your latest singles, you dropped two new singles, “One More Chance” and “Join Me”, both with two completely different sounds but blending perfectly, what is the inspiration behind your new direction?

O: Well for me, I make music that feels good. If I hear a track that I gravitate to, then that’s what I go with. It doesn’t matter the genre. Also, I am in a different space in my life and every song on this album will bring you along the journey with me.

Does the release of “One More Chance” mean you are going to bring Reggaeton back to the mainstream?

O: Hahaha I hope reggae music as a whole gets brought to the forefront. You will definitely hear a lot of reggae undertones on this album

You have accomplished a lot on the acting side of things, from TV show appearances to starring in Love & Hip-Hop New York, now you have a new movie coming out, The Man in 3B, tell us a little bit about the movie and what was it like preparing for the role?

O: I see you have been keeping up with me. Yes, the last movie I did was Man in 3B which was already in theaters and released on TV. But the new movie that we just shot is called Better Than My last. I’m excited about this movie. I’ve worked with this director before(Shawn Baker) so it was good to be back together on set. The movie is based on a true story. The main character played by Hassan Johnson gets involved with the Russian Mafia and credit card fraud. So we see him go through a suspenseful life with many twists and turns. Then he has a main chick and a side chick. I play the side chicks character. But he marries my character in real life.

While we are talking about acting, you also have your own show that you are developing coming out soon, what’s it about and how did the deal come about?

O: Yes, my show is called Liv Lavish. We are in pre-production. I could not be more proud of this project. It’s basically a modern version of The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

With everything going on right on the sociopolitical front, I have noticed an increase in philanthropy by celebrities, including yourself. You have a new foundation you spearheaded to give back to mama Africa, tell us a little bit about it and how your fans can help and get involved?

O: I have always been vocal behind the scenes and have had my foundation since 2018. It’s called “Esengo” which means joy in Congolese. We help build schools and hospitals and supply the equipment for each. I haven’t opened it to the public as this was my way of giving back.

With so much already on the agenda, what’s next for Olivia by 2021?

O: No one really knows what’s next. I just pray and go and believe that God will carry me through to the next chapter.

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The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince’s Reign of Terror and the Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed: Street Legends (Unabridged) – Seth Ferranti

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15 Hip-Hop Joints To Stream While You Get Your Self-Quarantine On

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Now that the Coronavirus has the nation running around and stocking up on food, liquor and toilet paper, people are preparing to hunker down at home and live the life of an agoraphobic.

Luckily for us this Trump era pandemic came during the age of entertainment streaming and with options like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, boredom really shouldn’t be a problem for anyone with access to these platforms.

To help you get through the next few weeks or months, Hip Hop Wired has assembled the top 15 shows and films to help Hip-Hop head get through these trying times while reminding you of just how amazing this Hip-Hop culture truly is.

From TV series like Atlanta to films like Paid In Full, the culture of cultures is ready to keep you hold you down and be as entertained as can be for the foreseeable future.

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If y’all ain’t been tuning into this gem of a series then you’re missing out on things like how the myth of Florida Man came to be. Season three can’t get here fast enough.

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Wu-Tang: An American SagaHulu

Get familiar with arguable the greatest Hip-Hop group in music history and their struggles coming up in the streets.

 

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Nas: Time Is IllmaticAmazon Prime

This documentary is a must for any Nas fan and no, it doesn’t get into his legendary Hip-Hop battle with Jay-Z.

 

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Paid In FullNetflix

Dame Dash allegedly slapped up Harvey Weinstein during production of this film. That should be enough to get you to support it. Also, Camron did his thing in this joint.

 

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The Last DragonAmazon Prime

We’re not sure why Ralph Machio is more remembered for his role in The Karate Kid when Taimak Guarriello’s Bruce Leroy would’ve smoked him with two jabs. He would’ve did Mr. Miyagi dirty too if he had to. No cappin.’

 

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Wild StyleAmazon Prime

Come on, b. Y’all should know why this is a must. Big up Charlie Ahearn.

 

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Free MeekAmazon Prime

Peep Meek’s struggles and realize why we should never bring up the L’s he suffered at the hands of Drake ever again.

 

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Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can FlyNetflix

The man has the hottest Air Jordan collaborations out today. At least appreciate his grind to get to that point.

 

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Dolemite Is My NameNetflix

Eddie Murphy makes his triumphant return as the classic Blaxploitation character of the 70’s. Joint was hella funny.

 

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Before Tupac was 2Pac, he was Bishop and for that we’re all grateful.

 

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It’s been a minute since the Queen B has given us anything to swoon over. Might as well revisit this greatness.

 

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Above The RimAmazon Prime

Tupac and Avon Barksdale were running the streets together in this classic 90’s streetball film.

 

The Get Down

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The Get DownNetflix

Get an idea of what the birth of Hip-Hop in New York City was like in the 70’s… even if it contains some millennial slang. It is what it is, b.

 

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While y’all folks was trippin’ off of Walter White’s reign in Breaking Bad, we were witnessing all kinds of true gangsterism in the streets of Baltimore and it was classic ish. Damn you HBO for ending such an amazing saga.

 

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A Different WorldAmazon Prime

When Black TV sitcoms were out here encouraging the community to be their best selves, A Different World was head and shoulders above the rest. Now we have Love & Hip Hop (shrug).

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Salt-N-Pepa Talks Struggling In The Male-Dominated Arena Of Hip-Hop: “We Felt Like We Had More To Prove” [Video]

Salt-N-Pepa sat for an interview with Ok! magazine and reflected on more than thirty years of experience in the music industry. The groundbreaking group talks women in rap feeling like they had something to prove back in the day, at a time when rappers were questioning if hip-hop would even last.

“It’s been one of those things in hip-hop, believe it or not, it was a question of would hip-hop even last, then in the later time it was like, damn, we gon’ end up in Vegas one day,” Denton said. “And that used to be a joke  — it was like Vegas was where your career goes to die, and now that’s where you go to live,” James added, referencing the group’s Las Vegas residency.

All these years later, they’re still in the game despite what a hater had to say.

“Women being women in hip hop at a time when it wasn’t that many women, we felt like we had more to prove,” James commented. “There was a lot of thumbs down, ‘they’re not gonna last,’ that type of thing… so we had to go hard in the paint. And, for me personally, I was in college. I always say school is great, but it’s not for everyone. For me, it wasn’t working out and I always wanted to be an entertainer, so it was just… there was no plan B for me. When you think that way, it’s like do this or die. That’s how I felt.”

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Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion

Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassionIconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.



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Black Eyed Peas ft. Nas “Back 2 HipHop,” Lil Jon ft. Kool-Aid Man “All I Really Want For Christmas” & More | Daily Visuals 12.18.18

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Last week Nas and Swizz Beatz linked up for a mesmerizing visual in “Echo” and today the Queensbridge king returns to assist The Black Eyed Peas on one of their tracks.

In the CGI backed visuals to “BACK 2 HIPHOP” the three man group don old school Hip-Hop clothes and gold while Nas’s verse features a rapping sphinx a la I Am…’s album cover. Pretty clever way to include Nas in the video.

Lil Jon meanwhile comes out of hiding and links up with Kool-Aid Man to get in the Christmas spirit in the clip to “All I Really Want For Christmas.” Whose idea was this?!

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from YBN Nahmir featuring Wiz Khalifa, O.T. Genasis, and more.

THE BLACK EYED PEAS FT. NAS – “BACK 2 HIPHOP”

LIL JON FT. KOOL-AID MAN – “ALL I REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS”

YBN NAHMIR FT. WIZ KHALIFA – “CAKE”

O.T. GENASIS – “BAE”

DIZZY WRIGHT – “DON’T TELL ME IT CAN’T BE DONE”

SURVE FT. TINMAN3K – “FOUND MY WAY”

12HONCHO – “DEPRESSED”

CUZ LIGHTYEAR – “BACC ON MY BS”

YOUNG FRESH – “BREAKING MY HEART”

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R&B Blossoms, With Hip-Hop in the Rear View

For nearly two decades, R&B took a back seat as rap grew into a cultural powerhouse. But a new class of singers devoted to the genre’s core principles is on the rise.
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Hip-Hop Wired Premiere: Kev Brown Drops Potent New LP ‘Fill In The Blank’

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For the past decade and a half,  Kev Brown has occupied a significant segment of underground Hip-Hop and his two-headed skill set has only been refined over the years. It has been an especially busy year for the DMV rapper and producer, dropping his third LP of the year with the potent Fill In The Blank which only aims to heighten the mystique about the man and place him properly next, if not ahead, of his dual-skilled peers.

Fill In The Blank runs for 20 tracks, nine short from the Low Budget Crew member’s epic and equally sweeping Homework album from earlier this year. While the strategy of releases isn’t immediately known, the bookend projects that sandwich the instrumental and wildly experimental Delve Into Classic Moog show and prove that the years haven’t dulled Brown’s ability to craft moments with thumping production and his comfortable, bourbon-soaked rhyme schemes.

Beyond the production, what stands out above anything is Brown’s ability to get mileage out of his verses without breaking a sweat or word count. This efficiency in rhyming, coupled with production that sounds chiseled from the finest boom-bap of the ’90’s and early 2000’s, is only heightened by the fact Brown posts an everyman observational stance via his verses.

Speaking of production, former rapper and producer, and current drummer for funk band The Du-Rites J-Zone gets several shout-outs across the songs for providing the drums on the project.

There are schools of thought that embrace the beauty of simplicity and yes, Brown isn’t looking to emerge as a lyrical vanguard at this stage of his career. Instead, he sticks to his proven formula doing what the beats call for and rapping directly to the listener. There isn’t any abstract meaning hidden in the song, and there’s enough head-nod heat to last you through the chilly fall months and beyond.

Stream Kev Brown’s Fill In The Blank via Spotify below. Hit this link to find where the project is streaming and how you can support the artist with your dollars. And while you’re at it, go grab some high-quality Kev Brown merch here.

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Britney Spears’ New Las Vegas Show Will Have Urban, Hip-Hop Feel

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NMAAHC Addresses Timothy Anne Burnside’s Hip-Hop Exhibit Appointment Debate

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The National African American History and Culture Museum found itself in the middle of an explosive Twitter debate regarding cultural historian and museum specialist Timothy Anne Burnside, who happens to be white. With critique cropping up that a white person was the lead for an ongoing Hip-Hop exhibit at the museum, the NMAAHC has issued a statement addressing the controversy while noting Black leadership is indeed behind its larger curation efforts.

By way of a new release titled “Real African American History: A Story Told by Many Voices,” the NMAAHC expressed sensitivity to the concerns raised by @DJChubbESwagg and others surrounding Burnside’s appointment and her race. In its own words, the NMAAHC missive hammered home that Black voices are indeed shaping the cultural and historical landscape of the popular Smithsonian destination.

From the news release:

The museum is shaped and led by a leadership team that is largely African American — and the staff is firmly grounded in African American history and committed to the mission of the museum. We value that diversity and also recognize the importance of diversity of thought, perspectives and opinions. It has helped make the museum what it is today.

Out of a deep commitment, Ms. Timothy Anne Burnside launched the Smithsonian’s first hip-hop collecting initiative 12 years ago while at the National Museum of American History. Since joining the Museum in 2009, she has also played a key role in building the hip-hop collection as part of a larger curatorial team. Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, the curator of music and performing arts, leads that effort. We are proud of their work.

In the flurry of tweets last week, it may have been missed by some that Dr. Reece is a Black woman and highly respected in her field.

The museum adds in the release that it will work with the Association of African American Museums and other related groups to bring people of color into the institution and train them in the varying levels of approaches made in the museum space.

Via Twitter, veteran journalist and activist Harry Allen retweeted the NMAAHC’s release, writing in its caption, “This is, essentially, a non-statement.”

This morning shortly after the tweet went out, Twitter user @Spacehuntress wrote, “This entire ugly episode has greatly diminished my excitement about visiting the museum” – echoing what appeared to be a growing sentiment.

Twitter user @Cherry_LA adds, “You recognize the lack of diversity in museum senior management but still didn’t hire an African American to curate Hip & Hop a artform we created? Shame on you and your empty words and promises.”

A solution was presented by Twitter user @IamJoshImmanuel which read as such: “They could’ve just had legends come in once a month to talk hip hop culture or found a black person. It’s really not that difficult to find and if it is, wait for one.”

There will surely be new conversations to crop up from this latest development.

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#HipHopTurns45: Hip-Hop Celebrates Its 45th Birthday Today

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On this day 45 years ago, DJ Kool Herc put into motion what would become one of the most influential forms of music and culture by way of a birthday party he hosted for his sister in the Bronx. Seen as Hip-Hop‘s day of birth, Aug. 11 has been recognized for years now, and the culture continues to thrive in ways few would imagine.

History.com writes:

Like any style of music, hip hop has roots in other forms, and its evolution was shaped by many different artists, but there’s a case to be made that it came to life precisely on this day in 1973, at a birthday party in the recreation room of an apartment building in the west Bronx, New York City. The location of that birthplace was 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, and the man who presided over that historic party was the birthday girl’s brother, Clive Campbell—better known to history as DJ Kool Herc, founding father of hip hop.

Born and raised to the age of 10 in Kingston, Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc began spinning records at parties and between sets his father’s band played while he was a teenager in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Herc often emulated the style of Jamaican “selectors” (DJs) by “toasting” (i.e., talking) over the records he spun, but his historical significance has nothing to do with rapping. Kool Herc’s contribution to hip hop was even more fundamental.

The term “Hip-Hop” wasn’t widely used in its early days but became a useful term to encompass all aspects of the culture by the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. Hip-Hop proponents such as the Zula Nation promote four chief elements of the overall culture as listed: Deejaying. Emceeing. Breaking. Graffiti.

Other aspects include beat-boxing, street fashion, street language, street knowledge, and street entrepreneurialism as listed by The Temple of Hip Hop founded by longtime veteran rapper KRS-One.

It was actually the turn of the decade when Hip-Hop’s evolution was at its most robust and by the mid-80’s, the call and response, syncopated style of rapping evolved with the emergence of microphone masters such as Rakim, the aforementioned KRS-One, Slick Rick, Kool G Rap, Roxanne Shante, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Ultra Magnetic MCs, Schooly D and many others.

Today, Hip-Hop is now a billion-dollar business with rappers who got their start in the ’80’s like Jay-Z now one of its richest acts who used music to propel his various business ventures. And like the early ’80’s and 90’s, the genre is still largely male-dominated.

Early successful acts such as Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim, and Yo-Yo laid the groundwork for the likes of Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Rapsody and other women artists who have amassed large fanbases in defiance of the gender imbalance.

Of the chief elements, graffiti and breakdancing remain viable but very exclusive niches that survive partly due to nostalgia and also a reverence for the preservation of the culture. Deejaying has remained a vital cog in the game, although that art has also gone through a series of metamorphoses.

There might be some that say Hip-Hop has lost its way, pining for days of old. Like Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) famously said on the intro song “Fear Not Of Man” from his debut solo LP Black On Both Sides, “People talk about hip-hop like it’s some giant livin’ in the hillside” — essentially saying the music, culture and all of its participants shape what Hip-Hop is, not the other way around.

As long as there’s a need to express one’s self artistically by bending sound, movement, and images to their will, Hip-Hop will undoubtedly live forever.

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Cardi B Says Offset Targeted by ‘Hip-Hop Cops’ in Gun Arrest

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The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince’s Reign of Terror and the Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed: Street Legends (Unabridged) – Seth Ferranti

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Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 21.95

Publish Date: March 5, 2018

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Boosie Badazz’s “BadAzz Audio” Makes Him The Latest Hip-Hop Artist To Venture Into The Headphone Market

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Dr.Dre with the help of Jimmy Iovine essentially created the blueprint when it comes to artist and celebs making money outside of music by releasing their own headphones. Jay-Z, Diddy, Lady Gaga, DJ Khaled, 50 Cent, Nick Cannon and Ludacris all have thrown their names in the hats trying to compete with the iconic Beats By Dre headphone brand. While most failed or just joined Beats By Dre there is a new company who is still willing to give people other options. Boosie Badazz is the latest rapper to decide to release his own line of headphones in collaboration with Fanstereo. 

Boosie Badazz confirmed the collaboration to his 4.6 million followers on Instagram announcing his forthcoming headphones is available for pre-order.

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The announcement of the Boosie Badazz collaboration follows the recent announcement of Ayo and Teo’s collection. DJ Scream also has a collection with Fanstereo as well. The “BadAzz Audio” collection will feature earbuds called the BadAzz Eirs that cost $ 109.00, two studio versions that cost $ 139.00 and a $ 99.00 pair of studio headphones called NuBump.

Fanstereo aims to work with other artists on capsule headphone collections and is looking to give the artist a new creative source of revenue.

Can’t hate on that at all.

About Fanstereo:

“Fanstereo is an entertainment lifestyle brand that connects artists and musicians directly to fans across the globe. Co-founded by celebrity-branding expert Jay Leopardi, headphone expert Steve Rois and Super Bowl Champion Walter Thurmond III, Fanstereo’s concept is at the intersection of entertainment and technology. The company’s consumer-facing products include headphones, earphones and Bluetooth speakers, designed with cutting-edge technologies from the DNA of professional audio leader, Direct Sound. Each product offers the sound quality of professional-grade audio, available for the very first time on the consumer market. With a mission to empower artists and fans, Fanstereo’s team of innovative pioneers live to inspire the next generation of pop culture.”

To learn more about Fanstereo’s products head over to their official site and if you want to pre-order yourself a pair Boosie’s headphones head here now.

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Amara Strikes Back: 8 Outrageous Moments From Episode 5 of ‘Love & Hip-Hop Miami’

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Love and Hip-Hop Miami’s drama is picking up and we get a sense of that immediately as episode 5 starts. We pick right up where last week left off with Shay and Liz confronting Prince and his “friend” Gabriel at the launch of his fashion line.

Things get heated quickly when Shay and Liz ceremoniously throw beverages at Gabrielle and Chinese Kitty. Security quickly comes in and removes Shay and Liz from the room but Chinese Nicky literally snatches  Shay’s wig.

Twitters breakdown of the mini rumble primarily focused on Chinese Nicky’s face and the wig snatching.

Once Shay things calmed down a bit Prince goes to confront Liz and find out why she and her “ratchet ass friend” was there in the first place. He surprised to see that his nemesis Michelle Pooch is there. Prince is still clueless that his ex and his rival are actually best friends in real life while trying to talk to Liz, Pooch comes and remove Liz from the situation.

CONTINUED

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The Hip-Hop Love Blueprint Celebrates Rich History Of The Culture

Hip-Hop has been in existence for over four decades and its rich history is deserving of continual examination and reverence. UK-based art and design studio Dorothy has unveiled its new Hip-Hop Love Blueprint that pays homage to founding fathers DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, while also honoring current culture leaders Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar among several dozen others, all using the circuit diagram of the turntable.

From Dorothy:

Our Hip-Hop Love Blueprint celebrates over 700 MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and b-girls who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of hip-hop, from pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash to present day superstars such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar.

The prints pays homage to the godfathers of hip-hop (Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets) but takes its starting point as DJ Kool Herc’s Back to School Jam in the Bronx, New York in August 1973 – the party that is widely regarded as the birthplace of hip-hop.

The print weaves it way through many different scenes and record labels including early old-school innovators (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Cold Crush Brothers), golden age heroes (Run–DMC, Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakim), hip-hop collective Native Tongues (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love), politically charged hip-hop (Public Enemy, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Lauryn Hill), legendary East Coast artists (The Notorious B.I.G, Nas), legendary West Coast artists (Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre), gangsta rap (Ice-T, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg), hardcore (Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep), Southern rap (Lil Wayne, T.I., Outkast) underground hip-hop (Company Flow, MF Doom, Aesop Rock), turntablism (Invisibl Scratch Piklz, The X-Ecutioners), trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead), UK grime (Wiley, Skepta and Stormzy) and legendary producers (DJ Premier, J Dilla, Madlib).

Also honored in the blueprint are b-boy and b-girl crews like the New York City Breakers and Rock Steady Crew. Graffiti writers also get props such as Lady Pink and Futura 2000.

The blueprint is screen printed metallic gold with a cobalt blue background. Check out the piece in full by following this link.

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Tru Life ft. Future “Last Night,” DJ Kay Slay ft. Ice-T & Kool G Rap “Hip-Hop Icons” & More | Daily Visuals 10.24.17

It’s always good to see heads come home from doing a long bid and get back on their grind.

Tru Life is doing just that as the former Rocafella rapper is looking to get his career back on track and for his visuals to “Last Night” links up with the ATLien known as Future, mobbing through the streets of New York like they own the night.

Taking it back further is DJ Kay Slay as he links up two of Hip-Hop’s triple OG’s in Ice-T and Kool G Rap for his studio based clip to “Hip-Hop Icons.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Calvin Harris featuring Kehlani and Lil’ Yachty, PMD, and more.

TRU LIFE FT. FUTURE – “LAST NIGHT”

DJ KAY SLAY FT. ICE-T & KOOL G RAP – “HIP-HOP ICONS”

CALVIN HARRIS FT. KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY – “FAKING IT”

PMD – “SNOWGOONS”

PMD FT. RJ DA REALST, JOHN JIGGS & DINCO D – “SPIRIT”

CAMILA CABELLO FT. YOUNG THUG – “HAVANA”

TITAN FT. ANGEL – “CHEMISTRY”

YB – “EXPRESSIONS”

DEE-1 – “HOOD VILLAINS”

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Why Questlove’s 201-Song Playlist For Keith Olbermann Is Bigger Than Hip-Hop

"How is [Keith] Olbermann on my side of the fence (politics) but not on my side (hip hop)?" The Roots

Or, how I became the third wheel in a weekend Twitter beef over rap, culture and politics following Eminem’s Trump tirade.

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Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps ‘Institutionalize Hip-Hop’

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest performs onstage at FYF Fest in July in Los Angeles.

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.

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The highest-earning hip-hop acts of 2017

The Top-Earning Hip-Hop Acts Of 2017
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Can Hip-Hop Win If The Family Continues To Feud?

ARE FAMILY FEUDS NEEDED IN HIP-HOP?
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LL Cool J To Become Kennedy Center’s First Hip-Hop Honoree

The Kennedy Center Honors will recognize the pioneering achievements of LL Cool J on Dec. 3.

The rapper is part of an evolving appreciation of hip-hop for the Kennedy Center — and is also the youngest honoree in its history.

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After Rapping His Dissertation, A.D. Carson Is UVa’s New Hip-Hop Professor

Clemson University doctoral candidate A.D. Carson takes questions during his dissertation defense Feb. 24, 2017.

Carson’s doctoral dissertation, a 34-track rap album, went viral. This fall, he’ll teach hip-hop history and composition in the hope of giving his students tools to engage in difficult conversations.

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West Coast Pioneer Alonzo Williams Talks New Book, And Concerns For Hip-Hop Culture

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Vince Staples & Noreaga Clash In Age-Old 90s Hip-Hop Debate

Two key components of Def Jam’s past and present in Noreaga and Vince Staples exchanged barbs on the disagreeable end thanks to a recently conducted interview the latter artist did with TIME.

Born on July 2, 1993, the 22-year-old MC from Long Beach City doesn’t hold a staunch allegiance to the 90s era of Hip-Hop and he’s not shy about revealing that.

“The 90s gets a lot a credit…I don’t know why,” he replied with a shrug. “Biggie and Tupac, [those artists] were the staples of the 90s. That’s why they get the Golden Era credit. There wasn’t a 50 Cent in the 90s.” [Editor’s Note: Wait, what?]

Staples went on to champion the Hip-Hop culture of the early 2000s after pointing out that current megastars Jay Z and Kanye West were biggest following that period.

Aside from get his Hip-Hop eras confused, the Summertime ’06 creator did go on to point out the one fact that can be pulled from arguably the culture’s most opinionated debate. He noted that practically every living mortal believes the music they grew up listening to is superior to that of other generations. Which is why Lil Bow Wow’s “Bounce With Me” ranks so high on his personal list. [Editor’s Note: Columbus, OH native here, so no shade, but negro please, Vince.]

After headlines of “Vince Staples Says The 90s is Overrated” rang from every corner of the urban Internet, the question was posed which “old head” would take young Vince to task for proverbially taking a squat on the beaten path that allowed him to have a career. That guy would be Noreaga who called the LBC youngster’s comments “idiotic” which caused a rift of a response.

“You a grown man,” Staples wrote. “If you got a problem call Corey Blacksmith for a conversation I thought you was a super thug ni**a.”

The good news is the disagreement ended peaceful yet not without its fair share of entertainment, however.

Flip through the gallery to what was said.

By the way, both Summertime ’06 and N.O.R.E. are currently available on iTunes. It is never too late to get hip to great music.


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20 #1’s: Modern Hip-Hop

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Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean Dominate 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards: The Complete Winners List

Drake wins MVP of Year while Fetty Wap takes home the Who Blew Up Award at show hosted by Snoop Dogg
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Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2015: The World’s Highest-Paid Rap Acts

“Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks,” Sean Combs once rapped. That advisory still holds true: Diddy earned $ 60 million over the past year, more than any other hip-hop act in the world.
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Ed Sheeran Just Dropped Another Hip-Hop Cover For Our Enjoyment

Ed Sheeran had a day off from tour, so he covered Tory Lanez’s “Say It” pretty awesomely.
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And The Nominees For The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards Are…

Steal sharpens steal and each nominee came with their A-Game. …
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With ‘Stereotypes,’ A Duo Raised On Hip-Hop And Classical Has It Both Ways

As Black Violin, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste say they’re merely demonstrating what two music styles with traditionally disparate audiences have in common.

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Meet Mini-Dolly Parton & History Gets A Hip-Hop Makeover

Alyvia Alyn Lind plays Dolly Parton’s younger self in NBC’s ‘Coat of Many Colors.’ Plus, colonial America gets a hip-hop makeover in Broadway’s ‘Hamilton.’


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VH1 Shares Teaser Clip For Upcoming Hip-Hop Film The Breaks [VIDEO]

VH1‘s upcoming 1990’s Hip-Hop flick, The Breaks, isn’t set to make its debut until this winter, but the network rolled out a brief teaser clip to get viewers primed and ready. The movie features performances from The Wire alumni Wood Harris and Mack Wilds, along with Wu-Tang Clan star, Method Man.

The Breaks is based on author Dan Charnas’ The Big Payback book, which broke down some behind-the-scenes happenings of the music industry. VH1’s trailer is only 15 seconds long, but it should give viewers a good sense of what they can expect in the old-school lookback.

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“The Breaks” reunites two Wire favorites  Wood Harris (Remember The Titans, Paid in Full) and Mack Wilds (90210).  Our cast is led by  Afton Williamson (Banshee, Pariah, Man on a Ledge)  and newcomers David Call (Gossip Girl)  along with Antoine Harris (HBO’s  series Ballers and Starz’s Power), Evan Handler (Californication,  Sex & The City), Russell Hornsby (Grimm, Lincoln Height) and rapper Method Man.  Based on the book by journalist Dan Charnas’ entitled “The Big Payback,” a narrative history of the hip-hop business, “The Breaks” is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire, The Walking Dead, Homeland) and is scored and executive music produced by the legendary, DJ Premier.

So what are you waiting on? Check out VH1’s The Breaks teaser in the clip below.

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3D HIP-HOP ANIMATED SERIES “DA JAMMIES” HITS NETFLIX

3D HIP-HOP ANIMATED SERIES “DA JAMMIES” HITS NETFLIX… The Creators sit down for a Q&A with AllHipHop.Com DJ HUSTLE .

Friday, August 31, 2015 – Internet TV Giant NETFLIX announces the pick up of 3D Urban Family Animated Hip-Hop Series “Da Jammies ” created by Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton a.k.a. Emcee N.I.C.E. and William “Dolla” Chapman II a.k.a D.B.I. and developed by Ralph Farquhar -Real Husbands of Hollywood. Netflix has agreed with the creator’s company Toon Farm Animation, LLc. to showcase 5 episodes with all efforts pointing towards getting the next 8 episodes picked up. I hear that this show has some real heavyweights behind making it a success in Galen Walker Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Deb Pierson, and Blacktree TV the number one Digital Urban Channel.

DA JAMMIES also has a lot of your favorite urban stars in it, from Danielle Nicolet – TV One’s Born Again Virgin, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Darius McCrary, Tiny Lister, James Avery, YoYo, Kurtis Blow, Little JJ and more… So I sat down with Emcee N.I.C.E. and D.B.I. to get the inside scoop on this hot new hip cartoon.

DJ Hustle: Hey what’s up fella’s? Thank y’all for coming out and chatting with me about Da Jammies, you guys must be excited?

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah Man! Very! It’s a great time for Hip Hop

D.B.I.: Yeah I agree this moment couldn’t have come any sooner.

DJ Hustle: So tell me what is Da Jammies about?

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Da Jammies is about 5 kids from the suburbs who attend a performing arts school.

D.B.I.: Yeah, they aspire to be the next greats in Hip-Hop and R&B while dealing with everyday life as kids, you know, going through life’s lessons.

Emcee N.I.C.E.: That right, they also rap, sing and dance, we like to call the characters triple threats.

D.B.I.: And we’re not talking “kiddy” rap and or singing, they actually rap like your favorite Hip-Hop stars from Jay Z to 50 Cent to Redman to Fat Joe…

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah, we tried to be as authentic as possible without going overboard making it seem like it was just a straight underground Hip-Hop cartoon.

DJ Hustle: That’s cool, in looking at the characters, they just pop off the screen with vibrant color and their hip look, I don’t think I have seen anything like this, what inspired you guys to create this?

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Well one day, while playing Madden, D.B.I. and I reflected upon the old cartoons our parents use to watch or would have let us watch.

D.B.I.: Yeah from Fat Albert, to the Alvin and The Chipmunks, or Scooby Doo. Emcee N.I.C.E.: Hahaha! Yeah and my moms tried hit me with The Partridge Family

and I was like what is a Partridge? Hahaha!

D.B.I.: Either way with all of the reality shows hitting the airwaves, we felt like the kids were missing out on the different life values and lessons that those cartoons had imbedded in them.

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah there is a lot of mindless T.V. now-a-days especially, when you look the U.S. education rankings and see that we have not only fallen behind, but we are being lapped by the world, when we are the nation that sets the trends.

D.B.I.: Yeah what we’ve been able to learn, the kids today are missing out on. The shows today don’t really have substance, the animation everyone seems to be forced to gravitate to Anime, which doesn’t have real movement, like 2D and or 3D although the story lines are there.

Emcee N.I.C.E.: That’s right! So in creating Da Jammies, we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t preachy, that it was hip, trendy, musical, and brought in some of those old school values.

D.B.I.: Exactly! We touch on all of the things kids are going through now. Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeap! From Anti-Bullying to Homelessness to…
D.B.I.: to Self Awareness to Unity and doing it together! Unity
DJ Hustle: You guys seem to be in sync

D.B.I.: Yeah when you’ve been at this for more than 10 years that’s what happens, haha!

DJ Hustle: Are you guys just the creators or do you have any other roles on the show?

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah we do, we serve as Executive Producers along side Ralph Farquhar whom is the Executive Producer of Real Husbands of Hollywood that created Moesha and The Parkers and was also a part of Disney’s The Proud Family.

D.B.I.: We are also the Music Supervisors, so any music in the show we had a hand in, to actually Co-Starring as the main characters, I play the voice of the character “Dolla.”

Emcee N.I.C.E.: and I’m the voice of the character “Novelist”, we are like the co- leaders of Da Jammies.

DJ Hustle: Who are the other stars in the show?

D.B.I.: For Da Jammies we have Danielle Nicolett who voices “LaLa” -The Singing Diva, Alisa Reyes who voices “MoMo” – The Earthy Poetess, and Anderson Johnson Jr. who voices “Seven” -The Asthmatic Soul Singer.

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Da Jammies nemesis is The Battlebrats, a couple of sneaky and jealous rich kids whose main goal in life is the see to it that Da Jammies will never be successful. Their leader “Mike Fresh”, is voiced by “Kel Mitchell” and “Timmy Smalls” is voiced by Shane Tsurugi

D.B.I.: Then you have “Principle Cransberry” (The Ultimate Opportunist) voiced by Darius McCrary. Then there’s Tiny Lister who voice “Big Horus” & Jamal “J.Naugh- T!” McCants who voices “Lil Horus” (The Bullies) Along with Buddy Lewis jr. who voices “Klondell” (School/Mall Cop), Marcus T. Paulk who voices “Shamus” from the S.U.B.’s

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Other stars include the Late Great James Avery, Kurtis Blow, Yolanda “YoYo” Whitaker, James “Little JJ” Lewis, May May Ali and more…

DJ Hustle: Whewwww! Your cartoon is full of a lot of talent! I noticed the show has a distinctive look to it and with you guys having your hands in everything, are you responsible for that as well?

D.B.I.: No not entirely, when me and N.I.C.E. created the Jammies world as a 2D ten years ago, the coloring and multitude of things you could do today did not exists. We would travel back and forth to Nova Scotia, Canada to work with an animation company that didn’t even understand Hip-Hop or the movement but caught on quickly and helped us paint the foundation.

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah it was when Ralph Farquhar came on board to help with the development of the show having worked on Disney’s “The Proud Family” that we were able to take Da Jammies to another level. He had access to top animation

directors Tyree Dillihay and Ron Myrick along with pretty much any urban star walking the planet given his proven success with “Moesha” and “The Parkers.”

D.B.I.: Yeah, Tyree was real instrumental as well by being an illustrator and a director that not only understood the world of Hip-Hop, but he too was a Hip-Hop head. So in knowing that, he could explain artistically the culture and movements that we wanted to convey.

DJ Hustle: That’s what’s up! You guys are doing it. One more thing before you go, no one really knows who you guys are even though you’ve done some recognizable things, so who are you?

Emcee N.I.C.E.: Me? Well I have been on over 25 records in the last 10 years co- producing 2 Pac and Nas’s “Thugz Mansion,” I was on 6 soundtracks as a lead vocalist/rapper of the group KansasCali which includes Oscar winning film “Crash”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (International), “Haven” and more… I also featured with the group on Aaron Hall’s “Adults Only” album and K-Ci Hailey’s “My Book.” Most recent I have hade a single “Tonight” ft. Suhana Machete land in the Top 15 of Billboard Hot Single Sales Chart and stayed there for 13 weeks from November 2014 to February 2015. I’ve just dropped my album “However U Want It” so cop that! Hahaha! But I also dropped a new book entitled 50 Shades of L.O.V.E.: Learning Our Various Emotions, which is also available as an e-book, audiobook and soundtrack. All have been submitted to the Grammys so we’ll see how it plays out.

D.B.I.: And me I spent the past 15 years as a performer and songwriter, working the likes of Nickelodeon Actor and Rapper Lil JJ, Legendary music producer GI (Tonie, Tonie, Tone, R. Kelly, DJ Quick and more) R & B icons Al B Sure, Ginuwine, Mario and female rap legend MC Lyte. I am also featured on Emcee N.I.C.E.’s 2015 debut album, “However U Want It” the song “My Cali Lean.” I’ve studied animation under the great Dave Masters at Rowland Animation Founder and Creator of ACME. I am currently preparing to drop my debut single in September. I am a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer, Life Style Coach, and own a fitness brand called “Focusfit”.

DJ Hustle: Well there it is there! I appreciate you guys stopping through. We at allhiphop.com will be pulling for your show and will push people to watch the show so that more doors can be opened for shows like yours.

Emcee N.I.C.E. and D.B.I.: Thanks!

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Watch Kanye West Get Upset About Homophobia In Hip-Hop, 10 Years Ago

In a 2005 interview with MTV News, Kanye West got visibly upset about homophobia in hip-hop.
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Is The Def Jam Story The Next Hip-Hop Biopic?

Does this look familiar to you? Do you remember Krush Groove?
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This movie is called “Krush Groove” and it was supposedly the story of early Def Jam, made in 1985! Here is the description:

In the movie, Russell Walker has signed all of the hottest acts to his Krush Groove record label, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (Alonzo Brown), and Kurtis Blow. Rick Rubin produces their records. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell doesn’t have the money to press records, he borrows money from a street hustler. At the same time, Russell and his brother Run are both competing for the heart of R&B singer-percussionist Sheila E. Also appearing in the film are LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, New Edition, the Fat Boys and some of their songs, as well as others from the likes of Chaka Khan, Debbie Harry, and the Gap Band. Members of the R&B group Full Force also make a cameo in the film as bodyguards.

Anyway, that was a long, long time ago – 30 years! The word on the street is that a revised, more truthful look at Def Jam Records as a movement. I’m thinking it could happen and be an epic story! Thoughts?

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Lana Del Rey Rekindles Hip-Hop Vibe on ‘High by the Beach’


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Biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Tells The Epic Story Of Hip-Hop And N.W.A

The original members of N.W.A produced the film, which opens nationwide Friday. Like the group’s story, the making of Straight Outta Compton — which took 11 years — is filled with drama.

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‘May Allah Bless France!’ Tells The Story Of France’s Hip-Hop Gatekeepers

Rapper Abd Al Malik, who grew up in the depressed suburbs of France, has turned his story into a soaring film memoir.

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‘Hamilton’ Brings Hip-Hop Cred to Broadway

The 'Hamilton' creator and Roots members, who are prodcing the cast album, talk about why "hip-hop heads" approve of the show and turning the Founding Fathers into real people.
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Large Professor, Part 1: ‘We’re Living In The World of Hip-Hop’

One of the foremost architects of New York rap has been decorating this planet since the late ’80s.

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Remy Ma & Papoose to Join the Cast of ‘Love & Hip-Hop: New York’

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(AllHipHop News) Monday evening (July 6),  Remy Ma, confirmed that she along with her husband, Brooklyn MC, Papoose, will be joining the upcoming cast of the reality series, Love & Hip-Hop: New York, this according to TheJasmine Brand.

The “Lean Back,” wordsmith is one of of only four female lyricists to have earned the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. A concise video clip from the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta After Party Live has been posted to her personal Instagram. Remy received a simple suggestion from cast member, Jessica Dime who advises, “The only advice I would give is keep being you, baby. Like, bring the real to it; bring your story.”

Given that Remy Ma will be joined by her partner in rhyme, Papoose, for the upcoming season of Love & Hip-Hop: New York, will these additions give more credibility to the reality series?


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Here’s The Latest Hip-Hop Guru Will Smith Says Is Helping Him Out In The Studio

Will Smith tells his son Jaden (via his Beats 1 radio show) that he’s been working with Drake in the studio.
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Kendrick Lamar Claps Back At Geraldo: “Hip-Hop Is Not The Problem, Our Reality Is The Problem”

Recently, Geraldo Rivera came for Kendrick Lamar, saying the Compton native’s performance at the BET Awards sent the “wrong message.” The “Alright” rapper responded to FOX News pundits nonsense on TMZ Live, with nothing but truth. 

Rivera felt Kendrick spitting atop a vandalized cop car, in protest to police brutality, wasn’t a good message to send to Black kids.

“The problem isn’t me standing on a cop car,” Kendrick told TMZ. “I think his attempt is really diluting the real problem, which the killing of these young boys out here. For the most part, it’s avoiding the truth. This is reality. This is my world, this is what I talk about in my music. You can’t dilute that. Me being on the cop car that’s the performance peace after these senseless acts.”

Kendrick stressed that his music actually inspires kids to react in a positive manner while touching on issues that are problems in the hood.

Most people who actually listen to his music—unlike Geraldo Rivera—would know that. Watch K. Dot speak his truth below.

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Tom Brady — White Man Hip-Hop Dancing … At Super Bowl Ring Party

Wanna see Tom Brady trying to dance to hip-hop music … with Wiz Khalifa egging him on? Great … ’cause that happened at the New England Patriots Super Bowl ring ceremony last night.  Among the highlights …  –…

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Hip-Hop Reacts To Freddie Gray’s Death Being Ruled A Homicide [Photos]

Earlier today, state attorney of Maryland, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced that six Baltimore Police officers received charges in relation to the death of Freddie Gray.

Social media erupted in light of the ruling, with many people expressing hopes that justice is one step closer to being served. This included a handful of Hip-Hop’s finest, some of whom say they’ll remain pessimistic until sentencing. Given the judicial proceedings of past tragedies, let’s say those thought are justified.

In any case, it’s dope to hear from rappers who can add relevant commentary in light of social injustices.

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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week (5/1/15) [Listen]

Pardon the hiatus. After a week away, the show continues with a new edition of The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week.

Expect some diversity in the tracks selected. While rap makes a bulk of the list, a few gems from some notable, rising singers makes a strong case for the future of R&B music.

Peep the songs selected in The Wrap Up after the jump.

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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week (3/27/15) [Listen]

There was a whirlwind of music releases in recent days, but don’t worry. Yours truly gives rap fans a comprehensive guide of the dopest material via The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week.

Per usual, this list is an assortment of heaters you should hear. Having received albums from Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt, and plenty of tracks from other artists, there’s plenty to enjoy in The Wrap Up after the jump.

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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week (3/20/15) [Listen]

There’s more heat to be heard in this edition of Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week.

The most relevant music to release this week came from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, which is fairly represented in this list (no, it doesn’t rank the album’s best tracks). Hear a few standout cuts from the project and other notable records via The Wrap Up.

Hit the jump for more.

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Chris Brown — Royalty Gets All Access at Hip-Hop Concert

Chris Brown got a special visitor Monday when he blew through Houston … his daughter Royalty. The 9-month-old was chaperoned by her mom, Nia Guzman and her half-sister.   We’re told that Royalty and crew were picked up by limo at a Houston hotel…

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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week (3/13/15) [Listen]

It’s Friday, and once again yours truly lists audible heaters in The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week.

Rap music had a pretty strong week, which shows in these quality cuts from legends, veterans, and rising stars alike. Lend an ear to The Wrap Up after the jump.

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Method Man Disses XXL & Swears Off Hip-Hop Publication Interviews [VIDEO]

Method Man is feeling rather po’ed after his public dispute with RZA but he’s not totally blaming The Abbott for his frustration.

While sitting with the Huffington Post Live earlier today, the Wu-Tang vet dropped an atomic bomb on XXL magazine and writer Miranda Johnson for allowing them to “misinform” him about the latest Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time In Shaolin’s 88-year release date schedule. He then went on to gripe how

“This is the reason I don’t like doing interviews for anything Hip-Hop as far as magazines go because they are the bloodsuckers of the culture if you ask me. They’re the reason why a lot of this crap that’s coming out now flies because they’re co-signing. What the people don’t understand is that they get paid to co-sign it.”

He then took a step further and slandered the old regime over at VIBE for being a key catalyst in the beef that got Tupac and Biggie killed.

“[They] create beef, I mean that East-West crap? Vibe should have got a bullet. They should have got a bullet instead of ‘Pac or Big. When they put that cover up with Big and Puff on there — when Big took that picture, he didn’t take that picture thinking East vs. West, he took the picture thinking, ‘I’m gonna be on the cover of Vibe.’ What came after, is what solidified East-West beef. For all the dumb mo’ fuckers out there that don’t know how to think of themselves… That fueled the fire.”

As if not to leave anyone off his sh*t list, he also dissed RZA protegé and manager Cilvaringz for being a “B-level Wu-Tang dude.”

He also bragged about his Instagram post where he called out Johnson but has since took it down.

Persona non Grata…. @xxl and
Miranda Johnson #messy the online news editor.. U won’t last in this bizness doin devilish things my sister.. I think the ppl should let @xxl know how they really feel.. Hit em up @xxl.com and Miranda Johnson #neveragain #foolmeonce #whatdoesitmean #pariah #rejectedbytheppl be weary of these ppl if ur in the biz…”

If Method Man is truly done with talking to us rap scribes, you can watch one his last interviews of the nature right here.

Watch the Meth Man’s infuriated interview down below.

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Hip-Hop Collective Doomtree On Getting Seven Artists In One Room

The Minneapolis rap crew is back with the album All Hands. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with members Dessa and P.O.S.

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Chris Brown A Father?

Welp. All that talk of monogamy is out the window clearly if this is true.

TMZ is reporting that Breezy is the father of a 9-month-old baby girl.

“The baby’s mother is a 31-year-old former model named Nia — who we’re told has known Chris for several years. 

Sources connected to both Nia and Chris tell us they are on very good terms — however they’re not together romantically. We’re told 25-year-old Chris is happy about being a father.

It does not appear there is a formal child support order in place — and we do not know the nature of any informal terms of support.”

If there is any truth to this, we wonder how Karrueche feels about being a step-mommy…

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Hov’s Family Tired Of Being Cast To The Side For Beyoncé?

There’s never really anything you can do to get in good with in-laws that will make them love you.

And Jay-Z and Beyonce’s case is no different.

Star Magazine is reporting that Hov’s fam feels some type of way about being left out of the couple’s exotic holiday getaway.

Sources tell Star that Jay Z’s clan is tired of Beyoncé keeping the rapper from his family.
“There are a lot of hurt feelings. His mother and siblings feel like they’ve been cast aside,” explains the insider who says that Jay’s elevator debacle with Beyoncé sister Solange only made things worse.
“While they dealt with the fallout, Bey and Jay were forced to close ranks, and it didn’t include his family.”
The last straw came this Christmas, when the couple ditched the in-laws for a holiday getaway to Thailand. “They were constantly posting photos online – it was seriously heartbreaking to his family,” says the source.
“Showing off to fans clearly was more important to Jay than spending time with loved ones who used to mean the world to him. And they’re blaming her.”

Sounds like a little bit if jealousy…but it may be hard for the Carter clan to share Hov these days…

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Arizona Schools Chief Says Hip-Hop Classes Violated State Ban

John Huppenthal, an outgoing Republican school superintendent with a questionably racist past, used his last day in the office to issue possible funding sanctions on a school because it taught a class on Hip-Hop. In a letter issued this past Friday, Huppenthal is urging the state to enforce withholding of financial support to the school.

Huppenthal’s letter addressed to Tuscson Unified School District superintendent H.T. Sanchez took direct aim at the district’s decision to teach “culturally relevant” classes which is out of step with a state law. Cholla Magnet High School is mentioned in Huppenthal’s correspondence, which taught a history class, “Culturally Relevant Mexican American Perspective,” and used lyrics from the rap-rock group, Rage Against The Machine.

An English class at Cholla Magnet High, “Culturally Relevant African American Perspective,” was said to have included from KRS-One’s “An Introduction to Hip-Hop” eassy.

More from the Arizona Daily Star:

John Huppenthal, who lost in the election, said in a news release Friday that the state can decide to withhold funding from Tucson Unified School District for the courses.

“During my tenure as Superintendent, I have been closely monitoring the status of the Tucson Unified School District’s culturally relevant curricula to ensure that all TUSD students, regardless of their race or ethnic background, have access to a high quality education,” Huppenthal said in the release. “After a thorough review of materials from TUSD’s culturally relevant courses, I find that the district has failed to meet several provisions of the 2012 Settlement Agreement.”

The classes replaced TUSD’s now defunct Mexican American Studies courses, which were declared in violation of state law.

“I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African American perspective,” the release reads.

State Governer Jan Brewer, who once famously scolded President Barack Obama in his face, signed into law in 2010 a ban on race-related coursework. The idea was that these classes potentially promoted “resentment” towards other races.

Huppenthal was embroiled in controversy last year when he confessed to writing a series of racially iinsensitiveblog posts. Huppenthal tearfully apologized for his words,but it wasn’t enough to save him from losing his re-election bid in August.

[h/t Raw Story]

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Classic Hip-Hop Format Rescuing Radio Stations

While radio stations have seen their audience decrease as tech-savvy consumers flock to satellite radio and streaming audio, broadcasters might have finally found a format that can lure listeners back to FM: Classic hip-hop. Playlists that shine the spotlight back on artists like the Notorious B.I.G., Naughty By Nature and Missy……
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Common, Ne-Yo Go Green on Hip-Hop Benefit Album ‘Home’

When producer and Kanye West collaborator Malik Yusef was 10, he would collect and recycle empty cans with his unemployed father to help pay for “food, lights and heat” for his family. While his early green efforts were more financially driven than altruistically motivated, they began an environmentalist streak that continued……
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Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

“It’s strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for,” Questlove says of his group’s serving as house band for The Tonight Show.

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“It’s strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for,” Questlove says of his group’s serving as house band for The Tonight Show.

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Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker’s Harvard Class

“Nobody from hip-hop was supposed to go to Harvard without a degree,” says 9th Wonder, a respected producer who’s turned out to be a born teacher.

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Dr. Dre Leapfrogs Diddy, Declares Himself First Hip-Hop Billionaire

Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics isn’t a done deal yet, but Beats co-founder Dr. Dre is already beating his chest. “The first billionaire in hip-hop, right here from the motherf—ing West Coast. Believe it,” Dre said in an Instagram video with R&B singer/actor Tyrese on Thursday night. The IG video was removed from Tyrese’s page,… Read more »
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