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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

Britney Spears is going urban, street and hip-hop … that’s what we’re being told by the folks who are creating her 2.0 Vegas concert residency. Britney announced Thursday she was making a return to the Las Vegas Strip to bring back her hugely…

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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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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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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’

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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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Watch Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Trina and More Perform at VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors 2017

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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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50 Cent, Vivica A. Fox And The Absurdity Of Hip-Hop Homophobia

On a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Vivica A. Fox, set to play Cookie’s sister in an upcoming episode of “Empire,” was asked to weigh in on ex-boyfriend 50 Cent’s alleged comments about the show. The rapper reportedly reposted a blog which suggested the ratings for the FOX drama have dipped because of the “gay stuff,” ostensibly referring to the relationship between Jamal and his boyfriend Michael.  

“First of all, you know… pot calling the kettle black. That’s all I’m saying,” Fox responded.

When host Andy Cohen asked Fox (who dated 50 Cent in 2003) to unpack her statement — specifically the suggestion that the rapper is gay – she smiled and said, “He’s not. We had a great time. I mean, he just seems like he’s got something that’s not quite clear,” she said. She also referenced a magazine cover featuring 50 Cent and rapper Soulja Boy, adding that 50 looked like ”a booty snatcher” in the photo.  

It wasn’t long before 50 Cent took a few shots at Fox on Twitter and Instagram, making fun of her looks and divulging intimate details about the former couple’s sex life. “Oh no!! Now she thinks I’m gay because I let her lick my ass,” wrote on his Instagram. “Wait, I didn’t want her to, she forced me, my hands were tied. 50 Shades of Grey.”

The whole saga, which has been playing out on social media to the glee of Black Twitter, is a perfect example of the absurdity of hip-hop homophobia. Now, it’s important to remember that homophobia is not exclusive to the hip-hop and black communities. The narrative that black people are somehow more homophobic than any other group is a false one

But the way that this homophobia manifests in hip-hop is still worth examining — and calling out. The feud has now sparked a debate within Black Twitter about “booty eating,” whether men who receive and like it should be suspected of being gay. On the one hand, the fact that black people and hip-hop lovers are discussing this is great. On the other, it’s unfortunate that a totally natural part of sex is under this kind of scrutiny.

The spectacle of this feud just detracts from the conversation that we actually should be having; why hip-hop figures (like Eminem, or Waka Flocka) still feel empowered to make publicly homophobic comments. 

There have been rumors about 50 Cent’s sexuality in the past, which Fox was very likely aware of when she made her comments on “Watch What Happens Live.” That 50 Cent felt the need to lash out at Fox via Instagram is disappointing, especially since his insistence that he was “forced” by Fox comes off as his way of assuring us all that his masculinity is still intact. 

Both 50 Cent and Fox’s comments and actions have been petty, but on a larger scale they’ve also been damaging to the dialogue surrounding black male sexuality.

Equally disappointing, though, are the comments Fox made about the rapper to begin with. Fox took the intimate relationship between herself and the rapper and weaponized it against him. She was responding to his homophobic comments about “Empire,” a show she is set to appear on later this season, a show whose creator is an openly gay man and a powerful player in Hollywood. But rather than simply saying “no comment,” or unpack why 50 Cent’s suggestion was problematic, she chose to retaliate by trying to “out” him.

Both 50 Cent and Fox’s comments and actions have been petty, but on a larger scale they’ve also been damaging to the dialogue surrounding black male sexuality.  Black masculinity is constantly threatened, undermined, and scrutinized, and comments like those made by Fox do nothing to push the conversation about how to be more inclusive of LGBT people in hip-hop forward. While she may have thought she was just throwing “shade,” what she was really doing was once again perpetuating a stereotype that we desperately need to get away from.  

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50 Cent, Vivica A. Fox And The Absurdity Of Hip-Hop Homophobia

On a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Vivica A. Fox, set to play Cookie’s sister in an upcoming episode of “Empire,” was asked to weigh in on ex-boyfriend 50 Cent’s alleged comments about the show. The rapper reportedly reposted a blog which suggested the ratings for the FOX drama have dipped because of the “gay stuff,” ostensibly referring to the relationship between Jamal and his boyfriend Michael.  

“First of all, you know… pot calling the kettle black. That’s all I’m saying,” Fox responded.

When host Andy Cohen asked Fox (who dated 50 Cent in 2003) to unpack her statement — specifically the suggestion that the rapper is gay – she smiled and said, “He’s not. We had a great time. I mean, he just seems like he’s got something that’s not quite clear,” she said. She also referenced a magazine cover featuring 50 Cent and rapper Soulja Boy, adding that 50 looked like ”a booty snatcher” in the photo.  

It wasn’t long before 50 Cent took a few shots at Fox on Twitter and Instagram, making fun of her looks and divulging intimate details about the former couple’s sex life. “Oh no!! Now she thinks I’m gay because I let her lick my ass,” wrote on his Instagram. “Wait, I didn’t want her to, she forced me, my hands were tied. 50 Shades of Grey.”

The whole saga, which has been playing out on social media to the glee of Black Twitter, is a perfect example of the absurdity of hip-hop homophobia. Now, it’s important to remember that homophobia is not exclusive to the hip-hop and black communities. The narrative that black people are somehow more homophobic than any other group is a false one

But the way that this homophobia manifests in hip-hop is still worth examining — and calling out. The feud has now sparked a debate within Black Twitter about “booty eating,” whether men who receive and like it should be suspected of being gay. On the one hand, the fact that black people and hip-hop lovers are discussing this is great. On the other, it’s unfortunate that a totally natural part of sex is under this kind of scrutiny.

The spectacle of this feud just detracts from the conversation that we actually should be having; why hip-hop figures (like Eminem, or Waka Flocka) still feel empowered to make publicly homophobic comments. 

There have been rumors about 50 Cent’s sexuality in the past, which Fox was very likely aware of when she made her comments on “Watch What Happens Live.” That 50 Cent felt the need to lash out at Fox via Instagram is disappointing, especially since his insistence that he was “forced” by Fox comes off as his way of assuring us all that his masculinity is still intact. 

Both 50 Cent and Fox’s comments and actions have been petty, but on a larger scale they’ve also been damaging to the dialogue surrounding black male sexuality.

Equally disappointing, though, are the comments Fox made about the rapper to begin with. Fox took the intimate relationship between herself and the rapper and weaponized it against him. She was responding to his homophobic comments about “Empire,” a show she is set to appear on later this season, a show whose creator is an openly gay man and a powerful player in Hollywood. But rather than simply saying “no comment,” or unpack why 50 Cent’s suggestion was problematic, she chose to retaliate by trying to “out” him.

Both 50 Cent and Fox’s comments and actions have been petty, but on a larger scale they’ve also been damaging to the dialogue surrounding black male sexuality.  Black masculinity is constantly threatened, undermined, and scrutinized, and comments like those made by Fox do nothing to push the conversation about how to be more inclusive of LGBT people in hip-hop forward. While she may have thought she was just throwing “shade,” what she was really doing was once again perpetuating a stereotype that we desperately need to get away from.  

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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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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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Scarface Arrested After Being Honored At BET Hip-Hop Awards

Scarface has apparently been arrested after being honored at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta last night.

Face was bestowed with the coveted “I Am Hip-Hop” award, a nod to his influence and tenure in Hip-Hop.

Scarface’s moment, as he was introduced by Ludacris, was a highlight of the evening. Authorities were present at the taping, which happened at the Atlanta Civic Center. They took the Houston rap legend in on failure to pay child support, according to sources.

Celebrity photographer Freddy-O explained what happened backstage.

“After Scarface exited the stage heading back to the celebrity trailers there were 10 sheriffs waiting to arrest him. Sources revealed that Scarface had a warrant and he was not suppose to leave the State of Texas. Scarface was so concerned about accepting his award and not disappointing his fans he risked being arrested,” Freddy wrote. “Snoop was back stage when Scarface was arrested and was upset that; the great moment ended on a sour note.  The incident resulted in the show being delayed.”

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Brad Jordan, Scarface’s real name, has had to deal with these sort of charges in the past. In 2010, he served time in jai for failing to pay in Montgomery County, TX.

AllHipHop’s Chuck Creekmur was present at the awards and spoke to Scarface just as he was to be honored.

“I spoke to Face before he was going hit the stage and he was in great spirits,” Creekmur said. “There was no indication that something was awry. After the show Julia Beverly (author and journalist) and I were trying to find him to again congratulate him, but we never heard back. Hopefully, this gets resolved quickly.

 

Below is an extensive 2-part interview with Scarface with Creekmur and Nida Khan.

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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

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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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Kendrick Lamar Responds to Geraldo Rivera: “Hip-Hop Is Not the Problem, Our Reality Is”


“This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves.”

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Kendrick Lamar on Geraldo Rivera’s Criticism: Hip-Hop is Not the Problem

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(AllHipHop News) “Hip-Hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation,” Kendrick told TMZ Live. Responding to the Geraldo Rivera’s questionable belief that “Hip-Hop is more damaging to young African-American kids than racism,” the good kid, went on to say, “This is our music; this is us expressing ourselves. Rather than going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, but going in the booth and talking about the situation.”

On Monday evening (June 29), Geraldo Rivera, visited Fox News’ “The Five” and delivered his views of the TDE lyricist’s 2015 BET performance of “Alright.” The right-wing conservative firmly asserted that K. Dot standing on the hood of a defaced cop car and his lyrics “are not helpful, to say the least,” and the scathing critique went on to contend that, “Hip-Hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years.”

”How can you hear a song about hope and turn it into hatred,” Kendrick asks the million dollar question. Check out the video and leave a comment.


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From Lil’ Kim to Missy Elliott, the ’90s Hip-Hop Stars Whose Style Still Inspires

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At the BET Awards Sunday, hip-hop fans were treated to a delightful surprise when Sean Combs took the stage—bringing with him many artists including Pharrell, Mase, and Jadakiss—to pay homage to the late Notorious B.I.G. But we were most excited to see the return of Lil’ Kim (and her skintight all-black look and over-the-knee boots). With Fresh Dressed now in theaters—the documentary that traces the history of hip-hop fashion from Dapper Dan to Kanye WestKim, and her risk-taking approach to her wardrobe feels especially relevant. From her bejeweled, skimpy costumes (see her famous purple pastie-involving get-up at the 1999 VMAs) to her voluminous fur coats that made sure everyone knew who was boss, Kim personifies a certain type of OTT we’ve come to expect from major hip-hop stars.

The pioneering women of nineties hip-hop, from Salt-N-Pepa to Missy Elliott, made their sartorial imprint and popularized everything from excessive and campy jewelry to playful sportswear. Just as provocative as Lil’ Kim is her rival Foxy Brown; meanwhile, artists like Neneh Cherry preferred a more thoughtful and funky approach. And like her powerful music, Lauryn Hill’s sense of style endures today, as nineties nostalgia continues to pervade the runways.

It takes a bold personality and rare talent to break into the boy’s club that is the rap game, and that courage is no doubt also echoed in the personal styles of artists today like Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Angel Haze. Here, a look at eight of their forbears whose music and signature looks continue to inspire us today.

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Exclusive: Kenny Smith Reveals Appropriate Age For Kids To Listen To Hip-Hop [VIDEO]

Kenny Smith is easily the x-factor and most sensible bridge between basketball IQ and Hip-Hop culture on the award-winning Inside the NBA.

Now, the two-time NBA champion is currently putting that personality to another use with his family oriented reality show on TBS, Meet the Smiths, which stars his wife, Price is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, and their five children.

While out in Los Angeles for the 2015 BET Awards, Hip-Hop Wired asked the Smiths when it was cool to listen to the DJ Mustard’s and the London’s on the Tracks who permeate his iPod.

Although a network such as TBS has obviously recognized the Smiths as a batch of responsible parents, even The Jet admits that you can’t keep a watchful eye on your kids 100 percent of the time.

“When [they] start listening to the unedited, you probably don’t know,” he admits. “I think [us as parents] started noticing it when our son got more into playing basketball and [rap music] was motivating him to play harder,” Mrs. Smith chimed in.

To put it frankly, PG-13 ratings and parental advisory labels are close cousins.

The Jet also pointed out the apparent relationship between Hip-Hop and basketball cultures, seeing that the both are rooted in the streets.

Watch the Smiths’ Hip-Hop Wired interview about and tune into their new show on TBS.


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Dope and Fresh Dressed Take On Vintage Hip-Hop Style

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Head to the movies this weekend, in the lull before the Fourth of July mega-blockbusters arrive, and there’s a halfway decent chance you may leave with a hankering for a pair of Air Jordans or some fat-laced Adidas. First we have Rick Famuyiwa’s nineties-hip-hop-revering, coming-of-age story, Dope, which came out last week. Then, hitting theaters today, there’s Fresh Dressed, Sacha Jenkins’s documentary about the history of hip-hop style.

Fresh Dressed is narrated by a cast of talking heads that includes rappers like Nas, Kanye, and Sean “Diddy” Combs; designers like Karl Kani and Ricardo Tisci; and a handful of fashion experts, including André Leon Talley. It begins in the late seventies and early eighties, during rap’s nascent years, and gives a whirlwind tour of the next three decades. We see the rise of the Kangol hats and Pumas beloved by early b-boys, the birth of Easy Rider–inspired embellished denim vests and graffiti-painted jeans, and the wild luxury logo–emblazoned designs of Harlem’s Dapper Dan, who eventually got sued out of business for copyright infringement (and who is fascinating enough to be the subject of his own documentary).

In the late eighties, hip-hop artists began to appropriate classic American sportswear brands like Polo and Tommy Hilfiger. The documentary asserts that Hilfiger actually drove to poor New York City neighborhoods with his clothes to spur demand. By the early nineties, streetwear pioneers like Cross Colours and Karl Kani were carving out their own piece of the market, embracing baggier silhouettes and dressing icons like TLC, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Will Smith (then starring on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). Department stores had been quick to ignore urban labels, but suddenly they were forced to take heed. The space grew saturated. Brands like FUBU, Russell Simmons’s Phat Farm, and Combs’s Sean John were born; the latter ended up winning the CFDA award for menswear.



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The free-for-all mentality eventually led to some less memorable ventures (anyone recall Eminem’s Shady Limited line or Outkast Clothing?). And though many brands were short-lived, they edged out more established designers like Kani in the fight for department-store real estate. As the market became increasingly competitive, some of the labels born in the boom years began to disappear. Hip-hop style, always evolving, moved on. By the early aughts, fashion’s perpetual loop cycled back to the same luxury brands—Gucci, Versace, and Louis Vuitton—that Dapper Dan was remixing back in the eighties. More recently, new streetwear labels like Public School have made fresh bids for the high fashion market. And in the age of the Internet, street style reflects more individuality than ever. As Nas tells the camera, “The new guy, he’s wearing stuff that’s out of the box.” Kanye echoes the sentiment: tolerance for difference is key. “People were afraid to express themselves. Certain people assumed because I liked clothes, I was gay. Now we’ve learned to just accept each other’s cultures.”

If that sounds like an overly simplified summary of a lengthy history, you’re not wrong to think so. But it’s also a good reflection of the film, which, as others have noted, at under 90 minutes, doesn’t take enough time for a deep dive into its subject. In other words: If you want a graduate degree in the history of hip-hop fashion, look elsewhere; if you’re looking for an entry level course, Fresh Dressed is a great primer.



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And for a lesson in applied style, turn to Dope. When I asked the film’s costume designer, Patrik Milani, who tends to drop the word “fresh” into every other sentence, if he’d caught a screening of Fresh Dressed at Sundance (where Dope also premiered), he told me he couldn’t get a ticket. But when he watched the trailer, he saw many of the same images he’d collected in a “huge folder” to present to director Rick Famuyiwa.

There are plenty of reasons to love Dope: breakout performances by Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, and A$ AP Rocky; a soundtrack curated by Pharrell Williams, a producer on the project; an irresistible, caper-filled plot that’s perfect for carefree early summer. But the film’s spot-on reinterpretation of late eighties and nineties fashion is also a major draw.

When buzz about the movie started to build this spring, I read a handful of stories that mistakenly assumed the movie was set in the nineties. (In fact, it’s about three nerdy nineties-hip-hop-obsessed friends growing up in present-day Inglewood, California, who accidentally get involved in a drug deal gone wrong.) That misapprehension is due in part to Milani’s excellent work; he created nineties-inspired looks for the central trio of friends—Malcolm (Moore), Diggy (Clemons), and Jib (Tony Revolori)—so convincing that he had us fooled.

For Jib, Milani cribbed the “almost military” style—think Adidas, bomber jackets, and bucket hats—of early rap acts like Run DMC and NWA. “That was before rap music even had a Grammy category,” says Milani. “It was kind of like outlaw music. It was really, really fresh.”



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Diggy acts like one of the guys, but Milani wanted her to feel feminine, so he looked to Aaliyah’s oversize-yet-sexy silhouettes. “I really wanted Diggy to wear Cross Colours,” he told me. “It was created [originally] as a way to have peaceful gang relations,” a concern that arose while shooting in neighborhoods in which wearing the wrong color can get you in trouble. But the Cross Colours pieces that Milani unearthed on eBay came in enormous sizes and were few and far between. “I found out later that there’s a guy in San Francisco who has every piece of Cross Colours that was ever made,” Milani told me wistfully. “He will fly down if you buy him a ticket and let you use his stuff. He’s a total fan.”

Malcolm, played brilliantly by Shameik Moore, has the most eclectic vibe. He rocks a Fresh Prince–style flattop, short-sleeved shirts buttoned all the way up, and a sleeveless denim vest. “My references were late eighties,” says Milani, though he also points to the style of Kendrick Lamar and the Instagram feed of a particularly stylish current student at Inglewood High, whom he discovered through some creative hashtag searches. “He would wear this fifties letterman jacket and these nineties shirts underneath,” Milani explained. “I had a huge binder on him. His girlfriend was cool [too] but I couldn’t follow her. She was private.”

So does this mystery teenager know that his style is currently appearing on big screens across the country? Only if he recognizes it himself. “I couldn’t really befriend them,” says Milani, who is 45. “I would look through their [Instagrams], and print out [looks]. You have to be careful! They’re kids!”

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‘Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta’ Star Momma Dee — Gets Plowed By Beefy Stripper (VIDEO)

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Momma Dee lived her final days as an unmarried woman … to the FULLEST — as in, grinding on the floor with a totally yoked stripper — and we got the video. Lil Scrappy’s ma got…

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Underground King: Hip-Hop Reacts To Pumpkinhead’s Death

Hip-Hop is mourning the untimely death of Pumpkinhead. Although he wasn’t a household name, the Brooklyn MC’s respect among his peers is being illustrated by all the tributes and sentimental words being posted by friends, family and fans on social media.

Talib Kweli’s word about his fallen friend are particularly moving.

“Just finding out I lost a great friend today,” wrote Kweli on Instagram. “RIP Robert Diaz AKA Pumpkinhead. Robert and I went to PS 282 together in Brooklyn, 4th grade. We then reconnected when he became an MC during the indie era of the late 90s. He signed to Makin Records, I signed to Rawkus. Then PH went on to reinvent himself again in the new battle rap era. He LOVED MCing and was great at it. To lose such a great human being so early in his life, man. No words. There is a fraternity of artists who were around for all of this. PH inspired us all. He will live on thru us even though his physical presence will be missed. RIP Robert Diaz.”

Check out the the outpouring of Pumpkin head tributes below and on the following pages from Pharoahe Monch, Atmosphere, DJ Premier, El-P and more.

Rest In Power.

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There May Be A New Hip-Hop Supergroup!

As we know Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and 9th Wonder formed a collective called Indie 500. Indie 500 was created with the purpose of being a greater force independent from the major label system. The three power players wanted to join not just on the rap side, but on the touring and business side as well. Rumor has it that Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and 9th Wonder are now forming a group as well. This is interesting, especially since Monch said he was retiring. If this is true, it will be nice to hear “traditional” Hip-Hop and deeply rooted Hip-Hop music. I think we are all tired of “radio rap”.

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Hip-Hop Mourns Murder Of Chinx [Photos]

Early this morning, Coke Boys rapper Chinx was shot to death in Queens after what was reported a drive-by shooting. Fans and fellow rappers alike took to social media to mourn the 31-year-old’s death. 

“Can’t let these suckas shatter ya dreams! RIP CHINX!,” tweeted Meek Mill. “And the hood gotta stop glorifying suckas that kill good people! I take that sh*t personal when somebody that’s truly Tryna win get killed….. I really feel that shit in my chest!”

See who else chimed in, including Wiz Khalifa, Mike Epps, Rob Kardashian, Lil Durk and Styles P, on the following pages. Rest in power Chinx.

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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 Videos Of The Week (4/10/15)

A tastefully emotionally batch of visuals make up the latest edition of The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week

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Whether it’s tears of joy, sorrow or laughter, there’s a droplet in here for you in at least one of the clips.


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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 Hip-Hop Community Salutes Eazy-E On 20th Death Anniversary

Unbeknownst to the world at the time, March 26, 1995 would mark the turning point for Hip-Hop heartbreak, as it marked the day Eric “Eazy-E” Wright passed away from AIDS-related complications at the young age of 31.

His legacy was instantly cemented; he’s renown as the “Godfather of Gangsta Rap” for his instrumental hand in creating the N.W.A. Although his relationship with the group’s members (mainly Ice Cube and Dr. Dre) had soured, his Ruthless Records imprint went on to blossom well past his death with the rise of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and the Black Eye Peas, among others.

This coming August, one side of the infamous N.W.A. star as both Cube and Dre will executive produce F. Gary Gray’s direction for the highly anticipated Straight Outta Compton biopic.

Only time will tell if it does the memory of Eazy-E justice, but the Hip-Hop community sure does miss him and they let be known today.

Scroll through the pages below to Eazy-E’s death be celebrated in life and park it at the end to see Dr. Dre’s new interview with Big Boy.

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Hip-hop megastar Kanye West to headline Glastonbury

Controversial hip-hop star Kanye West has been confirmed to headline Saturday night at Glastonbury 2015. Francis Maguire reports.
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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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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week (3/13/15)

Today is that rare, unlucky day of Friday the 13th but this latest edition The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week shows that artists these days are as fearless as ever.

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Whether they’re calling out former flames, unafraid to poke fun of themselves or to fully collaborate with an unknown art, this type of risk taking is exactly what art needs these days.


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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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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week (3/6/15)

It’s been a top-tier week for rap music and Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week of March 6, 2015 reiterates the point.

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Peep who kept it thorough when it came the artistic expression in the gallery below.


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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week (3/6/15) [Listen]

The music gods having been rather gracious over the last seven days. Such is reflected in The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week.

 

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Hit the jump to hear which records made the cut. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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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: Lil Scrappy Says Wendy Williams Is Tearing Down Black People

Wendy Williams has been added to another celebrity’s s*** list, although I doubt she’ll be bothered by this one.

Lil Scrappy shared his disdain for the talk show host through an Instagram post, saying he once liked her before but now he can’t stand her a**.

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Wendy better be careful on how she responds. She don’t want it with Momma Dee and word is Momma Dee isn’t a Wendy fan either…Do you agree with Scrappy about Willams tearing down blacks?

 

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INFINITE H Serve Slick, Synthy Hip-Hop on ‘Pretty’

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Bow Wow Chimes In On Mya Performance

Mya made something like a fool of herself over the weekend when she performed at a Miami strip club. Not saying that a performance at a strip club is wack, but pop-lockin’ across the stage just isn’t a good look these days.

Bow Wow thought the performance wasn’t the best decision for the singer as well and offered his opinion of it via Facebook:

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Now Bow…Shad whatever you’re going by these days, its one thing to be critical of a performance, but its another when you’re fiancé…nevermind.

 

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Amber Rose Photoshop Sorcery

Somebody decided to put Muvarosebud on blast, calling her cakes fake.

Amber Rose has been dropping practically nude photos via Instagram the last few days, she even had baby daddy Wiz shook to the point he commented.

Now someone has dedicated an entire Instagram page to Rose calling her photo fake and Photoshoped.

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The page has since been deleted. Do you think this page may have been on to something?

 

 

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Simp Or Die Whining: The 15 Most Emo Rappers In Hip-Hop [Photos]

With the exception of the occasional act like PM Dawn, rappers were predictably masculine in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It was a good time. We got a reminder that those days are gone when Kid Cudi and Lupe Fiasco got into a little Twitter beef over the weekend.

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In honor of every recent rapper that has shed a tear of the non-thug variety, rocked some tight pants, or thrown a temper tantrum, here are the 15 most emo rappers in Hip Hop. Read it and (don’t) weep.


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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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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week (1/9/15) [Listen]

Once again, yours truly closes out your Friday night with music to groove to via The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Songs Of The Week.

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The up and comers had their game faces on, having released material that left me clamoring for me. A famed Harlem-bred posse also returned to the scene bearing an audible tread.

Peep The Wrap-Up after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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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.

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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.

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Curtain Call: The 12 Biggest Hip-Hop Moments Of 2014 [Photos]

2014 is almost a wrap!

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Before we let this year slip on out the door, let’s take a moment to reflect on some Hip-Hop highlights. This year we saw Remy Ma released, Jay Z attacked, and one beef after another. Since there’s so much ground to cover, we decided to narrow the list down to an even dozen.

Hit the gallery for 12 of the biggest moments in Hip-Hop this year.

Here’s hoping for an eventful 2015.

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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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Iggy Azalea Tweets Subliminals To Q-Tip, Says She’s “Passionate” About Hip-Hop [Photos]

Iggy Azalea glazed over the Hip-Hop history lesson that she got from Q-Tip and her response is as shoddy as her southern accent. It’s fair to say that Azalea’s trying  her best to work through the thick cloud of slander that constantly surrounds her. On the other end, she still sounds clueless.

Her retort to Q-Tip was subliminal versus direct, and more about varying assumptions that she doesn’t know Hip-Hop history. She’s apparently very passionate about Hip-Hop.

“Most people learn every and anything they can about the subjects they are passionate about, I’m no different,” Azalea tweeted. “I find it patronizing to assume I have no knowledge of something I’m influenced by, but I’ve also grown up with strangers assuming that. So its completely fine and I’m used to it by now. I don’t lose any sleep over it.”

Somewhere in between getting dragged on Twitter, and threatened by Anonymous, the 24-year-old Aussie copped her boyfriend Nick Young a brand new car. It’s been a busy weekend.

See the Q-Tip tweets, and a photo of the car, in the gallery.

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The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week (12/19/14)

The Wu-Tang Clan and Rae Sremmurd. Visuals of breakbeats and 90s era mixed with new age female dominance. Whatever you feel like you need to be seeing, The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week for the week of December 19, 2014 has the fix you crave.

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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole’s Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

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