Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lord Jamar: "People Who Like Lil Yachty are Actually Stupid"

NY Rapper/Actor Lord Jamar recently went on DJ Vlad and said that Lil Yachty is trash and anyone who likes his music is stupid. While Yachty fans may strongly disagree, many independent underground Hip Hop fans feel the same way. "When I heard Yachty on a Sprite commercial with LeBron James, I knew it was real that they were putting these culture vultures in position to potentially take over Hip Hop," says an anonymous rapper. Hear what Lord Jamar has to say in full about rappers like Lil Yachty and Young Dolph...

Beginner's Guide to Buying Camera Equipment

Buying photography equipment for the first time is a daunting task. Useful guides exist to help beginners choose a good camera, but few newcomers realize that the camera itself is only the first of many pieces of equipment necessary to create a full setup for photography. This guide suggests a complete kit — everything from lens cloths to computer monitors — that will provide a beginner with high quality images (and room to grow) for a price of around 2000 US dollars.

Note that this guide is not a comprehensive list of equipment that will work for every type of photographer. As your photography becomes more specialized — portraiture, landscapes, wildlife, or anything else — you will gravitate towards more specialized equipment as well. These recommendations can be considered an all-purpose starter kit rather than a list tuned to one specific type of photographer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hip Hop Legend Phife Dawg to get Street named in his honor

The street named after the late Phife Dawg will officially be unveiled in November. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to take place on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. in St. Albans, Queens.

Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street is the location where Phife Dawg will be immortalized. The spot holds a specific significance as it is where Phife met Q-Tip. A Tribe Called Quest would famously reference Linden Boulevard in their classic single “Check the Rhime.”

“The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable,” Phife’s wife Deisha Head Taylor said in a statement. “This is a perfect representation of who Malik was, and what Queens meant to him. Whenever he mentioned Queens, Linden Boulevard at 192, was a focal point of reference, so I am certain he would be pleased with having it renamed in his honor.”

Phife Dawg’s memory will receive further recognition with a new A Tribe Called Quest album. Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid let the news slip back in August.

Jay Z Makes $40 Million Offer for Prince's Unreleased Catalog of Music

Rap titan Jay Z could become the owner of Prince’s unreleased music if a hefty offer receives the proper sign-offs.

TMZ reports that the TIDAL owner has already put in an offer of about $40 million for the late musician’s catalog of unreleased tunes.

Jay Z reportedly even went so far as to meet with Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson and her husband, flying them out to New York City to discuss the multi-million dollar offer.

For the offer to be approved, the Brooklyn lyricist would need more than just a sign-off from Nelson. Although Nelson is Prince’s only full sibling, the late singer’s half-siblings would also be required to sign-off on the $40 million offer.

Currently, TIDAL serves as the only streaming service Prince’s music is available on.

Months before his death, Prince expressed his confidence in TIDAL and Jay Z during an interview with Ebony.

“TIDAL is a new company, it’s brand new,” Prince said. “They’re just getting their footing, and I think when there’s a company like that, or the OWN network — situations where we finally get into a position to run things — we all should help. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Ace Hood wants off of Khaled's "We The Best" label?

DJ Akademiks Speaks on Ace Hood Telling DJ Khaled To Use his 'Keys' and Unchain and Let him Free from his Label 'We The Best'

YG Pays Tribute To Victims Of Police Brutality In 'One Time Comin'

After tweeting his 1.11 million fans that he'd be releasing new music, YG kept true to his word and dropped a dedication track early Tues. morning (Oct. 25) titled "One Time Comin'" dedicated to individuals who've been subject to police brutality.

The Compton rapper is known to keep his music brutally honest, from his anti-Trump song "F--k Donald Trump" to "Police Get Away With Murder" from his newest album Still Brazy -- which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and carries on his unapologetic attitude on "One Time Comin'."

DMX Calls Police Officers and Fire Fighters 'True Heroes'

The Yonkers Police Department and Fire Department gathered on Friday (Oct. 21) for their annual Toughman Competition charity event, and were met with a heart-warming speech by one of the night's famous attendees,DMX.

"On February 8, [they] saved my life," the legendary rapper told the room of policemen and firemen in a video TMZ released. "To go from, at one point running from the police to get away from shit -- you know, to get away from what I was doing -- to having those same police save my life..." Earlier this year, DMX was found unconscious in the... Read Full Story

Monday, October 24, 2016

Buy "Roscrans" EP by DJ Quik & Problem

Release Date: April 20, 2016
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Papoose challenges Kevin Hart to freestyle battle..

Papoose was a recent guest on Sway in the Morning. He says he would record a song with Azealia Banks, gives relationship advice, talks Kanye West vs Jay Z, his wife Remy Ma, "Love & Hip Hop," "Hoodie Season 3" mixtape, possible collaboration between Remy and Nicki Minaj, spits a freestyle.

Black Love! Papoose joins us on Sway in the Morning during our Celebrity Wire with Tracy G and weighs in on Azealia Banks' recent craziness + Kanye West's latest rant about Jay Z.

Papoose also gives love advice (14:50) in reference to his refreshing love with Remy Ma + takes a second to call out Kevin Hart and challenges Chocolate Droppa to a battle on Sway in Morning. And of course Papoose dropped a fire Halloween-themed freestyle!!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Nipsey Hussle launches new venture "Elite Human Hair"

Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle has definitely left his print on how to become a successful entrepreneur. If his exclusive music and branding wasn't enough, he's got some more cool stuff popping up! This time...Hair! 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Kodak Announces New Smartphone designed for Photography

Eastman Kodak Company announced its new Kodak Ektra smartphone Thursday. The phone is
designed "for those with a passion for photography, from enthusiasts to experts," according to a news release sent out Thursday. The name of the smartphone is a nod to the original Kodak Ektra Camera, launched in 1941.

The Android-based phone will be launching "soon" across Europe. Other international markets, including the U.S., will see the Ektra released throughout 2017 - pending successful sales in Europe.

The main selling point on the Ektra seems to be the 21-megapixel fast focus camera sensor with f2.0 aperture. A second front-facing 13-megapixel front-facing camera is also on the phone. The camera app on the phone has a variety of settings similar to an SLR-style dial, which can be switched from auto to manual.

Editing software from Snapseed comes with... 

Ice Cube Voices Support for Tupac's Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Ice Cube, who has been vocal about N.W.A belonging in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a rap group, now voices his support for Tupac to get the honor. The late, great Cali rapper was announced yesterday (October 18) as a nominee for the Class of 2017.

“I think we need our own Hall of Fame to be honest, but Tupac definitely needs to go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Cube says to TMZ.

N.W.A had a long journey into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, being nominated several times, but was finally inducted this year, much to the frustration of KISS singer and Class of 2014 member Gene Simmons.

“It don’t matter, as long as you get in, baby,” Cube says of Tupac’s first nomination despite naysayers like Simmons who don’t think rap belongs in the Hall.

The Class of 2017 inductees will be announced in December.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Free Artist Photo Shoot @ McDonald Park in Pasadena, CA 10/28

If you're an artist in or around Los Angeles/Southern California and are looking for a movement to join that will expand your network and presence, Tha DENA Music Scene, formerly known as the Pasadena Music Scene, is hosting an informal, free photo shoot for local, native, independent artists at McDonald Park in Pasadena, CA on Friday October 28th, 2016 from 12p-2p. 

This shoot is tha first of many to come each month as Bing Bing is working vigorously to unite tha local music scene in tha Pasadena / Altadena region. It is called the #BringingItTogether Free Artist Photo Shoot where local artists come together to take formal pictures with other artists demonstrating values of love, peace, & unity. By doing this, we are taking control of our artistic destinies and using our influence for tha greater good of ourselves and our community.

By having artists take photos together demonstrating honorable values, we can influence our future in a positive way. We must understand that WE have tha power to make it happen. The #BringingItTogether movement was created shortly after tha implementation of tha formal music scene (Tha DENA Music Scene) in Pasadena that encouraged artists from different circles and genres to come together and demonstrate a unity.

Artists who participate will receive:

  1. One Professional Portrait of themselves.
  2. Publicity in Magazines, Blogs, Forums, Website, Social Media, and Word of Mouth.
  3. A formal Certificate of Recognition that states you are recognized by your local music scene. This is what we create as an alternative to tha commercial scene to provide ourselves with a platform to grow.
  4. One free exclusive audio/article interview for publication.
  5. Free food!
According to Mistah Wilson, many DENA rappers are still reluctant to join tha local music scene movement. As a result of this, tha Pasadena Music Scene and Pasadena Hip Hop Scene are now consolidated into Tha DENA Music Scene hoping to encourage more DENA artists to participate. "We need our DENA rappers especially to know that there are little to no resources or entities out there that cater to our exclusive type of demographic genre," exclaims Mistah Wilson. "That is why we are here. To revive & preserve local urban culture." 

Artists that are not originally from tha Pasadena / Altadena region are still highly encouraged to attend and participate in tha #BringingItTogether movement. You will join an ever-growing network with no financial dues or requirements and you will be formally recognized by your local music scene. Come meet cool, new artists while building your portfolio at tha same time!

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National Geographic announces Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

American wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman was named winner of the prestigious annual competition for his image Entwined Lives, showing a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest. The award is given for a story told in just six images, which are judged on their story-telling power as a whole as well as their individual quality.

The images will go on display at the Natural History Museum in London from 21 October, before touring internationally.

He observed the animal's behavior, then spent three days using ropes to climb the tree, setting up GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely. This allowed him to capture the orangutan's face from above, with a wide-angle perspective of the forest below.

Wild orangutans face habitat loss from agriculture and logging. This, combined with increased poaching for illegal pet trade, poses huge challenges to the species.

Tim says, 'Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive. If we want to preserve a great ape that retains both its vast, culturally transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest and the full richness of wild orangutan behavior, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild now.'

The Game pens open letter on “UnJust” Criminal Justice System

Wars are fought on many fronts in what I call “the war against the
 war on black and brown people.” I 
watched emotionally with most of America when Diamond Reynolds live streamed on Facebook the shooting of her fiance Philando Castile, shouting: “please officer, don’t tell me that you did this to him…”

We watched him take his last breath, while her 4 year old daughter sat watching in the back seat. It did something to me, it really did. I envisioned what it must have been like when Mamie Till, the mother of Emmitt Till, made the decision to allow her sons casket to be open for the world to see the ugliness that engulfed him. America needed to see what evil was, and look it dead in the face. “I want them to see what they did to my baby,” Mrs. Till said to the world 100 years ago.

I know the part I need to play and will play in the fight for social justice and reform of the Criminal Justice system. The fight will be long and hard but I wish my erstwhile manager was here to join me in this struggle. Unbeknownst to most Jimmy Rosemond was in the front line of many social issues we struggle with now.

Being from Compton I know about these issues first hand, however, I remember when Sean Bell was murdered on the eve of his wedding -after being shot at 50 times by police in Queens, New York- leaving his bachelor party with friends; Jimmy brought me to meet Mr. Bell’s fiance Nicole Paultre-Bell along with Al Sharpton during one of their protests. She was in shock that a California rapper travelled 3000 miles to support while other New York rappers remained silent.

The officers (in that case)were later acquitted. When Hurricane Katrina rocked Louisiana the nation watched...

Lyrics to Eminem's "Campaign Speech"

Eminem surprised fans by dropping a new song, “Campaign Speech,” today (October 19), just days after his 44th birthday.

The track stands at just under eight minutes and features intricately intense bars that can only be delivered by Slim Shady. Over the simple looming production, he addresses Trayvon Martin’s death, Colin Kaepernick and says that yes, he’s going to dunk some Donald Trump supporters under water, “snuck up on ’em in Ray Bands / In a gray van with a spray tan / It’s a wrap like an Ace bandage.”

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cold 187um, Ice Cube, & The D.O.C. drop "Legacy" (Audio)

In 1989, Ruthless Records boasted one of the finest rosters in Rap music history. With N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton in heavy rotation (with a massive tour behind it), Eazy-E’s independent label was fast expanding to include The D.O.C., Above The Law, and J.J. Fad.

By 1990, everything had changed. Ice Cube had angrily left his group and label, as N.W.A. appeared fractured in the aftermath. Meanwhile, The D.O.C. was critically wounded in a near-fatal car accident that almost destroyed his ability to speak, let alone rhyme. As Cube was at odds with his former band-mates, he would famously get into it with A.T.L.’s front-man and producer Cold 187um (a/k/a Big Hutch), due to their rise in his absence. At the Anaheim Theater in April of that year, the two gangsta rappers came to blows in 187um’s dressing room, following some jabs in the media. In July, at New York City’s Marriott Marquis in Times Square—the two men, backed by Above The Law and Da Lench Mob, respectively, had an encore violent confrontation. That scene was chronicled in last year’s Straight Outta Compton film, portraying N.W.A. and A.T.L. affiliate Laylaw front and center in the brawl.

Big Fase 100 gives his Top 5 Emcees of All Time + Speaks on Game/Meek Mill beef

Recently, DubCNN caught up with the original founder of Black Wall Street Records and brother to rapper The Game, Big Fase 100, for an exclusive interview. In this feature, Big Fase talks to us about a myriad of topics including his new artist Benji, the re-launch of the label, his top 5 emcees of all-time, the recent Compton Sheriff slaying his close friend Donta Taylor, his take on The Game verbally assaulting Meek Mill, and much, much more!

Dr. Umar Johnson talks Prince, Michael Jackson & 2Pac's Deaths Being Set Up

Dr. Umar Johnson stopped by VladTV to talk about his thoughts
regarding the murders of Prince, Michael Jackson and Tupac. Dr. Umar began by providing background on the deaths of the late celebrities. "Michael Jackson owned the rights to The Beatles; he owned a significant portion of Elvis's catalog, who's more popular than them, two guys? In the world of white music, and a black man owns the rights, Sony Records deliberately sabotaged Michael Jackson's last album..." Umar explained that if Michael had gone on tour, he would have had the liquid cash to pay off a debt he owed to Sony Records and he would have been able to keep his catalog. Umar went on to go into depth about how he feels the music industry works. "You know the music industry functions like any other white racist society; it gets down to lay down, so Michael was murdered."

Tray Dee talks about possible Eastsidaz reunion

Do you think that the Eastsidaz will ever get back together and record another album?

We’ve discussed the possibility of it but to be honest, I think that Snoop is in another place as far as music is concerned. It’s not like he couldn’t do it but to revisit that mind-state and to re-display that to the public – I don’t think that is who he is. Plus, I don’t think that the chemistry is there to go in and get it done. A lot of things have gone on and been said since I was away. We are all friends, don’t get me wrong. We communicate, but there isn’t that same solidarity like there once was. Dogg House was a family and that’s the same structure that I’m building over at Supreme Circle – a place where everybody makes and is dedicated to making great music. My dream came true in just being able to put together this company and to complete an album of this magnitude with these features and different types of production. From the first song to the mastering of the album, I’ve invested about sixteen months into it and I’m overjoyed with the product. -Tray Dee

Lil' Wayne talks New Music, Prison Memoirs, and why Birdman "Isn't a Carter"

It really looks like there is absolutely no possibility for reconciliation between Lil Wayne and Birdman, although it once seemed possible.

Wayne sat down to talk with HipHopHollywood to explain that readers will get a true inside look into his life in his new book, ‘Gone ‘Til November: A Journal Of Rikers Island’.

In the interview he also opened up about the lessons he learned behind bars, and his plans to release new music....

Chris Tucker on new Friday movie: "I don’t know if I can do another one"

Four years ago, Ice Cube was asked about the return of the Friday franchise, and he said until he shows up on set, we never know. I’ve spoken with Mike Epps about Last Friday as well and he informed me the studio that made Friday is no longer making those types of movies. 

Paco Swartz & Tommy Bunnz "Wake Up" music video sure to inspire!

Paco Swartz and Tommy Bunnz are respected not just for who they are, but for what they do. Tha two artists came together for a grand Teddy Pendergrass remix called "Wake Up" that is sure to inspire artists and fans alike.

"I've seen cocaine in a diaper bag, and young men turn to bangin' just like their dad," says Paco Swartz in tha opening line of tha song. Tommy Bunnz directs a masterpiece that should reach every aspiring artist out there. This song is good for those growing up in tha inner-city as it brings awareness to tha harsh realities of life that many of us are subjected to. "It makes me sad to see a sister high off tha glass, or $20 to ya name, tryna make it last." Tha music video sets a great example of two artists having love & respect for each other.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rey Avalon talks California Blend, Music Production, & What Led Him to Become an Artist

Oxnard, California rapper Rey Avalon, formerly known as Cali Allstarr,  links up with ThaWilsonBlock to talk music production and local music scenes in tha 805 and 661

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Rey Avalon! What's good wit it, fam! Honored to have you here with us for this
exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. What's tha latest & greatest? 
Rey Avalon: First, thanks for this article. I’m a Hip Hop lover, but music lover first. You can hear all the different sounds I incorporate in my music. I’m originally from Lancaster, CA. Now I reside in Oxnard, CA, The home of agriculture, beautiful beaches and women. I’m an artist before everything. Not a perfectionist, I like to "let the music be" if that makes sense.

Mistah Wilson: First & foremost, I gotta let tha world know that we go wayyy back! Never once did I think you or I would become tha artists we are today. What led you to becoming an artist?
Rey Avalon: I started off writing poetry, or at least I thought it was haha. Always had a deep love for music and the way it made me feel. So I began writting verses over well known hiphop instrumentals at 13 and it just grew from there. 

Mistah Wilson: You were formally known as Cali Allstarr and released a couple projects under that alias such as the California Blend mixtape series. Tell us about what inspired tha name "Rey Avalon"... 
Rey Avalon: Rey means "King" in spanish so I really wanted to keep my latino roots in the name. Avalon means "Unique" or "One of a Kind" and is also the name of Santa Catalina Island only City "Avalon". I really wanted a LA marketable name, so I ran with it and I love it. Cali Allstarr was the young me, I grew and so did my music, so I needed something to sound more "Mature". Basically Rey Avalon is the New Cali Allstarr. I even go by my ego-trippen name Cali Rey.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists you've worked with thus far in your career?
Rey Avalon: Nobody big. But alot of good independent artist from all over California.

Mistah Wilson: Name some artists you'd like to collaborate with some time in tha near future... 
Rey Avalon: Layzie Bone. King Lil G. Phora. & Blu 

Mistah Wilson: Shows! You've definitely had your share of openers and headliners. Tell us a little about your performances and any other upcoming shows we should be on tha look out for... 
Rey Avalon: Man. I love performing I feel really free on stage and love to entertain the crowd. I’ve opened for Big Names from Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Nipsey Hussle to YG, Dj Quik, & SlaughterHouse. I just finished the album so I’ll be back booking shows ASAP!

Mistah Wilson: Yo, big shout out to Scott Swoosh! He's produced some bangers for you. How do you manage to find tha right producers to create that unique sound for your projects? Also, tell us about other producers you've worked with on previous projects... 
Rey Avalon: Yes, that’s my Boy ! He’s dope. He’s been ahead of the curve for a long time now. A pure genius. With this latest project "California Blend 3.0" I’ve kept everything In house. We have a lot of talent at #The949 and were ready to show everyone!

Mistah Wilson: Correct me if I'm wrong, but you've actually been doing a little music producing yourself with your latest cut "2 in the Morning". Tell us how that track came together... 
Rey Avalon: I was in the studio listening to oldies but goodies. You know the art laboe oldies lol. And It just popped into my head. I love Smokey Robinson and I threw it together and the song came to my head right away ! I love producing because everything comes thru me. The idea, the beat, the lyrics, the recording and WALLAH !!! Finished product ready for people to hear. 

Mistah Wilson: What's your next project and when is it dropping? Any potential features with ya boy Reeks?
Rey Avalon: My 3rd installment if the California Blend series "California Blend 3.0" dropping this fall ! I hope so !! Haha I would love to hear Reeks on the track !

Mistah Wilson: When writing new songs, where do you grab inspiration from to develop new concepts and subject matter? 
Rey Avalon: My life. The lives of others. Stories. Movies. Ideas. I just see things and right away My vision turns to words.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some influential people in your life that motivated you to pursue music?
Rey Avalon: I have to say Myself. Friends that I have now, lost or gained along my journey. A little belief goes a long way.

Mistah Wilson: For tha record, I just have to ask. What's tha music scene like in Ventura County? 
Rey Avalon: Its not huge. There are a lot of talented artist out here and since Anderson Paak (Oxnard, Ca) has just been singed to Dr. Dre. I think it gave a lot of us more hope that someone from our area went out there and grinded and got what he was looking for.

Mistah Wilson: Can't forget about Lancaster, CA! Have you mixed with their local music scene at all? 
Rey Avalon: Man ! Haven’t been to Lancaster in a while but I got some upcoming things that
might bring me back ! Lol

Mistah Wilson: What have been some challenges you've faced on your artistic journey? 
Rey Avalon: I’ve always believed that if you want to speak on certain things. You should live them. I’ve always learned the hard way. I think that has allowed me to speak on certain topics better. No teacher on earth is better than Experience. Also just learning how to be a one man army ! Because people come and go. And no one will ride for you, like you.

Mistah Wilson: What are some more of tha rewarding things? 
Rey Avalon: Hearing that people have listened to my music to get through rough times. That it actually inspired them and got them through was super rewarding for me. Because theres nothing like touching people with your music. It feels great.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your music? 
Rey Avalon: Creating a Bigger Fan base, touring the World, and eventually signing a Major contract.

Mistah Wilson: What is tha overall message as an artist you want to send to your fans? 
Rey Avalon: Keep working hard. Believe in yourself and walk with swagger. Be your #1 fan. F%ck with yourself HEAVY !

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to the community for you? 
Rey Avalon: HUGE ! I love giving back its one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Helping others in need. Knowing that you made a difference even if it was for one day in a persons life is rewarding.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists who want to pursue a career in music?
Rey Avalon: Find your niche. Expose it. Do what you love and be great at it !

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Rey Avalon! DT! It's been real. Thanks for taking tha time for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. Please send our regards to tha fam! Dora, Gucc, & Keith! If you have any shout outs, drop em!
Rey Avalon: All day ! Thank you, Bing! Much love to you and ThaWilsonBlock!

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Prince Ea exposes the school system with powerful message

Midwest poet Prince Ea puts the educational system on trial. A powerful message that raises awareness of tha fact that our school system hasn't changed in over 150 years. In this creative visual, Prince Ea asks if the school system is preparing kids for tha future...or tha past. Every word he speaks in this masterpiece has purpose and makes every bit of sense.Prince asks the school system if they proud of tha things they've done, making kids believe they are unworthy because they're different. Judging a fish by it's ability to climb a tree...and climb down. This riveting project by tha Prince will give you tha chills.

Mariah Carey's Best Hip Hop Features

Hip-hop has always shown love for Mariah Carey. One of the biggest artists on the planet, the singer has had multiple No. 1 albums, multiple platinum-selling singles, a voice that comes once in a lifetime and a strong connection to the genre. The pop icon has been in the music industry for over 20 years and has had over 40 songs land on the Billboard Hot 100, including those with some of the game’s biggest rappers. To say that Carey is a megastar is an understatement.

Around the late 1990s, she made a bold move by tapping Ol’ Dirty Bastard for the remix to her double platinum track “Fantasy.” Cory Rooney, an A&R rep that helped put the song together, recently described ODB’s specific demands before he would start recording the song...

Mayor of Portland, Oregon endorses Hip Hop Day event

A year ago, as Mayor of Portland, Oregon Charlie Hales endorsed the first Hip-Hop Day event, the mood was hesitant but hopeful. The friction between city authorities and hip-hop performers was cooling off. The debut event drew a crowd and strong performances from local MCs and DJs. For a music community that's often felt unjustly targeted, it looked like progress.

Buy "1992" album by The Game

As Game rediscovered his inner fire throughout 2016, he used personal memories of 1992 to create this cinematic autobiography. In part, the album is a love letter to his formative years, and it’s a treat to hear the rapper joyride vintage West Coast beats on “True Colors / It’s On,” “Bompton,” and “F**k Orange Juice.” While the story deepens with the anguish and regret of “Young N**as,” “92 Bars” reminds hip-hop fans of a diss track’s brutal purpose: decapitation via verses.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Murs Sets World Record For Longest Rap Marathon

Murs has successfully completed his goal of rapping for more than 24 hours straight (minus the five-minute breaks he was allowed each hour), starting yesterday morning and ending today (October 13).

In the span of the day, the Los Angeles rapper performed his own tracks as well as other popular rap songs from Tupac, A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan. He ended the final stretch with a freestyle.

“Fuck it I’m outta here have a nice life everyone,” he concludes with a hoarse voice, referring to his last album, Have a Nice Life.

Murs was allowed a five-minute break each hour and had representatives on site at the studio in Los Angeles where he performed to ensure the Guinness World Record guidelines were followed.

Straight after completing the gargantuan task, the Strange Music signee dropped the video for “Rick Grimes is Dead” via Twitch.

Murs announced this summer that he was attempting the day-long feat in a partnership with Boost Mobile. He held various #WYALA events featuring performances and live interviews in Los Angeles building up to the marathon.

In another rap marathon record, Miami MC Pablo Alvarez freestyled for 25 hours in July. He is in the process of having the record for longest freestyles session confirmed by Guinness.

check out some of the reactions to Murs’ accomplishment

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: "All lives will not matter until Black lives matter"

The sensible Vermont-based ice cream company, founded by liberal activists Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, issued a lengthy statement last week saying “systemic and institutionalized racism” are the “defining civil rights and social justice issues of our time.”

“We’ve come to understand that to be silent about the violence and threats to the lives and well-being of Black people is to be complicit in that violence and those threats,” the Ben & Jerry’s statement read. “All lives do matter. But all lives will not matter until Black lives matter.”

Pusha T Addresses All The Fakery in Hip Hop. Takes shot at Drake...

One of the first things on his agenda is defending his G.O.O.D. Music signee, Desiigner, who has come under intense criticism both for his style which many believe is derivative of that of Future, as well as has role as a leader in so-called “Mumble Rap.” Pusha says “Don’t listen to ’em, Desiigner. The same rappers talkin’ next year will be Uber drivers (Fuck ’em).”

Pusha T Bodies Another Track Leaving Nothing But Crutches, Crosses & Caskets (Audio)

From there, he moves on to what he sees as the increasing fakery in Hip-Hop. While his bars are cryptic, given his past verbal dust ups with Drake, certain lines appear directly aimed at the Toronto MC. He raps “It’s too far gone when the realest ain’t real. I walk amongst the clouds so your ceilings ain’t real. These niggas Call of Duty cause their killings ain’t real. With a questionable pen so the feelin’ ain’t real.” With Drake’s debut mixtape being titled So Far Gone, and last year’s well-detailed accusations of him using ghostwriters, it’s not a far stretch to assume he is Pusha’s intended target. The fake killings reference, also might apply, but the line could refer to a host of artists in the industry. A few lines later, Push also raps “The bar’s been lowered. The well’s run dry. They beefin’ over melodies, but no, not I (yugh).” Given reports that Drake’s altercation with Puff Daddy was over the beat for “0 to 100,” the line may be another shot at the 6 God. 

Nas performs "This Bitter Land" with Erykah Badu on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE and explains why his album is taking so long

“I gotta live life, I gotta experience things. Sometimes music can shift society, man,” Jones said. “When I started out, I didn’t know this thing would be so global. Things are changing, music is changing, so I just want to make sure … I gotta feel it. It’s all about the feeling.” -Nas on why no new album in 4 years

Actor Tommy Ford's death explained by Doctor

It is still hard to believe Tommy Ford died at the young age of 52, Oct. 12, after suffering from a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen. But, what could have led to his untimely death?
“An aneurysm is congenital sometimes,” Dr. Carol Richardson-Te, who has not treated Tommy. That means it’s possible Tommy’s aneurysm,which lead to his death, could have been there since birth. Unfortunately congenital aneurysms can go completely undiagnosed. “It is something that just happens, you could have a malformation of an artery. These things are asymptomatic and they don’t present themselves with anything until you find them, because you are looking for something else; Or for some reason, something in that area causes you to look under imaging and you find it.”

T.I. responds to Floyd Mayweather's statement about #AllLivesMatter

And according to a one Mr. Clifford Harris a.k.a. T.I., his longtime nemesis Floyd Mayweather, owes one to the black community for a recent interview he conducted where he calmly repeated the phrase that was created after BLM began to gain some traction within political conversations.

Yo, @floydmayweather all our past personal differences & opinions of each other aside.... This is socially irresponsible,inconsiderate,& insensitive. It mirrors delusional oblivion in a way only brainwashing tactics can achieve. This completely undermines & discredits the movements that fight for the plights of our people. You're a leader whether you know it or not. Don't get so lost in personal possession or individual achievement that you lose sight of the things that are larger than all of us. Freedom, equality, justice, human rights,qualities of life that have been withheld (or given out sparingly) from our people for generations (400 yrs approximately). A true champion is a man of the people. A true champion makes sacrifices for the people & takes a stand against injustices for those who may not be strong enough or able to do so. A true champion is great inside as well as out. There's a difference in "Greatness" & being "Great" at something. "Greatness" isn't a measure of your abilities & accomplishments, "Greatness" is a measure of your morals,integrity & principles throughout life. Oppression knows no neutral ground. Either you're the oppressed,or you're the oppressor. What side would you like to believe you're on? While some will try to make this more critical than I hope for it to must be said. The world is watching. I have an obligation to myself & those who follow me to address this. Just know I ain't looking to clown you,I'm just trying to enlighten you,hoping that with better insight you can use your powers for good. Respectfully...-King #USorELSE
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windchILL celebrates 20 years in Hip Hop in Blazing Marsten House Cypher

Windchill has been rocking with us for a little while now so when he had his 20th year in hip hop anniversary, we knew we had to do something special for him. We assembled an all star cast of MH Cypher Veterans + New comers to come down and celebrate with us!
And by celebrate we mean rap (incase you were unclear on that).
If your not aware of the movement then its time to Get Familiar!

Produced by GeoMtrk

Steve Sxaks
B. Devinichi
Al Mighty
Nico The Beast
Microphone Jones
The Means
Tray Digga
Unik Stylez
Crazie Kid AnonYmouS

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Why Dr. Dre might sue Sony Pictures...

Legendary producer Dr. Dre has his legal team ready to do battle with Sony Pictures if they release the film, "Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le."

According to TMZ, the movie depicts Dre as a woman beater who physically assaulted then-girlfriend Michel'le, and at one point pulling a gun on her.

Dre vehemently denies the accusations that date back to his relationship with the singer 30 years ago..

A cease-and-desist letter fired off to Sony by Dre's lawyers points out that Michel'le never filed a police report or sought medical treatment from the alleged beatings.

"Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le" is set to air October 15 at 8/7c on Lifetime.

Common talks about why he's not a "Conscious" rapper

Common wears many hats. Not only is he one of the most revered MCs in the game, but he's also a celebrated actor, author, and Academy Award winner. Weeks before the release of his 11th album, Black America Again, Com chats with us about his new project, upcoming film roles, Ice Cube, Kanye West, J Dilla, classic albums, and more.
In the skit following “The 6th Sense,” Common made light of his public image. The Chicago, Illinois MC made a song that fought for Hip-Hop’s preservation. Moments after, he made light of the way he appeared to some—as a deeply conscious, lighthearted poet. The same artist who had been involved in serious beef with Ice Cube had a laugh at skeptics’ expense.

As the most recent guest on the Rap Radar Podcast, Comm’ was asked more than 15 years later what his thoughts are on how the public sees him. Since then, the MC has released hits like “The Light,” and appeared on Erykah Badu’s “Love Of My Life,” two love songs rooted in Hip-Hop. Last year, Common would take home an Oscar award for his John Legend collaboration “Glory” from the film of the same name. While all of these records are acclaimed and widely popular, they tell a different story than the artist’s 2010s battle with Drake, or many of his Nobody’s Smiling-era songs. Read Full Article

Nas & Robin Thicke team up for song about Police Brutality

Here are some of the lyrics, with Nas speaking as directly as he seemingly ever has—as a Black man, a concerned father, and an affected human being:

White man with a gun apprehended, he still alive
Black man with a gun, he has no chance to survive
They gon’ shoot him dead soon as they see the brown of his eyes
And they ask me, “Why you ain’t smilin’ Nas?”
Cause I have a son and I die inside when I gotta tell him what was told to me
Can’t play with your water gun son ’cause the police see
A seven years old as a threat
They think it’s right to kill a seven years old on sight ’cause he ain’t white
So baby if I’m actin’ uptight
When our conversation is weak, it ain’t you
It’s just it ain’t that deep

After Robin’s evocative lyrics about a world amiss, Nas comes back around to reflect on the upcoming election, showing praise of powerful women in a litany of fields, and his own dreams as of late.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Charlamagne gets on Beanie Sigel head about The Game/Meek Mill beef in Breakfast Club interview

Beanie Sigel chats about his beef with Meek Mill and The Game, problems with State Property and Charlamagne not being qualified to talk about these issues.

Spotify to buy Soundcloud for $1 Billion?

Download Verbal Abuse mixtape by Relly 2euce (Ryane Mooves, AV Kinidee, YG Chief, Young Quise, 2dalu, Bing Bing)

  1. Get Wit It (Intro) by Relly 2euce
  2. Hustlaz, Playaz, & Bitches by Relly 2euce
  3. Before & After by Relly 2euce
  4. Stunt Hard by Relly 2euce
  5. Feins by Bing Bing & Relly 2euce
  6. Pandamonium by Relly 2euce
  7. Duffle Bag Dixon by Relly 2euce feat. Young Quise
  8. Reppin That 500 by Relly 2euce
  9. Place Called Home by Relly 2euce
  10. Dirty Money by Relly 2euce feat. YG Chief & Tre Boog
  11. Champions (Interlude) by Relly 2euce
  12. Mr. Dixon by Relly 2euce feat. Ryane Mooves
  13. 6ix Tummies by Relly 2euce feat. St. X
  14. Nightrider by Relly 2euce feat. AV Kinidee & 2dalu
  15. Beast Mode by Relly 2euce & YG Chief
  16. Veterans by Relly 2euce feat. AV Kinidee
  17. Impossible Is Nothin' by Relly 2euce

Listen/Download Tha Grey Area mixtape by PokeyLo (2013)

  1. Parental Misguidance by PokeyLo feat. Phil Phree
  2. Hope by PokeyLo
  3. Ditto by PokeyLo
  4. Tha Streetz Iz Watchin' by PokeyLo
  5. 2 1 1 by PokeyLo & Iwil
  6. As I Walk Away by PokeyLo feat. Crystal Nahidi
  7. Peace by PokeyLo
  8. Skill Level Dangerous by PokeyLo feat. Iwil
  9. Fixated by PokeyLo feat. Bigg Bump
  10. Tha Journey by PokeyLo feat. Bing Bing
  11. Let You Live by PokeyLo
  12. Truth by PokeyLo
  13. Sooo Good by PokeyLo

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