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  • NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC In Theatres and Available Online

    NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC In Theatres and Available Online

    Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 19. Featuring interviews with his ’Illmatic’ producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock,

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  • Royce Da 5’9″ & DJ Premier Announce Group, Joint Album: PRhyme

    Royce Da 5’9″ & DJ Premier Announce Group, Joint Album: PRhyme

      By BANDINI September 24th, DJ Premier has announced his first group since Gang Starr, the legendary duo that spans more than 25 years back to debut album No More Mr. Nice Guy. This unit will be an extension of a decade-plus of working with Royce Da 5’9″. Before Slaughterhouse and around the time of Bad Meets Evil, DJ Premier laced the “Boom” for Royce, who would take the Game/Rawkus Records single, and sign to Columbia. Since Rock City (which featured other sonic collisions from Nickel

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  • Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To ‘Reverse Gentrify’ Literature

    Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To ‘Reverse Gentrify’ Literature

    H.N.I.C. by Albert Johnson and Steven Savile Paperback, 126 pages purchase Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction More on this book: NPR reviews, interviews and more   At this summer’s Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica, thousands turned up for readings by big-name authors: Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith and Albert Johnson. Odds are the name Albert Johnson doesn’t ring a bell. But if you’re a hip-hop fan, you might recognize the author by another name: Prodigy. Off and on

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  • Iggy Azalea’s post-racial mess: America’s oldest race tale, remixed

    Iggy Azalea’s post-racial mess: America’s oldest race tale, remixed

    By BRITTNEY COOPER Recently, my nine year-old nephew came running into the room, eager to find a seat to watch a performance by Iggy Azalea on an awards show. He sat, enraptured by her performance, yelling, “Iggy!” utterly oblivious to the look of chagrin and dismay on my face, as I, too, tuned in to watch this white girl from Australia, turned ATL-style rapper, caricature everything I love about Southern Hip Hop. The look and feeling of chagrin has stayed with

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  • Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ Documentary Will Screen Across The U.S. For 1 Night Only

    Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ Documentary Will Screen Across The U.S. For 1 Night Only

    By Adelle Platon Nas just turned 41 but the party don’t stop. His Time Is Illmatic documentary—which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April on the heels of the namesake album’s 20th anniversary—will be coming to a theater near you for one night only.                 On Oct. 2, the doc, detailing the life and times of the Queens rapper, will screen across 40 theaters countrywide, he announced on Twitter. It will also be accompanied by a “Time Is

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  • “The World Is A Ghetto” by Willie WAZE

    “The World Is A Ghetto” by Willie WAZE

    Peace, In light of recents events, I felt it was only right for me to speak out against what has been going on. We are living in a time that resembles the 60′s minus any strong black leaders to lead the way. Nevertheless I feel that the time is also unique due to access that we have to the internet which gives a direct link to what has been occurring. The aftermath of Michael Brown’s murder has led to everything

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  • Chuck D Wants to ‘Change the Face of Urban Radio’ in Wake of Hot 97 ‘Fiasco’

    Chuck D Wants to ‘Change the Face of Urban Radio’ in Wake of Hot 97 ‘Fiasco’

    Chuck D of Public Enemy performs at day 1 of the 2013 Firefly Festival in Dover, DE Daniel Briggs “That shit is over,” Chuck says of the liberal use of the n-word at Hot 97′s Summer Jam. “If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs… or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen?” Chuck D wants Urban radio to “get it right or be gone” — and he’s not just talking

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  • Dead Prez Performs ‘Sacrifice’ for the Cuban 5 | Breaking the Stage

    Dead Prez Performs ‘Sacrifice’ for the Cuban 5 | Breaking the Stage

    Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with M1 from the HipHip duo Dead Prez, discussing the release of the Cuban5 and performing the song ‘Sacrifice’. LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet FOLLOW Abby Martin @ http://twitter.com/AbbyMartin

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  • Unlocking The Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album In Morocco

    Unlocking The Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album In Morocco

    Walking west from the center of the centuries-old Jemaa El Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco, the crowds start to thin as the snake charmers and spice merchants give way to modern boulevards clogged with old Mercedes taxis, fume-spewing mopeds and the occasional donkey. The Royal Mansour hotel rises in the distance—a destination packed with wares rarer than any in the old market—in particular, the hand-carved, silver-and-nickel box that will soon contain the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s new album, The

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  • Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album

    Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album

    Once Upon A Time In Shaolin: Wu Tang will sell just one copy of the top-secret album. According to Forbes somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized. The lustrous container was handcrafted over the course of three months by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal

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  • MARCH 25th RELEASE: Lord Jessiah Allah + Phillie (of the Wisemen) – Crimeline Chronicles

    MARCH 25th RELEASE: Lord Jessiah Allah + Phillie (of the Wisemen) – Crimeline Chronicles

    Continuing the onslaught of blazing releases, producer/MC Jessiah Allah of Black day in July Productions and Phillie of the Wisemen, prepare to drop their collaboration project, “Crimeline Chronicles” on March 25th, 2014. This project is SURE to keep the heads in the streets attention, while concurrently enlightening 85ers with the livest beats and lines. Featuring Bronze Nazareth, Crown Vic, Alius Pnukkl, Kevlaar 7, Salute da kidd, Illah dayz, Drugs thee emcee, and Merc versus, listeners better get their brains ready

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  • UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS! Nasty Nas signs Boldy James

    UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS! Nasty Nas signs Boldy James

    UPDATE: Nas brought Boldy James out on stage at SXSW, and the word of the day is that Boldy has signed on with Nas…More details SOON!                                                 March 15th 2014: Who is worthy though? Through the grapevine, I have a good idea that Nas is about to sign a new wordsmith. The good news that I’m speculating

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  • Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth hit the world with, “The Living Daylights” LP

    Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth hit the world with, “The Living Daylights” LP

    by Soren Baker Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth’s “The Living Daylights” features Roc Marciano, Young Dirty Bastard and Sean Price, among others. Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth dropped the stream and the retail edition of their The Living Daylights album February 11th. The 13-cut collection was produced by Bronze Nazareth and features Roc Marciano on “Avalon” and Sha Stimuli and Sean Price on “Delirium.” Preview and cop the joint NOW!! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-living-daylights/id802038891 Both Willie The Kid and Bronze Nazareth are Grand Rapids (Gun Rule), Michigan natives.

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  • Queen Latifah Says OutKast Is Working On New Album

    Queen Latifah Says OutKast Is Working On New Album

    by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY) Not many people may know that Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit management use to be home to Atlanta rap duo OutKast. While the current daytime talk show host is no longer involved in the business affairs of Big Boi and Andre 3000, Latifah did mention on the The Howard Stern Show that Kast is planning to drop a new album. When Stern asked Latifah what happened to OutKast, the rapper/actress replied, “They’re chilling. They’re doing movies. They’re about to work

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  • The Source Names The 30 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

    The Source Names The 30 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

    by SOREN BAKER   Kendrick Lamar’s second major-label album is the #1 album on The Source’s list. “As the success of his debut album continues to skyrocket almost 16 months after its release, fans as well as media personalities are getting antsy wondering what does Kendrick have coming up next,” The Source’s article says. “In various interviews last year, Kendrick has denied that he was working on a new project, but he revealed in his GQ ‘Rapper of The Year’ cover story that he

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  • Elzhi Shares Details On His Upcoming Kickstarter Funded Album

    Elzhi Shares Details On His Upcoming Kickstarter Funded Album

    by OMAR BURGESS Exclusive: In addition to contrasting his days at the Hip Hop Shop to today’s Battle Rap leagues, Elzhi explains how a fan-funded album maintains his vision for uncompromising Hip Hop. By now, even those who don’t closely follow the comings and goings of the music industry know the gloomy statistics. According to Nielsen Entertainment andBillboard magazine’s “Mid-Year Music Industry Report,” single and album sales were down 4.6% during the first half of the year versus the first six months

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  • Shea Davis explains that O.T.F. is and its not Beef its Business First and Foremost

    Shea Davis explains that O.T.F. is and its not Beef its Business First and Foremost

    MY NIGGA Shea Daivs chopps it up with Chips tv on the streets and explains OTF started in Jail But its Business first Sheadavisotf@gmail.com

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  • DAZ DILLINGER GRAND THEFT AUTO V STOLE MY BEATS Now RECALL the Game!!

    DAZ DILLINGER GRAND THEFT AUTO V STOLE MY BEATS Now RECALL the Game!!

    “Grand Theft Auto V” attempted to lowball rapper Daz Dillinger, then jacked his music without paying him a cent … this according to a cease and desist letter Daz fired off to the makers of GTA V.In the letter to Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, Daz and his attorney say “C-Walk” and “Nothin’ But the Cavi Hit” are used in the record-setting game, even though Daz turned down the company’s “offensively low offer of $4,271.00 for both songs.”Now, the ex-member of the legendary Dogg

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  • DJ Premier Talks: Jay-z’s Pound Cake Verse, Nas and Premo Album, His Regiment for Making Beats

    DJ Premier Talks: Jay-z’s Pound Cake Verse, Nas and Premo Album, His Regiment for Making Beats

    WM40A got the chance to kick it with Premo and ask him some questions about producing a full Nas LP and how he goes about making his beats and his favorite era to sample

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  • Here’s Why Mos Def Is So Amazing

    Here’s Why Mos Def Is So Amazing

    By Shea Serrano Tue., Oct. 1 2013 at 3:00 AM Mos Def is one of my all-time favorite rappers. But I didn’t start listening to him until college. I’d like to say the collegial atmosphere made my caveman brain crave something more substantial than Master P’s sloppy fury or SPM’s vaudevillian charm. Alas, it’s not true. The place where I grew up, most kids didn’t go to college. Most couldn’t even be bothered to finish high school. (Neither of my parents did,

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