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Hip-Hop Entourages – Outta Control?

As impressive as it may be to keep your circle of friends close by you when you become a ‘celebrity’, it is also foolish if they are ignorant and from the block. It is commendable that most rappers, athletes and actors bring their ‘friends’ along for the ride, but it is also stupid to allow… Read more »

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Time For Hip-Hop Color Codes

I implore the powers that be to implement some type of governing body that can approve, disapprove, reject or accept what comes and goes through our culture Hip-Hop. Said authoritative group would consist of Hip-Hop’s elite and influential players like Chuck D of Public Enemy, founding father Kool Herc, mogul Russell Simmons, rap god Melle… Read more »

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Ludacris, Cheney: Language double-standard

When Ludacris insisted that he had "hoes in different area codes," the country didn’t take it too well. Bill O’Reilly blasted him. Pepsi fired him. Women’s groups all over the country called for a boycott against him. The objection to Luda’s lyrics was widespread and long-lasting. But on the other side, no biggie. O’Reilly alluded… Read more »

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Just Another Black Girl Lost

Most times, if the news fails to cover a compelling minority story, we as a people are the first, if not the only, to call much needed attention to events that seem to conveniently fall through the cracks. What incenses us as African-Americans is seeing one story from our community ignored for a similar story… Read more »

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Cormega on Why We Need the Boom-Bap Back

Labels don’t care about Hip-Hop culture no more, they care about success and dollars, so everyone’s following a formula rather than being original. First everybody started wearing suits and making those R&B friendly songs. Now people are going too far to the left with it. It’s played out. The producers started using the sped up… Read more »

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Brookyn Hip-Hop Fest Preview

Just ask any street corner of Hip-Hoppers what their favorite Hip-Hop drinking song is. 2Pac, Nas, DJ Quik, Three-6-Mafia, and of course The Liks come to mind. For me, it’s always a toss up between “King Tee’s Beerstand” and KMD’s “Sweet Premium Wine.” But there is no toss-up in saying that live Hip-Hop and libations… Read more »

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Razing The Bars- Black Star Power

raze – v.t. to level to the ground; to tear down The growing appreciation and recognition of Hip-Hop’s conscience rappers culminates in the much anticipated release of Common Sense’s sixth album, Be. With added attention given recently to such stars as Mos Def, Talib Kweli (collectively known and slept on as Black Star) the Roots,… Read more »

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Hip-Hop Gets “Punk’d” By Cops & MTV

MTV’s prank-based reality show Punk’d is one of the best in the business – its nothing shy of hilarious. For example, I loved when they played the prank on R&B singer Brandy, and her younger brother Ray J. The staged skit had Brandy pleading with an African American police officer who pulled them over. But,… Read more »

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Snoop Dogg: How the West Was One

Snoop Dogg – Apollo Theater, Harlem Monday, May 2, 2005  As light rain trickled down onto the Harlem streets Monday night, another reign was taking place inside the city’s world famous Apollo Theater.  “I feel good being up in Harlem,” yelled Snoop. And Harlem felt the love.  The night was an ode to old school… Read more »

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