Rolling Stone: Eminem disses Donald Trump and his supporters, references everyone from Trayvon Martin to Colin Kaepernick to David Hasselhoff and unleashes a dizzying assault of rhythmic gymnastics with “Campaign Speech,” a nearly eight-minute new track posted online Wednesday. “Don’t worry I’m working on an album!” the rapper tweeted, linking the song. “Here’s something meanwhile.”
AmbrosiaForHeads: The nominees for the 2017 class of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced, and Tupac Shakur leads a list of first time nominees that also includes Pearl Jam, Journey, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, and more. If accepted, Shakur would be the sixth Hip-Hop artist admitted to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, joining Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and N.W.A.
You won’t be able to look away from this crazy ass but insanely creative video. Complex Mag writes, “THE WEEKND has finally released the visuals for “False Alarm.” The gritty video is more like a a full on mini-movie, with Abel carrying out an insane bank robbery. It wasn’t too long ago that The Weeknd surprised fans with news of his third studio album, Starboy. The build-up has been pretty mysterious.”
Protect Ya Neck Records legend, BORN DIVINE, teams up with Multi-Grammy Platinum artist, NEYO, for a bass lit rewindable R&B infused Hip Hop hit, “NO SECRETS”. BORN DIVINE, who is known for creating music that’s transcendent and reinventive, revisits golden era sounds and aims for maintaining the high standards of his genre.
Hailing from Baltimore, BORN DIVINE has established himself as a respected established act, backed by a loyal audience that gravitates toward his throwback lyricism. And in its subject matter, its sound, and most crucially, its vulnerability, “No Secrets” is a piece for the ladies that could soundtrack a romantic interlude for years to come.
I’m pleased to see that the classic LIL WAYNE is back! Alongside Kevin Hart, aka Chocolate Droppa, I witnessed LIL WAYNE blow the Hip Hop community out of the water last night with his 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher. Check out Wayne in his natural state as a dope MC. He uses a few lines from his “Where Ya At” song off his No Ceilings 2 mixtape with DJ Drama doing the duties on the console. The beat is provided by none other than Metro Boomin.’
(CNN) – Rapper KID CUDI checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges and posted a message on his Facebook page saying, “I am not at peace…My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. I cant make new friends because of it. I don’t trust anyone because of it and I’m tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace.”
Let’s send a special shoutout to TDE artist, SCHOOLBOY Q, for taking part in assisting South Florida in restoring one of our treasured venues. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Heineken USA and Indiegogo, conducted crowdfunding campaign to raise money to restore Miami Marine Stadium. The campaign, that aimed to begin restoration on the Virginia Key landmark, which has seen artists from the Beach Boys to Ray Charles, solicited SCHOOLBOY Q and ISAIAH RASHAD, to perform at the Fillmore Miami Beach last week September 29. Everyone in the audience donated to the cause and was able to attend one of the dopest Hip Hop shows ever.
HOOD DIEZEL’s 5th musical mixtape, “I Am The No”, is dense with the notion that he’s in a league of his own with well-documented lyrics about the reality of growing up in Pompano while maneuvering a way to blast off in the industry. Diezel is a rap-avenger delivering dope gritty music with no gimmicks and while this record is sure to please longtime fans, it also works as a compelling case that Diezel and producer, Cash Marley, is South Florida’s new dynamic duo as Marley produced the majority of the tape allowing Diezel to capitalize off the natural progression of his solid rap career.
Fader: Atlanta rap duo Rae Sremmurd have released the video for their Gucci Mane featuring “Black Beatles.” The song comes from the group’s superb sophomore record SremmLife 2. The dudes don electric guitars and seriously rock out on stage performing the track, with Gucci coming out clad in red leather to spit his verse. The video weaves in and out of the live performance showing the guys backstage and running away from screaming fans, a la those other Bealtes. They even do an Abbey Road-esque crossing of the street.
Vibe: Marvel is back with its second installment of its Hip-hop Variant Posters, and this time, the action hero brand is recruiting albums, new and old to join its collection.
The new series features Nova recreating Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book album, Luke Cage stepping in as LL Cool J on Bigger and Deffer, and Jessica Jones replacing Kevin Gates on his Islah cover. The Hulk, Spider-man, and more also sub in on Wu-Tang’s Iron Flag cover.
20 years ago we lost a special soul, Rapper, Actor, Poet, Revolutionary, ICON, TUPAC SHAKUR. 2Pac is the reason why I even have this blog as his influence on me has given me courage to follow my dreams. Writer Kevin Powell says Tupac is more than a rapper. “When we think about Tupac Shakur … not just in hip-hop but popular culture, in America and globally, you have to think about Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Bob Marley,” Powell says. “It’s that significant. He is one of the most important figures that we’ve seen in the last 25 years or so.”
Powell interviewed Tupac a number of times for Vibe magazine, including while the rapper was serving time in jail for a sexual abuse conviction. When I was very young, I had the opportunity to interview PAC after he performed at a nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee. My biggest takeaway from the interview was Tupac didn’t see himself as this huge influential figure like the rest of us did. He felt that his life was controlled by the media and the entertainment business. But what he left behind was a body of work that has touched generations of people.
San Francisco 49ers football star, COLIN KAEPERNICK, is my new Hero for having the balls to use his platform to stand up against oppression of African-Americans. Hopefully his stance will bring about some change, some legislative solution that will hold the police officers who abuse their power accountable. In the meantime, Kaepernick is taking the National Anthem protest one step further by pledging to donate $1 million to community organizations Thursday. In the midst of a public uproar, Kaepernick stands more bravely than ever.
Last night, the Queen of the World, BEYONCE, gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Not to mention, SHE brought the mothers of police shooting victims Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant to the red carpet. CBS News writes, “Brown, Martin, Garner and Grant are some of the most important names to catalyze the Black Lives Matters movement. Beyonce brought in the mothers of Brown, Martin and Garner to partake in her visual album, “Lemonade,” as well. They held photos of their late sons in the video. “
My entire life has been guided by the culture of HIP HOP. I’m admittedly a 90’s Hip Hop geek obsessed with all facets of the artform from the bass-infused drum patterns to the hardcore storytelling, lyricism and poetry. SO much so that I’ve have dedicated my life to the empowerment of Independent Artists of all genres in South Florida by developing a weekly showcase titled the HIP HOP ORGY.
I’ve been an Entertainment Reporter for over 15 years interviewing many legends in the industry including TUPAC when I was just a teen and ICE CUBE during his first movie filming for the the flick “Trespass”. Over the years, I’ve gathered numerous A-List celebrity connections and used these relationships to promote world famous Hip Hop parties all around the nation. Now I’ve honed in on the careers Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County residential musicians with hopes to lend my hand in getting artists signed.
With so many accomplishments, I could brag all day long but I won’t. I don’t have to boast because one word from the God of Hip Hop, DJ KOOL HERC, made my entire year. Underneath a simple Hip Hop party flyer on my personal Instagram account (@lisafordblog everywhere), ONE WORD summed up my entire career and I basically can retire right now (but I won’t). DJ KOOL HERC, the Father of Hip Hop, the founder of a global culture, told me that what I was doing with the @HipHopOrgy was “KOOL ;)”.
MiamiNewTimes: Last month, when the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Heineken USA, began its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money to restore Miami Marine Stadium, it promised donors two tickets to a to-be-announced concert. Yesterday, the mysterious artist at that concert was finally revealed: ScHoolBoy Q.