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TUPAC Freestyling on the Streets of New York, Runs into Music Bootleggers (Rare VIDEO) via @lisafordblog

My mother says every time she checks out my blog she sees TUPAC! Yes Ma'am! And today's post is dedicated to this rap legend because Pac would have turned 44 today if he wasn't gunned down in Las Vegas over 18 years ago. Pac will always be a dominant feature on this blogspot because in my opinion, he is the #1 Pioneer of Hip Hop. Couple that with the fact that I'm still in mourning over his death. I will never get over 2pac because I'm too in love with his music. Happy Birthday Machiavelli !

ICE CUBE – Barbershop 3 [First Look] VIDEO via @lisafordblog

Go behind the scenes for the making of Barbershop 3 with ICE CUBE, Nicki Minaj, Common, Cedric The Entertainer, and many more in Episode 1 of the making of Barbershop 3. The plotlines provide room for more of the "real" to be injected into thew movie, dealing with the gangs and shootings on the Southside of Chicago. KUDOS to Cube for bringing back Eve and Cedric and adding Common. Look for BARBERSHOP 3 in theaters early 2016.

METHOD MAN – “The Meth Lab” (New Music) !! Animated Trailer via @lisafordblog

"The Meth Lab" LP hits stores August 21st, but METHOD MAN dropped his edgy single "The Meth Lab" featuring Streetlife and Hanz On TODAY!!! Included in this blog post is the audio for the single and the animated trailer for the LP. In speaking with Nerdist, who premiered the trailer, Meth had the following to say about the new album: “I kept it real and low-key, like I do in my studio. I know a lot of artists that have reached out, but I wanted to save those artists for my last Method Man album. I wanted this one to be a platform for more Staten Island artists to be heard that aren’t getting heard, because you know if it isn’t Wu Tang–I mean, we never blocked anyone from trying to get a record deal. I mean the way the record industry works is, if something’s not broke, don’t fix it. Bottom line is there’s a lot more talent to be heard from Staten Island outside of Wu Tang artists, and these kids are dope. I wanted to just give them a platform to be heard. I’m on every song, but I’m not exactly on any songs by myself, with the exception of one.”
Throwback Thursday

RA The Rugged Man – “The Dangerous Three” ft. Brother Ali, Masta Ace (Video) #TBT via @lisafordblog

RA The Rugged Man - "The Dangerous Three" is off of his 'Legends Never Die' album released in 2013. In 'The Dangerous Three', I love the contrast of Ali's alternative style, R.A.'s underground delivery, and Ace's old-school flow. Ali came with the aggression and energy, RA was sick with the multis and wordplay but Master Ace's verse just stood out to me. After all these years the guy is just a damn Legend. The way he strung together every word in that verse has so much cadence and mic presence he didn't need to rap it fast or use a complex rhyme scheme hit it out of the park. This song is just flat out dope and purely fundamental.
Classic Hip HopThrowback Thursday

ICE BERG’s “Vice Versa Freestyle” -Remix of the PASTOR TROY Hit (Download) #TBT via @lisafordblog

ICE BERG paid homage to PASTOR TROY's iconic, "Vice Versa" with a nasty flow worthy enough to be mentioned on this blog for Throwback Thursdays. You have to have balls of steal to even attempt to freestyle on one of Hip Hop's hardest tracks and Ice Berg pulled it off with grace. Pastor Troy released "Vice Versa" in 2002 on his 'Universal Soldier' album. Ice Berg released "Vice Versa Freestyle" in 2012 on his 'Strictly 4 The Streets 3' mixtape.

JAY ROCK – “Money Trees Deuce” A sequel to Kendrick Lamar’s (Audio) via @lisafordblog

"Of the many highlights off Kendrick Lamar’s debut studio album good kid, m.A.A.d city, he and Jay Rock’s cut “Money Trees” gave us one of the best hooks of 2012 (forever thankful for “It go Halle Berry, or hallelujah”). Also, Rock’s charged verse contrasted with the lower-key energy of his TDE label mate. If “Money Trees Deuce” is any indication, maybe currency-bearing forestation is the corner Jay Rock will rep from now until forever. “Deuce” has a more melancholic feel to it, not that the first iteration on gkmc was all good times. Though the sequel is sans Kendrick, Rock is more than capable of steadying “Deuce” on his own." Time Magazine / Entertainment Weekly

EMINEM – “Phenomenal” (New Music!) Audio via @lisafordblog

EMINEM​ drops #Phenomenal from the 'Southpaw' Soundtrack. AmbrosiaForHeads writes, "As he’s done on a plethora of films—including his own, Eminem has been tasked with the soundtrack centerpiece to Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw. Produced by DJ Khalil (Self Scientific), the song showcases Em’s fast-rap ways. Inside the verse, which aims to inspire all to find their inner-fighter. Eminem uses the opportunity to describe his ongoing comeback, from an MC on hiatus in the mid-2000s, to an artist out to again grab Grammy’s, plaques, and drive the fan discussion. In his bars, Eminem interpolates Jay Z lyrics, draws comparison to The Notorious B.I.G., and relates to Cypress Hill’s B-Real (all three past collaborators on songs)."
Classic Hip Hop

HAPPY BIRTHDAY #ANDRE3000 ! – “A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre” (AUDIO) via @lisafordblog

One of the greatest lyricists of our generation turned 40 today...super dope, super fresh...ANDRE 3000! His contribution to Hip Hop is immeasurable ... Everytime he spits, it demands intricate attention by the listener. And what I'm posting today could possibly be the greatest song that Hip Hop has to offer! There are many good songs now, won't ever forget that, but "A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre" is better then all of them (well, to me it is). Andre's story-telling ability is par none! Even Eminem, who is master lyrical story-teller, is surpassed here (to me, anyway). And, 3000 keeps you so engrossed into the story that even when there's a change in the it, he doesn't lose you. The beat is hypnotic and Andre 3000 is a living Rap God.
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