International Music Videos and News – The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:18:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Grandmaster Flash to Receive Prestigious Polar Music Prize http://thesource.com/2019/02/14/grandmaster-flash-to-receive-prestigious-polar-music-prize/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/14/grandmaster-flash-to-receive-prestigious-polar-music-prize/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:41:52 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=487997 While people in the U.S. are still talking about last weekend’s Grammy’s, Europe is getting set for the Polar Music Prize awards ceremony, which will take place on June 11 in Stockholm, Sweden. One of this year’s laureates is the legendary hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash. The Polar Music Prize, which has often been dubbed […]

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While people in the U.S. are still talking about last weekend’s Grammy’s, Europe is getting set for the Polar Music Prize awards ceremony, which will take place on June 11 in Stockholm, Sweden. One of this year’s laureates is the legendary hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash.

The Polar Music Prize, which has often been dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Music” in Sweden, is a Swedish international award founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of the Swedish band ABBA, with a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The award is annually given to one contemporary musician and one classical musician. Without any restrictions of nationality, the prize is to be “awarded for significant achievements in music and/or musical activity, or for achievements which are found to be of great potential importance for music or musical activity, and it shall be referable to all fields within or closely connected with music.”

In a press statement, the Polar Music Prize press stated the following: “Grandmaster Flash is one of the undisputed pioneers of hip hop, a genre of music that is the dominant force in 21st-century popular music; he is rightly heralded as a hip hop virtuoso. Joseph Saddler, known as Grandmaster Flash emerged from the Bronx in the early 1970s and was one of the first to manipulate music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfecting beat-looping and discovering many of the iconic beats still commonly sampled today. He is a musician, a scientist, a storyteller, and a cultural tour de force.

Saddler, aka Grandmaster Flash, said: “It is such an honor, because a lot of times in our culture, what we do as DJs gets overlooked. So for these people to say, lets give this to someone who doesn’t necessarily use a microphone as their gift…for me to be picked out of so many people, I am so, so deeply honored.”

Past winners include Paul McCartney, Elton Jonh, BB King, Metallica, and other well-known international artists.

This year’s ceremony will be presided by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and will be broadcast on network television in select European cities as well as streamed online in select countries.

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U.S. Border Patrol Seize $1.3B in Meth, Cocaine, Heroin Hidden in Speakers Headed for Australia http://thesource.com/2019/02/11/u-s-border-patrol-seize-1-3b-in-meth-cocaine-heroin-hidden-in-speakers-headed-for-australia/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/11/u-s-border-patrol-seize-1-3b-in-meth-cocaine-heroin-hidden-in-speakers-headed-for-australia/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:30:02 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=487341 According to CNN, US Customs and Border Patrol have executed a record-breaking drug bust, uncovering over $1.3 billion in illegal drugs, including methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin, which was all headed for down under. Two Americans and four Aussies were taken into custody as the authorities seized the drugs at California’s Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. According […]

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According to CNN, US Customs and Border Patrol have executed a record-breaking drug bust, uncovering over $1.3 billion in illegal drugs, including methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin, which was all headed for down under.

Two Americans and four Aussies were taken into custody as the authorities seized the drugs at California’s Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

According to the report, 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, about 56 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin were all packed in audio speakers but was all discovered by authorities. Altogether, the illegal substances weighed in at approximately 1.7 tons.

This was by far the largest methamphetamine bust in history, with over 17 million doses of the deadly drug headed for Australia taken off of the streets.

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Jay-Z Hires Lawyer, Demands Immediate Release of 21 Savage http://thesource.com/2019/02/06/jay-z-hires-lawyer-demands-immediate-release-of-21-savage/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/06/jay-z-hires-lawyer-demands-immediate-release-of-21-savage/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 22:35:40 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=486894 Hovito has decided to come to the aid of 21 Savage. According to confirmed reports, the Hip-Hop mogul has hired high-profile attorney Alex Spiro to defend the rapper, whose recent immigration issues could leave him deported to the UK indefinitely. Savage, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE agents on Super […]

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Hovito has decided to come to the aid of 21 Savage.

According to confirmed reports, the Hip-Hop mogul has hired high-profile attorney Alex Spiro to defend the rapper, whose recent immigration issues could leave him deported to the UK indefinitely.

Savage, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by ICE agents on Super Bowl Sunday in Atlanta after it was reported that the “Bank Account” rapper had overstayed his Visa. 21 Savage came into the country with his mother when he was seven, but his expired Visa expired back in 2006. It was also revealed that Bin-Abraham-Joseph was born in Newham, London instead of the British island of Dominica as it was previously reported.

“We are not going to stop until he is released, bonded out or in front of a judge … What we have here is someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for 4 years – not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed but, by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed,” said Savage’s attorney.

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21 Savage’s Birth Certificate Surfaces Online http://thesource.com/2019/02/05/21-savages-birth-certificate-surfaces-online/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/05/21-savages-birth-certificate-surfaces-online/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:06:22 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=486487 After the sudden arrest of 21 Savage in Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday, there have been several reports that Savage, whose given name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was born in the British-controlled island of Dominica. It has now been revealed that Savage was not born on the island of Dominica, but rather in Newham, which […]

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After the sudden arrest of 21 Savage in Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday, there have been several reports that Savage, whose given name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was born in the British-controlled island of Dominica.

It has now been revealed that Savage was not born on the island of Dominica, but rather in Newham, which is actually in the middle of London. Savage reportedly lived in Newham with his parents until he was 12 years old.

In the midst of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest of Savage and the current stringent policies against illegal immigration by president Trump, it’s very difficult to anticipate the outcome of this unprecedented case.

TheSource.com will bring updates to this story as it develops.

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BANKSY’s Bataclan Memorial Mural Stolen From Paris Theater http://thesource.com/2019/01/28/banksys-bataclan-memorial-mural-stolen-from-paris-theater/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/28/banksys-bataclan-memorial-mural-stolen-from-paris-theater/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:05:14 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=485310 In the same location where 90 people were killed by Islamic militants three years ago, world-renowned street artist BANKSY painted a mural on a door commemorating the victims, but his artwork was stolen over the weekend. The mural, which was painted on a fire exit of Paris’ Bataclan theater, was one of a series of […]

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In the same location where 90 people were killed by Islamic militants three years ago, world-renowned street artist BANKSY painted a mural on a door commemorating the victims, but his artwork was stolen over the weekend.

The mural, which was painted on a fire exit of Paris’ Bataclan theater, was one of a series of murals painted last June in the French capital and attributed to Banksy, showed a veiled female figure in a mournful pose.

Thieves with a van had stolen the door on which the mural was painted the previous night, a police source told the media.

The Bataclan theater was stormed by militants during a rock concert in November 2015, as part of coordinated attacks in and around Paris that killed 130 people.

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Chris Brown Being Held By Authorities on Rape Charges in Paris http://thesource.com/2019/01/22/chris-brown-being-held-by-authorities-on-rape-charges-in-paris/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/22/chris-brown-being-held-by-authorities-on-rape-charges-in-paris/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:35:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=484386 According to several confirmed reports, R&B singer Chris Brown along with two of his associates are being detained in Paris, France due to a rape investigation. The Virginia native is being accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman at her Mandarin Oriental hotel room after meeting Brown at a nightclub. “The woman said she was […]

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According to several confirmed reports, R&B singer Chris Brown along with two of his associates are being detained in Paris, France due to a rape investigation.

The Virginia native is being accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman at her Mandarin Oriental hotel room after meeting Brown at a nightclub.

“The woman said she was abused by Mr. Brown, a bodyguard, and a friend, and then she was left alone with the star,”

said the UK’s Evening Standard.

The 29-year-old singer is being held on drug and rape charges.

TheSource.com will bring you updates to this story as it develops.

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5 Times Mac Miller Proved He Was A Sneakerhead In His Lyrics http://thesource.com/2019/01/19/mac-miller-5-best-rap-lyrics-sneakers/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/19/mac-miller-5-best-rap-lyrics-sneakers/#respond Sat, 19 Jan 2019 23:48:54 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=484188 Happy birthday, Mac Miller! From the start of his career until the unfortunate end that took him from us just over four months ago on September 7, 2018, Mac Miller was always an avid sneakerhead. His breakout mixtape hit “Nikes On My Feet” is one of the best examples on wax that represents a love […]

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Happy birthday, Mac Miller!

From the start of his career until the unfortunate end that took him from us just over four months ago on September 7, 2018, Mac Miller was always an avid sneakerhead. His breakout mixtape hit “Nikes On My Feet” is one of the best examples on wax that represents a love for rubber soles, and one of the best uses of a classic Nas sample too, might we add. It wasn’t rare to find the Pittsburgh-bred MC rocking a fresh pair of Vans on the regular, or even hit the stage in some of the freshest pair of Js. Simply put, Mac was one of the most famous faces out there that shared our collective kick obsession, so we had to remember the GRAMMY-nominated rapper on what would’ve been his 27th birthday in a way we hope he would’ve appreciated.

Keep scrolling to see 5 of our favorite rap lyrics by Mac Miller that reference his love for sneakers, and share a few of your own favorite bars by the fallen rapper over on our Facebook and Twitter:


5. “Knock Knock” – K.I.D.S. (2010)

“New kicks give me cushion like whoopie
Keep a smile like an Eat’n Park cookie
Everything good, I’m white boy awesome
Up all night – Johnny Carson”


4. “Life Ain’t Easy” – Best Day Ever (2011)

“When I get old I’m a be real cool
Sittin’ on the porch with a fresh pair of shoes
Whole bunch of stories for the neighborhood kids
Tell ’em to believe, they be makin’ it big”


3. “Conversation Pt 1” – Swimming (2018)

“Okay, why you always hatin’?
Lacin’ up my sneakers I be running out of patience
Yeah, it ain’t your money ’till you make it
Otherwise, it’s just a conversation”


2.”No” – Piffsburgh (2011)

“Hype like pom-poms, tied into some Long Johns
Finally some brand new gear that I got on
New shoes and some twenty dollar socks on
Me and my people stay connected like a dot com”


1. “Nikes On My Feet” – K.I.D.S. (2010)

“I make ’em so mad, they got no swag
Pippens on my feet — they the throwbacks”


R.I.P., young Mac. Keep swimming forever…

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Former Mistress of ‘El Chapo’ Says She Was ‘Traumatized’ By Tunnel Escape http://thesource.com/2019/01/18/former-mistress-of-el-chapo-says-she-was-traumatized-by-tunnel-escape/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/18/former-mistress-of-el-chapo-says-she-was-traumatized-by-tunnel-escape/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:03:35 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=484025 A former mistress of feared Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman told the jury in his U.S. trial on Thursday she was “traumatized” after a 2014 escape from one of his safe houses with Mexican marines on their trail. Testifying for the U.S. Attorney’s office in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a […]

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A former mistress of feared Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman told the jury in his U.S. trial on Thursday she was “traumatized” after a 2014 escape from one of his safe houses with Mexican marines on their trail.

Testifying for the U.S. Attorney’s office in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a local lawmaker in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa, also gave a shocking recount of her relationship with Guzman, saying that she often feared for her life.

“I didn’t want for him to mistrust me because I thought he could also hurt me,”

Lucero Sanchez Lopez, 29, testified. “I was confused about my own feelings over him. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t.”

She said once, while the two were eating dinner in 2012, Guzman told her that anyone who betrayed him would be executed.

Guzman, 61, who was extradited to the United States in 2017, has been on trial since November on charges of trafficking cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the country as leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. His trial has provided a window into the operations of the cartel, which is one of the biggest drug trafficking organizations in the world.

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Cardi B Takes Off to Australia and New Zealand for Sold Out New Year’s Shows http://thesource.com/2018/12/26/cardi-b-takes-off-to-australia-and-new-zealand-for-sold-out-new-years-shows/ http://thesource.com/2018/12/26/cardi-b-takes-off-to-australia-and-new-zealand-for-sold-out-new-years-shows/#respond Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:46:57 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=480936 Cardi B is set to take off to Australia and New Zealand for the first time for a string of festival shows on either side of New Year’s Eve. With the Migos recently canceling their related Australian festival tour appearances earlier this month, Cardi B now herself headlines the Origin Fields out west in Perth, […]

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Cardi B is set to take off to Australia and New Zealand for the first time for a string of festival shows on either side of New Year’s Eve. With the Migos recently canceling their related Australian festival tour appearances earlier this month, Cardi B now herself headlines the Origin Fields out west in Perth, Australia with Denzel Curry, Smokepurpp, AJ Tracey and Khalid also on the bill. Cardi then heads to Sydney for her sold-out New Year’s Day Festival headline, continuing her whirlwind tour.

Cardi B then heads down to New Zealand for the very first time to headline the both 20,000+ sold-out North and South Bay Dreams festival shows the very next day – proving New Zealand has a very strong appetite for large hip hop festivals.

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Nicki Minaj and Rae Sremmurd Set for ‘FOMO’ Australian Festival Tour http://thesource.com/2018/12/21/nicki-minaj-and-rae-sremmurd-set-for-fomo-australian-festival-tour/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:16:24 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=480583 Nicki Minaj and Rae Sremmurd are set to headline the massive 7-date FOMO Festival Tour which takes in all major capital cities across Australia and New Zealand by BBE early in the new year. Leading an all-star lineup including also Amine (replacing Lil Pump) and Mura Masa, FOMO is the first major summer festival of […]

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Nicki Minaj and Rae Sremmurd are set to headline the massive 7-date FOMO Festival Tour which takes in all major capital cities across Australia and New Zealand by BBE early in the new year. Leading an all-star lineup including also Amine (replacing Lil Pump) and Mura Masa, FOMO is the first major summer festival of 2019 in Australia and promises to draw in massive festival crowds throughout with some shows already sold out. With further sideshows announced, major Hip-Hop festivals seem to be back in action down in Australia to stay after a couple of years in more recent times of relative absence.

This year’s FOMO festival builds off the back of a wildly successful festival run for FOMO previously, aided by a stellar line up of SZA, Post Malone, RL Grime, Kaytranada and Zhu amongst others back in early 2018. Their 2017 bill included Desiigner, Metro Boomin, GoldLink, Flosstradamus, JME (UK) while their first festival bill in 2016 had Skepta (UK), RL Grime, Boys Noize, Jamie xx and the award-winning Australian rapper Tkay Maidza taking to the stage. With both Nicki and Rae Sremmurd making their way to Australia this time, 2019 promises to be the biggest one yet.

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Statue of ‘Racist’Ghandi Removed From Ghana University Campus http://thesource.com/2018/12/15/statue-of-racist-ghandi-removed-from-ghana-university-campus/ Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:21:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=479804 A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana’s most prestigious university following complaints that he was racist against Africans. The statue, installed at the University of Ghana in capital Accra, was removed in the middle of the night earlier this week after protests from students and faculty. India’s former president […]

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A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana’s most prestigious university following complaints that he was racist against Africans.

The statue, installed at the University of Ghana in capital Accra, was removed in the middle of the night earlier this week after protests from students and faculty.

India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee had unveiled the statue two years ago as a symbol of ties between the two nations, but professors at the university soon began a petition calling for its removal.

They cited passages written by Gandhi depicting Indians as “infinitely superior” to black Africans and using the racist pejorative “kaffirs” to describe them.

One of Gandhi’s writings cited in the petition read, One of Gandhi’s writings cited in the petition read,

“Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.”

The online protest was one of a number on university campuses in Africa and beyond about the enduring symbols of the continent’s colonial past.

The Gandhi statue on the university’s Legon campus in Accra appeared to have been removed overnight on Tuesday, students and lecturers told AFP news agency.

The head of language, literature, and drama at the Institute of African Studies, Obadele Kambon, said the removal was an issue of “self-respect”.

“If we show that we have no respect for ourselves and look down on our own heroes and praise others who had no respect for us, then there is an issue,” he said.

“If we indeed don’t show any self-respect for our heroes, how can the world respect us? This is a victory for black dignity and self-respect. The campaign has paid off.”

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Church Holds Non-Stop Service to Protect Refugee Family http://thesource.com/2018/12/11/church-holds-non-stop-service-to-protect-refugee-family/ Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:00:01 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=478813 The Bethal church in the Netherlands is currently holding a non-stop service to protect a family from being deported.  Rewind back to 2010 when the Tamrazyan family, who consists of both parents and three children, fled Armenia for political reasons. Despite multiple attempts by the family to stay in the country, the Dutch government denied their […]

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The Bethal church in the Netherlands is currently holding a non-stop service to protect a family from being deported.  Rewind back to 2010 when the Tamrazyan family, who consists of both parents and three children, fled Armenia for political reasons. Despite multiple attempts by the family to stay in the country, the Dutch government denied their asylum, even though they have been living here for eight years.

Fortunately for the Tamrazyan’s, there are a few good people on their side; and they just happen to own a church. According to an uncommon Dutch law, authorities are prohibited from entering the church and taking the family into custody. Therefore, the church has agreed that they will perform an on-going service as long as it’s necessary to ensure the family gets to remain in the home they’ve known for the last eight years. The service has been going on now for six weeks. Theo Hettema, chairman of the General Council of Protestant Ministers in the Netherlands, told CNN. “We want to love God and our neighbor. And we thought that this was a clear opportunity to put the love for our neighbor into reality.”

The service began with only a few ministers leading the on-going sermon, but eventually, word spread like wildfire and caught wind of a notable public relations consultant, Florine Kuethe. Florine’s experience allowed her to intervene as a bridge between the family, the church and the media.

“I’m not religious, but when I heard about this, I said to my husband, ‘Don’t be shocked, but I want to go to church,’” said Kuethe. “This type of thing makes the church relevant again.”

With Kuethe now involved, being a voice for the church and the Tamrazyan’s, more people wanted to help. The service eventually went from a few ministers preaching all night to pastors joining in from all over the world. It got to be such a national movement that the church is having trouble scheduling in all the clerics who want to participate. Hayarpi Tamrazyan, the family’s eldest daughter at 21 years old couldn’t be more grateful, telling CNN in an interview that she is “incredibly happy and grateful by all the support”.

It has to be terrifying when you and your family are on the run for your freedom, many of us are lucky enough to never have to experience such panic. It also must be completely overwhelming when the kindness of strangers takes over and puts their lives on hold to save yours. It seems America is not the only country having immigration issues, it is happening all over the world. I feel that often we forget what life must be like for people outside of the U.S. because we are stuck in our little media Trump bubble. People all over are being deported from places they call home, particularly children who grew up in their new residence. Deportation is a harsh reality for too many families, so it’s both incredible and inspiring to see people sticking together to watch each other’s back in their most time of need.

 

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Legendary Australian Record Label ‘Unkut Recordings’ Turns 21 http://thesource.com/2018/12/10/legendary-australian-record-label-unkut-recordings-turns-21/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:21:30 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=478576 Few names if any hold the legacy in Australia for the stamp of quality that Unkut Recordings does. Since its founding in 1997 by Rob Nat of Unkut.com and Trem of Lyrical Commission, it has developed into the epitome of its tagline – quality over quantity. While the broad fan base may at times be […]

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Few names if any hold the legacy in Australia for the stamp of quality that Unkut Recordings does. Since its founding in 1997 by Rob Nat of Unkut.com and Trem of Lyrical Commission, it has developed into the epitome of its tagline – quality over quantity. While the broad fan base may at times be hanging for a new Unkut release, once it is delivered it has always proven to be raw dope. Held with the utmost respect by all, somewhat your favorite rappers most respected label, it has been responsible for not only arguably the greatest group album release ever but also several classic solo releases that are timeless classics.

The Unkut Recordings story was born out of Rob Nat’s fledgling Unkut Productions in 1996 and became formalized the year after in the lead up to the debut Sheer Talent EP from Trem. The excellent 4-track 12” release was followed up with the year after in 1999 with Trem’s Amateurs and served to cement both Trem’s and Unkut’s position as in a then still-developing Hip-Hop landscape in Australia at the time.

The following year saw Rob Nat release A Night On The Tiles, proving to be his most substantial solo release and now a highly sort after classic nationally. The label’s close working relationship to Melbourne’s legendary Nuffsaid Recordings provided them with a quality stamp of approval even before the music was played at a time when relationships were about quality control over industry favors. Coupled with significant notable features, live shows, radio appearances, crushing open mics and the sorts, Unkut forged their own path when there really was none and created their own brand.

A couple of years hiatus until the next release resulted in December 2002’s The Stage Is Set by Lyrical Commission. A super-group of sorts, the new group saw the bringing together of Melbourne’s two leading solo emcees in Brad Strut and Trem with Bob Balans (of The Formulators duo previously with Rob Nat) plus arguably Australia’s greatest ever hip-hop DJ in DJ J-Red. The result of these four coming together was what many consider as the greatest hip hop album ever to be released from Australia.

Going from strength to strength, Unkut put out Terntable Jediz classic August 2004 album All Out War before following up the next year with Lyrical Commission’s highly anticipated next chapter with their “Murderous Metaphors” 2005 EP. This release was internationally notable for containing features from Brooklyn’s Q-Unique (of The Arsonists) and Celph Titled of The Demigodz, along with the overall quality again proving to be much more than a good release hip hop from Australia, but of such quality as a great Hip-Hop release full stop. This would in retrospect prove to be a key feature of the Unkut story, that they were bringing Hip-Hop in all its aspects to the fullest quality that could hang on any stage worldwide.

The next release would be Brad Strut’s long-awaited sophomore LP Legend: Official that dropped in June 2007. The first track for this classic solo release was the three-minute heater diss-track “Monopoly” produced by Prowla and aimed largely at Obese Records, widely regarded as the best diss track from Australia Ala Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline.”

This 16-track release from Strut was a classic from start to finish, featuring Philadelphia’s Outerspace and Brooklyn’s late and great Sean Price (RIP) of Boot Camp Clik / Random Axe and a wealth of the usual Unkut suspects. Following the reissue release of Strut’s classic 2001 debut album The Authentic LP, Brad Strut released the substantial double-disc The Fallout Shelter EP, which featured a Remix disc from a somewhat who’s who of Australian producers.

Following this, all eyes turned to the most highly anticipated Hip-Hop release in Australia ever in Trem’s debut full solo album in 2011’s For The Term Of His Natural Life and it even exceeded the lofty expectations surrounding it by all. The 18-track release is the solo release of the last decade from Australia and featured DJ Revolution, long-time collaborator Q-Unique and a who’s who of Hip-Hop legends from Australia. The award-winning accompanying visuals completed the entire roll-out, with the video filmography team of FULL CLIP showcasing why they are widely considered as the best in the business down under.

Following a string of monumental releases in a rapidly changing musical landscape, Unkut Recordings seemingly took a bit of a break until the signing of Brisbane group Kings Konekted. K-Double proceeded to drop the Hip-Hop album of the year in 2015 in their debut LP on Unkut Recordings in Value Of Adaption. Superbly crafted from start to finish, the release was arguably the most polished product to have been released from Australasia since Trem’s 2011 debut solo album.

Fans of Unkut Recordings can look forward to new releases coming from the Kings Konekted camp, L-Flows and possibly more in the short-term. The wait is always worth it, so get familiar with Unkut Recordings extensive back catalog in the meantime to hear some of the best music Australia has offered over the last two decades. Quality over Quantity.

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U.S. Missionary Shot Dead With Arrows For Trying to Convert Tribe to Christianity http://thesource.com/2018/11/26/u-s-missionary-shot-dead-with-arrows-for-trying-to-convert-tribe-to-christianity/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:03:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=476596 Ab American tourist killed by a tribe on a remote Indian island felt he was called by God to bring the gospel to the remote, indigenous people. North Sentinel Island is off-bounds to visitors and home to the Sentinelese, who killed John Allen Chau after he was illegally ferried there by fishermen, officials said. Chau, […]

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Ab American tourist killed by a tribe on a remote Indian island felt he was called by God to bring the gospel to the remote, indigenous people.

North Sentinel Island is off-bounds to visitors and home to the Sentinelese, who killed John Allen Chau after he was illegally ferried there by fishermen, officials said.

Chau, 26, was slain on North Sentinel Island, which is home to what is considered the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world and typically out of bounds to visitors, said Dependra Pathak, the director general of police in Andaman and Nicobar.

“A murder case has been registered against unknown persons,” Pathak said, adding that the local fishermen suspected of illegally ferrying Chau to the 23-square-mile island had been arrested on separate charges.

Chau was killed by members of the Sentinelese community using bows and arrows, according to multiple media accounts.

A source with access to Chau’s notes who asked not to be named said Chau wrote that he was “doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island…Do not blame the natives if I am killed.”

In 2006, two fishermen who strayed onto the island were killed and their bodies never recovered. An Indian Coast Guard helicopter sent to retrieve the bodies was repelled by a volley of arrows from the community.

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Legendary Australian Hip-Hop Label Hydrofunk Records Turns 21 http://thesource.com/2018/11/19/legendary-australian-hip-hop-label-hydrofunk-records-turns-21/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:47:35 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=475765 Legendary Australian record label based out of inner Brisbane, Queensland Hydrofunk Records turns 21 this year and coincides with a string of new releases from various artists on their impressive roster – including the highly anticipated upcoming album from Resin Dogs titled ‘Notorious D.O.G.’. Before forming as a record label, the Hydrofunk name was prominent […]

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Legendary Australian record label based out of inner Brisbane, Queensland Hydrofunk Records turns 21 this year and coincides with a string of new releases from various artists on their impressive roster – including the highly anticipated upcoming album from Resin Dogs titled ‘Notorious D.O.G.’.

Before forming as a record label, the Hydrofunk name was prominent in putting on a series of Hip-Hop events around Brisbane and it is here where DJ Katch and Dave Atkins met initially in the mid-90’s. They would go on to solidify their working relationship that would eventually develop into one of Australia’s most iconic and important Hip-Hop record labels to date in Hydrofunk and hugely influential Hip-Hop funk-infused band in Resin Dogs.

Formed in 1997 as a record label, Hydrofunk first released Blunted Stylus’s self-titled LP before dropping in 1998 Resin Dogs’ From The Volkanic Lab and Grinnin’ Eps, with the latter garnering significant radio play nationally. This relatively early success helped the label lock in a major distribution deal the following year with Virgin/EMI, something incredibly significant for the time for the quietly emerging local Hip-Hop landscape in Australia.

In 2002, Hydrofunk Records licensed its first overseas label in London’s influential underground Hip-Hop label Low Life Records. Low Life Records boasted artists including Braintax (label owner) Jehst, Task Force, Skinnyman, Verb T, Harry Love, Mystro, Dubbledge, Asaviour, Micall Parknsun and Rodney P (London Posse) – with many of these artists having or subsequently developing significant musical relationships with Australia. In 2007, Hydrofunk created a new label in Hydropunk Records. The first release on this new label was from Brisbane 4-piece metalcore band Godnose. Two years later Dave Atkins would join multi-platinum selling rock band Wolfmother on drums and toured the world as both their and Azealia Banks’ drummer, highlighting his talented diversity in music. Hyrdofunk has also recently expanded into Japan, showcasing their vibrant sound to an even further audience.

At the forefront of Hydrofunk Records, the multiple award-winning group Resin Dogs since 1996 have themselves sold 10,000’s of albums, toured the world, had their music featured in a major video game and collaborated or toured nationally with the likes of Black Eyed Peas, The Pharcyde, Aceyalone and Mikah 9 from Freestyle Fellowship, Abstract Rude, The Nextmen, Kenny Dope and the Jungle Brothers amongst many others. Having released four albums and eight EPs to date as the Resin Dogs alone, the prolific members would go on to numerous and varied other musical endeavors.

While the Hydrofunk Records name is synonymous in its association with Resin Dogs, offshoots 2 Dogs and Blunted Stylus, it has proved to be much more than a one-trick dog. It has served as a platform to release classic material from Australian Hip-Hop groups including Downsyde, Koolism, Sydney legend’s Def Wish Cast and most recently Pegz & Silent Titan.

In recent years the release output has increased, with notable impressive releases from Calski, Benjamin Walsh, Uhnellys, Tigermoth, and Indigenoise. With recent news breaking of a brand new Resin Dogs album being announced titled Notorious D.O.G dropping shortly featuring Mantra, Plutonic Lab, Essa, Hau, Dialectrix, SiFixion, Abstract Rude and more, now is as good as time as any to get familiar with Hydrofunk Records if you have not been fortunate enough to come across the sound makers from Australia. History continues to be written by them as they appear to be now embracing the next generation of talented musicians, giving hope that the tried, tested and trusted Hydrofunk name will remain for years to come as a quality stamp of approval. They may have come a long way since their graffiti and breakin’ days, buy Hydrofunk Records have retained a name synonymous with quality and anything released internationally with their stamp on it is something to check.

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Australia Artist ChillinIt’s Independent Debut Album Goes #1 http://thesource.com/2018/11/08/australia-artist-chillinits-independent-debut-album-goes-1/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:12:57 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=474183 Far from an overnight success that he may appear to the casual fan, ChillinIt has been patiently developing and honing his craft for many years into one of the most exciting rappers to emerge out of Australia. Getting somewhat of a breakthrough via the influential Hustle Hard TV YouTube some six years ago, the talented […]

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Far from an overnight success that he may appear to the casual fan, ChillinIt has been patiently developing and honing his craft for many years into one of the most exciting rappers to emerge out of Australia. Getting somewhat of a breakthrough via the influential Hustle Hard TV YouTube some six years ago, the talented and versatile Sydney rapper has recently released his excellent debut album “Women, Weed & Wordplay” to widespread critical acclaim and success. With an impressive independent 1.5 million-plus streams with no playlist help or distribution deal in the first week alone, the proof is in the numbers for the versatile wordsmith with the album charting at #1.

Along with contemporaries Wombat, Nerve, Talakai, Shadow, Huskii, Lil Sknow, Mitchos Da Menace, Triple One, TRYL and Skrub, ChillinIt has led the charge for the new generation of skilled emcees to emerge from down under – aided by the excellent work that the affiliated Body Bag Media platform has been able to develop. Building on the style of the independent foundation created by the likes of Kerser, Fraksha, Fortay, and Alex Jones before him, ChillinIt has certainly emerged in the last year or two with a legion of fans and a strong potential to take his refreshing sound truly global. His music has already organically linked him to the UK, scoring a spot on JDZ Media and a collaboration with English grime emcee Kamakaze.

The charismatic ChillinIt oozes star factor and has cultivated a family of fans known as the #420Fam. It is easy to see why he has developed such a rabid following in the recent years, with skills and authenticity on the microphone only matched by his energetic live shows that have many saying are some of the best in the country. There’s no rapping off phones, there’s no stumbling and fumbling his way through live shows just near complete hungry, raw, professionalism. Amassing tens of millions streams/views in the last year or so alone, ChillinIt definitely has the potential to be one of the first rappers from Australia to truly break through to the contemporary American market and has already sparked significant major record label interest. The hungry rapper is keen to showcase his many different styles with lyrical content to match almost any mood.

If reaction videos were a gauge of his potential overseas, he may eventually prove to be as fire globally as he is at home. With a strong, consistent work ethic already in the young talented artist, it will be an interesting few coming months to see how ChillinIt is able to negotiate his increasingly new levels of success which only seems to develop by the hour. A truly talented rapper at the core, Australia is proud that such an artist is leading the charge and expect him to level up again soon. Expect to see him on further major Australasian tour support and festival slots by his own accord soon – before taking the world by storm.

Check his debut album “Women, Weed & Wordplay” streaming now and catch up on his extensive back catalog before it’s a Chill takeover. #420Family

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London-Born Star on the Rise Joanna Releases “Forever Your Lady” http://thesource.com/2018/11/07/london-born-star-on-the-rise-joanna-releases-forever-your-lady/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:33:34 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=474000 All the way from the south of London comes British-born singer, Joanna. Her musical roots stem from the U.K., where she spent a lot of her time growing her music career. After taking a hiatus from music, once she moved across to United States, she immersed herself into the entertainment business by way of television […]

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All the way from the south of London comes British-born singer, Joanna. Her musical roots stem from the U.K., where she spent a lot of her time growing her music career. After taking a hiatus from music, once she moved across to United States, she immersed herself into the entertainment business by way of television and film. It didn’t take long for her to come to the realization that music was her true destiny. Since embarking on her musical journey, her fans have been graced with her infectious sound and voice through each project she releases.

When it comes to writing her own lyrics, Joanna comes from a poetry- driven background. That’s when you know the lyrics come from the heart, as she pours her soul into her craft. “After I started recording my own songs, I realized it was all in my heart. And, after I released my EP ‘Deeper’ last year, I learned that everything I’ve been through had a purpose behind it,” said the singer. Since the release, she has been pleased to find how many people truly loved the art. Heartbreak is something everyone can relate to, which made “Deeper” such an easy listen.

Joanna’s voice is incredibly smooth, and pulls you in unlike any other. Her music is something you want to vibe out to at night, as it captures a very “chill, sanctuary music” essence. Coming up on her seven year anniversary of living in the states, the artist is excited to release her next major body of work, “When I’m Drunk”. “I am so excited about the future,” said Joanna. “I just released the video for ‘Forever My Lady’, which is a fun song with a darker side than you would usually imagine.” Everyone loves a catchy song about being in love with your person, which is exactly what the song embodies. Joanna is celebrating this new milestone in her career, and so are we.

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Two Men Arrested After Stabbing at Sony Music’s London Headquarters http://thesource.com/2018/11/02/two-men-arrested-after-stabbing-at-sony-musics-london-headquarters/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:52:00 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=473327 Two men have been arrested after a stabbing incident at Sony Music’s HQ in West London. The Metropolitan Police says two men are being treated for non-life threatening injuries after being found with stab wounds at the scene in Derry Street, Kensington. Both men were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and later […]

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Two men have been arrested after a stabbing incident at Sony Music’s HQ in West London.

The Metropolitan Police says two men are being treated for non-life threatening injuries after being found with stab wounds at the scene in Derry Street, Kensington. Both men were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and later taken to the hospital.

A spokesperson for Sony Music has said that the two men worked for the company’s catering team and were involved in a “violent altercation”.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police confirmed, “Police were called at approximately 11:00hrs on Friday, 2 November to reports of an incident on Derry Street, W8. Two men [no further details] were found suffering from stab injuries. They were both arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.”

No one else was charged in connection to the stabbing.

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Arsonal Da Rebel vs. Nu Jerzey Twork Announced For URL’s Summer Madness 8 in London http://thesource.com/2018/10/30/arsonal-da-rebel-vs-nu-jerzey-twork-announced-for-urls-summer-madness-8-in-london/ Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:28:43 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=472485 The quality announcements keep on coming for SMACK / URLTV’s Summer Madness 8 in London, with Arsonal vs. Nu Jerzey Twork the fourth announcement on an already stacked card on November 10 and came as somewhat of a surprise considering NJT’s recent few months. The Jersey on Jersey battle promises to be a quality match-up, […]

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The quality announcements keep on coming for SMACK / URLTV’s Summer Madness 8 in London, with Arsonal vs. Nu Jerzey Twork the fourth announcement on an already stacked card on November 10 and came as somewhat of a surprise considering NJT’s recent few months. The Jersey on Jersey battle promises to be a quality match-up, with Twork’s performance against fellow Jersey battler Shotgun Suge recently dropping and showing him back at his near best.

This battle will certainly be a landmark test for NJT, facing the aggression and disrespect that has made Arsonal the legendary performer that he is, who is certainly at home on the biggest of stages. NJT has been inconsistent recently, with some below-par performances and no-shows certainly damaging his overall stock by his own admission. What is undeniable is the potential NJT has, and if he is able to show out on URL’s biggest card of the year he may go a long way to being able to redeem himself in the eyes of the fans. If he stumbles again, it may be it for NJT on URL for quite a while (as per fellow-Jersey artist Tsu Surf’s recent Twitter comments referencing Smack).

This will be NJT’s first time battling out of America and will certainly prove to be a very difficult best against a seasoned Arsonal who has battled significantly abroad on multiple leagues, including in London numerous times (memorable clash, in particular, was his highly viewed battle vs. Shotty Horroh on Don’t Flop in 2012). Arsonal is tried and tested, consistent and appears highly motivated for this match-up having requested in particular NJT for SM8 in order to continue to prove his reign as King of Jersey remains despite him jumping in and out of battle rap retirement. Considering the magnitude of the stage, we should expect a fully prepared NJT in London as a lot is riding on this. Will he be able to keep his cool and get three quality, full rounds off with Ars barking in his face though throughout? The stage is set in London for NJT’s greatest test yet, and he could prove himself to be back in contention as one of URL’s top up and comers along with Geechi Gotti and B Dot who have both been extremely consistent of late. If the remaining matchups are as quality as the first four, URL may cement SM8 as being the battle rap card of 2018. Jersey.

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Canadian Rapper Jon James Dies in Music Video Stunt http://thesource.com/2018/10/29/canadian-rapper-jon-james-dies-in-music-video-stunt/ Mon, 29 Oct 2018 17:20:15 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=472302 A Canadian rapper has fallen to his death after walking along the wing of a Cessna plane as part of a music video shoot in Vernon, British Columbia. Jon James aka Jon James McMurray, walked to the edge of the wing, causing the aircraft to spiral downwards out of control. McMurray failed to open his […]

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A Canadian rapper has fallen to his death after walking along the wing of a Cessna plane as part of a music video shoot in Vernon, British Columbia.

Jon James aka Jon James McMurray, walked to the edge of the wing, causing the aircraft to spiral downwards out of control.

McMurray failed to open his parachute because he held on to the plane for too long, his manager said. He died on impact in the accident last Saturday.

He was 34 years old.

The rapper was known for his extreme stunts, which he liked to perform in his music videos, and previously jumped out of a plane in a shoot for a song called “The Man.”

With more than 17,000 followers on Instagram, the lyricist from Calgary used his social media accounts to post snippets of his “crazy” and “insane” stunts.

His manager, Ryan Desrochers, said the artist’s passion for music videos and extreme sports went hand-in-hand, adding that McMurray tried to combine his interests with his songs in order to push music “in a new direction”.

The pilot was reportedly able to regain control and land the plane safely.

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