The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:33:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Nas Rolls Out ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC Pop-Up In Celebration of His Debut LP 25 Years Ago http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/nas-illmatic-xxv-memory-lane-nyc-pop-up-25th-anniversary/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/nas-illmatic-xxv-memory-lane-nyc-pop-up-25th-anniversary/#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:33:56 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499337 We’ve been in Illmatic 25th anniversary mode all day — peep our Today In Hip-Hop History feature for a breakdown of Esco’s monumental debut album! — but nobody is reveling in the moment more than the man himself. That’s why last night made for an extra special occasion, as Nas returned home to NYC to […]

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We’ve been in Illmatic 25th anniversary mode all day — peep our Today In Hip-Hop History feature for a breakdown of Esco’s monumental debut album! — but nobody is reveling in the moment more than the man himself. That’s why last night made for an extra special occasion, as Nas returned home to NYC to unveil a new pop-up experience currently on display at Sony Square.


An original copy of The Source Issue No. 55 (April 1994), where Nas gets a perfect Five-Mic rating, sits on display at the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC pop-up.
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Made possible by the good people over at Hennessy, The Pop Up Agency and Certified Classics, the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ experience kicked off Thursday night (4/18) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Illmatic and the rap icon who made it all happen. Nas was on the floor to greet industry insiders, guests and familiar faces from his past, all there equally as fans of his most groundbreaking work of musical art. Joining him in the celebration included Vashtie, Pro Era rapper CJ Fly, Dave East, Rox Brown, Illmatic photographer Danny Clinch, 88 Keys, Ruben Rivera, his brother Jungle and a room-full of other supporters of the Queens-bred Hip-Hop legend. However, the one guest in attendance that probably garnered almost as much fanfare as Nas himself was none other than his The Firm partner in rhyme AZ. Both fellas hung out the entire night side by side, showing a rap unity that brought nothing but positive vibes to the room.

Speaking of the said room, the pop-up itself was completely designed to replicate the Queensbridge circa ’94 setting that is just as important to the story of Illmatic as the words on wax. From a photo booth that let attendees recreate the album cover, to a live painting of it by artist Andre Trenier, everything about the space felt like a time capsule of a moment that many look back on with fond memories.

‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ at Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue) will see a lot of exciting events for fans in the upcoming weeks. The pop-up itself will be open for eight days, starting today (April 19) and ending Saturday, April 27. On April 23, there will be a special fan screening of Mass Appeal’s 2018 concert film Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, which should gear up rap heads for his Illmatic 25th Anniversary performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Theater/Wolf Trap on July 14. You’ll also be able to shop Illmatic XXV merch — hoodies, tees and headwear are included — in addition to Bleacher Report’s B/R Rewind campaign with Nas, which is also available online.

Take a look at a recap of the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC pop-up launch event below, and stream Illmatic today, tomorrow and all this week:



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Exclusive: The Roots Break Down the Importance of Bringing Hip-Hop to Coachella During Their Heineken House Set http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/exclusive-the-roots-interview-coachella-2019-heineken-house/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/exclusive-the-roots-interview-coachella-2019-heineken-house/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:13:48 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499200 “If my memory serves correct, I think we did the first-ever Coachella, right?” – Questlove “We did do the first Coachella — I remember I had a broken foot.” – Black Thought Sure, no one forgets that time they had to perform in front of thousands in the middle of a desert with a broken […]

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“If my memory serves correct, I think we did the first-ever Coachella, right?” – Questlove

“We did do the first Coachella — I remember I had a broken foot.” – Black Thought

Sure, no one forgets that time they had to perform in front of thousands in the middle of a desert with a broken foot, but unfortunately the guys’ collective memory was off by one year — two if you consider the gap between Coachella 1999 (the actual inaugural festival) and Coachella 2001 (the year The Roots performed). Memory aside though, both Questlove and Black Thought, along with the rest of the band members of The Roots, absolutely killed it during their over two-hour set for Coachella 2019. Thankfully The Source was on the scene to not only experience the show live, but we even got to sit down with the gentlemen afterwards for hazy recollections like the one seen above in addition to a few other standout quotables.



Holding things down for Day 2 at the Heineken House stage, The Roots’ frontmen ran through a bevy of their hits to create the atmosphere of a funk/soul-themed day party that extended well into the night, assisted by jams, libations and the new Heineken 0.0 which is pretty refreshing and surprisingly alcohol-free. As a result of these two and the band as a whole, classic Hip-Hop was properly brought yet again to Coachella Valley, where rap, R&B and Black music in general is being welcomed at a rapid rate in recent years.

We got a chance to cop it up with Tariq and Ahmir about why the culture of rap is so important to big festivals like Coachella, and how bands like The Roots and even De La Soul — both bands performed back-to-back on the same stage — are doing their due diligence to keep it that way.

For those preparing to experience Coachella Weekend 2, starting today (4/19) and going until Sunday (4/21), here’s a Source Exclusive preview from the guys of The Roots themselves on why Hip-Hop is officially taking over the desert:



“I feel like Hip-Hop has involved into the pop music; Pop music is Hip-Hop. For years, it has been some variation of rock & roll, and now I feel like it’s evolved to Hip-Hop. If you’re gonna embrace the most popular music like Coachella does, you just have to embrace Hip-Hop. In regards to what we do, I think it’s important to acknowledge the foundation from which we came — that’s what The Roots represents. Back in the day you used to only see rock bands performing with live instrumentation. Now, anyone doing a festival that’s at the caliber of Coachella or wherever you’ll be performing in front of thousands of people will want some live instrumentation. I feel like we represent that foundation.”

— Black Thought, The Roots



“Shoutout to the Heineken House people for having us out here.”

– Questlove



“We did the Heineken House a couple of years ago, just Quest and I on a DJ/drum set thing, and I was like, ‘Damn, this would’ve killed if we were able to play this sort of intimate performance with the whole band. It was dope to do this performance tonight with them.”

— Black Thought



“I really enjoy a smaller scale situation. I like more intimate crowds — it’s like a dance party.”

— Questlove



“There are so many elements of our show that are De La Soul-inspired or that I’ve jacked from their set [Laughs]. That in itself was also an evolution; to see De La [Soul], the foundation, and coming after them was dope, too. It made for a super special experience. I was watching them in the audience as we did certain shit that came from them, and for them to see what it has become is dope. If we were on a bigger stage where [the crowd] was farther away, it would’ve been different because we wouldn’t have been able to interact and see one another. It was really nice.”

– Black Thought



Still in the festival spirit? Peep our style feature on the Best Rap T-Shirts spotted at Coachella during Weekend 1, including Questlove’s hilarious “Fyre Fest” Ja Rule tee!




Images: Jesse Lirola (@jesselirola)

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BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ to Return with Kelly Price as a Judge http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/bets-sunday-best-to-return-with-kelly-price-as-a-judge/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/bets-sunday-best-to-return-with-kelly-price-as-a-judge/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:03:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499257 BET has revealed their gospel music competition series Sunday Best will return for a ninth season and will bring Kelly Price in as a new judge. Ebony details Price will join the show’s host Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell of Mary, Mary and another new judge in eight-time Stellar Award winner Jonathan McReynolds for the upcoming […]

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BET has revealed their gospel music competition series Sunday Best will return for a ninth season and will bring Kelly Price in as a new judge.

Ebony details Price will join the show’s host Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell of Mary, Mary and another new judge in eight-time Stellar Award winner Jonathan McReynolds for the upcoming season.

Sunday Best will look different than previous years as it will bring in a new stage and logo for the series.

The competition will be pulled from both American and foreign locations including Dallas, Atlanta, Johannesburg and London to get an initial crop of 20 talented artists.

The series will return to the BET Sunday night line-up this coming June.

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Showtime to Produce New Show Based on ‘Halo’ Game Series http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/showtime-to-produce-new-show-based-on-halo-game-series/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/showtime-to-produce-new-show-based-on-halo-game-series/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:58:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499218 For gamers who love the Xbox series Halo, we have some good news. Showtime has announced that Emmy and Tony nominee Pablo Schreiber (First Man, Orange Is the New Black) has been cast as the lead in the highly anticipated series HALO, based on the iconic Xbox franchise. Schreiber will play Master Chief, Earth’s most […]

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For gamers who love the Xbox series Halo, we have some good news. Showtime has announced that Emmy and Tony nominee Pablo Schreiber (First Man, Orange Is the New Black) has been cast as the lead in the highly anticipated series HALO, based on the iconic Xbox franchise.

Schreiber will play Master Chief, Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity. Newcomer Yerin Ha will play a new character within the HALO world: Quan Ah, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both. The series is produced by SHOWTIME in partnership with 343 Industries, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and will begin production this fall in Budapest, Hungary.

Schreiber is an Emmy nominee for his performance in the hit series Orange is the New Black. His recent television projects include American Gods and The Brink. He will next be seen in the limited series Defending Jacob opposite Chris Evans. Other past television credits include the critically acclaimed series The Wire, the SHOWTIME hit comedy series WEEDS, Lights Out, A Gifted Man, and John Grisham’s A Painted House. On the big screen, he was recently seen in First Man, Skyscraper and Den of Thieves

Halo reinvented how people think about video games and has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon, having sold more than 77 million copies worldwide and grossing more than $60 billion in lifetime sales worldwide. In its adaptation for SHOWTIME, HALO will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.

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FOX Sitcom ‘Rel’ Canceled After its First Season http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/fox-sitcom-rel-canceled-after-its-first-season/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/fox-sitcom-rel-canceled-after-its-first-season/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:47:14 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499252 FOX has called it quits on Rel, the sitcom starring Lil Rel, Jess Hilarious and Sinbad is canceled after one season. Deadline reports the series was axed, however, it wasn’t that big of a surprise after the series’ original order was cut from 13 episodes to 12. In addition, the co-creator and executive producer, Kevin […]

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FOX has called it quits on Rel, the sitcom starring Lil Rel, Jess Hilarious and Sinbad is canceled after one season.

Deadline reports the series was axed, however, it wasn’t that big of a surprise after the series’ original order was cut from 13 episodes to 12. In addition, the co-creator and executive producer, Kevin Barnett, also died while he was on vacation in Mexico.

In the season, Rel averaged a 0.8 in the 18-49 adult block with 2.1 million viewers.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Lil Rel thanked fans and celebrated the work of the show.

“I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show… I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true,” he wrote.

You can see his entire post below.

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Today in Hip Hop History: Trina Tops the Rap Charts With ‘Still da Baddest’ 11 Years Ago http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/today-in-hip-hop-history-trina-tops-the-rap-charts-with-still-da-baddest-11-years-ago/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/today-in-hip-hop-history-trina-tops-the-rap-charts-with-still-da-baddest-11-years-ago/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:00:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=497415 With women like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B currently killing it on the charts with suggestive lyrics and a steaming image to match, we’ll never forget the women that paved the way for those ladies and the future females of rap to shine. Lil’ Kim invented the sex kitten rap persona, Eve gave it a […]

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With women like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B currently killing it on the charts with suggestive lyrics and a steaming image to match, we’ll never forget the women that paved the way for those ladies and the future females of rap to shine. Lil’ Kim invented the sex kitten rap persona, Eve gave it a “pitbull in a skirt” remix, and Missy Elliott did it all while wearing an adidas Tracksuit. However, none have slipped, slid and kept it all the way sexy quite like Miami-bred femcee Trina. Today, we celebrate the moment when ‘Da Baddest B’s’ genius was recognized by the entire Hip-Hop community when her fourth LP, Still da Baddest, topped Billboard’s Rap Albums chart 11 years ago on April 19, 2008.


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Released two weeks prior on April Fool’s Day, Still da Baddest proved to be no laughing matter. Filled with hard beats, even harder features (see: “Hot Commodity” feat. Rick Ross), and lyrics that will definitely get you, well, you know where we’re going with this! Seen as a sort of sequel to her debut album Da Baddest Bitch released in 2000, this one saw Trina in her most comfortable element and, given the playful and at times jaw-dropping lyrical content, her most fun-filled self as well.



On the main chart, the album faired well with a top 10 debut at #6 on the Billboard 200, and it also went #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The singles did pretty well too, including the top 20 Hot Rap Tracks single “Single Again” (#19) and a moderate hit alongside Keyshia Cole on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with “I Got a Thang for You” (#59). However, it was the standout cut “Look Back at Me” featuring Killer Mike that really had surprising success in Demark where it hit number one. Who knew the dwellers of Denmark were so dirty-minded!



Much like the album cover suggests, showcasing Trina catching a bullet with her teeth, Still da Baddest shot straight up the chart in its first week of release and the accomplishment was well-earned. You may see her now on VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop: Miami, unfortunately sparring with once-musical soulmate Trick Daddy, but always remember that Trina is a rapper first. A fresh-mouthed rapper, but still a rapper nonetheless. Major respect, Queen!

Give Trina’s chart-topping fourth album Still da Baddest a spin today, and let us know what your favorite songs are off the album by hitting us on Facebook and Twitter!

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G Herbo Arrested in Atlanta, Charged with Battery http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/g-herbo-arrested/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/g-herbo-arrested/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:00:02 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499090 Kodak Black isn’t the only member of the Hip-Hop community to find himself in police custody this week as G Herbo has been arrested in Georgia and charged with battery. The Shade Room revealed the arrest went down Wednesday (April 18) in Atlanta. G Herbo was arrested after an argument with Ariana Fletcher, the mother […]

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Kodak Black isn’t the only member of the Hip-Hop community to find himself in police custody this week as G Herbo has been arrested in Georgia and charged with battery.

The Shade Room revealed the arrest went down Wednesday (April 18) in Atlanta. G Herbo was arrested after an argument with Ariana Fletcher, the mother of his child, turned physical. According to TMZ, Fletcher was on the wrong side of the assault and saw their son taken away from her.

Herbo would later return to the scene and arrested for battery. What makes the situation worse is Fletcher is currently 14 weeks pregnant by boxing phenom Gervonta Davis.

Sources reveal to TMZ Herbo, Fletcher and Davis were all partying at the same Atlanta strip club on Tuesday night, however, Herbo arrived and partied separately from the duo of Fletcher and Davis.

In a deleted post to her Instagram story, Fletcher details what went on that led to the arrest.

G Herbo’s bond was set at $2,000.

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Brooklyn Nets Lose Game 3 to the 76ers with Joel Embiid Sidelined http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/brooklyn-nets-lose-game-3-to-the-76ers-with-joel-embiid-sidelined/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/brooklyn-nets-lose-game-3-to-the-76ers-with-joel-embiid-sidelined/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:48:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499149 Joel Embiid missed his first game of the playoffs last night due to a lingering knee issue, but that didn’t stop Ben Simmons and the 76ers from beating the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. Simmons responded to critics of his lack of scoring ability by dropping 31 points on 84 percent shooting from the […]

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Joel Embiid missed his first game of the playoffs last night due to a lingering knee issue, but that didn’t stop Ben Simmons and the 76ers from beating the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. Simmons responded to critics of his lack of scoring ability by dropping 31 points on 84 percent shooting from the field. Simmons also added 9 assists to his stat sheet.

The Sixers mid-season accusation, Tobias Harris, put in work to scoring 29 points, a post-season career high for the former Clippers Forward, while also adding 16 rebounds that on a normal night would probably go to the 7 foot 2 inch tall Joel Embiid.

“I thought it was a great win for us tonight,” Harris said in a post-game interview. We just got to our game and played hard and that was the name of the game for us… It’s a next guy up mentality.”

The Nets kept the game close through the first 3 quarters with a strong effort from Caris LeVert and All-Star Point Guard D’Angelo Russell who were responsible for 26 points apiece.

The Sixers are now up on Brooklyn 2-1 in the series with one more game in Brooklyn before they head back to the city of brotherly love for game 5. With such a decisive win without their superstar talent Joel Embiid, fans might wonder if the MVP caliber baller will play in game 4 as he continues to deal with knee soreness that plagued him late in the regular season and now into the playoffs.

In their game 1 loss, Embiid left the game early because of the ailment after originally it was reported that he was going to sit for that game. Embiid came back in Game 2 to drop 23 points while pulling down 10 boards in 21 minutes of play.

 

 

 

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Nicki Minaj and Management Team Mutually Part Ways http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/nicki-minaj-and-management-team-mutually-part-ways/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/nicki-minaj-and-management-team-mutually-part-ways/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:44:46 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499144 Amid recent career struggles, a new report reveals that Nicki Minaj has decided to part ways with her longtime management team. The exclusive report from Variety revealed that the 36-year-old lyricist and her management team of Gee Roberson, Cortez Bryant and Blueprint/ Maverick Management have mutually decided to separate. Neither party has released any further […]

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Amid recent career struggles, a new report reveals that Nicki Minaj has decided to part ways with her longtime management team. The exclusive report from Variety revealed that the 36-year-old lyricist and her management team of Gee Roberson, Cortez Bryant and Blueprint/ Maverick Management have mutually decided to separate.

Neither party has released any further details regarding the split, however, the “Chun-Li” rapper has seen a good amount of negative press recently despite dropping a successful fourth album.

READ MORE: Rah Digga Pegs Nicki Minaj as the Only Female Rapper Who Does Not Collab with Other Females

Fans will remember her New York Fashion Week dispute with Cardi B that resulted in some online shots from both sides. Nicki also went after Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner when the ‘Sicko Mode’ rapper’s ‘Astroworld’ album earned the number 1 spot on Billboard beating out Nicki’s ‘Queen’ album, which Nicki has disputed as being inaccurate.

The multi-platinum rapper has also struggled to execute her latest tour, which could be part of the reason Minaj and her management decided to part ways. Since the announcement, artists like Future dropped out of the tour.

READ MORE: Nicki Minaj and Juice WRLD Forced to Cancel Show on European Tour

This is not the only change in the tour.

Future and Tekashi 6ix9ine were both originally supposed to tour with Nicki overseas, and now neither will perform with her. Since Future decided to drop out of the tour and 6ix9ine is incarcerated, Nicki was left with the rising star, Juice Wrld.

Not only did the acts change, but Minaj caught a lot of flack for canceled shows that her team claimed was related to technical issues at different venues. The Variety report says that Minaj and her management team made the decision prior to Nicki’s performance at Coachella.

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Michelle Obama Praises Beyonce for ‘Homecoming’ Film http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/michelle-obama-praises-beyonce-for-homecoming-film/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/michelle-obama-praises-beyonce-for-homecoming-film/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:41:46 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499198 In celebration of Beyonce’s Homecoming documentary released on Netflix earlier this week which gives fans a sneak peek into everything that went into the Houston native historic and jaw-dropping performance at Coachella last year, Michelle Obama shared a sweet message in which she praises Beyonce for using her Coachella performance to not only pay homage […]

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In celebration of Beyonce’s Homecoming documentary released on Netflix earlier this week which gives fans a sneak peek into everything that went into the Houston native historic and jaw-dropping performance at Coachella last year, Michelle Obama shared a sweet message in which she praises Beyonce for using her Coachella performance to not only pay homage to HBCU’s but to also inspire people to get in formation.

In a video post she begins, “Hey Queen, girl you have done it again. Constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly.”

The Forever First Lady says she wasn’t shocked by this because it’s Beyonce and she has been able to witness the magic first hand.

“I’d say I’m surprised, but I know who you are. I’ve seen it up close and personal. Girl, you make me so proud and I love you.”

She continues by saying that she loves how Beyonce honored the people who came before us but also look like us.

I also love that your new Netflix film Homecoming is informed by the black leaders, thinks, and poets who have paved the way for folks like us.”

Obama praised Beyonce for using Homecoming not only to have fun but inspire the next generation.

“I love that its both a celebration and a call to action, and I love that you are using this film to inspire the next generation of history makers and record breakers who will run the world in the years ahead.

Obama concluded by encouraging her friend to continue to be honest.

“So to you my dear friend, I just want to say keep telling the truth because you can do it in a way that no one else can.”

 

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Today in Hip Hop History: Nas Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Illmatic’ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/today-in-hip-hop-history-nas-illmatic-25th-anniversary/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/today-in-hip-hop-history-nas-illmatic-25th-anniversary/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:31:34 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499204 How does one change the entire game of Hip-Hop with a single album — a debut album that clocks in at just under 40 minutes at that? For then-20-year-old rapper Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones — we’ve all grown to love and known him simply as Nas — that became a reality that has only […]

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How does one change the entire game of Hip-Hop with a single album — a debut album that clocks in at just under 40 minutes at that? For then-20-year-old rapper Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones — we’ve all grown to love and known him simply as Nas — that became a reality that has only developed in the past 25 years since its release. The album of course is Illmatic, released on April 19, 1994, and the lyricism, skill and overall production heard on the LP still sounds just as fresh today as it did back then. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we briefly break down why.


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What started out as a soundtrack single off the 1992 film Zebrahead turned into the album’s classic debut cut “Halftime,” produced by Large Professor who would also lend his studio skills on “One Time 4 Your Mind” and the standout “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.” Other producers that helped bring this project to life include the album’s executive producer Faith Newman (“The Genesis”), the legend himself DJ Premier (“N.Y. State of Mind”; “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park)”; “Represent”), Leshan David Lewis aka L.E.S. (“Life’s a Bitch”), Pete Rock (“The World Is Yours”) and fellow MC Q-Tip (“One Love”).



Although the album only sold 60K units in its first week, landing it at #12 on the Billboard 200 chart, and produced singles that made modest marks on the charts — “Halftime” faired the best with a top ten Hot Rap Singles bow out at #8 — Illmatic made up for it with its near-universal critical acclaim. The review most people tend to remember is of course the classic, sometimes controversial Five-Mic rating that former The Source writer Miss Info gave the project. Whether you think she was right to give his, as she put it, “poetic realism” a perfect rating is up for debate, but seeing as we’re here 25 years later lamenting about the LP all over again, we still stand by the opinion of our old pal “Shortie.”



Looking back now, it really isn’t hard to tell how influential Illmatic is, was and continues to be within Hip-Hop culture. Since 1994, we’ve seen many follow in the footsteps of Nas’ magnum opus debut, including contemporaries like The Notorious B.I.G. with Ready to Die and Jay-Z with Reasonable Doubt, throughout the 2000s with Food & Liquor by Lupe Fiasco and The Documentary by The Game, or the most recent and possible most profound comparison by way of Kendrick Lamar in 2012 with good kid, m.A.A.d city.

To say Nas has influenced rap music is a huge understatement, and the only way to truly describe how amazing of a talent he is as a lyricist, writer, poet, thinker, visionary and musician overall is to simply listen to Illmatic. It’s just that good.


Nas and the original Queeensbridge crew on the Illmatic disc sleeve.
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Happy 25th anniversary to Illmatic! Let us known your favorite tracks by hitting us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out the original five-mic review by Miss Info in Issue #55 (April 1994) below:

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Survivor From Nipsey Hussle Shooting Expected to be Released From Jail http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/survivor-nipsey-hussle-free/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/survivor-nipsey-hussle-free/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:00:59 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499187 The man who was arrested for a parole violation after he was shot with Nipsey Hussle is expected to be released. Kerry Lathan, 56, was arrested because his parole prohibits him from associating with known gang members, and the late rapper is a member of the Rolling 60’s Crips. Lathan said in a recent interview […]

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The man who was arrested for a parole violation after he was shot with Nipsey Hussle is expected to be released.

Kerry Lathan, 56, was arrested because his parole prohibits him from associating with known gang members, and the late rapper is a member of the Rolling 60’s Crips. Lathan said in a recent interview that he didn’t know the “Racks in the Middle” rapper prior and that he was just there shopping before Eric Holder came and opened gunfire.

After getting hospitalized, Lathan was transferred to Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A.but TMZ reports that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation withdrew its petition to revoke his parole.

There’s no telling why the Corrections Department made this decision. Presumably, because Nipsey Hussle has been celebrated as a community hero and exemplary leader who promote black ownership and financial literacy. He got love from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to President Obama and the LAPD.

Ironically, he was scheduled to meet with the LAPD alongside Roc Nation to discuss combating gang violence.

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Netflix Announces First Original African Animated Series, ‘Mama K’S Team 4’ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/netflix-announces-first-original-african-animated-series-mama-ks-team-4/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/netflix-announces-first-original-african-animated-series-mama-ks-team-4/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:00:50 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499176 Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE. Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four-teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited […]

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE.

Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four-teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world.

Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-African talent search.

Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, it draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip hop girl groups.

To join the creative team on the series, Netflix is collaborating with Triggerfish Animation studio and CAKE to launch a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.

Malenga grew up watching cartoons on TV and found herself asking why no heroes looked like her and why they didn’t live in a world that felt like her own. “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero,” commented Malenga.

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on-screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.”

“After animating four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, including the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to bring an African capital city to life on Netflix,” added Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer. “Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for either TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply from the careers page of our website, www.triggerfish.com.”

CEO & Creative Director at CAKE, Tom van Waveren concluded, “We are delighted to be partnering with Triggerfish and Netflix on Mama K’s Team 4, a uniquely empowering, but most of all fun project, which brings a fresh perspective to a classic cartoon genre.”

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Dave East Says Lil Nas X’s Country Trap Hit, ‘Old Town Road’ is Wack http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/dave-east-says-lil-nas-xs-country-trap-hit-old-town-road-is-wack/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/dave-east-says-lil-nas-xs-country-trap-hit-old-town-road-is-wack/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:00:44 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499190 Dave East doesn’t understand the hype behind Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” “This f**king ‘Old Town Road’ sh*t is f**king wack,” he said. “I don’t know what the f**k is going on with hip-hop or rap but…that sh*t is wack with a cape on it. It’s super wack.” Dave East says "Old Town Road" […]

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Dave East doesn’t understand the hype behind Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”

“This f**king ‘Old Town Road’ sh*t is f**king wack,” he said. “I don’t know what the f**k is going on with hip-hop or rap but…that sh*t is wack with a cape on it. It’s super wack.”

His bold declaration divided Twitter in half.

There are people like E Bro who thinks Dave East is entitled to an opinion and his contributions make a good balance for Hip Hop.

Then there are others who think that he’s just simply being a hater.

How are you feeling Lil Nas X’s breakthrough hit?

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Lil Yachty Reveals He Wrote Yung Miami’s Verses in City Girls’ ‘Act Up’ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/lil-yachty-act-up/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/lil-yachty-act-up/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:00:25 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499095 Lil Yachty pretty much claimed to write the City Girls’ smash hit, “Act Up” in its entirety. In an interview with Kerwin Frost, the Teenage Emotions rapper set the record straight about how much he contributed to the song because people assumed he was credited with only a couple lines. According to this interview, the […]

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Lil Yachty pretty much claimed to write the City Girls’ smash hit, “Act Up” in its entirety.

In an interview with Kerwin Frost, the Teenage Emotions rapper set the record straight about how much he contributed to the song because people assumed he was credited with only a couple lines. According to this interview, the only part he didn’t write was JT’s last verse. This could be true because JT does have writing credits on the song alongside her label mate and Isaac Earl Bynum.

“He may have said like one thing in the studio and they credit him,” Yachty said. “I wrote the whole song except for JT’s last verse. But everything that everyone is singing and all. I wrote the whole thing.”

“I just thought like them. I know them personally,” he said. “I know what women like to hear…what’s just some raunchy shit?”

Fans were blown away by Lil Yachty’s ability to write such a women-centered raunchy hit.

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Cardi B, Lil Nas X, City Girls & More to Headline DJ Khaled’s ‘Days of Summer’ Cruise http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/days-of-summer-cruise/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/days-of-summer-cruise/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:00:09 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499179 It’s officially festival season. With that being said, Days of Summer Cruise, formally known as Summerfest Cruise, just announced their star-studded line-up. The boat is hosted by DJ Khaled and headlined by Cardi B and Post Malone. The four-day adventure also includes performances by City Girls, DaBaby, Soulja Boy, Def Loaf, Lil Nas X, Pardison […]

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It’s officially festival season. With that being said, Days of Summer Cruise, formally known as Summerfest Cruise, just announced their star-studded line-up.

The boat is hosted by DJ Khaled and headlined by Cardi B and Post Malone. The four-day adventure also includes performances by City Girls, DaBaby, Soulja Boy, Def Loaf, Lil Nas X, Pardison Fontaine, Murda Beatz, Kent Jones, Tay Money, and Tyla Yaweh.

There will also be special performances on the beach of Half Moon Cay by Waka Flocka, Flipp Dinero, and more artists to be announced.

The Days of Summer Cruise embarks in Miami on June 28th and returns on July 1st after a stop in the Bahamas. The cruise promises the opportunity for fans to see and interact with some of Hip Hop’s biggest names coupled with a luxury cruise experience. In addition to the performances, Days of Summer Cruise Fest is offering a variety of parties and activities including meet-n-greets, comedy shows, panels, and nightlife. With DJ Khaled infusing the festival with a healthy dose of positive energy, DOS is the ultimate summer get-away for Hip Hop heads and late-spring breakers alike.

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SOURCE SPORTS: James Harden Says His Playoff Run is For Nipsey Hussle http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/nipsey-hussle-james-harden/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/19/nipsey-hussle-james-harden/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:00:16 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499150 So far through the 2019 NBA playoffs, James Harden has been the best player on any court. Aside from wanting to prove that he and his Houston Rockets are the NBA’s best, what is driving the swingman, the memory of Nipsey Hussle. While on the press conference podium after notching the second straight win against […]

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So far through the 2019 NBA playoffs, James Harden has been the best player on any court. Aside from wanting to prove that he and his Houston Rockets are the NBA’s best, what is driving the swingman, the memory of Nipsey Hussle.

While on the press conference podium after notching the second straight win against the Utah Jazz, Harden was questioned about the significance of his chain, which has the face of the late rapper.

“He’s one of my close friends. This journey that I’m on is for him, it’s plain and simple,” Harden responded.

Harden and Hussle attended the same school growing up and continued their friendship through their adulthood.

“That name Nip. Everybody knows that name now. I’m just another person helping that name live on.”

The Jazz-Rockets series will shift to Salt Lake City, Utah for Game 3 on Saturday, where Harden will continue to do it for Nipsey.

You can see the moment from Harden’s presser below.

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ScHoolboy Q Announces Release Date and Tracklist for Third Album ‘CrasH Talk’ http://thesource.com/2019/04/18/schoolboy-q-announces-release-date-and-tracklist-for-third-album-crash-talk/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/18/schoolboy-q-announces-release-date-and-tracklist-for-third-album-crash-talk/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:38:17 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499155 It’s been more than two years since ScHoolboy Q dropped his Sophomore LP Blankface but now the Hoover Street representative is returning with his new LP, CrasH Talk. Groovy Q took to social media to reveal the artwork and release date for the album that was jumpstarted with his single “Numb Numb Juice” and followed […]

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It’s been more than two years since ScHoolboy Q dropped his Sophomore LP Blankface but now the Hoover Street representative is returning with his new LP, CrasH Talk.

Groovy Q took to social media to reveal the artwork and release date for the album that was jumpstarted with his single “Numb Numb Juice” and followed up with the Travis Scott assisted single “CHopstix.” The album is scheduled to drop April 26th.

The Los Angeles native has a lot to talk about on this album given the recent tragedies in Hip-Hop. The “THat Part” rapper delayed working on music after the passing of his close friend and fellow rap artist Mac Miller last year and Nipsey Hussle who was shot late last month.

Q released a preview of the new album on Monday but waited until Thursday to reveal the tracklist. The 14-track Top Dawg Produced album features Lil Baby, YG, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, 6Lack, Ty Dolla Sign and 21 Savage.

 

 

 

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WATCH: Childish Gambino and adidas Originals Unveil ‘Donald Glover Presents’ Campaign http://thesource.com/2019/04/18/adidas-originals-unveils-donald-glover-presents-campaign/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/18/adidas-originals-unveils-donald-glover-presents-campaign/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:05:21 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499084 Last year Donald Glover gave us the first preview of his upcoming partnership with adidas Originals, and now we’ve got an official look at the new “Donald Glover Presents” campaign. Unveiled over the span of five short films starring Glover, comedian & Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique and a quick-yet-memorable cameo from pro skater Na-Kel Smith […]

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Last year Donald Glover gave us the first preview of his upcoming partnership with adidas Originals, and now we’ve got an official look at the new “Donald Glover Presents” campaign.



Unveiled over the span of five short films starring Glover, comedian & Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique and a quick-yet-memorable cameo from pro skater Na-Kel Smith — “You got some shit on your shoe!” — the new campaign kicks off with new iterations of the Nizza, Continental 80 and Lacombe models. Each incorporates different takes on the worn-in look, including uneven stitching, frayed seams and an off-white color theme that most people might associate with the yellowing of old garments. The idea comes from Glover’s own personal goal for this partnership, which is to test what consumers label as “rich” and “wealthy” by giving us shoes that appear extremely distressed in appearance. To double down on that, each shoe is boxed with inside-out adidas Originals packaging featuring a tear-strip opening and custom shoelaces that fringe with wear.

Experience the ‘Donald Glover Presents’ campaign via the “1985” short film seen above, as well as “Timber,” “Avocado,” “Polenta” and “Dusty” below. Check for Gambino’s version of the Lacombe ($90 USD), Nizza ($80 USD) and Continental 80 ($100 USD) to launch next Friday (April 26). More info at adidas.com/DonaldGlover:

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RBE Announces Unique ‘Closure’ Battle Rap Event Featuring Charlie Clips, Hitman Holla And Jae Millz http://thesource.com/2019/04/18/rbe-announces-unique-closure-battle-rap-event-featuring-charlie-clips-hitman-holla-and-jae-millz/ http://thesource.com/2019/04/18/rbe-announces-unique-closure-battle-rap-event-featuring-charlie-clips-hitman-holla-and-jae-millz/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:10:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=499017 Rare Breed Entertainment (RBE) has finalized the card for their upcoming and appropriately titled “Closure” Battle Rap event in Atlanta for earlier next month. Featuring RBE debuts for both Charlie Clips and Hitman Holla, who have turned themselves into household names through SMACK/URLTV and Wild N Out on MTV with Nick Cannon more recently. The […]

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Rare Breed Entertainment (RBE) has finalized the card for their upcoming and appropriately titled “Closure” Battle Rap event in Atlanta for earlier next month. Featuring RBE debuts for both Charlie Clips and Hitman Holla, who have turned themselves into household names through SMACK/URLTV and Wild N Out on MTV with Nick Cannon more recently. The card is particularly unique in the sense as all main announcement are battles that have a back story to them in conflict to some degree, and this event attempts to settle the issues once and for all. The battle that is eight years in the making sees Hitman Holla make his debut on RBE against an in-form Bill Collector in what is billed as a major grudge match relating back to a previous altercation between Bill and Hitman Holla & Showoff. Jae Millz returns to RBE and battle rap after facing a red hot K-Shine last year in a tough reintroduction, and it will be interesting to see how Millz faces off against the veteran E-Ness.

The main battle card announced is:

Hitman Holla vs. Bill Collector

Charlie Clips vs. Math Hoffa

Jae Millz vs. E-Ness

QB Black Diamond vs. Bonnie Godiva

O-Red vs. J Murda

O-Solo vs. Brixx Belvedere

+ more

Going down on Saturday afternoon 4 May in Atlanta, “Closure” hosted by ARP is sure to provide some answers to ongoing lingering issues in battle rap. If you can’t be in the building, the Pay Per View / VOD is available at as RBE continues to cement its spot as a major battle rap league with back-to-back events outside of New York with numerous top tier stars here.

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