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Happy Birthday Royce Da 5’9”

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Born July 5th, Detroit rapper/songwriter Royce Da 5’9” has kicked down doors in the music industry and demanded a spot in the most talked about ‘Top Emcees List’. Known for his strategic lyrical layout and clever word rhyme, he also has a knack for vividly telling stories through song. Best known as one half of […]

[WATCH] Can’t Believe It’s Vegan: Pressed BBQ Oyster Mushrooms

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Are you interested in veering into the vegan lifestyle but don’t know how to make a healthy and tasty meal that will satisfy your tastebuds? Transitioning into a healthier lifestyle is definitely a challenge when we grew up with certain eating habits. Most people tend to enjoy the seasonings, fattiness and smokiness that comes with […]

Fred The Godson Foundation Launches Today With Support From Surprise Guests

On April 23, 2020, the Hip-Hop community was saddened by the untimely loss of one of its beloved New York artist; Fred the Godson. Born, Frederick Thomas, the Bronx rapper passed away due to complications from the Coronavirus at the age of 41. A husband and father of two beautiful daughters, Sadie and Sophia, Fred […]

[WATCH] Guess Who’s Vegan In Hip Hop?

It’s time to get healthy by any means necessary and question the origins of what we put into our bodies. Veganism continues to rise in popularity as people of all ages vow to cut animal products from their diet. Traditionally, our eating habits are passed down from older family members who tend to have repeated […]

[WATCH] Classic Father’s Day Hip Hop Songs

A father and child relationship can bring so much joy to both individuals and that connection will affect both for life. Whether you grew up with your father or not, the relationship you share with your paternal donor can influence your decisions and outlook. Hip hop has had several heart-tugging songs that detail these relationships. Everyone […]

[WATCH] Royce Da 5’9” On Terry Crews ‘You Are Uncle Tom’

Royce Da 5’9” has been on a roll this year. Between the release of his controversial album Allegory during Black History Month and his social media stance against police brutality and racism—he’s proved he’s one of the great voices of our time. Last night, the famed lyrical MC let a few bars loose on actor […]

[WATCH] Top 10 Songs To Listen To On Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Back in 1865 on June 19th, the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Even though this was two and […]

[WATCH] Awkward Throwback Video Of Tupac Shakur and MTV Correspondent

In this throwback video of Tupac Shakur, the rapper strolls the Venice Beach Boardwalk while being interviewed by MTV News Tabitha Soren who seemed lost and out of touch. This classic video from 1995 gives us a glimpse into the heart of Tupac who dropped tons of jewels in between the horrible invading questions. As […]

Top 10 Must-Haves During COVID-19 (Part 1)

Between the senseless murdering of unarmed men and women, the country being set ablaze, and the governments almost 3 month ‘stay at home’ order— we are all fighting to stay upbeat and optimistic. Despite the influx of people seen venturing outside and holding small gatherings, COVID-19 is still a virus that is still a serious […]

Are Rappers Wearing Wigs A New Trend?

Nicki Minaj and Tekashi 6ix9ine just released their new video for ‘Trollz’ and Tekashi’s post prison debut has already broken YouTube records. While the colorful video is full of tea-sipping subliminals and lots of breasts shaking footage, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s trademark rainbow lace front wig was the real standout. While hip hop has had many looks, […]

[WATCH] Rapper CashFlow Flips DMX Classic For ‘Black Lives Matter Tribute’

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Rapper CashFlow has been on a non-stop grind rapping about important social topics and his new freestyle definitely hits home. In his new ‘Black Lives Matter Tribute’ the Harlem native honors the men and women who have been murdered by police officers. I’ll admit, it’s been hard to write these past few days. Between the […]

Race Relations In America: Can You Hear Us Now?

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Protesters across the world have now expressed their anger about the deaths of so many black people by the hands of those meant to serve and protect. Race relations issues have always been the ‘elephant in many rooms’ but now the world is forced to pay attention. Paris, Sydney, Korea, Europe, Hong Kong—nearly every corner of […]

[Watch] George Floyd’s 6-Year-Old Daughter Speaks Out For The First Time Since His Death

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George Floyd sparked protests across the entire world following his untimely death due to police brutality. HIs 6-year-old recently spoke about her father publicly for the first time with ABC News. Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, and her mother, Roxie Washington, shared memories of the gentle giant who adored his little girl.Washington who said Floyd was an excellent father […]

[WATCH] Classic Tupac Shakur: We Can’t Do But So Much Marching

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Back in 1993, a 22-year-old Tupac Shakur took the podium at the 23rd Annual Indiana Black Expo and bared his heart about police brutality, going to war and ownership. Introduced by Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who held the same sentiments as the late rapper…Tupac told the kids of the 90’s to put their minds together […]

[WATCH] From Bad To Worse: Chaos Erupts Across America

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Pure Mayhem has erupted across America this weekendplummeting the nations riots from bad to worse. More than 4,000 people were arrested in U.S. cities over the weekend, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, was among the hundreds of people arrested in the city Saturday after failing to disperse during a protest.  More than […]

[WATCH] Don Lemon to Hollywood: Beyoncé Released a Message, You Can’t?

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CNN’s Don Lemon is fed up with Hollywood and he’s not biting his tongue.The Tonight host said he had received texts and tweets from famous faces who were afraid to “hurt [their] brands.” He gave a call out to Hollywood stars to become active and speak out about protests over the death of another unarmed […]

Being Brown In America: What’s Next?

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America is on fire. Not a surprise to many after another life was senselessly taken away from us. George Floyd represented millions of brown-skinned people that are targeted, attacked and judged based off the color of their skin. We sang, we prayed, we hoped and nothing changed. Now comes the rage, anger and disbelief. Growing […]

Ice Cube Cancels TV Appearance ‘I’m In No Mood To Tell America, Good Morning’

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Following the death of George Floyd, Ice Cube called off his scheduled appearance on Good Morning America. Cube was scheduled to appear on Good Morning America, to discuss his Big 3 league, musical legacy, and the state of American society. Instead, Cube decided that America has failed us, and canceled his appearance. The legendary rapper/producer […]