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Happy Birthday to X-Clan’s Professor X, Sissyyyyy! (R.I.P.)

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On this day in 1956, Lumumba Carson aka Professor X of the groundbreaking X-Clan was born. He would’ve been 64 years old today. Known by his stage names Baba Professor X the Overseer, Professor X, or PXO, was born the son of Brooklyn-based activist and community leader, Abubadika Sonny Carson on this day. Abubadika was […]

The Source Magazine Remembers The Beastie Boys’ MCA On His Birthday

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It has been eight years since the passing of Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch aka MCA, but his legacy stands as a testament to why he should be recognized on his born day. This year marks the eighth anniversary of the passing of the Beastie Boys co-founder, who passed on May 4th, 2012 after […]

Happy 51st Birthday to Kool G Rap!

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Today, July 20 marks the birthday of one of Hip-Hop’s most innovative emcees of all time, Kool G Rap. The Golden Era icon turns 51. Along with DJ Polo, the Corona wordsmith was recruited into the Juice Crew by Marley Marl and launched his debut album Road to the Riches– solidifying the blueprint of mafioso […]

The Source Magazine Remembers Gangstarr’s Guru On His Birthday

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One of the game’s most prolific artists would have turned 59 years old today, but The Source Magazine and the rest of the Hip Hop community will always remember the legacy of Gangstarr’s Guru. Born Keith Elam in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1961, Guru founded the Gangstarr Foundation in 1987, but connected with Texas-born beat maker […]

Happy 46th Birthday Lil Kim!

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Born on this date in 1974, Bedford-Stuyvesant native Lil’ Kim has certainly paved the way for female rappers to gain traction in a highly male-dominated world of hip-hop. Making her name, sound, and style notorious (no pun intended) in her appearance on Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s debut album, Conspiracy. Backed by hardcore lyrics filled with provocative and […]

Happy 45th Birthday 50 Cent! Fif’s Realest Rap Beefs

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Born on this date in 1975, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is undoubtedly one of the most influential forces in the game today. From music to movies to successful business ventures, Fif has always stayed on top of his game ever since he made his unconventional entrance at the end of the last millennium. What has […]

Happy 33rd Birthday To Kendrick Lamar!

On this day in Hip Hop history, Compton based rapper Kendrick Lamar was born in Los Angeles, California. Since the start of the decade, Kendrick has been credited with being one of, if not the, best rappers of this generation. Kendrick’s jazz and funk-inspired take on Hip Hop come with a level of integrity reminiscent of […]

The Source Magazine Hosts ‘Tupac Remembrance Day’ For His Birthday Featuring Mopreme Shakur, Malik Shakur, Yo Yo, Steele of Smif N Wessun, Mistah F.A.B. And April Walker

From back up dancer to lead actor to street gang organizer, there are very few Hip Hop artists that have been as influential to popular culture as Tupac Amaru Shakur. Even 23 years after his untimely death in Las Vegas following the now infamous Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon fight at the MGM, ‘Pac’s musical […]

Happy 51st Birthday Ice Cube! Check Out His Top Five Gangsta Roles

Former NWA member Ice Cube was born June 15, 1969. He has set his own mark in gangsta rap music since leaving N.W.A in 89′ and has built a successful solo career in music and film. In celebration of his birthday, here are our 5 favorite gangsta roles played by Ice Cube in his substantial movie […]

Happy 43rd Birthday to Kanye West!


As many tribulations as Yeezy has been through his illustrious career, today is a day that even Kanye West himself cannot deny is reason to celebrate. Born to the late Dr. Donda West in Atlanta, Georgia on this date in 1977, the iconic emcee, singer, producer, clothing designer and self-proclaimed “genius” has become a household […]

Happy 45th Birthday to Andre 3000!

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Rapper/actor and member of the legendary Hip-Hop duo Outkast, Mr. Andre 3000 turns 45 today! Andre Benjamin is known for his eclectic style and flows, from his start with the Dungeon Family to his movie roles in films like Idlewild and Jimi: All Is by My Side. He has become a household name as a solo […]

Happy Birthday to Compton Legend MC Eiht!

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Today (May 22) marks the 48th birthday of Compton-born gangster rapper MC Eiht. Known for his role in the 1993 cult classic film, Menace II Society, MC Eiht created an entire body of work out of his experiences growing up in Compton. His name was inspired by the numeral element in KRS-One’s moniker, but he […]

Happy 48th Birthday to ‘The Dragon’ Busta Rhymes!

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On this day in Hip-Hop History, we celebrate the birth of one of the most flamboyant and ostentatious personalities in Hip Hop. Today in 1972, the legend Busta Rhymes was born in Brooklyn, New York. The 11-Time Grammy nominee and Flipmode Squad frontman has served as an unsung hero for the culture. This is not to […]

Happy 50th Birthday To Wu Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killaaaaaahhh!!!

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On this day in 1970, rapper/actor Dennis Coles aka Ghostface Killah was born. The chamber of eccentricity comes almost exclusively from Tony Starks, who has been compared to the likes of Slick Rick with his signature, six inch high eagle bracelet and other excessively gaudy jewels. At the foundation of the Wu saga, Ghost’s face […]

Happy 52nd Birthday To MC Serch!

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MC Serch was one of the first Jewish emcees to be established in Hip Hop and today he turns 52! Born May 6, 1967, in Far Rockaway Queens, New York as Michael Berrin, MC Serch is a one of a kind act solidified in hip hop for decades. From being a reality star to having […]

Happy 62nd Birthday to Modern Art Icon Keith Haring! (RIP)

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Born on this date in 1958, Keith Haring was an artist, an activist, and a reformer who influenced the street art scene in NYC and around the world. The Pennsylvanian who moved to NYC would eventually go on to take an ancient form of art and reintroduce it with new context, spreading the symbols of that language […]

Happy 50th Birthday to Master P!

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On this day in Hip-Hop history, we celebrate the birth of one of rap’s most successful icons. With a net worth of about $800 million, Percy ‘Master P’ Miller is a pinnacle of work ethic, determination, and financial prowess. From his humble beginnings to being the executive of one of the most powerful record labels […]

Happy 54th Birthday to Oakland Rap Icon Too $hort!


Today, we say happy birthday to one of the original West Coasters, Too $hort, born on this date in 1966. As one of Hip Hop’s first self-made businessmen, $hort started off his career pumping his own X-rated mixtapes out of the trunk of his car. Releasing fifteen albums between 1987 and 2012, Too $hort has […]