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Happy 52nd Birthday DJ Quik!

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David Marvin Blake a.k.a. DJ Quik was born in Pomona, California, and shortly after relocated to Compton, California. His love for music began at a very young age, and by age 12 he could already play a number of instruments. Quik jumpstarted his path to fame by selling mixtapes he made with the turntable he received while still […]

Happy 54th Birthday to Hip Hop Pioneer LL Cool J!

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James Todd Smith, a.k.a. LL Cool J, nickname “Ladies Love Cool James”; born on Long Island, New York, January 14, 1968. LL Cool J signed to pioneer Hip Hop label Def Jam Records in 1984. His career took off with classic hits, included on albums like: Bigger and Deffer, Walking with a Panther, Mama Said […]

Happy 56th Birthday Slick Rick! Five Favorite Storytime Rhymes From Rick The Ruler

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Born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters on this date in 1965 in London, England, Slick Rick is undoubtedly the best storyteller in the history of Hip Hop. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information From stories about his hectic lifestyle just “six minutes” before stage time to his almost unbelievable sexcapades, Rick The Ruler set the bar for […]

Happy 52nd Birthday To Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon The Chef!

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On this date in 1970, Wu-Tang Clan swordsman and lyrical legend Raekwon The Chef was born in Staten Island, New York. The Staten Island-based emcee is one of the Wu’s most celebrated artists, with his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx projects reaching cult-like following proportions. Along with his Wu blood kin, Rae has appeared on […]

Happy Heavenly Birthday To UGK’s Pimp C!

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Born Chad Lamont Butler on this day in 1973 in Port Arthur, Texas, Pimp C emerged into the Hip Hop scene with his partner Bun B to make the Underground Kingz (UGK) one of the greatest rap groups to come out of the Dirty South and undoubtedly the best rap duo from Texas. Visit streaming.thesource.com […]

Happy Birthday To Treach Of Naughty By Nature! 6 Degrees Of Success

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Today in 1970 in “Illtown” New Jersey, the king of “OPP”, better known as Treach, was born. For those who don’t know, Treach was the frontman for the New Jersey rap collective Naughty By Nature. Born Anthony Criss in East Orange, New Jersey, Treach got his musical start in his hometown. He, Vin Rock, and […]

Happy Heavenly Birthday To Lyrical Giant Big Pun!

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Born on this day in 1971 in Bronx, NY, Terror Squad lieutenant Christopher ‘Big Pun” Rios grew from an exceptional emcee that stood side to side by Fat Joe during his Jealous One’s Still Envy heyday to morphing into one of the game’s greatest lyricists of all time. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Big Punisher […]

Happy 48th Birthday Sticky Fingaz Of Onyx!: Top Five Movie Roles of Kirk Jones

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48 years ago today, rapper, actor, director, and producer Sticky Fingaz was born Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information On this day in Hip Hop history, Kirk Jones bka Sticky Fingaz was born in Brooklyn, New York. Known as the frontman for the trailblazing rap group Onyx and various appearances on screen and television, Sticky Fingaz […]

Happy Heavenly Birthday To Prodigy Of Mobb Deep

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The Mind Squad would like to send a supreme posthumous salute to Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, the lyrical half of the “Infamous” Mobb Deep. In 2017, the Hip-Hop community lost Prodigy in what is recognized as a freak hospital accident, with reports stating that P passed after choking on an egg while hospitalized for his sickle […]

Happy 50th Birthday Snoop Dogg! Check Out His Top 10 Videos

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On this day in Hip Hop history, we celebrate the birth of one of Hip Hop and pop culture’s most recognizable icons, Snoop Doggy Dogg. Uncle Snoop was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. in Long Beach, California in 1971. Since then he has risen to become a household name in Hip Hop. His image and […]

Happy 64th Birthday To Hip Hop Pioneer Russell Simmons!

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Today we celebrate the 64th birthday of Hip Hop pioneer Russell Simmons! Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Since the founding of Def Jam Recordings in 1983, Russell Simmons has been an instrumental part in the advancement of Hip Hop culture. Over his illustrious career, Russell has launched the careers of multi-platinum artists (LL Cool J, Beastie […]

Happy 59th Birthday To Production Pioneer Marley Marl!

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Born Marlon Williamson this date in 1962 in NYC, the DJ, producer, and record label owner known as Marley Marl is a trailblazer of Hip Hop’s ever-evolving sound, being one of the first to use sampling as a means to gather elements for a song. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Starting with his days as […]

Happy 39th Birthday To “Hot Boy” Number One Lil Wayne!

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Today, we celebrate the 39th born day of Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. also known as Lil Wayne. The premiere CMB artist has broke barriers as a rapper, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and father. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information His career began in 1995, at the age of 12, when he was discovered by Birdman and […]

Happy 48th Birthday To The ‘King From Queens’ Nas!

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Today marks the 48th birthday of one of hip-hop’s most treasured lyricists, Nas. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information By many, Nasir Jones is number one on their top, 10, 5, and 3 lists of the greatest emcees to ever touch the mic in Hip-Hop history. Marbled as the prodigal, deep, and lyrically intellectual spitter, Nas’ […]

Happy Birthday to Hip Hop Living Legend Big Daddy Kane!

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Today marks the 53rd birthday of Grammy Award-winning lyricist Big Daddy Kane! Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Born on this day in 1968, Brooklynite Antonio Hardy aka Big Daddy Kane stepped on the scene with the Juice Crew in the late ’80s and has been rocking the mic and setting cultural trends ever since. Even […]

Happy Birthday to No Limit Legend Soulja Slim!(RIP)

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Today is when Hip Hop celebrates the birth of one of its most coveted soldiers, NOLA’s one and only Soulja Slim! Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Born on this date in 1977 as James Adarryl Tapp Jr. to Ms. Linda Tapp, Slim was born, raised, and was a recognized hero in the Magnolia section of […]

Happy 56th Birthday To The Legendary Juice Crew’s MC Shan!

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Sean Moltke, aka MC Shan of QB’s Juice Crew, turns 56 today. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information The first solo MC with a major release from the “infamous” Queensbridge Projects celebrates his 50th birthday today. MC Shan was at the top of his game during Hip Hop’s “Golden Era,” along with crewmates Roxanne Shante, Craig […]

Happy 60th Birthday To Cultural Icon Fab 5 Freddy!

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What dictates cool? Originality, tenacity, courage, creativity?  Is it the will to stand alone beside your own thoughts and ideas or simply just being the first and fliest to ever do”it”? Whatever the definition may be, Bedford-Stuyvesant’s own Fab Five Freddy was its embodiment throughout the ’80s and ’90s. As the host of Hip Hop’s […]

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