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Happy 48th Birthday Eminem! Top 10 Marshall Mathers Tracks

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On this date in 1972, Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and morphed into one of the greatest emcees of all time better known to the world as Eminem. In celebration of his 48th birthday, we have gathered a list of Eminem’s best songs to play at your next party. We […]

Happy 50th Birthday to Hip Hop Matriarch MC Lyte!

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Born on this day in 1970, Lana Michelle Moorer has been a pillar of feminism and respect for women in Hip Hop since her 1986 debut. After her first single, “I Cram to Understand U” sent shock waves through the growing New York Hip Hop scene, Lyte was awarded a record deal from First Priority […]

Happy 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. Starting with his days as the DJ for WBLS’ Mr. […]

Happy 40th Birthday to the “King Of The South” T.I.!

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Happy born day to Mr.Clifford Harris Jr. aka T.I.! Throughout the years, T.I. has become one of the most relevant forces in hip-hop. Besides his music career, T.I. is an actor, spokesperson for the AKOO clothing, and the leader of Hustle Gang, which includes Iggy Azealia, B.O.B, Young Dro, and more. REGISTER TO VOTE GET […]

Happy 52nd Birthday to Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar!

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Born Lorenzo Dechalus on this day in the Bronx in 1968, Hip Hop legend and critic Lord Jamar of the legendary Brand Nubian crew has maintained his relevance in the game by not just dropping gems on the mic in the booth, but he keeps artists and notables on their toes when stepping into the […]

Happy 54th Birthday Doug E Fresh!

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Born today in 1966 as Douglas Davis, Doug E Fresh is known as “the greatest entertainer” in Hip Hop, with his ability, to rap, dance, and perform his original human beatbox, which is what has made him one of the most important figures to the culture. In the early 80s, Fresh performed among some of […]

Happy 47th Birthday To The ‘King From Queens’ Nas!

Nas Reveals His 'NASIR' Album Was Rushed: '[Kanye West] Was Working on A Lot'

Today marks the 47th birthday of one of hip-hop’s most treasured lyricists, Nas. 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’ coming into Hip-Hop owned multidimensional […]

Happy 52nd Birthday to Hip Hop Living Legend Big Daddy Kane!

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Today marks the 52nd birthday of Grammy Award-winning lyricist Big Daddy Kane! 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 cultural critic publication Rolling Stone […]

Happy Birthday, Soulja Slim!(RIP)

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Today is the date that Hip Hop celebrates the birth of one its most coveted soldiers; NOLA’s one and only Soulja Slim! 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 New Orleans who morphed […]

Happy 56th Birthday To N.W.A./Ruthless Records Founder Eazy-E! (RIP)

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Despite the fact that the Hip Hop community lost this giant in the game over two decades ago, the legacy of Eazy-E will always be seen, heard and celebrated by the culture of Hip Hop. Eazy-E was born Eric Lynn Wright on this date in 1964 in Compton, California. As most of his gang-infested Compton […]

Happy 59th 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 it’s embodiment throughout the 80’s and 90’s. As the host of Hip Hop’s […]

Happy Birthday, to Wu Tang Clan Co-Founder The GZA!

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The “genius” of the iconic WTC is celebrating his 52nd born day today. On this date in 1966, Gary Grice, better known to the rap world as the “GZA”, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is now recognized as one of the most celebrated lyricists to ever grace the mic in Hip Hop. REGISTER […]

The Source Magazine Remembers Nate Dogg On His Birthday

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The unmistakable G-Funk sound of Southern California created a style that in the ’90s shaped Hip Hop culture in its own image. Since it’s conception by Dr. Dre with The Chronic, G-Funk has grown to be one Hip Hop’s most unique and distinguished sub-genre and has spread West Coast culture across the globe. On this day […]

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 […]