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Happy Heavenly Birthday To Harlem’s Own Big L

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Today we remember Harlem’s very own Big L on what would’ve been his 49th birthday. Sadly, L, whose given name is Lamont Coleman, was shot and killed on his own block in Harlem a week after his alleged killer, Gerard Woodley, had an attempt made on his life back in 1998. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more […]

Happy Heavenly Birthday to ‘The Overweight Lover’ Heavy D


On this day in Hip Hop history, “The Overweight Lover” Heavy D was born in Mandeville, Jamaica, in 1967. If he were alive today, he’d be 56 years old. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Heavy D, born Dwight Errington Myers, moved to Mount Vernon, New York, in the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s, Heavy D, […]

Happy 54th Birthday To Parrish Smith Of EPMD!

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Happy 54th Birthday Parrish J. Smith, better known as “PMD”, one half of EPMD Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information EPMD, the famous duo from Brentwood, Long Island, New York, is an acronym that stands for “Erick and Parrish Making Dollars”. The group has been together for more than three decades from the infamous breakup in the mid 1990s. […]

Happy 53rd 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. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information At the foundation of […]

The Source Magazine Remembers Chris Lighty Ten Years Later On His Birthday

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Even though Baby Chris didn’t recognize his own born day, we do by celebrating his works even after his untimely death. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Today would’ve been Chris Lighty’s 55th birthday, but he was raised in a very structured Jehovah’s Witness household so he never celebrated birthdays or holidays. Chris became the most […]

Happy 53rd Birthday to Hip-Hop Legend Redman!

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A very big Happy Birthday shout-out goes out to Hip-Hop legend and actor Redman. The Newark, NJ bred veteran turns a half-century today and is showing no signs of slowing down; his progress of constantly going strong is evident in the Hip Hop and film world. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Redman has been able […]

Happy 68th Birthday to Hip Hop Founding Father DJ Kool Herc!

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On this day in 1955, DJ Kool Herc was born Clive Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to the Bronx when he was 12 years old and took on the name “Kool Herc” when he became a member of the graffiti crew, the “Ex-Vandals.” The name is short for ‘Hercules’ because of his 6′ 4″ […]

Happy 50th Birthday To Pharrell Williams!

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On this day in 1973, the seemingly ageless producer, singer, rapper, author, designer, creative director, and label head Pharrell Williams was born 48 years ago. His music has touched the hearts and minds of literally billions of people, his humanitarian efforts have helped toward preserving the planet for the next generation to enjoy, and his […]

Happy 66th Birthday To Legendary Filmmaker Spike Lee!

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On this date in 1957, filmmaker, actor, and New York Knicks enthusiast Shelton “Spike” Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to Brooklyn as a child, which became the backdrop of Lee’s most famous movies, including Do The Right Thing, He Got Game, Summer Of Sam She’s Gotta Have It, and Crooklyn. Visit streaming.thesource.com […]

Happy 64th Birthday to Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav!

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In 1959, William Jonathan Drayton, better known to the world as Flavor Flav, was born in NYC. Flav is the former hypeman of the iconic Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Hip-Hop group Public Enemy. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Growing up in Freeport, Long Island, a young Flavor developed his love for music, teaching […]

Happy 80th Birthday to NYC Graffiti Documentarian Martha Cooper!

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Born on this date in 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland, famed photojournalist Martha Cooper took her photography skills as a staff photog for The New York Post. She became one of the most celebrated documentarians of Hip Hop’s most unrecognized subculture. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Cooper began her career as a photographer working as an […]

Happy Birthday To Chicago Hip-Hop Pioneer Common!

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On this date in 1972, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., the rapper, actor, and poet also known as Common was born in Chicago, Illinois. The Grammy and Academy Award-winning artist is not only an icon of Windy City’s Hip Hop scene, but he has also helped to blaze a trail for Golden Era rappers into other […]

Happy Birthday To Super Producer Timbaland! Top 5 Timbaland Smash Hits

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When the phrase ‘super producer’ is uttered, not many names come to mind. Names like: RZA, Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, and Kanye West are among the high ranks that have earned the title. Today however, we celebrate the birth of one who help to shape the scope of both […]

Happy Birthday To The Firm’s AZ!

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On this date in 1972, Anthony “AZ” Cruz was born in Brooklyn, New York. Cruz, who became known as AZ as a shortened way to say Asiatic, his righteous attribute from the 5% Nation. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information AZ was first heard on Nas’ iconic Illmatic LP on the L.E.S. produced “Life’s A Bitch”. […]

Happy Birthday To Philly Rap Legend Beanie Sigel!

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Born on this date in 1974 in the City of Brotherly Love, Dwight Grant, aka Beanie Sigel, aka Beans, morphed into an icon in the Philly Hip Hop scene as the leader of the now-defunct Roc-A-Fella Records’ State Property. Even with all of his legal troubles and the untimely split of the Roc, Beanie is […]

Happy 57th Born Day To Brand Nubian Founder Grand Puba!

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On this day in Hip-Hop history, Brand Nubian founder Maxwell Dixon a.k.a. Grand Puba, was born today in 1966. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Grand Puba made his musical debut with the group Masters of Ceremony. The group’s first album Dynamite was released in 1988 and had an excellent critical reception. However, due to the […]

Happy Heavenly Birthday To Boogie Down Productions’ DJ Scott La Rock!

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On this day in 1962, Scott Monroe Sterling known widely as DJ Scott La Rock of the famous Boogie Down Productions was born in the Bronx borough of New York City. Scott La Rock was the producer for rap icon KRS-One until his untimely death on August 27th, 1987. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information La […]

Happy 52nd Birthday To Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man!

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On this date in 1971, the Shaolin Island emcee who was virtually named after the term “John Blaze”, was born in Long Island, New York. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Admired for his unique voice and witty lyrics, Method Man is known for his one of a kind sound. The Long Island-born/Staten Island bred rapper […]

Happy 58th Birthday To Music Mogul Dr. Dre!

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Today we celebrate the birth of one of the most influential figures in Hip-Hop. The living legend is described as none other than Dr. Dre. Not only was this man the first rap billionaire, but he was also an instrumental part (literally and figuratively) in the creation of a new sub-genre of rap known as […]