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Happy 60th Birthday to Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav!

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On this date in 1959, William Jonathan Drayton, better known to the world as Flavor Flav, was born in NYC. Flav is the hypeman of the iconic, Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Hip Hop group Public Enemy. Growing up on Freeport, Long Island is where A young Flavor developed his love for music, teaching […]

Happy 47th Birthday to Chicago Hip-Hop Icon 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 53rd Birthday 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. Grand Puba made his debut with the group Masters of Ceremony. The group’s first album Dynamite was released in 1988 and had an amazing critical reception. However, due to the lack of sales, the group […]

Happy 48th Birthday to Erykah Badu!

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Born on this date in 1971 in Dallas, Texas as Erica Abi Wright, soul singing icon Erykah Badu has morphed into one of the most dynamic and impactful entertainers of the past two decades. Ms. Badu’s debut album Baduizm became a euphemism for a woman’s ability to control her man with her sexuality besides the […]

Happy 54th Birthday To Hip Hop Mogul Dr. Dre!

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

Happy 43rd Birthday to the Dipset General Cam’ron!

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On this date in 1976, rapper, actor and entrepreneur Cameron Giles, also known as Cam’ron, was born in New York City. Following the break up of Harlem-based group Children Of The Corn, Cam’ron and childhood friend Mason Betha embarked on solo careers, with Cam releasing his debut solo album Confessions Of Fire, while Mase put […]

5 Times Mac Miller Proved He Was A Sneakerhead In His Lyrics

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Happy birthday, Mac Miller! From the start of his career until the unfortunate end that took him from us just over four months ago on September 7, 2018, Mac Miller was always an avid sneakerhead. His breakout mixtape hit “Nikes On My Feet” is one of the best examples on wax that represents a love […]

Aaliyah’s 10 Greatest Sneaker Moments

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Happy birthday, Aaliyah! The legendary, self-described “full-on entertainer” would’ve celebrated her 40th birthday today if not for the tragic accident that took her life on August 25, 2001 at the youthful age of 22. As birthdays are always met with gifts and pleasantries, we’re sure Baby Girl would’ve love receiving something she adored: a fresh […]

Happy 45th Birthday to Dirty South Legend 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. In his […]

Happy 50th Birthday To Graffiti Legend COPE2!

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One of the most infamous graffiti artists of the 20th century is celebrating his 50th born day today and he goes by the name of COPE2, founder of the world famous KINGS DESTROY crew. Born Fernando Carlo on this date in 1968 in the Bronx, New York, COPE2 began his illustrious graff career in 1985, […]

Happy Birthday To L.O.X.’s Styles P!

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NY crime rhyme vet David Styles, better known to the Hip-Hop world as Styles P, turns a tenured 434 years young today. The L.O.X.(Living Off Experience) co-founder along with Sheek Louch and Jadakiss began their careers with platinum honors, appearing on Puff’s No Way Out album and selling a million copies of their debut LP […]

Happy Birthday Phife Dawg! (R.I.P.)

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On this day in 1970, the second lyrical half of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg was born. Born Malik Isaac Taylor in Queens, New York, Phife is one-fourth of one of the most influential groups in Hip Hop culture; A Tribe Called Quest. It’s been almost three years since Phife lost his battle with […]

Happy 50th Birthday Ol’ Dirty Bastard! ODB’s Most Memorable Moments

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On this day Hip Hop history we celebrate the birth of one of the culture brightest stars, the late, great Russell Jones, affectionately known to the Hip Hop world as Ol’ Dirty Bastard. To Hip Hop, Dirt Dog was more than a rapper. His personality and ostentatious demeanor were representative of the soul of Hip Hop. […]

Happy 44th Birthday to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (R.I.P.)

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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. Last year, 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 46th Birthday Eminem! 10 Top 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 46st birthday, we have gathered a list of Eminem’s best songs to play at your next party. We […]

Happy 48th 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 […]

Offset Surprises Cardi B. With Lamborghini Truck For Her 26th Birthday

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Now that’s how you say Happy Birthday! Hip Hop millennial couple Offset and Cardi B. are always making headlines either solo or as a duo, but this surprise birthday story has fairy tale written all over it. Apparently, the Migos rapper had his team call Cardi to tell her that her husband fainted in Atlanta […]

Happy 61st Birthday Russell Simmons!

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Today we celebrate the 61st birthday of Hip Hop pioneer Russell Simmons! 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 Boys, and Public Enemy to […]

Happy 47th Birthday to The Roots’ Black Thought!

Born on this date in 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, Black Thought, the lead emcee of the legendary Hip Hop band The Roots, has created his key to success with simply one word; longevity. Thought has always been regarded as one of the most lyrical post-Golden Era emcees, yet received very little […]