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Happy 50th 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 41st Birthday to the One and Only 2 Chainz!

On this date in 1977, Mr. 2 Necklaces was born Tauheed Epps in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the man who once called himself “Tity Boi” has morphed into one of the games most prolific personalities with one of the most consistent careers of the decade. His name change in 2011 and Based On A TRU Story […]

Happy 50th Birthday to Hip-Hop Icon Big Daddy Kane!

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Today marks the 50th 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 80’s and has been rocking the mic and setting cultural trends ever since. Even cultural critic publication Rolling Stone […]

Happy Birthday To The Wu Tang Clan’s GZA!


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 one of the most celebrated lyricists to ever grace the mic in Hip Hop. Before the […]

Happy 48th Birthday to Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa!

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On this date in 1970, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Jamel Irief was born in Brooklyn, New York and as fate would have it, morphed into being the most inconspicuous member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Many emcees, DJs, and entertainers, in general, have an almost miraculous story of how they got on, but Masta Killa was […]

Remembering The Beastie Boys’ MCA On His Birthday

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It has been six 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 will mark the sixth anniversary of the passing of the Beastie Boys co-founder, who passed on May 4th, 2012 […]

Happy Birthday DJ Screw! (RIP)

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Born on this day as Robert Earl Davis Jr., who is best known to the world as DJ Screw, morphed into a living legend in the city of Houston, Texas and beyond. His creativity will forever exist beyond the 29 years that he blessed his fans, family and friends with his music. Despite the unfortunate […]

The Source Wishes Nelson Mandela Happy 100th Birthday

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“It always seems impossible, until it’s done!” This statement could have been made by Diddy or Cardi B. It could have been a lyric cleverly woven into a Drake song or tattooed across 50 Cent’s chest. But none of those examples are the origins of this statement. When Nelson “Madiba” Mandela uttered those words, he […]

Happy 43rd Birthday 50 Cent! Fif’s Realest Rap Beefs


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 into the Hip Hop industry at the end of […]

Happy 49th Birthday To The Wu Tang Clan’s RZA!

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On this day in Hip Hop history, one of the culture’s most influential musical masterminds was born. Wu-Tang Clan frontman Robert Fitzgerald Diggs a.k.a. RZA was born today (July 5) in Brooklyn, New York, 49 years ago. Since stepping on the scene in 1989, RZA has done more than just create an outrageously successful career for […]

Happy 47th Birthday Missy Elliott! Check Out 4 Ways Missy Changed The Game


Rapper/producer/songwriter Missy Elliott is a legend in the game due to her left of center ideas. She’s never been deterred by people saying her musical inclination as are too weird for the general public. Missy has made long lasting career on taking risks and those gambles have paid off in unimaginable ways. So for Missy’s […]

Happy 31st Birthday To Kendrick Lamar!

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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 comes with a level of integrity reminiscent […]

Happy 49th Birthday Ice Cube! Check Out His Top Five Gangsta Roles

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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 41st Birthday To Kanye West!


As many tribulations as Yeezy has been through this past year, 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 […]

Happy 43rd Birthday To Andre 3 Stacks!

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Rapper/actor and member of the legendary Hip Hop duo Outkast, Mr. Andre 3000, has a Birthday today! Andre Benjamin is known for his eclectic style and flow, 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 […]

Happy Birthday To “The Overweight Lover” Heavy D (R.I.P.)


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 51 years old. Heavy D, born Dwight Errington Myers, moved to Mount Vernon, New York in the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s Heavy D along with DJ Eddie F […]

Happy Birthday Notorious B.I.G.! (R.I.P.) 10 Memorable Biggie Verses


Brooklyn’s own Notorious B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace, was one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. Smalls had the game on lock before an unknown suspect gunned him down on March 9, 1997. His music, however, lives on. From his debut single, “Juicy,” to charted success through his collaborations with protégé […]

Malcolm X’s Top 10 Influences In Hip Hop Music

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TheSource.com has put together a classic list honoring the legacy and works of the man who made intelligence cool in Hip Hop music Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little also known to many as El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 1925. He […]

5 Times Redman Bodied A Guest Feature


Redman is a rapper’s rapper — an artist that truly embodies what it is to have funk, style and to really immerse oneself in the beat. Having been introduced to the world through EPMD’s track “Hardcore” in 1990, he hasn’t missed a beat since. As the Jersey-bred rapper just hit 48 years old this past […]

Happy 57th Birthday To Hip Hop Pioneer Grandmaster Caz!

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Curtis Fisher a.k.a Grandmaster Caz turns 57 today. He currently works as a celebrity tour guide for Hush Hip Hop Tours, a Hip Hop cultural sightseeing tour company in NYC, and is a board member of The Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture. Caz has done his part to preserve the Hip […]