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Happy 45th Birthday To 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 […]

Happy 45th Birthday To Rap Legend AZ!

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On this date in 1972, AZ was Born Antonio Cruz in Brooklyn, New York. AZ is regarded as one of the most prolific emcees of the 90s, even though his entrance into the game came from just one verse on Nas’ “Life’s A Bitch” from the epic Illmatic album. That one verse led to an […]

The Source Magazine Remembers Reggae Pioneer Bob Marley On His Birthday

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On this date in 1945, Robert Nesta Marley, the father of modern day reggae and icon within the Rastafarian religion, was born in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica. His musical career began as a member of the Wailers in 1963 in Trenchtown until the group disbanded and Marley went solo in 1974. He is considered one […]

Legendary Emcee MF DOOM Turns 46 Today

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On this date in 1971, rapper Daniel Dumile also known as MF DOOM(Metal Face Doom), was born in London, England to his Trinidadian mother and Zimbabwean father. His family relocated to New York when Dumile was a teenager, which was where he developed a love for the Hip Hop culture. In 1988, Dumile, under the […]

Happy Birthday To Dirty South Legend Pimp C (RIP)

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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 illustrious […]

Happy Birthday To Graffiti’s Living Legend COPE2 KD!

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One of the most infamous graffiti artists of the 20th century is celebrating his 48th 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 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 Ason Jones better known as the 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. He did not let the […]

Happy Birthday Biggie Smalls, 10 Memorable B.I.G Lines

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Brooklyn’s own Biggie Smalls, 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 […]

Happy Birthday Busta Rhymes!

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On this day in Hip Hop History we celebrate the birth of one of the most flamboyant and ostentatious personalities in Hip Hop. Today in 1972, the legend Busta Rhymes was born in Brooklyn, New York. The 11-Time Grammy nominee and FlipMode Squad frontman has served as an unsung hero for the culture. This is not […]

Happy 42nd Birthday To 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 a 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 […]

Happy Birthday El-P!

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Born on this date in 1975, El-P, also known as  El Producto, is an emcee and record producer that dominated the underground Hip Hop scene. The Brooklyn born EL is originally a member of Company Flow and has been a major driving force in alternative hip hop for more than two decades, producing for several […]

Happy 45th Birthday To The “Queen Of Neo-Soul” 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 […]

#BHM 7 Facts That You May Not Know About The Founder Of The 5% Nation

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Many people may have heard of the “Five Percenters” or the teachings that stem from this cultural phenomenon born in the ghettos of America, but there are very few who are familiar with the origins of the 5% Nation(also known as the Nation Of Gods and Earths) or that of the founder of the Five […]

Today in Black History: Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson

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On this day in Black History Month, we celebrate the birth of one of music’s brightest stars. Motown living legend Smokey Robinson was born today [February 19] in 1940. Robinson is one of the most accomplished living musicians. He is renowned by some as America’s “greatest living poet.” His career spans over four decades and […]

Happy Birthday Immortal Technique!

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On this date in 1978, Felipe Andres Corenel, better known as rapper/activist Immortal Technique was born in Lima, Peru. IT has become one of the most prolific emcees with a message of this generation and has taken his revolutionary rhymes to a global scale. The Unsigned Hype alumnus has dropped three full length solo projects, […]

Happy 47th Birthday To “King Of R&B” Bobby Brown!

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Born on this day in 1969, singer/songwriter Bobby Brown celebrates his 47th born day today, which is the first birthday he has celebrated since both his former wife Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown lost their lives in drug-involved deaths. Brown will forever be recognized as the “King of R&B”, helping to pioneer the […]

Outkast’s Big Boi Celebrates His 40th Birthday!

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On this date in 1975, Antwan Patton aka Big Boi of the legendary Outkast was born in Savannah, Georgia, putting the rapper at a milestone with his 40th born day. As the pimpalicious half of Outkast, Big Boi continues to combine his street yin with Andre 3000‘s eclectic yang, which will forever etch the two […]