Last week a hashtag began trending on Twitter entitled ‘#FemaleRapStreamingParty’ geared towards women in hip hop, current and OG. The trend started by user @Wannasworld who for 24 hours, live streamed upcoming female artists and referenced original albums from Queen Latifah and Eve to remind us that “n***as ain’t shit” and women run the world. … Continue reading #FemaleRapStreamingParty – An Ode to Female Emcees
With the track list released today for J. Cole's upcoming album KOD, the Cole World community couldn't help but notice the single featured artist...kiLL edward. For pretense, J. Cole is known for going platinum without any features on the studio albums, 2014 Forest Hills Drive and 4 Your Eyez Only; so naturally, when the album … Continue reading Theory: Who is kiLL edward (KOD)?
Since the birth of hip hop out of the Bronx in the late 1970s, fashion has always been intertwined with artists; connecting them further with their audience and helping to solidify who they are as a brand. N.W.A. created a phenomenon by wearing Raiders' jerseys and Adidas classics, MC Hammer made parachute pants cool and LL … Continue reading The Power of the Bucket Hat
On September 1st, Netflix released a documentary detailing the life and musical career of the legendary James Brown. The Soul / Funk icon began his career in Bobby Byrd's blues / swing band after being released on parole, and quickly fell in love with big band. The use of the brass instrumentation was loud and … Continue reading Mr. Dynamic: The Rise of James Brown
Russell Simmons grew up in Queens, around the changing culture from disco to hip hop of the late 1970s and into the the breakdancing phenomenon of the 1980s. From then forward, Simmons emerged himself in urban culture; in gangs and hip hop. In 1984, Def Jam was created by Russel Simmons and Rick Ruban to … Continue reading Celebrating 25 Years of Def Comedy Jam
There is no debate that history happens in time periods. For instance, you have the Ming Dynasty or The Great Depression; and as humans we tend to categorize life events, innovations or war by the decade it happened, rather than by the event itself. For music, we may classify psychedelic music as the 1960s when … Continue reading Creating Modern History through Hip Hop (Full Story)
There have been two albums released in 2017 that I have listened to religiously, one of them being All AmeriKKKan BadASS (AABA) by Joey BadA$$ - the other SweetSexySavage by my queen Kehlani. Now before I begin this article, I am going to give you a history listen in my spiritual and Church beliefs because … Continue reading How I found “God” through Joey BadA$$