ILOVEMAKONNEN ft. Ezra Koenig & Despot – Down 4 So Long Remix

Written by Nigel D. / 12.20.14

Ezra Koenig is the lead vocalist and guitarist of Vampire Weekend as well as the voice of SBTRKT’s late summer smash, ‘New Dorp, New York’. Despot is the Queens rapper, Polo connoisseur, and Smart Crew affiliate known for collaborating with everyone from Ratatat to Blood Orange and El-P. ILoveMakonnen is hip-hop’s high flyer of the year and the latest addition to Drake’s OVO clique – his self-titled EP just dropped officially on Drizzy’s label this week. Together they make for one hell of a supergroup: a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, recorded at Red Bull Studios New York.

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Meek Mill Addresses Bobby Shmurda’s Arrest

Written by Nigel D. / 12.20.14

Everybody worried about who racist and the cops …… When it’s a thousands of young guys dying everyday in these streets did yall forget? Let’s deal with ourselves first..and then move 2 the next problem..Because people getting slaughtered in my hood..It don’t even make da news. Can’t blame it on rap…..grand theft auto ….or movies…. It’s a way of thinking you get taught or learn on ya own! God gave us choices!

I will forever rep for #mike #eric & #trayvon and it definitely makes me proud to see us standing up! Bobby was a kid that was misguided “a kid”and I watched people get on the Internet and laugh at him.When did this become cool for our people. I spent the whole night b4 talking 2 bobby about surroundings and choices….I I’ll do it for any kid tryna make it out no matter the race! You ask these younger kids what I truly represent they gone tell you “chasing ya dream” “becoming something” & “saving friends and Fam.” Ima continue to rap about what I want…bcuz people are still going through real shit and it’s people that still wanna understand it! I been couldn’t breathe! #ripericgarner it’s sad he had 2 lose his life on camera to b stood up for! Media controls the minds!
Meek Mill

Bobby Shmurda’s had the craziest year of his life, with instant fame to now serious legal issues. Unfortunate to see the same people that enjoyed his music now laugh at his troubles.

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Flicks: 106 & Park’s Last Episode (Plus Video Of The Off Air Finale Toast)

Written by Nigel D. / 12.20.14

A powerful presence in the music and entertainment industry, “106 & PARK” has been the #1 music variety show on cable for the past 25 consecutive quarters among adults 18-49, according to the Nielsen Company, and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous artists. “106 & PARK” has become THE destination for today’s brightest stars including Denzel Washington, Madonna, Beyoncé, JAY Z, Diddy, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Will Ferrell, Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lebron James, 50 Cent, Will Smith, Drake and many, many others. “106 & PARK” will host its final daily on-air show December 19, 2014 concluding its impressive 14 year run. The “106 & PARK” brand remains strong and will continue to produce various specials throughout the year including its annual New Year’s Eve show, “106 & PARTY,” along with live event experiences at the “BET Awards” and BET Experience.

I got to witness the end of an era yesterday at the last episode BET’s of 106 & Park. All of the show’s hosts were present to give the show a proper farewell. I grew up watching the show, they had various classic moments with Hip Hop’s biggest stars. What were your favorite moments over the years? Check out some classic moments on BET and the full final episode at the end of the slideshow.

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Video: Manolo Rose Performs “Run Ricky Run” In NYC

Written by Nigel D. / 12.20.14

Manolo Rose has been getting a buzz lately with his work on “All About The Money” and his street anthem “Run Ricky Run.” Check out his live show and leave your thoughts on his music.

Video By Nigel D.

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Q-Tip Gives Iggy Azalea A Lesson On Hip Hop

Written by Nigel D. / 12.20.14

@IGGYAZALEA HipHop is an artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70’s. Coming off the heels of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and approaching the end of the Vietnam war it was a crossroads 4 America. Specially for blacks in the US our neighborhoods were PROLIFERATED w/a rush of HEROINE. Our school systems here in NY dungeon traps with light for learning. Blk men some of whom didn’t return from tours of duty n the ones who did came w/war baggage (agent orange, addiction, ect..). These men had families but due to these events and throw into the mix the public emasculation… They proved to be handicapped parents. The surrogate parents? The STREETS. The streets of gangs, crimes, and the hustlers coddled us and swept us up but! Being a spirited, rhythmic & expressive people music art dance outlined our existence. It proved a way for us to exhaust to scream to dance to laugh and find OUR VOICE. We weren’t at the time skilled musicians as kids. We had records, turntables, ideas and INGENUITY. Being natural chemist we took from whatever was availed to us and we created something mighty and special.

We cut breakbeats back n forth we took a hybrid of Jamaican toasting along w/ radio jock rap( hank Spann, Gary Byrd, ect.). We put our rap down.. It was a neighborhood thing really. Black and Latino Kids were carving out their space and it became infectious. Eventually Keith Cowboy coined the phrase Hip Hop . Yrs later the first rap record was recorded and now we r moving but during these strides this country still had the monster of racism and racial insensitivity breathing and ruling. Believe it or not young black n Latino lives specifically weren’t acknowledged in mainstream American culture unless Of course.. The convo was about gangs , being criminals or uneducated. And hey! Like I stated early our families were rushed our schools sucked and we were left to put devices to survive but HIP HOP showed that we had DEPTH, fire, and BRILLIANCE. The music was undeniable! It moved from NY N became national and even GLOBAL. Hip Hop now was FOR EVERYBODY!! All of those who could relate to the roots, the spirit, the history, the energy.. It reached YOU. It touched your spirit n took u up. We magnetized you! That’s what BRILLIANCE does. now u are fulfilling your dreams … BUT! You have to take into account the HISTORY as you move underneath the banner of hiphop. As I said before hiphop is fun it’s vile it’s dance it’s traditional it’s light hearted but 1 thing it can never detach itself from is being a SOCIO-Political movement. U may ask why …

Well once you are born black your existence I believe is joined with socio-political epitaph and philos based on the tangled and treacherous history SLAVERY alone this is the case. It never leaves our conversation… Ever. Wether in our universities our dinner tables our studios or jail cells. The effects still resononates with us. It hurts… We get emotional and angry and melancholy. Did u know president Clinton was the ONLY PRESIDENT to apologize for it? Fid u know that remnants of slavery exist today thru white privilege? When certain “niceties” r extended your way because of how u look? Isn’t that crazy? I say this 2 say u are a hiphop artist who has the right 2 express herself however she wishes this is not a chastisement this is not admonishment at ALL this is just one artist reaching to another hoping to spark insight into the field you r in. I say this in the spirit of a hopeful healthy dialogue that maybe one day we can continue. I’ve been on twitter a long time and this will probably be my last series of tweets pretty much but I’m Kool with it as long as I got to share this w u. Zzzzzzz’s up! Peace!

Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks had another twitter war yesterday after her Hot 97 interview. Q-Tip decided to step in and enlighten Iggy about the socio-Political history of Hip Hop.

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Video: Run DMC & LL Cool J Perform At The Christmas In Brooklyn Concert

Written by Nigel D. / 12.20.14

LL Cool J hit the stage with surprises at the Christmas In Brooklyn at the Barclays. Check more performances below.

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