Do You Have Hope For NY Hip Hop In 2014?

Written by Nigel D. / 01.07.14

With 2013 being a bad year for NY in terms of Hip Hop, do you have hope for 2014? This year artists like Fabolous and Jadakiss should be dropping albums. Which NY artists are you most anticipating albums from? Which new artists do you think will flourish from NY?

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What Would You Like To See On RealTalkNY In 2014?

Written by Nigel D. / 01.02.14

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Happy New Year to everyone that checks out the site. What would you like to see from RealTalkNY and Nigel D in 2014?

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Did Jay Z Lose Some Credibility In 2013?

Written by Nigel D. / 12.27.13


The survey found that Jay Z scored 70% lower in the categories of trustworthiness and honesty than did celebrities like Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lawrence, an issue Sehdev chalks up to Jay’s intense focus on making money seemingly however he can. Perhaps more damaging to Jay Z’s ability to persuade consumers through branded partnerships are his constant references to other products in his music. Sehdev said that on “Magna Carta Holy Grail” alone, Jay Z referenced eight different luxury brands more than 20 times. “Millennials questions his approach to loyalty, whether it be to a business deal or his fans,” Sehdev said. “His motivations to just make money can be viewed by this audience as self-centered, even if they may be business savvy.”

Full Story: Business Insider

Do you agree with the results of this study? Jay Z is becoming more and more of a business man with various ventures with, Roc Nation, Roc Nation Sports, Ace Of Spades, Dusse, Duracell, Samsung, Barneys, Cologne, Cigars and more. But is this affecting his credibility? Jay Z received some criticism for continuing his partnership with Barneys after racial profiling accusations. I think Jay Z handled the incident well. I just look at it as Jay Z being a smart business man and making the most of his fame and brand that he worked hard to build.

Keep in mind we don’t know the demographics for who was surveyed.

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Did J. Cole & “Born Sinner” Get Slept On In 2013?

Written by Nigel D. / 12.23.13

Did J. Cole get enough credit and attention in 2013? He made the bold move of changing his release date to go against, “Yeezus,” and in the long run out sold Kanye West. Also, “Born Sinner,” was one of the best rap albums of the year in my opinion. But somehow he didn’t get a Grammy nomination for best rap album. What are your thoughts?

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Yesterdy Marked The Tenth Anniversary Of Jay Z’s “The Black Album”

Written by Nigel D. / 11.15.13

Photo via Lenny S.

THE BLACK ALBUM JustBlaze x Guru x Jay x Pharrell 10 Yrs ago today, we released this Classic. #RocNation #BaselineStudio
- Lenny S.

I drop that Black Album then I back out it, As the best rapper alive, ni**a ask about me. – Jay Z

On November 14th 2003, Jay Z dropped what was supposed to be his last album. Jay Z was ready to leave the rap game after his eighth release. The album had singles such as, “Change Clothes,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” & “99 Problems.” Jay Z also had a huge, “Fade To Black,” concert and “Encore,” went on to be one of his most popular songs to perform.

What were your favorite tracks, lines and videos from, “The Black Album”? How would you say the album compares to his more recent releases? Did you think Jay Z would really stayed retired at that time?

Check the slideshow for videos from, “The Black Album.”

Moment of Clarity: An Oral History of Jay Z’s The Black Album
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“Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” Dropped 20 Years Ago Today

Written by Nigel D. / 11.10.13


The Wu Tang Clan debuted their first album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” twenty years ago today in 1993. Wu Tang Clan went on to not only be one of the biggest Hip Hop groups in terms of members but also the longest lasting, still going strong 20 years later. They played a major role in New York Hip Hop’s rise in the 90s and went on to create various classic tracks. What are your favorite tracks, verses from, “Enter the Wu-Tang.” What are your thoughts on Wu-Tang Clan’s impact on Hip Hop?

Check the slideshow for videos from the debut album.

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Thoughts On Kanye West Wearing The Confederate Flag & Using It On “Yeezus” Tour Merchandise?

Written by Nigel D. / 11.08.13


Whose side are you on with this one? Is Kanye West sending a message to the world by making the Confederate flag his or is he being disrespectful to people that have suffered from hardships that happened under that banner? Would you buy, “Yeezus,” merchandise with the Confederate flag on it?

Photos via Virgil Abloh

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