Faces Of Black Twitter: Meet Reggie Ossé

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Happy New Year, mazel tov and bonne journée to you all! Despite the craziness of last week’s inauguration, first press conference and Women’s March — we are going to continue to championing the best and brightest minds behind the cultural phenomenon known...

Watch Tom Price Squirm In The Hot Seat For His Second Confirmation Hearing

Currently streaming live on YouTube, President Donald Trump‘s new master pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services — Tom Price — is under fire from Democrats for his past stock trades, wanting to repeal President Obama‘s health care plan and financial discrepancies.

The 62-year-old veteran conservative congressman from...

UPDATE: Chrisette Michele Pens Open Letter About Playing Trump Inauguration

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UPDATE: Chrisette Michele was dragged all up and down Twitter last night after word broke that she would be one of the many D-listers performing at president-elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration. To possibly defend her statement, Michele shared an open letter via her Rich Hipster label, saying, “My heart is broken for our country. I...

Bishop Eddie Long Dead At 63

imageFILE – In a Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 file photo, Bishop Eddie Long prepares to speak, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta. Long, a prominent pastor who led one of metro Atlanta’s largest churches, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church said in a statement to local media outlets. He was 63. (AP...

Officers In Tamir Rice Case Facing Disciplinary Charges

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Two white police officers who were involved in the killing of Tamir Rice are facing internal disciplinary charges, according to an Associated Press report.

Police Chief Calvin Williams told the Associated Press that disciplinary charges were recommended against two officers: Timothy Loehmann, who shot Rice, and Frank Garmback, who was...

Americans Explain Why They Voted For Trump + Ruined The World

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In a few days, the United States, nay, the World will have to deal with Donald Trump in a way so unimaginable that it still baffles most rational thinking human beings. Despite losing the popular vote, the soon-to-be President of the United States, Donald J. Trump will place his hand on the bible and...

Chris Stylez Just Can’t Leave It Alone In New ‘Relapse’ Lyric Video

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If being a mystery was a qualification to have a job then New York’s own Chris Stylez would be highly employable. The Ottawa, Ontario, Canada-born singer-songwriter has had a steady career since first debuting back in 2008 with his first single, “Fade Away”. Since then he has continued to make strong songs, as his most recent...

Jeanette Epps Will Be The First Black Astronaut To Board The ISS

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NASA will be sending an African American astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time ever in 2018.

Jeanette Epps, a former CIA technical intelligence officer, was the astronaut chosen to go to the station alongside veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel in May of next year. She will live aboard the ISS for six months.

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NAACP Members Arrested After Protesting Trump’s Attorney General Pick

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“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

While that famous Edmund Burke quote was not uttered by the African American civil rights activist group, better known as the NAACP, it does signify the want and the will of the people to protest the president-elect’s political nominations....

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We are friends, living in different cities with completely different lives. But despite those differences, we enjoy each other’s conversation and perspective, and we often find ourselves giggling uncontrollably at something we’ve said. Why not capture some of those moments, talk about any and everything, and share it with the world? This podcast is really about having a good time, sharing and connecting, debating and discussion, and doing something on an impulse for experience’s sake! We’re educated, professional, optimistic, fun women who have plenty of opinions about most things going on. We also share a deep fondness of Ellen DeGeneres (it’s really not random – we love her… and for good reason), so we’ll talk about her too – every week to some extent.

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Download 150 Rare Vintage Drum Machines For Free Ninety-Nine

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Seeking quality sounds from music’s most coveted drum machines? Look no longer. Thanks to the good folks at Autodafe, an expansive archive of 150 rare vintage drum machines is here for the taking. And it won’t cost you a dime (though donations are suggested, and we certainly encourage them.)

Historic Korg, Casio and Roland drums are all...

Leon Haywood’s 1975 Freaky Funk Would Light The Chronic (Audio)

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Leon Haywood’s musical career extends more than 60 years. The Houston, Texas Soul singer and composer would spend part of the 1960s playing keyboards for Sam Cooke’s band. On the side, Haywood would ink deals with Decca and Imperial Records, and start cutting his own sides. Right from the onslaught, Leon’s music would enter the...

What Music Does a Genius of Rap Like? GZA Explains (Video)

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For more than 20 years, Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has been viewed as a genius of Rap, literally and figuratively. But, what does he listen to in his spare time? When he’s not advancing Hip-Hop culture with his mind-expanding rhymes, GZA’s tastes in music are decidedly retro and diverse. He recently went shopping for music, for the first...

Musiq Soulchild Returns w/ Tender New Single “I Do”

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In a few months, Philly’s own Musiq Soulchild will release his first solo studio album in nearly 5 years. Will give you a minute to savor that announcement alone, but you should know that the big reveal came along with a fresh new song from Soulchild, who dropped the tender, quiet storming single “I Do” today. Over...

Activist DeRay McKesson Calls “All Lives Matter” A Distraction (Video)

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DeRay McKesson has become a key voice in contemporary American race politics. The former teacher and current social activist began to amass a considerable Twitter following in the wake of the shooting death of Mike Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in the summer of 2014, and as the Black Lives Matter and similarly focused movements...

Alife x Puma States Scarlet Snake

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Even if you’re afraid of snakes you’ve got to admit that at times their scaly patterns can be pretty fly. Alife is out to prove this fact with their latest collaboration that finds a scarlet snake sliding across the upper of a Puma.

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J.Wright

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At the youthful age of 25 years old J.Wright is already a platinum songwriter actor and recording artist. In 2015 we seen him along side legends such as Timbaland , Sean Garrett and Bryan Michael Cox working behind the scenes. In 2016 he is determined to make his own music as known as the hits he's written for others and is ready to take on the world. Already being tagged as "One of the artist to watch for 2015 and beyond" by Hip Hop Weekly Magazine, there is no doubt that J. WRIGHT is getting ready to face the world, stand up and begin his take over!

 

 

Chasing The Cat Makes Key Peele Gangsta In Their First Feature Film (Video)

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When word broke that Key & Peele was ending after its fifth season last year, fans were dismayed. The outrageous sketch comedy show had filled a void that had been lacking for several years after Chappelle’s Show left the air. Not to worry, though. The dynamic duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have wasted no time in taking their...

TDE’s President Punch Rhymes Better Than A Lot Of MCs (Audio)

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Over the last 5 years, Top Dawg Entertainment, more commonly known as TDE, has grown into one of the most powerful record labels in Hip-Hop. The company’s roster includes Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and SZA. As impressive as that group of artists may be, it does not stop there. It just so happens that Punch,...

Kicks Lab x Asics Gel Lyte V Phys Ed

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As far as sneaker customizers go, SBTG is among the elite whose creations inspire the same in-depth coverage as an exclusive boutique collaboration. He’s been tapped by Japan retailer Kicks Lab for an official Asics release that is amazing to look at.

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Natural Elements Took The Torch From BDP Into The Late 90s and Beyond (Audio)

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In the realm of 1990s New York City Underground Hip-Hop, the Natural Elements are often, and wrongfully overlooked. With later members including Brownsville Ka and producer-turned-fam Charlemagne (Jay Z, Talib Kweli, Capone-N-Noreaga), the group still permeates the sound today.

In 1998, however, the crew was less than five years old. Still as a...

Sundance 2016: Okayplayer’s Top Six Films We Can’t Wait To See!

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The denizens of Utah will be inundated with press, paparazzi, onlookers and cinephiles, as the 2016 Sundance Film Festival commences today (Jan. 21). With Netflix and Amazon already chomping at the bit to purchase new programming for its streaming services — this year is already looking like a breakout situation for numerous projects.

While...

Listen To Jaylien Reminisce On His Smooth New Cut “We Fcuk”

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Yeah, this is pretty dope. I promise the song isn’t nearly as crass as the title might suggest. This serves as my introduction to L.A. singer/emcee/producer Jaylien, and I’m definitely intrigued. Jaylien recently dropped his latest track on his soundcloud, “We Fcuk.” It’s not the graphic, over-sexed anthem you might...

Pusha T Narrates His Inspiring Life Story. It All Began With His Brother. (Video)

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Pusha T has had what are arguably the best several months of his career lately. After being named the President of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, the Virginia Beach MC is now riding the wave of critical acclaim left in the wake of King Push: Darkest Before Dawn: the Prelude, his second full-length solo album and the first since...

Cam’ron Looks Back At Rare Photos With A Signature Dipset Beat (Video)

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Cam’ron’s life and career are rather unique. Raised in Harlem, New York, Cam’ divided his interests between basketball, the streets, and Hip-Hop. Over time, the Diplomats general would work with Big L, Ma$e, and Bloodshed (as Children Of The Corn) before his days signed to Untertainment/Epic Records. In the 1990s, Cam’ was...

Sango Promotes Upcoming Tour w/ “Mais Mais Mais” EP

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Sango’s Da Rocinha III came out a few months ago, but the Brazilian sounds are still showing up heavy in his current music.

Sango plans to support the album with the DR3 tour of Brazil and Europe starting tomorrow. In the meantime, we get three new tracks to help the promotion by way of his new EP, Mais Mais Mais (or “More More...

ShaqIsDope Drops 2 New Jawns “Black Frames Freestyle” x “The Weapon”

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I was hoping Toronto emcee, ShaqisDope, would drop his Black Frames project before 2015 wrapped up, but he left us hanging. Today, he makes up for the radio silence with two new joints, and he most definitely brings the bars. First we get the Pitt Tha Kid produced “Black Frames Freestyle.” From there, he REALLY brings the heat with...

Isaiah Rashad Returns In A Big Way With “Smile” (Audio)

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After a breakout year in 2014, TDE signee, Isaiah Rashad, was relatively quiet in 2015. The label’s soldiers have regularly taken turns allowing their label mates to shine, and it was the year for Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock’s returns, after Rashad, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and SZA were up the year before.

As 2016 starts, it seems Rashad is...

Snow Tha Product Will Be Here Long After Lesser MCs. Lyricism Lasts (Audio)

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Always keeping her pen game sharp, Snow Tha Product has released a new track with a wicked rapid-fire verse, venting about how much harder she has to work as a female MC who isn’t about showing off her skin. She raps about being able to go on tour even without a large budget, and really puts her grind in perspective with bars like “I...

Here Are All Of Janet Jackson’s Rescheduled 2016 Tour Dates

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Good news for those with a stub to one of Janet Jackson‘s many cancelled winter tour dates: the shows have been rescheduled! Better news: the rescheduling means that whatever ailment and subsequent emergency surgery that was sustained by the youngest Jackson seems to have to run its course, and your cancelled show’s ticket will be...

Talib Kweli Debuts an Unheard Song. Is a New Album Coming Soon? (Video)

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With all of the Talib Kweli releases of late, it’s hard to fathom that the Brooklyn MC is still working on releasing Radio Silence, an album he first began promoting around this time last year. In the months since, he’s been involved with an impressive collection of projects, including his Indie 500collaborative album with 9th Wonder,...

OKP Premiere: FloFilz Offers Soulful Grooves With Barney Artist On “The Verb”

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Aachen-based producer FloFilz is an artist deeply embedded into the beats he constructs. Self-identified as a musician who utilizes “jazz samples based [on] old school shit from Germany,” the man with the plan is sticking to his agenda of bringing soulful grooves to the world over.

We are honored and pleased to be the world premiere...

Ghostface Killah Teams Up With Omarion On A Stone Cold Groove (Audio)

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Ghostface Killah and Omarion might seem like an unlikely combination, but the Wu-Tang Clan veteran has never allowed himself to be put in a box. From Babyface to Beyonce, Tony Starks has laid verses on plenty of records outside of Hip-Hop.

His latest collaboration is a Wu-Tang/MMG connection, but it isn’t with Rick Ross, Meek Mill or Wale....

Nike Air Pressure Retro

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From time to time, a sneaker catches our eyes that we don’t really expect to see outside of a reseller’s eBay profile. The Nike Air Pressure is one of those models and it appears that Nike is giving us all another chance at a copping this throwback shoe.

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Kanye West Releases His Best Song In Years. This Is Vintage Yeezy

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Kanye West is back, reinvigorating the G.O.O.D. Friday weekly release campaign with “Real Friends” and a snippet “No More Parties in L.A.” Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, the former is five-plus minutes of unbridled emotion, the rawest since West became a father, which gives Heads a sense of a brand-new Kanye, perhaps one more...

Okayplayer Seeks Staff Writer To Join OKP Editorial Team

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Okayplayer’s editorial team is currently seeking a Staff Writer (staffwriter) to handle news posts and features on arts, culture and politics for the site. This is a full-time position and all candidates must be able to commute to our offices in Brooklyn, NYC in order to be considered.

The ideal candidate will have at least 1-2 years of...

Treach, Bumpy Knuckles Trick-Trick Announce Album, Entirely Produced by Nottz

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Previously, Bumpy Knuckles (a/k/a Freddie Foxxx) has done complete collaborative albums with the likes of KRS-One, DJ Premier, and Statik Selektah. Today, the veteran Long Island, New York MC/producer announced his latest plans: a work with Naughty By Nature’s Treach and Detroit, Michigan veteran Trick-Trick. The album, known as OGology,...

Sia Kanye West Connect On New Single &ldquo;Reaper&rdquo;

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Last year, Australian pop star Sia lended Kanye West an assist on his single, “Wolves”. To open up 2016, Mr. West returns the favor. Earlier this evening, Sia released the latest single, “Reaper,” from her upcoming LP, This Is Acting. The track was co-written and co-produced by Kanye Tudda.

You can listen to...

Benny Cassette Recreates An OutKast Classic w/ “Bombs (Over Baghdad) f/ Pell

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G.O.O.D. Music producer/singer Benny Cassette starts out his 2016 be re-imaging an OutKast classic.

Benny links up with OKP favorite Pell for “Bombs (Over Baghdad)”. The video starts out innocently enough with Benny and Pell going for a late night run through the streets of Los Angeles, before they have an unfortunate encounter…...

New Year, So Black Milk Takes His Sound To A Whole New Place (Audio)

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Black Milk’s artistic evolution is interesting, and often tends to be demarcated by the calendars. Entering 2016, the Random Axe co-founder keeps his Electronic-tinged sounds in tact. However, B.M.’s arrangement and accents get a bit more spacey and celestial in making “Like I Need It All.”

The self-produced track takes...

Coachella 2016 Lineup Announced

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Earlier this evening, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced their full-lineup for the 2016 edition. The two-weekend festival will feature reunions from Guns N’ Roses as well as LCD Soundsytem, with Calvin Harris also getting headline billing. Other acts of interest on the lineup include A$AP Rocky, Ice Cube, Disclosure,...

Listen To The Best Hip-Hop Of December 2015 In One Playlist (Audio)

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The number of Hip-Hop releases in December slowed, but the quality did not. In fact, it was one of the densest months of the year in terms of audio dope.

Here’s a playlist of the best the month had to offer. You’ll hear music from PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9″) and Black Thought, DOOM, Leaders Of The New School,...

Does Kanye West’s “Facts” Mean That “SWISH” Is On The Way For 2016?!

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For the one, the only Kanye West — New Year’s Eve was the makings of a growing trend for the Chi-Town MC. Last night, he showed the world that while we were all turning up, he is crafting new sonic offerings to satiate the masses.

A few hours before the ball dropped in New York City’s Times Square, Yeezy Yeezy let loose another...

Here’s a Mix Celebrating the Music of Death Row Records (Audio)

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The Death Row Records brand has been plagued with controversy over the years, due to a litany of events surrounding people connected with the label in some fashion. At times, the negativity seemed to be louder than the records being produced by the company. The reason that news was relevant, however, is because for a stretch in the 90’s...<

Chuck D Fights For The Power Of Free Speech Alongside Jasiri X Jahi (Video)

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Chuck D helped make the Pittsburgh Pirates logo famous—even when the MLB team was having some losing seasons. For “Spread The Words,” the Public Enemy front man travels to the Steel City to join MC (and activist) Jasiri X and P.E. 2.0’s Jahi. There, they stand above the skyline—on Mount Washington, to criticize censorship and &#8...<

Eddie Murphy is Returning to SNL for the First Time in Over 30 Years

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Many of the biggest stars in comedy were launched on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Names like John Belushi, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are household now, after noteworthy turns on the show. Perhaps no SNL alum is more well known than Eddie Murphy.

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Despite his status in the ranks of SNL folklore, Murphy has...<

Sneaker of the Week: Nike Air Trainer 3 'Knicks'

Sneaker of the Week: Nike Air Trainer 3 'Knicks'

There is nothing more fun than seeing Nike put thoughtful effort into bringing one of their retro models back into the spotlight. This year it seems that the Nike Air Trainer 3 is getting all of the good looks and it's hard to turn a blind eye to any of the colorways that have popped up. Especially this great new Knicks flavored version that is...<

Watch FKA twigs Debut Her New Song “Figure 8″ In Australia

Watch FKA twigs Debut Her New Song “Figure 8″ In Australia

FKA twigs let loose her first bit of new material since the unveiling of LP1 last night in Australia, debuting the industrial and dissonant new joint “Figure 8″ at Melbourne’s 170 Russell. Though her catalogue doesn’t exactly lend itself to anyone except the British mind-bender getting on the good-foot, this new number...<

WIN: See The Soul Rebels With Rakim, Pharoahe Monch + Roy Hargrove (Celebrating The Music Of D’Angelo Marvin Gaye) At Brooklyn Bowl, 02/26 -28

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Okayplayer is proud to present NOLA-bred brass masters, The Soul Rebels rocking live at Brooklyn Bowl on February 26th, 27th and 28th. The band will  perform a 3-night concert series featuring special guests Pharoahe Monch (Thursday), Rakim (Friday), and Roy Hargrove, whos...<

MTV Has Uncovered A Raw Interview With Ol’ Dirty Bastard From 1997 (Video)

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One of the introductory members to New York’s mega Hip-Hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard left the Earth and the Wu far too early at the young age of 35, just a little over a decade ago in 2004.

Today in 2015, MTV has linked up with Genius to unearth some of Hip-Hop’s most memorable moments in New York Hip-Hop from 1997...<

T.I. Jeezy Put the G in a Funky Track by Pharrell (Video)

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T.I. has released a short film featuring Jeezy and Wood Harris for his extra funky track, G’ Sh*t, produced by Pharrell. Much like the title suggests, the track sounds like G-Funk, Pharrell-stye. Tip and Jeezy star as partners in crime whose paths diverge, in the film which is set in 1963. The stylishly-shot clip clocks in at just under 13...<

Sadat X Chris Rivers Rock A Freestyle Together (Video)

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While many had their eyes on Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco last week, Sadat X also released a new album called Never Left on the same January 20th date. As part of his promotion of the album, Sadat stopped by DJ Eclipse’s RapIsOuttaControl show on SiriusXM and spit a dope freestyle with guest host Chris Rivers. The veteran MC kicked the...<

Air Jordan 1 Pinnacle 'White'

Air Jordan 1 Pinnacle 'White'

Nike doesn't really need a reason to release a revamped Air Jordan silhouette, but best believe they are going to cash in on the opportunity to drop some heat around All-Star Weekend. However, this pair bears the weight of Jordan Brand's 30th Anniversary as well, which makes it extra special.

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Eve Jill Scott Offer Their Thoughts on Iggy Azalea's 'Blaccent' [VIDEO]

Eve Jill Scott Offer Their Thoughts on Iggy Azalea's 'Blaccent' [VIDEO]

For the past year, Iggy Azalea has been the most polarizing figure in hip-hop. Everyone has chimed in -- good and bad -- about the Aussie rapper’s cultural appropriation when it comes to the genre. Philadelphia superstars Eve and Jill Scott recently appeared on the 'Sway in the Morning' radio program and offered their thoughts on Azalea's success a...<

Is Prince Getting Ready To Crash The Grammys?

Is Prince Getting Ready To Crash The Grammys?

Prince might not have nabbed himself a Grammy nod for his double-dose of Paisley stylings Art Official Age/ PLECTRUM ELECTRUM LPs, but that doesn’t mean he won’t present and accounted for at this year’s festivities. After getting standing ovation for his mere presence at the Golden Globes (presenting Common and John Legend their...<

Detroit Vs. Everybody: How One City Staged a Hip-Hop Takeover (Editorial)

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Detroit, Michigan is historically, a fighter’s city. The sharp elbows of the Bad Boy-era Pistons, the unbreakable spirit of the autoworkers through the decline of the industry’s bountifulness, and the cold, harsh conditions of everyday life make for the Great Lakes State to be rugged, never smooth.

In the context of Hip-Hop music, a form of...<

Pharcyde, Jurassic 5 D.I.T.C. Forces Unite In This Animation (Video)

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Slimkid3 (Tre Harbison) and DJ Nu-Mark released a jewel of an LP last year, on the Delicious Vinyl label no less. Among the highlights within the self-titled effort is “King,” alongside Diamond D and K-Natural. For the video, the quartet (hailing from legendary crews including The Pharcyde, Jurassic 5, and Diggin’ In The Crates)...<

An Animated Action Bronson Guest Stars on Lucas Bros. Moving Co. (Video)

An Animated Action Bronson Guest Stars on Lucas Bros. Moving Co. (Video)

Action Bronson and Questlove made guest appearances last night on FXX’s animated series Lucas Bros. Moving Co. The show is built around Kenny and Keith Lucas, twin brothers who are NYC-based stand up comedians. The pair run a moving company in the series.

In the most recent episode, Bronson plays a taco truck owner, Uncle Taco, who has beef...<

Estelle Teases Forthcoming ‘True Romance’ LP

Estelle Teases Forthcoming ‘True Romance’ LP

Estelle preps fans for the forthcoming True Romance LP with a new sampler ahead of the project’s release. The mixed bag of snippets packs a little something for everyone with Estelle a variety of styles from house and trap to majestic electro ballads and hip-hop drenched love tracks. The project driven by four themes – “passion,...<

Happy Birthday to DJ Jazzy Jeff. Celebrate with This Amazing Mix (Mixtape)

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Happy Birthday to the incomparable DJ Jazzy Jeff who turned the tender young age of 50 today (1/22). If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending a set spun by Jeff, you know NOBODY goes harder or digs deeper in the crates than him. So, on his birthday, what better way to celebrate than experiencing one of his mixes in full effect?

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SirOJ x Cody ChesnuTT – “Directions”

SirOJ x Cody ChesnuTT – “Directions”

Producer and father of the “slop” sound, SirOJ teams with the avant-garde blues man Cody ChesnuTT on the slow-burning club cut “Directions” from his forthcoming GLOW EP. The track beautifully orchestrated taste of what’s to come ahead of the release, which arrives on March 22nd via Pitched UP. The thumping track is...<

Fat Joe Troy Ave Flow Release the Ultra Soulful How U Luv That (Audio)

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After more than 20 years in the game, Fat Joe continues to keep himself relevant while staying true to the flow he cultivated in the early 90’s. The Bronx MC and Terror Squad leader links up with Brooklyn’s Troy Ave on an ultra soulful track in “How U Luv That.” Rooted in a funky bass line and some well placed horn accents,...<

Run-DMC’s King Of Rock Turns 30 Years Old Remains Great

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Run-DMC’s sophomore album, King Of Rock, reached record store stands 30 years ago today (January 21, 1985). Released on the Profile label, the effort from the Hollis, Queens trio barely missed the Billboard Top 50, but remained a highlight within the group’s discography.

Following the self-titled LP’s boom-bap style, Run, DMC, and...<

Comedian Hari Kandabolu Chops It Up w/ The Champs

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Hari Kandabolu is an NYC-based comedic start-up that’s more than just the big brother of your favorite former Das Racist hype-man DapHe’s also about as socially and politically sharp of a stand-up as you get in the comedic world and hosts a pretty damn good podcast with little bro called the Untitled Kandabolu Brothers Podcast,which ...<

Must-See 44-Minute Fan-Made Video Surfaces For J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’

Must-See 44-Minute Fan-Made Video Surfaces For J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’

Calling all donut lovers: J Dilla‘s instrumental masterpiece has been immortalized in a visual montage that cuts up clips from each and every one of his sample selections and fits them to a 44-minute long video that spans the entirety of the album. Most of us don’t need any sort of visual accompaniment to run that piece from start to...<

Run The Jewels Get All The Way REAL With This Amazing Teen Love Advice (Video)

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On their two albums, Run The Jewels are arrogant, violent, uncompromising, and domineering. Oh yeah, they’re thoughtful, informed, and socially responsible too. But part of what makes this group great is that, they have no pressure, concern, or fear to be anything other than themselves.

R.T.J. can be gentle, sensitive, and friendly too—which m...<

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Owes A Lot Of Thanks To Stevie Wonder, Read Why…

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there is a lot to remember and think about in the first place. One of the items, is making the holiday in the first place. Following Dr. King’s 1968 assassination, one of the millions of people whose world was rocked was Stevie Wonder.

Wonder personally knew Dr. King, and the budding Motown/Jamla...<

Rest In Peace To A$AP Yams, A$AP Mob Co-Founder

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This morning (January 18), the Hip-Hop world has been rocked with confirmed news of another tragic death. Twenty-six year-old Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez, a co-founder in the A$AP Mob, and critical force behind the breakthrough of A$AP Rocky has died. Members of the Harlem, New York collective have confirmed the news through social...<

Ever Heard This Nas, AZ Foxy Brown Freestyle From 1997? It’s Firm Business (Audio)

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Back in 1997 when Nas, AZ and Foxy Brown announced they were forming a super group called The Firm and their album would be released on Dr. Dre’s then new label Aftermath Entertainment, Heads went crazy with anticipation for the project. Though they would only release one album, which for many did not live up to expectations, the excitement...<

It’s Official. Jay Z is Under Attack by Funkmaster Flex AND Dipset (Audio)

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Funkmaster Flex set the Internet on fire today with his ten minute tirade against Jay Z and his web site Life + Times. The site’s request for an interview with Flex opened up an old wound and the veteran DJ did not mince words about how he felt. Part of what set him off was that the interview request was regarding Flex’s involvement in...<

Raf Simons x adidas Originals Stan Smith

Raf Simons x adidas Originals Stan Smith

Raf Simons has been in the ranks of adidas collaborators for quite some time now and has done some pretty interesting things to say the least. This year he looks to extend the Stan Smith's lifeline by pumping out a few colorways with his signature stamp on them.

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Marvel Comics To Honor Run The Jewels w/ Special Edition Covers

Marvel Comics To Honor Run The Jewels w/ Special Edition Covers

Run The Jewels has been the most animated rhyme-slaying duo in hip-hop for years now, but there’s a damn good reason for it. Long before they solicited the nation’s disparaged felines for their assistance in remixing the seismic Run The Jewels LP, and even before their now iconic murder hands logo took over walls across the country...<

First Look Friday: Snoh Aalegra Lets The Winter Sun Shine In

First Look Friday: Snoh Aalegra Lets The Winter Sun Shine In

R&b songwriter and vocalist Snoh Aalegra‘s native Sweden is a world of extremes: snowcapped mountains and white sand beaches; long, lightless winters as much as summers of perpetual sun.  Fittingly, Snoh’s childhood there was filled with both joy and heartache and the extremes of her past have given her rich material to draw from. O...<

Stacy Barthe Common Show How Beautiful Music Makes Us Live for Today (Audio)

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Stacy Barthe is a supremely talented vocalist and songwriter. While she might not be a household name (yet), she has written songs for some of the biggest artists in the world, including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Britney Spears and Katie Perry. She’s also worked with the likes of Melanie Fiona, Akon and Brandy. Don’t let her Pop pedigree...<

Your Old Droog Gets the Paper with a Killer Beastie Boys Sample (Audio)

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If 2014 was Your Old Droog’s coming out party, 2015 looks to be the year where he proves to all the naysayers that he’s here to stay. His latest song, “Get the Paper” produced by El RTNC, is an ode to the Beastie Boys which features a groove Dr. Dre fans will recognize, as well. Droog lays down a barrage of clever metaphors...<

RATKING – “Snow Beach” [Official Video]

RATKING – “Snow Beach” [Official Video]

RATKING lets loose a black & white treatment for their latest single “Snow Beach” off their stellar studio debut So It Goes. It find the trio of sharpened wordsmiths delivering their brooding new cut from the snow-clad sands of Coney Island, providing a deceptively dark backdrop to the clip. The video comes on the heels of their...<

Nike Kobe Mentality 'Clearwater'

Nike Kobe Mentality 'Clearwater'

Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant's kick game keeps getting stronger with each release -- to the point where even his secondary models are stunners. Take for example, the Nike Kobe Mentality in their latest Clearwater colorway.

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Dev Hynes Is Recording w/ Carly Rae Jepsen Maybe?

Dev Hynes Is Recording w/ Carly Rae Jepsen Maybe?

It appears that Dev Hynes‘ pop-perfect stuff is in particularly high demand these days, as the Brooklyn mainstay has reportedly stepped into the studio with Miss “Call Me Maybe” herself, none other than Carly Rae Jepsen. Yesterday, Jepsen posted a photo of herself in the booth with Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid; the very songwriting...<

Nike LunarFresh SneakerBoot

Nike LunarFresh SneakerBoot

Whether trudging through sludge or trekking on a trail, it's always the right season for a fresh pair of sneakerboots. With that being the case, Nike's commitment to developing versatile new models is very appreciated.

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KING Talks New Music More w/ Life + Times

KING Talks New Music More w/ Life + Times

Cali based trio KING talks the creative process, influential artists, new music and more in an interview with Life + Times. The chat is the latest from the group as fans anticipate the release of their forthcoming We Are KING LP and musical contemporaries continue to sing their praises. During the discussion, the ladies of KING discuss their...<

PHONY PPL – “Why iii Love The Moon”

PHONY PPL – “Why iii Love The Moon”

Brooklyn’s own Phony Ppl come roaring back into the world with their lush new joint “Why iii Love The Moon” off the soon-to-drop Yesterday’s Tomorrow LP. Serving as an ode to ole luna and unreciprocated affection, the fellas deliver a tender and truly stunning sonicbed built from raw Rhodes, layers of warm croons and drums...<

Bape x Puma Disc Blaze

Bape x Puma Disc Blaze

BAPE strikes again. This time, they've lent their likeness to Puma in the form of four silhouettes. The quartet of colorways forms a striking new collection that made their debut at this year's Agenda Tradeshow.

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See Some Rare, HQ Vintage Footage Of The Funky 4 + 1 Rockin’ (Video)

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One of the many things in Hip Hop today that takes a track to the next level is the artist video. It provides the MC or group with exposure of not only the voice and production, but gives the audience a face to put along with it. We often take such a basic concept of video for an artist for granted. It’s become commonplace, so to speak.

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10 Rappers You Need to Pay Attention to in 2015

10 Rappers You Need to Pay Attention to in 2015

2015 looks to be even more fruitful, as a number of acts spent last year putting in major work in the studio and on the road and are now positioned to become household names. These guys, and some ladies too, have consistently been making noise. The Boombox is proud to present 10 Rappers You Need to Pay Attention to in 2015.

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The Music Snobs Talk Artists Behaving Badly, Unsung Heroes More

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The Music Snobs return at the top of 2015 with a debate for the ages, tackling the bad behavior of widely beloved artists versus their (sometimes amazing) musical catalogs – a heated discussion that includes the names of Marvin Gaye, R. Kelly, Bobby Womack, Chris Brown and Michael Jackson. Moving on from their dissection of accountability...<

First Look Friday: Shilpa Narayan Premieres Her Newest Song “Pinch Me”

First Look Friday: Shilpa Narayan Premieres Her Newest Song “Pinch Me”
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Rising talent Shilpa Narayan is what you call a total package. Possessed of a voice that ranges from a girly whisper to a throaty lament,  emotionally complex writing chops that channel her childhood idol Alanis Morrisette and an arresting and yet...<

Ghostface Performs Love Don’t Live Here No More on The Tonight Show (Video)

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Ghostface Killah took the stage on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and performed a version of “Love Don’t Live Here No More” that was oh so soulful. Instead of The Roots, he was backed by a band called The Revelations who more than held it down. Kandance Springs supplied the vocals on the hook. Check out the video.

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Nike Mag With Power Lacing to Arrive This Year

Nike Mag With Power Lacing to Arrive This Year

For a while now, there have been rumblings throughout the underground about the potential for a Nike Air Mag release with the mythical power lacing system. Well, at this year's Agenda Trade Show, none other than the designer of the shoe himself, Tinker Hatfield, confirmed the rumors.

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Boulevards Delivers Pure Funk w/ New Single “Got To Go”

Boulevards Delivers Pure Funk w/ New Single “Got To Go”

Boulevards AKA North Cacallacin funkateer Jamil Rashad can’t fake it. His latest single, the criminally short “Go To Go” is the type of polished, slap-bass-lick-strutting groove that demands your attention and your feet to move, boasting sharp synth stabs, chicken scratch muted guitars and a heavy hook. At first listen, it...<

Snoop Dogg Signs With Pharrell, Again, For An Album Called…Bush

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UPDATE: Following October 2014′s news that Snoop and Pharrell were back in business together (read below), some details have emerged on the forthcoming album. To be titled Bush, is due in March, 2015. Snoop reportedly confirmed this last night (January 7) at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some heavy hitters are said to be...<

Big Daddy Kane Doesn’t Make Songs Often, So When He Does…Listen. (Audio)

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Big Daddy Kane verses, especially of the solo variety, are true rarities. The Brooklyn, New York MC icon spits only when he’s got something to say, and that’s been his M-O since the Juice Crew days. In the wake of some spiritually and mentally challenging happenings that affect the heart, mind, and soul, B.D.K. raises up on this...<

Nike Presents 2015 Black History Month Collection

Nike Presents 2015 Black History Month Collection

Nike's Black History Month Collection is always a great start to the year and what the brand has in store for 2015 is no exception. This time, the designers behind the heralded swoosh pay tribute to Theotis Beasley, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jerry Rice, Brianna Rollins, C. Vivian Stringer and John Thompson, six athletes and coaches who have literally...<

Kendrick Lamar Speaks About His Grammy Loss The Price of Fame with Raw Honesty

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Kendrick Lamar graces the cover of the latest edition of XXL. Rather than do an interview or a standard profile piece, the publication allowed Kendrick to convey his thoughts in his words and his words, only. There were no questions and presumably no edits; just Kendrick raw and unfiltered. The eloquent MC took full advantage, opening up on a...<

M-DOT

Nowadays it's rare you see Hip-Hop pioneer, Wu-Tang legend Method Man appearing in features. Nevertheless, ten seconds in, that's exactly what the uplifting and triumphant single "Shine" brings front and center. California based Film/TV score composer Soulplusmind lays the backdrop for Tical, alongside Dominique Larue (Columbus, OH) and M-Dot (of EMS) (Boston, MA) to articulate their lexicon, simultaneously showcasing an angst for hip hop that offers substance, with New York vocalist Katy Gunn providing the hook.

"Shine" is the lead single taken from underground staple and Beantown's multi-award winning lyricist M-Dot's two part debut album "Ego and the Enemy" (in stores 2015). The LP's will feature production by Hi-Tek, Marley Marl, M-Phazes, Marco Polo, 7L and many more surprise industry respected beat-smiths (TBA). Note to DJs: 'Shine' is 100% obscenity free.
 
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Phonetic

Just dropped this Alkota (aka The Drum Broker) produced maxi-single (Dirty, Clean, Instrumental, Acapella) "Church In  Session" by Phonetic, features Madchild (of Swollen Members). give it a listen if you get the chance, need your support on this one...

LINK:
https://alkotabeats.bandcamp.com/album/phonetic-church-in-session-feat-madchild-of-swollen-members

INFO:
Producer Alkota teamed up with Swollen Members front man Madchild and Alaska's insanely talented Phonetic to release the first single from the album 'Crude Awakening' a supplement to the 3rd issue of Alaska's very own Crude Magazine. Think of Crude Magazine, as the VICE of the North. The 3rd issue 'Arrogant Minds' documents the grimy and often unknown Hip-Hop movement out of Alaska.  

Alkota revisited his hometown roots and executive produced 'Crude Awakening', an obvious pun on the oil producing state, in order to showcase Alaskan artists that could hold their own against any industry artists...a truly rude awakening. The maxi-single 'Church In Session' (containing Dirty, Clean, Instrumental & Acapella) is Madchild & Phonetic exchanging introspective lyrics with a catchy hook over a classic Alkota beat.

WEBSITES:
http://www.alkotabeats.com
https://www.facebook.com/PhoneticAK
http://instagram.com/crudemag
http://twitter.com/madchild57