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THIS BETTER BE TRUE…LOL AND NONE OF THAT TRAP CRAP EITHER!!!!

 

MTV is bringing back its iconic Hip Hop show “YO! MTV Raps”According to AllHipHop.com, the network is planning a reboot of the show, however the information is sketchy at this time. MTV also announced earlier this year they would be bringing back more of your favourite 90’s shows in the form of a new channel called “MTV Classic”.

The show, which ran from 1988 to ,was hugely successful and elevated many rappers careers.

“YO! MTV Raps” set the mould for other rap based shows including inspiring BET to start “Rap City” the following year.

No ideas or hints have been said on who will step up to the momentous task and present the new show. The original format saw various hosts including Fab 5 Freddie, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre.

With such a big name to uphold, should it just be left as a classic or is a reboot a good idea?

1ST OFF I’D BAN RAP MUSIC TOO CAUSE IT SUCKS ASS!!!! LOL BUT NOT HIP HOP….JS BIG ROCK….DIRTY DOGGS

 

Portland Public Schools Accused Of Being Racist For Banning Rap Music

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Portland, OR – Several outraged parents lashed out at Portland Public Schools officials once they got a whiff of the policy put into place to silence all rap music on their children’s buses.

They allege it was a measure of racism, used to stifle music favorable to black people. It’s not exactly the type of stigma one wants to see attached in what is reportedly the whitest major city in the United States.

Back in March of this year, Teri Brady, senior director of transportation at Portland Public Schools, sent a memorandum to all bus drivers in the district, officially forbidding them to play “religious, rap music, or talk show programs” while practically deeming pop, country and jazz stations God’s gift to sound.

A copy of the memo only begun to circulate parents’ radar this week and it immediately spelled controversy for the school board.

“I think it’s overtly racist and leaves out two of our major communities in our music choices,” said Colleen Ryan-Onken, a white parent, told The Oregonian.

Ryan-Onken also took great exception to the notion that Latin music was completely omitted from the conversation and country music was being classified as a safe choice for students.

“Country music is offensive. It’s about date rape, liquor and drugs — all kinds of things!” she exclaimed. “It’s just as offensive as rap music can be.”

Another white parent, Kim Sordyl, wrote a concerned letter to school board vice chairwoman Amy Kohnstamm, expressing how she too, felt the rap music ban was racist.

“PPS has a spent a lot of taxpayer dollars on a PR show of equity. It has a ‘Racial Equity Policy,’ ‘equity lens’ table tents & posters, $9 million/year is spent on no-bid equity contractors (who donated to your campaign),” she wrote.

Backlash typically breeds buckling and The Oregonian reported yesterday (August 25) that the school board was going back to the drawing board on its playlist options.

“We regret the way this was communicated. Our intent is to limit student exposure to religious teachings, profanity and violent lyrics,” Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Courtney Westling said, citing that her district had been privy to several complaints. “The transportation department will be revising its guidance to bus drivers shortly to be more inclusive of different genres of music.”

In the legendary words of the honorable Marshall Bruce Mathers III, “Get aware, wake up, get a sense of humor/Quit tryin’ to censor music, this is for your kid’s amusement.”

The cultural icon who has quite possibly the most impressive résumé in music today is adding another job to the list: internet radio host. Questlove (born Ahmir Thompson), founding member of the Legendary Roots Crew, NYU professor, “Tonight Show” bandleader, New York Times bestselling author, international DJ, Grammy winner, “Hamilton” producer, and occasional actor has found the time to enter the streaming-entertainment market alongside Pandora, the music-streaming service which debuted over a decade ago, in 2005. The partnership has been in the making for a while, but today (August 24), it culminates with the announcement of “Questlove Supreme.”

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Launching on September 7 at 1pm EST, Questo’s new program is described by the New York Times as a weekly “three-hour program with wide-ranging playlists and guests” which ” shows off its host’s eclectic tastes.” Thompson himself describes it as “the Black nerd version of NPR” and an unofficial extension of his New York University courses. The marriage of Thompson and Pandora is, in part, an effort to “compete directly with Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal,” as reported by the Times’ Ben Sisario. It’s a major offensive move by the internet-radio juggernaut who at times has “has clashed with the music industry in the past.” By merging creative forces with Quest, Pandora has aligned itself with one of the most beloved figures in pop culture.

It’s a major win for music fans, too (not the mention Hip-Hop Heads and Roots fans). While icons like Q-Tip and Sway have used internet radio to host conversations that go beyond music, Questlove’s show will be following a unique format. Firstly, it will be three-hours long, giving whatever music is played and whatever discussion is inspired a chance to breathe. Context will likely be a major player on “Questlove Supreme,” where the history of songs and their creators will be given the kind of encyclopedic attention Thompson is known for. Secondly, the music featured each week will be inspired by the topics discussed and not the other way around (which is by and large the formula for most shows of this nature). Questlove will be matching the thematic elements of any given week’s topic by including songs that help illustrate the concepts at hand, a process that will likely become as inventive a history lesson as the “Hamilton” Broadway play in which he is so heavily involved.

The show has been described as “a weekly ride through the global musical landscape featuring adventurous music selections, compelling conversations and revealing interviews with music lovers from the entertainment industry and beyond,” and there is no better guide for such a ride than the man with such a diverse list of accomplishments. Heads will have interviews with the likes of Bob Power to look forward to. The selection of the veteran sound man (whose work on seminal classics like A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory has made him a legend) as an inaugural guest is indicative of the exceptional curation and thought that will go into to each and every episode. Questlove himself has made it known that to prepare for each installment, he listens to over 200 songs. And it’s that kind of unbounded dedication that makes him an exemplary choice to steer Pandora in its next direction. “Pandora is a company born of a musician’s experience” with a “deep respect for the craft of music and a commitment to the musicians that make it their living,” says Quest.

From The Roots To ‘Roots’: Questlove To Handle Music For Alex Haley Remake

The company’s co-founder, Tim Westergren, described the partnership with Quest as being emblematic of the fact that Pandora is “entering into a new phase” in which they “are working more directly with labels and artists.” As such, Westergren said of the partnership with Thompson, “having someone like him bridge that and speak on our behalf is really powerful.” But the relationship is far from one-sided. After all, Pandora “has long been the most popular internet radio service, and it is one of a handful of digital music brands that have become household names,” writes Sisario. However, the company hasn’t increased its peak number of average monthly listeners since 2014, when 81.5 million people tuned in.

To address such concerns, Pandora “plans to introduce a multitiered new service that, in addition to its basic radio version, will add levels of on-demand access — the ability for customers to listen to any song they want — for prices of up to $10 a month.” “Questlove Supreme” is an introductory offering into that type of dynamic content. On his first episode, longtime friend and superstar comedian Maya Rudolph will join Thompson (as will Power). The inaugural installment will be the first chapter in what he describes as “a commitment deeper than any girlfriend I’ve ever had.” But his show is just one facet of his partnership with Pandora. Unsurprisingly, the endlessly affable personality is also functioning as an ambassador, a duty which involves his “evangelizing for the service among fellow artists.”

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This is an identifying facet that could prove to be Pandora’s secret weapon. “Pandora is eager to promote the marketing platforms it makes available to artists, such as audio messages that can be delivered to fans and detailed data about the popularity of particular songs,” reports Sisario.

Questlove Goes On A Quest For Musical Culture In Cuba (Video)

For Heads already counting down the days until September 7, Questlove offered up a glimpse of his artistic vision for the show. “I want a world in which Drake’s ‘One Dance’ can also live with Frank Zappa’s Uncle Meat can live with James Brown’s ‘Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing.’” For even more of an introduction, check out this celebratory mix created by the man himself.

GOOD MORNING ALL A LITTLE SOMETHING TO HELP YOU MOTIVATE YOURSELF TODAY TO GO OUT THERE AND CONQUER THE WORLD!!!!

 

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Mobb Deep Issues #ShookOnesChallenge For All The Hundred Dollar Billas

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QBC – Chance The Rapper’s ingenious #SoGoneChallenge has likely run its course, but not without making as big a cultural impact one can have through social media hashtags.

Sports stars such as Dame Lillard, Dwyane Wade and Rasheed Wallace, as well as other celebrities like Kevin Hart, Keke Palmer and even the song’s originator, R&B songstress Monica all followed the trend that kept us entertained for about week.

But a couple of legendary rappers from the Queensbridge projects are saying it’s time for the realll…Hip Hop, and they have just the instrumental to command a real MC’s attention.

Less than 24 hours ago, The Infamous Mobb Deep sent out the call for the #ShookOnesChallenge, which utilizes their classic 1995 single “Shook Ones (Pt. II)” from their classic “debut,” The Infamous. Although the record isn’t renown for its commercial prowess or award show trophies, it’s widely respected as one of the greatest Hip Hop songs of all-time, even getting a second resurgence for a new generation by appearing in the most important scene of Eminem’s 2002 8 Mile film, as well as its secondary soundtrack, More Music from 8 Mile.

“No disrespect to those doing the #SoGoneChallenge but we want to know where the real spitters at?” the official Mobb Deep Instagram page wrote. Prodigy made the call so it’s on #ShookOnesChallenge let’s go! No whack Ish allowed… #InfamousSociety #IceExports #MobbDeep”

Release date: August 24th, 2016!!!!!!!!!

THESE JOINTS IS HOT TO DEF I DONT CARE WHAT NO ONE SAYS LOL….BIG ROCK (DIRTY DOGGS)

 

You have to give it up to Patrick Ewing for going such an untraditional route in regards to his sneaker game during his playing career. Once sponsored by powerhouse adidas, Pat decided to start his own imprint known as Ewing Athletics. What resulted was some iconic towering high-tops with chunky midsoles and plenty of ankle support that perfectly represented the dominance of big men in the late 80s and early 90s NBA. His most popular model, the Ewing 33 Hi, has since returned as a lifestyle classic esthipecially in New York City, but given its heavy build doesn’t necessarily make for a summer go-to.

Ewing Athletics is chaning that though with the summer-fiendly Ewing 33 Hi “Turquoise Suede”. The casual take outfits the basketball retro in a premium monochromatic suede build featuring an aquatic-themed turquoise shade with clean white accents throughout. This Ewing 33 Hi will be available on August 24th for $120 USD.

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Ewing 33 Hi “Turquoise Suede”

Color: Turquoise/Turquoise-White
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Price: $120

 

50 Cent Gets Big Meech Blessing For B.M.F. TV Series

50 Cent is going to keep flexing with an official Big Meech blessing for his latest endeavor, a TV series sharing the story of the B.M.F. drug empire.

The rap mogul shared a handwritten letter from the B.M.F. leader to his Instagram page with the caption, “Read carefully, I’m not playing no games. BMF COMING SOON!!!#EFFENVODKA #FRIGO.”

In the note, Big Meech, born Demetrius Flenory, gives his blessing for 50 Cent and Randall Emmett to produce the show, which is slated to appear on Starz, the same network that hosts “Power.” The leader cites the success of the record-breaking show as one reason he trusts them with their latest venture.

“I feel that the two of you are the perfect team to tell ‘my story,’” he says.

He continues that he has not approved of any other attempt to tell the B.M.F. narrative and that it would be impossible for anyone to paint the complete picture without his co-sign.

“I’m the only one that can tell the B.M.F. & Big Meech story,” he says, “so any person or persons trying to do a film is ‘100% faking.’ ‘Loyalty’ is not just a word it’s a ‘lifestyle.’ ‘Death b4 dishonor.’”

B.M.F. established itself through a cocaine empire in the 1990s that stretched from Los Angeles to Atlanta. The B.M.F. brand spawned a record label, B.M.F. Entertainment, which worked with Jay Z, Jeezy and others. Big Meech and other execs, including his brother “Southwest T” Flenory, were arrested in 2005. The brothers are now serving 30-year prison sentences.

 

See the entire letter of 50 Cent getting Big Meech’s blessing for the B.M.F. project below.

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by Victoria Hernandez

Action Bronson's El Gran Combo Lawsuit Dismissed

Good news for one rapper this morning as Action Bronson’s El Gran Combo lawsuit has been dismissed, according to theJasmineBRAND.com.

Music publishing companies Cartagena Enterprises and Rico Records filed paperwork August 17 to have the case dismissed. Bronson’s legal team signed off on the documents, implying that the parties reached some sort of settlement.

The companies took Action Bronson to court a year ago, claiming he sampled two El Gran Combo songs without getting clearance: “Falsaria” for “Mofongo” and “Trampolin” on “Tapas.” They said proof of his knowledge of using the group’s work came in a 2011 Twitter post where he comments about “Falsaria” and a 2014 interview where he says he listens to El Gran Combo while cooking.

Bronson fired back after the initial lawsuit was filed, saying that the companies did not own the rights to the music in question and that according to the statute of limitations, they waited too long to bring their case to court.

Well, the New York MC can focus on rapping and cooking and acting jolly as the El Gran Combo lawsuit has been dismissed. Watch his “Fuck That’s Delicious” show on Viceland.

Season 2 of the show is expected soon.

 

Back in January, Torae released his Entitled album. One of the focal points to that self-released LP was “Get Down.” First unveiled almost a year ago, the song is the latest run-in the Brooklyn, New York MC had with producer Pete Rock. A lot was at play in the beat, a great way for the MC/radio host/actor to slam his day-in-the-life bars, as he has for more than a decade.

In the dog days of summer, it’s the perfect time for the remix. Here, Torae recruits The LOX’s Styles P and State Property’s Freeway to call back to the mid-2000s feel that aligns with his message in the music. Torae redid his whole verse to update fans on his career (appearing in VH1’s The Breaks), allude to the importance of P.R. remixes, and mention DJ Clue and LOX tapes of old. Fans looking for exciting music in Rap get this remix, with three MCs out to show their best stuff on one of Pete’s best beats.

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Torae’s Pete Rock-Produced Single Is A Testimony To His Paid Dues (Video)

The only time I took an L VH1 cut a check.” – Torae