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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?

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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.

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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”

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

Alan the Chemist and Roc Marciano have been frequent collaborators since the latter dropped his 2010 debut album, Marcberg. The Hempstead, New York MC is now the latest to hop on Alchemist’s Craft Singles series, in which the famed producer drops a loosie featuring different rappers with each installment. Thus far, he’s dropped joints with a list of varying talent including ScHoolboy Q, MC Eiht & Spice One, Blu, Migos and Mac Miller. But there’s an undeniable symbiosis in ALC’s work with Roc that continues to inspire high-quality Hip-Hop, and today’s release is no exception.

Prodigy & AlcKhemist Unlock Mystical Jewels For Those Who Can Crack The Code (Audio)

“All For It” pits the longtime duo right in the pocket where they’ve found much success. The production is plush in parts and less adorned in others, and features a piano riff that haunts in the best kind of way. Rapping about “putting a new hole in your culo,” Roc Marci makes the grim pleasurable and with an unimposing hook, there’s no frilly fanfare to take away from the bars.

“All For It” – and all of Alchemist’s Craft Singles releases – are available for sale in 45-inch vinyl format from his website. This particular collab is available for pre-order ahead of its September 23 arrival.

 

 

Great to see Redman in the news. Earlier this year, Red and Meth announced their equity partnership with BlazeNow, a GPS app that will you find all the weed options in your area. Who doesn’t need that? Also, if you missed it, A3C announced this week that Red will be honored as part of the Atlanta festival’s tribute to 1996, an incredibly strong year in rap history. His gold-selling classic Muddy Waters was released that year and still holds tight to this day. All of this got me thinking. Redman might be the greatest rapper of all time. Let’s break it down…

In June of 1997, Wu-Tang Clan kicked the summer off at the top of the Hip-Hop class. Whereas 1993’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) just missed the Top 40 (to eventually reach platinum), its follow-up Wu-Tang Forever would debut at #1. A double album, the Loud/RCA Records release of the nine-man collective would eventually achieve four platinum plaques—despite its conviction to unconventional rhyming and production. Also by ’97, Clansmen such as Method Man and Ol’ Dirty Bastard had cemented solo stardom with hits of their own.

On the other hand, RZA, who was supplying lots of production to his swordsmen at that time, had not yet released a solo LP (though he branched into work with Prince Paul and Gravediggaz). Masta Killa, who was held to just a single verse on the ’93 jump-off, was still getting his name up, thanks to key features on LPs by Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and GZA. U-God, who played a greater role in the debut LP, was also waiting for chance to let the “golden arms” shine.

So in 1997, part of the Clan and DJ Allah Mathematics hit Tim Westwood’s London, England studio to promote Wu-Tang Forever. Even as A-list artists, the Clan wanted to freestyle just like they had before the deal. RZA joined Mathematics behind the turntables for a set that lasted nearly one hour (52 minutes)—in freestyle, free-form radio that Westwood has just digitized. Some of these verses are straight off of the Wu double LP, and other projects. Other verses are clearly completely off the dome. Between the rhyming-intensive radio takeover, there are some jokes, antics, and even U-God’s hotel room stated for all the interested parties. For a group often called “raw,” this nearly 20 year-old relic shows how unchanged by success the Wu really was.

Wu-Tang Clan fans, here’s an 11 minute freestyle from Method Man, U-God & Masta Killa (Video)

For the first 20 minutes, the MCs play round-robin with the mic over some classic breakbeats. Even though he’s on the decks for part of it (and tries to play a cassette of some beats later on), RZA grabs the microphone and gets his rhymes in too. Heads will hear 1970s and 1980s park-jam records like ESG’s “U.F.O.,” Melvin Bliss’ “Synthetic Substitution,” Billy Squier’s “Big Beat,” and The Honeydrippers’ “Impeach The President.” Some of these records have been the sample basis for Wu favorites. Here, they are presented in loops. After this part of the set, the sounds move to Wu-Tang Forever instrumentals, and other gems from the solo releases.

O.D.B. Put The “Free” In Freestyle In This 1995 Outburst (Audio)

This is the second straight week that Westwood unveiled his Thursday throwbacks with Method Man material. As a reminder, if there is another album coming by the Clan, Ghostface Killah is said to be the one at the helm in terms of sound and direction.

RZA Freestyles Out Of The Blue During An Interview, Talks Battling Inspectah Deck (Video)

This 1997 footage begs the question: How many MCs with a #1 album about to drop want to rock for this long?