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Wu-Revolution

Wu-Tang

We Usually Take Another N****s Garments

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with the release of For The Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), a short film featuring members of Wu-Tang, family, and friends discussing the impact of the iconic album.

Wu-Tang’s first televised appearance - Yo Mtv Raps, 1993.

What makes an album classic? I feel like it’s an easy criterion: Longevity, effect on the audience, and that certain “it” factor. Some might call it a vibe or a feel that sets a mood instantly, that permeates the air like this is a game changer. An album that definitely fits those criteria is Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers. From the opening samples taken from the 1983 movie, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, you knew this was something different.  A Rza production and Ghostface Killah’s intro verse was the planting of a flag, an iron flag with a bright yellow W to cement that Staten Island was here, with the assist from Brooklyn, of course.

Nine individuals coming together to form a rap Megazord was unheard of and honestly, to this day, has not been emulated. From the aforementioned, Bring da Ruckus to Can’t it All Be So Simple, to the iconic cultural staple C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)

Simply put, Wu-Tang changed my life and the world. So on the 25th Anniversary of 36 Chambers, I salute the Rza, the Gza, Ugod, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon the Chef, The Method Man, and RIP to the one and only Ol Dirty Bastard.

25 years later, Wu-Tang On Good Morning America performing Protect Ya Neck. Michael Strahan presents Wu-Tang with a special Proclamation from Stanton Island. November 5th will forever be Wu-Tang day!

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Rest in Power Aretha Franklin

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Rest in Power Aretha Franklin                                                                              March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018

Rest in Power Aretha Franklin. Fans from across the world will be talking about her even in death. There are many articles and in-depth eulogies honoring Aretha Franklin but I wanted to express my gratitude and deep appreciation for the iconic Aretha Franklin.

In 1987, Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She performed at Dr. Martin Luther King’s funeral as well the inauguration of President Obama. She earned the title of the Queen of Soul because her astonishing musical career spanned over 6 decades. Aretha Franklin won 18 Grammys and was honored with The Legend Award in 1991, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2008. Aretha Franklin embodies soul music, more that any one to come before or after her. She was truly one-of-a-kind.

Aretha Franklin is a treasured American Icon whose musical roots were formed in the church. She had her first child at the age of 13. Aretha Franklin persevered and has left her mark. She helped so many people and even offered to post bail for Angela Davis in 1970. Although she was never singed to Motown, her music will play in its museum all week long.  

Listen to Aretha Franklin’s Chart-topping hits here:

Top Ten BARBIE DREAMS Bars

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LISTEN HERE:

Nicki Minaj’s album, Queen, dropped this past Friday. Social media blew up once people heard track #3 “Barbie Dreams”. It’s a homage to Notorious B.IG.’s  deep-cut classic, “Dreams”, where Biggie laments his love for the top 90’s actresses and R&B super stars of his time. Nicki Minaj provides a hilarious spin on this classic by flipping the roles, dropping something for both the ladies and any hip-hop fan alike.

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Top Ten BARBIE DREAMS Bars:

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#10  

 

YG & Game

 

 

"YG and The Game with the hammer yellin’, “Gang! Gang!”,

 

This ain’t what I meant when I said gang bang"

 

- Nicki Minaj

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#9

50 Cent, Tony Yayo & Lloyd Banks

 

 

"I tried to fuck 50 for powerful hour, 

But all that nigga wanna do is talk Power for hours, 

B-beat the pussy up, make sure it’s a

K-O ,

Step your banks up like you’re movin’ that yayo"

- Nicki Minaj

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# 8

Fetty Wap  

 

 

"Man, these Fetty Wap niggas stay eyein’ my shit"

 

 

- Nicki Minaj

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# 7

Desiigner

 

"I remember when I used to have a crush on Special Ed, 

Shoutout Desiigner ‘cause he made it out of special ed"

 

 

- Nicki Minaj

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#6

Future & Scottie Pippen

 

"I’ma do that nigga Future dirty, word to Scottie"

 

 

- Nicki Minaj

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#5

Odel Beckman

 

 

"I woulda had Odell Beckham bangin’ the cake

 

‘Til I saw him hoppin’ out of cars dancin’ to Drake"

 

 

- Nicki Minaj

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# 4

DJ Khalid

 

 

"Had to cancel DJ Khaled, boy, we ain’t speakin’

 

Ain’t no fat nigga tellin’ me what he ain’t eatin"

 

 

 

 

- Nicki Minaj

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#3

Drake

 

 

"Drake worth a hundred milli, always buyin’ me shit

 

But I don’t know if the pussy wet or if he cryin’ and shit"

 

 

- Nicki Minaj

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# 2

Young Thug

 

 

"Used to fuck with Young Thug, I ain’t addressin’ this shit

 

C-caught him in my dressing room, steatlin’ dresses and shit"

 

 

 

- Nicki Minaj

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#1

Meek Mill

 

 

"Meek still be in my DMs, I be havin’ to duck him

 

“I used to pray for times like this” face-ass when I fuck him'
 

- Nicki Minaj

Fight Music

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We’ve had “possible” knockdown, drag outs in the past. Kendrick Lemar versus Drake… never happened. Lil Wayne versus Pusha T… never happened. Who would’ve thought we’d get Drake versus Pusha T and that is would be this epic? In one corner you have the very definition of a lyrical veteran. In the other corner, you have easily, the top rapper in the game - quite possibly the biggest male music act in the world now.  

Depending on how you look at this, either man is ripe for the upset. Pusha T is an expert lyricist but has never been tested in a battle of any magnitude. Meanwhile, Drake has recently shown us that he’s not to be played. Evident in how he basically swept Meek Mill out of their battle a couple years ago. Now what we’re going to do here is to breakdown the history, breakdown the bars, and give you the winner… unless something changes during the writing of this post. Let’s get this going!

One question everyone is asking… how did this start?

Interesting enough this war of words started in 2008 with “Re-Up Gang Intro” by Pusha T which he throws shots at Lil Wayne with the infamous bars:

Sorry but, I don't respect who you applauding
Little nigga flow, but his metaphors boring

Don't make me turn daddy's little girl to orphan
That would mean I'd have to kill Baby like abortion!

 

In 2012, Pusha T turns things up a notch by dropping the exceptional “Exodus 23:1 featuring The Dream”, unleashing various shots at Lil Wayne and Drake.

 
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The best rapper alive responded with a… tweet.

 

It’s 2015 and Pusha T shows no signs of chill by releasing “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets”. Again, throwing shots at Lil Wayne and Drake.

 

It’s the fall of 2016 and finally someone from Young Money responds to Pusha T. Drake drops the bars:

But really it's you with all the drug dealer stories
That's gotta stop, though
You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo

 

Pusha T drops the remarkable Daytona on May 25, 2018. He lands a hard hitter with the last track of the album, “Infrared”, where Pusha T intensifies the war of words with scathing bars like:

The game's fucked up
Niggas’ beats is bangin', nigga, ya hooks did it
The lyric pennin' equal the Trumps winnin’
The bigger question is how the Russians did it
It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin

 
 

So the Memorial Day weekend passes with no word from Pusha T. Rap fans were anxious to know if what he had done to Pusha T mirrored what he had done to Meek Mills just a couple years back. We would soon know the answer by the end of Tuesday night that it would be an emphatic NO. Pusha T drops, “The Story of Adidon” and with one verse, one single cover, and one extraordinary revelation, proves why his name is synonymous with exceptional lyrics, and why he has remained in this rap game since the late 90s by washing Drake up. To just pick a few a lines from track wouldn’t do it justice, as the whole track should be heard but there is nothing more disrespectful than:

Still givin' you classics, that's the only thing that dates me
OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick
How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick

I got the devil flow, nigga, six, six, six
Surgical summer with it, snip, snip, snip
And you don't really want it with him

The bars are pure savagery. Pusha T comprised Drake as a rapper, as a father, as a brand, and his overall integrity as a human being. I would say...flawless victory! Pusha T by unanimous decision.

 

No Vaseline

No Vaseline

“By takin' your green, oh yeah, The Villain does get fucked with no Vaseline.” - Ice Cube, 1991

While watching the Aldo vs. Edgar fight at UFC 200 yesterday, I received a DM from DJ Sidereal.

I checked out his twitter account and from the naked eye, everything seems to be 100% legit. There are recent posts about projects, photos, and retweets. Like I said, seemed legit.  I expressed interest and received another message.

DJ SideReal states, “The project is getting uploaded to the newest and premier mixtape hosting site On By Society”. I had never heard of this specific “premier mixtape” site so I thought to myself, let me scope it out. I then check out the twitter account by On By Society and see that there is a link to this “premier mixtape” website… come to find out … this website doesn’t exist. The link does not work.  See for yourself, click here. RED FLAG! Tell me how this “premier website” is going to result in A&R promotion and 1500 direct blog contacts if it doesn’t exist?!  There are actors that have never had a single gig in there entire life, who have $12 SquareSpace websites.

This is fake and DJ SideReal is a fraud.  The only viable thing that pops up, is a SoundCloud account for On By Society in which there are several playlists, each with a compilation of songs aka a compilation of tracks from people that fell for this scam.

Why would I pay any amount of money for someone else to put my song on SoundCloud. I’ve got my own accounts. I have my own website and distribute my music to major distributors like Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

DJ Sidereal promotes On By Society under the guise that this “premier mixtape” hosting site is socially conscience and aware of social issues. You will see tweets regarding the recent shooting in Minnesota, where he is from. He gives so much of a shit about injustice in the black community yet he setup this scam to steal money from rappers. What a piece a shit! Every single person on his timeline that gives him props, co-signing his bullshit, are pieces of shit too! The only reason that little punks like this exist, is because we don’t support each other.  This no talent hack has benefited off the talent of others. You see all of this when you visit twitter accounts and check out timelines, but dig deeper.  When you do, you will discover that all of this is fake. We are talking about a dude who will go as far as using own disease to his benefit to rip people off. I did my own sidereal study and a star, he is not.

I also checked out Ripoff Report and there is a report against DJ Sidereal in which an individual from Middletown, New York clearly states the DJ Sidereal charges $50 for a spot on a mixtape and “then disappears”. DJ Sidereal preys on talented hip hop artists promising promotions. Hmmm… sounds familiar. Someone then refutes this report by the name of Sam, stating that it simply isn’t true but facts are facts and the evidence has been laid out right in front of you. On By Society does not have a website and will only promote your song on their SoundCloud account. Shit,  send me your song,  and I’ll promote it for free and you can still pay your light bill.

Artists be smart… do your research.  Check out all links and verify information. If you don’t your due diligence, then you deserve to get scammed. In this day in age, you HAVE to verify all information and call-out clowns like DJ Sidereal for the culture vultures that they are. Little fucking no-talent hacks like this sneak into the culture and take advantage of it.

Top 10 Rap Songs with OJ Simpson References

ESPN’s Made in America Mini Series on OJ “The Juice” Simpson warrants a soundtrack just as worthy. These are the top ten songs with an OJ reference. Enjoy!

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Flawless

“I love hip-hop, B-Boy round the clock, doin non-stop” – Phife Dawg

My first memory of Tribe Called Quest was the Scenario video. I find it interesting how everyone laments Busta’s verses, and rightfully so, but what impressed me the most was the 5-foot freak, Phife Dawg. First to grace the now iconic track, Phife say’s “Bust a nut in your eye to show you where I come from”.

I cannot begin to express the importance of Tribe Called Quest to my life and the impact it played. The Low End Theory was not the first album I owned. Truthfully, It is not even the first album I listened to. What stands out the most is Phife’s standout moments, everything from the opening salvo on Buggin Out to the underrated Butter. It was obvious that Phife stepped his game up. Please do not get me wrong! His importance to the group was not his lyrical ability, but the duality he brought to the group.  Phife was the ying to Q-Tip’s yang. If Q-Tip was Superman, Phife was Clark Kent, a man’s man rapper with no shame in his game. He was also an avid lover of all sports with references from Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Broadway Jo Namath to Charles Oakley and Scott Skiles. Nevermore was Phife’s love of sports on display then in the Michael Rapport’s 2011 documentary called Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. A documentary that also illustrated how fragmented the group’s relationship had become as well as providing insight into Phife’s health issues and struggle with Type 1 Diabetes.  Phife talked about his health in verses with lyrics like, “when was the last time you heard a funky diabetic”. His wife, Deisha Head Taylor, gave him a kidney in 2008, but Phife’s constant struggle would inevitably be the end of the iconic rapper’s life. His legacy continues through Tribe Called Quest’s everlasting impression on music.

RIP Malik Isaac Taylor

11/20/70 – 03/22/16

 

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New World Water

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New World Water

“The rich and poor, black and white got need for it.” – Mos Def (1999)

Two days ago, Detroit Lions Pro Bowl Defensive end, Ziggy Ansah, donated 94,000 bottles of water to the people of Flint, Michigan.  If you haven’t heard, Flint’s water is contaminated with lead and has been for quite some time.  Unlike the water in Flint, it is clear that this is a manmade crisis. Ansah decided to take things into his own hands. It’s a good thing since it seems that no one else from any private organization has done a single thing to help. Why aren’t the owners stepping up to the plate in a state with four sports teams? Are there no Detroit Lions, Tigers, Redwings and Pistons fans in Flint? It’s funny to me that the players are putting up their money, when Martha Ford signs their payroll checks. This has been an issue for over two years. I find it hard to believe that Ford did not know that General Motors stop using Flint’s water because it was rusting out car parts. But you know how a competition goes...

It’s not just the owners…Where is Eminem? Where is Madonna? Where is Kid Rock? Where are the people that have taken the Detroit and surrounding areas attitude and image to build highly profitable careers? While I’m sitting here placing the blame on the owners of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Redwings, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, I ask myself…. what about the media? Where was CNN? MSNBC, the Liberal Bastion of Equality? It's hard to think that Fox News didn’t take this opportunity to point how liberals have ruined Flint’s water system. The blame cannot squarely be placed on these corporations or individuals, as the city of Detroit offered to reconnect Flint to it's water system. Back in April 2014, it was disconnected from Detroit in an effort to save money. An issue of this magnitude cannot solely be blamed on the those that have the resources to fix it. We must first realize how this issue came to be. It was the callous disregard for the citizens by the politicians at a local and state level. The Mayor of Flint, Dayne Walling, and the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, have failed Flint tremendously. On March 27, 2015, officials stated that the quality of Flint’s water had improved and meet all state ad federal standards. The citizens of Flint would find this not to be true, after spending five months of bathing, swimming, drinking, washing cars, washing pets, doing laundry, etc. One September 24, 2015, a group of doctors headed by Mona Hanna – Attisha urged the citizens to stop using the Flint River for water after discovering increased levels of lead in the blood of children. Still, state officials insisted that the water was safe. Governor Rick Snyder finally announces there is a problem. His solution to the problem... throw money at it! One million to buy water filters, nine millions in aid for Flint with 6 million of which go to switching Flint’s drinking water back to Detroit.  On November 3, 2015, Karen Weaver is voted in over incumbent Mayor Dayne Walling, amid the backlash of the water crisis. It is now 2016 and as of January 5th, Governor Snyder has declared a state of emergency in Flint. The National Guard has been called in to distribute water bottles. Michigan Health officials discovered an increase in Legionnaires’ disease due to the neglect of Flint citizens. Snyder has asked President Obama for Federal disaster aid and the President has sign an emergency declaration of aid for Flint. So after two years of horror, it finally seems like salvation is on the horizon. Let us not forget that it was not a corporation, was not a major media outlet, rather the citizens who took to the streets to spread awareness. Let it be up to Cher, someone from a state familiar with drought and seasonal fires, to be the first person to come to the aid of Flint, oh if we can turn back time.

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