Category: Hip-Hop

Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

| March 15, 2017 | Reply

Taking A Stand: High School Honor Graduate and Radio Host DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence Source Magazine 3.3.2017 “DJ Young Music and Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation presents “The Streetz Blunt Truth Tour,” a multi-state effort to spread peace, love and understanding through music, while seeking to combat youth violence […]

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A Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got It From Here…..” CD Preview/Review Link

A Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got It From Here…..” CD Preview/Review Link

| November 14, 2016 | 1 Reply

……In comparison to their pedestrian (and likely obligatory) 1998 release, ironically entitled The Love Movement, We Got It crackles with energy and inspiration. Phife’s pitch mellowed with age, but his familiar cadence won’t be denied, matching Q-Tip rhyme for rhyme on the urgent opener, “The Space Program” and rolling into Jamaican patois on the blistering […]

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Forever On-Point: Malik Taylor, AKA Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest (1970-2016)

Forever On-Point: Malik Taylor, AKA Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest (1970-2016)

| March 23, 2016 | Reply

…….For hip-hop fans who enjoyed a more cerebral and copasetic approach, A Tribe Called Quest represented a breath of fresh air amongst the more agressive of their ilk. Introduced to the public as an offshoot of the Native Tongues movement (which included The Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Monie Love and Quee Latifah, to name […]

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“Straight Outta Compton”: Watching, Remembering & The Impact Of NWA

“Straight Outta Compton”: Watching, Remembering & The Impact Of NWA

| August 15, 2015 | Reply

I was a junior in high school, safely ensconced in North Texas suburia and youthful naivete when I discovered the music of NWA. The hardcore beats and clever sampling in their songs was what drew my attention at first, but what ultimately earned my support were the rhymes. The verses were more than catchy couplets […]

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Moving Past “The Crossroads”: The Knowshi/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Interview & MOC Preview Link

Moving Past “The Crossroads”: The Knowshi/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Interview & MOC Preview Link

| February 2, 2014 | 3 Replies

….Huge demand from their 2013 performances has the quintet criss-crossing from city-to-city in a nearly non-stop blitz from one end to the other in the Lone Star State (kicking off at Dallas’ Trees on Feb 13), but that didn’t keep him from updating fans on what’s new with Bone Thugz N Harmony, the eternal relevance […]

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To The Beat Y’all: Celebrating 40 Years Of Hip-Hop

To The Beat Y’all: Celebrating 40 Years Of Hip-Hop

| August 23, 2013 | 3 Replies

It was in Dallas TX, 1979. An unassuming grade-schooler discovers an art form that would move the body, touch the heart and resonate within the soul. Already established, but continually evolving, this cultural phenomenon would inform her, entertain her and permanently alter the course of her entire life. That musical genre became known as hip-hop, […]

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Bone Thugz N Harmony: Their Legacy, Their Grind & The Secret To Keeping Fans

Bone Thugz N Harmony: Their Legacy, Their Grind & The Secret To Keeping Fans

| September 23, 2012 | Reply

*As a Cleveland native, please trust and believe that I know about BTNH: Wish was as cool as a fan when we chatted ahead of a show. When I did catch them at The House of Blues, it was after waiting for them in a packed revenue nearly 2 hours past showtime as they navigated […]

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David Banner: The Establishment, Political Pimpin’ & The Struggles of Southern Rappers

David Banner: The Establishment, Political Pimpin’ & The Struggles of Southern Rappers

| September 17, 2012 | Reply

  *Daring, deep and insightful as all get-out: get yours David Banner, he’s another favorite, read and learn….*   Mississippi-born rapper, actor and activist David Banner didn’t assume the name for nothing. Just as the fictitious scientist from the late 1970s TV show The Incredible Hulk used his knowledge for the betterment of mankind, Levell […]

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