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Peter Gunz Makes Unborn Daughter His #WCW

April 9th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last season of Love And Hip Hop New York, left us with tons of drama we were glad we didn’t have in our personal lives. The main story line and love triangle of LHHNY’s season 4 revolved around  Peter Gunz,  Amina Buddafly and Tara Wallace and during the reunion show, Amina Buddafly announced she was pregnant with Gunz’ child after he told viewers his relationship with Buddafly was a mistake. Despite these circumstances and Gunz continuously denying their relationship the two have remained together and it actually looks like Gunz might have the potential to be a decent father based on his Instagram posts.

Today he posted a sonogram picture of his and Amina’s new bundle of joy, allowing fans to pour in their love and support. In the caption for the photo he simply wrote: “My wcw… its a girl!” which is breaking news for fans who were curious about the gender of the couple’s first child together. Though we still don’t have a due date, we can’t help but wonder if their might be a premiere date in the works for some sort of Peter + Amina + baby reality show. You know Mona and VH1 love a spin-off…Either way, congrats to the happy family!

“Holla If You Hear Me!” Cast Revealed For Upcoming Tupac Musical

April 9th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From BlackVoices 

The upcoming Broadway musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs will star Saul Williams, the poet and singer best known for the film “Slam.”

Producers said this week the rest of the cast of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” will include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson and John Earl Jelks.

The musical is not a biography of Shakur but uses his songs to explore the story of two friends who live in a low-income neighborhood in the Midwest. It will feature “California Love,” ”Keep Ya Head Up,” and “Me Against the World.”

Read more about Tupac’s Musical at BlackVoices.com 

Morning Inspiration: Songs To Motivate You On Your Way To Work

April 8th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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It’s that time of morning again. You’ve suddenly plunged into overthinking and worrying about your next moves in life and you need something to pick up your mood and motivate you. Music is the perfect thing to do just that! Check out our mix of different songs that will both inspire and motivate you in the morning.  What’s already on your playlist?

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C.R.E.A.M.! Someone Bids $5M For Upcoming Wu Tang Album

April 4th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Update: Some thought it was a crazy idea. Others called the Wu Tang’s move to make just one copy of their upcoming CD and sell it to the highest bidder a brilliant marketing move. The latter turned out to be true. According to the Wu’s The RZA the bids are up to $5 million for 31-track The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday,” he told Billboard, during a break from promotion work on Brick Mansions, his upcoming film with the late Paul Walker, and Gang Related, his new Fox show. “I’ve been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don’t know, and they’re also emailing other members of my organization.

Some fans, however, are upset since the album will never be released publicly. How do you feel?

Published orginally on March 31, 2014

The Wu-Tang Clan have always been music innovators. Now the hip-hop group might just change the way artists market CDs. The Staten Island, NY group has come up with a unique way to sell their new album.

Wu Tang Clan has a 20th anniversary album set to be released in July called A Better Tomorrow. But another upcoming new record, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin done with Morocco-based producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, isn’t going to get released at all.

“Instead of releasing Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, they’re going to make exactly one copy of the double album. It will be locked inside an engraved nickel and silver box created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya,” reports Death and Taxes magazine. The album with actually going on its own tour to museums, galleries and possibly music festivals where visitors will pay to listen to it on headphones.

The double album has been a secret over the last two years, notes The Verge. After the tour, the group is looking to sell the single copy for millions of dollars.

“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music,” says Wu-Tang Clan member Robert “RZA” Diggs told The Verge. “We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”

He added, “The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for year.  And yet it doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”

Since record sales have been dwindling over the years, this might just be a brilliant marketing move as well.

“You And I ‘Til the Day We Die:” The Best Hip-Hop Love Songs

March 28th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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R&B isn’t the only soulful genre that can get you in the mood. There have actually been some pretty romantic and touching Hip-Hop love songs over the years, like these.

Jay-Z – Song Cry

“I can’t see ‘em coming down my eyes so I gotta make the song cry.”

This was the moment hip hop grew up and Hov let young heads everywhere know it was OK to catch feelings in public.

Hip Hop, It Don’t Stop! Russell Simmons Celebrates Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary On Arsenio

March 27th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb 

Honoring the 30th anniversary of Def Jam, Arsenio Hall kicked-off Wednesday night’s show in true Def Jam style with a hilarious spoken word performance about the woes of March Madness titled “My Bracket is Busted.”

Arsenio welcomed Def Jam founder Russell Simmons who weighed in on critical remarks made by Kid Cudi on an earlier show about the state of hip hop and its impact on black culture.

Check out the clips at EurWeb.com 

Daddy’s Home! Diddy Announces New Stage Name For Upcoming Album

March 25th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you have been feeling nostalgic about the ‘90s, fear not, because Sean Combs, otherwise known as P.Diddy, or should we say, Puff Daddy, is taking it way back for you with a new announcement.

The 44-year-old rapper and mogul decided to switch from his millennial name of P.Diddy, back to his original stage name of Puff Daddy yesterday.

The Daily News reports, Combs decided to use his old stage name for his new album MMM. The album will be the first full work the iconic producer and occasional rapper has released in four years. The name change was revealed in the trailer for an upcoming music video for his new song, “Big Homie,” featuring rappers Rick Ross and French Montana.

Tweeting from his @IamDiddy Twitter handle, Combs set the record straight for fans and followers:

Fans reacted to the news in one of two ways: by stating that Combs is a confused mess, or by letting him know that they never stopped calling him Puff in the first place.  Not realizing how invested his fans were with his multiple aliases, Puff “P.Diddy” Daddy Combs continued to poke fun by posting both a tweet and Instagram picture that read, “#DiddyorDaddy???”

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No matter if you are on #TeamDiddy or #TeamPuffy (or don’t give a you-know-what either way), set a reminder for yourself to make sure that you watch the “Big Homie” video next Tuesday (clearly this is important to…um…Puff). In the mean time, catch the trailer for it, below.

“Never Say Never”: MC Lyte Thinks The Hip Hop World May Be Ready For An Openly Gay Rapper

February 25th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio 

MC Lyte is a pioneer and legend within the hip hop community. The “Light As A Feather” emcee is also an active philanthropist. In honor of Black History Month, Lyte’s teamed with AT&T  28 Days later campaign, which encourages children to give.

She sat down with theGrio talk about poetry, who is she currently listening to, and if there can ever be a successful openly gay mainstream rapper.

theGrio: MC Lyte, thank you for sitting down with us.

MC Lyte: Absolutely, thank you. Thank you very much for the platform.

Tell me about the 28 Days later campaign. You’ve been tapped to lead a team and help a nonprofit organization with your charity efforts.

Absolutely, I’m honored to be a participant even at the level of a coach for the 28 days, but it’s all about taking a look at history but also being able to step out in the forefront and make history. That is what I like so much about this campaign. We can also further that mission and with the team that I have, physically we’re helping out an organization called “Write Girls.” This is completed up my alley. They have these workshops to empower young girls to write out what it is they are feeling, to use their imagination or to just open up.

How has poetry impacted your life and how you can give that knowledge and experience to your team?

As a kid, my mother had me write everything. I had to write an essay for everything that I wanted to do that was extracurricular based. So if you wanted to go roller skating, play hand ball, it was always an essay. It was short but none the less you had to be able to write and convince her that I needed to be outside of the house.  I used to think hip-hop was that but the mainstream has sort of had its way with it.

Now a lot of the focus is put on being at the top of the charts, being more popular so that you can be on the cover of someone’s magazine. Whereas poetry stays true to the community, true to the people who wrote it. Because mainstream is not trying to get a hold of it to make money, it’s been able to keep its purity, which I completely respect and honor.

Read more of MC Lyte’s interview at TheGrio.com 

Hip-Hop To The Small Screen? Q-Tip Teams With Hollywood Heavyweights To Create New Show!

January 11th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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If rapper Q-Tip gets his way, we’ll be seeing a lot about his life during one of the most important times in the hip-hop era.

According to Deadline, the rapper has joined forces with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, stars of The Wolf of Wall Street, to create a television show based on Q-Tip’s life when A Tribe Called Quest and the Native Tongues were one of the most popular groups and hip-hop collectives, respectively, around.

The Native Tongues included De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, DJ Red Alert, Queen Latifah, and of course, A Tribe Called Quest.  While they would have been known today as “backpackers,” The Native Tongues were mostly a group of artists who didn’t necessarily fit into the mold of what hip-hop artists were back then but used their “eclectic” style to bring what some would call “conscious rap” to the forefront.

The show doesn’t have a primary writer behind it yet, but it is described as a drama project that “will draw from Q-Tip’s experiences with the group and with The Native Tongues collective that A Tribe Called Quest was a member of, which brought together late 1980s and early 1990s hip-hop artists known for their positive-minded, Afrocentric lyrics. The show will reflect on the stories of their friendship and how their music played a part in culture then and influenced the music of today.”

DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, will produce it and they are expected to shop the show to various networks next week. By the way, Tip and DiCaprio have been close friends for years.

You know what? I’m really excited about this idea. Members of the Native Tongues have influenced almost every one of our favorite rappers and it would be great to see that time recreated.  The DiCaprio name alone can probably get the meetings to with almost every network but if HBO shows any interest, that would be an ideal situation.

Would you watch the show?

MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation Aims To Combat The Cultural Assault On Black & Brown Girls

January 9th, 2014 - By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
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“Where we are headed entertainment-wise never ceases to amaze me,” MC Lyte reflected just a day before New Year’s Eve. Prepping for a conference call with the board of her year-old Hip Hop Sisters Network – which includes industry heavyweights Cheryl “Salt” James, Russell Simmons and Jada Pinkett Smith — the legendary rapper took hip-hop and the culture at large to task for its negative and sexist portrayals of women.

“I think in general with hip-hop, it’s just gone to such a dark space, and I think it’s very reflective of just where we are, period.” Lyte, nee Lana Moorer, who was raised in Brooklyn long before the borough became America’s hipster capital. She analogizes video games to drive home her point.

“Back in the days, we were happy with Frogger. We were happy with Space Invaders and Pac-Man. And now, you know, we have Grand Theft Auto where the whole motive is to steal cars. And in the process, a whole lot of other things go down from it,” she said, noting the latter game’s cast of prostitutes and scantily-clad female characters.

“I’m still shocked by what it is that I see that’s on primetime television, how sexist things can be portrayed,” she adds. “However, I think that hip-hop is just a drop in the bucket compared to everything that’s happening all over the entertainment world, including film and television.”

To combat this cultural onslaught, Lyte initially founded Hip Hop Sisters as an empowerment network for female artists. Back in 2007, then up-and-coming rapper Lex Diamond approached her after one of her performances and asked for her help. “She simply said to me, ‘You know what, Lyte? …All of the celebrities always say they have advice to give up and coming artists, but the problem is we can never find y’all when it’s time for us to ask questions. And that sort of, like, lit a light bulb for me in terms of what I can do to have information be transferred over to them.”

She created opportunities for MCs, DJs, journalists, photographers, and choreographers to share their work in a space where they could get constructive feedback, and she began assembling experts in publishing, copyright law, and other relevant topics to speak to the women. Lyte says, a little more than 2,000 women now belong to the group.  “Out of that,” she says, “the foundation was born.”

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