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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lord Jamar: "People Who Like Lil Yachty are Actually Stupid"

NY Rapper/Actor Lord Jamar recently went on DJ Vlad and said that Lil Yachty is trash and anyone who likes his music is stupid. While Yachty fans may strongly disagree, many independent underground Hip Hop fans feel the same way. "When I heard Yachty on a Sprite commercial with LeBron James, I knew it was real that they were putting these culture vultures in position to potentially take over Hip Hop," says an anonymous rapper. Hear what Lord Jamar has to say in full about rappers like Lil Yachty and Young Dolph...

Beginner's Guide to Buying Camera Equipment

Buying photography equipment for the first time is a daunting task. Useful guides exist to help beginners choose a good camera, but few newcomers realize that the camera itself is only the first of many pieces of equipment necessary to create a full setup for photography. This guide suggests a complete kit — everything from lens cloths to computer monitors — that will provide a beginner with high quality images (and room to grow) for a price of around 2000 US dollars.

Note that this guide is not a comprehensive list of equipment that will work for every type of photographer. As your photography becomes more specialized — portraiture, landscapes, wildlife, or anything else — you will gravitate towards more specialized equipment as well. These recommendations can be considered an all-purpose starter kit rather than a list tuned to one specific type of photographer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hip Hop Legend Phife Dawg to get Street named in his honor

The street named after the late Phife Dawg will officially be unveiled in November. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to take place on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. in St. Albans, Queens.

Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street is the location where Phife Dawg will be immortalized. The spot holds a specific significance as it is where Phife met Q-Tip. A Tribe Called Quest would famously reference Linden Boulevard in their classic single “Check the Rhime.”

“The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable,” Phife’s wife Deisha Head Taylor said in a statement. “This is a perfect representation of who Malik was, and what Queens meant to him. Whenever he mentioned Queens, Linden Boulevard at 192, was a focal point of reference, so I am certain he would be pleased with having it renamed in his honor.”

Phife Dawg’s memory will receive further recognition with a new A Tribe Called Quest album. Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid let the news slip back in August.

Jay Z Makes $40 Million Offer for Prince's Unreleased Catalog of Music

Rap titan Jay Z could become the owner of Prince’s unreleased music if a hefty offer receives the proper sign-offs.

TMZ reports that the TIDAL owner has already put in an offer of about $40 million for the late musician’s catalog of unreleased tunes.

Jay Z reportedly even went so far as to meet with Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson and her husband, flying them out to New York City to discuss the multi-million dollar offer.

For the offer to be approved, the Brooklyn lyricist would need more than just a sign-off from Nelson. Although Nelson is Prince’s only full sibling, the late singer’s half-siblings would also be required to sign-off on the $40 million offer.

Currently, TIDAL serves as the only streaming service Prince’s music is available on.

Months before his death, Prince expressed his confidence in TIDAL and Jay Z during an interview with Ebony.

“TIDAL is a new company, it’s brand new,” Prince said. “They’re just getting their footing, and I think when there’s a company like that, or the OWN network — situations where we finally get into a position to run things — we all should help. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Ace Hood wants off of Khaled's "We The Best" label?

DJ Akademiks Speaks on Ace Hood Telling DJ Khaled To Use his 'Keys' and Unchain and Let him Free from his Label 'We The Best'

YG Pays Tribute To Victims Of Police Brutality In 'One Time Comin'

After tweeting his 1.11 million fans that he'd be releasing new music, YG kept true to his word and dropped a dedication track early Tues. morning (Oct. 25) titled "One Time Comin'" dedicated to individuals who've been subject to police brutality.

The Compton rapper is known to keep his music brutally honest, from his anti-Trump song "F--k Donald Trump" to "Police Get Away With Murder" from his newest album Still Brazy -- which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and carries on his unapologetic attitude on "One Time Comin'."

DMX Calls Police Officers and Fire Fighters 'True Heroes'

The Yonkers Police Department and Fire Department gathered on Friday (Oct. 21) for their annual Toughman Competition charity event, and were met with a heart-warming speech by one of the night's famous attendees,DMX.

"On February 8, [they] saved my life," the legendary rapper told the room of policemen and firemen in a video TMZ released. "To go from, at one point running from the police to get away from shit -- you know, to get away from what I was doing -- to having those same police save my life..." Earlier this year, DMX was found unconscious in the... Read Full Story

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