Interviews

Lil Wayne on Roc Nation Deal: Jay Z Just Wants to Help Me

By Peter A. Berry

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Lil Wayne set the rap world ablaze when he recently announced his new allegiance to Jay Z and his Roc Nation label. Would Weezy’s new alliance mean plenty of new music from he and Hov? Would Hov free Weezy from the contractual grasp of Birdman? Would we be getting Tha Carter V sooner than we thought? Read More

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Boi-1da Talks About How He Keeps Drake and Rihanna Hot and Starting His Own Label

By: Jarrod Horton

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Toronto producer Boi-1da who has created hit songs like “Work” by Rihanna and “Controlla” by Drake talked how his dancehall roots influence those songs. “I actually listened to dancehall before I listened to hip-hop. That beat in particular came from being around my dad, he used to play dancehall. He listened to Beenie Man, Sean Paul… That beat was literally a 90s dancehall moment in 2016.” he said. He also talked about starting a new label and releasing a new artist named Joyner Lucas. “First time I ever heard of him, I was like, yo, I need to work with this guy.”  he said about working with Lucas.  To read his full interview with medium.com click here.

Chicago rapper Melo Makes Music blurs the line between current hip-hop and 90s alt-rock

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Last month Genius chief content officer Brendan Frederick spotted something funny in Soundcloud’s streaming rankings. “Love that all the millennial Hot Topic rappers tag their songs as ‘Alternative Rock’ on Soundcloud,” he posted to Twitter, including a screenshot of the top 11 slots on Soundcloud’s alternative-rock chart—every one of them filled by a rapper. I can’t get behind the use of “Hot Topic” to describe someone’s music, but I’ve seen the same thing—young MCs, among them Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Peep, are making melodic, sometimes lo-fi songs that bear the influence of 1990s/2000s pop-punk and emo and then uploading them as “alternative rock.” Using that Soundcloud tag is as much a playful way to ruffle the feathers of traditionalists as it is a serious claim on reshaping hip-hop’s future. Chicago rapper Carmelo Cianflone, aka Melo Makes Music, is among the up-and-comers calling themselves “alternative rock” on Soundcloud—in a December interview with hip-hop podcast Chicago Sleepers, he mentions that when he was a kid his mom provided him with a steady diet of the Cure and Nine Inch Nails. Read More

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Simone Biles Says, “I Have Never Had A Boyfriend In My Life”

By Victoria Uwumarogie

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Do you remember at what age you dated your very first boyfriend? For Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, she is still waiting to have her first boyfriend, but she’s sick and tired of patiently doing so. Read More

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‘No Way In Hell I Would Have Murdered Tupac:’ Says Suge Knight’s Ex-Wife

By Global Grind

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Suge Knight‘s ex-wife, Sharitha Golden, on Thursday issued a stern denial of allegations that she was involved in the death of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, telling TMZ“No way in hell I would have murdered” him. Read More

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New ATF Agent In Charge Of Chicago Says Gangs In Chicago Has No More Structure

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

In November of 2016, Celinez Nunez was selected to be in charge of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms  (ATF) crime force in Chicago.  Nunez who grew up in Chicago talked to WBEZ.org about how the murder of her cousin in Chicago inspired her to go into law enforcement. She also made mentioned of how the landscape of the gang culture has changed in Chicago from the 90’s as opposed to now. “I don’t see the structure that these local gangs used to have back in the late-’90s and maybe early-2000s. It’s really scattered now. Before, I remember there were rules within gangs — you don’t shoot at kids, you don’t shoot and rob elderly people.” she said. To read the full interview click here.  

Suge Knight claims his ex-wife and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr ‘killed Tupac Shakur and insists HE was the real target of the drive-by’

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight has finally he revealed that he was the real target in the drive by that killed Tupac Shakur, according to his attorney’s affidavit 

By Hannah Parry 

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Marion ‘Suge’ Knight has finally he revealed that he was the real target in the drive by that killed Tupac Shakur (right)

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight claims that his ex-wife and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr killed Tupac Shakur, and insists he was the real target of the 1996 drive-by.  Read More

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After Get Out, Jordan Peele Just Made the Best Possible Career Decision

Don’t get your hopes up on another season of Key & Peele.

This year, Jordan Peele made his directorial debut with Get Out, a brilliant thriller comedy that critics have called one of the best social commentaries on race in recent years. It was also successful as hell. As of this week, the film has crossed the $150 million mark at the domestic box office and made Peele the most successful debut black director in history. With a $5 million budget, the film is on track to make about $165-$170 million.

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