The Bay Area MC has already established his wine company. 40, born Earl Stevens, owns Earl Stevens Selections, his company that distributes three wines: “Mangoscato,” a 2011 Moscato and a 2011 Red Legend.
Now E-40 is branching into the malt liquor business and starting his own malt liquor company, Interactions and Transactions. His beer will be called the “E40.”
The 40-ounce beer is honey flavored and is 10 percent alcohol. There is also a written tribute to his hometown of Vallejo, CA on the bottle.
David Banner sits down with Vlad Tv and speaks on multiple issues in society today from police issues, laws changing, violence, racism, culture issues, the music industry, Real positive Hip Hop artist needing more support, Rap game is an embarrassment with its dumb down music agenda.
David Banner also promotes his new album dropping soon called the God Box and says it will be a classic Hip Hop album, he feels its his best work and says it can be looked at as 1 of the best Hip Hop albums in years if not of all time.
To all you Hip Hop Mc’s, Rappers, Artists, Poets, Knowledge is King consider this show an investment in your career learn from a lyrical genius Rakim 1 of if not the greatest Mc to ever grab the Mic will be performing in New York City the Mecca / Origin of Hip Hop @ the legendary venue SOB’S ….
Thursday, May 21 2015 : 7:30PM doors / 9:00PM show$25 in advance – $30 day of show (age 21+)Hip Hop / Rap
In the history of the Hip-Hop, few artists have had as great an impact on the development and progression of the art forms lyrical style as Rakim Allah. Universally referenced as one of the Masters of the Microphone and an influence and inspiration to his peers and followers alike, Rakim first exploded onto the scene with the release of iconic Eric B. is President in 1986 with long time collaborator Eric B. The single marked a turning point in the Rap world – raising the bar for future emcees and revolutionizing the way rhymes are delivered to this day. No serious discussion of the music’s greatest performers is held without a deferential accounting of his achievements, and no serious rap artist grips a microphone without channeling some of his legend.
Rakim’s intricately intellectual lyrics draw their force from his worldly experience, inner faith and progressive contemplation; his liquid and seemingly effortless delivery – often imitated but still unrivaled – from a fire fueled by a deep understanding of not just Hip-Hop, but also the Jazz and R&B influences that have surrounded his family since his youth. His recordings – including the all-time classics Paid In Full, Follow the Leader and The 18th Letter – have sold in the multi-millions worldwide. Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV and a host of others consistently refer to Paid in Full as “the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time” – a claim that often repeated in audience polls. These Platinum albums line the walls of the Broadway, MCA and Universal labels and, with a Rakim appearance near guaranteeing an explosion of sales, he has been recruited to add his star talents to projects for Alicia Keys, Jody Watley, Damian Marley, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, Lloyd Banks, Limp Bizkit, Gang Starr and Truth Hurts among many others.
Rakim’s uncanny innovation was the focal point of the critically acclaimed recreation of Bob Marley’sConcrete Jungle and has helped propel movie soundtracks such asJuice, Brown Sugar, the Rugrats, American Psycho and 8 Mile to Best Seller status. His role model status has led world famous brands such as Reebok, The Coca Cola Company, LVMH, Ecko and Sean Jean to choose him as spokesperson.
Now with twenty-five years at the top of Hip-Hop’s Greatest list, the Long Island, NY native not only continues to record for himself, but also works with young artists signed to his own record imprint, Ra Records. With recent tributes in 2012 such as being named the #1 Lyricist of All Time by The Source magazine, receiving the coveted BET Lifetime Achievement Award and being nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two original music projects, his first feature film role and sold-out international tours keeping the world’s eye on the one many call The GOD EmCee, Rakim Allah continues to lead where others just follow.
Born Lionel Pickens in Queens, New York, Chinx has been paving his musical path since an early age. Surrounded and influenced by some of the greats of our era, his sound is “I don’t want to fit in,” he says. “I want people to respect my music. I have the drive to be original and to stay true to who I am as a person and as an artist, and not create a gimmick with my artistry.”
Listening to artists like NWA on the West Coast and Wu-Tang and Nas in the East, growing up Chinx wanted to emulate the freedom of expression that his favorite artists embodied with their lyrics. Raised in Far Rockaway, he was surrounded by a level of poverty that drove people into drugs, the ghetto and the streets. While divulging into that lifestyle personally, music gave him an outlet to convey his experiences, his fears and his ambition. An ambition that still drives him today as a father and as a musician.
During the early years of his career, Chinx formed a friendship with the late Stack Bundles, also from Far Rockaway. The two created The Riot Squad and continued to record together for several years. In 2005 Chinx was incarcerated and it was during his time inside that Bundles lost his life. His death was heavy not just for Chinx but for fans everywhere, that had a profound respect and admiration for Stack Bundles as a person and as a musician. As personal as this loss was, it awakened the musical child in Chinx, who didn’t want the legacy that Bundles had built over the years to disappear with his death. When Chinx was released from prison, he started focusing on really making an impact with his music. Meeting French Montana through Stack Bundles’ close friend Max B, the two fashioned a genuine alliance. “We were making music together at Max’s house,” Chinx says about first working with French.
“I guess they say real recognizes real, and what is understood doesn’t need to be explained. We never talked about doing business on any level, we just kept recording after Max got locked up and we were just putting out the music that we were making.”
The work that was released generated a wave that grew to become the Coke Boys movement.
With the release of his “I’m A Coke Boy” record featuring French Montana in 2012, Chinx created a wave that perpetuated his popularity not only in the United States, but internationally as well, and solidified his position in the music industry.
Produced by Harry Fraud (who also produced for Mac Miller, French Montana, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa) “I’m a Coke Boy” was released on Chinx’s ‘Cocaine Riot 2’ mixtape, and was embraced by media, tastemakers, and most importantly his fans, with positive reviews all across. The song quickly became a club favorite and in January 2013 Funkmaster Flex premiered “I’m A Coke Boy Remix” on Hot97 with verses from Rick Ross and Puff Daddy, which took over New York radio for the best part of the year.
Along with other members of the Coke Boys, Chinx has been a part of several projects including the Coke Boys mixtape series, with the last edition receiving rave reviews online from magazines like TheFader, XXL, Complex, Vibe, RapRadar and many more. Independently, Chinx has also dropped his own mixtape trilogy titled Cocaine Riot. The last tape, Cocaine Riot 3 dropped in early 2013 featuring artists like Juicy J, Roscoe Dash, Lil Durk, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Puff Daddy and of course the rest of his Coke Boys family including French Montana. The tape garnered heavy attention with over half a million downloads online.
Cocaine Riot 3 isn’t completely a departure from Chinx, but rather than being boxed into one sound, he uses Cocaine Riot 3 to prove that he is a complete artist.” – Mixtape Daily, MTV
Currently Chinx is working on his first EP to be released in late 2013. The story of Chinx is one of humble beginnings and an undying ambition to strive towards greatness and fulfill a higher purpose. The tribulations of his youth and unfortunate dispositions of his early adulthood have sculpted him into a much wiser man, all while maintaining a certain undeniable charisma that continues to draw new fans in everyday.
Chinx Freestyles on Flex
FRENCH MONTANA & CHINX DRUGZ FREESTYLE LIVE ON FUNKMASTER FLEX
Chinx Ft. French Montana – Feelings (Official Video)
Chinx Drugz – I’m A Cokeboy ft. French Montana, Rick Ross, Diddy & Cassie (Official Video)
Chinx Ft. Bobby Shmurda & Rowdy Rebel – Bodies (Official Video)
Ludacris has topped the Billboard charts and now he will be dishing out a bit of southern hospitality when he hosts this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
The “Fast & Furious 7” star has produced five No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 29 top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which in Billboard’s eyes made him an ideal candidate to hold down the show
Ghostface Killah says he has a number of projects in the works.
“[I’m] helping Rae finish up his album,” the Wu-Tang Clan member says in a video from Video Music Box. “Then I got the Supreme Clientele #2. I’m just working. I’m just working. Me and Sheek Louch [are doing] another Wu Block album. It’s just a lot of things happening.”
Last month, Raekwon discussed the release of his forthcoming album on B Real’s Smoke Box series. “My next move is this next album I’ve been working on,” he said. “It’s called Fly International Luxurious Art. It’s a long title but that’s how I felt right now. It’s a fly album though. You know me. That’s my thing. I like to make a body of work that I could put in people’s cars and they could just listen to it.”
In February 2013, Ghostface Killah said that Supreme Clientele 2: Blue & Cream is scheduled for release this summer and that it could possibly arrive as early as July.
“Blue & Cream, hopefully this summer,” he said at the time. “Hopefully this summer. Maybe like August or something like that. I’m going to try for August, September or maybe July, but I think August might sound more reasonable if I can do it. I shouldn’t set it, because sometimes when I say a date, it don’t ever [stick]. But I gotta put it out because I’ve been sitting in it going on three years.”
The first Wu Block album featured members of the Wu-Tang Clan and D-Block and was released in 2012. An unofficial version of the tracklist for Wu Block 2 was released last month.
Kool DJ Red Alert, who was conducting the interview with Ghostface Killah, asked the rapper what it was like appearing on television, likely referring to his role on the VH1 program Couples Therapy, on which Ghostface Killah appeared.
“It is what it is,” Ghostface Killah says. “Cameras is my thing. I do what I do, but cameras is me. It’s all good.”
Talib Kweli says Kanye West, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar are successful with conscious music.
Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli touched on conscious versus mainstream rap during a recent conversation with Vlad TV. The topic of conscious and mainstream rap was brought up in the discussion when Talib was asked if the rappers of today are saying anything in their lyrics.
He then revealed that in his opinion it’s hard for an artist to break into the mainstream if they have music with content. Talib later cited Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole as artists who have managed to have successful careers with music he says is both conscious and content-heavy.
“I think it’s real easy to get caught up in generalizing Hip Hop,” Talib said. “You know, when you say ‘rappers are.’ Most of the time when people say ‘rappers’ they’re talking about the top ten mainstream, on the radio, videos-popping-on-TV rappers. Which is actually a very small percentage of what the majority of rappers is doing. So, the rappers who have the most light on them, yes, it’s very hard for music with content to bust through.
“But at the same time we can’t just look at the problems,” he added. “We gotta count our blessing. At any given time you’ll have an artist like a Kanye with a song like ‘New Slaves’ or Kendrick or J. Cole. You’ll have artists that are delivering conscious, content-heavy music that are still finding success. And I would venture to say that those are the artists that last long. You know, you’ll have a lot of artists right now with hot records in the club that people turning up to. But you ain’t gonna be checking for these records 20 years from now. And there’s certain rappers on the charts right now that you will be checking for.”
The Black Star lyricist later recalled conscious rap being a trend, one he says was an ugly one, years ago. He also encouraged artists to avoid trends regardless of what they may be.
“There was a time when conscious rap was trendy,” he said. “When that was the trend. And that was an ugly trend, man. You had people who were not conscious at all doing cocaine, eating pork, and whatnot. Walking around with dashikis on talking about ‘black power.’ You know what I’m saying? So, a trend is never something that any artist should try to follow. You should never be conscious cause it’s a trend. You should never be gangster cause it’s a trend. You should just be who you are.”
“Clearly, other people in this business, whether it be consumers or fans, or more importantly, the labels or the media, have the need to label me and package me as a conscious artist…The conscious rapper label correctly applies to me, because I am a conscious rapper…But this industry has demonized the term ‘consciousness,’ and has demonized the idea of positive message and music that can move people in a different direction other than debauchery,” he said.
Before hip-hop became a musical genre, it was a form of expression — and an escape — for its early creators in the Bronx.
Now some of those elders of the genre want to underscore its Bronx roots by opening a hip-hop museum inside the Kingsbridge Armory, a long-empty fortress that is being redeveloped into a national ice sports center. The museum — to be called the Universal Hip Hop Museum — would utilize interactive technology to provide a comprehensive look at hip-hop, including its historical and cultural roots and the contributions of break dancers and disc jockeys, according to museum organizers.
“Many people have a misconception of what hip-hop is,” said Afrika Bambaataa, who is often called the godfather of hip-hop and will serve as the museum’s chairman. “When they say hip-hop, they only say it’s the rapper, and there’s a whole culture and movement behind it.”
The plan for the museum was announced by a group of hip-hop artists and their supporters at a news conference in front of City Hall on Wednesday after a City Council ceremony inside to honor the achievements of Mr. Bambaataa and other early hip-hop pioneers, including Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Grand Wizard Theodore. The new museum, which is still being developed, is the latest in a line of efforts to honor hip-hop that date back to at least the mid-1990s.
In a separate project, Craig Wilson, co-founder of the National Museum of Hip-Hop, said that he was in negotiations with developers to open his museum in Harlem, though he added that he would consider a proposed location in the Bronx. But citing studies on foot traffic and tourists, he added that “the numbers in Manhattan make more sense financially than in the Bronx.”
Rocky Bucano, the president of the planned Universal Hip Hop Museum, said that their effort was different because it had the backing of Mr. Bambaataa and other artists who have agreed to serve on an advisory committee for the museum and raise money on its behalf. He said that they hoped to open in the armory by 2017. “Since we started the art form,” he said, “we think we should have the most invested in it.”
The redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory will include 52,000 square feet of space dedicated to community use, said Councilman Fernando Cabrera, whose district includes the armory.
Mr. Cabrera said that while he supported the idea of a hip-hop museum, the final decision would be made by an advisory board that was still being appointed to oversee the community benefits from the armory. He added that about a dozen community groups have expressed interest in using space at the armory, including a youth basketball program.
Grandmaster Melle Mel said that a hip-hop museum could draw tourists to the Bronx and become a destination like Yankee Stadium. “If you just keep it on the music level it cheapens it,” he said. “To embrace it as an art form, that’s what makes it a museum.”
Nas‘s debut album Illmatic, widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year. To commemorate the project Nas will be release Illmatic XX, which will feature both a remastered version of the original album in addition to a collection previously unreleased demo tracks, freestyles and remixes. Today “I’m A Villain,” which is one of those early 90’s demo tracks set to be included on the reissue, has found its way to the surface.