To mark the 20 years it’s been since launching his fashion enterprise “Sean John,” Diddy dropped a very special collection featuring the work of esteemed artist Jean Michel Basquiat.
Will.i.Am and some other members of The Black Eyed Peas made a zombie comic not that long ago, and now that franchise is getting its own VR game. Masters of the Sun will tap big names like Jamie Foxx, Jason Isaacs, Queen Latifah, CRS One, Rakim, and others to tell a tale of a musical group hellbent on surviving a zombie apocalypse.
MULTIHOP MAKER WORKSHOPS SERVICE PRE-K STUDENTS TO SENIOR CITIZEN PARTICIPANTS FROM HARLEM TO HAITI.
“I want to start a fund/foundation to make sure his child and family are well taken care of not just temporary but for life,” Uzi wrote on Twitter (after his passing, XXXTentacion’s mother Cleopatra Bernard revealed that the rapper’s girlfriend was pregnant).
Stars like Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, and Ski Mask The Slump God expressed their support soon after Uzi’s initial tweet. “I could handle this Alone but I just wanna make sure if anything happens to me Yall hit my Mommy up like yall hit for features,” Uzi wrote
At hackathons in New York, students rap about HTML, CSS and Python. When Jamel Mims teaches young, lower-income minority students in New York, he doesn’t deploy traditional materials like a blackboard, a whiteboard or PowerPoint. He uses a microphone—turned up loud for politicized raps—and mobile phones with augmented-reality apps. Mr Mims’s “interactive hip-hop classroom” uses music as an entry point into discussions about politics, race, class and gender.
One lesson centred upon Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school pupil who was arrested in 2015 on suspicion of building a hoax bomb when he brought a self-assembled clock to school. Mr Mims aims not for lecturing, but for dialogue. He puts printed pictures of Mohamed on the wall, and asks students to scan them via an app. A menu of items pops up instantly: Mohamed’s Twitter feed; a 360-degree view of an interrogation room (meant to simulate the one Mohamed was taken to); a SoundCloud song; a quiz; a hip-hop video produced by Mr Mims. The lesson takes about 30 minutes; students respond to what they’ve learned by posting about Mohamed on Instagram. “Schools usually say cell phones are distracting, but the world says cell phones and other technologies are a desirable aspect of youth culture. So we try to leverage that in the classroom whenever we can,” Mr Mims says. “Students who are disengaged and turned off by pen and paper tests need to feel reinvigorated.”
Joining the likes of artists like Nina Simone, Rage Against The Machine and Bon Jovi, the “I’m Bad” rapper is the only MC amongst the 19 artists nominated for the musical honor. That alone should be enough to get him into the HOF.
If you’re wondering why some of your other favorite rappers from the 90’s aren’t on the list, nominees for the current years have to have released a commercial record 25 years prior to the annual ceremony. That being said this year’s crop had to have dropped something no later than 1992.
Congratulations to the Hip-Hop icon and get ready to see a slew of your favorite Hip-Hop legends up to bat in the coming years.
Public Enemy founder Chuck D rarely needs an introduction — the politically-minded MC has been an integral part of Hip Hop culture since emerging in the ’80s. On October 10, fans will be able to dive into the mind of the Fear Of A Black Planet architect and get a first-hand account of his experience in the culture thanks to his new book, Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History.
Described as “one of the most comprehensive, chronological histories of rap and hip-hop ever written,” the book is assembled by Chuck and includes pivotal moments from 1973 to the present, as well as portraits of people who have shaped the sound and the culture for over 40 years.
The anthology opens with a house party with DJ Kool Herc on August 11, 1973 and follows the art form through more than four decades, examining key players and historical moments.
Kendrick Lamar voiced his thoughts on the book in a press release. “If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop,” he said. “The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!”
LL Cool J added, “Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again.”
The book also includes over 100 portraits of the most influential figures in Hip Hop created by artists Shepard Fairey (who wrote the book’s foreword), ASKEM, Amy Cinnamon, Andre LeRoy Davis, Holtom, Glen E. Friedman, A.J. Katz, Timothy McAuliffe (Gold Van), Scared of Monsters, Rinat Shingareev and Marco Ventura.
New Skool Rules aims to create a platform for SHARING AND GAINING KNOWLEDGE, NETWORKING, DOING BUSINESS AND HAVING FUN!!! New Skool Rules has been very successful in bringing out the Music Industry’s Movers & Shakers as speakers for the different panels, workshops and masterclasses.
In 2017 New Skool Rules will have some of the biggest names and influential people in the Urban Music Industry as panel members, sharing their knowledge and experiences with the delegates.
This anniversary edition New Skool Rules will feature:
SVP of A&R Omar Grant (Roc Nation), Director of A&R Yaasiel ‘ Success’ Davis (Atlantic Records), SVP of A&R Sterling Simms (Universal Publishing), Head of Urban Global Ryan Press (Warner Chappell/ Warner Music), Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Chris Henderson and Troy Taylor (Trey Songz), SVP of A&R Ashley Calhoun (Pulse Music Group), SVP of A&R Shani Gonzales (BMG Publishing) and renowned lawyer Bob Celestin.
All of the Americans will be accompanied by Promoter/ Manager Magdalena Jensen (Poland), Promoter/ Manager Ekatarina Bazhanova (Russia) and the most important person in Urban Media from the UK, Charlie Sloth.
New Skool Rules always makes sure that the top performers in the different markets showcase their talent, from legends like MC Shan and Fredro Starr (Onyx) to LMFAO and Bishop Lamont to extremely known artists from Asia like Joe Flizzow, SonaOne & Mizz Nina, who have graced the New Skool Rules stages.
The bare facts about Kalief Browder’s experience with the criminal justice system are awful enough. Arrested at 16 after being accused of robbery. Locked up on Rikers Island for more than three years while waiting for his day in court. Beaten while jailed. Kept in solitary confinement for two of those years.
About two years after the charges were dropped and he was released, Browder committed suicide.
The New Yorker chronicled Browder’s ordeal with an in-depth story in 2014. Now Shawn Carter (a.k.a. Jay Z), in collaboration with Weinstein Television, is premiering a six-part documentary at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Spike that details how a teen who always insisted on his innocence wasn’t just lost within the process, but brutalized and forever scarred by it.
“Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” directed by Jenner Furst, blends archival footage (including video from surveillance cameras inside Rikers) with re-creations of moments from Browder’s life and interviews with those closest to him and various law enforcement experts, advocates for reform and journalists.
On 4/20, the boss announced his new partnership with Empire Rolling, the company that dropped the hundred-dollar-bill rolling paper. In a statement on Instagram, Ross showers his new partner with high praise, stating “I only partner with high quality products I personally use.” That’s a big endorsement from the iconic Ross, who is one of the most respected smokers in the game. One wonders what new sort of products Ross & Empire will cook up – perhaps people will one day be able to roll a blunt with Rick Ross‘s formidable mug.
Article Courtesy of hotnewhiphop.com