[INTERVIEW] Charlamagne Tha God on His Journey From Prison to Radio

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 Share on Tumblr   Defy Ventures invited Charlamagne Tha God, a New York City celebrity DJ, to speak to 50 men and women who were applying for admission to Defy Ventures’ nationally recognized entrepreneurship training program. These 50 men and women had served prison time and looked to Defy to help turn their street hustle […]

Time Is Illmatic: Tribeca Film Festival Review

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 Share on Tumblr In 1994, a young emcee from Queensbridge named Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones released an album which would years later be heralded as a classic. Illmatic was a ten track biography of the hip-hop culture in the early 90′s, and the struggles of blacks in the inner city from a firsthand perspective. To encompass […]

10 Posse Cuts That Make You Miss 90′s Hip-Hop

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 Share on Tumblr Earlier this week, I decided to do something I almost never do – let my music shuffle on my smartphone as I made my way to work. As I’m shuffling, not one, not two, but three classic, 90′s ‘posse cuts’ happened to play. This got me to thinking, whatever happened to the […]

This Is It: Has Jay-Z Become Fat Elvis?

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 Share on Tumblr   In Part 1 of a three-part podcast involving myself and seveneighteen contributors McFly and Cousin D (along McFly’s brother Mack Mittens and Young Elvis), we started talking about Drake’s success, then somehow got to if Wu-Tang Clan was ever that good, if Jay-Z is now Fat Elvis, and comparing Reasonable Doubt to Illmatic. […]

It Ain’t All That Deep: Kanye West, New Slaves, And Race Matters In Cultural Criticism

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 Share on TumblrSo I came across this blog post today – and started to read it because a few high-minded folks I know were talking about it. It took me a long time to get through it, not just because of it’s length, but also because I got hung up thinking about the below except […]

The 20 Best Drake Memes (Dada Supreme Edition)

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 Share on TumblrSo sometime last week, the pic above was released. It looks like Drake, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross on a random video shoot. Drake is rocking a Dada Supreme (!!) short set and random money is on the floor. Rick Ross has a bewildered look on his face. Khaled is oblivious, and the […]

10 Jay-Z Quotes Applicable On The Street Or In The Boardroom

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 Share on Tumblr For a certain generation of young, professional folks of color, Jay-Z’s lyrics have provided more than just entertainment. Many of us, born on blocks our friends never made it off of, raised in an era where our older brothers, uncles, and sometimes our fathers were hustlers, but reared to understand the value […]

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley Spark Controversy with ‘Accidental Racist’

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 Share on Tumblr LL Cool J high again, y’all. All jokes aside, LL Cool J has made news lately because his song with Country music singer, Brad Paisley has sparked controversy. The song, “Accidental Racist” features some very “odd lyrics.” Although LL Cool J and Brad Paisley still support the song and its lyrics, they […]

SBM Reacts: Ray-J’s “I Hit It First” Kim Kardashian Diss

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 Share on TumblrIt’s no secret that Ray-J finds ways to rub it in to Kim K that they had relations.  Things have been pretty quiet between the two, until I saw the following single cover art from Willie Jr: You can check the song HERE if you want a quick chuckle. I think this is […]

Why Rappers Can’t Stop Rapping About Violence, Women, and Money

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 Share on Tumblr This morning as I was getting ready for work, I took my phone into the bathroom to play music as I showered. I put the phone on shuffle and the first song up was Justin Timberlake’s Spaceship Coupe off of his latest, 20/20 Experience. I’ve been playing the 20/20 Experience a lot. […]