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Cinematographer Hans Charles wanted to visually frame the Wu-Tang Clan and all of their personas in a way that celebrated each of them as thriving black men in America. Likewise, director Sacha Jenkins understood that the real story in their four-hour documentary on Wu-Tang’s music and legacy is really about “black…

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Big Boy is a connector. “You need to speak to Dogg?” That’s what the Los Angeles-based syndicated radio personality asks when the topic of 1993’s Doggystyle comes up. “I mean I can help you … I’m with him right now.” Before you even get a chance to respond, he’s already calling Snoop, born Calvin Broadus […]

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Cam’ron is a lot of things. He’s a polarizing rapper, a top-flight interior decorator, and the proud owner of real estate in Bill O’Reilly’s head. Though he’s taken some Ls in his day, one thing Cam’ron rarely is? Entirely off-base.

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Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was deemed a likely danger to the community and denied bail Monday.

The post Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine arrested on racketeering charges appeared first on theGrio.

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Aux Cord Chronicles, Dwyane Wade, Heatles, Hip-Hop, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Music, NBA, Rap -

Sunday night in South Beach will likely be an emotional one. Not only because, with stops in Miami and Cleveland, it’s the beginning of a flashback tour for LeBron James. But because it marks the first of the final two occasions he and Dwyane Wade will share the court — pending a Lifetime Achievement Award […]

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Like many a southern rap fan, I grew up on André and Antwan, better known as André 3000 and Big Boi, and even better known as Outkast. When all the players came from far and wide, I too wanted to attend the “Player’s Ball.” What’s the funkiest kind of music for my soul? Southernplayalistickcadillackmuzik, of course.…

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CulturePlay, Hip-Hop, Music, Papoose, Remy and Papoose: Meet The Mackies, Remy Ma -

“I know what you want me to say,” says Remy Ma, who chuckles when asked who’s the “good cop” and who’s bad on the VH1 reality show Remy and Papoose: Meet The Mackies. She co-stars with her husband and fellow rap veteran. “First of all, neither one of us are cops. Ha! Let’s get that […]

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Commentary, Donald Trump, Donda West, Grammy Awards, Hip-Hop, Hurricane Katrina, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Music, Politics, Rap, Taylor Swift -

Imagine one of the biggest rappers in the world standing in front of the president of the United States on live television with free rein to say whatever is on his mind. Imagine that rapper advocating for more mental health institutions to curb black incarceration rates. Imagine he or she arguing for the freeing of […]

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Cash Money, Hip-Hop, Lil Wayne, Mental Health, Music, Rap, Sexual Abuse -

“Go suck Lil Wayne lil’ d—.” By his own admission, in 2009’s The Carter documentary, it was these words (the speaker of which remains unknown or unsaid) that led to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.’s first sexual experience. He was the only preteen in a large room full of older men, including Baby, aka Birdman, his […]

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#BlackBoyJoy, Chance the Rapper, Chicago, Entertainment, Hip Hop, Mental Health, News, Video -

Chance the Rapper is committed to helping his hometown. On Thursday, he promised the city of Chicago $1 million for mental health services for its citizens.

The post Blessings: Chance the Rapper pledges $1 million to mental health services in Chicago appeared first on theGrio.

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Colin Kaepernick, Hip-Hop, LeBron James, Music, NFL, Nike, Social Activism, Social Justice, T.I. -

A decade and a half ago, a skinny young guy with a propensity for cocking his knit hat to the side helped popularize a subgenre of hip-hop we didn’t know we needed. His name was T.I., a shortened version of his childhood nickname, Tip — because Clifford Harris Jr. was a tip off the old […]

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Duke Blue Devils, Hip-Hop, Marvin Bagley III, Music, NBA, Rap, Sacramento Kings -

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Kings rookie forward Marvin Bagley walked out in front of the crowd. There was an introduction and a warm welcome. But instead of a basketball in his hand, the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA draft was holding a microphone, confidently rapping original music in front of his Kings co-workers. “My […]

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Cardi B was given a summons on Monday for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault in connection with a melee at a New York strip club.

The post Cardi B gets assault summons but lawyer says she did no harm appeared first on theGrio.

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Rap legend Weezy F. Baby (the F stands for “finally”) celebrated his birthday by giving his fans the best gift ever. He dropped his fifth and much-coveted album, Tha Carter V (C5), at midnight Thursday and folks were hype. Happy birthday to my friend Lil Wayne. Legend. Wish I could be at the party. V […]

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Atlanta, CulturePlay, Fred Blankenship, Hip-Hop, Music -

Whatever you do, don’t debate Fred Blankenship about the greatest-of-all-time credentials of Will Smith. “I will fight someone if they tell me he’s not a top 5 rapper,” says the gregarious morning co-anchor of Atlanta WSB-TV’s Channel 2 Action News. “Show me somebody with more longevity! Who could turn ‘Summertime’ into an anthem. Tell me […]

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André 3000, Big Boi, Black History, Hip-Hop, Music, OutKast, Rap, The Source -

Before the era of Southern rap dominance. Before Ludacris and T.I. and Lil Jon became household names. Before the Migos and Young Jeezy. Before Atlanta became the hub of hip-hop, there were the Source Awards. The second annual Source Awards took place on Aug. 3, 1995, and gave hip-hop one of its most iconic nights. […]

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An unnamed Death Row Records employee had messed up. Really, really bad. Botched flights? Incorrect hotel bookings? Who knows. Any mistake made under the perpetually lit cigar of Marion “Suge” Knight could spawn violent and humiliating consequences. The rapper Kurupt, when he visited Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club earlier this month, couldn’t remember the exact […]

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Boogie Cousins, DeMarcus Cousins, Drake, fashion, Hip-Hop, Jerseys, John Wall, LeBron James, Music, Skylar Diggins, Style, Washington Wizards -

I swear sports and music are so synonymous / ‘Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us – Drake, 2010’s “Thank Me Now” In a November 2017 interview, Drake revealed that he’s been collecting Hermès Birkin handbags. The highly coveted totes, which are worth anywhere from $12,000 to $379,261, are easily […]

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“Everything has so much weight, but it’s all just chapters. It’s all just pieces of the story. There’s gonna be a next part. It’s not a big deal. It’s not. That’s the thing. Trust. The more I trust in who I am as a human being, the more I’m like, ‘Okay, this will all kind […]

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Despite ignoring The Root’s calls to become our employer, the hip-hop artist responsible for killing the spiders and taking out the trash at the Knowles-Carter compound managed to make enough money last year to purchase the 64 box of Crayons with the sharpener included for Sir and Rumi and also managed to top the list…

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Nas posted seven lengthy Instagram posts responding to his ex-wife Kelis and her allegations of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.

The post Nas to ex-wife Kelis: ‘You made up stories about me and claimed I did things that you did’ appeared first on theGrio.

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The rap world was enraptured for various reasons with the out-of-the-blue release of Eminem’s latest coaster, Kamikaze, for most of this past week. I gave it a few listens and deleted it from my phone library. Eminem is one of those rappers who on technical merits alone is one of the best, if not the best, to ever do…

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Ms. Lauryn Hill decided to share some thoughts on all of the talk surrounding her late shows and many of the very pointed and incendiary comments and opinions shared by Robert Glasper earlier this month.

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Black History, Boxing, Hip-Hop, Jamie Foxx, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Rape, Robin Givens, Sexual Assault, TLC, Tupac Shakur -

To stump Jamie Foxx? That takes a lot of work. But Mike Tyson pulled it off. The two celebrities have been connected for nearly 30 years, the boxer being a frequent and willing muse for Foxx. But recently they were discussing the actor’s long-anticipated, Martin Scorsese-directed biopic of the mercurial pugilist. During the conversation, Tyson, […]

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50 Cent, Beef, Boxing, Entertainment, Floyd Mayweather, Hip Hop, News, Video -

Not since the “great” Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry feud have I wanted to see two obnoxious celebrities both lose in a beef against each other as I do this ongoing madness with 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather.

The post 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather are beefing (again), but can we throw away both of them? appeared first on theGrio.

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Black History, CulturePlay, Documentary, Dr. Dre, Hip-Hop, Long Beach, Los Angeles Lakers, Music, New Balance, Warren G -

There aren’t many moments that would provoke a veteran producer to want “to slap the s—” out of anyone. But — oversimplifying the art of music production in front of West Coast legend Warren G makes him think of certain moments of Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Story. An overreaction? Of course. But Long Beach, California’s, […]

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Desus and Mero, Entertainment, Hip Hop, News, Showtime, Vice, Viceland -

Hip Hop comedy duo Desus and Mero know their worth, and they allege that this fact is what ultimately turned out to be the problem over at VICE.

The post Desus and Mero ‘get messy’ and explain why Vice abruptly ended their contract appeared first on theGrio.

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Drake, Hip-Hop, Instagram, Music, Scorpion -

Drake is back with Scorpion. So you know what that means, right? Lyrics from his 25-track double album will serve as a bible of Instagram captions for the rest of the year. Drizzy‘s lines are, and have always been, the perfect commentary for photos taken during any occasion: girls’ night out, flexing with your boys, […]

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Three-time Grammy Award winner Drake has dropped his fifth studio album, Scorpion. The album is a double. Side A is complete with 12 songs, while side B features 13. His album has some crazy features on it — including Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Future and Ty Dolla $ign. The highly anticipated release truly had […]

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Loudspeakers blasted songs by the late rapper XXXTentacion as thousands of fans chanting his lyrics lined up for hours in a Florida arena.

The post Fans throng Florida arena, mourn slain rapper XXXTentacion appeared first on theGrio.

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G.O.O.D. Music, Hip-Hop, Kanye West, Kelis, Kelis Rogers, Kid Cudi, Music, Pusha T, Rap, Teyana Taylor, Whitney Houston -

I have edited myself for nine years and I woke up this morning and said, ‘Not today.’ I remember so clearly when the pictures came out with that whole thing that happened with [Rihanna] and Chris Brown. — Kelis Rogers There are, unfortunately, two factors that determine how intently society as a whole holds a […]

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Beyonce, Hip-Hop, Jay-Z, Music, R and B -

The most poignant lyric describing Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s already massively successful surprise joint album Everything Is Love isn’t actually from either of them. It’s from SZA: My loyalty is sensitive, so please don’t cross me, on Jay Rock’s “Redemption” (the title track from his recent album) with backing from Kendrick Lamar. Show me the real […]

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