[RECAP] Wu Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim And More Shut Down A Sold Out Radio City Music Hall For The “Loud Experience” 25th Anniversary

Steve Rifkind couldn’t have imagined that his idea for Loud Records would evolve into all of this.

Loud Records has had a foothold in the Hip-Hop game over the span of three decades and the turnout at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall was proof of the impact that the iconic label has on Hip-Hop culture. From artists like Xzibit and Tha Alkaholiks from the West Coast to the “Infamous” Mobb Deep straight outta the legendary Queensbridge Projects, the Loud Experience took those present through an audible time warp that rekindled the importance of all of the acts that were blessed to rep the Loud imprint over the years. Even those artists who were never officially signed to the label, but affiliated with those who were, came through and showed love to one of the most integral labels within the genre of Hip-Hop.

The West Coast opened up shop with Xzibit and the Likwit Crew, amping up the crown before Remy Ma and Fat Joe brought the BX flavor downtown to midtown. The terror Squad brought out crooner Tony Sunshine to sing the Borinquen proud “100%” as a part of the Big Pun tribute. dead prez was next to bring their “Revolutionary But Gangsta” energy to the stage right before Jada and the Ghost brought the streets to the stage, getting all of the hardcore fans on their feet.

One of Loud Records’ most revered acts came to the stage literally “Mobb Deep!” The entire legendary crew from QB honored their fallen general Albert “Prodigy” Johnson. When the “Quiet Storm” came over Radio City, the Queen Bee Lil Kim burst onto the stage to wow the crowd with her flamboyant performance. By far one of the most intriguing sets of the night, the Mobb put it on for the entire Q borough.

Everyone in the crowd, especially those donning the “W” shirts, were waiting on the night’s headliner, the iconic Wu-Tang Clan.

Even the Clan’s head honchos Power and Divine were in the building for the festivities. WTC went through renditions of their classics, with the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son, Young Dirty Bastard, doing the renditions of his dad’s legendary darts. Once Method Man grabbed the mic, the women in the crowd went bananas until Mary J. Blige appeared on stage with him to even out the gender star power. Redman came to the stage to join Meth for their blackout hits, while the capacity crowd was continuously amazed by the sequence of illustrious acts that took to the stage.

The night ended peacefully, which was the most important part to be recognized by everyone inside and outside of the Hip-Hop community; one of the tenants that the culture itself is built upon.

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sideswipe – “Shed Light” (Album)

Make sure to check out the amazing new producer album just released by Philadelphia based producer sideswipe titled “Shed Light” featuring Rim Da Villin, Che Noir, SageInfinite and more.  Sideswipe is bringing the heat with this release, this time with lyrics! Some of the dopest emcees in the underground have been recruited.  Each to deliver their own particular brand of bars.  This 11-track album is a end-to-end showcase of skill over eclectic boom bap instrumentals  The final result is one of the rawest-sounding hip hop albums heard in a long time.

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Super Bowl LIV Big Game Ads Featuring, Lil Nas X, Post Malone, Chris Rock & More Drop

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When it comes to the Super Bowl, the big game featuring the NFL’s two best teams from their respected conferences isn’t the only reason folks tune in every year. The commercials or “big game ads” are also a pretty big deal as well, and quite a few of them have hit the web already ahead of Sunday.

Running an ad during the NFL’s big dance could cost almost $6 million, so you usually expect companies to go all out for their 30-second spots in the hope of entertaining and luring new customers. We often would have to wait the day of the Super Bowl to see them, but that seems to be no longer the case with them now hitting the web early assumingly to see early reactions to them.

This year’s big game spots feature the usual suspects as well. Lil Nas X battling actor Sam Elliott in a dance-off for Doritos, Ellen DeGeneres, and Portia de Rossi for Amazon, wondering what life was like before Alexa. To help sell its new seltzer, Bud Light is taking things a step further by allowing users to choose from two spots starring Post Malone that will air on during the game.

There are some newcomers as well, Facebook enlists the help of comedian/actor Chris Rock to help push Facebook Groups. Things will also get a bit political thanks to political ads running from both Democratic presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg and our current impeached president, Donald Trump.

There is even a PETA head-scratching Colin Kaepernick-inspired ad focusing on #EndSpeciesism that features animated animals taking a knee to the national anthem. According to the organization, the NFL “squashed” the spot because of its use of the black-balled quarterback’s protest.

Hollywood will also be involved as well, trailers for both the new Spongebob movie, Sponge on The Run, and A Quiet Place: Part II, the sequel to the groundbreaking sci-fi/horror film will also air during the game. We won’t be shocked if the latest Fast and Furious movie, F9, also pops up during Super Bowl LIV.

There are many others as well, you can watch them all in the gallery and let us know which ones you like and didn’t care for in the comment section below.

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Watch: Trippie Redd + Flash Gottii Count Up Big Bucks In New PAPER CHASE Video

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Rap newcomer Flash Gotti and Trippie Redd called up the ladies for their latest visual. The hip-hop pair have come through with their new, nearly NSFW “Paper Chase” music video premiere. Watch and comment below!

Kansas City’s Flash Gottii nabs chart-topping rapper Trippie Redd and producer Luke Herbert for “Paper Chase.” The music video is the lead visual from Gottii’s upcoming debut 20/20 Vision EP releasing via Entertainment One/100 Entertainment. Directed by California Creatives, the clip shows the two rappers partying in a mansion with cash on their mind and kicking all distractions to the curb.

“The song is basically about all the fake love that surrounds you when you start getting money, explains Flash Gottii. “I hate fake love, I just don’t want to be around those vibes. My focus is taking care of my family and doing what I gotta do and I think a lot of people can relate. Shout out to my brother Trippie Redd for jumping on the song and taking me out on tour.”

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The First Trailer For ‘F9’ Has Arrived, Reveals The Return of A Fast & Furious Veteran


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It’s here, the first trailer for F9, the next film in the $5 billion Fast and Furious movie franchise and it looks like this action-packed ride will be just as, or more ridiculous than the last movie.

Before we got to feast our eyes on the highly-anticipated trailer, fans in Miami and watching via stream around the world were treated to a concert featuring performances from Cardi B, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, and more. Eventually, the film’s main star, Vin Diesel, was tasked with unveiling the first look at the movie.

When it comes to these films, the question is always how in the world will they top the last one? It looks like they managed to do so and then some. The action-film franchise has always revolved around the idea of family, specifically, Dominic Torretto’s gang of car enthusiasts who all have a different set of particular skills. We never really knew if Dom had any other siblings outside of his sister until now.

In the midst of all of the insane action, car bungee jumping, and magnetized jets, we learn that John Cena will be portraying Dom’s “forsaken brother,” Jakob. Like Dom, he is a high-performance driver, but that’s not all he can do, Jakob is a skilled assassin as well. Jakob isn’t looking to attend any family reunions either, he joins forces with Fast & Furious 8 villain, Cipher (Charlize Theron) to seek revenge against Dom and his crew.

Promising the action in the film will take us all over the world, we will also see the return of old foes, and the resurrection of old friends and they are not lying. In the trailer, we learn that Han did not die at the hands of Jason Statham’s character Deckard Shaw which was indeed surprising.

F9 marks the return of Justin Lin as the director as well as regulars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Sung Kang, with Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.

Cardi B joins the cast as a new franchise character named Leysa, who is a’a woman with a connection to Dom’s past.” Reggaeton superstar Ozuna makes a cameo appearance in the film. F9 arrives in theaters May 22, you can purchase tickets now and watch the thrilling trailer below.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘Fast & Furious 9’

The saga continues.

The trailer for Fast & Furious 9: The Fast Saga, the ninth installment in the blockbuster series, has arrived. Soundtracked by Kids See Ghost’s “Feel the Love,” the nearly four-minute clip stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. The adrenaline-fueled film continues the legacy of the Fast franchise with more high-speed chases, explosions, and daring stunts.

Cardi B, who previously made her acting debut in last year’s Hustlers, also stars in the movie, but does not appear in the trailer. “I feel like I’m in a war zone,” said Cardi about her experience on set, while Vin promised, “You are gonna love her character in Fast 9.”

The trailer premiered at a star-studded event in Miami during Super Bowl weekend, which featured performances from Cardi, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, and Ozuna.

Fast & Furious 9 is the sequel to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, which grossed $1.2 billion worldwide. It arrives in theaters on May 22.

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Watch: Tory Lanez Recruits Fivio Foreign For New K LO K Video

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Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez is staying busy these days. The rap crooner has come through with his new Fivio Foreign-featured “K LO K” music video premiere. Watch and comment below!

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The Loud Records 25th Anniversary Memorialized Three of Hip-Hop’s Fallen Soldiers: Big Pun, Prodigy and Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Hip-Hop has had its fair share of tragic deaths, luminaries cut down too short in their lives and way too early in their career. And while we often focus on the great heartbreak that Bad Boy experienced as a label with The Notorious B.I.G. or Death Row Records with the loss of Tupac, few ever pause to consider the great weight that Loud Records has had to bear, as one of the premier indie rap labels of the 90s, with the deaths of Big Pun, Prodigy and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Still, on during this historic night, three crews backed by the label’s owner Steve Rifkin and staff, a cast of other supporting artists and the fans paid tribute to three fallen soldiers that have irrevocably changed the way the culture listens to lyrics and defines “legends.”

The first tribute was to the Terror Squad’s Big Pun

Fat Joe has never done an interview or performance and not gave homage to his twin in spirit, Big Pun. But what elevated this night, advancing it from a medley of The Punisher’s top songs, but the cascading spirit of LatinX and Black love showering Radio City like probably never before. From rocking with the Beatnuts to the hood classic “Off the Books,” to moving con mucho sazón with the club banger “Don’t Want to Be a Player” the crowd reminisced back to when the Boriqua/ Moreña camaraderie that the East Coast always knew was pumping loud all across the radio airwaves across the nation.

It was then that Joe and his sister, Remy Ma asked the lights to go down and everyone put their lights up to show honor to their hermano. Flashing in the back, were numerous pictures of Pun hanging with so many of those who loved him. The moment was reverent, but celebratory at the same time. In fact, after the touching moment of what seemed like a galaxy of stars polka dotting the audience, the Terror Squad jumped with “It’s So Hard.” The crowd erupted in approval.

The second tribute was to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy

This was different than the first— clearly shifting in the vibrant culture of the Hispanic Bronx to the Urban war-zone of Queensbridge. The approach to honor P was also different. Where the body of TS joined in and you heard Pun threaded throughout the songs, the Mobb fam chose to tap Prodigy’s children, friends and family to rock his infamous rhymes.

Starting with the Havoc’s eerie signature beats, on the jumbotron you saw flashes of the duo’s almost 30-year career, spanning when they two where The Source‘s “Unsigned Hype” under the moniker of Poetical Prophets, the 4th & Broadway days and their tenure at Loud (which yielded them their most success). Then as “Survival of the Fittest” dropped, you see Hav and on the stage but the person rapping Prodigy’s part. Was it another Mobb member, because contrary to popular belief there are others? No… it is Bando Red, P’s son. Song after song, you see Bando Red personify his pop in his “Infamous” uniform of Camo and bandana. Bando also embodied his dad’s gritty vibe on “Give Up the Goods,” with his Mobb uncle Big Noyd. Many were overwhelmed by what it meant to have him stand in his father’s shoes during this momentous occasion… but then Santana Fox, Prodigy’s 20-year-old daughter, grabbed the mic and started spitting her father’s bars on the uber lyrical, “Keep it Thoro.” Santana Fox was still a teenager when her dad was tragically taken from her (and the world), so to pay tribute to him in this fashion not only was a heavy burden on her shoulders but quite overwhelming for the squad. Havoc, as he had looked out for his brother in the past, check on her to make sure she was good. Babygirl was… after adjusting to the mic she pushed to make her daddy proud. And by the time, “Quiet Storm” dropped and one of her rap icons Lil’ Kim met her on stage, excitement filled her pint-size frame and her spirit was swept up in the powerful energy that rap’s original Queen Bee brought to the stage. Back and forth, the ladies rocked stealing the thunder from Uncle Hav. But what did he care, he knew what this moment meant to the Loud, to the fans and most of all to P.

To round out the performance, Twin Gambino, Chinky, G.O.D. Father, and Ty Knitty performed “Thug Muzik” and Dave East (who has an extensive history in Queensbridge), stood in for P on “Shook Ones.”

The third tribute was to the Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Like Prodigy’s tribute, this was really not separate from the entirety of the concert. This may be due to the fact that both Prodigy and Ol’ Dirty Bastard were not signed to Loud as solo acts— and as individuals were crucial members to the catalog of the groups they were in.

With that said, Young Dirty Bastard performed his dad’s parts in the Wu-Tang Clan’s set.

YDB has been on tour for months with the Wu. And while Bando and Fox, the next generation of Mobb Deep, were relatively new in these performance roles, YDB is a vet at this.

Whether he performed “Shame on a N*gga,” or “Brooklyn Zoo,” he almost manifests the Kemetic identity of Horus that his father, who changed his rap name to Osiris, imparted on him before he died. As the Egyptian god was born to avenge and restore his father’s legacy, so has YDB.

From the twists in his body to the convoluted articulation of each howl that he carefully places between lyric, over melody (almost like a Jazz musician), he has found the nuances of his father that no one has ever seen in a father/son musician pairing.

And with the players of the Wu allowing him space to connect with his father on stage, you see that this is more than just a concert set… this is the welcoming home and the invocation of their brother to be in their midst.

The audience watched as the Wu-Tang’s performance and tribute moved each Hip-Hop enthusiast to either remember (for those who were there) or to imagine (for those who only read about it).

The Violator connection sets the stage for a private honor of Chris Lighty

James Lopez was in the cut, and it reminded one of the artists of the Violator days. Violator had been like a sister company to Loud for a minute. What is the connection? Well, as a management body Chris Lighty’s office nurtured the development of the Terror Squad, Mobb Deep and engaged the Wu-Tang Clan on many occasions. While they paused for the three icons that came out of the label, many also, behind the stage paused to remember Chris Lighty, a man that also added to the success of the acts that Loud so rightfully lifted to the pinnacles of their careers over 25 years ago.

REST IN PEACE to those fallen soldiers of rap.

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Reginae Carter Keeps Feeding The Thirst Trap W/ New Rihanna Savage Lingerie Pic: “Thank God It Was Just A Dream”

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Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne‘s daughter is out here making temperatures rise on the regular. Reginae Carter has come through on a Friday to deliver a fresh pic of herself flexing in Savage lingerie.

Big Facts: The 21-year-old relied on her Instagram page to feed the always-lurking thirst trap with a shot of herself donning a two-piece lingerie set.

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High-Key Details: Earlier this week, Reginae raised eyebrows with a batch of lingerie shots.

Wait, There’s More: Recently, the Southern native credited her gym goals and workout band for creating a secret stomach-tightening formula.

Before You Go: In early January 2020, Miss Carter shared a batch of pics celebrating New Year’s Eve.

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Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky and More Headline U.K. Wireless Festival 2020

Meek Mill is finally coming across the pond.

The Philadelphia rapper is making his U.K. debut at Wireless Festival 2020, joining Skepta and fellow headliner A$AP Rocky.

The Championships MC closes the three-day festival at Finsbury Park in London on Sunday, July 5. A$AP Rocky headlines on Friday, July 3rd with U.K. rapper Skepta headlining on Saturday, July 4th.

In August 2019, Meek Mill was released from probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun possession charge. All other charges against him have were dropped, by the Philadelphia D.A.

In addition, A$AP Rocky was forced to pull out of a headline slot in 2019, following his arrest for assault in Sweden.

However, the festival has an all-star line-up including a Quality Control Takeover, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, and Pop Smoke among others.

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