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Happy 52nd Birthday To “The Dragon” Busta Rhymes!

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On this day in Hip-Hop History, we celebrate the birth of one of the most flamboyant and ostentatious personalities in Hip Hop. Today in 1972, the legend Busta Rhymes was born in Brooklyn, New York.

The 11-Time Grammy nominee and Flipmode Squad frontman have served as an unsung hero for the culture. This is not to say that he has at all gone unnoticed (“11 time Grammy Nominee” speaks for itself), but his influence on Hip Hop since its earliest stages of commercial success and role in the foundation of the New York Hip Hop scene is ever-present if you pay attention.

Busta Bust’s career began with his involvement with Leaders of the New School. Alongside Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Cut Monitor Milo, but Busta got his break opening up for Public Enemy in the late 80s. It was actually Chuck D himself who gave Busta Rhymes his stage name, after NFL receiver George “Buster” Rhymes. With Leaders of the New School, Rhymes released two albums: A Future Without a Past… and T.I.M.E.

While a part of the group, Busta’s unique style made it possible for him to be featured on major tracks with artists such as: Big Daddy Kane, The Notorious B.I.G., TLC, A Tribe Called Quest, and KRS-One. He also made his first appearances on screen in films such as Higher Learning and Strapped prior to ever releasing any solo music.

In 1995, Busta Rhymes released his debut solo LP The Coming which is hailed as a masterpiece of Hip Hop featuring his smash hit single “Woo Hah!“, his first solo single. The commercial successes of this album allowed Busta Rhymes to finally get the respect he deserved (and for the most part already had in the artist community) as a solo artists. Busta’s follow up albums When Disaster Strikes and Extinction Level Event (Final World Front) were just as if not more successful than the first.

Through the 2000s, Busta continued to be a powerhouse. With the release of his greatest hits album Total Devastation: The Best of Busta Rhymes and new original album Genesis Busta was once again among the top of the charts with this smash hit “Pass the Courvoisier Part II” feat Pharrell and P. Diddy. Throughout the early 2000s Busta’s music could be heard in clubs across the globe and his influence of the culture could be seen, heard, and felt.

His seventh studio album The Big Bang was exactly what the title describes being that it was his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 209,000 copies in the first week alone, this LP showed that time was not a factor when it came to Busta’s popularity and appeal and that his high energy style could remain on top regardless of how the game changed around it. This album spawned what is probably Busta Rhymes most famous song, “Touch It” who’s remixes sky rocketed Bust to the top of every radio chart as far as airplay was concerned.

In the 2010s however, Busta has yet to reach the same level of success as he did in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s but has been able to remain on tour and is still leaving his mark on the industry. In 2012, he was part of the Grammy-nominated single “Look At Now” which was a summertime hit, again proving that no matter the decade, Busta Rhymes can still turn the party up.

From everyone here at the Source Magazine, happy born day Busta. Thank you so much for what you have done for Hip Hop and may you see many more golden years of success.

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[WATCH]’Royal Rules of Ohio’ Premieres: Inside the Lives of Ghanaian Royalty

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“Royal Rules of Ohio” debuted this week, offering viewers an intimate look into the lives of three Ghanaian sisters as they navigate their 20s in Columbus, Ohio. Produced by eOne’s unscripted business, a division of Lionsgate Alternative Television, the documentary series delves into the complexities of living as the daughters of royal descendants from two affluent Ghanaian kingdoms.

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Thelma, Nana, and Brenda Agyekum lead lavish lives, basking in the privileges bestowed upon them by their prestigious lineage. However, beneath the surface lies a world of double lives, where the sisters grapple with the weight of familial expectations and the potential repercussions of tarnishing their family’s esteemed reputation.

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Starring alongside the sisters are their cool and sometimes strict parents, Yaw and Delali Agyekum, affectionately known as Akili Bobo and Mama Dollars. Yaw Agyekum, a multifaceted businessman and real estate investor, brings strategic acumen and philanthropic endeavors to the family dynamic. Alongside his wife, Delali, he co-founded The Yaw & Delali Foundation, dedicated to empowering underprivileged communities.

Delali Agyekum, a registered nurse and managing director of a home health company, exemplifies nurturing and entrepreneurship in equal measure. Together with Yaw, they strive to give back to the community through their foundation, embodying their shared commitment to social change.

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As the Agyekum family’s story unfolds, viewers witness the intersection of heritage, ambition, and family bonds. From Thelma, Nana, and Brenda’s journey through young adulthood to Yaw and Delali’s pursuit of the American dream while staying rooted in their Ghanaian heritage, “Royal Rules of Ohio” offers a captivating portrayal of a family navigating the complexities of modern life.

With its blend of cultural richness and black excellence, “Royal Rules of Ohio” promises to captivate audiences and provide a look into a family that thrives on success, hard-work and love.

Watch the trailer below.

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Inglewood Pizzle Interview | With Prodak Pistolas

Inglewood Pizzle sits down with us for his exclusive interview. Hosted by Prodak Pistolas.

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Today in Hip Hop History: Nas and Damian Marley Dropped Their ‘Distant Relatives’LP 14 Years Ago

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On this date in 2010, Queensbridge king Nas and reggae royalty Damian Marley dropped their collaborative album Distant Relatives on the Universal Republic/Def Jam imprint. 

This Hip Hop/reggae collabo album was the first of its kind, with its release coming after Nas’ controversial Untitled album and Marley’s landmark Welcome To Jamrock LP. The production was very organic and exempt of super producers except for Jr. Gong and Stephen Marley, having Marley explain , “We’re trying to have a sound that’s reminiscent of both of us, but not exactly like either… A lot of charity albums come off corny. We want this to be something you’d play in your car.”

The album did daily well commercially, entering the Billboard 200 at number five and selling over 125,000 in its premiere month. Distant Relatives also served as a refreshing alternative that was a vehicle of consciousness to younger listeners captivated by the more popular gangster-themed music. Features boasted the likes of Joss Stone, Junior Reid, Lil Wayne, and others. 

Salute to Damian and Nas for this pivotal piece of Hip Hop history! 

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MC Lyte Set to Make a Triumphant Return with New Music

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Iconic rapper MC Lyte is gearing up to make a splash in the music scene once again, announcing her first release in nearly a decade. Fans of the groundbreaking MC can anticipate new music dropping this summer, marking a highly anticipated comeback for the trailblazing artist.

In a recent interview with Rock The Bells Radio, MC Lyte revealed the exciting news, setting the stage for her much-awaited return. With a new single titled “Woman” slated for release in June, followed by an album scheduled for August 9, the anticipation among fans is palpable.

While details about the upcoming project remain scarce, the announcement alone has generated significant buzz within the hip-hop community. MC Lyte’s profound impact on the genre, coupled with her undeniable talent, promises an album that will captivate audiences and solidify her legacy as one of hip-hop’s most influential figures.

MC Lyte’s contributions to the culture extend far beyond her music, as evidenced by her recent recognition at the inaugural SEED Summit + Awards. Honored alongside esteemed industry figures, MC Lyte continues to inspire and empower the next generation of creators and artists.

Known for her advocacy for women and girls in hip-hop, MC Lyte’s unwavering commitment to the culture is evident in her participation in events such as the I AM Woman celebration at the Kennedy Center. Reflecting on the significance of women’s contributions to hip-hop, MC Lyte emphasized the enduring legacy of the genre and its ability to inspire and unite individuals from all walks of life.

As fans eagerly await the release of MC Lyte’s new music, her forthcoming album promises to be a testament to her unparalleled talent and enduring influence in hip hop MC Lyte continues to leave an indelible mark on the culture, reaffirming her status as a pioneer and icon.

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Floyd Mayweather Accused of Scamming Mexican Boxing Promoters

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Boxing icon Floyd Mayweather finds himself embroiled in controversy once again, this time over allegations of scamming boxing promoters in Mexico out of a staggering $1 million. The saga unfolds against the backdrop of Mayweather’s recent disappearance from Dubai and subsequent reappearance in Las Vegas, sparking a whirlwind of speculation and scrutiny.

Just weeks ago, Mayweather’s presence in Dubai made headlines amid claims that he was being held against his will over an unpaid debt. However, the boxer resurfaced in Las Vegas, raising questions about the details of the earlier reports.

Adding fuel to the fire, Mayweather announced an exhibition boxing match in Mexico scheduled for August 24, only to delete the post from Instagram shortly after. The timing of the post’s removal coincided with Mayweather’s return to Las Vegas, further muddying the waters surrounding his intentions.

Compounding the confusion, Mayweather’s Instagram account recently shared a post asserting that he was “stuck in Dubai,” contradicting earlier reports of his return to the United States. This abrupt shift in narrative came amidst allegations that Mayweather failed to attend a press conference in Mexico to promote the upcoming exhibition match.

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According to reports by WBN, Mayweather’s absence from the press conference left organizers and journalists bewildered, with no explanation provided for his no-show. Furthermore, Mayweather’s original opponent, Victor Ortiz, was dropped from the main event, leading to speculation about the reasons behind the sudden change.

The CDMX Government, which had been actively involved in facilitating the event, expressed disappointment over the turn of events, casting a shadow over Mayweather’s reputation and the future of the exhibition match in Mexico.

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Tee Grizzley Makes Surprise Donation to Detroit’s Coalition of Temporary Shelter for Mother’s Day

Tee Grizzley Makes Surprise Donation to Detroit’s Coalition of Temporary Shelter for Mother's Day

In a heartwarming gesture ahead of Mother’s Day, Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley visited COTS’ Peggy’s Place yesterday, generously covering the security deposits for three families moving out of the emergency shelter. The donation also included funds for these mothers to purchase essential household items for their new homes.

During his visit, Tee Grizzley spent quality time with the families and staff at COTS, engaging in conversations and taking photos. His presence and generosity brought joy and hope to the organization’s supporters.

COTS (Coalition On Temporary Shelter) is a Detroit-based private, non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, supportive and affordable housing, and comprehensive support services for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Through strategic partnerships, COTS assists families in achieving their housing, economic, health, education, and career goals, aiming to break the cycle of poverty for future generations.

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COTS is notably the first organization certified in Mobility Mentoring®, an economic mobility coaching approach. This certification enhances their ability to support hundreds of families working towards economic self-sufficiency and creating stable environments for a lasting multi-generational impact.

Tee Grizzley’s contribution provides immediate relief for the three families. It underscores the critical support services that COTS offers to help families transition out of homelessness and towards a more secure and prosperous future. His involvement highlights the importance of community support and the positive impact that such contributions can have on the lives of those in need.

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Kail Problems, King Kauran, & Dizzy Wright Unveil Vulnerability In New Single “Hole In My Heart”

In this latest Broken Complex release, “Hole In My Heart” by Kail Problems & King Kauran featuring Dizzy Wright, they delve into the intricate layers of human emotion. This track transcends mere music, offering a profound exploration of inner emptiness and vulnerability.

Through poignant lyrics and seamless collaboration, the artists invite listeners to confront the voids within themselves, echoing the developmental concept of emotional “holes” formed during childhood. As Kail Problems, King Kauran, and Dizzy Wright’s raw honesty intertwines with DJ Hoppa’s melodic arrangement, the song becomes a mirror reflecting our shared experiences of longing and emptiness. “Hole In My Heart” serves as a reminder of the power of music to provoke introspection and healing, urging us to embrace our vulnerabilities as a pathway to wholeness and growth.

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Strange Music’s Joey Cool Returns With New Video “Vibe Check”

Joey Cool reclaims his throne with his latest offering, “Vibe Check,” dropping jaws and turning heads with its infectious energy. Released under Strange Music, the track boasts a relentless beat peppered with handclaps, serving as the canvas for Joey’s unapologetically confident bars dripping with swagger and soul. With lines like, “The cream of the crop,” and, “Joey Cool, baby, I’m a whole fucking vibe,” he cements his status as a force to be reckoned with. Accompanied by a visually captivating music video featuring high-stakes poker games and luxury automobiles, Joey exudes charisma as he delivers his verses with trademark finesse, donning his iconic fedora like a modern-day king.

“Vibe Check” stands as Joey Cool’s return to the spotlight since his acclaimed 2023 release, “Enjoy The View.” which garnered nearly 1 million streams and earning accolades from notable publications like I’m Music Magazine and Hip Hop Golden Age, which included it among “The 9 Best Hip Hop Albums of the Month,” the track reaffirms Joey’s position as a rising star in the hip-hop scene, poised to leave an indelible mark with his undeniable talent and magnetic presence.

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