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Rap Snacks Announces Partnership with Spencer’s to Bring Items in Stores

Rap Snacks can now be found in your local mall. The iconic snack brand has announced a partnership with retailer Spencer’s, which will place the chips inspired by your favorite Hip-Hop stars in 690 stores nationwide.

In addition to your favorite flavors, Rap Snacks will be placing a new line of t-shirts into Spencer’s, which will contribute to the work of the Rap Snacks Foundation’s Boss Up Program. The Boss Up Program was developed to provide entrepreneurship skills to youth from under-resourced communities. Those skills range from silk-screen printing to marketing and were instrumental in creating the hand designed t-shirts that will are now available.

“Rap Snacks’ cultural impact is a testament to our brand’s success. Our partnership with Spencer’s enables us to meet consumer demand, while also empowering our youth. Through the Rap Snacks Foundation’s Boss Up initiative, we are truly able to give young men and women the keys to achieve success through entrepreneurship,” said Rap Snacks CEO, James Lindsay.

Rap Snacks relaunched in 2017 and recently released new flavors featuring Cardi B and Migos. Those flavors, along with ones inspired by Fetty Wap, Lil Yachty, Boosie and Romeo, will be available in Spencer’s.

You can learn more about the Boss Up program below.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Eazy-E Visits President George H.W. Bush In The White House 28 Years Ago

28 years ago, Eazy muthaf**kin’ E made his debut on the White House lawn.

While other rappers of the time were totally against President George Bush and his staunch law and order policies, Eazy-E, along with his manager Jerry Heller, spent $1250 a plate to attend the Republicans Inner Circle dinner.

This private, members-only dinner may have cost Eazy a whopping $2500 for two plates, but that type of publicity couldn’t be bought. Speculation has it that Eazy and Jerry’s attendance at the White House during the Bush administration kept the FBI off of N.W.A’s backs after the controversy over their “Fuck The Police” single.

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Dapper Dan Makes $5M Announcement On Behalf Of Gucci To Regain Black Community Support

If anyone can straighten this Gucci thing out, it’s Dapper Dan. Or can he?

Quintessential urban designer Dapper Dan is really trying to help the iconic brand remain in the game after their overtly racist clothing design, which was a blackface sweater.

Today, the Harlem fashion renaissance figure announced his launch of Gucci Changemakers, aimed at aiding up and coming urban clothiers break into mainstream fashion.

The $5 million funds from Gucci is supposed to partner with other not-for-profit organizations around the country in cities like Miami, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Houston, and L.A. to ensure its impact.

 

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Others in the Hip-Hop community are not so sure about Gucci’s commitment to social change. Notables such as Mysonne, T.I. and Dame Dash has been unwavering in their Anti-Gucci” campaign.

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5 Years Later: How ‘My Krazy Life’ Solidified YG as a New Age West Coast Rap Pioneer

Compton-bred rapper YG“Keenon Daequan Ray muthafuckin’ Jackson” as his mom eloquently refers to him on the intro to the album we’re about to talk about — is one of the leaders in today’s roster of young Hip-Hop kings, right there along with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Meek Mill and the immensely-missed Mac Miller. While Cole is a representative of the south by way of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Meek a proud representation of Philly through and through, Mac giving Pittsburgh its well-deserved props and K. Dot telling the story of living in Compton from a deeply introspective and oftentimes poetic point of view, YG found a way to rep the West Coast from its original G-funk gangsta rap roots from the very beginning of his career.

His platinum-selling debut album, My Krazy Life, turns five years old today (March 18), and is officially available as a 2LP black vinyl by way of Urban Legends. It’s one of those records that will look good plastered on your wall of other preserved rap records, or for a few good spins if you actually own a player to scratch it on. Either way, there’s no arguing that My Krazy Life is a modern day classic. Let us break down why real quick.

Before you go cop the record and add it to your collection, read on to see why YG’s My Krazy Life was so important to the climate of Hip-Hop in 2014 and how it’s shaped the rap game up to this day:



The Album Topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums & Rap Albums Charts, While Also Debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200

The week of April 5, 2014, My Krazy Life was held out from the top spot by one astronomical album: the soundtrack for Disney’s Frozen. Granted, nobody was stopping the Frozen train, so we definitely give YG cred where it’s due. However, he was able to top the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Top Rap Albums, the latter where it finished at #9 on the year-end list. Overall, it was one of the most successful rap releases of 2014.


The Guest Features Were Phenomenal

Not only was he able to get rap vet Jeezy on the hit lead single, as well as Lil Wayne on the remix, YG also found a way to use My Krazy Life as an opportunity to prove that there was definitely a unity within his rap class. ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock on “I Just Wanna Party,” Tory Lanez on “Me & My Bitch,” Nicki Minaj on the aforementioned lead single remix as well, Drake on “Who Do You Love?” and Kendrick Lamar on the classic deep cut “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)” were all examples of that. While friendly competition is always in the atmosphere, these MCs supported and rocked with each other heavy.


The Album Helped Put DJ Mustard on the Map

Granted, DJ Mustard had been producing hits as far back as 2011 with Tyga’s top 10 banger “Rack City,” but his working relationship with YG can’t be compared to any rap/producer duo in the game. While they went through a brief beef that has thankfully been squashed, there’s no denying the classic songs they were able to create as a unit on My Krazy Life. We saw them recreate the magic recently on “Big Bank” off last year’s Stay Dangerous, proving that the YG/Mustard union is a much-needed force in Hip-Hop for the majority of us that love a good G-Funk-laced club banger.


My Krazy Life Proved YG Could Represent the West Coast As a Solo Force

Having a tight rap crew to fall back on definitely helps elevate you up the ranks in Hip-Hop, which is why we give YG even more cred for being able to navigate up the charts dolo. While his contemporaries had groups that range from TDE and A$AP Mo to Dreamville and even Young Money, YG held things down on his own under his 4Hunnid imprint, which operates as a record label and fashion brand alike. The leader of his own pack, for sure.


The Universal Praise of “My Nigga”

As controversial as the title is, nobody can deny the takeover of the rap game that “My Nigga” had on Hip-Hop and music in general. A certified quadruple platinum hit, the song also referred to as “My Hitta” made it to the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (#19 peak position) and garnered YG two BET Hip Hop Awards, including “Best Collabo, Duo or Group” alongside Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan plus recognition for the coveted “Track of the Year” that was awarded to DJ Mustard for production. Even today, drop that track and watch the room go crazy.


Happy five years to My Krazy Life by YG! Shop the new 2LP vinyl release right now over on Urban Legends, and let us know your favorite tracks off the project over on our Facebook and Twitter.

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Virgil Abloh & Louis Vuitton Remove Michael Jackson Themes From FW19 Collection Amid ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy

The theme for Louis Vuitton’s FW19 presentation at Paris Fashion Week Men’s, which originally wowed the fashion industry in all the right ways, is now causing the brand to completely backtrack and remove it altogether. It’s an act that truly has us wondering one thing: is this truly the beginning of the end for Michael Jackson’s legacy?



As unfortunate as it is to report this, both for the nature of the crime in question and the one being accused of it, the luxury fashion house and its recently-appointed menswear creative director Virgil Abloh are the latest to face backlash brought forth by the scathing Leaving Neverland documentary. Backed by a premiere at Sundance, a two-night airing on HBO and an after show special hosted by media maven Oprah, the doc depicts the disgraced King of Pop being accused of extreme acts of child sexual abuse by two of his former prepubescent associates. The reactions have been split — loyal MJ fans stand by his innocence while abuse survivors are denouncing the mere mention of his name — which has now put Virgil and LV in a tough predicament, seeing as the FW19 show was completely dedicated to him down to the “Billie Jean”-inspired set design.

Here’s what Louis Vuitton’s chief executive officer Michael Burke told WWD in an official statement regarding the doc:


“We find the allegations in the [Leaving Neverland] documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

— Michael Burke, Chairman/chief executive officer, Louis Vuitton


Abloh followed with similar sentiments, addressing the controversy in the same statement by saying, “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.” According to WWD, the brand has made the decision to remove all MJ-focused themes from the FW19 offering. While specific items weren’t named, we can assumed that it will include the sparkly gloves (seen above), T-shirts depicting MJ’s signature tip-toed dance move and quite possibly the Jackson 5-inspired sweaters. What lingers are the range of items inspired by The Wiz. While Michael Jackson did in fact star as Scarecrow in the 1978 retelling of The Wizard of Oz, he alone doesn’t embody the entire significance of what that movie means to Black culture and cinema in general. We’ll just have to see when the collection starts hitting retailers in later months.


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Image: Louis Vuitton


Let us know whether you agree or disagree with this decision to remove MJ from the Louis Vuitton FW19 Collection by sounding off over on Twitter and Facebook. Take a look below to reminisce on better times and watch the full runway show:

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R. Kelly Accused of Giving 13-Year Old Girl Herpes

The disgraced R&B singer is facing more legal trouble for his sexual deviancy. This time in Detroit.

After his arrest yesterday for child support and being taken into custody last month on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, R. Kelly is now being accused of giving a sexually transmitted disease to a 13-year old girl as far back as 2001.

According to CBS, “Kelly and the alleged victim first had sex at the Detroit hotel on Dec. 30, 2001, The alleged victim said she and Kelly also had sex at a Detroit recording studio a few weeks later. The woman, now 30, visited Kelly at his home in Atlanta for a period of four years, where she says the singer gave her herpes when she was 17-years-old.”

Last year, another woman, Faith Rogers, alleged that Kelly gave her the incurable sexually transmitted disease.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said that they are eagerly waiting to speak with the woman and possibly have the case transferred to Wayne County, Michigan.

TheSource.com will bring you updates on the investigation as it develops.

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50 Cent to Launch New ‘Sex And Murder’ Series

Rap superstar and mogul 50 Cent is always on brand and is on social media or promoting his various ventures. Now the “In The Club” rapper has plans to bring another series to the small screen. 50 took to Instagram to announce his latest television series will be based on the life of New York street gang leader Peter “Pistol Pete” Rocklin.

“Oscar award winning producer @nicolerocklin partners with ya Boy 50 to create the hit T.V show Sex Money Murder ( The Pistol Pete story) #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac # I get the 💰 bag,” he wrote.


The upcoming series will reportedly feature insight from investigative journalist Jonathan Green’s Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood and Betrayal book.

Sex Money Murder, a Blood’s gang sect, was created in New Jersey and branched off into the Bronx, New York, with Pistol Pete as the leader of the conglomerate. In 2000, Pistol Pete was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was charged with seven murders.

For quite some time, 50 Cent has had a fascination with Pistol Pete and his story. 50 has referenced the gang on his Guess Who’s Back mixtape on the song “F**k You.” 50 Cent rapped, “Sex, money, murder, I gotta eat/ but I ain’t tryna do hard time like Pistol Pete.”

50 Cent is in the process of bringing more street influenced content to the small screen, a subject matter that he allegedly knows pretty well. The rapper’s series Power has been picked up for a sixth season. An executive producer on the series, he released a teaser for a prequel to the STARZ series entitled, TGE (The Golden Era).

He’s also been busy casting roles for a new series about Atlanta’s infamous Black Mafia Family gang that has been greenlit for production.

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Drake’s Dad: R. Kelly And Jussie Smollett Are Friends Of Mine

Dennis Graham, father of actor/rapper Drake, made some startling comments about some of urban culture’s current, controversial personalities in an interview that is sure to put more pressure on his son to get his dad out of the spotlight.

Graham said in an exclusive interview with Variety Magazine that both disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly and fibbing Empire actor Jussie Smollett have his support. Kelly, who has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and Smollett, who is charged with a filing a false police report have been getting slayed in the court of public opinion but the elder Graham says that he stands behind both men 100%.

As for Kelly, Graham says the singer is a good friend of his and, “I wish him the best. I hate that it’s happening to him. There’s a reason why women come out after the fact. He has my support 100%.”

With the situation with Smollett, Drake’s dad says, “Jussie has been misunderstood. As a matter of fact, they know that. That story that came out about Jussie in Chicago is not true about Jussie. Jussie is a friend of mine, also. They have totally reconstructed his story.”

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The City Of Houston Declares February 24th ‘Meek Mill’ Day’

Ever since his highly publicized release from prison last year, Meek Mill has become one of Hip Hop’s favorite underdogs. Now, a Texas metropolis wants to give their city a day to celebrate the Dreamchasers general.

When Mill was in Houston for his Championships Tour, he visited twenty young people at the the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, where he offered the at-risk youth advice and motivation.

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Parody Rapper Jessica Schrody Proves Moms Really Can Do It All

Being a mom to a curious toddler who’s ready to conquer the world can become quite the task but parody rapper/writer Jessica Schrody found the funny in it all.

With nearly 2 million views on YouTube for her song ‘Mommy’ a remix of Cardi B’s Money, the once homeless-mom-turned-internet-sensation drops bars that moms can relate too. From struggling to find herself in Los Angeles to becoming a full-time college student, the rapping mom shares her trials and tribulations via her blog in a funny, yet sarcastic tone.  Jessica Rose Schrody breaks down the side of motherhood people are afraid to talk about…and she’s got bars!
Cold lil fridge I keep snacks chilled/4 years old and she don’t stay still
Kiss her in the mouth and you might get killed/eating in the car and I know she gonna spill…

If you delve further into Jessica’s blog She Really Had A Baby you can feel the creativity and honesty through her words.  From tips on parenting to  the ups and downs of relationships, Schrody feels like that friend we all go to for advice. On her YouTube page the single mom shares her journey of juggling life while raising her daughter through lyrics and videos.
Back with another hilarious parody ‘Good For Her’ a parody of Nicki Minaj’s hit, ‘Good Form’.
Check it out!

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