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When Brothers War: Tay Roc and T-Rex Bring the New Meaning to Sibling Rivalry at Battle Academy’s “Respect The Shooter”

This battle has been bubbling for some time, and now the highly anticipated war between brothers, Baltimore’s Tay Roc and Harlem’s T-Rex, will take place on a big stage in neutral territory: Philly.

Unfortunately, their beef has played out in the most Shakespearean in a way.

Dramatic. Filled with twist and turns, inspirited outbursts of rumored betrayals, and the lasting  pains of rejection, the storyline behind this battle is the stuff that great fiction is made out of.

‘Cept… this is not fiction.

It probably gets no realer than what’s about to go down on Saturday, November 23rd in Philadelphia, when the Cain and Abel of battle rap face each other.

So which one is Cain?

Tay Roc, the younger brother could possibly be Abel. From the outside, because who really knows Dot Mobb business, it seems like he was the one that found favor with SMACK, battle rap’s figurative god.

T-REX’s fall from glory was sooo drastic that one could imagine him casted as Cain. In the bible, Cain kills his brother because his offering to The Lord was more acceptable. Is that not what Rex has done? By creating such a hostile environment over in the Dot Mobb space, that Roc had to leave?

Let’s face it… Roc probably should have left. Not because the Mobb is wack, but because the lyrical fit was out of sync.

Roc’s to T-Rex’s legacy has shown a level of discipline that the Uptown dude just has not had in recent years. Roc needs to be with a crew that is focused on the win and not the entitlement that having a heritage heavy in Harlem affords you (that is if you live in the village).

Roc seemed to be a ride or die Mobb member, even when the Mobb did not have his back.  Not figuratively or literally according to Dracula! Roc contends that few, if any of them, ever supported him when he was on his run. Instead, the seeds of jealousy was planted as he rose to be the face of URL, arguably the best rap league that has ever set the stage for contest.

Rex would say differently. Rex would say that his little brother got out of pocket, and did not show him the proper respect for putting him down with a crew that one could argue gave him foundation just by being adjacent to this collective of winners. Let’s face it: The Dot Mobb of a few years ago were definitely the place to be… And that’s factual whether Mook was absent from the culture or not.

Battle Academy has risen to the occasion, affording the two of them a platform that will allow them to engage in a healthy exchange of venom, getting what has been resting on their chest off the way off.

Now that Roc is the leader of his own crew, Cave Gang (and the partners with one of Hip-Hop’s rising stars Tsu Surf in the group, Gun Titles), perhaps he can learn from his bible and not “son” his bros in the crew.

Members of Cave Gang that are on this card are Tay Roc, Ave, and Chef Trez. Members of the Dot Mobb that will be on this card are T. Rex, Snake Eyes and Eness.
Will this be the resurgence of classic Rex that people have been asking and praying for – for over 5 years? Or will we get the guy that just gave up during his K-Shine battle? Rumor has it that Rex actually is prepared and he has that gritty street stuff that made him famous. If that guy shows up, it could be another Goodz vs. Roc.
We will see exactly how much the crowd respects the shooter… especially when the two shooters are both legends in their own right.
Back to the Cain and Abel thing… you remember what happened when Cain fronted on Abel… he got banished. Will this crowd banish Rex or redeem him for another day… Will Roc die at the hands of his brother, or will he live to lead like the boss he says he is.

Tay Roc had some harsh words for T-Rex not too long ago.

Rex didn’t hold back his comments about his opponent Tay Roc.

 

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[WATCH] Thotbox (Remix) Hitmaka Feat Young M.A., Chinese Kitty, DreamDoll, Dreezy + Mulatto

Hitmaka just released the video for ‘Thotbox’ (remix) featuring Young M.A., Chinese Kitty, DreamDoll, Dreezy and Mulatto.

Formerly known as Yungberg, Hitmaka has had one heck of year producing hit after hit proving he’s a producer with a force to be reckoned. Hitmaka’s catalog as a producer has earned over 28 million digital sales and 5 billion streams, stemming from credits with artists like French Montana (“No Stylist” featuring Drake), Chris Brown (“Party” featuring Usher and Gucci Mane), Big Sean (“Bounce Back”), and 2 Chainz (“Rule the World” featuring Ariana Grande). Now back with the remix to his song ‘Thotbox’, he brought the ladies in rap together for an anthem-type track.

Mulatto from Jermane Dupri’s show The Rap Game proves she’s all grown up with her seductive bars and clothing. Young M.A, brings her Brooklyn style and the flow we’ve come to love. Chinese Kitty breaks out her sex kitten flow with straight bars and confidence that makes her a fan favorite. Dreezy can go to bar for bar with the most successful rapper to date and DreamDoll switches up the flow and cadence to the piano keys leaving the song.
Set to be a classic due to the surefire lineup of dope females it’s safe to say that female camaraderie is back on the rise.
Check out the video below.

Who remember’s this classic ladies anthems. Let’s give it up for the ladiesssss!

 

 

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Patrisse Cullors And Reform L.A. Jails Hold Summit, Day Party To Discuss Incarceration And Mental Health

This Saturday, Reform L.A. Jails and their founder/chair, activist, public speaker, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network, Patrisse Cullors, held a triumphant event to raise awareness about mass incarceration and mental illness. The event, also an opportunity to educate people about L.A County jail reform, encouraged the local community to vote “yes” on the Reform L.A. Jails measure that will be on the California presidential primary ballot (March 3, 2020). Held at A Noise Within Theatre, the event included powerful programming, a special performance by rising Compton rapper Boogie, a world-class art exhibition, and more.

The event began with Patrisse Cullors making her opening remarks on bringing L.A. County together for one day in support of mental health reform leading into a discussion between running District Attorney candidates Richard Ceballos, George Gascon, Joseph Iniguez and Rachel Rossi on how each candidate will work to decriminalize mental illness. Cullors moderated each panel throughout the event. The very first panel focused on mental health and incarceration where the history of institutionalization and increase of mentally ill inmates was discussed. Panelists included actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Queen Sugar), Medical Director of the Office of Diversion and Reentry Kristen Ochoa, Michael Saavedra survivor of state violence and LA coordinator for Critical Resistance, Lex Steppling, Director of Campaigns and Policy for Dignity and Power Now and Michele Infante, Senior Campaign Lead for Dignity and Power Now.

The second panel conversation, “Policy Solutions Addressing The Mental Health Crisis,” included change agent and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series “black-ish” and star of “grown-Ish” Yara Shahidi, actress Zuri Adele (Good Trouble), Reform LA Jails Senior Advisor Christman Bowers, Helen Jones mother of John Horton and Diana Zuniga from Whole Person Care whom discussed current policies and political actions followed by a deep dive into the Reform L.A. Jails Ballot Measure.

The third and last panel conversation, “Social Movements Responding to Social Ills,” included Mark Anthony Johnson Soro Justice Fellow, Compton rapper Boogie, actor, activist and co-founder of BLD PWR Kendrick Sampson, Guadalupe Rocio Chavez Health and Wellness Director at Dignity and Power Now and Juan Correra father of Juan Correa jr. discussing how to make it popular to care for the mentally ill and homeless and how to take steps to start a movement.

To close the event, Boogie offered a dynamic performance of his songs “lolsmh” and “silent ride”. Following his performance, Cullors and Reform L.A. Jails surprised Boogie with a plaque naming him the first-ever Reform L.A. Jails Ambassador in honor of his partnership in the fight for an adequate mental health care system in L.A. County and advocating for those without a voice. In support of the movement, other attendees included singer and songwriter Lauren Jauregui, actor and activist Matt McGorry, and actress and producer Keri Shahidi.

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Hip Hop Pioneer Eric B. Released From Jail In NJ

Eric Barrier, who is best known to the Hip Hop world as “Eric B.”, was released from jail in New Jersey after he was held for two weeks behind a 17 year old warrant.

The legendary DJ for rap icon Rakim came to court in Bergen County in an orange prison jumpsuit, but left in his regular clothes after paying $5K in in old court fines.

Back in 2001, police attempted to stop Barrier when his Range Rover didn’t have the proper license plate, but the DJ drove on the sidewalk, creating a police crash and causing the injury of an officer when he did not stop.

Even though he was only give na fine, Barrier told the court his lawyer back then told him he didn’t have to appear in court because he was being put in a special program called pre-trial intervention.

The bench warrant pop up until Barrier’s recent return from Canada, when he was detained last month.

He was released today from a Bergen County courtroom, but his attorney Patrick Toscano says he has to return to court on Nov. 22 to resolve the old case from the original incident.

Eric B.’s first lawyer in the case is serving six life sentences in federal prison for charges including murder.

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Today in Hip Hop History: 17 years Ago Jay-Z released his 7th album ‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse’

Today in Hip Hop History, Jay-Z released his seventh studio album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.

The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse was the seventh studio album released by rapper Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z. The album was released on November 12, 2002, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. The Brooklyn rapper released the album as a sequel to his sixth album The Blueprint (2001). The album debuted at number one, shipping with first-week sales of 545,000 units. Jay-Z was already debatably classified as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

During this time, rumors of Jay hooking up with singer Beyonce began to circulate in the industry,  The rumor was almost confirmed with the song ’02 Bonnie and Clyde’ off the album. The world watched as a budding relationship began between the two mega stars. ‘Excuse Me Miss’ featuring Pharrell showed a sensitive and grown up side to the BK rapper who previously rapped about drugs and throwback jerseys. Inevitably becoming one of the biggest forces in hip hop and one of our first billionaire couples, The game changed when Jay-Z released this album and How continues to break boundaries. Today the album is certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.
We salute Jay-Z for another classic album.

 

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Fatal Stabbing Over Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich In Maryland

A man that either broke in line in front of someone or someone cut in front of him in a Popeye’s Restaurant in Prince George’s County, MD last night was stabbed to death over the newly-popular chicken sandwich that was made all the rage on social media.

The fight between the two angry patrons ended up outside with the 28-year-old man eft dead at the scene.

Fights have been erupting at Popeye’s ever since the chicken sandwich was made available, but this is the first time that someone was actually killed while waiting in line for the chicken.

TheSource.com will bring you more updates on the latest fisticuffs brewing in “Popeye Madness”.

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[WATCH] JT And Yung Miami Tease New Song And The Internet Is On Fire

Last night, The City Girls teased a new song on JT’s Instagram and it’s safe to say the City Girls are back.

Jatavia Shakara Johnson, known as JT was sentenced to two years in prison for credit card fraud back in 2018 and was expected to be released in 2020. During JT’s incarceration, Yung Miami held it down for the City Girls, securing a number of collaborations with big-name artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Moneybagg Yo, Tee Grizzley, and visuals that kept fans anticipating her partners release.

Now that she’s released, JT allegedly went straight to the studio to satisfy her fans and from the sound of this snippet, the girls will do just that.

With the caption reading…’Don’t think we ain’t coming’, JT and Yung Miami teased a verse off a new song they recorded and the internet is on fire.

 

Check it out below.

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Rap Legends Black Moon Perform Classics At Album Release Show In NYC

Last night rap legends Black Moon performed at the renowned SOB’s in New York City to a crowd of hip hop enthusiasts.

Performing songs off their new album Rise Of Da Moon released on Duck Down Music, the audience got a live taste of gems off the new album. The album features Smif-n-Wessun, Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan and Rockness Monsta with over 15 new tracks produced exclusively by Da Beatminerz Black Moon which consists of DJ Evil Dee, Buckshot, and 5 FT rocked a few joints off the most talked about hip hop album of the year. Word on the street is this project is the perfect balance of incredible beats and rhymes. Mr. Walt, 1/2 of the production duo Da Beatminerz set the tone for the stage before his brother Evil Dee jumped on the turntables. Showcasing the origins of hip hop, Buckshot and 5 FT controlled the crowd while Evil Dee effortlessly killed the 1 and 2’s.
Smif-N-Wessun surprised the crowd with their classic rendition of ‘Bucktown’ bringing back memories only the 90’s could bring. Sean Price’s wife came onstage and Rock from Health Skeltah showed up to rep his Boot Camp Click Family. Rapping every word of the undeniable golden era classics, the packed house proved they came out to hear real hip hop.













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Rap Snacks Chips Now Available In Over 4200 Walmart Stores Across The Country, Announces Partnership With Slutty Vegan

Rap Snacks, the “Official Snack of Hip Hop,” has partnered with Walmart to bring the hit snacks to over 4,200 Walmart stores across the country. This is the next step to making Rap Snacks available to more fans and bringing Hip Hop culture to audiences far and wide.

Rap Snacks founder, James Lindsay, and partner, No Limit general Master P, stopped by MSNBC’s “>The Beat with Ari to talk all things Rap Snacks and their Walmart expansion.

Rap Snacks also recently announced their partnership with Atlanta-based vegan burger restaurant Slutty Vegan, to create their first ever vegan potato chip. The chips, inspired by Slutty Vegan’s health-conscious yet savory menu, will come in two flavors and will be available in every store Rap Snacks are sold this December. Founded by African-American entrepreneurs, both Rap Snacks and Slutty Vegan aim to provide vegan options to culturally diverse communities that may otherwise have less access to vegan snacks.

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Christian Rapper Lecrae Reacts to Kanye Album and Talks Dove Award Boycott

With the arrival of Kanye’s new album, Jesus Is King, Christian-based emcee Lecrae’s socials were lit with fans, supporters, and media outlets requesting his reaction to Kanye’s latest release. He decided to set aside time from recording his 9th album offers his reactions to the album and also responds to questions about his support of Kirk Franklin’s boycott of The GMA Dove Awards.

Lecrae spoke with Billboard offering his reaction to the album:

“It [Kanye] sounds like a person who is excited about his new relationship with Jesus. I’m in support of that.”

He also expressed hope that Kanye being explicit about faith in his music will allow other religious rappers to appreciate the spotlight on Jesus in places where they may not have previously had an audience.

He also took to his Instagram Live explaining why he’s joined with other Gospel artists in standing with Kirk Franklin who announced that he’s boycotting The GMA Dove Awards.

Lecrae and his Reach Records family performed this year and won two Dove Awards: Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year for Lecrae’s Let The Trap Say Amen collaborative studio album with producer, Zaytoven and Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song Of The Year for GAWVI’s “Fight For Me” single featuring Lecrae at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards taped in Nashville, on October 15th.

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