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WATCH: Amazon Music Pays Homage to The Notorious B.I.G’s Debut Album With ‘The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die’ Doc

Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.

Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.



The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!

The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!

Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!

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The Abstract! Q-Tip Will Be at Bonhams New York Showcasing His Personal Art Collection

Q-Tip has always been known as “The Abstract” of his rap collective we all know and love as A Tribe Called Quest, and now he’s proving exactly why by curating a special art exhibition at legendary auction house Bonhams New York.



Kamaal has been collecting artwork from the likes of Nina Chanel Abney (seen above), Harmony Korine, William Villalongo and Fred Brathwaite, the latter who the Hip-Hop masses may know better as Fab 5 Freddy. Select pieces that will be featured in the show include modern works spanning from 2013 to 2018, one in particular being Richard Prince’s “Untitled” from 2015 that ATCQ used three years ago as the album cover for their final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

Here’s what Tip had to say to Bonhams exclusively about his upcoming art show:

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the most talented artists that have inspired me personally and professionally. This would not have been possible were it not for Bonhams’ generosity and commitment in sharing my collection to the public. My hope is that this exhibition will encourage visitors to learn something new, be inspired, and discover the brilliance of some of these incredible emerging artists.”

Q-Tip, The Abstract

The show will run for two weeks starting on September 20 and ending on October 4. Also, the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, and to preview the pieces featured in ‘Q-Tip: The Collection,’ head over to Bonhams to learn more.

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All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Dome Homes” Demolished Due to Noise Complaints & Permit Violations

When news broke last month that Kanye West was building dome-like concept homes in his Calabasas neighborhood, the idea seemed pretty neat and innovative overall at the time. However, it now looks like the whole thing was ill-fated from the beginning and has since been demolished for the most part by the City of Los Angeles.



TMZ, who also broke the original story, now reports that noise complaints from neighbors and the “minor” fact that ‘Ye never got the proper permits to start building in the first place led to the downfall of his otherwise genius idea. As of now, only one tower is still standing, as seen above in the video report by CBS LA, and even that one will have to be torn down before the September 15 deadline put in place by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

In addition to regulation violations, Kanye and crew were reportedly doing construction for more than 12 hours on Saturdays — it’s against the area’s 8AM – 5PM building policy — and even working on Sundays, which isn’t allowed at all. Hey, maybe the new Wyoming property he just bought will be the new home for his dome community.

Do you think Kanye West is getting unfair treatment for a plan that could change the community, or did he bring this on himself for not following the proper procedure? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!

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Welcome to Wyoming! Kanye West Drops $14 Million USD to Purchase ‘Monster Lake Ranch’

For those that loved Kanye West’s ye album from last year, you might agree that he does some of his best work while being isolated in the far out lands of Wyoming. Thankfully for Team Yeezy, it looks like the Chicago-bred rap king will be spending way more time out there to record new music as he reportedly just bought a massive property located in the city of Cody.



Jetting around on ATVs a few days ago, as seen in the clip above, Kanye seems to be getting more in tuned with being a man of the mountains. The property that he purchased is called Monster Lake Ranch, and comes with eight lodging units, a pair of freshwater lakes, a restaurant, event center and meeting facilities for all those important DONDA meetings, as TMZ exclusively reports. The specs are spacious to say the least: more than 9,000 acres make up the property, with 4,500 of those that Kanye can now claim as his own and the remaining being leased from the federal government. Reportedly, Ye didn’t even have to pay the full $14 million USD that Monster Lake Ranch is worth. Steal!

Kanye West’s new Wyoming residence is reportedly where he’ll be finishing up his new album, Jesus Is King. Let’s pray for another banger this time around!

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SOURCE360 Exclusive: Wyclef Jean Shares Memories of Touring With The Notorious B.I.G.

We hope you all have been enjoying the SOURCE360 Festival so far, and the fun will continue this weekend with our annual Block Party. This year we’re setting up shop on the newly-renamed Christopher Wallace Way in Bedstuy, and we’ll be honoring Biggie’s legacy with many activations, a fashion show and few live performances that you won’t want to miss.

Last weekend while rolling through Outside Lands Festival for Wyclef Jean’s set at Heineken House, we got a chance to ask the Fugees legend about any memories he might have of the notorious ’90s rap icon.

Take a look below at the Biggie memory that Wyclef Jean shared exclusively with The Source:



“I have so many Biggie memories. When he was ‘big,’ the Fugees were down ‘here’ — Editor’s Note: Wyclef speaks with his hands to show the tier level of success between the two now-iconic ’90s music acts — and we opened up for Biggie like three or four times. I remember coming from Jersey and going to Long Island where he was playing. We get there, and I remember Biggie coming to the dressing room because — ok, there was a myth about the Fugees: don’t play with the Fugees because, if they go before you, nine times out of 10 we’ll murder it [Laughs]! What I would always do with the performer that I’m playing before is do 20 seconds of their songs.

So yeah, we did a show with Biggie and Puff [Daddy], and I remember — Puffy knows this story, too! [Laughs] — they were amazed because they has never saw anything like that. Biggie comes in the dressing room and was like — Editor’s Note: it’s here where Wyclef uses in-person gestures yet again to describe the moment, hilariously mimicking BIG’s signature lisp — ‘Man, you motherfuckers go out there and y’all be bangin’ them symbols and shit! This shit is just not fair [Laughs]! Y’all motherfuckers are geniuses – I wish I cold play the instruments!’

[The Notorious B.I.G.] has always possessed a cuddly, teddy bear-like personality. He was very funny up the gazoo, and most importantly very real. I always say him and Pac got caught up in the ring and became casualties of war. They were like GoodFellas.”

Wyclef Jean


Head to Brooklyn this Saturday (August 17) to help us honor The Notorious B.I.G. at our SOURCE360 Block Party! Full details in the flyer below:

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Catch a Vibe at Our SOURCE360 After Dark Afro & Beats Hip-Hop Party

If you’ll be joining us this week for the 6th annual SOURCE360 Festival, trust it’s about to be one for the books!

In addition to panels, a block party and even a showcase for Unsigned Hype, we’ll also be putting on a few parties to really get things popping on the nightlife tip. Following our block party on Saturday (August 17), we’re capping things off with a special ‘360 After Dark’ Afrobeat-themed party starting at 10PM. Sounds will be handled by a rotating set of the most talented and requested DJs in New York City, including DJ BAM, DJ Sydney Love and DJ Showoff. In addition to the music spinning at BK hotspot Basquiat’s Bottle, the night will also include live body painting in case you want to stand out in the crowd, performances that are sure to keep you entertained into the AM hours and more things that are probably best enjoyed when the lights go out.

Join us in Brooklyn this Saturday for the SOURCE360 Afro & Beats Hip-Hop Party, going down at Basquiat’s Bottle (1198 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216). Reserve your spot now by clicking here, along with our other planned events on the schedule below:



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Female Camaraderie: Does It Still Exist?

In the latest issue of The Source Magazine #274—on stands now— Journalist Courtney Brown covers the topic of Female Camaraderie. After witnessing many public spats between women on social media and everyday life, we raise the question, do women still support women?

In a world full of drama, cattiness and jealousy sometimes we have to wonder do women still even like women. While we have recently seen various female MC’s attack one another publicly, recent collaborations like Megan thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj give us hope that women can learn to lift one another up again.

Here’s an excerpt from the conversational feature in the newest The Source Magazine.

If you wander into the comment section of any gossip page on Instagram, you’ll bump into a myriad of comments about random women.  ‘That’s not real, she had her body done’…’She doesn’t deserve that’…’, ‘I just don’t like her’. While we are fortunate enough to witness feminists movements and celebrities who push the ‘Girls Rule The World’ theory, it’s also become the norm to witness everyday women tearing one another down.

The birth of social media has morphed into a gift and a curse.  It became a place to create revenue for entrepreneurs at every level also becoming a necessary tool for interacting with fans and promoting new material. The curse? These adored apps have made it easy for anyone with Wifi to voice their opinions without discretion on a platform where millions are watching.

Season after season we witness popular reality TV shows showcasing the breakdown of female companionships. Arguments, and disagreements are generally the format leading to friendships being torn down without any resolution or restoration.  Shade has become a new form of entertainment while insults are hurled, judgements are made and secrets are exposed all in the name of good TV. Cardi B and Nicki Minaj engaged in a very public dispute that sent their respective fans the ‘Bardi Gang’ and the ‘Barbies’ verbally attacking each other through social media.  While history has shown that hip hop fans enjoy a good rap battle, where is the line drawn?

Rapper Babs Bunny from the group Making Da Band and CEO of the female battle league Queen Of The Ring believes there is no line and women are made to feel there can only be one winner.  “I think it’s hard for females to support each other because there’s not too many open spots for us at the top. For so long its only been one or two females popping at the same time. So why should I support you and you might take the spot I want?” In hip hop, women can sometimes fare just as aggressive as their male counterparts and Babs is no stranger to that. “The worst insult I’ve heard in a Q.O.T.R. battle was when one of the girls spoke about her opponent having an abortion at a young age…the way she set it up was so disrespectful and shocking.” Despite the shock value of such vicious bars she insists it’s all fair game.  “There are no rules in battle rap. Only the strong will survive. Anything goes. You are fighting to win—you better hit below the belt!” Babs exclaims. “The girls know this is a sport when they step in the ring. No one likes a sore loser. Just like boxing… you fight, knock someone out and then stand next to each other and give an interview and talk about how great the fight was.”

For the rest of the article pick up your issue today. On stands and select drugstores and Barnes and Noble.

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21 Savage Partners with Tequila Avión to Promote Infusing Your Life with Vibrant Experiences

21 Savage is partnering with Tequila Avión for the Depart. Elevate. Arrive. initiative that celebrates the brand’s heritage and passion for aviation with a new look for the brand.

Avión will highlight individuals who have created their own paths with a borderless mindset and the want to be involved in new and different experiences for a vibrant life. For 21 Savage, the connection was the ambition for the sky and the mindset, rooted in the want to be a pilot.

“I grew up wanting to fly and pursued my pilot’s license as soon as I was able. When I’m in the air flying, there’s nothing like it. No traffic, no borders,” 21 Savage sad. “With a borderless mindset, I’m able to bring everything I’ve seen, a worldly point of view, into my creative process. Into my art. It brings my art to an elevated space and that’s the heart of this partnership. Elevating creativity through being borderless.”

21 Savage has been the perfect partner to bring forth our vision and showcase the new world of Tequila Avión. I am incredibly proud to unveil this fresh new direction throughout the campaign,” says Marnie Corrigan, Brand Engagement Director, Tequila Avión. Casey McGrath, CCO, Night After Night, Avión strategic and creative agency added, “The language we use is ‘from up here’. The brand is made from agave grown at the highest elevations, giving us a different vantage point. A positive view of the world and its potential. We’re partnering with both bold visual artists and musicians like 21 Savage that are elevating culture while encouraging everyone to embrace a borderless mindset.”

The initial campaign visual brings 21 Savage inside the Tabernacle music venue in Atlanta, which recently served as the host location of three sold-out shows for the “A Lot” rapper.

Check out the visual above and be sure to be bold and depart the norm to explore more through experiences for your own life.

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SOURCE360 ‘All Star’ Brunch & Day Party: Honoring Unsigned Hype and Women in Hip-Hop

Our 6th annual SOURCE360 Festival is still two days away, yet we already know things will end on a good note as we cap off the weekend in Harlem for our ‘All Star’ Brunch & Day Party.

If ending your weekend on a rooftop with a few mimosas sounds like a good idea, make your way over to MIST Harlem this Sunday (August 18) starting at noon. We’ll be hosting a special ‘Hip-Hop and Women: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ panel honoring the ladies of rap like Roxanne Shanté. Unsigned Hype is also back, live and in full effect with a showcase of talented rappers who entered our #SOURCE360UnsignedHype social media challenge! Food and drink specials will be available for as long as we’re in the building, so definitely come out and join us for the final day of festivities.

Reserve your tickets for the SOURCE360 ‘All Star’ Brunch & Day Party at MIST Harlem right now by clicking here. See you all in a few days!


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Roc Nation to Reportedly Partner With NFL for Music and Social Justice Campaign

Roc Nation is reportedly partnering with the NFL to form a music and social justice campaign.

JAY-Z will serve as the league’s “live music entertainment strategist,” which includes working on the football league’s Inspire Change activism, as per The New York Times.

This new partnership is controversial because Hov is a supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who has been blackballed by the NFL. Moreover, the Roc Nation CEO called out the league in his Beyonce-assisted single, “Ape Sh*t” about their alleged request for him to perform for the Super Bowl which he declined because of his solidarity to Kaepernick.

It’s clear that the league is trying to get back into our good graces. The Inspire Change initiative was created earlier this year to “create positive change in communities across the country.” But with JAY-Z’s celebrity and influence, it can help the NFL with their goal.

What are your thoughts on this new partnership?

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