Already classified as a legend, North Carolina’s own Rapsody released visuals to her song Afeni ft. PJ Morton featuring a classic hip hop hook by the late Tupac. The Roc Nation-signed hard hitter is delivering once again from her album Eve which features songs all named after an influential black woman.
Known for her brilliant bars and moving messages, the natural born lyricist breaks down the relationships between the black man, black woman and child. In the captivating video we witness a young couple in love warp into a single black mother raising her son. Bringing us wisdom and tears simultaneously Rapsody is a true queen in hip hop speaking for a generation of those who go unheard.
[Chorus: 2Pac] Now since we all came from a woman Got our names from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do we hate our women? Now since we all
[Verse 1: Rapsody] My brothers (My brothers)‚ I love you (I love you) I hate to know some of you treat us like Glover (Glover) Black card revoked‚ maybe you could use Discover (Discover) Define yourself, do you feel the same way ’bout your mother? (Mother) Do you overlook our beauty, but you lovin’ on all the others (Others) Hope you teach your daughters all to stay away from suckas Like yourself if you don’t love yourself I’m so Southern (Southern)‚ I was taught to feed the soul with or without hot ovens Here’s a plate, know your hate come from a black man struggle (Struggle) We all in the same shape, so I know I fit your puzzle (Puzzle) Either way‚ we got your back, we only pray you’ll be our muscle (Pray you’ll be our muscle) Strength in the times we all overcome with trouble Every day we pullin’ doubles for ourself and home (For ourself and home) My mom and daddy taught me, early on, protect your own (Protect your own) We never stopped lovin’ you, so turn your love back on (Your love back on) And I pray you feel the same way as that 2Pac song We ain’t your hoes or your bitches, trophies, or meant for pimpin’ Recognize a gift from God outweighs a birthday or a Christmas To protect our lives, you gon’ take it to the limit? (You gon’ take it to the limit?) Rib of my rib, do you still feel us in ya
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, sat down with MSNBC’s Ari Melber to discuss his newest studio recording of yasiin bey: Negus, which is only offered offline. The Brooklyn rapper decided to create a fine art experience fused with hip hop curated at The Brooklyn Museum—not Spotify, Apple or any other streaming platform.
Negus, the exhibition acknowledges the importance of hip-hop as a fundamental American art form by making the 8-track, 28-minute recording available without the distractions of technology (upon entering the gallery, visitors are given a case in which to lock their mobile devices). In addition to Negus, the exhibition includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá created in collaboration with bey, as well as original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.
Negus (pronounced nuh-goose) takes its name from the word for “king” or “ruler” in Ge` ez, one of the ancient Semitic languages of Ethiopia. bey associates the term with Prince Alämayyähu Tewodros and others who have led noble lives, including Henrietta Lacks and Nipsey Hussle.
Bey reveals, “My proposal is that art is not just a fine art, it’s not limited or restricted solely to what you can hang on the wall, it includes music as well. I had a strong feeling it needed to be a more dynamic experience than downloading it from an advice…”
Watch the interview below and CLICK HERE to get tickets to Yasiin Bey’s newest creative installment to hip hop.
For the past week, Cardi B has been the talk all over West Africa. In the grand countries of Nigeria and Ghana that is. Last weekend, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper made her first trip to the African continent to perform at the 1st annual LiveSpot X Music Festival. Her visit became the talk of the region the moment she boarded the plane to Nigeria and landed in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport located in the country’s largest city, Lagos on Friday, (Dec. 6).
Cardi did her due diligence and utilize social media as a tool to document her visit. The first stop was Nigeria. She stopped by one of Nigeria’s top-rated hit music stations, Cool FM and sat down with radio personalities N6 and Taymi B for a rather relaxing conversation about her life as an international superstar. It was at Cool FM where hosts Taymi B and N6 gave Cardi’s daughter Kulture, an honorary Nigerian name of Yoruba tribal descent, Ayomide which, according to Taymi B, means “my joy has come.”
Before her arrival, she adopted her own Nigerian name, another Yoruba name, Chioma B. She found inspiration of the name from Chioma Avril Rowland, the girlfriend of Afrobeats star Davido whom she has already collaborated with on his song “Fall.” It is safe to say, Cardi B has officially become an honorary Nigerian.
Following her interview with Cool FM, Cardi B attended her scheduled meet and greet at Eko Hotel, where she met with several Nigerian celebrities and fans, including Ghanaian Nollywood and Ghallywood actress, Juliet Ibrahim, who happened to be in Nigeria at the time. The actress shared the moment on Instagram mentioning how Cardi B joked about how they looked alike.
“She said we look alike oo. Make una judge the matter…lol,” Ibrahim captioned.
On Friday night, Cardi B got the chance to experience the exclusive and lavish nightlife of Lagos. Cardi was spotted at a popular Lagos strip club making it rain on the lively strippers with Naira notes (Nigerian currency) the once exotic dancer described as being “lit” and “smelling good.” Davido managed to gift her with bottles of champagne to welcome her to Nigeria from aboard, as he was not in Nigeria during Cardi’s visit but Cardi received the love.
“My brother @davidoofficial thanks for the champagne even tho I drink beer”
She shared videos of the quirky lap dances she received that night on her Instagram stories and later admitted she even wanted to go back.
After painting the town of Lagos, the following day (Dec.7), Cardi B made way to see a true piece of rural Nigeria. According to Legit NG, she made a stop at the Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki and purchased millions of dollars worth of children based items of need. After the spree, she visited The Lion’s Village, an orphanage in the city of Lekki for motherless babies and showered the children with worthy gifts. This was the highlight of Cardi B’s trip to Africa, as it reflects her charitable side and profound love for the country. She shared the moment on Instagram with a heartfelt caption.
“Gotta thank the ladies and the gentlemen that nurtured these kids that need just a little bit of more love and protection and gear them up for a better place, destiny and future.People like YALL MATTER !”
Cardi B finally made history that night as she embarked on her first performance in the African continent at the Eko Atlantic. Dressed in a signature green and white ensemble emulating the Nigerian flag, Cardi performed a slew of her hits severing the Nigerian audience with a lingering electrifying appeal. She was joined by Nigerian superstars Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, and Zlatan as the headliner and ultimately made her mark in the beloved country.
In the company of Executive Director of Nigerian hospitality group, Cubana Group, and Naija influencer, Cubana ChiefPriest, Cardi B spent her last night in Nigeria partying with her fellow LiveSpot X headliners and other Naija celebrities.
Later, slated as the “Queen of Rap” by several Nigerian media outlets, including, African Glitz own Noellin, Cardi B made a tremendous mark in the respective country and has achieved a profound level of regard by Nigerian fans.
Cardi made her way to Ghana on Sunday (Dec. 8) for the Ghanaian portion of her headliner gig and was only in the cocoa-rich country for less than 24 hours. While it appears Cardi enjoyed the beauty of Ghana, her experience did not live up to her time in Nigeria.
Hours after her arrival, several Ghanaian celebrities including comedian Afia Schwarzenegger and Mona Montrage started to express their dissatisfaction with Cardi B on social media. According to the concerned Ghanaian celebs, Cardi B was scheduled to attend a meet and greet with Ghanaian celebrities moments after her arrival and ended up being a no-show. Afia “turned up” the most and took to Instagram to blast the Grammy Award winner for making her wait 7 hours to met her.
“I will NOT wait 4 hrs for Jesus….I wont do that for @iamcardib The cheap so called Celebrities are still waiting for their fellow human being till 8:40pm Whiles madam is on some coke n khebab”
After finding out about the backlash, Cardi clarified that she was not even aware of the meet and greet and saw some Ghanaian celebrities as she sat poolside eating a kebab at her hotel but no one approached her.
Cardi humbly apologized to Afia, and the two eventually hugged it out. The Ghanaian meet and greet eventually happened right before her performance taking place at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra. Ghanaian celebrities in the likes of actress Akuapem Poloo and singer Becca were the few celebrities in attendance.
Moments after the meet and greet it was time for Cardi’s second performance in Africa at the Accra Sports Stadium. According to African Glitz TV, several of the booked Ghanaian acts that were scheduled to perform before Cardi either were heavily late or did not show up. Ghanaian music stars Sarkodie and Shatta Wale were among the no shows. The eager crowd eventually became impatient and some audience members reacted by booing and throwing a league of plastic bottles towards the stage. Out of urgency to calm down the raging crowd, the organizers of LiveSpot decided to bring out Cardi B for an earlier than anticipated performance.
Cardi B immediately switched the arena to a legitimate hip-hop frenzy as she took the stage rocking the colors of Ghana, red, yellow, and green. This performance was nothing more of Cardi B at her purest without even trying, not to be. The mishaps that lead up to her performance did not hold the once angry crowd back from grooving along.
Cardi B’s trip to Africa is one for the books. It even caused some friendly tension between Nigerians and Ghanaians, which is a character result of the essentially seasoned friendly competition between the two countries. Using social media to share her experience, in ties with her infectious personality, Cardi potentially unearthed Nigeria’s steady-to-boom tourist scene, especially as she shocked a few viewers with Lagos’ lavish nightlife. For hip-hop culture, this is a win.
Watch Cardi B’s full LiveSpot X Festival performance in Nigeria captured by Legit TV:
Today in Hip Hop History, Dr. Dre released his solo debut album The Chronic on December 15, 1992 solidifying himself as a solo superstar.
The debut studio album by former N.W.A. group member and recording artist Dr. Dre was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records. “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang”, “Fuck wit Dre Day” and “Let Me Ride”became ten Billboard singles and instant hip hop classics receiving heavy radio and TV rotation. Showcasing hard-hitting drums fused with gangsta beast, Dr. Dre added another notch to his production belt and became a huge force to reckon in the industry.
As a teenage girl I remember the shift that happened when this album came out. I was instantly drawn to the potty-mouthed, lyrical gangsta hailing from the west coast. I remember writing down the lyrics to ‘Ain’t No Fun’ and being amazed at the poetic charm of Snoop.Dogg and the Dogg Pound. As he continued to flourish into the burgeoning mogul he’s become today, Dr. Dre taught us that you can start all over when you focus on talent.
Salute to this classic album as we go back in time and celebrate The Chronic.
86-year-old Legendary actor Danny Aiello passed away Thursday after a battle with an unknown illness. He broke into acting when he was just 37-years-old and had an extraordinary career with much success. The New York native was never formally trained to act and he insists he learned to act from living in the Big Apple–New York City.
His 50-year stage and screen career included memorable roles as ‘Sal’ in the classic “Do the Right Thing”— which he received an Oscar Nomination “Moonstruck”, “Harlem Nights” and “The Godfather Part II.
Aiello was an inspiration to us all to continue following our dreams. He started out working in the union as a bus driver and realized he had a knack for public speaking. Following his role alongside Spike Lee, he broke out at the age of 40 starring in the movie Moonstruck.
Aiello has had a long extensive career playing over 90 iconic roles. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sandy Aiello and his three children. He will be missed.
It feels like it just ended, but the festival season is right around the corner. With announcements coming from left and right, like the Dreamville festival, Pharrell’s Something in the Water festival is reloaded for a second year at Virginia Beach.
Something in the Water 2020 has a ton of dope artists on the line-up but allow us to direct your eyes to the third line, second name, Clipse. Yes, that Clipse. As in Pusha-T and Malice (or No Malice), Clipse. Now let your excitement out.
SiriusXM and UNINTERRUPTED are teaming up to connect music and sports in an exclusive and innovative new way, bringing fans closer to the athletes they love through athlete-curated playlists available exclusively for Pandora listeners. Playlists from LeBron James, Rob Gronkowski, Odell Beckham Jr., Angel McCoughtry, Dion Waiters, Lexie Brown, Lonzo Ball, Mo Bamba, Draymond Green, Nate Burleson, Chiney Ogwumike and Adam Rippon are available now on Pandora, with more athlete playlists to follow.
The playlists will allow fans to go behind the scenes with access to featured players’ warm-up playlists, playable in real-time as the players themselves listen to them and get ready for game time. Pandora listeners can connect with their favorite superstar athletes as they listen to custom playlists featuring music from the athletes’ favorite artists like DaBaby, Beyoncé, Lizzo, Travis Scott, Taylor Swift, Diplo, and Dua Lipa.
“There’s a real and deep emotional connection between athletes and music,” said Maverick Carter, UNINTERRUPTED’s CEO. “I was honored and inspired to be an early part of Beats and to work with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to develop something unique that furthers that emotional connection. Together with SiriusXM and Pandora, we’re taking that to a new level, giving fans a new way to connect with the athletes they love.”
Head over to Pandora to listen now. Click on each athlete’s name above to be redirected to their playlist
Today in Hip Hop History, Tupac Shakur was shot 5 times and robbed in the lobby of Quad Studios in NYC. As fate would have it, many felt this shooting ignited the East Coast/West Coast beef resulting in the death of two legends in hip hop. During the night of November 30, 1994,right before the verdict in his sexual abuse trial was to be read, Shakur was robbed and shot five times by three men. Shakur who was just 23 years old at the time walking through the lobby of Quad Recording Studios at 723 Seventh Avenue, near 48th Street, about 12:25 A.M. when three men approached and demanded money
Tupac was shot twice in the head, twice in the groin and once in one hand, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and his wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.
Following the shooting Tupac publicly came out pointing fingers at Biggie Smalls for the shooting who happened to be recording in another room upstairs. Tupac eventually went to jail for the sexual assault trial, he publically went against the world and Hip Hop would never be the same.
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!