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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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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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DMX Checks Himself Into Rehab: A Personal Story

DMX has has had one helluva year. Known for making heart-tugging street songs and appearing in headlines, we’ve all seen his struggles throughout the years and now he has checked himself into rehab. Reports detail his trouble in the law but not many media outlets and journalists know Earl Simmons.

After being released from prison in January, X was back on track killing shows and making appearances. He recently appeared in GQ looking dapper, clean and ready to take over the world. Word of him working with Swizz Beats and resigning with Def Jam Records gave his loyal fans hope for an incredible new album…and then he checked himself back into rehab.

According to a post on Instagram on DMX”s page it says, “In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”

Back in 1996, I was on my way to being a homeless teenager house-hopping in Harlem when I met DMX who friends and family called D.
I was a manicurist at the infamous African-American mall, Mart 125 and he approached my booth at closing asking for a manicure. He wasn’t famous at that time, but the Mart was known for the celebrities that visited because of its location directly across from the Apollo Theater. I was 17 years old and made a fair amount of money for a teen in high school. I had just purchased a plate of food from upstairs so I told him he had to wait until I was done eating and to ensure I would get the money I locked him in the nail booth and continued eating my food. He thought this was amusing and we began talking about hip-hop somehow and he mentioned he rapped. I asked him to rap and in true form he spit a verse and I was blown away. I did his nails and he became a customer and friend and he was always someone I could depend on. He often came to the Mart to visit the late Icepick Jay at Blackmen’s Jewelers where many of the Ruff Ryders met up to discuss business. During that year I learned a lot from him. Because I was the only girl around that knew hip hop, I would hangout in the studio while he recorded his classic debut album It’s Dark And Hell Is Hotand do whatever girl voices needed for his records. I watched in amazement when he recorded ‘Get At Me Dog’ and ended up punching vocals for an album cut called ‘ATF’ that later became a classic. I would hang out with him and his friend Dame Grease and they planned on taking over hip hop—and they did. In 1997 I finagled my way into the College Of Mount Saint Vincent through a HEOP scholarship and had no one to move me into the dorms. I called D and he and Dame Grease picked me up and drove me to my new home.

That year DMX was everywhere. From features to movies to releasing 3 platinum albums in one year. He was on fire and being the same D I had grown to love.  It was refreshing to see a dude from the hood be himself in hip hop and Hollywood. Even as his fame grew he would show nothing but love and we would show me the same love D did back in 1996. He knew I loved Big Pun and called me to smoke a blunt with them inside Tower Records before a record signing. D was always himself and fast forward to know he still plays by his own rules.

While reports say he has checked himself into rehab, we must not forget the many contributions X has given to hip hop. He releases his pain, love and spirituality through his records and that’s exactly who he is. Many rappers create lifestyles on records and have a stylist create their style but Earl Simmons has always been the realist, most honest MC hip hop has to offer.

Let’s salute him and lift him up and never forget that summer he came in and changed the course of hip hop.

Check out this dope video made to the classic ‘ATF’ featuring Dame Grease and myself. Classic!

photo courtesy of Zoie Ellis Photography

video by Sturgis Issac 

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[WATCH] Casanova Breaks His Silence On Tekashi 6ix9ine

Casanova visited The Hot 97 Morning Show and opened up about rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine

The Brooklyn rapper discusses how he almost lost it all beefing with the hottest rapper in the world. He speaks on the guys on trial with 6ix9ine, how New York City turned against him and how Tekashi 6ix9ine seemed to blow up overnight.

“I don’t care what he doing, who he doing it with, before he went to jail we was cool. I feel like every single person in the United States turned they back on me especially in New York.  My music went from playing every second to ‘Set Tripping’ not even playing.”

“All those niggas that’s with him, I don’t feel sorry for them at all. They went the wrong route to begin with, I did the right thing.”

“The day we met up it could have went left.  I would have been under the jail. I would have been finished. Done.  Thats how I know its meant for me to succeed Im blessed, I believe it now.”

“He took trolling to a whole nother level, but at the end of the day when I spoke to him he was like Cas, I don’t even know you…he was speaking proper English, and I said this is really a little kid.”

“I was on parole, you know how crazy that is? You see what Meek talking about? They can lock you up for anything.”

Check out the full interview below, fast forward to 24:40 to hear the Tekashi conversation.

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DMX Pulled a “No-Show” at the PUMA x Def Jam 35th Anniversary Party in Brooklyn

It was supposed to be an unforgettable night in celebration of two heavyweight brands in music and fashion. However, things ended on an underwhelming note after rap vet DMX pulled out of his headlining appearance at the PUMA x Def Jam 35th Anniversary party in Brooklyn last week.



X was the honored guest at the super exclusive event — wristbands were messengered over to VIP attendees literally hours before it started — which also featured free pizza all night by way of Scarr’s Pizza, a free T-Shirt station courtesy of SNIPES and complimentary cocktails served up by the good people at Courvoisier. The Source was in the building to check out the special soiree, but even all the aforementioned amenities still weren’t enough to bring the Y.O.-bred Hip-Hop legend to the venue.

Here’s how Page Six is reporting DMX’s “no call, no show” moment:

“He was literally MIA. Fabolous and Jadakiss saved the day in the eleventh hour,” an insider told Page Six.

Another insider told us the rapper was a “no show for personal reasons.”

Fab and Kiss performed hits such as “Breathe” and “We Gonna Make It” for 750 guests including 2 Chainz, TJ Porter, Fetty Luciano, Slick Rick, Stretch & Bobbito, DJ Premier, Teyana Taylor and Def Jam’s CEO Paul Rosenberg.”

No word on what exactly happened to cause X to make a last-minute U-turn, or fail to leave his crib altogether, but we can only pray that everyone on his side is doing well. Prayers up!

Even though DMX didn’t pull up on PUMA and Def Jam for the 35th Anniversary party in Williamsburg, peep Jadakiss and Fabolous filling in below:

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Atlas Monroe Turns Down $1 Million On ABC’s Shark Tank For Viral ‘Crispy Vegan Chick’n’

Last night on ABC’s Shark Tank, Atlas Monroe Plant Based Foods turned down $1 Million for 100% stake with 10% royalties for her infamous crispy fried chick’n. In just a few months, Deborah and Jonathan Torres’ vegan non-soy chick’n has sky-rocketed attracting the attention of influencers, vegans, and non-vegans alike. As the healthier alternative to Popeye’s chicken sandwich, Atlas Monroe has created the most delectable meat-substitute dishes that taste better than the real thing!

Last night, Deborah and Jonathan shared their famous chick’n with the judges on Shark Tank and Mark Cuban made an offer to Atlas Monroe to which Rohan Orza counter offered with a number rarely offered on Shark Tank—$1 million. They wanted 100% stake and would give the black entrepreneurs 10% royalties. Standing firm in their position, Atlas Monroe turned down the offer. The company is already selling out of their items immediately when they restock and was offered a deal with a famous retail brand. The two innovators walked away from the money knowing they will surpass that amount in no time and giving up something so valuable would benefit Shark Tank more than themselves.

The Source Magazine sat down with Atlas Monroe to discuss how they became leaders of the vegan chick’n movement, their time on Shark Tank and why you should always follow your heart. We also tasted the chick’n and we see why Shark Tank wanted that recipe….hands down the best chick’n we’ve ever had.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came up with the concept to create such delicious vegan soul food items?

I’m Deborah Torres, the Founder and CEO of Atlas Monroe. A few years back, my father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After doing some research on a documentary I had seen, I convinced my entire family to go on a raw vegan and organic diet for 90 days and take walks with my father every day. During this time I started experimenting with plant food flavors and textures. In my research and development, I learned that the combination of certain ingredients and flavors could match animal product textures. I became obsessed and fascinated with this new world of transforming plant foods into delicious favorites like raw lasagna, tacos, burgers, pizzas, cheeses and more! It was a bonus that when my father returned to the doctor after the 90 days we found out he was completely healed!

2. Tell us what it was like to feature you’re already famous ‘plant-based crispy chick’n’ on ABC”s Shark Tank?

It was exhilarating! I felt proud for my team and for my family, more than anything. It was a moment I will always cherish and never forget.

3. What was your favorite moment on the show?

The raving reviews from the Sharks was amazing, but getting to tell my story was my favorite moment. To represent for the culture, for women, for people of color everywhere ‐ to stand ten toes down and be proud of who we are and what we’ve built from the ground up, that was the best moment.

4. How long have you been vegan and what made you make the decision to transition to a plant-based lifestyle?

I have personally been vegan for six years now. I went vegan exactly one year before my father had diabetes and one year before the rest of my family went vegan. One day I was browsing Whole Foods for a (real) chicken burrito in the frozen section when suddenly I had the epiphany to stop eating meat. I just went with it. I went vegan alone and nobody I knew was vegan. I was traveling a lot and couldn’t cook. I literally ate chips and hummus for an entire year! That and spinach with pasta sauce, which is still a favorite healthy go-to of mine.

5. Can you share with us something you learned as an entrepreneur during your time on  the show?

Some people just want to take what you have. It is important to not give in and to not let that happen. After everything you’ve been through, you gotta soar on wings like eagles.

6. What can we expect to see from Atlas Monroe in the near future?

The future is now. Catch us at the grocery store!

To learn more about Atlas Monroe and to purchase their vegan items CLICK HERE

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2 Chainz Is Now a Co-Owner of Atlanta’s A3C Festival

2 Chainz may be adding a few more chains to his collection following his latest lucrative investment. The Georgia-bred emcee is putting on for his home state by announcing that he just bought stake in ATL’s highly-popular music and tech festival A3C.



While music and technology are the two pillars of A3C, the three-day event serves up much more than that. For 15 years, the festival has been a breeding ground for cutting edge culture coming out of the South from all aspects: parties from day to night, a handful of speaker series, showcases, panels, comedy shows and even a $25,000 USD “pitch competition” for startups are just a portion of the massive amount of scheduled events. For 2 Chainz part, he’ll serve as a core curator as it relates to selecting speakers, performers and, according to his exclusive interview with Entrepreneur, will also stand in for the closing keynote for his inaugural year on board.

Here’s what he had to say about joining the A3C team, via Entrepreneur:

“I think investing is a good thing, period — especially anything involving a festival, music, something along those lines. I feel like A3C has the trajectory to be the next South by Southwest, as far as growing musical talent. We’re trying to implement more in the tech space, more in TV and film. So that’s where I see a value, and where I see an opening for me to get involved, to push the culture forward.”

2 Chainz

We can’t wait to see what he does with the festival, which boasts an annual attendance of 30,000, especially with his many connections in the game. Sounds like a promising union!

Pick up your tickets right now to A3C Festival 2019 by clicking here.

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Turn Up! Travis Scott Officially Announces ASTROWORLD Festival 2019

Continuing on one of the most successful album runs in music history with his third LP, Travis Scott has decided to extend ASTROWORLD to annual status by announcing that ASTROWORLD Festival will return in less than two months.



“NAH YALL WENT HARD AS SHIT. SO I HAD TO TRY TO BRING THIS BACK FOR U GUYS,” he wrote in all caps via his Instagram (seen above), continuing by promising this year’s show will be “ALOT CRAZIER AND BIT MORE RAMPAGE !!!” So far the lineup is still under wraps, but that should change in the coming weeks as we get closer to the event. What we do know though is that the festival will return to NRG Park as an ode to the original Astro-World theme park that once stood in the same area. Tickets are already on sale now, with general admission going for $89 USD and VIP tickets priced at $250 USD. The latter includes two tiers, the most expensive including a merch pack, VIP entrance, VIP viewing deck and a commemorative laminate amongst other exclusives.

Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD Festival 2019 goes down on November 9, and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Workshop Houston. Cop your tickets by clicking here.

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Exclusive: Boi-1da Breaks Down Rémy Producers and Crowns Ovalord as East Regional Season 6 Winner

“It feels great to win tonight!”

That was the first thing that Ovalord, winner of the Rémy Producers Season 6 East Regional showdown in NYC last night, had to say exclusively to The Source about coming out on top in the competition. He expressed his gratitude even further to us by stating, “It’s an inspiration seeing all these major producers like TRAKGIRL, Boi-1da, Illmind and even MILO giving me respect — it’s just dope. Rémy Producers has something great going on; it’s one of those platforms that gives producers the biggest spotlight and the ultimate support. I appreciate everything!”



The night capped off at PHD Lounge in NYC’s Meatpacking District last night (September 4), where droves of influencers and Downtown dwellers got an early start to their NYFW festivities by coming through to hear some fire beats. As Ovalord mentioned above, the night was spearheaded by super producer Boi-1da, who served as a judge alongside fellow renowned beat maker TRAKGIRL and Season Five winner MILO. Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club host DJ Envy served as host of the night, particularly when it came time to judge the finalists.

The prize included an opportunity to compete in the national finale in ATL, where all the regional winners will go head-to-head for the grand prize: a producers deal with So-So Def Records’ own Jermaine Dupri. Ovalord performed in front of a pretty tough crowd, which included Angela Simmons, comedian Gary Owen and singer Elle Varner.

We also got a chance to chop it up with Boi-1da after it was all said and done, and he broke down the competition as a whole and what exactly went into choosing the big winner of the night. Take a look below at what he had to say:


“I am excited to be a part of the 6th season of Rémy Producers. Serving as a Super Producer allows me to meet new talent and encourage them to strengthen their craft. It was the perfect opportunity to serve as a mentor, and I salute Rémy Martin’s commitment to the next generation. We were looking for beats that were unique, innovative, and hard-hitting, which is what tonight’s winner Ovalord brought to the competition. We want to hear originality and creativity; beats that we can feel confident about.”

Boi-1da, producer


Stay tuned for more information on Rémy Producers and the big finale event later this month by heading over to producers.remymartin.com. Check out the quick photo recap below, and as always drink responsibly if you’re legally able to do so:



Image: Rémy Martin

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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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