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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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Road to SOURCE360: 10 Images Shared By Ernie Paniccioli That Prove He’s the G.O.A.T. Photographer

The countdown until our 6th annual SOURCE360 Festival is officially on! We’ve only got a few days left until the four-day conference, which includes everything from a block party and live performances to nightlife events and panels with industry-wide heavy hitters. One special night will be our 360 Icons Awards Dinner, where we honor legendary figures from all walks of Hip-Hop culture, including Misa Hylton, Rakim, DJ Kool Herc and the guy with eye himself Ernie Paniccioli.



The way Ernie was able to capture the culture of Hip-Hop over the years is beyond impressive, and it’s our pleasure as a company to give him his proper homage. If you need a quick history lesson on why this guy is considered OG status, take a minute to get schooled real quick.

Before we honor him during this year’s SOURC360 Festival, keep scrolling for a look at why Ernie Paniccioli is a legend in the world of Hip-Hop photography:


10. This throwback moment with Busta Rhymes

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9. Showing off with Tical era Method Man and all his glorious grillz!


8. This shot of the dearly missed Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C.


7. Capturing Rakim, another honoree at our 360 Icons Awards Dinner, rocking a Paid In Full era fit.


6. Giving the world a look at who the ladies really love with this snapshot of LL Cool J back in his prime.


5. Getting support from the late great Toni Morrison. Rest in poetic peace.


4. Baby Nas during the Illmatic era. The God’s Son has definitely become a King since this was taken!


3. A super rare flick of the entire RUN DMC crew, looking extra fly in neon bright windbreakers as an added bonus.


2. A classic moment showing off the “u.n.i.t.y.” between women in Hip-Hop during the early ’90s. This amazing shot of Queen Latifah and MC Lyte even made it on the cover of his photography book Hip Hop at the End of the World.


1. Two legends in one pic: The Notorious B.I.G and Big Ern.


Be sure to reserve your spot to the 360 Icons Awards Dinner by clicking here. See you this week at SOURCE360!

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Mary J. Blige To Star in ‘Power’ Spinoff Series

The Power spinoff is about to be big with the announcement of the legendary Mary J. Blige set to star in the new show.

During the Television Critics Association summer press tour, series creator and co-showrunner Courtney A. Kemp announced that the “first of several” prequel series will be titled Power Book 2: Ghost, and will feature the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

Blige surprised everybody by coming on stage alongside Kemp and 50. This is probably the most exciting thing that’s going to happen to me this year,” she said. “I’ve been a fan of ‘Power’ since the very beginning and I want to thank Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent for starting this conversation with me.”

While we all have come to love Mary J. Blige as the Queen of “Hip-Hop Soul”, her acting career had taken off. Blige was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Mudbound.

 

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“I said I got to find a replacement for me, we found somebody that Courtney’s gonna have a ball working with because it’s female-orientated and somebody who’s got enough juice and grace to make the show even bigger,” he told the TCA crowd.

The sixth and final season of “Power,” “The Final Betrayal,” premieres Sunday, Aug. 25. The series, which stars Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, and Rotimi, is Starz’ most-watched and highest-rated show with an average of 10 million viewers per episode.

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JAY-Z Enters the Cannabis Industry as Chief Brand Strategist For Caliva

The billions just keep on ringing in for Hov! JAY-Z, a Renaissance Man of many hats, is now getting into the business of bud by signing on as the Chief Brand Strategist of cannabis consumer product company Caliva.



The California-based organization was founded in 2015 and boasts the top-selling indoor flower brands Fun Uncle, Bad Apple, Deli and its namesake strand Caliva. For Mr. Carter’s part, the rapper will work alongside the brand to fight social justice issues relating to the legalization of marijuana. Hov also sees major potential in the product, stating in a quote on the company’s website, “Caliva’s expertise and ethos makes them the best partner for this endeavor. We want to create something amazing, have fun in the process, do good and bring people along the way.”

Here’s an official description of what his role will entail, via Caliva:

“In this position, Mr. Carter will focus on and work to increase the economic participation of citizens returning from incarceration – many of who are not seeing the monetary benefits of legalization – through advocacy, job training, and overall employee and workforce development.”

Being that Caliva currently only delivers to customers located in California, we can see how including someone like, you know, the biggest rapper in the game for the better part of two decades now could be beneficial to overall brand notoriety. We might even see the celebrated MC get his own strand named after him, too. “Hova Hash” or “Carter Kush” sounds pretty good right about now!

Read up more on JAY-Z’s new venture with Caliva on the brand’s website. Enjoy responsibly!

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sues Iconix For ‘Massive Fraud’

The New York Post’s Page Six has reported that Hip-Hop billionaire Jay-Z and his company Roc Nation are suing a city licensing firm, alleging it of bilking investors in a “massive years-long fraud,” according to a new lawsuit. Roc Nation first sold the men’s clothing brand Rocawear to Iconix for $204 million in 2007.

According to court documents in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the suit says that the Iconix Brand Group Inc., duped it and other companies — including Ecko, Ed Hardy and PONY — into doing business by not being honest about its financials, and then made off with their money without delivering the services that the company promised.

The feds have been investigating Iconix, which court documents reveal have “amass[ed] a portfolio of trademarks under false pretenses,” and detailed that they committed fraud by having “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised.” Roc Nation had been doing business with the firm after selling men’s clothing brand Rocawear to them for $204 million back in 2007. Though the company’s stocks were strong through 2015, the suit points out that, today, they are worth “less than a dollar per share.”

Iconix then “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised,” the court documents allege.

“Plaintiffs never would have entangled their business interests with Iconix had it disclosed the true condition of its business or the massive accounting fraud in which it was engaged,” the court documents claim.

The representation for Roc Nation is requesting that Iconix should pay for the all legal costs accrued when Jay-Z had to testify after the SEC subpoenaed him and for other unspecified damages.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

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Legendary Musician Stevie Wonder Facing Health Challenges

Legendary musician Stevie Wonder is facing serious but manageable health problems, but he continues to perform and make music, sources close to the singer say.

Reports have been coming out that the iconic Motown star is “doing better now than he was a couple of months ago,” one close friend of Wonder told the Detroit Free Press, as he prepares to head overseas for a pair of concerts. Wonder has been traveling with a medical team, the source said.

“He’s got some health challenges, but he doesn’t want a big PR thing out of this,” said musician Joan Belgrave, a longtime friend of the singer. Her late husband, Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, met Wonder when the latter was a 13-year-old Motown prodigy, she said.

He knows what he has to do to get himself together, and he’s doing it,” Belgrave said. “He’s got a team around him — that’s what he needs. He’s got people around him who love him.”

Wonder was “joking and laughing” when they spoke by phone earlier this week, she said.

“He’s in great spirits. You would never know anything is going on. That’s how he wants it, and that’s how he wants to keep it,” Belgrave said. “He’s making music and doing what he does, and that’s what he wants to focus on.”

Speculation spread like wildfire on June 25 when a video went viral from a Philadelphia radio personality claimed that Wonder is suffering kidney failure and has begun dialysis.

Wonder’s publicist, Shelley Selover, declined to comment beyond saying: “Please know that nothing is verified unless it comes directly from us.”

Wonder has been trying to keep his health matters private, those close to the singer said, but he’s aware concerns if his legion of fans have for him.

“He said, ‘I love prayers, but tell them not to make a big deal about it,’” said Belgrave.

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Ray J Enters Cannabis Industry With $5M Investment in New Company Featuring “Ray Jay’s” Joints

The business portfolio of Ray J just got a little bit bulkier. The singer, reality star, and business man recently dropped a $5 million dollar investment into his own cannabis brand named William Ray LA, TMZ reports.

Stationed in California, William Ray LA, a recreational cannabis brand will kick off with what appears to be a key feature, pre-rolled “Ray Jay’s” joints. The pre-rolls will be available in sativa and indica varieties in which the “Wait a Minute” artist plans on overall specializing in indica strains OG and sativas strains LP for the brand, offering both glass jars and pre-rolls.

Ray J has reportedly been working on this venture for a year and already has an indoor grow facility and expert team in place. Along with his own ganja knowledge, William Ray LA is supported by a group of top cannabis experts who specialize in cultivation, branding, and marketing. Ray J’s manager, David Weintraub told TMZ the new cannabis brand will focus on “non-traditional marketing strategies in media, music and entertainment.”

William Ray LA will not only offer cannabis products and merchandise, but in addition, marketing services and more to fellow cannabis business owners who are looking to expand their audiences.

The Love and Hip-Hop: Hollywood star has actually been in the talks of his new venture, most recently in an Instagram video back in May where he gives kudos to his team in a promising post.

“Been working on deal for a year now!! Stayed up for days at a time getting work done! That’s why I look hella tired all the time,” he wrote. “But It’s about to finally be official this week!! Jus wanna say thank you to my team in Kentucky, Arizona, California and Las Vegas! We’ve work hard to get to this point! Now let’s go get these MMMMs!”

Ray J is certainly on a roll. He is the founder of Raytroniks, an American consumer electronics company which rose to popularity thanks to electric bike brand, Scoot-E-Bike which he sold to Canadian company LOOPShare in a 7-figure deal back in January. Once the success of Scoot-E-Bike surfaced, he expanded Raytroniks product selection and launched Raycon Global Inc.

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5 Rap Albums That Explain What Fatherhood Looks Like as a Hip-Hop Star

Happy Father’s Day, everybody!

Celebrate as you will, but try to take a minute today to pay proper homage to all the father figures in your life — blood-related, a best friend or even a mentor count on this annual dedication to the dads. Being that a lot of rappers in the game today have definitely passed on their genes, some more than a few times over, we wanted to highlight a few moments in the recent history of Hip-Hop where emcees used their album to break down their respective experiences as a “Hip-Hop Dad.” With all that comes with being a celebrated rapper in this fast-paced lifestyle, we respect those who also understand the importance of taking on that lifelong role with strength, responsibility and for all to see.

Keep scrolling to check out five albums by rappers that used their music to show the world what it’s like being a dad in today’s rap game:


Offset – FATHER OF 4 (2019)

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The homie put all of his kids on the cover of his debut album! If that’s not love, we don’t know what is.


DJ Khaled – Father of Ashad (2019)

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The superproducer made sure we’d know that Asahd Tuck Khaled would be a music mogul since before he even came out the womb. Three successful years later and the accolades of this project itself prove Poppa K knew exactly what he was talking about.


Jay-Z – 4:44 (2017)

Roc Nation

Hov had already been Big Poppa to Blue Ivy for five-and-a-half years before the arrival of 4:44, but he’d also just welcomed a world-renowned set of twins two weeks prior to the album’s release. As a result, the album really saw the prolific rap icon standing in his place as both a king of his rap era and king of his new five-person household. It’s inspiring to witness coming from an OG to the game.


Dave East – Kairi Chanel (2016)

Mass Appeal

Representing for the new era, Dave East has always managed to keep it real in his his raps. That energy translates well into his personal life as well, especially as it relates to his three-year-old daughter Kairi Chanel. Back when she was born, the Harlem-bred MC was so moved by her arrival that he dedicated his best work to date in her honor. We saw her beautiful face pop up on the cover of last year’s Paranoia 2 as well, so clearly the fatherly love hasn’t faded one bit.


Birdman and Lil Wayne – Like Father, Like Son (2006)

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This piece of nostalgic Hip-Hop history shows us how good it can be to reflect on the good times, even if your current relationship with the old man doesn’t really exist at all. Overall, even if you need to take some time apart, you’ll always have something to look back on. Probably not as good as “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” though, but still.


Happy Father’s Day to everyone celebrating — sending props to all the pops out there!

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Nas to Release New Children’s Book ‘I Know I Can’

Education starts at home and legendary Queensbridge MC Nas is planning to help our children start off on the right path.

On Thursday (June 13) the “If I Ruled The World’ rapper made the announcement via a post on Instagram, writing, “My first kids book is on the way,” mentioning that he and Mass Appeal have launched a kids brand called MAJR.

The description of MAJR reads: “Our mission is to inspire future generations through the creation of unique toys, apparel, and innovative learning tools. Major is here to reflect the diverse hues of both the modern family and popular culture, because education starts in the crib.”

Nas posted a photo of a potential book cover on his Instagram.  The book is titled I Know I Can after his children empowering song, “I Can.” The book series is listed on MAJR’s official website as part of a series “empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.”

MAJR launches with a selection of apparel available with matching designs for parents and children. The first toy in the collection, “Boomblox”, a set of building blocks that form into an old-school boombox, has also been announced, with shipping expected to take place in the fall.

In addition to apparel and toys, a cornerstone of the new brand will be a collection of kids’ books driven by some of the biggest names in hip hop. The first book, inspired by Mass Appeal co-owner Nas’ hit song “I Can”, will be the “I Know I Can” book series, empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.

“I’ve always understood the limitless power of young people, and being a father has brought it even closer to home,” said Nas. “We’re introducing MAJR to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s world. Our goal is to help children of all backgrounds fully realize their potential by tapping into their creativity in new and innovative ways.”

While the book’s release date has not been announced, Nas will be busy performing all through the country as he kicks off his 22-date North American summer tour with Mary J. Blige on July 11.

 

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