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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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Snoop Dogg Associate Bad Azz Dead In Jail At Age 43

One of Uncle Snoop’s closest friends, DPGC affiliate Bad Azz, passed away earlier this week while being held in a Riverside, California jail on domestic violence charges. He was 43 years old.

Bad Azz was apprehended for the charges of domestic assault on Friday and was scheduled to appear for a court hearing on Tuesday.

Bad Azz’s bail was a mere $10K.

Bad Azz had made songs with the likes of MC Eiht, Mistah F.A.B., Bizzy Bone, The Lady of Rage, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Tupac Shakur and of course, DPG members such as the late Nate Dogg, Kurupt, and Daz as well as Snoop himself.

TheSource.com sends its condolences to the entire Dogg Pound gang for their loss.

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Producer Solar Accuses DJ Premier Of “Production Plagiarism” On New Gangstarr Album; Offers Up “Original Songs” Created By Him And Guru

While the world will have a chance to get a glimpse of the first Gangstarr album in almost two
decades, the two producers who worked closest with Guru, the late founder of the famed chain
and the star, have yet to settle on who will control the fate of the Gangstarr legacy. After the
release of the “Family And Loyalty” single featuring J.Cole, 7 Grand Records CEO and Guru’s
last known affiliate Solar has been committed to not only continuing Guru’s legacy, but also
letting the world know who created the original music that has been released as Gangstarr’;s
long-awaited LP One Of The Best Yet.

After the publishing of the New York Times article, it was evident that Solar and longtime
Gangstarr producer DJ Premier have polar opposite perceptions of who owns the music, brand
and legacy, but even Premier admits in the expose “I knew there had to be material out there that [Solar] was sitting on, I could just feel it.” With Solar stating that there was and still is “no valid agreement” between him and Preemo, the healing process expected by Solar has become a battle over the Gangstarr post-Premier recordings.

“Family and Loyalty” Original Song By Solar and Guru

“Bad Name” Original song By Guru and Solar

So Many” Original Song By Guru and Solar

According to Solar, an appellate decision granted him all rights to the original masters, which leaves the Gangstarr legacy in two parts; Solar’s original production and recordings with Guru and the album that was released without granting Solar any of the credit for the songs that were written and recorded by the duo under the 7 Grand banner. For those who’d like to weigh and judge the similarities versus the distinctions for themselves, check out the “original” songs that were recorded, mastered and even copywritten by Solar and the late, great Mr. Elam and how they were remade for the Gangstarr album.

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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: 2Pac Dropped His Debut Album ‘2Pacalypse Now’ 28 Years Ago

On this day in 1991, one of Hip-Hop’s brightest stars, Tupac Shakur, released his first studio album 2Pacalypse Now. Although it didn’t take the Billboard charts by storm upon its original release, it was the first of many albums that hold a place in the hearts of almost all fans of Hip-Hop across the world.

As far as content goes, this is easily Pac’s most politically influenced album. From the opening single, “Young Black Male,” the listener can tell how 2Pac felt about the circumstances facing his people in 1991. The rest of the album follows that aggressive poetic style. Although this approach to the industry wasn’t one that gave him a jump start like the radio heavy songs of his competition during that era, it did hold truth and leave a mark on those that heard it. The lack of commercial success of this album came from its lack of a true radio single. The most popular song on the album, Brenda’s Got a Baby, did reach a peak position of 11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart in 1992, the subject matter and lack of hook made it a hard song to flood the airwaves with.

This was not an album for the radio; it was an album for the people. It still is. The nearly 20-year-old Tupac Shakur was trying to talk to his bruised and battered people in the ghettos of America. He took the opportunity of his platform to showcase his poetic ability and address a country that he felt still needed to be addressed on the subject of racism and discrimination. This activist mindset became a theme throughout his career as he became more outspoken about the oppression of Blacks in America until his untimely death in 1997. From this project came the career of a man who has been argued to be the greatest rapper of all time. And whether that is certain or not, the fact still remains that this album started a legacy and we should all take some time to pay homage to the Thug who was taken from us too soon.

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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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T.I.’s Daughter Deyjah Harris Stopped Following Her Father On IG After “Hymen” Comment

T.I.’s baby girl may not be feeling her dad’s protective tendencies after all.

According to recent reports and social media, Deyjah Harris, daughter of self-proclaimed “King Of The South” Clifford “T.I.” Harris, has unfollowed her father on social media just days after admitting that he takes his daughter to annual gynecologist check ups to “check her hymen” to ensure she is a virgin.

The teenage Harris also unfollowed her mother Tiny and her sister Zonnique Pullins.

Several publications reported that Deyjah’s real opinion about her father’s outspokenness on the “Ladies Like Us” podcast with liked tweets calling T.I.’s actions “possessive”, “disgusting” and “controlling”.

T.I, is not apologetic about making sure his daughter’s virginity stays in tact and allegedly even asked the doctor to “just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results, expeditiously.”

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Timbaland and Magoo Release Their First Collaborative LP ‘Welcome to Our World’ 22 Years Ago

On this day in 1997, the Norfolk, Virginia based duo of producing legend Timbaland and rapper Magoo released their first studio album Welcome To Our World. For a debut album, this LP was widely successful, going platinum during the first year of its release. Welcome To Our World also led to the relationship that Timbaland built with DeVante Swing, which jumpstarted his career to superstardom.

This album is a classic among all-rap duos in Hip Hop history. Down in the Seven Cities/Hampton Roads area, Timbaland was already well known as a producer working with artists like Missy Elliot and Ginuwine who are also from Virginia and, at the time, rising star Aaliyah. The release of this particular album only fueled the fire of their local success to set them off toward greater things.

Welcome to Our World was very popular on the HBCU circuit and gave Timbaland and Magoo opportunities to perform at homecomings and other parties on campuses in the Southeast. The promotional success of this album even got it a peaking spot of 33rd on the Billboard 200 in 1997. The album also gave way to three hit singles: “Up Jump da Boogie”, which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart, “Clock Strikes” featuring VA ghostwriter Madd Skillz, and “Luv 2 Luv Ya”. After this project, Timbaland and Magoo dropped two more successful studio LPs.

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Today in Hip-Hop History: A Tribe Called Quest Dropped Their ‘Midnight Marauders’ LP 26 Years Ago

On this day in Hip-Hop history, A Tribe Called Quest Released their third studio album Midnight Marauders. As the group’s most popular work, this album marked the height of Hip Hop’s Afrocentric/hippie movement.

Aside from content, this album’s cover is it’s most distinctive quality. It features a full frontal portrait of the same black, green, and red woman from the The Low End Theory cover as well as headshots of some of the more well known rappers of the time, including Dr. Dre, Afrika Bambaataa, Busta Rhymes, Chuck D., Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Del tha Funky Homosapien, P. Diddy, Heavy D, Too $hort, The Pharcyde, The Beastie Boys and more.

With this album, Tribe took a slight step away their heavy jazz influence to perpetuate a funkier vibe. Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s production sounded more on this album like something you would hear on the radio in the early 90’s (with a Tribe twist of course). The largest change, however, came in the realm of lyricism. Over their four year quest, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg picked up linguistic skills that come full circle on this album. Their cadence, flow, and diction all show signs of improvement along with the length and depth of their metaphors. Although this album features less subject-specific tracks than their previous work, the two show that they have finally figured out how to intrigue the minds of both the Hip-Hop faithful and everyday music listener.

Commercially, Midnight Marauders is the A Tribe Called Quest’s highest selling album. The album sold over 1,000,000 copies within it’s the first year, making it a platinum hit. It also peaked #70 on the UK album charts, #8 on the Billboard 200, and took the top spot Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

A lot of the album’s success is due to its timeless classic of a single “Award Tour” which peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its influence has spanned decades with the track being referenced by the likes of Wale, Kanye West, Common, Azealia Banks, and Justin Timberlake.

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Wu Tang Clan’s Debut Album ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ Dropped 26 Years Ago

On this day in Hip-Hop history, the prolific Wu-Tang Clan took the first steps of one the most powerful careers to date by releasing their debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP. With a martial arts title and righteously murderous lyrics, this may be one of the most ferocious and raw debuts Hip Hop has ever seen. RZA, GZAOl’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man were all in rare form, rapping with chips on their shoulders and something to prove.

Recorded, mixed, mastered, and arranged exclusively by RZA at Firehouse Studios in New York, the album totes a very unique and rugged sound. Each track was recorded with all eight active members simultaneously in the studio. To decide which of the eight would appear on a track, RZA would have group members battle rap against each other to ensure that the best man capable would get the job. The result of one of the battles was the track “Meth VS Chef” which was a sparring match between the two for the prize of an RZA beat. The song later surfaced on Method Man’s solo debut Tical. Other premiere tracks from the album include the street anthem “C.R.E.A.M.”, which gave a new euphemism to money, the two solo tracks(“Method Man”, “Clan In Da Front”) and of course, the leading single, the infectious “Protect Ya Neck”.

This album brought cultural reform to Hip Hop. With its conception, New York’s hardcore movement was at its apex. Wu-Tang did not focus on the glitz and glamour that came along with Hip Hop status. Much like the kung-fu movies they emulated,  the Wu had a preoccupation with being the most righteous and skillful MC’s on the scene. This attitude toward their craft tempered the collective into Killa Bees, lyrical warriors who were constantly sharpening their swords for war. Their 10,000 hours of training opened the door for artists ranging from The Notorious B.I.G. to Jay-Z to Mobb Deep. They were the voice of the slums and popularized retaining one’s rough edges among a more polished musical aristocracy.

Commercially, this album was a surprise hit. Although the group had already become popular in New York through their sheer presence and ability, it was up-in-the-air whether or not the group was going to appeal to the general public. Fortunately, their change to the game was embraced and the album peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

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