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Happy Birthday DJ Premier!

On this day in Hip Hop history, super producer and generational sound shaper DJ Premier was born in 1966. As a producer, DJ Premier has worked with Big L, Big Daddy Kane, Bun B, Common, D’Angelo, Dr. Dre, Game, Joey Bada$$, KRS-One, Ludacris, Mos Def, Nas, Snoop Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Immortal Technique and Busta Rhymes. As a founding member of Gang Starr, Premier along with emcee Guru helped get the New York boom bap movement get national acclaim and rise to be the standard of Hip Hop throughout the 90s.

Known for his smooth soul samples and steady drums, DJ Premier either worked with or influenced a majority of the more prominent and most respected names in Hip Hop. As Gang Starr, DJ Premier and Guru put out six studio albums; No More Mr. Nice Guy, Step in Arena, Daily Operation, Hard to Earn, Moment of Truth, and The Ownerz. Although the group never got any official critical acclaim or win any music awards, their influence can be heard almost anywhere Hip Hop is found.

DJ Premier is responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed tracks throughout Hip Hop history. In honor of his born day, below are some of his most popular songs that helped to define his career as a beat maker.

Gang Starr – Mass Appeal

Notorious B.I.G. – Kick in the Door

NasNas Is Like

Big L – Platinum Plus

KRS- One – MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know

From everyone at The Source Magazine, Happy Born Day DJ Premier. Thank you for all that you’ve done for this culture that we all love.

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‘Love And Hip Hop’ Star Tommie Lee Goes To Court Drunk, Gets Sent To Jail

Going to court for child abuse is bad, but going to court drunk for child abuse can only make things worse.

Love And Hip Hop’s Tommie Lee decided to show up in court for her pending child abuse case while intoxicated last week in Georgia. The judge had Lee tested and the results proved that the reality star was at least twice over Georgia’s legal limit.

Lee was jailed and is currently being being held without bond.

She was already facing prison time for child cruelty for a October 2018 incident where she slammed her daughter’s head into a locker. She was charged with battery, aggravated assault, and child cruelty charges and was eventually freed on a $27,000 bond.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint’ LP Added To The National Recording Registry Today

Another accolade for Hovito.

in recognition of his sixth studio album The Blueprint, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s The Blueprint album has been added to the National Recording Registry.

To school you to the importance of the commemoration, according to the national Recording Registry, songs and records are archived that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

Other Hip Hop songs that have been registered include Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message”, 2Pac’s “Dear Mama” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”.

Records by Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield were also recognized alongside The Blueprint.

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Travis Scott Shares Pics Of Himself And Nas From New Issue Of Playboy

Hip Hop fans will be picking up the new issue of Playboy Magazine after seeing that Nad and Travis Scott will be featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Playboy.

The Houston rapper and Kylie Jenner’s baby posted pics of himself and the Queensbridge king from their photo shoot from the upcoming Sping issue of Playboy Magazine.

Is it a hint of a future project in the works? Maybe a show of solidarity between the generations. Regardless of whom or what, this will be one of the most illustrious issues of the prestigious publication since media went into the blogosphere.

Enough to be said, here’s the pics Scott posted on his IG timeline.

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Jay Electronica Hints At Joint Project With Jay-Z

The ever-evasive New Orleans rap phenom Jay Electronica says it’s “possible” that he and Hov may have a collaborative project coming out in the near future.

Yesterday on his IG, Jay-E decided to field some questions from his fans and one of the more enquiring minds asked what everyone else wanted to know about what’s next for the forty plus emcee with no full length studio album.

He pledged to at least release some new music to his followers and fans, even though promises not kept is a characteristic Elect has carried into the game.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Jay-Z And R. Kelly Release Their Collaborative Album ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ 17 Years Ago

On this date in 2002, Hip Hop billionaire and troubled R&B legend R. Kelly released their highly anticipated joint album Best Of Both Worlds on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam imprint.

One of the most controversial albums and tours in the history of Hip Hop, Best Of Both Worlds fused Hip Hop and the already present element of R&B from two of the most prolific artists of the time. Kells and Hov created a synergy that could only be wrapped in a package with artistry from these two notable entertainers. Songs like “Shake Your Body” featuring Lil’ Kim, “Get This Money” and “Somebody’s Girl” embodied the concept of this project. The title track, in which Jay proclaims, “A combination of Pappy Mason and Larry Davis/ Martin and Malcolm, this is bigger than the album..” explained in suttle detqil the importance of this collabo project for the fans as well as the two artists.

Nevermind the fact that Jay had just completed his probation for the stabbing of former friend and associate Lance “Un” Rivera and Kells was facing then his first child sex case. Forget the fact that Jay’s longtime confidant pepper-sprayed Kelly in Madison Square Garden backstage, prompting the singer to drop out of the tour. It safe to say that the anticipation of the album was just as exciting as the drama that surrounded the album and the tour.

Salute to Jay and R. Kelly for delivering suc an unforgettable piece of Hip Hop history!

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J. Cole Announces Dreamville Festival Lineup Feat. SZA, Big Sean, 21 Savage, Nelly, Teyana Taylor & More

North Carolina-raised and Grammy Award-nominated artist J. Cole is excited to announce the new full music lineup for his inaugural Dreamville Festival, a new one-day music festival experience making its debut on Saturday, April 6 at Dorothea Dix Park near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. GA & VIP tickets are on sale now at www.dreamvillefest.com.

The Festival, produced in partnership with Dreamville and ScoreMore Shows, will be the first event of its kind for the region as it looks to provide a thoughtfully-curated, multi-stage music event from J. Cole, who was raised in nearby Fayetteville, North Carolina. This year’s festival will offer attendees a lineup of music artists selected by Cole himself, which will include some of today’s biggest hip-hop and R&B acts, along with several artists from North Carolina that will showcase the incredible musical and creative talents that reside across the festival’s host state.

The lineup features J. Cole himself as the festival headliner, along with supporting performances from Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists SZA, Big Sean, 6LACK, 21 Savage and Nelly. Some of today’s hottest and up-and-coming acts in hip-hop and R&B will also grace the stage like 21 Savage, Teyana Taylor, Davido, and Mez, in addition to several NC-based acts including Rapsody (Snow Hill) and King Mez (Raleigh). The Festival will also mark a rare occurrence in which the entire Dreamville Records roster will be performing at one event including Bas, J.I.D, Cozz, Earthgang, Ari Lennox, Omen and Lute.

Additionally, the festival has revealed today various onsite activations and activities including a putt putt golf course; expansive beer garden; vendor row featuring local products and merchants; the “Dreamville Festival Art Wall”, dedicated lounge space reserved for members of The Divine Nine and more.

The full music lineup for Dreamville Festival 2019 is included below:

J. Cole
SZA
Big Sean
21 Savage
6LACK
Nelly
Teyana Taylor
Bas
J.I.D
Davido
Rapsody
Cozz
Saba
Earthgang
Ari Lennox
Omen
Lute
Mez

GA tickets are available for purchase now at www.DreamvilleFest.com for $119 for a limited time. For those looking instead for the ultimate festival experience, Dreamville Festival ticket buyers should opt for one of the VIP ticket packages.

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Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Steps Down Amid Alleged Sexual Misconduct Scandal

The #MeToo movement brings down another music exec as Warner Bros. CEO steps down after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.

According to Page Six, Warner Bros. made the announcement following an allegation that Kevin Tsujihara, the company’s chief executive officer, promised “acting roles in exchange for sex.”

Warner Media’s CEO John Stankey says of Tsujihara’s resignation, “Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the company’s leadership expectations and could impact the company’s ability to execute going forward.”

According to an article published by The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin and an actress named Charlotte Kirk, who played in Ocean’s 8 had a sexual relationship dating back to 2013 and Tsujihara allegedly promised that she’d be considered for roles in movies and T.V., and he reportedly claimed he would introduce her to some influential executives.

Warner Media says that a third party is still looking into the ongoing investigation.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Eazy-E Visits President George H.W. Bush In The White House 28 Years Ago

28 years ago, Eazy muthaf**kin’ E made his debut on the White House lawn.

While other rappers of the time were totally against President George Bush and his staunch law and order policies, Eazy-E, along with his manager Jerry Heller, spent $1250 a plate to attend the Republicans Inner Circle dinner.

This private, members-only dinner may have cost Eazy a whopping $2500 for two plates, but that type of publicity couldn’t be bought. Speculation has it that Eazy and Jerry’s attendance at the White House during the Bush administration kept the FBI off of N.W.A’s backs after the controversy over their “Fuck The Police” single.

S/O to @onthisdateinhiphop for the dopest library on the web!

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Dapper Dan Makes $5M Announcement On Behalf Of Gucci To Regain Black Community Support

If anyone can straighten this Gucci thing out, it’s Dapper Dan. Or can he?

Quintessential urban designer Dapper Dan is really trying to help the iconic brand remain in the game after their overtly racist clothing design, which was a blackface sweater.

Today, the Harlem fashion renaissance figure announced his launch of Gucci Changemakers, aimed at aiding up and coming urban clothiers break into mainstream fashion.

The $5 million funds from Gucci is supposed to partner with other not-for-profit organizations around the country in cities like Miami, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Houston, and L.A. to ensure its impact.

 

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Others in the Hip-Hop community are not so sure about Gucci’s commitment to social change. Notables such as Mysonne, T.I. and Dame Dash has been unwavering in their Anti-Gucci” campaign.

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