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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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[WATCH] Iman Shumpert Drops Bars In BET Hip-Hop Awards 2019 Cypher

The BET 2019 Hip-Hop Awards aired tonight and Iman Shumpert proved he’s skilled on and off the court. The 2016 NBA Championship winner blazed this years contemporary cypher alongside Kash Doll, IDK, Travis Thompson and King Los.

The cyphers aired during the infamous award show is a highlight for hip hop heads and rap fanatics. Just last week Damian Lillard and Shaquille O’Neal debated about who was held the title of the hottest NBA rapper. Looks like we just added another contender—Iman Shumpert.

While every MC brought the heat this year in the much talked about annual event, Iman began trending on Twitter after his lethal bars.

Check out the contemporary cypher 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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Troy Ave Breaks His Silence About Taxstone On Drink Champs

Troy Ave appeared on Noreaga’s ‘Drink Champs’ podcast and pleaded his innocence insisting he had nothing to do with the shooting that took place at Irving Plaza in 2016. Instead he confirms that the gun he was seen shooting on surveillance that fatal night belonged to Daryl “Taxstone” Campbell.

In two months, Taxstone’s trial is set to begin for the murder of Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter. Tax is facing a life sentence for the fatal shootout after police found his DNA on the 9-millimeter Kel-Tec semi-automatic handgun’s trigger, handgrip, and magazine. After a history of online beef Taxstone and Troy Ave allegedly got into a dispute, which resulted in shots fired in a crowded VIP room at the concert venue spilling into the main area where four people were injured.

Troy Ave discusses his past and present and how the case has affected his life.

“I lost so much money and, more importantly, I lost custody of my kids,” said Troy Ave about how this has changed his life. “N***a, I’m still out on bail right now, half a million dollar bail.” He went on to address the snitching allegations, saying: “Now when people sayin’ I’m telling this person and telling that person whatever, I said in a line that I’m only loyal to my fam, middle finger from the stand, you saying it’s me when it’s you. That means that that person already went and said it was me. Period! This is court documented. That person already went and implicated me in crimes that I had nothing to do with. I’d be in jail right now if I had something to do with it. I had nothing to do with it.”

 

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Tekashi 6ix9ine May Reject Witness Protection To Make New Music

Following an explosive week on trial as a witness for the FEDS in one of the most sensational stories of this year, TMZ is reporting Daniel Hernandez aka Tekashi 6ix9ine may possibly reject the witness protection program.

Hernandez spent three days this week in court on the stand testifying against his former gang members in return for a 5k letter which could release him from jail as early as the beginning of next year. Despite bringing up a plethora of names during his case, sources are reporting that Tekashi is still itching to rap and may take a chance on returning to his old life.

According to TMZ, the infamous rapper will forgo any participation in witness protection and hire 24/7 security instead. Allegedly he still has money saved up from before his arrest and plans on his career continuing to take off.
Arguably one of the biggest trolls on social media who definitely dominated the charts at one point, is it possible for him to return to Instagram and make his return to hip hop?
Look at some of his biggest Instagram moments below.

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Lisa Evers Gives Eyewitness Tekashi 69 Courtroom Breakdown ‘There was a lot of red…’

Hip Hop news veteran Lisa Evers shares an eyewitness detailed account of the ‘Tekashi 69 Trial’ and reveals the rappers cocky bravado he once portrayed on social media is now gone. Evers shares that the courthouse was full of people ‘who seemed to have gang affiliation’ wearing red and ‘seemed to be on the side of the two defendants’.

Evers says Tekashi 69 seemed bored in the serious situation despite all of the enormous amount of evidence and says they spoke of death sentences, death threats to his sister and witness protection.

Watch the explosive interview below!

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WATCH: Amazon Music Pays Homage to The Notorious B.I.G’s Debut Album With ‘The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die’ Doc

Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.

Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.



The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!

The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!

Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!

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The Abstract! Q-Tip Will Be at Bonhams New York Showcasing His Personal Art Collection

Q-Tip has always been known as “The Abstract” of his rap collective we all know and love as A Tribe Called Quest, and now he’s proving exactly why by curating a special art exhibition at legendary auction house Bonhams New York.



Kamaal has been collecting artwork from the likes of Nina Chanel Abney (seen above), Harmony Korine, William Villalongo and Fred Brathwaite, the latter who the Hip-Hop masses may know better as Fab 5 Freddy. Select pieces that will be featured in the show include modern works spanning from 2013 to 2018, one in particular being Richard Prince’s “Untitled” from 2015 that ATCQ used three years ago as the album cover for their final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

Here’s what Tip had to say to Bonhams exclusively about his upcoming art show:

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the most talented artists that have inspired me personally and professionally. This would not have been possible were it not for Bonhams’ generosity and commitment in sharing my collection to the public. My hope is that this exhibition will encourage visitors to learn something new, be inspired, and discover the brilliance of some of these incredible emerging artists.”

Q-Tip, The Abstract

The show will run for two weeks starting on September 20 and ending on October 4. Also, the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, and to preview the pieces featured in ‘Q-Tip: The Collection,’ head over to Bonhams to learn more.

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