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SOURCE360 Exclusive: Wyclef Jean Shares Memories of Touring With The Notorious B.I.G.

We hope you all have been enjoying the SOURCE360 Festival so far, and the fun will continue this weekend with our annual Block Party. This year we’re setting up shop on the newly-renamed Christopher Wallace Way in Bedstuy, and we’ll be honoring Biggie’s legacy with many activations, a fashion show and few live performances that you won’t want to miss.

Last weekend while rolling through Outside Lands Festival for Wyclef Jean’s set at Heineken House, we got a chance to ask the Fugees legend about any memories he might have of the notorious ’90s rap icon.

Take a look below at the Biggie memory that Wyclef Jean shared exclusively with The Source:



“I have so many Biggie memories. When he was ‘big,’ the Fugees were down ‘here’ — Editor’s Note: Wyclef speaks with his hands to show the tier level of success between the two now-iconic ’90s music acts — and we opened up for Biggie like three or four times. I remember coming from Jersey and going to Long Island where he was playing. We get there, and I remember Biggie coming to the dressing room because — ok, there was a myth about the Fugees: don’t play with the Fugees because, if they go before you, nine times out of 10 we’ll murder it [Laughs]! What I would always do with the performer that I’m playing before is do 20 seconds of their songs.

So yeah, we did a show with Biggie and Puff [Daddy], and I remember — Puffy knows this story, too! [Laughs] — they were amazed because they has never saw anything like that. Biggie comes in the dressing room and was like — Editor’s Note: it’s here where Wyclef uses in-person gestures yet again to describe the moment, hilariously mimicking BIG’s signature lisp — ‘Man, you motherfuckers go out there and y’all be bangin’ them symbols and shit! This shit is just not fair [Laughs]! Y’all motherfuckers are geniuses – I wish I cold play the instruments!’

[The Notorious B.I.G.] has always possessed a cuddly, teddy bear-like personality. He was very funny up the gazoo, and most importantly very real. I always say him and Pac got caught up in the ring and became casualties of war. They were like GoodFellas.”

Wyclef Jean


Head to Brooklyn this Saturday (August 17) to help us honor The Notorious B.I.G. at our SOURCE360 Block Party! Full details in the flyer below:

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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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Female Camaraderie: Does It Still Exist?

In the latest issue of The Source Magazine #274—on stands now— Journalist Courtney Brown covers the topic of Female Camaraderie. After witnessing many public spats between women on social media and everyday life, we raise the question, do women still support women?

In a world full of drama, cattiness and jealousy sometimes we have to wonder do women still even like women. While we have recently seen various female MC’s attack one another publicly, recent collaborations like Megan thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj give us hope that women can learn to lift one another up again.

Here’s an excerpt from the conversational feature in the newest The Source Magazine.

If you wander into the comment section of any gossip page on Instagram, you’ll bump into a myriad of comments about random women.  ‘That’s not real, she had her body done’…’She doesn’t deserve that’…’, ‘I just don’t like her’. While we are fortunate enough to witness feminists movements and celebrities who push the ‘Girls Rule The World’ theory, it’s also become the norm to witness everyday women tearing one another down.

The birth of social media has morphed into a gift and a curse.  It became a place to create revenue for entrepreneurs at every level also becoming a necessary tool for interacting with fans and promoting new material. The curse? These adored apps have made it easy for anyone with Wifi to voice their opinions without discretion on a platform where millions are watching.

Season after season we witness popular reality TV shows showcasing the breakdown of female companionships. Arguments, and disagreements are generally the format leading to friendships being torn down without any resolution or restoration.  Shade has become a new form of entertainment while insults are hurled, judgements are made and secrets are exposed all in the name of good TV. Cardi B and Nicki Minaj engaged in a very public dispute that sent their respective fans the ‘Bardi Gang’ and the ‘Barbies’ verbally attacking each other through social media.  While history has shown that hip hop fans enjoy a good rap battle, where is the line drawn?

Rapper Babs Bunny from the group Making Da Band and CEO of the female battle league Queen Of The Ring believes there is no line and women are made to feel there can only be one winner.  “I think it’s hard for females to support each other because there’s not too many open spots for us at the top. For so long its only been one or two females popping at the same time. So why should I support you and you might take the spot I want?” In hip hop, women can sometimes fare just as aggressive as their male counterparts and Babs is no stranger to that. “The worst insult I’ve heard in a Q.O.T.R. battle was when one of the girls spoke about her opponent having an abortion at a young age…the way she set it up was so disrespectful and shocking.” Despite the shock value of such vicious bars she insists it’s all fair game.  “There are no rules in battle rap. Only the strong will survive. Anything goes. You are fighting to win—you better hit below the belt!” Babs exclaims. “The girls know this is a sport when they step in the ring. No one likes a sore loser. Just like boxing… you fight, knock someone out and then stand next to each other and give an interview and talk about how great the fight was.”

For the rest of the article pick up your issue today. On stands and select drugstores and Barnes and Noble.

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21 Savage Partners with Tequila Avión to Promote Infusing Your Life with Vibrant Experiences

21 Savage is partnering with Tequila Avión for the Depart. Elevate. Arrive. initiative that celebrates the brand’s heritage and passion for aviation with a new look for the brand.

Avión will highlight individuals who have created their own paths with a borderless mindset and the want to be involved in new and different experiences for a vibrant life. For 21 Savage, the connection was the ambition for the sky and the mindset, rooted in the want to be a pilot.

“I grew up wanting to fly and pursued my pilot’s license as soon as I was able. When I’m in the air flying, there’s nothing like it. No traffic, no borders,” 21 Savage sad. “With a borderless mindset, I’m able to bring everything I’ve seen, a worldly point of view, into my creative process. Into my art. It brings my art to an elevated space and that’s the heart of this partnership. Elevating creativity through being borderless.”

21 Savage has been the perfect partner to bring forth our vision and showcase the new world of Tequila Avión. I am incredibly proud to unveil this fresh new direction throughout the campaign,” says Marnie Corrigan, Brand Engagement Director, Tequila Avión. Casey McGrath, CCO, Night After Night, Avión strategic and creative agency added, “The language we use is ‘from up here’. The brand is made from agave grown at the highest elevations, giving us a different vantage point. A positive view of the world and its potential. We’re partnering with both bold visual artists and musicians like 21 Savage that are elevating culture while encouraging everyone to embrace a borderless mindset.”

The initial campaign visual brings 21 Savage inside the Tabernacle music venue in Atlanta, which recently served as the host location of three sold-out shows for the “A Lot” rapper.

Check out the visual above and be sure to be bold and depart the norm to explore more through experiences for your own life.

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SOURCE360 ‘All Star’ Brunch & Day Party: Honoring Unsigned Hype and Women in Hip-Hop

Our 6th annual SOURCE360 Festival is still two days away, yet we already know things will end on a good note as we cap off the weekend in Harlem for our ‘All Star’ Brunch & Day Party.

If ending your weekend on a rooftop with a few mimosas sounds like a good idea, make your way over to MIST Harlem this Sunday (August 18) starting at noon. We’ll be hosting a special ‘Hip-Hop and Women: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ panel honoring the ladies of rap like Roxanne Shanté. Unsigned Hype is also back, live and in full effect with a showcase of talented rappers who entered our #SOURCE360UnsignedHype social media challenge! Food and drink specials will be available for as long as we’re in the building, so definitely come out and join us for the final day of festivities.

Reserve your tickets for the SOURCE360 ‘All Star’ Brunch & Day Party at MIST Harlem right now by clicking here. See you all in a few days!


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Roc Nation to Reportedly Partner With NFL for Music and Social Justice Campaign

Roc Nation is reportedly partnering with the NFL to form a music and social justice campaign.

JAY-Z will serve as the league’s “live music entertainment strategist,” which includes working on the football league’s Inspire Change activism, as per The New York Times.

This new partnership is controversial because Hov is a supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who has been blackballed by the NFL. Moreover, the Roc Nation CEO called out the league in his Beyonce-assisted single, “Ape Sh*t” about their alleged request for him to perform for the Super Bowl which he declined because of his solidarity to Kaepernick.

It’s clear that the league is trying to get back into our good graces. The Inspire Change initiative was created earlier this year to “create positive change in communities across the country.” But with JAY-Z’s celebrity and influence, it can help the NFL with their goal.

What are your thoughts on this new partnership?

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Learn How to Thrive in Today’s Music Industry at SOURCE360’s ‘Speaker Series’ Panel in Harlem

While majority of the panels happening during our 6th annual SOURCE360 Festival will be going down in Brooklyn, we’ve saved one special “Speaker Series” talk for our first day in Harlem — the music panel!

Our ‘Thriving In Today’s Music Industry’ panel will feature five individuals who know a few things about finding success in the business of hitmaking, and they’re more than willing to spread the love to anyone in attendance. Our scheduled lineup includes GRAMMY-winning singer Mario Winans (“Best Gospel Performance” for producing “Pray” by CeCe Winans), Epic Records’ latest rap sensation DDG, Senior Vice President/Head of Urban Marketing for Warner Bros. Records Chris Atlas, Republic Records head A&R XTina Prince and CEO of rising imprint RUN-IT-UP Records Stanley “Citi” Atwater. The conversation will take place at Harlem’s historic Schomburg Center starting at noon. Be sure to make your way Uptown this Friday for a chance to get some inside info from the power players in front of and behind the scenes.

Click here to reserve your spot for our ‘Thriving In Today’s Music Industry’ panel, and make sure to RSVP for all the other SOURCE360 events we have in store from August 15 – August 18. See you all in the city!



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Mike Tyson Reveals he Smokes $40K of Weed Monthly

Mike Tyson hosts a podcast, Hot Boxin’, with fellow cannabis advocate, Eben Britton, and Jim Jones stopped by for the latest episode.

The Harlem rapper discussed his endeavors in the legal cannabis industry. He’s a partner with the cannabis company called Saucey, where he has his own Capo products.

He introduced the tea leaf kief blunts, which Mike Tyson said was pretty good. Jones explained that his entry into the marijuana industry made sense considering how much money he spends just to get high.

“What do we smoke a month? It’s about $40,000?” Tyson asked. “We smoke ten tons of weed on the ranch a month,” Britton added. “Ain’t that crazy,” Tyson commented. Jones was taken aback at the amount of weed the co-hosts smoked.

What’s the most you ever spent on weed? Check out the full interview 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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#HipHopCelebrationDay: Kool Herc Made The Bronx Historic With His Parties at ‘The Black Door’

We hope you all are gathered in The Bronx, or currently making your way Uptown, to join us at Cedar Playground today as we celebrate the birth of Hip-Hop with the father himself, DJ Kool Herc.



It was on this day 46 years ago (August 11, 1973) that Kool Herc threw his legendary back-to-school basement party, which would go on to create the foundation for rap through the “breakbeat” DJ technique he used to keep the party rocking. Many aspiring emcees at the time paired ‘the break’ with the rhymes flowing through their minds, jumpstarting a sound and movement that is now considered to be the most popular genre in music.

While it’s common knowledge that it all began in a rec room of his building on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, there was another iconic venue that became a key to cultivating both Hip-Hop culture and NYC nightlife: The Black Door. Located at 1375 Prospect Ave, the rap-centric hotspot became the official meeting grounds for those intrigued by the lifestyle that was booming in The Bronx. While the days since Black Door parties had the whole BX standing lined up around the corner until almost sunrise just to get in are long gone, the venue is now considered to be an official “Neighborhood Asset” as stated in a recent report on the influence of Morissana by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Take a look below for a quick profile on The Black Door, via NYC.gov:

In the mid-1970s, soon after DJ Kool Herc had begun spinning records in the Sedgwick Avenue Rec Room, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five began gigging at a small, new underground venue called “The
Black Door.” It was a safe haven, near the schoolyards and abandoned buildings where Flash and his crew had won fans. “Lines used to stretch around the block” and “…we’d be opening the doors at 4 in the morning getting cursed out. ‘Flash, I’ve been standing out here forever tryin’ to get in!’”

It’s because of unforgettable nights at The Black Door, along with those warehouse parties, basement bashments and schoolyard jams at 63 Park that Herc, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five were curating, that a day like today is so important to celebrate. Here’s to another five decades of carrying on the movement!



Be sure to join us as we honor DJ Kool Herc this coming week at our SOURCE360 Festival! Reserve your tickets for all scheduled events by clicking here.

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