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Today In Hip Hop History: MC Eiht’s Debut Album ‘We Come Strapped’ Turns 30 Years Old!

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On this day in Hip Hop history, West Coast legend MC Eiht released his debut LP, We Come Strapped. Featuring his group Compton’s Most Wanted, this gangsta rap classic is one of California’s pre-G Funk hits. Riding the popularity that came from his breakthrough single “Straight Up Menace” featured in the film Menace II Society, this album took the rap game by storm creating a new star on the West Coast.

Coming off group success, MC Eiht was no rookie and knew exactly what putting out a good album entailed. We Come Strapped followed a simple yet effective formula resulting in its success. This project is straight and to the point; no drawn out skits, no filler, and no big name features. Aside from a cameo from Spice-1, Redman, and his fellow Compton’s Most Wanted members, the album is entirely MC Eiht spiting cold gangsta rhymes over DJ Slip’s jazzy, keyboard heavy production.

Commercially the project was quite a success, peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. The album was certified gold shortly after its release and continues to sell copies today. This album serves as MC Eiht’s most successful project to date.

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mgk Announces New Single With Jelly Roll “Lonely Road”

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Today, mgk teased his upcoming single “Lonely Road” with Jelly Roll, out next Friday July 26. mgk and Jelly Roll will be releasing the official music video in tandem with the release and posted a preview on social media today sharing, “countdown to KellyRoll activated. thanks to John Denver for paving the way.”

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Last month, mgk shared an intimate performance video of his “Sun To Me” cover by country music singer-songwriter Zach Bryan, which debuted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart following release. 

Breakthrough artist Jelly Roll will launch his upcoming Beautifully Broken Tour this August.  

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Adidas Apologizes For Bella Hadid Munich Olympics Sneaker Ad

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Sneaker giant Adidas is in the Jewish hot seat after an advertising campaign featuring Palestinian model Bella Hadid for which the company apologized for what has been seen as anti-Semitic.

The problem with the ad is that the campaign is for a retro 1972 Munich Olympics sneaker, the same Olympics where 12 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and later murdered by their captors. Hadid has been an outspoken critic of the State of Israel and the war in Gaza, so her appearance in the ad commemorating the Munich Olympics caused an uproar at the American Jewish Committee.

The AJC slammed Adidas for what its “egregious error,” saying, “For Adidas to pick a vocal anti-Israel model to recall this dark Olympics is either a massive oversight or intentionally inflammatory. Neither is acceptable.”

Adidas quickly issued an apology, saying, “We are conscious that connections have been made to tragic historical events, though these are completely unintentional and we apologize for any upset or distress caused. As a result we are revising the remainder of the campaign.”

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[WATCH] Steph Curry’s On Kendrick’s “They Not Like Us”: Damn With This Song!

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One thing for sure that NBA great Steph Curry and Drake will definitely agree on. Both the Canadian rapper and the living legend on the NBA are both tired of Kendrick Lamar’s diss track “They Not Like Us” aimed at Drake.

While Team USA was prepping for a pre-Olympics exhibition with Serbia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday afternoon when Curry decided to get his feelings about the most famous diss record of all time off his chest.

At about the ten second mark, Curry yelled, “Damn with this song! It’s not the only song in America.”

To the contrary of Curry’s opinion, LeBron James commented that he actually loved the song.

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Slim 400’s Killer Sentenced To 32 Years In Prison

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Reports have confirmed that the man convicted of the shooting death of Vincent Cohran aka Slim 400 was sentenced to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

35-year-old Michael Terry was sentenced on Monday to 32 years behind bars for his role in the 2021 shooting death of Slim in the Inglewood section of Los Angeles. Terry admitted to dragging Cohran across the driveway of the residence where the Germany born-Compton bred emcee lived before shooting him several times.

Cohran was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was only 33 years old.

Tamra Lynn Bell, who was also present during the shooting, is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2025 after pleading guilty to felony accessory after the fact.

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Chinx Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter Seven Years After Arrest

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According to several reports, one of the two men who were accused of killing Lionel Pickens aka Chinx Drugz in 2015 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and faces over twenty years behind bars.

Quincy Homere, 32, plead guilty in a New York City courtroom on Monday (July 15) to first degree manslaughter, which carries up to 25 years in prison in New York State.

Chinx’s widow, Janelli Caceres, told Fox 5 NY‘s Lisa Evers that she is grateful to the NYPD, the Queens DA and friends and fans for keeping his memory and his music legacy alive.

Homere and another suspect, Jamar Hill, were arrested and charged in 2017 with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to New York Police lieutenant Richard Rudolph, the pair allegedly “hunted down Chinx like an animal”  over a dispute that arose while the rapper and Homere were both incarcerated at Riker’s Island in 2009.

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[WATCH] JT Releases ‘The City Cinderella Documentary’, Reveals Mixtape Tracklisting

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Continuing on her incredible run in 2024, JT (Quality Control Music/Motown) is ready to give the world full access behind her climb hip-hop’s upper echelon with The City Cinderella Documentary. From overcoming tough obstacles like her stint in jail and returning to uncertain circumstances to evolving into one music’s best hitmakers, every layer of JT is unveiled in this heartfelt video. Screenings were held in New York and Miami earlier this week where fans from those respective areas received early access to view the documentary. Avid fans were captivated by JT’s climb to success, as she barreled her way into rap superstardom.

Along with the release of the documentary, JT unveiled the track list to her 16-track mixtape City Cinderella. Slated to drop this Friday, JT has wowed audiences with her array of hits, stage presence and steely bravado. City Cinderella includes features from Jeezy, DJ Khaled and Stunna Girl. To keep her momentum going, JT covered Paper Magazine, where she spoke on releasing her first ever solo mixtape and the recording process as a solo artist. Titled “Larger Than Life,” readers received a snapshot to the life of one of Miami’s biggest stars.

Last month, JT’s momentum reached its apex when she released the remix to her Hot 100 hit “OKAY” with Jeezy. After teasing fans with billboards across Atlanta featuring a Cinderella heel and a snowman, JT and Jeezy’s fiery combination makes them an unbeatable duo. “OKAY” will reside on JT’s 16-track mixtape City Cinderella, where she previously unveiled the stunning artwork. “OKAY” has even caught the attention of music icon Madonna, who cosigned the song on Instagram.

After scoring the biggest hit of her solo career with “OKAY,” JT has enjoyed an incredible run in 2024, as the song netted over 40 million U.S. streams to date. Widely considered one of the greatest rap groups of all time, City Girls built JT into a hip-hop powerhouse. As a solo superstar, she continues to impress with her swagger and unshakable confidence. Billboard has already anointed the Miami-bred MC as one of the hottest female rappers of the moment. This year, she dominated the Hot 100 and set the club circuit on fire with her celebrated JT’s Coming Tour.

City Cinderella Tracklist

1. “Intro (Hope)” 

2. “Brick Talk”

3. “Oh” ft. DJ Khaled

4. “Servin” 

5. “DOD”

6. “Lemon Pepper” ft. Stunna Girl

7. “Swang” 

8. “90’s Baby” 

9. “Uncle Al” 

10. “Sideways”

11. “OKAY”

12. “JT Coming” 

13. “All Stars” ft. CLIP

14. “Red Flowers” 

15. “Star Of The Show” 

16. “OKAY (Remix)” (ft. Jeezy)

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[WATCH] Death Row’s The Lady Of Rage To Play Psychic Miss Cleo In Upcoming Lifetime Special

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The Lady of Rage is back on the silver screen, and this time, she’s set to play the famous TV psychic, the late Miss Cleo.

Yesterday(July 16), Lifetime released the trailer for Miss Cleo: Her Rise and Fall. The Virginia native plays the infamous infomercial queen who capitalized on the public’s belief in astrology.

Miss Cleo was once known for amassing over $24 million a month for the Psychic Readers Network that employed her services before the Feds came in with allegations of fraud.

Miss Cleo died in 2016 after a battle with cancer, and her likeness was subjected to lawsuits. Still, her popularity never wavered, even though many people don’t know what happened to their favorite tarot card reader.

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New York’s AdonYS Emerges Red Bull Batalla New York 2024 Champion

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Red Bull Batalla, the world’s largest Spanish-language freestyle rap competition, returned to New York City for a Regional Qualifier on July 13th, 2024. Sixteen of the best Latino freestyle rappers in the country put their wit, creativity, and stage presence on the line for a chance to win the competition. After three fierce knockout rounds, New York’s very own AdonYS stepped away with the Red Bull Batalla New York 2024 crown.

The event, which took place at Brooklyn’s OneThirtyOne, marked the final USA regional qualifying event during the 2024 Batalla season. Of the 16 aspiring MCs who competed in the event, AdonYS, Freites, Raiiden, and Metricoh Flowster punched their tickets to compete at the USA National Final in Miami this October.

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“The experience was awesome. I didn’t expect anything less. This is probably my sixth or seventh edition now…and I’m just happy and excited to go to Nationals,” AdonYS shared about his experience competing at Red Bull Batalla New York 2024. After emigrating to the United States at the age of ten, AdonYS fell in love with freestyle and has continued to pursue his passion ever since.

The top 4 MCs advancing to Miami were determined by a panel of esteemed judges, including New York’s El Dilema, freestyle creator Snow Qlq, and special guest judge J Noa, the fast-rising global sensation from the Dominican Republic. Following the battles, J Noa and 3x Red Bull Batalla champion Éxodo Lirical surprised guests with exciting musical performances. Racso White Lion hosted the event with DJ Cesar on the beats.

Visit Red Bull Batalla on YouTube and tune into the event live stream on July 16th at 7 p.m. EST to see the best moments from the competition. For more information about the Red Bull Batalla, visit www.redbullbatalla.com.

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Today In Hip Hop History: The Source Magazine Remembers Hip Hop Legend Biz Markie Three Years Later

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Marcel Theo Hall, known as Biz Markie, was born on April 8, 1964, in Harlem, NY. He adopted his stage name when he began his career in New York City as a teenage beatboxer and freestyle rapper. His 1989 hit “Just a Friend” ranked in the Top 40 in multiple countries and went platinum. Three years ago, the Hip-Hop world lost this trailblazer when he passed away from complications of diabetes in 2021.

Biz Markie had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in his late 40s and said that he lost 140 pounds in the years that followed. “I wanted to live,” he told ABC News in 2014. The cause of death remains unknown, but he was hospitalized in 2020 due to complications from diabetes.  

The Harlem-born rapper had a 35-year career that touched many, and his rep left a statement at the time of his death summarizing how Biz’s death affected the entire Hip-Hop community.

“We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time. Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years. He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter. We respectfully request privacy for his family as they mourn their loved one.”

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