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Today in Hip-Hop History: Method Man Dropped His Debut Album ‘Tical’ 29 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip-Hop history, Method Man released his debut solo LP Tical. Sticking to RZA’s plan on industry domination, Method was the first to roll out his solo LP after the ridiculous success group debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). In the early years of the Wu, Method Man had grown become the public face of the group. His larger than life persona and a multitude of styles won over the hearts and ears of fans after the groups first single “Protect Ya Neck” had “Method Man” on it’s B-side.

Tical delves deeper into the sinister villainous style previewed on 36 Chambers. Method Man creates a dark anti-hero on this album who hungers for the career of wack rappers and perpetrators. It was truly a violent introduction to one of the most outrageous members of the Wu, second only to ODB in theatrical personality.

Considered a “two-man show” by critics, the album was almost entirely produced by RZA. As the Wu’s architect, RZA created specific sounds for each member. Method unique sonic was the most film inspired. Meth continued to build a character likened to the many crime bosses and master villains that starred in his beloved Kung-Fu flicks. Aside from the image, lyrically the album is on another level. Method Man flawlessly juggles synonyms and metaphors with a flow that weaves in and out of the beat to create a hardcore symphony of Shaolin style.

Commercially, the album was a hit and only added on to the cipher of success revolving around the Wu-Tang Clan. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart selling a million copies within a year of its release. It kick-started a wave of successful solo albums and keep afloat RZA’s five-year plan to becoming the greatest rap group in history.

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U.S. National Breaking Champions To Compete On Paris World Final

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On Saturday, August 26th, the prestigious global breaking (also known as breakdancing) competition, Red Bull BC One, concluded its 2023 U.S. season with its National Final held in Philadelphia. Legendary breakers and rising talent came together at The Fillmore Philadelphia, where competitors showcased unparalleled footwork, freezes, and power moves to win over a judging panel of respected breakers and claim the coveted national b-boy and b-girl championship titles. 

Welcoming more than 1,200 attendees throughout the weekend, the Red Bull BC One Camp and Cypher USA end a two-month circuit of electrifying battles and community events across the country, including regional qualifiers in Orlando, Minneapolis, and New York City. In Philadelphia, an elite line-up of regional champions and a selection of wild card invitees battled their way through a 16-bracket knockout tournament. 

In the b-girl category, Kate came out on top following a fierce final battle with Team USA’s Pep-C. Kate’s triumph comes after years of pursuing a spot on the Red Bull BC One World Final roster. In the b-boy bracket, HiJack emerged as champion. Finalists Mace and HiJack delivered world-class performances, but HiJack’s musicality and infusion of personality into his final rounds ultimately stole the show.

Kate and HiJack will go on to represent the United States at the historic 20th edition of the Red Bull BC One World Final in Paris, where breaking will bless the grounds of the iconic Roland-Garros on October 21st, ahead of its sporting debut in 2024. 

Leading up to the event, the breaking community came together for Red Bull BC One Camp USA, which featured a weekend of exhibition battles, workshops, and panels. Hosted by iconic figures in breaking, hip-hop, and dance, including B-Boy Flea Rock and Buddha Stretch, Red Bull BC One Camp USA celebrated breaking’s storied roots and promising future.  

Red Bull has a rich legacy within the breaking community, which spans over two decades, beginning with the trailblazing 2 vs. 2 event, Lords of the Floor, which gave rise to Red Bull BC One in 2004. Today, Red Bull BC One is the premier platform for competition, mentorship, cyphers, community jams, and programming in breaking—nurturing the growth of the athletic artform as it continues to reach new milestones. 

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Trippie Redd Deads Rumors Of Getting Kicked Off Airplane For Smoking Weed

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Oftentimes, the media will create a narrative that simply isn’t true. Sometimes artists will feel the need to clarify the lies, other times they simply keep it pushing. 

Most recently, Trippie Redd fell victim for just that. A fan had recorded a video of Trippie and his homies exiting a commercial airplane before it took off, and many were quick to speculate it was because they were smoking weed in the bathroom. However, Trippie denies this was the case. 

Taking to his 13.8 million followers on Instagram, the “Love Scars” recording artist shared a video to his Story explaining what exactly went down, and why they chose to leave. And while Trippie didn’t smoke weed on American Airlines, apparently he had blazed up prior to boarding.

Trippie explains, “I see media outlets keep reaching, I never got kicked off a plane for trying to smoke weed. I had smoked weed before I got on the flight and my homie, he smelled like weed in the back of the plane. I heard the flight attendant say something, so I walked to the back to see what was up. Then they got to yelling at me.”

At this point, Trippie reveals he left and went to get his own private jet.

“Honestly, I feel like the flight attendants got some sort of attitude or some type of animosity like they hate their job or something,” he continues. “I’m fine flying first class but when I feel disrespected or not welcomed, I will fly private because I feel like I got to get to my bag. If I’m going to pick up $350,000, $20,000 ain’t shit. Put some respect on it.”

Recently, Trippie Redd made headlines when he said he wasn’t doing shows for less than $200K. Good to see he’s still securing the bag!

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[WATCH] Key Glock Takes the Streets in Turquoise Rolls Royce for “In and Outta Town” Video

Key Glock Takes the Streets in Turquoise Rolls Royce for "In and Outta Town" Video

Key Glock from Memphis has been showcasing his dominance. Constantly in motion, he jumps into his eye-catching turquoise Rolls Royce, evident in the new video “In And Outta Town,” from the Glockoma 2 project.

Produced by PRE’s talented Bandplay and Memphis mastermind Hitkidd, “In And Outta Town” amplifies a concise bassline and powerful trap beats native to Tennessee. This arrangement creates the perfect backdrop for Glizzock to unleash his lyrical prowess and boastful swagger confidently.

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‘Can You Dig It?’ Docu-series Narrated By Chuck D Explores Rarely Told Hip Hop Origin Story

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Can You Dig It? is a new audio docu-drama narrated by hip-hop legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chuck D that explores a rarely told story that led to the birth of a global artistic movement.  The 5-part Audible Original series will debut August 10, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.  The series begins with the 1971 murder of Cornell “Black Benjie” Benjamin, a member of the influential Ghetto Brothers gang in the south Bronx, and how his role as a peacemaker prompted the historic Hoe Avenue peace meeting: a truce between gangs that paved the way for the birth of hip-hop culture.  Tomorrow, June 2, the City of New York will rename the intersection of E. 165th Street and Rogers Place in the Bronx “Cornell ‘Black Benjie’ Benjamin Way,” commemorating the location of his attack. Members of the Can You Dig It? cast, crew and production team will proudly be in attendance at the street renaming ceremony to celebrate this recognition with the Benjamin family and supporters.

Can You Dig It? was created, written and produced by Pete Chelala, Bryan Master and Julian Voloj, of PB&J Productions LLC, a NY-based entertainment and content studio, alongside Channel Zero Executive Producers Lorrie Boula (PBS/BBC’s Fight The Power: How Hip-Hop Change the World) and Chuck D.  

“December 8, 1971, was a defining moment in American history. A time when the gangs of New York laid down their weapons and redirected their youthful energy towards the creative arts. Arts that would eventually become the foundation of what we now know as hip-hop,” says Chuck D in the opening of the show.

The mission of Can You Dig It? is to highlight a community’s resilience, the power of peace over violence and to uplift unsung heroes that changed the course of history.  It

examines a period of transformation and instability in America and New York City between the late 60s and early 70s, and the circumstances and policies that led to significant urban decay and gang activity in the Bronx, including racist housing and zoning laws and the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway.  

Chuck D elaborates on the thesis of Can You Dig It? on the show by saying: “No death, no peace; no peace, no Kool Herc party; no party, no hip-hop.  Black Benjie is an unsung hero…the direct correlation between the peace treaty and the birth of hip-hop is clear. There’d be no Public Enemy without this story.”  The 1971 Hoe Avenue peace meeting made the Bronx safer and fostered an artistic cross-pollination of ideas as gang territory lines faded.  Just two years later, the famous Kool Herc Back-to-School party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx took place.  

The series features a blend of dramatic scripted scenes and observational commentary with cultural luminaries like street photographers Joe Conzo and Henry Chalfant, former Black Panther Joseph Mpa and hip-hop’s first MC, Coke La Rock.  It also includes interviews with family members and experts, archival recordings and a cinematic score.  The scripted cast is as diverse as the borough they call home: nearly 100% Black and LatinX led, featuring young talent from the Bronx and surrounding areas, and local community arts programs.

Also included is insight from the family of Black Benjie, who go on-record, for the first time ever: “If Kool Herc is considered the father of hip-hop, then my uncle was the general; my uncle was the martyr,” says Angelique Lenox, niece of Black Benjie. “He didn’t die in vain, something good came from his death; his life mattered. This is truly my best version of a love letter to my father and my family and I will not stop until his name is a part of the hip-hop story.”

Can You Dig It? will be available on August 10 – only on Audible. Visithttps://www.audible.com/50AndForever andhttps://www.pbjnyc.com/ for more information.

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Suge Knight’s Son Salutes Chris Rock’s Joke: ‘We All Know Suge Knight as That Guy’

Suge Knight’s Son Salutes Chris Rock’s Joke: ‘We All Know Suge Knight as That Guy'

Chris Rock’s Selective Outrage special featured a portion of jokes targeting Will Smith. One of which compared Smith to Death Row Records frontman Suge Knight, dubbing the Oscar-winning actor “Suge Smith.”

Speaking on TMZ, Suge’s son, Suge J. Knight, thinks it’s cool to hear his dad’s name remains in popular culture.

“We all know Suge Knight as that guy who’s all about that action. Whatever he does, he going to do that. It’s funny to see that Suge has been in jail for a minute but he still has this legendary status. It’s just dope.”

Knight’s son stated his dad would enjoy the joke but recognize they aren’t like him. Ultimately, he overall wasn’t thrilled by the special. You can hear it from him below.

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Payroll Giovanni Announces New ‘Ghost Mode’ Album, Drops “Feel How I Look” Single

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Payroll Giovanni has announced the release of his new album Ghost Mode on Feb. 24th. The forthcoming album will have features and production from Jeezy, Babyface Ray, and others. Today, he releases a new track and video for “Feel How I Look,” a record over a signature laid-back Cardo rhythm that finds Payroll commenting on life.

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Payroll released the first song from the upcoming album, “Balcony Thoughts,” earlier this month, and it has already received over 1 million streams across all platforms.

You can tap into the new single and video below.

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Tokyo Toni Speaks on Daughter Blac Chyna’s GRAMMYs Look: ‘It Was Terrible’

Tokyo Toni Speaks on Daughter Blac Chyna's GRAMMYs Look: 'It Was Terrible'

Blac Chyn’a mom, Tokyo Toni, is shading her daughter’s Grammy fit. Chyna hit the Grammys in Black and feathers and Toni is wondering why.

“I text Chyna this morning when I found out and saw it,” Toni said. “I asked what in the H is this. Who are you trying to not impress? And was this the guy that lives with you, because this looks like his style.”

She added, “It may have been a little mean, but it was deserved.”

In short, “It was terrible.”

Toni stated she rather saw her daughter in a nice gold dress with some blonde hair.

“The guy that lives with you” is a reference to Twin Hector, Chyna’s new boyfriend. You can see him below.

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Robert Glasper Wins Fifth Grammy Award For Best R&B Album

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Multi-Grammy-winning pianist and producer Robert Glapser has received his 5th Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for Black Radio III. Glasper’s contribution to music and culture spans over two decades with Grammy nominations and wins for a multitude of his projects including the history changing 2013 win for Best R&B Album for Black Radio2015 win for Best Traditional R&B Performance for Jesus Children, 2017 win for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for Miles Ahead, and 2021 taking home a win for his hit-single “Better Than I Imagined” in the Best R&B Song category. Glasper has formed an exceptional legacy that permeates throughout contemporary art and advocacy. 

Black Radio III features both new and old Black Radio family such as H.E.RTy Dolla $ignCommonYebbaMeshell NdgeocelloKiller MikeBJ The Chicago KidBig K.R.I.T. , and more. Glasper’s body of work is a masterclass in hip-hop, R&B and jazz fusion that sonically has influenced the next decade to come. This further proves Glasper to be one of the most respected collaborators of his generation, now with 12 nominations in total and 5 wins

The Grammy Award winning Black Radio III celebrates Black joy, love and resilience and features the Grammy-winning single “Better Than I Imagined” with H.E.R and Meshell NdgeocelloKiller MikeBJ The Chicago Kid and Big K.R.I.T. unify in “Black Superhero,” a track that lifts up real-life Black heroes, while Lalah Hathaway and Common put a fresh spin on  “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” a nod to the Tears For Fears classic. Glasper also creates space on this album for songs like Q-Tip and Esperanza Spalding’s versatile and driving “While We Speak” and “Over”, Yebba’s sweet-winded plea to a fleeting love. Black Radio III’s guests also include Jennifer HudsonTy Dolla $ignAnt Clemons, India.ArieMusiq SoulchildPJ Morton and more. Since announcing the album in early 2022, Glasper has joined Trevor Noah for an interview and performance of “Heaven’s Here” with Ant Clemons on The Daily Show and was backed by The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a special MLK Day performance of “In Tune” and “Black Superhero” featuring RapsodyDJ Jazzy JeffBJ The Chicago Kid, and Amir Sulaiman

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[WATCH] Eddie Murphy Recalls Being Snowed in at Rick James’ House for 2 Weeks

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The infamous stories of Rick James and the Murphy brothers, Eddie and Charlie, will forever be intertwined with The Dave Chappelle Show and his “Real Hollywood Stories”, but the living legend appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to explain how the 80s disco hit “Party All The Time” by Eddie Murphy feat. Rick James even came to fruition.

The Trading Places actor detailed how he ended up staying at James’ house in Buffalo past the time allotted to record the track due to a huge snowstorm.

“We were snowed in for two weeks,” Murphy explained. “We were supposed to go up for the weekend. I went up there to record ‘Party All The Time’ …maybe the most fun I ever had…one of my fondest memories.”

See the interview in its entirety below.

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