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Prodigy, was one of the illest storytellers to ever grace the culture.

Article via OkayPlayer.com

Extremely sad news, rap fans, as the legendary Mobb Deep lyricist Prodigy has passed away. According to his fellow Queensbridge rap savant, Nasir Jones, the man born Albert Johnson has shed his mortal coil. No other details have been offered and we will continue to follow along with the story as it develops.

Born in Hempstead, New York, raised in Queens, Prodigy became a member of the street-wise duo Mobb Deep. His grandfather, Budd Johnson, and his great-uncle Keg Johnson were strong contributors to the Bebop era of jazz, making Prodigy just that for music at a young age. Nas helped to raise public consciousness about Prodigy and Havoc, as the single, “Shook Ones Pt. 2,” raced up the hip-hop charts.

An album fueled by the inner city experiences of the then-young lyricists, The Infamous and Hell on Earth became hip-hop classics, studied by the likes of EminemCapone-N-Noreaga and more.

The group’s publicist issued a statement confirming the news stating:

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

Arizona Celebrates Its 3rd Annual Hip-Hop Festival

November 14, 2016, Respect The Underground showed their contribution to the hip-hop culture by hosting their 3rd Annual Arizona Hip-Hop festival at the  Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.  When I got to the downtown Phoenix area, I was not sure if I was in the right place.

Being a New york native that recently covered the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festivals and the Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, I was used to being backed up in traffic for 5 blocks before reaching the venues.

I found parking about a block away and the moment I turned off the car engine, I heard the music’s Base. The sound of hip-hop was in the air from a couple of blocks away and I was excited to be there. It’s amazing how you can walk a radius of 3 blocks in some communities and the entire culture can change.

Behind the ticket gate was a live stage performance right outside with hundreds of Hiphoppas everywhere. Young and old, artists and fans mixing up at what seemed to be the hip-hop heartbeat of Phoenix Arizona.

The Lineup for the 2016 AZ Hip Hop Festival was estimated to present 245  local artists.

Walking in the venues, there were music artists signing autographs, with 50  vendors from clothing designer, tattoo artist,  creating designs, food trucks, and another stage with another set of local artists moving the crowd.

There was a deejays and producers section at the event were Arizona’s premier and upcoming music makers played new music and original beats. All that was just in the lobby of the Comerica Theatre.

Entering the arena, on the balcony right above the stage lined a collection of 25 local graffiti artists, visual artists, and painters.

The Stage… What a show. Every show, every stage, every artist represented to the fulliest… The emcees had Delivery, Flow and Stage Presence, each artist gave an energy filled show.

Shout out to the Hiphoppas who showed up and supported the event, the artists and the culture.

To learn more about “Respect The Underground – visit them here ->
www.respecttheunderground.com

Check out these artists

Beats – @WIFyeBeats

Digital Art – www.tkart.co

Engineering – Facebook.com/CharlieBlaze

Tattoo Artist – Facebook.com/hanaleikialoa

Radio – EylRadio.com

Artist / Designer / Painter – Art By Porgia

Headphones – www.exeoent.com

Photography – www.ZirePhotography.com

 

 

 

 

De La Soul Is Dead – 25 Year Album Anniversary

Hey Y’all,

You’ve helped De La Soul reach another milestone.  On 5/13/2016, (Friday the 13th) marks the 25th anniversary of the “De La Soul Is Dead” album.  This album was released May 13, 1991 (insert old joke here).

De La Soul Is Dead Cover

To celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary, we’ve assembled memorials in NYC at two locations that are very meaningful to the creation of this historic album.  The first location is 298 Elizabeth Street where Russell Simmons (our old manager) had his Rush Management office.  That’s where the album title De La Soul Is Dead came to life.  The second location, 37th Street & 8th Avenue, is where Calliope Recording Studios once thrived and where most of the Dead album was mixed & recorded.

Street Memorial

We welcome you to visit these locations and contribute a candle, card, flower, balloon, etc. or you can also simply post this pic on your social media outlets with hashtag #delasoulisdead.

This album brings back so many good memories for us, we hope these songs provided a good soundtrack for your life as well. Show your appreciation and support the life of the culture and it’s classic albums.

Please visit the memorial website we’ve created and relive this album with us.  Sign our memorial, then listen to the album on the site.  Let us know that Hip Hop will not be not forgotten!

http://www.delasoulisdead.com/

Be a part of the legacy.

DLS… Remain In Peace.

PS

There’s a unreleased song produced by Posdnous from the “Dead” sessions of 1991.  You can get the song here:http://www.delasoulisdead.com/.

PSS

Incase you missed it.

“For Your Pain & Suffering EP” (Released 4/29/2016)

http://smarturl.it/dls_sc

“Trainwreck” off the “and the Anonymous Nobody” album (Released 5/6/2016)

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_itunes

Spotify: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_spotify

Google Play: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_gplay

Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_apple

PSSS

Our new album “and the Anonymous Nobody” by De La Soul will be available for pre-order on iTunes 5/20/2016.

Peace!

De La Soul Heads

Hip Hop + Veganism = Earth Day Wknd [HHIG]

FIRST EVER! HIP HOP HEALTH & WELLNESS TOUR HEADS TO NEW YORK CITY FOREARTH DAY WEEKEND:

April 21 – 22, 2016! CONFIRMED: Hip Hop’s STIC of dead prez, FREE

Vegan Meals, and Much More! Sponsored by Vegan Outreach, The Tour Will Declare Health and Wellness as “10th Element of Hip Hop”

Brooklyn, New York – Today, Hip Hop Is Green, an organization and national tour founded by health activist Keith Tucker, made two major announcements: (1) That New York City will be an official leg of the tour and that, (2) “health and wellness” is now declared as the 10th element of Hip Hop (see the Hip Hop Declaration of Peace). The NYC kickoff, sponsored by Vegan Outreach, will take place at various venues in Harlem on Earth Day weekend

Continue reading Hip Hop + Veganism = Earth Day Wknd [HHIG]

N.W.A. inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — N.W.A. entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday, with the groundbreaking quintet that reflected the rough streets of Los Angeles in a style known as gangster rap defiantly refuting those who suggested rappers didn’t belong in the institution. They joined the rock hall in a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays…

via N.W.A. inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — theGrio

Phife Dawg, rapper and co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest, dies at 45

There are reports this morning that Phife Dawg, part of influential hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, has died. The New York-born rapper, whose real name was Malik Isaac Taylor, was 45 years old.

The news was posted by DJ Chuck Chillout on Twitter just after 1 a.m. eastern time Wednesday morning, and music website Bluntiq just tweeted the following: “We’re saddened to report that Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest has passed away. RIP to the legend.” Others, like Aesop Rock, Steve Aoki, and El-P, have chimed in with condolences.

UPDATE 2:31 a.m.: Statik Selektah just tweeted: “Confirmed. rest in peace Phife. Man. I’m out.” Adds Chuck D., a little before 3 a.m.: “Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that. Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport. A true fire Social Narrator my bro #RIBeats ATCQforever”

Taylor formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1985 with MC/producer Q-Tip and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The group is considered one of the pioneers of old-school hip-hop.

BY: MICHAEL MAROTTA

Article Soucre: http://www.vanyaland.com/2016/03/23/report-phife-dawg-rapper-and-co-founder-of-a-tribe-called-quest-dies-at-45/

Take a look back at the Phife Dawg Diabetes Awareness Concert

Jay Electronica performs live at the Phife Dawg Diabetes Benefit Concert in Brooklyn
Jay Electronica performs live at the Phife Dawg Diabetes Benefit Concert in Brooklyn

NYC’s legendary DJ Big Kap has reportedly passed away.

Dj Big Kap mixing on the turn tables at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival after party. 2013 in Brooklyn NY
Dj Big Kap mixing on the turn tables at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival after party. 2013 in Brooklyn NY. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / Zire Photography
By Rose LilahAs hip-hop’s birthplace, New York definitely has more than its fair share of rappers and DJs we consider legendary. Today it’s being reported we’ve lost one of them– DJ Big Kap– according to an early morning post from DJ Funk Flex. The details surrounding his death are unclear at this moment. He was 45 years old.DJ Big Kap and Funkmaster Flex have history together, the two released an album in 1999, The Tunnel, which featured a who’s who of iconic rappers– Biggie, Tupac, Eminem, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nas and more. Since news of Kap’s passing hit the web this morning, members of the hip-hop community have been showing love and paying their respects online.

Take a look at a few of those posts below.

R.I.P. DJ Kap.

Article source: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/nyc-dj-big-kap-reportedly-passed-away-news.19949.html

The Power of Broke by Daymond John

“This year I’m releasing to you the greatest weapon I have used in business. It is called The Power of Broke and is the reason why I am in the position I am in today,” says Daymond John in a New Year message on his Facebook page. Daymond is the founder of hip hop apparel brand Fubu which has over a quarter of a billion dollars in annual revenue. The story goes that he started out selling home-sewn T-shirts in Queens, New York, and later mortgaged his home to start Fubu. Today, he’s also the co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch for investment.

Daymond draws from his own startup experience, behind-the-scenes Shark Tank tales, and interviews with entrepreneurs for his book: The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage. With forecasts of a tighter investment scene this year, and a slowdown in the global economy, the practical advice in this book, which is due out on January 19, may be useful.

Here are 23 more great books on startups and entrepreneurs that I must read in 2016

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Source: 24 books on startups and entrepreneurs that I must read in 2016 – Tech in Asia