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6lack

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I love music that puts me in a zone, takes me away from the regular noise of the day, something that tells me I am not on the local FM radio station. And then, an artist emerges from the land of ATL catching my ear- name is 6LACK. I remember, NY Photographer Glen Graham posting him up on his IG. He has released popular reworks of songs like Future’s “Perkys Calling” and The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” but has more recently gained some traction with his originals. He comes off authentic & pure giving off that chill vibe, 6lacks vocals lay smoothly over the selected gritty but sexy sounds that soothe the soul, in a dirty way.

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Tunji Ige sings “For Us”

Claiming you want change, Give you glam and give you fame. Just a slave with your own chain. Now you made in the game singing, “No Love For Us.”

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Tunji Ige’s The Love Project is above all a coming-of-age story, concentrating on Tunji’s life from ages 16 to 19. It’s a meditation on him as a young, black teenager dealing with relationships, rebellion, and the pressure to be cool. “For Us” is the opening song. Tunji says, “‘For Us’ I feel is a critique on the social climate as well as what someone like me has to battle through, being myself, especially with where I’m at. I’m an up-and-coming artist but still a young black kid who could be a victim to the system. ‘For Us’ is the conscience to balance this transition: Do you let it get to your head or do you keep pushing?”

This ill visual was directed by Josh Goldenberg… definitely feeling this one. ~ Missy B

Remember When?

Love to Easy Mo Bee
as  producer on Biggie’s album

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Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records. It serves as the first release on the record label. Recording sessions for the album took place from 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.’s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as “the black Frank White”. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997).

Ready to Die gained strong reviews on release and became a commercial success, reaching quadruple platinum sales. It was significant for revitalizing the East Coast hip hop scene, amid West Coast hip hop’s commercial dominance. The album’s second single, “Big Poppa”, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards. Ready to Die has been regarded by several music critics as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 133 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, making it the third highest hip hop album on the list. In 2006, Time included it on its list of the 100 greatest albums of all time.

The production on the album was mainly handled by Easy Mo Bee and The Hitmen, and it was generally well-received by critics. Rolling Stone described the beats as “heavy bottomed and slick,” enhancing the lyrics but not standing in their own right. The production is mainly sample-based with the samples varying from the percussion of funk tracks to the vocals of hip hop songs. Steve Huey presented some criticism over the beats, stating that the “deliberate beats do get a little samey, but it hardly matters: this is Biggie’s show” Cheo H. Coker depicted the beats as “heavy bottomed and slick, but B.I.G.’s rhymes are the showstoppers. The tracks only enhance them, whether it’s the live bass driving a menacing undercurrent or [the] use of bluesy guitar and wah-wah feedback” and that the production is used to “push the rapper to new heights.”

via wikipedia

Casualties of War

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It’s all hard work and no play
 More than combat, it’s far beyond that
 Cause I got a kill or be killed kind of attack
 Area’s mapped out, there’ll be no, Stratego
 Me and my platoon make a boom wherever we go
 But what are we here for?
Who’s on the other side of the wall?
 Somebody give the President a call
 But I hear warfare scream through the air
 Back to the battlegrounds, it’s war they declare
 A Desert Storm: let’s see who reigns supreme
Something like Monopoly: a government scheme
Go to the Army, be all you can b Another dead soldier?
 Hell no, not me So I start letting off ammunition in every direction
 Allah is my only protection But wait a minute,
Saddam Hussein prays the same and this is
Asia, from where I came I’m on the wrong side, so change the target
Shooting at the general; and where’s the sergeant?
Blame it on John Hardy Hawkins for bringing me to America
Now it’s mass hysteria I get a rush when
I see blood, dead bodies on the floor
CASUALTIES OF WAR!
 RAKIM

20 Years Later… Mobb Deep Celebrates

Rosenberg chats with Havoc and Prodigy about what happened, how they changed and what the focus is in an in depth interview. Today is the release of their latest “The Infamous” which marks 20 years of the duo. I supported them at their album release party at the Red Bull Stations along with many fans and fellow emcees like 50 Cent, Busta, Statik Selekt, Big Kap and many more. The deluxe version includes includes some never heard before tracks from 1995 which had been sitting in a vault!
There is ONLY one Mobb Deep like there is only ONE Krs-One or WU-Tang…some things just can’t be copied, maybe imitated but never copied, you know?
It is never easy, it takes work, it takes love and again work to make it through 20 years. Obviously it took some forgiveness and brotherly love to come back together again and that to me deserves a round of applause. It’s a great example and an awesome event to share with the fans.
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
BE A FAN
I WILL