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Music

Genius Level Presents: The-Dream

The brilliant folks at Genius aka Rap Genius, put together an amazing series of in-depth conversations with the music world’s greatest minds. It’s absolutely impossible to count how many hits The-Dream has. Rob Markman took on the the difficult task as he sat down with “Mr. Radio Killer.”

I also had the pleasure of asking The-Dream a question.

“How do you ultimately choose which artist gets the song? #GeniusLevel the money or the talent? 👀 lol ” – My words exactly.

In asking that question, The-Dream revealed he is a believer of every artist with a talent getting their fair shot. He also explained that, because of that same reason his “sister and good friend, Beyoncé” holds about 50 titles of his and they probably won’t be released because only Bey can sing them. He explained the same goes for Rihanna. Mr. Nash shared his intricate part in Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail and other exciting facts that we didn’t know. Watch the full interview below.

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Music

DJ Kay Slay, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and More Collide on “Cold Summer”

DJ Kay Slay rounds up one hell of a posse for his latest drop, “Cold Summer.” The single is off an upcoming collaborative album entitled Big Brother, set to be released September 29, 2017. Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Gates, Mac Miller, and Rell emanate many different aspects of a Cold Summer. Check out the soulful story line below and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Music

DJ Kay Slay, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and More Collide on "Cold Summer"

DJ Kay Slay rounds up one hell of a posse for his latest drop, “Cold Summer.” The single is off an upcoming collaborative album entitled Big Brother, set to be released September 29, 2017. Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Gates, Mac Miller, and Rell emanate many different aspects of a Cold Summer. Check out the soulful story line below and let me know what you think in the comments!
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Music

PartyNextDoor is On a Posting Spree!

PartyNextDoor has released four new tracks in the last two weeks. What could he be up to? Is he prepping us for a new album? Earlier this summer he released the sultry Colours 2 and reminded us why we fell in love with his music. I think these are throwaway tracks and Party is about to drop within the the next month or two. Until we get an official album check my playlist below with the latest from FIESTA!
 
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Music

“Reasonable Doubt” Turns 20!

Jay Z’s album Reasonable Doubt turns 20 this year, and to celebrate the milestone Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is opening a pop-up shop at APT 4B in Los Angeles. The space will be a replica of Jay Z’s apartment in Brooklyn from the 1990s. In a recent interview with BillboardBurke spills that the shop will sell Reasonable Doubt t-shirts, cassettes, and other nostalgic memorabilia. Some of the merchandise will even be continued into its own Reasonable Doubt line afterwards. The shop will open this Saturday June 25, the 20th anniversary of the album, and will remain open through July.

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Hypefresh Mag and Ubiq apparel teamed up to host the 20th Anniversary pop-up shop at their store in Center City, Philadelphia. I had the opportunity to help power the event and be apart of Hip-Hop history.

Biggs also sat down with the hosts of the popular podcast, RapRadar, to talk about his latest ventures.

DJ Matman, Wax Poetics and WhoSampled teamed up to celebrate Jay Z‘s seminal Reasonable Doubt with a 20th anniversary mix. A combination of expert blending and exhaustive research, the 50 minute mixtape combines tracks from Hov’s 1996 full-length debut with alternate takes, interview snippets and original samples. Mixing to this degree is a talent! Check out the tracks below.

Happy Reasonable Doubt Weekend!

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Tracklist:
1. Isaac Hayes – ‘The Look Of Love’ (sampled in Jay- Z – ‘Can I Live’)
2. Jay-Z – ‘Can I Live’
3. The Stylistics – ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Politics as Usual’)
4. Jay-Z – ‘Politics As Usual‘
5. Hamilton Bohannon – ‘Save Their Souls’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’)
6. Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’
7. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Pastures’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’)
8. Jay-Z feat. Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’
9. Hubert Laws & Earl Kugh – ‘It’s So Easy Loving You’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’)
10. Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’
11. Nas – The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix) (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
12. Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents II’
13. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
14. Snoop Dogg feat Daz Dillinger -‘Murder Was The Case’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
15. Jay-Z – ‘D’evils’
16. Allen Toussaint – ‘Go Back Home’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
17. John Kaizan Neptune – ‘Blue Wind’ (sampled in Jay-Z ’22 Twos’)
18. Jay-Z – ’22 Two’s’
19. Brother Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z ‘Friend or Foe’)
20. Jay-Z – ‘Friend Or Foe’
21. Eddie Henderson – ‘Inside You’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming of Age’)
22. Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming Of Age’
23. Ohio Players – Ecstasy (sampled in Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’)
24. Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’
25. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
26. Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’
27. The Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
28. Marcus Miller – ‘Much Too Much’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’)
29. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’
30. Meli’sa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’)
31. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Fool’s Paradise Remix)
32. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Live at Madison Square Garden)

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Music

"Reasonable Doubt" Turns 20!

Jay Z’s album Reasonable Doubt turns 20 this year, and to celebrate the milestone Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is opening a pop-up shop at APT 4B in Los Angeles. The space will be a replica of Jay Z’s apartment in Brooklyn from the 1990s. In a recent interview with BillboardBurke spills that the shop will sell Reasonable Doubt t-shirts, cassettes, and other nostalgic memorabilia. Some of the merchandise will even be continued into its own Reasonable Doubt line afterwards. The shop will open this Saturday June 25, the 20th anniversary of the album, and will remain open through July.

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Hypefresh Mag and Ubiq apparel teamed up to host the 20th Anniversary pop-up shop at their store in Center City, Philadelphia. I had the opportunity to help power the event and be apart of Hip-Hop history.

Biggs also sat down with the hosts of the popular podcast, RapRadar, to talk about his latest ventures.

DJ Matman, Wax Poetics and WhoSampled teamed up to celebrate Jay Z‘s seminal Reasonable Doubt with a 20th anniversary mix. A combination of expert blending and exhaustive research, the 50 minute mixtape combines tracks from Hov’s 1996 full-length debut with alternate takes, interview snippets and original samples. Mixing to this degree is a talent! Check out the tracks below.

Happy Reasonable Doubt Weekend!

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Tracklist:
1. Isaac Hayes – ‘The Look Of Love’ (sampled in Jay- Z – ‘Can I Live’)
2. Jay-Z – ‘Can I Live’
3. The Stylistics – ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Politics as Usual’)
4. Jay-Z – ‘Politics As Usual‘
5. Hamilton Bohannon – ‘Save Their Souls’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’)
6. Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’
7. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Pastures’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’)
8. Jay-Z feat. Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’
9. Hubert Laws & Earl Kugh – ‘It’s So Easy Loving You’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’)
10. Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’
11. Nas – The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix) (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
12. Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents II’
13. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
14. Snoop Dogg feat Daz Dillinger -‘Murder Was The Case’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
15. Jay-Z – ‘D’evils’
16. Allen Toussaint – ‘Go Back Home’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
17. John Kaizan Neptune – ‘Blue Wind’ (sampled in Jay-Z ’22 Twos’)
18. Jay-Z – ’22 Two’s’
19. Brother Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z ‘Friend or Foe’)
20. Jay-Z – ‘Friend Or Foe’
21. Eddie Henderson – ‘Inside You’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming of Age’)
22. Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming Of Age’
23. Ohio Players – Ecstasy (sampled in Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’)
24. Jay-Z feat Notorious B.I.G – ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’
25. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
26. Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’
27. The Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
28. Marcus Miller – ‘Much Too Much’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’)
29. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’
30. Meli’sa Morgan – Fool’s Paradise (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’)
31. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Fool’s Paradise Remix)
32. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Live at Madison Square Garden)

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Funny Music

Young Dolph Releases Provocative Yo Gotti Diss

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings or until someone’s “Baby’s Moma” is involved. The running feud between Yo Gotti, Blac Youngsta, and Young Dolph has just been reignited. Dolph drops off a new diss that will surely ruffle some feathers. Most of the shots are at Gotti, which is pretty surprising being as though he’s been rather removed from the beef between Youngsta and Dolph…
Check out “Play Wit Yo B*tch” below.

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Music

Lihtz Kamraz Displays His Progression With “The Switch Up”

After his appearance in FOX’s breakout TV series “EMPIRE” and a slew of BET Jams features, Lihtz Kamraz releases his highly sought after LP “The Switch Up.”

Lihtz paints harmonious pictures with his rhythmic storytelling. This project is a 15 song LP with no features. While performing at the Kur & Friends Concert, Lihtz explained he wanted to give fans every facet of his talent. The Switch Up includes production from heavy hitters such as: Lil Uzi’s frequent collaborator, Maaly Raw, Infamous Rell, who has recently worked on DC4, and the Beat Bully, whose recent work includes Drake’s “Hype.”

In conjunction with the release of his newest LP, Lihtz has also dropped a video for “Need Love.” The song expresses his want for a special lady he can put his faith in. Check out the video here and stream The Switch Up below.

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Lihtz Kamraz Displays His Progression With "The Switch Up"

After his appearance in FOX’s breakout TV series “EMPIRE” and a slew of BET Jams features, Lihtz Kamraz releases his highly sought after LP “The Switch Up.”
Lihtz paints harmonious pictures with his rhythmic storytelling. This project is a 15 song LP with no features. While performing at the Kur & Friends Concert, Lihtz explained he wanted to give fans every facet of his talent. The Switch Up includes production from heavy hitters such as: Lil Uzi’s frequent collaborator, Maaly Raw, Infamous Rell, who has recently worked on DC4, and the Beat Bully, whose recent work includes Drake’s “Hype.”
In conjunction with the release of his newest LP, Lihtz has also dropped a video for “Need Love.” The song expresses his want for a special lady he can put his faith in. Check out the video here and stream The Switch Up below.
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Art

Meet FlashGrfx: Philly’s Hottest Graphic Designer

In the words of DJ Khaled, Philly is hitting us with #AnotherOne. FlashGrfx aka Mr. Clutch is the industry’s best kept secret when it comes to pairing sound with sight. It is truly a gift to hear a song and see an image for it. Graphic design is a tedious process that Flash has mastered, and that is evident in all of his creations. Flash has worked with some of the hottest talent out, and I’m sure you’re familiar with them. Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Shy Glizzy, Allen Iverson, G Herbo, Kash Doll, My Mixtapez, and Love & Hip Hop LA to name a few. Most recently, Flash crafted Gucci Mane’s album cover for The Return of East Atlanta Santa. BURR! 

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My personal favorite Flash graphic, is the cover for Meek Mill’s critically-acclaimed mixtape, DC4.

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The cover is a testament to overcoming tribulations and not letting your circumstances define your future. It is a quick look into all of the struggles Meek faced as a young black man growing up and trying to find his way beyond the harsh streets of Philadelphia. It is a collage of mugshots and arrest records. This design is genius, it shows you that if you focus and you really want success, it is yours for the taking.