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Birthday Greetings to Grandmaster Flash

This day in hip-hop celebrates the birth of phenomenal recording artist, legendary DJ, and overall regarded among hip-hop's earliest icons, none other than Grandmaster Flash.

Born Joseph Saddler, the younger Flash grew up in The Bronx, developing a certain fascination towards music from his father whilst also involving in electronics from his mother. “My father was a very heavy record collector,” he mentions in an interview, “I used to open his closets and just watch all the records he had. I used to get into trouble for touching his records, but I'd go right back and bother them.”

Ever the avid learner, Flash took to the styles and techniques of earlier icons, such as Pete Jones, Kool Herc, and Grandmaster Flowers, studying them until

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Jidenna's “Long Live The Chief” Dons New Rhythm Scholar Remix

Ain't a better way to kick off new year jams than with a brand new remix says Rhythm Scholar who just dropped his take on Jidenna's hit single “Long Live The Chief”.

While his debut album of the same name is scheduled for its much-awaited release on January 17, the suit and tie emcee allowed early access with a memorable performance of said single on the popular Marvel-inspired Netflix show, Luke Cage, which staged Jidenna himself in the fictitious Harlem's Paradise.

With merely two weeks before the album finally launches, “Long Live The Chief” undertakes a classy Rhythm Scholar remix treatment (both in clean and explicit versions), fusing in samples from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Rare Earth, Qu

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Future and Rick Ross drop visuals for "That's A Check"

Future recently declared that 2017 was going to be this year, and he's making good on those promises -- yesterday the Atlanta rapper released a brand new song, "Buy Love," and today he's teamed up with Rick Ross to deliver a video for their latest collaboration, "That's A Check."

Watch the video for "That's A Check" here.

The video, which features Future and Ross partying in a mansion, was directed by Eif Rivera, who has previously helmed videos for Kanye West, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, and Wyclef.

Yesterday Future released "Buy Love," alongside an accompanying vi

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Kendrick Lamar headlines hip hop heavy Coachella music festival

Kendrick Lamar is the latest hip hop artist to get top billing at the world renowned Coachella Music Festival.

The Grammy Award winning rapper will take over Coachella's main stage on the third and sixth days of the annual music festival, January 16th and the 23rd. Radiohead and Beyonce are the show's other headlining musicians.

The prestigious headlining spot is the most recent accomplishment for the Compton rapper, who has quickly emerged as one of the premiere socially conscious voices in hip hop right now. Last year, Lamar took home five Grammy awards and his compilation album, Untitled Unmastered, was released to near unanimous critical acclaim and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. Lamar is also preparing to launch a sneake

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Anderson .Paak Teases Collaborative Work With Q-Tip & DJ Quik

Anderson .Paak just wrapped a phenomenal year, and currently stands among other notable artists nominated for the Grammy's Best New Artist.

Kicking off 2017, the Oxnard native joined Pharrell and Scott Vener on Apple Music's OTHERtone Beats 1 Show, discussing about working with Dr. Dre as well as future collaborations. While Pharrell suggested a collaboration with Q-Tip, Paak countered with an interesting response:

“We got records, me and Tip,” says Paak, following-up by revealing that he and the A Tribe Called Quest frontman had already been working together. Paak also unveiled that although the content still bears no set release date, one particular tune ended up on ATCQ's latest album on the track "Moving Backwards".

He

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End Of An Era, Hip Hop In The White House

I know the arts saved my life,” Q-Tip told standing behind his podium at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Awards ceremony held at the White House, a historic moment without a doubt.

But there had been rappers and hip-hop artists within White House walls even before president Barrack Obama's tenure, Eazy-E had been the first, followed by Sean “Diddy Combs”, but the latter had only been given a tour, while the other attending due to technical reasons.

The Obamas were the first to fully embrace both hip-hop music and culture, and recognize its significance, seeking out pathways for hip-hop to teach and inspire; Q-Tip simply represents one among the many, proving that the link between hip-hop and pres

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