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By   |  26 September 2012 11:30 am  |  
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Editorial Editorial
Sisterhood

I know people complain about these shows all the time, I’ll try and keep this brief… but really, what values do these shows instil in women? In LHHATL, the favourite characters were a man, who was cheating on his long time partner and mother of his child with a woman who was obviously vulnerable after her rather traumatic childhood filled with neglect. Or perhaps, the ‘past it’ rapper who was cheating on his long time partner and mother of his child with his ‘best friend.’ Or what about the R&B singer who spent the majority of the show flipping out on people and battling with a close ‘friend’ about whether or not her ex really did drag her across the floor and smother her. The women turn on each other whilst the men sit back and smirk rubbing their hands together like a super villain or something. These are SERIOUS issues that we gloss over for the sake of entertainment. Why are we so blinded? At first I used to say “They know what they’re doing. They’re getting a check and it’s all scripted.” But surely to place yourself in a position where you are internationally recognised as being lying, cheating, promiscuous, career/money hungry individuals surely demonstrates a huge vulnerability there. Hit the jump to read our latest editorial, The Death Of Sisterhood: The Reality Show Curse, in its entirety.

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By   |  21 September 2012 21:22 pm  |  Editorial Editorial
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It’s been a pretty exciting week. Shady/Interscope Super-group Slaughterhouse managed to nap the #2 spot in the country proving that the move to sign with a major was worthwhile. Also, Missy Elliott has officially returned to the scene. After releasing her singles “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning”, she has spoken out about the lack of unity amongst female rappers. We’re so glad to have her back. When people think about Missy Elliott back in the 90’s, they always make reference to her talents as a rapper/producer/songwriter – but Missy had an amazing ability to bring artists together. I hope she intends on doing the same this time around. Last of all, we gotta mention Roscoe Dash. After tweeting that he wrote songs for the G.O.O.D music team and for Wale. Roscoe (who I last saw on the finale of LHHATL with Karlie Redd planted firmly on his lap, then went on to unleash a barrage of bitter tweets, before getting a tweet from Meek Mill mocking him for his outbursts. It seems perhaps the earlier episode with Nas and Dream Hampton may be sparking fires under the unsung heroes of the industry (the Ghost Writers). Artists might wanna try writing their own lyrics from now on. It’s not really worth all the humiliation. Shouts to iLLmont, Kil Ripken, Dee Goodz, Neak and Youngs Teflon, hit the jump…

 

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By   |  16 September 2012 9:00 am  |  Editorial Editorial
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I had a brief look around at what’s been going on in hip hop over the past week. It seems the J Cole and Diggy Simmons beef has been reignited. It appears Mr. Cole took a shot at Diggy during a freestyle session. I dunno, it might just be me but I can’t take this beef too seriously. I hope it blows over soon. King of Comedy DL Hughley was the next celeb to attack Lupe Fiasco by calling his stance of not voting ‘silly.’ Each to their own, I personally think there are a lot more ‘sillier’ messages being thrown around in Hip-Hop. Lupe’s an easy target. Anyways, hit the jump to check out my top five tracks of the week – shouts to Gerald Walker, Cardo, Jaecyn Bayne, Yungen, Devilman and Dee Goodz.

 

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By   |  10 September 2012 14:53 pm  |  Editorial Editorial
Purpose

The rap game in all it’s glory and drama is a jungle that can eat you alive and spit out your bones if you’re not prepared or simply built to withstand the topography. For our latest editorial, Butta takes the time to address some very important, and far too undermined ‘rules of engagement’ to help navigate this far too often surreptitious labyrinth, while aiding you with some invaluable tips and quotables to keep both your moral compass and sense of self worth as sharp as a Ginsu. From ethics and exploitation, knowing your purpose, value, boundaries, ‘hidden agendas’ and learning to read between the lines, this one’s a must read for everyone. Shouts to Rav.P, James Wade, Neak, Urban Noize, Kosha Dillz and Tef Poe for their insight and wisdom!

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By   |  7 September 2012 11:34 am  |  Editorial Editorial
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We’ve gone from a relatively quiet week this week, right to one full of drama. The Chief Keef/Lupe Fiasco episode came to a head (I hope) with Chief Keef claiming that his Twitter was hacked and I guess if he’s saying that, then he’s saying his threat to put hands on Lupe weren’t from him. It’s the thing to do these days…curse someone out then plead ‘Hacking’. Lupe then hinted towards his retirement from rap after Food and Liquor 2 drops. I sure as hell hope not. He’s the one artist I feel is saying all of the right things right now. There’s a price to pay for speaking the truth, it usually doesn’t end well for the person with the best intentions but Lupe will forever have my respect.

 

Not really ‘news’ as such but Joey BadA$$ dropped his REJEX mixtape yesterday and it’s fresh to death. Been bumping it all day. I’d really, really suggest downloading it.

 

Last of all but not least; Wiz Khalifa and his fiancée Amber Rose announced they are expecting their first child. A beautiful thing. They are very much in love and I am pleased for them both.

 

Here are my top five picks of the week…shouts to Skyzoo, Uno Hype, Smoke DZA, BRUTS, Brokn.Enlsh and Wordsmattic – hit the jump.

 

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Greg Grease – “Forward”

 

 

If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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