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Today In Hip Hop History: Tupac Shakur Was Gunned Down On The Las Vegas Strip 21 Years Ago

TheSource Feed - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 8:29am

On this date in 1996, Tupac Amaru Shakur was gunned down on the Las Vegas strip while riding in the passenger seat of Suge Knight’s BMW, which was the lead car in a ten car entourage. Knight also suffered a bullet wound to the head in the shooting, but Shakur passed away less than a week later from the injuries sustained from the shooting. He was only 25 years old.

There are several theories as to who killed’Pac, why he was killed and who would profit from Shakur’s death, but no one can deny his unprecedented contribution to Hip Hop culture, regardless of how much controversy came along with it. His death, along with the death of Pac’s friend turned rival Biggie Smalls, sent shockwaves through the Hip Hop community that’s still healing from their losses.

Check out our features on the late Rapper/actor in our current Tupac Tribute issue on newsstands now!

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Happy Birthday To N.W.A./Ruthless Records Founder Eazy-E! (RIP)

TheSource Feed - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:46am

Despite the fact that the Hip Hop community lost this giant in the game over two decades ago, the legacy of Eazy-E will always be seen, heard and celebrated by the culture of Hip Hop.

Eazy-E was born Eric Lynn Wright on this date in 1964 in Compton, California. As most of his gang-infested Compton neighborhood, Eazy adopted the street life and began a career in selling drugs in the early 80s. Wright earned as much as $250K selling drugs, but quickly reinvested his street profits into the music business, thus starting Ruthless Records.

Not long after, Eazy linked up with O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Lorenzo “MC Ren” Paterson and founded “the world’s most dangerous group”, N.W.A. This multi-platinum, Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame group catapulted Eazy’s status to the “godfather of gangster rap”.

Even though the world said goodbye to Eazy in 1995 after his short battle with AIDS, his musical genius continues to live on and influence future generations of Hip Hoppers.

Happy born day Eazy! #RIPEazyE

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Kevin Gates Sends Strong Message in “What If” Music Video

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 7:57pm

Kevin Gates was incarcerated last October for assaulting a woman at one of his concerts. He was supposed to only serve six months behind bars; however, on the day of his expected release, authorities discovered he had an outstanding warrant in Illinois for felony gun possession. Kevin was then re-arrested and sentenced to 30 more months in prison. According to Illinois Department of Corrections data, his projected parole date is June 22, 2018.

Since his imprisonment in 2016, Kevin Gates has released two tracks from behind bars: “No Love” and “What If”. Now he delivers the official video for the song, as well as a handwritten message. The letter is displayed at the end of the Walu-directed visual and encourages fans to remain hopeful.

The imagery in the “What If” video highlights common struggles within many inner-city neighborhoods. It also includes strong parallels to Kevin’s own story, as it shows an inmate writing and praying in a prison cell before cutting to three children somberly waiting for their mother to come home.

You can watch the full video below.

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On The Rise: A. Dash Drops “Preaching To The Choir”

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 6:46pm

Already one of New York’s premiere emerging lyricists, A. Dash looks to up the ante with his latest visual titled “Preaching To The Choir.” Lifted from his recently released album “Versatile Epiphany,” A. Dash lets off an onslaught of bar work reflecting society’s current state.

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Ray Lewis: Ravens Shunned Kaepernick Due To “Racist” Tweet From Girlfriend

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 6:27pm

The latest reason for Colin Kaepernick’s absence from the NFL is apparently not down to his throwing accuracy, his wage demands or his protest against injustice in the United States. Instead, Ray Lewis claims a “racist” tweet sent by his girlfriend Nessa Diab stopped the Baltimore Ravens from signing the quarterback.

Kaepernick attracted huge amount of publicity last season when he refused to stand for the national anthem – which many say has led to his failure to find a new team. The Ravens were said to have been close to signing Kaepernick, but Lewis, the team’s most famous former player, said Diab’s tweet ended that conversation.

“We were going to close the deal to sign him,” Lewis told Showtime’s Inside the NFL on Tuesday night. “[Ravens owner] Steve Bisciotti said: ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.’ And it never happened because that picture comes up the next day.”

The tweet, from 2 August, compared Lewis and Biscotti to Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters in Django Unchained. In the film, Jackson plays a loyal slave to DiCaprio’s racist plantation owner. Diab’s tweet was addressed to Lewis and has not been deleted. It was retweeted more than 4,000 times.

Diab, a radio and TV host, is said to have influenced Kaepernick’s stance on social issues. ESPN’s Dianna Russini said John Harbaugh, the Ravens head coach, and general manager Ozzy Newsome were keen on recruiting Kaepernick as a backup to their starting quarterback Joe Flacco, but Bisciotti has blocked the move.

Lewis said: “[Diab] goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn’t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself: ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’”

Kaepernick said he will stand for the anthem this season if he is picked up by a team. He has received support from his fellow quarterbacks: both Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton believe Kaepernick should be back in the NFL. Rodgers believes the absence is because of his fellow quarterback’s protest.

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Pharma-Boss Martin Shkreli Puts The Wu Tang Clan’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ Album Up For Sale On eBay

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 5:54pm

Pharmaceutical big wig Martin Shkreli has put the Wu Tang album that he purchased some years up for auction on eBay.

With less than two weeks left before the ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ auction ends, but with current bids less than $75K, it’s very unlikely that Shkreli is going to get anywhere near the $2 million that he originally paid for the album almost three years ago.

Here’s what Shkreli had to say about his coveted item up for sale:

This is the one and only Wu-Tang album. I decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output. Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members, and the world at large failed to see my purpose of putting a serious value behind music. I will be curious to see if the world values music nearly as much as I have. I have donated to many rock bands and rappers over the years to ensure they can continue to produce their art when few others would.

At any time I may cancel this sale and I may even break this album in frustration. I will donate half of the sale proceeds to medical research. I am not selling to raise cash–my companies and I have record amounts of cash on hand. I hope someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear.

Martin Shkreli

Upon sale, I will represent & warranty any copies of the music I have will be destroyed. I have not carefully listened to the album, which is a double CD. There is also a finely crafted booklet which you can read about elsewhere. I will pay legal expenses for the buyer up to $25,000 to ensure the final purchase details are mutually agreeable.

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The Source Magazine is Looking For New Talent

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 4:48pm

The Source Magazine is the first and now the last major Hip-Hop news resource and magazine on newsstands. Anchored by the iconic magazine, The Source is a multi-media brand targeting lovers of youth culture and consumers with strong lifestyle interests, and passions for music, fashion, technology, news, and sports since 1988.

The Source is currently recruiting fresh and innovative Staff Writers, Content Providers and Sales Representatives, who are committed to moving with The Source to the next level.

These individuals should be a proven writer able to operate on deadlines, a team player, self-starter, and have a grounding in Hip-Hop culture (preferably knowledge of its history and insight its future). We are looking for go-getters and influencers, and driven, passionate people. If “work hard, play hard” is your motto, we’d like to see you at our pop-up recruiting event on September 15th and September 16th.

Areas of Concentration:

Music Reviews (Sept. 15)
Lifestyle (Sept. 15)
Features (Sept. 15)
TV/ Film (Sept. 15)
Fashion (Sept. 15)
Sports (Sept. 16)
Latino Source (Sept. 16)
Social Media (Sept. 16)
Photography (Sept. 16)
Videography (Sept. 16)
Sales (Sept. 16)

Qualifications:

Strong communication skills, written and verbal.
Ability to work well on deadline.
Hard worker, self-starter, team player and positive communicator.
Must be able to have fun and laugh.

If you’re interested in being a part of our growing team, please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample by September 13, 2017. The recruitment event will take place at 240 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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Martin Shkreli Is Selling the Coveted Once Upon a Time in Shaolin Album On Ebay

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 4:30pm

Pretty much universally loathed and consistently hated on pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has put the “one of a kind” Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin on eBay. The album is currently going for $200,100 USD with 211 bids which is a stark difference from the original $2 million USD price tag.

Half of the sales earnings will be donated to medical research, Shkreli explains that he doesn’t need to sell the album for the proceeds since he has “record amounts of cash on hand”. The auction ends September 15 with a disclaimer stating that the sale might be canceled at any time or may even be destroyed in a fit of rage. The reason for the album’s sale is to see if the world values music as much as he admittedly does. The relationship between Shkreli and the Wu-Tang clan is one of extreme animosity with Ghostface Killah calling the millionaire a “shithead”. Shkreli responded to this statement by threatening to erase Ghostface’s verses on the album. Peep the listing here.

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Watch a Stream of the Virgil Abloh x Nike “OFF CAMPUS” Event

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 3:56pm

Nike today hosted a panel that included Spike Lee, style consultant Aleali May, Don C and the mastermind behind “THE TEN” Off White x Nike kicks Virgil Abloh. The group of style mavens discussed Jordan brand as a whole, its legacy and current trajectory. Called “The Ten- A Crash Course” the talk included information about the yet to be released collobartive effort between Off- White and Nike.

 Exclusive merchandise was sold at the “ON CAMPUS” store but the coveted “THE TEN” collection was not released at the event space. Watch the stream of the panel above and read more about how to get your hands on a pair of Off-White x Nikes here.

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Snoop Dogg Drops October London-Assisted “What Is This?”

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 3:03pm

Snoop Dogg dropped his fifteenth album Neva Left earlier this summer, and most recently released “Dis Finna Be A Breeze” two weeks ago.

Today the rapper shared “What Is This?,” which features October London.

Listen to “What Is This?” above.

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Kenny Lattimore Premieres New Video “Push” [WATCH]

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 2:45pm

R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore returns with the visuals to his latest single, “Push.”

The sensual video, directed by Dale “Rage” Resteghini (Nicki Minaj, Soulja Boy), is set in beautiful Malibu, as the veteran sings of pushing his true love away and vying her long lost love again.

Claudia Jordan (“Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) stars as Lattimore’s love interest.

“The sound doesn’t conform,” explains Lattimore, according to Singers Room. “One of the things that I did think about was staying true to myself, and the other was the fact that I remember the eighties well. We wanted to create something contemporary and timeless.”

“Push” is the Grammy nominated singer’s first single from his ninth studio album, Vulnerable, and the premiere project from Lattimore’s Sincere Soul Records and Liger Enterprises, a full-service global entertainment company.

Staying true to his soulful and timeless tracks, the Washington, D.C. native, who has chart topping gospel, Christmas and R&B duet albums under his belt, surges forward as a R&B mainstay. He’s currently touring, performing around the country.

Check out dates below:

August 25 Café Mocha: Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards Luncheon, Washington, DC.
September 1 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
September 2 Jazz Summer Series, Bel Air, MD
September 4 Kindred Presents, Warm Daddy’s, Philadelphia, PA
September 9 Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland, CA
September 28 Café Mocha: Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards Luncheon, NYC
October 7 The Carson Jazz Festival, Carson, CA
December 14 Café Mocha: Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards Luncheon, Chicago, IL

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Ivy Park Unveils Its Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 2:41pm

Just days after Beyoncé‘s 36th birthday, Queen Bey has a gift for us all. The singer’s athletic brand IVY PARK has finally unveiled its Fall/Winter ’17 collection. The campaign stars actress and activist Laverne Cox (who hinted at a collaboration with Bey a few months back), dancer Karen McDonald and models Grace Bol and Ralph Souffrant.

The campaign is here to serve as a reminder that strength comes in many shapes or forms. “The message for this campaign is to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness,” Beyoncé said in a press release, noting the idea is to think of beauty from a place of inclusivity and democracy. “True beauty and power are born out of strength of character and defined from the inside out. There is no one standard of beauty.”

Laverne Cox spoke to People and had this to say about collaboration: “To be honest, it doesn’t feel real,” she’s quoted as saying. “It feels like some weird fantasy that I’ve had since Destiny’s Child. It feels amazing that I get to be a part of this brand that has already inspired me and be working with a woman who has especially been a huge inspiration to me and so many folks around the world.”

 

"Take each step, enjoy each moment and believe you are great." #IVYPARK #KarenMcDonald

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"Sport is making the impossible, possible. Dream hard, zone out and you will feel like a hero." #IVYPARK @gracebol

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"It's about being free. Listening and moving without any judgement or limitation." #IVYPARK @lavernecox

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"Stop telling yourself you can’t do it. Tell yourself anything is possible. Then watch the magic begin." #IVYPARK @souffrantnyc

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Bianca Bonnie Drops Off New Feels via “Issa Vibe”

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 2:40pm

We were first introduced to Bianca Bonnie in 2007. At the time, she was going by the name Young B and was the voice behind DJ Webstar’s infectiously-catchy “Chicken Noodle Soup” anthem. She made her return to the spotlight once more after landing a leading role in VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop reality show, chronicling her career as a grown woman in the industry.

Now, the multi-hyphenate has crafted up a new outing to officially usher in a new transformation and subsequent chapter in her life. In a new track, described as “culture driven”, the newly-named Bianca Bonnie gifts us with the fruit of her renewal.

“Issa Vibe” arrives as a breezy and graceful cut with a backdrop provided courtesy of producer Keanu.

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You Have to See Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir’s Wedding Invitations

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 2:29pm

Since Gucci Mane’s release in May 2016, him and his fiance Keyshia Ka’ior have made their way atop of the relationship goals totem pole. As they gear up for their million dollar wedding, they gave TMZ a sneak peak of what the invitations would look like and they’re impressive.

Each invitation is a mirror-inspired booklet embellished in Swarovski crystals, costing $1K each! Only 50 out of the 100 guests reportedly received an invitation, putting a $50,000 dent in the wedding budget.

The star-studded, televised event will see the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Pharrell, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Diddy, Rick Ross, Trina, Monica, Solange, and Migos. The TV series will document the couples’ lives leading up to the big day on October 17th.

The wedding is going down at the Miami Four Seasons, and you can witness this beautiful moment live on BET.

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Vans Vice President Donating Sneakers To Hurricane Harvey Victims

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 1:45pm

Houston is dealing with a tough time due to the disaster of Hurricane Harvey. Steve Van Doren, Vans Vice President is taking it upon himself to donate sneakers to victims. Him and his Vans team packed up 4,000 t-shirts, 5,000 pairs of kicks and 5,000 pairs of socks ahead of flying out to Texas. Many members of the promotion team will be on board to deliver the items to families in Houston.

I represent Vans and personally have many friends and employees in Houston that have been affected by the storms. I have been waiting patiently for more of the road to open up and for some of the water to recline…Vans has always been about people helping people. We may be based in California, but I want to be in Texas to hand out shoes, socks, and shirts to anyone who may be in need of dry clothes.

Van has also donated 50,000 to the Red Cross Fund for Hurricane Harvey.  “I know there are so many people in need,” he said, “and I just want people to know that Vans and I give a shit!,” says Van Doren.

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The Nike Kobe Mid “Baseline” Will Arrive In October

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 1:05pm

The Mamba Mentality Pack has paved the way for the Nike Kobe Mid to come through and cause havoc. Nike will soon be revealing more vibrant colors of the interesting model. The latest addition comes equipped in a all-white colorway with a sail midsole and an all-white upper e,braced with a gum rubber outsole. The shoe is refereed to as the “Baseline” which comes off as one of the best nicknames for a shoe in awhile.

We have yet to know the official release date for the sneakers, but October is the month for the official release. Nike hasn’t confirmed the news just yet, but we will keep you posted as more info emerges on the Nike Kobe Mid “Baseline.

Check out images of the shoe in the gallery below.

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‘Mean Girls’ is Coming to Broadway in March

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 1:01pm

The 2004 cult classic film Mean Girls is set to be adapted as a present day stage musical. The musical will feature the same characters and story line as the comedy film, with an addition of smartphones. Thus, the Plastics will have social media to their disposal.

Previews for the musical will begin March 12th and opening April 8 at the August Wilson Theater. Following previews in Washington at the National Theater from October 31st to December 3rd.

Tina Fey, who also wrote the film’s screenplay, wrote the musical’s book. The music is composed by her husband, Jeff Richmond, with lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) will serve as the musical’s director and choreographer.

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A-Boogie Unveils Features on Debut Album, ‘The Bigger Artist’

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:09pm

A-Boogie has been having a good year: He has two platinum records under his belt, he performed at the 2017 Made in America festival, and made it to the 2017 XXL Freshman Class. He plans to continue his winning streak with his forthcoming debut album, The Bigger Artist.

He told Billboard what fans can expect from this album.

The album about to be crazy, man. Sept. 29. Shit is about to be different, man. I ain’t gonna lie, it’s gonna be different vibes, man. You see how I do love songs? It’s gonna be those in there, but I threw different types of vibes in it that I don’t really go on. So I got a song with Chris Brown on there, Trey Songz on there, I got 21 [Savage] on there, PnB Rock, NBA YoungBoy. It’s about to be different, man. Further in the interview, he revealed that he is slate to release another joint mixtape with his comrade, Don Q, but he didn’t mention when. At least we have The Bigger Artist to look forward to on September 29th.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West’s Surrogate is Reportedly Pregnant With Their Third Child

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:49am

The surrogate that Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West hired is reportedly pregnant.

Sources told PEOPLE that Kim’s past health conditions has led her to hire a surrogate to carry her third baby.

Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process.

The source also confirmed that Kim is doing everything in her power to ensure that the baby will be healthy, including providing an ideal diet and eating regime for the surrogate.

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Aaron Davvid Wants to See You in Your Bikini

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:37am

Its been two years since Aaron Davvid has been out with a commercial song, and now he’s back with “Bikini”.

The new feel good track is produced by the BeatStars infamous producer Mantra. The record gives off a Summer, fun vibe that you can get loose to. The Bronx emcee tapped into helmsman David Hausen to breathe life into the “Bikini” lyrics. Davvid explains the inspiration behind his new song:

I just want people to let loose and dance! People have a hard time having fun in life. Sometimes you need to let go and have fun in the moment. Forget about everything weighing you down.

Press play above to listen to the next club banger.

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