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Young Chop Drops “King Chop 2” Project featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, Chief Keef, Jadakiss & More

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:58am

Being one of the main figures to construct drill music, Young Chop doesn’t lack in creativity. Whether 2018 is the year for Drill Music to make a huge comeback, is yet to be decided. However, it doesn’t hold back Young Chop to unleash new music. To begin 2018, Chicago producer drops a project titled King Chop 2 and it sounds like if R&B and Drill Music ever had an offspring, it would sound like this. The unique twang of R&B sprinkled over heavy production definitely has it’s feel to it.

The project comes with 12 solid songs. Guest appearances are made by Jadakiss, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Chief Keef, Yung Tory, Lil Durk and Bump J, among others.

There are a few heaters in there but the highlight of the tape is no doubt the single-ready “I Need A Break” featuring PartyNextDoor and Chief Keef.

Listen Below.

Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Danny Glover Take The Limelight For NAACP Image Awards

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:06am

Today, Monday, Jan. 15, MLK Day, the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards will take place in Pasadena, California with actor Anthony Anderson hosting the prestigious event.

Danny Glover, the legendary actor will receive the President’s award for his professional successes as an actor and film director, and for his philanthropic efforts as a political activist.

Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige stand as leading entertainment nominees for the awards show, which acknowledge prominent black figures in film, television, music, and literature.

Jay-Z leads the rank for entertainer of the year as he goes against Ava DuVernay-who directed the music video for his 4:44 single “Family Feud,” Issa Rae-who was featured in his “Moonlight” music video, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, and Chadwick Boseman.

During a pre-telecast gala dinner held Sunday evening, early winners for the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced, where Mary J. Blige won the award for Female Artist in the music category, while Bruno Mars took the award in the male category, and new age powerhouse SZA won the award for Best New Artist.

Several notable and deserving wins were revealed, in the film category, Tiffany Haddish‘s role in Girls Trip earned her the award for Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, while Jordan Peele took home two honors for Writing and Directing a Motion Picture for Get Out.

On the hip-hop tip, Kendrick Lamar takes home three honors, one for his critically acclaimed album, DAMN, another for his collaboration with Rihanna “Loyalty” for the Duo, Group or Collaboration award, and lastly his hit single “Humble” earned the award for Song-Contemporary.

On the television circuit, hip-hop legends Queen Latifah and LL Cool J also take home honors, as Queen’s role in the movie Flint won the award for Actress in a Television Movie, Limited, Series or Dramatic Special, and LL’s gig as the host for hit show Spike Tv show, Lip Sync Battle earned him the award for Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety Series or Special. Notably, actress Naturi Naughton won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for role as Tasha St. Patrick on the 50 Cent and Joe composed hit show Power.

A distinct mention of a win in the literature category is that of the late Dick Gregory, renowned social activist, author, and comedian. His book Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies won the NAACP Image award for Best Non-Fiction.

The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live on TV One  today (Jan. 15-MLK day) at 9 p.m.

Cardi B Joins Beyonce in Her New Billboard Accomplishment

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:37am

Cardi B continues to make headlines; and for the right reasons. She was undoubtedly, 2017’s breakout star and most polarizing figure. Her success came in a plethora of forms. The Bronx femcee became the first female artist since Lauryn Hill, to top the Hot 100 charts, without a feature. She scored 3 songs in the top 10 simultaneously. She made the cover of a number of renowned magazine, as a result of her rise to fame. To start the new year, she was featured on the In Living Color themed, Bruno Mars’ “Finesse Remix.”

Her winning streak will continue as she joined another polarizing female figure of our lifetime. According to Billboard, Cardi B and Beyonce are the only two female artists to have four songs score in the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Charts at the same time. G-Eazy’s “No Limit” sits at number 2, Migos’ “Motorsport” follows after. “Bodak Yellow” sits at number 5, while her latest single “Bartier Cardi” sits at number 9.

Beyonce accomplished the feat in 2016 with songs from her Lemonade album. This included “Sorry,” “Formation,” “Hold Up,” and “6 inch,” featuring the weekend.

The two time Grammy nominated artist, joins a list of other accomplished rappers to achieve the same feat in the past. This list includes Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and 2 Chainz. When one are mentioned in the same breath as the artists above, you are doing something right.

Doe B’s Killer Sentenced to 85 years in Prison

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:19am

Words by Roman White

Alabama rapper and T.I. prodigy, Doe B, got his justice on Wednesday as the suspect behind his 2013 murder as well as the murder of two other people was sentenced to 85 years in prison on Wednesday according to the Montgomery Adviser.

Darius Thomas, who received the more than an eight decade sentence, was one of three suspects involved in the shooting. According to the report, trial dates for Jason McWilliams and Taboris Mock, the other two alleged shooters, have not been set and both suspects are out on bond.

In 2013, the Grand Hustle artist born Glenn Lamar Thomas was shot and killed during a performance at Centennial Bar & Grill in Montgomery. Doe B was one of three victims on that deadly night. 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 20-year-old Timnarius Hamilton were also fatally shot that night.

Thomas’ 85 year sentence was part of a plea deal he accepted in December. Had he not taken the plea, reports say that the father of five could’ve received a life sentence with no chance for parole. Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey acknowledged that down the road there is a chance for parole for the shooter although he does not expect that to ever happen. Bailey believes Thomas will die in jail.

Before his murder, Doe B was blazing to be Grand hustle’s premiere artist. The eye patch wearing rapper released his Baby Jesus mixtape five months before he was killed. The the 20-track mixtape hosted by DJ Scream had production from Metro Boomin, Zaytoven and others with features from B.O.B., Young Dro, Rich Homie Quan and many others.

T.I. released Doe’s posthumous mixtape Definition of a Trapper 3 in April 2014. Doe B’s last projet features T.I. as well as Kevin Gates, Young Dro, Spodee, and Trae tha Truth.

Aspiring Rapper robs Wingstop to get owner Rick Ross’s attention

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:59am

Aspiring rapper, Cedric Miller chose to rob a Wingstop in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday (Jan 5) to get the attention of rapper Rick Ross along with a possible record deal.

Rick Ross is the owner of a few Wingstop franchises, so it’s no surprise that he would be such a huge target. According to news reports, 23-year-old Cedric was arrested on Monday for attempted robbery. He told the store manager that he was trying to get on the “Rap mogul’s radar.”

Miller and an accomplice allegedly held up the spot at gunpoint, but left empty handed after they failed to get the register open, according to WREG. By Monday morning, police received a tip from a Wingstop employee who identified the suspect.

“That’s a ridiculous way to get someone’s attention. How are you going to get his attention after sitting in jail?” customer Cameron Blaine said.

Rick Ross has not yet responded to WREG for comments yet.


Nas Set To Perform ‘Illmatic’ With Live Orchestra For PBS Special

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:57am

After twenty years since the debut of his widely hailed studio album Illmatic, Nas has teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra to glorify the historic hip-hop album in classical fashion.

Titled Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, the concert film musters the energetic appeal of the profound collaboration and wistfulness of the audible hip-hop Queensbridge fable. The program will premiere on PBS nationwide on Feb. 2 at 9 p.m.

“It’s crazy, you know, I wrote this in the projects in New York City. Here we are in the capital of America, Washington, DC, and, you know, a bunch of white people with strings and all that, playing this album, and they feeling it,” says Nas.

The program will take the masses into an exclusive journey that captures the N.Y. State of Mind rapper’s inspiration behind the gem and scope into his life as a New York City youth with throwback candids from his childhood and classic 90s footage of the emcee during his prime time.

In the name of classical hip-hop, the showcased collaboration between Nas and the notable orchestra revolutionizes the resonance of Illmatic‘s most prized songs like “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World Is Yours,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.”

“I hope that you can look through the dream with me and see the journey I took to be on the stage with an orchestra.”

The program will premiere on the PBS network nationwide on Friday, February 2 at 9 p.m. Check out the trailer of the harmonious performance curated by Nas revived Mass Appeal, below.

Comedian Aziz Ansari is the Latest to be Accused of Sexual Assault

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:51am

Words by Roman White

Comedian and star of the Netflix series Master of None is the latest celebrity accused of sexual assault. In a scathing report by Babe.net, a 23-year-old who goes by the name Grace to protect her real identity accuses the Parks and Recreation actor of forcing her to perform oral sex. Aziz Ansari has denied that he assaulted the 23-year-old photographer and claims that the sexual encounter was consensual.

Grace who was 22 at the time, told Katie Way who wrote the article for Babe.net that she met Ansari at the 2017 Emmy Awards. The two of them bonded over using vintage cameras to take pictures at the award show and at the end of the night exchanged numbers to keep in touch. Grace says that not long after exchanging contact information, Aziz texted her to set up a date.

After the dinner date, the two of them went back to the 34-year-old’s Manhattan apartment for what Grace describes as a series of forced sexual encounters all the way from forced kissing, groping, and forced oral sex. Grace mentions that Ansari attempted multiple times to have sex with her before she asked the comedian to order her a car so she could go home.

Her account was supported in part by pictures she took with Aziz as well as text messages the two exchanged. The actor released a statement following the report confirming parts of the woman’s account:

“In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

“The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.

“I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.” – Aziz Ansari

Ansari has been a strong supporter of women’s rights in regard to sexual misconduct. At the recent Golden Globes Awards, Aziz was seen wearing a “Times Up” pin on his tuxedo to represent his support for the legal defense of women in sexual misconduct cases.

Ansari has also addressed sexual harassment in his stand up routines and denounced “creepy guys” who force themselves on women. No actions at this point have been taken against Aziz as this story continues to develop.

Ski Mask The Slump God Wants to Make a Song About the H&M Controversy

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:43am

Words by Roman White

It looks Ski Mask The Slump God is going to take a shot at addressing the recent H&M controversy that sparked a social media protest and proposed boycott of the clothing giant. The South Florida rapper posted on Twitter, “I’m making a song called Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” The title for Ski Mask’s proposed track comes from the text on a hooded sweatshirt a young African-American boy was wearing in the controversial H&M ad.

The “Catch Me Outside” rapper has been working on a new mixtape. The day after the New Year began, Ski Mask released the song “Poltergeist” as a year starter and a tease for the upcoming project. He has teased a possible collaboration with Chris Brown for the project. He also asked for two features from fellow Floridian and former close friend XXXTentacion, who rejected to work with Ski Mask after their very public falling out.

Many public figures in Hip-hop like T.I., P. Diddy, and Joe Budden came out in support of the boy featured in the ad. While others made their voices heard online, The Weeknd and G-Eazy pulled out of their deals with the clothing company citing the controversy as something they could not support.

H&M did apologize for the ad, but the mother of the boy in the ad felt differently.  In now deleted Facebook posts, the Swedish mother, Terry Mango, prompted people to “Stop crying” and “Get over it.”

The angle that Ski Mask The Slump God will take should be interesting to see. Will the rapper try and push for depth and consciousness behind the track or is he taking advantage of a moment for the extra attention to his work? Regardless, it seems as though the track is just an idea at this point and Ski does not have any bars as of now to support this track.

I’m Making A Song Called

The Coolest Monkey In The Jungle

— $ki Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) January 11, 2018

Busta Rhymes Performs at NJ Governor-Elect’s Pre-Inaugural Party

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:26am

Words by Roman White

New Jersey Governor Elect, Phil Murphy, celebrated his pre-inauguration with a Busta Rhymes performance. The event took place at New Jersey’s Middlesex County Community College, where the New York City native performed his most popular songs to celebrate New Jersey’s new governor.

Busta Rhymes performing at Phil Murphy’s pre-inaugural concert: pic.twitter.com/QjfuNMR0Wu

— Sara Jerde (@SaraJerde) January 15, 2018

Phil Murphy beat Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in the November election winning 49.5 percent of the vote to Guadagno’s 35 percent. On Sunday, President Donald Trump called Murphy to congratulate him on his gubernatorial victory as he did with Viriginia’s Governor-elect Ralph Northam who  Trump did not support during his campaign and in fact endorsed his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie.

Murphy will take over the office previously held by Republican Governor and President Trump Ally Chris Christie. Christie leaves the office with an historic low 15 percent approval rating. Aside from legislation, it is believed that the majority of the disapproval of Christie comes from his early backing of Donald Trump who remains very unpopular in the largely democratic state.

Christie also leaves office with the “bridgegate” controversy where he and other members of his cabinet allegedly colluded to create traffic jams across the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The plot was an alleged act of revenge against Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich for not supporting Christie in his most recent campaign. Executive Director of Port Authority in New York and New Jersey, Bill Baroni, was sentenced to two years in prison according to a report by nj.com. Also, as a co-conspirator, Bridget Kelly is to serve 18 months in prison plus a year of probation.

Murphy’s agenda consists mostly of dealing with the property taxes in New Jersey which according to a study by ATTOM Data Solutions is more than $10,000 for almost a quarter of single family homes in the Garden State.

 On a different note, Murphy has also said he would fight for New Jersey to be the next state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Murphy’s inauguration is scheduled for Tuesday January 16.

Barack Obama Unveils New Plans for Obama Presidential Center

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:15am

Words by Shurida Lundi

Even after his presidency, Barack Obama along with former First Lady Michelle Obama continue to leave a legacy. The Barack Obama Presidential Center unveiled new plans after previous pushback from critics about an above-ground parking garage and its impact on a historical landscape.

In a video distributed by the Obama Foundation, the Presidential Center will be a place for the people of Chicago to come together and have fun while sharing ideas. A new sleeker building was unveiled with an underground garage, a play area for families and the removal of a pedestrian bridge.

“The Obama Presidential Center will be a global community center, a place of life and vibrancy that showcases the South Side to the world,” said Martin Nesbitt, board chair of the Obama Foundation, in a statement.

The idea of the Center came from the picture of different hands coming together Obama said in the video.

“So too, each facade of our four-sided tower will be a little different from the next. It’s our way of showing, it takes many hands to shape a place,” Obama said.

The former POTUS stressed that the voices of the public will always be important to the design of the building. Michelle Obama took to Instagram to express her sentiments about the OPC.

From the very beginning, @BarackObama and I knew the Obama Presidential Center had to be on the South Side. It’s where we met and where our girls were born. It’s home. We've been designing the Center as a place that inspires young people and gives them the tools they need to find their voices, then go out and change the world. It will be a place to learn, connect, and have some fun. The South Side will finally have a sledding hill, a vegetable garden like the one we had at the White House, and other attractions for Chicagoans and visitors from around the world to enjoy. Follow the @ObamaFoundation for updates, and let us know what you think!

A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Jan 10, 2018 at 3:38pm PST

Plans for the building will be submitted to the Chicago Plan Commission to win approval this spring. This way building can commence by the end of the year and have the OPC open in 2021.

Louis Vuitton Making a Tracker for High Price Luggage

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:03am

Words by Comfort Nnana Kalu

Louis Vuitton is planning to end all the struggle of keeping track of an expensive LV luggage by creating a luggage tracker. According to Engadget, sources revealed this gadget will be the first-of-its-kind to work internationally. The gadget will be known as the Louis Vuitton Echo, and will be made by a French start-up company called Axible. The gadget will be fitted for ease by operating on a fully charged battery for six months and will be easily chargeable via a USB cable.

The tracker will work by implementing it into a pocket dedicated to the Echo on the Louis Vuitton luggage. Once up in the air, the Echo will automatically switch to airplane mode. Users can later track their luggage through the company’s LV Pass smartphone app when it is paired with the tracker, and be able to see if their luggage has been opened at any point while being checked or loaded.

Currently, the Echo only works in certain major international airports that are covered by the mobile geo-location service Sigfox. The list of airports will include high population cities in Japan, US, Taiwan, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Oman, New Zealand and Iran. The price point for the Echo has not been revealed but from past reference of Louis Vuitton’s items it may be an expensive item.

The Echo’s release date is to be determined but maybe this gadget will inspire other luggage brands to follow its lead.

NBA YoungBoy Announces ‘Until Death Call My Name’ Release Date

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:50am

Words by Roman White

Upcoming artist YoungBoy Never Broke Again announced the release date of his upcoming album Until Death Call My name. The 18-year-old Baton Rouge rapper took to Instagram to announce the anticipated date, March 2, for the album. The rapper packaged it with a new single titled, “Love is Poison.”

Back in August, NBA YoungBoy joined artists like Cardi B, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Lil Uzi Vert after signing a five-album deal with Atlantic Records. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million. This young artist has been working hard dropping a 14- track mixtape titled Fed babys in November with Interscope signee and Yo Gotti affiliate Moneybagg Yo.

The Louisiana rapper and father of two sons is also responsible for three projects that dropped in 2017 – Mind of a Menace Reloaded, AI Youngboy and Ain’t Too Long which dropped in December. Youngboy announced toward the end of 2017 that he planned to release a mixtape titled, Ahlan, which translates to ‘welcome’ in Arabic, but the project was never released.

The “Solar Eclipse” rapper made a major splash in the hip-hop game last year with consistent music and collaborating with popular artists like Quavo, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates and others. NBA has not released a tracklist or cover art for the new album. He recently dropped visuals for the track “Solar Eclipse,” which could find a spot on the newest album.

With NBA Youngboy dropping so much music in 2017, he may want to hold onto some of those verses as he looks at a long road of fulfilling his contract obligation of five albums. With album one releasing March 2, it’ll be interesting going forward to see a tracklist for the album and who he brought into the studio to collaborate with on the anticipated project.

Kobe Bryant is Teaming up with ESPN for a New Sports Show

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:41am

Words by Roman White

Kobe Bryant is teaming up with ESPN for a new show called Detail. The show will be a basketball analysis show written, produced, and hosted by the GOAT himself.

The ESPN press release reads, “In Detail, viewers will experience unparalleled game observations from Bryant as if he were one of the players featured in an ESPN game played the day before. As one of this generation’s leading basketball minds, Bryant will provide a perspective aimed at helping young athletes, players and coaches see the game in a different way.”

This is a huge power move by the Disney-owned sports network. The show is expected to launch in March after all star weekend and a month before the NBA playoffs begin. KB24 took to Twitter to announce the Granity Studios-produced show.

ESPN announced that Detail will have 15 episodes, and will conclude during the NBA Finals. Kobe will give viewers specifically young athletes and current NBA players a “deeper” analysis from a 20-year veteran star.

"Detail" – my new show from Granity Studios – hits ESPN in March. Viewers can expect to learn how the pros better their best by analyzing game film. https://t.co/OVKd43Vgvo pic.twitter.com/18QRUCdX66

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 12, 2018

“Having an all-time great like Kobe share the same analysis he offers current players will be a tutorial for elite athletes around the world and the ultimate inside access for viewers,” says Kevin Wildes, ESPN vice president in the ESPN press release.

The future Hall-of-Famer returned to Staples Center in December and became the first NBA athlete to have two jerseys retired – his number 8 jersey from the first half of his NBA career and number 24 from the second half of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe helped bring five championships to the city during his 20 season career. As arguably one of the top three players in NBA History, Kobe’s insight and analysis in his new show is sure to make a big impact when the show airs in March.

Joey Bada$$ World Tour Hits Asia

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:21am

Joey Bada$$’s All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ World Tour hits Australia, Japan, South Korea and China this week with Pro Era label mate Nyck Caution after 30+ American and Canadian dates with Logic, and a 20 in European/New Zealand.

Joey is touring his successful second studio album, All-AMerikkkan Bada$$, which charted highly throughout Europe and Australasia, backing up his strong No. 2 charting position in America after its April 2017 release. The 12-track release features numerous Pro Era artists including Kirk Knight, Schoolboy Q, Styles P, J. Cole, Statik Selektah, Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies, Chronixx, and DJ Khalil. The lead single, “Devastated,” recently went platinum and was supported by his subsequent album singles “Front & Center” and the politically driven “Land of the Free” (which was released on the inauguration date of President Donald Trump).

Joey Bada$$ was also recently announced as the creative director of PONY, proving at just 23-years-old, he has an astute business mind.

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Grace Cover 1-of-2 of The Source’s 2017 Power 30 Issue (#273)

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:00am

The most POWERFUL issue in Hip-Hop is here and to close out 2017, The Source Magazine reveals one of our covers with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the dynamic duo who have achieved greatness over the past year and decade.

This is the issue where we analyze and profile the “POWER” players of Hip-Hop culture primarily from a business and economic point of view. Power is the ability to influence and make change; for our list, influence in the community also matters, as true power is beyond simply dollars and cents. While the list of leaders are not simply based upon how much revenue was generated over the past 12 months, the economic stats do matter.

In this issue, we recognize 30 of the most powerful influencers in the business of rap culture. We explore three power areas of interest: The behind-the-scenes industry players, radio and digital media, as well as hot button topics like sexual harassment, social justice, health and getting that money.

Below is an excerpt of the exclusive Power30 Conversation with Publisher L. Londell McMillan and the incomparable, Jimmy Iovine.

What does power mean to you?

I never think in terms of power, I think in terms of “great.” Great is power.

Do you think greatness brings power, or do you think power is irrelevant?

Whether you call it “great” or call it “power,” I feel you are better off striving for greatness. Striving for power is fleeting. If you are “great” you can do anything and everybody who is above you in a job environment or runs your place knows it and will respect that. So you should always strive for greatness.

As instrumental as you are in music, did you ever think that Hip-Hop would dethrone rock as the No. 1 genre of music in the country?

When I first met Dre, when I finally looked at what they were doing, I said, ‘Wow… this reminds me of when I first met the Rolling Stones.’ I felt that it was an international message. I felt that it was absolutely a worldwide message. I felt it was multi-cultural and was going to play for everybody. I didn’t really understand it, but it hit that nerve in me that I felt when I felt The ‘Stones or when I saw punk music with Patti Smith. I said this thing is going to take over.

Did it? Yes. Am I the cause of it? No.

I wasn’t even early on it. I think Interscope helped it go worldwide. I think we put the money behind it. I mean we gave it major resources at a time that no one was giving it. We put a lot of money into it: Tupac, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the 2017 Power 30 issues when it hits newsstands on December 27, 2017.

The Northstar Group/TheSource Magazine Celebrates The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 6:38am

There has not been a figure in the history of the United States that can ever be compared to the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His methods of non-violent protest that were used to fight oppression and inequality in this country have been emulated all over the world. Besides, who else has given their own federal holiday that wasn’t a former president?

In celebration of Dr. King’s birthday today, without focusing on how the U.S. government is admittedly responsible for his tragic and untimely death or the rumorous allegations of him being a philandering ladies man, the Mind Squad presents a photo gallery that captures some of Dr. King’s most intimate moments within the struggle for the liberation of Black people.

And for those that didn’t know, this rendition of “Happy Birthday” composed by Stevie Wonder, which can be heard at many Black born day shindigs, was originally created in memory of the late Dr, Martin Luther King Jr.


Was The Missile Threat In Hawaii Really Just False Alarm?

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 6:22am

A “false” warning of a missile threat in Hawaii sent White House aides scrambling Saturday, frantically phoning agencies to determine a response and triggering worries about their preparedness almost a year into the Trump administration. The questions many have asked are why did it take so long to declare the warning was a false alarm and why did it take President Trump so long to issue a statement?

Saturday morning PST, people in Hawaii received an emergency alert notification on their cell phones about an incoming missile that read,


The state’s governor, Democrat David Ige, attributed the error to a “wrong button” pressed during a shift change, but it took a full 38 minutes for the state to advise residents of the error.

The president, who is in Florida for the weekend, was at his golf course in West Palm Beach during much of the incident, according to a press report. His motorcade left the golf course and returned to his nearby private club, Mar-a-Lago, just as Hawaii residents were being told it was a false alarm.

President Donald Trump’s Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack ever since the threat has presented itself from North Korea led by leader Kim Jong-Un, according to a senior administration official. John Kelly, while serving as secretary of Homeland Security through last July, planned to conduct the exercise. But he left his post to become White House chief of staff before it was conducted, and acting Secretary Elaine Duke never carried it out.

The administration ran the exercise on Dec. 19 at the deputies level, at the behest of Kelly and newly sworn-in Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen. But as of Saturday, when Hawaii residents were taking cover, the federal government had yet to play out the same scenario with Cabinet secretaries at what is known as the principals level.

Vatican Newspapers Calls Trump’s “Sh-thole” Comment “Offensive”, Trump Denies Statement

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:57am

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported comments about African countries and Haiti as “particularly harsh and offensive”.

The newspaper did not print the word “shithole,” which Trump reportedly used repeatedly on Thursday at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday, according to U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering.

The newspaper, L‘Osservatore Romano, wrote about the comment in a front-page article about the immigration debate in the United States. It noted that Trump’s comments had immediately sparked “controversy and indignation”.

Trump denies using the term.

Immigration is one of the issues that Pope Francis, who has strongly defended the rights of developing countries, and Trump have clashed over.

In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump’s views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was “not Christian”.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was “disgraceful” for the pope to question his faith.

Today In Hip Hip History: Gangstarr Drops Their Sophomore LP ‘Step Into The Arena’ 27 Years Ago

TheSource Feed - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:41am

On this date almost three decades ago, Chris Martin bka the legendary DJ Premier and Keith Elam bka the Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) put together Gang Starr’s second and possibly most memorable album, Step Into The Arena. The duo were one of the first groups signed the the newly formed Chysalis/EMI label after ditching Wild Pitch Records following their debut album, No More Mr. Nice Guy.

With production solely in the hands of Preemo and Guru, the raw, gritty sound that helped mold New York Hip Hop during its Golden Era can be found in many facets of this project, which is somewhat surprising coming from a rapping teacher from Boston and a DJ from Houston, Texas who just happened to link up in East New York, Brooklyn. Tracks such as the jux-inspired “Just To Get A Rep”, the consiouly cool lyricism of “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight” and the hilarious bug-a-boo fueled “What You Want This Time?” showed and proved Gang Starr’s innate ability to capture an experience on wax that all listeners can feel.

Salute to Preemo, the Elam family and everyone else involved in creating this piece of Hip Hop history!


Cortez vs Dunn D Drops On Real Talk Battles

TheSource Feed - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 10:35pm

Brooklyn’s own Cortez of the infamous Murda Ave crew recently traveled to Melbourne to take on Australia’s current #1 battler Dunn D on the country’s leading battle rap platform – Real Talk Battles at Laundry Bar.

The highly entertaining, close battle had many calling it a split 2 – 1 either way.  Fans won’t be disappointed as it definitely was a strong showing from both emcees.

Cortez has been a crowd favorite for years. His extensive resume includes classic battles against top tier battlers like T Rex, B Dot, Daylyt, Head I.C.E, Arsonal, Charron, Dizaster, Bigg K, Thesaurus, Tay Roc, 40 B.A.R.RS, Soul Khan, Conceited, Hitman Holla, Shotgun Suge, and Causticthis is abbreviated because a list of his matches could go on for days.  But Cortez has made serious moves to expand his brand in Hip-Hop. The remix of his hot street banger, “The Classic” features rap legend like Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan. For those who say that battle rappers can’t make joints,  this song from The Murda Ave leader quiets the noise.  

Dunn D himself has been busy too.

He’s battled over the last two years, King of The Dot title holder Head I.C.E on RT, both Realiztic and Big Kannon on KOTD, and Shuffle-T and Innuendo on Don’t Flop (UK). DD is making sure people in the rap world know that the Land Down Under got that smoke too. Dunn D continues to travel abroad for battles and will battle his next opponent Bobby Rex in the UK on Chalked Out. Dunn D’s name has been floated as a potential for the illusive debut spot on URL for an Australian rapper, up there with Manaz Ill, Purpose, 360, Prime, Justice and Kerser – time will tell.