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J Dilla’s MPC Included in Smithsonian Exhibit

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Well this is pretty cool. Dilla’s MPC and custom made Moog synthesizer will be added to the collection at the Smithsonian Institute’s soon to launch Museum Of African American History And Culture. Above you can watch an announcement about the exhibit by Dilla’s mom, Ma Dukes Yancey, and a representative from the Institute at the recent D.C. Loves Dilla event.

So we’ve got Nas at Harvard and Dilla in the Smithsonian, now we just need to add Kool Herc’s mug to Mount Rushmore.

Spotted: OKP

Previously: J Dilla – Filth

Meek Mill To Spend 3-6 Months in Jail

Friday, July 11th, 2014

According to Philly’s Fox 29, Meek Mill has been taken into custody on a probation violation and will spend the next 3 to 6 months behind bars. The violation is apparently connected to “a number of recent incidents” that the rapper was involved in, one of which included the posting of a picture of a gun to one of his social media accounts. I bet that hating ass DA had something to do with this.

Read: Meek Mill To Spend 3 To 6 Months In County Jail

Previously: Meek Mill Is Not Feeling The Love From Wale

Kanye Played 20 Unheard Songs at a London Club

Monday, July 7th, 2014

After filling in for a sick Drake with a couple of show closing performances  at the Wireless Festival in London this past weekend, (one of which included a 20 minute rant that reportedly got him heavily booed by the audience), Kanye played an exclusive DJ set at an unidentified London club. According to attendees, as reported by Vulture, Ye treated listeners to an impromptu listening session of about 20 previously unheard tracks that are being described as “dark” and “hellish”.

Vulture reports:

Following his second set at London’s Wireless Festival last night, Kanye reportedly got behind the DJ booth and treated attendees of a private club event to about 20 never-before-heard tracks. While photos and videos were prohibited, a few details have leaked on social media, with one attendee describing the new songs as “dark,” “hellish,” and “ground-shaking.” Should Yeezy attempt to try to one-up Beyoncé by dropping 20 new music videos at the same time, we would not object.

Previously: French Montana Recorded 5 Songs with Kanye

Pharrell Getting Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee on Thursday announced the list of 30 celebrities who will receive stars on the storied stretch of Hollywood Boulevard this year, and our boy Skateboard P is among the honorees. Obviously this is a huge honor, and in P’s case it is much deserved, but then when you realize that Pitbull is also getting a star, you have to wonder if they’re just handing these things out to anybody with a pulse these days. Kool & The Gang, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Seth MacFarlane and Paul Rudd also made this year’s list.

Previously: Pharrell Receives The Key to VA Beach

Three Shot at Nas & ScHoolBoy Q Show in Denver

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Red Rocks Shooting

The Denver Post is reporting that three people were injured when shots rang out last night after a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre featuring Nas, ScHoolBoy Q and Flying Lotus. As you can see from the image above, Q was temporarily detained by police for whatever reason, although according to the Jefferson Country Sheriff’s office Twitter feed and Pitchfork, he was not arrested and there are no suspects in custody. The three victims fled the scene in a vehicle and were later tracked down by police. All three are still alive.

Hit the jump for more pics from the scene.

UPDATED:  It turns out Q was riding in the car with the three shooting victims at the time of the attack, which may explain why he was temporarily detained. Denver police say they don’t think the attack was random.

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Video: Styles P & Jadakiss Open New Juice Bar in Yonkers

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Yesterday in my hometown, local boys made good, Styles P and Jadakiss were joined by Mayor Mike Spano to cut the ribbon on the new Juices For Life location at 211 Nepperhan Ave. If you’re familiar with the area, you know the store is just up the block from Whitney Young projects, (or 354 to locals), which is D-Block’s homebase. As it has been since I was a kid, this is a neighborhood plagued by drugs and violence, and with this new business, SP and Kiss aim to bring some positivity to the area.

Kiss noted during the ceremony:

“We want to bring unity to the youth who are engaging in all of this nonsense,” he said. “Here, you pretty much know everybody. As I said before, love is love is our slogan. We don’t tolerate no violence. We’re going to try to settle them down, give them a juice, and help them rectify whatever differences they’re going through, because violence and juice don’t go together.”

If you find yourself in the Bronx, you can also visit the OG Juices For Life location at 1026 Castle Hill Ave.

Be sure to pick up that #PhantomAndTheGhost LP if you haven’t already.

Previously: Styles P ft. Jadakiss & Rocko – Sour (Video) | Styles P ft. Chris Rivers – Never Trust (Video)

Dame Dash & Cam’ron Opening a Restaurant

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Earlier today, Dame took to his Instagram account to reveal that he and Cam have partnered on a new restaurant called Dish that is set to open its doors in the very near future. The eatery is located at 65 Washington Street in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn and it will specialize in Mediterranean cuisine. Dame posted a few photos of the signage, decor and kitchen. Check the shots out below.

Says Dame about the venture:

Always excited about new biz… I don’t expect it to be easy probably a cash flow problem here and there but I love the fight…it’s the life I choose I love the challenge #dishcomingsoon

Me and @mr_camron in the kitchen at dish…we decided to do this one together on some Harlem shit just for fun #harlemstickstogther #tycoonshit #nurunmoney #rushthethrone…pause

The restaurant business in NYC is notoriously cutthroat with a extremely high rate of failure, so here’s to hoping they have an experienced restaurateur on board to run this thing.

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Ka’s 1200 B.C. EP is Out Now

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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With little fanfare, zero snippets and no tracklist, Ka quietly dropped a new EP last week called 1200 B.C. The project was produced entirely by Preservation and is available, for the time being, on CD only via Ka’s site. There are maybe 5 artists in the world who I would buy an album from under these terms and Ka is one of them.

A cursory Google search does turn up a tracklist, which I’m not going to post here in the interest of keeping things as analog and interesting as possible, but I will say that the one feature on the EP is from longtime collaborator Roc Marciano.

Previously: Ka – You Know It’s About (Video)

Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Summer 2014 Tour Dates

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

On the eve of Drake’s big Houston Appreciation Weekend, Drake and Lil Wayne officially announce that they are hitting the road this summer for a cross-nation tour, presented by Capcom. It’ll kick off in NY State on August 8th and ends in Houston on September 27th. Take a look at the full set of dates/venues after the jump.

Previously: OVO’s Houston Appreciation Weekend Gear

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Video: Pharrell Receives The Key to VA Beach

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Pharrell returns to his hometown of Virginia Beach and visits the kids at his alma mater, Princess Anne High School. P was honored at the school’s homecoming event and announced a new digital learning program that he helped create as part of his From One Hand to AnOTHER program. He was later presented with the Key to the City and June 7th was proclaimed Pharrell Williams’ Day.

Previously: Mary J. Blige ft. Pharrell – See That Boy Again