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Kurtis Blow: MCs Build Up Communities, Rappers Tear Them Down

Bronx, NY – An army  Hip Hop’s architects and pioneers are gathering in the Bronx on Saturday (August 12) for the fourth annual Bronx Church Day, a celebration those who have passed away and who continue to uplift the culture.

Hosted by Hip Hop ambassadors Kool Kyle and Van Silk, the event boasts special guests like DJ Kool Red Alert, The Original Clark Kent, Debbie Deb, Grand Mixer DXT, Kurtis Blow, and DJ Kay Slay.

It’ll also recognize the Hip Hop Boulevard 5, a group that was instrumental in the renaming 1520 Sedgwick — the birthplace Hip Hop — to Hip Hop Blvd. It’s a community event to commemorate the contributions so many have made to the culture.

Kurtis Blow will serve as the keynote speaker.

“We’re going to honor them along with Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell,” Blow tells HipHopDX. “We’ll also be honoring the families and our fallen soldiers that paved the way, who are legends in their own right.”

Grand Wizard Theodore, who was also on the call and will be at the event, sees it as an opportunity to pass down the knowledge the forefathers Hip Hop have learned over the past 44 years, since Hip Hop was ficially born on August 11, 1973, the day DJ Kool Herc invented the “break” at a back-to-school jam. It’s a part history that changed the course music forever and led to Hip Hop becoming the biggest genre in America.

Like Lil Yachty, who was once unable to name a 2Pac or Biggie song, there’s a perceived disconnect between the younger generation and Hip Hop’s foundation.

“I feel like it’s education,” Theodore tells DX. “Education is very important. We as pioneers have to make sure that we document everything so that when it’s presented to the world, everything is true, and people aren’t trying to rewrite history. We have to make sure we make history right. Everybody has to get a history lesson on who Afrika Bambaataa is … Cold Crush Brothers, Disco King Mario, Kurtis Blow — all the DJs from the five boroughs. Everybody got to be educated on who these people are — who we are. A lot the younger generations are not being educated.”

“I really do agree with Theodore,” Blow adds. “When he said, education is so important — you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you come from. History teaches us we don’t have to make the same mistakes in the past — we can repeat those successes. I have this theory — whatever you want to do with your life, whatever dream you have, whether it’s to become a doctor or a lawyer, you have to do the research and learn about the subject, and the history the subject. You will find out the successes  the pioneers, repeat those steps they chose to earn those success. You will also reap those benefits.”

Blow and Theodore also firmly believe there’s an important distinction between an MC and a rapper. When Hip Hop first emerged, it was a way to feel empowered, and it fered an escape from the harsh realities poverty and crime that so many people faced growing up in the ten violent neighborhoods New York City.

“If you were rapping in ’78, ’79, you were an MC,” Blow explains. “MCs build up the community. The difference between an MC and a rapper is the MC builds up the communities, but the rappers seem to tear it down. We have a responsibility to uplift the community. We gotta help the people. Whatever you want to call yourself, a trap artist or whatever, you have a job to do.”

“We need to band up and let our voice be heard,” Theodore adds.

On Saturday, many walls that have been built up over the past four decades will be torn down as countless purveyors the culture come out to celebrate the lives fallen pioneers like Scott La Rock, Sugarhill Gang’s Big Bank Hank, Kool DJ AJ and Mr. Magic.

“I feel like this event will be a positive turning point for all us to come together as one,” Theodore says. “It’s something we should have done years and years ago in the ’80s. We would be a lot further than we are now. Leave your egos at the door. We’re not young kids living at our parents houses. We’re grown men, we should be able to sit down at the table and become one. This art form was formed by many, many people.”

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, which was the first Hip Hop group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, and is most famous for the classic cut “The Message,” broke up in the late ’80s, but one its original members, The Kidd Creole, is facing some serious charges after he admittedly stabbed a homeless man to death.

“Don’t let media dictate what’s going on,” Theodore says. “Send prayers. Forget all the stuff the media is putting out there. We just want to send him our support. I’ve known him since I was a teenager. When I see something in the media, I don’t even want to hear all that.”

“Many in the media are attacking the group and picking up negativity,” Blow adds. “They were Earth Wind & Fire to Hip Hop. Nobody could touch them. From 1977 to 1980, in New York City, they were number one before they even started making records. Anytime they’d play, the clubs were packed. Grandmaster Flash, the DJ, did so much for Hip Hop. He’s really up there with Kool Herc as one the forefathers. This is the first rap group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. It’s Hip Hop’s first group — period.”

Bronx Church Day kicks f at 12 p.m. at 161st and Grand Concourse.

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Kodak Black Shows How He Really Feels About Lil Uzi Vert & Lil Yachty

Kodak Black has revealed that he has no love for some scene’s most popular rappers.

In an Instagram Live session with fans, recorded and posted by DJ Akademiks, the Florida rapper throws pretty explicit shots at Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty.

“Listen here man, I got some more albums coming out… I am not like these other niggas,” he began, before breaking into a freestyle diss aimed at both rappers.

“I don’t even listen to Uzi/ These niggas dick in the booty/ They confusing the community/ I don’t even listen to Yachty/ They don’t be droppin’ no knowledge/ I ain’t dissin’, I got my own followin’.”

Kodak also had a few skeptical words for NBA Youngboy after one user left a comment saying “Youngboy way better,” prompting Kodak to ask “Way better at what?” Youngboy wasn’t the target a freestyle though, and Kodak called him “skraight” earlier in the video, which sounded like respect… but it’s clear that Kodak is looking to set himself apart from the rest his class ahead  the release the forthcoming Project Baby 2.

So far, none the victims Kodak’s mumble-on-mumble violence have responded through their own social media channels.

Watch highlights from the video below.

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Google Celebrates Birth Of Hip Hop With Interactive DJ Lesson

In honor Hip Hop’s 44th anniversary, Google recruited a who’s who Hip Hop pioneers to help in crafting a special Doodle, which launched today (August 11).

The Doodle, visible on the Google homepage, features interactive turntables that web-surfing DJs can use to mix a selection records, including George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog,” Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message,” and The Isley Brothers’ “Between The Sheets.”

Prior to taking part in the mixing tutorial, users are greeted with an intro video narrated by former Yo! MTV Raps host Fab 5 Freddy. In the video, Freddy fers some insight into Hip Hop’s anniversary.

“Today we’re celebrating one the most important innovations in Hip Hop music: the break,” an animated Freddy says in the video. “On August 11, 1973, a DJ named Kool Herc threw a Back to School party in the Boogie Down Bronx that changed music as we know it. Using two turntables, he extended the instrumental breaks, allowing people to dance longer … a style that came to be known as breakdancing.”

Fab 5 Freddy expressed excitement for the Doodle on Instagram, writing, “I had fun getting animated for real working on this #BirthHipHop #GoogleDoodle celebrating this cultural force and saluting the DJs who got the party going and flowing.”

In addition to narration by Fab 5 Freddy, the Doodle features a custom logo graphic by noted graffiti artist, Cey Adams. Former Def Jam Records head Lyor Cohen serves as the project’s executive consultant, while Prince Paul serves as Guest Musician.

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Moneybagg Yo Releases New Project "Federal 3x"

Moneybagg Yo, who joined Yo Gotti’s CMG imprint last year, is quickly becoming an artist to watch. The Memphis rapper aims to increase his level fame with the release his new mixtape, Federal 3x.

Yo’s second project 2017 is a 15-track effort featuring a lone guest appearance by rising star NBA YoungBoy. The release also represents the Federal series’ return to being a solo endeavor. The second entry, 2 Federal, was a collaboration with Yo Gotti.

Check out the stream, cover art and tracklist for Federal 3x below.

Moneybagg Yo Releases New Project "Federal 3x"

1. Vent (Flex Freestyle)
2. Important
3. Trending
4. Doin’ It
5. Blog
6. Insecure
7. Foreal
8. On Me
9. Side B!+$#es
10. Mind Frame
11. Reckless f. NBA YoungBoy
12. Mad Face Sad Face
13. Lately
14. HOE House
15. Right Now

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J. Cole & Bas Surprise Fan Diagnosed With Rare Cancer

Dreamville Records lived up to its name this week, as Bas and J. Cole teamed up to literally make a young fan’s dream come true.

On July 29, a man by the name Robert Griffin sent the following tweet to Bas, about his son Collin:

“@Bas My 11 year old son @ his first concert in 2015.Just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and all he wants is to meet J Cole.Please help me Bas”

Attached to the tweet was a photo Griffin’s son with Bas and two others.

Fast-forward nearly two weeks later, and a series photos Griffin uploaded to Twitter shows his son backstage with both Bas and J. Cole at a recent concert.

“@JColeNC Dreamville truly is a family. They made my sons dream come true tonight.I will never be able to thank you all enough. Much Love!,” Robert Griffin tweeted.

According to a GoFundMe page, which has raised nearly $17,000, Collin was recently diagnosed with a rare type cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma.

“For those you who don’t know Collin personally, he is by far the most caring, compassionate, loving individual I’ve ever met in my life,” a description on the GoFundMe page reads. “He will go out his way to help anyone in need at anytime and he never fails to put a smile on your face. He’s been so extremely strong so far and I know this is an uphill battle that we’re going to win.”

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Black Eyed Peas Launch "Masters Of The Sun" Graphic Novel

Los Angeles, CA – The most recent musical release from the Black Eyed Peas was their star-studded 2016 music video for the re-vamped version their 2003 hit “Where Is The Love.” Now, they’re back to tell a different story — graphic novel.

On Wednesday (August 9), will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap celebrated the release their newest creative project titled Masters the Sun – The Zombie Chronicles. This took the form an in-store signing at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in Los Angeles and a livestream Q&A.

The plot, which was written by will.i.am and inspired by his personal story, sees Los Angeles being attacked by aliens, while humans are transforming into zombies. The main character, Zulu-X, lands in the middle the action and uses his wits to fight an ancient order.

Black Eyed Peas Launch "Masters Of The Sun" Graphic Novel

Marvel

In an interview with the three BEP members in attendance (minus Fergie — who Will said in June was still in the group, despite previous reports), Taboo told HipHopDX, “We’ve been working on it for four years. I just brought up the collaboration with Marvel.”

 

apl.de.ap explains further: “It’s what’s going on in our community right now, still. Even all the way to the Philippines. We just want to really relay a positive message. It’s a parallel story. These kids trying to save their community and trying to bring positive vibes.”

When asked about upcoming music, will.i.am made sure to keep the focus on the book.

“We’re in the studio right now, fine tuning the record. We say, ‘We’re going back to our roots.’ We’re going back to our roots,” he adds with a laugh.

The graphic novel collaborators include noted artist Damion Scott and co-writer Benjamin Jackendf.

Exclusive merch (including Masters the Sun autographed graphic novel, poster, VIP signed laminated badge, and graphic T-shirt, each featuring Damion Scott’s cover art) is available at meltdownnetwork.com.

Watch the full livestream below.

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Blockhead Gets Weird For 1st Single From Upcoming "Funeral Balloons" LP

Manhattan, NY – Veteran producer Blockhead — known for his work with Aesop Rock — has resurfaced with a taste  his forthcoming album, Funeral Balloons, the follow-up to 2014’s Bells and Whistles. Titled “UFOMG,” the song is a sample his more eccentric tastes, which he admits made it a bit harder to release as the lead single.

“I had a tough time picking what song to leak first, but I opted to go weird instead something that might seem more familiar to my fans,” Blockhead tells HipHopDX. “I’ve been playing songs from the new album at shows here and there for the last few months, and I always give the fans an option to pick an upbeat song or a weird one. Without fail, they choose weird. So, hey, gotta give the people what they want, right?

“This song, ‘UFOMG,’ is me trying to tap into more unusual sounds and trying to find melody in things that might not exude that feeling,” he adds. “In fact, I did that a lot on the new album. I’m trying to find a balance between something emotive and beautiful sounds that weren’t exactly intended to create such an atmosphere.”

Although “UFOMG” is bit a departure from albums like 2005’s Downtown Science or 2007’s Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, Funeral Balloons doesn’t stray too far from the kind instrumental music Blockhead has been making since emerging with his 2004 debut, Music By Cavelight.

The New York native’s evolution as a producer is on full display as he weaves his way through different avenues and sounds, carving out his own lane between the worlds Hip Hop and electronic music.

Blockhead Gets Weird For 1st Single From Upcoming "Funeral Balloons" LP

Funeral Balloons drops September 8. Pre-order it here (or Bandcamp and get the song as an instant grat track) and check out the cover art and “UFOMG” above.

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Forbes confirms Marshmello's true identity in cover story – Dancing Astronaut

DJ/Producer has taken the electronic music scene by storm two short years after making his debut performance. The producer is famed for his anonymity thanks to his iconic helmet

For years the electronic music community has tried to coerce his identity out him but Marshmello has stuck to his guns by steadfastly refusing to give up his identity as well as playing a prank or two on fans about it—like that time he had Tiesto pretend to  at .

While the community was smart enough to determine that was indeed NOT the famed producer, there has been increased speculation that Marshmello is Chris Comstock, otherwise known as. This is thanks to calling Marshmello “Chris” in an interview along with a discovery that Marshmello and Dotcom had the same exact tattoo.

Thanks to a recent , we now may have the final substantiation needed to 100% confirm that Marshmello is indeed Chris Comstock/Dotcom. Forbes published a royalty monitor for Marshmello’s newest single  which lists Comstock as the only songwriter on the track aside from Khalid. “Marshmello” is not credited anywhere.

For his part, the producer used his Twtitter account to address the Forbes publication, saying:

While we love a good mystery, we’ll consider this the final bit pro to call this a closed case.

Forbes confirms Marshmello's true identity in cover story - Dancing Astronaut

 

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