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Hip Hop Mourns The Loss Of Groundbreaking Comedian & Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory

Washington, D.C. – Trailblazing comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has passed away at the age 84. His son, Christian Gregory, posted the news to his father’s Facebook account on Saturday night (August 19). Although details are scarce, earlier this week, the elder Gregory had been hospitalized in Washington, D.C., which is where his earthly journey ended. The cause death was reportedly heart failure.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC,” Christian wrote. “The family appreciates the outpouring support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days.”


On Thursday (August 17), his family was optimistic he’d be going home. Christian took to Instagram to fer more insight into the situation and ask for “healing.”

“In advanced age a simple cold or a simple infection could be catastrophic,” the caption read. “At soon to be chronologically 85, my father’s true age far exceeds that. A life well-lived but heavily sacrificed, has definitively taken its toll. Laughter is truly good medicine. I’ve watched my father for a lifetime heal the world. Today he is need your healing.”

Sadly, he didn’t pull through.

Born in 1934, the Midwest native moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he started doing stand-up comedy in segregated comedy clubs. In 1961, he got his big break when he was asked to fill in for white comedian Pr. Irwin Corey at Chicago’s Playboy Club, becoming the first African-American comedian to perform in a white comedy club.

In 1962, he was asked to perform stand-up on The Tonight Show, but the former high school track star said he wouldn’t do it unless he could have a sit-down interview with host Jack Paar after his routine, something a black performer had never done. His wish was granted and his career exploded with success as a result.

During a time when America appears more divided than ever, the loss is particularly pround. HipHopDX reached out to several members the Hip Hop community to get their thoughts on Mr. Gregory’s legacy, including A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, MC Lyte, Bun B, Chuck D, Just Blaze, Nick Grant and Styles P.

Just Blaze: “I didn’t understand his significance until I was much older, but he influenced one the greatest rap records all time. I just happened to have a part in it.”

David Banner: “Mr. Gregory was one the greats he can not be replaced. I don’t know what to say. Damn!”

Chuck D: “Dick Gregory! Came to my U Adelphi in 1984. Turned me out in speech. Did events with him. Fixed my sprained ankle. My Dad last words to me was about him.”

Nick Grant: “A necessary voice for people color. A very righteous person in which I learned a lot from through interviews and comedy. He gave a different perspective to very significant situations. He will truly be missed.”

Q-Tip: “RIP to the master teacher, the sage satirist that is Dick Gregory. Your art and introspection remains untethered. May your transition be light and wonderful. Thank you.”

Styles P: “Long live the legend. He may not be with us in the physical anymore, but energy never dies. The laughter and knowledge he delivered will be forever embedded in us.”

MC Lyte: “There was, is and never will be another like Mr. Dick Gregory. He was a courageous freedom fighter who held the torch for many generations, providing light and insight into the history this nation. He was absolutely fearless in his mission to inform and educate us all as he continued to fight for equality for all mankind. He was a source truth and I am deeply saddened by his passing. Mr. Gregory will forever be missed.”

Bun B: “Today is a sad day in the world. We’ve lost a warrior, teacher, gentleman, spokesman and life long fighter for the common good mankind. In this time racial division and separatist movement, we need the Dick Gregorys the world to show us how love and compassion rules over all. He will be missed.”

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DJ Quik Working On Joint EP With Scarface & “BlaqKout” Follow-Up With Kurupt

Los Angeles, CA – During their Los Angeles stop at The Novo by Microst Theater Thursday (August 17), DJ Quik spoke with DX about his relationship with Scarface, the initial concept the tour and a collaborative EP with the Facemob leader.

“I think an EP first because my ADD won’t let me do an album no more,” Quik told #DXLive host Jake Rohn. “Scarface and I, we working on an EP actually. We’re actually recording every show that we do into Protools all stemmed out. We’re going to listen back to it after the tour is done and in the interim, we’re writing lyrics and music on the bus. It just makes sense to make an EP not just to sell and have a record out but to make this whole experience and give it to people to feel a vibe.”

Currently, Quik and Face are on a 12-date tour, with a possibility additional stops. The joint run between the two comes from a friendship that dates back to the early moments in their careers.

“The first time me and Scarface met was in 1991,” explained Quik. “We were on tour with MC Hammer and I think Chubb Rock was out there with us, Kris Kross and it was the Geto Boys and us. It was Ice Cube’s Amerikkka’s Most Wanted tour. I think the Geto Boys were promoting We Can’t Be Stopped and I was promoting Quik Is The Name. We met and he was just a cool, down to earth and a solid dude. I had already loved his music for years. When he’d come out here to visit, I’d pick him up myself and drive him around. Don’t call no taxi and we just built from there.”

When DX spoke with Face himself, he discussed everything from his relationship with Quik to ficially retiring next year after spending 30 years in the game.

“In my opinion, Quik is the best fuckin’ mixer, producer and engineer,” said Scarface before speaking about his last solo album with frequent collaborator N.O. Joe. “Scarface might die, but Brad Jordan will be here forever.”

Back in 2012, Kurupt hinted at a sequel to his collaborative BlaQKout project with Quik, and he spoke to DX about the status the follow-up.

“We working on the new DJ Quik and Kurupt album,” said Kurupt. “The title is not for the public. Not yet, but you gon’ love it baby. Uncle Quik said we gone hit ’em with nothing but gangsta shit.”

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Dubstep Producer Doctor P Isn't Excited About New Eminem Album

San Bernardino, CA – Any fan EDM knows Doctor P is one the original godfathers the bass-driven Dubstep movement. For Hip Hop fans, the triple threat (musician, producer and DJ) has recorded with Method Man, Far East Movement and Jarren Benton throughout his career. 

Having performed sold-out arenas in L.A., the legendary Coachella festival and a mind-blowing show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Doctor P told HipHopDX this was his first time performing at HARD Summer.

Speaking with P (real name Shaun Brockhurst), at his artist trailer on Day 1 Destructo’s 10-year anniversary HARD festival on August 5, DX asked about his passion for Hip Hop and how that ties into dubstep.

He explains, “I originally listened to Hip Hop. Before I discovered electronic music, I was always listening to Hip Hop. It was always like Wu-Tang, D12 and stuff. I kinda grew up in the whole Eminem thing in the early 2000s, so I was like probably 14 or 15 listening to Eminem’s first album. That was the first thing I heard that wasn’t like pop music — so it blew my mind.”

With recent news Eminem’s new project coming as soon as this fall, Doctor P was far from intrigued.

“I don’t really follow Eminem anymore,” he explains. “I’ve gotten quite bored him. I feel like he was really angry when he was in his early 20s and all his music was insanely angry. But nowadays he’s like middle-aged and not angry anymore. He’s faking the anger now — so the music doesn’t have quite the same passion for me anymore that it did.”

This led into P’s current stance on old Hip Hop vs. new Hip Hop.

“I definitely prefer the older stuff. It’s cliché to say that the oldies are the best. But you got the odd track now like Rich Chigga … He’s a new guy but he’s got that old school vibe, big time.”

With Rich Chigga recently hopping on a trap record called “Gospel” with XXXTENTACION and Keith Ape, DX asked if Doctor P would be interested in a collab with the 17-year-old.

“No, not really,” he answers. “I would if he did the vocals on a banging dubstep track. But he’s a nice crossover for me. He’s got the vibe an old school vocalist (sort ). Whereas Future and people like that, I can’t really listen to that stuff. I don’t know. They’re not cool enough for me. They’re cool in a different way. People like Wu-Tang and those guys, they were so cool in like a gangster way. But I feel like that gangster-ness is gone and that’s what I liked about Hip Hop originally.”

Still on the topic collabs, Doctor P linking with Method Man on “The Pit” back in 2013 meant he needed a new Hip Hop artist to look forward to.

I’d love to work with Pusha T. He’s got the coolest voice I’ve ever heard. He’s like the new Method Man for me. You know, Method Man, you hear his voice, and it gets you straight away. I feel like Pusha T is like that as well. Every time he does a verse on someone else’s track, it’s the best bit on the song. I’d love to work with Pusha T.”

When asked what his fav Pusha song was, P answers, “’Burial’ is the one that everyone knows. It was the first one his that really got my ears, so that’s the classic for me.”

As with any festival, the later the set time, the better. Before P was brought out to perform at 9:30 p.m., he quickly drew the connection between dubstep and Hip Hop.

“I feel like the vibe dubstep is very Hip-Hop-y, like the grooves. I feel like if you take away the vocals from a Hip Hop track, there’s still a dubstep-iness to a lot the beats. So, you take the vocals and put it on a dubstep track and it works.”

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Shaq Throws More Shade At LaVar Ball

It appears that Shaq Diesel’s diss track toward LaVar Ball last month wasn’t the last word in the rivalry. Shaq came back this weekend with more shade for the head the Big Baller Brand.

Shaq spent some time spinning records at the Rehab Pool Party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas this past weekend. DJ Whoo Kid, one the pioneers Hip Hop’s mixtape scene, was in attendance. He asked Shaq about the progress his beef with Ball. “I don’t even know who that is … Never heard him,” Shaq responded. Whoo Kid jumped in with his own words on the subject. “Fuck that nigga,” he added.

“He heard us though,” Shaq said, smiling.

In July, Shaq released a three-minute diss track toward Ball where he talked about his basketball skills and the Big Baller Brand. He brought up recent words from Ball, who made it clear that he felt he could beat Shaq in basketball.

“You beatin’ me? That’s a bunch bologna/You think you Mailman, you ain’t even Jeff Malone,” he responded. Toward the end the track, Shaq traded in disses for compliments as he let Ball know just how good his kids are at basketball.  “You’ve done a great job, I love how your sons play/ And lil ‘Melo too, attitude hella cool/ Jumper wet wet like two thots in a pool,” he admitted.

Ball responded to Shaq’s song by calling him old and irrelevant.

Can someone set up the one-on-one match already?

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Phora Drops "Yours Truly Forever" LP

Anaheim, California’s Phora has delivered Yours Truly Forever, the 22-year-old artist’s follow-up to 2016’s With Love. In anticipation the release, he’s already shared videos for the singles “To The Moon” and “Sinner Pt. 2.”

Although he’s relatively young, Phora (real name Marco Archer) has already overcome multiple obstacles in his life, including a 2015 shooting that just missed his spinal cord.

Check out the album stream, cover art and tracklist below.

  1. God
  2. R U Still
  3. Facts
  4. Way 2 Much
  5. Sinner, Pt. 2
  6. To The Moon
  7. Forver
  8. Numb
  9. Rider
  10. Loyalty
  11. No Looking Back
  12. Everybody Knows
  13. Run To
  14. I Come Apart
  15. In My Eyez
  16. When It’s Over f. Tiffany Evans
Phora Drops "Yours Truly Forever" LP

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Future Cancels Charlottesville & Virginia Beach Shows "Out Of Respect"

It’s been nearly one week since a counter-protester was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia after a group white nationalists converged on the city in protest the removal a Confederate statue.

Given the tragic events that unfolded in the city last weekend, Atlanta rap titan Future has chosen to cancel his August 19 show in Charlottesville and August 20 show in Virginia Beach. On Thursday (August 17), he revealed his decision to cancel both shows was “out respect” Twitter.

“Out respect for the tragic events I felt it wasn’t rite to perform at this time..please understand my heart mean well VA #FutureHendrix,” Future wrote.

A statement from the chair the University Programs Council (UPC), the University Virginia organization that would have held the Future concert in Charlottesville, said the Freebandz leader was also concerned about safety.

“Future expressed concerns with safety, particularly following the events this past weekend,” UPC Chair Nolan Reilly told The Cavalier Daily. “Our contingency plan has been developing hour by hour, but we are currently leveraging a social media marketing campaign to get the attention Chance the Rapper.”

Although new dates have yet to be scheduled for Future’s Virginia stops, he let fans know he’ll be back “very soon.”

“VA is important to me & always will be. I’m comin very soon,my word! Love Forever,” he tweeted.

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Gucci Mane Reveals Release Date For New "Mr. Davis" LP

Since his release from prison last year, Gucci Mane hasn’t let his foot f the accelerator in terms his musical output. The momentum continues with a new album announcement in the form  Mr. Davis. The project is expected to arrive on September 15.

As indicated by the tracklist, Guwop’s eleventh full-length studio album is packed with guest spots from notable acts such as The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign and ScHoolboy Q.

Mr. Davis also features singles “Tone It Down” with Chris Brown and the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Make Love.” For many, the latter single kicked f Minaj’s ongoing beef with Remy Ma.

Mr. Davis serves as the follow-up to Gucci’s Droptopwop mixtape with Metro Boomin that he dropped in May and first full-length album since last year’s The Return East Atlanta Santa.

Alongside the album details, La Flare released a new single “I Get The Bag” featuring fellow ATLiens Migos.

Check out the Mr. Davis artwork and tracklist below.

Gucci Mane Reveals Release Date For New "Mr. Davis" LP
  1. 1. Work in Progress (Intro)
    2. Back On
    3. I Get the Bag f. Migos
    4. Stunting Ain’t Nuthin f. Slim Jxmmi & Young Dolph
    5. Curve f. The Weeknd
    6. Enormous f. Ty Dolla $ign
    7. Members Only
    8. Money Make Ya Handsome
    9. Changed f. Big Sean]
    10. We Ride f. Monica]
    11. Lil Story f. Schoolboy Q
    12. Tone It Down f. Chris Brown
    13. Make Love
    14. Money Piling
    15. Jumped Out the Whip f. A$AP Rocky
    16. Miss My Woe f. Rico Love
    17. Made It (Outro)
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Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contender

Something special just happened outside Düsseldorf: Germany’s largest electronic music festival, . The festival just had its third annual anniversary, and it was, in a word, insane.

Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contender

Founded in 2014, Parookaville has had great success in delivering the world’s biggest DJs straight to Germany’s largest dance music scene. This year, the ground served home to more than 80,000 attendees, complete with 10 stages and more than 200 artists on the lineup.

As one Europe’s largest electronic music festivals, it was interesting to compare the experience here to that American festivals. In comparing a festival like Parookaville to something like or even , some obvious differences were apparent.

One big difference seems to be drug use. I don’t know if it’s Germany’s love  beer as an alternative, but I was shocked at how few drugs were being consumed at Parookaville. Speaking solely for American festivals, almost every attendee can share some kind story by weekend’s end where they witnessed someone at the festival deep in a “K-Hole” or heard a friend buying “fake molly.” In Germany, however, I did not witness a single person noticeably intoxicated on drugs. After making a note this at the end the day one, I chalked it up to “Germans love beer” and maybe I just didn’t see enough the festival yet. Stiff security, maybe? Wrong. Parookaville had some the most lax — yet most pressional — workers I’ve ever seen at a festival. Aside from a group friends who posed as “stage crew,” only to be almost immediately busted during the artist’s set, the weekend went without any major hiccups. Note to “stage crew”: if you’re going to make it in, don’t give yourself up by jumping on stage and trying to dance with . Parookaville provided a fun and safe atmosphere for all, and it was so memorable. Music lovers came out to truly listen and enjoy.

Parookaville provided a great environment for a festival, combining both immaculate and historic grounds, with a stacked and diverse lineup. Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contenderWhile the lineup was techno-heavy, it catered to many other genres electronic music as well, including what possibly might be one the most epic bass-heavy stage days we’ve seen yet, thanks to BOOTSHAUS. Check out the lineup (at right) just for Saturday alone.

If you’re looking for that festival “second-wind” in an industry that is always searching for new and fresh material, Parookaville is the answer. In their third installment, they truly have built something special in the hills  Germany.

One major thing to note about Parookaville was the stellar production quality their live stream and set replays. Quite honestly, this may be the best-looking live stream I’ve ever seen. From the camera work to the quality the stream, I haven’t seen many that can compare with the job their production team did this year. Bravo! MagentaMusik 360 provided full coverage for Parookaville 2017 and a select number set replays can be found .

To get your tickets for Parookaville 2018, click .

Check out set highlights on ‘s Instagram, and view .

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GRiZ releases 13-track remix album, announces full 'Good Will Continue' tour – Dancing Astronaut

When Grant Kwiecinski, the man behind ,  began rolling out his , “Good Will Continue,” it came with suspicions that the Detroit-native was wrapping a new album. Since then, GRiZ has been releasing after from his now year-old LP, including AC Slater’s impressive which premiered on DA earlier this week.

So, naturally, it came with more than mere speculation that the future-funk master would release an entire remix package  some heavy hitting, genre-spanning collabs, including , Juneaux, , and many more. From the sharp synths Boogie T’s rework “Can’t Hold Me Down” to the glitchy bass lines in ‘s re-imagining “Gotta Push On,” the project is chalked full high-prile remixes, cleanly rinsed by Kwiecinski himself, as well as features from some up-and-coming producers like Brooklyn’s own .

With the release comes the full roll out his “Good Will Continue” tour, a follow-up to his last album tour, “Good Will Prevail,” which was a response to the overwhelming political negativity the times. Phase three the Fall tour now includes six stops along the Midwest and Northeast, including New York State and Kansas City. Now, more than ever, is when we need GRiZ’s positive message love and self-acceptance.

Tracklist:

  1. Wicked ft. Eric Krasno (Dirty Audio Remix)
  2. Can’t Hold Me Down ft. Tash Neal (Boogie T Remix)
  3. My Friends & I ft. ProbCause (Dusty Bits Remix)
  4. Good Times Roll ft. Big Gigantic (Ephwurd Remix)
  5. I Don’t Mind ft. SunSquabi, Artifakts, & iDa Hawk (Jenaux Remix)
  6. Feelin’ Fine (Rowland Evans Remix)
  7. PS GFY ft. Cherub (Opiuo Remix)
  8. What We’ve Become ft. Cory Enemy & Natalola (Tommy Trash Remix)
  9. If There Ever Comes A Day ft. Eli Paperboy Reed & Louis Futon (IHF Remix)
  10. Rather Be Free ft. Muzzy Bearr (Tisoki Remix)
  11. Gotta Push On ft. Brasstracks & Eric Krasno (Barclay Crenshaw Remix)
  12. Before I Go ft. Leo Napier (AC Slater Remix)
  13. Driftin’ ft. Son Little (Birocratic Remix)

 

Good Will Continue Tour Dates:

8/18-19 – 515 Alive Fest – Des Moines, IA

8/31 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO *Sold Out*

9/1 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO *Sold Out*

9/2 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO *Sold Out*

10/11 – The Observatory – Orange County, CA

10/12 – The Observatory – San Diego, CA

10/13 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

10/14 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

1015 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA

10/18 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR

10/19 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

10/20 – Vancouver Forum – Vancouver, BC

10/21 – The Hive – Sandpoint, ID

10/22 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT

10/26 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN

10/28 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland – Kansas City, MO

10/31 – Express Live! – Columbus, OH

11/1 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

11/2 – Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA

11/3 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/4 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.

11/5 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY

11/7 – The National – Richmond, VA

11/9 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

11/10 – Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre – Atlanta, GA

11/11 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA

12/1-5 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO

 

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