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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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Catch Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Hardwell and more on Labor Day Weekend at Hakkasan

Two the greatest nightclubs in Las Vegas are hosting a series insane parties during Labor Day Weekend.  at MGM Grand and OMNIA at Caesars Palace are known for the top-tier talent booked at the club, which includes some the biggest names in dance music. This Labor Day Weekend, the clubs feature stacked lineups that rival that any in the country.

Omnia will have a variety DJs preforming including , , and among many others. Hakkasan is throwing down with , , and as the main headliners. The acts that will play live sets over the weekend are bound to throw in unreleased surprises as well as classic originals. With such a stacked list artists playing out the two iconic spots, Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas is where it’s at.

A full list the DJs preforming at the two nightclubs is below:

OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace

Friday, Sept.1
Main Club: Martin Garrix with Justin Mylo
Heart OMNIA: DJ Stretch
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Saturday, Sept. 2
Main Club: Armin Van Buuren
Heart OMNIA: Devin Lucien
Terrace: Fabian

Sunday, Sept. 3
Main Club: Steve Aoki
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand 

Thursday, Aug.31
Main Room: Cash Cash | “Cash Cash Is King”
Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz

Friday, Sept.1
Main Room: Hardwell
Ling Ling Club:  OB One

Saturday, Sept. 2
Main Room: Tiësto
Ling Ling Club: Irie

Sunday, Sept. 3
Main Room: Calvin Harris with Generik
Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz

Catch Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Hardwell and more on Labor Day Weekend at Hakkasan
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After witnessing Barcelona terror attacks, Dubfire gives performance fee to victims – Dancing Astronaut

On Thursday, Aug. 17, Spain saw its deadliest attack since the Madrid bombings in 2004. A van plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona, leaving 13 dead and injuring more than 120.

Witness to these attacks was Iranian-American producer , who was riding his bike near Ramblas and saw the horrific collision.

Though shaken from what he witnessed, the producer still followed through with his scheduled show on Friday at Barcelona’s The Light Off at Café Del Mar Boat Club. He also donated his performance fee to the victims and their families.

Read his full statement below.


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JAY-Z Reveals Reason Behind Rift With Kanye West

JAY-Z was a recent guest on the Rap Radar Podcast, where hosts Brian “B.Dot” Miller and Elliot Wilson asked the Hip Hop titan about his relationship with Kayne West.

The world was privy to some intimate details about Hov’s feelings towards his former Watch The Throne collaborator thanks to a handful subtle disses on 4:44, but it wasn’t exactly clear why things went sour for the friends-turned-adversaries —until now.

During Part 1 the hour-long interview, JAY admitted they used to routinely argue, but always respected each other. He said when West mentioned wife Beyoncé and 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy during his infamous 2016 rant, he “crossed the line.”

“Think about how I got to that point,” Hov explained. “It’s not even about Kanye. It really isn’t. His name is there, but it’s just the truth what happened, but I’m sayin’ the whole point is you got hurt because this guy was talking about you on a stage, but what really hurt me is you can’t bring my kids and my wife into it.

“Kanye’s my little brother,” he continued. “He’s talked about me a hundred times. He made a song called ‘Big Brother.’ We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it. Now that’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. He know it’s a problem ’cause me and him would have been talked about it. We would have been resolved our issues, but he know he crossed the line. I know him. he knows. He knows … I know he knows because we’ve never let this much space go between one our disagreements and we’ve had many. That’s part who we are. That’s what I liked about him. He’s an honest person. He’s open and he’ll just say things, and he’s wrong a lot times, but we’ll confront it.”

West’s and JAY’s rocky relationship was the subject a recent British documentary, Public Enemies.

West is reportedly armed with a response to JAY’s barbs on 4:44, but so far, nothing has materialized.

Watch a clip the interview above or head to TIDAL to watch it in its entirety.

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The Cool Kids Announce Release Date For "Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe"

After announcing their reunion in July 2016, Chuck Inglish and Sir Mikey Rocks — collectively known as The Cool Kids — are back with the release date for their new album, Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe. According to two tweets from Chuck and Mikey posted on Friday (August 18), the project drops on September 15.

In the 13 months since they ficially teamed back up under The Cool Kids moniker, the duo has shared a handful  new singles, including “Connect Four,” “Running Man” and “TV Dinner.” Last month, they dropped an instrumental track titled “Checkout.”

In January, they teamed up with electro-flavored Hip Hop producer Barclay Crenshaw (otherwise known as Claude Von Stoke) for “U Are In My System,” and announced their own comedy sketch show, the aptly titled Shit Show, later that month.

Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe marks Chuck and Mikey’s first album since 2011’s When Fish Ride Bicycles.

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James Murphy on 'American Dream:' 'it's the best I've felt about an LCD LP ever'

’s highly-anticipated revival record American Dream is just two weeks away from its long awaited release. In his classic-nervous-yet-celebratory-fashion frontman James Murphy has taken to Facebook to address some the record’s final matters. First confirming— that yes— that is indeed the cover, despite others hoping a more exciting unveiling was around the corner.  Murphy also shared that anyone who purchased a ticket to one the band’s upcoming tour dates will receive a free American Dream CD, and if that’s too uncool, they also have the option to pay slightly and receive a vinyl copy instead. But the best part the post was when Murphy commented on the actual music, remarking, “some you may hate it, but i’m very proud it. it’s the best i’ve felt about an LCD LP ever. which could totally spell disaster.” Read the full statement below.

American Dream is out Sept. 1 Columbia/DFA.

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James Murphy on 'American Dream:' 'it's the best I've felt about an LCD LP ever'
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Martin Garrix and Ed Sheeran may release their collaboration after all

Not long ago, and enticed their respective fan bases with news a collaboration, tentatively titled “Rewind Repeat It.” The news the project created a substantial amount buzz among fans that quieted just as quickly as it built once Garrix later announced that the song would not be released then, nor in the future, due to label related issues that prevented the song’s publication.

Yet Garrix and Sheeran seem to have now surmounted the label bureaucracy hurdles, scaling the blockade to ficially register the song with The American Society Composers. The track appears under an updated name, “Replay Rewind,” with Garrix and Sheeran credited as the tune’s songwriters.

As a Martin Garrix Twitter account noted, the song’s addition to the ASCAP’s repository signals that the collaboration may be nearing a release date, and it just might be closer than we think.

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Manu Crook$ – Day Ones | Hip Hop Songs

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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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