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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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A Tribe Called Quest Explains Outside Lands No-Show

Fans the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest were disappointed this weekend after Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi and Consequence were no-shows at the 10th anniversary Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, California.

Tribe was scheduled to co-headline the festival among acts like Lorde, Gorillaz, The Who and Metallica, but the group canceled its Friday night (August 11) set and rescheduled for Saturday (August 12), citing “unforeseen travel issues.”

Fans were unhappy and understandably disappointed by the last-minute cancellation.

Tribe was sympathetic to their fans and subsequently fered a long-form explanation, which was published in the LA Times on Monday (August 14).

“Upon the eve playing for you, we performed not to a mixed crowd festival patrons but a filled house solely Questers,” the statement began, referencing their recent show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. “The beautiful Red Rock amphitheater was filled with voices helping us get through a difficult performance without our brother Phife. You would think that with every performance we heal a little more and the sadness is easier to handle. Sometimes that is the case and sometimes the grief and loss is compounded. Although the house was filled with love and we felt it all, we also felt the huge void Phife’s absence. We walked f that stage deep in grief.”

After finally regaining their composure for the Saturday set, it still didn’t come together. “We wanted to play for you, and we wanted to honor Phife’s wife in their hometown … we are deeply sorry. We look to correct this and regain your confidence.”

The statement closed with, “We are not making excuses for our absence. We just wanted you to know that we are still grieving and yet we want to honor every one you for 28 years music love.”

The current tour is being billed as their final run under the A Tribe Called Quest moniker. A plan action to “correct and regain confidence” has not yet been announced.

Check out video the Red Rocks show above.

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Insomniac Releases Full Lineup For EDC Orlando 2017 – Dancing Astronaut

With the EDC NY and other EDC dates sadly not making the cut this year, fans are stoked that is very much still happening. The Electric Daisy Carnival 2017 Orlando date is a well stacked lineup featuring a variety artists from across the international dance music spectrum. Some highlights that jump out on this lineup include , Corporate Slackrs, , , , , and many more.

Per usual, EDC will have an onslaught art, rides, and shops to experience between sets. EDC is particularly known for cutting-edge stage design as well, if you want to see the best--the-best on that front, look no further than EDC.

Insomniac Releases Full Lineup For EDC Orlando 2017 - Dancing Astronaut

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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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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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Chance The Rapper Credits Kanye West For Helping Hip Hop Be Itself

Chance The Rapper was a guest on the fourth episode What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito, the new podcast that has already drawn heavyweight guests such as comedian Dave Chappelle, Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali and best-selling author Eddie Huang.

Throughout the 30-minute podcast, the conversation traversed parenthood, the role mixtapes played in Chance’s career, and, most interestingly, the portrayal and acceptance happiness in Hip Hop. “The construct the bad boy image was very common,” said Stretch illustrating how Chance embodies how much the culture has shifted over the decades. “It was a darker time,” joked Bobbito.

Chance openly attributed the mainstream acceptance his positive image to Kanye West. He explained that West was very open who he was, what he loved, and how he carried himself. Most importantly, he was open about who he wasn’t. He also noted that the current social media landscape makes it increasingly difficult to fake the funk. “If you’re rapping about being on the block, then you need to take selfies on the block,” he joked. “I’m lucky to have been accepted for who I am.”

At one point, the conversation shifted to the concept “black boy joy,” which Chance has helped to usher in. In a nutshell, it’s a movement dedicated to capturing and sharing joyful and proud portrayals black men in society.

“What does it mean to you to be this ambassador black joy and optimism? Especially in these times?” asked Stretch. Without hesitation, Chance expressed the importance, while acknowledging his role as an ambassador comes from his fame.

“I understand there’s a multitude experiences that make up the black experience … I’ve lived many different black experiences,” Chance said. “I’m happy that people can film/document and make history a successful black man that’s a positive person.”

Check out the full episode below.

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Missed Opportunity: UGK & Three 6 Mafia Were Going To Form Supergroup

Miami, FL – Hip Hop is filled with mythical stories historic collaborations that didn’t come to fruition. Souls Of Mischief and The Pharcyde, collectively known as Almyghty Myghty Pythons, never finished their collaborative LP. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube’s reunion album, Helter Skelter, was scrapped. Now, the combination UGK and Three 6 Mafia can be added to the list.

In a preview clip from an upcoming episode REVOLT TV’s Drink Champs, Bun B revealed the Southern Hip Hop greats were planning to form a supergroup.

“Three 6 Mafia’s] ‘Sippin’ on Some] Sizzurp’ was actually the first song from a group that UGK and Three Six Mafia was doing together,” Bun told hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “We were going to be The Underground Mafia.”

The popular single ended up appearing on Three 6 Mafia’s 2000 album When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1. As Bun tells it, their second recording was “Like a Pimp” from UGK’s 2001 album Dirty Money.

“I don’t know if too many people know that,” Bun B continued. “A couple people might know that. ‘Like a Pimp’ was another]. ‘Sippin’ on Some Sizzurp’ was the record for their album and the song ‘Like a Pimp’ was the song for our album. We did ’em Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta.”

When asked why the supergroup never made a project, Bun explained that Pimp C’s incarceration in 2002 prevented it from happening.

“We never got that far into it because Pimp got locked up,” Bun said. “So, we never even got to finish the project. And then coming back home … Most people don’t know that the original version ‘Int’l] Player’s Anthem’ was us and Three 6 Mafia. So that’s like the return actually us getting back to Underground Mafia music but that version wouldn’t clear.”

Sadly, UGK and Three 6 Mafia were never able to restart their Underground Mafia plans before Pimp C passed away in December 2007. Listen to their existing collaborations below.

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NYC government votes in favor of nightlife council

New York City will soon begin staffing spots in its nightlife fice and task force, the proposal to elect an fice twelve members whose specialization will center around the city’s buzzing nightlife scene now solidified by the Consumer Affairs Committee’s vote in favor the initiative.

Heading the nightlife task force will be the Nighttime Ambassador, the chief conduit between the appointed nightlife council and business entities working within the New York nightlife industry. The Nighttime Ambassador will have a myriad nightlife-related responsibilities, ranging from the submission recommendations on improving laws and policies imposed on nightlife activity to “support with licensing and permits” for nightlife venues.

New York City’s nightlife industry accounts for more than $9.7 billion dollars, rendering the establishment such a council a necessity in the continued flourishing the metropolitan industry. New York’s Media and Entertainment commissioner, Julie Menin notes “It the nightlife industry] is also a vital part the city’s economy generating hundreds thousands jobs and billions dollars in economic output. Yet in recent years, over 20 percent small music venues in the city have closed. Our fice aims to work with various stakeholders to both support the industry and ensure that community concerns are being addressed.”

The election the Nighttime Ambassador mirrors that similar ficials in London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin, fellow entertainment and “cultural” capitals.

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Rihanna’s Thickness Even Has Chris Brown Lurking!

(AllHipHop Rumors) No one can convince me that Chris Brown doesn’t think Rihanna everyday. LOL.

Rihanna is one that you can’t get over. She’s one the baddest. The internet has been super obsessed with Bad Gal RiRi’s new thicky thick body….everyone including Chris Brown.

I definitely think that Breezy wants Rihanna back, and either he was fishing for a little bit social media attention or he just couldn’t help himself when lusting after Rihanna. No worries, Chris, we alllll have been lusting over Ri!.

Anyway, Chris got caught creeping on the gram all up in Rihanna’s comments. Run Rihanna! Lol. RiRi has already admitted that she’s eating good and living life. We don’t need Breezy trying to come back in and mess anything up.

Brown will be paying for his poor past decision(s) for the rest his life unfortunately. It’s just sad because it’s like they could’ve possibly gone on to be a long-lasting power couple.

Chris Brown don’t you send her any hey big head texts now!

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