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Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, has taken on some massive subjects in his latest book: race, and the way America sees itself. And that was all about the legacies of the 60s, and Third Worldism, and the work of feminists of color and that kind of thing.
The Flobots, a Denver hip-hop band that gained fame with the hit single "Handlebars," are collaborating with other artists, development workers and partners from the worlds of government and big business to benefit Denver high school students. The result is Youth on Record, a nonprofit formed by the alternative-rap group that brings professional performers from a range of genres, with an emphasis on hip-hop, to provide arts education in Denver Public Schools, Colorado's largest school district.
Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis filed the suit against VH1 and MTV -- claiming they pitched the idea back in 2009 ... and thought they had a deal to make their show, called "Hip Hop Wives." According to the lawsuit ... the show was supposed to star current and former flames of DMX, Swizz Beatz, Irv Gotti and Jim Jones ... but VH1 honchos cooled on the idea ... saying they didn't want a show that would compete with its other reality series, "Basketball Wives."
Deadline reports that the American Horror Story: Coven and The Big C actress will be starring alongside series regulars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey. In the show, Terrence Howard will star as Lucious Lyon - a charismatic hip-hop superstar whose company is about to go public. Taraji P Henson recently joined the cast as Lucious's dynamic ex-wife and former business partner Cookie, who spent 17 years in prison for dealing drugs to further her husband's career.
New Columbia, a section of North Portland that features mixed income housing and includes public housing. NPR Music and the blog Longreads have both linked to the multimedia package, too. Since publishing the expansive multimedia project last week, we've supplemented it with sound clips from other North Portland rappers who we weren't able to fit in the original package.
Councilman Fernando Cabrera , who is responsible for bringing together these figures, is also expected to make an announcement regarding the placement of the Hip-Hop Museum at the Kingsbridge Armory. We'll have more tomorrow on the honorees, but here's a taste for now: released in 1980, Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" is often cited as one of the first breakthrough hip-hop records, peaking at #87 on the Billboard charts.
Beats Music LLC, the music streaming company launched by hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre. and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has completed a new round of $60 million to $100 million in funding, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. . Like many digital outlets, such as Spotify and San Francisco-based Rdio, Beats Music charges $10 a month for access on the Web and mobile devices.
Sean Combs, the hip-hop mogul now known as Diddy, has bid about $200 million for the Fuse cable-TV channel, said three people with knowledge of the situation. Gigi Pritzker , co-founder of Odd Lot Entertainment, the studio behind movies "Drive" and "Ender's Game", will invest in and sit on the board of a new, to-be-named film studio that will eschew some traditional paths to Hollywood success and instead focus on marketing in China and creative distribution in the United States. -- Chicago Tribune.
This week kicks off the music portion of the big South by Southwest (SXSW) arts festival in Austin, Texas. And as it has been for the last six years , members of the Christian hip hop community will be represented there. A sampling of the artists who will be in town and performing include:.
In January, the hip hop superstar sued those allegedly responsible for the cryptocurrency "Coinye West," which is claimed to be a violation of West's publicity rights and trademarks. The defendants come from the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and China. "The expedited discovery ordered by the Court, however, has allowed Plaintiffs to ascertain the identities of many of the previous Doe Defendants."
''[It] started with me getting my head around how we were using our navy to push back asylum seekers,'' he says. ''A week after I had written it, the riot and the death occurred and it felt like this was almost predictable. The consequence of offshore detention gave the song a sense of purpose.''.
Schoolboy Q and his crew at Top Dawg Entertainment are some of the hottest artists in the game, but there's one aspect of hip-hop in which they don't contribute- none of the crew have been dropping mixtapes. "I don't have time to be unfocused, working on my next album, for a mixtape. Isaiah [Rashad] dropped a project in iTunes and hit Billboard. Ab-Soul touched Billboard, Jay Rock touched Billboard, Kendrick touched Billboard, I'm gonna touch Billboard. SZA , she's gonna drop her project and she's gonna touch Billboard."