Posts in Hip-Hop
Broccoli City Festival V

The Broccoli City FestivalV returned for its fifth installment bigger and better than ever. With a massive set of performers and headlining acts to interactive photo booths, retail and food options galore, this year was even more epic as the music festival was preceded by a host of events spanning 4 days.

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N.E.R.D’s ‘No One Ever Really Dies’: A Review

Similar to Jazz Music of the past, which was often criticized for it’s unpredictable composition and perceived lack of classical musical structure, this album can come across frenetic and disjointed. For me, this is exactly why there is almost a hidden genius behind the boards. 

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Arts, Beats and Lyrics Comes to DC

What better way to “do it for the culture” than to have an interactive event featuring amazing artwork, dope music, and complimentary drinks. That’s exactly what the curators of Arts, Beats and Lyrics did when it hit Washington, DC. Presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, the event displayed artwork by up-and-coming as well as seasoned artists while transforming Echostage into an art-lovers dream.

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ICYMI: Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. Tour and Pop-up in DC

Kendrick Lamar touched down in Washington, DC on July 21st for TheDAMN. Tour, but not before he held an exclusive, one-day-only pop-up shop. Filled with merch, M Street "popped" with hundreds of die-hard fans waiting in line--some got in line as early as 5am!

From hats to concert t-shirts, fans were able to grab their favorite piece before heading to the Verizon Center for the actual show.

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All Eyez on Me: The Untold Story of Tupac Shakur (Exclusive Screening & Interview)

From the moment you lay “eyez” on Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp, Jr.), you are transported back to a time where you were still using a Discman, could call the local radio station to request your favorite song, and MTV still played videos. 

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JAY-Z x DC

Wrap around stages and large projection screens aside, the vibe immediately enveloped you and wrapped you up into the world of Hov. Transported out of DC, we were in Brooklyn for the night under the spell of the latest inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame: Sean Carter. 

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JAY-Z '4:44' Drops

Highly-anticipated and long overdue, we have the 13th studio album from the man, the myth, the mogul himself: JAY-Z. Amidst business deals with Sprint, name re-hyfenations and the ongoing silence of frequent collaborator and recent beef-instigator Kanye West, the roll-out of this album commenced. Esoteric, mysterious and cryptic are all words I've seen/used to describe the announcement of JAY-Z's 13th studio album.

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Seeing Sounds and Pharrell: 18 Years Later

It was the moment I had been waiting for what seems like a lifetime: seeing Pharrell, in the flesh, again. As soon as I found out about The Roots Picnic's line-up for its 10th anniversary, there was no doubt that I was going. And upon my entry into the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, I tried every finesse trick I had in the bag to get better access to the front of the stage: it was that important. But alas, to no avail and without the press pass I so desperately wanted, I decide to forgo seeing Solange (again), and try to make my way to as close to the front of the stage as possible.

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T-Pain x Lil Wayne: TWayne

Well, here it is: the "highly anticipated" release of the collaborative album by home state hero (Florida) T-Pain and Louisiana's own Lil Wayne entitled "TWayne". Apparently this collab has been teased since my haydays, 2009 to be exact, but at the time, I was more concerned with size charts, fitting rooms and color coded closets (I used to manage retail at 12+ hour days, so forgive me).


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Kendrick Lamar Lyrical Controversy

There I was, working from home like I usually do when I got the typical every-15-minutes email refresh. Most days the notifications are filled with Living Social Deals or Air Fare Watchdog Fares (I told you I'm a frugal dreamer), but this time there was something different. It was *gasp* my first booking request!

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Ladies in the Industry Conference

No two women are created alike, and it's our differences that will allow us to create our version of success in our lives. That was my major take-away after attending the Ladies in the Industry Networking Conference curated by Serene MGMT and held at the Sheraton in Silver Spring.

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Playlist: Figure It Out

Let's be honest, we all get a little down on ourselves sometimes: whether it be we are losing motivation or feeling bad about something in our lives, it happens. We also all have our own ways of pulling ourselves out of the self-inflicted rut: be it exercise, meditation, prayer or good food, everyone has a way to stop and realign ourselves to our greater mission.

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10 Reasons Why Inclusion in the Arts is Vital

The calm after the awards season is here, and I had many thoughts on what I saw and did see during this time. And while Chance the Rapper won 3 Grammys without a label, and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture, I still couldn't shake lasts year's #OscarsSoWhite sentiment. Not that this is new, but what we witnessed this years seemed to be a more concerted effort at inclusion than ever before which left me slightly conflicted yet hopeful.  Adele beat out Beyoncé, and Denzel didn't win for Lead Actor again, but we still had glimpses of a more fair and well rounded selection process.

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Swizz Beatz vs Just Blaze: IG Live Battle

The hip-hop world stopped tonight for the most epic Instagram Live in its short history. Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze battled it out for over two hours on the 1s and 2s. If you missed it, let's just say it was ledgendary! No winner was crowned, but there were some epic moments nonetheless.

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Jay Z inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

With 21 Grammys, a superstar wife, his own legacy as multi-hyphenate media and business mogul and a plethora of other accolades and accomplishments, Jay Z can now officially add member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame to his repertoire.

 

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Carpe Diem with Virgil Abloh

Thanks to the powers of social media, I was made aware of an appearance by none other than Virgil Abloh in D.C. this past Friday. Without a partner in crime or a right hand man, I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to go. This is the same day I posted on my social media about "Carpe Diem", you know, seizing the day. So at 11:30, I pulled up my big girl pants and hit the road.

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Missy says "I'm Better" with New Track and Video

If you know me at all, then you know how much I love Missy! I will never forget the first time I heard her, the first time I bumped her in my car, and how much I've marveled at her creativity, talent and ability to transform in front of our eyes. 

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Kid Cudi Defines Introspection On "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'"

The long awaited drop of Kid Cudi's new album, "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'" is finally here. I won't go into the details of his recent headlines: you guys have Google. What I will say is that I didn't expect this album to hit me so hard.

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J. Cole teases new album '4 Your Eyez Only'

I am a big J. Cole fan.  I don't remember exactly when I latched on, but it was enough for me to go to the Forest Hills Drive concert alone.  Last night, shortly after midnight, Tidal notified it's subscribers of a near 40 minute documentary (appropriately titled "Eyez") featuring behind-the-scenes footage of J. Cole in the process of creating this album, due on December 9.  Christmas came a little bit early for his fans, because in the midst of the documentary, we were treated to two tracks that are likely to be on this new project.

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10 Laws of Power That Kanye West Has Seemingly Mastered

"No one man should have all that power."--Kanye West

If you don't have a copy of Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power, I suggest you add it to your library.  The book is dense. It is filled with old age wisdom from a new aged approach.  You'll read stories that support the observances of each law as well as anecdotes that break many of the lessons down into easy to grasp and understand messages.

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