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Hit-Boy (@Hit_Boy) – Jay-Z Interview Pt 2

Hit-Boy returns with part 2 of his Jay-Z Interview track produced by Childish Major & Hit-Boy directed by Jelani Fresh. The original, which dropped in 2011, served as his first release as a rapper.

Shawn “Pecas” Costner- THE ROUND UP WITH SHAHEEM REID

PECAS SPEAKS ON HIS BEST AND WORSE MOVES IN BUSINESS. GOOD INTERVIEW.

Action Bronson (@ActionBronson) Feat Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) – The Rockers

Action Bronson is back with this new joint called The Rockers featuring Wiz Khalifa produced by Harry Fraud. This track will appear on Action Bronson and Harry Fraud Ep Saaab Stories, which will be in stores next week.

Book Review: Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked

As you read Wretch, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked you get a sense that it’s Gene Thornton, Jr. telling his story from his heart and not from the mind of Malice, his former rap moniker, because in the book he is so transparent about his life. He talks about his early childhood and young adult life before becoming an emcee. The majority of the book is about the rise, the struggle and the revelations he learns as a member of the hip hop group The Clipse. As you may know, all The Clipse cds have religious symbolism in them and the book is a reflection of that. He shares his introduction to Jesus Christ and how his spiritual leaders and devoted wife have gotten him through difficult periods of his life. The book does reference biblical scriptures, but you don’t feel like you’re being preached to. I found myself intrigued to find out the outcome of the issues he dealt with in his life. Overall the book is about redemption and understanding the real value of life. It was a good read.

By Harold Cates

Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox define ‘real R&B’ For Sister 2 Sister

Bryan Michael Cox, Mishon Ratliff, Jermaine Dupri

It’s not uncommon to hear music lovers complain about the absence of “real R&B” in the industry today, and Jermaine Dupri knows exactly what they mean.

“I think when people say ‘real music’ they’re just talking about music that focuses on instruments whether it’s vocals whether it’s keyboards…” Jermaine told Sister 2 Sister. “I don’t see nobody playing nothing now.”

It’s not just about instrumentation, though. Jermaine’s fellow super producer Bryan Michael Cox said it’s also about the lyrics.

“People rely on the melody heavy. People rely on what feels good and then plug in the story. One thing you’re going to always get when you come in this building is a story,” he said.

Right now, the duo is producing new music with former “Lincoln Heights” star Mishon Ratliff. Jermaine and Bryan plan to deliver the goods to those who’ve been wondering what happened to the “soft subtle mix” of R&B that’s often lacking today.

INCASE CAMPUS COLLECTION

LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD MAKE A DOPE DJ BAG

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Inspired by vintage athletic wear and sneaker colorways, Incase’s Campus Collection is a fuss-free, but functional line of backpacks and messengers. The bags have pockets for everything, including fleece-lined protection for your laptop and a generous amount of space for everything else. $50-$80, Incase