On this day: 2pac Drops ‘Dear Mama’ in 1995

On this day in 1995, 2pac released “Dear Mama”. It was his first single off his most critically acclaimed album Me Against the World.

“Dear Mama” was one of 2pac’s crossover hits, peaking number nine on “Billboard top 100” and number one on the “Billboard Hot Rap Singles”. Produced by Tony Pizaro, the single is a tribute to 2pac’s mom, Afeni, who raised him through poverty and her crack addiction. 2pac professes his love for his mom, despite the bad times.

It’s one of the few rap songs that you could play during Mother’s Day.

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Quavo Shines in Celebrity NBA All-Star Game

The Real NBA all-star game MVP belonged to Quavo from his performance on Friday night.

The Migos member racked up 19 points, five rebounds, and made a nasty block on actress Rachel Demita.

Quavo helped Team Clippers beat Team Lakers, 75-66, and was announced the MVP.

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Jermaine Dupri to be Inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

Jermaine Dupri is being inducted into the songwriter’s hall of fame.

The So So Def CEO has earned the distinction for mostly non-performing songs he wrote, like Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” and Usher’s “Burn”.

Dupri is the second hip-hop maker to be inducted into the songwriter’s hall of fame. The ceremony takes place on June 14th. As you can tell in his tweet below, he was pretty excited about it:

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Illism is a Group You Should Follow

It’s gotten a little harder to find up-and-comers who’re getting a buzz lately. I’ve usually checked out the charts on CMJ, but they’ve folded and left a big hole with colleges to report charts to. So I’ve checked out the NACC charts (north american college and community charts) and get intrigued by artists, who’ve self-released their albums. Enter Illism.

Illism is composed of hip hop artist Envy, and R&B vocalist Fancy. They’re a husband and wife duo that worked together in 2015. The two made music, separately before then. In 2008, Envy’s single “Ringtone” cracked Billboard’s hot 100 singles. Fancy’s self-titled track broke out in 2010 after it appears on VH1’s Basketball Wives. You need to check them out, and I’m about to give you four reasons to follow them.

Illism is an incredible crossover between hip hop and RnB

Their sound would make Mary J. Blige insanely jealous. I haven’t heard a duo as good as this since Mary J and Method Man did “You’re all I need”. You hear duo’s, and they’re mostly watered down. Check out “MNSOTA” and “Talk About It”, and you’ll agree that their sound stands above the rest.

They’re a perfect example of DIY-ers getting their name out

They have their own MAGAZINE on their website. Well-done, detailed, and with advertisements (their merch). Cool as hell and a creative way to get their name out. Add that to their website, and Youtube, and you can tell they’re getting their hustle on.

their music has been on over 50 cable series, movies, and commercials

Have you watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians? Jersey Shore? Orange is the New Black? If you said yes to any of these, you probably heard an Illism track on there. It doesn’t stop with TV, Illism’s music was in movies such as Ride Along and Harold and Kumar.

Illism chosen as a finalist in Prince’s “Battle of the Bands” competition at Paisley Park

Prince loved to work with new talent, like The Time and 3rdEyeGirl. To pay tribute, Prince’s heirs are hosting a battle of the bands competition at Paisley Park. Illism was one of the four finalists in the competition where more than 125 acts entered the contest.

Check out Illism for yourself, at their website, soundcloud, or get their music at apple music, amazon music, or google play,

Lil Wayne To Release Clothing Line With Nieman Marcus

Lil Wayne is about to release a new clothing line with Nieman Marcus.

Appropriately titled “The Young Money Collection”, Weezy’s collection will consist of a wide range of clothes, including hoodies, track pants, snapbacks, and long sleeve graphic tees.

The clothing line is set to be released in Nieman Marcus tomorrow.

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The Free Meek Mill movement has gone from national to international

Slovenian Snowboarder Tit Stante sent a message of support to the imprisoned rapper at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Just before Stante was about to hit the halfpipe, the camera turned on him. He turned the back of his snowboard, where he wrote #FreeMeekMill with a Sharpie.

If you watched the Super Bowl this year, you might have notice Meek Mill getting some love too. The Philadelphia Eagles walked out of their locker room with one of his songs.

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Azealia Banks Disses Cardi B on Instagram

The internet beef still continues between Azealia Banks and Cardi B.

The recent battle took place on Jarobi White’s Instagram (Jarobi’s from A Tribe Called Quest). After he uploaded a video of Cardi B, Azealia steps in and says:

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You already know her comment didn’t go unnoticed, and some people weren’t having it.

Azealia and Cardi been beefing since last year, comparing her to Iggy Azalea.

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On this day: Lil Wayne Dropped ‘A Milli” in ’08

 

On this day in 2008, Lil Wayne dropped a track with one of the hottest beats I can think of: “A Milli”. It was the second single off The Carter III.

“A Milli” was a chart-topper, reaching number one on the Billboard “Hot Rap Songs” and “Hot R&B/Hip Hop. It was produced by Bangladesh, who also produced Wayne’s “6 foot 7 foot” and Ludacris’s “What’s Your Fantasy”.

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