Wu-Tang Clan Gets Their Own NYC District

Wu-Tang Clan officially has a New York City district named after them.

Lawmakers in the city, according to the Staten Island Advance, officially named the streets of Park Hill as the Wu-Tang Clan District.

Park Hill is a neighborhood on Staten Island, where some members of the Wu-Tang Clan are originally from.

The ceremony took place on Saturday, with appearances from local lawmakers, Raekwon, and other Wu-Tang clan members.

John Singleton Dead at 51

John Singleton passed away early this morning

The iconic movie director, producer, and screenwriter passed away today after suffering from a stroke since April 17th. A family spokesman issued the following statement: 

“We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the family said in a statement.

While not an music artist or a producer, Singleton made a big impact on hip-hop with his movies. He casted artists such as Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, and Tupac Shakur. These movies included “Poetic Justice”, “Boyz in the Hood”, and “Higher Learning”.

Singleton was 51 years old.

Cypress Hill Gets a Hollywood Star

Cypress Hill is about to get a star on the walk of fame

The hip hop group will be honored with a star on April 18th. They will be immortalized on Hollywood Boulevard, just miles from South Gate where they first formed 30 years ago.

Cypress Hill will become the first Latino Hip-Hop group with the honor. Other hip hop artists with a star include Pitbull and Snoop Dogg.

Now let’s get these guys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, can we?

Nipsey Hussle Remembered on Social Media

This has been a pretty hard week for the Hip-Hop community as they mourned the loss of Nipsey Hussle. A man who was not only known for his rhymes and music, but his entrepreneurship and his commitment to his community.

A lot of artists and celebrities shared their thoughts about the producer, leaving touching tributes on their accounts.

Rihanna posted one of his music videos.

Mike Live, a DJ on the west coast, posted this video of people already spray painting a mural of the fallen rapper.

Russell Westbrook, of the OKC Thunder was sporting a Crenshaw T-Shirt. That was one of Nipsey’s shirts he sold at his Marathon Clothing store.

And finally, DJ Booth shared some paintings people have already made of the late rapper.

RIP Nipsey

Nipsey Hussle is Someone I Wish I followed More

Another sad death has hit the Hip Hop community. Senseless shooting toward a young rapper who’s life was cut short at just 33 years old. On Sunday, Nipsey Hussle was shot multiple times in front of his store in Los Angeles. I’ve been looking through social media, and have noticed tons of tributes and thoughts about the fallen rapper. The more I’ve read about him, really makes me regret not paying attention to his work. Here’s three reasons why you should follow the work Nipsey did.

was very smart and up on everything like politics and news

He stayed up on everything. During the ’16 election, he collaborated with YG on a single called FDT (*uck Donald Trump). Shawn Setaro, host of the Cipher, mentioned on Twitter that Nipsey talked about fiat currency, artificial scarcity, and Sanrio’s business model. 

he shared his accomplishment he built from the ground up

When he talked with Setaro, he mentioned that he wanted to put his money into a STEM school for children in his community. He mentioned in another interview that he wanted to invest his money into real estate, while other rappers were putting their money into jewelry. His store, The Marathon Clothing, was the anchor. It was the seed that led to reinvesting into bigger and better things for his community.

He was a role model for children

People took notice of what he did. Politicians said he had a vision for the children in his community. He poured positivity onto the streets, that children took notice of. 

RIP Nipsey

Cardi B Set to Make Acting Debut

Cardi B is heading back to work at the strip club again, except this time it’s on the big screen.

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper will be starring alongside Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, and Julia Styles in a movie called Hustlers. It’s a movie about a group of former strippers set to get revenge on some of their wealthy clients by running up their credit cards. 

This will be Cardi B’s first movie. Hustlers is set to begin filming on March 22nd.

De La Soul Fighting to Get Their Fair Share of Streaming Revenue

De La Soul is fighting for their fair share of sales from its album catalogue.

As the catalogue goes to streaming platforms, the group altogether will see 10% of the revenue. Tommy Boy Records will reportedly receive 90% of it. 

Some streaming websites, like Tidal, are pushing back, saying they will not put their music on their platform until the issue is resolved. 

De La Soul’s catalog with Tommy Boy Records goes all the way back to 1989, when they released 3 Feet High and Rising.

Breakdancing in the Olympics?

Could an element of Hip Hop be an olympic sport? It might just happen in 2024.

Paris’s local organizing committee submitted a list of sports to add to the four year event, which included breakdancing. Breakdancing, or b-boying, is acrobatic street dance done while Hip Hop is played in the background.

The International Olympic Committee needs to approve the list before it becomes a reality. If approved, it will debut when the games come to Paris in 2024.

21 Savage: ICE arrest was ‘premeditated’

21 Savage claims that the Immigration Customs Enforcement purposefully targeted him and arrested him.

In his first TV interview since being released from jail, the rapper explained to ABC news that his arrest was planned due to his immigration status. He talked about how he was surrounded by helicopters, and multiple agents.

Savage was originally born in Britain, but grew up in Atlanta. His visa expired in 2006.