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.

Big L Remembered on Twitter 20 yrs. Since Death

Twenty years ago today, Harlem lost one of its well-known hip hop artists.

Lamont Coleman, aka Big L, was becoming one of the top lyrical rappers in the game. He became a big staple in the genre with his lyrical skill and his involvement with pioneering genres like Horrorcore.

On this day, he was shot on 45 West 139th street in Harlem. He was shot nine times in the face and chest.

Twitterheads took the time today to lay tribute to the fallen rappers. DJ Premier had this to say:

@Samesosa7 stood next to a painted mural of him to pay tribute to him today.

Finally, @Elliottwilson of Tidal curated a playlist on the service to pay tribute.

Got any tweets to Big L? Mention me at @djchizzad, and I’ll post them up here.

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.

Twitter Pays Tribute to J Dilla

Yesterday, February 7th, was a special day for hip hop fans worldwide because that’s the birthday of notable producer James Yancey. Some of you know him as J Dilla. If you followed his work, you know he produced cuts for many artists such as De La Soul, Slum Village, and A Tribe Called Quest. 

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

These were great gifs of J Dilla, both posted by @madeinmanchester 

Notable celebs, said some words like DJ Premier did. Erykah Badu

Sometimes words and a great photo of J Dilla is more than enough, posted by @IStillLoveHER

PETA aren’t fans of Big Boi right now

When Big Boi performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, last Sunday, not too many people impressed….especially PETA.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote a scathing tweet to Big Boi, criticizing the fur coat he was wearing during his performance.

Big Boi performed some of his hits like “The Way You Move”. He performed last Sunday at the Super Bowl with Maroon 5 and Travis Scott.

Kool G Rap’s DJ Needs Your Help

Kool G Rap’s DJ needs your help after his family experienced a house fire.

According to the Go Fund me page, DJ Polo’s family went through a three alarm fire at their home on 100th street in Queens NY. The fire started in her mother’s kitchen, and had spread throughout the house.

Donations are still being accepted. So far about $4,500 has been raised.

This Day in Hip Hop: Paul’s Boutique certified 2x platinum in 1999

In 1989, Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D released their second studio album, entitled Paul’s Boutique.

Record executives deemed this record as a failure, and they even stopped promoting it because the sales didn’t match the previous album. The Beastie Boys, however got the last laugh when it was announced in ’99 that the album went 2x platinum.

Rolling Stone even ranked the album in the top 200 albums of all time. Looks like the Beastie’s got the last laugh, huh?

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Reasons To Check Out the 2×2 Fest: Ren Thomas

Ren Thomas

The 2×2 Hip Hop Festival has got to be one of the best kept secrets in Ohio. It’s in it’s fourth year, and I’m finally gonna make the trip up I-71 to check it out. For those who remember Scribble Jam, imagine this being its reincarnation. There’s grafitti, b-boy/girl contests, and freestyle battle competitions. It’s also an all-day concert featuring artists like Skyzoo, Prof, and Blueprint. If there’s anyone I’m looking forward to see it’s probably Ren Thomas.

Ren Thomas

Good question. Ren Thomas, formerly Renegade, is an MC from New Jersey writing rapping bars since he was 10. He’s been on numerous MC battle contests, was a semi finalist in Ludicris’s Magnum Live Large and won the TeamBackPack Cypher Championship in 2016.He recently released “Who the F*&k is Ren Thomas?” in 2015. Here’s why you need to make the trip to Columbus to see him.

His flows over boom bap beats take you back to the 90’s hip hop sound we all miss

If you’re exposed to commercial hip hop in some way, whether online, at shows, or on the radio, listening to Ren will take you back to ’94. If you check out this Bar Fight video, below, Ren’s flow stands out above everything.

His lyrics are creative as hell

If you have good flow, then it leads to spitting creative lyrics. Ren’s flows will leave you hanging onto every bar he spits. Listened to his appearance on “Sway in the Morning” and was blown away when I heard he’ll “german suplex your daughter though a wedding cake”.

Brings nothing but pure energy and aggression

This is the foundation to the total package of a great MC. Go through Youtube and check everything out. Especially check out his single with pete rock.