Kendrick Lamar’s "Alright" Is Our Generation’s Triumph

“Alls my life I had to fight, nigga!”

During a peaceful 1963 demonstration against segregation laws in the city Birmingham, Alabama activists were met with violent attacks from high-pressure fire hoses and police dogs producing some the most disturbing and iconic images the civil rights movement.

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Fire fighters use fire hoses to subdue the protestors during the Birmingham Campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, May 1963 – Frank Rockstroh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty s

“Alls my life I had to fight”

In 1921 the Greenwood district Tulsa, Oklahoma – an almost exclusively black neighborhood filled with thriving businesses was attacked by a mob angry white residents. Dozens were killed. It’s christened the single most violent act racial violence in American history. 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma after the race riots. Injured and wounded prisoners are being taken to hospital by National guardsmen – Hulton Archive/Getty s

“Alls my life I had to fight, nigga!” 

August 2014, police ficer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking national outrage and weeks protests to follow. 

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A demonstrator protesting Darren Wilson’s shooting death Michael Brown is arrested by police ficers in St. Louis, Missouri – Joshua Lott/Getty s

“Alls my life I had to fight”

August 2005, impoverished residents New Orleans, many them black, waited on government assistance after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Southeast Louisiana. Due to slow federal action, many would lack basic necessities like water, housing, and health care.    

“When you know, we been hurt. Been down before. When our pride was low, looking at the world like where do we go. And we hate po-po, want to kill us dead in the street for sure. I’m at the preacher’s door. My knees getting weak and my gun might blow but we gone be alright.”

It was author and activist James Baldwin who said, in his 1956 book Sunny Blues: “All I know about music is that not many people ever really hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations. But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What is evoked in him, then, is another order, more terrible because it has no words, and triumphant, too, for that same reason. And his triumph, when he triumphs, is ours.”

Kendrick’s triumph is indeed our triumph on “Alright.” His decree imminent victory in the face terror pierces through our inter-mutual spirits even if for a moment. The song forces you to hear the volumes tidings he arranged in less than 800 words. A dynamic message. The 2015 song which became an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement will forever live on and exuberantly embody the power hip-hop.  

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Five years after Eric Garner’s death, people gather in protest, July 17, 2019 in New York City – Spencer Platt/Getty s

Chuck D and Public Enemy dubbed hip-hop the “black CNN.” This will always be the truest legacy the culture. On To Pimp A Butterly, Lamar boldly and impenitently charges the menaces capitalism, racism, and discrimination. A radical exposition blackness in the current social context. A tale our plight towards unblemished equality. Like Public Enemy and NWA did with “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” and “Straight Outta Compton” Kendrick Lamar fashioned the way we view the world with his third studio album. 

Pitchfork named Kendrick Lamar’s thought-proving single “Alright” from his black power manifesto To Pimp A Butterfly, song the decade. In my opinion, TPAB is the most important rap album this generation. So much hip-hop is criticizing an analyzing systems oppression – police brutality, poverty and social injustice in all forms. 

In the same article, Pitchfork said, “It’s not every day, or even every decade, that a song will become platinum-certified, Grammy recognized, street ratified, activist endorsed, and a new nominee for Black National Anthem; that it’ll be just as effective performed before a massive festival audience or chanted on the front lines at protests; that it’ll serve as a war cry against police brutality, against Trump, for the survival the disenfranchised. Inspired by a trip to South Africa, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” bears a message unbreakable optimism in the face hardship.”

Hundreds years ago as slaves we sang joyful songs to get us through the daily brutalities chattel subjugation. During the civil rights era, we marched as an independent army demanding the civil liberties that America continued to disallow. Now, years later, we still need this variety music to heal from the dreary tangibilities the time. It’s a feel-good record that reminds you struggle’s beauty while inciting a resolve altruism. Lamar boxes with hopelessness and optimism on an unforgettable beat. It is a beautifully conducted waltz in a ring controversy. 

Black people have been rebelling against the power structure through music for generations. The songs we sang during slavery had to be partially euphemistic; the messages hidden in the complexity the linguistic gymnastics we still do. It was the bedrock for the ways we speak today. It was our own little undetectable, daily uprising in passing. In many ways, this is hip-hop’s precursors. Ta-nehisi Coates described how rap gave him the earliest sense what writing should mean. This stated in his New York Times best-selling book Between The World and Me. I feel the same as Coates. Listening to these street journalists reporting from and for the unrepresented voices in America shaped my social consciousness. This too was my earliest inkling literature’s true power and purpose. Rakim was my Shakespeare. Ice Cube my Allan Poe.

I was about 10 years old when I first experienced a protest. In the city St. Petersburg two white police ficers had killed an unarmed, teenage black motorist. After the police department refused to shared information the community became furious. I remember ducking down in the car as projectiles flew threw the air and the muffled rumble chants filled the cool Florida air. Right after that experience was when I first heard “The Point No Return” by Ghetto Boys. I found refuge in the song’s lyrics given the anger I felt – not fully understanding the gravitas this situation but knowing that I always saw other black men dying on the news at the hands police. 

“Alright” was chanted during protests and rallies in the years since its release. As songs my early youth gave me a form solace in times unrest so did this composition. Due to its social timing and indignation black America, the song quickly grew into the soundtrack to calls for justice. The track grew popular in the shadow several high-prile police killings which involved unarmed black men.  

“I’m fucked up, homie, you fucked up but if God got us then we gone be alright.”

Part avouchment, part affirmation. The song’s hook proxies its brilliance. Under Kendrick’s commanding voice we all collectively wrapped our arms around each other in a show unity and asserted that – even if it does not feel like it right now – we will be okay. And further, we are in this fight together. We symbolically linked arms across the nation in a season new awakening driven by feelings cheated social impartiality.  

A cocktail hope, anger, depression, “Alright” harvests some deep-rooted theoretical analogies long tied to the black psyche in terms the false perception America’s dream. Kendrick’s disposition expresses a glimmer hope shrouded in equal resignation. He’s torn. Back and forth Lamar goes, a display internal struggle. Pleased with the progress yet contending nothing has ever changed. Wrestling with the idea that given oppression’s stronghold, will things ever truly change?

The balancing act between hopefulness and sadness. The weight on his shoulders. He speaks for a group people. He’s trying to tell people to rise up: you have the talent, you have the talent and ability and promise. The other side is accepting the realities the world we live in. Even though he’s Kendrick Lamar, a celebrity, when everything boils down he can just as easily be another statistic. A powerful message. Giving yourself a chance to believe. 

Several other artists have made songs that speak to the same conviction as those articulated in “Alright.” Each era hip-hop has had a commensurate anthem. The 80s had “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy and “Fuck the Police” by NWA. The 90s had “Changes” by 2 Pac. The 2000s have “Be Free” by J. Cole and these songs hang in the rap section black history’s esteemed gallery art.  

Hip-hop artists haven’t just written songs about change, they’ve been consistently linked to activism. Beyonce’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl, with an outfit honoring the Black Panthers, was an unforgettable moment. Diddy’s “Vote or Die” campaign during the 2004 Presidential election. J. Cole and Talib Kweli joining demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri after Mike Brown’s shooting.

The messages conveyed in “Alright” by way To Pimp A Butterfly are reinforced through Kendrick’s performances and the song’s visual artistry. Lamar stood on top a cop car during most his 2015 BET Awards performance. Here he directly accosts the power structure not law enforcement but injustice. In his set, the police car works as a physical embodiment the inadequacies in criminal justice. Demonstrations like the Watts riots 1965 produced images reminiscent Kendrick’s show. 

During his 2016 Grammy performance, Kendrick came out with faceless soldiers who represented the disenfranchised and exploited people upon which the American dream is built. This is further highlighted by the initial soundbite “America, God bless you if it’s good to you.” Turning the ideological motif “God Bless America” on its head. This acts as a perfect precursor to his performance the song “XXX” which references both gun violence and police brutality against blacks.

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Kendrick Lamar performs in shackles at the 2016 Grammys – Kevork Djansezian/Getty s

Dave Chapelle came out during an interlude the same performance to remind the audience that “the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America, is being an honest black man in America.” 

Kendrick was interviewed during Austin City Limits. The moderator asked him, “When you write a song or make a record do you think about how it’s going to affect people. The impact that it could have?” K-Dot responded, “Prior to this album, prior to a lot my new music – a lot the records were just for me. It was more a selfish type thing. Until I seen that people out here actually connect with it just as deep or even more than me writing it. So, now I go into the aspect how can I make something that’s personal for me but also personal for that’s listening to it. So, when I go in to make a record like that. To Pimp A Butterfly. I go in with the mind state that it has to connect. Not only for me and my culture but for people from other walks life. People around the world.”  

One the most lasting and polarizing images involving the song came in Cleveland, Ohio. In unity and solidarity, protesters began chanting “we gone be alright” after being pepper-sprayed by police. A viral moment that echoed across the digital sphere. This song was that rare moment James Baldwin spoke – when we truly hear the music and its message. When the undeniable connection happens between artist and consumer. With “Alright” Kendrick’s triumph was our triumph.

UFC’s Dana White Reveals Plans For Conor McGregor’s Next Opponent

UFC’s cash cow Conor McGregor is back in the mix following his impressive return to the octagon at UFC 246 this past weekend, where he defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in under a minute. Even before McGregor’s TKO victory fight fans were giddy with excitement over who his next opponent could be, and the speculation has ramped up even more following the dominant performance. 

However, according to UFC President Dana White, there is only one option: Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

UFC's Dana White Reveals Plans For Conor McGregor's Next Opponent

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Although fans would love a Conor McGregor vs Jorge Masvidal ‘BMF’ title fight or the trilogy with Nate Diaz, White says the Khabib rematch is the right fight to make. As we know, their first clash at UFC 229 in October 2018 ended with a massive melee and some lengthy suspensions after Khabib submitted the Irish superstar.

Their feud has died down considerably since then, but there’s no doubt that both sides would pick up right where they left f.

“We’re looking at Hagler-Hearns,” White said, per ESPN. “We’re looking at like Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. It’s the fight you make, it’s the fight that makes sense. It’s for the 155-pound title.

“If Conor and Masvidal fight, neither one them even has a title. Although Conor does want his BMF title. He doesn’t have a world championship. So Khabib is the fight to make. It’s huge for Khabib’s legacy, too. If he beat Conor McGregor, then he beats Tony Ferguson, then he beats Conor McGregor again, I mean this is how this kid, when he retires, he’s 30-something-and-oh and he’s beaten all the best.”

Of course, this is assuming the undefeated Lightweight champion retains his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18. Should that be the case, White believes the McGregor-Khabib rematch could set a UFC record for most pay-per-view buys, and even rival the McGregor-Mayweather boxing match in terms prit. 

Joaquin Phoenix Pays Tribute To Heath Ledger In SAG Awards Acceptance Speech

Sunday evening, Joaquin Phoenix took home the SAG Award for Best Actor for his role in Joker and as he accepted the prize, the seasoned actor used his platform as an opportunity to honor the other actors hosted in the same category while also paying homage to the Joker before him.

“I’m standing here on the shoulders my favorite actor, Heath Ledger,” he would say to begin his speech.

He went on to highlight the talent fellow m=nominees such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who was up for his lead role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

“There would always be two other guys that I was up against and we’d always lose to this one kid,” Phoneix reflected. “No actor would ever say his name because it was too much, but every casting director would always whisper, ‘It’s Leonardo’ …] You’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and so many people, Thank you very much.”

He moved on by directing his attention to Christian Bale who starred opposite Ledger during his era as Batman. Sunday night, he was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Ford v Ferrari. “You commit to your roles in ways that I can only dream …] It’s infuriating. I wish you would, one time, just suck once.”

In the end, he would also take the time to congratulate and give proper to relative newcomers found in Adam Driver and Taron Egerton who were both nominated for their roles in Marriage Story and Rocketman, respectively.

“I’ve been watching you the last few years and you’ve been turning in these beautiful, nuanced, incredible, pround performances,” he said to Driver. “I’m just so moved by you …] you should be here.”

He concluded: “Taron …] you’re so beautiful in this movie and I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to see what else you do.” 

 

Read The Emotional Tribute Mac Miller’s Brother Penned For His Birthday

This weekend, many took to social media to honor what would have been Mac Miller‘s 28th birthday. The date landed on Saturday on the heels the arrival the late rapper’s first posthumous album release and equated to a bittersweet moment for both fans and those that knew him best.

Among those using their platform to express their love for the artist, born Malcolm McKormick, was his brother Miller. The older McKormick took the opportunity to reflect on a “good first memory,” going back to the day that his younger brother was born.

“sitting by the window in the hospital after your birth is a good first memory,” wrote Miller in an old photo Mac Mas a child. “mom’s nurse brought mint jelly. man i’m so proud you. and i miss you. i’m mad that we won’t be sitting on a porch talking about baldness. and babies. maybe there’s a version that still. hard to let go. wish you were really here. bet they throw a good party. you’re the best, hope you know it. funny, kind, messy. old tender wisdom. love you, love you. big smelly bear hug.”

The tribute arrived early Sunday evening as listeners continue to consume Mac Miller’s Circles project. With his family’s supervision, the effort arrived on Friday in completion the work that Mac had already begun late in his life. 

"Better Call Saul’s" Sixth Season Shall Be Its Last

Somehow, someway, Vince Gilligan took Breaking Bad’s beloved Saul Goodman and brought him on a surprisingly emotional, compelling, and Emmy-nominated journey. Now, it would appear the prequel series that is Better Call Saul is coming to an end. The best kind end, mind you: one that willingly rockets headlong toward its well-mapped conclusion, accepting that all good things must indeed conclude. Deadline reports that AMC has ficially renewed the Bob Odenkirk-led series for a sixth and final season.

"Better Call Saul's" Sixth Season Shall Be Its Last

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With season five set to premiere on back-to-back nights  February 23 and February 24, the ten-episode arc will find our hero becoming the dubious yet loveable scumbag he was born to be. Speaking on the journey thus far, showrunner Peter Gould praised the commitment Sony and AMC. “From Day 1  Better Call Saul, my dream was to tell the complete story our complicated and compromised hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are making that dream come true,” says Gould, at Better Call Saul’s TCA winter press tour. “We couldn’t be more grateful to the fans and critics who are making this journey possible. Next month we start work on the sixth and final season — we’re going to do our damnedest to stick the landing.”

Look for Better Call Saul to wrap on a high note, if Breaking Bad is any indication where things might be headed. One has to wonder how many more familiar faces might show up for the ride. Does anyone have love for Better Call Saul?

Westside Gunn Announces New Project "Pray For Paris"

Westside Gunn announced a new project on Instagram, Saturday, as noted by HipHopDX.

For a picture Gunn in a studio in Paris, the rapper explained that the city is inspiring him to record a new project within the next 48 hours that will be titled Pray for Paris.

“I’m INSPIRED!!!!! ,” he writes in the caption. “And with that being said I’m making my next project in the next 48hrs Hip Hop saves my life I owe so much to the CULTURE “Pray for Paris” coming Soon and this will be high level ART u have no idea wat your about to get🤯 #GXFR #FLYGOD  #WSGPRAYFORPARIS #ParisFashionWeek #ICON #Rhude @ochinclovis #Culture.”

This is the second project that Gunn has confirmed on Instagram for 2020. In December, Gunn announced that 2020 would also bring a new collaborative project with Madlib. He wrote, “Well Since MADLIB told y’all, YES the WSG x MADLIB Project is dropping 2020, in 19’ I gave y’all Awesome GOD, HWH7, and WWCD soon as the ball drop I’m right back on the N…. necks #FLYGOD #LEGEND #THENEWKINGOFNY #BUFFALOKIDS #RocNation #Culture #GXFR.”

He was referring to an interview Madlib did with Gilles Peterson where he also confirmed the collaboration. 

If Gunn does finish Pray for Paris within the next 48 hours, fans should be able to expect new music soon.

Rita Ora Swimsuit Pics Attract Diplo To The Comments Once Again

Rita Ora ten posts thirst traps on Instagram and they ten elicit responses from Diplo. Earlier this week, after showing her bare body on her IG story, Ora posted a photo herself splayed across a couch in lingerie. Diplo popped up in the comments this sensual shot, gushing, “I’d let you run over me with a car even tho you don’t have a drivers license.” 

There have been dating rumours circulating about Rita Ora and Diplo for years, but since no permanent union seems to have materialized, it may be more likely that they are just friends. However, that doesn’t stop the speculation that arises every time the super-producer lusts over Ora’s posts. On Saturday, she shared a slideshow her soaking the sun in the pool. She declared that “Today was a good day” and, in response, Diplo declared “That’s cute.” 

Rita Ora Swimsuit Pics Attract Diplo To The Comments Once Again

While people may be wondering whether these interactions mean that Diplo and Ora are an item, there may be evidence to the contrary. He was recently spotted vacationing in Mexico with DJ and YouTube, Chantel Jeffries. If neither Ora or Jeffries are to his liking, singer Sia has expressed great interest in getting intimate with him, no strings attached

Don C x Nike Air Force 1 High Release Date Revealed: First Look

Don C has been cultivating quite a lane for himself as late with his various Jordan Brand and Nike collaborations. The Kanye West associate is one the most famous designers out there right now and when he comes through with a new shoe, people tend to pay attention. Sneakerheads have been anxiously awaiting what he will come up with next. As it turns out, his next shoe will be coming out next month and comes in the form a Nike Air Force 1 High. 

The designer’s wife, Kristen Noel Crawley, took to Instagram where she showed f the shoe. As you can see from the post below, the sneaker has a blue leather upper with red Air and Swoosh branding throughout. There is also a Chicago flag on the inside the tongue which helps pay homage to Don C’s roots. Overall, it’s a dope sneaker that will certainly appeal to Chicagoans and Don C fans.

According to Sole Collector, these kicks will be dropping on February 15th, just in time for All-Star weekend. Let us know what you think these in the comments below. Are these a must-cop or a pass for you?

Air Jordan 4 “Black Cat” Releasing Early Via Nike: Official Images

The iconic “Black Cat” Air Jordan 4 is returning to retailers in the very, very near future. That much is true. The thing is, have been multiple different release dates floating around so you’ll need to be on your toes over the next few weeks so you don’t miss out.

According to Nike, the stealthy 4s will be available starting Wednesday, January 22 at 10am ET. The kicks are also slated to release at major retailers such as Foot Locker and Finish Line on that date as well, contrary to recent reports that the drop had been postponed until February.

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The beloved 4s originally debuted in 2006 and became an instant classic thanks to its easily wearable “Black/Black-Light Graphite” color scheme. Judging from the ficial images that surfaced this week it looks like the kicks are returning OG form, featuring a smooth nubuck construction accompanied by grey detailing on the Jumpman/Flight logo on the tongue.

In addition to adult sizes priced at $190, the Black Cat 4s will also be available in grade school, pre-school and toddler sizes for $140, $80 and $60, respectively. Check out the ficial photos below.

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Stream ‘Bad Boys for Life Soundtrack’ featuring Meek Mill, Bryson Tiller, & Quavo

Bad Boys are back.

The third installment in Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s movie franchise hits theaters today along with a blockbuster soundtrack. The stars align on the 10 tracks, which feature an all-star cast including Meek Mill, Pitbull, Lil Jon, City Girls, and Will’s own son Jaden Smith. Rick Ross and Bryson Tiller team up on “Future Bright,” while Quavo links with Rich the Kid on the DJ Durel-assisted “Bad Moves.”

The album also features a remix to The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin’s hit collaboration “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)” featuring Jaden, for which a video has been released.

As executive producer, DJ Khaled assembled the powerhouse roster. “I’m honored to have this soundtrack on We The Best Music Group as this is the first release of 2020 with more to come this year,” said Khaled, who also makes a cameo in the movie.

Bad Boys for Life arrives 25 years after the original in 1995 and 17 more since the 2003 sequel, which earned $273 million at the global box office.

Stream Bad Boys for Life Soundtrack below.

Mariah Carey, The Neptunes to Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Mariah Carey and The Neptunes will become the latest inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They lead the class of 2020, which also includes The Isley Brothers, former Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Rick Nowels, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Steve Miller.

With 19 No. 1 hits, Carey is the most successful female songwriter in chart history. In addition to her five-octave vocal range, she has written or co-written 18 of her 19 chart-topping songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including her most recent “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and holds the record as the songwriter with the most weeks spent at the No. 1 on the chart, with 77 weeks.

“I can’t believe it… The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME!!!!” tweeted a humbled Carey. “This is truly one of the greatest honors of my career. I’m so proud and humbled to be in the company of such legendary songwriters – both previously inducted as well as the incredible class of 2020!”

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, known professionally as The Neptunes, are among the most successful producers of all time, co-writing hits for JAY-Z (“I Just Wanna Love U”),” Britney Spears (“I’m a Slave 4 U”), Nelly (“Hot in Herre”), and Justin Timberlake (“Like I Love You”).

Twenty-four acts were in the running for the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, including Outkast, R.E.M., Patti Smith, Journey, Vince Gill, and Gloria Estefan. Only six songwriters are inducted each year. A songwriter qualifies for induction 20 years after the first commercial release of a song.

Past inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame include JAY-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Justin Timberlake, and Missy Elliott, who became the first female rapper inductee last year.

The 51st Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Eminem Credits Alfred Hitchcock For Inspiring "Music To Be Murdered By"

Eminem came through with a brand new album earlier today titled, Music To Be Murdered By. The title alone is very Eminem-esque but just like Kamikaze, he didn’t give anyone a warning before its release. The thing is, Eminem hasn’t really dropped anything that notable in the last decade and the narrative surrounding his legacy has changed a lot.

Of course, his latest project came with controversy as he addressed the MGK feud, referenced Ariana Grande‘s concert bombing, and even recreated the Mandalay Bay mass shooting for the video for “Darkness.” Needless to say, there are some dark moments in there with the production enhancing the grim feel.

The reason for that is that Eminem took notes from Alfred Hitchcock. The cover the project is in reference to Jeff Alexander’s 1958 album, Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music To Be Murdered By. Em shared the project’s cover art, writing, “Inspired by the master, Uncle Alfred! #MusicToBeMurderedBy.”

This marks Eminem’s first drop since Nick Cannon came at him with several diss tracks. Although Em didn’t respond, and Nick Cannon declaring himself the winner by default (because he wouldn’t have been able to win a rap battle any other way), it seems a bit more scathing that the Wild N Out host is still dropping diss tracks as Em kicks f a new decade on a high note. 

Raekwon Drops ‘The Appetition’ EP

Raekwon The Chef has cooked up an EP titled The Appetition, giving fans a brief set of new music to whet their appetites. The project arrives on the heels of his 50th birthday, which he celebrated earlier this week.

The Wu-Tang Clan MC’s latest work is comprised of just three tracks, much like Redman’s recently released 3 Joints. The EP is Rae’s first solo project since 2017’s The Wild, which was named one of the best Hip Hop albums of the year by HipHopDX.

Check out Raekwon’s The Appetition stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Raekwon Drops 'The Appetition' EP

1. Solid Gold
2. Chef It Up
3. Shells Kitchen

PornHub Sued By Man With Hearing Impairment For Lack Of Closed Captions: Report

Despite being a free service with an option premium subscription, there are still people who have trouble accessing PornHub — at least according to a new lawsuit. TMZ reports that the site is facing a lawsuit from a deaf man who claims that PornHub has violated federal laws because their lack accessibility for the hearing impaired. 

PornHub Sued By Man With Hearing Impairment For Lack Of Closed Captions: Report
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Yaroslav Suris has filed legal documents against PornHub because he claims their website isn’t fully equipped with services for the deaf and hearing-impaired. He said that because closed captions aren’t readily available for all videos, many aren’t able to fully enjoy the videos the site like others. 

Suris said this violates his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He said the hearing impaired can’t comprehend what’s going on during the portions the video that require audio. He listed f a few titles that he personally had troubles following — i.e. Hot Step Aunt Babysits Disobedient Nephew, Sexy Cop Fets Witness To Talk and Daddy 4K — due to no closed captions being provided.

Suris added that he and many others that face similar issues with the site aren’t included to pay for premium subscriptions because there are no closed captions.

Suris demands more inclusivity and for closed captions to be ensured for all users as well as damages. 

Dame Dash Dissects Beef With Jim Jones & Jay-Z On Mike Tyson’s "Hotboxin’"

Dame Dash is the latest guest on Mike Tyson’s highly-popularized podcast Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson and he’s leaving no stone unturned. Over the course the past decade, the Roc-a-Fella co-founder has been extremely transparent about almost every aspect his life from his family, to his health, to his legal conflicts. Dame Dash continued to provide that same transparency with former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson. 

During the hour-long interview, Dash, Tyson, and Hotboxin’ co-host Eben Britton, discussed a wide array topics. Dame Dash touched on the business acumen that has made him and many others around him wealthy. He went into detail about how he broke out the chains mental slavery and took his destiny into his own hands dominating in multiple facets consumerism from fashion, music, movies, and more. 

The studio/streaming service owner turned things up a notch when he took shots at YouTube executive, Lyor Cohen, stating, “I don’t like Lyor, man, at all… Exploits my culture. He couldn’t survive in his own culture,” a sentiment Dash has been vocal about in the past

Dame also spoke on his current relationship with ex-Roc-a-Fella affiliates, Jim Jones and Jay Z. Last year, Dash had publicly apologized for his comments regarding his former friends and business associates but claims their relationships have not been rekindled in any way. 

The father and entrepreneur had this to say about Jim Jones, “We don’t have a relationship, he went a different way.” He then went on to add, “I saw him the other day he didn’t say a word to me.” 

In regards to Hov, Dame claims the rapper/philanthropist is unrecognizable these days nonchalantly stating, “He’s just another dude, it doesn’t matter… I don’t even know this version Jay-Z. I have no idea who he is, and I’m not even curious, I’m cool.”

Despite his souring relationship with his ex-comrades, Dame Dash was eloquent, direct, and determined to speak his mind with Mike Tyson and company. While he may not have relationships with Jay and Jim these days, there’s no telling what the future holds. After all, diamonds are forever. Check out a clip Dame’s ruthless approach to business below and listen to the full Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson interview featuring Dame Dash, here