The History Of Hip Hop Culture, Fashion & Graffiti Brought To Life In Beat Positive Exhibit

New York, NY – The glory days of Hip Hop were alive and well at 10 Corso Como New York’s exclusive exhibit with Getty Images, Beat Positive, a visual survey of some of the most important photographs in Hip Hop between 1981 and 1993.

Getty Images curator Shawn Waldron dug through previously unseen archives and found scores of iconic gems from rap’s history, which were presented alongside the work of legendary Hip Hop photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio.

The History Of Hip Hop Culture, Fashion & Graffiti Brought To Life In Beat Positive Exhibit

Last month, Beat Positive hosted “Hip Hop for the Eyes: A Discussion of the Culture’s Visual Influence,” a panel featuring Beckman, Hip Hop journalist and historian Bill Adler as well as graffiti artists Claudia “Claw Money” Gold and David “Chino” Villorente.

Beckman documented the burgeoning Hip Hop scene of the 1980s, shooting everyone from Public Enemy to LL Cool J. At the time, they weren’t aware of the importance of the images they were creating.

“[We were] documenting them as they are and presenting them to the world, and 30 years later, that’s how people see [them],” Beckman told HipHopDX.

In the years since she began her career, Beckman’s photographs have become a visual atlas of Hip Hop’s foundational years.

The panel was moderated by Adler, who has taken on many different roles within Hip Hop. Russell Simmons named Adler the Director of Publicity at Def Jam in the late 1980s, where he worked with artists such as the Beastie Boys, De La Soul and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.

The History Of Hip Hop Culture, Fashion & Graffiti Brought To Life In Beat Positive Exhibit

From his work at Def Jam, Adler went on to publish the book Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC, arguably the most comprehensive study of the Queens-bred group. He’s an undeniable expert on the visual influence Hop Hop culture extolls onto the greater pop culture.

By the early 2000s, Hip Hop had taken off and showed signs of becoming one of the most important cultural forces in the United States. Since then, Hip Hop culture has reached new heights and begun to inform trends and society outside of the music. It’s an art form rooted in audio, but it drastically impacts the visual language of contemporary pop culture. That’s in part because of the genre’s close affiliation with fashion and graffiti, which are traditionally associated with Hip Hop during its seminal years.

The History Of Hip Hop Culture, Fashion & Graffiti Brought To Life In Beat Positive Exhibit

Hip Hop now seems inseparable from fashion — Travis Scott, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar all have multiple collaborations with athletic brands such as Nike and adidas. Sheck Wes, Playboi Carti and Kid Cudi have all walked in Louis Vuitton runway fashion shows, and the collections of designer brands have begun to resemble the street-style made famous by Hip Hop artists in the past few decades.

But fashion has always played a role in Hip Hop’s lifestyle.

“Run-DMC took their whole style from Jam Master Jay and Jay took his style from the street hustlers in Queens,” Adler stated during the panel. “For them to establish themselves that way in 1983 — it was really revolutionary. [It] came straight from the hood. Run-DMC’s endorsement deal with adidas in the late 1980s helped pave the way for contemporary artists to ink deals and create products with large businesses.”

The influx of big business into Hip Hop culture has threatened the purity and originality for which the genre was once lauded. Gold is a multi-hyphenate creator based out of New York City who became known within the industry for her graffiti and work as a stylist for multiple publications.

Later, Gold would create her own fashion label, Claw & Co, which is inspired by Hip Hop culture.

“We’re at risk of losing the culture,” Claw told HipHopDX. “Big business is all over it. People aren’t experimenting with style and originality the way they were.”

The History Of Hip Hop Culture, Fashion & Graffiti Brought To Life In Beat Positive Exhibit

While endorsement deals proved to be lucrative for artists, they’ve commodified and appropriated Hip Hop culture often without pushing it forward or paying proper homage.

Whereas fashion and Hip Hop music have become more unified, graffiti, one of the original four elements of Hip Hop (alongside DJing, MCing and breaking) has steadily been left by the wayside.

“I found, as a graffiti artist, that Hip Hop did not support graffiti unless it needed a visual identity,” Gold continued. “As Hip Hop began to grow and law enforcement cracked down on graffiti, artists weren’t given credit for the foundational role graffiti played in the culture.”

Graffiti was left in the background.

Villorente agreed, “It probably wasn’t as lucrative for many people and graffiti is a subculture within a subculture — so, it’s a very niche movement.”

Thousands of New Yorkers have seen Villorente’s scrawled tag or the three-toed paws from Gold, and these artworks have served as the backdrop for Hip Hop’s visual landscape, but the artists never received their due credit.

“For the graffiti artists there was very little reward other than the admiration and respect of our peers, and occasionally seeing our work coming off in print,” he continued, as he pointed to a faded Villorente tag that reads “Chino” in the background of Beckman’s photograph of Stetsasonic from 1988.

Although graffiti was in some ways the “Bastard Step-Child” to Hip Hop, as Villorente calls it, it served as visual inspiration to the culture, mirroring the sensibilities portrayed in the music and fashion.

As the 2020s begin, and rap shows no sign of relinquishing its grip on pop culture, it’s clear how the history of visual elements such as fashion and graffiti has lent itself to the creation of the contemporary, multidisciplinary genre known today.

Without Gold and Villorente’s paintings and tags, which wrapped the streets of New York City, and Beckman and Adler’s commitment to documenting the culture, the genre wouldn’t be where it is today.

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Snoop Dogg Weighs In On Drake Vs. Pusha T Beef

While it’s been nearly two years since Pusha T revealed Drake’s “secret son” on the “The Story Of Adidon” diss track, the subject is still fodder for Hip Hop enthusiasts. Snoop Dogg and Michael Rapaport recently sat down together for an episode of GGN Double G News where the topic reared its head once again.

Snoop admittedly couldn’t choose a winner and applauded Drake for handling it so well.

“Pusha T you did that, you scored a 10,” Snoop said. “But at the same time, [Drake’s] answer was a 10. So it was like a draw to me. When Drake first came out, I was like, ‘He’s just gonna be here today and gone tomorrow. Then I’m like, ‘This muthafucka don’t miss.’ In the heat of battle, he don’t miss. In the heat of controversy, he don’t miss.”

Snoop further elaborated, “The nigga made [“In My Feelings”] when Pusha-T took off on him. I’m gonna have everybody in your family, everybody in the world singing this fucking ‘Kiki do you love me.’ That’s the answer.

“The answer is not, I can’t match you [lyrically], but you can’t match me with this song that’s gonna play forever when they forget about that diss and then [at] your birthday party for your daughter in four years, guess what they’re gonna be playing? ‘Kiki do you love me?’”

Following the release of “The Story Of Adidon,” Pusha clowned Drake for saying he crossed the line when he made fun of Noah “40” Shebib who has been battling multiple sclerosis.

“Wishing death upon my friend who has MS … I study rap battles for a living,” Drake said during an interview with HBO’s The Shop. “When you mention defenseless people who are sick in the hospital, who have passed away, I just believe that there’s a price you have to pay for that. It’s over! Someone’s gonna fucking punch you in the fucking face. The shit’s done, the event’s over.”

The Clipse MC responded with nothing more than a series of laughing emojis.

New Study Shows Country Music Fans Want More Female Artist Airtime

A new study reveals country music fans want equal playtime for men and women.

CMT commissioned Coleman Insights to survey 1,000 radio listeners ages 25-54. Respondents were chosen from those who said they generally liked or loved country music. The study helps debunk the myth that both male and female country listeners don’t want to hear female voices.

The reveals that 84% of listeners want equal playtime for female artists. 7 out of 10 listeners said they wanted more female artists in the country music genre. Listeners also signaled interest in a station that highlights female artists in the genre, with 44% interest.

88% of listeners believe women play a large part in the history of country music.

The problem of male voices getting more airtime in the genre isn’t unknown. 72% of country music fans said they are aware they hear songs from more male voices than women. A 53% majority of country music fans said they have no gender preference for listening to artists.

CMT Senior VP Leslie Fram says the study proves “country music fans want to hear good songs period.”

“But it also tells us that we are training listeners not to hear female voices,” she continues. “Without creating an equal playing field, fans don’t know what they are missing. This is about a balance of gender and diversity. All voices need to be heard.”

The specific findings of this study are a topic at an industry panel ahead of Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

The research overview is being conducted by Sam Milkman, Executive Vice President, and Senior Consultant, Coleman Insights. The industry panel will be followed by a panel moderated by several key industry executives.

CMT’s Leslie Fram and Milkman, Dr. Jada E. Watson, Cody Alan (Host & Executive Producer, CMT Radio), Cris Lacy (Senior Vice President, A&R, Warner Music Nashville) and Mike Molinar (General Manager, Big Machine Music).

SoundCloud Mobile Uploads Are Finally Here Here's The Basics

SoundCloud mobile uploads have finally arrived in the latest update for iOS users.

SoundCloud now allows iPhone users to upload tracks to their account using the app. Android users will have to wait as the feature is still ‘coming soon.’ SoundCloud is embracing mobile uploads at a time when most of the world’s only internet access is through their phone.

A report from 2019 found that by 2025, three-quarters of internet users will access it from their smartphone. The study estimates that around 2 billion people only accessed the internet their phones in 2019. Smartphone-only growth is led by people in countries like China, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

SoundCloud mobile uploads allow people to share their creations with the world, using only a smartphone.

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Here’s how to use the feature on the iOS app. Tap the upward-pointing arrow on the top right of the home screen. Then choose any supported audio file on your phone. Lossless HD files like FLAC, WAV, ALAC, or AIFF have the best audio quality.

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Once the song is uploaded, you’ll be presented with a screen to correct metadata. Make sure everything is correct, add artwork, a title, check genres, and add a description of the track right from your smartphone. You can even check whether you want the track to be public or private.

Once you tap save, the track will display on your public SoundCloud profile. SoundCloud even features integration with Instagram Stories for quick-sharing tracks among your followers.

SoundCloud mobile uploads are the single feature users have wanted for years. Now the mobile app allows , Spotlight, and profile editing as part of its mobile toolkit. That gives grassroots artists everything they need to maintain an online presence using their smartphone.

It’s a wise choice on SoundCloud’s part – expanding its mobile presence means more artists are likely to choose it as a platform.

 

Driver Kills 18-Year-Old While Watching Porn Behind The Wheel, Parents Sue

Parents  Jonathan Weaver, an 18-year-old boy killed by a truck driver, who was allegedly watching while driving, are filing a lawsuit against Energy Transfer Partners, the company the driver worked for, CBS News reports.

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“I am not an angry person by nature, and as time goes on, I’m definitely dealing with anger over that, because to me it’s so senseless – watching , cellphone use,” Jonathan’s mother Delena Weaver said. “He killed my son.”

Chip Brooker, who represents the parents, called the case, “one the most extreme, egregious cases distracted driving.” He continued. “Energy Transfer is a billion-dollar company that has the resources to monitor and detect this sort conduct with their drivers.”

CBS cites a Travelers study released in October that found 48% drivers admitted to reading a text, and one in four update social media and take pictures or videos while driving. The CDC also reports that nine people a day die in the U.S. due to distracted driving crashes, many which are the result a driver checking their cellphone.

“Please put your phones down,” Delena Weaver pleaded to CBS’ Kris Van Cleave. “Your life and other people’s lives are valuable. Put the phones away. It can wait.” 

Was James Brown Murdered? Atlanta DA Office Examining New Evidence

 

An Atlanta prosecutor is considering launching an investigation into James Brown’s death after receiving new evidence.

An Atlanta-based federal prosecutor is now reviewing the circumstances surrounding James Brown’s 2006 death. 

The stunning announcement was made after Jacque Hollander said that she possesses evidence capable of proving that Brown was murdered. According to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr., his team is in the process of studying her claims, and after doing so, they will make a decision about launching a full-scale death investigation. 

The review process was officially disclosed by Chris Hopper, a spokesman for the prosecutor.

James Brown passed away on Christmas Day in 2006, as a result of fluid-filled lungs (from possible pneumonia) and a heart attack–at least according to his death certificate. Questions about his alleged cause of death were raised immediately, and Dr. Marvin Crawford, who treated Brown, cast serious doubt on the matter by publicly inquiring as to whether Brown had been poisoned; Crawford said that he hadn’t expected Brown to perish that night. 

In 2019, CNN conducted an investigation and revealed that 13 people had signed a document requesting a new autopsy on Brown, including his manager, his son, his wife, and even a non-doctor medical professional who’d drawn his blood on the evening of his death. Possibly the most significant signer, however, was the woman who just approached officials: Jacque Hollander. 

Jacque Hollander claims that she tried to secure a meeting with Attorney Howard last year, but was just now able to see him. More significantly, she says that she possesses irrefutable evidence that Brown was murdered–and that his third wife, Adrienne, had been murdered in 1996. 

James Brown–dubbed “The Father of Soul”–was born on May 3rd, 1933. Throughout his 50-plus year career, he reached many millions of fans and influenced the development of several music genres. 

Two days before Christmas 2006, Brown was scheduled to have dental work performed, and upon arriving at the office to do so, his dentist told him that he looked tired and weak. He chose not to administer the planned procedure and instead advised Brown to seek medical care. 

Brown went to the hospital the next day and was admitted to a normal room–notably, not an intensive-care unit. However, his condition worsened rapidly, and he passed away in the early hours of the morning on December 25th. 

The mentioned CNN interview reignited interest in Brown’s cause of death, and now, whether prosecutors decide to start a comprehensive investigation or not, the music world is one step closer to receiving answers. 

Stalley Announces BCG Compilation Album & Releases 1st Single ‘Met Gala’

After years studying Rick Ross’ tutelage, Stalley has morphed into a boss in his own right, poised to release his first Blue Collar Gang label compilation.

The Ohio native announced on Tuesday (February 11) that the project would be coming sooner than expected.

“Proud moment for me to be able to announce the first BCG compilation project: ‘Algorithm Vol. 1’” he wrote on Instagram. “It will be released next Friday, February 21st on all streaming platforms” before adding “This how we’re kicking off 2020 musically.”

To ignite the fervor, Stalley also unveiled the album’s first single in “Met Gala,” which features BCG artists Life Dutchee and Gerald Walker.

Stream the single above and check back in on Friday (February 21) for the full album. Swipe on Stalley’s Instagram for the full tracklist.

BTS World Launches Valentine's Day Update for Captivated Fans

The popular BTS World app is getting a new Valentine’s Day update.

BTS World is a highly popular sim game about managing South Korea’s most popular boy band. Players take on the role of an executive at Big Hit and must guide BTS on their journey to stardom. To celebrate the upcoming holiday, BTS World features several new event stages.

There are a total of seven new 5-star cards to collect, including valentine’s Day stickers.

The app launched last year as a way for hardcore BTS fans to try their hand at managing the group. It also includes a behind-the-scenes look at photos and video clips. Players can interact with the band 1:1 through interactive content, making it highly successful among K-pop fans.

BTS is the to debut in 2012, according to worldwide album sales. The group has managed to sell 40.7 million albums worldwide. They are also the most successful K-pop band of all time.

BTS fans are some of the most dedicated in the industry. Last year we covered a study that reports BTS and K-pop, in general, are driving a resurgence in CD sales. In South Korea, CD and cassette sales have been rising since 2014. Physical media sales are topping 20 million each year in South Korea, primarily driven by the success of K-pop.

K-pop fans are more willing to collect multiple physical items from the bands. Special edition releases may have small changes that make each series collectible in its own right.

It helps that the artists and labels are always looking to make their vinyl releases special. There’s even some speculation that the broad availability of music streaming is helping the resurgence of vinyl. Fans use music streaming as a discovery format and invest big by buying the albums and collections they want to own.

New Study Reveals Most Serial Killers Are Of The Taurus Zodiac Sign

For some strange reason, in recent years, serial killers have become romanticized as if they didn’t take and ruin the lives others, or cause deep existential trauma toward the people they’ve come across and terrorized. With Samuel Little recently confessing to close to 100 murders and Ted Bundy’s ex preparing a tell-all series about her relationship with the sociopath, society’s fascination with serial killers has taken a rather unhealthy turn into somewhat an obsession. Now, a recent study by British author, David Jester, has revealed that some the world’s most notorious serial killers all share the same astrological zodiac sign, the Taurus. 

New Study Reveals Most Serial Killers Are Of The Taurus Zodiac Sign

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According to The Mirror, David Jester began researching the astrology serial killers for his 2018 thriller novel, The Clinic. The fiction writer spent approximately two years investigating the zodiac signs some the most notorious serial killers in the United Kingdom and around the globe. His hefty research resulted in the troubling discovery that the majority the killers on his list were born between April 20 and May 20 and shared the Taurus zodiac sign. 

According to the British publication, Taureans have innate ability to identify pure and harmful characteristics in an individual with ease as the research states:

“(Taurses are) devoted, patient and hard-working, traits which can make for a great personality in someone who is stable and good-natured, and an evil manipulator in someone who is not.”

Jester and The Mirror rounded up some the most renowned serial killers who just so happened to Taureans listing:

“H. H. Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer; Michael Ryan, the man behind the Hungerford Massacre; David Copeland the London Nail Bomber; the Canadian child killer Karla Homolka; cannibal Albert Fish, the ‘Werewolf Wysteria’; Levi Bellfield the British child killer and rapist.”

While this research is extremely telling, serial killers come in all different types astrological zodiac signs. For instance, Jeffrey Dahmer is a Gemini, John Wayne Gacy is a Pisces, and Ted Bundy is a Sagittarius. But, if you just so happen to have any relatives or close friends who are extremely meticulous about their cleaning products, watch a lot CSI, and happen to be a Taurus, you might want to keep a close eye on them. 

Andre Iguodala Claims Grizzlies Offered To Let Him Sit Out

Andre Iguodala had himself an interesting first half to the NBA season. For those who don’t know, Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the summer and didn’t play a single game for the team. Young Grizzlies stars like Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant were critical Iguodala who was clearly avoiding the team in hopes being traded. Eventually, Iguodala was sent to the Miami Heat in exchange for a wide variety pieces. Last night, Iggy got to play his very first game with the Heat and he put up two points, six rebounds, and three assists. 

Iguodala has been subjected to a lot backlash for his holdout with the Grizzlies although as he told The Athletic, it was actually the Grizzlies’ idea. In fact, they came to him wondering if he would prefer to sit the first half the season, knowing the Grizzlies weren’t his ideal situation.

Andre Iguodala Claims Grizzlies Offered To Let Him Sit Out

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Per Iguodala:

“Well, that’s always going to be the case. That’s what I’m saying. That’s why I said I didn’t do anything special, and that’s why I’m saying that I’m joking about the ‘case study’ part because there was a mutual agreement. … It was brought to me, you understand what I’m saying? It was brought to me. The (Warriors) trade happens, and it’s brought to me, (and he’s told), “Hey, we know you’re coming from this situation and, you know, it may not be ideal for you…”

I never approached anyone to say, “Hey, this is not somewhere that I want to be, and I’m not going to show up.” That never occurred. But that’s never going to get put out there because, you know…”

With this information in mind, it’s clear the Grizzlies always had a plan from the start.

SnowGlobe Music Festival Sued for Emitting Massive Amounts of Benzene

The SnowGlobe Music Festival has come under fire for environmental concerns.

After the 2018 festival, the Center for Environmental Health sued SnowGlobe. The CEH argues there is too much benzene in the air at the concert and for days afterward.

“Many music festivals use a variety of diesel-powered items, including the generators, buses, and trucks,” CEH senior scientist Caroline Cox says. “We were concerned about the amount of benzene that diesel combustion produces. We measured benzene levels at the SnowGlobe Music Festival, and they were above the level set under California’s Proposition 65.”

Prop. 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act in California law. It lists benzene as a cancer-causing agent that causes reproduction toxicity in humans.

Cox says her organization is working hard to focus on the harm it may cause younger people. “There are a lot of young women that either could be pregnant or want to get pregnant. So we’re concerned about protecting those people,” Cox says.

The CEH served the SnowGlobe Music Festival with a 60-day notice of violation of Prop. 65 in January 2019. CEH later filed the lawsuit against SnowGlobe in December 2019.

Cox says the festival has been cooperative in helping them address the issue. Festival organizers are exploring whether electric power is feasible at the current site. They’re also looking at switching to bio-diesel for buses to reduce emissions.

Concert emissions for touring music artists have been at the forefront of the music industry lately.

Coldplay is committing to until concerts are carbon neutral. Meanwhile, DJ Matoma claims to be launching the world’s first ‘‘ on a local scale.

Trip-hop legends like Massive Attack are stepping up by with them. The move is intended to help them study the actual carbon footprint caused by music concerts across the globe.

Nicki Minaj’s Lyric About Rosa Parks Is "Heart Breaking" Says Leader’s Nephew: Report

Just because she claimed that TMZ‘s initial report about her Rosa Parks lyric wasn’t true doesn’t mean the outlet was finished talking about it. Following the social media backlash over Nicki’s “All you b*tches Rosa Parks, uh-oh, get your ass up” lyric from the snippet her unreleased track “Yikes,” TMZ wrote that Nicki was aware how upset people were. They reported that they spoke with sources close to Nicki who stated the rapper never intended for the lyric to be disrespectful, especially on Parks’ birthday (February 4).

Nicki Minaj's Lyric About Rosa Parks Is "Heart Breaking" Says Leader's Nephew: Report
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Later, Nicki took to her Instagram Story to blast the outlet. “Never said this. Had no clue anyone was mad. Don’t care. #Yikes,” she wrote. In their own way, it seems that TMZ is making sure they get the last word in because they’ve made yet another report about this topic, except this time they’ve actually spoken to Rosa Park’s family member to get their opinion on the matter.

TMZ received a quote from the Civil Rights leader’s nephew William McCauley that stated: “It was both heart breaking and disrespectful that Nicki Minaj would have a lyric in a song that can be used negatively when mentioning someone who provided her the freedoms that she has today.” They also claim to have spoken to Anita Peek, the executive director at the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development.

The publication reported that Peek, who worked closely with Rosa, said the late Civil Rights icon would “be extremely hurt by Minaj taking her bus protest — one the most significant moments the Civil Rights Movement — and putting a negative spin on it for a song, even if she was just trying to be clever or funny.”

Peek reportedly also urged Nicki to study the historical account Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up her seat on the Montgomery, Alabama bus that led to the 381-day boycott.

Interview: Warhol.SS Talks SoundCloud Legacy & Dropping Out Of College After 1 Week

Hollywood – Warhol.SS is technically a pioneer. He is one of the very first rappers to get popping off of SoundCloud, among other well-known rap entities such as the late Juice WRLD, Lil Peep and Smokepurpp and his innovative music video for “Speed Racer” was sort of what helped Lyrical Lemonade founder Cole Bennett get popping in 2016.

He is the SoundCloud rapper old heads love to talk about.

The 22-year-old Chicago rap star just released his M.I.A. EP, which he says is the tape before the real mixtape. Essentially, M.I.A. is just something to hold fans over and features guest appearances from Ugly God and Famous Dex.

With remnants of SoundCloud nostalgia behind, Warhol.SS explains to HipHopDX why Spotify is now the new preferred distribution platform of choice, gloats in the praise Dave East recently bestowed upon him for his SoundCloud come-up and reveals why he chose to drop out of college after one week.

HipHopDX: What happened between SoundCloud, and then going to Spotify?

Warhol.SS:
I just started pushing on Spotify. I started dropping more on Spotify and exed out of SoundCloud. Everybody started going on that shit.

HipHopDX:
Was there a reason for that?

Warhol.SS: Nah, [SoundCloud] was just the first shit I knew. I didn’t really know shit. I didn’t learn about other music platforms and how to get my shit on there, until I was 19 or 20 something.

HipHopDX: I think SoundCloud was popping in like 2016? 2015?

Warhol.SS: 2015. And then, I popped on the scene in 2016.

HipHopDX: I feel like I heard your name a couple of years ago, a lot, and then things quieted down a lot. What was the reason for that?

Warhol.SS: I was working on my own sound and shit. “Speed Racer” wasn’t really my style.

HipHopDX: Can you tell me about that music video? Were you shocked when it went crazy like that?

Warhol.SS: Yeah, I was type shocked. I was like, “What!” Because that’s not no song I would expect, for real, to do what it did. I really can’t question what the people like, so I was like, “Fuck it.”

HipHopDX: Cole Bennett is from Chicago, as well. How did you guys connect?

Warhol.SS: Through my boy, Jake. He managed me. He found me when I had to drop out of college. I was only in college for a week.

HipHopDX: What school did you go to for a week?

Warhol.SS: I went to Western in downtown Chicago.

HipHopDX: Why? Were you just like, “This ain’t for me,”?

Warhol.SS: Yeah. It just wasn’t for me. It was more so like, “Do I want to rap, or do I want to go off to college?” And I was like, “Shit I’m not about to go off to college.” That shit was over with.

HipHopDX: What was the worst part of going to college, for you? Like, within that week. Because, that’s a short amount of time to decide that.

Warhol.SS: Waking up early as hell, and then me having the studio at night. I’m going to go from class to a studio, then be at the studio till 12:00 a.m., 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., go home. Then I get home, got homework to do, then class. I don’t want that.

HipHopDX: What were you in school for?

Warhol.SS: For business marketing.

HipHopDX: Did you learn anything within that?

Warhol.SS: Hell no! No, I didn’t learn nothing.

HipHopDX: Well, people are probably studying your stuff for marketing, because the way the whole Cole Bennett thing happened, and the music video. I feel like that was the first video that I ever saw, where I was like, “Yo, Cole Bennett is like…Who is this dude?”

Warhol.SS: Cole crazy! He followed the shit. I don’t know, man.

HipHopDX: So, from then to now, what has that journey looked like for you? What have you learned?

Warhol.SS: Really that you can’t listen to what people say, you know what I’m saying? A lot of shit just be word of mouth.

HipHopDX: People online or people in real life?

Warhol.SS: People in general, in business, in real life, online, all types. The worst thing is when it be them types of fans that build a fantasy of who you are or if they see you not with someone for a long time they automatically think it’s a beef, or I don’t fuck with them no more. We just living life.

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HipHopDX: What’s a proper way to pronounce your name?

Warhol.SS: Warhol.

HipHopDX: What’s the “.ss?”

Warhol.SS: That was my older shit, it stand for super sport.

HipHopDX: Are you a Andy Warhol fan?

Warhol.SS: I be crazy as hell to pick that name and not know who he is.

HipHopDX: Do you have a favorite Warhol piece?

Warhol.SS: I fuck with that whole banana shit. Yeah, because I remember when BAPE had the collection with the little pull-up, and when you opened it, it had the banana on the inside.

HipHopDX: What is the difference between this EP, M.I.A., and what you consider a tape, tape?

Warhol.SS: This EP is pretty much just something that was made on the road. It’s songs that I know I wasn’t going to put on the tape but that I probably put up as a preview and people just asked me to drop.

HipHopDX: Okay, these are the songs you previewed on the internet, and your fans were like, “Drop that, drop that, drop that!”

Warhol.SS: Hell yeah. Like, “What You On (WYO)” I previewed that shit on my gram in September. I put up a few songs, it was a song called,”They Know” and “WYO.” “They Know,” I put it out, just like quick shit. I had shot a video for it, and it was just already in my back pockets. I was just going to fuck off and do a drop and that was that. We didn’t drop it yet, but I felt like everybody was always asking for “WYO” in my comments. All my homies were like, “Why you ain’t drop this shit yet?”

HipHopDX: How do you know when people are going to gravitate towards a song or is it always kind of shocking to you?

Warhol.SS: Nah, you can kind of gauge it, a little bit. But, it’s really just all about what they hear because you could make 10 hard songs, but one or two of them going to always be the favorite amongst the people. You don’t know what it is until people say it.

“On My Back” was this joint put in Tyshawn Jones …TJ’s …documentary. He was trying to put one of my songs in it and I just sent the link to all this shit that he could choose from. He was like, “Nah, dog, this the one. That’s my heart.” So I sent him “On My Back.” He put it in there and when it dropped, everybody was like, “Yo! What song is this? I need the link, I need the link!” I was like, this shit not even out! That’s another song I was like, all right, we’ll put this shit up.

HipHopDX: Do you intentionally do that to see what people are going to like?

Warhol.SS: Sometimes. I’m making a song, and then it’ll be like a day in the life video, or something like that, and then I put it on the internet and that’ll make people start wanting whatever song I posted.

HipHopDX: Let’s go back to SoundCloud. Because personally, I feel like I find, a lot of my favorite artists on SoundCloud, from 6LACK to 21 Savage. How do you feel about people trying to use that word as a way to talk shit?

Warhol.SS: I feel like people should behave. We had a whole wave that was just a new wave for Hip Hop. We had a new sound and a new way of putting shit out. We was in control of all the shit, too. But for the old ears and muthafucka that didn’t make it off SoundCloud, some were mad that they wasn’t a part of it. Or mad that, “Damn, these a bunch of kids that already figured out this shit, in six months, where I done took 10 years to try to find out.” But, it’s how to play the game.

HipHopDX: Have you had a conversation or talked to anybody that’s a OG rap head about it?

Warhol.SS: Dave East. Dave East was like, “Nah. Get your money if you got a way.” If you think about it, SoundCloud is like when crack first came out. Niggas was selling coke, and then niggas figured out a new way and made coke jump, started making money and buying that. That’s life. That’s like SoundCloud with music. SoundCloud was just a new way to hit dope.

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Scientists Discover Weed Compound 30-Times More Potent Than THC

With marijuana being decriminalized around the globe, governments, institutions, and scientists everywhere are experimenting with cannabis to discover how it can be used for medicinal and medical purposes. Now, according to recently published studies in the Nature, Scientific Reports, a new cannabis compound has been discovered to potentially be thirty-times more potent than THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Scientists Discover Weed Compound 30-Times More Potent Than THC

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As right now, it is unclear whether or not the newly-discovered cannabinoid named tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP, can deliver a more heightened effect than THC. An Italian medical cannabis scientific group known as FM2 identified the compounds when they isolated and identified the mass spectrometry and metabolomics to find the basic chemicals the molecule. 

The Italian scientists also unearthed a cannabis compound known as CBDP, a relative CBD that is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticonvulsant activity medicinal components. 

The report publishers utilized THCP to bind to human cannabinoid receptors found in the endocannabinoid system and discovered that the compound bound to receptors 33-times better than THC. Dr. Cinzia Citti, the lead author the research, revealed in a statement:

“This means that these compounds have higher affinity for the receptors in the human body. In cannabis varieties where THC is present in very low concentrations, then we can think that the presence another, more active cannabinoid can explain those effects.”

In regards to the effects THCP and CBDP on humans, both compounds can possibly hold potential health benefits that can supersede the effects THC and CBD alone. While the psychoactive effects the new compounds have yet to be fully understood, THCP might be able to increase the ‘high’ THC is specifically known for. The study then goes on to state:

“Historically, many our medicines have been derived by or inspired by natural products. By having new compounds that bind with very high affinity, that will give scientists a new probe into biological sciences.”

Over the past decade, we’ve seen the cannabis industry skyrocket into prosperity for its recreational usages, but if cannabis has the potential to become the world-renowned healer that it once was, natural remedies can find their way back to the forefront the pharmaceutical industry.   

Millennials Are Twice as Likely to Listen to Albums Than Boomers

Millennials — not Baby Boomers — are the biggest listeners of albums, according to a recent study.

According to a study conducted by Deezer, millennials are two times likelier than baby boomers to play albums. 

8,000 music fans — an even number of American, Brazilian, French, and German individuals — were interviewed for the survey, which also revealed that 54 percent of adults listen to fewer albums today than they did five to 10 years ago. 

In follow-up questions, respondents were asked why they weren’t listening to — not necessarily buying — more albums. 

Some cited the quality (or lack thereof) of contemporary albums, and approximately 40 percent of survey participants said that they favor playlists. Additionally, more than one-third of listeners aged 55 and up claimed to prefer single songs over both playlists and albums. 

Only nine percent of those surveyed said they enjoy listening to albums more than playlists and songs, and a study released last year (also performed by Deezer) indicated that about 15 percent of those under the age of 25 haven’t listened to an album at all. 

Deezer’s report makes it easier to understand Guns N’ Roses’ reluctance to release their new material as an album. However, the survey did offer some hope for the once-prominent format. 

As mentioned, millennials — those born between 1981 and 1996 — are much likelier than baby boomers to play albums, and last year, an iHeartRadio study found that millennials listen to more music than any other demographic. Given that the generation’s eldest members are currently 39 years old, artists can bank on a reliable (albeit smaller-than-desired) album audience in the coming decades. 

Moreover, 48 percent of Deezer respondents said they feel happy when listening to a new album, 46 percent said they feel excited, and just under a quarter said they feel inspired. 

With these numbers in mind, the album’s decline may be attributable not to its faults, but to modern streaming’s many options and ample convenience.