Video: Puff Daddy Presents Nas With Icon Award


During the past weekend in Miami, Florida, the Revolt Music Conference took place. With several of the music industry’s biggest influencers showing up to share knowledge with upcoming artists, producers, entrepeneurs, and music enthusiasts, the culmination of events included the presentation of the Jimmy Iovine Icon Award to Queensbridge’s Finest, Nas!! He was presented the award by Bad Boy Records CEO Sean “P. Diddy/Puff Daddy” Combs, who gave a lengthy, heart felt speech about the God MC in a brotherly and hip hop fashion.

Salute to Nas for being a bonafied hip hop legend and for continuing to push the culture forward!!

“After a full day of learning at various panels with industry leaders and influencers, attendees of the REVOLT Music Conference dressed in their best to attend the event’s unforgettable gala dinner Saturday night (October 15).

What made it so meaningful?

Nasir Jones.

Not only was Nas the recipient of REVOLT’s Jimmy Iovine Icon Award, but several of his family members and longtime friends gathered to honor who we’ve come to know as one of the most important voices in music and culture.

Through the night’s presenters and performers, we were reminded that Nas is more than a poetic lyricist, but a business man, entrepreneur, and producer admired by many.

His cousin and “Blackish” star Yara Shahidi kicked things off after an unapologetic performance by singer Bibi Bourelly, sharing heartfelt words that detailed how much Nas has inspired her as a person and actress, and elaborating on how his raw and organic lyrics have inspired millions.

Shahidi also touched on Nas’ involvement in film, not only an actor but as a creator. While the rapper landed an acting role in Hype Williams’ 1998 film Belly, he has since also executive produced and composed music on projects like Netflix’s “The Get Down,” The Land, and his biographical documentary Time Is Illmatic.

“Nasir is half-man, half-amazing,” said Shahidi not long before she introduced DMX to the stage.

DMX, who greeted the room with his famous lovable growl and formed a lifetime friendship with Nas while shooting Belly, made sure to express his sincerest love and gratitude for the Queensbridge legend, candidly explaining to Nas what an honor it is to be able to call him a friend.” – Revolt TV Youtube Channel

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Video: Young M.A. – “Quiet Storm” Freestyle

Buzzing from the success of her breakout single “OOOOUU”, Young M.A. is riding her on wave to the top of the hip hop industry. With no major deal, show dates, and rising numbers of fans, she has no time too slow down while the momentum is high. Dropping visuals to “Quiet Storm”, a freestyle over legendary rap group Mobb Deep’s instrumental of the same name, Young M.A. shows no signs off letting up soon.

Young M.A’s new music video for her track “Quiet Storm.” Directed by: a piece by guy x Young M.A.

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News: “Martin” Actor Tommy Ford Passes Away At 52


Thomas Mikal Ford, known widely for his role as Martin Lawrence’s best friend Tommy on the hit comedy show “Martin”, has passed away. He was 52.

His passing comes after a day of reports that he had passed away, although he had not. He had been in Atlanta,GA hospital since Sunday, according to reports. When initial news announcing his death were published, he was actually on life support It was reported by TMZ that he had suffered an aneurysm burst in his abdomen. His passing was confirmed by spokeswoman Joy Pervis, who gave no cause of death.

“Before Martin, Ford landed a spot in the 1989 Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor film Harlem Nights. He would co-produce, co-write or star in such films as Baby Mama’s Club, Against the Law, Beat Street Resurrection and Love Different.

Ford was also a motivational speaker and a children’s’ book author. He appeared in the fourth season of Who’s Got Jokes?

The actor’s website said he had been focusing on building a career behind the camera. He had directed and produced several webisodes, and had been filming Reverse the Lynch Curse, a documentary about breaking curses of distrust and envy. Ford was also involved in several theater productions.” – Contributing: The Associated Press



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Audio: French Montana – “Paid For” ft Chinx & Max B


Coke Boys/Bad Boy recording artist French Montana is one to make sure that he has material out for his fans to plug into. In his latest offering, Frenchie drops “Paid For”, a nine minute track that is actually two songs; the first has him speaking to two of hip hop stars gone too soon. Chinx aka Chinx Drugz, who was slain in a still unresolved murder, was signed to French’s Coke Boys imprint and released several songs with French Montana.(Chinx was also a member of Riot Squad, which is the movement that the late Stack Bundles was the front man of.) Max B, who recently won an appeal on a 75 year prison sentence, is also a long time rhyme partner with Montana and has a slew of fan favorite singles and mixtapes with him. From the time French reached the national spotlight, he has been screaming “Free Max B” and has not allowed the world to forget about him. In the aftermath of Chinx’s murder, French has also been vocal in keeping his memory alive.

With “Paid For”, French has a conversation with both of his friends in the first part of this track. In the second part, we get treated to verses from both Chinx and Max to round out the respect paid to them both. #PRESSPLAY

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Video: Dave East – “Keisha”

For the last calendar, Harlem, NY MC Dave East has been picking up steam. With a successful mixtape run (Hate Me Now, for reference), landing on the front page cover of XXL Magazine’s Freshmen Class issue,push from a label geared towards hip hop (Mass Appeal Records), and cosigns from industry veterans (Nas, Jim Jones, etc), Dave is set to be the next big thing out of New York. With the recent drop of his album, “Kairi Chanel”, his numbers are about to go up. The album boasts features from by 2 Chainz, Cam’ron, Fabolous, Beanie Sigel, Sevyn Streeter, The Game and Jazzy Jamra.

“Keisha” is a single featured on the album and is th latest visual offering from Dave East. The song has East telling a story about a female that he met and eventually hooks up with. The ending is one that is not favorable for the MC. The rhyme highlights his story telling skills, a much celebrated feat that many hip hop heads hold in high regards.

Download or stream Dave East’s “Kairi Chanel”

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Video: Rick Ross – ” No U-Turns”

Rick Ross stays working, regardless if there is an album dropping or not. The Maybach Music Group mogul keeps consistent with keeping his name heard and face seen.

Ross drops visuals to a new single “No U-Turns”. A short story set to the high tempo track serves as a warning to anyone who thinks about coming back around on the block. #PRESSPLAY

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Audio: The Cipher Show – Elzhi Episode


The Cipher Show, hosted by Shawn Setaro, airs every Tuesday night at 8pm eastern standard time, 5pm pacific standard time on Ground Up Radio’ online stream! #PRESSPLAY

Elzhi got his start as an emcee in the now-famous Detroit rap scene of the 1990s, going to shows and open mics alongside some of the city’s great talent like Guilty Simpson, Royce da 5’9”, Phat Kat, Invincible, Proof, Eminem, and Slum Village. In 2001, Elzhi would join Slum Village after J Dilla left the group. He would remain with them for nearly a decade, leaving in 2010 amidst drama with the other members and their record label.

In 2011, Elzhi released an album-length reinvisioning of Nas’ Illmatic, entitled Elmatic, which met great critical and popular success. His brand new album, inspired by his struggles with depression, is called Lead Poison.

Tracks featured in this episode:

Chris Bud f/Big Herk, “I Wish A Nigga Would”
Slum Village, “Who Are We”
The Cipher Episode 141: Quelle Chris
Slum Village, “Hoc N Pucky”
Slum VIllage, “Mountaintop”
Slum Village, “Ooh Wee”
Slum Village, “The Look of Love”
Slum Village, “Where We Come From”
Elzhi f/Ayah, “The Leak”
Elzhi f/Royce Da 5’9”, “Motown 25”
Ice-T, “Colors”
Elzhi, “Colors”
Elzhi, “Guessing Game”
Nas, “N.Y. State of Mind”
Elzhi, “Detroit State of Mind”
Elzhi, “Memory Lane”
Elzhi, “Blue Widow”
Elzhi, “Medicine Man”
Elzhi, “Cloud”
Elzhi, “Misright”
Elzhi, “Hello!!!!!”
Elzhi, “Healing Process”
Elzhi, “INTROverted”
Elzhi f/Smitty, “ALIENated”
Elzhi, “Two 16’s”
Elzhi, “Healing Process”
Elzhi f/Tahbisle Griffen, “The Turning Point”
Elzhi, “Weedipedia”
Elzhi, “INTROverted”
Elzhi, “Keep Dreaming”
Elzhi f/Chris Dave, “She Sucks”
Ice Cube, “A Bird In The Hand”
Royce Da 5’9” f/Black Milk & Elzhi, “Real Hip Hop”
Elzhi f/Royce Da 5’9” & Stokley Williams, “Life’s a B*tch”
Elzhi, “Egocentric”

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Audio: The Cipher Show: Allah B Episode


The Cipher Show, hosted by Shawn Setaro, airs every Tuesday night at 7pm eastern standard time, 4pm pacific standard time on Ground Up Radio’ online stream! #PRESSPLAY

“Allah B is a longtime member of the Nation of Gods and Earths, formerly known as the Five Percenters. He grew up in Harlem in the 1950s and 60s, a time when the Nation of Islam had huge influence thanks to its minister, Malcolm X. Clarence 13X Smith was an NOI member who became disenchanted with the group around 1963, and formed his own organization the following year. Clarence quickly became known as “Allah” or “The Father,” and most of his early disciples were teenage boys, Allah B among them.

The group, originally known as the Five Percenters and now as the Nation of Gods and Earths, grew steadily until Allah’s murder in June 1969. It would have a rebirth in the 1980s and 90s, as many of the young children raised in the group’s beliefs would go into hip-hop and spread Five Percenter beliefs, slang, and practices far and wide.

If you’ve ever listened to Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, or the Wu-Tang Clan, said “Peace” or “word,” or stood in a b-boy stance, you owe a huge debt to the Gods and Earths, whether you realize it or not. Allah B has been there for the group’s whole history, and shares it with us in this interview.”

Tracks featured in this episode:

RZA, “The Birth”
Rakim, “The Mystery (Who Is God?)”
Poor Righteous Teachers, “Butt Naked Booty Bless”
Shabazz The Disciple, “Death Be The Penalty”
J-Live, “Them That’s Not”
Kanye West, “I Am A God”
Noreaga, “Superthug”
Wu-Tang Clan, “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’”
Brand Nubian, “Ain’t No Mystery”
Digable Planets, “Where I’m From”
Babatunde Olatunji, “Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Jin-Go-Low-Bah)”
Busta Rhymes, “Salute Da Gods!!”
Lord Jamar, “Supreme Mathematics (Born Mix)”
Big Daddy Kane, “Just Rhymin’ With Biz”
Gang Starr, “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight”
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, “Anger In The Nation”
Showbiz & A.G., “Runaway Slave”
Two Kings in a Cipher, “Kemit-Cal Reaction”
Brand Nubian, “Wake Up – Explicit Stimulated Dummies Mix”
Eric B. and Rakim, “Follow The Leader”
Brand Nubian, “Young Son”
Brand Nubian, “Wake Up – Explicit Reprise In The Sunshine”
Brand Nubian & the 5% Nation on Yo! MTV Raps Interview
Lakim Shabazz, “All True And Living”
Jay Z, “Heaven”
Erykah Badu, “On & On”
Show notes:

Michael Muhammad Knight, The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip-hop and the Gods of New York
The Black God: An Anthology of Truth
FBI Records: Five Percenters

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VUBM RADIO: Novel Bandana Interview



VUBM stands for “Virginia Underground Block Music’ and is a radio show hosted by personality/producer/artist Bobby Flawless. It showcases the underground artists of Virginia and their music, story, and movements

This episode features Novel Bandana, a Newport News, Virgina hip hop artist who is generating a buzz with his album “The Bandana LP“.

VUBM Radio airs every Wednesday 10am-11am EST on Ground Up Radio!!



Purchase and download “The Bandana Lp” by Novel Bandana

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The Time Is 95 -DJ Tre’ Show 4 Mix

#tEpisode 4 of Dj Tre’s radio show “The Time Is 95”, which airs every Wednesday from 8pm- 9pm EST on Ground Up Radio’s online radio stream!! Listen in on the TuneIn app or visit and click on the LISTEN NOW button. #PRESSPLAY

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IG: therealdjtre

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