Ultimate Rap Battle League presents “Resolution” Part 2, streaming live from Atlanta! The head line battle is rap battle heavyweight GOODZ versus hip hop artist Cassidy, who is making his return to the rap battle arena. It’s a FACE OFF between underground and industry!!
One of hip hop’s most acclaimed bodies of work, Nas’ debut album “Illmatic” just recently hit the 25 year mark. With many of rap’s top tier artists from past to present citing the 10 track project as one of their inspirations to emcee, “Illmatic” has truly stood the test time and can be considered a classic. On it’s 20 year anniversary, Nas performed the entire album with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the performance video and live audio was released last year to consumers.
With the 25th anniversary passing recently, Nas celebrated NYC with his team at a pop up titled “Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane”. He spoke with hip hop journalist and Queens native Shaheem Reid about his outlook on the milestone. Also present was long time collaborator and comrade AZ, who was the only feature on the album.
To also bring the moment full circle, Mass Appeal spoke with some of the “architects of Illmatic”. These people were either involved directly or indirectly with the album’s creation and release. These include producers like DJ Premier, DJ LES, & Large Professor. Also included are Nas’ brother Jungle (from The Bravehearts), journalist Miss Info, A&R Faith Newman, and more. Click the playlist below to see there stories of how “Illmatic” came to be what it is today……A HIP HOP CLASSIC.
Philadelphia rap veteran Gillie Da Kid is known for much more than his rhyming ability on the mic. He is also known for his presence on camera and giving out his brash opinion on the subject at hand. He has created a following on social media and frequently goes live on his Instagram account (@gillie_da_king) with his followers in order to let them ask his advice for situations they are going through. In return, Gillie offers them “A Million Dollars Worth Of Game 4 Free”. The response from these sessions has pushed the demand for Gillie to do a podcast. Seems that people are about to get what they want.
Gillie, along with his real life cousin Wallo (@wallo267), have began promoting their podcast, “A Million Dollaz Worth Of Game” on social medai and YouTube. In video clips posted to the podcast’s Instagram account (@mworthofgame), Gillie and Wallo can be seen having conversations at their show set up (see the clip below for example). They also have a home website ( https://www.mworthofgame.com/ ) with an online store with merchandise for sale. Stay tuned for the release of the first episode.
UPDATE: View the first official episode of Million Dollaz Worth Of Game Podcast here!!
Jussie Smollett has been formally charged in the case of him allegedly staging an attack and reporting it to police as a hate crime. The incident happened in Chicago on January 29, 2019 and the “Empire” star was later outed by two brothers who claim that were paid by Smollett to stage the attack. After his arrest and release, he has been adamant that his story is true. Video footage courtesy of Daily Mail.
Award winning music producer/artsit Pharrell Williams is launching a new music festival in his home state of Virginia. The 3 day festival takes place April 26, 27, & 28 in Virginia Beach, VA. Tickets go sale March 8, 2019 on the festival’s website, https://www.somethinginthewater.com/passes
Cardi B went on her Instagram account to announce that her and Migos member Offset are no longer together. They have been married since September of 2017 and have a daughter. She mentions that she maybe moving forward with divorce. #PRESSPLAY
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Top tier rapper J. Cole has hit the world with another critically acclaimed album in his latest release, “KOD”. On the release, he addresses new age rappers with his bars on the album’s closing track, “1985 (Intro To The Fall Off)“. Some notable lines from that track are:
The internet took immediate response on whom he was speaking to. The most noted response came from 17 year old “Gucci Gang” rapper, Lil Pump.
In the aftermath of the track and the nerves that it struck, J. Cole and Lil Pump were able to come to terms with meeting and discussing their point of views during a live video interview between the two.
This is big for the culture and shows an example of how we move forward and bridge the gap. It take conversation and open dialogue to build up a nation!
Hip Hop Artist Nicki Minaj took to her Instagram live account to announce that she is pushing the release date of her album back and has some surprises coming for her fans in the months prior to its release. She also will be releasing a new single tonight.
She also announced that she has begun the second round of her college scholarship giveaway via Twitter.
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