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Suga Free & 20 Years of Pimpin’ Concert Recap

White Label Radio & Sean Healy Presents “20 Years of Pimpin” with Suga Free

In March, White Label Radio hosted their very first concert series!

The Show was a total Sold Out success, as they spent a night paying respect to one of the West Coasts most classic album.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ‘Street Gospel’

Sponsored by The Hundreds

Hosted by White Label Radio’s Melloe Won

Music by DJ Mark Luv

HipHop DX came to cover the show, and had a chance to sit down with Suga Free to talk about his past 20 years in the game.

Please also check out The Hundreds Blog Recap Below!

The Hundreds Blog Show Recap

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@Iam_EmmaJ

 

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LAURYN HILL THANKS DJ KHALED AND NAS FOR SAMPLING ‘FU-GEE-LA’

DJ Khaled’s brand new No. 1 album Major Key includes a collaboration with Nas called “Nas Album Done.” The song utilises a sample from the Fugees’ 1996 classic “Fu-Gee-La,” and this didn’t go unnoticed by key group member Lauryn Hill, who shared a note personally thanking Khaled for “blessing up the chune.” She also addressed an open message that Khaled posted on Instagram last week, congratulating him on the arrival of his new child and blessing his family for the future ahead. Check out both letters below.

#letterTOtheFugees I remember the 1st time I heard the angelic voice of Lauryn Hill singing Ooooh La La La…It was like a voice from heaven. Alongside the genius musician/artist Wyclef and Pras they formed the iconic and one of my favorite groups The Fugees. The Fugees pushed the culture forward and was an inspiration to me as a fan of great music and an inspiration to this day. Dj Khaled feat @nas title of the song is (Nas Album Done! )Just the title alone let’s you know it’s serious!! And trust me it’s serious!!! So I’d like to extend my tremendous appreciation to The Fugees for giving me their blessing with Fu gee La. To Ms. Lauryn Hill I want to say thank you so very much for allowing me to create Nas Album Done utilizing your angelic voice that we sample from fu gee la Thank you for blessing me and fan luv and the millions of fans of yours and The Fugees and music fans world wide. Ms HILL I also want tell u not only am I a huge fan I play the song ZION to my son that’s in my queens belly ! I want my son to hear and feel your powerful amazing iconic voice and the amazing love coming from that song ! if I could sing that’s the song I would sing to my son so I play it every chance to my son in my queens belly🙏🏽 .. To Wyclef my brother, thank you for always seeing my vision and going out your way to help make this possible. You said it best “We use to be number 10!!!! Now we permanent at 1!!!!!” Thank you for giving me your blessing. Thank u for being my brother we came along way !! I will always remember me u at FULLY LOADED in Jamaica we made history !!!!! To my brother Pras, I seen you the other day pullin off in the wraith!!!! You made time for me and came to the studio to catch a vibe. I appreciate you so much. Thank you for giving me your blessing. I appreciate that!!! Bless up!! I wrote this letter to show u my appreciation for clearing the sample for my rec wit @nas #NASALBUMDONE🙏🏽🔑🔑🔑🙏🏽. #MAJOR🔑 #JULY29 @wethebestmusic 🙏🏽🔑🦁🙏🏽. Oh yeah I’ll never forget the show wit all y’all performing at the cameo in Miami wow it was historic !! #MIAMI!!! The promoter was humble lion ! @wyclefjean @ms_laurynhill @prasmichel

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Nas releases “It Was Written” 20 Years Ago Today

It Was Written was released 20 years ago, on July 2, 1996. It debuted at #1 and went on to become Nas’ best-selling album while also featuring some of his most memorable songs. Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones blessed the rap world with his multiplatinum sophomore LP. It Was Written was produced by the legendary Trackmasters and DJ Premier.

The 22-year-old Brooklyn-born emcee consciously pushed the album in a more mainstream direction, hoping to secure a wider fan base. Well It worked.

The album proved to be Nas’ most commercially successful release, debuting at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It’s viewed by music critics as one of Nas’ strongest records and remains his best-selling release, with over four million copies sold in the U.S. alone.

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One of the album’s standout singles, “If I Ruled the World,” featured Lauryn Hill, who (at the time) was riding the wave of her recent success with The Fugees. Other guests included Foxy Brown, Dr. Dre and Mobb Deep.


Nas – If I Ruled the World (Ft. Lauryn Hill) by lil_scrappy094

It Was Written is a classic. It stands up against any other classic hip-hop album. It was the benchmark for what Nas is capable of, that he could make big pop records that are also hood records.

Illmatic sold 500,000 units. It Was Written sold 3.5 or 3.6 million. He gained five-times his audience with It Was Written.

@Donna_xo

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De La Soul Kickstart Campaign For New Album

De La Soul, the hip-hop trio known for such hits as Me Myself and I, will release its first album in 11 years this fall. The groups fans will be funding it all through Kickstart. The new album, and the Anonymous Nobody, will be De La Soul’s first studio release since 2004’s The Grind Date.

So far, the trio has collaborated with Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, David Byrne of Talking Heads fame and rappers 2 Chainz and Little Dragon.

Be a part of this historical moment and join them as they come together to make this happen for their fans, find out more on Kickstart.

@alejandracastillero

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NEW: Snoop Dogg – Peaches N Cream f. Charlie Wilson (Visuals)

Snoop Dogg and Pharrell have been hard at work with their upcoming album BUSH (Dropping May 12th via itunes) resulting in producing a funktastic visual for their first single “Peaches n Cream.” The joint also features the legendary Charlie Wilson! Take a look below:

@amalia_monroy

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Warren G x Kenny G Mashup “Regulate” On Jimmy Kimmel!

The best #MashUpMonday definitely goes to Warren G and Kenny G when they joined forces on Jimmy Kimmel Live! delivered a funk-drenched, jazzy performance of the hip hop classic “Regulate”.

Kenny G played an amazing synth line to the song on his saxophone, but also provided great melodic assistance as Nate Dogg’s vocals played over the speaker.  The duo was a perfect mesh together, Warren G’s delivery was definitely a compliment to the jazzy makeover the classic song was preformed in.

Watch the video below!

 

@amalia_monroy

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Some Of Our Favorite J Dilla Production…

In honor of J Dilla’s birthday today we’ve compiled a list of our favorite songs produced by the legend! Watch the videos and enjoy the vibe!

The Pharcyde – Runnin’

De La Soul – Stakes is High

Q-Tip – Breathe and Stop

The Roots – Dynamite

Common – The Light

A Tribe Called Quest – Keep It Moving

Common f/ Slum Village – Theolonious

Q-Tip – Lets Ride

@amalia_monroy

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Live Band Rehearsal Sneak Peak by DJ Premier

Looks like Preemo decided to bless some lucky fans in Japan with a great experience.  His not-yet-named band and Preme did six shows at Billboard Live in Japan, adding to his already amazing sets.  The band is nameless but the members are as follows:

DJ Premier – (Turntables)
Brady Watt – (Bass)
Lenny “The Ox” Reece – (Drums)
Takuya Kuroda – (Horns and Keys)
Corey King – (Trombone and Keys)

Preme is also open for band names submissions, so you can tweet him at @REALDJPREMIER and let him know what you think the band should be named.

 

@amalia_monroy

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