Dear Hip Hop…

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Dear Hip Hop,

What happened to you? Are you okay? We watched your birth in the late 70’s and was intrigued by the gifts you offered our culture. Then we saw you bloom as an adolescent in the 80’s and eventually come into your own in the 90s. The 90s appeared to be your Golden Age, as you became a global sensation. Honestly, maybe that was when your identity first became compromised. The game was forever changed. What was once young and exciting now seems to be going through a mid-life crisis. Who are you trying to be? You lost yourself and in return we lost you. Nas was wrong when he said that you were dead. I know that you’re still alive…but you’re not well. You’re looks are quite deceiving, but I know you, and it’s time for an intervention.

Now a multi-billion dollar phenomenon, we barely even know you. LL Cool J taught us to how to “Rock The Bells,” now I sit back as artist like Desiigner and Future spit lyrics that only 3 out of 5 people usually get correct.  And what the hell is a Lil Uzi Vert? And are you serious about this Lil Dicky?

So many questions, but I feel like there is not enough of time. Soon there will be a changing of the guard, but I’m nervous to see who gets the baton. Yes, Drake does numbers, but do we really covet an artist who only bullies artists he knows he can body? Drake gets dissed by Joe Budden, and we get no response? If this was the 90s and Drake got dissed like that, he’d be Lil Zane to us by now.

All I’m saying is that you’re not the same and I’m calling you out. However, there is still help for you. The problem is, I just don’t know who is going to save you.

Regardless of how I feel, you still speak for our culture. I just fear that you’re not really saying anything.

 

Respectfully Yours,

Ron Fisher

[Hot New Video!] 60 East ft. Blu – “The Origin”

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Good vibes with some serious flows, all while basking in the California sunshine. That’s what you’ll see in the latest visual from west coast emcee 60 East. Earlier in the year, he teamed up with Sly Boogy and Blu to pay tribute to California over a Leksbeat production. “The Origin” features the Inland Empire wordsmith, “Wake Up Show” veteran, and Los Angeles lyricist trading verses about their love for The Golden State.

Returning from a second tour in Europe, 60 East recently released the video for the critically acclaimed collaboration to celebrate the announcement of his appearance at this year’s A3C Festival. Unfortunately Sly Boogy’s incarceration caused him to miss out on the video shoot, but 60 and Blu still held it down. Check it out for yourself below.

 

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[Hot New Music!] Zende – “Decline”

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Pittsburgh rapper Zende is back, and touting his versatility with his new song “Decline.”

The 18 year-old Hip Hop artist is giving some special lady his all on this track and he’s looking for no distractions, not even the ring of her phone. Zende is showing you what he’s capable of doing on this new Dirty Chocolate produced track. 

Listen to “Decline” and let us know what you think by commenting below.

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[Mixtape of the Week!] Fabolous: Summertime Shootout 2 The Level Up

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[Hot New Music!] Fabian Secon – “Sensei”

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Oriental samples meet trap music on Fabian Secon’s new record “Sensei.”  This smooth flowing R&B song is the opening track from Fabian’s debut EP Don’t Disturb, which is out now. On this new single, Fabian describes his female sensei as a mix of spiritual and sexual.

“Sensei” was produced by Fabian himself, and Lucas Secon. Check it out below and let us know what you think.

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[Hot New Music!] Jeremih ft. The Weeknd, Young Thug, & Chance The Rapper – “Pass Dat” Remix

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Chi-town singer Jeremih may have took some time away from the limelight, but the “Oui” singer is back and possibly better than ever. He recently remixed his “Pass Dat” track and added multi-talented Hip Hop artists The Weeknd, Young Thug, and Chance The Rapper to add some extra heat to the already lit track. 

Check out the “Pass Dat” remix below. 

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[Hot New Music!] Usher ft. 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Asap Ferg, Master P, and Travis Scott – “No Limit” Remix

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Usher just teamed up with an all-star hip hop cast for his “G Remix” of his recently released banger “No Limit.” The Master P inspired track showcases a collaboration featuring  2 Chainz, Gucci Mane and ASAP Ferg.

The track is a bit different than the original, but that appears to be a good thing as social media has responded well to it. Check out the hot new “No Limit” G-mix below.

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[Hot New Music!] Alicia Keys ft. Kanye West & Travis Scott – “In Common” Remix

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Alicia Keys and Kanye West are no strangers to one another. The duo once teamed up for Keys’ huge hit “You Don’t Know My Name” in 2004 and now they have reunited for a remix of her smash single “In Common.” This weekend, courtesy of Travis Scott‘s .WAV Radio debut on Beats1, we have the new collaboration between Keys and West.

This time around the duo turns trio with the assistance of Travis Scott on this new remix. Check out the radio rip below and be on the lookout for the official release.

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