[Hip Hop News Now] Official Trailer to “Atlanta” Released by Donald Glover

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Donald Glover, also known in the rap game as Childish Gambino, has given the Hip Hop community a reason to put the headphones down and turn on the television. The sometimes actor/sometimes rapper has taken Hip Hop from the streets to your living room with his new show Atlanta.

Glover, the executive producer of the show, recently released the official trailer to his new series.

The show is based around Glover’s character who gets involved in the rap career of his cousin, played by Brian Tyree Henry. Atlanta premieres September 6 on FX.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] BlackSandz Music Group is Taking The Game By Storm

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Founded nearly 20 years ago, BlackSandz Music Group is still making waves. The brand’s founder, Chris “Blendz” Hardison, is the man with a plan and the driving force behind the organization.

“It’s been years of trial and error, tests of loyalty, and the process of elimination,” Blendz said. “We’re in a real good spot now.”

BlackSandz has lasted over the years, matured, and is now expanding, said Blendz, a western Pennsylvania native.

Currently the BMG squad is gearing up for a major run for the industry. Its roster includes Blendz, Versatile, C-Sextion, Metafor Metty, Burg City Twins, Bree Cake, Dange Dizzy, Dumbway, DK, and Nic Angelo.

Helping Blendz on the production side is Trilla G. The duo creates the unique BlackSandz sound and goes by the name Sandboyz Productions.

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Recently BlackSandz Music Group has been busy at work dropping new music weekly. “We Dem Boyz” is a new single that is catching fire with time. The standout track is from the upcoming BlackSandz compilation project Black Mafia. The song features Blendz, C-Sextion, and Metafor Metty.  While I could go into details about the track, I think the title is self-explanatory.

 

Blendz recently released a mixtape titled The Island. The mixtape boasts lyrics and production from the artist, with appearances by his BMG cohorts. Check out the mixtape below and let us know what you think.

“We’re here for longevity. We’re not looking for no one-hit wonder. We’re just trying to keep hitting people with new music — and different music. Everything sounds the same right now, cookie-cutter stuff.  We got our own sound and our own lane. We’re just grinding right now,” Blendz said.

C-Sextion, who’s currently working on his first official solo album, said, “You got to respect our music because we’re telling the truth, it’s real life struggles, real life stories. We’re giving it to you raw…there’s no acting over here.”

Blendz and the BlackSandz movement celebrated a recent accomplishment with the launch of their own radio show. The Plug is a new online radio show that supports indie and underground artists. Download the Support District Radio app to listen in.

The Black Mafia compilation album isn’t the only thing to expect from BMG in the near future.  A new fashion line is coming soon and a film division is in the works.

“We’re working over here, no question. Who knows, we might be popping bottles of own liquor come this time next month,” Blendz said.

In other words…stay tuned…

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[Hot New Music!] Vain – “Hello” (Exclusive Interview)

 

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Queens-based rapper Vain has paid his dues and now it’s time to pay homage to the emcee.  The underground hustler has a gem on his hands with his latest single entitled “Hello.”  The new track is already catching fire on radio with spins on Sirius XM’s Shade 45, New York’s Power 105 FM, and more.

To truly appreciate Vain and what he brings to the game, you have to respect his journey.  To respect his journey, you have to understand his hustle.

Since making a name for himself in New York back in 2006, the NY native has opened for Hip Hop greats like the Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, and DMX.  He’s also collaborated with mainstream artists like Tony Yayo of the G Unit, Fabolous, Slim of 112 and more.  

“My first record hit radio in New York in 2006, but I’ve been rapping since I was 9-years-old,” Vain said.  “My mother used to make me do old school records on stage.  I used to perform at the parks and do all of that stuff.  I was just one of those kinds of kids.”

From there Vain would embark on a journey that would soon include awards and accolades, but it wasn’t until he went to college that he would truly push himself. “My mother was pushing me like ‘Yo you need to do this music.'”  

In 2006, Vain’s “Toss Da Paper” landed on the radio.  “That’s how I really got started, and I haven’t stopped since,” Vain said. “It’s your ambition after a while.  It just keeps driving you and driving you.”

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Vain defines his sound as educated street music.  “I’m going to give listeners more of what I grew up listening to,” Vain said. “There was more substance to it. It would give you a gauge of what was really going on in the streets.” 

The New York emcee’s music is influenced by rappers like Tupac, Nas, Canibus, Jay Z, and 50 Cent.

During his musical journey he has worked and collaborated with some major artists and Hip Hop vets.  “I got records with Jim Jones, Red Cafe, Slim from 112, Lil Mo, Tony Yayo, the legendary Jazzy Joyce, and I’ve opened up for a lot of major artists,” said the Queens-bred emcee.

“All of this work that I have put in has me to this point right now,” Vain said.   He is currently gearing up to release a new mixtape and has been heating up with the project’s debut single “Hello.”  The new single has found a spot on the charts as it appears in the top 115 songs on urban radio in the country.  

“Come see me on social media,” Vain said.  “Everything is ‘Its Vain’.” “Follow me and you can see me ballin’ out.  I be in the clubs.  I be at the radio stations.  Come check out my life.  I be playin’ sports, I be liftin’ weights, I be eatin’ good,” Vain said laughing.

Check out Vain’s new record “Hello” below and listen for him as he is scheduled to appear on the radio with DJ Self and also on “Sway in the Morning.”

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[Hip Hop News Now] 2 Chainz Drops “Pocket Full Of Money” & Has One Of The Illest Smoke Sessions Ever (Must Watch!)

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Atl rapper 2 Chainz links up with DJ E Feezy for the new collab joint “Pocket Full Of Money.” Currently the single is not slated to appear on 2 Chainz upcoming album or on a compilation album, however, one thing is for sure…the new single is dope. To compliment the new single 2 Chainz is back with his highly entertaining GQ segment, “Most Expensive Sh*t.” You can watch as 2 Chainz samples half a million dollars worth of weed, bongs, and dabs, and takes the most epic hit of all time. 

Listen to “Pocket Full Of Money” and check out the “half a milli” smoke session below.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Watch Desiigner Perform “Panda” And Make “Late Night” Debut

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Earlier in the year we had no idea who Desiigner was…I mean c’mon, let’s be honest. Now with the #1 spot atop of Billboard’s Hot 100, Desiigner has already become “2016’s Breakout Artist of the Year”.  After recently dethroning Rihanna’s “Work” single from #1, Desiigner made a “Late Night” appearance with Stephen Colbert and performed his smash-hit “Panda”. 

Watch Desiigner make his late-night debut below.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Watch The Trailer For The Nas Produced Film “The Land”

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Last year, it was announced that a new skate film produced by Nas starring Erykah Badu titled The Land was in motion. The icing to this cake is the soundtrack, which features contributions from Kanye West, Pusha T, Nas, Erykah Badu, and more. Today, the first trailer for the movie was released and it looks pretty dope. Peep the clip below.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Drake Claims That He Sold Over 600k Copies of “Views” In One Day

Just a few days ago October’s Very Own, Drake, released his highly anticipated album Views. Last night while at a Views listening party in Toronto, Drake boasted to the crowd that he sold around 630,000 copies of his new album in one night. You can hear him in the clip above.

If comparing Drake’s album, What a Time to Be Alive sold 375,000 first week and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late moved 535,000 units in a three day span.

Views will surely debut at No. 1 next week and mostly likely hit platinum status soon after. The “One Dance” single is already crushing records on the U.K. charts and has quickly become Drake’s first No. 1 hit on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100. Only time will tell what heights this album will take the Toronto native. One thing is for sure, over 600,000 copies sold in one night is phenomenal and once the album hits Spotify, the insane numbers of streaming will continue to soar. The question I have for you is, “Where does Views fall in comparison to Drakes previous releases?”  

Is this Drake’s best work to date?  Let us know by commenting below.

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[Hip Hop News Now] Pittsburgh’s Slick Guruzee Is On Deck And He’s Ready!

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Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene is not much different than those of other major cities, however, what makes the Steel City’s scene stand apart from the next is clearly it’s talent. Earlier in the month I attended a Hip Hop event in Pittsburgh called “Battle For The Buck” and while all the competitors were great, one particular emcee really grabbed my attention. The young man’s name is Slick Guruzee and even though he did not win the overall event, he was the true winner in my eyes.

Slick Guruzee hit the stage for his set and totally controlled the crowd. His set was lit and he had total crowd participation. It was great to see this youth look like a true vet on the stage. To top it all, he will be attending West Virginia University in the fall, where I am sure he will be making quite a name for himself. I decided to catch up with Slick Guruzee after the event and we had a great conversation.

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The Pittsburgh native is a high school senior that first began freestyling at the age of 8. He started out at such a young age because of his father’s involvement in Hip Hop. Slick’s father is the vice president of raphead.com and works to promote Hip Hop talent across the globe. “I just wanted to be like him in some sort of way,” said Slick Guruzee.  “He’s Big Slick and they called me Lil Slick. I just flipped it on them and became Slick Guruzee. The root word of Guruzee is “Guru” which is like a master, teacher, or prohet. Guruzee is not a gang in any way, it’s a lifestyle.”

When I asked Slick about his rapping style he said, “I consider myself very diverse and I like to speak to everybody. I never really want to limit myself.” “One of my top musical influences is Tupac and its only because I look at Tupac as not only a rapper but a teacher.  I watched his speeches on youtube and I knew that his mother was a part of the Black Panther community.  So I just always wanted to affect people the same way he did,” said Slick Guruzee.

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Currently Slick is staying busy putting the final touches on his debut mixtape entitled Who Is Slick Guruzee, so be on the lookout for that.

In the meanwhile you can watch some of his recently released videos. Check out his videos for “Run it Up” and “White Iverson” below. The “White Iverson” remix features another Pittsburgh emcee by the name of Young Bagz. Peep the videos and be sure to comment below.

 

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Drake Drops Two New Singles, “Pop Style” ft. Jay Z & Kanye West and “One Dance” ft. WizKid & Kyla

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Drake’s Views From The 6 is set to drop this month, so with that being said, it appears that Drizzy season is finally upon us. Today Drake officially kicked off the highly anticipated season with the release of two brand new singles. The first track is titled “Pop Style” and features Jay Z and Kanye West aka ‘The Throne’ and the other features WizKid and Kyla called “One Dance.”

The songs aren’t streaming just yet on Apple Music, but you can preview “Pop Style” here, and “One Dance” here.

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[Hip Hop News Now] Wu Tang Affiliate Andre Roxx Sues TMZ and Other News Outlets for Naming Wrong Rapper Who Cut Off His Own Penis (Exclusive)

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Wu Tang affiliate Andre Roxx has filed a lawsuit against all news outlets that had falsely reported that he had cut his own penis off and attempted suicide. In 2014 a reporting error was made and Marques Johnson aka Andre Roxx suffered as a result. His name and image was tarnished as reports spread that he had castrated himself and attempted suicide. Roxx’ identity was mistaken and actually confused with another Wu Tang affiliate by the name of Christ Bearer, legal name “Andre Johnson.”

News outlets from TMZ to USA Today falsely reported the story and used Andre Roxx name and image. This all occurred while Andre Roxx was serving time behind bars and had no way to clear his name. The Roundtable Empire caught up with Roxx today to speak about the importance of his current lawsuit. “I have spent the better part of my life building a reputation as an artist. It is not perfect but everything it holds good and bad I had earned, until this story broke. I have no problems paying for my own sins but the sins of others is too heavy a weight. I want the name I earned back, nothing more, nothing less,” said Andre Roxx.

Stay tuned to The Roundtable Empire for further developments of this story…

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