[Hip Hop News Now] Ed Sheeran Performs “Trap Queen” with The Roots


Who is Ed Sheeran?  Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician who is killing the game right now.  In 2012 Sheeran took his talents to the Us with a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red, and wrote songs for One Direction.  Currently Sheeran is broadening his horizons and blending genres like whoa.  This week audiences had the chance to get acquainted with Ed as he shared a story of collaborating with Rick Ross and an even better Jay Z and Beyonce story. Sheeran has also been very busy this week covering some of your favorite songs.

Here we have yet another just recently released performance of Sheeran taking on Fetty Wap’s hit single “Trap Queen.”  The acoustic cover is Hip Hop unplugged and perhaps at its best. Backed by The Roots, Sheeran makes this look easy and with something as simple as this, Hip Hop takes another step forward.  Check out Sheeran and The Roots takle Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” below and let us know what You think.


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[Hip Hop News Now] Jay Z Reunites With Roc-A-Fella, Disses Spotify and YouTube


The long awaited reunion of Roc-A-Fella took place last night at Jay Z’s 2-night special event, Tidal B-Sides.  The very special event took place in hope to silence the critics of Jay Z’s new streaming service, Tidal.  The new platform has been under fire since its launch just a few months ago.  Hov has been standing strong on his defense of Tidal and has even taken to social media to quiet the haters.  At this point it was time for Jay Z to start exhibiting why he is in a lane all by himself.  

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Last night’s Tidal B-Sides event was epic as Hova performed a set of songs he rarely performs and artists like Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Memphis Bleek, and the Young Gunz joined him on stage to solidify the event.  With the big lights and all eyes on Jay Z last night he took the time to release a new freestyle in which he ripped Spotify and Youtube apart.  Check out the freestyle below and stay tuned for details to Tidal B-Sides’ night 2.


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[Hip Hop News Now] T.I. And Son Jokingly Battle On Instagram

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T.I. has been very successful as an emcee and even better at keeping his family together.  The self-proclaimed “King of the South” can be seen on television in front of the cameras putting his spin on the 2k15 version of Cliff Huxtable. He and his family are from the Huxtables, but together they are the modern day african-american family.  Recently Tip and his son Domani exchanged some pretty funny Instagram posts and it looks like somebody got roasted.  Check out the hilarious social media battle below and let us know who you think won.

When Chris Bosh let u borrow his neck.

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When u can’t afford a chain so u buy an actual chain

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When u borrowed YA big sister sweater to take a pic but gotta give it right back!!!! A photo posted by @troubleman31 on

When yo girls did Ya nails good, and u wanna show them off💅

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When yo mom go through yo phone “I hope I cleared my history” A photo posted by @domaniharris1 on

  When u & YA BIG bro clearly have different barbers….   A photo posted by @troubleman31 on

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[Hip Hop News Now] Dame Dash & Kanye West Presents “Too Honorable” Trailer


Since the demise of Roc-A-Fella Records nearly ten years ago, Dame Dash has found little mainstream success. Known for his fast-talking and attraction for big lights, Dash is now a mere shadow of the Hip Hop Icon he was once thought to be. However, like any strong willed entrepreneur, Dash is far from accepting that his run at success is over. Most recently Dash and Kanye West have launched their own joint venture and we have a sneak peek of their first project below.

The project is a new film titled, Too Honorable. The movie features appearances from Cam’ron, Stacey Dash, Styles P, Murda Mook, and more. The Damon Dash Studios film is scheduled to release May 25th on Poppingtongroup.com. A mixtape for the movie is in the works as well and it will be executive-produced by Dame Dash and Kanye West.

Watch the new trailer for Too Honorable below and be sure to share your thoughts with us.


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[Hip Hop News Now] Keith Murray Sits Down With The Roundtable Empire (Exclusive Interview)

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Hip Hop legend Keith Murray recently made his way to western Pennsylvania to perform his greatest hits.  The often animated emcee shut down the stage in the city of Johnstown as he killed the club for nearly an hour, performing tracks like “Get Lifted,” “Rappers Delight,” and “The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World.”  Those in attendance were treated to an epic night with the Yonkers native, and for us at The Roundtable Empire we were treated to an exclusive interview with Murray as he took the time to speak with me before he stepped on the stage.

During this interview Keith Murray speaks on several topics, which include him hopping on a project with…  Find out who Keith has recently been working with and more by watching the exclusive interview below.

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[Hip Hop News Now] Watch Drake Perform At Coachella 2015

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Coachella festivities went down over the weekend and Mr. OVO, Drizzy Drake, made headlines for his epic performance of his latest and greatest hits…and oh yeah, this happened…

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Besides that awkward moment, Drake did the damn thing, killing his tracks for over an hour.  Last night’s Coachella audience was in for what seemed to be a magical and enchanting ride for the evening as Drizzy never let his foot off the gas.  Now you too can watch Drake closeout the first weekend at the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Just #TakeASeatAtTheTable and press play.  

Check out the entire show and be sure to let us know what you think by commenting below.  



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[Hip Hop News Now] N.W.A. Biopic Trailer Features Intro By Dr. Dre and Ice Cube


N.W.A. is finally back, and this time on the big screen.  The legendary west coast supergroup will have their story told by Jonathan Herman and directed by F. Gary Gray.  The film is set to revolve around the rise and fall of the Compton, California rap group. Check out the synopsis below.

“In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.”

The trailer for this epic biopic features words from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and also Kendrick Lamar.  The trio speak on the power that Hip Hop holds and how it ultimately gives oppressed societies strength and a voice that is hard to ignore.  

N.W.A. may have seen their rise to stardom a few decades ago, but their message still hits home today. Racism, poverty, and oppression are still seen as challenges for today’s generation.  The game hasn’t changed, only the players have.  

The cast includes  Eazy-E played by Jason Mitchell,  Ice Cube played by O’Shea Jackson Jr., Dr. Dre played by Corey Hawkins, MC Ren played by Aldis Hodge and DJ Yella played by Neil Brown Jr.  Paul Giamatti also has a role in the film as Jerry Heller aka the guy who ultimately broke up N.W.A.

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The film is set to hit theaters August 14th of this year.  Be sure to check it out this summer, but for now do yourself a favor and peep the trailer above.

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[Exclusive Interview] Writer/Director Stephen ‘Stix’ Josey Is Set To Deliver New Thriller “The Hills”

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Filmmaker Stephen Stix Josey is a man on a mission. Most recently the Boston native has been busy leaving his mark on everything from music to films. The platinum music maker has produced for artists such as Mobb Deep, John Legend, and the Wu-Tang Clan. While music may have opened the door for Stix into the entertainment industry, he is now finding that film is where his talents have taken him. Currently the Producer/Director/Writer and Actor is putting his efforts towards a film that he believes will leave viewers with something to think about.

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Stephen “Stix” Josey

“The Hills” is a story about a young man who finds his way into the Los Angeles Police Academy and discovers more than he had ever imagined. His quest in life has always been to carry on the legacy of his father, who was killed while on duty in Los Angeles. The young man’s life is quickly turned upside down when the killer of his father is now trying to kill him. He soon finds out what an injustice the justice system truly is when a selfish lawyer sides with the killer to bring him down for trying to protect himself. The film really challenges you to decide what side of the law are you on. “This is a film that gives you choices. It’s a film of integrity, a film of intelligence, and a film of overcoming and overachieving,” said Josey.

Credited as the writer and director of the film, Stix has his hands all over this movie. He is also the executive producer of the film and he can even be seen in front of the camera as he plays the role of Attorney Lee.

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Omar Gooding & Stephen “Sitx” Josey

With having a great story to tell it was very important for Stix to find the right cast to bring this script to life, and that he did. “The Hills” brings its black star power to the big screen with actors like, Clifton Powell, Omar Gooding, Claudia Jordan, LaTavia Roberson, Maxine Jones, Cynda Williams, and Charles Malik Whitfield.

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“All of these actors are good friends of mine,” said Stix, “Malik Whitfield and I go way back,”. Whitfield is most notably known for his outstanding portrayal of Otis Williams in the Emmy winning mini-series, “The Temptations.” Another close friend of Josey’s, Pittsburgh native and former “Wire“ actor Carl Clemons is playing the role of Tony Harris in the film.  

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Carl Clemons, Charles Malik Whitfield, & Lee Davis

Lee Davis, another Pittsburgh native, is joining Stix behind the scenes as a co-executive producer of the thriller. When The Roundtable Empire caught up with Davis he was very excited about being a part of “The Hills” project. For Davis it was the story and the people involved, along with the opportunity to practice some cooperative economics, that attracted him to this movie. Equally important to Lee was his chance to be a part of a historic moment for the indie filmmaker. “God has put me on a awesome path so I can give back the way I am supposed to,” says Davis. “Stephen Stix Josey has written a great script and now directing a great movie with an equally great and talented cast.”

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Dannon Green, Lee Davis, & Clifton Powell

The filming process for “The Hills” has just got underway in Atlanta and will continue for a few weeks there before finishing up in Los Angeles. The film is scheduled for release in July of this year and will be distributed through Sony Theatrical to a movie theater near you.

Written four years ago by Stix, “The Hills,” is on deck to deliver audiences a fresh, yet thought-provoking perspective, all while guiding them through the film’s many twists and turns.

“I want the public to put their own twist on it, to engage it, and for it to be another choice for them, another option for them, another opportunity for them to say ‘Wow, we can do great things…we can do all things,” stated Stix.

Be on the lookout for “The Hills” this summer and stay up to date with the film by staying connected with The Roundtable Empire via Facebook and Twitter. #WhereRoyaltyMeetsLoyalty

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[Hip Hop News Now] Tidal versus Spotify: Are You Listening?


Okay, so recently there has been much talk about Jay Z’s streaming music service Tidal.  Most of the conversations are based around common questions. The biggest question being, “What is the benefit to using Tidal versus other music streaming platforms like Spotify?”  Yesterday, Jay Z and Tidal executive Vania Schlogel held an informative Q&A session at NYU.  The two Tidal reps spoke with students about the streaming service and how it differs from others.

From the artist’s standpoint, Jay Z boasts that Tidal is about to change the industry.  He believes that the payout structure in regards to royalties is a game changer and that both indie and major artists will be very pleased.  “There is no free tier and we’ll pay the highest royalty percentage. That’s how we’ll change the industry,” Hov said.

Tidal has proclaimed itself to be the first artist-owned streaming service.  The new platform looks to open new doors for all artists, even for those without a major deal.  “I’m on Tidal. I don’t have a record deal,” said Jay Z.  “All artists who come in — and this is an open platform, an open invitation — will participate in the equity upside.”


For listening subscribers, Tidal delivers a top quality sound.  It is the first music streaming service to combine the best high fidelity sound quality, high definition music videos, and expertly curated editorial.  The service has over 25 million tracks and 75,000 music videos.

It is too early in the game to know who will come out as the clear winner in all of this, but time will soon tell.  The real question is, can artists like Jay Z change the game from the outside in with power moves like the Tidal initiative? 


Read the full transcript of the interview here.

Are you hopping on the Tidal wave? Let us know by commenting below.

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[Breaking News!] The Game Reunites With 50 Cent and G-Unit




I mean c’mon, did you really believe that?  There’s a better chance of us seeing 2 Chainz featured on a Nick Jonas track, than us ever seeing Game back with Curtis Jackson and friends…

Gotcha! Happy April Fools Day.

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