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A Tribute To The Life Of Mother & Activist Afeni Shakur

The recently deceased Afeni Shakur was born Alice Faye Williams on January 22, 1947 in Lumberton, North Carolina. She moved to the Bronx, NY, when she was just 11 years old and attended the Performing Arts High School in Manhattan as an aspiring actress. In her late teens she was introduced to a man named Shaheed, who introduced her to the principles of the Nation of Islam and people like Malcolm X. The Nation helped to boost her self-confidence and gave her pride in her looks and complexion. She later became a member of the female Bronx collective, the Disciple Deads.

By the age of 19, she was working in a Post Office and decided to join the Black Panther Party with her boyfriend at the time. She felt inspired by the unapologetic Blackness of its members and found role models in the form of people like Eldridge Cleaver. She attended party meetings every Saturday and learned more about the organization’s ten-point program. The man who created a Yoruba village in South Carolina gave her the name Afeni, which means ‘dear one’ and ‘lover of the people.’

In 1968 she became the second wife of revolutionary polygamist Lumumba Shakur, enamored by his ideals and activism. This marriage fell apart when it was discovered that Lumumba was not the biological father of her newborn son Tupac Shakur in 1971. She never publicly addressed who his real father was. She later married Lumumba’s adopted brother, Mutulu Shakur, who was also an activist. Mutulu became one of the most influential male figures in Tupac’s life. This marriage lasted for seven years and produced daughter Sekyiwa a.k.a. “Set.”

 

During her pregnancy with Tupac, Afeni was incarcerated for participating in an alleged bomb plot during her time in the BPP. During the trial, she acted as her own defense attorney and the jury quickly acquitted her of all charges. Twenty other members were also involved in this alleged plot, including her husband at the time, Lumumba. The case was thought to be part of an FBI-led attempt to neutralize the BPP. After Pac’s birth, she got a job as a paralegal and raised him with an emphasis on education. She believed that Tupac’s work exemplified the principles she learned as a member of the BPP.

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Birdman Speaks On “Respeck,” Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Gay Rumors With Ebro In The Morning

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Since the now infamous interview with The Breakfast Club, which spawned a series of memes and talking points, Birdman has been one of the most talked about personalities in Hip Hop. With many unanswered questions, and tons of people waiting to hear his perspective, the Cash Money Records C.E.O. invited Ebro and Laura Stylez of Hot 97‘s Ebro In The Morning to his mansion in Miami to address everything that has been in the air. During the extensive conversation, Birdman first addressed his issues with Charlamagne, then went on to set the record straight on his relationship with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and gay rumors levied against him by Trick Daddy. Watch the interview in full below.

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Sean Price, Kool G Rap, Havoc, and Necro Spit Acid In “The Underworld 2”

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Posse cuts have lost their luster and place in the culture, because, as the Honorable Dwayne Carter, Jr. recently eloquently stated: “[Rappers] are not trying to be the best rapper, or the best at anything” as far as today’s standards are concerned.

Fans who have been anticipating the “The Underworld 2” track since the first one ruptured through the underground in 2013 need not have any reservations for lack of lyrical bloodsport.

Reel Wolf lead director Tom Vujcic orchestrated the entire record which pits the late, great Sean Price, Kool G Rap, Havoc, Necro, Chino XL, ILL Bill, Kuniva from D12, Slaine, Ruste Juxx, Johnny Richter, Sabac Red and Kid Fade all in the same arena. And same visual as well.

Vujcic tells HipHopDX shaping both the track and music video were two separate adventures.

“We started assembling it – and the VERY FIRST VERSE we got was Sean Price,” he emphasized. “Which is eerie, since he is last on the song and never got a scene shot.”

As the crew were able to check off each MC off the list in various locations (Havoc, Kid Fade Slaine, Ruste Juxx and Kuniva were shot in Toronto; Chino XL and Johnny Richter out in Cali;
Sabac Red, ILL Bill, Necro in New York; Kool G Rap in the Poconos), Sean P unfortunately passed away and Vujcic says they decided to give him his own dedication within the video.

Based in Toronto, Reel Wolf goes the extra mile to show the world the other side of “The Six,” outside of a handful of universally-known artists. With the new single, they’re launching the album title of the same name to show and prove for the city’s underbelly.

Without further adieu, sink your teeth into “The Underworld 2” video above. The album is also availabe for pre-order the album at the Reel Wolf store.

 

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Today In Hip Hop History: Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet Turns 26

In 1990, Hip Hop was getting more and more brazen with groups like N.W.A. and Public Enemy having the courage to speak their brutal truths. On April 10—26 years ago—Chuck D, Flavor Flav and The Bomb Squad unleashed Public Enemy’s third record, Fear of a Black Planet, an album so powerful and groundbreaking, its relevance is steadily undeniable.

Released by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records, just the title of the record made a grandiose statement. Chuck D, who has built a reputation around his unabashedly politically motivated lyrics, came out swinging with tracks like “Fight the Power,” “Burn Hollywood Burn (ft. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane)” and “Welcome to the Terrordome.”

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Gene Simmons Of KISS Fires Back At N.W.A. After Their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Earlier this year when it was announced that seminal group Hip Hop group N.W.A. would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, KISS frontman Gene Simmons was a bit perturbed by the news, telling Rolling Stone: I am looking forward to the death of hip-hop. Talib Kweli and others fired back at Simmons, namely Ice Cube, who told the New York Times:

I respect Gene Simmons, but I think he’s wrong on this because rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument and it’s not singing. Rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit. N.W.A is probably more rock ‘n’ roll than a lot of the people that he thinks belong there over hip-hop. We had the same spirit as punk rock, the same as the blues.

Last Friday (April 8) Kendrick Lamar took the podium at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony to introduce N.W.A. Upon taking the stage, founding member MC Ren had a message for Simmons.

MC Ren:

I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever. We’re supposed to be here.

Less than a day later, Simmons went on twitter and offered his own rebuttal. Surely, this joist between Gene Simmons and Hip Hop is nowhere near over.

 

 

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