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DJ Quik & Problem Drop a Video For “New Nite”

DJ Quik has dropped the official video for the follow-up to his classic hit “Tonite,” “New Nite,” off of his collaboration album Rosecrans with Problem.

The video, which features a mash-up of live performances and video scenes, starts off with Quik explaining how he utilized the track to pay homage to his legendary single off his debut album Quik is the Name in 1991.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Quik revealed why he decided to remake the hit song and why the revamp is his favorite track on the album.

“I look at it as one big piece of work. But if I could only play one, I like “A New Nite.” Someone had tried to sample my song “Tonite,” a Top 20 record in ’91. And when I heard it, it was so stingy, so lazy, I denied the sample clearance for it just because it didn’t make that much sense to me. And I just decided that if someone was going to do my music over — I still have the original master tapes from that song. I also still have the original floppy discs that all the original samples and drums are on from the SP-1200. So I pulled it into the studio, spread the song out technically and did it myself. Problem heard it, came to the studio, listened to it, and was like, “I got something for this.” And he just started killing the chorus live, no paper.”

In the interview, Quik also discussed aging in Hip-Hop and how he overcame the feeling of “falling off” in the game.

“It’s creepy that now, all of a sudden, at 46, I’m having a resurgence and all my concerts are selling out. Everybody wants to see me now. I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. But why didn’t they do this 15 years ago when I lost my deal with Arista, when I really needed some fan support and love? My shows wasn’t selling. It was almost like I was old news. And I felt that, and I felt bad. I struggled with it and I tried to fight to hold on, but sometimes if you’re falling you do more damage to yourself trying to break the fall instead of just hitting the fucking ground and bouncing back up. I was like, OK, I give up. I’m going to try to take this job over here, do something a little different, try to put my son on and produce other things. And it’s like, “Quik we want you!” I was like, “You sure you want to party with ol’ Eddie King Jr.?”

Peep the video below and tweet us and let us know if you feel like Hip Hop has an age limit or do you like the idea of veteran emcees evolving?

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A Member of Bobby Shmurda’s GS9 Crew Has Been Sentenced to 98 Years in Prison

Bobby Shmurda and 12 members of his GS9 crew were arrested in December of 2014 on several felony weapons, murder and conspiracy charges as the result of an NYPD sting operation. Shmurda, the most high-profile member of his crew, has been behind bars ever since, and has seen his efforts to make bail get thwarted several times. The rapper’s trial has also been delayed on more than one occasion, and it’s now scheduled to begin in September.

In the meantime, several of Shmurda’s crew members continue to get their day in court, and most recently, GS9 member Rashid “Rasha” Derissant was found guilty of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy last month, as well as crewmate “A-Rod.” The court found them guilty of the 2013 murder of a 19-year-old rival gang member. In a press release dated May 17, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York announced that Derissant has been sentenced to 98 1/3 years-to-life in prison “for his role in gang warfare that extended from New York City to Miami, and involved murder and multiple attempted murders between January 2013 and October 2014.”

As for the murder in question, the release goes on to state that “Rasha” was a “member of ‘GS9’ or ‘G Stone Crips,’ a street crew based in East Flatbush Brooklyn, and conspired to engage in a pattern of gang-related violence, much of it stemming from an ongoing dispute with members of the rival gang ‘Brooklyn’s Most Wanted,’ or ‘BMW.’ The conspiracy began with crack dealing in Brooklyn, and spanned nearly two years.”

Shmurda’s case will be tried independently of Derissant’s in September, but this news likely doesn’t bode well for him or his other GS9 mates.

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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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