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Sugarhill Gang Hip hop and R&B history by Guardian and Observer

In a new seven-part series, Guardian and Observer writers are trying to tell the history of modern music. Today they pick 50 key moments in hip-hop and R&B – but what did they miss?

Check out interactive timeline with many articles on hip-hop (among other genres) on Guardian.

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Major Lazer has remixed Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win, the second single to be taken from Beastie Boys’ new album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.

Via DIY.

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4 hours of classic 1991 Hip Hop, mixed by DJ Chief-One. Listen to the mix in the Soundcloud player below and hit continue reading to take a look at the tracklist & download link.

Spotted @ TROY.

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Today would have been Pac’s 40th birthday.
R.I.P. Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996).

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One of the best things to happen to R&B lately, aka Odd Future’s Frank Ocean, released the official video for his hit single Novacane.
If you haven’t listened to his excellent mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra yet, download it here while it’s still available for free download.

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It’s around 5 pm. The LOF boys and myself are waiting in the Violator conference room. Jokes are flying and the anticipation is building. As we slowly realize that the meeting we are waiting to end is running late, we begin to get comfortable. Not for long. Suddenly the man of the hour walks in. Chris Lighty. He looks as if he’s studying the room, almost trying to intimidate us. He probably doesn’t mean too, but he’s an extremely serious guy. I try to get the small talk going by saying “Busy day, huh?”. His response? “Always”.

It probably is always busy around these parts. Violator Management has a client roster that includes 50 Cent, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Soulja Boy, and more. With big time talent, comes big time business moves. Lighty is looking for ways to expand the brands of his artists. The talk of the week has been the possibility of seeing a 50 Cent workout supplement. This is just one of the many things that comes across his desk on a daily basis. To him, this is the record business. Major labels should probably take notice.

In part 1 of our interview, we discuss his beginnings with The Jungle Brothers, and making the transition to Rush Management. He tells us about working with Lyor and Russell, and even gives you up and comers some tips. Finally, we talk about the end of Rush Management, and having to pick through the artist roster to create Violator.

Via Al Lindstrom.

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J-Live’s new album S.P.T.A. will be out in August. This is the B-side of his first single No Time To Waste.

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More footage from Westwood’s extensive coverage of Wu-Tang’s recent visit to London. This time we bring you his 2-part interview with Ghostface, and Method Man’s, U-God’s & Masta Killa’s feature on his radio show.
Hit continue reading for the rest of the videos.

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Crazy skills shown by these two.

Via The Cut.

Previous: DJ Q-Bert on The Cut Part 1 & Part 2

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Pacewon & Mr. Green give the visual treatment to their new single Ever Since off their 2nd LP as a duo. The Only Number That Matters Is Won has no release date yet, but is expected to be released later this summer with guest appearances made by Masta Ace, Snoop Dogg & a few surprises.

Via KN.

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