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Skillz has come out with the traditional Rap Up for this year. In his summary of the year he talks about the highs and lows that have marked 2016. For the start, he kicks off with some pop-culture subjects like Leonardo DiCaprio finally getting the Oscar, El Chapo getting caught and Hamilton popping off. He also reminds us of the two great people we lost: Prince and Muhammad Ali.

There are also a lot of music references in this summary such as the shout out to that time Birdman confronted Charlamagne the God. Lil Wayne has also found his spot in the song, as he refers to him with the words: “And Lil Wayne still not putting respect on his name”.
He has also referred to the alarming rate of unarmed black men who were shot this year, pointing out the devastating Orlando shooting.

We can tell that many diferent things were going on in the world in 2016. As Skillz said- a new iPhone and wireless airpods debuted, Galaxy phones exploded, Gucci came home from prison, and Donald Trump beat out Hillary Clinton for president. It’s all in the song which you can listen to below.

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Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace Hip-Hop’s dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s in the new four-part documentary Netflix series. Ice-T, Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Public Enemy, LL Cool J and many more old school legends who laid down the foundations share their memories from back in the days on how it all started. If you’re looking for something to develop your hip-hop knowledge, these series promise to be the good thing.

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The Guardian has compiled a list of what they think is the definitive top 10 tracks in Public Enemy‘s extensive catalog.

With a career spanning more than three decades and more than a dozen studio albums, it can be hard to narrow down a list of Public Enemy’s best songs to just ten choices. The Guardian’s Stevie Chick has attempted this monumental task, and you can view the results of Chick’s effort here.

Obviously, one critic’s top ten list won’t be the same as every PE fan out there, so you could check it out to see how your favorites match up with the list.

Via publicenemy.com.

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We have a rare freestyle, which took place back in 1998 at The Remedy. It was recorded live with DJ Jazzy Jeff on the wheels, Black Thought, Common, Rehani and more spitting freestyles over Love Rap and Mardi Gras.

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Visuals for Curren$y‘s Real Family track. Taken from Spitta’s ANDRETTI 11/30 mixtape available for free download via datpiff.

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Juelz Santana has been really productive in the booth during the last months. Santana Bandana is the latest audio which surfaced just few days after the released video of Nobody’s Safe.

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This is a great collection for each Jay-Z fan! Available via Wakelet, it features directories with Youtube selected material, which represents the legacy of Shawn Carter.

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Dj Quik has always talked about his $10 underground tapes on records. Quik started getting at his peers on hand-to-hand cassettes during the late 80s. Even the closing lines to 94’s Dollaz + Sense had Quik saying:

Y’all don’t understand, y’all can’t fade this
I’m the first nigga that was ‘Bangin on Wax’
Yeah if you remember, 1987 underground tapes
And it don’t stop, and it won’t stop.

Well, today The Red Tape from 1987 has surfaced and all 11 tracks bang hard on wax. The tape also features Born And Raised In Compton, the first official single from Quik’s debut major-label studio album, Quik Is the Name. Hit Continue Reading to check the tracklist for The Red Tape.

Via ambrosiaforheads.

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No Half Steppin’ — An Oral and Pictorial History of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the Birth of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era is 212 pages with over 175 color photographs and flyers from the greatest period in hip-hop history. Oral history by participants Special K and Teddy Tedd, KRS-One, MC Shan, Eric B., Daddy-O, Fab 5 Freddy, Just-Ice, Positive K, DJ Clark Kent, Kid, Dana Dane, TR Love, MC Serch, Chuck D, Grand Puba, Sadat X, Pete Nice, Prince Paul, Kurtis Blow, Mike Gee, Daddy-O, Wise, Ced Gee, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and many many more.

The man responsible for this great book is Claude “Paradise” Gray. He was raised in the South Bronx and was co-founder of the X Clan. Prior to that, he was host and entertainment manager for the Manhattan nightclub the Latin Quarter where he was a key figure in transforming it into an historical hip-hop venue.

A must cop for each fan, available now on Amazon.

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CA classic vibes delivered by the West Coast super-group Diirty OGz (Kurupt, Big Tray Deee, Weazel Loc & Tha Chill) featuring Kokane. This track appears on both Diirty OGz’s We Got Now And Next LP & Kokane’s King of GFunk LP.

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