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Today (September 19th) marks 5 years since Roc Raida has passed away. It’s still fresh on my mind as if it was yesterday. I decided to dig into my files and pull some audio from Premier and I’s monthly party at APT where we saluted Raida. This was from September 21, 2009 on our Roc Raida tribute night. All proceeds from that night went straight to Raida’s family. It was such a sad loss, but such an incredible night of friends, family and industry insiders who came to pay their respects and celebrate the life and accomplishments that Raida left behind.

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Produced by Tone Tuoro

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Watch Weezy’s new music video for Grindin’, featuring Drizzy.

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49 best rap albums of 94 nas illmatic The 50 Best Rap Albums Of 1994

What’s the greatest year in hip-hop history? ’88, the year of Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, and Boogie Down Productions? ’96, when ATLiens, Ironman, All Eyez On Me, and Reasonable Doubt dropped? What about 1994?

Things were in a state of healthy flux in ’94. Death Row was in full effect with Dre and Snoop’s classic debuts at their back while East Coast kingpins of the late 80’s gave way to a web of new groups like EPMD, Brand Nubian and A Tribe Called Quest. Rap-A-Lot was tightening their grip on the Southern market while acts like Crucial Conflict and Daytona Family began popping up from the Midwest. The hip-hop crescent was fertile with the changing of the tides.

So fertile, in fact, that we could easily double this list and still enjoy every album on it. From Common to Gang Starr, Bone Thugs to UGK, Spice 1 to Biggie Smalls, these are the 50 best rap albums of 1994.

Check out the list HERE.

Via Vibe

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share save 171 16 Joell Ortiz   I Be About It (Remix)

From Eko Freezy’s forthcoming album Deutscher Traum, available everywhere November 14th.

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Off NehruvianDOOM, dropping October 6th.

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With great sadness we have to inform our readers that Patrick McNease aka Praverb The Wyse has passed away. Patrick’s wife Vanessa announced the news via Facebook yesterday, but there’s no word of the cause of death at this time.

Patrick was not only an artist, but a true ambassador for Hip Hop. He was extremely dedicated to helping independent artists and willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked. He routinely shared incredible advice for anyone using the do-it-yourself approach.

Patrick also ran the site, and a couple of years ago they named our page as one of 6 must read international hip hop blogs.

He also collaborated with Croatia-based producer Dirty Hairy. Here’s what Hairy had to say about Praverb:

I’m still trying to process it all to be honest.
I’ve been connected to Earl since 2004 and we frequently converse on hip hop, jazz families and self motivation and life .One of the undergrounds / independent rap scenes most positive and strongest.
My thoughts are with his wife Vanessa and son Matthew.
RIP my brother.

Hairy also put their collabo project up for free download, in honor of his friend. You can check it out here.

R.I.P. Praverb The Wyse

UPDATE: You can donate to Praverb’s funeral costs right HERE.

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Europe’s best B-Boys descended upon the capital of Croatia for the Red Bull BC One Eastern Europe Final in Zagreb. Slav and Cheerito treated the sold-out venue to an epic final duel, where the winner will be headed to the World Final in Paris.

Check out the full video of the event HERE.

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