Super Group, Bankai Fam drops “The Real Is Back” single Music 

Super Group, Bankai Fam drops “The Real Is Back” single

Bankai Fam is undoubtedly the return of the super group. This team of Brooklyn natives recently released “The Real Is Back” from their project, Civil War. The single, produced by Endemic Emerald showcases the Bankai Fam’s murderous lyrical abilities and serves as a teaser for solo content that we can expect from the team in 2017. If you’re into hard-hitting New York rap, you’ll want to check out “The Real Is Back” from the Bankai Fam. Listen now and tell us which verse is your favorite.

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Culture Spread: Savon Bartley, Poet, Writer & Educator Featured Interviews 

Culture Spread: Savon Bartley, Poet, Writer & Educator

Hip-hop seeped its way into the life of a north Chicago kid raised in a home where Kirk Franklin cuts where the closest thing to rap in rotation. Now a young adult, and a poet, the same Chicago kid has seeped his way into classrooms in Trenton, NJ, NYC and surrounding areas. Savon Bartley is a full-time poet that spends some of his time working as a teaching artist. Contracted by non-profit organizations like Urban Word NYC, Bartley uses his love for poetry and hip-hop to connect with students from…

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Coconut oil on black skin: Deloney loves it (Video) Music 

Coconut oil on black skin: Deloney loves it (Video)

There’s snow on the ground, but this super black, yet super inclusive visual from Deloney has me ready for summer! His track, “Coconut Oil” pays homage to black skin and black culture. The video is crazy fun, and he even shouts out the other races so you know it’s all love. “Coconut Oil” is from Deloney’s newest album, Vibes From The Tropic Box. Whether it’s 19 degrees or 91 degrees, make sure you have “Coconut Oil” on the playlist for your next gathering. Everything about it says, “young, black and…

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MALC lights his city on fire with his “No Heart Freestyle” Music 

MALC lights his city on fire with his “No Heart Freestyle”

Well-known on the mic for hosting rap battles and his internet radio show, SET Radio, this Norfolk native decided it’s time to rip the mic a different way. This week MALC dusted off his emcee gloves and dropped a visual for his “No Heart Freestyle.” The unexpected release from MALC lit his city on fire as Norfolk rap fans found that he’s an easy contender against the city’s best. Shot by PHRSHFLMS, the visual features MALC dropping effortless lines in apparel, teasing what we can only suspect is an upcoming…

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M-Dot talks ‘social’ acceptance in  “Days Are All The Same” (Prod. Hi-Tek) Music 

M-Dot talks ‘social’ acceptance in “Days Are All The Same” (Prod. Hi-Tek)

I would bet money that people in this day and age experience more anxiety than ever in history. There’s nothing new under the sun, but the way we learn and communicate is completely different. Social media allows us to constantly compare ourselves to others while living in a never-ending dopamine loop (shout out @heyfranhey). While we’re constantly striving for more, we are hardly evolving. M-Dot describes the terrifying tales of our reality on his Hi-Tek produced single, “Days Are All The Same.” M-Dot describes how each day is more of…

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Watch “Lyrics To GO Ep. 2” by KOTA Music 

Watch “Lyrics To GO Ep. 2” by KOTA

I try to stay away from calling the popular, difficult-to-interpret sub-genre of Hip-Hop, “mumble rap.” However, I would be lying if I said I don’t feel old when I’m struggling to understand the lyrics. As a kid, I can remember my grandparents asking, “How can you understand what they’re saying?” Although I had no such trouble with KOTA The Friend, he broke everything down for us in his new series “Lyrics To GO.” In this short tutorial, KOTA raps 16 bars and provides us with the lyrics. The unique concept…

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#JustDiscovered: Bracket- “Celebrate” Feat. Timaya (Video) Music 

#JustDiscovered: Bracket- “Celebrate” Feat. Timaya (Video)

If this song doesn’t make you wiggle something, let me know so I can put you on the prayer list. You must be going through some tough times. Seriously. I’ve been building an Afro/Carib playlist to rock out to in the gym and came across “Celebrate” from Bracket and Timaya. For about a week now, it’s put the biggest smile on my face. While the song is much older than 6 months, I thought it would be great for this week’s #JustDiscovered segment and as a little morning motivation. Turn…

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Amir Driver explains why “It’s Just Different” in his latest video Music 

Amir Driver explains why “It’s Just Different” in his latest video

It’s tough to explain why some guys get blocked and some get an answer on the first ring. If you ask any girl the difference between the guy she’s digging and the guy that’s digging her, she’ll probably shrug her shoulders and proclaim, “It’s just different.” She might not have the words for it, but the ever-eloquent emcee Amir Driver breaks it all down in his new single, “It’s Just Different.” The single comes after Driver’s successful summer project, Over Everything (available for available for download and streaming). Take a break…

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“808: The Movie” is a must-see music documentary Featured Music The Biz 

“808: The Movie” is a must-see music documentary

808: The Movie is now available for streaming on Apple Music. The music documentary, narrated by Zane Lowe, first made it’s appearance during the 2015 SXSW festival. Now, you can stream it exclusively from Apple Music’s music video section. The documentary highlights the impact of the 808 drum machine across music genres. It begins with the Japanese engineer who founded Roland and manufactured the Roland 808 in 1980. With interviews from people like Afrika Bambaataa, Diplo, Beastie Boys, Questlove and Phil Collins, the documentary takes you on a literal ‘journey…

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Start your own vinyl record collection in 3 easy steps The Life 

Start your own vinyl record collection in 3 easy steps

Collecting vinyl albums can be a fun and creative hobby for anyone trying to stay warm and indoors this winter. Vinyl albums go great with any décor, they can be a very rewarding investment and a record spinning while sipping a margarita on a cool afternoon—well that’s just plain awesome. Starting your own vinyl record collection is easy, fun and could even be rewarding. DECK THE HALLS If you have a lot of wall space, you can turn your guest room or office into a Hip-Hop hall-of-fame. If you’re living…

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