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Reek Rafflepone isn’t a famous name in the Rap world YET, but what makes him stand out is that his music brings a vibe that’s unique and touched with a midwest flair. Shining on the mic the same way he rocked the basketball courts at Howard, Reek Rafflepone is going to be a voice we become very familiar with.

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His new single “Just A King” produced by Kansas City mastermind 1Bounce is just a taste of what we have in store from Reek who hails from Topeka, KS. Yup the midwest is not just limited to the genius of Strange Music…the talent pool is kinda deep even if it’s hidden…nuff said I’ll let his music speak for me from this point! Enjoy!

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No genre is mightier than hip-hop in 2015.

Like Taylor Swift last fall, who switched up her sound and lapped her pop peers in year-end sales, rappers such as Drake and Kendrick Lamar have revitalized the industry with bold moves that fly in the face of traditional radio. With innovative styles that have paved the way for new artists, a timely new emphasis on social commentary, the muscle of social media and a mastery of the surprise release, rap’s surge has fans listening in big numbers.

Last week, Drake’s surprise If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late became the first album of the year to sell more than 1 million copies — on top of the more than 570 million streams it has accumulated across platforms since February, according to Nielsen Music. The Toronto native reached the milestone just days after Dr. Dre released his first album in nearly 16 years, Compton, which shocked music fans when it was announced last month and could sell as many as 300,000 copies in its first week, Billboard predicts.

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Drake has 2015’s first platinum release

Unsurprising, given how rappers have run the tables the rest of the year. Of Spotify’s 10 most streamed albums this year, seven are hip-hop, led by Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp a Butterfly), A$AP Rocky (At.Long.Last.A$AP), Meek Mill (Dreams Worth More Than Money) and Future (DS2). Each bowed at No. 1 and has sold more than 200,000 copies (or in Pimp’s case, triple that).

Almost as impressive, three of 2015’s most streamed songs have also been rap, including Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen, Omarion’s Post to Be and Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again (a No. 1 champ for nearly three months on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart). Factor in newcomers such as Silento (Watch Me) and T-Wayne (Nasty Freestyle), who have translated viral successes into top 10 hits, and hip-hop has rarely been more pervasive or diverse.

“What we’re hearing now is a whole range of styles,” says Erik Nielson, an assistant professor of liberal arts at the University of Richmond who teaches classes in hip-hop culture. “Some of the major players that have dominated for a number of years — Jay Z, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne — they’re less influential than they were. What you’re seeing in some sense is not so much a changing of the guard, because they’re still really important in the industry, but it’s opened up this space for a bunch of new acts to enter the scene.”

The movement also has paved the way for more experimental, incisive music this year as rappers become less reliant on radio singles and more invested in the art of the album as a whole. New releases from Joey Bada$$ (B4.Da.$$), Tyler, the Creator (Cherry Bomb) and Wale (The Album About Nothing) all started in the top five of the Billboard album charts, despite little promotion and no crossover hits.

“These albums are all unapologetically uncommercial — they don’t make concessions to the radio or music industry,” says Billboard senior editor Alex Gale. “If you’re a Kendrick Lamar fan, you need to listen to the whole album. You can’t digest it from a single. … To me, it’s kind of fascinating to see rap waving the banner for the album.”

via Why 2015 is the year of hip-hop.

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The Black Lives Matter movement now has a new anthem thanks to the incredible, unstoppable, and entirely wonderful Janelle Monae. From Bob Marley’s ‘Slogans’ to MJ’s “They Don’t Really Care About Us,’ music has always provided important anthems for people who observe the world from marginalized perspectives.

Monae took to Instagram to share the song with her fans:

“This song is a vessel.

It carries the unbearable anguish of millions.

We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma

caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters.

We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard,

and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue.

Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon.

They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?”

Monae recently was cut off when she proceeded to talk about Black Lives after her performance…

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Five Shockers On The ‘Power’ Season Two Finale

Posted: August 17, 2015 by realjdobypr in News

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Are you guys as flabbergasted as we are? Whoa! ThePowerSeason Two finale was completely off the chains. The show’s creator, Courtney Kemp Agboh said she would deliver something epic after electing to extended the season finale beyond episode eight. Let’s be real, not only did she scratch the surface of greatness, she shattered it. We sat back rattled by the constant twists and turns her team of writers threw in the finale. No more Kanan ( played by 50 Cent)? That’s just one shocker.

If you’re trying to process what you just watched, here are five biggest shockers that have our minds reeling.

Ghost took out his entire crew

Originally, we thought Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick) lost his edge this season because he was so entangled in his romantic web of Angela (Lela Loren). Because he was enamored with his Puerto Rican around the way girl, it seemed like his…

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Most known for her role in Orange Is The New Black, Laverne Cox stars in Grandma as Deathy, the tattoo-artist friend of Elle Reid played by Lily Tomlin, a lesbian poet who needs $630 before sundown for an abortion for her granddaughter.

She talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about her upbringing in Mobile, AL, dealing with bullying, what happened when she tried her hand at reality television auditioning for Diddy, her twin brother and much more!

Her life before OITNB:

“I was auditioning a lot. I was working on my craft. I was working at a drag queen restaurant there a couple times a week.”

Auditioning for I Want To Work For Diddy in 2008:

“I never wanted wanted to do reality television, my brother said don’t do it because you want have any control over your story. Its still one of the craziest things I ever done. It…

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Lenny Williams is going to be at The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion! He talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about one of his most popular songs, Cause I Love You and that infamous breakdown that still rocks a crowd, 22 years later.

On the infamous breakdown of Cause I Love You:

“My drummer told me I should break the song down and talk on it and so I did. I’ve used it a little of it in increments (with women). I used to get in trouble.”

via Lenny Williams Is At The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion! | Black America Web.

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Roland Martin talks about the killing of 19-year-old Christian Taylor by an Arlington, Texas cop. He talks to Mitch Mitchell, reporter of the Fort Worth Star Telegram about the Chief of Police’s decision to fire the cop.

“The Chief made a good case for the deciding to terminate him. To boil it all down, he said he rushed ahead. There are unions in Arlington. They released a statement but he’s a provisional officer,” Mitchell said.

Click the link above to hear the entire interview.

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Check out the latest Music release from MicrophoneBully’s own Big Brother Biz “Pure” Produced By On Da Ave Productions. This record will be feature on the Big Brother Biz “Pure” Ep coming this fall.

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New visual from one of Jackson, Mississippi‘s new young lions. Mike Hustle has one of those voices that could easily expand beyond music. I can hear him on SouthPark now!!! The visual for this single is well done…they took their time and did it right. On the auditory tip…Hustle and Torch-A1 team well and I’m looking forward to more from them. Hip Hop is in the building!

Video  —  Posted: August 8, 2015 by realjdobypr in Hip Hop

Anecdotal scenes from the Ugly Bug Ball….

Posted: August 5, 2015 by realjdobypr in News

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My friend Ned, aka the illuminating mind called gigoid, dropped some heaviness today…had to repost!

Ned, you never cease to amaze!!!

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Ffolkes,

“The secret of man’s being is not only to live but to have something to live for.”

~~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky ~~

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What do YOU see?


Some of y’all may note today’s opening looks slightly different than it has been lately. Good eye….. Not that it means much, there’s no prize or anything, but, hey, credit where credit’s due, I always say. What may not be as apparent is the reason for the change, but, I doubt you’re going to want to spend a long time trying to figure it out, as I’m not going to say, and, we have to go on almost immediately, so, no time for questions…. How ’bout that? Funny how that works, eh?….

S’okay, we’re all used to being ignored, or abused, & expected to just swallow it; our society finds a way to do that to each and every one of us…

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