Another tragedy strikes as Christopher “Big Black” Boykin died Tuesday (May 8), TMZ reports. Although the cause of death is unknown, several sources are speculating that the reality television star passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 45 years old and is survived by his 9-year-old daughter.
Big Black starred alongside pro-skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on the MTV show Rob & Big where they’d go on various adventures. The two had a falling out after the series came to an abrupt end in its third season. In an interview, Dyrdek suggested it was Big Black’s sudden transition from security guard to a famous reality television personality that contributed to the rift. Fortunately, the longtime friends reconnected before his passing.
Dyrdek posted an emotional tribute to Instagram about Big Black, who he calls his “brother.”
It seems like just yesterday Miley Cyrus was collaborating with Juicy J and getting on remixes with French Montana. Well, don’t expect those days to return. In a recent interview with Billboard, the 24-year-old singer said she was distancing herself from hip-hop—or, at least, the type she feels oversexualizes women.
Answering a question about singer Melanie Safka’s influence on her music, Miley eventually ventured off into the reasons why she’s put some distance between herself and the genre she occasionally dabbled in a few years ago. Like just about everyone else, though, she’s a fan of that new K. Dot.
“But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [“Humble”]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks,’” she explained. “I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.’ I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock’—I am so not that.”
After discussing the “political” vibe of her forthcoming new album, Miley eventually returned to hip-hop, focusing specifically on the notion that she was ever appropriating Black culture.
“It’s mind-boggling to me that there was even a controversy around me having black dancers. That became a thing, where people said I was taking advantage of Black culture, and with Mike [WiLL Made-It]—what the fuck? That wasn’t true. Those were the dancers I liked!” Miley explained.
Miley said she took criticism from music industry figures when she said she wanted to work with Pharrell Williams, whom she collabed with on the 2014 track “Come Get It Bae.”
“When I met Pharrell [Williams], before ‘Blurred Lines,’ before ‘Happy,’ people wouldn’t take meetings with me because they said, ‘He hasn’t had a hit in 10 years.’ They wanted to put me with the Dr. Luke’s of the world, the Max Martin’s, and put me through the fucking assembly line, and I said, ‘No. This is someone who actually cares about me. This is someone I feel safe with.’ I got completely shut out, and I had to just trust myself. What feels right to me feels right to my fans, because they know some dude in a suit didn’t tell me to do it.”
It’s unclear how people will take Miley distancing herself from certain types of hip-hop, but there’s a good chance it sparks up the conversation about the singer’s past relationship with the genre people guard so fiercely.
Churning them out effortlessly, South East London based producer and rapper KingKaz aka SpiritMan locks it down once again! following the release of his hit video “I did it again” which dropped back in 2016.
Bringing it down a notch KingKaz exhibits his versatility with the release of his new unofficial video “High” also from the Locked&Loaded Mixtape which will be out soon (release date TBC). Check it out, lets reach that high and touch the sky with KingKaz!!
Subject99 Crew releases the first video titled On The Ground, from forthcoming debut mixtape Subject99. (release date TBC)
Subject99 are taking London by storm and are a breath of fresh air to the UK Hip-Hop scene. On The ground is a cover of Desiigner’s Panda Instrumental.
Laying it all out on the table, this release solidifies their position from a reflective perspective and brings you nothing but articulate and conscious lyrics with that UK street vibe and hype, that we all love. They are definitely ones to watch out for in 2017.
Youtube video published Jul 23, 2016 – LilOpy Hold You Down
AfroAllstars Collective & OMJ Creations presents Brand New Music video by young rising star Lil Opy, aged 17. He released his first official single on Linkuptv entitled ‘Hold You Down’ which features Hackneys golden queen Paigey Cakey & emerging Afro artist Oluwa Shimzie.
The video has surfaced overnight to over 20,000 views and has recently being premiered on urban radios across London. The video also features cameos from Youtube entertainer Uncle Rafool, AAC Artists Talib J, Fame @ more.‘Hold You Down’ is produced by Lil Opy, Video shot & directed by Amir @Wowa_
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Born and bred in Germany, ex UK based rapper, Hoyx decided to branch out to Jamaica where he is currently making a lot of noise with his new song and video release titled “How Me Dweet”, produced by Darko Beats [BungBang Records]
Check out his impressive bars in patois over a hard Hip Hop beat.
Phife Dawg, one of three members of the pioneering rap group A Tribe Called Quest, a New York City band that helped redefine hip-hop in the 1990s, died on Tuesday, according to his manager. He was 45, and had long suffered from chronic health issues related to his diabetes; he had referred to himself in one song as a “funky diabetic.”
Known more for by stage name than for his given one, Malik Taylor, Phife Dawg wrote lyrics that mixed outrageous boasts, self-deprecating humor and sports trivia with warnings about the pitfalls of the music industry.
Phife Dawg’s family released a statement saying he’d died from complications related to diabetes.
“Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend,” the family said. “We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”
His manager, Dion Liverpool, added: “Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him.”
Phife Dawg and partners Q-Tip — his childhood friend from Queens — and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, along with occasional collaborator Jarobi White, incorporated elements of jazz, 1970s rock and black consciousness as an alternative to another genre, gangster rap, that was ascendant at the time. Their intelligent, self-aware message linked them to what became the Native Tongues collective, which also included De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers.
The recipe was wildly successful: A Tribe Called Quest became one of the most successful rap acts of its era, with three albums hitting the Billboard top ten and all five of its releases going gold or platinum. Many current top hip-hop artists cite A Tribe Called Quest as an influence.
After their 1998 breakup, Phife Dawg and other members went on to pursue solo careers, but his didn’t go very far, as he struggled with health problems. The group reunited a few times in the past several years, last appearing on “The Tonight Show” in November 2015.
Phife Dawg, born in 1970, provided lyrics for early songs but didn’t become an official member until the group’s second album, “Low End Theory,” released in 1991.
“But as far as chemistry, it’s always been there because I’ve known Q-Tip since we were 2 years old. The chemistry was always there,” Phife Dawg told New York magazine last year on the 25th anniversary of their debut album, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.”
Phife Dawg was arguably the group’s most playful rapper, making fun of his short stature (calling himself “the five-foot assassin”) and his affinity for sugar, and referencing an array of sports and pop culture figures: “The Bionic Woman,” turbulent former New York Knicks guard John Starks, the “Three’s Company” character Mr. Furley.
Last fall, he told New York that he was at work on solo albums, which he hoped to release in 2016. Those records have yet to come out.
Phife Dawg said he saw the time of his group’s rise as a high water mark in rap, and expressed hope that there would always be an audience. “Life is a cycle, and certain things are always going to come back around, especially if people cherish them like they cherish the golden era,” he said.