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All is not well in the life of actor Malik Yoba. After getting the opportunity of a lifetime to appear on what might be the hottest show release in the last decade, Yoba has been given the
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Dr. Dre is filthy rich, his headphones are marked up by 2,000%!
According to estimates done by headphone experts, "the cost of making a headset is as low as $14", the New York TimesThe cheapest
Back in May of 2014, company founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine sold the company to Apple for about $2.6 BILLION in cash and approximately $400million in stock.
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In the early stages of his life, he was home schooled and taught by his grandmother, a retired teacher, who introduced him to various aspects of Jamaica’s culture and the arts. He later attended two prominent high schools,
His earliest exposure to music came by way of his mothers' record collection, which consists of a wide genre of music including Reggae, R&B, Calypso, Jazz and Soca. He grew up listening to the politically charged protest songs of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, the soul of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the pain of
As a youngster, ZUSE participated in
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“Max leave the streets? Please, they don’t need that.”
I used to hate Max B once upon a time. I was one of those “that’s not real hip-hop blah blah blah blah.” I didn’t think he was a good rapper, and arguably, he isn’t. I’m willing to admit that. It doesn’t matter, though, because I love him now. I started fucking with Wavy Crockett around the time of his incarceration. That saying “you don't know what you've got till it's gone” applies here. I felt like such an uppity lame when I first heard “I Never Wanna Go Back.”
The pain in his
Max was more about a feeling. He was the East Coast’s Nate Dogg, a ghetto harmonizer with an ability to pen incredible hooks. Blasphemous? Whatever. The streets have and always will love the Boss Don Biggavel. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about it. He represented the struggle. We love to floss because we never had shit growing up. For better or worse, we looked up to these tragic figures. There’s something poetic about watching someone who lived a life of crime ascend to great heights.
Max was one of us. And he was a game changer. He rode a beat like the Silver Surfer and then would float right into charismatic raps about his waviness. Like Roc Marciano once said: “In my opinion, he was the street version of what Drake is—the fans can have Drake, but the streets have Max.”He was the East Coast’s Nate Dogg, a ghetto harmonizer with an ability to pen incredible hooks. Blasphemous? Whatever.
What makes him a star and hood legend is his personality. Not only was he flashy, he was witty. He invented the wave. His interviews were the best; Max was always good for a quote. Case in point? This Fader interview by Felipe Delerme (Part 1 and Part 2), in which he just lets Max ramble on about $2,000 wave packages, Grand Cru, and snacks for Beanie Sigel. Max was built for the Hollywood lifestyle. The time he and French tried to
Lines like "'Every 10 years niggas like you pop up, you a blast from the past/Your music feel good like waking up, scratching your ass'" are still as funny now as they were when he first released “De La Soul.” He and Pete Rock made Jim Jones’ “G’s Up” a classic record, and if you still want to front on the wave,
The Silver Surfer was the bad guy you felt good rooting for. Even now with all the details of his case
Until then, all the streets can do is keep the wave alive by playing his music and reminding people that he’s a legend. Free Da Wave.
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Wu-Tang Clan’s final album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, has found an online auction home at Paddle8 and new details are beginning to emerge. According to a new special micro-website, Once Upon A Time will have 31 new songs recorded over six years and produced by Cilvaringz and The RZA. The album will feature Cher, Redman, Carice Van Houten and players from FC Barcelona’s soccer team amongst others. There is only one copy of the album available and all backups and digital files have been destroyed.
On that same website, RZA and Cilvaringz did a Q+A with information about the project and it’s release. In the interview, the producers revealed that whoever wins the auction will have the right to release the album to the public after 88 years. Why 88 years? RZA explains:
Anyone who knows the Wu-Tang Clan knows that we often apply numerology, mathematics and symbolism to the things we do. There were 8 original members of the Clan when we made Protect Ya Neck and M.E.T.H.O.D Man. The individual numbers of this year also add up to the number 8. The broker of this work carries the number 8 in its name. The number 8 on its side is a symbol of infinity, as it was used on our album ‘Wu-Tang Forever’. You can call it mathematical coincidence, but it’s always had great symbolic significance for us. For us it also addresses the issue of music’s longevity in a time of mass production and short attention spans. Nothing about this record revolves around short-term gains, but rather around the legacy of the music and the statement we’re making.
For those interested in how the project sounds, RZA also gave insight, saying that the album has a throwback, ’90s Wu feel to it:
Musically, this album takes the listener on a journey back to the chambers we were going through in the 90s. Not so much lyrically as musically as brothers are living a different reality to then. But this record was produced in that fashion, it sounds different from anything that’s out today. It was about tracing and reliving certain origins. If you listen to the intro of ‘Clan In The Front’ on the 36 Chambers album, you’ll hear me shout out the entire original Wu-Tang movement. We rolled real deep back then and I invited some of those brothers on a few skits and tracks. It made the period concept of the recordings more authentic.
For those who live in New York, RZA and Cilvaringz will be appearing at MoMA PS1 for a listening session and a conversation between the two producers and longtime music journalist Sasha Frere-Jones.