Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nas Finds Out Details of Slave Owner Who Bought His Ancestors [VIDEO]

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If you’ve ever watched PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.,’ you’ve seen many celebrities learn about their ancestry, which brings some pain and others satisfaction.

On Tuesday (Oct. 28), Nas was featured on the show, discovering the facts of a slave owner, Benjamin Franklin Little, that bought his third-great grandmother, Pocahontas, in 1859 — she was 14 at the time.

The Queens, N.Y., MC was visibly taken aback when seeing the bill of sale — “a receipt for a human being” — right in front of his eyes. “They paid $830 for my great, great, great, grandma?” he asked in disbelief. “I got more than that in my pocket right now.”

The legendary lyricist also saw a photo of his relatives’ slave master and the house and property where they lived. Gates explained the house burned down in the 1960s. Nas contemplated buying the land.

Seeing the photos put many things into perspective for the rapper. “We are starting to put faces to names here,” he stated. “This is the face my ancestors looked at everyday. Now I’m looking into their world, now I can see where they walked, what they saw.”

Experience Nas’ emotional journey to the past above.

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Boosie Badazz's 'Life After Deathrow' Mixtape Is on the Way

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Boosie fans, the wait is over. While the Louisiana rapper has fans patiently waiting for his ‘Touchdown 2 Cause Hell’ album since July, he’s providing a sonic gift with a new mixtape, ‘Life After Death Row.’

The project, which he announced via Instagram, arrives Oct.30. Although fans have heard Boosie on a host of features from DJ Mustard’s ‘Face Down’ to most recently Meek Mill’s ‘F— You Mean,’ the surprise mixtape is the rapper’s first project since being released from prison in March, after serving four years behind bars.

The tape is also the first to come featuring Boosie’s new name Boosie Badazz. A release date for ‘Touchdown 2 Cause Hell’ has yet to be announced, but Boosie seems like he’s focused on making it happen soon.

 Listen to Boosie Badazz on Meek Mill’s ‘F— You Mean’

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Rapper Bandman Kevo Charged in 'Cracking Cards' Scam

Law enforcement in Chicago have cracked the case on a growing scam called “cracking cards.” Authorities have arrested 19 people, including rapper Bandman Kevo, in connection to the crime and are searching for 10 more people.

According to U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, the men are accused of allegedly soliciting people on social media, mostly on Facebook, and convincing them to give up their debit card information and pin number.

After obtaining a debit card and pin, they deposit money via a phony check at the ATM, or on a smartphone app. Then they withdraw the funds from the ATM before the bank realizes the check is a fraud.

The “cracking cards” scheme has cost banks millions of dollars and the victims are left paying the price for their unfortunate mistake.

“Our purpose today is to warn bank customers that fast-cash schemes are usually too good to be true and they should always safeguard their account information,” said Fardon in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.

In Chicago, the scheme was allegedly operated by a rap group called the Rack Boyz. The members would post videos on social media, including a rap video titled ‘For the Money,’ referencing cracking cards and flashing wads of cash.

Rapper Bandman Kevo, real name Kevin Ford, appeared in a rap video with the Rack Boyz and has posted numerous photos of himself on social media flashing cash, wearing expensive jewelry and holding guns.

Authorities say that Kevo allegedly became a recruiter in the scam and sent out numerous Facebook ads looking to dupe people into giving him their bank account numbers.

One investigator said over 1,000 people have reported being victims of the cracking cards scheme in Chicago over the past two years.The cardholders were often naive college students looking to make a quick buck.

Let this be a valuable lesson for our readers: Do not give out your bank information, pin number or social security number to anyone on the Internet offering a fast-cash guarantee.

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David Banner Drops Knowledge on 'Evil Knievil'

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David Banner is unfortunately more known to the general public for songs like ‘Play’ or ‘Like a Pimp’ than for his more sociopolitical raps. But labeling him as a rapper without depth is a real misnomer as he’s been delivering thought-provoking content for years, dating back to his days as a member of the pioneering Mississippi hip-hop duo Crooked Lettaz.

His 9th Wonder collaboration album, ‘Death of a Pop Star,’ or even his contribution to this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers showcases his propensity to dig deep. Banner’s new song, ‘Evil Knievil,’ might be the most poignant and visceral example yet though.

The track finds Banner attacking the uproarious instrumental with some heartfelt rhymes. His frustration pours out with some scathing critiques.

“They gave us Obama like it was going to stop the fight / Like It was going to stop the cause / Folk still scraping trying to find them some socks and drawers and something to eat / The IRS is coming, so I’m back on these beats / Barack pushed hope, Reagan pushed dope / Clinton pushed something down a young gal’s throat / And since we talking about throats, white folks, what do you know about ropes / Yeah, what do know about trees, and men swinging from them that look like me / How do you say that don’t effect us, Tuskegee how’d you let them infect us / It’s Fear of the black semen, putting sage on the page to eradicate these demons,” Banner raps.

This is the David Banner that longtime fans want to hear. It feels like he knows this, and is finally in a position to return to his rap roots.

Listen to David Banner’s ‘Evil Knievil’

Cam'ron Hits the Rooftop for 'Touch The Sky' Video With Wiz Khalifa & Smoke DZA

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By Preezy October 29, 2014 1:43 PM

Cam’ron drops his latest visual, via Complex, for the Wiz Khalifa and Smoke DZA-assisted track, ‘Touch The Sky.’

Directed by Smitty for Viusal Addikts, the clip sees Killa holding court in grandma’s good chair on a random rooftop in the rapper’s Harlem stomping grounds. He also proves that everyone’s not on the Cleveland Cavs bandwagon, evidenced by his Miami Heat hat, so kudos to him for that.

Wiz, who happens to be a big fan of Cam himself prior to stardom, pays major homage to the cult figure, spitting “I grew up on Cam and em’” and even implements the Dipset general’s signature flow mid-verse.

Kushed God Smoke DZA anchors the AraabMuzik-produced track and has the most swaggy scene in the vid (few things beat passing blunts to scantily-clad strippers while in the V.I.P), hands down.

Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' 'Alphabet Aerobics' on 'Jimmy Fallon' [VIDEO]

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By now it’s widely known that Jimmy Fallon loves all things hip-hop, especially when it comes to his late-night show, ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’ On Tuesday (Oct. 28), the host welcomed actor Daniel Radcliffe to perform (amazingly) Blackalicious’ ‘Alphabet Aerobics,’ a song in which group member Gift of Gab raps each letter of the alphabet. Radcliffe killed it.

“Artificial amateurs aren’t at all amazing, analytically I assault animate things / Broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat / Buildings are broken, basically I’m bombarding casually create catastrophes, casualties / Canceling cats, got their canopies collapsing,” rapped the ‘Harry Potter’ star, as he completed the rhyme all the way to Z, while maintaining solid flow and good wordplay.

Fallon made the skit even better by holding a sign of each letter Radcliffe was rapping, and bounced around in his usual hyper and frenetic way. Great entertainment.

During his interview, the 25-year-old, who will be starring in two new films in 2015, said he’s always been a big rap fan, and loves artists like Eminem and England’s Plan B.

“Initially I got into Eminem… I was the first kid in my class to learn all the words to ‘Real Slim Shady.’ I’ve always had kind of an obsession with memorizing complicated lyrically intricate and fast songs I guess. It’s a disease,” he said.

Listen to Theophilus London's 'Vibes' Album Including 'Can't Stop' With Kanye West

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If you’re tired of Kanye West always saying he’s a genius, you should listen to ’Can’t Stop,’ the song he produced for Theophilus London‘s new album, ‘Vibes.’ The rapper lives up to his claims.

Upon a first listen, the track immediately brings you back to a time when ‘Ye still wore rugby shirts and backpacks and used soulful hooks to convey his message.

And lyrically, he puts down a verse arguably as strong as his lines on Jay Z’s ‘Run This Town.’

“Might have caught you clapping every Sunday at church / You still ratchet ’cause they play your favorite song and you twerk / Designer purse on your arm, ’bout the size of a duffle bag / And them brand new titties cost a couple racks,” he spits. “You know I always hit you deeper than a baritone / Bone you with my jewelry on, that’s a herringbone.”

London also has a standout verse, and uses his laid-back flow to describe a particular woman he rides with. “We set alarm clocks just to wake and bake / She cooked up a salt fish and I fry the bake / Dresses by Margiela, looking so heavenly / She one step ahead of me, jewelry by Jenavi,” he rhymes.

Besides ‘Can’t Stop,’ you can also check out the rest of the Brooklyn rapper’s ‘Vibes’ album below. Other songs include ‘Water Me,’ ‘Tribe,’ featuring Jesse Boykins III, ‘Get Me Right,’ and ‘Do Girls,’ to name a few.

Listen to Theophilus London’s ‘Vibes’ Album Including ‘Can’t Stop’ With Kanye West

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