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  1. https://allhiphop.com/news/breaking-former-bad-boy-rapper-black-rob-dead/

    BREAKING: Former Bad Boy Rapper Black Rob Dead

    By : Mike Winslow / April 17, 2021
    Black Rob died after suffering from a variety of health issues.
    Just weeks after the passing of rapper DMX’s death, another rap legend has transitioned.

    Former Bad Boy rapper Black Rob has died from kidney failure, after suffering a variety of ailments. Most recently, the rapper had revealed he had suffered from four strokes brought on by high blood pressure.

    “Lord knows i tried to get help …… I’m sad to say RIP to Black Rob ….. Passed away in the hospital in Atlanta,” confirmed DJ Self, who broke the news about the rapper’s health woes last week, when he posted a video of Black Rob sending his condolences to the late DMX, who died on April 9th.

    The rapper, best known for his hit song “Whoa,” had recently been discharged from the hospital and was reportedly planning to relocate to Atlanta, because he was homeless.

    Last weekend, Black Rob, born Robert Ross, took to Instagram to reassure his fans that he was doing ok, but tragically, his illness took his life fast than anyone imagined.

    Bad Boy alumni/rapper Mark Curry had been providing updates on Rob’s situation on his own Instagram page and revealed he was supposed to undergo dialysis after fans launched a GoFundMe to raise money to help the rapper with his medical bills and living arrangements.

    The GoFundMe had raised over $27,000 out of a $50,000 goal at the time of Black Rob’s passing.

    Black Rob was 51-years-old when he died. He leaves behind a solid legacy and a respectable catalog. 

    The Harlem rapper was featured on a variety of records with artists on Bad Boy, including G. Dep’s “Special Delivery,” as well as the remixes to Total’s single “What About Us,” Faith’s “Love Like Us,” Mase’s “24 Hrs. To Live” and others. 

    Black Rob released four albums over the course of his career. Life Story was released in 2000, followed by The Black Rob Report in 2005. 

    His career was interrupted by a six-year stint in prison after he was caught in a hotel room with $6,000 worth of stolen jewelry.  

    Black Rob was released from prison in 2010. He delivered his album Game Tested, Streets Approved in 2011, followed by his final full-length, 2015’s Genuine Article.

  2. I just had a few minutes and was poking around the board.  Recent pages are mostly filled with posts and comments by the same very few people, which is a underwhelming, but I was randomly searching certain topics and browsing various posts, mostly from the 2000's.  Those posts felt like a safety blanket....and unaged part of the internet that just feels good.  I made me miss seeing a lot of former posters. 

    As I clicked on Online Users, I found it interesting that there were 16 other users on the board. One supposedly logging in, one registering, one looking at a user profile that hasn't been accessed in years, and various posts that probably showed up in a search engine. 

    I just want to thank you all for those good memories.  I hope we collaborate on some future posts like the old days. 

  3. Getting a voter ID isn't hard at all. Back when I was a senior in high school, I signed up. That was so long ago that I don't even remember the process, but it was basically just a simple form.  You can signup at other places like the department of motor vehicles. They send you a card in the mail every few years. Having voted by mail for the first time this past election, something that was harder to do in previous elections, I didn't need my voter ID this time. In fact, I haven't made the effort to vote that often, so often times I just stick the card in an folder, never using it for anything. 

    Keep in mind that I only follow politics to an extent because I hate them. From what I've read up on over the past year or so is that the government, enabled by republicans, have limited the ability of those to vote in certain areas. Georgia is one of the states where this has occurred. To sum up the republican party, they've evolved into this party that basically self-serves those who are financially well off.  They may or may not be racist, but they certainly aren't interested in including those who aren't rich and those who are labeled minorities.  Since the party is so out of touch, and in some cases just vile, they don't have the support of minorities and those who are financially struggling (unless they're mindless fools who simply identify with the party for whatever reason) . They want to silence those voices, so they've made it hard for some people to place their vote.  They've limited places where ballots can submitted and where voting takes place.  For those who didn't want to mail in their ballot, or didn't trust the postal service, some people would have to drive great distances to personally place their vote or drop off their ballot. This resulted in long lines, long wait times, and some places where people would be dehydrated and uncomfortable just to vote.  The state of Georgia made it illegal for people to hand out water and food for those waiting hours in line just to vote. 

    The entertainment industry strongly boosts Georgia's economy, so this action like this is sticking it to the evil politicians who've made this possible. 


    I hope I did justice answering that. lol  Chris is more into this stuff that I am.  He can answer it better than I can. 

  4. I hadn't heard this song before and just stumbled upon it.  I'm glad because I'm definitely going to check out more of Sputnick Brown's stuff.  They offer up classic Hip-Hop.  

    Here's a link to the DJ Jazzy Jeff's remix of their song "The Brownout" from their project "That Brown Undergound E.P." from 2012.


    I'm not sure if Jeff is actually scratching on it.  I'm assuming he just produced it.  I looked up the original version and thought he was scratching on it, but the 12" release says a turntablist named DJ Shark is scratching on it. Many of the scratches sound like Jeff's, so he was clearly inspired by Jeff. 




  5. The first time I heard DMX was LL Cool J's "4, 3, 2, 1". His presence on that song made an impression on me. I liked "Get At Me Dog", but I bought It's Dark and Hell Is Hot because I wanted that Survival of the Illest version of the album with the bonus CD, which featured LL's "The Ripper Strikes Back". When I listened to the album, I loved it. Hardcore Hip-Hop was not my go-to, so I'm quick to roll my eyes at it, but DMX was authentic and you could hear that on the first listen, which made him appreciate him as much as any classic artist that I liked. Of course, as I listed to the album more, you could see that there were more layers to him than the aggressive street emcee that you could conveniently label him has. DMX wasn't just doing street rap, he had crazy appreciation for classic Hip-Hop and R&B music, and elements of that were in his music and discussed in detail in his interviews.  I have every album of his, though as time went one, I felt there were production missteps that didn't give his subject matter and lyrics a background that they deserved on some songs. 

    It's crazy to think that this was just a man from a broken background who made one of a kind music, hit the top of the charts time and time again, ended up doing some big movies, then just operated how he wanted to after his commercial peak. 

    I always wanted to see him fully bounce back, but it's hard to imagine any artist from the 80's, 90's, or 2000's having true success in Hip-Hop any more due to how the industry is. I'm excited to hear what music he was creating under Def Jam. I imagine he had access to more while back under the label.  He talked proudly of the work and said he wanted to do just two more songs back in February.  The album has been confirmed that it'll come out. I imagine they'll fast track it due to his transitioning. 

    I think the industry really let him down. If you think about it, he connected with a lot of artists, who say they liked him. He did countless features, but it seems like those artists only appreciated him at the time. He seemed to be a little bit an industry loner. The film industry seemed to leave him alone once the #1 albums stopped coming.

    I think DMX is a misunderstood artist.  Even as someone who followed him, I feel I misunderstood him. Even before his passing, I've been revisiting his old work and finding new things to discover.  I got a bootleg DVD with over two hours of music videos of his about a month ago and got to see him in a new light, having never seen some of these videos before, even though they came out at a time when BET and MTV were airing music videos a lot. 

    DMX was never about the lights and the fame. He was never Hollywood. He approached every song, every performance, every interview/appearance in a raw, unprepared way. There was no filter. 

    The struggles he came from and wrestled with are pretty heartbreaking, and more of that has been coming out recently. I remember being frustrated with his backsliding over the years, only to grow up a little and realize my own ignorant prejudice to his vices.  I hope this new album and any other existing music that could end up being part of his legacy is handled well.  I believe this man deserves more than he was ever given. I hope this loss changes things for the better in Hip-Hop and that a new found respect for what he's done is found.


  6. I love that they are taking a stand against this with this decision. 


    Will Smith's slavery film Emancipation pulls out of Georgia over voting laws

    image captionSmith plays a slave called Peter who escapes

    Will Smith's slavery film Emancipation has pulled out of filming in Georgia over what the star has called the US state's new "regressive voting laws".

    In a statement issued to Deadline by Smith and director Antoine Fuqua, the pair said they felt "compelled" to act.

    "We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access."

    Some feel the new law will restrict voting by disadvantaged groups.

    Will more film companies pull out?

    Deadline said the move by the Emancipation producers comes after weeks of discussions between the filmmakers, film officials and Georgia political leaders, including voting rights activist Stacey Abrams.

    It is the first film to pull out of the state since the new laws came into effect - but others could follow suit.


    Director James Mangold, who will helm the new Indiana Jones movie, recently said he would not make any new movies in Georgia because of the new law.

    "Georgia has been using cash to steal movie jobs from other states that allow people to vote," he tweeted. "I don't want to play there".

    Star Wars actor Mark Hamill endorsed Mangold's tweet with hashtag #NoMoreFilminginGeorgia.

    According to Georgia's film commission, more top-grossing movies are shot there "than anywhere else in the world" - with recent productions including Deadpool, Avengers: Endgame, Wandavision, Stranger Things and The Walking Dead.

    Film and TV production now generates more than $10bn (£7,2bn) for the state each year - and Abrams, who opposes the new laws, has urged Hollywood not to move away en masse.

    Martin Luther King Jr's daughter, Bernice King, has also asked film-makers to reconsider. "Please stop the #BoycottGeorgia talk," she said. "That would hurt middle class workers and people grappling with poverty. And it would increase the harm of both racism and classism."


    What do the new laws say?

    In future elections, ID will be required for anyone requesting a mail-in ballot.

    Proponents of the bill say this method will make postal voting more secure, but critics argue the new measures are likely to disproportionately affect black Americans, who are less likely than white Americans to have voter identification

    The law also prohibits anyone except poll workers from handing out food or water to people queuing outside polling stations - and there will be a limit on the number of "drop boxes" in which people can place their absentee votes, meaning many will have to travel further.

    The early voting period for all run-off elections - in Georgia, no candidate can advance through a primary or a general election system without first earning more than 50 percent of the votes - will also be shortened.

    Drop box in GeorgiaIMAGE COPYRIGHTEPA
    image captionDrop boxes are deployed so people can place their absentee votes in them

    President Joe Biden has described the move as an "atrocity", saying it disproportionately targeted black Americans.

    The president called the law "Jim Crow in the 21st Century" and "a blatant attack on the Constitution".


    Jim Crow refers to the 19th and 20th Century laws that enforced racial segregation in the South.

    But Republicans say they are streamlining voting procedures and trying to restore confidence in the election system.

    What's Will Smith's film about?

    Emancipation sees Smith playing Peter, a slave who flees a plantation in Louisiana after being subjected to terrible abuse.

    He takes the treacherous journey north and joins the Union army during the American Civil War.

    The film is based on a true story - a photo of Peter's back was taken during an army medical examination and showed his whipping scars.

    The photo was published in 1863 and was seen around the world, giving impetus to abolitionists and prompting many free black people to join the Union army.

    Filming was due to start in June.


  7. Prince Markie Dee, a member of pioneering Hip-Hop group the Fat Boys/Disco 3 has passed away.  I enjoy the Fat Boys, but Prince Markie Dee's work in the 90's is incredible.  In the style of the Fresh Prince, Heavy D, Father MC, etc, his solo projects had class and didn't try to buy into the popularity of hardcore Hip-Hop. He also produced and worked behind the scenes with Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Eric B + Rakim, Al B. Sure, Luther Vandross, Brownstone, Kool G. Rap, and Father MC. 





  8. Meh, the review is kind of weird. It has nothing to do with whether it's on vinyl, cassette, or CD. They say a few things that make it sound like they grew up on the album, but it sounds like they bought it two weeks ago and decided to write a review today. With every few good things that they, they say something mediocre without being too specific as to why something is good or bad.  If that website gets any attention, it's nice they gave it some spotlight....but I wanted more. lol


  9. It was a weird year, but I'm sure we'll all celebrate this.



    Bad Boys for Life Is Officially the Highest-Grossing 2020 Movie at Domestic Box Office

    By PATRICK CAVANAUGH - January 1, 2021 02:02 pm EST

    In any given year, the biggest box office successes often hit theaters in the summer months, but with 2020 being such an unprecedented year for a number of reasons, the highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office was a January release, with Bad Boys for Life topping the charts with $204.4 million. Interestingly, 1917, which was released in 2019, was the second-highest-grossing movie of 2020, as it earned $157.9 million, with the December 2019 release scoring major numbers thanks to it securing a number of major awards and recognitions in the early part of the year and helping it trounce the competition.
    When audiences look back on box office earnings in 2020, the totals will surely come with a number of asterisks. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, theaters around the world shut their doors in March of 2020, with new releases only seeing wide, global releases in January and February. Films like The Hunt and Bloodshot briefly landed in theaters, though quickly pivoted to Premium VOD services as theaters closed.
    As the months passed, international theaters began to reopen as various countries got a better handle on containing the pandemic. Christopher Nolan's Tenet, which was slated to be one of the year's biggest releases, delayed its release for weeks at a time, all while other major blockbusters pushed their debuts back by months. Warner Bros. and even Nolan himself were hoping that the release of Tenet could help usher audiences back to theaters and revive interest in the cinematic experience, with the film first opening in select foreign markets on August 26th before opening domestically on September 3rd.
    Sadly, with limited theaters being open and with those open theaters functioning at a reduced capacity, Tenet failed to make a major box-office impact. Complicating matters further is that the film had a number of stipulations of where it could be screened, making it difficult for even the most devout Nolan fan to see his latest adventure on the big screen.
    The future of the movie industry is still quite unclear, given that we're still in the middle of the pandemic. Surely the promise of a vaccine being distributed brings hope that 2021 could see some sense of normalcy be resumed around the world, but between there being no official timeline of when these events could occur, and studios like Warner Bros. committing to releasing their films not only in select theaters, but also on HBO Max the same day as their theatrical debuts, it likely means it might not be until 2022 or 2023 that we see the movie industry bounce back to pre-pandemic numbers.
    Are you surprised Bad Boys for Life topped the charts? Let us know in the comments below!
  10. How did I not know about this song in 2004?  This lineup is insane!



  11. This one hits hard. 


    John “Ecstasy” Fletcher Of Whodini Reportedly Passes Away

    Whodini Backstage At The UIC Pavilion

    Source: Paul Natkin / Getty

    John Fletcher, the rapper better known as Ecstasy from the 1980s hip-hop group Whodini, has reportedly passed away.

    “One Love to Ecstasy of the Legendary #Whodini,” Questlove wrote on Instagram Wednesday (December 23). “This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man.”


    Fletcher, along with fellow rapper Jalil Hutchins formed Whodini in 1982 in Brooklyn, New York. Together, they were one of the first groups to add R&B elements to their music with singles such as “Five Minutes Of Funk,” “Friends,” “Big Mouth, “Freaks Come Out At Night” and “One Love.”

    Between 1982 and 1986, the group released three albums including their self-titled debut in 1983, Escape in 1984 which went platinum and Back In Black in 1986. Fletcher often wore a Zorro hat on stage and the group helped introduce producer and songwriter Jermaine Dupri to the business as he starred as a dancer on their tours.

    “My God, this one hurts me so bad,I can’t even believe I’m posting this,” Dupri wrote on Instagram. “Ex you know I love you thank you for every word,every conversation every good time,may your soul Rest In Power.”


    In 2012, Whodini was featured in an episode of Unsung detailing their rise in the industry. An official cause of death has yet to be determined.


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