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  1. This one has hit me hard.  It was the late 80's when I was at my cousins house and heard "The Humpty Dance" for the first time on WPGC.  That bass line, Humpty's outrageous lyrics, the energy....Digital Underground is one of a kind. People want to give Dr. Dre props for incorporating p-funk into Hip-Hop. No. Shock G did it first and he did it best. I haven't felt loss like this (unless I personally knew the artist we lost) since Heavy D. Shock G/DU were always in my top 10. 

    Shock G was a creative genius.  His imagination was wild.  He made the DU album inserts a comical and artistic adventure.  He was a student.  He was a self-taught piano player, turntablist, and drummer.  As a writer, he could write an outrageous song for Humpty, then hit you with a conscious song.  Shock could rhyme and sing on a song without doing it terribly like a lot of the 2000's rappers did. 

    Shock G not only brought us Tupac, he kept his legacy honest. All these other people tried to pimp him as a Deathrow rapper, a thug, and gangsta rapper, but Shock always made it his personal mission to make sure we know his heart and the man he really was. Without Shock G brining him to Digital Underground, he may have stayed and underground rapper in Strictly Dope. 

    Shock G is also one of the funniest guys in Hip-Hop. He could talk about anything and it would be entertaining.

    I was heartbroken when he "retired", but he had the sense to say that the studio and the industry depressed him and made him turn to drugs, so he left to not live that life.  It'll be sad if it was drugs that played a role in losing him. So many emcees have shown love to him recently, so he was definitely loved by all that met/knew him.


  2. I didn't really give his music a fair shot. "Whoa" was undeniably dope, but I didn't mess with Bad Boy rappers for the most part, other than Craig Mack. Black Rob seemed like the best emcee they had after Craig left (my opinion...I was never really into Biggie).  I'm going to give his stuff a listen.  I recently checked, and I have his Life Story album. I bought it at some point and don't know if I ever listened to it. It's strange, because when DMX passed, it prompted me to get Mic Geronimo's "Nothin' Move By The Money" CD single, which has a remix that features both DMX and Black Rob.


  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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. 




  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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. 





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