Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Young Dolph Throws "A Plus Day"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

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To show his hometown appreciation, Young Dolph threw a free citywide concert last May. 

People from all across the community traveled to South Memphis' Lincoln Park for “A Plus Day." The first of its kind, the gathering boasted both high-energy performances and motivational commentary for the youth. 

Swarms of people crowded around a platform inside the park as they rapped along to each track Dolph performed. The promising emcee also brought out a few guests, which included the likes of 8Ball & MJG, Don Trip, Drumma Boy, Starlito, Paul Wall, and Travis Porter.

Other people in attendance for A Plus Day were DJ Squeeky, K97 radio personality Devin Steel, and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

Check it out below. 


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Havi of The Sidewayz Drops "Sinbad"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 5:12 PM

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Havi, one-half of genre-defying hip-hop duo The Sidewayz, is gearing up to release his debut EP, Trü Grit.

Slated to drop late spring (May-ish), the project will feature his partner-in-crime Sal, along with Singa Bromfield of The Bromfield Trio.

Havi recently dropped the first vibe off the effort: "Sinbad." It's an energetic party cut laced by Michael Aldridge, who is responsible for most of the production on Trü Grit.

Havi keeps things simple on the song's chorus but illustrates a crazy night on the town cleverly during his verse. 

"I'm having a lot of fun with just keeping things simple and crunk with the beats my producers are giving me," Havi said. "I think there's less science behind my songs these days and more magic. I just go out into the Memphis night and get inspired by the raw energy that's in these bars and underground clubs."

Stream and download "Sinbad" below. 


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Monday, March 16, 2015

DJ Paul Talks Lord Infamous' Death, Gangsta Boo Leaving Da Mafia 6ix

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 5:13 PM

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Green beer, Irish cuisine and parties aren't the only things to look forward to this St. Patty's Day. 

Da Mafia 6ix is releasing their album, Watch What U Wish..., on the holiday. 

A spin-off of legendary Memphis collective Three 6 Mafia, Da Mafia 6ix was introduced in 2013. At that time, the group consisted of Three 6 Mafia's original members minus Juicy J.

The line-up has changed since its emergence due to Lord Infamous suffering a fatal heart attack and Gangsta Boo leaving for undisclosed differences. DJ Paul, Koopsta Knicca, and Crunchy Black are the remaining pieces of the puzzle. 

DJ Paul spoke to VladTV about Da Mafia 6ix's formation and the impact Lord Infamous' death had on the group. He also talked about their upcoming album, Gangsta Boo's decision to leave Da Mafia 6ix, and Juicy J's recent statements about retiring

Check out both parts of the interview below.



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Friday, March 6, 2015

Young Dolph Talks New Mixtape, Memphis Unification, and Gucci Mane

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM

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South Memphis spitter Young Dolph recently dropped the fifth installment of his High Class Street Music series.

On the heels of its release, Dolph stopped by Atlanta’s Hood Rich Radio to promote the project. During an interview with DJ Scream, the Castalia representative talked about his recent listening party in ATL and the independent success he’s acquired since his emergence.

Dolph also touched on the importance of Memphis artists unifying, having both Rick Ross and Young Jeezy jump on his “Preach (Remix)," and his friendship with Gucci Mane. 

Before the interview culminated, Dolph spoke about possibly making XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class and maintaining friendships with people who provided support early in his career. 

Check out the interview below.


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Three 6 Mafia Made History on March 5th, 2006

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:18 PM

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March 5th will forever be a historical day for Memphis.

On this date in 2006, the city's very own Three 6 Mafia became the first rap group to win an Academy Award. Their track "It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” won in the Best Original Song category at the 2006 Oscars.

DJ Paul and Juicy J, along with then-labelmate Frayser Boy, penned the track. It appeared in Hustle & Flow, a film written and directed by fellow Memphian Craig Brewer. 

Check out footage of DJ Paul, Juicy J and Frayser Boy winning and accepting the award below. 


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Throwback Thursday: Yo Gotti's Life Mini-Documentary

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 6:29 PM

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Fans who bought Yo Gotti’s 2003 effort, Life, not only got an earful of raw, street-oriented music delivered from the perspective of a hustler-turned-rapper. They also received a tour through Gotti’s old stomping grounds in North Memphis. 

Life came packaged with a bonus mini-documentary that showcased Gotti taking a trip to areas he hustled in, mingling with comrades, and reflecting on his rough upbringing.

Gotti strolled through North Memphis' Garland Street, a block he distributed narcotics on as a youngster and witnessed many friends fall victim to. He also visited Ridgecrest Apartments in Frayser, a complex he’s rhymed passionately about throughout his career.

During the visual, Gotti also freestyled, touched on the downsides to the music industry, and provided tips to aspiring artists.

Check out all three parts of the mini-documentary below.




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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Project Pat Talks Growing Up as Juicy J's Older Brother

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 5:33 PM

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The bond between Project Pat and Juicy J runs deeper than music. They're blood brothers who emerged from humble beginnings together in North Memphis.

In 2013, Project Pat reflected on growing up as Juicy J's older brother during an interview on Sway in the Morning. He also talked about Juicy J's relentless hustle, joining Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang imprint, and the potential of Three 6 Mafia reuniting.

Check out the interview below. 


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Juicy J May Retire After Upcoming Album

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

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Juicy J has had a lot to celebrate since the new year arrived. He snagged a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with Katy Perry, recently dropped his Blue Dream & Lean 2 mixtape, and is prepping the release of his fourth solo album.  

But judging from Juicy's Twitter timeline, his music career may be coming to an end.

Sunday afternoon, the North Memphis-bred rap veteran sent out several tweets reflecting on the fruitful career he's enjoyed. However, the tweets changed pace when Juicy revealed that he's been considering retirement. He alluded to calling it quits after his forthcoming album, Pure THC: The Hustle Continues, drops.

Juicy has had an amazing career. He's sold millions of records, won an Academy Award, and managed to adapt to current trends effortlessly. If he does decide to trade in his mic for an executive position, his legacy will unquestionably live on. 

Check out his tweets below. 


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Three 6 Mafia Freestyles on Rap City

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM

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BET's now-defunct Rap City used to be my favorite show to watch after school. More than a program that enabled you to see a slew of videos from both underground and well-known rappers, it was an outlet to watch different artists talk about their current and upcoming projects.

To me, the show's glory days were during Big Tigger's tenure hosting it. At that time, it was titled Rap City: Tha Basement, and in addition to featuring interviews and videos, it boasted a freestyle session. Before the show ended, artists who stopped by to discuss their music would step into the booth and spit a few bars. 

Around the time Three 6 Mafia had their catchy smash "Riding Spinners," they appeared on Tha Basement. And during the show's freestyle segment, the Memphis natives stepped into the booth and traded verses with Tigger over T.I.'s "24's" instrumental. 

Check out the footage below. R.I.P. Lord Infamous. 


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gangsta Boo Talks Hardships of Being a Woman in the Music Industry

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM

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The first female rapper from Memphis to receive commercial acclaim, Gangsta Boo has managed to stay afloat in the music industry for multiple years. 

In an interview with DJ Smallz, she revealed some of the challenges that have come with being a woman who raps. And she shared some advice for other ladies in the industry, stressing the importance of being original. 

Gangsta Boo also voiced her opinion on fellow spitters Dej Loaf and Iggy Azalea, and opened up about her interracial relationship. 

Check out the interview below. 


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Yo Gotti Reveals the Benefits of 'Being a Boss'

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 4:48 PM

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While out in New York City for NBA All-Star Weekend, Yo Gotti chopped it up with VladTV. During the brief convo, Gotti talked about adjusting to NYC's winter weather, his Concealed mixtape, and Drake's surprise release, If You're Reading This It's Too Late.

Gotti currently has a distribution deal with Epic Records for his CMG imprint. But he still has control over his career, along with the artists on his label. During his interview with VladTV, he spoke about the benefits of being his own boss and not following the guidelines of a record label. 

Check out the interview below.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Supa Villain's "Declaration of Independence"

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 4:51 PM

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I was saddened to hear that Supa Villain, a talented Gulfport, Mississippi-based rapper/producer, passed away last September. Up to that point, I had developed a sincere appreciation for the messages he conveyed in his music. 

One of my favorite projects from Supa Villain was his 2012 effort, FreeLANCE. Villain, who received moderate acclaim for his production on several of Alabama spitter Rich Boy's projects, showcased his skills both lyrically and behind the boards on the thought-provoking mixtape. 

"Declaration Of Independence" is a song that really touched me off the effort. In-between snippets of a motivational Will Smith interview, Villain paints a vivid picture of his relentless grind as an independent artist over a jazzy melody.

Check out "Declaration of Independence" below.

Rest peacefully, Villain. God bless. 



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Coach Lionel Hollins Talks Battle with Hypertension

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 3:40 PM

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A day after his team lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins touched on his battle with hypertension during a Healthy Shelby luncheon Wednesday.

A spokesman for the program’s "140/90: Living Life Under Pressure," a hypertension awareness campaign, Hollins revealed to a crowd seated inside of the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis that his struggle with blood pressure began as a NBA player.

“I think I was 29 years old, still playing, still in great shape, and the doctor says, ‘You have high blood pressure.’ I actually went a couple years before I did something about it,” Hollins said. “I retired [from the NBA] and went back to Arizona. I’m working, and I get a doctor who says, ‘This is how you need to deal with [hypertension].’ From that point on, I’ve been active in dealing with it. I try to stay active physically [and] eat the right things. You have eating habits that you get away with when you’re real active, but when you’re not playing, [it’s different]. I haven’t had a soda in about eight years. And I love soda. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had McDonalds, Wendy’s or any [type of] fast food.”

The gathering Wednesday particularly targeted young African-Americans in their 20s and 30s. Through its hypertension awareness campaign, Healthy Shelby seeks to heighten this age group's awareness of high blood pressure and how making certain lifestyle changes now can impact their future significantly. 

According to the American Heart Association, about 80 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure. However, many are unaware because they're typically no symptoms to the chronic disease. But untreated high blood pressure could lead to heart disease, congestive heart failure, kidney damage, strokes, and a multitude of other health issues.

In Shelby County, 37 percent (around 240,000) of residents have high blood pressure, according to the Common Table Health Alliance.

African-Americans reportedly develop high blood pressure at younger ages than other race groups in the nation. And they're more likely to develop complications associated with the chronic disease. 

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Although high blood pressure is hereditary for some, its impact can be controlled by consuming a healthy diet, reducing salt intake, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, and complying with medical prescriptions. 

“I think it’s imperative that the younger population learns good health practices in the way of diet and exercise,” said Adrian Newson, assistant administrator of clinical services at Baptist Memorial Hospital. “If you don’t invest in your health and exercise and try to do those things that will curtail your risk factors, you can almost predict what your outcome will be. The things you can control, you work toward controlling: dietary, exercise, and decreasing your stress factors where you can. But genetics is genetics. You may delay it, but you really have very minimal control relative to altering those things that get passed on in genetics.”

At the luncheon, people were able to get their blood pressure checked, enjoy a healthy meal, and take home a mini cookbook with healthy recipes. WMC Action News 5's Janeen Gordon moderated the conversation with Hollins. 

Those in attendance included Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, legendary Stax musician David Porter, radio host Jeff Lee, along with representatives from Common Table Health Alliance, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Christ Community Health Services, Church Health Center, and other agencies.

Former coach for the Grizzlies, Hollins said it was important for players to become more cognizant of their health because failing to do so could increase the likelihood of them traveling down a similar path as him and millions of others in the nation.

Hollins said motivating Grizzlies players to spread more awareness of hypertension to youth in the community could lessen the amount of people impacted by the condition looking forward.

"I think [Healthy Shelby] needs to reach out to the Grizzlies, and get their players understanding that even though their healthy now, they’re going to get older and not do what they’re doing now," Hollins said. "My eating habits as a player, I never even thought about them. I ate too much and ate the wrong things. And now that I’m not active anymore on that level, I think [eating healthier is] important. They’re great role models, such a huge part of the community. When they go talk to the community, the young kids want to hear what they have to say."


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Monday, February 9, 2015

Wave Chapelle Celebrates Black History Month with New EP

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 4:43 PM

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In recognition of Black History Month, Wave Chapelle has released a four-song EP entitled New Black History.

The CMG representative uses the effort to address civil rights, reflect on legendary black activists, and also shed some light on personal struggles.

Stream New Black History below. 



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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Cities Aviv’s “F*ckeverybodyhere”

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 2:39 PM

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During my freshman year at the University of Memphis, I remember seeing this guy around campus that reminded me of The Cool Kids. He was always clad in skinny jeans, bright-colored Nikes, and had the bill of his hat flipped up. 

I would later find out he was an artist that went by the name of Cities Aviv.

In spring 2011, I got a chance to see him perform at Young Avenue Deli in Cooper Young. Other artists on the lineup that Friday night were Knowledge Nick, Red Eye Jedi, and Jason Da Hater. And the headliner was DJ Quickie Mart.

I remember being impressed by how different but dope Cities Aviv's music was, along with the high-energy performance he provided. Some of the cuts he performed would later be featured on his 2011 debut, Digital Lows.

Digital Lows was littered with eclectic production, dated samples, and hard-edged lyrics centered on the mindframe and experiences of someone “born in the city where they killed the King.”

One of the highlights off the project is the apathetic “F*ckeverybodyhere," which boasts a sample of Steely Dan's "Midnight Cruiser."

Stream it below.


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