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Hip Hop Weekly Newsletter

Black Men's Health Crisis: Hip-Hop Artists Sound the Alarm on Alarming Death Rates

The deaths of influential hip-hop artists shed light on the alarming state of Black men's health.

Despite their fame and wealth, Black male rap stars face significant health disparities and have a lower life expectancy compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

Factors such as racism, lack of access to quality healthcare, and the pressure of being in the spotlight contribute to their vulnerability to chronic illnesses.

Addressing these issues and promoting regular check-ups and preventative care is crucial for improving Black men's health.

DJ Premier, Non Phixion, and ILL BILL Drop Clean and Instrumental Versions of 'Rock Stars'

DJ Premier, Non Phixion, and ILL BILL have released clean and instrumental versions of their track "Rock Stars," originally released in 2002.

DJ Premier has been active last year, releasing a project and several singles.

"Rock Stars" is a re-release from 21 years ago, and you can listen to the new renditions now.

2023's Hottest Hip-Hop Albums: Prepare for Mind-Blowing Talent and Genre-Breaking Innovation!

Looking for the hottest hip-hop albums of 2023? Look no further!

This article has compiled a killer list featuring the likes of Armand Hammer, Danny Brown, Aesop Rock, Apollo Brown, Rome Streetz, Planer Asia and more.

Not only does it highlight what makes each album special, from top-notch production to killer guest appearances, but it also aims to celebrate the incredible diversity and talent within the genre.

Plus, it doesn't stop at albums - there are honourable mentions and EPs too.

Get ready to discover your new favourite bangers.

From Controversy to Global Triumph: The Unforgettable Journey of 'Rapper's Delight'

"Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang marked a revolutionary milestone in music history in 1979.

Despite controversies regarding ghostwriters and accusations of cultural appropriation, the track propelled hip-hop into the mainstream and laid the foundation for its subsequent global domination.

It remains an essential landmark in hip-hop's complex journey, shaping the genre's trajectory and emphasising the delicate balance between preserving its roots and embracing its evolving cultural significance.

Masta Ace Drops Inspiring Anthem 'Life Music' to Lift Spirits in Troubled Times

Masta Ace and Marco Polo have released a new video single called "Life Music" in preparation for their upcoming collabo' album.

The song is meant to be an antidote to the negativity in the world, highlighting the battles we all face and promoting a positive attitude.

The album, titled "Richmond Hill," is set to release on January 26, 2024.

Love is Dead?! Remy Ma & Papoose Alleged Split, Still Shocking Fans

Remy Ma and Papoose's alleged split has fans questioning if love is dead, after a leaked audio appeared to confirm the breakup.

The audio featured battle rapper Eazy The Block Captain discussing his alleged relationship with Remy and his desire to fight Papoose.

Social media reactions to the news have been filled with disappointment and disbelief.

Police Catch Second Suspect in $316K Banksy Art Heist, Art World in Frenzy

Police have made a second arrest in connection with the theft of a Banksy artwork worth £250,000.

The piece, a traffic stop sign covered with military drones, was stolen from a pole in south London shortly after Banksy posted a photo of it on Instagram.

The artwork has been interpreted as a call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

9th Wonder Celebrates Top 25 Spot on Billboard's Greatest Hip Hop Producers List

Renowned hip-hop producer 9th Wonder has reacted with gratitude and humility to being named one of the Top 25 Greatest Hip Hop Producers of All Time by Billboard.

In an Instagram post, he expressed his surprise and honoured his fellow producers, acknowledging that there are thousands more who have also made significant contributions to the genre.

This recognition comes in addition to a mural that is currently being constructed in his home city.

Westside Gunn & Conway The Machine Serve Up OG 'Hall & Nash 2' Project

Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and The Alchemist have released their OG 'Hall & Nash 2' project.

Originally intended as a follow-up to their 2016 project, the release had been scrapped and songs from it were used on other projects.

However, the trio has now made the original version available on streaming services.

MC Lyte Sparks Controversy with Resurfaced Lyrics about Age Gaps, Raising Questions of Double Standards

MC Lyte, a renowned female rapper, has caused controversy after old lyrics from her 1991 song "2 Young 4 What" resurfaced.

In the song, she makes explicit remarks about her attraction to younger boys.

The podcast host Ray Daniels called for the same backlash that men receive for problematic behaviour, sparking a debate about double standards in the music industry.

While some defended MC Lyte's young age at the time, others agreed that the lyrics have not aged well.

Nonetheless, MC Lyte's contributions to hip-hop should not be invalidated by these four bars. It remains to be seen if she will respond to the discussion.

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