Onry Ozzborn: The RAPstation Interview

Seattle-based emcee Michael Martinez, better known as Onry Ozzborn, is a busy guy. As founder of Northwest hip-hop collective Oldominion (or the West Coast Wu-Tang Clan), member of Grayskul (Rhymesayers), Dark Time Sunshine, and master of his own solo career, there's rarely a moment when he's not working on music. Along with JFK (also of Oldominion), Ozzborn was a featured artist at the 20th anniversary of Rhymesayers Entertainment in Minneapolis, Minnesota December 4, 2015. The lineup included Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Dilated Peoples, Abstract Rude, Dem Atlas, Brother Ali and other artists on the RSE roster. In addition to RSE, Ozzborn is also a longtime signee of independent powerhouse label Fake Four Inc., founded by brothers Ceschi and David Ramos. He took a few minutes to catch his bre

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Jidenna premieres new video for Long Live The Chief

After the radio silence received from Jidenna, he's finally reappeared with a new song and music video. In the red-accented, black and white video for "Long Live The Chief", the rapper takes his admittedly stylish following to church, strutting in front of a funeral procession. Rapping about running the country, Jidenna reminds us of how versatile his presence is as an artist, going from the fun and bouncy hit of "Classic Man" to the rasping, hard-hitting sound of "Long Live The Chief". Jidenna is signed to Wondaland Records, and distributed through Epic Records. He released his first single "Classic Man" in February of 2015, and even earned a Grammy nomination. By Devon Pyne for RAPstation.com

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Nicki Minaj promises to release a new mixtape soon

Nicki Minaj has promised to release a mixtape six years after her mixtape release 'Beam Me Up Scotty', and hopes to give some inspiration to other female rappers as well. In an interview with Billboard, Minaj explains the impact a mixtape could have on her career, and commits to her first one in six years. "I'll definitely drop a mixture," she told the publication in her cover story, "I have to." She doesn't talk specifics when it comes to the release schedule or the content of the recording. Explaining the idea behind the mixtape, Minaj adds "Well, I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn't on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year. But the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers. I'm at the top of that

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T.I. to star in Roots remake for A&E

T.I. has been casted for A&E Networks’ Roots remake. T.I. will be featured in the finale episode of the four-part miniseries. He will be playing Cyrus, a strong willed slave who fights for his freedom alongside the Union Army and against the Confederacy. Other cast additions to the Roots reboot are James Purefoy, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Goode, Lane Garrison, Emayatzy Corinealdi and G. Hannelius. The additions join a cast that includes Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Derek Luke, Regé-Jean Page and Kirby. Roots is currently filming in Louisiana and is set to premiere in 2016. The original Roots aired on ABC in 1977 and is based off of Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Fami

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2 Chainz pays disabled veterans rent for a year

2 Chainz is reaching out to the community this year and doing good deeds with money raised through his TRU Foundation charity. On Saturday, 2 Chainz surprised Deidre Plater of Palmetto, Georgia, a veteran with disability, by announcing that he would pay her rent for a year. 2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, also gifted the family with bedroom furniture and sofas. "It's hard to keep gas in the car, food in the house, and do everything by myself being a single parent," Plater told Atlanta's CBS affiliate. "I am on a fixed income." 2 Chainz, who grew up poor in College Park, Georgia, took to Instagram to explain why it's important to give back. "I remember when we didn't have hot water and I didn't want my friends to know, so I told them it was something wrong wit

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Chance The Rapper says Chi-Raq is Exploitative and Problematic

Since the announcement of Spike Lee’s new movie, "Chi-Raq" Chicago natives from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rappers Rhymefest and King Louie have announced their disapproval of how the New York-native is addressing black-on-black gun violence in the city's South side. Chicago born artist Chance the Rapper tweeted earlier this week that the film is "exploitative and problematic". He went on to tweet, "Let me be the one from Chicago to personally tell you we not supporting this film out here. That shit get ZERO love out here. Shit is goofy and it's a bunch of ppl from NOT around here telling u to support that shit. The people that made that shit didn't do so to "Save Lives". It's exploitive and problematic." Chance went on to discuss the film's plot, which features women participa

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