Statik Selektah: The RAPstation Artist Spotlight

Patrick Baril, better known as Statik Selektah, was born January 30, 1982 in Boston. Selektah is a DJ, record producer, and radio personality. In 2003 he created ShowOff Marketing, which has had clients such as Capitol Records, Universal Records, Reebok, G-Unit Records, Diddy’s Vote or Die campaign, and many others. Statik Selektah founded Showoff Records in 2010, as well as forming the hip hop group 1982 with Termanology. Along with dropping his own albums, he’s been a producer on a multitude of projects for other artists. While recording with rapper Freeway on Ustream, he announced a song off his next album, Population Control, called "Groupie Love" which featured Mac Miller. The track was included on the final release of Population Control, his fir

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Iamsu: The RAPstation Interview

If you don’t already know who Iamsu is, then you must not be holding your fingers over the pulse of the Bay Area’s music scene. The Bay Area is solely responsible for artists including E-40, Too Short, Mac Dre, and countless others. There’s no arguing that the Bay has a sound and vibe all on it’s own, and Iamsu is further proof of that. Before getting Iamsu, born Sudan Ameer Williams, on the phone for this particular interview, I spoke directly to his mother who also happens to be his partner. Right off the bat, you can bet that anyone who keeps their mom close like that has a good head on their shoulders, since you’ll rarely find someone who supports and has your best interest at heart like your mom does. First impressions matter, and the first impressio

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Women in Hip Hop: Simone Amelia

As an Australian-born woman living in New York City, Simone Amelia makes the transition to life in the big city look easy. With the same swagger as other leading ladies in Hip Hop, Amelia has seemingly mastered her new role as Content Director at The Source Magazine quickly, coupled with the same tenacity that got her there in the first place.  Affectionally referred to as “Boss Lady,” Amelia broke into the Hip Hop industry as founding editor of Australia’s first hugely successful commercial urban magazine, Urban Hitz, at the ripe age of 23. United States Hip Hop fashion distributors DrJays eventually took notice of the determined young journalist and soon she went from editing her magazine in Sydney to spearheading the operation as Online Content Manager of DrJ

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Bryson Tiller receives the Louisville key to the city

Bryson Tiller just ended his 34 city T R A P S O U L tour this past weekend with a show in his hometown of Louisville. The singer received a special honor that day (March 12), as his hometown gave him a key to the city. They even went so far as to declare March 12 as Bryson Tiller Day. The Kentucky native got a special visit at his show from Detroit native Big Sean, who came to show support of Tiller. Tiller has spoken in the past about how he taught himself to sing at a young age. “[I listened to] a lot of R. Kelly,” Tiller told XXL. “My uncle used to play like 112, Dru Hill and all those super ’90s R&B groups. Then I got into Omarion. That’s when I was like, aight cool, I want to sing now. So I started teaching myself how to sing. I started mimicking w

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Chris Brown goes on Instagram to vent about Donald Trump

Chris Brown took to Instagram to vent his frustrations over Trump’s views on race, and to ask for future protestors to go to Trump’s rallies in larger numbers. “Man, this shit is getting crazy,” Brown said. “Black people getting assaulted at rallies where you’re supposed to talk at… Trump and all that bullshit. What you need to start doing, all these black people, go together. 40-50 deep, see what they do then. Keep touching us motherfucker.” Along with the video, Chris Brown posted a long rant about Donald Trump and the rhetoric he has used on the campaign trail. “Fuck Trump and fuck the pigs!” Brown wrote. “To see this evil shit is so wrong! God will have his revenge! Trust me! Without our black culture, Asian culture, Latin culture

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Joe Young: The RAPstation Interview

Joe Young initially got his start as a party promoter in Germany, and by being surrounded by the hip-hop/rap scene. As any respectable artist would, he draws inspiration for his lyrics and writing from everyday life. “I write songs based on real life situations, from either myself or my homies. I try not to listen to other artists for inspiration like that.” Most recently, he was just in the studio and recorded a song with the one and only DMX. Please visit https://soundcloud.com/joeyoungofficial/dmx-ft-big-moeses-joe-young-moe-wings to check out the brand new track now! As for music that he listens to outside of his creative process, it’s a lot of older stuff like Dr. Dre and Wu-Tang Clan. But as soon as he begins work in the studio, he says, “I focus on myself and

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