Big Tray Deee of Tha Eastsidaz pens novels

Many remember Tracey "Big Tray Deee" Davis as part of the legendary west coast rap group, Tha Eastsidaz, which featured him alongside Snoop Dogg and Lil Goldie Loc. The group gained platinum success with their debut album, "Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz." With his rap career cut short in 2003 by a 12 year prison bid however, many have long counted the former lyricist out of the game. But talent and perseverance are qualities a prison cell cannot easily contain, as proven with LeNoir Publications' debut release of "Streetz Gon' Cry," a gritty urban tale co-authored by none other than Big Tray Deee alongside another incarcerated gangster turned author, Anthony Barrow. "Streetz Gon' Cry" literally blends another component into West coast gangsta' rap, detailing the real life scenario

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Shabazz The Disciple & Professor A.L.I. working together

As a great many in the world prepare to commemorate Jesus in observation of Lent, an East/West musical collaboration seeks to use common language between Abrahamic traditions to diffuse conflict and build bridges between traditions that have been at odds since before the Crusades. Shabazz the Disciple of the Sunz of Man brings his knowledge of the Bible and Professor A.L.I. adds his dose of Islam inspired lyrics to create an intersection of common understanding in the persona of Jesus and the text known throughout the world as the Bible. The song entitled "Basic Instructions" is the second leak off of Professor A.L.I.'s album "Emerald Manifesto" and delivers on its promise with deep lyrics that throw the listener back into the early 1990's classic Hip-Hop scene. At a time where “

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The Box That Rocks: 30 Years of Video Music Box

MoCADA announces THE BOX THAT ROCKS: 30 Years of Video Music Box and the Rise of Hip Hop Music & Culture, an exhibition of contemporary art that celebrates the global influence of Video Music Box, and the show’s historic contribution to urban music and culture. In 1983, Ralph McDaniels launched Video Music Box, a groundbreaking television program that ushered in the popularity and innovation of music videos. As the show’s creator and host, and the producer and/or director of over 400 music videos, Ralph McDaniels is a pioneer whose influence is still felt throughout the music industry. It is safe to say that hundreds of Hip Hop, R&B and Dancehall artists owe their street credibility, record sales, and a great deal of their commercial success to Video Music Box. At its inception, Vi

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Heavy D documentary to premiere February 26

On Sunday, February 26 at 11 pm (EST), CENTRIC premieres the first documentary celebrating Heavy D since his death. The hour-long documentary includes interviews and testimonies from entertainment heavyweights including Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Brett Ratner, Cee-Lo, MC Lyte, and more. Viewers will hear stories about the late rapper from his family and other artists who formed early hip-hop including Doug E. Fresh, Chuck D, Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow. Interviews include Queen Latifah reflecting on Heavy D as a mentor and Will Smith discussing their early beginnings together in hip-hop and Hollywood. Fans will experience how his music impacted hip-hop and pioneered the way for other MCs, and will also enjoy performance footage including Heavy D's last tele

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Fokis releases mixtape hosted by Sadat X & DJ Chonz

The time is now here, as Fokis’ A Vintage State Of Mind mixtape is now available! Serving as the official prelude to Fokis’ The Vintage Album, the mixtape features guest appearances from Sadat X, King Tee and more. The mix tape comes with a Graffiti inspired Black book with many legends doing tags, throw ups and pieces. "For me this mix tape is special because it is my first solo project in a while. It was fun creating this material and I look forward to connecting with my audience." says Fokis. Fokis is also offering some giveaways with the A Vintage State Of Mind mixtape. In the past he has given away a pair of “Beats By Dre” headphones and a $100.00 gift certificate from Victoria’s Secret. This time it will include products from GoodWood NYC & more. To qualify f

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Akrobatik aka: Bru-Tang Clan - Enter Tha 63 Chambahs

In just over a year and a half, Boston Bruin's Left Winger Brad Marchand has won a Stanley Cup and has become a fan favorite among Boston Hockey fans.  His cult hero status as a gritty player who doesn't take himself too serious has been elevated with the embracing of his popular nickname "Noseface Killah" and his references to his teammates as "The Bru-Tang Clan." To celebrate all things Wu-Tang and his own growing aliases, Marchand has teamed up with The Boston Sports Apparel CO. to design his own line of gear and with Boston’s own Akrobatik for a FreEP "Enter Tha 63 Chambahs" (63 coincidentally being Marchand's Jersey Number and the mirror of Wu-Tang’s debut album title). The six-songs featured on "Enter Tha 63 Chambahs" are all recorded over classic Wu-Tang instrumentals are s

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