Plug 1 & Plug 2 from De La Soul are First Serve

First they brought you ‘The Goon Time Mixtape’ blasting from a late-night house party in a Parisian suburb. Then we saw our heroes getting endless grief from Deen’s overbearing mother in the Mrs. Whitter skit. That was all just a taste of things to come from De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present ‘First Serve’; a dynamic hip-hop group, an album, a concept, the soundtrack to a movie that has yet to be made and a fable for our times. ‘First Serve’ is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes. Two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob ‘Pop Life’ Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), friends from seventh grade, are by their own admission, “different, but the differences seem to complement e

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Donuts Are Forever 6 celebration for the late J Dilla

The sixth annual 'Donuts Are Forever' celebration for the late J Dilla is happening on February 19, 2012. 'Donuts Are Forever 6' is taking place in New York City at Brooklyn Bowl, with doors opening at 6pm and the show set to start at 8pm and tickets ranging from $5 to $10. James "J Dilla/Jay Dee" Yancey passed away from complications of lupus on February 10, 2006 and the first 'Donuts Are Forever' party was held a year later. "We never went into this planning for it to be an annual series," Derreck "Dee Phunk" Johnson, a partner in Rare Form, the event's organizer. "The original DAF in 2007 was a commemoration of the first anniversary of his passing. But when we witnessed the turnout, we were dumbfounded. We were fans and we knew there were a ton of other fans out there...but just se

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Rampage prepares to release Everyone Ain't Loyal ep

Rampage has come forth to tell HIPHOPGODS and RAPstation.com exclusively that he is ready to re-introduce himself to the game in a major way. Having already released two singles produced by Felony Muzik (Zig Zag Zig featuring R.A. The Rugged Man and Krazy House featuring Planet Asia) there is much more in store from the veteran emcee. With over 700 songs recorded, Rampage is getting ready to George Bush the button. Everyone Ain't Loyal, his upcoming EP to be released via Def Jam Digital, is scheduled to drop at the end of February. Oh, and fix ya face. Everyone Ain't Loyal coming soon. Check out the new Rampage material on recent editions of HIPHOPGODS Radio which can be found at the following links. Edition #50 of HHG Radio is here http://www.rapstation.com/shows/1117/c

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RIP to the great Don Cornelius of Soul Train

A person called the police from Mr. Cornelius’s house on Mulholland Drive in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood just before 4 a.m. and reported shots had been fired, a police spokesman, Chris No, said. When officers arrived, they were let into the house and found Mr. Cornelius lying lifeless on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, said the Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner, Ed Winter. Mr. Cornelius was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m., Mr. Winter said. “It was reported as a suicide, a self-inflicted wound,” he said. “I have investigators at the hospital.” “Soul Train” was one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history and played a critical role in spreading

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Rap Gods original artwork by Paul Stone up for sale

Incredible illustrator Paul Stone has announced that he is putting the original artwork for Rap Gods up for sale. Rap Gods, illustrated in pen, ink and acrylic is nothing short of amazing. In regards to the piece, Paul says: "Hip-hop has always been my major passion; the music I've followed fanatically since my teens. As its title implies, Rap Gods brings together many of the genre's key players (some for the very first time), including Ice Cube, Big Boi, Flavor Flav, Guru, Ice-T, Eminem, Q-Tip, Xzibit, DMC, Snoop Dogg, KRS-One, 2Pac, Redman, Jay-Z, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Kool Keith, Rakim, Dr Dre, Posdnous, Nas, Pete Rock, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Mos Def, Chuck D, Notorious BIG, Slick Rick and Method Man." Chuck D of Public Enemy says: "When I saw Paul Stone's work I recognized a

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Souls Of Mischief heading to Europe on tour in March

Oakland hip hop legends Souls of Mischief return to the UK and Europe for the first time in 2 years since their "Montezuma's Revenge" tour. It's almost 20 years since the release of the classic '93 Til Infinity', but the group members, as part of the Hieroglyphics Crew, have remained one of the most prolific artists on the scene with numerous solo and group releases on Hiero Imperium Records. They still tour regularly all over the United States and Canada, and are due to perform at SXSW on their return from Europe. 2012 starts with three solo albums being released in quick succession. Tajai has already released his new collaboration with Sleeprockers called Machine Language, Opio is set to release his new album Vultures Wisdom Volume 2 on the 28th of February and Phesto's new solo a

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