Mix Master Mike Returns With "War (The Mix Master Mike Remixes)"
Otherworldly turntablist Mix Master Mike has returned with a new project, the aptly titled War (The Mix Master Mike Remixes). Comprised of just two tracks—"Slippin Into Darkness" and "The World Is A Ghetto"—the nine-minute offering effortlessly showcases Mix Master Mike's innate skills for scratching, skills that took him from a DMC World Champion to a member of the Beastie Boys.
Always an innovator, Mix Master Mike has continued to push the boundaries. In July 2021, he dropped the biggest DJ posse cut in hip-hop history. Appropriately titled “Megaton 10,” the track features DJ Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, Q-Bert, Dilated Peoples’ DJ Babu, The Beat Junkies’ D-Styles and Shortkut, DJ Craze, Melo-D and, of course, Mix Master Mike.
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Coolio's Cause Of Death Calls Attention To The Ever-Growing Fentanyl Epidemic
Coolio—widely known for penning "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage" in the 1990s—was 59 years old when he died in September 2022. While that's not exactly young, it's not that old either. The results of Coolio's autopsy were finally released on April 7, more than six months after he was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles home. The report lists fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine as the cause of death. Other “significant conditions” listed on the report include “cardiomyopathy unspecified, asthma and recent phencyclidine use.”
It had been an arduous road in terms of Coolio's drug addiction. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and agreed to enter an 18-month rehabilitation program. During an interview with Sway Calloway in 2016, he openeRead more
Five Fingers Of Funk Get Down On "Kill Sound" Featuring Livesavas' Jumbo, Cool Nutz & Jamalski
Portland, Oregon was bursting with Hip Hop talent throughout the 1990s, and Five Fingers of Funk was at the forefront of that movement. As one of the Pacific Northwest city's biggest draws, they'd pack venues such as La Luna, the Crystal Ballroom and the Roseland, proving even local Hip Hop could fill a room. Meanwhile, Portland artists Cool Nutz and Small Ax were putting together the Portland Oregon Hip Hop Festival (POH Hop), which showcased many of Portland's most skilled MCs. The band remained "fiercely" independent, self-releasing three full-length albums and rocking stages with Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, Run-DMC, De La Soul and The Roots. Now, the group has returned with a new single called "Kill Sound," the second offering from their fRead more
Flavor Flav Donates Clock To Harvard University While Schooling Students On Hip Hop Culture
As the Hip Hop continues to celebrate its 50th birthday, Flavor Flav will reportedly spend the next two days at Harvard University where he'll speak to students about the culture's origins. During his first day on the prestigious campus, Flav donated one of his signature clocks to the Hip Hop Archive Research Institute. He told the students the clock was inspired by Emily Dickinson's 1896 poem “A Clock Stopped." Guests included Lupe Fiasco, Dee-1, Stretch Armstrong and Khaliah Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali and longtime personal friend of Flav's.
On Wednesday (April 5), Flavor Flav is expected to lead a writer's workshop, have a sit-down with PBS and volRead more
Ice-T Asks For Hip Hop's Help In Locating Friend's Missing Nephew
Ice-T is typically lighthearted on social media, posting a flurry of jokes, words of advice and memes on any given day. But on Sunday (April 2), he shared what he labeled a "serious post." As the Law & Order SVU actor explained, his friend's nephew is missing.
He wrote: "My good friend’s nephew has been missing for a week.. He asked me to post this for him. Thank you."
Ice-T also shared a "Missing" poster with a photo of the young man, Sean Mercedes. It reads: "The above pictured individual, Sean Mercedes, was last seen at his residence, located at 3034 Albany Crescent, Apt 1D, Bronx, NY at approximately 0430 hours on March 24, 2023. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants and black boots. Anyone with information regarding the above subject plRead more
The D.O.C. Is Rapping Again On Codefendants' New Album "This Is Crime Wave"
Indie rap powerhouse Ceschi Ramos, NOFX's Fat Mike and The Get Dead's Sam King—collectively known as the Codefendants—released their debut album, This Is Crime Wave, earlier this month. The eclectic set comes with an unexpected verse from a West Coast legend—The D.O.C., who contributes to the infectious single, "Fast Ones" and its accompanying video.
The video, which arrived on March 9, boasted appearances from a roster of underground Hip Hop staples, including 2Mex, Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9, Awol One and producer Factor Chandelier. But it's The D.O.C.'s appearance that nobody really saw coming. After getting in a near-fatal car accident in 1989, his career was brought to an abrupt halt. Suddenly unable to speak or rap, he continued writing for N.W.A, Dr. DRead more