Gyasi Ross Shares The True Meaning Of Columbus Day With “Petaki” | @BigIndianGyasi

Gyasi Ross Shares The True Meaning Of Columbus Day With “Petaki” | @BigIndianGyasi

Lawyer, activist, poet and current co-host of the Breakdances With Wolves podcast, Gyasi Ross, who is a member of the both the Blackfeet and Suquamish Nations, has recently released a song and visuals through the good folks at WatchLOUD called “Petaki,” which is about a bright Native American girl who struggles with the one-sided perspective of American History taught in schools, specifically in regards to Christopher Columbus.

“This song is about Native people being masterful storytellers–retelling stories the right way,” says Ross. “It is about the constant assaults that Native self-esteem goes through while simply trying to attain an education in the name of history.”

The poem features fellow indigenous vocalist Calina Lawrence and graphic visuals designed by Jonathan Thunder.

You can tune into the Breakdances With Wolves Podcast with Gyasi & Wesley every Thursday on iTunes.

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Johnny Depp Investigates the Tupac And Biggie Murders In New Movie

Johnny Depp Investigates the Tupac And Biggie Murders In New Movie

According to a report from Screen Daily, the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. will take center stage in a new movie starring Johnny Depp, who will play the late Los Angeles Police Department detective Russell Poole in Brad Furman’s Labyrinth.

Furman, who is known for his success with the Matthew McConaughey-starring drama The Lincoln Lawyer as well as this year’s Pablo Escobar chase flick, The Infiltrator, is directing from a script by Christian Contreras, drawing inspiration from Randall Sullivan’s 2003 book of the same name. Labyrinth centers on Poole’s attempts in 1997 to investigate a highly publicized cop-on-cop shooting incident, an investigation that eventually led the detective to take a closer look at the deaths of Tupac and Biggie.

Depp became the frontrunner for the film after filmmakers banked on his well-received performance in last year’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass.

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Freeway – “Primates” | @Phillyfreezer

Freeway – “Primates” | @Phillyfreezer

No stranger to tough talk and lyrical beatdowns, Freeway isn’t mincing words on his latest track, “Primates.” Like his previous drop, “Bombdroppaz,” this joint is another bruising and neck-snapping collaboration with Amsterdam’s Big Ape.

The horns and strings-laced slapper emphasizes the best parts about the Philly Freezer and his trademark gruff vocals. Free embraces the energy of Big Ape’s instrumental and goes the f*ck off on his verses filled with varied cadences, clever wordplay, and menacing bravado. Funny enough, the emcee actually addresses those talents in some of his opening rhymes: “When it comes to flows, I’m the rapper with the mostest / Shut down the party, it don’t matter who the host is.”

While Freeway can certainly kick some knowledge with his raps, he can also stand alongside any rapper trying to flex on a track. And that’s exactly what he’s doing on “Primates,” which is all about bully raps spread across a heavy instrumental, with dextrous cuts courtesy of Sweden’s DJ Devastate.

“Primates” and its B-side, “Bombdroppaz,” are now available for stream and download through all major digital retailers, via Elite Fleet Records, and drops next Friday on wax, as a limited edition blue 7-inch.

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Mr. Vegas – This Is Dancehall / “Own Leader” | @MrVegasMusic

Mr. Vegas – This Is Dancehall / “Own Leader” | @MrVegasMusic

International Reggae Artist Mr. Vegas, has officially declared the forthcoming project, This Is Dancehall, his final dancehall album. The highly anticipated set is scheduled to be released September 23rd on the artist’s own MV Music record label and distributed worldwide by VP Associated Labels.

Mr. Vegas, who celebrates his 20th anniversary in entertainment next year, admits it was a tough decision, but says his hand was forced by the current state of the industry.

“The days when dancehall acts were selling albums are basically over,” explains the veteran artist and CEO. “It is very expensive to produce an album and most times, in this Internet era, you take a loss. The business is back to being more single driven so that is where I will be concentrating my efforts when it comes to dancehall.”

Part history lesson and part tribute, Mr. Vegas says the new album was inspired by the recent surge of dancehall-influenced records being played on major platforms around the world. “I also noticed mainstream artists were tapping heavily into the genre and not giving credit where credit is due,” he reasons. “I’ve spent twenty years of my life making dancehall. This album kicks in the door, musically speaking, and claims our rightful seat at the table.”

The lead single and video for “Dancehall Dabb” is already a fan favorite on VEVO with over 700,000 views. The remix, featuring rising UK rap diva, Nadia Rose, and JA-born UK-bred DJ, Don Andre, is beginning to chart in the UK and Europe. Also gaining traction is the infectious single and video for “Identify My Love,” steadily approaching 200,000 views.

Mr. Vegas dropped a third clip from the album last weekend, for “Own Leader,” an autobiographical tune about the backlash he received for speaking up about issues related to the cultural appropriation of dancehall. Recorded on an update of the Steelie and Clevie rhythm for Tippa Lee and Rappa Robert’s 1980s hit, “Nuh Trouble We,” the song evokes a vintage dancehall sound.

“This was one of my favorite tracks as a kid,” reminisces Vegas. “I was happy to rework it because it’s representative of the dancehall era where beats had such great basslines, you had no choice but to move when it was played!”

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@Conan2fly & @MissBrooke2U Rip The Ruff Ryders Stage

@Conan2fly & @MissBrooke2U Rip The Ruff Ryders Stage

YNVS label mates Conan & Brooke Lynne has the honor of gracing the stage at the Ruff Ryders Reunion Concert in Westchester over the weekend.

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@WeAreDeLaSoul and the Anonymous Nobody

@WeAreDeLaSoul and the Anonymous Nobody

Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo

The Long Island veteran emcees known infamously as De La Soul are in waiting in the cut to drop their 9th studio album, and the Anonymous Nobody, which releases August 26 on digital music sites everywhere.

and the Anonymous Nobody is a 17-track Kickstarter-funded project that features tracks such as “Trainwreck”, “Lord Intended”, and “Pain”, the first single dropping from the anticipated album which features everyone’s lovable toker, Snoop Dogg. The album also features guest appearances from artists like Damon Albarn, 2 Chains, Roc Marciano, Usher, Talking Heads legend David Byrne and plenty more.

You can pre-order the album and the vinyl (yes, vinyl!!!) here.

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@crazedafrykan – “You Made It A Hot Line: The Most Influential Lines In Hip Hop – Vol. 1”

@crazedafrykan – “You Made It A Hot Line: The Most Influential Lines In Hip Hop – Vol. 1”

Author Alfred Obiesie, who penned the the funny and insightful book, You Made It A Hot Line, is better known to everyone as the Crazed Afrykan, is a hip hop aficionado, whose wit and penchant for biting social commentary is legendary. He was a producer for Nas, Damien Marley, DV Alias Khryst and more.

You Made It A Hot Line took him almost 6 years to create, starting in 2010. Earlier last year, Alfred has suffered a sudden cardiac death that has left him in a medically induced coma for two weeks. Not only he lived to tell the tale but he got to finish a project he wanted to see go into fruition.

Being a superfan for over 30 years, he’s intimate with the motivations, rhymes and reasons for one of the most revered and prolific genres in music. Therefore, wondering why hip hop lines wasn’t transcending as they should. The book is an ode to some of hip hop’s greatest quotes from such powerful tracks as Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y”, the unashamed sexuality behind Lil Kim’s “Big Momma” and street stories such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”. Alfred’s best line of all time is from “Today Was A Good Day”.

“I wrote the book from a fan to fan perspective,” Alfred says. “A lot of folks know about hip hop culture but don’t know the in-depth detail behind it. This book will bridge the gap on it.”

The cover for the book is pure brilliance, using the nostalgic style of a composition book, for that’s what lyrical geniuses used to write their next hit and harness their craft. The artwork, illustrated by multi Grammy and MTV Award Winning artist Shah Wonders, captures the significance of the quote as it is being written about.

The book even has a WTF section, which are quotes that made absolutely no sense, but we loved it anyways. ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and LL Cool J’s “Pink Cookies” made the cut.

“I had some folks come up to me and asked why Nas wasn’t in the book. I had to tell them it’s not a book of the greatest MCs of all time.” Which Alfred hints about the Queens MC having his just due on Volume 2 with KRS-One and Rakim.

“If you love hip hop, then you will fall madly in love with it,” Alfred says. “If you don’t love hip hop, you’ll love it for a coffee table read.”

You Made It A Hot Line is available now on the One Track Mine website

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