A Special Episode Of Yo MTV Raps Returns December 4th

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The show, which originally aired from 1988 to 1995, was the first major hip-hop program on a network, and it helped rap videos blow up globally as it gave some of the biggest stars of the day a forum to talk about their music with hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre.

The 30-minute retrospective, entitled, “Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts”, will air just after the first annual Sucker Free Awards, which premiere at 11 p.m. on December 4. The show’s original hosts will be on hand to discuss some of the clips that aired on the program, including interviews with the masterminds behind three of the all-time “Yo!” classics: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” Geto Boys’ “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me” and Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.”

“It’s a great moment to be reconnected with ‘Yo!’ and examine the music that had a role in introducing hip-hop to music lovers globally,” former co-host Ed Lover said. “By looking back at these classic songs in hip-hop it becomes clear that hip-hop would inevitably transcend distance and generations.”

Among the artists viewers will hear from on the special are: Q-Tip, Scarface, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Khaled, Questlove, Busta Rhymes, Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Young Jeezy, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife, Fat Joe, Common, Mike Epps, Ice-T, Meek Mill, Tyga and Naughty by Nature. As a bonus, DJ Premier will also be in the house to remix the iconic “Yo!” theme song.

“In this Classic Cuts special, people will go back to a seminal time in hip-hop, which many have called the ‘Golden Era,’ resulting in records that are as meaningful today as they were back then,” said original host and hip-hip pioneer Fab 5 Freddy. “In order to appreciate how far hip-hop has come, you have to pay respect to the songs and artists that helped catapult the genre from a small community of fans to world domination.”

The “Yo!” special will also cap a monthlong celebration of hip-hop that will culminate with the Sucker Free Awards hosted by MTV’s Sway Calloway.

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Obamas Letter To Family Read At Heavy D’s Funeral

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President Barack Obama praised Heavy D’s musical contributions and shared words of support in a note he sent to the rapper’s funeral on Friday.

In the note — read aloud by the Rev. Al Sharpton at the service in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. — Obama offered Heavy D’s 11-year-old daughter, Xea Myers, his condolences, telling her that “you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,” The Associated Press reported.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,” the letter read.

Heavy D — born Dwight Myers — died last week at the age of 44 after collapsing outside his home. His family said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia, the AP wrote. The self-described “Overweight Lover” was 344 pounds when he died.

Heavy D was a major player on the rap scene in the late 1980s and early ’90s and is best known for his hits, “Now That We Found Love” and “Nuttin’ But Love.” He also rapped on Michael Jackson’s 1992 single, “Jam.”

In 2010, Obama told Rolling Stone magazine he was starting to delve more into rap music.

“Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president’s personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved,” Obama said. “Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.”

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Heavy D Had “Flu Like” Symptoms – Information Update

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More details are emerging regarding the untimely death of New York rap legend Heavy D. According to Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, the beloved artist, born Dwight Errington Myers, was already ill before he collapsed Tuesday morning just outside his Beverly Hills condominium.

“He had gone to the doctor the day before,” Winter told New York’s Daily News. “He had what appeared to be flu-like symptoms.”
He said he had a touch of pneumonia, maybe from traveling,” cousin Ruddy Phillips, 50, told the Daily News after speaking with the entertainer’s dad. “He just got back from England.”

The Overweight Lover was conscious though experiencing trouble breathing when he was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center after a 911 call was placed at 11:25 a.m. PT on his behalf Tuesday. However, he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. PT. Although an autopsy has been performed, the coroner is declining to announce any cause of death until toxicology tests are conducted due to Heav taking various medications.

The Mount Vernon, New York, rapper’s death hit many close to heart, including Eddie F, who along with dancers G Wiz and the late Trouble T Roy were the “Boyz” in Heavy D & the Boyz. The DJ and producer called into MTV News’ “RapFix Live” on Wednesday and revealed how he found out about the unfortunate news.

“I had gotten a call from a few of the guys from our crew, and I thought they were calling me about something else that we were working on,” Eddie F told MTV News. “They told me the news, and at first I didn’t believe ’em. I was like, ‘There’s no way.’ And then I got a call from G Wiz, and then I started making calls. I actually spoke to Andre Harrell, and he had Puff on the other line and everybody was just getting information and really just hysterical. From there, we started getting bits and pieces in.”

Heavy D & the Boyz were the first act record executive Andre Harrell signed to his Uptown Records, which released the act’s debut, Living Large, in 1987. While at Uptown, Sean “Diddy” Combs got his start in the music industry as Harrell’s intern. Naturally, they all became close friends with the universally adored Heavy D, whose music was well regarded by all types of music fans.

“Heavy was always a class act,” Eddie F said. “The thing that he did that may be apparent, but maybe a lot of people didn’t pay attention to it, he was the type of rapper like the hardest, hardest, hard rock was a fan of his, and he would move on the street. But then he was also respectful and your mother, your grandmother could listen to Heavy D. He was always stylish and fashionable and he was a professional, he was a hard worker.”

Jay-Z’s ‘Occupy All Streets’ Pulled From Shelves

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Jay-Z’s Occupy Wall Street T-shirt line has been pulled from Rocawear’s website just days after critics slammed the millionaire rapper for cashing in on the movement without promising to share a penny of profits with the 99%.

The shirts, stamped with the phrase, “Occupy All Streets,” first appeared when Russell Simmons tweeted a picture of Jay-Z wearing one backstage at a concert.

Rocawear announced on Thursday that it planned to sell the T-shirts for $22, but any trace of garments has now been wiped from the brand’s site.

Backlash sparked when Jay-Z’s camp announced it had no plans to share profits.

“We have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement,” a Rockawear spokeswoman told Gawker.com.

Simmons took to Twitter to defend Jay-Z.

“No one ever said the proceeds were not going to the cause that’s media’s spin,” he posted.

 

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Erick Sermon (EPMD) Suffers Heart Attack

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Mere days after the death of Heavy D, more bad news has emerged from the world of hip-hop.

According to a tweet from DJ Scratch, Erick Sermon, one-half of the legendary New York City duo EPMD, has suffered a heart attack. Details are sketchy at this point, but Scratch’s message suggests that Sermon’s condition is not life-threatening.

“Erick Sermon had a heart attack today,”Scratch wrote. “He’s ok, but still send your prayers. He is not on Twitter.”

Also known as ‘Funklord,’ ‘E Double,’ ‘The Green-Eyed Bandit’ and MC Grand Royal, Sermon got his start in the mid-’80s, when he teamed with rhymer Parrish Smith to form EPMD, short for “Erick and Parrish Making Dollars.”

EPMD presumably did just that with its 1987 single ‘It’s My Thing,’ which sold 500,000 copies, according to AllMusic. The duo scored a number of other hits before breaking up in 1993, and Sermon went on to build a solid solo career, releasing records under his own name and producing tracks for everyone from baller-turned-rapper Shaquille O’Neal to the R&B group En Vogue.

Since reuniting in 1997, EPMD has dropped three albums, the most recent of which, ‘We Mean Business,’ arrived in 2008.

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R.I.P. To The Legendary Heavy D [Video Tribute]

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Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican American actor, rapper, record producer, singer and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), “Trouble” T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell). The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s.

Myers was born on May 24, 1967 in Jamaica, the son of Eulahlee Lee, a nurse, and Clifford Vincent Myers, a machine technician.His family moved to Mount Vernon, New York, when he was a young child.

Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records; their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a commercial success, though Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits. Trouble T. Roy died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, in Indianapolis. Dixon’s passing led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey. Pete Rock & CL Smooth created a tribute to Trouble T. Roy called “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” which is regarded as a hip-hop classic.

Heavy D & the Boyz gained even more fame by singing the theme song for the television program In Living Color and also MADtv, and Heavy D performed the rap on Michael Jackson’s hit single “Jam” as well as sister Janet Jackson’s hit single “Alright”. Heavy D then began focusing on his acting, appearing in the television shows before returning the music charts with Nuttin’ But Love. After appearing in the off-Broadway play Riff Raff at Circle Repertory Company, Heavy D returned to recording with the hit Waterbed Hev.  In 2005, the Will Smith movie Hitch played the song “Now That We Found Love” In 1997, Heavy D collaborated with B.B. King on his duets album Deuces Wild rapping in the song “Keep It Coming.” He also has a small role in the 1999 Oscar-nominated movie The Cider House Rules.

Heavy D was referred to in the song “Juicy” by the Notorious B.I.G. and in ” Da Girls They Love Me” by underground rapper R.A. the Rugged Man. He also appears as the bouncer in the music video for “One More Chance” by Notorious B.I.G. Heavy D performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards in October 2011. It was his first live performance in 15 years.

Heavy D collapsed in his Beverly Hills home Tuesday morning and died a short time later at a Los Angeles hospital, according to police and the coroner. He was 44.

He was found conscious with difficulty breathing at his home after police were called there at 11:25 a.m., the Beverly Hills police said in a news release.

He was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s operations chief Craig Harvey. The cause of death has not been determined, Harvey said.

Here are some videos of some of Heavy D’s work.  Watch these and please leave a comment with your thoughts about Heav and his contribution to the culture and to the world.   Rest well Hev.

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New Music: Blacwater – The Truth ft. Shark Sinatra And Balance

The first of it’s kind collaboration- between an…

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Draztik (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Silence DemALL (SJ/Oak, California) are BLACWATER! The First of it’s kind collaboration- between an African producer and an US artist- release their 2nd single “The Truth” featuring Bay Area rap heavyweights Shark Sinatra and Balance. The joint is one of many that pair Silence’s lyrical prowess with Draztik’s hard hitting production. The project will enlist features from both South Africa and US artists alike.

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R.I.P. To The Legendary Dallas Graffiti Artist Minus Won

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DALLAS — Dallas lost an artist this weekend. His work wasn’t in museums. It’s unlikely his pictures are framed in anyone’s home.

But hundreds of people are now remembering the man who called himself “Minus Won” — many with artwork of their own.

“Even before graffiti came into the picture, I was that kid in elementary school,” said Alvaro Angeles, the artist who died unexpectedly at age 33. He was interviewed by fellow artist and filmmaker Islam Sesalem in February.

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“My thing at that given time was comic books, you know, characters. I would trace them, I would draw them,” Angeles told Sesalem.

Angeles first began painting with spray cans in his early 20s. He soon becoming known as Minus Won, one of the founders of the current Dallas street art scene.

“We would get our cans together, and look at them and I would be like, ‘What are you going to do with that?'” recalled fellow artist Serjio Garcia. “He would make some magic happen.”

Minus painted anywhere he could get permission, and was sometimes paid for his work. His canvases included bars, strip mall walls, even churches.

That didn’t cover the bills, however, so Minus also held down a day job as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier.

“When a guy like him will work 10-12 hours, knowing he’s a postman, getting out and coming back and doing a piece — that’s dedication… that’s love,” Sesalem said.

Friends said Minus worked all day Saturday, and had just watched the Rangers game with friends when he collapsed for unknown reasons.

He died a short time later.

By Sunday, a call had gone out to other artists: Create, in honor of Minus Won.

Graffiti artists converged on a strip mall near downtown Dallas on Oates Drive. “About an hour, two hours later, this lot was full… this wall was full,” Sesalem said.

The pictures continue to build, sprawl, and grow — an ever-changing memorial to Alvaro Angeles, the artist who believed the world could always use another splash of color.

A viewing for Minus Won will be on Wednesday October 19 from noon to 7 p.m at Lincoln Funeral Home, 8100 Fireside Drive in Dallas. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the same location.

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New Music: [Day] Dream EP – TzariZM (Listen & Download)

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Today is the day, 11.1.11, that we’ve been waiting for…  the drop of [Day] Dream EP.  TzariZM does not disappoint with this at all.  This is definitely a situation where you should support good music.  The Doxside family is definitely staying up to par and beyond with this release.

The production is soulful and definitely head nod material.  The rhymes are what most heads always claim to look for.  Skillful and about something.  Don’t take our word for it… listen for yourself and go ahead and download it.   Some of y’all lost $7 in that couch you was boning on this weekend.  This is actually a GOOD investment!

 

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