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Life Expectancy: Money, Health & Hip Hop by DJ Layne Luv

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How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? 

In the United States, being a young & black guarantees a person born under those circumstances a significant amount of obstacle & struggle. Not only is the African American still inferior economically, the race’s environment has a high percentage of being subject to, poor diet, questionable healthcare (which means they can’t afford adequate treatment for disease), and violence (whether it be amongst each other or by the hands of law enforcement). Even in a time where the life expectance for the average human is 75, throughout time, a lower number has always been the case for the African American male. This is because the African American race has always had to survive under the most stressful conditions dating back to slavery. But my question is, why isn’t health and money for healthcare brought up more in the Hip-Hop community? How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? Is it because it doesn’t weigh in on the “cool” factors to talk about? Is it because dying or the threat thereof  has become the ultimate badge of honor? Why are we still having to do fundraisers and benefits for disease treatment and funerals? What financial plans are in place for rappers, DJ’s and B-Boys when they get sick or expire?

These are tough questions, however most of these issues could be solved with the proper funding and education around the matter of Hip-Hop and Health. We just recently lost Prodigy of Mobb Deep who battled sickle cell all his life. Sean Price of the group Heltah Skeltah passed away in his sleep in 2015. Heavy D died from a blood clot in his lung but it was later found out he did in fact have heart disease. Big Pun actually died of cardiac arrest.

I’m from Columbus Ohio, so even though this is a national publication, I want to honor an iconic rapper from my city who was special to us in the #614 and recently passed away… Sheron “Neswordz” Colbert  #RIH

Now let’s stop for a second, because I don’t want to get into the rappers that died at the hands of violence because that’s not where I’m going with this blog.

This is my point:

Hip Hop will be 44 years old this year. This means that the pioneers of Hip Hop are either senior citizens or on their way to being senior citizens. This means (God forbid) we may be losing a lot more Hip Hop icons in the “hopefully” distant future. But I’m noticing the mortality rate decreasing in age within the culture and I wanted to bring awareness to it in this blog.

One thing I loved about our last presidential administration, Big Up Obamas!, is that the Hip Hop community put them in office and President Barack and First Lady Michelle made it their business to bring awareness to healthcare and education directly to the minority in America.

How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? 

How can we make LIVING cool in Hip Hop? How do we celebrate Life instead of Death? And most important, how do we put Financial well-being and Health together in this culture?

It definitely takes money and good decisions to be healthy. And maybe that’s why a healthy lifestyle isn’t cool to most young adults. Because Hip Hop from the beginning was all about taking the risk. Living on the edge. The new Rock N Roll. While Jay Z’s new 4:44 album is a great album to raise consciousness, the radio still bellows “Percocet, Molly Percocet” in regular rotation. Twerking videos and Drug money to the ear still resonates among adolescence. I get it! A safe lifestyle is a boring lifestyle. But yet, after the facade is lifted, and something tragic happens, all of the sudden we see that the rapper with money to the ear doesn’t really have sustainable income to treat the calamity.

Here’s this…The hardbody has always been the thing in Hip Hop, but what you don’t realize is Will Smith, LL Cool J, 50 Cent, Fantasia and Ashanti live very healthy lifestyles. They don’t engage in Marijuana, Alcohol or any other recreational drugs. Rumor has it that rapper Future…lol….doesn’t drink Lean or pop pills…but he advertises it to the youth in his music. So from that standpoint, what’s being fed to the public may appear to be a cooler lifestyle, trust me, eating right and adding exercise to your lifestyle will increase your chances of living a long and productive life.

Am I the old head in the room? Probably. But that doesn’t mean I can’t put this On The Table (Pun Intended) If you are one those people that just so happens to want to pursue or are pursuing a career in Hip Hop. Please take your health seriously. Black N Milds look cool until you get lung cancer. Sleeping with Twerk video models are cool until you get HIV. Living reckless with a bunch of beefs looks cool until we have to bury you and someone has to pick up those expenses. Live for today but plan like you will live tomorrow. Put a financial plan in place so that if anything does happen, you have your family taken care of.

It’s a new day! Taking care of yourself and your family is the “New Gangsta”

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Trey Gee and @Str8Official Mag Presents 10 Essential @RickRoss Tracks

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This week’s essential ten piece is courtesy of Official Trey Gee and YBEMG Media. Ricky Rozay is one of the most iconic rappers and businessmen currently in the industry. The Miami-Dade County rapper owns several franchises of Wing Stop as well as he founded the record label Maybach Music Group with nine albums under his belt, several mixtapes, and a tenth album Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill otw in 2018. Check out the 10 piece and tell us your favs.

 

 

 

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[NEWS] Trans Man Expecting First Child

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“As the pregnancy’s progressed, it’s like more and more obvious that it’s not just a guy with a beer belly,” Chaplow told CNN affiliate KATU. Unlike most first-time parents, Reese is a transgender man who is expecting a baby with his partner of seven years, Biff Chaplow, and the Portland, Oregon, couple will welcome a son in July.

[quote]”I think my body is awesome. I feel like it’s a gift to have been born with the body that I did, and I made the necessary changes so that I could keep living in it, both through hormones and through other body modifications,”[/quote] as shared in a video posted to the couple’s Facebook page. The 34 and 31 year old couple who embraced Chaplow’s niece and nephew in 2011, knew numerous transgender men who had possessed the capacity to have babies in a solid and mindful way. They needed their pregnancy to be the same. Check out the video explanation below!

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40 MINUTES OF HIP HOP VOL 1

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Ride with me!

via 40 MINUTES OF HIP HOP VOL 1 — DJ MF SUNFLOWER

1 4LIT-B.O.B FT TY DOLLA & T.I.

2 PARDON ME-GUCCI MANE FT ROCKO

3 LAME NIGGAZ-PLAYBOI CARTI

4 REPLAY-RICH HOMIE QUAN

5 DO NOT DISTURB-DRAKE

6 SUPERSOAKA-KID INK

7 I THINK SHE LIKE ME-RICK ROSS FT TY DOLLA $

8 COMIN OUT STRONG-FUTURE FT THE WEEKND

9 OTW REMIX-DJ LUKE NASTY FT YUNG BOOKE  MONEY MAN ACE HOOD BOOSIE BADAZZ & T-PAIN

10 TUNNEL VISION-KODAK BLACK

11 SHINNIN LIKE MY ROLLIE-TRACY T FT DEJ LOAF

12 IM THE ONE-DJ KHALED FT JUSTIN BIEBER QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER & LIL WAYNE

 

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[MIXTAPES] This Is RNB Vol. 38 @DJHivolume & @SunflowerTheDJ

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 The dynamic DJ duo is back with an RNB joint! Check it out below!

1.Aaliyah – Choosey Lover (SunflowerTheDJ)
2.Dreezy Ft T-Pain -Close To You (SunflowerTheDJ)
3.Mary J Blige – U+Me (SunflowerTheDJ)
4.Leela James – Don’t Want You Back (SunflowerTheDJ)
5.Joi – Lick (SunflowerTheDJ)
6.Trey Songz – Playboy (SunflowerTheDJ)
7.Freddie Jackson – Rock With Me (SunflowerTheDJ)
8.Anita Baker – You Bring Me Joy (SunflowerTheDJ)
9.Beyonce – All Night (SunflowerTheDJ)
10.Bryson Tiller – Right My Wrongs (SunflowerTheDJ)
11.Guy – Piece Of My Love (SunflowerTheDJ)
12.Guy – Let’s Chill (Hi Volume Blend)
13.New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain (Hi Volume Blend)
14.Musiq Soulchild – Mary Go Round (Hi Volume Blend)
15.Immature – Never Lie (Hi Volume Blend)
16.After 7 – Ready Or Not (Hi Volume Blend)
17.Brandy – Broken Hearted (Hi Volume Blend)
18.R.Kelly – Body Calling (Hi Volume Blend)
19.Jon.B – They Don’t Know (Hi Volume Blend)
20.Public Announcement – Body Bumpin (Hi Volume Blend)
21.Jodeci – Feenin (Hi Volume Blend)

https://www.audiomack.com/embed/album/djhivolume/this-is-rnb-vol38
This Is RNB Vol. 38 @DJHivolume & @SunflowerTheDJ

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@TYLENOLTHREE & @STR8OFFICIAL PRESENTS 10 ESSENTIAL ICE CUBE TRACKS

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Straight Official is back with another essential 10 piece. This time it’s from beatmaker and producer Tylenol Three.

In the words of T3

“10 things I like about Ice Cube

1. Vicious lyrical style

2. Strong worth ethic

3. No bullshit approach to life

4. The way he was willing to go outside his comfort zone for his success

5. Never afraid to speak his mind. Ever

6. Very conscious about what’s going on within the world.

7. Paved the way for many rap artists today

8. He is an example that proves you can make it from anywhere.

9. The funny as fuck movies of course

10. No Vaseline. Need I say more?”

CHECK OUT THE LIST BELOW!

 

 

 

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[VIDEO] RICK ROSS – “SHE ON MY D*CK” F. GUCCI MANE

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The latest set of visuals from Rozays Rather You Than Me,”She On My D*ck” with appearances from the one and only DJ Khaled, and the “Trap God” himself, Gucci Mane.

via RICK ROSS – “SHE ON MY D*CK” F. GUCCI MANE |VIDEO — DJ MF SUNFLOWER

https://youtube.com/watch?v=5iIIXPqYE40%3Fversion%3D3%26rel%3D1%26fs%3D1%26autohide%3D2%26showsearch%3D0%26showinfo%3D1%26iv_load_policy%3D1%26wmode%3Dtransparent

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