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[MUSIC VIDEO] Harlem Indynois- Educated via @TenthLetterMed

It’s Monday and we are back at it for #MVM (Music Video Mondays) here at TenthLetterMedia! We like to kick you off right with videos from the Circle City’s evolving Hip-Hop scene and this week, we’re gonna get you educated.

Harlem Indynois alongside Pope Adrian Bless ride this dope track to stimulate the left and right brain as well as challenge the status quo on what is means to be successful. This single is called “Educated” and is one of two from the upcoming Stereotypical album that will be available on iTunes and Google Play Store.

We thank you for rocking with us and Straight Official Magazine as we bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! #GetSOM #DueSeason

Check out “Educated” below!!!

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Professional Fatboyz-Racks via @TenthLetterMed

Welcome back to #MVM (Music Video Mondays) on TenthLetterMedia where we start your week of right with hot visuals that compliment the tracks of some of Naptown’s biggest artists.

What better way to do that then to give you The Professional Fatboyz featuring Taz of Stuntman Ent. & Playbwoi Tha Great! This banger of a single is titled “Racks” and is off their Bigger Is Better album which is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Digital Music.

Stay tuned with us and Straight Official Magazine as we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason

Check out “Racks” below!!!

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Omega-You Are Everything

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official!!

Today is #MVM as well and why not still show the love to the most important resource on this earth with some dope visuals.

This week we shine light on Naptown’s own Omega Legacy as he teams up with Chucky Workclothes to go back in time and back in the day over the infectious sample from the Stylistics. Here is You Are Everything…#CheckItOut

 

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[FLASHBACK FRIDAY] The Month of May

In order to embrace Hip-Hop, you have to familiarize yourself with all the elements that make it a cultural and social movement. While most of the noise comes from the DJ and emcee, the visuals are presented by skilled graffiti artists and the coldest B-Boys (and girls on occasion) to pop and lock to the beat.

Before the commercialization of the genre, Hip-Hop thrived on its roots, and the world was presented with something that it had never seen before. Once vilified and hated for some of its content, the undeniable fact is that over 30 years later it still is a force to be reckoned with.

This week we take a look back at some milestones in Hip-Hop that took place in the month of May. Let’s get it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 4th, 1993: Run-D.M.C. releases Down With the King

The trio that expedited Hip-Hop into the stratosphere, Run-D.M.C. continued to add to their legacy by dropping their sixth studio album. Down With the King featured production from some of Hip-Hop’s most prolific producers such as Pete Rock, EPMD and The Bomb Squad. The album would peak at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and many fans truly appreciated this album more than their last project. The Queens MC’s gave us 15 tracks of that pure, East Coast hip-hop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 4, 1984: The Release of Breakin’

One of the first films to feature one of Hip-Hop’s most electrifying elements, Breakin’ was released under MGM/UA Entertainment Company. The comedy-drama film was a well-told story of a jazz dancer who teams with two street dancers to become the hottest sensation amongst rival street dancers and the crowds that cheered them on. Who can forget the dope “broom scene” with Turbo, played by Michael ‘’Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers? The film also starred Ice-T in his first movie role. Breakin’ would pull in nearly $40 million at the box office, surpassing the classic film Sixteen Candles which was shown on more screens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 4, 2012: The Homegoing of Adam Yauch

Fans of Hip-Hop collectively mourned the loss of one of the genre’s pioneers. Adam Yauch, known as MCA was part of the iconic Beastie Boys. The musician, activist, and film director influenced several artists that are in the game to this day. Alongside Mike D and Ad-Rock, MCA would aid in the cultivation of Hip-Hop in its early stages. In 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in the parotid and salivary glands and remained optimistic in his quest to conquer the disease. Adam would leave this Earth at the age of 47.

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[MUSIC] 10 ESSENTIAL TALIB KWELI TRACKS VIA @TENTHLETTERMED

Talib Kweli is the embodiment of Hip-Hop and his contributions to both music and the culture are worthy of recognition. I’ve followed Talib since his beginnings with Rawkus Records and his emergence in 2000 helped to make me truly appreciate this movement for more than just a genre of music.

Here are 10 Essential Tracks that feature the Brooklyn MC in his rare and potent form:

 

The Blast feat. Hi-Tek

This track was a reintroduction to Hip-Hop for me at a time when I was wasn’t happy with it at ALL. At home with the TV on one day, I came across the video for the single. It played on MTV2 and while I wasn’t watching the TV, I was distracted by the melodic sounds of Hi-Tek and Kweli’s lyrical explosion over it. It was a collab effort that helped drive both artists into mainstream recognition. The video was a perfect compliment to the song and what drove me to cop Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought, the first album I bought in over 2 years.

NY Weather Report

Kweli lays it all out in this track that paints a picture of determination amidst the rough canvas that is his native city. From the first bar, he takes control of the track and gives you color commentary on the state of affairs in both Hip-Hop and life. The production is solid and Talib does not bite his tongue with scathing lines on the responsibility of the village to raise its own (none of his peers wanna share the role of a child care provider/but they’ll hand a nigga a blunt and share saliva).

Get By

This one came off Kweli’s Quality album and was the first song that I hears of his on radio stations here in Indy! It also showcased production from Kanye West and was yet another refresher for me in terms of Hip-Hop. The beat moves the crowd but Talib is the master of the ceremony with his lyrical jabs at our subtleties and cultural influences. The remix was insane with Mr. West, Mos Def, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes in contribution.

Hostile Gospel Pt.1 (Deliver Us)

A two-part jewel off the Eardrum album, Talib steps upon his shoebox to promote the movement of Hip-Hop as an aide to overcome the situations presented to the oppressed. The gospel-infused track produced by Just Blaze hits hard as Kweli sticks and moves with shots to the bodies of inferior MC’s. Comparing Hip-Hop to sports entertainment, Kweli questions the status of our elders and the lack of admiration of the culture (What become of the vets? They drugged up, they fucked up, they in debt
There ain’t no love and no respect, it’s like a gang it’s like a club or a set
Hip-Hop’s the new WWF
What do you rap or do you wrestle? Niggas love to forget).

Listen!!!

This track forced me to do exactly what it implies. Kweli bangs on your eardrum over the sampling of Fred Williams & The Jewel Band’s Tell Her single. Produced by Kwame, this song was one that had dope references to Reservoir Dogs, White Men Can’t Jump and challenged the notion of people actually listening to what he’s saying is this, or in any of his songs. One of my favorites off the Eardrum album, Kweli began to creep into my top 10 with this one!

Hostile Gospel Pt.2 (Deliver Me)

The sequel fails to disappoint as from the opening horns this track blends both Hip-Hop and Reggae to perfection. “Yeah, this the one right here!” is the claim from Kweli and he and Sizzla Kalonji collab in perfect harmony. Talib requests from the most high to be removed from the surroundings that plague most of us to this day (Nothin is free, you got to be a hero to save
They got you working like a slave from the crib to the grave
A minimum wage can barely keep a job for a home
A car or a phone, forget about gettin a loan
You starting to moan, your bank account is getting withdrawn
It’s pitiful how we becomin slaves to things that we own).

Four Women

This song was beautiful in terms of the re-imagining of the Nina Simone classic song while highlighting the origins of the women depicted from the original. A bonus track off of Reflection Eternal, Kweli narrates the stories of Auntie, Safronia, Sweet Thang and Peaches over intricate scratches and a harmonic melody. I liked how Talib wasn’t afraid to speak on the many factors that have ravaged our most precious resource: the black woman.

DJ EFN presents Paradise (feat. Wrekonize & Redman)

Released by DJ EFN, this track featured not one but two of my Top 10 MC’s. Hearing Kweli and Funk Doc on the same track was like sensory overload in terms of bars and delivery. It gives off the feel of a Soulquarian project from the 90’s, that gritty New York-style Hip-Hop. Featuring a beat from DJ Premier and introducing Troy Ave, this track is one for the heads of Hip-Hop to truly appreciate.

Good Mourning

A somber reminder of the stop that we all have to make in life, whether local or express this track hits home. I like how the chorus makes you question your route to the final destination(Good mourning, good afternoon, good night
What have you done with your life?
Everybody time comes to be embraced by the light
You only scared to die when you ain’t livin right, man
I’m puttin up a hellafied fight). Hi-Tek once again places the scratches in all the right places and Kweli even shouts out the past legends of Hip-Hop such as Curtis Mayfield, Big L and Slang Ton.

Beautiful Struggle

The final track from Kweli’s second studio album is one that solidifies his rise to power in Hip-Hop. Fighting the good fight, he and Hi-Tek team up once again to accentuate the elements of DJ’ing and MC’ing that make Hip-Hop what it is. He speaks on the revolution finally arriving and how being labeled as a political rapper is a gross misconception(They call me the political rapper
Even after I tell ’em I don’t fuck with politics
I don’t even follow it
I’m on some KRS, Ice Cube, Chris Wallace shit
Main Source, De La Soul, bumpin’ “2Pacalypse Now”

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Twice as Nice

 

If you look at the overall success of Hip-Hop over the years it’s easy to notice the magnitude of every individual artist’s contribution to the genre. Let’s not forget, however, the many duos that made noise as well. The MC and the DJ are fundamental to how Hip-Hop stands to this day.

From DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince to Eric B. and Rakim, the collective efforts of two artists will always show and prove that two heads are better than one. During the 1990’s this concept was clear as we were blessed with duos like Method Man and Redman, 8 Ball & MJG and UGK.

As we continue to highlight the 40 Hip-Hop albums that will turn 20 this year, let’s take a look at three albums that established both parties involved and served that good one-two punch to us Hip-Hop heads:

EPMD- Back In Business

Legends never die. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are indeed two legendary emcees that with four classics under their belts, released this 5th project in September of 1997. Even with a personal beef going public and shaking the very foundation of their friendship, they squashed the beef and got back to what works. The album was produced by EPMD, Rockwilder (personal favorite of mine) and Agallah and to this day I still feel that “K.I.M” with Red and Keith Murray goes hard!! The sampling on this album was diverse with pieces from Kool & The Gang, Aretha Franklin and 2Pac to name a few.

Capone-n-Norega- The War Report

New York has always been the breeding ground for hardcore, gangsta rap. The début album of Capone-n-Norega in June of 1997 not only embraced this subculture of Hip-Hop but also was the launch pad for some of its greatest acts. Street credibility was indeed established on this album with a plethora of producers from Buckwild, Lord Finesse and Marley Marl to name some. Their unique and different styles just meshed and re-established that grimy, East Coast swag that was missing for a while.

 

 

 

 

Eightball & MJG- Lyrics of a Pimp

In December of 1997, Ball and G hit us with a compilation album that was an underground hit. Comprised of songs that were done before “Comin’ Out Hard” was released, the Tennessee emcees/producers further advanced the South in terms of Hip-Hop dominance. I remember having this album on cassette and banging it over my speakers in my car. A true classic album that is a must-have.

 

 

Any other albums you want to go back-in-the day about from this era of music? Let’s chop it up below!!

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[VIDEO] JAI DUCE- GO GET IT

Indianapolis artist Jai Duce is fanning the flames of Hip-Hop. Independent and growing in popularity, Duce was recently featured in Scoop the Entertainment Source, the city’s largest entertainment magazine in circulation. Setting the city on fire with this feature single from his debut EP Pompeii, here is “Go Get It.”

CHECK IT OUT BELOW!

 

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