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[MUSIC VIDEO] OG SLIM- Heart Cold via @TenthLetterMed

Welcome back to #MVM on TLM (Music Video Mondays) where we alongside Straight Official Magazine like to set your week off right with visuals that compliment the hottest Hip-Hop tracks from Indy’s hottest artists.

This week we shine the light on Naptown’s own OG Slim as he and Coleone Big Dog team up for this single from Slim’s newest mixtape titled Ric Flair, which is available for download at www.mixtapefactory.com. Here is “Heart Cold” and stay tuned with us as we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! #GetSOM #DueSeason

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Hip-Hop Milestones via @TenthLetterMed

The genre of Hip-Hop is not only filled with rhythm and rhymes but also several milestones. Birthdays for example are abundant during this time of year. Shouts out to MC Ren, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Krayzie Bone, Freddie Gibbs and Ice Cube as they celebrate their respective soul days this month. Cube is also celebrating another milestone as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week! Now that is DOPE!!

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine love to highlight these and many other achievements in this movement. Fresh over hump day, we are back on our #ThrowbackThursday hustle as this week we take a look at a few albums that were released during this time. Be sure to check in with us each and every Thursday as we dig in the crates to give you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop….LEGGO!!!

Three 6 Mafia Releases When The Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1

In June of 2003, the thugs that tore the club up would bless us with their fourth studio album under Loud Records. Known by many as the innovators of Crunk, Triple 6 would further the advancement of Southern Hip-Hop. Produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J, the album boasted 4 hit singles that would propel the album up the Billboard charts (#6 on Billboard 200 & #2 on Top Hip-Hop/R&B). “Sippin on Some Syrup” and “Who Run It” were classics and geared the project for platinum certification in December of 2000. The album also had great features with UGK, Project Pat, Young Buck and No Limit Soldiers Fiend and Mr. Serv-On.

Slum Village Releases Fantastic Vol. 2

The collective unit of Illa J, Elzhi, Baatin and J Dilla would form Slum Village and on June 13, 2000, they would double up on something fantastic with their sophomore effort. With production from Jay Dee, D’Angelo and Pete Rock this album would thrive amidst the heavy bootlegging of music that took place during this time. Despite not having great accolades in sales, the impact this album had on the underground circuit was monumental as the excellence of the late J Dilla was on full display. Some would even go so far to say they were the torchbearers Once A Tribe Called Quest left the scene, and we couldn’t agree more!

Quasimoto Releases The Unseen

With June 13th 2000 being a recurring date this week, this day and time would also feature the debut of Madlib. Under his alter ego of Quasimoto, the artist and producer would provide us with a unique blend of jazz, soul and electronic funk that has made him a mainstay in the genre for years. While it was documented that he was under heavy influence of mushrooms during production of the album, the result was a masterpiece featuring co-production from Kut Master Kurt and Peanut Butter Wolf. Tracks like “Basic Instinct” and “Come On Feet” are memorable and should be in the collection of any true Hip-Hop head.

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Roj Mahal-Cage Free via @TenthLetterMed

Welcome back to #MVM (Music Video Mondays) on TenthLetterMedia! This is the start to your week and we alongside Straight Official Magazine like to kick you off right with visuals from some of the hottest artists from Indy’s growing Hip-Hop scene.

This week we take a trip through the Circle City and end up in the realm of SPAWGEL where the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop thrives. Here is Roj Mahal and he is for YA’LL!! Google him and check out this single titled “Cage Free” available at the following link and right here with Straight Official Magazine and TenthLetterMedia #GetSOM #DueSeason

 

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[HIP HOP VERSE OF THE MONTH] BIG K.R.I.T-Mt. Olympus via @TenthLetterMed

Out of the five elements that connect like Voltron to form Hip-Hop, the MC is without a doubt the head. The lyricism and delivery of a hot 16 can do anything from storytelling to persuasion and in some cases, create mass hysteria.

Over its 40-plus year odyssey, Hip-Hop has made its presence not only felt but respected as a genre of music unlike any other. Through metaphors, entendres and raw spit, a dope MC can make proclaim their dominance from even the highest mountain.

In that collective spirit, TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine present the HIP-HOP Verse of the Month where each and every month, we will spotlight bars from some of our favorite MC’s. This month we’re headed across the Mason/Dixon line to check out Big K.R.I.T. and his vicious verse from the bonus track “Mt. Olympus” off the Cadillatica album.

While the song itself is one of my favorites from K.R.I.T., it was difficult to narrow down just one of the two verses of the song. After much deliberation, verse one sets this track off amidst the orchestral backdrop that hits you from the jump. K.R.I.T. uses the beginning to address the light that was shined on him from the “Control” track from Kendrick Lamar:

All this attention
I don’t even know what I might even do with it
That Control beat is like an ugly bitch that everybody done fucked raw
Maybe you hit it
Aw man, I’m more concerned why niggas been textin’ my cell
Callin’ my phone
Ask me about this Kendrick shit
That he ain’t even really even diss me on

K.R.I.T goes on to display his lyrical fortitude that in his words was passed up on for the status quo within the industry (trap, bass, molly & drank). He began to tear into recycled artists from the South and the tactics used to mislead fans all while shouting out a pioneer in Southern Hip-Hop:

I ain’t drawn to all this propaganda
Rap shit ’bout as real as Santa
Now I’m lyrical all of the sudden
Well last year they claim they ain’t understand me
I’m buryin’ this (Yeah ho)
And pissin’ on they graves
Another nigga, other nigga name on your chain
And they call me a slave
Niggas scared of this country boy, lord forbid I catch a body
In the studio tryna calm your soul
Lookin’ at your manager, I think Krizzle got me
I put you in the trunk with these subwoofers
5th wheel in my shottie
I’m so prolific with these scriptures they might give me a Bible
Page 1, come here son
Mind your manners, just be cool
I know you lame when you was in school
The little fame you ain’t used to
And it was easy for you to move through
English class put you off these swords
Like one of these days I’m gonna be a rapper
But all my verses gonna be borrowed
So I’ma take from all these Southern artists
That mainstream never heard of
Recycle all of they lingo
And make sure I screw my words up
Bravo for your swagger-jackin’
I’m overwhelmed by your dedication
You actually fooled these people into thinkin’
That your music was innovative
Frustrated
Rap battlin’ never got me out of no public housin’
You tellin’ me I can be King of Hip-Hop
And they wouldn’t give it to Andre 3000?

Krizzle ended this first verse with a revelation unlike any other while quoting himself from another dope track entitled “I Got This”. He then goes into a chorus that continued to blister those who decided to pass the Southern MC by:

Nigga please, this award ain’t got shit to do with us
God could physically come down and say “he the greatest
My favorite, y’all should listen, he have potential
To outlive the heatwave I’ma send through this motherfucker
And rebuild for a whole ‘nother other culture”
And that wouldn’t be enough
So fuck these haters and fuck these hoes
Damn right I still mean that

Check out the video to Mt. Olympus below and stick around for the second verse to see just how difficult it was to narrow this down, and stay tuned with us here at Straight Official Magazine for more Hip-Hop Verses of the Month.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] The Time is Now via @TenthLetterMed

Hip-Hop has been known to be most productive during the summer months. At temperatures begin to rise, the movement that spans over 4 decades goes full throttle and we the fans reap the blessings from our favorite artists.

Like we always do at this time, it’s #ThrowbackThursday here at Straight Official and this week we take a look at three artists that made their debuts during this hot period of time. Shouts out to Kanye West and Aesop Rock as they celebrate birthdays this month. Be sure to check with us each and every Thursday as we go back in the day to relive some of Hip-Hop’s glory days. LEGGO!!!

EMPD Releases Strictly Business

In June of 1988, the duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith released their debut album under Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records. The critical acclaim that the project received was impressive despite the fact that no singles from the album would reach the Billboard Hot 100 list, nor did the album have guest features or guest production. What the album did accomplish included a #1 spot on Top Hip-Hop/R&B charts as well as gold certification in only 4 months of its release. The album would be rereleased in 1994 under Priority Records and would serve as a milestone in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop. The single “You Gots to Chill” is still dope to this day!!

Warren G Releases Regulate…G Funk Era

The West Coast took Hip-Hop during the 90’s and ran all the way to the bank with it. In June of 1994, Warren G would break on to the scene with his debut album. Released under Def Jam/Violator Records, the project was solely produced by Warren and received praise and acclaim from even the toughest critics. Singles like “Regulate” and “This DJ” would propel the album up Billboard charts to #1 (Billboard 200) & #2 (Top Hip-Hop/R&B) and would be featured in classic films like Above The Rim. The album would be re-released in 2014 as well as being certified 3x’s platinum by the RIAA. Now that’s how you make a debut!

The Lost Boyz Release Legal Drug Money

There’s the old saying that there is strength in numbers and in June of 1996, four talented artists from South Jamaica, Queens would live by that motto. Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou would make up the iconic quartet and their first studio album would do everything but disappoint. The album featured production from Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee and Mr. Cheeks himself along with several others and the project reached great heights. Singles such as “Renee” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” would warrant the album top spots on Billboard charts as well as Gold certification in just two months of its release. A classic Hip-Hop album as well as a must-own for heads everywhere.

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[INTERVIEW] Harlem Indynois: Catalyst of Change via @TenthLetterMed

Diversity is key not only in life but within the realm of Hip-Hop. The Circle City is no stranger to this statement as the scene here is abundant with talented artists who are staking claim in the movement.

In my travels across the back routes of Nap, I was able to sit down with an artist that has been making serious noise over the past few weeks with the release of his new music video. HARLEM INDYNOIS is an MC by way of Chi-Town who is working to establish change in the genre. The independent artist and I chopped it up about his moves in the industry as well as the current state of affairs about Hip-Hop in Indy.

Harlem stressed wanting to be the catalyst for change in Hip-Hop. “My goal as far as music is to create a positive change in the world around me with the skill that God has given me.” The passion is clear in his music as he tends to speak more on critical issues within society, more so than what we are used to hearing from everyday artists.

We talked about his upcoming album titled Stereotypical and the reviews that his single “Educated” is generating. He couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm about the album, and is soaking up the praise for the new video that compliments the song. “It’s about being educated past the school curriculum that we are taught. In school you’re taught if you can recite info that’s given then you’re intelligent and we should be teaching the youth to find out for themselves the truth about the world around them and be educated.”

We shifted gears to the landscape of Hip-Hop here in Indy and agreed that investment is key in growing in the industry as well as how you present your craft. “Learning your craft as a whole and realizing the “game” that’s out here is always beneficial. Not relying on others to get it done for you and being self-sufficient.”

Harlem Indynois is an artist that will no doubt be Naptown’s Next to raise the flag higher for Indy. You can check out the rest of our interview down below by clicking the link and be sure to check out Stereotypical when it drops and check out the video for “Educated” right here in Straight Official Magazine!

harlem indynois interview

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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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