2016 News Stories (So Far)

Future’s “Purple Reign” Pop-Up Shop: Trap Chic & Fandom Overload

Some notable fan pieces include a representation of the ultra-popular “If Young Metro don’t trust you,” producer tag in the style of Ricky’s murders from John Singleton’s classic film Boyz N The Hood and an oil painting featuring Gucci flip flops. Those who remember Sergio Garcia’s Future tribute from Art Basel in Miami can get an up-close look at the original pieces, as well. Then there are small touches like doubled-up styrofoam cups adorning the bathroom door.

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2016 Editorials (So Far)

Hip Hop’s Presence In The 2016 Democratic Primaries Is More Than Politics As Usual

A common criticism of Sanders revolves around if whether or not his policies of a more socialized take on Obama care and free junior college are even feasible. This in contrast to Clinton’s more establishment tone. Right now, both represent two very different approaches to liberal politics and their endorsements as well. Yes, Donald Trump had some rap co-signs as he leads the polls for the Republican party. Ben Carson failed in capturing the black vote through rap as well or Mark Rubio confessing his love for West Coast Hip Hop. How will history see rap endorsements for The GOP? The answer is currently in the air at the moment unless one cares about the thoughts of the “Right Thurr” guy or Kanye West’s manic self.

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HipHopDX: Top Reviews So Far

Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

People either appreciated their eccentric take on funk and soul as pretty phenomenal, especially on their debut Tawk Tomahawk. Or, not enough even noticed them. This is what makes their follow-up Choose Your Weapon such a triumph. It retains the dense, sonically progressive elements of Tawk Tomahawk while being an incredibly easier listen.

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HipHopDX: Top Six Features So Far

Tru Story: 5 Reasons 2 Chainz Outsmarted Nancy Grace During The #Pot2Blame Face Off

While many MCs of various levels celebrate the mighty fine herb, most fail to inform the fans on a systemic level. Hopefully this could lead toward more becoming more proactive. In the mean time, here are HipHopDX’s  five reasons the man who only wanted a big booty hoe for his birthday outsmarted the former prosecutor and television host.  

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SoulTrain.com Profile: Timothy Bloom

Before becoming the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer he is today, alternative soul singer Timothy Bloom was just an army brat spending his younger days traveling the world with his family. “I think it’s just being social and being able to adapt to your environment,” explains the one time VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist. “With dad being in the military and being a pastor with all the movement we did, I was able to expand culturally.” Coming from a religious background meant the church became his first stage in fulfilling his eventual career in music. According to Bloom, he discovered music to be his spiritual outlet.

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SoulTrain.com Profile: Victoria Monet

Singer/songwriter Victoria Monet McCants began her journey within the music industry as a young woman residing in California’s capitol. “Sacramento is really diverse, so I absorbed a lot of genres of music,” says Monet. “People in my school listened to everything from hard rock to country and anything urban.” Didn’t hurt that she spent her earlier years performing in school plays, church services and even NBA half-time shows. Leave it to Monet, music was a lifestyle.

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