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2pac was arguably one of the greatest rappers and most interesting individual in the history of hip hop. Producer L.T. Hutton and director Benny Boom wanted to make sure you knew that in the film, All Eyez on Me. The movie, titled after the emcee’s famous double album, focuses on the life and times of […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: June 18, 2017, 6:28 pm

For years, the Best Female Rapper category at the BET Awards has always been dominated by Nicki Minaj, the same way Lebron James has dominated the NBA Eastern Conference; probably because, just like the East, there was not much competition to nominate. Outside of Nicki, female rappers have not really been that plentiful in hip hop […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: May 19, 2017, 9:52 pm

Sometimes you might go to a hip hop show and the theme just might be singular. However, with the debut of The Beat Down, that dynamic may soon be changing. Austin, Texas artist Big Mic recently put on an event that not only featured some of the city’s polished spitters and beat makers. Big Mic […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: August 31, 2016, 2:15 am

Fall is right around the corner so the underground, low vibe rap records will be in full effect. This is where Austin, Texas rapper Profit Z and contributes to that feeling with his debut EP, “Way We Live”. The 7 track project can only be described as an underground opus that does nothing short of […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: August 23, 2016, 11:47 pm

Before Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, there was 50 Cent’s music career. A movement that was built on entertainment propelled by the disdain he had for his peers and slanderous statements he would spew. As he is getting older, beef is being forgiven but music is not so much popping anymore. Yet, you continue to hear […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: February 23, 2016, 4:37 am

A few weeks ago, the hashtag #Oscarssowhite dropped in response to this year’s major nominees not having any a representation of color. Many felt that the world’s greatest super villain, the white male, was once again flexing his super power of dominating mediocrity over a more worth diverse set of candidates. But it did not […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: February 24, 2015, 4:35 am

  Two of the biggest factions in the world of black entertainment are Love and Hip Hop and anything that Tyler Perry makes. And by factions I mean two of the things that black people love to hate. Love and Hip Hop is a reality show centered around pseudo-important music industry people and their significant others/jumpoffs. Karlie […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: July 28, 2014, 8:54 pm

  Wild N Out is Nick Cannon’s semi successful attempt at staying relevant in the hip hop game. It is an improv comedy show with a hip hop spin that pits two teams against each other to become the funniest of each episode. At the end of each episode there is a bonus round known […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: July 19, 2014, 10:39 pm

Between my part time blogging with BOSS Sports and my internship at Gotchamovies.com, I have seen quite a few news items about the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Let me just say a lot of those items have been just as controversial as the group itself. Now there is more trouble on the homeboy front. […]

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: July 18, 2014, 2:43 am

Recently I wrote an article about Pay 2 Play practices going on with local hip hop shows. It was written from a personal persepective and received some good feedback. So here are some pics I posted it on Facebook and decided to show some of the social media love I’ve been getting.      

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Author: bs1187@txstate.edu
Posted: February 20, 2014, 12:04 am