(AllHipHop News) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' performance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was overshadowed by the Miley Cyrus/Nicki Minaj spat and the Kanye West presidential announcement, but some Hip Hop fans were appreciative of the Seattle duo's set at this year's VMAs.
Some observers saw it as a cheap attempt to get back in to the good graces of Hip Hop followers after Mack's controversial Grammy win over Kendrick Lamar in 2014. Others praised The Heist creator for bringing attention to some of the culture's forefathers.
Melle Mel fell into the latter group. The 54-year-old member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five even told XXL that other modern rap stars would not have reached back to pay homage to him and his fellow pioneers in the way Macklemore did.
And my whole thing was this: I know for a fact that J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar or Rick Ross or Jay Z or any of these cats, they would not have done it. Ever. They would not have done it. It took him to do it. And all those other so-called "real cats," they should hang their heads. Because somebody should have done it by now. They could have reached back to any of us. If you're making records and you say you're hip-hop, you're supposed to have a connection to what hip-hop really is. And nobody made that connection until Macklemore made the connection. And I've had this conversation quite a few times since everything happened and had that little controversy of, yeah, the White boy, using the OGs, or blah blah blah. And like I said, none of those other guys would have ever done it. And it's a shame that that's the reality of what the game is right now.
Big Daddy Kane also addressed today's rappers:
If they use the term "Old School artist," they're normally talking about me, Rakim or Kool G Rap, somebody like that. What this brother did was he reached out to the real legends. Because [when] we talk about people like myself, Rakim, Jay Z, Nas, you're talking about the Charlie Wilson's, Teddy Pendergrass', the Michael Jackson's of the game, the people who came into something that already existed and took it to a different level. When you're talking about Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, you're talking about the Ray Charles', Quincy Jones' of the game. We're talking about the inventors. And no other rapper in this current era of hip-hop has done that: reached back to the people that invented this thing that everybody else is getting paid off and paying homage this way.
There has been a lot of talk recently about music streaming and artists getting what they deserve regarding royalties. One of the main discussions has been over Jay-Z and his new company Tidal that is marketed as a platform created by the artists for the artists. There has been some push back from people stating that Tidal is a corporation out here to get rich just like all of the others. When it comes to Jay-Z recently he has implied that people have no problem supporting the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs but not supporting him because he is black. Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks on this and questions some of the things Jay-Z speaks on while opening up the discussion on true Black independence.
"Jay-Z can state he has 99 problems but the struggles of the Black Community is not one" - Dr Boyce Watkins
MOBO Nominee and UMA Winner Mista Silva fresh of a trip to Ghana, hits us with "COOL IT DOWN" feat award winning Rapper and Sarkodie producer EL. This track is yet another taster off his forthcoming EP "Let It Off".
The fruitful trip to the motherland, which has seen him collaborate with the likes of R2Bees, Bisa Kdei and a handful of other African superstars, has also yielded a fun times video, shot on Ghana's Ada beach resort, taking influence from Jay Z and Kanye' West's popular track "Ottis".
Both Mista Silva and E.L prove yet again everything is possible and nothing but themselves are a tall order.
The kids will really like this updated musical using most of the original songs as well as a couple new ones Pop star Sia and Greg Kurstin who has written hits for Kelly Clarkson, Lily Allen, and P!nk. Produced by Jay-Z, Jada Pinkett- Smith and Will Smith you get the feeling that while they may have given input, for the most part they sat back and let the movie take shape. Which was wise, I don't know how I would have felt if it included a rap version of one the original songs. It honestly would have drawn focus away from the new story and characters we are being re introduced to. With the musical's original setting being 1933, the upgrades were very necessary and went over well. There are critics that say it didn't include much music for a musical. Many of the songs had to be dropped because they were no longer relevant. For anyone criticizing the "look" of this new Annie, you have to remember that this was originally supposed to be the star vehicle for Will and Jada's daughter Willow, just as The Karate Kid was for their son but she had outgrown the role. And come on, were we really going to still call him 'Daddy Warbucks'?
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Jay-Z been called out numerous of times for not being vocal about social issues affecting the community that gave him his start. But, behind the scenes Hov is not letting his voice be absent from the...
Check out our one on one interview with South East Hip Hop Magazine featured artist MIKE COBAIN!
South East Hip Hop Magazine: How are you Mike Cobain? Mike Cobain: I'm good working on my project like always.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Why do you call yourself Mike Cobain? Mike Cobain: Because of Kurt Cobain. One day I was listening to Nirvana because my brother listens to all ties of genre, happened to play a song and said I should call my self Mike Cobain as a joke and we laughed then thought that sounded good.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Were you ever a fan of Nirvana? Mike Cobain: Yea not really a say "fan", but I'm familiar with they music.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: How would you describe yourself as an artist? Mike Cobain: As a artist I'm a perfectionist because I will record a song 3 or 5 times different ways to see which one sounds better to different people but I'm humble and still i have that self confidence to.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What inspired you to want to become a rapper? Mike Cobain: I started rapping after I heard Get Rich or Dye Trying by 50 cent when I was 'lil but really didn't want to be a rapper till i heard The Black Album & Villmatic.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who were some of your influences coming up? Mike Cobain: Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye, Pusha-T, Pac and Biggie.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who do you listen to right now? What's in your iPod? Mike Cobain: I don't listen to other artists because I don't want to sound similar to anyone because when you hear something a lot over and over in your mind you think this is hot so you start to sound and mimic that so i listen to myself.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who are some of the people you've worked with? Mike Cobain: I work with a few people, Gave an artist out of Macon, Raw Rome and Taye Teezy. My engineer, but that's it really I don't really pay other artist attention.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who are some of the artists you would like to work with in the future?Mike Cobain: I'd like to work with Kanye and hopefully Jay-Z. O.G's like that no new artist really catch me.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Speaking of future, what projects do you have coming out in the near future if any?Mike Cobain: I'm working on one now trying to get it all together with my manager but i don't have a date or name but expect it next year soon.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next five years? Mike Cobain: Next five years I see God willing, Grammy or something in that nature couple number 1's singles and album.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What are your plans for the rest of this year? Mike Cobain: Plan for this year promote myself as a artist and person.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Is there anything else you would like to plug? Mike Cobain: Any shout outs shout out gave Taye Teezy and the whole OTM.
The Queen Latifah Show welcomes Academy Award-winning all-around Hollywood cool Denzel Washington. A little sit, chit and chat to promote his new movie "The Equalizer." But that's not all that came of the visit. Denzel revealed that he grew up with Wayne Bridges, father of Chris Bridges pka Ludacris; saying they won a talent show together at the Boys & Girls Club!
Oh... and he does a damn good Jigga impression. Yeah. Watch!
Power couple Jay Z and Beyonce can't seem to stay out the media these days. According to sources a woman by the name of Tina Seals is claiming to be Blue Ivy's biological mother. Tina said when paternity is proven in court that she is indeed Blue Ivy's mother she will sue Bey and Jay for full custody of the 2 year old. For those of you waiting for all of this to play out, I wouldn't put any bets on Tina just yet because she is no stranger to causing drama in the industry. REPNVA iRadio will keep you updated as this story unfolds.