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Hip-Hop has 8 million stories. Some good, some bad. Stories of triumph and failure. There are stories of artists that are hot one moment and once they make it big they become unfocused real quick and fall off. There's also many stories of redemption..a second chance if you will...this is one of those stories.
As my partner Avian calls me one day and says "Hey you wanna do an interview with PM Dawn?" and I'm like "Are they even still around?" Then he replies "Yes, but with two new members!" At this point, I'm at war with myself at this point because I can't tell if he's serious. PM Dawn had a few hit records and then abruptly stopped selling records in the US, and then just kinda disappeared after the turn of the millennium. So Avian makes the connection and I started to build with new member K- R.O.K. and we hit it off famously. I'm a humble person so I'm really in tune with down-to-earth people. (I kicks it with my extra folks too but you know.. lol) But there was a quality about the call that let me know it was more than music.
PM Dawn was a group from the 90's that came out at the right time. Native Tongues had already opened the door to express yourself freely in hip-hop even if it meant singing your rhymes or dressing in beads and dashiki's. Songs like Set Adrift on Memory Bliss and I'd Die Without You are signature songs of the group. But when PM Dawn's founding member Prince Be passed away due to diabetes complications, most people including myself figured that was the end of the group.
Right around early 2005, Prince Be suffered a massive stroke that left his whole left side paralyzed, he brought in his first cousin Doc G (aka Dr. Giggles). Prince Be passed away June 17 2016. Inspired by his family, Doc G was urged to keep the PM Dawn name alive.
(RIP Prince Be)
All of this considered we asked Doc what kind of pressure he was up against considering the they are presenting two new faces to the world under a legendary name. He replied "Correction. I've been here from the beginning. So I want people to look at it like this, you know how when you work at McDonalds you might start on the fries, but certain circumstances may train you to become the manager one day. Well that is the case here. You can say I just got a promotion hahaha. I've been down from day one and with the support of my family, we are going to carry on the PM Dawn name."
The new addition to PM Dawn is the one they call K.R.O.K. pronounced (K-Rock) Through his genuine concern for the group after Prince Be died, unbeknownst to him, he would form a relationship with Doc G through twitter. As the two bonded, K-ROK let it be known he was a producer and sent over his beats. Shortly after he was asked to be a new member of PM Dawn.
The group has an up and down relationship with hip-hop purist. No one in the hip hop world can forget when KRS-One rushed the stage to stand as gatekeeper of what he calls The Real Hip Hop. I asked how they planned to deal with the group's legacy being categorized as "Pop Music" for the majority of the groups history. Doc explains "If you think about it...PM Dawn as a group has never tried to fit in. We always knew we were different, it's just our job to tell OUR story. The rest of it, no one can stop whatever God has planned for our life"
From our conversation, we know that the group receives concert dates from all over the world. Some nostalgia concerts, some current. They duo is often surprised by the love the group still gets. From the beginning of the conversation until the end, the vibe was positive and they were very humble musicians. Uptown Weekly and State of Hip Hop wishes them nothing but success in the upcoming years. Be on the look out for new music real soon from this legendary super band.
Sounds like Kanye West has had enough of that California life, y'all! We don't know how Kim Kardashian feels about this yet, but Ye said he's ready to move back to Chi-Town!
Kanye revealed his plans to return to his home city of Chicago during an open mic event at the Harold Washington Library Center with high schoolers last night. "I've got to let you all know, that I'm moving back to Chicago," he said. "I'm never leaving again."
After his announcement, the crowd went crazy and started chanting, "Kanye! Kanye! Kanye! Kanye!"
During the same event, Kanye revealed that he's working "on a brand new album" with Chance the Rapper and thanked the "No Problem" rapper for bringing him back home again. "I want to thank my brother Chance for bringing me back to Chicago," Kanye said.
According to TMZ, Yeezy will allegedly move his business offices from Calabasas to Chicago, which is where his non-profit Donda's House is located. You guys may remember back in May, Donda's House, the foundation co-founded by Kanye West, tried to dissociate itself from the rapper after his remarks about slavery and Donald Trump. The nonprofit was created in honor of the Kanye's late mother, but they said Ye's pro-Trump tweets were messing up their donations and support.
"Over the last few months due to Kanye's statements and tweets, we have fielded requests for interviews and statements... While we cannot and do not speak for Kanye West and his views, we can and will speak up for the youth that we serve," the foundation wrote. "We ask that those who feel hurt, angered by or frustrated with Kanye West not penalize or throw away their support, respect and advocacy for us."
In related news, Kanye West will be the musical guest for the "Saturday Night Live" season premiere on September 29th with host Adam Driver.
DJ Fourd Nkay is born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and has made quite the name for himself since his transition to the New York music scene in 2008.
As a producer, he has worked with many artists including Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Oun-P, Masspike Miles (MMG/Inkkwell), Robbie Nova, and many more.
As a result of this, his DJ career soared, allowing him to curate his sound rocking the tables in Lower East Side, K-Town, Downtown Brooklyn. In Clubs such as Bar13, Novotel Rooftop, Ichi-Cellar and The Delancey as Saturday resident. He's also opened for/co-worked with celebrity DJs from Hot97 and Power105.
The song is available on all platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Tidal.
"Balenciaga" is the designer dreams coming from Detroit's own, Julian LaHood. Julian weighs in with his ode to women and designer brands, as they are both a staple in his life. Join him as he makes his designer wishes come true.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Earlier this month, Drake and Meek Mill put their beef to bed at a concert in Boston. The goodwill between the former rivals continued on Saturday night (September 15) when Drizzy brought out Meek at his Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour stop in Philadelphia.
Meek made the hometown cameo to perform his popular "Dreams & Nightmares" intro. Drake played hype man as the crowd in the Wells Fargo Center rapped the lyrics during the surprise performance.
Although Meek and Drake's much-publicized feud officially ended this month, the issues between the two calmed down considerably over the past year. While Meek was behind bars in 2017, Drizzy declared "Free Meek Mill" at a concert in Australia.
Drake will be performing in Philadelphia again on Sunday night (September 16). His co-headling tour with Migos is scheduled to head south for the rest of the month with dates in Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville and Miami.
Check out more footage and photos from Meek's appearance at Drake's Philly show below.
On the heels of Eminem's Machine Gun Kelly diss track "Killshot," the fourth and final installment of The Kamikaze Interview arrived on Friday (September 14). Once again, Eminem and Sway Calloway chopped it up about several subjects, including a line on Kamikaze from the song "Lucky You" that many assumed was a subliminal shot aimed at Drake.
"I got a couple of mansions," he spits. "Still I don't have any manners/You got a couple of ghost writers/But to these kids it don't actually matter/They're askin' me, what the fuck happened to hip-hop?/I said, I don't have any answers."
Em told Sway that's simply not true.
"Drake is always going to be in my good graces because he did something for one of my daughters that I will never forget and he will always be in my graces for that," he explains. "And I like Drake. What I'm telling you with these lines is I don't know what's real and what's not. You hear shit about this rapper, that rapper - whatever.
"He [Drake] makes great music. On this Kamikaze album, I feel like I was pretty direct about who I was taking shots at and who I wasn't. I wouldn't send subliminals to Drake. There's no reason to do that."
Shady then went on to explain why he'd rather quit rapping before using a ghostwriter.
"I'm telling you that I don't do it," he says. "I never have and never will. If I ever need a ghostwriter, I just need to fuckin' put the mic down. That's my personal belief. As far as anybody out here that use ghostwriters, that's fine. If that's what you do, that's fine.
"Hip Hop was the most important thing that empowered me. I have a line where I say, 'It made me feel tough when I wasn't.' When I was a scrawny little kid, growing up on 8 Mile, walking up the fuckin' block, put headphones on and it made me feel powerful. It was like my dad, Hip Hop. The excitement is being able to come up with the shit."
Em later added, "I have never, not even a line. I wouldn't be able to have fun with it if I couldn't write it."
The topic turned to ghostwriting again. Em talked about the N.W.A cut "8 Ball" and the moment he heard Eazy-E rap about Ice Cube writing his lyrics.
"Hip Hop, since it's beginning, I was always under the impression that every rapper wrote their rhymes," he says. "Who's going to be able to say the best shit? Who's the cleverist and the wittiest?
"Then years later, fast forward, you hear Eazy-E saying 'Ice Cube writes the rhymes that I say.' I remember being a kid and hearing the line and I just didn't really care. It didn't affect the way I felt about Eazy-E or the way I felt about N.W.A."
Elsewhere in the interview, Em insisted JAY-Z or Kendrick Lamar should have won a Grammy last year, said the late Proof was the "glue" of D12 and explained why music is his therapy.