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Kendrick Lamar Says The Industry Has Become Soft & Lacks Aggression

Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

(AllHipHop News) Kendrick Lamar sparked a major lyrically combative moment in Hip Hop last year when his verse from Big Sean’s “Control” made its way to the Internet. Dozens of rappers responded to K. Dot’s challenge to knock him off the throne.

In an extensive feature in the New York Times, the TDE emcee shares his opinion on the lack of competition and aggression in rap music today.

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“If my edge is dull, my sword is dull, and I don’t want to fight another guy whose sword is dull. If you’ve got two steel swords going back and forth hitting each other, what’s gonna happen? Both of them are going to get sharper,” says Lamar. “Everybody that’s in the industry has lost their edge… There’s really no aggression. You gotta say things particular, and everything is…

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Nas Brings Out Jay Z During Coachella 2014 Performance (VIDEO)

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Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

(AllHipHop News) Nas and Jay Z will forever be linked together in Hip Hop history thanks to the legendary rap battle that saw two of the culture’s greatest artists facing off. Thankfully, the two titans settled their issues years ago so that the music world can be blessed with iconic moments like the one that happened at the Coachella Festival this year.

[ALSO READ: Footage Of OutKast’s Full Coachella Set Hits The Net (VIDEO)]

God’s Son and HOV were on stage together once again. During Nas’ set he brought out his former rival for a performance of “Dead Presidents.” Jay then went into his track “Where I’m From” off the In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 album.

Besides the historic union of the two New York rap kings, Nas also ran through cuts from his classic debut album Illmatic. He later brought out another Hip Hop legend when Diddy hit the stage…

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#ThrowbackThursday 35 Of The Most Epic Hip-Pop Coachella Moments Ever (PHOTOS)

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Coachella is the mother of all music festivals, it has been the haven of music lovers — from A-list celebrities to your everyday fans of all ages and races —  since 1999.

It’s an annual two-weekend (starting last year,) three-day music and arts festival held in Indio, California. Everyone from Madonna to Jay Z and Beyonce, to Amy Winehouse and even a holographic Tupachave performed on stage at this epic music event.

This year’s Coachella Music Festival begins tomorrow, April 11th, and will include performances by Pharrell, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Nas, and many others. The highlight of the weekends will of course be the reunion of hip-hop royalty, Outkast.

Since it’s #ThrowbackThursday, Bey posted a few pictures, including the one up top, on her Tumblr of her and her hubby at 2010’s Coachella. She even shared these visuals of their “Forever Young” performance during…

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E-40 Will Release Four Albums On The Same Day In July

Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

(AllHipHop News)  E-40 believes in wealth through volume and is preparing to remind us of why he may be the most prolfic West Coast rapper since Too $hort. Today (April 8th), E-40 announces that he will release four albums on the same day.

His upcoming project Sharp On All 4 Corners will be released as four individual albums titled titled Corners 1,2,3 &4All four albums will be released simultaneously on July 15th, 2014.

These four albums will serve as his follow-up to his three album release of The Block Brochure Welcome To The Soil 3, 4 & 6 which were also simultaneously released on December 10th, 2013.

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Nas Wants Today’s Rappers to be Honest in Hip Hop

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Nas wants rappers to do better in their music.

And that means more honesty and more realness.

This past weekend was the 20th anniversary of “Illmatic” — one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time for its realness.

Recently, the “If I Ruled the World” rapper expressed concern over the lack of rappers taking on serious and real subject matters in their music.

TheGrio reports:

Nas’ classic album takes on social injustices and struggles of young black men growing up in an inner city, of which artists lack the honesty to talk about today.

“I don’t see enough emcees who are brave enough to be honest. I would like to see more of that. There’s a lot of good stuff, and there’s a lot of bad in rap,” he said.

He continued with:

“The socially conscious stuff can come off sometime as preachy, so a lot of people tend…

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Article: VH1 Takes an In-Depth Look at How Hip-Hop Became a Dominant Force in American Culture with the Documentary Series “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop”

I can’t wait to see this! This program is going to open up the discussion for Black History Month in new and insightful ways across the generations … if we all are ready to listen.

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VH1 Takes an In-Depth Look at How Hip-Hop Became a Dominant Force in American Culture with the Documentary Series “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop”

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Laurean D. Robinson, MA