Did You Know Q-Tip & Ali Have Writing Credits On “Sicko Mode”

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“Sicko Mode” was arguably the biggest song of 2018 from Travis Scott’s Sicko Mode project featuring Drake.


I don’t know why we didn’t know this (or maybe we did, I just missed it), but after doing some scrolling through Instagram today, I come across a post from Q-Tip that was the following:


So, I hop on the phone, type in “Sicko Mode” writing credits, and according to the ever so reliable source, Wikipedia, low-and-behold not only is Kamaal Fareed (Q-Tip) listed among 28 other song writers credited, but so is A Tribe Called Quest‘s Ali Shaheed Muhammad is also mentioned.



So now it makes sense that we randomly see Q-Tip (@QTipTheAbstract) randomly share a “Sicko Mode” plaque on his timeline in the middle of a Friday.

The song was already an undeniable hit, and helped Travis Scott Astroworld Tour grossing over $35 million, but knowing that the legends played some sort of role in the song, makes it even better to us hip-hop heads.


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Kurtis Blow’s Heart Surgery Was A “Tremendous” Success: “To God Be The Glory!!!!”

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We’ve got some good news. Living legend Kurtis Blow underwent heart surgery this week and the procedure was a success.


Sharing his news via Instagram, he wrote “Hello my family and friends. The surgery was a tremendous success – Praise God!! Thank you everyone for your prayers and well wishes!!! Wow!!! I am so humbled by all the love!!!! To God be the Glory!!!! God Bless you all!!!!”

Before announcing that all is well, Blow told his followers that he was at the UCLA Medical Center preparing for aortic artery repair. He was in good spirits and had faith that his doctor would come through. It looks like his unwavering positivity helped him through — and it’s a miracle because he’s been suffering from heart problems for a long time now.

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Happy Birthday Beanie Sigel!

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Born March 6th, 1974 in the city of Brotherly Love!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Dwight Grant, aka The Broad Street Bully, aka Beanie Sigel! Beans became a Philadelphia Hip Hop icon as part of Roc-A-Fella Records State Property. Even through legal troubles, the split with the Roc, and heath scares, Beans remains one of the best emcees of his era and respected by everyone.

Career Accolades Include:

  • 6 solo albums.
  • 3 State Property collabs.
  • 4 silver screen blockbuster appearances.

The Source summed it up best “Anyone who was able to hold Hova’s attention for more than one album has some obvious skills to match his street bravado.”

What’s your favorite Beanie Sigel song of all time? Happy born day and here’s to many more in the future!


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Tupac, Lil Wayne & Joe Budden Share Hip-Hop Anniversaries Today

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June 10th gave us some pretty dope contributions to hip-hop. Tupac’s “I Get Around” turns 25 years old, Joe Budden’s self-titled debut album celebrates its 15-year anniversary and Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” turns 10.

Spotify celebrated Tha Carter III’s anniversary with some really dope billboards featuring today’s rappers paying homage to the classic album.


While Joe Budden celebrated his anniversary on Instagram, remembering the album that changed his life forever.



And we can’t help but to remember how “I Get Around” made us feel. It’s not a summertime vibe without the original rap song of the summer.


Happy birthday to all of these wonderful moments in hip-hop.


5 Little Known Heavy D Facts

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Happy Birthday Heavy D, He Would Have Been 51 Today!

Heavy D was best known as a rapper, but he had a multi-faceted career that was broader than the scope of the average hip-hop artist.

1.) Hip-Hop Exec: Heavy D was the first rapper to become president of established record label, Uptown Records. Jay-Z made headlines when he was named president of Def Jam in 2005, but Heavy D took on the same role at Uptown in 1996.

2.) Uptown Upstart: The first act signed to Uptown Records was Heavy D & The Boyz, and their success paved the way for Mary J. Blige, Jodeci and Soul 4 Real on the record label. Heavy D’s talent helped transform owner Andre Harrell into a mogul.

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3.) Rapper/Actor: In 1990, Heavy D made his move into the acting world and landed roles in both film and television. He was even seen in high profile movies like Be Cool (2005) and Tower Heist (2011).

4.) Commercial Checks: Before it was commonplace to see rappers as pitchmen in mainstream commercials, Heavy landed a very good look by doing a Sprite commercial. He undoubtedly paved the way for rappers to market themselves on a higher level.

5.) Ahead Of The Curve: Heavy D was one of first, if not the first, rappers to mention “cellular phone” in his lyrics.

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Imma Let You Finish, But: LL Cool J Says He Was The First To Do This — Not J. Cole

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LL Cool J has been in the game for many generations, so it’s understandable why he would be offended when fake news gets put into the hip hop-sphere.


Fans have been running with this “J. Cole is the first rapper to go platinum without features” accolade since 2014 — but Uncle L hopped on Twitter to set the record straight.

You know the social media trolls wasted no time calling LL a hater — but why can’t an OG share his resume with uninformed youngins’?

Oh, he also let us know that he invented the term G.O.A.T.

But LL stayed true to his ‘never let them see you sweat’ form and made it clear that he supports the young folks — just respect the history of the game.


Unlike most celebs, he didn’t take the trolls to seriously. Uncle L managed to find the humor in the shadiness:


All in all, there’s no beef between LL Cool J and J. Cole:

So cut it! And let us vibe out to KOD, drama free. Also, catch LL’s “Rock The Bells” Radio.

For the culture.


Put Some Respeck On It: 22 Years Ago Today LL Cool Dropped ‘Mr. Smith’ Album

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On this day in 1995, LL Cool J released one of his most popular albums, entitled Mr. Smith.


Before he was the Grammy’s go-to host or an award winning actor, LL was one of the kings of the rap game and an O.G. to so many of the rappers we call GOATs today. Don’t believe us?

Hit the flip to check out a never before seen clip of “Ladies Love Cool” James and few rappers we consider to be greats today.

8 Songs You Forgot FEATURING The Late Great Tupac Shakur {Exclusive}


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It’s been over 20 years since tragedy struck and took the young, promising life of one Tupac Shakur. He was fatally shot in Las Vegas on Sept. 13th, 1996. His music and messages have lived on through the years and continue to relay the tones of pain and struggle that as a nation we still deal with on an everyday basis. Even the most basic music fan can name at least one 2pac song, and the most rabid hip-hop fan can almost name his entire discography.

We wanted to bring to light on this weekend that we celebrate the life of 2Pac with songs that you may have forgotten about, or maybe were not even aware of that FEATURED the late great Pac. From Too-Short, Scarface, MC Breed, and others, Tupac most certainly left his impact on each track, just like he did on everyone of his own songs! Take a look and listen at some of the rare featured songs with Tupac Shakur himself. Gone but never forgotten!


“Smile”- Scarface Ft. Tupac



“Got 2 Survive” – Young Lay Ft. Tupac, Ray Luv, Mac Mall



“Dusted and Disgusted” – E-40 Ft. Tupac, Spice-1, and Mac Mall

“Jealous Got Me Strapped” – Spice-1 Ft. Tupac



“Gotta Get Mine” – MC Breed Ft. Tupac


“Million Dollar Spot” – E-40 Ft. Tupac

“4 Tha Hustlas” – Too Short Ft. Tupac & MC Breed



“Done Changed” – Richie Rich Ft. Tupac

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The Debut Of Illmatic – 5 Facts You May Not Have Known About The Debut From Nas

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1994, Nas blessed the hip-hop community with Illmatic, arguably one of the GREATEST hip-hop albums EVER!

That’s why in celebration of the album, we dug through the crates and pulled together 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nas’ Illmatic.

Russell Simmons Passed On Signing Nas

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Say it ain’t so Russell! Back in the early 90’s, Simmons passed on Nas fearing his debut album would NOT be a commercial success, and in the short term, was probably right, with Illmatic failing to reach gold in it’s first year, but sometimes you need to foresee the future!

Nas addressed the situation on the song “Surviving The Times,”

“Russell said I sounded like G, the nigga fronted.” (in reference to Kool G Rap)

“N.Y. State of Mind” Was Done In One Take

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According to DJ Premier “he did that in one take.”

“If you listen to ‘N.Y. State of Mind” continued Premier, “you’ll hear him going, ‘I don’t know how to start this shit, ‘because he literally just wrote it. Before he started the verse, I was signaling him going, ‘One, two, three’ and he just goes in.”


Nas Wanted To Sample “Juicy Fruit”

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One of Biggie’s biggest songs of all time “Juicy” was built over a sample of Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit.” According to Nas, he asked producer L.E.S. to bring the record to the studio so HE could sample it.

Not having that record, L.E.S looped another classic track, The Gap Band’s “Yearning for Your Love”, which ended up being “Life’s A Bitch.,” and us hip-hop fans can’t complain about that!

Busta Rhymes Passed Up The “Halftime” Beat

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Would of, could of, should of when it comes to Busta passing up the beat Large Professor made in front of him that later would become “Halftime”.

Busta said he didn’t know what to do with it, telling XXL, “Then I heard it on ‘Halftime,’ and I was like, Goddam,I was a stupid ass for not touching this beat!”

Q-Tip’s Idea For “One Love” Was “My Summer Vacation”

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Before the album, Nas had a record about sending letters to friends in prison and wondered why no one had done something like this before. Q-Tip suggested in the studio the idea of doing a song “where a kid reads a letter in class abou twhat he did during his summer vacation.”  Nas had other plans….



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Wyclef Jean Dedicates Freestyle To Biggie Smalls On The Anniversary Of His Passing



March 9th, 1997 we lost the great Notorious B.I.G. and 20 years later, his legacy continues to live on. The impact he had on the countless amount of rappers since his passing is undeniable, and one of them was Wyclef Jean.

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So in return, he wanted to dedicate something to Biggie on the anniversary of his passing!

Watch Wyclef Jean effortlessly freestyles over this Biggie classic with DJ Caesar on Boom 103.9 in our latest episode of #BoomSessions! Share on social using the #Biggie4Ever!

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Tru “TRU 2 Da Game 20 Years Later


I’ll never forget the first time I heard TRU’s landmark “Tru 2 Da Game” album. I was at my homie’s house getting one of those ghetto ass tattoos on my right arm (which I regretted until getting it covered up some years later). I had no business doing that kind of shit at my age (early teens), but I was home alone, and bored out my mind.

Anyway. I’m over there, and my mans pressed play. First thing I heard was Master P, talking to his son (who we’d come to know as Lil’ Romeo) about some basic hood facts of life . The next song, “No Limit Soldiers” was the unanimous favorite of everybody in the crib, and on the house. They played that joint about 3 times before letting the rest of the album run.

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I’ll admit it, Personally, I wasn’t a fan of these guys. I’d heard a few joints from Master P prior to that (Ice Cream Man, Is There a Heaven for a Gangsta?), but he wasn’t a household name just yet. Silkk The Shocker had dropped the “The Shocker” LP by then, but after running it once, I pretty much ignored it, and him, because I couldn’t get over the speech impediment that spilled into his rap delivery, and C-Murder, well, I hadn’t heard of him prior to “Tru 2 Da Game.” Neither one of them were the best rappers in the world, but as I sat there getting my arm tortured for 3 hours, this was the only album we listened to, and honestly, it wasn’t a bad album. Mia X was a standout to me; she showed out every time she made a cameo appearance.

The singles were respectable, and thus, the highlights on the album, as they played to the popularity of the samples (“I Always Feel Like” jacked Rockwell’s only hit “Watching Me,” and “Fedz” shamelessly ripped Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew”). The music wasn’t polished like, say, a Death Row or Bad Boy album, and it was rough around the edges, but it worked…it worked for the hood. The lowpoint, was the quantity over quality aspect of the album. This was a double CD, and sitting through THAT many songs from anybody was a task if every song wasn’t dope like that.

On the other hand, perhaps P was onto something. The quantity over quality format became the standard for No Limit releases, as there was rarely less than 20 tracks on any of the several releases put out by the label over the course of 3 years, and this album in particular seemed to serve as a template for future releases (almost every album released by the label that year led with a “Soldier” posse cut, and the in-house production team Beats By The Pound were working overtime to churn out the product (and drastically improving while doing it). It all proved to be extremely successful for them, as they were the number one rap label for the next couple of years.

While, musically, it may not have stacked up to albums like Master P’s own “Ghetto D” and Mystikal’s “Unpredictable,” “Tru 2 Da Game” quickly sold 2 million copies and set the tone for one of the most historic runs in hip-hop history. For that reason alone, it should always be paid its proper respect.

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Tupac Shakur Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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About time! Tupac has been nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, according to the Huffington Post.

He will be just the sixth hip-hop artist to be inducted, joining Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and N.W.A, making him the first SOLO artist to get the nomination nod.

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The list also includes Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, and four others will be honored. This was Tupac’s first year of eligibility to be inducted.

“In order to be eligible, artists and bands “must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination,” according to The Hall of Fame’s rules. His first single, “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” debuted in Oct. 1991.”

The ceremony will be held in Brooklyn on April 7th. Is it about time that Hip-Hop creates its OWN Hall Of Fame? Because over the next 20 years, there will be PLENTY of artist that deserve this nod, and maybe its time to consider a H.O.F in New York? Just a thought, but regardless, congrats PAC!!!!

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Shawty Lo Dead At The Age Of 40

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We are so sad to report the death of rapper Shawty Lo at the age of 40. The terrible news was reported to “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” Producer Beyonce Alowishus by his manager, and we are heartbroken about his passing.

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“Such a good all around dude,” is what “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” Co-Host Headkrack said about the unexpected passing of the rapper. Shawty Lo would “do anything for anybody that he was cool with.”

Da Brat of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” added, “his style was legendary.”

Shawty Lo was in fatal accident early this morning while leaving the Atlanta strip club Blue Flame, and it has not been confirmed if it was a hit and run accident or if he was ejected from the vehicle he was in.

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The death of Shawty Lo is especially sad, as he is survived by 11 children, and this family just lost Shawty Lo’s father about a week ago.

We will update you on this story as more details are released. Sincerest condolences to the children of Shawty Lo.

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Max B Could Soon Be A Free Man

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There is hope for the Silver Surfer yet.

Rap legend and Harlem native Max B has been behind bars since 2009 for orchestrating an execution-style murder-robbery in a New Jersey hotel room. Fortunately, the tides have turned in Max’s favor, seeing as he could be out of prison as early as 2018.

The news about Max B’s impending release was shared via his right hand man French Montana, who posted the following:




The best possible scenario, according to French, is that Max could be out in 2 years; the worst being that he could be home in 6 years. Either way, the considerable amount of time that’s been shaved off Max’s 75-year sentence (where his expected release was previously 2042) is certainly a blessing. To accompany the good news, Max B shared a message with his fans from prison, giving some context to his situation and showing gratitude for being given a second chance at life.

“This proceeding was not a question of my guilt or innocence, but about the bad advice, poor judgment, and overall ineffectiveness of my trial attorney,” the 38-year-old said in cheerful statement.

“To all my fans that been holding it down for me all these years, still banging my music and still keeping it wavy. I love you all and Stay Wavy. Last, but certainly not least, my lovely and wonderful mother Mamaveli, I love you!”

You may be wondering, how did Max B get so lucky? Turns out, there was a conflict of interest involving Max’s former attorneys which led Bergen County Judge James Guida to re-sentence him to 20 years after he took a plea deal – switching the charge to aggravated manslaughter.

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