Behind The Hip-Hop: Common [EXCLUSIVE]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about Common‘s come up, from his emergence as a prominent underground Chicago rapper, to gaining national recognition and winning awards for his work, and major collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu and Kanye West. Find out how Common made hip hop history; and hear what he says is one of the biggest joys for him in creating hip-hop music.

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Nelly [EXCLUSIVE]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about Nelly’s come up, from his debut album, “Country Grammar,” and the start of his solo career, to his acting career and philanthropic and charitable ventures. Find out how Nelly made his mark in hip-hop history; plus, hear what he says are his goals and challenges as an artist.

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Rick Rubin [EXCLUSIVE]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about legendary producer Rick Rubin‘s come up, from his co-founding of Def Jam Records using equipment his high school, and to his first record release, via LL Cool J, to the signing of Public Enemy, and much more. Find out more about Rick Rubin and the big ideas he had that made hip hop history!

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Public Enemy [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about Public Enemy‘s come up, from their forming on Long Island in 1982, to how they became known for their social commentary and conscious lyricism. Find out how Public Enemy made hip hop history; plus, hear which incredible artists his recommendations put on.

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Jay Z [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about Jay Zs come up, from his upbringing in Brooklyn, New York alongside several rappers that would also see global success, to the creation of the Blueprint, and the several albums he released that were supposed to be his last.

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Behind The Hip-Hop: A Tribe Called Quest [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The “Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about A Tribe Called Quest‘s come up, from their start in Queens, New York, to their first platinum album, to the release of their very last album, “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service,” in November 2016. Find out how A Tribe Called Quest made hip hop history in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Eminem [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about Eminem come up, from his upbringing in Detroit, to his discovery of his alter ego, Slim Shady, and how his LP came across Dr. Dre‘s desk. Find out how Eminem made hip hop history.

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Heavy D [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

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Click on the audio player above to hear about Heavy D‘s come up, from his upbringing in Mount Vernon, New York to the forming of “Heavy D & The Boys,” the success of their first album, and thus their subsequent career. Find out how Heavy D made hip hop history; plus, hear which incredible artists his recommendations put on.

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RL From R&B Group NEXT Reveals The Songs You Didn’t Know He Wrote [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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RL from the R&B group Next hung out in the studio with Ed Lover & Monie Love! He talks about how the music industry behind the scenes has changed since he started in it 20 years ago, and how it has affected his love of music. He discusses his strategy with releasing new music, and his philosophy about creating it. “Music is timeless if you really put yourself behind it,” he says.

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He also reveals the legendary musician he is related to, and a little piece of music history that his mother is connect to. Plus, talks about the long list of popular R&B songs penned by him- who knew?! Check out the exclusive video above for the whole conversation in this interview on the Ed Lover Show.

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Michael Jordan Donates $5 Million To African-American Museum

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Michael Jordan is trying to make up for the years people said he’s done nothing for the African-American community.

Following his generous contributions of $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the NBA legend is doing a lot more sharing these days. According to reports, MJ has donated $5 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Museum officials revealed that the gift is the largest from a sports figure to the 19th Smithsonian museum and pushes private donations to $278 million. Including federal aid, the museum, which President Obama will open in September, has raised more than $548 million.

The sneaker maven said in a statement, “I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum. I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.”

Jordan also gifted a jersey he wore during the 1996 NBA Finals to the museum’s permanent collection, which will be highlighted in the inaugural exhibition featuring artifacts associated with 17 “game-changing” athletes, including the former Chicago Bulls legend.

SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 

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DJ Drama Reveals Who Was First To Take Him Out On Tour As A Young DJ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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DJ Drama was hanging out in studio with Ed Lover & Monie Love. He talks about all of his current projects, including his tour with Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, his new album “Quality Street Music,” as well as his studio in Atlanta.

He also opens up about watching Monie Love perform, and his respect for all of the great women who have contributed to hip-hop history. Plus, he reveals who gave him his first major gig as a young DJ! Click on the player to hear more in this exclusive video on the Ed Lover Show.

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Watch: Nickelodeon Makes History (And Causes Controversy) With First Interracial Gay Cartoon Couple

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Nickelodeon has been a staple in adolescent culture for almost 40 years, and the network is still breaking barriers and making history today.

A new Nick show called The Loud House just introduced its first-ever biracial gay couple. In an upcoming episode of the show, which centers around the life of Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, the couple – Harold and Howard McBride (voiced by Wayne Brady and Michael McDonald) – are taking their son, Clyde McBride, to a slumber party at the Loud house.

The Daily Mail reports:

The show’s innovative scene is heralded by Loud telling McBride: ‘It’s time to make history!’ just as the McBride parents ring his doorbell.

The scene focuses on how McBride’s parents are extremely overprotective of their son and shows them handing Loud a sleeping bag, pajamas, a white noise machine, a humidifier, a dehumidifier, earplugs, inhaler and so on.

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The amusing scene makes no fanfare about the couple’s sexuality but instead draws attention to the couple’s cautious nature.

Despite the haters, social media had some positive responses to the ground-breaking episode:

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The episode, called “Overnight Success,” is set to air Wednesday, July 20th on Nick.

SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter 

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How Milli Vanilli Got Their Grammy Revoked [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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In May 1989, “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” by Milli Vanilli entered the top 40 charts. The rap duo rose to popularity after they founded in 1988. The two gorgeous and chiseled long-haired men were put on for their gorgeous looks, and for a time made some hit records and performed for their many fans without a problem.

They even performed at the Grammys, and were awarded one themselves before a major scandal took that reputation away from them and forever tarnished their name. Their popularity was basically erased just as quickly as they gained it. Click on the audio player to hear more on this scandalous moment in hip-hop history, on the Ed Lover Show.

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Busta Rhymes [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of today’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

Click on the audio player above to hear about Busta Rhymes‘ come up, from the forming of the group Leaders Of The New School, to the collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest that launched Busta to popularity, to his countless hits and solo albums. Find out how made he hip hop history; plus, hear what he had to say about passing on the torch to the next generation of artists.

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Behind The Hip-Hop: Yo-Yo [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of today’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

Click on the audio player above to hear about Yo-Yo‘s come up, from her first album to how she established herself as a womanist who rapped about positive and productive themes. Find out how Yo-Yo made hip hop history!

Behind The Hip Hop: Marley Marl [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of today’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

Click on the audio player above to hear about Marley Marl‘s come up, from the first hip-hop radio station, to the founding of the Juice Crew, and to his work with the likes of LL Cool J and Monie Love. Find out how Marley Marl made hip hop history!