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Feature: Philly Hip-Hop and The Players

Its been almost 12 years since we first heard Freeway introduced to the public through the classic “1900 Hustler” on the Dynasty album.

Years would follow and after getting his footing right and surpassing a few minor setbacks (jail and stuff) Free would eventually get that grand chance to leave his own mark in the game.

It was not long before the North Philly born MC would take the airwaves by storm with the now classic “Roc Da Mic” featuring his big homie Beanie Sigel.

2012 marks the anniversary of the release of “Roc Da Mic” which to this day still gets a reaction in the club. The record would then establish the duo as a force to reckon with, as well as the team that would give life to the rap scene in Philly.

The summer of 2002 was a good one for the whole Rocafella, but more so for Free who was about a year from the release of his classic debut “Philadelphia Freeway” which had the whole rap world bitting their nails.

After engaging in a legendary battle with fellow Philadelphian Cassidy infront if his boss Jay Z and Swizz Beatz, Free would embark on a non stop hit making spree.

Freeway was earning himself guests spots on most of the summers strongest records with the likes of Faith Evans, Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Beanie Sigel and many more.

The stars couldn’t have aligned themselves any better for the hungry MC who’s critically claimed debut failed to meet commercial expectations but still brought forth some of the best music ever released through the Rocafella Imprint.The album featured the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg (R.I.P), Nelly, Kanye West as well as production from Just Blaze, Kanye West and many more

The project debut at 3rd place and was released 2 weeks from 50 Cent’s debut “Get Rich Or Die Trying” which by comparison left Free unnoticed.

Fortunately for Free, he managed to score another Club classic “Flipside” with long time collaborator Peedi Craak produced by Just Blaze who was responsible for almost 60% of the albums production.

With Philly staring to make its hip-hop presence felt again through Meek Mill, it is interesting to draw the parallels between the two movements and see just how much Meek Mill and Freeway movements have in common.

Lets not forget the City of Brotherly love has contributed to hip-hop people like Will Smith, Cool C, Beanie Sigel, Cassidy, Meek, Young Chris, the list goes on and on. It is finally official Philly is a Hip-Hop strong Hold that will continue to produce some of the best hip-hop we shall ever come to hear.

SEX, Dirty Videos and Hip-Hop

The long running affair between hip-hop and the exploitation of sex is almost as old as the art form itself.

The dynamic between authentic hip-hop and sex has always put the genre at a defensive from the days of Miami’s “Mayor” Uncle Luke and his 2 Live Crew on “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” to Lil Kim’s vulgar exploits on her debut album Hardcore.

In both cases The artist were met with adverse criticism and 2 live crew would eventually go down in history of America as the first group to have an album banned, a ruling that was later over turned.

It was not until Lil Kim’s Hardcore that we finally got to hear the female perspective in a dominant sexual manner and this would elevate our threshold yet another few notches.
The game doesnt stop just new players and the attempts continue to become even more daring than before.

Take for instance YMCMB’s Tyga recent porn exploits in his self titled debut Porno Film “Rack City”.

The video which we shall not share on this thread, features young Tyga waking up in his Mansion with various women walking around at his disposal.

Some may also remember the classic Tupac “How Do Yo Want It” featuring K-Ci and Jojo. The X Rated version of the video featured porn stars elite Heather Hunter, Nina Hartley and Angel Kelly.

We cant forget our beloved uncle snoop who at some point also explored a career in porn which saw him release an entire project centered around pimpin, sex and hip-hop!

It is clear that history will continue to repeat itself especially in our beloved culture known for pushing the envelope and testing new barriers. It is the freedom of speech we fight for as a culture that allows everyone to represent their craft how they best see fit, all in favor of making the game diverse and interesting.

 

 

Introducing The New BMW 7 Series

Always known for setting trends, as well as, being well-respected as one of the most prestiged auto companies in the world, BMW brings the all new 7 Series sedan. Every boss deserves to ride around in style, so why not hop into one of these and let the vehicle speak for itself. Take a look at this video, which gives an complete inside and outside tour of this fine piece of luxury.

Coming To Movie Theaters Soon: Jumping The Broom

Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and take a closer look at yourself, this movie has all the elements of a classic tale of love and happiness. Set to be released in movie theaters on Mother’s Day weekend, this is one to enjoy with your family and friends.

Games: ‘Need For Speed’ Adds Another Notch To Collection

For all you speed demons out there, hold on to your seats because EA is releasing yet another installment of their ‘Need For Speed’ series. The new game ‘Need For Speed: The Run, is coming this November and this time the theme is slated to be a high-speed race cross-country. So strap on your seat belts and prepare for the ride.

In Theaters Now: Fast Five

With all the familiar faces of the previous ‘Fast and the Furious’ movies, the latest installment ‘Fast Five’ is finally here. Released in movie theaters April 29, the screeching of the tires and shifting of gears has proven to bring fans racing to see this action-packed thriller!

The Escort: Movie Trailer & Noggz-Organized Rhyme

This new movie tentatively titled “The Escort” has been in development for the last 6 months, L.A Zock Films along with Circle Group Entertainment have come together to bring you a taste of African gangsterism with a blend of next level action.Starring the beautiful Myletta Lacey, Landry Zock, Noggz and various others, the movie whose release date is yet to be confirmed is bound for cult classic status.

The movie also features one of HHABC’s top freshman of 2011, Noggz who Weeks after the release of his debut Mixtape “Organized Rhyme” has the streets hungry for that husky flow. The last thing on anyone’s mind was a motion picture in the works, new music videos and everything else due to come out before this years end.

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Money! Money! Money!:The Hip-Hop Forbes Top 20 List released!

As you may recall a month or so ago, we released to you the Forbes list that included black entertainers click here for previous list.

HHABC is back with hip-hops version of the esteemed list and why do some of these people look like they have barcordes next to their figures?

Clearly we are in the wrong business and we need to sit down with one of these cats and understand what exactly we are doing wrong!!!

1. Jay-Z – $63 Million
2. Diddy – $30 Million
3. Akon – $21 Million
4. Lil Wayne – $20 Million
5. Dr. Dre – $17 Million
6. Ludacris – $16 Million
7. Snoop Dogg – $15 Million
8. Timbaland – $14 Million
9. Pharrell – $13 Million
10. Kanye West – $12 Million
11. Drake – $9 Million
11. T.I. – $ 9 Million
12. Swizz Beatz – $9 Million
14. Eminem – $8 Million
14.50 Cent – $8 Million
14. Young Jeezy – $8 Million
17. Common – $7 Million
18. Soulja Boy – $7 Million
18. T-Pain – $7 Million
20. Lil Jon – $5 Million
20. Gucci Mane – $5 Million
20. Rick Ross – $5 Million

Russel Simmons spoke on the list briefly and gave his take on everything in a very short but concise manner.