Chasing Greatness: Will ‘Views’ be Drake’s classic album?

April 29th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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Written By Matthew J. Cooper

In the world of competitive sports, April has become a month synonymous with breaking records. It was April 8, 1974, when Hank Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth’s record of 714 homers to become the all-time home run king. On April 13, 2016, the Golden State Warriors ended their season with 73 wins, surpassing the record set by the ’96 Chicago Bulls. That same night, retiring Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 60 points, the most scored by any NBA player in his final regular-season game. On April 29, 2016, Aubrey Drake Graham looks to become reigning champ’ in the ever so competitive music industry. Read the rest of this entry »

New Mixtape: Chris Brown & OHB ‘Before The Trap: Nights In Tarzana’

April 29th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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Chris Brown introduces his OHB (Only Hood Bosses) crew with their debut mixtape. Before da Trap: Nights In Tarzana.Listen and download out the star-studded project

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New Video: A$AP Ferg Ft. Tory Lanez “Line Up The Flex”

April 29th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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A$AP Ferg and Tory Lanez run amok in their new visual for “Line Up The Flex.” While Ferg’s new project Always Strive and Prosper is available now , the two are co-headling “The Level Up” tour starting on May 18. Read the rest of this entry »

Drake Talks ‘Views’, Nicki Minaj, Jay Z & More With Zane Lowe

April 29th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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Drake’s new album Views was released last night exclusively through Apple Music. To commemorate the album’s release, The 6 god sat down with Zane Lowe to talk about everything from the new album to his relationship with Nicki Minaj and Jay Z. Check out the full interview Read the rest of this entry »

New Trailer: ‘Southside With You’ Is Based On The Obama’s First Date

April 28th, 2016 written by Native Sun

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A couple of months ago, we gave you a preview of the upcoming film that is based on the first date of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Read the rest of this entry »

New Music: Lil Wayne “Do It Again”

April 28th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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Well, not exactly new. According to producer Street Runner, this leaked prior to Tha Carter III‘s release. Today we get the mixed and mastered version. Read the rest of this entry »

New Video: J Dilla Ft. Nas “The Sickness”

April 28th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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After getting the audio, we now get the abstract-esque visual for Dilla and Nas’ “The Sickness,” directed by Ruffmercy. Dilla’s “The Diary” is now available. Read the rest of this entry »

New Music: Fat Joe Ft. Bryson Tiller “Love You To Pieces”

April 27th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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Fat Joe links up with Mr. “Trap Soul” Bryson Tiller for his new offering “Love You To Pieces.” During his Breakfast Club visit, Joe said Bryson turned down a deal with him. Good to see there’s no hard feelings. Joe’s collaborative album with Remy Ma, Platas O Plomo, soon come. Read the rest of this entry »

Life in Baltimore: One Year After the Death of Freddie Gray and the Unrest

April 26th, 2016 written by mdotcooper

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Written By Matthew J. Cooper

It’s mid-afternoon on Monday, April 18, 2016 in West Baltimore. At the busy intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and W. North Avenue, the atmosphere seems normal. MTA buses are packed with people making their daily commute and the street corners are filled with hustlers selling everything from “loose ones” (individual cigarettes) to jumbo lump crabmeat. Nearly one year ago, this intersection served as the epicenter for the unrest that pervaded the city following the death of Freddie Gray.

The CVS Pharmacy that was looted and set on fire has been torn-down and rebuilt. The glass doors and windows of the ACE Cash Express that were shattered have been replaced. The ingraining image of the Baltimore police car being stomped on and broken into has undergone a facelift: two new squad cars now reside in its place. These renovations are an aesthetic change from the post-apocalyptic landscape that plagued this area for the better part of 2015. But underneath the surface of reconstruction looms a feeling of disarray.

Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., was a 25-year-old black American man who grew up in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester in West Baltimore. Born a twin to parents Freddie Gray, Sr., and Gloria Darden, Freddie was raised in a broken home infested with lead paint. Throughout his late teens into adulthood, he would often find himself on the wrong side of the law. Having been arrested on drug charges on different occasions, his final arrest came on April 12, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »