Today in Hip-Hop History: A Tribe Called Quest Dropped Their Sophomore LP ‘Low End Theory’ 31... 

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On this date in 1991, Queens emcees Q-Tip, and the late Phife Dawg, along with their DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, formally known as A Tribe Called Quest, released the group’s second full-length studio album Low End Theory.

The sophomore jinx did not come into play with this project from Tribe, with both Tip and Phife’s rhyme quality better than anything heard from them before. With the Abstract quarterbacking most of the production on the project, with the co-production assistance from Mr. Muhammad and Skeff Amslem, the result is a creative masterpiece. It must also be mentioned that the real-life issues were affecting the group. Phife announced he had diabetes, to firing the World Famous DJ Red Alert as the group’s manager proved that the Tribe was ready for the next level of their career.

As for the album’s highlights, Low End Theory is one of the genre’s conceptual albums that cannot be understood unless listened to in its entirety. From the album’s beginning on “Excursions,” which would cause the average Tribe fan to anticipate the sound of a People’s Instinctive Travels Part 2 until you hear the bass line come in for “Buggin’ Out,” which was possibly the best lyrical showing by Phife on all of ATCQ’s albums. While songs like “Rap Promoter” and “Show Business” talk about the uncertainty of the Hip-Hop industry, tracks like “The Infamous Date Rape” and “Everything Is Fair” talk about social issues that plague urban communities.

Supreme salute to the Tribe, rest in peace to Phife and the Jive Records squad for helping to bring the people such an essential piece of Hip-Hop history 31 years ago.

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URL Battle League Releases Full Card For Biggest Event Of The Year Streaming Exclusively on Caffeine 

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The Ultimate Rap League (URL) announces its highly-anticipated Summer Madness 12 (SM12) card, bringing together some of the biggest names in battle rap to go head-to-head in this one-night-only event. The sold out event will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT from the World Night Club in Charlotte, NC and will be broadcasted live on URL’s Caffeine channel. Battles from the event will start to stream exclusively on The Ultimate Rap League’s App soon after their debut.

For over a decade, the Summer Madness series has been the most anticipated card of the year for battle rap fans, pairing artists who have consistently wrecked stages over the last year, and defining themselves as the most requested emcees on the league’s roster.  This year, social broadcasting platform, Caffeine, will bring each battle to audiences around the globe, as fans can tune-in and interact throughout the event.   

The featured battles on SM12 are Tsu Surf vs. JC, Tay Roc vs. Swamp, Easy the Block Captain vs. Calicoe, Chess vs. Shotgun Suge, and Danny Myers vs. Fonz.

This year’s event has been heralded as the “Gun Show,” as one of battle rap’s most dangerous crew, Gun Titles, is headlining, further solidifying the URL as the world’s most respected MC battle arena.

Tsu Surf, who has arguably not lost one round in a battle for at least three years, and Tay Roc, the undisputed “Face of URL,” lead the collective of heat-spitters on this night of battles. Chess and Easy the Block Captain, two emcees who had the showing of the night at last year’s SM11, are sure to bring their grit, street talk, and performance to the event, further leaning into the mystique usually associated with the card.

“This year, Summer Madness 12 sold out before we announced the third battle. This affirms one thing, the URL has a level of favor with our fans, where they can trust we will deliver a fire card,” owner and founder, Troy “Smack White” Mitchell stated.

Adding, “And from the feedback we have been getting from our valued supporters, we not only completed the objective, bringing to the culture an amazing event, but we saluted some of the culture’s hardest working emcees like Calicoe (who arguably had the greatest battle in history and also a war waged a Summer Madness stage), Shotgun Suge (who is a contender for battler of the year with a flawless 2022 record), JC (our Ultimate Madness 5 winner), Swamp and Fonz (two of the most formidable emcees on our roster).”

Smack concluded, “The Gun Titles are electrifying, but if they are to dominate these top-notch competitors and fan favorites, they got to come correct. It is going to be a blood bath up there!”

Like every marquee event over the last 12 years, SM12 promises to build on that tradition with our streaming partner. 

Follow the URL channel on Caffeine for the latest: https://www.caffeine.tv/URLTV 

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[WATCH] Elijah McClain’s Shocking Cause Of Death Revealed 

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Elijah McClain’s autopsy has revealed his death was caused by ketamine injection after being forcibly restrained. The dosage was too much for his body size and it resulted in an overdose.

On Aug. 24, 2019, officers responded to a call about a suspicious person and put McClain, a massage therapist, in a chokehold and paramedics later injected him with ketamine, a powerful sedative. He died about a week later.

An amended autopsy report released Friday revealed Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after a confrontation with police officers, died because he was injected with ketamine by paramedics after being forcibly restrained.

“I believe this tragic fatality is most likely the result of ketamine toxicity,” the report said, adding McClain received a higher dosage of the sedative than he should have. “Simply put, this dosage of ketamine was too much for this individual and it resulted in an overdose.”

The original autopsy report, signed Nov. 7, 2019, said McClain’s cause of death could not be determined, but new information that emerged during a grand jury investigation prompted the state attorney general’s office to order a second autopsy.

The amended report comes one month after Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced that two police officers, one former officer and two paramedics in the Denver suburb of Aurora had been indicted and would be charged with one count each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among other allegations in the 32-count indictment.

“The opinions rendered were based on information available at that time. Since then, this office has received additional material for review including extensive body camera footage, witness statements, and additional records,” the report said. “It is worth noting that these materials had been requested prior to release of the initial autopsy but the material was either not provided to us or not provided to us in their entirety.”

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Roddy Ricch Speaks Out Against Violence in L.A.: ‘We Gotta Do Better’ 

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Roddy Ricch is speaking against violence in Los Angeles. Hitting Instagram, Roddy penned a message about the senseless violence.

“L.A. ! Usually I try to mind my business and let the world rotate but we gotta do better.

It’s too much senseless violence. Too much opportunity and motivation to take things other people work hard for. It’s too much life to live to take someone else’s away.

I love my city but we can’t keep going out like this. Before you know it, it’ll be nobody left to take from or kill.

Let’s stay on point stay aware and find better ways to pursue our dreams because this sh*t turning into ALL NIGHTMARES.”

Ricch now joins Fat Joe, Tony Yayo, Ice-T, and more who have spoken against violence in Los Angeles and against rappers.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph Receives Flowers From Beyoncé Celebrating Her Emmy Award Win 

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Following winning an Emmy for her role in Abbott Elementary, Sheryl Lee Ralph received flowers from Beyoncé.

The actress shared a video of the flowers and opening the card on Instagram.

“To the original Dreamgirl, sending you a beautiful congratulations,” wrote Beyoncé.

In the hit ABC series, Ralph acts as Mrs. Howard, a veteran teacher at the fictional Philadelphia elementary school. That role has now secured Ralph a win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

“Anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream…couldn’t come true. I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like,” Ralph said. “This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever give up on you.”

You can watch her entire phenomenal acceptance speech below.

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50 Cent Comments on Video of JAY-Z Warning the Roc About His Arrival: ‘Jay Know I Will Always... 

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Last week, a clip of Young Guru detailing 50 Cent’s arrival and Roc-a-Fella’s reaction hit the net.

Young Guru was a guest on Matt Hoffa’s My Expert Opinion podcast and recalled Hov’s warning that was issued during sessions for The Blueprint 2.

“There’s a point where Jay walks in the studio, and it just so happened that everybody was in the studio,” Guru said. “I think we were working on ‘The Blueprint 2’ and Jay walked in the studio, he said it before but I’m telling you how impactful it was. He walked in the studio and he was like ‘Yo, this dude 50, y’all gonna have to deal with him in the next couple months.’ He said that to the whole crew.”

Guru added, “It was a warning, it’s another power coming.”

50 Cent saw the clip and revealed that it was love for the Roc and he just needed someone to compete against.

 “I love you n***as too 🤷🏽‍♂️ I just need somebody to compete with,” 50 wrote. “It makes me find a way, Jay know I will always find a way.” 

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Mystikal Pleads Not Guilty to Rape and Drug Charges from July 31 Arrest 

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Mystikal has entered no guilty to rape and false imprisonment charges connected to his July 31 arrest. The rapper is facing life in prison if he is convicted of his first-degree rape charge.

Arrest records state Mystikal became violent after accusing a woman of stealing $100 from him. The woman stated she found a “crystalline substance” while searching for the missing money. Later in the encounter, Mystikal asked if he could “feel” the woman. When she denied Mystikal allegedly forced her on a bed and raped her. A rape kit was performed on the woman.

The 51-year-old rapper, born Michael Tyler, is also charged with criminal damage to property, false imprisonment, domestic abuse battery by strangulation, simple robbery, possession of heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and Xanax, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Speaking with ABC News, Mystikal’s attorney Joel Pearce stated that the rapper is innocent of all charges.

“My client doesn’t even do drugs, so he has absolutely no idea what they were talking about,” Pearce said in a telephone interview.

Mystikal is currently held without bond, but that may change at an Oct. 17 hearing. Prosecutors are believed to use his past guilty plea to sexual battery and extortion against him.

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Ye Admits to Being Wrong on Good Morning America: ‘Sway Had the Answers’ 

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Kanye West is continuing his media rounds during his fight with apparel giants adidas and Gap. Appearing on Good Morning America, Ye was questioned about his business dealings by journalist Linsey Davis, who brought up the near 10-year-old clip in which radio legend Sway questioned his desire to seek corporate partners instead of going direct to consumer.

“Why don’t you empower yourself and don’t need them and do it yourself,” Sway asked. Kanye famously replied, “You ain’t got the answers, Sway.”

Davis brought up that moment in conversation with Ye, “Was he right?”

Kanye replied, “You know what, I will go ahead and say Sway had the answer. I know people are going to be like ‘no!'”

Elsewhere in the club, Kanye spoke about working on his co-parenting relationship with Kim Kardashian, his DONDA Academy, and eventually running for president again. Speaking on his past run, Ye said, “That time wasn’t in God’s time.”

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Wizkid Announces Headlining Performance at Madison Square Garden 

Wizkid Announces Headlining Performance at Madison Square Garden

Wizkid will make his Madison Square Garden debut on Wednesday, November 16 at 8:00 PM, according to an announcement made today by Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) and Live Nation. This will be the Nigerian superstar’s first performance at The World’s Most Famous Arena. On Friday, September 30, at 12:00 ET, general public ticket sales will start.

On September 13, Wizkid’s brand-new track “Bad To Me” was made available via Starboy/Sony Music International/RCA Records. “Bad To Me,” Wizkid’s first solo single since the release of Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition in 2021, was created by veteran producer P2J.

With more than 4 billion global streams, Wizkid is one of Nigeria’s most streamed artists. Wizkid just achieved a significant career milestone when the RIAA granted Gold Certification to his 2020 album Made in Lagos, which has received over a billion plays. Its follow-up album, Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Global Music Album in 2021.

Chase cardholders will have advance access to tickets from Monday, September 26 at 10:00 AM ET through Thursday, September 29 at 10:00 PM ET via Ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the November 16 show will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 30, at noon via Ticketmaster.com. 

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[WATCH] YG Releases New Single and Video “Maniac” 

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YG is back with another banger, dropping off the new single and video for “Maniac.” The single is from his forthcoming album I GOT ISSUES, which is set for release on Sept. 30.

YG is ready to invite you back into his rap world with his new album,I GOT ISSUES. The new album will arrive on September 30, but to raise fans’ interest, the tracklist is currently available.

The new 14-track release will feature Nas, J. Cole, Roddy Ricch, Moneybagg Yo, Post Malone, H.E.R., Mozzy, D3szn, Duki, and Cuco.

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YG was not satisfied with the tracklist being out, citing that it was too early. He hit Twitter with the below message.

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