New Music: Bankroll Fresh & Oy Boyz Link Up With DJ Scream For The Record “Put It In Your Face”

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Today In Hip Hop History: Who Murdered Hip Hop Legend Tupac Shakur?

Who murdered 2Pac? After nearly two decades to he day the question still remains…

Rapper Tupac Shakur was then taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada hospital after being shot several times in a drive-by on a Las Vegas strip and was under a medically induced coma for six days before dying from internal bleeding on September 13, 1996.

After several failed attempts by doctors to revive 2Pac, his mother Afeni Shakur requested for his life support machine to be turned off. What were the events that transpired the days before the September 7th shooting that caused his early demise and why has the mystery of his death never been solved? These are the questions that remain 19 years later. Chris Carroll, a retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sergeant, told Vegas Seven Magazine in an interview last year that we may never know;

“Shakur’s murder is still considered an unsolved homicide and an unsolved homicide case is technically never closed. But nothing more is ever going to happen with it.”

After all the documentaries that have been put out pertaining to Pac’s death, most fans attempt to put the clues together and create their own hypothesis yet without hard evidence it’s still just an educated guess as to what really happened the night of September 7, 1996.

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The only real evidence police have are the witness accounts from Outlaw members E.D.I Mean, who claimed to have seen all four men in the vehicle and Yaki Kadafi, who was involved in a scuffle with officers two days following the shooting after they pulled over a driver he was with and he protested. Officers did not try to locate Kadafi, who was later gunned down in the PJs in Irving, NJ two months after the shooting.

Compton investigators assembled mug shots of several gang members, which included Orlando Anderson, the Crip that Tupac attacked in the MGM Grand lobby hours before the shooting. Anderson is the suspect said to have fired the fatal shots that killed Pac. Las Vegas police later discounted Anderson as a suspect and interviewed him only once. He was later killed in an unrelated gang shooting.

Las Vegas homicide Sergeant Kevin Manning said detectives called his lawyer to set up a meeting with a witness, so that the pictures could be reviewed but According to Manning the calls were not returned. E.D.I. Mean and Frank Alexander, Pac’s body guard, told The Los Angeles Times in early 1997 that they had never been asked by the Las Vegas police to view photos of possible suspects in the case despite having seen the shooting and the faces of the men in the car from which shots were fired at Pac and Suge Knight. Alexander reported seeing the face of the suspect that shot Shakur but he was found dead with a bullet wound to the head in his home in Murrieta, CA on April 28, 2013. It’s being reported that it was suicide and there haven’t been any further reports following Big Frank’s death. Till this day, Las Vegas police dispute the witness accounts of what they reported to the officers the night of the shooting.

So who assassinated Tupac Shakur? The world may never really know.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Wale, D’Angelo and the Vanguard Rock Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival

Smoke danced in the air. The smell of on-tap beer drifted across Union Park as it transformed into a musical paradise, greeting Midwestern music-heads with popular headliners and must see up-and-comings for the 2015 North Coast Music Festival. Self-dubbed “Chicago’s Last Stand,” a final hoo-rah to the summer before the cooler weather begins it’s unapologetic domination, a myriad of hip-hop, electronic and metal bands took to the stage in ear pleasing sets during Labor Day weekend.

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Fans from every corner of Chicago, home to Kanye West, Twista, R. Kelly, Lupe Fiasco plus dozens more, descended upon the 3-day stint to see their favorite artists. This year’s festival tapped rapper Wale, D’Angelo and The Vanguard, along with one of the most influential hip hop acts ever, The Roots, in addition to The Chemical Brothers, popular electronic music band.

The North Coast Music Festival has always been known for it’s diverse appeal. Attracting everyone from the grunge lovers, to boho-chic flower childs, to hip-hop heads, North Coast had something for everyone.

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Wale was Chi-town chillin’ as he performed his hyped set on Friday, September 4. Blessing the 312-stage, the “Matrimony” rapper put on an impeccable show, interacting with fans; taking selfies with festival goers smart phones and jumping in the crowd on multiple occasions.

Dressed in an army-fatigue top and pinned up dreads with a red and black scarf, the D.C. native chanted, “turn the f*ck up,” as the audience bellowed after him, getting the crowd hype as he performed his most popular hits, including “Bad,” the Miguel-assisted “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “Girls on Drugs.” The 30-year-old songwriter closed his show with the ultra party anthem, “No Hands,” untying his secured do to shake his dreads to the beat as the crowd waved their hands and jumped in rhythm.

See Also: Why You Should Attend Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival

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D’Angelo and the Vanguard took to the stage the following day, marking their first performance ever in the Windy City. Despite Saturday morning showers, fans came out in droves to see the R&B legend perform with his band. Although the “How Does it Feel” singer performed most of his new material from his surprise album, Black Messiah, the 41-year-old was a hybrid of old-school, funk and blues. But his die-hard fans, who first fell in love with the R&B crooner from the early nineties, didn’t feel left out, as he performed the sultry hit, “Brown Sugar.” Alternating from the guitar to the keyboard, D’Angelo showcased his unlimited talents, infused with his signature falsetto. – Angela Wilson (@SheisAngela)

Photo credit: Vocalo 91.1, Frank Knuckles Instagram, Josh Timmermans Instagram, Sherron Shabazz Instagram

Are Rihanna & Travi$ Scott a New Flame?

New flame, La Flame. Get it?

Travi$ Scott has been in NYC for the past week for his 3-day, sold out Rodeo release shows. He brought along some special guests including Skepta, A$AP Ferg and Quavo. Rihanna was also spotted at his shows. Not to perform, for some friendly support I suppose. They were also spotted together at a party during NYFW boo’ed up in the corner. Check out the video:

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New couple alert? Or are they just good friends who vibe? You know what they say: A friend with weed, is a friend indeed.

Tweet me, @miss2bees.

Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.

Dave East Announces ‘Hate Me Now’ Release Date & Leaks New Track ‘Demons”

One of New York’s most consistent and illest emcees, Dave East, finally announces the release date of his highly anticipated project, Hate Me Now. Continue reading Dave East Announces ‘Hate Me Now’ Release Date & Leaks New Track ‘Demons”

#PeepTheVisual Billy B – That’s A Fact Feat. Kaimikaze Kai & Tray Pizzy

Brooklyn knows what it takes to be bad ass, no Pro Era. Produced by Brick Squad’s 808 Mafia, Billy Badass unveils her “promising” freshman look, Buck 50, on  Hot New Hip Hop among others, providing summer bangers like “That’s A Fact, Feat. New York emerging talents Kaimikaze Kai and Tray Pizzy,” for her growing online fan base.

Listen above & Subscribe: Billy B’s “That’s A Fact Feat. Kaimikaze Kai and Tray Pizzy! (Directed by @SYDNEYBLACKWATER) and make sure you check out her latest interview to see her softer side on The Nene Show . 

Instagram: @THCBillyB

Twitter: @BillyBTHC

Youtube: BillyBaddassEnt

‘Paid In Full’ Drug Kingpin And Informant Alberto “Alpo” Martinez Returns To The Streets

One of the main characters from the hood classic ‘Paid In Full’ has been released from federal custody

According to the website of the street wise publication Don Diva Magazine, 49 year old Alberto “Alpo” Martinez has been released from ADX Florence federal prison. According to the website, Martinez is currently in the federal witness protection program awaiting his identity.

It has been alleged that Martinez indirectly reached out to the publication’s owner and respected Harlem OG, Kevin Chiles, and requested to speak to him about him allegedly becoming an informant against Chiles, something which Martinez denies.

Alpo, whose life was replayed by Cam’ron in the movie Paid In Full, was to serve 35 years for 14 counts of murder when he was sentenced in November 1991. It has been confirmed that Martinez did turn informant on his enforcerWayne “Silk” Perry, who because of Martinez’s testimony, was handed down a life without parole sentence on a 27 count federal indictment.

The government has not confirmed any such release of Alberto Geddis Martinez.

Happy 50th Birthday To The Legendary Juice Crew’s MC Shan!

Sean Moltke aka MC Shan of QB’s Juice Crew turns a half a century today

The first solo MC with major release out of the “infamous” Queensbridge Projects celebrates his 50th birthday today. MC Shan was at the top of his game during Hip Hop’s “Golden Era”, along with crew mates Roxanne Shante, Craig G, Tragedy, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace and of course DJ Marley Marl, who formed The Juice Crew. Shan’s first album, Down By Law, was a hit among Hip Hop aficianados of the 80s, with his epic battle against KRS-1 and Boogie Down Productions being one of the greatest crew beefs in Hip Hop of all time. BDP vs. Juice Crew is a prime example of a good, healthy beef that stayed on wax and even managed to morph into a Sprite commercial featuring Shan and Kris.

The Source Magazine send a supreme born day salute to MC Shan on his 50th and wish him many more in the future!

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

Co-Founder and Creative Director Of Extra Butter Speaks On the Vanguard Collection with Adidas Originals

 

Extra Butter continues their legacy as being one of the largest sneaker boutiques in NYC and in the world, Sept 12th they will be releasing their highly anticipated “Vanguard Collection” with adidas Originals worldwide which features a ZX Flux model and ZX Trail model that represent significant stories within the company we got  a chance to catch up with Jason Faustino, co-founder and creative director at Extra Butter gives us a few details before the official release, to find out what each shoe represents read up on the full interview below.

 

 

 

The Source: Introduce yourself?

Jason Faustino: Hi, my name is Jason Faustino I am one of the co-owners and creative director at Extra Butter.

 

The Source: How did you guys start up the boutique?

Jason Faustino: So I started Extra Butter In Long Island Rockville Centre that was the first location we opened in August 2007. The way it got started actually is I was working for Redheart footwear in 2005 or 2006 it was a mom and pop sneaker store out in Long Island instead of going to get my masters degree in sociology I studied for Grad School working at Red heart at a sneaker store and I was working for the owner’s of Red Heart and I learned the business from A to Z basically through them. I always had aspirations to want to do my own sneaker boutique in use of my creativity and art influences and stuff like that and we came up with the idea of doing a sneaker and clothing boutique under the theme inspired by movies.

 

The Source: What was you guys goal with Extra Butter what did you want to accomplish?

Jason Faustino: What Extra butter wanted to accomplish by becoming a sneaker boutique was adding a lot of fun and creativity into it’s work we liked the sneaker boutiques that existed at the time in the mid 200’s but we liked them mostly for their product and some of the stores were cool and all but some of them also had a colder tougher environment and we took what we’ve been doing in the family footwear environment and being like a very warm community oriented like very just open and embracing of the customer we took that practice and applied it to the boutique settings so we also wanted Long Island and Rockville Centre where we opened our first location their was no real sneaker boutiques at the time that were offering some of the select and limited edition retro product that we do, so we wanted to bring that to the market, out there.

 

The Source: What is the difference in Extra Butter Now compared to when you guys first opened?

Jason Faustino: The biggest difference I would say is just the growth. There was days when we first opened it was just 2 or 3 of us working and now were like 17 deep and our website, were a global brand now before I think it felt like we were just a local sneaker store but we always had aspirations to get to this point I just didn’t know how soon and not soon we would get there to be a global brand website that ships products all around the world our own products we see being ordered in all different countries social media just changed our whole world we were putting out messages on myspace and seeing reaction to that compared to now one instagram photo we have over 100 thousand followers it’s just completely changed it in the past year or so ever since we opened our second location which is in the Lower East Side New York City that’s been open since october 2013 we’ve received like a lot of awesome accolades and awards like Complex just listed us Top 10 sneaker stores in New York City last year they did Top 15 sneaker stores in the world and we were apart of that as well so different signs of recognition like that have just completely changed where we are today compared to where we first started.

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The Source: You guys have a collection dropping with Adidas Originals, can you give me a few details on that?

Jason Faustino: Sure. The collection were dropping with adidas originals is called the “Vanguard Collection” vanguard meaning you know a lot of people associate vanguard with the MTV award that people give out but it really is to honor people that are pioneering and exploring and breaking new boundaries in their industry and we’ve kinda created two characters with each of the shoes the ZX Flux were calling the chief Diver and the ZX Trail were calling the scout leader and basically each shoe represents a character that is a Vanguard in their field the ZX Flux chief Diver represents someone that is on the forefront of exploring the ocean life and were is the ZX trail the scout leader is someone that’s on the forefront of exploring the outdoors and nature and anyone knows with Extra Butter because of our Film theme Extra butter’s name is inspired by a old new york slang describing things as butter that were really premium and we also have a strong movie heritage and some blogs were able to catch on that these shoes are also inspired by favorite films of ours.

 

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The Source: What Made you guys want to us the ZX Flux model?

Jason Faustino: The ZX Flux model the way that came about this project is something we’ve been working on for about 4 or 5 years actually it just took a lot of time to get it where it to where it is with just changes within our company and adidas and just the natural back and forth of production, design marketing plans all that stuff but originally when we wanted to do this project me and Bernie gross who’s my co- creative director of the designer we wanted to work with the ZX 8000 which is one of our favorite adidas running shoes and one of their classic staple heritage shoes and over time we saw that the flux was coming out which was very similar and it shared a lot of pieces and design elements of the ZX 8000 so are Flux is a little bit different than everyone else’s it incorporates  a lot of the lines design work and line aesthetics that the ZX 8000 does but because our ZX Flux is on their neoprene upper to drive on the ocean inspiration because that’s what divers use as their materials with for their wet suits the lines like they act as tape scenes so it’s like a really cool upper as opposed to a traditional sewn on overlays on the shoe it’s like fused onto the flux to make it look like the ZX 8000.

 

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The Source: How is this collaborations similar to some of you guy’s previous collaborations?

Jason Faustino: You know it’s similar to are previous collabs because we always tell like a pretty multi story with every collab project we’ve done except one they’ve been a multi shoe concept because were really strong at telling a story that has various layers to it and it can be centered around more than one concept so that usually results in more than one shoe coming out because we tend to have so many ideas that come to life when were wanting to tell a story and then they end up looking good in our design and strong enough that we realize we want to tell this in a deeper story than one shoe but all of them have Extra Butters signature personality in it which is a story that goes beyond it’s initial like perception theres always deeper elements hidden into it and deeper layers of the story theres always a personal connection to Me and Bernie and the rest of the staff like we wouldn’t push out a story if our staff wasn’t really feeling it and stuff that we’ve already bonded as friends like inside and out of work throughout our days like you realize certain films when we did space race the love with space was something we all connect on and the other thing that I think we do a really good job of that isn’t told enough is that all the projects we work on have some kind of tied back to the brands themselves  you know like, if it is inspired by the films if they go back and look at certain films they would realize that adidas product or asics product reebok product was actually worn in those movies and that’s why we chose that company to work with on these projects so it does a great job of telling our own film story with a little bit of the brands like they have little cameos and were highlighting that of  a special moment.

 

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The Source: When is the collection release and do you feel everyone will be pleased with the final product?

Jason Faustino: Yeah the collection releases saturday sept 12th online and in-store it will be your first chance to really get the product without having to play our scavenger hunt games we were doing last week. Last week when we launched it we had scavengers hunts in Central park and Hempstead Lake Park where customers got to find us through photos on instagram and each customer that did find us received a special survival kit that goes along with the theme of each shoe a waterproof case or rut sack for the ZX trails waterproof case for the ZX Flux each had different survival tools like Extra Butter flashlight towel blanket binoculars glow sticks field notes all little accessories that made the scavenger hunts and in-store purchase experience very special but the general release will be on saturday sept 12th and I think the response is going to be awesome you know a lot of people are hype on it through instagram but once you see the product in person you just see the quality really is there the colors look amazing in person and the shoe turns people head once it get’s on foot and with the ZX Flux people never really seen a Flux like that before with all those new lines and tape seams and the glow in the dark really stands out once you get to mess with it in person and as far as the ZX Trails I think people are going crazy because of the patchwork detail and just the fact that there’s a trail shoe that is hitting the market in a exciting way as opposed to you know like the market is pretty saturated with running shoes, so were excited to bring something a little bit different with the trail to the table.

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Casey Veggies Talks Playing Music for Jay Z, Being Attracted to “Classy Nerds” and More with Genius

Casey Veggies is set to close out the summer with his upcoming debut album, Live & Grow on September 25. The Inglewood thoroughbred, who has maintained a considerable buzz over several years and several mixtapes, recently went on Genius to talk about where he’s at now and where he’s headed next in a slew of annotations. In them he discussed a range of topics,  from his preference in women to playing his album in its entirety for his label head, Jay Z.

On his type of woman:

I like a mix of simple and classy. I like the outgoing type and the classy nerd. Maybe she wears glasses.

On working with Dej Loaf on “Tied Up”:

DeJ speaks for the ladies! Her hook opened a lot of girls’ eyes up to the record and they gave the song a shot. We are both young artists in the game so we felt very tied to the message of the song.

On Jay Z’s favorite song from his album:

I’ve been managed by Roc Nation for about two or three years now but never met Jay. We both were in the office recently and he listened to my whole album. I thought he would be like “Alright, play a few, and then I have to go to a meeting.” But he listened to the whole thing. An hour and a half. He said “Wonderful” was his favorite song.
When I was six or seven years old my Dad was Jay Z’s bodyguard. He’s in the Girls, Girls, Girls video!

Read the rest of Casey’s colorful commentary here.