Join Us: The 2015 Source360 Unsigned Hype Competition

One of the greatest things about Hip-Hop has always been being able to watch artists grind with diligence and determination with hopes of being offered a record deal and/or an opportunity to build their career. Over the past 25 years, The Source’s Unsigned Hype column has a rich history of shining a light on that particular facet of Hip-Hop culture, and with the Unsigned Hype competition, we plan on continuing that tradition.

Before “Juicy” and “Big Poppa”, The Notorious B.I.G. was featured in the Unsigned Hype column. In March of 1998, Eminem was featured in the Unsigned Hype column. The next year, he released The Slim Shady LP, which has sold over 5 million copies. Common, Mobb Deep (before they were known as Mobb Deep), DMX, Macklemore, and many more of the culture’s biggest artists got their start in The Source’s Unsigned Hype column.

With the Unsigned Hype Competition and the SOURCE360, we plan to showcase the talents of hundreds of unsigned artists who covet a platform to get their talents to the masses.  How do you become a part of it? It’s pretty simple. For starters…

1. Create your SOURCE360 Unsigned Hype account at uh.thesource360.com

The Unsigned Hype Competition will be held at Roulette on 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The event kicks off at 9pm Friday September 18, 2015. Be there!

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.

#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

Listen to Saga’s latest offering “Tell Me” Prod. by Marco Polo

It’s rare that an artist can show development in a year, never mind four months, but that’s exactly what Brooklyn’s Saga has done with “Tell Me.” Like most of his break-out, From Out Of The Shadows, which dropped this past April to critical acclaim, the track is produced by heavyweight beatsmith, Marco Polo.

 

The two Brooklyn dwellers prove yet again that they’re long-lost rap brethren, on a track that’s as much of a celebration as it is a reminder to stop sleeping on Saga. For his part, it’s clear his pen just keeps getting sharper, even after killing it over Alchemist instrumentals on, Saga Ghanoush. Saga’s growing skill set is particularly evident on the hook, which boasts the BK spitter playing off the looping “Tell me…” vocal.

 

As for that celebratory bit? Well, Saga is gearing up to open for Fashawn on select dates of the West Coast phenom’s upcoming European tour. You can view those dates and give “Tell Me” a spin right here…enjoy!

 

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From Out of the Shadowshttp://bit.ly/1Jwtnj0
Saga Ghanoushhttp://bit.ly/1d9EinN
Remaining Tour Dates:
• Sept 05: Cologne, GER – CBE
• Sept 06: Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
• Sept 08: Paris, FRA – Batofar
• Sept 09: Frankfurt, GER – Zoom Klub
• Sept 10: Stuttgart,GER – Shraglage
Sept 11: Berlin – Cassiopeia Berlin
Sept 12: Munster, GER – Skater Palace
• Sept 13: Brussels,BEL – Bazaar
• Sept 15: Vienna, AUS – Flex Café
• Sept 16: Linz, AUS – Kapu
• Sept 17: Heidelberg, GER – Karlstorbahnhof
Sept 18: Poznan, PL – Projekt Lab
Sept 19 : Warsaw, PL – Klub 55
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Seth Low Houses And Reginald Bowman Enjoy Family Day As They Work To Improve Public Housing And Prepare For Elections

Family Day Was A Huge Success At Seth Low Houses As They Prepare To Address The Dropout Crisis, Unemployment, Healthcare, Drugs, Crime, Gun And Gang Violence By Working With The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council And Their 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, Power 105.1, vitaminwater, Council Member Mealy, The AIDS HealthCare Foundation And Many Others

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Reginald Bowman, Charles Fisher, Randy Fisher holding vitaminwater.

“Vote 4 New Hope With The Power In Public Housing”

At the 2015 Seth Low Family Day Event, we caught up with Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA City-Wide Council of President and one of the most credible people we have known that is actually on the ground, in the developments using his contacts and skills to make life better for NYCHA residents. We meet a lot of people in NYCHA, but for over 7 years now, this man has made many sacrifices for his NYCHA Family and their ongoing struggle to obtain the support, services, security and economic opportunities needed for residents to live a productive life.

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Charles Fisher interviews Reginald Bowman while Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” looks on.

Things are slowly improving in Public Housing thanks to committed leaders like Mr. Bowman, his team, and a host of elected officials who have been leading the charge for decades. We are looking forward to working with Reggie and bringing him the resources to make NYCHA a better place to live for all residents. Yes there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but things are finally moving in the right direction and as a team we will get the job done. We have several new initiatives with Power 105.1, “The Shark” Daymond John, vitaminwater, RavePCS, Hip-Hop Wireless, Microsoft, the Source Magazine and celebrities from the entertainment industry that we are about to introduce to NYCHA through Mr. Bowman that will provide more opportunities for the residents, with a focus on the safety and economic empowerment of the youth and young adults in NYCHA. Let’s get into the interview.

  1. How many years has Seth Low been doing Family Days?

Seth Low houses has been doing Family Days since the 1960’s.

  1. What does Family Day mean to you and the community?

Family day is both a celebration and a reunion. We celebrate the meaning of Family and its bonds that go beyond just blood ties, and a reunion of the people who have lived in the Seth Low Public Housing Community and the Public Housing Community of Brownsville for decades.

  1. What are you doing as President of the NYCHA Council of Presidents to address Crime, Poverty, Unemployment, and Gun & Gang Violence?

It is my belief that the problems of Crime, Gun and Gang Violence, are a direct result of Poverty and Unemployment. We have made efforts to launch projects such as the Brooklyn East Anti-Violence Initiative and create partnerships with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to provide Training and Employment programs, which provide real job opportunities for residents. These initiatives work hand in hand with all stakeholders to promote resident owned business development, and concrete opportunities for alternatives to criminal activities, that are a direct result of unemployment.

  1. How are relations with NYPD and what can be done to improve them?

As the co-creator of the Safety and Security Task force, a partnership with the NYCHA residents, NYPD and City Agencies, we proactively have worked to address and improve the relationships between Law enforcement and Public Housing residents. The efforts resulted in the changing of the NYPD Housing Patrol Guide, and established an ongoing effort to meet regularly to improve communications and active initiatives between the police and the community. The efforts have a long way to go.

  1. Let’s talk about the Political Power in NYCHA and the role residents can play in the upcoming Presidential Elections?

I launched the “Vote 4 New Hope” and “Power in Public Housing” initiatives with The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council in 2008, to organize the more than 200,000 registered voters in Public Housing in NYC to be the deciding vote in Local, State and Federal Elections. According to a Daily News article the Public Housing vote had a very high turn out in New York and did play a role in electing President Obama to the White House. We have proven to be an effective voice as we quietly elected key politicians to office, which is evidenced by the recent investments of millions of dollars in Public Housing by State and City Governments. I hope that we can again use the “VOTE FOR NEW HOPE” power and influence as a strategy in the 2016 Presidential elections and organize with the Music Industry to be the deciding vote in the 2016 elections. We have the votes to do it. We just need to get mobilized and take over the political arena as the youth and entertainment industry has done in the past.

  1. Why are there so many youth and young adults killing each other in Brooklyn and throughout the city?  What can we do about it?

I have no real answer to this. It is my belief that this country’s culture of violence, war and conflict can be researched and blamed for some of this, and the continued mass killings and police killings, everywhere, are all related. I believe that until we realize this is a national problem, with a need for real comprehensive solutions, the violence will continue to destroy our youth and communities.

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Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” stands in front of the 7 E’s 4 Power banner holding vitaminwater.
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Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” looking buff holding vitaminwater.
  1. Give me your thoughts about today’s event? 

This event was a total success and achieved the objective of bringing people together to celebrate and honor life and be “Reunited With Family and Friends.”

  1. Any special shout outs for your Family Day supporters? 

Special Shout Out to Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, The Seth Low Houses Board Members, the NYCHA Staff, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the Source Magazine, and the Seth Low Houses Family.

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Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher stand by the cases of vitaminwater.
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Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” works out with 2 cases of vitaminwater; why don’t you try it?
  1. As you well know we are pushing to get more sponsors involved with NYCHA, this year we have Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, give me your thoughts?

The NYCHA communities generate and spend millions in purchases and it is about time that those corporations give something back to the community and we would like to thank Power 105.1 for being in the forefront of these activities and we look forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the station, and their sponsors in the future.

  1. Give me your thoughts about your ongoing plan to make NYCHA a better place for all residents citywide?

I believe and vision using the economic and political power of NYCHA Communities residents to restore the infrastructure of the facilities and be a force for restoring the ladder of economic and social opportunities that NYCHA is intended to be for years to come.

MEANING OF FAMILY DAY AT NYCHA

Click Link- http://sourcemag.co/2015/07/16/nycha-and-hip-hop-summit-youth-council-celebrate-family-day-with-moynihan-report

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Charles Fisher and Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” hold up the banner and vitaminwater with a resident of Seth Low Houses wearing a Worthy Lifestyle shirt and hat.

 

ABOUT THE MOYNIHAN REPORT AND BLACK FAMILY

The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (the 1965 Moynihan Report) was written by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.

Moynihan argued that the rise in single-mother families was not due to a lack of jobs but rather to a destructive vein in ghetto culture that could be traced back to slavery and Jim Crow discrimination. Though black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier had already introduced the idea in the 1930s, Moynihan’s argument defied conventional social-science wisdom. As he wrote later, “The work began in the most orthodox setting, the U.S. Department of Labor, to establish at some level of statistical conciseness what ‘everyone knew’: that economic conditions determine social conditions. Whereupon, it turned out that what everyone knew was evidently not so.”

LINK TO THE FULL REPORT: http://web.stanford.edu/~mrosenfe/Moynihan’s%20The%20Negro%20Family.pdf

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50 Cent and Sharieff “the Fitness Sheriff.”

To lose Weight and Stay in Shape hit Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” up at xreaf@aol.com.

For info on Family Day, the VOTE 4 NEW HOPE Project, the Power in Public Housing initiative,  and/or NYCHA initiatives hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / FB / Instagram @HHSYC).

1 Dead, 4 Wounded At West Indian Day Parade J’Ouvert Pre-Celebration

Even before the Annual West Indian Day Parade began, the expected violence struck once again this year, claiming one life and seriously injuring four others.

The “j’ouvert” celebration, which actually starts the night before the parade, erupted in violence as a 24 year old man was stabbed to death near the parade’s start at Grand Army Plaza at approximately 2 AM.

One of the injured was 43 year old Carey Gabay, Governor Cuomo’s first deputy counsel for Empire State Development, who was shot in the head while ducking behind a car attempting to dodge bullets. It has been reported that Gabay, his pregnant wife and brother were caught in the crossfire of rival gangs. He is currently in critical condition in Kings County Hospital.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tweeted the attorney, wishing him a speedy recovery and the urgency for ending gun violence.

Premiere: EZ $kywalker – Retro (Visual)

Brooklyn Native EZ $kywalker and Been Litt Ent. are back with the official video for EZ’z break out single, “Retro” off his Been Litt 2 EP.  The visual is directed by Joell Russell and displays an old school themed concept which is best described as a blast from the past.  With clips from historic moments in our culture, dressed in the finest vintage fashions, $kywalker takes you on a trip down memory lane.

Hit that play button and check out the video above.

Also, download EZ $kywalker’s latest mixtape full of exclusive freestyles, titled  Don’t Mind Me 2 : http://m.audiomack.com/album/ez-1/dont-mind-me-2

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Top 6 Places To Go On A First Date

Ladies, we all have those dreamy ideas of what a first date should be like. First dates can be awkward, weird, and slightly uncomfortable. But despite all the things that can go wrong, and inevitably do go wrong, we hope that overall the date turns out good because of the effort put into the activity. Whether you’re looking for that romantic date experience, something interactive, or something active and fun, here are our top 6 first dates ideas that are sure to make a lasting impression.

 

Botanical Gardens 

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Music Festival 

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Comedy Show 

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Rooftop Dinner 

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Winery 

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Chelsea Pier Trapeze 

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Listen Now To M-Uno’s “Beast Mode (Monsta)” Audio

Check out the newest audio release from Brooklyn rapper M-Uno entitled “Beast Mode (Monsta)”

Co-signed by Hip Hop vets such as DJ Kay Slay and Tru Life, Brooklyn native M-Uno is back in the studio after a four year hiatus dropping his summertime street banger “Beast Mode (Monsta)” over one of the top tracks of the summer…
LISTEN NOW!

#NEWFUEGO: AG Da Coroner Presents “The Game Changer” Prod. by Statik Selektah

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Brooklyn dweller, AG Da Coroner, lets off a couple rounds on some mighty, firm production by Statik Selektah.

The Lil Kim vocals on the hook add a nice touch, coupled with AG’s bars, which address the state of the game.  Coroner definitely isn’t new to this and he unquestionably isn’t about cosigning garbage.

Listen to “The Game Changer” above and let us know your thoughts and opinions.