Huffpost Live #FreestyleFridays W/ Semi The Gawd & Grey Matter

Just a little over one week ago, I had the opportunity to attend HuffPost Live’s weekly #FreestyleFridays session where MCs spit live in front of an audience. The difference here is that each session is broadcasted live via Huffpost’s periscope, giving viewers a chance to witness talent off the cuff and completely live. During my visit, which was hosted and curated by Huffpost’s Jacques Morel, Harlem upstart MC Semi The Gawd showcased some of his lyrical dexterity, freestyling completely off the dome with little to no prior preparation. To make matters all the more interesting, background instrumentation was provided the very talent beatboxer known as Grey Matter. Meshing these two talents together gave those in attendance, as well as watching on periscope a chance to witness Hip-Hop in its rawest form. Check out the video clip and photos below.


Hpnotiq Is Back And Their Campaign Features Cam’ron, Va$htie and Yung Jake

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Top 5 Hip Hop Influenced Movies Ever Made

Within the culture of hip hop it has the ability to impact different genres of pop culture and it has had a major impact on the world of film. Whether its the music accompanying a scene or the premise on which the story line is based on, hip hop has become the foundation in which film is built upon.

So we have decided to give you the top 5 movies that have a heavy hip hop influence that you can’t deny are some of the greatest.

Number 5:  Notorious



Number 4: Brown Sugar 





Number 3: Juice 




Number 2: Boyz N The Hood 




Number 1: Paid In Full 







Photo Credit(s): El-hacker, Ayearofromcoms, Genius, ThisIs50, Allhiphop, ReelReading.

How To Rock A Street Edgy Style

When it comes to street fashion, it’s probably the hardest style to pull off especially if your a chick who mainly wears high fashion. Because it’s about being fashionable, comfortable, and stylish all while putting a piece of you into the clothes you wear.

Most people view street style as grunge that is effortless but street style is more then just throwing on a pair of jeans with a cut off shirt its about making the style that’s so effortless and underrated a statement piece of fashion.

So check out some of these looks that show how fashion forward street style can be and they can also serve as inspiration for the next time you are trying to pull of this edgy style.
























Photo Credit(s): Berlinstreetstyle, Shemazing, blog.missguided, Tophdgallery, Be-mod, Tokyofaces, Rebloggy. 


Jonathan Goldberg Presents: ‘The Essence’ a Brand Inspired by Legends of The Hip-Hop Culture

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The Essence Clothing was inspired by the legends of art, music, entertainment and fashion. Not only did these artists provide a reflection of their current worlds, but altered and created new ones. This is a lively and current apparel ​brand which represents the cultivation of hip-hop in the GOLDEN ERA.​ ​The company is based on the foundation of an influential time and by using notable quotes from legendary artists, it reminds the beloved hip-hop heads where it all started.​ Evidently, in the last 2 years or so, the old school and throwback days have become one of the biggest styles and fashion trends. This all ​initiated in music, of course. From numerous prominent male artists incorporating the new and old school on records, to some of the trendiest female celebs sporting the “tomboy” looks embodied with feminine luxury.

This is more than refined urban attire; The Essence represents a lifestyle of appreciation, love and respect for the hip-hop culture. Specializing in contemporary menswear, drawing from elements in art, fashion, film, athletics, and music, designer, John Goldberg​, is now venturing in a unisex​ ​line. The urban undercurrent of the collection was inspired specifically by the New York City hip hop culture of the 90’s​,​ that shaped the lives of youths from that era. The name, The Essence, is symbolic of the raw core of the culture that stirs emotion, grabs at the heart and sparks creativity.
Looks are styled with excessive layering, symbolic graphics, creative wordplay and luxurious materials to create unique items that feel custom and considered. The line includes wool, leather, suede and denim based outerwear along with modified jerseys, utility pants, shorts and joggers. The inspiration behind each piece grabs a specific buyer’s heart. The feelings evoked along with the level of quality separate the brand from a highly competitive market. Pieces are to be coveted. Once purchased they are to be considered a timeless addition to a buyer’s wardrobe. The brand is developed for a select audience. It is understood that some will “get it” and others will not…much like the music and art that has served as the brand’s inspiration

Check out the gallery below for some of the latest pieces from The Essence.



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Police, Artists, Elected Officials And The Community Unite For National Night Out Against Crime


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Anand Cyril, Charles Fisher, 103 Pct. DI Capelmann, former 103 Pc.t Community Council President Donna Clopton, Randy Fisher, Det. Ricky Lowe.

Shootings and murders have now become a common occurrence in America as most of us have become desensitized to violence.  After years of a decline in violent crimes in several major U.S. cities has spiked during the first half of this year.  The number of murders in 2015 jumped by 33% or more in Baltimore, New Orleans and St. Louis.  Meanwhile in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, the homicide toll climbed 19% and the number of shooting incidents increased by 21% during the first half of the year.  The increased violence is disproportionately impacting poor Black and Latino neighborhoods.  Criminologists note that the surge in murders in many big American cities came after 20 years of decline.  Homicide rates peaked in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as crack-cocaine wreaked havoc on many urban areas.  In NYC more than 2,200 murders were counted in 1993.

To address the increase in crime, 2015 marks the 32nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime initiative (NNO).  In 2014, 38.1 million people participated in a host of events which included citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses, youth organizations and local, state, and federal officials from 16,540 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases.

As the work continues to improve public safety the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) with their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence project partnered with the NYPD to promote the National Night Out Against Crime initiative to: help improve relations between the Community and Police; get more young people involved with the 32 year old Crime Prevention Project; create new ideas to reduce gun and gang violence while empowering local communities.  This year the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Campaign received an Inspirational Message from President Obama, along with Proclamations and Resolutions from a host of elected officials including: NYS Governor Cuomo, NYS Senate & Assembly, NYC Mayor de Blasio, NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who all recognized the outstanding work of the initiative.  This kicked off 105 events over 105 days with Power 105.1 radio, 50 Cent, the Source Magazine, “The Shark” Daymond John, metroPCS, ravePCS, vitaminwater and a host of other sponsors who are all committed to improve public safety.

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Charles Fisher, Council Members Wills, Miller, Weprin, Randy Fisher.

To achieve their goals the HHSYC created the Night Out Against Crime Talent Search, which offered young participants many ways to win prizes using their talent, skills and/or just attending a National Night Out event in their community in support of their local precinct.  The Kings Park event with the 103rd Pct. Community Council in Jamaica, Queens was a major success as many young people for the first time saw police officers as regular citizens going the extra mile to promote a day of fun, food, music, a Karate Demonstration, Bouncers, Face Painting, Award Presentations and Health Vendors.  There were greetings, Award Presentations and announcements from a host of elected officials including: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Members Ruben Wills; Daneek Miller and Saul Weprin .  

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Youth participants holding vitaminwater.
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Youth participants holding vitaminwater.







We want to give a big shout out to vitaminwater for supporting this anti-crime event, as well as their gracious contribution of mouth-watering juices and thirst quenching water.  It is important for corporations to get involved with events that can help stop the violence and improve relations between the community and law enforcement agencies and we applaud vitaminwater for taking the lead and being socially responsible in this area.  One thing that can be said about vitaminwater and 50 cent is that they are always in the ‘hood supporting local events that have an impact on the quality of life in the community.  There is a real need for more artist and companies that are committed to public safety and empowering local communities because the government can not do it alone, as you can see by the rise in crime and violence.

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Said Detective Ricky Lowe, Community Affairs of the 103rd Pct. “I want to thank the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Power 105.1 and vitaminwater for the juices and the water which really helped make our event a success.”

Said 50 Cent “Queens is where I was raised so you know I’m gonna go all out to do anything to stop the violence and encourage young people to step up their game to keep the peace and protect their ‘hood.”

We really appreciate the support we received from vitaminwater and all the other vendors and supporters.  I’m looking forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Power 105.1 and vitaminwater on other projects that address public safety, police/community relations and youth empowerment,” ended Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann.

Said Donna Clopton, former President of the 103rd Pct. Community Council, “Yes this is my last year, I’m moving on.  But I do want to thank Charles and Randy Fisher for all their support with vitaminwater and Power 105.1.  Their efforts to engage the young citizens and increase our youth attendance was definitely a success and we look forward to helping them expand on their Night Out Against Crime Talent Search Initiative next year.”


National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation.  The agency is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens. Through that network, NATW was able to launch the annual National Night Out campaign.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.  Together, we are making that happen.

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Live Stream: 11th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Today, the largest Hip-Hop festival in New York City is back once again! The 11th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival. This year’s performers include Common, Mobb Deep, Lion Babe, Freeway, Consequence and more! Check out the full line-up below and peep the live stream!

Pitchblack Brass Band – 1:50

John Robinson & PVD – 2:30

Stro – 3:00

Skyzoo – 3:10

Charles Hamilton – 3:50

Lion Babe – 4:40

Consequence – 5:15

Freeway – 5:30

Mobb Deep – 6:00

Common – 7:00

Top 5 Hip Hop Ladies Anthems Ever Made

Within the culture of Hip Hop, we as fans get a sense of fulfillment when we hear those records that speak to us and make us feel as though it was made especially for us. So when it comes to a ladies’ anthem the reaction is just the same. It’s the dope beat running through your system, it’s the rush you get knowing this song was made especially for women, and most importantly its the feeling you get knowing that a  female artist took a different route in celebrating her fellow females.

So, here are the top 5 ladies anthems ever made:

Coming in at #5 is Lauryn Hill ‘Doo-Wop’ (That Thing)

Coming in at #4 is Alicia Keys ‘Superwoman’

Coming in at #3 is Beyonce ‘Single Ladies’

                                    Coming in at #2 is Queen Latifah ‘U.N.I.T.Y’


Coming in at #1 Angie Martinez, Lil Kim, Left Eye, Da Brat, and Missy Elliot ‘Ladies Night’

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#WangSeason: La’Saye Hommes “Send For You” Visual

New York Native, La’Saye Hommes is coming for his. Incorporating dope fashion with art, music, and fly visuals, it’s safe to say his movement is on the rise. As a street-style model, he’s worked creatively and completed editorials for clothing brands such as REPRESENT, ADYN, and was also featured on HYPEBEAST for Oliver New York’s 2014 collection. However, it doesn’t stop there…

La’Saye is also founder and one fourth of a collective group called “WANG”, which stands for “We Are the New Generation.” WANG is a movement consisting of producers,engineers and artists, TheMusic, K$D, and of course, La’Saye Hommes.

He has recently debuted and co-directed his first music video titled “Send For You”, which was also featured on, who labeled him “The Prince of New York”.

Peep the video to “Send for You” below

Prod by: TheMusic

Dir by: A1Vision x La’Saye Hommes


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President Obama Recognizes Hip-Hop Against Gun And Gang Violence Week With An Inspirational Message As We Also Celebrate Gun Violence Awareness Month

The Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project And The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council Will Be Working With The White House, The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Power 105.1, the Source Magazine, metroPCS, “The Shark” Daymond John, The NY Code + Design Academy, NYS Governor Cuomo, NYC Mayor de Blasio, the NYS Senate and Assembly, the NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Students, Business And Community Leaders To Address Gun/Gang Violence, End Black on Black Crime and Improve Police/Community Relations


Through the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour We Will Also Address Academic Failure, The Digital Divide, Unemployment, Entrepreneurship, Cultural & Spiritual Empowerment To Help End The Violence


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Monday June 8, 2015—-In recognition of the 4th annual Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week (May 15-21, 2015) and to further support Gun Violence Awareness Month (June) we kicked off a 105-day Campaign to produce 105 events over 105 days with Power 105.1, the Source Magazine, metroPCS, “The Shark” Daymond John” and the NY Code + Design Academy to end Gun & Gang Violence with a focus on the hot summer months when gun violence spikes.  This is a very special year because in addition to the Proclamations/Resolutions from NYS Governor Cuomo, the NYS Senate and Assembly; NYC Mayor de Blasio; the NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, we were blessed with a Powerful and “Inspirational Message from President Barack Obama”, who recognized our outstanding work to end gun and gang violence.  The President recently launched the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and we have partnered with the organization to address issues around education, employment, entrepreneurship, the digital divide, crime and youth empowerment for young Black & Latino males.

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The week started with a pre-event on the 14th at the headquarters of South by Southwest News where we attended an event with Ambassador Carlos Garcia to discuss global gang issues.  We signed an MOU with the Solutions Group from El Salvador to help address a growing gang problem in America and El Salvador caused by the violent MS 13, one of the most violent gangs in the world.   On the 16th we coordinated the Young Men’s Hip-Hop Empowerment Summit with the New York City Mission Society at the Minisnk Townhouse in Harlem where we were joined by Councilmember Inez Dickens who applauded the campaign for its continued commitment to end gun and gang violence, while providing the necessary resources for those looking for a better life.  The event was a success as members from the audience came forward to offer their solutions to end gun and gang violence, which will be presented to Celebrities, Power 105.1, Political, Business and Community leaders for possible implementation.

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HSYC with Council Member Inez Dickens and Troy Outlaw from her office.

Participants also learned about the history of Hip-Hop and how to use the Cultural and Spiritual element that created the “Raptivism Movement” to end gun and gang violence.  “In God We Trust” is the slogan on all US Currency and if people really want to get “Paid in Full” all they have to do is learn how to “Trust In God.”  We will show young citizens how to get rich and “Not Die Trying” through spiritual enlightenment.

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Malcolm X’s daughters Ilyasah and Gamilah Shabazz at Malcolm’s 90th Birthday celebration in Harlem.

To address Black on Black Crime on May 19th, we read the President’s Message during the 90th year birthday celebration of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem where he was killed.   Speakers paid respect to Malcolm and offered solutions to end the Black on Black Crime in memory of a man who fought to improve the life of poor citizens.  In NYC Black & Latino’s make up 97% of gun shooters and 96% of those murdered by a gun.

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To closeout Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week we kicked off the “Rap 2 Bridge the Gap” initiative at MS 42 with Principle Finn to improve relations between the Police and the Community.  Lt. Saleba spoke to students about the job of a Police officer and the dangerous they face daily on the mean streets.  Students asked questions about getting arrested, gang life, drugs, bullying and how the Police and Community need to work closer to keep our schools and communities safe.  Police solve most crimes with public support so it behooves both parties to work as a team to improve public safety because that is why Rap 2 Bridge The Gap was created.  The event closed with the reading of the President’s Message and the creation of a committee who will draft a letter thanking the President for his kind words and request that he visit the school before the end of his term.

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Lt. Celiba, Randy Fisher, MS42 Principal Finn (Far Rockaway), Charles Fisher

Why must we End Gun & Gang Violence, address Black on Black Crime and Bridge the Communication Gap between the community and law enforcement agencies?  The Wall Street Journal reported a new crime wave after two-decades of decline.  Some say the uptick in shootings is due to the “Ferguson Effect” a term coined by St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, whose officers drew back from daily enforcement due to fears of being charged. Also the former Attorney General’s Report on Ferguson put the actions of Police Departments nationwide on notice.

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The following 9 cities are feeling the pain and we will be working with them using some innovative solutions:  Shootings in New York, the “Safest Big City” in the country has been rising for two straight years for the first time in two decades with a 20% increase this year compared to the same period in 2013.  In Baltimore gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend.  May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.  In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year.  Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, and homicides 25%.   Murders in Atlanta were up 32% as of mid-May.  Shootings in Chicago had increased 24% and homicides 17%.  Shootings and other violent crimes in LA spiked by 25%.  In San Francisco and Houston murders are up more than 50%

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Poverty and illiteracy continue to be the “Root Causes” behind gun and gang violence and until we can solve those issues there will never be peace in our communities.  Young people today are fearless, with no morals or values and like the Palestinian Bomber many believe they have nothing to loose.  This is the “Frankstein” we created and we only have ourselves to blame.  Arresting gang and street crew leaders is a temporary fix because there are many poor and at-risk youth in line ready to take their place.    As we countdown our 105 day campaign which ends 9/7/15, we have a lot of work to do and with an “Inspirational Message” from President Obama, as well as support from the “My Brothers Keep Alliance”, our sponsors and elected officials, we can reach out to young citizens urging them to support our “Call To Action” and join the “Raptivism Movement” so we can make this a safer and better world.

HHSYC and Ambassador Garcia at the signing of the historic MOU with FEPADE of El Salvador.

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HHSYC with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano holding the 2015 HAGGV Proclamation.
HHSYC with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano holding the 2015 HAGGV Proclamation.
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Written by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram @HHSYC).