Watch Apollo The Great’s Video For “Rio” (Remix) ft Jadakiss

 AubGreen Collective And D-Block Connect For Remix Vid

With the Fifa World Cup storming the shores of Brazil this month all eyes are on the country’s second largest city for all the right reasons as the city plays host to the World Cup finals; with the sports spotlight shining on the more recreational aspects of Rio De Janeiro, it’s the  beautiful city’s dark underbelly that serves as inspiration for Apollo The Great‘s single “Rio De Janeiro”.

With the single making waves on radio and his recent video releases consistently premiering on  MTV Jams , Apollo follows up the momentum with the “Rio (Remix)”, a trunk-rattling reprise featuring D-Block frontman Jadakiss.

In the striking visual the two emcees trade bars in the middle of the hood as interspersing news clips detail the striking similarities between Rio’s gully side and the crime ridden streets of Apollo’s native Camden, NJ.

Check out the video below, download “Rio De Janiero” and the #RioRemix on iTunes, and watch Apollo blaze the #HotSeat won Philly’s Hot 107.9 here




Future- “Side Effects” Video

Future keeps the hype of his Honest album going, with the release of the visuals to a bonus track, entitled “Side Effects”. Although the visuals are a bit simplistic, it is just enough to get your attention.  Unlike his previous videos, the video focuses only on Future and has no appearances form anyone else. This one-man show, displays  his raw emotions.  Throughout the two and half minute experience, he is spotted hopping in a jet laced with a couple of pieces form Virgil Abloh’s Off White collection to eventually end up in a basketball court expressing his feelings.  Check out the video below.



Erica Rhoden- @Eri_Rho

Luis Suarez Bites Giorgio Chiellini As Uruguay Defeats Italy

Luis Suarez has been accused yet again of biting another player as the Uruguayan striker clashed with Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.  This is the third time Suarez is being accused of the terrible act, he has two prior suspensions.

As the two clashed Suarez clearly takes a bite out of Chiellini.  They both hit the ground appearing to be in agony.  Chiellini then got up and pulled his shirt down to show the bite mark on his shoulder.  Suarez was not ejected or given any penalties.


A minute later a corner kick was awarded to Uruguay.  Diego Godin scored the only goal of the game giving Uruguay the 1-0 win and moving them to the Knockout Round.

Italy will now miss the Knockout Round in consecutive World Cups for the first time since 1962-1966.

As for Suarez punishment is sure to come and we may not see him for the rest of the games no matter how far Uruguay goes.

– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)

Watch Nas Perform At Dave Chappelle’s Radio City Music Hall Show

Comedian and hip-hop head Dave Chappelle delivered another hilarious show last night (June 3) at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. And, the show was capitalized with a crowd pleasing performance by Queens rapper Nas, who was backed by the live orchestra as he performed his classic song “NY State of Mind.” Check out a clip of Nas’ performance below.

Dave Chapelle Nas Radio City Music Hall

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Watch Michael Christmas- “Y’all Trippin'” Video


Michael Christmas hits the internet with the visuals to “Y’all Trippin” off of his latest mixtape Is the Art?.  The shot composition of the video is really dope, capturing aerial shots and close ups to show a variation of emotion that go with the lyrics of the track.

Directed by GoldRush, this video shows us various sceneries that you see everyday in New York while capturing the quorkey personality of Michael Christmas.  The video features Micheal Christmas, OG Swaggerdick and others fooling around and dancing having a good time in the NYC subway station.

If you haven’t already downloaded Is This Art? you can get it here.




Rick Ross Addresses Detroit Summer Jam Incident


An incident went down on Sunday in Detroit at Chene Park, the location of Hot 107.5’s Summer Jam, that forced Rick Ross to cancel his performance at the annual hip-hop concert.

Conflicting reports indicate that Rick Ross was everything from mobbed on by over 100 people to peacefully blocked from entering the venue, and while the latter explanation is the most plausible and practical, given the circumstances, many are crediting local raper Trick Trick‘s “No Fly Zone” record–which is meant to dissuade the city from allowing rappers who don’t collaborate with local Detroit acts from entering the city–as the reason Ross didn’t touch Detroit’s Summer Jam stage.

Earlier today, Rick Ross took to Miami’s 99 Jamz to talk briefly about the situation that has rumors flying across the internet, specifically Twitter. One of the more prevalent statements from Ross’ interview:

My team is always in front of me, but just to make it clear, I never made it to the venue. I never made it to the venue. Me and whoever this gentleman is, we never crossed paths. He never spoke with Rozay. And I expect him to clarify that. I expect him to tell y’all that, ‘we never spoke to Rozay’, or, ‘we never spoke to MMG’, but, anyway.

Ross then went on to paint a picture of the actual events of Sunday evening, most of which, according to Ross, are details that were told to him because he never made it to the venue.

The caravan had went to the venue, and you know. They get there, and someone has locked the gates to the venue. Padlocked, or however they did it. The gates were locked, there were gentlemen that were supposed to be there dealing with the police. My team didn’t even know that there was a problem.

You can watch the full interview below, including a scintillating jungle/lion’s den analogy from Rozay around the 3:20 mark.

Watch Common’s New Video For “Kingdom” Featuring Vince Staples


Common’s back.

Finally. The Chicago vet has been pretty much missing in action, save his collaboration with Ab-Soul earlier this year, but it appears we’re finally getting the roll out for his new album, Nobody’s Smiling. This will be his first album since his critically-acclaimed 2011 release, The Dreamer, The Believer, and he’s linked up with Vince Staples, one of the freshest voices in rap, for the first single “Kingdom”. The conceptually sound track narrates a series of stirring images in the official music video for the track, which you can check out below.

Nobody’s Smiling will be out on July 22nd on Def Jam Records.


Rick Ross Is Losing Weight, Yes, But Guess How He’s Doing It. Introducing, The RossFit

Congrats Ricky.

Rick Ross is having a pretty remarkable career. He has 5 gold albums, hit record after hit record, and a successful label imprint. If there’s a blemish at all, its his weight. One would think that if his career continues on its current trajectory, the demand for a Rick Ross concert/show will only increase, meaning he could be performing consistently over the next decade, and at his current weight, that might be a little more physically demanding than he could bear.

Never fear, Ross has made his health and weight a focus in recent months, and he gets into semi-detail with Tim Westwood overseas about his workout regiment, which doesn’t involve changing his diet per se, but a special “crossfit” method that allows him to burn calories and build muscle at the same time, a method he’s fondly named RossFit.

Watch the hilarious video above. #RossFit #RossFlex


Vic Mensa & Nitty Scott Tore Down SOB’s In NYC Last Night. Freestyles & New Music

Living in New York City there is by no means a shortage of concerts to attend.  If one happens to be a fan of hip hop you can easily choose from multiple shows per week, spanning the gauntlet from an  intimate gathering at a small bar/club to a monster concert at MSG or the Barclays.  This can provide someone the opportunity to see artists who are both really on the come up and trying to build a fan base, as well as acts who are already in the spotlight.

Hot 97’s ‘Who’s Next’ event typically highlights someone who is in between those two levels.  All who perform here are not equal, ‘Who’s Next’ can often mean, “who is right now” , or can sometimes mean “who is on there way there.”  Last night I was excited to find out where Chicago native Vic Mensa fit into that puzzle.  So much of this excitement was based on the fact that in the past 2-3 months i’ve gone from someone who barely knew anything about the young spitter, to one of his biggest fans and supporters; in fact i think im subconsciously tired of saying to people “you know who you’d probably like… this guy Vic Mensa.”

But it definitely was not all about Vic, the event featured an opening lineup that was probably top to bottom the best one Hot 97 has put together so far.  After host and  extraordinaire Shani Culture spoke to the crowd for a bit he introduced the winner of Hot 97/ Boost Mobile MC Battle KB Yung Hustle who won a single deal with Duck Down Records; that song produced by Statik Selektah (who was in attendance last night) you can check out here.

NYC’s own witty wordplay warrior Rugz D Bewler was up next.  Bewler – who has been around way before you heard the Paris Beuller drill music drop-  hit the stage and performed the 2013 Kanye sample inspired “On Point” as well as “ET” which appears on his newest release Bene‘, that you can check out HERE.

Next up was co headliner Nitty Scott.  This New York City female fire spitter/new age caramel hippy  who is probably best known for her BET Cypher performance , made a great decision to have a live band back her.  Nitty’s best characteristic  is that even though she is obviously nice on the mic, as she proved by spitting her rapid fire “Bath Salt” freestyle last night, she also knows how to craft a song.  Looking cute but serious in her Schoolboy Q bucket hat, Nitty performed a really solid and lengthy set which included her Kendrick Lamar collaboration  “Flower Child” as well as a  “Feng Shui,” an unreleased song off her upcoming album The Art Of Chill.

After a few tunes from DJ Juanito, Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg came out to introduce Vic Mensa.  As the first few segmented notes of his single “Lovely Day” came out the speakers Vic hit the stage with a purpose.  While he rapped along the first verse he held his hands out toward the crowd and counted up from 1  to 4;  as if to say “all eyes over here, don’t forget this is what you came to see.”  Vic’s Savemoney crew brethren Chance The Rapper has become almost famous for his ultra exuberant performances including dance breakdowns and crowd surfing, so it was extra interesting to see how Vic controlled a crowd that certainly included a number of people who were unfamiliar with his music, in a way that was composed but definitely not lacking in energy or movement by any means.

He ran through nearly every song off his seminal Innanetape (The Source  awarded it the #2 mixtape of the year in 2013) as well as his newest 2014 release “I Feel That,” at one point he played Soulja Boy Drake’s “We Made It” and bopped along to it for about 10 seconds to get the crowd hype.  Speaking of OVO’s El Jefe, Nitty Scott also wooed the crowd with her own version of “Trophies” earlier in the night.  Vic even premiered a previously unheard track most likely titled “And They Wit Me Now” which was bumpin!

It was truly an experience seeing someone like Vic who I feel has a LONG career ahead of him perform at such an early stage of his career.  Whats great is it seems that he really understands himself, and what people like about him. I say that because I can’t imagine a more fitting & more hip hop ending to a concert than an impromptu freestyle session; especially when you take into context that many people’s first taste of Vic Mensa came in the past year during the numerous incredible freestyles he spit on shows like Sway In The Morning, MTV Rapfix, & Showoff Radio .  Vic’s presence will only grow, he mentioned leaving for a tour of Germany immediately after the show,  I can’t help escape the feeling that next time he’s back in New York City it will be on a whole new level.

Words By: Spencer