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retropxssy shares visuals for “Wild Horse” [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Eclectic UK rapper retropxssy caught our eyes with the visuals for her single titled “Wild Horse”. The short song is quite off-kilter and it’s built on ominous stings and punchy sparsely arranged drums that form the foundation for her sultry cadence and unfiltered songwriting. The track dwells on breaking free from various types of institutions made to keep one down, be it relationships, social or religious. The overall message is to find one’s inner chi and live life on one’s terms.

The visual follows retropxssy as she escapes from the villainous Dr. Rat and we see them dueling it out ala Streetfighter style with our heroine coming out victorious at the end of it all.

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Crock Taylor shares “#FreeHellboy” and “B.R.I.Q (bestrapperinQueens)” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Hardworking rapper Crock Taylor returns with two more joints from his stash and both tracks are pure dope from start to finish.

“#FreeHellboy” is pure bravado on wax as Crock makes use of a solemn backdrop made up of soft drum grooves and vocal samples seamlessly layered together. As expected, the raps are straight fiery and mix some insightful elements with vivid bravado lyrics to boot.

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As the title “B.R.I.Q (bestrapperinQueens)”  suggests, Crock embodies the mantle and proceeds to prove it. Over a cinematic backdrop, he reminds listeners that he is not one to play with. Armed with his characteristic flow and dynamic cadence, he takes us into the borough of Queens while stating his claim.

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King Kwon is the “Young Dirty Bastard” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Midwest emcee King Kwon makes his entry on our site with his new release titled “Young Dirty Bastard”. The solemn tune sees him on a quest to find what true hip-hop is and he is not stopping till he gets the answer. Armed with a commanding and gruff vocal tone, King Kwon carves his path and shares his own take on the issue.

 

King Kwon also known as 2K, is an American rap recording artist from Elkhart, IN. Representing the Midwest, King Kwon released his debut mixtape Smoke Session on datpiff.com and a collaborative project with AC Johnson in 2017 (Strategic Thoughts). 

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Benny The Butcher “Super Plug,” OT The Real, Freeway & Statik Selektah “Hardcore” & More | Daily... 

When he’s not rolling out the “welcome” mat” for his rap peers in Buffalo, New York, Benny The Butcher’s a man on his grind and today the Upstate NY OG continues to push work off his latest album, Tana Talk 4.

Coming through with some new visuals to “Super Plug,” The Butcher finds himself politickin’ with his peoples before laying back in his crib and flossing the fruits of his labor such as ice, cars and a swimming pool to keep him cool whenever the block is hot. BTB’s out there living his best life.

Elsewhere OT The Real, Freeway and Statik Selektah link up to bring heads that good ol’ Hip-Hop mixtape sound and in their clip to “Hardcore” take it to the streets and hit us with aerial views of the city that they rep and love. Great to see Freeway looking healthy again.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Fortunato featuring Fredro Starr, Trapland Pat featuring Big 30 and more.

BENNY THE BUTCHER – “SUPER PLUG”

OT THE REAL, FREEWAY & STATIK SELEKTAH – “HARDCORE”

FORTUNATO FT. FREDRO STARR – “ALL WE KNOW”

TRAPLAND PAT FT. BIG 30 – “DOA”

QUELLE CHRIS FT. MORUF & PINK SIIFU – “THE SKY IS BLUE BECAUSE THE SUNSET IS RED”

AUSTIN POE – “LEVELS”

RICK HYDE FT. ROME STREETZ – “POZA”

LAN’DO – “16 BIT”

MOTHER NATURE – “DON’T WORRY”

J-OATS – “AIN’T ME”

SNUPE BANDZ – “BARNACLE BOY”

Doja Cat States Upcoming Album Will Be “Predominately Rap” 

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For those who cast aspersions on Doja Cat and her rapping, her next album will have plenty of it for them to analyze according to her latest interaction with the press.
In a profile interview with writer Marjon Carlos for Elle Magazine, the artist talked about the follow-up album to her smash platinum release, Planet HER and according to Carlos the new project will feature “predominantly rap.” “I’ve rapped since the beginning, and I really couldn’t even sing that well to begin with—I got a lot better,” Doja said in response to those who doubt her lyricism. “I use my voice as a tool to create these worlds, and it’s fine if people think that I can’t rap.”

She goes on to explain that she hasn’t actually started work on the new album yet but that it’s on the way. “I have been getting songs and things sent to me,” she said. “Oh f–k, I wish I could tell people! There’s some really cool stuff that I got sent from friends. They’re all working on beats, and I’m giving them notes and they know what I want, so I’m excited.” In the past, she has stated that the new LP will be a double album and that
she’s tapped 9th Wonder and Jay Versace to take care of the production. Her love for 9th Wonder and Little Brother was a buzzworthy topic last year when she broke down why she loved their track “Whatever You Say”.
The “Need To Know” singer recently pulled out of a major tour with The Weeknd due to her needing to have
tonsil surgery.

Planet HER did have a heavy dose of pop in terms of the production and direction, and it has worked out well
for Doja, making her the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy Award winner for her infectious lead single,
“Kiss Me More” with SZA. Despite its success, many still question her rhyming skills, with Remy Ma being the most recent opinion. “I don’t think she’s a rapper,” Remy said while appearing on the Drink Champs podcast. “Let’s be clear with that. They put her in the rapper category, I don’t think she’s a rapper. But she makes dope records, and I think she’s dope.”

Kanye West And Naoto Fukasawa Reimagine McDonald’s Packaging 

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Kanye West is adding his magic touch to the world’s most famous fast food chain. He and Naoto Fukasawa are reimagining McDonald’s packaging.

As per The Grio the Chicago, Illinois native has teamed up with popular chain for a collaboration that has taken the world by surprise. For many weeks his social media channels have been largely inactive but on Tuesday, May 24 he returned with the announcement. “Ye teams up with industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa to reimagine McDonald’s packaging” the caption read. The accompanying visual features a square McDonald’s sandwich wrapped in what seems to be a cellophane wrapper. As expected the iconic double arch logo is prominently featured on top. 

In a since deleted Instagram Story the “Flashing Lights” rapper referenced the unique opportunity by using one of his most iconic lines from his smash hit song “Gold Digger” (“Next week it’s the fries”). This is just one of the many partnerships he has on the table. His YEEZY GAP Engineered by Balenciaga collection was scheduled to drop but was postponed in respect of the recent Texas school shooting. It is now scheduled for a Friday, May 27 release. You can shop it here when it drops.

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Texas Republican Blames Rap Music & Video Games For Elementary School Shooting To Deflect From... 

Rep.Ronny Jackson and Rep. Jim Jordan

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There are a few simple facts that we know about Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old who shot and killed two adults and 19 children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde County, Texas. We know that the day he turned 18, he legally purchased an assault rifle from Oasis Outback.

We also know he bought another rifle from the same store a few days later. This was reported by Texas state Sen. John Whitmire, who also said Ramos purchased 375 rounds of 5.56 ammunition. Lastly, we know Ramos used that very weaponry to commit one of the most horrific mass shootings since the one carried out in Buffalo just a few weeks prior.

Then there’s what we don’t know. We don’t know what kind of music Ramos listened to or what kind of video games he played if any. We don’t know his favorite online sites or what his favorite movies or TV shows were.

But none of this matters to Republicans, especially Texas Republicans, who are desperate to scapegoat any and everything that doesn’t include guns for the brutal violence and senseless death in which guns were used. And that’s where Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson (R) comes in.

During a recent Fox News interview, Jackson decided it was more important to defend the Second Amendment than it was to acknowledge that if Ramos didn’t have ready access to dangerous weapons, he wouldn’t have been able to cause so much carnage at an elementary school.

 

“There’s going to be all kinds of discussions coming up, unfortunately, you know, in the media regarding Second Amendment rights,” Jackson said. “But I think we really need to ask the question, how could something like this happen?”

First of all, let’s start with how Jackson is playing around in people’s faces and pretending “the media” is where all the pro-gun regulation sentiment begins and ends.

a recent CBS poll shows that 54 percent of Americans are in favor of stricter policies in regard to the sale of firearms. In truth, most recent polls show that anywhere from 54 to 60 percent of Americans are in favor of stricter gun laws in general, and it has been that way for the last several years. So no, it’s not the media that is driving this issue, it’s more than half the nation’s citizens.

If Jackson was being honest about wanting to know “how could something like this happen,” he would at least consider how different things could have turned out if Ramos couldn’t purchase an assault rifle so easily. And yet…

“When I grew up, things were different,” Jackson continued. “And I just think that kids are exposed to all kinds of horrible stuff nowadays too. I look back and I think about the horrible stuff they hear when they listen to rap music, the video games that they watch from a really early age with all of this horrible violence and stuff and I just think that they have this access to the internet on a regular basis, which is just, you know, it’s not good for kids.”

Imagine dismissing all these facts right in front of you in favor of pure speculation. And let’s not ignore the dog-whistling in Jackson going straight for rap music.

This is desperate deflection and nothing more. Sometimes I just really hate it here.

Travis Scott To Donate Proceeds From Latest Nike Collaboration To Project HEAL 

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Given the way that sneakerheads flooded Travis Scott’s website with bots upon the release of his latest Nike collaboration, we feel it’s pretty safe to say he’s un-canceled.

Now the “Highest In The Room” rapper is taking another step in his road to redemption and has announced that he’s going to be donating the proceeds from his latest Nike collaboration to Project HEAL. TMZ is reporting that the money made from the merchandise moved by his Nike collaboration will ultimately make it’s way to the nonprofit organization that is focused on equitable treatment access for eating disorders. This by itself should see millions of dollars pour into Project Heal with this latest drop alone.

Sources close to Travis tell us he wanted to do the drop through his own website so that he could ensure the proceeds go to Project Heal. Project Heal is an initiative Travis launched back in March as a multi-tier effort to fund initiatives Travis finds important and worthy of assistance.

Watch this be the most limited Nike/Travis Scott drop ever. We just joking. We know they ain’t cheap like that. Still, it’s going to be impossible copps thanks to sneaker bots and resellers with plugs like Benjamin Kicks. It’s onsight with that fool for the sneaker culture.

Will you be trying to get a pair of the Travis Scott/Nike Air Max 1’s or Trainers this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below.

More Of The Same On The 2nd Anniversary Of George Floyd’s Death 

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It has been two years since the horrific and senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, which was captured on video and shocked the world into protest. The unfortunate reality is that Black death at the hands of law enforcement still persists, with a few striking cases as examples.
On the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, recent statistics underscore a grim truth – since his death, Black people accounted for 27 percent of the 1051 Americans who were killed by law enforcement in 2021 according to data compiled by the nonprofit group Mapping Police Violence. The same study also showed that Black people were three times more likely to be killed by police, yet 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed at the time. Here are just five examples from a list that has far, far too many names.

Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter Sentenced In Killing Of Duante Wright

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Daunte Wright

The 20-year-old was driving through his Brooklyn Center, Minnesota neighborhood on April 11th, 2021 when he was stopped by police who initially claimed that there was an outstanding warrant against him. Wright struggled to get back into his car, which prompted Officer Kimberly Potter to shoot him. The Brooklyn Center police chief, Tim Gannon claimed that Potter meant to use her Taser and took out her gun instead. Potter would later resign from the force, as well as Gannon. Potter would stand trial and be found guilty of first and second-degree manslaughter, receiving a sentence of two years in prison.

Guila Dale III

Police were called to the home of the retired U.S. Army major in Newton, New Jersey on July 4th, 2021 by his wife, who feared that her husband was contemplating suicide. A veteran of the War In Iraq, Dale suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Video released by the District Attorney for Sussex County shows Dale exiting a truck with an object in his hand. Officers Steven Kneidl and Garrett Armstrong then opened fire, killing him. They would later claim they attempted to engage, but footage showed that Dale was shot four minutes after his wife’s call and that the encounter lasted fifteen seconds. State authorities are still investigating the circumstances of the incident.

Family Of Andrew Brown Jr. Shown Full Police Body Camera Video Of His Death

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Andrew Brown Jr.

On April 21st, 2021, officers from the Sheriff’s Department of Elizabeth City, North Carolina arrived at Andrew Brown Jr.’s residence to serve drug-related search warrants. Brown was killed with a gunshot to the head as he sat behind the wheel of his car. Brown’s family fought with District Attorney Andrew Womble’s office to see the body camera footage from the shooting that reportedly was two hours in length, but were only able to see 19 minutes of it. On May 18th, Womble announced that the shooting was justified and that his office wouldn’t pursue charges against the officers. The FBI is currently conducting a civil rights investigation into the case. Seven deputies with the department would be put on administrative leave, with three who fired shots still under investigation from state authorities.

An’Twan Gilmore

In the early morning hours of August 25th, 2021, Washington D.C. police officers approached a BMW in response to a 911 call about someone seemingly unconscious in the driver’s seat. According to both a viral video of the incident and footage from body camera video, the officers tapped on the window to try to awaken 27-year-old An’Twan Gilmore, who did so and moved the car forward before being asked to stop. At that point, an officer opened fire on Gilmore multiple times. He would later die at the hospital. The Metropolitan Police Department report from the officers on the scene claim that Gilmore had a weapon in his waistband, but also attested that Gilmore never rolled down his window. The case has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Patrick Lyoya

Patrick Lyoya, 26, was detained by police at a traffic stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 4th, 2022. Their reason for stopping the native of the Democratic Republic of Congo was to inquire why the license plate didn’t match the vehicle he was driving. Lyoya ran off after Officer Christopher Schurr asked him for his driver’s license.
Schurr would chase him down, and in the physical struggle would shoot Lyoya in the back of his head, killing him. The incident was captured on the officer’s body camera. Currently, authorities for Kent County are still deciding whether to proceed with charges against Schurr.

WWE Suspends Sasha Banks & Naomi Indefinitely For Walking Off The Job 

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For the past few years fans of the WWE have been complaining about the baffling moves and roster cuts the company has made and now the talent itself seems to be revolting against the higher ups.

According to Vulture, this past Monday night (May 16), the Women’s Tag-Team Champions, Sasha Banks (Mercedes Varnado) and Naomi (Trinity Fatu) walked out on WWE Monday Night Raw as it was airing due to their displeasure with the outcome of the main event in which they were apparently supposed to turn on each other and break up the bond they’ve built for weeks now. After making the case for a continued run as champions, they were apparently called “spoiled” and told to “fix their attitudes,” so they decided walk into the office of the WWE Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, put the tag team title belts on his desk, and simply walked out.

The show continued on with a pretty entertaining main event that featured Becky Lynch and Asuka and when it was all said and done the WWE released a statement on the matter.

“They claimed they weren’t respected enough as tag team champions,” the statement read. “And even though they had eight hours to rehearse and construct their match, they claimed they were uncomfortable in the ring with two of their opponents even though they’d had matches with those individuals in the past with no consequence. Monday Night Raw is a scripted live TV show, whose characters are expected to perform the requirements of their contract.”

Yeah, we’re riding with Sasha and Noami on this one. Given the questionable decisions made over the past few years about who wins what and terrible storylines, we’d prefer to see Sasha and Naomi rock as champs for longer than a few weeks.

On Friday Night Smackdown (May 20) the WWE announced that both Sasha and Noami were suspended indefinitely and were revoking their tag team championship. The way that the WWE have been letting popular wrestlers walk away from the company we wouldn’t be surprised if they let Sasha and Noami go too.

Aside from the suspension, all merchandise featuring Sasha Banks and Naomi has been pulled but that isn’t keeping them from continuing to live their best lives as Banks was rocking out at a Steve Aoki show this past Sunday night.

While Sasha and Naomi have options on the table should the WWE decide to let them go (AEW houses many a disgruntled former WWE talent), we doubt they’d be dumb enough to let two superstars like Sasha and Naomi go. Then again, they did let Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryant and CM Punk leave at the height of their popularity, so we can’t put anything past them.

What do y’all think of the Sasha Banks and Naomi situation at WWE? Let us know in the comment section below.