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Sick Steen takes us on a journey on his “Train Of Thought” [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Vancouver emcee Sick Steen displays his verbal prowess on his new single “Train Of Thought” which sees him rapping for 3 minutes straight over a punchy vocal-sample-driven backdrop provided by producer Araz. The visuals shot by Lee Solo follows the rapper on Vancouver’s Sky train system reinforcing the title of the song itself.

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Deleteeglitch makes “Sun Turn 2 Ice” [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


 

Eclectic rapper Deleteeglitch shares the video for his song “Sun Turn 2 Ice” which showcases the rapper’s non-conformist style. He employs a laidback, lofi backdrop as his canvas and delivers a carefree performance ripe with off-kilter lyrics that keep listeners engaged from start to end. The visual is pretty zany and makes use of retro and psychedelic visual effects that seamlessly blend into each other.

 

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Twista “Glock,” Majid Jordan “Summer Rain” & More | Daily Visuals 9.21.21 

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard anything new from Twista, but today Chicago’s fastest rapper returns with some new work and is still as quick with his bars as he’s ever been.

Coming through with some new visuals to “Glock,” Twista holes up in a armory laced with all kinds of heat while Twista handles and names each and every piece of toast he can get his hands on. 2nd Amendment fanatics are going to be going nuts with this joint. Just sayin.’

On a softer tip, Majid Jordan gets into the spirit of summer and for his clip to “Summer Rain” which features all kinds of visuals including some boxing, airplane ride and, well, rain. It’s kinda all over the place, but really entertaining.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from DJ Swamp Izzo featuring Future, 22Gz, and more.

TWISTA – “GLOCK”

MAJID JORDAN – “SUMMER RAIN”

DJ SWAMP IZZO FT. FUTURE – “3 CELL PHONES”

DTE LIL DAYDAY – “GAMBLING”

PINK SIIFU FT. BBYMUTHA – “BIG OLE”

22GZ – “RETALIATION”

VADO & RICH ICE – “LET ‘EM FRONT”

DJ MUGGS & CRIMEAPPLE – “PAPAS”

DJ Akademiks Launches ‘Off The Record’ Video Podcast On Spotify 

DJ Akademiks x Off The Record

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DJ Akademiks is back with his brand new podcast. Actually, a “vodcast.”

Since the forever-controversial Hip-Hop commentator parted ways with Complex, Joe Budden and Everyday Struggle, most of his drama-infused content was brought to us via Twitch, but on Monday, the Jamaica-born, New York-raised media personality officially launched his new video podcast, Off the Record, which is available exclusively on Spotify.

Off the Record will release three video episodes a week. Each episode will feature “two roundtable discussions and one interview featuring an artist or celebrity driving the culture forward,” according to a press release sent to Hip Hop Wired. The podcast will also feature special live episodes on Spotify Greenroom.

Following the podcast’s first episode—which Akademiks recapped on his YouTube channel—the former Rutgers University DJ will be sitting down with rapper Rich the Kid to discuss things like the “Plug Walk” rapper’s journey and career as well as his top pics for which rappers are running things in Hip Hop’s current culture. 

Future guests for the show have yet to be announced, but what is known is this time around, Akademiks won’t be sharing the hosting stage with anyone else. In his first episode recap, Akademiks was adamant in saying, while he will likely have recurring guests, this is his platform and he will not have a co-host.

Beyond that, Akademiks said he has put a lot of energy, work, and money into giving his new podcast top-notch production value and making it one that will blow every other Hip-Hop podcast out the water.

 

AJ Johnson’s Wife Claims She’s Getting A Lot Of Fake Love But Little Support [Video] 

Anthony AJ Johnson Actor Comedian

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The movie industry is still hurting from the recent loss of AJ Johnson. His wife says since his passing she has received more fake love than real love.

As spotted on TMZ Lexis Jones Mason has is speaking about the recent passing of the Friday movie star. Naturally the loss was a huge one for her and the family. As the presumed primary earner for the household to it is needless to say his queen is in need of assistance now that he is gone. In an exclusive interview with the celebrity gossip website she explained while AJ has received an outpouring of emotional love from his friends and peers in Hollywood she has yet to receive the support she really needs.

In a heartbreaking vlog she reveals that the family has launched a GoFundMe to bury him. “Y’all say y’all love him but where’s the help?”she said. “We’re raising money because I have to pay for this all out of pocket. It’s just hurtful you know?”. The original goal was $20,000 to cover the funeral and ceremony but thankfully the donations have exceeded it as they have raised a little over $30,000 as of today (Wednesday, September 22). According to the page Lexis and the family are still actively accepting donations.

AJ Johnson, who had several memorable movie roles that resonated with Hip-Hop culture (i.e., I Got The Hook Up, House Party), was 55. You can see Lexis discuss the situation below.

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Microsoft’s Unveils New Surface Laptop Studio Plus Eveything Else Announced During Its Surface Event 

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Apple and Samsung have been the talk of the tech world, but Microsoft said, wait a minute, we got some things to show y’all.

Wednesday (Sep.22), Microsoft had plenty to show off to tech enthusiasts during its Microsoft Surface event. As expected, the tech giant revealed a new  Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, now equipped with a camera plus some other cool features, and even a NEW weird but still cool as hell flagship laptop and much more.

So let’s get into it.

Surface Go 3

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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The Surface Go3 is Microsoft’s low-end Surface model aimed at those who don’t want to break the bank for one of Microsoft’s fancy tablets. Brand new Intel processors power this new model to give it a bit of a booth.

Surface Duo 2 5G

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Microsoft’s phablet is getting a significant update that makes it very attractive to people who love a good phone that also doubles as a tablet. The Surface Duo 2 features updates to the device that users of the first iteration of the Duo were screaming for. The Surface Duo 2 now has 5G capability, some nifty gaming features, a pretty decent screen, plus a cool Glance Bar that updates you about your notifications and battery life when the device is close. It also works with the new Surface Slim Pen 2.

Surface Slim Pen 2

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Yaaaay, a new pen. Apple has its Apple Pencil, Samsung has the S Pen Pro, now Microsoft has the Surface Slim Pen 2. Both Apple and Samsung claimed that updates to their stylists because that’s what each peripheral is, just with a different name, make it feel like you’re writing. Now, Microsoft makes the same claim thanks to built-in haptics designed to give you more tactile feedback while using it.

Ocean Plastic Mouse

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

Source: Microsoft / Ocean Plastic Mouse

Microsoft’s Ocean Plastic Mouse didn’t blow anyone away unless you’re Captain Planet and The Planeteers. The mouse is eco-friendly and is made from 20 percent recycled ocean plastic and packaging that’s 100 percent recyclable. Don’t get it twisted. We are here for saving the planet.

Surface Adaptive Kit

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Everyone deserves to enjoy technology, and Microsoft is ahead of the curve when it comes to making their devices inclusive for all, and that energy continues. Microsoft showed off its new Surface Adaptive Kit in a heartwarming presentation. The kit features labels and port indicators you can place on your Surface Pro to make it easier to use. There are even tools you can use to help you open the device. Well done, Microsoft.

Surface Pro 8

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

Source: Microsoft / Surface Pro 8

The Surface Pro 8 features some significant redesigns to Microsoft’s Surface line. This time around, the Surface Pro 8 has a larger 13-inch touchscreen, two Thunderbolt 4 ports (so long USB-A port), thinner bezels, and much more. Yes, it also supports the new Slim Pen 2.

Surface Laptop Studio

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

Source: Microsoft / Surface Laptop Studio

This bad boy stole the show. Microsoft’s new flagship laptop, the Surface Laptop Studio, is its new powerful notebook, and its most significant feature is functionality. This transformer features a hinge allowing users to bring the screen closer to them or convert it to “studio mode” so you can do some heaving editing while using the Slim Pen 2. This device is so incredible that it almost had the event’s host in tears while he talked about it. We are dead serious.

Photo: Microsoft / Microsoft Surface Event

R. Kelly Chooses Not To Testify In Sex Trafficking Trial 

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The Pied Piper of R&B is keeping his mouth shut. Disgraced crooner and accused predator R. Kelly has decided not to testify in his sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn.

“No, ma’am,” Kelly told U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, per Raw Story, when he was asked if he wanted to testify on his own behalf.

R’uh’s trial began on August 18 and jurors heard testimony from victims, witnesses and others who said they observed instances of his alleged illicit behavior. The Chicago native has pleaded not guilty to a count of racketeering and eight counts of illegally transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

The testimony has been vile, particularly when involved the late singer Aaliyah, who R. Kelly married when she was still a teenager. Last week, a witness referred to as “Angela” told the court, “I saw Robert and Aaliyah in a sexual situation,” she testified. “It appeared that he had his head in between her legs and was giving her oral sex.”

Regardless of this trial’s outcome, R. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly. 54, is facing another trial in his hometown for similar charges.

Curtis Coke shares visuals for “Gawd Willing” featuring BroGawd (prod by DJ Sight) [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Rochester rhyme-vet, Curtis Coke is back on his grind as he shares visuals for his DJ Sight-produced track titled “Gawd Willing” which also sees him working with fellow emcee BroGawd. Bolstered by the somber and reflective production courtesy of DJ Sight, Coke shares his journey of strive and the need to have the right motivation in order to succeed. BroGawd ties it all up with a melodic and introspective chorus adding an evocative element to the track.

The visual has a homely and warm vibe as well with its blend of performance shots that capture the rappers in their stomping grounds amongst other things. Cameos include the producer Kidd Called Quest (Young Black And Gifted).

With a decade-plus of recorded music to his belt, Curtis (who formerly went by the names Curt Laisi and L.I.) has had street classics bang out on radio in Rochester and Buffalo. He has also worked with such notable producers as Midnite (38 Spesh), DJ Sight, and Eto as well as collaborating with such artists as Lady Luck, Bobby Valentino, and 38 Spesh

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Little Brother Asks Fans Not to Buy or Stream Early Albums Over Unpaid Royalties 

Dilated Peoples and Little Brother Perform At S.O.B.'s

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The dynamic group Little Brother is in the midst of a controversy involving their first two albums and their former label ABB Records’ shady moves behind new reissues of both. The MCs are humbly asking fans not to purchase or stream a paif of their first albums.

Rapper Big Pooh broke the news of the indie label’s behavior via Twitter on Tuesday (September 21), claiming that they re-issued their second album from 2005, The Minstrel Show, without the group’s permission. He also stated that the group hadn’t been paid appropriately for that album and for their 2003 debut project, The Listening.

Pooh closed by asking fans to not buy or stream those album reissues. “I see ABB Records has decided to put up a repress of The Minstrel Show on vinyl instead of answering for 16 years of nonpayment on TMS or answering for 18 years of nonpayment for The Listening,” he wrote. “Humbly asking that you not support bad business practices. Thank you for listening.”

Phonte co-signed Rapper Big Pooh’s request, clarifying through Instagram that he wasn’t implicating Fat Beats in the situation. “I have no smoke with @fatbeats, but @abbrecords can get the entire fuck outta here,” he wrote in the caption. “Either way, my brother @rapperbigpooh and I are asking that you don’t support any LB vinyl represses and stop running The Listening on all streaming platforms until Ben Nickleberry Jr. aka Beni B. of @abbrecords honors his fucking word and pays us what we’re owed. Thank you for listening. #LBbizness.”

He later posted a video to Instagram, thanking all of the supportive fans and shedding further light on what exactly took place between the group and ABB Records, stating that the group hadn’t received any royalties since 2004 for The Listening despite significant streaming numbers. Phonte also shared that the vinyl rights to The Minstrel Show were given to Atlantic Records in the deal made between the label and ABB Records and that he had spoken with Nickleberry as late as 2019 to try to resolve the issue quietly. “We tried, but now it’s time to get loud,” he said.

Check out the full video below.

HYPEBEAST & Neiman Marcus Team For New Sneaker Virtual Showroom 

Dolce & Gabbana x Hypebeast

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Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly take anymore sneaker related ventures, HYPEBEAST and Neiman Marcus have teamed up to take sneakerheads on a virtual journey to show us what we can’t have, and we’re not mad at all.

HYPEBEAST is reporting that they’ve teamed with Marcus to create a virtual showroom that will feature 11 of the most exclusive kicks from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Balmain, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Maison Margiela, Off-White™, Versace and Giuseppe Zanotti.

Wait, no Jordans? We’re not sure how we feel about that. We know the world doesn’t revolve around the Jumpman, but still.

The collaboration is part of Neiman’s “Re-Introduce Yourself” campaign which looks to give customers an new and exciting digital online shopping experience.

“Online luxury retail continues to grow and our customers are seeking retail theater outside of traditional retail interactions,” said Lana Todorovich, president and chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus.”

Looks pretty dope to be honest. Of course this was a no brainer for HYPEBEAST who are all to familiar with, well, Hypebeasts.

“Exclusivity, hype, and sneakers are three words that make up the HYPEBEAST vocabulary, and this virtual showroom continues to push the boundaries on how our readers experience new and exclusive luxury products, specifically sneakers, digitally,” said Huan Nguyen, US vice president of brand partnerships at HYPEBEAST.”

The showroom is live now. Check it out and let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section.