In the words of Rakim "Ay, yo if you miss hip hop, then stand up ". If you love hip hop you don't want to miss the 13th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival presented by Brooklyn Bodega. Legendary MC Rakim will headline the festival alongside DMX and The Lox on July 15, 2017. Hip Hop has united so many people of all races together. The Hip Hop Institute is proud to announce Brooklyn's own award winning, racial justice and civil rights social media maverick , and mother of three, Linda Sarsour. She will serve as a keynote speaker at Medgar Evers College on July 12, 2017 . As one of the key organizers of The Women's March on Washington.
Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian- Muslim-American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is the outgoing Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change. Linda is a leading force of activists, artists, youth and formerly incarcerated individuals committed to criminal justice reform through direct action and policy advocacy. All in all she has emerged as one of this generation's most motivational and inspiring leaders. The 13th Annual Hip Hop Festival will feature Niambi Sala and Thandiwe aka OSHUN , exclusive guest DJ set by Mister Cee , and legendary DJ duo Stretch & Bobbito. They will all be joined by Festival house DJ, Rob Swift, as well as hosts Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae .More artist for the Finale Concert will be announced soon . So if you love hip hop and want to see some of your favorite artist, get your tickets for the 13th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival from July 10, 2017 - July 16,2017 sponsored by For The Culture , Brooklyn Brewery , Ember Charter School, Dazzler Hotel , Monster Energy and Power 105.1.
Last week Chris Voice , Anthony, Royce P and Markus Lee , posted a picture of them together with the caption [Guess Who ? HP Sweethearts] . The picture of them standing on the steps together heightened the suspense of their fans that the group was back in effect. The photo even made me wonder was this just the guys hanging out or is this really official ? So of course I had to reach out to them to find out what's going on , because the internet is buzzing about the reunion. I've been following Hamilton Park's career for a while now and these guys have released some very hot, seductive, and gratifying music. Their "Hamilton Park" album debut in 2011 under Andre Harrell's label at Atlantic Records. The project featured singles such as "Computer Love" and "Thing Called Us".
Hamilton Park exudes pure talent , power, and undeniable favor that captivates their listeners and allures you right into their charming and blessed world. I've been wanting to interview Hamilton Park forever and I finally had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with them for The Mogul Minute. It was a pleasure to have all four of them on the line "live" . Their personalities definitely shined through and I had an amazing time talking to them . Without further ado all the way from Atlanta here is Hamilton Park.
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It's a great night when there's no politics , no violence , just good energy , hot music , friends and family. If you're anything like me you've been watching the HOT 97 stream of Swizz Beatz VS Just Blaze for the past 2 hours. Tonight the two iconic producers battled just for the culture. They were in the studio two days ago and came up with the idea to do this session live for free just for all of us. Both Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz acknowledged that the fans are the reason they're out the hood and are were they are today. That in the 90's and 2000's they actually started a movement that put the producer in front. They both have respect for each other and tonight their goal was to show hip hop at it's finest. Swizz said "More people need to do this with no politics and foolishness involved". Let me tell you all how I was watching the stream on my computer hype as ever ( and saying oohhhlll this is my song repeatedly ..lol) . They want to get more producers to do the same like Pharrell and Timberland, Pete Rock and Remo, Aaraab and more to join in. This was definitely for the culture, for hip hop, and for the supporters. Hot 97 host Ebro , Busta Rhymes, Cassidy, and so many others were in the room having a good time. This was definitely a monumental night in the world of hip hop. Just to be able to see this live on the internet at home is beyond great . So huge shoutout to Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze for giving back, for inspiring more producers, and for just taking the time out of their busy schedules to have fun and show how much they appreciate their fans and music. Check out the stream from Hot 97 below!
THE MOGUL MINUTE : LISTEN TO THE SPEAKER COWBOY BEEBOP IS THE KEY NOTE ( EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW) WITH @THEMOGULGIRL
Cowboy Beebop is definitely one of Philly's illest young MC's . From his versatility to crush beats to his clever and eloquent vocabulary , he is guaranteed to draw you into his zone. Cowboy Beebop has released songs on his soundcloud as well as a few solo projects including "Dear Jane" and "SATURDAY". His flow is very unique and his lyrics are authentic. He has a style and creativity that is needed in the music scene. You can't just listen to one of his songs, you definitely have to play a couple more . Cowboy Beebop's music gives off that intelligent, productive, chill, celebration, yet still hood, prepared for good things in the future, relative, I love my family and supporters, type of vibe. All in all his ability to combine numerous vibes in multiple songs is for sure what relates to his fans and the streets. Cowboy Beebop deserves recognition for his dedication to his dreams and his passion for music . So check out my exclusive interview with him below.
1. The Mogul Girl : What made you love music ?
Cowboy Beebop : I've been in love with music since the womb. My mom and pop actually met at a rap contest at the community center at 27th and Daulphin.My mom won the competition and my pop won her.So I feel like I never got a chance to fall in love with music .It just was always there, like a apart of me.
2.) The Mogul Girl : Who or what inspires you ?
Cowboy Beebop : I'm a very aesthetic person. I see the beauty in all forms of art. Rather it be visually or sonically. I go to art museums, plays, concerts, dance offs etc.., I draw inspiration from all these different outlets. That's why all my projects are conceptual. Cause I draw from these things then re-interpret them through my music. Far as a person Kid Cudi . He's the complete artist.
3.) The Mogul Girl : Favorite lyrics from a song of yours ?
Cowboy Beebop : "Get Free". A song from my mixtape called "Saturday." I say "Mama tell me face-time/but I never take time/I be on a straight grind/Girl I gotta make mine/She don't never judge me cause she love me like I'm Fazon/She just scared to lose me to the system like Trayvon" . I was basically saying that I been working so hard that I barely have the time to deal with anyone on a social level, not even my mother. Also explaining how my mother was afraid for me because of all the police violence toward black folks at the time.
4.) The Mogul Girl : Is it anything you want your fans to know ?
Cowboy Beebop : I miss they (***) lol . I'm sick that I let them down . I'm going through a growth stage and I hope they're willing to go through it with me I'll be hone soon.
5.)The Mogul Girl : How do you think you impact the game?
Cowboy Beebop : I feel like I'm the bridge between the gangsters and the hipsters at least at a local level. I am the beautiful contradiction. The hood N**** who can crowd surf at Powerhouse or SXSW. The artist who's on the same wave as the Uzi's and Thuggas but can rap like the Nas and Jay-Z and get respected by the J-Prince's and Shug Knight's.
6.) The Mogul Girl : If you could work on a song with any artist who would it be and why ?
Cowboy Beebop : Probably PartyNextdoor. Dude just knows how to capture a certain mood in his music. I would love to learn how to do that. Plus, I think our chemistry would be heavy,
7.)The Mogul Girl : If you could do a song with any artist who would it be and why?
Cowboy Beebop : It's a documentary by Big Sean called the "Road To Hall Of Fame". It's about his creative process while he was making his second album. I watch this jawn and it bring it bring me right back.
8.)The Mogul Girl : Most cherished lesson you learned in life ?
Cowboy Beebop : Most cherished lesson would be the law of attraction.When you have a clear picture of what you want and you focus and work towards it, the universe brings things in your life that help you achieve it .
9) The Mogul Girl : What does Philly mean to you ?
Cowboy Beebop : It's home. I have a love/hate relationship with the city.I've been to a lot of different cities and nobody has their own swag like Philly male or female. Everywhere we go we standout. But on the negative : The city is to hard (lol) . We don't gotta be ganster all the time. We gotta learn to embrace the fact that we're all different . Some n***** are street dudes , some dudes are hipsters . It's too cliquey.
10.) The Mogul Girl : Tell me what you want listeners to gain from your music ?
Cowboy Beebop : An understanding of me. My lyrics are so personal. Which I do intentionally. I want people to feel like they know me. I want my fans to be my friends , that way I'll be good no matter where I go in the world.Also if I can give some kind of insight on doing what you want with your life and not what people think you should, then I'm happy with that.
11.)The Mogul Girl : What was your dream growing up ?
Cowboy Beebop : My dream was and still is to be remembered. I'm scared to die as a nobody and have death and time destroy my legacy.
Shoutout to my daughters Melaysia and Milan
Shout out to @EarlyBBq on Instagram , Get Free Movement , La Beinot @LilSisTho on Instagram.
Although Cowboy Beebop is currently incarcerated he is missed by his family, friends, and supporters . This was a great interview and I'm glad I got this opportunity to do this interview. Thank you Flok (@Flokobama32) for the connect I appreciate it. This goes to show everyone that the Get Free Movement is real. No matter where you are you can be free to go after your dreams and let them be heard.
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THE MOGUL MINUTE : BONE THUGS - N- HARMONY ARE CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF "THA CROSSROADS" ( THE MOGUL GIRL)
One of hip hop's most notorious rap groups Bone Thugs- N- Harmony are celebrating 20 years of their Grammy Award winning song "Tha Crossroads". I remember the first time I saw "Tha Crossroads" video , I might've been 7 . I was so intrigued at a young age by the concept of the video and their words ( the video released when I was 4 by the way) . The song was from their second album "E 1999 Eternal". This song is a staple in hip hop for it's heartfelt, relative, and very attention grabbing lyrics. The song and video brought attention to the loss of a loved one whether by violence or natural causes whether young or old. It also addressed the afterlife and hoping to meet with your loved one again. Bone Thugs - N- Harmony released a total of ten albums and are said to be working on an eleventh album. Their tour "Celebrating The 20th Anniversary of Tha Crossroads" via Rock The Bells and sponsored by Boost Mobile kicks off April 14,2016 in San Diego California and ends August 19,2016 in Jackson, Mississippi . Philly the tour hits our city June 2, 2016 at the TLA. You can purchase your tickets ( here) . Follow "Bone Thugs - N - Harmony on Twitter @BTNHBONETHUGS