IF YOUR THINKING “WHY SHOULD I CARE “WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT BLACK HEART FAMILIA RECORDS.WELL YOU SHOULD CARE.A COLLECTIVE OF ARTIST WITH THIS LEVEL OF TALENT DIVERSITY AND DEDICATION TO MAKING DOPE MUSIC HAS NOT EXISTED PRIOR TO THE FORMATION OF “BHF” .ARTIST LIKE “V” “BOOG” “ROSE LEEO””SINBAD” “KROWN VIC” MAKE UP JUST A FEW OF THE ARTIST THAT MAKE UP THE COLLECTIVE “BHF”.I RECENTLY INTERVIEWED THE OWNER AND FOUNDER OF BLACK HEART FAMILIA RECORDS “B RAY” A.K.A “BOBBY HUSTLE” I WAS IMPRESSED BY THE AMOUNT OF DEDICATION AND EVEN MORE BY THE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT “BHF” PUTS INTO THE CREATIVE PROCESS.I RECENTLY REVIEWED THE “BLACK HEART FETISH” PROJECT BY “BHF”ARTIST ” V” AND I MUST ADMIT AFTER HEARING THE WAY IN WHICH THE VALLEY PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT LANDMARK IN THIS MUSIC I WAS LIKE YEAH FINALLY GOOD TO HEAR SOME NON BIAS RAP.NO POLITICS HERE .BHF ALSO PRIDES ITSELF ON PRODUCERS “SINBAD” AND “CASH” ARE TWO TALENTED BEAT MAKERS.LAST YEAR I WAS INVITED ON A ROAD TRIP WITH B RAY & SINBAD WHERE WE MET UP WITH BAY AREA LEGEND SAN QUINN.SINBAD AND SAN QUINN SMOKING ON THE LOUDEST OF THE LOUD IN A SMOKE FILLED STUDIO IS THE BEST WAY I COULD DESCRIBE THE SCENE. IVE SEEN THAT “BHF” IS MAKING PROGRESS DRIVEN BY AN INDIVIDUAL WHO ISNT THE ARTIST OR THE PRODUCER.WHICH SURPRISED ME.USING MYSELF AS AN EXAMPLE MOST VALLEY MUSIC LABELS ARE OWNED BY THE SOLE ARTIST OR MAIN ARTIST ON THE LABEL NOT THE CASE WITH “BHF”THE VALLEY HAS MANY REPUTABLE LABELS AND SOME MAJOR TALENT OUT THERE IF YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A TEAM PLAYER “BHF”MIGHT HAVE ROOM FOR YOU ON THE ROSTER. THIS IS YOUR BOY BISHOP DEVILLE AS ALWAYS LIVE AND IN EFFECT .
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Infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who daringly escaped prison on July 11, utilized a tunnel leading from the only “supermax” maximum-security prison in Mexico, where he’d been held. At least that’s the explanation Mexican authorities have given as to how the leader of the Sinaloa cartel escaped prison for the second time.
In the aftermath of the escape, VICE News went to Almoloya de Juarez to inspect the exit of the tunnel that “El Chapo” allegedly used, and spoke with an activist and former inmate of Altiplano prison who claims to have discovered flaws in the authorities’ version of events.
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Taking place in Tennessee, Bonnaroo is replacing Coachella as the festival to be at. In 2014, Wu-Tang, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, Ice Cube, Lauryn Hill and R.Kelly were amongst the best performers. The best part about Bonnaroo? It’s still under 100,000 attendees and reasonably priced for a multi-day pass. Photo: Bonnaroo Instagram
In 2013, Jay Z partnered with Budweiser to create a two-day music festival called MADE IN AMERICA. The festival was originally held in Philadelphia only. It expanded to Los Angeles this year and featured Meek Mill, Kanye West, Drake, Iggy Azalea, YG, Nipsey Hussle, and Hit-Boy, Chance the Rapper, DJ Mustard and many more. Photo: Made In America Instagram
While on Hiatus this year, Rock the Bells is a staple in hip hop. The four-city event started 10 years ago and only supports hip hop music artists. Drake, Jay Z, OutKast, Lauryn Hill and many others have performed in the past. Hopefully it’ll return in 2014. Photo: Rock The Bells Instagram
Held In Atlanta, Georgia, A3C is in its 10th year of supporting the hip hop, R&B, art and culture surrounding music in the dirty south. This year, I LOVE KAKONNEN, Ca$h Out, 2 Chainz, Casey Veggies, Juvenile, Kevin Gates, Mystikal, Scareface, Problem, Trinadad Jame$, Talib Kweli and many more took the stage. What’s best, it’s also a small venue with only 25,000 attendees in 2014. Photo: A3C Instagram
Started in 2005, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is New York’s largest cultural hip hop event. Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is committed showcasing the music genre’s legacy and also furthering its role in social change and community building. Year after year, over 20,000 fans have gathered to see performances from Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Monie Love, Redman, Drizzy Wright, Raekwon and many more. Photo: BHHF Instagram
Also held in Atlanta, Georgia, Counterpoint featured OutKast, J. Cole, Major Lazer, Krewella and Janelle Monae this year. While heavily EDM, the show is starting to cross into Hip Hop and R&B with performers. Photo: Counterpoint Instagram
This year, the Uforia Music Festival brought together the best of the Latin and Hip Hop worlds in LA. Performances included La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Ludacris, Nelly, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa and many more. Photo: Uforia Music Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival is a must attend hip hop-focused festival in the Midwest. Held in Chicago, this year’s line up featured Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, and Isaiah Rashad. Over 50,000 people attended this midwest music mecca. Photo: Pitchfork Facebook
Founded in 2006, by Murs, Paid Dues is an all-day, 10-city outdoor live music event packed solely with underground hip-hop acts. Paid Dues was unable to happen in 2014, but Murs ended up curating the Sunset Strip Music Festival as an extension of his original show. Murs says Paid Dues will return 2015.
Beale Street Music Festival started 38 years ago as a blues festival. But in decade, it’s gained traction in the hip hop space. Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi (Outkast), The Roots, Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, Public Enemy, Bone Thugz & Harmony, Project Pat and Snoop Lion have all participated. More than one million people attend the show in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo: Beal Street
The Sasquatch! (yep, named after Big Foot) Festival started in 2002. It’s a three-day event that features a wide variety of music but the notable hip hop performers makes it a heavy hitting festival for the Pacific Northwest area. ScHoolboy Q, Mos Def, OutKast, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, The Knix, Shabazz Palaces, Drake and many more have take the stage more than once. Photo: Sasquatch Instagram
An attorney for rapper DMX says two men claiming they were robbed by the hip-hop star Sunday morning offered him drugs before contacting police.
Bronx-based Murray Richman, whose long list of clients has included Jay-Z and members of the Lucchese crime family, told NJ Advance Media that the allegations the rapper shook them down for $3,200 in cash were “completely bogus.”
“He doesn’t have a gun. There’s video tape on the scene. I imagine the police have it. I don’t get it,” he said.
Richman said he had spoken with DMX, also known as Earl Simmons, who told him he and a group of associates that included two former New York City police officers stopped at the gas station following a headlining spot at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Saturday night.
It was there that he met the two alleged victims, who recognized him and asked to pose for pictures, he added. The men eventually offered the rapper drugs, according to Richman, which he refused due to his past struggles with addiction.
“He had a problem in the past. These guys thought they were being cool with him,” he said, adding that DMX told him he left the scene promptly after refusing the offer.
The account differs from the one provided by the 21-year-old victim, who told police the two had a brief conversation before DMX demanded the victim show him what was in his pockets.
A member of the rapper’s entourage then allegedly flashed a handgun, he claims, prompting him to turn over the cash.
A friend who was with the alleged victim at the time has spoken out in his defense, saying the large amount of money taken was from a freshly cashed paycheck.
Newark police were on scene at the McCarter Highway Exxon today gathering the video. An investigation into the incident remains active, though no charges have been filed against DMX or anyone else, police confirmed.
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There’s a promoter that’s been advertising an 8 city Drizzy tour in May, except they forgot one very small, minor issue: Drake didn’t give permission, and he’s actually not performing at any of those venues.
In fact, Drake is urging fans to call authorities if they managed to get fooled!
Apparently, tickets were reportedly in the $350 range in Miami and Houston. So, naturally Drake’s team is trying to deduce who the culprit might be.
Nearly three weeks after rapper “The Jacka” was gunned down in East Oakland, police have not named a suspect and have not made any arrests despite being close enough to the killers to hear the gunshots that took his life.
The February 2nd homicide occurred on MacArthur Boulevard near 94th Avenue at 8:14 p.m. on a Monday night. An unidentified gunman escaped.
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“The case is actively being investigated,” said Officer Johnna Watson, Oakland Police Department Public Information Officer.
“We continue to follow up leads and encourage community assistance through tips to help solve this case. At this time we are not releasing any additional information,” she added.
Oakland Police would not respond to CBS SF’s requests about whether there were any suspects, whether witnesses were coming forward, what the motive was, and whether they were confident they would eventually make an arrest and conviction.
37-year-old Dominic Newton, who went by the stage name “The Jacka,” was found by patrol units shortly after officers heard the shot or shots. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Pittsburg resident began his rap career in the late 1990s as a member of Mob Figaz, before launching a solo career in 2001. The Jacka has collaborated with a number of Bay Area hip-hop stars such as E-40 and Mistah F.A.B. His latest album, What Happened To The World, was released just two months ago.
Oakland Police failed to clear 72 percent of the city’s 2012 homicides by mid 2013, according to a KQED report. This interactive data map shows the areas where no arrests had been made in the murder. Clicking each dot will bring up the news report about the killing, and the status from February 2013, when the map was built.
Rap music mogul Marion (Suge) Knight allegedly killed one man and injured another by deliberately running them over with his truck in California on Thursday — and then fled the scene, cops said.
Knight ditched his bright red Ford F-150 Raptor and “was in the wind,” Thursday night, said Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“The act appears to be intentional,” Corina said. “He intended to run those people over.”
The deadly hit-and-run occurred around 3 p.m., after Knight drove onto the set of “Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic about N.W.A, and got into a confrontation with two unidentified men, cops said.
Shortly after the fight, cops believe Knight, 49, in his red truck, followed the men to Tam’s Burgers in Compton, several blocks away from the film set. More words were exchanged in the parking lot, cops said. Then the driver of the red truck backed up and ran over one of the men, witnesses told cops. The driver then zoomed forward to run him over again, they said.
The truck also hit the second man, witnesses said.
“The description appears to be Suge Knight … One of the victims ends up dying, so now we’re investigating this as a murder,” Corina told the Daily News.
The deceased victim was 55 years old. Cops didn’t release a name, but other media identified him as Terry Carter, a former business partner of Ice Cube, who had been on the set that day, as had Knight rival Dr. Dre.
Knight’s lawyer, James Blatt, told TMZ the victim had been a friend of the rap mogul’s.
The injured man is 51, Corina said.
A red truck matching the description of Knight’s was found in Westwood, near Blatt’s office.
Blatt told police his client — who has a long history of trouble with the law — would surrender, Corina said.
“We’re waiting for (Blatt) to call us. He’s still trying to talk to his client. We’re waiting for him to turn himself in. Sooner or later he will,” Corina said.
“It was an argument,” he added. “They’re acquaintances. I’m sure they know each other. And it just went bad.”
The notorious ex-rap impresario was a “person of interest,” cops said.
“He was seen 20 minutes earlier over at the other incident in the same truck, arguing with some people. Then the same truck ends up over here, a person driving the truck fits his description, so we want to talk to him,” Corina said.
Knight has been arrested several times and was shot six times in September outside a club. He’s currently out on $500,000 bail in the alleged theft of a paparazzo’s camera and is due in court for a hearing Tuesday.