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Nas Celebrates 10th Anniversary of ‘Hip Hop Is Dead’ with Mass Appeal x Google Play Music Video Series

One of Nas‘ #1 and most controversial albums, Hip Hop Is Dead recently turned 10 on December 19.

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In order to celebrate the milestone, ESCO sat down with Mass Appeal in conjunction with Google Play Music to delve into some of the elements that sparked the controversy surrounding the album: the title, lead single, and Jay Z collaboration; as well as it’s place in hip-hop.

In the four-part video series the Queens legend reveals drawing inspiration from the title of De La Soul‘s sophomore effort De La Soul is Dead, talks about the creation of “Black Republican;” his first record with HOV following their nasty feud, discusses working on the namesake single with Will.i.Am, shares looking up to B.I.G. and Tupac plus so much more.

Watch Mass Appeal x Google Play Music’s “Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop Is Dead” below.

 

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Fly Visual: Dave East Reflects On Transition Into The Spotlight On “Type Of Time”

Dave East is fresh off delivering his new project Kairi Chanel as well as announcing his new deal with Mass Appeal x Def Jam and he wastes no time delivering a visual for standout track “Type of Time.”

“Type of Time” is a rugged record where we find the Harlem emcee reflecting on making it out of the trenches, and his transition to being one of the hottest newcomers in the rap game.

I’m tearing Louis down / I’m tearing Fendi down / I’m hot, that’s a Fendi now / Jacket say Fendi now / Won’t pay for no verses / I smoke in the back of that Bentley now / I did not have a lot / We did not have a lot

Decked out in designer everything, East overlooks the city his sights set on taking over the Big Apple and beyond.

Watch “Type of Time” above. You can catch Dave East performing at the Highline Ballroom with special guests Tuesday Oct. 18.

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Fly News: PUSHA T Announced President of G.O.O.D. MUSIC

Pusha T, the Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum artist and producer, and a key architect of today’s post-modern hip-hop/pop universe, has been appointed president, G.O.O.D. Music, it was announced today by label founder Kanye West.

Pusha recently spoke with Billboard about the G.O.O.D. News:

A big congratulations are in order. Just got word that you will be the president of G.O.O.D. Music. How was the offer presented you?

Actually, I was flying home and I had just got into my car at the airport. ‘Ye had called me and he was like, “Tell me something. What do you think about being the president of G.O.O.D. Music?” And I was like, “Well, what are the things that you’re looking for?” And he was basically just like, to manicure the label, make it profitable and be very business-oriented about it going forward in a manicured type of way.

In addition to his new role at G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T is a co-founder(with his brother Gene “No Malice” Thornton) of Play Cloths, a successful Street wear line, and as an early investor in Mass Appeal. Pusha T is also a frequent collaborator with the adidas Originals brand, most recently taking part in the brand’s Spring / Summer ‘Superstar’ 2015 campaign.

In a perfect world, what would G.O.O.D. Music look like to you in the next five months?

I just look at capitalizing on everything that I feel like G.O.O.D. Music brings to the music industry, our following, and the culture. First of all, we have incredible artists. It’s definitely about getting those albums out in a very manicured fashion. We have great artistic talent that sort of walk the lines of bringing that excitement back in regards to just the art that goes along with it like DONDA, the merch and things like that. Things that kids are really into these days. You see how fashion takes over and these pop-up shops take over and how the music business is a real touring business now, just the things associated with it. Just building it out to make sure that everybody on the label is really capitalizing off of all the assets that really come with GOOD Music, that we really started, that we’ve really been good at. Just really executing all the different avenues of music, art, culture and fashion as well.

Since 2011, G.O.O.D. Music (Getting Out Our Dreams) has been signed to an exclusive worldwide label agreement with Def Jam Recordings, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG). G.O.O.D. Music is currently home to an acclaimed artist roster that includes Big Sean, Q-Tip, Teyana Taylor, Kacy Hill, and Pusha T himself, among others. G.O.O.D. Music has amassed scores of certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum selling albums and singles.

Since his signing to G.O.O.D. Music in 2010, Pusha T has garnered an impressive track record. He was featured with Kanye West in 2010, on the RIAA platinum “Runaway” from Mr. West’s classic album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In 2012, Pusha T took the lead on a number of tracks from Kanye West’s influential Cruel Summer album, most notably the #1 triple-platinum “Mercy” (with Big Sean and 2 Chainz). Pusha T has been featured on literally dozens of tracks by such artists as Lorde, Puffy Daddy, Jeezy, Future, The-Dream, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and has become a sought after collaborator with EDM’s biggest names following the success of his track “Burial” with Yogi and Skrillex. Throughout 2015 Pusha T’s music has scored many of the biggest moments in film, television and commercials providing the soundtrack for everything from adidas campaigns to the VMAs. Pusha T’s 2013 debut solo album for G.O.O.D. Music, My Name Is My Name, entered the Billboard Hip-Hop Album Chart at #2.

Pusha T (born Terrence Thornton in the Bronx) emerged in the fertile hip-hop music scene centered in Virginia Beach, not far from where he grew up in Norfolk. In 1992, he and his brother Gene formed the much revered, platinum selling rap duo the Clipse.

Congrats Pusha T!

Read more of Pusha’s interview over at Billboard.com

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Last Night In NYC: Bloggers Appreciation Mixer With Blogxilla & Datwon Thomas

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Last night in NYC, EIC of Vibe Magazine, Datwon Thomas and Media Personality Blogxilla hosted the 3rd annual Bloggers Appreciation Mixer put together by PR Maven and CEO of Playbook Media Group, Marie Driven at AKOO‘s Showroom in NYC. People came together to mix and mingle while bloggers were appreciated. Artist like Stro and Rell Jerv performed.

Media participants included: Rap Radar’s B.Dot Miller, AllHipHop.com Steve Raze, Global Grind’s Lindsey India, HeyGorjess, and Billboard’s Patricia Meschino; and Maino, Lyve Bounce Ent., Skoob from Das Efx, Justina Valentine, Money & Violence RayDay and Spliff Star made special guest appearances. Media outlets in attendance were The Source, The Shade Room, HipHopSince 1987, Thisis50, Stuff Fly People Like, Strictly Hip-Hop, Industry Co-sign, Mass Appeal, and many more notable media outlets.

Many patrons sipped on Clique Vodka, and others munched on food bites created by Chefbowyyardie. Chef Cubon provided delicious dessert; Primrose Couture Events provided the floral centerpiece, and Monster Energy provided the gift bags.

Peep who all came out to support after the jump….