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Rihanna donates 1.75 Million to hospital in Barbados

December 24, 2012 · Posted in editorial, news · 3 Comments 

This June the internet exploded with people reaching out to Rihanna, offering their condolences after news broke about a death in her family. It was during this time that Rih used her Instagram account to introduce the world to the magnificent woman she knew as, “Gran Gran Dolly.”

Rihanna has now donated a whopping 1.75 million dollars to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados in honor of her late grandmother. The contribution will help the Queen Elizabeth Hospital upgrade and modernize their facilities. Rihanna later told a representative from E! News, “This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program.”

The hospital has since then renamed their radiotherapy department to the “Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.”

Gran Gran Dolly would be proud!

By: Rick Roman

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You’re Killin’ It: Macklemore

December 2, 2012 · Posted in editorial, You're Killin' It · 3 Comments 

When “Thrift Shop” dropped, YKI wasn’t even born. So this baby is a bit overdue. But YKI is about giving credit where credit is due, so overdue or not, it’s time to pay “Thrift Shop” its dues. A 2012 rap song talking about poppin’ tags at the thrift shop is beyond rare, kind of like a grown man rockin’ a onesie. Like that wasn’t amazing enough, the hip-hop community embraced the track’s message. “Thrift Shop” is currently the 7th hottest rap song on Billboard. Honestly, I think “this is fuckin’ awesome.” Macklemore, you’re killin’ it.

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1 Verse, 1 Hearse #23, J. Cole – Miss America

November 26, 2012 · Posted in 1 verse 1 hearse, editorial · 4 Comments 

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Who remembers “Work Out?” Yeah, well that was J. Cole’s first single for his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. At the time, Cole was trying to change the conversation. He wanted to show people that he had the diversity to become a mainstream rapper all while staying true to his core. Now Cole is trying to change the conversation once again. This time, he doesn’t care so much about radio airplay or whether people think that he can drop a million in a week. This time, Cole is in control and he’s driving the conversation instead of reacting to it. I’m talking about the first single from his sophomore album titled Born Sinner. Cole dropped “Miss America” to change the conversation, to change the way the industry is run. Instead of leading with a radio single like last time, Cole lead with a single commenting on the current state of affairs.

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You’re Killin’ It: Nardwuar

November 16, 2012 · Posted in editorial, You're Killin' It · 5 Comments 

Nardwuar The Human Serviette, as he’s officially known, is one of hip-hop’s most over-looked figures. Nardwuar is one of the few people with the mic’ in hand that deserves recognition. Video after video, he stuns, not only the artist, but the entire world with his knowledge. There’s not one person that has never said, “oh crap, how did he know that?” I’m convinced that Nardwuar is really Santa Clause. He’s the omniscient figure in the north (Canada), that looks over the hip-hop world and its kids. It’s really the only explanation. No one man should know that much. Nardwuar, you’re killin’ it.

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Deaf•initions No•3

November 13, 2012 · Posted in Deaf-Initions, editorial · 15 Comments 

I don’t write these rhymes. I just write about them. So before you hit the break, let me warn you that both Jay-Z and Childish Gambino are featured in this installment of Deaf•initions. As always, this space includes some of hip-hop’s most illogical and stupid lyrics. Point and laugh after the break.

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You’re Killin’ Me: Features

November 6, 2012 · Posted in editorial, you're killin me · 16 Comments 

Features used to be cool. I used to get excited when I saw different rappers working together. Some of my favorite hip-hop tracks have had features. “Amerikaz Most Wanted” featuring Snoop, the countless Nate Dogg features, Game’s work with 50, and Jay’s collabos with Pharrell are all great features. Recently, features have gotten straight boring and repetitive. Not that authentic features don’t exist anymore, but most tracks nowadays are a bunch of verses glued to a beat. Then to get attention, rappers always feature a mix of what seems to be the same cast. French Montana, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and A$AP Rocky are currently hot feature commodities. Rappers need to switch it up. You’re killin’ me.

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