Tag: record labels

Swipe Left: Bumble Match Results in Capitol Rioter Being Turned in to the Feds and Facing Charges

Photo: XanderSt (Shutterstock) Imagine spitting game so trash the shit potentially gets you sent to jail? Couldn’t be me. Though apparently that’s the case for a New York man who was turned in to the FBI after bragging about allegedly storming the Capitol to a Bumble match only a week after the riot transpired. Advertisement […]

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Honoring a Forever Ruff Ryder: Here’s How to Watch DMX’s Public Memorial Service

DMX performs onstage with DJ Snake during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 2) on April 17, 2015.Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella (Getty Images) This weekend, fans of the late Earl “DMX” Simmons will have our own Ruff Ryders’ role—to honor the life and legacy of a hip-hop […]

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Hip Hop Great Black Rob Dies at 51

Screenshot: Bad Boy Entertainment/ YouTube Hip Hop lost another great emcee Saturday. It’s been just over a week since Black Rob was seen expressing his condolences for the passing of rap icon DMX from his hospital bed in Atlanta, Ga., in an Instagram video posted by New York City radio host DJ Self. Now, the […]

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If Erotic Literature Is Your Ministry, The Turn On Is a Blessing You Shouldn’t Be Without

Image: The Turn On Podcast While this pandemic has deprived us of plenty, it’s also provided us with all the time in the world to devote ourselves to two pretty popular hobbies: reading books and having sex. Advertisement And with its insightful explorations of the intricacies of having sex while Black, critically-acclaimed literary erotica podcast, […]

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Beloved Rapper, Songwriter and Actor DMX Dead at 50

DMX performs onstage during the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour on October 4, 2016.Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Live Nation (Getty Images) DMX, beloved rapper, songwriter, and actor has died at the age of 50. The entertainer was admitted to the hospital on April 2, and had been in a coma on life support following […]

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Businessman Notoriously Criticized for Exploiting Black Music Artists Calls Out Corporations for Exploiting Black Community

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, left, attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean “Diddy” Combs on January 25, 2020; Spider-Man (1967) “Double Identity” ClipPhoto: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy (Getty Images), Screenshot: Marvel / YouTube (Getty Images) Diddy is dabbling in an interesting (and dangerous) game of “This you??” […]

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DMX Remains in Coma on Life Support, Will Undergo Critical Brain Function Tests

DMX performs onstage with DJ Snake during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 2) on April 17, 2015.Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella (Getty Images) As of Wednesday morning, DMX (born Earl Simmons) remains in a coma on life support, his manager confirmed. Advertisement According to NBC affiliate 11 […]

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DMX Reportedly Had to Be Revived Three Times After Heart Attack; Family, Ruff Ryders and Community Hold Prayer Vigil

DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 on June 28, 2019; Fans of DMX attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders to the Rescue Foundation on April 5, 2021.Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images), Angela Weiss / AFP (Getty Images), Michael Loccisano (Getty Images) As DMX (born Earl Simmons) is on-watch at the hospital […]

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Country Singer Mickey Guyton Becomes 1st Black Woman to Co-Host the Academy of Country Music Awards

Mickey Guyton attends a special screening and reception for “Patsy & Loretta” presented by Lifetime on October 09, 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee.Photo: Jason Kempin for Lifetime (Getty Images) On Thursday, the Academy of Country Music announced the hosts for its 56th annual awards ceremony. Advertisement Per a press release sent to The Root, country music […]

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28 Days of Album Music Blackness With VSB, Day 27: Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)

Image: Public Enemy ‘It Takes A Nation of MIllions to Hold Us Back’ (Columbia) I don’t need a ton of words to describe the way I feel about the cover for Public Enemy’s sophomore album, 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Mostly, I just need to say how bad ass […]

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28 Days of Album Cover Blackness With VSB, Day 22: Max Roach’s We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite (1960)

Image: Max Roach ‘We Insist!’ (Candid Records) Max Roach was a famed jazz drummer and composer who has countless albums with various configurations of artists. His career spanned decades and if you are up on jazz at all, you know Max Roach even if you don’t know that you know Max Roach. One thing that […]

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28 Days of Album Cover Blackness With VSB, Day 21: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

Image: Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)) Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (all parts of it) has been think-pieced to death, so that’s not what’s going to happen here. Plus, I probably already did that and am too lazy to look it up. And this series is about Black ass album covers anyway. […]

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America’s Oldest Juvenile Lifer Is a Black Man Who Was Released in Philadelphia After 68 Years in Prison

Photo: rawf8 (Shutterstock) It should surprise absolutely no one that America’s oldest and longest-serving juvenile offender is a Black man. Joe Ligon was 15 years old when he received a life sentence in Philadelphia for taking part in a series of robberies and assaults that left two people dead—people he has always denied killing while […]

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28 Days of Album Cover Blackness With VSB, Day 9: Amii Stewart’s Knock On Wood (1979)

Image: Amii Stewart ‘Knock On Wood’ (Ariola Records) You may know Amii Stewart because she had a monster disco song in 1979, “Knock On Wood.” The song made it all the way to the top of the pop charts and is a disco staple. And it still bay-yangs. You know what else bay-yangs? This album […]

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28 Days of Album Cover Blackness with VSB, Day 2: A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey (1978)

Image: A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey (Capitol Records) If you listen to Black music and disco (or either/or, really) you know A Taste of Honey. They had a monster hit with “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” a song whose hook you can probably sing in your sleep (which I don’t recommend; people freak out […]

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Maryland White Supremacist Arrested After GPS Monitor Places Him at U.S. Capitol During Riot

Photo: Alex Edelman (Getty Images) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: These Capitol coup criminals just aren’t very smart. Ever since the whiney wypipo war on reality took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been locating participants and taking them into custody. […]

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Some Artists Get Screwed by Their Labels, But Kanye Isn’t One of Them

Photo via Wikimedia Commons Kanye West has spent about a week yelling about his record deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) on Twitter, comparing the arrangement to “modern day slavery” and promising that he “won’t stop until all is fair.” He posted about 10 contracts he’s hashed out with the label since 2005, containing more […]

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