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Craig Mack Passes from Heart Failure at 46

Posted: March 13, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Craig Mack, known for the classic 1994 single “Flava in Ya Ear,” has succumbed to heart failure on Monday in Walterboro, South Carolina. He was 46 years old.

Beginning his career in 1988 under the name MC EZ, Mack would find his biggest success under Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. His platinum “Flava In Ya Ear” singlr was the label’s first crossover hit, and the remix provided prominent exposure for the Notorious B.I.G. and the newly solo Busta Rhymes. Mack’s debut, Project: Funk Da World, would be certified gold and spawn another single, “Get Down,” was which also certified gold. Mack would leave the label and release one more album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997.

In a Twitter post, Erick Sermon confirmed that he provided production for Craig Mack’s new album, adding that the unnamed project was complete. DJ Scratch tweeted that Mack had been ill for an extended period and was not surprised by the news.

Craig Mack is survived by a wife and two adult children.




Kendrick Lamar and SZA capture the dignity and beauty of black culture in the stunning visuals for “All the Stars.” In the various scenes, Kenny takes on an “anointed one” role as he literally navigates over a sea of followers and later holds court as a street leader of a Trenchtown-style neighborhood. SZA’s presence is more mystical as she navigates through the stars as a distant observer. You’ll notice the elegant, larger than life presentation of the black women as gatekeepers.

The Black Panther OST hits streaming outlets on February 9.



When in doubt, go with what worked in the past. Remy Ma continues the rollout for her new album by harkening back to a 90s classic with “Melanin Magic.” The source material is Mint Condition’s “Pretty Brown Eyes,” and Chris Brown hook helps maintain the R&B feel and smooth out Remy’s harsh delivery.

This is one of those songs where a good video can make or break it. And from the cover art, I’d lean more towards them delivering one that’ll be received positively on social media.


[Video] Dave East ft. Nas – “The Hated”

Posted: January 17, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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For his latest video, Dave East looks back to 2017’s Paranoia EP for a tale of friendship, murder, and betrayal on “The Hated.” The 10-minute clip tells the story of two hustlers named Anthony and Cory. Once close friends, their bond is forever altered by the unforgiving realities of the streets.

Dave East’s latest body of work, P2, is available on all streaming outlets.



To continue building the anticipation for the February 16 release of Marvel’s Black Panther, Top Dawg has dropped the second offering from the soundtrack in “King’s Dead.” It’s billed as a Jay Rock track and you’ll understand why when you hear him spazz on the opening verse. Future goes into strange territory when he begins using weird voices (was that supposed to be some type of homage to Kendrick?). And Kenny plays the closer and gets the benefit of a beat switch.

Since this is also being billed as the first single from Jay Rock’s next project, it would have made more sense for his verse to go last. However, it’s a small nitpick for an overall solid track. The soundtrack will be available February 9.


Skyzoo Previews New LP “In Celebration of Us”

Posted: January 11, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Skyzoo is ready to kick off 2018 with his most layered and ambitious album to the date. On the aptly named In Celebration of Us, the Brooklyn emcee is addressing the many realities of being black in America, ranging from social protest and love to gentrification.

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo told Billboard. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process.

Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show, The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Black-ish, the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense, and it’s beautiful. I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story.”

The album boasts production from !llmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer, Cardiak, Ave. Prod, Seige Monstracity,  Marc Nfinit, Tuamie and Arte Mitchell. In Celebration of Us drops on February 2.

Tracklisting For Skyzoo’s ‘In Celebration of Us’:

1. Everybody’s Fine
2. Sound Like…
3. Baker’s Dozen f. Raheem Devaughn

4. Crown Holder
5. Heirlooms & Accessories
6. Forever In A Day
7. Remembering The Rest (Interlude) f. WordsNCurves
8. The Purpose f. Kay Cola
9. Love is Love
10. Black Sambo
11. Parks & Recreation f. Saba Abraha
12. Collateral f. Jake&Papa
13. The Stick-Up Tape From “Menace”
14. Hoodie SZN
15. Honor Amongst Thieves



You that ghostwriter that couldn’t write a hit for yourself…

We didn’t think Uncle Murda would take the Skillz diss lying down, did we? Using Biggie’s “Long Kiss Goodnight” as a backdrop, Murda brags about taking Skillz’s wrap up and his “washed up” career. Like I said earlier, Murda would have some issues crafting a detailed response since their isn’t much bad info out there about Skillz. This is probably the last disses we’ll hear from either side until the 2018 Rap Up. And if so, I give Skillz the W.