For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

Brian Storm & Locksmith co-directed this new clip that deals with the trials and tribulations an artist must face while pursuing his dreams. It also serves as a message of empowerment to anyone facing roadblocks in their path toward success. The artist incorporates footage of past appearances on MTV’s long defunct “TRL” to reflect on as well. Check out “For Now”(featuring Rebecca Nobel). Locksmith, we feel ya on this one!

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Once upon a time, tracks like “The Message” by Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, “Hard Times” by Run DMC, “Unity” and “World Destruction” by Bambattaa with collaborators James Brown and Johnny Rotten, respectively, began to set a pace for a more defined movement that focused on Hip Hop’s role as a potent platform to strike at society’s ills. This empowerment took the form of blaring boom bap that became a mouthpiece for the disenfranchised, and it culminated with the rise of Public Enemy. Unfortunately, impactful Hip Hop fueled to demand social justice has been scarce, at best, over the past two decades. Today we heard “Black Men (Unarmed).”

Icons Kool Keith and Inspectah Deck join forces with lyrical monster Headkrack to revive a movement that Hip Hop was born to propel. “Black Men (Unarmed)” takes aim at the injustice that continues to permeate and soil progress that has been made. It’s refreshing to hear a perspective that motivates instead of denigrates the legacy of Hip Hop. -I. Vasquetelle

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Demrick & DJ Hoppa are set to release a collabo project called “Stoney Point.” Check out the first single from the joint called “Nobody’s Safe”(featuring Jarren Benton). True Hip Hop in full effect!

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Lucki Eck$ self-produced this new single that serves as a dedication to Max B(who happens to share a birthday with “The Notorious One.” Take a listen to the slow-grinding yet funky “Lowlife.”

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Peter Collins Campbell & Towkio co-directed this new clip for the “.Wav Theory” track “Reflection.” Check for “The Sopranos” type ending…

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