When Jay-Z dropped, Reasonable Doubt, back in 1996, his future protege was just getting his feet wet in the rap game. Check out this recently surfaced video of a 19 year old Kanye West spitting a quick verse during the opening party for Fat Beats in NYC-August of 1996. DJ Eclipse, the former general manager of the Fat Beats New York store recently spoke on the vintage footage with Complex magazine. When looking back at the video, Eclipse, mentioned seeing clips of prominent 96′ artists such as Lord Finesse,Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq and many more. But what took Eclipse by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.
ShaqIsDope has released his latest set of visuals for “The Greatest” off his EP, Early Beginnings:The Shaquille Baptiste Story. The Bowen Mei-directed video displays glimpses of various historic moments throughout Michael Jordan’s career, including games & controversy as Toronto’s ShaqIsDope accompanies the visuals by delivering a message to strive for greatness. Watch below.
Naturally Born Strangers (Rich Kidd, Adam Bomb and Tona) just dropped some visuals for the hit “No One Knows My Struggle” off their collaborate album, Naturally Born Strangers. This tune is one I can say anyone can bump if they’re in need of that mood music. Filmed in Nine Mile. A mountainous area of northern Jamaica, and the birthplace of Bob Marley. These visuals couldn’t go hand and hand with the track any better. There, survival does not come easy. With the will power to thrive, some of our toughest times can be conquered. I’ve had this on repeat for some time now, and hopefully this can be of some help to you during a tough day.
The homie F.E.L.N. from up in Toronto has a brand new project on the way, TONoire and he just let loose some new visuals for the Creamie B produced track “FYPM”. Switch Media handles the visuals and you can see the squad reppin’ throughout it. “FYPM” It’s more a movement than anything. Take in F.E.L.N.’s new banger and let me know your thoughts!
This was my first time watching all of the ESPYS awards and my reason to be honest is because Drake. He goes down in history for being the first non-athlete to host the awards and it was definitely entertaining to watch; with skits varying with Drake and Blake Griffin, a performance dedicated to “Side pieces” with Brian McKnight, and “Honorable Mentions” for those athletes who couldn’t quite win anything this year!
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Epsilon Virginis Artist, Seth Dyer, begins a new web series where he speaks on his beliefs.
This first episode documents his change from the previous stage name “Epic” to his birth name and new stage name, “Seth Dyer.”
The Epsilon Virginis team is constantly building and growing. The crew has just put together a blog that will feature music, art, fashion, videos and overall creative content that falls in line with the Epsilon Virginis (EV) brand. Be sure to check out Seth’s progression with his web episodes, and keep up to date with the EV movement via epsilonvirginis.tumblr.com.
In his latest video, Chicago emcee, Vic Mensa searches for something different before accepting a mysterious drop of “fun” while sitting poolside with a confidant. Shortly after consuming the drug, Vic goes through a psychedelic experience, traveling through Los Angeles in an altered state of awareness. Watch the Calmatic-directed “Feel That” which also features an appearances from Chance The Rapper.