True Klassic Story: DMC Explains How He Became A Rapper

Happy 54th Birthday to the devastating mic controller aka Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels!

Listen to a true Klassic Story as D.M.C. explains how he became a rapper to Rob G The General.

Rob G- The General

Rob G is the mixing genius inside the Madd Hatta Morning Show and The Best Damn Lunch Mix Period with Keisha Nicole on 97.9 The Box. Also known as The General because of his military background. Rob G started DJing at the age of 15 doing Sweet 16 parties and sock hops for Dallas area high schools. Rob G began his his career in radio at Hampton University. After transferring to Prairie View A&M he had a highly rated mix show on KPVU before joining the US Navy. Rob G joined the Box as an overnight DJ in 2002, where he quickly got lots of attention for his live mixing talents and great on-air personality. He was then given the opportunity to host his own Live Mix show on Fridays and Saturday nights. Rob G’s mix shows took off and landed him a part-time slot on the Madd Hatta Morning show and then in 2004 he was promoted to full-time morning show mixer and talent. He has created numerous mix features including “When I Ruled The World Mix”, "Link the Mix" on Thursday's and the “Star Wars Mix” on Friday. He was named the 2003 Mix Show DJ of the year. Rob G has DJ'd parties for several celebrities including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Diddy, Kevin Hart Jamie Foxx, Erykah Badu, the Houston Astros, the Houston Texan and Houston Rockets. He has also been flown in to DJ events across the United States and internationally to Barbados, Cancun, Italy, and Cabos San Lucas. In 2015 Rob G earned the opportunity to host his own morning show on Boom 92 a Classic Hip Hop. Rob G is a member of the Ft. Bend Church and enjoys traveling with his wife, son and daughter, playing basketball and adding to his vast amount of music. Rob G is a Charter Member of The Go DJ’s and has been included in the Who’s who in Black Houston publications 2007-2016.

34 Years Ago: The Fat Boys Release "Fat Boys" Debut Album

34 years ago today, The Fat Boys released their debut album "Fat Boys" on Sutra Records.

Their 1984 release included singles "Jail House Rap," "Can You Feel It?" and more!

What's your favorite track off the Fat Boys' debut album?

Golden State Warriors take game 7 to go back to NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors take game 7 and go back to NBA Finals for the 4th time in a row.

Warriors even series again. Now winner takes all in game 7

Golden State Warriors even series with the Houston Rockets again. Series now goes back to Houston for a winner take all game 7.

Houston Rockets take command of the series with the Warriors at 3-2

Houston Rockets take command of the series with the Golden State Warriors at 3-2.

Happy Birthday Heavy: Hev Deezy's Most Memorable Performances [VIDEOS]

Today would've been Heavy D's 51st birthday. RIP Heavy.

Celebrate the life & legacy of Hev Deezy with 6 of his most iconic performances below:

DMC Admits Mental Health Issues, Alcoholism, & Depression In Open Letter

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The legendary Darryl "DMC" McDaniels opens up about his decades-long struggle with depression and alcoholism.

In the Men's Health essay DMC admits he was a functioning alcoholic for over 20 years. He says he believes he was drinking to medicate undiagnosed depression and anxiety.

DMC writes, "For 25 or so years, everybody told me to go to rehab. But I was the functional alcoholic. I was never late. I never got in a car accident. I never threw up on people, never got into a public intoxication incident. There was never tragedy on the outside. Those are the signs that tell world you’re messed up. But I always said, "Man, I can handle this."

Darryl admits "I had anxiety that I didn’t know was anxiety. I had panic attacks that I didn’t know were panic attacks. Any time I felt something I considered abnormal, I just reached for the bottle."

He also says he never faced his emotions about Jam Master Jay's death. "I never accepted or faced my emotions about that. That New Year’s Eve, DJ Hurricane of The Beastie Boys invited me to Las Vegas — one of the worst places I possibly could have gone. I was sitting in the suite of the hotel, and I had just drank a fifth of Rémy Martin, by myself. I sat there in this room alone, drinking a bottle that maybe 30 people could share. I looked at the bottle, and something in my head said, “D, you can’t get higher than this. If you keep drinking, you’re gonna kill yourself.”

After the Vegas trip, DMC entered rehab and started going to therapy. He says, "In therapy, I was diagnosed with suppressing my feelings. Therapy is the most gangster thing anybody can do for themselves. Going to therapy is the most powerful move that you can make that will help you heal, solve, or alleviate the stress and struggles of the battles with depression."

As far as hip-hop goes DMC closed his letter with an encouraging message to stop stigmatizing mental health problems and solutions like therapy. He writes, "Admitting that you have a mental health issue is not being soft. It’s the hardest, most powerful thing you can do for yourself. If you don’t admit how you feel, whether good or bad, you will never heal."

 Read the full letter here.

Houston Rockets Even Series again at 2-2

Houston Rockets again even the series at 2-2.

Happy 46th Birthday Big Poppa!

Today the Notorious B.I.G. would've turned 46.

Salute to the legendary Big Poppa's 46th birthday with his top 5 songs below.

Don't forget to tune in to Klassic Jointz playing Biggie all day long!

WATCH: Salt-N-Pepa Perform At Billboard Awards With En Vogue

Salt-N-Pepa closed out the 2018 Billboard Awards performing of a medley of their classic hits joined by En Vogue!

The duet was to honor the 30th anniversary of Salt-N-Pepa becoming the first female rap artists to hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Watch the ladies perform classics "Whatta Man," "Let's Talk About Sex," "Shoop," and more below:

Steph Curry gets is mojo back. Warriors rout Rockets in Game 3

Steph Curry gets his mojo back as the Warriors rout Rockets in Game 3 of the NBA western confernce finals.

Kurtis Blow Says Future Deserves More Respect

Future is one of the hottest rappers currently reigning in the trap music industry.

According to Kurtis Blow, Future is one of the most influential artists in rap who deserves more respect.

In a Reddit Q&A with fans Blow says, "I'd say Future should get more respect than he does. He's and incredible rapper that doesn't get the credit he deserves. Maybe even David Banner, whose activism doesn't get enough attention."

When asked about the current state of hip-hop Kurtis Blow says, "I am actually proud to be in hip hop. It is the #1 genre in the world. 25% of all music streamed is hip hop, and everyone involved should get the credit and the props, and my hat goes off to everyone involved who made it the success it is today."

Another Redditor suggested a Future and Kurtis Blow collab and he said “Future, call me! I’m down.”

Would you be down for a collab between the two?

Houston Rockets even Series against Golden State Warriors

The  Houston Rockets even the series with the Golden State Warriors.

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals Anger After Tupac's Death: "He Left Me" [VIDEO]

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On the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith reveals how she dealt with Tupac's death.

As a longtime best friend of Pac, Jada says "I felt like he left me" and explains how she was angry with Pac, God, and more.

Watch the full video below:

WATCH: Spike Lee & Jordan Peele's "BlacKkKlansman" Trailer

Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up for a movie about two cops on a mission to fight the Klu Klux Klan.
The film "BlacKkKlansmanis based on a true story about a black cop named Ron Stallworth who infiltrates the KKK with his Jewish partner Flip.
Ron Stallworth will be played by Denzel Washington's son David Washington and Flip (who stands in for him when meeting the KKK face to face) will be played by Adam Driver. 
Along with Klan rallies and shootouts, the film directed by Spike Lee and executively produced by Jordan Peele will also include Black Panther parties, and even comic relief throughout the film.
The film is currently screening at the Cannes Film Festival, but is set to release in theaters worldwide on August 10th. 
Check out the full trailer for BlacKkKlansman below. 

"Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" Album To Be Remade With 9 New Artists

Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" in a major way.

Steve Rifkind, the founder of Loud Records, says that nine MCs from today will help in remaking the original album.

Rifkind also says each artist will also play a character from the original 36 Chambers.

A major tour is in the works for the Wu's 25th anniversary but we'll have to wait for the album remake until its original anniversary on November 9.

via: XXL Mag

'Bad Boys For Life' Gets 2020 Release Date

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Sony Pictures announced the third "Bad Boys" installment starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will premiere on January 17, 2020.
After nearly 17 years since "Bad Boys II" hit theaters, the long-awaited threequel is confirmed.
This comes as a surprise as Martin Lawrence told EW last August, “I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out.”
Luckily, the movie will be here in 2020! There is also a spinoff TV series of "Bad Boys" reportedly in the works starring Gabrielle Union.
Are you ready for the "Bad Boys For Life" movie? 

Salt-N-Pepa To Perform With En Vogue At 2018 Billboard Music Awards

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The 2018 Billboard Music Awards have added more icons to perform this year! 
Salt-N-Pepa is set to perform with En Vogue for a special performance celebrating the 30th anniversary of becoming the first female rap artists to hit the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Salt-N-Pepa and DJ Spinderella's iconic track “Push It" became the first rap song by a female act to hit the top 40 of the Hot 100 -- eventually making it all the way to No. 19.
Janet Jackson is also set to perform at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards for her first televised performance in 9 years. The show will air live May 20 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

via: Billboard

WATCH: Will Smith Unwraps How He Became The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

It's story time with Will Smith!

Watch Will Smith explain the full story of how an ex-girlfriend, Arsenio Hall, Quincy Jones, and some drank led to the creation of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ice-T, & More To Headline The Art of Rap Festival

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The Art of Rap Festival lineup is every hip-hop heads dream come true!

After the 2012 release of the Something From Nothing; The Art of Rap documentary, co-director Ice-T and Mick Bentson turned the concept into a whole tour.

Now Ghostface Killah, KRS-One, EPMD, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B & Rakim, Naughty By Nature, Ice-T and more are set to perform at The Art of Rap 2018 festival.

The festival is set for this year but no date has been announced. We'll keep you updated on this one!

Why Does Hip-Hop Hate Will Smith? [VIDEO]

Although Will Smith aka The Fresh Prince has left his mark on hip-hop, why is he so overlooked?

Watch The Darth Vader Theory behind "Why Hip Hop Hates Will Smith" below:

Joe Budden Speaks On Jay Z Dissing Him

It's been 15 years since Joe Budden released his hit song "Pump It Up." 
If you know Joe Budden, you also know he's no stranger to beef including, Drake, Wu-Tang Clan members, Migos, and even Jay-Z.

His feud back in the day with Jay ended up with HOV remixing and dissing him. 

In an interview with Billboard, Joe Budden now says it was an "amazing moment in hip hop."

Budden says, "I went to him for a remix, and for whatever reason, it didn’t happen. So when I heard it -- I mean, I’m a huge Hov fan, so that was real big."

He explains, "He started spitting and he wouldn’t stop. Then I kind of was nervous a little bit. [Laughs.] Now you got the best rapper on your ass with a hundred bars. Boy, that was nerve wracking."

Pump it up with Budden's classic below: 

26 Years Ago: Sir Mix A Lot Released "Baby Got Back" [VIDEO]

Today 26 years ago Sir Mix A Lot released his iconic song "Baby Got Back."

Throw it back and watch the full video below!

Prayers Up: Rapper Cam'Ron Gets Hospitalized

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Dipset rapper Cam'Ron missed out on his show in Boston on May 3rd due to being in the hospital. 

Cam'Ron insinuated that not even his friends and family saw the health scare coming and didn't provide many details.

Watch the now-deleted video that Cam'Ron posted below:

Spotted: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, & John Witherspoon Film New "Friday” Movie

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Ice Cube's fourth installment of the classic film Friday is finally in production. 
Mike Epps shared a video and photo of the crew filming scenes for Last Friday.

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In the video above, Mike Epps confirms its "Craig & Day-Day" aka their characters in the Friday films.

There's no official release date for the film yet but who's ready for the final Friday

Jay Z Subpoenaed In SEC Investigation of $200M Deal

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Jay-Z has reportedly been subpoenaed for not cooperating with Wall Street's most powerful regulator.
According to TIME,  Jay-Z failed to testify to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of an investigation into Iconix Brand Group Inc. for a third time.  

The company allegedly paid $200 million in 2007 to acquire assets from Jigga's Rocawear brand. Now the SEC wants Jay-Z to testify after Iconix valued Rocawear $169 million in March 2016 and $34 million this year.

A spokeswoman for Jay says, "Mr. Carter had no role in that reporting or Iconix's other actions as a public company. Mr. Carter is a private citizen who should not be involved in this matter."

Although Jay-Z hasn't been accused of wrongdoing, the regulator says he "failed to appear as required by the subpoenas and, through his counsel, has declined to provide any additional dates on which he will agree to appear for investigative testimony."
via: TIME

Wu-Tang Clan's 25th Anniversary of Debut Single "Protect Your Neck"

Today marks 25 years since Wu-Tang Clan released their debut single Protect Ya Neck on May 3, 1993.

Jam to the Wu's classic below: