Angie Martinez: How the Voice of New York Found Her Voice

The book begins with a foreward by rapper J. Cole and while some criticized Angie’s decision to have a relatively new artist open up the book I can understand why she chose to go with J. Cole rather than with someone more seasoned. Through his perspective, Cole looks to Martinez as the hip-hop icon she is. He recognizes her contribution to the culture describing her as being “cut from the original cloth”, a cloth that was “more honest, more curious, more genuine.” He refers to a time when hip-hop was brave and fearless and not at all consumed by first week album sales. A stark contrast to the big business money machine it has become. It is a description of an era that made Angie, myself, and many other inner city kids fall in love with hip-hop. Continue reading Angie Martinez: How the Voice of New York Found Her Voice

First Pics of Blue Ivy Carter

The much awaited suspense surrounding baby Blue Ivy and which parent she most resembles can now come to a halt as proud daddy, Jay-Z, recently posted the first pics of his baby girl on his lifeandtimes.com website. I have to say that she is beautiful and thankfully favors her beautiful mommy, Beyonce. There’s something sexy about seeing a man holding his child. God bless the Carters and their … Continue reading First Pics of Blue Ivy Carter

MUSIC TUESDAY: HIP-HOP Loses Another Legend…RIP Guru

If you haven’t already heard then you either must be hiding under a rock or just aren’t a true hip-hop fan. Last night Guru, one-half of the legendary hip-hop duo, Gang Starr, succumbed to his battle with cancer. Back in February Guru was hospitalized and fell into a coma but he recovered from the coma and all was well or at least that’s what we … Continue reading MUSIC TUESDAY: HIP-HOP Loses Another Legend…RIP Guru