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NY Rapper Bobby Shmurda Charged With Conspiracy Of Second Degree Murder, Assault, Weapons, and Narcotics


NY Rapper Bobby Shmurda Indicted On Multiple Criminal Charges

By DJ Epic


Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night in New York outside Quad Recording Studios which is the same studio Tupac was robbed and shot at back in 1994.  This is the outcome of a long term investigation by police into murder, gun and drug trafficking.

Thirteen people were arrested The rapper is due back in court on January 29th for arraignment. A two million dollar insurance bail has been set. Charges include: conspiracy of second degree murder, assault, weapons and narcotics charges.

Shmurda was born in Florida to a Jamaican Father and Trinidadian Mother. He relocated to Brooklyn New York. This is not Bobby’s first run in with the law. he has spent 14 months in Juvenile Detention and has most recently been charged with criminal possession of a weapon back in June.  Bobby became a hit in his rough neighborhood of East Flatbush, NY with his hit single ‘Hot Boy’ along with many other underground songs He has with his GS9 rap crew. Bobby Shmurda grew popularity in New York for his hot beats, abrasive lyrics, and most notably the truth behind many of his rap lyrics. Street credibility has not been an issue with this rapper as this young artist has rapped about the life he has lived, however this may also be his downfall.

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Makin’ Moves Showcase feat. hip-hop artist Major

Major hit


By Tiffany L. Riley

Hip Hop artist Major has been making a lot of noise in St. Louis.  He has a popular single out right now called Money Dance. The song has gained a lot of popularity in local clubs.  One thing about this hard working artist is he will definitely be around for many years to come.   Watch him work and make moves!!  Mr. Money Dance himself, Major:


MAJOR:  Hey Ms. Tiffany, how you doin?

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I’m doin’ great!  How have you been?

MAJOR:  I’ve been good, just working on my music.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s good!  Okay lets get down to it.  How did you get started as a rapper?  And how long have you been doing it?

MAJOR:  Since I was young, about 9 years old.  My uncle had a studio and I used to go down there and listen to him create music.  Music runs real deep in our family and I just figured I would see what I could do with rapping.  Also seeing rappers on TV and on YouTube just made me say, “Yeah…that’s the life I wanna live.”

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You currently have the hit single Money Dance.  Tell me how the song came about and who were some of the people who worked on the song.

MAJOR:  Been seeing a lot of different dances in the clubs.  I wanted a song about people who are out here grindin’ and getting money.  T-Rex did the beat for the song and of course I wrote the song.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How many albums/mixtapes do you have?  Any upcoming projects?

MAJOR:  I’m still working on my first album, and it’s still untitled, but I’ve been doing promotions, shows, and staying in the studio.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some of the local artists you have worked with?  And who would you like to do a collaboration with?

MAJOR:  I have worked with Lil’ St. Louis, Pretty Tony, Jay-E.  I would like to do a song with August Alsina.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What venues have you performed at?  Any upcoming gigs?

MAJOR:  I have performed at The Ambassador, The Coliseum, Soundbar.  I will be at Pure Ultra Lounge on Friday May 30.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the people listen to your music?

MAJOR: and on YouTube under the I Am Major Music channel.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you wanna give out?

MAJOR:  Liquid Assets, SMP, and all the people in St. Louis.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well there it is.  Major it was cool talking to you and I’ll have to come out and see you perform.

MAJOR:  Yeah that will be good!  Thanks for interviewing me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You’re welcome.  You take care.

MAJOR:  You too.


Tiffany LaShonda Riley


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Grind 2 Shine: rap group Field Gang

Field Gang 5

By Tiffany L. Riley

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with with St. Louis rap group Field Gang.  The three members of the group, Tiny, Castro, and Uno are buzzing in the streets with their smash hit “4EVA”.  This Pagedale trio is currently doing their music independently with hopes of getting national recognition that lands them a major recording deal.  Field Gang is also hard at work on their debut album and planning an upcoming tour.   Be on the look out for this group because they are definitely making noise!  So let’s get it going;  the GRIND 2 SHINE showcase featuring Field Gang:


TINY:  Wassup Girl!


TINY:  I’m good, just out here on the grind.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right.  Y’all making a lot of noise in the streets.

TINY:  Yup we’re out here doing some major things.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s what’s up.  Well let’s get into it…how long have y’all been rapping?  And how’d you get into it?

TINY:  Well me, my brother Castro, and my sister’s baby daddy’s brother Uno been rapping since we were growing up.  We seen other people get into the rap game and I said to myself, “If they can do it then we can too.”  So we started doing tracks and we been rapping as a group for like a year now.  Our name Field Gang basically just means working to get that money.  You know, we out here working in the field grinding.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What made y’all want to be rappers?

TINY:  For the same reasons everybody else do it, we trying to get rich!  We wanna get on that XXL cover.  We out here reppin’ Pagedale, U-City, Kinloch.  No matter what, we always gonna stay St. Louis.  We doing this for the squad.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some hip hop artists you would consider to be your inspiration?

TINY:  Lil’ Boosie, Young Jeezy, we also like Diddy, Jay Z, Birdman.  We wanna shout them three out because we trying to get put on and get a record deal.  Come put us on…..we trying to get like RICH GANG! (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right (laughing)!  You got a popular single out right now called “4EVA”, tell me how that song came about and who worked on it with you.

TINY:  Well Uno brought the track to me and Castro.  Uno is like the STL version of the rapper Future.  The track is hot in the streets.  We do music for everybody, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, everybody.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who would y’all like to do a hip hop collaboration with and why?

TINY:  For me It would be Meek Mill and Big Meech.  Hey y’all ( talking to Castro and Uno) who ya doin’ a colabo with?

UNO:  Anybody that’s hot!!!

CASTRO:  Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Lil’ Boosie.  I only fuck wit real n*****.

TINY:  Yup, we only fuck wit real n*****.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do y’all have any mixtapes/albums out?

TINY:  Yeah we’re currently working on our first one called It’s Real in the Field.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I can’t wait til it comes out!  What are some venues you’ve performed at?  And where would you like to perform at?

TINY:  We’ve performed at The Coliseum here in St. Louis and we also performed at Eiffel Society in New Orleans.  The after party at that club was filmed in a video, it’s on our YouTube channel, Get Reel Cinema.  We met Lil’ Boosie in the video and gave him our cd.  We would like to perform at The Fox Theater.  We’re puttin’ on for our city out here and showing these n***** out here how we do it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:   Where do you see yourselves five years from now?

TINY:  On top of the world sitting next to Hova (Jay Z).

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects/performances?

TINY:  We’re working on some mixtapes along with our first album. We just did a track with rapper Laudie.  We got a project coming up with Jussbeatz (makes beats for Lil’ Boosie and Gucci Mane).  We’re also trying to get Tiffany Foxx on a track.  On June 8, 2014 we will be performing at The Loft.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can people listen to your music?

TINY:  Everybody can check out our music at , , . They can follow us on Twitter at .  Also check out our YouTube page Get Reel Cinema.  We posted our first video on there back in March of this year.  The first week we had 1,000 views, six weeks later it was at over 3,000 views.  Now we have our new video on YouTube and with Lil’ Boosie.  It’s been on there for five days and already has 1,000 views.  We just posted a new video a couple of days ago for our single First Time.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you wanna give out?

TINY:  Yeah, I wanna give a shoutout to my mama, God, The Squad, Stacks, Pretty Tony, Dope Boy, Taylor Made, Parkside, Pagedale, U-City, UNC!!!  We wanna let people know that we ain’t about that blood crip thing.  Just give us them Ben Franklins.  We ain’t trying to make any diss songs so please don’t make any about us or we will get wit you.  Also we’re open to working with anybody that got some hot shit.  You can send us your music.  If it’s hot then the first time it’s on us, but the second time you got to pay.  We doing this shit independently and at the same time want to help others get on and give back to the hood.  We also need a manager so come holla at us!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there it is.  Tiny it was cool talking with you.  Y’all are gonna do some major things for The Lou.

TINY:  Fo’ sho, that’s what we’re trying to do.  Thank you and everybody checkout our videos on our YouTube channel Get Reel Cinema.


Tiffany LaShonda Riley



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By Tiffany L. Riley

There have been so many music artists to come out of the St. Louis, MO area.  A lot of them, such as Tina Turner, Miles Davis, and Nelly, have gone on to become successful stars .  I recently got the chance to listen to a new upcoming R&B singer from St. Louis named DAMIOU (pronounced Damien) WILLIAMS.  He has been making a lot of noise here on the local scene.   I sat down with Damiou a few days ago to talk about his journey in life and how he got into music. I really enjoyed this interview.  He is a very humble person who’s driven to take his music career to the next level while making a difference in peoples’ lives.  Here is our wonderful interview:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What’s going’ on Damiou?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  How you doin’ Ms. Tiffany?

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY :  I’m doin’ great!  How about yourself?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Oh I’m doin’ real good.  Just very excited about this interview!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: (laughing) I am too!  I have heard a lot of great things about you and I got the chance to listen to some of your music.  I am very impressed with your talent.  I couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to meet you and to hear your story.

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Well thank you.  That means a lot to me.  It’s definitely been a long road for me but I am blessed to be here and do what I love to do, which is sing.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are very down to earth Damiou.  Okay let’s get started…..How long have you been singing?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Well I’ve been singing since I was about 7 years old.  My grandfather Bernard Williams passed away back on March 9, 1996.  My biological father I only met one time in my life and he bought me a soda for 35 cents.  At the time my older sister and I were living in Indianola, Mississippi with my grandmother Deloris Williams before we relocated to St. Louis, MO in 2000.  My mother Gwen Williams left me and my siblings behind and moved to Texas to begin a new life.  She also got married down there too.  My grandmother was like a mother to me and really stepped up and took care of me and my sister.  If it wasn’t for her I don’t know where I would be.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What made you want to sing?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  When I was 16 years old I was hanging out on my porch with some friends of mine….SHOUT OUT TO BRITTANY AND COOKIE!  At the time I wanted to be a rapper.  I was pretty good at flowing.  These two girls asked me if I could sing…I told them yeah I can.  So they asked me to sing a song for them.  I sung for them and they was like WOW DAMIOU U CAN SING!  Brittney and Cookie told me that I need to sing instead of rap.  They said almost everybody can rap but not everyone can sing.  Soon after that I started working with a vocal coach to tune my voice up.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some R&B singers you would consider inspirations?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  It’s so many, but if I had to narrow it down I would say Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Miguel, August Alsina.  They are all great R&B singers.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some people you have gotten a chance to work with?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Well back in 2008 at Shock City Studio here in St. Louis I met Bradd Young.  Bradd Young is a producer and R&B singer.  He had the hit song “Grown Man”.  My manager Eric Pinkett at the time and myself were in a studio session when I saw Bradd walk in.  I asked my manager,  “Who is that?”.  Bradd had on this leather coat and was wearing an afro.  He came in looking like a superstar.  I’ve been working with him on songs ever since.  I have a song called “She Movin’ It” featuring Bradd Young that I did a few years ago.  We even shot a music video for the song (You Tube under Damiou Williams Music).  There have been other artists I have worked with as well, Mo Lyric, Bell Davis, Lil’ Foe a.ka. Mr. GNarly, Tray D, and City.  I also worked with Charlie Free and I actually opened up for her at Blueberry Hill in Delmar Loop at her album release party.  It’s always a great thing being able to work with other artists.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who would you love to have a R&B/Hip Hop duet with and why?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Wow, it’s so many!  But if I had to choose then for the R&B side I would say Trey Songz.  Trey Songz does the same type of music that I like to do.  He does the “GROWN & SEXY” type of R&B.  Now for the Hip Hop side I have two artists:  B.O.B and Yo Gotti.  B.O.B has a huge fan base.  He has had the ability to cross over onto the POP charts.  Yo Gotti keeps it real.  All his music is about real life and the struggle.  He started from the bottom and worked hard to be known.  

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Those are all good choices (laughing), I’m a fan of all of them.  Do you have any mixtapes/albums or currently working on one?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I have a project I’m working on with Bradd Young .  I am branching out to different producers as well.  I’m working with an artist name Mai-Lee and rapper Vega Heartbreak on the project.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Are there any local venues that you have done and/or can be seen at in the future?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I have done different private parties, casinos…..I did a concert in Cairo, Illinois.  I have done concerts at The Loft ,The Rustic Goat, The Coliseum, and The Ambassador.  I also did a school tour where I played at 20 different school in St. Louis.  That tour was called The Integrity Tour.  

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What are some venues you haven’t done yet that you would like to do?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I would really like to play The Fox Theater. You have more of a personal connection with the audience. Another venue that would be my dream to have a concert at is Madison Square Garden.  That place right there is to me the ultimate venue to have a concert at.  

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Five years from now I see myself as being successful, headlining my own tour, being well known globally, being an Icon, and being a better person than I was five years ago.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Is there anything else you would like your fans or people who may not be familiar with you to know?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I’ve had some personal trying times in my life.  My grandfather passed away, my mother moved to another state to begin a brand new life, and still I managed to get through all of that.   We all go through things in life ,and just because you have terrible situations that you go through doesn’t mean you have to turn to the streets.  I am drug free, I graduated from high school (Bayless High School in St. Louis) and I been pursuing my dream of being a singer.  I go around to different schools in the St. Louis area to talk to the kids and let them know that they can follow their dreams, respect yourself, and stay on the right path.  I had a time where I was hanging with the wrong crowd in high school, but I was able to have mentors guide me to a positive lifestyle.  I was also a mentor to a student name Deontay Pearson.  Deontay was basically hanging around the wrong crowd and got shot several times. The shooting left him paralyzed .  Deontay turned his life around and is now an inspiring rapper.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you want to give?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I wanna give a shoutout to MAMA LAURA , her sons Brett, Dale, Trey, and the rest of the family. She is an incredible woman that took me under her wing when I was a teenager.   I also wanna give a shoutout to BIG COUNTRY (Security).  He’s been going through chemotherapy for his cancer and always manages to still support me.  Need to show some love to my family….my three sisters: Kim Williams, Bernadette Williams, and Gwendella Williams, and my brother Andre Crowley.  I want to shoutout  Mr. William CaldwelI and his wife Reva.  They are my photographers.  My friend JAY R.  You’ve been like a brother to me from day one since I moved to St. Louis.  I also want to shoutout DJ EPIC for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be featured on TEAM EPIC website.  Also my own website will be up soon  You can follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.  I will be in the MAY DAY parade and DJ EPIC will be spinning for me.  I also would like to thank my fans and other people who have supported me and TEAM DAMIOU WILLIAMS!!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  There it is!!!  To check out some videos by Damiou Williams, go to and go to DAMIOU WILLIAMS MUSIC.  Thanks for the interview Damiou!

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  My pleasure Ms. Tiffany.

Tiffany LaShonda Riley



The 2014 Grammy Awards were a spectacular event!  There were some best dressed celebrities and over the top musical performances, but there was a major shock in one particular category that most likely left eyebrows raised all night long……


 macklemore and ryan lewis


WHAT!!!!!!……ARE YOU SERIOUS???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

         There were a lot of major hip hop artists nominated in the same category.  The other nominees were Drake for  “Nothing Was The Same”,  Jay Z for Magna Carter Holy Grail”, Kanye West for “Yeezus”, and Kendrick Lamar for  “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”Kendrick Lamar was favored to win the Best Rap Album category.

So I’m sure you all are wondering……HOW DID THEY DO IT?!!!!!  HOW DID THEY PULL OFF……… THE GRAMMY HEIST?!!!!”

          Well let me give you a brief history on this dynamic duo.…… Hip Hop artist Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are from Seattle, Washington.  The two first met in 2006.  At the time, Ryan Lewis was working for Macklemore as a photographer.  Ryan would eventually become the producer of the duo.  Their debut album The Heist” was released on October 9, 2012 and came in at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

            Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ single “Thrift Shop” shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013.  Now this right here was MAJOR because it was the first time since 1994 that a song became #1 on the Hot 100 without having a major record label backing them up…


macklemore and ryan


          The dynamic duo released their second single Can’t Hold Us.  It also reached number 1 on the Hot 100 chart.  They then became the first duo to have two back to back singles on the Hot 100 chart.  Looks like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been making some moves.  Now let me give some background on the Hip Hop artist that was favored to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album ………..


Kendrick 1


Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, California.  He got signed to Aftermath/Interscope records in 2012.  He released his debut album “Good Kid M.A.A.D City on October 22, 2012.  His first single, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  

Kendrick released two more popular singles, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” and “Poetic Justice”MTV named him the #1 Hottest MC in The Game and in November 2013, GQ magazine named him Rapper of The Year.  

                                                                                                                                             Ryan Lewis, MacklemoreKendrick 2                     

Macklemore/Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar both received seven Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album.  At the end of the night Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won a total of four Grammys, and Kendrick did not winany.   A lot of Kendrick Lamar’s fans were upset that he did not win any Grammys for his debut album.

Apparently Macklemore felt like he didn’t deserve the Best Rap Album Grammy.  He took to Instagram and sent Kendrick a text telling him that he was robbed of the award…


            Kendrick Lamar responded back by saying Macklemore deserved to win and that he hustled and grinded real hard.  Kendrick also said that Macklemore’s strong work ethic, not race, was the reason he won Best Rap Album.    So, then…..WHAT WERE THE KEY ELEMENTS TO MACKLEMORE WINNING BEST RAP ALBUM? 

            Well Kendrick Lamar’s album did become certified platinum (selling over a 1,000,000 copies); however he did not have any #1 singles on the Hot 100 chart like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had more commercial success than Kendrick Lamar; to have two #1 singles on the pop charts and get lots of airplay on pop radio is a BIG DEAL!!

            So I guess Macklemore would have the edge over Kendrick Lamar in this case.  BUT…there were other top selling artists, as I mentioned earlier, in the same category that had a lot of commercial success with their albums!! 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, I have to say you pulled off the ultimate


macklemore 4 grammys


Gone Too Soon By Tiffany L. Riley


By  Tiffany LaShonda Riley

It’s a brand new year , 2014!  We already know it’s gonna be another year for hot, anticipated hip hop albums and upcoming artists trying to make their mark in the music world.  But sadly, we also know it’s going to be another year that we lose more talented hip hop artists due to violence.


On January 14, 2014,  William Fernando Barnes a.k.a DJ Nando (pictured above) was shot in the head in front of his house in Atlanta, GA.  His girlfriend Shonte’ Renee ran outside and found him laying in their driveway barely breathing.  Shonte’ called 911 and cradled Nando in her arms until he took his last breath. There was a $10,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of his murderer.

DJ Nando was very popular in Atlanta, GA.  He helped launch the successful music careers of Young Jeezy, Rocko, Future, Migos, Cash Out, and 2 Chainz.  DJ Nando was also part of a music clique known as The Coalition DJs.  These DJs would help upcoming artists by playing their music in local strip clubs.  He was 38 years old.

Doe B

Just a few weeks prior on December 28, 2013, Glenn Thomas a.k.a DOE-B (pictured above), was shot along with seven others at The Centennial Bar & Grill in Montgomery, AL.  He was transported to the local hospital where he later died.  DOE-B was a young 22 year old signed to rapper T.I’s label Grand Hustle.  He had two mixtape albums, Trap Life (2012) and Baby Jesus (2013).  DOE-B also participated on the G.D.O.D (Get Dough Or Die) compilation album in 2013.

Hip Hop artists losing their lives due to violence seems to be an ongoing vicious cycle that can’t be broken.  These artists got into the music game mainly because they had a story to tell.  Some of these artists that I will be talking about also wanted to  show off their craft.

If these artists were still alive, I’m sure many of us would ask the question, “WHERE WOULD HIP HOP BE TODAY?”  These artists were very passionate about their work and had a deep level of respect and love for hip hop culture. The next two artists that I will be talking about were, to me, lyrical geniuses. Their untimely deaths have left a void in the hip hop community ………


tupac and biggie

Tupac and Biggie were two successful artists in hip hop and at one point good friends.  Later on they became enemies when Tupac was shot four times at Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan, NY in 1994.  Tupac accused Biggie of knowing who shot him.  Biggie denied the claims and said he had no knowledge of what happened to Tupac.  Their feud led to the big EAST COAST vs. WEST COAST rivalry . They would both later have an unfortunate violent end of their lives.


Tupac Amaru Shakur a.k.a 2PAC  was a west coast rapper/actor signed to Death Row Records.  On September 7, 1996, he was shot fives times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, NV.  Tupac had a dispute earlier that evening at MGM Grand with crip gang member Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson over a necklace.  He was transported to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.  Six days later on September 13, 1996 while still in the hospital, Tupac passed away.  He was 25 years old.

His death sent shockwaves throughout the hip hop community.  Everyone couldn’t believe that a man so gifted and talented was gone. Tupac left behind a music catalog out of this world!  His two major hits were “Dear Mama”(Me Against The World album) and “California Love(All Eyez On Me album).  In addition to his six studios albums that he released before his death, Tupac has had seven posthumous albums of unreleased songs. Tupac’sAll Eyez On Me album is the best selling hip hop album of all time.  Tupac is also ranked number two on MTV’s Greatest MC’s of All Time.  Biggie was still in disbelief that Tupac was gone.  He said in a Rap City Interview on February 24, 1997, “I thought Tupac was going to recover from being shot again and then write some more songs about surviving.  But when he passed I was like WHOA!…I don’t wish that on nobody cause there ain’t no coming back from that.”  13 days later, Biggie would meet his own demise.


On March 9, 1997, 24 year old Christopher Wallace a.k.a Biggie Smalls (pictured above) was sitting in a GMC Suburban SUV when he was shot four times in a drive-by shooting.  He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.  He had later died in the hospital.  Biggie was killed almost six months after Tupac Shakur’s death.  Both murders remain unsolved.

Biggie had one studio album before his death.  His first album “Ready To Die” was released in 1994 and was a major hit in hip hop.  Three hit songs from the album were “Juicy”, “Big Poppa”, and “One More Chance”.  Two weeks after he passed away, his second album “Life After Death” was released.  Biggie was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ record label Bad Boy.  Biggie was ranked at number three on MTV’S Greatest MC’s Of All Time list.  Since his death, there have been three posthumous albums released.

Ever since we lost these two very talented men, you would think the violence would cease. The question that I always ask is “What can be done so that this will never happen again?”  I’m still waiting on the answer to that question.  In 1999 , the hip hop community once again suffered back to back  losses due to violence.


Lamont Coleman a.k.a. BIG L (pictured above) was a rap artist making a lot of noise on the underground hip hop scene.  He released his debut studio album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous in 1995. Three years later, he released a single called “Ebonics”  that caught the eye of Damon Dash (Former CEO of Roc-A-Fella records).  Damon offered BIG L a recording contract with Roc-A-Fella records.  BIG L agreed to join the record label but would never get the chance to sign his contract.

On February 15, 1999 , BIG L was shot nine times in a drive-by shooting in Harlem, NY.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMT personnel.  BIG L had two brothers that were incarcerated at the time of his death.  It is assumed that the shooting was a retaliation for something they had done.  He was only 24 years old.  BIG L’s second studio album The Big Picturewas released on August 1, 2000.  Since his death, BIG L has had four posthumous albums released.  His murder remains unsolved.

Some people compared BIG L’s death to Tupac and Biggie’s. The three of them were very talented rappers who had a passion for hip hop but did not live to see the age of 30.   A month later, it would be another one to add to the list.

Freaky Tah

Lost Boyz member Raymond Rodgers a.k.a. Freaky Tah (pictured above) was shot and killed on March 28, 1999.  Tah was leaving the Sheraton Hotel in Queens, NY on his way to a friend’s birthday party when he was shot in the back of the head.   Freaky Tah was known for being the “hype man”  for the Lost Boys.  He was just 27 years old.

We began the 2000s, and to me, hip hop was going through a “rebuilding” stage.  What I mean by that is it seemed like people were looking for something or someone to lead hip hop in the right direction.  In 2002 the hip hop community suffered a MAJOR LOSS!!!  THE LOSS OF A LEGEND………



Jam Master J

JAM MASTER JAY, the name itself speaks volumes.  Jam Master Jay, whose real name is Jason William Mizell (pictured above), was the DJ and co-founder of the legendary group RUN-DMC.  RUN-DMC was a big hip hop group  back in the 1980s.  They received credit for breaking hip hop into mainstream music with their major hit “Walk This Way” featuring rock band Aerosmith.  Jam Master Jay was so good at working the turntables on classic guitar records that SPIN magazine ranked him at number 10 on the “100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time” list.  Jam Master Jay went on to create his own record label, Jam Master Jay records.

On October 30, 2002, Jam Master Jay was in his recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, NY working on music.  Two men broke into the studio and started shooting.  Jam Master Jay was shot once in the head.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.   Word got out about his death and everyone was shocked and in disbelief.   His murder remains unsolved.  He was 37 years old.


Over a year later  on November 26, 2003, 26 year old James Adarryl Tapp, Jr  a.k.a  Soulja Slim was shot four times in front of his mother’s house in  a drive-by shooting in New Orleans, LA.  Soulja Slim was once signed to Master P’s No Limit Records.  He had two albums, Give It 2 ‘Em Raw” (1998) andStreets Made Me (2001).

Soulja Slim went on to create his own record label, Cut Throat Committee, and released two albums.  He had a number 1 hit song with Juvenile titled “Slow Motion”.  His murder remains unsolved.

Mac Dre

On November 1, 2004,  34 year old Andre Louis Hicks a.k.a Mac Dre (pictured above) was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Kansas City, MO.  Mac Dre performed at a local concert venue the night before.  He was a very popular underground rapper from  Oakland, California who worked with artists E-40, B-Legit, and Too Short.  His murder remains unsolved.


DeShaun Dupree Holton a.k.a PROOF (pictured above) was a member of the rap group D12, and a real close friend of rapper Eminem.  On April 11, 2006, PROOF got into an altercation with Keith Bender over a game of pool at The CCC club in Detroit, MI.  Club bouncer Mario Etheridge went over to the pool table where the two men were engaged in a heated argument.

Mario fired two shots in the air to get PROOF and Keith’s attention.  PROOF reached for his gun and shot back.  Mario exchanged gunfire shooting PROOF four times (twice in the head and twice in the back). He died at the scene.  He was 32 years old.

slim dunkin

Mario Hamilton a.k.a Slim Dunkin was an up and coming rapper with a promising career from Atlanta, GA.  He was a member of Brick Squad Monopoly and was a close friend of rapper Waka Flocka Flame.  On December 16, 2011, Slim Dunkin got into an altercation with Vinson Hardimon a.k.a Yung Vito at a recording studio in Atlanta.

The two were arguing over a piece of candy.  Slim and Vito got into a physical fight .  Vito pulled a gun out and shot Slim once in the chest.  Slim was rushed to Grady Hospital but was later pronounced dead.  He was 24 years old

Yung Vito was arrested for his murder.  He went to trial, and on February 26, 2013 was found not guilty of murder.  Instead he was found guilty of aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon.  Yung Vito is currently serving a sentence of 25 years to life.

So what would hip hop be today if these men were still alive?  All 11 of them made contributions to hip hop music.  I believe some of their deaths could have been prevented.  With some,  pride got in the way of being able to co-exist, while others were based on the lifestyle that they lived.  Either way it goes to show that their presence and love for hip hop will forever be missed.


in memory


Are These Our Legends? By Spunky Brewstar


Are These Our Legends?

A week ago, I saw a living legend. For the second time.In less than a year.

I figure, there aren’t a lot of them left, I’ve got to soak it all in, while I can.

Lots of days I sit at home, content to spin BB King albums on my old RCA …but the only thing better than a vinyl, is the real thing. And so, I traveled to a not so distant city to see the “king of blues.”

The man is 88 years old and still touring. Think about that for a minute. I don’t know his financial situation, but I doubt at this point, he does it for any other reason than the love of his craft.—not the love of money, which so many of our artists today, seem to be driven by.

Watching him up on that stage, sitting, singing and playing with slightly less energy than I imagine he had in his younger days, but just as much passion –it got me thinking. WHO WILL OUR LEGENDS BE?

  • Baby let me put your panties to the side
    I’ma make you feel alright
    ‘Cause I’ma give you what you need, yeah
    Mamí you remind me of something
    I don’t know what it is
    You remind me of something
    You gotta show me

Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown, “Show Me”


  • I said that I’ma ride for my motherf*ckinghittas,
    Most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
    I been grinding outside, all day with my hittas
    And I ain’t going in, unless I’m with my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas

YG, “My Hitta”


  • Don’t want a good girl
    Naw hoes is his choice
    D*ck on H
    Pu**y on W
    Mouth on open
    A**on smother you
    A** on the cover too, Elle Magazine
    Vroom vroomvroom get gasoline
    Could I be your wife
    Naw we could bang though
    I got these n**gas whipped
    Call me Django

Chris Brown ft. Nicki Minaj, “Love More”


Those are lyrics from some of the current top-charting songs on Billboard’s Hip-Hop and R&B 2014 Charts.

So, again, I ask –Are these our legends?