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Like WHOA: Honoring The Life & Legacy Of Black Rob [Playlist]

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: New York Daily News Archive / Getty The city of New York has lost two of its grittiest and grimiest spitters, first DMX and now the great Black Rob. The East Harlem native passed away Saturday (April 17) and we’ve tried our best to feature a bevy of songs from the former Bad Boy Records star. Born Robert Ross on July 12, 1969, Black Rob began his career in his early 20s after dabbling with the art form since grade school. His official debut album Life Story was released on Bad Boy Records in 2000, spawning the massive hit “Whoa!” and the single “Espacio” alongside Lil’ Kim. Like fellow street soldier DMX, Black Rob relied on his vocal instrument to communicate his pain and strife as he navigated an industry that wasn’t kind to an artist that was groomed i...

Remy Ma Shares Details Of Her Prison Stint On TV One’s ‘Uncensored’

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: TV ONE / TV One Remy Ma emerged in the mid-2000s as one of the best women rappers in the game but a conviction in 2008 kept her out of the limelight for six years. Since leaving prison, Remy Ma is a completely changed woman, and she shared details of her past with TV One’s Uncensored in an upcoming interview. Remy Ma, born Reminiscence Smith, first came to fame in 2004 as a member of the Terror Squad collective and a scene-stealing appearance on the smash hit “Lean Back” alongside Fat Joe. She went on to appear on several other tracks and also went on to release her proper solo studio album debut in 2006. The incident in 2007 that led to the intentional assault conviction took place back in 2007 after Remy shot a member of her crew over $3,000, although s...

Nike Starts A Refurbished Program For Used Kicks

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Nike / NIke It was bound to happen. Nike has officially become resellers…well, kinda. Source: Nike / NIke In an effort to lessen their waste footprint on the earth, the Swoosh brand has started a program that will be taking used sneakers, refurbishing them, and putting them back on shelves for a price. Nike Refurbished will be giving people the chance to return lightly worn sneakers for cash after which Nike will inspect the kicks, clean them up by hand, and given an inspection grade before being put back out on the streets. Handy messaging on the boxes make it easy to see what kind of shoes are inside, the condition grade, and more. With a simple scan of the box’s QR code, customers can check out even more information about Nike Move to Zero. Customers h...

Memphis Rapper Mendenhall Mendenhall Among 2 Shot & Killed

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Jeremy Hogan / Getty A shooting in Memphis has left two people dead, including a young rapper on the rise according to accounts from loved ones. Mendenhall Mendenhall and one other person were shot and killed in front of a local Valero location, and a 20-year-old suspect has been arrested. Local outlet WREG reports that Mendenhall Mendenhall, real name Donterrius Johnson, was apparently the victim of being at the wrong place and the wrong time. Johnson was exiting the store when the other slain individual, an unnamed juvenile, was reportedly driving a stolen Chevy Camero that was owned by suspect Noah Jones, who opened fire and struck Johnson and the juvenile. Friends contend that Johnson was not involved in the theft of the vehicle and that he truly was ...

Chicago PD Releases Footage of Unarmed 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Being Assassinated By Police

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Chicago PD / Chicago Police Department Days after Daunte Wright’s life was taken by police officers in Minnesota, Chicago PD released a bodycam video of another kid being gunned down by a police officer and yes, it was unnecessary. Buzzfeed is reporting that after being chased down by 34-year-old officer Eric Stillman in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed after complying with the cops demands and putting his hands in the air. Toledo was unarmed at the time of the shooting. Though prosecutors initially insisted that Toledo was brandishing a gun when he turned around and provoked the shooting, the bodycam footage paints an entirely different account. What the videos showed amounted to an “assassination,” Adeen...

Swae Lee Premiering New Docuseries on Snapchat

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Snapchat / Snapchat Swae Lee is teaming up with Snapchat to give fans all access with a new docuseries. The OG filter-loving social media app is giving fans an all-access pass to view his life. The 10-episode Snap original docuseries, Swae Meets World, is set to premiere on Snapchat’s Discover, with new episodes that will go live every other day. The Snapchat original docuseries will follow Swae Lee on his journey through triumph and tragedy as he prepares to launch his first solo album, capturing Swae Lee embracing the most pivotal moment in his career, following his success as a five-time Grammy nominee as one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. “I want to change the world through my music, that’s my main goal,” Swae says in the Swae Meets World trail...

Peep Megan The Stallion’s Lil Durk Assisted Video For “Movie”

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Bernard Smalls / @PhotosByBeanz Megan Thee Stallion might be spoken for, but damnit can’t no one keep us from daydreaming of wifing up the thick as molasses Houston rapper. Knowing that men (and women) across the globe can’t get enough of her curvy physical degree, Megan The Stallion continues to show us what we can’t have as she flaunts all her assets in her new visuals to the Lil Durk assisted “Movie.” Once again finds herself in a scantily clad outfit that most women would shy away from while in a strip club where it rains cash on some pretty talented pole working women. Real talk, there was enough booty in this video to wear out the most thorough of couches. Naturally Lil Durk just does him in the club, but we’re all here to see Megan smackin’ booty a...

Rep. Maxine Waters Tells Rep. Jim Jordan To “Shut Your Mouth”

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: GREG NASH / Getty Rep. Maxine Waters is not someone who meekly goes away when someone tries to silence her, as the world realized during the famous “reclaiming my time” moment. The congresswoman once again employed the phrase after clashing with Rep. Jim Jordan, who refused to let go of a belabored point during a hearing. On Thursday (April 15), a House Oversight coronavirus subcommittee hearing took place with Chairman James Clyburn leading the discussion. Jordan, who represents Ohio, was challenging Dr. Anthony Fauci over a timeline when Americans can return to normalcy, repeating past clashes the pair have over the public health response to the COVID-19. Fauci explained that 60,000 people are still contracting the coronavirus and that there isn’t a det...

Shooting At Indianapolis FedEx Leave 8 Dead, Including Domestic Terrorist

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: JEFF DEAN / Getty A mass shooting event at an Indianapolis FedDex warehouse facility has left eight people dead, including the shooter, with five others injured. The details of the shooting are still developing as investigators determine what exactly happened in the event. Local outlet WTHR reports that the incident took place late Thursday (April 15) evening just after 11 PM local time at the FedEx just across the way from the Indianapolis International Airport. Reporters from the NBC affiliate spoke with witnesses that were on the scene who shared what they experienced during the horrific moment. “I’m at a bench and so I stand up and take a look at the entrance door and by the time I see the door, I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he sta...

Nas Hits The Crypto Jackpot Thanks To Coinbase Investment, Celebrates Financial Win On Twitter

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Bernard Smalls / @PhotosByBeanz83 The only rapper who can honestly say they “ethered” JAY-Z in a battle is now celebrating a huge financial victory. Quietly Nas has been building quite the investment portfolio through his venture capital firm QueensBridge Venture Partners. One of those investments recently has proven to be a very lucrative one for the “One Mic” crafter. On Wednesday (Apr.14), Coinbase Series B went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange with a share price of $381. Nas’ QueensBridge Venture Partners reportedly dropped a large investment in the Coinbase Series B to the sum of $100,000 and $500,000. It is now the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States. CoinDesk broke down purchase and reports that at the time, the share price was ...

DJ Drama Says Gangsta Grillz Checks Started with Jeezy

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Radio One / Radio One Digital Serendipity in Hip-Hop is a recurring theme and no one knows this better than DJ Drama. Sometimes things just come together. Quite a few rappers have to thank him for deciding to stay put, but, as he shared in a recent interview with Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, Jeezy was the first to show his appreciation for his Gangsta Grillz success. In fetti form. Back in the early aughts, Drama, born Tyree Simmons, was a few years out of Clark Atlanta University and instead of returning to his native Philadelphia post-graduation, he decided to make a career for himself down in the A. “Around that time Coach K was a neighbor of ours,” Drama revealed. “He lived around the corner from me and [DJ] Sense in the Fourth Ward. And he eventually told me...

HHW Gaming: This Looming Issue Has PS3 & PS4 Owners Extremely Worried

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: SOPA Images / Getty Not all gamers have moved to the next generation by copping a PS5 and are still gaming on the PS4, but a worrisome issue has folks concerned. Inside your PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 are internal timing systems that could present a huge issue by making your PS4 games and all downloaded PS3 games unplayable on current hardware. The looming issue has been the talk of PlayStation and hacking circles for some time now, but it has recently picked up steam again after the recent announcement of only shutting down online stores for PSP, PS Vita PS3 online stores. Gamers are pointing out it’s just a matter of when this potential problem will rear its ugly head. The issue won’t affect your ability to play and re-download previously purchased...