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Late last year Big Sean’s leaked song Control caused a myriad of controversy amongst hip-hop heads due to Kendrick Lamar’s fire-breathing verse. It wasn’t just his ferociousness on the mic but his namedropping of his fellow rappers was what caught the ear of everyone listening. J. Cole is following the trend of namedropping and people are losing their sh*t.
Most of us need a little music to get us hyped up and encourage us to keep pushing through our daily workout routine. The playlist is going to be a little different for everyone, but there are some songs you just can’t go wrong with when it comes to your workout playlist. So here are ten songs you absolutely have to have on your workout playlist.
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Hip Hop artists out of Detroit, MI continue to make waves and ripples throughout the music industry, with some of the most successful independent artists calling Detroit home. Some of the greatest present examples include Danny Brown, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson and Clear Soul Forces. And now another Hip Hop duo out of Detroit, The Regiment, is out to stake a claim as the next Detroit emcees to make their name known in the Hip Hop world. Their latest album, Live From The Coney Island, was released earlier this year and is available now on iTunes and in stores on physical copy. The duo also recently released their latest video for the powerful song “10,000 Strong” featuring El Da Sensei on YouTube. We recently caught up with The Regiment to get a greater take on their music, their mission and the positive yet real message they seek to convey through Hip Hop.
For those that are not familiar, explain the importance of the album title Live From The Coney Island as it relates to Detroit.
The album was dedicated to Detroit life from the struggler and overcomer state of mind. When founders of Coney Island came here from New York they made something out of nothing. One of the many authentic places in Detroit is the Coney Island restaurant. There are literally so many neighborhood staple Coney restaurants in Detroit that anyone from here immediately has one they prefer to another. Food for the soul that represents struggle and advancement.
How did The Regiment come to be? What was it that influenced Osi and IseQold to become a duo?
The original Regiment actually did not include IseQold. OSI was in the group with a different artist as a duo. We met in college playing video games. During this time Ise was a free styling battle rapper who never recorded music. OSI was already seasoned in the original duo. We were both finishing our degrees and were talking one day after an evening class we had together in 2008. After the group disbanded we linked up a few times and hit it off musically. We had some different plans in the works at first but after a lot of praying, conversing and even arguing on what to do, ultimately we reformed the group.
Describe the music of The Regiment for those who may not be familiar. Who would you consider some of your greatest influences in Hip Hop?
Well the first and foremost the important thing to us is God and sharing what Jesus has done in our lives with others. There are elements of other things we incorporate but the positive messages and the outside of the box approach is all God. As far as influences, far too many to name. The entire 90’s era of underground music would sum it up.
OSI: I spent a majority of my childhood on the east coast back when Hip Hop was the wave of the future. I listened to Hip Hop cassette tapes and drew artwork from the booklets of countless albums. You could say I fell in love from there. I would learn other artist patterns and eventually created my own schemes.
Ise: I listened to a lot of different forms of music growing up and actually first got into writing because my mother wrote music during the 90’s. My brother was a music head and I followed after him. I still write every verse hoping to impress him to this day.
In your estimation, what is the Hip Hop scene like in the city of Detroit presently?
Definitely alive and well. A lot of artists paved the way and get less recognition than deserved at times. Obviously J Dilla, Phat Kat, Elzhi, Apollo Brown, Black Milk, Danny Brown, Nick Speed, Guilty Simpson, Eminem, Royce da 5’9”, Slum Village and the list could continue. Every place has talent but we are slept on for breeding amazing Producers and Top 10 dead or alive MC’s.
The bio on your website pulls no punches when it comes to the state of Hip Hop. What are some of the things you both think need to be done to bring Hip Hop back to its former glory?
To be real, we believe it is a fan thing. Artists make music fans and the industry respond to. If more people supported the original sound of Hip Hop it would thrive more. Once there are more people buying albums and supporting artists who can rap well, we will see Golden Era music return. Until then if people support something different you get that different outcome.
How were you able to connect with such a storied and accomplished producer in Nick Speed to produce your entire album?
Nick is good people. At the time he worked with the same management company we used to work under. During a meeting we were just in the right place at the right time. It was a blessing.
What are some of the greatest challenges that The Regiment faces as artists that are completely independent?
Awesome question. To be real, time. As men with families and using other outlets to support the dream of music, it gets difficult to manage the clock. Father time has been generous to us but we still struggle like anyone else. Putting things in perspective and having support internally is key.
With your new video for the song “10,000 Strong” from the album, how important was it for you to feature regular, every day people from Detroit?
It was very important to feature the blue collar Michigander. Everyone in the video was not from Detroit in the video but everyone from here is blue collar. Strength and support in numbers and unity: That’s something that’s always worth showcasing.
Who are some artists and producers that you would like to work with or connect with in Hip Hop?
Wow, good question, for the sake of time let’s limit this to just a few: DJ Premier, Araab Muzic, Black Milk, Lupe Fiasco, Andre 3000, Timbaland, Phonte and Oddisee.
Can you talk about some of the upcoming projects that The Regiment has coming up that we need to be checking for and some of the artists you’ll be working with?
We have some things in the works with Hip Hop artists like Random aka Mega Ran, El da Sensei, Sadat X, Phat Kat just to name a few. But we will most definitely keep Sosoactive.com updated.
Eminem and Rihanna seem to be collaborating on more and more projects since Eminem featured her in his song “Love the Way You Lie“. Since then they’ve done the hit song “The Monster” together and now they are going on a short tour together appropriately named The Monster Tour. If you’ve been waiting to see Eminem in concert and are frustrated because he seems to only be doing shows in Europe lately, then now is your chance. Eminem and Rihanna will be visiting only 3 cities in the US, kicking off in Pasadena, CA at the Rose Bowl.
This past weekend 22 Jump Street starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube, beat out How To Train Your Dragon 2 for top spot at the box office and earned the movie the title of second highest grossing R-Rated Comedy in history. We’re all well aware that Cube has more than a few notches in his belt as a star in Hollywood, from the Friday series to All About The Benjamins to Anaconda to Are We There Yet to his first role on Boyz N The Hood. It got us to thinking about some movies featuring some of Hip Hop’s greatest emcees that everyone should watch at least once. Here’s a list of 10: by no means definitive, but a few of the best.
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Recently, the news of the new N.W.A. biopic hit the net with a new release date and first photos. Straight Outta Compton will tell the story of N.W.A. (Dr. Dre, Eazy E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella) as they rose to music and pop culture fame in the 1980s with their debut album of the same name, and beyond. In past years, we’ve seen more than a few Hip Hop biopics hit theatres, from Notorious, telling the story of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, and 8 Mile, a semi-autobiographical account of part of Eminem’s story. And of course, the Tupac Shakur biopic is reportedly beginning to take shape as well. But the truth is that there are tons of towering Hip Hop figures that deserve their own major motion picture treatment on the silver screen. Here are a few Hip Hop legends we’d like to see have their biographies told on the big screen.
10 Greatest Hip-Hop BeefsIn no particular order…
Shady Aftermath vs Murder Inc
This feud started when Ja Rule saw 50 Cent hanging out with a guy who had once robbed him, so Ja took to a track to diss 50. The beef spread from there, involving entire labels. One of the more infamous aspects of this feud was when Ja Rule said Eminem’s daughter’s name on one of his tracks. It quickly spiraled from there.
Lil’ Kim vs Nicki Minaj
Lil’ Kim was great back in the day, but years went by and then Nicki Minaj came onto the scene. The entire beef was about how Lil’ Kim felt that Nicki was copying her style, and Nicki denied it. According to Nicki, she saw Kim at a Lil’ Wayne show and tried to squash the beef. That, to her face, Kim claimed that they were good. Yet on her track “Roman’s Revenge”, Nicki makes a comment about has-beens that most assumed was about Kim. Kim then called Nicki a gimmick and a wannabe. Classic.
Nas vs Jay-Z
Nas vs. Jay Z is one of the more famous of all hip-hop feuds. This beef started shortly after the East Coast/West Coast problems when Jay Z said in a line “Ask Nas, he don’t want it with Hov, No!” The beef escalated from there and lasted over 5 years before resolving in 2006. Since then, Jay Z and Nas have featured on each other’s tracks, and Jay Z even joined Nas during his stage at Coachella this year.
Kanye West vs Ray J
Everyone knows about Ray J and Kim Kardashian’s former relationship. Yet when Kim and Kanye got together, Ray J wanted to make sure that no one forgot it. Ray released a song called “Hit It First” which featured a pixelated image of Kim in a bikini on the artwork. Kanye fired back while on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’, calling Ray J “lame”. Even recently, it was reported that Ray J was going to give Kimye, as a wedding present, all of the proceeds from his sex tape with Kim.
Frank Ocean vs Chris Brown
Last year, shortly before The Grammys, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into a fight outside of a Los Angeles studio – allegedly over a parking space. Some say that Chris started the beef by throwing homophobic slurs at Frank, while others say that Chris tried to shake Frank’s hand and Frank started the fight because Chris was at his studio, in his parking space. Later that night Frank took to Twitter to claim that he was jumped by Chris, but we might never know how this fight was truly started.
Eazy E vs Dr Dre
Both Eazy-E and Dre were members of NWA before they disbanded. It was a nasty breakup, and the two traded diss tracks. Eazy claimed that Dre never really lived through the “harsh realities” of the hood. Eazy then rapped about Dre dressing in drag while a member of World Class Wrecking Cru’. He even put out an image of Dre in mascara and high heels.
2Pac vs Biggie
This was the beef that involved an entire country, pitting coasts against each other. It started when Tupac was shot down while in New York, ultimately blaming Biggie and Diddy for the attack. While this is undoubtedly the most notorious hip-hop beef, the one that affected the most amount of people, ended in worst ways. Both Tupac and Biggie were shot and killed within 6 months of each other.
LL Cool J vs Canibus
LL and Canibus had a lyrical feud, starting over lines that Canibus put on the track “4, 3, 2, 1″. Canibus rapped “L, is that a mic on your arm? Let me borrow that.” When LL asked Canibus to change the lyrics, Canibus agreed as long as Cool J also changed his own lyrics. The two continued to trade insults, but Canibus sold less and less records and never achieved commercial success – some say in part because of his feud with Cool J.
50 Cent vs The Game
The Game was brought onto Aftermath Records, and then shortly after joined 50 Cent’s group, G-Unit. Tensions came to a head when 50 Cent’s second album was pushed back for the release of The Game’s debut album, followed by 50 refusing to sit next to The Game during his music video for “Hate It or Love It”. 50 Cent then announced that The Game was being removed from G-Unit on air, at the same station that The Game had done an interview for earlier in the day. When The Game tried to re-enter the building, a member of his entourage was shot in the leg by a security guard. The feud has continued, despite reconciliation attempts, and even as recently as march of this year Game had dissed 50.
and my personal favorite…. Chief Keef vs Katy Perry
In May of last year, Katy Perry took to Twitter to say that Chief Keef’s song “I Hate Bein’ Sober” gave her “serious doubt for the world”. Chief Keef saw the tweet, and responded by saying he would “slap the s–t out of her” along with some other vulgar things. Katy quickly recanted by saying she was a fan of his, didn’t know it was his song, and that she mostly meant she was disappointed in “our generation’s desire to be constantly intoxicated.” This was one of the most ridiculous beefs I’d ever witnessed, but hysterical just the same.
Which beef do you think was the greatest? Who do you think won each beef? Let us know in the comments.
This Week in Music History – May 25 – May 31
The #1 songs of this week were:
1994 – All-4-One – I Swear (20 years ago)
2003 – 50 Cent – 21 Questions (11 years ago)
2007 – T-Pain ft. Yung Joc – Buy U A Drank (7 years ago)
In 1975, Lauryn Hill was born.
In 2003, 50 Cent hit #1 with his second single, 21 Questions. The song stayed at #1 for four weeks.
In 2005, Carrie Underwood won season four of American Idol. She went on to be one of the most successful American Idol contestant.
In 1969, Lenny Kravitz was born as Leonard Albert Kravitz.
In 1977, members of the band Kiss provided vials of their blood to be used in the red ink of their upcoming Marvel comic.
In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie-Presley (Elvis’ daughter) got married. They divorced a year later.
In 2004, Fantasia Barrino won the third season of American Idol.
In 1975, Andre 3000 of OutKast was born as André Lauren Benjamin.
In 1989, De La Soul’s debut album “3 Feet High and Rising” hits #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
In 2001, Lady Marmalade started a five-week run at #1. The song included Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil’ Kim.
In 2000, Britney Spears went to #1 with her album “Oops… I did It Again”. She also went to #1 in 13 other countries.
In 2000, Eminem’s second album “The Marshall Mathers LP” became the fastest selling rap album ever with 1.76 million copies in it’s first week.
In 19998, Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) left the Spice Girls, officially ending the Girl Power era.
Check out what happened in music history last week, April 18 – May 24th.
The #1 songs of this week were:
1990 – Madonna – Vogue (24 years ago)
1997 – Hanson – MMMBop (17 years ago)
2004 – Usher – Burn (10 years ago)
In 1999, The Backstreet Boys release their third album, Millennium.
In 2009, Glee made its debut on Fox. Their cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” went to #4, and brought the original version back to the charts at #9.
In 1972, Busta Rhymes was born.
In 1985, The Apollo Theater reopens after extensive renovations.
In 2009, Michael Jackson was supposed to start his “This Is It” tour, but pushed the dates back to July. He stated needing more rehearsal time as his reason for pushing the tour back. Unfortunately, Michael passed away shortly before the new tour dates.
In 1972, Notorious B.I.G. was born.
In 1981, Bob Marley was buried in St. Ann’s, Jamaica with state honors.
In 2003, Mariah Carey called Eminem a “little girl” for threatening to sample voicemails the singer had left him on his next album.
In 2003, Ruban Studdard beat Clay Aiken as the second winner of American Idol.
In 2008, Lou Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in jail on four federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering. Lou Pearlman was the manager for Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and others.
In 2011, Adele went to #1 in the US with “Rolling In The Deep”.
In 2013, Chris Brown was charged with a misdemeanor hit and run in San Francisco.
In 1989, Public Enemy kicked Professor Griff out of the group after he made anti-Semitic remarks in the Washington Post.
In 2006, Jordin Sparks wins the sixth season of American Idol.
In 2008, Slick Rick was pardoned by the governor of New York for the attempted murders of two men in 1991.
In 2000, 50 Cent was shot 9 times while inside a parked car and was dropped by his label at the time, Columbia,
Check out what happened in music history last week, May 11 – May 17.
At this point I’m sure everyone has heard the news that late night host David Letterman has announced his retirement. Marvel Comics has already launched a campaign for their list of comic book characters that would make for strong replacement candidates. It’s only an entertaining fantasy as we all know, none of these fictitious characters are in line for the job, but never the less I have a more realistic approach.
Why don’t we bring something new and fresh to late night television? It will never happen but one can dream. Just what if we could spice things up a bit?
The question is what if the new host of late night was someone from the hip-hop community. Someone who would attract a younger audience and bring a vibe like never before. If a rapper was to get this job who would fit the bill?
I asked the question and now I’ll give my short list. Here is my list of MCs that would make great late night host candidates.
Well qualified is the Atlanta born MC that got his start as a radio personality under the name Chris Lover Lover. Not a bad bullet point for his resume. He has strong acting background and a personality that lights ups the room. He’s been known to crack a joke or two and we all know that the late night host must possess a strong sense of humor. He defiantly ranks high on our list of candidates.
- Snoop Dogg
With his record sales fading and popularity not what it once was, the legendary Snoop Dogg is still a household name. True the studio might be foggy and filled with smoke and this may turn away some anti marijuana viewers, but I figure we’re heading in the direction of legalizing it so why not. Everyone knows his familiar face and lingo. He’s sure to bring a charisma that will make young America tune in.
- T.I. (Tip Harris)
Another Atlanta-based MC with a strong resume and acting background. If you’ve never seen a T.I. interview, I suggest you watch one. His personality always steals the moment and he’s very comfortable in front of a camera. How could you not at least consider T.I. for the job?
I had to throw a female MC in the mix and though EVE isn’t as relevant as she once was you can’t deny her charm and resume. She spent time starring in her own sitcom and it’s sounds like the perfect time to start a new chapter in career.
- Ghostface Killah
This Wu-tang original may not have the comedy and acting background that the other candidates possess but his character is unmatched. If you’ve never listened to a Ghostface album in its entirety or seen one of his extended interviews you may be scratching your head at my choice. The quality that I look forward to is the fact that the audience will die from laughter and I don’t think Ghost will think it’s funny. I have the feeling that Ghostface is serious about his words of wisdom even though most of time he makes no sense to his listeners.
I would love to see Eminem get the job and we all know his sense of humor and charisma, but lets be honest that’s a lot curse words to bleep out. His unpredictability could be a problem for primetime television. I can only imagine his interview for the job. When asked if he could watch his mouth on air he replied with “What? Take my f$c#in% eyeballs out and turn them around”. It’s probably not going to work.
- Kanye West
I’m certain he wants the job more than any other candidate, but no network wants to be at risk for Kanye moment. I can only imagine the lawsuits and controversy he would bring to the network when he gets the urge to speak his mind. With that said I’m sure ratings would be through the roof. We would have to tune in because no one ever knows when Kanye is going to snap and give us a surprise.
Now let’s be honest with our selves no rapper is going to take over for David Letterman but it’s always fun to dream.
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