— Coming fresh off the release of his third studio album, Big D.O.L.L.A, Portland Trailblazers All-Star Damian Lillard has shared his desire to win a Grammy award.

As the saying goes, “ball players want to be rappers and rappers want to be ball players”. The bad news is that most people on either side lack the actual skills to cross over to the other. But, every once in a while, we get a talent such as Damian Lillard, A.K.A Dame D.O.L.L.A, and we have to legitimately give credit where it’s due. Dame is easily one of the most elite players in the NBA and he’s also got BARS… but are they Grammy worthy?

In a recent interview with TMZ, Dame stated that when all is said and done, he’d love to have a Grammy under his belt, or at the very least, a performance at the BET Awards. Lucky for us, we get to see a current showcase of his musical talents since his latest album, Big D.O.L.L.A, was just released this past Friday.

 

Big D.O.L.L.A was released through Dame’s independent record label, Front Page Music and includes features from well-known artists like Lil Wayne, Jeremih, and Mozzy. The album also features his own artists Brookfield Duece and Danny from Sobrante.

Check out the full album right here and tell us, do you think Dame D.O.L.L.A can reach his goal?

— This weekend, Atlanta wrapped up its 14th Annual fun-filled, star studded A3C Festival with an unexpected finish.

Like every year, Atlanta’s Annual A3C Hip Hop Festival brought out some of the hottest artists and industry elite to the city this weekend. Artists, musicians and creatives from each coast flocked to Atlanta from October 1st through 7th for a week of networking, collaborating, and celebrating the arts from all over. The city was full of vibrancy and excitement sparked by the festival itself. Day parties, A3C Showcases, Art shows , and other A3C sponsored events left social calendars booked for the week.

One of the highlights of the Festival was A3C’s Sound Garage featuring the 1st All Women Hip Hop Stage (Talk about girl power!). A number of female Hip Hop Hitters graced the stage including Killuminati, Brax, Molly Brazy, The Queendom, and Cherele. Even more well-known stars like Saweetie, Trina, Light Skin Keisha, and Young Baby Tate hit the stage performing “Icy”“Naan”, and “Believe Dat” respectively with Tate wowing the crowd with her fiery hits and dance moves.

Every moment was equally as intriguing and artistic as the last. DJ Oceanz kept the room packed and engaged between artists performances with her dope music mixes in the Sound Garage while Hosts, SammyApproved and Porsha Marie, danced with the audience.

The outdoor stage was equally as turnt. The 90’s Hip-Hop Crew, The Diplomats, consisting of Cam’ron, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana hit the stage with their classic heavy hits. The crowd even voiced lyrics from their album Diplomatic Immunity verbatim.

A3C Festival

The crowd was also ready for Lil Tunechi, (also otherwise known as Lil Wayne) to hit the stage, especially with the release of his recent album, Tha Carter V, on September 28. All eyes were glued to the stage as Tunechi performed his hottest tracks.

Everyone was amped up with the rapper when chaos broke loose. Unfortunately, an alleged altercation shook up the crowd and ended the show. Nonetheless, A3C 2018 was definitely one to remember and the memories are here to stay.

Written by Chelsea McKain

The 40 Years of Hip Hop Mashup is what you need to hold you over until you make it back to the aux cord after work. Chicago based production group, The Hood Internet, known for their pretty interesting song mashups posted to YouTube and Soundcloud, have taken on the task of smashing 40 years of hip hop into 4 minutes. It sounds damn near impossible but they did it, with each artist finishing the bars of the last. That’s the real feat here but they made it seem so effortless without missing a beat, resulting in a very solid hip hop mini history lesson.

There’s really something for every hip hop head in this mix. I’ve really never been so satisfied with tiny snippets of music but I was able to reminisce on Pimp C, get a Pac fix, and Harlem Shake to “All About The Benjamins” all in four minutes. The Hood Internet wasn’t playing games about going back in time either; The 40 Years of Hip Hop Mashup has Afrika Bambataa and Grandmaster Flash somehow cohesively sharing a slot with Ying Yang Twins and House of Pain. It was nice to see that The 40 Years of Hip Hop Mashup made sure not to leave out the female hip hop presence with appearances from Lauryn Hill, Missy, and Salt N Pepa.

Head over to The Hood Internet SoundCloud page for more and check out the list of all of the featured artists below.

2 Pac, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Afrika Bambaataa, Audio Two, AZ, Beastie Boys, BG, Big Pun, Biz Markie, Black Rob, Black Sheep, Blackstreet, Bobby Shmurda, Boogie Down Productions, Busta Rhymes, Cali Swag District, Cam’ron, Chamillionaire, Chance The Rapper, Clipse, Common, Craig Mack, Cypress Hill, David Banner, De La Soul, Dead Prez, Digable Planets, Digital Underground, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, DJ Kool, DJ Quik & Kurupt, DMX, Doug E Fresh, Dr. Dre, Drake, Eazy-E, Eminem, Eric B. & Rakim, Funky 4+1, Gang Starr, Geto Boys, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, GZA, House of Pain, Ice Cube, J-Kwon, Jadakiss, Jay Electronica, Jay-Z, JJ Fad, Juvenile, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, KRS-One, Lauryn Hill, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Lil Kim, Lil Troy, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Ludacris, Madvillain, MC Shan, Meek Mill, MF DOOM, Missy Elliott, Mobb Deep, Montell Jordan, MOP, Nas, Naughty By Nature, Nelly, Nicki Minaj, Notorious B.I.G, N.W.A, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Outkast, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Petey Pablo, Pharoahe Monch, Public Enemy, Puff Daddy, Quad City DJs, Rich Boy, Rick Ross, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Run-DMC, Salt N Pepa, Scarface, Schoolly D, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Skee-Lo, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, Soulja Boy, Sugarhill Gang, T La Rock, T-Wayne, T.I., Terror Squad, The Fat Boys, The Fatback Band, The Fugees, The Game, The Pack, The Pharcyde, The Roots, Three 6 Mafia, Tone Loc, Tyga, UGK, Usher, UTFO, Warren G, Whodini, Wreckx-N-Effect, Wu-Tang Clan, Ying Yang Twins, Young Gunz

Written by ViV