Lil Kim’s Hardcore album as well as this poster was legendary.
Hard to believe it’s been 25 WHOLE YEARS since this album dropped. It’s showing my age. Lil Kim is iconic. Her style, her swagg, her rhymes & delivery were like no other. Every teen age girl from the hood wanted to be Lil Kim the Queen Bee! She was so dope & I can’t imagine hip hop with out her. We love you Kim!
Memphis rapper Adolph ‘Young Dolph’ Thornton Jr. was truly one of the last real ones left. He was not only the CEO of his own very successful record label, Paper Route Empire, but he was also a family man and often times a mentor to troubled youth in his community.
Young Dolph, known as simply “Dolph” was shot & killed on November 17, 2021 while entering Makeda’s Cookies in his hometown of Memphis, TN. He was 36 years old.
Back in 2017, Dolph was shot in Hollywood and survived with non life threatening injuries. So far there is not a lot of official details as to who killed Dolph & more importantly — why. The internet is already talking and connecting his murder to long-standing beefs Dolph may have had with other Memphis rappers. The streets are such a dirty place, it’s really no telling what the motive behind this is. Sometimes pure hate and jealousy will do it.
I’m a firm believer that when you ‘make it big’ you leave your hometown — especially if you’re from small towns and/or poverty ridden areas aka “the hood”. We have seen time and time again where people make it out and they go back “home” to show love and they end up dead. Nipsey Hussle to give a recent example.
As someone who left my hometown over 20 years ago, I completely understand wanting to stay connected to your roots and give back, etc. — but do it discreetly and sparingly. I don’t recommend being too visible or trackable these days. Be extremely mindful of who you allow in your space as you begin to elevate. Dare I say it, but some friends and family must be left behind.
Sure crime happens any and everywhere, but it’s something extremely dangerous about the people you started with watching you become successful. It creates envy and envy is sometimes deadly.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree that people should leave their old stomping grounds for good once they make it out? Why or why not?
“BMF” finally made its way to Starz Network and it is a smash. The streets appear to be loving the made for television series and the internet is on fire with former members trading both threats and shots online.
Apparently Bleu Davinci, one of the original members of the Black Family Organization is at odds with JBo another former leader, who is also involved with the production of the series. JBo posted a meme to Instagram, allegedly of Davinci as Eddie Kane from The Five Heartbeats trying to get back in the group.
Rolling Out — “The only thing I’m saying is that if they handle my name wrong, I’m coming to see you. The writers, the producers, the directors, the executive producers, y’all play with my name — I’m telling y’all right now. Y’all play with my name, it’s up. Period. There won’t be no more shooting. No more filming that s—. I’m gonna try to find a way to f— up everything about it if you play with [my] name. Soon as I get the first report, ‘Aye, bro, they playing’ with your name,’ I’m coming. Just already know. Have your security beefed up … ’cause I’m gonna give it to they a—, too. I ain’t finna play with my name. I’m gonna go all the way out,” he stated in the IG post.
50 Cent apparently was not worried about the threats either as he shared JBo’s meme as well as a letter from Big Meech to his son Demetrius Flenory Jr, who plays his father in the series.
In the letter, the incarcerated Flenory also salutes 50 Cent for helping turn his family legitimate so they can make their livelihoods from other ways than selling drugs.
Have you been watching the series? Check it out on STARZ NETWORK.
Hip Hop Wired — According to The Huffington Post, Jay-Z has once again partnered with The Innocence Project.
This time their focus is on the Midwest. According to the announcement Team Roc, the criminal justice division of Roc Nation, has helped raise over one million dollars for the non-for-profit organization.
Tricia Rojo Bushnell, Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project, called the effort “a huge investment”. As per the press release the funds will ultimately strengthen their ability to look at these cases which is going to shine a light on what the group needs to do to provide a just criminal legal system in Wyandotte County.
Back in September Team Roc filed a lawsuit against the police department in Kansas City. “The KCKPD is entrusted by the public to help maintain peace in the community. Yet, for years, it appears that officers have abused their power and engaged in wrongdoing,” the filing read. “To the extent that the KCKPD did not take any steps to remediate these issues, the public should have a right to know so they can organize and take appropriate steps to effect change.”
You can learn more about The Innocence Project here.