[NEWS] @NBA : @Orlando_Magic 's @DwightHoward Is Out For The Season

Sources confirmed on Thursday, April 19th, that superstar center Dwight Howard will not be returning this season in the NBA. Also, Howard is unlikely to be healthy enough to play in this summer's olympic games in London. Howard will be out due to a surgery intended to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. Howard had been complaining about back pains since early March, receiving epidurals to releive pain. After thinking that a 10-14 day rest was all that was necessary, team doctors noticed that pain had increased and insisted that the superstar get surgery. The upcoming only adds to what has been a storied season for Dwight Howard. After early trade rumors, speculation of signing elsewhere, and teammate turmoil, he has been rumored to make numerous statements expressing his desire to never play for current coach Stan Van Gundy again. Have Orlando Magic fans possibly witnessed their most dominate player play sport the pinstripped number 12? If so, one has to imagine the dejavu that occurs thinking about Shaquille O'neal's early playing days in Orlando.

Source: @FunkMasterFlex

Author: @WhatABThinks


" Mac Miller has released a free download of his first collaboration with Curren$y.

Going in over Chuck Inglish production, “Cold” finds Miller and Spitta swapping bars about life, ego, skill, and Mary Jane. It may sound by-the-numbers in terms of subject matter, but these two young stars make it worth your while with solid metaphors and strong flows. You can stream, download, and enjoy “Cold” after the jump.

After hearing “Cold,” it’s hard to believe these two have never appeared on a track together before, right? Here’s hoping there is plenty more Spitta/Miller in the future. " - James

Source : @utgreview


Old track , new visual !! #nuffsaid

Source : @dopeboyshake


" Building on its footwear division, Levi’s brings forth the Hi Cone Denim Vulcanized Sneaker as part of its “Good O’ldays” collection. At first glance, the sneaker appears to be solid in color with features influenced by more established pioneers of the industry, but on closer inspection a subtle two-tone hue is realized — half made up of stone washed denim and half with deeply-dyed suede. The shoe is further finished with accented double stitching, a ribbed vulcanized toe cap and a back zipper for easy access. The new collection, which was produced in collaboration with Levi’s Japan, is set to launch this summer and will be available at select Levi’s footwear stockists. "

- Ambrose Leung

Source : @hypebeast


Let me start off by saying i am not surprised at all , I mean its Mr. " Take that , take that " himself. Forbes Magazine has recently announced there annual wealthiest hip-hop artist list and Diddy topped the list with Jay-Z and Dr.Dre right behind him. With a net-worth of $550 million due to investments in Ciroc Vodka, his clothing lines, and his record label Bad Boy. Mr. Combs could potentially be falling into the billionaire category very soon , depending of the success of his new cable channel , Revolt. Ironically , they call me " Little Diddy of the City " , hopefully my bank account can reflect that nickname and soon !

Source : @hiphopdx

Author : @quinelleholder


Remember how last week I told y'll i'm going to biasly ( yes , I said it again ) post and keep y'll updated with anything related to my collective Lost Artistry ? Well , the same applies for Patrick Blanchard Aka PatIsDope. As some of you may know, Pat has not only helped me out on a few occasions by co-hosting multi-media releases via his blog but also helped me land a position on Cornerstone/The Fader Magazine 's FARM Team earlier this year; with that being said out of respect and loyalty be prepared for quarterly "DOPE" updates and news.

Last month he had the opportunity to chop it up w/ the 18 year old prince of the west, Casey Veggies during Mac Miller's : Blue Slide Park Tour. They discuss everything from Dom Kennedy, branding , hip-hop longevity & more.

Also Check Out Pat's Interview w/ Big K.R.I.T | Here.

Source : @patisdope

[AUDIO] " GOLD " - @asvpxrocky ( Produced by @HitBoy_SC )

Dat PMF A$AP Rocky Drops his first single off his highly anticipated album "LongLiveA$AP" entitled Gold. The track is produced by Hit-Boy and has already gone viral in 24hrs !

Source : @fludwatches

[VIDEO] @JUKEBOXDC & @DOPE_MusicBlog Present :The Manipulation Pt. 2 - @Wale ( Unofficial Video ) Ft. @TheMODELE

The DMV's Own JUKEBOX DC & Dope Music Blog Present : The Visual for " The Manipulation Part 2 ", off Wale's More About Nothing (Mixtape) 2010.

Filmed & Edited By Sabrina Vaz Films for Quinelle Holder [dot] com.

Special thanks to Old Dominion University, Wale & The MODELE.

[STYLE] @LEVIS X @nikesb Release Info ( 2012 )

" Whatever happened to the Air Jordan 1 x Nike SB? A ‘collaboration’ that represents the combination of two of sneakerhead culture’s most important lines has gone missing since some early 2012 speculation about its release date, but we do know as of today that a brand that once covered the AJ1 in its all-American denim will indeed drop a Swoosh skateboarding collabo in the near future. July 4th to be exact — that’s the date that the Levi’s x Nike SB team up will be unleashed on the public; but what will be included in this Independence Day mega-drop? We’ve already seen Swooshed Levi’s tags that tease a jeanswear element; which sneakers should be included when these hit during the dog days of summer? Let us know what you’d like to see happen with this project and stick with Sneaker News for more info. via N-SB "

Source : @sneakernews

[NEWS] @Drake Gives Up and Coming Artist A Chance Of A Lifetime

When your blessed with a life changing opportunity, its only right to pass on the favor. Not to long ago, Drake received a call from Lil' Wayne to come out to H-Town so he could showcase his skills and possibly sign with YMCMB. The rest of the story is history. In honor of the events that changed his life forever, Drake is giving the same opportunity to an emerging artist. He'll present an up-and-coming MC with the chance to open for him on his "Club Paradise" Tour. The selected individual will travel on the 27-city tour in his or her own tour bus, rolling through the cities with the likes of J. Cole and Waka Flocka. Submissions for the contest began on Monday (April 16), with the contest running through April 30, and fan voting for the best emcee goes on from April 30 to May 2. The winner will be selected from the top 100 artists in the competition, pending the approval of Drake, Real Hip Hop Network and OurStage.

Drake's "Club Paradise" Tour opens May 7 in Concord, CA and ends June 17 in Mansfield, MA.

Source : @vladtv

[INTERVIEW] @E40 X @HipHopWired Talks Notorious B.I.G. & More

" Many years ago according to hip-hop legend, E-40 was very close from something bad happening to the Notorious B.I.G. As the story goes, E-40 had booked a fake concert for The Notorious B.I.G. in Sacramento to perform at and following the concert, he was approached by a handful of gun-toting youths. Well for the first time, 40 Water speaks on the incident that happened almost two decades ago in his hometown involving the late Biggie Smalls. "

- Kazeem Famuyide


Source : @hiphopwired

[VIDEO] " Rock Bottom High " - @Rosevelt4prez

"Rock Bottom High" is Rosevelt's first single from his upcoming album of the same name, Rock Bottom High, which features production from Epik (A$AP Rocky, Yo Gotti, Raekwon, Waka Flacka), Seige Monstracity (Dr. Dre, Tyrese, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Marsha Ambrosius, Snoop Dogg), Willie B (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock), THX (Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, Royce Da 5'9, Warren G, Nipsey Hussle, The Clipse), Sega and with artist features from C-nice, Ill Camille, Noa James, Dynamic Certified, Roscoe Umali, Kokane, Big Rich and others set to be released on May 1st.

Source : Submission

[VIDEO] " Slow Sippin " - @TheKidRyan

For some music artists it just comes naturally. The Kid Ryan is a California based recording artist that is making some noise with his catchy hooks and prominent wordplay. The Kid Ryan only just recently began promoting his musical talents but has dealt with music all his life. Growing up in Fresno, California Ryan found his passion for music like most do, by dealing with life's experiences. It is easy to see that passion when seeing Ryan at work. The Kid Ryan first caught fans attention earlier this year by dropping a couple Youtube videos. He then began to work with artist L.!.Z and MinuteTillSix.com. The Kid Ryan has been hard at work on his first mixtape. Due in late June or early July, the untitled mixtape will be a taste of what he has been working on. Quick to kill a beat or write a slick hook, The Kid Ryan is someone to keep an eye out for.

Source : Submission

[AUDIO] " The Journey Man " EP - @EssenseVA ( Produced by @CLOWDSOUND )

As a kid coming up in the golden age of hip-hop, Essense realized his fascination with rap and wordplay early. “I remember hearing old Pac, LL Cool J, and Wu-Tang records, and memorizing them line-for-line. It was cool to see all the different styles and subject matters of rap co-exist together at the time.” It would be a while before Essense actually attempted to pen his own lyrics, but his interest was sparked.

Once he got to high school, he started making some early attempts at rap. “I would have these awful freestyle battles online; I hadn’t really found my style or voice as an MC. I remember recording at a friend’s house with an old computer mic taped to a closet door.” The resulting songs were a far cry from quality material, but they would keep him determined to improve.

Towards the end of high school and beginning of college, he began to get more into freestyling. “It really helped me hone and practice my skills. People wouldn’t expect me to jump in the cipher, and it became a big confidence booster.” Outside of freestyling, Essense started to write some of his first songs. It was the groundwork for developing as an MC.

In college, the raps started coming more naturally. A chance meeting with a local producer really turned the corner for his career as an MC. “He really motivated me to improve as an MC. Up until that point, I only had personal songs on my computer, but I had the confidence to spit on one of his instrumentals. It was essentially my first studio session”.

Essence burst on the scene w/ his new " The Journeyman EP ", produced entirely by Curtis Tull ( of Lost Artistry ). With spacy beats and heartfelt lyrics, he hopes to bring my unique style to the deep pool of DMV talent.


Source : Submission

[VIDEO] @drdre & @snoopdogg Perform At @coachella w/ Tupac & More

As promised Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg performed at Coachella, and brought a few guest along with them as well. The extended roster included 50 cent, Wiz Khalifa, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Warren G, Kurupt, Tony Yayo and the late great Tupac Shakur. With all the hype surrounding this legendary west-coast performance the only person we didn't see was Nate Dogg.

Source : @Nigel_D


If you grew up in the Hampton , VA during the early 90's like I did then this is an extremely big deal. The Reebok " Questions " were on just about every wanna-be basketball player in the areas feet when they were original released. According to XXL , Iverson stated "[We’re going to] bring my first shoe [The Questions] back, just like the retro Jordans, we’re bringing my first shoe back." Allen's signature shoe will return in the original white/red colorway. Recently appearing in Swizz Beats new rap single " Street Knock " , the Bethel High School graduate's name buzzing in the streets again.;

[NEWS] Nicki Minaj Temporarily Deletes Her Twitter

" The Barbz have gone mad. On Sunday (April 15), Nicki Minaj deactivated her Twitter account leaving millions of her fans and followers awaiting her comeback-- but that may not happen. After getting into a Twitter tiff with some of her followers, Nicki pulled the plug on her account. “Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f--king bye,” she wrote. before vanishing from the social networking site.

Minutes before, Nicki had vowed to get rid of the account after she blocked a fan site that she accused of posting leaked music. DJLaz1.com (part of the Complex Network) managed to capture some screen grabs.

The offending site, NickiDaily.com is also down, stripped of all of it’s content with only the word “closed” posted. Instead of their Barbie-related content, the site just plays the somber sounding “Dear Old Nicki” in a loop. The track which appeared on Minaj’s 2010 debut is rather appropriate. On it she raps to her former self: “And tell me that you coming back that you just took a break/Maybe I blamed you for everything, that was my mistake.

Whether NickiDaily was the exact reason that the Young Money star deleted her Twitter is unclear. There are few artists who have a closer relationship with her fans than Nicki, and fewer artists who are as big as her on Twitter. Last week the Harajuku Barbie landed the #1 album in the country with her sophomore effort Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded after selling 253,000 copies in its first week. " - Rob Markman

Source : @mtvrapfix


The Cool Kids , Sir Michael Rocks sits down w/ Palita of GOWHERE HIPHOP & talks who will be appearing on his upcoming solo project in 2012, his foray into the fashion game, what animals he owns and would like to own & more.