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In recent times, vintage and retro designs have gained much attention from people, young and old, a testament that great designs surpass time and generation. Petrolicious is an online magazine focusing on pristine automobiles, especially from the by-gone era. There latest episode sheds light on 1962 Porsche 356 Cabriolet, owned by Ken Sirlin in Savannah, Georgia. Perfectly restored to factory-like condition, this daily driver is as beautiful to watch, as it is to hear the engine roar. Sirlin explains the different memories he had with this fine vehicle, from restoration, purchase, and participation in vintage rally event in Europe. Check out the full story in the short video underneath.
August 6, 2012, 21:05pm
Young Buck is officially in the big house. The former G-Unit rapper began his 18-month prison sentence Monday (Aug. 6), reports TMZ.
For the next several months Buck’s home will be the Yazoo City Medium Security Federal Prison, located in Southern Mississippi. “My mindset moving forward is letting the past be the past,” Buck told XXL before beginning his prison stint. “Don’t judge me behind what you think I am or what you thought I did or none of that. Pay attention to Buck because the man that I was yesterday ain’t the man that I am today.”
The 31-year-old was sentenced to nearly two years for weapons possession, following a 2010 raid. Federal agents hit Buck’s house uncovering weapons including a .40 caliber Glock 22, and given his previous felony record he was found guilty of parole violation, and ordered to serve concurrent sentences, on two counts of possession.
As of late, Buck has found himself engulfed in a string of bad luck, including owing the IRS 0,000 which resulted in having his personal belongings auctioned off to settle the debt. Unfortunately, Buck— born David Darnell Brown—didn’t have as much expensive stuff as Uncle Sam would’ve hoped, since the sale only netted a measly ,000.
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Courtesy of Adult Swim come two tracks off of Killer Mike’s forthcoming El-P-produced offering, aptly titled R.A.P Album, which is due May 15. Respectively called “Jojo’s Chillin” and “Sourthern Fried,” both cuts display raw Southern approved rap music at its best. Tune in below.
Killer Mike – Jojos Chillin
Killer Mike – Southern Fried
By Rob Markman
Drake may be “Proud” of Nicki Minaj and the other women in his life on his new single, but that pales in comparison to the pride that Drizzy’s father Dennis Graham has for his son. Memphis, Tennessee FOX News affiliate WMCTV caught up with big poppa Graham and explored the Young Money star’s humble beginnings. Though Toronto is technically the city that he’s from, Drake has close ties to Memphis, where he spent summers in Appleville with his dad, who is a former drummer for 1950’s rocker Jerry Lee Lewis. “I used to hold him in my office while I played the piano,” Graham said of Drake’s musical come-up.
It was those early musical experiences with his dad that Graham says contributed to his son’s success today. “That’s why his metaphors are so phenomenal now because he’s been in Memphis,” he said.
Graham and the rapper’s mother split while the MC was still young. Drake has often rapped about his complex relationship with his dad in songs. On 2009’s “The Calm” from his breakout So Far Gone mixtape Drizzy spits, “Hopin’ Western Union do a currency exchange/ ’Cause my dad called, it got me feelin’ guilty and ashamed/ Like how I got a Rolls and I went and got a Range/ And he payin’ for his cigarettes with dollars and some change/ And I can only feel his pain, ‘’cause in Memphis, Tennessee there’s only so much to obtain.”
“He considers Memphis home more than he does Toronto,” Graham said.
While that may be debatable, Mr. Graham clearly has love for his son, who released his sophomore album Take Care on Tuesday (November 15). “My God, I look at him and I think, ‘Oh my God, this kid’s got it’,” he gushed. I said, ‘Drake you’ve done it man.’”
Now that’s something to be proud of.
How apparent are Drake’s southern roots in his music? Tell us in the comments
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Royce da 5’9 Talks Eminem Being Crowned “King Of Hip-Hop” & Adding A Southern MC To Slaughterhouse [Exclusive]
» by Sia Tiambi Barnes September 6, 2011, 16:12pm
Royce da 5’9 Interview
Taking 15 minutes from backwards running a marathon (so he can see what second place looks like), the legendary lyricist Royce da 5’9” spoke exclusively with HipHopWired about his secret to success, Eminem being crowned King of Hip-Hop, and which southern rapper could be the fifth member of Slaughterhouse.
Hip-Hop Wired: So how is Detroit looking these days, dealing with this recession?
Royca Da 5’9: Detroit is okay, you know, some areas when you ride through it’s a little bit sad … but we get through it, things are looking up.
Hip-Hop Wired: Things are definitely looking up for you, you released Bad Meets Evil: The Sequel, got a number one slot with your Success is Certain, a Slaughterhouse album is slated to come out before the end of this year; are you working more or working differently?
Royca Da 5’9: Yeah, I’m definitely working more, it’s a little too much working on all those projects at the same time, but I finally got my solo album out so I can only focus on my Slaughterhouse album … This is the first time in my career when I went over a month without actually recording. I normally record all the time. I’ve been on the road… I’m just trying to adapt.
Royce da 5’9 feat. Eminem – “Writer’s Block”
Hip-Hop Wired: How are you working to adapt to that, is all this work changing your approach to music?
Royca Da 5’9: I just kind of like to adapt to whatever’s going on in my life. I think the title “Success is Certain” is indicative of that … Whatever I’m going through in my life normally effects my music. Like back in the day when I did Death is Certain, the album was so dark because it was a dark period in my life. I couldn’t go in and rap about being happy even if I wanted … Now I’m a lot happier, a lot more positive, and I think that shows in music.
Hip-Hop Wired: Is this happiness inspiring you put more work in?
Royca Da 5’9: You know what? I’m inspired by a lot of things. I went to jail a few years back, that was surprisingly inspiring … A lot of people had comments like “he’s not going to bounce back,” or “his career is finished” … that really inspired me to go out and want to do better … and then from there, a lot of positive things started happening. Once I started putting positive things out in the universe, positive things started coming my direction.
Hip-Hop Wired: It sounds like “The Secret.” Have you ever seen that movie?
Royca Da 5’9: Naw, I’ve never seen that. Who was in that?
Hip-Hop Wired: It’s a documentary, it’s based on this book, it’s like an Oprah kind of thing. But since we’re on the topic of media, Rolling Stone recently named Em “King of Hip Hop.” What was your reaction to that?
Royca Da 5’9: I don’t think anybody should name anybody king of anything. Hip hop boils down to a matter of preference … We’re all fans, so we all think our opinion matters more than anything, but it doesn’t. Jay Z is the best at what he does, Eminem is the best at what he does, Nas is the best at what he does, you can’t name one person the King of Hip Hop.
Bad Meets Evil (Em & Royce) feat. Bruno Mars – “Lighters”
It’s too many different styles, it’s too many different personalities to name one person to dominate over anything and trust me, believe, Em did not aspire to be king of anything. People need to stop doing that. If anything, it put Em in a bad position … did he even want that? You call somebody the king of something, you don’t even know if somebody wants to be the king.
Hip-Hop Wired: Speaking on wants, on your Twitter [@royceda59] somebody said you can be as big as Em and your response was something like “that’s a bit too much.” What is your definition of success, what do you want out of this whole shebang?
Royca Da 5’9: Success is just you actually get paid to do what you love to do. I don’t measure success with dollar amounts because everybody doesn’t need to be rich to be happy. In terms of just getting big, Eminem big, that’s a bit too big for my taste. I’m not wired to be that big. I’m next to him all the time and I see the cons of being that successful, that famous.
Hip-Hop Wired: One of the keys to success outlined on your album is: “My Plan B is to complete Plan A.” Then, what exactly is your Plan A?
Royca Da 5’9: Once you start considering your Plan B, then you only halfway try to reach your goals, so my thing is to be extremely reckless with my Plan A … My Plan A is to just stay afloat in hip hop. I don’t need to be the biggest artist in the world, I don’t have to sell the most records. I just need to stay afloat.
Hip-Hop Wired: That’s very zen. So, sifu, death is certain, success is certain, are there any other certainties?
Royca Da 5’9: Death and success, that pretty much covers it all right there.
Hip-Hop Wired: What about Slaughterhouse coverage? You’ve got a crew member from Long Beach, Jersey City, Brooklyn. You’re traveling below the Mason Dixon Line this week for a show in Baltimore; are there any southern rappers you’d consider for the roster?
Royca Da 5’9: Well, Bun B is already an unofficial member of Slaughterhouse. He’s like the unofficial fifth member … but it’s a lot of great artists down there. I’m really feeling Big K.R.I.T., T.I., Ludacris, Andre 3000. I mean, it’s a long list of very talented people in the South, but Bun is family. If I had to choose anybody, I would choose Bun B.
The University of Southern California was stripped of its 2004 Bowl Championship Series title after the fall-out over the Reggie Bush "ineligibility" scandal. Deets inside….
The Bowl Championship Series stripped Southern California of its’ 2004 title yesterday, stemming from an NCAA investigation that star tailback Reggie Bush was ineligible when he played.
Reggie was ruled ineligible because he received improper financial benefits from two aspiring marketers during his time on the team.
The BCS made the decision after USC’s appeal of their NCAA sanctions was denied on May 26. The sanctions included a two-year ban from postseason play and a loss of 30 scholarships over three seasons.
”It Wasn’t Considered Real Hip Hop”
Trina hit the hip hop scene just as southern hip hop was beginning to cross over into the mainstream. The Miami femcee has a unique perspective on the subgenre’s transformation over the years and points out that regional biases kept southern hip hop bubbling below the surface for years.
“At first, people really did not take the South that seriously,” Trina says. “It wasn’t considered real hip-hop – just fast music, a lot of up-tempo, booty-shaking dance music. Over the years, it has gotten stronger, and there are some Southern artists – Trick [Daddy], T.I., Ludacris, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross – that took what they believed in and turned it into a whole hip-hop genre. I’m really honored to be a part of that movement. There are so many different artists from different parts of the South that have different types of music. And now it’s taking over – and at first it wasn’t even considered!”
Here’s a preview clip from Curtis’ upcoming VH1 special, The Origin of Me, in which he will travel around to various areas of the country in an effort to trace his ancestral roots. In this preview we see him in South Carolina (I’m Geechee hoe) being schooled by an elderly Caucasian lady on the history of slavery in the area.
The Origin of Me airs May 23rd at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Before the project was released, Karmaloop caught up with Donnis while in Austin for SXSW. When he wasn’t performing, Donnis was in the studio at work on Southern Lights. In this clip he discusses where he found the sample for “Ford Mustang,” the influence of uptempo/dance records in his career, and working with producers like Syience and Cataracs on the project. Check it out.
PREVIOUS: Donnis – Southern Lights (Mixtape)
Donnis has just released his new mixtape titled Southern Lights in conjunction with Nick Catchdubs, The Academy and Karmaloop. The project also features guest appearances from CyHi Da Prynce, XV, Pill and Young Dro to name a few. The whole project is available down below, enjoy!
Download: Donnis – Southern Lights (Mixtape)