Top 3 Rap Battles of 2014

2014 was the BIGGEST year for the sub culture that is battle rap. Once only in the far reaches of the basketball court or local park or dank nightclub battle rap has come to the MainStage. Huge million dollar grossing pay per view events and die hard fans have propelled battle rap into the main conversation. 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards featured battle rappers in their cypher segment and Snoop Dogg revealed he has even started a battle rap league. Below are the 3 moments of last year that helped battle rap finally become part of the mainstream conversation.

Murda Mook Vs Loaded Lux

Murda Mook Vs Loaded Lux was a grudge match that has been brewing for a decade. Eminem finally got these 2 in the ring at his Total Slaughter PPV event. During the epic battle Murda Mook reminded the world why we call him murder. He was voted the winner by the judges at the event as well as by the entire battle rap community.

Cassidy Vs Dizaster

Cassidy Vs Dizaster wasn’t the best battle to watch of the year. There are a few more entertaining battles out there (Daylyt Vs Arsonal, Math Hoffa Vs Dizaster to name a few) but this battle was the biggest rap battle pay day to date, Cassidy made around a quarter million dollars for the battle. Dizaster is a battle rapper most known for officially ending Canibus’ career and Cassidy is an established star and the first notable rapper to battle on camera essentially birthing modern day battle rap. Mainstream rap fans and battle fans all rushed to LA and ordered the pay per view showing of this battle. After a few mishaps the battle happened in a small room setting and Cassidy reminded the world why you should NEVER wake a sleeping giant.

Hollow Da Don Vs Loaded Lux

Hollow Da Don Vs Loaded Lux was a special battle. It set off 2014 right. Hollow went on to battle Joe Budden (the biggest battle of both of their careers so far). Loaded Lux was already a huge name but he solidified why he is one of the deadliest battlers of all time. This battle at best is debatable which always makes a classic battle. If you haven’t followed battle rap since Murda Mook battled Serious Jones on Smack DVD years ago, starting with this battle will bring you up to speed on where battle rap has come. It was a lot of great battles last year but these 3 were the most impactful.

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DaChickenShack’s Fall Reading List For Millennials

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DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley

A mystery about a unwilling Texas native day laborer forced to become a Los Angeles detective. Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.

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ADDICTED by Zane

For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex. The book was made into a movie starring Tyson Beckford, Boris Kodjoe and Sharon Leal as Zoe.

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BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F.—”After Ford”—in the book), the novel anticipates developments in drug abuse, reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society.

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ASSATA by Assata Shakur

With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

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NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS by Frederick Douglass

In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an astounding life.

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Happy by Pharrell

It was only right. This video has over 260 million views and counting. Perfect song and video for anybody feeling down or if your just feeling Happy. Enjoy!
PS Do not crash your car singing along to this song.

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Dr.Dre Announces Being The First Hip Hop Billionaire!!!!

Apparently Dr.Dre and Jimmy Iovine sold Beats By Dre to Apple for a little over $3.2 Billion. Late last night Tyrese shot this viral video with Dr.Dre and it seems like they are all having a great time with the Doc. Shout out to F. Gary Gray repping South Central in the vid. And I guess congratulations is in order for Dr. Dre on another successful business venture. SMS Audio eat your heart out.

 

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The Smoke Box: Devin The Dude

Devin the Dude stops by B.Real’s smoke box to chop up some OG game. They discuss when Devin started smoking weed, his new album, his hip hop origins, and of course getting stoned out of a Timbaland boot if you can get it to smoke. Thanks B.Real for this exclusive interview and huge shout out to Devin for taking a seat in the Smoke Box.

Earthquakes Have Rattled The West Coast Over The Last Month

Earthquakes Have Rattled The West Coast Over The Last Month

USA Today

LOS ANGELES — More than 100 aftershocks continued to rattle Southern California on Saturday after a stronger earthquake the night before displaced dozens of residents.

Among the strongest aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude-3.4 struck at 9:02 a.m. PT Saturday, centered close to La Habra near Los Angeles, which took the brunt of the larger quake Friday night.

The strong earthquake was felt widely across the region shortly after 9 p.m. PT Friday. The USGS said the epicenter was 1 mile from Brea, located about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and 3 miles from Rowland Heights and Fullerton. The main quake was preceded by two foreshocks registering at magnitudes 3.6 and 2.1, scientists said.

USGS seismologist Lucy Jones at CalTech in Pasadena told the Los Angeles Times that the 5.1 quake has a 5% chance of being a foreshock of an even larger quake.

“There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days,” she said.

A number of residents in the area were displaced by the temblor. Police Lt. Mike Chlebowski told the Los Angeles Times that at least eight homes and 20 apartment units were red-tagged in Fullerton because they were deemed unsafe to occupy.

Some apartments and businesses were lightly damaged by the quake in La Habra, where about 38 residents spent the night at a Red Cross shelter.

“From 20 to 30 businesses suffered broken plate glass windows, many of them along Whittier Boulevard,” La Habra Police Sgt. David Crivelli told the Los Angeles Times. “There were also some apartments with stucco damage and leaking water.”

Southern California Edison reported power outages to nearly 2,000 customers after the quake. The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 800 homes and businesses remained without power as of Saturday morning.

The quake triggered a rockslide that closed Carbon Canyon Road in northern Orange County near the center of the quake, the California Highway Patrol and Brea police reported. The rockslide caused a car to overturn, and the people inside the car sustained minor injuries. As of 9 a.m. Saturday, that roadway remained closed, the Orange County Register reported.

The quake was felt as far south as San Diego and as far north as Ventura County, according to citizen responses collected online by the U.S. Geological Survey. Several people who live in the area near the quake posted pictures on social media showing broken glasses and dishes that tumbled from shelves or cabinets.

“Tonight’s earthquake is the second in two weeks and reminds us to be prepared,” said L.A. Mayor Garcetti. “The Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments have conducted an assessment and report no damage in the city.”

Tom Connolly, a Boeing employee who lives in La Mirada, the next town over from La Habra, said the magnitude-5.1 quake lasted about 30 seconds.

“We felt a really good jolt. It was a long rumble and it just didn’t feel like it would end,” he told the Associated Press by phone. “Right in the beginning it shook really hard, so it was a little unnerving. People got quiet and started bracing themselves by holding on to each other. It was a little scary.”

Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was on the air calling the Angels-Dodgers exhibition game in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium.

“A little tremor here in the ballpark. I’m not sure if the folks felt it, but we certainly felt it here in press box row,” Scully said. “A tremor and only that, thank goodness.”

Preliminary data suggest Friday night’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Puente Hills thrust fault, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown Los Angeles and caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, Jones said. The 5.9 Whittier Narrows quake killed eight people and caused $360 million in damage.

“It’s a place where we’ve had a lot of earthquakes in the past,” she said.

Friday’s quake hit a week after a predawn magnitude-4.4 quake centered in the San Fernando Valley rattled a swath of Southern California. That jolt shook buildings and rattled nerves, but did not cause significant damage.

Southern California has not experienced a damaging earthquake since the 1994 magnitude-6.7 Northridge quake killed several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage.