Aight, so peep... There’s this guy out in Chicago who has been doing his thing on several different levels. In the midst of all of the negativity that surrounds the city, it’s refreshing when you hear about a young Black man doing something positive to spread joy in the Black community. He started out with rap as his primary focus, then transitioned to observational comedy skits, and both have led him to become a contributor to Chicago youth activism. The man I’m talking about is none other than Korporate, on Gaude!

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November 15, 2020 was a day that hip-hop fans collectively held their breath. 

Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie was shot in the leg upon leaving a funeral in Dallas, paying his respects to slain rapper Mo3. The concern for Boosie was more life-threatening and potentially life-altering than in Benny’s case. As Boosie has publicly battled diabetes for quite some time. A few hours away in Houston, Benny The Butcher, 35, was also shot in an attempted robbery. Both incidents had fans concerned, but for different reasons. The concern for Benny wasn’t just about him, but more about rap culture as a whole, and how we’ve become so prone to losing young black men that have yet to reach their potential far too soon. Thankfully, both Boosie and Benny’s injuries were not life-threatening or life-altering, although Benny will be in a wheelchair temporarily. Both are expected to make a full recovery. 

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England has been under the leadership of Queen Elizabeth II for nearly 70 years. The Queen is widely renowned for being the longest-reigning monarch in the world, having taken the throne in 1952 at 26-years-old. She inherited the seat after the passing of her father, leaving the title of king of England vacant. While the royal family is due to have a king in place after Elizabeth II, there are three lads in London who are staking claim to the king in their own right. And they dare you to dispute it with their name and approach. 

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“We don't give a shit what anyone outside the band, our close family and friends, and our team think." These are the sentiments of James McGovern, the frontman of Irish rock group The Murder Capital, and his bandmates. The Murder Capital quintet is a rock band that is doing its best in changing the narrative of what listeners think about rock and punk rock bands. However, like many others before them, they don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about what anyone outside of their family and close friends thinks. Especially when it comes to what their music represents.

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Chester, Pennsylvania is a small city, with a population of a little over 30,000 people. It has a pretty rich history of basketball, starting with hall of fame University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, Bo Ryan. Several current and former NBA players also call the location home, including Jameer Nelson, Tyreke Evans, and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat to name a few. There’s also been some dope hip-hop contributors who hail from the area, like Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats and one of Big Sean’s favorite keyboardist/producer, Amaire Johnson.

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Hip-hop since it’s birth was viewed as a counterculture or a subculture. However, within its community, it was perceived as so much more. It was a way in which the youth used multiple platforms to be expressive. Its growth into becoming one of the most influential art forms across the globe has been incredible to watch. Nowadays you have hip-hop influences within nearly every genre of music there is. You also have hip-hop artists across the water having a similar impact both in their home country as well as some success here in the U.S., which isn’t easy to do. London rapper, DC, is steadily growing into the next big thing from the U.K. rap scene. 

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