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Documentary Filmmaker John Borowski Brings Us The Full Story Of “America’s First Serial Killer” (Trailer)

TORTURE CHAMBERS? VATS OF ACID? SECRET PASSAGEWAYS?? This muthaf*cker here! It’s worth watching this documentary to see how (or if) they caught his twisted azz!

At the height of his criminal career, the infamous Dr. H.H. Holmes designed his castle of horrors in Chicago, where he rented rooms to unsuspecting victims visiting the 1893 World’s Fair. Further benefiting from his victims, Holmes sold their skeletons to local medical schools.

The first ever feature-length film depicting the entire life of Herman Mudgett, alias H.H. Holmes.

– John Borowski

Check out the trailer. Chilling music included for effect. Catch the full documentary on Netflix.

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Rhythm Roulette With DJ Khalil (Video)

Tons of accolades for contributing banging beats to the biggest artists’ hits. Sure DJ Khalil is all that. But how about this? We blinfold him and see how he fares in a game of Rhythm Roulette.

[W]e had to see what Khalil could do with the Rhythm Roulette challenge. At Artform Studios in Los Angeles, he picked out some darkside flower power with a Doors album, a Congregation record from the early ’70s and a soul selection from Charles Wright to balance it all out. Because Khalil frequently works with rock samples, it seems like dude got the perfect ingredients.
– Mass Appeal

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Sha Stimuli – “Together” (Video)

Not only will your head nod, but your body will rock to this one. Dope beat, conscious lyrics… THIS is Hip-Hop!! Salute to Sha Stimuli with a rap embrace for the Nation, trying to get us “Together” family. Pay attention!

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Rest Well Sean Price, Because Wifey Got You On The Mic (Video)

Gonna let Ras Kass tell you about this Sean Price mini-tribute. I have seen footage of his wife rock with Rock on this Heltah Skeltah track, and it still chokes me up a bit when I see Sean’s wife step in like this. Plus, I think she is getting better.

(Hit the jump for the music video from back in the day.)

This Was Dope. Rockness & Bernadette (Sean Price wife) spitting his verse prod. by E Swift, Tha Alkaholiks show & myself. Mad friends & celebs in the building…
Ras Kass



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Lex Boogie From The Bronx x Senz Beats – “A Tale Of Two Planets” (Instrumental Mixtape) [Video]

Crazy dopeness!

Lex Boogie From The Bronx tweeted this out and tagged me. Dude is trying to WIN the championship and collapse the arena with Senz Beats! This “A Tale Of Two Planets” release is an out-of-this-world animated beat tape experience that might put you in that next dimension. This IS a journey into sound… and some wild anime visuals.

Click play above and enjoy the playlist. Respect to Lex Boogie and Senz Beats for the blessing!


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Acclaimed Documentarian Ken Burns Presents “The Civil War” (Trailer)

Ken Burns is a gift to the world, always putting out great documentary films we can see on PBS for free! But you do have to catch them. Well, if you have Netflix, catching the Burns documentary, “The Civil War,” just got a lot easier.


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Eye Candy: Tamika Rawson (Video)

If you want to know the artist behind the music, clock in on YouTube time and see about that. We are about that fine azz thick azz beautiful azz Tamika Rawson over here right now. MERCY!

(Know what, I got some music for Tamika“Isn’t she LOVELY”… on Stevie Wonder… I swear she is!)



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They Made A “Pacific Rim” Sequel? Yes! Get Ready For The “Uprising” (Trailer)

All the Jaeger pilots (but one) f*cking DIED in the most epic ways, like warriors, in “Pacific Rim.” So how could there be a sequel? Let me answer that question with a question: Do you care as long as it’s dope? That’s what I thought! Watch this “Pacific Rim: Uprising” trailer to get all the answers, and get as excited as folks at Comic Con 2017 did!

A new generation of Jaeger Pilots will stand tall for all humanity. What is a Jaeger? It’s you, times a thousand. Witness the next evolution of human invention, with the unveiling of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps Mark VI Jaeger Program, and visit GOJAEGER.COM to discover if you have what it takes to join the biggest heroes ever to walk the Earth.

One day, the monsters will return.

– Legendary


Ah… so there is a plan to rebuild the Jaeger Corps. Hope they get back up to fighting strength before any new monsters come – kaiji or otherwise.


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Bun B Keeps It Trill On Making Music, Being One Of The Best, And Coming Back To Rap (Video)

Hmm. It has been a while since we’ve really, really heard from Bun B musically. His years in the game, and his time away, seem to have allowed him to draw some wisdom from it – how it was and is to produce good music, impressions of the kinds of music that have been in Hip-Hop since he got on and more.

When you think of Bun B, you automatically think Texan legend. Better yet, Hip-Hop legend. There is no doubt this former member of trill-setting duo UGK has made a lasting impression on the culture alone, creating timeless hit records. While at South By South West, HipHopDX caught up with Bun B to discuss his new album & Big K.R.I.T.’s involvement, the evolution of trap music, social media and his legacy.
– HipHopDX

Jigga had you thinking with “The Story Of OJ” (like “wow, he got that parole,” ha!), didn’t he? Okay, now watch and see how Bun B can get you brain gears turning with some trill talk; without a beat.


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Prince Paul, Hank Shocklee, And Tom Silverman Speak On How Tracklib Provides Freedom At The Fingertips Of Producers And Artists (Video)

Now that’s how we start a discussion about sampling… with that “Impeach The President” joint! But on to the business: Sampling is at the heart of Hip-Hop, and by extension, the Hip-Hop business. But biz of bringing out hot Hip-Hop music can be slowed or obliterated by the expense and arduousness of clearing samples. Enter Tracklib.

Tracklib is a music marketplace where music producers discover, buy and license original recordings. Prince Paul, Hank Shocklee, and Tom Silverman explain.

This is big. And necessary! Watch right quick and learn.

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Meek Mill Speaks About Being In The Middle Of Several Beefs, Making Amends And Moving On To Being Grown (Video)

Alright. I’ll fess up: I barely listen to Meek Mill’s music. Got sucked into the non-rap related beefs & bullsh!t he was in and wasn’t even really a fan of any of that. But this interview… He sounds like a man who has been through some things, learned something from it, and will likely go through a little less of them. He mentions being 30 years of age, but I can tell you: The passage of years has nothing to do with attaining the wisdom they should give you. How to focus ‘thug’ energy on standing firm in the face of adversity (esp. that which you brought on yourself). Having realized that sometimes it is best to stay low instead of high posting all the damn time. Wisdom!

Of course, Meek is still about with the sh!ts. He starts the interview with some of that. But there’s less of it around to smell up the joint. Good interview!


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R&B/Soul: Musiq Soulchild – “Simple Things” (Video)

We talk about taking it back to a ‘Golden Era’ for Hip-Hop, but how about R&B like this? Not gone go ‘old man’ in this post, this new Musiq Soulchild jawn is that good soulful how-it-should-be music. The instrumentation and vocals. Dope! Video for “Simple Things” off the forthcoming “Feel the Real” album.


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A Mix Of Pride And Shame: Ken Burns The History Of “The West” To Life (Video)

The legendary documentary film producer Ken Burns brings us the real story of “The West” in eight parts for PBS America. Might be able to get to see this on-demand from your local cable provider. You can definitely see it on Netflix.

The series explores the region from the times of the earliest Native Americans to the 20th century. Monday’s episode, The People (to 1806), looks back to the emergence of a new world with the arrival of the first Europeans. On Tuesday, Empire upon the Trails (1806- 1848) tells the story of the Americans who headed west, following the fur trade into the mountains, fighting for self-determination in Texas or seeking a better life along the Oregon Trail. In Speck of the Future (1848-56) on Wednesday, the landscape changes dramatically with the discovery of gold in California. The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West as prospectors scramble for a share, littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West’s first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently displaced. Conflict comes to the West in Thursday’s episode, Death Runs Riot (1856-68). In Utah, federal troops march against Mormon polygamy while along the Rio Grande oppressed Mexican Americans rebel. The war between North and South unleashes brute savagery in the West, leaving behind an army prepared for total war against the native peoples of the plains.
– PBS America


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Eye Candy: Amber Alexxa And Her Towel… And Nothing Else! (Video)

Whew! Amber Alexxa looks into her mirror and sees the fairest of them all. Promise you will never wish so hard for a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ (or x-ray vision) in your life!



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Full Interview Of Treach Speaking On How He And 2Pac Came Up And The Aftermath Of The East Vs. West Beef That Got Stirred Up (Video)

You saw when we shared Treach talking about his homie 2Pac’s assassination and how it affected him on here, right? Well, that was just a tiny piece of the full interview… which we have embedded above for you today!

Naughty by Nature’s Treach sat down with DJ Vlad to talk growing up in New Jersey, transitioning from the street life to rapping, and what it was like experiencing the success of “OPP” and “Hip Hop Hooray.” Also having a close relationship with the late Tupac Shakur, Treach details their bond, what it was like at the height of the East Coast/West Coast beef and the reason he feels both BIG and Pac were assassinated.
– Vlad TV

Get some cereal, or lunch or whatever, click play and dig in. By the end, you will know why Treach and Pac were so close and what happened before the interview went so far left.

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Ludacris Breaks Down Some ‘Gold Bars’ From His Favorite Lyricists (Video)

Quoting and breaking ’em down – from Bun B’s (RIP) trillest lines on down! And yes, Andre 3000 is a rapper’s rap that makes fans move their feet (of course, 3 Stacks made his list). Y’all gone learn today… about Luda’s fav bars in this biz!

The new host of MTV’s Fear Factor, Ludacris takes us through his ultimate bars in Hip-Hop. Ludacris shares his favorite rap lyrics of all time, including Pimp C of UGK, Eminem, André 3000, Notorious B.I.G., and Cam’ron.

And of course, of course, Ludacris quotes himself on this list. He’s his biggest fan, and this is Hip-Hop. He’s an emcee. Braggadocio and being the best spitter is built into his DNA.

(Good list though. Damn good list and breakdown.)

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R&B: 112 – “Strawberry”

She likes the spice of life. I know the flavor very well.

112 taking it up tempo but no less smooth. The boys from ATL are back. On their grown men with this “Strawberry” letter.


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Alchemist – “A Thousand Birds” feat. Conway x Westside Gunn

So Alchemist is just gonna be bringing all the bangers out this week. That it? He did that Sean Price (RIP) song “Imperius Rex” Now check for the super-producer’s “A Thousand Birds” (featuring Conway & Westside Gunn). SICK!


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Recess In Real Life: Watch These Professional Tag Players Play (Video)

Because YES! Whoever picks this up, tell me where and when you are broadcasting, and I am tuning in. Promise. Bonus: Got an idea to amp this up. Put all this in a ‘danger room’ setup (like Gladiators, but cooler) and have folks slinging heavy high-speed burgundy dodgeballs. Dodgeball AND tag to the extreme!

(Maybe next work on a ‘Four Square meets Double Dutch’ game; or sandlot football where you bust through a team’s Red Rover line to score. Solid gold ideas!)


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Mike Vick Says Colin Kaepernick Should Cut His Hair, And Shannon Sharpe Says… (Video)

Mike Vick let us down but Shannon Sharpe set it straight.

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