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The Story Behind Little Brother’s Debut Album, “The Listening” (Documentary)

When you hear them together, it sounds right…

This is how dope documentaries get done! Okay, so at 11 minutes it’s more like a mini-doc… but just right. Frame the story as a ‘making of’ but drop all kinds of gems and jewels of history (group and Hip-Hop) along the way.

Started in a college dorm room by a group of North Carolina Central students in 2001, the Justus League collective and offshoot trio Little Brother defined the sound of Durham Hip-Hop for years to come, constructing a style altogether distinct from everything to the north and south. This level of innovation turned heads with some of Hip-Hop’s biggest names, and the members of Little Brother (9th Wonder, Big Pooh and Phonte) have gone on to work with superstars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Questlove, who appears in the documentary.
– N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

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J. Cole Performs During Halftime At The 2019 NBA All-Star Game (Video)

Did you catch any of the recent All-Star Weekend festivities? Rapsody repping on the court was a good look in general, and for Hip-Hop. A homegrown star from the host area. Speaking of which… the halftime show by another Cackalacky original, J. Cole. Cool.


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Life Flight: Videographer Using Camera Drone Helps FEMA Save Hurricane Matthew Victim From The Flood (Video)

Man, hell yeah! This is what we are supposed to be doing with tech. Helping people, even saving lives. We can be the heroes we have been waiting for. Come to think of it…neither Batman, Superman, nor the X-Men had drone cams back in the day. But now we do.

What’s really ‘super’ though is that @ImSoFIRST (yeah, follow dude NOW) did not have to help. But he did. And what if Craig Williams was one of those grumpy dudes cursing Twiter and social media like demons. No need to even imagine the alternative because his brother Chris is safe!

You see a lot of negative things and you hear a lot of awful stuff, but the reality is there are a lot of good people in this world and if you just ask, they will do the right thing. This is one of those moments when humanity came together.
Chris Williams

Watch and be amazed at what we can do for (not to) each other when we try. Start this Fall weekend with warmth in your heart.


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Rapper Big Pooh – “Stop” feat. Steve Roxx (Prod. By Apollo Brown)

“North Kakalaka” & the “Motor City” connect as Rapper Big Pooh & Detroit producer Apollo Brown drop this powerful new single, inspired by true events, called “Stop” from their appropriately titled project “Words Paint Pictures” due March 24th.



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Kendrick Lamar x J. Cole Perform Together In North Carolina (Video)

Daaayyyummm! You can feel the energy in the first minute of this video! The TDE x BET Music Matters Tour stops in Charlotte, North Carolina… and Dwayne LaFleur was there to shoot (and edit) video. Good for us! In the video, Kendrick Lamar brought out J. Cole to perform a few cuts for the fans in the home state. J. Cole also freestyled for the fans. Great stuff!
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Drique London – “Party” feat. Carrington

ANOTHER heater from North Carolina! ANOTHER hot track from super-producer D.R.U.G.S.! Drique London does Raleigh proud with his flow on this one, smoothed out with an assist from Carrington. Nice production flip on the classic Teddy Pendergrass classic “Turn Off The Lights.” Lovely! You can download the “Party” right here. You should hurry up and do that!


Simtraks – “Don’t Walk Away” (feat. SkyBlew x Meredith Fann)

Here is a hot track, dropped just in time for the summer! Simtraks linked up with NC emcee SkyBlew and mixed in some strong notes from songstress Meredith Fann to produce “Don’t Walk Away” – a warm Rap-n-B cut to chill to. Nice! I have been watching SkyBlew’s movement for quite some time now. He has yet to disappoint.



9th Wonder x J. Cole Speak on North Carolina’s Hip Hop Scene (Video)

9th Wonder & J. Cole, both natives of North Carolina, appeared on the University of North Carolina’s public access television channel UNCTV to speak on their careers & the hip hop scene in the Tarheel state.  North Carolina emcees Phonte & King Mez also make brief appearances in the clip as well….

Drique London – ‘The Cypher’ feat. King Mez & Tab-One (Video)

New joint from North Carolina MC Drique London featuring King Mez and Tab-One. The beat on this one is CRAZY! I’m a sucker for soul beats.


Ski Beatz: Back To The Future (Video)

“Even the most casual of Hip Hop listeners should be aware of Ski Beatz as, at the very least, the producer of iconic Hip Hop anthems on Jay-Z’s 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, and several albums for Camp Lo, having also gone on to produce for Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Fat Joe and others.

15 years on and the digitally inclined will have caught last year’s excitable wave of activity leading up to the release of the North Carolina hailing producer, DJ and former emcee’s own album, 24 Hour Karate School, released in September 2010, which saw Ski working with a mouthwatering spread of Hip Hop talent established and new, including Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Jean Grae, Jim Jones, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz, The Cool Kids, Stalley, Tabi Bonney, Ras Kass, Camp Lo and Wiz Khalifa.

On a mission to find out more about the man behind the beatz, SoulCulture TV sat down with Ski Beatz at Damon Dash’s creative base of operations in New York, DD172, and asked the producer about his beginnings in Hip Hop — as a rapper first.

Watch below as Ski talks us through his journey from the mic to the boards, from getting jaded by the industry and moving home to North Carolina to more recently returning to New York to work with a new breed of emcees and how his initial passion for rapping gives him the edge when producing for top rappers.” – SoulCulture

9th Wonder Catches Up With Big K.R.I.T. In North Carolina (Video)

Shout to the brothas from Ave Avenue on the 9th Wonder & Big K.R.I.T. interview….

Heather Victoria – ‘Graffiti Diary’ (Mixtape Album)

The First lady of R&B on 9th Wonder’s IWWMG label, Heather Victoria, drops her free debut album/mixtape appropriately titled ‘Graffiti Diary. The North Carolina native teams up with several of her ‘North Kakalak’ brethren for this album which brings us back to that feeling of how dope hip hop beats with R&B vibes can mesh together.  I’m feeling this new movement coming out of N.C.  Click on the artwork or the link below to download the album. The full tracklisting is under the hood……


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Kooley High – “All Day” (Video)

This track is pretty dope. Kooley High is a group of Emcee’s and a DJ who met up in college and have been getting a buzz in the southeast. Check for them!

Rick Ross & The Maybach Music Group Invade CIAA In North Carolina (NSFW Video)

There were alot of people in Atlanta that made the 3 hour drive up to Charlotte North Carolina for all of the CIAA events that were taking place. To give you a quick glimpse of some of what went on I thought this Rick Ross vlog would be interesting to some of you. Some of the video above is NSFW. The video under the hood most definitely is NSFW!

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