Interview: Naughty By Nature Talk Hip-Hop 101
Coroner Report: Dr. Dre's Son Died of Overdose
Last August we reported the death of Dr Dre's son, Andre Young Jr. the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner have now confirmed the 20 year old died of a heroin and morphine overdose.
Coroner spokesman Larry Dietz told PEOPLE on Friday, "This case has been closed, it's been ruled an accident due to morphine and heroin intoxication,"
The drug test results had been pending for four months. Last August (23), Young Jr. was found unresponsive by his mother, Jenita Porter (40) in their Woodland Hills home in California. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The legendary west coast record producer, label executive and father, Dr. Dre has not made any public statement since the tragedy but is said to be mourning the loss of his second-born son.
Throwback: "Smooth Operator" by Big Daddy Kane
"Smooth Operator" - From the classic 'It's a Big Daddy Thing' album from '89.
Throwback: "Gin & Juice" by Snoop Doggy Dogg
"Gin & Juice" - The classic party joint from the seminal 1993 jump-off album, Doggystyle
Vixens: Mia Michelle - Photo Shoot
Footage: Dr. Dre - Early Wreckin Cru Set
Very rare footage of the West Coast's Chief Surgeon on the wheels of steel cuttin up "Mr. Postman".
An excerpt from the Promotion Sheet off the first World Class Wreckin Cru Album from 1985, "World Class" -
The infamous Dr. Dre (Andre Young) is not a chiropractor, not an orthodontist, neither a podiatrist nor a general practitioner, but the master surgeon on the wheels of steel. Makin his deep incisions into the souls and minds of the Wreckin Cru´s thousands of fans removing the malignant hum-drum and boredom and transplanting good times, fond memories and funk bones. This twenty years on earth aquarian boasts that his only major musical influence is the World Class Wreckin Cru and his future plan to become a multi-millionaire producer, thus leaving time for his well known hobby, "Girl Chasing".
Video: Lil Wayne Makes Man Of The Year
Live: Ice Cube Rocks Sold-Out ATL
Taken from Allhiphop.com -
How do you measure the relevance of an emcee in Hip-Hop culture? Some point to the simple word of mouth on the streets a given rapper generates. Others reference more tangible evidence such as Youtube hits and ringtone purchases.
And for a dwindling select few, some still reference actual album sales. With iconoclast legend Ice Cube, you can take your pick of his continued success in film and TV. And after a recent sold-out turn away show in Atlanta, you can confidently add music to that list as well.
After solid opening acts from Atlanta standout Kid Kaos and Detroit hard body Trick Trick (with Yung Berg’s Transformer chain still in tow), Ice Cube and Westside Connection comrade W.C. burst onto the stage with an inspired version of the classic “Natural Born Killaz.” The Atlanta crowd was heavy with California transplants who proudly sang along word for word.
Although the gangster Rap icon teased seminal tracks like “No Vaseline,” Cube centered the majority of his set on his most popular singles. Despite being denied such classics as “Steady Mobbin’” and “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted,” the Don Mega appeased longtime hardcore fans with flawless renditions of “Jackin’ For Beats,” “Check Yo’ Self,” and his trademark verses from N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” and “Dopeman.”
Cube’s much maligned singles “We Be Clubbin’,” and “Bop Gun” had no resistance from the audience, as the radio-friendly tracks fit perfectly with the party atmosphere that had taken over. New school emcee Young Jeezy made a surprise appearance to the delight of the Atlanta faithful for “I Got My Locs On.”
Even with a generation difference between them and their styles of gangster Rap, Jeezy and Cube showed great poise alternately working each side of the audience and concluding with a poignant photo-op moment of them triumphantly standing side by side.
After ripping through the Westside Connection numbers “Bow Down” and “Gangsta Nation,” Ice Cube ended appropriately with his biggest single ever, “Today Was A Good Day.” The timeless, smooth sample of the Isley Brother’s “Footprints In The Dark” blared throughout the venue as Cube was nearly drowned out by every fan in attendance reciting each verse line for line. At key lines (“Last week fucked around and got a triple double”), a clearly touched Cube would pause and turn the mic towards the crowd.
Leaving to a thunderous ovation, Ice Cube reminded everyone in attendance that twenty plus years of Hip-Hop doesn’t make him a relic, but a living legend who continues to build a blueprint for emcees seeking to transition from hungry spitters to established moguls. This concert was not just a good day for Cube, but one for Hip-Hop.
By Ismael AbduSalaam
"I Got My Locs On" featuring Young Jeezy
"It Was A Good Day"
Vixens: Vanessa Veasley - King Magazine Shoot
Vanessa Veasley on King Magazine
Shock G Tells Story of Tupac Saving Tim Dog's Tail
Shock G Interview -
Not too long ago I saw that special on VH-1 about Tupac Shakur (Thug Angel). It was really engrossing. Can you tell us something about Tupac Shakur that you've never shared with anyone before?
Live: "I Get Around" by Tupac (featuring Shock G)
Shock G: "One time in the early nineties, Bronx rapper Tim Dog did a show in San Francisco and afterwards some Frisco cats had him boxed in and were threatening to hurt him up real bad. Had it not been for Pac, Tim may have gotten murdered that night.
This was right after Tim Dog's West Coast diss album came out, but the album specifically dissed Compton and Southern Cali, and Pac felt like Frisco was ridin' on Tim Dog unfairly and seized an opportunity to show Oaklands strength as well as show some loyalty to his birthplace, New York City. I think Pac had also kicked it with Tim Dog once or twice back in New York and felt more camaraderie with Tim than he did [with] anonymous Frisco *****z, and probably felt a little obligated to help him. It was in between Juice and Poetic Justice ; Pac was known, but not yet a superstar or heavyweight in the streets. Anyway, that night Pac told Tim and his people to wait inside and drove across the bay to Oakland and came back with an arsenal and escorted Tim safely out of the club and back to his hotel.
They straight rescued that cat. Pac became a true heavyweight in the street that night."