Family of Killed Black Teen Will Get Nearly 4 Million From New York City

Three years ago, Ramarley Graham was shot in the chest by NYPD officer Richard Haste. Yesterday, the city of New York has reached a 3.9 million settlement to the family of the late 18 year-old. Haste told the Associated Press that he shot Graham in fear for his life, but was soon indicted for manslaughter charges that wound up being dismissed by a judge.

“Haste was indicted on manslaughter charges in the summer of 2012, but charges were dismissed by a judge who said prosecutors improperly instructed grand jurors to imply they should disregard testimony from police officers that they radioed Haste in advance to warn him that they thought Graham had a pistol. A second grand jury declined to re-indict the officer.”

According to Complex, the formal announcement of the settlement will be announced this Monday

Filed under: News Tagged: Black Teen, New York, New York City, news, NYPD, Ramarley Graham, settlement, unarmed
Source: All Hip Hop

Big Sean Unveils Album Cover & Tracklist For Upcoming “Dark Sky Paradise” Album

Big Sean promo game on Fleek. Ha! Anyhow, Sean returns with the official album cover and tracklist for his upcoming album “Dark Sky Paradise“. Comment below and tell us which track are you looking mostly forward too?

1. Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)
2. Blessings feat. Drake
3. All Your Fault feat. Kanye West
4. IDFWU feat. E-40
5. Pay No Games feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign
6. Paradise (Extended)
7. Win Some, Lose Some
8. Stay Down
9. I Know feat. Jhené Aiko
10. Deep feat. Lil Wayne
11. One Man Can Change the World feat. Kanye West & John Legend
12. Outro
Deluxe Bonus Tracks:
13. Deserve It feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR
14. Research feat. Ariana Grande
15. Platinum and Wood

Filed under: Music News Tagged: big sean, dark sky paradise, G.O.O.D. Music
Source: All Hip Hop

Lessons from a Legend: Easy Mo Bee

It would be hard for anyone to build a resume like producer Easy Mo Bee’s.  He was behind the boards for some of the best songs in 90’s Hip-Hop.  Biggie’s “Gimme the Loot,” Tupac’s “Temptations,” Busta Rhymes’ “Everything Remains Raw,” among many others, are memorable largely due to the  beats that the man born Osten Harvey, Jr., created.  Plus, he got his first break sharing album credits alongside one of his idols, Marley Marl, on Big Daddy Kane’s classic, It’s a Big Daddy Thing.  He won a Grammy with Miles Davis.  And he has made amazing music in the 21st century alongside Alicia Keys.

With enough accolades to make St. Patrick green with envy, Mo Bee is rightfully content with just letting his work speak for itself.  And it is because of that, was very grateful for the opportunity to speak with him.

In celebration of 25 years in an industry that changes faces more frequently than high school and a new instrumental album, …And You Don’t Stop!, Easy Mo Bee drops knowledge proving that wisdom not only comes with age, but also, and even more importantly, experience.

Play to Your Strengths: Everything (on …And You Don’t Stop!) was created on SP1200s.  You’re talking about the same kind of equipment that people like me, Large Professor, we were all using, like around, ’92, ’93, ’94.  We’re still using the same stuff.  I love the sound of it; I love the feel of it when I play it back and I listen to it.  I’m more of a hands-on type of dude.  I cannot sit there and be clicking the mouse.  I can’t do it.  I have to have my hands on the machines.  I guess you could say that’s equal to people who play instruments.  I feel better, like I’m actually playing a real instrument- like somebody who plays the guitar.  I’d rather play them for real because its hands on.

Aspire to Stand out From the Crowd, Instead of Fit into It: Hopefully what this album will do is inspire some more originality in Hip-Hop. I also hope that it will just kind of allow people to come out of the closet after all these years.  What I mean by that, is music has changed and Hip-Hop has changed and a lot of everything, production-wise, is geared towards the southern trap sound. And I see people where I’m from, from New York, or Brooklyn, or a place like Harlem or whatever doing the trap sound.  It’s cool to adapt, but it’s just not us, do you know what I mean?  I have to come out and say that, it’s not us.  I hope that will inspire people.  You know I’m getting real different with it.

Let the Good Times Outweigh the Bad: I’m glad you asked that (about 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. working together).  A lot of people all these years, have concentrated on nothing but the negativity and the beef.  I was there and I was working with them when they actually were friends and I was able to see them interact together.  Them interacting together, it was just cool watching them work like that.  I had no idea what was gonna happen [would] happen.  All I saw was a bunch guys in a studio having fun, doing the same thing that I loved to do, which was make records.  Pac, he’s more aggressive as far as styles when recording in a studio.  He can’t sit down. He’s like, “Come on man, come on get up.  We gotta get this done!”  Biggie’s more laid back, he’s like the opposite, he’s sitting on the couch and kind of speaks when spoken to.  He’s kinda quiet, just looking around.  You don’t even think he’s working, but he’s writing in his head.  They had kinda opposite styles, but they both came out with greatness when it was time to deliver. 

Know You’re Judged by the Company You Keep: A lot of people may not know but I started out really really early with the Wu-Tang Clan, being associated, hanging around them, before they even decided to call themselves Wu Tang Clan.  For that matter, Wu Tang Clan had not even happened yet. It was 1989 going into ’90 and I had just produced the Big Daddy Kane stuff.  So, Lil Kwan had approached me and said “Hey man, I liked the Big Daddy Kane stuff and there’s an artist that I want you to work with.”  They said his name is The Genius (GZA). I was like “Oh, ok.”  He said, “I’m telling you G, you gotta meet these guys. What they’re doing is fusing the martial arts together with the Hip-Hop.”  I’m like, “Yeah yeah, whatever.  Let’s meet him and work.”  I meet Genius and we end up making the album, Words From the Genius.  I was still in the projects then, not really paying attention, they always were bringing somebody with them.  I wasn’t paying attention to these tag alongs that were still coming. One time they brought Raekwon, and then another time they brought ODB. Me and ODB, we actually got involved.  I have homemade demos where we put the microphone into the back of the DJ mixer and we were playing SP1200 beats.  I have demos of Wu-Tang, Genius, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard that have never been released.  I made them at the house in the projects.  That’s my earliest involvement.  I’m always proud to say that I had early involvement in the stages of Wu-Tang.

Recognize There Are as Many Personalities as People in the World: People are different.  You have to be open to different personalities.  Everybody has their own special way.  In this business when you agree and commit to working with somebody you take on that whole plate of who that person is, to understand them, and you will fit a mold to work with that person. I think we end up doing that every single day, working 9 to 5. I didn’t do music all my life, I was a 9 to 5 dude too. People have different personalities from your boss to your co-worker or whoever. And you gotta understand who they are to get along with them, and that’s all for the purpose of getting things done.

…And You Don’t Stop! is available now on iTunes!

Filed under: Features, MOBILE Tagged: 2Pac, AllHipHop Interview, Easy Mo Bee, Lessons from a Legend, The Notorious B.I.G.
Source: All Hip Hop

Watch Behind The Scenes Footage Of “FourFiveSeconds”

“FourFive Seconds,” the eclectic collaboration between trio Sir Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna will soon have official visuals, as RiRi kicked off the weekend by providing a behind the scenes look at the set. All three are set to perform the surprise track during the upcoming Grammy’s which will be held on February 8.

Check it out below:

Filed under: News Tagged: FourFiveSeconds, Kanye West, paul McCartney, Rihanna, SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY
Source: All Hip Hop

George Zimmerman Dodges Charges (Again)

Since being acquitted in relation to the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has had a number of other brushes with the law. He was arrested three weeks ago, after his 28-year-old girlfriend Brittany Brunelle contacted the police about a domestic disturbance.

She’s now recanting her story and telling authorities that she has decided not to cooperate in any ongoing investigations.

According to State Attorney Phil Archer, “While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman … the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement … precludes my office from proceeding further,” Archer said in a statement.”


Filed under: News Tagged: George Zimmerman, PHIL ARCHER, STATE ATTORNEY PHIL ARCHER, trayvon, Trayvon Martin
Source: All Hip Hop

#FlashbackFriday How The NFL Got Michael Jackson For Super Bowl XXVII

There are few true super stars left in the game, before digital sales and Social Media, artists had to depend solely on radio spins and performances for album sales. Rising to stardom with the Jackson 5, as a solo artist Michael Jackson broke a number of barriers throughout his iconic career, from being the first urban act featured on a then fledgling MTV to winning 13 Grammy’s, 26 American Music Awards and having 13 number one singles in the U.S.

One of the biggest stars on the planet at the time, in 1993 Jackson would change the entire concept of the Half Time routine, as he gave a legendary performance during Super Bowl XXVII.  Prior to this the show was just an after thought, a few forgettable commercials just long enough to go grab a beer and make a sandwich before catching the second half of the game. But the entire thing almost didn’t happen, as it took a bit of coaxing to get the King of Pop to make an appearance. A recent article by Sports Illustrated went into detail about how the event came to be:

“For a month they got nowhere. [The NFL’s Jim] Steeg sat down with the King of Pop’s manager, Sandy Gallin, 11 months before Super Bowl XXVII. “I remember pitching them,” he says, “and them not really having a clue what we were talking about.” At a subsequent meeting, producer Don Mischer pointed out that the Super Bowl would be broadcast in more than 120 countries. Now he had Jackson’s full attention.”

Jackson was convinced, “You mean to tell me my performance is going to be seen in country’s I’ll never do a concert at? I’m In.”

Take a look at the performance below:


Filed under: News Tagged: King of Pop, Michael Jackson, MJ, NFL, SUPER BOWL 1993, SUPER BOWL 27, SUPERBOWL 1993
Source: All Hip Hop