News: Hot 97′s Shani Kulture Teams Up With DJ YRS Jerzy For New Mixtape

Shani Kulture is the leader of a new generation in talent. He is so widely recognized as an influence within the industry, that he has been documented as a “Hip-Hop Immortal” on the DVD We Got Ya Kids.  Never to leave any stone unturned, Kulture reaches the masses as producer and personality for two popular radio shows on Hot97; weekday mornings on ‘”The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show with K-Foxx” as well as his own weekly late night show, “The Kulture Movement,” keeping the city that never sleeps tuned in to the #1 hip-hop station in the world.  Serving as a liaison between the mainstream and the underground, Kulture keeps his ear to the street by hosting and coordinating a variety of events. He continues to share his craft as host of Hot97′s monthly showcase “Who’s Next,” and maintain as one of the organizers and host of the annual Summer Jam MC Battle since its inception in 2004. With that being said, Shani Kulture Presents: The Kulture Movement Volume 1.  The Kulture Movement will be comprised of upward and progressive forms of music, movements and cultures that uplift, sends a message, inspires and makes one feel good from the vibes that it delivers, plus it entertains all in one place. The Kulture Movement is for the people by the people. Shani Kulture in conjunction with Tindal Enterprises and DJ YRS Jerzy as your co-host, are only looking for the best of the best to be featured on this project.

Track: Grassroots Suicide Prevention Pres. | Awkword ft. L*A*W – #AaronSwartz (prod. by Steel Tipped Dove)

Aaron Swartz, the founder of Reddit, was systematically targeted, arrested, prosecuted and harassed by the federal government, merely for being down with the likes of Wikileaks and seeking freedom of information. 12 years after inventing RSS he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, a victim of suicide.  Awkword speaks out on the Steel Tipped Dove produced track featuring the guitar and singing talents of seven-time Grammy nominee L*A*W.  As we have seen with the passing of Capital Steez and Freddy E this past year alone, it is clear we have a mental health and suicide issue in Hip Hop.  This is only a  representative of an even larger trend in America, with someone tragically taking their own life every 15 minutes.  This ‘PSA’ is sponsored by Grassroots Suicide Prevention and will appear on Awk’s DJBooth-sponsored 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project World View.  All proceeds go to the World View charity Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3 nonprofit that goes beyond the gun-exchange program, working to eradicate street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of our at-risk youth.  To purchase the tack at a name your own price download and donate please visit Awkword’s Bandcamp page.

News: James Gandolfini Passes Away At 51

Actor James Gandolfini has passed at the age of 51.  The man best known as Tony Soprano suffered a massive heart attack in Italy.  The New Jersey native appeared in several supporting roles since the HBO mega-hit The Sopranos went off the air in 2007, portraying the director of the CIA in Zero Dark Thirty and the gruff blue-collar father of a wannabe rock star in Not Fade Away in 2012.  Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to a baby girl in October. The couple married in Hawaii in 2008.  R.I.P. to a truly great actor and influence.

News: Kim and Kanye Welcome Baby Girl

It has been reported that earlier today Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl.  This is the first child for her and Kanye West, who was in attendance during the delivery.  Although Kim was not due until next month, the addition to the family comes just in time for Kanye’s 6th album dropping on Tuesday.  I wish you could see the face I am making.  Happy Father’s Day Yeezus.

News: 2013 Red Bull BC One World Final

Q: What do you get when you combine 16 of the world’s hottest B-Boy stars, an international stage with millions of eyes upon it, AND 10 years of incredible Hip Hop history?

A: The Red Bull BC One World Championships

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Red Bull BC One are searching for “The One” all over again. This time they’re pulling out all the stops at the World Final in Seoul, South Korea, on November 30th, where the best B-Boys in the world will showcase their supercharged sporting stamina at the most competitive, outrageous battle yet. After more than 90 Cypher battles and six Regional Finals throughout 2013, the final contenders will go on to compete against the past World Champions in Seoul for the first time in history.