R.I.P James Avery (1948-2013)

unclephilIt’s unfortunate for us to announce but last night James Avery, who many knew as Philip Banks/ “Uncle Phil” on the 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air died at the age of 68 in California. Avery was in the hospital undergoing open-heart surgery for an unknown illness that he had contracted when he passed on. I can speak for all 90s babies when I say we spent most of our teen years watching Avery during re-runs of The Fresh Prince on Nick At Nite, his acting prowess and comedic whit was something to be marveled at.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara Avery; his mother, Florence Avery of Atlantic City; and a stepson, Kevin Waters.

Below, is my favorite scene from the show in which Will Smith‘s dad becomes a dead-beat once more causing Will to become an emotional wreck. However, Uncle Phil is there to console and counsel him. Very powerful and heartfelt acting.

Trap Lord: A$AP Ferg – “Hood Pope” (Watch)

f11-600x337Yesterday, while you were getting ready to drown in a pool of booze in celebration of New Year’s Day, A$AP’s second-in-command A$AP Ferg released the visual for “Hood Pope”. In the visual for the hood anthem, we find Fergenstein venturing around Harlem World while being the beacon of hope for the young Harlemites who are at risk of going down the wrong path. Watch the full visual for “Hood Pope” here. The video was directed by Shomi Patwary, check out our interview with the seasoned director here.

Trap Lord in stores now.

Chance The Rapper Covers The Source

chance-the-rapper-the-source2013 brought Chicago lyricist Chance The Rapper great fortunate as he was propelled into the spotlight via the success of his genre-blending mixtape Acid Rap and to finish off the year, Chancellor has been also granted the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” placement by Source Magazine. Be sure to read the full story when the issue hits newsstands January 7th. View the cover as Chance plays ventriloquist above.

50 Cent – “This Is Murder Not Music” (Listen)

Today, we get some new menacing music from 50 Cent whose Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win mixtape will be released in the coming months. A majority of the track is 50 talking about how he’s going back to his old grimy style of stepping on rappers’ necks and getting money by any means necessary. Listen to “This Is Murder Not Music” above. New year, new 50? We can only hope…

American Beau Presents: ‘Merci BEAUcoup ’13 (Part 2)’ (Listen)

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Happy New Year! Press play and enjoy the second part of our Merci BEAUcoup ’13 mix above. View the tracklist below. Have a great night and remember to be responsible!

0:11: Jay Z – “Beach Is Better”
1:06: Travi$ Scott – “Uptown (Nadus Remix)”
2:25: Danny Brown – “Dope Song (Side B)”
4:17: Pusha T ft. Chase & Status – “Machine Gun (Remix)”
6:30: 2Chainz ft. Cap. 1 – “Where You Been?”
9:03: Bodega BAMZ – “NAVY”
12:12: Doe B ft. T.I. & Juicy J – “Let Me Find Out (Remix)”
16:30: Travi$ Scott ft. T.I. – “Upper Echelon”
19:06: C.Z. – “O Rite, O Rite”
20:45: YG ft. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – “My Nigga”
24:34: A$AP Rocky ft. A$AP Ferg & Gunplay – “Ghetto Symphony”
25:47: Kid Cudi ft. Too Short – “Girls”
30:10: Drake – “The Language”
31:42: Kanye West ft. Chief Keef & Bon Iver – “Can’t Handle My Liquor”
34:24: A$AP Ferg – “Hood Pope”
37:49: ScHoolBoy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Collard Greens”
42:00: Tyler, the Creator ft. Frank Ocean – “Bimmer”
44:40: Migos – “Hannah Montana”


Nicki Minaj – “Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)” (Listen)

Rap’s queen Nicki Minaj returns to release some fire over PTAF‘s viral hit “Boss Ass Bitch”. Expect Nicki to return to her throne in 2014 as she had a rather quiet 2013. If this track is any indication of the things to come, we should make sure to keep our heads up and eyes focused. Listen to Minaj’s “Boss Ass Bitch” above. I’m excited to see what else Nicki has in her bag…

Drake – “Trophies” (Updated CDQ)

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the mastered version of the highly anticipated single by Drake “Trophies” produced by Hit-Boy with additional help from OVO‘s in-house producer 40. After previewing the horn-induced beat in the NWTS trailer, and previewing it at the Barclay’s Center in October fans can now enjoy the full track on their personal playlists. Not too lyrical, but definitely catchy. Is “Trophies” everything that you expected it to be? Check the track above!