Harvard Heavyweights Weigh In On Hip Hop’s Holiness

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Source: World Cypher 
The beats and rhymes of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Lauryn Hill found an attentive audience of religious and intellectual leaders in the halls of Harvard University last night. The Harvard Divinity School and Harambee, an organization for students of African descent, presented “The Hip-Hop and Religion Forum” as its final event to celebrate Black History Month. Six panelists from Islamic and Christian backgrounds discussed the effect of hip-hop on youth culture and perspectives on hip-hop varied from critical to enthusiastically supportive.  Continue reading

Weezy Advised To Lay Off the Syrup

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Courtesy: MTVNews

Lil Wayne’s Styrofoam cup is practically the elephant in the room. Journalists and fans alike have speculated about just what Weezy is downing every time we see him in public with one of those cups. They know full well that Wayne has thrown us plenty of hints through his verses. “I like my Sprite Easter-pink,” he rapped on DJ Khaled’s “We Takin’ Over.” More pointedly, he declared “weed and syrup till I die” on “Duffle Bag Boy,” a collaboration with Atlanta’s Playaz Circle. On Sunday night, during a concert in Newark, New Jersey, Wayne explained to the audience that sipping syrup – a combination made up chiefly of promethazine and codeine, which is supposed to be prescribed by doctors for severe colds and pneumonia – is a part of the culture in the South (although Philadelphia is also notorious for syrup). He also talked about how he gets flak for it.

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Artists Want Slice of P2P Lawsuit Dough

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 After the dust has settled on massive lawsuits targeting P2P sites such as Kazaa, settlements estimated to be in the 400 million range, none of it has been handed out to the artists who these lawsuits were supposed to protect. Now lawyers are asking big questions about where the money is and seem to be getting the runaround from the labels (as if the labels holding money from artists is something new). More at Torrent Freak