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Mannie Fresh & OG Valdez Interview: Hip-Hop for Literacy Cypher

You can always appreciate celebs giving back to the community! Super producers Mannie Fresh and Steve O Valdez (OG Valdez) came out to the Houston Library in conjunction with Hip-Hop for Literacy to create beats for aspiring artist to freestyle too. Mannie and Steve O will choose the winners to show case their talents on the main stage at Hip-Hop for Literacy’s event. Peep the interview of the live mix session with the masters!

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Fighting Cancer defeats the Pros to win AFFL Ultimate Final & take home $1M on NFL Network

In the winner-take-all $1,000,000 championship game on Thursday night, Fighting Cancer of New Orleans, defeated Godspeed, 26-6, to be crowned AFFL Ultimate Final Champions.

Thousands of fans took in the thrilling final at BBVA Compass Stadium, the first ever flag football game that pitted pros vs. amateurs in a nationally televised game on NFL Network…. Continue reading “Fighting Cancer defeats the Pros to win AFFL Ultimate Final & take home $1M on NFL Network” »

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DUB CAR SHOW 2018

BY: darrin c. clifton

The DUB CAR SHOW 2018 was held at NRG Arena in Houston on July 15th, 2018. Custom cars, trucks and bikes were on display as contestants were entered in various categories to win best in show.

Partnered with KBXX 97.9 The Box, the DUB MAGAZINE has always been known to bring out the very best in musical acts as well as the custom vehicles. This years show was headlined by Houston natives Lil’  KeKe and Paul Wall. Two H-Town legends whose songs are well known and are respected on a very high level in the H-Town streets and beyond. The two kicked off a set, led by Paul, with a short collaboration in the middle and a close-out by KeKe. Hit after hit, word-for-word, the crowd didn’t miss a beat while rapping along to the north and south duo. Joining KeKe during his set was new artist Chucky Trill, together they performed their new single, “No Love.” Multi-platinum producer DJ Chose whose credits include Kevin Gates, Kodak Black and NBA YoungBoy to name a few, also joined “Don KeKe” on stage to debut new music for fans and passed out cd’s to lucky VIP fans stagefront.

Opening the show was ATL native Derez De’Shon who…

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Diddy Covers Vanity Fair / Blasts Industry For Lack Of Investment In Black Businesses

Diddy, recently spoke with Vanity Fair and vented about how show-business’ fascination with Black culture has yet to translate into investment into Black enterprise. He also talked about his Revolt network, the #MeToo movement, his next move, + more
Peep excerpts from the interview below….
Via Variety:
Combs on hip-hop’s commercial dominance, especially through streaming: “You have these record companies that are making so much money off our culture, our art form, but they’re not investing or even believing in us,” .
On the industry lacking black executives in top-level positions: “For all the billions of dollars that these black executives have been able to make them, [there’s still hesitation] to put them in the top-level positions. They’ll go and they’ll recruit cats from overseas,” he continues. “It makes sense to give [executives of color] a chance and embrace the evolution, instead of it being that we can only make it to president, senior VP. … There’s no black CEO of a major record company. That’s just as bad as the fact that there are no [black] majority owners in the NFL. That’s what really motivates me.”

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The Queen of nails

Ivy Queen has become well known for her long and well curated bedazzled nails. Ivy is far from changing the length of her nails and from the looks of it, she’s not going to…ever!

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J. Prince: Respect On the Red Carpet

J. Prince, the iconic founder of Rap-A-Lot Records and the man who is arguably most responsible for putting Southern Rap on the map, has shared some of the lessons he’s learned along the way in his newly released book titled The Art & Science of Respect. We caught up with…

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Black Pyramid PopUp Shop

by: Darrin C. Clifton (@htownsfinest9)

Black Pyramid clothing brand, owned by Grammy winning superstar Chris Brown, held a pop-up shop at fashion store Agenda (Galleria Location) in Houston on June 28th. Curated by Supervision Marketing and Management, and in concert with Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon tour later that evening, fans could shop and browse…(Full story and photos available EXCLUSIVELY on the 2LOUD APP.

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Lil’ Yachty Announces ‘Yachty’s Pizzeria’ at Famous Ben’s Pizza in NYC

Lil’ Yachty and Bravado will launch Yachty’s Pizzeria, a pop-up pizzeria concept by Lil Yachty that will take over Famous Ben’s Pizzeria this weekend in New York City. The Atlanta-born artist will offer New Yorkers a unique opportunity to enjoy a legendary slice while shopping limited-edition exclusive merchandise inspired by Yachty’s Pizzeria.  The pop-up will offer six styles available for purchase, including a short sleeve tee for $30, long sleeve tee for $40, hoodie for $60, satin bomber jacket for $100, hat for $30, and a refrigerator magnet for $5.

No word on whether they will be available online yet.