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Sadat X of Brand Nubian ft Big Twins & Dcypha "The Truth" Prod. by BigBob

Living legend, Sadat X of Brand Nubian lays down the homecoming for reinstating the era of conscious hip hop. Sadat X’s artistic evolution delivers, capturing his classic themes that are abrasive and hopeful pushing hip hop into a different terrain to reflect modern times. Big Twins provides a melodic polarity with his grimy vocals and animated lyrics expressing bars that give sentiment to the original era of hip hop. BigBob, claims this track as one of his milestones in his esteemed accomplishments in music and hip hop. Spirited scratching from Dcypha add some essence to the track and the experiment pays off using the authentic themes of hip hop to execute a hard hitting sound that reminisces of a by gone era to seamlessly flow in a brand new contemporary time.

The Game – Heaven 4 A Gangster

The Game has been a face of the West Coast for years now. Since he came on the scene in the mid 2000’s, the rapper has made sure that he represented not only Compton but California as a whole. After all, Dr. Dre did play a major role in his success. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Compton rapper has released his new song “Heaven 4 A Gangster” on the day that marks 2Pac’s 21st death anniversary. The Game’s comes through with full aggression on “Heaven 4 a Gangster.” As someone with a few years and a few albums under his belt, The Game has made his way to an OG among the newer rappers. Game takes a moment on this song to address the current state of where hip hop music is compared to during his come-up. Over some booming production, he hones his inner Tupac to address what hip hop has come to and what the late legend may have thought about hip hop’s current climate.

A$AP Ferg – “Nasty (Who Dat)” ft. Migos

This week brings A$AP Ferg and Migos together for “Nasty (Who Dat).” The new release follows up last week’s jam-packed “East Coast” remix and preludes Ferg’s upcoming mixtape Still Striving, which drops next Friday. Listen to “Nasty (Who Dat)” below.



Theatrical Release Dates Friday, August 18th , 2017 In Los Angeles, CA at the Arclight Hollywood and Regal LA LIVE Stadium   Friday, August 25, 2017 In New York, NY at the Regal Union Square 14 In Anaheim, CA at the Edwards Anaheim Hills 14 In Berkeley, CA at the Landmark Shattuck Cinemas In San Francisco, CA at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission In San Diego, CA at the Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX In Washington DC at the Regal Majestic 20 & IMAX In Atlanta, GA at the Regal Atlantic Station  Stadium 16 & IMAX In Honolulu, HI at the Regal Theaters Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX In Las Vegas, NV at the Regal Village Square Stadium 18 In Portland, OR at the Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10 In Houston, TX at the Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX In Seattle, WA at the Regal Meridian 16 In Irvine, CA at the Edwards University Town Center 6 DOWNLOAD THE TRAILER  

Vocal Sensation Avery Wilson Releases Track And Music Video For “Song For You”

VOCAL SENSATION AVERY WILSON RELEASES TRACK AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR “SONG FOR YOU” CLICK HERE TO WATCH! 21 year old, Avery Wilson releases his soul-stirring new music video “Song For You” today. Click here to watch.  The moving cover written by Leon Russell is performed in the spirit of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You” and available now at all digital providers via RCA Records. Backed by the music industry’s heaviest hitters’ music icon and legend Clive Davis and super hit producer Sean Garrett, Wilson is set for stardom. Avery is currently in the studio working on his debut album.

Marlon James’s New Books Will Be a Game of Thrones-Inspired African Fantasy Trilogy

Very cool news for fans of Marlon James: the Man Booker-winning writer of A Brief History of Seven Killings and The Book of Night Women will publish three fantasy novels under the title The Dark Star Trilogy, inspired by Tolkien, Game of Thrones, and African folk tales and mythology. The first of these books, titled Black Leopard, Red Wolf, could be published as early as Fall 2018. The second and third installments are titled Moon Witch, Night Devil, and The Boy and the Dark Star. Entertainment Weekly, which broke the news, brings us the following official description via publisher Riverhead Books: Three characters — the Tracker, the Moon Witch, and the Boy — are locked in a dungeon in the castle of a dying king, awaiting torture and trial for the death of a child. They were three of eight mercenaries who had been hired to find the child; the search, expected to take two months, took nine years. In the end, five of the eight mercenaries, as well as the child, were dead.What happened? Where did their stories begin? And how did each story end? These are the questions Marlon James poses in the Dark Star Trilogy, three novels set amid African legend and his own fertile imagination – an African Game of Thrones. From royal intrigue to thrilling and dangerous voyages, and complete with pirates, queens, witches, shape-shifters and monsters, these novels are part fantasy, part myth and part detective story.

Drake Made a Surprise Appearance at Mad Decent Block Party in Brooklyn

4559-6-optimized_57a80dc3d3eae Drake’s been in New York for a few days now, completing a four-night run of his Summer Sixteen tour with Future (and at times stirring up a little beef with Funkmaster Flex). Last night, though, Drizzy stopped by the Mad Decent Block Party in Brooklyn to perform a quick set featuring tracks like “Jumpman,” “Back to Back,” and his DJ Khaled collab “For Free,” according to Press. Tonight (Monday) is his final Summer Sixteen tour date in New York at Madison Square Garden.

Joey Bada$$ - Devastated @joeyBADASS

joey-badass-devastated A mix of indie and street, rapper Joey Bada$$ rose to fame by releasing mixtapes and forming his own hip-hop collective, Pro Era. Born in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Joey began performing under the name JayOhVee, but changed it to Joey Bada$$ before signing his Pro Era crew to the Cinematic Music label in 2012. It was the same year Joey made his solo debut with the mixtape 1999, which was followed in 2013 by the mixtape Summer Knights. Later that year he made his official debut when the Summer Knights EP landed, featuring four tracks from the mixtape of the same name. A Pro Era mixtape followed in early 2014, The Secc$ Tap.e, Vol. 2. The full-length B4.DA.$$ appeared in January 2015, filled with productions from the likes of Statik Selektah and DJ Premier alongside Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers. Even more impressive, the album included a track where the Roots helped complete a lost beat from the late, great J. Dilla. ~ David Jeffries Joey Bada$$ - Devastated Disclaimer: This content may be protected by copyright law or other laws regarding intellectual property of the United States or other countries. Downloading Joey Bada$$ - DEVASTATED (CLEAN) mp3 on this site is just for review purpose. If you love the song, please support the artists by buying the original CD/Cassette or buying the song from iTunes.

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Lil Durk on Why He's Chicago's 'Number One' Rapper

I'd have been trying to sound like somebody else," he tells in an interview. Lil-Durk-in-Da-Streets-VLog "No shade to the other artists in Chicago … but if you got confidence in yourself and you know you're Number One, say it," said Durk on his stature in Chicago's music scene. Durk's confidence is already impressing big names in rap like Jeezy, Young Thug and Yo Gotti, who collaborated on his upcoming EP Lil Durk 2X. "I wanted all good music, all turnt music, too," Durk said. "A lot of projects I do be all 'real' music. So I wanted to do something different and just get good vibes." Emerging performer explains why he switched 'Lil Durk X2' from mixtape to EP in exclusive video interview

Ghostface Killah Wrote a Song About Vaping, You Guys

Ghostface Killah, the purveyor of a line of vaping accouterment and an otherwise respectable rapper, has shared a new song that’s also an ad for his Dynamite Stix vape pen and Wu Goo CBD oil. Called “Starry Winters,” the track’s lyrics mostly consist of Ghostvape Killah boasting about the high quality of his vaporizer. Here’s a sample, courtesy of HotNewHipHop: The THC like it’s purple, I’m thankful passed around in circles, handed back to you by Erkel like how the fuck did Erkel get here? Pineapple, coconut, sample the golden puff USB charger, attach the battery, load the cartridge smoke five on a partridge the weed ayahuasca Dynamite Stix hit like a rasta ghostvape-killah-640x426             To summarize, vaping is the single least-cool thing a human being can possibly do and Ghostface should be ashamed. Watch this travesty unfold below.

Download Rick Ross’ New Two-Part Mixtape, ‘Renzel Remixes’

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Exclusive Images by Heavy Rotation Magazine June,26 2015 Los Angeles, California Bet Experience was a tremendously exciting experience for music fans and entertainment tastemakers. The downtown L.A. convention center was the place to be this past weekend ( June 26 thru 28 2015 ). Thousands of people came out in support of their favorite artist & entertainers from around the country or internationally. Heavy Rotation Magazine is truly honored to cover  such a unique & entertaining event. The Bet experience 2015 is away for Bet to give back to the very fans that support the many programs that there networks provides to the communities. One of our favorite Bet events was BETX Stage ( Main Stage ) with performance sets LA TO THE BAY featuring Cypress Hill, Too Short, Casey Veggies & Iamsu. Another great BET set was Music Matters Presented by Janelle Mon’ae & Wondaland with her recording artist Deep Cotton, St.Beauty, Jidenna & Roman GianArthur. Heavy Rotation Magazine August 2015 Issue will feature exclusive Images from these performances courtesy of Bet Networks. Highlight & Recap Images/Footage will also be available on our website @ IG:@heavyrotationmagz





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In Partnership with NOLA FOR LIFE and Walmart  New York, NY (May 27, 2015) – In commemoration of the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, the 21st annual ESSENCE Festival will celebrate the beloved city of New Orleans with a dedicated ‘Day of Service’. On Thursday, July 2nd from 10:00am – 2:00pm, 1000 volunteers will team up with ESSENCE, NOLA FOR LIFE and Walmart to ‘Bring The Love’ to the community through a focus on achievement for local youth, promoting literacy and healthy living.   The ESSENCE Festival’s ‘Day of Service’ will include refurbishing local schools in the 9th Ward and New Orleans East, as well as mounting a community health fair and book drive.  The school restoration project will consist of painting projects and grounds beautification, while the Community Health Fair will provide screenings, vision & dental services and life coaching.   Supporters are encouraged to showcase their commitment by donating a new or gently-used book suitable for young-adults.   “With our inaugural ESSENCE Festival ‘Day of Service’, we are celebrating the resilience of New Orleans 10 years after the damaging effects of Hurricane Katrina,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “We are inviting all of our loyal Festival attendees, partners and friends to join our mission to ‘Bring the Love’ by giving back to our youth, supporting healthy lifestyles and encouraging a love of reading.”   “ESSENCE is once again proving its strong partnership with New Orleans and NOLA FOR LIFE as residents, visitors, volunteers, and community partners come together to improve the quality of life for our families and our children,” said Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor of Citywide Initiatives for the City of New Orleans. “One of our major goals in NOLA FOR LIFE is ensuring that people are involved in their communities and see investments in all neighborhoods. This ESSENCE Festival ‘Day of Service’ will have a great impact in New Orleans East.”   ESSENCE and its ‘Day of Service’ partners NOLA FOR LIFE and Walmart will thank the first 1000 volunteers for their love and support by gifting them an exclusive ESSENCE #BringTheLove T-shirt. To sign up to volunteer and get transportation information, visit

Drake’s 2nd Annual Houston Appreciation Weekend Announces Celebrity

Charity Softball Game

(Houston, TX) – Drake returns to Houston Memorial Day Weekend to host his signature Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW).  HAW is a weekend of charity driven events hosted by the Grammy Award Winning artist.  These events celebrate and honor his second home by assisting Houston non-profit organizations carry out their philanthropic missions within the community.  The centerpiece of this year’s charitable experience is a celebrity softball game, open to the public, benefiting the Houston Astros’ Urban Youth Academy.  Presented by his O.V.O imprint, the HAW Celebrity Softball game will take place Friday, May 22nd, at the University of Houston’s Cougar Field, gates open at 5:30PM. 11150706_10153145189952631_7294243243272949607_n Founded as a tribute to the city where he felt his career began, HAW serves as a vehicle for Drake to raise both awareness and money for multiple charities based in Greater Houston.  Last year’s inaugural event benefitted several local organizations handpicked by Drake including the Houston Food Bank, Interfaith Ministries, Keep Houston Beautiful, and the T.J. Ford Foundation.  “Drake has a deep passion for working with underprivileged, handicapped, and terminally ill youth,” explains HAW event coordinator DeRonica Horn, CEO of Last eMpressions Event Design.  “He has a long history of not only using his star power to benefit various organizations, but also dedicating his personal time and money to the benefit of children internationally,” Horn continues.  Most recently the philanthropist partnered with Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia to help rebuild their music department by donating a state of the art recording studio to the students. As with last year’s charity celebrity basketball game, that featured participation by Houston Rockets’ star James Harden, hip hop artist Kirko Bangz, and Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant, attendees can expect an array of surprise celebrity appearances.  To purchase tickets to attend the game visit

X NBA Basketball Star "Steve Francis" Gold Chain snatched.

The Sauce Experience: Drip Or Drown Tour * Houston,Tx Hundreds of kids came out in support of the new cult sound by H-Towns Sauce Twinz and the entire Sauce Movement. The event took place in the centrally located Warehouse Live downtown district. Hosted by 97.9 The Box & Radio Personality Kiotti, The Tour opened with Local acts Reggie B - Bleeda ( Preme Team ) RMG - Al Crocka & more. Sauce Walka performed briefly after Midnight, however the show was quickly interrupted by a stage fight, the malay appeared to have started by one of the performers crew members snatching ( X NBA Basketball Star ) Steve Francis Gold Chain. For More Info: Drip Or Drown Tour Heavy Rotation Magazine12 Drip Or Drown Tour Heavy Rotation Magazine20        

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Dr. Dre’s New Artist: Justin Night

The 23-year-old rapper is a native of Dallas, Texas, and he’s been in California since the summer, working with Dre. A new profile in D Magazine reveals that Justin Night, born Justin Mohrle, has been working steadily on his music over the past few years, but a connection with The D.O.C. is what opened up doors for him to link with Dre. Mohrle is described as “a natural songwriter,” whose talents have been enlisted to create Dr. Dre’s next masterpiece, and eventually we’ll hear his own solo work, closer to the end of 2015.Dr-Dre-Justin-Mohrle The D.O.C., who worked on The Chronic, Doggstyle and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton, in addition to his solo work, saw something special in Mohrle. “JT and I worked on a couple songs; Dre fell in love with the songs; Dre stole the songs from the kid, because he wanted to put them out as a unit,” he told D Magazine. “That’s the way this house is rolling. We’re all putting our energy toward building another classic for the Good Doctor. Then he’s going to take his time to help us build a classic for the youngster.” Mohrle hasn’t been able to reveal many details about his upcoming project, except that he’s been working with BJ the Chicago Kid, King Mez and Gwen Stefani. He even ditched potential baseball scholarships to pursue music — initially at his family’s dismay — so he’s all in at this point.

 Houston’s 4th Annual Caribbean RumFest

August 16-17, 2014 @ Jones Plaza Caribbean music, cuisine and culture lovers, the 4th Annual Caribbean RumFest offers festival goers two days of tastings and samplings of the finest rum labels, premium cocktails and a stellar line-up of live music and Caribbean entertainment. The festival also features rousing activities such as rum-infused/Caribbean cooking demonstrations and cook-off contests, Bartender Flair Competition, Caribbean Rum History and a number of art and specialty product vendors. The 2014 RumFest has wonderful sponsors consisting of Island Sizzler Jamaican Rum Bar & Grill, Captain Morgan, Kingston Rum, GuajiroRum,RaileanTexasRum,Starbucks, MountainDew,CrownePlaza,Dave&Buster's, Houston Rockets, Houston Dynamo, Bud Light, Guinness, KBXX 97.9, KMJQ 102.1, KTSU 90.9, Houston Press, Pizza Hut, Max Home/New Bath, and American Laser SkinCare. Heavy Rotation Magazine would like to thank The Caribbean RumFest Staff for allowing us to cover such a wonderful summer Fest. “Yeah Mon” Full review will be featured in our September 2014 Issue online & Print.

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