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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Key Moments In Hip-Hop History


Hip hop is more than music; it’s a cultural movement that incorporates different elements of art. Before there was Lil Yachty, Young M.I.A., or YNW Melly, there was a world of hip hop artist who's name rain supreme even still today.

Back when music was real, artist had the opportunity to shine in their own distinctive way. Rap is one of the most distinctive features of hip-hop. Rappers use rhythm, lyrics, and vocal tone to express themselves. The best rappers are distinguished by their “flow” – the way the words run together without the performer getting tongue-tied.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Why New York Has Always Been Ground Breaking For Hip -hop Artist


Although 50, and Jay-Z may wear the crown as kings of New York, there surrounded by a number of thriving rappers like Nas who could make the claim and not be far off.

The Big Apple can also count on Biggie, Rakim, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Mos Def, Slick Rick, Nikki Minaj, Run-D.M.C., Mase, and Wu Tang among its influential children, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rappers from New York.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

What If You Won The Chance To Meet And Greet With Nas?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had the chance to meet and greet with Nas? What kind of question would you have for him? What type of reaction or vibe do you think you would have?

Fans Favorite and viewers of the Wrap-Up Magazine want to hear from you. What type of story and memory would you create about this topic?

Nas is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and investor. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released twelve studio albums since 1994, with seven of them certified platinum and multi-platinum in the US.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Nas Featured In GQ Magazine

GQ: Last year was the twentieth anniversary of Illmatic. Do you recognize that person who made that record now?
Nas: Sure—he was a vivacious young man full of a lot of great ideas, excited and ready.

Would he recognize you?
That young man would’ve saw past who I am today. I’ve slowed myself down, probably. That young man was prepared to go further.

You’re saying your level of ambition is lower now?
I’m basically saying I can’t do twenty shows a month. Back then I probably could.

Illmatic was one of the first records to be hailed as a classic rap album. Did that ever feel like a burden, having to live up to it?
There was times before that people who were into the music had felt anxious for me to do something like it again. But I always felt blessed that I got music out there the way I wanted to get it out there, as soon as I shot the first shot.

But when you’re in the studio shooting the third shot, are you ever like, “Man, I wish that first shot hadn’t gone in so well”?
Then that’d mean I wish I didn’t exist. It’d be like saying I want to redo what I did before. And I don’t respect that. That’s not how I think.

You were also one of the first guys who had to deal with the fact that rappers all of a sudden could have this massive commercial success, right? You watched Biggie do it. The audience got bigger. Do you think your music changed once you realized there was an audience for it that was potentially massive?
Yeah, but it first changed because there was so many people that sounded similar. Once you do something new, then everything comes out sounding similar—the way a lot of things sound like Future today. So you have to come back and change it up. This music thing will challenge you, and it’s not nice to anybody. If there’s something good, it’s going to be imitated. And I had to overcome that. And then you had B.I.G., who was just killing the world and taking his core with him while he went mainstream with it—which was not happening at the time, because hip-hop music didn’t play on radio all day until he helped it. He took it to a higher level. Biggie just shook everybody off of him and said, “Can you do this?” And you couldn’t sit there and say, “Nah, I’m not going to do it.” When B.I.G. took it to a bigger level, if you couldn’t compete, you were out the game. And that’s what happened to at least twenty different guys who were out around that time.

Why weren’t you one of those twenty guys?
Because I’m in it to be what the essence of hip-hop is. If MCs are saying they’re this and they’re that, and they’re claiming that they’re this and that in the lyrics, and then you fall short, you’re out. It’s in the rhymes. It’s in the records. The records tell you what it is. You listen to everybody’s record during that time, they’re telling you, “We’re aiming for the top,” “I’m this,” “I’m the best,” “I’m that”—and I was in it just like them. Just like Biggie, just like the rest of them.

With Jay Z, you were a part of maybe the most visible rap feud short of Biggie and Tupac. Looking back on it now, what do you think the legacy of that was?
At the end of the day, the mission was to glue the game back: no more deaths. At this point, it’s about moving on and making something out of it. Because Biggie and Pac never lived to see that. They didn’t live to see themselves grow in this game. They did so much so young, which is great, but we’d love to have them here. All their fans and family miss them. They were the sacrifices, the martyrs for the entire hip-hop business.

Like when you go back and listen to “Ether” now, what do you hear?
I don’t. But I do listen to Biggie’s “Kick in the Door.” My friend last night told me, “He was coming for you, Nas. He was serious.” We go back to those times before we were established—when we were still one foot on the top and one foot on the street. Those were the times we talk about. Anything other than that, we’re chilling out.

So “Ether” is not a song you’ll revisit?

You’re 41 now. How have you changed as you’ve gotten older?
Now I think about Silicon Valley, I think about Napa Valley. I think about business and relaxing. Not too much—relax too much, you die.

Would you have posed with your ex-wife’s dress on the cover of a record, as you did with 2012′s Life Is Good, when you were 20?
I would’ve took it to another level. I’d have had an imitation of her—someone who looked like her in the dress. I would’ve went way further with it. That’s why the younger generation needs to never be afraid to go all the way. Because I wasn’t afraid. I expressed myself honestly. And it’s important for them to see that. After that thing happened, don’t be surprised if you see a 21-year-old artist do something similar, with a wedding ring or something. It’s going to happen.

Do you ever consider retirement?
From time to time I do consider it. It’s a busy life. So you want to sit back and think about doing different things and imagine what it’d be like. Deion Sanders was able to suit up for a baseball game and a football game in the same day. You think about him; you go, “Wow, what else should I do?”

What would you be doing if you weren’t rapping?
I’d be still creating. It could be screenplays, it could be bottled water, it could be a farm industry. It could be making up my own deodorant, it could be studying to be an engineer—highly unlikely, that one. But who knows?

I saw that you were protesting the Eric Garner verdict in New York City with Russell Simmons the other night. Do you have the activist calling at all?
But we’re already that. We’re already activists. I’m looking at what’s happening to the world, and I’m waiting for people to stop being scared. Mainly whites in power and in government, to not be scared of the race issue. Not be scared to say, “This is wrong, and this has to change.” Not be scared to do what’s right.

What do you think people are scared of?
Votes. Their career. Backlash. They’re confused; they don’t really know much about it. We’re all human beings. So I understand being scared. But at some point, you got to come out and do the right thing. No matter who you are, you got to put the people first. Compassion, and your love for people, has to exist. And your love to humanity has to exist. It can’t just always be about your career, your money, your stature, where you think you belong in this government. You’ve got to be about reality and love.

You’ve been in New York so long and seen Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo. Are you surprised that cops are still killing innocent people?
Unfortunately, I’m not surprised cops are still murdering people. But I am surprised that the law enforcement did not do the correct thing with illegal chokeholds. A chokehold because of a man stating his piece—telling them he didn’t do anything. An illegal chokehold! It’s embarrassing to New York, and it’s embarrassing to the country. I’ve got to go around the world, and people will ask me, “What’s wrong with America?” This is why they don’t like us. And this is why they’re going to beat us. When they see that weakness, they’re seeing a way to take us down. The outside world, they’ve already seen that. But even more now with the apartheidisms that’s going on today. We can sweep it under the rug, but when we sweep it under the rug, the rest of the world smells the debris.

What do you say when people ask what’s wrong with America?
I say America’s about fighters, and we fight each other sometimes, but that’s what family does. I try to make up shit, because it’s embarrassing, and they see through it. If the plane brings me to Paris and all over the news is the police shooting down dark people in the streets? I’d look at all of them as savages. And I’d say, “Wow, what’s wrong?” It’s transparent. They see what’s going on over here. And they laugh at our government and law enforcement. That’s one more for them. They’re really the civilized ones. And they see everyone as being more civilized than America. And we’ve got nothing to say.

What’s the role of an artist in this situation?
The situation has created the artist to begin with. It’s the backdrop to KRS-One’s greatest album, By All Means Necessary. It’s the backdrop to N.W.A.’s world-changing albums and The Chronic. The Chronic is all about the Rodney King verdict—besides him dissing the people he had to dis, it’s about the Rodney King verdict and the riots. It makes artists create and speak. The way James Baldwin did. The way Stevie Wonder did. The way Marvin Gaye said, “What’s going on?” We are the results of the bullshit. I’m here, partially, because of the bullshit that’s been going on. I’m a voice. I wouldn’t know that Compton existed in 1988, 1989, if it weren’t for those geniuses from that side called N.W.A. I wouldn’t have even known the place existed. I wouldn’t have known they suffered from the same stuff we suffered from in Queensbridge. We were beating our African drums to each other the same way we’ve always done since the beginning of time. It’s crazy. But that’s what we were doing. But rap music has never respected politics. We’ve never trusted anything. That’s the way the streets are. But it’s a whole new day. The guys who talked against the system—now the people want that person, that voice, to help change the system.

Do you feel responsible to that need?
If I’m in that position and the people call me, and they see me as someone who can help, then hell yeah.

Do you feel like other rappers have responded in a way you respect?
Everybody’s concerned—it’s not a rapper thing, it’s a people thing. It’s the NBA’s concern. They have kids. They could be in their car and be profiled. So of course we’re going to speak up. It’s a shame that people want us to stay in the corner and just get kicked in the ribs and just say, “Okay, kick me some more, kick me some more, I’m not going to say anything’s wrong with being kicked. I’m going to cover my mouth, I’m not even gonna scream. Just kick me until I’m dead. Because that’s what I deserve, right? Oh, how dare I say stop kicking me in the ribs in the corner? How dare I say that? Shame on me.” People are scared. It’s not an easy thing to deal with.

Part of what people want to believe about the stuff you were making in the early ’90s is that it would change things.
Yeah, on “Halftime,” I said: “Go to hell to the foul cop who shot Garcia.” There was a guy named Garcia in Washington Heights who was killed. Unarmed, whatever the situation was—maybe he was armed, I don’t remember at the moment the entire incident. I just knew the city was upset and I was upset. And I put it in my rhymes. On my first album, I’m talking about the same thing! And we’re still talking about it now.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Top 5 Hottest Foxy Brown Photos

The Wrap-Up Magazine has released the top 5 hottest photos of +Foxy Brown from New York. Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is an American rapper, model, and actress. Foxy Brown speaks on relationship with Jay Z and Nas, says they were like a "husband and a side jump-off" to her.
 Nicki Minaj paused the NYFW madness to wish Foxy Brown a happy birthday. Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Da Brat, and Total got together for the recording of Bad Boy's remix of "No One Else". This was the only track that Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown appeared on together, the two were friends.
 Foxy Brown, a Brooklyn native, never thought she would be in the rap industry. Foxy Brown stops by RapFix Live to talk about a forced reunion with Lil' Kim. ANew York salon owner accused Foxy Brown of walking off with $900 of fake hair without paying her tab.
 Foxy Brown is an American rapper, model, and actress who has a net worth of $1.8 million dollars. Whether it was a confrontation with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX and Foxy Brown or his former label mates Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Fredro Starr Says Jay Z is the Best Rapper Alive


In this clip, Fredro Starr reacted to Shirley Ju bringing up Jay-Z's verse on Pusha T's "Neck and Wrist," and as the song had just been released at the time of the interview, Fredro hadn't gotten a chance to listen. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole?


The Wrap Up Magazine is back with another round of Celebrity Match Ups. This time they return with a versus between Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole. Who would you pick as the best artist?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

DJ Premier links with the Griselda Records collective for "Headlines"

“This Griselda, DJ Preemo Shit”! Some things just sound so good on paper, that an eventual pairing seems inevitable. 

The Griselda collective of Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny The Butcher (all emerging stars in their own right) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral.  Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually is palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment. With the crews amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists. 

DJ Premier is a living auteur; his champion sounds have been the authority for the soundtrack of the streets for three decades.  While his ear sets Preem apart from his contemporaries, the legendary creator also has an inimitable ability to build a unique chemistry with each artist he works with. Whether it was Notorious B.I.G., Nas or Jay-Z, Preem has been a constant staple and bridge in Hip-Hop’s retro futurism, assisting in turning fast rising artists into rap royalty. 

“I've wanted to do a record with them individually for a few years now.  I had been listening to Westside Gunn first.  Conway got my lyrical attention very heavy when Alchemist told me to listen to how he rhymes” Premier asserted. “Then after I got in tune with Benny's songs, I immediately knew that in order to follow up the Casanova record (“WUT U SAID”) it made sense to have all three on the same single. “Headlines” was made organically from a blank canvas at my studio at 2am and it happened so fast; and I loved their work ethic.  Pull the trigger on this one!”

When Conway proclaims on his opening bar “I don’t beef on the internet I approach you,” over Preem’s anthemic boom-bap, the modernization of an aesthetic from NY’s storied street rap movement comes full circle; and you are simultaneously transported back to the block when trunks rattled from blasting a new gem from a just released Clue tape. 

With Griselda, bleak tales of survival and violent escapades are the topics at hand and DJ Premier is a conduit artistically elevating the sound of the life they lead.  And when Benny offers “I sewed the block together like a seamstress, and I lived to tell about it on some Preem shit,” it doesn’t come off as an admission of guilt, as much as it does the realization of a lifelong dream. 

“Working with Preemo was surreal and watching him cook from scratch; I still can’t believe the record is done” exclaimed Westside Gunn.   “Shooting the video in my city (Directed by Jason Goldwatch in Buffalo, NY) makes it even more legendary!  This is just the beginning of our cook up and definitely one of the only things on my bucket list.”

DJ Premier, Griselda & Payday Records.  Certain marriages seem predestined until the streets say I do.  This is for the culture!  You ready?

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Which Track Do You Like Most From Nas?

The Wrap-Up Magazine has just enlisted Nas into their Fans Favorite section of the site. Nas broke into the music back in 1992 after appearing on the soundtrack to the film Zebrahead.

The legacy of Nas' groundbreaking debut album 'Illmatic' is celebrated still today. In the past few years, Nas stepped outside of music and built his cred as a tech investor. He’s invested in over 40 companies as a founding partner of Queensbridge Venture Partners and doesn’t plan on stopping.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sip Hop Named New Arthor

Sip Hop was born in Cleveland, Mississippi Feb. 17 1984, always had two things that he always love was basketball and love for Hip Hop. He fell in love with Hip Hop as a child for rappers like Rahkim, Kool Moe Dee and KRS-One but it was emcees like Nas inspired him to be a rapper.

At the age of 13 Sip started to really go for the rap flow as this was the time when rappers like Bone Thugs and Twista was running the rap show, so at eight grade Sip start joining the cypher rapping even though it was just for fun at that time. By tenth grade Sip started to put the basketball down and go for the rapping thing even though from the delta in Mississippi was really hard to get heard. So then I had to move elsewhere just to connect with the right musicians.

after completing High School That's when i met Shockhouse Productions in Chicago, IL from a rapper name Sleepy Boy. He was forming this group called Face Off with 2 more fellas in the group, sleepy asked if i can join with the group even though i was with the group going to a month. After the situation with leaving the group he decided to go solo in the booth at The Shockhouse. Feeling like a real rapper in this booth Sip reply.

After that moment, thats when i started to link up with this Promoter and rapper Gansta Marcus. Every since then, independent minded thats known in hits like Swag On 100 with Reese Feat me on the track and also with the mixtape  titled Cool Fresh and Versatile with Songs like Mississippi Time To Shine, Still Hustling and Hold Up Feat..Gansta Marcus. The rest is history..

Facebook: siphop662

Twitter: @siphop662

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gansta Marcus Talks Top 5 Rappers Of All Times

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) When rappers mention who is there top 5 hottest of all times, all differ in their own way. Lima, Ohio producer Gansta Marcus releases his list of all time favorites. Check out his list below and why.

"I was raised in the eara where 90's hip-hop was top of the market. We had rappers such as Tupac and Biggie, Nas and Jay-Z. My top 5 list of hottest rappers would consist of Master P +Percy Miller +DMXS Radio +Ruff Ryders Entertainment Nelly +ST Lunatic Nate Dogg +Snoop Dogg +EminemMusic and UGK +UNDER GROUND KINGS.

There were many great hits created back then that will last forever. But nothing came better than these artist because they kept putting out hit after hit over the years. When Master P released Bout It, it took the world by storm. Shortly after, Ghetto D hit the stores like a monster. With a tank and a squad that can't be stop, No Limit held the charts for several years until Hot Boyz took over with members such as +Lil Wayne +LIL TURK B.G. and Juvenile.

DMX came in hard with the Ruff Ryders anthem, shortly after he released one of his best album ever "Flesh Of My Flesh." Talk about a album to just let play, now this is it...Real Talk. You don't have to speak on Nelly and Snoop Dogg, for you see they still speak for themselves.

Eminem is labeled as one of the hottest artist of all times. He came out with hot bars and tactical vocals. With +DR Engineering behind him, there was no touching him to begin with.

Friday, March 8, 2019

What If Biggie and Tupac Were Still Alive?

If Biggie and Tupac were still alive, would half the rappers that's in the music industry be there? Would Jay-Z or Nas gotten as far as they did?

What if both artist would be less relevant if they were alive? Many say their deaths cause the impact of there music being as great as it is, but I feel otherwise.

Tupac's All Eyez on Me album was one of the greatest albums of the 90's if you ask me. All cultures was buying this album and it sold through the roof. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, so think how many it would be if he never was killed.

Death sells records. As sales of posthumous albums by murdered stars the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and Selena have shown, it is increasingly easy to become No. 1 with a bullet.

For instance, the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death" album, released just two weeks after B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace, a k a Biggie Smalls) was gunned down in Los Angeles, sold 685,000 copies the first week.

In the week after Smalls's death, about 10,000 copies of his 1994 debut, "Ready to Die," were sold, now compare that to Tupac Shakur, who sold 67,000 records in the week following his murder.

Would Tupac and Biggie be considered GOAT rappers if they weren’t killed? What if they were still alive today, would there be mumble rappers? Just think. would the industry have to search so hard for that next big hit? Would album sales have fallen?

Do you think Tupac and Biggie would have settled the beef? How much would be different? Would they still be remembered and praised the same way they are now?

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Jay Z Talks Beef With Mobb Deep


Jay-Z has become one of the biggest legends in the history of hip-hop, but that definitely doesn’t mean everyone has to like him. He’s been no stranger to a big list of feuds, with people from Nas to Tupac. There’s a reason for that. He hasn’t always been a titan of the industry like he is now. 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Charleston White Talk Jay-Z, R Kelly, and DMX


Many people who have collaborated with the disgraced singer in the past have joined the #MuteRKelly movement, meanwhile, others assured that they been hopped on the wave decades ago when his pedophilia was made public knowledge.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Madison Jay (@themadisonjay) - "Diastema" (Album)

THE GAP IS BACK! North Carolina Artist Madison Jay returns with his second album in less than four months with DIASTEMA! After releasing his ‘Purple Fried Chicken’ project in July, Madison delivers the amazing follow up . With joints like: the lead single “Hot Shit”, the West Coast driven “The G’z”, the introspective ‘Josh Hamilton, and the futuristic vibes of ‘Wanna B Down”; this easily can be deemed Madison’s best body of work. Madison Compares his new Album to Nas 1996 "It Was written" Album. Madison says 'Diastema Is It was written 2k20'