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KXNG CROOKED (CROOKED I) OFFERS OPEN LETTER TO HIS FANS

As we wait for KXNG CROOKED’s Sex, Money & Hip-Hop mixtape, the Cali import of the Slaughterhouse family pens this open letter to the fans.

If it weren’t for the online world of Hip-Hop supporters — generally called “the internet” — Slaughterhouse’s KXNG CROOKED likely wouldn’t be where he’s at today. The internet embraced Crooked and his House Gang brothers long ago, which ultimately led to the creation of Slaughterhouse and their signing to Eminem’s Shady Records. The internet helped carve out a solid career for Crooked and has allowed him the opportunity to travel around the world and do what he loves to do. Every blogger, every online journalist, every forum comment and social media share played a part in his brand development.

While it’s true that the internet has been an amazing launching pad for countless artists, there are times when it has been a pain in the ass to major record companies. Album leaks, for one, have somewhat crippled the industry and thrown months and even years of hard work to the wayside.

Now fresh off the heels of his appearances on the #1 Billboard album in Hip-Hop — Shady XV — KXNG CROOKED prepares to release Sex, Money and Hip-Hop, a mixtape experience centered around the idea of the pre-internet days. The days of nostalgia for many, when the only way to hear an album was to go down to the local record shop and buy it with your hard-earned cash, or pick it up from your local DJ selling mixtapes out of the trunk of his car. We want this to truly be a mixtape experience — the way so many of us grew up on.

Therefore, with the release of Sex, Money and Hip-Hop we are counting on the fans. We are asking the fans who purchased this album NOT to upload it anywhere online, but to keep it tucked away in your own little stash for your own mixtape experience. This is a piece of history. A collector’s item. A rare piece of art. There are limited copies of this album being manufactured, and you may just be one of the lucky few who own a copy forever.

We believe the fans will want to keep this art from going public via the internet and we are trusting you with this. You see, if this album is uploaded online the value of it decreases drastically, much like a baseball card or a rare comic book. It’s simple: keep it retro. Keep this album offline and keep it valuable.

As a special gift to you from KXNG CROOKED and SMH Records and as a thank you for your cooperation, we are including a second copy of the album for FREE with your purchase (while supplies last). One is for your listening pleasure, and the other is a keepsake for you to hold onto, unopened, as a Limited Edition collector’s item.

So thank you, Internet, for all you’ve done for us. We are not turning are back on you, we are simply keeping it authentic for a throwback mixtape experience.

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KENDRICK LAMAR TALKS PROTESTS, POLICE BRUTALITY AND HIS SINGLE I

In the wake of the turmoil that has swept the nation and resulted in protests across the country, Kendrick Lamar sat down with MTV at a recent Reebok event to explain the significance his single “i” as well as how it relates to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and a litany of other black men across the country.

“It’s something that I’ve been around since the beginning of time. I remember coming up in the city of Compton and [seeing] these same types of ordeals. So when I make a record like “i”, this is not just about me. It’s about what’s going on in real life, actual [facts].

My father definitely talked to me about that early on—he came from Chicago to Compton, and he dealt with it his whole life. He knew the moment I was born [that] the color of my skin was gonna be put to the test, and that’s just how it is. We have legacy, people who’ve died for it, but [there’s] still that type of negativity out there.

He told me, ‘Every day, carry yourself with some integrity and don’t let them see you sweat.’”

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DJ PREMIER, ROYCE DA 5’9″ AND ADRIAN YOUNGE APPEAR ON JUAN EPSTEIN

PRhyme is one of the best albums of the year so to celebrate we had Royce, Primo, and Adrian come by to talk about it, their history together, and Primo’s history in general. As we discuss on the show, this will be the first of several DJ Premier episodes, but still it was a nice start nonetheless. The show begins with just Ciph and I talking sh*t but the guys show up at around the 30 minute mark. Some highlights include awesome Group Home stories, issues between Puff and Jeru, and much more.