Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, and Willie the Kid are three unorthodox spitters. But they happen to mesh well on "Live from the Villa," a song from Chicago producer A-Villa's Carry on Tradition album. Stream the track below.
A respected blogger and digital marketing strategist, Karen Civil sat down with Sway in the Morning to talk about how she's giving back to underprivileged kids in her native country Haiti.
For her 30th birthday , Civil traveled to Haiti and had a playground built for a local orphanage. She collaborated with Sow a Seed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a better life to orphans in Haiti, for the project.
Civil detailed the experience in her interview with Sway. She also talked about signing a book deal with Cash Money Records and helping artists develop a strong social media presence. Peep the interview below.
I've been waiting on Boldy James to drop his long-awaited Trappers Alley 2 for a minute now. But it looks like that won't hit the 'net until 2015, according to recent reports.
Nonetheless, Boldy dished out an appetizer from the project today: the Harry Fraud-produced "50 Foot Razor Blade." Stream the Peechie Green-featured cut below.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong stood behind a podium overlooking a table filled with firearms and drugs seized during a recent investigation.
The displayed evidence was the result of Operation “Paradise White,” an investigation that began in April and targeted a criminal enterprise responsible for flooding the Binghampton and Mitchell Heights communities with cocaine.
During the press conference, which took place at the office of MPD’s Organized Crime Unit (OCU), Armstrong announced 23 people had been indicted for conspiracy to commit unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell more than 300 grams of cocaine and/or conspiracy to commit unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver more than 300 grams of cocaine. The people indicted range from upper-level cocaine traffickers to street-level dealers.
Search warrants executed by the OCU during the investigation resulted in the seizure of 4,126 grams of cocaine; 11.6 grams of marijuana; $200,598.34 in currency; 23 firearms; and 10 vehicles.
In November, the MPD presented its seizures and information to the Shelby County Grand Jury and indicted 23 people. At the present time, Armstrong said 17 of the 23 have been arrested.
“There are a lot of neighborhoods in Memphis tonight that are going to be a lot safer,” Armstrong said. “People are going to sleep a whole lot better knowing there will not be a war as it relates to drugs and the proceeds from drugs and the weapons that you see in front of you.”
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said those indicted face from 15 to 25 years in prison. But if any of the defendants have prior felony convictions, they face much stiffer penalties.
“Imagine kicking in a door and running into a suspect and this is what you see,” Armstrong said while holding an AR-15, one of the weapons seized during the investigation. “We sleep a lot better knowing that we put a dent in [the local drug trade]. We have a lot of work to do, and we recognize that. But these weapons won’t be used on any of my officers or on any of the citizens of Memphis.”
The criminal enterprise reportedly imported cocaine in from Texas, a known pipeline in the Memphis drug trade.
“We’re always looking for the source,” Armstrong said. “We recognize the fact that as soon as we lock up some street-level dealer on the corner, more than likely there’s somebody to take his place before we can complete the paperwork. Before we can actually see any changes in this, this is what has to happen. We have to take out criminal enterprises.”
By Louis Goggans
David Banner opened up about his views on racism and his controversial lyrics during the 2014 B.E.T. hip-hop cypher while speaking on Hood Rich Radio. Banner also touched on battling with depression, music taking him out of homelessness, and hip-hop's decline. Check out the interview below.