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T H E S H O R T… Name: Centel Mangam Nickname: Father Birthday and Astrological Sign: August 20, 1990 Born & Raised: Pearl, Mississippi Currently Residing: Los Angeles, CA The Last Song You Played: Gucci Mane – I’m a

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Playlist: Chopped and Screwed

This week, our VashtieDotCom playlist is going to take you to the heart of Houston, Texas, where Chopped and Screwed production is key and where queen Bey first laid her head. We’re sure Bey is playing her own music to

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Throw it Back: 5 Favorite Prodigy Songs

At VashtieDotCom, we’re still mourning the hip-hop great Prodigy. The Mobb Deep member passed away in Las Vegas after being hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia. While it’s a disease he struggled with as a child, he lived

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Dear Sza, Thank You – A Letter to Women Who Make it Okay to be You

To be young, black, gifted, and woman is to understand your strength, your power, your talents, and your beauty. Somewhere in between reminding myself of these things and showcasing it to the world, I struggled to see any of that

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ThingsToDoWithVashtie: Here and Now

Looking to do something with Vashtie? You already know we have your back. This Saturday, Vashtie will be a special guest at Here and Now. This event will be hosted by Bryan Valdivia along with music by Deemehlow at Ludlow

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Jay Z Becomes The First Rapper in the SongWriters Hall of Fame

  Songwriters have a special place in the music industry as they are the key to making hit songs pop. The endless time they put into the studio rises to the public eye when songs that were first scribbles on

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Joey Bada$$ x Vintage Frames Company

Brooklyn native Joey Bada$$ links with Montreal-based eyewear brand Vintage Frames Company. The collab is a ’90s-inspired eyewear collection for Summer 2017. Joey worked with CEO Corey Shapiro and designed two handcrafted gold oval frames, one with a time dipped ruby-red lens and the

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SZA Explores Her Sexuality in #CTRL

Ask yourself when is the last time you openly talked about your sex life? We’re not talking your dirty group chat with your friends discussing your one night stand, but speaking out loud about being free about your sexuality? Well,

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Summer Body Goals: Teyana Taylor in New Video “Drippin'”

Last week, Teyana Taylor blessed the timeline with a spontaneous video release of her new song with the Migos titled “Drippin” and the only thing we can think of is getting in shape for summer quickly. Following a trend of

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EVENT RECAP: Vashtie Hits Toronto for Manifesto

  Vashtie made waves in Toronto this weekend by headlining the official after party for the Manifesto Music Festival and hosting an event with photographer Che Kothari. The Manifesto afterparty was held in collaboration with the monthly party group High Power in

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Cat Clyde introduces a New Sound with her debut album Ivory Castanets

Cat Clyde isn’t the typical singer songwriter. Her music resonates with a variety of genres which makes a unique sound that is able to captivate a multitude of audiences. Since genre breaking is the route less traveled for most artists,

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PLAYLIST: New York Heat

  Every Friday, the VashtieDotCom team wants to send you into the weekend in a great mood. We know your work week can be long and the weekend ahead seems short, but no worries, we have your back with great

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LIL YACHTY POURS HIS TEENAGE EMOTIONS INTO HIS DEBUT ALBUM

Amongst all the slander, the disrespect, and all the jokes Miles McCollum aka Lil Yachty has skyrocketed into superstardom.  Last week, the 19-year-old musician, creative, designer, and style icon released his long awaited debut project titled Teenage Emotions.  After a

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Adult Swim releases Single with Zaytoven

Oddly enough for a late-night TV Channel, Adult Swim is and has made all the right steps while merging into the music industry. Recently, they shared a pop compilation called Luxe and in December they released a noise compilation titled

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Vashtiedotcom Mix: Moody Days

Sunny days are here, but sometimes our energy is still cloudy– and that’s ok. This playlist is for all of the moody tings across the globe, going through the motions of life and riding the wave. Sometimes we don’t feel ourselves for

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Throw It Back: 10 Songs Turning 10 in 2017

Now tell us, what were you listening to in 2007? It seems as it was just yesterday, but realistically, we’re talking 10 years ago. At that time we were still running to the closest electronics store to purchase hard copy

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: 90’s Bad Boy R&B Heartthrobs, Jagged Edge

“If it doesn’t feel like 90’s R&B, then I don’t want it…” We all remember how lit our summer’s were because of these guys. They made us feel like we were their age at eight year’s old, singing songs like

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The Mystery Behind The Man That Is Andre’ Benjamin

André 3000‘s influence as one of the most unique and talented rappers since his prominence in the mid-90s and early 2000s, has left an impact that is unmatched. Always his authentic self, André pushed the limitations and boundaries of what

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A Look Back at Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was a creative force in the biggest girl group of the 90’s, TLC. She has the most co-writing credits of the group. She helped to push the groups image forward by designing costumes, and coming up

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FLASHBACK: Hip-Hop’s Funky Side, The Pharcyde’s ‘Passin’ Me By’

It’s Flashback Friday, and in the nature of Vashtie.com we are taking it back to 1992. Early 1992 Pharcyde released, “Passin Me By,” a revolutionary song for the time, which has shown it’s worth by still being relevant over 20

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The Mystical Music of Stevie Nicks

The Fleetwood Mac front woman, Stevie Nicks, is one of the best selling music acts of all time. With her unique bohemian style, Stevie still inspires us to this day. Her name is almost synonymous with her signature look of shawls,

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FLASHBACK: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’

You cannot mention Hip-Hop without mentioning Ms. Lauryn Hill. We were first introduced to the songstress and MC back in the 90s when she was apart of the legendary group The Fugees. The rap group put out their first album Blunted on Reality in 1994.

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WOMAN CRUSHIN’ IT WEDNESDAY: Sydney Bennett

Sydney Bennet, aka Syd tha Kid is one-fifth of the dope band The Internet. She emerged into the music scene in 2010 as a producer for Wolf Gang. Most of Odd Future’s earlier music was recorded in her house, or “The

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The Messanger of Strength, Resilience, and Equality: Bob Dylan

  Bob Dylan is a singer/songwriter, poet, painter, writer, and activist. Spanning a career of over five decades, Dylan’s influence has stretched over many genres from folk to blues, to gospel, and to rock. Dylan’s most prized work as a

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor started his music career in in the late 80’s when he dropped out of school to form the (now infamous) band Nine Inch Nails. By transforming the industry and bringing a new genre of music to the mainstream, Nine Inch Nails has

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Recap: Vashtie’s New York Birthday Ball

Last Thursday our Downtown Sweetheart Vashtie threw the ultimate New York themed Birthday Ball. Many people stopped by Kola House to enjoy “Vashtie Kola’s” and “1992 Nutcrackers”, the specialty drinks of the night. Odalys opened the show and was followed

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A Tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.

Born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, the Notorious B.I.G. led a very short but very successful career that left him as one of the most influential rappers in the game. Being murdered shortly after hitting his peak as a musical artist,

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The Celebration Of An Icon: Grace Jones

Today, we celebrate the birth of the legendary Grace Jones. Over the years, the Jamaican model-turned-signer, has contributed to the fashion, art, and music industry unprecedented by any other artist of her era. From hit singles such as “My Jamaican

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Missy Elliott’s ‘Supa Dupa Fly’

This summer will mark 20 years since Missy Elliott‘s Supa Dupa Fly album hit stores and broke barriers for all women emcee’s.  This #FlashbackFriday we are highlighting Missy’s breakthrough year. Rolling Stone called Supa Dupa Fly innovative, while others call it

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THROW IT BACK: Remembering 90’s R&B Group ‘Xscape’ Back Then and Getting to Know Them Now

“Kick off your shoes and relax your feet, party on down to the Xscape beat. Just kick it…” Xscape was once one of the most popular female groups during the 90’s along with Destiny Child’s, SWV, and TLC. The group

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Janet Jackson: The Princess of Pop, A Living Legend

Janet Jackson is the complete package, a triple threat! She’s been in the game since she could walk and has killed it ever since.  She’s an artist who paved a way for herself, as well as many others. We could

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Juvenile, Nike, Jay Z & More!

1. Juvenile had an Anniversary Last Week Soulja Rag, the popular album by rapper Juvenile turned 20 this week. The album was Juvenile’s first studio album with Cash Money Records, and all the songs were produced by Manny Fresh. When reminiscing

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Raphael Saadiq: Singer, Songwriter, and Innovator

  From leading the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné to working side by side with the likes of Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, John Legend, and Mary J. Blige, everyday should be a celebration of Raphael Saadiq. The very active R&B icon and producer

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Stuntin’ Has Always Been A Habit For Bow Wow

Shad Moss aka Bow Wow has had quite a week. To many, his recent debacle may be good for laughs, but let’s not forget the man was a super star. It has been almost 20-years since the Ohio-bred rapper dropped debut album, Beware

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Watch De’Wayne Jackson’s New Video “Truth Is”

De’Wayne Jackson is a talented young rapper on the rise. A Houston native, Jackson has opened up for artists like The Internet and Pusha T, to name a few. If you are a fan of music that is grounded in

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Onyx’s Classic Turn-Up Hit “Slam” Turns 24 Today

Iconic Queens hip-hop group Onyx released what would become their most popular song to date. Back in 1993, “Slam” surprisingly became a huge hit on the pop charts — back when many artists were taking the hard-core gangsta rap route. These guys wanted

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One Time For Ghostface Killah’s Classic Tune “Cherchez LaGhost”

Cheers to one of the legendary, most influential rappers of all time, Ghostface Killah. Where would Hip-Hop be with out Wu-Tang? Honestly… Truly. Ghostface, along with RZA, founded Wu-Tang in 1992. They we’re roommates at the time Ghost introduced GZA, Ol’ Dirty

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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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Listen To This ‘Into The Night’ Playlist

Today is Cinco De Mayo, although many of us are aware of the forced western implications of the false holiday, we continue to look forward to bottomless margaritas and lots of tacos (arguably the best food known to man). Most

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Nirvana’s Legendary MTV Unplugged Performance

Just before the strumming out the opening riffs to Nirvana’s About a Girl, Kurt Cobain says, “This is off our first record. Most people don’t own it.” It’s almost a little bit crazy to think someone wouldn’t own a classic

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