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Cinematic Saturday: What Happened Miss Simone?

  The Minnesota Officer who killed Philando Castile was acquitted. Philando Castile was murdered in a routine traffic stop in July of last year. Officer Jeronimo Yanez believed that Castile was reaching for a gun when he shot him. However his girlfriend,

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Quickie: Wifisfuneral

T H E S H O R T… Name: Isaiah Rivera Nickname: Lil Zay From Out The Bridge Birthday and Astrological Sign: March 20th, 1997 – Pisces Born & Raised: Born in the Bronx, Raised in Palm Beach Currently Residing…:

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Aubrey Graham A.K.A. Drake

Champagne Papi, aka Drake, wasn’t always the sex symbol he is today. In 2001, Aubrey Graham began his acting career as Jimmy Brooks in the ultra popular Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Jimmy was known as Spinner’s bestie and

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Lila Iké Shows Love To Her “Biggest Fan” In New Single

In.Digg.Nation Collective songstress, Lila Iké, just dropped her first official single, “Biggest Fan.” Representing Manchester, Jamaica, Lila is part of the force of the new, innovative sounds coming from Jamaican music culture. This smooth jam first started as a freestyle until

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Vashtiedotcom Mix | Squat Till You Drop!

We know how important the booty is these days, so we couldn’t help but make a playlist specifically designed to help you on your quest to make your backside pop. Once you’ve finished stretching it out to last weeks’ smooth

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23 Years Later: Remembering Outkast’s ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’

Back in the ’90s, rappers were recognized by the coast. The west side had rappers like Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, Spice 1, and Warren G. The east coast had The Notorious B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, and Public Enemy. Even though greatness

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: ‘Bill Nye Saves The World,’ Frank Ocean Remixes, X-Men Movie Dates & More

1) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Makes a Triumphant Debut on HBO  On Earth Day, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey, finally debuted on HBO. This amazing biographical book turned movie shows how a now unhidden figure helped

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Featured: Quickie With DJ Kayper

T H E S H O R T … Name: KAAJAL BAKRANIA Nickname: KAYPER Birthday & Astrological Sign: August 6th, 1983 – Leo Born & Raised: London, England Currently Residing…: NYC The Last Song You Played?: “Bad Girl” – Usher Lyrics

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The Making of A Movement: Broccoli City Festival 2017

Broccoli City, an urban initiative redefining cool by bringing overall health to the forefront, has finally announced an official date and line up for their healthy living and eco-fueled D.C. celebrated festival. Broccoli City Festival, held at the historic Gateway DC,

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Bay Rapper Larry June Expects Everything Organic

“Sock it to me,” “Good job, Larry,” & “Yeah, baby,”  are just a few of the 70’s inspired phrases you’ll hear frequently from Bay Area rapper, Larry June. Arguably, his most memorable signature phrase is “Yee”– which is peppered throughout each of

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Vashtiedotcom Mix: Something To Stretch To!

There are few things better than a good stretch. It’s arguably one of the most critical aspects to your daily health regimen for a multitude of reasons, but most of all, it’s incredibly soothing. As we prepare for or wind down

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Vince Staples Covers Complex and Talks Second Album ‘Big Fish Theory’

Last year the lyrically devastating rapper from the “norfside,” Vince Staples, delivered his Prima Donna LP. Prima Donna was a follow up to his impressive debut album, Summertime 06′. He has features like Kilo Kish — who he just wrapped up his Life Aquatic Tour with–,

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Viceland’s ‘The Therapist’ Will Make Us All Vulnerable

Following the 30-minute special on YG with the therapist featured by Vice in September of last year, Viceland has proceeded to entice us with yet another addictive series. The Therapist premieres in just a few weeks on May 8th, and

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Throw It Back Thursday: Jodeci Live on ‘MTV Jams’ in 1994

When you think of the ’90s, it would be a sin to not think of this sultry crew. Consisting of four uber talented vocalists, Jodeci was a powerhouse, belting out endless R&B classics. Conceived in Charlotte, North Carolina, the quartet

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Watch NxWorries Talk Money In New “Scared Money” and “Best One” Mash-Up Video

NxWorries has been sure to keep present in the past few months– having dropped many videos  to accompany the songs on their collaborative project Yes Lawd! Next up on the roster of visuals is “Scared Money” and “Best One.” The chemistry between

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Wizkid Shares New Visual For “Come Closer”

Wizkid has been on the move these past few months, having dropped frequent collaborations with Drake and also U.K. rapper Skepta.  Last week, he quietly dropped an afrobeats fueled hit, “Come Closer” featuring Drake. The song instantly hits with whine

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How Beats 1 Radio Is Shaping A Generation

  As the way we receive and share music continues to evolve with the times, some have begun to say that radio is dead. With a plethora of platforms to discover new artists as well as listen to our favorites,

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BOSCO x St. Beauty Promote Self-Love With “Castles” Video

Atlanta bred songstress, BOSCO, dropped a fresh new video for her single, “Castles.” The single is an ode to inner strength, motivating you to get through whatever you think you can’t. BOSCO is also joined by the beautiful and talented

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Kehlani Gets Us in Our Feelings with Galore Mag Feature

R&B princess, Kehlani, was invited to grace Galore Mag in the most badass way. Beside her stunning photographs, is Kehlani’s interview–where she offers sound advice to cater to your daily mental health and self-care tailored from her own life experiences. In the

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SZA Gets Candid and Talks ‘CTRL’ with Coveteur

“I was being defiant, but then I fell in love with trying—trying to grow as a writer, trying to be better, trying to figure out what resonated with me and how to get rid of my insecurities.” – SZA, Coveteur

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Kari Faux Shares Lucid Track “Night Time”

A few days ago, Little Rock, Arkansas breakout artist and producer, Kari Faux, dropped “Night Time.” The dreamy track was released in celebration of her one year anniversary of her debut album, Los En Los Angeles. With the assistance of co-producer bLack

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Popcaan Shares Official Audio and Video For “Stray Dog”

After having a surprise feature on the Gorillaz new single, “Saturn Barz,” Popcaan has finally come through to drop the official audio and video for “Stray Dog.” The song premiered in February on episode 37 of Beats1’s OVO Sound Radio–a

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UPDATE: Our Top Projections For ‘XXL’s Freshman Class 2017’

It was no easy feat to come up with this year’s contenders for XXL‘s notorious freshman class. In the past, we relied on an A&R and word of mouth to spread the word about new artists. We blindly trusted the

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Watch Noname Take Over NPR With Her ‘Tiny Desk’ Concert

Chicago native and Chance the Rapper affiliate, Noname, stopped bt the NPR offices to deliver an intimate, candid Tiny Desk performance packed with lyricism. The set included songs from her long awaited 2015 breakout album, Telefone: “Diddy Bop,” “Yesterday” and–

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Watch Coco Mamba Slay The Female Version of “Bad & Boujee”

Yes, the obsession with Migos hit single, “Bad & Boujee” may have passed, but this cover of the hit is still dope. Released back in February by Brooklyn’s Coco Mamba, this cover will satisfy your inner feminist. At the very

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Screw Netflix, Watch Kodak Black & Sampha’s Films Tonight!

Netflix provides us with a constant array of options to dive into and binge on. Despite all of these options, sometimes we feel like we’ve literally watched everything Netflix has to offer and need something else to capture our attention.

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School Girl Crush: Method Man

Perhaps it’s his thuggish ruggish persona, or maybe it’s his ability to balance his street credibility with his aptitude for business. Either way, Method Man always has and always will have the juice as far as we’re concerned. Born Clifford Smith,

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Spotify x Russell Simmons Team Up For New Web Series ‘Traffic Jams’

Streaming champion Spotify and Russell Simmons may have something on their hands with their new web series, Traffic Jams, they announced earlier this week. Hosted and moderated by All Def Digital’s, DoBoy, is an eight show series that may just prove

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Cadenza x Allan Kingdom Collab on New Track “Vibe”

British producer, Cadenza, and Kanye West approved artist, Allan Kingdom, just released a smooth new track that represents its title well, “Vibes.” The new track premiered via Pigeons and Planes, a long time supporter of Allan Kingdom in his rap career. This collaboration

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Chapter One: Mercedes-Benz Collective Teams Up With M.I.A. & Tommy Genesis

No matter the level of authenticity and innovation, we all obtain inspiration from somewhere–typically, this inspiration stems from the legacy of our predecessors. In an effort to highlight the newest edition of the Mercedes-Benz fleet, the Concept EQ show car,

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‘All Hail The Queen’: 5 Ways Queen Latifah Continues To Inspire Women

Whether suited up in her Queen attire, acting out the life of a 20-something-year-old or doing a campaign for Covergirl, Queen Latifah has always been an icon. Although she puts on for the urban culture, she specifically puts on for

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Syd, Matt & Steve: The Internet’s Solo Projects In Review

We’re only in the third month of 2017 and we’ve been blessed with some amazing music. We’ve gotten two drops from Future, a new album from Migos, Sampha came back to give us a piece of his heart and R&B princess, Kehlani,

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