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Hip-Hop Responds To Obama's State Of The Union Speech [Editorial]

AllHipHop.com's Chuck Creekmur shares his thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union Address:

Hip-Hop music and culture was born out of the most destitute of conditions in the South Bronx of the 1970's. It was a time that most of us cannot imagine, and that area resembled a bomb-stricken war zone. But it is out of that condition that Hip-Hop was born, brick by brick. Not overnight, not without struggle, and definitely not without innovation. Legends like Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa had no roadmap to where they were going, but they paved the way anyway.

Yesterday, the President addressed the nation during his second State of the Union address and he spoke on a myriad of topics ranging from jobs to the economy and even gays in the military. Hip-Hop got a shout out, too, if you caught it. Obama simply said, "We do big things."

The Hip-Hop community’s response to Obama's speech has been as wide-ranging as the personalities in America, from dismissive to inspired. For example, a friend of mine in Delaware said he watched a mystery movie instead of the President's speech, because he didn't want to hear more talk. Furthermore, he's fighting to keep his job, and others around him have already been laid off from theirs. On the other side, others who are presently out of work, or who are out there grinding to get it, were left inspired by Obama's words. I am one of the latter.

Yesterday, The League of Young Voters Education Fund and AllHipHop solidified a partnership to push youth and the Hip-Hop generation to get out and become more involved in the political and civic process. Starting now is imperative, because many of us naively assumed that a wave of wondrous change was going to come over the world after Barack Obama was elected. Over 2.4 million additional young people voted in 2008 than in the previous election, and analysts say the youth vote was a deciding factor in the election. It is time that African Americans, young people, and others who have historically been marginalized, deep-dive into the process. Or, we simply will not matter when policy is being crafted on Capitol Hill.

But it isn't just about what's going on in Washington. [Click here for more on AllHipHop.com

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R. Kelly Sends Birthday Video To Daughter Through Instagram

During his viral interview with Gayle King earlier this month, R. Kelly tearfully revealed that he has no relationship with his three children. But possibly in an attempt to reestablish that connection with at least one of them, the R&B singer sent an Instagram video message wishing his daughter a happy birthday on Wednesday (Mar. 20).

In the video, Kelly cheerfully sang a soulful rendition of "The Happy Birthday Song," followed by a special message to his daughter. "Happy Birthday, baby. Daddy loves you. I love you. No matter what, I love you so much," he said.

Ordinarily, there wouldn't be anything newsworthy about a father sending love to his daughter on her birthday, but the video comes at a very unique time. Kelly recently spent several days in jail for an outstanding balance in back child support. The court determined that he owed his ex-wife Drea Kelly nearly $200,000 in child support payments that covered the kids' education, health and living expenses.

Additionally, the video message arrives nearly three months after Joann – also known as Buku Abi – released a lengthy statement in response to her father's ongoing sexual abuse case. She referred to her father as a "monster" and alluded to unpleasant interactions with him when she was a child. "I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt," she wrote in the Jan. 2019 message. "The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for peace of mind."

Watch R. Kelly's video message below.

 

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Family for life 🎹🎤🙏🏽 🎂

A post shared by R Kelly (@rkelly) on Mar 19, 2019 at 9:12pm PDT

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Jay-z's 'Blueprint' Album To Be Inducted Into The Library Of Congress

People will be learning about Jay-Z's music for years to come. Hov's sixth studio album, The Blueprint is reportedly among 25 records to be inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, CBS News reports.

The registry's inductees are determined by their cultural, artistic, and historic significance in America's music industry. It spans across all genres – hip-hop, pop, rock, classical, gospel, and Broadway.

The list also includes music from Earth, Wind, & Fire ("September") Nina Simone ("Mississippi Goddam"), Curtis Mayfield ("Super Fly"), and an excerpt from Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 speech where he announced the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Jay released The Blueprint in 2001. It was the first of a three-part series. Despite the album's release coinciding with the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks, the album sold 427,000 units in its opening week and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It was also certified platinum by the RIAA.

The new honor comes nearly two years after Jigga was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2017. The Brooklyn native will be joining an elite bunch who were previously inducted into the Library of Congress, including the Jackson 5, John Coltrane, and David Bowie.

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J. Prince Gets YBN Almighty Jay’s Stolen Rap-A-Lot-Records Chain Back

YBN Almighty Jay can thank J. Prince for stepping in to get his stolen chain back. The Rap-A-Lot Records boss secured the return of the jewelry days after his teenage protégé was beaten and robbed in New York City.

French Montana, and rapper Hocus 45th, met with Prince in Los Angeles on Monday (March 18) night to return the chain, and accompanying pendant. French played middleman to get J. Prince and Hocus 45th in the same room, TMZ reports.

J Prince shared a photo from the meeting on Instagram. “Real recognizes real in every hood and has a way of connecting in spite of clowns and squares,” he captioned the post. “The homies from the Bronx, KT, @hocus45th and @frenchmontana kept it real with me and my son @jprincejr.”

The Houston native added that French and Hocus are officially welcomed into his #MobTies movement, and that he looks forward to “doing business in the future together.”

Peep the full post below.

 

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Real recognizes real in every hood and has a way of connecting in spite of clowns and squares. - - The homies from the Bronx, KT, @hocus45th and @frenchmontana kept it real with me and my son @jprincejr - - Tho it was never about the chain, it was about the name that was built off of blood sweat and tears. - - I welcome these brothers to our #MobTies movement and look forward to us doing business in the future together. - - There’s power in numbers and when strong brothers from the streets align themselves with one another, suckas tremble. So I can only imagine how some of you are feeling right now! - - I’ve invited these homies to #htown for @jprincejr birthday celebration March 28-31, 2019 and I look forward to coming to the Bronx soon. - - The big picture here is the same as I stated in my first post, to not allow moment thinkers to muddy the waters over the movement. - - To @ybnalmightyjay I’ll be returning your jewelry soon Lil homie. - - To be continued... #TheArtAndScienceOfRespect

A post shared by J Prince (@jprincerespect) on Mar 19, 2019 at 10:16am PDT

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