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Mighty Crown: Reggae's Sound System of Japan

In observance of VIBE's 2nd Global Issue (with Alicia Keys on the cover), showcasing the best music in the world, we bring to you the super sound system collective Mighty Crown from Yokohama, Japan. The crew of five DJs (and more member affiliates) are not only reggae spinning legends but are also style icons and creators with their own brand that collabs with Nike, New Era and various other well respected streetwear lines and individuals. The two most visual members of the 20-year-old band are brothers, Masta Simon and Sami T. Below, Exclusive Access caught up with the fellas in Atlanta while in town for a Bryan-Michael Cox (hitmaking R&B songwriter) event at The W Hotel's Drinkshop.

To get a better idea of what Mighty Crown does, view the way they control the club scene crowd at a party in London late last year. These dudes know just the right tunes to get the people going.

During the tragic aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan in early 2011, Mighty Crown traveled to Queens, New York's, York College to perform for a fundraiser where the proceeds went to the victims of the horrific event. Understanding that this was all for the love of the people, Mighty Crown showed their true sound boy strength by hitting the audience with classic after classic cuts.

Here we find Mighty Crown going head up against the legendary sound clash titan, David Rodigan in Harford, Connecticut. Going tune for bass heavy tune, the two have a showdown for the ages when youth challenges wisdom as Rodigan (with over 40 years of spin time) warns the M.C. brothers with, "There's an old Jamaican saying, 'The older the moon, the brighter it shines." Regardless of the age and experience difference, Mighty Crown toughs it out with the rugged dub plates of a serious sound clash master.

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Blueface Claims He’s The “Best Lyricist” In Rap

Blueface has high self-esteem when it comes to his lyrical abilities. The “Thotiana” rapper crowned himself the “most lyrical rapper” in the game during an Instagram Live session Thursday (July 18), XXL reports.

"Hey cuz, that’s on my mama and my sis, I’m the best lyricist in the muthaf**kin' game, bro,” he declared. “I might not have the best flow, sound...but when it comes to wordplay, cuz, come on bro.”

Blueface says he’s “the best lyricist in the game”...do y’all agree? 👇🎶🤔 @BluefaceBleedEm pic.twitter.com/WXcr46FzXu

— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) July 18, 2019

The 22-year-old rapper has a way of getting a response on social media — even if its negative. Earlier in the month, Blueface kicked his mother and sister out of his home during a heated confrontation that reportedly involved his two girlfriends. On Tuesday (July 16), the L.A. native debuted a new face tattoo and previewed a new record where he talks about booting his family out of the home. Listen to the track below.

Blueface got a new face tattoo and he made a song dissing his moms and sister. “On my momma and my sis... Had to kick my own blood out... they musta forgot I was a Crip 😨” pic.twitter.com/FtfajcXtjp

— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) July 17, 2019

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Premiere: HappyBirthdayCalvin's Ode To The Hustle Shines In Visuals For "Kari’s Song (Long Way Home)"

Chicago's HappyBirthdayCalvin delivers inspirational visuals for Kari's Song (Long Way Home)," from the hit Netflix film, Beats. 

The track is a clear standout in the film featuring Anthony Anderson, Dreezy and Khalil Everage. In the video, we see a snippet of the film along with Calvin rapping about the grind and his strong determination to the make it to the top. Featuring the warm vocals by Tati, the video drops an extra dose of inspirational vitamins for the soul.

Since the film's release last month, the "Kari's Song" has earned over 1.1 million streams on Spotify and was a curious wonder to Shazam users as it joined the Top 20 most searched songs on the Shazam Global Charts.

At just 17-years-old, Calvin hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. The Chicago native recently released his No Friends EP with the single of the same name earning spots on the Soundcloud Chart.

Offering a fresh sense of lyrical know-how, we're excited to see more from the budding artist.

Check out the video to "Kari's Song (Long Way Home)" below.

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Premiere: Show Tyme, Pharaohe Monch Reunite For Summer Jam "T.Y.L.A. (Remix)"

With multiple gems created together over more than a decade, singer Show Tyme and rap legend Pharoahe Monch have reunited for a new summer jam, "T.Y.L.A. (Remix)."

Monch and Show Time and emcee have been frequent collaborators on several of the Queens lyricist's most renowned songs, including "Desire," "Push," "Clap (One Day)," and more. So this time around, he returns the the favor by blessing a remix of a song from Show Tyme's debut album Love Truth, out now on W.A.R. Media/Cold Rain.

"Show Tyme is an incredible singer and one of the best performers I’ve ever been associated with, and it’s my honor to return the favor to him as he has graced many of my favorite songs in my career," Pharoahe Monch told VIBE.

Show Tyme told VIBE that he wanted to resurrect the feeling of his favorite songs from the 90s.

“With T.Y.L.A. I wanted to deliver a remix reminiscent of the 90’s R&B merged with hip hop, like the Bad Boy and So So Def mixes,"he said. "I think we got us one.”

T.Y.L.A. remix is available on all platforms now.

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