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NYC Mourns The End Of Uptown's Legendary Apt.78

They say all good things must come to an end, and in this particular case the old adage rings especially true. Five years after its landmark debut, Uptown gem and local favorite Apt.78 is approaching its denouement.

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"There is pretty much nothing else I can possibly accomplish at Apt.78 that can make me happy at this point," writes owner and Washington Heights native Jose Morales. "I have honestly fulfilled that already."

Apt.78 – akin to your pana's living room – served as a judgement-free zone, cultural oasis and turn-up district, where the walls got to witness sangria-induced twerk-offs and honeydip exchanges. Not to mention, la sala was a source of reclamation for this VIBE writer, who upon homecoming witnessed the jarring displacement of family friends, childhood shops and restaurants, and other local gems (read: gentrification).

"Once the passion is gone it's time 2 move on & that's what I'm doing," Jose adds in his Instagram post. "I never been so clear headed in my life or as happy.The enjoyment of mastering the present moment has allowed me 2 make the right decision for the future."

Loyal fans across New York City caught wind and were instantly met with bittersweet memories of their time spent at the now-legendary lounge…

When I first decided to open apt78 I wanted to create a venue where it targeted a specific audience that other venues NOT only uptown but the entire NYC lacked.We focused on bringing dope DJ's to come spin at a 100 person venue for FREE!!We wanted to create a space for that individual that had an idea,dream,or talent and help show case whatever it was they wanted to do for FREE. Think about all the shit we did first that everyone else did after?!! Most importantly a judgement free fun party environment. All these thoughts and visions I had were accomplished 100%.There is pretty much nothing else I can possibly accomplish at Apt.78 that can make me happy at this point.I have honestly fulfilled that already.The constant battling (of you know what)took away the fun and passion I once had.Once the passion is gone it's time 2 move on & that's what I'm doing.I never been so clear headed in my life or as happy.The enjoyment of mastering the present moment has allowed me 2 make the right decision for the future.So with that being said the Legendary APT.78 will be closing its doors come January 1st.I want to Thank every single person That has ever worked at APT.78 you helped built some legendary shit in NYC!Thanks 2 every person that has held a charity event,Thank you to all the local schools and organizations that allowed us to host their events and functions. Thanks to all the DJ's tht came thru 2 spin & saw the vision and helped us promote the venue!Thank you 2 every single person that has hosted an event or started at APT.78 with their events or businesses etc.You're all loved and appreciated.Thank you 4 your partnership.All the magazines,blogs, newspapers, tv shows, celebrities, artist, athletes tht showed love thank you. Thank you most importantly 2 the best & most loyal customers/family ever!You left all the judging all your problems, stress, everything at the door bc we only represented 1 thing & that was FUN!We understand the community is changing so we want to play a role in that!Its only the beginning.We will relocate the venue in 2016,the brand will continue to grow,Big events new location etc.Thanks again & look out 4 "BODEGA PIZZA" at APT.78 in 2016 🙂

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It's About Time: Cypress Hill Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Cypress Hill doesn't always get the credit they deserve for their impact on hip-hop history, but they've been honored forever with a revered star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

With a career of 30 years, the legacy of the four-man group of B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, and Eric Bobo (along with former member Mellow Man Ace) includes six platinum albums and 90s zeitgeist songs like "How I Could Just Kill A Man," "Insane In The Brain," and "Hand On The Pump." They released their self-titled debut in 1991 and the chart-topping follow-up Black Sunday two years later,  and have continued creating ever since, releasing their ninth and latest album Elephants On Acid in September 2018. Cypress Hill are considered West Coast rap legends, and the first Latino rap group to have multiple gold and platinum records. Anchored by Muggs' gloomy, gritty production and B-Real's nasal, charismatic rhymes, Cypress Hill is as much a part of rap history as anyone.

The group's ceremony included speeches from Latino comedian George Lopez and fellow West Coast rap legend Xzibit, who said 'it's about time' before detailing the group's illustrious career.

Xzibit pointed out Cypress Hill not only brought Latino representation in an industry that largely lacked it, but that they were staunch marijuana advocates way before today's growing legalization.

"The Grammy-nominated group showed us stoned is indeed the way of the walk. Long before the days of legal dispensaries and medical marijuana, Cypress Hill were advocates of that sticky icky icky oooh wee!" Xzibit shared. "...Cypress Hill are pioneers in their own right. Their accomplishments and accolades reach deep in the roots and history books of hip-hop, and today is another chapter in that saga. Yo B-Real, Sen Dog, Muggs, Bobo: you are our Rolling Stones, Ungrateful Dead, you are the West Coast Public Enemy."

Lopez insisted that out of all the 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, "there are none more important than the one we're about to unveil for Cypress Hill. There's a lot of actors, there's a lot of comedians, there's a lot of entertainers who are on this (Walk of Fame). But there's only one cypress hill, the first Latino hip-hop group. But to everyone who lives the American dream, not the last Latino hip-hop group to ever be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

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Cypress Hill To Make History With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

After 30 years in hip-hop, Cypress Hill is due to make history with their latest accolade. The multi-platinum selling group is set to become the first Latino American hip-hop collective to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, takes place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd.

George Lopez and Xzibit will help unveil the star alongside Rana Ghadban, president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The free ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed via WalkofFame.com.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, is noted as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum selling albums with more than 18 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, Cypress Hill became the first rap group to have two albums in the Billboard 200 thanks to the success of their self-titled double-platinum debut and their sophomore effort, Black Sunday. The album went on to sell more than three million copies and spawned the rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.”

Cypress Hill released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid, last year. Following the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the group will perform at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in Hollywood.

 

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Miguel Drops Spanish-Language EP 'Te Lo Dije'

In an ode to his Mexican heritage, Miguel has released a five-track project that is the Spanish/Spanglish version of his 2017 War & Leisure album. Te Lo Dije features collaborations with fellow Spanish-speaking artists Kali Uchis, C. Tangana, Dante Spintetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, as well as Mexican Mariachi girl band, Flor de Toloache.

Miguel's Spanish-language project is one that he has been teasing his fans with, hence the name of the EP, Te Lo Dije. The phrase means "I told you so" in Spanish and also happens to be the name of a song on the EP. On this collaborative effort, Miguel is mixing in his R&B vibes with his Latin ties, so for fans looking for a mixture of both, they can listen the Spanish version of his hit, "Sky Walker" featuring Spinetta and Horvilleur. Uchis can also be found on "Carmelo Duro" showing off her Colombian roots.

This is the 33-year-old artist's first Spanish-language project and he even said that he thinks he likes "these songs better in Spanish." The R&B artist took to his Instagram account to his express his excitement on Te Lo Dije, as well as give props to people who helped him through the process.

"FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR," he wrote. "TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español)."

 

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FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR ! TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español) I want to thank my cousin @yeyasmiles and @flordetoloache, @kaliuchis and @c.tangana and everyone that helped me translate these songs 🙏🏾. I think you might like these better in Spanish. Enjoy . Love you

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Make sure to listen to Te Lo Dije here.

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