It appears that Soul Train creator, Don Cornelius has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. We here at RapReviews send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of that the man they called Big D leaves behind. While "Soul Train" prominently featured R&B acts, many hip-hop acts were also guests on the show including RUN-DMC, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, OutKast, Coolio, Public Enemy and several more.
Don Cornelius -- who famously created "Soul Train" was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, CA home this morning ... and law enforcement sources tell us it appears he committed suicide.
We're told cops discovered the body at around 4 AM PT. Law enforcement sources tell us ... Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.
We're told Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"Soul Train" changed the landscape of television when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.
Officials have notified Don's family.
Cornelius was 75.
During Don's bitter divorce proceedings in 2009, he told an L.A. judge he was suffering from "significant health issues" and wanted to "finalize this divorce before I die."
Cornelius was arrested in 2008 for beating up his wife. He pled no contest to misdemeanor domestic violence and was placed on 3 years probation. His probation just terminated.
The divorce was granted in 2010.
Sources close to Don tell us ... the TV icon was plagued with health issues for years ... including a stroke and a condition that required brain surgery.
Canadian TV network The Score recently invited underground rap legend R.A. The Rugged Man to their studios to discusses the state of the Rugged Man's favorite sport: boxing. In the interview, R.A. touches on Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Mixed Martial Arts, Sugar Ray Leonard, the heavyweight division, rising star Andre Ward, K.O. artist Julian Jackson, and more. New album from R.A. coming soon.
MP3: Young Gliss f/ Prodigy, Killer Mike - "No One Can Stop Us Now"
Courtesy Lo Keys.
Young Gliss Recruits Hip Hop Legends Prodigy and Killer Mike, Buzzing Upcomers Jon Connor and Lo Keys, and R&B Sensation Just Shawn For a Monster Collaborative Track Produced By Big Rooth Off The Glimmer EP.
18 year old Cris Cab speaks to his generation with Echo Boom, the new mixtape containing 12 original songs. The highly anticipated project presented by Billionaire Boys Club, includes features and production by Pharrell, Wyclef, Melanie Fiona, 88-Keys, Supa Dups, and more.
1. Echo Boom ft. Pharrell 2. Put In Work 3. Face to Face (Snippet) 4. Rihanna's Gun ft. Mavado and Wyclef 5. Turn You On ft. Melanie Fiona and Shaggy 6. Cross Your Fingers 7. Angels and Demons 8. What Can't We Do (Here We Go Again) ft. Daytona 9. Going Home ft. Marc Roberge of OAR 10. Gypsys On the Boulevard 11. One Thing 12. In My Dreams
De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 'We Made It' Video Skit + 'First Serve' Album Cover
Courtesy Matt B.
First they brought you ‘The Goon Time Mixtape’ blasting from a late-night house party in a Parisian suburb. Then we saw our heroes getting endless grief from Deen’s overbearing mother in the Mrs. Whitter skit. That was all just a taste of things to come from De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present ‘First Serve’; a dynamic hip-hop group, an album, a concept, the soundtrack to a movie that has yet to be made and a fable for our times.
‘First Serve’ is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes. Two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob ‘Pop Life’ Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), friends from seventh grade, are by their own admission, “different, but the differences seem to complement everything we do.” Their name ‘First Serve’ comes from their motto, “First come, First Serve, get what you deserve.”
After years of laying down demos and mixtapes on the hustle in the hip-hop game, we get the next instalment from their world in the form of the ‘We Made It’ skit. All the hard work has finally paid off – Jacob and Deen have hit the big time signing to Goon Time Records to become the next new thing to hit the airwaves.
Due to hit the streets worldwide on April 2nd, through Duck Down Music in North America & Pias in all other territories, the ‘First Serve’ album tells the story of two dreamers in a basement struggling to start their musical career, the battles they face, through to the point that they eventually release their debut single, ‘make it big’ and their hard work and persistence finally pays off. As we know that is rarely where the story ends and the story of ‘First Serve’ is no different. Taking place in an animated world that could have been imagined by Hawley Pratt on Magic Mushrooms, the high spirited and often hilarious journey is pure old school hip-hop; skits, disco, beats, funk, quips, burns and hustlin’ all included. Ain’t nothing gonna stop us now...
MP3/Video: Fly Moon Royalty - "Back To You" + "Piece of Me (Live)"
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Fly Moon Royalty will release their new album, Fly Moon Royalty, a week from today, on February 6th via Sportn Life Records. Before the self-titled project hits shelves, the Seattle duo of singer AdraBoo and producer Action Jackson are excited to release one final single, "Back To You."
Fly Moon Royalty also recently took to the studio, performing a live version "Piece Of Me," a new song from the duo that will not be included on their self-titled album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGxnoDVxqQ .