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25th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue of Thug Life

Interscope Records announces the release of a 25th anniversary vinyl reissue of Thug Life: Volume 1 — the only studio album from Thug Life, the group founded by rap legend and cultural icon Tupac Shakur. In addition to the vinyl reissue, the anniversary celebration includes the release of all-new Thug Life merchandise, including t-shirts, a hoodie, jacket, overalls and beanie. Album t-shirt and hoodie will also be available for purchase bundle with vinyl.

See link to Tupac official store HERE.

Initially released on September 26, 1994, Thug Life: Volume 1 received gold certification from the RIAA. Among the album’s notable tracks are “How Long Will They Mourn Me?” ft. Nate Dogg, a reflective but powerful piece featured on 2Pac’s diamond-selling double-album Greatest Hits. In addition, the largely-self-produced Thug Life: Volume 1 includes tracks like “Pour Out a Little Liquor” (which also appears on the soundtrack to Tupac’s 1994 film Above the Rim), “Cradle to the Grave,” and “Str8 Ballin’.”

Prior to forming Thug Life in 1993, Tupac had established himself as a formidable new force in the hip-hop world with his 1991 debut album 2Pacalypse Now and 1993’s platinum-certified Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. With its unapologetically honest and deeply personal look at street life, Thug Life: Volume 1 is widely considered a crucial midpoint between Tupac’s early work and his history-making, diamond-selling, massively influential 1996 album All Eyez on Me.

Tracklist for Thug Life: Volume 1:

Eastside:
1.  Bury Me a G 
2.  Don’t Get It Twisted
3.  Shit Don’t Stop 
4.  Pour Out A Little Liquor 
5.  Stay True   

Westside:
1.  How Long Will They Mourn Me? 
2.  Under Pressure 
3.  Street Fame 
4.  Cradle To The Grave 
5.  Str8 Ballin’ 

ABOUT TUPAC SHAKUR:

Though his recording career lasted just five years, Tupac Shakur is one of the most popular artists in music history, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. Over half of his eleven studio albums have sold in excess of three million copies each, and two of his releases — 1996’s All Eyez On Me and his Greatest Hits collection — have received diamond certification, with sales of over 10 million copies each. In December 2016, it was announced that Tupac would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making him the first solo hip-hop artist to be recognized for inclusion. The ceremony took place in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017, and included a musical tribute from Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, and T.I. Along with his musical career, Tupac also found success and critical acclaim as an actor, starring in films like JuicePoetic JusticeAbove The RimGridlock’d, and Gang Related.

Tupac’s life and legacy continue to impact and influence culture today, from a groundbreaking performance via hologram at the 2012 Coachella Music and Arts Festival to a spoken-word appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s critically praised 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly.

New EP by TJ Porter

HARLEM RAPPER TJ PORTER DROPS NEW EP “NO DISTURBANCE”

LISTEN HERE:
https://TJPorter.lnk.to/NoDisturbance

HE WILL BE FEATURED IN DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION, OUT MARCH 8TH!

“NO DISTURBANCE” TRACK LIST:
1. I CAN’T
2. THE DON
3. HARDER THAN EVER (FEAT. JAY GWUAPO & KJ BALLA)
4. CHEATED

“TJ Porter is leading Harlem into the future.” 

“He cuts through beats with ease & takes an approach that most artist don’t.” 

“His rhymes, deft and sharp with Harlem’s natural proclivity for quick wit and bucket drummer cadences, are leavened by a singsong delivery that sounds modern, but anchored in a traditionalist’s slickness.”

ABOUT TJ PORTER:

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…but TJ Porter is shooting to win. The Harlem native is taking his prowess from the basketball court—hunger, drive and hard work—into hip-hop. “This is a mental game,” he says. “I want to be the best.”

Raised in the Robert F. Wagner Housing Projects, the 18-year-old (born Terrence Reaves) grew up on Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. “My uncle would say, ‘I want y’all to listen to this and by the end of the day, tell me what the songs mean.’” Mature for his age, he began rapping at eight and made his first song at 12. “As a kid, I was always chilling with the older guys in the hood. I would always be rapping.” His natural athleticism led him to want to pursue basketball professionally. For several years, music took a back seat to his hoop dreams.

In 2016, TJ’s career—and life—hit a turning point when his best friend, Chico, was fatally shot in a gang-related incident. He questioned his life in the streets and admits, that he was filled with anger. “I ain’t gonna lie. It changed my life.” Through tragedy sprung hope. He took on “We gon’ ball,” the mantra of his slain friend, and the moniker “TJ Porter,” a nod to the debonair Rich Porter from Paid in Full, and set his eyes on rap as the prize.

With the forthcoming Voice of The Trenches, TJ Porter is ready to tell his story. Autobiographical, he hopes to showcase the many facets of New York City—good and bad. He’s slated to hit the road later this year and release a trilogy of projects leading into NBA All -Star Weekend 2019. More than anything, TJ hopes that his success can serve as a motivation, especially to other young people. “I’mma give you the trenches,” he says. “But these are the opportunities you can get.”

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Def Jam Recordings to Release The Hate U Give Official Movie Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings, the iconic label and global brand synonymous with hip-hop culture, partners with 20th Century Fox on Oct. 12th release of the Official Soundtrack to the highly-anticipated film The Hate U Give.

Def Jam Recordings’ next generation of stars, Arlissa and Bobby Sessions, join an all-star cast cast of contemporary and legendary artists including Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Logic, Jadakiss, and Tupac Shakur for the official soundtrack of The Hate U Give.

Arlissa and Bobby Sessions introduce new, previously unreleased songs on the soundtrack, which Variety raves, “cleverly mimics the film’s outlook by oscillating between snatches of 2Pac and modern R&B;” South London-bred, 25 year old siren Arlissa, who appeared in the August issue of Vogue, experienced her first real taste of success with her breakthrough track “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie.”

Arlissa’s defiant anthem “We Won’t Move” from The Hate U Give soundtrack garnered early buzz at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of T.H.U.G., with Toronto’s NOW exclaiming “the soulful ballad has got ‘Oscar nominee’ written all over it.”

Listen to it here!

“It’s been a true honor to be involved in something so significant and relevant to today’s social climate…I was one of the millions of people who were deeply touched by the book, so to be able to contribute to the movie, which shines such a strong light on inequality, has been a responsibility I’ve taken with such pride and care. This is not just a film, this is education,” says Arlissa.

Fiery Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions, who NPR raves, “confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring,” and whose debut EP “channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle is systematic racism” according to XXL, performs the eponymous title tune, “The Hate U Give.”

Shaping up as one of the fall season’s breakout movies, The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a teen who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. Amandla’s original song “Always” closes out the soundtrack.

The Hate U Give also stars Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common, and Anthony Mackie. The film was directed by George Tillman Jr. (NotoriousMen Of Honor), and produced by Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr., Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey.  The Hate U Give, whose screenplay was written by Audrey Wells (A Dog’s PurposeUnder The Tuscan Sun), is a Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures, and Temple Hill Entertainment production, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Woody McClain to Reprise Role in “The Bobby Brown Story”

NAACP-nominated Lead Actor Woody McClain is reprising his role as Bobby Brown in BET’s The Bobby Brown Story, which follows Brown through highs and lows both personal and professional as he settles into new roles as a husband and father. The direct sequel to The New Edition Story is set to premiere in September as a two part television event.

Woody was recently nominated for Outstanding Actor at the NAACP Image Awards for his depiction of Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story, while the show took home the award for Outstanding Limited Series. The New Edition Story pulled record ratings, attracting 29 million total viewers during premiere week, making it the network’s highest-rated and most-watched telecasts since 2012.

Soon after the premiere of The Bobby Brown Story, he will be seen on the big screen in Canal Street playing “MayMay,” set to release in Fall 2018. His recent projects also include a role in USA’s series “Unsolved,” a scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Woody McClain was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue a career as a professional dancer. He has since performed with numerous artists including Chris Brown and Fifth Harmony.

After excelling in his career as a professional dancer, he began creating original social media content and noticed very quickly that he had a gift for making people laugh. In fact, Woody signed with Kevin Hart’s production company, ‘HartBeat Digital’, in December 2015 to produce content after his version of Hart’s “Permission to Cuss” skit went viral and caught Hart’s attention.

Alongside his acting, he has teamed up with Kevin Hart for a streaming series in which he plays Kevin, based on Hart’s most iconic stories and stand-up bits available via Hart’s streaming video service, “Laugh Out Loud”. McClain is the creator, Executive Producer and star of Stories With Kev, with Hart serving as Executive Producer.

EW’s first look at The Bobby Brown Story

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EBIE PAYS TRIBUTE TO FATHER/GANGSTER RAPPER, EAZY-E

In honor of his birthday, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, daughter Ebie collaborates with famed photographer Mike Miller to recapture similar photos for both daughter and father to share.

In tribute of what would have been Eazy-E’s 53rd Birthday on September 7th, 2017, Ebie states:

“I usually try to do a tribute to my father on his death anniversary but something about his birthday just seemed more fitting this year. I called on none other than Mike Miller who is responsible for shooting some of my dad’s most classic pictures to help me bring my “Eazy-E inspired” vision to life. Mike is phenomenal and I just felt chills imagining how it was on the days he and my father got out in the streets and got creative together. 22 years later and it still hasn’t gotten any Eazier but today is a celebration … Happy Birthday dad!! I know you’re watching over me and I’ll forever continue to be Ruthless.” – Ebie

Having photographed many major-label album covers from various genres, Mike Miller has become a famed photographer/director. He has worked with various other musical acts including Tupac, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, YG and Eazy-E, and is currently working with Ferrari and collaborating withRetna, Shepard Fairey. A number of Mikeߣs previous clients include&#a0;Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, James Franco, Sony, Nicole Richie, Nike, Puma, MTV Video Awards, Coca~Cola, and Stussy.

unnamed (4)Mike Miller has recently made headlines after allegedly suing The Kardashian Clan: Kylie and Kendall Jenner for the use his photos of Tupac Shakur without his permission.

Mike recently collaborated with Ebie to create an “Eazy-E” inspired photoshoot to pay tribute to the rapper’s birthday. While working with Ebie, Mike shared:

“Wow… Ebie is just awesome. Being a DJ and photographing musicians for 30 years her dad was one of my all-time favorite people to shoot as well as one of my all time favorite rappers. I felt an immediate connection with Ebie, having daughters of my own saddens me that he’s not around to see his grow. We had a blast…. Happy Birthday Eazy.”

In Mike Miller’s book “West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures”, Mike shared what it was like working with the legendary rapper:

“I consider myself very fortunate to have photographed Eazy, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Ren , Yella and Arabian Prince. First time “The Source Magazine” asked me to head out to a Culver City recording studio to shoot NWA. Eazy greeted me and showed me around the studio. Gold and platinum records lined the walls. Eazy played me tracks off the new Album, outing the final touches before it was release. I shot some cool solo images of Eazy outside. There was a giant American Flag blowing in the wind and I photographed him in the afternoon sunlight. Another shoot for Eazy was at Ruthless Records. While waiting for Eazy to arrive I pulled out my skateboard and began skating in the parking lot. Eazy pulled up in his new BMW. He grabbed a deck out of his trunk. The artwork was my friend Natas signature board. We talked skateboarding for a bit, he was really into it. Since I grew up skateboarding and liking NWA, I was stoked. Then we did some photos with his car. It seemed a little boring so I added color filters over my lens. We talked about his new projects and planned some upcoming photo shoots.”

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“SNAPPED NOTORIOUS: TUPAC SHAKUR,” PREMIERING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th

 “Snapped,” Oxygen Media’s longest running true-crime franchises, will premiere the two-hour special, “Snapped Notorious: Tupac Shakur.” The special will focus on the pivotal six day period leading up to the death of one of hip-hop’s greatest rappers, and will retrace his final steps in Las Vegas before he was viciously gunned down. It will also examine the evolution of Tupac’s friendship with legendary rapper Biggie Smalls, which became embroiled in a collision course that ended in tragedy. “Snapped Notorious: Tupac Shakur” premieres on Sunday, September 10th at 6PM ET/PT. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.oxygen.com/snapped/season-21/videos/snapped-notorious-tupac-shakur-airs-on-september-10th

Marking the 21st anniversary of his death “Snapped Notorious: Tupac Shakur,” will examine the unsolved case from his previous clashes with danger,  to his rap rivalries, to the east coast vs. west coast feuds and theories that still shadow the case today.  The special will feature in-depth interviews with his first manager, Leila Steinberg; friend, Danny Boy; founder of Rap Coalition, Wendy Day; rapper, Charli Baltimore; Music Journalist, TouréDJ Mister Cee; Music Journalist, Brennan Williams and rapper and Tupac’s close friend, Yo-Yo.

Oxygen is the new home to high quality true crime programming and is the fastest growing cable entertainment network among total viewers in total day, up +54% year over year.

“Snapped Notorious” is produced by Jupiter Entertainment with Stephen Land, Allison Wallach and Matt Sprouse serving as executive producers and Elaine Kavanagh as co-executive producer. For more information, visit www.oxygen.com and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OxygenPR.

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