Black Panther has been smashing the box office since its release on Feb. 16th, with over $1.1 billion in box office sales worldwide at the time of this writing. This film captures so many different concepts that it was only fitting to have the soundtrack produced by hip-hop heavyweight group, TDE. The Black Panther Soundtrack taps into the talent of some of the best in the game today including Kendrick Lamar, Future, SZA and Travis Scott. Despite the creativity of the film, the soundtrack paints a picture in and of itself. From the heaving-hitting bass on “King's Dead” to the melodic notes from SZA on "All the Stars," this soundtrack captures the mood of every moment in the movie. Check out some tracks from the movie soundtrack below!
Bronx rapper Ricky Mapes transforms his transparency into a lyrical display of music that is daunting enough to challenge the common clichés of hip-hop music today. In a time where most of the musicians in our culture "play it safe," Mapes attempts to shift the energy towards the self-expression of creative authenticity. With a feature from fellow Bronx native Jae Tips, prepare to enjoy the emotional roller coaster this project allows you to experience. Not only can you click the link above to listen, but the project is also available on iTunes. Let us know what you think.
Soul Group Universe is a gritty, lyrical rap group that represents the streets of South Jamaica Queens, in every bar they spit! Stargiela, Saj, Chello and 808 all bring a different energy to the track; painting a picture of their stories in every song. The group's lyrical prowess and NYC heavy hitting bars attract the OG hip-hop lover, while the heavy trap inspiration and dynamic flows fit right into today’s rap game. Their versatility allows this group to stay relevant in an evolving music scene, meanwhile allowing them to stay true to the essence of NYC hip-hop. Chello’s charismatic verses make you feel every line. Stargiela’s dynamic flows keep you guessing as he proves his lyrical genius on every track. 808’s witty bars and trap flows allow him to add a more mainstream, but yet underground presence to SGUV's tracks. When Saj blesses us with a verse, he sets the undertone of the track with melodies for each listener to vibe out to. Check out our top five tracks for the Commission's latest signees.
5. "Lights Out"
4. "No Hook Freestyle"
3. "Believe Its Jumpin
2. "Outter Space"
1. "Heaven or Hell Freestyle"
With the advent of social media, the creatives of this generation have provided themselves with an outlet to reach the world. Our culture revolves around the quick pacing of content that is published every second. This has created a fierce competitive nature among the promising curators of the culture. With that being said, it was not an easy feat for Abby Jasmine to gain a massive following on Twitter and Instagram. Her original, funny and innovative short clips propelled her to over 430,000 followers on Instagram. In fact, she took the Internet by storm with her short "But Did You Die Tho" freestyle.
Now, Abby is determined to show the world that her skills stretch far beyond providing comic humor. She has always teased her following with her gifted vocals and is releasing her debut single "Long Live."
"One night I was working in the studio, and I heard the song Live Up To My Name and I had too remix it, sh** went too hard and the beat fit my vibe at the time," Abby said. "Plus I wanted to show people what’s to come."
Let us know what you guys think.
The fear of failure and comfort of job safety are the two main reasons most people work at jobs they hate and don't follow their dreams. Entrepreneurship is walking into that dark room, rolling the dice and following your dreams.
TheCulturePlug got a chance to catch up with young entrepreneur Joel Xavier. He is CEO and Founder of MUAH, an apple based app, that allows users to request makeup artists, hail stylist and nail beauticians to the comfort of their home. MUAH also provides a platform for freelance artists to manage and grow their businesses. We got the opportunity to gain some valuable insight from Mr. Xavier about entrepreneurship and how he overcame the hurdles to get his own corporation started at the age of 24. Check out our interview below.
Who is Joel Guerrero?
I'm 24. I'm nothing special. I enjoy inventing things.
Where are you from? How do you feel like this played a part in your business mindset?
I didn't grow up in Silicon Valley or any tech related hubs. I was born and raised in Kingsbridge in the Bronx and was taught hood politics at a young age. I was easily influenced by the wrong people and got myself into a lot of trouble growing up. It was until I escaped that environment and went to college that helped shaped my mindset into an entrepreneur.
What does Entrepreneurship mean to you?
Entrepreneurship is like jumping off a cliff while building your plane on your way down. One important aspect of Entrepreneurship that helped me grow my passion for it was my ability to solve problems without someone saying that I messed up or that I received an "F" for this. Entrepreneurship encourages you to fail forward. And in the process of failure, you will learn many new things such as how consumers behave and what are their innate desires. From there, it will help you re-build your product more robustly. That's what I enjoy most about Entrepreneurship. My ability to fail and understand that is merely part of the process.
What are some of the biggest difficulties you've faced in starting your own corporation?
Till this date, the biggest obstacle that I face is finding great talent. Most people that want to work are motivated by the idea that bills can get paid and they'll be financially stable. It is extremely rare to find a person who is up for the challenge to start from the ground up and work relentlessly despite not having a salary. Too many people are money oriented. You constantly hear "chase the bag" "stack money and build." But you never hear "Believe in your vision." "Change the lives of many."
Finding passionate people may be the most difficult part.
What is MUAH?
MUAH is a beauty on-demand app that enables you to book a trusted MUA, Hairstylist or Nail tech to the comfort of your home, hotel or event. We are also a freelance hub that encourages freelancers to manage their business better and build new clientele.
Where do you see MUAH in 5 years?
I see MUAH becoming a leader in the beauty salon industry that also dominates the online market. We want to combine collaboration, community, and empowerment to the beauty industry and form a new dynamic in which can help people uplift and support one another.
If there was one thing you wish you knew 3 years ago, what would it be?
That thought becomes things, so be careful with what thoughts you put into your head, the people you associate yourself with and the subjects you talk about amongst your core group. Or like Jay-Z said:
"Believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see."
Who are some of your role models?
Dale Carnegie, Malcolm Gladwell, Benjamin Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Mark Twain, Sia, Sheryl Sandberg, Mel Robbins, Adam Grant.
Do you feel like the faced paced, dog eats dog mentality of NYC is a facilitator or hindrance to start-ups?
In the time that we live now, collaboration is paramount for startups to grow and scale. The dog-eat-dog mentality can only work for so long until morale diminishes your team's work ethic and you're left with a toxic environment. That mentality will not work for Startups because Startups are built for the long-term. And the only way to stay alive in the digital world is to have a community behind you that will back and support your vision. Not just customers but partners, shareholders, and investors. We must remove the idea of competition from our mindset and replace it with collaboration. Until then, businesses will continue to pivot due to their zero-sum mentality.
What can we expect next from you, from a business standpoint?
I have a 10 Year Plan with MUAH. So until then, that is where most of my attention will be placed.
If you could provide some advice to an aspiring entrepreneur what would it be?
I believe we all have a 5-second window to take action on our ideas before our brain kicks in to stop us—maybe less. So the next moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or forever fall victim to the distractions of the day. Also, I'm sure you are becoming aware of doubters and naysayers. They are everywhere. You must come to the realization that everyone is fighting their own battle. You must do your best to close the door to negativity and doubt—and begin creating new thoughts and positive thinking that will propel you forward. There is nothing good about the news. Instead, replace the news with books or podcasts that will help you develop new skills.
With the advent of the Internet and social media, Hip-Hop has evolved and it's safe to say that we are in a new era. Compared to previous generations, the Internet has allowed the culture to cater to a much younger audience and Squidnice is one the artists leading the way.
The Twenty-year-old Staten Island rapper dropped his highly anticipated EP The Craccen at the end of August. The visual for "Trap By My Lonely," the lead single, has peaked above 1 million views. On this track, his flow, delivery, and creativity is on full display. Not to mention, the beat is fire. The success of the visual has added to the legend of Squidnice and can be described as his coming of age.
Squidnice has been consistently dropping videos, and is back with "In Tune." Despite this artists' young age, he is carrying the torch his Shaolin predecessors set before him. Squidnice's music is as innovative as it is grimey.
Squidnice is definitely on the right track and we're excited to see where his career is heading.
If you're familiar with our website, you should be in tune with Neek Bucks. The Harlem rapper is starting to garner some mainstream attention and has been consistent with songs and visuals. Neek is back with "When I Lost," a more reality based track with heavy undertones of paranoia centered around the struggles of trying to make it out of the hood. Nevertheless, the song is aspirational to anyone concentrated on pursuing their dreams.
Envy Caine emerged as one of the pioneers of Brooklyn's underground scene last year with his breakout street anthem "Folk Shit." Peaking at almost 200 thousand views, Caine was unable to see the full success of the visual as he did time in prison. Unlike many of his songs, "Folk Shit," mirrored the style made most famous by rappers from Chicago's drill scene. However, Caine is known for his more traditional beat selection, flow, and delivery. Almost a year later and Caine is back on the streets and wasted no time addressing Brooklyn's underground scene with a style his fans should be more familiar with.
Jezz Gasoline cemented his place in Brooklyn's underground scene when he dropped "Big Opps America" with Paparazzi Pop, Kj Balla, Elz Tay, and Ace NumbaFive. Not only did the video reach 1 million views, but it became one of the most important songs of Brooklyn's underground scene. Since then, he has been dropping videos quite often and now he's back with his new joint "Streets on Lock."
In May, Sheff G had one of the most impactful debuts in Brooklyn's underground scene with the instant classic "No Suburban." Shortly thereafter, Corey Finesse was featured on the remix and provided Brooklyn with a summer anthem. Several videos in, the young artist is back with "Panic," shot by Haitian Picasso. Let us know what you think. Is this another instant classic for Sheff?