HypeFresh presents its Hip-Hop Immortal: Legends Don’t Die series


It is with great pleasure that HypeFresh announces the new editorial series aptly titled Hip-Hop Immortals. The Hip-Hop Immortal series pays deserved honor to rap icons whose music and spirit continue to impact musical culture.

1. The bridge between Tupac Shakur and hip-hop

Earl Simmons aka “DMX” took over hip-hop from Tupac Shakur in 1998 and pursued rap’s most polarizing vision. Hip-hop remains based on authenticity and the circumstances of real life. Rap is the religion in the community. In addition to being an educational survival guide for youth culture. However, the raw authenticity of rap music attracts people of all races and human backgrounds.

Unlike any other music format, hip hop music works as a cultural roadmap for the world. It should be noted that people all over the world are examining the lyrics of rappers like DMX to understand themselves and African Americans.

Obviously, the world understands that hip-hop is the undisputed leader of pop culture. Hip-hop legends, like DMX, highlight the strength of African-American creativity. Without a doubt, hip-hop has changed the way people view life, social justice, politics, and love.

Painful childhood created a hip-hop warrior

Living as hip-hop icon Earl Simmons, he’s never been ashamed to live and tell his true story in front of the world. Different from the childhood of most children, DMX suffered both physical and mental abuse during its early years. Growing up without having a full-time father is difficult for any child. Her mother’s multiple boyfriends provided an unbalanced and violent environment.

Seeing several men in his mother’s life, he suffered aggressive beatings and no love. DMX’s mom’s boyfriends hit him so hard in the jaw one night that he lost several teeth.

Having an abnormal childhood gave him a sink or swim mentality. As a child he suffered from bronchial asthma and spent several nights fighting for his life in the hospital.

God sent one of his angels to guide his every step and provided spiritual light during his darkest times. While most people would give up life under these circumstances, Earl Simmons forced himself to see his divine purpose.

The immortal legacy of DMX

Before becoming the iconic DMX, he was a prophet carrying God’s message.

Celebrating its legacy over the past 20 years, DMX’s lyrics, prayers and musical vision have captivated the world. His live performances looked like a baptism and a celebration. Nevertheless, he is the only artist who can take the stage and ask 100,000 people to pray for each other.

His words are so powerful because they force a person to analyze their deepest fears and secrets. DMX passed away on April 9, 2021 and the world mourned their loss. Earl Simmons, the Spiritual Warrior, continues to educate and guide the next generation of DMX.

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2. Birth of Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls

He was born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972 and on March 9, 1997 he passed away as the iconic Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls. Without a doubt, he is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, in addition to forever changing the landscape of hip-hop music. He redefined the perception of being black and ugly like never before. Biggie’s epic storytelling and distinctive rap flow sets him apart from the competition.

Brooklyn is home to Wallace, the only child of Jamaican immigrants who lived at St. Mary’s Hospital when he was born on May 21, 1972. Voletta Wallace, her mother, who worked as a preschool teacher, and Selwyn George Latore, her father, was a welder. and politician.

Rasing Biggie

Voletta has raised Biggie on her own since she was two. Her father abandoned the family in disbelief. In addition to teaching in kindergarten, Voletta held two jobs and raised her son. Voletta believed in religion and grew up Biggie as a Jehovah’s Witness as a child. Obviously, Voletta wanted Christopher to have a relationship with God and to believe in a Higher Power. I should note that Biggie would use these spiritual lessons in his legendary rap lyrics.

Rapping around the corner of Bedford-Stuyvesant caught the eye of top New York DJ Mister Cee. Mister Cee immediately recognized his talent and knew Biggie was a rare gem in rap culture. Besides Biggie being a future rap star, Mister Cee understood his importance to the New York hip-hop scene.

Born a legend

Being talented is a minor part of being a music superstar. Besides being a great rapper, a person must possess the intangible elements necessary to become an icon. In 1993, he signed with upstart record label Bad Boy Entertainment. Bad Boy Entertainment, led by Sean Combs, has become the perfect system for him to be successful.

Seeing Biggie as the future of hip-hop, Sean Combs has made sure that his fashion, rap flow, and public image are timeless. Since he had a lazy eye, a partial Jamaican accent, and was overweight, he would become a sex symbol in our modern age.

Early in Biggie’s career, Misa Hylton, Sean Combs’ girlfriend, created the concept of high fashion marketing. Misa’s creative brilliance paid off and ‘Big Poppa’ was born.

Wearing expensive costumes, sweaters, shoes and hats painted a cool and sexy appeal to a large audience. Its popularity skyrocketed overnight and captivated the world. Big Poppa’s sound and rap changed hip-hop forever, and no one has ever duplicated its impact. He has proven that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Legends never die

Releasing only two albums in his brief career, Ready to die and Life after death, have sold more than 20,000,000 million copies worldwide. In addition to creating a sound that continues to influence the culture of young people. You’ll hear “Hypnotize,” “One More Chance,” “Big Poppa” and countless classic hits from its catalog at every party, nightclub, and fraternity party.

The fact that his life was tragically cut short did not impact his musical legend or his legacy. The Notorious BIG is Hip-Hop Immortal.

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3. The Marathon continues in 2021 and beyond

I have a dream

Dreaming is a powerful mental vision offered by God to humans. In addition to being the engine of the greatest successes in life. Thinking about becoming something special in this world requires unmatched disciplinary mindset and tunnel vision. Understanding your purpose in life produces an authentic aura and peace of mind. Creating a master plan involves long days and endless nights. Feeling unstoppable when the moment of fear arrives is the hallmark of a natural leader. Without a doubt, only a privileged few among millions of people achieve this level of mental toughness. Legendary people are born and not created.

Legend of Nipsey Hussle

Ermias Joseph Asghedom, also known as Nipsey Hussle, redefined the term “hustling”. Hustling is a common phrase used in African American communities that reveals that a person accomplishes “great things.” To excel in the art of jostling takes a unique mindset, effort, and a somewhat crazy plan. Selling a mixtape for $ 100.00 when everyone’s average price is between free and $ 10.00. Imagining himself to be a billionaire and buying his block, he never doubted the process.

Creating a limited edition of his Crenshaw mixtape of just 1,000 copies, it sold out within 24 hours of release. Legendary rapper Jay Z observed his grind and entrepreneurial spirit. Jay Z bought 100 individual copies of “Crenshaw” and personally endorsed Nipsey’s commotion.

The marathon never ends

Nipsey Hussle created and started the “The Marathon Goes On” movement. This movement is globally recognized today and defines its heritage. Nipsey Hussle never depended on mainstream radio or big business to fuel his vision. Everything with him is all about empowering and educating people.
He bought the block and surrounding buildings before signing an agreement. Crenshaw and Slauson Avenue are famous because Nipsey Hussle would never let them die.

Additionally, Nipsey Hussle and his business partners launched the ‘Marathon Clothing’ store in 2017. Defying traditional clothing store designs, the Marathon Clothing store enabled people to purchase Nipsey’s music from smart labels. attached.

He also hired criminals to give them a second chance at redemption and financial success. Calling her “Neighborhood Nip” became a label that reflected her true love for people.

Additionally, he released “Victory Lap” on February 16, 2018, highlighting his long journey to rap supremacy. Nipsey Hussle has always said, “The running marathon doesn’t mean I’ve always done it right; that means i never gave up. His humanitarian and entrepreneurial drive provides a model for the next generation of scammers.


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