Category: hip-hop

Ciara at the Soul Train Music Awards, February…

Ciara at the Soul Train Music Awards, February 23rd 2005 [x]

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K-Ci and Mary J. Blige photographed for Face Magazine, 1993.

twixnmix: Left Eye and Andre Rison photograp…

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Left Eye and Andre Rison photographed by Chris Cuffaro, 2000. 

twixnmix:Bobby Brown, Salt-N-Pepa and Ike Turn…

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Bobby Brown, Salt-N-Pepa and Ike Turner at the Rhythm & Blues Foundation

Pioneer Awards in 1995.

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TLC photographed by Matthew Jordan Smith, 1994.

twixnmix: Nas, 2Pac, Redman, Biggie, Freedo…

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Nas, 2Pac, Redman, Biggie, Freedom Williams, and Chuck D at Club Amazon in New York City on July 23, 1993.

Photos by Al Pereira

twixnmix: Tupac Shakur, Jada Pinkett and Sal…

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Tupac Shakur, Jada Pinkett and Salli Richardson at an event for “A Low Down Dirty Shame” on March 18, 1994.

twixnmix: R&B guitar duo Mickey &…

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R&B guitar duo Mickey & Sylvia (1956-1958)

In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia

with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was “Love is Strange” in 1956.

It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would

be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” in 1979. 

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R&B guitar duo Mickey & Sylvia (1956-1958)

In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia

with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was “Love is Strange” in 1956.

It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would

be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” in 1979. 

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LL Cool J and Kidada Jones 

LL Cool J and Kidada Jones dated from 1992 to 1994. In his book I Make My Own Rules, LL said he cared about

Kidada

and respected her but he broke up with her because of her spirituality beliefs. 

“She would go to an ashram, consult a guru, and pray to statues… Before my album 14 Shots to the Dome dropped, Kidada told me she threw some kind of stick into the eternal fire for my album. I was like ‘Yo why did you do that? I didn’t ask you to do that!’ That joint flopped crazily. ‘Oh, well, I’m sorry I cared!’ she said. I had hurt her feelings, but she had hurt me too. I know she meant well, but I just couldn’t get with that. She took me to her guru once and I remember kneeling before this strange young woman who was touching feathers.”