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Congratulations to the lucky winners of our Notorious B.I.G. contest

~ Derek “D-Tragic” Duncan of California
~ DJ Yoshi of New Jersey

Both have won the 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of the final studio album from Biggie Smalls, “Life After Death”

This 8 LP Box Set is a “must-have” for all hip-hop fans and collectors so even if you didn’t win, you can still pick up your copy here

And…don’t forget to use the Deep Discount 10% Coupon to unlock even more savings!

Are you a WU-TANG CLAN fan?

If you are a fan I know you are watching their series, WU TANG: An American Saga on Hulu.

This past week on Wednesday morning as I was writing this Blog, my phone EXPLODED with messages. Since I did not want to stop writing, I decided to look at just one of the messages. So, I chose the message from my bestie.

Her message read: “Violet, have you seen who they cast to portray you in the Wu-Tang movie on Hulu?

My response: NO…..I have not seen it, nor do I know anything about it…..WTF

I immediately stopped writing my Blog to check this shocking information out. I was not up to date on my Wu-Tang episodes, so I went straight to the new one that just aired. It was SEASON 2: Episode 7. I was a little nervous to watch it since I did not know exactly what it was about. I knew that I had an exceptionally good history with Wu and I that it was “all love” back in the day but who knows what this could be about.

The episode is about when Wu-Tang Clan was first starting out. And how they worked diligently and creatively to get their music and name out to the masses. Every artist has their own personal story about “being discovered” and “breaking out” in the business. However, every artist or band does not have multiple seasons of their very own, Emmy nominated series to tell the story of their rise to fame.

This episode is about how a young group of talented rappers from Staten Island, NY caught fire and exploded throughout the world. This is the episode in which Wu-Tang clan used their clever methods to meet people who would understand their talent, see their potential, and help push them out on radio and in stores. My inclusion in Hulu’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” series was an enormous honor. I give BIG props to the actor Zoe Mann, who portrayed my character on the show.

Wu-Tang is not known for giant, cross-over radio hits but many fans of East Coast rap call them the “GREATEST RAP GROUP EVER.”

And West Coast fans, will always argue that NWA is the GREATEST RAP GROUP EVER!

I say, both groups belong in the HIP HOP HALL of FAME and in EVERY Hip-Hop fan collection.

Check out Wu-Tang Clan and NWA music from (they help sponsor this blog) .

Wu-Tang Clan available here

NWA available here

Here is one of my favorite photos with Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan. The rapper Redman is also in the photo. Together along with Erick Sermon of EPMD they recorded a song for an album that I Executive Produced. The album is “In The Beginning There Was Rap.” Method Man, Redman and Erick Sermon formed the group “Def Squad,” and they recorded a re-make of “Rappers Delight” that became a huge hit. Wu-Tang Clan also contributed to the album with a remake of the Run DMC hit, “Sucker M.C.’s.” “In the Beginning There was Rap” contains twelve popular rappers that paid tribute and homage to their favorite rap songs. This is a unique album since Wu-Tang Clan, Def Squad, Snoop Dog, The Roots, Bone Thugs, Master P, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Cypress Hill, Too Short. Tha Dogg Pound, and Mack 10 are ALL on this ground-breaking album.

And check out NEW episodes of Wu-Tang: An American Saga, every Wednesday on Hulu.

In June we celebrate Black Music Month

On June 7, 1979 President Jimmy Carter decreed June to be an annual month-long celebration of Black Music in America. In 2009, President Barack Obama changed the name to African American Music Appreciation Month…By popular demand President Biden has reinstated the celebration and observance to its original name of  “Black Music Month”

Blacks in America have created or inspired many genres and sub-genres of music. Since 1979, we have celebrated all these genres in the month of June. Although there are talented black artists in ALL genres of music, in June we celebrate R&B (rhythm and blues/soul music), Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rap and Hip-Hop.

You may have read about my long history in the music industry. I made it clear where I found the best times and the joy of my life. My biggest thrill and most memorable time in music was working in one of America’s most distinguished, important and beloved stores. This store (Big Ben’s and later Wherehouse Music) served the most diverse black community in Los Angeles. Although the store was part of a huge chain we served our neighborhood and community as if we were a stand-alone specialty store. Everyone within the community relied on our store to bring them EVERYTHING that was “Black Music”. Due to the popularity of our store,

it was not long until busses began to show up with tourists.

They wanted to get the music they could not find in most stores. They knew that a trip to our store could mean finding a hot new artist or a hard-to-find piece of music that they just, had to have.

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