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New York, NY – Hip Hop is mourning the loss yet another pioneer the culture — PHASE 2. According to multiple social media posts, the legendary Bronx graffiti writer and flyer designer (real name Lonny Wood) passed away earlier this week, however details are scarce.
MC Debbie D was one the many who flooded Twitter with memories PHASE 2.
“RIP to a fallen King, the legendary pioneer flyer creator, Phase 2,” she wrote. “In the 70s, he and Buddy Esquire were the ‘go to’ flyer makers. If you couldn’t get one, you got the other! Two the best flyer makers to ever do it!!! Rest those hands, my brother!”
RIP to a fallen King, the legendary pioneer flyer creator, Phase 2. In the 70s, he and Buddy Esquire were the “go to” flyer makers. If you couldn’t get one, you got the other! Two the best flyer makers to ever do it!!! Rest those hands, my brother! ❤️🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/8I5OPV0mh4
— MC Debbie D (@MCDebbieD) December 13, 2019
Lord Finesse also expressed his condolences on social media, explaining he’d known PHASE 2 since he was a kid.
“Damn… This is crazy,” he captioned the post. “R.I.P. Phase 2 (Graf Legend & Pioneer) Where do I begin here.??? I knew Lonnie since I was a kid. Unknown to most we grew up together in Forest Projects in the Bronx ‘same building.. same floor’ building #965. I never knew he was a writer until I became an artist and was running into him in different parts the world.
“Also known along with Buddy Esquire for creating the legendary Early Hip Hop flyers. I just knew him as my next door neighbor before that. We always got a good laugh about where art had taken both us. Always proud his iconic journey in the Graf world. Rest In Peace Brother.”
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Damn… This is crazy.. R.I.P. Phase 2 (Graf Legend & Pioneer) Where do I begin here.??? I knew Lonnie since I was a kid. Unknown to most we grew up together in Forest Projects in the Bronx “same building.. same floor” building #965 I never knew he was a writer until I became an artist and was running into him in different parts the world 🌎. Also known along with Buddy Esquire for creating the legendary Early Hip Hop flyers. I just knew him as my next door neighbor before that. We always got a good laugh about where art had taken both us. Always proud his iconic journey in the Graf world. Rest In Peace Brother 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Phase2 #TheLegend #TheIcon 👑✊🏽✊🏽👍🏽
Not only was PHASE 2 one the first aerosol artists to exhibit the art form, he DJ’ed, rapped, made logos for Mike & Dave Records Cash Crew fame and was a member the B-Boy crew Electrified Movement as well. He was also responsible for assembling another infamous B-Boy crew called The New York City Breakers.
Around the mid ’80s, PHASE 2 began art directing and co-editing the notorious street writing and subway art publication IGTimes. Basically, PHASE 2 lived and breathed Hip Hop. His “Funky Nous Deco” style, as he called it, influenced several his successors.
Cut Chemist, who has an extensive collection vintage Hip Hop flyers, tells HipHopDX, “His contribution to the culture runs far deeper than most people know. He is Hip Hop.”
Courtesy Cut Chemist
In a July interview with AIGA, PHASE 2 talked about how he initially started making flyers. The first one he ever created was for a Grandmaster Flash event and it took f from there.
“I grew up on music — older sister’s music, mom’s music, the radio,” he said. “That’s my first love. I wanted to be a radio DJ. So I think it was only natural that I played music even before we called it Hip Hop I basically did it all: danced, created dances, emceed, threw jams, and eventually promoted.
“I appreciate that you recognize the flyer designs we did as ‘graphic art’ and not just some Hip Hop stuff done by train dudes. I was drawing when the train culture didn’t even exist. Technically, I’ve been making art for a lifetime. I’ve always looked at the flyers as ads. That was my initial reason to do them.”
Prior to his death, PHASE 2 was working as a fine artist, creating skateboard decks, prints and vinyl.
Check out some the Twitter tributes below.
If you ever wrote Graf or just enjoy the artform you are indebted to the man #Phase2 Rest In Paint 👑 Phase2 a true legend and historian the culture the mans contributions are so important. Thank you for everything you gave us #TrueLegend #TrueKing #Phase2
— Dante Ross (@DanteRoss) December 13, 2019
— 🍻 (@J2nd__) December 13, 2019
Phase2 was a style master general, and if he hasn’t written back to Sacha with the stash flicks back in like ‘89 there would be no GS&EC and no Beatdown and no ego trip and no me.
— Noah Callahan-Bever (@N_C_B) December 13, 2019
RIP Real Hip Hop Pioneer PHASE 2 🙏🏼 https://t.co/4i3EZssRUD
— Denis Di Pasqua (@BreakTheFunk) December 12, 2019
RIP Lonny aka Phase 2…you will be missed! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Fz2bCJNERc
— Ozzy Munoz (@omjr636) December 13, 2019
Wow!! RIP to the legend Phase 2. The master creator who pushed boundaries. Tough loss for our culture. 🙏🏽
— G-3PO (@Gx3xPxO) December 13, 2019
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Rest in Power Phase 2 Ho avuto l’onore di osservarti durante un masterpiece, ho avuto il piacere di giocare un paio di partite a basket assieme….per un ragazzino come me è stato importantissimo! I tuoi colori e il tuo nome saranno eterni sui muri e nei nostri cuori! #phase2 #king #writing #hiphop #phasetoo
RIP PHASE 2. We are all in your shadow 🙏🙏🙏
— Keet D'Arms (@KeetSST) December 13, 2019
RIP Phase 2. A Bronx graffiti legend and pioneer the bubble letter. pic.twitter.com/FAJ1kwlVLx
— MM. (@meldotmel) December 13, 2019
— Adam from 3000worlds (@ADS3KW) December 12, 2019
They helped me find a place in this culture we call hip hop. RIP Phase 2, they should have you your flowers sooner.
— Shockra // (@BenElectro) December 13, 2019
RIP PHASE2. Beyond the letters, his whole philosophy light years ahead everyone else. pic.twitter.com/kK6lijAmWv
— West Bay Al Dente (@DanLactose) December 13, 2019
RIP Phase2 pic.twitter.com/xfrBDGfYfk
— 👻🥒 (@PoemsPSI) December 13, 2019
Sean “Slug” Daley and Anthony “Ant” Davis, collectively known as Atmosphere, have surprised their fans with a whole new album titled Whenever. Featuring 12 tracks, the project boasts guests appearances from Murs, Musab, Nikki Jean, Muja Messiah, Haphduhzen and Gifted Gab.
When asked about the LP, Slug jokingly told HipHopDX, “I have no idea what you’re talking about hahahaha!!!”
He explained in a press release, “This project is quietly about reclamation. When we are overly affected by our surroundings, we sometimes have to step back, look at it from afar, and reclaim ourselves. Take agency our own feelings, history, visions, and actions.
“If we don’t, we become a puppet/tool our own circumstances. Inspiration, much like love and death, can happen Whenever.”
Whenever serves as the follow-up to Mi Vida Local, which arrived last year. Since then, the Minneapolis-bred Hip Hop duo has been on a heavy tour schedule. Following a holiday break, they will hit the road again at the top 2020 for the cleverly titled Wherever Tour.
The first show kicks f at First Avenue in Minneapolis on January 13 and criss crosses the country before culminating at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 28.
With the arrival Whenever, Slug and Ant will have a plethora fresh material for the run.
In the meantime, check out the album stream, cover art and tracklist below as well as the “Lovely” video up top.
1. Bde Maka Ska
2. Push Play
3. Postal Lady
4. Love Each Other
6. Dearly Beloved f. Musab & Muja Messiah
7. The Hands Of Time
8. Whenever f. Gifted Gab, Murs & Haphduzen
9. Lovely f. Nikki Jean
10. Son Of Abyss
11. You’re Gonna Go
12. The Ceiling
New York, NY – Tekashi 6ix9ine’s former girlfriend and mother his child Sara Molina hit up Instagram Live on Thursday (December 12) to address the seemingly remorseful letter he wrote to Judge Paul A. Engelmayer asking for leniency.
During the session, she insists she never slept with Tr3way despite 6ix9ine’s assertion in the letter that she did.
“The letter is messed up,” she says. “My thing is, I’ve only retaliated in defense to things I had to defend myself against that was put out about me. We’re a whole year later and out the many things, you choose to still run with that shit to justify ’cause you feel like that would be your only justification about saying something as stupid as that.
“Because it is fucking stupid. Like, ‘I am so sorry, I am a role model, blah blah, but this is what they did to me.’ Like, you really taking half-ass accountability. That shit is corny.”
From there, Molina appears convinced prison hasn’t affected 6ix9ine at all. She says she has direct knowledge he’s planning a massive party to celebrate his release.
“You’re not a changed person,” she continues. “You’re still a narcissist. The fact that people are still like, ‘Oh, but that’s your child’s father.’ I’ve been mad calm. I’ve been going through mad shit and handling certain shit. Like why mention me? There’s so much shit I hold back that I could really shit on this nigga. He’s stupid because he forgets that people close to him still be opening their mouths to people close to me.”
She adds, “His favorite thing is to shit on people,” she said. “He’s not taking any accountability … He’s still gonna be evil. He’s still gonna cheat. He’s still gonna be a nasty person.”
Later, Molina claims 6ix9ine physically abused her for seven years and says one particular incident in Dubai was especially nasty. She provided texts between herself and his former bodyguard Shadow.
“Thank you shadow,” she wrote at the time. “If I didn’t run to you or feel like you were around, I thought I was going to die. he beat me every day, forced me to have sex after and didn’t let me leave the room. I never apologized for banging on your door but I saw it as my only chance. I was scared for my life.”
6ix9ine’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday (December 18). Due to his cooperation with the feds, he could be out prison as early as the top 2020.
Watch the entire Instagram Live session above.
Robb Bank$ has dropped his Road To Falconia album EMPIRE. After kicking f the year with Wifisfuneral on the collaborative project Conn3ct3d, Robb delivers a solo LP that he says will undergo alterations following its release.
“changes will be made to the album by tmrw as your listening… dont get attached to anything,” he wrote on Twitter. “4 Arcs, 43 songs 1 FEMTO ARC:0 midnite.”
changes will be made to the album by tmrw as your listening… dont get attached to anything..
4 Arcs, 43 songs
— FEMTO (@RobbBanks) December 12, 2019
Check out Robb’s Road To Falconia stream, cover art and tracklist below.
2. Top Man GOTTI (Gun Talk)
3. Don Dadda
4. Broward Coward
5. Spanking f. Quadie Diesel
7. Pony f. Cris Dinero
8. Onme / PrivateShow (INTERLEWD)
9. Ballout f. Thouxanbanfauni
10. 430 Kuban Doll (Interlewd)
12. Senorita f. Nil Bambu
13. Ina Circle
14. Fantasia f. Cris Dinero
15. Redda Bring the Beat Bike
16. Back to tha City (Outro)
FKi 1st, who has slightly altered his stage name to 1$T, has dropped a new solo fering titled Tokyo Project. The project serves as the follow-up to the multi-platinum selling artist/producer’s Good Gas Vol. 3 mixtape with Mad Decent, which dropped in May.
The Atlanta-bred artist’s latest work was inspired by a trip he took to Japan. All eight tracks on the project are produced by 1$T, who has crafted beats for chart-topping albums such as Travis Scott’s Astroworld and Post Malone’s Stoney.
View 1$T’s Tokyo Project stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Tokyo (Freestyle)
3. Big 1$t Freestyle
4. Pass It to Myself
8. Your Way
The group’s self-titled LP is comprised 13 tracks. Guests featured on the project include Paak, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, J.I.D, The Internet’s Syd, Kali Uchis, T.I. and the late Mac Miller, among others.
View the Free Nationals stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Obituaries f. Shafiq Husayn
2. Beauty & Essex f. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra
3. On Sight f. J.I.D, Kadhja Bonet & MIKNNA
4. Shibuya f. Syd
5. Apartment f. Benny Sings
6. Gidget f. Anderson .Paak & T.Nava
7. Rene f. Callum Connor
8. Time f. Mac Miller & Kali Uchis
9. Cut Me a Break f. T.I.
10. Eternal Light f. Chronixx
11. Oslo f. Callum Connor & T.Nava
12. Lester Diamond
13. The Rivington f. Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn & Joyce Wrice
Rich Homie Quan’s been relatively quiet in 2019, but he has changed that in the final month the year by dropping a new project titled Coma. The former Rich Gang member’s December release marks his first full-length effort since last year’s Rich As In Spirit album.
Quan’s latest project is comprised 10 tracks, including the lead single “Redbone” produced by GBeatsWeRunThis. The release serves as the follow-up to his EP-sized mixtape The Gif, which dropped in October 2018.
Check out Quan’s Coma stream, cover art and tracklist below.
2. Only Child
4. Old Quan
7. Freddy Krueger
10. Friday Night
The RCA Records artist’s sophomore album includes 17 tracks. Pharrell, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Kali Uchis, SiR, Tinashe, Masego, Iman Omari and Estelle are among the guests featured on the project.
View Kaytranada’s Bubba stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. DO IT
2. 2 The Music f. Iman Omari
3. Go DJ f. SiR
4. Gray Area f. Mick Jenkins
5. Puff Lah
6. 10% f. Kali Uchis
7. Need It f. Masego
8. Taste f. VanJess
9. Oh No f. Estelle
10. What You Need f. Charlotte Day Wilson
11. Vex Oh f. GoldLink, Eight9fly & ARI
12. Scared To Death
13. Freefall f. Durand Bernarr
14. Culture f. Teedra Moses
15. The Worst In Me f. Tinashe
16. September 21
17. Midsection f. Pharrell
The Grime rapper’s latest work is comprised 16 tracks. Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran and H.E.R. are among the guests featured on the project.
View Stormzy’s Heavy Is The Head stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Big Michael
2. Audacity f. Headie One
4. Rainfall f. Tiana Major9
5. Rachael’s Little Brother
7. Do Better
8. Don’t Forget to Breathe Interlude] f. Yebba
9. One Second f. H.E.R.
10. Pop Boy f. Aitch
11. Own It f. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy
12. Wiley Flow
16. Vossi Bop
KXNG Crooked has linked up with Wu-Tang Clan affiliated producer Bronze Nazareth for an album titled Gravitas. The duo’s 14-track project boasts collaborations with RZA, Ghostface Killah, Snoop Dogg, Royce Da 5’9, Benny The Butcher, Killah Priest, Ras Kass, DMX and Planet Asia, among others.
“It”s quality and quantity,” Crook tells DX. “I’ve been very active this year with the Hip Hop Weekly series, Menace II Sobriety EP, writing for the Wu-Tang Hulu series, releasing the 12-minute song ‘The Lost Rapper Experience,’ Crook’s Corner, etc. I have had so much to say this year and maybe it’s because I’m flirting with retirement. Maybe I want to get everything out me.”
He notes, “I didn’t know I could add more music to 2019 until Bronze showed up in Cali and reminded me Hip Hop’s golden era with his production. Fire. We did the project in two five-hour sessions for the most part. I couldn’t believe it.”
Check out Crook and Bronze’s Gravitas stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Emperor’s Arrival (Intro)
2. Outer Limits f. Hus Kingpin & Killah Priest
3. From Slave Chains To Handcuffs f. Ras Kass, Bishop Lamont & Compton Menace
4. Still (Reprise)
5. I Can Still Remember…
6. Westside Willie f. Planet Asia & P.U.R.E.
7. Change Ur Beliefs f. Kevlaar 7
8. Precious Moments f. Snoop Dogg
9. French Connection f. Tristate & La The Darkman
10. Soul Drenched f. DJ Los
11. Get Me Rich (Outro)
12. Buck Shots (Remix) f. Ghostface Killah, Benny The Butcher & 38 Spesh
13. Kxng Shxt (Remix) f. DMX, Royce Da 5’9 & Statik Selektah
14. Fresh From The Morgue (Remix) f. RZA
The Alamo Records artist’s first studio album serves as the follow-up to May’s Lost Planet 2.0 project. The 17-track LP features collaborations with Denzel Curry, Moneybagg Yo, Trippie Redd, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Skies and Lil Pump.
Check out Smokepurpp’s Deadstar 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. The Matrix
2. Red Bottoms
4. What I Please f. Denzel Curry
6. All For Me f. Trippie Redd
7. Past the Moon Interlude
9. Fill the Room Up f. Ty Dolla $ign
11. Dirty Dirty f. Lil Skies
12. Floor Seats – Yet
13. Left Right f. Lil Pump
14. On Purppose
15. Robbin Robbin
16. Pop 1 f. Moneybagg Yo
17. Audi II