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Today In Hip Hop News: Will Hip Hop Die With Its Legends?

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Today In Hip Hop News:  All We See Is Legends Dying But What Does It Mean To Hip Hop Culture At Large?

Today in Hip Hop news all we see is drama, rumors and rappers complaining or insulting other rappers. This week I had to take off my mental filter and really stop what I was doing because of this headline : Prodigy Of Mobb Deep, Dead At 42!

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A true Queensbridge rap legend, Prodigy is one of the rare pioneers who managed to keep their skills impeccable regardless of the era, sound or his own age.

R.I.P Albert “Prodidy” Johnson

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Needless to say that Prodigy was an impactful artist. Just think about the timeless classics he provided to us whether through his solo career or with the most iconic Hip Hop duo ever; Mobb Deep.

42 years old is quite a young age to pass away and even though he was known to be dealing with sickle cell anemia since birth; we didn’t see it coming.

I took a sit back, log off from social media and I had an horrifying thought in mind :

“What Will Happen To Hip Hop If All The Legends Die?

Even though we shouldn’t think about things like that, we still have to admit that most of our favourite artists are not getting any younger.

I’m talking about our pioneers like Jay Z (47 years old), Nas (43 years old ), Kanye West (40 years old), Eminem (44 years old) and so on.

The 90’s Baby Struggle

Growing up, we used to idolize our rappers and we often forget they are still ordinary people through it all. If you’re a 90’s baby, it’s hard sometimes to cope with the changes in Hip Hop.

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I’m 26, which means I’m too young to truly relate to Big Daddy Kane. On the other hand, I’m still young enough to understand that the Lil Uzis or Lil Yatchys of the world are making Hip Hop maybe less lyrical but still entertaining (tricky right?).

The Balance Factor

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Let’s face it, Hip Hop has changed maybe not for the best sometimes but it’s still Hip Hop to me. Okay, rappers now freestyle off an Iphone or for the most part they don’t even write their stuff; I get it.

Okay, the lyrics are not the focus anymore, autotune is L-I-F-E, rappers can push high notes; once again I get it! The only reason why I get it or even appreciate it at times is all because of one word : BALANCE.

Music is about moods and emotions for the most part. How you feel often determines what you will listen to. One day I can feel like blasting “Big Poppa” in my car only to find myself jamming to “Mask Off” a couple hours later.

The pioneers and Hip Hop Legends are the ones who keep that balance intact. Even when they adapt their sound, flow or rhymes to what’s hot, you can feel a touch of their early work.

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Jay Z’s verse in “I Got The Keys” is a perfect example of this. Who would’ve thought that Jay would ever collab with Future AND on a typical trap beat.

The delivery still remained impeccable, the lyrics were well thought of and you can still feel a touch of 1996 Jay Z through the song.

The New Wave Of Hip Hop

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking the new wave to bring us songs like “Lose Yourself” or “If I Ruled The World“. My only concern is that I haven’t seen a lot of artists putting out those kinds of classics these days (and it’s scary).

Today in Hip Hop news, we would like to know who is really able to carry the torch left by the legends.  We would like to know if the music genre and the culture behind it is in good hands.

I think it’s a “Only Time Will Tell” debate from the get go. We should let these new artists grow and mature in their craft to see what they’ll bring to the table.

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If there’s one thing that music and fashion both  have in common, is the fact that they both recycle elements from the past after a certain period of time.

From the old school samples, to the choruses and who knows what again? Potentially, conscious and lyrical music might be “The Hot Thing” to do again (Kanye West’s Shrug).

Today In Hip Hop News: Where Do You See Hip Hop In 10 years From Now?

Every 10 years or so, Hip Hop is changing whether with a new sound or with plenty new faces. Which artists will be the new icons 10 years from now according to you? Will Hip Hop survive the loss of its current legends?

Let us know in the comment section now!

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Sports Experts Might Be Your Go To For Your Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

A Different Kind Of Valentine’s Day

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Sports Experts’ Valentine’s Day Guide Is Your Life Saver This Year

Whether you believe in it or not, Valentine’s Day is your occasion to show appreciation for your significant other. Perhaps, when you’ve went through tons of flowers and chocolate; looking at Sports Experts as a potential place for a nice gift is not that farfetched.

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To make it easy for you to navigate through their wide selection. They’ve put together a guide that brings together some of ideas for him and her.

To make it even easier for our readers, we’ve handpicked our favorite items that should make it to whatever you have planned on February 14th.

#1 Fitbit Versa

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Price : 199,99$

If I’m with you, I want you be happy, fulfilled and most of all H-E-A-L-T-H-Y . That’s exactly what you get with the Fitbit versa, a slick design and all the functionalities to take your fitness to the next level. It doesn’t hurt that the watch is currently on discount either.

#2 Skates

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Price Range: 41,99$- 159,99$

There’s something about outdoor activities during the winter time. You won’t miss by getting yourself his/hers pairs of skates. There are plenty skate rinks sprinkled around the city just waiting for you.

 

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#3  Adidas Matching Outfits

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Price Range: 54,99$- 104,99$

It’s a ”To Each His Own” moment but if that’s what you’re into or if you just want to spice things up your way to your date, this might be a good surprise.

#4  A Gopro

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Price: 529,99 $

First off, it was a shocker to me that Sports Experts actually has Gopros but if you want to capture moments with your significant other and let him or her explore their creativity, this is the one!

#5 A Yoga Matte

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Price: 69,99$

Let’s try something different for 2021, how about trading your usual dinner at home with candles for a nice and serene yoga session. You have to switch things up sometimes ladies and gents.

For more ideas and suggestions, go check their guide on the Sports Experts website.

 

 

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The End Of An Era And A New Start: Dress To Kill Magazine Goes Digital

A New World Order

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I hate to break it down to you so abruptly but the world is changing, the world as we knew it, the way we consume, the way we think and even that good old Dress To Kill magazine is going through it.

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As a young and inexperienced blogger back in 2016, I felt deep in my earth that paper was a dying medium and that the internet was about to carry the torch.

a hundreds of blog posts later, multiple attempts at building an online presence and literally trying to digitize the aesthetics & creativity I saw in magazines growing up.

I must admit 2 things: 1. what it takes to make fashion or information enjoyable is very hard to put together and 2 building an audience on or offline is a GREAT feat.

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I grew to admire and respect my peers in traditional media because they made the most out of nothing at a time where Facebook and all those outlets were not a thing.

In case you didn’t know, Dress To Kill magazine is not your average magazine by any shape or form.

Promoting Canadian art and fashion from province to province was something seemingly unthinkable but they got it done.

From iconic covers with Lenny Kravitz and more iconic nights at le Mount Stephen to bring the whole industry under the same roof, DTK got it done.

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Don’t take what I’m saying as a farewell note because today actually mark a rebirth for the publication.

Indeed, while the world was going all over the place, they went on a well thought out rebrand.

As you might have guessed, the biggest take away from this is the stoppage of the paper version of the magazine.

The focus is now digital but as I told you earlier, DTK doesn’t go halfway.

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Their new platform will include an online boutique which once again is going to focus on shedding light on Canadian creators for men and women.

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Do you think more magazines are going to make a full transition to digital?

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We Ask A Personal Development Coach How To Overcome The Ins and Outs Of The Crisis

It’s all about your point of view

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Everything You Need to Know Through The Lens Of A Personal Development Coach

I’m always amazed at how people like to stigmatize the role or relevance of a personal development coach. They’re quick to label it a scam, a fad, something based on nothing but little they did know, they’re coaches around the world who impacts millions and millions of people in a life changing way. I was looking for the equivalent of a Tony Robbins in Quebec, my research undoubtedly came back to the same name: Marc Dumaine.

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Mr Dumaine is more than a personal development coach, he’s a man with a story.

Not your average story either. From overcoming alcohol and drug abuse to obtaining a MBA to running campaigns for some of the biggest corporations in this province. Here’s a man of many battles.

Honorable mention too, these days Marc is focused on creating an international platform to impact as many people he possibly can.

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The bottom line is this. This personal development coach is not unfamiliar with trials and tribulations, changes and transitions.

That’s why to me, in a time like this where everything is doing a 180 degree, I had to pick his brain and ask him how can you and I get over.

In this Q&A, we indeed ask Marc Dumaine about several things such as how to bounce back from the crisis, his keys to success and much more.

QUESTIONS FOR MARC DUMAINE

 

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#1 How did you figure yourself out as a future entrepreneur and what was the key factor that made you take that route?

I was always an artist at heart and found that I didn’t it in any mole.  After completing my MBA, I realized that my biggest assets were my differences.  I decided at that moment to stop following what people expected from me and launched my own business.  To me being an entrepreneur is an art form in itself. I have never regretted that choice since I launched Asana Coaching 10 years ago.

#2 How can someone go from being self-employed to an entrepreneur making money without physically being there?

The internet is booming with opportunities right now ! Even with the COVID-19, there is a redefinition of the way people consume products and services ! It is a TIME for being creative and look into endless opportunities ! Get out of our comfort zone and start being inspired by people who are already doing it ! Then, build yourself a right game plan with an amazing branding, and you are all set for the best adventure of your life. 

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#3 What are the pros and cons of being a consultant?

The pros are definitely the freedom it gives you in terms of choosing your schedule, the services you want to offer, the different partnerships you can build and finally, having a real impact in your client’s lives !

The biggest con I think is the loneliness that comes from working on your own and often alone ! You also have the insecurity of never having a stable income.  This life is not made for everybody ! 

#4 What would be the achievement you’re most proud of and why?

The biggest achievement for me is to have never given up ! In my 10 years as an entrepreneur, I could have gone bankrupt a few times, I could have been discouraged for so many reasons… but my faith in what I was doing kept me going ! It is a hard industry where you are competing against so many people and you have to realize that you have never made it ! You have to renew yourself every day, offer the top of the top and always evolve as a human being and expert ! I am very proud to still be there today, stronger than ever.

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#5 What entrepreneurs should learn from the Coronavirus crisis?

I think we have to realize that we can’t just keep running all the time ! The anxiety, the stress and the adrenaline are very dangerous ! We talk a lot of profitability, performance but we tend to forget to talk about happiness and well-being ! I hope this time brings more humanity into entrepreneurs’ lives ! 

#6 Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Without wanting to sound over the top, I truly believe that I will have built my brand into an international platform that will include wellness retreats worldwide, TV shows, a one-man show, a few books and real estate projects ! No pressure ! LOL Seriously, I am a kid at heart and developing my business is the best adventure that life has given me ! Watch out world, I am coming. 🙂

#7 What would be the main thing entrepreneurs around the world should learn from you?

That I almost died three times from drugs and alcohol ! That I was the mos unhappy and insecure person for the two thirds of my life ! That i was bullied and rejected for being different ! And in the end, I am the living proof that anything is possible when you don’t give up on yourself and your life ! 

#8 What would be your 3 keys to success ?

1- You are 100% responsible for your choices, attitude, perceptions and mindset

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2- There are no mistakes, only feedback !

3- Only accept what’s 10/10 for you ! That is a sign that you are treating yourself life the most important person on your life.

If you’re interested in seeing him in action, he’s doing a Facebook live tonight at 7:30 pm and if you’re looking for some light in these dark times, that’s the place to be.

To know more about Marc Dumaine and his journey as a personal developement coach follow him here

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