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This Video Packs "40 Years of Hip Hop" Into Four Minutes

This new mashup by The Hood Internet highlights the 40 year history of hip hop.

Yesterday the City of New York, the office of The Bronx Borough President and HOT 97 kicked off the inaugural Global Hip Hop Day, with an insightful panel discussion with industry leaders. The event commemorated a genre that has traveled far and wide to influence artists on the African continent and beyond.


A new video from The Hood Internet highlights just how far the movement has come. "Forty Years of Hip Hop" offers a swift mashup of some of the most memorable moments in the genre's history—in just under four minutes.

With more and more African artists breaking waves in hip hop, it'll be interesting to see  what the next 40 years will look like.

Watch the incredible retrospective below and stay tuned for more coverage on the first-ever Global Hip Hop Day.

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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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