Mike D’Angelo is taking the DMV by storm. He is a thriving Hip-Hop artist pushing the limits as a community leader and activist and lyrical MC. He recently won “Breakout Artist of the Year,” at the DMV’s Annual Titan Awards, where the winner is based off of a voting system. Mike also recently held a benefit concert for the family of James Anthony Smith, a local teenager killed in SE, Washington, DC over a pair of Jordans, that his mother bought him as an early Christmas present.
Back in August, Dre Black had the pleasure of spending some time with Mike, where they went back to Mike’s childhood neighborhood located in Edgewood NE, Washington, DC. From there they went on what was supposed to be a 15 min interview to a 4 hour day of great footage of Mike in his element.
Watch the he first segment “Humble Beginnings” below:
Fresh of the Press debuts a new preview video of the upcoming vlog series which is set to cover an array of entertainment/media and community activism/leadership in the DMV area and abroad. First up is Mike D’Angelo, upcoming artist from Edgewood Northeast, DC who has been grinding it out and making a name for himself. He recently signed a deal with MHG/Cash Money and has a real story to tell. Check out the preview below:
In February 2009 R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested for brutally assaulting his then girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.
Now, for the first time, Chris admits Rihanna was also abusive throughout their relationship. In a clip from ‘Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life’ Chris explains,
“This is the first time I get to say anything, and I still love Rihanna but I’m just going to be honest. We would fight each other. She would hit me. I would hit her. It never was ok…Like, I don’t like you slapping me…If I go on stage and I got a scratch on my face and I got to explain it like, “Oh I fell.”
Chris also explains in graphic detail what happened that night inside the car,
“With a closed fist, like I punched her, and it busted her lip, and when I saw it I was in shock, I was ‘f***, why did I hit her like that’?
“So from there she’s… spitting blood in my face, it raised me even more. It’s a real fight in the car, and we driving in the street.”
“I’m like ‘yo, we tripping, what the f***, what are we doing?’ She tried to grab for my phone, and I’m not giving her my phone, to throw it out the window.”
J. Cole is bringing his sold-out concert to HBO. “J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming” debuts Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 p.m. The 90-minute special, described as part concert film, part backstage pass, tells his compelling life story through his own words and music, and through the observations of those who know him best.
Cole will perform all 13 songs from his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, with special appearances by Jay Z and Drake, who joined him on stage during his show at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina back in August.
Nas’ “Time Is Illmatic” documentary is out now on Video On-Demand, and is currently being screened in theaters across the country, recently stopping at the Lincoln Theatre here in DC. Giving fans an inside look into the documentary, Hennessy caught up with the brains behind it all, writer Erik Parker and director One9. The pair talk about how the idea came about, persuading Nas to get on board with the project, and how it took over a decade to finish.