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Favorite Wrestler Theme Songs: Samoa Joe

This theme is in my top 5 of all wrestling themes. I don't think any other theme has embodied the persona of its character like "Nation of Violence" by Dale Oliver. I love how they start it with his iconic intro and then at the end, drop to a new beat with Oliver's raspy flow. Pure adrenaline.    

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You Should Be Listening To Norman Sann

From an early age Norman Sann has had a shine. The backdrop of his beginnings is all too normal these days, but Norman was built differently. Norman Sanchez was born in Houston, Texas to a single mother. His father was serving time in jail and his older brothers were busy making moves in the street. For Norman, the music called louder than the streets. Norman's mother, despite struggles, sought to enroll Norman in acting classes and spent her time introducing him to all creative cultures. He was quickly enamoured with music. The storytelling of country music spoke to him, the…

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Nas Enlists DJ Premier for His New Joint “Define My Name”

Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas has stood tall as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that has endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists. Whether proclaiming himself "Nasty Nas" or "Nas Escobar" or "Nastradamus" or "God's Son," the self-appointed King of New York has battled numerous adversaries, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the throne left in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G's 1997 assassination. Such headline-worthy drama has informed his provocative rhymes, delivered with a masterful flow and a wise perspective over beats by…

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You Should Be Listening To Amindi

For as long as she can remember, 23 year-old singer-songwriter Amindi K. Frost—better known as just Amindi—has always loved telling stories. “I've been writing songs since I was maybe four or five years old,” she shares. “I always say that my songs are manifestations and stories.” – afropunk.com    

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Favorite Wrestler Theme Songs: Swerve Strickland

Swerve Strickland has been on my wrestling radar since he first appeared on NXT. Unfortunately, they didn't know what to do with him so his career had a lot of starts and stops. Eventually, WWE let him go and he showed up in AEW, where (even though it took a little time) he got his chance to shine. He was slowly making waves until he started using the remix to a rap song he previously recorded called "Big Pressure". Add his manager Prince Nana's iconic dance during the entrance, and all eyes fell on Swerve. He's making the most of…

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Joint of The Moment: “Went Diamond” by Roc Marciano

An MC and producer from New York City's tradition-rich Long Island, Roc Marciano is well-respected for his moody, claustrophobic beats and stream-of-consciousness, heavily stylized lyrics. Briefly affiliated with Flipmode Squad early in his career, he formed the short-lived crew the U.N. during the early 2000s before going solo, earning massive acclaim for his self-produced 2010 full-length Marcberg. Collaborating with rappers and producers like Q-Tip, Ka, and Action Bronson, subsequent releases such as 2013's Marci Beaucoup and 2018's RR2: The Bitter Dose featured more experimental production as well as sharper lyricism. Numerous collaborations appeared during the early 2020s, including 2022's The Elephant…

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Favorite Wrestler Theme Songs: Stone Cold Steve Austin

The Main Event between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven is one of my favorite matches. And watching the unthinkable... Steve Austin turning heel to join forces with Vince McMahon was a crazy moment. But the icing on the cake came the following night on Monday Night War when Stone Cold came out to his new heel, "Glass Shatters" by Disturbed. IT was still Austin's theme, but more ominous and vicious. It summed up his new persona. I agree with a lot of people that turning Austin heel was a horrible decision and (even with a…

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Joint of The Moment: “Lejos de Ti” by The Marias

The Marías are the psychedelic-soul lovechild of Puerto Rican-bred, Atlanta-raised María Zardoya and Los Angeles native Josh Conway. The two are joined by their closest friends, Jesse Perlman on guitar and Edward James on keys. Their undeniably intuitive musical chemistry can be heard in the band's smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos. There's something undeniably sensual in their dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge.    

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