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Paying homage to some of the greatest voices of all-time, Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Certified, the digital destination platform celebrating SME’s R&B and Hip Hop catalogswill unveil over 50 product releases via Legacy Recordings, Record Store Day, Vinyl Me, Please, Get On Down, Mobile Fidelity, and Urban Outfitters in 2023 to celebrate, commemorate, and honor the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop in partnership with entertainment company Mass Appeal. This bevy of titles spans new physical configurations, first-time digital releases, and limited-edition vinyl from the genre’s most influential and indelible icons, including Big Pun, Cypress Hill, Nas, Outkast, Q-Tip, RUN DMC, Three 6 Mafia, Wu-Tang Clan, and more.

Kicking off this celebratory season, the first release will be Nas’s Made You Look: God’s Son Live 2002 as an exclusive Record Store Day vinyl out on April 22. This sought-after live record graces DSPs for the first-time ever on April 21. It notably captured Nas’s historic sold-out headline show at Webster Hall in New York, NY. Fans have clamored for its release for years, and it finally drops on streaming platforms in 2023.

On its heels, RUN DMC’s 1988 classic, Tougher Than Leather, arrives on black vinyl via Legacy Recordings on May 12 just in time to celebrate the monumental 35th anniversary. In conjunction, Get On Down will be repressing a special edition blue colored vinyl to release on the same day. Both may be pre-ordered now HERE. This fall, it will also be featured in Vinyl Me, Please’s Hip-Hop subscription.

Sony’s HH50 campaign is also partnering with Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. In the summer and fall, the label will release audiophile-grade versions of RUN DMC’s iconic albums – RUN DMC (1984), King of Rock (1985), and Raising Hell (1986)-on 180g SuperVinyl LPs. Sourced from the original master tapes, the numbered-edition reissues will be pressed at RTI, housed in Stoughton gatefold jackets, and feature liner notes. All LPs are available for preorder now HERE.

Next up, Nas’ fan favorite The Lost Tapes celebrates its 20th anniversary and gets a vinyl update on May 26 with pre-order available now through Legacy Recordings HERE. To accompany the latter, Get On Down is also releasing Nas’ The Lost Tapes on limited edition double colored-vinyl in a gatefold jacket with numbered OBI limited to 2000 units. The Lost Tapes 20th Anniversary special-colored vinyl edition is available for pre-order now, exclusively at

Serving up a fascinating overview and comprehensive history lesson, SME’s Certified will reveal the brand-new compilation, Raised By Rap: 50 Years of Hip Hop, on July 28. It will be available as a double-LP vinyl with exclusive color variants at Target and Urban Outfitters.

It traces a roadmap through rap music, curating and collating decades of hits from legendary acts to newcomers including records by 21 SavageA Tribe Called QuestBiaDoja CatFugeesFutureMobb DeepNasRUN DMCWu-Tang Clan, and more. The pre-order opens on June 1, launching in tandem with Black Music Month.

Mass Appeal and Certified have also developed a new socially driven content series called “Made By Hip Hop” which launched its first video today (watch HERE). The series delves into various Hip Hop subjects through the lens of the SME/Certified repertoire and features influential personalities speaking to Hip Hop’s impact on the culture. Releasing weekly throughout the year with the next video set for release April 18th, the content series aims to showcase different themes (fashion, science, etc.) and their relationship to Hip Hop.

As part of the program, these luminaries will candidly dive into the legacy of Hip Hop, affirming you can always learn from your favorite rapper.

As part of Sony’s HH50 campaign, multiple albums in Sony’s Hip-Hop catalog will be featured into 2024 as part of Vinyl Me, Please’s Hip-Hop and Essentials Subscriptions. Albums by RUN DMC, Wu-Tang Clan, Boogie Down Productions, Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, and more will be featured. 

The campaign also includes in-person activations in New York City. Launched in January, Sony Music Entertainment/Certified served as a supporting partner of an exclusive preview event launching the new Fotografiska New York exhibition Hip Hop: Conscious, Unconscious. Featuring over 200 photographs dated 1972 to 2022, the exhibition traces the rise and proliferation of Hip Hop through five decades of work from the trailblazing image-makers who helped codify Hip Hop as the most influential pop culture movement of its generation. Created in partnership with Mass Appeal and presented in collaboration with Chase Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, it opened to the public on January 26 and runs through May 21.

Further collaborations and activations from Mass Appeal and SME related to #HipHop50 will be announced in the coming months.

The partnership is the latest announcement surrounding Mass Appeal’s #HipHop50 initiative – a massive cross-platform initiative that celebrates Hip Hop’s momentous anniversary in the most authentic and globally impactful way possible by acknowledging and recognizing Hip Hop as not only a genre but a movement that has impacted the worldwide community.

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Lonny The Street Lawyer Is One Of A Kind



Smooth and a man of character, Lonny The Street Lawyer has took years of experiences helping people battle unfair charges head on with much vigor. It’s that same passion that inspired him to open well respected DMV based Cannabis dispensaries. Below is a few things to know about the star entrepreneur.

The Street Lawyer is still one of the most exciting personalities in the national Cannabis landscape. After enjoying a career as a criminal trial attorney in the DMV and fighting over 100 cannabis cases (including close to 20 jury trials defending alleged cannabis distributors, he witnessed the destruction caused by America’s war on drugs, and cannabis enforcement of cannabis prohibitions has been a massive part of that. So, when DC went legal, the street lawyer started a cannabis company- and changed the game’s landscape and city.

Lonny was known in the Courts as a flamboyant trial attorney, almost a throwback to the old-school mafia attorneys in NYC and Philadelphia. But, throughout his career, he never once had an ethical issue. He is known to aggressively and flamboyantly defend his clients without ever stepping over the ethics line. He became a prolific radio personality on DC101 for five years, educating, guiding, and entertaining the DMV on street crimes, police issues, and society. He gained international notoriety on Social media for various content, from legal and educational videos to dance videos to comedic content and now to motivational content. He is a character in every city he lands. He is all about positivity and self-growth.

Street Lawyer Services became the premier cannabis brand and gifting shop in the town. He decided he could make it a vibe. The city converged around SLS as it was the hub for the hottest budtenders and highest-quality cannabis and even turned into the underground Celebrity pit stop in DC. Street Lawyer services became about Unity, community, art, fashion, dance, performance, tolerance, acceptance, and fun in the DMV. You never know what you’ll get when you walk into Street Lawyer Services on H St. NE.

You may have a well-known DJ spinning. You could see a few DC K st lobbyists talking shop, you may see a few young men from the block kicking it, and you are sure to run into local DC artists just getting right. On top of all that vibe, SLS has been known to have the best flower selection in the region for the past five years.

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DOPE Shows, the #1 independent Concert Promotion Agency in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware is thrilled to announce a historic celebration of HipHop’s 50th Anniversary. In commemoration of this iconic genre’s legacy, DOPE Shows is uniting two legendary trailblazers, Jeezy and Fabolous, for an unforgettable concert on November 18th at The Met Philadelphia. Tickets are available to purchase via Live Nation – HERE

This special event promises to be an electrifying night filled with timeless beats, extraordinary performances, and a journey through decades of HipHop history. Jeezy and Fabolous will headline this grand celebration, delivering a show that fans don’t want to miss. Keep an eye out for additional special guest announcements, further honoring Philadelphia’s impact on this beloved art form.

DOPE Shows has become one of the most powerful independent concert promotion companies in the U.S. due to their instinctive business savvy and an eye to bring era-defining artists to the local stage. With an unstoppable momentum of achievements, this show follows the sold out album release concert for TOURE at the Theatre of Living Arts. After attending the spectacle, Secret Philadelphia praised, “To not only bring people together like one big melting pot, but to also create that kind of vibe is downright powerful.”

With an established track record for success, Live Nation Northeast announces a co-promoter partnership with Stephen Piner and Jamir Shaw of DOPE Shows, two Philly natives who have cultivated and grown a boutique concert promotions company focused on hip hop and R&B with strong artist relationships. Live Nation and DOPE Shows will collaborate on identifying, cultivating, and developing live experiences across hip hop, R&B, and urban art forms for fans, brands, and artists in Philadelphia, the New York Metropolitan area, Atlantic City, and other Northeast territories.

Through this new partnership, Live Nation will provide DOPE Shows with marketing, concert production, and venue operations expertise and support. Meanwhile, DOPE Shows will work with Live Nation to program content and provide grass-roots support for many of Live Nation’s clubs and theaters, with the potential to work together on future opportunities for arenas, radio shows, and festivals.

“With an eye towards the 50th anniversary of hip hop in 2023, we look forward to working closely with our new partners at DOPE Shows to celebrate this milestone with a series of shows across many of our Northeast territories,” said Geoff Gordon, Regional President, Live Nation Northeast. “Our role as promoters is to help artists achieve their goals. I greatly respect Jamir and Stephen for sharing that same vision and passion for their artists.”

We’re excited to take our brand to the next level and explore new opportunities with an amazing company like Live Nation,” said DOPE Shows founders Stephen Piner and Jamir Shaw. “After years of being an ally and friend of Geoff Gordon’s, it feels good to partner with a legend in the game. Together we plan to show the world that there Ain’t No Shows Like Dope Shows!

In a run that stretches over six years, DOPE Shows have sold over 200,000 tickets for shows featuring the likes of Lil BabyLil Durk, A Boogie Wit Da HoodieGunnaG Herbo, and more, becoming stepping stones for emerging superstars and bridges for the performers and the local fans that want to see them.

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R&B’s Nana Elan Debuts New EP ‘Escaping The West’




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Step into the vibrant realm of Nana Elan (@NaliyahElan), a dynamic artist born and raised in the heart of Long Beach, CA. Nana Elan’s much-anticipated EP, ‘Escaping The West,’ just dropped and graces our ears with its presence. This release signifies not just a project drop for the rising star, but a journey into a musical landscape that is bound to captivate and resonate.

Nana Elan’s unique artist name encapsulates her identity, with “Nana” derived from her real name, Naliyah, and “Elan” from her middle name, creating a harmonious blend that exudes an iconic aura. Her music resonates with a youthful richness, raw energy, and a mature undertone. Her vocal range spans from mezzo-soprano to bass, delivering fully belted cadences that effortlessly traverse the realms of R&B, Hip-hop, and Pop. Dynamic creativity is the cornerstone of her delivery.

At the heart of Nana Elan’s artistic pursuit is an unwavering passion for music. “Creating music allows me to exhibit my soul’s groove, spirit, emotion, and perspective,” she reveals. “It’s my personal flashlight guiding me through life’s tunnel, always inspiring me to keep moving forward.”

The EP’s influence is grounded in deeply personal connections. Nana Elan attributes her love for singing to her grandpa, a mentor who nurtured her vocal talents. Rihanna, with her fusion of fashion and music, ignited Nana Elan’s passion at an early age, cementing her path toward artistic greatness.

Escaping The West,’ released on August 22, 2023, is more than just a collection of songs—it’s a sonic voyage. The EP masterfully combines Nana Elan’s sexy tomboy style with her elegant, nonchalant personality, crafting a musical narrative that symbolizes growth, ambition, and a departure from the confines of the West-Coast sound.

In Nana Elan’s words, “The 7-song piece encapsulates my journey through amusement, poverty, sanity, and pleasure. Each track flows melodically from one destination to the next, urging listeners to groove, party, and experience love. Each record exudes dominance, high standards, and a mix of irresistible appeal and raw energy.”

With ‘Escaping The West,’ Nana Elan sends a powerful message to her fans, encouraging them to embrace every facet of themselves and to dare to expand beyond their wildest imagination.

To experience the magnetic allure of Nana Elan and her latest masterpiece, ‘Escaping The West,’ follow and connect with her on various social media platforms:




As ‘Escaping The West‘ takes the music scene by storm, Nana Elan’s artistry promises to be an inspiring, empowering, and exhilarating force that resonates with audiences around the globe.

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