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New Music: Jay-Z (F/ Bono, The Edge & Rihanna) - 'Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)'

Keep Hope Alive: Bono, Jay-Z & Rihanna

Props: Def Pen Radio 71.8

Watch the live performance below:

Jay-Z (Featuring Bono, The Edge & Rihanna) -- "Stranded"

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You also can donate monies to one of these organizations:

Red Cross: Go online to and click Donate, or call (800) REDCROSS.

DWR (Design Within Reach) is matching donations to UNICEF relief efforts in Haiti. Make your donation go farther, donate HERE.

UNICEF: Go online to or call (800) 4UNICEF.

Save the Children: Donate at or make checks out to "Save the Children" and mail to: Save the Children Income Processing Department, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880


Hope For Haiti Now Telethon Raised $57 Million For Disaster Relief Efforts


Smooth Yet Hard: R.I.P. Apache

Keeping It Gangsta: Flavor Unit Rapper Apache

Can we please have a moment of silence for Flavor Unit rapper Apache.

The '90s-era MC died on Jan. 22 from a prolonged, undisclosed illness. News of his death was first reported on Twitter from DJ Kid Capri.

Apache (real name Anthony Teaks) first appeared on the 1990 compilation album 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit. But he will be mostly remembered for his street hit "Gangsta Bitch," which was produced by Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. The track appeared on Apache's 1992 debut album Apache Ain't Shit (Tommy Boy Records), which also features the follow-up single, "Do Fa Self."

Shakim Compere, CEO and Co-founder of Flavor Unit Records, says Apache was an integral member of the Flavor Unit crew. "Without Apache, there would have been no Queen Latifah, no Naughty By Nature, no Chill Rob G., no anything," he told "Apache was the string that tied all of Flavor Unit together. Without Apache none of this would be."

Q-Tip Tweet Via Twitter
Chip Fu Tweet Via Twitter


In an 1997 interview with rap blog Unkut!, Lord Ali Ba-Ski (aka The Human Body Chart), one of the founding members of the Flavor Unit, explains Apache's long history of health problems:

'Apache is on permanent disability now. He has a bruised heart. He got his bruised heart from when he was with that label [Tommy Boy] and making all that good money, ['cause] Apache got the biggest shine -- not including Naughty By Nature and Latifah and all the rest of 'em -- but as far as the original Flavor Unit cats? This guy used to get so high and drunk -- his whole thing was a big 'ol party. Then he bloated all the way up to 300 and something pounds, and mind you he's like only 5'9", 5'10". He blew up to 300 pounds and the guys almost bed-ridden from getting so big, and then he went up and down.'

**UPDATE - 01/24/09**:

Naughty By Nature's Vinnie, Friends Remember Apache (via MTV News)

Apache -- "Do Fa Self" (Music Video)

Apache -- "Smooth Yet Hard" (Produced by DJ Mark the 45 King)

Apache -- "Keep It Real"

Apache -- "Gangsta Bitch"


Posters For Haiti

Help Haiti Poster


In the past two weeks, there have been a slew of benefit concerts to help the people of Haiti, who are suffering miserably in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Below are posters that were designed for upcoming concerts, and charity shows that have already happened. Click on the images to see the full size of the posters.

Help Haiti Poster 2


Every Drop: Haiti Poster

Spotted: IllRoots

The cool rap blog IllRoots will present "Every Drop Counts: Haiti" charity concert on Jan. 31 in Chicago. Among the rappers scheduled to perform include The Cool Kids, Jean Grae, Mic Terror, Mystic, Rhymefest, M1 and many others. Tickets are $17 if you purchase them now, or $20 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go towards World Water Relief to benefit the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake.

XXL Haiti Poster

Spotted: Double R

XXL magazine has teamed up with rhyme-slingers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana for a charity concert in New York that will benefit the survivors of the Haiti Earthquake. All proceeds will go through The American Red Cross. Cop your tickets HERE.

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