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Rowdy Rebel is free: So what should you know going into 2021?

Six years ago Rowdy Rebel went to jail and six years later we couldn’t be more hype for his release, just wait until Bobby Shmurda gets out.

2021 is feeling to hit different as we get over all the loss and hardships we’ve endured in 2020 — we’ve lost a lot of young legends this year.

More than a dozen rappers passed away: Pop Smoke, King Von, Fred the Godson the list goes on… Not to mention rappers still facing jail time in 2021 like Cassanova and Lil Wayne, SMH. It’s just too much.

Still, Rowdy Rebel’s release gives us hope for a whole new wave of energy (Free Bobby Shmurda). With that said, here’s what we’ll be reminded of once Rowdy Rebel starts dropping music again.

Knowing everything about keeping your “shmoney” right

If there’s one thing Rowdy Rebel knew what to do it was making money. Whether it be in the skreets hustling or making moves with music executives, he always made sure that he and GS9 ate.

In Rowdy Rebel’s last interview before getting arrested, he dishes a little wisdom to Forbez DVD inreviewer Doggie Diamonds:

” Be cool with your business manager… Make sure you know his every step… Know every dollar that comes before him and every time he spends a dollar.”

– Rowdy Rebel

Six years before his release Rowdy Rebel chopped it up with Sway where he discussed how life has changed since his crew member Bobby Shmurda blew up off his single “Hot Ni**a.”

Here the Brooklyn rapper reminds us about his wisdom in dealing with stacking that paper.

“Stacking that paper was nothing to me. And plus it’s not how you get the money, it’s how you’re going to save that jawn. It’s easy to get the bread but it’s hard to save it.”

– Rowdy Rebel

Kepping your circle tight like Rowdy Rebel’s GS9 crew

F*ck with us and then we tweaking hoe….

If there’s anything we’ve learned from the GS9 crew it’s that they have each other’s backs. Bobby took more time for Rowdy in order for him to get back out there.

There’s no dry snitching for real OGs. Maybe 6IX9INE can learn a thing or two from the tight-knit circle the Brooklyn crew has curated.

In an interview for Thisis50 Rebel sat down with RoseD where she asked about the rapper’s early beginnings and how his circle has changed since his crew blew up.

“A lot of people around me still but I had to manage that out. Life is not a movie you can’t just cancel someone out… You just go your way and Imma go my way”

– Rowdy Rebel

Stay true to self and spread love… Just keep it a stack

Listen it goes without saying that if you lie about where you come from in pursuit of clout things will always end badly.

Whether it be an internet cancellation or getting your chain jacked, no one can put respect on anyone’s name that represents falsehood. And if it’s one thing we know it’s that Rowdy Rebel has always been through and true.

In an interview with old head Ebro, Rowdy said:

“There’s a lot of phonies, a lot of fakes. You’re supposed to spread love… Everybody can win. Everybody can do something good in their life. Don’t hate on anyone bro.”

Happy you’re (kinda) free, home, and that you’re making music again, Rowdy Rebel Free Bobby Shmurda!

Kulture Hub’s 8 tracks to get hype to at the gym, the turn up, or at the crib

Everyone has their own playlist to get them in the right mood for a fight, a game, a party, or a session at the gym and over here at Kulture Hub we’re no different.

Getting hype is a universal mood, and it’s a mood we love to be in.

Whether it be at the club or in your house, that turnt energy always brings people together. How can anyone have beef while you’re in a line swag surfing with your favorite people?!

In honor of getting lit, each of us chose our favorite song that goes hard as fuck, peep our choices below.

Meek Mill – “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)”

Justin Moreno: This is one of those essential house party songs.

When that beat switches up you gotta go crazy. No sane person can hear this song and not scream “HOLD ON WAIT A MINUTE Y’ALL THOUGHT I WAS FINISHED?!?!?”

Every hood function is going to play this song at some point in the night…it’s science. This is one of the hardest songs ever, no contest.

TGOD MAFIA – “Da Power”

Serge: This beat though? “Da Power” is definitely my war song. It’s bound to come on at least once whenever I’m at the gym or on the way to a big meeting.

To be honest, the entire TGOD Mafia: Rude Awakening mixtape is legendary but we can start here…make sure to turn the knob all the way up.

Future – “Super Trapper”

Kuliano: For me it’s gotta be anything by Future (duh) but if I had to pick ONE track it’d probably be something off his new shit like “Super Trapper.” “Zoom” is crazy too and “POA” makes me feel like I just popped an adderall.

Pretty much running that entire album anytime I’m in the gym. If I’m tryna turn up though I’ma bump both Cozy Tapes. “Crazy Brazy” is a great song to get sauced to.

Dimitri Vegas – “Tremor”

Joey Zaza: The song for me is “Tremor” by Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike.

The song is a few years old but I still get so hype to it. It all started the first time I saw them live and the mosh pit broke out during the song…it was insane! Bump this!

Young Dolph – “Get Paid”

Shanny Mac: I have to say that for a song to make it to my most lit list it has to be 3-dimensional.

It has to get me lit in the gym, in the car at obnoxious levels, and in the club. “Get Paid” passes all those tests. It feels like a nod from the Trap Gods to go out and get it.

It’s an ode to setting your price and collecting. It’s like, motivational trap and I’d be totally fine with it being my theme music.

“Rule #1: Get the money first. Rule #2: Don’t forget to get the money!”

PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Jadakiss – Cartier

Claude: When this track dropped I lost my shit. This song combines smooth R&B and street raspiness. What else could a ni**a want?

It’s a club banger and a headphone knocker. Getting a kiss of Jada’s lyrics is always something special, especially with me being from Westchester.

Party’s voice brings a colorful vibe to the song as well, especially at the end demolishing the track with his high note singing. “Cartier” is truly a banger.

Kanye West – Champion

Nkosi Bourne: THIS SONG IS FIRE AND INSPIRATIONAL AS FUCK. It is one of my top five Kanye tracks.

This musical genius (the song not Kanye, even though he made the song…..shhhhhh) makes a me feel on top of the world even though we all know I don’t got a damn thing. 

Rowdy Rebel – “Computers” (feat. Bobby Shmurda)

Gus P: First off, free Bobby free Rowdy.

But is there a better song to get hype to than Rowdy and Bobby’s “Computers”?

The answer is no, there is not. Literally in any situation if you’re lacking some sort of motivation or that extra little push to get you in that hype state of mind, just throw on “Computers” and watch yourself transform into an absolute savage.


The NYPD is beefing with data company that helped bag Bobby Shmurda

According to Buzzfeed News, the NYPD and Palantir Technologies are set for a legal showdown over data obtained by the Silicon Valley startup.

Palantir is worth a reported $20 billion, according to Buzzfeed, and has worked closely with the NYPD since 2012.

The Silicon Valley company, started by investors like Peter Thiel, has used their work with the NYPD to find business relationships with other law enforcement agencies.

Buzzfeed News reports that Palantir counts multiple government agencies among their clients, “Palantir does significant business in Washington, working for the CIA, the FBI, the Marine Corps, and the military’s Special Operations Command.”

Palantir collects and analyzes data and acts as a sort of technological branch of these law enforcement agencies, but questions have been raised about who actually ‘owns’ the data that Palantir collects.

This is the crux of the issue between Palantir and the NYPD.

William Alden of Buzzfeed News writes,

“The NYPD is canceling its Palantir contract and intends to stop using the software by the end of this week, according to three people familiar with the matter who weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The department has created a new system to replace Palantir, and it wants to transfer the analysis generated by Palantir’s software to the new system. But Palantir, the NYPD claims, has not produced the full analysis in a standardized format — one that would work with the new software — despite multiple requests from the police department in recent months.”

As for Palantir, a spokesman for the company said in a statement that they are cooperative and open with all of their clients. The statement read,

“Palantir is an open platform. As with all of our customers, their data and analysis are available to them at all times in an open and nonproprietary format.”

One of the most infamous cases of how Palantir helps the NYPD was the case of Bobby Shmurda, wherein the Silicon Valley company amassed crucial data about the Brooklyn rapper and his crew.

The relationship between law enforcement and big data companies is a complicated one, especially when the data collected is so sensitive and volatile.

But as Silicon Valley gets further ahead of law enforcement, even the government, in how they are able to track and analyze data and crime, these relationships may be necessary, despite the inherent discontents.

With lawyers set to be brought in, expect a massive legal showdown between Palantir and the NYPD over the next weeks and months.

That could get hairy for the NYPD as Palantir successfully won a lawsuit last year against the US Army in a bid for an intelligence contract.

This is surely a space to watch.