Great Moments in Hip-Hop History at Howard University’s Homecoming


HUHC 2011 has come and gone, but not before I did this for my alma mater.

October is great, and not just because it gives girls an excuse to dress up like harlots. And it’s not because of football either. Howard University’s Homecoming is a landmark event, and while people unfamiliar with the school or the experience might not understand, if you’ve spent any time at Howard, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The week’s festivities will soon be over, but it’s Thursday night through Sunday afternoon where legends are born. Because of this, October will always be synonymous with my alma mater’s Homecoming.

Thousands of stories happen every year at Howard University’s Homecoming, and most of them are never told. In my short time on this planet, HU Homecoming has left me with a ton of memorable moments. Just last year, I witnessed grown men sprint to see Rick Ross perform, woke up at 1 a.m. to try and finagle my way into a party where J. Cole performed only to wake up four hours later and trek to Philly for a wedding. Following the reception, I traveled back to D.C. to keep the party going as the clock struck midnight and Mischief Night became Halloween. As you can see, I lived to tell about it, so without further introduction, here are a few reflections and some advice on how to make the most out of the next three days.

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The Race.


Tip of the iceberg, but in two years, I’ve gone from a local joker to this. Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to start writing again, and supported me along the way. 2011 has been a year of setbacks, but as lame as it sounds, hard work pays off.

In closing, all I can say is that if you have the power to change something in your life….change it. It’s in your hands. Also, don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t be.
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How To Make It In America Returns Tonight


Entourage’s hungry little-brother returns tonight at 10:30pm. Funny how things all seem to be happening at the same time. Below is the official mixtape for Season 2….
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J. Cole’s Complex Feature


Cole World: Sideline Story was released today and this online cover story, written by Complex contributor and Cole’s former roommate Damien Scott, is part of the Complex’s Cole World Week. Like all of his fans, I’ve been waiting for over two years for his debut to drop. I feel a connection to him and his music because his story and aspirations are relatable. No, I don’t want to rap, but I never wanted to work a regular-ass 9-5 either.

These days, Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known as J. Cole, doesn’t have to stake out studios in order to talk to Shawn Carter. As the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint, he simply waits for the Big Homie to call him. Which is pretty crazy considering the bumpy road that led the 26-year-old rapper to the Roc. When finishing high school in Fayetteville, N.C. in 2003, he figured the only way he was going to get a record deal was by moving to a huge music market. So he packed up, kissed his mother goodbye, and headed north to attend St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens—which is where I met him. As roommates from sophomore to senior year, I watched Cole hope and dream about getting a deal while working tirelessly to perfect his sound. Though he’s prone to speaking about the power of dreaming—he calls his label Dreamville, his team is made up of Dreamvillains—It was his hustle and unwavering determination that got him to where he is today. Oh, and the fact that he can rap really, really well.

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Heem.


Sometimes I feel like I don’t give my hometown or alma mater enough love. With that being said, here’s a write-up on some dudes I also went to school with who are blazing their own trail.
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25 Lighters On My Dresser


First and foremost, Happy New Year to all from Stolen Moments.
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2010: The Year It All Made Sense


Or at least began to make sense.
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