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Over the years, mainstream media and pop culture created a stigma that looks down upon being intelligent. In today’s society “being cool” is actually the opposite of being intelligent, and essentially certain entertainers “dumb down” their intelligence for ratings and record sales. Dumb it Down exposes the entertainment industry for forcing prominent African American celebrities to tone down their intelligence in order to maintain relevant.

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How does a song become popular? In episode nine of Noisey Atlanta, we look at the backbone of the trap scene: the producers. We sit down with an elite squad of the most significant names in the scene now—Zaytoven, Mike Will Made It, Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin’, Southside, TM88, and Houston’s Travi$ Scott —as they explain the process of how a track moves from being created in the studio to becoming a hit. No A&Rs are needed. No major labels are needed. The city breaks the mold. What’s the main reason? The key to success in Atlanta is simple: the nightlife.

source: Noisey

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Up-and-coming rapper Doe B, a member of Grand Hustle’s Hustle Gang, was shot and killed in his home town of Montgomery, Ala. early Saturday. He was 22. His management confirmed the MC’s death on Twitter.

Doe B — born Glenn Thomas — was fatally shot during an incident at the Centennial Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue in Montgomery. The shooting occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Local reports indicated a second person was also killed, though police have not released victims’ names because all families have not been notified.

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