Wednesday, September 27, 2006

‘Hip Hop Weekly’ Tries To Keep Pace With Music’s Global Trends

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The next thing to blow up from hip-hop will be rapper Common, who’s the first rapper to star alongside an Oscar winner, Denzel Washington.

Common co-stars with Washington in the Ridley Scott film, American Gangster, and some are predicting the role could make him as big in the mainstream as Will Smith or Snoop Dogg.

That story may already be old school, but that’s typical of hip-hop’s lightning quick trends, according to Mimi Valdes, editor-in-chief of the new Hip Hop Weekly, which hops onto newsstands October 16.

Valdes says the trend towards casting rappers alongside respected Hollywood actors isn’t totally new, but the “level it raises hip hop culture to, is,” says Valdes.

Valdes and publisher David Mays – who co-founded hip hop’s first major music magazine, The Source – agree that hip hop culture has “gone global,” and its influence is undeniable.

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