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James Teague

Content Curator

Location icon United States

Born in Chicago and raised in South Florida, I (Just JayyTee) am a journalist and enthusiast of all things hip-hop, rap, & R&B. From my notebook to the computer screen, this portfolio serves as a collection of my thoughts and provides a voice to the missing parts of these urban music worlds.

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The Journey Of Being A Black Creative - 247 Live Culture Magazine

As a Black creative listening to Joe, Rory, Mal, and Parks speak about maneuvering through their trial & errors and comparing it my own personal battles growing into my role with content creation, I was really inspired to know that I wasn't the only one who felt similar thoughts along this journey.

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Top 5 Life Lessons You Learn From Losing A Parent - 247 Live Culture Magazine

By all means, God does not make mistakes. However some things in life we can't help but ask "Why?" I was already still processing Nipsey Hussle's death and now I have to deal with losing my father so soon. It's been some time now since my fathers passing and I've learned quite a bit during bereavement.

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A Letter to Nipsey

I was there for your coming out party, the infamous tape. I was fresh out of college working for my mom's while starting my first freelance gig with Elite Daily. We were all nuts when you announced your Proud to Pay campaign, charging $100 for one of 1,000 physical copies of the album while the digital release was free to download.

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The five black Youtube series you need to binge watch - The Barber's Chair

Black television shows are making a resurgence on mainstream television. Not only have shows like Black-Ish, Insecure and Atlanta have found success on broadcast and cable TV, streaming services like Netflix are gaining traction with like She's Gotta Have It & Luke Cage. But they're not the only ones producing quality content.

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Old school vs. New school - The Barber's Chair

But even with all of the success that's been sustained, it's still long way to go. Older rappers paved the way for the younger kids to run with the torch and continue the legacy that is of hip-hop. But as new legends are being inducted into the world, the responses received by higher ups can be very telling.

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Most anticipated albums of 2018

There's a couple of things that come to mind when I think about New Years; it's new beginnings, new energy, new people, new opportunities, and most importantly, new music. Every year when it feels there's no way the music atmosphere can get that better, I'm hit me with that "Iight BET" text message from the new year.

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Where you listen to new music helps shape your perception of it

The album listening experience has always been a favorite pastime of mine. From project announcements to new singles and promos, an album release feels like opening a new Christmas present. Its even better when the artist drops new flame. The Twitter listening sessions for me are always priceless.

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Would you rather be the best rapper or the most influential rapper?

If I had a dollar for every time I've scrolled Twitter & come across some silly ass rap debate, I'd be the black Bill Gates. I remember coming across this tweet a few months back from this random rap page asking which rapper has more influence: Chief Keef and Kendrick Lamar.

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