Issues, Lifestyle

Editor’s Note: I’ll See Y’all Later

  I’m really not one for goodbyes. And frankly, who among us really is? The feeling of finality in a goodbye is scary, really.  It’s an inescapable closure. The extra syllable in ‘good’ brings about a formality and completeness that’s saved exclusively for breakups, deaths, and all other somber resolutions. Think about it – when was the […]

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Album Review, Emcee, Issues

Twenty Years Later: Illmatic

Story originally published on The 5th Element Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Issue Do you remember Hip-Hop in 1994? Some key events may come to mind:  Warren G heralded the G-Funk era previously established by Dr. Dre, with his West Coast anthem, “Regulate.” Southern hip-hop flourished with OutKast’s debut and the release of Scarface’s The Diary . […]

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Issues, Lifestyle

No-Sign: Martin Shkreli, Wu-Tang Clan and the $2 Million Album

No-Sign is a regular feature that gives an in depth opinion on whatever deserves a proper verbal thrashing.  Basically, instead of earning a highly esteemed Co-Sign, it’s about to catch fade on a No-Sign.  In this edition, Wu-Tang Clan’s self-perceived masterpiece “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” is purchased by none other than a corporate […]

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Emcee, Issues, Lifestyle

Let’s Talk About the “F” Word

Over the past few years, hip-hop has taken a significant turn with its representation of women. As more female artists rise from the glass ceilings and willingly become symbols of female empowerment and whether or not they voluntarily admit to feminism, we are seeing a shift in music and a breakthrough in hip-hop culture where progressive […]

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Emcee, Issues

Ladies First: Females Vs. Hip-Hop Industry

If chivalry is not dead, then the rule “ladies first” should still apply in today’s world. Hip-hop is a race and men have always been in the lead. Despite being a male-dominated genre since its inception, female rappers have proven that women are fearless, strong and when united are not only capable of being a tough […]

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Issues

Supreme x Vans Old Skool

If you’re looking for the perfect summer shoe and are leaning towards ones that are not of the cozy runner variety, Supreme and Vans have got a fresh pair of jawns on deck, ready to burn through your wallet. Enter Supreme’s latest collab with Vans using their classic Old Skool model. The shoe gets the venerable […]

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Breakdancing, DJ, Emcee, Fashion, Fashion Lifestyle, Graffiti Arts, Issues, Lifestyle, Lookbook, Streetwear

The 5th Element Magazine Presents: “Woman Good, Lady Better” (Spring/Summer 2015 Issue)

To all our readers, we proudly present to  you our Spring/Summer issue for 2015, which gives a unique and crucial highlight to many of the dynamic and outstanding females that help shape hip-hop culture and lifestyle through their various gifts and talents. This issue is entitled, “Woman Good, Lady Better”, and is our special shout out […]

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DJ, Issues, Media

A 5th Exclusive: Eden Hagos Mixtape

Up next on our mixtape series we have guest DJ, Eden Hagos, who’s a member of the label, radio show and collective of DJs and producers known as Soulection. Click through to peep the full track list and make sure to watch out for our all-female issue dropping soon, including a feature on Eden as […]

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Emcee, Issues

Jam On It: OG Maco – Breathe EP

In what has been one of the largest pleasant surprises I’ve had all year in terms of music, OG Maco just recently dropped the ‘Breathe EP’, a project that eloquently and passionately addresses timely topics such as race relations, police brutality, general apathy and hypocrisy of the music industry and disproportionate roles of the governement.  After […]

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Emcee, Events, Issues, Lifestyle, Media

Stay Woke – A Playlist For Change

As far gone as hip-hop might be perceived to be from consciousness and knowledge, the original voice of the urban streets is still profound and effective when addressing vital issues within society.  Though mainstream hip-hop music lacks a clear and distinct outlier in an emcee or group who champions a wise political or at the […]

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Issues

#WILL: World Traveler, @elknows

First it was Facebook, then it was Twitter, where words were the predominant means of communication across said platforms. Through Instagram, visuals have slowly but surely taken precedence. Instagram allows for creative expression and storytelling through the most minute everyday lens. Here at The 5th Element Magazine, we want to highlight some the most entertaining, […]

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