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Ludacris

Ludacris To Drop “Ludaversal” This Summer

Luda’s back. For you newbies, you might know him more for his acting than his rapping.  He’s starred in a slew of films, five to be exact, since his last release of 2010’s Battle of the Sexes.  He’s a staple in the Fast & Furious franchise (now filming Fast & Furious 7), and fans have seen him perform memorably in Hustle & Flow and Crash.  But for us old-schoolers, we […]


Dr Dre Beats

Dr. Dre May Become Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire

Hip-hop has gone from a marginalized pastime of broke rhymers battle-rapping around a trash can and b-boys spinning on card-board boxes, to a multi-million dollar global phenomenon.  Now it may move into the billionaire market.  Dr. Dre has hit a home run by making a potential deal with Apple for Beats By Dre, which puts him in the major leagues financially.  Dr. Dre is co-founder (with Jimmy Iovine) of Beats […]


Tupac Shakur

Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Lyrics Of All Time

Rap is like poetry. To succeed in this game, you not only need to have serious swag, you also need to have a serious Shakespearean vocabulary. Today we pay tribute to the bards of hip-hop, rappers who bend words over, add to the cultural lexicon, and hit you like a sledgehammer with their deep content.  In our humble estimation, these are the top-ten best lines ever written for the genre. […]


Nitty Scott MC

Ladies Night: Lady MCs Break Through

A steady stream of female MCs are stepping up to the mic these days. With Nicki Minaj breaking the doors down, and Angel Haze, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea following in her trailblazing footsteps, lady rappers are beginning to have a voice again.  These women bring colorful style, intense lyrics, and topics ranging from religious cults to immigration to just plain swagged-out braggadocio. Given that female MCs have been a […]


DJ E-Z Rock

R.I.P., DJ E-Z Rock

Rest in peace to one half of the hip-hop duo best known for their energetic hit “It Takes Two”.  Hip-hop pioneer producer and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney “Skip” Bryce) died on April 27, 2014 of diabetes complications.  He was 46.  His partner was rapper Rob Base (Robert Ginyard), 46, whom he met in the fourth grade.  They became instant pals, class clowns and eventually partners. The duo hailed from Harlem, […]


Iggy Azalea The New Classic

Iggy Azalea “The New Classic”—Album Review

Mercury/Island Def Jam (2014)

I’m not gonna lie: seeing Iggy Azalea, 23, re-enact Cher in Clueless in her video for hit single “Fancy” made me exceptionally happy.  Iggy being a white female rapper (from Australia) also made me happy.  She is pretty much the Macklemore of female rappers as far as novelty goes, and her flow sounds a bit like his uneven patterns—she’s just a bit rustier.  Guest Charli XCX stole the show on […]


Future Honest

Future “Honest” –Album Review

Epic (2014)

What could have inspired Future’s latest album’s name? At first I thought it was his pregnant fiancé to be, Ciara, and the promise of soon-to-be born Little Future. That might have played into it, but really Future’s Honest (which drops April 22) is more about declaring the truth of his now grandiose success (and the “Blood, Sweat, Tears” that got him there.  Released by Epic, A1 and his own imprint, Freebandz, […]


Nas Illmatic xx

Twenty Years Later, Nas’ “Illmatic” is Even Iller

Nas always had a thing for nostalgia.  He is fantastic at remembering past glory, whether it be historical (“I Can”) or his own – which is what this whole album is about.  Illmatic XX reflects on where Nas came from, and celebrates the Golden Era in East Coast hip-hop.  On the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 debut album, the classic Illmatic, the lyricist (now 40) reminds us how he captured […]


Coachella 2014

OutKast Kick Off Coachella as Co-Headliner

Coachella kicked off this April 11th weekend with a slew of exciting acts: Lorde, Pixies, The Replacements, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Queens of the Stone Age, Motorhead, Calvin Harris,  Broken Bells, Haim, Neko Case, MGMT, Girl Talk, Foster The People,  Ellie Goulding,  Lana Del rey,  and many others. But most exciting of all is none other than that ubiquitous duo, a reunited OutKast co-headlining the festival.  Hey ya!  Arcade Fire […]


Tupac

Legendary Rappers Make Eligibility List for Rock Hall of Fame

There really in no bigger honor.  Being inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become, in our society, the pinnacle of an artist’s career.  Bigger than a Grammy, a Pepsi endorsement, or a sold-out Madison Square Garden Concert, induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the cultural stamp of legend.  This year, the induction ceremony takes place on Thursday, April 10 at the Barclays […]


The Infamous Mobb Deep

Still…“The Infamous Mobb Deep” (Album Review)

Infamous Records (2014)

Nineteen years to the month since acclaimed East Coast rap duo Mobb Deep released their breakout album The Infamous,  rappers Havoc and Prodigy have decided to start the 20-year celebration early with an appropriately titled new record, The Infamous Mobb Deep. “Infamous” for being part of the East Coast / West Coast dissing rivalry (a rivalry that ultimately ended the lives of Tupac and Biggie), Mobb Deep peddled the gritty […]


Nick Cannon White People Party Music

Nick Cannon Goes White Face with “White People Party Music”

Ncredible Entertainment (2014)

Is this a joke? Nope.  It was April 1st, and Nick Cannon dropped his first album in 11 years, White People Party Music -  and he posted pictures of himself on Instagram in, you guessed it, white face.  But this is no April Fool’s joke; this is just Nick Cannon being Nick Cannon.  See, Nick is a jack-of-all-trades.  He’s a random assortment of show business skills – actor, comedian, talk […]


Lollapalooza 2014

Lollapalooza Snags Eminem; OutKast to Headline

Looks like rap fans will have plenty to enjoy on the playbill for this year’s Lollapalooza: Eminem, OutKast, Nas, Childish Gambino (aka Troy in Community), Iggy Azalea and Chance the Rapper among them.  The annual 3-day music festival sold out within hours of going on sale.  Eminem and Outkast will headline the stage along with Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Lorde and Artic Monkeys. This exciting festival hosts approximately […]


Angel Haze

Angel Haze’s “Battle Cry”

I’m excited about Angel Haze.  This Aaliyah channeling, spit-fire battling femcee recently staked her flag in the hip-hop world with “Battle Cry,” a rousing song that rallies anyone who has been abused to dump their past and rise above it.  The music video below reveals startling imagery of a presumably young Angel being exorcised in a religious scene gone horribly wrong; being abandoned by her mother to a ratchet sexual […]


Lee Daniels

Fox Has an “Empire” State of Mind

As if The Butler wasn’t enough.  Lee Daniels, director of the acclaimed movie The Butler, along with his writer Danny Strong, have teamed up with the Fox Network and Brian Grazer (who apparently has a deep love for hip-hop) to create Empire, a new hip-hop drama series.  Think the rags-to-ridiculous-riches story of Jay Z. Empire is a family drama set in the middle of the hip-hop world. At the heart […]


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