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Annie 2014

It’s a Hard Knock Life: Annie Hip-Hop Remake

Two things that usually don’t go together: hip-hop and Broadway musicals.  Nonetheless, the two marry in the upcoming remake of the classic musical, Annie.  A recently released trailer stars Jamie Fox as Benjamin Stacks, a wealthy businessman and political candidate who rescues 11-year-old foster-kid Annie (the irrepressible Quvenzhane Wallis) from tyrannical orphan mistress Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).  How appropriate that the Sony picture is produced by Will Smith (Overbrook Entertainment) […]

Pharrell Girl

Pharrell Should be Happy About “G I R L”—Album Review

Columbia/Black Lot (2014)

It’s the hat. It’s gotta be the hat. Maybe that oversized mountain hat is a good luck charm on Pharrell Williams’ latest album G I R L. His latest effort oozes charm, throwback soul grooves, symphonic strings and well… joy. Lyrics are light, thankful, generally uncomplicated, sometimes awkward, and often quirky. It just makes you “Happy” – like his worldwide smash hit. “Happy” (from the film Despicable Me 2), which […]

Nicki Minaj Lookin

The “N-word”: From Malcolm to Minaj

We are pleased to welcome our new hip-hop/R&B writer Deborah Jane.  Check out her debut post below. –Ed. Nicki. Nicki. Nicki. Most recently, the reigning queen of rap lit up the blogosphere with her use of an iconic photo of Malcolm X to promote her new single, “Lookin’ Ass N***a.” While she meant it as a statement of feminist power, it ultimately sparked outrage. “Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single […]

De La Soul

Download De La Soul’s Entire Back Catalog for Free Feb. 14-15

Old-school hip-hop fans, rejoice: De La Soul has a Valentine’s present for you.  The group’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising turns 25 years old next month—and in celebration, DLS is offering free downloads of their entire catalog direct from their website for a 25-hour period, starting Feb. 14 at 11:00 AM EST and ending at 12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 15. Posdnuos recently explained the move to Rolling […]

Pharrell Happy

Four Hip-Hop/Rap Albums To Watch For in 2014

A fresh new year upon us means the arrival of exciting new music. 2013 was a great year for the hip-hop/rap genre with a slew of chart topping hit albums, including Jay Z’s Magna Carta, J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Kanye West’s Yeezus. So far, 2014 looks to be just as promising. Here are four upcoming hip-hop albums I think should be on your radar this year.    Pharrell, untitled […]

Mac Miller

Mac Miller Leaves Rostrum Records

After four years, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has officially parted ways with independent label Rostrum Records, opting not to re-sign his contract with the label once it expired. On Tuesday (January 14), Miller issued an exclusive statement to MTV News saying, “Rostrum is my family. That is forever. No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am […]


OutKast Announce More Than 40 Concert Dates

OutKast fans got the surprise of a lifetime when Andre 3000 & Big Boi announced that the hip-hop duo would reunite to headline Coachella and The Governor’s Ball. Now, OutKast has created even more excitement by announcing via their Facebook page that they will go on a “full festival run of over 40 dates to celebrate 20 years since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” Big Boi released a statement following the news via OutKast’s […]


Diddy & Drake To Headline New York Pre-Super Bowl Concert

VH1 also to host nightly NYC concerts leading up to the Super Bowl

On Thursday, rapper Diddy made a special announcement via Twitter about a private concert to take place on Feb. 1 at Time Warner Studios in New York City, one day before the Super Bowl. The show, hosted by Diddy’s newly formed Revolt TV, will feature both Diddy and Drake, with New York’s very own Funkmaster Flex and Ross One as DJs for the evening.  Fans can get free tickets for […]

Young Jeezy

Young Jeezy Arrested for Alleged Attack on Son

On Friday, Jan. 3, Young Jeezy turned himself into Atlanta authorities after a grand jury issued warrants for his arrest on three charges relating to an alleged physical attack on his own son in September 2012. Referring to court documents, TMZ is reporting that the rapper allegedly threw his son around the bathroom and bedroom of their home, threw repeated punches and threatened to kill him. In the documents, the […]

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Wallpaper. Plays House of Blues Dallas –Concert Review

Wallpaper. may spell its name with a period at the end, but the band’s live show should end with an exclamation point. When the Oakland producer-performers, signed by L.A. Reid to Epic Records, take the stage, it’s an eclectic experience of eccentric proportions that includes a gumbo of hip-hop, reggae, dub step, and who knows what else. Although this week the “hip hop and pop music project” – if you […]


The MIMO Interview: Introducing Malkovich

Meet Malkovich, a rapping entrepreneur from L.A. who has logged more airline miles than most of us combined. Having returned to the U.S. from a prolonged stint in Namibia and Europe, just last week he released a new video for a song of his most recent studio album, Great Expectations, available on Bandcamp. The Iran-born, U.S.-raised rapper may be known in some circles for his “I Ran So Far Away” […]

Roc Marciano Pimpire

Roc Marciano “The Pimpire Strikes Back” –Mixtape Review

Man Bites Dog Records (2013)

Roc Marciano is your man if you’re looking for subdued, criminal slang-ridden New York rap. While he is not particularly lyrical nor seems to understand the concept of melodic phrasing, Marciano more than makes up for it with his gulliness – no spellcheck for that word – and jazzy boom-bap soundscapes. As an A&R executive at the indie powerhouse Man Bites Dog Records who is beloved by influential bloggers, he’s […]

Eminem MMLP2

Eminem’s Stellar Sequel “Marshall Mathers LP2″–Album Review

Shady/Aftermath/Interscope (2013)

By now, you should have been served notice that Eminem is back. Over the weekend he both managed to win an award from YouTube and to be criticized for a lip-synced performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Needless to say, the dichotomy is something that the Detroit rhymer probably relishes, considering that it comes on the eve of the release of his seventh studio album Marshall Mathers LP 2 (abbreviated […]

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli Launches Web-Based Radio Station

On a day that finds Leimert Park’s own Dom Kennedy featured on Forbes.com for his entrepreneurial hustle*, veteran Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli has announced that he now has his own web-based radio station. Kweli’s Javotti Radio, which will broadcast at Radionomy.com/JavottiRadio, seems like a natural extension for Javotti Media, Kweli’s recently launched label that released his last full-length studio album Prisoner of Conscious. As far as I can tell, the […]

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Is REVOLT TV For Real or Not?

As I sat beside will.i.am at the mixing board inside one of the studios at the Record Plant in Hollywood, he queued up songs produced for Nas that didn’t make the cut for Hip-Hop Is Dead. I had already been floored to hear these exclusives, with enough ammo in my notebook to write a mini-profile about the Black Eyed Peas frontman’s foray into production. That’s the reason I was there, […]

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