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Top 20 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs From the 1990’s (part 1)

Every 20 years, it seems pop culture recycles itself.  That means the 90’s are back y’all.  Cue my childhood; grunge flannel shirts, ripped jeans, that Clueless movie, and the meteoric rise of rap. During the 90’s, hip-hop, like an eager adolescent teen, up and left its home in the Bronx and spread its wings for the West and East Coasts.  This sparked the infamous feud which took the lives of […]


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Beyoncé Leads MTV Video Music Award Nominations

Iggy Azalea, Eminem not far behind

Who is taking home a moon man this August?  It’s that time of year again when MTV takes over our living rooms and mobile devices with one of the liveliest awards shows in Tinseltown, the MTV Music Video Awards!  This year, Beyoncé leads the pack with eight straight nominations including the highly coveted Video of the Year for “Drunk In Love”.  She is also up for Best Female and Best […]


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Bone Thugs to Say Farewell With Final, Million-Dollar Album

See you at the crossroads, so you won’t be lonely… Remember that heavenly rap video? Never has a group of thug rappers harmonized so sweetly about the grim reaper topic of death.  Ever since Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Flesh-N-Bone and Wish Bone (aka Bone Thugs n-Harmony) released their Grammy winning hit “Tha Crossroads” in the 90’s, there has never been a more melodic rap group to hit the stage.  Several albums […]


Eminem

Eminem Is First Rapper To Make It To Wembley

Wembley Stadium, the second largest stadium in Europe, heralds the likes of Madonna, U2, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Rihanna, and George Michael (Wembley’s first musical act).  Not a rapper has graced this London venue… until now.  Eminem made history July 11th by headlining the first rap show in the magnificent 90,000 seat venue.  He brought out fellow history maker Dr. Dre (hip-hop’s first billionaire) and performed a medley of […]


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The Roots Prove Execs Wrong With Emmy Nod For “The Tonight Show”

For the first time ever, a hip-hop band is the house band for one of the biggest late night institutions in history, NBC’s The Tonight Show.  That band, The Roots, adds a fresh home-grown appeal to Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talker, honestly making Jimmy more cool.  Because let’s face it, anything The Roots touches automatically becomes More Cool. The Roots are one of the most organic, quirky and unique musical acts […]


Common

Common To Drop “Nobody’s Smiling” About Violence In Chicago

It’s a rare occasion when a legend asks you out to dinner.  Yet, there I was, sitting across from Common, one of the early pioneers of hip-hop and one of the most conscious rappers in the game.  Common, 42, who likes to be called by his real name Rashid (Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr), pulled out my chair, ordered a veggie dinner, and even prayed blessings over the meal before we […]


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Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter” Reigns Supreme

Let’s give a shout out to Lil Wayne, who this week celebrates the 10 year anniversary of his breakout album Tha Carter, released June 29, 2004. The Platinum-certified album is based off The Carter, a crack house empire from New Jack City.  (Remember that movie?)   Featuring his trademark speedy, weezy raps, mature delivery, clever wordplay, and devil-may-care attitude, Tha Carter launched Weezy’s five album saga, of which he’s on the […]


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T.I. and Iggy (and Azealia Banks) Don’t Want “No Mediocre”

When it comes to women, T.I. lets it be known in his new single that he wants “No Mediocre”.  T.I.’s southern twang tossed over Brazilian steel drums sounds like butta. Only drawback, Mr. Tip’s lyrics are a bit tooo simple: “Right hand in the air, I solemnly swear / I never f**k a b**ch if she don’t do her hair”.  Sounds like something out of a kindergarten playground, instead of […]


Eminem

Eminem Goes Digital Diamond–Twice

Eminem has always been a pioneer, ever since he popped out that Detroit trailer with a vendetta against his mom (and all of white America).  He has since flown into a breathtaking ride of breaking boundaries and taking rap territories.  Now, it seems Em has ventured into even more new territory.  He has been awarded not one, but two Digital Single Diamond Awards for for two separate songs, “Love the […]


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50 Cent “Animal Ambition” – Album Review

G-Unit / Caroline / Capitol (2014)

Spending the last five years as a stone cold businessman with his own record label (G-Unit Records), a lucrative clothing line, and a movie company, 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) has been somewhat silent on the rap scene except for the occasional rapper-beef feud- until now. His fifth studio album Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win dropped earlier this month complete with a snarling lion on the front cover – […]


Iggy Azalea The New Classic

Iggy Azalea Slays, Takes Top Two Slots on Hot 100 Charts

“First thing’s first, I’m the realest.”  The next line of “Fancy” should have gone “Southern white female rapper finna steal this.” Numbers don’t lie, and guess who topped the Hot 100 charts last week?  Yup, that would be Iggy Azalea. “Fancy” (feat. Charlie XCX) is currently the No. 1 song in the country on Billboard HOT 100 chart. This bad Australian b**ch is definitely in the murda bidness. While she […]


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Drake’s Houston Appreciation Weekend

He-Haw!! Drizzy Drake’s got mad love for Texas.  The “Started from the Bottom” rapper announced in March on his Instagram a first annual concert series called “Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW).”  Now the big weekend is here, starting Thursday, June 12 and running through Sunday, June 15.  Scheduled HAW activities include: Drake’s Warehouse Live Concert, the launch of OVO Pop-Up Shop, a Habibiz Hookah Pop-Up, an after party featuring Lil Wayne […]


Kanye West

Is Kanye West at “God Level”?

“Ima let you finish but Kanye West had the best wedding of alllll time!!!” Seriously. He did. To Kim Kardashian last Saturday. And would you expect anything less than the height of magnificence?  An Italian wedding held at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, complete with VIP guest list, haute-couture style, stunning performances, and the debut of Kanye’s new song, “God Level”. No wedding of Kimye would be complete without a […]


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Lupe Fiasco’s “Mission”

“What’s up? This is Charlie Wilson, aka Uncle Charlie. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, but still fighting.” That’s how Lupe Fiasco’s new single “Mission” begins. With a fight.  R&B star Wilson is soon joined by a cacophony of other cancer survivors, including a woman who yelps, “Cancer definitely picked the wrong b**ch to mess with. F**k you cancer! Woo-hoo!” An inspiring start to an inspiring song from […]


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 […]


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