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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i’: Universal Truth for Turbulent Times

I think I’m just going to call Kendrick Lamar the new Nas or Talib Kweli.  Our modern rapper for the people. His inspirational track “i” came out a few months ago, and it brings a timely solution to the social unrest in America today. With the recent Ferguson shootings, and the Eric Garner choking, the lyricist just keeps repeating the hook, “I love myself,” to a sick “That Lady” Isley […]

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A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Dead at 26

Steven Rodriguez, better known as A$AP Yams and the founder of the famed New York hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, died Sunday, as confirmed by a statement from his label, RCA Records. He was 26. “All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams,” the label said in a statement. “As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor […]


Tupac Immortalized in Grammy Museum

Tupac is about to be institutionalized. In a good way. The Grammy Museum will celebrate the life and times of one of the most iconic figures in hip-hop history with a new exhibition named after his 1996 album: “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur.” The exhibit opens on February 2 and will cover Tupac’s entire career, from his Digital Underground days to his successful solo career.  All […]


‘Dumb Sh*t’ Launches Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’

Smooth lover man Tyrese has been posting for months that he’s dropping his Last. Solo. Album. Ever. Black Rose.  It’s accompanied by a book and a documentary, A Black Rose That Grew Through Concrete, in which the singer/actor/author/model/motivational speaker remembers his hard-knock-live growing up in Watts.  Raised by a single mother, the young man was exposed to drugs, alcohol and nearly every other vice imaginable.  Before singing, his ultimate dream […]

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Rapper Rawcus Makes ‘White People Crazy’

A man in a mask makes people feel scared, fascinated, intrigued.  A black rapper in a black mask with a hat that says, “White People Crazy,” is bound to make people feel all of the above – plus – a little crazy.  Such is the case with masked rapper Rawcus.  No one knows who this man shrouded in secrecy is, but his hit song, “White People Crazy,” is now a […]

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Kanye West Teams with Paul McCartney on ‘Only One’

Starting the New Year right, one of our fave hip-hop artists jumps into 2015 with an emotional duet, “Only One.”  Following in the famous footsteps of Michael Jackson, Kanye West teamed up with former Beatle Paul McCartney to create a sweet ode to his “chosen one.” The two came together in Los Angeles for a “simple brainstorming session,” that morphed into Paul riffing on the piano and Kanye sketching the […]

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10 Best Hip-Hop Holiday Songs of All Time (Part 2)

Merry Frickin’ Christmas!

And we’re back! Did the first five jams on our list get you into the Christmas spirit?  Why are so many rappers rapping about egg nog?  And does Santa just sleigh ride right over the ghetto? All those songs about getting coal for Christmas make you just want to give every rapper a hug. That said, the next five songs will bring in the Christmas cheer as you stuff your […]

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10 Best Hip-Hop Holiday Songs of All Time (Part 1)

Merry Frickin’ Christmas!

People don’t usually associate hip-hop with the holly jolly holidays, but rappers have been cashin’ in on Christmas since 1979.  Now, it’s difficult to take a thug rapper seriously who’s bustin’ flows about Santa Claus, but somehow, from the poignant to the ludicrous, these rappers manage to do it – in style.  So, how is Santa’s big day celebrated in the hood? During the ‘80’s, rappers created feel-good mistletoe-y songs […]

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50 Cent to Release ‘Beautiful Nightmare’?

Fif’s at it again. Quickly becoming the King of Multiple Releases, 50 Cent recently revealed he may be  coming out with yet another album, potentially called Beautiful Nightmare.  Counting June’s lackluster Animal Ambition, and the still-to-be-released Street King Immortal, Beautiful Nightmare makes three. It has been suggested that 50’s business strategy is to pepper the streets with product in order to make himself relevant again to the public (because seriously, […]

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Welcome Princess Carter: Lil Wayne Signs Daughter Reginae

Lil Wayne’s Young Money Imprint is officially in the family way.  Meaning Weezy’s birthing a new baby -– his own.  Earlier this year he signed his 16-year-old eldest daughter, Reginae Carter, as the latest (and youngest) Young Money artist.  The singer/rapper (and author!) is prepping her first album, Becoming Reginae, and has just released her first single, “Mind Goin Crazy.” Mind Goin Crazy – Reginae Carter Over a boom-bass beat, […]

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Kid Rapper Astro Jumps In The Rap Ring With ‘Champion’

New cut from Brooklyn rapper Astro (or The Astronomical Kid), of X Factor fame. Remember that kid on the show who smack talked Simon Cowell before launching into, “Stop Looking At My Mom?” Well, after melting the hearts of mothers everywhere, Hollywood came calling.  Astro rocketed into the big and small screens, co-starring in Person of Interest, Earth to Echo, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Red Band Society.  Still […]

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Kanye West x Sam Smith Mash-Up

Kanye always did sound good over a soul beat. But here, cruising over one of the most soulful artists to recently emerge, Sam Smith, he sounds especially heartfelt, magical and sage. The mash-up is remixed by artist Carlos Serrano, and is called “Tell Me I’m The Only One.” “Tell Me I’m The Only One” Kanye West x Sam Smith Mr. Serrano, who has a whole SoundCloud page of creative mash-ups, […]

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Azealia Banks ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ – Album Review

Azealia Banks / Prospect Park (2014)

Azealia Banks is one odd duck.  But the eccentric rapper is so unpredictably out the box that her debut album (finally!), Broke with Expensive Taste, is a breath of incredibly fresh air. After all the tweeter beefs Azealia launched in her career (Angel Haze, T.I.), fans wondered if she could even put out an album! But in the tradition of Beyoncé, Azealia surprise-released the album online without promotion (on her […]

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Eminem’s ‘Detroit vs Everybody’

And they’re off! Eminem’s “Detroit vs Everybody,” third single off his compilation album, Shady XV, just jumped out the block. Over Statik Selektah’s menacing piano and rock guitar beat,Detroit rappers sprint (or spit) like a 400 meter relay race. And it looks promising… Eminem’s “Detroit vs Everybody” Coming out the gate first is Royce Da 5’9 (off Shady Records), who comes with clever wordplay and serious disses.  Check this: “Range […]

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Flashback: All Nas Needed Was ‘One Mic’

“One Mic.” One of my favorite rap songs – which ricochets through Nas’ divided mind. The song is so Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that it’s stirred my fascination for years. But first, how it all began. I recently discovered that the brilliant “One Mic” was actually jump-started by Nas’ younger brother, Jabari “Jungle” Jones. For once, one of hip-hop’s greatest lyricists was at a total loss for words. As […]