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T.I. Takes on Michael Brown, Guns, Police Brutality With “New National Anthem”

I always knew there was something of a revolutionary in the rapper T.I. Yes, he’ll always hand it in with commercial candy-coated hits, but somewhere deep in there is that Trouble Man – that same troubled spirit that led Marvin Gaye to ask, “What’s Going On?” As I predicted in my last article covering hip-hop’s reaction to the Michael Brown police shooting, more hip-hop celebs are coming forth. Following in […]

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Hip-Hop Takes On Michael Brown, Ferguson With J.Cole’s “Be Free”

As angry protests rage on in Ferguson, Missouri, it seems like Trayvon Martin all over again. Another unarmed young black teenager, Michael Brown (18), has been shot and killed – this time by the police, and possibly in cold blood. Witnesses say his hands were up. He was shot at least six times – twice to the head, autopsy reports say. Protests with placards reading, “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!” have […]

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Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour Ramps Up

Going up against your boss is never a small feat, but Drake proves that he is more than ready to go toe-to-toe with his mentor and Young Money label head in the Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour. Exciting lyrical battle? Check. Swag-dropping braggadocio? Check. One hell of a publicity stunt? Check. But has the student become the master now? The Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour began August 8 and is […]

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Lil’ Kim Vs. Nicki Minaj

Is the beef between these raptresses really necessary?

“Identity Theft” is what she’s calling it.  If you haven’t heard Lil’ Kim’s latest diss track toward Nicki Minaj, the Queen Bee goes straight for the jugular calling Nicki a “bum b**ch” who jacked her “swagger”. The diss track comes complete with Lil’ Kim’s driver’s license boasting a picture of Nicki’s face.  Kim goes Hitler on the younger femcee rapping, “Since you insist on running your jibs off / After […]

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Chris Brown To Release “X”

Chris just got released from prison, and he’s wasting no time releasing new music.  With a hot lead single, “Loyal,” that’s already spent 10 weeks on the charts, Chris Brown, 25, is prepping the world for the release of his sixth album X.  The embattled singer just announced via Instagram that X will be dropping September 16.  Reports say it will be a 2-disc, 10-song spread. Breezy’s Instagram post was […]

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Missy Elliot Releasing Game-Changing Album?

Is Missy Elliot cooking up new music since her last album The Cookbook almost a decade ago?  Word on the street is that the fabulously unpredictable emcee/producer is working with her long-time partner Timbaland to create a whole new futuristic sound. “It’s coming,” Timbaland told Rolling Stone. “It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip […]


Top 20 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs From the 1990s (Part 2)

… And we’re back.  Recently, we started our Top 20 countdown of hottest hip-hop jams of the ‘90’s.  With the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Coolio, M.C. Hammer and Lauryn Hill leading the way, the decade produced hit after hit – laying the foundation for a now international culture.  Both urban and suburban America hitched their rides to the meteoric rise of rap. We finished with Number 11 […]

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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 […]


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 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 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 […]

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