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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 […]

50 cent animal ambition

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 […]


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 […]

Lupe Fiasco Mission

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 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 […]

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