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Legendary Rappers Make Eligibility List for Rock Hall of Fame

There really in no bigger honor.  Being inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become, in our society, the pinnacle of an artist’s career.  Bigger than a Grammy, a Pepsi endorsement, or a sold-out Madison Square Garden Concert, induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the cultural stamp of legend.  This year, the induction ceremony takes place on Thursday, April 10 at the Barclays […]

The Infamous Mobb Deep

Still…“The Infamous Mobb Deep” (Album Review)

Infamous Records (2014)

Nineteen years to the month since acclaimed East Coast rap duo Mobb Deep released their breakout album The Infamous,  rappers Havoc and Prodigy have decided to start the 20-year celebration early with an appropriately titled new record, The Infamous Mobb Deep. “Infamous” for being part of the East Coast / West Coast dissing rivalry (a rivalry that ultimately ended the lives of Tupac and Biggie), Mobb Deep peddled the gritty […]

Nick Cannon White People Party Music

Nick Cannon Goes White Face with “White People Party Music”

Ncredible Entertainment (2014)

Is this a joke? Nope.  It was April 1st, and Nick Cannon dropped his first album in 11 years, White People Party Music –  and he posted pictures of himself on Instagram in, you guessed it, white face.  But this is no April Fool’s joke; this is just Nick Cannon being Nick Cannon.  See, Nick is a jack-of-all-trades.  He’s a random assortment of show business skills – actor, comedian, talk […]

Lollapalooza 2014

Lollapalooza Snags Eminem; OutKast to Headline

Looks like rap fans will have plenty to enjoy on the playbill for this year’s Lollapalooza: Eminem, OutKast, Nas, Childish Gambino (aka Troy in Community), Iggy Azalea and Chance the Rapper among them.  The annual 3-day music festival sold out within hours of going on sale.  Eminem and Outkast will headline the stage along with Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Lorde and Artic Monkeys. This exciting festival hosts approximately […]

Angel Haze

Angel Haze’s “Battle Cry”

I’m excited about Angel Haze.  This Aaliyah channeling, spit-fire battling femcee recently staked her flag in the hip-hop world with “Battle Cry,” a rousing song that rallies anyone who has been abused to dump their past and rise above it.  The music video below reveals startling imagery of a presumably young Angel being exorcised in a religious scene gone horribly wrong; being abandoned by her mother to a ratchet sexual […]

Lee Daniels

Fox Has an “Empire” State of Mind

As if The Butler wasn’t enough.  Lee Daniels, director of the acclaimed movie The Butler, along with his writer Danny Strong, have teamed up with the Fox Network and Brian Grazer (who apparently has a deep love for hip-hop) to create Empire, a new hip-hop drama series.  Think the rags-to-ridiculous-riches story of Jay Z. Empire is a family drama set in the middle of the hip-hop world. At the heart […]

Kanye West Kim Kardashian

“Kimye” To Wed in Paris in Intimate Ceremony

He made Jesus Walk, made Taylor Swift freak out, and made us all Watch The Throne. Now the college drop-out is making the biggest headline of them all – he’s getting married… finally. And it’s going to be the greatest wedding of all time! Or maybe not. According to the female half of the flashy duo, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding will be an “intimate” affair set in Paris, […]

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 […]

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