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Nicki Minaj Updates Biggie’s “Dreams” With Her Fantasies About Today’s Artists (Audio)

The Notorious B.I.G. made an audacious move with 1993’s “Just Playing (Dreams),” a promotional single in which he lasciviously name-dropped female artists. Contemporaries like SWV and TLC got attention, as

Prodigy Discusses Living A Lifetime Filled With Excruciating Pain (Video)

June marked the first anniversary of Prodigy’s passing. His death blindsided the Hip-Hop community, despite his frequent, frank discussions about living with sickle-cell anemia. He even used his 2000 debut

The NFL Won’t Even Let Colin Kaepernick Play In A Video Game

Madden NFL 19 won’t be released until August 10 but is already making headlines. Advance copies of the forthcoming EA Sports NFL game were released to criticism relating to its

Page Kennedy, Elzhi & Nick Grant Hold A Master Class In Storytelling (Audio)

In 2017, Detroit’s Page Kennedy released Torn Pages. Featuring Royce 5’9, KXNG Crooked, Elzhi, Mr. Porter, Kuniva, Marsha Ambrosious and others, it was an intimate breakthrough from an MC who openly tackled

Chris Orrick Finally Unmasks And Faces The Music (Video)

Hailing from the blue-collar pastures of Michigan, Chris Orrick is an MC whose latest album, Portraits, makes a strong case for the value of intense reflection. In January, he announced he

Too Short Explains How Tupac Almost Kept Pimp C From Working With JAY-Z (Video)

With 2000’s guest spot on JAY-Z’s Top 20 hit “Big Pimpin’,” UGK scored their most visible collaboration to date. Produced by Timbaland, it appeared on Jigga’s triple-platinum Vol. 3… Life and

Cypress Hill Will Be Rap Superstars On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

As the first Latino Hip-Hop group to sell a platinum record, Cypress Hill reigns supreme as a record-breaking, history-setting Rap group already. The Los Angeles crew was nominated for Best

Jay Rock & J. Cole Are A Deadly Combination Lyrically And In Their New Video

With June 15’s Redemption, Jay Rock released his first album since suffering a nearly fatal dirt-bike accident in 2016. The album’s title and much of its content deal with themes of

Chadwick Boseman Celebrates A Real Life Super Hero With His MTV Movie Award (Video)

Chadwick Boseman has become a real-life superhero to millions of people around the world, thanks to his role as the fictional superhero Black Panther. In that role, he represented ideals

There’s A New Super Power In Hip-Hop & R&B And Her Name Is Tierra Whack (Video)

Tierra Whack has taken the traditional mode of the “concept album” to a different (and sometimes bizarre) place. The Philadelphia native began her career as a teenaged Dizzle Dizz, but

Kooley High Keep Ascending & Will Never Come Down (Video Premiere)

From the hills of Raleigh, North Carolina, Kooley High have ascended with Never Come Down, a 14-track album with features from fellow Tar Heels Rapsody and Carlitta Durand and 9th Wonder

Do Remember When Pete Rock & Black Thought Breathed New Life Into Black Star (Audio)

In September, Hip-Hop will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, the album which launched Talib Kweli’s solo career and spawned one of the most

Bas Uses His Near-Death Experiences To Come Back To Life (Video)

Dreamville’s Bas is an artist whose visual content is given as much attention as the words he spits in the booth. Seventy-five percent of 2016’s Too High to Riot was given visual

Daniel Caesar Has The Makings Of A Great Modern-Day Soul Singer. Just Watch (Video)

Daniel Caesar’s Freudian has made him one of contemporary Soul’s biggest names. Since releasing the album in August 2017, the Toronto singer-songwriter became a Grammy-nominated musician thanks to the success of singles

Top Dawg & Kendrick Lamar Challenged Spotify’s Censorship & Won

Last week, reports began to surface that major names in the music industry were taking Spotify to task for its “hateful conduct policy,” which many viewed as a form of

Black Thought Is Releasing Two More Projects And They Are Coming Soon (Audio)

Earlier today (June 1), Black Thought released his first solo project in the form of Streams of Thought, vol. 1, a five-song E.P. featuring production from 9th Wonder and The Soul

Cavalier Blends A DOOM Flow With Ghosts Of New Orleans (Video)

Though raised in Brooklyn, rapper Cavalier now calls New Orleans home. In 2014, he released CHIEF, which included a Raekwon-assisted single. On his third album, Private Stock, the Big Apple and the Big

25 Years Ago, The Roots Showed They Had Skills Even Before Questlove Had His Fro (Video)

On May 19, 1993, The Roots self-pressed and released Organix. Before the Grammys, The Tonight Show and international super-stardom, the Philadelphia crew frequently went by “The Square Roots” and its drummer spelled

Rakim Will Appear In Luke Cage And Perform An Original Song

On June 22, season two of Marvel’s Luke Cage series will premiere on Netflix. The record-breaking show, which helped the network’s stock soar (and its servers to crash) when it debuted in

Rapsody’s Album Continues To Pay Up Soulful Dividends (Video)

A week before the release of her Grammy-nominated album Laila’s Wisdom, Rapsody dropped a conceptual single in which she examines the relationship between money and love. “Pay Up” featured her clever wordplay and served

Curtis Roach Spills His Anxiety On The Table & Lets It Flow (Video)

Curtis Roach is a 19-year-old Detroiter whose talents are on full display with “Anxietea.” The song tackles our perennial pursuit of belonging and approval within the context of social anxiety,

Spotify Has Made A Loud Statement By Muting R. Kelly, But It’s A Dangerous Precedent.

R. Kelly is today embroiled in what may prove to be the breaking point in the years-long backlash against him amidst allegations of sexual abuse, harassment, statutory rape and more.

Cool Company Makes A Jam For Those Who Just Don’t Give A Funk (Video)

Together, vocalist Cool Yan and multi-instrumentalist-producer Fat Matt make up Cool Company, a New Jersey outfit creating “Future R&B.” In 2013, the duo arrived with a self-titled album followed by 2016’s Slice

Questlove Is A Creative Genius. He Shares His Secrets On How To Become One Too (Audio)

In his fourth book, Questlove takes a deep dive into his memories and experiences – a vast trove of material, considering the illustrious career he’s had thus far. Already a

Bas Is More Proof That J. Cole Has Assembled One Of The Best Rosters In Hip-Hop (Audio)

With 2016’s Too High to Riot, Bas released a gem of an album that was as much of a visual triumph as it was sonic. He released music videos for nine

A$AP Rocky Collides With Moby On His Boldest Collab Yet (Video)

On his 2015 LP At.Long.Last.A$AP, A$AP Rocky collaborated with an unlikely but universally revered artist, Rod Stewart. As the album’s second single, “Everyday” aligned the Harlem, New York rapper with a

BET’s Executive Producer Explains What To Expect With The Bobby Brown Story (Video)

Jesse Collins is a television-industry veteran whose eponymous production company is responsible for several acclaimed BET programs including the network’s Hip Hop Awards. He also features prominently in the production

Royce & J. Cole Prove Hip-Hop Has Never Been Better On Their 1st Collabo (Audio)

Royce 5’9 shares the first single from the upcoming album he is proclaiming to be his “greatest piece of work.” In a career filled with memorable and celebrated releases, those

Chance Explains How He & Kevin Hart Tackled Racism Differently On “SNL” (Audio)

Last November, Chance The Rapper used his time as host of Saturday Night Live to pen a couple of comedy sketches, including “Wayne Thanksgiving.” In it, Chance and SNL cast members Leslie Jones,

Early In His Career, Drake Rhymed With Phonte & Elzhi And It Was All Good (Audio)

In 2007, three years before releasing his studio debut Thank Me Later, Drake was still a relatively new rapper with only one mixtape under his belt. That year he dropped his

9th Wonder Speaks On Why Bruno Mars’ Critics Are Fakin’ The Funk

Last month, while accepting his Grammy for “Album Of The Year” for 24K Magic, Bruno Mars made it a point to address the other nominees by name. He shouted out “Kung-Fu

Martin Shkreli Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Fraud

Martin Shkreli earned himself no favors in the Hip-Hop community when he came into possession of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, an LP of which there is reportedly

Phonte’s Second Solo LP Is Finally Here & It’s All Good News

Nearly seven years after the release of Phonte’s last solo LP, Charity Starts at Home, Hip-Hop fans can rejoice: New Tigallo! New Tigallo! New Tigallo! Earlier today (March 1), the

Mysonne Channels Killmonger Following Arrest At Immigration Rally

In the months since his stirring appearance on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, rapper Mysonne has continued to garner tremendous support for his steadfast dedication to the cause. He’s

Nick Grant Shows He’s Got That Thing Like Lauryn Hill (Audio)

In 2016, Nick Grant flipped a neo-soul classic in Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat.” It was a bold move for an emergent MC who’s made a name for himself boasting of

OutKast Has Forgotten Songs On Soundtracks That Are Better Than Most MCs’ Catalogs (Audio)

“Imagine being able to control your own destiny. Shape your own future. And then, one mistake take all that away. The reality of it is, you do control your own

Big Daddy Kane Rips A Freestyle At His Tiny Desk Concert (Video)

This June will mark 30 years since the release of Big Daddy Kane’s solo debut album, Long Live the Kane. It’s an apt title for an MC whose entire solo career

Kendrick Lamar & SZA Show The Gorgeousness Of Wakanda In Their New Video

Hip-Hop is poised to win big at the box office when Black Panther hits theaters later this month, replete with a soundtrack boasting features from most of TDE’s roster, Vince

Kendrick Lamar Reveals Tracklist & Release Date For “Black Panther” Soundtrack

On January 29, Marvel Studios hosted an early premiere of Black Panther ahead of its February 16 United States release. One of the most anticipated films of 2018, the superhero

How Dave Chappelle Became The Biggest Winner Of The Grammys

The 60th Grammy Awards featured the inclusion of the “Best Comedy Album” award in its telecast, the first such occurrence in the Recording Academy’s history. The award went to Dave

Kendrick Lamar Wins The Grammy For Best Rap Album

Kendrick Lamar was a big winner at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this evening (January 28). Before the main event was even televised, the DAMN. rapper was already the winner

Rapsody Explains How Erykah Badu’s “Mama’s Gun” Inspired “Laila’s Wisdom” (Video)

On Sunday, January 28, Rapsody will attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards as a nominee. Having won trophies for past feature contributions (Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly), the Roc

Cam O’bi Produced For Chance, SZA & Kendrick & Now He’s Flying Solo (Audio)

Chicago has never lost its position as one of the country’s biggest exporters of Hip-Hop talent, but its influence isn’t limited to global superstars like Common, Kanye West and Chance

Joey Bada$$ Says His Rhymes Leave MFs Doomed…(Audio)

Joey Bada$$ is taking no days off thus far in 2018. Earlier this month, he earned his first platinum certification, for All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$’ “Devastated.” Yesterday (January 18), the Brooklyn rapper’s bold

Mickey Factz & Royce 5’9 Serve Lyrics That Make Other MCs Say Their Prayers (Audio Premiere)

In 2016, Mickey Factz dropped The Achievement: circa ’82, a collaborative album produced entirely by Nottz and featuring Styles P, Phonte, Blu, Smoke DZA and more. “The Sermon” didn’t make

Black Milk Has A New Album Coming. The New Single Is No Joke (Video)

UPDATE: Black Milk has released the video to “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” The visual plays on the social media concept of the song. The producer/MC also makes an appearance in

Lupe Fiasco vs. Kendrick Lamar: Why “Stealing” Is Not A Crime For Artists (Video)

Lupe Fiasco took umbrage with Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther soundtrack on social media last week, arguing the cover artwork for the film’s Kendrick Lamar and SZA-led soundtrack single, “All the

Lena Waithe Is The First Black Woman To Win An Emmy For Comedy Writing (Video)

“TV teaches you how to dream,” Lena Waithe said in her recent interview with The Breakfast Club. The Chicagoan actor and writer just made television history as the first Black

Hip-Hop Is Good For The Brain. A New Study Proves It.

As the world’s most dominant musical culture, Hip-Hop is permeating more than our earbuds. Generations of people around the world have been raised on Rap music as well as the fashion,

The Golden Globes Snubs May Be A Sign Of A Hollywood Backlash Against Women

On January 7, 2018, the 75th Golden Globes will air amidst a time in which the entertainment industry remains mired in controversy. Titans like Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons,