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Project Pat Releases Sequel To Mista Don’t Play Album, 14 Years Later

Memphis, Tennessee veteran MC Project Pat’s best selling album is 2001’s Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin’. A platinum effort, the Hypnotized Minds/Loud/Universal Records effort thrived amidst a Three 6 Mafia

Can You Knock The Hustle?… Jay Z Pulls Reasonable Doubt From Spotify, Onto Tidal

Jay Z’s 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt is a very special jewel in the artist-turned-mogul’s treasure chest. The album that cemented Jay’s status as a renowned lyricist has been a touchstone

Has GLC’s Time Finally Come? Kanye West & Dame Dash To Back His Sophomore Album

Fresh after Dame Dash announced Kanye West’s production involvement in DD172/Blu Roc Films’ Loisaidas, the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder and the Roc’s biggest signee of the 2000s are getting back to

The “Rap God” Eminem is Now On Rap Genius

Eminem is the latest famous MC to create a verified account on Rap Genius and give some annotations to his songs and lyrics. The website is used to provide explanations

Nobody’s Smiling…Common Un-invited From Kean University Graduation Speech

Common is the recipient of some difficult news today (April 1). Union, New Jersey’s Kean University has uninvited the Chicago, Illinois veteran MC and actor from giving its commencement speech,

J. Cole Finally Gets His Platinum Plaque, Thanks To 2014 Forest Hills Drive

J. Cole is undoubtedly one of the premier Hip-Hop stars of the 2010s. Even before the new decade came in, Cole’s The Warm Up topped year-end lists, and the Fayetteville,

MF DOOM & Flying Lotus Announce Collabo Album, But Is It An April Fool’s Joke?

As fans are holding their breaths, hoping that these two illusive artists aren’t playing an “April Fools” joke. [UPDATE: According to one of DOOM’s past labels, Nature Sounds Records, this

Ad-Rock Describes Post-Beastie Boys Life, New Film With Ben Stiller

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz sat down to reflect on his past as a member of Beastie Boys as well as to give insight on

Itzsoweezee! De La Soul Hits Their $110,000 Kickstarter Goal & Then Some…

Less than 48 hours after De La Soul launched a Kickstarter campaign to record, manufacture, and release their yet-to-be-titled eighth studio album, they have seemingly hit their goal. Asking for

De La Soul Are Sampling Themselves On A New Album. But They Need Your Support (Video)

Whoa… so out of the blue, De La Soul have announced that they have a new album in the charm—their first in 11 years (see: The Grind Date). This time

Pete Rock Signals More Petestrumentals & Unleashes A 20 Year Old Groove (Audio)

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 14 years since Pete Rock released Petestrumentals. Following Jay Dee’s (p/k/a J Dilla) Welcome To Detroit, Soul Brother Pete laced BBE (Barely Breaking

Chris Tucker is Doing His First Ever Full-Length Stand-Up Comedy Special (News)

Long before he was one of the biggest box office draws on the planet, Chris Tucker was a stand-up comedian with gut-wrenching skills. Sharing the stage on Def Comedy Jam

RZA Has Some Controversial Views On Sample Lawsuits In 2015. Do You Agree?

Since even before 1993’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), RZA has been a producer who liked to sample. From Janet Jackson to Al Green, Mary Poppins to The Electric Prunes,

Snoop Dogg Developing New HBO Series With Makers Of Menace II Society & Boondocks

In the last 15 years, Snoop Dogg has launched two television series: the 2002-2003 MTV-spawned “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle” and the 2007-2008 two-season go for E!, “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood.” Neither

Kendrick Lamar’s Butterfly Soars, Breaking Spotify’s Record

The same day that The Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill is announced as a diamond certification, selling 10 million confirmed copies, Kendrick Lamar reaches a numerically similar benchmark. The Compton,

Kendrick Lamar Speaks On The Spiritual Mindstate Behind To Pimp A Butterfly

With the surprise release of To Pimp A Butterfly earlier this week, Kendrick Lamar sat down with The New York Times to give some insight on the album. Rather than

Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill Album Certified Diamond By The RIAA, A 1980s Rap First!

Nearly 30 years old, the Beastie Boys’ 1986 debut album, Licensed To Ill has sold 10 million copies. Officially certified diamond status, the Def Jam Records release (the only the

Does Raekwon’s F.I.L.A. Have New Direction? The Tracklist & Personnel Say A Lot

Since 2009’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II, Raekwon the Chef has found a revival in acclaim, chart position, and in feature work. The Staten Island, New York MC veteran

Surprise, Surprise. Kendrick Lamar’s New Album is Out Now! (News)

In yet another sign of the ever-changing record business in the digital age, Top Dawg Entertainment has delivered a very welcomed surprise to the Hip-Hop world. Kendrick Lamar’s new album,

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Tracklist Features Rapsody, Snoop Dogg & Bilal

Less than 10 days away from release, it appears that the tracklist to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has been made public. iTunes posted the tracks to the March

Young Biggie Smalls Bagged Groceries, Now The Same Store Is Painting A Mural In His Honor

The lyrics to “Juicy” color the story of The Notorious B.I.G.’s youth. Before he was Biggie Smalls, Christopher Wallace was earning his money to buy mixtapes and Rap magazines by

Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill & Jurassic 5 Get Back To Their Essence For Record Store Day

Record Store Day is just a month away (April 18), and Get On Down Records has unveiled some awesome deluxe releases set for the occasion. They have put together special

Is Kendrick Lamar’s “Butterfly” Artwork The Next Classic Hip-Hop Image?

After midnight EST this morning (March 11), Kendrick Lamar appears to have revealed the artwork to his sophomore major label album. While the March 23 LP title remains unconfirmed, the

Pharrell & Robin Thicke Ordered To ‘Give It Up’ To Marvin Gaye Estate

There are “blurred lines” in regards to the adage that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” A court has now found that Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I.’s 2013 hit

Raekwon Needs Help Finishing The Purple Tape Film. Hip-Hop Stand Up (Video)

Back in January, Raekwon debuted a trailer for what looks like an amazing documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of his classic album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…guest starring Ghostface Killah

Waka Flocka Flame Cancels University Of Oklahoma Show Following Racist Videos

Sometimes money doesn’t matter. Following videos surfacing of some fraternity members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at University of Oklahoma chanting about the brotherhood’s exclusion of Blacks and using racial slurs,

Kendrick Lamar Announces Album Release Date and Title. Here’s the Story (News)

Few albums have been more anticipated in the last year than Kendrick Lamar‘s long-awaited follow up to his debut major label release, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Well, the wait is

Erick Sermon Is Bringing Hip-Hop To Your Home With Def Rugs

Always about his business, EPMD MC Erick Sermon has started a new venture that has been turning heads: Def Rugs. Def Rugs is a carpet business that makes Hip-Hop logos

The World Might Not Hear the Final Wu-Tang Clan Album for 88 Years. RZA Explains (News)

When the Wu-Tang Clan first began their career as a group in 1993, they completely altered the landscape of music, with their unique initial recording contract forever changing the way

Michael Jordan Is Now A Billionaire. If Only We Could Be Like Mike…

Two hundred and ninety billionaires are reported to have joined the elite club in the last year, according to a new report from Forbes magazine. One of those tycoons is

Kanye West Asks For Help On His Seventh Album Title & Releases Artwork

The cat is out of the bag…or in other words, “Mike Douglas out the car now.” After a one-month media cycle, Kanye West has finally released the most pertinent detail

Pharcyde Hit-maker J-Swift Facing Deportation From USA

Back in January of this year, members of The Pharcyde were on tour, doing a show in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was all good, until they tried to return

Friday Is The New Tuesday…Albums Will Now Drop In Time For The Weekend

An age-old tradition for music consumers is about to change. For Heads who waited outside record stores on Tuesday mornings, or stay up way too late waiting to buy from

Watch Marlon Wayans Give a Gut-Wrenching Portrayal of Richard Pryor (Video)

Last week, Mike Epps had one of the realest conversations in recent memory, with Sway, about the ruthlessness of the comedy business. As part of the discussion, he also touched

Donald Glover Plans To Lay “Childish Gambino” To Rest? (Video)

Comedian, writer and actor Donald Glover may have allegedly taken “Childish Gambino” out of the Wu-Tang Name Generator back in the mid-2000s. However, there was nothing funny or silly about

Rhymefest Now Has A Grammy & An Oscar. Is He One Of The Ghostwriter Greats?

Remember that time Rhymefest beat Eminem in a Rap battle at the 1997 Scribble Jam? Unless you were there, likely not. It seems now that the two Midwest MCs have

Was Kevin Garnett the First Hip-Hop Athlete? Da Kid Goes Back Home.

Many see Allen Iverson as the prototypical Hip-Hop athlete. Iverson entered the NBA from the Georgetown Hoyas in 1996, full of swagger with his cornrows, jewelry and baggy jeans. However,

It’s Official. Mayweather and Pacquiao Are Finally Fighting on May 2nd.

After many false starts, it looks like the much anticipated fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is officially happening. According to ESPN.com, earlier today, Mayweather stated: “I

Rick Rubin Goes From Boom-Bap To Dance-Hop, Turning His Attentions To GoldLink

T La Rock. Run-DMC. LL Cool J. Beastie Boys. Public Enemy. Geto Boys… For more than 30 years, Rick Rubin has stood on the cutting edge, in Hip-Hop alone. The

Black Thought Says The Roots Are Free Agents. Will They Go Independent?

In a recording career that’s nearly 25 years long, The Roots have really dealt with only two labels: Geffen Records and Def Jam Records. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hip-Hop band has

Puff Daddy & Snoop Dogg Symbolically Use 1995 Source Awards Footage To Put BEEF To Bed (Video)

In an evening that saw a surprise Drake mixtape, and two star-studded Kanye West events in Manhattan, Puff Daddy and Snoop Dogg may have scored the most historical moment, as

Drake Upstages Everybody With The Ultimate Sneak Attack Move

Despite all the major fanfare transpiring in Manhattan tonight with NBA All Star activities and the march to Fashion Week, Drake (who was in attendance at Roc City Classic) may

By The Time I Get To Arizona. KRS-One Blasts the State for Declaring His Teachings Illegal.

In 1991, Public Enemy released the song “By the Time I Get to Arizona”, a scathing commentary on the state’s reluctance to observe Martin Luther King Day. The state was

Eminem’s Marshall Mathers 2 LP Crowned Rap Album Of The Year, Take A Closer Look

At last night’s (February 8) 57th Grammy Awards, Eminem’s Marshall Mathers 2 LP grabbed “Rap Album Of The Year” honors. This is the fifth time Em has received these honors,

Kanye West Warns The Grammy’s That If True Artistry Isn’t Honored, He & Others Will Withdraw (Video)

Last night (February 8), the 57th annual Grammy Awards were held at Los Angeles, California’s Staples Center. Kanye West was among performers, as well as nominees. The Def Jam Records

Rah Digga Teaching Music & Hip-Hop Classes To Newark, New Jersey Youth

It’s a great thing when MCs walk it like they talk it. Rah Digga is one of the greats at that. The Jersey City, New Jersey MC has signed on

Zion I Announce They Are Splitting, But Make Final Project Available (EP Stream)

Oakland, California duo Zion I has nearly 20 years in the books, dating back to 1998’s “Inner Light.” However, Zumbi (a/k/a MC Zion) and Amp Live have announced that they

Rick Rubin Reveals His Insider Stories Behind Songs He Produced

In recent years, RapGenius has been the go-to website to decipher your favorite Rap lyrics, but it often works best when the artists themselves log on to give their insight.

It Turns Out Missy Elliott is The Real Super Bowl Winner. Here’s Why.

During Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the Pop princess notably did not include Juicy J or Snoop Dogg (who was at the championship game) for her medley of

The Jacka Murdered In Oakland, California

Pittsburg, California veteran MC The Jacka has been murdered in nearby Oakland, California last night (February 2). The 37 year-old Mob Figaz co-founder born Dominic Newton was fatally shot in