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Puff Daddy Charged With 5 Crimes In UCLA Coach Altercation, Puffy’s Reps Respond

Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs was arrested on UCLA’s campus yesterday (June 22), following an altercation with Bruins football coach Sal Alosi. The arrest came after attempting to strike the former

Puff Daddy Arrested For Reported Assault With A Deadly Weapon

Longtime rivals and foes, Suge Knight and Puff Daddy are both believed to be incarcerated in Southern California today (June 22). According to TMZ, the Bad Boy Records founder Sean

Kendrick Lamar Gets Deeply Personal in New Interview. Says He Is Trayvon Martin.

President Barack Obama appeared on Marc Maron’s podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” and spoke on the enduring racism prevalent in this country and, in a breathtakingly powerful statement, said “It’s

Former LAPD Detective Proposes A New Theory Surrounding Tupac’s Murder

In 2003, author Randall Sullivan published a book called LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implications of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and

Public Enemy’s 13th Album Is Inspired By Kendrick Lamar & Run The Jewels

After 28 years of releasing albums, Public Enemy aims to make a dent in 2015. The Long Island, New York Hip-Hop group’s 13th studio album, Man Plans, God Laughs will

In The Wake Of Tragedy, Killer Mike Speaks Out About Gun Control & Domestic Terrorism

Rapper and activist Killer Mike has been in the news a lot recently, most prominently in relation to social and political events. After an appearance last month on HBO’s “Real

No Jokes: Jon Stewart Speaks the Ugly Truth About the Terrorist Attack in Charleston (Video)

In a world full of click bait, desperate grabs for ratings and endless streams of information, it can be difficult to make sense of events like the tragedy that occurred

Scarface Says If Fans Don’t Fund The Geto Boys Album, He’s Out (Audio)

Details emerged yesterday (June 16) surrounding the Geto Boys’ eighth studio album, Habeas Corpus. Now outside of the label system, the current lineup of Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill

Jill Scott Is Releasing a New Album Next Month And Going On Tour

Jill Scott has set a release date for her next album. Woman will be Scott’s fifth studio LP and her first since 2011’s The Light of the Sun. The project

Politics As Usual…Red Tape Derails Killer Mike’s Run For Office

Less than one day after announcing he was running for a Georgia State Congress seat, Killer Mike has called off write-in voters on his behalf. The Run The Jewels member

Geto Boys Break From Rap-A-Lot and Ask Fans For Help Funding Their New Album.

Less than two weeks ago (June 2), it was announced that the Geto Boys are releasing their first album in more than a decade. Coinciding with an upcoming tour, the

Killer Mike Is Running For Georgia State Representative

UPDATE: Politics As Usual…Red Tape Derails Killer Mike’s Run For Office From Uncle Luke to Rhymefest, Hip-Hop stars have attempted career moves into politics. Killer Mike may be the latest,

Rest In Peace M.C. Supreme, Of We’re All In The Same Gang Fame

Nearly 25 years ago to the date (May 31, 1990), Warner Bros. Records records released We’re All In The Same Gang by a collective called The West Coast All-Stars. Less

YG Shot Three Times in a Los Angeles Recording Studio.

According to reports, YG was shot three times at approximately 1:45am PST (6/12) in a Los Angeles recording studio. TMZ cites law enforcement officials as saying the Compton MC was

Obey Your Thirst, And Some Nas, Biggie, Drake, & Rakim Lyrics While You’re At It…

One of the first companies to respect and reflect Hip-Hop for the force that it is will be honoring the culture again. Soon, cans with lyrics by Rakim, Nas, Biggie

MC Ren Gets Ruthless About N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton” Trailers

N.W.A. had four MCs: founder Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and MC Ren. In the marketing materials for August 14’s Straight Outta Compton biopic, Ren feels as though he is

Rest In Peace Pumpkinhead, Friends & Collaborators Mourn

Veteran Brooklyn, New York MC Pumpkinhead (a/k/a PH) has been reported dead this morning (June 9). Friends and collaborators of the man born Robert Alan Diaz have begun to publicly

Drake Makes Waves Of His Own As The Face Of Apple’s New Music Service

Today (June 8), the forthcoming Apple Music is not starting from the bottom. The electronics giant announced at San Francisco, California’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that Apple Music is on

Ice Cube To Perform With MC Ren & DJ Yella For First Time Since 1989

The N.W.A. storyline is most certainly heating up with Summer. It has been more than 15 years since N.W.A. appeared to reunite care of The Next Friday soundtrack’s “Chin Check”

Summer Jam 2015: What the State Police Could Learn From Travis $cott About Crowd Control (Video)

Summer Jam 2015 took place today in East Rutherford, NJ. As has been the case for several years, the event was divided into two parts. The first consisted of a

It’s No Mind Trick…The Geto Boys Are Reuniting and Releasing Their First New Album in 10 Years

Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill, collectively known and loved as the Geto Boys, have announced an eighth studio album, with a national tour. Ten years ago, this very news was

Scientists Show Proof Hip-Hop Has Revolutionized Music the Most Since 1960 (News)

For decades, fans of Hip-Hop have considered it one of the most important developments in Pop culture. Now, scientists say they have proof that it is in fact the most

Tyler, The Creator Says Odd Future Is No More

UPDATE 2: The plot thickens. Despite Tyler’s clarification yesterday, Earl Sweatshirt has seemingly affirmed Tyler’s initial statements suggesting that Odd Future is no more. no sympathy for male virgins who're

RZA To Direct Film “Coco,” Starring Common & Jill Scott

In the Fall of 1991, RZA (as Prince Rakeem) had a Tommy Boy Records EP, Ooh, I Love You Rakeem, which would prove to be a jumping off point for

Grandmaster Melle Mel Has An Unpleasant Message For Grandmaster Flash

Thirty-three years ago, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 made one of Hip-Hop’s seminal singles, “The Message.” In 2015, two of the Furious 5’s MCs, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio,

Just-Ice, Grand Wizard Theodore & Jungle Brothers’ Mike Gee Form Group, Release EP

Three Bronx, New York Hip-Hop icons have come together to form a group. The man responsible for discovering the turntable scratch, Grand Wizard Theodore, joins Gangsta Rap pioneer Just-Ice and

Chinx Murdered In Queens, New York In Drive-By Shooting

Chinx has been confirmed dead. The artist born Lionel Pickens died this morning (May 17) after being shot multiple times in his native Queens, New York around 4am, according to

Guess Who’s Back? Jay Z & Beanie Sigel Reunite On Stage

Throughout the 2000s, Jay Z and Beanie Sigel made history together. The Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder and one of the label’s star pupils released a number of hit songs together, including

From Underground MC to Superstar Singer: The Winding Path & Secret Songs of Aloe Blacc

For more than a decade, Aloe Blacc has proven himself as an elite singer-songwriter with a passionate voice and compelling lyrics. Blacc’s stunning range as a musician goes from an enriching

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Take The Purple Tape Anniversary Celebration On The Road

On August 1, Raekwon’s solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… turns 20 years old. The gold-certified RCA/Loud Records release is acclaimed for its intricate lyricism, groundbreaking lexicon, and gritty

Kendrick Lamar Receives the Generational Icon Award From the State of California (Video)

In the last few years, Kendrick Lamar has ascended to the pinnacle of Hip-Hop. He’s established himself as one of Rap’s finest lyricists through three critically acclaimed albums (Section.80, good

Kanye West Goes From College Dropout To Graduation, As Honorary Degree Recipient

Less than a dozen years ago, Kanye West self-identified as The College Dropout. Today, the music/pop culture superstar has a higher education diploma in hand. Mr. West  received an honor

Chance The Rapper Praises Kirk Franklin’s Influence, Reveals Ideal Future Plans

Chance The Rapper gave a lecture to students apart of Harvard University’s Hip-Hop Archive & Research Institute recently (April 30). The program’s mission is to “facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge,

Bob James May Love Hip-Hop, But He Calls Foul On Madlib’s Sampling

Who can deny that sampling has become a fundamental element that has put numerous Hip-Hop classics on the map? Since the very earliest days of Hip-Hop music, sampling has been

Prince is Hosting a “Rally 4 Peace” in Baltimore This Weekend

Affected by the murder of Freddie Gray, and moved by the protests of the people in Baltimore, Maryland, Prince has announced “Rally 4 Peace.” The Minnesota musical icon will host

Diddy Says Can’t Nobody Hold Him Down. Tops Dr. Dre on Forbes Hip-Hop List (Video)

After it was widely-speculated that Dr. Dre had become Hip-Hop’s first billionaire, following Apple’s purchase of his Beats by Dre headphones line, it appears Diddy remains Hip-Hop’s wealthiest artist. Forbes

Capone-N-Noreaga Reunite With Tragedy Khadafi, Penalty Records For 5th Album

In 2010, Capone-N-Noreaga were out to recapture the magic of their 1997 debut, The War Report. ’10’s The War Report 2: Report The War boasted Raekwon’s executive production (and Ice

Yasiin Bey Will Perform a Special Tribute to J. Dilla For One Night Only in London (News)

It’s been more than 9 years since Hip-Hop lost J. Dilla. Each year in February, Heads celebrate the late great producer and the tributes have extended from Dilla Day to

Selma Will Be Gifted To Every High School In America (News)

After the news that Paramount Home Movie Distribution started an education program to let high school students see the movie for free while in theaters, the production company has now announced that they will be releasing

DJ Premier To Score Upcoming Film on The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (News)

The legendary DJ Premier has announced the next move in his already diverse and groundbreaking music career. VH1 has chosen the Gang Starr producer to compose, score and take on

Not Stranded On Death Row…Dr. Dre Wins The Chronic’s Digital Rights

Nineteen years ago last month, Dr. Dre left Death Row Records. While artists such as RBX and The D.O.C. had already severed ties with the multi-platinum label, the news was

Killer Mike is Out to Change the World One Mind at a Time. Next Stop: MIT (News)

Killer Mike is set to present his lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about how current and future technologies impact race relations in the United States, as part of a program in the

Built 4 Cuban Links…Questlove DJs In Havana With Culture Sharing In Mind

In global news, it was announced today via a spokesperson for The Roots that Questlove has recently returned from two DJ nights in Havana, Cuba. The Roots drummer/producer/DJ appeared on

Skills Trump Luck…Vic Mensa Signs To Roc Nation

Vic Mensa is having an incredible last 12 months. Since INNANETTAPE two years ago, the Chicago, Illinois MC/musician has released a hit video single in “Down On My Luck,” released

Kanye West Reportedly Joins Puff Daddy’s Hitmen

This past weekend Puff Daddy made an unforeseen announcement via Instagram that he is now back in the studio with his production team The Hitmen (a/k/a Puffy’s Hitmen). This is Sean Comb’s

Did Black Thought Confirm He’s Working On A Solo Album?

During an exciting week in Hip-Hop music, something really major may have been announced, that many Heads missed. Yesterday (April 16) The Roots’ front man Black Thought confirmed that he

Styles P Grabs Another Dr. Dre Beat, Digging Deep Into 2001 (Audio)

As Jadakiss kicks off the weekend with two Jay Z reworkings, Styles P keeps on keepin’ on with Dr. Dre instrumental freestyles. The Ghost has touched The Chronic, Snoop Dogg’s

Chicago Hip-Hop Heads Rejoice…Twista & Do Or Die Team Up For EP

For nearly 20 years, Twista and Do Or Die have worked together. Two icons of Chicago, Illinois music (Rap music, to be specific), these artists have helped define the framework

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