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Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Consequence Explain Why ATCQ Was Angry About The Grammys (Video)

To most, the 2018 Grammys represented a strong field of what Hip-Hop music had to offer in the previous year, but many believed that a few were snubbed in the

Delicious Vinyl Co-Founder & Hit Producer Matt Dike Has Passed Away At Age 55

UPDATE: While the news of Matt Dike’s death was revealed to the public yesterday (March 13), the music executive, producer, and DJ is confirmed to have died in mid-January. A

Craig Mack Has Passed Away At The Age Of 47

MARCH 15 UPDATE: The New York Times has confirmed that Craig Mack was 47 years old at the time of his passing. The Colleton County coroner reports that the rapper

For The 1st Time Ever, The #1 & 2 Films In The Country Were Directed By Black Filmmakers

A series of historical firsts for the film industry took place this past weekend, thanks to Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time. The films are directed by Ryan Coogler

The Coup’s Boots Riley’s Debut Film Looks Like It May Be 2018’s Breakout Movie (Video)

For 25 years, Boots Riley has injected satire into his social, political, and racial commentary into the music of The Coup. In a celebrated catalog, songs like “5 Million Ways

Scarface Is Teaching High School Students About The Music Business

For more than 30 years, Scarface has recorded some of the most compelling Hip-Hop music in the genre. In 2018, Brad Jordan is passing on what he’s learned and teaching

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

Craig G Returns To Battle Rap & He’s Ready To Juice The Competition

Much like many aspects of Hip-Hop, Battle Rap today looks (and sounds) a lot different than it did when it originated. With the help of some of the pioneers, like

Vince Staples’ CrowdFunding Campaign Is Doomed To Fail & That’s The Best Thing For Hip-Hop

The Hip-Hop industry is adapting to the times. A-list rappers release albums through cellphone carriers, cryptocurrency is accepted as a form of payment by artists, and the idea of a

Will & Jaden Smith Pledge To Provide Water To Flint Until The Crisis Stops

Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, are lending a hand to a very important, and life-threatening cause. Yesterday (March 5), the company founded by the father-and-son team, Just Water,

ODB’s Estate To Launch “Dirty Coin” Cryptocurrency & It’s For The Children (Video)

Late Wu-Tang Clan member O.D.B. will be among the growing list of Hip-Hop artists to have their own cryptocurrency. The money will be appropriately called Dirty Coin and used to

The Kennedy Center Put Q-Tip In Charge Of Hip-Hop Culture & He Built A Dream Team To Help

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. has announced the inauguration of its Hip Hop Culture Council, and the names are nothing short of heavyweights.

Suge Knight Defense Attorneys Charged With Conspiracy

Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight is currently on trial for the vehicular hit-and-run murder of music executive Terry Carter, among a list of other charges. If convicted the

Eric B. & Rakim Announce First Tour Dates In 25 Years

Last July, Eric B. & Rakim reunited on stage for the 30th anniversary of Paid In Full. At Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the Hip-Hop legends added a new chapter in their

Martin Shkreli Must Forfeit The Only Copy Of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” LP

After previous speculation and deliberation, Martin Shkreli is finally going to have to turn over the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin as part of his

Rick Ross Is Home From The Hospital & Continuing Treatment

On Thursday (March 1) Rap star Rick Ross was rushed to a Miami, Florida hospital after a suspected heart attack. Today (March 5), after a quietly concerning weekend, the Maybach

Herbie Hancock Will Rock It With Kendrick, Snoop & Common On Next LP

Herbie Hancock is a 14-time Grammy Award recipient (as well as an Oscar winner) that many cite as a provider of their introduction to Hip-Hop and DJ’ing on television. Although

Common Did Not Win Another Oscar But His Freestyle Still Gave Him Glory (Video)

Common did not win his second Oscar award last night (March 4). The Chicago, Illinois MC, actor, and author was nominated for “Best Original Song” for his “Stand Up For

The Book of Ra. Rakim Confirms His Memoir Is Coming This Year. (Audio)

Many of Hip-Hop’s best-known and greatest MCs have released autobiographies and memoirs. JAY-Z published Decoded. LL Cool J (I Make My Own Rules), Ice-T (The Ice Opinion), Snoop Dogg (Tha

Jordan Peele Is The 1st Black Screenwriter To Win The Oscar For Best Original Screenplay

Just two years after the #OscarsSoWhite movement that blasted Hollywood for a lack of diversity in Academy Award recognition of people of color, the pendulum has swung in a massive

Rick Ross Is Reportedly On Life Support After Being Rushed To The Hospital

Rick Ross has reportedly been checked into a Miami hospital after he was found unresponsive at his residence in the same city early Thursday (March 2) morning. According to TMZ,

What’s Better Than 1 Billionaire? 2. JAY-Z Passes Puffy On The Forbes List

Diddy once famously claimed that it’s all about the Benjamin’s. Well, now he and JAY-Z are closing in on about 10,000,000 of them. Both are atop Forbes’ annual “Wealthiest Artists

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

Kendrick Lamar Is A Rap Superhero With Hopes To Portray A Villain On Film (Audio)

Records are still being broken as Black Panther continues to dominate the box office in its second week. However, the deep connection and response this film created already have many

Class Is In Session As Rob Swift Delivers Keynote Speech At Indiana University (Video)

One of the forefathers of the turntablism movement, Rob Swift, gave a keynote speech on “research and teaching as it pertains to the art of DJing” at Indiana University this

Big Boi Provides Black Panther Screenings For Hospice Patients & Families (Video)

Big Boi appears to be deeply inspired by the Black Panther film. The OutKast co-founder wanted some viewers who may not be otherwise able to see the Marvel film to

Keith Murray Announces The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World Part 2 (Video)

Following EPMD’s temporary breakup and dissolving of the Hit Squad in 1993, MC/producer Erick Sermon set forth on his solo career and formed his triumvirate Def Squad crew with Redman

Kool Keith, Dan The Automator & QBert Revive Dr. Octagon With A New Album & Single (Audio)

This past weekend, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) revealed that he and Talib Kweli are reuniting for a sophomore Black Star album. Meanwhile, another late ’90s Hip-Hop squad finally debuts

Flip The Script: Graffiti Writers Are Awarded Millions After Their Works Were Painted Over

In a landmark ruling, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York has awarded a $6.7 million judgment on Monday (February 12) to 21 graffiti artists whose work was destroyed in 2013

Yasiin Bey Says Black Star Is Working On New Music With Madlib (Audio)

This August makes 20 years since the release of Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. The Rawkus Records album is a benchmark album of Hip-Hop’s underground uprising, and a

Hip-Hop Pioneer Lovebug Starski Has Passed Away

Lovebug Starski is one of the Hip-Hop pioneers that Biggie Smalls shouts out in the opening verse to “Juicy.” According to author/filmmaker Nelson George, the Bronx, New York MC, DJ

Quincy Jones Details How Michael Jackson Stole Some Of His Best Material (Video)

Quincy Jones turns 85 years old next month. The musician, arranger, producer, and celebrity is showing a side of himself that may be new to most of the public. Q

MF DOOM & CZARFACE Are Releasing A Joint Album. Here’s The First Song (Audio)

In 2013, Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck joined forces with 7L & Esoteric to form the group, CZARFACE. Since then, the collective has released four albums filled with grimy, no frills

Anderson .Paak Confirms Heavy Dr. Dre Role On Aftermath Debut

Since signing with Aftermath Entertainment back in January of 2016, Anderson .Paak has released a lot of music—but none of it has forecast his chemistry with label founder Dr. Dre.

Murs Is Starting A Residency At Duke University (Video)

The long-term partnership between Los Angeles, California MC Murs and producer 9th Wonder is taking a new turn, as the self-described “Captain California” heads to Duke University to start a

Jermaine Dupri Will Be The 2nd Hip-Hop Artist Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Last February, JAY-Z was announced as the first Hip-Hop artist headed to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. In mid-June, when the New York City ceremony took place, former President Barack

Temptations Lead Singer Dennis Edwards Has Passed Away

Dennis Edwards was an unmistakable voice in R&B and Soul music. As a lead vocalist for The Temptations, he was greatly responsible for two of the Motown Records legends’ #1

Snoop Dogg Has Made Reggae, Funk & Retro R&B. Now He’s Going Gospel (Video)

Snoop Dogg is a musical chameleon. Twenty-five years ago, millions of Hip-Hop Heads gravitated to the laid-back delivery and aggressive content in the Gangsta Rap style that they heard on

Former No Limit Star C-Murder Declares Hunger Strike Protesting Prison Conditions (Audio)

Twenty years ago this March, No Limit Records rapper C-Murder released his platinum solo debut, Life Or Death. The TRU and 504 Boyz member (and brother of label founder Master

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

Nas Receives Spotlight Award From The New York City Mayor’s Office

On his legendary debut album Illmatic, Nas told listeners that “nothing’s equivalent to the New York state of mind.” The city has played a background in Nasir Jones’ lyrics for

Black Thought & 9th Wonder Confirm A Collabo Project Is On The Way (Video)

In April of 2016, Black Thought and 9th Wonder released “Making A Murderer,” featuring Styles P. Posted online by Jamla Records as a song by The Roots’ MC, and premiered

Missy Elliott Honored By Janet Jackson. She Opens Up About Her Serious Illness (Video)

Thursday night (January 25), the ninth annual Essence Black Women In Music event took place. As the event’s title states, the yearly ceremony celebrates Black women in music and spotlights

50 Cent Now Denies Bagging Up On Cryptocurrency

UPDATE: In documents obtained by TMZ, 50 Cent has denied his previous claims that he profited greatly on cryptocurrency. The G-Unit head denied income from the investment in his bankruptcy

Action Bronson To Star Alongside Pacino, De Niro & Pesci In Upcoming Scorsese Film

Queens, New York’s Action Bronson is definitely no stranger to the camera. In fact, some could argue that the onetime underground MC gained mainstream recognition as an entertainer, crafting a

Mary J. Blige Is A Double-Threat. Her Acting & Voice Earn Her 2 Oscar Nominations

Less than one month into 2018, and it appears to be a milestone year for Mary J. Blige. The New York native songstress already received a star on the Hollywood

Erick Sermon’s New Album Features Method Man, AZ, GFK & More. Here’s The 1st Song (Audio)

In 2017, EPMD announced that they were working on a concept album. Dynamic Duos: Big Business is slated to be the Long Island, New York duo’s eighth album in a

Get Out, Jordan Peele & Daniel Kaluuya Receive Oscar Nominations (Video)

The 90th Academy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, March 4 from Hollywood, California’s Dolby Theater. Given this morning’s (January 23) nominations announcing, Oscar night promises to be exciting, especially

Star From “Star & Buc Wild” Replaces Joe Budden As “Everyday Struggle” Co-Host (Video)

In the closing days of 2017, Joe Budden announced his departure from The Everyday Struggle. The host, MC, and reality TV personality exited after he was not able to negotiate

Chicago Rapper Fredo Santana Has Died At The Age Of 27

Fredo Santana has become one of Chicago, Illinois’ emerging voices. He was active in his city’s 2010s movement and also worked with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Migos, Juelz Santana, and his