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

Common, Brandy & Robert Glasper Re-Make Sounds Of Blackness’ Optimistic & It Soars (Audio)

Common is taking his inherently collaborative spirit onto its next journey. The Chicago MC, along with pianist/producer Robert Glasper and drummer/producer Karriem Riggins have formed a new group, August Greene.

Public Enemy Are Being Inducted Into The Grammy Hall Of Fame Because They Fought The Power

Public Enemy is a legendary Hip-Hop act that never received a Grammy Award. The Long Island, New York-based collective joins icons such as Eric B. & Rakim, Scarface, Nas, and

Nas & The National Symphony Are Taking Illmatic From QB To The Kennedy Center (Video)

Back in 1994, Nas’ debut Illmatic peaked at #12 on the charts. The commercial performance was highly respectable for an emerging Rap artist, but Hip-Hop Heads who heard and loved

Joe Budden Says Eminem Did Not Diss Him & There Is No Beef (Video)

This week, a series of events have signaled one of 2018’s first Rap conflicts. Eminem’s “Chloraseptic (Remix)” verse was very clearly aimed at those who seem to be criticizing his

Londell McMillan Responds To JAY-Z’s Diss & Strongly Defends His Partnership With Prince (Video)

Following Prince’s death on April 21, 2016, there has been a tug of war regarding the icon’s music and assets. One month after the tragic news, JAY-Z made that battle

D12’s Bizarre Says Eminem Sent Shots At Joe Budden On His New Song (Video)

Yesterday (January 8) Eminem released the “Chloraseptic (Remix).” In a grabbing new verse alongside bars from 2 Chainz and Phresher, Marshall Mathers confronts critics, haters, and naysayers of his artistic

Lupe Fiasco Says Kendrick Lamar Is Not A Top Tier Lyricist

In the eyes of many Hip-Hop fans, Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco was an exciting addition to the music and culture during the mid-2000s. In his first two albums, a slew of

Poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt’s Father, Has Died

UPDATE: Earl Sweatshirt mourned his father publicly with a photo and poem in a tweet. He also thanked fans for their support: thank yall for your thoughts and love

Skillz Sets Off 2018 By Dissing Uncle Murda For Copying His Rap Up Concept (Audio)

For Hip-Hop Heads, the last days of the year have long belonged to an annual Skillz song. For nearly two decades, the Virginia MC, DJ, and the University Of Richmond’s

Elzhi & Khrysis Announce Their Collabo Group With A Musical Preview (Audio)

In the hours leading up to 2018, some Hip-Hop news was announced that Heads might have missed. Jamla Records’ founder 9th Wonder revealed that this new year promises an exciting

The Coup’s Boots Riley Shares A Heartfelt Statement About Pam The Funkstress

As reported late last week (December 22), the iconic Bay Area DJ, Pam the Funkstress (aka Pamela Warren), tragically passed away after recently undergoing organ transplant surgery. Considered a trailblazer

Black Thought Clarifies Whether His 10-Minute Freestyle Was Written Or Off The Top

Nearly two weeks ago, Black Thought set the Hip-Hop world on fire, with a 10-minute freestyle that many considered the best of the year. In fact, Puff Daddy went as

The Coup’s DJ Pam The Funkstress Has Passed Away

In an already challenging week, Hip-Hop has learned that it has lost another veteran artist. DJ Pam The Funkstress (aka Pamela Warren) has died. A founding member of The Coup,

Joe Budden Provides A Timeline Of Events For Why He Left Everyday Struggle (Audio)

In 2017, Joe Budden added a new column to his extensive resumé: talk show host. The veteran Jersey City, New Jersey MC and Slaughterhouse member had expanded his music career

Hip-Hop Podcast Pioneer, Author & Attorney Combat Jack Has Passed Away

Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossé has died. This morning (December 20), the Hip-Hop community learns that we have lost a true champion of culture. Several sources close to the Brooklyn, New

Joey Bada$$ Named Creative Director Of PONY Sneaker Company

Joey Bada$$ is an entertainer of all sorts, producing, rapping and most recently acting his way through his career at the age of 22. And now, it seems Joey is

DOOM Mourns The Death Of His 14-Year-Old Son

DOOM (aka MF DOOM) has a career marred by tragedy. On April 23, 1993, the MC/producer lost his brother and KMD band-mate DJ Subroc when, as a pedestrian, the man

U-God Can’t Let Wu-Tang’s Saga Continue Without Getting Involved. He Joins A Remix (Audio)

Founding Wu-Tang Clan member U-God is missing from this year’s The Saga Continues album. Following his $2.5 million lawsuit against RZA and management over unpaid royalties, the MC appeared more

Nina Simone Will Be Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. Following two consecutive years with Hip-Hop additions to the Cleveland, Ohio-based museum and hall (N.W.A. and Tupac Shakur),

DJ Premier Says He & Pete Rock May Be Exclusively Producing De La Soul’s Next Album (Video)

DJ Premier has had one of his busiest years in recent memory. The Gang Starr member released and produced albums by MC Eiht and Torii Wolf. He just followed those

After 15 Years Of Disses, JAY-Z & Jaz-O Have Reunited

JAY-Z has reunited with many of the key players from his past—even after bitterness or hostility. In 2005, Jay and Nas famously put beef to bed in New Jersey. The

Kendrick Lamar Is Releasing A Collector’s Edition Of DAMN. With The Songs In Reverse Order

UPDATE: After confirming in August that his album DAMN. was meant to be played in both directions, a theory we posited in April, Kendrick Lamar appears to be releasing a

Salute To LL Cool J. He Is Now Hip-Hop’s First Kennedy Center Honoree

Fans have waited four months since it announced, but Hip-Hop has its first Kennedy Center Honoree. LL Cool J was among the five artists celebrated at the honors this weekend

The Feds Want Martin Shkreli’s $2MM Wu-Tang Clan Album & His Copy Of Lil Wayne’s Carter 5

Pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli is currently incarcerated. He is awaiting a sentencing of up to 20 years for federal securities fraud. In the meantime, federal prosecutors today (December 1) motioned

Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock Takes The Side Of The Women Accusing His Father Of Sexual Assault

Earlier today, Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons announced that he will be stepping down from his current companies. The move comes after two accusers went public with accounts of

Russell Simmons Steps Down From His Companies Amid More Sexual Misconduct Allegations

One of Hip-Hop’s original moguls is stepping down. Moments ago reports confirmed that Russell Simmons is disassociating himself from his companies. The move comes after two accusations of rape. The

Dave Chappelle & Kevin Hart Go Head-To-Head For Their First Comedy Grammy Award

In an incredible career, Dave Chappelle does not possess a Grammy Award. This morning, along with the news of JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar leading nominations for the January 28 televised

Q-Tip is FURIOUS. He Calls Out The Grammys For Snubbing A Tribe Called Quest (Video)

Last February, A Tribe Called Quest were joined by Busta Rhymes and Anderson .Paak for a show-stealing Grammy Awards performance that included “We The People,” “Movin Backwards,” and splashes of

JAY-Z & Kendrick Lamar Dominate 2018 Grammy Nominations

The nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards are in. The event returns to New York City for the first time in 15 years and will broadcast on January 28, 2018.

Timbaland Describes His Near Fatal Overdose With Oxycontin

Timbaland has been tied to some of Hip-Hop’s most beloved songs. Besides his sprawling solo catalog and work with Magoo, Timothy Mosley has supplied unforgettable sounds for JAY-Z, Missy Elliott,

Russell Simmons Is The Latest To Be Accused In A Wave Of Sexual Misconduct

In recent weeks, celebrities, media moguls, and politicians have been accused of past sexual misconduct. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. are just some of the very public figures

Pete Rock Goes Hard In The Paint At Waka Flocka For Disrespecting Hip-Hop’s OGs

At the top of this month, rapper Waka Flocka Flame appeared in a lengthy video interview with the ThisIs50 staff. Among a host of topics, the gold-certified rapper defended his generation and

Dave Chappelle Spoofs “Stranger Things” In The Trailer For His New Comedy Special (Video)

There may be new incentive to stay in on this New Year’s Eve. It has been announced that Dave Chappelle’s third stand-up special of 2017 will be arriving on the

JAY-Z Says The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People

JAY-Z has devoted a lot of his time in the last year to fighting the prison industry. The artist-turned-mogul who rapped on “Justify My Thug” that he’d never been to

LL Cool J Couldn’t Live Without His Radio. Now He’s Getting His Own Station.

LL Cool J’s debut album Radio released 32 years ago this weekend (November 18, 1985). The Def Jam Records classic featured the pride of Farmers Boulevard rapping about women in

CyHi The Prynce Explains Why He Likens JAY-Z To A Modern Day Martin Luther King (Video)

CyHi The Prynce is recognized for his ability to combine the spiritual and political in his rhymes, so it’s no surprise he relates to the world and the people within

The Man Who Guided Nas’ Career Has $70 Million To Help Hip-Hop Artists Keep Their Masters

Master recordings are coveted in the music industry. In the 1980s and 1990s, many Hip-Hop artists signed contracts that gave away ownership of master recordings to record labels. With resources,

The Artifacts’ First Album In 20 Years Is On Its Way (Video)

New Jersey’s Artifacts are revered as forefathers to the late ’90s Underground Hip-Hop movement. MCs El Da Sensei and Tame One threw up their graffiti roots on important singles such

Get Out Is Classified As A Comedy For Awards Season & Jordan Peele Is Not Laughing

2017 film Get Out won over critics and audiences alike. Jordan Peele’s film debut with a $4.5 million budget grossed more than $250 million, worldwide. Approaching awards season, the movie

The Pharcyde Release A Deluxe Edition Of Their Debut Album With 16 Bonus Songs (Audio)

Next week (November 24) marks 25 years since The Pharcyde released debut album Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. With that milestone, a new “deluxe edition” box-set emerges to celebrate the

De La Soul’s Latest Music Video Has Dave Making A Serious Health Announcement

De La Soul is at work promoting 2016’s Grammy-nominated album, and the anonymous nobody... Videos continue to drop in support of the self-released LP featuring 2 Chainz, Pete Rock, Snoop

Twitter Suspends Talib Kweli’s Account Following War Of Words With Texas Lawyer

Social media platform Twitter suspended the account of Talib Kweli this week after it claimed the Black Star and Reflection Eternal MC incited harassment towards a Texas-based lawyer after he

The Kennedy Center Is Celebrating Rap’s Pioneers With A Concert Series

The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center has gradually created a bona fide space for Hip-Hop within its gates over the past year. It has appointed A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip

Meek Mill Is Back In Jail Even Though The D.A. & Police Don’t Want Him There (Video)

Today (November 8), Meek Mill turned himself into processing with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He begins a sentence ordered Monday (November 6) of two-to-four years for probation violation. Meanwhile,

Say It Ain’t So. DJ Cash Money Is Hanging Up His Turntables (Video)

DJ Cash Money is one of Hip-Hop’s greatest innovators behind the wheels of steel. Today (November 7), after well over 30 years in the music and culture, the artist born

Meek Mill Takes A Major Loss. He Is Sentenced To 2-4 Years In Prison (Video)

Earlier in 2017, Meek Mill released his third album, Wins & Losses. On the Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records LP, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native confronted real-life issues, including a pill addiction,

Pusha T Says He Has “The Album Of 2018” & Kanye Did All Of The Beats

Since the official breakup of The Clipse in 2010, Pusha T has enjoyed a formidable solo career. Following two appearances (of seven verses reportedly recorded) on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark