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J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive Is The 1st Rap Album In 25 Years To Reach 2X Platinum With No Guests

At the time of its release, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive was an outlier to a trend in Hip-Hop. The late 2014 Roc Nation/Columbia Records release contained 13 tracks

Tupac Shakur Has Been Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The nominees for the 2017 class of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced, and Tupac Shakur leads a list of first time nominees that also includes

Actor Tommy Ford From “Martin” Has Passed Away

Update: After a days long fight, actor Tommy Ford’s family has confirmed his death. Carl Payne, who co-starred with Ford on Martin, told TMZ “On behalf of the family, we

Dr. Dre Reportedly Threatens Legal Action To Prevent The Michel’le Biopic From Airing

On October 15, Lifetime is scheduled to air made-for-TV film Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le. The biographical film is centered around Michel’le, who was a late 1980s and early

Kanye West Ends Show After Learning Kim Kardashian Was Held At Gunpoint (Video)

This weekend, two major festivals were being held in the New York City area. The Roots hosted their first ever New York version of their annual picnic, featuring D’Angelo, Wu-Tang

Without a Shadow Of A Doubt: Freddie Gibbs Acquitted of Sexual Assault Charges

It’s been a grueling summer for Freddie Gibbs who in June was extradited to Austria to face charges stemming from an allegation of sexual assault made against him. Today (September

Actor Bill Nunn Who Created The Iconic “Radio Raheem” Role Has Passed Away

Actor William Nunn III, better known as Bill Nunn, has passed away, according to an Instagram post by his friend and longtime collaborator, Spike Lee. Nunn died in his hometown

Pharoahe Monch, J.Period & More Will Help Open Historic New Museum

This weekend, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture located in Washington, D.C., will open its doors to the public, making it the first institution of its

“8 Mile” Director Curtis Hanson Has Passed Away. Eminem Reflects In Statement.

The director of Eminem’s semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile has died. Curtis Hanson, who orchestrated the acting on the 2002 film, was 71 years old. He died of natural causes in

D4L’s Shawty Lo Killed In Atlanta Car Crash

UPDATE: Police in Fulton County have determined that Shawty Lo’s fatal car accident was not a hit-and-run collision as first reported. Instead, authorities have stated their investigation led them to

AZ Vows “Doe Or Die 2” Will Be His Final Album & It’s Coming This Year (Audio)

It has been more than seven years since Brooklyn, New York MC AZ has released an official album. In 2010, the co-founder of The Firm dropped a special 15th anniversary

Meek Mill Replies To The Game’s Diss & He Has Beanie Sigel Riding With Him (Audio)

Last week (September 16), The Game declared beef with former collaborator Meek Mill. The Compton, California veteran rapper made his position clear on “92 Bars,” a controversial inclusion on upcoming

Force MD’s Member Trisco Pearson Has Passed Away

1980s and 1990s group Force M.D.’s (f/k/a Force M.C.’s) were at the frontier of bridging Hip-Hop with R&B and New Jack Swing. The popular New York City outfit which has

Never Scared To Face Off: Bone Crusher To Battle Pastor Troy (Video)

Last year, fans from many different corners of Hip-Hop looked on as ONYX’s Fredro Starr defeated Keith Murray in a Brooklyn, New York Rap battle. The two 1990s MCs (who

The Game’s Meek Mill Diss Is Not Playin’. He Warns Kendrick & Drake Are Next (Audio)

Throughout The Game’s career, the Compton, California MC has thrived on conflict. He’s beefed on wax with former mentor 50 Cent for years, until recently making amends. Game has thrown

Bokeem Woodbine Reveals Tupac Was Fed Up With Record Labels Profiting On Beef

Tuesday’s September 13th date marked 20 years since the death of Tupac Shakur. In addition to his circle that included Madonna, M.C. Hammer, and actor Mickey Rourke, The Rap superstar

Are Kanye West & Kid Cudi Really Beefing Over Drake? (Video)

In the last decade, Kid Cudi was one of G.O.O.D. Music’s breakout success stories. The Cleveland, Ohio MC/singer made his debut on Kanye West’s 2008 808’s & Heartbreak album, before

Snoop Dogg Is Finally Being Recognized For The Hip-Hop Legend He Is

In April of 1992, Snoop Dogg burst onto the Rap scene thanks to the title single from the Deep Cover soundtrack. The Long Beach, California MC with the smooth flow,

Joe Budden Discusses His Next Album & Reveals The Cover And Release Date

One of the biggest figures in 2016 Hip-Hop is Joe Budden. The Slaughterhouse veteran set the Rap world ablaze entering summer when he launched a series of lyrical missiles aimed

A Film On The Murder Investigations Of Biggie & Tupac Is In The Making

Today marks the 20th anniversary (September 7, 1996) of the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that would ultimately cost Tupac Shakur his life. With biopic All Eyez On Me hitting

Ice Cube Publicly Responds To Jerry Heller’s Death (Video)

In the canon of artist vs. music executive beefs, Ice Cube’s problems with Jerry Heller are perhaps the most significant. In 1990, N.W.A. soared to the top of the pack,

“Nobody” Is Smiling. De La Soul Takes The #1 Spot On The Rap Charts

In 1989, De La Soul’s debut 3 Feet High and Rising earned the #1 spot on the R&B charts. The rankings helped solidify an introduction to a career that would

Beanie Sigel Confirms A Collaborative Project With Jadakiss

In 2001, Jadakiss and Beanie Sigel were two of the most exciting new solo artists in Rap music. While Jada’ had been on wax since 1994 with the LOX, Sigel

Jerry Heller, Co-Founder Of Ruthless Records & N.W.A. Manager, Dead At 75

Longtime music industry veteran, Jerry Heller has died at the age of 75. Earlier today (9/3), Heller’s cousin, Gary Ballen, confirmed to Billboard that Heller passed away on Friday (9/2).

Dame Dash To Produce Roc-A-Fella Series That May Answer A Million & One Questions

It has been more than a decade since Jay Z, Damon “Dame Dash,” and Kareem “Biggs” Burke sold Roc-A-Fella Records. The New York City label responsible for introducing the record-buying

Snoop Dogg Discusses How Master P Saved Him From Death Row & Changed His Life

Although he has since reconciled with Suge Knight, there was a time when things between Snoop Dogg and Death Row Records were literally deadly serious. Shortly after Tupac’s murder in

Martin Lawrence Is Releasing His First Stand-Up Comedy Special Since 2002

Though Martin Lawrence has been here for years, through daily reruns of his classic 1990s series, Martin, his activities of late are nothing short of an epic comeback. Lawrence enjoyed

Questlove Is Bringing His Supreme Knowledge To His Own Internet Radio Station

The cultural icon who has quite possibly the most impressive résumé in music today is adding another job to the list: internet radio host. Questlove (born Ahmir Thompson), founding member

Yelawolf Signs Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul To Slumerican

One of the biggest comebacks in recent Rap memory has been surrounding Juicy J. The Memphis, Tennessee Hip-Hop pioneer and founding member of Three 6 Mafia reinvented himself with 2013’s

The New York Post Tries To Malign An MC For Having A Day Job

Authenticity as an MC could very well be the most highly championed quality of a skilled rapper outside of creativity and writing ability. Throughout Hip-Hop’s history, “keeping it real” has

Latino Rap Pioneer Kid Frost Details His Courageous Fight Against Cancer (Audio)

Kid Frost (a/k/a Frost) is renowned as one of the pioneering Mexican-American MCs. His 1990 hit “La Raza” would become a staple in the West Coast Hip-Hop boom, representing the

MC Lyte Will Star In “love jones, ” The Musical

Since its release nearly 20 years ago, love jones has stood as one of film’s most beloved love stories. Larenz Tate and Nia Long star as two star-crossed lovers who

A Tribe Called Quest Secretly Recorded An Album That Is About To Be Released

Almost 16 years ago, A Tribe Called Quest released its fifth album, The Love Movement. A Top 3 debut, the album arrived to the public following word from the group

50 Cent & Cam’ron Squash Their Beef After Nearly A Decade

Last week, it appears that 50 Cent and Game put aside more than 11 years of bad blood. The head of G-Unit and his onetime multi-platinum protege met in a

Details Surface In The Attempted “Citizen’s Arrest” Of Dr. Dre

On Monday (7/25), Dr. Dre made national news after an incident that culminated with him being handcuffed and detained in a police car, in front of his own home. Hours

Phife Dawg Will Be Immortalized As A King With A Street In Queens

The same day (July 30) that A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes & Life celebrates its 20th birthday, there is some important news surrounding the late Phife Dawg. The MC/producer

The Pimp C Lyrics Kanye West Thought Were Too Controversial For His Remix Surface

In 2015, Julia Beverly, founder of Ozone Magazine, released Sweet Jones: Pimp C’s Trill Life Story, the most comprehensive biography on the fallen UGK member, to date. While Beverly spoke

Nelly’s Country Grammar Is The 9th Rap Album To Be Certified Diamond

Sixteen years and one month ago, St. Louis, Missouri MC Nelly released his debut album, Country Grammar. Backed by a string of hits beginning with a title single, the melodic

Even With All His Wealth, Dr. Dre Still Gets A Bad Beat From The Police

The 2015 film Straight Outta Compton depicted some of Dr. Dre’s past troubles with the law. It was last in 1994, while wrapping the Murder Was The Case film and soundtrack

Raekwon & RZA Cleared Of All Suspicion Surrounding 1999 Murders

In 2015, things appeared very good for the individual members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck all were involved in feature releases, while the Clan also

Prince Paul, Ladybug Mecca, Don Newkirk & Rodrigo Form Brookzill! Get A Taste.

Grammy Award-winning producer Prince Paul has announced his latest project. The Long Island, New Yorker teams with fellow Grammy winner Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets, longtime musical collaborator Don Newkirk

KRS-One Says Anyone Who Has A Problem With Afrika Bambaataa Should Quit Hip-Hop (Video)

KRS-One recently appeared in Birmingham, England, speaking before a live audience. In a video published July 15, the Boogie Down Productions co-founder and MC legend spoke about allegations of sexual

A Lighter Shade Of Brown’s DTTX Passes Away

Updated Report: Today (July 18), it was confirmed that DTTX (Don’t Try To Xerox) a/k/a Bobby Ramirez has died in a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital. Yesterday, DTTX’s medical condition was

Rapsody Becomes The First Woman MC To Sign To Jay Z’s Roc Nation Label

For almost a decade, Snow Hill, North Carolina MC Rapsody has been paying dues in her Hip-Hop career. After acclaimed album The Idea Of Beautiful, standout mixtape She Got Game,

Killer Mike Was Heard. The People Are Fighting The Power With Their Money.

Last week, veteran MC Killer Mike made a strong call to action following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers. Appearing on HOT 107 in his

Bars For Days…Murs Aims For Guinness World Record For Longest Freestyle

UPDATE: In speaking with Ambrosia For Heads, Murs has clarified that he will not be freestyling. Instead, he will be undertaking a “Rap marathon,” where he raps his own songs

The First Big Rap Reunion Of 2016…The Cool Kids Are Back Together.

Five years ago yesterday (July 12, 2011), The Cool Kids released When Fish Ride Bicycles. After a separation spanning nearly the half-decade since, the Chicago, Illinois duo announced it has

Snoop & The Game Meet With The LAPD To Build Trust Between Police & The Community

On Friday (July 8), mere hours after five police officers were murdered in Dallas, Texas, and the same week two Black men were killed by police officers in separate incidents,

The Warriors Are Coming Out To Play, Again.

1979’s The Warriors is a cinematic cult-classic in the eyes of many. The Walter Hill-directed film shot on location in grimy Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx, New York has not

Cash Money Records Continues Trying To Re-Sign Hot Boys, One By One

Whether Scarface and Rap-A-Lot, or Kurupt and Death Row, Rap labels have a history of on-again, off-again statuses with artists. New Orleans, Louisiana’s Cash Money Records has a detailed reputation