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Common & John Legend Are Friends…But Not in This Lip Sync Battle (Video)

Spike TV has launched a new show called Lip Sync Battle that is hosted by none other than LL Cool J. As the title suggests, the show pits contestants against one another in epic fake verbal jousts. In its premiere episode, oft-collaborators and joint Grammy/Oscar winners Common and John Legend... Read more

Raekwon Gets A Twofer, Honoring Big Bub & Deniece Williams (Audio)

After 20 wonderful weeks, Raekwon closes down his TBT series with a two-fer. Chef heats up Big Bub's cover of The Commodores' "Zoom," and, after, blesses Denice Williams' "Free." These are simple and smooth opportunities for the Staten Island star to truly paint pictures with words, while breaking down his... Read more

Here are 2 playlists of hip-hop from the 80’s and 90’s and the 80’s R&B originals that inspired them (Playlist)

Learning recently that Nas had been thinking about rocking over the Juicy sample on Illmatic before Biggie did it on Ready To Die reminded me how much hip-hop is built on smoothed out 80's R&B. So, this week here are 2 playlists. The first is full of smoothed out R&B... Read more