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Joell Ortiz, Jon Connor & Locksmith Are Bringing Bars Back To Hip-Hop (Video)

In a time where name-dropping and direct disses are getting all the attention in Hip-Hop, a group of independent MCs is bringing back some old fashioned, cypher-oriented raps with hard punches aimed at no one in particular. The song "Back To The Bars (Intro)" features East Coast spitters MCs Joell... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Discusses His Upcoming Role On Power & How It Came To Be (Video)

Earlier this week, 50 Cent and Courtney A. Kemp, the producers of Starz's hit show Power, announced that Kendrick Lamar would be joining this week's episode. While Kendrick has starred in a number of increasingly cinematic music videos, this believed to be his first acting role in a TV series... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Will Make His Acting Debut On Power

Some legendary Rap artists have launched acting careers while at the top of their music game. Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, DMX, Queen Latifah, Eminem, Ice-T, and Mos Def are just some of the examples. One of Hip-Hop's reigning kings is now taking that next step. Kendrick Lamar will make his... Read more

U-God Airs Wu-Tang’s Dirty Laundry. It Was Far From Simple Back Then.

The Wu-Tang Clan are in the midst of a 25-year anniversary of their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The New York City Hip-Hop collective has made it to a silver anniversary not without tragedy, or conflict. Founding member O.D.B. died in November of 2004. Surviving members have been... Read more

Rapsody Explains Why Overnight Success Is A Myth & Only The Grind Is Real (Video)

During a recent Breakfast Club interview, host Charlamagne Tha God asked Rapsody to explain one of her Laila's Wisdom lyrics: “People enjoy the car more than the drive.” Near the 24:00 mark, Rap’ unpacked the line and spoke about the disconnect some have between aspiring for success and being both patient... Read more

50 Cent Claims Responsibility For “Power” Episode Leak

Hip-Hop has a long history of artists bootlegging their own material. During his frustrations with former label Death Row Records, Tha Dogg Pound's Daz Dillinger sold a number of independent albums of material from Tha Row vaults, including Tupac recordings. Rapper Blu threw copies of his No York album into... Read more

Larenz Tate Joins The Season 4 Cast Of “Power”

The actor behind such iconic roles as O-Dog in Menace II Society and Anthony Curtis in Dead Presidents is bringing his talents to one of television's most successful shows. Larenz Tate has been cast as a recurring character on season four of Power, executive produced in part by 50 Cent.... Read more

Skillz’s Rap Up Masterfully Covers The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of 2015 (Audio)

Like clockwork, Skillz serves up his annual summary of the year that was, with a masterful rap. There is nothing like his blow by blow rhyme to remind us all of the good, bad and often bizarre happenings of 2015. In his latest installment, Skillz covers seemingly everything that dominated... Read more

50 Cent Reclaims His Power on The Kanan Tape (Mixtape)

50 Cent has been teasing the release of The Kanan Tape for months. Now, after a few fits and start, the project is finally here. The mixtape, which is named after 50's menacing character on the Power series he executive produces, features the same type of grit that defines the... Read more

50 Cent Details How He Reconciled With Floyd Mayweather (Video)

50 Cent appeared on Big Boy TV to promote the new season of Power and various other projects on which he's working. As is typically the case with his interviews, he was engaging, cagey and happy to discuss a number of issues. After chatting about 50's renewed dedication to physical... Read more

Earl Sweatshirt Delivers 2 Soulful Cuts for 1 with Quest/Power (Audio)

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt cannot be put in a box. He's capable of delivering shock rap over sparse beats, laid back flows over old soul, and everything in between. On his latest, "Quest/Power," he delivers two tracks in one, indulging his soulful side. Check it out. Related: Freddie Gibbs &... Read more

Starz Unveils the Trailer for Season 2 of Power and It’s Looking Strong (Video)

Starz's original series Power took many by surprise when it premiered last year. The show, which is executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" and stars Omari Hardwick (Being Mary Jane), Naturi Naughton (Notorious), 50 and others, was a fresh new take on the proverbial crime boss who is trying to... Read more

Master P Addresses the Rumors about Signing Lil Wayne to No Limit Records (Video)

Master P's recent collaboration with Lil Wayne on "Power" set the Internet on fire. The song featuring the two legendary MCs who helped put the South on the map was historic in its own right. However, given Lil Wayne's very public dissatisfaction with Cash Records as of late, their working... Read more

Master P Releases His Power No Limit/Young Money Collabo with Lil Wayne (Audio)

Master P shook up the Hip-Hop world last week when he announced he and Lil Wayne were working on a song together, representing a No Limit and Cash Money/Young Money collaboration of the highest order. Today (1/4), he releases the song, which is their first ever collaboration. It's aptly-titled "Power."... Read more

50 Cent Hints Toward A G-Unit Mixtape In Near Future, Opens Up About Reunion (Video)

50 Cent talks about his new love interest in film, Tatted Up Holly (3:00), his new fighting regimen (6:00), his new movie with Lionsgate, BMF (Black Mafia Family) (12:00), and the rough release date for a brand new G-Unit album (17:50), as well as a mixtape. The Animal Ambition artist... Read more

Watch The Full Premiere Episode Of 50 Cent’s Starz Drama, “Power” (Video)

Lining up perfectly with Animal Ambition's June 6 release, 50 Cent's first executive produced premium cable show, "Power" will air next week. In a draw to attract out-of-market viewers to the Starz program, the premiere episode is available online, in full. Starz describes the show as follows: "James 'Ghost' St.... Read more

Edo G – Power (Video)

January has been a good month for hip-hop veterans. Earlier, we had new music from Black Thought as well as Big Noyd, Large Professor and Kool G Rap. Here's a new video from Edo G. Check out Power. Related: Edo G - Fast Lane (Prod. DJ Premier) (Audio)... Read more

Kurupt – Power (Video)

Kurupt releases a mind-blowingly (pun intended) violent video for his song Power. It's hard to imagine it could be more graphic. This is not for the faint of heart. Related: Kurupt Double Play: Kurupt – Money (Do It for Me) ft RBX (Video) + Clemm Rishad – Forever ft Kurupt... Read more

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #10 Don't call it a comeback…but this was the year for some of the best ever.

Now that the year is winding down and new music is slowing to a trickle, it's the perfect opportunity to take a look back at 2010 and what made it such a phenomenal year for hip-hop.  Stay tuned for 9 more reasons until the end of the year.  First up... Read more

Kanye West is really killing the game right now. Check out his remix of Power from SNL.

Not only did Kanye change his second verse which originally skewered the SNL cast, he also managed to do a scaled down live version of his groundbreaking video. The new verse is dope, but it's a bit surprising that he changed it. Big Brother Hov had no problem looking the... Read more

Kanye West has the best digital game on the planet! Between what he said on twitter today and Devil in a New Dress nobody is touching him.

If you didn't see what Kanye West wrote on Twitter today, click here.  It's incredible.  It shows the intelligence, maturity and evolution of one of the greatest artists of the last decade.  Given all the celebrity gaffes on Twitter, he is showing its Power, as well.  That's not where it... Read more

Kanye West's new Power video is different than any other video before it. What do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L53gjP-TtGE [polldaddy poll=3582085.... Read more

Is 2010 the best Summer ever for hip-hop? These releases from Eminem, Drake, The Roots, Big Boi and Rick Ross are making a strong argument.

Can you come up with a better slate of Summer releases of rap albums than these: Recovery - Eminem Single:  Not Afraid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s Standout track (1 of many): 25 to Life Thank Me Later - Drake Single:  Drizzy hit several markets, dropping Find Your Love for the ladies and Over for... Read more

The evolution of Kanyeezy: Here's a timeline showing how Kanye West is quietly becoming the best MC in the game.

The first time I saw Kanye West perform in person was when Talib Kweli brought him onstage in 2003.  Kanye did not have an album yet but was making a name for himself as a producer.  He wanted to be an MC but the gents at Roc-A-Fella thought he was... Read more

Power is Kanye's return from a self-imposed hiatus and a big departure from 808 & Heartbreak, but is he still in the same dark place?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Yo3FJDrbc Check out the above video (21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson) on which part of the hook to Power is based.  Pretty dark, right?  Also, why does Kanye shift gears at the end of Power to start saying "It will be a beautiful death" and "jumping out the... Read more