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Pharrell Reveals 2 Of His Biggest Hits Were Made For Prince & CeeLo

Interviews with Pharrell Williams can be rare, but when new ones surface, they usually impart some pretty profound knowledge or perspective. That remained the case with one he did recently with Clash Magazine's Grant Brydon. The 45-year-old producer/singer from Virginia Beach revealed some pretty interesting tidbits about a couple of... Read more

On His 60th Birthday, This Unreleased Prince Song Will Make You Weep (Audio)

Prince would have turned 60 years old today (June 7). More than two years after his death, the Purple One's discography remains active. Prince's estate and his label for many years, Warner Bros. Records, are releasing Piano & A Microphone: 1983 on September 21. The first single "Mary Don't You... Read more

Janelle Monáe Plays It Crazy, Sexy & Cool By Design In Her Latest Over The Top Video

The dynamic singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe is only days away from releasing Dirty Computer, and today she rolls out the red carpet with the visuals for the single, “I Like That.” Kicking off with an eye-catching black, white, and red treatment, Monáe’s striking presence is seen standing in an empty auditorium... Read more

dvsn Remind That Prince & Aaliyah Are One In A Million, With A Purple Mash-Up (Video)

Toronto, Ontario R&B duo dvsn is one of the more recognized acts on Drake's OVO roster. Daniel Daley and Nineteen85 made an impact on Views (see: "Faithful") right around the time they began releasing albums together. The pair's latest, Morning After recently snuck into the US charts' Top 40. Nineteen85... Read more

Why Prince’s Performance Remains The Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Show Ever (Video)

In 1993, Michael Jackson was the biggest Pop star on the planet when he performed at January 31's Super Bowl XXVII's halftime show. The prior year, In Living Color broadcast right at halftime. For football Heads watching the game on CBS, a reported 22 million viewers clicked over to FOX... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Turns A Prince Classic Into A Cry To Stop The Violence (Video)

UPDATE: Pro Era has released the official audio to "Thugz Cry":  ORIGINAL JANUARY 18 STORY: Over the course of his career, Joey Bada$$ has shown himself to be absolutely fearless, when it comes to making music. When he burst onto the scene with his 2012 mixtape, 1999, he eschewed... Read more

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 both public and part of his own legendary catalog. On the Grammy-nominated 4:44, Shawn Carter took umbrage with the handling... Read more

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, Pam would also work with Prince on tour in recent years. After surviving a critical surgery in the last month,... Read more

Morris Day & Snoop Dogg Team Up On A Funky New Song & It’s A Players Ball (Audio)

Morris Day is a legend of Funk and R&B that has not done much in the way of Hip-Hop collaboration. Slug & Murs named a song after The Time front-man, and he's been shouted out in legions of lyrics (from D12 to Nas, Wale to Jean Grae). However, short of... Read more

Hear The Song That Got Replaced By “The Beautiful Ones” On Prince’s Purple Rain (Audio)

Prince's career and mainstream recognition changed drastically with 1984's Purple Rain. While the Minneapolis, Minnesota musician had enjoyed two Top 10 hits with 1999, this album (and the film it accompanied) tipped the scale and cemented a living legend. Nine tracks and less than 44 minutes long, the #1 album... Read more

Today We Celebrate The Life & Legacy Of Prince With A Rebirth Of The Flesh (Audio)

A year ago today, the world was rocked by the sudden and unexpected death of Prince Rogers Nelson. It set off an outpouring of love, grief and tributes that continue to this day. At no time in his career was Prince's name more ubiquitous. In fact, he has been the... Read more

Thirty Years Ago Prince Made A Love Song That Is Still Adored Today (Audio)

Thirty years ago this week, Prince released Sign 'O' The Times, one of his most ambitious and acclaimed works in a catalog that is unrivaled. The double album was years in the making, having evolved from various other unreleased projects, such as Dream Factory and Crystal Ball. The double album... Read more

Diddy Explains Why Prince Refused To Be On Biggie’s Life After Death (Video)

Today (March 25) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of The Notorious B.I.G.'s album, Life After Death. Released just two weeks after he was killed in Los Angeles, the album served as a bittersweet tribute to the MC the world had just lost. For inhabitants of NYC, and likely... Read more

The Inside Story Of How Bruno Mars & The Time United To Celebrate Prince

During last night's (February 12) 59th Grammy Awards, one of the most impactful voices in music history was honored. Prince, who died in late April of last night, was celebrated through a tribute by one of his closest collaborators, and a contemporary Pop superstar that he has greatly influenced. The... Read more

Skillz’s 2016 Rap Up Reminds Us Of The Year’s Highs, Lows & Reasons To Stay Woke (Audio)

2016 is coming to a close. Years from now, how will we, the people, remember such an expansive year in Hip-Hop music, news, and culture? This year, some of the biggest MCs in the genre released new albums. Several of these efforts came in short notice, challenging new distribution platforms... Read more

Tony Touch Makes A Moving Tribute Mix Dedicated To The Artists We Lost In 2016 (Audio)

2016 has been something else. While there has definitely been good in the year that's finishing out this weekend, there has been a lot of shock and awe in between. In the art world, music lovers lost more than a few icons. None of these deaths seemed to come as... Read more

Here Are The Best Hip-Hop Performances & Videos Of 2016

2016 has been a unique year. With it, Hip-Hop had a lot to say, visually. Poets new and old, independent and well-heeled, used their art to promote awareness, suggest change, and when appropriate, provide distraction. At a time when the music video largely lives online, artists made statements—about themselves, their... Read more

The Symphony 2016 Was Just 1 Of The Truly Amazing Performances & Videos Of The Year

2016 has been a unique year. With it, Hip-Hop had a lot to say, visually. Poets new and old, independent and well-heeled, used their art to promote awareness, suggest change, and when appropriate, provide distraction. At a time when the music video largely lives online, artists made statements—about themselves, their... Read more

Saturday Love: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Detail The Making Of A Classic (Video)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are my favorite producers of all-time. That's saying a lot for a person who lives and breathes Hip-Hop and was a big enough Prince fan to believe it had to be him or them, given their well-documented music rivalry. Ironically, it was both Hip-Hop and Prince... Read more

A Prince Song Recorded During “1999” Sessions Is On Another Level (Audio)

Seventeen years before the rest of our calendars said so, Prince made 1999 a thing. This 1982 album would be the Artist's second-most successful in the United States (only behind Purple Rain, which followed). In addition to its cathartic title track, the album featured hits such as "Little Red Corvette"... Read more

“Got To Try A New Position.” How Public Enemy Made Prince Change His Sound

For the latest episode of Questlove Supreme, The Legendary Roots Crew drummer's new weekly Internet radio show, Quest traveled to Minnesota, for a special Prince edition of the broadcast. For nearly three hours, Quest spoke with collective members of The Revolution, Prince's band from 1979 to 1986, including Wendy &... Read more

The Revolution Reunite At First Avenue For The Ultimate Prince Tribute (Video)

In the four months since Prince died unexpectedly on April 21, there have been a number of tributes to the fallen icon. Everyone from his longtime friend and collaborator, Sheila E. to Madonna to even The Game has celebrated the legacy of the musical wunderkind from Minneapolis. Last night (9/1),... Read more

Prince’s Paisley Park Will Be A Museum & Open For Public Tours This Fall

For nearly 30 years, Paisley Park served as Prince's home and the location where he created the vast majority of his music. Built in 1988, the complex located outside of Minneapolis, MN took on mythic proportions akin to estates like Michael Jackson's Neverland and Elvis Presley's Graceland. It was the... Read more

“Game, Blouses:” The Real Story Behind Dave Chappelle’s Prince Basketball Skit

Despite the fact that its final episode aired 10 years ago this month, Dave Chappelle's Chappelle's Show remains one of the finest sketch comedy shows ever produced. It spawned a host of legendary skits and characters, from the depictions of the blind Black White supremacist Clayton Bigsby to revelations about... Read more

Prince’s Vast & Innovative Websites Are Now an Online Museum

Prince was an artist ahead of his time in more ways than one. As a musician, he pushed the boundaries of creativity in ways few others have done. As an advocate for artistry, he fought harder for the rights of artists to maintain control of their creations, before and into... Read more

Havoc Reveals That Prince Played Keys On A Mobb Deep Track (Video)

Throughout the last 25 years, Queens, New York duo Mobb Deep has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Nas, and 50 Cent. However, it is now learned that Prodigy and Havoc collaborated with late Pop icon Prince. Speaking with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's "Drink Champs" Podcast (Episode #17), Havoc... Read more

The Magical Day When Prince & Muhammad Ali Met (Video)

Though 2016 is not yet halfway over, it already has been one in which several tremendous pop culture icons have been lost. David Bowie, Phife Dawg, Prince and Muhammad Ali are just some of those greats. However, while their physical forms are no longer among us, their bodies of work... Read more

Missy Elliott Confirms She Has Unreleased Music By Prince

Approaching two months since the death of Prince, fans are learning more surrounding the unreleased music of the pop culture icon. While Prince's friend and collaborator Jimmy Jam alluded to the Paisley Park vaults coming to the public ears, Jay Z used recent song lyrics to assure that his catalog... Read more

Why “When Doves Cry” Almost Didn’t Happen & Many Other Wonderful Prince Secrets

While some are fixating on how Prince died, here's a fantastic look at how he LIVED. 20 years ago, when Prince released his first ever greatest hits compilation, some mysterious liner notes for the triple album, but different than those included with the final product, surfaced online and were quickly... Read more

Minnesota’s Proposed “Prince Act” Bill Is Pulled Back

Following the April 21 death of Prince, early May legislation was drafted in Minnesota concerning the creative works of deceased artists. Introduced as The Prince Act (an acronym for The Personal Rights in Name Can Endure Act) was placed before the state's House Of Representatives and Senate to "limit outside... Read more

The PRINCE Act Could Legally Protect the Legacy of the Late Icon & Many Others

The April 21 loss of an icon as influential as Prince continues to elicit pangs of sadness throughout the music industry and beyond. The seven-time Grammy Award winner has left behind a legacy so grand, the contributions it makes will no doubt be heard and felt for generations to come. In... Read more

Token Recaps The Week In Hip-Hop News In A Hard-Hitting Freestyle (Video)

Salem, Massachusetts MC Token has made quite a name for himself over the last year. From an incredible collaboration with Joell Ortiz and Snow Tha Product to a show-stopping Sway In The Morning freestyle, the 17 year-old is one of the most exciting MCs to burst on the scene as... Read more

Prince & Kendrick Lamar’s Full Performance Surfaces & They Tear Down The Stage (Video)

In October of 2014, video surfaced of Prince and Kendrick Lamar performing together. The Twin Cities Pop icon and King Kunta from Compton (a title he was six months away from claiming) would rock 1998 Prince box set inclusion, "What's My Name." K-Dot, who was just a mere 11 years... Read more

Listen To The Best Hip-Hop Of April 2016 In One Playlist (Audio)

For years to come, April 2016 will be remembered as the month that brought purple snow in the form of Prince's death. In the wake of his departure, there have been countless tributes in the form of covers of his songs, new releases dedicated to him, and vaulted gems that... Read more

Prince’s Cover Of An 1800’s Spiritual Shows All Aspects Of His Greatness (Video)

Part of what made Prince so great was his supreme talent on so many levels. He could dance, sing, play 27 instruments and, despite his prodigious gifts, his work ethic was legendary. To play with Prince was often a 24-hour a day job and required incredible precision. A video has... Read more

Prince’s Vault Of Unreleased Recordings Is Detailed By Jimmy Jam & Close Associates (Video)

It has been less than one week since Prince Rogers Nelson died (April 21). As information releases about Prince's cause of death and last days, fans and historians are trying to understand the life—often private—of the 57-year old pop icon. One of the biggest questions lingering is what will happen... Read more

D’Angelo Pays Tribute To Prince With A Rendition Of “Venus De Milo” (Audio)

As much as anyone since, D'Angelo is a disciple of Prince. The artist's fingerprints are all over D'Angelo's music, from the falsetto and stacked harmonies of "Me & Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine" to the explicit Prince homage that is "Untitled (How Does It Feel)." D'Angelo also has covered numerous... Read more

Questlove Remembers Prince & Says “He Was More Hip-Hop Than Anyone”

For decades, Questlove has unabashedly worn his fandom of Prince on his metaphorical purple sleeve. The Roots Crew drummer and music savant has referenced His Royal Badness countless times in interviews and, it was that shared mutual love that helped to forge a bond between Quest and D'Angelo. On the... Read more

Listen To Prince’s Final Concert In Full (Audio)

Just days before his sudden and tragic death on April 21, Prince had been embarked on a tour as the sole performer. Although he famously surrounded himself with some of the world's (other) most talented musicians in the past, his "Piano & A Microphone" tour featured no one but Prince,... Read more

Prince & Big Daddy Kane’s 1989 “Batdance Remix” Is Finally Released (Audio)

In 1989, the Batman franchise relaunched with the title film starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger. For the soundtrack, Warner Bros. Records tapped Prince for an entire album companion to the blockbuster film. Led by single "Batdance," Prince's 11th album (and a #1 on the charts) appeared to... Read more

Ever See The Time Prince Surprised Q-Tip On Stage & Started Jamming? (Video)

In addition to his mind-blowing talent and off the charts charisma, part of what made Prince so legendary was his mysteriousness. Even in a world where every millisecond is documented by a share, a photo or a video, he fiercely guarded his privacy, rarely granting interviews and simply letting his... Read more

The Game Releases “Rest In Purple,” A Powerful Tribute Song To Prince (Audio)

Over the course of the next several weeks, there are going to be a slew of tributes to Prince, who passed away suddenly yesterday (April 21) at the age of 57. They will come in all forms, from all walks of like, as his influence transcended genre, race, gender and... Read more

Celebrate The Life & Legacy Of Prince With This Mix Of Deep Cuts & Rarities (Audio)

How do yo begin to celebrate the catalog of an artist who released upwards of 50 albums and reportedly had hundreds in the vault (some of which found their way to starving fans)? It's impossible, certainly not without multiple installments. As the world begins to process the loss of Prince,... Read more

Prince Has Passed Away At The Age Of 57

In an enormous loss for music and pop culture, Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world simply as Prince, has passed away at the age of 57. TMZ reports that the artist was found dead at his Paisley Park home outside of Minneapolis early this morning. On April 15, Prince's... Read more

The Coup’s Pam The Funkstress Explains Working With Prince On Tour

Although she may not be a household name, Pam The Funkstress is one of Hip-Hop's most acclaimed female DJs. Since 1993's Kill My Landlord, the San Mateo, California native has been riding alongside Boots Riley as one of the steadfast members of Oakland's 20-plus-year political Rap outfit The Coup. From... Read more

Prince Plans To Publish 2017 Memoir, “The Beautiful Ones”

In his nearly 40-year career, Prince has become a legend of music and a star of film. By 2017, the 1999 icon now wants to stand out on book shelves. Last night (March 18), Prince told a New York City pop-up concert audience that he is planning his memoir, co-written... Read more

Questlove’s Trip to a Prince Concert Went from Near Disaster to Epic Win (Video)

For most of us, being able to see the one and only Prince live in concert will likely never happen. Even less likely is being able to hit the show on a first date. For Questlove, it's a bit less far-fetched of a possibility, and in a wonderfully creative animated... Read more

BJ The Chicago Kid Celebrates D’Angelo On A Special Anniversary (Audio)

BJ The Chicago Kid has stepped into the role of one of Motown Records' biggest male soloists. While the Illinois native's albums have been lower-key in the case of 2012's Pineapple Now-Laters, he is gearing up for a hefty 2016 care of In My Mind. Meanwhile, as BJ's discography is... Read more

Learn How Ice Cube Reportedly Got His Rap Name & His Previous Prince-Inspired Moniker (Audio)

Whether you read the books on Hip-Hop history or caught Straight Outta Compton in theaters, it's documented that Ice Cube's Rap career began with a group known as C.I.A. In the days prior to N.W.A., O'Shea Jackson was working with Dr. Dre's cousin Sir Jinx, in a group that pressed... Read more

TIDAL is Raising the Ante by Bringing Prince, Beyonce & Jay Z Together in an All-Star Concert

Despite persistent rumors that streaming music service TIDAL is struggling in the face of stiff competition from YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify, the Jay Z-owned platform is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its recent milestone of reaching one million paying subscribers. On October 20, 2015, TIDAL will host... Read more