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El-P Has Killer Mike’s Back Even Though They Disagree On Gun Control

Over the last decade, one of Hip-Hop's more unlikely and yet, most enduring super-groups is Run The Jewels. The union began when El-P produced Killer Mike's 2012 album, R.A.P. Music. The release marked a new sound for the Adamsville, Georgia MC, and a different kind of collaborator for the Brooklyn,... Read more

Black Panther Is The Highest-Grossing Superhero Film Of All Time In US

Five weeks ago, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther opened in theaters. The 18th film in the Marvel universe is breaking records that go well beyond its comic company. This weekend, the film starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong'o, earned a distinguished place as the highest-grossing superhero film of... Read more

Chance Explains How He & Kevin Hart Tackled Racism Differently On “SNL” (Audio)

Last November, Chance The Rapper used his time as host of Saturday Night Live to pen a couple of comedy sketches, including "Wayne Thanksgiving." In it, Chance and SNL cast members Leslie Jones, Keenan Thompson and Chris Redd play concerned members of the community upset with "Bruce Wayne" for being a bit too... Read more

Nas May Earn Over $40 Million From The Sale Of A Company He Funded

Nas is regarded as one of Hip-Hop's shining examples of poetry and advanced rhyme skills. His debut album, Illmatic, was voted by Ambrosia For Heads readers in 2016 as "The Greatest Rap Album Of All Time." That release has been the subject of at least one documentary film. It also... Read more

JAY-Z & Diddy Built Empires. Now They Aim To Help Other Black Businesses Grow

JAY-Z and Diddy are two pillars of Black Excellence. These men have built empires that began with music careers, then expanded to record labels, and have extended into apparel, liquor, film, sports, TV, and a host of other ventures at the highest level. Since the '90s, these two men often... Read more

Common Did Not Win Another Oscar But His Freestyle Still Gave Him Glory (Video)

Common did not win his second Oscar award last night (March 4). The Chicago, Illinois MC, actor, and author was nominated for “Best Original Song" for his "Stand Up For Something," which appeared in the film, Marshall. That category (also featuring a nomination for past Common collaborator) Mary J. Blige... Read more

The Golden State Warriors Pass The White House To Visit African American Museum

For much of modern American sports history, champions have visited The White House and met with the President of the United States. Following their 2016-2017 NBA championship season, the Golden State Warriors refrained from a trip inside the White House gates. In September, that decision prompted some public outcry from... Read more

Donald Glover Reveals How He’s Hacked The Real Life Matrix

Donald Glover is at the top of his game. The 34-year-old acts, produces, raps, sings, directs, does stand-up, plays instruments, and sometimes DJs. All of those gifts appear to be converging at a career pinnacle for the artist also known to his fans as "Childish Gambino." In the last year,... Read more

Former No Limit Star C-Murder Declares Hunger Strike Protesting Prison Conditions (Audio)

Twenty years ago this March, No Limit Records rapper C-Murder released his platinum solo debut, Life Or Death. The TRU and 504 Boyz member (and brother of label founder Master P) was one of No Limit's homegrown New Orleans, Louisiana success stories. That career trajectory was derailed after the artist... Read more

How Dave Chappelle Became The Biggest Winner Of The Grammys

The 60th Grammy Awards featured the inclusion of the "Best Comedy Album" award in its telecast, the first such occurrence in the Recording Academy's history. The award went to Dave Chappelle, an icon whose return to comedy after a controversial hiatus has been nothing short of extraordinary. But Chappelle's commanding... Read more

Hip-Hop Is Good For The Brain. A New Study Proves It.

As the world's most dominant musical culture, Hip-Hop is permeating more than our earbuds. Generations of people around the world have been raised on Rap music as well as the fashion, dance, clothing and personal choices it inspires — which, in effect, changes the way we think about and move through... Read more

Insecure’s Issa Rae Is Set To Produce 2 New, Very Different Shows (Video)

Fresh from the announcement of a Golden Globe nomination for her star-turn in Insecure, Issa Rae is on track to co-executive produce two new shows for HBO. Teaming up with Emmy-winning, ex-Daily Show Travon Free, Him Or Her will tell the story of a bisexual Black man navigating the dating scene and... Read more

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 following in the ranks of fellow rappers-turned-fashion execs Andre 3000 (now a leader at Tretorn), Kanye West, and A$AP Rocky,... Read more

The Golden Globes Snubs May Be A Sign Of A Hollywood Backlash Against Women

On January 7, 2018, the 75th Golden Globes will air amidst a time in which the entertainment industry remains mired in controversy. Titans like Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons, Kevin Spacey and many more have had their careers engulfed in flames after decades of sexual assault, misconduct and charges... Read more

As Kobe Bryant’s Jersey Numbers Are Retired A Video Shows That Basketball Was Always His #1

When Kobe Bryant became a Los Angeles Laker, his two high school numbers were not available. #33 was out of the question, the retired jersey belonging to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Between Fred Roberts and George McCloud, #24 was also not available. The 18-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania adapted and got in where... Read more

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 last day of the year. Already in '17, Chappelle released The Age Of Spin and Deep In The Heart Of Texas... Read more

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 jail has made it a personal point to advocate for prisoner's rights, as well as provide resources to end recidivism.... Read more

Andre 3000’s New Sneaker Line Is Oh So Fresh & So Clean

For the Hip-Hop faithful, any news within the past decade of the iconic and avant-garde, yet bashful André 3000 flexing his creative muscle has been welcomed news. Fresh off of lacing the masses with a short-lived sneak-peak at his first verse of 2017, 3 Stacks is keeping the creative momentum... Read more

Standing Tall: Colin Kaepernick Is GQ’s 2017 Citizen Of The Year (Video)

In September, the NFL Players Association gave Colin Kaepernick "The Community MVP" award. The gesture came during a season where the former NFC champion is not playing and is not even attached to any team in the league. Today (November 13), those humanitarian efforts are echoed as GQ magazine crowns... Read more

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 posted the attorney’s business address to his more than one million followers online. In an interview with Uproxx, Kweli said... Read more

Hannibal Burress Tells The Story Of Being Scolded By JAY-Z Because Of This Photo (Video)

Over the years, a photo of Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, JAY-Z and Beyoncé has taken on a few different lives. The original picture surfaced in on June 6, 2016, as the celebs gathered at Jay's 40/40 club, in celebration of Vic's 23rd birthday. A little more than a year... Read more

JAY-Z Combats 1 NFL Owner’s Divisive Words With A Message Of Unity (Video)

This weekend, ESPN magazine reported on just what transpired behind the National Football League's closed doors. Earlier this month, several owners, players, and league officials met to discuss the ongoing National Anthem protests. Criticism, TV boycotts, and declining attendance continue to plague the NFL's revenue and public image. Thereby, the... Read more

Colin Kaepernick Formally Files A Grievance Against The NFL & Its Team Owners

Professional football was played today (October 15) and will be tomorrow, but not with Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback remains a free agent, without a team. However, Kaep', who recently reminded fans that he wants to play, believes that the National Football League and owners of its... Read more

Actor & Ex-Player Terry Crews Details The Abusive Relationship The NFL Has With Its Players (Video)

The NFL and player protests have become more synonymous since Colin Kaepernick spearheaded the trend of kneeling throughout the National Anthem during the 2016 season. Many NFL owners and disgruntled fans have misconstrued player protests to be anti-patriotic as opposed to them making a statement against racial injustice in America.... Read more

Talib Kweli Releases A Song To Inspire Those With Their Heads Up & Eyes Open (Audio)

The Harvard Business Review has released an article about loneliness, and describes it in dire terms. "There is good reason to be concerned about social connection in our current world. Loneliness is a growing health epidemic. We live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet... Read more

Kendrick Lamar & Chance The Rapper Show Conscious MCs Can Make The Forbes List Too

On his song "Moment Of Clarity," JAY-Z infamously rapped "I dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars / They criticized me for it, yet they all yell 'holla' / If skills sold, truth be told / I'd probably be lyrically Talib Kweli / Truthfully I wanna rhyme like... Read more

A Study Identifies Words That Make Each MC Unique. Here’s What Defines Some Of The Best.

In 2014, data scientist Matt Daniels released a comprehensive study that stirred up intense discourse in the Hip-Hop community. The analysis dissected over 35,000 lyrics to determine which MCs had the most extensive vocabularies in their rhymes. Now, Daniels has returned with another deep dive into Hip-Hop linguistics, and this... Read more

J. Cole Releases A Powerful Statement About Why The NFL Boycott Remains The Focus

In the wake of Donald Trump's comments lambasting NFL players who have been exercising their right to free speech by protesting during the national anthem, the protests went to a completely different level today (September 24). Players, coaches and owners who have been ambivalent over the last year, unified in... Read more

NFL Players & Owners Are Standing Against Donald Trump & For The Right To Take A Knee

For decades, NFL football has been America's favorite sport. The Super Bowl is routinely the most watched telecast of the year, and many say the league owns Sundays. Despite its popularity, however, the NFL has taken a beating the last several years. Though it has dealt with its controversies related... Read more

The NFL Players Association Gives This Week’s Community MVP Award To Colin Kaepernick

Although he is still not signed to a team, the specter of quarterback Colin Kaepernick looms large over the NFL. Kaepernick became one of the most polarizing figures in the country last year when he began kneeling during the national anthem before games, in protest of the multiple police killings... Read more

Kid From Kid ‘N Play Apologizes For Mocking Colin Kaepernick In Costume

Earlier this month, MC and actor Christopher "Kid" Reid of veteran duo Kid 'N Play was featured on sports-talk show Speak For Yourself. However, many viewers did not realize it was the House Party co-star. Instead, appearing in an afro wig, a #7 San Francisco 49ers jersey, and a raised... Read more

The NFL Boycott Is Working & Masta Ace Says It’s Bigger Than Colin Kaepernick (Video)

A week ago, the NFL began its first week of the 2017 regular season. Ratings show a serious decline in viewership, year over year. From week 1 kickoff on Thursday Night Football (a 14% decline) to Sunday numbers on FOX and CBS, many less people are watching. Meanwhile, big media seems... Read more

Mark Cuban Tells Snoop Dogg How He Went From Sleeping On Floors To Owning Teams (Video)

People know Mark Cuban as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the apex investors on Shark Tank. However, not many realize how a working-class Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was able to purchase an NBA franchise at the age of 40. Floyd Mayweather Has A Humble Conversation With Snoop... Read more

NFL Ratings Are Down & Big Media’s Too Scared To Cite The Boycott

With season-opening kickoff and Monday Night Football behind us, what promises to be one of the most politically tinged seasons in the NFL is underway. Still mired in controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the league is also defending itself against those who believe the organization is too lenient with players who've committed... Read more

Z-Ro, Trae Tha Truth & Killa Kyleon Discuss Houston’s State Of Crisis After Harvey (Audio)

With mandatory evacuations in Florida, Georgia and possibly more on the way as Hurricane Irma barrels towards the United States (after decimating islands in the Caribbean), the country continues to reel from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Houston and some coastal parts of Texas were ravaged by the storm, which... Read more

Kid From Kid N Play Impersonates Colin Kaepernick For Jason Whitlock (Video)

Fox Sports 1 host and sports commentator Jason Whitlock is known for his polarizing takes about the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing discourse regarding the embattled NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. On Tuesday (September 5) during the network's show Speak For Yourself, Whitlock discussed the still-unsigned QB. During this,... Read more

Run The Jewels Discuss Homophobia In Hip-Hop With Stretch & Bobbito (Audio)

During Hip-Hop's formative years through the 1990s, homosexuality was a taboo topic that held little to no real estate in the culture. For years, highly regarded MCs used facets of gay lifestyle as emasculating punchlines. But, during the past two decades, popular artists like Kanye West, Murs, Macklemore and Lil... Read more

Trae Tha Truth Rescues Hurricane Harvey Evacuees By Boat (Video)

UPDATE: Trae Tha Truth has now launched a crowd-funding site for Hurricane Harvey victims. ORIGINAL AUGUST 29 STORY: Since the mid-2000s, Trae Tha Truth has become a figurehead of Houston's Hip-Hop scene. At a time of dire need, the Hustle Gang member (and label VP) has stepped up in a... Read more

Bun B On Hurricane Harvey: We Need Boats & We Need Prayer

Since Friday night, the world has looked on while Hurricane Harvey has wreaked devastation on the city of Houston, TX, other areas of the the state, and parts of Louisiana. The hurricane, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, brought with it unprecedented levels of precipitation--some experts are estimating it... Read more

Teen Bresha Meadows Stood Up To Her Abusive Father. Talib Kweli Tells Her Story (Audio)

In July of 2016, Warren, Ohio teenager Bresha Meadows fatally shot her father, reportedly as he slept. The 14-year-old killed Jonathan Meadows after years of physical abuse, which also included her brothers and mother, according to relatives. Despite the evidence of abuse, Meadows was charged with aggravated murder. Bresha and... Read more

Biz Markie Details How He Made The Mazda MPV A Hip-Hop Symbol

Biz Markie sat down with Questlove for the most recent episode of Questlove Supreme. There, the acclaimed MC/DJ/producer and super-collector had a lengthy and lighthearted conversation about his 35-year-career. Throwback: Classic Audio of Rakim and Biz Markie Rhyming in High School (Audio) Quest', a fellow collector, presses Biz about his... Read more

Confederate Statues Are Coming Down As Rappers Speak Up

At this very moment, the United States is undergoing an unnerving week of heated political debate. Over the previous weekend, a rally organized by members of White nationalist, KKK, and other extremist groups turned violent and fatal. Charlottesville, Virginia has become the unwitting headquarters for America's latest civil-rights battle, one... Read more

Scientists Are Hacking Computers By Converting Malware Into Strands Of DNA

Hacking has become a commonplace characteristic of modern life. The act of using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data has been used over the years for both bad and good, by governments and citizens, with great media attention and completely under the radar. Phishing scams, Anonymous, and Russian... Read more

Big Boi Is Giving A 5-Year Old Victim Of Gun Violence A Life-Changing Gift (Video)

Outside of his career as a prodigious solo rapper and one-half of the incomparable Outkast, Atlanta, Georgia's Big Boi has been involved in the professional breeding of dogs for many years. Focusing primarily on American Bully breeds, the man born Andre Patton is the owner of Pitfall Kennels where he... Read more

Bun B Previews The Vulnerability That Will Make His “Bernard” Album Truly Real (Video)

For 25 years plus, Bun B has made music that's been a reality check. Songs like "One Day" coped with short life expectancy and constant loss. "I Left It Wet For You" was a cruel account of creepin' on the low. "Pocket Full Of Stones" was not a story of... Read more

Lord Jamar Is Challenging Hip-Hop To Show Off Stacks Instead Of Racks

One of the unexpected results of JAY-Z's 4:44 was the social-media responses the critically acclaimed album inspired. Of those, perhaps none caught on as quickly as the "money phone challenge" in which users uploaded images of them holding stacks of cash to their ear. Meant to symbolize "money calling," holding up racks... Read more

A Company Has Implanted Microchips Into Employees. Where Do We Go From Here? (Video)

Today (August 1), some employees at a technology company in Wisconsin will be using microchip technology to perform a handful of routine job-related tasks. But what makes this particular technology noteworthy is that their microchips are implanted inside their bodies. At Three Square Market, 50 out of 80 employees now... Read more

The Breakfast Club Responds To Threats Of Boycott Due To A Guest’s Words (Audio)

On Friday (July 28), comedian/actor Lil Duval was a guest on The Breakfast Club. The interview has since become controversial, with some calling for a boycott of the syndicated Power 105 morning show following remarks made by the Jacksonville, Florida native guest. During the interview, DJ Envy asked Lil Duval, "Say... Read more

Def Comedy Jam Is Coming Back & Soon

Twenty-five years ago Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam became a leading platform for standup comedy. Bernie Mac, Mike Epps, Chris Tucker and Dave Chappelle used the HBO series to build audiences, and take crucial steps to Hollywood careers. Martin Lawrence and D.L. Hughley were among show hosts during its original... Read more

Mahershala Ali Says His Role In Roxanne Shanté Biopic Is His Toughest Yet (Audio)

Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, best known for his iconic roles in Moonlight and Netflix’s Luke Cage series, started his career as a Hieroglyphics affiliate named Prince Ali and has definitely been outspoken about his love for Hip-Hop music. Starring in the highly-anticipated, critically-acclaimed 2017 Roxanne Shanté biopic alongside Chanté Adams... Read more