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Phonte & Rapper Big Pooh Are Making New Little Brother Music

Last September, the three founding members of Little Brother performed a last-minute reunion concert in Durham, North Carolina. In the backdrop of the place where the collective formed, Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder got back together for The Art Of Cool Festival. It was the first show of... Read more

Billionaire Robert Smith Will Pay The Student Loans For An Entire College Class

At today's (May 19) graduation keynote address, 56-year-old billionaire Robert Frederick Smith made a monumental pledge to the 2019 Morehouse University grads in Atlanta, Georgia. The CEO of the San Francisco, California-based Vista Equity Partners told approximately 396 students at the historically Black, all-male college that he wanted to provide... Read more

Oakland, California Declares May 17 To Be Phife Dawg Day

Phife Dawg was a product of Queens, New York who represented for his borough and St. Albans section throughout his 25-plus-year music career. However, the co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest also lived other places during his 45 years of life. One place Malik Taylor made his home was Oakland,... Read more

Chris Rock Is Taking The Saw Film Franchise To A Twisted New Place

Fifteen years after Saw debuted in movie theaters, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedic icon Chris Rock will help lead the franchise in a new direction. The psychological film released in 2004 spawned seven further installments, most recently 2017's Jigsaw. For its ninth chapter, Rock will reportedly join Jigsaw writers behind the scenes for a reboot... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Are Releasing A New EP This Week

Last Friday (May 10), the Showtime network premiered the four-part Wu-Tang Clan documentary, Wu-Tang: Of Mics & Men. The Mass Appeal film is directed and produced by Sacha Jenkins, with the members of Wu also serving as producers, and covers more than 30 years of history surrounding the nine founding... Read more

Kool Keith Has A New Album Coming. He Turns To B-Real For The 1st Single

In the last 20 years, Kool Keith has become one of Hip-Hop's most prolific MCs. The co-founder of the Ultramagnetic MC's has a career that spans more than 35 years in Rap. However, the Bronx, New Yorker has never slowed his roll. Instead, the advanced lyricist has created characters, groups,... Read more

The Geto Boys Are Uniting For A Final Tour For Bushwick Bill

Last week, veteran MC, dancer, and producer Bushwick Bill revealed that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. More than 30 years ago, the Jamaican-American artist born Stephen Shaw joined Rap-A-Lot Records' Geto Boys as a dancer. Eventually moving to the role of rapper, he remained to become an... Read more

Dave Chappelle Will Receive Comedy’s Most Prestigious Award

Dave Chappelle has won multiple Grammy and Primetime Emmy Awards during his incredible career as a comedian, actor, and writer. This October, the 45-year-old Washington, D.C. native is slated to collect the most prestigious honor available to a comedian. He will do so just miles from Silver Spring, Maryland, where... Read more

Common Opens Up About Being Abused As A Child To Help Others Heal (Video)

From the outside looking in, Lonnie Rashid Lynn (professionally known as Common), has led a charmed life. The Chicago artist, who got his start in entertainment as a rapper, added acting to his repertoire and, over the course of his career, has won an Oscar, an Emmy and multiple Grammy... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Now Has A District Named After It In Staten Island

Yesterday (May 4), part of the Park Hill section of Staten Island, New York was officially renamed the "Wu-Tang Clan District." The rechristening is in honor of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late O.D.B. Meth', Raekwon, Ghostface, and U-God are some... Read more

Big Daddy Kane & 9th Wonder To Be Inducted Into North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame

In the mid-2000s, Little Brother released one of its most significant collaborations to date. "Welcome To Durham" found Big Pooh, Phonte, and 9th Wonder putting on for their city. The Chitlin Circuit inclusion also featured a legendary guest, Big Daddy Kane. Kane, whose work Phonte praised in lyrics on The Listening,... Read more

The Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Has Been Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer (Video)

On June 19, 1991, the Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill was shot in the head, in the midst of an argument with his girlfriend. Miraculously, Bill survived the incident but it left him with only one functioning eye, an injury which was graphically depicted on the cover of the Geto Boys'... Read more

John Singleton Has Passed Away At The Age Of 51

UPDATE: Moments ago (April 29), the family of John Singleton confirmed that the 51-year-old film and television producer, director, and screenwriter has died. The report comes hours after family members released a statement to TMZ announcing that he would be removed from life support today. A Singleton family rep has... Read more

The Roc Boys In The Building: JAY-Z & Cam’ron Have Ended Their Beef (Video)

Last night (April 26), JAY-Z performed his "B-Sides 2" concert at New York City's newly-reopened Webster Hall. It was the first time the Manhattan venue hosted a Hip-Hop show since Action Bronson took the stage in the summer of 2017. Following his 2015 rarities set, Jay performed songs from his... Read more

John Singleton Is In A Coma After Suffering A Stroke

UPDATE: According to TMZ, director John Singleton remains in treatment more than a week after being hospitalized in California. The acclaimed director suffered a stroke on April 17. Sources now say that Singleton is currently in a coma. The publication obtained documents confirming that members of John's family are seeking... Read more

Bun B Shoots An Armed Masked Man Trying To Rob His Home

For nearly 30 years, Bun B has rapped about the dangers of street life. UGK built a discography of cautionary tales about life in Port Arthur, Texas with songs such as "One Day" and "M*rder" telling it like it is, without compromise. Life intersected with art yesterday. Reportedly, the 46-year-old... Read more

Dear Slim…The Word “Stan” Is Now In The Merriam Webster Dictionary

Nearly 20 years ago, Eminem introduced millions to one of music's most legendary fictional characters. The Dido-featuring song "Stan," co-produced by 45 King and Em' depicted a fan writing a series of letters to the rapidly-rising Rap superstar. In an equally famous music video, the character of "Stan" was played... Read more

Black Moon Is Releasing A New Album This Summer. Evil Dee Describes The Sound.

When heads think of Black Moon, many immediately trudge back to their heralded 1993 debut Enta Da Stage. Beyond its textured sampling and aggressive lyrics, the Nervous Records LP helped detail an East Coast equivalent to Gangsta Rap. While there where no lowriders, or bandanas in Buckshot Shorty, 5FT, and... Read more

Mack 10 Is Releasing His 1st Album In 10 Years & It Has His Old Sound (Video)

This coming September marks a decade since Mack 10 released a solo album. The Inglewood, California veteran and Westside Connection co-founder made 2009's Soft White, which involved Rick Ross, Anthony Hamilton, and former Cash Money Records label-mate. Since then, the founder of Hoo-Bangin' Records self-released a joint-effort with Glasses Malone,... Read more

T.I. Helped Bail Out 23 Non-Violent Inmates To Spend Easter With Their Families

Over this past weekend, thanks to the help of T.I., an Atlanta church, and VH1's Love and Hip Hop personality Scrapp Deleon, 23 non-violent offenders were able to spend the Easter holiday with their respective families. Thanks to contributions raised by Tip and others, bail was made for these offenders, as... Read more

Erick Sermon Has Released A New Album Filled With All-Stars. Listen Here (Audio)

Erick Sermon has just released his eighth solo album, Vernia. Earlier this month, at Long Island, New York's Def Squad Studios, the Green-Eyed Bandit extensively details his LP featuring Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Too Short, Devin The Dude, No Malice, Big K.R.I.T., Pharrell, Styles P, AZ, Shaquille O'Neal, Xzibit, Keith Murray, and... Read more

Rappers Might Start Going To Jail Because Of Their Lyrics

Rap music is often an art that imitates life. However, there appear to be new legal lines surrounding that freedom of expression. Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Jamal Knox v. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania. That case surrounds Cox, who is a Pittsburgh rapper also... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Announces The Title Of His New Album & It’s Coming Soon (Video)

As expected, ScHoolboy Q confirmed that he is dropping a spring 2019 album. However, Groovy Q provided specific details Monday afternoon (April 15). The TDE/Interscope Records release will be called CrasH Talk, and it arrives on Friday, April 26. With the announcement, Q provided some new music in a trailer.... Read more

Jadakiss Has A Solo Album Coming Soon & The LOX Are Working Too (Video)

Joe Budden sat down with Jadakiss this month for the latest episode of Pull Up. For nearly an hour, Budden and 'Kiss discuss a range of industry-related and personal topics. These include his relationship with Def Jam Records, both artists' sons pursuing Rap careers, revenue in the streaming age, Rap's... Read more

Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny Are Releasing A Joint Album Through Shady Records

Ever since it was announced on March 3, 2017, that Griselda Records had a signed a deal with Eminem’s Shady Records, Heads have been eagerly anticipating music to stem from this partnership. A couple of months later, Westside Gunn and brother Conway The Machine dropped a video, “Machine Gun Black.”... Read more

LL Cool J Is Victorious In Lawsuit Against Rock The Bells Festival

It has been more than five years since the Rock The Bells music festival transpired. 2013's affair ended abruptly, citing poor sales before canceling the East Coast dates. However, starting in 2007, the traveling event was a major showcase for Hip-Hop talent in all facets. Headliners between '07 and '13... Read more

Bun B & Statik Selektah Will Make An Album From Scratch For All To See

Last August, Bun B released his first album in five years. Return Of The Trill saw the UGK co-founder and Port Arthur, Texas legend team up with Run The Jewels, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Wayne, the late Pimp C, and others on an album that was musically overseen by executive... Read more

Los Angeles Will Name The Intersection Of Crenshaw & Slauson Nipsey Hussle Square

Today (April 9), a little over a week after the death of artist and activist Nipsey Hussle, Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson has announced that the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue in South L.A. will be named after Hussle. The area is home to Hussle's The... Read more

A New Video Shows Why Dwyane Wade’s Legacy Is Bigger Than Basketball

Shortly before the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA Season, Dwyane Wade announced it would be his last. The 6'4" shooting guard from Marquette University began his professional career with the Miami Heat, and after brief sojourns to the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, insured he would end his career with... Read more

Cypress Hill Is The 1st Latino Hip-Hop Group On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Just moments ago, it was announced that Cypress Hill is the latest Hip-Hop act headed to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The group formed by B-Real, DJ Muggs, and Sen Dog (that has since added percussionist Eric Bobo) once made an anthem about what it takes to be a "Superstar."... Read more

L.A. Gangs Have Called A Historic Truce To Honor Nipsey Hussle (Video)

Less than one week after the March 31 passing of Nipsey Hussle, many communities are still recovering from the sudden tragedy. In addition to mourning the slain artist, activist, and entrepeneur, many people are taking action too. Yesterday (April 5), a vigil and peace treaty was held by street leaders,... Read more

Red Bull Music Academy & Red Bull Radio To Shut Down

After 20 years of operation, Red Bull has announced that the Red Bull Music Academy will be closing its doors later this year. The decision was reportedly made to “phase out the existing structure” and introduce a new tactic for Red Bull's position within music. Additionally, Red Bull Radio, the... Read more

Russell Westbrook Fills The Stat Sheet With 60 In Dedication To Nipsey Hussle

Last night (April 2), Russell Westbrook mourned the death of his friend Nipsey Hussle the best way that he knows how, with a historic performance on the basketball court. The 30-year-old Point Guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder finished his team's defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers with a stat... Read more

Eric Holder Is Charged With The Murder Of Nipsey Hussle

APRIL 4 UPDATE: Approximately 100 hours after Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot on Sunday afternoon (March 31), suspect Eric Holder is charged with his murder. Holder, who was apprehended by law enforcement Tuesday (April 2) was formally charged with murder in addition to two counts of attempted murder. Police allege... Read more

The Police Have Captured The Man Suspected Of Killing Nipsey Hussle

UPDATE: The same day that the Los Angeles Police Department publicly announced the suspect for the March 31 murder of Nipsey Hussle (and shooting two other men), authorities have captured the fugitive that investigators believe to be the killer. Twenty-nine-year-old Eric Holder was apprehended in Bellflower, California. The local CBS... Read more

Yasiin Bey Has Premiered A New Album As An Art Exhibit

It's been a while since heads got new music from Yasiin Bey. The MC formerly known as Mos Def announced his retirement from Hip Hop music in a 2016 Facebook Live video, but it never really seemed like he was ready to hang up the mic. He continued to hit... Read more

JAY-Z Receives The NAACP President’s Award For His Social Activism (Video)

This past weekend (March 30) in Hollywood, California, the 50th NAACP Image Awards were held at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Winners from the event include Donald Glover (both for his FX series, Atlanta as well as his powerful music video for, "This Is America"), Bruno Mars for "Outstanding... Read more

Nipsey Hussle Has Been Shot And Killed

UPDATE: Approximately one hour after news broke of this afternoon's shooting, TMZ has now reported that Nipsey Hussle is dead, at 33 years old. While details continue to release, the artist born Ermias Asghedom was at the pinnacle of his career which included music, acting, his Marathon Agency and store, along... Read more

Cypress Hill’s Entire Next Album Will Be Produced By Black Milk (Video)

In 2018, Cypress Hill released its ninth album (and first in eight years) with Elephants On Acid. The effort was fully produced by DJ Muggs, who co-founded the group. On 2010's Rise Up, Muggs largely stepped aside on the boards to B-Real, as well as a cast including Pete Rock,... Read more

The Charges Against Jussie Smollett Are Dropped

In a breaking story, prosecutors have dropped its felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The move happened this morning (March 26), following an arrest late last month under the suspicion of making false reports regarding an incident in Chicago, Illinois on January 29. The actor was released on $10,000... Read more

T.I. Is Recognized By Georgia State Senate For His 2 Nonprofit Organizations

T.I. is officially completing his transformation from trapper to philanthropist. The Georgia State Senate is celebrating the Atlanta native born Clifford Harris' work in the community. The veteran rapper and executive appeared at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Friday (March 22). Tip was recognized for his nonprofit organizations... Read more

Some Of Hip-Hop’s Top MCs Mourn Philadelphia Battle Rapper Tech 9

The Hip-Hop community is mourning the death of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Battle Rap veteran Tech 9 (aka Akeen Mickens). He is survived by a daughter. Details are still forthcoming in this developing story. “Sadly it’s true. We lost a Philadelphia and Battle Rap legend and pioneer,” fellow competitive MC Buttah Madison... Read more

Open Mike Eagle’s New TV Show To Feature MF DOOM, Phonte & Method Man

Chicago, Illinois MC Open Mike Eagle has inserted wit and drama into his music for years. The artist behind such releases as 2016's Hella Personal Film Festival (with producer Paul White), 2017's Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, and last year's What Happens When I Try To Relax EP has partnered... Read more

JAY-Z’s Blueprint Album Will Be Preserved In The Library Of Congress

Every year, The Library Of Congress selects 25 musical titles to add to its National Recording Registry. This act is meant to honor pieces of art for their cultural significance for future generations. A National Recording Preservation Board decides the annual inclusions. This week, JAY-Z's The Blueprint album became the... Read more

De La Soul Are Fighting To Own The Music They Created (Video)

In the last two weeks, the three members of De La Soul have been at the center of a discussion surrounding ownership of catalog and the fairness of record label contracts. That discourse stems from the trio of Dave, Maseo, and Posdnuos notifying fans on social media that they are... Read more

JAY-Z & Roc Nation Took A Big Stand For The Boy Who Sat For The Pledge Of Allegiance

In 2019, JAY-Z is as much a social activist as he is MC, entrepreneur, Puma executive, and social influencer. While Shawn Carter has been close to many issues, especially in the last 15 years, he and Roc Nation are bringing change to families and circumstances that relate to the interests... Read more

Dave East Will Play Method Man In The Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan TV Series

Last month, several cast members were confirmed for Hulu's upcoming 10-part dramatic series Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The series is created, written, and executive produced by RZA as well as Alex Tse–the screenwriter of the 2018’s Superfly remake. Method Man and The Abbott are billed as executive producers. Meanwhile, Ghostface... Read more

Don’t Call It A Comeback…FUBU Is Making Its Return In Classic Style

FUBU is making its return to the marketplace. Founded in 1992 by Daymond John, J. Alexander Martin, Keith Perrin, and Carlton Brown as a hat company based out of Hollis, Queens, New York, FUBU (an acronym for "For Us By Us") became a fashion staple during the 1990s street-wear scene.... Read more

Tommy Boy Has Agreed To Negotiate Better Terms With De La Soul For Their Music

This week, De La Soul publicly revealed that their first six albums are becoming digitally available for the first time in history. Reportedly, the plan was for the catalog to go live today (March 1), part of a 30th-anniversary celebration for the group's highly-acclaimed debut, 3 Feet High And Rising.... Read more

De La Soul Speak In Detail About What Went Wrong With Their Record Company

This week, the legendary group De La Soul announced to the public that they are currently unhappy with their former record label, Tommy Boy. These revelations came with good news for music fans, as De La's first six albums are reportedly soon to made available to digital retailers and streaming... Read more