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Snoop Dogg & Tupac Affiliate Bad Azz Has Passed Away At The Age Of 43

Long Beach, California representative Bad Azz has died, according to multiple sources including Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, and Kxng Crooked. The 43-year-old MC born Jamarr Antonio Stamps was heard on albums including Makaveli's Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz, and Christmas On Death Row. After... Read more

KRS-One Is Back In The Studio & He’s Inviting Fans To Join Him (Video)

KRS-One is currently recording a mixtape in the studio. Since mid-2018, photos have suggested that Kris Parker has reunited in the lab with Dr. Dre, among others. However, as the world waits to see if KRS' The World Is MIND follow-up will feature some Andre Young sounds, Blastmasta' lets fans... Read more

Action Bronson & Alchemist Announce A Collaborative EP Arriving This Month

Today, (November 10), Alchemist and Action Bronson announced that they are teaming up for a seven-song project entitled Lamb Over Rice. The EP is set to drop on November 22, and as Alchemist added, is "out the stashbox," which suggests they could be a collection of songs the duo has... Read more

Scarface Is One Giant Step Closer To Winning A Seat On The Houston City Council

After 30 years in Hip-Hop, Brad "Scarface" Jordan announced his run for Houston's City Council in District D this June. After months of campaigning, the number of candidates in the race was recently reduced from over 100 potential candidates to 24 in a runoff on Tuesday (November 5). With only... Read more

Doctor Dré Reveals He Has Lost Eyesight To His Ongoing Battle With Diabetes (Video)

Doctor Dré and Ed Lover are behind many fans' fondest memories of Hip-Hop on television. The former Yo! MTV Rap hosts added comedy, swagger, and lots of authenticity to the show between 1989 and 1995. Those TV talents extended to making music, 1993 film Who's The Man?, and radio. For... Read more

John Witherspoon Has Passed Away At 77 Years Old

Actor John Witherspoon has died. The 77-year-old's family confirmed the news Tuesday evening (October 29). Affectionately known as "Pops," Witherspoon (who was born "John Weatherspoon") is remembered for his work in the Friday franchise, and roles in The Hollywood Shuffle, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, House Party, and others. After... Read more

Dave Chappelle Accepts Comedy’s Highest Honor With Heartfelt Words For His Peers

On Sunday night (October 27), Dave Chappelle received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The prestigious award was given just miles from where the 46-year-old spent a big part of his youth. "That's why I love my art-form.... Read more

The Secret Service Visited Eminem After His Threatening Lyrics Toward Donald Trump

Along with YG and Nipsey Hussle, Eminem has been one of the most vocal critics of the sitting US President. Two years ago to the month, Marshall Mathers used the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards as an opportunity to not only condemn Donald Trump, but to also disassociate from the... Read more

TDE’s Top Dawg & Punch Henderson Will Co-Chair The Revolt Summit In Los Angeles

The 2019 Revolt Summit descends on Los Angeles October 25 through 27. Sponsored by AT&T, this year’s conference is co-chaired by Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and President Terrence “Punch” Henderson and will feature scores of panelists including Snoop Dogg, Van Jones, DJ Mustard, Rich Paul, Killer... Read more

Eric B. Is Getting Paid In Full…As An Actor On TV

Eric B. is recognized as one of Hip-Hop's earliest artist-executives. As one-half of Eric B. & Rakim, the Queens, New Yorker helped was part of a movement that raised the bar on lyricism, production, and album-making in Rap. Now, the man born Eric Barrier is lending his talents to the... Read more

Bone Thugs Help Out A Fan Who Had A Thuggish Ruggish Time In Cleveland (Video)

After more than 25 years making albums, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has fans from across the globe. One particular fan, Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka, took things to extremes to meet the group. According to reports, Ryo sold his possessions to raise money to travel to Cleveland, Ohio, the hometown of the legendary... Read more

Gang Starr Has An Album Coming & Their New Song Is Classic Material (Audio)

Gang Starr's legacy is everlasting. What Guru and DJ Premier assembled more than 30 years ago has influenced and informed Hip-Hop culture. In early 2010, the group's creator, Keith "Guru" Elam passed away from cancer in a New York City hospital. At the time, it had been more than six... Read more

Biggie Smalls Is Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Last month marked 25 years since The Notorious B.I.G. released his debut album, Ready To Die. This morning, the impact of Biggie Smalls' short-but-amazing career is reinforced with a nomination into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The Brooklyn, New Yorker born Christopher Wallace is in a nomination class... Read more

DMX Checks Himself Into Rehab

For much of 2019, DMX has been in a comeback stride. At the beginning of this year (January 25), DMX was released from a West Virginia prison after spending much of 2018 behind bars for a tax evasion conviction. Since then, the onetime superstar has been on a climb that... Read more

Shaq Claps Back At Damian Lillard & Disses Charles Barkley In The Crossfire

Days ago, Damian Lillard released his second Shaquille O'Neal diss track, "I Rest My Case." The current NBA star persisted to call out the Hall Of Famer player's rapping abilities. This came after Shaq responded to some comments Dillard made on The Joe Budden Podcast about his MC skills back... Read more

Damian Lillard Gets Flagrant With Shaq On A Foul Diss Track

Last week, Shaquille O'Neal and Damian Lillard entered into a Rap battle. Two of the more successful and revered professional athletes (each in basketball) have achieved respect and recognition in the genre. In the 1990s, Shaq released four albums and collaborated with the likes of Biggie Smalls, Def Squad, Phife... Read more

Shaq & Dame Lillard Foul Each Other With Diss Tracks Over Who’s The Better Rapper

Shaquille O'Neal and Damian Lillard never played in the NBA at the same time. Shaq hung up his size 23 sneakers in 2011 after finishing up with the Boston Celtics. A little over a year later, Dame laced up for the Portland Trailblazers for the very first time. Although the... Read more

“Belly” Actor & Dancehall Artist Louie “OX” Rankin Has Passed Away

Details are emerging surrounding the death of actor and musician Louis Rankin. Often known as "Ox," that nickname was also the role for Rankin (born Leonard Ford) in Hype Williams' 1998 film, Belly, starring opposite DMX, Nas, and others. According to TMZ, the Jamaican-born artist died Monday (September 30) in... Read more

Eddie Murphy Explains How His Next Standup Special Will Be Different Than His Past Work

More than two months ago, reports suggested that Eddie Murphy is in negotiations to return to standup comedy. The speculation came with a Netflix appearance on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Seinfeld asked his peer about a possible comeback for his show on a platform that is paying... Read more

Rap Pioneer Jimmy Spicer Has Passed Away

Rapper Jimmy Spicer has reportedly died after a battle with advanced cancer on his brain and lungs. Several prominent Hip-Hop figures, including Ralph McDaniels, Dante Ross, and R.A. The Rugged Man reacted to the news on social media. Born James Bromley Spicer, the artist was one of the first Hip-Hop... Read more

A Third Suspect Has Been Charged In Connection With Mac Miller’s Fatal Overdose

SEPTEMBER 27 UPDATE: Arrests and charges continue to mount in association with Mac Miller's 2018 fatal overdose. Following news earlier this week that a second arrest was made, now a third suspect has been taken in. According to TMZ, Stephen Walter was arrested Monday (September 23) in Los Angeles, California.... Read more

A New Jack City Remake Is Reportedly In The Works. Is It Time For Change?

Among the canon of Hip-Hop lifestyle films, few have had the impact and longevity of New Jack City. The 1991 Warner Bros movie, which was written by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper, ushered in a new era of cinematic storytelling that not only brought to life the narratives... Read more

DJ Premier Details Why He Chose J. Cole For Gang Starr’s New Song (Audio)

On Friday (September 20), Gang Starr released its first single in more than 16 years. "Family And Loyalty" features two verses from Guru (who passed away in 2010), a DJ Premier-produced track, and a guest appearance from J. Cole. Calling into Sway In The Morning, Premier explained some background on... Read more

Black Moon Is Rising Once More. Here’s Their New Video, Album Tracklist & Guests

More than three months, Black Moon released its first music video in more than 16 years. "Creep Wit Me" reunited Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee, and 5 ft after years of anticipation that the Brooklyn, New York trio would follow-up Total Eclipse. Heads now have more details surrounding Rise Of Da... Read more

DMX Is Back On Def Jam. It’s About To Get Hot Again

At the beginning of this year (January 25), DMX was released from a West Virginia prison after spending much of 2018 behind bars for a tax evasion conviction. Since then, the onetime superstar has been on a climb that feels distinct in a career filled with peaks and valleys. The... Read more

Common Launches A Progressive Charter School In Chicago’s South Side (Video)

Less than two weeks ago, Common released his 12th album, Let Love. Featuring production from Karriem Riggins as well as the late J Dilla, the LP also involves Swizz Beatz, A-Trak, and BJ The Chicago Kid, among others. The music campaign coincides with Common's latest book, Let Love Have The... Read more

Meek Mill Is Finally Free. His 12-Year Legal Battle Comes To An End (Video)

Last month, with an overturned conviction, Meek Mill was removed from probation after spending a decade between incarceration and court-mandated regulations. Following July's development of a new presiding judge and the removal of probation, Meek had been awaiting word surrounding a possible re-trial of his 2007 arrest in his hometown... Read more

Eddie Murphy Will Return To Host SNL For The First Time In 35 Years

For four seasons, Eddie Murphy was the star of Saturday Night Live. During Season 6, Murphy joined a cast that was rebounding from the mass exodus of the "Not Ready For Primetime Players" squad that made the show a cultural touchstone in the second half of the 1970s. In the... Read more

Death Row Records Is Now Owned By A Toy Company

In the early 1990s, Dr. Dre broke from N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. After five years of work with Eazy-E taking Gangsta Rap to the top of the charts, Dre wanted an imprint of his own. The producer for J.J. Fad, The D.O.C., Above The Law, and Michel'le moved across town.... Read more

A$AP Rocky Is Found Guilty Of Assault In Sweden

AUGUST 28 UPDATE: Two weeks following A$AP Rocky's guilty verdict regarding a summer 2019 assault conviction in Stockholm, Sweden, the rapper will not face additional punishments. Earlier this month, 30-year-old Rakim Mayers was dismissed from incarceration ahead of a verdict. He was given a two-year suspended sentence and fines, preventing... Read more

JAY-Z Is Partnering With The NFL On Social Justice & Entertainment Initiatives

Since 2016, JAY-Z has been one of the highest-profile supporters of Colin Kaepernick in his battle against the NFL. In addition to wearing his jerseys in solidarity, Jay used his profile and art to mirror Kaep's demonstrations in support of justice for people of color. In February of this year,... Read more

Benny & Westside Gunn Confirm That Griselda Has Joined Roc Nation Management

On 2018's critically-acclaimed Tana Talk 3, Benny The Butcher used JAY-Z's blueprint to showcase his outlook on "'97 Hov." Now, Benny and Westside Gunn have announced that their Griselda Records movement is taking that relationship one big step closer. This week, the two Buffalo, New Yorker artists confirmed joining the... Read more

Remembering Veteran Hip-Hop Triple-Threat Paten Locke

The Hip-Hop community has had a somber week with the passing of producer Ras G on July 29, and the loss of both DJ Kaos and Paten Locke yesterday (August 5). For those not familiar with Paten, he was a full-time MC/DJ/producer who grew up in both Boston, Massachusetts as... Read more

The Artifacts’ Longtime Member DJ Kaos Has Passed Away

DJ Kaos had been a member of Newark, New Jersey Hip-Hop group The Artifacts for more than 22 years. Today (August 5), band-mate El Da Sensei confirmed that the turntablist born Shawn Perry has passed away. Details, including a cause of death and Perry's age, have not been provided at... Read more

A$AP Rocky Released From Swedish Jail As He Awaits A Court Verdict

Moments ago (August 2) A$AP Rocky was released from a Swedish jail. The 30-year-old rapper born Rakim Mayers has been in custody for the last month amidst assault charges. During that incarceration, his representatives have described inhumane conditions, and the United States government reportedly intervened after Rocky's rights were allegedly... Read more

New Details Surface In The A$AP Rocky Case That Give Context To His Arrest

A$AP Rocky spent today (August 1) in a Stockholm, Sweden courtroom. The chart-topping rapper has been in custody for one month regarding an altercation involving his entourage and two men on the streets of the city. This morning, Rocky, who previously pleaded not guilty, said he's fighting for his freedom... Read more

E-40 & Scarface Are Making An Album. Their 1st Ever Collabo Is A Preview

After nearly 60 combined years in the game, E-40 and Scarface just released a landmark collaboration less than a week ago. From 40 Water's brand-new 26-track Practice Makes Paperalbum, "Watch The Homies" offers O.G. wisdom from the breakout stars of The Click and The Geto Boys, respectively. The 2019 Vallejo,... Read more

A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault. He Will Remain In Swedish Custody

Today (July 25), A$AP Rocky was charged with assault for an incident that took place last month in Stockholm, Sweden. As of last Friday (July 19), Donald Trump joined ongoing efforts by the US Department Of State to intervene with an ongoing investigation and detention of the chart-topping rapper, model,... Read more

Meek Mill’s Conviction Has Been Overturned & He Is Off Probation

Today (July 24) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse, Meek Mill's 2008 conviction was overturned. After a hearing in the appeals court, the 32-year-old rapper will receive a new trial, as he tells his fans and supporters that he is no longer on probation. Following a 2007 arrest for drug and... Read more

The Meters’ Co-Founder Art Neville Has Passed Away At The Age Of 81

Legendary Funk and Soul musician Art Neville has died this morning (July 22). A co-founder of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, the keyboardist and vocalist known as "Poppa Funk" was 81 years old. According to the musician's family, he was in declining health over recent years. "It was peaceful,"... Read more

Donald Trump Says He Will Try To Help A$AP Rocky In Sweden

UPDATE: In a week that began with the U.S. State Department saying it was looking into A$AP Rocky’s continued incarceration in a Swedish detention center, for his role in an altercation that may have been self-defense, the matter has now risen to the head of the Executive Branch. President Donald... Read more

Nipsey Hussle Was Being Celebrated AND Investigated By LAPD

A new report reveals Nipsey Hussle was under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department at the time of his untimely passing. According to the New York Times, authorities at the LAPD and the city attorney's office opened an investigation into the Slauson rapper and his The Marathon Clothing store... Read more

Snoop Dogg Previews His Upcoming LP For KXNG Crooked & Details Suge Knight Song

After more than 25 years in the game, Long Beach, California MC/producer/DJ Snoop Dogg is gearing up to release his 17th studio album, I Wanna Thank Me, later this year. A few weeks ago, Snoop released the single and a video to the title track of the album. In the... Read more

Sean Price’s Brooklyn Mural Is In Danger & Hip-Hop Ain’t Havin’ That

Next month will make it four years since Hip-Hop artist Sean Price passed away. The member of Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik, and Random Axe was in top creative form. Although accolades came to Price during the 1990s alongside Rockness Monsta, the Brownsville, Brooklyn native had catapulted himself to elite... Read more

Jaz-O Confirms Inking Deal With JAY-Z’s Roc Nation

Some of JAY-Z's early and breakthrough Rap appearances came courtesy of his Marcy projects neighbor, Jaz-O. The Jaz, who was signed to EMI Records, featured his friend Jay on video singles "Hawaiian Sophie" and "The Originators." At the time, the two Brooklyn MCs employed a similar stuttered rhyme style. However,... Read more

A$AP Rocky Is Reportedly Being Held In Inhumane Conditions In Sweden

Rapper A$AP Rocky is currently being detained in Sweden. On Friday (July 5), the RCA Records star was ordered to two weeks in detention related to an altercation on the streets of Stockholm during the previous week (June 30). Despite reduced assault charges, the artist was deemed a flight risk... Read more

Ghostface Killah Announces His Next Album With A Heist-Themed Mini-Movie (Video)

Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah is one of Rap's busier veterans. In the last five years, he has released as many projects. This includes a sophomore collaboration with producer/musician Adrian Younge, Inspectah Deck's CZARFACE squad, and a Lost Tapes drop in late 2018. Having already blessed fans with Czarface Meets... Read more

A$AP Rocky May Face 6 Years In Prison For Allegedly Defending Himself From 2 Men Who Were Stalking Him

A$AP Rocky is currently being detained in Stockholm, Sweden. The Harlem MC/producer is currently under investigation following a Sunday (June 30) altercation with two men. Rocky was in Stockholm for a concert amidst a set of European festival dates that the Polo Grounds/RCA Records artist must now miss. He was... Read more

Willie D & Scarface Could Both Become Houston City Councilmen

Last month, Brad Jordan (aka Scarface) announced his campaign to run for Houston City Council. With that step, the legendary lyricist and Geto Boys hit-maker revealed that he is putting his Rap name to bed, and beginning a trajectory that Jordan believes could go as far as the White House.... Read more

JAY-Z Provides Legal Assistance To A Family Terrorized By Phoenix Police

On May 29, an on-duty, in-uniform police officer was caught on video pointing his weapon, shouting profanity, and threatening a young Black family in Phoenix, Arizona. The footage quickly went viral, sparking much controversy and social outrage. Following the incident, 22-year-old Dravon Ames and 24-year-old Aisha Harper officially filed their... Read more