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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

De La Soul Are In A Bitter Negotiation About Their Streaming Rights & Stakes Is High

It has been 30 years since De La Soul released its debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising. That 1989 Prince Paul-produced work has since achieved platinum certification as well as monstrous critical acclaim for its clever rhymes and innovative sampling techniques. In addition to more than a million shelves,... Read more

The Academy Awards Finally Do The Right Thing. Spike Lee Wins His 1st Oscar.

Moments ago, Spike Lee earned his first Oscar Award. The 61-year-old won the honors for "Best Adapted Screenplay" for his work on 2018's BlackKklansman. He shares the win with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. The award-winning script is based on the memoir of the same name by Ron... Read more

R. Kelly Has Been Arrested & Faces Up To 70 Years In Prison

Update: R. Kelly was arrested last night (February 22). Video shows him turning himself in to the Chicago Police. Cook Count State Attorney Kimberly Foxx says that Kelly is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving 4 victims, and each count carries up to 7 years in prison.... Read more

Breakdancing Is Being Considered To Become An Official Olympic Sport

The wheels are reportedly in motion to include breaking as one of four new sports at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The announcement of Hip-Hop's most physical element's inclusion is slated to be revealed by the local organizing committee (OCOG) on Thursday (February 21). The Associated Press confirms the... Read more

Jussie Smollett Has Been Arrested & Faces Felony Charges

On January 29, actor/vocalist Jussie Smollett reported a disgusting crime in Chicago, Illinois. The Empire cast member alleged that two men verbally and physically assaulted him near the entrance of the city's Loews Hotel and made reference to his race, sexual orientation, and politics. Per Smollett's report, a rope was... Read more

Madlib And Mac Miller Have An Unreleased Joint Album

Several Hip-Hop artists have been at work on special projects at the time of their passing. In the last year of his life, Tupac had begun recording a One Nation project that involved his Outlawz, as well as East Coast Rap luminaries including Buckshot, Smif-n-Wessun, and Greg Nice, among others.... Read more

Ryan Coogler Is Producing A Film Based On A Real-Life Black Panther

Ryan Coogler has written and directed three beloved films, including Fruitvale Station, Creed, and last year's blockbuster Black Panther. Starting with late 2018's Creed II, the 32-year-old is also moving into film production. The Oakland, California native is now reported to be producing a film on slain Black Panther Party... Read more

It’s Official! February 13 Is Mad Skillz Day

Twenty-three years ago this week (February 13, 1996), rapper Mad Skillz released his debut album, From Where???. The Big Beat/Atlantic Records title referenced the fact that the artist born Shaqwan Donnie Lewis represented Richmond, Virginia. That city was a new source of talent in the eyes and ears of many Rap... Read more

21 Savage Discusses His Arrest For The First Time (Video)

21 Savage was arrested on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. The news shocked the Rap community. Most were unaware that the artist also known as Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was born in the United Kingdom, prompting additional surprise when officials stated he was living in the United States illegally. The timing... Read more

Colin Kaepernick Has Settled His Lawsuit With The NFL & Gotten Paid

Hours ago today (February 15), Colin Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid settled their grievance claims with the NFL. The attorney for both men, Mark Geragos, confirmed that a settlement was reached between the league and his clients. In doing so, the pair withdrew their grievance claims. That agreement reportedly... Read more

Nas Delivers A Verse That Reminds Hip-Hop Is Global

It was Nas’ onetime nemesis JAY-Z that famously proclaimed, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” but Nasir Jones has also lived up to that ideal in the last half-decade. The venture capitalist has invested in everything from Lyft to Dropbox, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing... Read more

T.I. Shoots A Diss Record At Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Jabs Right Back.

As a part of Gucci's Fall/Winter 2018 line, the Italian luxury brand released an $890 sweater that may eventually prove to cost the company millions. The pull-up sweater (embedded at the bottom of this story) was deemed offensive by many for its resemblance to racist caricatures of Black people. The... Read more

The 1st Actors In The New Wu-Tang Series Have Been Cast. See Ghostface & RZA

In late 2018, surrounding the 25th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, it was reported that a drama series based on the formation of Wu-Tang Clan is in development. Hulu ordered 10 episodes of the series titled Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The events of the upcoming drama pull extensively... Read more

21 Savage Is Released By ICE On Bond

Nine days after he was arrested by U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE), rapper 21 Savage was released on bond today (February 12). Per reports, he has been granted an expedited hearing. The artist born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was taken into custody on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. At that... Read more

JAY-Z & Beyoncé’s Win Brings New Light To A Grammy Category

JAY-Z won his first Grammy Award in four years last night (February 10). Like Shawn Carter's two 2015 wins, it was a shared prize with his wife, Beyoncé. The Carters' 2018 surprise LP, EVERYTHING IS LOVE took home the honors for "Best Urban Contemporary Album." The category launched in 2013.... Read more

Cardi B Is The First Solo Female MC To Win Rap Album Of The Year

Rapper Cardi B just became the first solo female MC to win "Best Rap Album Of The Year." The Bronx, New Yorker's major label debut Invasion Of Privacy won the category moments ago. It also becomes the Atlantic Records star's first win overall. The Grammy's award for "Best Rap Album"... Read more

Pharrell Williams Wins Producer Of The Year At The Grammy Awards

During tonight's 61st Grammy Awards, Pharrell Williams won the award in the "Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical" category. Skateboard P accepts the award over artists Boi-1da, Kanye West, Larry Klein, and Linda Perry. The Neptunes and N*E*R*D member previously won "Producer Of The Year" six years ago, in 2013. Pharrell... Read more

Donald Glover Is The First Hip-Hop Artist To Win Song Of The Year

UPDATE: Later tonight (February 1o), Donald Glover also won "Record Of The Year" for "This Is America." ORIGINAL STORY: While Donald Glover opted not to attend the 61st Grammy Awards, one of his three 2018 songs made history at tonight's (February 10) ceremony. Moments ago, "This Is America" took home... Read more

Jay Rock & Anderson .Paak Win Their First Grammy Awards…In A Tied Race

Ahead of the 61st Grammy Awards television broadcast, some important winners have already announced in significant categories. For the second year in a row, Dave Chappelle took home "Best Comedy Album" honors for his third and fourth Netflix special of 2017. Meanwhile, in the"Best Rap Performance" category, there is a... Read more

Dave Chappelle Wins Best Comedy Album Grammy For 2nd Straight Year

For the second consecutive year, Dave Chappelle has won big at the Grammy Awards. One year ago, the comedian took home his first trophy for 2017's Dave Chappelle: The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas. The win was for "Best Comedy Album." A few hours ago... Read more

One Of G-Funk’s Most Important Producers Has Passed Away

Music producer and keyboardist Emanuel Dean died on Monday (February 4). The man Dean called his best friend, Tha Dogg Pound's Daz Dillinger, confirmed the passing on social media. A native of Oklahoma, Dean significantly contributed to at least two hits on Snoop Dogg's 1993 debut, Doggystyle. Specifically, Dean and... Read more

Aaron McGruder Has Revived The Boondocks At The Perfect Time

In the midst of a politically-divided country, Aaron McGruder has suddenly revived The Boondocks. In six new panels, the creator of the comic-turned-television show has plenty of commentary for what is happening in politics and pop culture. Yesterday (February 5), Charlamagne Tha God, published new comic strips on his Instagram... Read more

The Beastie Boys Book Is Nominated For AudioBook Of The Year

In late 2018, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz published The Beastie Boys Book. Mike D and Ad-Rock penned a group memoir to tell the story of the iconic trio that transcended the Rap, Hip-Hop, and Punk Rock genres. The Penguin Books text also memorialized Adam Yauch. The rapper/producer also known... Read more

New Details Suggest 21 Savage Is A Victim, Not An Impostor

On Sunday (February 3), rapper 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia. He was then taken into custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. A spokesperson for ICE claimed that the 26-year-old born Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph had been in the United States unlawfully since July of 2005, and... Read more

Freeway Reports That His Kidney Transplant Is A Success (Video)

Earlier today (February 5), Freeway underwent a successful kidney transplant in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital. Moments ago, the State Property MC and Roc Nation artist just took to social media to let everyone know that he is in good condition and thankful for the results. "Thank y'all for all the prayers... Read more

21 Savage Has Been Arrested By ICE And Faces Deportation

Atlanta-based artist 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Atlanta this morning (February 3), according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While Savage has been closely associated with Atlanta and its dominant music scene, it appears he is actually... Read more

Joe Budden Tells The Game To Watch His Mouth When Talking About Him & Women

A little under two weeks ago, Joe Budden, Rory, and Mal sat down on The Joe Budden Podcast to discuss Royce 5’9’s “Cocaine” music video, Soulja Boy’s recent appearance on The Everyday Struggle, and the announcement of Coming To America 2 being in production. However, the podcast's main focus surrounded... Read more

Tekashi 6ix9ine Has Pled Guilty & Is Cooperating With The Feds

This afternoon (February 1), it was revealed that Tekashi 6ix9ine (aka Daniel Hernandez) pleaded guilty in the nine-count federal case against him. He faces charges ranging from racketeering conspiracy to possession of a deadly weapon, to selling a kilogram of heroin in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. The plea was... Read more

DreamDoll Becomes Tory Lanez’ Nightmare With A Savage Diss

Over the last two months, Toronto, Ontario's Tory Lanez has been warring with more rappers than most—and it is all by choice. The singer/rapper closed 2018 with a multi-round battle with Joyner Lucas, sparked by some commentary on Instagram Live. Then, as the Rap community reacted to the song-for-song competition,... Read more

RZA & Ghostface Killah Are Making A Horror Movie Based On Wu’s Real Life Experiences

This week, Wu-Tang Clan is screening its upcoming documentary Of Mics And Men at the Sundance Film Festival. While promoting the four-part Showtime doc, RZA and Ghostface Killah revealed that they have another film endeavor on the horizon, a Suspense Horror feature. RZA (aka Robert Diggs) will direct. Meanwhile, the... Read more

James Ingram Has Passed Away At The Age Of 66

UPDATE: According to TMZ, James Ingram succumbed to a lengthy battle with brain cancer. ORIGINAL STORY: Grammy Award-winning R&B/Pop singer, keyboardist and producer James Ingram has died. Debbie Allen, Ingram's longtime creative partner, confirmed the news this afternoon (January 29), according to Consequence Of Sound. A native of Akron, Ohio,... Read more

Empire’s Jussie Smollett Is The Victim Of A Disgusting Hate Crime

Actor Jussie Smollett is recovering from injuries related to a hate crime. The Empire actor known for playing the role of "Jamal Lyon" was attacked in Chicago, Illinois and hospitalized this morning (January 29). While walking in an undisclosed section of the Windy City, two masked men directed homophobic and... Read more

It’s Official. DMX Has Been Released From Prison.

UPDATE: It's official. According to CNN, DMX is once again a free man. After spending a year in prison, Earl Simmons was released from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in Glenville, West Virginia, earlier today. Now that X is free, fans are hopeful that he and Swizz Beatz will finally release... Read more

Murs & 9th Wonder Have Recorded Their 7th Collabo Album. It’s Coming Soon

This March makes it 15 years since Murs and 9th Wonder partnered for Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition. Released on El-P's Definitive Jux label, the album united the Los Angeles, California lyricist from the Living Legends crew with the North Carolina producer/DJ known for Little Brother's exceptional introduction. For both... Read more

DMX Will Be Released From Prison Tomorrow

Last March, DMX was sentenced to one year in prison for tax fraud. The rapper born Earl Simmons was visibly emotional as he received the judge's order, which came after the former superstar played the courtroom his song, "Slippin'." He told the bench, “I never went to the level of... Read more

JAY-Z & Meek Mill Have Joined Forces To Free Those Unjustly Held In Prison

JAY-Z and Meek Mill, two Hip-Hop stars whose personal lives have faced criminal-justice issues head-on, are partnering on something with the potential to change millions of lives. Together with best-selling author and CNN news commentator Van Jones and others, the rappers announced the formation of REFORM Alliance, an organization which... Read more

Edwin Birdsong Has Passed Away. His Music Has Been Sampled In Several Hip-Hop Hits

Edwin Birdsong is a Jazz, Funk, and Disco keyboardist who made a series of albums in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of those songs earned wide recognition as the basis of samples in hit songs by Daft Punk, De La Soul, and Kanye West, among others. OkayPlayer has confirmed that... Read more

Black Panther & Kendrick Lamar Receive Oscar Nominations

The nominations for next month's 91st Academy Awards just announced this morning (January 22). The televised event set to take place on February 24. For fans of Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman in particular, there may be good reasons to watch. Both Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman are nominated for the highest honor, "Best... Read more

Former Cop Jason Van Dyke Sentenced To Prison For The Killing Of Laquan McDonald

Late in the evening of October 20, 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by police officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago, Illinois. According to reports, McDonald was seen behaving unpredictably while walking and reportedly carrying a knife. In the events that ensued, Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times, emptying... Read more

Joe Budden Rips Future’s Mask Off For Lying About Lean

Yesterday (January 18), rapper Future released his seventh studio album, Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD. Recently, the maturation of Future's music has been at the forefront of many conversations in the Rap music space, especially on The Joe Budden Podcast. However, at the same time, the Dungeon Family product appears... Read more

R. Kelly’s Record Label Has Pressed Mute & Told Him To Get To Steppin’

After more than 25 years and over 15 albums, R. Kelly and his record label have reportedly parted ways. The breaking news comes (January 18) after RCA/Sony Records sources confirmed the development to Billboard. The label recently removed the Chicago, Illinois singer from its website roster. The move comes two weeks... Read more

Big Boi Buys The Dungeon Studio That Birthed Early OutKast Albums

D&D, Can-Am, Chung King. Hip-Hop has its fair share of famous recording studios. In Atlanta, few labs rival the notoriety of The Dungeon. This grimy, no-frills lair in Rico Wade's mother's basement in Lakewood Heights section of East Atlanta, Georgia would be a meeting place and breeding ground for some... Read more

Missy Elliott Becomes The First Female MC To Enter The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. While JAY-Z became the first artist in Rap to join the prestigious circle two years ago, Missy follows a 2018 where Jermaine Dupri was admitted. Both appeared in New York City... Read more

Eddie Murphy Is Coming Back To America Just In Time

Nearly two years ago, it was revealed that Eddie Murphy was working on a sequel script to one of his most beloved films, Coming To America. The original 1988 John Landis-directed movie was based on a story by Murphy. He starred in the film as "Prince Akeem" alongside a talented... Read more

Skyzoo & Pete Rock Are Making A Collaborative Album

Last week, legendary producer Pete Rock revealed that he plans to release The Return Of The SP1200. Named after the iconic Emu Systems sampler, the compilation project will include beats that Pete says he made between 1990 and 1998, but never used. JayLib/Beat Junkies member J. Rocc will provide scratches... Read more

Layzie Bone’s Migos Diss Record Is Thuggish Ruggish

Last month, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony co-founder Layzie took strong umbrage with Migos member Offset. The Grammy Award-winning Cleveland, Ohio MC responded to the Georgia rapper's continued claims that he, Takeoff, and Quavo are the greatest group of all-time. L-Burna wanted receipts for the statement, and welcomed a battle to see if... Read more

Pete Rock Is Dropping An Album Of Unreleased Beats From The ’90s

Legendary producer, rapper, and DJ Pete Rock helped cement a culture of Instrumental Hip-Hop releases. Since the first volume of Petestrumentals, the Mount Vernon, New Yorker helped shine a light on cohesive album-making without MCs on the track. The first Petestrumentals, released in 2001, followed the 1990s where Pete Rock... Read more

Juelz Santana Sentenced To Prison For More Than 2 Years

Right as Dipset released its first formal album in 14 years, the Harlem, New York collective has hit a serious roadblock. Today (December 19), a key member of The Diplomats was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. TMZ reports that the former Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records rapper born LaRon James... Read more