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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

Layzie Challenges Migos To Battle Bone Thugs-N-Harmony To See Who’s Best

Members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Migos are at odds. At the center of the developing tension are Layzie Bone and Offset. Twice this year, and most recently in an XXL interview, the Migos member declared that his trio is "the greatest group in the world to ever exist." Previously, he... Read more

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Tell Migos To Sit Down & Shut Up About Being The Best Rap Group

In the midst of a trending debate surrounding "the King Of R&B," another title may be up from grabs. In January of this year, Migos member Offset boasted to radio show, Big Boy's Neighborhood, "[Migos] is the biggest group ever. Ever. In pop, Hip-Hop all that, because every genre in... Read more

Tory Lanez Disses Royce 5’9 & Then Gets A Very Serious Warning

Over the last 24 hours, Royce 5'9 was dissed by Toronto, Ontario singer/rapper Tory Lanez on social media. The incident began after a fan asked Royce if he thought Lanez was the victor in last month's battle with Joyner Lucas. Nickel Nine responded "No." Hours later, Tory—who was not tagged... Read more

Heavily Sampled Hall Of Fame Songwriter Galt MacDermot Passes Away At 89

Galt MacDermot has died at the age of 89 today (December 17). It was one day before his 90th birthday. Although family members confirmed the news, according to Rolling Stone, a cause of death has not been made public. The Montreal, Quebec native may be best remembered as the composer of... Read more

Janet Jackson Will Be Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Janet Jackson has five Grammy awards, nine MTV Music Video Awards trophies, and an Oscar nomination. However, the 30-plus-year music superstar may have just received her biggest accolade to date. In 2019, Jackson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The ceremony will take place at... Read more

Real Hip-Hop Finally Has Its Own Home On TV

“It's like that uh and it sounds so nice. Hip-hop, you the love of my life.” I’ve been on the same mission for 20 years. Having grown up in the 80s, the soundtrack to my coming of age was fueled by the sounds of Grandmaster Melle Mel, Run-D.M.C., LL Cool... Read more

Who Are The Top 5 MCs Of All-Time? Allen Iverson Has The Answer.

Allen Iverson wrote a lengthy article in the latest edition of The Player’s Tribune (December 6) titled, "Allen." In the piece, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee covers everything from his connection to Meek Mill, to an anecdote about giving a Bentley to former teammate Larry Hughes, to... Read more

Juicy J Has Turned Water Into Big Cash Through An Investment

Whenever Juicy J is a guest on The Breakfast Club, they bring out the "CA$H Counter," and it rings every time he says the word "cash." The legendary Three 6 Mafia rapper/producer has been cashing in for some time now beginning as a member of the Oscar-winning Memphis, Tennessee group,... Read more

Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars After Backlash Over His Past Remarks

On Tuesday night (December 4), Kevin Hart announced that he had agreed to host the upcoming 91st Academy Awards next February. The superstar comedian and actor mentioned his late mother being proud in a social media post that confirmed the news. Approximately 48 hours later, Hart stepped down from the... Read more

J. Cole’s KOD May Be The Year’s Best Album & It Was Snubbed By The Grammys

This morning (December 7), the 2019 Grammy Awards nominations were announced. For fans of Kendrick Lamar and the Top Dawg Entertainment family, it was another exciting development. Even in a year when K-Dot did not release a solo album, he received eight nominations. SZA and Jay Rock joined him with... Read more

Four Hip-Hop Artists Have Grammy Nominations For Album Of The Year

The 61st Grammy Awards nominations have been announced, and there is plenty to talk about for Rap and Hip-Hop fans. The affair will take place February 10, 2019, returning the event to Los Angeles, California's Staples Center after a New York City ceremony earlier this year. While Top Dawg and... Read more

Meek Mill Wants To Get 1 Million People Out Of The Prison System

Last Friday (November 30), Meek Mill released his fourth album, Championships. The Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records release is the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC's first project since leaving prison in April on bail. That time incarcerated is a theme of the album which features JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Drake, Fabolous, and Cardi B,... Read more

Ghostface Killah & CZARFACE Are Making An Album Together. Hear The 1st Single

At the top of the decade, Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck made some of the most remarkable material of his career after he formed a group with Underground Hip-Hop stalwarts 7L & Esoteric. CZARFACE became more than just a super-group of the "Speaking Real Words" collaborators from way back. Modeled after... Read more

Concertgoers In Toronto Attempt To Attack Pusha-T. He Alleges They Were Paid To Do It

Last night (November 20) Pusha-T brought his Daytona Tour to Toronto, Ontario's Danforth Music Hall. While performing 2015 song "M.F.T.R." Pusha's stage was attacked with what appears to be beer and cups from the crowd. As the G.O.O.D. Music artist steps out of harm's way during his set, some concert-goers... Read more

Joyner Lucas Strikes Back Against Tory Lanez & He Gets Specific (Audio)

Earlier today (November 20), Tory Lanez responded to Joyner Lucas' challenge to prove he is the better rapper. It started when Tory told a social media audience of fans that he was better. Lucas caught wind and asked Lanez to prove it. Within a day, the Toronto, Canada MC and... Read more

Tory Lanez Says He’s A Better MC Than Joyner Lucas & Serves Battle Bars (Audio)

Yesterday (November 19), Toronto, Canada MC/singer Tory Lanez dismissed notions that Joyner Lucas was a better MC. During an Instagram Live session, the artist who released two Top 5 albums on the charts this year (Memories Don't Die and Love Me Now) In the midst of boasting of his multi-faceted... Read more

Kim Porter, Mother Of 3 Children With Puff Daddy, Has Been Found Dead

For much of the 1990s and 2000s, Kim Porter was Puff Daddy's companion. They have three children together. Today (November 15), the 47-year-old Columbus, Georgia native was found dead in her Toluca Lake, California home. A representative for Kim Porter confirmed the news and asked for privacy for the family.... Read more

Black Thought Is Releasing His Next Solo Project In Less Than 2 Weeks

In June, Black Thought partnered with 9th Wonder and The Soul Council to release Streams Of Thought, Vol. 1. The moment marked the first solo vocal project from The Roots MC. One of Hip-Hop's most respected lyricists has just confirmed reports that he has another installment on the way—and he's... Read more

Stan Lee, Co-Creator Of Marvel Comics, Has Passed Away At 95

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' co-creator, former president and illustrator, has died at the age of 95. According to CNN, the comic giant was taken by ambulance from his home in Los Angeles to Cedar's Sinai Medical Center on Monday morning (November 12). He later passed away, although an exact cause... Read more

Former Rap Exec Jimmy Henchman Sentenced To Life For Murder

Less than two months after Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight was sentenced to 28 years behind bars for the 2015 killing of music executive Terry Carter, another former, sometimes feared Hip-Hop manager is formally ordered to serve the rest of his life behind bars. James Rosemond, Jr., perhaps better... Read more

Mac Miller’s Cause Of Death Has Been Revealed

Just less than two months ago (September 7), MC/producer Mac Miller died at the age of 26 in his Studio City, California residence. The native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania had recently released his fifth album Swimming, a body of work that he made with J. Cole, Jon Brion, Tae Beast, and... Read more

Soulquarians Member, Trumpeter Roy Hargrove Passes Away At 49

Two-time Grammy Award-winning Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has passed away at the age of 49 years old. He suffered a fatal heart attack Friday night (November 2) in New York City after being admitted to a hospital for kidney failure. NPR confirmed the news with Hargrove's manager, Larry Clothier. Although... Read more

Fat Beats Is Back In Business. The Record Store Re-Opens In Los Angeles

In the midst of 2010, famed record store Fat Beats closed its New York City and Los Angeles, California locations. The vinyl, CD, tape, and Hip-Hop merchandise destination had become an international mainstay in the cultural landscape. Eminem, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Common, and countless others performed there. Members of Non-Phixion,... Read more

50 Cent Announces He Is Producing A Prequel To Power

Fifteen years after launching one of the biggest Rap careers of the 2000s, 50 Cent has found a new source of artistic and commercial success through Power. Since 2014, the Starz series has become a top draw for the network and premium cable shows of its kind. Following its fifth... Read more

Martin Lawrence Confirms Bad Boys 3 With Will Smith & Details Surface About The Story

Fifteen years after Bad Boys II, a third film is cemented. For those anticipating Bad Boys For Life, this is not the first time they have heard this. Back in mid-2015, fans were promised a third and fourth installment in the action-comedy franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. With... Read more

50 Cent Buys 200 Ja Rule Concert Tickets To Make The Front Rows Empty

50 Cent and Ja Rule have been beefing for more than 18 years. Over time, the crosstown Queens, New York feuding parties have expanded to include Fif's G-Unit (as well as Eminem, Dr. Dre, and others for a time) as well as Ja's mentor/producer, Irv Gotti, and Murder Inc Records.... Read more

Arrested Development Member Baba Oje Has Passed Away

For the last 30 years, Arrested Development defied the conventions of what a Hip-Hop group could look and sound like. The group was formed by MC/singer Speech and DJ Headliner in Atlanta, Georgia. However, by the collective's success in the early 1990s, it grew to include a band of sometimes... Read more

Jazzy Jeff Demonstrates New DJ Technology That May Mark The End Of Needles (Video)

As the end of 2018 approaches, the art of DJ'ing inches closer to its 85th birthday. The term "disc jockey" itself was first coined in 1935 by New York City-born radio commentator Walter Winchell. Later, in 1943, the first official DJ dance party was curated by then DJ Jimmy Savile... Read more

Details Emerge Around The Behind The Scenes Drama That Led To Luke Cage’s Cancellation

Last Friday (October 19), Luke Cage was canceled following just two seasons. The news was met with dismay by many, including fans of comic books, the Marvel universe, and Hip-Hop. The same day that Netflix unveiled Season 2 of its Hip-Hop Evolution docu-series, the studio and streaming platform pulled the plug... Read more

Massive Attack Are Re-Releasing Their Landmark Album In A New Format: DNA

British Trip-Hop group Massive Attack is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their third album in a very special way. Twenty years ago, the Circa/Virgin Records album was the first to be streamed entirely for free online. Now, Mezzanine will be the first LP to be released in strands of synthetic... Read more

Luke Cage Is Not Bulletproof For Netflix. They Cancel The Show.

Perhaps the most significant intersection of Hip-Hop and superheroes on the small screen, Luke Cage's run at Netflix has come to an end. Ahead of the weekend, the streaming giant and show-maker announced that the series has ended after two seasons. “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a... Read more

Pusha-T’s Real Beef Is Not With Drake & It Pays Handsomely (Video)

For several months, it appeared that the whole Drake/Pusha-T beef had gone cold. These diss records were halted, reportedly at the order of J. Prince and Kanye West, respectively. Since that early June report, aside from Kanye West's under-bridge Twitter selfie-video in which he warned Drake against alluding to his... Read more

Pusha-T Says Producer “40,” Not Kanye West, Snitched About Drake’s Child (Audio)

This past weekend, a conversation between Drake and Lebron James seemingly rehashed what may end up as 2018's most talked-about feud in Rap. While Drizzy and Pusha-T have been verbally sparring on songs for most of this decade, the art of war got especially colorful this year in the form... Read more

Kool G Rap Was Wrongfully Accused Of Shoplifting. Now He’s Getting Gangster.

For the last 30 years, Kool G Rap's music has featured narratives about being on the run, wanted by the law, and serving time in places like New York City's Rikers Island. One of Gangsta Rap's pioneers is part of headlines this week, for a crime he says he did... Read more

Drake Speaks In Detail About How Kanye West Betrayed Him (Video)

The summer of 2018 recently came to a close. Although there were a few, the biggest back-and-forth Rap beef of the season was also its first. It took place when Pusha-T dissed Drake on his Kanye West-produced "Infrared." Mere hours later, Drake responded with "Duppy Freestyle." The a la carte... Read more

Ryan Coogler Signs On To Write & Direct “Black Panther 2”

Last February, Marvel and Walt Disney Studios released Black Panther, the 18th film in the Marvel series and the first to use a predominantly Black cast, a feat that becomes more than just a commercial impact but causes a shift in the culture of our society as well. Black Panther... Read more

The Wu-Tang Clan Story Will Be Told In A New TV Series

Twenty-five years ago, a collection of nine Hip-Hop artists remodeled the sound of the genre. The New York City group added grit and gumption to Rap music while defying conventions. In the age of the solo artist, a band of industry misfits eventually conquered the charts and shaped a style... Read more

Fabolous Is Facing 4 Felony Counts In A Domestic Violence Case

Fabolous is facing serious charges stemming from an alleged altercation with his current partner, Emily B. The Brooklyn, New York rapper is accused of violently assaulting her and has reportedly been indicted on four felony charges by a grand jury in New Jersey, the state where the allegations took place.... Read more

LL Cool J Has Been Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

A foundational figure in Hip-Hop history is eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a milestone reached in past years by Beastie Boys, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C. and Tupac Shakur. This year, LL Cool J is among the list of... Read more

Eminem Is Producing A Battle Rap Satire Film Filled With Social Commentary (Video)

It's been nearly 18 years to the date since 8 Mile hit theaters, a film which solidified Eminem's place in the pop-culture zeitgeist. At the time of its debut, Eminem was several months removed from the release of The Eminem Show, his fourth studio album and one that would eventually release a... Read more

Mysonne’s Statement On Rape Culture Shows He’s Smarter Than Most Senators (Video)

The Bronx, New York rapper Mysonne is in headlines once again for vocalizing in protest of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for Supreme Court Justice. The veteran rapper spoke with journalist Chuck Modi on his position in a video. What Modi seemingly thought he was getting was a quick take on Mysonne's... Read more

A Hip-Hop Group With An Openly Gay Member Has The #1 Album

On September 21, Brockhampton released Iridescence, the fourth studio album from the group and the first not included in the Saturation series they kicked off in 2017. In fewer than two years since debuting, the group—consisting of rappers/vocalists Kevin Abstract, Bearface, Matt Champion, Joba Don McLennon and Merlyn Wood, plus producers and their... Read more

Lil Wayne Confirms That When He Shot Himself It Was Really A Suicide Attempt (Audio)

Last Friday (September 28), Lil Wayne released his twelfth solo album, Tha Carter V. The Young Money LP arrives more than three years since Weezy F. Baby had a full-length LP, and more than five calendars since the New Orleans, Louisiana native put one of his albums on a CD... Read more

All 3 Little Brother Members Perform Together For The 1st Time In Over A Decade (Video)

During a weekend that celebrated the 20th anniversaries of benchmark album releases from A Tribe Called Quest, Black Star, and OutKast, another legendary Hip-Hop group made a move that will forever be tied to their legacy. Yesterday (September 29), Phonte, 9th Wonder, and Rapper Big Pooh performed as Little Brother... Read more

CyHi The Prynce Challenges Joe Budden To A Rap Battle For $500,000 (Video)

In recent episodes of The Joe Budden Podcast, CyHi The Prynce has come up in conversation several times. Joe, along with co-hosts Rory, Mal, as well as Parks, have discussed CyHi's announcement of his Kanye West-produced seven-song follow-up to 2017's No Dope On Sundays. More recently, they addressed 'Ye reportedly gifting... Read more