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Kendrick Lamar Announces Album Release Date and Title. Here’s the Story (News)

Few albums have been more anticipated in the last year than Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited follow up to his debut major label release, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Well, the wait is over, almost...A little over 20 minutes ago, Kendrick tweeted out a link and nothing else. The link takes the user... Read more

Erick Sermon Is Bringing Hip-Hop To Your Home With Def Rugs

Always about his business, EPMD MC Erick Sermon has started a new venture that has been turning heads: Def Rugs. Def Rugs is a carpet business that makes Hip-Hop logos into rugs that make for great pieces of home décor. In a recent interview with HipHopDX, Sermon and his business... Read more

The World Might Not Hear the Final Wu-Tang Clan Album for 88 Years. RZA Explains (News)

When the Wu-Tang Clan first began their career as a group in 1993, they completely altered the landscape of music, with their unique initial recording contract forever changing the way groups do business with record labels. Now, in a recent interview with SCLUZAY, RZA says that Once Upon A Time... Read more

Michael Jordan Is Now A Billionaire. If Only We Could Be Like Mike…

Two hundred and ninety billionaires are reported to have joined the elite club in the last year, according to a new report from Forbes magazine. One of those tycoons is six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. MJ made a reported $90 million alone from his Air Jordan Nike-backed brand between 2013... Read more

Kanye West Asks For Help On His Seventh Album Title & Releases Artwork

The cat is out of the bag...or in other words, "Mike Douglas out the car now." After a one-month media cycle, Kanye West has finally released the most pertinent detail surrounding his seventh solo album—its title. So Help Me God, will reportedly be the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records superstar's release name.... Read more

Pharcyde Hit-maker J-Swift Facing Deportation From USA

Back in January of this year, members of The Pharcyde were on tour, doing a show in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was all good, until they tried to return home to Los Angeles, California and producer J-Swift was denied entry into the United States. The 43-year-old was born in... Read more

Friday Is The New Tuesday…Albums Will Now Drop In Time For The Weekend

An age-old tradition for music consumers is about to change. For Heads who waited outside record stores on Tuesday mornings, or stay up way too late waiting to buy from digital retailers on a work/school-night for a particular anticipated release, times, they are a changin'. Billboard has reported that effective... Read more

Watch Marlon Wayans Give a Gut-Wrenching Portrayal of Richard Pryor (Video)

Last week, Mike Epps had one of the realest conversations in recent memory, with Sway, about the ruthlessness of the comedy business. As part of the discussion, he also touched on his portrayal of Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic about the tortured comedic genius, directed by Lee Daniels (Precious,... Read more

Donald Glover Plans To Lay “Childish Gambino” To Rest? (Video)

Comedian, writer and actor Donald Glover may have allegedly taken "Childish Gambino" out of the Wu-Tang Name Generator back in the mid-2000s. However, there was nothing funny or silly about what followed. Between 2008 and 2014, seven mixtapes, two EPs, and an onslaught of guest appearances followed. In two studio... Read more

Rhymefest Now Has A Grammy & An Oscar. Is He One Of The Ghostwriter Greats?

Remember that time Rhymefest beat Eminem in a Rap battle at the 1997 Scribble Jam? Unless you were there, likely not. It seems now that the two Midwest MCs have more in common all these years later. During the 87th Academy Awards this past weekend, Rhymefest and Common simultaneously became... Read more

Was Kevin Garnett the First Hip-Hop Athlete? Da Kid Goes Back Home.

Many see Allen Iverson as the prototypical Hip-Hop athlete. Iverson entered the NBA from the Georgetown Hoyas in 1996, full of swagger with his cornrows, jewelry and baggy jeans. However, it was perhaps Kevin Garnett, who was drafted into the league straight out of high school a year earlier, who... Read more

It’s Official. Mayweather and Pacquiao Are Finally Fighting on May 2nd.

After many false starts, it looks like the much anticipated fight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is officially happening. According to ESPN.com, earlier today, Mayweather stated: "I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done," Mayweather... Read more

Rick Rubin Goes From Boom-Bap To Dance-Hop, Turning His Attentions To GoldLink

T La Rock. Run-DMC. LL Cool J. Beastie Boys. Public Enemy. Geto Boys... For more than 30 years, Rick Rubin has stood on the cutting edge, in Hip-Hop alone. The Def Jam Records co-founder can spot a humongous talent wave out in the ocean, from Rock & Roll to Metal... Read more

Black Thought Says The Roots Are Free Agents. Will They Go Independent?

In a recording career that's nearly 25 years long, The Roots have really dealt with only two labels: Geffen Records and Def Jam Records. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hip-Hop band has released 11 studio albums, along with handfuls of EPs, collaborative works, and side projects dating back to 1993's Organix. After... Read more

Puff Daddy & Snoop Dogg Symbolically Use 1995 Source Awards Footage To Put BEEF To Bed (Video)

In an evening that saw a surprise Drake mixtape, and two star-studded Kanye West events in Manhattan, Puff Daddy and Snoop Dogg may have scored the most historical moment, as far as Hip-Hop is concerned. At Madison Square Garden, the two veteran MCs, producers, and record executives co-headlined a New... Read more

Drake Upstages Everybody With The Ultimate Sneak Attack Move

Despite all the major fanfare transpiring in Manhattan tonight with NBA All Star activities and the march to Fashion Week, Drake (who was in attendance at Roc City Classic) may be out for the gusto. Just as he did more than five years ago, Drizzy delivered a mixtape, cleverly titled... Read more

By The Time I Get To Arizona. KRS-One Blasts the State for Declaring His Teachings Illegal.

In 1991, Public Enemy released the song "By the Time I Get to Arizona", a scathing commentary on the state's reluctance to observe Martin Luther King Day. The state was infamously the second last in the country to celebrate the day, even forgoing an opportunity to host a Super Bowl... Read more

Eminem’s Marshall Mathers 2 LP Crowned Rap Album Of The Year, Take A Closer Look

At last night's (February 8) 57th Grammy Awards, Eminem's Marshall Mathers 2 LP grabbed "Rap Album Of The Year" honors. This is the fifth time Em has received these honors, in a career that has witnessed seven studio albums (not including Infinite). The Detroit, Michigan superstar MC/producer was not on... Read more

Kanye West Warns The Grammy’s That If True Artistry Isn’t Honored, He & Others Will Withdraw (Video)

Last night (February 8), the 57th annual Grammy Awards were held at Los Angeles, California's Staples Center. Kanye West was among performers, as well as nominees. The Def Jam Records superstar joined Rihanna and Paul McCartney on stage to perform "FourFiveSeconds," following a touching delivery of his "Only One" earlier... Read more

Rah Digga Teaching Music & Hip-Hop Classes To Newark, New Jersey Youth

It's a great thing when MCs walk it like they talk it. Rah Digga is one of the greats at that. The Jersey City, New Jersey MC has signed on to teach 17-21 year-old locals in Newark, based on her more than 15 years in the music industry. Hip-Hop, Introduction... Read more

Zion I Announce They Are Splitting, But Make Final Project Available (EP Stream)

Oakland, California duo Zion I has nearly 20 years in the books, dating back to 1998's "Inner Light." However, Zumbi (a/k/a MC Zion) and Amp Live have announced that they are officially, and amicably splitting. The news comes with the group living in different cities for several years now, and... Read more

Rick Rubin Reveals His Insider Stories Behind Songs He Produced

In recent years, RapGenius has been the go-to website to decipher your favorite Rap lyrics, but it often works best when the artists themselves log on to give their insight. Artists who have created verified accounts to do this include Nas, Kendrick Lamar, GZA, Common, Joey Bada$$, and many more,... Read more

It Turns Out Missy Elliott is The Real Super Bowl Winner. Here’s Why.

During Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the Pop princess notably did not include Juicy J or Snoop Dogg (who was at the championship game) for her medley of hits. However, the EMI/Capitol Records multi-platinum mainstay did turn the microphone over to an unlikely guest from the Hip-Hop genre:... Read more

The Jacka Murdered In Oakland, California

Pittsburg, California veteran MC The Jacka has been murdered in nearby Oakland, California last night (February 2). The 37 year-old Mob Figaz co-founder born Dominic Newton was fatally shot in East Oakland shortly after 8pm local time. According to a local CBS News report, suspects have not been identified. Jacka... Read more

Suge Knight Officially Charged with Murder. Could Face Life in Prison.

Less than one week since the January 29 hit-and-run incident, killing Terry Carter and injuring Cle “Bone” Sloan, Marion “Suge” Knight has been formally charged with one count of murder, and one count of attempted murder. ABC7.com reports the breaking news. Additionally, the Compton native was charged with two counts... Read more

Snoop Dogg & Kendrick Lamar Snoop Dogg & Kendrick Lamar May Be Working on Their First Record Together

From MC Eiht, to E-40, and of course his Aftermath Entertainment backer, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar has worked with his share of West Coast Hip-Hop O.G.'s. However, besides the 2012 BET Cypher (also including DJ Quik), Snoop Dogg and Kendrick have not had the studio collaboration. After all, in August... Read more

Eddie Murphy is Returning to SNL for the First Time in Over 30 Years

Many of the biggest stars in comedy were launched on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Names like John Belushi, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are household now, after noteworthy turns on the show. Perhaps no SNL alum is more well known than Eddie Murphy. Despite... Read more

Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? Jay Z Is Going Head To Head With Dr. Dre & Beats

Despite owning competing record labels, distributed by competing majors, Dr. Dre and Jay Z have been most amicable for more than 15 years. More than once, the pair has done business together, from Jay's writing of Dre's "Still D.R.E." hit single verses, to Dre supplying sounds on Jay's Kingdom Come,... Read more

Suge Knight Involved in Hit and Run That Kills a Man; Possibly Facing Murder Charges

UPDATE #3: Less than one week since the January 29 hit-and-run incident, killing Terry Carter and injuring Cle "Bone" Sloan, Marion "Suge" Knight has been formally charged with one count of murder, and one count of attempted murder. ABC7.com reports the breaking news. Additionally, the Compton native was charged with... Read more