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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

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