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Detroit Vs. Everybody: How One City Staged a Hip-Hop Takeover (Editorial)

Detroit, Michigan is historically, a fighter’s city. The sharp elbows of the Bad Boy-era Pistons, the unbreakable spirit of the autoworkers through the decline of the industry’s bountifulness, and the cold, harsh conditions of everyday life make for the Great Lakes State to be rugged, never smooth. In the context... Read more

Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean & Danny Brown Claim Detroit Vs. Everybody (Video)

After all the hype behind the "Detroit Vs. Everybody" movement and the Shady XV album, Eminem has gotten together with Royce Da 5'9", Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick to release a music video for the song. Similar to the "Shady XV Cypher", the video features each... Read more

Eminem Grants One Teenage Fan’s Final Wish

Many Eminem Heads know how much the superstar admires the life and music of Tupac Shakur. Eminem even worked extensively, as a producer, on some of 'Pac's posthumous albums, including 2006's Pac's Life. Although a lot can be said about the final years of 2Pac's life, one moment always speaks... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 2): Eminem vs. Xzibit…Who You Got?

We have reached the second round in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). We are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups... Read more

Listen to Over 170 of the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2014 in One Playlist (Audio)

2014 was an incredibly diverse year for Hip-Hop, musically and thematically. Many of the sounds that have dominated airwaves and web streams remained, but something returned that had been missing from the culture for quite some time: the voice of the people. In a year that saw more unrest in... Read more

Stream and Download More Than 35 of the Best Mixtapes of 2014 (Mixtapes)

2014 was a year of incredibly diverse mixtape offerings. There were amazing blend projects like Yasiin Gaye which combined Mos and Marvin, beat-jacking tapes like Jon Connor's amazing takeover of Kanye West tracks, albums in disguise like Travi$ Scott's Days Before Rodeo, remix wonders like Soul Cookin's complete re-imagination of... Read more

Shady Records Gathers a Gang of MCs for the Detroit vs. Everybody Remix (Audio)

Shady Records continues the Detroit takeover with a remix to their "Detroit vs. Everybody" anthem. This version features Trick Trick,Dej Loaf, Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Sino, Marv Won, Payroll, Hydro, Boldy James, Big Gov, Kid Vishis, Big Herk, Icewear Vezzo, Detroit Che, Calicoe, and Diezel The Hitman. It also weighs... Read more

Lecrae & Childish Gambino Join Drake, Eminem & Kendrick Lamar In 2015 Grammy Nominations

The flagship 57th annual Grammy Award nominations have been announced, in part, as they are being rolled out gradually this year. After 2014's controversial "Best Rap Performance" win by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, two more independent artists have been nominated for 2014. Reach Records star Lecrae has been nominated for... Read more

There’s a Lullaby Version of Eminem’s Lose Yourself and It’s Shockingly Comforting (Audio)

Some things just aren't meant to go together, like oil and water and cats and dogs, to name a few. Another combo most would add to the list would be Eminem and lullabies. However, the folks at Rockabye Baby would disagree and, oddly, they have a point. The company which... Read more

A 1997 Eminem Freestyle Surfaces, With Some Slick Slim Shady Rawness (Audio)

Seventeen years ago this month, Eminem was not a diamond, platinum, or gold-selling artist. He was not down with Dr. Dre. Eminem did not have a gated home in Detroit, or a radio platform. Instead, Eminem was just Marshall Mathers, a fast-talking MC with quick wit, sticking similes, and a... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of November 2014 (Audio)

November was dominated by members of Wu-Tang Clan and Shady 2.0. Eminem, the Wu, Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier, Ghostface Killah and Slaughterhouse all had big records (or several). Here's a playlist featuring music by them, as well as De La Soul, Chuck D, Juvenile, Big K.R.I.T., M.O.P., AZ,... Read more

Eminem Drives Home Another Narrative With Illustration For Us (Video)

In the midst of a digital takeover for Shady XV, Eminem hit Monday hard after his weekend 66-song, double-mixtape. With the double-disc label compilation now available for purchase, Em returned to his initial Sia-assisted single, "Guts Over Fear." For the video, which features both Interscope-backed artists in limited capacity, Heads... Read more

Eminem & DJ Whoo Kid Have Released an Epic 66-Song Mixtape of Shady Classics (Mixtape)

Eminem is pulling out all the stops for the 15th anniversary celebration of Shady Records. In the span of two weeks, he released an instant classic 18-minute cypher featuring himself, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf, and he's released some absolute killer records. He has an anniversary album coming soon and, as we... Read more

Eminem, Yelawolf & Slaughterhouse Are All Killer, No Filler (Audio)

The treats keep falling off the Shady tree gearing up for Shady XV. "Psychopath Killer" is an Eminem song, featuring his 2011-present star signings, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf. Just Blaze, Boi-1da, and The Maven Boys team up to make a track that's quite Horrorcore-themed, something you might expect to hear on... Read more

Eminem & Shady Records Plan 66-Song DJ Whoo Kid Double Mixtape

The news surrounding Shady Records' Shady XV won't stop getting bigger. As if including a demo version of "Lose Yourself" didn't sweeten the deal to a ground-swelling Shady cXVpher, it gets better... In a new Rap Radar podcast with Whoo Kid and Eminem's manager/Shady CEO Paul Rosenberg, it has been... Read more

Eminem’s Massive Hit Lose Yourself Began In The Form Of A Fragmented Demo (Audio)

Eminem has handfuls of huge hits. The 8 Mile anthem, "Lose Yourself" is one of Marshall Mathers' most enduring singles, due to its wide-reaching application to life, beyond its Battle Rap context. However, did you know that the 2002, Academy Award-winning, six-times-platinum #1 hit began as a quirky demo? On... Read more

Eminem Released Infinite 18 Years Ago Today

With the anticipated release of his 9th studio album, Shady XV, Eminem continues to prove that he still has a ton of fire left in his gut. Look no further for proof of this fact than with the release of his 18 minute lyrical massacre, "Shady CVXPHER," that recently set... Read more

Crooked I Confirms Name-Change To Kxng Crooked

Heads who listened closely to this week's "Shady cXVpher" may have heard Slaughterhouse's Crooked I refer to himself as "Kxng Crooked." MTV News today confirmed today (November 12) that the moniker is more than just a braggy line. "Everything needs to change and everything has to evolve. Creatively, I just... Read more

Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean & Danny Brown Lead a Detroit Takeover (Audio)

After nearly shutting down the Internet earlier with one of the strongest cyphers ever, Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" are back and they brought a few friends...or neighbors, to be exact. The dynamic duo leads an all-Detroit cast of artists, including Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf and Trick Trick... Read more

Shady’s cXVypher Features Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf. Get Your Rewind Finger Ready (Video)

Crooked I: Covering topics from Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson killing Michael Brown to his own poverty, Crooked I fires off verbal rounds like a Thompson machine gun as he delivers his thesis from a Long Beach chop-shop. Joe Budden: Joe looks within his family to discuss the stresses weighing... Read more

Slaughterhouse & DJ Premier Open Up Shop Then Tear It Down (Video)

Less than 24 hours after Slaughterhouse's "Ya'll Ready Know" released in audio, the DJ Premier collaboration comes in living color. The impact of Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, and Joe Budden's full-fledged run-in with DJ Premier is clear in the video, as Preem is prominently featured, arguably the... Read more

Slaughterhouse & DJ Premier Come Together Fully? Results Are As Expected! (Audio)

Half of Slaughterhouse (Royce Da 5'9" and Joell Ortiz) have extensively worked with DJ Premier, while Crooked I and Joe Budden have not. Back in 2009, before Eminem and Shady Records took backing of the four-man lyrical militia, on a tight eOne Entertainment budget, it was DJ Premier who hosted... Read more

In Halloween Season, Eminem’s Shady XV Artwork Hits The Spot

Six weeks away, Eminem unveiled the simple-but-seasonally-relevant artwork to his Shady XV compilation today (October 13) via Instagram video. The LP is slated to feature the likes of Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, Alchemist, and other Shady Records artists and affiliates. Loading Back to basics! Here's the cover for #SHADYXV out 11/24. View... Read more

Watch a Highlight Reel of Some of Eminem’s Greatest Battles (Video)

Though Eminem's 8 Mile movie was fictional, it aligned very closely with several elements in Marshall Mathers' real life, including showcasing that he started as BATTLE RAP BEAST. The battle scenes in the film have been replayed countless times, but there is also real footage of Em's battles that have... Read more

Tech N9ne Reveals Jay Rock Is Strictly TDE, Says His 1993 Material Deserved Guinness Records (Video)

Jay Rock famously signed with Tech N9ne and Strange Music to release his debut, Follow Me Home. The LP's single, "Hood Gone Love It" was an early mainstream introduction Kendrick Lamar. After reports that that Jay Rock, like Ab-Soul, would be going completely TDE, Tech N9ne confirms them. Saying that... Read more

Dr. Dre Estimated To Have Made More Than Next 24 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Stars, Combined

It's Dre Day, and everybody's celebratin'. Following 2013's announcement that Jay Z and Puff Daddy were the Forbes Cash Kings (top earners) of the year, they can watch the throne now. As anticipated, Dr. Dre assumes the pole position—following a year where Apple bought his Beats By Dre Electronics line... Read more

Eminem Releases a Lyric Video for Guts Over Fear and Shows His Skill are Still Sharp (Video)

It's easy to take Eminem for granted. Marshall Mathers has been one of the illest to ever touch the pen for more than 15 years. Even his sub-par work (by his standards) is better than the vast majority of MCs could ever aspire to be. On "Guts Over Fear," Em... Read more

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominees Announced

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air Tuesday, October 14 at 8pm EST. Leading up to the annual affair, the network has announced its categories and nominees. Hip-Hop elite, including Drake (leading all nominees), Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay Z are prominently nominated, while stars of the last year including... Read more

Referencing House Of Pain, Busta Rhymes Calms Down With Everlast (Audio)

When Busta Rhymes & Eminem released "Calm Down" this summer, the Bob & Earl sample to set off the record reminded many Heads of House Of Pain. That famous riff from "Harlem Shuffle" helped set the pace for one of the ultimate party Rap records, "Jump Around." Bussa Bus knows... Read more

Eminem Recalls Accusations of Biting AZ & Nas In New Record About Courage (Audio)

Rarely do Hip-Hop soundtrack singles say much anymore. The years of music-attached records like Ice-T's "Colors," Naughty By Nature's "Uptown Anthem," 2Pac's "Pain" or Ice Cube's "How To Survive In South Central" seem like a vestige of the past. Eminem, who famously attached "Lose Yourself" to 8 Mile, is out... Read more

Who Has Rap’s Biggest Vocabulary On The Hip-Hop Flow Chart?

Remember the intricate infographic that data scientist and Hip-Hop enthusiast Matt Daniels compiled displaying the artists with the biggest vocabularies in the game? Including the likes of the statistically most lyrical wordsmith, Aesop Rock, as well as the Wu-Tang Clan, Drake, Eminem, and Jay-Z, Daniels broke down over 75 artists'... Read more

Beyoncé Leads In 2014 MTV VMA Nominations, But Who’s Going Home A Winner?

This year's 2014 MTV VMA Awards are just around the corner. When the show kicks off in Los Angeles on August 24 at The Forum, fans should be ready to hear a lot from Beyoncé, Eminem, and Iggy Azalea as the trio have been nominated for 7 awards apiece and... Read more

It’s Hard to Stay Calm When You Read This Lyrical Explosion from Busta Rhymes & Eminem (Lyric Video)

Two weeks ago, Busta Rhymes and Eminem unleashed a bombastic lyrical attack. Titled "Calm Down," with its chopped "Jump Around" sample and lyrical gymnastics from Busta and Em, the song is anything but soothing. But, if you want some good old-fashioned, smash-mouth Rap, this is it. The lyric video helps... Read more

Joe Budden, Hollow da Don, Murda Mook & Loaded Lux Prep For Total Slaughter (Video)

WatchLOUD's film series Bright Lights gets down to the nitty gritty with a behind-the-scenes look as Joe Budden, Hollow da Don, Murda Mook, and Loaded Lux prepare to hit the stage for the live Pay Per View main battle rapping event, Total Slaughter. Joe, who's portrayed as the "old dog"... Read more

The Final Battles Are In On The Road To Total Slaughter’s Main Event (Video)

Two days away from the official Total Slaughter event, where Joe Budden will battle Hollow Da Don and Loaded Lux will battle Muda Mook, house guests prep themselves to battle each other in order to secure their spot on stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom July 12. In this episode, T-Rex... Read more

T Rex Battles Marv Won & Aye Verb Takes On Big T In Round One On The Road To Total Slaughter (Video)

Contestants on Shady Film's series The Road To Total Slaughter head into Brooklyn to Slaughter Studios to battle in the first round of the competition to earn a spot at the Total Slaughter main event on July 12. In the third episode, Aye Verb takes on Big T and which... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Attempts To Karaoke Eminem, Jay Z & 50 Cent on XXL (Video)

For those of us who have had those moments after a cocktail or two in which we've gotten the gusto to step up to an empty microphone in front of a cohort of friends and other intoxicated strangers to belt out our favorite tune, this is for you. Despite the... Read more

Is Joe Budden Risking His Career by Battling Hollow Da Don? (Video)

On July 12, Joe Budden will step out of the booth and into battle with Hollow Da Don. Though Budden is undoubtedly one of the more skilled MCs in the game, is he risking his career with this battle? Just as great ballers (MJ, Kobe, LeBron) eventually stop participating in... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in June 2014 (Audio Playlist)

June brought some of the best Hip-Hop of the year, so far. We got new music from G-Unit, Common, Marsha Ambrosius & Dr. Dre, Ab-Soul & Kendrick Lamar, Souls of Mischief, Cormega, Mac Miller & Pete Rock, Black Thought, The Lox, Buckshot, Yasiin Bey & Mannie Fresh, Black Milk, Ice... Read more

Eminem & Busta Rhymes Rhyme With Fervor In Their Latest Collaboration (Audio)

Back when Eminem and Busta Rhymes were label-mates nearly a decade ago, the pair of mainstream fast-rappers came together on "I'll Hurt You." Notably omitted from Busta's lone Aftermath Entertainment LP, The Big Bang, the song seemed to miss the mark from two vets in transition, finding their latest style.... Read more

Joell Ortiz Passes Out House Slippers & Talks Dr. Dre On Shade 45 (Video)

On Eminem's Shade 45, Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz sits down with Sway Calloway to discuss his new battle rapping series, Total Slaughter (0:30), his upcoming solo album, House Slippers (5:40), his recent weight loss (6:40), and the first time he wrote a rhyme (12:15). Joell also dove into a story about... Read more

Battle Rap Meets Bellator on the Road to Total Slaughter (Video)

Eminem and Shady Films are off on their quest to bring battle rapping back to the forefront and to crown the best of the best with the debut episode of "Road To Total Slaughter." 8 MCs have been picked to live together under one roof to prep their lyrical artillery... Read more

Rick Rubin’s 1-Hour Conversation With Zane Lowe Leaves No Question Unanswered (Video)

To some extent, Rick Rubin is something of Hip-Hop's Howard Hughes, and that's not just the beard. The music mogul went from starring (as a hybrid of himself) in Krush Groove to basically shunning press and spotlights throughout the '90s and 2000s. That started to change, especially as far as... Read more

This Week’s Best in Hip-Hop Video Featured Redman, Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, Dr. Dre & More (Video Playlist)

This was quite the week for Hip-Hop video. We got new videos from Redman, Rapsody, 50 Cent & Jadakiss, Eminem & more, got our first taste of the $5MM Wu-Tang Clan album, saw Kanye West give an aspiring rapper a chance, witnessed Dr. Dre celebrating potentially becoming Hip-Hop's first billionaire... Read more

For Mother’s Day, Eminem Gifts The Spike Lee-Directed Headlights Video

After some strong anticipation, Eminem released the Spike Lee-directed "Headlights" video for the Mother's Day holiday. Those familiar with the Marshall Mathers LP 2 single know that it's a powerful and personal song that makes some amends with Em's oft-estranged mother. The visual, which is filmed in washed color, unlike Friday's... Read more

Eminem & Spike Lee Tease Us By Flicking The Headlights On (Video)

Spike Lee's Hip-Hop videography is arguably one of the greatest in the medium. From Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" to Naughty By Nature's "Hip-Hop Hooray," the head of 40 Acres & A Mule Films / A Spike Lee Joint Production Company has made it plain that he loves the culture.... Read more

Eminem Will Make History In London This Summer At Wembley (Audio)

Rebuilt in 2007, London's beautifully restored Wembley Stadium has featured countless European football games on the pitch and has also been the center stage for mega artists including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Madonna, Bon Jovi, and The Killers, but never before has the venue ever held a concert for a... Read more

Discover Which MC Lyricist Reigns Supreme As Hip-Hop’s Top Wordsmith (Infographic)

Matt Daniels, designer, coder, and data scientist at Undercurrent in New York, has just compiled the first 35,000 lyrics from 85 of the most well respected, sought after MC talents in the industry into one of the greatest user friendly infographics for Heads in some time, to discover who reigns... Read more

Joe Budden Names His Favorite Battle Rappers, Speaks on Upcoming Battle with Hollow Da Don (Audio)

There was a big reaction when Eminem announced he would launch his new battle rap league with Joe Budden facing off against Hollow Da Don. Though he has not battled on stage before, Budden has a longstanding relationship with the art of battle rap, both as a fan and through... Read more

Eminem Announces Shady Records Battle Rap League, As Joe Budden Will Take On Hollow Da Don (Video)

Eminem helped take the competition of Battle Rap and make it mainstream almost 15 years ago with his semi-autographical film 8 Mile. As Battle Rap's popularity has grown, it often appears to live in the underground (rather proudly) as names like Loaded Lux, Hollow Da Don, and even Jae Millz... Read more