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Drake Accuses Pusha-T Of Snitching In A New Song Celebrating The Raptors

Just over 48 hours after his beloved Toronto Raptors earned their first NBA championship, Drake delivered new music as promised. Throughout the basketball playoffs, the music superstar had a hard time staying on the sidelines. Instead, the OVO founder seemingly always wanted in on the action. From controversial exchanges with... Read more

J. Cole, J.I.D. & Bas Are Out To Prove Dreamville Is The Best Crew In Hip-Hop

At the top of 2019, J. Cole and Dreamville Records hosted invitation-only studio sessions for Revenge Of The Dreamers III. For 10 days at the top of the year (January 6 to January 16), one of 2018's biggest stars and his ever-busy team that includes Bas, J.I.D., EarthGang, Lute, Cozz,... Read more

Bushwick Bill Has Passed Away At The Age Of 52. His Family Confirms.

The Hip-Hop community is mourning the loss of Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill (aka Richard Shaw). Earlier this year, the Jamaican-born, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York-raised MC was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although a premature announcement was widely circulated this morning (June 9), according to TMZ, the veteran dancer-turned-rapping... Read more

DJ Khaled Releases 1 Of Nipsey Hussle’s Last Songs (Audio)

On March 31, the day of Nipsey Hussle's tragic and untimely passing, Ermias Asghedom had given the music world his grandest statement. The month prior, 2018's Victory Lap was nominated for a Grammy Award. While he did not get the trophy for "Best Rap Album," Nip' attended the ceremony in... Read more

Rapsody Dedicates A Song To The Strong Women Who Make Life Possible (Audio)

Rapsody has let the first half of 2019 on an unusually quiet note when it comes to music. Apart from a standout appearance on Smif-n-Wessun's The All album alongside Musiq Soulchild (see: "Ocean Drive"), the North Carolina native has been working behind the scenes, presumably on work that follows up... Read more

In 1997, Jeru Rapped For The Love Of Hip-Hop, Not The Paper

In the mid-1990s, Brooklyn, New York was steadily delivering legions of the lyricists to the Hip-Hop masses. From seemingly every section of the borough, representing just about every style of Rap, names like Biggie Smalls, Busta Rhymes, GZA, Buckshot Shorty, JAY-Z, RZA, M.O.P., Foxy Brown, Non-Phixion, AZ, East Flatbush Project,... Read more

Slick Rick Speaks About Being The 1st MC To Bring Humor To Rap (Video)

Slick Rick is currently celebrating the 30th-anniversary of his debut album, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick. Last year, the Bronx, New York representative worked with his former label, Def Jam Records, on a special deluxe edition reissue of that platinum 1988 release which contains hits such as "Children's Story,"... Read more

B-Real Details How He Developed 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Most Distinctive Voices (Video)

Guru famously proclaimed "It's mostly the voice" on a Gang Starr song of the same name. Like the late, great Keith Elam, Cypress Hill and Prophets Of Rage member B-Real has one of the most recognizable voices in music. The Los Angeles, California veteran raps with clarity and a nasal... Read more

Geoffrey Owens Has Gone From Working At Trader Joe’s To Making Billions

Last August and September, actor Geoffrey Owens became part of the news cycle in an unexpected turn of events. The 58-year-old actor who famously portrayed "Elvin Tibideaux" on The Cosby Show throughout the late 1980s and early '90s was spotted by a customer at a Trader Joe's location in Clifton,... Read more

T.I. Helped Bail Out 23 Non-Violent Inmates To Spend Easter With Their Families

Over this past weekend, thanks to the help of T.I., an Atlanta church, and VH1's Love and Hip Hop personality Scrapp Deleon, 23 non-violent offenders were able to spend the Easter holiday with their respective families. Thanks to contributions raised by Tip and others, bail was made for these offenders, as... Read more

Erick Sermon Has Released A New Album Filled With All-Stars. Listen Here (Audio)

Erick Sermon has just released his eighth solo album, Vernia. Earlier this month, at Long Island, New York's Def Squad Studios, the Green-Eyed Bandit extensively details his LP featuring Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Too Short, Devin The Dude, No Malice, Big K.R.I.T., Pharrell, Styles P, AZ, Shaquille O'Neal, Xzibit, Keith Murray, and... Read more

DJ Quik Recalls Making Tupac’s All Eyez On Me & The Advice Dr. Dre Gave Him (Video)

DJ Quik and Hi-C recently appeared on Los Angeles, California's KDAY radio station. The Compton, California natives who have a long collaborative history spoke to host Romeo about the shows they have been doing together in the Midwest. Quik also praised the upcoming Suga Free album that he worked on.... Read more

Rappers Might Start Going To Jail Because Of Their Lyrics

Rap music is often an art that imitates life. However, there appear to be new legal lines surrounding that freedom of expression. Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Jamal Knox v. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania. That case surrounds Cox, who is a Pittsburgh rapper also... Read more

This Derrick Rose Video Shows The Raw Emotion Players Feel When Being Traded

In sports, transactions happen every day. In an era of salary caps and free agency, few athletes can stay "franchise players." The business of team sports has changed that, and while some of the greats in past decades wore only uniform their whole career, many contemporary athletes will not even... Read more

Tech N9ne Discusses His N9na Album & Being A B-Boy For Life

Tech N9ne is one of the most prolific Rap artists in his class. For 20 years, the Kansas City, Missouri MC has fed his devoted technicians with 20 albums, handfuls of collaborative projects, EPs, and group work. Notably, every release from Aaron Yates is a mapped out universe and part... Read more

L.A. Gangs Have Called A Historic Truce To Honor Nipsey Hussle (Video)

Less than one week after the March 31 passing of Nipsey Hussle, many communities are still recovering from the sudden tragedy. In addition to mourning the slain artist, activist, and entrepeneur, many people are taking action too. Yesterday (April 5), a vigil and peace treaty was held by street leaders,... Read more

Russell Westbrook Fills The Stat Sheet With 60 In Dedication To Nipsey Hussle

Last night (April 2), Russell Westbrook mourned the death of his friend Nipsey Hussle the best way that he knows how, with a historic performance on the basketball court. The 30-year-old Point Guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder finished his team's defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers with a stat... Read more

Exile, Choosey & Aloe Blacc Hit The Switch For A Lowrider Love Letter (Video)

Rap music and car culture have a long and colorful history together, especially as it pertains to lowriders. There are iconic images and videos involving Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, King T, Cypress Hill, MC Eiht, Mack 10, Kid Frost, Coolio, The Game, and others forever etched in... Read more

The Charges Against Jussie Smollett Are Dropped

In a breaking story, prosecutors have dropped its felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The move happened this morning (March 26), following an arrest late last month under the suspicion of making false reports regarding an incident in Chicago, Illinois on January 29. The actor was released on $10,000... Read more

Jordan Peele’s New Movie Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

Jordan Peele's second directorial feature film opened this past weekend. Following 2017's Get Out (which earned the 40-year-old his first Oscar for original screenplay), Us has already shattered commercial projections and set new records in the Horror genre. According to a Variety report amid the weekend, Us achieved more than... Read more

Madlib Previews Some Of The Music He Made With Mac Miller

UPDATE: Following the recent footage of Madlib playing some unreleased collaborative music with Mac Miller, his team has released a statement. Rapp Cats, a California-based store and label run by Madlib’s manager and business partner, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt published a statement today (March 20). "What exists is what the two... Read more

Kxng Crooked Is Brutally Honest About The Breakup Of Slaughterhouse (Video)

Today (March 15), Drink Champs released its episode with Xzibit. Notably, another Southern California-based lyricist also guested on the show. Kxng Crooked (aka Crooked I) joined N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's round-table alongside Mr. X-To-The-Z. In a two-hour discussion, the show played host to some of Crook's most revealing thoughts surrounding... Read more

Dave Chappelle Refuses To Apologize After Calling Singer Daniel Caesar Gay (Video)

Sunday night (March 10), Dave Chappelle and R&B singer Daniel Caesar made guest appearances on John Mayer's Instagram Live show Current Mood. The encounter between the comedian and the "Get You" singer, however, was fumbling and awkward. The moment Mayer introduces Daniel Caesar for a performance, Chappelle interjects and comments,... Read more

A Short Film Shows What The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Would Look Like In 2019

Next year, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turns 30 years old. It's been nearly three decades since Will Smith introduced America to a fictionalized version of himself, playing a West Philadelphia-native who gets relocated to Bel Air, California to stay out of trouble and live with his extended family. During... Read more

D.L. Hughley Calls Out Those Who Hate R. Kelly But Excuse Michael Jackson

This week, D.L. Hughley was a guest on both The Breakfast Club and Sway In The Morning. The 56-year-old Los Angeles, California native is returning to television with Uncensored. Premiering on TV One next week, the talk show will confront the issues of the day head-on, and reportedly without compromise.... Read more

J.I.D. Has Put Together The Anti-Drug Anthem Of The Year & It’s Dope

One of the highlights of J.I.D.'s late 2018 DiCaprio 2 album is "Off da Zoinkys." The Christo-produced song calls for sobriety, while focusing simply on dope deliveries and substantial bars. "Y'all ni**as need to lay off the drugs, some of y'all need to lay off the dope /My ni**as gettin'... Read more

JAY-Z & Roc Nation Took A Big Stand For The Boy Who Sat For The Pledge Of Allegiance

In 2019, JAY-Z is as much a social activist as he is MC, entrepreneur, Puma executive, and social influencer. While Shawn Carter has been close to many issues, especially in the last 15 years, he and Roc Nation are bringing change to families and circumstances that relate to the interests... 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

21 Savage Speaks About Having A British Accent & The Memes Mocking Him

One week ago (February 13), 21 Savage left the Irwin County Detention Center in South Georgia on $100,000 bond. The chart-topping, Grammy-nominated rapper had been in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for 10 days. On February 3, he was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia by ICE officials who alleged... 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

Mike Tyson Says He Had His Best Fight Ever When He Was High

Mike Tyson is the latest guest on B-Real's The Smokebox. Iron Mike is joined by former NFL offensive tackle and fellow Brooklyn, New Yorker, Eben Britton. Sitting in the smoky ride with Cypress Hill's front-man, Mike Tyson details his relationship with cannabis, which goes back to 1970s Brownsville, Brooklyn. Mike says... Read more

Drake Thanks The People Who Launched His Career 10 Years Ago…Even Kanye

A decade ago today (February 13, 2009), Drake released his So Far Gone mixtape. Very quickly, the project would tower to compete with the industry's old guard in a big way. Breakthrough single "Best I Ever Had" topped the Rap charts and reached #2 overall from a project that was... 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

A New Book Will Explain How J Dilla Re-Invented Rhythm & Changed Music

Today (February 7) marks J Dilla's birthday. The iconic producer, MC, and DJ would have turned 45 years old. Tragically, the incredible artist born James Yancey passed away on February 10, 2006, days after his birthday and the release of acclaimed instrumental Hip-Hop album, Donuts. However, his music, impact, and... 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

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

JAY-Z & Beyoncé Are Challenging Fans To Go Vegan

Yesterday (January) JAY-Z and Beyoncé challenged their fans in a new way. The Carters are offering at least one fan a grand prize of concert tickets for life. There is a catch, Jay and Bey' want those competing to commit to at least a partial vegan lifestyle. Several pledges suffice... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan’s Documentary Trailer Shows 9 MCs’ Triumph Through Life With Mics

Wu-Tang Clan is in the midst of celebrating the crew's 25th anniversary award tour. Two months ago, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) turned 25. The Clan came together for a short film, and is currently on the road commemorating the milestone. This Spring, acclaimed Hip-Hop journalist, author, and filmmaker Sacha... Read more

Killer Mike Has Made The Most Dangerous Show On Television (Video)

In just a few hours (January 18), Season 1 of Trigger Warning With Killer Mike will be available. One of the most consistent Hip-Hop artists of the last decade and a leading activist within the culture takes his charisma, his ability to ask hard questions, and his courage to television,... Read more

Dave Chappelle Details The Night R. Kelly Confronted Him With His Goons

Earlier this week, Chappelle's Show co-writer Neal Brennan revealed to The Breakfast Club that more than 15 years ago, R. Kelly and his entourage stepped to Dave Chappelle in Chicago. The confrontation took place as a response to the Comedy Central show's "Pee On You" sketch. While Brennan said he... Read more

Ghostface Killah Releases His First Song Of The Year & He’s Shining

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah has a long and rich history with R&B music. The Staten Island, New York legend pivoted nearly a decade ago when he released Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. That '09 album and its cast of guests blended Hip-Hop with R&B in its guest list,... Read more

Ghostface Killah Shines Brightly On A Remix To The Light

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah has a long and rich history with R&B music. The Staten Island, New York legend pivoted nearly a decade ago when he released Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. That '09 album and its cast of guests blended Hip-Hop with R&B in its guest list,... Read more

E-40 Is 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Smartest Hustlers. He Breaks Down His Businesses Beyond Rap

Twenty years ago, E-40 named his album, Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint Of A Self-Made Millionaire. While the moniker and subtitle may have been accurate at the time, the founder of Sick Wid It Records has seemingly lived up to that statement ever since. As 40 Water's career has been going... Read more

Kevin Hart Apologizes To Native Americans For Throwing A Cowboys & Indians Party

Kevin Hart appeared on The Breakfast Club to address the climate of comedy against the current cancel-culture taking place on social media. “Everything with comedy is a gamble," said Hart. "You [are] throwin’ the dice every time. You might not laugh at this sh*t, and that’s the gamble that I’m... Read more

Aaron McGruder Discusses The Boondocks Being Ahead Of Its Time

Since broadcasting earlier this month, Surviving R. Kelly has many people re-examining their position on the onetime R&B superstar. This month's six-part documentary on Lifetime details the accusations against the 52-year-old by alleged victims. These include claims of sex with underage girls and graphic accounts of abuse and predatory tactics... Read more

This Video From Nas’ Most Recent Album Is Everything

After a mid-November short film compromised of more than half of his Kanye West-produced Nasir album, Nas continues to release the music videos a la carte. Earlier this week, the lyrical legend dropped the jarring and provocative "Cops Shot The Kid" visual, including a Slick Rick cameo. He has since... Read more

Kevin Hart Speaks About Why We Find Joy In The Unhappiness Of Others

Kevin Hart is a recent guest on Sway In The Morning. He addresses the recent controversy surrounding his stepping down from hosting this year's Academy Awards. While there were some suggestions that Kevin might return to the post for next month's 91st Oscar event, he puts those notions to bed.... Read more

Nas Throws His Hands Up In Solidarity With Those Unjustly Killed By Cops

Near the midpoint of 2018, Nas released his NASIR album, produced entirely by Kanye West. Apart from having one producer, the legendary MC's 11th album saw a different rollout than his other works. It was not until mid-November that fans got a video from the Mass Appeal/Def Jam Records release.... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Just Released A New Song & It’s Pure Crack (Video)

Pharoahe Monch may have just released the most exciting new song in the first week of 2019. Last year, the esteemed lyricist partnered with M.O.P's Lil Fame for the menacing a la carte video single, "24 Hours." The Queens, New Yorker also made standout appearances on Masta Ace & Marco... Read more

Bun B Reveals How Different MCs Are As Parents Than As Performers

Bun B is widely respected as one of Rap music's pillars of guidance. While the UGK co-founder refused to censor his lyrics throughout his career, the Port Arthur, Texas "Trill O.G." is recognized for his wisdom far more than his '90s vulgarity. In the 15 years between Too Hard To... Read more