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Nas wraps 20 years of rapping with 'Time Is Illmatic'

Nasir Jones' rise from the housing projects of Queensbridge in New York to the top of the rap game is at the center of the film "Nas: Time Is Illmatic." The documentary celebrates the 20th anniversary of the prolific emcee's debut, "Illmatic," widely considered one of the best rap albums ever made. …

We Spoke to the Two Doctors Who Think Hip-Hop Can Help Battle Mental Illness

It's already been a source of empowerment for many, but how else can it help?<p>Earlier this month, a couple of academics announced that they intended to use hip-hop as a means of removing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses like schizophrenia, addiction and depression. Of course, mental health is …

New Music: Mobb Deep “Biology” (Prod. The Alchemist)

Drake isn’t the only birthday boy in a giving mood this weekend; The Alchemist celebrates turning 37 (sorry, Alan!) by gifting fans this …

New Music: Casey Veggies “3AM In Cape Town (Swag Worth a Mill Pt. 3)”

Taking cues from Drake, Casey Veggies bottles some of that late-night, on-the-road inspiration into a new freebie for his fans. “3AM In Cape Town …

Listen to Three New Drake Songs: “6 God” + “Heat of the Moment” + “How Bout Now”

Drake brought in his 28th birthday in New York City (at Dave & Buster’s, of all places) on Thursday night, but it’s him who’s bearing the gifts as he …

New Music: ILOVEMAKONNEN Feat. Wiz Khalifa & Gucci Mane “I Don’t Sell Molly No More (Remix)”

OVO Sound’s ILOVEMAKONNEN was one of many artists who performed during night two of FADER FORT in New York City for CMJ week. During his set, the …

One of the World's Leading Classical Music Schools Has Enrolled Its First Ever Rapper

Guildhall School of Music and Drama's newest student is an example of how classical music is redefining its position in pop culture.<p>Guildhall School of Music and Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. Often described in words like “prestigious” and “prosperous”, the school is an …

Drake Just Gifted Us All with Three New Tracks

Drake shows us three different sides—which may or may not be from his upcoming album.<p>Drake is celebrating his 28th birthday this weekend in the best way possible: by gifting us with new music. Today, out of nowhere, Drake dropped three new tracks on his OVO blog. He comes out swanging with a …

Someone Has Made 38 Hours of Playlists That Trace the Evolution of Hip-Hop

And you can listen to it for free.<p>Sick of golden era heads telling you that you can’t enjoy the new Rich Gang track without understanding how The Chronic popularised G-funk? Well, some dude on internet radio site 8tracks.com - who goes under the sad and ambitious name of MCAforPresident - has spent …