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5 great websites that any rapper should go and Buy Hip Hop Beats

I know that there are so many good producers out there but being myself a producer and working in this industry for over 13 years I can give you some …

5 Awesome 2016 Hip Hop Albums From Golden Age Legends

2016 will go down in history as a great year for Hip Hop. Forget all those “Young…” and “Lil …” autotune mumble rappers that dominate mainstream rap …

Rap & Hip-Hop

J. Dilla's Lost Album The Diary Is Out of the Vault—and Quite a Surprise

The life of hip-hop producer and rapper J. Dilla had a dramatic arc a biopic producer would salivate over. Born in Detroit during its post-riots decline, he was an obsessive musical genius from the cultural hinterlands, he created a body of work that radically altered his art form. Then, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Rappers Talk About Their Struggles with Depression

We spoke to a few hip-hop artists to get their perspectives on depression, suicide, and the music they've dedicated their lives to.<p>Author Rachel M. Harper once likened the relationship between pain and art to childbirth. "We don't want [our mothers] to suffer in order to bring us into the world," …

Rap & Hip-Hop

I'm not just mourning Phife Dawg – I'm also mourning hip-hop

Like many people around the world, I was saddened to hear news of the death of legendary '90s hip-hop artist, Phife Dawg. I was sad not because I …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The 20 best hip-hop artists of all time

How does one judge the best hip-hop artists of all time? Is it based on deft wordplay? Influence on the genre? Ability to celebrate and unite one’s …

Is Hip-Hop Music Stale?

No, I’m no hater, but, have been listening to Hip Hop since I can remember as a young boy growing up in the Soundview section of The Bronx, across …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why Modern Hip-Hop’s Protected Paradigm is Keeping Us from Progressing

This isn’t a death sentence to hip-hop. This isn’t a bitter diatribe against the youth or its habits. This isn’t a refusal to adapt and I’m not …

Rap & Hip-Hop