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Remy Ma After Nicki Minaj’s Money? ‘shETHER’ Rapper Hints At New Diss Track

Is Remy Ma ready to clap back at Nicki Minaj? It appears that the “shETHER” rapper is preparing something big in retaliation against her nemesis. She …

Ghostface Killah Remembers His Only Encounter With The Notorious B.I.G. - XXL

This Thursday, March 9, marks the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s tragic death. Killed in a drive-by shooting on March 9, 1997, Biggie has …

The Game's Still Over: The Twentieth Anniversary Of The Untouchable

This salute post goes to an album that is considered one of this particular artist’s most intimate and moody releases. This album expounded on his …

The Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written: More Than U Know

This week marked the 18th anniversary of the Prince Paul’s <i>Prince Among Thieves</i> album, which was one of the most bugged out concept albums of its era. …

Jennifer Lopez Is Fighting the Stigma of Dating Younger Men

The singer also got coy about the rumors surrounding her and Drake.<p>When <b>Jennifer Lopez</b> started spending time with <b>Drake</b> at the end of last year, they joined the list of “are they or aren’t they?” couples. (As in, are they dating or not?) All it took was a little probing from <b>Ellen DeGeneres</b> on …

9 Overlooked Hip Hop Albums That Deserve More Recognition

The last 15, or even 20 years, saw real Hip Hop gradually lose ground to mainstream rap music. Generic – and often negative and dumb – rap music …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Run the Jewels are 'dirt' but can't be crushed

About five years ago, Killer Mike and El-P were rappers in their late 30s seemingly destined to be underappreciated for their talents and rich recording histories. Then Run the Jewels happened, and the two seemingly mismatched artists — Killer Mike from the Atlanta orbit of OutKast, El-P from the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Ice Cube on Donald ‘Easy D’ Trump: ‘Everybody Is Getting What They Deserve’

The hip-hop legend sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss his new film ‘Fist Fight,’ the state of rap emcees, and the chaotic first few weeks under …

See Common, Roots’ Black Thought Engage in Freestyle Battle on ‘Fallon’

Common and the Roots‘ Black Thought faced off in a “Wheel of Freestyle” rap battle on Friday’s <i>Tonight Show</i>, with the two hip-hop veterans forced to …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Jason Derulo Slams American Airlines Over 'Racial Discrimination' Incident: 'I Just Want Everybody to Be Treated with Respect'

Jason Derulo claims he was cursed at by multiple American Airlines employees during a dispute over baggage fees, but says everyone’s tune changed …

T.I. Shuts Down Critics Claiming His Transition as Conscious Rapper Wasn't Legitimate

A video posted by The Breakfast Club (@breakfastclubam) on Feb 3, 2017 at 5:46am PST<p>Rapper T.I. is clapping back at naysayers who question the …

8 Things Smart People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work

At work, sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can wind up as obvious no-nos with hindsight.<p>Trouble is, you can't build a strong professional network if you don't open up to your colleagues. Doing so is …

Watch Big Sean’s Mesmerizing ‘Halfway Off the Balcony’ Video

On the day Big Sean dropped his new album <i>I Decided</i>, the Detroit rapper also revealed his mesmerizing, unnerving “Halfway Off the Balcony” video.<p>Lit …

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14 things winners do differently than the rest of us

<b>2. Winners want it more.</b> There is always a very good, very smart reason to give up. That doesn't mean it's the right decision to make.<p><b>3. Winners stay focused on what they want.</b> Your goals look a lot scarier a few months after you make them. That's not an excuse to shrug them off.<p><b>4. Winners are</b> …

Bad Habits You Need to Kill Immediately to be a Much Better Person This Year

Habits define us. And nothing sabotages your creativity and productive life quite like bad habits. In the words of Samuel Johnson “The chains of …

7 Quotes of a Lifetime

Quotes that make a difference cause us to think. They become our mantra.<p>Many of us have our favorite quotes, and I have often wondered, what makes some statements so powerful that they stick out? What makes some phrases relevant for generations?<p>Experts tell us that humans are aspirational, and when …

Leadership

Hip-Hop Legend Stevie J Shares One of His Craziest Stories About Biggie

The producer and TV personality tells Desus and Mero all about his wild days at Bad Boy Records.<p>Iconic producer Stevie J has seen a lot of insane shit throughout his illustrious career. He's worked with the best of the best in music, including Jay Z, Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, and Biggie, during his …

Aminé And The Politics Of Jazz-Rap

On the papyrus holding names of rap cats who’ve dialed up their politics lately, pencil in Portland rapper Aminé next to A Tribe Called Quest, …

Music

Swapping Cardio For Powerlifting Helped This Woman Lose 37 Pounds

Alice Fields lived by cardio for years—but she absolutely hated it. “I was getting up before sunrise and was running 5Ks every morning. It was …

Fitness

Has Trap Music Lost Its Roots?

Depends on whom you ask<p>The other day, a video of typical internet ridiculousness was dropped into our Slack room. It showed a young boy dressed as a wizard, rapping about being the black Harry Potter. It went viral, partially because of its creativity and likely its ability to entertain. But its …

5 Things Successful People Do After Getting Rejected

Rejection hurts. But that doesn't mean it has to be useless.<p>Your hopes were high, and now they've been dashed. You received a curt, "Thanks, but no thanks" for an opportunity you were really excited about.<p>There's no way around it -- rejection is tough for all of us. And, while there's nobody out …

Success

Remembering The Great Edwin Starr

Probably one of the most underestimated soul singers, and certainly one of the nicest guys in the business, was born Charles Edwin Hatcher on 21 …

Music

Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha joins Run The Jewels on stage—watch - News - Alternative Press

Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha joined hip hop group Run The Jewels on stage at their Washington D.C. show this Thursday …

Frank Ocean on Donald Trump's inauguration: "We all know your event was dry" - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.

<b>“The majority sees Donald for who he is too,” wrote Ocean.</b><p><b>Frank Ocean</b> has shared his thoughts on Donald Trump’s inauguration on his Tumblr.<p>The R&B …

Donald Trump

The author of 'The 4-Hour Workweek' explains the 4-word daily reminder that makes him more productive

After his 2007 productivity guide "The 4-Hour Workweek" became a bestseller, Tim Ferriss dedicated his career to studying a wide variety of experts at the top of their fields.<p>His new book, "Tools of Titans," is a collection of the best lessons he's learned from over 100 highly successful people.<p>It …

All the artists who won't perform at Donald Trump's inauguration

Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration will take place Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., but so far, the president-elect has had some difficulty …

Time to self-love: 7 ways we can be less hard on ourselves this year

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s being a perfectly imperfect human being. And if there’s one thing I’m <i>really</i> good at, it’s reminding myself …

Donald Trump Is Very Upset That The Media And American People Are Mocking Him

Donald Trump’s incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer is whining that Trump is not getting the respect that he deserves. It is clear that …

Kellyanne Conway wants people to look into Donald Trump’s “heart,” not “what’s come out of his mouth”

<b>(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)</b><p>Kellyanne Conway doesn’t want us to pay attention to Meryl Streep’s speech — except she totally does<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>January 9, 2017 4:10pm (UTC)<p>Kellyanne Conway, the incoming White House counsel to President-elect Donald Trump, declared on Monday morning that the media should …

Donald Trump