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The Best Hip-Hop Producers Under 25 Who Are Revolutionizing Rap

What would hip-hop be without its beatmakers? Just poetry I guess. Poetry is fine. I like poetry. But I think we can all agree that lyrical prose is much better when combined with spine-busting drums, sinister synth noises, and lush guitars. We’re currently in the midst of renaissance of young MCs …

What Jay Z’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Milestone Really Means for Black America

The music icon made history in becoming the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. But it’s these institutions that need hip-hop, …

‘All Eyez on Me’: With a Strong Box Office Debut, Another Diverse Film Gets Underestimated

When “Straight Outta Compton” opened in August of 2015 to over $60 million — about $20 million more than most trades predicted — a conversation …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How to Safely Retrieve Files Off Failing HDD, SSD, or SD Cards Using Free Tools

All of the drives we are using to store our precious photos and videos are not 100% reliable. Everybody should know that by now (and back everything …

The Problem With The Grammys Is Not A Problem We Can Fix

Adele broke her Grammy award in half Sunday night. It might have seemed like the careless act of someone with plenty to spare; the 28-year-old powerhouse vocalist has 15 of the music industry's most coveted statues, including the five just presented for her latest album, <i>25</i>. She did so charmingly, …

Aretha Franklin

Adele Was Right to Mention Her "Black Friends" at the Grammys

It might have made you bristle at first but here's why I'm glad she said it.<p>At Sunday’s Grammys, Adele took home the top three awards of the night: Song of the Year and Record of the Year for her hit “Hello,” and Album of the Year for <i>25</i>. Beyoncé was nominated in each of these categories and lost. …

Women of Color

Macklemore: Eminem Benefits From White Privilege

Macklemore says that Eminem benefits from White privilege.<p>“He’s a White person who raps,” Macklemore says during an interview with Billboard. “I …

Rap & Hip-Hop

This Awesome Timeline Lets You Listen To Every #1 Rap Song Since 1989

<i>Billboard</i> has been charting “Hot Rap Songs” since 1989, the same year the Grammys first recognized rap as a legitimate art form and not just a passing trend (even if “Parents Just Don’t Understand” somehow beat “Push It”). Since then, Drake holds the record for most number one (15) and top 10 (55) …

Martin Shkreli Considering Destroying Wu-Tang Album... Or Installing It in a Remote Area

In December, controversial pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli paid millions for Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind album, <i>Once Upon a Time in Shaolin</i>. Shkreli has since been arrested on charges of securities fraud, and is out on bail.<p>Shkreli is the subject of a new profile at Vice. Allie Conti reports: …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Everyone involved in the making of 'Waves,' according to Kanye's tracklist update

Kanye West's <i>Waves</i> track list is officially the dopest yearbook ever.<p>On Wednesday — right before launching into his epic anti-Wiz Khalifa tweetstorm — …

Rap & Hip-Hop

7 things you didn’t know you could do with your smartphone

Turn-by-turn navigation, streaming videos, voice-controlled texting and calling—all of these functions are now common ways we use our smartphones. But do you know all of the many things that device in your hand is capable of doing?<p>Thanks in part to the integration of advanced apps and smart …

Tupac Biopic to Begin Production in June

Producer says film will touch on rapper's origins and East Coast–West Coast rivalry<p>A long-delayed Tupac Shakur biopic will begin shooting in June, …

This Nike-Themed Airplane Interior Could End Home Field Advantage

Fatigue caused by a heavy travel schedule contributes not only to the well-known "home field advantage," but also to increased likelihood of injuries.<p>In an attempt to address this problem, award winning Seattle-based design firm Teague teamed up with Nike to create what they call the "Athlete's …

Schadenfreude

This robot printer runs around the page laying down ink

Most pocket-sized printers are really shrunken versions of what you'd see on your desk. Rather boring, don't you think? Zuta Labs' upcoming Pocket Printer robot may liven things up a little. Instead of using an old-fashioned paper feed, it runs over the page laying grayscale ink. This Roomba-like …

littleBits: Easy Electronics For Rocket Engineers To-Be

<i>Don't tell me how to live.</i><p>File Under: Real Reasons to Have Kids. If you're not already familiar, littleBits is a source for super simple …

Samsung patents multitouch fingerprint authentication, gesture control

With new fingerprint scanning features, smartphones are starting to offer better security for authentication and online transactions. Apple incorporated a touch-based fingerprint scanner in its flagship iPhone 5S in 2013. Samsung has also included a fingerprint scanner in its latest hero phone, the …

Information Systems

Yota's latest E Ink smartphone takes a great idea and makes it pretty

YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It's been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we've been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices' execution. At MWC this year, the Russian …

Meet Paddle, The Incredible Shapeshifting Smartphone Of The Future

The mobile device can assume the shape of an armband, a phone, a tablet, and more. Welcome to the future.<p>How many gadgets do you tote around at any given time? Your smartphone, of course. But also maybe a tablet or an e-reader or a fitness band or a second smartphone. (Or perhaps all of the above.) …

Learning

12 Things They Don’t Teach You In School About Being A Designer

So you embarked on a freelance design career. Congrats! Here’s what you need to know to stay productive, profitable, and sane.<p>My wife Andy and I started Paper Leaf in 2009. We were not bad at design (I think we’re pretty damn good now), but we were really green at business. In some ways, our …

Profit

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here with more power, more pixels, and a refined design

What do you do when you’re one of the world’s largest smartphone makers and it’s time to update your flagship device? If you’re Samsung, you trot out the new Galaxy S5, a refined and updated take on last year’s wildly successful Galaxy S4. Like the new Gear wearables, the Galaxy S5 looks and feels …

The Hundreds 2014 Spring "Geo" Pack

Aligning with its ’90s-inspired spring collection, The Hundreds premieres the “Geo” pack just<p>Aligning with its ’90s-inspired spring collection, The Hundreds premieres the “Geo” pack just before it releases later in the week. This offering appears as a homage to the mid-’80s California surf culture …

Libertine–Libertine 2014 Spring/Summer Lookbook Preview

Seen making the rounds online last season thanks to its strong 2013 Fall/Winter offering, here<p>Seen making the rounds online last season thanks to its strong 2013 Fall/Winter offering, here Copenhagen-based Libertine-Libertine unveils a preview of its new goods for spring/summer 2014. The brand …

Nokia X Android Smartphone

On the verge of a probable buyout from Microsoft, Nokia remains competitive in the smartphone arena<p>On the verge of a probable buyout from Microsoft, Nokia remains competitive in the smartphone arena with the release of the X Android series. Although the Finnish manufacturer has likely promised its …

Samsung’s new Gear 2 smartwatches are basically an apology for the Galaxy Gear

Only six months after Samsung released its failed Galaxy Gear smartwatch, with all the faux fanfare of a product that was supposed to change the world, the company announced its new smartwatches in the lowliest of ways: with a press release.<p>Samsung officially announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo …