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Australia's street art mecca: Powerhouse Geelong – in pictures

Australian Art

DJ QBert and Intel Aim to Rid DJ Booths of Laptops

DJ QBert’s company Thud Rumble and semiconductor maker Intel have teamed up to eliminate laptops from DJ booths.
The project is based on Intel’s …


A$AP Rocky Loses 100,000 Instagram Followers

Since he began implementing his “digital installment” last week, a calculated endeavor initiated by Robert Gallardo of his new creative team AWGE, A$AP Rocky’s Instagram account has taken a substantial hit. An estimated 100,000 active Instagram users have since unfollowed the rapper, primarily due …


This Heavy D Performance Was In A Vault For 30 Years…Until Now

Today (May 24) is Heavy D’s birthday. The MC/producer/singer born Dwight Myers would have been 48 years old. Sadly, family, friends, and Hip-Hop …

Hip Hop

This Computer Program Can Write Its Own Rap Lyrics

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Plenty of rappers have claimed that they’re the best alive. But now they’ve got some competition—from a computer program.

A team of …

Rap music is full of bad financial advice—but not in this video

Most of us hate talking about our finances. It’s confusing. It’s hard. And no one really knows how to get started or whether or not we are making the right decisions.

So it’s rare to come across something as fun—and actually educational—as this rap video about what to do with your money (though …

Rap Music

Some of the greatest MC’s to ever pick up a microphone (16 Photos)

Hip Hop

Biggie - "Me & Craig"

All hail The Notorious B.I.G. Today’s his birthday and he deserves some spins for that. Check out this unreleased cut he did with Bad Boy labelmate …

Hip-Hop Music

Two More Drake Songs Leaked: "Go Out Tonight" & "On A Wave" featuring Tinashe

Following the recent leak of Drake’s “Can I,” two more songs by the Toronto rapper titled “Go Out Tonight” and “On A Wave” have surfaced. In “Go Out Tonight,” Drizzy delivers a slow and mellow R&B tune over a beat conceived by Canadian record producer Noah “40″ Shebib, while the feel-good “On A …


Badazz Rides Again: A Reborn Boosie and the Fading Generation of Major-Label Southern Rap

In the fall of 2009, Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie (a.k.a. Torrence Hatch) entered Dixon Correctional Institute, where he was to serve a two-year sentence for drug possession. Last March, nearly five years later, he emerged from Angola, one of the most infamous maximum security facilities in the …

Rap Music

Afrika Bambaataa Blasts Hip Hop Ageism & Calls For Hip Hop Federation

“I like to see Hip Hop on this planet get more into politics," Afrika Bambaataa says.

Afrika Bambaataa says he would like to see Hip Hop get more …

Grandmaster Flash Joins 1970’s Themed Netflix Series “The Get Down”

(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash is joining the production team for the upcoming Netflix show The Get Down. The 57-year-old …

Grandmaster Flash

Jay Shells Brings "Rap Quotes Project" to Atlanta

Much of the charm of rap music is rooted in its ability to give a guerrilla perspective of the environment that influenced it. Nas' penchant rasp on Illmatic guided us through the anxious, drippy Queensbridge project halls; State Property came together to vividly illustrate the grime of …


Live and indirect: why is live hip-hop so terrible?

Live hip-hop can be awful. Case in point: Kanye West’s Billboard music awards closing performance on Sunday night. Kicking off with recent single All Day and segueing into Black Skinhead, it was a miserable viewing experience. First of all, ABC censored huge portions of the song with silence …

Music (UK)

Nas-Produced 'Fresh Dressed' Documentary Chronicles History of Fashion in Hip-Hop

The relationship between fashion and hip-hop has been well-observed rhetorically, but in terms of documentaries, the coverage is less thorough. The latest from culture-chronicling director Sacha Jenkins aims to change that, with the filmmaker tapping hip-hop’s brightest of past and present for Fresh


Meet Big Boi's 14-Year-Old Protégé Malcolm White

Hear Vine and Instagram cover star's original song "This Feeling," released on Outkast rapper's new Camp Purple label

After spending most of 2014 touring with Andre 3000 for their Outkast reunion, Big Boi returned to his Atlanta home and started craving a new creative endeavor. "I got the itch again …

Big Boi

Ballet Isn’t Good Exercise for Kids — but Hip-Hop Is, Study Says

Only 30% of ballet class is spent in substantial exercise

Signing up your kid for ballet class might seem like a great way to get them some exercise. But when ranked against other forms of dance in terms of how much exercise it provides, ballet class didn’t even come close to first position.

“People …


Funkmaster Flex Night: How a Letterman Diss Became Hip-Hop Legend

Legendary DJ and Rosie Perez tell the story behind one of rap’s most recognizable drops

The Late Show With David Letterman broadcasts its last episode on Wednesday night, but in New York City, the voice of the show's host will remain on the air, emerging three words at a time from radios across the …

Funkmaster Flex


"I was literally sleeping on the trains of NYC" - Jay Electronica

Killer Mike destroys Bill O'Reilly's criticisms of hip-hop

Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly isn't a fan of hip-hop, so it's not surprising that one of hip-hop's most progressive voices isn't a fan of …

Hip Hop

Listen: A$AP Rocky - Beef | Stream

Harlem’s own, A$AP Rocky is gearing up for the release of his sophomore album and today unleashes a brand new track for our ears to devour. Today …

Jesse James

Kendrick Lamar debuts new song 'Money Over Love'

Fans at an Adrian Younge and Bilal show in Los Angeles got a surprise cameo — and a new song — from Kendrick Lamar on Friday. Lamar debuted his new track, reportedly titled “Money Over Love,” and snippets of the show were quickly uploaded online. Bilal and Lamar last collaborated on Lamar’s most …

Kendrick Lamar

Jay Z Answers His Critics With New ‘Tidal’ Freestyle

Jay Z’s B-Sides show had more than its fair share of high points as Jiggaman went through hit after hit for the crowd. But none may have been better than when he perform new material instead of the expected older material. Exhibit J: his Tidal freestyle where he takes aim at his doubters and touches …


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Instagram Flexin': Jay Z Angrily Confronts Man Who Attacks His Entourage

The Game hands out Mcdonald’s Happy Meals to Ferguson kids, and Questlove addresses Amtrak incident injuring hip hop producer Yameen.

According to a …

Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar Performs New Song in Los Angeles

Producer/composer Adrian Younge had a show in Los Angeles last night at the Regent Theater. As a surprise, he brought out a very special guest: Kendrick Lamar. Watch the man perform a new track—which is called "Money Over Love", according to Okayplayer—with his To Pimp a Butterfly collaborator Bilal …

Los Angeles

Grand Master Fraud? Did A Hip Hop Pioneer Fake It To Make It?

Grand Master Flash And The Furious Five are most famous for their monumental Hip Hop Classic “The Message”. Despite his name being on the record, …