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In Hip-Hop, Authenticity Matters — So Can Rappers Rebrand Themselves?

Most of hip-hop’s alter egos — Eminem’s Slim Shady, Nas’s Escobar, Kool Keith’s Doctor Octagon and Ghostface Killah’s Tony Starks come to mind — have …

Rap Music

Mobb Deep, Freeway, Skyzoo, Lion Babe & more added to Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (which begins this week)

2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

The Hip-Hop Institute Conference // Wednesday, July 8th
Join us for our day long conference on Hip-Hop, Technology and …

Hip Hop

Kanye West Is No Longer Rap’s King, But Here’s What He Can Do To Reclaim His Throne

Kanye West was greeted by laughter when he declared himself the “voice of a generation” nearly seven years ago. Now, his tenure at the top of the hip-hop food chain hangs on the success of an album that changes its title by the season.

Kanye has certainly accomplished his once-laughable goal: Yeezus …

Rap Music

“The Rap Year Book” Names The Most Important Rap Song For Every Year Since 1979

(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop culture has always included an element of debate. Fans often discuss who is the top emcee, what is the greatest rap album, …

Rap Music

Meet China’s Young and Rebellious Hip-Hop Dancers

The dramatically expressive dance form found its crowd in China.

In China, where personal expression is often discouraged, a group of young dancers are riding the wave of an imported cultural phenomenon, appropriating the highly individual hip-hop genre to transform it into a choreographed group …


A Father and Daughter Face Off in an Incredible Beatboxing Battle Rematch

Young beatboxer Nicole Paris faces off in an incredible beatboxing battle rematch against her father. In the first round, posted last year, Nicole …


This rapper recorded his entire album at the Apple Store

Recording a rap album is tough, expensive work. Sure, you can bust out a crappy demo on computer if you can’t afford studio sessions, but when Brooklyn rapper Prince Harvey’s laptop got stolen, he found the next best thing to busting out beats at the library: The Apple Store in SoHo.

After Prince’s …

Apple Store

Watch Roots Perform 'Rapper's Delight' With Philadelphia Mayor

Mayor Michael Nutter, who was a disco DJ in the late Seventies, delivers near-perfect rendition of Sugarhill Gang classic

The Roots welcomed an unexpected guest during their Philly's Fourth of July Jam Saturday night: Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, who led the Tonight Show band in a rendition of …


Two Decades On:

The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995

A double decalogue of classic records released at the tail end of hip-hop’s golden era

1995 was a pivotal year in

Hip Hop

Dr. Dre Gets New Beats 1 Radio Show, Eminem's New Video Debuts On Apple Music


Apple Music has been off to a great start for those who signed up following its launch on June 30th, and while the ability to stream …

Entertainment Industry

Newly-elected professor of poetry at Oxford to use rap to explore definiton of literary form

Simon Armitage will use rap and hip hop to explore the definition of modern poetry so the literary form is not thought of "as a museum"

The newly-elected professor of poetry at Oxford University will use rap and hip hop to explore the definition of modern poetry so the literary form is not thought …


Summertime Mix


Ice Fact: I have zero tattoos. Have never smoked weed or cigarettes. And don’t drink alcohol…. Now THATS Gangsta…

Tinie Tempah just became the most successful UK Rap artist in chart history

There’s no question that Tinie Tempah is one of the biggest success stories of our time.

But just in case you had any doubts, Tine Tempah just went …

Rap Music

Why Hip-Hop Makes for Great Visual Content

There are plenty of fascinating things in this world that make great visual content, and we see the same areas being explored over and over: science, …

Rap Music

Listen to Zane Lowe’s Full Beats 1 Interview With Eminem Right Here

As if the idea of launching a 24/7 live radio station alongside Apple Music wasn’t a big enough deal for Apple, the company had to secure an …

Zane Lowe

New Graphic Novel Details How NYC Gangs' Treaty Formed Hip-Hop

'Ghetto Brother' highlights Benjy Melendez's improbable transformation from gang leader to peace broker to hip-hop pioneer

Last month, when rapper-activist Killer Mike appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher, the host asked, "Mike, what do you say to people who link crime and violence to rap …

Hip Hop

Q-Tip Recruits Beck for New Album, Potentially Gets Fiona Apple and Kanye, Too

Q-Tip has said he's recruited Beck for his upcoming solo album, The Last Zulu, which was first announced back in 2012. In a new interview with Billboard, he also said he's "talking to Fiona Apple and some other singers" for the album.

"You know how on the old records back in the day, if you're listening …

Fiona Apple

5 Ways This Iraqi Hip-Hop Artist Is Changing The Narrative Around Arabs

Narcy = Neo-Arab Rebel Called Yassin

Yassin Alsalman, artistically known as Narcy, formerly The Narcicyst, is a hip-hop and multimedia artist of Iraqi origin, who grew up in the UAE and Montreal.

His goal is “to humanize our experience as Arabs, as Muslims, or as Others… because a lot of times when …


“Show Em Watcha Got! #publicenemy”

Watch Nas' Obey Your Thirst Documentary Trailer

“There was nothing more important to me than having a voice," says Nas in the above trailer for his Obey Your Thirst documentary. "I always believed …


Newswire: Exclusive: Visit Method Man’s Meth Lab with a lyric video, track list

With The Meth Lab, the rapper and actor’s first new album in almost a decade, due out August 21, it’s a pretty good time to be a Method Man fan. Below, A.V. Club readers can exclusively revel in the glory of that album’s title track with the lyric video for “The Meth Lab.” Featuring Hanz On and …


BBC Radio 1Xtra - Semtex, Classic Kanye, Classic Kanye West Interview

A classic 2004 Kanye West interview from the archives. He talks to Sem about his car crash, wanting to be a husband one day and his rise to fame.

Kanye West

Should Rappers Be Arrested For Violent Rap Lyrics?


Unfortunately it is not unusual to read about a rapper getting arrested for engaging in criminal activities, but what about getting …

Rap Music

The Trials of Kendrick Lamar

How a Compton loner pushed past his dark moments and insecurities to become hip-hop’s most exciting rapper

A drizzly Sunday morning in Compton, the …

How Hip-Hop Could Actually Be The Key To Beating Mental Illness

As a musical genre, hip-hop is often denigrated for seemingly condoning misogyny, materialism, violence and crime. But this is an unfair …

Mental Disorders

The Notorious B I G ft Puff Daddy & Lil Kim Live at source awards 1995

Lil' Kim

The Making of Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”

There are few rap acts that stuck to their guns quite like Gang Starr. Comprised of DJ Premier the late, great Guru, the duo’s sound came to define …

DJ Premier

The enigma of Kanye West – and how the world's biggest pop star ended up being its most reviled, too

Hating Kanye West has long been an international pastime. At the Big Chill festival at Eastnor Castle in 2011 he complained that people looked at him “like I’m Hitler”. Footage of him walking with his wife, Kim Kardashian – head down to avoid paparazzi, and then smashing his head into a street sign …

Kanye West