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7 Things: Harry Belafonte, Champion Of The People, The Movement & Hip-Hop

Today is Harry Belafonte’s birthday!It is hard to put in words what Harry Belafonte aka Mr. B means to us all. He’s an international treasure that …

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Watch Kanye West Get Into His Zone Backstage at the BRIT Awards

Kanye’s debut performance of his new single “All Day” at the recent BRIT Awards was kind of epic. Replete with flame throwers, an entourage of what …

Kanye West

So Help Me God

Kanye West announces new album title on Twitter

Kanye West’s last album was titled Yeezus, and he’s going with a religious theme once again for the title of his upcoming album: The rapper revealed Saturday night on Twitter that his next record’s name is So Help Me God.

The album will include “Only One,” a ballad sung from the perspective of West’s …


16 Hip-Hop Songs That Shout Out Spock From ‘Star Trek’

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A rap battle with a twist: you can only compliment your competitor [video]

Most rap battles are glorified “your momma” fests, in which competitors just trade insults. This battle has a nice twist: you can only compliment …

Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1A great history of hip-hop...

Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1A great history of hip-hop told in comics form, and a perfect example of scenius at play. I was reminded when …

Hip Hop


You Need To Hear This

Sampling is probably one of the most beautiful forms of recycling on our dear planet. The act of taking something that’s already done, manipulating a tiny part of it and creating something totally new and different beats turning smashed wine bottles into conceptual coffee …

J Dilla

Watch Kanye West Debut Fiery 'All Day' at BRIT Awards

Track is the fourth new song off as-yet-untitled upcoming album

Kanye West debuted the official version of "All Day" Wednesday at the 2015 Brit Awards following the leak of numerous rough versions of the song since last August.

After Kim Kardashian-West presented the Global Success Award to Sam …

Kanye West

Big Sean delivers his best album yet with Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean is in a peculiar position. The Detroit rapper is widely respected by his peers and the hip-hop community for his lyrical ability, first displayed on his Finally Famous mixtape trilogy, and song-stealing verses on hits including Drake’s "All Me" and GOOD Music’s "Clique." But while his first …

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“Where you at?”

“Sidestage watchin my big bro @DJPREMIER scratchin the original record used for biggie 10 crack commandments. ..he basically remade the…”

Russell Simmons Blasts Geraldo Over Hip-Hop Comments

"He never did shit to help nobody, not in a very long time," Simmons says of 'Celebrity Apprentice' runner-up

Russell Simmons did not appreciate Geraldo Rivera's recent claim that hip-hop is "very destructive culturally." Cornered by TMZ, the rap mogul rebutted the permanently smiling talk-show host …

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Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late Was Originally Planned as a Free Release

Last week, Drake dropped If You're Reading This It's Too Late as a surprise release for sale on iTunes, following months of rumors that he had a mixtape in the works.

In a new interview with HipHopDX, DatPiff founder Kyle "KP" Reilly revealed that If You're Reading This It's Too Late was originally …


Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD Stream Collaborative LP Sour Soul

Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD have a new album called Sour Soul that features Ghostface Killah on every song. Guests on the album include DOOM, Danny Brown, and Elzhi. Now, you can stream the whole thing in advance of its February 24 release. Check it out below.

Watch Ghostface on an episode of …

Ghostface Killah

Rap God by Eggminem #eggcellent

Free: Must See Hip-Hop Documentary

Hip Hop, White Supremacy & Capitalism: Why Corporations Infiltrated RAP Music“ is an incredibly powerful and in-depth film focusing on the nefarious …

Hip Hop

Drake Brings Out Kanye, Covers "Only One" and "FourFiveSeconds"

Drake brought out Kanye West as a surprise guest during the Sprite NBA All-Star Weekend concert in Irving Plaza tonight, Complex reports. (Nas was also a headliner.) Together, the two covered Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" after 'Ye bequeathed Drake a new pair of Yeezy Boosts. Drake also covered …


Drake levels up lyrically on his new mixtape

"I’ll never do a straight rap album," Drake told MTV back in 2013. He said nothing about a mixtape.

Drake has always made Drake Music, a mixture of rapping and singing that completely shifted the kind of music that was acceptable for rappers to make. But after listening to Drake’s surprise new …


Time for some Old School Hip Hop ...

The Weeknd: Earned It | Video | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Music guest The Weeknd performs "Earned It" for the Tonight Show audience.

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Questlove Jokes About Thinking Jay-Z Is Going To Kill Him For ‘Knowing Too Much’

The Illuminati is everywhere. Look at my last name. See. We’re everywhere.The Illuminati is especially taking over control of hip hop — from Jay-Z to …

Hip Hop

"Kanye Versus Everybody: Black Poetry and Poetics from Hughes to Hip-Hop" Course at Georgia State University

Dr. Scott Heath is an English literature professor at Georgia State University who teaches a course called "Kanye Versus Everybody: Black Poetry and Poetics from Hughes to Hip-Hop." Fader recently sat down with Dr. Heath, who describes the course's content and how deeply intrigued he is with the …

Hip Hop

Volume 1 - Kendrick Lamar, The Luminary

For the cover story of the inaugural issue of HYPETRAK Magazine, our comrades interviewed hip-hop’s brightest young star and recent Grammy Award winner, Kendrick Lamar. The unofficial torchbearer of the genre opens up about his aspiration to inspire change within his hometown of Compton as well as …

Kendrick Lamar

1988 Concert poster... @MrChuckD @bigdaddykane @icecube BANG!!!

Questlove Shares Candid Footage Of J Dilla Playing Drums In Session w/ Common + The Soulquarians ca. 2002

Today, February 10th is Dilla Day to musicians, vinyl junkies, drumheads and beat connoisseurs worldwide–commemorating cold-hearted L.A. that day we

J Dilla

America’s hip-hop travesty: How rap lyrics are being used in court — to police black speech

A New York Times columnist mocks the dead. Movies do the same. But when rap lyrics do it? Here's what happens

Black speech has always been policed. Many Southern colonies and states outlawed literacy among slaves. Black speech during the century of Jim Crow was regulated by legal and extralegal …

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