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Hip-Hop Cars: How They've Changed Through The Ages

Once upon a rhyme, the kind of car you drove meant something. At least, in hip-hop it did. If you drove a Lincoln Continental you were probably an …

Hip Hop

Kanye West's 'Late Registration' Now Comes as an Interactive Infographic

WhoSampled has teamed up with the Grammys to proffer an infographic of Kanye West's sophomore release Late Registration in celebration of the album's 10th anniversary. Now the thread of logic can be traced through the collection of samples and musical workings, offering background information on …

Kanye West

Kanye West to Perform Whole '808s & Heartbreak' Album

Kanye West will be playing 808s & Heartbreak in its entirety this fall. The artist's fourth studio album was released in 2008. The highly influential album is revered as a hallmark in hip-hop, on top of being one of Rolling Stone's Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time. Emotionally charged auto-tune …

Kanye West

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Tidal trolled Apple during a live Drake performance

Tidal, the music-streaming platform co-owned by Jay Z and a cohort of top-tier music stars, has apparently chosen to air its alleged grievances with Apple in an unusual way.

Drake, an Apple Music artist, appeared at a charity event in New Orleans that was live-streamed on Tidal Friday night.

Tidal, …

Apple Music

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Jay-Z & Kanye West: Expensive Taste

Hip-Hop has always been a musical genre known for its expensive taste. But when Jay-Z and Kanye West, two of rap’s biggest spenders, teamed up for …

Kanye West

DMC Announces Albums With Chuck D & Others That Address Police Shootings & Racial Tension

DMC says that he has two albums he is preparing to release.

One record, Flames, talks about police shootings and racial tensions, DMC says during an …

Hip Hop

In Remembrance of: Kanye West's GOOD Fridays

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Fall 2010 was the most exciting time to be a Kanye West fan, but not because of November’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. No, in …

Kanye West

First Division "This Iz Tha Time" prod. by DJ Premier

“Legendary @djqbert on the wheels of steel last night #DJ #Turntablism #Vegas”

Mass Appeal's Guide to Hip Hop Comics Written by or Featuring Rappers | Mass Appeal

From early crews like the Fantastic Five and Treacherous Three to the costumes and album covers of artists like Blowfly and Soul Sonic Force, it's …


Nike Is the Most Rapped About Sneaker Brand in Hip-Hop

When it comes to getting plugged in rap lyrics, Nike has a firm grip on its competition. Check out the breakdown from Genius' Rap Stats here.

Rap Music

Is the World Ready for a Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole & Drake Album; Produced by Timbaland? | HOT 97 | Where Hip Hop Lives

Is the hip hop world ready for a Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, and Drake collaboration?? We’re not sure exactly how it would work, but mega producer …

Hip-Hop Music

The decline of “urbanwear” as the uniform of hip-hop, and the rise of rap couture

Rap and hip-hop have long been obsessed with fashion as a status symbol. But in the 1980s and 1990s, the brands rappers focused on weren’t quite like the ones they’re obsessing over now. Back then, Dr. Dre was wearing baggy jeans and flannels by Cross Colours, the Notorious B.I.G. was rapping about …

Rap Music

These Guerrilla Street Signs Map the Geography of L.A. Hip-Hop

Keen-eyed Angelenos may have seen official-looking red street signs pop up all over the Southland, from Long Beach to Malibu, in recent weeks. But …

Hip Hop

From Justin Bieber To Drake: A Hip-Hop Icon Tells Us Why It’s Important To Write Your Own Raps

DJ Premier breaks down why it's important you write your own raps in hip-hop.

Rap Music

Today in Hip-Hop: DJ Kool Herc DJs The “Rec Room Party”

On this day, Aug. 11, in hip-hop history…

1973: DJ Kool Herc hosted the first “Rec Room Party” in the Bronx, NY on Aug. 11, 1973.

It’s mid-August in …

Hip Hop

J. Cole Talks Setting An Example For His Rap Peers Of Not Conforming To Industry Rules

(AllHipHop News) J. Cole has established himself as one of the premier Hip Hop artist of his generation. Three #1 albums, a platinum LP without any …

Rap Music

Timbaland to Drop Unreleased Music From Aaliyah

Timbaland has taken to Instagram to announce that he is in possession of unreleased music from Aaliyah, who passed away 14 years ago. Much of Baby Girl's music and other forms of intellectual property are guarded by her friends and family, but as Timbaland produced much of Aaliyah's second album One


20 Greatest Hip Hop Groups Of All Time

14. The Geto Boys

There was something undeniably cool, yet slightly strange about The Geto Boys that made them such an intriguing act for hip hop …

Hip Hop

Lupe Fiasco Accepts Mos Def’s Rap Battle Challenge, Slams Drake For Using a Ghostwriter

The Chicago emcee has accepted Yasiin Bey’s open rap battle challenge and butted into the Meek Mill feud by mocking Drake for using a ghostwriter.

The ongoing war of words between rappers Drake and Meek Mill—over ghostwriter accusations, Nicki Minaj, memes, you name it—has already prompted a bevy of …

Mos Def

DJ Premier Talks Working on Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton' and the Nas Album That May Still Come Out

Today is a day many hip-hop fans thoughts we’d never see. At long last, the third Dr. Dre album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, is finally …

The soft ceiling: Why Drake’s hard rebrand undermines everything he’s worked for

There was a time when all Drake wanted was a sandwich.Caught on video in an ersatz MTV Cribs, a young Aubrey Graham, wiry Degrassi star and bedroom …

Rap Music


Music Festivals Get a Bad Rap. Here's Why They Probably Shouldn't

Believe me, I get it -- in many ways, music festivals can be the worst.

So let's get it out of the way -- yes, a festival setting is not generally the ideal way to experience live music for a number of reasons: a) the natural elements (particularly the heat and storms) can be unforgiving, b) the …

Rap Music

10 of the Biggest Hip-Hop Feuds Ever

Over the last couple of weeks the internet has been ablaze with squabbles from some of hip-hop’s biggest stars. You couldn’t move for news of the …

WWE Not Happy About Meek Mill Sampling the Undertaker's Theme on Drake Diss Track

On Thursday, Meek Mill responded to Drake's diss tracks with "Wanna Know". The track prominently samples "Graveyard Symphony", wrestling legend the Undertaker's entrance music. As TMZ reports, the WWE aren't happy about the sample.

A spokesperson for the company told TMZ, "WWE takes its intellectual …