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Kano live review – you know just where he’s coming from…

“I’ve spent a lot of time recording this album,” says Kano on stage in Liverpool. It’s a bit of an understatement. <i>Made in the Manor</i>, his fifth full-length – a nostalgia trip that sweeps the grime veteran back to his east London roots – came out in March. Before that, his last major release was six …

Rap Music

De La Soul Releases Crowdfunded "and the Anonymous Nobody" Album

Having surpassed their crowdfunding target of $110,000 USD within 24 hours, De La Soul have delivered their ninth studio album. <i>and the Anonymous Nobody</i> is a milestone for the beloved hip-hop trio. Not only is it the first Kickstarter-funded hip-hop record, but it is also the second most successful …

De La Soul

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Top 10 Hip Hop Songs J. Cole Produced For Other Artists

These are songs J. Cole produced for OTHER artists – whether or not he featured on those songs. This takes into account the whole song – not just the …

J. Cole

Hip Hop Raised Me Hardcover – November 15, 2016

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NYC Film Locations for Netflix’s The Get Down Set in the Bronx

The Netflix Original Series <i>The Get Down</i>, brings the birth of the Hip Hop movement to life. Set in the summer of 1977 in the South Bronx, the series …

Netflix

The Get Down's Grandmaster Flash talks to us about the birth of hip hop

Here's what Netflix's <i>The Get Down</i> has got going on: a tale about the birth of disco, punk and hip-hop in the Seventies South Bronx; Baz Luhrmann in …

Hip-hop Music

A Tribe Called Quest Are Reportedly Working On A New Album

L.A. Reid discussed the new project on a podcast.<p>A Tribe Called Quest finished recording a new album before the death of founding member Phife Dawg, …

Alternative Music

All The Looks You Need To See From Amsterdam’s Premier Hip-Hop Festival

Fans and artists at Appelsap brought bold logos, intricate braids, and candy-colored sportswear.<p>Amsterdam might not be as globally recognised as an …

Festivals

Meet Kanye’s Biggest Fans in Line for His London Pop-Up

On Friday morning, Kanye West's new pop-up shop selling a slice of Life of Pablo merch landed in its temporary UK home on Old Street, east London. We asked the people lining up to tell us why they were there, why they loved Yeezy, and what they'd just thrown a whole heap of cash at.<p>Henry (left), 16 …

London

Jeru The Damaja "D. Original" (1994)

<i>“D. Original”</i> by Jeru the Damaja, is the second single from his debut studio album <i>The Sun Rises in the East</i>.<p>“D. Original” contains samples of “Give …

Hip-hop Music

Nas Mixtape

This Queensbridge street poet is the quintessential emcee. Nas is the standard and helped solidify NYC as the mecca of Hip Hop. His catalogue is …

Nas

Top 15 KRS One Songs

KRS One is THE personification of Hip Hop. His own words “Rap is something you do, Hip Hop is something you live” adequately sum up the man and his …

Hip-hop Music

Here's what the stars of Netflix's 'The Get Down' had to learn during its hip-hop boot camp

"The Get Down," Netflix's upcoming hip-hop drama from "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann, took two months to bring its cast and crew up to speed on rap's 1970s origin.<p>The epic $120 million series, notably Netflix's most expensive show to date, tracks the fall of disco and the rise of hip-hop in …

Netflix

5 Hip Hop Songs Not As Original As You Thought They Were

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and in Hip Hop imitation is all over. Here are some well-known songs that rely heavily on (Hip …

Hip-hop Music

Decoding Frank Ocean: secret messages, boomboxes and Boys Don't Cry

It’s four years since Frank Ocean’s last album, Channel Orange, and 13 months since he promised the follow-up, Boys Don’t Cry, would be released.<p>In an era when many major artists are prolific – such as Drake – or ubiquitous – Rihanna, Beyoncé – the New Orleans-born artist has taken his time and …

Frank Ocean

Will Smith surprises Late Show audience with 'Summertime' singalong

Will Smith may be focusing more on his film career these days, but the Fresh Prince couldn’t resist joining Jon Batiste and Stay Human when they started playing his 1991 hit “Summertime” during a commercial break on <i>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</i>, where he appeared to discuss his new film <i>Suicide</i> …

Will Smith

Pioneer DJ launches affordable new turntable for DJing and home listening

<b>The PLX-500 also includes a USB out for ripping vinyl.</b><b>Pioneer DJ</b> is expanding its commitment to vinyl with the launch of a new turntable aimed at …

DJs

LUKE CAGE Will Feature Musical Performances From Some Notable Hip-Hop Artists

If the fact that the first trailer was set to <i>Shimmy Shimmy Ya</i> and that each episode title will is named after a <i>Gangstar</i> song wasn't enough of a clue, …

Luke Cage

Building his brand: rapper Nas ventures into filmmaking

ATLANTA (AP) — Nas, one of music's most revered lyricists and story tellers, is taking his talents into filmmaking.<p>The rapper has traded performing onstage to work behind-the-scenes as an executive producer on projects including Netflix's "The Get Down" and IFC Films' "The Land," which opens in New …

Marvel's Luke Cage Netflix series increases hip-hop mass appeal, names episodes after Gang Starr songs

Every episode of the upcoming series will be named after songs by the prolific hip-hop duo and the first three have already been revealed.<p>Cheo Coker, …

Netflix

Stream DJ Khaled's Highly Anticipated 'Major Key' Album Now

One of social media's most noticeable faces has called upon numerous talents in the music industry for his latest project. Following up his <i>I Changed A Lot</i> album, DJ Khaled is said to have the keys to success with his newest <i>Major Key</i> project. As singles such as "For Free" with Drake and "I Got the …

DMC from Run-DMC: 'I snorted and guzzled through almost every day'

“Music is a cutthroat, disrespectful, low-life, motherfucking, crab-ass, lyin’, deceivin’, stab-you-in-the-back type of business, and that’s just the good part of it!” Darryl “DMC” McDaniels laughs (perhaps channeling Hunter S Thompson’s famous line about the record business). We’re discussing the …

Music

Tyrese Calls Out Jay Z, Future And DJ Khaled — “You Had Time For A Video….I Hope You Had Time For More Important Issues!” - AvidMix | New Hip Hop Music, News & Videos

Tyrese Calls Out Jay Z, Future, And DJ Khaled<p>Tyrese has a message for Jay Z and other rap heavy hitters who’ve “got the keys.” He feels like if they …

Big Bird Sings The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Summertime’

It's summer summer summertime on Sesame Street<p>It’s summertime on <i>Sesame Street</i> and, yes, Oscar, you Grouch, that means a song. In a new clip, Big Bird strolls down the block singing all of The Fresh Prince’s rhymes while Snuffy gets in touch with his inner DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Zoe sings backup.<p>It’s …

Entertainment

The Real New Wave of Aussie Hip-Hop

Objectively Correct Lists<p><i>Image by James Ruklis</i><p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey Australia.</i><p>In the last few months I’ve clicked on at least five articles titled something like “The New Wave Of Aussie Hip-Hop,” only to be bitterly disappointed. In the last two years? The number’s infinite. …

Rap Music

10 Hip-Hop Documentaries on YouTube You Need to Watch

Few genres have been investigated, dissected and ultimately celebrated as intensely through documentaries as hip-hop. Take a dip into the endless …

Digable Planets to embark on European reunion tour

<b>The Brooklyn trio expand their reunion with shows in London, Paris and more.</b><p>Recently reformed hip-hop trio <b>Digable Planets</b> are to tour Europe in …

Europe

WATCH: Netflix is Taking Us Back to the Rise of Hip-Hop in 'The Get Down'

It was the late '70s — the last days of disco were on their way and the rise of hip-hop was just beginning.<p><b>Netflix</b> is taking us back to this era where music was forever changed in their new series, <i>The Get Down</i>. Starring <b>Shameik Moore</b>, <b>Jimmy Smits</b>, <b>Skylan Brooks</b>, <b>Justice Smith</b>, <b>Herizen Guardiola</b>, <b>Jaden</b> …

Hip-hop Music