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10 Rock Albums Every Rap Fan Should Own

Hip-Hop can certainly exist as its own entity, but it is also important to remember the connection that it has to rock ‘n’ roll. The first rap video …

Rap Music

Today in Hip-Hop: R.I.P. Adam “MCA” Yauch (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)

Today, May 4, in hip-hop history…
On May 4, 2012, the hip-hop world suffered a loss with the death of Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch a.k.a …

Hip Hop

Leveraging hip hop in US foreign policy

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The US government wants to improve its tarnished image abroad by sending out 'hip hop envoys' [GALLO/GETTY]

In April 2010, the US State Department sent a rap group named Chen Lo and The Liberation Family to perform in Damascus, Syria.

Following Chen Lo's performance, US secretary of …

Hip Hop

Mother's social media campaign #Askseth2rapAndy to get artist to rap with son gets help from 2News

Ask and you shall receive: That's the message behind one mother's mission to prove to her son anything is possible.

Kim Garrett started the hashtag …

Rap Music

Check Out Images From Hip-Hop Photographer Jamel Shabazz's "Reflections of the 80s" Exhibit

For the past 40 years, street photographer Jamel Shabazz has been capturing the evolution of hip-hop style in New York City. To honor his work, the …


10 Songs From 2015 for the Perfect Gym Playlist - The Drop

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10. A$AP Rocky - "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2"

Rocky has been picking some insane beats lately. First came “Multiply.” Next …

Hip Hop

“Album artwork too much for commuters?”

"Being Fresh Is More Important Than Having Money" - Kanye West and Other Style Icons Talk Hip-Hop Fashion in This New Documentary Trailer

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, the hip-hop fashion documentary Fresh Dressed​, directed by Sacha Jenkins, finally has a …

Fashion in Film

“Own a piece and help support bringing this project to other cities. PayPal $65 to and indicate Los Angeles or New York…”

Jay Z Lures Fans to Tidal With Exclusive B-Sides Concert

How to get a ticket to the exclusive show.

Jay Z is throwing his weight behind the music-streaming site Tidal, of which he is a part owner.

And while Mr. Knowles went on the defensive over the weekend with a stream of tweets (branded #TidalFacts) that were meant to serve as a online pep talk for …


kanye’s earliest beats discovered on 2001 mixtape

Just incase he hadn't quite broken the internet enough this year, two of Kanye's old mixtapes (originally re-discovered by Jensen Karp of The Hype Men in 2011) are going viral. The artist came across the demos when sorting through storage bins that he obtained while signed to Interscope as Hot …

Kanye West

Mixtape Memories: 10 Classic DJ Clue Mixtapes Released in 1995

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

1995 was a landmark year for New York hip-hop. Wu-Tang Clan released a trio of classic solo albums (Ol’ Dirty …


MC Lyte Gives Back to the World with Scholarships and Her First LP in 12 Years

Miami is about to get a visit from the first lady – of hip-hop, that is.

Brooklyn’s mean queen MC Lyte was the first woman to put rap on wax and …

Hip Hop

J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar Keeping Hip Hop Torch Lit, Rakim Says

Rakim is appreciative of the love he's getting from younger Hip Hop artists.

Rakim said he likes "the way that some of the young cats is taking the …

Hip-Hop Music

De La Soul's NEW ALBUM by De La Soul

Welcome 2 making magic. The time has finally come: De La Soul is ready to record a new studio LP.

Roc Nation's Deputy Pushes Producers To Build Wealth And Expand Their Brands Beyond A Hit Record

A hit record can change your life — and your financial future.

As a result, the tireless pursuit of a chart-topping radio anthem remains a priority for hungry songwriters and producers looking to make their mark.

For Deputy, the Roc Nation producer behind Rihanna’s “B*tch Better Have My Money”, a big …


DJ Jazzy Jeff Live 4/26/2015

Is Frank Ocean About to Drop the Most Fire Rap Album of 2015?

By Darian O’Neil

The wait is almost over. After three long years filled with frustration and anxiety, we can finally say with some confidence that we …

Rap Music

Nike SB Dunk High “De La Soul”

After images of it leaked back in November, we finally have a release date for the Nike SB Dunk High “De La Soul”. This marks a big comeback for the …

De La Soul

Mobb Deep on The Infamous: We Was Wilin' Back Then

Queens duo reflects on their album's 20th anniversary.

Mobb Deep

Method Man Says "I Owe Mary J. Blige For My Solo Career"

Today marks the 20th anniversary of "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You."

Hip Hop

Yelawolf featuring Eminem "Best Friend" Music Video

Yelawolf releases the highly anticipated visuals to another one of his tracks off the recently released album Love Story. Less than a month after the release of the music video for ”American You,” the Spidy-directed video sees the consistent use of wide-open fields (a nod to Yela’s country roots) …


djay 2 for iPhone & iPad go free for the very first time

Update (4/23 3:40pm): Apple has officially named djay 2 as its Free App of the Week.

Whether you’re a professional DJ or just enjoy spinning for your backyard parties, we’ve got a serious price drop on a very popular app today. For the first time since it’s release, iPad has gone free, it regularly …


Time is #Illmatic

DJ Shiftee, two turntables, and the power of TRAKTOR KONTROL S8

Why Run The Jewels Are The Current Kings Of Hip-Hop

From cult-status to international acclaim and recognition, American hip-hop duo Run The Jewels are an unstoppable musical force, with their …

Scenes From The Hip-Hop Revolution

On April 1, the Museum of the City of New York opened its retrospective on hip-hop, which it calls “HIP-HOP REVOLUTION: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper.” It's an exhibition showcasing the early days of hip-hop culture and music, which has its roots firmly in New York …


Rap legend Nas hunts for hip-hop culture across the globe

Hip-hop went global a long time ago, and rap legend Nas has decided to take a look at how the music has shaped the lives of young adults around the world.

Nas is an executive producer for a documentary called "Shake The Dust," which follows break-dancers from Uganda to Yemen, Colombia to Cambodia. …

Rap Music