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Drake Hints A New Mixtape Is In The Works During Kansas City Show

Drake kicked off his "Summer Sixteen" tour with Future only a couple days ago, but has since made it memorable by calling out rivals and taking on …

Kansas City

DJ Khaled Drops 'Major Key' Tracklist, Shares "Holy Key" featuring Kendrick Lamar & Big Sean

DJ Khaled has been busy, keeping the promotional run for his upcoming new album, Major Key, alive and well. Today, the New Orleans native unveiled the tracklist for the follow-up to last year’s <i>I Changed a Lot</i>, which is out July 29 via Epic Records and his new imprint We the Best Music Group. And as …

DJ Khaled

Stormzy: the 22-year-old grime MC making British music cool again

A fundamental change is occurring in British music and Stormzy, a.k.a 22-year-old grime MC Michael Omari, is driving it.<p>For the past two years, grime …

Samsung Galaxy

Cult heroes: Kool Keith – oddball schemer at the heart of hip-hop's weirdstream

Hip-hop stars such as Future and Kanye West may have weirded out the rap mainstream significantly over the last few years, but for all their mini-dress wearing, fashion-designing, cough-medicine-chugging appeal, they’ll have to go pretty far to outweird Kool Keith, a rapper of some 58 alter egos …

Hip-hop Music

Biggie Fan Makes Petition To Have Rich Homie Quan Kicked Out Of Hip Hop

The VH1 Hip Hop Honors was a great show, for better or worse. Though most of the night was fun, one moment that involved <b>Rich Homie Quan</b> still has hip …

Hip-hop Music

This Legendary Record Label Could Be The Future Of African Hip-hop

Last October, British-Congolese rapper C Cane was standing on a train platform in Enfield, North London, when she glanced at her phone and discovered …

Hip-hop Music

Lil Wayne: my unlikely jailhouse pen pal

When Lil Wayne first came into my life during the late 90s, as I whiled away my high school years spending untold hours watching hip-hop music videos on The Box, I scarcely could have imagined the scrawny teenager from the Hot Boys would in a decade’s time become the biggest rapper on the planet.<p>Of …

Lil Wayne

Jay Z's first single in years is an outcry against police brutality

Beyoncé led the way yesterday in asking her fans to convert their sorrow and anger at recent police brutality into democratic action by petitioning their state and national lawmakers for change. Today her husband, Jay Z, is joining the effort by releasing a song he says he never got to finish, but …

Jay-Z

It's Insane How Much Hip Hop Dancing Has Changed Through the Years

It’s Insane How Much Hip Hop Dancing Has Changed Through the Years<p>Tanisha Scott and the Banji Twerk Team take us through the evolution.<p>Dance is one …

Dance

Pharrell, Timbaland to Lead Missy Elliott Tribute at VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil Kim also to be honored at July 10th "All Hail the Queens" event<p>Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Keyshia Cole and more will take part in a tribute to Missy Elliott at this year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, set to air live from New York's Lincoln Center on July …

Missy Elliott

Desiigner: is the hyped rapper the genre's new hope or a shameless hack?

Last year, Brooklyn rapper Desiigner crashed into the spotlight with Panda, a catchy trap track that likens a white BMW X6 to the endangered mammal. Within months of the track surfacing, the 19-year-old rapper was signed to GOOD Music by the label’s newly appointed president, Pusha T, and the …

Rap Music

Top 15 Masta Ace Songs

<i>Photo credit: Philipp Jeker</i><p>The true way to judge a Hip Hop artist and his body of work is based on consistency, authenticity, and longevity. Masta …

Rap Music

Walk This Way: how Run-DMC and Aerosmith changed pop

When Aerosmith manager Tim Collins answered his phone one day in early 1986, he was, at first, confused. The voice on the other end belonged to Rick Rubin, the 22-year-old hip-hop producer and entrepreneur behind Def Jam, the fast-rising record label he had founded while still a film student at New …

Music

State of the Union: 10 Hip Hop Songs About America

America’s relationship with hip hop is more hot and cold than a love triangle in the most poorly-scripted “reality” show you can think of. Demonized …

Hip-hop Music

Listen to DJ Shadow's Latest BBC 1 Essential Mix | Thump

<i>Photo via Flickr user digboston.</i><p>DJ Shadow's first BBC 1 Essential mix in 13 years is here. He first announced the mix in April with a brief tweet.<p>DJ Shadow shared his thoughts about the new mix–which features Salva and the Ohio Players, among many, many others–on Friday. According to the producer …

DJ Shadow

Stakes Is High at 20: How De La Soul’s classic album signaled hip-hop’s great divide

<b>De La Soul’s fourth album, 1996’s Stakes Is High, celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. Andrew Friedman reflects on how its tense, cynical</b> …

Hip-hop Music

Meet Desiigner: Teen Sensation Behind 'Panda'

How Brooklyn rapper turned a $200 beat into a deal with Kanye – and a smash hit<p>"Goddamn, it's hot out here!" Desiigner cries out. "It's like Jesus times – Bible heat! I'm about to pass the fuck out."<p>It's noon in Las Vegas, and the 19-year-old MC is on his way to the airport. He's from Brooklyn, so …

Music

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Share < br />this article:<p><i>In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album,</i> Reasonable Doubt<i>, we’re publishing a series of pieces</i> …

PREMIERE: Rapper Raja Kumari Blends Indian Classical Music with Trap Beats on "Mute"

Svetha Rao, aka Raja Kumari, is a fusion unto herself. A dutiful daughter caught between her parents' professional career aspirations for her and a calling to modern hip-hop, she's managed to artfully blend her studious take on Indian classical music with contemporary hip-hop motifs. As a kid she …

Music (India)

Maxwell: BlackSUMMERS’night review – anguished, classy soul man returns

Maxwell’s first offering in seven years forms the second instalment of a trilogy of albums that are titled identically but for the position of the capital letters. The Grammy-winning soul man is a subeditor’s nightmare, but confusion seems a small price to pay for such a classy comeback collection …

Music

25 Of Talib Kweli's Favorite Hip Hop Verses Of All Time

<i>[Editorial note: this is a republication of a list Talib Kweli did for his own Tumblr page three years ago. It is re-published here with Talib</i> …

Brooklyn's Finest

"Brooklyn, New York City, where they paint murals of Biggie ... "<p>-Talib Kweli <i>Definition</i><p>While few would argue hip-hop emerged from the South Bronx when Clive Campbell and his older sister Cindy decided to host a party in the recreation room of their apartment building located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue …

Brooklyn

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I’m Afraid of the Future: Jay Z’s Second Act

<i>In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album,</i> Reasonable Doubt<i>, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s</i> …

Hip-hop Music

Top 10 Hip Hop Producers

Production is a huge part of Hip Hop. Without the beats from the producers we probably wouldn’t like some of our favorite Hip Hop songs as much as we …

Soul music

How Confronting Addiction and Depression and Finding His Birth Mom Saved Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels from Committing Suicide

Most know Darryl "DMC" McDaniels for his sick rhymes, hip-hop legacy in groundbreaking group Run-DMC and placement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – but his rock star life was riddled with demons.<p><b>Growing Pains: A Tough Transition to Stardom</b><br>Growing up in a middle-class family in Queens, New York, …

Depression

Drake's 'Views' Is Already One Of The Biggest Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time

It might still be relatively new to the world, but Drake’s latest record <i>Views</i> has already earned its place in history as one of the biggest hip-hop albums of all time. Now, I’m not saying that the album is necessarily going to end up as one of the most influential or the most critically applauded …

Hip-hop Music

Best Rap Albums of 2016 So Far

Beyond Chance: The albums shaping the year in rhymes<p>Thus far, 2016 looks like the first year that the center of the rap universe might not be New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta.<p>The two most celebrated, critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of the year both came from Chicago rappers. <b>Chance the Rapper's</b> …

Rap Music

Auctioneers remixed with hip-hop beats is 2016's hottest mixtape

Forget Chance the Rapper's <i>Coloring Book</i>. Forget Future and DJ Esco's <i>Project E.T.</i> 2016's hottest mixtape is actually Auctioneer Beats, an ongoing series of Vines where generic auction videos get remixed into dope hip-hop tracks, and pretty much everyone sounds like Busta Rhymes.<p>The concept is not …

Hip-hop Music