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10 Classic UK Hip Hop Songs

With this list, we pay homage to the early Hip Hop scene in the United Kingdom. This is by no means meant as a representative presentation of UK Hip …

Public Enemy "Fight The Power" (1989)

<i>“Fight the Power”</i> is one of the biggest hits by Public Enemy, released as a single in June 1989 on Motown Records.<p>It was conceived at the request of …

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2000

1. Common - Like Water For Chocolate<p><i>“I never knew a luh, luh-luh</i><i>, a love like this /</i> <i>Gotta be something for me to write this /</i> <i>Queen, I ain’t seen you</i> …

DIZZEE RASCAL 'BOY IN DA CORNER' FULL ALBUM LIVE @ THE COPPER BOX, LDN. 22.10.16

Listen To This New J Dilla Collection Of Unreleased Beats Curated By Ma Dukes

While producer J Dilla passed away long before the wave of eerie 2016 deaths, his music has lived on in part thanks to a wealth of unreleased instrumentals curated by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. This latest collection of beats, titled <i>Jay Dee’s Ma Dukes Collection</i>, even bears her …

Kids using hip-hop to learn long division in this lit classroom is peak black excellence

Long division is something most people have probably forgotten, but after this video it'll be hard to forget.<p>On Monday, video of an entire math class …

Watch Kendrick Lamar Freestyle With A Fan During His Secret Brooklyn Show

He can surprisingly hold his own against Lamar.<p>During his secret show in Brooklyn on Friday, Kendrick Lamar took a break from performing to challenge …

J.Cole ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Top Charts

Gold World<p>J.Cole’s got the Midas touch again. In seven days, his fourth album <i>4 Your Eyez Only</i> will top the charts with approximately 511,039 units …

Marvel’s Latest Variant Covers Pay Tribute To Kanye, Jay Z, And Vince Staples

Captain Marvel, Elektra, and Bullseye pull rap into their worlds.<p>Throughout 2016, Marvel has issued special-edition covers of their comics with …

Watch A Tribe Called Quest & Busta Rhymes Perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Following the first live performance from their <i>We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service</i> album on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, A Tribe Called Quest returned to the stage last night to perform tracks "Dis Generation" and "We the People..." on <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live!</i> Joined by Busta Rhymes who contributed …

6 Reasons Why We Need This New J. Cole Album

After enduring 2016, we need his conscious verses to show us the light.<p>After a relatively quiet year for J. Cole, it was confirmed last week that the rapper is officially dropping his fourth album “4 Your Eyez Only” on Friday, and the timing couldn’t be better.<p>The Roc Nation signee has made a name …

J Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only review – unsparing, unflinching raptivism

The rapper and activist takes aim at mass incarceration, police brutality and toxic masculinity on his much-anticipated follow-up to Forest Hill Drive<p>J Cole doesn’t really want to be famous any more. This is, after all, the same rapper who once wrote: “I’m knee-deep in the game and it ain’t what I …

23 Marvel Hip Hop Variants (Season 2)

Expression and art form merge between Marvel Comics and the world of Hip Hop with a unique line of Hip Hop variant covers inspired by some of the …

A 23-year-old rapper who refuses to sign a record deal is making history at the 2017 Grammys

Chance the Rapper is the most talented rapper of his generation and a pioneer in the music industry. His latest album, "Coloring Book," released in May, is one of the the year's best-reviewed albums. It's the first streaming-only album to chart on Billboard's ranking.<p>This year, the Grammys made …

Rap & Hip-Hop

9 Elements: Beatboxing

Use of the tongue, lips, throat and voice to make sounds and rhythms are not a new phenomenon, despite all the viral videos of beatboxing bouncing …

Watch Kanye West & John Legend Drop Freestyle in 2004

Legendary British DJ and radio host Tim Westwood has dropped yet another rare gem. This time around, it's a video that features a young Kanye West freestyle rapping backstage in London in 2004 alongside G.O.O.D. Music artist John Legend. The clip comes as part of Westwood's Throwback Thursday …

Childish Gambino Shares Soulful & Funky New Single "Redbone"

The build-up to Childish Gambino's next studio album continues in a major way with the release of a soulful, funky new album cut. Titled "Redbone," today's track serves as the follow-up single to his new project's lead record "Me And Your Mama" and delivers the same well-constructed soul and funk …

A Tribe Called Quest Promotes Unity in New "We The People" Video

Yesterday, A Tribe Called Quest promoted the release of their new video for the <i>We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service</i> cut "We The People" via a "first look" teaser. As promised, the vignette's final product has arrived in time for the weekend. Debuted alongside Q-Tip's sitdown with Trevor …

Watch unseen footage of an Eminem studio rap

Eminem, Jay–Z, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Fat Joe, Big Pun, DMX and the Fugees weren't born famous. Like every artist, they struggled to get …

A Tribe Called Quest "We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" (2016)

A Tribe Called Quest‘s sixth and final album. Release date: November 11, 2016.<p>The album features guest appearances from André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, …

Watch Shia LaBeouf Spit A Freestyle Like A Legit Rapper

Shia LaBeouf is a multitalented artist whose skills include acting, directing, watching movies of himself, gracefully picking up Maddie Zeigler, …

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Hip Hop Reacts To Trump's Election Win

I was wrong. I thought America couldn't possibly disappoint me more than it already had. But, I was wrong. RIP America.<p>I woke up in Back to the …

The Day Hip-Hop Died: The Longreaching Effects Of The 1995 Source Awards

<i>“None of us were the same after that day.”</i><p>– Questlove (of The Roots)<p>In 1995, Hip Hop music was at its pinnacle. It was in the midst of a second …

Top 10 Emotional Hip Hop Songs

Music has always been a major way to express and convey emotions. From all forms of music, Hip Hop is perhaps the most suited for emotional …

11 Favorite Big K.R.I.T Instrumentals

<i>Speed’s Production Corner: Some of My Favorite @BigKRIT Instrumentals | (Republished from SpeedOnTheBeat.com, By @SpeedOnTheBeat)</i><p>It’s no secret that …

Sonita's director: why I paid $2,000 to stop a rapper being sold into a forced marriage

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami set out to make a film about an Afghan refugee performer – and ended up helping her escape<p>Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami does not look like a woman with a saviour complex. Blunt, self-aware and quick to mock her own heroics, she just seems a little too sceptical for a fairy …

Film (UK)

An Overview of Kanye West's Tour Stage Designs

Throughout the past 12 years of Kanye's solo career, creative polymath has not pushed not only the creative boundaries for rap concerts but music, fashion and performance art. There has been no other artist that has pushed the boundaries of stage performance more than 'Ye. He's postponed or …

Rapper Lookalikes and Soundalikes: The Rap Copycat Trend

One of 2016′s most prominent topics in rap music is ”copycat rappers.” This year — especially in the last few months — we saw several artists who manufacture their entire sound and image around another’s. The mimicry goes so far that they take song names, album titles and even monikers from …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Yasiin Bey Confirms Retirement, Plans To Live Stream Final Show From Cape Town

Well, it appears to be official. <b>Yasiin Bey</b>, the artist formerly known as <b>Mos Def</b>, is hanging it up for real. Early this morning, the revered artiste …

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