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Drake disputes his Grammy category: 'Hotline Bling' is 'not a rap song'

Though he was a no-show at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony, Drake is making his presence known to the Recording Academy — outside the category they’d initially placed him in.<p>The 30-year-old appeared on Saturday’s episode of Apple Music’s <i>OVO Sound</i> radio show for a one-hour interview that highlighted …

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What We Owe Yasiin Bey

Looking back at the influence and complicated legacy of the artist once known as Mos Def.<p>Morality in religion is fairly straightforward. Though the …

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Honoring The Best Hip Hop LP's: Mobb Deep - The Infamous

Mobb Deep makes urgent, desperate music. Rarely do they relish the spoils of a life of crime, focusing more on the need to make money at any cost and …

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Why I love… singer Ray BLK

Her voice is the sound of my youth, my city and my heart<p>Living in New York means I can’t have my mum’s cooking on tap, but I can tune into public radio to hear the BBC at least once a day. And I’ve found that the easiest way to alleviate my homesickness is music, which is where London singer Ray …

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Ranking Kanye West's Albums

In the midst of Kardashian drama, nonsense and mental breakdowns, Kanye West is still one of the greatest artists of our time. Whether he writes all …

Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime

After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it<p>Wiley, perhaps the most influential musician working in Britain today, has a habit of self-sabotage. In 2010, a few weeks …

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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 …

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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 …

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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> …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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, …

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. Cant. Breathe. Sitting up …

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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 …

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