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By Keys Open Doors | Mad Flava for ya Ears....! Magazine dedicated to the five elements of Hip Hop:BBoying, MC'ing, Graffiti, DJ'ing and Knowledge/Culture
Most of hip-hop’s alter egos — Eminem’s Slim Shady, Nas’s Escobar, Kool Keith’s Doctor Octagon and Ghostface Killah’s Tony Starks come to mind — have …Rap Music
Mobb Deep, Freeway, Skyzoo, Lion Babe & more added to Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (which begins this week)
2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
The Hip-Hop Institute Conference // Wednesday, July 8th
Join us for our day long conference on Hip-Hop, Technology and …
Kanye West was greeted by laughter when he declared himself the “voice of a generation” nearly seven years ago. Now, his tenure at the top of the hip-hop food chain hangs on the success of an album that changes its title by the season.
Kanye has certainly accomplished his once-laughable goal: Yeezus …Rap Music
(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop culture has always included an element of debate. Fans often discuss who is the top emcee, what is the greatest rap album, …Rap Music
The dramatically expressive dance form found its crowd in China.
In China, where personal expression is often discouraged, a group of young dancers are riding the wave of an imported cultural phenomenon, appropriating the highly individual hip-hop genre to transform it into a choreographed group …Asia
Young beatboxer Nicole Paris faces off in an incredible beatboxing battle rematch against her father. In the first round, posted last year, Nicole …Beatboxing
Recording a rap album is tough, expensive work. Sure, you can bust out a crappy demo on computer if you can’t afford studio sessions, but when Brooklyn rapper Prince Harvey’s laptop got stolen, he found the next best thing to busting out beats at the library: The Apple Store in SoHo.
After Prince’s …Apple Store
Mayor Michael Nutter, who was a disco DJ in the late Seventies, delivers near-perfect rendition of Sugarhill Gang classic
The Roots welcomed an unexpected guest during their Philly's Fourth of July Jam Saturday night: Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, who led the Tonight Show band in a rendition of …Philadelphia
The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995
A double decalogue of classic records released at the tail end of hip-hop’s golden era
1995 was a pivotal year in …Hip Hop
Apple Music has been off to a great start for those who signed up following its launch on June 30th, and while the ability to stream …Entertainment Industry
Simon Armitage will use rap and hip hop to explore the definition of modern poetry so the literary form is not thought of "as a museum"
The newly-elected professor of poetry at Oxford University will use rap and hip hop to explore the definition of modern poetry so the literary form is not thought …Poetry
There’s no question that Tinie Tempah is one of the biggest success stories of our time.
But just in case you had any doubts, Tine Tempah just went …Rap Music
There are plenty of fascinating things in this world that make great visual content, and we see the same areas being explored over and over: science, …Rap Music
As if the idea of launching a 24/7 live radio station alongside Apple Music wasn’t a big enough deal for Apple, the company had to secure an …Zane Lowe
'Ghetto Brother' highlights Benjy Melendez's improbable transformation from gang leader to peace broker to hip-hop pioneer
Last month, when rapper-activist Killer Mike appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher, the host asked, "Mike, what do you say to people who link crime and violence to rap …Hip Hop
Q-Tip has said he's recruited Beck for his upcoming solo album, The Last Zulu, which was first announced back in 2012. In a new interview with Billboard, he also said he's "talking to Fiona Apple and some other singers" for the album.
"You know how on the old records back in the day, if you're listening …Fiona Apple
Narcy = Neo-Arab Rebel Called Yassin
Yassin Alsalman, artistically known as Narcy, formerly The Narcicyst, is a hip-hop and multimedia artist of Iraqi origin, who grew up in the UAE and Montreal.
His goal is “to humanize our experience as Arabs, as Muslims, or as Others… because a lot of times when …Art
“There was nothing more important to me than having a voice," says Nas in the above trailer for his Obey Your Thirst documentary. "I always believed …Thirst
With The Meth Lab, the rapper and actor’s first new album in almost a decade, due out August 21, it’s a pretty good time to be a Method Man fan. Below, A.V. Club readers can exclusively revel in the glory of that album’s title track with the lyric video for “The Meth Lab.” Featuring Hanz On and …Methamphetamine
A classic 2004 Kanye West interview from the archives. He talks to Sem about his car crash, wanting to be a husband one day and his rise to fame.Kanye West
Unfortunately it is not unusual to read about a rapper getting arrested for engaging in criminal activities, but what about getting …Rap Music
How a Compton loner pushed past his dark moments and insecurities to become hip-hop’s most exciting rapper
A drizzly Sunday morning in Compton, the …
As a musical genre, hip-hop is often denigrated for seemingly condoning misogyny, materialism, violence and crime. But this is an unfair …Mental Disorders
There are few rap acts that stuck to their guns quite like Gang Starr. Comprised of DJ Premier the late, great Guru, the duo’s sound came to define …DJ Premier
The enigma of Kanye West – and how the world's biggest pop star ended up being its most reviled, too
Hating Kanye West has long been an international pastime. At the Big Chill festival at Eastnor Castle in 2011 he complained that people looked at him “like I’m Hitler”. Footage of him walking with his wife, Kim Kardashian – head down to avoid paparazzi, and then smashing his head into a street sign …Kanye West