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Can the Weeknd Turn Himself Into the Biggest Pop Star in the World?

The scene backstage last November at the American Music Awards, that annual gathering of pop perennials and idiosyncratic arrivistes, was carnivalesque: Niall and Liam of One Direction toddled about trying to snap a picture with a selfie stick, while Zayn, their bandmate at the time, smoked coolly …

Ariana Grande

19 Rap Songs Written By Other Artists

Some of your favorite MCs had help penning their songs.

Rap Music

See the first song Kanye West appeared on way back when he was just 19

Long before he was a controversial and divisive Glastonbury headliner having his limelight stolen by prankster Lee Nelson, Kanye was a lesser known …

Kanye West

'You're Playing for the World': Q-Tip Talks About His Beats 1 Radio Show 'Abstract Thought,' Working With Sonos

Anyone disappointed by the first day of broadcasting from Beats 1, the radio station centerpiece of Apple's newly launched Music platform, should …

Apple Music

Valet gives Grandmaster Flash's car to someone else

Hip-hop heavyweight Grandmaster Flash’s car has been given to someone else after he parked it at a Manhattan garage, prompting New York City police to launch an investigation.

A New York police spokesman said on Friday the incident happened on 16 July about 7.30pm.

Police said Grandmaster Flash, …

Dodge

“For some reason I was cuttin' this record over and over at my bro @russellpeters pad so I went "0 to 100" real quick... @champagnepapi…”

Lupe Fiasco Explains How Ghostwriting Works In Hip-Hop

The open secret in hip-hop is that the emperor wears no clothes. Lyrics, appearances, material success are all a gambit, part of misdirection on the part of the MC to get people listening to the words within a story. That means poets are masquerading as kingpins, sensitive thugs as tough guys and, …

Hip Hop

The Phantom Pen: The Prevalence of Ghostwriting in Rap

Recently, Meek Mill put Drake on blast for hiring a ghostwriter, Quentin Miller, to write his verse on “R.I.C.O.” off Meek’s recent album Dreams Are …

Rap Music

15 Unsigned Hip Hop Artists Sure To Blow Up

13. Negash Ali

Negash Ali is an extra prolific and outspoken MC, originally from Eritrea but now based in London, England. He already has a …

Entertainment (Australia)

Listen: Janet Jackson - No Sleeep (Remix) ft. J. Cole | Stream

The one and only, the legendary and iconic, Janet Jackson, is back! Today Janet returns to the game as she drops off her “No Sleeep (Remix)” with J. …

Janet Jackson

Chuck D Says That In Hip-Hop, The Third Verse Is “Becoming Useless.” Do You Agree?

Approaching Public Enemy’s 13th studio Man Plans, GOD Laughs (slated for July release), Chuck D is in the midst of a press campaign. An affiliate of …

Hip Hop

The Most Popular Fashion Designers In Rap Music According To Statistics

That there is a far reaching connection between fashion and rap we all know and that rappers love talking about their latest purchases in the worlds …

Statistics

BIGGIE SMALLS: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by David McIntyre

An Exhibition Of Never Before Seen Photographs of The Notorious B.I.G.

Soldiers of Culture: Top Ten Conscious Rap Lyrics

Conscious rap is a sub-genre of hip hop that seeks to create awareness about social injustices and inspire activism and progress. Conscious rappers …

Rap Music

#TodaysKidsWillNeverKnow: 10 Things Young Rap Fans Will Never Experience

Technology continues to move a mile a minute. In the process, the way we indulge in our favorite pastimes evolves as well. Even though hip-hop is one of the youngest genres, the way fans have absorbed their favorite rap tunes over the past two decades has changed tremendously.

Earlier in the week, …

Rap Music

6 Legendary Hip-Hop Feuds

Becoming a star in the world of hip-hop is all about earning respect, and part of earning respect is going head-to-head with those who disrespect …

Hip Hop

Hip-Hop Is the Most Listened Genre in the World, Reports Spotify

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Hip-Hop is the most listened to genre in the world, according to Spotify. The music streaming website has put together a live …

Hip Hop

John Cena destroys Michael Strahan in impromptu battle rap

Some days, a WWE Superstar gets in a rap battle with an NFL Hall of Famer. It happens.

On Tuesday's episode of Live with Kelly and Michael, John Cena stopped by to give a normal, humble interview ... until he was called on to battle rap against Michael Strahan. Strahan is, uh ... not a rapper. He …

Michael Strahan

The 30 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015 (So Far)

Tech N9ne, Special Effects
Label:
Strange Music
Release Date:
May 4

Tech N9ne took his biggest leap yet into the mainstream limelight with his latest …

Hip Hop

“Showtime !!! This Is How Professionals Perform...Berlin, Germany...30,000 Filled Crowd...Work Like Your Number One and You Will Be Number…”

Marvel pays tribute to classic hip-hop in amazing new variant covers

Marvel can't leave rap alone; the fans need it. In addition to rebooting its entire slate of comics after the end of Secret Wars this fall, the House of Ideas now plans on releasing a collection of hip-hop-inspired variant covers that riff on some of the greatest rap albums of the last 30 …

Comics

Eminem Wrote A Letter To 2Pac’s Mother Afeni Shakur

(AllHipHop News) Tupac Shakur is one of the most respected icons in Hip Hop history. Even other rap artists are fans of 2Pac, including Detroit emcee …

Eminem

“One of the greatest of all time, goes by the name of Chuck D from the most important HipHop group of all time, Public Enemy. Catch the…”

Chuck D

Nadia Aboulhosn on Twitter

Me too Drake, me too. pic.twitter.com/OM4VmnBGEa

Kashmir's Gen New talks of anguish through rap, graffiti and writing

Srinagar: After a quarter century of turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, a section of the new generation is taking to music, writing and other art forms to …

Art

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Science fiction's influence on hip-hop music

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From 'Parks And Recreation' to the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler’s brand of …

Science Fiction