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The Unlikely Origin of WWE Star John Cena's Entrance Music

Ten years ago at WrestleMania 21, wrestling star John Cena celebrated his first WWE Championship victory at a sold-out Staples Center as the sound of …

John Cena

18 Rappers Who Put Their Government Name in Album Titles

Related: Joey Bada$$ Thinks The Government Is Tapping His Phone
Bobby Shmurda’s Attorney Howard Greenberg: “The Government Hates Rap”
Cuban Rapper …


Wale - The Summer League (feat. Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign)

BBC Radio 1Xtra - Semtex, Kendrick Lamar Special

To celebrate the release of Kendrick's new album To Pimp A Butterfly we're looking back at Semtex's 2009 interview with him, as well as playing out some of his brand new tracks.

Kendrick Lamar

The Verge Playlist: The most sampled songs of all time

Kendrick Lamar's excellent new album To Pimp a Butterfly is a complex and reflective album that uses samples to highlight the context in which it was created. It works bits of Sly and the Family Stone, Michael Jackson, the Isley Brothers, and James Brown into its narrative. A staticky flutter from …

James Brown

DJ Premier On The History Of D&D Studios

GZA Teams With Tom Morello for “The Mexican” (AUDIO) GZA has teamed up with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello to make a new version of Babe …

A new book showcases the visual history of hip-hop mixtape art

Hip-hop mixtapes have taken a few different forms over the years. First, they were actual cassettes, and were usually used by DJs as a kind of beat portfolio. Then, rappers began to spit bars over bootleg versions of other rappers' songs. Now, mixtapes can be all of those things, but in many cases …


The Roots - The Next Movement

Rap mogul Russell Simmons plans hip-hop musical

NEW YORK: Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons announced plans Thursday for a Broadway musical that aims to span the history of the rap musical …

Rap Music

The Education of Hip Hop

What the musical genre reveals about America’s racially charged times and how it can serve as a valuable teaching tool

Hip hop has always been in my classroom as have other forms of figurative expression. Its most recent appearance was unplanned and surfaced last Wednesday during a discussion of "A …

Hip Hop

Kanye West will headline Glastonbury 2015

The US rapper has been announced as the Saturday headline act for this year's Glastonbury Festival

Kanye West will headline this year's Glastonbury Festival. The news was broken in tweets from the official Glastonbury Twitter account, and from Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael …

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar Releases Album Digitally A Week Early

Kendrick Lamar’s third studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly, was released on iTunes and Spotify without fanfare on Sunday night, a week earlier than slated. Its iTunes store release was quickly recalled and then reinstated; currently it is available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play, while the …

Kendrick Lamar

Today In Hip-Hop: RIP Nate Dogg (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011)

On this day, March 15th, in hip-hop history…

2011: Legendary G-funk singer Nate Dogg passed away at the age of 41 from complications due to suffering …

Hip Hop

Birth of hip hop: Inside the seminal years of New York's subculture

• Three photographers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo and Martha Cooper charted 1987-1990 in New York• 
Experimental rappers, breakdancers, DJs, and graffiti

Hip Hop

The Top 10 Hip Hop Singles Of The Week: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Game

Kendrick raps over Biggie beats and Kanye's "Awesome" leaks.

This week's Top 10 singles list is helmed by a Kendrick Lamar radio appearance in which …

Hip Hop

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A-Trak Reveals Process Behind Kanye West Songs "Gold Digger", "Stronger", "Robocop" on Genius

Following in the footsteps of Grizzly Bear, Rick Rubin, and many others, A-Trak has taken to Genius to annotate some of the most famous tracks he's worked on. It includes his annotations of songs he worked on with Kanye West ("Gold Digger", "Stronger", "Robocop"), plus records with Cam'ron, Juicy …

Kanye West

DJ Scene & Four Color Zack "Slap It Down" DJ Roundtable

It was all a dream #RIPBiggie

Hip-hop hijabis challenge stereotypes

Growing up in a Jamaican household, if anyone had told me that when I was older I would be a Muslim, I would have laughed. Witnessing Islam in urban Britain, it felt so Asian, so male and so backward.

So now when people ask me and my hip-hop group, Poetic Pilgrimage, what made us convert to Islam, …


“Today is March 9, 2015. 18 years ago today we lost one of my best friends in the greatest rapper of all time the notorious B I G #RIPBIG…”


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New Music: Little Simz

The 21-year-old from Islington has attracted interest from Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z. Just don’t call her a female rapper

Who is she?

Simbi Ajikawo is a hip hop artist whose self-released, provocative mixtapes have lent a breath of fresh air to London’s urban music scene. She gained attention after her …

Rap Music

14 rappers from 14 different countries express their love for Hip Hop in their own languages and styles.

14 rappers from 14 different countries express their love for Hip Hop in their own languages and styles. #HIPHOPISHIPHOP is a movement initiated to …

Hip Hop

7 Things: Harry Belafonte, Champion Of The People, The Movement & Hip-Hop

Today is Harry Belafonte’s birthday!It is hard to put in words what Harry Belafonte aka Mr. B means to us all. He’s an international treasure that …

Hip Hop

Watch Kanye West Get Into His Zone Backstage at the BRIT Awards

Kanye’s debut performance of his new single “All Day” at the recent BRIT Awards was kind of epic. Replete with flame throwers, an entourage of what …

Kanye West

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