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Raekwon Reflects on How 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx' Came Together on 20-Year Anniversary: Exclusive

On an otherwise uneventful Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio, the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx anniversary tour rolled through the Buckeye State and …

Hip Hop

Lauryn Hill Effortlessly Slays Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” On "Jimmy Fallon" + Jordin Sparks' New Single “They Don’t Give” + Alicia Keys’ “28 Thousand Days”

In today’s musical round up, we have Lauryn Hill giving us our life with a fabulous cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” Jordin Sparks drops a new …


Hip-Hop Was the Biggest Revolution in American Music and That’s Backed By a Study of 17,000 Songs

Forget the British invasion of the 1960s or the synth-pop of the 1980s

The explosion of hip-hop onto the music scene in the 1990s was the biggest musical revolution in American pop history.

That’s according to a team of scientists who, for the first time, have analyzed the evolution of Western pop …

Hip Hop

Finally, Dr. Dre set to release first album in 16 years

Dr. Dre is set to release his first album in 16 years as a soundtrack to the biographical film about hip hop group N.W.A., ‘Straight Outta …

Hip-Hop Music

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is ’The Avengers’ Of Rap Biopics, Will Probably Make N.W.A. Fans Very Happy

The first time I heard Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood” I felt like I was legitimately getting away with something. So much so that it wasn’t even a pleasurable experience – I felt that, at any second, I was about to get in some sort of “trouble.” (I put “trouble” in quotes because the kind of trouble …

Prince releases new single, 'Stare,' on Spotify

Prince, the god of pop, is back at it.

Despite pulling his entire catalogue from all streaming services except Tidal this month, Prince released his latest single, "Stare," via Spotify on Thursday.

The clip has Prince's signature funky sound and features a direct reference to another favorite, …


Dr. Dre to Release New Album as 'Straight Outta Compton' Soundtrack

Rapper-producer will drop album later than rumored August 1st date

Dr. Dre will finally end fans' 16-year wait for a new album when the rapper releases his Straight Outta Compton soundtrack, which will consist of new music entirely produced by The Chronic mastermind, a source tells Rolling Stone. Dre …

Dr. Dre

Why do you really hate Kanye West?

Over the last five years, Kanye West has morphed into one of the greatest live performers of our generation. His concert tours are routinely critically acclaimed, and his headlining show at Coachella in 2011 is in the running for the greatest performance in the festival’s history. So it’s …

Kanye West

A History Of Hip-Hop’s Most Disrespectful & Defiant Diss Tracks

The epic social media event that is Drake vs. Meek Mill is in full effect. Drizzy’s “Back To Back” freestyle now has over 4 million plays…

Hip Hop

Russia's musical new wave embraces Soviet chic

In one of his latest music videos, Russia’s best-known rapper, Timati, and his label mate L’One crush cheap cars with a Soviet tank, then take female admirers for a joyride on two sidecar motorcycles emblazoned with red stars.

“I’ll raise a toast to mother Russia!” Timati declares before the track, …


Bridging the Gap

With every passing iOS update from Apple, the variety, inventiveness and overall appeal of music-making apps for the iPad and iPhone just grows and …

Audio Quality

Easy Mo Bee Recalls Meeting RZA & GZA Prior To Wu-Tang Clan Formation

Easy Mo Bee also says he created demos that contained lyrics from early Wu-Tang Clan material.

Hip Hop

Meek Mill responds to Drake diss track

Drake released “Charged Up” on Saturday night, a response to Meek Mill’s claims earlier in the week that the Toronto rapper didn’t write his own rhymes. So what did Mill think of the song?

“Baby lotion soft,” he wrote on Twitter shortly after “Charged Up” came online. He later added, “I can tell he …


Killer Mike and Talib Kweli Call Out ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith for #BlackLivesMatter Tweet

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ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith has been known to stir up controversy, most recently for alleging that Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach …

Stephen A. Smith

No Idea's Original: Authenticity in Rap Is a Myth

Authenticity has always been a myth in hip-hop, though giving credit where credit is due is still important.

Rap Music

Drake RESPONDS To Meek Mill In New Diss Track 'Charged Up!' [AUDIO] | HOT 97 | Where Hip Hop Lives

It was the moment the world has been waiting for.

After Meek Mill attempted to embarass Drake earlier this week by "exposing" the fact that he may …


Low-End Theory: Exploring Eight Common Bassline Styles

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Bruce Aisher explores eight of the archetypal forms of dance music bassline, from old-school classics to contemporary

Music Theory

Bitwig Studio Meets Surface Pro 3 (Sneak Preview)

At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, Microsoft keynoted the A3E “Future Of Audio’ Conference.

As part of the event, Microsoft featured a preview of what Bitwig


Listen to The Formula by The D.O.C. & D.O.C. on @AppleMusic.

The Making of Jeezy's 'Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101'

Ten years after he released his major label debut, your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper tells the story behind the album that started it all.

Young Jeezy

How to process a vocal to make it sound fresh

You may have noticed that a certain musical flavour can seem really fresh and give you that distinct "whoa – this is the future" impression, only to


The Outing of Drake: Ghostwriting Is As Old As Hip-Hop

Controversy erupted this week when rapper Meek Mill accused Drake of hiring ghostwriters for his raps, but from The Sugarhill Gang to Dr. Dre, rappers have been using ghostwriters since day one.

The Meek Mill vs. Drake “beef” has once again stirred one of hip-hop’s most reliable hornet’s …

Rap Music

'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

Quentin Miller: "I Am Not And Never Will Be A 'Ghostwriter' For Drake"

Quentin Miller denies being Drake's ghostwriter in a Tumblr post he published today (July 24).

"I am not and never will be a 'ghostwriter' for drake," …

Hip Hop

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

Sony To Court: Of Course We're Allowed To Contractually Screw Over Our Artists [INFOGRAPHIC]

Details regarding a recent lawsuit filed by several artists associated with American Idol have revealed some rather alarming details about the manner in …


How To Get Your Music Featured On iTunes, Beatport


As an increasing number of labels and artists seek to become producers as well, many are curious as to how …


Here's What We Know About Drake's Alleged Ghostwriter Quentin Miller

Meek Mill got every rap fan’s attention last night (July 21) when he went on a tweeting spree that called out Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend Safaree …

Rap Music

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