Summer BBQ & Chill: A Playlist
"It's cool to danceBut what about the groove that soothes that moves romance?Give me a soft subtle mixAnd if ain't broke then don't try to fix it" -The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" It's about to be Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, which means that summer has unofficially begun. Time to celebrate. We've put together a 64-track playlist of the all the essential jams to help you get through this torrid portion of the year. Music from Snoop Dogg, Naughty by Nature, 2Pac, UGK, Juvenile, & more. All the good shit, basically.
Rack City: 10 Hip Hop Sex Tape Scandals
Rappers are quick to document their sexual conquests in their lyrics. It should not come as any surprise that many of them also document their sexual conquests on camera. Titans of hip hop like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Tupac have all fell victim to the (threatened or actual) publication of their private sex tapes. As have many others. Even in the case of rumored sex tapes, the sheer possibility that a tape exists often obscures the fact that it likely does not. Check out 10 of hip hop's most epic sex tape scandals after the jump.
The 5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs From The '90s
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique. Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the '90s.
Afeni Shakur Reportedly Set Up Trust To Protect Tupac's Music & Legacy
Afeni Shakur's death elicited great sadness in the music community, as well as a nearly equal level of concern over what would become of Tupac's estate, which she had dutifully had managed for nearly 20 years.
You Can Buy Tupac's 1996 Hummer H1 For $100,000+
While the hip hop community is still mourning the passing of his mother Afeni Shakur, we have some slightly different Tupac news. Someone has put Tupac’s persona 1996 Hummer H1 on an auction site. It’s not the first of Tupac Shakur’s memorabilia that has appeared online recently.
Who Was Afeni Shakur? Remembering Tupac's Mother
Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur's mother, died last night at age 69 from possible cardiac arrest.
Jada Pinkett-Smith Shares Open Letter About Afeni Shakur
This morning we reported on the unfortunate news that Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, passed away last night around 10:30 PM. The cause of her death is still unknown, although some reports say it was possibly cardiac arrest.
Tupac's Mother Afeni Shakur Passes Away At 69
A week away from Mother's Day, we've received some unfortunate news about the death of the mother of one of hip-hop's biggest stars. Afeni Shakur, mother to the legendary Tupac Shakur, passed away last night at 69 years old.
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
Read Tupac's Alleged High School Love Letter That's Being Sold For $35,000
Tupac is regarded as a poet, and a new letter reportedly unearthed from his high school years proves he's had a gift from a young age. The note, which is being sold by a memorabilia dealer called Moments In Time for a whopping $35,000, finds a young Tupac Shakur addressing a crush he calls Beethoven, reportedly due to her impressive piano skills."As u will soon find out, I do not spare words, I say what I feel. So if something I say scares u please don't panic because I tend 2 get over emotional." he writes, "It's almost like I've known you [for] years."
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Afeni Shakur's Husband Wants Part Of The Tupac Estate For Alimony
Part of Tupac Shakur’s estate may end up as part of a divorce settlement, as Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur is currently embroiled in a divorce with her husband Gust Davis. They have been married for 12 years but have been living apart for over a year.
Tyga Explains Why He Called Tupac "Dad" On Twitter
Tyga recently posted side-by-side photos of himself and Tupac wearing matching basketball jerseys, captioning the pictures with one word; "Dad". The post received mixed reactions, as anything that involves using Tupac's image tend to, but Tyga has cleared up his intentions in a candid TMZ Interview.
More Tupac Shakur Memorabilia Is On Sale For Thousands
New material from the late Tupac Shakur is understandably hard to come by, so much so that even a prison letter from the rapper can sell for six figures. As a result, pretty much anything written in ‘Pac’s handwriting is now worth a good chunk of change.
Classic Rotation: 2Pac's "All Eyez on Me"
It’s an incredible feat to create a great double album. It’s increasingly difficult in hip hop, where the music is typically not too time consuming. It’s one thing for Pink Floyd to eclipse the single-disc duration, but when Tupac Shakur did it on All Eyez on Me it essentially did the impossible by packaging an hour and a half of West Coast gangster rap for mainstream consumption.
50 Cent Responds To Diddy's Alleged Involvement In Tupac's Murder
Meek Mill can rest easy, for now, as 50 Cent is back to toying with his favorite foe: Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Documentary Claims Diddy Hired Tupac Shakur's Killer
Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old when he passed in 1996. People have been searching for answers (and culprits) ever since, but the LAPD’s numerous investigations haven’t been able to identify the killer. Numerous conspiracy theories have floated around, going as far as to suggest that Tupac feigned his death and is sipping tropical drinks on an island somewhere.
Faith Evans Thinks The LAPD Knows Who Killed The Notorious B.I.G.
It's been almost two decades since the murder of Tupac Shakur and the subsequent killing of The Notorious B.I.G, and no one has been held accountable for the deaths of either rap legend. Both cases are no longer under scrutiny, but Faith Evans, Big's wife at the time of his death, wants there to be a renewed investigation devoted to the murder of her former husband.
"All Eyez On Me" Biopic Casts Tupac & Biggie
The Tupac biopic "All Eyez On Me" is really happening. With distinguished music video guru Benny Boom now signed as the film's director, the film has also found its Tupac and Biggie. Little known actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. will portray Tupac. Jamal Woolard will reprise his role of Biggie from the 2009 film "Notorious."
The Tupac Biopic Is Moving Forward With An Exciting New Director
News on the upcoming Tupac biopic has been up and down, but after a few false starts, it seems that the project is finally going forward, and with a notable director on board.Benny Boom, the music video director behind iconic clips from 50 Cent, Niki Minaj, Nelly and more is now behind the project, which should guarantee a stylishly shot feature -- especially considering he's studied under greats like Director X and Hype Williams.