Hip Hop Reacts To Dakota Access Pipeline Reroute
Activists who have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline scored a massive victory yesterday when the Army Corp of Engineers announced that it would look for an alternate pipeline route. It had been planned to pass underneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, a route that members of the tribe and their supporters feared would threaten their water supply and sacred sites.
Beyoncé, David Bowie & Chance The Rapper Top Rolling Stone's 2016 Best Albums List
Hip-hop has been well represented in the year 2016, and it's always a beautiful thing to see that reflected in the end of year lists of the mainstream music publications. Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper both had incredible years, and their projects were essentially impossible for the world of rock music to ignore. Rolling Stone released their list of the "50 Best Albums of 2016" today. Here's where hip-hop stood on that list.
Hip Hop's Best Couples
"Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it / And I'd rather stay and play" - Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back" ***
Charts Don't Lie: November 16
It's a good week for those who dig the soulful side of hip hop music, with Alicia Keys' new album HERE debuting at the #2 spot and Common's Black America Again debuting at #25 with his latest LP. Rae Sremmurd have managed to soar back up the charts with help from the viral success of their single "Black Beatles," while our mainstay, Drake, comes in #8 at with VIEWS. The Suicide Squad soundtrack leads the way for Meek Mill, Jeezy, Travis Scott, Rihanna, A$AP Mob.
Stream Alicia Keys' New Album "HERE"
Well “HERE” it is. At the stroke of midnight, Alicia Keys’ sixth studio album, HERE, was just made available for purchase on iTunes.
"The Hamilton Mixtape" Features Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, Usher, & More
Lin-Manuel Miranda has been working on the mixtape edition of the "Hamilton" soundtrack for years. He announced Thursday morning that the mixtape is finally complete and pre-order will be available tomorrow (Friday, Nov 4). He also revealed a star-studded 23-song tracklist, which features appearances from Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, Dave East, Joell Ortiz, Aloe Blacc, Nas Usher, Miguel, John Legend, Ashanti, Jill Scott, Snow tha Product, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rule, and more.
Alicia Keys Reveals "HERE" Tracklist In A Very Original Way
Artists are playing with release strategies more than ever these days, and Alicia Keys is doing her best to stay ahead of the curve. On Saturday night, Alicia decided to reveal the tracklist to her upcoming album HERE by DMing her fans. Alicia followed back a few of her most loyal supporters and delivered the 16 track names from her project via private message. It's safe to say, those who were selected for the rare honor were pretty excited about it.
Alicia Keys Brings Out Jay Z & Nas At Surprise NYC Show
A week ago, Alicia Keys announced a secret free concert in "one of the most important cities in the world." The next day, she revealed that place to be her hometown of New York City and said that the concert was less than a week away. Two days before tonight's concert, Keys shared a new single, "Blended Family," featuring A$AP Rocky, and also announced her new album, Here, giving it a release date of November 4.
Swizz Beatz Sued For $42 Million Over Alleged Luxury Car Scam
Swizz Beatz has been named in as a defendant in a $42 million civil racketeering suit alleging that Beatz's name was used to fraudulently lease luxury cars, NY Post reports.
Beyonce Hosts Lit "Soul Train"-Themed 35th Birthday Party
Beyonce spent her 35th birthday on Sunday at Made in America Festival in Philly, where Chance the Rapper serenaded her with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday." The proper birthday turn-up didn't commence until Monday night, when Beyonce hosted a "Soul Train"-themed party.
#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
Chance The Rapper & Alicia Keys To Perform At Apple Music Festival
Apple has announced the lineup for Apple Music Festival 10, scheduled to take place September 18-30 at London venue The Roundhouse. Relevant performers for readers who frequent this site are pretty much limited to Chance the Rapper and Alicia Keys. Other performers include Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Elton John, Robbie Williams, Bastille, and Michael Buble. Keys will perform on September 20th; Chance will close out the festival on September 30th.
5 Biggest Live Hip Hop Fails
Rich Homie Quan has received considerable heat for his lyrical blunder at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors earlier this week.
Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper, ASAP Rocky Share PSA, "23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America"
The recent killings police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille have found many artists speaking out about police brutality and race in America, and today, some of the biggest musicians in the world have come together for the cause.
Watch Every BET Awards 2016 Performance
Sunday night's BET Awards was one of the show's best iterations in years. Performers included Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Young Thug, Future, Bryson Tiller, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, & Anderson. Paak -- and that doesn't even include any of the Prince tributes, which were bountiful and glorious. Sadly, the scheduled D'Angelo Prince tribute never came to pass. Otherwise, the show was nearly flawless.
The Weeknd & Alicia Keys Added To BET Awards Line-Up
The BET Awards may be a few days away, but they're still rolling out the performers you can expect at this year's event.
10 Songs Created By Hip-Hop Couples
Couples making songs together is a natural thing. From the Sonny & Cher days to present-day power couple Beyonce and Jay Z, it only makes sense for a couple talented people to create music together, especially when they're in love.
Forgot About Dre: Tracking Dr. Dre's Last Five Years
"How nigga? My last album was The Chronic." Sure, it took Dre almost seven years to follow up his classic debut with another album, but along the way, he became one of the industry's biggest moguls. He discovered Slim Shady and built an empire around him with Aftermath (and Shady) Records.
Swizz Beatz And Alicia Keys Welcome Their Second Child
Grammy Award winning singer Alicia Keys and super producer Swizz Beatz welcomed their second child, Genesis Ali Dean, into the world early yesterday morning. "The joy of joy is joy!! It's a boy!!🌟🌟🌟🌟 we are so grateful!! #blessings!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️" Keys wrote on her Instagram this afternoon. Genesis Ali Dean was born 1:52 AM on the morning of December 27th. This is their second child together, following their first son, Egypt, who was born in October of 2010.
Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Expecting Second Child
It looks like Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz will be adding another member to their family. The power couple announced early Thursday morning that they are expecting their second child together. Taking to Instagram on their wedding anniversary, an ecstatic Alicia Keys posted a photo showing off her new baby bump, and officially announcing her pregnancy. Her caption read,