19 Rappers Rapping Before The Fame
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits. These clips are not pretty, but grainier is almost better -- intense pixellation gives these videos the character of artifacts rather than modern footage, even if they are only a few years old.
20 Legendary Rapper Yearbook Photos
As cool as rappers may seem to you now, there was a time when your favorite spitter was in high school, and as dope as they may have seen themselves, we're certain that each one of them dealt with some serious haters. We're gonna take you on a tour of 20 rapper yearbook photos, an expansion of our previous list.
Classic Rotation: Outkast's "ATLiens"
Imagine pressing play on ATLiens for the first time in 1996 (it took me around ten more years to do so, I was 5 at the time). You're familiar with Outkast, whose debut album dropped two years prior and expanded the hip hop's borders to encompass Southern-fried funk, and maybe even Goodie Mob, who took that sound to darker, more gothic territory on Soul Food in '95.
Big Boi & Killer Mike Are Planning A Joint EP
Two esteemed Atlanta veterans, Big Boi and Killer Mike, are reportedly teaming up for a joint EP. Mike hasn't dropped a project since he and El-P released the second installment of their acclaimed Run the Jewel series in late 2014. Big Boi has been focused on his partnership with electronic duo Phantogram, with whom he makes up the group Big Grams. They released their debut self-titled EP last year. A project between the two Dungeon Family members is a welcome surprise, especially considering all of their classic collabs over the years.
10 Photos Of Rappers With Their Pets
Fame and exotic pets go hand-in-hand. Just ask King George I, who ruled England in the early 18th century, who kept a pet human. Rappers are no different. While many rappers like to keep it down-to-earth w dogs, some prefer to ball out and domesticate animals you've never even heard of like endangered saber-toothed manta rays.
J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani & More To Perform At Outside Lands 2016
Outside Lands announced its 2016 lineup Tuesday morning. The lineup isn't as hip hop-heavy as some other festivals (headliners = Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, and Lana Del Rey), there are still some pretty big names. J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak and Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) will all be making appearances. Also of potential interest for hip hop fans: Hiatus Kaiyote, Major Lazer, Lettuce, Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington, Tokimonsta, and The Knocks.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
DJ Khaled, The Roots, Big Boi & More Design Their Own NBA Jerseys
The NBA is linking up with all sorts of musical artists to help them put on for their hometown teams. In the upcoming #MyTeamMyCity project,artists from cities around the US design alternate versions of their favorite teams. The whole project is in conjunction with custom t-shirt company Teespring.
Big Boi Announces Las Vegas Residency
After a successful 2015 highlighted by his triumphant Big Grams EP, Big Boi is gearing up for a big 2016 campaign. The swaggy ATL vet announced that he'll be heading Las Vegas once a month for a year-long residency at the Wynn Hotel. Vegas residencies are famously lucrative, and Sir Lucious Left-Foot is likely earning a sum well into the seven figures for his nine scheduled performances at the Wynn.
J Cole, Vince Staples, & Miguel To Perform At Bonnaroo 2016
Those able to endure the withering Southern heat at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, are richly rewarded with one of the most massive and diverse music gatherings on the planet. Bonnaroo has announced the full lineup for its 2016 festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 9-12. Hip-hop & R&B acts include J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vince Staples, Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Tyler, the Creator, RL Grime, Post Malone, Goldlink, Allen Stone, & The Internet.
The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Vince Staples To Perform At Hangout Fest 2016
Hangout Musical Festival just announced their 2016 lineup for the epic weekend about to go down on the Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20-22. The Weeknd will headline along with Calvin Harris and Florence + the Machine. The festival lineup is a little thin from the hip hop department, but still enough that there will be a couple hip hop shows each day. Here are the hip hop acts that will be hitting Hangout 2016: Fetty Wap, Big Grams, Run the Jewels, Vince Staples, Raury, Pell, will
Outkast Turned Down An Opportunity To Perform At The 2004 Super Bowl
The New England Patriots narrowly defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, but no one remembers that. All that anyone outside New England remembers from that Super Bowl is when Justin Timberlake accidentally-on-purpose ripped of Janet Jackson's shirt and bared her titty for all of Earth to see. The "wardrobe malfunction" could have been prevented, if Outkast had accepted the NFL's invitation to perform at that year's Super Bowl.
Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, & More To Headline Okeechobee Fest
If you'd never heard of Okeechobee Music Festival, you have now. It's in Florida, and it's first ever weekend is going down next year March 4-6. In terms of hip hop, the festival will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Miguel, Future, Skrillex, Michael Christmas, & Shabazz Palaces. Others of possible interest to hip hop heads include Gramatik, Flying Lotus/Thundercat affiliate Kamasi Washington, and WeDidIt member RL Grime.
Big Boi Says Andre 3000 Really Likes Young Thug
Big Boi was a guest on RapRadar's latest podcast, and shed some insight as to what is currently inspiring him, throwing his rapping partner Andre 3000 into the mix as well.
Classic Rotation: Outkast "Aquemini"
Earlier this year we’ve done Classic Rotations pieces on Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and ATLiens, and today we’re bringing you a reflection piece on Outkast’s third album, Aquemini. The 1998 follow-up to ATLiens was recorded in Atlanta and features a sound along those lines. It still sounds experimental in 2015, and it was completely out there seventeen years ago today, when it was first released.
Stream Big Boi & Phantogram's Collaborative EP "Big Grams"
The time has come. Big Boi’s & Phantogram’s new collaborative project, Big Grams, is officially out on iTunes. Deeper than your typical project, each of the 7 tracks on the project are intended to be paired with one of the seven deadly sins, which includes lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.
Big Boi And Andre 3000 Have Been Discussing An Outkast Biopic
The success of "Straight Outta Compton" has proved the commercial viability of rap biopics and sparked public (and private) interest in biopics about Master P, Tha Dogg Pound, Death Row Records, the Wu-Tang Clan. The latest -- a possible Outkast biopic.
Big Boi & Phantogram Reveal "Big Grams EP" Artwork, Tracklist, Release Date
Big Boi and electronic duo Phantogram made their live debut under their joint moniker Big Grams at Epic Fest in LA two weekends ago. We knew the album was coming, we just didn't know when... or what. We now have a better picture.
Classic Rotation: Outkast's "ATLiens"
If Outkast’s debut made the case that Big Boi and Andre 3000 were legitimate rappers, then their sophomore album proved that they were great artists. While the straight-forward gangster-pimpin’ vibe on Southernplayalistic was indeed awesome, the experimental nature of ATLiens was-- no, is-- absolutely mind-blowing.
Big Boi's Joint Album With Phantogram Is Done
Big Boi took to Instagram this week to announce that his joint album with Phantogram is complete. An electronic duo known for their ethereal soundscapes and funky beats, Phantogram appeared on three songs on Big Boi' 2012 album Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors -- "Objectum Sexuality," "CPU" and "Lines" feat. A$AP Rocky.