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Is G.O.O.D. Music A Good Label? 5 Artists Whose Careers Stalled While Signed
Is G.O.O.D. Music A Good Label? 5 Artists Whose Careers Stalled While Signed Aug 5, 2015 at 05:57pm
Reaching peak visibility during Kanye West's inescapable "G.O.O.D. Fridays" series that served as a prelude to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, G.O.O.D. Music has since become one of the most revered labels in hip hop. Even if it's not nearly as prolific as other indies, most would still call you a fool if you turned down a chance to sign with Kanye, especially in the wake of recent successes like Dark Sky Paradise and My Name Is My Name.
A Look At The Healthiest People In Hip-Hop
A Look At The Healthiest People In Hip-Hop Nov 11, 2014 at 03:09pm
Slinging crack rock, popping glocks, and smacking hoes is not the way to keep it gangsta. In the words of Stic.man of the hip-hop duo Dead Prez, "HEALTHY IS THE NEW GANGSTA." True happiness can be achieved through knowledge, proper nutrition, fitness, and meditation; not guns and drugs. Hip-hop all-stars such as Big Sean, David Banner, 2 Chainz, Common, and Stic.man and business magnate Russell Simmons have all embraced a positive, healthy lifestyle filled with good nutrition, fitness, and positivity to promote knowledge, awareness, and overall well-being.
Drake & Serena Williams Rekindle The Flame?
Drake & Serena Williams Rekindle The Flame? Aug 24, 2015 at 12:34pm
"My Way" may have been the Fetty Wap song Drake chose to bless with a guest verse earlier this year, but it might have more accurate if he had chosen "Again." He was just spotted making out with tennis star Serena Williams in a Cincinnati restaurant, and if you'll recall from his beef with Common a few years back, this wasn't his first encounter with her. 
Common Weighs In On Drake & Serena Hooking Up
Common Weighs In On Drake & Serena Hooking Up Aug 27, 2015 at 01:35pm
Back when the Common-Drake beef was happening, it was rumored that tennis player Serena Williams played a part-- she was coupled up with Common before the two parted ways, and then she reportedly linked up with Drizzy. Common later admitted that Serena was indeed the fueling factor, saying, "So unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, but at the time I never said that."
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House Jan 12, 2016 at 02:26pm
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music
Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music Jul 25, 2014 at 09:26am
Common's new album Nobody's Smiling was a joint effort with producer No I.D., but it seems their relationship has gone even further than that, and in the process, G.O.O.D. Music was sidetracked. Common revealed to MTV News that he's no longer officially on the G.O.O.D. Music label when it comes to business, rather, he's signed to No I.D.'s Artium imprint on Def Jam.
6 Successful Crossover Rappers
6 Successful Crossover Rappers May 31, 2015 at 03:31pm
It’s often said “the grass is always greener on the other side." Hell, Ludacris has a track named after the phrase. Maybe that’s why it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the music industry and everybody in the music industry wants to be in Hollywood (I mean, Luda of all people would understand).     
The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles
The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles Jun 24, 2016 at 11:12am
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold. Abruptly switching gears from his softer interview tone, he'll adopt an Ali-esque swagger and go off the top to hype up the segment, saying things like, "There ain't no smoke, there's no mirrors, this ain't Hollywood." It's theatrical, yes, but the challenge, which asks rappers to freestyle over five random (and often very eclectic) beats selected by DJ Wonder, is one of the most difficult in the industry.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time Jun 24, 2015 at 10:48am
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
Love Sosa? A Breakdown Of Chief Keef Fans & Critics
Love Sosa? A Breakdown Of Chief Keef Fans & Critics Jan 12, 2015 at 12:21pm
Chief Keef emerged from the almost cartoonishly violent streets of Chicago’s South Side in 2011, riding the crest of a grassroots, for-teens-by-teens movement that came to be known as “drill music.” Like all ascendant genres, drill (and, by extension, it’s superstar Keef) was met with a mix of traditionalist revulsion, outsider derision and early adopter over-adulation. The simplistic rhymes and aggressive beats left some folks shaking their heads and others nodding along.
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities Aug 18, 2015 at 02:36pm
Have you ever been listening to a hip-hop album from top to bottom and realized that every word, every beat and every cadence is an almost perfect representation of the city you're from? Have you ever taken a step back and noticed how much an album "sounds" like a very distinct place? That is the power of hip-hop albums; they serve as city soundtracks.
Photos: Nicki Minaj, Eve, & Common In "Barbershop: The Next Cut"
Photos: Nicki Minaj, Eve, & Common In "Barbershop: The Next Cut" Nov 23, 2015 at 03:11pm
"Barbershop: The Next Cut," the first "Barbershop" film in 12 years, will be released on April 15, 2016. "Barbershop" is a classic film in its own right, "Barbershop 2" managed not to submarine the franchise, and now "Barbershop: TNC" is on the way, with Nicki Minaj, Eve, and Common joining Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer in the cast.
Common Thinks Black Captain America Is A "Wonderful Thing," Would Still Consider Green Lantern Role
Common Thinks Black Captain America Is A "Wonderful Thing," Would Still Consider Green Lantern Role Jul 21, 2014 at 01:27am
Marvel recently announced that they're going to be switching some things up for their upcoming series of "Avengers" comics. On top of replacing Thor with a female counterpart, the industry giant also announced that Falcon--formerly Captain America's partner--will be taking over his boss' role in the upcoming series, making character Sam Wilson the first black Captain America since 2003's Isaiah Bradley. The internet quickly took sides; some fans felt the change was a gimmick while others embraced the newfound diversity.
Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling" Jul 25, 2014 at 02:06pm
A mostly levelheaded veteran who’s open about his distant relationship with Chicago, Common is the only 30-plus rapper who could’ve made a Nobody’s Smiling. And this goes beyond the conscious label or being a representative of “real hip-hop.” Common’s best works have been guided by a sense of empathy whether it’s through his famous personification of hip-hop or within J Dilla’s production utopia.
Common's First Week Sales For "Nobody's Smiling"
Common's First Week Sales For "Nobody's Smiling" Jul 30, 2014 at 01:09pm
Here goes the first week sales for Common's tenth studio album, Nobody's Smiling, which also marked his departure from G.O.O.D. Music as he joined No I.D.'s Def Jam imprint. The album was also entirely produced by No I.D.
10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
10 Classic, One-Producer Albums Dec 5, 2014 at 11:51am
Many of hip-hop's most classic albums have one thing in common: they were all produced (mostly) by one man. Dr. Dre, J Dilla, the RZA, Kanye West, Madlib, and many more have all laced MCs with a collection of beats that create a cohesive aesthetic through which full LPs can thrive. Singles and one-offs are cool, but to compile 10+ tracks and keep it dope the whole way through makes you a master of hip-hop.
Charts Don’t Lie: August 10
Charts Don’t Lie: August 10 Aug 10, 2014 at 09:45am
This week we see one new entry below, belonging to October's Very Own's PARTYNEXTDOOR. The r'n'b singer is relatively new, having released his first official mixtape PARTYNEXTDOOR just last summer. Nonetheless, he's already developed quite the loyal following, undoubtedly due (in part) to his affiliation with Drizzy.
Common Disagrees With Lord Jamar's Comments About White Rappers
Common Disagrees With Lord Jamar's Comments About White Rappers Jul 10, 2014 at 03:49am
While speaking with Vlad TV about the upcoming season of AMC's "Hell On Wheels," Common took a moment to address issues of race in hip-hop culture, going as far to directly address Jamar's comments that white rappers are "guests" in the genre.