10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
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?
RIP Nate Dogg: A Look Into The Work Of The Hook King
On March 15, 2011, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, who we know better as Nate Dogg, passed away from complications of multiple strokes. He left behind a body of work that includes the best hooks rap has ever seen.
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
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.
5 Things We Want From The Game's "Documentary 2"
In the past few weeks, we've been stoking our curiosity about rappers' new albums by coming up with wish lists of the various things we'd think would ensure dopeness. We've already dreamed up idealized versions of Childish Gambino's upcoming project and Lil Wayne's quickly approaching Free Weezy Album, and now it's time to tackle a long in-the-works sequel to one of Cali's most celebrated albums of the 2000s.
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.
Classic Rotation: Eminem's "Slim Shady LP"
"In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD. When Jimmy played [Eminem’s demo], I said, 'Find him. Now.'” -Dr. Dre
5 Things We Want From Dr. Dre's "Straight Outta Compton" Soundtrack
Tomorrow, Dr. Dre is dropping... something. Ice Cube said as much in an interview earlier this week, calling the release in question "an album inspired by the "Compton" movie," referring to the August 14th N.W.A. biopic that he, Dre and director F. Gary Gray have been working on. But will this be just another "music inspired by the film"-style soundtrack? Or something bigger?
Ranking Fabolous' Friday Freestyles From Worst To Best
The first time I ever heard Fab was when I was 12. I heard “Can’t Deny It” and realized that he was beyond nice. You see, Fabolous is a gladiator. You can throw him in the octagon and he’ll walk out unscathed. I always refer to him as the Vince Carter of rap because at any moment, he could unleash an array of tricks that could leave you in awe. Fab is an extraordinary talent that can mesmerize you with his pen game. Lyrically, he’s been as consistent as anybody else in the rap game. Every time he drops a bar, you’re liable to do the ugly face.
Eminem's Top 5 Songs From Movie Soundtracks
Eminem's lengthy career has been littered with various endeavors, but the projects he attaches himself too always seem to make sense-- he's not out here making frivolous moves just 'cause. From producing for select artists, to forming his own label Shady Records, to working on movies like "8 Mile," it's usually something that hits home for Em. It was announced the other month that the rapper would be executive producing the upcoming film, "Southpaw," which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whittaker and Rachel McAdams.
Dr. Dre Announces Anderson .Paak's Signing To Aftermath
For many, Anderson .Paak's consistent presence on Dr. Dre's comeback album, Compton, was an introduction to the multi-talented songwriter, so it's no surprise that .Paak has decided to sign with Dre's Aftermath imprint. Dre and Anderson delivered the news through a video on .Paak's Twitter today. "What's up to the new Aftermath representative," said Dre as he shook hands with the excited singer. "Anderson .Paak, baby". Anderson captioned the clip as "Aftermath gets the last laugh".
Dr. Dre Selling Former Mansion For $35 Million
Despite being one of the richest rappers in the game for some time, Dr. Dre is moving up. The legendary producer sold his partially owned company, Beats By Dre, to Apple for 3 Billion dollars earlier this year, and it seems a $35 million dollar mansion simply isn't enough for him anymore.
Top Tracks: January 11 - January 17
Another week, and the rap game ain't slowing down. TDE proved its youngest member is one of its most prized assets, Tyga finally dropped his mixtape, Mike Will seriously upped the expectations for Ransom 2, and a random Thugger leak managed to crack the Top 5. And that was before the weekend...
Kendrick Lamar Interviews N.W.A For Billboard Magazine
Here goes yet another magazine cover, with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube featured prominently.
Royce Da 5'9" Once Turned Down A $250,000 Deal With Dr. Dre
Royce Da 5’9” is gearing up to release Layers in April, and sat down for a quick interview with Complex to discuss his past and where’s at in his career. The Detroit rappers speaks on his sobriety, his friendship with Eminem, and more. We’ve broken down the highlights for y’all below.
Suge Knight, Dr. Dre & Ice Cube Targeted In Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Things aren't looking up for Suge Knight yet, who is currently in jail with bail set at $10 million. The former music executive plead not guilty to the murder charges, and trail is expected to get underway on July 7th.
Quiz: N.W.A. Knowledge
With the upcoming N.W.A. biopic coming out on Friday, we're testing your knowledge on the veteran gangsta rap crew. N.W.A. is responsible for basically creating a new division within rap music, gangsta rap, while also leading the movement on the West Coast. While they've long received their due credit within hip-hop culture, they're finally getting respect from the mainstream with this major motion picture. Take a quick quiz below to see if you know these N.W.A. #facts. How many did you get right? Catch "Straight Outta Compton" in theatres on August 14th.
Straight Outta Compton Will Top The Box Office For A Second Week
Straight Outta Compton set box office records last weekend, but its success is far from over. Variety reports that the acclaimed N.W.A. biopic is the highest grossing film of the week, putting it at the top of box office earnings once again. Not only will Compton claim the top spot for two consecutive weeks, but it is also set to break the $100 million mark today (August 22nd).
Dr. Dre Suing Chinese Beats Counterfeiters For Potential Billions Of Dollars
According to a new lawsuit posted by TMZ on July 10th, Dr. Dre wants to stop cheap Chinese-made knockoffs of his headphone brand from jacking his company's logo and ruining its reputation. Sold through a number of websites based in China, the fake headphones have reportedly raked in 135 billion dollars in venue (yes, you read that number correctly).
Dr. Dre And Jimmy Iovine Targeted In New Lawsuit By A Co-Founder Of Beats
Recently, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine both became billionaires after their Beats Entertainment company was bought by Apple for $3.2 billion, but as anyone who's been watching HBO's Silicon Valley knows, there are always those who think they deserve a piece of that new money pie.
Monster Sues Beats By Dre Co-Founders Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine
As you most likely know, Dr. Dre became hip-hop's first billionaire this past spring when his uber successful headphone company Beats By Dre was bought out by Apple for a hefty sum. Dre wasn't alone in figuring out the recipe for success for Beats By Dre, Jimmy Iovine co-founded the line alongside him, and Monster also helped them design Beats By Dre headphones in the early stages of the company.