Let The Beat Drop: Hottest BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers
The beauty of a cypher is that it gathers artists from different walks of life and allows them to share their fortes. In a hip-hop cypher, competitors and spectators alike gather to hear some of the hardest bars around. The nicest emcee goes home with the respect of onlookers and a metaphorical prize that comes with murdering everything on sight. The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards have potential to include some classic cyphers. This year’s contenders include David Banner, Treach, Remy Ma, T-Rex, and Tsu Surf.
The 10 Hottest Freestyles On Tim Westwood TV
Tim Westwood may not look like your average hip-hop personality, but the 57-year-old gangly white dude, always rocking a different color polo, is an industry legend, and he's been there from the beginning. In the late 80s, Westwood was one of the first DJs in Europe to play hip-hop on mainstream radio. As host of the revolutionary BBC Radio 1 Rap Show, started in '94, he became arguably the #1 importer of American hip-hop to the UK and beyond.
10 Sophomore Albums Compared To Debuts
Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to release the sequel to his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, as you well know. With the release of the untitled album’s first single (or rather "statement") “i” this Tuesday putting everyone in a frenzy, it’s only a matter of time until we get the full product. While Kendrick is a lyrical and creative genius who looks to be a mainstay in hip-hop for years to come, the bar has been set high for his second album.
Eminem Sues New Zealand Political Party For Copyright Infringement
Eminem and his publishing company have initiated a lawsuit against a New Zealand political party for their allegedly unauthorized use of his song "Lose Yourself." The copyright infringement lawsuit targets the National Party of New Zealand and states that the current prime minister, John Key, used the rapper's "Lose Yourself" music in his re-election campaign without Em's permission.
Mike Shinoda Talks Possible Fort Minor Follow-Up, First Hearing Eminem
If you slept on Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor side-project, you missed out on one of the dopest hip-hop albums of the 2000s. If you didn't, then you know why the possibility of a The Rising Tied follow-up is as exciting as it is. In an interview with Montreality, Shinoda touched on the possibility of the project, claiming, "There's a distinct possibility that there will be some Fort Minor music in the future. And, whatever that is, you know, when that happens, I don't want it to sound like the last thing... I like to keep things moving."
Sadboys: The Saddest Rappers & Their Saddest Songs
I don't know where you were when the sad wars hit, but if Yung Lean and his Sad Boy affiliates ushered in an era where 15-year-old Swedish kids crying over pokemon cards, clad in North Face, are spawning articles in swanky East Coast outlets, now seems like the time to honor the tradition of hip-hop tear jerkers that broke your heart but didn't actually make you cry that one time. That was just something in your eye, right? No, it was allergies, wasn't it?
Eminem Sets Guinness World Record For Most Words In A Hit Single
Eminem is known for his technical ability, and while he's put his sheer rapping talent on display on plenty of songs, "Rap God" took the showmanship to another level. Turns out, the blindingly fast delivery from the Marshall Mathers LP II single has earned it a nod from Guinness World Records for having the most words in a hit single.
Eminem's Wraps Up "The Monster Tour" With Special Shade 45 Interview
Eminem's joint tour with Rihanna "The Monster Tour" came to a close recently, and with that Shade 45 has released a special podcast they did centered around the tour, including backstage interviews from the tour with Eminem, Mr. Porter and The Alchemist. The special show was hosted by Reef, and also includes music from Em, ScHoolboy Q, among others. At around the 30-minute mark Eminem makes his appearance, as per usual, plenty of jokes follow.
Eminem's "Shady XV" Album To Be Double Disc, More Details Emerge
Over the weekend rumors began to fly that Eminem had a new album up his sleeve, and shortly thereafter, the man himself confirmed that Shady XV was a reality. The new album has already locked down Black Friday as a release date, aka November 28th.
Is There An Eminem Project Called "Shady XV" Coming This Fall? [Eminem Confirms Project]
Eminem just wrapped up his much-talked about Monster Tour with Rihanna, but it seems he may not be taking a break anytime soon. A new trailer for "The Equalizer" film hit the net today, and in the closing moments it listed that Eminem's upcoming song, "Guts Over Fear" with Sia was scheduled to appear on a project called Shady XV. Beside the title are the words "Black Friday", which suggests the effort is set for a November release.
Eminem & Rihanna Do The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage In Detroit
Dr. Dre had one of the more memorable ice bucket challenges we've seen thus far, and the hip hop mogul decided to pass the task on to Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. We saw K.Dot's video earlier in the week, and now Eminem has taken the plunge-- on stage at The Monster Tour no less. That's right, Em got the very special honor of having Rihanna douse him in ice water, for which he quickly returned the favor. From the footage we've seen, it's not clear who the two stars have challenged, but chances are they've picked some high profile candidates.
Eminem's Celebrity Disses: A Chronology
It's been well over a decade since Eminem reveled in the center of seemingly every fiery controversy in popular culture. Never before had an artist dragged so many bystanders into his path of destruction. His assaults were ghastly, yet outstanding displays of rhyme, cadence and character. In the years of his prime, many would step foolishly into his crossfire, while others simply had it coming. The rest caught stray bullets.
SportsCenter Anchors Who Love Hip-Hop
Hip-hop and professional sports are more similar than you might think. Both fields are competitive, exciting, and allow for great debates.
Eminem Brings Out Rihanna And Royce Da 5'9" At Lollapalooza
Last night, Eminem returned to Chicago's Lollapalooza for the first time since he headlined in 2011. Closing out Friday's music, he delivered a hit-filled setlist, complete with two surprise guests: Rihanna and Royce da 5'9". Em's "Monster" tourmate joined him onstage for "Love The Way You Lie," "The Monster" and "Stan," and his "Bad Meets Evil" collaborator helped out on "Fast Lane." Watch performance videos of all of those tracks below.
Top 10: Sophomore Albums Of The 2000s
In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump".
Top 10: Dual Threats
After covering rappers and a producer in our first couple instalments of Top 10, we decided to combine the two for this week's. In the past decade especially, the producer credit has gotten it's fair share of the spotlight, whereas before, the role was much more in the background. With increased exposure, comes increased opportunity to capitalize on it.
Joe Budden Loses "Total Slaughter" Battle Against Hollow Da Don [Update: Watch The Battle]
Tonight, the very first edition of Eminem's Pay Per View rap battle series "Total Slaughter" took place, and while plenty of matches went down, everyone was waiting on the showdown between Hollow Da Don, and Slaughterhouse rapper Joe Budden.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Odd Future & Danny Brown Take Over Wembley Stadium
This weekend Eminem made history by becoming the very first rapper to headline Wembley stadium. In fact, he performed two sold out dates in a row at the 90,000-capacity venue, and he made sure to bring some friends along for the ride. The biggest news from the show was Dr. Dre's surprise appearance, showing up to perform a medley of hits, including "Still D.R.E.," "Next Episode," "Nuthin’ But A G Thang" and “Forgot About Dre." The stadium show also boasted opening slots from fellow Detroit rapper, Danny Brown, and students of Em's early horrorcore records, Odd Future.
Hollow Da Don Says His Battle With Joe Budden On "Total Slaughter" Is Rigged
If any of you are looking forward to watching Hollow Da Don battle Joe Budden on the debut episode of "Eminem Presents: Total Slaughter" tonight, we've got some disheartening news for you, straight from one of the rapper. Earlier this morning, Hollow claimed that, barring any surprises, Budden will get "the automatic win" in the battle. Read all of his tweets on the subject below. As long as Joe doesnt stumble or do horrible they will give him the automatic win, I heard this from a credible source...TAKE ALL BETS BACK
Busta Rhymes Thinks Modern Hip-Hop Lacks "Balance"
In the wake of Busta Rhymes' huge new single with Eminem, "Calm Down," hip-hop publications have been scrambling to interview him, and most of the resulting articles have produced headlines that are quite eye-catching.