How Hip-Hop Has Permeated Pop Culture
Emerging from the ghettos of New York City, specifically the Bronx, in the '70's, Hip-Hop became the voice for a people who had been ignored for too long. It echoed the conditions African- Americans were living in - and still are, to an extent - and their daily struggles. Acts like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five laid down the roots for what would become, slowly, the genre that permeated global society; Hip-Hop, over time, became the method that people of all religions, cultures, socio-economic classes could speak through. Hip-Hop became a voice for the ignored.
50 Cent Thinks Eminem Is Underrated, "More Hood Than So Many People Out There"
50 Cent recently sat down with Noisey to talk about his upcoming album, Animal Ambition, as well as his frequent collaborator, Eminem. Despite his massive success, 50 described Em as "underrated", which he said was due to his race. "Em is really underrated because people have always been talking about him like, "The WHITE rapper Eminem" instead of just "the rapper."
Eminem & Rihanna Announce "The Monster" Tour Dates, "MMLP2" Goes Double Platinum
Eminem and Rihanna have announced the dates for their upcoming "The Monster" tour, named after their hit single from the former's new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is now certified double platinum, having passed the two million mark with 13 thousand copies sold this week.
Eminem Rumored To Headline Lollapalooza 2014
While the official lineup for Chicago's 2014 Lollapalooza music festival is yet to be announced, industry sources have revealed what are claimed to be the "confirmed" headliners of the festival. While the names seem right, OutKast (who if you haven't noticed have made a point to headline EVERY festival in existence this year) are nowhere to be found. It is possible that their name will simply appear further down the list ('additional headliners' are mentioned).
5 Hip-Hop Tours That Are Worth The Ticket Price
Lets be real, most of us can't even afford to buy CDs at retail value. At least that's what we tell ourselves as we pirate just about every record we can get our hands on. That being said, there are some things in life that just aren't accessible for free on the internet no matter how badly we want them to be. One of those things is food. Another is live performances. "Bullshit! 50 is streaming his SXSW performance for free on March 11th," you might say. Well, first off, stop being a smart ass. Second, while it's true you might be able to "see" Mr.
Cinematic: 10 Rappers With Films About Their Lives
Over the years many rappers have ventured into acting and usually watching them act on the big screen is excruciating or downright funny. But sometimes there are rare gems where that rapper surprises you and goes beyond expectations to show off a stellar performance. Through the years plenty of rappers have taken to the screen in an effort to chronicle their lives, a big noteworthy tour, a moment or a behind-the-scenes look into their real lives.
From Potheads To Oxymorons: 10 Of The Druggiest Rap Albums
Last week, the world got an unprecedented look inside of Schoolboy Q's various addictions on Oxymoron, an album named after the painkiller Oxycodone. It's most certainly an album that can be categorized as "drug rap," making it the latest in the long, storied history of rapper's infatuation with, selling of, and popularizing of various controlled and illegal substances.
Charts Don’t Lie: March 2
It's almost time for the ScHoolboy Q and Kid Cudi chart invasion, but not just yet. We received the first week sales projection for both rappers respective releases, Oxymoron and Satellite Flight, and both are on track to sell a solid amount of albums. Q is looking like he'll do some damage with 150,000-160,000 copies projected, and thus debut at #1 which definitely isn't a bad look, while Kid Cudi will come close behind with 90,000-95,000 copies.
Top 10 Funniest Rappers
Many emcees are noted for their serious, aggrandized personas so it becomes easy to forget that for the most part, Hip Hop is about fun and many rappers use their verses to tell some jokes (isn't that why they call them punch lines?).
Classic Rotation: Eminem's "The Slim Shady LP" 15 Years Later
In early 1999, a white rapper came out of relative obscurity and pissed off a lot of people. He was a white kid from Detroit, backed by a legend in Dr. Dre, and savvy music -industry heavyweight Jimmy Lovine. Who was this bleach blond asshole liberally speaking about slitting his father’s throat and stuffing his baby’s Mama into the trunk of his car? The answer was in the record’s first single. The album was definitely one of a kind. Love it or hate it, it was a pivotal moment in the annals of Hip Hop.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 23
Overall album sales are up this week by 20% according to Nielsen, and we may have Valentine's Day purchases to blame for this one. Perhaps lovers were picking up Drake's Nothing Was The Same, and some r'n'b albums for V-Day? Along with Drake seeing a rise in sales, so did Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Beyonce and John Legend-- those are all very Valentine's Day-worthy releases.
Eminem & Rihanna Announce Three-City Summer Tour
Frequent collaborators Rihanna and Eminem are linking up once again to embark on "The Monster Tour". The music megastars just announced that this Summer they will perform a three-city tour together. Fresh off the release of their No. 1 single “The Monster” off The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the two will perform at stadiums concerts in New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit this August, according to XXL.
Eminem's Backstage Tour Rider For South Africa Revealed
Eminem is a very private person, and he keeps his life tightly under wraps at all times. It's not often he strays from his native Detroit, and when he does, it's for a reason, i.e., tours or an important interview-- he rarely does interviews. So when Eminem's backstage tour rider for South Africa somehow hit the web, we jumped at the chance to find out what Em's demands are.
Eminem, Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Cover XXL
XXL are preparing for a big issue this month, as they've got Eminem, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine gracing their new cover, which is a first. The magazine is celebrating all things Beats Electronics for the upcoming isssue.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 16
Although we saw an increase in overall album sales last week, due to the Grammys and the Super Bowl, this week we're back down again, with a 3% decrease compared to last week. While Bruno Mars isn't featured on the list below, it should be noted he's still benefiting from the Super Bowl half-time show, with two of his albums, Unorthodox Jukebox having an astounding 92% increase, and his debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans benefiting from a 52% increase.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 9
This past week has been pretty interesting for the Billboard 200. Following the Grammys and more recently, the Super Bowl, we've seen several artists gain substantial increases in sales. First, the song that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed at the Grammys, "Same Love", as we reported earlier this week, saw a crazy increase in sales of 350%, while their album, The Heist, saw a 62% increase.
Bizarre Reveals Eminem Inspired Him To Get Sober
The last we heard from rapper, Bizarre, he was leaving D12 due to "creative differences," way back in 2012. Now the Detroit rapper reveals that D12 will forever be tied with him and they are currently working on new projects. This is good news for the D12 fan who found Bizarre's often shocking and, frankly (forgive us), bizarre contributions to the groups tracks. While speaking to Peter Czymbor of WXBR, he said:
Charts Don’t Lie: January 26
This week the charts remained relatively calm, with no hip-hop new-comers to speak of yet. However, Ty Dolla $ign recently dropped his new Beach House EP, so we'll have to see how well that does sales-wise next week. This past week was Kid Ink's second week on the Billboard 200, and while he wasn't able to maintain a spot within the top 20 of the Billboard 200, he was pretty close, dropping to #21 after a #3 debut. Although Ink is signed to RCA, this is his debut effort and while he's pushing towards the mainstream, he hasn't quite broken down the barrier yet.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nas & More Perform At Beats By Dre Grammy Party
Beats Music just launched last week, and they celebrated the occasion (as well as the upcoming Grammy awards) last night at the Belasco Theater in LA. It was a star-studded event to say the least, with Dre seemingly calling in just about all his connectiosn to perform at the event.
D12 Recording New Music With Eminem?
Could D12 be working on a comeback with long-time homie Eminem? According to an article posted in the Detroit Free Press, it appears so.