The 5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs From The '90s
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique. Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the '90s.
Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre Perform During Ice Cube's Coachella Set
Ice Cube's set from Coachella weekend 1 was full of surprise appearances, but there was one notable absence that night. While the rest of N.W.A. came out to perform "Fuck The Police" and Straight Outta Compton," Dr. Dre was nowhere to be found. While we were initially disappointed that Dre wasn't able to complete the reunion of surviving members, we should've known that Cube was leaving something to be desired weekend 2.
Afropunk Brooklyn Lineup Includes Tyler, The Creator, Flying Lotus, Ice Cube & More
The Brooklyn Afropunk festival has emerged as one of the preeminent displays of Afro-centric music in all of its far-reaching varieties. This year's festival, which will take place on August 27 and 28 at the Commodore Perry Park in the Fort Greene neighborhood, looks to host the most impressive lineup yet, with a diverse range of exciting acts including Tyler, the Creator, Ice Cube, Flying Lotus, CeeLo Green, The Internet, and more.
Ice Cube Brings Out Snoop Dogg, Common, N.W.A. Members At Coachella
Following the release of the massively successful biopic, Straight Outta Compton, as well as N.W.A.'s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, it seemed inevitable that a reunion of some sorts was in the cards for Ice Cube's Coachella set Saturday night.
Live Stream Coachella 2016 To See A$AP Rocky, Ice Cube, & More
Week one of Coachella has arrived, but if you’re reading this you most likely are not among those lucky enough attend the California festival. Don’t worry, we’re in the same boat here at HNHH and we’ve got exactly what you need to help (or perhaps worsen) your crippling FOMO. A live stream of the festival.
J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, & Ice Cube To Headline Pemberton 2016
With festival season approaching, hip hop heads should consider traveling to Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada this year. Pemberton just announced the full 2016 lineup and it looks very promising. Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, and Ice Cube are all headliners. Also of interest for hip hop enthusiasts: Tyler, the Creator, Tory Lanez, Anderson .Paak, Method Man and Redman, Rae Sremmurd, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, SZA, Mac Miller, Cypress Hill, FKA twigs, Dizzy Wright, Hudson Mohwake, & Pell.
Ice Cube Bounced Midway Through Grammys, Snoop Dogg Refused To Attend At All
Kendrick Lamar didn’t win all 11 awards he was nominated for, but he did get a few, including the Grammy for Best Rap Album. Ice Cube was the presenter, so he got the distinct privilege of handing Kendrick Duckworth his Grammy for To Pimp A Butterfly. It was a nice moment for the two Compton rappers, one at the twilight of his rap career and the other in his prime.
Ice Cube Teases N.W.A. & Westside Connection Coachella Reunions
Ice Cube appeared on ‘The Talk’ Friday and snuck in some details about a possible NWA reunion. Ice Cube should probably be playing coy with this information, but from the look on his face O’Shea Jackson was doing everything he could to not spill all the details outright.
N.W.A. To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
The fourth time's a charm. After being nominated four times, most recently this past October, N.W.A. has finally been granted a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"Straight Outta Compton" Named Best Film Of 2015 By The AAFCA
"Straight Outta Compton" was not without controversy but ultimately was a critical and popular smash that has garnered over $200 million in the box office, by far the highest grossing music biopic of all time. With awards season beginning, the accolades are starting to pour in.
Photos: Nicki Minaj, Eve, & Common In "Barbershop: The Next Cut"
"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.
Jerry Heller Sues Dr. Dre, Ice Cube & "Straight Outta Compton" For $110 Million
Jerry Heller, the former manager of N.W.A., is suing all those involved in the group's recent biopic, Straight Outta Compton, for (at least) $110 million, reports TMZ. Heller, now 75, has just filed a lawsuit against Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal, and others for defamation and using his likeness in their film without his permission.
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
Ice Cube Stops Show When Fight Breaks Out
Ice Cube was performing last night in Long Beach, when mid-performance, a fist fight broke out right near the front row. Cube definitely looks like the kind of man who will take no bullshit, and so he abruptly ended his show, announcing "show over." In fact, he even told the crowd, "this is bullshit," while security attempted to break up the fight. Footage from the concert shows the immediate aftermath, take a look below.
Ice Cube: "I'm Voting For Kanye"
Kanye's VMA speech was a rare moment where everyone seemed to be on the rapper's side, even when he announced he'd be running for president in 2020. The support for Kanye's campaign has continued throughout the week, and as it happened to be the hot topic, Ice Cube was asked about his stance on the matter in an interview with the Daily Mail. Naturally, he was on board. "I'm voting for Kanye," said Cube confidently, suggesting West is pretty much the best man for the job. "Why not? Who Else? Who's better than Kanye to run?"
Charts Don't Lie: August 29
The N.W.A. cart takeover is far from over. this week, nit only did Dr. Dre's new album (and accompaniment to the film), Compton, maintain its position at the top of the rap charts, but both the group's seminal album, Straight Outta Compton, and Eazy-E's effort, Eazy-Duz-It made it into the top 40.
Dr. Dre & Ice Cube File Motion To Be Excused From Suge Knight's Wrongful Death Lawsuit
After Suge Knight ran over two men (killing one) while fleeing the "Straight Outta Compton" set earlier this year, a wrongful death lawsuit was levied against him, charging him with the murder of Terry Carter and the attempted murder of Cle "Bone" Sloan. Also named as defendants in the suit were Dr.
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Between "Straight Outta Compton," and Dr. Dre's accompanying soundtrack, N.W.A. has definitely been the hot topic of the last couple of days. We've heard a bit about the film from Dr. Dre recently, and now Ice Cube is reflecting on his former group.
"Straight Outta Compton" Garners $24.2 Million In Opening Day Sales
"Straight Outta Compton" had a strong opening day, garnering $24.2 million in ticket sales in 2,754 North American theaters. Thursday night screenings raked in an estimated $4.96 million alone. The film is now projected to net $59.4 million over the course of its opening weekend, according to Deadline.