Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince Apr 21, 2016 at 05:14pm
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
Every Rap Single To Go #1 On The Hot 100
Every Rap Single To Go #1 On The Hot 100 Apr 21, 2016 at 09:17am
If you've been watching the charts over the last few years, you'll know that rap isn't dominating the Hot 100, and many of the songs that do make their way to the number one spot might no necessarily represent the genre all that well. Looking back at all the prior rap #1s on the Hot 100, this trend moves in waves. In the early 90s, we saw acts like Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark earning the highest honors of chart presence, but by the early 00s, the reigning singles on the chart were largely authentic rap and R&B songs. 
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17 Apr 18, 2016 at 01:24pm
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 16)
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 16) Apr 16, 2016 at 12:03pm
This week, we saw Kobe Bryant retire after 20 seasons with the Lakers, and there were plenty of tributes on Instagram. Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and ScHoolboy Q, who all made it out to the final game, managed to take a pretty epic photo together, making us wish another collaboration into existence, while The Game grammed his Lakers-inspired gear, promoting his upcoming 1992 project in the process.
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game Apr 14, 2016 at 10:15am
Rappers and hip hop moguls shelled out as much as 40 grand to witness Kobe Bryant's final game in person. And it was worth it. Kobe dropped 60 points, including the Lakers last 15 points of the game, and hit the game-winning jumper with 31 seconds to play.
I Got You, Fam: 10 Rapper-Athlete Bromances
I Got You, Fam: 10 Rapper-Athlete Bromances Apr 13, 2016 at 07:42pm
The elite class of athletes and musicians share much in common -- wealth, fame, a central role in popular culture. So it should not come as a surprise that there is, generally speaking, a great mutual respect between rappers and athletes. Sometimes this respect engenders friendship. Sometimes it engenders rappers and athletes throwing each other alley-oops... on and off the court.
Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10
Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10 Apr 11, 2016 at 04:13pm
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
Future & Jay Z To Release Single With DJ Khaled
Future & Jay Z To Release Single With DJ Khaled Apr 11, 2016 at 09:26am
Stop the presses!! Future and Jay Z have a song together... with DJ Khaled. This revelation comes courtesy of 808 Mafia producer Southside, who mentioned the record during an interview with DJ Whoo Kid.  "I got the new single with Future and Jay Z too," Southside said. "And Khaled. That shit's crazy."
Puff Daddy Announces Second Bad Boy Reunion Show In Brooklyn
Puff Daddy Announces Second Bad Boy Reunion Show In Brooklyn Apr 11, 2016 at 12:32am
At the end of last month, Diddy announced that he will be honoring the legacy of Biggie Smalls with a Bad Boy reunion concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 20. Tickets went on sale a few days later and reportedly sold out in seven minutes.
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers Mar 31, 2016 at 05:38pm
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.
Jay Z To Sue Former TIDAL Owners For Estimated $15 Million
Jay Z To Sue Former TIDAL Owners For Estimated $15 Million Mar 31, 2016 at 10:16am
Swedish News service Breakit reports that Jay Z is suing the former owners of TIDAL for a sum in the "region of 100 million" -- a figure presumably in Norwegian krone, which translates to $15 million USD. 
Puff Daddy Leads An All-Star Lineup For Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show
Puff Daddy Leads An All-Star Lineup For Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show Mar 30, 2016 at 11:10am
Perhaps it has to do with the name change, but Puff Daddy has been teasing a reunion tour on radio shows recently. Now that tour is coming to fruition and will kick off with an incredible lineup of artists at a show in Brooklyn on May 20 – one day before Christopher Wallace would have turned 44.
Jay Z Quietly Pulls All 3 "Blueprint" Albums From Spotify
Jay Z Quietly Pulls All 3 "Blueprint" Albums From Spotify Mar 15, 2016 at 01:16pm
After Tidal’s launch last year, Jay Z was quick to pull his seminal debut Reasonable Doubt from Spotify. It would make sense not to allow your competitor to have your music, even if it might eat into streaming royalties. Jay Z has enough money to cover those short-term losses though. For a long time, it looked like Reasonable Doubt would be the only exclusive on Tidal.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 12)
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 12) Mar 12, 2016 at 03:13pm
As usual, there was a lot going on in the world of rap this week, and it was evident on Instagram. First off, Kim Kardashian started a whole dialogue on slut-shaming and empowerment by posting a censored nude selfie taken in her bathroom mirror. It caused a few women to speak out against Kim's choice, but more importantly it found many fellow celebrities supporting her, including Amber Rose, who suggested Kim speak out about slut-shaming at her SlutWalk event next year.
Tidal Has Terminated Its CFO & COO
Tidal Has Terminated Its CFO & COO Mar 1, 2016 at 01:34pm
Tidal hasn't been shy to switch up many of higher-up positions in the company, now on their 3rd CEO since launching last year. Today, the streaming service has announced in a statement to Complex that both CFO Chris Hart and COO Nils Juell have been "terminated". 
Lawsuit Filed Against Jay Z & TIDAL For Copyright Infringement & Unpaid Royalties
Lawsuit Filed Against Jay Z & TIDAL For Copyright Infringement & Unpaid Royalties Feb 29, 2016 at 01:26pm
Just when things were starting to look up for Jay Z and his TIDAL streaming service, the rap mogul has hit another setback. While subscriptions have skyrocketed due to Kanye West’s exclusive partnership with TIDAL, another party led by musician John Emanuele and Yesh Music LLC has delivered a lawsuit aimed at TIDAL and its ownership group.