Artists Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali Following His Death
News of Muhammad Ali's death at the age of 74 broke Friday night, inspiring mourning of the beloved athlete on social media, but also, celebration of his philosophy and accomplishments. Through the night, we've seen an outpouring of tributes from all types of people the three-time world heavyweight champion has inspired, including many artists working in hip-hop.
Snoop Dogg Announces Title Of His Upcoming Album
Snoop Dogg took to his preferred social media medium, Instagram, last night to announced the title of his upcoming album. Here it is, y'all: Cool Aid.
Snoop Dogg Criticizes "Roots" Reboot: "I Don't Understand America"
The History Channel has chosen to revive the 1977 miniseries Roots, airing its the first episode tonight, but despite his friend and collaborator, T.I. scoring a role on the show, Snoop Dogg will not be tuning in. Taking to Instagram today, Snoop criticized Roots, as well as other recent projects like 12 Years A Slave.
Summer BBQ & Chill: A Playlist
"It's cool to danceBut what about the groove that soothes that moves romance?Give me a soft subtle mixAnd if ain't broke then don't try to fix it" -The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" It's about to be Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, which means that summer has unofficially begun. Time to celebrate. We've put together a 64-track playlist of the all the essential jams to help you get through this torrid portion of the year. Music from Snoop Dogg, Naughty by Nature, 2Pac, UGK, Juvenile, & more. All the good shit, basically.
Snoop Dogg's Next Album To Drop On July 1
On 4/20, Snoop Dogg returned with a criminally smooth Mike Will-produced single, "Late Nights." He's since been revamping his label, DoggyStyle Records, by signing promising young artists and promoting their records through his SoundCloud.
Stream Webbie's New Album "Savage Life 5"
Webbie has been holding it for Trill Entertainment and Baton Rouge, LA for over a decade. He's kept it consistent with his album titles, not straying outside of his vaunted "Savage Life" series. (Savage Life 4 dropped in '13.) He continued Friday with the release of Savage Life 5. The 15-track album features appearances from Boosie Badazz, Snoop Dogg, Kirko Bangz, as well as such lesser known artists as Wanekago, Lundon, Lil Trill, Shell, Lil Lonnie, Foxx, and Kym McCoy.
De La Soul Reveal Tracklist & Cover Art For "And the Anonymous Nobody" Album
De La Soul was supposed to drop their Kickstarter-funded album And the Anonymous Nobody on April 26. Due to outstanding clearances and assorted legal obstacles yet to be hurdled, the album wasn't ready in time. So the group instead delivered a token of their appreciation, a 4-track EP called For Your Pain & Suffering, and announced that the full album would arrive on August 26.
Snoop Dogg Had No Idea That Vetements Was Selling A $924 Shirt With His Face On It
Would you ever pay $924 for a t-shirt? What if that t-shirt had your face stamped on the front of it? If you answer 'no' then you and Snoop Dogg have at least one thing in common. In a recent interview with Hypebeast, Snoop Dogg found out that Vetements was selling a shirt with his face on it for a cool $924. As it turns out, the shirt being sold by Vetements is a replica of an old tee that was for sale via Death Row Merchandise way back in 1993. When he found out about the '900-something dollar' shirt, his reaction was classic Snoop:
Snoop Dogg To Host "Hoop 4 Water" Charity Basketball Event In Flint
Snoop Dogg is a baller in every sense of the word. He has an avid hoops fan and has participated in many basketball exhibitions, including the 2014 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. This weekend, he heads to Flint to host a basketball fundraiser called "Hoops 4 Water." The event is being organized by former Toronto Raptors star and Flint native Morris Peterson.
Where Is Nipsey Hussle? Tracking His Movements Since "Mailbox Money"
Nipsey Hussle and YG's new anti-Donald Trump anthem "Fuck Donald Trump" is a song so caustic (and black) that its music video shoot got shut down by the cops.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
The Game, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg & More Respond To Birdman's Breakfast Club Walk-Out
This morning, Birdman gave us a healthy dose of drama by pulling up and then quickly backing out of his interview with The Breakfast Club, all within the span of two minutes.
Every Rap Single To Go #1 On The Hot 100
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.
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.
Listen To J Dilla's New Album "The Diary"
This morning, J Dilla's estate released The Diary, the final batch of recordings he had intended to release in his lifetime. (We celebrated with an ill infographic all about Dilla. Check it out.) The album includes features from Nas, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Nottz, Boogie, and additional production from Madlib, Hi-Tek, Karriem Riggins, Pete Rock, Bink!, and others.
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game
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.
Snoop Dogg Calls Arnold Schwarzenegger A "Racist Piece Of Sh*t"
Arnold Schwarzenegger recently made the controversial decision to reduce the sentence of Esteben Nunez, a man serving 16 years for stabbing a college student to death. The reduction was made in Schwarzenegger's last day in office, and the former governor has admitted that it was done partially as a favor to California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, the father of the convict as well as a friend of Schwarzenegger's.
Snoop Dogg Previews Collab With Nipsey Hussle & Just Blaze, Album Coming In July
"Motherfuckin' Just Blaze is cookin' right now, n*gga!" exclaimed Snoop Dogg in a video he put up on Instagram last night. "Ooh, and that's all for me? Oooh wee!" Yep, a few OGs reunited in the studio last night, and from the sounds of it, they created a banger for Snoop Dogg's next album. As it turns out, Nipsey Hussle also came by the studio, though he can't be seen in the below video. In the caption of the video, the Doggfather let fans know that his next album, on which they can hear his collab with Blaze and Nip, is coming in July. It will be Snoop's 14th LP.
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.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.