Following up with the success of his debut album, Big Sean sets out to prove he deserves a spot next to some of the greatest with his sophomore album "Hall of Fame."
Before Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kanye West walked with Jesus, and the deadly East-West Coast rivalry, there was a young kid observing life and crime through his project window.
Now that the new scholastic year is upon us, the doors of summer have officially closed and it's back to reality. As such, we've decided to look back on some of the projects that helped define the warmer months of 2013, if only to prolong those chiller times for a moment.
Whether or not Gucci Mane was hacked yesterday during his extended Twitter rant towards his fellow artists remains to be seen. The strange rant resulted in responses from Nicki Minaj, Tyga, T.I. and more (some of which have since been deleted), as well as some really funny memes.
The 2013 MTV VMAs went down last night in Brooklyn, New York. As with every year, there were plenty of surprises, whether it be performance-wise, fashion-wise, or otherwise.
While 2013 may have been the year of the album, with heavyweights like Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West all dropping new projects, 2014 is the year of the monster song. From all the way back in January until now, we've been bombarded with heat, one trending song after the next.
Feeling the back to school/work doldrums now that summer is disappearing into the rear view mirror of your whip?
The highly successful singer/rapper has had his share of troubles in recent years. Ashlee Ray counts down some of Chris Brown's difficult moments with special appearances by Frank Ocean, Drake, the Swat Team, Rihanna & a valet parking attendant. // Which artist is getting into the most trouble these days?
In the last two years between his last album and now, Rick Ross has been through a lot, including surviving a targeted hit on his life. Critics bashed God Forgives, I Don’t and many wondered if Ross had peaked too soon and lost his touch. After numerous setbacks and delays, the bawse is back with his sixth album to prove that he’s a man with nine lives and a rapper with hits for days.
There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't readily apparent from listening to a song. Though sometimes, a simple investigation of writing credits can tell you a lot.
Drake's album is officially dropping tomorrow, September 24th. Nonetheless the early leak of Nothing Was The Same has given us all enough time to go through the album from start to finish, and properly digest all the lyrics, beats, and Drake-isms.
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in October, and while many artists choose to name their record labels after hometowns, personal mottos and/or expensive vehicles (looking at you, Rozay), Drizzy paid tribute to his birth month by founding October's Very Own, now known as OVO Sound.
Eminem is undoubtedly one of the best rappers of this generation, but his ability to freestyle it pretty untestable as well. His rhymes are intricate, complex, and sometimes just plain crazy. This list shows off Shady’s rare ability to spit off the cuff. Whether it has been in a group or rapping solo on a beat, the rapper embodies the art of freestyling.
Call him Steve-O. The Cleveland Wild Boy is back with his new mixtape, Black Flag. Featuring all original music, the free album is more or less a gift to his dedicated EST fanbase. This project comes not too long after Machine Gun Kelly’s debut studio album, Lace Up, which released in October of last year. Nevertheless, MGK certainly didn’t rush the making of his latest mixtape.
The lives of rappers are in the spotlight daily, allowing the public to constantly observe what these rappers are up to. Whether they are topping the charts, or involved in a media frenzy, the public is always in the know.
Not only is the rap game stressful, it can be dangerous as well.
Cash Money is an indisputable empire, and at the helm, sits Birdman--and, behind the scenes, his brother Slim. In its nearly 25 years of existence, Cash Money has become one of the most successful hip-hop labels of all-time, though many of its living legends look back on their Cash Money days with disdain. When Cash Money and Young Money joined forces, the empire looked to be unstoppable.
Today marks the 17-year anniversary of legendary emcee Tupac Shakur's death. Pac passed on September 13th in 1996 at the age of 25 after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas left him hospitalized. We all know the story of his death, so we won't focus on that. Let's focus on his legacy.
The 1990’s was the most crucial decade in the mainstream acceptance of hip hop as a viable art form. The genre’s fresh, energetic sound, coupled with an explosion of talent and one very tragic feud, allowed for rap music to assume a dominant position in popular culture. Some of the legendary acts that created the foundation for this success are still
Two years ago, Jay-Z and Kanye West joined forces and crowned themselves the kings of rap. After an extensive worldwide Watch The Throne tour, the two went back to their separate careers to work on solo projects. Although they both welcomed a brand new baby in the last year and a half, they couldn’t be in more different places musically.
Often time, being in the rap game and doing prison time goes hand-in-hand, something which we documented on another recent list, 15 Rappers Who Did Jail Time.
Part of the rapper lifestyle means lots of travelling, lots of fans and/or groupies, and hardly any time to settle down and wife up. Thus it may not come as a surprise that rapper seeds often get sprinkled across the states, and often times, they've got multiple baby mamas.
Rick Ross has a well-documented case of multiple personality disorder. Sure, plenty of rappers compare themselves to athletes, characters, and mobsters, but Rozay takes it to a whole new level. From his rap name, to his song titles, to his recurring "I think I'm..." punchlines, Ross is always looking for new personas to take on.
"Control": Just What Hip Hop Needed? Weigh In On Kendrick Lamar's Verse Aug 14, 2013 at 11:39am 47,586 Views
If we've learned anything from Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean's song "Control", it's that there seems to be something lacking in today's Hip Hop genre. This is evidenced by the reaction of fans, the industry, social media and artists themselves.
2013 was undoubtedly a great year for rap music. If you are a die-hard hip-hop head, you are probably praying that 2014 will continue along the same lines, if not one-up 2013. Now that we're examining some of the releases lined up for this year, the chances look good.
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