May 11, 2014
I don’t believe there’s a single person on Earth who saw Tity Boi becoming a national superstar. From background appearances in old Ludacris music videos to becoming a one hit wonder as a part of Playaz Circle to having the number one hip-hop album in the country, the rapper formerly known as Tauheed Epps is an incredible example of what hard work and dedication can do. Returning to...
Justin Timberlake fans are still basking in the martini-drinking, suit-wearing, gold-plated visions of The 20/20 Experience, but the pop crooner’s sights are already set on the steamy after party. The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 evokes the grit, sweat and sex missing from the first iteration, which took its extravagant vibe to the top of the charts as the best-selling record of 2013 so...
Nov 17, 2013
Eminem week officially hit us with full force. We've seen legendary rappers like Jay Z and Kanye West both drop albums this past year, but none compared to the chart domination of Slim Shady. As we mentioned last week, a few of Em's old albums had popped back up on the Billboard 200, presumably due to anticipation for new one, MMLP2. Well, this past week, that was taken to the next level, with...
Dec 18, 2012
Things have changed since the days of Yo! MTV Raps. As professional camera gear becomes cheaper and more accessible, and with the free marketing potential of YouTube, more and more artists are producing quality music videos. They don’t necessarily need a budget of millions or major label support to put out dope visuals anymore. They don’t need heavy rotation on BET to get noticed, either.Here...
Apr 24, 2014
Defining a “classic” is no easy task. The first factor is obviously the quality of the music. Here we ask the basic questions: Are there any unnecessary tracks? Does the production impress without outshining the lyrics? The usual surface stuff that’s easy to assess on two full listens. After the surface level is cleared, an album has to separate itself from the pack. Most of the...
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. This week features Tyler, The Creator, Chief Keef, Nicki Minaj and more!
Mar 26, 2013
Since giving birth to Blue Ivy last year, Beyonce has worked hard to get back in shape. It seemed like it took her almost no time at all to get her coveted figure back, and now the singer is flaunting it on the cover of Shape magazine.Queen Bey is featured on the cover of the April issue, along with a photo spread inside the magazine. Check out all the photos of Bey from the shoot in the gallery...
Mar 11, 2013
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features Drake, Fabolous, Meek Mill, French Montana, and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own...
Mar 25, 2013
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Juicy J and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us...
Jul 16, 2014
We're in midst of a major shift in hip-hop right now, where rappers are taking matters into their own hands. Major labels like Interscope, Def Jam, and Atlantic Records seem to be having less control over their artists. The tide is changing, and the result is a mainly positive one. Fans are receiving music how they want, when they want, from their favorite artists without the major-label...
Feb 22, 2013
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days. Generally, specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of Lil' Wayne's recent Emmett Till controversy). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions.
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Jul 20, 2013
For a lot of us, summer is already half-way over. So, in the spirit of this short but sweet season, we wanted to share a photo collection of some of our favorite artists with their hot girlfriends, wives, baby mamas and much more!
Enjoy this list of photos and share with us how you're gonna do it up this summer.
Oct 10, 2013
Along with emceeing, DJing and breakdancing, graffiti is one of the four fundamental elements of hip-hop, and it's been an integral part of the culture since the beginning. Films such as Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style and Stan Lathan's Beat Street helped define this vivid form of expression in the 80s, and it's since grown into an international phenomenon. You'll find graffiti...
Dec 14, 2013
2013 was a big year in music with major artists dropping some game-changing albums, rising stars coming out of nowhere to surprise the hip-hop community and your usual hip-hop crews releasing tracks that were bangers. More and more artists are producing quality music videos and with YouTube getting stronger every year, there's more recognition for underground artists.
The days of shoving your...
Apr 29, 2013
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. This week features Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Juicy J and more!
We see two new entries when it comes to hip-hop on Charts Don't Lie this week. They belong to Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt and A$AP Mob's A$AP Ferg. While both rappers moved respectable amounts, it gives us a moment to think about the whole ideas of crews in hip-hop, and how no matter what, there is always one rap leader who has to make an impression on the audience first. For OF, this is Tyler,...