Word Up: Hip-Hop Through The Wire

The Wire is a critically-acclaimed T.V. show, probably one of the greatest ever. Although it didn't have a large audience while it aired, its fan base has since grown ten-fold, and many fans of the...

  • Word Up: Hip-Hop Through The Wire
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    The Wire is a critically-acclaimed T.V. show, probably one of the greatest ever. Although it didn't have a large audience while it aired, its fan base has since grown ten-fold, and many fans of the show are within the hip-hop community. For those who are unfamiliar with the HBO crime drama, let me give you a little background: it's set in Baltimore, Maryland, and focuses on the illegal drug...
  • 20 Funny Hip-Hop Videos For April Fools'
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    Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who don't believe every hip-hop video has to be about models sitting on the hood of a rented car. The idiots who believe you cannot fill a three and a half minute run time with close-ups of your friends mean-mugging and call it a day. The degenerates who believe using green...
  • Shooting The Shit With Jarren Benton
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    Jarren Benton hasn't dropped a new project since My Grandmother's Basement last June, and he also hasn't dropped much in the way of new music either. That's not to say the (weirdest) member of Funk Volume hasn't kept himself busy. He was heavily promoting himself for a spot on the XXL Freshmen list, and it worked to his benefit, as he was named the People's Champ on this year's list. In addition,...
  • Classic Rotation: Big L's "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous"
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    Big L was a New York ‘representer’ straight from the danger zone of Harlem, and in the words of my father, who hung out with the young Lamont Coleman in the 90’s: “Big L was a charismatic and cool cat back then. A humble hustler who had bars.” Prior to the classic Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous, Big L made a name for himself as a problem in the battle...
  • This Is Hot 97: Interview With The Morning Show Hosts
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    In case y'all were wondering about VH1's new reality series "This Is Hot97", our very own Ashlee Ray recently caught up with the principal cast in New York City for an in-depth interview. The program stars the staff from the pioneering hip-hop radio station, with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds at the forefront. They discuss a big career move on Ebro's part, Rihanna's...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: July 13
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    This week Trey Songz's Trigga makes its debut on the Billboard 200 at #1, giving Trey his second #1 album in a row, following up Chapter V. Although Chapter V sold more records in its opening week (135k), Trigga came close under it with 105k. That's still a respectable follow up-- something we unfortunately cannot say about Robin Thicke. Thicke attained worldwide success with 2013's Blurred...
  • 21 Rapper Yearbook Photos
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    Now that it's officially back-to-school season, we decided to take a look at what some of your favorite rappers were looking like when they were still in school. Before most of these artists made it big in the rap game, they were getting educated. Part of any education is school photos-- as much as people usually hate getting them done, that's school life.  Procrastinate on any impending...
  • Top 90s Era Rappers Who Are Still Relevant
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    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 emceeing, and rapping with the same...
  • Joey Bada$$ Announces "Summer Knights" EP - Tracklist & Features Revealed
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    Following the release of the visuals to "Hilary $wank" today, Joey Bada$$ is announcing a followup EP to his Summer Knights mixtape.  The project will feature five cuts from the mixtape, and two new joints, "My Jeep" and "My Yout."  Slated for an October 29th release date, the Summer Knights EP will feature 7 tracks.  This borrows its name from a cut off Joey's fantastic 1999...
  • Review: Chief Keef's "Almighty So"
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    "They want that old Sosa… for what doe?" Well, for good reason. Chief Keef ran into some icebergs with Bang Pt. 2, and the ship continues to sink. The same qualities that were present on his last mixtape reappear on Almighty So. Poor mixing and sloppy delivery continue to cloud the highlights. Thankfully the beats were banging, or else this mixtape would have been a lot worse. Almighty...
  • 20 Rap Selfies
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    Selfies are now a worldwide phenomenon. Yes, turning the camera on yourself has become an extremely popular act of our generation. Whether it's to show off your new look, a dope location or just to share your current emotion. We love selfies. But don't think it's just the average Joe like all of us who love taking them. Rappers are very partial to selfies too and not afraid to pull out their...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Aug. 1)
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    In an ideal world, Remy Ma would be in this edition of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week instead of being in jail for another week. But, then again, Remy Ma wouldn't have been serving time in the first place. Still, life goes on and the tweets still roll. This week, Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa provide some insight into the human condition (trust us, it's...
  • Review: King Los' "Zero Gravity II"
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    After his recent split with Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records and Interscope on March 19, King Los has stepped it up quickly and released his latest mixtape, Zero Gravity II. He had first signed with the label back in 2005. In April 2010 the Baltimore native released the first mixtape Zero Gravity, which is mainly comprised of remixes. It’s been four years and five mixtapes since...
  • Blurred Lines: The Integration Of R&B In Hip-Hop
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    In the '90s the rap and R&B scenes had really emerged in to their own distinctiveness. The R&B scene was dominated by acts like Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, SWV, Ginuwine, Mariah Carey, Brandy and Monica and many many more. Although frequently featured on hip-hop records singing the hook, artists of this genre were still able to maintain their soulful sound and be acknowledged as...
  • Rappers & Their Children On Father's Day
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    Father's Day came and went yesterday, and like most of us, rappers were celebrating the day by relaxing with family and giving their dads the shout outs they deserve. Some such rappers have kids of their own and were thus enjoying the day for themselves as well. Some are new to the father game (Future) and celebrated it for the very first time, while others have basically become vets in the game...
  • Review: Tyga's "Well Done 4" Mixtape
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    Tyga has been a very busy man. After banking more than a few racks after his massively successful 2011 strip club banger "Rack City", Tyga (aka Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson) has showed no signs of slowing down. The California native dropped his third album Hotel California earlier this year, and has decided to end 2013 on a strong note with the release of the fourth instalment in his Well Done...
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