Apr 22, 2014
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. That kid, who would initially start out as Kid Wave and then adopt the moniker Nas, gradually became molded and hardened by the effects of the crack era and Rudy Giuliani's...
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 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Apr 21, 2014
On paper, recording a song for a film soundtrack is considered the ultimate form of selling out. The music itself is literally used as promotional material for a larger product. Music money is big, but movie money is on another level (ask Ludacris, who hasn't released an album since "Fast Five"). That being said, let's remove the negative stigma generally associated with the term "selling out"...
Sep 18, 2013
With school back in session, we've decided to take a look at some of the rappers with college educations. Ashlee Ray goes through the list of both graduates, and College Dropouts in her latest video. Some of them may surprise you!
Check it out below.
Apr 20, 2014
In the 90s and early 2000s, smoking marijuana was largely unaccepted and taboo. There was talk that weed was "dangerous," and despite debates and research showing that it was actually safe, and had possible healing properties, it remained banned in every US state. In recent years, more states have come to realize the medical benefits of marijuana, and it has become legal (for medical use only) in...
Apr 14, 2014
Drugs are everywhere in hip-hop. Whether they're mentioned on the radio, seen in music videos, or smuggled into concerts, drugs are pretty much unavoidable in the genre. Weed, lean, pills, coke, booze, shrooms, you name it, dope's not to hard to find. Many rappers, like Juicy J or Lil Wayne, have made it clear in their music that they love getting fucked up. Despite the popularity of drugs in...
Apr 15, 2014
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.
"Ghostwriting" by its proper definition refers to contributions from rappers who have not been credited-- which is a pretty grey area. Rather than look into rumors surrounding that type of writing (with one exception),...
Dec 18, 2013
As important as all our other lists are, nothing quite compares to this one.
In a year that saw the rise of a twerking epidemic spearheaded by Diplo and Miley Cyrus, music videos were more sexually charged than ever, especially in the rap game. With a mix of R&B joints, club bangers and straight female spitting, this list has something for everyone. You'll find visuals from Rihanna, Nicki Minaj,...
Oct 7, 2013
Whether we know him as the infamous 2 Chainz, Tity Boi or one half of Playaz Circle, the rapper has written some of the funniest and sometimes plain ridiculous lines in hip hop. His fans can’t help but memorize and shout out his outrageous quotables, something which is beginning to characterize Tity 2 Necklace.
2 Chainz often uses his lyrics to boast about his success, his designer...
Jan 18, 2014
It’s hard out there for the life of a rappers wife or that ride-or-die chick. Once you beat out the competition; the gold diggers, video vixens and schemers, and officially accept the title, your public image changes, usually for the worse. The role of the rappers wife includes extended alone time, which can make you feel like a single mother, cheating allegations and a hedonistic lifestyle...
Jun 10, 2013
"Progress can only come from those rare giants among men, each giant calling to his brother through the desolate intervals of time."
-Nietzsche, 'Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks'
In a game dominated by rappers of average height, there are those who tower over the rest and captivate rooms with their presence alone. Read on for a breakdown of emcees who could have been ballers. We...
Apr 19, 2014
Before you get on to reading, I feel a responsibility as this list's writer to inform the reading public that marijuana is bad. If you smoke it, you will get pregnant and/or die.
That being said, if you do choose to smoke the devil's lettuce in honor of the Waldos, here are a few ground rules:
DO NOT talk about the last time you were high. Soon enough, these conversations will...
Nov 29, 2013
Earlier this year, we hit you with the first edition of our vixen countdown-- but things move fast in the hotties game, so we got Ashlee Ray to come back and give us an update on the 11 sexiest vixens in the industry right now.
Watch the countdown below, and let us know who your top vixen is in the comments!
1. Rosa Acosta2. Amazin Amy3. Tahiry Jose 4. Yaris Sanchez5. Claudia...
Mar 10, 2014
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. Due to this, questions arise about whether or not these rappers should have social accountability for their actions, since a lot of people, especially the younger generations...
Jan 15, 2014
2013 saw many breakout stars. From Chance The Rapper, to Jhene Aiko, to Rich Homie Quan, it was more difficult than ever to predict who would rise to fame at any given moment.
2014 will likely be no different, but we've organized a few artists who could very well have big breaks this year. Some are more visible than others, but all of them have the potential to make a splash in the rap...
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. That's not to say this is the case for all the hip-hop artists out there: there are some rappers who don't have so much as a spot on their record, while there are others who have simply managed to avoid jail time altogether thanks to a...