10 References To "The Wire" In Hip-Hop

We both hope and assume y'all have seen or are at least familiar with HBO's "The Wire" at this point - if not, it's due time you did your homework. Created by former police reporter David Simon, the...

  • 10 References To "The Wire" In Hip-Hop
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    We both hope and assume y'all have seen or are at least familiar with HBO's "The Wire" at this point - if not, it's due time you did your homework. Created by former police reporter David Simon, the critically lauded television series is arguably one of the most definitive works of our generation, having struck chords far stronger than most of the shows that aired during its run from 2002 to...
  • Oh Let's Duet: Most Unlikely Grammy Performance Pairings
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    The Grammys bring all of recorded popular music together under one roof. It's the only time you can see Snoop Dogg and Billy Joel at the same party (because Billy's a Piru for life).  After several years of awkwardly sitting rap's biggest stars next to pop's schmaltziest, some enterprising show producer decided to bring that contrast to the main stage, throwing rap artists and pop artists...
  • 10 Reasons You Should Stop Sleeping On Logic
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    Logic has come a long way since he dropped his first Frank Sinatra-inspired mixtape, Young, Broke & Infamous, four years ago. Off the strength of that tape and the three others that followed it, he steady built up his fanbase, utilizing social media and the blogosphere to its fullest. At the same time, he's never quite crossed over to uber-mainstream appeal, despite signing a deal with Def...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (October 24)
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    This week on hip-hop: Labels, labels, labels. Either because the record heads can't get it together or the artists don't want to play the game, the past couple of days saw two rappers at odds with their respective labels. Chief Keef is on the verge of getting dropped from Interscope. It was probably a long time coming to be honest, but at least Keef looks like he's still eating. Tyga is...
  • 10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
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    Many of hip-hop's most classic albums have one thing in common: they were all produced (mostly) by one man. Dr. Dre, J Dilla, the RZA, Kanye West, Madlib, and many more have all laced MCs with a collection of beats that create a cohesive aesthetic through which full LPs can thrive. Singles and one-offs are cool, but to compile 10+ tracks and keep it dope the whole way through makes you a...
  • 10 Hip-Hop Songs Parodied By Weird Al
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    They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but not everyone is flattered when Weird Al Yankovic decides to make their hit song into a caricature. The 54-year-old funny man has spent the better part of three decades taking some of pop’s biggest hits and making them into parodies that touch on subjects ranging from television to tattoos to trash day. Weird Al rose to stardom...
  • Jahlil Beats Lists His Top 10 Producers Of All Time
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    Jahlil Beats came through the office the other week, and sat down for a quick interview to let us know what exactly he's been up to these days, as he's been a bit absent on the producer circuit. Following the interview, Jhalil took the time to list off his Top 10 producers of all time, offering a reason for each. For a look into the mind of Jahlil and what he likes in a producer, click...
  • #TBT: Scarface's Classics
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    Houston, Texas has birthed some incredible rappers. One of them goes by Scarface, and together with Geto Boys, he helped to put Houston on the rap music map. With a style all his own, the baritone MC has released 11 solo albums along with doing countless features and more. Some of those songs helped to shape hip-hop throughout the past 30 years. Throughout his long career, Scarface has had his...
  • 12 Of Drake's Funniest Moments
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    Drizzy Drake is not doubt one of the biggest hip hop artists in present day. His albums have moved millions of units and he has sold out shows all the around the world. But one thing that you should know about the star is that he's also a pretty funny guy.    His comedic nature has made him a common fixture in skits on some of television's popular shows such as SNL and Jimmy Kimmel...
  • 25 Professional Wrestling References in Hip Hop
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    Professional wrestling and hip hop – sounds like an odd combination, but the two cultures that have a lot in common and quite a lot of respect for each others craft. Wrestling federations, whether it has been WWE, WCW, or TNA have all dabbled in hip hop. These companies have frequently collaborated with the genre to make some dope theme tunes for wrestlers. You may also recall that some...
  • Rappers With Crazy Ass Chains
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    From its birth, Hip Hop culture has been majorly influential for a lot of fashion trends. One of the most recognizable is the sporting of chains. But why do rappers wear these flashy pieces of jewelry? There are probably a ton of different theories and possibilities as to why but some think that wearing "ostentatious articles indicate monetary success. Since most rappers come from low or middle...
  • The Hip-Hop Lover's Guide To This Year's Music Festivals
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    Music festivals seem to be more popular than ever these days, causing hundreds of thousands of music enthusiast to splurge on passes, fly out of state or even the country, to camp outdoors and soak in live music alongside strangers in borderline unbearable heat for multiple days in a row. Festival season is now in full force with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival having kicked things...
  • OutKast's 10 Best Music Videos
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    20 years ago, André 3000 and Big Boi were riding the massive wave of commercial success that followed "Player's Ball," their debut single, as it rose up the charts and secured them a gig opening for Notorious B.I.G. in New York. It was only the beginning for OutKast, a duo that would go on to win six Grammys, make six platinum albums, and put the South on the map as a hip-hop...
  • 10 Hip-Hop Group Break-Ups
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    Like with any break-up, when it first occurs the fresh wound stings, but as time passes we learn to accept fate. Over the past few decades, exceptional hip-hop groups have come and gone. Some of them stopped producing music together due to nasty feuds, lawsuits and others decided to split because they knew their music had run its course. Groups such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious...
  • Hip-Hop's Power Couples
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    It's that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! The romantic holiday is upon us and we thought we'd share some of the love in the hip-hop community. Love and hip-hop doesn't have to be synonymous with ratchet behavior and baby daddy / momma drama, although you may be under a different impression if you've ever watched a full episode of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop. Instead of focusing on the...
  • 10 Collaboration Albums We Need
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    Art is often a collaborative process. Hip-hop is no exception. You know that feeling you get when two of your favorite artists work together? It’s amazing, right? We need to pursue that feeling. Some people were just meant to work together, and sometimes they need us to remind them of this. Today we’re going through a list of collaboration albums that we, as a hip-hop community, need....
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