"Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous" turns 20 today! Here are 10 things you may not know about the legendary LP.
Big L is legendary for a few reasons. His punchlines, his freestyles, and his legendary album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous are the basis to his influence.
Whether they're teaming up against Drake on Hot 97 or popping bottles together in the club, Chris Brown and Tyga have had quite the bromance going for a number of years now.
As the most popular female rapper since... basically ever, Nicki Minaj faces more than her fair share of hurdles in the media.
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, 50 Cent, Lil B and more!
Another stellar year for hip-hop. As the digital market continued to flourish, singles did accordingly. From Chicago trap to New York boom-bap to Houston trill, it’s all here. Not only were the year’s top singles diverse, but their marketing tactics were unique as well (take Kanye’s “New Slaves”, for example).
Guest features have been an important part of hip hop throughout its history, and have become increasingly popular in recent years. It's a great way for artists to cross promote between each other's fan bases, as well as give each track a signature shakeup for a verse or two. The only problem with letting other rappers spit, is once in a while they body you on your own shit. See what I did there?
Fabolous' latest giveaway is not your average freestyle--it was a major statement. Most rappers, wisely, would shy away from such a beat--"Shook Ones", the lead off Mobb Deep's legendary The Infamous. But Fabo gave it a good shot. The best? You decide.
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.
HNHH is here to soundtrack your Valentine's day (and night). We've assembled the steamiest baby making jams we could find into a list that's sure to set the mood right. With tracks from R. Kelly, The-Dream, Drake, Beyonce, The Weeknd, Jeremih, and Aaliyah, this playlist is guaranteed to get things in motion with the wifey. So light some candles, burn some incense, and remember the profound
The Future hook is a powerful thing. It can single-handedly make a hit song, it can resurrect a career, it can even show up three times on a fake Carter V tracklist with no one batting an eye. The Future hook can be triumphant, vulnerable, melodic, punchy, sometimes all at the same... ok you get the idea.
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.
The Save Money crew is still pretty young to the rap game, but if the successes of members Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa are any indicator (both MCs have appeared on the new XXL Freshmen 2014 cover) it won’t take long for them to become a household name.
"You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again." -Pat Riley
Kanye West unleashed College Dropout in 2004 - the album, a hip-hop staple, was a satire of the American education system and I was just 13 years old. Frankly, I’m not entirely sure how I even knew of the album. I do remember though, standing adamantly against a wall of a Virgin Records store, listening to the album, and it was quickly burned to a CD upon my arrival home.
The day Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly came out, Flying Lotus took to twitter to let us know some inside information on the LP. It turns out that FlyLo was helping Kendrick with the visual portion for his opening slot on the "Yeezus" Tour, and, at the same time, he gave the MC a folder full of beats to mess with for TPAB.
Rap is the most competitive genre in music. For decades, artists reveled in competition because they wanted to prove that they were elite. Whenever a rapper elected to feature his or her peer on a track, both sides were trying to out-duel the other, simply for competitive reasons. Artists knew that for years to come, fans would debate about who outperformed who.
The Game has taken on a new reality show that mirrors Flavor Flav's "Flavor of Love" with VH1. The TV show, which The Game previously spoke about the show on HOT 97, revealing the motive behind it ($$, unsurprisingly). What's interesting about this show is that each girl is picked by one of The Game's friends.
Amir Obè is a fresh voice in hip hop. Taking on the melodic, ethereal sound that has been spearheaded by Drake, Obè is poised to be one of the big names in a world that continues to embrace that sound.
Theres no way to deny it, we are currently living in a time in which streetwear reigns supreme. Through recent years streetwear has evolved, not only taking a more fashion-forward approach but opening up doors for musicians, especially rappers, to slide through, leaving an imprint not only musically but aesthetically.
Lil Wayne fans are familiar with his associative, stream of consciousness, lean-induced lyrical style, which lends itself to lots of punchlines and pop culture references. It has been well-documented that he records lyrics on his portable microphone and never writes them down.
In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump".
The music video is making a comeback, in a big way. More and more, we are seeing artists take the time (and the money) to invest in a visual that is truly a piece of art, or at least, a piece of cinematic creativity. This year proved to be an eventful one when it comes to hip-hop and r'n'b music videos.
Young rappers are so exciting to watch. The art form provides the perfect structure for a young person to express themselves, and it never gets old watching another kid come up in the spotlight, releasing bits and pieces of themselves to the public through music.
During his interview on The Breakfast Club yesterday, Troy Ave was staunch in his claim that his music is strictly non-fiction: "I don't talk about nothing I don't got, I don't even be talking about Ferraris or Lamborghinis... I don't be fucking with shit like that." Evidently, though, this desire to keep it 100 at all times doesn't extend to his interviews.
Slim Jesus is going viral. His video "Drill Time," released on August 18, had humble beginnings, garnering a touch under 3,000 YouTube views in its first two weeks of life. It gained some modest traction the first week of September, and now it has absolutely exploded, skyrocketing from less than 15,000 views to over 600,000 in the last 24 hours.
Young Thug's Barter 6 won't sit well with the RapGenius generation. Looking for deeper meaning behind each one of his multisyllabic yelps is missing the point. Thugger is mostly style over substance, and sometimes that style lies in complete lack of substance.
Rap is traditionally a young man's sport. Generally speaking, the 'greatest albums of all time' were put out by youngsters. As rappers age, their albums usually become duller than the early work they're best known for. Almost every rapper has fallen victim to this trend.
Since Outkast began an indefinite hiatus shortly after the release of Idlewild in 2006, their unique sound has been greatly missed in the rap game and beyond. Big Boi brought 50% of the equation back in 2010 with his critically-acclaimed solo album Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty which he followed up this past December with Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours.
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.
Rodeo just dropped, and along with Travi$ Scott's virtuoso artistry, there are loads of quality features on the album. From R&B crooner The Weeknd, to the indie icon Toro Y Moi, newer rappers like Quavo and Swae Lee, to established cats like Juicy J, the album boasts a variety of guests who offer their own style to the tracks.