Jul 25, 2014
July is steadily coming to a close and the steady stream of Nicki Minaj verses continues. After appearing on the remix to August Alsina's "No Love," she prepping the release her next single, "Anaconda." The collaboration has a few wondering if they were messing around together, which makes "Anaconda" an unfortunate title — Twitter has no chill remember?
The rap game doesn't...
Jan 19, 2013
For an artist that's just turned 21, Mac Miller has a discography that would have taken many years to garner. It took some time to sort through 7 mixtapes, 3 EP'S, and an independent album. But, after some extensive research and hours of listening to the Pittsburgh rapper, we've broken down 25 of his top songs. With another mixtape and an album due out in 2013, Mac Miller doesn't look like...
Jun 14, 2014
Many hip-hop artists have rapped about life experiences like starting from the bottom, the struggle and the drug game. The come-up story has always been a selling point for many artists through the years. Some of your favorites like Lil Wayne, B.I.G., Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and more have experienced this and have shared it through their music. However, there is a new trend popping up in hip-hop...
Jun 17, 2013
"Tall men come down to my height when I hit 'em in the body." -Jack Dempsey
The rap game may be dominated by rappers of average height, but some of its biggest stars fall well below that margin.
Read on for a list of emcees below the average male height of 5'8 (you may be surprised). Once again, we realize lists like this have been done, but we decided to get a bit more in depth with it. We've...
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"...
Mar 26, 2014
When sampling, producers usually try to find obscure and/or rare source material to draw from, both because they don't want listeners to associate their final product with a song they already know, and because they'd likely to avoid copyright issues. But sometimes, out-of-the-box ideas will come to fruition, and lead producers to sample from well-known, but unexpected places.
Aug 27, 2014
The age-old question under which almost all hip-hop music is scrutinized: does it pass the car test?
There isn't a precise recipe for passing the car test. What goes in the living room, livens up an elevator, or tears the roof off of a nightclub, may not be suitable for the cabin of your automobile. If you asked me, I would say that passing the car test requires a certain bold, yet uninvasive...
Not only is the rap game stressful, it can be dangerous as well.
Of all the emcees that rap about (and glamorize) gun violence, very few of them are actually about that life, but that doesn't mean they don't get caught up in it from time to time. We've compiled a list of 15 rappers that have been fired on and lived to tell the tale. Some cases may be more severe than others, but whether...
Feb 19, 2014
Back in October we decided to comb through the interwebs and provide you with a gallery of twenty vintage photos of some of your favorite rap legends together. The gallery included throwback photos of Tupac with Snoop Dogg, Jay Z with Diddy and Aaliyah, Lil Kim and Left Eye, Eminem with Timbaland, Missy Elliott and Aaliyah and many more, making for quite the viewing experience.
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...
Jun 20, 2014
Jay Z made a song dedicated to Tom Ford last year, one of Harlem's hottest rappers wears strictly skinny jeans (A$AP Rocky), and one of the industry's most talked about rappers (Kanye West) is addicted to high-fashion. A little over a decade ago, the genre's finest openly wore baggy clothing, throwback jerseys, and du-rags. It's an understatement to say hip-hop's fashion sense has changed a...
Like boxing, hip-hop has always been driven by competition. But while the masses love it when top tier MCs go after each other in lyrical (or these days, reality show-style physical) combat, everybody loves a happy ending. After the tragic deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, hip-hop has become more conscious about settling these things before they get out of hand. With hip-hop now getting...
Apr 30, 2014
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...
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 cataloging the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Jan 30, 2014
2013 was dominated by emerging producers. Mike WiLL Made It and DJ Mustard, who seemed like newcomers at the top of the year, ended things off with major label artist deals, hits with some of the biggest artists in the game.
That being said, 2014 could be anybody's year. While some of the artists collected in this list are more renowned than others-- they all have the ability to raise...
Jun 23, 2014
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.
The Chicago-based crew of creative, like-minded dudes boasts an eclectic roster of rappers, musicians, artists, producers, directors,...