Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained

In recent years, hip-hop artists have become more and more tatted as the trend continues to grow. Once upon a time, the average rapper may have had a few selective tats on their bodies, but it's now...

  • Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained
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    In recent years, hip-hop artists have become more and more tatted as the trend continues to grow. Once upon a time, the average rapper may have had a few selective tats on their bodies, but it's now a usual sight to see emcees with fully tatted chests, sleeves, backs and even tattoos on the face. Artists such as 50 Cent, Tyga, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa exhibit this perfectly. The choice of...
  • Kid Ink Announces New Album "Full Speed" With Cover Art & Release Date [Update: Tracklist Released]
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    Now that Kid Ink's new single featuring Tinashe and Usher, "Body Language," is officially off the ground and taking over the airwaves, the rapper is ready to announce a release date, title and cover art for his upcoming sophomore effort. Keeping in a similar vein as his My Own Lane debut, Ink titled his second album Full Speed. The album is expected to arrive on February 3rd 2015. Peep the cover...
  • Lupe Fiasco Unveils "Tetsuo & Youth" Tracklist [Update: Artwork Revealed]
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    Lupe Fiasco has had plenty of issues with Atlantic, especially when it comes to putting music out without compromises. Things started getting shaky with LASERS, an album Lupe has since expressed was "the label's record" and not his own. Things got heated between the rapper and Atlantic once again when he expressed his frustration with the delay of his new album, Tetsuo & Youth on Twitter a...
  • Stay Sober: Rappers Who Don't Smoke Or Drink
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    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...
  • Hopsin Announces "Pound Syndrome" Album With Art
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    After revealing in a video yesterday that his "retirement" from rap was a hoax, and he's not moving to Australia after all, Hopsin is getting straight into the promo for his new album Pound Syndrome. At the end of the video from yesterday you may have noticed the art for something called Pound Syndrome, which Hop said was coming in 2015. It's Hopsin's new album, which the Funk Volume rapper says...
  • What’s New In Battle Rap (January 23)
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    Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand. That being the...
  • Kevin Gates Talks On Prison Life, Tattoos & The Time He Got A Brick With Elvis' Face On It
    Kevin Gates recently dropped off By Any Means, a free album that was also available on iTunes and managed to debut at #17 on the Billboard 200. Gates is very open in his lyrics, and so if you are a fan you probably know quite a bit about his personal life just from listening to his music. Nonetheless, there is still some mystery surrounding Gates. While we ourselves had a personal interview with...
  • Joey Bada$$ Talks Concept Of "Teach Me" & Bobby Shmurda
    Joey Bada$$ celebrated his 20th birthday by not only giving fans a free record with "Born Day" but by dropping off his debut album B4.DA.$$. Not many 20-year olds can say they did that, let alone have accomplished as much as Joey has in such a small amount of time. The Pro Era rapper became a star overnight thanks to the '90s-infused sounds of his first mixtape 1999. His debut album is no...
  • Rich Homie Quan Reveals Release Date For Rich Gang's "Tha Tour Part 2" & New EP Due Out January
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    Last week quite a bit of Rich Homie Quan music hit the net, some of which was released officially, and some of which was leaked. In addition to his "Blah Blah Blah" remix, we got eight records the rapper did with frequent collaborator Young Thug, reportedly for Tha Tour Part 2, plus a Drake-featured song (and the plot thickens: that Drizzy verse has now landed on OB OBrien's "Schemin'...
  • Top Hip-Hop Club Bangers Of The Past Decade
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    There is somewhat of a divide between a club banger and a mainstream, popular hip-hop song, however, often times, the two overlap. The ever trust-worthy Urban Dictionary describes “club banger” as a term “used to describe a song to get all da bitches in the club movin. A song that makes you jump at a party.” These so called club bangers are played excessively at night...
  • Bobby Shmurda Allegedly Caught With $52K Worth Of Crack, His Lawyer Says He's Innocent
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    Things are not looking up for Bobby Shmurda and GS9. We already knew their arrest two nights ago at Quad Studios was "the result of a long-term investigation," according to a public official, and now Hot 97 is alleging that the police have found evidence that would substantiate NYPD's claims of "violent incidents as well as narcotics trafficking." According to an "inside source,"...
  • Stream Fabolous' New Album "The Young OG Project"
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    Fabolous released his new album, The Young OG Project, on iTunes yesterday. If you haven't purchased it as a Christmas gift to yourself yet, you can stream it first via Spotify below. Yesterday we featured the album cut "She Wildin'" featuring Chris Brown on the homepage, and of course the album also features Loso's single "Lituation." In addition to those records, you can find features...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 23)
    What a week it has been in hip-hop. It's a week that got kicked off with tragedy. It's going to take some time for the wound that A$AP Yams left us to heal.But the game still continues just like he would've wanted. The back half of January saw strong releases from Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$. Lil Wayne's Sorry 4 The Wait 2 has gotten a mixed response, but at least one rapper approves. Find...
  • Funkmaster Flex Trashes Jay Z In Yet Another Rant
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    Just when you thought you'd heard as many bomb drops as your brain could possibly process, Funkmaster Flex is back with another rant, and he's not done with Jay Z. As we saw earlier today, Hov allegedly texted Flex, with the DJ pulling a reverse Macklemore and Instagramming the message.Apparently Flex was none to impressed with the fact that Jay capitalized his name when he reached out,...
  • Busta Rhymes Announces Split From Cash Money
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    It seems the relationship between Busta Rhymes and Cash Money was a short-lived one. Today Bussa Bus has announced his departure from the Birdman-helmed record label.  Busta Rhymes first connected with the large roster in 2011, but during a recent visit to Shade 45's Sway In The Morning, he confirmed he's left the label. He assured fans they left on good terms. "For me, with this...
  • Stream Kevin Gates' "Luca Brasi 2" Album
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    After a long promotional campaign, Kevin Gates' Luca Brasi 2 is finally available in full for online streaming. Hitting iTunes at midnight tonight, the album features guest appearances from August Alsina, Rico Love, Rich Homie Quan, K.Camp and B.o.B., among plenty of others. The record, Gates' second in 2014, is hosted by DJ Drama. Peep the Audiomack stream below and let us...
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