• Jay Z Seen Rocking Five Percent Nation Medallion At Barclays Center
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    Last week at the Barclays center, Jay-Z was seen rocking large gold pendant that serves as a symbolic representation of the Five Percent Nation affiliation. What is Five Percent Nation and what do they believe? The author of two books on the group, Michael Muhammad Knight explains, “The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger...
  • 9 Vintage Hip-Hop Inspired Ads
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    There is sometimes a fine line between hip hop and advertising, with rappers constantly namechecking their favorite brands, or even promoting their own. A french art director by the name of David Redon may have seen this connection when he began work on a project called "Ads Libitum", which reimagines rap songs as vintage ads. Pulling from 1950s style one-pagers, Redon has turned songs from...
  • Power 106 Announce Powerhouse 2014 Line-Up, Nicki Minaj, YG & More Tapped
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    As the summer approaches, we've been receiving new festival line-ups almost every week. Last week we found out who would be headlining Hot 97's annual Summer Jam, and today we've found out the line-up for the opposite coast's Powerhouse 2014 festival. The radio station made their festival announcement with a YouTube video, counting down all their headliners. There is some overlap with Summer...
  • Damn Son, Where'd You Find This: 10 Unexpected Samples In Hip-Hop
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    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.  These 10...
  • Dizzy Wright Announces "State Of Mind" EP
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     After dropping off the mixtape The Golden Age back in the summer, Dizzy Wright has been relatively quiet ever since. Besides the new music video from earlier today for "The Perspective", Dizzy hasn't released much music lately. But that will all change soon though, as the Las Vegas rapper just announced that he's dropping a new project soon. Taking to twitter, Dizzy announced that he...
  • Listen To Snippets From Future's "Honest" Album
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    Future is finally getting ready to release his sophomore album, Honest on April 22nd. The album is set to feature guest appearances from Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Young Scooter, Drake, Andre 3000, Pusha T, Pharrell, Casino, and more. The new record-- executive produced by Mike WiLL Made It --will serve as the proper follow up to Future's debut album, Pluto which was released 2 years ago...
  • Sexiest Music Videos Of 2013
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    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,...
  • Nas Talks About 2014 Album, "Illmatic," And Upcoming "Street Dreams" Show
    Nas is a busy man these days. Rather he's always been busy, but now the legendary rapper is producing a brand new album in addition to co-writing his own autobiographical show, "Street Dreams," for Xbox. He will also produce music for the upcoming show. On the topic of writing the show, Nas says: "I'm hands-on with everything, so this show is 100 percent authentic. Even if I don't look cool...
  • Drake Surprises 15-Year Old Cancer Patient In Houston
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    Kennedy Brown, a 15-year-old student at Carnegie Vanguard High got a pretty big surprise this weekend. The teenager, who has been battling a form of terminal brain cancer, was recently the subject of a hashtag campaign, #DrakeForKen, set up by the students at her high school, encouraging the rapper to pay her a visit. “We would ask all of your viewers to [Tweet] #DrakeForKen so we can get...
  • Joey Bada$$ Weighs In On The Grammy's Kendrick Lamar Vs. Macklemore Debate
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    Yesterday it was revealed that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis almost didn't make it into the rap categories at the Grammys because they've been too successful aka mainstream aka pop this past year. However, in a landslide vote decided by the general Grammy committee, the final decision was to nominate them amongst rap competitors. This could affect their nomination in a bad way, if the committee...
  • Iggy Azalea Responds To Funkmaster Flex Calling Her Record "Trash" On Air
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    Iggy Azalea is a divisive artist. So divisive, that one radio host was compelled to express his distaste for her record, after playing it on air. That DJ was Funkmaster Flex. According to Iggy, he called her record "trash", and while she maintained that the two were on good terms, she brought up the question-- why would he play it? On HOT 97's morning show, Iggy explained the situation to the...
  • Review: SZA's "Z" Album
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    Top Dawg Entertainment’s big-haired, freckled, suburban newcomer released her debut album, Z on April 8th. The ten-track album is the follow up to her 2013-released free EP S. TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad appear on the album along with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. The new offering of her self-described “glitter trap” has production by Mac Miller, Toro...
  • August Alsina Reveals Cover Art For Debut Album "Testimony"
    We've seen the rise of August Alsina over the course of the past year, with a strong mixtape release The Product 2 as well as an EP, Downtown Life Under The Gun, both of which have given his name some buzz. The Def Jam signee is now approaching the release of his debut album, Testimony, and today he's let go the official artwork for the effort. Testimony is slated to drop on April 15th, and...
  • 50 Cent Says Jay Z & Drake Beef Is "Just Getting Started"
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     This past Sunday, Jay Z had some choice words for Toronto’s own Drizzy Drake during his verse on the “We Made It” freestyle. If you’re unaware, Drake originally ignited the flame during his controversy Rolling Stone interview when he said that Hov’s art talk in his songs was becoming corny. That’s when Hov responded on Sunday with a subliminal shot...
  • Stream Coachella Day 3 Featuring Calvin Harris, Duck Sauce & More
    The Coachella weekend takeover continues with a new stream for Day 3 festivities out in Indio, California. Yesterday we saw a live stream that featured rap acts such as Nas, Pharrell and more. For Day 3, unfortunately, no rap acts will be streamed live but we're nonetheless providing you with the stream should it interest. We'll get to see electronic groups like Ducksauce, Calvin Harris and...
  • 50 Cent Blasts Video Chick For Reportedly Claiming To Be His Girlfriend
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    50 Cent, never one to shy away from beef whether it be fully-formed or just on the precipice, takes aim today at one of the video girls he hired to shoot a visual off the forthcoming Animal Ambition album. Fiddy has really been on his video game as of late, releasing music videos for Animal Ambition cuts "Pilot", "Don't Worry 'Bout It", "Hold On", and "The Funeral,"-- basically almost...
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