Feb 22, 2015
It's that time of year again. After we got the lineups for Coachella and NYC's Governer's Ball last week, Austin's annual South By Southwest event has unveiled its preliminary list of performers. More will be added in the coming weeks, but for now check out the confirmed artists from the hip-hop/R&B world below.
Yo Gotti, DeJ Loaf, King Chip, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Bishop Nehru, GoldLink,...
If you slept on Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor side-project, you missed out on one of the dopest hip-hop albums of the 2000s. If you didn't, then you know why the possibility of a The Rising Tied follow-up is as exciting as it is.
In an interview with Montreality, Shinoda touched on the possibility of the project, claiming, "There's a distinct possibility that there will be some Fort...
Feb 19, 2015
Lil Wayne hasn't revealed much on the going-ons between him and Birdman, save for a few tweets and the legal documents that surfaced after he filed his $51 million-lawsuit against Cash Money. Recently Weezy got on the phone with Rolling Stone, and opened up a bit about his current situation, including The Free Weezy Album.
Around Valentine's Day it was reported that FWA would be...
Feb 22, 2015
Troy Ave is doing pretty well for himself as an independent artist, and while he's looking to maintain that level of creative control, he's looking for some type of major label backing as well. Speaking with HOT 97, Troy revealed that he's in the process of working out a joint-venture deal, which while he did not elaborate, we can assume would be earning a major label imprint for his indie label,...
Emmis isn't having the best year. The company which owns both Hot 97 in the New York and its sister station in L.A., Power 106.1, has already lost one of the biggest names in the (hip-hop) radio business, Angie Martinez, as well as Mister Cee, and more recently, Cipha Sounds left.
Both Angie and Mister Cee went to rival/new radio stations, while Cipha Sounds' future is unclear at the moment...
Feb 20, 2015
Kanye West has shaken up the internet today, thanks to his lengthy and revealing interview with The Breakfast Club. Yeezus wasn't shy about speaking his mind (but really, is he ever) about fashion, his wife Kim Kardashian getting naked every day, his ex Amber Rose, the Tyga and Kylie Jenner relationship and of course, music.
During the conversation with Charlamagne Tha God,...
Aug 17, 2014
Hip-hop dance crazes have become a huge part of our American mainstream culture. These dances, like the “Shmoney Dance” and the “Wobble” have gone viral due to sites like YouTube, Vine and Vimeo streaming artists’ videos containing them.
People all over the world are able to view these dances, learn them and spread the word by teaching others. It’s amazing how...
Feb 22, 2015
Chris Brown has been known to dip his toes in the visual arts, but his work always seemed more of a personal hobby than a business venture. This week, the singer proved that he could actually generate money from his projects, at least when respected street artist KAI is involved.
Chris teamed with KAI for a few collaborations to be shown at Fine Art Auction Miami's Urban Art Week, and with...
Jan 30, 2015
Just 24 hours after releasing his monster new single “Blessings” with Drake and Kanye West, Big Sean decides to reveal the official artwork and tracklist to his upcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, via iTunes pre-orders.
Laced with 12 tracks (15 on deluxe edition), the follow up to 2013's Hall Of Fame LP will feature guest appearances from the likes of Kanye West...
Feb 17, 2015
We know you're probably sick of all the year-end lists from last year, but we're already in the second month of 2015, and we're hypothesizing who will get their big break in the coming months. This time last year, Bobby Shmurda came across a particularly fiery Jahlil Beats production on YouTube. Months later, iLoveMakonnen would see Drake remixing his song on Instagram. Crazy shit...
Jan 30, 2015
As of yesterday, Bobby Shmurda has pleaded not guilty to all charges laid against him. While it seemed the rapper -- who was taken into custody in late 2014 for charges including gun possession, drug possession, and conspiracy -- would not make his $2 Million bail, new reports indicate that Shmurda could see release as early as this week.
According to Bossip, Bobby has bail bondsman Ira Judelson...
Apr 14, 2014
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...
Mar 20, 2014
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...
Feb 19, 2015
This week, Chief Keef caused a stir by releasing two tracks with Andy Milonakis, a comedian who'd formerly rapped alongside RiFF RAFF and Dirt Nasty in the group Three Loco. The man who came up as the poster boy for Chicago's violent drill scene was chilling out a bit and embracing humor with these tracks, or so it seemed. In actuality, the Milonakis co-sign was just the latest in a...
Dec 19, 2014
With the rise of social media, we can only wonder if artists would have the balls to say the things they say via Instagram and/or Twitter in real ass life. The social media age has made it all too easy for artists and the average person alike to throw shade whenever they please, and then, when things get a bit rough, hit 'delete.' Fortunately, most of the time, we catch it. Hey, it's...
Feb 13, 2015
This was hard. This was really hard. Mostly because we love all of Kanye West's albums. They've each played a unique role in the progression of hip-hop (and music in general), each pushing the boundaries of his sound and offering something new to the table.However it's fun to really dissect a great artist's work, and Kanye's is no different. His music (and his antics) has been the subject of...