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  • Cover of Nas "Not Surprised Cops Still Murdering People"
    Nas has always been one to say how he feels. From speaking on the conditions in the streets of New York on his classic debut Illmatic, to speaking on his personal life in his latest album, Life is Good, Nas has been somewhat of an open book in good times and bad.
  • Cover of Chance The Rapper, Nas, Mike Tyson Featured On Madonna's "Rebel Heart" Album
    Madonna had the inconvenience of having demo versions of half of her album leak late least year, causing her to rush release 6 tracks well before the release of the album. At the time, Madge had not even secured a final tracklist, but today, she's released the official selection.
  • Cover of Review: Fabolous' "The Young OG Project"
    Fabolous has always done a solid job at blending in with his environment. Whether he’s cutting with DJ Clue and The Neptunes in 2001 or jiving with Rich Homie Quan in 2015, he’s done a phenomenal job at adapting to change and staying relevant, something that is easier said than done.
  • Cover of Tinashe Goes Topless On Cover Of V Magazine
    We've seen Tinashe really pop off in 2014, from her single "2 On" taking over clubs and airwaves, to her debut album Aquarius making many year-end lists. She's slowly becoming a superstar, and with that, magazine covers and photoshoots inevitably follow.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 1 (Fabolous Edition)
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
  • Cover of Hottest R&B Albums Of 2014
    R&B will always hold a special place in our hearts. If not for R&B, that first crush, love, kiss, or more might be that much less special. The fact is, today's R&B is a bit different than our parent's R&B.
  • Cover of Nas: The Fact That The US Is Still Fighting Over Race Is "Embarrassing"
    It's no secret that Nas cares deeply about the "Black Lives Matter" movement that's risen in the wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner's murders, as he was out protesting with Russell Simmons in NYC on Saturday.
  • Cover of Iggy Azalea Announces "The Great Escape Tour"
    When she wasn't being nominated for Grammys or flipping off her fans this year, Iggy Azalea spent most of the year touring behind her album The New Classic (which, despite its title, isn't showing up on too many year-end lists).
  • Cover of Nas & Russell Simmons March In NYC Protest
    Yesterday in New York, the "Millions March" protest against police brutality took place. The March comes in wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Akair Gurley, and Tamir Rice, all black males who were killed by police officers over the last couple of months.
  • Cover of #TBT: AZ's Early Cuts
    Brooklyn-born Anthony Cruz isn't one of the 10 greatest rappers of all time. He hasn't released a platinum record and most of his accolades are due to a relationship with Nas.
  • Cover of 2014 Soul Train Awards Recap & Performances
    The 2014 Soul Train Awards have come to an end. Viewers who had an opportunity to catch the R&B award show were treated to some great performances from the contemporary genre's best and brightest. Featured below is a complete list of the winners and nominees.
  • Cover of Nas' Daughter Launches Lip Gloss Line Called "Lipmatic"
    In 1994, we got the seminal hip hop classic, Illmatic, 20 years later we have lip gloss' answer to the record, Lipmatic. That's right, a new makeup line has launched with a name inspired by Nas' debut record, and it's none other than Nas' own daughter behind it.
  • Cover of Busta Rhymes Suffers Minor Head Injury After Falling Off Stage
    Busta Rhymes has been unbelievably supportive of Conglomerate artist O.T. Genasis' surprise hit "CoCo", but his overwhelming hype may have got the better of him at a recent New York show.
  • Cover of #TBT: Nas' Portrait Albums
    Nas' first four albums famously wore portraits of the MC in a different light. He was a kid on Illmatic. He was an adult on It Was Written. He was a pharaoh on I Am... He was Nostradamus on Nastradamus.
  • Cover of Tinashe Announces "Aquarius" Tour
    Tinashe's had a big year of highlights, not the least of which her debut album, Aquarius. Now, the singer's announced a brief string of tour dates for December, all presented as the "Aquarius Tour." 
  • Cover of Photos From The Soul Train Awards 2014
    Last night, the taping of the Soul Train Awards 2014 went down in Las Vegas, and in attendance were many of hip-hop and R&B's finest stars. Ahead of the ceremony itself, which airs on BET on Sunday, November 30th at 8 PM, take a look at some pictures from last night in the gallery above.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: November 6
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
  • Cover of Nas Previews New J Dilla-Produced Single
    Run The Jewels are earning critical-acclaim from just about every major publication for their new Run The Jewels 2 LP, but the biggest story to come from their fan appreciation night came from an entirely different hip-hop act: Nas.
  • Cover of Pete Rock Releases "Time Is Illmatic" Mixtape
    Legendary producer Pete Rock has teamed up with all of the original producers featured on Nas' Illmatic for a brand new mixtape. Titled after the film of the same name, Time Is Illmatic is forty minutes of remixed glory. 
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: October 19
    This week we're finding several new entries in the Billboard 200, although nothing took over the #1 spot. Keyshia Cole actually comes out on top this week, debuting at #9, moving 25,000 copies opening week.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Tinashe's "Aquarius" & Keyshia Cole's "Point Of No Return"
    We anticipated the first week sales for both Tinashe and Keyshia Cole last week, with projections looking like Keyshia Cole's Point of No Return would outsell Tinashe's Aquarius.
  • Cover of BTS Photos: Kid Ink, Usher & Tinashe's "Body Language" Video
    Just over a month ago, Kid Ink dropped off the Usher and Tinashe-assisted "Body Language," the first single from his upcoming follow-up to My Own Lane, and now it looks as though a video's on its way.
  • Cover of Tinashe & Keyshia Cole First Week Sales Projections
    Tinashe released her debut album, Aquarius, this past week, while Keyshia Cole, on the other hand, released her sixth studio album Point of No Return on the same day. So who will outsell who? The newcomer or the veteran singer?
  • Cover of Tinashe Reveals That She Wrote Jennifer Lopez's "I Luh Ya Papi"
    Well, this is rather surprising. Tinashe (who prior to this, had no experience as a ghostwriter for pop stars) has revealed that she originally wrote Jennifer Lopez's comeback single "I Luh Ya Papi."
  • Cover of Bishop Nehru's Next Album To Be Executive Produced By Nas
    Bishop Nehru may have just dropped his new album with MF DOOM, NehruvianDOOM (which we reviewed here), but he's already got his next project lined up, with assistance from one of rap's living legends.
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