Many emcees (especially those in the limelight) display an appreciation for the finer things in life, and art is no exception. Although a less common source of inspiration, you will catch the occasional fine art reference in rap music, Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" being only the most recent example.
There are plenty of rap magazines that have gone and went through out hip-hop's 40 years, but there are also several mainstays in the culture. Magazines like Rap Sheet and The Source were some of the first to ever do it, starting out as simple newsletters and developing into something much more.
Miley Cyrus seems to have adopted hip-hop for herself, and now it looks like her father Billy Ray Cyrus is following in her footsteps. We regret to inform you that Billy Ray has recorded a "hip-hop version" of his 1993 single "Achy Breaky Heart."
As reported by HipHopWired and The New York Daily News, hip-hop forefathers Afrika Bambaataa, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Grand Wizzard Theodore have come together to raise funds for the new "Windows Of Hip-Hop" art campus in New York City's Bronx borough, the undisputed birthplace of the genre.
In a recent interview with Bulgarian urban media outlet 359HipHop, DMX discussed his legal troubles, Eminem's "Rap God" status, the evolution of the game and his aspiration to eventually become a pastor (not a priest).
There's no denying that 2013 turned out to be a big year for the genre of hip-hop-- we received albums from legends in the game like Kanye West and Jay Z, highly anticipated solo projects from Pusha T and Juicy J, Kendrick Lamar blew up, and we became familiar with independent emcees like Chance The Rapper and Danny Br
To help you celebrate your Christmas while maintaing the hip-hop on your playlist, we're providing you with 20 jams that have surfaced over the years, from vintage to brand new, that all contain a reference to today in some way or another.
The inspiration rappers draw from mob films can't be denied. Flicks such as The Godfather, King Of New York, Casino, Goodfellas and Scarface have helped shape the persona of many of your favorite emcees.