Hip-Hop Reacts To The Death of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro is a very divisive figure in world history, and following his death continues to inspire debate. Castro's death was announced on Cuban television by his brother, and current President, Raúl, Friday night, and discussion of Castro has taken place online in the hours since. A few members of the hip-hop community have shared their reaction on Social media today, including Nas, Talib Kweli, and Lupe Fiasco.
Talib Kweli Blasts Iggy Azalea Over Her Response To Macklemore
Macklemore's latest single, "White Privilege II," has been causing quite a storm on social media. On the track, he namedropped Miley Cyrus, Elvis Presley, and the easiest target of them all: Iggy Azalea. "You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea / Fake and so plastic, you've heisted the magic," rapped Macklemore, referring to himself in the second person.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
These Hip Hop Artists Are "On The Way To Legend" According To Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli can usually be found debating, arguing, or flat out beefing with his Twitter followers. On Tuesday, he responded to a tweet that suggested that there are no one today matches the artistry of golden era greats like Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. “I disagree,” Kweli wrote. “RTJ, Joey Badass, Kendrick, Cole, Rapsody, Anderson Paak Chance, all great on the way to legend.”
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
#TBT: Deep Cuts From Kanye West's School Days
Kanye West cut his teeth producing records for the likes of Jay Z, but has since left his mark as one of the greatest rappers of the past 15 years. His influence on rap music and culture top notch, only to be met by the top dogs in the game. While Yeezus has received mix reviews, the first three albums are pretty unanimously heralded as some of the finest hip-hop music in our lifetime. With countless hits, including "Jesus Walks," "Gold Digger," "Stronger" and so many more, these records launched Kanye West in to the mainstream at light speed.
Download Talib Kweli's Free Album, "Fuck The Money"
Surprise albums are all the rage these days, and while it's always great to wake up to a new album from your favorite artist, it's even better when that album is entirely free. Following the path walked by Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, Talib dropped Fuck The Money as a complimentary download yesterday, and he certainly didn't skimp on the production or features.Both Alchemist and Kaytranada contribute instrumentals, while Miguel, Styles P, Ab-Soul, and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump show up as guest vocalists.
Talib Kweli Says Kanye West Used To Interrupt His Shows
Although Kanye West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift may have seemed like a one-off moment from the rapper, or a a side effect of his huge ego, it turns out, 'Ye has always been one to interrupt a show. In a recent interview with Talib Kweli, the rapper revealed that Yeezy used to interrupt his own shows, back when they toured together, pre-College Dropout.
Top 15 Star Wars References In Hip-Hop
The teaser trailer for the first new Star Wars movie in nearly a decade dropped on Thanksgiving Day and we all began to process it in stages.
Who Are Your Favorite Rappers Voting For?
Tonight marks the third and final presidential debate before the election on November 8th. Ever since the first one, which took place on September 26th, Donald Trump has taken a huge nose-dive in the polls, but as we've seen in races past, anything can happen in the final weeks.
Talib Kweli Recalls Meeting Kanye West Before He Was Signed
Talib Kweli was one of the earliest artists to endorse Kanye West, and in a new interview with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's Drink Champs podcast, he tells the story of meeting West for the first time before he was signed.
Talib Kweli & Azealia Banks Criticize Rachel Dolezal
Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington NAACP President who was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black, has been the hot topic over the last week. We've already heard Killer Mike's thoughts on the matter, but recently, both Azealia Banks and Talib Kweli weighed in on the issue. Banks did so in a lively Twitter barrage, while Kweli penned a piece for Rolling Stone.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 27)
So that does it. This is the final 140 Bars Or Less of the year. While many were shedding melancholic tears at the year's final days and others totally checked out because of holiday festivities, the news kept coming in to give a fitting end to one of the most divisive years in recent memory.
Brooklyn Rapper Pumpkinhead Has Passed Away
We regret to report that Brooklyn rapper, Pumpkinhead, has passed away at the age of 39. Fans of the Rawkus Records and Immortal Technique catalogs should be well-versed in the work of the rapper, who appeared on Revolutionary 1 and 2, and released his esteemed project, Orange Moon Over Brooklyn, in 2005.
Stream Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder's "Indie 500" Album
Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder shared the stacked tracklist for their collaborative project Indie 500 last month, and with the official release date coming later this week, the duo have chosen to put the LP up as an advance stream.
Anderson .Paak Announces "Malibu" Cover Art, Features, & Release Date
Last year, Anderson .Paak released the album Venice, his first album after relinquishing his Breezy Lovejoy. With his forthcoming album Malibu, he is moving his way up the California coastline. Well, guess what, Malibu just got a release date -- it will hit stores on January 15th.
#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder Reveal Tracklist & Cover Art For "Indie 500"
Last week Talib Kweli announced he was working on a new album with producer 9th Wonder. Talib Kweli shared a list of features that would appear on the album with HHDX, although we didn't know the actual title at that point. As it turns out, the duo are titling their joint effort after Kweli's recently-launched "Indie 500" movement.
Talib Kweli Speaks On Reports That Yasiin Bey Is Not Allowed To Return To U.S.
The other week a report surfaced that Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, had to cancel a string of U.S. tour dates because he was not allowed to re-enter the United States. Of course, many of us found this strange as he was born and raised in America, although the report came along with a statement from the site Together Boston, which initially announced the cancellation of Bey's Boston tour date.
9 Ways Hip Hop Artists Have Reacted To Recent Violence
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6: Philando Castile is shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota July 7: Five police officers are shot and killed at a protest in Dallas. July 17: Three police officers are shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA.