The 5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs From The '90s
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique. Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the '90s.
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Martin Shkreli Is Considering Destroying The Secret $2 Million Wu-Tang Album
When Martin Shkreli purchased the secret Wu-Tang album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2 million, he said he was waiting to listen with someone like Taylor Swift. With many calling for him to share the record with the masses, Shkreli is weighing his options.
Ghostface Killah Calls Martin Shkreli A Shithead; Shkreli Responds
In one of the wackiest stories of 2015, the man who submitted the winning $2 million bid for Wu-Tang's one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was none other than Martin Shkreli, the since-disgraced pharmaceutical executive best known for raising the pri
RZA Responds To Backlash Over His Police Brutality Comments
RZA's recent interview with Bloomberg resulted in an uproar on social media, with many taking issue with what sounded like an argument for black men to "clean up" their look in order to avoid harassment. An excerpt from the rapper's statement can be found below.
Martin Shkreli Arrested On Fraud Charges
UPDATE: Shkreli has been released on $5 million bail, reports Reuters. In all likelihood, the current charges against him will prevent him from contributing to the bail package of Bobby Shmurda, which stands at $3 million less than the sum Shkreli just put forth for his own release.
Wu-Tang Clan Gave Bill Murray Permission To Steal Their $2 Million LP
As we learned yesterday, the winning bidder on the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin was none other than mega-douche pharaceutical villain Martin Shkreli. Sold for $2 million, the album came with a 174-page leatherbound book of lyrics and liner notes.
Mega-Douche Martin Shkreli Bought The Secret Wu-Tang Album For $2 Million
Two weeks ago, it was revealed that a "private American collector" bought the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin for "millions." A Bloomberg Business article revealed that the anonymous buyer is none other than Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical exec
Someone Bought That Secret Wu-Tang Album For "Millions"
When Wu-Tang Clan announced they were releasing an album as a single copy, it left us confused. When we found out no one but the purchaser would be able to hear it for at least 88 years, it made us more confused. Now, possibly the most confusing news yet has arrived, someone has paid millions of dollars for this mysterious album.
Get The Guap: Songs To Motivate Your Money Hustle
It's Monday morning, and you're reading this. Clearly you need to get off your ass and get money. We empathize. We're here to help.
Stream Redman's Album "Mudface"
Today, Redman a.k.a. Reggie Noble a.k.a. Eminem's favorite rapper releases Mudface, his first album in five years. 13 tracks in length, the album gets features from Ready Roc, StressMatic of Federation, Josh Gannet, and Runt Dog.
Two Men Stabbed At RZA's New Jersey Home
Police are investigating a double stabbing that occurred at RZA's home in Millstone, New Jersey earlier this morning, reports NJ.com. It is still unknown if RZA was at the home when the stabbings took place.
Classic Rotation: GZA's "Liquid Swords"
Hip-hop is an art form with a lot of wiggle room for diversity. Nowadays, it’s a little more common to embrace eccentricities, whereas in the 90s everything was a little more cohesive. The records coming out of New York City in the mid-90s by Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, and Jay Z all provided a commentary on New York street life while utilizing samples from the previous generation to create the instrumental canvas to tell their story.
Released 20 Years Ago, GZA's "Liquid Swords" Finally Goes Platinum
It took twenty years, but GZA's magnum opus Liquid Swords has finally gone platinum. In the September edition of their monthly gold/platinum announcement flyer, the RIAA announced that the album officially crossed the threshold of one million units sold on September 15th. LS dropped on November 7, 1995.
Quiz: Wu-Tang Wednesday
Wu-Tang will forever be in the history hip-hop books as one of the dopest groups to ever bless this game. The 10-piece collective, depending how many artists you officially associate with the crew, dropped one of the most iconic debuts of all time, however that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to important Wu facts. Wu-Tang is so important, not just to hip-hop but to the world, that #WuWednesdays are celebrated on the internet. For that reason, today's quiz is all about the members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Raekwon Wants To Make A Wu-Tang Biopic
By nearly quadrupling its budget in two weeks, "Straight Outta Compton" has demonstrated to studio execs that rap biopics can be extremely profitable, thus opening the door for movies about groups like the Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, & The Beastie Boys. Raekwon, for one, wants to make a Wu-Tang movie happen.
Classic Rotation: Raekwon "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx"
Throughout the 90s, the Wu-Tang Clan had an all-star run of releases, both as a group and as solo artists. Jumpstarted by 36 Chambers and followed by Method Man’s Tical and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers, Raekwon’s collaborative Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was primed for greatness.
Inspectah Deck Wants The Wu-Tang Clan To Be More Cohesive
When it comes to the Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck has always played something of a second banana role, which is fine by him so long as the Wu are operating as a unit -- which isn't always the case. In a recent interview with VladTV, Deck explained his financial reliance on the Wu-Tang Clan and expressed frustration at the way they are being managed as well as his desire for more communication and transparency when it comes to making business decisions.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
Fun Fun Fun Fest Announces Lineup, Feat. Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q & More
Austin's 10th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest will be going down November 6-8 this year, and today, we get a peek at the jam-packed lineup. As has been the case in years past, the shows are divided between three stages, all of which host different genres. There's the black stage for metal and punk, the orange for indie and rock, and the blue stage for hip hop and electronic. This year, the hip hop lineup looks pretty promising.