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“I woke Up In Another Body”: Azar Swan Share Gothy Rework Of Ace Hood’s ‘Bugatti’

Turn down. New York duo Azar Swan have come up with something a little different here, moving from their usual gothy excursions to offering a rather different take on Ace … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

20 Years Ago, Tupac Broke Through

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable year in music. Over the 12 months of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

J. Cole’s ‘Born Sinner’ Jumps To No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

The rapper’s sophomore album has officially sold more cumulative copies than Kanye West’s “Yeezus.”   While J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” was initially blocked from No. 1 on the Billboard 200, … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Eminem Details Depths Of Drug Addiction: ‘My Bottom Was Gonna Be Death’

Eminem rediscovered his fire — and returned to prominence — on 2010’s Recovery, the album where he came clean about his addiction to prescription pills and his struggle to remain … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Waka Flocka “Flame” Video

               

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rick Rubin Hints At Second Installment Of Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’

Could we soon see the second coming of Kanye West’s “Yeezus”? According to producer Rick Rubin, there’s a possibility. In a career-spanning interview for Newsweek’s Daily Beast, the venerable, Def … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013 Lineup

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn’t possibly list them all, but here’s a sampling of some of the … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Angel Haze Name-Drops Green Day in Dark New Track ‘Initiation’

MC shares a B-side from her forthcoming ‘Dirty Gold’ LP Angel Haze has let slip an outtake from her forthcoming debut studio album Dirty Gold. Indirectly citing Drake’s #YOLO doctrine, she … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Big Man Under The Afro, And His Music

Questlove Publishes His Memoir, ‘Mo’ Meta Blues’ Whenever I read a book by a musician, groupie, rock critic, producer, record mogul or roadie, on the end pages I keep a … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

World Music Day: German hip-hoppers connect with Pakistanis

Roger Rekless and DJ Al-Rock feel that their perceptions about the country have been proven wrong LAHORE: German hip-hop duo Roger Rekless and DJ Al-Rock visited Lahore for a series … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

German Rapper Bushido Starts Own Political Party

Controversial MC hopes to become mayor of Berlin Controversial German rapper Bushido – who’s sold millions of records, written a bestselling autobiography and starred as himself in the 2010 biopic … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beyonce On “cry baby” Kanye West

We’ve caught up recently with Rihanna and Olly Murs in the year 2050. And over the past few weeks we’ve visited OAP Beyonce, who has opened up, telling us a lot more than we bargained for. … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lil Snupe’s Alleged Killer In Custody: Murder Suspect Arrested

The man wanted in connection with the murder of Lil’ Snupe, Tony Holden, is in custody after turning himself in to police, a new report claims. Tony Holden, who was wanted in connection … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lil Snupe’s Family Releasing Music He Recorded Before He Died

  The rapper was tragically shot and killed on June 20 and now the family tells HollywoodLife.com what their plans on for his memory to live on. Lil Snupe tragically … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Aceyalone Leanin’ on Slick

With producer Bionik back on board, Freestyle Fellowship member and veteran underground rapper Aceyalone continues to let the retro flow on this 2013 release, with ’60s-styled R&B and hot buttered … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Jay-Z Blows Up Times Square Ads With Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z has an album coming out, and if you didn’t know about it, you certainly do now. Following Hov’s three-minute ad takeover during the NBA Finals announcing Magna Carta Holy … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Digable Planets “Blowout Comb” Reissue

Around the turn of the 1990s, hip-hop had a brief and fruitful collision with jazz. “You could find the Abstract listening to hip-hop/ My pops used to say, it reminded … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fat Joe Sentenced To Four Months In Prison

Fat Joe skipped out on $700,000-worth of taxes (for the years 2007 to 2010) and pleaded guilty back in December; he was sentenced to four months in federal prison. vulture … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why We Like Las Vegas! Music Conference August 2013 Be There

Over the last few months, we have talked with hundreds of people about the new SXSW V2V event in August 2013. One of the questions that we keep hearing during … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

The 101 Strangest Records On Spotify: Chocolate Ty’ – Queen of the City

This remarkably single-minded record about wanting money or the process of getting money is so obscure and one-dimensional that it becomes fascinating In this day and age it’s hard to … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Making of a Modern Impresario

Nights just seem to go like this for Meghan Stabile. It was a Thursday in mid-May, at the nightclub Drom in the East Village — just a small gig by … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Billboard Chart Won’t Count Jay Z Sales From Samsung Album Deal

                    Entertainer Jay-Z performs on stage at the newly built Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York September 28, … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

A$AP Rocky Readies ‘Druggy’ Instrumental Album, Beauty And The Beast

A$AP Rocky is still rolling out visuals from his studio debut, Long. Live. A$AP, but it seems that we can expect a new instrumental album from the Harlem rapper-turned-producer, titled … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ Means For The Billboard 200 Chart

A discussion of why the Samsung promotion isn’t counting on our albums chart — and what it means for the music business “I don’t follow any guidelines,” Jay-Z says in … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Week’s Top Hip Hop And Rhythm Chart Round Up

Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts. This week all eyes are Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller. But mainly Kanye West. The three rappers have released their … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Catch The Beat!!! Video – Vic Mensa, ‘Orange Soda’ Track Is Fire

Either I missed some subtle connotations back in the day on Nickelodeon, or Vic Mensa’s version of ‘Orange Soda’ is a little different to the one Kenan and Kel were … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Goodie Mob Featuring Janelle Monae “Special Education”

In a very interesting collaboration, Goodie Mob links with Janelle Monae for “Special Education.” If you consider yourself different from the rest, you’re going to love this song as its … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Asher Roth Announces ‘The GreenHouse Effect Vol. 2′ Mixtape

Asher Roth is finally releasing the second installment of The Greenhouse Effect. In 2008, the tape hosted by DJ Drama and Don Cannon was widely instrumental in building his buzz. … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

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