“Nothing Was The Same” is by far the best rap/R&B album of 2013- a bold statement with several big names dropping records in 2013. Drake raps and sings over tremendous beats and offers lyrics much deeper and personal than recent releases by kingpins Jay-Z and Kanye West. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started From… Read More Drake Deserves Nod For Album of the Year
Universities across the nation have offered courses on hip-hop culture for several years, but the University of Arizona has decided to take its program further, adding the subject as as a concentrationin its Africana Studies minor program. The decision, announced in December, is part of a trend to give serious academic study to the subject. And the new curriculum is… Read More Gangsta’s paradise? U. of Arizona offers minor focusing on hip-hop
As you listen to Selling My Soul, you might find it hard to believe that Masta Killa was the last official emcee to join Wu-Tang Clan, that he didn’t really start rapping until he joined the group. It’s hard to believe for a lot of reasons. First, this is purely veteran, laid-back flow top to… Read More MASTA KILLA – SELLING MY SOUL
The ATLien B.o.B. has landed. After taking his fans through the Adventures of Bobby Ray andStrange Clouds, the Grand Hustle signee is throwing his middle fingers in the air on his new mixtape Fuck Em We Ball. The newly turned 24-year-old chopped it up with VIBE about working with Taylor Swift, tackling new genres, dancing to his own… Read More B.O.B. TALKS ‘HIP-HOP DANCE EXPERIENCE,’ NEW MIXTAPE, WORKING WITH TAYLOR SWIFT
Beats, Rhymes and Life: The name the famous A Tribe Called Quest album. The reason “beats” comes first? Production. It’s arguably the most important element of hip-hop. It’s the cornerstone of every song, the foundation lyrics are built upon. They dictate the time-signature, the tempo, the tone of the lyrics. They’re at the beginning and the end of… Read More 100 Greatest Hip-Hip Beats of All Time
After nearly 40 years of hip-hop, the style requirements of the rapper have been upped exponentially. From the earliest pioneers, the role of rap dude has always meant being fluent in the jargon of floss and adept in the art of stunt. Through the decades, Afrofuturists and b-boys turned to grimy thugsters and gangsta pimps… Read More The 50 Most Stylish Rappers of All Time
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