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My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women & Hip-Hop (Video)
September 1, 2010 – 9:50 am | No Comment
My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women & Hip-Hop (Video)

The other night, BET aired their documentary about women in hip-hop. The one-hour special featured the likes of Eve, Roxanne Shante, Trina, Missy, Jean Grae, Lady of Rage, MC Lyte and a host of other …

Mac Miller Presents K.I.D.S. Mixtape
August 25, 2010 – 11:51 am | 2 Comments
Mac Miller Presents <i>K.I.D.S.</i> Mixtape

Mac Miller is a teenage rapper from Pittsburgh who is making a name for himself with his ability to create, what seems to be , effortless magic. It’s not everyday that rappers can appear on …

Is Today’s Hip-Hop Stupid?
August 22, 2010 – 1:40 pm | 19 Comments
Is Today’s Hip-Hop Stupid?

“You must learn!”—KRS One
If you turn on MTV and BET and watch what’s left of today’s music videos, you’ll see a bunch of songs dedicated to a whole lot of nothing. Not to say it’s …

Remembering Fat Beats
August 20, 2010 – 9:59 am | 7 Comments
Remembering Fat Beats

With the news of Fat Beats closing its doors spreading, it signifies the end of an era among us. For those old enough to understand the significance of vinyl and the term “underground” before it …

Rick Ross Vs. Young Jeezy Is Kinda Lame
August 13, 2010 – 8:57 am | 4 Comments
Rick Ross Vs. Young Jeezy Is Kinda Lame

So Rick Ross and Young Jeezy have beef. Over what? I’m not exactly sure. Apparently Jeezy rocked over Rick Ross’s “(B.M.F.) Blowin’ Money Fast” instrumental and retitled it “Death B4 Dishonor” with some poignant lines …

Thanks For The Memories, Rasheed Wallace
August 11, 2010 – 6:15 pm | 9 Comments
Thanks For The Memories, Rasheed Wallace

The most versatile, brash, outspoken and hip-hop member of the 1995 NBA Draft class retired this week. Nope, it’s not Kevin Garnett (and it’s certainly not Bryant Reeves or Chris Anstey)—it’s his former teammate with …

Happy Birthday, Hip-Hop! 1973 Till 2010 & Beyond
August 11, 2010 – 12:27 pm | 6 Comments
Happy Birthday, Hip-Hop! 1973 Till 2010 & Beyond

In 2002′s Brown Sugar, music journalist Sid Shaw (played by Sanaa Lathan) starts every interview with the question, “When did you fall in love with hip-hop?” The question made me sit back and pinpoint the …

Does A 5-Mic Rating Matter Anymore?
August 11, 2010 – 12:07 pm | 4 Comments
Does A 5-Mic Rating Matter Anymore?

To this day, I still remember reading Shortie‘s (known today as Miss Info) 5-mic review of Nas‘ Illmatic in The Source and being totally satisfied when I finally heard the classic album. She was right—it …

Wale Raps More About Nothing
August 7, 2010 – 2:10 pm | 39 Comments
Wale Raps <i>More About Nothing</i>

Rapper Wale‘s (a.k.a Mr. Folarin) released his latest mixtape More About Nothing this week and it’s his best piece of work yet. The mixtape stands as a sequel to his 2008 mixtape The Mixtape About Nothing and …

Bun B Is A Trill OG
July 31, 2010 – 4:09 pm | One Comment
Bun B Is A <i>Trill OG</i>

Bun B is set to release his latest album, Trill OG, this upcoming Tuesday, August 3rd. To the delight of his fans, Bun joined Twitter not too long ago—@BunBTrillOG—and began releasing songs off his as-yet-unreleased album. …

Live @ Suite 19 Presents: Eric Sosa
July 27, 2010 – 9:30 am | 3 Comments
Live @ Suite 19 Presents: Eric Sosa

Eric Sosa is a Queens MC attempting to bridge the gap between old-school and new-school hip-hop. A previous winner of MTV2′s Sucker Free competition and a growing presence in New York’s live rap scene, Sosa …

New Video: T.I and Keri Hilson’s “Got Your Back”
July 22, 2010 – 9:57 am | One Comment
New Video: T.I and Keri Hilson’s “Got Your Back”

T.I. has just debuted the video for his new single, “Got Your Back,” featuring fellow Atlanta native Keri Hilson.
Do we like it? On first appearance it’s a weaker “Whatever You Like” to me; might be …

Donald Glover Is Childish Gambino
July 18, 2010 – 2:07 pm | 4 Comments
Donald Glover Is Childish Gambino

Donald Glover juggles many balls at once in his career. Donald is an actor, comedian, writer and rapper. Many of you may have seen him star on NBC’s Community as Troy Barnes. Or maybe some …

Interpretation Of Hip-Hop By Dina: LOL
July 17, 2010 – 2:27 pm | 9 Comments
Interpretation Of Hip-Hop By Dina: LOL

When I think of hip-hop dancing, the first things that come to mind are booty shaking, pop-lock and droppin’, one-two steppin’, elbows up/side-to-side, body rolls and Soulja Boy (I guess). Check out this dusty woman’s …

Does Good Music Still Prevail?
July 5, 2010 – 3:30 am | 10 Comments
Does Good Music Still Prevail?

For hip-hop lovers, June was a good month. Releases from Drake, Eminem and The Roots were among those that hit the shelves and provided a much needed dose of good music to hip-hop fans. Unfortunately, …

Big K.R.I.T’s “Children Of The World”
July 5, 2010 – 3:19 am | 4 Comments
Big K.R.I.T’s “Children Of The World”

Today’s spotlight is on Big K.R.I.T as he shares the video for the very powerful song of “Children Of The World.” Big K.R.I.T is an emcee from Mississippi who signed to Def Jam with the help …

Lauryn Hill Explains The Reasons For Her Absence
June 29, 2010 – 9:45 am | 2 Comments
Lauryn Hill Explains The Reasons For Her Absence

The female MC’s playground may be crawling with Barbies and kaleidoscopic wigs right now, but we all know who shall forever sit atop the monkey bars looking down on these other little rap girls—Lauryn Noel …

YC The Cynic Puts The Art Into Hip-Hop
June 19, 2010 – 11:12 am | 4 Comments
YC The Cynic Puts The Art Into Hip-Hop

MC Shan said it best: “Hip-hop was set out in the dark, they used to do it out in the park.” Today, hip-hop is on many different stages, from radio and television to Internet. But …

17-Year-Old Rapper Kardi Has Skills
June 12, 2010 – 3:43 pm | 32 Comments
17-Year-Old Rapper Kardi Has Skills

I know what you may be thinking right now. You see the age 17 and say “Oh not another young rapper.” Okay. That’s fair. But what if I told you that the rapper you see …

Who Really Freestyles These Days?
June 12, 2010 – 3:21 pm | 9 Comments
Who Really Freestyles These Days?

Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, rappers used to rap off the dome. I know it sounds crazy, but back in the day the freestyle was the sign of a …

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