Lauryn Hill has released a video for her song, "Consumerism." When I saw L'Boogie perform this song live, it had the entire building in a trance. I felt like God himself had descended from heaven to deliver a speech set to music.
Hop on over to her website to watch the video.
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Lil Kim is the queen of hip-hop...according to Lil Kim, that is. "I am definitely the queen," Kim told xxlmag.com. "I definitely see myself as the queen. I am the one who made it possible for females to be sexy. That's just the bottom line. And I still rap hard with the fellas."
Lil Kim, 39, is still as defiant as ever. In the interview, she goes on to tout her legacy. I'm dying this way. With the crown on my head. Nobody can take nothing away from me."
She adds that women in hip-hop lack unity today, compared to their predecessors. "When we made it to the top, the real divas--me, Missy, Eve--we had no problem standing in a line. Look, let's get this money. We did songs together."
Lil Kim is prepping her new set, Hardcore 2K13, a nod to her debut album.
Thoughts? Is Lil Kim the queen of hip-hop?(Photo © Bryan Bedder/Dave Hogan/Getty)
Today is Jay Z's birthday. It's also my son's birthday, because, duh, 12/4 is the birthday of greatness. Young Hov turned 44. Young Adaso turned 8. But that's not the only thing I have in common with Jay.
Awhile back, I ranked all of Jay Z's albums--solo, collaborations, compilations -- in an ascending order of superiority. Inevitably, Reasonable Doubt wound up at No. 1. It will probably always be Hov's best work.
Coincidentally, Jay Z also ranked his own albums today in a rare display of vulnerability. Surprise, surprise, his Top 3 mirrors mine. In fact, his Top 5 looks a lot like my Top 5, aside from some minor differences.
Peep the links below to compare the two rankings.
How would you rank Jay Z's albums? What are his Top 5 albums?
Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian at San Francisco's AT&T Park in a superprivate ceremony. Now you'll get to see the event on national teepee. E! will televise the KimYe proposal in a new season of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
West popped the big question with a 15-carat diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz. A picture snapped by Kim's mom, Kris Jenner, shows a big jumbotron with the words "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" as a 50-piece orchestra played Lana Del Rey's "Young & Beautiful."
Childish Gambino has been teasing his new album, Because the Internet, and today he treated us to a brand new single called "The Worst Guys." It sports a sprawling mid-tempo beat and crisp rhymes from "10 to Watch" alum Chance the Rapper.
Childish first unveiled "The Worst Guys" at a Northeastern University concert last month. Stream the track below.
Because the Internet drops Dec. 10. Check out the colorful album packaging on Gambino's Instagram page.
Will they or won't they get back together? That's the question on the mind of every OutKast fans after seeing this Instagram picture of the Atlanta duo earlier today. Big Boi shared the photo without much context. "Just leaving the old Stewart Ave," he wrote. Not much to say. Just two dope boyz sharing a laugh.
But we can speculate. Last week, Billboard reported that the pair is plotting a comeback at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Time to go feed the piggy bank.(Photo © Getty Images)
People have been prodding J. Cole to fire back at Kendrick Lamar. Cole finally obliged. He joins Pusha T and A$AP Rocky on a remix of Justin Timberlake's "TKO" and uses the song to respond to K. Dot's "Control" verse.
Cole raps: "Man that hype done got you too / Everybody and their mama gassed / Even my mama asked what I'ma do / Decisions, decisions / In case this is war, then I load up on all ammunition / If a ni--a want problems, my trigger's on auto / I'll make sure that nobody miss him."
Listen to TKO below.
The death of actor/young father Paul Walker sent shockwaves to the entertainment industry over the weekend. The latest to do pay tribute to Walker is friend/Wu-Tang rapper RZA. The Wu-Tang producer teamed up with Will Wells for the song "Destiny Bends," which honors Walker with some powerfully emotional words.
Paul Walker and close friend Roger Rodas shared a love for speed. The friends died Saturday when their Porsche Carrera GT crashed and burned.
Listen below to "Destiny Bends" below.
Who's the best new rapper to watch in 2014? Who should we keep our ears and eyes on in the coming months? Go.
Man, Christmas music can be silly and annoying, especially when they're rigidly structured to fit the bill of holiday themes. Thankfully, the albums on this list avoid the corniness that usually accompanies holiday music in favor of (mostly) sumptuous tunes. Impress your holiday guests with this playlist of essential Christmas Rap albums.
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