Beat geeks, record collectors, rap drones, it's time for our monthly group hug. Here are 10 rap albums to check for this June.
Maya Angelou's transcendent poetry has inspired many wordsmiths. The doyenne of poetry is sometimes referred to as the Godmother of Hip-hop. Here's an overview of Angelou's relationship with hip-hop.
Kicking back by the pool? Chillin' at the beach? Throwing a backyard barbecue party? You need the right tunes to set the mood. Fire up the grill and turn up the music to this summer BBQ playlist.
If you don't know Run DMC, I don't know if we can still be friends. Never even heard of the Kings from Queens? Whaaaat? Let's fix that now. Here's a Run-DMC biography to get you started.
I learned a valuable lesson many years ago: you lose friends by dropping J. Cole's name at a party. Upon mentioning Cole as a rapping human I enjoy listening to from time to time, my lady friend contorted her lips sideways, shook her head. "That guy is just, I don't know, boring," she said. "I just can't get into his music at all."
I heard the record screech to a halt in my head. I briefly considered explaining why Cole's music is anything but a snoozefest, quickly realized how stupid and defensive I was about to sound, and decided against it. An awkward silence ensued. She excused herself for a bathroom break... Read More...
What defines a great rap duo? Awards? Chart dominance? How about chemistry? Or a fusion of these three? The answer is fleeting, kind of like, eh, philosophy. True greatness is magical. So when two powerful hip-hop forces combine, the outcome transcends mythical proportions and gives birth to household names that are linked forever in music legend and lore. Here are the 10 greatest duos in hip-hop history.
Today is the birthday of one of hip-hop's all-time greats, Christopher Wallace (known to you as the Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls aka Frank White aka the King of New York). Biggie would have been a young 42 today. For perspective, Jay Z is 44.
Take some time to get to know the late great Frank White. Here's a biography I put together to help you enrich your knowledge of Biggie Smalls. Read and learn. You never know when you might have to impress a friend with some Biggie tidbits.
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Celebrities, like the rest of us, all have some dark, embarrassing secrets that they hope would remain just that - secrets. The difference between us and them is that public figures don't have the privilege of being able to deal with embarrassing moments in private like the rest of us. But Jay Z and Solange aren't the only celebs who have had to lick their wounds in public. Here's a rundown of 11 most embarrassing exposures in hip-hop history.
The Texas heat has turned my brain into an armpit. I'm sweating like a mountain goat as I type this because every title on this list is at least 150 degrees or hotter. Hot new picks for May await under the hood.
This Mother's Day, surprise Mom with a playlist of these adorable hip-hop songs for moms.