When hip-hop radio host Wendy Williams started her talk show, nobody expected her to inherit Oprah's throne, but today she's set to become a media empress.
Considering the tenth anniversary of his death is right around the corner, I went out into the streets of New York to see what the people of Dirt McGirt's hometown have to say about his legacy.
"They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me. I'm still alive."
This week, T-Pain shocked the internet when he performed without Auto-Tune. But is it really that surprising that a guy who's won multiple Grammys has actual talent?
The poems were unearthed by his first manager, Leila Steinberg.
Ed Piskor is in the middle of putting out a comic-book history of hip-hop that is pretty much the best history of hip-hop anyone's ever done.
While it's still possible to stumble across a gem, the majority of valuable Lebanese-pressed vinyl has been eaten up by connoisseurs.
In Jones's own words, this new track embodies "the idea of growth and taking power in your own hands. There are people who complain about things. And then there are people who sit back, observe, and change what they don't like."
Nas's vignettes about day-to-day life in the Queensbridge projects are not just paeans to New York City. The songs on his 1994 debut Illmatic give us a sense of the tastes and smells that defined a generation of urban youth.
Even after Burma's 2011 democratic reforms, the government is still pretty much controlled by the military, and speaking out against the state can land you in prison, as local rapper Zayar Thaw found out.
"We have to keep making noise, we have to keep putting shit out on the internet—we have to stay relevant, or we'll go away. We work every fucking day, except the weekends; the weekends we go home and spend with our families."
We spoke to Yoshi Omori about photographing Public Enemy and the notorious Parisian club Le Globo.
Producer Amp Live just released the music video for "Signs," which combines flavors of hip-hop with electronic music and the sounds of a string orchestra.
"Genres of music cannot be owned, so there is no legal mechanism to protect rap artists from cultural appropriation. The best 'protection' is to have a diversity of critical voices opining on the artistic merit of the music."
MC Lyte released the first female rap album in 1988 and her fourth album was the first female rap album to go gold. I talked with the rap pioneer about race and gender within hip-hop culture.
It's easy to forget that before Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj, there were a host of pioneering female MCs. I spoke with two of those founding females, Lisa Lee and Sha-Rock, to get their thoughts on the role of gender in rap and the impact of "white-washing…
On Monday, a unanimous Supreme Court decided Skinner's "highly prejudicial" rap lyrics should have been inadmissible in court because they "bore a high likelihood of poisoning the jury against the defendant" and ordered a retrial for Skinner. Maybe we had…
This weekend, we celebrated feminine beauty with little people, beauty queens, wrestlers, and other sexy juggalettes at the 15th annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
The breakout star of the Gathering of the Juggalos was Ratchet Regi, a stripper who twerked on a 500-pound man's belly in front of Da Mafia 6ix's DJ Paul at an outdoor strip club.
MediaTakeOut has become notorious for its coverage of black celebrities, dick-pic leaks, and salacious headlines, but its founder is a former Wall Street lawyer who used to claim to clean Mariah Carey's laundry.
Can black subcultures continue to thrive and develop even though celebrities, like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, are appropriating them?
In Harlem, surrounded by the sweet summery May breeze and overlooking an ice cream truck down the block, it was the perfect time and place to talk about smoking lots and lots of weed with the self-proclaimed kush god, Smoke DZA.
On Satisfaction Guaranteed, Junglepussy teaches you how to eat, date, text, and live the life of a take-no-shit power bitch, all over a set of lush, deep, and dark Shy Guy beats.
Check out the new track "Uh Huh," which features Prince SAMO and Cody B. Ware. Then catch them on their 15-date Cross Faded tour next month with Atlanta's rowdiest rap collective, Two-9.