When Desmond Metcalf, a.k.a. Yung Real, was in prison for burglary, he helped make a video that earned over a million views.
The first trailer for All Eyez on Me features fairly unknown Demetrius Shipp Jr. as a practical carbon copy of the late West Coast rapper.
By being big, bold, beautiful, and black, Muhammad Ali charted a path for hip-hop's pioneers to follow, and taught us how to be men.
The hip-hop superstar has turned his back on the very tool that gave him his namesake.
We caught up with Scottish photographer Ivan Wigan, whose series The Gods celebrates the culture and community around hip-hop in the American South.
Strippers and strip club DJs have an influential taste-making ability in hip-hop. In our new series, Striptique, we test out some new music (and some old tunes) at the club and ask the exotic dancers which ones make them want to move.
Jazz artist Jaimeo Brown breaks down the power of work songs, which have an influence that extends from the plantation to the trap.
The new documentary Bad Rap explores the complicated struggles of the Asian American rap scene.
We spoke to a few hip-hop artists to get their perspectives on depression, suicide, and the music they've dedicated their lives to.
The sound of DC is changing, and hip-hop, long overshadowed by go-go, is becoming more prominent.
Drake became the first musical act since Nickelback to earn the honor.
There's more to lyrics like "dur dur dur dur dur" than you'd think.
The rapper B.o.B. has announced he's convinced the world is flat. But questioning everything you've been told is part of the very fabric of hip-hop itself.
The paucity of successful Asian-American rappers converts into a scarcity of fans. But to one man, a white man from Staten Island, Asian-American rap is the world. His devotion is rare and real enough to make an impact on the artists themselves.
We spoke with will.i.am and the producers behind "Merry Motherfuckin' Christmas" to get the story behind the most ruthless Christmas song of all time.
It turns out the majority of Soulja Boy's Soulja Board-branded hoverboards were bought by fraudsters.
Systemic oppression exists by dehumanizing the pieces that don't fit. But what better proof is there of our humanity, that we're alive, than our ability to dream? Five years ago, on MBDTF, West dreamed bigger than most.
And it was perfect.
The raptastic radio spot is yet another example of the Republican Party fundamentally misunderstanding its relationship with hip-hop.
The rap mogul invited journalists and industry folks to his birthday bash, featuring a New York-centric film screening set to his new, free album, Money Makin' Mitch.
Mike Dean is a legendary producer who's worked with everyone from Kanye West to 2Pac. He's also one of rap's biggest potheads. We smoked with him as he reminisced about facing Snoop Dogg in a blunt-off.
The most popular and relevant show on TV is full of ripped-from-the-headlines plots, elaborate musical set pieces, eye-popping cameos, pop-culture tie-ins, and more melodrama than you can shake a stick at.
The artist formerly known as Princess Nokia expresses love and bright optimism in the face of systemic oppression on her new disco-indebted album, Honeysuckle.
Legendary hip-hop writer Toure kicks off a series analyzing the lyrics of Kanye West. This inaugural installment looks at West's verse on "Smuckers" from Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb.