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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif yesterday at 06:00. 1 comments

Nah, Jigga: Jay-Z Reportedly Has No Chance of Getting His Hands on an NFL Team

Nah, Jigga: Jay-Z Reportedly Has No Chance of Getting His Hands on an NFL Team

After a controversial announcement that he was making a deal with the devil the oft-criticized NFL, word on the street (h/t TMZ) was that Jay-Z was in line to become part owner of some unnamed football team.

Jay-Z Reportedly to Get Majority Ownership in NFL Team; Eric Reid Calls Move ‘Despicable’

With at least half of his 30 pieces of silver, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter will soon acquire a…

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 21, 2019 at 10:00. 1 comments

Don’t Get It ‘Twis’-ted: Sign Language Interpreter Steals the Show at a Twista Concert and Shows Importance of Access for Deaf People

Don’t Get It ‘Twis’-ted: Sign Language Interpreter Steals the Show at a Twista Concert and Shows Importance of Access for Deaf People

Twista may be the fastest-rapping MC in the world, but how good is he with his hands? His sign-language interpretive hands, that is.

Probably not half as good as Amber Galloway Gallego, the sign language interpreter hired to bring Twista’s show to life for fans who are deaf or otherwise hearing-impaired.

At a concert Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., Galloway Gallego showed some real rap battle...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 21, 2019 at 08:00.

September Drop Date Announced for Puma x Nipsey Hussle Fashion Collabo

September Drop Date Announced for Puma x Nipsey Hussle Fashion Collabo

In the weeks and months following his untimely death, so much has been revealed about the business machinations of one Ermias Asghedom, aka rapper, community activist and visionary businessman Nipsey Hussle.

Now, comes the announcement of the launch of yet another of his business ventures: a deal for a clothing line with Puma.

According to the New York Daily News, the fashion collaboration...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Aug 15, 2019 at 22:30. 8 comments

Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Will Get Nominated for CMA Awards, Right? Some Voters Don't Seem to Think So

Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Will Get Nominated for CMA Awards, Right? Some Voters Don't Seem to Think So

Welllll, I’m going to take my horse to the Old Town Road, I’m gonna riiiide ‘till I can’t no more… *record scratch* Welp, the Country Music Association voting board may say Lil Nas X can’t ride his horse onto their nomination list.

According to USA Today, ballots have gone out for the 2019 CMA Awards, but some of the voters (made up of musicians, songwriters, producers, touring professionals,...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Aug 06, 2019. 2 comments

Rapsody's Upcoming Album, Eve, Pays Homage to Black Women; 1st Single 'Ibtihaj' Keeps It All the Way Live

Rapsody's Upcoming Album, Eve, Pays Homage to Black Women; 1st Single 'Ibtihaj' Keeps It All the Way Live

Rapsody, the North Carolina lyricist known in hip-hop circles as a rapper’s rapper, has consistently delivered on both her individual releases and features. In 2017, Rapsody (born Marlanna Evans) dropped her critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated album, Laila’s Wisdom (Jamla/RocNation). The first record on the album—the title track—has been in my personal rotation nonstop ever since and it...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jul 30, 2019. 8 comments

7 Thoughts About Chance the Rapper's 'Debut' Album, The Big Day

7 Thoughts About Chance the Rapper's 'Debut' Album, The Big Day

On Friday, July 26, after much leadup and life changes for one Chancelor Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper, he independently released his “debut” album, The Big Day. Boasting a shit-ton of songs, largely about relationships and the leadup to “the big day”—his wedding, presumably—he uses his “big day” (“debut” album release day) to focus on his maturity and where he is in life.

Chance puts a lot...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jul 24, 2019. 1 comments

Meek Mill Keeps the Dream Going With Launch of Dream Chasers Records

Meek Mill Keeps the Dream Going With Launch of Dream Chasers Records

It might be official: Meek Mill is better at catching the dreams he’s chasing than everyone else. Meek Mill (born Robert Williams) and RocNation announced in a pair of Instagram posts the launch of Dream Chasers Records, a joint venture label between the two in which Meek will serve as president and be responsible for the label, staff and crew.

“Creating a record label has always been the next...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 18, 2019.

Watch Offset and Cardi B Do Anything—Like Translate Their Lyrics—for 'Clout'

Watch Offset and Cardi B Do Anything—Like Translate Their Lyrics—for 'Clout'

Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually pretty damn old.

Sure, the gift of melanin means my black has yet to crack, but I’ve been in bed by like 8 p.m. every day this week, my sciatic nerve is well past its prime, and I have no idea what the hell “no cap” even means.

So I’d like to take the time to thank Kiari Cephus and Belcalis Almanzar, better known to you young whippersnappers as hip-hop...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 17, 2019. 4 comments

Chance the Rapper Reveals Title, Release Date of Debut ‘Owbum’ on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Chance the Rapper Reveals Title, Release Date of Debut ‘Owbum’ on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Despite mounds of evidence to the contrary, Chi-Town superhero Chance the Rapper refuses to call any of his previous releases “albums.” They’re mixtapes, dammit. He said what he said.

I mean, sure. They’re all monetized, courtesy of their availability on streaming services, all have infiltrated the Billboard charts, and all feature original compositions, but were any of them albums? Of course...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 16, 2019. 6 comments

‘I Am a Champion for My Brown, Dark Women’: Living Legend Missy Elliott Covers Marie Claire

‘I Am a Champion for My Brown, Dark Women’: Living Legend Missy Elliott Covers Marie Claire

Fun, fly fact: Monday marked the 22nd anniversary of Missy Elliott’s debut drop, Supa Dupa Fly.

If that anniversary astounds you, it’s likely because aside from the fact that we don’t feel 22 years older (that was legit half my lifetime ago, at this point), the song, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” still slaps, proving Missy was always well ahead of her time.

“We created a sound that we didn’t even...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 16, 2019. 3 comments

Megan Thee Stallion Teases Fever: Thee Movie, Presented by Hype Williams

Megan Thee Stallion Teases Fever: Thee Movie, Presented by Hype Williams

Megan Thee Stallion is giving us fever all through the night and it is heating up even more for the entire summer.

My feelings for Megan and the concept of “hot girl summer” are already well documented, but adding a whole film franchise to the mix is about to be next-level lit.

The 24-year-old rapper already showcased her homage to blaxploitation films with the music video for “Realer,” which...

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Felice León Felice León Jul 12, 2019. 5 comments

City Girls' Yung Miami is Here to Coach You to the Hot Girl Summer Championship

City Girls' Yung Miami is Here to Coach You to the Hot Girl Summer Championship

ICYMI: Hot girl summer is on and popping.

We’ve passed the Fourth of July holiday, and hot girls are up 100 to 0 at the half. We out here winning, y’all.

Team fuckboi tried to co-opt the hot girl summer in an attempt to put a few measly points on the board, but the hot girls spotted each and every shot attempt and blocked. Try again, fuckbois.

Megan Thee Stallion Says ‘Hot Girl Summer’ Is...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Jul 05, 2019.

Grabbing Feminism by the Mic: This Is How Women in Hip-Hop Are Making a Lane of Their Own

Grabbing Feminism by the Mic: This Is How Women in Hip-Hop Are Making a Lane of Their Own

The terms “hip-hop” and “feminism” might seem like oil and water. After all, the culture of misogyny and straight disrespect of women throughout hip-hop culture could lead one to think otherwise. So can a feminist politic exist in a hyper-misogynistic space?

The answer: It’s complicated.

“Hip-hop feminism” was coined by author and scholar Joan Morgan in her groundbreaking 1999 book,

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 04, 2019. 4 comments

Watch: Wu-Tang Truly Is Forever in Trailer for Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Watch: Wu-Tang Truly Is Forever in Trailer for Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Hip-hop heads rejoice!

Instead of being shortchanged with a two-hour biopic, the Wu-Tang Clan will finally tell their tale over the course of a 10-episode limited series premiering this September on Hulu. Wu-Tang: An American Saga is the brainchild of RZA and screenwriter Alex Tse (Watchmen, Superfly) and features the likes of Dave East as Method Man and Joey Bada$$ as Inspectah...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 03, 2019. 18 comments

Lil Nas X Has One Thing to Say to Everyone Trolling Him About His Sexuality

Lil Nas X Has One Thing to Say to Everyone Trolling Him About His Sexuality

You know by now that Lil Nas X is better than 99 percent of the population at creating the kind of viral hit that’s catnip for children (so good in fact, you’d think he was also behind the monsters who created “Baby Shark.”)

Well, just know that Lil Nas X is (way) better than you at the internet, too.

The 20-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper, who officially came out last Sunday, had the perfect...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jun 29, 2019. 5 comments

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 29: De La Soul's 'A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays'

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 29: De La Soul's 'A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays'

De La Soul’s sophomore album, De La Soul Is Dead, was released on May 14, 1991. Sometime in late 1991, while I was in 7th grade, my class went on a field trip, and on the bus ride I sat down next to a friend of mine (whose name I remember vividly but whose business I won’t put in the streets) and she handed me her headphones so that I could listen to this new De La Soul tape she had.

By the...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 27, 2019. 4 comments

Press, Press, Press, Press, Press: Cardi’s New Music Video Is a Perfectly Timed Court Drama

Press, Press, Press, Press, Press: Cardi’s New Music Video Is a Perfectly Timed Court Drama

The visual for “Press ” is here!

While I didn’t exactly bop with this song as I have her other hits, I do have to acknowledge the strategic timing of Cardi B’s video release for “Press,” which dropped one day after her arraignment hearing in connection with a 2018 strip club altercation. The 26-year-old rapper is facing two felony charges and some misdemeanor charges, including...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jun 27, 2019. 11 comments

Okay, So Breakdancing Might Really Become an Olympic Sport

Okay, So Breakdancing Might Really Become an Olympic Sport

Hip-hop’s cultural impact is undeniable and it appears that it’s one step closer to infiltrating what was once considered unimaginable—the Olympics.

USA Today reports that the International Olympic Committee has greenlit a request from Paris officials to include breakdancing in the 2024 Olympics.

Breakdancing Could Earn You a Gold Medal in the 2024 Olympic Games

If Olympic organizers get...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jun 14, 2019. 11 comments

Forbes’ 5 Richest Rappers and What They Should Buy With Their Money

Forbes’ 5 Richest Rappers and What They Should Buy With Their Money

Forbes released its list of the five wealthiest hip-hop stars topped by Jay-Z, who Forbes recently declared the first billionaire rapper if you don’t count Donald Trump, whose multiple rap beefs, criminal history and love for the “stop snitching” movement technically qualifies him as a gangster rapper. Plus, we can’t forget that time Trump spit bars, sparking the great Jigga/White Twitter...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 11, 2019. 13 comments

DJ Khaled Is Said to Be Planning to Make a Run on Billboard’s Pockets Over No. 1 Spot Spat

DJ Khaled Is Said to Be Planning to Make a Run on Billboard’s Pockets Over No. 1 Spot Spat

Apparently, when DJ Khaled intones, “We the best!” he means it, and anyone saying otherwise may be in for a fight—a legal fight, that is.

According to Page Six, the Miami-based deejay is set to sue Billboard over its recent decision to deny him the No. 1 spot on its Billboard 200 albums chart for Father of Asahd, instead finding that Tyler the Creator’s IGOR came in No. 1.

Billboard apparently...

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