Quiet Storm: 15 Times Female Rappers Stole the Spotlight

From conscious to downright raunchy, female rappers have spat bars just as infamous and hard as their male counterparts. But they don’t always get the respect they deserve. Compiling a list of best verses ever spit by female rappers is no easy task. I reached out to my twitter followers to give me some of their favorite verses. I was met with 70+ different responses … Continue reading Quiet Storm: 15 Times Female Rappers Stole the Spotlight

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Justin Timberlake Announces Tour Dates for 2018

Justin Timberlake has announced his upcoming tour for his new album, Man Of The Woods. The album will be released on February 2, and the tour will kick off March 13 in Canada. The tour will be inspired by nature (obvious by the album title) and will bring “the outside in” according to Justin.

Now…we all know black people are on his ass about what he did to our beloved Janet back in 04′, so we hope his upcoming Super Bowl performance shows us he wants back in our good graces. But we’ll see.

Check out the trailer for Man Of The Woods and the you dates below.

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Top 10 Songs We Can Leave in 2017

Alight folks, with everyone cultivating their “Top 5” lists over the year end, we wanted to shake things up with the Top 10 Songs We Can Leave In 2017. These songs were played and played and played enough for some of us to either start to like the song or end up hating the song completely. These songs (whether we like it or not) put … Continue reading Top 10 Songs We Can Leave in 2017

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Do Artists Really Need Major Labels?

Over the holidays Chance The Rapper (@ChanceTheRapper) and the folks over at DJ Booth (@DJBooth) got into an interesting exchange on Twitter over the success of independent artist vs. recording artist under major record labels. The debate came shortly after Carl Chery, head of Hip Hop/R&B Programming at Apple, appeared on Everyday Struggle and claimed Chance The Rapper’s success to be “misleading” and “unrealistic”. Peep the exchange … Continue reading Do Artists Really Need Major Labels?

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Album Review: KiD CuDi x Dot Da Genius— WZRD [Released: February 28, 2012]

The WZRD is here with the first project self-titled. Coming a long way from “Day & Nite”, the duo have finally compiled their first work; the perfect medium of Hip Hop and Rock.  Dot Da Genius has blended Cudi’s subject matter to “mildly-rockish” tunes, placing Cudi in a seemingly more comfortable light. With the Cleveland native’s favorably unique style over the sounds of Alternative Rock, … Continue reading Album Review: KiD CuDi x Dot Da Genius— WZRD [Released: February 28, 2012]

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Top 5 Reasons Nicki Minaj Will Go Down in History

So I recently had this debate with a friend on the validity of Nicki as a rapper in the hip hop industry. I couldn’t help but sit back and listen to his arguments on why she could never be historical, so I told him I’d get back to him on it…in the form of a post. Without further adieu, lets get to it. 1. Shock … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons Nicki Minaj Will Go Down in History

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Dom Kennedy Tour: This Is Dom Kennedy

Check my mans in your city, I’ve seen him perform and couple times and it is pretty worth the money. It begins March 21, don’t sleep. Get your tix. 3.21.12 HOUSTON, TX @ WAREHOUSE LIVE 3.22.12 DALLAS, TX @ TREES 3.24.12 NASHVILLE, TN @ MERCY LOUNGE 3.25.12 ATLANTA, GA @ THE LOFT 3.27.12 CARRBORO, NC @ CAT’S CRADLE 3.29.12 NEW YORK, NY @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM … Continue reading Dom Kennedy Tour: This Is Dom Kennedy

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The Best Hip Hop Projects of 2011

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As the year comes to a close, I bring you the Best Hip Hop Projects of 2011. The Hip Hop community has had a very interesting boom this year with a lot of NEW artists making a name for themselves. You may have noticed a couple from XXL’s Freshman 10 list. Also expect to see a few other artists who are vets in this league. Overall, 2011 was a good year, especially with the hipster explosion in the 2010-2011 time frame. Artists have evolved in creativity, literary usage, and overall skill to compile their lives and experiences over dope musicianship. The list compiled below includes both mixtape and album alike, requiring much contemplation and effort pondering which project is better than the other. The rating scale considered skill, the ratio of good tracks to the total amount per project, the content, delivery, and originality that each artist exemplified. So without further hesitation, here it is.

10.) Pac Div – The Div

Talk about slept on artists, these three guys are one of the most slept on groups out. Pac Div (Pacific Division) is a southern Cali trio of two brothers (Like & Mibbs) and a long time friend (Be Young). Since their first release in ’06, Sealed for Freshness: The Blendtape, these guys have crafted a unique sound aiming at the young adult “hipsters” around the globe. With a theme they like to call “grown kid syndrome” these guys are like your average mid-twenty black males who still live with their parents who happen to rap pretty well and refuse the 9-5 lifestyle. So any experiences around that time in your life, whether it be women problems (Chaos: The Recipe), to coolin’ with the homies feeling yourself and your team (Posted), to the dream of being the greatest at whatever you do (The Greatness), the group covers it. Nevertheless, Pac Div also is known for their hyped and unique ad-libs, and their producer Swiff D keeps them laced with incredible production. Take a hint of some ever before heard Cali sounds from Pac Div.

9.) Mac Miller –Blue Slide Park

Now I won’t say he’s the next Em but, this white boy has amazing talent! Mac Miller is a young artist fresh out of high school making a name for himself in this industry. Miller made history as being the second artist to be number one on Billboard charts from their album from an indie label. This hasn’t happened since The Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food in ’95. Get familiar with Wiz Khalifa’s label mate’s feel good and party music. When life’s feeling great, turn on a track of his and I dare you to act as if your experience doesn’t elevate to new heights. You can put his songs in rotation at the frat-parties like Party on 5th Ave, or you can either chill, or mellow out to songs like, Of the Soul. nevertheless, Miller’s rhyme patterns are to die for as shown with the latter of the two songs aforesaid. This 19 year-old MC is destined to be one of the greats, you can quote me on that.

8.) Young Jeezy – TM 103 (Thug Motivation 103): Hustlaz Ambition

Jeezy is finally back! The much anticipated album is here along with a DVD (The Real is Back) and gives us the same hard-hitting beats and hood classic sound he trademarked way back when TM 101 first dropped. Jeezy’s fifth album comes to us in similar form with a couple of nice yet unusual features such as Jill Scott; you’ll be much appreciative of what she has to offer on Trapped just like I. Some features consist of vets like Jay-Z, his new signee Freddie Gibbs, and the legendary 3 Stacks (Andre 3000) on the hit single, I Do. The story of Jizzle’s rize to fame and fortune continues with completion of the Thug Motivation trilogy. So just as you did before, turn the speakers all the way up, and ride to this!

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Top 10 Slept On Artist: 2011 Edition

These are a select group of artist that get rare radio spin, underground respect, and if you ask the average sucka joe, they won’t know who these kids are. If you visit my site, then you probably rock with these cats… 10. QuESt ScHoolboy Q 9. Stalley 8. Dom Kennedy 7. Curren$y 6. Rockie Fresh 5. Pac Div 4. Freddie Gibbs 3. Big K.R.I.T 2. … Continue reading Top 10 Slept On Artist: 2011 Edition

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