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Something Fishy About Guru's Press Statement
Somehow between various surgical procedures and a coma, Guru supposedly awakened and summoned enough strength to issue a statement on his health. In the

Song Review: Drake - "Over"
You hear that? That's the sound of a million people letting out a long sigh of disappointment. Assuming you're not tempted to dismiss Drake's upcoming debut on

Ludacris Bests Hendrix and Gorillaz for No.1 Spot
The jury is still out on who won the Battle of the Sexes, but we know for sure that Ludacris emerged victorious in the other battle: the battle of the charts.

Guru Now in Stable Condition
How about a dose of good news to wrap up the week? After months of illness, rapper Guru is now said to be in stable condition. Guru's publicist issued a

Wu-Tang is for the Children
Three members of the Wu-Tang Clan joined forces to release a new album titled Wu-Massacre. It's in stores right now, but I'm sure you've already picked up a

Hip-Hop's Finest Grace "Rip The Runway"
Various hip-hoppers took the stage at BET's Rip The Runway show, which merged music and fashion. Performers included teen rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em, southern

Music Video: Reflection Eternal's "In This World"
Reflection Eternal's new album, Revolutions Per Minute, is slated for April 6, 2010. The duo recently unveiled a new video for their new single In This World.

Ludacris Confronts Bill O'Reilly
Ludacris had a bone to pick with Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly at a recent charity function. When Luda saw O'Reilly's name on the guest list, he rolled

Nas Urges Kids to Stay in School
Nas wants his fans to follow his words, not his actions. Although the wildly revered MC never received a high school diploma, he told high school students at

Texas Bans Hip-Hop...Well, Sort Of
The Texas State Board of Education tentatively approved new standards for social studies over the weekend, but left out hip-hop in the curriculum. The

What's the Real Cost of that Record Deal?
Every time I launch into one of my Death to the Majors! tirades, people are quick to remind me of the merits of a major deal. In reality, aligning with a

Suge Knight Wanted for Assaulting Rapper Yukmouth
Suge Knight is at it again. The former Death Row head honcho allegedly assaulted and robbed rapper Yukmouth Monday night, according to TMZ. The story goes

Mos Def's "Quiet Dog" Featured in Palm Commercial
Was anyone else ecstatically happy to see Mighty Mos Def get his shine on in that new Palm webOS commercial. I have to say, I was a bit surprised that they

Jay-Z: "It's no Biggie, I'm just the king now"
That was Jay-Z on Snoop's I Wanna Rock (G-Mix). As you can tell from that line, Jay is starting to make an emphatic case for GOAT more than ever. Does he have

Top 10 Rap Releases for April 2010
Welcome to the month of April aka the month when every rapper and his weed decides to release an album on 4/20. April 20 is, of course, the counterculture

Mr. Scarface is Back
After two decades, Scarface has finally decided to give the mixtape circuit a try. Dopeman Music, Face's tribute to the streets. The Houston lyricist dropped

Dr. Dre is Toying with Our Emotions
Did you see Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine promoting Beats by Dre headphones at Fenway Park during the Yankees vs. Red Sox Game just a few days ago? Dre made sure to

Watch Drake's "Over" Video
You already know how I feel about this song. Did the video enhance the song's quality? That's up for the debate. Nonetheless, Anthony interesting camera work

RBX on Ghostwriting for Dr. Dre
The folks behind How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC have been cooking up some dope interviews with various hip-hoppers. In their latest

Distant Relatives Sounds Promising
It's impossible to deduce the overall quality of an album from just a few songs, but the batch of songs I've heard from Distant Relatives is bursting at the

Guru Has Passed Away
New York rapper Guru died on Monday morning after a grueling battle with cancer, according to MTV News. He was 43. Guru suffered a cardiac arrest in March

Video: Nas and Damian Marley - "As We Enter"
If you're not excited about Nas and Damian Marley's collaborative album, you should check your pulse rightaway. Better yet, check out their new video for As We

Review: B.o.B. - The Adventures of Bobby Ray
B.o.B. is an incredibly gifted rapper/singer out of Atlanta. His debut, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, combines his strengths as a songwriter, lyricist, and

Video: Lupe Fiasco - "I'm Beamin'"
The first time I witnessed Lupe's live performance of I'm Beamin' I hated it. For some reason, the futuristic vibe and languorous flow don't translate well in

Drake Teams up with Kanye on New Single
Drake's new single, Find Your Love, has found its way onto the web. Kanye West laced the track for the Canadian sensation. It's a drum-heavy number sure

Song Review: Jay Electronica - "Ghost of Christopher Wallace"
After hypnotizing the world with Exhibit C, Jay Elect invokes the spirit of Biggie Smalls on his latest buzz single. Here's my take on Ghost of Christopher

Dame Dash to Relaunch Roc-A-Fella Sans Jay-Z
Pssst! Did you hear the one about Dame Dash relaunching Roc-A-Fella sans the Jay-Z? The former Roc-A-Fella mogul has gone on record as saying that he plans to

Kurupt Questions Career Decisions in New Video
If you're interested in the answers to questions like What made Kurupt go back to Suge? and Is he going to be on Detox?, then don't watch Kurupt's new

Rapper Trae Sues Hip-Hop Radio Station
After months of watching his music get banned on Houston's only hip-hop station KBXX 97.9 The Box, rapper Trae tha Truth decided to take matters into his own

Eminem is the Artist of the Decade
Eminem has officially bagged the award for being the highest selling artist of the decade in the U.S. Nielsen Soundscan presented Em with his award for selling

Top 10 New Rap Albums - May 2010
Nas connects with a Marley. Common rounds up some classics. Kweli pumps his fist. Necro scares us to death. Some old-timers hang out with T.I. There's some

Video: Drake - "Find Your Love"
Drake has premiered his music video for Find Your Love, which was shot in Jamaica. It features Maliah Michel and Mavado. Video: Drake - Find

The World's First Hip-Hop Harmonica Player?
Meet Bad News Brown. He labels himself the first hip-hop harmonica in his music video for a song called Reign, off his debut Born 2 Sin. I'm not sure how this

Scarface Turns Down Hip-Hop Honors Nomination
I've always felt that Scarface has been long overdue for a spot on VH1's Hip-Hop Honors roll. So, imagine my chargrin when I found out that Face, undoubtedly

This Week in Rap: Asher Returns, Eminem and Jay-Z Join Forces Again, and Weezy Breaks Jail Rules
A lot happened in hip-hop this week. Here's a wrap-up of the best stories. Feel free to share your picks, too. Asher Roth Returns: First came the hype.

And in Today's Episode of 'Suge Knight Behaving Badly'
Hi, welcome to another episode of our reality show, Suge Knight Behaving Badly. Today's show sees the former Death Row head honcho in trouble with the law

Thank Me Later Tracklist Revealed
The tracklist for Drake's major debut has found its way onto these here interwebs and I know you can't contain your excitement right now. You know what this

CD Review: Nas and Damian Marley - Distant Relatives
It's become something of a musical sport, trying to capture the essence of Africa in song format. Over the last four years, artists great and small have hurled

Lauryn Hill Set to Headline Rock the Bells
Lauryn Hill is finally coming out of reclusion. Yes, the acclaimed rapper/singer will headline this year's Rock the Bells tour, according to various reports.

Live Blogging Vh1 Honors the Dirty South
8:05 Comedian Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) has just undergone a thorough southern makeover, replete with grills and chains bigger than his

Review: Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)
Janelle Monáe first emerged on the scene with stunning guest turns on OutKast's Idlewild soundtrack and Big Boi's Got Purp, Vol.2. mixtape. On her debut LP, The

Top Selling Rap Albums of the Week
It's been an intensely competitive week for anyone who makes a living in the charts department, with Glee, Usher, and the Rolling Stones all releasing albums.

50 Cent Sheds 50 Pounds for Movie Role
If you bumped into 50 Cent at the mall these days, you probably wouldn't recognize the rap star. New pictures of 50 posted on his social networking site

New Music: Kanye - "Power"
Reality is catching up with me/Taking my inner child, I'm fighting for custody. That's Kanye West on Power, five minutes of non-stop fierce rhymes

Top 10 Rap Songs - June 4, 2010
Craving some slam-bang hip-hop tunes to help you ease into the weekend? Proceed for a round-up of the week's Top 10 Rap Songs.

Top 10 New Rap Releases for June 2010
There are several reasons why you're going to love this month's Top 10. For starters, it's probably the only place on the web where you'll see hip-hop neophyte

For Chamillionaire, Foreclosure is a Business Decision
While Chamillionaire has seen his share of success, he's not immune from hardship. The Houston rap star recently saw his Dallas mansion succumb to foreclosure.

Top 10 Rap Songs - June 11, 2010
When I first published last week's Top 10, Kanye's new single Power had not yet made its way onto the web world. Shortly after it leaked I liked it so much

Preview: Eminem - Recovery
Eminem's Recovery is one of the most wanted hip-hop albums of 2010. Thankfully, details of the album, including a full tracklist and guest list, have emerged.

The Return of Kanye West
Kanye West has been slowly inching his way back into the game. Last week, he leaked Power, a single from his upcoming 5th album. Next up on 'Ye's schedule

Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj Feud Gets Ugly
I've tried to ignore this feud, but it just won't go away. First, Lil Kim tossed some nasty barbs at her doppelganger Nicki Minaj. Drake fired back on behalf of

CD Review: Eminem - Recovery
Recovery is unlike any of Eminem's previous studio albums. Lacking the skits, traditional guests, and goofball lead singles that characterized The Slim Shady LP

Download: Fashawn's Ode to Illmatic Mixtape
If you've never given a rat's derriere about Fashawn, this is a good way to meet him. Many rappers talk about the influence of Illmatic on their craft, but none

Drake Explains Why Andre 3000 Turned Him Down
Andre 3000 didn't drink the Drake Kool Aid. Drake reached out to the OutKast lyricist about a collaboration but Dre turned down the offer. I really tried

Music Video: Rhymefest - "Prosperity"
Rhymefest plans to release a video for every song on his new album, El Che. The latest is for his new single Prosperity, which finds him playing Minister

Drake Concert Ends in Violence Before It Even Begins
Quick, name a rapper most likely to inspire acts of violence at a concert. If you guessed Drake, you're either a liar or Bill O'Reilly. It turns out that

Dr. Dre's "Under Pressure" Leaks on the Web
Dr. Dre has teased us endlessly about his eternally delayed album Detox so much that it's becoming increasingly difficult to take him seriously. Like many in

Try It Before You Buy It: The Roots' How I Got Over
The Roots are throwing an online listening party and you're invited. The Philly group's latest album, How I Got Over, is slated to arrive in stores on Tuesday,

Move Over Drake, J Cole is Next
The video for Who Dat is a coming out party of sorts for J Cole, though it may have been shot on a $40 budget. The camera simply follows Cole as he strolls

Top Selling Rap Albums of the Week
The numbers are in and we have ourselves a winner. According to Billboard, Drake's debut Thank Me Later is this week's top selling album with 463,000 units.

Tupac's "Dear Mama" Selected for U.S. Library of Congress
Tupac's Dear Mama was selected for inclusion in the U.S. Library of Congress.

10 Rap Songs Inspired by Michael Jackson
Can you believe it's already been one year since Michael Jackson passed away? And though MJ may be gone, but his cultural legacy lives on. Jackson not only

Top 10 Rap Songs of the Week
This week, we salute the reunited Diplomats and applaud new songs by J Cole, Drake, and Big Boi. B-boys and b-girls, I give you this week's Top 10 Rap Songs.

Eminem Honors Dr. Dre at ASCAP Awards
It's been a decade since his last solo album, yet Dr. Dre remains one of the most influential figures in the music industry. Further proof of Dre's dominance

Drake and Nicki Minaj Win Big at 2010 BET Awards
It was a Young Money affair at the 2010 BET Awards, as Drake and Nicki Minaj won Best Hip-Hop Male and Best Hip-Hop Female respectively. Both thanked their

CD Review: Drake - Thank Me Later
No, Thank Me Later isn't as brilliant as So Far Gone. But as far as debut albums go, it showcases a spectacularly gifted songwriter in top form. Here's my take

Top 10 New Rap Releases - July 2010
With the weather now approaching volcanic temperatures (at least, here in Houston), it's time to check out some sizzling records sure to stay in rotation past

CD Review: The Roots - How I Got Over
Don't get it twisted, the Roots' new gig hasn't changed a thing about the group. Black Thought is still calling out wack MCs for lack of creative vision,

Pharoahe Monch Debuts New Music from W.A.R
Pharoahe Monch has fired the first shot from W.A.R., his upcoming solo album. The acronym stands for We Are Renegades. Pharoahe's new song, Shine, is

CD Review: Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot
Big Boi has successfully crafted a surefire hit album without a single rhyme from his partner-in-rhyme Andre 3000. That's not a knock on Ice Cold. It's a

The Roots and John Legend Reveal Tracklist for Wake Up!
The Roots and John Legend will team up to inject new life into a batch of soulful hits on their upcoming collaborative effort, Wake Up! The album is slated for

10 Best Rap Albums of 2010 (So Far)
2010 is halfway gone. If you're a fan of the Lakers, soccer (sorry, futbol), or vuvuzelas, you've had a great year so far. As for me, I'm just happy that the

Too Short Arrested for Battery
Too Short was arrested on three counts of battery on Wednesday night, following a performance at the Knitting Club in Boise. Authorities say a fight broke out

Artist Spotlight: Emmanuel Jal
Rappers sometimes claim that they rap about violence to entertain their audiences like, you know, Hollywood movies. For Emmanuel Jal, though, there's nothing

50 Best Summer Rap Songs of the 90s
Whether your goal to party hard or relax by the pool and soak up some rays, this summertime playlist offers the perfect 90s tunes to set you in the right mood.

Who Else is Ready for a New Nas Album?
As much as I liked Distant Relatives, I'm ready for some new Nas material. I may be biased since Nasir happens to be in my all-time Top 5 of MCs, but I'm ready

Lauryn Hill Returns with "Repercussions"
Lauryn Hill is back like she never left. Her new song is a slow-rolling number titled Repercussions. After a few spins, I can safely say that it sounds like

New Music: Lupe Fiasco - "Building Minds Faster"
Lupe Fiasco goes in on Ricky Ross' B.M.F. song and drops lyrical references to Fela Kuti and Marcus Garvey. That beat is tuffer than Jamaican gong. It needs

The Roots Unleash "The Fire"
Did Thought black out on this joint? Is summer hot? I still don't know how The Roots managed to get away with releasing an album as imaginative as How I Got

Ice Cube Serves up "Kool-Aid" with a Side of Beef
Ice Cube's newest single has the streets talking but I'm not sure it's for the right reason. Drink the Kool-Aid, the lead single from Cube's upcoming album,

Iran's Supreme Leader Bans Music
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has banned music from being practiced or taught in the Islamic republic, according to a report by The Guardian.

Dr. Dre Working on Instrumental Album about the Solar System (Wait, What?)
Oh Dr. Dre, how I love your sense of humor. It's not enough that you've been teasing us with Detox for over a decade, now you're working on an instrumental

Wyclef Mulls Presidential Run in Haiti
Hip-hop mega star Wyclef Jean is considering a run for president of his native country Haiti. Clef is trying to decide whether to seek a 5-year term as leader

Yelawolf Rips Gucci Mane's "Lemonade"
Some of you threw a tantrum when you saw Lemonade in my Top 50 Rap Songs of 2009. Fret not, this version of Lemonade features nary a word from the much

50 Best Summer Rap Songs of the 2000s
I gave you the best summer rap songs of the 90s, now let's explore the songs we partied to in the 2000s. Like the first list, this one is organized by year.

Stray Notes on Kanye's New Album
Kanye West's promotional vehicle has kicked into overdrive within the last 7 days or so. That can only mean one thing: his eagerly awaited 5th album is on its

Try It Before You Buy It: Bun B's Trill OG
People who know me know how much I despise MySpace. It's a digital dinosaur that belongs in the museum along with other relics of social networking innovation.

Wyclef to Run for President of Haiti
Last time we checked in with Wyclef, he was a mulling a presidential run in his native country Haiti. Word on the street is that Clef plans to officially

Eminem Not Happy About VMA Nomination
Eminem leads the group of hip-hop contenders at the 2010 Video Music Awards with 8 nominations. His single Not Afraid is up for Video of the Year. He was

Top 10 Rap Releases for August 2010
You probably won't find many of this month's top rap releases at your local Best Buy or Target. Instead, you'll have to scour these here innanets for titles

Video: Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" (Feat. Rihanna)
Eminem's Love the Way You Lie video is upon us. It features pop siren Rihanna, Transformers actress Megan Fox, and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan. The Jospeh

Video: Kanye's Portrait of "Power"
Moments after Kanye West's portrait of Power (don't call it a music video) aired on MTV, a friend tweeted this: Wow! That was a powerful preview. I can't

Jay-Z's Memoir Set to Drop in November
Jay-Z's life has been chronicled on wax and on the screen, but the usually mysterious MC will unravel his story in an upcoming memoir titled Decoded, due out on

Mixtape Review: Wale's More About Nothing
More About Nothing is Wale's firm rebuttal to critics who held a premature funeral for his career after his debut album flopped. This mixtape suggests that the

This Day in Hip-Hop History
Thirty-seven years ago today, a house party was held in a small recreation room at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in The Bronx, New York. That party revolutionized the

G-Unit Inks Deal with EMI
I had an opportunity to speak with G-Unit's Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo during their trip to Houston in July. They told me then that G-Unit had officially left

Calendar of 2010 Rap Releases (Updated)
Believe it or not, Kanye West's Dark Twisted Fantasy isn't the only big hip-hop release scheduled for this fall. In fact, there are several other hip-hoppers,

Freddie Gibbs' Str8 Killa, No Filla Mixtape (Now DJ-free)
If you like your mixtapes teeming with DJ tags such as reeeewind and bring that back! please skip right to the next post. But if you're a Freddie Gibbs fan

Jay-Z Tops Forbes' 2010 Richest Rappers List
Despite the recession and economic turmoil that rocked the global market in the last few years, hip-hop is still big business. Look no further than Forbes' 2010

Top 10 Kanye West Songs
Kanye is an immensely gifted and well accomplished artist with four hit albums under his belt. As we await the release of his 5th CD, let's look back at his

Does Drake Have a Video Problem?
Thank Me Later showed us that Drake can hold his own on the mic. He's refreshingly honest and engaging. In short, you can always count on being entertained by

Top 10 Rap Songs - August 27, 2010
I'm really glad your computer is working today because I have some amazing new hip-hop songs to share with you. Proceed for some of my recent musical

Haiti Rejects Wyclef's Presidential Bid
Haiti's electoral council has ruled that Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is ineligible to run for president of the impoverished country. Council spokesman

Chelsea Handler Wants a Kanye/Taylor Swift Reunion at the VMAs
Will we see a Taylor Swift and Kanye West reunion at this year's MTV Video Music Awards? Chelsea Handler is definitely willing to try. Handler, who's been

Dr. Dre Laughed at Eminem's "Big Weenie"
Yes, that's an actual quote from Eminem. And yes, Big Weenie is an actual song. In a recent interview with VIBE, Eminem spoke candidly about his past creative

Spike Lee to Direct The Roots Telecast
Mark your calendar, kiddos. Spike Lee is set to direct a live webcast of a concert featuring The Roots and John Legend on September 23. The two acts recently

Eminem Is Still No.1
Eminem's Recover has been perched atop the Billboard 200 chart for 7 non-consecutive week and it shows no signs of slowing down. None of the six major debuts

Timbaland Denies Suicide Attempt
We live in an age when it's acceptable to spread rumors about celebrities. Stories are widely fabricated and overblown for a few extra pageviews. Take the

Kanye West and Raekwon Give Justin Bieber Ol' Skool Love
I never thought I'd be writing about Justin Bieber on a hip-hop site.  But, alas, the Bieber machine is sweeping through hip-hop with Kanye West and Raekwon on

Review: Kanye West - "Monster"
Kanye unleashed Monster last Friday to kick off his G.O.O.D. Music Friday series. Is it a world class collabo or hot trash with no mojo? Here's my take on

T.I. and Tiny Arrested on Drug Charges
Newlyweds T.I. and Tiny were busted for possession of a controlled substance Wednesday night. According to the NY Post, the couple was arrested on the suspicion

Lauryn Hill Close to Releasing New Album
Get excited. Get very excited. Lauryn Hill is readying her new, yet-to-be-titled album for a release soon. There's not a lot of specifics right now, but

Top 10 Rap Songs - September 10, 2010
It's a good week to be a hip-hop fan. OGs like Kanye and Jay-Z seem to be on a winning streak lately, while younguns like J Cole and Freddie Gibbs have been

Review: Rah Digga - Classic
Rah Digga has come a long way since her days as the leading lady in Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad. After releasing her solo debut, 2000's Dirty Harriet, Digga

Joell Ortiz Bids Summer Farewell with New EP
Do you find yourself sweating when you think of how badly you'll miss summer? Maybe Joell Ortiz new EP, Farewell Summer can help you bid adieu to the sweltering

Petey Pablo Arrested for Gun Possession
In today's installment of Rappers Behaving Badly, Petey Pablo (Moses Barrett III) was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Saturday morning after

DJ AM Sued for Unpaid Taxes
DJ AM left behind so much debt that his estate now faces a lawsuit. AM (real name Adam Goldstein) owed about $88,000 in unpaid taxes, according to TMZ. A

Lil Wayne Named Songwriter of the Year
Lil Wayne has been named urban songwriter of the year at the BMI Urban Awards for the second consecutive year. Drake's Best I Ever Had and Keri Hilson's

Video: 2Pac and Jada Pinkett Dancing to Will Smith
If you surfed the web yesterday you probably encountered several reminders of 2Pac's death anniversary. Now, I'm not one to get all teary eyed and sentimental

GOOD Friday: Kanye West - "Lord Lord Lord"
This one came a little late but it was worth the wait. Lord Lord Lord in a nutshell: Seven minutes of Cuban Linx Rae, Ecstatic Mos, Graduation 'Ye, and

Top 10 Rap Songs - September 24, 2010
In troubling times, soul-inspired hip-hop is just what the doctor ordered.  Thankfully, there's plenty of pound by the soul in this week's chart, courtesy of

Jay-Z Unveils Decoded Book Cover
As I reported earlier, Jay-Z's new book, Decoded, is slated for release on Nov. 16. Since then, we've learned that it's not so much a memoir as it is a lyrical

Lupe Fiasco's Fans Plan Protest in Support of Lasers
Lupe Fiasco's fans want Lasers and they want it right now. A group of fans are moving on with their plan to protest his record label, Atlantic Records, in a bid

Top Selling Rap Albums of the Week
Anyone care to explain to me how Trey Songz managed to sell 240,000 copies of his new album, Pain, Passion, and Pleasure? I knew he had some fans, but I didn't

MC Hammer Blasts Jay-Z for "So Appalled" Lyrics
It's not exactly a classic matchup: Jay-Z vs MC Hammer. But it's sure to be an interesting one if Hammer goes through with his promise to fire back at Jay.

Song Review: Kanye West - "All of the Lights" (Feat. Tony Williams)
Two songs have leaked from Kanye's yet-to-be-titled new album. While both songs are interesting, the one that really caught my attention is All of the Lights,

Top 10 New Rap Releases for October 2010
October is my favorite month, and not just because it's my birth month. Between the cool weather and the arrival of the new NBA 2K game, I'm usually a happy

Try It Before You Buy It: Pimp C's Naked Soul of Sweet Jones
Pimp C never held his tongue when he was walking the earth. He's not about to start now. The Pimp is still spittin' fire from beyond, as evinced on his

Kanye Tweets New Album Title
Remember when Kanye West's album was titled Good A-- Job? Not anymore. This morning West took to Twitter to reveal the title of his wildly anticipated 5th

Lil Wayne Sentenced to 30 Days in Solitary Confinement
Lil Wayne may have just found out that he's not above the law (at least, for once) after being moved to punitive segregation at Rikers Island. Wayne is serving

Nas Blasts Def Jam Records
Nas has made a living by spitting acid on wax for over a decade. He's now applying the same approach to his dealings with Def Jam Records. In an email

Lupe Fiasco's Lasers Finally Gets a Release Date
Put away your picket signs -- you won't be needing them on Fiasco Friday, after all. The rift between Lupe Fiasco and Atlantic Records seems to have been

Yes, Freddy, You Too Can Be Waka Flocka Flame for Halloween
Can't decide what to be for Halloween? Here's Waka Flocka mask to the rescue.

Who Would Win a Fight Between Eminem and Nick Cannon?
Remember that silly beef between Eminem and Nick Cannon? Well, the two may soon come to blows if fans of both artists have anything to say about it. Nick

T.I. Suicide Intervention a Stunt?
Rapper. Actor. CEO. You might as well add Crisis Negotiator to the list of T.I.'s exploits. Tip may have saved the life of a suicidal Atlanta man by being at

T.I. is Going Back to Prison
T.I. is heading back to jail for 11 months, after U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. ruled that he violated his probation. Many thought that Tip would

Decode Jay-Z on Bing, Literally
The hunt is on to decode Jay-Z. Find pages of Jay-Z's upcoming memoir, Decoded, on billboards and you just might win yourself a signed copy of the book and

DJ Premier Breaks Down Jay-Z's "Hustler"
DJ Premier sat down with MTV to break down a page from Jay-Z's Decoded, which is hit bookshelves yesterday. Says Premier: I think after reading that page,

T.I. Gets Axed
The freefall has begun. T.I. has officially been dropped by AXE body spray, following his 11-month prison sentence for violating the terms of his probation.  An

Rapper Rhymefest is Running for Chicago City Council
Rhymefest has thrown his hat in the political sphere with his decision to run for municipal council office in Chicago. The native South Sider is running for

MC Hammer Fires Back at Jay-Z
Stop...Hammer time. MC Hammer has made good on his promise to diss Jay-Z. You may recall that Hammer threatened Jigga with a dis record, following Jay's jab

Review: Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"
Ahead of the 2011 release of Lasers -- Lupe's highly publicized third album delayed by a dispute with Atlantic Records -- comes The Show Goes On, a

Bush "So Appalled" by Kanye West's Katrina Criticism
Quick, name the most disgusting moment of George W. Bush's presidency. No, it wasn't the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It wasn't even the

Lil Wayne Released from Jail
Time to burn those Free Weezy shirts. MTV News is reporting Lil Wayne has been released from New York City's Rikers Island after serving eight months for

Top 10 New Rap Albums for November 2010
An experimental rap-rock trio from the future, a Chicago MC with a penchant for tongue-twisting, and a female rapper with a mild case of multiple personality

Lupe Fiasco Responds to Soulja Boy with "Super Lupe Rap"
Lupe Fiasco has been in a state of perpetual reactivity lately. When Atlantic delayed the release of Lasers, the Chicago rapper responded with

"Kanway" West Apologizes to George Bush
Did you see Kanye's appearance on The Today Show? No? This guy is clearly the most important voice of our generation and you can't even sacrifice a portion of

Review: N.E.R.D. - Nothing
Shored up by outside production from Daft Punk and more R&B sounds than ever, N.E.R.D. attempt to keep the party going on their fourth album. Here's my take

Download J. Cole's Friday Night Lights
You've had a long week and you deserve to ease into the weekend with some good hip-hop. Well, you've come to the right place for that. J. Cole unleashed his

Review: Twista - The Perfect Storm
Twista's 8th album finds him planning the perfect end-time coitus (2012) and bragging about his ability to rhyme 10,000 words per second (Up to Speed). It's

Jay Electronica Joins Jay-Z's Roc Nation
Roc Nation is now home to not one but two of our Top 10 new rappers of 2010, with the recent signing of Jay Electronica. J. Cole was the first rapper signed to

Review: Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Is Kanye's latest the best hip-hop album of 2010 thus far? Wouldn't you like to know? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Dr. Dre's Detox Single Hits the Web Prematurely
The Internet has been going nuts over the newly leaked Detox song Kush. Dr. Dre recently told radio host Big Boy that the leak forced him to go ahead and

Review: Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, iconic rapper Nicki Minaj should be plenty flattered. In the 90s, a little known rapper named Lil Kim

T.I.: "I'm sick and tired of Prison"
Incarcerated rapper T.I. has unleashed a deeply honest statement deploring his situation behind bars. In a letter posted on his website, Tip says he's sick and

Top 10 Rap Songs for November 26, 2010
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10 Best Rap Albums of 2010
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Eminem Set to Star in Boxing Movie Southpaw
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Weekly Rap Chart: T.I. Debuts at No. 4
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A beat tape inspired by the weather, an oft-delayed debut album, and a New York rapper with a soft spot for the homeless. A salmagundi of new hip-hop albums

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WorldStarHipHop.com went out of commission on Jan. 24. 50 Cent immediately assumed responsibility for the site's disappearance with such public gallantry that

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Shad Tells the Ladies to "Keep Shining"
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Pretend I'm your boss and I've called you into my office for a talk. You find me in a swivel chair, my fingers interlocked in a steeple. We're going to let you

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Which new hip-hop songs merit adoration this week? I'm glad you asked, because I found ten of them. Now go forth and impress your friends with your unparalleled

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There are many ways to meet your favorite rapper. If he's male, being a hot model is one way. Going to one of his concerts is another. Stealing your favorite

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A veteran swordsman, a skilled drummer, and a major label's nightmare. It must be this month's Top 10 New Rap Albums. Artwork © Atlantic

Review: Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
If you were sitting on the edge for this one, please back up a bit. You've been warned. Here's the verdict on Lasers.

Download Blood Type's 2 Weeks Notice
Miami duo Blood Type unveiled a free album today. 2 Weeks Notice features 14 new songs set atop original production (mostly by XV). Guests MCs include Big

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2011's Most Wanted Albums list is getting thinner. We've already checked off Saigon's Greatest Story Never Told. Two more arrive this week: Raekwon's Shaolin

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With just weeks to go before W.A.R. hits shelves, Pharoahe Monch has unveiled the first video from the project. But Clap (One Day) is not your average rap

50 Cent Joins Gaddafi Performance Regret Club
50 Cent has donated an undisclosed sum to UNICEF and it's not because he was feeling exceptionally generous. Fif was simply paying his membership dues for

Forbes Names Hip-Hop's Five Wealthiest Artists
Forbes has unveiled a list of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists. Diddy takes the cake with $475 million net worth. His business ventures include Bad Boy

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The hip-hop nation has spoken. The results of the first-ever About.com Readers Choice Awards for hip-hop are in, and we're pleased to announce the winners in

Nate Dogg is Dead
Nate Dogg the king of G-funk hooks is dead. The exact cause of his death is unknown at this point, but his family has confirmed that the rapper/singer born

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Lupe Fiasco's Lasers overcame overwhelming negative appraisal to become the top selling album in the country last week. And we're not talking Kevin Federline

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Contrary to popular assumption, the baby on the cover of Ready to Die is not a young Christopher Wallace. As it turns out, the chubby-cheeked kid in diapers is

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Concert Review: Wu-Tang Clan at SXSW
I finally got to see the greatest rap group live. While I've seen most of these guys individually, nothing beats seeing them as a unit. That was a bucket list

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Jay-Z has succeeded where Drake and many other have failed. Hov just secured his first collaboration with the revered queen of smooth jazz Sade. Sade's new hits

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Lupe Fiasco may not be the only one plagued by label politics. Like Fiasco and his Lasers, I doubt Rolling Papers is the album Wiz Khalifa had in mind. Here's

CD Review: Kyle Rapps - Re-Edutainment
New Jersey rapper Kyle Rapps pays homage to East Coast boom bap on his introductory EP, Re-Edutainment.

Big Sean's Finally Famous Pushed Back to June
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Pharoahe Monch has trouble falling asleep these days. What's keeping him up? Definitely not coffee. Put on your headphones and your gas mask. This is W.A.R.

Library of Congress Selects De La Soul's 3 Feet High & Rising for Preservation
De La Soul's 3 Feet High & Rising is widely heralded as a hip-hop masterpiece. It received even more praise recently when the U.S. Library of Congress

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Which new hip-hop songs merit adoration this week? I found the best of the best. Now go forth and impress your friends with your unparalleled knowledge of new

Top 10 New Rap Albums - April
Why, hello there? I'm really glad your computer is putin' today, because I have a handful of special albums to show you. April 20 is, of course, a major

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Chamillionaire Drops Major Pain 1.5
Houston rapper Chamillionaire has felt music industry pain in a major way. Cham, who's one of the best at harvesting personal encounters for hits, is now back

Weekly Rap Chart: Wiz Khalifa Takes a Dive
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Is it me or has there been a shortage of interesting rap albums the last couple months? So far, 2011 has produced better mixtapes than albums. Things are

Eminem and Royce Return as Bad Meets Evil
Ever since Eminem and Royce squashed their beef a few years ago, rumors of a Bad Meets Evil reunion have been swirling around. The Detroit MCs finally made the

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Happy Birthday, Tupac: 22 of His Best Songs
Tupac Shakur would have been 40 today, had he survived the shooting that claimed his life in '96. Despite his early departure, 'Pac left us enough music to last

Goblin Hits the Web
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J. Cole's New Song is "Disgusting"
Cole has unleashed a new single from his upcoming debut, Cole World. The song, aptly titled

Review: Tyler, The Creator - Goblin
All the distinctive themes introduced on Bastard make cameos here. The galumphing thump, the cinematic wail, and the dystopic themes are sharp reminders that

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Apparently, Tyler, the Creator, whose Goblin dropped today, was arrested as he was promoting the album. According to HipHopDx.com, the Odd Future leader set

Elzhi Pays Tribute to Nas on Elmatic
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Common Rocks the White House
Despite strong opposition from Fox News and various conservative talking heads, Common gave a solid poetry performance at the White House last night. He

Kanye West Leads ACL 2011 Lineup
The lineup for this year's Austin City Limits festival was unveiled last night, following much anticipation. Leading off the group of talented acts is Kanye

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Big K.R.I.T. Set to Drop Return of 4Eva Prequel
Big K.R.I.T. has released countless mixtapes, tons of songs, but still no sign of an official album. His mixtapes are amazing, but as industry vet Paul Porter

Weekly Rap Chart: Tinie Tempah Flops; Beastie Boys Remain in Top 10
This week's chart finds new comer Tyler, The Creator tumbling No. 5 last week to No. 32, while veterans Beastie Boys hold steady at No. 6. Tyler's Goblin only

Mellowhype's Blackenedwhite Set for July
MellowHype, the Odd Future duo comprised of rapper Hodgy Beats and rapper/producer Left Brain, will finally put release their Fat Possum debut Blackenedwhite on

The Cool Kids Reveal When Fish Ride Bicycles Tracklist
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Many of you have suggested a bunch of songs that should have made my list of Top 10 Eminem songs. Some of your suggestions are ridiculous (

10 Best Rap Albums of 2011
10 Best Rap Albums of 2011

Skyzoo - The Great Debater
Skyzoo - The Great Debater

10 Best Mixtapes of 2011
10 Best Mixtapes of 2011

Watch Bad Meets Evil's "Fast Lane" Video
Watch Bad Meets Evil's Fast Lane Video

Top 10 New Rap Albums - June 2011
Top 10 New Rap Albums - June 2011

Former Henchman Associate Admits He Shot Tupac Shakur
Former Henchman Associate Admits He Shot Tupac Shakur

Video: MellowHype - "64"
Video: MellowHype - 64

Lupe Defends Obama Comments on The O'Reilly Factor
Lupe Defends Obama Comments on The O'Reilly Factor

Download Jean Grae's Cookies or Comas
Download Jean Grae's Cookies or Comas

Weekly Chart Report: Bad Meets Debuts at No. 1
Weekly Chart Report: Bad Meets Debuts at No. 1

Liveblogging the 2011 BET Awards
Liveblogging the 2011 BET Awards

DMX Doesn't Like Drake
DMX Doesn't Like Drake

List of 2011 BET Awards Winners
List of 2011 BET Awards Winners

CyHi: "Watch the Throne is Ready"
CyHi: Watch the Throne is Ready

Lil B Drops I'm Gay Album for Free
Lil B Drops I'm Gay Album for Free

New Music: T.I. (Ft. B.o.B.) - "We Don't Get Down Like Y'all"
New Music: T.I. (Ft. B.o.B.) - We Don't Get Down Like Y'all

Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne Ready for Preorder
Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne Ready for Preorder

Try It Before You Buy It: Trae tha Truth - Street King
Try It Before You Buy It: Trae tha Truth - Street King

Lil Wayne Is Sorry 4 the Wait
Lil Wayne Is Sorry 4 the Wait

Top 10 New Rap Albums - July 2011
Top 10 New Rap Albums - July 2011

On Eminem, Skepta, and DMCA Abuse
On Eminem, Skepta, and DMCA Abuse

Jay-Z and Kanye West Debut "Otis"
Jay-Z and Kanye West Debut Otis

Royce da 5'9" Recruits Eminem, DJ Premier for Success Is Certain
Royce da 5'9 Recruits Eminem, DJ Premier for Success Is Certain

Top 10 New Rap Albums for August
Top 10 New Rap Albums for August

Jay-Z and Kanye West Unveil New 'Watch the Throne' Tour Schedule
Jay-Z and Kanye West Unveil New 'Watch the Throne' Tour Schedule

CD Review: Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
CD Review: Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Song Review: Drake - "Headlines"
Song Review: Drake - Headlines

Tyler, The Creator Signs to Pharrell's Other Label
Tyler, The Creator Signs to Pharrell's Other Label

Taylor Swift Covers Eminem's "Lose Yourself"
Taylor Swift Covers Eminem's Lose Yourself

What's the Verdict on Watch the Throne
What's the Verdict on Watch the Throne

New Hip-Hop Albums in Stores This Week: Royce da 5'9", Ski Beatz, JAY-Z / Kanye West
New Hip-Hop Albums in Stores This Week: Royce da 5'9, Ski Beatz, JAY-Z / Kanye West

CD Review: Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne
CD Review: Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne

Download Danny Brown's XXX Mixtape
Download Danny Brown's XXX Mixtape

Yelawolf's Radioactive LP Set for October
Yelawolf's Radioactive LP Set for October

Lil Wayne Follows Jay-Z's Footsteps
Lil Wayne Follows Jay-Z's Footsteps

Game Calls out Closeted Gay Rappers
Game Calls out Closeted Gay Rappers

Top 10 Rap Songs of the Week - September 11, 2011
Top 10 Rap Songs of the Week - September 11, 2011

Pusha T Signs Solo Deal with Def Jam
Pusha T Signs Solo Deal with Def Jam

BlakRoc 2 Features Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, and Curren$y
BlakRoc 2 Features Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, and Curren$y

Soulja Boy Rips the U.S. Military
Soulja Boy Rips the U.S. Military

The 5 Biggest Surprises at the 2011 VMAs
The 5 Biggest Surprises at the 2011 VMAs

Drake Backs Away from Jay-Z Diss
Drake Backs Away from Jay-Z Diss

Lupe Fiasco Reveals "Generation Lasers" Tour Schedule
Lupe Fiasco Reveals Generation Lasers Tour Schedule

T.I.'s Power & Beauty Cover Unveiled
T.I.'s Power & Beauty Cover Unveiled

Yelawolf's "Hard White" Tour Dates Announced
Yelawolf's Hard White Tour Dates Announced

Kendrick Lamar Says Detox is in “Mixing Phase”
Kendrick Lamar Says Detox is in “Mixing Phase”

Review: Evidence - Cats and Dogs
Review: Evidence - Cats and Dogs

Review: J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
Review: J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story

Happy Birthday, Nas: His Dominant Discography
Happy Birthday, Nas: His Dominant Discography

J. Cole Feat. Jay-Z - "Mr. Nice Watch"
J. Cole Feat. Jay-Z - Mr. Nice Watch

Drake Drops Three New Songs
Drake Drops Three New Songs

Birdman Denies Buying Copies of Tha Carter IV
Birdman Denies Buying Copies of Tha Carter IV

Soulja Boy Apologizes to the U.S. Military
Soulja Boy Apologizes to the U.S. Military

15 Years Later: 2Pac's Legacy Lives On
15 Years Later: 2Pac's Legacy Lives On

Drake Reveals Take Care Artwork
Drake Reveals Take Care Artwork

Artist Profile: J. Cole
Artist Profile: J. Cole

Lil Wayne Prepping New Albums With Juelz Santana and Young Money
Lil Wayne Prepping New Albums With Juelz Santana and Young Money

Masta Ace and DOOM are MA Doom
Masta Ace and DOOM are MA Doom

50 Cent Completes His Album, Feeds 2.5 Million People
50 Cent Completes His Album, Feeds 2.5 Million People

Top 10 New Rap Albums - September
Top 10 New Rap Albums - September

Rick Ross Addresses Street Credibility
Rick Ross Addresses Street Credibility

J. Cole Talks Cole World Leak
J. Cole Talks Cole World Leak

Top 10 New Rap Albums for November 2011
Top 10 New Rap Albums for November 2011

Drake: The Weeknd Wrote Four Songs on Take Care
Drake: The Weeknd Wrote Four Songs on Take Care

TV Rap-Up: J. Cole, Black Star
TV Rap-Up: J. Cole, Black Star

New Hip-Hop Albums in Stores This Week: J. Cole, Phonte, Evidence, and More
New Hip-Hop Albums in Stores This Week: J. Cole, Phonte, Evidence, and More

T.I. Released from Halfway House, Preps First Post-Prison Track
T.I. Released from Halfway House, Preps First Post-Prison Track

Top 10 New Rap Albums - October
Top 10 New Rap Albums - October

Andre 3000 is on B.o.B.'s New Album
Andre 3000 is on B.o.B.'s New Album

Soulja Boy Busted for Drugs and Guns
Soulja Boy Busted for Drugs and Guns

Drake Makes Sweater Jokes on SNL
Drake Makes Sweater Jokes on SNL

Review: Phonte - Charity Starts at Home
Review: Phonte - Charity Starts at Home

Watch Drake's "Headlines" Video
Watch Drake's Headlines Video

Chart Wrap-Up: J. Cole Slips to No. 11
Chart Wrap-Up: J. Cole Slips to No. 11

Top 10 Rap Songs for October 30, 2011
Top 10 Rap Songs for October 30, 2011

Better Debut: J. Cole or Drake?
Better Debut: J. Cole or Drake?

Gangsta Boo: "Kreayshawn is a Gimmick"
Gangsta Boo: Kreayshawn is a Gimmick

Mobb Deep Taps Nas, Rick Ross, and Waka Flocka Flame for New Album
Mobb Deep Taps Nas, Rick Ross, and Waka Flocka Flame for New Album

Hip-Hop Video Round-up: J. Cole, Nas, XV, and Mac Miller
Hip-Hop Video Round-up: J. Cole, Nas, XV, and Mac Miller

Try It Before You Buy It: Wale's Ambition
Try It Before You Buy It: Wale's Ambition

Review: Freddie Gibbs - Cold Day in Hell
Review: Freddie Gibbs - Cold Day in Hell

Nas and Amy Winehouse Duet on "Like Smoke"
Nas and Amy Winehouse Duet on Like Smoke

Drake's Take Care Springs a Leak
Drake's Take Care Springs a Leak

Review: Wale - Ambition
Review: Wale - Ambition

Heavy D Dies at 44
Heavy D Dies at 44

Drake and Lil Wayne Scrap Joint Album over 'Watch the Throne' Comparisons
Drake and Lil Wayne Scrap Joint Album over 'Watch the Throne' Comparisons

Review: Drake - Take Care
Review: Drake - Take Care

Mac Miller's Indie LP Debuts at No. 1
Mac Miller's Indie LP Debuts at No. 1

Busta Rhymes Joins Cash Money, Drops New Single
Busta Rhymes Joins Cash Money, Drops New Single

Obama Writes Letter to Heavy D's Daughter
Obama Writes Letter to Heavy D's Daughter

Asher Roth Signs to Def Jam
Asher Roth Signs to Def Jam

New Music Tuesday: Yelawolf, Mobb Deep, Kidz in the Hall, and More
New Music Tuesday: Yelawolf, Mobb Deep, Kidz in the Hall, and More

Download: Lupe Fiasco - Friend of the People Mixtape
Download: Lupe Fiasco - Friend of the People Mixtape

Top 10 Thanksgiving Rap Songs
Top 10 Thanksgiving Rap Songs

Review: Childish Gambino - Camp
Review: Childish Gambino - Camp

Freepie of the Day: Soulbrotha's Southpaw EP
Freepie of the Day: Soulbrotha's Southpaw EP

Kanye West Tops 2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West Tops 2012 Grammy Nominations

Top 10 Rap Albums for December
Top 10 Rap Albums for December

Philly Rapper Tommy Hill is Dead
Philly Rapper Tommy Hill is Dead

Review: Yelawolf - Radioactive
Review: Yelawolf - Radioactive

New Rap Releases: The Roots, Curren$y, T-Pain, and More
New Rap Releases: The Roots, Curren$y, T-Pain, and More

Live Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West in Houston
Live Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West in Houston

Open Mic: What's the Best Rap Song You Heard This Year?
Open Mic: What's the Best Rap Song You Heard This Year?

Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011
Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011

Waka Flocka Mourns Slim Dunkin on Twitter
Waka Flocka Mourns Slim Dunkin on Twitter

Review: The Roots - undun
Review: The Roots - undun

Drake Reveals Club Paradise Tour Dates
Drake Reveals Club Paradise Tour Dates

Try It Before You Buy It: Common's The Dreamer/The Believer
Try It Before You Buy It: Common's The Dreamer/The Believer

New Hip-Hop Albums on Shelves This Week: Young Jeezy, Common, and Boog Brown
New Hip-Hop Albums on Shelves This Week: Young Jeezy, Common, and Boog Brown

Top 10 Rap Albums of 2011
Top 10 Rap Albums of 2011

Chart Wrap-Up: Jeezy Hustles to the Top
Chart Wrap-Up: Jeezy Hustles to the Top