Most Anticipated Rap Albums for 2014

2013 was an awesome year for rap, regardless of how you might feel about the musicians and albums that came to dominate it. Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore were breakout sensations, and we received albums from Eminem, Jay Z, Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Drake, Hopsin, and many others. 2013 […]

Drake Takes On Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kendrick, Macklemore, and Kanye West

Rap superstar Drake certainly seems to have a lot on his mind. In the last few months, he’s criticized everybody from Kendrick Lamar to Kanye West, from Mackelmore to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Yes, that’s right. Drake attacked the recently deceased, highly celebrated actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. But first, let’s start with Kendrick. Remember his verse […]

11 Biggest Snubs in Rap-Grammy History

If you haven’t heard yet, everyone from hip-hop fans to Macklemore himself believes that Kendrick Lamar got snubbed at the 2014 Grammy’s. That might be true—however, rap has a long, unfortunate history of getting shafted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the voting committee for the Grammy’s). There have definitely been some […]

Grammy Aftermath: Macklemore vs. Kendrick Lamar

So as it turns out, I was wrong. It isn’t just Kendrick Lamar fans that are clawing out their eyes over Macklemore’s Grammy wins Sunday night. It’s the entire hip-hop community. Literally everyone and their mothers are hating on Macklemore, claiming that King Kendrick deserved the accolades over the white MC’s “pop-rap” music. Personally, I […]

And the Nominees for the 56th Grammy Awards Are…

It’s Macklemore versus Kendrick Lamar at music’s biggest annual event: the Grammy Awards, which will be held on January 26, 2014. Both are nominated in seven categories, tying with Justin Timberlake for the second most nods this year. The leader? Rap legend Jay Z with a whopping nine. Meanwhile, hip-hop newbies Kendrick and Macklemore are pitted […]

The 20th Anniversary of Doggystyle

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Doggystyle—not the sex position but the debut album of the rap king once known as Snoop Dogg. Hip-hop had never heard anything like Calvin Broadus, Jr. before. His calm voice and laidback flow was like a breath of fresh air—and it was perfect for the “G Funk” sound orchestrated […]

GQ Crowns King Kendrick Rapper of the Year

In a year where Jay Z, Kanye, Eminem, and Drake have dominated the charts, it’s King Kendrick who earns the crown. As part of their Men of the Year issue, GQ magazine named Kendrick Rapper of the Year and gave him the cover. His debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was met with universal acclaim and has the […]

Hop Is Back: Disses Kanye and Kendrick

Hop Is Back isn’t just the title of this article. It’s the name of Hopsin‘s first single off his long-awaited, highly anticipated album Knock Madness, which is slated for release on November 26. After hearing the song’s opening line, “The Dark Knight’s in this b*tch without the mask and cape,” I knew that whatever followed would be nothing short of epic. […]

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

Last night, I watched the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. Yes, that’s right. Instead of watching Thursday night football, I was watching the BET Hip Hop Awards. I actually used to watch this channel religiously during my early adolescent years. It was a time of identity crisis when I wore baggy clothes designed by urban […]

Going Berzerk over Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, and Kendrick Lamar

I thought this would be a good chance to follow-up on some of the recent stories I’ve covered. First up, the VMAs. This year’s show was the best I’ve seen in a while, mainly because its stellar performances outshined the cringe-worthy moments. But like every year, there’s always something outrageous for people to criticize and […]