While he might not yet have the name recognition of some of the Bay's new rappers (aka thou whom raps about brand names), those who take a listen to so-called witch house producer GuMMy†Be▲R (aka Chris Johnson) cannot doubt his devotion to music and the degree to which influences like hip ... More >>
Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" is 2011's most divisive rap song. It's seen the leader of the White Girl Mob subjected to a cascade of commentary about her lyrics, her image, and her place in hip-hop -- although DJ Two Stacks' contribution to the "Gucci Gucci" phenomenon has gone largely overlook ... More >>
Since many recent Next Big Things in rap have proven disappointing -- see Wale, Asher Roth and B.o.B. -- it might be time to consider the possibility that hip-hop tastemakers don't know what to look for in the first place. Here's an alternative to the critical consensus on rap. Yesterday, we ... More >>
Legendary hip-hop emcee Guru passed away on April 19 at age 43 after a reportedly long battle with cancer that forced him to be hospitalized earlier this year. The news was posted to DJPremierblog.com, a fan site dedicated to Guru's former GangStarr partner, DJ Premier. Although the blog had been up ... More >>
Beat Kings: The History
The Team declares "It's Gettin' Hot"; rappers Guru and Kool Keith get smooth and batshit crazy, respectively
Mu brings the techno stompdown to Rx; Mighty hosts a hip hop jammy-jam block party
Osirus: The Official Mixtape
DJ Krush lays down the moody beats; "Remember" takes you all the way back to the '70s, for better or worse.
Once hailed as the savior of instrumental hip hop, RJD2 is back with his sophomore release
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition
Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine
Alias' gentle nature informs both his beats and his personality. Just don't tell the rest of hip hop's gruff elite.
After big labels beat on its door for years, Lootpack found a home on a small San Francisco imprint and an original approach to modern hip hop