Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is no one's sidekick. He sold out his first night as a solo artist at The Warfield on Dec. 15 (tickets are still available for the Dec. 16 show) and has a Gold-certified single ("No Lie" featuring Drake) and a Grammy nomination (Best Rap Album for Based ... More >>
Kreayshawn's contribution to Western culture is one classic line: "One big room/ Full of bad bitches." It's still awaiting its hot song. Her success is somewhere between William Hung and Jesse Camp and the 8th Street Kidz. She's an eliminated contestant without a reality show. From her phenomenally ... More >>
V-Nasty entered 2012 with the stench of BAYTL all over her. A collaboration with her favorite rapper, Gucci Mane, the mixtape was received by critics as hip-hop's sloppiest shit-sandwich in a while. The Bay's V-Nasty and Atlanta's Gucci may have enjoyed a few larks in the studio while making the rec ... More >>
Having grown up on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, DJ/producer Jillionaire made a name for himself by showcasing his Caribbean roots with soca beats and dancehall mixes. He began his career 16 years ago on Trinidad's reggae soundsystem Radioactive Nuclear as a host and music selector. After capt ... More >>
You might know Kreayshawn from the thousands of articles about her on every music blog and reasonably hip magazine (including this one!) Or you might know her from that one song she did -- and when we say "one song," we mean that literally.But you certainly don't know her as this: one of the many ... More >>
Public Enemy's Chuck D
The luxurious sheen of Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne has beamed brilliant over the last couple of weeks of the hip-hop hype cycle. But amongst the chatter marveling at the upscale audacity of it all, there came a sobering and grounded moment just before the al ... More >>
Kreayshawn, class warrior?
The first listen was rip-our-fingernails-out awful, but about halfway through our second tour of today's new Kreayshawn single, "Rich Whores," we unwittingly found ourselves rooting for it. Really. And we didn't feel too good about that either -- until it hit us tha ... More >>
Of the 989,372 times that this video has been played in its one and a half week long lifespan (as of this writing), I'm pretty sure somewhere between two hundred to four hundred of those plays have come from my laptop. In the past 24 hours. This song is a killer. The beat is heavy, heavy, heavy, w ... More >>
Rappers lead the world when it comes to ridiculous tattoos. But while it's easy to mock Lil Wayne getting the EPSN logo on his arm or Eve's decision to stamp cat paws on her breasts, sometimes rappers themselves have second thoughts about their ink art. So with Gucci Mane recently revealing a freshl ... More >>
While Montreal's Lunice has spent the past four years quietly building his
rep with a flurry of futuristic remixes, edits, and original productions,
S.F.'s The Jealous Guys have spent the past year quickly making a name for
themselves around the city. Now the two are linking up for some golden-e ... More >>
Digital Underground in 1989Rap ruses get no better than Humpty Hump. The alter-ego of Digital Underground's leader Shock G, Humpty's mythology has him wearing a fabulously-personalized Groucho Marx-style nose to cover up horrific facial scars incurred during a (fictional) accident with a deep-fat ... More >>
Diplo fans, take note. The expert DJ/producer/remixer/tastemaker is giving away free Gucci. The rapper, that is--Gucci Mane. Diplo curated the Diplo presents...Free Gucci mix, with tracks remixed by himself alongside Flying Lotus, Zomby, and more. Grab it from Mad Decent's blog.
Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most of 2009's exciting, innovative rap records came from Southern artists. Sur ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs
Yesterday, Gavin finally proposed something vaguely plan-like to try and deal with the city's looming deficit - but in last week's State of the Citysode on the Economy, Gavin couldn't even bring himself to use the word "deficit," let alone say how big it was.
In fact, according ... More >>