As one of KMEL's all-star DJs and a member of the Oakland Faders crew, Oakland-born-and-raised DJ Mere's ascension to the top is a tale of hustling, street-teaming, and hard work. Starting his career as an intern at a promotions company at the age of 17, he found himself promoting locally for then-u ... More >>
J Cole "Jay-Z is the reason I signed to RocNation. It's very hard to say no to the opportunity when Jay-Z is involved." That's J Cole, talking optimistically about his status as the first signing to Jay-Z's RocNation label venture with concert giant LiveNation. But with Cole's debut album now ... More >>
DaVinciFreeway and Jake One, DaVinci, Freddie Gibbs, J-Billion, and Jern Eye Friday, April 2, 2010 Mezzanine Better than: most overstuffed hip-hop bills. It was opening weekend, and Top Billin' put together a searing line-up at the Mezzanine that pitted Bay Area emcees against well-represented ... More >>
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas, and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip hop.
Once hailed as the savior of instrumental hip hop, RJD2 is back with his sophomore release
Underground-hero-turned-MTV-darling Twista brings his "Slow Jamz" to the Fillmore