During a recent interview of Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, host Charlamagne Tha God of Power 105's The Breakfast Club and MTV's Point of View, asked Wiz how he dealt with the infamy surrounding Rose's reputation, Wiz's thoughts on smoking, and much more.
In anticipation of this year's 2012 NFL Draft, rap veteran Nas recently released a commercial for the draft, which premiered earlier on ESPN (April 26)
President Barack Obama is no stranger to freedom of speech, as he has once again been quoted referring to Grammy-award winning rapper, Kanye West, as a "Jack*ss."
You know, Hip Hop and R&B have always been "inspired" other forms of art. Tupac's "California Love" was an obvious ode to the Mad Max film series while Lil Wayne's Carter III album cover was clearly a tribute to the autobiography of America's 39th President.
I get it. Being rebellious is part of your whole thing, but when your ride-or-die chick is mom-dukes, it makes the story a little less exciting. If you haven't heard, Tyler the Creator was busted last night while hanging out in Hollywood.
It was difficult to tell what song Heartbreak Drake would pic as his followup single to "Headlines," radio stations have been spinning almost every track off of his platinum-selling sophomore disc, Take Care pretty heavy. But the mystery ended a few weeks ago when the Canadian entertainer announced that "The Motto" would be getting a video soon. Well, that video has arrived.
[100 Yard Dash: Every week, SOHH features a group or solo artist naming the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Hot Rod gave Roscoe Dash the title earlier this week, Roscoe now explains why the SOHH Underrated throne should be shared by several young artists.]
In 2011, rap beefs became the new mixtapes. Ever noticed no-so-confrontational rappers get all froggy when there album is about to be released? Yeah. Me too. Nicki Minaj has a new track out (her sophomore album is slated to drop early next year) and lo and behold -- the song contains a few bars that seem to be directed at her one time foe, Lil' Kim.
The real is back. After having fans wait several years for a new retail project, Southern rap heavyweight Young Jeezy has returned to the scene, hoping to reclaim his spot as one of the slickest dope boys to hold the mic.
Continue reading Young Jeezy, "TM103: Hustler's Ambition".
Closing out the 2011 year in hip-hop is Chicago rapper Common with his latest album, titled The Dreamer/The Believer.
Continue reading Common, "The Dreamer/The Believer".
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Texas rapper Spark Dawg tells us why he chose to address one of Harlem's up-and-coming spitters, Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame breaks down his song, "Round of Applause," featuring Drake.]
Hip Hop music can be used to unify people or to set up major drug busts, apparently. In what might be the craziest rap-related arrest in the past few months, authorities started their own label to catch some big time criminals. Kray.
Drake has reached a level most artists only dream of: Stadium Status. The ability to sell out arena shows not only equals big bucks, but it also shows the large crowds your music has the power to attract. Sure, half of the people in the crowd of a Drake show may be too busy Facebook stalking that girl that got they still think about from high school to sing along with Drizzy, but the fact that they even dropped the money on the tickets has got to count for something, right?
Common is back. That's right. His new album, The Dreamer/The Believer lands in stores next week -- but wait, Com has decided to put the entire album on YouTube. What gives?
In a year stock-full of highly-anticipated collaboration albums, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane and Bay Area rapper V-Nasty have joined forces to give the world something no one asked for: A bi-regional disc aptly titled BAYTL.
Continue reading Gucci Mane & V-Nasty, "BAYTL".
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After West Coast rap veteran Ras Kass diffuses his "Holes In The Ozone" banger, Atlanta artist Roscoe Dash explains why his parties always lead to a "Good Good Night".]
Non-violence, non-violence. You hate to hear about a rapper getting caught up in some bullsh*t, especially overseas. Which is why the recent rumor that Lil' Wayne slappin' up some cat out in Africa is as random as it is unfortunate. Dah well. Here's the story:
[Return To The Boom Bap: With Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five getting Grammy Hall of Fame love as of late, SOHH's featuring entertainment personalities naming the most underrated emcees from hip-hop's Golden Era. After renowned painter Justin Bua gave Melle Mel the title last week, lady emcee Nitty Scott MC now crowns Lord Finesse as SOHH Underrated.]
Continue reading "The Joint That He Did On 'The Chronic' Is Really Dope".
The Annual XXL Freshman class list has become a right of passage for many MC's: Getting shine from one of the genre's most popular magazines can help your career propel from mixtape scrambler to legitimate artist.
"I arrived on the day Fred Hampton died/Uh, real n****s just multiply."
This line has upset Fred Hampton Jr., the son of the slain Black Panther leader. Man, at this point, it seems like the only person that Jay-Z can talk about without fear of repercussion is himself.
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Slim Thug broke down how he recruited Paul Wall & Chamillionaire to put on for "Houston", Bad Boy spitter Red Cafe explains why he chose to get "Fly".]
This is becoming the lawsuit that will never end: It seems Vincent Peters will not rest until he gets what he feels is owed to him in a case where he claims rap icon Kanye West stole his song and repackaged it as the Grammy-award winning hit, "Stronger."
Heartbreak Drake has finally had enough. He knows many of you poke fun at his Sleepless in Seattle type flows, and he's cool with that. He's heard the jokes about his stint on Degrassi and he's not trippin'. But one thing we clearly won't stand for, are rumors that he and Young Money have parted ways. Nah. Sh*t like that gets his little rap hand waving in overtime.
SOHH recently caught up with Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash to get his opinion on Kanye West receiving a staggering seven Grammy nominations for his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Continue reading "The Taylor Gang Is One Gang, But We're All Different".
Next to a room full of money, international fame, entertaining millions of people around the world, being able to have any woman you want and your name living on decades after your death, winning a Grammy is one of the greatest things that can happen to a popular artists' career. Not only does it help boost your album sales, but it's kind of an industry stamp of approval. Think of it as the music world acknowledging that, yes, you are a great artist.
"London, England, South of France. And all points between they know about your man" -- Jay-Z
Welp. Seems like Jigga wasn't lying. Queen Elizabeth II is turning 85, and British pop star Gary Barlow is building a nice starting line up of entertainers to help her party like it's 1929. This list of artists includes RocNation head honcho and rap icon Jay-Z.
New York spitter and 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher artist Nitty Scott MC caught up with SOHH to discuss her music and The BoomBox Family movement.
Continue reading "I'm Sort Of The Anti-MC".
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Chicago newcomer Rockie Fresh describes his "Breakthrough" with Houston spitter Chamillionaire, New Jersey MC Hasan Salaam explains the power of music with his new track, "Musical Chairs".]
With all the social networking going on between rappers, their fans and other rappers, it was only a matter of time before sh*t got really real. I mean, it's nothing for an emcee to go at another emcee on wax, but when slugs are shot across the Web, you never know what the end result will be.
Happy post-Thanksgiving. I hope your stomachs are full and your toilets are clogged. Pretty interesting week in music news, as Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco blesses the people with his latest mixtape, Friend Of The People
[Cold As Ice: With M.O.P.'s new Sparta album in stores this week, SOHH's featuring entertainment personalities naming Lil Fame/Billy Danze as the most underrated emcee. After West Coast Rapper Co$$ highlighted duo member Lil Fame, Brooklyn MC Billy Danze now crowns he & his partner as SOHH Underrated.]
Continue reading "[They] Did G-Unit, The Roc-A-Fella Thing & [They're] Still Relevant".
It's that magical time of the year when chicks trade in their sandals for Uggs and their walks in the parks for late night romps at the townhouse. Yep. It's Cuffing Season. For those unfamiliar with the term, here's the official definition, courtesy of Urban Dictionary:
Next to Beyonce and Beiber, Eminem fans are some of the most devoted rap listeners walking the Earth. You even think about dissing their Hip Hop hero and your life is in immediate danger. Which is what makes this movement against the man known as Marshall Mathers all the more ironic, as his legion of followers are accusing their leader of selling wack music over the past several years.
Mixtapes help keep artists relevant in between albums, back in the day they were used to build a buzz, but clearly times have changed. Recently, Maybach Music boss Rick Ross announced that he would be teaming up with Drake for a mixtape. But is the hood really checkin' for an entire project that pairs Drizzy with Rozay?
Continue reading Rick Ross/Drake Mixtape Coming: Is The Hood Checkin' For Emo Boss Music?.
[In recognition of anticipated sophomore albums like Drake's Take Care and Wale's Ambition dropping this month, SOHH is featuring entertainment personalities each day this week naming some of their favorite debut LP follow-ups and seeing if it survived the often-discussed "sophomore jinx". After R&B diva Syleena Johnson explained why she rolls with Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP, Detroit rhymer Big Sean reps for the recently-released album, Ambition.]
Continue reading "Wale Took Me On The First Tour I Ever Went On".
They say if you can't beat 'em -- join 'em. Well, YMCMB spitter's Lil Wayne and Drake had two of the top-selling albums of 2011, and along with Nicki Minaj the trio are some of the biggest names in Hip Hop music at this point.
Well d*mn, Ludacris. You just gonna diss Drake at the same time his new album drops? The homie was probably poolside sipping margarita's, chillin' and sh*t and Lil Twist walks up and tells him sh*t has gotten real.
Hip-hop's moodiest MC is back and ready to serve his fans another heaping helping of sorrow as Drake's highly anticipated album, Take Care, officially goes on sale today.
Continue reading Drake, "Take Care".
If T.I. gets locked up again, it'll be for his musical killing spree. Ever since he stepped outta the joint, TIP has been killin' any and every tracks he can get his hands on. Many of the tracks aren't even official remixes, but hey, good music is good music.
[In recognition of anticipated sophomore albums such as Drake's Take Care and Wale's Ambition dropping this month, SOHH is featuring entertainment personalities each day this week to name their most favorite debut LP follow-up and see if it survived the often-discussed "sophomore jinx". Today, ex-Little Brother members 9th Wonder and Big give props to OutKast's ATLiens.]
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After New York rapper The Kid Daytona explains why "God Is Good", ex-Little Brother MC Big Pooh talks about his new song "Make it Thru".]
Continue reading "The Ills Of The World Are A Subject That People Avoid Talking About".
First off, R.I.P. to Heavy D. The overweight lover was one of those cats who made it a bit easier for the bigger brother's to get out there and be cool. Although he was rarely listed on anyone's Top 5 Dead or Alive list, when you open the rap books, best believe there's a spot in there for this cat.
Yesterday, 67 year-old boxing icon Joe Frazier passed away from cancer. Rap and sports have long been intertwined, with artists like Shaquille O'Neal and Ron Artest occasionally trading in the jersey for a mic and Southern rapper Master P. undergoing a brief stint in the NBA. Drake said it best, "I swear sports and music are so synonymous/ cuz we wanna be them/ and they wanna be us."
In light of the recent release of his solo album Dirty Pretty Things, SOHH recently caught up with rapper Big Pooh to discuss the "pretty things" he has come in contact with throughout his career.
Welp, another YMCMB production is spreading across the internet faster that a celebrity sex tape. You would think after Weezy's C4 spilled into public hands before its official release date that greater precautions would be taken to make sure Drake's sophomore LP didn't suffer the same fate, but think again. Take Care has leaked, and if you listen close enough, you can hear millions of copies being downloaded at this very second.
[With the recent release of "Mr. Showbiz", entertainer Nick Cannon gives his top five reasons why you should go out and support his new comedy DVD.]
Continue reading "Mr. Showbiz": "If You Really Want To Know How I [Feel] About Eminem...".
SOHH recently caught up with A$AP Rocky to discuss life as he knows it since officially announcing his deal with RCA.
Continue reading "I Been Hearing That I'm Pretty Big".
When did R&B Singers become more dangerous than rappers? You got Lyfe Jennings leading police on a wild chase, Ray J threatening to get gay hitmen to go medieval on Fabolous and now n*ggas is saying that Chris Brown hit Drizzy with the elbow of justice? Cold world. Real cold world.
Two Chainz [formerly known as Tity Boi] has seen a career revival of sorts. After parting ways with the Ludacris led crew DTP the chained one has been gettin' mad shine (no pun intended) as his recently released mixtape has garnered praise from fans and critics alike.
SOHH recently caught up with M.O.P. member Billy Danze to discuss his outlook on the rap scene over the past several years, as well as gave props to lyrical quartet Slaughterhouse for their emceeing skills.
The wait is over, MMG spitter Wale dropped his debut album yesterday and so far, it looks like people are checkin' for it.
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After new G-Unit signee Genasis breaks down his single "Jackie Chain", CTE spitter Freddie Gibbs explains why he and Jeezy decided to clique up for the track "2's & Fews".]
Continue reading "It's Definitely A Change-Up & Something Different For Young Jeezy".
Continue reading Big Pooh, "Dirty Pretty Things".
Maybach Music Group's Wale shares his Ambition with the world today, as the D.C. MC releases the follow-up to the 2009 LP, Attention Deficit, today.
Continue reading Wale, "Ambition".
Black men rejoice: Not only is the McRib back in the hood, one of the finest, whitest booties in faux-Hollywood is once again free to do as it pleases, as news of Kim Kardashian's divorce hit the Web early Monday.
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After Georgia artist Future explains how T.I. became part of his "Magic", new G-Unit signee Genasis breaks down his single "Jackie Chain" featuring Dorrough.]
Continue reading "He Heard [It] & Was Like, 'Man I Wanna Get On That Motherf*ker'".
Ahhhh, the compilation album. Sometimes used to feed the hunger of anxious rap fans dying to hear some of their favorite rappers team up to form the perfect storm, sometimes used to help push some of rap's lesser knowns into the public eye. Either way, along with mixtapes, freestyles and drug charges, the posse cuts are one of those phenoms that help keep rap interesting.
SOHH recently caught up with Atlanta producer Nitti Beatz to discuss the South's continued dominance on much of today's rap music.
Continue reading "We Were Hustlers Before The Labels Were Looking For [Southern] Acts".
Aw, man. I'm pretty sure an egomaniac like Kanye West views his only competition as Michael Jackson and ironically, the man in the mirror. For a relative newcomer like Drizzy Drake to hit the scene and basically say he's running neck-to-neck with rap's Liberace is some cray sh*t.
Cole surprised alot of people with sales of his debut, A Sideline Story. Being a "new" rapper on a major label, there's a certain amount of pressure to deliver a smash single or two before your album drops. A huge radio hit can do more for sales than all the marketing in the world, and while having a song that's in constant rotation by no means guarantees that your CD's gonna sell mad copies, it does sort of indicate that there is at least a decent amount of interest in your brand.
Midwest spitter Freddie Gribbs recently took time to speak with SOHH about his reputation for being an industry outlaw in an era where most MC's find it easier to keep the peace.
Virginia wordsmith Skillz returns from a two-year hiatus to release his brand new album, The World Needs More Skillz.
Continue reading Skillz, "The World Needs More Skillz" .
Underground King Pimp C hasn't let death stop him from releasing his latest solo effort, The Naked Soul of Sweet James Jones.
Continue reading Pimp C, "The Naked Soul Of Sweet James Jones" .
After months of anticipation and controversy, Atlanta freshman rapper Waka Flocka Flame finally releases his first album, Flockaveli.
Continue reading Waka Flocka Flame, "Flockaveli".
[After this week's release of Back On Money, New Orleans duo Kane & Abel break down the Top 5 reasons to go out and support their comeback LP.]
Continue reading Kane & Abel, "Back On Money".
Continue reading Plies Prepares To Unleash His "Goon", Still Keeps It "Real".
Continue reading Jay-Z & Kanye West's Jay Leno Performance Confirmed .
Incarcerated rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is reportedly due in court tomorrow (August 4) for a parole hearing that was overlooked at his original sentencing.
Continue reading Shyne To Face Judge For Forgotten Parole Hearing.
Continue reading Jay-Z Unveils "The Blueprint 3" Album Cover .
Rap newcomer Drake will make his return to the small screen in a new upcoming series called "Us and Them."
Continue reading Drake To Star As Funnyman In New Sitcom.
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne recently spoke on the status of his Young Money record label and said he was still working on his forthcoming Rebirth album.
Fabolous' new album, Loso's Way, will reportedly debut No. 1 next week and is projected to sell up to 100,000 albums in its first seven days on store shelves.
Continue reading Fabolous' "Loso's Way" Projected To Sell 100K, On Track For No. 1 Debut .
Continue reading Fabolous Looks To Biggie, Pac & Eminem For Album Theme [Video].
All Points West music festival organizers explain how Jay-Z came on as a last-minute replacement for the Beastie Boys and saved the show.
The scantily clad women in the Kanye West-directed video for Drake's "Best I Ever Had" has drawn mixed reactions from celebrities across cyberspace.
Continue reading Tru Life Surrenders To Police For Murder Case.
Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z has reportedly shared his post-concert thoughts on fused music genres after a performance at the University of Arizona earlier this week alongside Kelly Clarkson and Third Eye Blind.
Continue reading Jay-Z Goes Post-Racial, "There Is No Such Thing As Black Music".
G-Unit associate Mazaradi Fox recently spoke on Rick Ross' alleged trip to New York, claiming details have been misconstrued.
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has joined forces with GURU Beverage to launch a new line of organic drinks that will compete with 50 Cent's Formula 50 VitaminWater.
Continue reading Kanye West Faces Off W/ 50 Cent, Launches Beverage Line.
Continue reading Obama Logs On, Plans Weekly YouTube Messages To The American Public .
Continue reading Lil' Wayne, 50 Cent & Nas Bid Farewell To "Rap City" .