Emcee, Video

Peep This: Hip-Hop History Orchestrated By Poland’s JIMEK

Just like any youthful endeavor, when hip-hop was first gaining its bearings in the 1970s and 1980s, higher authorities questioned its staying power. Fast-forward a couple decades and the mere idea is laughable. Expanding beyond its music into a culture, hip-hop has transcended into every bit of our everyday lives both within and outside of […]

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Breakdancing, DJ, Emcee, Fashion, Fashion Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Streetwear

“Fresh Dressed”: Fashion of Hip-Hop on Display at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Hip-hop is about style; always has been and always will be. Exemplified in Mass Appeal editorial director Sacha Jenkins’s documentary, “Fresh Dressed” unfolds the one element of hip-hop’s story that often remains overlooked and discounted, even by hip-hop’s own elders: fashion. The film, co-produced by Nas and in partnership with CNN, takes a look at […]

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Emcee, Media

The Friday Five

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of a sure shot hip-hop classic – Nas’ Illmatic.  So with this week’s Friday Five, it would only be fitting to honor this musical milestone by selecting five of my favorite tracks off the album.  Whether it be “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” or “Halftime”, you really can’t go wrong […]

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Emcee, Media, Video

Special Feature: Illmatic XX

With the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic on the horizon, Google Play decided to pay homage to the classic album by putting together a dope visual tribute that gathered some of the rap game’s current hit-makers for a discussion on Illmatic’s influence and just how much that seminal record affected them and their careers.  Peep […]

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Emcee, Media

The Friday Five

  Are you currently at NoChella all because you’re BrokeChella?  No worries, just throw on this week’s Friday Five.  It highlights some of the hip-hop artists performing out in Indio this weekend.  I mean, turning this playlist up is practically like being at Coachella, minus all the Tumblr chicks running around in Indian headdresses and […]

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Emcee

Peep This: Nas x Q-Tip x The Roots Perform on Jimmy Fallon

Whatever Illuminati-fountain-of-youth-elixir that Pharrell and apparently Nas and Q-Tip have access to, we want in. Does the blogger-Illuminati not have a connect or what?! Anyway, a week away from the drop of his special edition 20th anniversary “Illmatic XX,” Nas and Q-Tip paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots last night to remind […]

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Events

Coachella Line-up Revealed

Cue the choir. Yesterday was the annual unveiling of this year’s Coachella line-up and lo and behold, the foreshadowing Coachella rumors were true: Big Boi and Andre 3000 are reuniting in the desert and that just might be reason enough to go. Here’s to the return of Southern rap as we remembered it via Outkast: […]

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Emcee, Issues

Hip-Hop Dedications to Dads

Being the compulsive list-maker I am, I had to jump on the opportunity to compile a list of tunes proper for Father’s Day, but this proved to be a daunting task. Let’s face it, guys. In the arena of Hip-Hop tribute songs, moms have the edge over dads by a huge margin. But that doesn’t […]

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Emcee, Lifestyle

When Legends and The Future Collide

Something’s brewing in the hip-hop world as Nas, Jay-Z, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake are seen conversing in the studio. In another instance, we see Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 have a meeting of the minds with Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy-Q, and Jay Rock). Mind blown.

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Issues

Details @ Midnight: Hennessy V.S. x Nas – A Date In The Desert

4-12-2013. As night one of Coachella 2013 drew to a close, there was another Very Special event set to go down in the balmy deserts of the Coachella Valley. Paper lanterns and glowing orange tipis lit the path that led us to the exclusive Hennessy V.S. party: Details @ Midnight hosted by legendary emcee, and […]

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