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Review: Public Enemy return to London in beat-tastic style Special

London - Veteran musicians Pubic Enemy returned to London to deliver a powerful, political infused set, made up of classics and some new tunes. The set reminded this reporter how cutting edge and relevant hip-hope once was.

Op-Ed: A Tribe Called Red make their Pan Am Games debut Special

Toronto - Last night A Tribe Called Red made their Pan Am Games debut, although the crowd that spent their evening listening to A Tribe Called Red’s heart thumping electronica beats, in the heart of Pan Am madness, wasn’t your typical hip-hop/ electronica crowd

Hip-hop star Flo Rida releases new 'My House' EP

Multi-platinum rapper and hip-hop star Flo Rida is back with his brand new EP "My House," which includes the lead single "G.D.F.R."

Review: The Five & the Prophecy of Prana Special

London - Set in modern Tokyo, "The Five and the Prophecy of Prana" is an extraordinary festival of dance, drama, manga art and cutting hip-hop. The show has been playing at The Barbican in London.

Review: Vision the Kid & Tru find the perfect balance with 'Dark City'

On Vision the Kid & Tru's new release, "Somewhere in a Dark City," the duo aims to finally put Minneapolis on the mainstream rap map without sacrificing the organic sounds and clever rhyming of underground hip-hop.

Review: Beyoncé's Dancers Les Twins rocked the stage on SYTYCD

Last night French dance sensations Les Twins rocked the stage in a special performance on the So You Think You Can Dance Season 11 Finale.

Wu-Tang Clan plans to sell one copy of upcoming album

Legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan is taking the concept of "music as art" to a new level with a plan to sell only one copy of an upcoming album.

Don't Try This At Home: Meet Queens rapper Heartbreak Julio Special

New York - Born in Flushing, New York in 1987, Queens emcee Heartbreak Julio has been vying for hip-hop's world title since his friend Donnie Dozens schooled him to the game at the young age of 15.

Jim Jones confident there will be a Dipset reunion album

New York - A reunion between the members of hip-hop group The Diplomats, also known as Dipset, has been talked about for years. Members of the group have promised a reunion album, but it has yet to come into fruition.

Catching up with hip-hop duo The Action Figures at Dilla Day Special

Detroit - It's been an amazing year for Grand Rapids hip-hop duo The Action Figures. They're on tour with legendary Detroit rap group Slum Village, and they just performed at Dilla Day in Detroit Friday night.

Adubb Da Gawd and Young Roc discuss 'Rebel Wit Me' Special

Oak Park - Monday, I had the honor of attending a private listening session for Detroit rapper Adubb Da Gawd's debut project "Rebel Wit Me" at Life Line Nation Studio in Oak Park.

Lil Boosie scheduled to be released from prison in February

Angola - After serving more than four years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie is reportedly being released from prison in February.

Rapper Phife releases '#dearDilla' in honor of J Dilla

New York - A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg paid tribute to his late friend J Dilla Tuesday when he dropped the song "#dearDilla."

Interview with Finally Famous 'heart throb' SayItAintTone Special

Detroit - Saturday, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Grammy-nominated rapper SayItAintTone of Finally Famous. We chopped it up about music, wrestling, love, and more.

Original tracklist for Jay Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' revealed

New York - An original tracklist for Jay Z's debut album, "Reasonable Doubt," has been released to the public and features titles of unreleased tracks.

Alais Clay plans on giving away next album for free Special

Boulder - Alais Clay, the activist and musician plans on giving back to the community that has given her support for her previous album. Her new album will be crowd-funded, and then released to the public to download for free.

Get inspired by this mixtape of Tupac interviews by CrackTracks Special

New Orleans - Today I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Lawrence Parker, a chief player in New Orleans' hip-hop, fashion, and art scene.

Video: Alex Trebek raps on Jeopardy

Alex Trebek let out his inner rapper on Jeopardy Monday night. The 73-year-old rapped the clues for the "It's a Rap" category.

Rap duo Clipse working on reunion album with the Neptunes

Virginia Beach - Last week, Pusha T announced he was heading to the studio with the Neptunes for 20 days, hinting that he would be recording his next solo album, "King Push."

Bang 'Em Smurf calls Mazardi Fox death 'best gift' of his life

New York - Rapper Bang 'Em Smurf isn't mourning the death of G-Unit affiliate Mazardi Fox and he's definitely not hiding his disdain for the emcee who was killed Friday at the age of 42.

Earl Pose: Interview with Detroit rapper Earlly Mac Special

Detroit - 2013 was an incredible year for Finally Famous artist Earlly Mac. He was featured on albums by Big Sean and Slum Village, and he went on tour. The Detroit rapper is doing an amazing job of representing the D, bringing us Detroit hip-hop at its finest.

Op-Ed: Video: First episode of Jean Grae's sitcom 'Life With Jeannie'

Brooklyn - What a great year for Jean Grae fans! The super talented and witty emcee has been hilarious on Twitter as usual. She dropped three EPs (as well as a "deluxe version" that contains all three). But that's not all!

Video: Capital Steez: '47 Piiirates' (RIP, Capital Steez)

Brooklyn - Brooklyn rap collective Pro Era has linked with Karmaloop TV and LRG to drop a video for Capital Steez's "47 Piiirates." Steez died a year ago today (December 24) at the age of 19.

'Ghost At The Finish Line': Chatting with rapper Quelle Chris Special

Los Angeles - Today I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with hip-hop artist Quelle Chris. Quelle has a sound and style like no other. No gimmicks, no trends; just unique, honest, and real. Quelle just has this really refreshing passion for hearing and making music.

Jay-Z dedicates 'Young Forever' to Nelson Mandela during concert

Los Angeles - On Monday, December 9, Jay-Z honored the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela by dedicating his song "Young Forever" to him on his "Magna Carta Tour."

Hip-Hop duo Outkast to reunite this spring

Atlanta hip-hop duo Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast are returning to the big stage this spring since a hiatus in 2007.

Rap pioneers looking to build hip-hop museum in The Bronx

New York - Some of hip-hop's founding fathers have joined forces to build a museum dedicated to the culture right where it was born, The Bronx.

A formal introduction to MF Grimm, Percy Carey Special

Los Angeles - Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of talking to lyricist, producer, and comic book writer, MF Grimm, real name Percy Carey.

'MAHD Almighty' An interview with Detroit rapper MAHD Special

Detroit - My interview with Detroit rapper MAHD begins with a conversation about influences. When I asked him what he thinks of when he hears the term "hip-hop," he said "music" because one of MAHD's greatest influences is simply "good music."

Activists Alais Clay and Steve Grant release music video on web Special

Steve Grant and Alais Clay are arguably two of the most influential hip-hop performers in the activist scene. The pair collaborated on the song “Empire,” and the video was released this week on YouTube.
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