Hip-Hop

Apr 12, 2017

This is How Hip-Hop Shaped The Career Of Comedian Charlie Murphy

R.I.P...Charlie Murphy had a major impact on Hip-Hop over the years...

Apr 18, 2016

This week in Drake: He’s got his own whisky and a Rihanna tattoo?

Work, work, work, work, work. It’s hard work being Drake. Hardly a day goes by when our hometown hip-hop hero doesn’t make headlines for doing something, even if it’s just showing up courtside at an inconsequential basketball game.

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Apr 13, 2016

Elzhi Details Struggles In Making New Album “Lead Poison” Part 1

"I was working on ‘Lead Poison’ while I was sleeping in the whip. I feel like it definitely portrays just how it felt to lay in the back of the whip and rest my head trying to make sure nobody seen me going to sleep, and having the headphones in listening to the instrumentals trying to write and all that." Elzhi on making his new album "Lead Poison"

Apr 4, 2016

New “Trapathon” Party Turning Into A Successful Business For Students

Check out how two students are making "Trap Music" parties a cool business...

Mar 30, 2016

Should Future Be Considered A Lyricist?

It is easy to believe Future is just a highed up trap rapper when you hear to songs like “Xanny Family’ and “Back On E,” amongst others. But is there anything more under the auto-tune and catchy hooks? Some may oppose the opinion that Future is a genuine lyricist. Chelsea Walker of The Daily Athenaeum is not one of them.

Mar 29, 2016

G-Eazy Drops Serious Knowledge On Loyola Students

A few years ago, rap star G-Eazy was just another student at Loyola in New Orleans, dreaming of the big time. During his time at the University, G-Eazy earned his BA in Music Industry Studies and started his career. He returned to Loyola to tell students about the business...

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Mar 28, 2016

What We Think About: Elzhi’s “Lead Poison”

One look at the cover of Elzhi’s project Lead Poison and a vast variety of interpretations come to mind. Are the burdens of the Hip-Hop industry and fans' expectations too much for the Detroit wordsmith? The imagery depicts Elzhi dodging and ducking for cover as pencils rain from the sky, quite a thought-provoking visual to say the least.

Vince Staples Gets Intimate With Fans At Ohio State University

Vince Staples held court during an intimate concert at the A&R Music Bar in Columbus, Ohio, where he performed songs from his double album Summertime '06. The rapper impressed fans from the University of Ohio, during a performance last week.

Anderson.Paak: The Songs You Need To Check For

Don't be ashamed if you are not familiar with Anderson.Paak just yet. It has really only been a few years since he has had his breakout successes on Dr. Dre’s album Compton. The rapper/producer started off 2016 in the greatest way imaginable, and this is why you need to get to know his music.

Some Upcoming Artists You Should Know In 2016

One student over at Penn State decided to give his predictions on several rappers who should have breakout careers in 2016. Check them out!

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Mar 21, 2016

Desiigner…Is He Inspired By Atlanta, Or Just Stealing?

So far, 2016 has been good to rapper Desiigner. But will he stand the test of time? The critics are already taking note of the similarities between Young Thug, Future and Desiigner’s flows.

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Mar 18, 2016

Check Out This Kid’s Cover of Eminem!

Check out this kid's inspirational cover of Eminem!

Mar 16, 2016

Lesbian Hip-Hop Duo From Havana Fights Homophobia With Music

According to Odaymara Cuesta from the lesbian Cuban hip-hop band Krudas Cubensi, there's a gay person in every family in Cuba. But a lot needs to change in Cuba before its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens are able to expose their true identity without fear of discrimination in an island nation once notoriously hostile toward them, she said.

Mar 15, 2016

Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” – A Masterful Serving of Hip-Hop

"If Kendrick Lamar’s leftover music were leftover food, it could be sold at the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Reservations would be fully booked for five years because of the exceptional quality of everything he produces." Daniel Alcazar - The Daily Bruin

Mar 3, 2016

Does Kanye Suffer From “Attachment Anxiety” ?

Ever wonder what Kanye thinks when he goes ham on Twitter? So did two researchers at Ohio State School of Communications...

Mar 1, 2016

Which Music Streaming Service Should You Choose?

In less than two years, Jay Z has managed to position his streaming company Tidal as a viable competitor to Spotify and Apple Music. Which one of these services is the best fit for you and your listening habits? It's important to choose wisely.

Feb 22, 2016

Rapper Dee-1 Drops Rap Video About Students Loans With “Sallie Mae Back”

Checkout Dee-1 as he describes how it feels to pay off those damn Sallie Mae Loans. Even if you haven't finished handling that school debt yet, we are sure you can relate to how it's feels to pay "Sallie Mae Back"

Feb 16, 2016

Grammys Draw Smallest U.S. TV Audience Since 2009

The nearly 25 million U.S. viewers who watched CBS Corp's televised Grammy Awards ceremony this year was the smallest audience in seven years for music's biggest night. Out of the 24.95 million viewers who watched Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars take top honors, 9.7 million were in the 18-49 demographic coveted by advertisers, CBS said on Tuesday, citing figures from Nielsen.

Feb 16, 2016

KRS-One Giving up the Knowledge on Objective Knowing and Conciseness

Listen as KRS-One tries to help develop consciousness and critical thinking skills for the students at VSU.

Feb 16, 2016

DJ Khaled’s Success On Snapchat Is No Fluke, It’s Great Marketing

One of the strongest points of Khaled’s Snaps is that they offer a glimpse into his actual life. Even though he’s world famous, Khaled is still just a regular guy who eats, shaves and earns a living.

Feb 15, 2016

Kanye West Goes On Epic Tech Rant

Rapper Kanye West took the tech world to task in a BRAND NEW epic rant, again pleading for help from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Feb 14, 2016

A$AP Ferg Surprise Performance For Samsung At All-Star 2016

Rapper A$AP Ferg is getting ready to hit the road to promote his new upcoming album Always Strive and Prosper....

Feb 12, 2016

Over 20 Million People Watched Kanye Unveil His Album…and Diss Taylor Swift

More than 20 million viewers watched rapper and fashion designer Kanye West put his own twist on a New York Fashion Week runway show on Thursday as he debuted a new album and clothing collection at famed music venue Madison Square Garden.

Feb 11, 2016

“Watch Me” Singer, Silento, Schools Jermaine Dupri’s Students on “The Rap Game”

Jermaine Dupri's artists on "The Rap Game" eagerly take advice from one of their peers Silento.

Feb 11, 2016

What We Think About: Statik KXNG A Track-by-Track Preview

Hip-Hop heads all around rejoice. Boston producer Statik Selektah and the lyrical madman Crooked I have come together to create a dope album for all to enjoy. "Statik KXNG" features Statik’s classic boom bap drums and jazzy smooth melodies as the soundscape for KXNG Crooked, who weaves his syllables in and out at will...

Feb 10, 2016

Getting A Tattoo Is No Big Deal In U.S.

Getting a tattoo is not a big deal nowadays. For example, over three in ten Americans (29%) have at minimum one tattoo, up from approximately two in ten (21%) only four years ago.

Feb 7, 2016

Best Commercials Of Super Bowl 50

If you're like most of the U.S. viewing population, watching the Super Bowl is cool but you tuned in to check out the commercials. This Super Bowl cost advertisers the most in the games history, with spots averaging $4.8 million for :30 seconds. Check out the best ads of the night.

Feb 5, 2016

Chinese President Turns To Hip-Hop To Spread Propaganda

Step aside, Kanye. The hottest topic in the rap world this week is... Chinese President Xi Jinping The Communist politician's "Four Comprehensives" theory was at the center of a three-minute Hip-Hop music video being shared widely on social media there Tuesday...

Feb 4, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Explains What President Obama Is Like

It’s been a great year for Kendrick Lamar, who’s up for 11 Grammys this year, thanks to his album To...

Feb 1, 2016

Bitch This Flint – The Dayton Family: An Unsung History

The Dayton Family were not truly “famous” by any means, but they are still respected in the city and on the underground scene for their dark, grim brand of realism. The group is named after the infamous Dayton Avenue, known as one of the most crime-ridden streets in Flint, Michigan.

Feb 1, 2016

13 Best Rap Albums Coming In February

Kanye West will release Waves Feb. 11, but since Ye doesn't run the world, yet, who else has new music coming in February? Look out for Wiz Khalifa’s new album and BJ The Chicago Kid’s debut with Motown. From the underground, watch for Dizzy Wright and Curren$y. Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked are teaming up for a collab album and Action Bronson could release "Blue Chips 7" or "The Human Highlight Reel."

Jan 31, 2016

Ludacris And Musiq Soulchild At Honda’s Battle of The Bands

Ludacris got love from over 63,000 people during his performance at 2016 Battle of The Bands. There was a 2,000 student-strong drumline!!

Jan 28, 2016

Converse Gives Graffiti Prop’s With Futura’s New Kicks

Hip-Hop, art, and fashion all come together in Converse's latest iteration of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II’s. The sneaker brand set out to make a statement with their collaboration on their classic sneak with New York graffiti legend Futura 2000.

Jan 28, 2016

Let Wiz Help You Find The Best Party Outfit

Can't figure out how to dress for that big party? Well Wiz Khalifa teamed with GQ to help you pick out the perfect outfit!

Jan 27, 2016

Adriene Broner: Newest Member of Maybach Music Group

Adrien Broner is the newest member of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group!

Jan 27, 2016

Jidenna Proves He’s More Than A Classic Man With This Track

After hearing Jidenna’s hit single “Classic Man” over and over for the past year, this video came as a pleasant surprise. Jidenna is more than just a singer; he actually can spit some bars too! But are fans ready for this side of Jidenna, who is signed to Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records?