Music

May 17, 2017

Ayo and Teo Dropped Out Of School To Pursue Success…Looks Like It Worked

Ayo, 20 and Teo, 17, were born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have literally been dancing since they were in diapers.

May 15, 2017

The SpotiFive: Five New Hip-Hop Songs This Week (May 12-19)

These are the latest songs this week we are checking out…

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May 15, 2017

Cultural Appropriation: When “Borrowing” Becomes Exploitation

In fashion, art, music and beyond, some people now argue that certain African cultural symbols and products are off-limits to non-Africans.

May 11, 2017

This is the Complete Science Behind Lil Uzi’s Career

Lil Uzi has only been releasing records since 2014, but he has already landed collaborations and #1 hits. This is how he did it...

May 8, 2017

Students Form A Kanye West Cover Band And Find Out The Rapper’s Music Is Complicated

A group of students at Syracuse have challenged David Crosby’s assessment of Kanye West, with their new house band Some of The Lights.

May 5, 2017

These Four Rappers Are Benefitting From Exposure On The Vans Warped Tour

In addition to Punk, the Vans Warped Tour has evolved to include Ska, Hardcore, Metalcore and Hip-Hop...

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May 3, 2017

Tufts University All Black Concert Highlights Issues With Race on Campus

A hip-hop concert that took place at Tufts University is raising interesting questions about race on the campus.

Telecoms At War Over Streaming But Drake is The Winner – For Now

The success of artists like Drake, The Weeknd and others could be a risk thanks to new Internet laws...

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Nov 7, 2016

Songs, music and machine guns: Female Kurdish fighters battling IS on the frontlines

Songs, music and machine guns: Female Kurdish fighters battling IS on the frontlines

Mar 17, 2016

Matisyahu Hits College Campuses In Response To Protests

Matisyahu is embarking on a 16-date tour of the United States, where he will hit major college campuses with Palestinian Hip-Hop artist Nadim. The college tour is a response to protests against Matisyahu last year, after the Jewish musician refused to endorse a state for the Palestinian people.

Mar 7, 2016

How Record Labels Buy Social Media Love

The next time your favorite YouTube or Instagram star squeals with delight about a great new song, it’s worth asking whether he or she was paid to do that squealing.

Mar 4, 2016

Struggling Artists, Don’t Struggle! Move to West Philly!

If you're sacrificing for the sake of your art, the struggle can be real. But if you're smart, you don't have to struggle so much. Case in point: a new affordable housing project is underway in West Philadelphia, just for artists.

Mar 2, 2016

Will Soundcloud Even Be Around In 5 Years?

Soundcloud is a great resource, without a doubt. But did you know that all of your works could disappear from the Internet if Soundcloud can't get its business together?

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 11, 2016

Watch Kanye Crush It With Fashion and Music Premiere

Watch Kanye’s Yeezy Fashion Show Here If you weren’t one of the lucky few who managed to get tickets to...

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 28, 2016

The Internet Is Going Nuts Over Kanye’s Butt

Kanye and Wiz may have been beefing, but Amber Rose has taken her disses to Kanye to a new level with the hashtag #fingersinthebootyassbitch

Jan 27, 2016

A Look At Curren$y’s “The Owners Manual” EP

The Hot Spitta takes workaholic to new heights as he releases "The Owners Manual," EP just a month after his highly anticipated project Canal Street Confidential. This buttery smooth EP was executive produced by Cool and Dre and completed by Jet Life don Curren$y himself all within the course of one day.

Jan 26, 2016

Rico Richie’s New Single “Too Lit” Proves He Has Potential

Atlanta rapper Rico Richie is back with his latest single “Too Lit” and from the looks of things, he may just have another big single on his hands. You will recall Rico Richie as the artist who created the original version of the latest club anthem “Poppin.” But check out his crazy back story...

Jan 25, 2016

Kanye West Says “SWISH”…Oops “Waves” Is A Gospel Album

Yeezy recently took to twitter to reveal the tracklist for his highly anticipated album "SWISH." This 10-track LP includes the previously released Ty Dolla $ign assisted track "Real Friends," and the Madlib produced "No More Parties In LA" featuring none other than the man K.Dot himself.

Jan 25, 2016

Stalley Says He’s Sharing More Of Himself With Fans

Cleveland, Ohio native son Stalley just dropped his new mixtape “Saving Yusef” which features the rapper repping himself officially as a Blue Collar artist. You’ll recall that Blue Collar is Stalley’s movement, which already produced another business, his Blue Collar clothing line...

Jan 20, 2016

Large Professor Breaks Down Hip-Hop’s Global Impact

NPR and Ali Shaheed Muhammad sat down with the legend himself, The Large Professor. Extra P discusses his career and the impact of Hip-Hop...

Jan 19, 2016

6 Insights On Why Snapchat Will Own 2016

As 2016 continues to roll, it’s becoming pretty clear that it’s going to be a huge year for Snapchat. Even though I’ve been a user for a few years, I’ve been starting to have a lot of fun on the platform as my community grows and engages more and more. I’m noticing a few things I want to share. - Jesse Kirshbaum, Founder of Nue Agency

Jan 18, 2016

R.I.P. Blowfly: The Dirtiest Remakes Of Your Favorite Songs

Don't get it twisted. Blowfly (R.I.P.) could write real songs too. He wrote and produced tracks for Betty Wright, K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Sam & Dave and others. Blowfly really flexes his chops on the records below, which we believe showcases his best writing and his great singing voice. Be prepared, after Blowfly's versions of these particular songs, you will never hear them the same when they "pop up" on the radio...

Jan 15, 2016

J. Cole Gets Air & Style Thanks To Skater/Snowboarder Shaun White

Skater Shaun White has linked with a bunch of rappers to make his “Air + Style" festival pop-off in Los Angeles. "The music, art, fashion, and sports worlds come together to have a great f#%€ing time!" - Shaun White

Jan 11, 2016

This Is How David Bowie Helped Jay Z “Takeover”

Back in late 2001, rappers Jay Z and Nas were engaged in a heated battle that produced two of Hip-Hop culture’s greatest songs: “The Takeover" by Jay Z and "Ether" by Nas. Words and delivery especially matter in a battle, and Jay Z may not have fared so well against Nas, had it not been for David Bowie.

Jan 10, 2016

Listen To Every Song From Yeezy’s New Album So Far

At last, we finally know when Kanye West’s new album is coming out. The highly-anticipated Swish (formerly So Help Me God) will drop in just over a month on Feb. 11. Kanye made the announcement for Swish via Twitter, which quickly spread like wildfire over the Internet and garnered over 150,000 retweets within 24 hours.

Jan 5, 2016

Former Afghanistan President’s Son Fights War…With EDM

There is a new movement brewing in the country, and it has nothing to do with the battlefield or politics, and everything to do with music. The former President's son, Shuja Rabbani, is the war-torn country's first EDM producer/artist...

Jan 4, 2016

Kid Cudi Takes His Music In A New Direction…Is It Working?

Kid Cudi is buzzing on college campuses. It is not because of his outing with fans to see "Star Wars." It's all because he remained “100 true” to his “artistic self” on his new album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven.