Can you believe it’s been twenty years since The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered? In a career that barely spanned half a decade, the MC born Christopher Wallace blessed us with more classics than can be held on one playlist. Boasting vivid storytelling skills, a nimble, versatile flow, and a sense of wit and humor that’s not discussed enough when discussing his legacy, Biggie combined the best traits of Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Rakim to create a style that […]
Lyrical giant Talib Kweli returns with a new album. Check out our review of “Prisoner of Conscious.”
At the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival this weekend, Busta Rhymes brought out some surprise guests-Charlie Brown and Dinco D. The three initially gained fame in the early Nineties as Leaders Of The New School. LoNS split up after two albums, as Busta’s star power proved too big for a group dynamic. Charlie and Dinco both became estranged from Busta over the years, but apparently the three have made amends and performed together for the first time in sixteen years. No word […]
Popblerd’s Chuck presents his list of the 10 best hip-hop remixes of all time, featuring the man who’s stolen the show more than anyone in rap history, Mister Busta Rhymes.
Ho Ho Ho! It’s Justin Bieber!! And we’ve got a review of his new holiday album.
Rapper Lil’ Wayne once said, via an album title, I Am Not A Human Being. Listening to his new album, Tha Carter IV, it’s not difficult to see where Wayne was coming from – it’s not difficult to envision the rapper being dropped from a UFO into someone’s Hollywood backyard on a quiet, chilly night. The objective? To ruin hip-hop by turning it into an exaggerated version of its worst stereotypes, to behave in a deliberately bizarre fashion to court […]
A longtime, often-vaunted member of rap’s left-of-center underground, Tech N9ne has managed to forge a career out of being off the radar, of inspiring intense fan devotion (the Techn9cians even get their own affectionate name that sounds an awful lot cooler than Gleek or Juggalo), and of being gleefully, unapologetically off the wall. Those who can actually find a record store in their town may recognize Tech more from his album covers than his actual recorded output – his wild-eyed […]
Previous entries: 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 20. Talib Kweli Representing: Brooklyn Talib Kweli’s albums are a textbook example of a brilliant songwriter living or dying by his production. While his skills are practically unassailable, his music is capable of being completely brilliant or completely boring, depending on his beat selection. It’s an affliction that’s affected more artists in the upper echelon of this list than you might think. Despite the occasional beat-related mishaps, it’s hard to say anything bad about Kweli from a mic […]
Following his crocodile tear-stained “tribute” to Michael Jackson on last year’s BET Awards, the cable network has announced that singer/actor Chris Brown has received the most nominations for this year’s ceremony. Brown, whose career looked to be over after an assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna, has completed an unexpected comeback this year. His fourth album, F.A.M.E., has already spawned five hit singles and was recently certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 copies. He’ll be vying for the Video of […]
It would be too easy to trash Chris Brown’s new album, right? The guy’s a certified asshole. Not content to man up and apologize for his widely-publicized beating of Rihanna, he’s been a one-man self-implosion device since then-bitching about being blackballed, going on random Twitter rampages and most recently, going bananas after Robin Roberts dared ask him about the Rihanna beating on “Good Morning America”. But what does the fact that he’s an asshole have to do with his music? […]
25 years ago, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones created “We Are the World”. This song was written and performed to provide relief to famine-stricken Ethiopians. They assembled a group of 45 artists-most of whom were undeniable legends (Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Paul Simon, Tina Turner…even Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins and Hall & Oates), and people worldwide opened their hearts and wallets to donate to the cause. “We Are the World” became a #1 smash […]