| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Quick, what rhymes with "start-up?" Celebrity music artists, including rappers, have been finding new ways to invest their money, and Nas, born Nasir Jones, is no exception.
After a six-figure investment in the lifestyle publication "Mass Appeal," the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 12:19 PM
For the past three months Lauryn Hill has been behind bars for tax evasion. Hill chose to mark her release on Friday with a new single, “Consumerism.”
The coming out track is a blistering jam that has Hill speed-rapping through a heady...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 7:39 AM
After a busy stretch of promotional activity including a video shoot in an art gallery, a performance at London's Wireless Festival and a Q&A with fans on Twitter, Jay-Z debuted at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 with "Magna Carta Holy Grail," his...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Tuesday night, a "band of robbers" caused a fracas on the streets of Hollywood. Inside the Fonda Theatre nearby, comedian Eric Andre was making a melee of his own.
The absurdist mock-talk-show host has become a staple of Adult Swim, with his sendups...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 12:22 PM
For more than two decades, Nas’ prolific career has been a hallmark for hip-hop, and now Harvard University has established a fellowship in the lyricist's honor.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Hip-Hop Archive...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 7:12 AM
Rap Genius is a deceptively simple idea started by three friends from Yale: a website where users could make their own pop-up annotations to the lyrics of their favorite rap songs, with the most popular crowd-sourced explanations rising to the top. For...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 11:40 AM
In hip-hop, it's one thing to ride hard for your respective side of the country. It's another thing entirely to declare yourself the undisputed bicoastal titan, and call out a laundry list of successful peer MCs you want to eradicate from the history...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:08 PM
Over the last few days since Kendrick Lamar chimed in with a vicious verse on Big Sean’s track “Control” in which he proclaimed himself “King of New York,” the rap world has been steadily answering via Twitter, Facebook and,...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Since its inception in 2004, Rock the Bells has anchored itself as the preeminent festival for hip-hop fans. For its 10th edition, the festival, which begins at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, once again proves why it's a hot ticket....
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:00 PM
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| Jun 28, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Rapper J. Cole didn't attract much attention during a recent photo shoot at an upscale Beverly Hills hotel. He had no entourage (a rarity by hip-hop standards) and appeared unassuming in a plain T-shirt and jeans. The only clear spoil of fame? A...