Debra Filcman is a Chicago-based freelance journalist.
Tupac Shakur Releases His First Single: Sept. 25 in Hip-Hop History
Tupac fights against police brutality, Raekwon grabs the spotlight and we celebrate the birth of Will Smith and Donald Glover.
MC Lyte Goes R&B on ‘Act Like You Know Me': Sept. 17 in Hip-Hop History
On Sept. 17, Mariah Carey stunned once again with her vocal range, MC Lyte went in a new direction and Jay-Z tops the soundtrack for a Martin Lawrence comedy.
How Run-DMC Translated Aerosmith’s ‘Hillbilly Jibberish’ on ‘Walk This Way’
Run-DMC's cover of Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' helped them break into the mainstream in 1986, but it wasn't their choice to record it.
Mary J. Blige Drops Her Debut Album: July 28 in Hip-Hop History
This day in hip-hop history includes the release of Mary J. Blige's debut record, EPMD's classic Business Never Personal and LL Cool J's standoff with a shark.
Joe Jackson on Health Battle: ‘The Sun Sets When the Time Comes’
A tweet from Joe Jackson, who has been hospitalized with terminal cancer, seemed to acknowledge that he has little time left.