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Why Black Theaters Still Matter in 21st Century America
Do we still need historically black venues for hip-hop and R&B artists in a "post-racial" America?
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons Perform ‘M.A.A.D. City’ Mashup at the 2014 Grammy Awards
Kendrick Lamar and rock group Imagine Dragons brought a raw, high-energy and pyrotechnic-filled performance to the Grammy Awards stage Sunday night (Jan. 26). The two acts blended genres effortlessly, while donning all-white for their mash-up of the Compton MC's ‘m.A.A.d City' and Dragons' ‘Radioactive.’
20 Years Ago: A Tribe Called Quest Release ‘Midnight Marauders’
The year was 1993. Hip-hop, only about 20 years old, was dipped in gold. It had reached around the world, a long journey from its origins as a culture created by the improvising youth of New York City. On Nov. 9, A Tribe Called Quest -- Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (by this point original member Jarobi had become the "sometimes 'Y'") -- delivered their third studio album, '
‘Love & Hip Hop: New York’ Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: Peter Gunz Has 99 Problems, Rich Dollaz Is a ‘Cornball’
Peter Gunz continues to hide his wife Amina from the world. But she isn't going to be kept a secret for long and tells Rich Dollaz about their nuptials. An outraged Peter finds out and her plan backfires. “Don’t tell nobody we’re married,” he demands. Aren't side chicks a secret, not wives? These seem to be new rules he's following.
New Music Releases — September 2013
September is for lovers as R&B dominates the new music releases for the month. The records coming right before fall hits focus on themes of the heart.
Can You Guess Whose Tattoo This Is?
This Brooklyn rapper got a tattoo of his son on his shoulder in 2011. Can you guess whose ink this is? We help you out with some clues below.
2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Dressed Rappers & Singers
This year, MTV brought the Video Music Awards to Brooklyn's Barclays Center to give out Moonmen for the best visuals in music over the last year. Of course some of hip-hop and R&B's biggest names showed up to the event making a statement on the red carpet. ...
Emeli Sande Adds U.S. Dates to Our Version of Events Tour
Emeli Sande has extended her Our Version of Events tour, adding U.S. dates for the fall.
Queen Latifah Gets Help From Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz for Talk Show
Queen Latifah is gearing up for her new daytime talk show and many of her good friends are helping her make this debut season a grand one.
Robert Glasper Experiment Debut ‘Black Radio 2′ Artwork, Tracklist
Earlier this year, the Robert Glasper Experiment received a Grammy for Best R&B Album for 'Black Radio' -- a genre-bending twist of soul, jazz and hip-hop featuring some of the most talented vocalists and rhymers in the game. Glasper will bring back that magical fusion on the sequel, 'Black Radio 2,' which will officially be released through Blue Note Records on Oct. 29, according to the New Y
Kirko Bangz Gathers Z-Ro, Slim Thug and Paul Wall for ‘Cup Up Top Down’
Kirko Bangz does it for his hometown on the new track, 'Cup Up Top Down' featuring fellow Texas-bred rappers Z-Ro, Slim Thug and Paul Wall.
Just Blaze Talks Working on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Video Game
Veteran hip-hop producer Just Blaze is back in the studio, but this time it's not for your favorite rapper's album. The jack-of-all-trades worked on sounds for the classic action cartoon-turned-video game 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.'