Riley Wallace Kickstarts His “From Boom Bap To Trap: Hip Hop’s Greatest Producers” Book

There has never been a book like this. Written and illustrated by noted hip-hop journalist Riley Wallace, From Boom Bap to Trap: Hip-Hop’s Greatest Producers is a groundbreaking compendium that not only digs deep into the stories and catalogs of icons like Pete Rock, RZA, Dr. Dre, and DJ Premier but also features highly influential […]

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UNDRCRWND – John Jigg$ VS Innocent?

UPDATE: Stay tuned for the UNDRCRWND: Innocent? vs John Jigg$ mixtape – coming soon! Weekly Rap Gods announces the second official UNDRCRWND on Saturday, January 16th between John Jigg$ and Innocent?. Who will be crowned the winner? Both are lyrical heavyweights, both fan favorites, both hold a strong reign over NY (past and present), and […]

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The Most Important Bassists in Hip Hop

Hip Hop wouldn’t be what it is without the bass guitar. Since the earliest, sample-driven days of hip hop, the bass guitar has been a crucial part of hip hop’s evolution. From veteran effects pedal-hogging luminaries like Pino Palladino to contemporary producer-musicians like Brady Watt, let’s dive into the world of the most important bassists in […]

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Mass Appeal: New Noise Out the Northeast

When it comes to East Coast hip-hop, Boston—and Massachusetts as a whole—hasn’t garnered the same attention as neighboring cities like New York and Philadelphia. While there have been individual success stories, such as Guru of Gang Starr, viral sensation Joyner Lucas, boom-bap torchbearer producer Statik Selektah, and Ed O.G., acts on their level have been […]

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Rapper Skillz & Lena Waithe Bury the Hatchet Over Strong ‘Queen & Slim’ Criticism

The movie Queen & Slim has received mixed reactions amongst critics. Recently, Emmy award winner and producer of the film Lena Waithe and rapper Skillz became the center of attention in what looked like an online tiff over the film. Thirty-five-year-old Chicago-born Lena is an actress, screenwriter and producer. She is best known for her […]

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Willie The Kid Signs On As Producer Of PBS Langston Hughes Documentary

Hip Hop artist & entrepreneur Willie the Kid has joined on as a producer for I Too Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled a documentary slated to be released in 2020 through PBS’ American Masters Series about the great American poet, novelist, playwright, columnist & social activist who rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance. Willie & his […]

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Planit Hank (Hip Hop Donor Benefit) Nov. 11th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn @ Music Hall

Planit Hank (Hip Hop Donor Benefit) Performances By Masta Ace, Sadat X, El Da Sensei, Marco Polo, Diamond D, DJ Evil Dee, Melissa J, & More… Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/364382/beat-cypher-dj-evil-dee-diamond-d-marco-polo-large-professor-tickets?skin=mhow The Donor Benefit will be held at the Music Hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (capacity 600+). Confirmed performers are Canibus, Masta Ace, El Da Sensei, Sadat X, Angela Johnson […]

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Wu-Tang Clan Celebrates 25 Years of ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ @ A3C Festival [Live Footage]

This year Wu-Tang Clan floored the crowds at the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta celebrating their 25th Anniversary of ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’. The entire clan was present for this milestone event. Young Dirty Bastard put on a powerful performance on behalf of his father ODB (RIP). His delivery was spot on and truly reminiscent […]

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20 Years Later: ‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star’ Is Still One of the Most Underrated Albums Ever

Sometimes music is so ahead of its time that people aren’t ready for it, so they push it to the back, and then BOOM, years later everyone gets it. When we talk about the best hip hop albums of 1998, people always overlook the legendary Rawkus Records release, ‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star’. When The […]

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On Sunday, September 30th Join “The Funeral to Bury the Violence” 2018, Presented by Doitall, 211ci, and Earlii Red

THE FUNERAL TO BURY THE VIOLENCE | 2018 PSA from Kim “Earlii Red”, the Outreach Director/Communications for 211Ci and DoItAllForNewark: “On behalf of 211Ci, DoItAllForNewark, and Dupre “DoItAll” Kelly, we would like to invite you to “Bury The Violence” anger, fear, and anything you need to heal. At 10am on Sunday, September 30th all Wards […]

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Attend Omen44’s “Building A Nation” EP Release Party — August 24th In Brooklyn

The Plug International along with Mecca New York‘s notorious artist Omen44, present Building A Nation EP release party on Friday, August 24th at 8pm. The event will be held at Cafe de la Esquina in Brooklyn and hosted by Nikki. Omen44 rallied up some of the surrounding boroughs most elite Hip Hop endorsers to bless […]

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20 Years Later, Big Pun’s “Capital Punishment” Is Still One of the Best Hip Hop Debut Albums Ever

On April 28, 1998, Christopher Rios introduced to the world what would later be crowned as one of the greatest debut albums in hip hop history. Capital Punishment is important to hip hop for so many reasons. Pun was the first Latin rapper to bring home a platinum plaque (selling 1 million copies) for this […]

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Wu-Wednesday Spotlight: Killah Priest & 4th Disciple’s “Don’t Sit On The Speakers”

It’s 2018 and we can categorically say that “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F**k Wit”. With a legacy that has outlasted most rap careers and a legion of fans that stretch beyond both sides of the equator, the one other unique factor about the Wu is the number of affiliates. No other group in the […]

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“Roxanne Roxanne” — The Biopic of a True Rap Goddess Hits Netflix In March

Legendary Juice Crew member and battle rapper extraordinaire Roxanne Shante’s biopic titled “Roxanne Roxanne” will be coming to Netflix. After rave reviews from Sundance Film Festival 2017, the film is finally getting the exposure it deserves. The riveting film about the Queens native stars Academy Award winning actor Mahershala Ali, Nia Long and debuts fresh […]

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The Privilege Of Being Black

So, I, like many others have heard the rambunctious ramblings of “Everyone’s Favorite Asshole” — Charlamagne tha God from Power 105.1’s the Breakfast Club. He lives up to the title, especially after making Lil Mama cry during a previous episode. So when it was announced that he was writing a book and promoted (ad nauseam) […]

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The “Legacy” of Wonda Woman

Wonda Woman aka Dyana Prinze hails from Brooklyn, NY where she grew up in a family with strong musical influences. Her father, Omatangu, was a grass-roots Reggae artist from St. Vincent and the Grenadines known for his song “Slave Driver”, and her cousin Alston “Becket” Cyrus (ABC) was also a Soca/Calypso artist who had a big hit […]

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The Building Blocks Of Boom Bap

Boom Bap is stronger than ever, despite opposing viewpoints. We are highlighting a few artists blazing the scene in the name of boom bap. It’s refreshing to hear artists preserving the hip-hop genre with gritty lyrics, prowess, substance, cadence and visuals that reflect the culture. They are truly legends in the making! First up, we bring […]

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How To Cripple A Giant

The issues that caused the watering down of Hip-Hop can be summed up into 4 distinct categories: Money Before Art: Rappers have decided that money is more important than the culture. There is a lack of “Hip-Hop integrity” — being true to the core values and principles of the culture. Therefore, “artists” routinely sell their […]

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