Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure.
One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." We really mean it. And, c ... More >>
30 Rock wraps up tonight, as the Tina Fey-penned show signs off with its final episode. During the show's seven seasons of hilarity, it's never been shy of weaving rap references into its script (a tick helped by Donald Glover a/k/a/ Childish Gambino holding down a writer's position at one point). S ... More >>
Cult funkateer Shuggie Otis plays the Highline tonight. Despite his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and savvy singer-songwriter, Otis's career never quite went mainstream back in the '70s, but his legacy has been well served thanks to a judiciously reissued back catalogue and a series of rap types ... More >>
Tonight, one of Atlanta's favorite sons, Killer Mike, plays with Wu-Tang Clansman GZA at Irving Plaza. In many respects, this has been a banner year for Mike, whose El-P produced album R.A.P. Music has given him the most accolades of his career, as well as his work touring with the Into the Wild tou ... More >>
In honor of today being 4/20every smoker's favorite day of the yearSOTC has compiled the 25 Best Rap Songs relating to weed. Though some may be more about bud than others, all are guaranteed to make your high all the more enjoyable. Be forewarned, though... this list doesn't have any h ... More >>
The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song ... More >>
One of pop music's biggest Cinderella stories in recent memory has been that of the man born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known to the public as Cee Lo Green, or simply Cee Lo. After debuting as a member of the pioneering Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob in the mid-'90s, the MC/singer spent a ... More >>
The lady sitting atop both of Billboard's major lists this week has made enough news in 2011 that I'm tempted to rename this column "This Week in Adele." The British thrush is certainly making enough sad news these days, canceling her tour and preparing to undergo much-needed throat surgery. ... More >>
Tuesday, October 25
Better than: Fiddling with the radio.
Midway through Yelawolf's show at Irving Plaza on Tuesday nighthis third time appearing on that stage, his first time headlining ithe invited the audience to get a little better acquainted with ... More >>
2011's most un-hyped rap release has arrived. It's by a group so under-the-radar that even its record label, All City, or the photographer who shot the mysterious image on its album's cover, Sue Kwon, have no idea who the two people in it are--other than that the duo once went by the name The ... More >>
Here's your proof. CREDITFresh off his triumphant show at Brooklyn Bowl last night and set to play NYU's mystery concert (with, uh, Dr. Dog) tonight, Big Boi is spending the afternoon at First and First on East Village Radio.
It may not be the summer of love (in fact, we're pretty sure it isn't), but that doesn't mean that you can't spend the next two months "jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack." In this week's cover story, John H. Tucker goes inside the Nitrous Mafia, a surprisingly organized group made ... More >>
Rap Radar has your hookup: I am beginning to suspect that Big Boi's (finally!) imminent Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (which it's not even clear if this song is even on) is going to be fantastic. Here we have one of those heartbreakingly rare de facto Outkast reunion tracks, a ... More >>
In two weeks the first rap album of 2010 that matters will be released. How much rap will appear on The Adventures of Bobby Ray is still a mystery. But the recent hip-hop trend of paradigm-shifting MCs--e.g., rappers who don't always seem interested in rap--continues with the big top arrival ... More >>
Get the MP3 here or here. "I'm shittin' on niggas/And pissin' on the seat," avers Big Boi on the massive, glitzy, delightfully garish (i.e. Scott Storch-produced) new single off the (finally!) imminent Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, hip-hop's most appalling endless-delay hosta ... More >>
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AllHipHop.com brings us a report on both Big Boi's allegedly imminent solo turn Sir Luscious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty and the full-blown Outkast record that will emerge thereafter, good news that ... More >>