Good For Hip Hop


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Check your strings, Amurrica, cuz we all got played like violins…well, that is if you were one of the many many people who spent the whole summer biting your nails to the nub worrying about whether Jay Z and Beyonce were going to divorce, splitting up the most powerful perfect union of superstardom since Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, since Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, since Liz and Dick…but it never happened.
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rick rubin returns to nyu dorm

Def Jam may be the house that Rick Rubin built (with the help of Russell Simmons, of course), but it was his NYU dorm room where those bricks were first laid. Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the legendary hip-hop label, Rolling Stone accompanied Rubin on his very first return to his old college digs, where you were more likely to see him hanging out with famous rappers than studying for any midterm. Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, Adam Horovitz, Lyor Cohen and others join Rick on his stroll down memory lane.

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meow the jewels

El-P and Killer Mike haven’t even dropped Run The Jewels 2 yet, and already they’re about to start on a hilarious reworked version of the album featuring nothing but cat sounds (you read that right). The idea, dubbed Meow The Jewels, was floated by the duo as a joke a few months ago, until one fan launched a Kickstarter to fund the project. Always up for a laugh, El-P and Killer Mike agreed to the album if the Kickstarter reached $45,100 — and lo and behold, it smashed that target this week by over $10,000. The pair plan to donate all the additional profits to the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

Aside from a “shit load of cats,” Meow The Jewels will also feature contributions from a star-studded cast including Just Blaze, The Alchemist, Dan the Automator, Baauer, Prince Paul, Skywlkr, BOOTS, Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Nick Rook and Solidified Sun. No word on when the album will be cozying up on shelves, but you can pick up the meow-less version of Run The Jewels 2 on October 28.

Watch the album trailer and first “catsting” session (lulz) below…

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snoop dogg apologizes to iggy azalea

Snoop Dogg has spent the last few days embroiled (or, more accurately, initiating) an online beef with Iggy Azalea, which all began when the veteran rapper posted a meme poking fun at the “Fancy” star. After Iggy responded on Twitter, Snoop took to Instagram to launch a tirade of insults and threats towards the 24-year-old Aussie, at one point calling for her boyfriend, Lakers star Nick Young, to “check you before I do.”

However, it appears Snoop has had a swift change of heart today and has apologized to Ms. Azalea before the situation could escalate any further. After jumping on the phone with Iggy’s label boss T.I., Tha Doggfather posted a video on Instagram ending the beef and promising “no more bad talk.”

*Files under Things We’d Like To Forget About In 2014*

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Rae Sremmurd

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards made their network television debut on Monday night. Taped back in September, the ninth annual show was hosted by Snoop Dogg at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. A night that celebrates hip-hop culture by paying respect to the past while shining the light on current and future stars, opened with a performance by rap sensation Rae Sremmurd, who performed their summer anthem “No Flex Zone.”

Other performers included Common with Vince Staples and Jay Electronica, Rich Gang featuring Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan and Birdman, Migos, DJ Mustard with Lil’ Boosie, Ty Dolla $ign and YG, Brandy taking viewers down memory lane with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, T.I., and closing the night Bobby Shmurda.

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The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards made their television network debut on Tuesday night. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, one of the highlights of the ninth show as with every year were the rap cyphers. The six cyphers this year featured the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, David Banner, Troy Ave, Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Kevin Gates, Lil’ Mama, Loaded Lux, Remy Ma and Papoose, Logic, and Murda Mook, who stole the show including a lyrical shot at Drake.

“King of battle rap, comfortable in first place/ Here, finish line is all mine, heard Drake?/ How you flashbackin’ to actin’, it’s real here/ Cripple your career, put it back in a wheelchair/ Get killed here/ Ain’t no chill here/ My demeanor/ Don’t play the field here/ De-gras-si, it ain’t greener.”

Watch all the cyphers from the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards below, and click here for the two digital cyphers featuring SMACK, Emilio Rojas, Goodz, Dreezy, T-Rex, & more.

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hip hop depression

Between a college professor’s English course on good kid, m.A.A.d city to 9th Wonder’s “Hip-Hop in Context” class at N.C. Central University, hip-hop has been introduced into the curriculum in many ways over the years. The latest — and perhaps most interesting — comes via England’s prestigious Cambridge University, whose department of psychiatry has launched a “social venture” to promote hip-hop as a treatment for various mental health problems.

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Kendrick Lamar

A crowd of 20,000 youth and volunteers packed into Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for We Day 2014, an annual youth empowerment event aimed to motivate young people to get involved in social change. Organized by the Free the Children charity, the 7th annual day of celebration and learning featured appearances from Nelly Furtado, Big Sean, Joe Jonas, Katie Couric, Kardinal Offishall, Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard, and plenty more global leaders, social activists, and entertainers.

The event also featured a surprise appearance from Kendrick Lamar, who performed his new inspirational song “i” for the first-time live. A song fitting for the overall theme of We Day, watch the moment below and learn more about the non-profit organization here.

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Kendrick Lamar’s new song “i,” or “first statement” as he likes to call it, has been the topic of discussion since its release in late September. A positive and uplifting record, entertainers such as Chris Rock, Pharrell, and Justin Timberlake immediately voiced their support soon after the song dropped last month.

K. Dot appears to have another big name supporter as Ellen opened the Thursday airing of her afternoon talkshow by showing off her dance moves in the studio audience as the song played. Watch the moment below and purchase the song here.

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For one night only, Funkmaster Flex is giving a rare live interview on a very special edition of the Juan Epstein podcast. Usually, these are all pre-recorded but Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg had to go all out for the King of Rap Radio in New York City.

Flex will be talking about his early days as a club DJ in NYC, seeing artists Biggie & Jay Z blow up, and all the insane stories from The Tunnel. But that’s just a small portion of what this event has in store. We’re giving away one pair of tickets to one reader, so good luck!

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