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Vladimir Putin nominated for Hip-Hop Award, Still likes his Turtleneck

April 16, 2010

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Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has been nominated for the “Event of the Year” award at Muz TV’s Russian Street Awards, for his appearance at Muz TV’s “Battle for Respect,” where he crowned the champ, rapper Zhigan. At the event, he extolled hip-hop’s “rough” social message and role in keeping Russian youth away from drugs […]

Talib’s Back! New Reflection Eternal Video features hallmarks of MC’s style

April 16, 2010

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Reflection Eternal just put out the first video from their new album, Revolutions Per Minute, and it’s everything you would expect from the legendary duo. Featuring a scarily on-point Bun B, “Paranoid” showcases not only Talib Kweli’s masterful flow, but solidifies his reputation as a quote-unquote “conscious rapper’, whether he likes it or not. The […]

Mos Def On Yo Gabba Gabba; Could only be better if he performed Ms. Fat Booty

April 1, 2010

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Mos Def dropped in on trippy children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! recently, and, of course, was adorable. Check out those smart penny loafers! more about “Mos Def Lands on ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ (vi…“, posted with vodpod Also, is it weird that Mos is something of a dopple-ganger for Gabba’s host?

Rappers Rappin’ about Rappers: The Art of the Tribute

March 10, 2010

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Ever since Horace first called out his man Virgil in the propempticon Odes 1.3, the proverbial “shout out” to contemporaries has been a thematic staple amongst the artistically gifted. Authors Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson often posited both themselves and their colleagues as main characters in their novels or short-stories. Bob Dylan […]

Have You Seen this Rapper? Ever?

March 4, 2010

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Oh shit, one-hit wonder J-Kwon has been missing for over a month, according to reports from his label. This story is awesome for the following reasons: 1) The label says that he’s been missing for a month. I’d say that he’s been missing since 2004, when his one and only psuedo hit, Tipsy, was played […]

The Black Keys Announce New Album, Tour Dates

March 4, 2010

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A million garage-rock fans pumped their fists in unison and smoked a cigarette as endlessly cool blues-rock duo The Black Keys announced that they will be releasing their sixth studio album this May. Entitled Brothers, this album comes as a follow-up to their hip-hop collaboration album Blakroc, which is a favorite around the Axiom. Apparently, […]

Waka Flocka Fact Check: Why Lyricism (still) Pays in Hip-Hop

March 3, 2010

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LYRICS LYRICS LYRICS. Lyrics are a huge topic in hip-hop. Not only are they responsible for much of the criticism that hip-hop receives, but lyricists have really come to define the entire genre. And now, the issue of lyricism and its role in hip-hop has become a hot topic of debate. If you haven’t yet […]