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

April 16, 2010 by


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 […]

Have You Seen this Rapper? Ever?

March 4, 2010 by


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 […]

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

March 3, 2010 by


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 […]

Where’s Weezy? In Jail!

March 2, 2010 by


After a one-month stay for dental surgery (which, if you ask me, was much more painful than anything he is going to experience in prison – the man had 8 root canals, work done on his diamond-encrusted grill, replaced several existing tooth implants, AND added new implants), Weezy is finally headed off to the big […]

Boston Native Guru in a Coma; give him love, y’all.

March 1, 2010 by


Breaking News 04.20.2010: A little over a month after recovering from his coma related to a heart attack, rap legend Guru has lost his battle with cancer. A pioneer of the underground, he will truly be missed. For the MTV story, click here. His farewell letter (published on, which I’m not going to comment […]

“We are the World” Remake kills Hip-Hop, pisses of Jay-Z, inexplicably includes Vince Vaughn.

February 17, 2010 by


By now we all are acutely aware that the We Are the World 25 for Haiti was a big fucking musical mess. It took something that was original and  kind of touching from the 1980’s and made it into an auto-tuned trainwreck of forced, sappy pop idiocy. Seriously, pop-idol/far-t00-young-celebrity Justin Bieber sang the opening verse. This […]

New Erykah Badu single is Awesome, features Baby Alien.

February 14, 2010 by


This is a little late, but perpetually cool human being Erykah Badu has released the video for her second single off the upcoming New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh. Entitled “Jump in the Air (Stay There)”, the song features my current least-favorite, but globally embraced MC Lil’ Wayne. Both the song and the […]