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Cardi B’s Rise to Stardom and Track Record Speaks for Itself

The glow up Cardi B exudes is not one to ignore. After solidifying herself as a social media powerhouse and fashion muse, the breakout star from the Bronx, NY just signed a multi-million dollar deal with Atlantic Records. She now

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Today’s Hip Hop Correlates Music with Fashion through Personal Style

Over the years, Hip-Hop has emerged itself into the fashion world. There now is a thin line between high fashion and the Hip-Hop culture itself. Artist are now brand ambassadors and who the world looks to to find a new

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The progression of Gender Roles in Hip-Hop

Hip-hop started as a predominately male dominated genre. There were strict ‘rules’ about what the sound should be, how an artist should dress and the masculinity of the artist. Once females joined the genre, gender roles seemed to tighten up

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Cinematic Saturday: Jay-z’s ‘A Genius Leaves the Hood’

Before we begin, let us start with the facts. Sean Carter, known to most as Jay-Z was born December 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in Marcy Projects, Jay-Z would go from a (very profitable) drug dealer to an

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The evolution of hip hop and fashion through the decades

Over the years, hip hop has done more than just influence the music industry. Hip hop has somehow found its way into the world of television commercials, movies, food, and even into the fashion. Though many factors have contributed to

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Vashtiedotcom Mix: Moody Days

Sunny days are here, but sometimes our energy is still cloudy– and that’s ok. This playlist is for all of the moody tings across the globe, going through the motions of life and riding the wave. Sometimes we don’t feel ourselves for

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Quickie: Wifisfuneral

T H E S H O R T… Name: Isaiah Rivera Nickname: Lil Zay From Out The Bridge Birthday and Astrological Sign: March 20th, 1997 – Pisces Born & Raised: Born in the Bronx, Raised in Palm Beach Currently Residing…:

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Master P: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

It’s not often we have the opportunity to walk among icons as many–sadly–meet their maker prior to gaining recognition for their accomplishments. Fortunately, Master P–one of hip hop’s major moguls–is still making us say “ughhh” and encouraging today’s youth and

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23 Years Later: Remembering Outkast’s ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’

Back in the ’90s, rappers were recognized by the coast. The west side had rappers like Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, Spice 1, and Warren G. The east coast had The Notorious B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, and Public Enemy. Even though greatness

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Past And Present: The Evolving Role of the DJ

Written in assistance, first half, by Adam Bandoo The DJ has always been and continues to be the mitochondria when it comes to moving crowds and keeping the parties bumpin’ all at the power of their fingertips. Culturally speaking, in

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Bay Rapper Larry June Expects Everything Organic

“Sock it to me,” “Good job, Larry,” & “Yeah, baby,”  are just a few of the 70’s inspired phrases you’ll hear frequently from Bay Area rapper, Larry June. Arguably, his most memorable signature phrase is “Yee”– which is peppered throughout each of

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Watch The Official Trailer For ‘All Eyez On Me’

In the wake of learning Tupac will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Snoop Dogg, the official trailer for the All Eyez On Me biopic has finally dropped. Due to be released in theaters on June 16th, Tupac’s

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Watch Smino Fall In Love In “Anita” Video

Lyrically witty St. Louis Rapper, Smino, debuted his official video for his single, “Anita.” The video tells a story of two strangers meeting each other in a dive, becoming vulnerable and almost falling for each other instantly. We go on a trip

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UPDATE: Our Top Projections For ‘XXL’s Freshman Class 2017’

It was no easy feat to come up with this year’s contenders for XXL‘s notorious freshman class. In the past, we relied on an A&R and word of mouth to spread the word about new artists. We blindly trusted the

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Syrian-American Woman Mona Haydar Represents Her Culture In New “Hijabi” Video

“Teleporting through trauma, I been stacking my karma. Nefertiti, no drama. Make a feminist planet. Woman haters get banished. Covered up or not, don’t ever take us for granted.” – Mona Haydar, “Hijabi” Over the weekend, an interesting video popped up on the internet that

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School Girl Crush: Method Man

Perhaps it’s his thuggish ruggish persona, or maybe it’s his ability to balance his street credibility with his aptitude for business. Either way, Method Man always has and always will have the juice as far as we’re concerned. Born Clifford Smith,

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Joey Bada$$ Comes Through With Another Fire Freestyle

Just last week, Joey Bada$$ stopped by the LA Leakers radio show to talk about his forthcoming album “for the times,” All-Amerikkkan Badass. He also delivered a few fire bars in a freestyle over Future’s “Mask Off” beat. The freestyle went viral, making fans

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Snoop Dogg To Honor Tupac Shakur With Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Tupac‘s legendary career will be celebrated next month with the late rapper’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pac’s former label mate and contemporary, Snoop Dogg, is also set to oversee the installation– making the honorary ceremony nothing but a

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Nic De La Paz Pays Homage to Classic New York Jewelry with Botanica’s ‘New York’ Collection

In our flashback  post, Vintage Hip-Hop Jewelry Is Making A Comeback, we discussed the staple gold jewelry pieces for hip-hop artists: chunky rings, bamboo earrings and name plates were listed, just to name a few. These things essentially have never went

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The Cool Kids Reunite In Psychedelic New Video “TV Dinner”

Crispy Chi-Town rap greats, The Cool Kids, went their separate ways an odd number of years ago–but the duo, comprised of Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks, are back and seemingly here to stay. The eclectic lyricists recently blessed fans with

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‘All Hail The Queen’: 5 Ways Queen Latifah Continues To Inspire Women

Whether suited up in her Queen attire, acting out the life of a 20-something-year-old or doing a campaign for Covergirl, Queen Latifah has always been an icon. Although she puts on for the urban culture, she specifically puts on for

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Rick Rubin Has Created Masterpieces In Music For Virtually Every Genre Imaginable

For nearly 4 decades, Rick Rubin has contributed to the generation of some of music’s most noteworthy records. While many producers stick to a specific sound, Rubin has crossed music boundaries, creating masterpieces of sound for virtually every genre imaginable.

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A Gentle Reminder That Positivity Is Cool From Your Favorite Rappers

Hip-Hop often gets a bad rap for promoting violence and disrespect for women among other things. Fortunately, several talented artists are taking the craft back into their hands and reshaping how we listen to and feel towards Hip-Hop. Below are

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Kodak Breaks Our “Tunnel Vision” With Controversial New Video

Amidst the current chaos within the country (and with a fresh haircut), Kodak Black drops the highly anticipated track “Tunnel Vision” alongside a controversial music video. Unlike his previous music videos, Kodak takes a political approach in visually depicting the single.

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Celebrate Hip-Hop History With The ‘RAP365’ Calendar

Merriam-Webster defines the term history as a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their cause. According to this definition, one could compare history to an experience. Which is something Hip-Hop fans from all generations can relate

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School Girl Crush: Q-Tip

When A Tribe Called Quest first stepped on the scene in the 80’s, they were the weird, cool kids who somehow knew how to mend hip-hop and jazz together on another level. They took part in creating a lane of soulful

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Healing, Trap Music and Peace With Urban Peace Squad

Urban Peace Squad Mission Statement: Self-acceptance is a priority. Let it be known, practicing mental health is the new normal. Our soul knows the distinct difference between peace and pain. Pay attention. We are introducing people to peace. We are

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Gucci Mane Releases New EP and Teases Upcoming Album

Gucci Mane has been on a roll, well excluding his stint behind bars, he’s never really stopped.  He’s healthy and thriving and has produced an elevated series of projects since his release and has yet again blessed us with more.

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Knxwledge Drops New Project WT​.​PRT10​.​8_

Ingenious producer, Knxwledge, has just dropped the latest volume of his ongoing project series, Wraptaypes, called WT.PRT10.8_. This is his first drop since dropping his collaborative album with Anderson.Paak, Yes Lawd!, as NxWorries. Wraptaypes consists of some of our favorite popular songs of the time, stripped down sampled

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Joey Bada$$ Delivers in New Freestyle With GQ

Never one to shy away from speaking truth, Joey Bada$$ recently released the politically charged record “Land Of The Free” from his upcoming anticipated album AABA.  The record addresses the recent presidential election along with the contradictions that exist within

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Sorry PETA, Migos’ T Shirt Video Is Awesome

Migos has been having a great year, yea we’re only a few days in but it’s no secret that they’re crushing it in 2017. Donald Glover shouted them out at the Golden Globes, and Chance the Rapper believes that the

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24HRS ‘OPEN LATE’ Tour is Approaching!

24HRS, formerly known as Royce Rizzy, will be touring an eight-show tour this month starting on January 19th in San Fransisco. He is expected in New York at SOBs on January 24th. Joining him will be Los Angeles based Rap/R&B

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Gucci Mane is Making Mental Health Matter

For some reason, mental health is often placed on the back burner, viewed more as something “crazy” people have to attend to. Sadly, it is this disturbing misrepresentation of the truth that has created a painful stigma. Recently, we’ve watched as

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Big Chune Alert:Partynextdoor Hops on Big Lean’s “Stamina” Remix

It might not be summer, but “Stamina” remix instantly teleports you to somewhere warmer than where you probably are right now. Basically, it’ll make you want to bruk out at a day party while sipping on some henny punch (you know

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Happy Birthday to the Voice of New York, Angie Martinez!

Next in the line up of Capricorn season birthdays is the voice of New York, Angie Martinez. For outsiders of the Tri-state area who may not know who she is, Angie is known for making her big switch from the New

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Get Into The Holiday Spirit With These 10 Hip Hop Christmas Songs

The holiday season is typically a time filled with joy. It brings together great food, family, gifts, and sometimes rhymes. From TLC to RUN DMC, history shows us that hip-hop artist have always found the time to express their holiday spirit,

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Listen to Hodgy’s Debut Album featuring Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes & Salomon Faye

Aside from a name change, Hodgy (aka Hodgy Beats) is back in the mix with his debut album Fireplace:TheNotTheOtherSide. The album arrives along side major releases from Ab-Soul, J.Cole, Post Malone, The-Dream and Tech N9ne. The emcee who established himself as

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A Tribe Called Quest Lands First Number One Album In 20 Years

After a 20-year hiatus, A Tribe Called Quest has finally earned the number one album on Billboard 200 with their latest studio effort, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. The album was distributed via Epic Records and moved

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Politically Charged Hip Hop Songs & Freestyles To Help You Through Election Day

It’s Election Day, finally. With the 2016 U.S. Election arguably being the most controversial presidential election the country has seen, decompressing from all the craziness with the help of music can be used as a tool for liberation. For years, Hip

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The Wait Is Over: Stream Meek Mill’s DC4 featuring Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage and More

The wait is over. After almost a year of anticipation, Meek Mill released DC4 Thursday night. The Philly native has been teasing fans with snippets and freestyles from the project over the last couple months. With appearances from girlfriend Nicki Minaj,

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