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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

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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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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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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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Nicki Minaj Covers ‘The Power Issue’ of Marie Claire

With a brand new album and television series in the works, Nicki Minaj is here to slay and she’s bringing her JAY Z inspired work ethic with her. The Queens native recently graced the cover of Marie Claire’s “The Power

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5 Facts You Should Know About New Def Jam Signee Dave East

Aside from being recognized for his raw lyricism and Nas’ new prodigy, Dave East is now a part of the legendary roster that is Def Jam Records. The Harlem lyricist discussed still being a part of Mass Appeal Records and

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5 Nicki Minaj Mixtape Bangers That You Can’t Forget

Nicki Minaj has been in the game for over 5 years at this point and aside from her being a powerhouse in branding, it’s no secret that she’s brought along hit records and a mixtape discography to accompany her throne.

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CULTURE: Five Things Grandmaster Flash Schools Us On About Hip Hop Dj’ing

  Aspiring DJs break out your pad and pencil to take notes from the man who pioneered Hip-Hop DJing and mixing, Grandmaster Flash. Flash is a living legend who studied the mechanics of turntables and made it an art form

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WATCH: Joey Bada$$ Releases The Visual For “Devastated”

Yesterday, Joey Bada$$ gave NYC its first look at his new visual for “Devastated” and now you can watch it in its entirety online. The Brooklyn emcee along with his Pro Era crew drove a bus with the video playing

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STREAM: Lil Uzi Vert Releases ‘The Perfect Luv Tape’

Philadelphia newcomer Lil Uzi Vert continues to remind everyone why he’s the 2016 XXL Freshman to watch with his latest offering The Perfect Luv Tape. The mixtape arrives fresh after Lil Uzi Vert’s “Parental Advisory” Tour. The tape debuted via

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WATCH : Kari Faux’s Dream-Like Visual for “Fantasy”

Rap darling Kari Faux solidified her name in the industry earlier this year with her highly-anticipated debut album, Lost En Los Angeles. Far away from her hometown and loved ones, the Little Rock native speaks candidly on the project about growing into womanhood,

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STREAM: 21 Savage & Metro Boomin Release ‘Savage Mode’ Project

A photo posted by Young Metro (@metroboomin) on Jul 8, 2016 at 1:30pm PDT 21 Savage has been undeniably one of the biggest break out rap acts of 2016. Fresh off the high of making the prestigious XXL Freshman Class, the Atlanta

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WATCH: Gucci Mane Stars In New Supreme Ad

Gucci Mane may be on house arrest following his release from prison in May, but that hasn’t stopped his hustle as he now featured in a new campaign for Supreme. The Harmony Korine-directed clip features Gucci Mane in his Atlanta mansion home studio, dressed in the

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WATCH: Lil Uzi Vert Rescues His Girlfriend in “Money Longer” Music Video

Fresh off XXL Freshman cover, Philadelphia rockstar Lil Uzi Vert returns with the release of a new visual for his smash single, “Money Longer”. The psychedelic, unorthodox visual follows Uzi’s unexpected journey of rescuing his co-star and long time girlfriend Brittany Byrd

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WATCH: A$AP Ferg – World Is Mine (feat. Big Sean)

A$AP Ferg shares the music video for this Big Sean-assisted Always Strive and Prosper track, “World Is Mine”. In what is becoming smooth trend for this era in Hip-Hop, the visual demonstrates an admiration for high fashion and art. The rap

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LISTEN: DJ Mustard – “Don’t Hurt Me” (feat. Nicki Minaj & Jeremih)

Fresh off the success of his Travis Scott-assisted hit single, DJ Mustard returns with a new summer dance-bop titled “Don’t Hurt Me” featuring Nicki Minaj and Jeremih. The Chicago crooner lays down a catchy hook, while Nicki holds no bars and delivers two

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LISTEN: Yasiin Bey – “Dec 99th – Local Time”

This past December, hip-hop legend, political activist and actor Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def ) left a PSA on Kanye West’s voicemail after being detained in South Africa for allegedly violating immigration laws. The Grammy-nominated artist announced that soon

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LISTEN: R&B Summer Jams That We Should Appreciate

We’re towards the end of May now, it’s becoming cumbersome to dress in layers and tote around that beloved leather jacket. Which could only mean one thing, summer is here! While everyone is skinning out (as my Jamaican grandparents would

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LISTEN: Fat Joe & Remy Ma – “All The Way Up” (Remix) (Feat. Jay Z)

Earlier this week, Fat Joe and Remy Ma stopped by Yankee stadium during one of their games to premier the remix of their hit single “All The Way Up” — featuring a verse from Jay Z that has everyone talking.

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LISTEN: Cam’Ron – “Oh Yeah” (Feat. Juelz Santana)

Before heading out on the Smokers Club Tour, Cam’Ron shares a fire new track featuring a heavy brass-loops and a noteworthy verse from ol’ protege, Juelz Santana. What a way to reunite. A sure treat for all Dipset fans. The

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WATCH: Drake Brings The Funny To ‘SNL’

Drake is really out here doing bits. For the last couple of weeks, he has maintained a trending spot across all major magazines and social media platforms. From dropping Views to announcing his tour with Future, and even shaving off his

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