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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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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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Future Drops Another Album: HNDRXX

As if 1 Future album wasn’t enough, the trap icon released yet another 17 track album titled HNDRXX, just a week after the release of FUTURE. It’s safe to say that man has been working. We are familiar with his frequent

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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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New Music: Dyme-A-Duzin’s Surprise EP ‘Ghetto Olympics’

Just a few days ago Brooklyn’s very own Dyme-A-Duzin released a surprise five-track EP, ‘Ghetto Olympics.’ This EP is intended to bring fans closer to the edge of their seats as his highly-anticipated album ‘Crown Fried,’ is still in the works.

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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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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: NAS

Nas’s ability to create ill lyricism that was hood with just enough intellect has always been the focal point of him as an artist, but that was just a part of what made him so fine. Nas had that mole, that

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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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Watch Young M.A Flex In New “Get This Money” Video

Young M.A is following up her street anthem “Ooouuu” and the viral sensation “Eat” with her latest offering “Get This Money.” The Brooklyn MC gave fans a preview of the visual at the end of her video for the freestyle “Eat”,

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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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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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Event Recap: Va$htie Celebrates The 10 Year Anniversary of “1992”

Thursday evening,  #RedLyfeSeason led a charitable event at SOBs in conjunction with HOT97’s Hip Hop Has Heart & The Fader with proceeds going to St. Johns Bread and Life Organization. To provide the soundtrack for the night, the evening  featured

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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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Ab-Soul Debuts “Threatening Nature” & Release Date For His New Album DWTW

Ab-Soul is back and he has a brand new track to accompany his upcoming album. Aside from J.Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only, Ab-Soul’s DWTW is slated to arrive Friday, Dec. 9. TDE’s own also unleashed the PakkMusicGroup produced track “Threatening

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Nas’ Kneeling Black Santa Sweaters Will Benefit Prison Reform

Nas is intertwining the holiday spirit with the fight to end mass incarceration this season. The  Queens, NY native revealed that his new holiday sweater will be available via his clothing brand HSTRY.  Proceeds from the sweaters that come in colors green,

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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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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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DJ Khaled Brings Jay Z, DMX & Ja Rule Together For Iconic Reunion

A photo posted by Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo (@irvgotti187) on Oct 7, 2016 at 5:19pm PDT   With the help of DJ Khaled, Beyonce’s Formation World Tour served as an epic platform for some of Hip Hop’s best to bless the

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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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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: Salomon Faye Goes Digital in “Nobody” Visual

New York rapper Salomon Faye has been buzzing around town since the release of his Stimulation EP back in April of 2015. Now the lyrical assassin returns with a new visual for his record, “Nobody.” The James Mao-directed and animated video features Faye going head-to-head

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CULTURE: Kid Cudi Joins ‘Empire’ Cast

Cleveland visionary Kid Cudi has just scored a recurring role on FOX’s hit televison series, Empire. Aside from working on his new album Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin‘, Kid Cudi will be sharpening his acting skills as he is set to play

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STREAM: Dreezy Releases Debut Album ‘No Hard Feelings’

Chicago’s own Dreezy is ready for the spotlight with her debut album No Hard Feelings. The project features hip hop heavyweights such as Wale, Gucci Mane and T-Pain. Fans can expect the Jeremih-assisted single “Body” to appear on the brand

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WATCH: Kamaiyah Shares ‘A Good Night in the Ghetto’ Documentary

Oakland rising artist Kamaiyah has been putting on for the West Coast with her buzzing rap project A Good Night in the Ghetto. Now she allows viewers to get a more in depth perspective on her life with a new mini-documentary of the same name. Directed

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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: Gucci Mane – “First Day Out Tha Feds”

Following “All My Children” and the Drake-assisted “Back On Road,” Gucci Mane returns back with a new visual to accompany his first post prison release banger. The visual for his Mike WiLL Made It-produced track features various Gucci clones flexing throughout a mansion while showing

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LISTEN: Desiigner Releases Debuts ‘New English’ Mixtape

After dominating the Billboard charts with his breakout hit “Panda”, Desiigner is ready for more success with the release of his debut mixtape New English. Streaming exclusively on Tidal, the 14-track project features G.O.O.D. Music President Pusha T and King

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CULTURE: Lil Kim Will Be Honored At VH1’s ‘Hip Hop Honors’

VH1’s Hip Hop Honors series is returning and will be honoring style icon and rap royalty, Lil Kim. The Brooklyn MC will be honored alongside fellow rap queens, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifiah and Salt N Pepa. VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail

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