February 3, 2011
The Grammy Museum's new exhibit "Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey," based on a large-format photography book of the same name, explores the genre's four-decade history in the United States and its effect on the world. Through interactive mixing and listening stations, video footage, rare photographs and original artifacts, visitors will get a taste of what made the first pioneering moments from such auteurs as Grandmaster Flash so appealing. Highlights include handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J's trademark Kangol hat, the Run-DMC leather jacket and pants worn during the "Walk This Way" performance with Aerosmith and a hip-hop sneaker gallery.
August 30, 2012 |
Chris Lighty, the manager of prominent hip-hop artists including 50 Cent, Diddy and Mariah Carey , died Thursday morning in New York in an apparent suicide, police sources say. He was 44. Lighty, who died of what police sources say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found inside his Bronx apartment, reportedly after an argument with his ex-wife, Veronica. The two divorced last year. According to various reports and law enforcement sources, Lighty also owed significant debts to the IRS, totaling near $5 million.
August 27, 2012 |
Say what you want about Jerry Jones -- he's a great team owner, he meddles too much in the Dallas Cowboys coaches' business, he spent way too much on that palace of a stadium, he built one heck of an amazing stadium ... whatever you want. Just don't say he's a good rapper. Please. I beg of you. Even if you're joking. We don't want to encourage more commercials like the Papa John's spot above. The advertisement is a follow-up to what was apparently a successful Papa John's bit featuring Jones, or at least his likeness, break dancing . But this hip-hop commercial is Jones all the way. After all, if they were going to fake it, you'd think they'd get someone with at least a little rhythm.
September 6, 2012 |
The most profitable man in hip-hop hasn't released a solo album since 1999. But as anyone who follows the record business knows today, the real racket is in corporate partnerships and investments, and that's what vaulted the producer Dr. Dre to the top of Forbes' hip-hop earners list . Dre hauled in $110 million before taxes in 2011, the vast majority of it coming from a $300-million investment in his Beats by Dre company by the telephone-tech company...
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Doug E. Fresh, 2 Chainz and MC Lyte were among those on hand to be honored at Sunday night's Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. But none let the fact that they were collecting hardware keep them from taking the mike. MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh -- hip-hop icons both credited with influencing many of the genre's current artists -- showcased their talents while receiving lifetime achievement awards. Stepping back on-stage after her acceptance speech, Lyte flashed a quick smile.
November 19, 2012 |
Looking for a sign that the Republican Party might have some leaders who can appeal to younger voters? Mitt Romney cited the Beach Boys, Garth Brooks and the Eagles among his favorite musicians, but Sen. Marco Rubio raised some eyebrows Monday with hat tips to N.W.A and Public Enemy. Rubio, 42, who has sparked early 2016 presidential hype with a headlining visit to Iowa over the weekend, spoke to GQ about a number of topics, but his opinions on music and the Earth's age overshadowed his perspective on President Obama and young Republicans.
January 30, 2013 |
When first generation rapper Doug E. Fresh, former Roots beatmaker Rahzel or "Yo Gabba Gabba" rapper Biz Markie learned to mimic a hip-hop rhythm using only their voices, chances were they had little idea what they were actually doing with their mouths. "Beatboxing,” as it came to be known, includes laryngeal lowering and lingual retraction, labial approximation, velic raising (to seal the nasopharynx off from the oral vocal tract, of course) and rapid raising of the tongue dorsal.
February 15, 2013 |
Among the most important rap albums released over the last year or so, one contains a song about Nas' complicated relationship with his teenage daughter. Another has a track in which Killer Mike outlines President Reagan's contribution to the prison-industrial complex. A third disc finds Drake pondering the impossibility of real-life romantic connection in the age of the nip-slip Twitpic. The title of Drake's record, which last week won the Grammy Award for rap album? "Take Care.
February 14, 1988
Speaking as a self-proclaimed native New Yorker, I have to disagree with Cary Darling's "L.A.--The Second Deffest City of Hip-Hop" (Feb. 7). The main problem with L.A. rappers is that they bite. Take, for instance, Bobby Jimmy, a.k.a. Russ Parr. All of his records are spoofs of New York rap hits. He is far from being original. L.A. is also far behind in the hip-hop scene. KDAY may play 24 hours of hip-hop, but the songs they play are 3 to 6 months late. If you want to hear the latest and freshest rap music, take a trip to New York City and listen to Mr. Magic of WBIS, the God Pops of hip-hop.