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  • Miguel Burns Bright at 'Kaleidoscope' Release Show in New York

    Miguel Burns Bright at 'Kaleidoscope' Release Show in New York | ARTICLE

    "I consider myself a fairly realistic man," Miguel riffed slyly to a packed crowd Tuesday night at Joe's Pub in downtown New York City. "Tell me that that pussy is mine," he crooned to female squeals and...

    August 1, 2012 12:45 PM ET
  • Odd Future Tops Night of 'Real' Hip-Hop in New York

    Odd Future Tops Night of 'Real' Hip-Hop in New York | ARTICLE

    For better or worse, radio personality Peter Rosenberg is one of the last generals standing in the war on "real" hip-hop. His late-night slot on New York's Hot 97 mimics classic underground hip-hop shows of the Nineties...

    July 27, 2012 5:15 PM ET
  • Premiere: Rick Ross Reveals New Maybach Signee Rockie Fresh

    Premiere: Rick Ross Reveals New Maybach Signee Rockie Fresh | ARTICLE

    July 13, 2012 5:45 PM ET
  • Kanye West Claims the Stage in Atlantic City

    Kanye West Claims the Stage in Atlantic City | ARTICLE

    "As a man, I’m not perfect," Kanye West confessed halfway through his set at the lavish Revel Resort in Atlantic City Friday night. "But my music is! I make perfect music!" It was hard to argue....

    July 7, 2012 11:18 AM ET
  • Rap Phenom Chief Keef Makes Distracted New York Debut

    Rap Phenom Chief Keef Makes Distracted New York Debut | ARTICLE

    A Chief Keef soundcheck is sort of a funny idea. For most performers, taking a half-hour or so before doors open to run through songs with the sound technician is vital to their performance later that night....

    June 26, 2012 1:20 PM ET
  • Drake Brings Club Paradise to Jones Beach

    Drake Brings Club Paradise to Jones Beach | ARTICLE

    Drake hit New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Saturday night the way he prefers to travel: with friends and family in tow. Boasting a packed bill of today’s brightest young rap stars, the penultimate stop on...

    June 17, 2012 10:03 AM ET
  • 51

    51 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kool A.D. of Das Racist headed to Oakland to cut his second mixtape of 2012, but he clearly brought along the stoned flows and dense, hyper-referential punchlines that made his crew internet famous: "Hard to read like...

    June 15, 2012 12:25 PM ET
  • Azealia Banks Throws a Mermaid Ball in New York

    Azealia Banks Throws a Mermaid Ball in New York | ARTICLE

    Mermaids are awesome. Azealia Banks wants you to know that. On Sunday night, the polarizing 20-year-old rapper transformed Bowery Ballroom into an underwater carnival, complete with floating seahorses, cotton candy, and lots and lots of balloons. The...

    June 4, 2012 2:50 PM ET
  • Lauryn Hill Returns to New York

    Lauryn Hill Returns to New York | ARTICLE

    "Once the band is done setting up, we’ll bring Ms. Hill to rock the stage, for real!" the DJ promised Saturday night at New York City’s Highline Ballroom while fading between syrupy reggae cuts. Fans were skeptical...

    June 3, 2012 10:35 AM ET
  • Meek Mill Gets Big Backing From Rick Ross, Drake

    Meek Mill Gets Big Backing From Rick Ross, Drake | ARTICLE

    "He wanted to battle me!" Meek Mill laughs over the phone. The rapper just recently exchanged some lighthearted jabs over Twitter with New England Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco, and he assures that he'd never back down from...

    May 7, 2012 2:15 PM ET
  • Yuna Casts a Spell in Intimate New York Show

    Yuna Casts a Spell in Intimate New York Show | ARTICLE

    Yuna can't stop smiling. It's a crisp Thursday night in New York City, and S.O.B.'s nightclub is filled with teammates, early adopters and curious inquirers. All are smiling back. "Wow, there are a lot of you here,"...

    April 27, 2012 12:00 PM ET
  • Machine Gun Kelly Rules Tepid 'XXL' Freshman Show in New York

    Machine Gun Kelly Rules Tepid 'XXL' Freshman Show in New York | ARTICLE

    Best Buy Theatre was dense with sneakers and snapbacks on Monday night for the Monster Energy Outbreak tour featuring XXL Freshman Class 2012, starring the ten buzzing MCs that graced the hip-hop magazine's annual "Freshman" cover. Hosted...

    April 10, 2012 3:55 PM ET
  • No Evidence

    No Evidence | SONG REVIEW

    "Mystical bass vibrating like a beeper," this fringe rapper-producer out of Florida whispers on the first single from his upcoming debut, Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp. It could be his mission statement. A spaced-out thumper blending Nineties-era Oakland flows with...

    April 5, 2012 10:02 AM ET
  • Odd Future Bring Raucous Release Show to New York

    Odd Future Bring Raucous Release Show to New York | ARTICLE

    It was fitting that Odd Future opened last night's Hammerstein Ballroom show with clips from their upcoming TV series, Loiter Squad. To the mob of high-schoolers, moshers and misfits that filled the venue – skateboards were confiscated...

    March 21, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • Earl Sweatshirt Makes Live Debut in NYC

    Earl Sweatshirt Makes Live Debut in NYC | ARTICLE

    Rapper Earl Sweatshirt made his live debut with his Odd Future cohorts at Wednesday night's sold out Hammerstein Ballroom concert in New York, confirming rumors that had been circulating in the days before. The concert marked...

    March 21, 2012 8:35 AM ET
  • DMX Comes Correct in Stage Return

    DMX Comes Correct in Stage Return | ARTICLE

    Near the end of DMX's set last night at S.O.B.'s in New York, the returning rapper talked about the power of his craft. "I could fight off the Devil with the spoken word," he professed. Out of...

    February 24, 2012 1:25 PM ET
  • Conversational Lush

    Conversational Lush | ALBUM REVIEW

    R&B newcomer Elle Varner breezed through last summer with the minor hit "Only Wanna Give It To You," a sprightly ode to cute boys and new shoes. She retains its bright pink spirit on this free mixtape, with producers J.U.S.T.I.C.E...

    February 15, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Jay-Z Announces Carnegie Hall Concerts

    Jay-Z Announces Carnegie Hall Concerts | ARTICLE

    Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will host the first ever hip-hop concert series at New York City’s landmark Carnegie Hall on February 6th and 7th, he announced at a press conference this morning. All proceeds...

    December 8, 2011 2:45 PM ET
  • 50 Cent Says Pauly D Is a Mix of DJ Drama, DJ Khaled and David Guetta

    50 Cent Says Pauly D Is a Mix of DJ Drama, DJ Khaled and David Guetta | ARTICLE

    It’s been a busy few weeks for 50 Cent. The rapper/mogul can barely keep track of the corporate ventures, philanthropic causes, book deals and product drops he’s involved in—not to mention a new album in the...

    December 6, 2011 1:25 PM ET
  • Fear of God II

    Fear of God II | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Pusha T's album 'Fear of God II: Let Us Pray' In the Clipse, Pusha T and brother Malice rode icy Neptunes beats to fame without...

    November 8, 2011 12:15 AM ET
 
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