February 21, 2013 3:57 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
An optimistic, get-over-it and pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps anthem probably isn’t what rap fans want to hear during tough economic times, but it’s what veteran Boston MC Edo.G offers on “Change” from his 10th studio album, Intelligence & Ignorance, released earlier this month. While many of the “Be A Father To Your Child”’s contemporaries complain about the system, Edo.G instead encourages his listeners to think differently. On the so... | More »
February 19, 2013 2:20 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
Grammy nominated rapper 2 Chainz was arrested on Valentine’s Day for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc Black confirmed to Yahoo! The “I’m Different” rapper was en route to a performance at the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore when he was pulled over at 9:15 p.m. for speeding. Sgt. Black said 2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, was stopped on Route 50 on Rabbit Hill Road in Talbot. “A trooper observed [the vehicle driving] o... | More »
February 14, 2013 9:55 AM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
J. Cole’s “Tears For ODB” from his new Truly Yours mixtape is more than just a tribute to the late Wu-Tang Clan member who died of a drug overdose in 2004. “Tears” is a nod to anyone struggling to make it. The Roc Nation/Columbia artist raps about having a father on drugs and growing up with a single mother. But he acknowledges that his purpose as an MC transcends simply entertaining. “I’m here for more than to just kick some witty metaphors,”... | More »
February 6, 2013 11:45 AM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
Joe Budden has earned a rep as a hot head, always at odds with someone whether video vixen Tahiry, members of the Wu Tang Clan, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Consequence, etc. But the New Jersey rapper offers some insight into things that irk him on “Castles” from his album No Love Lost, released Tuesday. Budden talks betrayal on the somber, piano-driven ballad. The Love & Hip Hop New York star expresses disappointment that some of the people close to him used him for his financial w... | More »
January 31, 2013 2:30 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
Veteran hip-hop artist Xzibit discussed his latest album, Napalm, during a recent appearance on Yahoo! Music’s The Aftermath series, the best music discussion on the ‘net. Keeping true to the Napalm title, X-to-the-Z actually shot ta music video for the album in Iraq. X offers details about filming the short in Saddam Hussein’s palace Victory Over America. The Napalm album also has special meaning for X because it includes the song “1983” that features hi... | More »
January 23, 2013 5:44 PM ET
50 Cent just released the video for his Snoop Dogg and Young Jeezy collab “Major Distribution.” Reminiscent of classic G-Unit tracks, “Major” boasts a buzzing baseline and narrative synths produced by Marvin “Soul Professa” Coady. [Related: See 50 Cent's Crash Concert at New York Boys & Girls Club] On the chorus of the song from his forthcoming album Street King Immortal, 50 uses “Major Distribution” as a metaphor for hustling drugs,... | More »
January 16, 2013 5:32 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
A$AP Rocky, the hip-hop young gun who grabbed Rihanna’s backside when joining her on stage at the Video Music Awards last September, transcends his Pretty Flacko persona on his highly-anticipated debut album, Long.Live.A$AP. While most rappers have used their trials to justify their gravitation to street life, on Long.Live.A$AP’s “Phoenix” the 24-year-old MC offers another perspective – depression. The rapper whose parents named him Rakim, after the respected h... | More »
January 9, 2013 5:50 PM ET
T-Boz said she and late TLC member Left Eye made amends before she was killed in a 2002 car accident in Honduras. T-Boz, who recently debuted her TLC network reality show Totally T-Boz, was upset with Left Eye because the fiery rapper was neglecting some of her responsibilities in the group. T-Boz said she and Left Eye resolved their differences when T-Boz was hospitalized for four months due to complications from Sickle Cell Anemia. Left Eye came to see her in the hospital before she made ... | More »
January 4, 2013 4:53 PM ET
The Game's album "Jesus Piece" recently debuted in the top five on the Billboard 200 album chart and has been receiving critical praise. When the Compton rapper visited Yahoo! Music's The Aftermath webisode series, he spoke in detail about the album, explaining the "Jesus Piece" concept and enlisting the all-star features lineup that includes Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Common, Rick Ross and plenty more. The "Celebration" rapper also offered insight about hi... | More »
December 20, 2012 5:44 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
T.I. is doing a lot of testifying on his new album, "Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head." The Atlanta rapper counts his blessings on "Wonderful Life," expresses gratitude for his relationship with his wife on "Guns And Roses" and takes on faith on a gospel ballad interpolation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." "Hallelujah" deeply reflects the set's "Trouble Man" theme. His first lyric references the posttraumatic stress of his incarceration from 2010 to 2011. "Sometimes I wake up feel ... | More »