Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 5:25pm 3/25/15 5:25pm

Rich Gang Might Be Breaking Up, But It's Fine

Moment of silence, please. Last week, rapper Rich Homie Quan went on Atlanta's Hot 107.9 and said he was taking a break from Rich Gang, his celebrated duo with Young Thug. (As you'll recall, their Tha Tour Part 1 was one of the best mixtapes of 2014.) Which means it's probably the beginning of the end for those two.… » 3/02/15 4:12pm 3/02/15 4:12pm

Watch An Unaired Ol' Dirty Bastard Interview From 1997

MTV is unearthing a bunch of old, obscure interviews with fixtures in New York hip-hop from the late '90s and posting them on Genius. First up is one from the Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP), where he talks about his kids, his wife, and his struggles with sobriety. It's very frank and, to be honest, a little bit sad. » 1/29/15 2:18pm 1/29/15 2:18pm

American Hero Clint Dempsey Is Releasing A Rap Album, Y'all

USMNT striker Clint Dempsey is a fan favorite, a hero, and by all accounts an amazing man for reasons that have little to nothing to do with his ability to dribble and kick a soccer ball. We can now include "secretly recording a rap album" as one of those reasons. » 6/18/14 11:46am 6/18/14 11:46am

The White Chief Keef Has Arrived, And He's Everything You'd Expect

This video, by Chicago-area rapper Brewski, was sent to us by someone promoting "Brewski (The White Chief Keef)." There's a whole lot one could say about that, but it might just be best to watch the video, in which Brewski—who is at one point spotted wearing a Duke jersey, who has previously been seen ciphering at… » 5/01/14 2:34pm 5/01/14 2:34pm

The History Of New York Hip-Hop In One Packed Map

As part of their ambitious 100 Years of New York Music coverage, New York magazine commissioned Sarah King—known for her dense, typographical illustrations—to make a map of notable hip-hop landmarks in the city. Check out 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, which may be the "birthplace of Hip-Hop," and the Stapleton… » 3/28/14 2:43pm 3/28/14 2:43pm

How Many NBA Name Drops Can You Pick Out In This Song?

Here is "Jumpin' Out The Gym," a song from Migos, Riff Raff, and Trinidad James. Not only does the new video (which you can watch here, it's not embeddable) feature tons of NBA highlights, the song itself is littered with NBA name drops. See how many you can pick out! » 10/30/13 10:02am 10/30/13 10:02am

World's Best Anchor Fills Sportscast With Hip Hop References

Remember Adam Lefkoe, the guy who ingeniously slipped a bunch of wrestling references into his sportscast earlier this month? He topped himself this past Sunday by squeezing 46(!) classic hip hop references into his five-minute segment. Be sure to stick around for the well-earned mic drop at the end. » 9/18/13 9:43am 9/18/13 9:43am

Infographic Compares NBA Scoring With Hip Hop Name-Dropping

If you enjoy hip hop and the NBA, then you definitely need to spend some time playing with's fancy new infographic. The concept is simple: see how various NBA players' season-by-season scoring numbers stack up against their yearly mentions in hip hop songs. » 8/23/13 11:16am 8/23/13 11:16am

Wale Made A Song For RGIII

When we last checked in with D.C. rapper Wale, he was beefing with Toronto Raptors play-by-play man Matt Devlin, and we were laughing at the silliness of the beef. But Wale is spending his time more constructively these days, and recorded a song for the upcoming documentary about Robert Griffin III's return from… » 8/22/13 10:21am 8/22/13 10:21am

Iman Shumpert Releases New Track, And It's Good

Kendrick Lamar may have put a stranglehold on the rap industry last night, but he wasn't the only one to drop a new verse. Knicks forward and sometimes-rapper Iman Shumpert released "Versace (Freestyle)," and it happens to be very good. » 8/13/13 11:20am 8/13/13 11:20am

Ice Cube Had Some Not-So-Nice Things To Say About Dwight Howard

Ice Cube, a popular Coors Light pitchman and former member of NWA, is a big fan of the Lakers, so it's not surprising that he's not too fond of Dwight Howard right now. During a show on Sunday night, Ice Cube took some time out of his performance to talk some shit about Howard, and he did not hold anything back! » 7/09/13 9:35am 7/09/13 9:35am

Drake Tries To Get Into Heat Locker Room, Is Coldly Turned Away

This is your moment, anti-Drake America. Look upon his wounded expression and understand that it won't get any better than this. Savor it. » 6/21/13 9:15am 6/21/13 9:15am

The NBA Leaders In Rap Shout-Outs

We are not prone to hyperbole, but this is the most important piece of basketball reporting done all year. Spin has ranked all 30 NBA teams by the number of players on the roster who have received shout-out in rap songs, along with the references for each. It's vital stuff. » 11/27/12 3:30pm 11/27/12 3:30pm

Now A High School Football Coach, Luther Campbell Is As Boring As He…

The New York Times caught up with former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, who now coaches defense for a high school football team in the same Miami neighborhood in which he grew up. Among the revelations: Campbell might have five children with five different women, but he's now married to a lawyer and raising a… » 11/06/12 3:40pm 11/06/12 3:40pm

This Guy Died This Year: Nate Dogg, The King Of G-Funk

Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale always sounded smooth. His voice gave him a niche within G-funk's very stylized confines for the most quintessential G-funk crooner of them all—not that there were many, because who else did we really need?—and he held that title for as long as it even existed. » 12/31/11 12:30pm 12/31/11 12:30pm