Rap wasn't always like Lil Jon's yelling his famous "What!?" and "Okay!", or repeating your name over and over throughout the song like Houston's own Lil Flip.
Nowadays most see rap as lyrics telling a woman how to position herself or look for a man, rhymes about money and talk of toking up. But th ... More >>
Competition is a good thing. It pushes people to work harder and be more creative. That drive to prove to the world that they're the best has lead musicians to some incredible heights. After all, competition gave us Pet Sounds and "Ether."
Yet in the '10s, that competitive spirit has been pushed as ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Zavey, hasHBrown, Scooby, Medicine Girl, Nicki Minaj, Renzo, Rob Gullatte, more.
Not Invited: Hologram Tupac
This Week's Promp ... More >>
People often forget that hip-hoppers are humans, too. They breathe, sleep, eat, and salivate at the sight of buttermilk donuts just like us. And, every now and then, they'll geek over other rappers, just like us.
It would have been so much easier to compile a list of rappers dissing other ra ... More >>
Marco TorresMethod Man returns to Texas to smoke our SXSW party this year.We finally have the full lineup for the 2011 Village Voice Media/Frank 151 SXSW party, and it's a doozy. Heading up the bill are Staten Island Shao-Lin spitters the Wu Tang clan, still coasting on their late 2010 reunio ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresRakim"Legends of Rap" featuring Rakim, Slick Rick, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte
Verizon Wireless Theater
October 15, 2010
For more photos from Friday, see our slideshow here.
Friday night at Verizon Theater was a celebration of hip-hop legends, the types that would ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture.
Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Nosaprise, Yung Redd, Kyle Hubbard
Not Invited: Girls, apparently. Actually, w ... More >>
[Ed. Note: Since we already run a list of concerts just added/announced in print, we figured we might as well do it online too.]3 Doors Down: Sat., June 27, 8 p.m. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Baskery: Thu., Sept. 10. McGonigel's Mucky Duck.
Cameo, One Way, The SOS Band: Sat., Aug. 15. Arena Th ... More >>