This day in hip-hop celebrates the birth of phenomenal recording artist, legendary DJ, and overall regarded among hip-hop's earliest icons, none other than Grandmaster Flash.
Born Joseph Saddler, the younger Flash grew up in The Bronx, developing a certain fascination towards music from his father whilst also involving in electronics from his mother. “My father was a very heavy record collector,” he mentions in an interview, “I used to open his closets and just watch all the records he had. I used to get into trouble for touching his records, but I'd go right back and bother them.”
Ever the avid learner, Flash took to the styles and techniques of earlier icons, such as Pete Jones, Kool Herc, and Grandmaster Flowers, studying them untilRead more
There are legends and then there is Jermaine Dupri, the multi-talented entrepreneur, rapper, producer, and songwriter whose epic career spans all the way from the golden age of hip hop to modern day.
Dupri was introduced to the keyboard and drums as a child, and before he was eighteen, he had already performed on stage as a dancer with icons such as Diana Ross, Run DMC, and Grandmaster Flash. He was already an established record producer by the ripe old age of twenty three, with multiple platinum albums to his credit. In 1993, Dupri founded So So Def Recordings, one of southern hip hop's biggest labels. He's worked with a who's-who of the biggest recording artists of the last thirty years, including Kriss Kross, Bow Wow, TLC, Destiny's Child, URead more
Today is the thirty-ninth birthday of one of hip hop's premiere socially conscious rappers, Jeffrey Haynes, better known as Mr. Lif.
Lif got his start in the late 90's, when his socially conscious, politically active lyrics helped him stand out against the vapid and shallow music that commercial hip hop was churning out. He was soon signed to Definitive Jux, the label started by El-P of Run the Jewels fame, whom Lif teamed up with to deliver some of his most critically acclaimed releases.
In 2005, Lif joined forces with Boston rapper Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One to form the group The Perceptionists. The band's first album, 2005's Black Dialogue, received universal acclaim from critics, who lauded the album as one of the best releases of the year."ORead more
Atlanta hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd have released visuals for "Real Chill," a track featuring Kodak Black, from their recent SremmLife 2 album.
The house party themed video for "Real Chill" also features cameos from Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee. You can watch the video here. The band also recently released a video for "Now That I Know," another song off of the same album.
"Real Chill" is the latest single off of SremmLife 2, which was released last August. The third single off of the album, "Black Beatles," has been Rae Sremmurd's biggest success so far, earning the duo and featured artist Gucci Mane their first #1 single on the Billboard chartRead more
“2016 is coming to an end, but the things we address in this song are no closer to ending,” reads the Nex God's opening statement for his latest magnum opus, “The Universe”.
Featured via K100 Radio's Dope New Music Alert, Atlanta-based hip-hop artist and producer Nex God rallies along fellow artists Blizm and JL to his cause—and the result falls nothing short of a collaborative masterpiece, both minimal and mellow, and yet supercharged with such volatile hooks and verses.
Synonymous to the initial statement, Nex God reminds listeners that although the year is at its end, individuals need maintain a sense of urgency, ever pushing towards eliminating such social maladies, such as the latter year's rise in police brutality as weRead more
Proving that one can endure even the toughest of times, Quentin Miller wraps up 2016 with a new five-track EP, following-up with his much-awaited debut album.
I'm sure many, if not most, of us are simply itching for the new year. If anything, the Atlanta emcee nods in sincere agreement, accounting a recent car accident, health issues, unwarranted assault, not to mention stumbling amidst the crossfire of the notorious Drake versus Meek Mill drama. Nevertheless, Miller chooses to mark the year's end with not simply one, but two new projects.
Released on Christmas Eve, Shredded Metal rallies feature artists, Jeremih, CJ Francis, and TheCoolIsMac, as well as producers Reno, Sky Sense, and 30Roc, in an ensemble rostering a cohesive introductoryRead more