Erykah Badu throws shade at Iggy Azalea

While hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday night, Badu threw some pointed shade at the "Black Widow" singer. During her monologue, Erykah Badu made fake phone calls to people and pretended to invite them to the show. One of the people included was Iggy Azalea. "Uh, yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea?" Badu said. "Yeah, hey. Oh, no, no, no, no, you can come, 'cause what you doin' is definitely not rap." The audience promptly responded with a round of thundering applause. Azalea caused a bit of an uproar back in May when she beat Drake, Nicki Minaj, and J. Cole to receive the award for Top Rap Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. Azalea also managed to snag the award for Top Rap Song. People were so upset by it that there was a petition to get the latter of the tw

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DJ Rasta Root: The RAPstation Interview

A Tribe Called Quest has been all over the internet lately thanks to the legendary hip-hop group's recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon. Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dawg and Jarobi are also celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1998 debut, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. DJ Rasta Root (real name Dion Liverpool) has had front row tickets for the past 16 years as Phife Dawg's DJ. Born in Trinidad, he relocated to Atlanta where he found success on the radio, club, and corporate event scene. As accomplished producer, he owns a production label, Smokin' Needles Records, and has composed tracks for the Dallas Mavericks. He was hand selected to attend the Red Bull Music Academy in Rome, Italy in 2004, one of his proudest moments. Rasta Root talks getting his

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Rihanna to release her new album via Tidal

Rihanna will reportedly be releasing her new album 'Anti' exclusively via Tidal. There's been speculation about when the singer would release her latest album after she launched a new website for it on November 19. Consequence of Sound announced that the album will be streamed on Tidal, with a wide release planned for December 4th. Rihanna posted a video as well as a link to antidiary.com on her social media last week. Her website features the phrase Patience. "You'll hear her voice when it's time" on the homepage with links to an Instagram called "iamthekeyholder" featuring drawings of a young Rihanna in cities across the globe. It's believed that keys are hidden in those locations, which unlock more images. The Samsung logo is displayed on the website as well and it was recently

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A Few Words with MC Lars

A Few Words with MC Lars In 2003, MC Lars, the self-described "post-punk laptop rapper" went overseas to further study literature at Oxford University and also learned to embrace the nerd inside of him. To his surprise, the punk rock and hardcore bands he was hanging out with at the time were fascinated by the rap he was making so he decided to pursue it with all the fervor he could muster. While bands like Fugazi, Minor Threat and Dead Kennedys have played a major role in his particular style, the foundation for his brand of hip-hop is more in tune with classic literature and Lars's cerebral muscle. From Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe to Jack Kerouac and Herman Melville, he's rapped about subjects most emcees wouldn't dream of tackling. His most recent offering, Zombie Dinosaur,

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Peewee Roscoe found guilty in Lil Wayne tour bus shooting

Earlier this year in April, shots had been fired at Lil Wayne's tour bus while he was in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, Lil Wayne had also been sorting out the issues with Birdman and Cash Money on top of the shooting. Now, the man who is responsible for the shooting has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that rapper Peewee Roscoe, born Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, was found to be guilty of five charges and has received an overall sentence of 20 years. After 10 years behind bars, Winfrey will then be eligible for parole. The shooting happened in the early morning hours of April 26th, after Weezy had performed a show at Compound nightclub in Atlanta. Two tour buses were targeted on the freeway, but no one was hurt. Winfrey caused an estimated $

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Nolan The Ninja: The RAPstation Review

First impressions count for everything. It's how we form opinions. From that point forward we hold on to it, measuring other experiences against it. It's what I do with new MC's/Producers. If you hook me in with an ill verse or dope beat I'm looking into your catalog of music to see if the thrill can be repeated. That's what happened in the case of Nolan The Ninja. I heard him on DJ Soko's "Domino Effect" and was stunned by his lyrical dexterity and commanding flow. The kid came with it. I had to search out more material from him and was pleased to hear he'd be dropping an EP on Soko's Left Of Center label. I pre-ordered on iTunes and began the waiting game hoping not to be disappointed when it dropped. I'm incredibly glad to report its nothing but a masterpiece of Rap. "Fuck The Hype"

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