Universal Hip Hop Museum Granted $5M In Federal Funding

The Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx just secured $5 million in federal funding. According to Pix11, the money will go toward completing construction of the UHHM, funding K-12 educational programming and building affordable housing in the surrounding neighborhood. 

KRS-One, Grandmaster Flash and Eric B. were on hand to celebrate the announcement. They were joined by Senator Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator Kristin Gillibrand and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson. 

The 50,000 square-feet UHHM is part of a $349 million project alongside the Harlem River waterfront. Bronx Point’s first phase promised to deliver 542 units of permanently affordable housing to the Lower Concourse neighborhood with approximately 2.8 acres of public open space. It will also provi

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Fatlip Announces "Torpor" Vinyl Release With "The Way" Featuring Krayzie Bone

Former Pharcyde member Fatlip and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony MC Krayzie Bone have come together for a new single called "The Way." The track is taken from Fatlip's latest solo album, Torpor, which was released last summer. Produced by Sccit and Siavash the Grouch, the project found the four original members of the Pharcyde—Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, Fatlip and Imani—rapping on the same track, "My Bad." 

The controversial song caused an uproar online, with Bootie Brown telling Rolling Stone he never agreed to appearing on the "reunion" song. He explained, "It’s my voice, but they lifted the vocals from another project. I can’t remember what it was. I don’t know where they got the lyric or who they got it from. I definitely know it’s an outside project that I did

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Rock The Bells Announces Lineup For First-Ever Hip Hop Cruise

Rock The Bells has announced the lineup for Hip Hop's first ever cruise—and it's big. It's so legendary, in fact, we're going to name them all. Among those performing are Rick Ross, Lil Jon, Big Boi, DJ Jazzy Jeff, MC Lyte, Ghostface Killah, Trina & Trick Daddy, Just Blaze, Big Daddy Kane, Too $hort, Slick Rick, DJ Spinderella and Mannie Fresh.

But that's not all. Pete Rock, DJ Quik, Rah Digga, EPMD, Bun B, Bahamadia, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Scratch, The Finisher Mister Cee, DJ EPPS, DJ Nina 9, Grandmaster Dee, Technician The DJ and DJ Critical Hype are also on the bill, among several surprise guests. Hosted by Roxanne Shanté and Torae, attendees will also experience a pool deck party series presented by Kid Capri.

The ship leaves Miami on November 13 and heads for t

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DJ Shadow Plots Seventh Studio Album With Mass Appeal For Hip Hop 50

DJ Shadow has announced a follow-up to 2019's Our Pathetic Age is coming later this year. In a newsletter, the veteran DJ/producer shared he began working on the album, his seventh, at the top of 2022. He noted it's drastically different from Our Pathetic Age and includes fewer guest features. 

"As usual, I didn’t have any preconceived notions or objectives, I just started by making music that made me feel good or satisfied vague objectives in my mind," he wrote. "By mid-March, certain themes began to take shape, and a loose set of personal 'rules' decided, which helped me navigate toward a cohesive body of work. Pleased with the progress I had achieved in a relatively brief duration, I then ceased operations for a while to occupy myself with other things so I c

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Jahi Announces First Bay Area Hip Hop Archives With Special Launch

Bay Area Hip Hop artist Jahi, his company Microphone Mechanics and The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) will establish the first Bay Area Hip Hop Archive at AAMLO. The launch takes places on February 3 from noon to 2pm PST at 659 14th Street in Oakland. 

"The Bay Area Hip Hop Archives will chronicle various artists, culture keepers, activists and educators who have made significant contributions to Hip Hop culture in the Bay Area," the press release explains. "The special collections will include never before heard sound recordings, interviews, research notes, photographs and negatives, playbills, posters, maps, booking contracts, business records, tour routes and other memorabilia designed by the artists.

The inaugural class of induct

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Macklemore Recruits DJ Premier To Pay Tribute To His Hip Hop "Heroes"

Macklemore has a history of enlisting Hip Hop legends for his musical endeavors. On Friday (January 20), the Seattle-bred MC released a video for "Heroes" featuring one of his—DJ Premier. Mack expounded on his admiration for the Gang Starr luminary in an Instagram post and marveled at how far he's come. 

"DJ Premier's production defined my childhood," he wrote in part. "He was the soundtrack to my adolescence. I used to STUDY his drums. The way he chopped samples. The way his scratches had a personality to them, a voice. [...] I love this shit. I love this era. And I miss it. I make a lot of rap songs that will probably never see the light of day. The specific sound that I've been reminiscing on isn't contemporary anymore. It isn't trending on TikTok. And chances are this is

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