Melle Mel Addresses Eminem "White Rapper" Comments Using Slim Shady's "White America" & "Til I Collapse"

Melle Mel became a trending Twitter topic this week following his controversial interview with The Art of Dialogue. During the conversation, the Furious Five member drew Twitter's ire when he claimed Eminem is only on Billboard's Top 5 rappers of all time list because of his skin tone. Days later, Melle Mel launched his new podcast, Melle Mel's Hip Hop Corner, and addressed the backlash. Specifically, he cited two of Eminem's biggest songs—"White America" and "Til I Collapse"—to illustrate his point. 

"I guess that started the uproar,” he said. “Everybody is so angry that I’d say that, that I’ve been branded a racist, which is neither here nor there ’cause that’s almost impossible. I’ve been playing for all different kinds of people my ent

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Sage Francis Announces First-Ever Strange Famous Records Fest—And It's Free

Sage Francis has announced the first-ever Strange Famous Records music festival. The free event takes place June 17 at the Levitt Pavilion in Denver. Lineup includes labelmates Wheelchair Sports Camp, Metermaids, Sleep of Old Dominion, Mopes and Cas One, among others. 

"The Levitt Pavilion reached out to me asking if I’d do a show there and they provided a budget," Sage told RAPstation. "Rather than taking that budget as a performance fee I decided to turn this into a festival that we could have the Strange Famous Records roster be a part of. Colorado has always been so great to me and I figured this was a great opportunity for our artists to experience that love while also having the opportunity to win new fans and plant some seeds in Denver. Most of all I’m just ex

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Ruff Ryders Announce DMX "Ryde Out" Tribute For Two-Year Anniversary Of His Death

DMX died at White Plains Hospital on April 9, 2021 following a cocaine-induced heart attack, a tragic end to a brilliant career but often tumultuous life. To commemorate the two-year anniversary of his death, the Ruff Ryders Entertainment crew has announced an event dubbed "Ryde Out." As suggested by the name, the celebration will include a motorcycle carvan. 

"Save the date!" an Instagram post read. "On April 9 please join the Ruff Ryders Family as we celebrate and remember our brother DMX and all our fallen soldiers with our NYC Ryde Out! Please bring all your family and friends for a day full of food, fun, games and music. More detailed information to come.”

Ruff Ryders hosted a similar celebration last year with another Ryde Out in DMX's hometown of Yonkers, New Y

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National Museum Of African American Music Highlights "This Is Hip Hop" Photography Exhibit

Nashville's National Museum of African American Music's (NMAAM) kicked off its yearlong photography exhibit, “This Is Hip Hop,” on January 19 in honor of the genre’s 50th birthday. Beginning with a fireside chat between Chicago Hip Hop photographer Raymond Boyd and Nashville radio personality DJ Kenny Smoov, Boyd's work joins pieces by Bay Area photographer Traci Bartlow, veteran illustrator Andre Leroy Davis and Atlanta's Shannon McCullum, a self-taught photographer with more than 25 years in the music industry. 

With a focus on all of Hip Hop's elements—breakdancing, graffiti art, MC'ing, DJ'ing—the museum aims to highlight the culture's profound global impact through the end of the year. 

NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the

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Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, Warren G & More Announce High School Reunion Tour

Snoop Dogg has announced the High School Reunion Tour with Wiz Khalifa, Too $hort, Warren G and Berner featuring special guest DJ Drama. Produced by Live Nation, the massive 33-city tour kicks off on July 7 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, then makes stops across the U.S. in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Houston and more before wrapping up in Irvine at FivePoint Amphitheatre on August 27.

Tickets will be available starting with artist and Citi pre-sales beginning March 7. The general on-sale for the High School Reunion Tour will begin March 10 at 9 a.m. at Ticketmaster. 

Citi is the official card of the High School Reunion tour U.S. dates. Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning March 7 at 10 a.m. local time until March 9 at 10 p.m. local time through th

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CL Smooth, Special Ed & Black Sheep's Dres To Be Inducted Into National Hip Hop Museum

The National Hip Hop Museum has announced the upcoming induction ceremony for CL Smooth, Special Ed and Black Sheep's Dres. The event will take place on March 11 at the NHHM in Washington D.C. with hosts Grandmaster Caz and Executive Director Master Gee.

Kicking off with a live broadcast of “Master Gee’s Theatre,” his weekly SiriusXM Show, Deputy Mayor Falcicchio will read the Mayor’s Proclamation. The inductees will then received their awards, a custom NHHM jacket and other ephemera. To celebrate the grand opening of The National Hip-Hop Shop and its dispensary ORBIT, limited edition cannabis strains will also be released in honor of each inductee: the Caramel King Kush, The Magnificent OG and Strobelight Honey Hash. The ceremony will be followed by an exclusive perform

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