Ebro Darden Appointed Apple Music's Global Editorial Head Of Hip Hop

Ebro Darden has been appointed the Global Editorial Head of Hip Hop and R&B at Apple Music. According to Billboard, his position is effective immediately.

Darden will be supervising a group of hip-hop and R&B editors conceptualizing editorial strategies for artists, albums and singles released in the United States and overseas. 

The Hot 97 radio personality follows Carl Chery who served as Apple Music’s head of artist curation for hip-hop and R&B until last April when he made the jump to Spotify. 

Darden already hosts a Beats 1 Radio show on Apple Music Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET and will continue his rol

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9th Wonder Releases "Zion III" Album

Before the holidays took over, illustrious hip-hop producer 9th Wonder gifted his fans with an early Christmas present — a new album titled Zion III. Bursting at the seams with 42 tracks, the mostly instrumental album delivers 9th's  signature jazz-infused production style and a handful of cuts featuring MCs King Draft and Swank. 

The project serves as the follow-up to 2017's Zion II and the 2016 original. He announced the album's impending arrival on December 20 via Instagram and provided a little insight into the cover art, which features a vintage photograph of a young woman. 

“Zion III. The Spirit Of BrightLady,” he wrote. “37 beats. 5 songs introducing @kingdraftmusic & @swank252. MIDNIGHT. Brought to you by the good folks at @jamlarecords #ForTheSis

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Rapstation Flagship Station Channel now called 'RAPstation 365'

In the partnership with LIVE 365 Radio Networks , RAPstation has renamed its flagship station channel 'RAPstation 365'

RAPSTATION has 9 other station channels that cover the various aspects of HipHop and Rap music. Rapstation 365 is where the prime time Station Channel Block exists . The program block is 8p EST -Midnight every night of the week as well as Hip Hop News and This Day in Hip Hop & Rap History at the top of hours ...

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When Kool DJ Red Alert was invited to guest DJ on Kay Slay’s Shade 45 show, his son, G MiMs, came along. He wasn’t exactly planning on spitting a freestyle, but was aware it was in the realm of possibilities. As fate would have it, the native New Yorker was asked to drop some bars and he killed it. 

While being in the shadow of a Hip Hop luminary can come with its own set of complications, it also provides an opportunity to carry on their legacy, something G MiMs takes seriously. After dropping a video for “Been G” in March, Funkmaster Flex gave him a huge co-sign, saying the song “goes hard in New York.” 

As he continues carving his own lane in Hip Hop culture, the Tommy Boy Records signee took some time t

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Capone-N-Norega MC N.O.R.E and Miami Hip Hop staple DJ EFN brought their Drink Champs podcast to Revolt TV last year, which was quickly turned into a video series. The show has just been picked up for a second season, which didn’t necessarily surprise EFN. 

“It wasn’t a surprise ‘cause the show got its success as a podcast,” EFN explains. “The visual was secondary to the audio podcast, but we knew we were going to continue doing it in some format. It just happened that we did the trial run with Revolt for six episodes and it worked really well for everybody. We were happy and they renewed it for a full season.”

The first episode of season two premiered on Thursday (July 27) and the featured guest

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RAPstation Exclusive Interview: Shabazz Palaces

There’s a sense Tendai “Baba” Maraire takes music extremely seriously. As a seasoned musician who routinely tours with revered hip-hop trio Digable Planets, is the leader of the Chimurenga Renaissance project and makes up one-half of Shabazz Palaces, Baba’s intense focus as his hands hit the drums is captivating. Along with Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, his counterpart in Shabazz Palaces and co-founding MC of Digable Planets, Baba is preparing to release two new Shabazz albums on the same day — Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines. Both albums are available on July 14 via Sub Pop Records. Until those drop, two lead singles — “Shine A Light” and &ldqu

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