Joell Ortiz has been garnering critical acclaim for his unparalleled skill on the mic for more than a decade, but even with years of experience and multiple hits under his belt, the Brooklyn rapper is just getting started.
Ortiz grew up in the housing projects of Brooklyn, an experience the rapper often calls back to in his music. Early in his career, he was called out as one of the best unsigned rappers on the scene by The Source magazine, though he didn't stay unsigned for long -- Ortiz was quickly signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, though now he's signed with Penalty Entertainment. He quickly built up some mainstream attention for his appearances on the soundtracks to GTA IV and NBA Live 2005.
Ortiz cemented his place as one of hip hop's greats wRead more
Coachella isn't the only music festival being headlined by hip hop artists these days -- Tennessee's popular Bonnaroo music festival has announced their line-up for this year's event, and it's loaded with some of modern rap's biggest acts.
Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott will headline the four day festival alongside rock groups U2 and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Artists such as D.R.A.M. and Torey Lanez will also perform.
Chance is still riding high off of the success of his award winning, critically acclaimed Coloring Book mixtape and its accompanying world tour. The Chicago rapper most recently appearedRead more
“I know the arts saved my life,” Q-Tip told standing behind his podium at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Awards ceremony held at the White House, a historic moment without a doubt.
But there had been rappers and hip-hop artists within White House walls even before president Barrack Obama's tenure, Eazy-E had been the first, followed by Sean “Diddy Combs”, but the latter had only been given a tour, while the other attending due to technical reasons.
The Obamas were the first to fully embrace both hip-hop music and culture, and recognize its significance, seeking out pathways for hip-hop to teach and inspire; Q-Tip simply represents one among the many, proving that the link between hip-hop and presRead more
Anderson .Paak just wrapped a phenomenal year, and currently stands among other notable artists nominated for the Grammy's Best New Artist.
Kicking off 2017, the Oxnard native joined Pharrell and Scott Vener on Apple Music's OTHERtone Beats 1 Show, discussing about working with Dr. Dre as well as future collaborations. While Pharrell suggested a collaboration with Q-Tip, Paak countered with an interesting response:
“We got records, me and Tip,” says Paak, following-up by revealing that he and the A Tribe Called Quest frontman had already been working together. Paak also unveiled that although the content still bears no set release date, one particular tune ended up on ATCQ's latest album on the track "Moving Backwards".
Kendrick Lamar is the latest hip hop artist to get top billing at the world renowned Coachella Music Festival.
The Grammy Award winning rapper will take over Coachella's main stage on the third and sixth days of the annual music festival, January 16th and the 23rd. Radiohead and Beyonce are the show's other headlining musicians.
The prestigious headlining spot is the most recent accomplishment for the Compton rapper, who has quickly emerged as one of the premiere socially conscious voices in hip hop right now. Last year, Lamar took home five Grammy awards and his compilation album, Untitled Unmastered, was released to near unanimous critical acclaim and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. Lamar is also preparing to launch a sneakeRead more
Future recently declared that 2017 was going to be this year, and he's making good on those promises -- yesterday the Atlanta rapper released a brand new song, "Buy Love," and today he's teamed up with Rick Ross to deliver a video for their latest collaboration, "That's A Check."
The video, which features Future and Ross partying in a mansion, was directed by Eif Rivera, who has previously helmed videos for Kanye West, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, and Wyclef.
Yesterday Future released "Buy Love," alongside an accompanying viRead more