Hip Hop News 1/23

Kanye West interrupted the iHeartMedia Music Summit to debut a new track with Rihanna and spoke for 45 minutes. (Read More)

…that time when Kanye West took over our meeting and did an awesome 45 minute talk. (Photo: Bo Matthews)

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Lupe Fiasco addressed his Twitter beef with Kid Cudi on Sway In The Morning: “Talk to me, before I fuck you up.” (Read More)

Pharrell and his trademark hat will be guest starring on The Simpsons next month. (Read More)


After posting a photo of Malia Obama on Instagram, Joey Bada$$ hears clicks on his phone and believes it’s the government. (Read More)

The Game is currently recording The Documentary 2.  (via Instagram)

Charles Hamilton is trying to make a comeback with the help of Rita Ora. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 1/22

As of today, I will be posting Hip Hop news briefs that should be on your radar.  Here is this week’s so far.

A$AP Mob‘s Founder, A$AP Yams, passes away at 26. (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne disses Birdman on his new Sorry 4 the Wait 2 mixtape. (Read More)

Kid Cudi recently recruited his production team Plain Pat, Emile Haynie & A-Trak to help create Man on the Moon 3 (Read More)

Nas, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj and Mike Tyson are all featured on Madonna‘s new Rebel Heart album. (Read More) 

Kanye West claims he once received a felony for a crime he didn’t commit because he was racially profiled for wearing braids. (Read More)


Wale is talking to Kanye about designing new Washington Wizards uniforms. (Read More)

A$AP Rocky, Tyga and Vince Staples will be in a Diddy & Pharrell produced film premiering at Sundance called Dope.  (Read More)

Stevie Wonder recently praised Kendrick Lamar and performed his own version of “i” during his GQ interview. (Read More)

Austin City Limits Festival - Day 2

Tech N9ne says Eminem will have a verse on “Worldwide Choppers 2.” (Read More)


Hodgy Beats announced that Mellowhype is over, but he will continue to work with Left Brain. (Read More)

Amber Rose revealed her family refused to attend her wedding due to Wiz Khalifa‘s race. (Read More)

50 Cent will be included in the new set of Topps “First Pitch” baseball cards.  (Read More)

Flavor Flav recently wore his giant trademark clock to court while pleading not guilty to speeding charges. (Read More) 

Troy Ave has partnered with Coogi to produce about 100 limited-edition cardigans. (Read More)

Chance the Rapper recently helped donate 100,000 to Chicago Public Schools along with Sway and Christina Milian. (Read More)


Video: The Underachievers feat. Portugal The Man – “Amorphous”

Watch the new video from The Underachievers called “Amorphous” off of 2014’s Cellar Door: Terminus ut ExordiumThe Brooklyn duo is working on The Evermore Project expected to drop this year.

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 39

Did you know?

390. Contrary to popular belief, Nas stated that he did NOT write Will Smith’s “Gettin Jiggy With It.” 1


389. LL Cool J once got arrested for humping a couch.


388. Death Row had plans to open an East Coast office run by Eric B. 2


387. Originally, Timbaland, Pharrell and will.I.am were supposed to make a beat for the Shrek the Third soundtrack. 3


386. Eazy-E used to record in the studio with the lights off. 4


385. Vic Mensa was electrocuted by a transformer that sent 15,000 volts of electricity through his body while trying to sneak into Lollapalooza. 5


384. Q-Tip wrote and produced on Mariah Carey’s “Honey.” 6


383. After recording “Two Lips” for J Dilla’s foundation, Joey Bada$$ was given a folder of 30 unheard Dilla beats to choose from to use for his album. 7


382. The entire Junior Mafia Conspiracy album was made on a tour bus. 8



381. Jarobi left A Tribe Called Quest to go to culinary school. 9



1. [http://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/233t3x/i_am_nas_amaa/cgt47l9]
2. [http://www.vibe.com/article/snoop-dogg-vibe-cover-story-dec-96jan-97]
3. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/06/lil-waynes-tha-carter-iii-recounted-through-oral-history/9/]
4. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2312/title.dj-yella-reveals-aborted-eazy-e-tracks-why-dr-dre-shelved-detox-]
5. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/festivals/lollapalooza-festival/6206842/vic-mensa-lollapalooza-near-death-electrocuted-video]
6. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_(Mariah_Carey_song)]
7. [http://rwdmag.com/exclusive-interview-joey-bada-talks-the-beats-behind-b4-da/]
8. [http://www.mtv.com/bands/n/notorious_big/news_feature_070305/index3.jhtml]
9. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.19940/title.dres-declares-jarobis-rhyming-debut-light-years-ahead-of-q-tips-jarobi-reveals-real-reason-for-leaving-rap]


Love Is Evol: A Collection of Eminem Songs About Love and Heartbreak

Love has been terribly unkind to Eminem over the years. Read on to discover the evolution of Eminem’s most honest and personal songs about love and heartbreak over the past few decades. ___________________________________________________________________________The Game of Love

In his early days, Em touched on relationships and breakups with these two songs from his first solo effort.

Eminem feat. Eye-Kyu - “Searchin’” (Infinite, 1996) 

The only true Hip Hop love song of his career features a 24-year-old Em romantically gushing, “I got some game that I’m preparing to run/The way your lips sparkle and glare in the sun.”  This is a rare gem that doesn’t result in anguish or violence.

Eminem – “Jealousy Woes II” (Infinite, 1996) 

Em vents about a money-hungry girl who leaves him for another man. “Leaving me in sorrow, Brandy never felt so brokenhearted/I fell apart when you departed,” he vents.

Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATL6FCtvDpc

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LA Hip Hop Events Calendar

Hip Hop music, concerts and events in and around Los Angeles.


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“Higher Learning” – Interview with Rapper Devin the Dude

devin-the-dudeWhether grumbling about skyrocketing Cigarillo and gas prices on “Almighty Dollar” or the disappearance of weed after a party on the DJ Premier produced “Doobie Ashtray,” Devin the Dude has built a legacy for laying down mellow and relevant tracks since 1992.  Known for collaborations with Dr. Dre on the classic “Fuck You” and Andre 3000 and Snoop on “What a Job,” the Houston rapper has managed to become known as one of the rap game’s most underrated MCs.

As a former b-boy who listened to Slick Rick and Too $hort, the up-and-coming rapper sat by his radio every Saturday recording new songs off of college radio.  The frequent talent show contestant grew up idolizing Scarface, and after graduating high school, Devin Copeland was blessed with the opportunity to become a member of his group Facemob while also forming the Odd Squad aka the Coughee Brothaz. 


After being hesitant about going solo, he decided to go through with the decision in 1998.  The MC, whose named derived from one of his favorite Quincy Jones albums, The Dude, was invited to join Rap-A-Lot records where fellow H-Town legends the Geto Boys were also notoriously signed.  

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HipHopDX Article: Between You, Me & Yeezus: Meeting Kanye West & Tyler, the Creator


Click here to read about my experience at Casey Veggies’ El Rey show. Surprise guests included Kanye West and Tyler, the Creator.


HipHopDX Article: Just The Two Of Us: Chronicling, Defending & Meeting Eminem


Read about how I defended Eminem as a teenager and eventually got the opportunity to meet him after creating my own fan site:


LA Hip Hop Landmarks

Update: Will now be adding landmarks on a national scale as time permits.

Map of Hip Hop landmarks in LA. 

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