Photo of the Day: Kanye Brings Daughter to Work

Kim Kardashian shared a rare moment on Instagram today: Kanye smiling. In the studio, Yeezy has baby North on his lap, while he's grinning from ear to ear. We're currently awaiting the release of Kanye's new single, '"All Day," which should be arriving sometime in the next month, followed by...

Photo of the Day: Nicki Minaj Shows Off Her Assets

Prepping for her new Polow Da Don and Internz-produced single, Anaconda, Nicki Minaj drops off the thirst trap of 2014. No pasties this time around, we get the view from the other side. Here's hoping the song is as good as the artwork. The single arrives this Monday. You can check out the full...

Rakim Rocked Houston, Talked To RESPECT. (Photos & Interview)

Photos, words and interview by Trevor Piper The ever-legendary Rakim graced the stage in Houston’s Numbers Night Club last Tuesday to a packed house that hung on his every word. The God MC flew through a litany of his classic tracks from "Holy Are You" to "Paid In Full."  The building swelled...

Photos & Review Of The Full 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is one of the culture's most organic and lively events. The food, the hosts, the inclusion of a Family Day for kids, and even many of the artists, are 100% Brooklyn. The music, while always well-chosen (and always representative of tough, lyric-driven rap), is often...

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: Raekwon feat. AZ, Lil Fame, Masta Killa, Troy Ave, Papoose (Photos & Review)

In a show full of rappers claiming to be "real hardcore lyricists" and sometimes failing that claim, Raekwon was the perfect antidote and anchor. Rae's dense, visual, word-chunk style of rhyme was the crowning jewel of an afternoon of bars after bars after bars. He came to the stage with a clear...

#BHF14: Exclusive Photoshoot with CJ Fly

As the culture's premier photojournal, we take pride in our snapping skills. To prep for our coverage of the 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, we took a moment with CJ Fly, one of the fest's headliners, to capture him in some signature Pro Era shorts and a Bone Chillen jersey. Enjoy the shots, and...

Photo of the Day: Kendrick Lamar Lounges in Vegas

[caption id="attachment_77491" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Lauren Greenfield for The New York Times[/caption] Kendrick Lamar was recently profiled by Lauren Greenfield for the New York Times during his run on the Yeezus tour. Up top is a photo of him in his hotel suite in Vegas after a...

Photo of the Day: Lunch Break on the Run

Beyonce and Jay Z's faux "On the Run" trailer got a lot of people talking. Well, today we have a behind-the-scenes shot of a more candid moment. Even when you're on the run, you gotta...

Governors Ball: Childish Gambino (Photos & Review)

The balls of flame and walls of spark on the Honda stage during Childish Gambino’s set were far from the hour and a quarter’s most threatening elements. No piece of that moment in time, or Gambino’s psyche and body, were safe from challenge or skewer during Governors Ball's second night....

Governors Ball: Chance The Rapper (Photos & Review)

The young man who’s quickly become the most promising hip-hop act in his age bracket found himself leaning over another precocious ledge at Governors Ball. He’s beginning to leap, with the confidence and humanity of his ever-morphing delivery, into a true presence in the music world. Somehow...