From College MC to Gangster Rapper, Who Is Dej Loaf?

What do you get when you mix a Mario Kart 64 instrumental with the most threatening drill lyrics of all times and a lullaby-esque auto-tuned voice? You get Hip-Hop's catchiest song of the year; "Try Me" by Dej Loaf. Pronounced "Day-je Loaf", the 23 year old female rapper from Detroit has been...

Album Review: The Game – Blood Moon: The Year of the Wolf

If there is still a bad boy in Hip-Hop, it's The Game. Jayceon "The Game" Taylor has been a force to be reckoned with ever since he set foot into our culture. His debut album, The Documentary will go down as one of the best debut LPs of all times and his catalogue after that has been quietly...

Nas’ Top 10 Verses

20 years of setting the standard to what a real MC embodies and he isn't stopping anytime soon. Nasir Jones has shown longevity through staying true to himself and the art of storytelling. Since his classic debut album Illmatic, Nas has demonstrated versatility through various topics...

Review: 2014 BET Awards Cyphers

BET is famous for a lot of things. 106 & Park, The Game, Let's Stay Together, BET Now and of course the legendary BET Awards. With this particular award show comes potentially one of the most exciting events of the year: the cyphers. Every year at the BET Awards, during presentation and...

EP Review: OSWALD – “Ride”

San Fran up and comer OSWALD chimed in today with with his new EP Ride. With some cool artwork attached to the release, it was hard to resist giving it a listen. Right off the bat the EP is successful on one front, brevity. Coming in at less than 15 minutes the five track release concisely...

Mixtape Review: Childish Gambino – STN MTN/Kauai

When someone mentions Atlanta Hip-Hop, who comes to mind? Perhaps Young Jeezy, Outkast, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, T.I. maybe even Soulja Boy. These rappers have been the tastemakers of Atlanta's rap scene for more than a decade. With the exception of Outkast, all the rappers...

A List of Hip-Hop’s Recent Dance Crazes

Hip-Hop and dancing go hand in hand. Ever since the early days of b-boying in the streets, dancing has been very much a part of our culture. You can find elements of Hip-Hop dance everywhere in today's society even if it isn't the traditional "break dancing". Hip-Hop dance has moved from...

The Significance of the Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour

Competition has always been a part of Hip-Hop. It was one of the driving factors that made the genre what it is today. From the days of Harlem block parties where emcees and DJs alike would battle for the crowd's approval to the recent rise of battle leagues across the globe, competitive instinct...

The 10 Best Mixtape Series

Back before mixtapes sounded like albums, artists jacked for beats and enlisted the likes of local and well known DJ's to assist with their projects. Mixtapes show the development and growth of an artist and nowadays, we often find ourselves in a nostalgic state, wishing that the artist would...

Mixtape Review: Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1

A common complaint in hip-hop today is the fact the music is losing its authenticity. Hip-Hop heads from the Internet to the barber shops seem to claim that the "lyrical" substance in rap music has exponentially declined over the years and in turn is ruining the genre as a whole. To an extent,...