Mar 10, 2014 — The rapper, singer, beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist is a product of Southeast Washington, D.C., an area hit hard by crime and drugs in the 1980s.
Mar 4, 2014 — This, we're told, is the year female rappers will break their way back into the mainstream, ending the long period of silence for women in the industry.
Mar 2, 2014 — This swinging-for-the-fences album feels like a plea for connection and sounds like a brooding hit.
Feb 26, 2014 — The 27-year-old Los Angeles rapper has done it all and, like the rest of us, knows he's not perfect. In a Microphone Check interview, he's thoughtful about his past and his new album, Oxymoron.
Feb 25, 2014 — Watch the Los Angeles rapper perform a loose-limbed, spontaneous and unpretentious set, including a singalong for surprise guest Ab-Soul at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Feb. 23.
Feb 20, 2014 — When even the biggest stars in the world are relying on extramusical gimmicks to hype new albums, what's an unknown rapper supposed to do to get noticed? Maybe fake a profile in the paper of record?
Feb 8, 2014 — We couldn't fit everything into Thursday's story about the legacy of Comin Out Hard, so here are some extras, including Eightball on touring in a rental car, MJG on Eazy-E and Yo Gotti on mentorship in the Memphis rap scene.
Feb 6, 2014 — From the birthplace of Stax and Sun Records, and the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the pair of rapper-producers snatched soul music and put it to work for a new generation.
Jan 21, 2014 — The "old man" who oversees all music and content on the commercial hip-hop station in New York City has become an increasingly public figure as an interviewer and part of Hot 97's morning show and Internet presence.
Jan 17, 2014 — What began as little more than a glorified metronome has worked its way into bedroom studios and state-of-the-art recording facilities alike. A new book chronicles the history and influence of the drum machine in all its wood- and plastic-paneled glory.