Killer Mike: Don't Die

Lately, you're hearing about Killer Mike because of Run the Jewels, his follow-up collabo with rapper El-P. But before he and El embarked on this project together, there was R.A.P. Music. And now as ever, this track and the message behind it feels appropriate. » 11/24/14 7:00pm 11/24/14 7:00pm

Makonnen featuring Drake: Tuesday

Makonnonen's been having a moment ever since Drake hopped on this track early this fall. Now it's Tuesday, and the video just dropped, so playing the song's appropriate. But the song works every day, always. » 10/21/14 7:00pm 10/21/14 7:00pm

The Producer Behind the Year's Best Rap Tracks Makes His Own Music, Too

It's hard to find good, quality You Time when you're collaborating with Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Pusha-T (not to mention Azealia Banks, Action Bronson, and many, many others). But after a couple of busy years, 28-year-old Scottish DJ Hudson Mohawke has finally put out a new EP. » 9/30/14 7:01pm 9/30/14 7:01pm

Watch the Seattle Symphony Perform "Baby Got Back" with Sir Mix-a-Lot

So this is awkward. Last Friday, the Seattle Symphony teamed up with Sir Mix-a-Lot to perform his number one hit "Baby Got Back." It's not so much the idea of rapping over an orchestra that's awkward, though. It's the dancing. » 6/09/14 7:00pm 6/09/14 7:00pm

Examining rap lyrics to measure quality of life in Compton. An ambitious housing plan from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. How Boston is changing thanks to one architecture firm. Why Atlanta is putting all its money on the BeltLine. Plus, Bike Month! All in this week's Urban Reads! » 5/12/14 4:00pm 5/12/14 4:00pm

50 Cent: Ayo Technology

Off the 2007 album Curtis, this song is an oldie, but a goodie. Since we met with 50 Cent last week as he was hawking his #SMSAUDIO headphones at CES, and the song says freaking tech-nol-o-gy in the title, well there's your tech peg, nerds. » 1/13/14 9:00pm 1/13/14 9:00pm

Charting the Popularity of Tech Through Hip-Hop Lyrics

Rap music is usually a pretty good marker of what's trendy—or what's going to be trendy in a few months. Maybe people were bragging about Sidekicks in the early aughts, but when did that drop off? RapGenius's new RapStats feature shows you. » 12/03/13 3:12pm 12/03/13 3:12pm

Hip-Hop From the Future: Inside Deltron's First New Record Since 2000

In May of 2000 three legends of hip-hop formed a supergroup and created something nobody saw coming: A futuristic, sci-fi rap album. Over the years, Deltron 3030 has developed an almost fanatical cult following. The long awaited sequel—officially released today—is likely to do the same. » 10/01/13 4:04pm 10/01/13 4:04pm

Future: Sh!t

It's very likely that Future is from another world, because the music he's put out in the past year is on a different level. Produced by Mike Will Made It, "Sh!t" is the latest single off his upcoming November release Honest. » 9/23/13 9:00pm 9/23/13 9:00pm

The Best Tech References in Rap: From Android to Zuckerberg

Rappers have had a love affair with technology that started long before Biggie Smalls was name-checking Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. And their rhymes cover everything from the CEOs to mobile platforms. Here, we present you with the best tech references in rap: » 9/13/13 4:13pm 9/13/13 4:13pm

Watch a Microsoft Exec Hilariously Rap with a Rapper About F*cking Two…

Microsoft exec Michael Angiulo had a pretty good day today: Microsoft Surface, an awesome product he helped make and introduce, opened up for pre-orders and this beyond awesome rap he did with rapper Too Short for his 40th birthday came out to the public. This guy is my new favorite technology executive. » 10/16/12 11:00pm 10/16/12 11:00pm

Watch a Rapper Hilariously Use Google for the First Time

DMX, a rapper I loved so much growing up that I had a poster of him in my room, is an interesting character. He's been hugely successful even though he's really hard to understand. He raps when he speaks. He growls. He's intimidating. He's also, apparently, never ever used Google on a computer before. Watch him use it… » 9/19/12 10:00pm 9/19/12 10:00pm

Watch the Inbox: How One Guy Made Email Contact with Jay-Z

David Johnson has Jay-Z's email address. Probably. He has carried on a one-sided conversation for years, sending emails to an address he believes to be Jay-Z's. With a service called ReadNotify, Johnson has confirmed that the emails have not only been read, but opened in locations that directly correlate with Jay's… » 7/19/12 7:40pm 7/19/12 7:40pm

'Don't Text Me' Is Every Lovelorn Gadget Geek's New Anthem

Biggie rapped about his Genesis. Jay-Z rapped about his pager. But DC rapper Boobe's new video covers the full spectrum of digital life: sometimes you just want everyone to fucking leave you alone online. » 4/30/12 8:20pm 4/30/12 8:20pm

Delicious Stop-Motion Food Rap Satisfies Your Craving for Hot Jams

Forget what ya heard, and recognize the real food rappers. All of your favorite fruits and vegetables throw down hard in this stop-motion animation by BankShot with music by DJ Nick Castle. Warning: This video will both entertain you and make you hungry.. » 4/30/12 10:52am 4/30/12 10:52am

N.O.R.E Featuring Styles P and Raekwon: Google That

Dropping today is N.O.R.E.s "Google That," one of the most memorable tech references in recent rap memory since Rick Ross said he was "selling dope straight off the iPhone." Watch out though, because it might get stuck in your head with a chorus that repeats the phrase synonymous with Internet search more dozens of… » 4/26/12 9:20pm 4/26/12 9:20pm

CRUDBUMP: Eff You If You Don't Like Christmas (NSFW, obviously)

Yeah, it's foul, nonsensical, arrhythmic, and kinda aggressive, but damnit if it's not catchy. I first heard this after a night of Xmas-themed sketch comedy and I've loved it ever since. And really, he makes some good points. » 12/24/11 9:00pm 12/24/11 9:00pm

Watch Run DMC's Christmas in Hollis Remixed with Emoji

We've seen Aziz Ansari remix Jay-Z and Kanye in emoji and now here's Run DMC's festive Christmas in Hollis done up with funny faces and random characters too! What's better, it's an actual video! The song syncs with the moving stream of emoji messages on the iPhone. So good. » 12/16/11 9:00pm 12/16/11 9:00pm