Since Game of Thrones began, rappers across the spectrum have been paying vehement homage to the show in tweets and interviews, and by 2014 the first official GoT mixtape dropped with original tracks from the likes of Big Boi, Daddy Yankee, Kilo Kish, Common and more. (The second broadened its musical horizons,…
Thundercat is a bassist who blends video games into everything he does, and whose latest album situates references to Mobile Suit Gundum and Sonic at the heart of new electronic soul music.
Rap and anime are like salt and caramel—not an intuitive match, but a delightful one. Most referenced among rap superstars like Lupe Fiasco, Soulja Boy and RZA is the classic ‘90s staple Dragon Ball Z, your childhood five o’clock Toonami fixture.
Notorious B.I.G. and Star Wars aren’t exactly two things that you’d think would work well together, but Solar Slim and Richie Branson have proven that wrong with Life After Death Star.
Missy Elliott has a new video for her excellent comeback single “WTF (Where They From).” In it, she rides around on an auto-balancing skateboard.
We knew that something really good would eventually come from this Beats-Apple deal. Last month Dr. Dre finally put The Chronic online for streaming for the first time ever at Apple Music. Now Apple Music will be streaming the world premiere of his new album, Compton: A Soundtrack, this Thursday at 6pm PST, a day…
Angels’ Mike Trout likes Drake. The Nationals’ Bryce Harper opts for Sinatra. Some go with a feel-good ballad from an 80s band called The Outfield. At least a half-dozen players use “Turn Down for What.” This is the world of baseball “walk-up” music, the songs that blare through the stands as the batters of the home…
With their furs and bling and 'tude, today's rap stars are a lot like the aristocrats of yore. A hilarious tumblr chronicles the accidental convergences of hip hop and pre-16th century art.
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.
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.
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.
Back in May, data scientist Matt Daniels crunched some numbers to determine which rapper has the largest vocabulary in hip hop. Now, Daniels is back with a brand new version of the chart that incorporates 20 additional artists renown for their expansive command of language.
I don't mean that as a judgment, just a statement of fact. "Shell Shocked," the new song accompanying the new live-action Ninja Turtles movie, was composed by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign and produced by Kill The Noise and Madsonik. And it's pretty damned good.
Well, except the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Because in this season 3 finale of "Epic Rap Battles of History," the original Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo completely kick turtle ass. It's — dare I say it? — a masterpiece.
I can't even tell you how much I love this music video. Because truly, there is no greater, more universal sign of professional and financial success than wearing enormous green foam fists on your hands.
On last night's Tonight Show, Tariq Trotter of the Roots used his rhyming skills to tell the tale of Harry Potter. Okay, now we need an album's worth of these covering the events of all seven books.
Today would have been Tupac's 43rd birthday, so what better time than tonight to post the classic "Changes"?
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.
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!
Who's got the largest vocabulary in hip hop? A data-scientist crunched the numbers to find out. [UPDATED]