| Jun 21, 2013
| 5:28 AM
When "XXL" revealed the cover of its March "Freshman Class" issue — the hip-hop magazine's annual anointment of rising rappers most poised for major success — there was a fresh-faced, parka-wearing kid in the bottom-right corner, throwing a...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 4:47 PM
It's easy for internationally renowned musician Shodekeh to journey with just carry-on luggage; his instrument travels in his soul.
The Baltimore-based beatboxer and vocal percussionist performs in a multitude of genres and music domains, including dance...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 9:39 AM
The All Rap Round Robin is far from the average microphone-too-low, DJ-too-loud, consistently tardy hip-hop show.
Now entering its fifth year, the gathering of the city's on-the-fringe hip-hop acts will converge Friday night on Floristree. The event will...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 12:30 PM
Compare Yelawolf to Eminem and you could miss the point. Sure, both are white rappers with chips on their shoulders and working-class backgrounds, but it's Yelawolf's power with the pen and his tenacity on the microphone that should be drawing the...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 10:45 AM
NEW YORK -- The 1990s were a rich period for hip-hop, a time that saw the emergence of groups ranging from A Tribe Called Quest to N.W.A to Wu-Tang Clan (depending, of course, on which coast you favored).
There was no artist more influential in that...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 11:28 AM
One oft-reported takeaway from this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which ran Friday through Sunday and will repeat this weekend in Indio, is that kids have taken over the place.
Yet while that may have been true on the festival&...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 6:55 PM
RedEye exclusive: This morning the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival announced its lineup, which includes Wu-Tang Clan, Bassnectar and Chicago rap artist Chance the Rapper. In its third year, the festival will take place Aug. 15-17 in Somerset, Wis....
| Apr 13, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Nas, Jay Z and Diddy hit the stage together at Coachella to celebrate a landmark hip-hop album.
Twenty years ago Nas, a hungry 20-year-old emcee from New York's tough Queensbridge projects, issued his debut, “Illmatic.”
The album, with its...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 8:04 AM
One of the major draws of this year's Coachella — and the whole of the upcoming festival season — is the return of the Atlanta hip-hop team Outkast. To a certain generation, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling duo's hits, including "Ms....
| Apr 3, 2014
| 4:48 PM
When the Wu-Tang Clan announced they would manufacture, and auction off, just one copy of a long-in-the-works secret album, the news was met with obvious intrigue.
Who would shell out the money for the rarity -- and how much would a given collector be...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Wu-Tang Clan just pushed the envelope wide open.
The rap group plans to release only one copy of its secretly recorded double-album, "The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." They will sell the 31-track record -- priced in the millions --
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Amid all the talk of HBO’s drama "True Detective," little has been written about the music, and the way it paints the Louisiana mystery a certain color of brown. From the opening theme, the Handsome Family’s “Far From Any Road,” to...