Lyor Cohen demands Rock & Roll Hall of Fame stop overlooking LL Cool J

The iconic LL Cool J has been on the ballot to be elected into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame six times, but the “I’m Bad” creator has been constantly overlooked. LL Cool J’s longtime business associate and former Def Jam label executive Lyor Cohen wrote an open letter to Billboard explaining the travesty […]

Ja Rule explains the feds’ role in beef with 50 Cent (video)

Many fans know the outcome of the battle between 50 Cent and Ja Rule and Murder Inc., but what they don’t know is that Ja recently sat down with Talib Kweli on his podcast “The People’s Party” and delved deeper into the demise of his label. The rapper explained to Talib Kweli that losing that […]

Charlamagne Tha God: Hip-hop’s most provocative voice

Lenard Larry McKelvey, professionally known as Charlamagne Tha God, may be the most “woke” Negro in America. His unapologetic celebrity interviews catapulted him to pop culture fame after a long and particularly creative career track in New York City radio. East Coast listeners were all too familiar with the “shock jock” mentality that is synonymous with […]

Dame Dash addresses Jim Jones: ‘Black people get very reactive’

Rapper Jim Jones blasted former Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash in an Instagram post yesterday, to which Dame swiftly responded. Dash spoke to Hip-Hop Motivation about the bad blood, dismissing Jones’ statements (The Harlem rapper called Dash the ‘real culture vulture’ and ‘a thief’ in an expletive-laced tirade), and claiming to have no hard feelings towards his former artist.

Janelle Monae and Amina BuddaFly perform at BET Music Matters monthly showcase

Last night the industry came out to support the BET Music Matters monthly showcase at S.O.B.s hosted by Buttahman and with special co-host Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop TD Jakes. The show opened with a surprise appearance by Janelle Monae there to introduce her artist Roman GianArthur. After year’s of  working behind the scenes, Roman […]

Lyor Cohen explains why his new label is partnering with Twitter

Cohen has now announced that 300 will be partnering with popular social media platform Twitter, in what Cohen hopes will help provide artists with development tools that can only be gleaned from understanding social media; as well as using the site to help find new talent.

Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles announce new content company 300, deal with Atlantic

Former Warner Music Group chief Lyor Cohen has announced the official launch of his new “content company,” 300. Cohen, alongside former WMG notables Kevin Liles and Todd Moscowitz are looking to spark a revolution in the way the music industry operates. All three men have long ties in the industry and as colleagues: Moscowitz is the ex-president of Warner Bros, Liles was formerly the executive vice president. All three men also worked together at Def Jam.

Jay-Z, Kanye make most powerful in rap list

Hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and former admirer Kanye “Suit & Tie hater” West have made the list of the most powerful people in rap. Take a look at the top 10 list below: 

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