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President Barack Obama and Macklemore tackle addiction. On Saturday, May 14, POTUS linked up with the “Thrift Shop” rapper to discuss the dangers of substance abuse during a new “Weekly Address.” “Deaths from opioid overdoses have tripled since 2000,” said Obama. “A lot of time, they’re from legal drugs prescribed from a doctor, so addiction…

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Hip-hop artist Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah fame died while in his Brooklyn apartment Saturday morning. Many recording artists who were influenced by his long career are expressing their condolences. Price’s music company said that he died in his sleep, according to NY Daily News. They released a statement reporting that his cause of death…

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Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea. Hip-hop or not?

The game is the game. Whether you were a fledgling Marlo Stanfield, sitting in a steel visitor’s room seat, responding to a question about the state of affairs on the drug permeated streets of West Baltimore, delivering the line to Avon Barksdale through a plate glass partition, or media executive and Hot 97 “Morning Show” co-host, Ebro…

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A photo posted by @macklemore on Dec 12, 2014 at 5:37 p.m. PST After taking an extended hiatus from the hip hop scene, most likely due to his fiances pregnancy, Grammy Award winning rapper Macklemore resurfaced last week, for an extensive interview with Hot 97. During his dialogue, “The Heist” recording artist spoke candidly about…

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The debate about the appropriation of Black culture by other races is a constant one that sometimes flies under the radar. With the all that has gone on in recent months regarding the grand jury decision in the case of Mike Brown and now Eric Garner, the question has been posed repeatedly: why haven’t White…

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Kimberly Denise Jones, aka Lil’ Kim, started her music career in 1995 with Junior M.A.F.I.A. Over the course of her career, she’s made some awesome celeb friends.  Lil’ Kim posted the above photo, “Brooklyn!!!!! @myfabolouslife #soultape3 out now! #hardcoremixtape up next!!!” Hit the gallery to check out Kim Kardashain, Paris Hilton and more celebs with Lil’…

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When Seattle rapper Macklemore took home the Grammy award for Best Rap Album this year, he sent fellow hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar a much-maligned text, apologizing for “robbing” Lamar of an award many thought the Compton rhymer deserved. Macklemore posted the text on Instagram, resulting in a backlash from critics calling his apology over-the-top and/or disingenuous.

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Over the past several months, Brand Nubian member Lord Jamar has been vocal in his criticism of white rappers who he feels disrespect the culture. The controversy began with Jamar blasting Seattle rapper Macklemore for the latter’s criticism of homophobia in hip-hop. Jamar told VladTV last fall that white rappers are “guests” in hip-hop and should recognize that “this is a black man’s thing.” Now, another veteran of 90s East Coast hip-hop is voicing his opinion. Buckshot of Black Moon and the Boot Camp Clik responded to Jamar’s comments and made it clear that he does not agree at all.

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One of the most original and innovative debut albums in hip-hop history, the masterpiece from the Long Island, NY-based trio of De La Soul was a world-changing album that offered proof that hip-hop was not just machismo and aggression. At a time when hip-hop’s more “gangsta” and “political” strains were at the height of visibility, these three oddballs from the suburbs fired a shot for hip-hop nerds everywhere.

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Maino is undoubtedly one of the hardest and most feared rappers in the game today. The Brooklyn emcee is known to have a hot temper and as has proved time and time again that he isn’t afraid to lay hands on anyone he feels deserves a good chin checking. He recently sat down with VladTV to…

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Macklemore has been taking a lot of heat over the past week, thanks to his sweep of every major rap category at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, as well his epic Grammy performance, in which several gay couples were married on air. With all eyes on Macklemore, it was only a matter of time before people began…

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Macklemore is doing more than waving the white flag after his Grammy wins. After making headlines for texting Kendrick Lamar, and then posting it on his Instagram to prove his sincerity, he made sure he was up bright and early to tell New York’s Hot 97 just how much he felt that Kendrick Lamar got…

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The day after the Grammys is always fairly interesting. Everyone talking about which performances they liked, which ones they hated, and which award winners were undeserving–it’s as much a part of awards season as the actual ceremony. After last night’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards, most hip-hop fans are feeling bitter over Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking home Best Rap Album honors for their popular LP The Heist.

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Macklemore has stated from the very beginning that Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city should win the Grammy for best rap album. So at the end of the night, after he took home the Grammy he didn’t think he deserved, it’s safe to say Macklemore was feeling a bit of winner’s guilt. Shortly after the…

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