DJ MLK offers insight into adapting in the digital music space

As the official DJ for Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. and his subsidiary label Hustle Gang Records, Atlanta’s DJ MLK shares about his professional background and how he created opportunities for himself in the world of digital music. Tell us how you got started into deejaying and a little background on yourself. I moved to Atlanta […]

DJ Jamad uplifts the soul and brings the heat

Rolling out’s Master DJ series spotlights DJs recognized in their respective cities who are making an impact in their communities. DJ Jamad was inspired to rock turntables in the 1980s while growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After moving to Atlanta in 1987, he started working to save for college but then changed his mind and enlisted in […]

Jordin Sparks drops ‘#ByeFelicia’ mixtape

Jordin Sparks releases new mixtape “American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks sheds her good girl image with her latest project, #ByeFelicia, her first official mixtape. Sparks described #ByeFelicia via Instagram. “There’s a little part of me in every single [track],” said Jordin. “But because it’s been so long and because I’ve been working so long, it […]

Schoolboy Q says he wishes TDE would have ‘stayed indie’

Schoolboy Q may be experiencing success with his major label debut album, Oxymoron, but the Los Angeles native revealed his mixed feelings about that success in a recent interview. Q spoke to CBS Local affiliate WZMX Hot 93.7. Q says that his popularity is booming, so much so that he’s even been offered his own line of bucket hats (those hats have become a bit of a trademark for Q), but he expressed reluctance with making any more “big money” deals too soon.

Chief Keef talks career mistakes and being ‘all drugged out’

Chief Keef is still serving a 90-day rehab sentence at Wavelengths Recovery, a private rehabilitation facility in Orange County, California. The rapper, who tested positive for marijuana during his probation, recently spoke to Billboard about his music and how his addiction affected the quality of his output.

10 best rap mixtapes of 2013

In today’s hip-hop, mixtapes can hold as much weight as an album. Artists can gain a larger fan base, earn money touring and get the attention of major labels with the release of a buzzworthy mixtape. Although 2013 didn’t produce a clear-cut mixtape standout, there were several mixtapes that were top-notch. Click continue to view […]

ScHoolboy Q opens up on ‘Oxymoron,’ and debates albums vs. mixtapes

ScHoolboy Q might have skipped years in the independent grind by joining Kendrick Lamar at Top Dawg Entertainment early in his career, but in today’s digital society, it’s very important that any release be taken seriously. You never know who’s watching. When ScHoolboy Q stopped in Atlanta for MixShowLive, rolling out had a moment to […]

The 5 things wrong with hip-hop

1. The Record Industry The current record industry is the #1 thing wrong with rap. This is mainly because it can correct the four problems below. Labels show up after the A&R production, funding and development has already taken place and this serves to produce poor results. Pop, rock and even urban artists get deals […]

Haute or not? Cassie hosts a ‘Rock-A-Bye Baby’ listening party in New Jersey

Songstress and model Cassie hosted a listening party for her Rock-A-Bye Baby mixtape at the Sneaker Room yesterday in New Jersey. The up-and-coming style icon opted for a more tomboy look than we are use to. She donned in a graphic red and white tee, fitted cap, black harlem cut pants and sneakers. Check out the […]

2 Chainz & DJ Drama: From Mixtapes to Millions

A few years after the start of the millennium, the major record label system found itself in the midst of an upheaval. Obstructed by an archaic business model and illegal downloads, major labels failed to adapt to new technology, and, in turn, struggled to develop artists. Profits dwindled as the future of music commerce became […]

Bobby V Discusses New Mixtape and Explains Why Music Will Soon Be Free

Bobby V’s Southern soul has made an impact on the R&B scene for nearly 15 years. After starting out as the lead singer in the group Mista, Bobby V branched out on his own to embark on a successful solo career. Bobby V continues to push forward with his new mixtape Vitamin V. Bobby recently […]

Chalie Boy Reveals How Innovative Marketing Has Kept His Buzz Alive in Hip-Hop

Although Chalie Boy has gained national attention with the club anthem “I Look Good,” the Houston based rapper-singer has been working towards success in hip-hop for over a decade. Chalie Boy began making noise in the independent hip-hop scene by releasing dozens of mixtapes and selling street albums that moved thousands of units. Chalie Boy […]