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‘I hear you loud and clear’: Rappers called out by Kendrick Lamar in his ‘Control’ verse react online
After Lamar called out 11 of his peers in a verse released on Monday, a few of them were quick to react. Read more here: natpo.st/14xMG4K

‘I hear you loud and clear’: Rappers called out by Kendrick Lamar in his ‘Control’ verse react online

After Lamar called out 11 of his peers in a verse released on Monday, a few of them were quick to react. Read more here: natpo.st/14xMG4K

We ounted and quantified every reference Jay-Z has made to crack/cocaine, so you don’t have to: natpo.st/1dfiQXQ

We ounted and quantified every reference Jay-Z has made to crack/cocaine, so you don’t have to: natpo.st/1dfiQXQ

Tagged with:  #Jay-Z  #Music  #Rap  #Hip-Hop

Why the DMX version of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is as fresh as Two Chainz: natpo.st/SKlyMO

Snoop Dogg on becoming a Lion
“When I was down in Jamaica in February I visited the Nyabinghi temple. A Rastafarian priest from that tribe renamed me Lion, a reference to tha lion of Judah,” he said. “Tha spirit called me and anytime tha spirit calls you ugot2know (sic) it’s serious and real, ya dig?” Illustration by Steve Murray

Snoop Dogg on becoming a Lion

“When I was down in Jamaica in February I visited the Nyabinghi temple. A Rastafarian priest from that tribe renamed me Lion, a reference to tha lion of Judah,” he said. “Tha spirit called me and anytime tha spirit calls you ugot2know (sic) it’s serious and real, ya dig?” Illustration by Steve Murray

Tagged with:  #Snoop Dogg  #Snoop Lion  #Rap  #Hip Hop  #reggae  #music
Ready the bear repellant: Rapper Pitbull is headed to Alaska
Over the last few weeks, Walmart has been running a marketing contest on its Facebook page. The store that gets the most “likes” wins a personal appearance from Pitbull, a.k.a. Armando Christian Perez.
A writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper thought it’d be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, and encouraged people to “like” the Walmart in Kodiak. It worked, with the store getting more than 70,000 “likes.”

Ready the bear repellant: Rapper Pitbull is headed to Alaska

Over the last few weeks, Walmart has been running a marketing contest on its Facebook page. The store that gets the most “likes” wins a personal appearance from Pitbull, a.k.a. Armando Christian Perez.

A writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper thought it’d be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, and encouraged people to “like” the Walmart in Kodiak. It worked, with the store getting more than 70,000 “likes.”

Tagged with:  #Pitbull  #Hip-Hop  #Rap  #Walmart  #Facebook  #Alaska
When hip-hop artists cry
This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care,  the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it  had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he  cried.
#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken  directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath  and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his  socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of  2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.”
But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight  is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very  few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show  little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

When hip-hop artists cry

This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care, the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he cried.

#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of 2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.”

But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

Tagged with:  #Rap  #hip hop  #music  #pop music  #Drake
Beastie Boys, Guns n Roses among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
The hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the  Beastie Boys were among this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll  Hall of Fame, the hall announced on Wednesday.
Joining the acts were posthumous inductees, 1960s singer-songwriter  Laura Nyro and producer Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year.
Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan will also be inducted.

Beastie Boys, Guns n Roses among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

The hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys were among this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the hall announced on Wednesday.

Joining the acts were posthumous inductees, 1960s singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and producer Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year.

Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan will also be inducted.

Tagged with:  #music  #rock n roll  #hip hop  #rap
Concert Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West exceed the hypeIt’s rare that a show of this magnitude lives up to its hype, but Kanye  and Jay-Z actually managed to exceed it. From the Tron-inspired laser  show to the hydraulic-powered stages at either end of the ACC to the  pyrotechnics, it was a visual masterpiece. And then, of course, there  was the music. (Photo: David Leyes Photographer)More photos: Jay-Z and Kanye West in Toronto

Concert Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West exceed the hype
It’s rare that a show of this magnitude lives up to its hype, but Kanye and Jay-Z actually managed to exceed it. From the Tron-inspired laser show to the hydraulic-powered stages at either end of the ACC to the pyrotechnics, it was a visual masterpiece. And then, of course, there was the music. (Photo: David Leyes Photographer)

More photos: Jay-Z and Kanye West in Toronto

Rap legend Heavy D dead at 44
Iconic ’90s rapper Heavy D was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, just one hour after he was rushed to an L.A. hospital. He was 44.

Rap legend Heavy D dead at 44

Iconic ’90s rapper Heavy D was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, just one hour after he was rushed to an L.A. hospital. He was 44.

Tagged with:  #Heavy D  #rap  #hip hop  #celebrity  #music  #deaths