The fifth annual OVO Fest, taking place in Toronto and put on by the city's own Drake, is the latest festival to announce Outkast as headliners. The recently reunited duo will headline the August 3rd date at Molson Ampitheatre. Special guests are yet to be announced, but when I attended last year Kanye West, TLC, A$AP Rocky, and Lil Wayne (among many many others) performed unannounced. I'm sure the milestone fifth year will be even more jampacked and thrilling. Tickets are on sale February 21st.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/18/14 - 11:31 AM
The pioneering hip-hop group De La Soul recently offered their entire discography for free - the interesting bit is that it seems that the move wasn't cleared with their label, Warner Music Group. ReCode has an interesting look at how the albums aren't available for digital purchase anywhere and were made available through a Russian piracy site.

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Ryan Dennehy on 02/16/14 - 01:54 PM
Hit the replies to watch Nicki Minaj's new video for her song "Lookin Ass N****" which is featured on the upcoming Young Money compilation Rise of an Empire, out March 11th.

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Chris Collum on 02/12/14 - 06:55 PM
In the disheartening news story of the day, T-Pain recently spoke about unnamed rappers who apparently won't work with Frank Ocean because of his sexuality.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/12/14 - 01:17 PM
Today would have been J Dilla's 40th birthday. Rest in peace wherever you are, Jay Dee. Monday will mark eight years since the incredibly influential producer died of a blood disease.
Chris Collum on 02/07/14 - 12:09 PM
Nas is going to release a twentieth anniversary edition of his epochal classic Illmatic on April 15th via Sony Legacy. He's also going to be releasing a documentary about the creation of the album called Time Is Illmatic and performing the album front to back across the US, including Coachella. The rerelease contains previously unheard demos, remixes, and freestyles. Check out the anniversary edition artwork in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/07/14 - 06:47 AM
Everyone pack up and go home early - Future released the banger of the year yesterday. Check out the Mike WiLL Made It-produced "Move That Dope" featuring Pharrell, Pusha-T, and Casino in the replies. It's from Future's upcoming album Honest, slated for release in the coming months.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/07/14 - 05:56 AM
Hit the replies to see the album art for the standard and deluxe editions of Schoolboy Q's forthcoming Oxymoron. You can pre-order the album via iTunes, and there's a new song up for immediate download there called "Break the Bank," produced by The Alchemist. Still no complete track listing as of yet though. The record drops February 25th through Interscope Records / Top Dawg Entertainment.
Chris Collum on 01/20/14 - 10:54 PM
Hit the replies to watch Schoolboy Q's new video for the track "Man of the Year." #Oxymoron drops February 25th and if you aren't excited you probably haven't been paying attention.
Chris Collum on 01/17/14 - 12:47 PM
Jason Tate on 01/15/14 - 01:58 PM
Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrin, writing for The New York Times, have published an article that looks at a New Jersey Supreme Court case that will determine if rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.
More than a decade later, this bias appears to persist, leaving rap music as vulnerable as ever to judicial abuse. Although appellate courts in Massachusetts and Maryland have recently reversed convictions after citing prosecutors for their improper use of rap lyrics or videos as evidence, most similar appeals are unsuccessful. Just this summer the Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in a first-degree murder case. A definitive ruling by the...
Jason Tate on 01/14/14 - 02:06 PM
We don't have any specific dates yet besides the already-announced Coachella and Governor's Ball gigs, but it appears that OutKast will be headlining over forty different festivals throughout this year.
Chris Collum on 01/13/14 - 09:10 AM
Ronnie Radke's new aptly titled rap song, "Stupid Boy," is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 01/09/14 - 01:04 PM
Fact is reporting on rumors that Pusha T's recently begun 20-day studio session with The Neptunes is actually for a Clipse reunion album, lord willin'.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/06/14 - 04:41 PM
Ronnie Radke has decided he's going to make a rap mixtape.
Well, I'm doing a mix tape right now with everybody on the scene that's doing well. Danny [Worsnop] from Asking Alexandria, Andy [Biersack] from Black Veil Brides is singing on it. It's all rap, but they're singing all the choruses on it. There's Jacoby [Shaddix] from Papa Roach. There's Deuce, and we've got Craig Mabbitt [from Escape the Fate] singing on it. There's more too, but every track is going to be someone.
Jason Tate on 11/21/13 - 12:54 PM
You can watch the TDE (Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad and Kendrick Lamar) cypher from the BET Hip-Hop Awards here.
Jake Denning on 10/15/13 - 06:50 PM
In the replies you can check out a video for a new song from Chimurenga Renaissance, a side-project from Baba Maraire of Shabazz Palaces. It's taken from the album Pungwe.
Chris Collum on 09/18/13 - 02:25 PM
Check out a new song from The Weeknd featuring Drake called "Live For" over on Soundcloud.
Blake Solomon on 08/19/13 - 08:47 AM
On Drake's "Jodeci Freestyle," J. Cole rapped "Iím artistic, you ****** is autistic, retarded." Following some outcry, he has issued an apology. Drake has since joined Cole with his own apology via his website, claiming responsibility for the lyric as it was on his song.
Ryan Dennehy on 07/25/13 - 08:49 AM
The RIAA has changed it's rules regarding digital sales and platinum eligibility, meaning that once Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is released to Samsung Galaxy users, it will essentially have gone platinum.
Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.

Not only do we believe itís sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the programís inception, we also consider todayís move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music...
Ryan Dennehy on 07/02/13 - 06:27 AM
Hit the replies to see Kendrick Lamar's new music video for "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe".
Jake Jenkins on 05/13/13 - 10:54 AM
XXL Freshman 2013 has been revealed. Check the replies to see which rap artists are on this year's list, which include Joey Badass, Logic, Angel Haze, and Action Bronson.
Dre Okorley on 04/08/13 - 07:49 AM
It looks like Duality, the debut from Captain Murphy (aka the hip-hop project of Flying Lotus), will soon be available on vinyl.
Chris Collum on 03/17/13 - 11:26 PM
Is there any reason you wouldn't want to listen to a Juicy J remix of a Passion Pit song? The answer, of course, is "no." You can stream the official remix of "Constant Conversations" from last year's Gossamer in the replies.
Chris Collum on 02/28/13 - 10:49 AM
Head to the replies to hear a new Juicy J song, "One of Those Nights," featuring The Weeknd.
Jake Jenkins on 02/20/13 - 05:03 PM
Joey Bada$$ recently announced a tour that will also feature his Pro Era crew as well as support from Flatbush Zombies. Dates are in the replies.
Chris Collum on 02/20/13 - 11:15 AM
XXL is now letting people vote for 2013's Top 10 Freshman. Choose from Joey Badass, Action Bronson, Logic, Schoolboy Q, and more. You only get one vote!
Dre Okorley on 01/22/13 - 04:53 PM
Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd will be performing this year's 106FM Cali Christmas show.
Dre Okorley on 10/30/12 - 08:16 AM
SpaceGhostPurrp (rapper and ex-A$AP Rocky producer) has called it quits.
Dre Okorley on 10/12/12 - 08:51 AM
Check out the album art for upcoming Kendrick Lamar album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, due out October 22nd in the replies. The art for the deluxe version can be seen as well.
Dre Okorley on 09/14/12 - 04:05 PM
Logic is currently writing new music to follow-up his latest release, Young Sinatra: Undeniable.
Dre Okorley on 08/31/12 - 04:16 PM
Missy Elliott will be releasing two new singles Labor Day weekend.
Dre Okorley on 08/27/12 - 09:51 AM
Jean Grae will be releasing a track titled "Kill Screen" this weekend.
Dre Okorley on 08/22/12 - 10:16 PM
You can be in a new P.O.S. video for the single "Get Down" if you live in Minneapolis. Looking at you, Holly Hox.
Dre Okorley on 08/01/12 - 09:09 AM
Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre are on the cover of XXL's 15th anniversary issue out August 14th. Head to the replies for a look.
Dre Okorley on 07/31/12 - 09:06 PM
Logic is featured in this month's issue of XXL. Make sure to pick up a copy.
Quote"You can put everything into a relationship [music], but that doesn't mean you're gonna get back what you give. When I created my first mixtape, I realized everything I put into my music -- the hours, the lyricism, the time, the grind, pain, sweat, blood, tears -- I get it back. I see it...The last job I worked at I bussed tables and cleaned up food off the floor, and people treated me like hell. I told 'em I had aspirations and when they said it would never work I said, 'Yes, it will -- and I walked out and never looked back'."
Dre Okorley on 07/06/12 - 02:19 PM
Edit: And it's called We Don't Even Live Here. - Thomas

The new P.O.S. album is coming on September 18th.
Jason Tate on 05/27/12 - 10:08 PM
Vice is floating a new theory that Nicki Minaj is actually Jay-Z sped up. Video proof is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 02/06/12 - 01:01 PM
Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Blue Ivy Carter, into the world Saturday night. Congrats to the family.

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Drew Beringer on 01/08/12 - 11:53 AM
Lupe Fiasco has officially released his highly-anticipated mixtape, Friend of the People, for free. His last mixtape, Enemy of the State, was also released on Thanksgiving two years ago.

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Dre Okorley on 11/24/11 - 09:19 PM
You can check out 30 second clips of each track on the upcoming Pusha T album Fear of God II: Let Us Pray here.
Drew Beringer on 11/02/11 - 09:23 AM
You can now download A$AP Rocky's new mixtape Live. Love. A$AP. for free here.
Drew Beringer on 10/31/11 - 04:47 PM
Earlier today Rick Ross suffered a seizure on an airplane. He is now in the hospital, reportedly "doing fine."
Blake Solomon on 10/14/11 - 11:33 AM
You can now download the "stems" of all the tracks on Death Grips' Exmilitary.
Adam Pfleider on 09/22/11 - 12:14 PM
You can check out a new Lil Wayne track here. It's unknown whether or not this track will appear on the upcoming Tha Carter IV.
Drew Beringer on 05/25/11 - 12:28 AM
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