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  • DJ Premier is heading out on the road with a full live band

    As he heads out with The Badder Band, here are five other groups DJ Premier has worked with

    Without question, DJ Premier is one of the most important architects behind the sound and style of hip-hop. In addition to his untouchable legacy as one half of Gang Starr, Premier produced tracks on three of the greatest and most influential hip-hop debuts of the ‘90s: Nas’ Illmatic, The Notorious...
  • Emily Korn

    Five of the best performances we saw at The Roots Picnic

    This year marked the 10th anniversary of The Roots Picnic in Philly, and it did not disappoint. Here were the five best performances we saw (in order of appearance): Tunji Ige, who dropped his first mixtape back in 2014 and already has strong collaborations with the likes of GTA and Christine and...
  • Bryson Tiller bringing 'Set it Off' tour to Dallas in August 2017

    Bryson Tiller bringing 'Set it Off' tour to Dallas in August 2017

    Bryson Tiller is heading out on his 2017 Set it Off Tour with H.E.R. and Metro Boomin as supporting acts on select tour dates. Tiller will be hitting the DFW area on this tour with a show at The Bomb Factory on Aug. 25 and both supporting acts will be in attendance at that show. Tickets for this...
  • Playboi Carti announces summer US tour

    Playboi Carti announces summer US tour

    Fresh off of the release of his very compelling self-titled debut mixtape, Atlanta MC Playboi Carti has announced plans to extensively tour the United States. The man born Joran Terrell Carter will begin barnstorming across the country on June 22 with a performance at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for...
  • Interview: New artist JStylez pays tribute to 2Pac's 'All Eyez on Me'

    Interview: New artist JStylez pays tribute to 2Pac's 'All Eyez on Me'

    Tupac Shakur (2Pac) is a rap icon and most artists would be honored to tribute him in some way. JStylez, an up and coming hip-hop artist, is doing just that. In a recent interview with AXS, JStylez took the time to further discuss this tribute and new music.  Recently released, "All Eyez On Me" is a...
  • Eminem is the influence behind the newest word in the dictionary

    Eminem is the influence behind the newest word in the dictionary

    "Stan," is no longer just one of the most popular Eminem songs of all time. According to Pitchfork, the word "stan" has officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, so there now will be a name for crazy, obsessed fans that sounds a lot better than Beliebers, Sheerios or KatyCats. By...
  • Will Pankey

    Photos: Ab-Soul plays El Rey Theatre in LA, brings out ScHoolboy Q

    Ab-Soul kicked off Memorial Day weekend right in Los Angeles, by playing a set at the El Rey Theatre and bringing out very special guests. The Do What Thou Wilt rapper ended his U.S. tour in support of his latest album, which was only fitting since he hails from L.A. The TDE rapper wouldn't have had...
  • Listen: Missy Elliott rounds up Lil Kim, Trina and Eve for queens-only remix of 'I'm Better'

    Listen: Missy Elliott rounds up Lil Kim, Trina and Eve for queens-only remix of 'I'm Better'

    Hip-hop superstar Missy Elliott released a remix of her song "I'm Better" on May 23. She assembles fellow rap queens Lil Kim, Trina and Eve for the occasion. Elliott originally released "I'm Better" in January as a collaboration with producer Lamb. It's one of the songs previewing her upcoming...
  • Rich The Kid drops new track 'Ain't Ready,' announces Novo show in LA with Famous Dex

    Rich The Kid drops new track 'Ain't Ready,' announces Novo show in LA with Famous Dex

    Rich The Kid thinks you “Ain’t Ready” for his upcoming mixtape Rich Forever 3. His fans may disagree.  Earlier this week, Rich dropped his new single “Ain’t Ready,” which features his Rich Forever signees Jay Critch & Famous Dex. Produced by acclaimed beatsmiths Boi-1da and Vinylz, the posse cut...
  • Travis Scott is the face of new Nike campaign

    Travis Scott is the face of new Nike campaign

    Travis Scott is one of the leading voices of a new generation of mainstream hip-hop artists in music today. Perhaps that's why Nike has chosen the “Goosebumps” rapper as the face of their new upcoming Air VaporMax "Day to Night" campaign. Announced on Thursday morning, the new partnership is just...
  • Check out JAMS The Flava Child's inspiring video for 'All I Know'

    Check out JAMS The Flava Child's inspiring video for 'All I Know'

    Throughout the history of rap, many MCs have used the day job grind as a subject in their work. However, few have tackled the dreariness and drudgery of menial labor with as much directness as Chicago rapper JAMS The Flava Child does in his video for “All I Know.” The clip, which the MC directed...
  • Atmosphere is returning to the Golden State in August

    Atmosphere hitting the Fox Theater Pomona on Aug. 19 as part of Welcome To California Tour

    Indie hip-hop heroes Atmosphere are coming (coming) back (back) to Cali (Cali). The Rhymesayers Godfathers announced the Welcome To California tour earlier this week, a short West Coast jaunt kicking off on Aug. 7 in San Francisco and wrapping Aug. 20 in San Diego. ZULUZULUU, Greg Grease and DJ Just...
  • 2 Chainz & Friends announce June 25 Novo show in LA during BET Experience

    2 Chainz & Friends announce June 25 Novo show in LA during BET Experience

    Actual fact: Pretty girls like trap music. That’s the latest pearl of wisdom brought to us by 2 Chainz, who just announced a June 25 show at The Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles during the BET Experience. The concert is actually billed to “2 Chainz & Friends” and given his growing list of...
  • Travis Scott drops 3 new songs

    Travis Scott drops 3 new songs

    Just ahead of Kendrick Lamar’s “The Damn. Tour” with Travis Scott, Scott has released three headbangers. "Butterfly Effect," "A  Man" and "Green & Purple" all dropped last night and are a sample of what fans are anticipating on the tour. True to the internet age, Scott released the songs on...
  • LA rap favorite King Lil G set for homecoming show at The Fonda on May 21

    LA rap favorite King Lil G set for homecoming show at The Fonda on May 21

    Ever since the members of N.W.A. huddled up for the cover of Straight Outta Compton, the rap scene in Los Angeles has been largely defined by mythic figures who leveraged music to escape the danger and desperation in the streets. With his remarkable, entirely self-made success, Alex Gonzales, aka...
  • Logic's 'Everybody' debuts at No. 1 on Top 200 Albums chart

    Logic's 'Everybody' debuts at No. 1 on Top 200 Albums chart

    Early predictions indicated that rapper Logic would have the No. 1 album in the country after Everybody was released on May 5. Predictions are never certain but several metrics allow experts to have a strong idea of where an album may land on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart including early...
  • Top 10 best Machine Gun Kelly songs

    Top 10 best Machine Gun Kelly songs

    Machine Gun Kelly is an artist whose career has taken many turns over the years. He has diversified his catalog of music by collaborating with several artists in multiple genres, including Lzzy Hale of rock band Halestorm, Wiz Khalifa, Fifth Harmony, Kidd Rock, and Camila Cabello. Over the course of...
  • 5 best Lil Yachty lyrics

    5 best Lil Yachty lyrics

    When Lil Yachty calls his music “bubblegum trap” it’s a little like Cartman from "South Park" calling his antics “sweet nothings:” It’s a bit of an understatement. One might be surprised that that the catchy pop-trap sounds behind the teen’s music hold some often very-trap harder-hitting hip-hop...
  • 5 things you didn't know about Lil Yachty

    5 things you didn't know about Lil Yachty

    Rappers whose name begin with Lil are often thought of as young, possibly small in physical size and most likely one-hit-wonders who want to be the next Lil Wayne. Lil Yachty, however, has set himself apart from the masses with his uniquely colorful style, role as Creative Director for Nautica and...
  • Lonzo Ball drops a freestyle rap online

    Lonzo Ball drops a freestyle rap online

    UCLA basketball star Lonzo Ball is dominating the news when it comes to the NBA and he hasn’t even been drafted yet. Of course, the talk all comes from his father LaVar Ball who refused to let his son sign on with Nike, Reebok or Under Armor, and instead is selling his son’s new signature shoes on...
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