Watch a 19-year-old Kanye doing his best Kanye impression.

Footage of before stars became famous never gets old. The same can be said for pretty much every video that surfaces of Kanye’s early days. The confidence is nothing new. “It’s always fun when footage of pre-fame Kanye West emerges online. The latest example comes from DJ Eclipse, the former manager of legendary NYC record store Fat Beats, which before …

The BeyHive, a force to be reckoned with.

What is it about Beyonce that makes her fans the most supportive and ruthless on the planet? “Now that she is back on the road, now that the Internet is again awash in pictures of her sweating on stage in Glasgow, running through sold-out crowds in London in costume, it seems as good a time as any to talk about …

The past, present, and future of soul music in hip hop.

Sampling is not as easy as cutting and pasting. Stereogum breaks down a history of the craft and its modern day iterations, from Kanye to Jamie xx to the Based God. “Last week, the internet was taken by storm with scheduled and unscheduled hip-hop releases. Mac Miller premiered the track “100 Grandkids” off his long-delayed upcoming release, GO:OD AM; Lil …

Here’s why science fiction and hip hop are good dance partners.

From Missy Elliot to RZA to Tupac, this article goes in-depth about why hip hop artists and fans connect with science fiction. “The vast expanses of space, the fate of humans in a dystopian world, the ramifications of technology, the limits of the human body, the people trying to break them. These are the bread and butter of science fiction. …

Luffa had beef?!

Luther Vandross had some prolific feuds throughout his career, most notably with Anita Baker and En Vogue and reportedly had some creative tension with the Queen of Soul. During his tour with En Vogue, things escalated to the point that Vandross called the police after one member stepped on his side of the dressing room. “We don’t do the whole …

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Patti Labelle taught our generation how to throw shade

Patti Labelle and Diana Ross had one of the longest standing feuds in music. According to Patti, Diana and the Supremes would go and purchase the same performance outfits as her girl group, the Labelles, while the two groups toured together. Their rivalry led to one of Patti’s best performances, in which she was accused of stealing the spotlight from …

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the pettiest super freak of them all?

Prince and Rick James were contemporaries whose long seated rivalry pushed musical boundaries and defined the sound of the post-disco era. In his book, Confessions of Rick James, Memoirs of a Super Freak, James details how he “always thought of Prince as a great player and a very innovative person but as far as himself as a person, he could …

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Killer Mike and Bill Maher Talk Hip Hop.

Like Tupac before him, rapper Killer Mike dispels the myth that rap and hip hop contribute to violence in America. In this clip, we learn that hip hop is rooted in peace, community, and entrepreneurship.

We All Need an Auntie Like Nicki Minaj.

Nicki Minaj is redefining what it means to be a successful woman in the music industry. Check out these enlightening thoughts from Nicki herself. “Hip-hop icon Nicki Minaj has faced an avalanche of slut-shaming because she’s pushing the boundaries of how society views sexuality. Her video for “Anaconda” was called “hypersexualized,” and that comment in turn was rightly called “sexist bullshit.” Minaj’s …