Debra Filcman is a Chicago-based freelance journalist.
MC Lyte Goes R&B on ‘Act Like You Know Me': Sept. 17 in Hip-Hop History
On Sept. 17, Mariah Carey stunned once again with her vocal range, MC Lyte went in a new direction and Jay-Z tops the soundtrack for a Martin Lawrence comedy.
Justin Vernon Vows to ‘Kill’ Eminem Track On Which He’s Featured
After distancing himself from the Eminem track on which he appears, Justin Vernon is taking it a step further — alleging plans to "kill" the track.
The Very Wise Math Behind Naughty By Nature’s ‘O.P.P.': August 24 in Hip-Hop History
This day in hip-hop history features Naughty by Nature's misunderstood classic, Babyface's emotional entreaties, Shaggy's post-military raunch and more.
How Run-DMC Translated Aerosmith’s ‘Hillbilly Jibberish’ on ‘Walk This Way’
Run-DMC's cover of Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' helped them break into the mainstream in 1986, but it wasn't their choice to record it.
Mary J. Blige Drops Her Debut Album: July 28 in Hip-Hop History
This day in hip-hop history includes the release of Mary J. Blige's debut record, EPMD's classic Business Never Personal and LL Cool J's standoff with a shark.
July 12 in Hip-Hop History: Bow Wow Grows Up, Ice Cube Hits the Big Screen + More
On this day in hip-hop history, Bow Wow grows up, Ice Cube becomes a movie star, and Charlie Murphy is born.
Joe Jackson Dies: Family and Others React on Twitter
After the death of Joe Jackson, members of his family and other stars issued statements about his life on social media.
Joe Jackson on Health Battle: ‘The Sun Sets When the Time Comes’
A tweet from Joe Jackson, who has been hospitalized with terminal cancer, seemed to acknowledge that he has little time left.