Once Kanye West crossed over from production to lyricism, it seemed as though there was no turning back. Mr. West was in the building, crafting (or borrowing) lines that encompassed everything the ubiquitous superstar embodied, both enchanting and polarizing
Call Odd Future "horrorcore" and frontman Tyler, the Creator might stab you in your "goddamn esophagus" like he fantasizes about doing to singer Bruno Mars on his dark single 'Yonkers.' The "horrific" title in question references a short-lived subgenre in hip-hop known for injecting dark and s
R&B songstress Aaliyah Haughton would have turned 32 years old back in January. After her tragic death in 2001, many female artists drew comparison to the R&B singer with fierce dance moves. However, if you ask Ginuwine, Beyoncé is the artist tha
The death of Notorious B.I.G. on March 9, 1997 was one of the hardest days hip-hop had to endure. However, for Biggie's best friend and longtime confidant dream hampton, it was much harder. The then editor-in-chief of Rap Pages magazine and sc
With a decade and a half in the game, Ginuwine has reached his lucky No. 7 album with 'Elgin,' dropping today. The R&B singer/songwriter opted to use his government name -- Elgin Baylor Lumpkin -- for the album's title, but according to him that doesn't mean the work is too personal.
"I just named it 'Elgin' because my mom told me to
Many argue that the written word is the fifth element of hip-hop, and if that rings true, then any solid documentation about the culture qualifies as a contribution to the elements. To help bulk up your hip-hop library, The BoomBox has chosen 15 hip-hop-inspired books for your reading pleasure. Check the selec
The phrase "slept-on" has been remixed so many times in hip-hop to mean so many different things. A hard-working rapper with no success is "slept-on," a song that didn't chart is "slept-on," and an album that didn't go platinum is "slept-on
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