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National Poetry Month: Is it Edgar Allen Poe or Beyonce? Take Our Quiz

April showers don't just mean May flowers. The spring month also blooms with iambic pentameters and tetrameters, marking National Poetry Month. Since it's birth in the Bronx in the late '70s, hip-hop has often been tied to poetry, with MCs often considering themselves spoken-word poets who rhythmically deliver prose over a beat. Ly

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Math Awareness Month: 10 Artists From Beyonce to De La Soul Play the Numbers Game in Lyrics

Artists have been known to play number games within their lyrics from time to time. Only some singers are able to carry metaphorical word problems but rappers love to implement math in a bar or two. So

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KRS-One: Connie Chung’s Harsh Words, LL Cool J’s Disobedience & Retirement

The truth is KRS-One has always existed in extremes. The celebrated Bronx, N.Y., MC evolved from giving birth to the controversial rap genre known as gangsta rap to dropping a politically conscious classic. He was leader of the influential hip-hop group Boo

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Photosynthesis With D-Nice: A History of Hip-Hop Photography

Derrick Jones has never lost his appreciation for the music he has been a part of since he was a teen. Known to most as D-Nice, he's parlayed his trusted status as a lifelong member of the hip-hop community into a flourishing career in photography, finding exclusive opportunities to capture his subjects -- mainly fellow rappers and R&B stars -- at their most candid, and most at ease.

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DJ Premier Producing Albums for KRS-One, Chaka Khan

Super producer DJ Premier has a pretty busy schedule ahead of him. The instrumental driving force behind Gang Starr recently spoke on his upcoming projects before a Chicago performance, discussing plans to release full-length albums with

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KRS-One Leads Boycott Against National Hip-Hop Museum

Always one to battle, KRS-One took to the podium at an April 8 launch event for the National Museum of Hip-Hop in the Bronx and shocked audiences with a message to boycott the museum because it did not pay proper respect to hip-hop's forefathers.

"The reason that it's not going to happen is

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Talib Kweli Won’t Drink Vodka at SXSW

People expecting to see Reflection Eternal perform tracks from their first album in a decade, 'Revolutions Per Minute' due April 20, only got one-half of the duo. Made up of producer/DJ Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli, only the l

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Behind the Scenes of Five Classic Hip-Hop Album Covers

While rappers paint mental pictures of personal stories through lyrics, there is no better way to visualize their concepts than through an album cover. Remember the masked gang pictured on Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, 'Enter

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KRS-One to Feed NYC Homeless on Thanksgiving

Legendary MC KRS-One will spend this Thanksgiving Day serving meals at the Bowery Mission in New York, the very same homeless shelter he once sought refuge at. The rapper, in return, will now be working to

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Say What! — La Toya Jackson Hopes to be Next American Idol Judge + More!

La Toya Jackson plans to be the next 'American Idol' judge. "I've been approached to do 'Dancing With the Stars,'" she said. "The fact of the matter is, I won't be doing it, simply because of the circumstances that going on at the moment. I would love to do 'American Idol...I would love to b

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