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 Boogie Down Productions, who crafted their landmark 1987 debut 'Criminal Minded,' then a year later they released the startling LP 'By All Means N
MC Lyte Weighs In on Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj Beef
As the beef between Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj rages on, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte is weighing in on the situation. Lyte, who is known as one of first female rappers to put female emcee's on the map, sees no problem in the disagreement between the two which has spilled from Twitter to Kim's new mixtape, 'Black Friday...
MC Lyte Celebrates ‘Word Revolution’ With Grammy Foundation
The Grammy Foundation honored the hip-hop genre with its special event Word Revolution: A Celebration of The Evolution of Hip-Hop in Los Angeles on Thursday (Feb. 10). The showcase, held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, included performances and appearances from past Grammy winners and hip-hop pioneers, and celebrated the year's Music Preservation project which explores hip-hop as an art form... Rea
Ladies First: 10 Old-School Videos Feat. Female Rappers
If Nicki Minaj is the only female rapper on your radar, then Houston, we have a problem. Sure, the animated rhymer has saturated videos alongside Diddy, DJ Khaled and Trey Songz as of late, but a slew of femcees commanded the spotlight in clips way before she donned an orange wig...
Name That Tune: Songs Notorious for Their Use of Sampling
Once controversial, the practice of sampling is now generally regarded as a viable artistic method of production and a mostly legitimate commercial endeavor. Good public reception of a sample-use often depends on a combination of factors including what is sampled, who is sampled, and how that sample is used to create something new...
Toure’s Top Five Female MCs
Let's hear it for the ladies this week as Toure lists through his Top 5 female MCs of all time. Using flow, voice, lyrics and catalog as the determining factors, Fuse's resident hip-hop aficionado digs deep into the history of female rapping to bring you the five women he likes to listen to the most...

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