Category: HipHop/Rap

How Joe Budden Became the Howard Stern of Hip-Hop As a rapper, Joe Budden had a hit 15 years ago — and then a string of bad luck and poor choices. Now he has emerged as a podcast star.

This wasn’t how Joe Budden planned on becoming famous. In fact, he didn’t plan much of anything. Now he’s on the charts, but not for his music. Instead, as of Thursday, Joe Budden has the No. 1 podcast on the iTunes music podcast chart — five slots ahead of the NPR standard-bearer “All Songs Considered.”

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The Musicians Behind Your Favorite Songs Are Coming for Their Credit

Who made the beat for “Bad and Boujee”? It should be a simple question. Most rap fans (and media outlets) would answer, without hesitation, Metro Boomin. But that’s not the full story. The songwriting credits list a Robert Mandell, better known as G Koop. And that leads us to a not-very-well-known side of how hip-hop

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Future: Syrup, Strippers and Heavy Angst With the Superstar MC

“I embraced what I thought people was gonna hate about me. I was gonna turn the hate into love” Outside, it’s rush hour, a still-sunny spring evening in Atlanta, but in here, you’d never know it. This room is windowless and dark, illuminated only by a projector shooting shimmering green stars onto the ceiling, a

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The New Business of Hip-Hop Beats: How One Company Gets Musicians Paid For Creating Samples

On June 10, manager Mike “Heron” Herard got a mysterious phone call from the Grammy-winning production duo Cool & Dre. Two artists Heron manages, multi-instrumentalist Leon Michels and composer Beat Butcha, had landed placements on a top-secret project that the producers described only as “life-changing.” They just needed stems of the recordings that Heron had sent them

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Listen: Adrian Marcel Returns with New Project ‘GMFU’

It’s about time for new Adrian Marcel! The Bay Area R&B crooner was originally intending to release his debut album GMFU (Got Me Fucked Up) through Republic Records, but plans change and he has finally delivered the project independently today. Following suit to his acclaimed mixtapes, the project is executive produced by his mentor, the

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a massive hip-hop museum is coming to harlem next year

It’s official: a hip-hop museum is set to open in Harlem, the birthplace of the genre, early next year. The museum will be over twenty stories tall and include an arcade, a concert lounge, and a sports bar, plus a five star hotel right next to it. The large-scale project is estimated to bring in

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