Phife Dawg's Family Releases a Statement After the A Tribe Called Quest Rapper Dies at 45

Early Wednesday, news broke that A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg had passed at age 45, with the likely cause owing to a long battle with diabetes, and a related kidney transplant from his wife in 2008. Now, the Queens rapper’s family has confirmed and released a statement via his publicist:

Meet Hollis Wong-Wear & Jamila Woods, the Women of Color Behind Macklemore's 'White Privilege II' 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released an eight-minute song featuring Jamila Woods, “White Privilege II,” about white privilege, beginning with Macklemore’s own feeling about whether he can meaningfully participate in a Black Lives Matter march and spiraling into different movements questioning what his own white…

My Year With Lin-Manuel Miranda; or, How to Find a Hip Hop Icon in Ron Chernow's Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda was reading Ron Chernow’s Hamilton on vacation, goes the fable of the year, when he was struck with inspiration. Later, at the first public performance of a song from his musical, he told his audience at the White House that Alexander Hamilton was “someone I think embodies hip-hop.”

This Reality Show About the Kids of Hip-Hop Stars Wants to Be Empire

We’ve seen plenty of reality shows about the spouses, families and mooches of famous people—many of which are still popular (see: Love & Hip-Hop)—so we knew this was coming. Growing Up Hip-Hop is a series that follows the spawn of well-known hip-hop stars and their growing pains. In other words, a real-life Empire.

Woman Artists Remix 'Hotline Bling,' Tell Drake to Sit The Fuck Down 

Recently, as if acting of their own volition or by the direction of some cruel puppeteer, my hands navigated to iTunes and purchased Drake’s single “Hotline Bling.” At first I bemoaned this purchase, which I was certain would result in nothing more than the foolhardy loss of $1.29 and some extra data languishing on my…

Meet Julia Beverly, the Southern Rap Mogul Behind Pimp C's Biography

Julia Beverly is your favorite rapper’s favorite hustler. Her Agency Twelve books MCs, R&B stars and reality TV provocateurs all around the world, including a current 40-date mixtape tour for Lil Wayne. A thriving business, Agency Twelve grew out of an unexpected extension of casually making connections between…

What's Going on With Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill? A Timeline

Over the last week, fans, tabloids and this very website inferred from a series of cryptic Instagram posts that Her Minajesty, Onika Maraj, may have dumped recent manfriend Meek Mill right on his ass. Those posts included two May 31 photographs of Minaj quoting lyrics from Beyoncé’s “Best I Never Had” (“Thank God ya…


Talking With Phillipa Soo: Lead in Hamilton, Soon to Be Superstar

On paper, Hamilton is unlikely: a nearly three-hour-long musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton based on an 800-page historical biography and, for the most part, rapped the entire way through. But after runaway success at New York’s Public Theater and almost unanimous critical acclaim, it’s now headed to…

Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about…