Due the proximity of hip-hop’s inception and the height of Ali’s career, it can be argued that Ali’s rhyming taunts could have been a direct inspiration for emcees who rhymed witty sayings over the mic to keep the crowd going and the DJ famous. Continue reading R.I.P. Muhammad Ali: The Father of Battle Rap
So, as I’m sure we all know, the battle between hip hop gods LL Cool J and KRS-One ain’t gonna happen. For the confused and late, let me catch you up. Continue reading KRS-One vs. LL Cool J — Who Would’ve Won?
At a recent show, the Blastmaster KRS invited a fan on stage for an impromptu battle. Whether drunk, high or crazy, the audience member apparently thought this was a great idea, climbed on stage and commenced to dropping a horrible, mumbling, ill-advised rhyme. Continue reading KRS-One Seemingly Calls Out LL in Freestyle Battle
Going through the time-consuming effort of chronicling every song released under the hip hop banner since 1979 seems hard enough, but to then choose one song, per year, as its most important? Writing this book was either an act of love…or insanity.
Or maybe a bit of both. Continue reading What Are The Most Important Hip Hop Songs of All Time?
Imagine lying at the edge of a cliff, with arms outstretched over the precipice and holding some terrible weight.
That’s what it’s like to hold onto anger, perceived slights or the accumulated bitterness that accrues through the everyday natural process of living. It happens to everyone. It’s happened to Eminem. Continue reading The Death of Slim Shady