Long before the "Harlem Shake," there was "The Rockafeller Skank." Doesn't ring a bell, huh? It should considering the 1998 plunderphonics-heavy groove was one of the more epic big beat hits from the enormous arsenal of British-born musician Norman Cook. Still clueless, bro? Perhaps you know the Eng ... More >>
No matter your stance on piracy, you have to admit it's pretty freakin' sweet that, at any given time, you can hop on the web and get free art. Even if it is illegal. Of course, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is out to change all of that. Introduced to the House of Representatives in late ... More >>
According to this Facebook event page, West Coast rapper Game is set to appear at Tempe's School of Rock on Saturday night.The info states that 101.5 Jams will be on hand, and DJ Mikee will be spinning, as well as promising appearances from Nu Jerzey Devil, Brannu Legit and the "whole Blackwallst ... More >>
Part of G-Unit isn't feeling so hot right now. Rapper and actor 50 Cent is being sued for copyright infringement, according to Billboard.It turns out that rapping about how you've got tons of money isn't always a good thing. Atlanta rapper Caliber is filing a lawsuit against Fitty and the produce ... More >>
Whats the Next Logical Career Step for 50 Cent?
Hit up The Sets to see Young Buck's set this Friday -- you won't regret itSometimes a show falls through the cracks that deserves more coverage in the 'Nix. It's no one's fault in particular -- it can be a tough task to be on top of every single noteworthy show that comes to The Valley. Such is the ... More >>
Slopfunkdust and 11 other local hip-hop producers will bring their best beats to downtown Phoenix tonight. Pop quiz, hotshot: Who's got the illest beats in all of the 'Nix? Could it be Young Seph, who helped create tracks for Jim Jones ("Pop Off") and 40 Glocc ("Say Hi to the Bad Guy")? Or maybe it' ... More >>
Rob G., a tattoo artist known for his work on celebrities such as Suns star Shaquille O'Neal, hip-hop stars G-Unit, Ice Cube, Lil Jon, and DMX, and the New England Patriots, died at his home in Orlando, Florida on Monday, January 26.
As our readers have pointed out before, "Top 10" lists are subjective. The list that follows is our take on the ten best hip-hop MCs in the Valley. But since there are dozens and dozens of rappers in the PHX, we're sure to leave somebody's favorite out.
Believe it or not, there are a handful of excellent indie record labels in the great state of Arizona, boasting rosters with some of our finest local artists and some hot underground national acts, as well. This week, we'd like to give a shout-out to one of our oldest hip-hop labels, 5Fith Coast Rec ... More >>
In conjunction with this week’s cover story on Phoenix’s hip-hop scene, "Raising Terrazona," we’re putting a media blitzkrieg up here that highlights some of the hottest hip-hop acts in our great desert metropolis. Be ... More >>
Sibling authors empty the nest
Dipping a toe in the urban mainstream
Xpoz Magazine, mediocrity personified As I told you about last week, I spent this last weekend at the G-Unit/Money Management One Stop Shop producer's conference, where I ran into a grip of players in various factions of the local hip-hop industry, including local rag Xpoz Magazine. Xpoz, which ha ... More >>
Due to some alien interference with the blog-ware that I use to compose these missives, I didn't get to holla at y'all yesterday; then again, I was enjoying perusing what the upcoming weekend has in store for me. This weekend marks a high point for Phoenix — Money Management XL (a hip-hop man ... More >>
Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006
In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game
A genre as big as Texas
Rappers soften up like asphalt
It's G's up, ho's down at the season's illest event, Snoop Dogg at Cricket Pavilion
Biz is down at CBNC post-Loren Wade, but the chicas are still foxy, the playas friendly, and the jamz tight
P-town's hip-hop Dukes of Hazzard hang with Hank III and get their mosh on at the Marquee.
A hot Jett and a sweaty Kreme kick it with Power 92.3's JX3 at his Hard Rock B-day bash
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop
Jett and Kreme hit O'Mallys for the dope flows and tight rhymes of "Roc the Mic Tuesdays."