Marvel Salutes Chance the Rapper, LL Cool J, Wu-Tang Clan with Latest Round of Hip-Hop Variant Covers

The hip-hop and superheroes connection continues, with comics giant Marvel unveiling yet another round rap album-saluting variant covers. Ahead the issues hitting stands and tablets, you can preview visual tributes to Chance the Rapper, Kevin Gates, and the Wu-Tang Clan. As previously reported, Marvel first began the company-wide variant covers series in 2015. The latest… Read More »

Die Antwoord: The Complete Interview Full transcript reveals Ninja explicitly declaring the end of the band.

On Wednesday, September 7, Exclaim! interviewed Die Antwoord founding member Ninja about their forthcoming album, Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid, out September 16 on Zef/Sony. During the interview, Ninja told Exclaim! that, following a planned fifth album expected one year from now, Die Antwoord would disband. On Friday, September 9, Exclaim! published a news… Read More »

Questlove: “Ye & Hov the Only Cats Who Can Afford Samples in Hip-Hop” – DJBooth Article

Sampling has been essential to hip-hop from the outset. Afrika Bambaataa was one the first to test the waters with his project Planet Rock, sampling German electronic band Kraftwerk’s songs “Trans Europe Express” and “Numbers,” for the 1982 title track “Planet Rock.” From there, the art sampling trickled down through the rap world. The Beastie… Read More »

Ab-Soul: “All These New ‘Lil’ Niggaz is Weak” – DJBooth Article

When the “King Teens” Lil Yachty divulged that he couldn’t name five songs by Biggie or Tupac, there was pandemonium. Think-pieces were penned — like this one on Pigeons & Planes (though the article doesn’t scold Yachty) — and emcees and rap enthusiasts (read: purists) were insulted. Yachty was unapologetic. Earlier this week (September 6),… Read More »