Happy Birthday, Will Smith!

Michael Kovac, Getty s Here’s a factoid that will surprise anybody under the age 12: Will Smith used to be a rapper. Not a theme song rapper, but a rapper rapper. Smith was Philly’s great hope in the late ’80s before becoming one the most bankable stars the past 20 years. He turns 49 years old today… Read More »

Azealia Banks Slams Cardi B’s Success: ‘Black Industry Men Are Too Hype for This Latina Girl’

John Sciulli/Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty s Azealia Banks went on a lengthy Twitter rant about the success Cardi B and Cardi’s hit single “Bodak Yellow.” It was reported today (Sept. 25) that “Bodak Yellow” is the No. 1 song on the Billboard 200–the first No. 1 by a solo female rapper since Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop… Read More »

5 Best Songs on EPMD’s ‘Back In Business’

Arista/LaFace EPMD’s reunion in 1997 was an unexpected surprise for fans the hip-hop duo who’d helped define hardcore East Coast rap in the late 80s/early 90s. From their debut Strictly Business in 1988, EPMD had been standard-bearers for no-frills hip-hop out New York City during rap’s Golden Age. But after a string acclaimed albums, business dealings had caused… Read More »