Happy Birthday, Swizz Beatz!

Larry Busacca, Getty s Happy Birthday, Swizz Beatz! The heatmaker turns 39 years old today (Sept. 13). Whether he was sampling soul or fiddling with the keys, Beatz was gifted at making hits that were tailored for the streets but accessible enough for the Billboard charts to latch on. Beatz was versatile in his prime;… Read More »

Master P’s ‘Ghetto D’ Proved the South’s Indie Blueprint Could Lead to Platinum Plaques

No Limit/Priority Southern hip-hop was rapidly rising when Master P released 1996s Ice Cream Man and started a rap takeover that would be amplified with his 1997 album, Ghetto D.  The Geto Boys had established Houston’s scene–and landed mainstream attention back in 1991; Arrested Development came out Atlanta in 1992; with Eightball & MJG dropping their… Read More »

A Conversation With Cyhi The Prynce On His Debut Album, Working With Kanye West & Getting Advice From Jay-Z

(AllHipHop Features) “It’s here. The word God is here. The new books the Bible will be to you in less than two months,” declared Cyhi The Prynce in the final moments my phone call with the G.O.O.D. Music rapper/songwriter. After releasing well-received mixtapes like Royal Flush, Ivy League Club, and Black Hystori Project, Cyhi is… Read More »