By Dionne Buxton
It’s Halloween again, that time of year when you can finally get away with channeling your inner monster, freak, or that downright weird alter ego. Cable TV lineups are now heavy with reruns of cult favorite horror movies and it’s more than likely that you’ll find Michael Jackson’s full-length “Thriller” video on repeat as well. Now, no disrespect to the King of Pop, but with rappers like Kanye West and Tyler, The Creator running around, there’s a whole new batch of creepy music videos floating around. Check out RapFix’s countdown of the top 5 creepiest hip-hop videos that aired in 2011. Read More...
Is it hot enough outside for you? With this past weeks ridiculously massive heatwave that has blanketed the states with a record breaking temperature we've decided to give you twenty Hip-Hop tracks to make it through the day while sitting underneath your AC keeping it cool. Read More...
As it seems that Watch The Throne is on track for an August release after blazing the Web with the leak "Otis," will other artists in the coming months have to do as the Windy City kid Kanye says when he spit the line “tuck your summer in” and take that as a possible warning that the dynamic duo of Jay-Z and Kanye West will run rap for the rest of the year? Read More...
Lil Wayne is suddenly morphing into the hardest working man in hip hop.
After his breakneck cross-country “I Am Still Music” tour – with a few spot dates with our Canadian neighbors up north – Young Money captain Lil Wayne will add his talents to a longstanding MTV tradition and perform an acoustic live set as part of the Unplugged series this coming June 12, joining other rap and R&B notables such as Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and Maxwell.
With the New Orleans native thrilling fans with his energetic live show, we at RapFix have compiled a short list of songs for Weezy F. Baby to possibly translate into a more intimate format. Read More...
By Alvin Blanco
Drake and his buddy Rihanna are set to perform a duet at the upcoming Grammy Awards on February 13. While the Toronto rapper and Bajan Pop/R&B songstress bring plenty of star power, they are not the first hip-hop flavored duo to collaborate on the Grammy stage. Hip-Hop used to be cool on the Grammy's (what, you forgot that Jay-Z used to boycott the show?) but nowadays the Awards ceremony is incomplete without participation from rap stars. RapFix took a look back at some of the show’s most high caliber collaborative hip-hop performances of the past.
Drake featuring Lil Wayne, Eminem "Forever"
Drake isn’t new to the Gammy stage, in 2010 he closed the Grammys out with a live performance of "Forever" along with Lil Wayne and Eminem (Kanye West was MIA). The performance was a medley with Eminem and Lil Wayne performing “Drop the World” from the latter’s Rebirth album. Read More...
By Erika Ramirez
After hitting UStream early this morning (January 26), Taylor Gang leader, Wiz Khalifa announced via Twitter that his third album, Rolling Papers, will hit shelves on March 29. RapFix reached out to Rostrum Records label representative, Arthur Pitt, for confirmation.
"We are excited about Wiz's major label album debut," Pitt added.
Back in December, Wiz told MTV News that his next single from his third album would be " 'Roll Up,' surprisingly," Wiz said. "Really, I just needed another single and we were trying to come up with a look and then me and [my manager] talked about it. We talked about it for three minutes. And then I came up with that song."
Before you pre-order Wiz Khalifa ’s Rolling Papers, RapFix suggests you prep yourself with these five essential weed-inspired albums: Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage, with additional reporting by Hillary Crosley
It looks like Drake may be headed back to Hollywood.
Two years after his final appearance on the hit TV show "Degrassi," the Toronto MC is rumored to star alongside Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Eva Green in a financial thriller called "Arbitrage," according to entertainment site The Wrap. RapFix asked Drake's camp and learned that he's "reading for various roles and projects." Production for the film is rumored to begin this March in New York.
But, is this really the best career move for Drake? He's been hard at work preparing his much-anticipated second album, Take Care, and taking time off could hurt the final product. However, here at RapFix, we think that Drake's decision to film a movie could ultimately be a good one. Here's why:
1. Filming prevents Drake from artistic burn out
If Drake continues at the pace he's going now — recording his own solo stuff and making guest appearances on everyone else's tracks — he's going to get tired at some point and need a break. Starring in a movie will be a good way for Drake to get a short break. It'll prevent him from burning out but it'll also allow him to continue working in a different space and make him hungrier than ever before once he gets back into the booth. Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage
Has Gucci Mane officially lost his mind?
We're referring to the news that Gucci Mane is reportedly teaming up with — gasp! — Britney Spears so that the pair can record a new song called "Hit." Not even we could have predicted that one ... and we tried.
But didn't we already see what happened when Gucci went bubblegum pop on us back in 2009 on Mariah Carey's single, "Obsessed"? Not exactly one of his most gangster moments yet, we've got to admit: This Britney duet isn't the worst idea for Gucci. In fact, it could turn out to be the very thing that gives him a second wind. And to prove it, we came up with five reasons Gucci and Britney's collaboration makes sense. Call us crazy, but we think "Hit" could actually be a hit.
1. Britney currently has the No. 1 single in the country
In case you haven't heard, Kanye West came under fire again this week for taking a shot — a sarcastic shot but a shot nonetheless — at Britney on Twitter for topping his single, "H.A.M.," featuring Jay-Z, last week. And the pop star's "Hold It Against Me" looks poised to keep Britney's name in the headlines for at least a few months, which could greatly benefit Gucci if he scores a song with her as well. Read More...
By D.L. Chandler
Since 2009, rumors abounded that powerhouse rap team Slaughterhouse were negotiations with Eminem’s Shady Records, sparked by a cameo from the fearsome foursome in Drake’s "Forever" video. On Wednesday (January 12), the partnering was made official with the "8 Mile" star signing the crew along with the buzzing southern MC Yelawolf to his Shady Records label. In a prepared statement released on Wednesday, Em said "It's the new generation of Shady Records, and as we're trying to rebuild our label, it's exciting for hip-hop, and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody's capable of on the mic, it's gonna be fun."
RapFix thinks these new additions to Shadyville could be good for the game for more than one reason.
1. A renewed interest in all things Shady
Eminem’s label can attribute much of its success to the rapper releasing his multi-platinum and internationally successful The Eminem Show album on the Aftermath and Interscope imprint. Along with springing 50 Cent and D12’s careers, as well as breaking acts Obie Trice and Stat Quo, signing Slaughter House gives Eminem a chance to exhibit some CEO muscle while still enjoying the spoils of the spotlight himself. Read More...
By D.L. Chandler
West has done it again.
While the Internet is crazily trying to decipher the meaning behind "H.A.M." — the acronym title of Kanye West and Jay-Z's debut single of their upcoming Watch The Throne album, which 'Ye tweeted on Thursday (January 6). Some say the letters stand for "Hating Ass Muthaf---as," neither West nor Jay have confirmed. — RapFix has compiled a list of some of more notable acronyms in hip-hop history.
1. De La Soul
Song: "D.A.I.S.Y. Age aka Da Inner Sound, Ya’ll"
One of the earliest uses of the acronym in hip-hop comes from Long Island trio De La Soul’s and their debut LP 3 Feet High And Rising is considered by most to be a hip-hop classic. The track features weird but fitting abstract rhymes from the Plugs 1 and 2 along with some soulful samples and scratches on the hook. Read More...