Rick Ross says a ‘VERZUZ’ battle with JAY-Z is “a possibility”, although the event would be more of a celebration than a battle according to the Miami rapper.
The pair are good friends and regular collaborators, having released tracks such as 'The Devil Is A Lie' and 'FuckWitMeYouKnowIGotIt', with JAY-Z helping Ross get signed to seminal label, Def Jam Records.
Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, longtime bass player in seminal hip-hop group The Roots, has died, age 62.
The celebrated musician joined the outfit in 1992, when they were still called Square Roots, a year before their debut album arrived, 'Organix'. Hub would help define the sound of early LPs like 'Do You Want More?!!!??!' and 'Illadelph Halflife', and last featured on the 2006 outing, 'Game Theory'. In 2007 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, which he tragically succumbed to on Thursday 16th December.
Death Row Records is marking its 30th anniversary with a brand new fashion collection, which sees the legendary hip hop label collaborate with California-based company Shoe Palace.
The collection, which is on sale now, takes in hoodies, t-shirts, shorts, jogging pants and jackets, emblazoned with the Death Row Records logo. Some items also includes various other designs referencing the label's history, such as Snoop Dogg's classic 1993 album 'Doggystyle'.
Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have dropped a new track, ‘Bob James Freestyle’.
Kojey Radical has announced his debut album, 'Reason To Smile', which will land on 4th March through Asylum and Atlantic Records.
The UK-Ghanian rapper has lined up an impressive list of guest appearances for the record, including Tiana Major9, Masego, Shaé Universe, Cashh, Kelis, and his mother. The single 'War Outside', featuring Lex Amor, is also included, as is the hit 'Gangsta'.
A rare collection of Tupac Shakur photos are to be sold as NFTs.
According to a report in Rolling Stone magazine, the images have never been published before, and were taken in the midst of a release party for the legendary rapper's landmark debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', in 1992.
A new podcast exploring New Zealand's hip hop scene is available now.
Titled Aotearoa Hip Hop: The Music, The People, The History, the 11-part podcast — presented by host Phil Bell AKA DJ Sir-Vere after three years in the making — takes a deep dive into the country's hip hop scene, spanning 1980 to the present day and taking in over 100 interviews.
A new short film series celebrating Black music history in Manchester has launched, with the first episode already available to watch.
Coming from the Rhythm Lab Records Stable, the sister project to Reform Radio, I Just Love How Black It Was started as part of Black History Month. The first instalment features rising producer Ethan Hill and decade-spanning drum & bass stalwart Madrush MC, covering "the history of shebeens, scared jungle promoters, and Home Office violence."
Cypress Hill have shared a new track, 'Open Ya Mind', complete with video.
A new book, set to be published by Soul Jazz Books/Records, will explore the very earliest days of hip hop.
'Yo! The Early Days Of Hip Hop 1982-84' comprises more than 300 pages of photographs documenting the genre's rise in the early '80s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly.
Among those pictured in the book are Run-DMC, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Beastie Boys, Rocksteady Crew and Fab Five Freddy, while it also includes an introduction written by American music journalist and hip hop specialist Bill Adler.